Any project that revamps your space is exciting. Seeing your space go from one look to another is a breath of fresh air. Flooring is an integral part of, not only the look of a commercial or residential space but the functionality as well. When looking to make a drastic change, many opt for new flooring. Whether you’re doing commercial floor installation or at home floor installation, seeing the results is something worth looking forward to.
Deciding on new flooring comes down to two factors – is it necessary for the functionality of the space and is it time to revamp a new look? Often times, people are torn between refinishing hardwood flooring and installing. If you’re in the market to ditch the old and find the new, however, here are a few things you need to know prior to installation:
Have a budget in place
Depending on the size of the room(s) you are reflooring and the cost of materials, the price can range. If you have a strict budget in mind, you want to ensure those installing know what that budget is so they can deliver you appropriate options. Materials aside, the total cost also includes labour. If your entire budget is already consumed by JUST the materials, you may want to try a different option. The professionals will work with you to give you what you want within reason. Having a budget in place helps them better narrow down the best options for you.
Have a timeline
The time, just like the cost, depends on the size of the project. The larger the job, the longer it takes. When speaking to your flooring professional, it’s important to go over when you want the project to start. They will then provide you with a timeline of how long the process will take as well as when the space will be usable again. Having a date in mind and a timeline in place will allow you to clear the space and give warning to those within ahead of time.
Consider spaces not made for hardwood flooring
Not every room can have beautiful hardwood flooring and it’s important to keep this in mind when deciding WHERE you want your new flooring installed. Bedrooms, living rooms, and office spaces are ideal for hardwood flooring and can accommodate almost any material. Rooms such as the bathroom or the laundry room where water may be prevalent may lower your options down. Most hardwood flooring isn’t recommended for these rooms and over time, water can do quite a number on them. While there are options, they are limited. It’s important to note where you want your hardwood flooring installed and if that space is susceptible to wear and damage.
Do you NEED new flooring?
When it comes to flooring, many bounce between refinishing and reflooring. If your current floor has significant damage, lost its structural integrity, or you simply want a completely different look, installation is 100% the route to go. However, if you are looking to replace your flooring with the same style because your current flooring is a little worn, you may want to consider refinishing. Refinishing is the act of revamping and restoring hardwood flooring to as good as new as possible. If you love the look of your current flooring and there is no significant damage, refinishing may be the way to go.
Keep aftercare in mind
When getting anything new, our first response is to bask in all it’s glory immediately. When it comes to new flooring, you are going to want to speak to your flooring professional about aftercare to maintain the integrity of the hardwood. This includes what cleaning products can and cannot be used on the material, how often cleaning should be done, what items/elements can cause damage, and how the material reacts to temperature. For example, if you are going from tile flooring to hardwood flooring, the supplies you can utilize will vary and in fact, some supplies used on tile can damage hardwood flooring.
Installing new flooring in your residential or commercial space can drastically change the look of the room or rooms it is being installed in. Prior to embarking on the exciting journey, it’s important to keep all of these factors in mind in order to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.
Budget, timeframe, aftercare, materials, the need for reflooring are all important to consider before starting the process. The more you know beforehand the easier it is for the professionals to tailor to your needs!
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