New flooring adds value to your home and can transform an ugly room into a feast for the eye. Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but it is also expensive and very difficult and time-consuming to install. Read on to learn about 4 flooring options that you can install yourself, and that will beautify your home without leaving you broke.
Vinyl sheets are a durable, inexpensive option. Vinyl’s water resistance makes it perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms, where spills are a big risk. It is also soft underfoot, which is a benefit during long hours spent cooking and washing dishes. Recent improvements in vinyl flooring have also made it much easier to install than it used to be, so you can save money by installing it yourself.
Laminate flooring has become hugely popular in recent years. One reason is its extreme versatility–laminate flooring comes in just about any color and texture. It is also less expensive than hardwood flooring, and much easier to install. Many laminate floors are designed to snap into place, which makes them easy to install yourself. While it cannot be sanded or re-finished, a good laminate floor should last several years.
Carpet tiles give you the cushiony feel of carpet, along with the design versatility of tile. They off are an inexpensive option that can add flair to bedrooms, living rooms or playrooms–any room where carpet would be appropriate. Carpet tiles are easy enough to install yourself, so you won’t need to shell out money to have them installed.
Porcelain tile is beautiful, cool for your feet, and comes in almost limitless sizes, shapes and colors. The biggest cost involved with buying porcelain tile tends to be the installation rather than the materials, so it is an inexpensive option for the DIY-inclined homeowner. Many home improvement stores offer free tile installation classes, so a little time and elbow grease can get you an inexpensive, gorgeous floor that will last for decades.
Happy home improvement!