Laminate tiles and planks are an affordable substitute for hardwood flooring. They have the look of hardwood, but don’t last as long as hardwood. However, for some families, laminate flooring gives them the beautiful hardwood look that gives years of use. Is laminate right for your home?
Laminate tiles are a composite type of product. The top layer is a clear protective layer that protects the next layer down. That is the paper layer that is the photograph of a hardwood floor. Then there are more layers under that layer.
Laminate is intended to give the look of hardwood and cost far less. You’ll have a choice between tiles or planks. The planks are what you want if you want it to look like a hardwood floor.
Durability is far better than it was back when Pergo first went on the market with this type of flooring. It was very popular, but people quickly learned that it wasn’t waterproof and damage was extensive when water was allowed to sit on it for a long period of time. But, it is now decades later and huge strides have been made in the quality of Pergo and other brands.
The laminate planks interlock, as regular hardwood planks do. It looks beautiful. However, if you need to remove a damaged plank then you’ll need to start at the edge of the floor and undo every plank on the way to the damaged plank. Then you’ll replace the damaged one and put them all back together again.
Like any flooring, laminate flooring has its benefits and drawbacks which needed to be weighed with your lifestyle. For a home with light to medium use, it could be just the right flooring. It is very affordable and has a stunning look. Stop by our showroom to see samples of laminate tiles and other types of flooring.
There are several ways to accomplish discount wood flooring when your floor needs replacing in your home or office. Each of these ways will accomplish the look of hardwood flooring, but they are far less expensive.
Discount Wood Flooring Options
When trying to save the budget for installing new flooring, there are ways you can get the beautiful look of hardwood floors without actually spending all that money for hardwood. Discount wood flooring is easy to achieve in these various options.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered flooring has a core of either vinyl or other wood product and a layer of hardwood is laid on top. These planks look like real hardwood flooring. They can be sanded and refinished, if you’re trying to match hardwood flooring in the home.
You won’t believe it until you see it. There are vinyl planks that look just like hardwood flooring. There are two options: snap together planks or glue down planks. Either will look just as beautiful as a hardwood floor.
There are some amazing rolled vinyl designs these days! At first glance you’ll think the floor is hardwood, but if you bend down and look closely you will see it is rolled vinyl flooring. This is an inexpensive option, but it will cost about the same as vinyl planks.
Laminate flooring is a combination of materials that mimic the look of hardwood. The top layer is a high resolution photograph of a hardwood floor. Pergo is the most well-known brand. The durability of Pergo has greatly improved over the decades.
US Hardwood and Carpet
When you’re searching for discount wood flooring, stop by our showroom. We can show you many options to accomplish that beautiful look of hardwood flooring that you love. You don’t have to go with cheap looking products to get the look you want.
Installing flooring can be tricky. Most people want to save some money here and there during their remodel and choose to install or refinish their flooring themselves. But is that such a good idea?
Whether you choose to install a new hardwood floor, carpet or lay tile, is doing it yourself a viable option? Installing flooring is tricky, no matter which type you choose.
As any real estate agent or construction contractor can tell you, they’ve seen a lot of flooring installation mistakes. Some are just cosmetic problems, others are serious problems. It is so common to see flooring that needs to be removed immediately after a homeowner installation that a new curse phrase has been created: homeowner install.
Everything looks easy to do, if you have little to no experience doing it. Once you get into the job of laying a new floor it is too late to stop. You must hope for the best and continue until it is finished.
Common mistakes laying hardwood flooring is to install all the floorboards in a row. Planks are supposed to be offset board by board but follow a specific pattern. Never should they be laid all in a perfect row. Also, a floor is snapped together tightly. There should be no gaps between planks.
When laying tile, your first job is to make the floor smooth, level and even. Then start in the middle of the room and work your way to the walls, constantly checking to make certain the pattern is still evenly laid.
There are Youtube videos that can help you with installing flooring of any kind. But, there is nothing like decades of experience with flooring. Have a retired flooring installer help you or just pay the extra and hire a professional. It is worth it to maintain your home’s value.
If you love the look of hardwood floors, but they just are not in the budget, you should buy vinyl flooring planks. These are a somewhat new type of flooring on the market that do an excellent job of mimicking that gorgeous look of hardwood floors.
Buy Vinyl Flooring Planks
There are a couple of ways to achieve that lovely look of hardwood or softwood flooring. Both are easy to keep clean and hold up very well for years to come. You can buy vinyl flooring planks or rolled vinyl flooring that has a very realistic hardwood design on it.
Vinyl Flooring Planks
Vinyl flooring planks come in several types in a variety of price ranges. There are the solid vinyl types and the vinyl with a wood core type, which is a lot lighter but might not be as water-tight as solid vinyl.
Snap Together Planks
The snap together planks are like hardwood planks and are laid down in a similar way. The downside is that they must be snapped together perfectly during install. And there is no fixing mistakes or damaged planks once the floor is done without disassembling the entire floor to get to that spot.
Glue Down Planks
The other planks are glue down. These are laid onto a bed of flooring glue which hold them to the floor for many years. These are usually preferred because if one is damaged then it can be replaced at a later time. You can get right into the spot, remove the tile and replace it.
Rolled vinyl has vastly improved in its look and durability over the years. You can get an amazing hardwood look with it. It is easy to clean, it holds up well and it can be easy to repair. The downside is that you’ll see the pattern repeat in large rooms.
Stop by US Hardwood and Carpet to see samples and to buy vinyl flooring planks.
If you learn how to clean carpet stains, you’ll be the most popular person in the neighborhood! These stains have a very time consuming process for removal and there really isn’t a quick fix. So, if you have a stain that needs to be out today, roll up your sleeves and try these methods of removal.
How to Clean Carpet Stains
The first thing you need to remember is to take your time and blot the treatment. If you scrub you will make the stain worse by working it deep into the fibers of the carpet or tearing the fibers apart. So, grab your soft terrycloth rag and start blotting, starting from the outside of the stain and work your way to the middle of the stain.
Various Cleaners to Try
Most organic stains like pet poo, mustard, coffee, etc., can be removed with a mixture of 20 Mule Team Borax and hot water. See package for instruction.
Spray shaving cream on the stain, pat it in a little bit and let sit for 30 minutes then blot it up. Remove the residue with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. Spray it on and blot it up.
When chewing gum or dried glue is the problem, ice cubes will be your hero. Put ice cubes on the gum for 1 minute to freeze it then bang it with a metal spoon to shatter it. Pick the pieces out. For those pieces still stuck, cut them out as close to the gum/glue as possible.
Call a Cleaner
Sometimes it is best to call a professional carpet cleaner to have the carpet cleaned or repaired. If you need suggestions on the best company to call, give us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet for recommendations.
There are some options for finding cheap tiles for kitchen floors, especially if you have a smaller kitchen. But even with larger kitchens, inexpensive tiles can be found that will make your kitchen look great.
Cheap Tile for Kitchen Floors
If you’re on a tight budget or are doing a needed upgrade just to sell the home, there are deals to be found for cheap tile for kitchen floors.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
A little known place to look for all types of building materials as well as 2nd hand furniture is the Habitat for Humanity store. This store is associated with the famous nonprofit that builds homes for free for the needy. Their store is used as a drop off for building supplies. What you’ll find there is different from day to day, so check often. You can score an incredible deal on floor tiles and many other items like doors, toilets, even beds!
Independent Flooring Stores
Independent carpet and flooring stores, such as US Hardwood and Carpet, will likely offer a far higher quality of goods than the big box hardware stores. These stores are usually very competitive in pricing. Ask for a salesperson when you go in and explain your budget. They will go over all your options to fit your budget and the quality you’re searching for. They can also install your new tile.
Craigslist and Facebook
Craigslist can be a goldmine of building supplies, new and used and worth a look, especially in the affluent towns and cities. Facebook for sale groups are another place to check often for left over building supplies in your area.
US Hardwood and Carpet
We are happy to help you at US Hardwood Carpet and Tile in your search for cheap tile for kitchen floors. We usually have many options that will fit your budget, so stop by or give us a call.
When you notice your pretty peach colored grout has turned black, it is time to learn how to clean tile grout. Tile grout can be fairly easy to clean. You don’t have to rent machines or hire a professional to do it.
How to Clean Tile Grout
Learning how to clean tile grout and doing a great job is easy and you might have what you need in the house already.
Rejuvenating Floor Tile Grout
The floor’s grout usually looks black from improperly mopping the floor. All that dirt gets shoved into that crack where the grout resides. Everyday dirt is a good thing, in this case anyway.
What you need to clean the grout with the least amount of work is Borax. You’ll find Borax (from 20 Mule Team slogan fame) in the laundry detergent isle. It is a mineral that loves to eat up organic stains and break loose dirt.
Mix 1 cup of Borax with enough boiling water to dissolve it and work it into a runny paste. Take that paste to your floor and scrub in a little bit of the paste into the grout with a toothbrush or floor brush. Let it sit while you work more areas. Take a break and wipe up the Borax, rinse and do more grout in the same way.
Cleaning Soap Scum from Bathroom Tile
The best thing in the world to break down soap scum is citric acid. You can buy it from a soap making supplies company or a beer making company. It is the stuff bath fizzies and lemonade are made from.
Put 1 cup of citric acid in a bowl of warm water. Use a floor brush to scrub your tiles. You’ll notice a weird smell as the citric acid breaks down the soap and releases it from the tile. When you’re done, rinse and scrub your tile with cleanser and water.
See? Learning how to clean tile grout is easy!
The hottest thing going right now in affordable flooring is vinyl flooring that looks like it is a hardwood or softwood floor. The vinyl flooring store US Hardwood and Carpet has this type of beautiful flooring made by Shaw.
Vinyl Flooring Store
US Hardwood and Carpet carries the full line of beautiful Shaw flooring at our vinyl flooring store’s showroom. Of course, this is a store that carries hardwood, tile, stone, carpet and vinyl flooring. But one very popular item right now is vinyl flooring that is manufactured in planks, just like hardwood, but so much easier to install and care for.
The installation of this look alike flooring can be a snap together plank floor that floats, as a hardwood floor would. There is another type that is a little less expensive and that is the glue down planks. Either way you’ll have a gorgeous floor that you’d swear was a hardwood floor at first glance.
Shaw is the manufacturer of this very affordable flooring. It is tough, resilient to pets and holds up beautiful for many years. It is made in a nice variety of colors to make it easier to match your wall paint, rugs and furniture.
There is a variety of wood-like styles that are much preferred to wood laminate flooring. Wood laminate has its issues with water, which can ruin several planks. This isn’t a problem with vinyl flooring. It is sealed, made of vinyl on top or solid vinyl which is water resistant.
US Hardwood and Carpet
Stop by our vinyl flooring store’s showroom at US Hardwood and Carpet to see our samples of this amazing new type of water resistant flooring. You’ll be amazed at just how gorgeous it is. We can also schedule a home consultation and bring the samples to you. Call us at 408-987-9610.
Renovations are tough to live with. There is the inconvenience of having to deal with all those strangers in your home – private spaces as well as everywhere else. Then there is the dust, the clutter, the noise and it all becomes a stressful nightmare that has broken up many marriages. There is another way. A fun way. Make that renovation project a free vacation!
There isn’t much worse than living in a home that is torn to pieces. So, turn that nightmare into sipping mimosas on a tropical island. Live in a warm, island hut on the shore of crystal blue waters. And don’t spend a dime to do it.
If you have the cash for your renovations, leave that in the bank. Open up a couple of credit cards that offer huge incentive sign up bonuses and rewards programs. Check those rewards programs very carefully to make sure they offer what you think they do. You are looking for vacation offers, travel agency offers, airline miles and anything else you might need for your renovation vacation.
Then use those credit cards to pay your contractors and purchase any supplies, hardware and equipment that might be needed for the renovation. The more you spend on the credit card, the more vacation you’ll get for free.
Now keep in mind, this is going to be a disaster if you didn’t already have the money for the renovation. You will need to pay those credit cards off before any interest accrues.
So, charge your renovation and then use your bonuses, rewards and points for scheduling your vacation. Of course, you’ll want to take the vacation while they have the house torn up. Have fun and enjoy your renovation vacation!
There are several great choices for flooring tiles for the living room. Each has its own beautiful features that will make this main room in your home gorgeous. Here are a few of the different types of tile you might consider for this room.
Flooring Tiles for the Living Room
Flooring tiles for the living room are a far better and healthier choice than many other types of flooring. Tile is extremely easy to clean, inexpensive to replace when damaged and bugs are not interested in living in it. But, there are a lot of different types of tile from which to choose. So, you’re going to need to do a bit of studying up.
Stone Tile Flooring
Stone tiles are all the rage for the main parts of homes today. You do have your choices of stone: marble, slate, travertine, limestone and granite are among the most popular.
But more than just having stone, there is how this tile is presented. There are some amazingly beautiful tiles made with stone pebbles, for instance. Mosaics are another popular choice in stone tiles. So, you don’t need to think just square or rectangle slabs of stone. There are a lot of possibilities.
Stone that has been imported tends to cost the most. It isn’t that the stone is more durable or even more beautiful, it is the cost of the shipping the stone to your area. So, if you want to keep costs down, sort through your choices of stone tiles that are made the closest to The Bay Area. Your salesperson at US Hardwood and Carpet can help you with that.
ShowroomUS Hardwood and Carpet has many samples we can show you of flooring tiles for your living room. Stop by and we’ll give you a selection to browse.