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.

 

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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How to Clean Your Floors Without Harsh Chemicals

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Being an informed consumer is a high priority to many people these days, as it should be! People want to know what they’re buying and how it is going to affect them and their families. They want to know that they’re spending their money on products that won’t harm them. Many household cleaning products are made with harsh chemicals that have negative health impacts if ingested or touched, which is especially scary if you have children or pets. We thought it would be beneficial to many of our customers to provide information on how to clean your floors using safe and natural ingredients.

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The Best Types of Flooring for Pets

Many homeowners are faced with this decision: What type of flooring would be best for my pet? You want flooring to be comfortable for your furry friends without having to compromise on style, and most importantly you want something that will stand up to the inevitable wear and tear that comes with owning a pet. Since 68 percent of homes in America have a pet, we thought it would be a good  idea to go over your best options.

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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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