What state do my floors have to be in for a tip top job?

Floor Boards

All wooden floors boards must be structurally sound, level, smooth, and dry And clean to ensure that your carpet underlay will perform. Worn or uneven floorboards should either be replaced or levelled by sanding, planning or covering with flooring grade plywood.

Chipboard Floors

Chipboard should comply with BS5669 flooring grades, type, C2, C4 or C5. It is essential that floating chipboard and other Composition floors are dry smooth and have no lumps or bumps as this will cause uneven wear in the carpet and underlay

Asphalt Floors

Providing the flooring grade asphalt is in good condition, sound, Strong enough and has not suffered rutting or any other sign of Softening and is free from any form of contamination, the fitting of any carpet underlay is fine.

Concrete Floors

All concrete floors should be smooth sound and dry. If the floor is not smooth an application of latex screed may be necessary. The other main factor in new homes (or very old homes that have no damp proof membrane) and where wood or laminate may be used is the dryness of the concrete slab. If the concrete has not dried out sufficiently (75%Relative humidity) there is a chance that you will suffer floor fail, due to the damp penatrating into the timber and causing it to expand. Its well worth having the floor tested if you feel there is even a slight chance of damp with a protometer or a hygrometer One you have ascertained that your floor is fine you can then go ahead with the fitting of carpet underlay types and final finish. We hope this has been of some help.

Avoiding Trip Hazards

Trip hazards are dangerous in a business or home environment, so it is your responsibility to ensure that anything which could be tripped over is dealt with quickly and safely to avoid any accident happening.

Surprisingly, many people severely injure themselves on trip hazards and can be out of action for weeks, if not months. Problems with torn ligaments in the back is a common problem, and of course broken bones is a serious setback for anyone.

So here is a list of common trip hazards and how to avoid them:

Trailing cables

Often seen in an office environment, trailing cables are very dangerous as they can easily be tripped over. For this reason you should use a cable tie to clump cables together and also heavy duty tape to stick the cables to the carpet or any other area which will keep them out of the way.

Frayed Carpets

This can be a problem in both the office and at home. When a carpet is not fitted properly, it can fray at the edges and cause a big trip hazard. You should use threshold strips to secure the carpet into place in doorways etc. Also, ensure you are fitting the right carpet for the area that is being used. For example, a high traffic area could really do with a heavy duty, short haired carpet. A thicker carpet would only get ruined and lose its longevity in this kind of high traffic zone.


Whether moving house or in a storage area at work, cardboard boxes can easily be tripped over. It is vital you don’t stack such boxes near a doorway or other exit, as it can cause an obstruction. Also, this can lead to a fire hazard, so you should ensure any waste is disposed of suitably. Not only will this reduce trips and fire risks, but it can give you extra and much needed space to work with.

Different Flooring Options for your home

One of the most noticeable and transforming areas of your home is beneath your feet.  If you have decided to update a room, then the flooring can be the best place to start.

Providing you don’t have any sanding to do.

After deciding what colour scheme you would like a room to be, looking at different flooring options is next. When choosing flooring for your home, there are a few factors to consider.

For example, do you need to be able to mop or sterilise it regularly – if for instance, you have a baby who spends time on the floor, or a toddler who is potty training.

Do you like the idea of plush, soft carpets under your feet when you get out of bed in the morning, or need a practical, hard wearing solution to high traffic areas of your home?

Choosing the right colours or styles is also key; a baby pink carpet in your 9-year old girl’s bedroom might be great now, but will she still like it in 5 years?

When considering these options, look at the room you are re-flooring and be honest about what you want and what you need.

You might have seen a beautiful cream carpet which you think would look lovely in your living room, but if you have small children, or pets such as dogs, you might just end up spending your time cleaning up stains.

Similarly, you may have your heart set on laminate flooring in the bathroom.

Making sure you have one suitable for bathrooms and kitchens is a must, and it needs to be properly fitted to make sure that it doesn’t warp when it gets wet.

It will also increase appearance retention and reduce flattening, absorb the pressure of foot traffic and reduce wear, improve thermal insulation and warmth, increase sound insulation, smooth out sub-floor imperfections, last at least the lifetime of the carpet, improve acoustic environment and give a feeling of luxury and taste.