Home remodeling can be one of the most stressful things you do in your life. Before you begin your project, there are quite a few questions you need to ask—the top one being, do I do it myself or do I hire a professional contractor. Let’s take a look at this question and some of the others you need to consider before you begin your home remodeling project. In knowing what questions to ask yourself or your contractor, you will get your project right from the start.
Let’s face it. Unless you have unlimited time, a deep wallet, and the skills and construction knowledge of a pro, DIY can be more difficult and stressful than hiring home remodeling contractors. You can look to Lasco Remodeling and Construction of Dallas/Fort Worth to help design and implement all phases of your dream remodeling project.
You always want the money you put into your home improvement project to be money well spent. What you should expect from your investment is a “compounding” return. Typically, it will take 2 years to recoup 80-90% of the dollars you initially spend. Of course, the longer you stay in your home, the greater the return you will get on your investment.
When you’re looking for remodeling companies in Fort Worth, contact us for a free consultation and let Lasco Remodeling and Construction take you through our design process!
Remodeling your home can be a wonderful thing. An important part of your home is the flooring that you will be stepping on all day long. You will want to choose something that will feel good on your feet, look appealing to the eye, and provide you with the best return on your investment should you decide to sell your home at a later date. We have gathered a list of flooring types, how to keep them clean, and advantages to each type to help you choose what floor is right for your home. When you are ready to begin your home remodel, head over to our appointment page to request an appointment with one of our professional design team members today!
This type of floor is made of wood planks joined from a single piece of timber. Hardwood has a thicket-wear surface that can be sanded and refinished several times. This type of flooring was originally used as structural support for a home when installed perpendicular to support beams; however, most hosts now have a concrete base. It is common for homes with basements to use hardwood flooring.
Since you can sand down hardwood floors, you can change the color of the floor without having to replace everything anytime you get bored with the current color. You can generally drop heavy items on this type of floor without the risk of damage.
When maintaining the beauty of your hardwood floor, be sure to never use water. If you do end up spilling water on the floor, make sure to wipe it up right away. When mopping, use a dry or damp mop, rather than a mop soaked in liquid, to prevent the excess water from getting in between the seams and ruining your new floor.
Engineered wood is when two or more pieces of wood are combined to form a plank. This type of flooring can be installed over all types of subfloors, regardless of grade. It is globally considered the most common type of wood flooring in use today.
The resale value for engineered wood flooring is the same as if you were installing ¾” hardwood flooring, should you decide to sell your home. It is engineered in a few different ways: by either sawing or slicing the top layer of the flooring from a log, thus creating a natural look; or doing a rotary cut where the wear layer is peeled from the log, providing a wilder grain look.
Just like any wood floor, water must be removed quickly and not be allowed to set. Not getting water up in time can cause stains, swelling, or warping in the wood, which could lead to a costly repair or replacement job. Use an area rug to help protect your high-traffic areas.
This type of flooring is created by fusing several pieces of wood by-product. Then a photographic layer that simulates stone or wood is applied to the top of the wood and covered by a clear protective layer.
Laminate wood is much cheaper and more durable than hardwood flooring due to how the floor is manufactured. The downside, however, to using laminate over hardwood is that repairing it can be a bit of a nightmare when attempting to match the colors to your existing floor because it cannot be sanded down and re-stained.
Keep laminate wood flooring dry as any water sitting on the floor can cause the flooring to swell or warp. Some flooring brands protect their laminate with a water-resistant coating. Make sure to sweep the flooring often to ensure there is no dust, dirt, or sand because those will scratch the floor’s surface over time.
Bamboo flooring is an attractive flooring made from the bamboo plant, which is actually a grass. This type of flooring is very similar to hardwood. It is an eco-friendly material that is resistant to insects and moisture.
Bamboo is natural and eco-friendly because it is a highly renewable resource. It is also more water-resistant than hardwood. However, it is still advised not to let water stand on this flooring as it can ruin it. The pricing of this type of flooring is pretty low, ranging from $2.00 per square foot to about $8.00 per square foot, making it a cost-effective solution.
When mopping bamboo floors, be sure to use a dust mop to remove grime and dust. Avoid wet mops if you can. If you are unable to use a dry mop, then make sure to wring the mop out very well to prevent any standing water. Use only approved hardwood cleaning materials to ensure that you are not damaging the floor with chemicals. Avoid detergents that include any kind of waxing agent because it will dull the color of your floors and leave behind a glaze.
Ceramic is a type of tile that is created by mixing clay and other materials. These tiles are then fired in a kiln and coated with a durable glaze. Ceramic tiles can be used in applications such as floor and wall tiling and are generally softer than porcelain tiles, which makes them easier to cut.
With the durability that comes with this type of tile, you can expect a longer life compared to other types of flooring. Ceramic tile is also fire-resistant. You will also have the added benefits of a slip-resistant surface because the tiles are treated with either an abrasive grit added to the glaze or a texture to the surface of the tile.
Sweeping or vacuuming will help remove dirt and prevent build-up from embedding in the tile or grout. Use a manufacturer-suggested cleaning solution to help enhance your tile’s gloss, shine, or color. If you have children or pets and do not wish to have chemicals on your floors, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and water.
This type of tile is created by pressing dust from porcelain clays together, which results in a denser, smoother tile. Porcelain tiles tend to absorb much less water, thus making them much more frost resistant and better for outside use.
When glazed, porcelain tiles become harder and more resistant to damage, making them suitable for low- to high-traffic areas. There are a few different tile options, ranging from matte, unglazed, or even high-polished to get the exact look you want.
You will want to invest in some porcelain tile cleaner or add 1/4 cup of vinegar to about 2 gallons of hot water. Additionally, you can use products such as Mr. Clean or Fantastik to keep your floors clean.
Stone tile flooring is made by cutting giant blocks of stone from a quarry using a diamond-studded bit. Once the stone is cut, it is then taken to a processing plant to be turned into slabs, at which point it will receive polishing to clean it up. It is then moved to another processing area to be turned into the size tiles required for the order, all done with diamond-edged saws.
Stone tiles have a distinct and uniquely natural look that will carry on for many years to come. These tiles are extremely durable and can be polished easily if scratched.
Stone will stain easily, therefore it needs to be sealed with a proprietary sealant. This process is generally done at the manufacturer. You can use an all-purpose floor cleaner in warm water to clean your tiles. When you clean, ensure that you do not use anything acidic as this will eat away at the stone.
Vinyl is an affordable and resilient flooring option. It is made from a plastic material, generally recycled, and provides a long lifespan. This material is also extremely environmentally friendly as it is made from common salt, which is a renewable and natural substance. Only 43% of crude oil is used in creating vinyl, making it more nature-friendly.
Vinyl flooring is very durable and can withstand high traffic areas. It feels great under your foot and is noise-friendly. Installation is quick—sizes generally come in 6’ or 12’ wide sheets for easy placement.
Make sure to keep dirt and dust off the floor. Otherwise, it can grind in and thus destroy your vinyl over time. You can use a damp mop or sponge with a vinyl floor cleaning mixture.
This type of flooring is generally made from wool, nylon, polypropylene, or polyester.
Carpets are soft under your feet. Should you or someone else fall, you will not be as easily injured as you would on a harder flooring surface. Carpets provide natural noise reduction. When properly cleaned and maintained, carpets will last many years.
Cleaning carpet is as simple as vacuuming. However, you’ll want to steam clean your carpets to remove any stains.
The cost of your new floor will depend greatly on what type of floor you choose to go with. The best place to start is by setting a budget so that you know how much you want to spend. Once a budget is in place, you can then begin working with one of our design team members who will help bring your ideas to life.
This will depend on the size of your home and the type of flooring you choose.
Wall texturing is often overlooked in home remodeling projects but is a great option. Lasco Remodeling and Construction is one of the few home renovation companies in Fort Worth to offer this service. If you’re looking to add detail and depth to your home, consider wall textures!
Determine the size of your room before deciding on the type of textures you would like. A smaller room may seem too busy with a very detailed texture. A large room may swallow your texture if it is not detailed enough.
Rough Drywall Textures
Rough textures give your walls more personality and a more playful look. Keep in mind that heavier textures absorb more light. Additionally, textures such as popcorn or acoustic can be harder to clean because they trap dust particles.
Light Drywall Textures
If you’re looking for a more formal texture style, then a light texture, such as knockdown, is what you will need. This texture and textures like it are extremely popular and provide a simple clean look.
We staff a professional team of home designers to give you the best interior remodeling experience possible. Work with us to create realistic renderings of your home remodel design when you visit our main office in Fort Worth, TX. You get to approve the design before we begin construction to ensure that you get exactly what you want for your home interior.
For all your home interior remodeling and design in the Fort Worth area, choose Lasco Remodeling to get the job done right the first time, every time. Call or schedule an appointment with our home remodeling contractors today!