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Installing new floors in your home doesn’t have to be difficult. If you are planning to install new floors in your home you just need to know the basics.

Which is Better, Hardwood or Laminate?
Before you start, you have to know what flooring you want. Hardwood and laminate both come with their own advantages and disadvantages. They’re easy to clean, but you have to know how to clean both properly. If you’re planning to install hardwood or carpet, you will need to call a professional to have it installed properly. Laminate, on the other hand, can be done on your own.

If you decide to get hardwood floors you need to know what species you want. Species refers to the unique characteristics each style of hardwood has. Every strip going on your floor will have its own look, so you have to determine what’s going to flow with the rest of your room. Hardwood is also very expensive to buy and install, which is why it’s such a hot commodity in homes and apartments. Installing it and keeping it in good condition will increase the overall value of your home.

Laminate, is much cheaper when compared to the price of hardwood. Another advantage to having laminate rather than hardwood is you can install it over the floors you already have (except carpet). But, if you spill anything on the laminate you need to wipe it up immediately. If you don’t, the liquid could ruin the surface of the floor.

Doing it Yourself? Read the Instructions
You shouldn’t even consider starting a project if you haven’t read the instructions. You need to have all of the right tool and the right measurements before you get started. It could be a disaster if you measure something wrong and end up with too little or too much laminate.

You also know what the subfloor in your house is. Concrete and wood require different processes to apply laminate. Lastly, make sure you get the right laminate. Some laminate is great for DIY while others take a little more industry knowledge. Do your research, read the instructions, and ask a lot of questions before getting started.

Hiring a Professional? Ask Questions
If you are installing hardwood then you are probably hiring a professional to do the installation. Should you take this route, you need to know the right questions to ask. You can ask them what flooring would look best in your home, if they are certified, what the installation process is like. If you don’t like the answers to any of your questions you don’t have to hire that contractor. They point of asking questions is to find the person who fits your specific needs.

Before you install new floors in your home, you need to do your research and ask questions. You should know whether you can and want to do it yourself or if you’re hiring a professional. Knowing the basics of floor installation before you start is going to help make the process smoother and go faster for your family.