How To Buy The Right Flooring For Your New York County Condo
Are you getting ready to move into condo living and are ready to make your nest? Or, are you already living in a condo and need to make some floor covering changes? In any case, the same considerations apply for either scenario.
The Concrete Subfloor Challenge
New York County Condo 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 rip up a little of that carpeting and take a look 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 need to be eco-friendly and non-outgassing?
If so, you would likely want to stay away from purchasing most laminate flooring (especially from big name floor liquidators or New York County big box stores), some cheap cork floor covering, VCT, vinyl tile (luxury or non luxury), or some cheap liquidator brand bamboo floor covering.
Does your flooring need to be quiet?
If so, you shouldn’t select slate flooring, travertine flooring and some engineered hardwood flooring.
Does your floor covering need to be easy to install?
If so, you will probably not want to attempt ceramic tile installation. In that same category is travertine tile and porcelain 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 flooring installation can also be problematic, 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 very level and stable (gypcrete tends to crumble), and since it is glued down—it is very challenging to go back and correct 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 floor covering or cheap carpet squares do not present well aesthetically. It is common for builders churning out hundreds of condominium units to put vinyl tile or carpeting 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 house.
Now That We Have Gone Through What NOT To Choose For Your New York County Condominium, Let’s Run Through Some More Appropriate And Ecofriendly Floor Alternatives.
If that were not enough, it is also very inexpensive 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 New York County condominium 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 floor 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 installation is, some condo owners may opt to hire a floor installation professional. Any hardwood floor installation contractor can take on a cork flooring installation. The tools required and the skill level necessary are the same.
For those New York County condominium owners who wish to have more of a wood look in their home, they may take a good look at Eco-Friendly Flooring’s Natural Fibre Strand Woven Click Lock flooring. Our bamboo floor covering 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 floor covering 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 mastic. 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, New York County condo owners can also make a good case for sound insulation if they need to present their floor products to the board of directors.
The flooring answer is simple
If you want to move out or away from an environment with toxic flooring, you should select a choose 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 environmentally friendly flooring 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 reasonable prices ($5/sf or less). For more information about Eco-Friendly Flooring’s condominium-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.