Carpeting in your home can create a cushioned surface to walk on, but over time, it can quickly wear down. Furniture sitting in one place too long can wear spots and moving chairs or sofas could create tears. Foot traffic also can turn a plush carpet flat. Carpets can also hold dust and dirt, no matter how much you vacuum. Hardwood, on the other hand, is easier to keep clean, is more durable (though you will want to take measures to ensure that the furniture does not scrape it), and lasts much longer, having the ability to be refinished as opposed to having to replace a carpet. And if you still want the softness of carpeting, you always have the option to throw down some area rugs, which not only add some cushion but also a little bit of personality to a room. If you want to take out your carpet and lay some hardwood, here are a few tips.

Laying down a laminated wooden floor

Removing the Carpet

The first thing you will want to do is to remove the trim. Keep in mind that wooden floors may raise up your floor higher than your carpet, so be sure to account for any wall grates, heaters and pipes. If you plan on using the same trim after you lay down the wood, be certain to organize the pieces so you can remember where they go. Removal of the trim will grant you access to the edges of the carpet, giving you something to grab and pull. It could be helpful to use a box knife to cut the carpet into smaller sections as you take it up. After the carpet is taken out, you can remove the padding, then any nails, staples and glue.

Installing Hardwood

When installing new wood flooring, you can go with a floating floor or you can choose to have your wood nailed in place. A floating floor can simply be snapped together over a subfloor. If installing this type of floor over concrete, be sure to lay down a moisture barrier, otherwise you risk the pieces becoming warped. With a nailed down floor, you will clearly want to have something to nail the boards too. You can attach these boards to an existing subfloor or, if installing over concrete, once again, you will need to lay down a moisture barrier and then a layer of wood to mimic joists to which you can attach your floor. And remember, your trim? You can install that around the edges to complete your new look.

Removing the Carpet

Changing from a carpet to a hardwood floor is a relatively simple DIY that can make your life a little easier. For one, it lasts a lot longer than wall to wall carpeting. It’s a lot easier to keep clean, requiring only dusting and the occasional mopping rather than running around a hefty vacuum cleaner. And if you still want cushion underfoot, you can always add an area rug, which is much easier to replace if ruined or you simply want to create a different look. Head on over to GoHaus for all your home flooring needs!

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