4 Considerations When Installing New Kitchen Flooring

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If you are considering a new kitchen flooring project, you should ask yourself if you should hire a professional or do-it-yourself. There are several factors that should be taken into consideration before making this important decision. Kitchen floor materials come in many different colors, styles, materials and price points.

Not all kitchen flooring is functional in every home. You should consider the size of the room, are there pets living in the home? You may also need to consider whether there will be light or heavy foot traffic, the amount of water usage, cleaning and durability factors, and, of course, your budget. There are also many tasks that may need to be done when installing a new kitchen floor. Solid wood floors may need to be refinished, cracked tiles might need to be replaced, removal of laminate flooring, old carpet or vinyl.

DIY or Hire a Professional?

First, create a budget if you plan on doing it yourself including the cost of: flooring materials, equipment for removing old molding and installing new flooring, ordering and shipping costs, supplies and repairs for any mistakes made. If you want to hire a professional, consider the costs for cleanup, installation labor fees and any materials needing to install your new kitchen floor. DIY work can save you a lot of money but it can also cost you more in the long run.

By hiring a professional, you can make sure to receive high-quality work that will most likely take less time to complete. Consider your skill level before thinking about installing your kitchen floor yourself. Do you enjoy doing hard labor? Do you know how to handle the proper tools involved? Are you knowledgeable with basic home improvements? Have you installed flooring in your home before?

If you answered no to even one of these questions, you should probably hire a professional. They can make the job stress free by handling all of the details of the job.

Plan It out

Before getting started, take all necessary dimensions and measurements to get an idea of the time and money it will take to complete the project. You can create a map or scaled drawing on grid paper of your kitchen area. This a great start for you and your contractors that will give you both an idea of what you want done.

Research Is Key

Make good use of the internet and smartphone apps to give you inspiration. Attending home shows will also help give you an idea of what the latest trends are and costs. Once you have picked a material, like the slate from the Monterrey Tile Company, you should also research contractors that specialize in that type of flooring. Keep a notebook of multiple estimates from several contractors to get a general idea of the cost of your project. You should always ask for references from contractors before making your final decision.

Plan Ahead

It is important that you plan ahead with your project to keep your contractor on schedule. Ask your contractor exactly what the quote includes and communicate with them so they are aware of what you want. Discuss with them if they have access to materials that can be found at wholesale or reduced prices. The success of your project will depend on having a set plan before the work begins.

Always expect the unexpected when it comes to your kitchen flooring project. Whether you do-it-yourself or hire a professional, there are always emergency fixes that may arise. Many homeowner’s when ripping out their old floor, unearth sub-flooring that also needs to be replaced. While most new flooring projects are simple, some are quite complicated.

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