Many homeowners are undertaking DIY projects, as both a hobby and a way to save money. Home renovation is a very popular DIY project – so much so that it is the subject of several TV shows. Sometimes, however, it is best to call in a professional. This is often the case when it comes to laying Karndean flooring. Of course, this does depend on your individual capabilities, and your access to the necessary tools and equipment.

Is Karndean flooring suitable for DIY?

In general terms, it is advisable to seek professional help when laying Karndean flooring. Despite the popularity of DIY projects, Karndean flooring is usually best suited to an experienced flooring professional. There are many different steps that go into the process and it is imperative that each one is done correctly. From floor preparation, to the laying process itself, each stage must be done to perfection before the next one can commence. Even the slightest mistake can compromise the overall finish. This usually culminates in bubbles beneath the floor covering, tears in the surface or an uneven rippling effect.

Some factors to consider when laying Karndean flooring

The laying of Karndean flooring is best left to a professional due to the number of stages involved. Experts will have the experience and tools necessary to do a good job, which can save you time and money in the long run. Even the most experienced DIY enthusiasts can come unstuck throughout the many stages of the process. Each stage must be completed with precision and dexterity, which is why professional help is always advisable. The most important and perhaps most difficult stages of the process are listed below.

#1 Subfloor preparation

Each stage of the process involved in laying Karndean flooring is important. The subfloor preparation, however, is arguably the most important. Essentially, the subfloor preparation involves creating a suitable surface for the Karndean floor covering. This surface must be perfectly flat, clean and as smooth as possible. In particular, it is important that there are no traces of any oil-based products on the floor. These substances will compromise the adhesive and create air pockets in various parts of the floor covering. Depending on the nature and condition of your subfloor, the preparation process can vary in complexity and extent. Some floors require an extensive overhaul before laying the Karndean flooring, while others require relatively little preparation.

#2 Adhesive

When it comes to laying the Karndean flooring, your choice of adhesive is critical. Different adhesives are suitable for different surfaces. For example the adhesive you use for a timber subfloor is different to the adhesive you would use for a tiled subfloor. It takes a great deal of experience to determine which adhesive is suitable for your situation. If you select the wrong adhesive, then the floor covering can potentially come loose, which will destroy the entire project. If you seek professional help, this will not be an issue and you can rest assured that your Karndean flooring will remain in perfect condition for years to come.

#3 Shape/layout

Different homes have different floor plans and this can create problems for DIY Karndean projects. Curved edges, corners, doorways and other such internal features make it difficult to perfectly lay the Karndean flooring. Without a detailed knowledge of the product and the right tools for the job, laying your Karndean flooring in these areas can be frustrating at best. To make sure that these areas are done correctly, it is always best to enlist the assistance of a specialist. This will prevent unsightly folds, uneven edges and poorly applied Karndean flooring in your home.

For all your Karndean flooring needs, get in touch with the experts at Ashmore Carpets today on (07) 5526 8611.