Every time I look at the sorry state of my carpets, I spend an hour or two looking at the endless possibilities online. Our poor carpets have been battered first by the babies, then toddlers and preschoolers who seemed to spill things for fun and then older children with muddy shoes, scooters, bikes and who seem to always be eating on the run which inevitably means dropping food all over the floor.
It is no wonder that they are in a bad way. It was a conscious decision not to replace the flooring until they were older as there didn’t seem a lot of point. Now they are older, I am ready to get the job done and I really want to rip out most of the carpets and replace them. As my son is allergic to dust mites, carpet is not great for him as it doesn’t matter how many times you hoover, you never get rid of them, so for me, I would prefer to have laminate flooring throughout the entire house.
It was a conscious decision not to replace the flooring until they were older as there didn’t seem a lot of point. Now they are older, I am desperate to get the job done and I want to rip out most of the carpets and replace them. As my son is allergic to dust mites, carpet is not great for him as it doesn’t matter how many times you hoover, you never get rid of them, so for me, I would prefer to have laminate flooring throughout the entire house.
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Now, I just need to make a decision about what to buy but also keeping my budget in mind, I am also looking to be able to renovate all of the floors without breaking the bank. So how can you renovate all of your flooring and keep the costs down?
This is my philosophy with all shopping, to be honest, but it comes into its own when you are looking to make a major investment for things around the house. Not only should you take the time to shop around online, visit some local shops as sometimes they can have some good deals. If it is still too expensive and you have time on your hands, it is worth waiting for cheap laminate flooring offers. If you are planning on doing more than one room, the saving you can make will be worth waiting for.
Do it yourself
Whilst I can see the benefits of paying someone to lay flooring for you, these days many of the flooring options available are fairly user-friendly. Before you buy the tools for the job, check what you already have in your toolbox, ask around friends and neighbours and see what you can borrow and finally if you still need something, see if it is possible to hire it before you invest in something that you will never use again.
If it the first time you have ever done anything like this, there is lots of help available. There are lots of online tutorials which will give you a step by step guide to getting the job done. When I looked at laminate flooring there are lots of guides to laying laminate flooring which will also give you a list of the equipment you will need for the job. If you do decide to do it yourself, make sure you measure properly.
If you decide that you don’t feel confident in replacing the flooring yourself, you can still save money. Always ask if there are any discounts available. Some fitters will charge less if you move all furniture and take up any old flooring yourself before they start.
Type of flooring
When you are considering new flooring, think about how each room is used and what the best type of flooring would be for that room. It sounds like an obvious thing, but if you are replacing the flooring in the hallway, for example, carpet might seem like a great option but with the amount of use and muddy shoes that pass through, carpet may not be the wisest option in the long term.
If you are considering taking the carpets away and going for wooden flooring, take time to look at the different types of flooring available, it might be that it is worth paying more for solid wood flooring as it can be sanded and refinished which is useful with the wear and tear a family home causes to flooring over the years.
Quality flooring may not save you money initially but the investment will save you money in the long term as it will not need replacing for many years and will withstand the test of time. Choosing quality brands such as Nexus Flooring also gives you the peace of mind as they often offer longer guarantees.
Along with quality flooring, look for features that will help to make your flooring last such as thick hard-wearing boards that are stain or scratch resistant. Engineered oak planks can be a good choice as they offer greater stability due to the structure of the boards. Particularly in a family house, these are features which will help to protect your flooring and hopefully will increase its longevity.
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So if you are planning to renovate your flooring, there are ways to keep the costs down but always bear in mind that quality is worth paying for and even though it might not save you money initially, it will hopefully last you longer which means you can spend your money on other projects in and out of the house.