When it comes to getting the best finish and a truly stunning decorative floor, the importance of a fully informed client is often overlooked. As touched on in a previous post, once again in the resin flooring headaches series (Project Ready), having a good grasp of the decorative flooring process and the elements under your control can make a big difference to the outcome.
Keep decorative floors sealed
In that original post we listed things like managing the various trades on site, clearing and cleaning the work area in readiness for installation, restricting access during application, making sure power is available for tools, lighting etc., and sealing off openings as tasks you can lend a hand with for your own benefit. All of those are very much relevant in a decorative flooring context as well, however one in particular demands extra special attention and that is the sealing off part. A beautiful, high-gloss finish can quickly be ruined if a breeze dumps a blanket of dust on it, so it pays to be extremely vigilant and take every measure you can to close off all inlets. A little bit of discipline is required here because taking a sneak peek at the floor while it’s hardening can undo all of your good work. Seal it off and keep it closed for as long as it takes!
Plan to be floor-less
As far as the process goes, the best thing you can do is get on top of the scheduling around the flooring installation. Find out how long the process will take for preparation, application and hardening so that you can plan how to carry on without interrupting these critical time frames. It’s very easy to miss the fact that most resin-based decorative floors will take at least 2-3 days before they’re hard enough to accept full traffic and it can be a problem if you simply must get back on it any earlier.
Photos are your best defence
The final word on what you can do to place matters more into your own hands is take photos, photos and more photos of the decorative floor. While the best applicators will take many photos and/or videos for their own records, having your own set of the floor at various stages isn’t a bad thing, particularly in the event of damage or dispute. If all goes to plan and they’re not required for any official purpose, you at least have a nice little “before and after” keepsake that will forever remind you of the stunning transformation you witnessed.
If you have any questions about what to expect with decorative flooring, please don’t hesitate to contact me.