What to consider before tackling a do-it-yourself flooring project

Nealy’s Flooring understands that your decision to invest in a better floor is a big one, and the kind of decorating initiative that will probably outlast any other type that you take. That’s why the company makes sure to stock leading brands — such as Muskoka Prefinished Hardwood Flooring, Olympia Tile and Stone, Shaw Floors and many more — while standing behind its products 100 per cent.

If you are looking at a DIY flooring project in your home, there are several things you need to do before choosing the right products. While it can be a fun venture, remember that the tools, time and effort you will need to put into the project will vary greatly with the kind of floor you choose and the surface over which you will lay it.

Just some of the tools you may need include a hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s square, safety glasses, roller, level, saw and utility knife. After you have them, the factors to consider can be many, no matter which flooring option you choose.

With a hardwood floor installation, for example, beware of laying the planks over concrete that has too much moisture. Also, be sure to leave expansion space around the edges of your hardwood floor, as temperature and humidity variations can cause the wood to expand and contract.

If you are installing carpeting, the job can be fraught with a host of challenges. Many experts recommend you get professionals to do it, as just getting a large, heavy carpet into a room can be very difficult. Even once you do that, you face the task of cutting the carpet perfectly to size. Making a wrong cut can basically ruin the entire piece.

Other kinds of flooring options also have their own unique requirements and challenges, so it is really vital that you be thoroughly knowledgeable before you make any attempts at installation.

Nealy’s Flooring stands ready to help you no matter what kind of installation job you are looking at. The company’s more than 30 years of experience means it has a team of experts who can help you make the right choice and end up with a perfect floor.

Visit the flooring showroom at 500 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener. Call 519-570-0008, or email nealysflooring@bellnet.ca.

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