How to Pick Flooring 

Design Time on WMEN TV5

February 2020

Today on TV5 we talked about....

Probably one of the most confusing parts of completing a room, is figuring out the flooring. There are so many options and choices out today. You just really don't know what is good. 

Are hard surfaces still as popular as they have been? 

What seems to be he most popular surface being used today? 

Are there hard surface floors that are waterproof and scratch proof? 

Well, this can be difficult, but we are here to help you make an educated choice and show you good, great and better options to pick from. 

Some people what to lay on the floor....

We would choose Mohawk Smart Strand Carpet for them!An extraordinary carpet proven through extraordinary challenges! Over the last 15 years, Smart Strand has proven itself in over 12 million homes. It has also endured some of the most extraordinary challenges in the history of carpet.Come touch and feel it today! A great, great product with a great low price!

Some people want hard surface....

Hard surfaces that are made of wood are resistant to water to a point… A little water on the top will not hurt it, but if your dishwasher overflowed,

your wood floor could be saturated and damaged beyond repair! Wood will absorb moisture so that is why most wood products use a polyurethane to seal the wood top! The issues comes when a lot of water comes to the area and gets on the sides and bottom where there is no protective sealant!

 

Bathrooms are another area that wood products could be an issue if too much moisture gets to the wood! Many people have looked to a Laminate floor as a good option in these types of installations. The problem with laminate is that it is a wood core, and if moisture is soaked into it, the product will swell and many times I have seen the top layer separate from the base and bubble!

Many times the top layer will separate from the wood core when there has been too much moisture. It will look bubbled.

 

Today, there is a 100% waterproof laminate floor that looks so amazingly like wood, even with the graining and coloring so real, it is really hard to know that it isn't wood! This product has a patented construction of features, our innovative core structure-which is an extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC.

There are now many flooring options that are 100% waterproof, They can be installed in wet areas and will never swell when exposed to water.

They represents the next revolution in luxury vinyl flooring. There are options that float on your existing floor, which is a great alternative to glue down LVT, solid locking LVT, or laminate flooring.

Each plank has an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer vinyl floor that is naturally resistant to odor causing mold and mildew.

 

A floating laminate floor does not affect the floor below, so in case you are covering up a wood floor that could possibly be restored at a later date, the laminate will not hurt it!

 

There are many amazing color palettes and designs today! A more contemporary look has a consistent color presentation in the grays and tapes, as well as the more rustic looks for a farmhouse character.

These new waterproof floors come in many sized planks,from 5"-8" and many are 48" to 72" long.

 

With all of these variables, it looks like a real wood floor without all of the moisture and thickness issues.

 

 

Another feature of laminate floors is that it can be installed over many sub surfaces such as wood, vinyl, ceramic tile and cement. This floor has such integrity, minimal floor prep is required before installation.

If you want to see some amazing flooring, come check us out before you change your floor! You will be glad you did!

Till next time!

Kathy