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4 Resolutions for your Home You Can Keep

Home Sweet Home Showing Welcome Friendly Invitation New Year's resolutions for the homeIt’s that time of year of again: the time when we make promises for improvement in the New Year. We’ve all heard (or made) the most common New Year’s resolutions: losing weight, saving money, eating better. And while it is fun to follow the crowd, are you looking for a resolution focused on “where the heart is,” your home? Or are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that you can (actually) keep? If so, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions that you can mark off your list easily—and be proud of the results.

I will put install new flooring myself!

DIY laminate floorFor friends of ours, the “straw that broke the camel’s back” was the last Jell-o stain from their young children’s dessert. They were tired of the neutral-colored carpet in their dining room, and sick of cleaning up the spills. They decided to install laminate because the flooring could take the daily messes, and dinner messes that go with toddlers and children. Once they were sure of their flooring decision, they ripped up the old floor and installed their new, easier-to-clean laminate flooring in just a day.

If you’ve been wishing for new flooring for a long time, and have some basic handyman skills or a lean budget, consider flooring you can install yourself, such as laminate or luxury vinyl plank flooring (there are other options we’ve listed here). Consult the experts before you buy your DIY flooring to make sure the type of floor works well for your space and for any tips for installation. If you are buying for a large space, consider purchasing a large quantity of flooring at a discount.

I will add value to my home.

wood flooringThere are many different ways to tackle this New Year’s resolution—but the key is to finish whatever project you start. Commonly, a project is only included in an assessment of your home if the project is done. Projects that add value include (but are not limited to) bathroom and kitchen remodels, finishing a basement or attic, or adding wood floors to your home. If you decide to take on any of these projects, consult your local flooring experts to make sure you choose the flooring that works for your project; there are different flooring products that work better in certain areas, such in a finished basement.

I will get my carpets cleaned.

A professional carpet cleaning can give your carpet a deep clean beyond any spot cleaning. We’re not talking about renting a cleaner from the store; a professional carpet cleaning goes beyond, removing all the stains you can see and can’t see. If you have allergies or other respiratory issues, you should have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis to remove any allergens for your home. The best part of a professional cleaning is you get results without having to lift a finger (or dump dirty water or…). Just pick up the phone and schedule a carpet cleaning with a local carpet cleaner with experience and a good track record. Effortless and done—and a New Year’s resolution you can check off the list easily.

I will finish my basement.

An unfinished (waterproofed!) basement is a space full of potential. It’s just waiting to be turned into a family room, game room, bedroom, work shop…whatever you want it to be. If your basement is like most American homes, your basement walls and floor is concrete. Though durable and affordable, concrete is porous, allowing moisture to seep through the floor and walls. Because of this, one flooring not recommended for basements is solid wood flooring. Don’t fret; there are other options with the look of wood, without the buckling and warping that can occur because of moisture in a basement. Engineered hardwood, vinyl plank flooring, carpet and laminate both can be installed in basements without any chance of warping. If you have any questions about any of these kinds of floors, or want to see your options so you can get the job started, stop in at any of our Y’s Way Flooring locations. We’ll help you get your New Year’s resolution started, so you can get it done—and marked off of your list.

5 Floors You Can Install Yourself

DIY laminate floor Are you a master of the do-it-yourself kind of homeowner? Was the term DIY invented with you in mind? We understand, and we have the perfect solution for you: pallet sales of flooring at our Lake Mills location. If you need flooring for your kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, or all of the above, pallet sales can be your answer: a large square footage of flooring for a great price. So grab your wallet and tool belt, and prove how handy you are after you install one of these DIY floors:


Laminate is a floating floor, which means installation involves sawing and connecting the boards together. Installation does require research and the right tools for the job so you can ensure the proper sub floor is under the laminate flooring and an efficient installation.

Laminate flooring has the look of wood flooring with the ability to handle even the most boisterous high traffic households. The only downside of laminate flooring is that it doesn’t handle water spills very well; a water puddle sitting on the floor can warp the boards and leave lasting damage. On the flip side, laminate is very affordable, easy-to-clean—and very durable.

Luxury vinyl

Many luxury vinyl products snap or adhere together, making it suitable for DIYers who want new, durable flooring they can install themselves. Luxury vinyl flooring can be glued or installed with grout.

Luxury vinyl flooring has come a long way in terms of style; today’s luxury vinyl flooring products look like wood flooring and are incredibly easy to clean. Because luxury vinyl flooring can handle water (and water spills), such as the water seeping through your basement concrete and humidity, luxury vinyl flooring can be installed in the basement.


tile flooringWe’re not going to lie to you: tile flooring installation is not the easiest DIY project, but it’s not the hardest home project. Like laminate flooring, with the right tools and research, you can install tile flooring (and backsplash tile and shower tile) like a pro. Make sure you do your homework, however; improper installation can lead to cracking tiles, damaged grout, and a need to replace your tiles sooner.

Tile is incredibly durable, and comes in every shape or color. The newest trend is tile that looks like wood. If you are considering putting in radiant heating under the floor, tile flooring is an excellent candidate to install over the pad or radiant heating lines. You’ll get the ultimate in warm floors; tile conducts heat like a pro.

Engineered hardwood

Want a real wood floor without the dust and difficult installation? Engineered hardwood is your answer. Engineered hardwood floors are floating floors like laminate floors, but are real wood floors. Some engineered hardwood products can even be sanded down and refinished when needed, though engineered hardwood floors cannot be refinished as often as real wood. Installation is similar to other floating floor products; do your homework to ensure that you have the right sub floor underneath and the right tools to do the job.

With engineered hardwood, expect the durability of a wood floor and a weakness for water spills. Engineered hardwood floors come in wide or thin boards, depending on your preference, and in any color that a traditional hardwood floor can.

Vinyl tile

You can’t get any easier in DIY installation than vinyl tile. Vinyl tile sticks to the floor; all you have to do is make sure that you are laying the tiles in the correct pattern and straight. Just peel and stick.

Vinyl tile is the perfect floor for a basement because water does not affect vinyl flooring; we’ve even heard of vinyl tiles being under a foot of water in a flooded basement that were not damaged. Vinyl tile is ideal for spaces where durability is not an option.

Have any questions about installation? Want to see your options in person? Or are you looking for professional installation? Ask us on our website or Facebook page. We can answer your questions, and you can get a great-looking floor that you’re proud to have installed.