Updating the flooring in your home may seem like a big undertaking, but it can completely transform your home’s interior when done correctly. If you’re considering replacing your flooring but are unsure if you can take on the project, here is what the process would entail.
Remove Current Flooring if Necessary
Depending on what your existing flooring is like, you may have to remove it before you proceed. If you currently have a thick flooring like hardwood, then you’ll want to consider the thickness of your new flooring and if the combined thickness would raise the floor too much. If your existing flooring is in rough shape or uneven, then the new flooring may not stick, or the old flooring may cause unevenness. To remove your flooring, you’ll simply have to pry or chip off every piece.
Get the Subfloor Ready
If there’s glue on your subfloor after removing your flooring, you’ll have to first remove it or otherwise make it less sticky. Then, make sure the subfloor is level to ensure your new flooring lays as it should and doesn’t fracture or squeak. Whether you’re using your old flooring or the subfloor under your old flooring, you’ll have to fill cracks and dips with a leveling compound and sand any bumps. You’ll then have to lay an underlayment that acts a moisture barrier, which can be plastic, vinyl or tar paper.
Lay Your Flooring
The process of laying your flooring depends on the type of flooring you’re using. Hardwood, such as those in the Monarch Plank Storia II collection, is most easily nailed down, but it can be ordered as glue-down or floating as well. Tile and linoleum require glue, which should be an adhesive recommended by your flooring’s manufacturer. Some laminate flooring comes as glue-down with a sticky backing, while others are floating and need to be nailed to the wall and held down with baseboards. Replacing your flooring is undoubtedly a tedious task, but the results are often worth it. Now that you know the process, you can get started in your own home.