The Home Flooring Debate To Cover or Uncover
So you just bought a new home and you are debating if you would rather rip out the existing shag rug and replace it with modern carpeting or engineered hardwood flooring? You are not alone; according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the number of hardwood flooring install is far surpassing the number of removals across the nation.
But before you start hacking away and tearing out your floors, read these words of wisdom from someone who just did what you are about to do:
- What Lies Beneath
- Installation of Hardwood Floors
- New Carpet Installation
You might be surprised by what is revealed beneath your old carpeting. Often times, even the dingiest of hardwood floors can be refinished to its natural beauty with some elbow grease. Keep in mind that refinishing hardwoods is hard work (the smallest mistake or speck of dust will show) but sanding, varnishing, and staining can transform your room.
If you opt for a hardwood floor instalation, you can do it yourself or hire a professional hardwood flooring installer. Today, there are hundreds of options that meet any budget (from inexpensive laminate flooring such as pergo to higher end materials like macassar ebony). There are even environmentally conscious materials such as EcoTimber to satisfy your inner hippy.
If hardwood floors are not your thing, there are a lot of costs associated with new carpeting. Carpet is typically made in widths between 12 and 15 feet (in the U.S.), and you pay per square footage. After you have decided on the type of carpet you want, carpet installation costs are another factor. New carpet installation cost will vary depending on the size, of course, and it would behoove you to get a carpet installation estimate (at least two to three estimates). In addition, proper new carpet care is imperative to preserving the life and look of your new floor. As such, new carpet care should include investing in the right products and machinery, such as a shampooer, which will keep your carpet looking (and smelling) great.
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