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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About Abston Installations

When you walk into someone’s home, what are the first things you notice? For most people, aesthetic features are immediately eye-catching, like furniture style, decor choices, and, of course, flooring.

From beautiful hardwood to old, tired carpet, the flooring choices you make have a lot to say about your priorities, preferences, and property value. When you’re ready to find the right fit for you, Abston Installations can put the best floors on the market right into your home.

Your Number One Name in Flooring Installation

Since 2003, Abston Installations has been impressing customers across the greater Tampa Bay area, including Tampa Bay, Sarasota, and Manatee Counties. We know how important your floors are to your home, and we’re dedicated to helping you select the perfect choice for your interiors. Whether you’re looking for long-lasting laminate that can stand up to scuffs and scratches or warp-resistant hardwood installation practices ideal for Tampa’s warm climate, our expert team can handle the process from start to finish.

Comprehensive Services

Your home is one of the most significant assets in your life. When you want to add to its worth, fashionable and functional flooring can help you increase market rates and improve overall appearance.

Abston Installations focuses on quality and accuracy, working with you to devise the ideal approach to service. Flooring selection and installation can be a big job, but we’ll make quick work of any project. Starting with the removal of your existing flooring, including the expert elimination of tile dust, and ending with practiced and precise installation, we can guarantee a beautiful end result.

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A Customized Experience

No two homes are exactly the same, and no one knows that like we do. At Abston Installations, we don’t want to take the easy way out; instead, we want to find the right fit for your property and your unique needs. When you schedule with us, we’ll provide a comprehensive walkthrough and inspection to evaluate the scope of removal, materials needed, and labor estimates to determine a customized quote. We believe in fair pricing for top rated services, offering you the best of both worlds with every job.

Additionally, our licensed, bonded, and insured team is consistently focused on improvement. We understand the value of continuing education, including field training, workshops and more to keep our technicians up to date on the latest products and installation procedures.

A worthy upgrade for any homeowner, choosing the right hardwood or laminate flooring can make a big difference for your property, providing durability, longevity, and elegance. If you’re ready to see what an investment in flooring can do for your home, Abston Installations is here to help. From removing your old flooring to expertly replacing it with the perfect fit for your home, we’ll be by your side every step of the way.

When you’re ready to see how beautiful your floors can be, Abston Installations is here to help. Contact us today at (727) 710-1811 to get started!