The Best Flooring For Your Sunroom

Sunrooms, or enclosed porches, are such a delightful luxury to have in your home.  Getting that natural light and replenishing that vitamin D in your system does wonders for your physical and mental health.  Depending on the furniture you choose for your sunroom, it can be a great place to study, work, entertain, or just lounge around.  Regardless of how you intend to use your sunroom, having the right flooring for it is essential.


Because your sunroom will be mildly exposed to the elements, the flooring you use should be too.  Most sunrooms are fenced in with screens, which allow some moisture from rain, snow, sleet, or general humidity outside to enter your home.  That’s also a reason why you need good insulation in your sunroom, but that’s a different blog post. 

Carpeting can be great in a sunroom, especially in the winter months to make it feel extra cozy, but no one wants to squash around on a wet carpet after a rainy night.  An area rug over hardwood flooring has the same cozy effect while minimizing the surface area that can be potentially damaged by the weather.


Hardwood is a fantastic option for sunroom flooring because it’s sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and reflects a sense of naturalism that goes well in a room that is so close to nature.  The only issue with hardwood is that in climates with excessive moisture, the wood can begin to warp over time.  Warping is a real concern as it can cause you to have to redo your floors all together, an expense that you likely don’t wish to pay for. 


Bamboo is still one of the most underutilized and under appreciated flooring methods on the market today.  It has a similar look to hardwood, but is smoother and more delicate, perfect for a sunroom.  Bamboo speaks to minimalism and simplicity, ideals typically incorporated into the aesthetic of a sunroom as well.  Coming in a variety of stains, bamboo can fit just about any color scheme that you have in mind.

Sunrooms are an incredible luxury, and when you have a room with so much potential for beauty, you want to treat it with the respect that it deserves.  To find out more about how you can build the sunroom that’s right for your family, contact 55 Flooring today!

Taking Advantage of Floor Tile Medallions

At 55 Flooring, we have a wide variety of flooring types that can suit virtually any home improver’s needs.  Between wood, bamboo, tiling, and carpeting, there’s little that we can’t do.  On top of that, we offer our customers the subtle elegance of floor medallions.  Floor medallions, which are essentially intricate works of art nestled right in your flooring, typically in a circular arrangement, can add a charm and beauty to your home that’s hard to achieve.  Below, we’d like to talk about some of the ways in which we feel a floor medallion can impact the look of your home.

Open Space

When you have large open spaces in your home, sometimes it can feel like you need a central element to pull the room together.  Sort of like a center point for the rest of the room to orbit around.  Even more dramatic in a circular room, a floor medallion in the center of a room can make the room feel cozier in a way, and united around a singular subtle point of reference.


Floor medallions are a stunning element to add to any foyer or entrance way.  Having a floor medallion be the first thing that your guests see when they enter your home shows them that you care about the design and feel of your home.  It an automatic, natural, and understated work of art.


People often say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bathroom, and having a floor medallion in yours will have guests leaving saying very positive things about both of you.  The tiling commonly found on bathroom floors easily meshes with medallions.  We also love floor medallions for bathrooms because they have the ability to be in so many different colors, and people tend to take more color risks in smaller rooms such as bathrooms or dens.

Floor medallions are seeing a huge resurgence of popularity as their timelessness and originality are rediscovered.  To find the right floor medallion for your home, contact 55 Flooring today.

Wood Flooring, Wood-Grained Tile, and Your Home Renovation

When redoing the floors in your home, it’s unlikely that every flooring material that you use is going to be the same.  While transitioning from carpeting to wood flooring is fairly seamless, it can be more difficult to switch from wood to tiling.  By nature of the fact that they both have a geometric pattern to them, they can clash a bit, and the discontinuation of their patterns can be off-putting.  Wood-grained tile can be a great way to ease that transition, and we’d like to extol some of its virtues below.

Grain Pattern

Finding a wood-grained tile that has a similar grain pattern to your genuine hardwood creates a line pattern that is very pleasing to the eye.  Being able to trace the lines in the grain not only from one side of the room to the other, but throughout the entire floor of your home, creates a sense of cohesion that you don’t often get when switching from plain hardwood to plain tile. 

Similar Look To Wood

You’d be surprised just how similar wood-grain tile can look to true hardwood.  Not only does it not look fake, but you can actually achieve some very interesting synthetic grain patterns that have all of the charm of natural wood, with all of the control of a synthetic material.  Not only is it visually similar to hardwood, but it is texturally similar as well.  This adds to its ability to mimic hardwood.

No Warping

Where as hardwood flooring has the potential to warp over time due to moisture and other natural processes, wood-grain tile does not.  You can clean and care for wood-grain tile in the same way that you’d take care for any tile, without any of the hassle of hardwood.  No worry of warping, and no issue with cleaning.

Wood-grain tile is not only a great addition to homes that have hardwood flooring, but works well all on its own.  Its effortless ability to capture the cozy, simple feel of hardwood without many of the same pitfalls is why its seeing such a surge in popularity.  To see if wood-grain tiling may be right for you, contact 55 Flooring today!

Reasons to Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can be absolutely stunning.  They’re somehow able to seamlessly straddle the line between old world and new, time-honored and thoroughly modern, making them an easy and safe choice for any home.  Few people take issue with them, and their virtues have been extolled for years.  However, not all hardwood is created equal, and overtime natural wear and tear starts to take a toll on even the most beautiful flooring.  Refinishing hardwood floors keeps them looking trim, fit, and polished, which is desirable for a host of reasons.

Selling Or Renting

Anytime that you’re trying to sell or rent your home, you want all of the amenities that come with it to be in tip top shape.  Hardwood flooring can be such a coveted novelty that it can truly be a make or break in whether or not someone wants to live in the home that you’ve created.  Refinishing hardwood shows potential buyers and renters that you’ve taken care of your flooring, and that if they were to live there they would get the benefit of virtually new floors.

Setting A Tone

Hardwood flooring is great, but when it isn’t properly maintained, it can end up looking old, dirty, and unstable.  Perhaps homey and old is exactly the look you’re going for, in which case refinishing may not be that important.  However, if you really want your floors to convey a sense that someone important lives in your home, refinishing could be key.  Showing people that you take care of your home signifies that you take care of yourself, and that they should take care of you and your home as well.  It sets a precedent of decency and respect.

Cleaning Doesn’t Cut It

Sometimes, cleaning your floors just doesn’t get the job done.  Deep stains can be difficult to get rid of, and average cleaning products will not do the job.  Refinishing makes your hardwood look completely different, so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to refinish.  If you really love specific grain patterns or knots in your hardwood, then you should take a step back before going through with refinishing them, as refinishing is extremely harsh on your floors and will undoubtedly alter them for good.  This can be good if your floors really need it, but bad if they don’t.

Refinishing is a big job, and one that should definitely be discussed at length before any decisions are made.  However, if you think that refinishing may be right for you, consult 55 Flooring today!

Finding the Right Flooring for Each Room in Your Home

Not every room in your home is going to have the same type of flooring.  Now that may seem obvious to us, but unfortunately, a lot of flooring and carpeting companies don’t seem to understand that.  Deals are offered based on using the same types of flooring in multiple rooms, and though those deals are cost-effective, they reward us for being impractical.  Sure, using the same flooring material for every room in your home would save money and labor, but that simply isn’t how we live.  A carpeted kitchen makes no sense, so why should companies be encouraging us to do that which is not sane?  At 55 Flooring, we want to help you find the flooring that’s right for each room in your home and at a price that will feel like you’ve got wall-to-wall coverage.

Carpeting Cozy Spaces: Bedrooms and Living Areas

For parts of your home that you want to feel, well, like home, carpeting is going to be your best bet.  Regardless of whether we consciously acknowledge this fact or not, being in a carpeted room automatically makes people feel more at ease and more safe, as the room, quite literally, is softer.  A bedroom with glass tiling, though interesting, won’t give the same comfortable and cozy feeling that carpeting will.  By the same token, your living room, a room where people should feel like they can come together and relax, won’t be quite as relaxing with hardwood flooring.  It looks beautiful, and your decision is certainly up to you, but just because you’re dropping the cash on hardwood flooring in the dining room doesn’t mean that you should have to settle for it in the living room as well.

No Muss No Fuss: Hard Flooring For Messy Rooms

This means your kitchen and your bathroom.  Believe it or not, your kitchen is the dirtiest room in your home, and that can be sort of alarming given all of the food prep you do there.  Carpeting can trap dirt and grime that is easily wiped up on tile or hardwood flooring, making it a poor choice for your kitchen.  The same goes for your bathroom where, excuse the toilet talk, we perform some less than cleanly acts.  Just because you’ve decided to carpet certain parts of your home doesn’t mean that the savings are worth compromising the flooring in others.

Don’t settle for one type of flooring to save a quick buck.  Thanks to 55 Flooring’s quality flooring and great prices, you can afford to match a room to the flooring you actually want in it.

Bamboo Flooring: Inspiring Design

The benefits of hardwood flooring have been known throughout the United States for years, but for whatever reason, bamboo is taking a longer time to solidify itself as a viable and attractive flooring choice.  Perhaps it’s because bamboo is much more commonly grown in the East than in the West, or maybe its virtues are simply more known there, but the sleek, smooth, beautiful finish of bamboo flooring can do much more than provide flooring for your home: it can inspire an entire room’s design.


Bamboo flooring lends itself to asian-inspired minimalist design.  Because the flooring itself is so rich in color and beautiful, the urge to cover it with loads of furniture or carpeting sort of wanes in comparison to the desire to display your new flooring.  The varying shades of natural browns inspire other simple brown items, such as a complimentary wooden table, or a bench, or a glass display case featuring cultured items, are a great addition to a room with bamboo flooring. 


We’ve talked before about how bamboo is a very environmentally friendly flooring option.  It is extremely fast growing, and natural, making it an easily renewable resource with little negative environmental impact.  The deep and satisfying colors of the bamboo lend themselves to be accompanied by other natural browns and greens.  Decorating your home with greenery, no matter the size, can give it a feeling of connection to nature that one cannot often achieve indoors.


Though bamboo and hardwood are both highly recommended and equally elegant flooring options, they definitely have different vibes to them.  Whereas hardwood can give off a sense of modernity, it often reminds one of an old, well-constructed house, with the charm of having a long history.  Bamboo feels newer, fresher, and more contemporary, making it a great alternative for someone who loves hardwood flooring, but is looking for a light, refreshing change.

Hard Floors vs. Carpeting

Here at 55 Flooring, hard floors are our specialty.  We don’t just install hard floors because we’re great at it, but because we think it’s the right choice for a lot of people.  Not only is carpeting expensive, but its durability and longevity leaves much to be desired.  Hard floors are not only easier to maintain, but more elegant and more practical than carpeting.

In Your Home

There are a few rooms in your house that basically everyone agrees should have hard floors, these rooms being your kitchen and your bathroom.  Though one may occasionally see a carpeted bathroom, it is rare, and a carpeted kitchen is basically unheard of.  This is most likely due to the fact that these rooms are the most accident prone in your house.  They are the most likely to get dirty and thus you want floors that are durable and easy to clean.  If hard flooring is great for messes, then why not have them in the rest of your home?  Eating dinner in front of the TV can be a very relaxing way to end your day, but you don’t want to worry about getting tomato sauce in your white carpeting.  Hard flooring’s ability to let you quickly wipe up messes rather than having to dab and blot with seltzer as you would with carpeting makes it a great option for any room in your home.

In Your Office

An office can be a very hectic space, which means that messes are going to happen.  Office buildings have a ton of people doing a million things at once, and those people are usually not making sure to wipe their feet before coming in the door.  Wearing shoes outside and then on carpeting can be pretty gross, and for the sheer volume of people who enter and exit office buildings every day, it doesn’t make sense to have hard-to-clean floors.  Additionally, the boots and heels of hundreds of people in an office really begin to wear on the flooring.  Having durable flooring material is key to saving your business money on replacements later.

Regardless of what type of space you’re trying to lay flooring in, keep in mind the benefits of each type.  Carpeting may be comfortable, but does it make sense in the given space?  The numerous benefits of hardwood, laminate, and tile flooring is clear, especially when it’s being laid by the experts.

Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding on what flooring is right for your home.  You have to think about how it will mesh with your furniture, your lifestyle, and your overall design. However, there’s one huge factor that you might be overlooking: the environment.  The environment affects all of us, and you can help make it better just by slightly modifying the products and materials you choose to use for your home and in your life.  Take a small step toward saving the planet and try these eco-friendly flooring options!



Bamboo flooring is gaining in popularity.  It’s durable, easy to install, and easy to maintain.  What some people don’t know is that it’s also a sustainable and environmentally friendly material.  Like wood, bamboo is harvested from a naturally growing plant, making it a renewable resource.  Unlike wood, bamboo is really a tall, strong grass that grows much more quickly than trees, with a bamboo plant reaching maturity in just three to five years.  Bamboo comes in a variety of colors making it easily customizable to your home, and you can help save the Earth.

Reclaimed Hardwood

If you’re a die-hard tree-hugger and the thought of chopping one down makes you weak, get the traditional hardwood look with none of the guilt!  Think about reclaimed hardwood like a used car: it would already be on the road, now you’re the one driving.  Reclaimed hardwood is made by reusing wood from trees that have been chopped down far before you were considering how to design your house.  It will give your home an old-time cozy feel and you can help fight deforestation!


Glass Tiles

Believe it or not, glass tiles are made from recycled materials.  These materials?  Your old wine and beer bottles!  Not only are glass tiles a super renewable and eco-friendly option, but they’re also non-absorptive, meaning they won’t produce mildew, mold, or any other unwanted substances in your home.  In addition to being easy to clean, glass tiling is one of the most diversely customizable options on the market.


With all of the great flooring options on the market today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Home design should be fun and easy, not stressful.  Try narrowing down your search by sticking to eco-friendly flooring and save time as well as your planet!

Choosing The Right Hardwood Floor For Your Home Or Business

Hardwood is a beautiful and long lasting choice for any home or business. The variety of flooring out there means you have a lot to think about when it comes time to decide what you want. Here are some of the main things to consider when picking out your new floor.


Stain Color

Darker wood such as walnut or oak stained dark can add richness and depth to a room but may not be suitable for those that want a light and airy feel in a room. White Oak, Ash, or Hickory can offer a light color hardwood floor with a lot of character.

Plank Size

Flooring varies in width. For an old-fashioned look, some people choose planks that vary in width. This can require more time and skill to install but is stunning when done well. Wide plank floors can cost more because they must be cut from larger trees. Bigger boards require care during installation to prevent them from buckling or having other issues later on.


The term hardwood implies toughness, but not all woods are as hard as others. Oak is one of the most common types of hardwood floors because it can be stained easily, is beautiful, and very durable. It is cost effective because there is so much of it grown. Hickory is a very hard floor but can be more expensive. It is suitable for those that want the toughest wood floor they can have.


Laminate flooring that has the look of hardwood can be a good option if you have a commercial space and are worried about the upkeep required of a hardwood floor. Laminate flooring has come a long way in the past ten years and does a good job replicating the look and texture of real hardwood.


Keeping Laminate Flooring Clean

When it comes to flooring, it seems that there are a lot of different cleaners on the market today. Knowing what type of cleaners to use on your floor and the proper method for cleaning will extend the lifespan and beauty of your floor. Here are some of the best ways to clean laminate flooring.


Daily sweeping can severely reduce the amount of mopping and heavy cleaning you need to do to keep your laminate flooring looking great. Over time, excess dirt and debris can lead to a very scratched floor regardless of the fact that laminate is very durable. Always sweep in the direction tiles were laid to pick up any dirt and debris that falls into cracks and texture on the surface. Hardwood flooring also does well with sweeping.


A vacuum with a soft brush attachment does a good job of cleaning laminate floors and is not as abrasive as some standard stiff-bristle brooms. Since so many households already own a vacuum, purchasing an attachment is not cost prohibitive and often lasts longer than a standard broom as well.

Mopping With Hot Water

Hot water doesn’t leave streaks on a laminate floor, and since you are not adding chemical cleaners, you don’t have to worry about that type of damage. The most important thing is to wring your mop out thoroughly. Excessive water left on a laminate floor can cause it to warp and buckle over time. This is one reason it is so important to clean up spills immediately. A soft microfiber mop can be used to hasten the drying process.

Vinegar Solution

A solution of ¼ cup vinegar to a quart of warm water can be sprayed on very dirty spots but needs to be mopped up immediately because vinegar left too long can contribute to damage of laminate floors. This mopping should be done with a damp mop. Make sure to clean a small section at once and don’t spray your whole floor down as this will allow too much floor contact time with the vinegar solution.

Treat Stains Individually

Some stains are best removed using different methods that others. For example grease on a laminate floor can be very frustrating so you can put an ice pack on the affected area. The grease can be gently scraped off. An eraser that is most commonly used to correct pencil marks can also be used to remove heel marks from your floor with ease.