Online Search Queries – Floors

James answers some of the internet’s top questions regarding Floors

Why does my Floor Creak?

Floors typically creak because they were not properly fastened, or the wrong adhesives were used.  Contractors can minimize creaking by adding glue at the seams of your subflooring.  Another way to reduce this creaking is by using screws to fasten the decking to the floor joists, instead of nails.

How do I choose the right Flooring Material?

There are a few things you should consider when selecting a flooring material

The first thing you should consider is, where the floors will be put down.  If you are installing flooring in an area where there is a high-water density, like a bathroom, kitchen, or utility room, you will want to avoid materials that will absorb water like Carpet or Laminate.  A better solution for a high-water traffic area would be a Tile or Vinyl type floor.

The next thing you should consider is the type of subfloor your material will be attached to.  Will it be a wooden subfloor or a concrete slab? The type of subfloor will determine how your flooring will adhere and if it is necessary to have additional underlayment.

You should also make sure you find a flooring manufacturer with a valid warranty that they will stand behind.  Do your research, and make sure that there will be no surprises in the long run.

Finally, you should make sure that you are happy with the aesthetics.  You are the one who will be looking at this flooring every day, you should ensure that it is something you enjoy.

What is the best Flooring for Pet Owners?

There are several great options for pet owners, If you prefer carpet, there are durable products available to you with a moisture barrier.  If you want hardwood, be sure to select one that is scratch resistant.   If you are looking for something more durable, a tile would be a good option for you.  Tile floors have come a long way from 12” squares with grout, there are even options that look like hardwood, but offer you the durability of a mason material.

Why do floors sag?

Sagging is due to improper support beneath your floors.  It can be caused by your sub-floor giving away, because it was not properly fastened, or your floor joists could be your problem.  If your floor is sagging, you should have a professional take a look, to ensure you will not face further damage.

What is the most cost-effective type of flooring?

Carpet will generally be your best bet for cost-effectiveness, however being the cheapest option, it will also tend to wear out quicker.  If you can afford to do so, finding a more durable floor that will last for longer periods of time will be a better investment in the long run.

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