New Looks in DIY Flooring

Spring is springing, the people are cleaning, getting outside and getting things done inside. Many of us are even saying, “I think it’s time to install new flooring.”

The fact is, the springtime is when demand goes up for flooring and it’s a great season for those looking to perform a do-it-yourself flooring installation.  It’s also a great time to be shopping for diy flooring, because technology has reached the point where there are more diy floor choices than ever before.

Laminate flooring

Laminate floors were the most popular diy flooring choice for most due to their ease to install and their durability. Today they are better, longer-lasting and look much more like real wood floors than they ever have.  Laminate floors used to be the go-to choice for the do-it-yourselfer, but now you can get click floors in almost every kind. You can even now get laminate flooring that looks like bamboo.

Click Hardwood Flooring

This is mostly engineered hardwood and can usually be installed a variety of different ways, like be floated over an existing subfloor, nailed or glued. It depends on the manufacturer recommendation. But one that can be floated is very similar to installing a laminate floor, the planks just locking together with a click locking mechanism.

You can get these click wood floors in a variety of plank widths, thicknesses, wood species and just about every type of click hardwood floor is out there to be had.

Click Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo floors were all the rage when they entered the marketplace in the United States, and it has just gotten more popular. Bamboo is an earth-friendly, sustainable resource and it grows at an unbelievable rate. It’s harder than most woods and extremely attractive. Like wood, most click bamboo floors are engineered, vary in thickness and in width.  You can get a natural bamboo look, a darker more caramel-like color that is achieved through carbonizing (steaming), or more stained bamboo looks in every color of the spectrum.  Click bamboo floors are amongst the most popular flooring choices in the world and there’s plenty of it to go around.

Click Cork Floors

Cork flooring is the answer to a lot of questions. It’s made from the bark of the cork tree, so the tree itself remains upright and in the ground. Cork has an amazing list of qualities, starting with how it feels.

Cork is very porous and holds a lot of air. That air acts as an insulator, so it feels warmer to the touch. It also has a little more give than your average hard surface floor. Cork flooring will actually help you retain heat or cold, depending on what you’re trying to do. It’s also quieter to walk across, an issue that can be difficult for some families who don’t share sleep patterns. And lastly, cork is naturally hypoallergenic, resistant to mold and mildew, and just an all-around great floor.  It’s not as durable as other hard surface floors, but there are a lot of benefits that make a click cork floor hard to look past.

Click Vinyl Planks

Also known as “Luxury Vinyl Planks”, these floors don’t resemble their predecessors at all. They are thicker, more durable, click together and look like real hardwood floors. You can get them in a variety of wood looks in smooth or textured finishes. They’re great as bathroom floors or kitchen floors and extremely easy to install with just a couple of tools.

The great thing about all the floors listed is that they are all easy , can be installed by almost anyone(regardless of experience) and can last just as long as tongue and groove floors installed with glue or nails.  And when you do a diy flooring installation, you can save tons of cash. If it’s easy to do, why not do it?


2 thoughts on “New Looks in DIY Flooring”

    1. Cork is softer underfoot, but can still be very resilient. Your usage should help guide you on which floor is best based on your own specific needs.

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