Should You Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional for Flooring Installation?

Posted On May 14th, 2022

Should You Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional for Flooring Installation?

While online learning is fantastic, there are instances when you should hire a professional. If you don’t, you can wind up with a message like the one above.


Is it affecting your savings?

If you are on a tight budget, installing yourself may appear to be the greatest option. We get it. However, those initial savings are frequently offset by further adjustments and a shorter product life. In the long term, you can end up spending more.


Would you prefer a DIY-installed floor that needs to be repaired within a year and replaced in 4 or 5 years or a professionally installed floor that lasts 8 to 10 years with regular maintenance?

The second choice may be more expensive up front, but it will be less expensive in the long run.

The following are the most significant drawbacks of DIY flooring installation:


  1. Installation will take longer.

What is the value of your time? Because a skilled workforce can complete the project in half the time or less. They clearly have more experience and use more advanced tools and equipment. Even if you do not feel rushed, extra time can add up if the job is part of a larger makeover or if it pushes back your move-in date.


  1. Mistakes will result in problems later.

Have you ever started a DIY project only to find halfway through that you forgot to do something or did not plan properly? You can not always undo and start afresh, unlike knitting. If you do not prepare the sub-surface, lay out the grain/ pattern, or distort the plank alignment, installing vinyl or laminate, for example, can go horribly wrong. These things can cause problems that will need to be addressed later. Professional installers plan ahead of time and know-how to work around odd curves, corners, and doorways. They also understand the finest strategies for various types of flooring, as well as the peculiarities of specific brands.


  1. You might not be pleased with the outcome.

While it is possible to execute a nice DIY job with laminate planks and some types of flooring, there is still a chance that the end product may be less than ideal. Older homes or those with unusual features can cause difficulties, skewing the results. You might line boards with one wall and not notice until the job is finished that the plank alignment is off. When you go to the rest of the house and the hallways, these problems might grow even worse. Transitioning between rooms and maintaining consistency is a difficult task, and we have seen plenty of terrible instances.


  1. You have the option to cancel the warranty.

The warranty is one of the most appealing aspects of purchasing high-end flooring. However, if you do not hire professionals, a 25-year or lifetime warranty may be worthless. Yes, some manufacturers stipulate that expert installation is required to maintain the guarantee.

This is one of the best reasons of all because certain brands have really lifted the bar in terms of warranty coverage, which can save you money in the long run.


What to look for when hiring a professional flooring company

Working with professionals has a number of advantages. Not only will your back appreciate it, but your home will also benefit from attractive floors for many years.


  1. Any flooring installation contractor you hire should be licensed and insured (for flooring).
  2. Have positive feedback or recommendations from previous customers
  3. Have you worked with your specific type of flooring before? (hardwood vs tile, etc.)
  4. Explain their process, as well as whether or not furniture relocation and cleanup are involved.
  5. Provide an estimate before beginning the job (unless the store provides one).


We appreciate the need to save money, but a thorough comparison of DIY vs. professional installation may surprise you. You have nothing to lose by getting a quote for installation because it is free.




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