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
Tell the truth: you’ve probably done just a little furniture rearranging during the pandemic. And now that many of us are easing back into entertaining in our homes, the urge to change things up is strong. But when we start moving furniture, we usually find dents in our carpet and rugs. These divots happen when furniture compresses the fibers of your carpet. But don’t panic: they’re easy to remove with a bit of effort or professional support. Are Furniture Marks Permanent? The good news is those annoying furniture divots are usually not … [Read more...] about How Can I Remove Furniture Dents From My Carpets and Rugs?
The construction and home improvement industries have been on a roller coaster ride during the COVID pandemic. Supply chain issues and significant increases in consumer demand have led to lower inventory on almost every product. As a result, consumers are experiencing higher prices and longer wait times for projects large and small. However, it’s still possible to get gorgeous new flooring at a reasonable price from a reliable partner. You might need to be a little more patient and flexible than usual. And if you’re thinking about new flooring, … [Read more...] about Will It Take Me Longer To Get Flooring in 2021?
The choices we make to protect our environment include the materials and accessories we choose for our homes. We’ve all heard of green appliances, but what about green flooring? Yes, it’s a thing. Green flooring refers to flooring made with materials selected for both environmental and health benefits. Green flooring uses sustainably harvested wood and creates products made without toxic chemicals common in some building materials. The Canadian flooring manufacturer Lauzon checks all the boxes when it comes to green flooring. They’re known for … [Read more...] about Green Flooring–Is It Worth It?
Shoe-free homes are a tradition in cultures around the world for both religious and hygiene reasons. Residents and guests take off their shoes and immediately put on slippers intended for inside use only. In some US homes, it’s a trend that’s catching on--an effort to keep dirt and germs out and protect investments in flooring. But will wearing shoes inside really ruin my carpet and hardwood? Is Removing Shoes a Must? Studies show that when we wear shoes inside the house, we bring in plenty of dirt and germs. The good news is, the germs you … [Read more...] about Will Shoes Ruin My Carpet or Hardwood Floor?