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Renovation Process
How to plan your home flooring renovation

If you and your family are tired of creaky, cold, uneven floors, it’s time for a change. Flooring renovations can help achieve your interior design goals and increase energy efficiency. To fulfill your unique flooring needs, enlist the help of a qualified flooring contractor. Follow these three steps to begin the planning process for your floor renovation:

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How much does it cost to install new flooring?

Floor renovation costs depend on your square footage, the flooring materials used, and the skill and labour involved for your specific project. Flooring installation will cost on average $6-14 per square foot with the use of standard materials. Installing underlayment, subfloor, or in-floor heating can all increase installation costs. Consult with your flooring installation contractor about achieving your flooring vision within your budget.

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Type of renovation Predictable budget
Economic $6,400 to $8,700
Standard $7,500 to $11,000
High end $17,000 to $23,000

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What are the different types of flooring materials?

Hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring are two popular choices. Hardwood is typically the more expensive option, but many homeowners find the investment well worth the beauty and durability of hardwood. Engineered hardwood is less expensive and can better withstand humidity and every day wear and tear. Vinyl and laminate flooring are two other choices that provide the look of hardwood a fraction of the cost. Many property owners choose vinyl or laminate in rental properties and for basements, where replacement costs are lower should water damage ever occur.

Natural stone, porcelain tile, and ceramic tile are ideal for bathrooms, entryways, and other wet environments. These flooring material types are on the higher end of the cost spectrum and require care, time, and skill to install.

Concrete flooring is the ideal choice for your garage floor or basement renovation. This is the best flooring for a space that houses heavy machinery due to its high load tolerance. For a warm, cozy space, you can also incorporate radiant heating.

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How to choose the best flooring option for your home

When the time comes to install new flooring, the choice between different types of flooring can be overwhelming. Consider the factors below when narrowing down your options. The best flooring for your home will combine your personal aesthetic with the practical concerns of your environment.

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Frequently Asked

What is a subfloor and do I need it?2021-05-05T13:39:48-04:00

A subfloor is the first layer of your flooring installation that rests directly on top of your floor joists. Plywood and OSB are commonly used to provide an even surface to lay your floor covering on. Unless your floor is concrete, a subfloor is almost always required. It not only makes floor installations easier, it also provides structural support by bridging all your joists together.

What is the easiest flooring to install?2021-05-05T13:33:10-04:00

Laminate or vinyl flooring is the easiest flooring to install, as these options can be applied over an existing floor. They also can be part of a floating floor installation, which is easier than performing an installation with subfloor and underlayment.

Is it worth installing underfloor heating?2021-05-05T13:31:57-04:00

In terms of comfort, eco-friendliness, and energy efficiency, underfloor heating is hard to beat. Forced-air central heating uses more energy than underfloor heating, which relies on radiant heat to increase the temperature of your home. Renovate flooring with radiant heat, and your feet will be warm and toasty while you save on propane and electricity bills during the winter.

What is the difference between subfloor and underlayment?2021-05-05T13:31:18-04:00

Underlayment refers to the middle layer of your flooring installation, consisting of foam or plywood laid over the subfloor to provide additional insulation or soundproofing. For floor refinishing projects, the subfloor installation may be left intact with the addition of underlayment providing enhancement for the top layer of hardwood flooring.

What is underlayment?2021-05-05T13:30:41-04:00

The middle layer of your flooring installation is referred to as underlayment. It’s often necessary to install underlayment over a subfloor before putting down carpet, hardwood flooring, or laminate flooring. It also helps create a softer feel for your feet and dampen noise between floors.

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