DIY vs. professional flooring installation

DIY vs. professional flooring installation

The home is an important place, and many homeowners are constantly on the lookout for minor renovations that can have major effects on the design and feel of the space. Replacing the flooring in a room can go a long way towards livening up a space, making it a popular update. If you decide to redo the floors in one or more rooms of your home, the next question is often whether you should do it yourself or hire professionals to perform the work.

In deciding your course of action, first consider the type of flooring being used. Some flooring types lend themselves more easily to DIY projects. Laminate and vinyl planks, for example, are installed using a simple connect and click system, not requiring any nails or glue. Other options may be better off left to the experts, like hardwood floors, which require the use of specialized nail guns and floor sanders—equipment and skills that most homeowners don’t have and wouldn’t be able to learn in a weekend.

Next, consider your DIY experience level. Installing new flooring on your own requires exact measurements and calculations, using power tools such as saws and staplers, and performing manual labor that’s hard on the back and knees. How confident are you in your abilities? What is your comfort level with taking on and finishing large home maintenance projects? The size of the space you’ll be working in may affect these answers—is this a small hallway or a major renovation?

Lastly, ask yourself if you have the time. Always budget more time than you think you need, as complications frequently arise.

The advantages to DIY and professional installation

As you might guess, there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. Each situation might be geared to one installation type or the other. To help you choose what works best for your flooring installation, we’ve broken down the benefits of each type of installation.

Advantages of do-it-yourself flooring installation

  • Lower cost. This is the primary benefit of DIY floor installation, as professional installation can end up being four to five times more expensive. If you perform the work yourself, you don’t have to pay for the cost of labor.
  • On your own time. In busy times, professional flooring installation companies may have limited availability and a waitlist. If you DIY the project, you won’t have to deal with scheduling conflicts and can complete the work on your own timeline.
  • No pressure. If you opt for DIY, you won’t have to deal with any efforts to upsell you and can choose your own products and equipment with no rush.

Advantages of professional flooring installation

  • Efficient installation. The professionals at flooring companies do installations as their job, and their experience means they can complete the job quickly and efficiently. What could take you a week might take them only a few hours. Where DIY-ers often have to learn as they go and take more time than planned, professional installation teams can hit the ground running and work full-time. Hiring a professional could mean that your project takes a few days versus a month or more.
  • Includes flooring removal and cleanup. Most quotes from professional flooring installers include flooring removal, prep, and cleanup. This process can be a lot of work on your own if you have to find a way to haul all your old carpet to the dumpster.
  • Provides tools. Proper flooring installation requires specific tools, such as specialized saws, mallets, blocks, and measurement equipment. Flooring professionals own their equipment, so you don’t have to make any expensive purchases or rentals at the hardware store.
  • Saves you effort.This is one of the best benefits of opting for professional installation. Let the experts do all the work while you spend your time on other things without interruption to your day. Plus, many installations will come with a guarantee of work, so you can be sure of high-quality results.

Picking the right installation for you

Whether you decide to hire professionals or do it yourself, GS Flooring is your one-stop shop for all your Southern Utah flooring needs. If you’re handling the job on your own, we can walk you through our wide variety of affordable flooring options and help you pick out the perfect style and material for your tastes and needs. If you opt for professional assistance, our team of experienced professionals can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

GS Flooring is locally owned and operated and has served St. George, Utah, and the surrounding communities for over 25 years. Contact Us today for more information.