Smart Flooring Solutions for Multifamily Projects

flooring for mulitfamily housing projectsMany of my builder clients have very diversified projects, all of which have specific needs when it comes to flooring solutions. From residential projects like single-family detached homes, townhomes, condominiums, and rental properties to retail and professional offices, we’ve been tasked with providing the right type of flooring for all of them. One of the most challenging projects from a flooring perspective is a multifamily residential building. Because of their size and scope, choosing the right flooring can be a multi-million dollar decision that has to be right. So, what are the smartest flooring solutions for multifamily projects? Here are some things to consider when choosing your flooring provider on your next project.

Sound control is a big issue for developers of multifamily projects. From floor to floor and unit to unit, the right underlayment can make all the difference. Many residential structures use Gyp-Crete underlayment, not only for sound reduction, but for fire ratings as well. Generally it is a lighter weight, as compared to regular concrete, and can be purchased in varying compressive strength and this will affect the performance of your finished floors. Specifically for this reason it’s important to collaborate with your flooring provider on the right materials for optimal performance and overall return on your investment on rental properties or homeowner satisfaction.

The selection of adhesives is another critical choice that can affect sound properties and longevity of the flooring in a multifamily building. The likelihood of having multiple flooring types is common in these types of projects, so there may be multiple adhesives necessary for the project. From urethane to polymer, waterproof and everything in between, we always provide the proper adhesive that is best for the flooring we are installing, with all factors considered, such as type of subfloor, humidity levels, and location of the flooring being installed.

Sealants are considered to be the most preventative process and can eliminate costly failures in flooring after installation. Believe it or not, some installers skip this process, costing residents and HOA’s after installation and delays in occupancy of the building. Different sealants work with different adhesives, so it’s important your installer uses the appropriate sealants for the specific application.

The type of flooring selected, particularly for common areas can make a huge difference in how these areas stand up to the higher traffic they are sure to endure. Carpet tiles, stone, hardwood, and a multitude of other choices that can work for any specific common area from a fitness center to a ballroom or even pool and locker room areas we always recommend you work with your flooring provider for the best flooring solutions for all your common areas.

Multifamily projects require a considerable amount of coordination with a variety of trades for any developer. Even though the flooring is not needed until you are closer to completion, you should include your flooring provider in the planning stages for recommendations on subflooring and finish materials, which will make a difference in the final product and its longevity. Design Floors is a natural choice for many developers in the tri-state area because of our expertise and experience in multifamily flooring projects. Contact us today for more information or to discuss your latest project.