Upgrade, Add to, or Restyle Your Existing Flooring With Flooring Renovation
Nothing can give you the fresh start you need like a flooring renovation. Upgrading, tweaking, and restyling your home’s existing flooring may seem like a handful, especially when you consider the structural performance, infrastructure, and other aspects of the project that you aren’t well-informed about.
But never fear. We’ll walk you through the process, including the procedures, budget, flooring types, and more. This way, your renovation project will enhance your property.
What Exactly Is Flooring Renovation?
Simply put, renovations are small-scale projects that restore and revive your floors without making major changes. These renovations may boost your home’s resale value. Still, they mostly require few people and involve relatively low costs.
What Is the Procedure for Floor Renovation?
It’d be difficult to detail a single procedure for flooring restorations and revivals because each flooring type is slightly different. In turn, their processes are different, with some requiring underlayment and others requiring the removal of your existing flooring.
For that reason, you must answer the following questions about your particular circumstances and flooring to determine the needed procedures.
Is It Necessary to Replace the Current Floor, or Can It Be Restored?
To answer this question, you need to consider the condition, age, and lifespan of your flooring. We’ll detail the main reasons to replace or restore your flooring below:
|● Deep scratches |
● Severe cracks
● Stubborn stains (that remain after deep cleans)
● Peeling laminate flooring
● Cupping and curling floors
● Dark stains
● Many squeaky planks
● Discolouration caused by mould or mildew
● Bad odours that linger after cleaning
● Outdated floor style
|● Light scratches |
● A few stains
● Minor peeling
● Loose nails
● Creaky floor boards
● Discolouration that you can treat with a deep clean
● Bad odours
What Is Your Spending Limit?
Your budget for the renovation project plays an active role in your choices, as it’ll give you an idea of which flooring types, finishes, and procedures you can afford.
For luxury floors, you can spend £25 to £500 per square metre to replace your existing flooring with natural stone and tile. Some wood floors cost £30 to £85 per metre square.
The middle category is quality flooring, and it consists of the following types:
- Vinyl for £5 to £60 per square metre
- Laminate for £15 to £55 per square metre
- Engineered wood for £10-£40 per metre square
- Linoleum for £10 to £30 per square metre
Finally, cheap floors are available in the following price ranges:
- Sheet vinyl for £7 to £15
- Carpeting for £5 to £35 per square metre
- Resin for £7 to £15 per square metre
What Are Your Preferences in Terms of Appearance and Feel?
Your stylistic preferences are integral to the renovation plan, so which look and feel do you have in mind for your flooring?
You can get that classic look and soft underfoot with wood and wood alternatives. For a chic and elegant touch and harder underfoot, try tile flooring. Natural stone is timeless and stunning, featuring the look and texture of real stone. As for carpet, it brings comfort and cosiness and feels soft to the touch.
Where Is the Floor Being Renovated?
Which room do you want renovated flooring for? This question will limit your options and dictate the necessary procedures.
Kitchens and bathrooms are exposed to water and spills, so you need waterproof flooring (like vinyl or tile). Bedrooms can benefit from the warmth of a plush pile carpet or hardwood floor. Living rooms are heavy-use areas; think laminate, wood, or high-end vinyl.
Do You Do It Yourself or Use a Professional?
You can DIY the installation process or hire a professional, but it depends on the difficulty of the installation process. Note that if you renovate your floors yourself, they won’t be perfectly flat. You’ll notice bumps and flaws. To compare, experts can give you that seamless and perfect look you aspire to have.
Will You Have to Relocate During the Renovation?
The rule of thumb is that you should move out of your home if the renovation takes place in more than half of your home. Also, consider how essential the unavailable rooms are. For instance, you can’t live without your kitchen or bathroom but can spare the dining room for a while. Ultimately, it depends on the scope and size of your renovation.
Does the Subfloor Need Renovation?
Deciding if you need to fix your subflooring will impact the renovation procedures. The first step is to examine your subfloor. Look for uneven parts, bouncy, squeaky floorboards, cracked tile flooring, and cupping hardwood. These are all signs of subfloor damage that you must attend to before laying your flooring.
What Is the Cost of a Floor Renovation?
Flooring renovations can cost anything from £12 to £80 per metre square, but why are their prices vastly different?
A natural stone flooring renovation is in an entirely different price range than the affordable laminate and vinyl options. Other than flooring types, factors that impact your costs include the size of the room being renovated, the flooring brand, your property, and any additional services.
Different Flooring Types Commonly Used in Renovation
We’ll cover the most popular flooring types that homeowners pick for flooring renovations. When you learn about their appearance, texture, features, and uses, you can make an informed choice about your preferred flooring type.
Wood floors are classified into solid wood and engineered wood. The former provides a soft underfoot feel and has diverse cuts and designs, whereas the latter is sturdy and affordable. Wood floors make your room warm and charming, giving it a rustic or classic feel. Additionally, it boosts your home’s value, but you have to maintain it frequently.
Carpeting is the thick woven material that you can cover flooring or stairs with. This material may be synthetic or natural, and you’ll find numerous cuts, colours, and designs. Carpet styles make a space warm and comfortable. Also, they add a luxurious touch and soft underfoot, help with noise reduction, and are safe for kids.
Vinyl flooring is a synthetic product composed of four layers: backing, waterproof, design, and wear layers. You’ll find sheet, plank, and tile variations that resemble wood or stone. Vinyl floors are super popular, which makes sense considering their affordability, durability, cushioning, water resistance, and ease of installation.
It’s a hybrid product composed of a particle board wood base, a printed image layer, and a transparent wear layer. Like vinyl, laminate flooring features printed images that emulate the look of hardwood, stone, and tile. This way, you can take in the stunning look without suffering the drawbacks of real wood or stone. Not to mention, laminate is affordable and durable.
Linoleum is an all-natural alternative to vinyl containing linseed oil and wood products. It’s available in sheet and tile products and manufactured in versatile designs with borders and insets and found in vibrant and neutral colours. Lastly, linoleum flooring is long-lasting, sturdy, environmentally friendly, and charming in that retro way.
Tile flooring refers to ceramic and porcelain floors. It’s durable, easy to maintain, affordable, and available in countless styles and designs. But installation is tricky, and it makes for a cold underfoot. Homeowners typically install it in their kitchens and bathrooms, but they work anywhere else.
What Exactly Is Wood Floor Renovation?
We can think of a wood floor renovation as a restoration and revival project for your flooring. As a small-scale project, there aren’t major changes, so you might replace your tiles or planks. Also, the number of people working on it isn’t big, and the expenses are somewhat low. Still, these changes help boost your home’s aesthetic appeal and resale value.
What Exactly Is the Difference Between Restoration and Renovation?
Despite the overlap between them, a restoration returns a floor to its original state, and a renovation gives it a fresh and new feel.
What Exactly Is the Difference Between Remodelling and Renovation?
Remodelling projects are on a bigger scale than renovation projects, as they alter the design and function of the space.
To renovate your flooring, you must determine which flooring type you want to install and consider any extra repairs needed. This way, your flooring renovation won’t feel overwhelming. Luckily, our team will be with you every step of the way. Contact Clever Carpets for a whole new flooring look, and we’ll be happy to help!