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When it comes to achieving a flawless and long-lasting flooring installation, the groundwork – or rather, the floorwork – is often the unsung hero. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the crucial aspect of proper floor preparation and why it can make or break your flooring project.

The Hidden Key to Flooring Success

As a flooring enthusiast and sales manager at Gila Floor Coverings, I can’t emphasize enough how vital floor preparation is in any installation. It’s the unglamorous, behind-the-scenes work that lays the foundation for a stunning, durable floor.

Leveling the Playing Field

One of the primary goals of floor preparation is achieving a level surface. Uneven floors can lead to many problems down the line, from uneven wear and tear to difficulties in installation. Floor leveling compounds, a favorite tool in my flooring nerd arsenal, come into play here. These magical mixtures can transform a wavy, bumpy surface into a smooth canvas ready for the flooring of your dreams.

Moisture Matters

Moisture is another silent adversary of flooring installations. It can lead to warping, buckling, and mold growth. Proper moisture testing and mitigation, such as using moisture barriers and adhesives, are essential steps that should never be skipped. A moisture-related flooring failure can be costly and frustrating.

Subfloor Secrets

The type and condition of your subfloor can significantly impact your choice of flooring material. Whether it’s plywood, concrete, or another material, understanding its strengths and limitations is key to selecting the right flooring product. Sometimes, additional layers or underlayment may be necessary to ensure a stable, long-lasting floor.

Follow Through for Flooring Brilliance

Once floor preparation is complete, it’s crucial to follow through with the rest of the installation process meticulously. This includes selecting the right adhesive or fastening method, acclimating the flooring material to the environment, and ensuring a proper layout to achieve the desired look.


In the world of flooring, the saying “measure twice, cut once” takes on a whole new meaning. Proper floor preparation might not be the most exciting part of the process, but it’s the backbone of a successful flooring installation. As a fellow flooring enthusiast, I can attest to the satisfaction of knowing that every step was taken to ensure a beautiful and long-lasting floor.

Stay tuned for more in-depth discussions on flooring topics, where we’ll explore the pros and cons of various flooring materials and delve into technical conversations that will satisfy your inner flooring nerd.

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