5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting a Floating Floor
If you have been doing your research on floating flooring you know that is represents a revolutionary flooring system that is quick, easy, and convenient to install. And there are plenty of suppliers who offer floating flooring, but its not all created equal.
If you are going to invest in new flooring, it is important to avoid some of the most common mistakes that many homeowners make, to ensure your dollars go toward upgrading your home with a beautiful new floor, and not toward repair or replacement.
Mistake #1: You Chose the least expensive floor.
Cost and quality go hand in hand, especially when it comes to flooring. It is quite easy to make cheap, inexpensive flooring, but there are going to be compromises in quality, durability, longevity, care and maintenance that you should be aware of.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of discount floors available today at incredibly low prices – and this is not by accident- and there are many realities to be aware of when considering a low priced floor.
- These floors are not made with careful care and attention, quality engineering and longevity in mind.
- They could be seconds or unwanted lots from a previous floor that failed to meet manufacturing or environmental standards.
- They could be odd lots of similar batches with mismatched colors , widths, milling or other variation that will create a tremendous hassle before, during and after installation.
- Flooring doesn’t meet quality standard for manufacturing, quality (which we will get into more in the next section).
This is especially true when you buy from big box stores. Although you may see household flooring brands in your local box store, that doesn’t mean its the same quality or product. Big box stores contract with flooring brands to make SKU’s that are only available for their store chain. This floor is often made with inferior components to meet low price requirements, so the product you were expecting is just a cheaper knock off.
Mistake #2: You didn’t realize the flooring would compromise your indoor air quality and health so much.
The flooring you choose for your home or commercial product isn’t just an aesthetic decision, it is also a critical design component that will effect the indoor air health and quality of your home. Some customers are shocked that a company would send toxic flooring into a home, but it happens, whether known or unbeknown to the supplier. In fact, if you do any research on indoor air quality and flooring, you will see it happens way more often than we would like to see as the industry leader in high quality, environmentally friendly floating flooring.
But it is a reality, and a very scary one, many homeowners have experienced devastating loss of indoor air quality, and overall health, all as a result of poor quality laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, or other flooring being installed in their homes.
Some things to look for when selecting a floor for your home is that the flooring meet the environmental standards of CARB2 (California Air Resource Board), which has some of the most strict indoor air health quality standards in the world (the Torlys Smart Floors available on smartfloorstore.com are all CARB2 compliant). Also look for NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association) when looking at laminate flooring and FloorScore(R) seal of approval, especially for commercial applications.
Mistake #3:Your floor is damaged and you don’t know what to do. You don’t know who to go to for customer service and warranty questions.
With the abundance of flooring available, even when you buy a floor from a supplier, you are not sure who you actually bought the flooring from. At smartfloorstore.com we offer a single source supply line from the manufacturer to you the customer, with a convenient online shopping experience. But that is just the first step, we also offer customer care and support for all our clients, whether you have questions about ordering, installation or care and maintenance, before, during or after installation.
Torlys Smart Floors offers one of the best warranties in the industry. Each floor comes with a written warranty for residential and commercial applications for each product.
It is also a good idea to ask about care and maintenance, repair and replacement. If your floor becomes damaged in just a board or two, what do you do? At smartfloorstore.com we offer an exclusive bulldog repair and replacement tool that can be used on all Torlys Smart Floors to make caring for your floor so easy. Watch the video below to learn more.
Mistake #4: You thought all floating flooring was made the same.
Not all flooring is made the same, although they may use common terms like “floating floor”, “hardwood”, “Uniclic” or “engineered” just because they all have the same language doesn’t mean they are all made the same, or will perform the same. For example, the Uniclic® joint is an industry term and technique designed to eliminate the need to use nails when installing the flooring – hence the term floating flooring, which requires no nails or glue to be installed. However, Torlys has engineered a proprietary Uniclic joint that exceeds industry standards to withstand the greatest force of other flooring and provide gap free installation.
See the diagram below to learn more or visit our FAQ section.
Mistake #5: You Didn’t Have Access to or Understand the Installation Instructions
A floating floor is, and should be, one of the easiest floor you install in your home or office since it requires no nails or glue to install. It is the type of floor that can be done by a do-it-yourselfer, professional installer or builder.
But some general installation knowledge is helpful. Make sure whatever floor you choose comes with complete installation instructions and a customer care line so you can talk to someone if you need assistance. After investing in a new floor you certainly want to avoid the stress and anxiety of installation delays and mishaps because you didn’t have the resources and customer service to support you when you need it most.
You can access the complete library of installation guidelines for all smartfloorstore.com products anytime, or contact us with questions.