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Flooring Tips, Typical Costs & More

Anyone who's ever watched a home improvement show knows how particular people are about their floors. There is a wide variety of flooring options available these days, each with its own inherent benefit. Installation can be relatively easy or extremely difficult depending on the material you choose, so it's generally best to hire a professional.

ImproveNet can connect you with up to four flooring contractors in your area for free! Before you take the plunge, educate yourself on the costs involved with several common flooring types and learn what you should do with your old flooring.

New Flooring

Choosing what material to put on your new floor should be considered seriously. While carpets tend to make a room warmer, cozier and softer for bare feet, they are also harder to clean and may not reflect natural light as well as other types of floors. Carpet flooring generally costs about $2 to $4 per square foot depending on the type of carpet used.

On the other hand, hardwood floors are easy to clean and brighten up a room, but they are quite unforgiving if you don't take the time to clean and may be cold for bare feet. Hardwood floors are also difficult to install because if you make the smallest mistake, it could cause difficulties for your entire floor. Hardwood floors tend to cost around $5 to $10 per square foot for materials.

Tile floors are less expensive than hardwood, but they tend to be even colder and require area rugs to provide a homey feel. They cost about $3 to $5 per square foot for materials and are popular DIY options, as they are relatively easy to install, if time-consuming.

Meanwhile, laminate flooring is a popular low-cost, easy-install option for rooms that see a lot of spills, such as a kitchen or bathroom. It costs about half the price of tile floors and is versatile and durable.

The cost of labor for installing a new floor is usually about 50 to 75 percent of the cost of materials, depending on the type of materials used.

Old Flooring Tips

If you decide to undertake a flooring project, the first task you will have is figuring out how to take up and dispose of your old floor. This is much more difficult if you have already moved into a house, so it is highly recommended that you undertake new flooring projects before you have furniture or possessions in a room. If this is impossible, then it is advised that you only replace the floor in one room at a time.

You will almost certainly have to deal with the subfloor when taking up the old floor. It is advised that you keep children and pets away from the process as the old flooring material or subfloor could have jutting nails or holes to the basement that are hard to see.

Final Thoughts

If you are doing a large flooring project on a main room in your home, consider having a professional do the job, so you don't have to worry about a half-finished floor for weeks.

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