Flooring installation usually requires a professional unless you're installing something simple, such as loose-lay vinyl planks. If installing the floor requires stretching the carpet, nailing hardwood, or working with glue or grout, installation can get tricky.
A fairly easy installation method is to float the new flooring, but this is only possible with certain types of tile and plank flooring. Here's what you might want to know about floating flooring installation.
The Old Floor Can Often Stay In Place
Floating flooring doesn't adhere to the old floor, so in many cases, the old floor can stay in place. However, if the floor has water damage or bad odors, you'll probably want to remove it anyway. Flooring that's in good shape can usually stay, but you should clean it and repair major cracks or other damage.
The flooring installation contractor usually prepares the old floor for installation as part of the process of getting new floors, so they'll let you know how much work, if any, needs to be done on your old floor.
Carpet isn't a good match for floating flooring, but most types of hard flooring, such as vinyl, ceramic, stone tile, and wood can be covered with floating planks or tiles if the original flooring is still in good condition.
Floating Planks And Tiles Attach To Each Other
Floating floors are usually made of planks or large tiles since the planks and tiles attach to each other and provide a long side that ensures secure attachment. Vinyl, laminate, and some types of wood flooring are designed to float.
Planks might attach to each other with a tongue-and-groove method or with adhesive. Planks and tiles made specifically for floating must be used since traditional pieces can't attach to each other and must be attached to the floor instead.
Planks Still Need To Be Cut
Floating flooring installation is much easier than other types of flooring installation, but the planks must still be cut. This might be a roadblock to DIY installation since you may not be able to cut wood or laminate planks if you don't have a saw and know how to use it. Vinyl planks and tiles are easy to cut since they can be cut with a utility knife, scissors, or a vinyl plank cutter.
Floating Flooring Installation Is Quick
Another advantage of floating your new flooring is that installation is quick. If you float prefinished wood flooring, the work will be done much quicker than if the flooring is installed the traditional way.
More steps are involved, such as removing the old flooring, repairing and leveling the subfloor, gluing or nailing the old planks, and then finishing the floor. Traditional wood flooring installation can take days while installing a floating floor could take only a day or two.
For more information, contact flooring installation services today.