Laminate: Pro or DIY?
Should you or shouldn’t you install your laminate DIY? That is the question. And the way to answer that question is to first ask yourself a few key questions. To do a DIY job, you should really be the kind of person who enjoys a DIY job! Otherwise checking your local ads or asking friends and co-workers for the name of a good installer might be the preferred choice.
Can You (or Should You) Do Laminate DIY?
Ask yourself these questions (and try to answer as honestly as possible):
- Can you afford to get a professional installer? If you can, maybe you should treat yourself.
- Do you like to build things? Many people enjoy installing floors because they like to build things as a hobby. This type of person is the perfect person to venture into a laminate DIY project.
- Are you patient? In other words are you the type of person who measures twice—or even three times—and cuts once. It helps if you are.
- Do you have any problems with your back or your knees? Although installing a laminate floor is very easy, there will be a lot of bending, time spent on your knees or crouching and lots of reaching down and standing up.
- Are you easily frustrated or tend to put off finishing a job once you start? The last thing you want to do is to be hard on yourself when you’re embarking on an installation job. So take your time but make sure you make it a priority once you start.
- Are you afraid of saws or anything with blades? If so, the time might be right to pick up the phone and call your installer.
Laminate is one of the easier DIY jobs, especially if you get a glueless click-lock system with pre-attached underlay. If you’ve always wanted to build, installing a laminate floor is the ideal job to get you started.