Here are tips on how to renovate your floors on a budget.
We love sharing ways that can dramatically improve the appearance and value of your home, and one of the best ways to do that is with the flooring. After all, every room has it, and you want it to look fabulous, and be durable to withstand the ins-and-outs of daily life.
But, flooring of any type is an invasive process, and can limit the use of your home while being installed. So what is the best way to obtain inexpensive flooring that looks amazing? Here are key things to keep in mind:
The Water Factor
The first choice to make when choosing the right flooring is the type of material to use. A mistake many make during this process is putting the same kind in every room. Although that may be the easiest route to take, you must consider how each room is used.
For example, laundry rooms are not good with laminate floors since water can ruin it. Hardwood is harder to clean in a laundry room, and may warp or mould when wet. What is easy at the start, may create the biggest headache in the long run.
Once you have your room list, go through and see what rooms might be affected by exposure to water. These spaces do well with vinyl or tile flooring. Vinyl is inexpensive, and very easy to clean and maintain, but it may not be the look you want as it tends to have a sheen, and can discolour and scratch with pressure.
Tile is more expensive, time consuming to install, and grout difficult to clean. Mud rooms, laundry areas, and bathrooms are great choices for vinyl, which takes little installation time, and is very easy on the wallet.
Most people like to look and feel of hardwood floors, but not the price and upkeep. Hardwoods are extremely durable, are natural, and can be refinished when damaged. Although a bit more difficult to clean, they are worth it. Hardwood also adds value to your dwelling, and are very elegant. It is no surprise that hardwood flooring is so popular!
Laminate is a relatively new option in the flooring industry, and with good reason. You can have the look of hardwood, tile, or even concrete, and with a smaller price tag. Easy to clean, it is durable, and great for the majority of rooms, with one notable exception: areas exposed to water. Water left, for even a short period of time, will ruin laminate flooring. And, laminate cannot be refinished or buffed back to life like it’s hardwood counterpart.
One way to save on flooring is to measure each space, and have the pieces pre-cut for installation. This is easily done with vinyl flooring, but takes a bit more time with laminate, hardwood, and tile. The time it takes to install can be the most expensive part of the flooring process, so this should be included in every budget.
Tile typically takes the longest time to install as the grout must dry, and then the entire area cleaned to remove excess grout or cement. Depending on the size of the area, this can quickly become very expensive.
The Bottom Line
I have had flooring installed many times, and have found that laminate floors have the best look, feel, and value in most areas. Vinyl is my choice for laundry rooms, mud rooms, bathrooms, and pantries. With all of the amazing choices, guests will never know how little you spent for such elegant look.