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Why You Shouldn’t Lay your Own Flooring

By 29 September 2019October 2nd, 2019Flooring

When it comes to flooring, we always recommend you get it installed by a professional. Even if you’re a seasoned DIY’er, confident that you could make a good job of it, it’s almost always not worth doing yourself. The main reason we say that is that carpets, laminate and other kinds of flooring cost a lot of money, and if you install it yourself, there is a high chance that it won’t end up exactly as you want it to. But you might be reeling from the dent your new floor has just made in your wallet, and think that if you install it yourself, you could save some money in terms of installation fees. But while that might be true at first, odds are you will end up paying more to get it fixed down the line. So our advice? DON’T install your own flooring! And in case you aren’t convinced yet, here’s a few good reasons why not.

 

Expansion Gaps

When it comes to installing laminate floorings, it’s a lot more complicated than simply laying the panels down on the floor and slotting it together. It actually involves quite a lot of measurements, calculations and experimentation to get it laid right, mainly due to one thing: expansion gaps. An expansion gap is essential when it comes to laminate flooring installation, and while the standard size is 1.4 of an inch, the larger the space you’re installing in, the larger the gap needs to be. We leave an expansion gap in laminate because as the temperature changes, the flooring will expand and contract with it. So if your expansion gap isn’t big enough, your floor will expand into the wall, causing the floor to buckle and leading to a lot of damage. You also want your expansion gap to be hidden, so it doesn’t look like you have a big gap in your flooring! On the flip side – if you do remember to leave an expansion gap, it needs to be done properly, or else your gap could move around your floor, causing gaps between planks all over the place. This doesn’t just look bad – it’s also a recipe for stubbed toes!! But professionals will know how to fit the flooring with the right expansion gap, and make sure it doesn’t move over time.

 

Lack Of Tools

There is a saying that a tradesman is only as good as his tools, and while that isn’t always accurate, the truth is that having the right tools at your disposal is essential to doing a good job. When it comes to installing flooring of any kind, you not only need to have the right tools (which are often expensive, or only available to professionals), but you need to know how to use them properly. The average homeowner has neither the tools nor the skills to handle them properly. So even if you were to rent these tools out, gaining the dexterity you would need to use them would take a lot of time and effort – much long than it would take to bring in an expert to do it for you!

Half Finished Flooring

If you’ve ever embarked on a big, ambitious home DIY project before, you already know how challenging it can be to see it through. Your enthusiasm will probably keep you going through the initial work, but as the motivation runs out, you’ll quickly realise just how big the task you’ve taken on is. You see, not only is floor installation a physically demanding job, but for people who are doing it for the first time it’s also very mentally taxing. There are a lot of things to work out, steps to think about and ensure you get all the techniques right, or else you risk having a floor that bulges, bubbles, tears, moves or gets damaged in a hundred different ways. We often find that homeowners who try to install their own flooring often get halfway through before giving up, either out of frustration at not getting things right or simply because they’re too tired to finish it, leaving you with a half-done floor.

 

The Internet Can’t Teach You Everything

The internet is a fantastic thing, and we love it. You can learn a lot from the internet, and the availability of so much information means that the average person can achieve a lot more than they would have been able to 20 or 30 years ago. But that doesn’t mean it can teach you everything. There is no substitute for years of training, on-the-job learning and hands on experience. While you can learn a lot by binge watching relevant tutorials on YouTube or meticulously reading manuals, instructions and guidebooks, that will only take you so far, and when you go to use those new skills, you will quickly find large holes in your knowledge. There is no substitution for the hands-on experience that comes from actually having done something in real life, and its that experience that allows professionals (like us) to pull off large flooring installations successfully.

 

Damage To You And Your Home

Finally, if a floor of any kind isn’t installed properly, it can cause damage to other parts of your house. Areas like floorboards, wiring, insulation and drywall are all at risk when you install a new floor, and you need to be aware of how your actions will impact them as you go. If you install a floor yourself, you’ll need to pay for any repairs yourself, since most insurances don’t cover any costs that arise from damage due to improper installation done in the absence of a certified professional. Which in plain English means it may cost you a lot more in the long run if you do it yourself. You may also cause yourself injuries – from straining your back to causing serious cuts and even breaking bones – something we would all like to avoid!!

 

 

At Floor 24, we always encourage our customers to choose a professional installer to fit their new carpets, laminates and hardwood floors. We have a team to installation experts on hand to fit your flooring for you quickly, efficiently and correctly, so you can start enjoying it as soon as possible. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with us today.

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