Installing a floor isn’t always simple and can be quite time consuming, so its normal to be tempted to take shortcuts. However, in your haste, you can make crucial mistakes to the point of damaging your floor permanently. Firstly, it is important to be realistic about how skilled you are. If you’re not overly confident that you can install a floor yourself, always consult a specialist to do the job for you. If you are a big DIY fan though, here are some of the top mistakes made by homeowners when laying down floors themselves.
Not Checking Moisture
The level of humidity in a room is an important factor to keep in mind when choosing a floor. Some floors, such as solid or engineered wood, are not ideally suited to high moisture rooms. In particular, solid, natural wood should never be used in rooms like bathrooms or basements as the constant change of temperature and moisture causes the planks to swell, warp and even split. Therefore, if you’re looking for a floor in a high moisture level room, try instead a laminate or vinyl floor. These are totally water resistant and since they are made from artificial materials, won’t react like a solid wood.
Forgetting About Underfloor Heating
Underfloor heating will also determine the type of floor you should be looking at. So, if you have underfloor heating and solid wood in mind, think again. Solid wood cannot be used with underfloor heating for the exact same reason it can’t be used in a high moisture room. Solid wood is a natural, breathing product that expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations. Therefore, underfloor heating and solid wood are not a good match. Don’t worry though, you can still get the same beautiful wood look. Engineered floors are totally safe for use with underfloor heating thanks to their layers of plywood. Plywood is an excellent heat retainer, so will keep your floor feeling cost underfoot. Engineered floors are finished with a top layer of real wood, so is totally indistinguishable from the real deal. If engineered floors are a bit out of your budget, then laminate flooring is your next best bet. While this is totally artificial, it still looks like wood but also offers water resistant properties too.
Not Knowing the Installation Methods
There is nothing worse than ordering a whole floor to find it needs a different installation technique to what you were expecting. To avoid this, research is key. Most product will specify in their descriptions what installation technique they use. Engineered and laminate floors are floating floors. This means that you can lay these floors straight down without needing additional joining materials like glue and or nails. This is is thanks to the click system that allows planks to fit together almost like a jigsaw. If the floor you have purchased comes with a tongue and groove installation method, you will need and additional joining methods and a subfloor too. With these floors, its best to speak to a fitter or joiner since they are a little more time consuming to lay down.