floor coverings international flooring adviceMany homeowners think that installing a floor is easy. After all, it’s not like fixing plumbing or working on your electricity. It’s not dangerous, so anyone with some general knowledge can do it, right? Absolutely not. Flooring installation is perhaps one of the biggest jobs you can do in your home. So you’ve got to make sure it’s done right.

We see the same flooring mistakes over and over again. Unqualified contractors cut corners. The floors aren’t prepped properly before they’re installed. Customers choose poor-quality products and cheap imported materials that can’t stand the test of time. And perhaps the most common one of all is choosing the wrong product for your room or your lifestyle.

If you’re ready to begin a new flooring project in your home, keep these common mistakes in mind so you can prevent a problem before it happens. Check out this list of the top-selling flooring products and the common mistakes made with each. If you can avoid these issues, you’ll end up with beautiful flooring in every room.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors can make any home look amazing. But with improper installation, it can turn your dream home into one big nightmare.

When it comes to hardwood, avoid low-quality products. You get what you pay for, and in most cases, the cheapest hardwood options are poorly manufactured. But even if you buy the most expensive product on the market, if the sub-floors aren’t prepped properly, it won’t make a bit of a difference. One of the most important steps in flooring installation is what goes on beneath what you can see.

For the best results, hardwood should never be installed in high-moisture areas. When deciding on the species of wood you want, make sure it provides sufficient scratch-resistance for your lifestyle. Some species resist scratches better than others and hold up better in high traffic areas, which is especially important if you have pets or kids.

Carpet

Avoid carpets with low durability ratings. While you may want to install carpet to keep your costs down, it won’t take long to see signs of damage if you choose the cheapest one. Look for carpets that are durable and designed for stain resistance.

Laminate

Laminate is a great alternative to hardwood, and like natural wood, it should not be installed in high moisture areas. It’s crucial that your installation expert preps the floor properly and levels it evenly before installing laminate on top.

With laminate you also have to make sure you maintain the proper cleaning techniques. To keep your floors looking their best, know which cleaning agents are safe for use on your laminate product.

Luxury Vinyl

Like laminate, leveling and prepping the sub floor is essential if you want a smooth, finished result. But the biggest problem we see with vinyl is the improper application of adhesive. If you’re thinking about installing luxury vinyl in your home, hire the services of a professional who knows exactly what they’re doing.

Tile

Poor application of thinset (or mortar) is one of the most common mistakes made when installing tile floors. If it’s not applied evenly and consistently, it can lead to lippage between tiles and create an uneven surface. But before the thinset can be laid, the sub-floor must be properly installed and prepared.

If you’re installing tile in wet areas such as kitchens and baths, you have to take the proper precautions for waterproofing. A lack of waterproofing can lead to a variety of issues, including the growth of mold. Tile can be tricky to install, so again, make sure you have a qualified contractor do the job.

Before you install new floors in your home, think about your lifestyle. Choose a product that is durable enough to withstand the traffic in your home. In wet areas, select products that are designed to handle moisture. And always make sure that your sub floors are prepped and leveled the right way. When you’re ready to re-do your floors, hire a reputable, licensed contractor and you’ll never have to worry about these problems in your home.