New Flooring The Devils in the Detail
New flooring is one of the most common purchases in the UK domestic construction market.
Few things make a home more than new flooring, with a universe of colours, materials, and textures to choose from. For some, a thick, plush carpet is the dream, while others fantasise about moonwalking along polished wood in their socks (by others, I obviously mean everyone).
So you’ve picked out your perfect flooring. Fantastic. You know where to buy, how much you’ll need, and you might even have a tradesperson scoped out to lay it for you (unless you’re a DIY superstar, and can do it yourself). You’re all set to go.
Installing new flooring is more complex than you might think.
But wait. No you aren’t. With any new flooring, it’s just a little bit more complex than you might think. You can’t just put down any type of floor on any type of surface, with any type of kit. Well, technically you could, but it may end in disaster, and costing you more money than you could imagine.
Let’s take Solid Wood Flooring as an example. Here are a few things to consider -
- When you buy, you’ll need to pick up a little extra than the dimensions of your room. This is for cutting purposes. Think of it as a contingency plan for mistakes in measurement or cutting. You should grab about 15% extra when you buy.
- Is the flooring going on top of concrete or wood? If it’s concrete, the best way to lay it is with fast-fit peel and stick underlay. Between the underlay and concrete, install a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM) to stop moisture seeping through from the underfloor.
- If you’re going on top of wood, tongue tight wood flooring screws and regular underlay are the way to go.
- You should also consider accessories at the point of purchase. There’s no point buying floors now and then later having to go back to get extras. Consider door thresholds, radiator pipe hole covers, and skirting boards/beading now, and you’ll save yourself some time down the road.
Finally, make sure you hire a reputable tradesperson to do the work. If they’re worth their salt, they’ll be able to give you these specifics for any type of floor. If you need help finding one, our would just rather someone else handle the whole project, we’d be delighted to assist.