New flooring can do wonders for your home and help transform a room completely. A common question that is often asked prior to this renovation project is whether it is possible to install new flooring over the existing one. In short, the answer is both yes and no depending on the type of new flooring you are having installed and the type of flooring you currently have.
In some cases, it is possible. If your current flooring is in good condition and does not contradict with the new flooring in terms of material, then the chances are you have the green light to go ahead and install your new flooring over the current one. Even if that is the case, it is still a very good idea to consult a professional like Ontario Carpets to make sure your existing floor can handle the new installation.
Sometimes, even if the materials are compatible, other factors can cause problems. For example, if the current flooring is not in the greatest of conditions, is worn down or has broken parts or chips, it can affect the new flooring and may not provide you with the finished look you were hoping for. The best thing to do before proceeding is to have the current flooring inspected thoroughly in order to avoid unpleasant results. If you see something that can potentially cause a problem, consider removing the current flooring. If not, go ahead and apply your new flooring if you have been given the go ahead and feel confident.
In other cases, it is clearly not possible to install over existing floors because the materials are not compatible and the finished result will look sloppy. You will have to restart the entire process and while it may seem like a faster and easier option initially, the only thing you will accomplish is wasting time and money. The bottom line is don’t take the chance if you are unsure.
In addition to material, height can be a factor as to why you cannot install over existing flooring. You don’t want to be left with an awkward height due to the materials not adding up properly. The installation process is another factor to consider and depending on whether the new flooring will be glued or nailed down, this can affect the situation as well. In the end, if you’re going to do it, you want to make sure you are doing it right.
Flooring is something best left to professionals. Doing your own research is great, however, there is still a chance that you can miss something which can ruin the entire project. If you want to ensure that no mistakes are made, contact a professional company like Ontario Carpet who will provide you with all of the right answers. They will ensure that the end result is that of a nice, clean and professional looking floor versus a messy one that can easily happen if you install new flooring incorrectly.