Planning Your Floor

”Measure twice, cut once” is good advice for any home remodeling project. It’s especially true of flooring¾with a slight variation: Plan twice, install once. Professional flooring installers know this. The more time you spend on planning your floor the less time you’ll have to spend wearing knee pads. So please don’t pass over this first section. It’s quite important. It can save you time, money, and frustration. In the coming few pages I’ll show you how to look at floors, how to select the best flooring design for your needs (selecting the materials will come in Choosing Flooring), and how to pay less for flooring. Whether you’re considering prefinished hardwood, laminate, vinyl, carpet, or some other flooring type, you’ll discover professional tips and techniques that you can apply to selecting, installing, and enjoying your new floor. Let’s get started!

  • Considering Flooring

    A floor is a building’s horizontal surface on which you walk. Depending on construction methods, the floor may consist of concrete and/or wood structural components. Flooring is the finishing material installed as the top layer on a floor. So you’ll be selecting and installing flooring material for a floor. What do you need to know before you spread adhesive or pull the hammer out of your belt? Many things. First, you want to make sure the flooring you’re installing is the best choice you can make based on the needs, preferences, and budget of the people who will use it. That’s probably you and your family if you’re installing flooring in your own home.

  • Setting a Budget

    The next step in planning your home’s new flooring is to make sure you’re not shopping for “champagne on a beer budget.” Few do-it-yourselfers have unlimited funds, so you need to set a realistic budget. I’ll cover getting actual costs in Choosing Flooring. Meantime, let’s get some numbers down on paper.

  • Buying Flooring

    Once you’ve decided exactly what flooring materials you’ll install (Choosing Flooring), you’ll need to buy everything and get it to your house. Though you may think you only have one or two options, you actually have many. And making the best decisions among your options can save you money! That means you can better quality materials or enough materials for additional rooms for the same number of dollars you were planning to spend. You can make your dollars stretch farther.

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