We Love Dogs…But Your Floors May Not!

Fido, Sadie, Daisy or Spot, whatever the canine apple of your eye is named, they can be rough on your hardwood floors. Nails can scratch your beautiful floors, turning them into a real mess. Here are some tips to help make sure your dog doesn’t damage your floor.

The easiest way to protect the wood from sharp nails is by placing runners in high-traffic areas. Each family will have different areas where dogs spend the most time. In some homes it will be the kitchen, in others, it could be hallways outside of bedrooms or even the area nearest the front door. If you have a doggie door, placing a weather-proof runner in front will help with scratches as well as help keep the floor clean.

Floor runners also serve a double purpose, they can keep your dog from sliding across floors. Some dogs are nervous on slick floors, runners can help them keep their balance.

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Designer nail caps for your dog!

There are also products on the market called nail caps that fit directly over each individual toenail. They’re made of soft plastic and most dogs don’t seem to mind them. You can even get them in designer colors. They’re surprisingly easy to put on and remove, but if you have a frisky dog you might want to ask a friend to help. Also, check with your groomer, some will place them on your pooch after clipping their nails.

Speaking of clipping nails, be sure to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. Some dogs have nails that grow surprisingly quickly. Ask your groomer how often your dog’s nails need to be trimmed.

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Beautiful floors installed by KFD.

Depending on how many rooms in your home have hardwood floors, and how easily it is to train your pupper, you can teach them to not enter areas with hardwood floors.

If these tips are too late, and you need to repair or replace your floors, KFD would be happy to help. Be sure to contact us for your flooring needs.

4 Unique Floor Designs that Make Your Home Stand Out

One of the most fashionable trends in the flooring world is the desire to be unique and stand out. It’s a way to express yourself and your love of design in your living space while also adding a lot of personal and physical value to your home.

Here are some of the more unique designs that you can play with to make your home entirely you. These are not patterns you can copy anywhere else, but instead ways you can customize your flooring project to really take it to the next level.

Intricate Carpet Patterns

Carpets are making a comeback! And they’re coming back strong! But they’re also nothing like the carpets we used to know. Gone are the days where you have one single (and often unappealing) color. Now we have carefully designed patterns.

They often have some sort of light/dark contrast in the color and they can be either very complex, floral like designs or they can be simple geometric shapes. They can also be custom designed to have a frame around the walls.

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Mixed Width and Color

If you’re going for hardwood, this is a wonderful way to play around with the variety of hardwood available. Usually households would opt for just one type of wood plank, but you can also mix and match them so that you have rows of different colors and different widths.

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Mixed Herringbone

You can take it one step further and mix up the herringbone. It’s a bit harder to do the mixed width, but you can definitely play on color contrast with this mesmerizing and unique pattern.

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Mixed Tile

Notice a trend here? Mixed tile is another way to go. It follows the same concept as mixed width and color planks for wood but instead with tile. This way you can play even more with deep color contrasts and get some more primary color play on your floor.

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Conclusion

All of these patterns have the same core concepts in common that make them unique and fashionable. They all focus on contrast instead of blend, usually relying on some sort of light versus dark contrast with what are often regal colors (i.e blue and gold).  

 

The point is not to make sure everything matches but to create as much color contrast as possible. The uniformity is created by the minimalist patterns and shapes, and can be emphasized through the furniture.

 

3 Floors with the Best Return on Investment

When you’re looking to replace your home’s floor, you want the best return on investment you can get. Your floor is so crucial, not just because it’s the ground you stand on, but because it helps to determine the value of your home-to yourself over time, and for when you sell. When we talk about return on investment, yes there’s the actual investment into your home’s monetary value, but you must also consider what returns you get personally from making such an investment. Does the floor damage over time? Will it stay in style? Does it fit with your home?

All of these questions and considerations also have a direct result on the value of your home. When purchasing a home, the type of floor, its age, and its durability are huge considerations that can increase the price of your home. Even if you don’t plan on selling any time soon, the selling value of your home should always be considered in any home improvement project.

So when considering flooring options, you want to look at what’s in style, what’s valuable, and whether the investment is worth the cost. Let’s get right into it, here are 3 floors with the best return on investment.

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.

Vinyl

If you’re looking for a hardwood look but at a cheaper cost, a good alternative luxury vinyl. Vinyl is not what it used to be. You can buy some vinyl tiles at a much lower cost that looks exactly like hardwood. It will not give you the same return as real hardwood, but it’s a more affordable solution that will still increase the value of your home and give you the look you want.

Laminate Flooring

As we said, hardwood floors are by far the most popular option. Therefore it’s no surprise that the other flooring options with a high return on investment are hardwood alternatives. Laminate floors are wood pressed at high temperatures. They’re about 50% cheaper than hardwood floors and damage less easily. Like vinyl, you will invest less, and gain less, but you will still increase the resale value of your home with laminate flooring.

Anytime you’re looking to change your floor, never forget about the resale value of your home. However, don’t let it keep you from building the perfect home for you.

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.

 

The History of Wood Flooring

The History of Wood Flooring

W6 5 2 300x225 - The History of Wood Flooringood is a beautiful material that we use for so many things in our daily lives. We use wood in our furniture, kitchen cabinets, the frames of our homes, our flooring, and so much more. Wood is strong, easily obtained, and if properly treated and maintained, will last for a very long time. Over the years, our use of wood as a flooring substance has changed and evolved, but hardwood flooring is currently one of the most popular choices for flooring in homes. Let’s take a look back at the history of hardwood flooring.

The first known uses for hardwood floors were in wealthy homes because of the limited wood available, and the expense it took to make the floors. Average people had hard packed dirt as their flooring. But when colonists came to America, there were plenty of strong, old trees to be used for housing and flooring. Building methods and tools were still rustic at the time, and not everyone had access to them. Tools were used to scrape the wood flat, while they used actual sand in an attempt to smooth out the floor boards. Most wood was not straight and created gaps in between floorboards. Even with these rudimentary methods, the floors were still meant to be covered with paint or textile coverings, as there were many imperfections.

The industrial revolution brought many advances in treating and preparing wood. Steam-driven woodworking technology allowed us to create finished wood boards in standardized measurements. Tongue and groove 5 16 13 e1526474449558 225x300 - The History of Wood Flooringmolding allowed the creation of a wood flooring without pesky gaps from warping and not meeting exactly. Wood flooring continued to be used as a flooring material until after WWII. Finishing on floors included a thick wax that treated the floors and needed to be reapplied to maintain the wood. Another reason that wood flooring fell out of fashion was the advent of industrialization. Industrialization brought synthetic fibers and more advances in carpeting which reduced the cost of previously very expensive carpeting in the home. Carpeting became extremely popular in every room of the house except for kitchens and bathrooms, where ceramic tiles were commonly used.

Hardwood flooring became popular again in the 1990s. The beautiful floors were seen as a symbol of investing in a longer lasting material that was easier to keep clean. Wood flooring with carpets on top were seen as an easier way to take carpets out and clean them and clean the floors. Additionally, advances in finishing materials made great changes to the maintenance of hardwood floors. Wood boards are now precision cut and planed with a perfect tongue and groove fit, stained with a wide variety of stain colors that is handpicked by the customer, and then treated with polyurethane to give it a super strong and durable surface that will last a homeowner more than a decade with only minimal maintenance.

Hardwood flooring has come a very long way in the millenia that it has been in use. From refining methods for cutting and standardized board measurements, to effective and durable finishing methods, hardwood floors have evolved into a beautiful, smooth, easy to maintain and long-lasting flooring material. Hardwood floors can be customized to any stain color and flooring design. Talk to Kruper’s specialists today to invest in the future of your home with the most popular flooring around!