If you’re in the market for brand new flooring, we already know you’ve got questions. And answers are one of the things we do best. In order to help you make a better educated decision on the flooring you’re considering, we’ve put together a few flooring questions and answers for you here today. Far from extensive, we urge you to visit us personally for more in-depth attention and information.
Does hardwood flooring really have to acclimate prior to installation?
Absolutely. Easily one of the most important steps in your new hardwood flooring project, you might also hear it called “conditioning.” Without it, hardwood flooring can shrink or expand excessively; warp, or buckle, and can even cause damage to your structure. The process normally takes between one and three days inside an environment that is already at normal living conditions with regard to HVAC settings.
Can I skip the under-padding when choosing a carpet?
For optimal conditions, you should never skip the under-padding for your new carpet. Not only does it add an amazing level of comfort, noise reduction, and extra insulation, but it helps protect your carpet as well. Without it, especially in heavily-trafficked areas, the lifespan of your carpet will be greatly reduced. It can even create a safety hazard on surfaces such as staircases.
Aren’t all types of natural stone really the same?
No, they definitely are not. Various types of stone, such as marble, soapstone, travertine, and granite, to name a few, each have their very own characteristics. Some are better in high traffic areas, while others must be sealed on an ongoing basis. It’s very likely that one is going to be far more suited to your specific needs than many others are, so it’s a good idea to thoroughly discuss your options with a qualified flooring associate.
Won’t tile flooring crack really easily?
If you have major structural issues, or if you install tile over a wood foundation that’s prone to swelling from moisture, then you have cause to worry that you might lose some tile to cracking over the course of time. However, under normal living conditions, tile flooring is incredibly durable and hard-wearing. A well-maintained tile floor can last over a hundred years with proper care. The good news is, if a tile does crack from severe treatment, it’s fairly easy to replace the one tile.
What do all the abbreviations in luxury vinyl flooring stand for?
Each specific type of luxury vinyl flooring is often spoken of in acronyms, simply because there are a few to keep up with. WPC means wood plastic composite, but can also be used for waterproof fore. Both mean the same thing and are 100% waterproof. SPC means stone-plastic composite or stone-polymer composite and it offers an ultra-dense core that is completely waterproof. LVP speaks of luxury vinyl planks, while LVT means luxury vinyl tile. LVF, which means luxury vinyl flooring, can be used as a blanket term for all when specificity isn’t called for and it’s not always waterproof.