1. Pay attention to the room layout.
- Draw a plan of your room or rooms. Indicate where the entrances are placed.
- Measure the room carefully and accurately with a measuring tape. Write down the width and length of an area. Remember to include closets and also other areas that need this new flooring. Smaller print patterns may make the area seem a lot bigger.
- Take into account adjoining rooms and also the flooring on those rooms.
- Make a note in which direction the area is facing and if there is a sliding door. Determine how much sunlight enters the room. You might like to consider a laminated floor, ceramic tile or porcelain tile.
- Bring along swatches of fabrics from your furniture, curtains and wallpaper. These will help you choose the color and style of your flooring.
2. Answer these questions to assist you in selecting the right floor on your room:
- How much foot traffic does the area get in any given day? The number of people passing or utilizing the room would indicate the level of usage the area would take. This will assist you in deciding the kind of flooring to obtain. An area having a high amount of traffic needs stronger flooring.
- What is the main function of the room? An area used mainly for leisurely activities will have less damage. Delicate flooring materials can be purchased in this situation.
- How many pets have you got? Pets usually abuse the surroundings they are in, floorings maybe damage from scratching.
- How many kids do you have at home? All the roughhousing and playing that the kids do tend to abuse the flooring. The more kids you’ve got in the house, the more abuse your flooring can get.
- What color would you like? Remember that lighter colors make rooms seem bigger.
- How long do you want the flooring to last? We’d certainly like the flooring to last forever but wear and tear damages the flooring.
Eventually, it will need to get replaced or perhaps you may want to simply change the look of the room after a certain period of time.
- Are the subfloor preparation element of the quoted price?
- Is the quoted price including the installation or perhaps is that a separate fee? This is a budgeting concern, you would like to be aware of actual amount you’re going to spend.
- Is the removal of pre-existing flooring part of the quoted price.
- Is the quoted price inclusive of the moving of all the appliances and furniture in the room.
- Are all of the necessary materials included in the quoted price? You do not need to find out within the installation that some materials aren’t included and that you still need to purchase more materials. That can be extremely annoying and frustrating.
4. Questions you should ask the installers and the store:
- Are the installers independent, or are they store employees?
- Whose insurance covers installation errors?
- Are all of the materials recommended from the manufacturer so warranty will not be voided?
- Discuss together with the salesperson the warranty information of the manufacturer. Keep a duplicate of your warranty.
- Discuss taking care procedure and make a copy of the manual or brochure.
- Have everything documented like the diagram of the installation. Also, the amount of flooring necessary for the room
- Ask who definitely are accountable for the removal of fixed features within the room, e.g. toilet.
- Always check the website of the store, if any, to give you a proper picture of the store. Take note of the affiliations to groups or other organizations.
- It would be best to email the store in advance to get some questions answered prior to going there. It saves a lot of time.
- Have all the product information documented. The document should include the name of the manufacturer, product name, color, style and the installation procedure.