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DIY Carpeting and Flooring Installation Advice

When looking for a quick upgrade to refresh tired rooms or boost the value of your home, DIY flooring is the answer. There are several flooring options that you can tackle yourself with a minimum of expertise and tools.

Here are a few for you to consider:

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Installing New Carpeting

There is nothing easier than installing new carpeting to add warmth to a room or bring a new design into a spartan space. Although putting down carpeting can be a daunting task for a beginner, fortunately, special tools required can be hired which makes the process easier.

How to Install Carpeting

After taking accurate measurements you can purchase the carpeting and underlay. You will also need a carpet trimmer or utility knife to trim the edges and a stretcher to prevent bumps.

Cover the subfloor with an underlay by tacking it down with tack strips around the perimeter of the room, half an inch from the baseboard.  For heavy woolen carpets, a double strip will provide the extra padding needed to prevent shifting.

Starting at one side of the wall force the carpeting into position by using a knee-kicker to secure it to the tack strips.  Using a lever activated stretcher, pull the carpet tight against the wall and press it down onto the spikes of the tack strips, making sure that it laps the wall by at least a few inches.

Trim the excess with a carpet-edging tool flush with the baseboard molding. Use a carpet chisel to force the edges beneath the baseboard molding.  Once the carpeting has been secured to one wall, move to the opposite side of the room and repeat the process. Moving along the wall, continue until all the slack in the carpeting has been pulled taut. Finally, fix the carpeting to the other two walls.

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After all your hard work of installing your dream carpet it would be wise to take care of your homes new carpet. I would recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaning company at least once of year. This will lengthen the life of your new carpet.

Other Easy Flooring Projects

Cork Flooring

Eco-friendly cork is one of the easiest ways to install new flooring.  Resilient and durable, natural cork flooring comes in engineered panels that are easy to snap together without the use of nails or glue. This type of floating floor system can be installed over concrete or even over an existing hard floor.

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tiles are colorful, crack resistant, and easy to clean. They are commonly installed in bathrooms or laundry rooms; however, the rich variety of modern patterns and textures has made it a popular choice for any room in the home. An entire room can be transformed in one day with vinyl tile flooring.

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Floating Floor

The quickest way to get the warmth of wood flooring is to install a floating floor. Instead of the traditional method of nailing down solid wood strips, the planks are either snapped together or glued. They can be installed over almost any material like concrete, ceramic tiles, or plywood. The planks look like solid wood but are constructed from wood veneer that has been sandwiched together with pine or plywood.

The factory- applied coating makes it highly durable, even more so than the DIY wood coating applied to solid wood flooring. With the right tools, a floating wooden floor can be installed in just one day.

Painting, ceramic tiles, and epoxy finishes are some of the other easy methods that can be used to renew a tired looking floor.

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