Flooring Buying Tips

Consider where the flooring will go and how much traffic, sunlight, and other wear and tear it will get.

Carpet: Cozy looking and soft to walk on, carpet is still popular for residential spaces. It can quiet the acoustics and be warmer underfoot. Many newer fibers are stain and wear resistant.

Ceramic Tile: This classic material resists wear, moisture, scratches, dents, and stains. Designed to look and feel like natural stone, surfaces will exhibit different gloss and surface textures. In wet areas they should have a low moisture absorption and good slip resistance.

Luxury Vinyl Tile: To the eyes, this product looks like ceramic tile but is warmer and softer. Its durable surface is resistant to stains and scratches and can handle moisture in kitchen and bath areas.

Luxury Vinyl Plank: One of the biggest advantages of LVP is that it’s waterproof. It delivers the looks of real wood plank and can be installed anywhere in your home where moisture could be a problem.

Sheet Vinyl: this is a great choice for any homes high traffic areas. You can install vinyl on any level of your home. Whereas vinyl plank and vinyl tile are manufactured in separate pieces, sheet vinyl is manufactured in 12 foot wide sheets.

Solid Hardwood: Everyone appreciates the natural warmth and beauty of hardwood & the value it adds to your home. We recommend the pre-finished wood floor products. The factory baked on finish is more convenient, but more importantly, much more durable.

Engineered Wood Floors: Constructed with several plies of wood, with the top layer or veneer of the desired wood, engineered floors can be more resistant to moisture, tend to be more stable and can be used over concrete. Veneer between 2mm and 6mm can be refinished.

Laminate: Generally made of dense fiberboard with a photo beneath a clear plastic protective layer, laminate can mimic nearly anything. A relatively inexpensive floor, laminates resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight better than wood.

Keep new floors looking good: If you need to heat the room soon after installation, raise the temperature gradually over the course of a week to allow the flooring to adjust. Sweep or vacuum with a soft broom or mop and clean with a damp but not overly wet mop. Check manufacturer’s guidelines for recommended cleaning products. Put felt pads under furniture to prevent scratching.

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