DOs and DON’Ts of Custom Flooring Installation

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Scott Kirschner

Jul 25

If you’re a homeowner looking for tips on DIY custom flooring installation, we’ve got you covered. We created a list of DOs and DON’Ts of custom flooring installation for you to be prepared for every possible situation that could arise during your custom flooring installation project.

Custom flooring DOs

These are the recommendations you should follow before and during a custom flooring installation in your home:

  • DO research on different custom flooring material options. From hardwood to vinyl to tile and beyond, researching the pros and cons of your top picks will help you choose wisely from the get-go.
  • DO have all the tools prepared before starting the installation. The installation process should be as quick as possible, so make sure you have all the tools you need at hand.
  • DO include a moisture barrier between the subfloor and the actual flooring. This will add an extra level of protection against humidity and will give you a chance to get the subfloor evenly leveled.
  • DO check for patterns, such as lines on the walls or floors of other rooms, then make sure the first row of tiles or hardwood is aligned with those patterns. This will give a very pleasing effect to the room, and while this process can add more time to the project, you’ll thank yourself in the end.
  • DO cut baseboards in 45º angles for smooth joints at the corners. Baseboards are a delicate part of the flooring installation process. To make them look natural, split the right angles between the two connecting baseboards by cutting each one in a 45-degree angle.

Custom flooring DON’Ts

On the other hand, here’s a list of things you should avoid at all costs when installing a custom floor in your home:

  • DON’T spare grout. When installing tile floors, you’ll need to use the right amount of grout to smooth the transition from one tile to another.
  • DON’T install hardwood or vinyl floors in humid or excessively hot rooms. Neither hardwood nor vinyl is suited for those conditions.
  • DON’T install a floor on top of an uneven subfloor. Make sure to check your working conditions are ideal to prevent mistakes the first time around. 
  • DON’T cut tiles on top of other tiles. This is a common mistake many DIYers make to save time. If you plan to only buy the minimum amount of tiles needed, you don’t want to cause any damage. Find another suitable surface to cut the tiles if you need one.
  • DON’T nail baseboards to the floor. You should always nail the baseboard to the wall, leaving a small space for the floor to expand if it needs to—particularly with hardwood floors.

Skip the DIY and use service.com

There are many DIY custom flooring ideas you may be inspired to recreate. Should you try them out? Well, that depends entirely on your skills.

If you’re having doubts, maybe it’s worth contacting a professional and requesting a budget for your custom flooring installation project. Service.com makes this especially easy because you can contact pros for free using service.com.

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Scott Kirschner

Jul 25

Being the Marketing Director at service.com Scott works on automation for e-commerce as well as creative design. In his free time Scott plays in several bands around Detroit, MI. He enjoys backpacking through the outdoors and traveling across the world.