Clearing Up Common Flooring Installation Mistakes

October 28, 2010
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Getting new flooring installed in any room in your home is not a small project. Neither is usually one that all but the most confident of handymen (or women) should undertake.

But whether you do elect to do the right thing and have a pro install your new flooring for you or you still want to give it a shot yourself there are some common misconceptions about flooring installation that you should be aware of. Here are a few of them:

General Misconceptions:

Once the installation is done I can throw out the leftover flooring materials – You can, but that may not be the smartest move in the world. It is always a good idea to keep at least some leftover flooring on hand in case you should ever need any repairs made to your flooring (a ripped area of carpet , a chipped tile) Having the original material will ensure that your repair will be as close to the original as possible.

My flooring salesman is trying to sell me more flooring than I need. I have a 16×16 room so I should only need 256 square feet – No, your flooring salesman is not a crook, he is talking about the “waste factor” and whatever kind of flooring you are having installed there is going to be one. For instance, if that 16x 16 room is being carpeted you would need much more than 256 square feet of carpet because it only comes 12′ wide, 13′6″ wide or 15′ wide. Therefore, multiple pieces will need to be ordered and not all of the material can be used.

The installers will have to move the furniture, I’m too busy and they are getting paid – Furniture removal and replacement is usually not included in a flooring installation estimate. Some installers will do it but for an additional charge, it is not a part of their “job.”

My new carpet is shedding. It must be defective – That is rarely the case. A small amount of shedding is perfectly normal and to be expected.

The installers should install my new ceramic tile floor in one day not two; it’s not that hard – Small repair jobs can usually be done in one day, but most tile flooring jobs are laid on the first day and then the installer will generally come back the next day to grout. If the flooring is going to be sealed, the grout needs to cure before the sealer can be applied.

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