The Dos and Don’ts of Flooring Installation

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Flooring installation is a significant home improvement project that can transform the look and feel of your space. Whether you’re upgrading to hardwood, adding the timeless charm of luxury vinyl tile, or going sustainable with natural flooring, proper installation is crucial to ensure longevity and aesthetics. To help you achieve a successful flooring installation, here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep in mind. 


The Dos: 

Do Plan Ahead: Start by carefully planning your flooring project. Measure the space accurately, factor in the type of flooring material, and create a layout plan to minimise waste and achieve the desired look. 

Do Prepare the Subfloor: Ensure the subfloor is clean, level, and dry. Repair any cracks or imperfections, and use an appropriate underlayment if necessary to provide a stable base for your new flooring. 

Do Gather the Right Tools: Invest in quality tools for the job, including saws, adhesive, spacers, and knee pads. Having the right tools on hand will make the installation process smoother and more efficient. 

Do Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Read and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully. Different flooring materials may have specific requirements, such as expansion gaps or adhesive drying times. 


The Don’ts: 

Don’t Neglect Moisture Control: Moisture is a common enemy of flooring materials. Ensure there’s a moisture barrier or underlayment where necessary to prevent water damage, in order to enjoy your new flooring for years to come. 

Don’t Overlook Expansion Gaps: Some flooring materials, like hardwood and laminate, require expansion gaps to accommodate changes in humidity and temperature. Failing to leave these gaps can result in unsightly buckling or warping. 

Don’t Skimp on Adhesive: Using the wrong adhesive or not applying it properly can lead to loose or poorly adhered flooring. Follow the adhesive guidelines and let it cure for the recommended time. 

Don’t Forget About Transition Pieces: Transition strips help create a seamless transition between different flooring materials or between rooms. Failing to install them can affect the overall appearance and safety of your flooring.


Textures Flooring – Leading Flooring Supplier in Oxford, Summertown

In conclusion, a successful flooring installation project relies on careful planning, proper preparation, and attention to detail. By following these dos and don’ts, you can avoid common mistakes and enjoy beautiful, long-lasting flooring in your home. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the installation process, we’d be more than happy to help here at Textures Flooring. Our team of experienced floor layers can install everything we sell in a prompt and professional manner. For more information, please give us a call today on 01865 311 807. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form where a member of our team will be in touch shortly.