Only think about how many millions of years have taken the earth to prepare your natural stone for your house renovation. So, it makes sense to prepare your home for flooring installation beforehand. Understanding the needs of your installers and the installation process helps to organize and run your project smoothly. Find out here the key factors to know before your tile and stone flooring installation.
– Find a licensed contractor
Tile and stone installation is complex, labour-intensive and very scrupulous procedure. It is not a kind of project for rolling up your sleeves trying to do DIY. You need years of experience to obtain the necessary level of required skills. Therefore, hire a reliable, skilled expert to be assured of an efficient and attractive tile and stone installation.
– Take care of your old floor covering.
Consider beforehand the best way to remove and dispose of your existing floor. Don’t delay till the arrival of your natural stone product.
– Move your furniture out.
Remove everything from the working site; the installation area should be clear. Besides, it should be climate-controlled (air conditioned or heated). The level of indoor humidity should be between 45-65 percent.
– Prepare your subflooring.
Ask your contractor to inspect an existing subfloor. Do you have to consider new subfloor installation? Should be the existing one prepared for new tile and stone installation? It’s required to have clean and leveled subfloor before starting new installation.
– Think of possible damage
Your installer does not have to be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood. As a rule, any mouldings and baseboards have to be removed before tile and stone flooring installation. After it’s finished, be ready to retouch painted baseboards, woodwork and paint.
– Provide the doors swing free.
After flooring installation the doors (especially basement, bedroom and closet doors) should not scratch the new installed stone and may not swing free. A qualified carpenter should fix the issue and ensure free swing of your doors.
– Stay at home.
At the day of installation, be at home; keep your children and pets out of the work site. To avoid any misunderstandings your presence at home during the installation process is very important. Keep in touch with your installers.
– Discuss the clean-up.
Discuss with your contractor the plan for natural stone remnants.
– Breathe free and easy.
After installation is completed, ensure proper ventilation for 48-72 hours.