When it comes to your flooring, it’s so important to make the right decisions from the outset. Choosing the ideal flooring for your home not only makes for an attractive feature, it can also drastically improve the dynamics of your living space. If you have a family, either big or small, chances are that your floors will have to put up with wear and tear on a daily basis. In this case, the clear winner is wood flooring. It’s durable, resistant to scuffs and scratches, and can stand up to the heavy footfall of children and pets. But before you run off to make arrangements for your new, bespoke hardwood floors, consider trying one thing: some good old-fashioned DIY. Whilst it may at first seem easier to call a professional fitter, there are multiple setbacks that can arise, keeping your family activities from running smoothly. Although renovations of this size are always difficult, getting hands-on provides you with a wealth of freedom, allowing you to do what’s best for your family, and your home. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a complete beginner, there are countless benefits to performing DIY on your wood flooring. Still need convincing? Here are just a few reasons to kick-start your imagination:
You Can Save Money
Although wood floors will prove a timeless addition to your family home, the initial costs can be steeper than other flooring alternatives. There is, of course, a good reason for this, as wood flooring can last a lifetime and actually add value to your property. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t ways that you can save money whilst still receiving all the benefits. With children on the loose, it’s understandable that you may be working on a budget. That’s where DIY can help. Hiring a professional fitter can add some hefty costs onto the overall price of your wood flooring. The cost of labour alone can stretch well into the hundreds, depending on the size and shape of your room. By taking matters into your own hands, you can have a wood flooring that is an invaluable asset your home, with the added bonus of reduced costs!
Installation Has Never Been Easier
Traditionally, the installation of wood flooring required a multitude of equipment, including all kinds of nails and adhesives. With a long list of things needed for fitting, it was easy for those inexperienced in DIY to feel overwhelmed and go running for the hills. But with modern installation methods making wood flooring hassle free, there’s no reason that fitting can’t be easy. Many engineered wood floors are now available with a ‘tongue and groove’ or ‘click’ installation system. These allow for floors to be floated, instead of fixed directly to the subfloor. By simply clicking each board into one another, the installation of your wood flooring can feel as easy as a jigsaw, rather than an arduous task.
You Have Even More Choice
Whilst most wood flooring is available in a variety of finishes, it can sometimes be hard to find the right shade or stain to perfectly suit your interior décor. If fitting your wood flooring surpasses your DIY capabilities, you can still get hands-on by applying your own wood finish. Buying unfinished wood flooring is not only cheaper, it also gives you the ability to get the best results from the look of your wood floors. Whether choosing oil or lacquer, applying a finish is an easy way of getting involved in DIY, and can present you with an abundance of choice.
It’s an Excellent Group Activity
Getting the family together is always a special occasion. Whether old or young, involving the kids in and around the house is excellent for the well-being of all family members. Inviting the kids to help with your wood flooring not only keeps them grounded, but lets them gather some essential hands-on experience. Whilst the heavy lifting should be left to the parents, there is a number of ways that the rest of the family can get creative and have a great time. DIY is always a fantastic approach!