Old Flooring DisposalThat carpet is worn. It’s old. And, it’s dirty. Which means it needs to go and go as soon as possible. What you must know upfront is that carpet removal isn’t too big a deal. Yes, it does require some time and effort. However, it’s not something that takes specialized skills and/or tools. Just empty the room (don’t leave anything inside). Then, pull up the carpet starting in a corner.
…hate your carpet? Want to exchange it for something that is easier to maintain, cleaner and lasts longer? Do as we did and consider laminate flooring. My husband and I did, and we have never regretted it. Recently some good friends replaced their carpet with Pergo. It was beautiful, and they told us it required only minimal care. This caused us to start thinking about the fact we might want to do the same because the carpet in our condo was causing numerous problems. —Den GardenIf possible, pull it up along the wall from one side to the next. Roll it up as you go across the room. Stop about half way, cut the carpet in half. Then, roll up the other half. Doing so will make it much easier to handle and a lot less heavy. Then, roll up the padding and carry it out of the room. Thereafter, you can have a junk removal service pick it up and take it away. That will lead you to picking one of a few carpet replacement choices.
Best Carpet Alternatives in VeniceOkay, if you need carpet replacement, then what are the best options? Well, there are four strong contenders and each has its pros and cons. Here are the best carpet alternatives to consider:
- Hardwoods. For actual hardwoods, the price ranges from $3 per square foot to $12 per square foot. But, if you select an engineered product, you’ll pay less and still get a great floor. Hardwoods and engineered hardwoods are easy to maintain and do make a great resale feature.
- Tile. Tile comes in a very wide variety of styles. And, it also ranges in price drastically. (Prices start at just about $1 per square foot and easily go up to $20 per square foot.) It’s very durable, but the grout will need periodic cleaning to keep the floor looking its best.
- Vinyl. Another material which comes in a number of styles, colors, and more, vinyl ranges in price from $1 to $5 per square foot. While, it doesn’t offer the same durability as other flooring types, it’s quite inexpensive and functional.
- Laminate. If the lowest price is the goal, go for laminate. It costs just .50 cents to $3 per square foot. Although it also comes in a big variety of styles, it’s not always water-resistant and doesn’t fare well for resale.