Different types of flooring Carpet Tile Wood VinylArea Rugs
CARPET Things to think about…. Where do you want the seam to be located? What kind of pad do you want? Do you have transition pieces? What type of carpet do you want? Example: Loop, nylon, wool, patterned, or blended fibers
CARPE T Carpet comes in a roll of either 12’, 13’-6”, or 15’. Rarely comes in any other sizes. Pad is the cushion beneath the carpet. It comes in either 6ib ½”, 6ib 7/8”, 8ib ¼”, 8ib 3/8”. Always replace the pad when changing the carpet. Nap/pile – runs the length of the carpet roll in one direction, not the width. For carpet to have a uniform look, the pile must run the same direction for all carpet that is seamed together. Seams – when the width of the carpet will not entirely fill the space from side to side, a seam is necessary in order to fill the space.
VINYL Vinyl comes in either 12’, 6’-6”, or 6’ wide. The more rigid the vinyl material, the narrower the roll will come. Underlayment – a firm and smooth material that will provide support underneath vinyl flooring. It helps to smooth out any imperfections in the material. Vinyl most be laid on a clean and smooth concrete floor. If placed on plywood sub-floor it must have underlayment installed first. Like carpet you will need to know where you want the seam to be placed.
WOOD Hard wood floors come in many different types of woods, widths, and finishes. Needs to be sealed for protection against stains. Placing a mat at exterior doors will help protect the wood longer. Wood flooring can be laid on a straight, diagonally, or herringbone.
TILE Tile comes in all different sizes and shapes from 1” x 1” to 30” x 30”. Also comes in different types of materials like: concrete, granite, marble, and limestone. The larger the tile, the more important it is that the floor is rigid since any shifting will cause larger tiles to ‘pop’ and break. Needs to be sealed for protect. Like wood flooring it can be laid on a straight, diagonally, or herringbone.
AREA RUGS The ideal area rug size extends 3” beyond furniture pieces. For dining rooms the rug should extend 2’-6” on all sides. If you have borders in the rug then you need to make sure the seams are not visible.
Calculating into the cost Materials – carpet, pad, vinyl, wood, and tile Transition pieces Take up Hail off Repairs of the floor underneath Moving furniture Installation Shipping If you are having tile put in there is additional charges Bullnose pieces Concrete board Mastic Grout Sealant
Things to keep in mind when purchasing flooring… With all types of flooring you need to look at transition pieces. This makes the flooring flow into each room; a long with keeping the different types flooring the same height. Add in additional amount of materials in case of seaming or damaged items. Most companies do this for you but it is always good to ask. always give enough time for shipping and booking an installer. If you wait until the last minute you will not get it put in on time. Have two different installers come out and measure. This helps you to know if the installer is measuring correctly.