We all want beautiful floors in our home. If you have a brand-new piece of furniture and it is sitting on old, worn out carpets or tile, it still doesn’t look new. It still will not look good. The floor is what all other things in your home will rest on and it can make or break the overall style that you want to portray. However, it is not easy to remodel if the flooring in your home is also on your list of projects. Removing old flooring and leveling up any inconsistencies within it will take time. In some cases, it will also take a lot of effort. That is why hiring someone to handle flooring installation is best for some people and some homes.

The first step is the removal of the old flooring. If it is carpet that you have installed now, you will have to put in the effort to remove it. This includes removing carpet tacks, stuck on padding, and the carpet itself. Carpet that has been laid down for years will be heavy with ground in dirt. The same is true for padding, which may come up in tiny pieces. If you have allergies, you will need to definitely wear a mask and you may still end up sneezing a lot. When you currently have tile, wooden planks, or other flooring installed, they will have to be scraped up and all adhesive removed from them. Otherwise, your new floor will not lay the way it should.

Once you have the old flooring up, you will then have to level up any dips and lower any high areas. Depending on your floor, you may have to put down new plywood, sand or grind away the bad areas, or use a leveling compound. None of these processes are difficult, but it does take time and some skill to get it leveled out properly. With your busy life, do you have the time to ensure it is done properly? Do you have the ability to see low spots and high spots? Are you willing to invest days in floor prep before you are able to install the floor? If not, a professional could be the key to success.

Perhaps you have decided that you are tired of your beat up, stained up carpets or your tile that no longer looks clean, even after it is mopped. Now, you are trying to figure out which flooring option is right for you, because you already know that your older home is unlevel. There is a little bit of good news. Just because you have an old home with a sagging floor; you do not need to stick with carpet to hide the fact it is not level. You simply need to discover how to level up the floor you have. Then you will be able to use any type of flooring you want. You can learn how to level your floor before tackling a flooring installation.

The first step in straightening up your floor is to eliminate the old flooring that you want to replace. If you are tearing up carpet, you should eliminate the carpet and padding. If you are removing old wood flooring or tile, you should also remove any adhesive that is on the floor. Once that is done and everything is cleaned up, you have three options. You can use a leveling compound, plywood, or grind down the old floor.

If you choose to use plywood, you will need to purchase enough plywood to cover the entire area. It is very important that the edges of the plywood match up, otherwise you will still have an uneven floor. However, rather than gentle slopes, you will have sharp corners and edges.

Grinding is mostly reserved for uneven concrete floors, but it can be done with wood as well. Wood grinding will require the use of a sander rather than the grinder. Either way, this works best if you have only a large hump in the middle of your floor. For floors that kind of wave from one area to the next, you will put in a lot of effort if you try to grind it down.

The best option, according to most people is self-leveling compound. This compound is thick and mimics concrete. It is sold in large bags that you mix with water. The paste is used when it is thick and you spread it out on the existing floor using a trowel. Shallow dips in the floor will dry quickly and deep dips may require more than one layer. Once it dries, you can apply any flooring type you want.

When you think of installing new flooring, you may think it is as simple as taking up one flooring type and replacing it with another. In ways, this is true. However, if you are tearing up tile, it could be more complex than if you were ripping up old carpet, and if there is any type of damage to the subfloor, you will also need to take care of it. Therefore, even if you are going to hire a professional to install your new flooring, you may want to at least do some of the work to cut your costs. It is also important to know what you are getting into if you want to handle the installation on your own completely. Are you ready to learn how to prepare your floor for new flooring installation?

One of the most important things, especially if you are going to install wood or laminate flooring, is the existing floor must be flat. This means eliminating high spots and raising up low spots. If you currently have a concrete floor, you will need to grind off the high spots if they are present. Low spots can be filled in with a leveling compound. Carpets and padding should be removed, unless it is less than 6mm thick, in which case you may be able to leave it. When clearing the floor, make sure you remove all debris and adhesive as well. This takes a while, but it is well worth it in the end. You do not want to leave anything on the floor that will cause laminate, wood, or even carpet to bubble up or wear thin over time.

You will also want to take the time to remove doorways and trim. If you happen to see gaps between the baseboards and floor, you will also want to remove them so that when the new flooring is installed you can lower the baseboards to fit flush against the floor. This will improve the way that it looks when finished.

When measuring out the room to see how much flooring you will need, you should base it on what type of flooring you plan to install. Planks are more complicated than square tiles and tiles are more difficult than carpet. In all cases, leave room for the flooring to expand and shift along walls, cabinets, or other areas.