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5 Florida Flooring Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Renovating any room in your home is a big project, so it?s important that you do it right the first time around. We compiled our top 5 things to avoid doing when undertaking a Florida flooring renovation.

Don?t Buy Cheap Flooring Materials

Home renovations can be expensive, and while you can cut corners on costs in some places, one place you shouldn?t is your flooring. You don?t want to choose the wrong flooring only to have to replace it in several years. Buy quality and durable flooring that will stand the test of time. You might have to spend more money upfront, but it?ll save you money in the long run.

As an example, see the picture in this post of the cheap bamboo flooring that failed after only 5 years due to humidity. As the old saying goes, cheap is expensive.

Cheap big box store bamboo flooring fails after 5 years

Don?t Skimp on Flooring Installation Costs

As important as choosing quality flooring is, it?s also crucial that you hire reliable and professional installers. You want your floors installed properly, so pay for experienced installers. Beware of those who sub-contract their flooring installations. Make sure they are licensed and insured. Spend time talking to your local store and read reviews to make sure that you are choosing the right team for your project.

Sadly, we receive several calls a week from people looking for help with flooring that failed. We made a video of engineered hardwood flooring that failed after only 2 years due to poor installation techniques. You won?t believe what you hear on the video. Click here to view it

Poorly installed big box store wood flooring fails after 2 years

Unrealistic Renovation Timelines

If there?s one thing to remember, it?s that your preferred timeline most likely won?t be met. Unexpected issues can arise, causing the finish date to be moved back, or you might have to wait several days to move furniture back on your new floors. Give yourself and your installers extra time, and both parties will be less stressed and happy throughout the project.

Using the Wrong Type of Flooring Material

When it comes to a big purchase like flooring, don?t choose a trendy product that will go out of style in several years. Instead, choose flooring that will give you a return on your investment and that you?ll still love 10 years from now. Did you know that hardwood floors often increase the value of your home? Read more about that here.?

Talk to one of our Florida flooring experts to help pick the right flooring for your lifestyle and needs. They?ll be able to show you what flooring will work best in each room and meet the demands of your family. You can even borrow LARGE samples to get a real feel for how the flooring looks in your home, with your lighting and d?cor.

Setting Unrealistic Flooring Budgets

No home renovation project is going to be cheap, so it?s crucial to save for your home improvement projects and to prepare for both expected and unexpected expenses that you might run into.

When budgeting, don?t forget to include all the items needed for your flooring installation such as underlayment, glue, quarter round molding and baseboards, to name a few. It is also recommended to purchase 10% more flooring that you need due to cuts, irregular shaped rooms and to have some left over in case a repair is needed in the future.

We?re Here to Serve

Starting a new renovation project that involves changing your floors may be intimidating, but keep in mind these top mistakes that you can avoid for a smooth project from start to finish. Quantum Floors, your Florida flooring experts, prides itself on its white-glove customer service. We?ll take the time to ask the right questions, educate you on your options and propose only the best flooring solutions. Don?t take our word for it, take theirs.