Installing new flooring yourself may save you money when doing a home renovation. Unfortunately, DIYing comes with its own set of risks. If you don’t have a team of professionals handling your renovation project, take special care to install your new floors correctly. When updating your flooring, here are three DIY mistakes to avoid.
1. Overestimating Your Skill
The first mistake to avoid when installing your own flooring is overestimating your skill. Home renovations are tricky. If you’re new to the DIY world, inaccurately evaluating your ability could leave you with a poorly done job. Before starting your installation, take an honest look at your skills. If you’ve never done flooring before, it is wise to find some good resources and do a good amount of research before you start.
Along with correctly estimating your DIY skills, know that you can ask for help. If you get halfway through your flooring project and realize you’re out of your depth, there’s nothing wrong with asking a professional for advice or hiring a team to bail you out. In the end, it’s better to get help and have a well-done flooring project than stick to your pride and have a botched renovation.
2. Buying the Wrong Product
The second DIY flooring mistake you can make is buying the wrong product. Every home’s climate and moisture levels are different. If your home has high humidity, a hardwood floor may not be the best option. Similarly, if there is a lot of foot traffic, buying flooring that won’t last will ultimately lose you money on your project. When you first start renovations, make sure you get the right supplies. You don’t want to finish your flooring and only be able to enjoy it for a couple of years.
Similarly, don’t underspend on your materials. While it’s understandable to want to save money on your flooring, buying cheap products won’t set your project up for success. When shopping for flooring materials, find the balance between price and functionality.
3. Measuring Only Once
The final DIY mistake to avoid when laying new flooring is mismeasuring. You’ve probably heard the saying “measure twice, cut once.” While this adage may sound silly, it’s crucial to remember and abide by it during your project. By measuring multiple times before you begin, you can avoid mishaps while laying flooring.
In addition to measuring your flooring materials, it’s vital to measure your space before you start your project. If you don’t have enough flooring and subflooring before you start, you may have to make multiple trips to the hardware store that could’ve been avoided. Additionally, measuring your space will give you an idea of any tricky corners or fittings you’ll need to work around. If you’re going to be laying flooring around piping or electrical sockets, knowing the exact measurements ahead of time will make your project easier. By measuring multiple times and staying organized during your project, you can avoid mishaps as you DIY your flooring.
Overall, installing your own flooring isn’t a project to be undertaken lightly. If you need the help of professionals, contact Hardwood Giant at (704) 251-7279 for an assessment of your project. Our installers and products are the highest quality for you and your home.