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HomeProMatch - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

The type of flooring you choose will have a major impact on any room in your home. Popular options include linoleum, carpet, wood flooring, and laminate. Whether you decide on traditional flooring or something more modern, it’s important to consider a trustworthy, reliable contractor for flooring repair and replacement.

Do you need a new floor installation, floor refinishing, or other flooring services? HomePro Match can recommend a trusted flooring contractor to help you decide the best floor type for a kitchen, bathroom, basement, or any other room in your home!

[laminate flooring install]

How do I install laminate flooring?

For skilled DIYers, laminate flooring requires only a few tools. Make sure the subfloor is clean and flat, and determine the number of planks you’ll need based on the packaging or by laying them out as a visual predictor. Be careful not to snap any planks together as you map out your plan, as this can be hard to undo. Cut your planks to the desired size, roll out the underlayment (some planks come complete with underlayment so you may be able to skip this step), and lay your first row. Work from right to left, make sure rows are staggered so that no seams line up, and use any planking that was trimmed from a previous row as the first plank in the following row.

[what is laminate]

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring, often referred to as floating wood tile, is a less expensive, more durable, harder-to-fade option than traditional hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring resists staining, sun-damage, and moisture damage, and is ideal for homes with small children, pets, and a lot of foot-traffic.

[Vinyl vs Laminate]

What is the difference between laminate and vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is more water-resistant, made of 100% plastic, and best for use in rooms that may be exposed to moisture. Laminate flooring is made primarily of wood product and is better for resale value as it is more attractive, closely resembles natural hardwood, and is more comfortable to walk on.

[cost of hardwood flooring]

How much does hardwood flooring cost?

Hardwood flooring is more expensive per piece than laminate flooring, but specific pricing depends on the type of wood used. Usually, wood for flooring won’t cost more than $10 per square foot. Long-term cost is also a factor, as hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished many times throughout the life of a floor, while other options may need total replacement when they become worn out.

[carpet measuring]

How to measure for carpet installation?

Carpet installation contractors will provide measurements and estimates independent of your numbers, but it’s good to take your own measurements to ensure you’re getting a fair rate. Make a diagram for each floor of your home, marking the rooms and sections that you’ll need carpet for. Measure the length and width individually of each of these rooms, and take separate measurements for any interior closets or other spaces you want carpet installation in (so for a single bedroom with 2 closets, you should have 3 separate sets of widths and lengths). Repeat all of your measurements twice to avoid errors. Add up the total square footage of each room you need carpet installation in, and account for 5% extra material. You can always double check with your carpet installer to ensure you measured correctly.

[types of carpet]

What are the different types of carpets?

Common carpet fibers include Olefin, which makes up the vast majority of commercial carpeting, and nylon, the strongest carpeting material available. Residential carpeting fibers include acrylic, blends, polyester, wool, and a few others. The carpet fiber you choose is dependent on a number of factors: the comfortability and durability desired, the foot-traffic of the proposed area, and other elements should be considered. When you’re choosing a carpet, always explore samples and reviews!

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