Hardwood Trends for Every Budget

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A nice hardwood floor may seem so luxurious that it’s out of your budget range. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There are lots of ways you can add hardwood to your home without breaking the bank, so take a look at the trends below for some ideas for your home. Reclaimed wood floors Recycling is a popular trend in lots of different areas now as we all try to become more eco-friendly. This goes for flooring too. Your hardwood flooring doesn’t have to be brand new. Using old, reclaimed wood for your floors helps you save money and also creates a rustic vibe that can look great in your home. Find out more about reclaimed wood and where to get it from. Hardwood floor alternatives There are…
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Water-Popping Hardwood Floors

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You’re normally told to keep water away from your hardwood floors as much as possible as it can permanently damage and stain them. But, water can actually be an important part of the manufacturing process of hardwood floors as a way to improve the appearance of your floors. Learn all about the process called water-popping in this blog and why it’s used. What is water-popping? Water-popping is simply the process of applying water to a hardwood floor after it has been sanded to finish. This can be done in a number of ways, including spraying the floor with water or applying a soaked carpet pad to it. Purified water must be used in this process as the chemicals and minerals that tap water might contain can damage the floors. Why…
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The Most Durable Types of Hardwood Floor

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Your hardwood floors are a big investment and can be the pride of your home. So, you want to make sure that they last as long as possible and can stand up to all the traffic and wear and tear they’ll experience on a daily basis. If this is your priority, then you’ll want to choose the most durable hardwood flooring material there is. This blog features some of the most durable types of hardwood floor to help you decide which is best for you. The Janka scale One way of figuring out which type of hardwood is the toughest and most durable is by consulting the Janka scale. This is especially useful if you are comparing different types of hardwood flooring. The Janka scale measures how resistant each type…
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How Often Should You Replace Carpets?

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There are a lot of things you can do to take good care of your carpet and extend their lifespan, but you will eventually have to replace them. Whether you’re looking ahead or planning to replace your carpets soon, this blog should tell you everything you need to know about when to replace your carpets. What is the lifespan of a carpet? How long your carpet will last before it needs replacing will depend on a variety of factors, including how much and what type of traffic it receives and how well you’ve looked after it. Generally speaking, a carpet will last around 8-10 years before it needs replacing, but this may be less or more depending on those factors. Tending to spills immediately, removing shoes in the house, and…
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Choosing the Right Color for Your Hardwood Floors

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  There are a number of things to think about when choosing hardwood floors. You’ve already made the decision to go with hardwood over other flooring options, which is the first big step. The next thing we’ll help you to decide is the color of your hardwood floors. The importance of flooring color The color of your flooring is almost all about the appearance you want it to have. So, you need to think about the kind of style you like as well as the room that it will be going in. You might like a particular color of hardwood only to realize that it doesn’t suit the design of the rest of the room. Another consideration is the amount of wear you expect your flooring to receive. If you…
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Does Insurance Cover My Floors?

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Repairing or replacing your flooring can be costly, but it is often an unavoidable task. Having this job covered by your home or commercial insurance would really help out, but do you know if your insurance policy does cover flooring? Let’s have a look at the different kinds of damages you might need coverage for and whether insurance policies are likely to cover them or not. What do insurance policies cover? Not all policies are made the same, so it is important to always check your own insurance policy to see what is covered. Most homeowner’s insurance policies will cover the floor and will likely state a list of causes of damage that are covered. Anything not listed will not be covered by your policy. One of the most common…
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Flooding Will Wreak Havoc on Your Carpet

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Much of North Carolina and Virginia has recently been hit with a lot of rain and summer storms and, unfortunately, subsequent flooding. Some areas have even seen power outages. These conditions are a perfect breeding ground for mold to grow in your home, especially in and under carpet flooring. Whether flooding occurs from storms or an internal plumbing issue, it’s important to dry your carpet quickly to avoid dangerous mold and mildew. According to officials at Red Cross, it is possible to get rid of and prevent mold growth after a flood in your home, but it will require an effort on your part. If you don’t arrange for a professional to asses and repair your damage, here are some tips to help keep your carpet and your home mold-free.…
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What to Know Before You Patch Vinyl Flooring

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Vinyl flooring is a popular option for family homes can commercial spaces. It’s easy to clean and can withstand high traffic and damage from impacts. But while it may be known for its durability, many people know all too well the plight of a cut in their vinyl. Especially for softer, low-quality vinyl flooring, cuts and tears can occur from furniture, high-heel shoes, and pet claws. So what happens when you get a cut or tear in vinyl flooring? Time for a patch job! Here’s everything you need to know for that vinyl floor repair: Buy Extra Flooring To ensure your flooring will all match and look consistent, buy an extra square foot of vinyl flooring when you make your initial purchase. Or ask the flooring installers to leave large…
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Best Flooring for Your Office

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  Whether you’re renovating a home office or a commercial office space, the type of flooring you choose can make all the difference to the look and atmosphere of the room. You probably want something that is welcoming yet professional, stylish yet conservative. With so many options to choose from, we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the best flooring for your office. Things to consider when choosing office flooring Noise – Materials like hardwood floors, natural stone, and ceramic tile, for example, can add a great aesthetic to your office space, but make sure you consider how much noise will be produced. If your office experiences a lot of traffic, then footsteps on these kinds of floors can be noisy, especially if your employees wear high heels.…
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Prevent Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors add a touch of style and luxury to your home. They’re incredibly durable, but certainly not indestructible so it’s important that you protect your hardwood floors. Moisture is one their biggest weaknesses, and flooding or even spills can cause them to suffer from water damage. You don’t want that, so read on for our tips on how to prevent water damage for your hardwood flooring. How does moisture affect hardwood floors? Wood reacts to the environment surrounding it, including by absorbing the moisture in the air. So, even the air’s humidity can have an impact on your hardwood flooring. As it absorbs moisture, the planks start to swell and then shrink when they lose moisture. As this occurs over time, it can cause the planks to lose their…
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