All DIY flooring projects take time to complete well, but let's face it, sometimes you don't have the time and you need your new floors now! Of course, you shouldn't sacrifice on quality when choosing a type of flooring, but you also have a limited amount of time and money to finish the project.
Consider These Flooring Options
If you are in a time crunch and need some ideas for cheap flooring that are easy to complete, here are some quick solutions:
- You can purchase a durable and cheap carpet for as little as $6 a square yard, and oftentimes carpet showrooms will have less expensive carpet remnants available for sale which are large enough to floor a small room or home addition. If you are in a rush, purchase an in stock carpet from a local showroom with the condition that they give you a fair price on a quick installation job.
- Pre-finished click-lock hardwood flooring is simple to install, because the floor planks snap together and require no glue, nails, or staples. Click-lock hardwood flooring is an engineered wood product which means that it is stable enough to be used in most basements, even ones which are considered too moist for traditional solid wood flooring. Some types of click-lock hardwood flooring can be purchased for as little as $2 per square foot!
- Vinyl floor tiles are another cheap flooring option which can be installed quickly by most anyone, because all you need to do is trim them with a razor knife and glue them to the floor. Floor tiles are also easy to work with because unlike large rolls of sheet vinyl, you are working with smaller, easier-to-handle pieces of flooring. There are also dozens of colorful patterns to choose from, which makes vinyl floor tiles perfect for kids rooms and nurseries.
Avoid These Types of Flooring
If "quick and easy to install" and "doesn't cost a fortune" are your criteria for flooring, you should stay away from:
- wood floors which need to be sanded and finished. Although they can look great when installed correctly, they take forever to finish and create a lot of dust and fumes when being installed in your home.
- products which require buying or renting specialized installation tools. Tile cutters, pneumatic nail guns, and table saws incur additional expense, and if you don't know how to use them, will take up more time.
- special order flooring. These products can take 4-6 weeks to get delivered, so avoid the wait and purchase off the shelf products instead.
Of course just because a type of flooring is quick and easy to install, doesn't mean you shouldn't take a few extra minutes to carefully follow the installation instructions and do a quaiity job completing your flooring project.
About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.