One of the costliest and most long-term investments in your home is flooring. Once installed, it’s there to stay. So, the question here is, how can you save money and still install quality flooring?
Comparing Stores vs Buying Online
Naturally, one of the best processes when investing in something big is to research options. Sure, there are low prices out there, but are you getting quality for your money? Buying from a big-box store offers a very competitive price for generic looks and entry-level products. In the long-term, you may be replacing that floor much quicker than buying from a dedicated flooring retailer that focuses more on quality brands.
Type and Grade of Wood
In regards to hardwood flooring, most manufacturers will make their floors in a variety of widths, thicknesses, textures, and grading. Wide planks with intricate hand-scraping or varying colour range will have a higher price tag than alternatives with fewer options. Not to say you can’t always find what you are looking for at the price you want, but there are changes you can make to getting the same quality and colour with a little sacrifice. Do you like wood with knots and character? Going for a rustic grade over a select grade might offer cost savings opportunities.
If you still can’t find the look you like for the price you can afford, you might want to consider a laminate floor. The most recent advances in production technology allow manufacturers to create ridiculously realistic looking flooring for a much more affordable price.
Installation is the other part of your project that can substantially increase the cost. This is one area where price alone should not be the only factor when determining who to hire to install your floor. A bad installer can make the most expensive floors look terrible, and a good installer can enhance the value of your flooring choice.
If do-it-yourself is not an option, there are multiple ways in which you can save in this area. When having your project estimated, ask the contractor to itemize the cost. Removal of the existing floor, furniture moving, disposal, and delivery of material might be parts you could take on yourself. A professional installer will not take offense to this. Ultimately, there are several ways to save money on your project and your installer should be willing to discuss where it makes the most sense to make some modifications.
Overall, you should be on the lookout for what you are putting your money into when it comes to flooring. Just be sure you do your due diligence so you know you are getting the quality you are paying for.