The Begginers’ Guide to Redoing Your Flooring


Carpet installation

Thinking about replacing some of the floor materials in your home but have no ideas where to start? Welcome to the Beginners’ Guide to Floor Materials. This guide will give you an idea what other folks are putting in their homes, what some of the basic floor materials are, and the basic installation process for those materials.

What is Everybody Else Doing?

  • In a Houzz survey, 38% said they plan to put carpeting in their master bedroom.

  • Hardwood covers 34% of floors survey participants’ homes.

  • Tile covers 23% of floors participants’ homes.

  • 47% of those surveyed favor wood flooring in their home.

  • Wholly 90% of homeowners prefer hardwood or tile in the kitchen.

  • Data from the National Association of Realtors found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.

    The data suggests that if you’re looking to add value to your home when making a flooring change, hardwood is a very good route to go. More than half of homeowners are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.

    What are My Options?

    There are many options to consider when making a flooring change in your home. Laminate tile is usually the least expensive option. Laminate tile installation is simple, and can often be done by the homeowner. It will come as a sheet or as tiles that are peeled off with adhesive on the back. Clean the floor, lay down the recommended glue, and begin laying your flooring. The process is simple and inexpensive, but may not last as long as other options.

    Carpet installation can also be relatively simply installed by a homeowner. It takes proper measurement and cutting of the carpet sheets, possibly applying adhesive, or utilizing a staple gun to set the carpet. There are numerous do it yourself videos that can walk you through the process if you’re looking to save money.

    Hardwood floor installation is a bit more difficult but is not impossible. Hardwood flooring types and sizes vary, and lining up the pieces and setting them properly can be a bit of a challenge. Hardwood flooring is also more expensive, but more likely to last than laminate flooring.

    Tile flooring can also be difficult as the material itself is difficult to work with. It takes a bit of skill to be able to cut ceramic tile and make it fit. If you’re considering tile flooring it is recommended that you seek a professional. Tile flooring is very durable and can last a very long time.

    If you’re considering making a change to your homes flooring, you have many options. There are many different floor materials to choose from. By talking to a professional, you can ensure that you are choosing the right floor materials for your space.

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