When purchasing new flooring, we spend so much time considering the aesthetics and durability of each choice that we often forget to consider its installation. At best, we just assume that we’ll leave it to a professional and add that to the value. But what if there was more to installation than hiring an experienced installer? And, what if those considerations could mean forgoing the cost of installation altogether?
Here, we’ll highlight a few installation innovations, features and techniques that could save money both now and in the long run. We’ll also discuss why you may want to consider installing your own flooring even if you have no previous experience.
Waterproof installation has taken the spotlight in recent years, but just because your flooring itself is resistant to moisture doesn’t mean the subfloor will be. Water damage can promote mold growth, sink floorboards and even damage the foundation. This is why waterproof installation methods are just as important.
Techniques such as Fold-n-Tap™ completely block water from seeping through your hard surface panels. Spills and moisture remain above the surface, where they are easily wiped away. Here’s a quick look at a few of these methods:
Fold-n-Tap™: With a commercially-rated design, Fold-n-Tap™ locks water from seeping to the subfloor for up to 3 days. It’s designed for above and below ground applications, making it a great choice for attics and basements alike.
Adura Max: Adura Max from Mannington implements one of the easiest installation methods available (float/click) for its waterpoof flooring. Adura Max is also particularly resistant to excessive humidity. We’ll discuss float/click in detail later.
Lifeguard Backing – When considering moisture and carpet, visions of subfloor mold come to mind. However, many modern carpet selections implement a completely waterproof backing – ensuring that the nice memory foam cushion you’ve just spread and the subfloor below it remain protected. Lifeguard (available on Maximum Accent, among other stylish selections) is one such backing. Yes, some carpet cushions are waterproof. However, this features also means they’re more expensive – and if your carpet already has a waterproof backing, there’s no need for that additional expense.
Float Installation: The Easiest Choice for DIY
If you prefer to install your own flooring but haven’t actually tried it before, float installation is a great option. It employs a simple clicking system to secure panels. By clicking each panel into place, you can build your flooring much like a puzzle until the room is covered. In many cases, it can also be installed over existing flooring.
Carpet Installation: Getting More From Your Floors
Many homeowners spend so much time considering the carpet itself that they often forget about the cushion. Occasionally, carpet is installed directly over the subfloor to save money. This practice isn’t common, but it’s also not unheard of. However, simply adding a carpet cushion isn’t enough; it requires just as much thought as the carpet itself.
Carpet cushion offers a variety of benefits and will eventually pay for itself. A quality cushion (particularly memory foam) makes the carpet more shock resistant, enhancing both comfort for you and durability for your flooring. So, your carpet will last longer than without proper cushioning. As an added bonus, a quality carpet cushion will also improve your room’s R-value (a measurement of its insulation).
To learn more about the latest innovations in flooring, or to get expert advice for the best flooring in your home, visit South Carolina’s premiere flooring experts at Lexington Paint & Flooring today!