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How do I know if my floor needs replacing?

If you’ve been thinking about replacing your floor but are not sure where to start, look no further. Here at Tech Flooring, we want to help you pick out the best flooring for your home. However, it can be tricky to know when it needs replacing and what options are available. It may not be an obvious question when you ask yourself, how do I know if my floor needs replacing, so we’ve put together a few FAQs to help you decide whether your flooring needs replacing.

There are common signs to tell if your floor needs replacing. These include:

  • If the room smells musty. This could be a sign of water damage to the floor and should definitely be replaced
  • Your floors are uneven or sunken in parts
  • If your floor is squeaking loudly
  • Floors that shift or bounce too much underfoot
  • Your floor is bubbling
  • Excessive stains that don’t scrub off
  • Scratches
Replacing Your Floor

Replacing Your Floor

Of course, there are other reasons to change your flooring. You might fancy a change or you could be re-vamping your house. Replacing your floor is a great way to treat yourself and your home. If you own property that is rented out, a lease coming to an end is a great opportunity to replace your floors.

If you have any concerns or queries, we’re happy to help. Get in touch today.

How do I prepare my subfloor for my new flooring?

The first thing you’ll want to do when prepping your subfloor is to deep clean it. Start by sweeping up any loose debris or dirt. Then go over the subfloor with a hoover. The next step is to mop the subfloor. You can use just water or add a little cleaning solution. A great tip is to use two mops- one for cleaning and one for rinsing.

What new flooring should I choose?

This very much depends on what room you are looking at. Vinyl is very water-resistant and so is often used in kitchens and bathrooms. Laminate is great if you’re on a budget and looks great in hallways and living rooms. If you’re looking for something more similar to traditional wooden floors, luxury vinyl tiling is a brilliant option. If you’re interested in rugs, we offer options that can suit any home.

Take into account style and design as well as budget when choosing your new floor. Need some inspiration? Browse our range today. Contact us today for friendly advice and a free quote.

Should I install my new flooring myself?

Whilst you can install your new flooring yourself, we advise against this. At Tech Flooring, we can take care of everything. From helping you choose the perfect floor, to installation and aftercare. Sit back and relax whilst we expertly install your new floor.

Still not sure about installing a new floor? We pride ourselves on top notch customer service so give us a call today to have all your questions answered.

 

how to prepare a wooden subfloor

How to prepare a wooden subfloor

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DIY or get a professional in?

Once you’ve decided on what new flooring you want installed, maybe you want a new wooden floor? The next step is to prepare the subfloor. How to do this depends on what subfloor you have. Concrete and wooden floors have very different preparation methods. Here at Tech Flooring, we professionally install incredible floors. However, flooring prep is very important. We advise that you seek a professional to prep your floor. Incorrect subfloor prep can shorten the lifespan of your floors and cause damage to your new floor.

However, if you’re looking to prepare your wooden subfloor, we’ve put together some basic tips and tricks to help.

how to prepare a wooden subfloor

how to prepare a wooden subfloor

Remove the old floor

This is a particular step that we recommend you bring professionals in to do. Not only does the old floor need to be removed but also the sealants and adhesives it leaves behind. Sometimes old floors leave paint behind and this can cause chipping. Scrape away any glue or paint.

Inspect the subfloor

It’s important to take the time to properly inspect your subfloor. Look for any irregularities, bumps or holes. Any protruding nails/screwheads should be nailed down. You also want to check for any squeaky or loose floorboards. You can screw or nail down loose boards or even replace them if you are able to. If you come across any issues, hire a professional to come in and take a look to avoid permanent damage to your subfloor.

Ensure the subfloor is level

This is a crucial step. The subfloor needs to be level so that your new floor can be laid down smoothly. Use a level and tape measure to check that the floor is level. Look for any holes and fill them in. Any low points can also be filled in with floor levelling compound. High points can be sanded down with sandpaper or screed.

Check the moisture content

This has to be done before proceeding with your new floor installation. If the moisture content of your floor is too high, it could cause rotting, warping and crowning in your new floor. Use a moisture kit to test this or hire a professional.

Clean your subfloor

Thoroughly clean your subfloor so that it is ready for your new flooring. Sweep away any loose dirt or dust. Then go over the subfloor with a hoover. Make sure your hoover is on the right setting to efficiently vacuum the floor. Then go in with a mop. A good tip is to use two mops- one for cleaning and one for rinsing. Make sure your floor is given enough time to fully dry before installation occurs.

Looking to have a new wooden floor installed? We’re here to help. Get in touch today to find out more. We install beautiful floors in a range of designs and materials. Contact us today for expert advice and a free, no-obligation quote.

how to prepare for a new floor installation

How to prepare for a new floor installation

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Laminate Installation Cost

So, you’ve settled on a new floor for your property- what are the next steps? What could be the laminate installation cost? You will need to decide whether you want to hire a professional to prepare your subfloor or do it yourself. Although it is possible to prep the subfloor yourself, we advise that you get an expert to do it. If it is done incorrectly, lasting damage can occur to your new floor and significantly shorten its lifespan. Here at Tech Flooring, we offer professional floor installation services.

Aside from prepping your floor, there are a few other things that need to happen for you to be fully ready for your new floor. We’ve put together a checklist to make the process easy for your.

how to prepare for a new floor installation

how to prepare for a new floor installation

Remove all breakables

This means everything from home décor to glass light fittings. Have everything removed and placed away from where the floor is being installed. Family photos, artwork on the walls and mirrors definitely need to be removed. If you’re worried about expensive lightbulbs, remove them too and store safely.

Remove heavy furniture and appliances

This may seem obvious but removing all heavy furniture and appliances is essential. If you can, put the furniture in a different part of the house. If you are struggling for space, keep the furniture nearby and cover with dust sheets.

Disconnect gas and electricity

Organise for gas and electricity to be shut off before the installers come. This is particularly important if the room has lots of plug sockets or gas outlets (e.g., a kitchen). You can do this yourself but if you’re worried, call a professional in.

Get ready for dust

Although there shouldn’t be too much dust from installing a new floor, it can get a little messy. Covering furniture and surfaces with dust sheets is a great way to keep them protected and clean.

Any rooms that won’t be having an install should be shut away. You can cover the doorways with plastic sheets and seal them with tape for extra dust protection.

Clean all floors

This is not essential but a good idea to prep for the installation of a new floor. Cleaning all your floors significantly cuts down on the amount of dirt, dust and mildew that can be disturbed during installation.

Let your new flooring acclimatise

This is an essential step. Your new flooring needs to get used to the temperature and humidity of the room it will be installed in. Let your flooring sit in its box in the room for at least 48 hours before installation.

Hopefully, you’ve picked up a few tips on how to get ready for your new flooring. If you’re interested in having a new floor professionally installed, get in touch today. Not sure where to start? Contact us today to go over all the options and receive expert advice.