Flooring—as any homeowner can tell you—is one of the most important parts of your home. Unfortunately, even the sturdiest floors will take damage over time and become less aesthetically pleasing as a result. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive but luxury looking room flooring solutions that can protect your floors and keep them looking great. Here’s how to repair your damaged floor without breaking the bank.
Evaluate and decide
Before you dive in and start your floor repair, it’s important to evaluate what shape your floor is in. While all floors can be repaired—even if they’re damaged beyond recognition—there’s no sense in repairing something that you can’t be proud of afterward. Think about asking a friend or family member to examine your floor before you even consider taking on such a big project; their fresh eyes can provide valuable insights into what repairs are worth doing and which ones are not.
Prepare for success
The secret to success lies in your preparation. Preparation can help you overcome unexpected roadblocks when they arise and ensure your business stays on track. Because there are so many factors that go into planning a home improvement project, it’s essential that you begin by creating a list of goals and expectations. Next, make sure you have all of your supplies and materials gathered. It might seem like an obvious task, but it’s surprising how easy it is to forget tools or supplies along the way.
Get rid of old carpet first
When you’re trying to repair damaged floors, it’s crucial that you remove any old carpeting. We know it can be tempting to try and salvage some of your old carpet, but let’s be real—if your carpet is old and worn, chances are good that gluing it back together isn’t going to result in a great-looking floor.
Tile over carpet with no cracks
There is no need to rip out your carpet if you have small kids or a dog. This is because it’s possible to lay tile over top of old carpeting with no cracks. Before starting, measure and mark off your space so that you know exactly where each piece of tile should go. Also make sure there are no obstacles (e.g., electrical outlets, radiators or plumbing pipes) under your carpet where you want new tile.
Tile over cracked or damaged linoleum
If you’ve got linoleum that is badly cracked or damaged, you may be tempted to rip it up and install tile. But don’t despair—you can fix your linoleum instead of replacing it. Before installing a new floor on top of old linoleum, you’ll need to repair any cracks or rips in your current flooring. This will give you a stronger surface on which to lay your new flooring materials.
Concrete and epoxy floors don’t need extra prep work
If you are looking to fix a damaged concrete or epoxy floor, it won’t require much more prep work other than cleaning. These surfaces can be cleaned using a power washer, but if you do not have access to one, you can also use a shop vac and/or steel wool pad. Alternatively, you can purchase any number of cleaners from your local home improvement store. The key is keeping these floors clean and dry so that they remain in good condition for as long as possible.
Vinyl, wood, laminate, hardwood floors – prepare accordingly
Some flooring types may be harder to repair, especially if you don’t have a good understanding of how they’re put together. For example, wood floors (laminate and hardwood) require some woodworking skill; and solid-surface countertops (like those made from porcelain or stone) should be repaired by someone who knows what they’re doing.
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