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Replace Your Carpet with Hardwood

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Wooden Floors
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Replacing carpet with solid hardwood floors is one of the first decisions new home owners make when renovating their purchase. Though it may seem daunting, the task won't floor you if you follow these simple tips.

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A utility knife
Pry Bar
Floor Scraper
New hardwood flooring

Pick your timber
Before replacing your carpet, you have to figure out what you actually want to replace it with. You can have a look under the hood to see the state of your current floorboards and see if they'll do or if they need to be replaced. Head on over to a timber expert and have a discussion about budget, practicality and climate before making your choice.

Removing Carpet
Once you've made your decision, you've got to remove what's currently taking up your precious real estate. It can be done on your own but some cases might require a little professional assistance. Generally,the rule of thumb with removing carpet for a hardwood installation is that you just go backwards to take things back to the original subfloor.

Putting it Down
The application process can vary depending on the type of timber you opted for. Floating hardwood floors can be installed directly on top of the subfloor. It can be nailed, glued or clicked into place depending on the type of timber. It's not a one person job so you'll need to gather some friends, hopefully you have some tradesman buddies.

Hardwood flooring is a higher upfront investment than carpet, but hardwood adds a lasting value to a home that carpet just doesn't. And if you can do some of it yourself, then why wouldn't you?

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