Revamp your flooring: Top tips
With the seasons changing do you feel like your home needs a flooring revamp, but you’re not too sure what the options are? Don’t worry, our guide can help. There are so many ways you can change up your flooring to bring a new lease of life to your home. A floor revamp can be done on a small or large scale, depending on your budget and taste.
With the seasons changing, lots of people make changes to their home to give it a new lease of life. One way to do this is to revamp your flooring. There are so many options out there for you to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming knowing what to do. Fear not, our guide can help.
Whether you’re revamping your flooring on a small or large scale, with a small or large budget, there are many ways you can bring your home a new lease of life. When choosing the type of flooring you want, there are a few factors to consider:
- Room type: Some floor types like hardwood and carpet don’t suit certain spaces. Carpet in a bathroom for example can be a recipe for mould and soggy feet.
- Family situation: Young children or pets may be better suited to floorings like hardwood, or vinyl as it is spillproof and scratch-resistant. Although older dogs are better off with carpet, due to the risk of slipping.
- Budget: Different flooring types can be much more expensive than others, so it is important to figure out which material you can afford.
- Return on investment: Installing high-quality flooring, whilst it may be an expensive upfront cost, will add value to your home in the future if you choose to sell.
- Installation requirements: Some materials require extra padding and underlayment, which will increase the overall cost.
Revamp resin flooring
Resin flooring is an attractive and durable option for a flooring revamp. Resin is extremely tough, as well as customisable. You can add colour pigments into resin to get a fun pop of colour. As it is a type of plastic, resin feels warm underfoot, unlike cold tiling or concrete flooring. Resin also has a natural shine to it, making it instantly attractive in any space.
You can often lay resin over an existing floor. It is a see-through liquid that cures over time (usually 24hrs). Therefore, resin essentially adds a coating to your floor, so whatever is underneath will still be there. If you currently have carpet, this will need to be removed and your floor will need to be prepared first. Most resin floors have concrete underneath. It is also vital your floor is as clean as possible, as the resin will trap dirt beneath its surface.
Resin flooring cost
The cost of resin flooring will depend on the type of resin you want and the size of the space you are covering. Roughly, resin flooring will cost around £75 per m2. For further cost information, take a look at our resin floor cost guide. Whilst you can easily buy resin online, we strongly advise against attempting to DIY a resin floor as the measurements for the resin need to be precise in order to avoid a sticky floor or air bubbles.
Revamp laminate flooring
Laminate is a synthetic material, usually used to mimic the appearance of wood. Laminate wood flooring is made of composite wood pressed together at a high temperature, then covered by an image of hardwood. Whilst it is mainly criticised for being unnatural, there are many perks to installing laminate flooring in your home. As it is synthetic, laminate doesn’t scratch as easily as hardwood floors, so its appearance does not change much with age. It is also a lot more affordable than most hardwood options.
Laminate flooring cost
As laminate is made of cheaper materials, it is less costly than other floorings, although it’s worth bearing in mind that laminate is harder to repair as it comes in a large sheet. If one section is damaged, you can’t repair it by sanding as you might with wood. On average, laminate flooring costs £20 per m2. This does not account for added labour costs. For a more detailed breakdown of laminate flooring costs, check out our cost guide here.
Revamp floor tiles
Adding in some new floor tiles to your space can give a super sophisticated finish to your home. Tiles are a great option for high traffic and moisture-prone areas like the hallway, kitchen, and bathroom because they are long-lasting and hard-wearing as well as easy to fix. Added to this, installing high-quality tiles means you could add value to your property.
There are also a wide range of styles and colours to choose from to match any interior. If you are looking for a more fun, colourful tile, you could opt for ceramic tiles or, if you’re going for the minimalist look, you could opt for a natural stone tile.
Revamp floor tiles cost
A full revamp of floor tiles will be more expensive than installing laminate. This is because installing tiles is very labour intensive and requires a lot of skill. To tile a medium-sized bathroom (walls and floors), it could cost on average, £850. To learn more about the costs involved with floor tiling, check out our tiling cost guide here.
- Laminate is the most affordable option for a flooring revamp, however, it may not have the same high quality finish as wood flooring or tiling.
- Tiling is a great option for a more long-term flooring revamp as it will also add value to your home.
- Resin flooring is cheap and durable, however, it can be quite hard to get an even and level coverage of resin on your floor. The benefits depend on the kind of floor you’re revamping. As resin is slippery when wet, this could prove dangerous in a bathroom setting.
How do you revamp laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is very hard to repair when damaged, for smaller repairs, you can glue down a small patch of leftover laminate to hide imperfections.
What’s the cheapest way to revamp flooring?
Laminate is the most affordable way to spruce up your flooring on a budget. Whilst it is unlikely to fool anyone into thinking it is real wood, laminate is a great affordable choice for many areas of your home. If you change your flooring often and like the flexibility, laminate is a great option.