Flooring Tips & Advice For The DIYers

Flooring Tips & Advice For The DIYers

The floors in your house are pivotal to the ebb and flow of your home.  No matter if you’re buying a fixer upper, you’re building a new home from the floor up, or you’re just looking to revamp your existing home… There are certain things you should know and consider in the process of choosing each room’s flooring.  If you’re like most people, you may not really know where to start in this decision making process.  Here are a few quick tips to help you along the way.

Your family’s lifestyle:  You definitely want to consider your family’s lifestyle while choosing your flooring materials and styles. If you have a family dog, you may want to get a sturdier flooring…etc.  If you and your family enjoy outdoor sports and activities, you should consider what type of flooring might best suit your active lifestyle.

Location, Location, Location:  The location matters as well.  You wouldn’t want to put a flooring in the bathroom that wasn’t water resistant.  What if you live in a damp climate?  You have to consider what that floor will face in it’s lifetime.  If you live closer to the ocean, you will have to consider the dense, salty air, and flooding possibilities.  What types of flooring would fit your area climate most appropriately?

  • Cheaper flooring options

There are plenty of cheaper flooring options to choose from, but you should definitely take into consideration where you choose to save your money.  High traffic areas should be equipped with sturdier flooring to resist more frequent wear and tear.  Laminate is a good alternative flooring option for bedrooms or a living area, but not so much for a bathroom or kitchen due to the fact that laminate is not water resistant.

Consider your comfort

You may want to consider your comfort levels when it comes to flooring choices, as well.  If you have children, and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then you will want a more absorbent surface to stand on for hours at a time.  Absorbent of pressure, not liquids.  Cork flooring is perfect for this particular purpose.  It is also sufficiently eco-friendly to earn you a tax cut on your taxes for the next year.

Mind your P’s & Q’s

By this, we mean, make sure you have all the proper building licences when you do any sort of work to your home.  You also need to make sure that you install everything up to the legal codes and standards of the area in which you reside.  If you think you may fumble in this area a bit, then you might want to consider looking into obtaining proper legal guidance.  There are lawyers that specialize in construction laws and other relevant topics.