By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
Today's choices in vinyl flooring can be staggering. You'll find that some of the hottest new designs mimic natural materials -- slate, travertine, quartz and stone patterns, even cork, leather and sisal designs -- all with a subtle surface texture and feel. This is clearly not your mother's vinyl flooring. Budget-wise, you can't beat these sheet vinyls for an economical, low-maintenance floor covering that provides years of service.
The condition of the existing floor and what's beneath it is an important consideration. For the best installation, the floor requires a level subfloor and underlayment. If there are multiple layers of flooring, they have to be removed, a grunt job you might want to tackle.
You'll find the material sold at flooring, design and home centers, where you can get an estimate for an installed price or for material only. An installation for a good quality vinyl floor in a 10-by-12-foot room will cost $722, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the material and install it yourself for $500, assuming you have carpentry experience and tools. That's a 31 percent savings. If the room is odd shaped, with built-ins or tricky corners that require precision cuts, hire an installer because there's no saving if you make a mistake cutting the material and have to replace it. (If you want to do it yourself, choose 12-inch square tiles, which are easier to handle than a large vinyl sheet.)
To find more DIY project costs, and to post comments and questions, visit http://www.diyornot.com and http://www.m.diyornot.com on smartphones.
Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$722 -- $500 -- 7.4 -- 4.0 -- $222 -- 31 Percent
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