No matter if you are a novice at home improvement or a DIY expert, there are many steps that can go wrong when it comes to new flooring installation. It can even happen to professional installers, so it’s best to know what kind of things can go wrong to be able to identify them before it all goes pear shaped.

If you are going it alone, then it is always best to consult with a professional fitter or joiner in regard to a successful installation. However, the most common mistakes can be a mix of easy and not so easy to spot.

The Underfloor Heating Misstep

Having underfloor heating is just perfect for your home and helps to save on heating costs, but the big mistake that can happen is not identifying if the floor you want over it is right for the job.

If you have invested in hardwood flooring, then that investment in underfloor heating is already a huge waste of money. Solid wood floors cannot withstand temperature fluctuations due to being a natural mineral, meaning the wood will begin to contract and expand, meaning that very quickly your floor planks will begin to rise and split.

There are many other types of flooring that can handle underfloor heating, with Amtico Spacia luxury wood effect vinyl flooring offering an authentic look of natural wood whilst not succumbing to its weaknesses.

Ignoring Moisture Levels

When it comes to moisture and humidity, your floor can be faced with threat, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

Many hardwood floors will become victim to sustained water and moisture in the air and damage to the boards will follow. As these rooms are a constant for these elements, you need to be sure of a floor that is high in water resistance and changes in temperature. Solid or engineered wood are not a match for these rooms as they will tend to swell and absorb liquids. Laminate and vinyl flooring are a much safer bet due to their protective qualities as well as their replicated look.

Lowest price Amtico flooring can also provide a look of stone or slate in its planks and tile ranges.

Joining Method

If you have purchased a flooring solution that utilises a tongue and groove system for installation, then you need to prepare your subfloor by levelling it out. 

It ensuring it is straight and clear of debris or broken tiles you can then begin to lay your floor right, but this will require the use of an adhesive that is suitable. Many brands of flooring have their own specified adhesive so be sure that you use the right solution and not one that is not recommended for the product at hand.

If in any doubt over your own work or the work of a professional fitter, be sure to contact a professional for guidance and advice.

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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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