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Flooring, Tile

Tile floors, like hardwood floors, is one of those things that makes a house a home.  Typically, tile is installed in bathrooms, kitchens, entryways and laundry rooms.  The entryway to your home is an especially good place – people sometimes track their dirty shoes inside, and tile is easier to clean than a stained carpet!  Before you decide to install tile in your home or office, you may want to consider the pros and cons. 

 

For example, you probably won’t want tile throughout a daycare center which cares for toddlers, or in an elderly person’s home which, geographically speaking, experiences four seasons such as Springfield, MO.  (the cold may not be good for the bones in their feet)!  So, without further ado, here are the Pros and Cons of Installing Tile in Your Home or Office!

The Pros and Cons of Installing Tile in Your Home or Office

PROS of Installing Tile in Your Home

Tile is durable – it lasts a long time.

Tile is temperature and chemical resistant unlike hardwoods and carpet.

Tile is easy to maintain.

Tile is moisture resistant.

Tile doesn’t deteriorate easily.

They inhibit the chances of viruses, mold, fungi and other bacteria from developing

 

CONS of Installing Tile in Your Home

It’s hard and things can break when falling on them.  Not good for toddlers learning to walk.

If grout sealer isn’t used on grout, they are prone to stains, mildew and build-up

Tile is cold on bare feet in the winter!

It is a bit more expensive than carpet to install.

 

At Direct Install 417, we have a variety of different tile products including tile which looks like wood, or has a glass finish for a more unique look.  Our store is located at 3235 E. Sunshine St., Suite B in Springfield, MO.  

 

 

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install 417

We at Direct Install 417 are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products, flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet, and laminate, we also specialize in remodeling kitchens, remodeling bathrooms, new construction and commercial construction.  We pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers, and our products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring materials and labor in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We also specialize in all finishing, such as cabinets, countertops, bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, painting and sheetrocking and are launching our new area of service:  construction consulting.  We are passionate about floors, remodel jobs, construction, and our passion shows through our work.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 368-3203 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Tile

There is nothing quite like the disappointment of anticipating a beautiful flooring job, only to realize after everything is said and done, the contractor did a shotty tile job.  It gives us the hooboo jeebies!!  And seeing as Halloween is approaching fast, we aim to educate Springfieldians about what to look for in your tile floor.

Tile flooring, when installed properly, is absolutely stunning.  It can last for years, it is aesthetically pleasing, and is wonderful to have under your feet…Even in the winter!  We know a lot of people would rather have carpet instead of tile in SW Missouri because of the cold winters – but several of our clients opt to have warmwire under their tile during those chilly months to keep their feet warm for them, their family and their furbabies.


INTERESTING FACT: 
For hygiene freaks, ceramic tile flooring is perfect as it does not absorb fumes, smoke, odor, and retain liquids.
#Themoreyouknow

But how do you know someone installed your tile flooring, bathroom or kitchen backsplash correctly?  How can you spot a contractor doing a shotty tile job BEFORE the install is complete and they run off with your hard-earned cash?

It’s amazing how often we have gone into a client’s job and had to redo a job from an incompetent (or just lazy) contractor.  In fact, one of the sad truths about elderly living in Springfield, Mo. and surrounding areas is how often a contractor takes advantage of them in order to make a quick buck.

That’s why we took the time to sit down and write out what to do look for so you can catch a shotty tile job in the making – this won’t only save you money, but it can stop the many headaches awaiting in the near future.

Spotting a Shotty Tile Job – Things to Look Out For:

  1. Uneven grout lines

When you come in to inspect your floor contractor’s work, be sure to check the grout lines.  If they are all respectively the same size, including the lines near the wall and around your toilet in the bathroom, you can breathe a little easier.

 

  1. Crooked tiles

Mosiac and custom tile jobs aside, having crooked tiles is another thing you will want your contractor to take care of.  You can usually spot this by looking at the grout lines, but keep in mind, we have seen people purchase sub-par tile squares which can lead to uneven tile sizes.  Like above, uneven grout lines usually will give away the crooked tiles.

  1. Cracked tile after floor has been laid

Sometimes this can’t be helped, especially if your tile floor was installed over concrete substrate which cracked over time, or if the tile floor took a blow (such as something heavy falling on it).

Other times, it is the fault of the contractor.  For example, if the tile job was installed before the concrete substrate fully cured, you may get a cracked tile. Keep in mind, cheap or subpar tile also cracks a little easier than premium tiles.

 

  1. Wave your hand over the tile –is it even or wavy? Is it level?

This is something you usually can’t check until after the tile has been installed.  Run your hand over it, or do a visual check to see if there are waves and dips in the tile – then bring it up with your contractor!

 

  1. Bad transition between adjacent surfaces

An example of this would be a tiled tub wall meeting painted sheetrock, or a tile floor meeting a hardwood floor.  All transitions must be tight, clean and seamless – if not, you can assume either the contractor didn’t know what he was doing, or simply didn’t care!

All in all, there is nothing quite like the excitement of having a new floor installed only to feel absolutely livid when you realize the tile floor wasn’t installed correctly!  Our suggestion is to hire a reputable company in Springfield, Missouri by checking online FaceBook and Google Reviews, as well as seeing if your contractor or the flooring organization is on Angie’s list.  When it comes to flooring, a little bit of research goes a long way!

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install Flooring Company

We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We are passionate about floors, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Carpet, Engineered Hardwood, Flooring, Hardwood Floors, Laminate, Tile, Vinyl

Flooring price can range in SW Missouri.  Whether you are buying or flipping a house in Springfield, Mo or SW Missouri, or perhaps just updating a rental, one of the biggest factors in construction is pricing.  Many of us have a budget to work with, and while we want our home, rental or flip to look amazing, pricing is always a factor.

As such, we put our heads together at the Direct Install Flooring Showroom, and decided to come up with a generic list of price ranges for various flooring products.  Keep in mind, there is a difference in price between buying flooring materials and then installing them.

 

*PROTIP*

Many “discount” or “cheap” flooring companies in SW Missouri have a habit of undercharging labor and overcharging on materials…this is so you want to use them to install the product instead of another company.  We’ve seen it before and we will see it again – a customer is unhappy with the contractors of one of these stores, so when he or she calls another installation company and gets their installation price, it looks to be more expensive than the store he or she already bought from.  This gives the illusion that other flooring companies in SW Missouri are trying to pull a fast one on them, when in reality, the “discount” or “cheap” flooring stores are messing with the prices.

Our advice, always get a WRITTEN QUOTATION for flooring materials and installation. 


#themoreyouknow

 

Keep in mind the below prices typically reflect an approximation for various flooring materials and installation.  Tear out and disposal of old floors often have a different price associated with it!

 

Carpet Price

Low end starts at $.60 per square foot and high end can go up to $7 per square foot (for extreme custom-work).

If carpet pad isn’t included, expect an additional $.20 to $.55 per square foot for padding, and another $.40 to $.60 for installation!   

 

Tile Flooring Price

Tile flooring prices vary widely, from a dollar per square foot for low-end materials up to $25 per square foot.

Tile installation can range from $5 to $12 per square foot.  Sure, you may find installers to do it for cheaper, but often if you purchase subpar labor, you are going to get subpar installation.

 

Vinyl Flooring Price

Vinyl price ranges from $.75 to $6 per square foot.

Installation can range from $1.50 per square foot to $4 per square foot.

 

Laminate Flooring Price

Cheap laminate prices start at less than $1 per square foot and ranges to $5 or $6 per square foot.

Laminate flooring installation charges range from $1.50 to $3 per square foot to install.

 

Hardwood Flooring Price

Low-end hardwood flooring ranges from $2 a square foot up to $30 a square foot or more for high-end materials.

Hardwood flooring installation typically runs you between $3 to $5 per square foot.

 

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Price 

More and more people are going with engineered hardwood floors because of affordability and durability.  If there is a  moisture issue with engineered hardwood, you won’t have to tear it out and install another kind of flooring because engineered hardwood can take a hit!  Not if you FLOOD the place, but if moisture is an issue.

The price range of engineered hardwood flooring is like that of hardwood flooring. 

A person typically pays $3 per square foot to install engineered hardwood flooring.

 

Do You Have a Project in SW Missouri?  A Little About Direct Install LLC

We at Direct Install LLC are located in SE Springfield, Mo and service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we pride ourselves on our service, our floor installers and products.  This is why we have an A rating with the BBB.

We strive to provide the best flooring in SW Missouri and beyond.  Whether you are looking for quality flooring contractors, installers or construction management, our services include everything from flooring residential construction projects to custom flooring projects and large commercial flooring installation projects in SW Missouri.  We are passionate about floors, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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