At Loco we specialize in all types of flooring upgrades. Flooring can come in all styles and materials. Our experts will work with you to find the material and pattern if applicable that suits you and your home the best.
Floating Hardwoods and Laminate
If you’re looking for ease of installation and affordability, a floating hardwood or composite/laminate floor is the best option. The only requirements are that the installation surface be solid and flat, which means you can install floating floors over the top of existing hardwood, vinyl and tile floors directly without needing to do any demolition. The pieces are fitted together with either a tongue-and-groove or snap-together edge system.
Similar to floating floors, sheet vinyl and vinyl tiles can be laid down directly on top of an existing floor, as long as that floor is in good condition and is flat. Existing tile installations need a layer of self-level compound applied to the surface in advance, to make sure all of the grout joints are filled flush with the surface of the tile. Otherwise, the slight dip of a grout joint will show through in the vinyl as a depression, which leads to broken pieces. After the compound dries, you’re left with a flat surface that you either trowel glue flooring onto or self-adhering pieces stick to. They install with minimal tools and skill requirements.
Carpet is best if you want a softer finish, as opposed to hardwood or vinyl, and can be installed on top of a wood subfloor via tack strips at the edges, or glued down such as with concrete slabs. As long as you properly mount the tack strips around the edge of a room down into the subfloor through the finish material, you can stretch carpet across an existing finish surface, such as hardwood or tile. Alternatively, it can be glued down to the surface if it is solid and flat, such as a tile floor or a nailed-down hardwood floor. If the finish surface is in bad condition, you must demo everything to the subfloor or slab. Floating floors should be removed to expose the underlying subfloor or slab.
Natural stone and man-made tiles are considered the best for any flooring project, but they’re also the most technically challenging to install and you must demo the existing flooring material down to the underlying subfloor or concrete slab. For concrete slabs you can apply a layer of thinset mortar and set the tiles. On top of wood subfloors you need to ensure there is a thick enough layer to support tile: two layers of 5/8-inch thick plywood for man-made tiles or two layers of 3/4-inch thick plywood for natural stone tiles. On top of that, you need to include a layer of concrete board mortared down and nailed down every few inches. The tile is then installed on top of the underlayment.