Things To Consider Prior to Flooring Installation
The condition of your flooring will have a significant bearing on the cost of replacing it. As you know, it is essential that flooring be structurally sound. The condition of the so called sub-floor determines the extent of work needed to replace flooring. Put simply, structural elements under flooring ensure that the floor holds the weight of furniture, appliances and your loved ones. Rotted or damaged floor joists or plywood would need to be replaced prior to new flooring being installed. So what are some signs that your sub-floor might be damaged?
- Your floors are uneven or sagging.
- You floor squeaks or shifts when you walk on it.
- Your floor bounces when you walk on it.
- You have cracked tiles.
- Your room smells musty without visible signs of moisture.
If you notice any of this, or otherwise feel that your flooring needs replacement, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free estimate.
Types of Flooring
Tile flooring is ideal for high-moisture rooms like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Tiles are versatile and durable, lasting many years with little maintenance. Many tile textures are available, including the following:
- Ceramic tile is made from clay and has a softer, more comfortable walking surface compared to other types of tile flooring.
- Porcelain tile is more durable, less porous and even more water-resistant than ceramic. However, it’s also more expensive, often considerably more.
- Natural stone tile, including granite, marble, slate and other materials are typically less durable than ceramic or porcelain tiles, but sometimes offer a more elegant appearance, making them popular with come home-owners.
- Other less common types of tiles include mosaic glass, metal, cement and engineered tile.