3 Environmentally Friendly Floors

Climate change is real, and it’s coming fast. We see it in today’s weather and with massive deforestation happening today. Unfortunately, the flooring industry has a large carbon footprint, but there are ways we can mitigate that. 

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.

Reclaimed Wood

Next, 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.

Cork Flooring

Finally, we have cork, a wonderful option for reducing 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.

3 Affordable Alternatives to Solid Hardwood

Planning for your home renovation project? If you’re considering getting a hardwood floor, you might be disappointed at how expensive they can be. Hardwood has its benefits. It can last over a hundred years, it’s very sturdy, can handle a lot of wear and tear, increases the value of your home, and looks very elegant. 

But for that reason, it comes at a high price point. Solid hardwood means that each plank is one plank of wood. It’s a higher quality and can get pretty expensive. Of course, cost depends on a whole bunch of things, such as the type of wood, quality of wood, the manufacturer and more. 

And you also want to consider the environmental impact of your floor. If the environment is something you care about, you might not want a hardwood floor manufacturer with a big carbon footprint. 

There are lots of alternatives to solid hardwood that can get you a lot of the same results you get with solid hardwood. We’re offering three alternatives, each bringing unique solutions to your hardwood problems. 

Engineered Hardwood

If you still want a hardwood floor but can’t shell out the money for a solid hardwood, engineered hardwood is the closest you can get. In many ways, engineered hardwood can actually be better than solid hardwood. 

Engineered hardwood is different from solid hardwood in that engineered hardwood is layers of plywood sandwiched between two layers of hardwood. Giving you the same effect as hardwood, but at a cheaper price. 

And it still counts as hardwood.

  • It increases the value of your home
  • It’s still extremely durable
  • Can handle lots of wear and tear

The problem is that engineered hardwood isn’t that much less expensive than solid hardwood. You still have to shell out some money. If you can afford it, we recommend it. But if you can’t, we still have some options for you. 

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl has boomed in popularity recently. It’s one of the cheapest flooring options you can get, and they now look almost exactly like hardwood. It’s a great option for families who want a hardwood look on their home, but can’t afford hardwood itself. 

There are options for environmentally friendly vinyl as well. The only problem is that it doesn’t necessarily feel like hardwood, and that it won’t increase the value of your home that much. 

There is one more option that takes care of those needs. 

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo grows crazy fast. It’s becoming famous on many different markets as an environmentally friendly alternative to wood and plastic. Finding bamboo flooring with an environmentally conscious manufacturer is probably your best best for green flooring. 

Bamboo flooring looks and feels like hardwood floors. It has the same sturdiness and durability to it. The only downside is that it’s more sensitive to moisture. But if that’s a concern, the other two options should be fine. 

There are lots of options for having an elegant hardwood floor without shelling out the money for hardwood. But no matter what, you need a professional flooring company to make sure that your floors are done right. Call us today and we’ll make sure your floors are installed perfectly.

How to Find the Perfect Rug

How to Find the Perfect Rug

Finding the right area rug for your room is one of the most important decisions you make for your home’s interior design. A well designed room is filled with lots of different pieces of furniture, each with their own personality; they need something like an area rug to tie all of these pieces together. 

Choosing the perfect rug is a tough decision, and many homeowners make major mistakes when choosing an area rug. That’s why we’re here to help. We’re going to share tips on getting the right size and style rug that fits your lifestyle. 

So let’s jump in with our guide on how to find the perfect rug. 

Size

Most rugs are too small for their room. Finding the right size rug is tricky because the right size is often bigger than you think. You want the rug to take up a good amount of space, and you also need the rug to help define space. 

There should be 10-20 inches of floor between the edges of your rug and your walls. Depending on the size you can go a little less if the room is especially small, or a little more if your room is excessively large. 

You also want to make sure that the rug is centered on the floor. Keeping an equal amount of space between the rug and the wall around every corner. 

Space

You also want to use your rug to help define and segment space, especially if you have an open concept area. An open concept home doesn’t mean that there are no walls per se, it just means that you don’t see the walls. You still need to divide the room and create imaginary walls to divide the space. Otherwise, open concept idea ends up just looking like one big mess. A

And rugs are a great way to segment that space. Find where your imaginary walls are, and then get a rug that still grants 10-20 inches of space between the edge of the rug and your imaginary wall. And then you have a beautifully segmented and organized open space. 

Style

Finding the right style rug is almost as important as finding the right size. You want something that matches the furniture, but also matches yourself and your personality. 

We have a few tips that can help you, but ultimately you have to choose the aesthetic that works for you:

  • Use Persian or European style for a classic traditional look
  • Use low pile and flat weave for a rug that will get a lot of wear and tear. If you want something fancier, then move towards something softer with a higher pile. 
  • Don’t use white if you have kids. That goes for anything, but especially for rugs. Same also goes if there are adults who act like kids. 
  • First and foremost, go with whatever makes you happen. 

Conclusion

A lot goes into finding the perfect rug. But when you consider size, space, and style you can find the perfect fit for your home and your lifestyle.

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. 

3 Tips on Keeping Your Floor Clean

3 Tips on Keeping Your Floor Clean

One of the worst nightmares for any floor is a dirty stain. Floors may last a while, but if you don’t take care of them, they will look filthy. There is a point of no return for some of these floors. Stains can be very tough to remove and any floor is susceptible to risks like water damage. 

That’s why we are here to give you 3 tips on keeping your floor clean. So let’s jump right in. 

Leave the Shoes Behind

Much more dirt sticks onto your shoes than you may think. Think of all the germs you carry every day getting to and from work, all the grass, mud, bugs or even feces (yes, feces!). All that filth gets on your carpet when you walk with your shoes inside.

Removing your shoes while indoors is a common courtesy all over the world. And if you don’t like being barefoot, people often use slippers or sandals. This creates a cleaner household, and a better floor.

But we understand that could be a big change. In that case, we recommend you at least…

Have a Welcome Mat

If taking your shoes off is too drastic, then just having a welcome mat and making sure you scrape your shoes will still do wonders to help your carpet. They say you’re still carrying outside debris after 17 steps in doors, so make sure you use that mat well.

Use the Right Vacuum

Vacuums generally do their job pretty well, but you want to make sure you’re using one that’s safe for your floor. You don’t want a vacuum that will scratch your hardwood floor and you want it to be effective on all the flooring in the house. 

Generally, really cheap vacuums are not much help, and vacuums can get overpriced pretty easily. You just want to make sure that you have a vacuum with a variety of settings and good reviews for all kinds of flooring. 

These tips should give you a starting point to making sure that your floors last a while and they look presentable.

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.