Test Out Flooring Options With Our NEW Flooring Visualizer!

When it comes to installing new flooring in your home, are you finding yourself afraid to commit? Maybe you’re unsure of how it will look, and that after all the time, money, and work you could find that you don’t love it as much as you thought you would. We get it. Which is why we developed an all-new, easy-to-use flooring visualizer! With our online visualizer, it’s incredibly easy to test out different flooring options and see exactly what they’ll look like in your home!

To use our online flooring visualizer, go here. Next, we’ll lay out the easy and user-friendly instructions on how to use it.

 

Choosing a room or uploading your own photo

Once you go to the link above, you will be able to choose the type of room you’re looking to install new flooring in. You can choose from kitchen, foyer, open concept living room, and modern living room. Or, you can upload your own photo! 

Filtering

After you select your room or upload your own photo, you can then filter through your different options. Click on “Change Product” at the bottom of the screen. From here you can either search for a product by name, or click “Filter” and select by category, collection, color, and/or species. Once you’ve selected your filtering options, click “Confirm.” The visualizer will then repopulate your different flooring options according to the filtering settings you’ve selected.

Testing out the different flooring

To see how the different flooring options will look in your selected room, just click on a flooring design thumbnail at the bottom of the screen. You’ll then see the floor replaced with whatever design is currently selected. It’s so easy, and fast, to try out different designs!

Saving the image or sharing

When you find a flooring design that you particularly like, you can either save the image, or share it via a direct link, Facebook, Twitter, or email. Maybe you want to see what your spouse or other family members think. Maybe you want to get your inner circle’s opinion. Or maybe you simply want to brag about your awesome new flooring! Whatever the reason may be, it couldn’t be easier to share your creation.

That’s it!

We hope that with our new, easy-to-use flooring visualizer, we’ve taken some of the fear of commitment feelings out of shopping for new flooring. If you have any questions on how to use the visualizer, or would like to discuss installation we are here to help! Contact us here, or give us a call at 702.685.8880. Until then, happy visualizing 🙂

Wood Flooring Options: Which One Is Best For Your Home?

Wood flooring is a beautiful addition to any home. With all the different options available to you, you may be wondering what the differences are, and which option is best for you. In this post, we’ll discuss common options and provide you with enough information that will allow you to choose which one is right for your home.

When choosing which wood flooring option is best for you, there are things to consider like price, utility, aesthetic, etc. Below we will outline the pros and cons of each wood flooring type.

 

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood floors are milled from a single piece of hardwood. They are then covered with a thin protective layer consisting of aluminum oxide, acrylic, or ceramic. Because of the thick nature of the solid hardwood planking, it can be sanded and refinished many times throughout the life of the floor. 

Solid hardwood will expand and contract depending on the home’s relative humidity. In order to prevent warping, humidity levels should be kept between 45% and 65% at all times. Solid hardwood flooring is permanently nailed to the subfloor. And because of the tendency to expand and contract, installers will leave a gap between the wall and the floor to accommodate.

Solid hardwood flooring comes in a variety of wood species, including oak, maple, black walnut, pecan, mesquite, and more. You can also find more exotic types from places such as Brazil and Africa.

Solid hardwood flooring should only be installed in areas of the home above grade, and only over plywood, wood, or oriented strand board subfloors.

 

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood flooring is composed of multiple layers (typically 3-5) that are bonded together by extreme heat and pressure, which makes them real hardwood floors, just made differently. Engineered wood consists of a top hardwood layer, which is then backed by less expensive layers of plywood. Sometimes manufacturers use recycled wood fibers mixed with stone dust to improve durability and stability. 

Due to the way engineered wood is processed, it’s not affected by humidity. Because of this, engineered wood flooring is the better choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where humidity levels can vary. They are also better for installing over in-floor heating systems.

Engineered wood planks are created with a tongue and groove method, similar to laminate flooring. This allows them to be installed in a floating floor format, without nails or glue. Engineered wood flooring is suitable for installation on all levels of the home making it a convenient option.

 

Tile, Laminate, Vinyl Planks

If you like the look of wood flooring, but want to be a little more wallet-friendly, laminate or vinyl planks may be the way to go. While these flooring options are not made from wood, they can be made to mimic the look of real wood flooring. We will break them down for you below.

Ceramic tile is made using a process called dry pressing, or dust pressing. It is essentially clay that starts out as dust and is then formed, glazed, and finally baked. Due to its water-resistant nature, tile flooring is ideal for areas that get wet, making it a great choice for rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry rooms.

Laminate doesn’t scratch as easily as real wood flooring, but it is susceptible to water around the seams. In the event the flooring does get wet around the seam area, it cannot be recovered from the water damage, unlike real wood flooring. Manufactures print patterns onto the substrate to give the illusion of real wood flooring. The printed substrate is combined with a clear top and then using pressure and adhesives, the pieces are laminated together.

SPC vinyl flooring is comprised of a mixture of natural limestone, polyvinyl chloride, and stabilizers. In the case of WPC vinyl flooring, the core is comprised of recycled wood pulps and plastic composites. Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to install yourself, just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Conclusion

There are many home flooring options, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong choice. It just depends on your needs, and your preferences. We hope that what we outlined above has helped to inform you of your options, and ultimately helps you decide which choice is best for your home! You can view our catalogue of flooring options here, and as always you can give us a call with any questions. We’d love to assist you in finding your dream home flooring option!

Is Your Carpet a Health Risk? 3 Reasons to Switch, ASAP

Carpet is a popular flooring choice for many households. It creates a soft, cozy, and inviting atmosphere, so we completely understand the appeal. However, what most people may not know is that carpet can be causing you and your family member, health issues, namely respiratory issues. Because of the way it’s manufactured, its natural tendency to collect dust, bacteria, and other allergens, as well as being an ideal environment for mold to thrive, carpet flooring can wreak havoc on the air quality in your home. Below we will discuss three major health reasons to switch your carpet flooring, ASAP.

  1. Toxic Chemicals

We’re all familiar with “new carpet smell”. Most of us probably associate that smell with cleanliness. While new carpet may technically be clean, it’s full of toxic chemicals resulting from the manufacturing process. Carpet is manufactured from synthetic materials that contain toxins— such as dyes, plastic fibers, stain and fire resisters, etc. When new carpet is installed, these chemicals are released as Volatile Organic Compounds into the air. Some are known to be harmful, and have even been linked to cancer.

  1. Air Pollution

Carpet traps dirt, bacteria, mold spores, dust, pollen, and other pollutants and allergens. Toxic gases then cling to these small particles that settle into the carpet fibers. These particles can become airborne during activities like vacuuming, walking, renovations, etc. Children are more likely to be exposed to these pollutants because they spend time playing on the floor and often place their hands into their mouths after doing so. While you can remove pollutants, toxins, and allergens by deep cleaning carpet flooring, if a large area is covered, it’s significantly harder to remove all indoor air pollutants, toxins, and allergens.

  1. Mold, Bacteria, and Viruses

Since carpet fibers trap moisture, it creates a perfect spot for biological pollutants like mold to grow. This is especially true in rooms such as bathrooms or other areas exposed to high levels of moisture. But even without obvious moisture sources, there have been studies showing that seemingly dry carpet can harbor mold and other types of fungi. Exposure to mold is a known source of allergies and can contribute to asthma symptoms.

 

In addition to mold, carpet flooring also traps and collects bacteria and viruses. Think about it, you’re walking around all day collecting hundreds of biological agents from all the places you visit i.e. the street, bathroom, restaurants, office buildings, doctor’s offices, grocery stores, etc. When you come home and walk on your carpet with your shoes, you are transferring these biological agents onto your carpet. According to Phillip Tierno, director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, NYU, your carpet could contain up to 200,000 per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. He also states that hundreds of thousands of microscopic species live in your carpet such as E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and more. These types of bacteria can cause dangerous viruses.

 

Safer Flooring Options

Instead of carpet flooring, opt for a safer choice like hard-surfaced flooring. There are many options such as tile, laminate, vinyl planks, and engineered wood. Since these types of flooring are not composed of porous fibers that attract and trap pollutants, mold, and other allergens, they make for a much more healthy flooring solution. In addition, hard-surfaced flooring is a lot easier to keep clean on a regular basis! It’s a win, win.

You can see our catalog of hard-surfaced flooring options here, or contact us today to discuss an installation or to answer any questions you may have. We are happy to help you find the perfect home flooring solution!

4 Reasons Why SPC Vinyl Flooring is Better Than WPC Vinyl Flooring

Whether you are doing a home remodel, building from the ground up, or adding to an existing structure, flooring is bound to be something you consider. Rigid core flooring has become extremely popular in home design. Homeowners are choosing this type of flooring for its stylish aesthetic as well as its relatively affordable pricing. When implementing rigid core flooring, there are two main types, SPC vinyl flooring, and WPC vinyl flooring. Both have their pros and cons, but in our opinion, the clear winner is SPC vinyl flooring. In this article, we will discuss four reasons why SPC vinyl flooring is better than WPC vinyl flooring.

First, how are SPC vinyl flooring and WPC vinyl flooring similar?

SPC and WPC vinyl flooring are similar in the way that they are constructed. Also, both types of vinyl flooring are completely waterproof. Their construction is as follows:

  • Wear layer: This is a thin, transparent layer that provides scratch and stain resistance.
  • Vinyl layer: This is the layer that’s printed with the desired flooring pattern and color.
  • Core layer: This is a waterproof core made from either stone plastic composite or wood plastic composite.
  • Base layer: This is the base of the flooring plank that is comprised of either EVA foam or cork.

Secondly, what is the main difference between SPC vinyl flooring and WPC vinyl flooring?

The answer to this question is their core composites. SPC stands for stone plastic composite, while WPC stands for wood plastic composite. In the case of SPC vinyl flooring, the core is comprised of a mixture of natural limestone, polyvinyl chloride, and stabilizers. In the case of WPC vinyl flooring, the core is comprised of recycled wood pulps and plastic composites.

Now that we’ve laid out the main similarities and differences, we’ll discuss why SPC vinyl flooring is the better choice over WPC vinyl flooring.

  1. Durability

Even though WPC vinyl flooring is thicker than SPC vinyl flooring, SPC is actually more durable. Even though they are not as thick, they are much denser which means they are more resistant to damage from heavy impacts.

  1. Stability

While both types of flooring are waterproof and can handle fluctuations in moisture and temperature, SPC vinyl flooring offers superior protection against extreme temperature changes.

  1. Price

If price point is an important factor to you, SPC is the more affordable of the two. You can find SPC for less than $1.00 per square foot.

  1. Formaldehyde

Unlike SPC vinyl flooring, formaldehyde is used in the production of WPC vinyl flooring. In fact, most wood flooring contains some level of formaldehyde. This is due to being present in the resin used to press the wood fibers together. While EPA regulations are in place to keep amounts at safe levels, some companies have been found guilty of shipping products containing hazardous levels of formaldehyde to the U.S. and other countries. This can be seen in this test performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which revealed that specific types of wood laminate flooring contained hazardous levels of formaldehyde.

 

According to the EPA, formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may even cause certain types of cancers.

While you can take precautions by paying attention to labels and researching points of production origin, we recommend steering clear for the peace of mind.

The reasons mentioned above are why, in our opinion, SPC vinyl flooring is better than WPC vinyl flooring. SPC vinyl flooring offers a durable, safe, and affordable solution to your home design needs. It comes in many different colors and patterns so you are sure to find something you love. You can browse our SPC vinyl flooring selections here. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to help!