There comes a time when flooring can’t be cleaned or touched up to bring it back to life, or you have carpeting and might decide it’s time for a beautiful new hardwood, laminate or bamboo floor. Whether you are replacing your current worn flooring or taking up carpet for new flooring, you might be debating going the DIY route or hiring a professional flooring installer Newcastle. There are a few things to consider before you make your decision.
You’ll need to think about the room itself like the amount of foot traffic that the room sees, so you can factor in how much cleaning it’ll need. You’ll need to consider the durability of the flooring as well. You might have pets or children who will batter the floor continuously.
Types of Flooring
Bamboo Flooring Installer Newcastle
This type of floor is extremely durable and eco-friendly. While it takes decades for hardwoods to mature enough for flooring, it only takes approximately 3 years for bamboo to grow to maturity. Due to this, bamboo can be a more affordable alternative, but at the same time, it’s completely on-trend in home design at the moment. It comes in a variety of types and colours to fit in any home, too.
With this flooring, real timber fits on a layer of pine core board. The top layer of timber means that the floor comes in a variety of options. There’s no need to sand or polish these types of floors after installation. You can stand and walk on the flooring on installation day.
Real wood flooring requires a lot of maintenance. Every few years, the floor has to be sanded and stained. It has to be constantly waxed and oiled to keep it in great condition too. Laminate flooring doesn’t require all that much maintenance, although they do require some care and cleaning.
Living Room or Bedroom
If you’re doing a remodel or renovation, you’ll need to remove old carpeting as well as the strips of wood keeping the carpet attached. Unfortunately, not a lot of homes will have natural hardwood floors under the carpet. That means you’ll have to have new floors installed if you want them throughout the bedrooms.
Kitchen and Bathroom
Kitchen and Bathroom
Another remodelling job in an old home involves ripping up the old vinyl or linoleum in the kitchen or bathrooms. While they might still be in good shape, to bring a home up-to-date, you’ll need to replace the flooring in these rooms with new floors.
Hire a Pro or DIY?
While many people believe that they are competent enough to do many DIY projects in the home to save money, most aren’t! Hiring a professional ensures that the floors are installed properly and will last for years. If you don’t have experience installing flooring, you could end up with costly mistakes. When you make a mistake installing the floor, you’d have to reinstall the parts that were installed incorrectly, plus buy extra materials – all of which can increase the cost of the job.
In a DIY flooring project, you’ll have to remove the old flooring whether it’s carpet or linoleum. You’ll have to know how to properly prep the subfloor, check the subfloor and joists for issues and create a transition between flooring levels throughout the home. This can be complicated and riddled with opportunities for errors. It’s much better to hire a professional flooring installer such as Lakeside Flooring in Newcastle.
If you’re looking to save money on the installation, there are a few things you can do yourself, like remove old carpet and clean the room properly before the installer arrives. When you save them time, you’re saving yourself some money.
There are some jobs that you shouldn’t do yourself, and installing new hardwood floors is one of them. If you make a mistake, it could be costly in terms of repair and reinstallation. If you’re not knowledgeable about the process, it’s likely that you will make a mistake too. If you want a great finish and a professional result, backed up by a workmanship guarantee, call Dan and Luke at Lakeside Flooring today for the best flooring installer Newcastle!