Protecting Hardwood Floors

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You’ve spent money on your hardwood floors and you’re really happy with the way they look in your home, so you want to make sure they keep their good condition and appearance over time. If they’re not treated properly, then your hardwood floors can fade and weaken much quicker than you’d like, so it’s important that you take measures to keep them protected so that they maintain their value and appearance. Here are a few easy ways how you can protect your hardwood floors.

Place area rugs

Strategically placed area rugs can help to reduce the amount of wear your hardwood floors experience on a daily basis. If it’s a part of the house where people and animals frequently walk through with hard shoes or muddy paws, then rugs and mats help to catch the dirt and moisture before it reaches the hardwood floors as well as prevent scratches and general wear and tear from footwear.

Pad the bottom of furniture

Chair and table legs can do some damage to hardwood floors as they get dragged around the room. Placing felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs and bases helps to prevent two hard surfaces from rubbing against each other and causing your floors to become scratched.

Keep it out of the sun

Sunlight through your windows can cause your hardwood floors to fade and become discolored over time. Choosing the right treatments for your windows, such as curtains and blinds, can help to reduce the amount of damage the sun does to your hardwood floors, keeping them looking good and in top condition.

Clean it properly

Vacuuming or sweeping your floors regularly helps to limit the amount of dirt and dust on the surface, which can cause damage as it is tread around under your feet. If spills occur on your hardwood floor, make sure you see to them as soon as possible, but avoid mopping the floors as the excess moisture can cause the wood to swell and warp.

Keep shoes off your floors

The best way to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture on your hardwood floors, as well as helping to prevent scratches from footwear, is to remove your shoes before you step on the hardwood floors, and asking guests to do the same. High heels, especially, can cause damage to hardwood floors.

If you’re in need of products or services to keep your hardwood floors in top condition, then contact us at University Flooring Center for our expert advice and services, available in and around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, NC.

“Wood” Floor Options

“Wood” Floor Options

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Wood flooring is extremely popular for home renovations. It’s a timeless look that can be adapted to the style of the room and your own preferences. But, if you want the appearance of wood flooring, then you actually have lots of options available to you. Let’s look at your main options and help you decide which is the right one for you.

Hardwood

Firstly, the classic hardwood flooring. It’s extremely durable and high-quality, and it looks great in a number of rooms while also adding significant resale value to your home. Hardwood flooring also comes in a variety of styles, so you have plenty of stylistic choices within this category. Each species of wood (e.g. oak, ash, cherry, maple) will have its own price, appearance, and individual properties. Take a look at this guide to learn more about the different species used for hardwood flooring.

Engineered wood

Engineered wood flooring contains hardwood, but is not entirely made out of it. Instead, a hardwood veneer is glued to a manmade wood, such as plywood, underneath. This gives the exterior appearance and quality of solid hardwood but can be much cheaper than real hardwood. It is still extremely durable and can even be more reliable than hardwood flooring as it does not react to humidity in the same way.

Laminate

Laminate is completely manmade. People tend to opt for laminate flooring for the significant price savings over hardwood flooring. Although it does not have the exact look and durability of hardwood flooring, it is a great imitation and is still a durable choice for floors in high-traffic rooms.

Tile

You may like the look of hardwood flooring, but in rooms with a lot of moisture like the bathroom, it can be impractical. This is where tiles designed to imitate the look of wood comes in. They are still water-resistant in the same way as regular tiled floors, but they effectively imitate the look and even the texture of wood floors. It is also extremely durable and easy to clean.

Vinyl

Another option for damp rooms like the bathroom and kitchen is vinyl plank flooring, which is similar in appearance to laminate flooring. Vinyl flooring is still extremely durable, but it is much more resistant to moisture compared to hardwood flooring and laminate. Vinyl mimics the look of real wood flooring, just not as convincingly as laminate flooring, which most people tend to agree looks more natural.

So, take into consideration your budget, the rooms you need flooring for, and your own style preferences to decide which of these types of “wood” flooring are the best choice for you. If you need help deciding on your flooring or are ready for installation, then contact us for our professional advice and services.

4 Myths About Flooring

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Between hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and carpet, you’ve already got a ton of options to choose from when it comes to deciding what kind of flooring to place in your home. On top of this, people are always spreading myths and misconceptions about all these flooring types that might be confusing you even further. To help you out, here are a few of the most common flooring myths that we’re going to dispel for you today.

Hardwood floors are cold

Okay, so maybe hardwood floors don’t feel quite as soft and warm underfoot compared to carpet, but that doesn’t mean they’re cold. This myth conjures up the idea that you’d need excessive heating bills to keep your home warm in the winter if you place hardwood flooring, but that’s not true. Wood does act as a great insulator, providing some warmth to your room, and is effective at retaining the heat that’s delivered into the room through heaters and fireplaces.

Engineered hardwood is a cheap imitation

It’s true that engineered hardwood is more affordable than hardwood flooring, but its appearance and durability certainly rival that of the original. Engineered hardwood flooring is topped with a real hardwood veneer, so its appearance is almost indistinguishable from real wood flooring when the product is high quality. It is also a highly durable flooring choice.

Professional installation is too expensive

Whatever flooring type you go for, you’re bound to have somebody convincing you to do it yourself to save the hassle and expense of hiring the professionals. But, unless you’re experienced with laying that type of flooring, going the DIY route can be risky. You could end up with a result you’re not happy with and you might even need to call someone in the fix what you’ve done, which could lead to more expense down the line.

Quality flooring is too expensive

Whether you go for real hardwood flooring, natural stone tiles, or a plush carpet, there’s always someone telling you that it’s too expensive. Sure, some flooring options will be less expensive than others, but you don’t have to break the bank to get flooring that’s long lasting and that looks good in your home. Browsing different suppliers will bring up a range of prices, and you can save some money by timing your purchase right.

Whatever your decision, you can contact us at University Flooring Center to buy your flooring and have it installed professionally. We serve customers in North Carolina, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

Best Time to Replace Flooring

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Is it time to replace your floors? If it is, then timing your replacement right is important to making sure the job runs as smoothly as possible, you save some money, and it doesn’t disrupt your home life too much. Let’s look at some of the factors that could decide the best time for you to replace your flooring.

When your flooring needs replacing

First of all, how do you know when it’s time for your floors to be replaced? The age of your flooring could indicate that it’s time for a revamp, but how long it will last depends on what kind of flooring it is and how well it is looked after. Carpets tend to have a shelf-life of around 10 years, while hardwood flooring and tiles can last up to 25-30 years.

When obvious signs of wear and tear start to show, then a replacement could be in order. Some damage can be fixed without a full replacement, however, or tiles can be replaced if the damage is isolated. You may also choose to replace your flooring simply because you don’t like the style anymore or it doesn’t fit in with the rest of your home if you’ve made other renovations. People often replace their flooring when they are planning to sell their home to make it more appealing to buyers, or even when they first move into a new home if they don’t like the previous design.

When to buy flooring

When you should buy your new flooring will depend on your priorities. Are you looking to buy the latest product that has hit the market or would you rather save some cash on your purchase? New styles tend to appear in the springtime, so this is the best time to buy the hottest trends in flooring. If you want to buy your flooring when it’s at its cheapest, then summer is your best bet. People tend to focus more on outdoor renovations during these months while the weather allows it, so flooring is less in demand and you are more likely to find yourself a bargain.

When to replace flooring

Now you’ve chosen your flooring, when is the best time to go ahead with the project? Again, summer can be a good choice when flooring installers are less busy because they will have more time to focus on your project. You benefit from a quicker turnaround time and potential cost savings on hiring them. There can be downsides to this, however, if you live somewhere with hot, humid summer months. Hardwood flooring, in particular, can be difficult to install in high humidity as it is prone to become swollen and distorted in these conditions.

Is now the right time for you to replace your flooring? Contact University Flooring Center to help you manage your flooring renovation around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

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It’s a showdown between the two flooring giants, and a question that a lot of people ask themselves when renovating their homes – do you go for warm, soft carpet, or sleek, rich wood? If you’re pondering these two options for your home, then we’ve got a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each to help you decide.

Carpet

Pros

  • Soft to walk on – The feeling of a soft, plush carpet under your bare feet is hard to beat and can be very comforting.
  • Warm – Carpet also feels warm underfoot and can add insulative properties to a room, which could potentially reduce heating costs.
  • Safe – Carpet is less slippery than wood or tile floors, meaning accidents are less likely to happen. Plus, it provides a cushioned landing if the kids to trip and fall on it.
  • Sound dampening – Walking on a carpeted floor produces very little sound, while harder floors can be loud for people on the floor below, and can start to squeak later in their lifespan.

Cons

  • Harder to clean – Any spills on carpet are much harder to clean properly compared to hardwood flooring, and can lead to stains and discoloration. This could be a problem in households with pets or young children.
  • Gathers dust and allergens – Carpets might not be the best option for people with allergies as dust and other allergens build up within the carpet fibers, which can set off allergies.
  • Fade over time – The color and plushness of carpets tend to wear and fade over time, caused by regular traffic and sunlight. This might mean your carpet will need replacing sooner than hardwood.

Hardwood Flooring

Pros

  • Easy to maintain – Hardwood flooring is easy to clean and maintain, making spills less of an issue compared to on carpeted floors.
  • Allows the best of both worlds – Areas of hardwood flooring can easily be covered by an area rug, meaning you can have both styles and surfaces in the same room.
  • Refinishable – Although the color of hardwood flooring may fade over time, it can easily be refinished to bring some life back into it without replacing the entire floor.
  • Durable – Hardwood flooring is solid and durable, which means it will last a long time with impressive quality. Some also say that it increases the value of your house.

Cons

  • Cold floors – Hardwood flooring feels much colder underfoot compared to carpet and can lower the overall temperature of the room.
  • Harder – Hardwood flooring is also a hard surface that could be painful to fall on, which is worthwhile thinking about in households with children.
  • Noisy – People often complain that people walking on hardwood flooring upstairs is noisy downstairs, but placing an area rug can help this.

Both are excellent choices for flooring in a variety of rooms, and both are available in a range of colors and styles. So, the choice is yours. Contact us to find out about the flooring products and services we offer, providing service to customers in Greensboro, High Point, Kernersville, and their surrounding areas.

5 Flooring Trends for 2018

5 Flooring Trends for 2018

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What makes a great floor for your home? There’s obviously no universal answer to this question, but it helps to track the latest trends that are dominating flooring design. What’s in this year and what will be old news in a few months’ time? Let’s take a look at some of the top flooring trends to keep an eye on in 2018.

Tile imitating wood

Wood flooring generally isn’t a good idea for bathrooms as it doesn’t handle moisture very well. If you’re adamant about having that wooden look in your bathroom while remaining practical, then you’ll be pleased with the latest flooring trend that sees porcelain planks imitating the look and feel of natural wood flooring. This porcelain wood grain tile looks impressively like wooden planks and even mimics the texture of it underfoot.

Distressed flooring

If you’re looking for more of a rustic look in your home, then distressed flooring is right up your street. This can either be achieved by using reclaimed wood materials or by replicating this appearance with flooring that has been artificially aged. This gives you hardwood flooring that looks like it has been worn through the ages for a classic style and appearance.

Green” flooring

A bright green floor probably won’t look good in many homes, but eco-friendly flooring is having its heyday. From recycled carpet to a resurgence in popularity for flooring materials such as cork, linoleum, and marmoleum, flooring is certainly going green in 2018. This was evident at last year’s Milan Fashion Week where the models walked a green carpet made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets.

Varied plank width

Many people are now using planks with varying widths to produce a hardwood floor that has a less uniform look. This allows you to add some individuality to your room as you can place the different planks in any pattern you’d like. Although this can be more time consuming to install, it produces a stylish and fairly unique appearance in your home.

Fuming and blanching

Hardwood can be stained to achieve a wide variety of colors. However, more people are now opting for fuming or blanching their planks to achieve the desired appearance. Fuming involves exposing the wood to ammonia gas to bring out its natural, rich color without staining, while blanching does the opposite by bleaching the wood to strip away its color.

Do any of these 2018 flooring trends catch your eye for your own home remodel? Contact us to find out about the products and services we have on offer to help you select and install the flooring of your dreams. Serving Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

Flooring and Interior Design

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Flooring and Interior Design

Flooring can make up a major part of an interior design project. So, we thought we’d give you some guidance on the different material options for your flooring and the different properties they bring it a room. This should help you make a decision that will complement the design of the room that your flooring is being fitted in.

All of the materials listed below are high-quality and each have their own advantages when used as flooring. The trick is choosing the one that suits your preferences and interior design style.

Carpet

Carpet is a soft, plush material that feels nice and warm underfoot. This can add a touch of luxury and comfort to a room. It is a popular choice for living areas where comfort is a priority. Carpet is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, so it can fit with a variety of interior design styles. It is not suitable for wet rooms as it can easily become water damaged.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a popular flooring choice that also provides a sense of luxury. Rich wood colors, especially, can give a real warm and luxurious look to a room. Hardwood flooring is a durable choice that is used in a variety of rooms in modern homes and is thought to increase the value of a home.

Laminate

Laminate is a flooring type that imitates hardwood flooring at a lower cost, so it has a similar aesthetic appeal to hardwood. It is also available in a variety of colors and styles to match a range of interior design needs, making it an impressively versatile choice of flooring.

Tile

Tiling is a durable flooring option that is generally waterproof and easy to clean, so it is a popular choice for bathroom floors, especially. Unlike some of the other materials listed here, it does not add much comfort to a room as it a colder and harder flooring choice. Tile is available in a variety of materials, with popular ones including ceramic and porcelain. You can choose from a range of colors and styles to suit the design of your room.

Vinyl

Vinyl is another highly water-resistant flooring material, but it has the added benefit of being slightly softer and warmer underfoot compared to a lot of tile. As it is a synthetic material, it is extremely customizable to meet your interior design preferences.

At University Flooring Center, we can provide a variety of high-quality flooring materials to finish off your interior design project. Get in touch today for professional flooring services and expert advice around the Piedmont Triad including Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

The Value of Hardwood Flooring

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The Value of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are commonly sought after for home renovations because it is thought that they will increase the resale value of the house. But, is this really the case? Let’s look at the truth behind this claim and how much value hardwood flooring really adds to your home.

Does hardwood flooring increase the value of a house?

Hardwood floors are popular among homebuyers because they look great and can add a touch of luxury to a home. So, if that’s what homebuyers want, then surely you should install hardwood floors to make your house more popular, right? The bottom line is that there is no evidence to prove that hardwood flooring increases the resale value of a house. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t – many real estate professionals still believe in this claim, there’s just no current data to back it up in terms of real money.

Even if they have no effect on the value of your home, that doesn’t mean hardwood floors don’t provide value in other ways.

What value does hardwood flooring offer?

Quality hardwood floors are tough and durable, making them longer lasting than other flooring materials such as carpet, vinyl, and laminate. This makes them a great investment because they will stay in good condition for longer and won’t need replacing as soon as other material options. A good hardwood floor can last for years longer than carpet or laminate, so your money goes a long way. You can also extend its life by having it refinished.

Hardwood floors are also much easier to clean and maintain than carpet, meaning lower maintenance costs across the lifetime of your floors. Carpets tend to accumulate dust and dirt more easily than hardwood floors, so they’ll need cleaning more often and also reduce the quality of air in your home, which can be an issue for sufferers of allergies.

Many industry experts will tell you that a house with hardwood floors will sell quicker and for more money, and maybe that’s true. But don’t invest all your budget into installing hardwood floors for this reason alone when it might not pay off. There are plenty of other reasons that hardwood floors are a good investment.

University Flooring Center provides hardwood flooring materials and installation services in Winston Salem, NC. We also serve cities across North Carolina, including Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Contact us today to find out more about our services and how we can help you.

High Quality Products and Services

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Renovating your home, or even just a single room, is a big undertaking. There are a lot of big decisions to make before you even begin the installation process. Today, we have the benefit of lots of information being readily available online, so you can do a lot of research this way. However, this can lead to even more confusion if you are not familiar with the products you are browsing and if you don’t have any design experience.

Flooring expertise

Despite all the information at your fingertips, you still can’t beat some good old-fashioned advice from an industry expert. And that’s exactly what you’ll get from University Flooring Center. We have lots of experience in the flooring business, providing and installing flooring for both commercial and residential properties.

Our customers get the advantage of our expertise in choosing the best flooring. We know which products will look good in the room you’re designing and which will suit your lifestyle and the purpose of the room. Each type and brand of flooring has its own unique properties beyond the appearance of them, such as their durability and how they feel underfoot. Let us guide you through the various options so you can understand the pros and cons of each.

Flooring installation

Not only do we provide a range of flooring products to our customers, we also offer installation services for both commercial and residential properties. This includes carpet as well as hardwood and laminate flooring. Hiring experienced professionals such as ourselves to install your carpets or hardwood flooring is a solid investment because it means you get the job done right. This means longer lasting flooring and fewer maintenance needs over time. Read more reasons why we recommend professional installation.

University Flooring Center stocks flooring products from a variety of well-known brands, including Alterna and Florida Tile. Visit us in Winston Salem, NC to view our range of products and to get our expert advice on all your flooring and design needs. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to know more about our products and services. As well as Winston Salem, we serve various other areas across North Carolina, including Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

Flooring Near the Fireplace

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Quality hardwood flooring surrounding your fireplace can give a really rich, luxurious look to the room. But, should you have any concerns about the logistics of having a hot fireplace near your hardwood floors? The heat can cause damage to your hardwood floors depending on their style and material and the design of the fireplace, but these tips for protecting your hardwood floors will help keep them in good condition.

A fireplace with a hearth

The floor immediately surrounding the fireplace is often fitted with a hearth. This can help to protect the wood flooring around your fireplace as it prevents the fireplace from being in direct contact with the wood. Heat-resistant and incombustible materials such as stone and tiling are often used in the design of hearths to help safely absorb the heat from the fireplace. Opting for a raised hearth also helps to protect your hardwood flooring from the heat that emanates from the fireplace.

Screens for real wood fires

This isn’t an issue for electric or gas fires, but wood burning fires can cause sparks to fly and land on your floors. This can cause the wood to singe and collect other unwanted marks. The best way to protect your hardwood flooring from these sparks is to install a screen in front of the fireplace. These are often mesh screens that allow the warmth of the flames to pass through but stop sparks from flying out.

Avoid plastic flooring

Plastic-based flooring such as laminate and vinyl is at risk of melting or cracking when subject to high heats, so these are less suitable for installing around fireplaces compared to hardwood flooring.

Extra protection from a hearth rug

The flooring around the hearth of your fireplace, whatever material it is, can be protected even further by placing a hearth rug over it. These help to form a barrier between the fireplace’s heat and the floor, as well as adding extra warmth and comfort to the room.

Flooring materials have different properties that make them more or less suitable for use around fireplaces. Make sure you talk to your flooring supplier and installer about this before installation for further guidance and so that they can provide their service with this in mind.

Contact University Flooring Center for flooring installation services in North Carolina, serving Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.