It takes a lot of work, and money to keep your home looking good. To stand any chance of getting the look you want, you have to pay attention to every detail.
A very important element of any room is the floor. The fact that this feature takes up such a big percentage of the space means that you need to get it right. That is why we decided to put together this quick and simple flooring guide.
Choosing the right floor
With flooring, the first step is to decide what style you want. You need to look for something that fits in with the look of the room. This white laminate flooring from Discount Flooring Depot is a good choice for practically any home. Its neutral look means that it fits in with virtually any decorating style. It comes in several finishes, including stone, marble, tile and white ash, so this flooring is ideal for in every room of your house.
The quality of the flooring
However, the way the floor will look once it is down is not the only consideration. You also need to take into consideration whether the flooring materials can withstand the level of wear and tear it will be exposed to in your home.
If you are buying for a busy room, it is important to buy a high quality floor that is tough enough to withstand lots of feet walking over it. Buying low-grade flooring for a high traffic area is, always a false economy.
Maintaining your floor
You also need to consider what it will take to maintain your floor. Real wood looks great, but it also requires more maintenance than laminate flooring does.
Of course, it is important to calculate how much your new floor will cost. It is always wise to buy a couple of extra meters to allow for errors, so remember to factor that into your calculations. Be sure to include the cost of delivery.
Laying your floor
If you have never laid a floor before, it is wise to call in a professional to do it for you. But, if you are a confident home improver, you may want to give it a go yourself.
It is important to buy the right tools, and learn how to lay a floor properly, before you start the job. There are some very detailed how to videos available online. For example, this video is great if you are planning to lay a laminate floor.
Prepare the surface
To stand any chance of getting a good finish you need to prepare the subfloor properly. Because you do not really know what state the surface is in until you pull up your old floor you need to factor in enough time to buy and lay some self-levelling compound. It will not take long to put down, but will take several hours to dry, so bear that in mind when deciding when to lay your floor. Usually it will only take you a day to lay laminate flooring, but if you need to level the subfloor, it could end up taking you two.
That is really all you need to know about choosing the right floor, and getting a good finish. As you can see it is not complicated, but we do advice you to take your time.