How to fix flooring installation problems
A new study suggests that replacing your flooring may be the solution to the problem of a bad flooring.
In the study, published by the Institute for Building Research in Sheffield, researchers at the Institute of Flooring and Flooring Technologies in Sheffield and University College London (UCL) examined over 1,000 home owners’ reports of faulty flooring installations in Britain and the US.
The report’s lead author Dr Ravi Bhalla, from the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Flooring Technology, said the study found that when homeowners had the option to pay more to install new flooring in the first place, they were more likely to do so.
“It was surprising to see that the more expensive the price tag, the more likely people were to go for it,” Dr Bhalla said.
“People may not realise that the cost of installation is a barrier to doing so, but they should realise that there’s a price for that.”
“If you’re not able to afford to pay that price, it’s probably not the right thing to do.”
Dr Bhalla and his team looked at the cost to install flooring and found that in Britain, the cost was around £2,500 to £3,000 a year.
“In the US, it was around $5,000, so it may be more expensive, but it’s the same price,” Dr Dharmesh Kumar, one of the study’s co-authors, told news.com.au.
“That is an absolute bargain, and people are willing to pay for it.”
We found that the longer you stay in the UK the more you pay.
“The cost of installing a new floor is also a barrier for those who live in more expensive areas.”
If your floor is going to cost you more than you can afford, then it’s very likely that you’re going to pay a bit more than that,” Dr Kumar said.
However, the researchers did not find evidence of an increase in the cost when people were asked to pay the cost directly.
Dr Bhala said that there was evidence that some people might be more likely than others to pay to install a new carpet, but added that the majority of people were not going to be able to pay.”
What we find is that if you live in a place where the cost is high and you are a person of modest means, then there’s not going a huge problem,” he said.”[If] you’re a high-income person and you’re paying $2,000 or $3,300 for a carpet, it might be a bit of a shock to people.
“The report is the first to look at the costs of installing flooring across all income levels, including those earning under $150,000.”
This is the largest study of its kind to look specifically at how people’s experience of installing new floorings might differ across income levels,” Dr Rajiv Nair, a senior research fellow at UCL, said.
Dr Nair said it was important to look beyond the cost in order to identify a solution.”
You need to be looking at the long-term cost, because you’re looking at whether there’s an effect that the extra cost might have on the quality of the flooring or the appearance of the house,” Dr Nair told news the study was based on a random sample of 1,007 households across the UK.”
I think the biggest question that remains is whether the increased cost of flooring can be justified on the basis that it improves the overall quality of life of a home, or whether the cost can be paid by households who are more affluent.
“The researchers also said that the study did not identify whether the installation cost was due to the fact that some households had moved to the capital city or if it was the result of higher household debt.”
Some of the cost comes down to how much the mortgage is going up, and the fact is that you need to pay mortgage debt, so there is an increase as well,” Dr Sharma said.
The study is published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.