The Green Alternative: Bamboo Flooring

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When attempting to make your home as environmentally friendly as possible, start by seeing what you can replace with green alternatives. Some changes are easier than others. For instance, installing eco-friendly lamps and light fixtures is a simple task to implement. When it comes to flooring, many people believe that laminate wood in general is the best, or only, eco-friendly alternative. While they aren’t necessarily wrong, there are many different types of wood floors that can be explored. Bamboo floors happen to be much kinder to the environment than traditional hardwood floors.

Now we know what you’re thinking…what exactly makes bamboo floors so much more eco-friendly over other types of hardwood floors? We were hoping you were going to ask that! Getting down to the specifics, bamboo floors are considered a renewable resource, require low maintenance and can last several decades before needing to be replaced. The flooring experts over at 55 Flooring have provided a full list of the environmental benefits of bamboo floors.

 

Bamboo Floors as a Renewable Resource

A renewable resource is defined as a resource which is replaced naturally and can be used again. Commodities such as wood fall under the category of renewable resources, and bamboo floors prove to work best for this process. In short, by installing bamboo floors you are supporting the use of sustainable materials.

 

Low Maintenance

It doesn’t get much better than housing interiors that need little to no attention, or maintenance. Bamboo floors are definitely a greener solution than, say, carpets. Carpets require monthly or even weekly cleanings, and your regimen can take a toll on the environment depending on the process. You will be able to quickly clean your bamboo floors with either a dry mop or broom.

 

Floors Made to Last

Having to replace the floors in your home every couple of years can be costly and environmentally damaging. Major construction projects, such as installing new floors, come with environmental costs. These costs include, but aren’t limited to, labor, machinery, pollution and debris created. One of the golden perks of bamboo floors is that they’re made to last. On average, bamboo floors can last up to 30 years or longer, if properly cared for.

 

55 Flooring are experts when it comes to bamboo flooring and all the benefits that come with it. We offer the best advice on what bamboo flooring can provide to your home. Contact 55 Flooring today at 714-300-0700, to see what you can gain from installing bamboo flooring.

What Is Medallion Tile?

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Medallion tile is a beautiful way to make a floor look luxurious. It resembles artisan-style hand laid  individual tiles, without the high cost.

Medallions are a series of tiles laid out in a medallion design but backed with a grid that holds them together, allowing for the entire medallion to be placed exactly where you want it without the hassle and expense of laying each tile individually. Even the least artistically inclined individual can make a beautiful floor when using a medallion. After the tile is mortared to the subfloor, grout is applied between each tile and smoothed. The look is that of a very expensive floor. Medallion tiles come in many different styles to match your home.

Custom Medallions

It is possible to get custom sized and designed medallion tiles for your home or business. This can be an excellent option for those that are trying to put a medallion in an odd sized space or want something that no one else has in their home.

Installation Tips

Medallion tiles are usually centered in a room or placed at an entryway or exit. There are some important things to remember when it comes to installing ceramic tile medallions. First, the subfloor must be suitable for tile. A new installation usually means a concrete fiberboard substrate has been applied on top of any subflooring. This provides a strong and smooth surface that is made to adhere to tile well. It is very important that the floor is level for best results.

If leveling is an issue, then a layer of mortar below some tiles can be applied to make up for a small difference. Large differences in the levels of a floor over the course of the space the medallion is to be installed can cause serious installation problems.

Choosing Your Design And Contractor

Tile is a long term flooring option, so it is important to be sure which medallion tile you want. If you have no experience with tile work, you may want to leave installation to a contractor. Tile work takes time due to the whole process of mortaring each tile into place. Medallions make it easier and quicker to lay a floor down because the backing allows for perfect grout lines each and every time. 55 Flooring has a large selection of medallions for you to choose from and combine with our other tiles for a unique look.

What Goes with Bamboo Flooring?

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Bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly and sustainable flooring material that has gained a lot of loyal fans over the last few years. While softer than hardwoods, for many households it offers plenty of durability. You may want to consider how best to match your furnishings and décor to bamboo flooring. Here are some tips to get you started.

Light And Natural Tones

Bamboo flooring is common in yoga studios and other specialized spaces. A natural theme of bamboo flooring, sage green, white, and beige, accented with some plants make a very relaxing atmosphere and a clean look.

Contrasting Woods

Bamboo is normally pretty light colored, so contrasting this with tight grained, darker stained, or natural wood furniture pieces is appealing to some. Be sure to add felt pads to the base of heavy furniture pieces to avoid gouging and deep scratches. Although bamboo is durable and easy to clean, very heavy wood pieces can cause damage if dragged across the floor with no protection.

Tiffany And Stained Glass Lamps

Stained glass offers a splash of bright color that contrasts nicely with the cool tone of bamboo flooring. You can get lamps in almost any design imaginable or get one custom made. Stained glass even looks good in a den used to watch the big game. Tiffany lamps with your favorite team design are pretty easy to find.

Think Flowing Airy

Window treatments such as rods and drapery add elegance and charm to space with a bamboo floor.  Heavy window treatments can make your home more energy efficient in the summer and winter months as well.

Tasteful Area Rugs

High traffic areas may benefit from a stylish runner rug to prevent your floor from wearing unevenly. A rug under a coffee table creates a layered look that is both cozy and stylish.  If you want to draw emphasis to a particular area of a room, a rug can achieve that especially if the pattern is bold.

Bamboo Flooring Resources

55 Flooring offers the best advice on what bamboo flooring can provide your home or business. We have years of experience delivering the finest bamboo to our customers at the lowest possible price. You will be happy with the quality and service we offer every customer no matter what your needs are. Contact us today to start designing your bamboo flooring layout and décor.

What Furniture Looks Best with Glass Tile?

glass tileGlass tile can add a lot of class and charm to your home or business. One of the biggest pluses about glass tile is its ability to look good with a broad range of furniture. Here are some looks you should consider trying out.

Mission Style

The classic furniture style made popular by Gustav Stickley and the Arts and Crafts Movement offers a lot of function and rustic charm. For a greater contrast, you can choose how dark of a stain you want to have on each piece. A heavy oak desk is softened by glass tile and the light and airy feel it can lend to a serious room.

Art Deco

Glass tiles hearken back to the day of Art Deco charm and classic lines. A period piece with deco styled radio on top can make for a fun retro look. There are a lot of Art Deco pieces available still because people have preserved them, but you should also look for many of the stunning reproductions.

Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture is inexpensive and looks very glamourous and high class. Glass tile perfectly matches any mirrored piece and helps reflect the light in a room, so you make better use of natural light and lamps as well.

Repurposed Furniture

There has been a lot of attention paid to the art of upcycling used furniture and other items into furniture that is up to date, looks better, and is more functional. Recycled barn wood and pallet furniture are perfect for an artist’s studio or loft alongside glass tile. Dressers and chests for storage are a smart bet for the aspiring or practicing artisan.

Contemporary

Glass tile goes with the modern home quite well. A plain sofa or loveseat can be accented quite well by glass tile. A bright piece of upholstered furniture goes well with a light colored glass tile. A bold pattern can add extra appeal.

Tile Flooring For Everyone

Choosing tile can be a significant choice. If you are starting out redoing and outfitting a home or business it is important to look at the big picture and how it will all fit together. 55 Flooring is pleased to offer many flooring options in an outstanding array of styles and colors so you can create a space as unique as you are. Contact us today for help designing your space.

How to Choose Between Laminate Flooring and Carpet

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When it comes to choosing what type of flooring you want for your home or business, there are plenty of options. Carpet and laminate flooring are two popular choices. Here are a few things to ask yourself when deciding which one is right for your unique needs.

How Much Traffic Do You Expect?

Heavy traffic can mean a lot of cleaning and maintenance. High-quality laminates don’t require a pad to put down, and they can be mopped clean with ease. Carpet will, regardless of what it is made from, capture a lot more dirt and debris which is harder to get rid of. Professional carpet cleaning must be done regularly to prevent a buildup of dirt, mold, and allergens.

What Look Do You Hope To Achieve?

Heavy duty laminates that look like hardwood are available for those that want the look without the expense and upkeep required of hardwood. Laminates in different colors can be used to achieve artistic effects such as the popular checkerboard pattern.

Do You Have Children In The Home?

If you have kids, then carpet can be harder to keep clean. There are quality carpets out there that can help repel stains and debris. Vinyl laminate makes it much easier to wipe up spills and will not stain as readily. If you like the idea of carpet, then scatter rugs or carpet in some room but not others.

Has Anyone Been Diagnosed With Allergies?

Carpets are notorious for harboring allergens if not cleaned regularly and properly. Using a HEPA filter vacuum can help but is not a solution unto itself. If you suffer from allergies then carpet is something you might want to forgo if you have the option. Small carpets that can be washed regularly or taken to a cleaner are a better option than full carpet in the home of someone with allergies.

Heat

Laminate floors can feel colder than carpeted floors. For some, this is the difference that makes them choose carpet. Laminates offer little insulation value compared to carpet.  This is one of the reasons so many people use small rugs at key locations such as by their bed or in the bathroom.

Flooring Help And Service

55 Flooring is experienced at helping you order exactly the flooring you need for a comfortable and well-appointed home or business space. Contact us today for the best in flooring.

Why You Should Consider Hardwood Floor Refinishing This Year

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Be honest. Do your hardwood floors look damaged or even worn?  Do you wish they were a different color?  Are you dreaming of the way your floors used to look?  Answering yes to any of these questions means that is most likely time to refinish your floors.

Daily use will take its toll including pets, furniture, heavy traffic and dirt.  Refinishing your hardwood floors can restore life to your dull floors.

Why Should You Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?

On top of fixing any of the questions you answered yes to above, refinishing your hardwood floors can save you money in the long run.

Other Reasons to Refinish This Year Include:

  • Improved Appearance

    Using a professional contractor, like 55 Flooring, will give you the best results for a shiny, new-looking floor. We have years of experience refinishing floors, so let us help you find the best solution to get your floors looking like new.

  • Value

    Hardwood floors add value to a home as a whole since they are appealing to prospective homebuyers.

  • Affordability

    Taking care of your floors now can save you a lot of money in the future. Without proper maintenance you may have to replace your hardwood floors which is much more expensive.

  • Less Maintenance

    If done properly, you will have less maintenance in the long run.  No need to worry about redoing soon after.  Work done by a professional tends to last longer.

  • Quick Fix

    Most professionals can refinish your floors in a day, depending on the amount of work needed and the square footage. One quick day can make a world of difference to the look of your home.

As you can see, there is no time like this year.  You want to keep your floors maintained and in good shape to not only look good, but last a long time.

To give you the best results, it is best to hire a professional. Unless you have the right machinery and plenty of experience, hardwood floor refinishing is not something you should yourself. The process is messy and extremely time-consuming. You need to do it right the first time and do it precisely to get the look you want. Hiring a professional re-finisher will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Give 55 Flooring a call today at 717-300-0700 to discuss refinishing your hardwood floors.

Why Wood Flooring Is So Popular

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Whether wood floors are made of red oak or made of poplar, the one thing that’s for certain is that they are popular. Wood floors are becoming more and more popular with homeowners in the United States and around the world. They provide a smooth, durable surface for homes and can be put in just about any room in a home. Their durability and excellence, as well as the variety of options and styles, are making them a favorite among homeowners.

So what is it that makes wood floors so common and popular these days? Is it their elegance and classy feel? Their smooth texture and feel, or maybe their durability? There are many reasons to love hardwood floors, and it’s time to break down the reasons why everyone loves them so much.

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4 Great Types of Flooring in Los Angeles

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With the new year on its way it’s about to be time to start looking at ways to renovate a home. A great way to do that is by throwing down some new floors. The flooring of a home, like everything else in life, experiences wear and tear.

The struggle for homeowners is that there are several different types of flooring, each of which could be used in a kitchen or bathroom, or even a living room or dining area. The homeowner needs to decide which type of flooring is most suited to their needs in the home. Whether stain resistance is a factor, or if the goal is elegance and class. In Los Angeles, California there are bound to be many homes with many different types of flooring. The question a homeowner must ask is what type of flooring is right for them.

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Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

bamboo flooringThere is something special about hardwood flooring. The sound of a shoe’s soles walking across it just sings of elegance and prestige. There is something equally as impressive about bamboo floors in a home, especially in a kitchen or living area. The Zen-like quality is perfect for the modern homes of today.

Bamboo is a natural surface, and as many know it is actually a grass, not a tree. This natural material grows plentifully in tropical areas, much faster than trees. Bamboo trees can actually reach maturity in three to five years.

Today we want to discuss what some of the pros and cons are of bamboo flooring. The pros and cons of hardwood floors may be better known, and while some of them are similar, it will help to discuss what bamboo’s strengths and weaknesses are so that you can effectively make a decision as to which kind of flooring would be best for your home.

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Ultimate Floor Showdown: Bamboo vs. Hardwood

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Choosing the best flooring for your home may seem like a troubling responsibility, especially with so many types on the market. Narrowing it down to only two possible options can help make the process simpler. Hardwood and bamboo are two ideal flooring options that you can choose from.

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