Whether you are a new homeowner, a renovator, or a business owner looking to refresh their space, there are a lot of flooring product options for you to choose from to accomplish your goals.
If you have ever shopped for a refrigerator, you know how overwhelming it can be to absorb all of the information, cross check user reviews, and compile your short list. Even then, it’s hard to feel perfectly confident that the decision you are making is the correct one.
Imagine how semi-permanent/permanent a flooring decision is!
A Flooring Installer Can Make All the Difference
As mentioned above, there are more flooring product choices than ever before, such as Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP Flooring), Laminate Flooring, Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring, Tile, and Carpet. Consider that your contractor works with these materials all day every day and also repairs floors, so can offer you some real-time feedback about the durability, look and efficacy of a particular flooring choice for your specific application.
While some types of flooring are easy to install, most people prefer to hire a professional installer rather than attempt a DIY job. Knowing the pros and cons ahead of time can help you make a good decision between hiring or not.
Here are some Pros and Cons of the DIY Process:
- Pro: You will save money.
- Pro: You can work at your own pace.
- Con: It can take much longer than you planned
- Con: you may not have the tools or skills needed at the end of the day
- Con: you are responsible for removal and disposal of previous flooring
- Con: mistakes can be costly.
Here are some Pros and Cons of Hiring an Installer:
- Pro: Efficiency of installation. Your installer does this every day and has all the tools.
- Pro: Your flooring pro has access to lots of flooring products and can guide you on the best choice for your project.
- Pro: Your installer will check your sub-floor, and alert you to issues you may not be aware of, such as dry rot, mold, etc.
- Pro: Flooring removal and disposal is handled by your contractor.
- Con: The cost of hiring a contractor will be more than doing it DIY.
Remember, not all flooring installers are created equal. Make sure the one that you are considering is a licensed contractor, that they are insured, and that they can bring flooring samples to you, so you can see them in your environment and talk through any particular issues your project may have.