If you’re looking for a DIY flooring option that will reduce your need for maintenance and repairs, know that there are plenty of options available to you.
Whether you’re looking to spruce up the living room, bathroom, kitchen, or bedrooms, below we will look at a few ideas that are inexpensive but will still look great.
Who knows, after installing the floor yourself, you may even have some money left in the budget to treat yourself to some new furniture!
Laminate is a popular option because there are so many designs to choose from. A lot of the new designs actually resemble stone, cement, and hardwood flooring, so you can get an expensive look for less.
Laminate is relatively easy to install, as it is simply a case of snapping the planks together using the tongue and groove design.
Most quality laminate products are fade-resistant, low maintenance, and mould and mildew resistant. However, because they are not solid wood, they tend to wear out faster, and any water spillages can cause the planks to warp.
Also, laminate can often feel and sound ‘hollow’ which means that it can come across as cheap or fake to guests.
Sheet vinyl is perfect for a cheap, quick and easy DIY project because it can be laid over most sub-floors, as long as you have removed any significant bumps or holes. Once laid, it is then extremely easy to keep clean and is both water-resistant and durable.
A good vinyl floor installation should last you 15-20 years. However, as with all inexpensive flooring options, there are some downsides.
Vinyl is prone to discoloration and stains from shoes and other rubber objects. Additionally, it is not the greenest option as it is made from PVC and is, therefore, non-biodegradable.
If you want a modern look that stands the test of time but you can’t afford to shell out for solid wood flooring, then engineered flooring is the perfect solution.
It’s cheaper than solid wood because it has a thick layer of hardwood glued to a softer, more common material like pine or spruce.
This also means it looks the same but at a fraction of the price. It’s also great if you’re a keen DIY’er because it can even be sanded down and refinished just like solid wood.
Installation is easy as it has the same tongue and groove features as laminate flooring. The only disadvantage of engineered wood is that, while inexpensive, it isn’t as cheap as some of the other options on this list.
Ceramic tile can either be very expensive or very cheap. If you go for the cheap option, you will probably have some issues with the quality, but if you spend just a little more, you can have a durable flooring that is easy to maintain and keep clean.
The other benefits of ceramic tile are that it is water-resistant. Additionally, it is the perfect choice for those suffering from allergies, as it does not absorb dust and other small particles.
So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive and low maintenance flooring option, there will be compromises to make, but you can still achieve a high-end look.