As spring time transitions into summer in Colorado, many homeowners decide to tackle those home improvement projects they contemplated during the winter months. In addition to painting and redecorating, some property owners may consider installing laminate flooring. Whether you’re thinking about replacing the flooring in one room or throughout your entire home, the flooring installers at Urban Design Floors have got you covered! With more than 15 years of experience in the residential flooring industry, we’ve got the skills and expertise you want and deserve from a flooring contractor. Contact us today to get started!
We always recommend enlisting a professional contractor for your new flooring project. However, we understand that many homeowners are the do-it-yourself type. Because of this, our flooring installers have compiled a few prep tips to ensure your project gets started on the right foot.
Remove the Old Flooring
This might seem like a no-brainer if you currently have carpet, but the very first thing you should do is remove the original flooring material, regardless of whether it is tile, carpet, or linoleum. If you’re removing carpet, don’t forget to remove the tack strips and padding. When it comes to new flooring, it’s always advisable to start with a clean slate.
Clean the Exposed Subfloor
This step doesn’t require much work and it’s not necessary to pull out the mop and bucket. Once your original flooring is removed, you’ll want to make sure there are no staples, carpet fibers, or other materials on the subfloor. This step may require you to scrape up any stray globs of glue, paint, or drywall mud before sweeping and/or vacuuming the area clean.
Ensure a Level Surface
Because laminate flooring is considered a floating floor, it is critical to ensure that your subfloor is level after you’ve cleaned it. It is very common for there to be variations in the surface of subfloors, and many laminate flooring manufacturers will specify the maximum variation allowed. Installing laminate floors over an uneven subfloor can result in noise and instability. If you discover your subfloor needs leveling, there are many leveling compounds available on the market to remedy the situation.
Allow the Laminate to Acclimate
Laminate flooring is no different from any other wood flooring material in that it is sensitive to humidity and temperature variances. Manufacturer guidelines will vary, but the flooring installers at Urban Design Floors always recommend allowing your laminate flooring product to acclimate to the room conditions for two to five days. This is an important step in the process, and failure to properly acclimate your flooring can result in shrinkage, cupping, and other irregularities down the road.
These are just a few steps to get you started as you prep for a DIY laminate flooring project. In our next article, we’ll review a few benefits of installing this versatile flooring, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, if you’ve decided to rely on a professional flooring installer for the job, give us a call! We’d love to work with you!