Are your floors showing signs of extreme wear and tear or experiencing any damage? It may be time for new floors.

If it’s your first time getting new floors or you had a bad experience with flooring upgrades before, then

Replacing floors are never easy, they can become quite stressful and expensive. If you don’t know what you’re doing its possible to make a decision you regret or spend more money than you needed.

It’s a tricky task choosing new floors, but we’re here to make it easy and stress-free. Before you rush into replacing your floors, learn all the flooring upgrade tips and tricks:

When You Know Your Floors Need Updating

8 Flooring Upgrade Tips and Tricks
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Before we get started we want to make sure your floors are in fact in dire need of an upgrade. You don’t want to waste your money on brand new floors if your floors are still in good shape.

Unless you want an upgrade no matter what, this section does not apply to you. However, if you aren’t sure if your floors need an upgrade here are some tips that will let you know:

  • Stains: Any type of flooring is susceptible to stains. When the stains can no longer be removed with deep professional cleaning the only option you’re left with is a replacement.
  • Wear and Tear: If your floors are peeling back, cracking, or has bald spots, your floor is past the point of refurbishing. Your floors are ready to be ripped out and upgraded if you spot these signs.
  • Styles: Similar to fashion trends, floor designs come and go. Over the years different styles become more popular. If your style of flooring is completely out of style yet still in good shape, it is okay to get a flooring upgrade

Make Structural Changes First

Before you do anything! It’s important to know before you start any floor replacements, that you consider any structural changes first. If you plan on adding on to your home or making a structural change to a room, then wait on the floors and do that first! Or else you might have to re-do your floors in that specific area all over again, costing you extra money! Consider all your options before you start ripping up your floors and laying down new materials.

Your Entire Space not Just the Floors

8 Flooring Upgrade Tips and Tricks

Thinking of changing up the entire look of a room? The floors have the power to transform a space. Consider this when choosing the type of flooring you want. For example, if the room had an old dirty carpet, instead of getting new bright carpet, maybe consider getting wood floors or clean and bright tile to open up the space. Imagine what you can do with the space and what you want it to look like, and choose the type of flooring based on that vision! Just because it had wood floors, to begin with, doesn’t mean you have to choose wood floors again!

Think About Opening Up Space

If you plan on changing the floors in only certain rooms, or you plan on using different flooring throughout the house, consider this tip: Using the same flooring throughout the house will make it seem much larger and open. Choose one type of flooring you love the most and use it throughout the whole house to give is a spacious feel!

Less Maintenance

If you have a busy life or a house full of kids and animals, you might want to re-think the material of floorings you choose. Ideally, you will want the type of flooring with the least amount of maintenance and that is most durable.

Pros and Cons

One last trick from the pros read through the pros and cons tips of each popular type of flooring before deciding on a floor. Just because you like the look of wood floors may not mean that is the best type of flooring for you!

Hardwood

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Attractive
  • Lasts a lifetime
  • Can be refinished over and over

Cons

  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Sensitive with moisture (not ideal if you have young kids)
  • Requires periodical refurbishing
  • The most expensive flooring

Carpet

8 Flooring Upgrade Tips and Tricks

Pros

  • Soft and comfortable for the feet
  • Less expensive
  • Lasts long
  • Provides cushion for children

Cons:

  • Easily stained
  • Not suitable for people with allergies
  • Wears out more quickly than most flooring

Tile

8 Flooring Upgrade Tips and Tricks

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Lasts the longest out of all the floorings
  • Easy to clean
  • Comes in a plethora of sizes, styles, and colors.

Cons:

  • Grout is hard to clean
  • Not comfortable under the feet
  • Requires expert installation

Laminate

8 Flooring Upgrade Tips and Tricks

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install
  • Can be installed over existing floors
  • Softer on feet

Cons

  • Can’t be refinished
  • Can be easily destroyed by moisture
Article provided by Nigel Davies, independent writer for Ecoflor, a UK based national flooring company specialising in commercial resin, concrete and decorative flooring solutions.

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