Did you just move into a resale apartment and are looking at re-doing your flooring? Or have you stayed in your current house long enough and think it is a good time to experiment with its interior? You might think that a flooring change means having to hack off the existing flooring tiles, but that is not true! There is an alternative – overlaying your existing flooring. Find out the advantages of having overlay flooring here.
Overlay flooring would be placing a new layer of flooring over the existing flooring. This would make your floor slightly thicker, but it would not be noticeable. This can be done with overlay vinyl flooring and tiles.
By overlaying a layer of flooring over, it will not only protect the flooring by acting as a cushion, it will also add comfort to every step you take. Compared to hacking, overlay flooring adds the advantages of your new flooring product to your home’s existing flooring. This is especially great if your new flooring product comes with a decent padded thickness! Eco Resilient Flooring (ERF) has a thickness of 5mm and comes with slip-resistant and non-toxic features for a safer household.
It takes a shorter time to do an overlay than to hack and replace the current flooring. Hacking is the removal of your current flooring, which means there will be more work involved. Hacking of flooring is approximately completed within the time frame of 3 consecutive days – that is at least 3 days more compared to overlay flooring. As there is no need for flooring tiles to be removed for the overlay process, there is no additional time required for overlaying. This results in a faster completion of the new flooring.
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Overlaying is also relatively cheaper as there is lesser work to be done with just the adding of another layer. In addition, you would not need to pay for the cost of manpower for hacking.
Some firms may suggest not to overlay tiles if they are too old, or if your tiles are suspected to be hollow. You can try to hit the tiles with coins or marbles and listen out for any hollow sounds. Reason being that if the existing tiles are old or hollow, they may pop up or crack under the new tiles soon after the overlay. If this occurs, you would have to redo the entire flooring again, and this would cost more ultimately.
Remember, your existing flooring is the base for your new flooring. You might prefer it done faster and at ease, but it is important to check if the foundation is ready for a fresh layer of flooring! If its condition is not good, do consider hacking and re-doing the flooring first.
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