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Flooring: How To Fix It On Budget And On Time

The floor of a room is its foundation, not only giving you a place to walk but also a beautiful start to your decor. An ugly, old or worn out floor has no place in your home. When the time comes to renovate, this article is the perfect start to your planning.

Tip: Throw away anything you don't need before beginning a project. Aside from removing excess debris, you'll have more room to work.

When your wood floor is just looking aged, a cheap way to perk it up is through refinishing. Instead of tearing it all up, the floor will be sanded and then sealed. If you wish, you can even use a stain to change the color to change the look of the whole room. This affordable method of renovation leaves a clean, well-protected floor which will look great for many years.

Tip: Simply replacing existing outlet covers with new ones can add a fresh look to your living space. After enough time, even outlet colors can become dingy or fade in color.

If you want to warm up the room, consider laying carpet on top of your existing floor. Not only is this fast and easy, but it ensures the floor is soft beneath bare feet. Sadly, it will mean a lot more vacuuming and steam cleaning will be in your future. If you don't mind these chores, then a carpet may be for you. If only one part of the floor is worn or damaged, an area rug may also work to cover the problem until you can afford to fix it properly.

Tip: Stucco is a viable alternative to metal-siding when you are re-siding your home. It is easy to install; it may require forms to install and require the help of a professional but once you have put it on the home it will last for a very long time.

When it comes to laminate tiles, how good the result looks depends on your personal taste. Covering a floor which can't be torn up, such as in a rental, is a snap when you apply removable tiles to it. As long as you work hard to get each tile lined up correctly and cut the edges to fit perfectly, the end result can be very beautiful. This is an excellent option for smaller areas, such as closets or foyers. This is NOT a good option for wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms.

Tip: If you want to make a room feel more tranquil, use cool, pale shades of purple, green or blue. Use cotton materials and linen in place of dark brocades and heavy patterns.

When you have the money, there is nothing like the look of ceramic tile. For this to work, you typically have to tear up the old floors so that the edges of various rooms' flooring continues to line up, but it is worth the effort. Tile resists water, making it the best choice for rooms which are damp. This is also an excellent choice if you have pets as it is a snap to clean up their little accidents. Tile is a luxurious option which will last for decades into the future.

Tip: Eschew contractors that require substantial down payments for their labor. There should be a reasonable down payment that is proportional to the job with about 10 percent to be paid when the job begins.

When you're looking for an industrial look, poured concrete floors are a great option. They're perfect for garages, basements and even kitchens. You can stain the concrete or have additives included, such as glittering stones or multicolored flecks of acrylic. This is a fun way to change your floor, plus it literally lasts a lifetime.

When changing your floor, budget will play a huge role in your choice. Now that you know the options which are available to you, you can create a budget and figure out which choice fits best. In the end, you'll be so pleased with your new, more beautiful floor.

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