Saving Money May Seem Attractive At First…

If you’ve been thinking about replacing some or most of the flooring in your home, you’ve also been checking in to how that may fit into your budget. The style and quality of your home’s flooring can vary greatly when choosing the material and space that needs to be covered. 
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The moment you realize you made a large and costly flooring mistake by trying to DIY it...

Looking at your budget, you may consider installing the flooring yourself or with your family. You may be able to save some money if you’ve had experience with professionally installing flooring before. However, for most of us, trying to DIY your flooring can become quite the mission, and in some cases, a massive headache. We’ll go into the top reasons why you should consider not trying to go it alone, and instead, hiring an experienced professional. 

Time Spent Learning The Process

Before you even begin work, learning how to correctly install your new flooring, whether it be tile, carpet, or vinyl is extremely important. Each style of flooring is unique, and so is its application method. If you are familiar with the economics terms “opportunity cost”, you’ll know that it may be worth it to spend your time doing something else, instead of figuring out the installation from scratch. The process of learning how to do this is not only time-consuming, it can be outright frustrating for beginners, which leads us to our next point.

The Stress

This is perhaps the biggest factor in deciding why you should try to do it yourself when it comes to home flooring installation. Little mistakes can turn into big ones as the installation process progresses, and they may not always be easy to fix once applied. If you’ve ever worked together with family or a spouse on an IKEA piece of furniture, you know how frustrating that can be. Now imagine that, but simple mistakes being more difficult to fix or repair. This can turn into a headache quite quickly!

The Inevitable Honest Mistakes

Even for those of us who have put in the work to learn the entire installation process for carpet, stone, tile, hardwood, experience definitely matters. Just as reading a driver’s education manual is different from actually driving a car out on the road, so is flooring installation. Outside of seasoned flooring professionals, even the most careful of us can make those honest, inevitable mistakes. 

Lower Home Value

This is an extreme case, but worth noting nonetheless. If you or your cousin's best friend’s brother’s buddy have tried to install new flooring in your home, but have completely botched the job and are unable to repair the damage, you may be stuck for a while. If your home is on the market or will be in the near future, having a strange-looking floor may lower the price of your home in the short term and the long term. It’s best to have it done right the first time, which will save you costly repairs. This brings us to our next point. 

Costly Repairs

A few small mistakes may or may not be able to be fixed, and this varies greatly on the flooring type. A misplaced tile may be able to be moved, however, a large cracked stone piece will need to be replaced, and it may not be reasonable for your budget if this happens several times. When it comes to flooring installation, you’ll always want it done correctly the first time, and have someone there to make any corrections later if necessary. 

Element Stands Ready To Help

At Element in Fort Collins, we completely understand how time-consuming and stressful adding flooring to your home or office can be. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced staff have installed thousands of floors over the years. Whether your flooring project is large or small we stand ready to complete the job with the utmost care. We stand by our quality materials and craftsmanship. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can save you both time and money with our professional installation, get in touch with us today! We’re excited to work with you.