Cheap vs. Expensive Carpet: How to Spot the Difference

Cheap vs. Expensive Carpet: How to Spot the Difference

When it’s time to remodel your floor, you might find the decision to be very tough. Just the decision on whether to go for hardwood, carpet, or any other type of flooring can be tough. But even then, you have to decide what kind of carpet you want to get. Should you find the cheapest carpet possible, is it better to buy a more expensive one? Or should you try to find a balance between your budget and the right kind of floor?

Knowing what to look for in a carpet can get rid of most of the confusion you get when shopping around. The rest can be taken care of by a flooring professional.

For this blog post, we want to share our process for choosing the right carpet for you. It’s always very personal, but this guide can help you better understand what to look for in your carpet.

Woven Carpets

A carpet is made by weaving and cutting fabric onto an underlay. There are three weaving styles that each have a significant effect on the quality of carpet:

  • Woven
  • Tufted
  • Needlefelt

Woven carpet is among the most expensive and come in a variety of colors and patterns. These are a bit higher quality – and it shows in the carpet. Tufted are much more common and less expensive. They are not made with a color or pattern, but are often dyed. This is what you would consider a traditional home carpet.

Needlefelt carpet is a high-tech, ultra-sturdy carpet often used in hotels or public buildings. Very rarely are these carpets used in the home, as there are other ways to get a sturdy and beautiful home carpet with less of a price tag.

Durability

The next question you should ask yourself is how much wear and tear your carpet will have to take. If it’s a room that’s barely used – and you have a practice of keeping your shoes at the door- then you can save your money on a more fragile carpet. But if this room will get regular use, then it’s worth the extra dollars to get a sturdier carpet.

Other Add-ons

You might also decide to get more modern carpets that are especially made for the modern home. One option we recommend is getting a water-proof carpet. Water and liquid damage are one of the main reasons why a carpet can deteriorate quickly. And those stains are not friendly to the eye.

Having a carpet that’s easier to maintain, lasts longer, and stays nice as you use it is definitely worth the few extra dollars, as you will save a lot of money in repairs and upkeep.

3 Floor Facts to Know Before You Buy

3 Floor Facts to Know Before You Buy

Flooring is a complicated world of information that very few people know about. When it comes time to replace your floor, you can easily feel overwhelmed by all the options and how the circumstances of your home affect your decision.

But it doesn’t have to be so complicated. There are a few flooring facts everyone should know that can make the decision a little bit easier. Here are 3 floor facts to know before you start your home renovation.

All Hardwood is Unique

No two planks of hardwood are the same, because no two trees are the same. If you’re thinking about getting hardwood or going with laminate, then you should know that hardwood is going to look more authentic and more unique while laminate flooring will have a more consistent pattern.

While a lot of progress has been made in creating hardwood-like flooring, the uniqueness of hardwood is what keeps the original material so highly desired in the market.

Replace Your Carpet with Hardwood to Increase 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.

Bamboo is Stronger than Most Hardwood

If you’re thinking of going with bamboo flooring, but you don’t want something week, we have the perfect solution – bamboo! Despite being thinner, bamboo is actually very strong. It has been used as scaffolding in Japan and has long been desired for its strength.

Bamboo is almost double the strength of Red Oak and can be stronger than maple as well.

These facts can help you get closer to building the floor you want. But there are a lot more things to consider. That’s why you should give us a call and we will make sure that you make a researched and informed decision.

Is Bamboo Flooring Worth it?

Is Bamboo Flooring Worth it?

Bamboo is one of the most popular trends for modern flooring options. But is it worth all the side effects? There are 3 things to consider when thinking of bamboo flooring: where it came from, susceptibility to water damage, and environmental impact. So let’s jump in.

Water Damage

Because bamboo is a grass, not wood, it’s also more susceptible to water and humidity damage than other floors. It’s not suitable for areas where humidity can be high. Low to medium quality floors also scratch more easily and are much more noticeable than in other hardwood floors.

Where it came from

For bamboo floors, the quality depends greatly on the source. Because there is no industry-wide grading system, you must look more carefully at the sources than you would for other flooring options. You will regret going cheap with bamboo floors because these companies are often overseas, and bamboo made cheaply is not very durable at all. When you buy your floor, make sure you have a substantial warranty.

Environmental Impact

Bamboo itself is a versatile renewable resource which can and should replace wood as we move towards a more environmentally conscious economy. However, because you would be buying these floors from overseas, and because there is not an industry-wide grading system, the carbon footprint that comes from importing and creating the adhesive could cancel out the environmental benefit of using bamboo. If you want environmentally friendly floors, you want to make sure the company is certified by the Forestry Steward Council.

Conclusion

Bamboo flooring is unique and trendy. It’s a wonderful option if you want to be environmentally conscious and want to give your home a modern look.

It is possible to get bamboo flooring that works for you, that’s durable, environmentally friendly, easy to clean and refinish. But you need to do the extra work in researching the right buy, the right warranty, and considering the effects of carbon footprint. If you’re willing to do that work, then bamboo can look wonderful on your home and it will be well worth the effort.

4 Modern Flooring Trends That Can Transform Your Home

4 Modern Flooring Trends That Can Transform Your Home

It’s 2019 and it’s time to give your home a fresh new look. You’re finally ready to remodel your home, and you’re going to start by replacing the flooring. Whether it’s for the family or to ramp up the value of the house, a new floor will surely be a huge benefit.

 

But you want to make sure you get a floor that matches modern trends, especially if you plan on selling or renting your home soon. Choosing a good style for your floor can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to help you out by sharing 4 modern flooring trends that can transform your home.

Innovative Material

One of the most popular trends in the flooring world today is the use of new, innovative material. We are making great progress in producing floors that are eco-friendly, sturdy, and low-cost. Here are just a few innovations that we’re sure are going to catch on:

 

  • Waterproof flooring
  • Wood and stone look flooring
  • Luxury vinyl
  • Engineered hardwood
  • Waterproof laminate
  • Environmentally friendly

 

These types of floors will add years of value for much less the cost!

 

Wide Planks

Hardwood planks have gotten bigger over time. They used to be rather small, but now people are embracing much larger, wider planks. And for good reason. These planks make your home look bigger in a much smaller space, creating a sense of openness even in the smallest apartment.

 

These planks also tend to come in lighter colors. Grey with a matte finish is one of the most popular. This adds to the effect of openness and space and is ideal for apartments.

 

Texture Carpet

Carpet is still a popular flooring trend and there are ways you can make it look modern. One way is through varied texture. Carpets have developed a lot since they first got popular and now we’re seeing homes bring them back with style.

 

For added value, we also recommend getting a waterproof carpet. New carpets are beautiful but part of why they don’t have a lot of value is because of how easily they stain. A waterproof texture carpet will help keep that from happening.

 

Environmentally Friendly

It looks like global warming is going to keep getting worse for a long time. And as the effects continue, consumer’s patience wanes. Consumers will continue to demand eco-friendly flooring and will continue demanding it as long as the effects of climate change worsen.

 

We predict that this trend will last for a very long time, and will probably never end. Today, even just putting an eco-friendly tag on your floor can increase your resale value and lower time on the market. People want eco-friendly options.

 

We predict that all of these trends are  going to stay a while. The latest innovations in flooring will always be in high demand, and so will environmentally friendly floors. While varied texture carpet is likely to change, waterproof will certainly not. And the effects of wide planks are hard to undervalue. Although extremes might become less popular.

And there you have it! The top 4 flooring trends of 2019.

What is a Subfloor?

You may have heard this term when talking about your floor. A subfloor is the floor beneath your floor. It’s the foundational support that keeps your floor level and stable. Its importance cannot be overstated. While your main floor may be concerned about looks, your subfloor is what gives your home stability. It’s what allows you to only worry about cosmetics on the top floor and save money.

So let’s explore the subfloor a little more.

What’s it Made of?

A subfloor can be made of various materials. The subfloor is the bottom most layer that is attached to the joists. It’s usually made out of plywood or OSB. Maybe concrete if you’re in the bottom floor.

What does it do?

A subfloor provides full support for your entire home. They attach to the joists and hoist up several layers of flooring above it. All homes have subfloors.

What are Joists?

Joists are not necessarily the floor, but they’re the layout that keep the house structured. It’s the engineering that keeps it all together.

How to Check Your Subfloor

The only way to check on your subfloor is by removing your top layer. That means that your subfloor has to be very sturdy and last a long time. Long enough that you can wait until your top layer of flooring needs to be replaced.

Common signs that your subfloor might be having problems include:

  • Squeaky floors
  • Odors. Indicate mold or water damage.
  • Uneven spots on your floor
  • A bouncy floor

If you notice any of these signs call us right away. Your subfloor is the most important part of your home, so be sure to pay good attention to it.