What Are The Benefits Of Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a versatile and durable option for almost any room in your home. With the latest advancements in durability, appearance and cost-effectiveness, Laminates have become more popular in recent years. There are many advantages to selecting laminates if you’re looking to finish a new floor or replace existing, worn-out flooring.

One of leading reasons so many people have been turning to laminate flooring is its ease of installation. Even novices can usually take on a laminate flooring project, with its user-friendly and intuitive tongue-and-groove installation, notes BuildDirect. As a glueless option that requires very little carpentry work, it’s a great beginner project for a new homeowner or someone inclined to do-it-yourself projects. Plus, as a pre-cut and produced product, there is very little waste left over. Read More What Are The Benefits Of Laminate Flooring?

When should I refinish hardwood floors?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell for sure that your floors needs to be refinished now or next year. It makes sense to keep floors as is for a while to save some money, but you have to be careful with that. What may happen is floors get buckled or darken too much to get that new look back. Let’s go over few things to help you distinguish when you can wait or not.

First of all, let’s go to the basics. Floor finish protects wood from damages like:

  • Dirt, which can get into wood deep enough to damage its structure
  • Water, which can leave dark stains. In general it’s impossible to tell for sure how deep water has penetrated. From our experience, 10% of the cases are unpredictable and 90% of the cases can be predicted with 80-90% chance of guessing.
  • Moisture, which doesn’t change color of material but makes it cup or buckle.

Based on these facts, here is what you want to avoid:
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Subfloor options: OSB vs Particle board

Subfloor options: OSB vs Particle board

A common question prior to new floor installation is which type of subfloor to use. People often confuse OSB with particle board. In one sentence – particle board is often used as a subfloor for carpets, OSB is used as a primary subfloor for any flooring, including hardwood. Now let’s take a closer look at both of them.

OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

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Why should I choose laminate flooring?

In this article we will try to go through the most important pros and cons of laminate flooring.

1) First of all, flooring has to be durable. So how durable is laminate floor?

Laminate floor has a durability grading system that goes all the way from not very durable (AC1 or 21 grade), used only for low traffic places, like a house where occupied by people only one month per year. On top of that, nowadays it’s hard to find AC1 grade laminate. On the more durable side, the highest grade (AC5 or 33 grade) is designed for high-traffic commercial areas such as stores, showrooms and public buildings. So, laminates can be extremely durable, depending on the grade. The best choice for homeowners with moderate traffic is AC3 and AC4 for heavy traffic.

2) Where laminate flooring can be installed?
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COREtec Material – Revolution In Flooring Material

Many aspects of life sometimes are changing and flooring is no exception. Lately, COREtec by USFloors is a new, high quality material which we’re happy to offer to our clients. We wouldn’t recommend something not proven over time. However, COREtec material installed by New Floors Inc crew 5 years ago still looks like brand new – with extremely high durability and stability. COREtec performs well in Cape Cod weather conditions and makes your room look great! Read More COREtec Material – Revolution In Flooring Material

Homebuyers Love Hardwood Floors

One factor that many buyers consider when looking at a prospective home are the floors. The quality and type of flooring in a home is something that can make a world of difference in selecting a property. While it may not seem as attention grabbing as bedroom space or kitchen countertops, flooring is a major way that a home can stand out as a choice home.

According to a 2013 USA Today article, hardwood floors ranked fifth in a listing of the most desired traits for a prospective home to have, with 54 percent of those surveyed saying they would be willing to pay a premium for a house with hardwood flooring. In fact, the same article says that buyers would be willing to spend more than $2,000 more for a property with hardwood flooring.

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When Should I Consider Refinishing My Hardwood Floors?

In this day and age, “out with the old and in with the new” is all too common. And while that may work and be true for many things, when it comes to hardwood floors, we believe in cherishing them and making the best of what you have. Unfortunately, we know that once in a while, you might have to totally replace a hardwood floor.

However, today we’re going to focus on refinishing your hardwood floors and determining when you should consider getting your hands (or ours) “dirty”! Read More When Should I Consider Refinishing My Hardwood Floors?

You’ve Got Kids? What Do Your Floors Look Like?

This is an all too common problem with parents, especially new parents. As a mother-to-be, (coming summer 2015!) I can only imagine what my floors will look like after the new bundle of joy is here! I have a hard enough time keeping them clean with a large black dog, a small white cat (yeah, who came up with the plan to have a pet of each color?), and a husband who loves playing/working in the yard more than an 8 year old. If you’re like me, keeping your floors clean and scratch free is a full time job all on its own! The key to this problem, I’ve found, is starting with the right floor for the life you lead. If your life is calmer and you don’t have to worry about much maintenance, not only are you one of the lucky ones but you can afford a more expensive and softer floor if you chose. If, however, your life is as hectic and dirty as mine, you’re going to need some serious durability and a small price tag to boot. Here are a few tips to help you with your flooring decisions. Read More You’ve Got Kids? What Do Your Floors Look Like?

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