Floor Shopping Guide – Part 3

Whether you plan to install your floor yourself, or hire a professional, the installation method should play a role in your floor shopping decisions.

Floor Shopping Guide Part 3

Floor Shopping Guide: It’s installation time.

Now that you’ve selected your floor, it’s time to install it. If you created a flooring budget, you’ve already decided whether you’re installing the floor yourself or hiring a professional.

If you’re a DIYer, do your homework about the floor you plan to install.

  • Visit an online DIY Center for helpful articles and videos about installing floors. For example, laminate is a great DIY choice. At Armstrong.com, you can learn how to install laminate flooring yourself.
  • Check DIY online forums and blogs.
  • Talk to your flooring retailer about your project. They may have helpful advice about installing your floor.
  • Follow the directions that come in the box – don’t cut corners!

If you’ve decided to hire a professional installer, try these resources:

  • Talk to friends and neighbors. Word-of-mouth is a good way to find a trustworthy installer.
  • Use Armstrong’s Find a Certified Installer program.
  • Ask your flooring retailer. They usually have a stable of freelance installers they can recommend.
  • Check online services that offer customer reviews of local professionals.

After you’ve hired a flooring installer, schedule a consultation to discuss:

  • A project timeline
  • Additional project costs. You don’t want any surprises when the project’s done.
  • Satisfaction guarantee. What happens if you have a problem with your floor after a month? A year?
  • Old flooring. Who’s responsible for removing it?
  • A written quote

Before the Installation

Follow these tips to protect your furniture and your home during the renovation.

  • Remove all furniture and store everything in a safe area.
  • Seal off other rooms. You want to keep the odors and dust from seeping into the rest of your home.
  • Identify the work zone for your family so they can stay out of the way.
  • Caution everyone to wear shoes to avoid stray splinters, nails, etc.

Next Installment: My floor looks great! Now how do I keep it that way?

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