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ADDING FLOOR COVERINGS

There are a number of questions to consider when adding floor coverings to any home. While price will make a big difference when it comes to adding floor coverings to your home, you need to think outside the wallet. Consider your budget, your lifestyle and your home design and décor when adding floor coverings.

Floor Coverings for All Occasions

One of the biggest things to consider when choosing your floor covering is where do you want the floor coverings to go? Some floor coverings are best suited for certain areas. For example, carpet is probably not the best option for the kitchen or the bathroom as you will constantly be getting it wet. For the kitchen and bathroom tiles, marble or laminate is a good option. One of the advantages to laminate is that you can choose different styles that look like hardwood floor. You get the cozy look of hardwood but without the price tag or the maintenance involved.

Carpet looks great in bedrooms and living areas as it can offer a cozy environment. Another good thing about carpets is that you can choose from a number of colors, styles and lengths. If you do not want the maintenance that comes with carpet, such as carpet spot cleaning, hardwood floors and laminate can also complement a bedroom or living area. Top your floor with a large area rug that matches your décor for an easy way to add an element of comfort. Carpet can also supply an added sound barrier which is ideal if you are living in a unit.

What is your floor needs? Are you looking for something to keep you warm in the winters? If this is the case, then carpet is a good option. Another good option for keeping toes warm is natural stone and tiles mixed with and under floor heating. However, if you have children running around or pets with a large amount of fur, you may find carpet is hard to keep clean. Furthermore, carpet is also a problem if anyone in your family has allergies as it can collect dust and debris a lot easier than some of the hard floor covering alternatives. Consider your individual and family needs when choosing your floor coverings.

Adding Floor Covering Tips

Before you add any floor covering it is important that you check the condition of the floor. On older buildings you might want to purchase an underlying material to create a sub floor, or middle ground. This will offer more protection to your flooring, more comfort for your feet and a more sound proof living area.

Adding floor coverings can be a DIY job if you are handy and fully prepared to take on this task. You can expect it to take several hours to correctly add floor coverings to your existing floor as you will need to take out all the furniture, strip the old coverings, correct the underlying floor (if necessary) and lay the new floor coverings. Furthermore, many people also take this opportunity to re-paint the baseboards and change the furniture layout to offer a fresh new look to go with the new flooring. In some instances, it might be easier to talk to an expert about laying your new floor. Many companies can offer same-day floor coverings and this can cut back on the amount of work you have to do.

Regardless of whether you choose to DIY or hire an expert, get permission from your landlord before start adding floor coverings. You could get into a lot of trouble if you change the floors without his knowledge.

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