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.

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.

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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Laminate Flooring Pros and Cons

Lately, laminate flooring has emerged as a serious choice for homeowners wanting a quality look for their home. This option has become a top contender for people remodeling their home and even contractors because it can mimic the look of wood, stone, and other natural flooring options at a fraction of the price. Before you decide on using laminate in the place of wood, bamboo or other flooring options, check out our list of pros and cons of using laminate.

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How to Properly Care for Bamboo Flooring


When you choose bamboo flooring from 55 Flooring, you’re investing in hardwood flooring that’s treated with the industry’s leading scratch resistant coating. The density and strength of our bamboo flooring finishing surpasses nearly any other hardwood flooring experts in Orange County, California. Now, although our bamboo flooring is tough, it’s capable of picking up scratches and scuffs just like any other type of hardwood which makes prevention a huge factor in preserving your floors. Continue reading “How to Properly Care for Bamboo Flooring” »

Benefits of Hardwood Flooring


Although installing hardwood flooring in your home is more expensive than carpet, it pays off more in the long run. Hardwood floors, while being the oldest type of flooring material, never lose their style because of all the different types of wood available. Many homeowners immediately jump to installing carpet, and although it is the less expensive option, when it becomes too damaged, you have to replace it rather than simply repair it like you can with hardwood. Continue reading “Benefits of Hardwood Flooring” »