Published on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
Reflooring a room is no easy task. It’s a significant investment, not just financially, but with time, effort, and other resources. This is why it’s essential to be done properly. If you are planning a home renovation, here are flooring renovation mistakes to avoid to help you plan and prioritize.
It can be very tempting to cut corners and opt for less expensive materials as you are outlining your home renovation budget. But, it’s very important to be strategic about what elements you choose to cut or replace with less expensive alternatives. If you are trying to reduce cost, cut items out that will not impact the overall design of the space, and which can easily be added on down the road. For example, a kitchen backsplash, high-end marble tile, or built-in cabinetry. Don’t cut corners on things that have the most long term, the overall value like hardwood floors or high-quality cabinet construction.
If you are in need of new floors but don’t have the proper budget, consider taking one project at a time.
Additionally, not all flooring materials are suitable for every room. Carpet, hardwood flooring, or more porous stone should not be in rooms with high chances of moisture (like bathrooms, kitchens, or the basement). Instead, consider vinyl flooring in these areas as waterproof options with an attractive look and texture of hardwood, stone, or tile are available. With that being said, take style into account as well. Trends come and go and might make selling your home more of a challenge.
In the same token as buying cheap materials, this is another instance where trying to save money now could actually cost you a lot more in the long run. Chances are you will see flaws and other mistakes that need to be corrected and these corrections will cost you more money. Lumps, seams in the carpet, poorly laid out tiles, or improperly trimmed hardwood are all tell-tale signs an unqualified handyman or part-time do-it-yourselfer has installed flooring. Flooring is an exacting job and can be potentially dangerous. If not done properly it can end up creating more problems or damage, and cost you more to fix than it would have been to simply hire a professional to install your floor, to begin with.
If you want professional-looking results it’s best to let a professional installer to tackle your flooring renovation project. As far as flooring renovation mistakes to avoid, insisting on DIY is definitely high up on the list. Scottsdale Flooring America has a team of veteran installers, all having extensive experience in the company itself as well as certification and continued education and training. With Scottsdale Flooring America, you are hiring the best for any flooring project.
Everything takes longer than you think it will. Depending on the size of the room, the type and availability of material used, and the installer’s schedule, the contractor could be in your home for a few days, and that’s if everything goes smoothly. There’s always the possibility of delays that will make things take longer. Trying to hurry everything and get everything done as quickly as possible will only ensure subpar results. If you want high-quality flooring and a good, quality installation, then set aside enough time for it to be done properly, and plan your use of the house accordingly.
As with many home renovation projects, unexpected issues may arise and may not even have anything to do with the flooring renovation itself, but with other aspects. This includes
Give yourself time and the flooring experts you trust a reasonable amount of time for the flooring renovation to be completed. This helps avoid unnecessary stress and frustration.
There is no such thing as a cheap home renovation project that adds long-term value. It’s crucial to save for your home improvement projects to prepare for both expected and unexpected expenses that you might run into. If not, you may end up skimping on materials, you are without the suitable finances for proper installation, and don’t allow enough time for decent installation. The project ends up costing significantly more than anticipated and you’re totally unprepared. Instead, sit down with your flooring contractor at the very beginning to tell them exactly what you want and set a realistic budget.
If you need help choosing the right flooring for the right room and with the right budget, let us help! Stop by our beautiful showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a flooring specialist will be happily available to help you find your ideal flooring.
To avoid making these mistakes and others, work closely with one of our flooring contractors through your entire project. We’re happy to guide you through the problems and pitfalls and help you get a new floor that will look great and last you for years to come.