Whether your embarking on a major remodeling project or simply updating a room in your home, changing your flooring is a simple way to make a dramatic difference. There are so many flooring choices available to choose from including tile, laminate, hardwood and carpeting.

Tile

Ceramic tile is the most durable of all tile materials. When installed properly, both ceramic and natural stone can last the lifetime of a house.  The durability combined with the natural beauty of stone and the vast array of tile and natural stone types, colors, patterns and textures make tile and stone the materials of choice where both quality and character are important in new floors.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors have come a long way. Once considered a substitute for hardwood or tile, laminate is now considered a legitimate medium in and of itself. The durability of laminate is often what initially interests most consumers.  In addition, laminate is easy to install. Unlike conventional solid wood flooring, it’s prefinished and can be glued down or applied over a thin foam pad on the subfloor.

Flowers Flooring has a great laminate flooring selection to choose from. Feather Step laminate is a 12 mm laminate that offers durability at a fabulous price. This collection adds warmth and a touch of class to any room. Feather Step is hypoallergenic laminate floor and it has an outstanding AC4 rating, which assures you that you will have a durable floor that will work fantastic in residential as well as commercial spaces.

Hardwood Floors

There’s nothing more durable and resistant to damage from impact than solid hardwood floors. The most popular hardwoods include oak, maple and ash. Other popular choices that are a bit more expensive are walnut, teak and cherry. A key benefit of hardwood flooring is that you can customize it with pieces arranged in a special design, or stain a contrasting color to reflect a special theme or design. Special inlay elements can turn an already striking hardwood floor into a distinctive work of art.

Carpeting

There are literally thousands of carpets to select from and the choices can be overwhelming. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a carpet solely based on color. Be sure to take into consideration the carpet’s fibers, tufts and construction, as well as your lifestyle.

Plush or Cut-Pile carpet has loops trimmed off so that the yarn ends poke up. Saxony plush, one of the most popular varieties, has short tufts that are densely packed. Plush carpet does not tend to wear as well in high-traffic areas as Berber carpet.  Berber is a high-level loop carpet that creates a nubby texture and has complete yarn loops that stand upright. Berber carpet holds up extremely well in high-traffic areas and is a good choice for families with pets and children.

You will also want to choose the carpet fiber that best fits your needs. Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and maintenance. It is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas and in homes with kids and pets.

New flooring – carpet, tile, laminate or hardwood is a simple way to make a lasting and dramatic change in the look and feel of any room in your home.  Call a flooring professional in your area today to obtain an estimate for new floors. If you’re in North Carolina, call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring provides free estimates.

While hardwood floors are one of the most practical choices for flooring material, the protective finish can wear off over time; particularly in high traffic areas, or dull from being hidden under carpet for years. These are the primary reasons that homeowners choose to refinish hardwood floors.

Tackling a hardwood refinishing job yourself can be a nightmare. This is a job better left to the professionals. Flowers Flooring has the knowledge and experience to bring your dull wood floors back to life with a quality new finish. We also have the needed equipment to get the job done efficiently and with as little mess as possible, including dustless sanders that work to remove existing hardwood finish and prepare the wood to accept new stain.

Conduct a Simple Hardwood Floor Refinish Test

Before bringing in the professionals, first determine if your hardwood floors need new finish or are simply dirty. This can be accomplished through a simple test. Pour a tablespoon of water on the floor in a high traffic area, where the hardwood floor finish takes the most abuse. If the water forms beads, the floor is properly sealed, which means at most a good cleaning and stain removal is needed.

If the water does not bead and takes a few minutes to seep in and only darkens the floor slightly, this means the finish is partially worn and that your floors need to be refinished in the very near future.

If the water soaks right in and leaves a dark spot, it’s most definitely time to refinish your hardwood floors.

Selecting the Right Hardwood Stain

There are endless colors of stain to choose from and this decision can be overwhelming. There are three key things to consider when selecting a stain color for your hardwood floors. It is also important to be certain about the color of stain you select. Once the stain has been applied, the only way to change it is to re-sand and re-stain the floor.

The Species of Wood on Your Hardwood Floors

The species of wood you have will make a difference in your stain choices. Oak is the easiest wood to stain and provides the most color options. Hardwood floors made of birch, maple and coniferous woods like pine or fir are more difficult to stain evenly and look best when left with a natural look. Maple and birch wood species have tight grains and tiny pores, making it harder to absorb stain pigment.

The Amount of Light and Foot Traffic in the Room

Lighter, more natural stain colors will show the wood’s whorls and knots, and can open up a room that is small and does not get a lot of natural light. Light stain color will show the wood’s natural imperfections, and it does a better job at camouflaging scratches, dust and pet hair. Darker stain colors are great for hiding the woods natural imperfections, but will show more scratches, dust and pet hair – especially if the room is well lit.

The color and style of furniture in the room

With so many wood stain colors on market shelves today you can find the perfect color to fit any décor. Flowers Flooring will provide stain samples so you can be certain the stain you choose is the right one for your home. We will even use a plank of your wood flooring to create a few samples with varying finishes. This will give you a good idea of how each color will look in your home.

Contact Flowers Flooring today to schedule a free in-home estimate to refinish your hardwood floors. Turn your old, gritty floors into beautiful floors that will not only improve the aesthetic quality of your room, making it more livable and increase the value of your home, but will also reduce future maintenance and repair costs.