Floor Thickness

Sometimes the floor you choose may be thinner than your previous floor. We can help by potentially using cork underlay or levelling to build up the substrate so there is no height difference, which would help avoid the problems below. But, if these are not done then some issues can arise from a lower floor. Here are some to be aware of:

  • Uneven surface: The new floor may not be level with the surrounding area, which can create an uneven surface that can be a tripping hazard and make furniture placement more difficult.
  • Reduced durability: Thinner floors may not be as durable as thicker floors, which can lead to increased wear and tear over time. This can result in the need for more frequent repairs or replacement.
  • Reduced insulation: Thinner floors may not provide the same level of insulation as thicker floors. This can lead to higher energy costs as the heating and cooling systems have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.
  • Increased noise: Thinner floors may not provide the same level of sound insulation as thicker floors. This can result in increased noise transmission, making it more difficult to maintain a peaceful and quiet environment.
  • Baseboard: You may have to lower the height of your baseboard, which will leave a paint line. If you do not have the same paint this line can be very noticeable. If you don’t want to paint a shoe base or quarter round trim can be added to fill the gap created from the height difference if you have gone with a thinner floor
  • Difficulty matching heights: If the new floor is thinner, it may be difficult to match the height of surrounding floors. This can make it difficult to transition from one room to another or create an uneven appearance.

Overall, installing a thinner floor can have a negative impact on the appearance, functionality, and durability of the space. It’s important to carefully consider the thickness of the new floor and how it will affect the surrounding area before making any changes.