Hardwood flooring has been a homeowner’s main squeeze since people finally got over carpet. It has been a very long time. But now, there is a new kid on the block and homeowners are flocking to it. So much so that it knocked hardwood out of its #1 position of the most demanded flooring.
So, hardwood floors are out. What’s the latest and greatest flooring everybody simply has to have? Engineered Flooring. This flooring has the overall look of hardwood because it is formed into planks, so it has that long offset board installation. But it is not natural wood at all.
There are several types of this new flooring. There are engineered, which is a composite material, solid vinyl planks and vinyl planks with a wood core. And of course, laminate is still a very popular choice. These types of flooring are preferred over hardwood these days. There are a lot of reasons why.
Hardwood flooring is beautiful, but so are these new manmade planks. The popularity of these new flooring materials is their lower price and easy upkeep. When your floor consists of glued down vinyl planks, water damage is no longer an issue.
But the planks can be installed in various ways, depending on the type that you choose. You can float the floor as you typically would with a hardwood floor. But some of these planks are intended to be glued down. There are advantages to both. You need to speak to our flooring expert to figure out which is best for your lifestyle.
When you’re building a new home or updating your current home, take a look at all the new flooring options there are. In 2019, things have changed. Not everyone loves hardwood so much. There are more practical and less expensive options today.
Floor trends are something to look at when you’re considering an update. If you choose something that peaked years ago, you’ll be outdated before you’re finished replacing the floor. So, by checking into up and coming styles or what is just ready to catch on with homeowners as the latest and greatest look, you’ll have a floor that cashes in on being stylish for many years to come.
This year for bathrooms, the floor trends are so 3000 BCE. Those tiny colorful tiles that are the ancient version of the pixel are back in a big way. The Romans used these little tiles to create masterpieces that are still beautiful even today. Now it is your turn to make your bathroom floor a work of art. Although, it’ll be a lot easier for you than it was for a homeowner in ancient Rome.
The mosaic masterpieces of today’s bathroom, era 2019 CE, tend to be a repetitive design and not depicting a god enjoying the great outdoors or his or her companion. Designs that do well in repetitive tile design are chevron, herringbone and squares. To be completely stylish, put mosaic on the floor, but use the large marble tiles on the shower walls and the walls of the bathroom.
But it isn’t all about mosaics. Vinyl planks are all the rage, especially when they mimic wood planks. You can have a beautiful waterproof floor that looks just like a hardwood floor, but without the water stain problems. Today’s vinyl has some amazing looks.
For color choices, keep it grey, but a lighter grey mixed with tints of green and light blue. Even white with accents in light greys, blues and greens are very popular right now. Think beach motif. You want to reflect the light.
When you need to find out what’s popular right now, stop by our showroom at US Hardwood and Carpet and we’ll be happy to help.
Hardwood finish styles change all the time, but slower than other interior decorating colors for walls and fabrics. But they do change and right now using a high gloss finish on your hardwood floors might get you arrested by the home fashion police. There are some definite new color trends for 2019, so if you’re refinishing you might want to consider these new color choices.
Hardwood Finish Colors
Hardwood floors have been all about grey, grey, and more grey recently. It is a good thing if you like grey, because it is still the #1 color. However, the grey has moved to a darker, a more brooding grey: charcoal. So, take the grey down a couple of notches from the past couple of years and you’ll be spot on!
Other colors are the complete opposite, such as the off-whites! Dress things up with a little sea salt white, a semi-opaque white that isn’t stark white, but slightly on the grey side. Depending on the flooring manufacturer, this could be a light grey or an off-white. It is the whitest sea salt color that’s the new trend.
In a variety of light-ish and dark-ish, the color green is in. This is a deeper green that is rather low in the yellow content. Think various versions of an olive/forest green mix. You can go light or you can go dark with these deep greens and they both look spectacular, especially if you’re sick to death of everything grey.
The one color that is completely out for 2019 in hardwood floors are yellows. That yellowish tinge and honey this or that is not cool at all this year. When you’re picking out flooring this year stick to the charcoal to light grey, a white that’s related to the grey or a rich forest type of green. And the less shine, the better. If you go with a natural oil finish, it is perfect!
There are things you should do when selling a home and things you shouldn’t do. Everyone always says it’s all about kitchens and bathrooms and that is true. But, should you make the big investment of replacing flooring when you list your home to sell?
Flooring and Selling Your Home
Flooring can make or break a sale, true. An average family doesn’t want that huge investment before they even move into their new home. But still, there are times you should not replace the flooring.
How to Decide
Your realtor should help you see your home with a stranger’s eyes. This will help get out of the space you’re using to seeing every day and think like a buyer. Just how bad is the flooring?
Ask yourself these questions:
If hardwood flooring is a little worn, a well-placed, beautiful carpet might be just the cure for showing the home. But if there are stains, missing or damaged boards, water stains, you’ll need to either fix it or install carpet over it.
If it is carpeting that is showing stains and wear, it must be replaced. Replacing it with the cheapest carpet is fine. Your buyer will likely replace it with whatever they like anyway. You are just making the home showable.
The time to do nothing, not even replacing the carpeting, is when your entire home needs remodeling. It is an investor that will be buying your home and they are not impressed by a homeowner’s changes to sell the property. Upgrading anything will be a waste of money for you.
We hope this helps you save money for your new home’s upgrades. When you need our professional opinion, stop by US Hardwood and Carpet. Our flooring professionals are happy to answer your questions.
Carpet is the trending floor covering for this year. And the trendsetter holdouts will be happy to hear that there is a 100% waterproof carpet now! It is everything a homeowner wants.
There are usually some big holdbacks for installing carpet in a home. Things like mold and dust allergies, pets – especially cats, children and mud season. But now all those things are irrelevant, because Shaw has invented a carpet that is waterproof. It is named Lifeguard.
Now when your cat starts urinating on the carpet instead of in the litterbox, it will sit there on the surface until you can wipe it. Once it is cleaned up there is no lingering smell from urine in the padding or subfloor, because it never soaked through the carpet.
Landlords should take note of this new carpet. It can save thousands of dollars in having to install carpet yet again after a tenant with a neglected pet. A good cleaning is all it will take for it to look and smell clean once again.
Children can no longer ruin a carpet by spilling milk in the living room. Instead of having to shampoo the carpet every month because of all the things they spill and track in from outside, a quick wipe takes care of it. Your floors will always look lovely with Lifeguard carpet.
Good news for those who love Stainmaster carpet. It is available with the Lifeguard backing now. You’ll be protected from liquids sinking through the carpet and from stains on top of the carpet. It is a good day for those joining in on the carpet trend in flooring. Give us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet to see when the next special on Lifeguard backed carpets will happen.
Everyone loves that warm homey look of hardwood flooring and the fact that it seems to last forever. But laminate has a look that is awfully close to hardwood and it has other advantages, too, like it costs far less. So, which one is the right choice for your home?
Wood flooring is the flooring for the ages. Well, since the rough cut plank colonial era certainly, but it has evolved overtime into what we now consider the ideal hardwood flooring. Today, the finishes are less shiny than in decades past and you’ll see hardwood floors, reclaimed barn wood or bowling alley floors and just good old fashioned New England pine planks. Each has its own unique beauty and lasts for generations.
This type of flooring is considered the standard in finer homes. It is usually what sits beneath glorious area rugs in every room. Although, some opt for a warm carpet in the bedrooms and stone tiles for bathrooms and kitchens.
On the downside, hardwood flooring is expensive to install and every decade or so you’ll need to refinish it. The polyurethane will wear off and you’ll find water stains and scratches from years use. Refinishing can be a costly maintenance.
Laminate flooring gives you a similar look, as it has an image of hardwood flooring over the core materials. It is finished right out of the box, so your choices there are minimal. It’ll likely be installed as a tongue and groove floated floor.
The biggest difference between the two is the length of life. Laminate does hold up well these days and it has evolved into a durable, scratch resistant flooring choice. But it cannot be refinished, because the top is only a photograph, not real wood. So, it will need to be replaced decades before hardwood.
Another difference with laminate is the price. This flooring choice is far less expensive than regular hardwood flooring.
Remodeling a basement is an excellent way to expand your living space. Basements can open up the possibilities of a rumpus room, entertainment center, game room or extra bedrooms. Or possibly a combination of all of these ideas! But, be forewarned, basement flooring needs to be carefully chosen.
Remodeling a Basement
Your flooring choice when remodeling a basement is very important. As much as you’d love to have some soft, cushy carpeting down there, it will likely be a mistake. Basements are usually moist, the poured concreted that creates the walls and subfloor like to hold moisture all the time. This is a place that tends to never completely dry out. That moisture will feed mold and mildew. The wrong flooring choice will help the mold flourish. So, what to do?
The basement subfloor will need a moisture barrier installed before the flooring is laid down. Another option is installing tile. Tile works very well in moist environments and that’s why bathrooms are usually tiled. It prevents any additional dampness adding to the already damp concrete subflooring.
There are so many interesting flooring choices from which to choose these days that you’ll be surprised at how many attractive options you have. You don’t have to have just the original concrete. While carpet isn’t likely going to work well in your basement remodel, there are a lot of comfortable and beautiful choices that will.
Luxury Vinyl Tile is a great option for a basement floor where there is going to be kids bouncing around and playing. This type of tile is a softer feel when you walk on it and is likely to soften the falls that tumbling children tend to take.
The best way to determine the best flooring choices for remodeling a basement is to speak with our sales representative. You can discuss how the basement will be used and our salesperson will show you some of the options that will work in your new space.
What is the best finish for hardwood floors right now? Homeowners today are taking a completely opposite approach from the decades of highly polished, super glossy floors. The hottest trend right now is an oil finish and it is popular for more than its matte beauty.
What is the Best Finish for Hardwood Floors?
The oil finish is the finish that is being installed a lot lately making it the hottest trend for 2019. It has a very warm, homey appearance with a little bit of a weather worn look. Reclaimed barn wood has been the rage for years now and the oil finish is the next best thing when it comes to that old-timey look.
But its durability is another reason this hardwood finish is so popular. It tends to hold up far better than the shiny finishes. On the downside, the oil finish is more susceptible to water spill damage, especially when it is something that sits on the floor and continually drips like it does with a floor plant. So, you need to be extra careful about water damage.
On the bright side, if you need to refinish an area, sand it and add more oil. Refinishing this type of hardwood floor is very easy and inexpensive. That is not the case with a very shiny, polyurethane finished floor.
If you are putting in a brand new hardwood floor, the oil finish is probably the best way to go. It will give you the durability you need and it has a gorgeous look that is the look everyone wants today.
US Hardwood and Carpet
When you’re ready to change out your flooring, going with new hardwood flooring is a great choice for both beauty and durability. Stop in and we’ll discuss what is the best finish for hardwood floors for your lifestyle.
When you’re making a big investment in remodeling your home, you want to be sure to use a wood floor contractor that is trusted and has expert craftsmanship. Your best choice in The Bay Area is the Santa Clara company, US Hardwood and Carpet.
Wood Floor Contractor
US Hardwood and Carpet is the trusted wood floor contractor that is fully licensed and insured in Santa Clara, CA. Our expertise is in installing any hardwood, carpet and tile, as we have teams for each type of flooring you might want to install in your home. Usually with wood floors you’ll use a different type of flooring in the kitchens and bathrooms.
We make it a point to take good care of our customers, starting from the moment we meet you. We want to make sure you purchase the right flooring for your home and your lifestyle. There are some flooring choices that will hold up to pets and children better than others, for example.
We are locally owned and operated in Santa Clara, CA, so you can be sure of prompt completion, individualized service and inspections for quality on every single job that we do. Of course, we are licensed and insured to protect you, your home and our workers on the job.
When you’re considering installing a wood floor in your home, stop by our showroom to discuss the project you have in mind. We are always happy to share our expertise in the several types of wood flooring. We will help you make the right choice for your home and we always have competitive prices on our flooring and installations.
At US Hardwood & Carpet, you have found a wood floor contractor close to home that is the contractor you can depend on. We hope to see you soon and hear your ideas for your home remodel.
There is a right way and a wrong way to clean natural stone. If you use the wrong types of products on your natural stone, (like Travertine, limestone, onyx or marble), you can permanently damage it. Installing natural stone tiles are a big investment and of course, you want them to stay beautiful for many years. Follow these tips on keeping your stone tiles gorgeous and clean.
How to Clean a Natural Stone Shower
Learning how to clean a natural stone shower when it is first installed is important. You cannot use just any regular household cleaner on that natural stone. But, of course, you want the stone looking beautiful for a couple of decades. This means you need to be careful what you or your housecleaner puts on the tiles.
Do Not Use:
The best way to keep your natural stone looking clean in the shower is quite simple. Just squeegee the tiles after every shower use. This will keep the stone free of most of the soap scrum and water drops.
When you shower, use detergent based products instead of natural soap. Soap likes to adhere to surfaces when combined with minerals that are found in your water. It sticks to walls, floors, glass doors and anything else it touches. Avoid that entire mess by using only detergents. They rinse cleanly and don’t stick to the tiles.
Check the grout between your tiles frequently and address any mildew or missing grout right away.
Always have a cleaner on hand that is intended for use on natural stone. When you do need to do a little spot cleaning, you’ll have what you need and won’t be tempted to use something that will damage the tiles.