6 Things To Consider When Buying New Flooring
If you are reading this article, I’m sure you know by now that purchasing new flooring can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. In this article, we’re going to give you our six top insider tips and things to consider when deciding on your new flooring. Whether you’re renovating a single room or building a new home, this advice will be crucial in helping you make the right choice.
1. See and Touch New Flooring
Selecting a new floor covering is a big decision, no matter how many pictures you look at online, nothing compares to being able to see the product in real life. We have four stunning showrooms showcasing the extensive range of floor coverings we offer, conveniently located in Gladesville, Chatswood, Waterloo, and Mosman. Here you can view the flooring options and see exactly what they look and feel like. The texture of floor coverings is often overlooked, however surface composition plays a big role in the overall finish and aesthetic of a room. Whether you’re looking for high gloss solid timber floors or a rustic textured floating floor, we have something to suit almost any application and style.
2. Levelling New Floors
Preparation, preparation, preparation, it cannot be said enough! A good floor finish is only as good as the subfloor it’s laid on. Whether it be laminate, solid hardwood or anything in between, preparation of the subfloor is crucial for the longevity of the flooring and the quality of the finish. Back To Timber offers levelling and floor installation, unlike many competitors. For different subfloors, this can mean various things like planning joists, levelling compounds, or concrete grinding. The preparation will vary between floor types and subfloor construction; for more information see our dedicated article on floor levelling.
3. Professional Installation
The benefits of professional installation and DIY are often debated when home improvements are made. Our professional install team comes with years of floor installation experience and will get the best result for you and your home. We aim to arrive on time and finish on time, every time.
Over the years, we have found that not all flooring companies are created equal, it’s important to select a company with an excellent reputation and many positive reviews to install your new floors. Unlike some competitors, we ensure your flooring is installed to meet the manufacturer’s installation specifications. One of the ways we accomplish this is to always trowel on the glue, as opposed to a quick squiggle with a glue gun. This ensures near 100% coverage of the glue and is recognised as the gold standard of gluing in the flooring industry. By using a notch trowel to apply the glue, we ensure no hollow spots under the flooring or delamination between the flooring and subsurface are possible. This ensures your floors are solid underfoot and will last for many years to come.
4. Cleaning Solid Floors
Cleaning can be time-consuming and tiresome, or so our customers thought, before they switched from a mainly carpeted house to solid flooring throughout. Hard floor coverings such as solid timber, floating floors, and laminates make cleaning quick, easy, and efficient. Provided spills are cleaned up in a timely manner, many solid floors are stain-resistant. Keeping solid flooring looking great is often as simple as a quick vacuum or sweep and the occasional (damp – not wet) mop. Hard flooring tends to stay looking clean much longer than a soft covering such as a carpet, which is prone to trapping dirt, dust, pet hair, and microbes. We have written a full article on the specifics of cleaning and sanitising timber floors – be sure to bookmark it for after your new flooring is installed.
5. Allergies and Flooring
Do you or your family suffer from allergies or hayfever? You can’t beat hard surface flooring if you or anyone in your family has allergies. Carpet can trap common allergens such as dust, dust mites, pollen, and pet hair. On top of that, even low allergy carpets usually take months, if not years, of use and vacuuming before they lose their initial loose fibres from the manufacturing process. Young children are more susceptible to flooring allergies because they tend to sit and play on the floor more than adults. Solid timber, laminates, and floating floors are different from day one, and they are a safer choice for people with allergic rhinitis. A simple sweep or vacuum removes the majority of allergy triggers.
6. New Flooring Prices
Planning your forever home? Renovating a rental property? Much like everyone’s individual flooring needs are different, people’s flooring budgets can also vary. At Back To Timber, we have a wide range of top quality flooring options to suit any budget. From a hard-wearing vinyl through to luxury hardwood flooring, we have your floors covered.
Still have questions? Our experts live and breathe flooring, we can answer questions you have and help you decide on a new flooring that best suits your individual needs. Contact us or pop into one of our four showrooms located in Gladesville, Chatswood, Waterloo, and Mosman.