Laminate Floor Installation: DIY or Hire a Professional?

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Laminate flooring installation is often viewed as a DIY project, but that might not be the best option for everyone. There are significant aspects of the installation process that will be better handled by an experienced professional. We will take a look at both scenarios to help you decide if you should do it alone or have your new floor installed by a pro. 

DIY- How handy you are is a big part of the equation, but have in mind that a lot of the work involved in flooring installation is done on your hands and knees, and getting up and down over and over. For many people, this is - or becomes - a big deal after you have done dozens of up-and-downs in the morning. Generally speaking, you will be up and down at least once per row to cut the start and end boards. 

The Equipment- While laminate flooring does not require special saws for cutting, success and survival expectations with a hand saw should be pretty low. Laminate flooring is hard, so hand cutting really should not be considered an option. A radial arm saw should be considered a vital tool. 

Your House- Not all houses are the same. An above-grade room with a simple shape might be very do-able as a DIY project. But when you start dealing with below-grade rooms, possible moisture concerns, oddly shaped rooms, closets, doorways, and various types of transitions (i.e.; laminate to carpet, laminate to tile, etc.) you are looking at exponentially increasing value from hiring a pro. They will be faster because they will have all the tools and experience needed to deal with those challenges. When installing laminate flooring in your kitchen, as an example, speed is important, since your appliances will need to be out of the room for the duration of the install. The sooner you get your kitchen back, the better! 

So, while laminate flooring installation can be a gratifying homeowner DIY project, to make sure you will make the most out of your investment and will have floors for many years to come, it is better to leave it to a professional. 

Contact the experts at L&M Carpet One Floor & Home today and ask for a free estimate.