The biggest commitment of new flooring? Finally installing it. That’s why it’s so important to think ahead to the installation process when you’re choosing what type of flooring you’re going to use in your next project.
The most important factors of installation to think about are the cost and whether you want to leave it to the professionals or do it yourself, which, of course, go hand in hand. As we discussed in our page on budgeting for flooring, a DIY installation can save you money, but it can cost you in time and effort. If you botch the installation job, it can also cost you more in the long term. Some flooring types are more beginner-friendly than others when it comes to installation, and so we’ve put together a quick guide on what you could feasibly turn into a DIY project, and what kinds of flooring should be left to the professionals.
Unlike solid hardwood, engineered wood flooring doesn’t need to be attached to a subfloor. It can be nailed or glued down like traditional hardwood, but installing it as a floating floor can be more budget- and beginner-friendly. Most varieties of engineered wood come in the form of tongue-and-groove planks that you can snap together like a jigsaw puzzle. It’s fairly straightforward and low risk, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone determined to DIY their new flooring.
Vinyl is another forgiving flooring type you can choose to install on your own. Installing sheet vinyl is a relatively straightforward process, and as long as you follow instructions and take your time, the end product can be professional-grade. You may have to tackle the extra step of adding an underlayment, but there are plenty of resources online to help you through the process.
Laminate is another flooring type that utilizes snap-together planks. Clean the subfloor, leave space for expansion, and click together your new flooring piece by piece. With the right directions and level of attention and care, it’s hard to go wrong.
Flooring Types That Need Professional Installation
Hardwood floor installation is a significantly more involved process than what we discussed with other materials. There are stringent requirements pertaining to where you can install it and what materials you need, as well as prerequisite construction details that are better left to the pros. Solid hardwood needs to be nailed or stapled to a subfloor, and if you don’t have a subfloor, then one will have to be installed. For the best results, trust an expert team like the one at Gateway Design & Home.
Installing carpet squares can be manageable for a beginner, but wall-to-wall flooring can get dicey if you don’t have much experience. Mistakes can lead to lumps and unsightly wrinkles. With a professional team, you can rest assured that your high standards are adhered to, and Gateway’s whole-home carpet installation services cost just $40.
Gateway Design & Home is dedicated to pairing you with the perfect flooring for your next project, whether you want to do it yourself or outsource the installation process. To save yourself time, effort, and the possible cost of repairs or reinstallation, turn to our experts. Our in-house team is ready and waiting to tackle your next project, and with our help, you’ll be able to enjoy your gorgeous new flooring without dealing with the mess and exhaustion in between. Contact us today to schedule your flooring installation!
Choose Affordable Professional Installation
Choosing new flooring for your home is a big decision, and the team here at Gateway Design and Home doesn’t take that lightly. We want to give you all the information you need to choose the perfect flooring for your tastes, your lifestyle, and your budget. Not only can you schedule a personalized consultation with one of our specialists at our Loveland showroom, but you can also learn more about your options here on our site!
Explore our blog to learn the pros and cons of all the flooring varieties we offer, from hardwood flooring to carpet, and better understand materials you may never have considered, like laminate or engineered wood. If you have questions, you know where to go — the Gateway Design and Home team is here to help! Visit our Loveland showroom or call today for your one-on-one consultation! We look forward to working with you.