As temperatures start to rise in Morehead City, renovation season comes to a close and quick DIY home projects begin as homeowners prepare for either renting or just welcoming vacationing friends and family. The quarantine era gave host to an abundance of DIY home renovations, and as things begin to return to normal, and you weigh the option of DIY flooring, here are some do’s and don’ts to help you make the best of your very own flooring renovation.
Underspending on flooring
It’s a saying as old as time: you get what you pay for. It may seem like you’ve hit the jackpot when you’ve found nice-looking flooring for cheap, but buyer beware! Cheap flooring can lead to more chips, scratches, and an even more expensive repair job. Save yourself the headache and invest your hard-earned money on high-quality flooring! Not only will it better withstand all of your daily activities, but it will also outlast cheaper lower-quality flooring.
Using the wrong tools
There is a multitude of different types of flooring, and making sure that you’re using the correct tools and methods can make or break your flooring renovation. Of the different types of flooring, luxury vinyl planks are the most popular for DIY projects due to the easy “snap and lock” installation. However, the “easy installation” can lead to lots of issues down the road if it’s not done properly. The most common mistake is laying down the vinyl planks on an uneven, unprepared subfloor. Not preparing the subfloor, or floor you plan on putting the planks on, can lead to lifting, chipping, and the finished product is uneven. If you decide that luxury vinyl planks are for you, taking the time to prepare your subfloor will save you time and money!
Not considering moisture and humidity
Despite being inside, the great outdoors can still play a factor in how your flooring performs. Floors like hardwood require a small gap between boards during installation. When humidity levels rise, hardwood floors will expand and fill those gaps. Humid environments can cause your floors to cup, warp, and even splinter if not installed properly. In a humid area like Morehead City, you should consider contacting a professional before installing your own floors.
Installing floors can be hard, but it doesn’t need to be! We have a team of professional installers who are ready to help you avoid all of the obstacles that can pop up when trying to install the flooring yourself. We pride ourselves in providing high-quality flooring and even higher quality service to the families of Morehead City and beyond. If service matters to you like it matters to us, Eastman’s is the flooring store for you! Stop by our showroom and speak to one of our flooring experts today!