Home sales are up substantially in the last few months. If you're thinking about putting your house on the market, one way to spiff up a room is by redoing the floor.
Don't cringe! Consumer Reports says new flooring is not only beautiful-you can lay them down with ease.
Hammering, nailing, gluing. Putting in a new floor may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be.
Consumer Reports says there's another option that's easy to install, affordable, and can go right over your existing floor.
These "floating" floors come in a variety of materials, including plastic laminate, solid wood, ceramic, cork, and even bamboo.
John McAloon of Consumer Reports says, "We try to look for flooring that's going to hold up the best under any circumstances."
Here flooring is run through a scrubbing machine to see how well it survives a lot of foot traffic.
Another test checks whether floors will stain. Testers apply everything from mustard to crayon and shoe polish.
McAloon says, "Red wine vinegar to see if that stains."
And then there's the dent test.
McAloon says, "This small weigh replicates the drop of a piece of silverware. This five-pound weight replicates the drop of a cast-iron skillet."
These ceramic tiles are the top-rated flooring, although like any tile, they'll crack if hit hard enough.
They snap together easily and are impervious to stains, scuffs, and scratching. They're SnapStone available at Lowe's for about $7.50 a square foot.
McAloon says, "If you install the set yourself, you can save four to 500 on the average kitchen."
And if you have your heart set on wood, Consumer Reports top-rated a pre-finished bamboo flooring from Teragren that costs $7.5 a square foot. It clicks together easily, no nails or glue necessary.
Consumer Reports says for an average-sized room, installing a floating floor can be done in a day. And you can walk on it right away-no waiting for glue to set or finish to dry.