You’ve completed the process of designing and building your custom home. You’ve worked with your custom home builders for months or years, incorporating all of your preferred design elements, and now your home is finally ready to move into. Congrats!
One of the most important details to get right is protecting your home during the moving process—particularly your new flooring. Moving involves a lot of traffic in and out, and moving heavy objects can be a big hazard. Even sliding boxes can take a toll on your flooring.
Here are three effective ways to protect your new flooring while moving into your custom home.
Furniture sliders, also called furniture pads, are small pieces of plastic or rubber fitted with soft material on one side and adhesive on the other. The slider sticks to the furniture and creates a barrier between the furniture feet and your flooring.
Furniture sliders are incredibly effective in preventing scratches and gouges, even for heavy furniture. They are also a semi-permanent solution, so they will continue protecting your floors long after moving into your new home.
The downside is that furniture sliders only protect small touchpoints, and won’t protect your floor from moving traffic, sliding boxes, or other potential hazards during moving.
Red rosin paper is a heavy-duty, 100% recycled paper often used under flooring and siding in construction. It is moisture-resistant, and some types even have a polyurethane coating, which means it won’t tear easily.
Placing a layer of red rosin paper over your new floors—particularly in high-traffic areas—is a great way to ensure they won’t get scratched or scuffed.
You can cut or tear the paper into any shape you need, which will help you get maximum coverage. You can also tape the paper directly to the floor, as long as you use floor-friendly tape, which won’t leave any residue.
Red Rosin paper is readily available at most home improvement or hardware stores. You can even ask your home builders if they have extra they may be able to spare.
Some homeowners are tempted to use cardboard to protect their floors from moving activity. Cardboard can prevent furniture gouges and protects floors from dirt and grime. However, cardboard tends to slide and may cause a hazard for you and your moving crew.
In addition, cardboard itself isn’t particularly forgiving and may damage your floor. A much better option is ram board. It is more expensive than cardboard but is much safer and more durable. It is a contractor-grade product that can be placed over your floors during the move.
Movers and contractors know and trust this product, so your floors will be well protected.
When it comes to custom home building, sometimes it takes a bit of extra work to ensure you take care of your home in the best way.
Your builder may have chosen a particularly unique wood or tile blend for your floors or used a unique finish. To properly care for your new floors—beyond moving day—you’ll need to know all of these details.
If you’ve worked with quality home builders, you’ll be able to communicate with them about your floors long after construction is complete. Ask them for advice about how easily the floors will scratch and how you can repair them.
Your home builders are invested in the success of your new home, so they should have plenty of free advice about the best way to take care of your floors.