The decision to buy new flooring can be a big one. That’s why Reality Flooring offers advice on our flooring installation services so you can figure out the best option when trying to decide on what you want for your home. Contact us if you have any further questions and want more information.
Q: Can I Just Install Hardwood Floors Myself?
It is highly recommended you get a professional to install wood floors instead. Hardwood is much more expensive, so if you make a mistake and damage a piece, it is a far more costly mistake than having to buy a single new tile or vinyl plank.
More importantly, the room and the materials need to be properly tested for flatness and moisture, which requires specialized tools. Additionally, you will need to know the centre of the room, how much space needs to be left for expansion, how to work around irregular obstructions such as closets, fireplaces, cabinets, etc. It is not recommended as a DIY project. That’s why we offer professional floor installation!
Q: How Do I Figure Out the Correct Amount of Hardwood to Buy?
Wood flooring, like most other types, is sold by the square foot. That square footage is the measurement of the area that will be covered by the flooring. You should also add in a waste factor of 5% - 10% to allow for cutting waste. As an example, for a 100 sq. ft room, you should be purchasing 105 – 110 sq. ft of material.
Q: What is the Difference Between Hardwood and Laminate Flooring?
While hardwood is often considered to be a superior choice, the truth is that laminate offer several advantages. Laminate has more versatility in where it can be installed, and is lower maintenance than a hardwood floor. Installation is also much simpler than hardwood flooring. Hardwood can only be installed above grade (above ground) whereas laminate can go both above and below grade.
Q: Where Can I Install Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring can be installed in any room in your house. However, it is not recommended you install it in wet areas such as bathrooms, saunas, enclosed porches, verandas, or anywhere that might need to be wet-mopped. Exposure to moisture can cause laminate flooring to warp or swell.