Installing your own flooring can save you money, give you a sense of accomplishment, and the new flooring can improve the value of your home. What’s not to love? Use this short and simple guide to install flooring into your home.
To begin, you must first choose new flooring panels/strips. Read the manufacturer’s guide to see how long you should let the material acclimate to your houses’ environment. While you wait for the new floor to acclimate, remove the old flooring from the room(s) that you want to revamp. If you are removing carpet, simply pull the carpet away from the walls. Once started, it should be relatively easy to pull off. If you are removing linoleum, tile, or something similar, create a “starting point” by chiseling or cutting away a piece of the old flooring. It may be glued down, in which case you must scrap off the adhesive and old underlay. You should also remove your baseboards.
After your old floor is properly removed, you are now ready to lay your new flooring. Remember that different types of flooring will require different materials for installation. Lay down your underlayment, if necessary for your type of flooring, making sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions. Next, lay the first row of flooring, making sure to check to see how long the last piece of the row will be. It will probably be necessary to cut pieces in order for them to fit or snap together correctly. Continue this process until you have covered the floor.
If you’re a DIY kind of person this can be a rewarding project, but if this seems like a little more than you want to do yourself call Summit Painting and Remodeling at 865-246-8123.