3 Reasons Why You Should Consider A Hardwood Alternative for Your Floor

While flooring trends are always changing, hardwood flooring is consistently the most desired flooring for the average living space. Its combination of durability and elegance, along with the fact that it’s easy to clean has kept it desirable as flooring trends change. But there are some situations where hardwood flooring might not be the best option.

We have 3 situations here where you might want to use an alternative to hardwood. So let’s jump in with 3 reasons why you should consider using a Hardwood Alternative for your Floor.

 

Cost is too High

Hardwood is expensive. In fact, it is easily one of the most expensive flooring options out there. And many families have better places where they can put their money, or they might not have that kind of money at all.

But that doesn’t mean you have to lose that hardwood elegance. Material like vinyl, cork, bamboo, and laminate can be designed to look indistinguishable from hardwood. You can literally invite anyone who’s not a home renovator to your home and they will be convinced that your Vinyl floor is actually hardwood.

 

High Moisture Area

Wood absorbs water, and can tear down very easily when exposed to excess moisture. While you can lessen the damage with certain types of wood and coats, hardwood floors remains a risky option if you live in an area with high moisture or high risk flooding.

In these situations, we recommend laminate or tile flooring as a substitute. These types of floors are highly customizable and can bring a unique look to the home while still having the beauty and elegance that a hardwood floor would bring to your home.

 

Environmental Impact

Believe it or not, wood comes from trees. Trees we have to cut down. While climate change is caused mostly by large corporations, there is a real benefit to being ecologically mindful in all of our purchases. Even if the impact is minimal, the constant mindfulness can inspire those around you to demand more from their corporations, their communities and their politicians that can create a ripple effect.

Hardwood flooring actually takes up a lot of wood, and many sellers source their wood overseas, and it can be hard to regulate. With the threat of climate change getting worse each day, we have to put an end to these practices and start using environmentally friendly alternatives.

Bamboo and cork flooring are great environmentally friendly options, as long as you get them from an environmentally friendly, and reputable seller. You want to be careful because sometimes the emissions it takes to transport these materials from other companies can be worse than getting plain hardwood, so do your research.

You can also get rid of the hassle and ask us about our green flooring, which we can guarantee is environmentally beneficial and will look lovely in your home.

How to Keep Furniture from Scratching Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors a beautiful luxury for your home. No other type of flooring can look as impressive as well done, high quality, and brand new hardwood floors. These floors last for a long time, but the cosmetic benefit of hardwood floors last only as long as you take care of it.

Hardwood floors scratch, some of them easily, and furniture can be the greatest enemy of a hardwood floor. So without further ado, here are three ways to keep furniture from scratching hardwood floors.

Add Felt Pads to Your Furniture

The majority of scratches to hardwood floors come from moving furniture. If your plan is to simply always lift furniture and never let the move even a little, then you’re going to get scratches, because all furniture eventually gets pushed around.

Your best bet is to buy a lot of felt pads, keep extras stored away, and put them underneath your furniture. That way, you can set it and forget it.

Avoid Rolling Chairs

Rolling chairs are one of the last pieces of childhood joy that we can cling on to keep us from drowning in the despair of adulthood. But it’s the enemy of hardwood floors. It’s like the furniture that you push a little every once in a while except all the time. Your floors will scratch sooner or later with a well used rolling chair.

However if you don’t want to get rid of your chair, there is one other solution.

Consider Area Rugs

Some form of rug is usually the answer to keeping your hardwood floors from scratching. The felt pads are basically mini-rugs to hide under the carpet, but you can also use area rugs to lower the risk of scratching, to hide scratches that are already there, and best of all, to use your rolling chair.

Hardwood floors are beautiful and deserve to be treated properly. Doing these three things can help tremendously in keeping your floor looking brand new.

The Ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown

The Ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown

Greece vs. Egypt, Sith vs. Jedi, the colonies vs. England. These are some of the most dramatic rivalries of all time, but they don’t come close to the battle between Luxury Vinyl and Hardwood flooring. Today we’re putting this bitter rivalry to rest with the ultimate comparison. We’re looking at cost, style, usage, durability, customization, all of it. So let’s jump right in with the ultimate Vinyl vs. Hardwood Showdown!

Cost

Everyone’s putting their bets on this one, we’re starting with what should be a clear battle for the Vinyl. Since quality of vinyl varies so much, we’re only looking at luxury vinyl. We took the average cost of both and here are the results:

Luxury Vinyl: $3-11 per square foot

Hardwood: $8-25 per square foot

Of course the winner goes to luxury vinyl but not by much. The race is much closer, and if you don’t play the game right, you can actually pay more for luxury vinyl than for hardwood!

Environmental Impact

Both of these materials have the potential to make mother nature shriek. But they also both have green options, it all depends on the material and manufacturer you buy.

Hardwood is the more natural option of the two but by virtue of being made of wood, they tend to contribute to deforestation, a major issue today as forests and rainforests are dwindling at a terrifying rate around the world. There are greener options made of recycled materials however, and if you’re careful about getting an ethical manufacturer, you can limit your carbon footprint.

Luxury vinyl obviously does not grow on trees, they don’t contribute to deforestation but do carry a significant carbon footprint. Green options of this floor are available as well. They are recyclable and you can you also have the option to buy recycled vinyl as well.

Our verdict? It depends on the manufacturer. Both can be great or terrible for the environment.

Durability

This one used to be a no brainer. Cheap vinyl doesn’t last and will look gross after a few years. But luxury vinyl has gone a long way. Can it beat hardwood though? Let’s find out.

Hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most durable floors out there, as long as you take care of it. Hardwood aften lasts 25 years or more, but the amount of time and effort for maintenance should be considered.

Vinyl

Vinyl also lasts over 25 years but not that much more, whereas some hardwood does have the potential to last a whole lifetime. That said, 25 years is still a long time, and warranties often go up to 20 years. There’s also less maintenance required.

Style

This one is obviously the most subjective. We aren’t going to say which one overall looks nicer, but we’re going to look at stuff like how customizable each flooring type is, what options are available, and where these floors can be used.

Vinyl

Vinyl is much more customizable than hardwood. The image of wood is basically a picture of wood printed on the vinyl. Then there’s also material to make it feel like hardwood as well if you want to match that look as much as possible.

Vinyl also works well anywhere. You don’t have to worry about moisture or maintenance. It works great in commercial and home spaces.

Hardwood

Hardwood is obviously much less customizable because instead of a picture, it’s the real deal. Authenticity has a price however, you have to be aware of moisture levels and spend more on maintenance. But while sometimes luxury vinyl comes close, good hardwood will always look like good hardwood.

Conclusion

So who wins? Well, it’s up to you, luxury vinyl is a wonderful and valuable alternative to hardwood, but if you’re looking for something timeless, beautiful, and authentic, and aren’t worried about the extra price, hardwood’s the way to go.

4 Trendy Hardwood Floor Patterns

4 Trendy Hardwood Floor Patterns

Welcome to 2019. This year is about bringing more style and personality to your home. Your floors make a big difference in the impression your home gives, and traditional patterns can make your home seem, well…boring.

If you’re looking for ways to make your living space more enjoyable and worth living in, you might want to look at the state of your floor. It’s the ground you walk on every day, so why not keep it healthy and in style?

We have 4 trendy patterns that will take your floor to the next level.

Herringbone

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Herringbone is the pattern where planks are switching direction. One row of planks are facing right, and then the one above is facing left.

This design is ideal for anyone looking for a traditional style that’s a little busier and eye-catching. It’s perfect for larger, more open spaces.

 

Wide Planks

11 29 pic 6 1 150x150 - 4 Trendy Hardwood Floor PatternsAs the name implies, a wide plank refers to…wide planks. This design is often done in smaller spaces to make them look bigger.

This design has been very popular in the past year, partially because of the increase in smaller living spaces. The desire to make a space look larger played a big role in this pattern’s popularity.

 

Diagonal

12 18 1 150x150 - 4 Trendy Hardwood Floor PatternsAnother self-explanatory name. While most planks run parallel to the wall, these planks are diagonal. Again this design is great for adding business without too much detail. It’s great for a large space and making your room look fresh.

 

 

 

Mixed Width

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Another great one for large spaces because it makes full use of the space and is so versatile.

 

When redesigning your home, consider one of these patterns to give your floor some unique personality and elevate your home into a place worth seeing every day.

To Refinish or Replace?

To Refinish or Replace?

To refinish or replace? That is the question. Old floors can be tough to figure out. You want to make sure it’s sturdy and damage-free. But you also don’t want to spend any money you don’t have to. How do you know whether to refinish your floor or replace it? If you know your floor needs a change, but not sure which one, then this guide is for you.

When to refinish

When we talk about refinishing, we’re talking about sanding down the top layer of your floor and adding a new layer of laminate to make your floors look as good as new. You know refinish your floors when:

Your budget is tight

Refinishing your floor costs about half the price of a new floor. It’s a much cheaper alternative that fully utilizes the life of your floor. If your floor has no or minimal damage in a concentrated area, then you shouldn’t need to spend the extra money on a new hardwood floor, unless you’re looking for a new design or material.

Minimal or no damage

If your floors are damaged to a certain extent, they need to be replaced. Damage can come from water, termites, or intense aging. A good sign of damage is if you can see at all into the subfloor between the wood planks, or of the floor is bumpy and uneven.

When to Replace

Conversely, replacing your floor involves removing your current floor and replacing it with something new. Here are a few reasons why you might want to replace your floor instead of refinishing it.

Damaged Floors

Refinishing floors are more for the type of flooring that’s old. It’s not for covering up damages. If your floor has any amount of water damage, termite damage, or anything else that permanently affects the floor, it might need to be replaced.

Subfloor Needs Work

One of the issues with subfloor is that you can’t fix something on it without removing the floor that’s already there. If you have in issue with your subfloor, then it might have affected your floor as well. It’s best to then remove the floor, fix the subfloor, and start again from scratch.

You want a New Look

Sometimes floors go out of fashion and you want a change. There’s nothing wrong with that! Of course, refinishing only adds life to the floor you already have. The only way to change the material or style is to remove the current floor and replace it with another one.

If you need further help deciding whether to refinish or replace your floor, you can call us or peruse our blog database for more posts on the subject!