Guide to Layered Flooring

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

Your head may spin with the thought of a new flooring installation, but many projects aren’t as involved as you might think. Several flooring types can be layered with a brand new material on top making for convenient, hassle free and time saving installation. In some cases, layering can make the floor sturdier with less echoing, and may even create a moisture barrier for sensitive hardwood floors.

If you have concrete, linoleum, or vinyl floors in Carrollton, almost any type of new flooring can be layered on top of it. There’s no need to increase the labor to pull the old material off, and you can enjoy further savings by not having to dispose of it. So what flooring can be installed over the previously mentioned floors? Tile and hardwood are popular among homeowners and laminate and carpet are comfortable alternatives that are often more affordable.

Flat and smooth flooring simply needs to be swept and cleared of any debris before adding the new material. New carpet will require glued-down tack strips to secure the edges. Most laminate floors float above the floor, making installation quick with a tongue-and-groove construction. Hardwood floors on the other hand are often glued to the subfloor so keep the area clean to improve adhesion.

A home that has wall-to-wall carpeting in Carrollton will need to have the old material removed before adding the new flooring. The plush texture of carpet makes it too tall to cover with another layer. Doing so may cause molding and will likely make it difficult to shut the doors in your home. If you have carpet and are interested in purchasing new floors for your home, the carpet and tack strips will need to be completely removed prior to starting the installation process.

There is however, one standout benefit of pulling up old flooring. If the floor stands on the home’s foundation, a flooring change is a perfect opportunity to inspect the concrete for any cracks. You can actually fill small cracks with filler or epoxy to improve the foundation’s stability. If there are extreme cracks causing structural instability, they can be addressed before laying the new floor. While these fixes may be costly, it can help ensure that your home is safe and stable in the long-run.

Adding new flooring to your home modernizes the space, giving it a new personality. Consider your floor choices for layering to save big on labor rates. For more information about installation or to request free information about flooring, contact the CMA Flooring Store at 888.2626552. Our expert flooring designers and contractors would more than happy to assist you.