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!

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.

Minimalist

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. 

Green

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.

Contemporary

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.

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.

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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.

Durability

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.

Alternatives

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.

 

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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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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Choosing Hardwood Flooring: How to Transition Carpet to Hardwood

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Whether you’re a new homeowner still furnishing your living space or have lived in your home for some time but think it’s time to spice up the place, you may be considering choosing hardwood flooring for your home. Homes with wood floors have many benefits, such as an easy clean-up and a nice finished look. However, the process of redoing the floors can become a long, complex project with roadblocks, especially if you have another material already set on the ground and you must learn how to transition carpet to hardwood.

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