The day has finally come where you can switch out those old, outdated, and beat-up floors for something new and fresher. Once you’ve selected the type of flooring you’d like, there’s one major decision you have to make: Professional or DIY flooring installation? While you may think that DIY can help you save some money, it requires specialized knowledge and tools, can be very labor intensive and take longer than you expect, and could actually decrease your home’s value if the new floors are installed incorrectly. Here are a few reasons to consider professional flooring installation over DIY.
Despite all the resources available on installing floors yourself, it’s easy to make a mistake—especially if you aren’t familiar with proper installation techniques. Should those mistakes occur, they’re much harder—and frequently more expensive—to fix. Plus, they can decrease the value of your home due to poor aesthetics. For example, did you know you’re supposed to start in the middle of the room and work outward when laying tile, and if ? you lay the first tile in a room incorrectly it could adversely affect the look of the entire room? Do you know how to transition between rooms and flooring types? Are you aware of the proper underlayment or padding for each flooring type? A flooring professional knows how to avoid the most common flooring mistakes, ensuring your new floor is installed correctly and the value of your home doesn’t decrease.
It can be hard for DIY homeowners to know exactly how much flooring to purchase, with the total amount usually higher than the net square footage of the rooms due to a “waste factor” that accounts for seams, transitions, and cuts in corners and along walls. But how can an inexperienced person know how much extra to buy? If you purchase too much flooring product you have wasted some money, but it can be even worse if at the end you find yourself a little short. Now you have to delay your project while you find more flooring, and what do you do if it is no longer available in the exact same color or dye lot?
A professional has the knowledge and experience, and even specialized software, to calculate the correct amount of flooring to buy from the beginning to avoid the extra costs, delays and stress from having too much or too little flooring.
Many of the tools needed for flooring installation are highly specialized and only used for these projects. Some tools, like carpet stretchers, are only available from specialty suppliers. Others, like wet saws can be pricey to rent or buy. Even if you’re able to track these tools down, they’re usually very expensive. Rather than waste your money on tools you’ll only use once, and may not know how to use properly, let a professional who’s equipped with all the right tools and experience do the work for you.
One aspect of flooring installation many DIYers don’t consider is removing and disposing of the old flooring. Most flooring materials can’t be thrown into a trash can or garbage dumpster—they have to be disposed of in specific ways. Plus, removing a lot of old carpet can be a pain t as it can take up a lot of space.
With professional flooring installation, installers will know how to properly rip up old flooring without damaging your property and where to dispose of it. Most flooring companies have vans or trucks that make hauling off old flooring quick and easy. Also, flooring companies like Empire Today® are able to be environmentally friendly and recycle used carpet.
One of the biggest risks of DIY flooring installation is the number of unexpected problems you can run into during the process. Most DIYers aren’t prepared to handle them, leaving them in a difficult position. For example, if you’re replacing flooring and find out the subflooring has been damaged, you may not know how to repair it. If you attempt to repair subflooring damage, it’s essential to know that any subflooring installation mistakes may make installing new flooring on top more difficult.
Similarly, using the right underlayment, floor leveling compounds, and padding is crucial and can make or break the aesthetics and quality of your flooring job. For instance, if you do not use and properly install the correct underlayment and subfloor for tile, it can crack after installation even with normal use, and that is not a repair job you want to make later! Also, if your floors are not properly leveled or new flooring properly connected to the surface below, there could be noticeable movement or unevenness when you or your family and friends walk on it, diminishing the aesthetic you were going for and being a constant reminder of your mistakes.
Professionals have the expertise and knowledge needed to avoid these hiccups and headaches, allowing you to enjoy a seamless flooring installation process. This way you can start enjoying your new floor more quickly.
DIY flooring projects can take much longer than when professionals handle the job, keeping your home in a disorganized and messy state of semi-installation for weeks or even months. How many nights and weekends do you want to have to devote to your flooring project on top of all your other responsibilities, instead of having it done in a single day or matter of days so you can enjoy your new floors and your free time? DIY flooring projects can be very stressful for you and your family, take much longer, and involve mistakes that professional installations can usually avoid.
One of the biggest benefits of having a professional do the install is not having to worry about anything. You can stay focused on your day-to-day tasks instead of spending days or weeks tearing up floors or worrying about correct installation. Additionally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing the job was done right and having a company stand behind its work..
When it comes to something as important as flooring, it’s best to leave it to the pros. Not only will you save time, energy, and possibly money, but you also have a better chance of achieving your look with fewer mistakes and more quickly. Get flooring quick and easy when you schedule a free in-home estimate with Empire Today.
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