Kitchen Flooring Installation

The most frequently asked questions about kitchen flooring installation answered by our experts.

22 September 2020

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What questions to ask when installing a new floor in your kitchen?

You are looking for new kitchen flooring but you do not know the questions to ask with regard to the installation process. Read this article to find out the questions to ask for kitchen flooring installation and crucially the answers.

1.  How long will the installation take?

A lot of things are involved when installing flooring in a kitchen. The time it takes is dependant on the factors below:

  • Product being laid
  • Size of your room
  • Shape of your units
  • Type of sub floor

Generally, if you are purchasing vinyl or a sheet vinyl, it takes anything from an hour to two hours to install a floor for a typical square straight forward room. When you are procuring Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), it requires anything from two to five days to lay a floor.

2. How will I know that my sub floor is in good shape?

This is a job for a flooring specialist, a surveyor. They would come to your house and look at the sub floor to indicate what would be required to go down on the sub floor. It is a good idea to check if your sub is concrete, wood or plywood as it gives an idea of what specifications may be needed to ensure the flooring that you purchase is correct for your sub floor.

3. Will my doors have enough clearance after the new flooring is installed?

Depending on what type of floor is being installed, sometimes there is a requirement for doors to be sanded down. Alternatively, a small section may need to be cut from the bottom of the door to allow your door to have a clear opening. This is a service that most flooring installers supply.

4. What underlay options are available?

There is an extensive range of underlays that range from as little as 6mm thick right up to 14 to 16mm thick. Density is the key thing in relation to underlay. Thickness and density are the important factors in delivering sound absorption, comfort and in reducing wear. There are a lot of options available depending on what flooring type you are having.

Typically, you do not need underlay for vinyl. It just requires a good sub floor whether that is concrete, ply or screed.

5. What happens to my old flooring?

Most flooring installers remove and dispose of your old flooring or carpet as a service. Normally, this service does however involve a charge.

6. Can flooring be installed with furniture in the room?

Generally, flooring installers like to have a clean, clear room. Move as much of the furniture out of the room as you can. Where furniture cannot be relocated, the installer will work around it and most of them will move if they need to. Usually, this will incur extra time and therefore additional cost.

7. What is included in the final price?

As a general rule, the final price is usually divided into the following categories:

  • Product cost (e.g. vinyl, sheet vinyl, LVT)
  • Underlay, plywood or screeding costs
  • Sundries costs (e.g. adhesive and beading, if it is laminate flooring)
  • Installation cost
  • Old flooring or carpet uplift and removal costs

Ensure you receive a written quote from your supplier so that you are aware of all the costs for your flooring installation. Always, question your supplier to verify their track record with regard to how long they have been in business and do they manage their own installers. This will give you peace of mind.

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