There are a lot of ways to install a new floor. While some flooring options should be glued down to the subfloor, others float above it and only need to be snapped into place.
The installation method can affect your timeline for the whole project. So, which installation method should you recommend to your clients? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Check the Instructions
The first step to installing a great floor is checking the instructions. It’s safe to say that whether you’re installing Engineered Hardwood or Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank (LVT/LVP), it’s never one-size-fits-all. That’s why it’s a good idea to double-check if the flooring you’re using is meant to be glued down or floating/snapped into place.
If the instructions don’t make it clear, contact the manufacturer. That way, you’ll have the instructions straight from the source.
Follow Standards & Practices
After you look at the installation instructions for each type of flooring and its specific collection, your next move should be to consult the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). For over 125 years, the ASTM guidelines have been the standard for safe installation and construction methods.
That means whether your client’s intended flooring floats and snaps into place or needs to be glued down, you’ll find the appropriate method by checking their database.
With a quick search of the ASTM Standards and Publications, you can find the method approved for the intended flooring and then recommend that to your clients.
Have a Chat With the Client
Doing good work and keeping everyone safe are the most important things for any contractor. However, it’s also important to keep your clients up to date on everything. Make sure they’re in the know both before installation begins and throughout the process.
After all, if a client likes to renovate their home every few years, but their first choice was a flooring option that should be glued down, check with them before you start. They may reconsider and pick a similar option that uses floating planks instead.
Learn More About Installing Landmark Interiors Flooring
For more information about flooring instructions, contact Landmark Interiors. We offer flooring options in all sorts of styles, so your clients have plenty of options.
Our team is happy to help you with any installation questions and instructions.