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Did you know there are five ways your new floors can cost you more than the sticker price? Most people don’t. Come take a short journey with us as we explain what those costs are, and what you should be asking your flooring consultant – BEFORE you buy.

Damage to Subfloor Caused by Standing Water 

All flooring has a subfloor. Usually made of plywood, it is installed between your home’s foundation and your flooring. Ordinary preparation of the subfloor is part of the installation of any flooring. But when a subfloor is damaged, it must be repaired or replaced  There will be an added cost.

The two most common causes of subfloor damage are age (foundation settlement) and moisture. Moisture damage can happen when your dishwasher overflows or a pipe bursts, etc. Whatever the cause, the subfloor beneath the carpet, hardwood or laminate, etc. weakens and becomes compromised. In that case, a new subfloor must be installed or repaired before new flooring can be applied.

Damaged-Subfloor

The most common cause of subfloor damage is standing water. When you have a flood, water will collect and saturate the floor, of course. But it can also happen when moisture penetrates the flooring from spills or wet feet wandering through from the pool outside. Whatever the cause, the particle board beneath the carpet or laminate, etc weakens and sags. Left untreated, it will eventually rot away. In that case, a new subfloor must be built before new flooring is applied.

Removing Floors that are Glued Directly to Foundation

Glue Applied Directly to Foundation

Direct-glue application is used in both residential and commercial spaces, especially when using carpet tile. It is generally stable, but removing it is labor intensive. The old flooring has to be hand-scraped inch by inch, and then a new, smooth surface has to be applied to prevent flaws from appearing in the floor. This process is very time-consuming and a cost-adder.

When and Why You’ll Need to Color-Match Flooring

Matching Existing Flooring

Matching an existing floor may be  needed when a portion of an existing floor gets damaged. It’s also needed when a homeowner wants to expand their existing flooring to a new area of the home. For example, you may have installed luxury vinyl plank in your office and entry, and now you want to replace your carpeted stairs with a matching LVP.

With most flooring, ma

Matching an existing floor may be needed when a portion of an existing floor gets damaged. It may also be required when a homeowner wants to expand their existing flooring to a new area of their home. For example, you may have installed luxury vinyl plank in your office and entry, and now you want to replace your carpeted stairs with a matching LVP.

With most flooring, matching an existing floor is just a matter of ordering more of the original material. But when the flooring has been discontinued, or in the case of hardwood, when one lot may not be identical to another, custom color matching is a good option. A reputable provider will let you know beforehand if color matching is necessary. But be sure to ask.

What Flooring Types Can You Customize?

There is a long list of customization options available for flooring, but hardwood and space rugs are the two most common. Both offer custom finish and colorization options that must be crafted by hand. There will be added costs for these services.

What Makes Staircases difficult to Update

Staircases

You can apply virtually any flooring to a staircase, but they are trickier to work with than the wide-open spaces of a dining room or living room. There are dozens of corners and angles and banister legs to account for, and every staircase is different. To do it well is a real art form and takes a high level of experience. Be sure your installer can show you a history of staircase work.

Those are five the most common cost-adders associated with installing new floors or renovating existing ones. Keep them in mind if you are considering a change.

 

As always…. Enjoy Your Floors!