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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Your Own Floors

Installing your own flooring can be an exciting and rewarding project. Not only does it give you the opportunity to put your personal touch in your home, but it can also save you money on installation costs. However, before you dive into the DIY flooring world, it’s important to be aware of the common mistakes that many homeowners make during the installation process.

By avoiding these missteps, you can ensure a smooth and successful flooring project that will enhance the beauty and functionality of your space. Here, we will discuss some of the most common mistakes to avoid when installing your own floors, helping you achieve professional-looking results and avoid future headaches. So, let’s get started and ensure that your DIY flooring project is a resounding success.

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  1. Not Acclimating the Floors: It’s important to allow your flooring to acclimate to your home’s temperature and humidity. Different seasons and climates will require different periods of acclimation. Failure to do so can cause the material to expand or contract after installation.
  2. Not Preparing the Subfloor: Your subfloor needs to be clean, flat and dry before beginning the installation process. Any lumps, bumps or debris can cause your floor to shift and cause unsightly gaps.
  3. Incorrect Measurements: Accurate measurements are crucial in order to ensure that you order just the right amount of materials. Not having enough can stop the project mid-way as well as having too much will put a dent in your wallet. Floorzz recommends adding about 10% more material to ensure you can finish the installation of your floors successfully.
  4. Mismatching Patterns: If you’re using patterned tiles or planks, keep in mind that the pattern needs to be consistent or else it will look dissimilar. Uneven patterns, awkward gaps or seams that don’t line up will just give you a headache or worse, ruin the entire look of the floor. Plan out the specific pattern you would like to use and check with the manufacturer recommendations on the best layout.
  5. Skimping On Supplies: Just because you think you might save a penny here, doesn't mean it's the best idea. Always ensure that you have the necessary supplies such as tile spacers, underlayment, and grout as well as all the tools for the best results.
  6. Cutting Corners: Any home renovation requires patience and except for a few exceptions and shortcuts usually only lead to bigger problems to come.
  7. Ignoring Safety Precautions: Finally, do not ignore safety precautions when installing flooring. Different types of flooring installations require different types of safety measures. So, always make sure you have gloves, safety goggles, ear protection, and the best-suited footwear.
DIY Flooring Mistakes

By avoiding the mistakes above, you’ll increase the likelihood that your flooring installation project will be successful. And you can show off your beautiful floors for years to come.

If you need help choosing the best flooring for your kitchen or bathroom renovation including installation tips, please contact our customer service team at 833-FLOORZZ or