It’s time to get realistic about your laminate flooring acumen. When a floor reaches its breaking point and simply touching it up no longer does the trick, you need to consider replacing it. But an even bigger decision is deciding whether you are the man for the job or its better to hire a professional to install your laminate flooring. The following are a few factors you might want to take into consideration before making a decision.

 

Type Of Flooring Projects

Below are common laminate flooring projects. Determine where you fall;

  • Removing old carpeting
  • Taking out old laminate flooring
  • Fixing damaged floor planks
  • Replacing the laminate flooring with new one
  • Upgrading from carpeting to laminate flooring

Cost

Money has the biggest bearing when it comes to home renovations. It’s important to be aware of the cost drivers in your laminate flooring project. For instance, what is the cost of the flooring material or cost of replacement vs repair of the laminate flooring? You are probably thinking that taking the task on by yourself will help you save some money, but this is not always the case.

While you can easily rent out the tools, it’s hard to get experience or the right skill set overnight. For instance laying out the underlayment the wrong way could mean starting the entire flooring all over again which translates to more money and wastage of materials. Professionals on the other hand have the right installation skills and will limit wasting materials or your time. Other than the cost for the materials, it’s important to also consider your skill set and dedication to the entire project when deciding whether to do the task yourself or hire a professional. Even if you decide on DIY, it’s still important to consult a pro about your project as this can help you avoid pitfalls that you may not have anticipated and it will cost you less. Regardless of the decision you make, ensure that you get value for your money with minimal wastage and right skills.

Diy

Here are a few DIY costs you should budget for if you are planning on taking on the task by yourself;

  • Tools
  • Ordering and shipping costs for equipment
  • Flooring equipment
  • Any repairs to be made in case the project fails

Professional

Hiring a pro is inclusive of the following costs;

  • Cleanup and taking out debris
  • Floor preparation and installation fees
  • Equipment needed for installation or repair

Hiring a pro can be expensive especially because of the labor fees. However, you can significantly reduce these costs by doing few tasks on your own beforehand. For instance, you can clear out the furniture or remove old carpeting. This will not only save you some money but save on time. Spending extra cash to hire a professional ensures that you get high quality work free of all the hustle and bustle of taking on the project on your own.

Skill Level

Hew are a few questions you need to ask yourself before DIY. If you answer no to any, it is important to learn that new skill set before hand or hire a pro.

  • Do you know how to use construction tools?
  • Do you know how to assess your subflooring or joints?
  • Do you know how to transition between different flooring levels?
  • Do you know how to remove old flooring or repair damaged one?