Thinking of trying DIY flooring? You are in good company. Many homeowners take this approach. Still, the idea of installing an entirely new floor and having it look like a professional did it can be overwhelming, to say the least. As you do your research and get to know more about why so many homeowners opt for the do-it-yourself method, you will quickly see what makes this approach so popular.
Here are 5 reasons why DIY flooring is a smart decision!
1. It’s Actually Easy To Do
All laminate flooring comes with installation guides that are step-by-step and easy to follow. The 5 basic tools you will need for most floors are the flooring, underlayment, broom, tape and utility knife. In addition to the flooring manufacturer’s installation guide, there are tons of online help sites available to guide beginners through the installation process. For example, check out Bestlaminate’s installation guide to see how to install your flooring and get direct access to experts in case you run into any trouble.
2. It’s Cheaper
By choosing laminate, which is so user friendly, and then opting to install yourself, you are saving money. You do not need to invest in having a professional come into your home. The average price per square foot to have a professional install your laminate flooring is between $5.00 and $8.00, depending on the cost of labor in your area. You are saving both time and money by deciding to work on this home improvement project yourself.
3. It’s Faster
You are subject to no one’s schedule but your own. When using the services of a professional, you have are limited to their timeline. This can sometimes leave you waiting for weeks to start your project or can leave partially finished flooring. Depending on the size of the area, you can install your own flooring in the course of a day or weekend. No-glue laminate varieties can even be ready to walk on the same day!
4. It Is A Good Starter Project
This is a fantastic starter project for any beginning do-it-yourselfer, as the steps are straightforward and help is easy to come by. You will want to recruit a friend or two to help out as the flooring packages can be heavy and it is always more enjoyable to work on a project when surrounded by friends or loved ones. It is also a good way to get kids involved in home improvement from an early age. They can hold down the underlayment or be involved with actually clicking flooring pieces into place.
5. Your Floor Will Be A Sense Of Personal Pride
Rather than just looking at your laminate as a shiny new item in your possession, you will take pride in knowing that you, and maybe also your friends or family, were personally involved in its creation. That is the ultimate feeling of satisfaction; knowing that a piece of your work is now a part of your home forever.
Installing laminate flooring on your own is a cost-effective, time-saving, accessible project for handymen and women at even the most beginning levels. It is a great project to bring the family together and allow you to invest in your home in the most personal way possible. Maybe you’ll find out you’re better at home improvement than you ever dreamed!
What do you think makes laminate flooring a smart DIY installation decision? Share them in the comments below!