One of the big problems with DIY flooring is that it is hard for homeowners who nave never installed a floor to anticipate the problems that can occur. If you do decide to try flooring for yourself, you need to be aware of what can go wrong so that you can avoid it. If you ever have any questions on whether or not you can install your own floor, then it is time to call in a professional.
Not Letting The Hardwood Settle
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make with flooring is they start installing the hardwood the moment they get it into their homes. Hardwood needs a day or two to settle to room temperature so that it does not curl or crack. If hardwood is allowed to properly acclimate to its new environment, it will be fine. If it is installed too soon, it may have to be redone.
Not Installing The Hardwood Properly
There is a process to installing hardwood that must be followed precisely to get a good installation. There needs to be a layer of weatherproofing laid down, and you need to hold the boards in place as you nail them in certain spots. You also need to make sure that the floor does not bump right up against the walls to allow it space to breathe as the weather changes. Forgetting any of these things will cause problems you can see in your floor only a short time after installation.
Buying Cheap Flooring
In flooring, as in any other part of construction, you get what you pay for. Even the cheapest wood floor is going to look great when it is first installed, but time will show that you made a minor investment when a major one was needed. You should invest in quality flooring that you know will last for years and not lose its shine.
Installing A Floating Floor Under Kitchen Cabinets
Earlier we discussed how it is necessary to give your floor some space away from the wall to prevent buckling as the weather changes, and the same principle applies to kitchen cabinets. A floating floor is one that is not secured to the subfloor, and they are very popular. But if you put kitchen cabinets on top of a floating floor, it is like not giving the floor room to breath around the walls. Over time, your floor will buckle and need to be replaced. All hardwood floors should be installed around your kitchen cabinets, and not under them.
The money you think you are saving by installing your own floor could easily be spent replacing the floor in a few short years, or paying a professional to come in a fix the mistakes. If you do want to try a DIY flooring project, then you should do plenty of research on what not to do to avoid having the kind of problems that could turn your flooring project into a disaster.