Installing and updating your home with new flooring is a great DIY project you can complete over the weekend. New flooring can transform the appearance and look of a room, but it is important that you make sure you are selecting and installing the right flooring for its intended usage. Here are some recommendations to consider when you are installing new home interior flooring.
Plan For Pets
As a homeowner, you may have pets that spend a great deal of time inside playing and sleeping. When your pets live inside your home, your floors need to provide for their needs in addition to handle extra stains and spots.
Pets inside your home will need to be able to gain traction on your floors, or else they run the risk of slipping and falling, or scratching the surface of your floors with their claws. For example, a dog's claws can dig into a hard wood flooring surface as they make their way around corners. Instead look at the type of flooring to choose one that is slip-resistant, such as cork flooring, but also repels stains and fluids.
It is also a good idea to make sure the adhesive under the flooring along with the actual flooring is water resistant so it does not begin to bubble and lift from the sub floor. A flooring expert at your flooring supply retailer can help you select the right type of adhesive for your flooring materials, whether it is vinyl, or adhesive tiles.
Look at Traffic Usage
Another consideration on your flooring is to look at the type of use your flooring will receive in terms of traffic and its environment. For example, if the floor is next to an entryway into the home, you will want to install either carpeting with stain-repellent features, or a tile or engineered wood flooring that will last for a long time under various types of wear and tear and tracked-in snow, rain, and ice.
If your flooring is going into a kitchen or a bathroom, you need to plan for the occurrence of water getting onto the floor. A fridge with a water connection for an ice maker has the potential to spring a leak, allowing water onto the floor. And in a bathroom, the toilet may overflow, and water can get on the floor from showering and bathing. So, it is a good idea to make sure the flooring and its manufacturer's adhesive or the adhesive you purchase to apply the flooring is resistant to a large amount of moisture. Also make sure that if you purchase a flooring that requires a separate adhesive, that the flooring and the adhesive are made by the same manufacturer or are the same brand. Many flooring and application systems need to be compatible so they don't fail and cause lifting, bubbling, and a failing floor surface.
If you're considering replacing the current flooring in your home, look for a company in your are that offers water proof flooring adhesive.