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Flooring 101 Part 1: What do you Need to Know

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Beautiful flooring requires various underlying factors to both make and keep it that way. These include the proper installation, ongoing maintenance and care, and of course, knowing when to swap it out for a refresh. However, when it comes to flooring installation and care, it can leave many homeowners perplexed concerning the proper way to do it. Therefore, it is our pleasure to provide you with this quick guide on flooring, which is just perfect for both novice and experienced flooring enthusiasts alike.

Flooring 101

Proper Installation

Properly installed flooring helps ensure seamless, sturdy floors free of raised flooring, loose ends, and more. These can be hazardous and also cause you to need repair sooner, which can be costly.

It also helps ensure the sub-floor remains free of water damage and rot, which can be expensive to repair later. Proper installation also helps ensure your warranty remains valid as many manufacturers require your floors to be installed in a proper manner as part of their terms of the agreement.

When it comes to flooring installation, many savvy homeowners choose to tackle the task themselves in order to save money; however, for added confidence, you might consider hiring a professional flooring company.

Professional flooring installation costs vary based on where you live, the flooring type, the square footage, and more. So be sure to do your homework beforehand, which will help ensure you stick to your budget.

Practice Good Maintenance and Care

Over time, your flooring can lose its luster due to various factors, including high traffic, dirt buildup, and more. All of this can cause it to look dull and drab.

However, proper care, which includes sweeping the floors each day with a soft broom, quickly wiping up spills and cleaning the floors with a damp mop or cloth at least once a week, can help maintain your floor’s shine and prolong your investment for many years to come.

Some floors may also require a new finish about once annually. Be sure to check with your manufacturer concerning if and when your floor will require a new coat of sealant to help preserve its durability and glow.

Knowing When its Time to Replace Your Flooring

Sometimes, no matter how much you care for your floors, they may still appear dingy and dull, in which case you may require new flooring. Or, if you have noticed cracks, staining, or broken tiles, etc., simply repairing the damaged areas can help restore your floor’s pristine beauty.

When properly installed and cared for, most flooring can last up to 25 years or more, which makes it a worthwhile investment. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best ways to both install and care for your specific flooring type for best results. As part of flooring 101, you should also be sure to select flooring based on your particular lifestyle, which will help make it much easier to care for your floor and prolong its life for years to come.

If you have any questions, reach out!