Published at Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 08:17:50 AM. Laminate Flooring. By Creissant Barbot.
Ahead of installing your new flooring, you be required to remove the old flooring. You ought to first remove both the baseboard and the quarter round as well. Be careful when doing this task, to avoid the walls from becoming severely damaged. Hoist up the carpet beginning the tack strips. Use carefulness around these strips, as they are extremely sharp. Carefully pull up the strips, to avoid harsh damage to the sub-floor. This would have need of replacing portions of it or filling it with a special compound.
Cash and carry vs. installed purchase. This is always a tough one because a flooring product is only as good as the installation. I have seen a lot of want to-be independent installers out there that can ruin a laminate or hardwood job. Most carpet installers are not carpenters, but many do pretend to be. It is rare to find an installer that can do it all. As a matter of fact, I have yet to find one. Many are top notch at some types of flooring, but not others. So when you hire a friend of a friend, or someone working under their own shingle, are you guaranteed the type of installation you expect? Also, when using a moonlighting installer, you should be paying no more than 50-60% of the prevailing rate of the independent retailer installation rate. I have seen moonlighting installers charge half again as much for an installation than the customer could have gotten from a flooring store. When you have the flooring store install the product, there will be no finger-pointing should there ever be an issue. There are so many different complications that can happen after an installation, and if you are dealing with a rock solid independent retail store, you have protection. In my opinion, there needs to be significant savings for you when you cash and carry a product. If you have the ability to install on your own, then there is normally a substantial savings realized and I say go for it. If not, let the experts do it.
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