Sure, it sounded like a good idea when you first got your home. Now that a few years have passed, you realise that your hall, bathroom, kitchen or bedroom would really look better with a whole different flooring. However, do you need them redone or will overlaying do the job?
Hopefully, our take on the pros and cons for each choice can assist with your “ground-moving” decision.
Redoing your entire flooring can take at least 7 to 10 days longer than overlaying. Even if it’s a smaller project like a bathroom floor, it will take considerably longer.
When the project is just overlaying a new set of tiles over the current one, projects can be as short as a few days. So if you’re working with a tight deadline, then overlaying will seem like the way to go.
Redoing the floor will consist of hacking up the current layer, and resetting the entire foundation. This process is not only time-consuming and dusty, but it can cost at least 50% more when compared to overlaying.
Overlaying requires infinitely less hassle and is a lot quieter. This in turn, leads to a more affordable bill. Since no hacking is required, less materials and manpower are consumed.
So far, it looks like overlaying is the winning choice, being more affordable and less time-consuming but wait! There’s more.
Overlaying is about laying a new set of tiles over the pre-existing ones. So if your existing tiles have been around for a while and start warping or popping up, this will create a chain effect that’s easily seen in the new layer. No matter what quality of new tiles are overlaid, they will be at the mercy of the existing ones.
As for redoing the floors, this is where it pays off. Since everything has been replaced, you’re basically granted with brand new flooring. And if the work is done by a trusted contractor, your new flooring will come with 2 years warranty!
Having mentioned the pros and cons, there really is no sure-win option. It all comes down to making an informed decision based on the condition of your current home. Want to read more? Kompacplus vs Quartz: Which Kitchen Countertop Material To Choose in infographic might be what you’re looking for.
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