Vinyl Plank Flooring

A. These are similar products and both very good. Vinyl plank is a good choice for homes with children or pets and will be fairly resistant to fading over long periods of time. A great product!

A. Of all the advantages, the fact that vinyl plank is 100% water resistant has to be the biggest! As a result, any liquid spills will not affect the flooring. Great for basements and bathrooms.

A. All vinyl will fade, but vinyl plank flooring will not fade as quickly as other vinyl. A big advantage is that if something happens to the tile, you can replace pieces as you go.

A. Because vinyl plank flooring is scratch/stain resistant, waterproof and relatively inexpensive, it is the best option available. With this product, you and the dogs will be very happy with the results.

A. Vinyl plank flooring is resistant to spills, doesn't chip/scratch easily and is resistant to kids and pets. Also, the cleaning/maintenance of this product is easy, and you will be very happy with it.

A. You have to be the judge of the many great products out there. Some great ones are: Shaw Resilient Vinyl Flooring, Armstrong Luxe Plank (Vivero), Karndean Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring and Mannington Adura Rigid Plank.

A. For professional installers, they stay with flooring somewhere between 12 millimeters and 28 millimeters thickness. Therefore, it is best that whatever flooring you pick, that you start at a minimum thickness of 12 millimeters.

A. A moisture barrier is not required on wood subfloors, but you should seriously consider underlayment for cushioning/sound reduction. Sometimes (e.g. HOA at an apartment complex) you may be required to have this.

A. Expect this flooring to last 10 to 20 years. Part of that is your care for the flooring and whether it was expertly installed. These factors could extend that time well beyond 20 years.

A. The general rule is that in a 10 foot radius, the floor cannot be more than 3/16 of an inch out of flat. A professional installer will ensure this requirement is met.

A. Vinyl plank flooring can be installed as "floating" or glued to a subfloor. In either case, moisture underneath can cause softening of the vinyl, bubbling in the middle, mold growth or all of these conditions.

A. The biggest cause is contraction and expansion of the material as it gets warmer. Most commonly, the material will expand from exposure to direct sunlight which can result in buckling of the material.

A. These flooring materials appear as if they were natural hardwood with a price point well below that of hardwood. Luxury vinyl can cost slightly more than laminate but doesn't require padding/underlayment when installing.

A. This flooring can be installed over virtually any substrate including existing floors and concrete slabs. For any moist concrete floors like a basement slab, a vapor barrier is recommended and floors may require leveling.

A. Yes, but when moving furniture it is recommended that you put furniture pads on the legs, as this can easily damage your flooring. Doing so should protect the investment in your flooring.

A. As a consumer, not knowing what you're buying can result in a floor that looks/feels cheap. Vinyl plank flooring is a vinyl center with added layers to get better looking/cost effective planks.

A. Yes you can! A mix of a gallon of hot water and a cup of cider vinegar applied with a sponge mop will work every time. One other key, always clean up any spill immediately.

A. If not taking proper care, professional installers know that this can happen if the flooring is not allowed to acclimate to the humidity and temperature of the area it is to be installed.

A. Vinyl plank flooring can be used on relatively flat surfaces (<3/16" uneven across a 10' radius). Anything beyond this, laminate sheets/tiles may be a better idea.

A. A luxury vinyl or laminate are great choices as alternatives to hardwood floors. They are both less expensive than hardwood and both options are attractive in appearance.

A. A few disadvantages of vinyl flooring are they can not be repaired, have a shorter lifespan than wood floors, have little or no impact on home resale value and are not eco-friendly.

A. Repairing vinyl floors damaged by heavy furniture can be costly. To ensure that heavy furniture doesn't damage your vinyl floor, use furniture pads on all parts that rest on the floor.

A. You can install a refrigerator and stove over the plank flooring providing that each sit on four legs. Cabinets should not be installed over plank flooring.

A. Generally speaking, any non-slip pad that is considered safe for hardwoods would be okay for vinyl plank. With regard to rugs, colorfast rugs/mats would be considered a good choice for vinyl planks.

A. Swiffer wet cloths are considered safe for vinyl plank flooring and they were designed with the idea that they can be used on most floor surfaces, be it ceramic, vinyl, porcelain, etc.

A. Your design ideas should be the driver for your decisions! Gray gives a cool, contemporary tone to any room, always a good choice. Plus it's a neutral color, so you can design around it.

A. To properly take care of your vinyl floors, the use of warm not hot water is recommend. Any chemicals used should be mild. Clean up spills immediately and frequently vacuum/sweep your floors.

A. Any oil residue can be removed with something like Windex® or a mild detergent. Gums/waxes can be removed using mineral spirits, citrus cleaners or adhesive removers. Do not allow products to get into joints.

A. Yes you can. Apply to the affected area and clean with a damp mop. Wood floor cleaners are a good way to clean your flooring, whether they be vinyl plank, wood floors, marble or laminate.

A. Vinyl plank, tiles, laminates and hardwoods have been very popular through 2021. But that should be your decision, not decided by popular trends. You should select floors that perform to you needs and standards.

A. Vinyl plank is a very good choice for resisting dog urine. It will even be resistant to scratching from their nails and any stains they may make.

A. You can, but it's not recommended. Many of the new vinyl tiles are meant to look like natural stone. If you clear coat it will create a sheen inconsistent with real stone.

A. No. This flooring is installed with allowances for expansion/contraction. If you caulk around the flooring it will invalidate this expansion/contraction, which could lead to problems with the flooring.

A. Vinyl plank flooring is waterproof and very durable so it is a great choice for a bathroom. Using a professional installer is always a good way to ensure success with your flooring.

A. Research shows that vinyl flooring and sofas treated with fire retardant chemicals release certain levels of toxic chemicals. Serious health issues include cancer, neurological issues, respiratory and skin irritation.

A. Vinyl plank flooring manufactured by Shaw Industries is constructed with virgin vinyl commonly referred to as DOTP, and is both chemical free and contains no hazardous metals.

A. Considering vinyl plank flooring in high traffic areas may lead to floors showing wear and tear over time making them less desirable in some cases. An upside to vinyl is it's resistance to moisture.

A. The thickness of vinyl planks range from 5 mm to more than 8 mm. Choose a thickness of at least 5 mm remembering that the thicker the better in terms of their appearance.

A. One of the better options for vinyl flooring is Armstrong's Pryzm. This amazing product is known to be dent and scratch resistant and can withstand 25 psi.

A. Vinyl plank can also be used for full coverage when used on slightly uneven floor surfaces. In cases where uneven flooring exist, laminate sheets or tiles may be the better option.

A. Industry reviews of Tarkett are uniformly positive. Consumer reviews were also good with the exception of installing it yourself and cleaning being the two repeated issues.

A. Tarkett Aquaflor laminate flooring is warranteed with a 24-hour moisture protection against water damage. If spills are removed within 24 hours, this flooring will not be damaged.

A. Mannington's Adura line has a Hickory Luxury vinyl plank that are 5x48" beveled planks. It is one of the most cost effective planks at 4mm thick and looks great because of the darker hickory stain.

A. The pros of vinyl plank flooring include 100% moisture resistant, WPC, SPC and rigid core constructions. Cons typically include difficulty in removing if glued, non puncture resistant and non biodegradable.

A. You should consider a minimum wear layer of at least 12 mil. If your household consists of an active family and a family dog or two, consider buying 20 mil or higher.

A. An excellent selection for LVT/LVP is the COREtec Plus Premium with a 3mm cork padding. Most residential collections have a lifetime warranty and most commercial warranties are either 10 or 15 years.

A. COREtec Plus is an affordable luxury vinyl flooring running between $6.50 and $8.50 per square foot. Although at the higher end for LVP flooring, much less expensive than solid or engineered hardwood floors.

A. COREtec Plus floors require no additional underlayment and can be installed easily over existing hard surfaces. Installation can also conceal imperfections in subfloors eliminating subfloor preparations.

A. COREtec Waterproof Flooring is an engineered luxury vinyl product (LVP) and is an excellent application for high moisture rooms like kitchens and bathrooms because this product is 100% waterproof.

A. The best brand of luxury vinyl planks by most residential reviews is Shaw with COREtec as runner-up. Mohawk offers the best selection and Shaw Floorte Plus is the most durable.

A. COREtec vinyl planks are both durable and easy to maintain. Just be sure to avoid using harsh cleaning products but instead use Bona on your floors allowing floors to dry after mopping.

A. Both materials are the same but vinyl plank flooring is easier to install. Sheet vinyl flooring may curl up over a period of time and make it obvious that the flooring is not wood.

A. LVP can warp if exposed to excessive heat or sun because it is made of 100% vinyl. EVP is more durable because it has a PVC core and is typically a thicker plank.

A. The vinyl available in years past didn't have a great reputation and sometimes felt and looked cheap but luxury vinyl improved on adding other layers to the vinyl core to create planks and tiles.

A. MSI offers Cyrus Waterproof Rigid Core LVT flooring. It is a 100% waterproof wood-look vinyl plank flooring. It offers stain, scratch and dent resistance and is backed by a lifetime residential warranty.

A. All luxury vinyl tile flooring at Armstrong Flooring is made to resist scratches, stains and are 100% waterproof. Many have a lifetime warranty while other products come with 30-year and 15-year warranties.

A. The top rated commercial vinyl plank flooring by Armstrong is their Vivero Best! Most lines use around 30% recycled content and are made right here in the United States.

Tile Flooring

A. Ceramic tile durability is determined from a hardness rating system (0 to 5). A 5 rating is good for commercial application, three is good for residential use, 0 to 2 is good for wall tile.

A. A tile normally made from red/white clay that is kiln fired. It can be used throughout a house and is most popular on floors, walls and counter-tops.

A. Ceramic tile flooring is difficult to crack and very tough. With proper installation, it can last many years. If for any reason a crack develops, replacing the tile is very straight forward.

A. Widespread use of this material throughout many houses says this is the most universal of flooring materials. This is particularly trues in high traffic areas where it can stand up to this abuse.

A. It is not hard to lay tile, but knowing all the tricks of the trade takes a professional. Doesn't it make sense to have a professional install your tile, thus ensuring it is done right?

A. Porcelain tile for high traffic areas is an excellent choice of material. When properly installed it will look wonderful, be very durable and have a great look and performance.

A. Particular classes of porcelain should be used only on walls. Porcelain is glazed and when chipped the porcelain will show through. However, porcelain has greater density than ceramic materials which means a lower absorption rate.

A. This material can be very slippery. One way to avoid this is to ask what the coefficient of friction (COF) rating is for a tile under both wet and dry conditions prior to purchase.

A. For most ceramic tiles the answer is no. Some do require a sealer for the surface to fill the pores of the material. The grout however is cement-based and will require sealing.

A. Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for both you and your dog. It is waterproof, scratch and stain resistant and is an inexpensive alternative to wood floors.

A. For durability and ease of maintenance, glazed ceramic tiles are a very good option. Tile cost can vary a lot depending on size, design and material.

A. You can find tile material as cheap as 50 cents a square foot, but be aware that like so many things, the cheaper you buy, the better the chance you run into quality issues.

A. There are a number of types of tile floor material, basically, they are: mosaic, quartzite, onyx, granite, faux wood, slate, marble and ceramic tiles (i.e. manufactured from clay).

A. There are a wealth of materials that are used in making tiles, like glass, cork, stone, concrete, ceramic (glazed on internal applications, unglazed for roofing). Stone is normally made from slate, onyx, granite or marble.

A. That's a very personal decision, but creams, sand, beiges and whites are excellent choices for smaller rooms or in low light. Smaller rooms do well with larger tiles, which makes them appear bigger.

A. While a very personal choice, you have to consider durability, ease of maintenance and cost when deciding. The most popular kitchen floor choices are linoleum, vinyl, bamboo, cork, hardwood and natural stone.

A. When considering durability, porcelain and glazed ceramic tiles are hard to beat. They are also very easy to maintain, but you have to occasionally seal the grout to keep it's look and prevent staining.

A. You can install electric heat mats under ceramic tile which results in an especially warm room, particularly a bedroom. Porcelain is always a great choice for making a bedroom fell warm and comfy.

A. Expect tile (on a square foot basis) to cost $0.50 cents to $15 (indoor) $1-$35 (outdoor), labor $4 to $32, other materials at $6 to $9 and any material removal at roughly $2.

A. It's less costly to install a surround. However, for appearance and feel of a shower, there is no comparison, a tile surround wins hands down and is the only choice if you can afford it!

A. Because the clays that go into porcelain are denser (so it is less porous), porcelain is more resistant to water damage and is a harder material. Porcelain is generally considered more durable than ceramic tile.

A. When touching the material, anything bumpy or coarse feeling will be ceramic tile, where porcelain will be much smoother with its finely grained finish (much smoother than ceramic tile).

A. The opinions are as varied as people! When considering what folks do with paint colors, pale blues, grays and whites are very popular (i.e. very neutral). This can also apply to flooring colors.

A. Designers normally start at the bottom of a room and work up with darker colors at the bottom and lighter colors at the top. Makes sense because flooring materials are generally darker than walls/ceilings.

A. Whether it is hardwood, laminate or vinyl plank, it has been trending toward natural wood tones to the exclusion of warm colors. So light tones woods will be prevalent throughout the remainder of 2020.

A. There are completed studies that support ceramic tile flooring lasting from 75 to 100 years. That study also indicated that a natural stone product could last more than 100 years.

A. The least toxic flooring options are real hardwood, polished concrete, and tile. Specific brands of linoleum, carpet, and engineered wood are healthy choices and luxury vinyl plank, laminate and bamboo are non-toxic.

A. There is inherent greater strength in thicker tiles, which means they are less likely to crack/break. The result is you may want thicker porcelain in high traffic areas for it's greater durability.

A. It is generally believed that a selection of ceramic tile for your home's flooring is a safe and non-toxic option allowing both durability and easy maintenance.

A. A floating flooring product doesn't need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor. In a domestic context, a "floating floor" simply refers to the installation method.

A. Selecting the best flooring for your specific needs is wide open to personal preferences. There are many options available. The most common options include carpet, tile or natural stone, hardwood and laminate.

A. Emser Tile is the largest designer of tile and natural stone in the U.S. Appealing to a wide range of aesthetic, budget and performance requirements, available products include porcelain, ceramic and natural stone.

A. Begin by cleaning surfaces with a mild detergent then rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water. Using a dry clean cloth or paper towel, wipe away water to prevent water spots and streaks.

A. Granite TileGranite tile is a made from granite and is one of the earth's hardest natural substances found. Porcelain TilePorcelain is ceramic and made using finer grain clay.

A. The most durable type of tile on the market is porcelain. It is less porous than ceramic tile, harder and holds up to water even after prolonged exposure.

A. Most ceramic and porcelain tile does not requiring sealing although some may benefit from a light sealer. Grout lines between tiles are usually porous because grout is a cement based material.

A. Emser Tile is known for tile and natural stone products. Their line of flooring offers ceramic, porcelain, and decorative glass tiles as well as natural stone and mosaic products.

A. With more than 95 years in manufacturing, service and product design, American Oleanin features over 30 unique collections of exceptional product and is located in the United States.

A. In 1958 the Olean Tile Company was bought by the National Gypsum Company and created American Olean Tile as a subsidiary. In 1988, American Olean Tile was sold to Armstrong World Industries for $330 million.

A. Mohawk Industries owns both Daltile and American Olean. This is a conglomerate with products are seen in many home remodeling industries, especially in the flooring-related ones.

A. A leader in flooring products that has won awards for design and quality is Daltile. Installation of a wood look tile in bathrooms and basements has an advantage over hardwood flooring.

A. With over 30 unique collections, American Olean features an exceptional product made in the U.S.A. and has more than 95 years of proven experience in manufacturing, service and product design.

A. Daltile porcelain tile is an excellent performing and attractive surface. When used in kitchens it works great as countertops or as wall coverings in bathrooms but where it excels however, is in flooring.

A. Generally speaking, the cost of porcelain tile is more than ceramic tile. Porcelain is more durable and longer lasting of the two and is less porous making maintenance easier.

A. Bedrosians glass tiles offer unmatched beauty in translucence and colors giving it a contemporary look for kitchen backsplashes. Light reflecting off the tiles gives bathrooms the appearance of being larger and bright.

A. Bedrosian porcelain tile is durable making it ideal for higher traffic areas and create a naturally elegant look. The cost can be substantial but on the flip side can increase the value of your home.

Laminate Flooring

A. The lifespan of laminate flooring according to manufacturers is more than 10 years, but can remain looking great for up to 30 years if properly maintained.

A. Although easy to clean, a major disadvantage of laminate flooring is the inability to refinish. Deep scratches or grooves cannot be sanded and refinished like solid wood can be.

A. Laminate flooring is superior in terms of fading from sunlight exposure than vinyl plank flooring. Similar to vinyl plank, laminate flooring is durable and a good choice for homes with children and pets.

A. When cleaning laminate floors, it is not recommended to use steam cleaners or wet mops. Instead use products designed specifically designed for cleaning laminate flooring otherwise you run the risk of damaging your floors.

A. Tiles, both porcelain ceramic and non-porcelain tiles are more resistant to staining than laminate flooring. Tiles, when well maintained, can also last longer in the home while laminate will show wear over time.

A. Laminate flooring is a less expensive alternative to installing tile, stone and real wood in your home. Not only is it less expensive to purchase but also less expensive to install.

A. Restoring shine on laminate flooring can be accomplished using a specially formulated cleaning product to prevent haziness. You can DYI a store bought cleaner by using equal parts of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water.

A. You can install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor providing the tile is in good condition, well attached, and level. The same process is identical to installing a laminate floor on a concrete slab.

A. Most people would agree that carpet is the better choice in bedrooms. Laminate in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and other living areas of the home is better for people prone to allergies or that have pets.

A. Installing laminate countertops are attractive and affordable and can be installed by yourself. When installing new sheet laminate over old, first thoroughly sand and clean the old laminate surface.

A. Intermediate skilled DIYers can install laminate flooring relatively trouble-free. Tools for installation may include a hand or circular saw or flooring cutter. Most laminate flooring comes in planks that snap together.

A. Underlayment used in installing laminate can be attached to the bottom of the laminate flooring or it comes separately as a roll of polyethylene foam, felt, or cork.

A. It is not recommended that you use carpet underlayment underneath laminate flooring. If installed as an underlayment for laminate flooring, it will do more harm than good resulting in a headache for the homeowner.

A. "Super Gold is the best and thickest product you can use as an insulating laminate underlay. In addition, it also features a plastic vapor barrier protecting against humidity with a noise reduction rating of 22db."

A. Common reasons why laminate pieces won't snap into each other may be because of a warped or flawed piece of laminate, an uneven subfloor, or debris trapped under the flooring or underlayment.

A. It is not recommended to glue down laminate flooring since it is a floating floor. It is intended to support itself through a locking system that have no connection to the subfloor.

A. Laminate flooring also known as floating wood tile in the United States is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product. It simulates wood with photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer.

A. Post gluing down of laminate flooring, the joints of the boards may swell slightly. This is a temporary condition caused by the absorption of water in the glue. This often resolves within 3-4 weeks.

A. After 2-3 days, laminate flooring has acclimated to the room environment and can then be installed. Installation by a professional would most likely be less time needed by most DIY homeowners.

A. Laminate floors are not known for adding much to a home's resale value as they do not offer the same durability as tile although they are appreciated for their low maintenance and good looks.

A. The expense of installing carpet on surfaces is generally much cheaper than the cost of installing laminate flooring, but remember that laminate flooring is longer-lasting and easier to clean.

A. Assess the visual goals of a room in relation to adjacent rooms and the amount of traffic the room will receive. Board thickness is generally associated with quality and product warranty should also be considered.

A. Sealing the perimeter of the laminate floor is a recommendation made by most manufacturers. This will prevent water from potentially making its way underneath the laminate boards.

A. The coldness of a bare floor depends on the temperature of the room. Laminate flooring with a thick underlayment would provide warmth that vinyl typically can't. There are also underfloor heating systems available.

A. Better than solid hardwood, laminate flooring can be installed in a bathroom. Precautions should be made to protect the wood base from moister. A bonus to laminate flooring is the ease of cleaning.

A. By mopping with a reusable microfiber head and using a product by Bona or Swiffer, the cleaning of laminate floors is easy. To prevent damage, do not oversaturate the flooring or use polish or wax.

A. 8mm is a standard thickness and is good quality, affordable, and durable. 12mm is a thicker flooring with a feel similar to walking on hardwood flooring.

A. Leaving an expansion gap around the perimeter of the floor at least 10-12mm is essential to correctly installing laminate flooring and there are important reasons to doing so.

A. When installing laminate flooring in kitchens you cannot place cabinets that are meant to be bolted permanently to the floor. Installing these type of cabinets will prevent expansion and contraction due to temperature changes.

A. An obvious pro is that laminate is made from pressed wood. It is both durable and scratch resistant. It is long wearing and easy to clean. Con: May not be as visually appealing.

A. The criteria for judging which laminate flooring is best, consider the quality of construction and the reputation of the manufacturer and brand. Pergo, Mohawk, Mannington, and Shaw are several that fit the bill.

A. Trending in laminate floors is authentic reproductions. The reclaimed look and subtle embossing that you would see in real wood and stone is available making it harder to tell the real McCoy from the reproduction.

A. Luxury Vinyl Tile commonly referred to as LVT and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) are on the rise in 2020 Flooring Trends. Most people are familiar with flooring materials like hardwood and wall-to-wall carpeting.

A. If you're looking for a waterproof laminate flooring, Tarkett's Aquaflor has a 24-hour moisture protection warranty. Removal of everyday spills within that window guarantees that your floors will not be damaged by water damage.

A. An underlay of 3 – 5mm for laminate flooring works best. A minimum of 3mm thickness provides comfort and should be no more than 5mm thick or risk problems with the locking system.

A. When shopping for laminate underlayment, there is an advantage of using a 2mm underlayment with radiant heating or under thin laminate but you'll find that 3mm is more commonly used.

A. Some of that answer depends on whether or not it is susceptible to direct heat as in a hot ember tossed from a fireplace. LVT is made out of vinyl and could be damaged.

A. Mannington's durable laminate flooring is resistant to stains, scratches, and moisture. When compared to the costs of installing carpet, tile, and hardwood, laminate is one of the most affordable options on the market.

A. Installation for Pergo laminate flooring runs approximately $2,000 to $3,000 to cover a 500 square foot area. Pergo laminate is designed to simulate authentic wood floors in appearance.

A. Let's talk laminate flooring. The best overall for laminate flooring is Mohawk and Pergo, with Shaw as runner up. Armstrong continues to have the best selection while TrafficMaster is tagged with worst quality.

A. Which are among the best waterproof laminate brands available? Mohawk RevWood Plus ($2.50 - $3.35 per square foot) and Shaw Repel ($3.10 - $3.75 per square foot) rank high by industry standards.

A. Pergo is a brand of laminate flooring known for its unique three-layer system which improves the durability of and reducing sound when walked on. Pergo floor coverings come with an excellent manufacturer guarantee.

A. Pergo WetProtect claims to be completely waterproof. All colors of TimberCraft boast of an AC 4 rating, and are 12 mm thick which means that they can be applied for commercial use.

A. The pros of Pergo Flooring include it being the best laminate option available. If you're going for the look of light oak, wide plank wood flooring, this product delivers on a tight budget.

Hardwood Flooring

A. An advantage of engineered hardwood over solid hardwood is that it allows for installation in most grade levels of a home. When combined with a hardwood veneer it gives the look of a hardwood floor.

A. Engineered flooring has a top layer of solid wood which make scratches, dents and other marks appear the same as if it were a solid hardwood floor.

A. The lifespan depends on the thickness of the plank. Expect 20-30 years for thinner planks and 40-80 years for thicker ones. This rule of thumb applies for higher quality engineered floors.

A. In some engineered hardwood, boards allow for air movement between the flooring and the foundation and moisture can dry out but you should never wet mop engineered hardwood floors.

A. Engineered hardwood oftentimes does comes pre-finished but sealing adds an extra layer of protection that can add years to the life of your flooring.

A. Clean using a dry to damp mop for best results. Pulling drapes or blinds closed during peak sunlight protects floor from UV damage. Never place houseplants directly on hardwood floors but instead use a coaster.

A. A moisture barrier is recommended in a nail down application. Gluing down hardwood floors can be trickier to do and using an Aquabar underlayment for a floating hardwood floor helps control moisture.

A. Professional installation of engineered wood is usually less expensive that installation of solid wood. The cost for installation of hardwood floors is between $8 and $15 per square foot.

A. Oak, walnut, ebony, maple, ash, or pecan are the most durable hardwood flooring. Hardiness and durability is indicated by the Janka rating of the wood. Red oak has a Janka rating of 1290.

A. Installing a solid surface flooring instead of carpet is healthier. If using wood flooring, choose FSC-certified solid wood. Lastly, installation of wood flooring using nail down or clock-lock instead of glue is healthier.

A. Having the same flooring throughout your home provides a seamless flow from room-to-room. Areas to receive the same flooring treatment would include the main living area, family room, dining room, kitchen and hallways.

A. In 2020 flooring trends have moved toward the lighter end of the spectrum which include white-washed, or the beachy look but you'll also see warmer hardwood flooring ideas as well.

A. It isn't difficult to keep hardwood floors clean. Regular vacuuming or sweeping and an occasional cleaning using a wood cleaner, is all that is required to keeping hardwood floors looking their best.

A. Swiffer products are totally safe to use on hardwood floors. Try Swiffer WetJet Wood Starter Kit for a quick cleaning. Not only does it clean up sticky messes, it brings out their natural beauty.

A. Woods that are resistant to scratching are the harder woods such as cumaru and jatoba from the tropics. They typically score 3,000 pounds or more while domestic hardwoods are about half as hard.

A. Hardwood alternatives which are lower in cost than hardwood flooring include engineered vinyl planks which are one of the most innovative products this decade, wood look tiles, laminate and bamboo flooring.

A. 2020 is going to be a Big Year for white oak floors not only for their durability and affordability, but white oak offers a smoother grain for a modern aesthetic.

A. Hardwood continues to be the top choice for flooring and it's appeal is widespread. Other popular materials include laminate, vinyl, linoleum, porcelain or ceramic tile, natural stone and carpet.

A. While continuing the same flooring throughout a home gives a sense of uniformity, it is unnecessary. Results can be stunning by mixing different types of wood on the floors throughout your home.

A. Fashion trends have shifted towards wider planks. A typical range of 5-8 inches is favored, however in larger homes, many have opted to lay 10 inch planks.

A. 3/4 inch thickness is the best and most common hardwood purchased. The thicker the board, the longer it will last. Engineered floors have two components to their thickness, core and veneer.

A. In terms of which is easier to care for, hardwood would win out over carpet. It can't trap dust and allergens like carpet, and is less susceptible to staining.

A. Hard surface flooring has been the long standing preferred flooring choice resulting in the best return on investment or ROI. Hardwood is your best bet.

A. Wood floor boards can separate and develop gaps if the flooring hasn't been properly acclimatized prior to installation. If an insufficient expansion gap has been left around the room, you may experience separation.

A. A 2-part epoxy is preferred for patching large holes in wood, baseboards, and wood trim. The process is similar to mixing dough and can be shaped before/after it dries.

A. It is possible to make small repairs by replacing a plank of flooring if your hardwood floor is in good shape. You can also fix areas of flooring to avoid having to completely refinish them.

A. The durability of hardwoods is attributed to the fact they are harvested from slow-growing, broad-leaved trees. Their timber has a higher density than softwoods providing durability and strength.

A. Some Advantages of hardwood flooring are easy maintenance and hygiene, variety, quality and are a long-term investment. Disadvantages include cost, scratching, cupping, crowning and limited usage.

A. Greige is considered the "new" gray in terms of wood flooring color trends. Brown, beige and a hint of gray has definitely taken off in home design for virtually any room in the home.

A. Hardwood is harvested from broad leafed trees like beech and oak while softwood comes from conifers like pine and fir. Fast-growing species like pine trees are more sustainable than slow-growing trees like oak.

A. Wood is renewable unlike other building materials including steel. Wood is a resource that does not deplete the earth of it's natural resources and can be grown and harvested repeatedly.

A. Hardwood trees produce seeds with a coating. This can take shape as a fruit or a shell. Woods classified as softwood don't have any type of coating on the seeds.

A. Plantation teak is harvested and managed to produce a sustainable supply. Teak can be grown throughout the world's dry-tropical zones and so plantation teak is considered a renewable resource.

A. Coconut timber also referred to in the Philippines as coconut lumber, is a pseudo hardwood substitute made from coconut palm trees. Used as an alternative to rainforest timber, it is a resource from plantation crops.

A. American beech is an important species within the family of Fagaceae and is found in the forests of North America, but unlike oaks and chestnut, beech is not included in the most commercially available.

A. Layers of hardwood and plywood are constructed together into what the flooring industry terms as engineered flooring. Solid hardwood is constructed of solid wood without layering.

A. Armstrong has long been known for wood flooring. They offer floating engineered wood flooring across all their brands. Also well known but not as easily attainable, is the Mannington brand.

A. Engineered hardwood floors are comprised of plies of real wood that are adhered to make the board structurally stable. Depending on the thickness of the top layer of wood, sanding and refinishing may be applicable.

A. Yes, and they can be expensive compared to hardwood. As far as the concern for toxins in engineered hardwood floors, the issue lies in the stains and topcoat.

A. The National Wood Flooring Association reported that 99% of real estate agents stated that selling homes with hardwood is easier, and 90% say that those homes sell for more money.

A. Waterproof hardwood flooring is natural hardwood enhanced by technology. Shaw makes a product comprising a layer of real wood on top of a core of stone polymer composite (SPC) and is impervious to moisture.

A. Hardwood floors are a classic and sustainable option for homeowners. Oak floors are one of the most sustainable because the U.S. forest management and protection programs ensure that trees are regularly replanted in forests.

A. Engineered flooring is considered more environmentally-friendly than hardwood due to the process of producing. Veneer is sliced not cut with a saw which produces no sawdust resulting in using all of the tree's wood.

A. The hardest commercially available hardwood is hickory and one of the most popular hardwood species available. There are hundreds of varieties of hardwood grown in North American.

A. The very best approach to dog-proof your hardwood floors could begin by first considering a distressed or hand-scraped hardwood and by choosing wood that ranks high on the Janka hardness test.

A. Engineered hardwood is a type of hardwood flooring Bruce® offers. Enjoy the timeless beauty of a product that has a core of 5 to 7 layers of plywood bonded together.

A. Second to Armstrong in total flooring sales, Mannington's longevity is in part due to some significant brand loyalty with good options available in style, color and value categories.

A. The majority of Anderson Floors are manufactured in the United States. Anderson Tuftex Hardwood Collections are made using domestic wood species like oak, hickory and maple and include the more exotic ones like Casitablanca Kupay.

Carpet Flooring

A. Twisted pile carpet is the most popular style of carpet and comes in a large variety of colors. The yarn has been tightly twisted and the loops are cut to become this style of carpeting.

A. Sisal carpeting is woven from plant fibers using Agave Sisalana which is a succulent. It is both sustainable and bio-degradable making it an eco-friendly pick for homeowners.

A. Generally cut pile carpets are softer than loop pile carpets and plush is the softest of all styles. Wool, although expensive, is perhaps the softest fiber. Nylon and polyester are alternative soft fibers.

A. With a variety of underlay to choose from, the most popular are polyurethane (PU) foam and rubber. Foam is popular as it gives a soft feeling underfoot while rubber is sound proofing.

A. When replacing carpet, replacing the underlay is beneficial to the feel you will have walking on them. Some carpets such as a waterproof gel backed carpet or carpets with felt backs don't require an underlay.

A. A low pile carpet has short fibers and appears flat and dense. It is both durable and easy to clean and can stand up to lots of foot traffic and maintain it's appearance.

A. Carpet provides insulation and can help save energy. Carpet insulates floors providing a softer feel than a hard surface for your feet and provides for a softer landing for carpet sitters.

A. Bedrooms, living rooms, play rooms and stairs are all popular rooms for carpet. Whether they receive a high amount of traffic or less, carpet in these rooms provides comfort and insulation.

A. Wool fibers are a natural material and are both sustainable and may even improve indoor air quality. Other natural fibers are sisal, seagrass and jute.

A. Painting a ceiling or trim always should be done before carpet installation. If the walls are also going to be painted, things will run smoother if done after the carpet is laid.

A. Sisal is a natural fiber carpeting material, unlike synthetic materials like nylon. It is non-toxic and won't off-gas volatile organic compounds. It is a good alternative for people with allergies or asthma.

A. Wool is ideal since it has a soft and luxurious feel. As a natural fiber, it tends to be the most expensive type of carpeting which is why some people choose a synthetic carpet.

A. You certain can and if you can open windows in the room to let out the VOCs, you can sleep comfortably. Another option is to sleep in a different room for a couple of nights after installation.

A. The VOCs emitted from newly laid carpet are short lived and dissipate within a day or two. Good air ventilation in the room as well as vacuuming speed up the process.

A. The VOCs emitted from newly laid carpet are short lived and dissipate within a day or two. Good air ventilation in the room as well as vacuuming speed up the process.

A. Wool carpet is a healthier alternative when purchasing carpet because you will be more likely to avoid the VOCs which are organic compounds that easily become vapors or gases which are hazardous air pollutants.

A. Installation of carpet requires removal of moldings and baseboards. An installer may require an additional charge to do so and may not be responsible for damaged wood due to dryness.

A. Replacing carpet with hardwood follows the same installation but in reverse. Remove carpet back to the original subfloor including the padding and tack strips around the edges of the room allowing for installation of hardwood.

A. Quality carpet can last about 10 to 15 years, compared to quality hardwood floors that are longer-lasting. The return on investment will vary according to your market and other factors.

A. Carpet lifespan is usually about 3-5 years in the average household with 2-4 people. After that point, most carpet fibers become old and frayed and look tired.

A. The choice made for your carpet underpad should be a serious consideration before purchasing carpet because a higher grade pad will definitely make the carpet feel and perform better.

A. Worth more than $6 billion in annual revenue with over 20,000 employees worldwide, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. leads the carpet manufacturing industry headquartered in Dalton, Georgia.

A. Carpet's popularity for flooring material in bedrooms is largely due to the warm coziness it provides. Factor in costs, carpet is considerably less expensive than hardwood flooring.

A. Carpet insulates thereby making a room seem quieter and for some people that is an attractive feature especially in a bedroom. Carpet is a less expensive way to provide a softer feel than hardwood.

A. Most manufacturers say carpet should last for approximately 10 years. Variances depend on the wear and tear on areas that are major walkways. In those areas carpet fibers may lose their texture and tuft sooner.

A. Although adding new hardwood floors is a costly investment in the beginning, the end results may outweigh those costs by increasing the value of your home in the long run.

A. Consider light colored neutrals as they tend to work best in making the spaces in your home feel larger. Steer clear of white carpets as they present an expensive cleaning problem for potential owners.

A. Neutral colored carpet colors like grey will increase in popularity in 2020. As a design element, neutral colors are easy to incorporate into any type of style or theme. That's great news for homeowners.

A. Before selecting from carpets you like, compare the quality of carpet fibers of each as well as the manufacturer's warranties with one another. The length of warranty will ensure that you are choosing the best.

A. Comparing cut pile carpets with loop pile carpets, cut is softer but plush is the softest of all styles. The softest fiber is wool, but it can be very expensive.

A. In 1791 William Sprague started the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia. This was the beginning of the carpet industry in the United States. Others followed during the 1800's in New England.

A. SmartStrand Silk carpet is packed with 700 silk-like, stain-resistant fibers which is three times more than nylon carpet. The results are a carpet that is dense, durable and luxurious to the feel.

A. Home owners with small children or the elderly can provide safety with their choice in stair coverings. Carpet provides traction where wood can be slippery and that can lead to falls.

A. Two pieces of yarn loosely twisted together is known as 2-ply yarn while a similar process creates 3-ply yarn. The upper layer of yarn is what we feel.

A. Rhino carpet is commonly praised for it's SmartStrand Forever Clean technology. The Nanoloc spill protection technology provides for quick and easy clean ups which makes life easier for those fortunate to have it.

A. For high traffic areas and rooms where pet hair or other messes are a concern, a low pile carpet is best. If this isn't a concern, then a medium pile offers a feeling of ease.

A. Berber carpet was popular in the 1990s and is still produced, but is indeed outdated. The new Berber styles with a looped weave is on trend and is anything but behind the times.

A. Frieze carpet has long, twisted yarns that create both dimension and sensation underfoot. Plush carpet has a more formal appearance because of its thick construction.

A. When asked what styles of carpet pile is available, one needs to understand that the differences are in the look and texture. Velvet, Saxony, Shag, Frieze and cable each provide such differences

A. Tuftex is a brand from Shaw Floors that focuses on craftsmanship and timeless design. The brand's focus is on exceeding customer expectations with floors designed with intention and crafted with care.

A. Mohawk's most popular fiber is SmartStrand. Carpets made from these fibers are tagged as “Forever Clean” by the company and are appealing to pet owners because of their All Pet Protection and Warranty.

A. When compared to other brands, Mohawk carpets are quite durable. Mohawk carpets are designed using state of the art technology resulting in an attractive floor that lasts for years.

A. Mohawk Industries is based in Calhoun, Georgia. Flooring products for both residential and commercial applications throughout North America are produced and distributed in the Unites States as well as in residential applications in Europe.

A. PFAS are chemicals that have been widely used in products advertised as stain and water resistant including Stainmaster carpet. Stainmaster follows design trends and maintains a broad selection of color.

A. A professional steam clean is required every 18 months to maintain the warranty. Weekly vacuuming to remove soil that can dull and cause fibers to mat is a good maintenance program.

A. Mohawk SmartStrand silk carpeting will hold up better than a soft nylon carpet. They will also wear longer and testing has shown that they don't start to show traffic areas until around 60,000 footsteps.

A. Mohawk carpet is competitively priced when compared to other carpet brands such as Fabrica and Tuftex. Pricing range is around $2.50 to $9 per square foot.

A. PermaStrand olefin fiber offers styling and color that is great for informal applications. Because Olefin is a highly moisture, fade, and static resistance fiber and is well suited for areas with increased humidity.

A. According to market reviews, the top two best vaccuums for SmartStrand Carpeting by Mohawk are Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum Cleaner and Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum.

A. Nylon is often considered the strongest fiber on the market, however Mohawk claims that Triexta is stronger. It appears to hold up very well in high traffic areas. It is both resilient and durable.

A. Mohawk's SmartStrand has been scientifically improved at the core component – the fiber. This is basically a worry-free low VOC carpet and is stain resistant and long-lasting.

A. Both offer quality and performance. Mohawk's selections may be better known for their high-end style of carpeting, while Shaw offers more budget oriented selections.