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Home Maintenance

An Overview of Flooring Prices

Whether you’ve just begun your search for new flooring or you have been investigating for quite some time, it doesn’t take long before you notice the factors that affect flooring prices. Like anything, you can expect that the cost of the floor to be much higher than what you see on the tag. This is because the price tag only reflects the cost of the material, not the installation, installation supplies and underlayment. While it’s best to set a budget for any home improvement project, use this number as a guide. It’s better to spend a bit more on the front-end and get a quality floor, instead of staying under budget and being unhappy with the purchase in a few short years.
No matter what type of flooring you’re looking to purchase, know that flooring is the foundation to any home. It is an investment that will last for years and may even stick with you until you purchase a new home. Flooring prices will vary across retailers and regions, so it is important to remember this as well. So before you get started browsing around, determine which type of floor you’d like and how many years you plan to get out of it.
The most expensive are ceramic floors that include granite and marble floor tiles. On the low end, you can expect to pay $0.78 per tile, but some tiles can be as much as $2.25. While the cost of this project can get high quickly, ceramic floors are meant to last an extended lifetime and show little wear and tear, if any, over the years. They are low maintenance and healthy for the home, with no need to worry about spills, stains or scratches. Generally speaking, ceramic floors are best for kitchens, bathrooms and walkways.
The second most expensive option is hardwood. Solid wood floors are beautiful and offer striking grain patterns. In general, these flooring prices range from $5 to $15 per square foot depending on the type and quality of the wood. Remember to factor in the cost of installation, as solid wood floors need to be installed by a professional. Some glue the floorboards directly to the concrete, while others hammer and nail them in. With the intense labor and extended timeframe, labor can cost more than the material itself.
With the high cost of solid wood floors, many homeowners are shifting their focus to engineered wood. These floors have a plywood center and veneered wood top. They are cheaper to begin with since they are not made from solid wood and can be installed on your own. Engineered wood uses a snap-and-lock system that snaps the boards together with no nails or glue. Another cost-effective solution is laminate, as these floors use the same snap-and-lock installation method and cost between $1 and $6.
The advantage to laminate is that because the top layer is a photograph, you can enjoy laminate that looks like real wood, stone or marble. It’s an excellent way to get the upscale flooring you want for a fraction of the cost. Vinyl has also come a long way and can offer the seamless look that you want to achieve throughout the home for less. Sheet vinyl has no separation between the tiles so it looks more natural, but is more difficult to install. Vinyl tiles on the other hand, are self stick and easy to install.
In order to get the best flooring prices, you’ll need to look through both wholesalers and retailers. Wholesalers have great prices that allow you to pay less than $1 for the materials per square yard. Just make sure that you know how to install the floors and that you are getting quality materials for the cost. If you need help with installation, go through a retailer that can “bundle” the services of installation and materials for one low price.…

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Ceramic Tile Flooring Installation

Before beginning the work of installing the ceramic tile floor, assess the work area. What one is looking for is asbestos. If the work area was built during the 1970’s or earlier, the chances of asbestos being present is very high. Asbestos was used extensively in the construction trade until the late 1970’s. Asbestos is the chief cause of a form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. When disturbed, its fibers get into the air which is breathed. Precautions need to be taken to insure one does not breathe those fibers.
Next, the foundation on which the ceramic tile is going to be put on needs to be assessed. There are certain foundations which are not suitable for ceramic tile flooring installation. They are cushioned vinyl flooring, any kind of particle boards, plywood, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), tongue and groove planking and hardwood floors. Concrete is a suitable foundation for ceramic tile flooring installation.
If the bathroom is in a foundation home, plywood may be the sub flooring and one will have no choice but to install the tile flooring on it. If that is the case, then the choice is to put a membrane between the ceramic tile and the plywood which will decrease the likelihood of moisture getting into the plywood.
After that membrane is applied and dried, use a latex thinset bonding material applied between the dried membrane and the tile.
Assuming it is the bathroom which is to be re-floored with the ceramic tile flooring, in addition to the above flooring which need to be treated, the trim molding, the toilet, and the toilet gasket will need removal. Remember to shut off the water before toilet removal and the wax gasket will need to be replaced. Installation of the toilet bowl is the reverse of removal.
They will add to the height of the floor, so any door thresholds will have to be removed and replaced later. The bathroom door may need to be trimmed to clear the new height of the floor.
If you are going to be covering vinyl flooring, have a piece of the vinyl flooring tested for asbestos. If it does not contain asbestos, it is recommended the vinyl is sanded to make the latex modified thinset bond easier to the vinyl. If the vinyl is asbestos refer to the pamphlet provided by the EPA titled “Asbestos in Your Home”.
Installing them directly to concrete, will require application of thinset and placing the ceramic tile on it. Assuming there is no paint or other treatment on the surface of the concrete. If the concrete floor does have paint on the surface, that will need to be removed or the surface roughed so the thinset will bond to the paint. If the floor surface is not perfectly level, you will need to use a concrete mix to level the work area before beginning to lay the ceramic tile flooring. If concrete was needed to level the surface, you will need to allow the concrete to cure 24 hours before applying the thinset.
Thinset dries pretty quickly, so once you begin to lay the ceramic tile you have to stay with it through to the end of the job or the thinset. Plan ahead and don’t mix so much thinset that it dries in the bucket before you use it.
The three most common floor surfaces one may want to cover with a ceramic tile are concrete, plywood and vinyl. The latter two are not recommended to be used as foundations for ceramic tile flooring installation, but can be used with proper steps taken to insure the thinset will bond the ceramic tile to the floor. One needs to remember about the dangers of asbestos in older homes. Other than that, the job is fairly straight forward.…