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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What are the different types of flooring I can install in my home?

Here are four popular types of flooring you can install in your home. 

Solid wood flooring:

Solid wood flooring is made up of 100% wood, and has a very natural look and feel. It can add value to your home and. It can resist wear and tear, and be sanded and refinished multiple times. However, solid wood is susceptible to humidity and water damage. When it’s humid, solid wood could expand and if there’s a flood, it will be hard for the wood to return to its natural shape.

Laminate flooring:

Laminate wood flooring is an artificial product that mimics real wood flooring. Its core consists of fiberboard material, topped by an image print layer and sealed with a clear protective film. Laminate flooring is UV-resistant and less expensive than solid hardwood (approximately $3 to $7 per square foot to install). However, it also has a lower-quality feel, is unable to be sanded and refinished, has a lifespan of around 25 years and will invariably have a repeated print, according to Consumer Reports

A laminate hardwood floor is popular in living areas like dining rooms and kitchens. Their quality has improved dramatically in recent years, making them an attractive alternative to more expensive flooring types. Laminate flooring can also be scratch-prone, easy to clean and maintain, and resistant to moisture. 

Vinyl flooring:

Vinyl flooring is made completely out of PVC plastic and is an excellent option for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. It is durable, comfortable and inexpensive. Vinyl plank flooring and vinyl floor tiles can also imitate stone, tile and wood. However, it is fairly easy to spot vinyl flooring as synthetic. Install luxury vinyl plank and sheet vinyl flooring in areas where moisture is a concern.

Engineered wood flooring:

Engineered wood flooring often has a plywood-core substrate and a genuine hardwood veneer as its uppermost layer. Engineered wood floors are more impervious to humidity than regular hardwood, meaning that it’s less likely to expand, warp and buckle, according to Consumer Reports. However, it can dent easily. The best engineered hardwood has a thicker veneer, as well as a quality that allows it to be sanded down and refinished to increase its lifespan. It can be as durable as solid hardwood, and it’s often an affordable choice for many homeowners.

If you need help choosing the best flooring for your home, reach out to the top flooring companies near you.

Is it worth it to hire a professional flooring specialist?

Unless you have plenty of experience installing the type of floor you want, it is worth it to hire a professional flooring specialist. 

The first reason is tools — pros have them, and they know how to use them. Without the proper experience, there is a high risk of injury with nail guns and power saws. A good pro also works quickly, saving you time that you could spend doing other things. 

Finally, a pro gets you past options paralysis by helping you decide the best flooring for different rooms and areas of the home.

To get started on your flooring project, contact the best flooring contractors near you today.

What is the best flooring for dogs?

Waterproof or scratch-resistant flooring is typically the best flooring for dogs. This includes: 

  • Vinyl: Vinyl may not add much to the value of your home, but it is resistant to scratching, stains, dents and accidents. Plus, it’s an affordable option.
  • Tile: Tile is generally water-resistant and scratch-proof, and more affordable than hardwood or stone.
  • Laminate: Laminate is not truly waterproof, but it is tough and often more scratch-resistant than other wood floorings. 

Remember that solid hardwood is susceptible to damage, including dents, scratching, licking and accidents. But if you want to install wood floors, the best hardwood floors for dogs are typically made out of maple, Brazilian walnut or bamboo.

For more tips on choosing the best flooring for dogs, talk to one of the best flooring installation professionals near you.

How much does it cost to install flooring?

The national average cost to install flooring is $5,500, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 . Your cost can be much lower or higher depending on the type of flooring you select, the square footage of the project, and other important variables like demolition and repair work needed.

Here are some examples of floor installation costs, depending on the material:

Reach out to the top flooring installation specialists near you to get an accurate, free estimate of how much it will cost to install flooring in your home.

How do you clean hardwood, concrete, vinyl and laminate floors?

After you get new floors installed in your home, make sure you maintain them. Use these tips to keep your floors clean, shiny and polished. 

How to Clean Concrete Floors

Start by sweeping or vacuuming the entire surface to remove loose debris. Mopping will require different substances based on the type of concrete floor. For a polished concrete floor, use a specialized polished concrete cleaner. For a painted concrete floor, use a mild all-purpose cleaner. A sealed concrete floor can be cleaned with dishwashing liquid, while an unsealed floor is best cleaned with trisodium phosphate and stain removers. Use kitty litter or cornstarch for grease stains, and distilled white vinegar for rust stains. 

For more tips on how to clean and maintain your concrete floors, consult with your professional concrete flooring contractor.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Cleaning hardwood floors typically requires a mop, bucket and some type of hardwood floor cleaner. Start by removing furniture and objects. Vacuum up all debris (or use a dust mop), moving with the grain. Spray your cleaner on a small section of the floor, and mop in a figure-eight motion, working backward. Make sure there are no puddles. 

In high-traffic areas, you should mop one or two times per week. Low-traffic areas should be mopped at least once per month. 

To ensure you're cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors properly, speak with your hardwood flooring installation specialist.

How to Clean Laminate Floors:

Start by vacuuming to remove dust, dirt and other debris. The best mop for laminate floors is a microfiber mop with a sprayer feature. Spray and mop one small area at a time to avoid standing liquid on the floor. Go over the floor with a dry microfiber cloth after mopping to make sure all liquid is gone. 

Although you can use a damp mop, never use a wet mop on laminate floors. Moisture can cause the flooring to bubble, swell and buckle. Instead, use a dedicated laminate floor mop with a laminate floor cleaner spray. The best mop for laminate floors is typically made with microfiber, which picks up dirt and absorbs moisture well.

Consulting with your laminate flooring installer is a good idea if you've never had laminate floors and need more tips on how to clean them properly.

How to Clean Vinyl Floors

Cleaning vinyl plank flooring is easy. Start by sweeping and vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris. Then use a damp — not wet — mop or rag with warm water. While vinyl is waterproof, an excessive amount of water can leak between the seams and affect the glue bond with the floor. When you feel a chemical is needed, make sure to choose cleaning products safe for vinyl planks.

Reach out to your vinyl flooring installer for tips on how to further maintain and care for your vinyl floors.

For more tips, read our guide on how to clean and maintain all types of flooring.

What's the best flooring for basements, kitchens and bathrooms?

When installing flooring in your home, keep in mind that some materials are better suited for certain rooms while others are not. Use this guide to help you make the best decision for your home.

Best Flooring for Basements

Basement flooring should be highly resistant to moisture, as many basements are below grade. Choosing the best flooring for basement spaces depends on what they’ll be used for. For example: 

  • An epoxy basement floor is a durable finish for concrete.
  • Vinyl basement flooring is generally waterproof or water-resistant. 
  • Laminate floors can be an affordable option, but they’re often not 100% waterproof.
  • Ceramic tile floors are also water-resistant. 

If your basement isn’t moist, carpet tiles are also an option — just make sure to use a moisture barrier.

Best Flooring for Kitchens

Kitchen flooring does more work than almost any floor in the house, so you’ll want to choose a durable floor. The following are among the best flooring types for kitchens:

  • Porcelain tiles can be fashionable, moisture-resistant, and cost less than stone or wood to install.
  • Vinyl flooring can withstand dents, is generally inexpensive and it’s easy to install.
  • Linoleum flooring can be durable, easy to maintain and affordable. 
  • Wood flooring could be damaged by dropped pots and pans, furniture and pets. However, hardwood and engineered wood floors in kitchen spaces are still popular among homeowners.

Best Flooring for Bathrooms

Bathroom flooring must withstand high moisture levels while also being comfortable on bare feet. Here are some of the best flooring options for bathrooms: 

  • Porcelain tiles are generally comfortable, waterproof, stylish and less costly than stone or wood. 
  • Vinyl flooring is waterproof, cost-effective and can imitate wood convincingly.
  • Natural stone can be expensive, but it’s typically hard and durable.

Reach out to a flooring installation and repair professional near you to see which type you should install in your home.

What are the disadvantages of vinyl flooring?

The disadvantages of vinyl flooring are worth considering for homeowners. Vinyl flooring is difficult to repair if it tears or scratches because you cannot refinish it. And while it imitates more expensive products, it is still usually easy to spot vinyl flooring. This means it might not add to the value of a house, as most buyers would prefer to remove vinyl flooring and replace it with something of a higher quality. Low-quality vinyl flooring is also susceptible to fading and discoloration from sunlight.

For more information on the disadvantages -- and advantages -- of vinyl flooring, reach out to a flooring installation company near you.

Reviews for Indianapolis flooring installation professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Phil responded quickly for my estimate, for getting in the flooring, and for installing it. His work was perfect and he cleaned up everything when he was done. I love my new wood floor and will for sure use his company again.
Indianapolis Floor StoreIndianapolis Floor Store
Thumbtack Customer
Can't say enough good things about Phil and his company. He made several trips to our house to show us a variety of samples to make sure we got the floor we wanted at a price that was within our budget. We left for an out of state wedding on the day they started our install, and we came back a few days later to beautiful floors. Furniture and appliances were put back in original location, and besides the terrific workmanship, we were especially pleased with how well they cleaned up after themselves. We had 1000 square feet of hardwood laid, and it truly gave our home a totally new 'look'. I would highly recommend the Indianapolis Floor Store to anyone that needs hardwood floors installed, and will certainly recommend Phil to our friends. Johnny and Peggy Alderman, Indianapolis (9/25/16)
Indianapolis Floor StoreIndianapolis Floor Store
Zaid G.
Where do I start? Install date set for 05/21/20 . I was unable to get the day off from work. Called Jorge and he told me they could wave the rescheduling fee, we rescheduled for the following day Friday @ 9am. I Took the day off work . I was up by 7am . 9am came around and nothing. This is where it all started to go down hill, I contacted Jorge @ 9:05am. He then told me that Ruben would get to my house between 10-10:30am. Jorge called me @ 10:25am to inform me that Ruben got a flat tire and that he will be on his way as soon as he was done getting his tire fixed. 11:20am Jorge called me again to let me know it was going to take longer the expected. He assured that ruben would show up and would get the job done on the same day. He also offered 20$ off for every hour Ruben didn’t show up. I told myself , “Things happen,” so i told myself a reasonable time to wait until i start to get concerned was 12:30, or 1 pm. At 1pm George contacted me and asked if Ruben had arrived. I told him no. Gorge proceeded to tell me that Ruben would arrive in the next 10 minutes. This calmed me down and i was still on an understanding level and besides the delay i appreciated the communication from George. 20 minutes after Ruben arrived he walked up to the door. My wife let him in and said hi , meanwhile i was Walkign down the hallway to get ready and show him around expecting him to know the job he was going to be doing. Mind you, Ruben did not introduce him self and that had already given me a bad feeling about everything. 101 of having a business is conducting yourself in a professional manner and the very first thing clients feed off of is that first impression. There was no introducing on his part. When Ruben walked in he says to me , “Wheres the floor.” He spoke english to me but i noticed at some point he contacted a person on his phone and spoke Spanish. I too spoke spanish but Ruben did not bother to ask if i did. Therefore him and i communicated in english. When he asked to see the floor i showed the wood in our front room of the house. He then said ,” ooh i thought this was going to be nailed down, not floating.” That right there gave me the impression that he did not know what he was going to be doing. This gave me an easy feeling on too of him not introducing himself. Ruben also asked me were i needed it to be leveled. I had previously had Gorge come to my home on 05/16/20 to measure, he saw the materials and also saw where we had needed to level the sub floor. That being said Ruben should have known all the details. I wouldn’t have mind walking him through my home to make him comfortable and telling him what i told Gorge , however Ruben did not know anything about the job. That was concerning to me that he would blindly show up to a job not knowing what i had communicated and expected already with the company. At this point all my boxes were unchecked as for the professionalism, communication, and lack of knowledge of the job. I called Gorge to fill him in on exactly everything i encountered. I told Gorge that i wanted Ruben out of the house and no longer wanted to continue with there service. Gorge then called Ruben and i know this because i have surveillance cameras inside and out of my house. Ruben had answered and proceeded to speak Spanish. This goes back to when I said he did not even care to ask if i spoke spanish. I understood every word he said and it was also recorded on my outdoor camera. He used fail word translation he said “Son of a.....” , assuming this was his response to hearing we canceled the job and wanted him gone. I confronted him and let him know that i knew what he was saying as i spoke Spanish and that i will not be disrespected by someone i have waited for and wasted my time off work. After telling him he denied he said any fail language. I told him i have it on camera to leave and get out, he grabbed his stuff i shit my door. Now disappointed on the wasted day and having to find someone else to work on my floor. Not to mention communicating with gorge after Ruben left Gorged apologized and offered free installment of baseboards and 10% of the installation of the floors. However My wife and i were not looking for a discount we were more than welling to pay full price with Gorge’s word that the job would more than likely be done in one day at the longest 2 days and that quality was the company’s legacy. We declined the offer and are now looking for another alternative. I was sure our floors would have been done , and looking great by now instead i am writing this review to insure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Sophia’s floor solutions llc.Sophia’s floor solutions llc.
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