New flooring is a big part of any home remodel. From choosing the materials to installing it yourself, or having it professionally installed, there are a lot of important factors that can influence how smoothly the project goes.
If you are installing floors use these tips to help the process be faster and easier for you.
Keep Installation in Mind When Buying Materials
When it comes to choosing the best floors for your home, you may think primarily about the aesthetics or the durability. However, it is also important to keep in mind the actual installation process, especially if you plan to do the work yourself. Keep in mind that some floor types like hardwood are much harder to install.
Price Equipment as Well as Labor
Many home owners think that installing flooring themselves will be the cheapest option. Remember to keep in mind equipment rental or purchase, which can be just as expensive as the actual labor in some cases. Expensive items like wet tiles saws should be rented rather than purchased whenever possible.
If you are wondering what the top types of flooring include, read on.
Laminates and Wood
Have kids or pets or both? It is easier to clean children’s spills and pet accidents from wood floors. The downside is that dropped toys can cause chips and dents and pet nails can nick and scratch the wood.
Although these options are generally more expensive than carpet, wood and wood laminates can add value to your home. Wood is also hypo-allergenic.
Carpet is a less expensive flooring type and easier to install. In some over-slab applications, it will produce a warmer floor. It is softer to walk and play on because of the underlying pad. This feature is beneficial if your children spend considerable amounts of time sitting or playing on the floor.
Tile is an excellent flooring choice for areas that are prone to moisture, such as kitchens, baths and entryways. Tile is available in natural stone, ceramic, and other types of materials. It has become more affordable over the years and is available in hundreds of styles, designs, and patterns.
Each of these flooring options comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can select one that matches your lifestyle and home’s décor.
At some point in time, every homeowner has to replace the flooring in at least one room of their house. With the myriad of options available, it’s important to explore each type of flooring within your budget.
By keeping these tips in mind, even inexperienced home remodelers, can install their own floors and save money and time in the process.