What comes first the walls or the floor?

Nothing says “fresh start” like an empty house. As soon as you set foot in it for the first time, your mind floods with pictures of what your future home is going to look like, the family pictures go here, the dinner table goes over there and when Christmas comes around, this spot looks like a good place for the tree. But inevitably you are brought back to the ground by a singular conundrum. What comes first the walls or the floor? This chicken and egg situation is often thrown at new home owners and it leaves them completely baffled. While there is no wrong or right while designing a house, it is important to understand what each of these choices entails.

Homeowner’s first instinct is to get the wall painting done first because they simply cannot bear the thought of a stray spot of paint finding its way onto the newly refinished floor. While we heartily share the sentiment, there are a few reasons as to why it is more advisable to do the floor refinishing before the walls are painted. First, let’s go over a few reasons why it would be a bad idea to paint the walls before refinishing the floors.

  1. Flooring and sanding go hand in hand and it often leaves the air floating with dust particles. Leaving a film of dust on your fresh paint job would be disastrous to say the least.
  2. The possibility of the sanding machine nicking the baseboard along the walls cannot be avoided.
  3. If the walls are painted first and the hardwood floor is refinished, it is possible that the heights of the planks might not match. This would leave a thin strip of the wall unpainted.

Painting contractors are often required to do extensive masking to protect surfaces. Given this fact, a competent painting contractor should have no trouble saving your floor from undesirable spills, splotches or any other form of damage to your floors. It is also worthwhile to stress the aesthetic side of things. Whether you choose a dark palette or a light one, it has a great impact on how you perceive the space. With the flooring in place, it is far easier to get a good idea of what the walls should look like and how the furniture is going to look in the space.

While there is a possibility of damage in both cases, many contractors prefer to do things in the sequence we have just outlined. That said there are also contractors who like to do things differently and do an equally good job of it. There’s nothing a conversation with your contractor can’t solve. For professional guidance and assistance call us today on (888)869-0663 or visit http://store.platinumflooringcompany.com

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