The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
Has it been years, perhaps even decades, since you last replaced your flooring? Are you unsure what color your Bill Clinton-era carpet was originally? If you're trying to decide whether to replace your carpet or install hardwood flooring, here are some reasons for you to choose a new carpet installation:
Time saving: A hardwood floor needs to be swept and mopped frequently, in order to stay clean. It also needs frequent waxing or polishing, in order to preserve the hardwood surface. They also need to be stripped and buffed regularly, to remove unsightly waxy build up.
All this can take a significant amount of time every week to accomplish. However, carpeting usually needs only to be vacuumed once or twice a week and deep cleaned two or three times a year. This infrequent cleaning will allow you more free time to spend on activities besides chores.
Noise reduction: A hardwood floor does little to dampen not only the sound of footsteps, but also other noises in the room. A carpet installation will help to cushion and absorb the impact of footprints, which can be especially important for your upstairs rooms.
If you and your spouse or significant other keep different schedules, carpeting on the floor will help prevent you from waking each other up when you go to work and come home. If you have pets that like to patrol your home at night, having carpet installed will keep you from being startled awake by the click of their claws on your floor.
Warmth: If you live in a cold climate, you probably already know what a shock it can be to step on the cold tile of your bathroom floor in the middle of the night. If you replace your current carpeting with hardwood or tile flooring, you'll have to deal with that cold feeling in your whole home. By choosing to have a new carpet installation in your home, you'll be insulating your feet against this type of extreme temperature changes.
Color: When looking at hardwood or tile flooring, you may have already noticed that there is a relatively small color choice available. Carpet, on the other hand, comes in a wide variety of colors and textures.
Depending on where you shop for your carpet installation, you should be able to find carpet in your favorite color. Also, if you don't like the uniform look of ordinary carpet, you can even choose to purchase carpeting that has a pattern cut into the pile.