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Bathroom DIY

Bathroom DIY

Bathroom DIY Remodeling

A total bathroom remodel may be beyond what most homeowners are capable of or willing to try, but there are many small jobs that will make a large difference. If the main reason for a bathroom remodel is to simply update the look, most any homeowner will be able to do the project themselves. Bathroom DIY remodeling is something that is entirely possible, depending on the size of the project and the experience of the homeowner.

Bathroom DIY remodeling; choosing new flooring

One easy way to change the look of your bathroom is to change the flooring. You have many options as far as flooring goes; you may choose to use the same material as the existing floor but just change the color, or you may choose to do something entirely new. Either way, installing new bathroom flooring isn't that difficult, it just takes some patience and careful measuring.

The most popular material for bathroom DIY flooring is vinyl, with tile coming in a close second. Vinyl is easy to keep clean, fairly easy to work with, and comes in an almost unlimited amount of colors and designs. Vinyl flooring comes in rolls or tiles. When purchasing vinyl tiles, you have the choice of pre-glued vinyl tiles, which you just peel and stick or the kind that requires separate glue.

Tile is the other common bathroom flooring material. This type of flooring, like vinyl, offers two different installation methods, pre-glued or un-glued. Often, smaller tiles such as 1'x1' come in pre-set sheets, so you don't have to place each tiny tile by hand.

Bathroom DIY remodeling; installing new flooring

The first step to any flooring replacement job is to remove the old flooring. Since vinyl is the most commonly used material, we'll look at it. Use an adhesive remover (available at home improvement stores) to loosen the adhesive. If the adhesive remover doesn't work, you may need a heat gun to remove the tile. Once you've gotten the adhesive loose, use a paint scraper to lift out the old flooring. After removing the old flooring, use soap and water to clean the floor of any existing adhesive. Be sure that the floor is clean and dry before moving on to the next step.

When laying vinyl tile, you should start in the center of the room and work out toward the edges. If using peel and stick tile, simply remove the backing and lay down the tile. Make sure you have exactly where you want it, though, because once laid, the tile is very nearly impossible to remove. If using flooring adhesive you still work from the middle out, the only difference is that you apply adhesive to the back of the tile before laying it.

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