My room is X square feet, but we’re being told to order x+50 square feet of flooring. Is this really necessary?
Yes, but 50 ft isn’t the magic number. Usually it is recommended to get an extra 10% to make up for cuts that are done and areas that need overage. If the room is perfectly square however it may be less than 10%.
I love my three dogs, but have heard that pets can scratch up wood flooring. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
It’s amazing how our pets become like family! You definitely don’t need to get rid of Fido just because you are getting hardwood floors. Two suggestions we have? Get your pets nails trimmed regularly and use a TON of scatter rugs.
I love how hardwood flooring looks, but it is an investment! How do I keep my floors looking new as long as possible?
You will want to clean your hardwood floor regularly with a dust mop or sweeper. DO NOT use a wet mop or steam mop on your hardwood as the water can damage or dull the finish on your floor.
If your little one (or big one) spills liquid, clean it up as soon as possible. Avoid walking on the floors with sports cleats or high heel shoes that are in disrepair. These can scratch the finish, or even dent the floor.
Lastly, if the floors have lost their “new” look, find a wood floor cleaner that works with your floor. Use it as directed and you can restore that new look in no time!
We are often asked about the benefits of hardwood floors over other types of flooring, and we think that the answer to this question can be summed up by looking at three different areas:
1.Safety & Cleanliness
What happens when your carpet is too ragged and dirty to be cleaned? You have to replace it, right? Not the case with hardwood! Hardwood floors can be repaired and resurfaced which gives you a much longer time between having to completely change a rooms flooring. Do you have pets? Allergies from pets? Hardwood is exactly what the doctor ordered for your home! While carpet can hold on to these particulates and dander, hardwood floors do not, and this can do wonders for those out there with extreme allergies.
2. Low Maintenance
Mopping and repairing vs. vacuuming, shampooing and replacing…these differences can mean a huge difference in time and expense on keeping your flooring looking its best. No one wants to spend time keeping their floor looking great, but at the same time no one wants to see their investment lose money either. Having hardwood takes time aways from your
Sure, there are many kinds of carpet/vinyl floors, but do they each offer the beauty and value that each type of hardwood gives you in your home? You may be looking at carpeting and deciding between a short pile or a woven berber, but these carpets are still made of the same types of materials. When you are making a decision on which type of hardwood to buy, you are looking at oak vs. hickory (or another such example), and this is a much bigger difference! The smells, the look…even the feel of these different woods can be a night and day difference. Oh, and when you are looking at the return you may get off a new floor, it is important to know that most people don’t talk extensibly in their for sale flyer about carpet, but they definitely do talk at great lengths about hardwood floors in a home!
So when it comes to buying a new floor to go in your home, are you looking for immediate gratification and the initial spend you will be putting out to redo your floor, or are you looking at the long term benefit of your floor choice? I have yet to speak to someone and, five years after replacing a floor say to themselves, “MAN I wish I would have spent less money on my new floor.” Keep that in mind as you start making plans for your next new floor!