Doing home improvements is a great way to achieve job satisfaction but, unfortunately, depending on the project, it can also be a one-way ticket to a world of pain, high cost and regret. As flooring specialists, Top Carpets & Floors understand that homeowners want their homes to look beautiful inside and out, while still meeting their needs for functionality and practicality. Flooring is one of the leading ways to increase a home’s value, and the best way to ensure you get the results you want is to call on expert help and advice.Keep these 4 things in mind when it comes to flooring: 1. Type: There are many wonderful flooring styles available today. In fact, you will be spoilt for choice when you start exploring the world of flooring and could quickly become overwhelmed or overexcited! Some homeowners make the mistake of choosing too many variations and this seldom delivers a good result. If you want one living space to flow into the next, stick to one type of flooring for the whole house. Using the same flooring throughout also creates a feeling of space. 2. Choice: Homes are busy spaces with plenty of foot traffic. You want a floor to be able to take the knocks and spills your family and pets may dish out. Think about durability, resilience, and water resistance. Beautiful (and costly) hardwood floors are not suitable for areas where there is water, humidity, and high traffic volumes. Laminate flooring has evolved by leaps and bounds, with manufacturers offering superb replications of hardwood flooring today. Water-resistant laminate flooring is probably the wisest option for the entire house, and not only areas subject to moisture, like kitchens and bathrooms. Planning for unforeseen damage caused by leaks or spills will prove to be a saving grace for your finances, especially if you are not adequately insured. 3. Installation: Like any home project, there is an initial outlay. Once you have acquired everything you need, the real work begins and, too often, the enthusiasm wanes. Home improvement projects, and none more so than flooring, demand commitment and time. What you do not want is to put up a “work in progress” sign for months on end as you, night after night, try to finish the project so that your family can actually use the kitchen or living room again. Contrary to popular belief, installing flooring can be tricky and requires the right tools and know-how. If you encounter obstacles, it could cost you far more than you bargained for. Allowing flooring specialists to advise you and install the floor is the best way to a perfect floor and a happy household. 4. Maintenance: The type of flooring you choose will have care instructions. If you want your floors to look beautiful and good as new for years, it is very important to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. Laminate flooring, for example, should be cleaned with specialised products. We recommend a quick vacuum or sweep and a microfibre mop, with no water. Never skimp on maintenance. Contact: Top Carpets & Floors.
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