Installing a new floor is an exciting process. It can improve everything from the look of your home’s interior to your insulation and energy efficiency.
One way to reduce the cost of a new floor is to install it yourself. We’ve created this guide to help you decide between DIY and professional installation.
Will It Be Cheaper?
It seems obvious that DIY installation would be a cheaper alternative, right? While this can be true, there is a range of factors that will affect the cost of doing it yourself. A lot of this will come down to what you already have in terms of tools and equipment, and how confident you are in your skills. Use the information below to determine the true cost of DIY installation.
Costs of DIY Installation
- Buying materials for subfloor preparation and floor installation
- Labour for subfloor preparation
- Buying or renting the equipment you’ll need
- Buying supplies such as grout, stain, sealer, nails, screws, baseboards, adhesives, and so on
- Potential costs of replacement tools, equipment, or supplies – consider how prone you are to accidents
Costs of Professional Installation
- Materials for subfloor preparation and floor installation
- Labour for subfloor preparation and floor installation
- Furniture moving costs
- Delivery of supplies
- Finishing work, sealing, trim
- Clean-up and disposal
Can't Afford DIY?
If doing it yourself is going to cost too much in terms of equipment, tools, and supplies you can still offset some of the costs of professional installation. Consider moving furniture yourself and taking care of the clean-up and disposal. By doing this, you only have to pay for the installation itself.
Are You Experienced?
Depending on your level of experience, DIY installation will either be a good or bad idea. The more successful home renovation and repair projects you’ve undertaken, the better your chance of success. Find out what’s really involved in the job you want to undertake and consider whether you have the skills to do it properly.
What Type of Flooring?
The flooring material you’re using will greatly impact the difficulty of the job.
Natural Stone Floor Tiles
Installing natural stone can be tricky if you don’t have a moderate level of proficiency working with tile and adhesives.
Ceramic and Porcelain Floor Tiles
Ceramic or porcelain tiles areslightly easier to work with than natural stone but it’s still best to have some experience before attempting installation.
Hardwood Timber Flooring
Installing timber flooring can range from moderately to very difficult. Solid timber flooring will probably outlive you, but it is difficult to install. Engineered timber flooring is easier to install, although it won’t last as long. Installing timber flooring involves accurately measuring and cutting boards and using various tools. You should be confident in every aspect before attempting installation.
Laying Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is a popular option for DIY installation. It is cheap and it’s also relatively easy to install. This is probably the best option if you insist on DIY but lack the skills discussed above.
Whatever You Decide, Seek Advice
Whether you opt for DIY or professional installation, talk to the team at Flooring Market. We can help with advice on installation or put you in touch with trusted floor installation professionals in the Sydney area.