The trend of using wallpaper to spruce up laminate flooring is popping up on DIY blogs and home improvement enthusiasts’ radar everywhere. We can understand the fascination! Adding wallpaper to your floors creates a unique look and can breathe new life into your interior design. As interesting as wallpapered floors are, though, there are a few concerns to keep in mind before embracing the trend.
Here are the top three things your Floor Coverings International Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona team wants you to know before you get rolling on your wallpapered flooring.
- Durability: Wallpaper wasn’t made to hold up to the wear and tear that flooring takes each day. Thankfully, most DIY instruction sets do warn homeowners about this problem and recommend applying heavy coats of polyurethane to create a tougher surface on top of your wallpapered floors. Even with this added protection, though, wallpapered flooring fits more naturally into small spaces like closets or powder rooms. Placing wallpapered floors into areas with higher traffic puts your design at risk for breakdown.
- Installation and removal: Wallpapering your floors requires a heavy coat of adhesive to connect the original flooring and the paper, as well as multiple coats of polyurethane on top of the paper to preserve its look. Both of these features can make for a difficult installation process and an even tougher removal. Before installing wallpaper onto your flooring, keep in mind that the surfaces underneath may be damaged during the removal process.
- Longevity of style: The complications involved with wallpapered flooring make us worry that this trend won’t stand the test of time, but as we mentioned above, removing wallpaper from your floors can damage the surfaces underneath. Most Sedona homeowners make improvements with ROI (return on investment) in mind, and wallpapering your floors is likely to offer a very low ROI to those interested in selling at any point in the future. From a design stand point, we also worry that the wallpaper trend will easily date your floors to 2015—something you might not necessarily enjoy as the years pass.
Do you have more questions about the impact wallpaper can have on your flooring, or are you interested in discussing other ways to add style to your home with fewer risks? Give your local Flagstaff and Seonda Floor Coverings International team a call today. We proudly offer free, in-home, consultations and estimates and thrive on helping our clients make the best flooring decisions for their homes.
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