A couple of my friends built their own home a couple of years ago. They paid a lot of attention to the aesthetics of their walls and ceilings. They even invested in a very impressive chandelier. However, they did not spend nearly as much time thinking about their flooring. They figured that their floors were not nearly as noticeable, so they did not need as much attention.
This was obviously a big mistake. Their floors have started to warp and they will need to spend at least $5,000 trying to fix the structural problems with them. This may seem expensive, but even minor floor problems cost upwards of $600 to fix.
You don’t want to have to learn this mistake the hard way. You need to make sure that your floors are designed properly from the start. You also need to make sure that they are carefully maintained to prevent future long-term damage. Here are some tips from Stories Flooring to help make sure your floors are sturdy, resilient and will require little maintenance in the years to come.
Make sure that your floors are laid evenly
You need to make sure that there are not any distortions in your floor design. Your floorboards must be laid parallel to each other and tightly adjoined.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that slight deviations are not going to be a big deal. You need to remember that stress from load bearings (both static stresses of furniture and other objects sitting on top of them, as well as dynamic stresses of people walking over them over time) and thermal expansion and contraction will cause floorboards to shift. As a result, misalignments in your floorboards will inevitably get worse over time.
This means that you’re going to need to pay a lot more attention to detail when you lay your floors. You need to be very careful to make sure that they are carefully intact first.
Pay attention to any structural issues
You don’t want to build a house on a poor foundation. If you do, your flooring is usually one of the first things that is going to suffer.
There are a number of things that you need to look out for when you are looking at your foundation. It is important to look for any signs of cracking. Keep in mind that small cracks are going to get worse over time. They are going to accumulate moisture, which is going to expand and turn small cracks into large fissures.
Cracks need to be fixed as soon as possible. There are a lot of epoxy substances that will fill them and keep moisture from getting in and making them worse. You can also cover them with other substances that well render the cracks virtually harmless.
You must also make sure that the foundation is level and secure it. If it is tilting or compromised in anyway, it is important to do a realignment and try to fix the structural integrity.
Make sure that you purchase study materials for your flooring
There are a number of different types of materials that you can use to build your floor. You need to make sure that the materials that you use are going to be durable and sturdy.