So, you’re ready to jump into another home project—new floors. But before you set foot in a store, there are a few things you can do right at home to prepare for the project itself. From room size to flooring preferences to determining your budget, some initial planning will help ensure the project looks good in your home, and your bank account. You will need a few tools, but we can almost guarantee you’ll have them all, starting with a tool you use every single day: your smartphone.
One of the first steps in preparing for new floors is determining the size of your room. And yes, your smartphone can make that happen. Most smartphones have a measuring app that uses the camera to measure a space or an object. And, for those who need a quick refresher on math, multiply the length by the width to get the area of the space. If your room isn’t a perfect rectangle, break it up into multiple sections and add those areas together.
Budget & Materials
Next, let’s talk about budget and materials. Your budget should include more than just the flooring material. You’ll also want to think about underlayment (if required for your flooring selection), moldings and trim, installation and labor, and the removal and disposal of your existing floor.
Once you’ve got a set budget, take a look at floor types and prices. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, the higher the price you go, the higher in the quality you’ll get. Though you can find some pretty durable options at a low price, the more you spend, the more durable your floors will be.
Although price is a huge factor in choosing which flooring material is right for you, be sure to think about the space itself and how much use it’ll get. You’ll want something that works for your lifestyle so your floors will last. Benjamin Franklin said it best: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
OK, now that you’ve got an idea of budget and flooring materials, let’s take a look at what your style preferences are. And we have just the tool to help you preview those new floors without leaving your home. Our room visualizer, My Floor Style, allows you to browse flooring options online. You can search through a library of images or upload your own. My Floor Style will drop your flooring selects into your image so you can see what they will look like in the room and your home.
And now, you may begin. Call your local ProFloors and Cabinets today to speak with our flooring experts. We love an informed customer, and we’re here to partner with you so you can find a floor that truly works for you.