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.

How to Prevent Water Damage in the Winter

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Winter can be a tough time for a variety of reasons as the cold and the snow take their toll. One area of your home that can suffer during winter is your hardwood flooring. Snow sticks to our shoes and we track it through into the house. It can then come of your shoes and melt on the hardwood floor, leaving little puddles of ice cold water all over the place.

Water damage

When hardwood floors get wet, their fibers soak up the water and become damp. If left untreated, this can lead to problems such as mold and mildew. These problems negatively impact the integrity of the wood, as well as leaving an unpleasant appearance and even more unpleasant smells.

How to prevent water damage

One of the most effective ways to prevent water damage in the winter is to eliminate the amount of water being tracked onto your hardwood floors. Welcome mats and runners can help to remove any excess snow and water from shoes when entering the house. You can also ask guests to remove their shoes when they enter your home.

When your hardwood floors are exposed to water, the best way to prevent water damage is to clear up the spill immediately. Soak up the liquid with paper towels or cloths to reduce the amount of moisture that is absorbed by the wood.

Some hardwood materials are more water-resistant than others, so you can opt for a flooring that is less prone to water damage. We stock flooring that can resist this kind of water damage.

How to treat water damage

If it’s too late to prevent water damage to your hardwood floors, then you’ll need to know how to treat them. In extreme cases, your flooring may need to be replaced completely, if the wood has become warped, for example. We can repair your hardwood floors after water damage, matching the materials and colors so that your floors look good as new.

If the wood has not yet been damaged beyond repair, you should be able to clean the mold or mildew from your floors. The Spruce advises that you use a solution made from water and trisodium phosphate. Scrub your hardwood floor using a stiff-bristled brush using this solution to remove the mold.

It is important that you don’t apply heat to your hardwood floors when drying them out as this can cause them to crack. Leave it to try naturally or speed up the process slightly using fans.

If your floors have suffered from water damage this winter, get in touch to find out how we can help them to recover. We serve Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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.

Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring

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If you’re after the sleek look of wood flooring, then you’ve got a wide range of options. Two of the reigning materials are vinyl and laminate. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of choosing between these two.

Both vinyl and laminate flooring are very popular choices when it comes to style, with the ability to convincingly mimic real wood flooring at a fraction of the price. They are also much easier to install than traditional wood flooring.

While there are many similarities, these aren’t going to help you decided between the two. So, here are some of the key differences between vinyl and laminate flooring.

Vinyl flooring

  • Water resistant
  • Thinner; ranging from 1.5 mm to 5 mm
  • More versatile
  • Softer

Laminate flooring

  • Slightly cheaper
  • High-density fiberboard
  • Thicker; ranging from 6 mm to 12 mm
  • Tougher

Vinyl flooring is much more water resistant than laminate. As a wood product, moisture causes laminate flooring to expand and contract, affecting its durability. So, if you live in a particularly humid climate or one that is prone to flooding, laminate may not stand up to its environment as well as vinyl. Similarly, rooms that may be subject to frequent spills, such as a home with pets and children, or commercial buildings such as bars or supermarkets, would be better off with vinyl flooring. When it comes to bathroom flooring, vinyl is the obvious winner over laminate.

Luxury vinyl flooring has changed vinyl’s reputation and increased its popularity. Now, vinyl can imitate a range of flooring materials, including hardwood, ceramic, marble, and stone. This means it is adaptable to the style of flooring you are looking for, while laminate is primarily used to mimic hardwood flooring.

Vinyl provides a slightly softer feel underfoot, while laminate flooring is a tougher, more durable material. These provide variable advantages, depending on your preferences and the uses of the room. A room with a lot of traffic that is likely to experience a lot of wear and tear would benefit more from laminate flooring. Vinyl’s comparable softness can provide a warmer, more comfortable feel and is also more slip-resistant.

Laminate flooring can be slightly cheaper to buy and install, but is more likely to need replacing in the future. Both materials offer serious cost savings over tiled or hardwood flooring, so price is not a major deciding factor between the two.

It’s time to weigh up the options and decide which type of flooring suits your needs the best. If you need any help choosing a material for your floor or are looking for flooring installation services in the Triad area, then contact University Flooring Center. We’re here for all your flooring needs in Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.