3 Things You Didn’t Know About Hardwood

Hardwood floors are by far the most popular option for any homeowner. They are known for their stylistic design and their durability, given that they can be sanded down and repolished. Not to mention that with new technology, hardwood floors can also be more environmentally friendly and adaptable to damp environments more so than before. 

The type of hardwood is a harder decision, and that is where your personal style and flavor comes in. It’s hard to predict what styles will stay in style, although we can recommend you avoid older styles of hardwood. Larger boards, cool colors, texture, and matte finish are all very popular options that will give your home more value and a chic, modern look to your home. 

There are lots of things to know about hardwood before you install them in your home. Today, we’re going to share 3 things you didn’t know about hardwood. 

Hardwood Increases Air Quality

Did you know that installing hardwood can increase the air quality in your home? That’s because, unlike carpet, hardwood does not absorb mold, dust, or allergens. Leaving the space much easier to clean and the air easier to breathe. 

Don’t Use Wax or Cleaning Products that Promise a Nice “Sheen” 

This is one that not many people know about. When you’re looking for something to clean your hardwood floor, you want a regular hardwood floor cleaner. Cleaner that promises something fancy and especially ones that give an extra sheen to the floor can actually damage it. 

That sheen comes from a layer of wax it adds on to your floor. It doesn’t last long, meaning you would have to put the cleaning product on again and again. Every time you do that, the product deteriorates the floor a little. 

The worst part is that you can’t do a screen and recoat (the proper way to restore your hardwood floors) if you use these products just once. The layer of wax gets in the way, preventing us from getting the polyurethane to adhere properly. 

Don’t let these household mistakes keep you from keeping your floor looking beautiful. Making just one small change in the house can keep your floors looking flawless for many years to come. 

Hardwood Floors Add Resale Value

If you’re ever considering selling your home, then you need to go with hardwood floors. Hardwood floors increase your home’s value because they are easy to clean, and extremely durable.

For buyers, these three traits are essential for a home. And on top of its durability and usability, it also adds a sense of elegance to your home. 

And those are our 3 things you didn’t know about hardwood. Want to learn more? Give us a call.

3 Things to Know Before Buying a Carpet

3 Things to Know Before Buying a Carpet

Carpets are still in fashion. They’re a great, cheap option for any home. The only reason why some people don’t like them is because they don’t know how to care for them. Carpets look great new, but if you don’t take care of them, they can wear away pretty badly. 

There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a carpet. And we’re here to help you with 3 things to know before buying a carpet. 

Know Your Carpet Styles

Carpets come in all sorts of different styles and “piles”. Piles refer to the actual yarn that builds the carpet. The pile and style of your carpet is entirely up to your preference. Some people want a softer, more luxurious carpet and others want a carpet that’s a bit more firm.

Before you buy your carpet, you want to make sure you get a few testers. Get samples of different styles and piles of carpet, and be sure to feel them so that you can make a decision on which is best for you. 

Know How to Clean Your Carpet

You need to know the material of your carpet so that you know how to clean it. If you have a carpet that’s dyed color, you don’t want to use bleach to clean the carpet. And some types of carpet can only be steam cleaned. This is why you want to know the exact style and pile of your carpet is crucial. 

Padding

Padding is a layer of rubber you put in between your carpet and the subfloor. It’s a protective layer that gives a little cushion to protect your carpet from small to medium pressure. You actually have a choice for what kind of padding to use. If you’re in a room that has a lot of music happening, you can use your padding to absorb the sound so that it doesn’t leak to other rooms. If you’re in a bedroom, you can use thicker padding for more heat insulation. 

Conclusion

Carpet is a wonderful option for any home, but you have to know how it works. By knowing your carpet style, how to care for it, and the type of padding you need, you’ll be much better prepared to install and care for your carpet. 

Should I DIY my Own Floor?

Lots of people are finding new ways to save money on their home improvement projects. There is endless advice on the internet about ways you can save through through making decisions on your own. 

When thinking about cost, it is good and important to consider, “what do I need a professional for and what can I do myself?” The problem comes when folks overestimate what they can do. This bitter truth is very obvious in flooring, but is often ignored. 

Yes, it’s Possible

While yes, it is technically possible to do a flooring project yourself, it’s rarely ever going to be a nice project. Flooring is a skill that involves knowing where to place the material in exactly the right spot so that the entire floor looks complete. 

Most people don’t have this skill, and so the floor they create might end up uneven, spotty, and generally not as nice as it would look had the floor been done professionally. 

Problems will Happen

Projects never go as planned. There are always obstacles in the way that you can’t foresee or plan for. Especially if you’re not a professional. While professionals know how to take care of any problem that may occur, you may not, and might end up with a big and expensive issue that will drag your project out much longer. 

It Doesn’t Really Save You Money

Yes, if you do it all on a spreadsheet, and everything goes as planned, the cost will be lower. But things never go as planned. Obstacles and problems that get in your way are expensive, and they occur much more frequently if you’re not a professional. 

Professionals know how to keep the entire project within budget, but DIY solutions could blow your entire wallet, leaving you to spend more money on a lower quality floor than if you had just hired a professional service. 

Our answer, we’ll admit is biased, but everything we stated is completely true. If you’re installing a new floor, you need a professional to get it done.

3 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Flooring

As the recent heat wave has told us, climate change is here, it’s real, and we need to do something about it. It’s an issue that demands our attention from all angles, not just in how we use our straws but in how we use all our resources and how we hold our government to account. We need to actively rethink everything we do in order to save us from the worst effects of global climate change.

One way we can help climate change is by reducing deforestation and increasing reforestation. Doing that requires us to look at the different wood or tree-based materials in our lives and find ways to get the same or similar results without needing to cut down any more trees. That’s where eco-friendly flooring comes in.

It’s hard to measure how much the flooring industry influences the Earth’s climate, but we know that there are practices that are worse for the environment even if they save us money. Even if we manage to avoid cutting down more trees for hardwood flooring, there are still issues such as the carbon footprint of manufacturing and importing the product. Many companies that supply the materials are overseas, meaning that we don’t have as much oversight over how they function, and therefore can’t fully measure their carbon footprint.

But there are reputable companies which are certified to be environmentally friendly. And a good flooring company like Kruper Flooring knows how to find the right people who you know you can trust in creating a floor that is eco friendly at every step.

So let’s jump into our tips for environmentally friendly flooring. These are three options for flooring types which are environmentally friendly and very suitable for your home.

Bamboo Flooring

First up is bamboo flooring. This type of floor has gotten more popular recently. Bamboo is a grass which grows insanely quickly. That means that it doesn’t emit that much CO2 and that we don’t run the risk of deforestation when harvesting this material.

Bamboo is usually received overseas so you want to make sure you hire us so that we can verify that you’re getting your bamboo floors from a reputable supplier that is serious about their environmental impact.

Cork Flooring

Cork is another flooring type that’s also a great option to reduce deforestation. While cork does come from trees, it’s not made from wood but instead from a certain kind of tree bark. The bark is cut into bits and pressed together to create cork.

Cork flooring is an excellent option if you want a floor that’s a little more kid friendly. It’s also great at absorbing sound so if there tends to be a lot of activity in the room or you have a few musicians in the household, cork will absorb those sounds nicely and dampen the acoustics of the room.

It should be warned though that cork doesn’t mix well with water, so you want to avoid this type of floor in basements or any floor that’s at risk of flooding.

Reclaimed Wood

Finally, we have reclaimed wood. Yes, this is wood, and yes, it comes from trees, but we already have an abundance of wood we don’t know what to do with. We can repurpose that wood so that we don’t need to cut down any more trees and use material that would have gone to waste anyway.

This is an excellent option when you feel like you need to have hardwood. Bamboo and cork are great options on their own, but this one is an environmentally friendly way of getting authentic hardwood flooring for your home.

There are more options for eco-friendly flooring out there. Feel free to give us a call so that we can work out what’s best for you and your home.

 

 

3 Hardwood Trends That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

3 Hardwood Trends That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

When you’re planning to redesign your home, you want to keep your house’s market value in mind. The decisions you make can affect the increase in value of your home. With something like flooring, that means that you need to consider a floor that will add a lot of market value to your home. 

As a general rule, hardwood floors add the most value to your home. But there are many different types of hardwood. Not to mention various trends in hardwood flooring. What’s popular today might look outdated and undesirable in a few years. So how do you know what kind of hardwood trend will last? 

That’s what we’re here to figure out. We’re going to give you 3 hardwood trends that will increase the value of your home, and never go out of style. 

Wide Plank

Wide Plank flooring is a fairly new trend that we’re pretty confident in. Wide Plank floors are planks that are more than five inches. This flooring type has seen a huge surge in recent years. And they have market durability because they’re fairly simple and easy to manage. 

Simplicity is always a style that will stay, or at least always come back. These planks add a rustic tone to the room, they’re easy to clean, and are completely customizable. Giving them a lot of value. 

We predict that this trend will go on for a while. But we also know that the biggest surge is right now; if you’re selling soon, then Wide Plank is the way to go. 

Mixed Width

Mixed width is another type of flooring that we feel confident in. This one should come with a caveat. They work best in large rooms. If you put mixed width floors in smaller rooms it starts to look like there’s too much going on in a small amount of space. 

But for a large space, mixed width is perfect. It’s a simple solution to the problem of making your space look too big or too empty. It adds just a little bit of activity without needing to get too weird with or unique with the flooring. 

This floor is busy, but elegant. 

Grey Flooring

Not only are we dealing with width, but we’re also dealing with color. Grey flooring has become incredibly popular and rightfully so. It’s a beautiful, elegant look that literally shines. It’s a great way to make a small room feel more spacious, while also making it look unique in a simple way. 

We predict that grey flooring will be popular for a long, long time. 

And there you have it! These are our top 3 flooring trends that will raise the value of your home. If you want more specifics about how your home can benefit from a flooring makeover, be sure to give us a call.