Deciding to take on the task of having new flooring installed in your Winnipeg, MB home can seem intimidating, especially if you’re not prepared for what is to come. We have put together a list of what to expect as you prepare for your new floors to be installed in your home or office.
How To Prepare Ahead Of Time
The first thing you should do is look at the quote you were given by the flooring company. Checking to see if the preparation portion of the install is included in your quote would be your first step. If it is then you are good to go! If it isn’t it is a good idea to remove all furniture, toys, and electronics from the room. In order for the floors to be installed the installers will need everything cleared out so they can get to work. The other step in the prepare process is to check your homes temperature. New floors must be installed at an optimal temperature that is between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring that your Manitoba home is between those temperatures is imperative for a successful new floor installation.
How To Keep Dust To A Minimum
As old floors are removed, and new floors are installed in their place it is perfectly natural for dust and debris to be present within the home. Your flooring installers will always do their best to keep that dust to a minimum if at all possible. One way to prevent dust from spreading to other areas of your home or office is to cover doorways throughout the home with plastic to try to mitigate the spread of dust to other areas of the home. And always know that the installation crew will clean up the dust and debris upon completion of any job.
Be Prepared For The Unexpected
With any large home project it is always wise to be mentally prepared for unseen issues to arise. From time to time when an old floor is removed there can be issues with the subfloor that was unseen during the initial inspection. Rot, mold, and insect damage are among the issues we see on occasion. When these things crop up there may be additional cost associated with repairing or replacing any damaged subfloors which was not accounted for at the time of the quote. It is best to always be prepared that there could be unforeseen expenses in situations like this so as not to be caught off guard when additional charges have accrued.
When your flooring professionals here in Winnipeg are factoring in the measurements of your home they overestimate by a factor of 5-15%. This is because occasionally there can be flaws in the materials or the installer may run into other issues on the job site. Having extra ensures that your job can be completed in a timely fashion with enough materials. Also, we highly recommend that you keep some of the extra on hand, this way down the road should you need a repair you already have flooring material on hand to replace any flooring that might need it.
Lighting Can Affect The Look Of Your Floors
We highly recommend that when you are shopping for floors you take the sample flooring material and look at it in your home at different times of day as the lighting changes. Moving the sample to different areas so that you can get a real feel for the look that your flooring choice will have in your home. Since you’re working with a small piece of flooring material occasionally you may feel it looks slightly different than you thought it would once its all installed. Taking the time to move the sample throughout the desired location in your home will allow you to really see what that particular flooring material will look like, ensuring that you will be fully satisfied with the end results.
You’re All Set
Once the floors have been installed in your home and you are ready to move your belongings back in make sure that you take precautions. Moving appliances in on thin sheets of Masonite will protect your floors from scratches and dents as they are moved into place. We also recommend affixing your furniture with felt pads to keep them from damaging the floors.
Having the peace of mind and knowing what to expect from a flooring installation project will take a lot of the stress out of the process. We know that you can have incredible floors in your Winnipeg area home, and the experience can be smooth and painless by preparing yourself with these guidelines.