How To Purchase The Right Flooring For Your DuPage County Condo
Are you getting ready to move into condominium living and are ready to make your nest? Or, are you already living in a condominium and need to make some flooring changes? In any case, the same considerations apply for either scenario.
The Concrete Subfloor Challenge
DuPage County Condominium residences are usually constructed using commercial building methods. To prevent fires from spreading from unit to unit, builders use concrete and gypcrete for subflooring. So, if you lift up a little of that carpeting and take a peek you will in all likelihood see something that looks like concrete.
Now, Look At Your Priorities For The Flooring You Select
Does your new flooring need to be warm?
If so, you would probably want to stay away from most ceramic tile flooring, slate flooring and glue-down linoleum flooring.
Does your new floor covering need to be ”green” and non-outgassing?
If so, you would likely want to stay away from purchasing most laminate floor covering (especially from big name flooring liquidators or DuPage County big box stores), some cheap cork floor, VCT, vinyl tile (luxury or non luxury), or some cheap liquidator brand bamboo floor covering.
Does your floor covering need to be quiet?
If so, you shouldn’t select slate flooring, laminate flooring and some engineered hardwood flooring.
Does your floor need to be easy to install?
If so, you will probably not want to attempt ceramic tile installation. In that same category is slate tile and granite tile. All of these require use of a wet saw and some skill at layout. Also the gypcrete subfloor may not be level, so that will present another host of challenges. Linoleum floor installation can also be tricky, as you need to have a perfectly pristine subfloor. Any minor piece of gypcrete or debris will telegraph through the floor. You should also avoid taking on a glue-down engineered wood floor or bamboo floor application. While it is relatively simple to put tongue and groove together and nail it down—the subfloor must be relatively level and stable (gypcrete tends to crumble), and since it is glued down—it is very tricky to go back and fix mistakes during installation.
Does your floor covering need to fit a sophisticated, modern, or higher-end look?
It doesn’t take an interior designer to point out that vinyl flooring or cheap carpet squares do not present well aesthetically. It is common for builders churning out hundreds of condo units to put vinyl tile or carpet or cheap ceramic tile into the units to keep the costs down. So, what ends up happening, is someone is purchasing a condo for several hundred thousand dollars, and they have the interior finishes you would find in a manufactured home.
Now That We Have Gone Through What NOT To Choose For Your DuPage County Condominium, Let’s Run Through Some More Appropriate And Ecofriendly Floor Covering Options.
If that were not enough, it is also very affordable flooring. Eco-Friendly Flooring supplied a thick, squishy bulletin board-type underlayment. So, if you need to present your remodel ideas and materials to the condo association, your case will easily be made pro-cork once they see the list of attributes associated with cork. Eco-Friendly Flooring can supply you with a checklist and data sheet for the cork floor so that you can present the sample and this information to your board. Condominium owners love the extra layer of cork underlayment which is supplied at no extra charge with the cork order.
Cork is a click-lock flooring, so for those DuPage County condo owners who choose to do the cork floor covering installation themselves, it’s really quite easy. There is no glue involved in the installation, so it is easy to make ajustments if needed. Cork flooring installation is simple, you roll out the moisture barrier, you lay down the cork underlayment over top of that, next you start clicking planks together in rows over that. Even as simple as cork floor covering installation is, some condominium owners may opt to hire an installer. Any hardwood floor installation contractor can take on a cork floor installation. The tools required and the skill level necessary are the same.
Bamboo Floor Covering
For those DuPage County condo owners who desire to have more of a wood look in their place, they may take a good look at Eco-Friendly Flooring’s Natural Fibre Strand Woven Click Lock flooring. Our bamboo flooring is designed for people who have chemical sensitivities, so condo owners can certainly benefit from a non-outgassing floor.
Eco-Friendly Flooring’s natural fibre strand woven click lock flooring is simple to install. Similar to cork flooring, the click lock bamboo flooring has a tongue and groove which click together and bond without the use of glue. Our Natural Fibre Strand woven click lock bamboo also has wax on the tongue and groove to create a wax-on-wax bond when the bamboo floor installation happens. Eco-Friendly Flooring also supplies at no charge, cork underlayment on a roll with the product. So, DuPage County condo owners can also make a good case for sound insulation if they need to present their floor covering products to the board of directors.
The flooring answer is simple
If you want to rid your home of toxic flooring, you should select a product which does not off-gas toxic chemicals. So, you stay away from most carpet, vinyl tile, laminate flooring, and other cheap liquidator level flooring.
You look to green floor products like Eco-Friendly Flooring’s cork floating floor planks or Natural Fibre Strand Woven click lock planks. These products are condo-ready, condo-ready solutions available at extremely affordable prices ($5/sf or less). For more information about Eco-Friendly Flooring’s condo-friendly flooring options or to get samples, please feel welcome to contact us toll free at 866-250-3273. We are always excited to help.