Installation Primer

Regardless of the flooring material you want in your home, some installation primer is necessary. In some cases, this might mean using special products while in other cases, it means making sure you start with a good, clean subfloor. In this article, we wanted to provide a brief outline specific to installation primer, giving you a better idea on what to expect for each type of material.

Hardwood Flooring

For instance, hardwood flooring remains one of the most beautiful choices for floors. Hardwood gives you great value in return for your investment, as well as a long-lasting floor that if cared for properly, will last as long as your home. Today, you can find some tongue and groove type of hardwood flooring options but usually, it is suggested that this material be installed by a professional. Installing hardwood can be tricky and you want to choose the right rooms. For instance, we strongly discourage installing any type of hardwood in bathrooms due to high moisture content.

With hardwood, the primer and installation vary. For instance, one option of installation is called a floating floor. With this, you could choose engineered hardwood with multiple plies. The benefit here is that the floor is installed without the use of nails, staples, or glue. If you want to do the installation on your own, we strongly suggest you consider the floating floor, which is the easiest of all three methods.

Another installation option for hardwood flooring is nailing or stapling, which means the floor is put into place using nails or staples. Then, you could have the floor installed with glue. Again, whether you choose solid or engineered hardwood, these methods are best done by a professional in that the subfloor must be primed exact for the floor to stay in place and special tools are needed to complete the jobs.

Vinyl Flooring

With vinyl tile, another great floor material, you have several options. First, this particular type of flooring needs little priming. For instance, you could purchase a new style, which is the peel and stick. In this case, you literally peel off the backing and then stick the tile in place. Because of the simplicity, installation is a breeze. However, for the completed job to look professional, it is important you use the appropriate tools and then follow the manufacturer's instructions to a tee.

Laminate Flooring

Finally, laminate is another great choice, being very affordable and available in a wide range of colors and styles. This type of floor comes in a unique locking system, which eliminates the need for messy glue. In some cases, you may need to consider the help of a professional, specifically if glue is needed.