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Everything You Need to Know About Carpet Material

Mar 12, 2018

Carpet is a type of flooring that is made from woven fiber, and comes in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors. Due to its cushioned surface, carpet absorbs sound, adds additional warmth, and offers you a non-slip surface. Not only is carpet one of the most affordable flooring products, but most are treated with static, stain, and soil resistant treatments, making them incredibly easy to clean and maintain.

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What is Carpet Made of Anyways?

Carpet is made of woven nylon, polyester, olefin, or wool fibers. To ensure a long-lasting and quality carpet, consider a higher twist number of the fibers and a higher density volume of the tufts.

  • Each of these fibers offer individual benefits. 
  • Choice of fiber depends on what you would like to achieve in your space.

What Are the Different Types of Carpet Fibers?

There are four types of carpet fiber; nylon, polyester, olefin, and wool. In order to select the perfect carpet fiber, you will want to consider the function of each room, and how you live in it.

  • Nylon is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber, and is ideal for homes with pets and children. Nylon is perfect for heavy traffic areas, such as hallways and stairs.
  • Polyester offers a luxurious look and feel, and is ideal for rooms that see a normal amount of traffic.
  • Olefin has great stain and moisture resistance, and is recommended for commercial use.
  • Wool is well constructed, has natural soil resistance qualities, and looks great for a long period of time. If appearance is important, make note that wool is favored for its beauty!

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What Are the Benefits of Carpet?

  • Carpet offers amazing softness and beauty to a room.
  • There is a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from.
  • Carpet is made in a variety of fibers, each one offering different qualities that are suited for your space.

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If you’re considering carpet, browse our beautiful carpet brands, or if your carpets are in need of a cleaning, learn our best carpet floor care tips.

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What is Luxury Vinyl & Is It Waterproof?

Feb 27, 2018

Luxury vinyl is durable, waterproof flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone without the hefty price tag. Also referred to as LVT/LVP, luxury vinyl is made up of multiple layers that aid in the design, durability, and ease of maintenance of this wonderful flooring choice.

Is Vinyl Waterproof?

Luxury vinyl is waterproof, making it ideal in all rooms, especially kitchens and bathrooms. Thanks to its multiple layers, luxury vinyl can withstand moisture, heavy foot traffic, scratches and spills.

luxury vinyl in bathroom

Types of Vinyl Flooring

There are three types of vinyl flooring; plank, tile, and sheet.

  • Luxury vinyl planks are often used when you’re trying to mimic hardwood, as the planks mimic the look of cut hardwood.
  • Luxury vinyl tile is often used to replicate stone or to create an intricate pattern.
  • Luxury vinyl sheet is commonly used in areas subject to moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. Sheets come in 6 and 12 feet lengths, making for very few, if any seams when installed, and also can mimic the look of hardwood, stone, and tile.

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If you’re considering LVT, learn more about the pros of luxury vinyl to aid in your decision making process.

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Backsplash Tile Ideas

Feb 20, 2018

A tile backsplash can take your kitchen design to new levels at an affordable price. Today, we’ll share some ideas and advice on how to choose the latest in kitchen tile trends for your home. We’ll also help you find local experts and installers who can help you through all the steps of the process and make sure your project turns out great!

What is Backsplash Tiling & What Tools Do You Need?

A tile backsplash is a great touch that gives your kitchen a fresh look without spending the time or money of a larger renovation. Backsplashes are an extension of your counter which functions as a protection against liquids, but tile decor can also add a beautiful touch to the design of your space. Most kitchen tile designs can also be installed faster and more efficiently than larger renovations.

linear kitchen tile backsplash

What Materials Can You Use for a Backsplash?

With a specialist’s help, you can pick a material and pattern that works for your budget, timetable, and long-term goals. Ceramic, glass, natural stone, and porcelain all make for beautiful backsplashes. Whatever you chose, make sure your material compliments your countertop. If you’re looking to sell your home in the future, keep the design simple and timeless. 

Picking Your Backsplash Installation Materials

There are two main types of materials used for tile backsplash installation, mastic tile adhesive and mortar or thinset. Your choice of material depends on your tile material preference. Your installation expert can help you find the perfect material for your project.

  • Ceramic tile offers an almost endless array of vibrant color options.  Ceramic tile can be applied with mastic tile adhesive.
  • Stone tile comes in a variety of natural materials. These tiles are installed with mortar and are prefect for those looking for a natural look.    
  • Porcelain tile offers beautiful stone finishes as well as colors. Porcelain is also installed mortar. 
  • Glass tile is available in a variety of patterns and colors to give visual interest. Glass tile is applied with thin set mortar.  

How to Install a Tile Backsplash

With the help of an expert, the installation process for backsplash tiles is usually straightforward. Here is an overview of the process that an expert would follow:

  1. First we protect your countertop with plastic sheeting and lay out the location of the backsplash on the wall to assure a proper fit.
  2. Next, we will remove all outlet covers and sand down the wall, wiping away any dust or debris with a wet cloth and then mark a centerline halfway between you countertop and cabinets using a pencil.
  3. We will apply a thin layer of tile adhesive or mortar on the wall using a trowel, beginning at the centerline and working outwards.
  4. Then we set the tiles, beginning with the bottom row and working out from the center.
  5. When we reach a cabinet or other area that requires a trimmed tile, we make sure we are using the proper equipment to make our cuts, mark the tile and then cut to a proper fit.
  6. Once finished with that we’ll let the tile adhesive dry overnight or according to the adhesive instructions.
  7. Once the adhesive is dry, we will fill in the joints with grout, and clean the area with a sponge and water.

Installing a tile backsplash is a process, but with the help of one of our professionals, you can make sure the beauty, durability, and function of your tile backsplash is protected for the long run. 

Our experts are waiting to guide you through the process, so be sure to check out our Kitchen & Bath Projects page and contact us now to begin!

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What is Engineered Flooring?

Nov 30, 2017

What is engineered flooring and what are the benefits? Flooring America explains how engineered flooring is made and how it can be used in your home design.

What is the Difference between Engineered Wood vs. Solid Hardwood?

When it comes to hard surface flooring, there are a lot of options, and when there are a lot of options to choose from, the questions begin. Such as, what’s the difference when it comes to solid vs. engineered hardwood? An engineered wood floor is constructed of layers of both hardwood and plywood, where solid hardwood is a solid piece of wood with no layers.

Hardwood flooring is a great way to create timeless pizzazz to any room! What should you consider when making a choice between engineered and solid hardwood? Let’s learn about engineered hardwood!

  • Engineered hardwood construction has durable, high-performance qualities. 
  • It is constructed with multi-layers of wood; each layer is positioned in a different direction. This construction prevents the engineered hardwood from warping and bowing the way a hardwood floor might in moist areas.
  • Its advantage over solid hardwood is that the construction allows for installation in most grade levels of the home, including below ground with a protective moisture barrier installed.
  • A hardwood veneer gives the natural beauty and look to the engineered floor just as a solid hardwood floor does.
  • Engineered hardwood offers easy care and maintenance. 

master bedroom with engineered wood flooring

What is the Style of Engineered Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood can offer a variety of style for your home:

  • Available in today’s hottest species; hickory, oak, maple and more.
  • There are multiple finishes available in matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss.
  • To add visual interest to your floor, engineered hardwood comes in a variety of surface effects such as hand scraped for a time worn appearance, distressed for a slightly rustic appearance, or wire-brushed.

Whether your style ranges from classic to contemporary, you can find a hardwood floor that best suits your home. No matter where in the home you install engineered hardwood, you can be sure it will be a beautiful, eye-catching statement with a durable surface. 

How Thick is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered flooring is typically between 3/8” to 3/4” thick, whereas solid hardwood is 1/2” to 3/4“ thick.

How Long Will an Engineered Wood Floor Last?

Depending on the thickness of the veneer that tops the flooring, the quality of flooring used, and how well you maintain your floors, engineered hardwood can last a lifetime. All 3 factors play a big role in determining the longevity of any floor in your home.

Our Floorcraft engineered hardwood adds performance, style, and value to your home, and with our impressive options, you can choose from any design, such as sleek and smooth, or rustic and scraped.

Due to innovative manufacturing techniques, engineered hardwood can be installed in any room in your home, including your basement and bathrooms; as long as there are no extreme moisture issues and a protective moisture barrier is installed. Less expensive than hardwood, selecting engineered hardwood will allow you to install this excellent flooring style in multiple rooms.

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What is Laminate Made Of?

Nov 06, 2017

What is laminate flooring?  What is the construction?  What is the durability?  These are all questions that we get asked when it comes to laminate, and we are here to set the record straight. 

What Is Laminate

Laminate flooring is a popular choice in the consumer market, and comes in a wide range of finishes from wood to natural so you can craft the look and feel of your room. This product is great for entry ways, hallways, and living rooms. 

Is Laminate Flooring Plastic?

Contrary to popular belief, laminate flooring is not made out of plastic. In the early years laminate looked as if it were made of plastic, due to appearance and design being sacrificed for affordability. Now, due to innovative manufacturing, laminate looks as if it is solid hardwood or stone, but is much more affordable.

Office with laminate flooring

What is Laminate Made Of?

Laminate flooring is actually constructed of 4 layers; wear, design, core, and the back layer. Each layer serves a distinct purpose and are fused together using high heat and intense pressure. Below is a break down of these layers.

  • Back Layer: bottom layer; responsible for protecting the plank against moisture, and balances the floor.
  • Core Layer: above the back layer; is a durable, high-density board that protects from indentations and moisture.
  • Design Layer: above the core layer; has a high-resolution photograph of the floor’s surface appearance.
  • Wear Layer: top layer; is a clear layer that is made of aluminum oxide that protects against fading, stains, and surface burns.

Laminate floors in master bedroom

How Durable is Laminate?

Laminate makes for an extremely durable product because of its multi-layer construction. Laminate is resistant to scratch, fade, and is easy to clean. Laminate’s durability allows for the absorption of heavy traffic, making it an ideal flooring choice for active families with kids and pets running around. This product is good for kitchens and baths only if proper precautions are put in place like a moisture barrier, but this product is not recommended for areas with high moisture. With proper care, laminate can look as good as day 1.

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Luxury Vinyl Pros & Cons

Oct 17, 2017

One of the most common questions that we get asked is what exactly is luxury vinyl tile? Luxury vinyl is a durable, easy to maintain, waterproof flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone, but clocks in at a fraction of the price. Luxury vinyl tile, also known as LVT, is constructed of multiple layers that add to the design, durability, and ease of maintenance of this highly sought out flooring option.

There will always be both pros and cons to any type of flooring based on your lifestyle and family needs, but we are confident that luxury vinyl flooring is a great option for all types of families and lifestyles.

Bathroom with luxury vinyl tile flooring

Pros of Luxury Vinyl Tile

  • Ease of Installation

Different brands of luxury vinyl tile install differently, regardless of the brand, installation will be incredibly easy. Some brands of luxury vinyl tile will use glue or grout, while others lock together or have peel-off backing. Whichever brand of luxury vinyl tile you use, you can have peace of mind that with it comes the ease of installation.

  • Carefree Maintenance & Overall Durability

As mentioned above, luxury vinyl tile is comprised of multiple layers in which there is a clear top layer over the design that protects the floor from scratches, stains, and fading. Clean up is easy, as you can wipe away scuff marks and spills with a damp paper towel. Luxury vinyl tile stands up to moisture, heavy household traffic, children, and pets, making it incredibly easy to maintain the look and lifespan of your floors.

  • High-Fashion Design

With innovative manufacturing techniques, luxury vinyl tile offers your home a luxurious appearance with comfortable foot cushioning-resilience. Thanks to its high-fashion designs, luxury vinyl tile is ideal for both formal and casual settings, making it popular in kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and dens.

Living room with luxury vinyl tile flooring

Misconceptions of Luxury Vinyl Tile

  • The Design Will Wear Off

A majority of people believe that the design of the floor will wear off from foot traffic, but that’s simply not true. As a result of the design being on a layer that is protected by the wear layer, luxury vinyl is actually resistant to scuffs and scratches.

  • Luxury Vinyl Lacks Design Depth

People think that the design of luxury vinyl is printed flat and lacks texture, but because of innovative manufacturing techniques, luxury vinyl actually offers visual depth to its design.

  • Luxury Vinyl Is Laminate

This misconception is simply false. Laminate is a product of recycled hardwood, making it not waterproof, whereas luxury vinyl is a synthetic product that is both waterproof and scratch resistant.

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