When the time comes to choose new floors the possibilities seem nearly endless. There are so many different materials, designs, and styles to choose from. The temptation is often to take on the work of installation to offset the cost of the more expensive product. While this may be a fine solution for some people, you need to be realistic about your abilities and resources. For many people, the amount of money saved on the DIY does not outweigh the advantages of having professional flooring installation.
Secure a Warranty
Since the cost is often the factor that drives this decision, let’s start there. The warranty, which is probably at least part of why you chose the product you did, is dependent on proper installation. This means that if you don’t know what you’re doing and you miss or skip any step in the process, that warranty could be totally void. In fact, for some products, the warranty specifies that it must be professionally installed without exception. Professional installers know what they’re doing to get it done right and protect you, from preparing the old surface to the under-flooring, to actually laying the new product.
Save Time & Money
Speaking of costs, doing it yourself is not the same as doing it for free. You need to factor in how much time the process is going to take you to complete it. For most DIYers, a 300 to 400 square foot room will take 2-3 solid days of work, assuming nothing goes terribly wrong. The professionals do this every day and they are much more efficient. If you have to miss work to get this done, are you really saving money?
Avoid Common DIY Mistakes
Often, laying flooring is not as easy as it looks, and simple mistakes can have big impacts. Imagine a tile floor, where only one tile is crocked, but all of the tiles that were laid after that one are askew from the wall or the rest of the floor. This will be immediately noticeable when you walk into the room. Also, almost no room is perfectly square, so all homes are going to present challenges. This is where the work of a novice often starts to show. Walls where you had to cut the laminate boards, corners around staircases, or issues with the molding all stand out like a sore thumb. Professionals don’t make these common mistakes and they know how to work around the challenges presented by any room.
RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers
Have more questions about choosing a new flooring or looking to make a switch in one of the rooms in your house? Our professionals at RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers can answer all of your questions and provide quality flooring for your needs. Give us a call, or visit our storeroom to check out our wide selection of commercial and residential flooring options.