Some great flooring options for your dream home!

Often times when we visit as home we examine it’s differences from our own. There are an outstanding amount of variables involved in the contrast between homes, but sometimes there are things that can really stand out, much more than others. Generally the flooring of a home is that factor.

There are a multitude of flooring options available for a home, and we think it’s important to know the different kinds, to make an informed decision! Plus, who doesn’t like more options when your building your dream home?

So today we will be talking about 5 different kinds of flooring options! So let’s break out those nifty little bullet points!

Hardwood

  • Hardwood floor is nothing new, it is common to find in homes and some prefer it to carpet for it’s easier upkeep.
  • Hardwood floors have an elegant vibe to them. They can enhance the level of a room alone, but cooperatively with the rest of the room, you can really enhance the feeling of “charm” and “elegance”.
  • There are many varieties of wood types to choose from in this section of flooring alone. Some of the most renowned are red and white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, and hickory.

Bamboo

  • Most people don’t ever consider bamboo as a flooring option, and that alone is a grave mistake!
  • Bamboo is a form of grass, that is fast growing and ready in about 3-5 years. This allows it to be eco friendly and have a fast turnaround.
  • Bamboo is also fire resistant, further enhancing yours homes safety score! Who doesn’t like a safe home?
  • Lastly, bamboo is actually very strong, and through comparison purposes, bamboo is 27% harder than Northern red oak, and 13% harder than maple!

Engineered

  • Engineered wood looks similar to solid hardwood but has more unique aspects to it. For example engineered hard wood is composed of a core of hardwood, plywood or high-density fiberboard, and layered on it all is a hardwood veneer.
  • Three to seven layers of the material is taken and glued and compressed together under high pressure and heat to create sturdy flooring and a complete resistance to humidity.
  • The manner in which this type of flooring is made allows for engineered would to be place in parts of the home that regular wood would not be able to, for example high humidity place like the bathroom or basement!

Linoleum

  • Composed of material similar to linseed oil, cork. limestone, wood flour and tree resins. This material boasts a high durability with low maintenance.
  • Linoleum flooring also has a wide variety of patterns and colors to choose from, expanding its synergy potential with many different forms of homes.
  • Linoleum can also come in sheets, or if preferred, intricate cuts, to achieve a more unique flooring style.

Marmoleum

  • Marmoleum is an all natural renewable resource. This flooring is made from recycled material that can actually benefit the environment.
  • As opposed to linoleum, marmoleum is resistant to dust and dirt, ensuring those with allergies a comfortable experience in the home.
  • This flooring can be ordered in sheets or tiles, has an easy upkeep and is fantastic for high traffic locations!

We hope this insight into different flooring options was helpful! Why not go around your home and consider the different flooring options in different rooms and see what might feel best? Once you have a concrete concept of what you want done, be sure to give us a call and we can work with you to achieve the home of your dreams!

Hardwood flooring hard to clean? Not today!

living room with carpet leading into dining room with hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring is a popular option for kitchens and common walkways, its elegant and homey, however needs to be maintained just like everything else! So when a whole soccer team rolls through the kitchen with their cleats and leaves trails of dirt and grim everywhere, how do we keep the floor looking like new?  Well with this cleaning routine naturally!

 

 Daily maintenance– Dust/sweep (basic and effective)

Microfiber mops and clothes to dust the floor of dirt and other household particles will keep the scratches and damage to a minimum. The static electricity will draw the floor particles in, rather than pushing it across the surface increasing the chance of scratches. Avoid lifting the microfiber mop off the floor when cleaning to keep the trapped dirt in place!

 

Weekly maintenance–  Mop and Vacuum

Daily dusting is effective but not full-proof. Dusting cant reach all the nooks and crannies where dirt builds up. Vacuums and wet mops are able to reach those more difficult locations! Caution is advised however when it comes to a vacuum, if the vacuum has a beater bar, its important to not allow that to hit the bar floor, along with the wheels of the vacuum, they in themselves  can cause damage to floors. Just be aware of the use of the wheels on the floor and what they roll over to minimize any damage that may occur! When using a mop make sure not to soak the floor, water and wood don’t mix well. Lightly mist the area and the mop will do its job! In the case of hardwood flooring, gentle is stronger and rough.

Monthly maintenance– Polish

Monthly polishing is a great way to clean hardwood flooring. Polishing refreshes the finish that is coated on the top of the wood and protects the floor. Polishing fills the microscopic scratches of the floor and evens out the surface. Polishing is a easy task and well worth the time!

Yearly maintenance– Deep cleaning

Hardwood floors take a lot of damage over time, calling for a good deep clean or a sand and refinish every 3-5 years.  Sanding and refinishing your hardwood floor removes the entire old protective surface and replaces it. Deep gouges or scratches will be taken care of once complete, giving you that beautiful new floor again! The time spent will be more than worth it!

All right team! Go and take your new found hardwood floor knowledge and make those floors gleam again! Oh! And don’t forget to give us a call if you want hardwood flooring in the first place!