4 Up and Coming Flooring Trends

If you’re thinking of redesigning your floor and are looking for design ideas, these new trends could provide some inspiration. Overall, we are making a trend away from tradition and more towards newer and more creative styles. But above all, the main drive for new flooring trends are about durability and environmental impact. Here are four up and coming flooring trends

Environmentally Friendly Floors

Green flooring is among the most popular flooring trends and we’re expecting it to stay! Installing a new floor can have a greater environmental impact than you may think. While hardwood flooring is still by far the most popular choice for new floors, they do carry a major environmental effect. It promotes deforestation, and while they last for a while, they are more susceptible to water damage.

Environmentally friendly alternatives like vinyl, bamboo, cork, or any other floors made of recycled material are growing very quickly, and may soon become standard.

Waterproof floors

Along with making flooring environmentally friendly, homeowners also want to protect their homes from environmental disasters as much as possible. With more floods, storms, stronger hurricanes, and environmental instability homeowners are realizing how much risk these can do to their homes and want to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible.

And with scientific progress, we are able to provide almost any floor design you want, including carpet, a waterproof version. We also expect these designs to continue development so that they become cheaper and even more durable over time.

Vinyl

Vinyl is not what it used to be. Today vinyl has been developed enough so that there is almost no distinction from hardwood. You can have the luxury of a hardwood floor with one of the cheapest and more environmentally friendly materials.

One of the most popular options with vinyl is to have a laminate dark and large-board hardwood floor look. Dark hardwood is in style right now and vinyl is an excellent way to make it affordable too! The only downside is that vinyl doesn’t last as long as hardwood, and it will not be as helpful in increasing the value of your home, but it won’t hurt your home either!

And of course, there are waterproof options available too.

Varying Texture

Texture is very much in style, and it’s all about hardwood. Whether you actually want real hardwood or not, many alternatives are made in a way that mimics hardwood. Everyone wants a hardwood floor. And the type of hardwood that is most popular are textured wood, and varying styles and colors. A single uniform look is less desired now in favor of a more personalized and unique look you get from varied flooring.

Hopefully, these trends give you a better understanding of your options, and when you’re ready to get started, you can call us and we’ll give you a consultation on the best flooring option for you!.

4 Modern Carpet Trends

We asked a few times in previous blog posts if carpets are obsolete, and while we disagree, we can’t deny that the trends are changing. There are still benefits to having a carpet; it makes your room warmer, is cheaper than hardwood, and is safer for toddlers and young children. You don’t have to settle for a boring, old-fashioned carpet either, there are options available to keep your home looking modern.

Bold Colors

Traditionally, carpets have subdued colors. Traditionally they’re either white, blue, red, yellow or grey. But now bolder, more unusual colors. Multi-color is also becoming pretty popular. Like a geometric black and white pattern. But other colors too, like bright blue, dark or bright green, or silver. These colors work best when there’s some pattern. A single, unified color is much less in fashion than bolder more unique designs and patterns.

Geometric Patterns

As we said, single colors are out and patterns are in. Some simple, but unique style customized for the individual is an excellent way to add personality to a single room. These patterns can take bold colors and make your floor into a work of art. Maybe creating a frame around a color or using something like a diamond pattern.

Waterproof Carpet

Yes, you heard that right! Technology has taken us to new, wonderful strides and that includes waterproof carpet! You no longer have to worry about water damage, mold, mildew, stains, or pet smells. Imagine the old wine spill on a white carpet catastrophe, with a waterproof carpet, you just get a paper towel and blot it out, it’s that easy.

Carpet Tile

The final trend that’s here to stay is carpet tile. Instead of taking one big swath of carpet and installing it to fit your room, you would get a set of square tiles and place them in rows on the floor. This setup can give you many advantages. For one, if your carpet gets a stain, you only need to replace that one tile.

Another benefit to having carpet tile is that you can mix and match different tiles however you like. This can lead to some bold, creative, and unique designs.

Overall, the trend is to go more bold and more personalized. One of the most common carpet cliches are that they’re supposed to look boring, old fashioned, and dull. But when you consider the modern styles and options available to you, a carpet can make your home look unique in ways other floors can’t.

3 Signs You Need a New Floor

Any homeowner should be prepared for a major home improvement or repair project when the time comes. You do not want to go cheap on something as essential as your home floors, so be sure you are aware of the signs so that you know when your floors need to be replaced and how you can prepare. Here are 4 signs you need a new floor.

Your Floors Are Old

Chances are likely that you will only need to replace the floor in a given home once. Floors last a while, especially hardwood, concrete, or stone. But if you have a floor that’s not one of those three, like carpet, bamboo, or vinyl, then your floor is more likely to last under 10 years.

The exact lifespan of a floor depends on the quality of material and installation (which is why you should never do your own floors). If your floors are were installed back in the flip-phone era, that’s a good sign that you should start preparing for a floor replacement.

Your Floor Has Cracks

Cracks are one of the clearest signs that you need a new floor. They are much worse than an eyesore. They’re also a tripping hazard, they create more cracks, and are an inviting home to bugs and fungus. They are a major nuisance and the best way to get rid of them to is replace the floor.

You also want to keep watch on the age of your subfloor. Cracks can also be produced on the subfloor and still present a major issue.

Your Floor Has Water Damage

If your floor has any dark spots, discoloration, or is warped, then that might be a sign of water damage. Especially in the Northern Virginia region where moisture can get quite high. Water damage is another significant concern for any homeowner.

Moisture is another warm invitation for bugs and fungi to spread which can become a health hazard in your home. Once your floor has water damage it needs to be changed.

And when you are ready to change your floors, be sure to hire a professional flooring service. Having your floors professionally done can add years to your floor life. Not to mention that you will lose money through trial and error doing the floors yourself, so there’s not even a financial advantage.

How to Keep Scratches Off Your Hardwood Floor

How to Keep Scratches Off Your Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors are beautiful and among the trendiest flooring options available. The right hardwood floor on your house can give your home a modern, homey personality, while also increasing the value of your home. It is one of our top recommendations for any client looking for a new floor.

All floors require some upkeep. You want them to last a while, and to look as new as possible for as long as possible. For hardwood floors, part of the trick is to avoid any scratches. Scratches are easy to notice and can quickly change the aesthetics of the entire room. The good news is that you can easily prevent scratches from gathering with these helpful tips.

Don’t Push the Furniture

The biggest and most noticeable scratches come from moving furniture. Pushing your furniture can be tempting, especially when it’s heavy. But we urge you to use caution and find alternatives to pushing your furniture so that you can move it around easily without scratching your floor.

Consider Using Furniture Pads

One solution is to use pads. These attach to the feet of your furniture and slide gracefully on the hardwood, no scratches and no need to grab a friend or two to move your couch.

Use a Proper Vacuum

Sometimes vacuums have thick thistles that can scratch your floor. Most vacuums work well on hardwood, you just need to be wary of some of the heavy duty ones. You need something strong to dig into a carpet, but that same setting on the hardwood can lead to an unnecessary, scratchy mess.

Keep Your Pets Well Groomed

If you have pets, you’re most likely keenly aware that they have paws. We would never suggest declawing your cat, but their nails can be cut and they can be groomed. If you keep them well trimmed, then they are less likely to scratch the floor as they’re running around.

Keep it Clean

Be sure to clean up any spills, especially if you drop glass or china on the floor and it shatters! The cleaner you keep your floor, the longer it retains its fresh look.

No Shoes

One way to help this is to keep your shoes at the door. Your floors become significantly cleaner because you aren’t tracking in so much dirt, muck, and shards from outside.

Consider an Area Rug

Many families are opting for a rug with hardwood instead of a carpeted floor. It’s a wonderful, balanced combination, and your rug can handle a little more damage and is more easily replaceable.

You can take care of any expertly installed floor, so long as they’re expertly installed. When you’re ready to add hardwood to your home,  give us a call.

 

How to Keep Your Cat from Destroying the Furniture

While we are a flooring company, we know a thing or two about all aspects of the home, including furniture, how to treat it, and how to protect it. Cats have been among the best friends of humankind since the dawn of civilization, they are loving, adorable, and painfully cute, but they’re also creatures of their own habits.

Cats are the ideal balance of an ambivert. They love to socialize and be around others, but also stick to their own business. They have their own wants and needs and prioritize those over anything else. Among those needs are scratching.

Cats love scratching, it’s it comes as naturally to them as yawning or stretching. And if they don’t scratch something, they will be in miserable discomfort. That’s why our first tip is to absolutely not under any circumstances ever consider declawing your cat. It’s a quick fix solution for you, but for the cat is like losing the end of a finger, not fingernails, finger.

Instead, we offer you some humane tips on how to get your cat to stop clawing up the furniture (or the floor).

  1. Find out where they like to scratch and where they like to hang around.
  2. Find a scratch post (or multiple) that your cat would like. Cats have their own preferences of what they like to scratch, so any old post will not do.
  3. Place those posts around where those identified areas.
  4. Make your furniture unpleasant to scratch with double sided tape, or perhaps citrus fragrance.
  5. Play with your cat and lead them to the scratch posts.
  6. Congratulate your cat when they use the scratch posts with quiet affirmation and a treat.

Getting a pet does not mean sacrificing the condition of your home. It takes a little bit of extra effort, but it’s well worth seeing a clean home and having a furry member of the family feeling loved, cared for, and admired.

Pros and Cons of Bamboo Floors

Bamboo is one of the most popular trends for modern flooring options. But is it worth all the side effects? Here we look at all the pros and cons of buying, installing, and maintaining a bamboo floor.

Pros:

  • Top quality is as durable as hardwood
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Modern, clean look
  • Cleans easily
  • Can be sanded and refinished

Cons:

  • Inexpensive options are much less durable
  • Depending on where you buy it from, the carbon footprint erases any environmental benefit.
  • Lack of variety in shades
  • Not suitable for humid or damp areas
  • No industry-wide grading system
  • Susceptible to scratches

Durability

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.

Because bamboo is a grass, not wood, it’s also more susceptible to water and humidity damage than other floors. Meaning 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.

Environmental Impact

Bamboo itself is a wonderful and 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.

Design

The bamboo floor is unique and trendy. It gives your home a warm modern look that you can’t get with any other type of floor. It won’t match all designs, since it’s so unique, but can give your home a beautiful personality.

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.