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Have you been wanting to update your floors? Now is the perfect time to update your flooring. European Parquet Inc. has over 20 years of experience supporting homeowners, general contractors and apartment building management companies throughout the Lost Angeles area with updates to their home and flooring.
Don’t let subfloor problems delay your flooring installation
If someone mentions flooring, you might picture plush carpeting, striking tile, or rich hardwood. But, when it comes to installing new floors, it’s what’s inside (or, technically, what’s underneath) that counts.
Beneath the flooring you live with day-to-day is what construction pros call a subfloor. This first layer of material that sits on top of the floor joists is designed for function. It provides a crucial, flat, structural foundation beneath your actual flooring and is usually made of plywood (or concrete, if you have a slab foundation).
As a homeowner, when you’re interested in getting new floors, the quality of your subfloor makes a big difference. Even though the subfloor layer isn’t visible once your new floors are installed, its condition will make—or break—the installation process because you can’t put in new flooring on top of sub par subfloors.
A subfloor in bad shape might delay the installation of your new floors
Since the subfloor is hidden beneath your current flooring, determining its condition of the subfloor can be difficult until your current flooring is removed. While preparing your home for new flooring, if possible you should always examine the subfloor. Unless you live in a brand new house, your home likely has some “character” from years of love, and sometimes it’s that “character” that makes projects like installing new flooring more difficult than originally anticipated.
It’s always smart to expect the unexpected. That means planning some extra padding into your new flooring budget, just in case subfloor problems are found during the renovation process.
If your flooring installers remove the old flooring and find that your subfloor is in less-than-ideal condition, now is the time to make it right. Installing a new floor on inadequate subflooing puts your new flooring at risk for damage, and it is not a good long-term solution for your home.
What To Do If Your Subflooring Needs Work
If your European Parquet, Inc. installers discover a problem with your subfloor during installation, we will notify you immediately. European Parquet, Inc. is equipped to handle certain types of subflooring repairs, and we can provide a quote for your consideration on the cost to do any repair work before proceeding with the installation of your new flooring.
For other more complex subflooring repairs, including those tasks that involve plumbing or electrical work, our installers recommend hiring a licensed contractor who specializes handling any of these sort of more complicated repairs.
Addressing your subfloor problems promptly and with the right team of experts results in subfloors that are in the best possible condition so don’t forget to keep in mind what lies beneath when you plan your next new flooring project.