Hard surface flooring has had a stellar run in the last few years, with new materials like luxury vinyl and fabulous new colors making it an appealing option. But there’s always a place for stylish carpeting. Design experts say carpet is back in a big way for 2022. And that trend is all about self-expression. We all know gray vinyl looks terrific, but sometimes it feels like everybody has it. Carpet allows you to make a design statement and show off your individuality. Some of the reasons we’re returning to carpet include: Softness, … [Read more...] about Is Carpeting Still In Style?
High-quality hardwood floors are gorgeous and long-lasting. They offer an elegant look and comfortable feel that’s hard to match. In many ways, they’re the gold standard of hard flooring. But they have a sensitive side and are susceptible to damage from moisture and humidity. It can feel like a catastrophe when your hardwood gets warped or damaged, but there are proven strategies for protecting your investment in hardwood and for dealing with warping if it occurs. What Are The Signs of Warping In Hardwood Floors? If your floorboards change in … [Read more...] about What Can I Do For Warped Hardwood Floors?
The holidays are looking a little more normal this year. We can’t wait to gather with friends and family. Of course, we want every detail to be perfect for guests--from holiday decor to fresh, clean floors. But hosting also means more dirt, food and wine stains to manage. So there’s often even more cleaning to do after the parties are over. We’ve got some tips for addressing some of the worst offenders on your own (pro tip: baking soda isn’t just for holiday cookies). These DIY tricks are helpful on the fly. But keep in mind that a professional … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Way To Remove Stains From My Carpet?
With today’s hot Northern Virginia real estate market, the demand for older homes is high. Whether you’ve fallen in love with an 18th or 19th Century historic home or a 50s style rancher with great bones and lots of updating to be done, finding the right flooring is an essential part of a loving restoration. One recommendation for homeowners: allow yourself to be guided by the time period-- and work with contractors who get it. It may sound silly, but we often find ourselves asking, “What does the house want?” When you have a period home, … [Read more...] about Updating an Older Home: Tips on Flooring
Hardwood is still the gold standard in flooring: gorgeous, durable, and long-lasting. It’s also pricey and takes plenty of maintenance to keep it looking its best. But here’s the good news: you can get hardwood glam without paying hardwood prices. 21st Century technology has given us gorgeous and affordable alternatives in hard flooring from top manufacturers. Here’s a look at some of our favorites. Laminate Planks as an Alternative to Hardwood Laminate planks look expensive, but they’re surprisingly affordable. They’re also super functional … [Read more...] about What Are The Best Alternatives to Hardwood?
The idea of a DIY home improvement project can be romantic. We envision ourselves taking on a task, learning a few new skills and finishing the project with a terrific new living space. But when it comes to flooring, trying to tackle it yourself is more likely to lead to headaches, heartache and frustration. If you don’t know what you’re doing, flooring can be chaotic, frustrating and easy to mess up. So many DIYers wind up disappointed with the result--or forced to call in the pros to clean up the mess. Here’s a look at some common DIY … [Read more...] about DIY Flooring Pitfalls: Why It Pays To Hire A Pro