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How to Prepare Your Home for a New Floor Installation

You can take the floor, or the floor will take you over. Americans made 330 million Google searches related to home improvement work between June and September 2020. Many people wanted to know about flooring installation.

A new floor installation will promote the integrity of your home and update its aesthetics. Yet an installation is not easy. There is a lot you need to do to prepare your home for one.

What should you do to help installers while they install floors? How should you clean your floors before the installers arrive? How can you minimize the damage from an installation?

Answer these questions and you can take your home up a level with a perfect floor installation. Here is your quick guide.

Designate a Work Zone

Your installation company needs space to prepare and store your flooring materials. This space is separate from the area where your new floor will go.

The ideal space is a separate room with tables that the company employees can place items on. The room should be adjacent or attached to the room with the new flooring. But you can give the installation company your driveway or backyard in lieu of a room.

The company can make use of a picnic table or a spare dinner table. But it is okay if you don't have a table you can lend to them, as long as you let them know.

Tell the company where their work zone will be. You should also tell them about rooms you do not want them to enter. Give them instructions if you are allowing them to use the bathroom.

Clear the Space

In the days before your flooring installation, you need to focus on clearing the area where the installation will take place. Everything on the floor needs to come off the floor.

You should also remove items from the walls. It is easy for an employee to knock something over by mistake. It is okay to leave up wallpaper, but you should remove picture frames and curtains.

The employees may need access to your electric outlets. Remove your appliances and all electronics running off your outlets.

All pieces of furniture and equipment need to be removed. Beds, tables, and desks must come out right away.

Once everything is out, you should clean the room to remove allergens like mold. You may want to check to see if anything is leaking in your walls or floor. If you have dripping pipes, get them fixed as soon as possible.

You don't have to clean your home if you don't want to. Yet you can take your installation as an opportunity to tidy things up.

Contain the Flooring Installation Process

Installing floors can spread dust and particulates across a floor of your house, if not your entire house. You need to take several steps to prevent the installation from damaging anything.

Walk from room to room on the floor that the installation is occurring. Place sheets over important objects like pianos and aquariums. You can also hang plastic sheets over the doorways and windows, preventing dust from settling on them.

If you have children and pets, keep them away from the installation area entirely. You may want to move them to another house until the installation is done.

You can put plastic or rubber seals underneath the door leading into the installation room. If this isn't an option, try laying a plastic sheet down on the ground. The sheet will catch the dust that the workers create, and you can then throw the sheet out.

Besides particulates, you should bear in mind the noise that the process creates. You may need to wear earplugs or earmuffs. If the noise would be too much, you may need to relocate.

The installation process does involve the use of chemicals. As long as you are not near the chemicals for a long period of time, you should be okay.

The process of installing a carpet may be easier than installing a floor. You should look at different types of carpet flooring before picking a flooring type.

Find Ways to Throw Out Waste

Installers need to throw out your old floor. They may need to get rid of wood, tiles, and concrete.

An easy way to help your installers throw things out is to rent a dumpster. They can place the materials in boxes or bags and then move the containers out to the dumpster.

Yet you should bear in mind that some items can get recycled. Try to sort ceramics from other materials.

You can place a few smaller dumpsters inside the work zone for immediate disposal. Try to avoid placing trash in your lawn or garden.

Be Willing to Change Your Schedule

Each installation job has its own schedule. Installing a 1,000 square-foot floor made of laminate wood can take one or two days.

But installers may run into problems. They may have to tear out materials in the walls, or they may need to ventilate the room they are working in.

Get an overall estimate as to how much time your installers need. But keep this estimate in mind as a baseline only. Do not make any plans for your house for a few days after the installation job is supposed to be done.

Get Your Ideal New Floor Installation

A new floor installation requires a little work. You need to provide an area for the installers to set up their tools. You then need to remove everything off the floor.

The installation process can produce dust. Wrap important objects in plastic sheets to keep them from getting dirty.

Give your installers a dumpster for your old floor. You should check in with your installers to see if they are meeting their schedule.

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