Ask any flooring service provider, and they’ll tell you that in most cases it’s best to let experts deal with flooring installation for you. It’s not just because they’ll profit from this piece of advice. It’s also because it makes complete sense. Too many things can go wrong, and you may not have the knowledge and the right tools for the job.
However, for lots of DIY enthusiasts this seems like a job they can handle. If you’re one of these people, you have to realize that your chances of success may not be all that great. It all depends on your DIY skill level and the type of flooring you want to install.
Here’s a quick guide on the kind of flooring installation you can do depending on your particular skill level:
As a DIY beginner, you probably have the basic tools for DIY projects. Now you’re thinking about home renovation projects, and you hopefully have studied the basic floor installation procedures.
It’s best if you’ve already done some other basic DIY projects under your belt, just so you can confirm that you can do the job. So first try to do easier tasks, such as putting in window blinds or painting your bathroom. This shows that you can at least handle quick and easy tasks that can be completed in just a single day.
As a newbie, you can now start trying to install laminate flooring, which usually doesn’t require any adhesives. Putting in vinyl tiles may also be doable for you. Watch lots of YouTube videos to be sure!
If you think that you have enough experience in DIY projects, you may be ready for floor installations that may take 2 days. This means you’re already well acquainted with the usual home renovation DIY projects. You have ample experience with power tools too.
At this level, you should already have successfully completed tasks such as installing cabinets in your home or changing faucets. Now you’re ready for some floor installation challenges that can make use of your skills. You can now do a floating installation of engineered wood flooring, or install luxury vinyl tile flooring.
This means you’ve already done lots of DIY projects, and these include difficult tasks that lesser DIY enthusiasts won’t touch. These projects can include installing electrical wiring, plumbing, and drywall.
If you’re at this level, it means that you’ve done floor installation before, such as the flooring projects recommended for the newbies and veterans. It also means that you have expert knowledge and experience with power tools, and that you’ve done previous projects proficiently and efficiently.
At this point, you may be ready to tackle putting in vinyl sheets or nailing down solid hardwood. Make sure you have the right tools for the job, and review the procedures carefully. The wrong move can result in rather expensive mistakes, so you better be good and careful.
Think and think again before you start your own flooring installation. Are you sure you have the skill for it? Do you have better things to do with your time? Finally, check the warranty of your flooring material before you proceed. In some cases (especially with solid hardwood or engineered wood), you may invalidate the warranty if you cause damage during the DIY installation. If that’s the case, do the sensible thing and just let the pros do their thing!