New flooring is a big investment. While you want to save money on your flooring project, you don’t want to cut corners that will impact the appearance of your floors or the value of your Calgary home. To get the most bang for your buck, you can use these tips to save money on your next flooring project.
Do some research and shop around to find the floors you prefer. Then do some price comparisons on your top choices at your local flooring stores. Consider the quality each store offers, their installation costs, and possible price matching options so you can find the best price, from the best flooring store in Calgary.
DIY Carpet Removal
A big part of the cost of new floor installation Calgary homeowners might not consider is the cost to rip out old carpeting. While this can be a troublesome job, often you can manage it quite easily on your own. As long as the carpeting was not glued to the floor, you should be able to remove it by loosening the corners and rolling it up. Where it gets a little tedious is making sure you get all the staples. But if you’re up to it, this can save in installation costs.
Compare Wood Grades and Plank Sizes
You can usually find the look you want in a lower grade of wood. This is because wood staining techniques can make it easy to use less expensive wood grades to create the same tones you are looking for in a higher quality wood. Some things to ask your Calgary flooring specialist include:
- What woods offer the same hardness as your more expensive choice?
- How do the finishes compare?
- Is the hardwood floor you want available in engineered options?
- Is your preferred wood available in a more affordable plank size?
This can help you find the look you love at a cost you can afford.
Think Beyond Just Hardwood
Today’s flooring trends offer many options so don’t feel hardwood is your only choice. For example, if you love the look of hardwood but not the cost, today’s laminate and vinyl wood look floors offer exceptional design options that are hard to differentiate from the real thing. And don’t rule out carpeting. Especially comfortable for bedrooms and cold basements, carpeting offers hundreds of colours, textures, types, fibres and more making it an excellent option to complement your home’s interior design scheme.
Compare Installation Costs
If you aren’t stuck on one particular type of flooring, discuss the different costs of installation with your Calgary flooring expert. For example, in many cases, something as simple as hardwood plank size can make a big difference. By simply choosing a 4” plank instead of a 5” plank you can often save money in installation. As well, the cost for carpeting versus laminate or hardwood versus vinyl might make enough of a difference to help sway your flooring choice.
This is not for everyone. Even laminate flooring installation is a big undertaking for the inexperienced DIYer. However, if you have the skills or know someone who has installed their own flooring (and you’ve admired their work) you could save big on a DIY installation. Just keep in mind a poorly installed floor can cost you more in the long run as it can affect the durability, comfort, and appearance which in turn affects the value of your home.
These tips can make your flooring project more affordable and help you find the new flooring you’ll love.