(NOTE: “DIY” DO IT YOURSELF, INCLUDES HANDYMEN, CONTRACTORS AND ANYONE BUT A CERTIFIED FLOORING INSTALLER)
WHAT CAN GO WRONG?
1. Most of our products have either, tongue and groove or click systems, of which there are, at last count, 7 types. These can require a level of expertise that have long learning curves. Edges often break and thus have not enough material to form a tight bond.
2. APPEARANCE: The layout of the floor is important to the overall installation. How to layout the floor properly so that the end product has a fantastic visual aspect is part of the training process. Knowing how the products “lays” is also important. Many products have quirks that a professional installer takes into consideration when laying out the floor. Measurements make a difference also. Many installers make the mistake of mis-measuring the floor only to run short or, worse, having a tiny piece short at the doorway or finishing wall.
3. WE MEASURE: When you or your guy measures, does he measure correctly? If you have to reorder one box,
there is a freight charge, dye lot problem and time wasted.
4. SUBFLOORS: (See our separate piece on subfloors). This is where a professional installer shines.
If there is any problem whatsoever, you need a PRO to handle it.
5. VAPOR BARRIERS: When and where and what type of vapor barrier is extremely important to the final installation and use of the floor. Some manufacturers require a vapor barrier of a particular type and some refuse to warranty their product IF you use one in some circumstances. A PRO will give you the right instruction and correct installation.
6. Do you need a pad or not? What kind of pad? What decibel rating? Mold Resistant? Moisture proof? Or only sound resistant?
7. You’ve installed the floor, you stand back and see that there’s a problem plank in the middle of the floor.
You now have to uninstall ½ the floor to repair.
• See our Installation Warranty on all our products.
• SOME MANUFACTURERS DO NOT COVER UNPROFESSINALLY INSTALLATIONS. Here is how that works. The very first thing the Manufacturer’s inspector asks, “Who installed this?” The question answers all the details. The very first answer even we get is that the installation was improper in some way. We then have to fight with the manufacturer. Who do you think is in a better position to win, us or you (or your handyman)?
BEST OF NORTH FORT MEYERS. WE GET THIS BECAUSE OF OUR INSTALLATIONS.
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