Today’s question comes from Greg B., who wrote in:
What…do I need to know about protecting my floors? I saw the big rolls of build a board and it looks like cereal-box cardboard. Is this going to protect from salt/mud/snow /ice/rain, or should i use another layer?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. We’d like to help guide you through the process in today’s blog.
If you take a look at today’s photo, you’ll see what a very well covered floor will look like. While this can be the best method for certain rooms, it doesn’t exactly leave a space for you to put furniture or anything. Protecting a floor this thoroughly is really best for a room that has to be walked through to get to a room that you will actually be putting things in. For example, if there is a door on the left wall here, and you want to put items in the next room over, you could cover your floors this thoroughly to be sure that no scratches or stains will occur.
For a room that you will be placing furniture or other items into, it is best to make a big, clear path with a landing out of your builder-board. You will want to keep the areas that you want the items to stay in clear. For example, if you were to place a sofa on the right wall in today’s image, you would probably want to remove the layer of builder-board that is against the wall, and possibly some of the next layer over. This will make it so you can arrange the furniture how you want it without having to worry about re-moving everything to clear the builder-board. It will also help keep your floors or carpets protected while you are moving.
The other part of Greg’s question dealt with “is this enough protection for New England winter weather?” There is usually a measure of thickness or durability for different levels of coverage. Getting the thickest will be the most protective for your flat floors, but might not be the most pliant. That means that it might not work so well for the stairs or any other areas where it wouldn’t be able to sit completely flat. You can get plastic covering for stairs, or a thinner builder-board which will be able to flex over the stairway.
We hope this helped to clear things up for you, Greg! Thanks for writing in, and good luck with your move!