1 Laying wood floors is not a difficult job, but it is a time consuming job that will take patience to avoid mistakes. Remember the golden rule: Measure twice, cut once.
2 Sanding wood floors has a process and heavy machinery. You can get professionals in to do the job, but they will often charge up to three times the equipment hire charge. If you follow the instructions regarding equipment use and grades of sandpaper, it is a job almost anyone can do.
3 Floorboards are free. Well, they're not, but if they're in a house they can often be repaired, cleaned, sanded and treated to provide both a cost effective alternative to laying wood floors, but a very attractive alternative if done correctly.
4 When you see a carpet fitter lay carpets throughout a whole house in less than half a day, the transformation in relation to job time is perhaps the most rewarding of any decorating job. It is also the one flooring job that is usually cost effective enough to leave to the professionals. Although the right tools will make life easy enough to do the job yourself.
5 Before either you, or a carpet fitter tackles the job, make sure there are no nails protruding or creaky floorboards. It's an easy enough job and one that is advisable.
6 There are many decorative concrete floor options, and they can make a cost effective alternative to large tiled areas.
7 There are also many other flooring options; cork, corian tiles, natural stone, ceramic, porcelain and slate tiles, glass or even leather tiles. Do yours research before deciding, you might be surprised as the option you choose.
Independent wood floor laying advice can be found here
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