When it comes to choosing a wood flooring for your home we all want the best quality our budget can afford. From the cheaper ranges of laminate to the luxurious chevron parquet, value for money is the top priority. Direct Wood Flooring won’t compromise on quality, instead fantastic savings are passed on to customers for specialist flooring ranges. Here’s a few money saving tips to help you along the way.
Saving money on wood flooring is made easy if you follow these 5 tips:
- Know your wood – Quality and finish is a key feature with solid wood. For those on a tighter budget, engineered wood may be a better option, with a solid wood surface, it offers a replicated aesthetic of solid wood.
- Consider Non-Branded Flooring – Order samples and compare qualities of branded and non branded. You may be surprised with non branded, and find a similar alternative at a friendlier cost.
- One Stop Shop – Multi-buying your flooring and accessories from one supplier can allow you to benefit from cost savings.
- Schedule the Project – Manage your project in affordable chunks. Section off the rooms you’re wanting to renovate and take them one step at a time.
- DIY Installation – Fitting your flooring yourself is a great way to save on fitting costs.
How to Save Money on Wood Flooring
Tip 1: Know your Wood
Solid wood flooring is renowned for the outstanding quality and the impeccable finish real wood creates. If authenticity and luxury is what you want, then solid wood flooring delivers. However for those on a slightly tighter budget engineered wood flooring may be worth considering. Manufactured with a solid wood surface, the general aesthetics of engineered wood is extremely similar – it’s the composition of the wood which differs.
Supportive layers of plywood or HDF replace the structural solid wood, reducing sensitivity to the effects of moisture whilst increasing the areas of usage. Suitable for bathrooms, kitchens and compatible with underfloor heating, engineered wood is much more versatile. However due to the combination of woods used, the range is considerably cheaper compared to solid wood.
If durability and design are your main focus then you could consider laminate flooring. Made from a high density fibreboard and covered in a hyper-realistic decorative layer, laminate has the ability to imitate high-end flooring trends. Designs include a vast array of realistic hardwoods, stone or ceramic tile patterns. As one of the cheapest forms of wood flooring on the market, laminate is extremely popular for residential projects.
Tip 2: Consider Non-Branded Flooring
If a brand is not associated with a particular flooring range this does not mean it cannot rival the quality and value of its competitor. Narrowing your options to brand only eliminates the ability to cross compare products and can hinder you from getting the best value for your money. We advise you order samples and compare the quality, look and feel for yourself – making your own judgement rather than segregating brands. You may grab yourself a bargain and find a similar alternative at a much lower cost!
Tip 3: One Stop Shop
Multi-buying your flooring, underlay and accompanying accessories i.e. skirting, scotia and fixing equipment allows you to benefit from numerous cost savings. A single delivery payment eliminates duplicate delivery costs when sourcing from individual suppliers – making the project cheaper. Buying from a single supplier will also enable you to colour match your scotia, giving you the best performance from your flooring.
Tip 4: Schedule the Project
When the purse strings are tight the last thing you want to do is splash out on a huge renovation project. Cutting corners and going cheap is guaranteed to cost you in the long run either in replacements or overall appearance. We all love a bargain but looking cheap is a whole different ball game! We advise you manage the project into affordable chunks. If you’re planning on decorating your ground floor, section off the living area from the dining and focus on one room at a time.
Quality over quantity! We appreciate decorating can be big decision that’s why we bring high quality flooring at affordable prices but we also know the little costs add up. Being patient with the project enables valuable saving time.
Tip 5: DIY Installation
We all want the professional finish but what if you can achieve it yourself? Not only does it give you great satisfaction but you can save a small fortune too! Engineered and laminate flooring are great for DIY projects as these can be lay with a floating installation which quite simply clicks together. Anyone with basic DIY skills can give it a go. Of course if you’re a little weary, we advise you seek the help of a professional fitter but a self-installation could save a small fortune.
When it comes to adhesive fittings and the more challenging parquet flooring we do advise you use a certified fitter. Improper lay flooring can lift, damage or become structurally unsafe. Unless your confident and have the required skill set, look up your local professional. The last thing you want to do is ruin your gorgeous flooring!
So there we have it 5 top tips to save money on wood flooring! All you have to do now is a pick a range you love… Not so easy when we love them all!