5 Flooring Renovation Mistakes to Avoid


When your home has beautiful floors, it gives an appealing initial impression.

Great flooring brings out your home’s design and a touch of personality. But it can also speak to your home’s  history and the condition of your home in general. 

A worn-out and old floor is quite challenging, and unlike painting walls or adding accessories, replacing a floor requires significant resources, both in time and money, and a professional and personal touch.  

Replacing your floors can become confusing to an ordinary homeowner, and can lead to fundamental flooring renovation mistakes. 

So, what are the 5 flooring renovation mistakes to avoid?

1. Not setting a realistic budget 

A critical action when renovating your floor is setting an overall estimated budget. 

This budget should be guided by the project’s scope and goals, project priorities, and unexpected expenses. 

For easier management, break it down and establish vital needs and wants. Avoiding these steps lead to miscalculation and is detrimental to your renovation success. 

Underestimating the flooring remodelling budget leads to budgeting gymnastics and shortcuts, which will lead to poor quality floors and workmanship. 

To avoid any budgeting hitches, create a contingency fund for a rainy day. 

Remember, even accurately planned projects do experience unexpected problems such as rotting subfloors, outdated electrical wiring, and other hitches. Put aside an extra 20% of the budget to help you get over unforeseen bumps.  

2. Ignoring your architectural style

What style and era is your home? Try to respect and work with that. 

Ensure your new floor blends with your home. For example, it’s hard to make a southern plantation home look like a New York penthouse.

Tastefully blending your flooring style to the existing space will bring out and enhance its beauty. Make sure your new floors blend with other home spaces. The color and style should create continuity with the room decor, paint, and furniture for a natural look. 

Use soft carpeting in the basements, bedrooms, and living rooms for a cozier, warmer feel, and hardwood/natural stone for your dining room, kitchen, and other open spaces. 

How do you ensure you get it right? Do your research. Draw your inspiration from experts, books, magazines and other decor sources. 

3. Buying substandard materials 

The bitterness of low-quality materials lingers long after you have enjoyed the sweetness of low pricing. 

It’s quite tempting to cut corners and go for cheaper materials.  

However, if you have a limited budget, be very strategic when choosing your materials. You can go for a less expensive alternative instead of sub-standard ‘fancy’ materials. While your options may be more limited, you can still get something that is good quality within your budget.

Low-quality materials depreciate faster, may require extra labor and will end up being costly in the long-run.

4. Choosing unsuitable floors 

Most homeowners pick their flooring material based on visual appeal and personality. However, it’s vital to consider the purpose of the room. 

Whether you choose laminate flooring, vinyl, ceramic tiles, wood, carpet, stone, bamboo, or even recycled materials, base your choice on what will work best for the room’s purpose. 

For a house with young children and older people, avoid using glossy floors, polished or rock-hard concrete since they lead to falls and slips. Instead, opt for padded carpet flooring. Carpet flooring comes in tons of styles, consistency, color, and is comfortable and safe to walk on. 

Consider real stone flooring like marble, limestone, terracotta tile for stylish solutions. These bring warmth, elegance, and character to your hallways, living room, bathroom, and kitchen.

Epoxy flooring is a great option for garages, kitchens, hallways and other high traffic areas. It is easy to keep clean and maintain, is non slip and will not stain.

Replicate solid wood or tile with vinyl flooring. Available in plank form, tile or sheet, vinyl is a non-porous material that works wonders in the bathrooms and kitchens.

5. Ignoring the measuring rule

Before ordering your floor renovating materials, it’s vital to take the floor measurements, not once but twice, or even more until you ascertain you have accurate figures. 

However,even after taking the correct measures, you might still be short a few feet hence the need to factor in engineering and cutting allowance. 

Add an extra 10% of the original measurements while putting in your order. This ensures you enjoy flawless results while minimizing unnecessary headache, especially when dealing with custom or minimum orders purchases.

The room layout and shape determines your measurements. Rectangular and square rooms are more comfortable to measure, while triangular and rounded spaces use different formulas.

Bottom Line

When undertaking the floor renovation projects, set a realistic budget, choose the materials carefully and consider the room’s purpose. Give space for unforeseen issues, and don’t expect everything to flow smoothly and lastly, respect your home’s architectural style for a seamless balanced look. 

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