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Flooring Tips and Pointers
When inspecting or installing flooring structure, keep in mind the importance of the job ahead. Since the flooring of your home is the base of the room, it is essential to get the process right. For example, if one joist does not lay level, even by a very small amount, the additional floor coverings you place on top of the structure will only emphasis that problem even more so. Therefore, it is critical that you invest the time in installing the flooring properly.
Does It Need To Be Replaced?
One question you might have to answer is whether or not you need to remove the old, existing flooring structure and replace it. There are several times when you want to do this for sure:
There is damage to the floor structure's wood. For example, the wood has been broken. You may be able to repair this, if the problem is small, but in most situations, it is best to simply replace it.
If you notice any water damage, replace the wood after you have determined where the water was coming from and repaired that problem as well. It is common to have problems with sub floors in the basement, especially in older homes. You may also want to consider using cement flooring instead for the added moisture control.
If you have pests that have eaten away at the wood, this too can be a problem. In this situation, you will need to have the pests removed fully before fixing the flooring.
In other situations you can use the current flooring structure and build up. Always check the composition first.
Tips For Flooring Installation
As you consider the various flooring structure options you have, keep in mind these tips:
When installing flooring, always ensure that the joists are sound. If there is a problem with them, it could result in a number of problems, including long-term damage, to the flooring over time.
Invest in only the best materials. As with any structure pieces of the home, the better the structure is, the more promising the finished job will be. If you start with inferior products, you will end up with a problem later.
There are circumstances where you can build up the flooring structure rather than removing the existing flooring. Be careful to maintain the height that works for the surrounding area, first.
Also, realize the flooring structure is a job a handy do it yourselfer can handle, but it may be a time intensive and labor intensive project. This is the case because of the need or very fine measurements. You just have to get it just right to get the construction properly done and in place.