Floor Flattening vs. Floor Leveling

If you find yourself feeling like you’re navigating at an angle each time you walk across your living room, dining room, or bedroom floor, you may be dealing with some unevenness caused by the settling of your home’s foundation. While no floor is perfectly flat, even in a newly-built home, placing hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring on an uneven surface can cause your new floor to quickly warp and begin to show signs of wear, often requiring replacement far before it’s time.

Read on to learn more about the differences between having your floor flattened or leveled, as well as how you can ensure your new flooring can be quickly, easily, and successfully installed.

Differences Between Floor Flattening and Floor Leveling

Although the terms flattening and leveling are often used interchangeably, the process for each is quite different. Essentially, flattening a floor requires the removal of any high points, while leveling a floor also requires any low spots or dips to be brought level to the floor’s highest point.

Floor flattening is required when there is a significant ridge or other outcropping in a concrete subfloor. This may result from errors or sloppiness in the concrete pouring process or foundational shifting caused by heavy rains or earthquakes. Often, this type of ridge can be removed by carving out the surrounding area and re-pouring concrete to ensure it dries in a flatter fashion. Smaller ridges may be able to be ground down with a saw, although doing this in a dust-free manner for large chunks of concrete can be a challenge.

Floor leveling is needed whenever there are dips, bumps, and other imperfections that give your floor a slightly lumpy appearance. To level a floor, your contractor will first use a dustless grinder to grind down any high spots; leveling mix, or a type of quick-curing cement, is added to low spots to bring them to height. The primary focus during the leveling process is on reducing high spots, as doing so allows the contractor to use far less leveling mix to fill in low spots (therefore reducing the cost of the process).

Once leveled, your floor will only take a few hours to dry, permitting installation of your new flooring over the next day or two. This can come as a significant relief for homeowners who are worried that having their floors flattened or leveled will add weeks to the installation process.

Ensuring A Successful Flooring Installation

The key to an attractive, durable, and long-lasting floor lies in the strength and stability of its foundation. This makes leveling crucial; even if you haven’t noticed issues with lumps or dips in your current floor, your subfloor may tell a different story.

If you’re considering new flooring in your home, you’ll want to contact Abston Installations.

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The Benefits of Dust Free Tile Removal

The days of removing tile in the traditional manner that triggers a considerable release of dust are long gone. Nowadays, homeowners and business owners are tapping into the power of dust free tile removal. This process involves special tools and technology that prevent dust from entering the air and spreading throughout one’s living or working space.

Problems With the Traditional Tile Flooring Removal Method

Plenty of people are unaware of the fact that removing tile flooring spurs the release of small dust particles that will circulate throughout the property. These dust particles will inevitably land on every surface in the building. The traditional method of tile flooring removal that makes use of grinders and jackhammers also causes the release of tiny cement particles that can travel across the rooms of the home as the flooring removal team moves around. These particles can even be sucked up by your heating and cooling system and subsequently spread across the entirety of your home. The end result will be a spread of particles, a need to remove dust from the HVAC system and an array of additional costs. Don’t’ let this nightmare become your reality! Dust free tile removal is the solution. Here’s why.

How Dustless Tile Removal is Performed

Dustless tile removal requires the use of special industrial vacuum systems that gather dust particles at the moment they are generated. Grinders and jackhammers are made with attachments that link up with the vacuum system to gather the dust. This nuanced process prevents dust from getting airborne and spreading throughout the home, office, store or other space. As a result, there is no need for you to stay in a motel while your floor tiles are being removed. In fact, it is even possible for our team to perform this work without the use of protective masks that combat dust inhalation.

Our dust free tile removal method is vastly superior the conventional approach performed with regular shop vacuums that produce about 100CFM worth of suction. Such a low amount of suction won’t capture nearly enough of the dust generated when moving tiles and other portions of the floor. Alternatively, industrial vacuum systems that generate upwards of 735 CFM suck the dust up with ease. A vacuum system with this amount of power equates to about eight traditional vacuums you can buy in a store.

The Economical Solution You Have Been Looking For

A large part of the appeal of dust free tile removal is its cost savings. Dust free tile removal eliminates the need for carpet cleaning, HVAC dust cleaning, and dry-cleaning window treatments. Nor will you have to shell out your hard-earned money for a maid service. There is absolutely no chance dust or cement particles will spread to your electronic devices and compromise their functionality.

Abston Installations is here to perform dust free tile removal in your home, business or other space. If you are looking for fast and affordable tile removal that is as clean as possible, we are at your service. Dustless tile removal is our forte. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.

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