Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wood Flooring

Stacey and I decided that we wanted to replace the linoleum and carpet in the kitchen/living room area with laminate wood flooring. It just so happened that Costco was having a sale on their flooring, so we decided to take the plunge and buy it. Then came the installation decision...do I do it myself or pay someone to install it. The cheapest labor would've cost us $2.00/sq. ft. for a total of about $600. That's a lot of money, so we decided to try it ourselves. I did a lot of research online on how to do it, called the manufacturer for tips, and then we started. I concentrated on doing it right, now worrying about how long it took me. I would rather sacrifice a little bit more time than regret a mistake or incorrectly installed flooring for years to come.

Honestly, the hardest part was the prep work. We ripped out the carpet, pad, and tack strips fairly quickly, but then began ripping out the linoleum and the sub floor underneath it. That took a bit longer. I took one day off from work, and we were able to get the whole thing ripped out and prepped that day. We started the next day to lay it down. It was pretty easy to lay it down, just lay it down and snap it together.

Overall, I would do it again any day in order to save $600. I took some pictures of the installation and finished product. You can see the album here:

I realize that I took a lot of pictures, but you don't have to look at them all. I forgot to take some "before" pictures, so I included a few pictures that I have taken in the past that happen to be in that area, so you can get an idea of what it looked like. Just ignore the people in them. :)


Shaun&jennifer said...

We are doing laminate wood floor also. but with Shaun working 16 hour days we are having someone put it in, and it will cost a little more than $2200, yes over 2 grand, CRAZEY!!!

Brandon said...

What's happening Senor Gridley. I was looking on the Monterrey Mission Database and saw your name and website. Just thought I would drop you a hello.

(Elder) Brandon Flake