One of the most attractive features of laminate flooring is the ability of people, with even the most modest DIY capabilities, to install it themselves. While this is a great way to save money on your flooring job by cutting out the cost of labor, it's not exactly as cut and dry as many would have you believe.
True, this type of floor installation can be easily accomplished by a virtual layman. However, there are a few things to consider before you take the plunge. In the interest of equipping our customers with as much information as possible to make their decision, Completely Floored thought it might be a good idea to offer this quick list of things you should know before you decide how to handle your flooring installation:
1. Physical Limitations
Putting in a new laminate floor is a pretty strenuous job that really takes its toll on a body. You will be spending a great deal of time kneeling on a hard surface, crouching, and moving from one end of a room to another. For some people this isn't a problem, but for others it can be a deal breaker.
If you have physical limitations such as joint pain, a bad back, fibromyalgia, or any other bodily concerns, you might want to consider passing the job off to professional laminate floor installers.
While there is no need for special tools to complete a laminate flooring installation, there is one tool you will definitely need, a radial arm saw. Laminate flooring is extremely hard, and the idea of using a hand saw to complete the job, is nearly unthinkable. Not only will it be extremely strenuous and time consuming, it will also be less precise.
3. Each House is Unique
If the room in which you plan to perform your flooring installation is above grade and a simple shape, you have little to worry about on this front. However, if your house has unusual angles, or is below grade, you might run into some problems. Not to mention the difficulty of transitioning from one flooring type to another, how to deal with doorways and closets, and avoiding future moisture concerns.
When these things are all taken into consideration, the price of hiring a pro starts to seem like a much more attractive prospect.
If you are in the market for a new floor, or flooring services of any sort, and live in the Everett, WA area, we hope you will consider Completely Floored to help you get you where you need to be. Simply call, e-mail, or stop in at our showroom in Everett, and our team of trained flooring professionals will be on hand to give you all the information you need to make the flooring decisions that are right for you and your budget.