Whether you just purchased a home among the El Paso houses for sale and don't care for the flooring, or you're hoping to increase the odds for a profitable sale, replacing outdated, ugly flooring can be expensive.
According to Home Advisor, it ranges anywhere from $3 to $22 per square foot depending on the materials, with polished concrete at the low end and engineered hardwood the highest priced. The average price for covering a 500-square-foot space is nearly $3,000. Fortunately, if your budget is tight, you can improve your home's flooring without having to replace it.
Peel and Stick Tile
If you love the look of a Carrara marble floor but it's out of your price range, you can fake it by using a luxurious peel and stick vinyl tile. While it may be referred to as luxurious, that doesn't mean the cost is exorbitant, typically around only $1 per square foot. They're removable and can be installed onto any hard level no-wax surface. Plus, it's easy to care for an option that works well in a kitchen, bathroom, kid's room, or a hallway. Tiles like these replicate the look of natural materials like granite and sandstone in an incredibly realistic way. Before applying, be sure your floor is clean and dust-free.
Removing peel and stick tile is very easy, with no professional assistance required when it comes time to replace it, provided you don't grout. Grout helps to prevent water from getting in but it also locks the tiles to the floor.
Reveal Beautiful Wood Flooring Beneath
Today, hardwood floors are one of the most desirable home features, but it wasn't long ago that wall-to-wall carpeting was all the rage. If you’re lucky enough you might have some gorgeous wood flooring lurking beneath those old, dated carpets in your home, it just needs some TLC to give it a new life. You'll need to see if what you have is salvageable by going to the corner of every room you want to update by using pliers and peeling back the carpet.
With any luck, you'll have some great wood floors which means it's time to rip out the carpet. Do it in sections and then hammer down any nails that are protruding before cleaning the wood. There will probably be some residue that needs to be scraped up. Using wood cleaner, scrub it until it's gone and then use a mechanical sander, which can be rented at home and hardware stores, to smooth out the surface of the entire floor. After sanding, wipe up the dust and then varnish.
Paint Vinyl Floors
Wanting a beautiful decorative tile floor to add elegance to your living space but you're stuck with ugly vinyl flooring? You might think the only option is to rip it out, but you can avoid the hassle and high cost of commercial, patterned tiles, achieving a similar look by painting them instead. It isn't any more difficult than painting your walls, but you'll want to prime the floor before using a paint designed for porch floors so that it's more durable and long-lasting.
You can create a variety of different finishes, from a playful, colorful pattern to matte monochrome, just avoid high-moisture areas like bathrooms as prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the paint to peel away over time.
New flooring can completely change the look of any room. Changing up the floors in your home doesn’t have to be difficult or cost a fortune. For many people, improving their floors might be an inexpensive weekend project. There are many options available, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, so it’s easy to show off your personal style through the floors in your home.