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Once you have selected your commercial flooring solution, installation is the next step!

Flooring Installation With Floor Coverings International Cherry Hill

At Floor Coverings International Cherry Hill, we specialize in the installation of your new flooring product, as well as the removal of your previous floor covering. With any flooring option you choose, we can install it quickly and affordably, readily working around your schedule. We will work nights, weekends, and holidays in order to complete your carpeting project on the timeline you need. Our flooring installations are expertly done, achieving the best possible appearance while saving you significant time.

Your Design Associate will act as your project manager throughout this process to ensure that your flooring installation is completed with efficiency and expertise.

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Your Independent Installation Option

We recognize that, for some small businesses, doing your own installation can be the right choice. If this is your situation, check out our overviews below to find out the basics for each major flooring style. Additionally, make sure you take the time to talk with your Design Associate about the unique installation instructions and requirements that come with your new flooring products.

Tile Installation

Tools:

10-foot straightedge, A-square, carbide-tipped scorer, chalk line, diamond blade and wet saw, drill-driver, flush-cut hand saw, margin trowel, mason’s trowel, nippers, notched trowel, power flush-cut saw, rubber float, rubbing stone, tape measure, tile cutter, utility knife

Cost:

Difficulty Level:

Moderate

Steps:

  • Review the specific installation instructions for your flooring product.

  • Tack down necessary padding with a stapler.

  • Blend powdered thin set according to instructions. Then, spread two consecutive thin coats in a 2×3 foot area, making furrows in the second coat with the trowel.

  • Gently lay the tile on the thinset; then, press down firmly, applying equal pressure with all fingertips. Repeat down the row, going along the straightedge first before moving outward.

  • For the final edge against the wall or corners, cut tile as needed using the scorer and wet saw.

  • Allow the tile to set overnight and then scrape away any excess thinset on the surface.

  • Mix and apply grout according to package instructions; work from the edges of the room to the center.

  • After grout has set for 30 minutes, wipe away grout haze with a damp sponge. Repeat until the tile is clean.

Hardwood Installation

Tools:

coping saw, flat bar, flush-cut dovetail saw, hammer and nail set, jigsaw or circular saw, miter saw

Cost:

Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

Steps:

  • Review the specific installation instructions for your flooring product.

  • Use flush-cut dovetail saw to trim the bottom of doorway casings so that flooring can slide underneath.

  • Thoroughly clean the floor and then cover it entirely with a single layer of the necessary underlayment.

  • Place a spacer block in the corner and then lay the first plank against it. Make sure that the tongues face out. To complete the row, measure the length necessary between the first plank and a spacer against the wall at the end of the row. Measure and cut the new piece, apply glue to the end groove, and install using the pry bar.

  • Use the remaining length of the cut plank as the first one in the next row. Add glue to the groove of the plank and slide it against the previous row, tapping it into place with a hammer. Repeat until you reach the final row.

  • Measure the width necessary for the final row, noting any necessary notches for door frames. Use the jigsaw to rip the plank to the necessary width. Then, use the pry bar to coax the final plank into place.

  • Allow glue to cure 12 hours before removing spacers and adding molding around the room.

Carpet Installation

Tools:

binding machine, carpet edger, electric stapler, hammer, hand saw, knee kicker, lever-activated stretcher, seaming iron and weight, utility knife, wide blade carpet chisel

Cost:

Difficulty Level:

Very Difficult

Steps:

  • Review the specific installation instructions for your flooring product.

  • Tack down necessary padding with a stapler.

  • Nail down tack strips around the perimeter of the room, about ½ inch away from the baseboard.

  • Unroll the carpeting onto the padding so that it lays flat.

  • Use the knee kicker to force carpet into position against one wall before continuing to pull out all of the wrinkles. Use a lever-activated stretcher to finish pulling the carpet taut.

  • The carpet should overlap onto each wall by a few inches. Once it is secured, use a carpet edger to trim it flush to the baseboard molding.

  • Use the carpet chisel to force the carpet’s edge into the space beneath the baseboard.

  • Repeat steps 5-7 on the remaining walls, starting with the one opposite the first.

Vinyl Installation

Tools:

chalk line, dust broom, electric heat gun, framing square, hammer, rolling pin or J-roller, sanding pad and paper, tape measure, undercut saw, utility knife, vinyl tile cutter

Cost:

Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

Steps:

  • Review the specific installation instructions for your flooring product.

  • Cover the floor with ¼ inch plywood underlayment and secure with nails and leveling compound. After compound has dried, sand seams smooth.

  • Use undercut saw to trim the bottom of doorway casings so that flooring can slide underneath.

  • Use chalk line and measuring tape to divide the room into quadrants.

  • Sweep the first quadrant clean and then peel the backing off from the first tile and set it in corner most central to the room, pressing it down firmly. Fill in the rest of the quadrant, first following the chalk lines.

  • Repeat step 5 for all quadrants.

  • Measure and cut any tiles necessary to reach the walls at the edges of each quadrant. You will also need to trip out around any heat vents.

  • Once all tiles are placed, roll the entire floor with a rolling pin or J-roller. Wait at least 5 days before washing the floor so that adhesive fully cures.

Are You Ready For Your Flooring Installation Project?

The exact instructions for your flooring product may differ slightly from those above. These instructions are simply intended as a guideline to help you decide if you want to take on your flooring installation on your own or if you would like to hire a professional service.

Always remember to check manufacturer’s instructions when installing new flooring products.