Kitchen Remodeling: 3 Flooring Mistakes To Avoid
The flooring in your kitchen is a major part of the renovation. The flooring helps to tie together all the other decisions you have made in your design. Since it covers a large area, you need to ensure that it fits the décor and is properly installed. To help with this, here are some mistakes that other homeowners have made with their flooring and how you can avoid those errors.
Skipping Subfloor Preparation
The subfloor's condition has a direct impact on the durability and appearance of your kitchen flooring. Regardless of the quality of your flooring, if the subfloor is not properly prepared, you could have durability and quality issues. Therefore, it is important that the subfloor is prepared for the installation.
Ideally, the subflooring should be smooth, even, and dry. You might need to replace part or all the subfloor before the installation. You also need to be wary of a subfloor that is weak in some areas. The subfloor will likely not be strong enough to support the flooring, the appliances, and any other weight that is put onto it.
Selecting the Wrong Flooring
You have the option of choosing any flooring for your kitchen, but some types of flooring will work best in certain environments than others. Before selecting your flooring, take some time to evaluate the foot traffic through your kitchen and the other factors that can impact your floors. For instance, if you have small children, possible stains from spills should be considered.
Once you know how much wear and tear your floors undergo, you can focus on the types. For instance, if your kitchen gets a lot of foot traffic, tile flooring is likely the best option. It is water-resistant and highly durable. However, if the traffic is limited and you have the time to dedicate to vigilantly watching the floor, hardwood flooring is an option.
Installing the Flooring in the Wrong Order
In the process of remodeling your entire kitchen, the order in which tasks are completed is important. If the order is not carefully mapped out, you could end up spending money to redo some tasks. Installing the flooring in the wrong order is one of the most common mistakes made.
The flooring should be installed before the kitchen cabinets are. Once the flooring is in, you will have an exact measurement of how much space remains for the cabinet and can select the right height.
Consult with a kitchen remodeling contractor to avoid kitchen flooring mistakes.