If you fancy an autumn DIY project, you might be thinking about laying your own laminate flooring. But is it a good idea?
Laminate flooring is a cheaper alternative to wooden flooring but it still has a great look. It’s easier to fit than wood, but should you try to fit it yourself?
Make your mind up once you’ve read our tips on how to get a professional finish.
1. Do your measurements
Don’t assume that you got your measurements right the first time you took them. Constantly check that you’ve measured right or you could be in for a shock.
Make sure you always order a little more laminate flooring than you need – if something goes wrong, you’ve got extra left over.
2. Accuracy is key
To make sure you get the cuts accurate, use some cardboard to make a template. Then try to be consistent with the grooves so everything looks neat and flows properly.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
The worst thing you can do when you’re doing a DIY job is not get help when you need it. Ask your friends and family to give you a hand – you could thank them with a pizza or two or maybe some drinks.
You’ll get the job done quicker with more helping hands, but make sure you can trust them to do a good job!
4. Use the right tools
Without the right cutters and other tools, you’ll fall at the first hurdle. A good job can turn into a messy one if you don’t have the right equipment for the project.
5. Expect things to go pear-shaped
With any DIY job, there’s a good chance that something will go wrong somewhere along the way. Be prepared for this to happen and don’t worry when it does. Just buy extra planks, tools and fixtures and fittings so you’re prepared for any eventuality.
All sounding a bit much?
Laminate flooring is something that can go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re worried that you mind end up with a wonky floor or bits that don’t fit together, it might be worth leaving it to the professionals.
Getting laminate flooring fitted doesn’t have to be expensive. The materials are good quality and reasonably priced, so it’s just labour costs that vary. And remember – the cheapest quote isn’t always the best one.
The best thing to do is leave laminate flooring to the professionals. Just make sure you get a range of quotes so you can compare between companies and choose the best one for you.