While looking for a place to live, it’s generally common that you will invest some time and money into numerous renovations, repairs and replacements.

Most new homeowners desire to replace or repair old flooring due to previous wear or may wish to restyle.

The majority of flooring renovations are not labour intensive and can be cost effective, dependent on the style of flooring desired.

Before purchasing a home, a prospective homeowner should take the time to inspect the current flooring situation. Each type of flooring comes with various potential issues to be made aware.

Vinyl tile flooring is used in bathrooms, basements and kitchens. Flexible and non-porous, vinyl flooring is easy to install and is a cost effective approach. However, if the tile was installed within the home prior to 1990, it could contain asbestos. Most asbestos tiles will be 9 by 9 inches in size but other sizes have been found. Only under a polarized microscope can you determine if tiles contain asbestos fibres. It is important that if you suspect the tiles contain asbestos, you delay disturbing the flooring until tests are performed. If you have asbestos tile and are not disturbing it and it is in decent condition, the tiles are not harmful to your family’s health.

Carpeting is often used in living rooms, bedrooms and basements. Providing both comfort and style, carpets act as a noise buffer and can insulate a room in the colder months. Typically issues with carpets include staining and wear and tear due to cheaper material. If possible, look underneath carpets for signs of mould or deterioration.

Hardwood flooring is a popular choice and can transform a home’s value. Hardwood can be difficult to install due to uneven flooring and can chip, warp and scratch in high-traffic areas. Despite this, hardwood floor can be refurbished within its lifetime. When inspecting hardwood flooring, the main issue to look for is unevenness and warping. Warping can be caused by a previous flood and if the wood is still full of moisture, you could have an extensive mould issue on your hand. Air tests can determine the extent of mould.

No matter if you replace or keep the current flooring, it is important to research into the pros and cons of each type. A safe floor makes for a safe home. If you require the removal or detection of hazardous substances including volatile organic compounds, mould and asbestos, it is helpful to call a professional.





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