In the case of Water Damage, suddenly deciding what type and style Replacement Flooring to install is the burning hot question.
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Add new life to a home by updating its look, to increase the value of the home, or safety, or to decrease allergens, are all very practical reasons. Flooring can elevate the elegance of a space almost instantly.
As part of a larger remodel, Flooring dominates the perception of a room—Interior Designers state, “Choose Flooring correctly and early, because the rest of the space will fall into place.”
Flooring helps define space’s and character. In a small space, continuous flooring makes the space feel larger. Or, for a large space, a warehouse apartment for instance, flooring is used to confine the space. And, color tone can make a room feel warmer or cooler, inviting or sterile, invigorating or calming
Flooring also has a role of Function— it is the most contacted surface in the home. Since “Form follows Function, preferred flooring types change based on room use. For example, in the kitchen or bathroom, where water resistance, durability, and ease of cleaning outweigh other considerations, carpet is inappropriate.
Knowing your Budget plays a role in material selections with Natural products generally costing more– but the “natural” looks of stone and wood have budget friendly alternatives of tile or laminate.
Maintenance inherent in materials could be a factor—stone must be sealed and linoleum, while ecologically friendly, requires periodic sealing as well. And, Multicolored or “busier” options hides dirt or imperfections and can ease cleaning burdens. And, comfort and safety are considered, and usually only thought of after the fact, sound control.
Top choices include stone and tile, wood and laminate, or the synthetics (either new or redesigned) such as rubber-cork blends, rubber, vinyl, epoxies, linoleum, sealed concrete, or composites like bamboo.
Solid wood Floors are what they say, substantially thick ¾ inch planks that are either finished or unfinished. Unfinished wood will require extra work (over a week) of sanding and staining. With pre-finished flooring, the floor is ready when installed– choose a wood grain and color you like.
True wood floors can be re-sanded/finished 3 times (about every 12 years) so will last about 48 years. Wood floors can be relatively durable, but a vulnerable to water damage, so not seen in bathrooms very often, and only slightly more frequently in kitchens.
Engineered Hardwood flooring is not solid wood, but a veneer of thin but tough wood laminated to 3-5 layers of less expensive wood with each layer of grain running at a right angle to the previous, all atop a laminated product.
The product less expensive, with a third as much hardwood, but strong, dimensionally stable, and because is thin might allow installation in a kitchen without having to remove the old floor.
But, since the layer of hardwood, it can only be sanded once and is a job for pros. More exotic woods are available for the top veneer, including the very durable Engineered Bamboo flooring.
Wood Parquet tile is a complex look of tiles made of wood which are ready made and easily installed. Be aware of the thickness of the veneer on cheaper parquet.
Laminate Flooring is most often seen in wood grains, but ceramic tile look-a likes are used as well. The thickness of the invisible Melamine wearcoat is what gives it longevity—read the warranties for an indication. It can easily be installed “floating” on a layer of foam underlayment without adhesive or fastening devices. The underlayment is sound deadening and provides a softer walking surface.
Resilient Flooring such as vinyl sheets or tiles, or cork, rubber or plastic are softer to walk on, weigh little and and are thin and flexible. This means they easily show floor imperfections.
Vinyl is a relative newcomer in the flooring arena with a wide array of looks and an ability to visually match more costly products with a softer feeling surface. It is durable and cleanable and is in either sheets or tiles. Vinyl Tiles require less expertise, allow more installation design options, and allow replacement of a single damaged area, but are more vulnerable to water damage. Sheet vinyl has fewer vulnerable seams, but requires more expertise at install and the design is the manufacturer’s concept rather than the installers. Grouted Vinyl Tiles are worth looking at as a third option—with rounded edges and designs that mimic natural stone or wood planks. The sound reducing qualities are a counterpoint for the qualities of ceramic time.
Linoleum is re-surging as a Natural “Green” product with muted colors, anti-bacterial action, anti-static dust repelling qualities, and more water resistant than its earlier versions.
Ceramic Tile has proven itself to be able to last 4,000 years—so try to pick a pattern or design that isn’t too trendy that you will like 40 years from now. With their shape and color, they have a tendency to dominate a room.
Porcelain tile is white refined clay baked at very high temperatures and can made to resemble stone tiles, tumbled or polished marble, travertine, etc. It takes almost no effort to maintain being strong, dense, and stain resistant and are thinner than other tiles.
Terracotta and Saltillo tiles or baked at low temperaturea and rustic, pourous and subject to staining so must be sealed regularly.
Stone Tile can be granite, marble, slate, sandstone, limestone, etc and is either polished, tumbled or rough.
Mosaic tile is less that 2 inches wide and can be square, hexagonal, or “penny”, or other shapes and is often used as an accent.
Concrete is showing in many newer design schemes and offers very creative design potential with stunning looks.
Carpet selections can be plush or durable, subdued or vibrant and very personal and are mostly used in low traffic areas with little exposure to water and can be installed over many surfaces.
Practical and durable, is a design choice affecting other design elements.
The Kitchen floors face a tough challenge — heat, staining sauces, splatters and spills, heavy appliance loads, and punctures from knives.
Laminate and Vinyl are are common, but, for durability, Porcelain Tiles are amazing. Available in a wide range of options, they rightfully hold a large market share.
Bathroom flooring has many of the concerns of the Kitchen Flooring, but non-slick is more of a concern than in the Kitchen. Rougher surfaces are often used, and maintaining the Water Resistance with periodic sealing is a must.
Flooring in a Remodel Project requires examination of the existing flooring and evaluation of the amount of Demo/Removal to be done, whether there is Asbestos present, and if the structure is ready for flooring. If your home has concrete foundation cracks due to movement—house leveling or some other answer is first. If the floor is squeaky when walked on, it is time to investigate why first. Moisture from below the flooring will cause problems in any floor.
Some Flooring is thin and in many cases can go over the existing floor and this is evaluated on a case by case basis.
When the Project Begins, Eastco will work with you on an Start Date and Finish Date and communication will be often—Through the Eastco Client Portal, or other means.
Dependent of the area(s), some arrangements for alternative living arrangements would be advised—the demo work can be loud and will generate dust and debris that cannot be entirely contained even with the best measures.
The Demolition/Prep for new flooring is essential to success.
The existing flooring usually needs removal and can be a difficult undertaking. Once the subfloor is reached, it is prepped by leveling and waterproofing before any application.
Underlayments vary by Flooring material and make a noticeable difference as to comfort and sound quality of the finished product.
Eastco looks forward to working with your Flooring Project
EASTCO General Contractors in San Antonio, Texas was established in 1976. Our expertise includes commercial, multi-family, and residential construction from ground up new construction., renovation/remodeling, and insurance loss restoration.