How to Replace Your Flooring
When you are remodelling everything from scratch, you will need to perform a complete overhaul. More often than not, there will be lots of elements that you want to re-do from the old home, and this means having to redecorate everything from the ground up. Suppose you feel like you can still make use of a few things in the old house. In that case, you can certainly do so. Still, some homeowners are more comfortable with the idea of just re-doing everything so that all of the design elements match. It can be frustrating to have one section of your home following a boho theme. In contrast, the other section follows a vintage or modern look. It can be an eyesore to see furniture that doesn’t match the theme of your home!
When it comes to demolition, everything has to go. If you are going to be refurbishing an old house, you will have to demolish everything. Yes, and I mean everything. Replace the desks, the dinettes, the benches. Remove the couches, the wall, the spindles. Take out the beds and the compartments, and get rid of the old flooring. Replace the carpeting and the padding, as well as the windows and light fixtures.
Replacing the Flooring
If you’re going to be remodelling your house from scratch, one of the most important things you need to do first is to replace the flooring. As for the type of flooring that fits your house best, it will depend on your personal preference. You may or may not be sure about the extent of any water damage from the old home, and rotted floorboards are no laughing matter. You can minimize the repair cost of your renovation project by replacing the flooring without having to spend an arm and a leg at the shop.
Walk on the surface of the flooring and try to get a feel of the areas that are not structurally stable. A spongy house floor can quickly determine damage and rotting, so you have to look out for mechanical failure or water leaks as well. I cannot stress this enough: the structural integrity of your flooring is crucial to your safety. You need to be able to walk around on it, and not only should it hold you up, but it should also hold up all of the appliances and equipment you will be bringing along with you for the ride.
If you can still back out from a secondhand purchase because of the uneven flooring, you definitely should. But if you don’t have any other choice, let me walk you through what you can do to at least get the basics of replacing your flooring down pat.
Be wary of random spots on the vinyl flooring. Even though there may be no physical evidence of moisture, your plywood floor can be rotten once you peel back the vinyl. First off, inspect the extent of the damage. You definitely wouldn’t want to replace the flooring under the dinette only to find out that the living room floor also needs some work.
Second, remove all of the damaged areas. If you need to put your house up on jacks to get this done right, do so. Make sure that you remove the flooring both internally and externally. Then, dry out the framing of the wood after you rip out the old flooring. Let the exposed wooden frame dry out for approximately one week to be sure that the water damage is gone before you reinstall your new flooring.
Now, water damage will likely lead to mold, so you can use some antifreeze or other products to make sure that you get rid of any mold that may linger after you remove old flooring. Spray the product onto the surface of the wood and let it dry for another week or two. You can also use a borax solution to kill off the mold, but this can cost you a little more. Just make sure that you follow any safety precautions needed when you are using antifreeze as the product is poisonous. It can be harmful to animals and humans if consumed, so always practice due diligence.
To make sure that your new flooring will be waterproof, apply the epoxy resin with a hardener. This will form a watertight bond and will let the epoxy seal the flooring against any water. It will also keep any mold at bay on the wood surface. Suppose you need to cover a wider area. In that case, you can use a thinning agent to thin the epoxy (xylene, denatured alcohol, or acetone will do). Again, note that epoxy fumes can be harmful, so make sure that you apply this in a well-ventilated area. Wear disposable gloves and a respirator as well.
The resin should take a few days for it to cure, so while you wait, you can add some new wood to reinforce the sub-floor. You can also add the new cross supports to make sure that you replace the damaged areas underneath. Make sure that the floor joists match with the dimensions of your wood, then spray another layer of epoxy onto the wood. Let it cure for another couple of days. Do the same after you add some insulation to the floor with a new sheet of plywood.
At this point, you should also try to see where the water damage originated from. Check if the roof has any leaks. If you can find out, check to see whether or not the previous owner stored any wet items like hoses in the compartments as that may be the source of the water damage.
The whole process isn’t as simple as you might think, and it will require a great deal of patience. Before you replace the flooring, make sure that you check all of the sections of the house for any water damage. If you don’t eliminate the source of the water leak, you run the risk of getting your newly replaced flooring damaged as well.
Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions when you are mixing any harsh chemicals. There are lots of health risks that you are exposing yourself to, so make sure that you use protective gear to avoid any skin contact as well as to prevent any inhalation of toxic fumes. Be sure that you know how to use the power tools for ripping the flooring. Things like crowbars and nail guns can be potentially dangerous, so make sure you know how to handle them before use.
If at any point you feel like you are in over your head with the flooring, don’t be afraid to hire a professional. Yes, while DIY measures can be cost-effective, it doesn’t help your case if you end up in the hospital because of it. Just be sure that the professional you hire is trustworthy. He or she should tell you exactly where the water damage is and what they did to solve the issue. Having the job professionally done will ensure that all safety and health precautions are followed along with a beautiful well done floor in all parts of your home.