This might be interesting to any home owner with an existing or upcoming building project. Also, if you are a very hands on DIY person chances are you may have already plan to do some of the work yourself. At some point you may have asked yourself: is it best to DIY my flooring or get a professional? Or, do I get the builder to do the flooring? Read case study below.
Anyone renovating, converting or extending their house often rely on a builder to organise and carry out most if not all work. In an ideal world, the best time of year to undertake such a huge house project is preferably during the summer months. Summer months are great for building works because it’s almost guaranteed perfect weather. With very little (if any) rain and lots of sunshine it is the perfect time for home improvement.
As the job progresses you might have a chat with the local builder and he tells you: “all is going well with project; it looks on time and within budget” Mind you, some builders will either have a joinery or bricklaying background. Unlike a house extension, if yours is a renovation project then most of the essential work will involve taking the property back to the brickwork. In the case study below, it was a home decoration. However, all the relevant trades will be contracted as the job progresses: an N.I.C.E.I.C registered electrician especially if the house getting rewired; a qualified Gas Safe (formerly CORGI ) heating engineer to install your new combi-boiler and sort all your heating needs. Among other things, the role of a qualified joiner will include putting up partition walls, hanging doors and doing skirting boards. The plasterer will most likely do all the plastering and external rendering. Expensive but long lasting is K-REND.
The project is coming to a close and it’s time to decide on the furnishings. At this stage if you can afford the cost of a professional interior designer, go for it. Home stylists are great for ideas on wallpapers, flooring etc. As for the flooring, a qualified Joiner (who is also a builder) may feel more than capable to install your flooring. Why not?
This is what really happened when she did the flooring herself…
As it’s time for decorating, Grace (protected name) decides to supply her own flooring (luxury vinyl tiles) and asked her joiner to install it. Just weeks after the project she started noticing all the defects. The flooring had failed. Her calls and messages are being ignored by the joiner. She now faces having to re-do all her flooring on the ground floor. She had supplied the flooring herself; presumably as a cost saving exercise. Grace’s story is unlucky but why did the flooring failed? It was never installed correctly to begin with. She showed us areas (in the corners behind the furniture) where the flooring was just lying loosely – not fitted. In other areas it was visibly not installed correctly and the rest we suspect might be due to subfloor conditions. No-one should have to go through this ordeal. What should have been a great experience has left her feeling bitter and unsettled. We respect everyone has a budget but we would always recommend going with local company that can supply and install your flooring correctly. This will give you peace of mind and offer more protection. If you’ve had a bad experience or know someone who’s been affected in a similar way, there is always advice available. Your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau might also be able to help if you’re a bit unsure.
At Hanson’s we offer free advice to get you started on your flooring project. If you are a home owner with a project coming up and would like some flooring ideas get in touch. We are happy to help. We cover the Wirral and surrounding areas.