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  • LAVIDGE is Our New Digital Agency of Record
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    Express Flooring has named LAVIDGE as our new Digital Agency of Record to help improve our digital footprint and expand our reach. The agency impressed us with their deep understanding of our business and their innovative performance-based pricing structure. Specifically, the LAVIDGE team will be helping with digital strategy, analytics, media buying, content marketing and updating our website. Express Flooring names Digital AOR to be LAVIDGE We’re excited to begin this new partnership as we work to update our digital presence to improve the experience for our customers. LAVIDGE specializes in discovering and communicating insights that engage, motivate, and inspire. We’ll be working closely with their team to incorporate these insights and strategic thinking into our digital services. These updates are very important to our business and we’ve worked hard to develop a valuable partnership with an agency that truly has our best interest in mind. Keep checking back in the coming weeks—we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on. Learn more here: LAVIDGE Named Digital AOR for Express Flooring Read more »
  • Why Choose Carpet for Common Areas?
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    People often love to use carpets in their home mainly because of its looks & Appeal. Not only that, carpet flooring is having lots of benefits. So, carpet flooring is one of the on-demand flooring options in today’s market. It’s crazy fastly spreading all over the world in both commercial and residential spaces as well. Due to its soft and luxurious comfort under the feet, most of the homeowners often prefer carpet flooring.Click To Tweet In general, homeowners use carpet flooring for common areas because of their comfort. Especially in Arizona, you can see most of the homeowners prefer carpet flooring when they have kids. The intention behind this is to reduce the risk of injury during slips, skids or fall. Usually, there is no other substitute to carpet flooring in terms of protection and absorption of warmth and overall comfort. Along it might have some cons but there are simply minute when you think about the benefits of carpet flooring. However, any carpet fiber you choose will have its own pros and cons to consider. The comfort and other aspects of carpet flooring often suit carpet in common areas whereas in other uncommon areas like storerooms, bathroom and other places you shouldn’t use the carpet because its simply waste in those areas. Let’s find out some of the best advantages of carpet in this post. So that you can make an informed decision in choosing the best quality carpet that suits in common areas. Advantages of Carpets: Budget Friendly Reduces sound Longevity and Style Long term budget/Short Term Budget – One of the reasons for choosing carpet is due to its cost efficiency. Most of the carpets are economically priced compared to other flooring options. Carpet is available in various colors, textures, qualities, style, and designs.Click To Tweet Though carpet is not as expensive as other flooring options the design of your space does not have to be compromised at all. However, carpet is a type of material that will wear out, depending on traffic levels, carpet quality, and maintenance. Based on these aspects you should select the best carpet with a life span of a minimum 5-10 years. Your carpet represents a substantial investment. Cheap fibred carpets may look and feel luxurious in the short term but may be a problem in the long term, particularly in high traffic areas. Investing in a high-quality carpet could be the… Read more »
  • Vinyl Flooring Options – Choosing the Right Type for Your Home
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    Made from a mixture of polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers, this modern flooring known as vinyl is often used for high traffic areas where its durability is gladly welcomed. Vinyl flooring is flexible, versatile, and can be made in a variation of colors and patterns. It is a fairly more affordable option than other flooring options. To choose the right vinyl look for your home we have two options: Inlaid and Printed. Inlaid vinyl refers to when color granules are embedded into the vinyl sheet. This gives the vinyl a deeper look and provides the option for many colors. When examined closely, speaks of varying shades can be seen, which create the overall hue. Printed vinyl is just the same as it sounds; a pattern or color is printed directly onto the vinyl. This type of vinyl flooring is very popular and looks very beautiful which makes it the first choice for homes. Because of the nature of printed vinyl, it can be made to look like other, more expensive, flooring. Vinyl-Flooring-Options Homeowners can achieve the look of hardwood or marble flooring, even if it isn’t in their budget. As far as colors and patterns available, the options are practically endless! There are several quality features found in vinyl that are important to the consumer.Click To Tweet All features may not be found in both sheet and tile goods. Quality features for vinyl include: “no wax surfaces,” degree of gloss and surface texture, recovery capabilities, whether sunlight protected, underfoot comfort, and the thickness of the top wear layer. Like most flooring, vinyl can come in different sizes and shapes to better fit the look of the room. Flooring can be made as per the requirement like sheets, tiles, or planks. Sheet Vinyl – Vinyl sheet flooring is a single roll of flooring usually 6 to 12 feet wide. Vinyl sheet limits the number of seams and is also great for high-moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl flooring is also offered with three different types of wear surfaces: Vinyl No-Wax Urethane Enhanced Urethane Vinyl Tiles – Tiles are great when vinyl is made to look like marble or other classically tiled flooring. It can be relatively easy to install and creates a cohesive look in a new room. One of the benefits of having individual tiles is that they’re easier to replace when one is damaged. You can also use vinyl… Read more »
  • 3 Fantastic Alternatives to Hardwood Floors For Arizona Homeowners
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    When it comes to choosing a new flooring option for your Arizona home, you’ve got plenty of options. The hot desert climate makes solid wood floors a less-than-ideal choice: termites and heat are constant concerns. No one wants to wake up to a termite-infested, cracked hardwood floor! In this article, we’ll break down vinyl, laminate, and stone as three fantastic alternatives to solid hardwood floors. Vinyl and laminate are wonderful options for anyone looking to keep costs down; stone is more of an indulgence (but well worth it!).Click To Tweet What’s in a Floor? Few things change the feel and dynamic of a home more than flooring. Traditional hardwood is something of a dream for many homeowners — it looks great, adds amazing value, and has that “wow” factor that blows carpet out of the water. Unfortunately for Arizona homeowners, a hardwood flooring solution is not so simple. Termites are a serious concern for any Arizona homeowner with solid hardwood floors. It’s a match made in heaven for the little pests — a dry climate and solid dried wood flooring — so avoiding solid hardwood is a smart choice. The climates in Phoenix and Tucson simply do not play well with solid hardwood. The dry climate can also contribute to cracking, warping, and shrinking. That’s a problem no one needs! Vinyl Flooring Option For Arizona Homeowners For those of you looking for that classic hardwood look but know that Arizona just doesn’t agree with solid hardwood, look to vinyl. Vinyl is something of a Goldilocks material for flooring. It mimics the appearance of true hardwood but is significantly easier to maintain in a desert climate. Vinyl is a blend of synthetic materials that come in different shapes and layouts. The most common type of vinyl is called a “vinyl plank” — which comes in hardwood planks and is a great option for any Arizona homeowner.Click To Tweet These planks are fantastic for imitating the appearance of true hardwood at a fraction of the cost (and with far more durability!). Even better, vinyl is particularly resistant to stains and scratches. Vinyl Tiles For Areas With Water Exposure Vinyl also comes in tiles. Whereas vinyl planks come in long strips, vinyl tile flooring consists of interlinked squares of synthetic tiles. These tiles are particularly effective at resisting water damage — definitely inquire about Vinyl tiles for the bathroom or kitchen! Vinyl tiles… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Guide to Flooring, From Vinyl and Hardwood to Carpeting
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    With so many different types of flooring to choose from, shopping for a new floor can be overwhelming. Would carpet look better, or vinyl tile last longer? Is hardwood flooring too difficult to clean — and will laminate flooring turn yellow? Here’s a look at some of the different types of floors you’ll discover when you’re shopping for new flooring — and why some types of flooring might suit your lifestyle or décor better than others. Different Types of Floors The most popular types of floors are carpeting, porcelain or ceramic tile, vinyl flooring, laminate, hardwood flooring, and stone flooring. Here’s an overview of these different types, with some of the advantages (and disadvantages) of each one. Carpet Flooring Among the many types of floors used in houses, perhaps none has more variety than carpeting. Carpet flooring can be thick-pile or thin, smooth or textured and sculpted. It can be wall-to-wall, partial covering, or cut into room-sized rugs. The type of carpeting you choose should depend upon your lifestyle as well as your decorating scheme. For high-traffic areas, choose durable carpeting rather than luxury sculpted styles that can wear out more quickly and require more care. Thick-pile carpet adds warmth and cushions your feet wonderfully; plus, it’s low-maintenance. Carpet with short fibers will have a smoother, flatter surface and can be elegantly patterned or even sculpted with a 3D effect. If you’re looking for low-maintenance carpets, consider sisal carpet (made from agave plant fibers), synthetic sisal or nylon carpeting from manufacturers such as Wilton or Armstrong. Also, if you have kids or pets, consider getting super stain-resistant carpeting such as STAINMASTER® or STAINMASTER® PetProtect®. Likewise, if you have allergies, you can choose allergy-friendly carpets made of nylon and polyester, which are specially made so they won’t trap dust and other allergens. Important note: When shopping for carpeting, read the manufacturer’s label and make sure that it’s colorfast so that the dye won’t bleed during cleaning.Click To Tweet Porcelain/Ceramic Tile Flooring Did you know that there’s a difference between porcelain and ceramic tile? Porcelain is fired at much higher temperatures so that the material is denser, more durable and longer-lasting. Ceramic, on the other hand, is more affordable, easier to cut (for installation) and typically comes in a wider range of patterns and colors. One great advantage of both types is that they naturally stain- and moisture-resistant, which makes them perfect… Read more »
  • Marble Flooring: An Elegant, Easy-Care Alternative to Hardwood (Updated)
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    We wrote about this in a previous article and have some updates to share. When we think of a showcase home in all its magnificence, the first thing that comes to mind is luxurious natural marble flooring. When we think of homes in Arcadia, to the Biltmore area and of course the Mountainside mansions of Silverleaf in Scottsdale, images of luxury stone floors and marble tile come to mind. From the entryway to the living room and kitchen, nothing makes a home more palatial than an elegant expanse of marble covering the floor.Click To Tweet For many homeowners, marble floors might seem like a dream come true that is out of reach in terms of the budget; but marble flooring is actually much more accessible (and even affordable) than most people realize. And while wood flooring is also a stunning choice, some homeowners opt for hardwood because they don’t believe that marble is either affordable or readily available. The truth is, thanks to advanced technologies in the manufacturing of natural stone flooring, marble flooring is now a realistic option for many homeowners. Once upon a time, marble tiles had to be specially ordered — and often imported — which could take weeks and incur high import costs. Today, many of the major US flooring manufacturers carry luxury marble tile at a variety of price points, so it’s no longer inaccessible or unaffordable. You don’t need to own a mansion in North Scottsdale to have marble flooring. Why Choose Marble Flooring? What’s not to love about marble flooring? Like a grand staircase or a crystal chandelier, it immediately brings to mind a certain grandeur and magnificence such as you’ll find in the world’s most beautiful mansions. At the same time, it’s a versatile type of flooring that can be used in any setting or design scheme, from casual to elegant. Marble works just as well in the patio or kitchen as it does in a formal dining room, and can enhance any type of décor.Click To Tweet Aesthetically, marble adds a cool softness to a room. Who doesn’t love the feel of a cool surface on their feet when the temperatures are over 100 degrees in the summer? It also has a natural glowing surface that reflects light beautifully; so much so, it actually gives the appearance of bringing more light into a room. As with any type of stone, marble… Read more »
  • How to Choose the Best Pet-Friendly Carpeting
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    Few things in life are as gratifying as pet ownership. A loving furbaby — whether it’s a dog, cat or other cuddly beasties — will give you faithful companionship and unconditional love that can transform your life. However, as all pet owners know, it’s sometimes necessary to make adjustments in our homes so that we can happily accommodate our fur-bearing friends; and one of those adjustments is investing in the pet-friendly carpet. Flooring companies have found that the best way to make a carpet pet proof is to manufacture carpeting with nylon fibers that have been chemically infused with a stain-resistant finish. This process enables the carpet to resist staining from pet urine and soiling, as well as repel pet hair, dirt, and dander. Things to Consider When Choosing a Pet-Friendly Carpet Here’s a look at some of the performance factors you’ll need to look for in a pet-resistant carpet. Stain Resistance When choosing a pet-friendly carpet, the first thing you need to ask is, will it resist stains? Some carpets are made with fibers that seem to absorb everything, making them highly vulnerable to staining and discoloration. Obviously, this is the wrong type of carpet for a pet-friendly home. Savvy pet owners invest in carpets made of fibers that are specially treated with a safe chemical finish that automatically repels stains and liquids so they don’t settle into the fibers. Thanks to their ability to resist soiling, stain-resistant carpets are a must-have on every pet owners list. Water Absorbency If you have pets, you’ll want to invest in a carpet that’s water-resistant. This means that the fibers are specially treated and processed so that water won’t easily soak into the carpet. What’s the difference between water-resistant and waterproof? The difference lies in how much water the carpeting can withstand (and how long it can stay there) before the carpet sustains damage. One company, Shaw, is raising the bar with their 100-percent-waterproof Lifeguard carpet, which has proven to be so successful, one entrepreneur actually built a swimming pool lined with Lifeguard carpeting. While in most cases a water-resistant carpet is fully sufficient for most pet owners, you might consider investing in Shaw’s Lifeguard carpeting if your home is truly a menagerie. Dirt and Soil Resistance Dirt doesn’t just come from muddy paws tramping through the house; it can also accumulate naturally over time. Of course, those muddy paws — as… Read more »
  • Best Floors for Increasing Home Resale Value
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    Updating the floors of the home is one of the most rewarding remodeling projects you can tackle, with functional and aesthetic benefits that you will experience immediately. As well as the comfort of you and your family, it makes sense to undertake flooring projects with consideration to the impact on resale. Your flooring choices could shift a buyer’s decision one way or another, with certain types of flooring perceived as winners in the real estate market.Click To Tweet Solid Hardwood Realtors, builders, and designers are convinced that solid hardwood floors represent the highest return on investment (ROI) for flooring projects and may even justify a higher asking price. According to surveys, buyers find solid hardwood desirable and that could lead to a potential 2.5 increase in sale price. The stated preference isn’t limited to the high-end real estate market — in 2017, the National Association of Home Builders found 87% percent of buyers in the $100,000 to $149,999 price range want hardwood floors. While the assumption is speculative — as it’s not backed with hard data — characteristics of hardwood lend support to the belief that it’s the preferred choice for people in the market for a house. Hardwood is a durable material that can last for generations when it’s properly maintained, and renovations with a long life expectancy add value to the home. Wood is a warm material that is comfortable to walk on, while the neutral visual quality of hardwood allows for versatile choices in furniture and decor. Solid hardwood can also be sanded and refinished when it shows signs of wear and tear, to restore its appearance.Click To Tweet Moisture is damaging to hardwood, so other flooring materials should be chosen for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Alert buyers will note hardwood in those rooms may need to be replaced at some point. Engineered Hardwood Engineered hardwood has a similar aesthetic appeal as solid hardwood, with more resistance to moisture and less tendency to expand and contract in response to humidity. That allows a greater range of applications than solid hardwood — it can be installed over concrete, and in kitchens. For Arizona homeowners, this can be a much more attractive option to solid hardwood and on the surface, it still looks and feels like solid hardwood. Most experts advise against installing engineered hardwood in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or areas where the moisture levels rise above four… Read more »
  • Natural Stone Vs Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Flooring
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    Many of our customers say that they love the look of stone, ceramic, and porcelain tile flooring. Unfortunately, they don’t always know which option suits their needs best. We have years of experience helping Arizona homeowners choose the perfect tiling for their rooms. In this post, we’ll pass along some of the things we’ve learned. You can use the information to help you choose natural stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile flooring from our warehouse. Keep in mind that Express Flooring offers tile plus installation, so you don’t have to worry about doing the job or hiring someone to install your new flooring. The Benefits of Natural Stone Tiling First, let’s talk about the materials that count as “natural stone.” Most of our natural stone tiling is made from materials like: Granite Slate Limestone Sandstone Each of these materials has pros and cons that you should know about. Granite We love granite tiling because it’s the strongest, densest material used to make tile. The compact construction means that granite natural stone tiling can resist stains and spills. The material is somewhat porous, though, so we will seal it after we install your new tile. We also like granite tiling because manufacturers make so many types. You can choose anything from polished, smooth granite to natural granite that feels rough to the touch. Slate Slate has a hardy construction that makes it nearly as strong as granite. We rarely see slate tiles that crack or break. We have, however, seen slate tiling chip along the edges. We apply a chemical seal to prevent your stone tiles from chipping. We recommend that you get your slate sealed every few years to prevent chipping.Click To Tweet Limestone Unlike most flooring options, limestone looks better with age. Over time, the natural stone starts to look like it belongs in an ancient Greek monument. Limestone is a very porous material, though, so you cannot skip the chemical sealing process. When installed properly, you can expect limestone tiles to outlast nearly every other part of your home. Sandstone We wouldn’t recommend installing sandstone tiles in wet areas like the kitchen or bathroom. It’s too porous to handle so much moisture. It does look beautiful in other areas of the home, though. If you live in an arid part of Arizona, you might even want sandstone tiling for your patio. Regardless, we’ll seal it several times for added… Read more »
  • Must-Know Eco-Friendly Flooring Options
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    For those wanting to have a smaller footprint or want to explore greener options, it is important to know about Eco-friendly flooring options. This ensures that your home is as earth-friendly as possible, which provides health benefits as well. And with more and more people becoming aware of their footprint, flooring is always a consideration in being more green. Here are a few of the must-know Eco-friendly flooring options and why to choose them. What Does Eco-Friendly Mean? You’ve probably heard the phrase Eco-friendly before. It’s pretty simple – it means not harmful to the environment or earth-friendly.Click To Tweet According to a Home Guide on SF Gate: Making a truly Eco-friendly product keeps both environmental and human safety in mind. At a minimum, the product is non-toxic. This style of living includes everything from ingredients for food to the type of flooring in your home. Some of the requirements include: Recycling materials Using practices that do not put a strain on natural resources (conservation) Biodegradability Safe chemicals Basically, it helps promote greener living. This, in turn, helps prevent water, air, and noise pollution as well as conserves energy. Some people live an Eco-friendly lifestyle as much as possible. They are aware of their carbon footprint, they conserve water and power, they recycle, drive less, have energy efficient homes and well, you get the picture. While you may not be at that level, if you are redoing your home’s carpet, building a new home, or remodeling the entire house – why not start with Eco-friendly flooring? Eco-Friendly Flooring In order to have Eco-friendly flooring in your home, there are a few components to look for: Toxicity to Environment Ability to Be Renewed Life Cycle Ability to Be Recycled Responsible Manufacturer Maintenance Transport Distance All of these factors make up the whole of what Eco-friendly flooring is – as well as other home goods. Some of the Earth-friendly types of flooring are what you might normally buy. From carpet and hardwoods to tile and laminate – there are plenty of options in a safer and more sustainable product. This doesn’t mean you have to trade quality for sustainability either. Many flooring manufacturers offer high-quality products that are equally durable and eye-pleasing. One example is from Shaw. They adhere to the rule that they are an environmentally responsible company. What Are VOCs? Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs are found in a variety… Read more »
  • Express Flooring Is Now Proudly Accredited With The BBB With an A+ Rating
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (2/25/2019) Richard Saling Express Flooring Marketing Director 602-535-3008 richard@expresshomeservices.com Express Flooring Earns BBB Accreditation With An A+ Rating Phoenix, AZ: February 25th, 2019 Becoming an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau is an honor not accorded to all businesses; because not all businesses meet eligibility standards. Express Flooring is pleased to announce today that it has met all BBB of Arizona standards and is now an Accredited Business with an A+ Rating. As with all businesses that are accredited by the BBB, Express Flooring is committed to the BBB Code of Business Practices.Click To Tweet Express Flooring has strived to meet and exceed these standards with our customers. We strive to consistently deliver on our brand promise by reviewing our customer interactions and policies that impact our customers. About Express Flooring: Established in 1985. As a family-owned business for over 30 years, Express Flooring has had the pleasure of selling and installing new floors for thousands of homes in the Phoenix metro area and the Tucson metro area of Arizona. Express Flooring, a premier flooring sale and installation provider, has been serving the communities of Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona for 30 years. In that time, the proud team at Express Flooring has earned a strong reputation for world-class business practices and outstanding customer service, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB utilizes a strict point system to determine a business rating—factors include the amount of time in business, complaint history if any, and advertising or marketing issues. To earn an A+ rating, a business must have a score of 97-100.Click To Tweet Following the rating, a business can also seek to be accredited by the BBB. If approved, it means that the BBB has determined that a business has met specific standards regarding trust and compliance, as well as clearly disclosed business policies, and responsive customer service. Upon being accredited by the BBB, the team at Express Flooring states, “After 30 years in business, proudly serving the community, we have earned accreditation with the BBB. We have long held an A+ rating and made the decision to pursue accreditation. This is a huge milestone for the company and represents a first of many steps in our journey and future growth.” While Express Flooring is well known in the Phoenix and Tucson areas for their commitment to providing the best… Read more »
  • Your Kitchen Needs New Floors? Here’s the Solution
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    When you had your kitchen floor installed years ago, it brought beauty and usefulness to your home. Now, the floor is starting to show its age. It may have dents, stains, scratches and other damage that makes you wince every time a guest walks through the room. It’s time to give your kitchen new floors. Luckily, you have plenty of solutions. Laminate Offers the Look of Wood With Better Durability Most people avoid wooden floors for their kitchens because the natural material can get damaged by leaking pipes and dishwashers. If you’d rather avoid these possibilities, then you should consider using laminate flooring that mimics the look of real wood. Manufacturers also make laminate that looks like natural stone, so you can choose that option if you prefer. The benefits of choosing laminate planks include: Exceptional durability that can withstand heavy foot traffic, pets and small amounts of moisture. Affordable prices for the products and installation services. High resale value for your home. Tile Adds Beauty and Durability to Your Kitchen When it comes to kitchen flooring, it’s hard to beat the benefits and beauty of tile. Companies make kitchen tile from a variety of materials like: Ceramic Porcelain Travertine Marble Tile often costs more than laminate, but it gives you a lot of features that you won’t get from cheaper alternatives. For instance, kitchen tile: Offers exceptional water resistance to protect your subfloor. Is easy to repair because you can replace individual tiles that crack. Gives you an opportunity to create interesting patterns. Lets you choose from a wide range of colors and textures. Vinyl Floors Give You Versatility and Affordability If you want a flooring option that helps you save money, consider adding a vinyl product to your kitchen. Vinyl typically comes in planks or sheets. Some people feel that vinyl planks look more attractive than vinyl sheets. The sheets, however, usually have lower prices and can create an impenetrable shield that protects your subfloor from moisture. Plus, today’s vinyl sheets look much nicer than the ones companies manufactured decades ago.Click To Tweet You deserve an attractive kitchen floor that makes you proud of your home. As long as you choose the right type of material, you can expect your new floor to retain its beauty and durability for well over a decade. // <![CDATA[ { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "VideoObject", "name": "At Express Flooring we help move your… Read more »
  • How to Remove Even the Toughest Stains from a Tile Floor
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    Cleaning the floor is never fun; but fortunately, some types of flooring make the job much less of a chore. In particular, ceramic tile is especially popular because it’s extremely low maintenance and easy to clean. In most cases, you can clean tile with a mild cleaning solution diluted with warm water. However, sometimes life presents us with challenges — including tough stains that won’t come out, no matter how hard you scrub. Here’s a comprehensive look at how to remove hard stains on tile flooring, with tips on what to use for various types of stains on tiles and grout.Click To Tweet Cleaning Equipment: What to Use for Tile Flooring Depending on the type of cleaning job you’ll be doing, you’ll need at least some of these items: Rubber gloves Mop Pail Sponges Cleaning rags Paper towels Scrub brushes of various sizes Toothbrush (or electric toothbrush) for grout Broom and dustpan Commercial cleaning products Baking soda Hydrogen peroxide White vinegar Bleach Paint thinner Soda water Warm or hot water Empty spray bottle Wood craft stick (blunt-edge) or silicone-tipped stick How to Clean Hard Stains and Marks on Tile Flooring To remove stubborn stains from tile, it’s a good idea to first try all the conventional methods you use to clean your floors. If the usual cleaning products aren’t doing the trick, then it’s time to try a few of these DIY methods. Important note: Before applying any type of cleaning product, first check to see if your floor manufacturer offers a tile stain removal guide. Also, make sure that the product you’re using — even if it’s a mild DIY solution — is safe for your floors. Some basic home products, such as vinegar, can wreak havoc on some types of tile (such as marble, see notes below), so always check first before applying anything. For all cleaning, first wash the area thoroughly, using hot water and your usual cleaning product. If the stains are still there, you can apply these DIY remedies.Click To Tweet Coffee, Tea, Fruit Juice or Wine Stains Saturate a cleaning cloth or paper towels with hydrogen peroxide, and apply this to the stains. Rinse thoroughly. Grease Stains Wash the area with club soda (make sure it’s not flat) and hot water. The carbonated soda will help cut the grease. Ink Stains or Permanent Marker Stains Here are three methods: 1. Dry Eraser Rub the… Read more »
  • Hardwood Floors Vs. Wood Look Tile – What Should I Buy?
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    Choosing between hardwood flooring and wood-look tile is a complicated process and one that many homeowners battle with. Both are beautiful, durable, and unique, but which do you choose? If you’ve found yourself in this position, you’re not alone. While both flooring materials offer their unique benefits, deciding between them requires you to consider factors like design, eco-friendliness, cost, and installation. Here’s what you need to know. The Benefits of Hardwood Flooring Hardwood is the creme de la creme of floor coverings. Used in homes for hundreds of years. Hardwoods like rosewood, oak, and cherry are some of the highest-quality and most beautiful flooring options available for modern homes.Click To Tweet Durable enough to last for years, hardwood flooring can be sanded, refinished, and stained multiple times throughout its lifetime. Its hard surface doesn’t attract dust and pollen, which makes it an excellent option for people who have busy households with pets and kids, or who want to avoid allergens. This floor covering is also surprisingly resistant to moisture, which is generally considered wood’s worst enemy. While it’s true that water damage can ruin hardwood floors if left untreated, wood stands up well to temporary water exposure. If water does stain the wood, the floors can be sanded and refinished to banish the stain. Hardwood flooring is also easy to clean and offers unmatched natural beauty. When it comes to cost, wood is definitely more expensive than wood-look tile. This means people who want to install it typically need to cut costs in other areas of their home finishings, such as fixtures or labor. The Benefits of Wood-Look Tile Wood-look tile offers many of the same perks as hardwood, and some additional ones, as well. Slightly more durable than hardwood flooring, the wood-look tile will last for twenty years or more, assuming proper maintenance. It is easily replaceable and straightforward to maintain, although it may need to be polished every few years. Like wood, it comes with a slip-resistance grading, although it does get quite slick when it is wet. This can be a consideration for people with elderly relatives, kids, or pets. Wood-look tile is also sturdier than hardwood. It can withstand more traffic and weight and is much more resilient in the face of moisture. Over time, however, wood-look tiles can chip or break. Thanks to its durability, wood-look tile is suitable for most weather conditions. It’s easy… Read more »
  • Reasons to choose Porcelain Tile (Quick Guide)
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    Porcelain Flooring: Porcelain tile flooring is made up of dense, heavy clay-similar to ceramic- that makes a fine choice for both outdoor and indoor use. Porcelain is resistant against chipping and cracking, leaving room for many possible uses no matter which room you choose to renovate.Click To Tweet Should it take a hit from severe impact, these tiles can be easily replaced without a problem. Points to Remember: Its liquid-resistant compounds make the perfect flooring for any bathroom or changing area where water is commonly present. Its weight makes it much heavier and tedious to cut, making it durable and more expensive than ceramic. Porcelains percentage of kaolin is much higher and is resistant to fire or flame. These tiles are made to withstand many years of wear and tear! That being said, you can expect to get up to a decade (or two!), if properly taken care of and an expert demonstrates correct installation. Porcelain is a low maintenance flooring option: Want a low maintenance floor for when the kids invite their friends over for a pool party? Porcelain might be your best friend. A quick spot clean with a damp rag and an occasional mopping and sweeping is all that a busy homeowner needs to maintain their porcelain floors. The cost of porcelain is much more expensive because of the durability and weight, making the installation process a little more tedious. Although porcelain tile is extremely durable and able to withstand water damage of any kind, you should know that grout can still harbor between the lines of each tile. Since grout is porous, it’s best to seal the connecting lines (from one tile to the next) so damage doesn’t have a chance. Formation of mold and mildew is still possible with porcelain because over time, humidity and moisture can still penetrate through the layers, causing discoloration. Porcelain flooring has freeze/thaw resistance (perfect for outdoor use!) and lower moisture absorption. Let’s have a look at the reasons to choose porcelain tile: Porcelain tile is a popular choice for bathroom floors. Porcelain is a denser, more porous, and harder option that offers greater stain and water resistance than ceramic tile.Click To Tweet Additionally, it’s suitable for radiant in-floor heat to keep warm under your foot in colder climates. Porcelain offers unmatched design versatility. Tiles can mimic natural stone varieties, such as granite and limestone. There are two basic types… Read more »
  • Latest Wood Flooring Trends (Need to Know)
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    Do you want to keep up with the latest wood flooring trends? In this article, we’ll cover some of the most prominent wood flooring trends coming in the new year. By the time you finish reading, you will know about different wood species, Eco-friendly hardwood, engineered wood, and other topics related to wood flooring trends. At Express Flooring, we keep our warehouse stocked with the latest products from manufacturers you trust like Shaw, Armstrong, Mannington, Reward. When you want to update your home or commercial space, you can count on us to help you find the right flooring for you. We can even give you professional next day installation services that make the floor look its best. Recent Wood Flooring Trends for Homes and Businesses Wood flooring trends include several variables, including the type of wood used, the width of planks, and the types of finishes used on wood. Wire Brushed Wide Plank Flooring Choosing wider planks reduces the number of seams in your floor. Many of our clients want to combine the wider planks with a distressed, wire brushed look. The combination creates a rustic look popular across the country. Farmhouse Style Wood Planks Farmhouse style wood planks also create a rustic look. Our warehouse has farmhouse style planks in a variety of widths and colors. Finishes for Wood Flooring Shiny wood floors went out of style a few years ago. Today, more of our customer’s request: Satin finishes. Matte finishes. Oiled finishes. Satin finishes give wood floors some sheen without making them look shiny. A satin finish can also hide scratches and dirt, so it’s easier to care for. Matte finishes have a flat effect without any sheen. It’s a good option for people who want beautiful floors that don’t distract from the rest of a room’s decorative elements. Oiled finishes bring out the natural characteristics of wood. With an oil finish, you’ll see the grain and imperfections in the wood. Many people consider imperfections the most beautiful part of their floors. Engineered Wood Flooring Engineered wood is made from high-quality plywood. The top layer of the flooring planks, however, contains a slice of real wood. By putting real wood on top of the plywood, you get a stunning floor without paying the higher price of solid wood flooring.Click To Tweet Other reasons some people prefer engineered wood flooring include its: Easy installation. Excellent durability. Resistance to moisture.… Read more »
  • Ceramic Tile Flooring – What You Should Know & How It Enhance The Beauty Of Your Home
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    Ceramic is very versatile and have the ability to withstand water and stains, however, you must be aware of the location in which you place ceramic tile. The construction of the material comes in red, white, or brown clay and is less dense and softer than porcelain. Its composition is made up of sand, clay, and other natural materials needed to withstand high temperature for molding. It is a heavy material and isn’t generally recommended for higher story installations because you don’t want to put too much pressure on the floor joints. The breaking strength of ceramic is astronomically less than porcelain thus making it susceptible to chipping and cracking. Ceramic tile has a low moisture rate, making it susceptible to water damage over a short time. While you may end up replacing ceramic after a short while, it’s easier to cut and affordable to replace when necessary. Ceramic Tile: The best option for less foot traffic areas Ceramic floor tile is perfect for areas with less foot traffic and low moisture rate. You may even notice ceramic tile walls at some point, especially in places with lower moisture.Click To Tweet Ceramic tiles are perfect for countertops and are completely versatile. They come in various shades and textures and are easily molded. You can even find the ceramic tile that is slip-resistant, making it easy to maintain when unnoticeable spills occur. Should you go this route, find a company that offers high-quality ceramic tile. What You Should Know: A study from Tile Council of North America shows that Italy remains the top exporter to the U.S in 2018, with China in second and Spain in third. Exported materials from these countries are popular and of better quality, especially coming from Italy. Retailers know this and like to take advantage of buyers who know little to nothing about high-quality tile. Because there aren’t regulations or standards for labeling ceramic and porcelain, retailers can identify the tiles in any way they see fit. This makes it incredibly difficult for buyers to choose the correct tile flooring for their needs. Both tiles can have a ceramic glaze so it’s easy to get the two confused. It is best to make yourself aware of these two aesthetically similar yet very different materials before you buy. Benefits of Ceramic Tiles: Tile flooring is an easy, cost-effective and efficient way to add character to a house.… Read more »
  • 10 Interior Design Trends to Try with Your Flooring Choices
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    Whether you’re planning a huge home makeover, building your own home from the ground up, or simply considering a minor refresh, there are some interior design trends you should consider working into your plans if you want a brand new, fresh feel. Here are some interior design trends you can incorporate into your flooring choices – or to complement your flooring choices – for a home that looks like it jumped straight out of a professional interior design magazine. We can’t guarantee you’ll get your own HGTV show after you complete this project, but you will definitely fall in lobe with your stylish and trendy new home. 1. Natural-Looking Wood Floors with Modern Furniture A hot trend in interior design is opting for a different type of wood floor – a natural finish. You can choose laminate, real hardwood flooring, reclaimed, or even vinyl. The idea is to achieve something that looks more natural and raw. Opting for dark to medium brown tones is ideal with this trend as it gives the wood a much more realistic finish. Because this type of wood can have a slightly old-fashioned flare to it, the trend involves mixing in modern furniture to contrast and keep the look updated and on trend. Think metal-frame coffee tables, sleek edges, and geometric shapes. The combination of traditional and modern is a tough balance to strike but when you do, it’s absolutely stunning. Keep your flooring choices simple so they can stand the test of time, and allow the furniture and accessories to modernize the room and help you achieve that magazine-ready, minimalist chic look. When selecting your flooring option, try to focus on texture – or the illusion of texture – to really maximize the natural look. Look for uneven edges, or wood with exaggerated graining, or even distressing. You also want to make sure the sheen is low. A glossier type of wood can take away from the natural finish. Matte finishes will have a naturally realistic look to them instead. 2. Checkerboard Flooring A more modern version of the parquet floor, checkerboard flooring is a fabulous trend this year.Click To Tweet It can be done with either tiles or hardwood. Choose your square tile of hardwood and purchase it in two shades – a lighter color and a contrasting color. The checkerboard effect is a great way to add life to a hallway, mudroom,… Read more »
  • The Top 6 Reasons Arizonians Love Express Flooring Over Other Flooring Stores
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    At Express Flooring, we take a different approach to giving our customers the services and products they want. To reference the Star Wars universe, we like to think of ourselves as the Rebellion fighting against the “business as usual” that you find at big box stores and other flooring stores. Our unique approach has gained us thousands of fans from all over Arizona. Before you buy new flooring for your home, think about these top six reasons Arizonians love Express Flooring over other flooring stores. Express Flooring Brings Several Samples to Your Home Most stores force you to come to their showrooms to see what flooring samples they have. That doesn’t make any sense to us. How can you really know what new flooring will look like unless you see it in your home? We’ve taken care of that problem. At Express Flooring, one of our experts will bring several number of flooring samples to your house. We don’t believe in taking guesses. We want you to know that you will love your new flooring. If you don’t like the samples that we bring, that’s okay! We have a lot more to show you! Our Experts Know How to Help You Choose the Perfect Flooring for Your Rooms We have years of flooring experience, so we can direct you to products that you will like. Our experts love to talk about different types of flooring. If you want a lot of details, they can tell you about the differences between carpet made from materials like polyester, wool, polypropylene, and polyamide. They know just as much about tile, laminate, vinyl, and wood flooring. Don’t worry, though. We won’t give you a bunch of details that you don’t need. We listen to your needs and suggest flooring options that we think you’ll love. If you want more info, we can certainly give it to you. We’re passionate about the flooring we sell, so we know a lot about the different options. If you want to learn more about flooring before contacting us, check out our Ultimate Flooring Buying Checklist. It will help you let us know what types of flooring interest you. We Offer Next-Day Installation for Products We Have in Stock We have a huge warehouse full of flooring from top manufacturers like: Shaw Mohawk Stainmaster Daltile Stonepeak Ceramics Dupont Amstrong Over the years, we’ve built relationships with a lot of companies.… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Flooring Installation Checklist: 4 Things You Really Need To Know
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    By now, you’re no stranger to the world of flooring installation. If you’ve watched even one episode of HGTV, the DIY Network, or any “home improvement” show, you probably fancy yourself a bit of an expert in the world of flooring. But the truth is, those shows only show you about one-third of what really goes on in a “home improvement,” and only about one-tenth of what really goes on in a “flooring installation.” We’ve come up with this list of four commonly misunderstood things about the subject. Whether you want to install new hardwood floors, porcelain tile, or even modern composite laminate flooring, there’s no shortage of common misconceptions that need to be dispelled. With that in mind, here’s our list of 4 things you didn’t know about flooring installation. Did You Know #1: Not All Tile Flooring is The Same When people come to us and say they want “tile flooring,” they often don’t know that there are actually three different types of tile flooring that can be installed in the home. And, not all tile flooring is the same.Click To Tweet The first type of tile flooring is made of natural stone. That natural stone is either made of travertine, limestone or marble. This is the most expensive type of flooring, and it’s also the most difficult flooring to take care of. This type of flooring needs to be sealed, periodically, and deep-cleaned from time to time as well. Even the smallest spill can cause irreparable damage to the floor,Click To Tweet and can completely ruin the entire look. Because of this, natural stone flooring is recommended for people who don’t live in a high-traffic home — and it’s certainly not recommended for people with children and/or pets unless it’s placed in an area where neither the children nor the pets frequently go. The second type of tile flooring is made of porcelain. This is the second-most popular type of tile flooring, and it’s moderately priced. Made of a blend of clay and feldspar that hardens into a glass-like substance, porcelain floors often look “shiny” and are popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Because it’s durable, porcelain floors are recommended for people who live in a high-traffic home. The third and most popular, type of tile flooring is made of ceramic. This is the most popular type of tile flooring because it’s the least expensive. Made of clay… Read more »
  • Common Carpet Seam Mistakes and How to Fix Them
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    Carpeting brings comfort, aesthetic value, and value to your home. It is available in many styles and colors and it can look from functional to elegant. One thing that sometimes happens is that carpet seams present a problem. Whether it’s open seams, visible seams, or frayed seams – there is a fix for everything. Here are some of the common carpet seam mistakes and how to fix them. Why People Love Carpet There are many reasons why people love carpet. The reasons may surprise you or maybe you can relate.Click To Tweet Here are just a few of the main components of carpeting’s popularity and longevity. Insulation Carpeting is ideal for holding warmth during those cold winter nights. Not only that but it may even lower your power bill and that’s always a good thing. Imagine waking up and stepping on a nice, warm carpet that is soft under your feet rather than cold flooring that gives you a chill. Elegance and Luxury Whether you want a bold statement or a subtle sense of luxury – carpet does it all. The choices in colors, styles, patterns, and prints ensure that if you can envision it, there is a carpet that matches. There is a reason you’ll see wall-to-wall carpet in luxury hotels – it looks great and can take a lot of foot traffic. It’s Safer When is the last time you slipped and fell on the carpet? Sure, it’s possible but carpet is much safer than other types of flooring. Especially slippery ones. It’s perfect for kids, older adults, and even your pets. It’s Quieter Carpeting reduces sound quite a bit. If you’re looking for flooring that is ideal for children and pets then carpeting is your best friend. In fact, with a quality pad underneath, carpeting absorbs a variety of sounds. From stereos to big screen televisions – it works as a barrier. It’s Durable When properly maintained, carpet holds its durability for many years. Yet, it’s still soft on your feet. Which brings us to easy maintenance.Click To Tweet It’s Easy to Maintain Carpeting is easy to keep clean by vacuuming and occasional cleaning. Even stains are easy to remove if taken care of immediately. And with today’s technology, there are things like Scotchguard that help prevent permanent staining. It’s Versatile As we mentioned, people love carpet due to its versatility. There are many colors, all types… Read more »
  • 20 Hot Ideas for Threshold and Transition Flooring for 2019
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    (#10 is a Stunning New Technique) The same flooring material can’t always be used throughout the space, presenting both opportunities and challenges for that critical area where one material meets another. Current design trends for flooring transitions and thresholds are embracing mixed media, juxtaposing materials for contrast in color, texture, and form. Traditional, rustic, and vintage styles still hold appeal, and neutral color palettes continue to prevail, especially on the lighter side of the spectrum. That presents opportunities to use texture and hue for subtle, space-defining elements. Here are 20 ideas for transition and threshold treatments that you’ll be hearing more about in 2019.Click To Tweet 1. Strong Border Forms With contemporary open plan concepts for homes, flooring plays a major role in differentiating space. Shaped, curved or diagonal lines create a distinct border for strong definition. 2. Hexagon Tiles Hexagon tiles strike a bold note for rooms where a durable, water-resistant material is desirable, such as under a freestanding bathtub or in the kitchen. Rendered in vintage black and white, modern hexagonal tiles are both sophisticated and retro, meeting the current trend for the creative blending of old and new. 3. Patterns Chevron, herringbone, and basketweave patterns are traditional wood flooring patterns that are attracting new attention. Changing the direction of the wood pattern forms an elegant transition from one space to another. 4. Wood and Tile These two materials harmonize easily and are frequently positioned together, due to different characteristics. The organic nature of both presents pleasing textural differences, while each material is best suited for different environments.Click To Tweet Color palettes are easily integrated between the two materials and transitions are easily accomplished using border and buffer zone techniques. 5. Buffer Zone Use a buffer zone between two types of flooring to soften the transition, especially when the two materials are so similar they could appear to be a matching error. Use sparingly to interrupt the visual similarities. 6. Mosaic Bands Colorful mosaic tile brings the appearance of handcrafted charm and high visibility to the transition. Applied strategically, a mosaic band accents the transition between two materials, without overwhelming the space. 7. Tile Borders A band of tiles is another method of transitioning between one material and another, especially effective as a buffer zone between two similar materials. 8. Wood Borders A simple wood border effectively separates two different materials or types of wood flooring. Choose from… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Guide: How to Install Vinyl Tiles over a Wood Floor
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    While many homeowners long for a hardwood floor, others are desperately seeking ways to cover theirs up. Some houses have wood flooring that is either inferior wood or is badly scratched or damaged. Likewise, some houses — particularly older homes — were built with a hardwood subfloor that isn’t of a high enough quality (or is too worn) to refinish and expose. If you’re wondering how to install vinyl tiles over a wood floor — or if it’s even practical to do so — the good news is that vinyl flooring will generally adhere to most types of subflooring, including wood. As long as the subfloor is made of a solid material (not carpeting, for example), the biggest challenge isn’t whether or not the vinyl will adhere to the subfloor material; but rather, whether or not the subfloor will be smooth enough. Installing vinyl flooring over the existing floor in your room isn’t especially difficult, and can usually be done as a DIY project.Click To Tweet However, if you’re working with existing wood flooring, then you’ll have to follow a slightly different method than you would with existing vinyl flooring or laminate flooring. When installing vinyl floor tiles or vinyl planks, it’s crucial to have a smooth, seamless surface for placing your tiles — otherwise, your floor will be uneven. Wood flooring can be an acceptable surface for vinyl tiles, but you might have to take steps to ensure that it’s as smooth and even as possible. For example, you’ll probably have to sand the wood in order to level any uneven seams or rough areas. Likewise, many builders recommend covering the existing wood flooring with a one-quarter-inch plywood substrate and then laying the tiles on top of the plywood. With all of this in mind, here’s a look at how to install a vinyl floor over a wood floor. Tools You’ll Need for Installing Vinyl Tiles Vinyl tiles or planks Sandpaper and a sander Wood sheathing, plywood or lauan Tile cutter or utility knife Grease pencil or chalk Construction-length measuring tape Tile glue (if you’re not using peel-and-stick tiles) Trowel (for spreading glue) Face mask Wet cloths and mineral spirits (for cleaning glue residue on tiles) Wet wipes for cleaning your hands during installation Precautions to Take Before Installing Vinyl Tiles over Wood Flooring Before starting the installation, it’s important to take a few precautions not just for your… Read more »
  • We Got Your Back – Carpet Backing That Is. The Ultimate Guide To Carpet Backing
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    When most people look for the perfect carpet, they tend to focus on what will be seen. But what lies underneath your carpets is just as important. Carpet backing gives a carpet strength, durability, and protection from warping. And the best backing adds softness and insulation. The next time you buy a carpet, spare a thought or two for what lies beneath. There are many different types of carpet backing, and each manufacturer has its own technology. To help you in your search, we’ve put together some useful information — along with details of the backing being offered by some of America’s biggest suppliers. What Are the Different Types of Carpet Backing? Take a look at a sample of carpet. Look on the underside, and you’ll see an extra layer of padding. This is the carpet backing, and it’s what gives a carpet its stability, softness, and noise-reduction properties. But there is more than one type on the market today. And each of them has its own unique set of qualities. There are currently four different types of backing, although the main manufacturers have developed their own technologies over the years. Polyurethane Carpet Backing Polyurethane is the most common material currently used in the production of backing. It’s relatively cheap, but it’s also durable and strong. And it has the added benefit of offering protection from moisture. Unfortunately, this synthetic material is a little on the coarse side, so it can scratch floorboards and baseboards. If you live in a home with young children or pets, look for a carpet with polyurethane backing.Click To Tweet Spillages and little accidents can permanently damage less robust materials. Jute Carpet Backing Jute carpet backing is relatively expensive, so its use is usually restricted to premium floor coverings. Made from plant fibers, jute is known for being a particularly durable material. But it also possesses a softness for which many people are willing to pay a premium. You’ll usually pay a significant premium for a carpet with jute backing. But is the added expense really worth it? While it’s highly durable, strong, and soft, jute it’s a relatively scarce material. And for a much lower price, you can get backing that’s just as soft and almost as resilient. Unless you hope to own your carpet for 20 years, consider some of the cheaper alternatives. Soft Plastic Backing Soft plastic is very soft, and it… Read more »
  • 10 Best Luxury Vinyl Plank Floors
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    Trends come and go but one of the most popular types of flooring right now is luxury vinyl planks. If you’re not familiar with this type of flooring, we are here to help. This article will answer a few questions like the benefits and why you should choose luxury vinyl plank floors. We’ll help you with how to maintain it and the 10 best luxury vinyl plank floors to use. Why Choose Luxury Vinyl Plank Floors Luxury vinyl flooring has a simple definition. Instead of traditional square flooring, it comes in narrow strips or planks. According to The Spruce, there are the usual lengths and widths:Click To Tweet Length: Boards typically are 48 or 36 inches long. It is rare to find boards that vary from this standard. As a note of comparison, authentic wood plank flooring ranges in lengths from 8 feet to 12 feet. Width: Plank vinyl flooring widths will vary considerably. Most widths are in the 6-inch range; some go up to 7 3/4 inches wide. Six inches or more is the width of authentic wood plank flooring. There are many reasons to choose this type of flooring and here are a few: Comfort Instead of cold and hard stone or tile, luxury vinyl plank floors are more comfortable. You can even add an underlayment that makes it less stressful on your feet. This is ideal for areas where you do a lot of standing like a kitchen. Durability One of the most important things about a flooring investment is knowing what you installed is durable. Whether you need it to last under the pitter patter of children or the paws of your furry friend – vinyl plank floors have durability. Low Maintenance Simple upkeep makes vinyl floor planks even more attractive. Just using a broom or a mop is the basic way to care for your flooring. It’s resistant to stains, mold, and bacteria. There’s no resurfacing, refinishing, or re-sanding to worry about. Easy Installation Whether you do it yourself or have the pros do your installation, luxury vinyl plank floors are surprisingly easy to install. In fact, they make take half the time of ceramic tile installation. Some feature a glue-down installation while others have the click construction. Ideal for Wet or Tropical Areas While luxury vinyl planks are ideal for tropical areas, that doesn’t mean that’s not an important feature to homes with a… Read more »
  • A Quick and Easy Way to Repair Buckled Hardwood Flooring
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    There’s nothing like luxurious hardwood flooring for transforming a home into a spectacular showplace. With all its benefits and allure, there’s no real downside to hardwood flooring; but, as with any type of flooring, it does require a certain amount of maintenance to prevent damage. The worst enemy of hardwood flooring is excess moisture; and unfortunately, too much water accumulation can lead to that worst of all scenarios — buckling. For a proud and happy homeowner, few things are worse than seeing a beautiful hardwood floor start to buckle; but in many cases, buckled hardwood floors can actually be repaired — even as a DIY project — so they’ll look as good as new. What is Buckled Hardwood? Hardwood floors can show damage in a variety of ways. For example, scratches and small scrapes can be considered part of everyday wear, and in most cases, these can easily be buffed out or glossed over with stain or varnish.Click To Tweet However, hardwood floorboards can sometimes expand or contract — and when this happens, it almost seems as if your flooring has taken on a life of its own. Suddenly, you’ll notice areas where the floorboards lift up at the edges — or boards that suddenly have an unsightly hump in the center. In serious cases, your floorboards might look like they’re actually lifting up from the subfloor. All of these scenarios indicate that your hardwood flooring is buckling — and if you notice any of these red flags, it’s time to take action and repair the damage. Buckled Hardwood Warning Signs Warning signs of buckled hardwood flooring include: Cracks or separations between hardwood boards. Cupped edges: “Cupping” is the term used when hardwood boards turn up at the edges. Crowning: “Crowning” denotes the puffed-up area that occurs when moisture damage causes hardwood boards to rise in the middle. Lifting: “Lifting” refers to damaged areas where the boards actually pull up from the subfloor. The most common signs of buckled hardwood flooring are cupping and crowning. Lifting is the hallmark of extreme buckling and typically will only occur after a major water catastrophe like flooding.Click To Tweet Causes of Buckled Hardwood Floors Water damage is the primary cause of buckling. This can happen when a floor is suddenly flooded with large amounts of water, but it can also occur when moisture content builds up over time. Moisture build-up can start with… Read more »
  • 6 Need-To-Knows When Buying Carpet Padding
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    If you thought to choose a carpet was tough, wait until you find out that you also need carpet padding. Carpet padding saves your carpet from wear and tear. It also helps make vacuuming efficient because the rug can easily rise with a swipe of the vacuum, ensuring all dirt has been eliminated. So before you install your new carpet, here are some easy, need-to-know tips that’ll help you select the right carpet padding to best match the new carpet. Why You Need Carpet Padding Now that you know that carpet padding is absolutely necessary, these reasons will further convince you when you’re looking for the appropriate padding. Protecting your carpet is the main purpose of a carpet pad. However, as the underside of a carpet can wear against the bare floor, the carpet pad also protects the flooring beneath, serving as a “buffer.” With a carpet pad, you can expect softer impact upon walking. These pads also stop drafts from coming through porous carpeting by providing thermal insulation. Your padding should have higher R-value, which keeps the heat from passing through it and ultimately keeps your room warm. Carpet padding also muffles sound, no matter what room in the house. From basements to the very top floor, a carpet pad can reduce sound far better than carpet alone. It is possible to choose the wrong carpet padding, so it’s best to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Research the type of carpet pad you want before you enter the store.Click To Tweet That way, you can order it if they don’t have it in stock. Perhaps you’re just replacing the carpet but intend to keep your current padding. Be aware that old carpet padding is useless and may actually do more harm than good, so it’s always best to buy brand new. The Situation Room Before you buy a carpet pad, consider where you are installing your new carpet. Ask yourself how much traffic will come through and who will be using the room. It all comes down to your needs when choosing the carpet and pad. Be sure you’re armed with the right questions when you’re ready to buy. Here are a few answers to help you get started on your search for the right carpet pad. What is the Best Padding? So you have your dream carpet and now you’re ready to choose the best padding. It’s time… Read more »
  • Definitive Guide To Turning Your Tract Home Into Your Mansion
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    Want to turn your tract home into your own luxury mansion? You’ll be glad to know that you can – and it won’t cost you a small fortune. It doesn’t matter what your home looks like on the outside, transforming the interior into something magnificent is probably easier than you think. Tract housing is often referred to as cookie-cutter housing. The term is used to describe large residential developments consisting of hundreds of identical houses. While this approach keeps property prices low, it can leave owners with generic-looking homes that simply blend in with the scenery. But while your ability to transform your home’s facade may be limited, the interior is fair game. There are many decorative and architectural changes you can make in order to create your own luxury mansion. With a little know-how, a modest budget and some expert help from professionals, the sky’s the limit. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few tips for turning a tract house into a luxury home. Pick and choose the ideas that might work for you – there really is no right and wrong when it comes to creating your dream pad. Let There Be Light Simply by adding a few spotlights and floor lamps here and there, you can transform living spaces into something far more luxurious. Imagine a beautiful bathroom lit to perfection by a few carefully positioned LED lights — built into the ceiling. Or think how great your reading chair will look with an antique floor lamp standing right next to it. The right lighting is capable of changing a room’s dynamic. Look for dark spots in the space, and illuminate them with artificial lighting. And do everything you can to harness natural light – including clearing obstructions from windows. Recessed lighting is on trend right now, and for good reason. It delivers a clean, stylish aesthetic without taking attention away from decor and furniture. And let’s face it; this sort of lighting never goes out of fashion. Be Selective with Paint Colors The colors you choose for your walls will have a big impact on the aesthetic you create. In most cases, neutral shades are best, as they allow your furniture, fixtures and soft furnishings to take center stage. Try to avoid bright, vivid colors. If you want to add a splash of color in a space, use a pastel shade. Alternatively, a… Read more »
  • Top 10 Ways To Void Your Carpet Warranty In The 1st Year
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    A quality carpet is a very big investment for most people. Pay for quality today, and enjoy your new floor covering for many years to come. But what happens when something goes wrong? What happens when, through no fault of your own, your carpet fails prematurely? Well, your investment is saved – by a carpet warranty. But only if you have one. Most reputable manufacturers and suppliers offer a basic warranty as part of the purchase price. But this doesn’t usually cover everything. In fact, there are often more exclusions than inclusions. Before you buy your next carpet, check what your warranty says about coverage. Because if you don’t abide by all the terms and conditions, your warranty could be voided. And that could leave you seriously out of pocket. We’ve put together a list of the most common ways to void a carpet warranty. Our carpet experts have seen it all. Nothing is surprising. We want to ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes.Click To Tweet 1. Damage Caused by DIY Steam Cleaning Carpets get dirty over time, no matter how often you vacuum them. There will probably come a time when you have to clean yours — which may involve the use of steam. There are several steam cleaners on the market, so doing it yourself isn’t difficult. But doing it right is a completely different proposition. Carpet cleaners are complex and powerful. In the right hands, they can breathe new life into floor coverings. But in the hands of an amateur, they can cause untold damage. The first thing you should do is check the terms and conditions of your warranty. What does it say about cleaning? Are you even allowed to carry out the work yourself? Or do you have to call in professional cleaners?Click To Tweet If you go ahead on your own, and cause damage, there’s a very good chance your carpet warranty will be voided by the manufacturer. In most cases, the best course of action is to hire experts. And in the unlikely event that any permanent damage is caused, keep all your receipts — which should demonstrate due diligence on your part. 2. Using the Wrong Vacuum Cleaner for the Carpet Not all vacuum cleaners are suited to every type of floor in the average home. Some are best suited to hard flooring, and some are geared towards carpet cleaning.… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Flooring Buying Checklist
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    Flooring is part of the blank canvas that gives your home its primary aesthetic. Get it right, and your entire home can be transformed into something you can be proud of. But there are more options on the market than ever before — and each one delivers its own unique combination of benefits. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a flooring buying guide. Use this comprehensive purchasing checklist to ensure you choose the right flooring types for the right rooms. Useful Resources for Buying Flooring To help you do a little of your own research, here are a few useful resources for buying the perfect flooring.Click To Tweet How to Mix Floors for Maximum Design Effect? National Wood Flooring Association Grading System Carpet Buying Guide Hard Flooring Buyer’s Guide Flooring Options A Guide to Laminate Flooring Carpet Flooring Guide An Introduction to Tile Flooring An Introduction to Vinyl Flooring Buying Carpet Carpet is soft, warm, and comforting — but it’s not for everyone. In fact, it’s not for every room. Ideally, it’s best suited to rooms in which you relax. But each different type of carpet delivers its own benefits and disadvantages. To make the best choice, you need to know everything there is to know about the options. Know the Various Types of Carpet Wool – Wool carpet is soft to the touch, durable, and versatile. Moreover, it’s incredibly easy to maintain. While they’re more expensive at the time of purchase, they usually deliver many years of faithful service. If you look after your wool carpet, it could be the most cost-effective variety available to you. Polypropylene – This is a man-made fiber that is relatively cheap. But be careful, as you get what you pay for. Although polypropylene carpets are resistant to staining, they don’t feel great against bare skin. This may be a good option if you have children in the home. Natural Fiber Carpets – A range of new materials are now being used to manufacture carpets. Materials such as seagrass, sisal, and coir deliver a natural aesthetic and a durable, anti-allergen option. Blended Carpets – These are perhaps the most popular carpets on sale today. They are made with a variety of man-made and synthetic materials, so they often deliver a wide range of benefits. Polyester – Polyester carpets are soft and easy to clean. They’re also fairly resistant to staining.… Read more »
  • Tips For Selecting The Right Granite Floor For Your Home
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    One of the most important parts of your home, choosing the best floor for your home can be an arduous task. The literal foundation of your home, the floors you choose for your home have the propensity to make it or break it. For instance, one of the more popular materials used for making floors is granite. Often chosen because granite because it is extremely hard, durable, offers attractive, unique patterns, natural heat resistance, a rich variety of colors, and has structural integrity that stands the test of time. However, even in choosing granite you still have an array of options to choose from. That said, the following is an overview of some tips to help you select the right granite for your floor. Appearance One of the top things to consider is how you want your floors to appear. Moreover, since granite comes in a variety of shades and types, you will have to take the time to select which one is the best for your home and decor.Click To Tweet  Indeed, granite comes in a variety of patterns and can be formed by a wide variety of other materials. It also ranges in color, from neutrals, such as black and white, to vibrant colors, such as red, blue or yellow. Therefore, you need to take the time to shop around and find the best color and pattern for your personal taste. Watch the Finish Additionally, once you choose the color of your floor, you will also want to find the right finish. With three different finishes available, you may want to take some time to consider which finish works best for your needs. They are the following: Polished – A finish that is glossy or mirror-like, the polished finish is highly reflective and draws attention to the unique design of each and every tile. Considered a way to add a bit of glitz and glamour to the home, this luxurious finish is favored by homeowners looking to add some pizzazz to their home. Great for formal rooms such as the dining room, studies, and more, choose this finish if you are seeking a more polished look for your home overall. Flamed – A type of finish that requires the granite to be heated to its highest temperature, with the help of a controlled finish process. In particular, the process causes the individual grains in the stone to burst… Read more »
  • Should I Re-Stretch My Carpet Or Replace It?
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    5 Things You Should Know About Carpet Re-stretching Your carpet looked pristine when you first had it installed. These days, it has more wrinkles than a pug’s face. If you get up in the middle of the night, you’re hard-pressed not to trip a few times. The good news is that carpet re-stretching can solve your flooring woes. What is Carpet Re-stretching? Carpet re-stretching is a process that professional contractors use to restore your carpet to its original glory. They use specialized tools to work out the wrinkles safely and secure the flooring material.Click To Tweet The piece of equipment that does the bulk of the work is called a power stretcher. It’s somewhat bulky, so parts of the work get done with a knee kicker. This oddly named tool gets into the smaller corners and the contractor “kicks” it with a knee cap to get it to stretch. The first step of this process is peeling the carpet layer off of the carpet pad. The contractors have to do this carefully to avoid causing any damage. The tack strips that previously secured the carpet to the floor get removed and replaced. If the carpet pad is in bad condition, it also gets swapped in for a new one. Finally, the carpet gets stretched out so it extends over the tack strips. While the overall number of steps is low, the specialized skills and tools required means that this is a job best reserved for experts. If it’s done incorrectly, you can ruin the carpet or carpet pad completely or even get injured on the sharp tack strips. The other downside with doing it yourself is that you could end up with even more wrinkles. What Causes Carpet Wrinkles? Carpet Flooring wrinkles happen for many reasons. It’s not from old age. Some of them are controllable, so it’s possible to limit this situation from occurring in the future. Others are out of your control.Click To Tweet Damage: If the carpet or the carpet pad gets cut, it can cause it to start shifting around. Once it moves far enough, wrinkles start to pop up. The carpet layers could also come apart, which gives it another chance to get out of place. Furniture: Beds, desks, couches and other hefty furniture do more than cause imprints in the carpet. They can also lead to wrinkles, especially if you move them around without… Read more »
  • 6 Simple Ways to Create Flooring Transitions That Work
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    There’s a lot to be said about installing various types of floor in the same room. It’s a great way to define different areas of open-plan living space. And it breaks up the monotony of a larger space. But to make this look work, you need to get creative. Some color and texture contrasts don’t always sit well together. And that’s why flooring transitions are so important. What is Flooring Transition? A flooring transition is anything that blends one type of flooring into the next. In some cases, the transition is created with the same materials on the floor. But this isn’t always the case.Click To Tweet The basic idea is to gradually move from one area of flooring to the next. The right choices can leave your home looking like a mood board — filled with color, personality, and different textures. Of course, there’s no right or wrong involved here. But there are some tried-and-tested ideas the experts at Flooring Express want you to know about. 1. Utilize Contrasting Colors and Shades A big problem many homeowners talk about relates to a lack of contrast between floor types. Imagine you’re laying light oak in the living room and a slightly darker oak in the kitchen. If the shades are similar – even slightly so – it might appear that you ran out of the initial flooring and replaced it with the next best thing. People may also think you simply picked up the wrong flooring in the store. The simplest way to transition from one type of floor to the next is with contrast. If you have a light oak in the living room, go for something much darker in the kitchen – perhaps walnut. And you can bring each room to life by furnishing it with…Click To Tweet 2. Transition by Direction You don’t always need a third type of flooring or an accessory to define a clear transition. Whether you’re laying laminate, hardwood flooring or vinyl planks, you can create a visually stunning transition simply by switching to a different direction of flow. Imagine you’re laying laminate flooring in your dining area. You’re keen to stick with the same flooring in the adjoining kitchen, but you want to create a boundary. All you need to do is lay the laminate widthways in the living room, and lengthways in the kitchen. 3. Gradual Color Transitions This method is… Read more »
  • Which Is A More Durable Floor? Vinyl Or Laminate?
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    Laminate and Luxury Vinyl deliver many of the same benefits. Both are hardwearing and easy to clean. And both recreate the aesthetic of a more natural type of flooring. But which is best for your home? The truth is that both types of flooring can be great — as long as they’re made with quality materials and fitted by trained professionals. But there are some clear differences, and knowing what they are should help you to make an informed purchasing decision. The best way to make comparisons is by listing all the key features and benefits. But you don’t need to worry, as we’ve done all the hard work for you.Click To Tweet Resources to Help You Decide Between Vinyl and Laminate Laminate vs Vinyl Vinyl Flooring Guide Laminate Flooring Guide Differences Between Luxury Vinyl Flooring and Standard Vinyl Comparing Vinyl Flooring with Laminate Vinyl Planks vs Laminate Everything You Need to Know About Household Laminate Flooring The Ultimate Guide to Buying Vinyl Flooring for a Kitchen Making the choice between laminate and vinyl isn’t always straightforward. To help you make the right decision for your home, here are a few resources. Materials Vinyl flooring is a tough, durable floor covering that’s made with wholly synthetic materials. In most cases, there’s a base layer that is made with fiberglass. Atop this is a layer of PVC vinyl, along with a plasticizer. The sheet is then printed to give it the desired appearance. A high-quality vinyl may also be embossed to give it an authentic texture. A final layer is applied to provide protection from moisture and general wear. Polyurethane is the most common substance used to create this layer. If you’re buying a high-quality product, there will usually be an additional sub-layer, made with closed-foam for comfort and cushioning. Laminate is made with a combination of natural and man-made materials. It’s usually bought in planks, rather than sheets. And it’s comprised of plastic compounds and a layer of fiberboard. This core layer is commonly made from a combination of wood by-products and resins. Laminate is also much thicker and more rigid than vinyl, which is perfect if you have floorboards underneath. General Appearance Recent advances in the manufacturing techniques used to create laminate and vinyl have created some incredibly realistic finishes. And to most people, differentiating between luxury vinyl and laminate at first glance is difficult. Whichever you go for,… Read more »
  • Seven Sure Ways To Damage Your New Carpet
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    You’ve done it: You’ve spent countless hours driving all over town to various flooring stores and big box home improvement stores. You’ve looked at sample after sample, taking them home to see them in your lighting. You’ve shopped, you’ve compared, you’ve pored over the countless samples and made a final decision on brand, color, style, design, and texture. You then went through the same lengthy process to find an installer. The installation went smoothly, your furniture’s back in place and now it’s time to enjoy: You’ve chosen the perfect carpet for your home. Congratulations on your purchase! You love the way it anchors the room, highlights your furnishings, and pampers your every step. And for added peace of mind, if you’ve shopped at a quality carpeting firm such as Express Flooring, you have a manufacturer’s warranty on your new soft surface, peace of mind guarantee. Of course, you take pride in your home and will care for your new carpet to ensure years of beautiful wear. But along with knowing the ‘do’s’ of carpet maintenance, it’s extremely important to know the ‘don’ts.’ By arming yourself with a little care and maintenance knowledge, you will avoid some common mistakes that can damage your new carpeting and void your warranty. Here’s a summary of seven deadly carpet sins to avoid, or the Seven Sure Ways to Damage Your Carpet. Sure ‘Damage-Do’ #1: Perilous Products It’s heartbreaking to see a stain on your pristine new carpet, and it’s natural to want to jump right in and remove it. But wait! Before you rush in with foam cleaners, bleach solutions or harsh chemicals, take a deep breath and learn what not to apply to the beautiful carpet beneath your feet. Over the counter products for cleaning spills and stains can be a sure way to cause damage, and Botched Stain Removal attempts generally make a stain worse. Pouring soap and water on a carpet spot can actually spread the stain, rather than removing it. Further, once soapy or chemical solutions settle into carpet fibers, remnants will remain to attract and hold dirt, soiling the area in and around the original stain. Further, beware of infomercial-style products with exciting names. You know the type — KwikKrazyKlean! Shakaboom! StainOutPronto! — and even more exciting claims. These miracle buys can be formulated with little science and a lot of harsh chemicals that can damage your carpeting. But… Read more »
  • The Top Interior Designs That Never Go Out Of Style
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    Decorating your home can cost a lot of money, so you want to choose options that will stay in style for years. Express Warehouse helps customers pick top interior designs that look modern for decades. That way, you get the most value for your money. Before you spend any money on your decorating project, take inspiration from these three design concepts that never go out of style.Click To Tweet Mixing Formal and Casual Decor Formal décor usually costs a lot of money. The high price makes it difficult for most people to decorate their homes with items that look formal. Besides, an overly formal room can feel too stuffy and uptight to use. You want attractive rooms that you can actually use. Mixing formal and casual décor solves these problems by keeping prices affordable and giving you a more relaxed space to spend time with your family. You have unlimited options when mixing formal and casual décor. Some popular options that we see in homes include: Pairing a leather couch with a distressed coffee table. Mixing floral upholstery with modern cocktail tables made of metal. Adding furniture with tapered legs to a room with sleek curtains. The combinations that work best will depend on your personal style and how much money you want to spend decorating your home.Click To Tweet No matter what styles you choose, you need a floor that provides a canvas for your furniture and decorations. Some of our favorite flooring options for rooms that mix formal and casual décor include: Engineered wood floors made from red oak or Brazilian cherry wood. Luxury vinyl planks that mimic the appearance of wood or stone. Durable nylon carpets that resist stains. Mixing formal and casual décor often takes some time because you build your collection slowly. Express Flooring, however, doesn’t make you wait to get the floor you want. We provide next-day installation on all of the flooring products that we have in stock. The Power of Combining Black and White When it comes to decorating a bathroom, combining black and white will never go out of style. The colors have a clean look that makes bathrooms attractive. The colors also help you keep your bathroom free of mildew, dirt, and other messes. When dust accumulates on black or white tile, you can see that it’s time to wipe down the area. You probably don’t want to use a… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Guide on How to Stretch Carpet Yourself
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    After several years of use and foot traffic, your carpet may need to be stretched, especially if there are any lumps, wrinkles, or damaged areas. If you’re wondering how to stretch carpet yourself, this guide will take you through the process, before offering additional tips and recommendations. Why Would You Want to Stretch Carpet? Although your carpet will remain in good shape when cleaned properly on a regular basis, carpet can become damaged and wrinkled over time.Click To Tweet Depending on when and how your carpet was installed, stretching your carpet may be required due to: Excessive wear – Typically as a result of heavy foot traffic across time, even carpet that is perfectly installed will eventually become loose due to excessive wear. Delamination – If latex and/or an adhesive was initially used in the carpet backing and deteriorates, buckling can occur. The sliding of heavy furniture – Since carpeting is made from layers of fabric, sliding furniture across the surface can cause a rippling effect. Although these common causes will have a negative impact on the look and longevity of your carpet, stretching is an effective solution.Click To Tweet Not only will this process expand your carpet’s lifespan, but it will also increase the safety of your home in regards to tripping hazards. Long-term, you will also save money, as you will not need to invest a complete carpet replacement. What Tools Are Required When Stretching Carpet? If you’re still wondering how to re-stretch your carpet, rest easy knowing that the right tools will do most of the work. In order to ensure a successful and efficient stretching experience, be sure to source the following: Work gloves A power stretcher Knee kicker Pliers Flathead screwdriver and/or pry bar Utility knife/carpet cutter Staple gun How to Stretch Carpet: The Process At this point, you may be wondering, how tight should carpet be stretched – or how do you get wrinkles out of the carpet?Click To Tweet If so, this step-by-step process can help you achieve your carpet stretching goals, ensuring that your carpet looks great for years to come. Step one: Clear and clean The first thing you’ll need to do is remove any furniture from the room. If there are built-in pieces, such as a cabinet, you can work around it. Do make your workspace cleaner and healthier, vacuum thoroughly to remove any dirt or dust. Step two: Free… Read more »
  • How to Mix Floors for Maximum Design Effect
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    Who says you have to have one type of flooring for each floor of a home? Who says that you even have to have one type of flooring in a room? If you open your mind up to installing mixed floors in your home, the design possibilities are endless. Let’s face it, any space has its dark and light areas. And the way different areas of larger rooms are used can differ greatly. For example, the area around an open fire might benefit from carpeting providing somewhere to lay down and relax. And the dining area of the same room might benefit from wood, tile or laminate flooring. The way we use our homes and the individual rooms inside them – is changing. And our flooring solutions need to reflect this. By inviting a specialist from Express Flooring into your home, you can learn about the possibilities (and the practicalities) for yourself.Click To Tweet Not convinced? By following these tips, you can ensure the mixed flooring in your home delivers on all fronts. Choose the Right Floor for the Right Room Before you start searching for flooring, you need to assess how you use the space. For example, if there’s a significant chance of mess or spillages in space, a hard floor that’s easy to clean might be the best option. This is usually the case when small children are present. But why lay wood flooring throughout your home when certain areas are more conducive to carpet? There’s also the issue of natural light to consider. For example, if you’re laying flooring in a particularly large space, parts of the room might be flooded with light during the day. These areas often benefit from dark wood flooring made with walnut and darker shades of oak. Conversely, darker areas of the space might be improved with lighter flooring. Once you have assessed the practical requirements, you can start making aesthetic decisions. And, most importantly, you can start to work out which floors complement one another.Click To Tweet Think About Continuity Particularly if you’re laying flooring throughout the entire home, you need to be sure that each floor type and color complements the next. You’ll be glad to know that there are no fixed rules in this regard. However, depending on issues such as decor and room dimensions, certain combinations probably won’t work. For example, imagine you’re fitting real wood flooring throughout… Read more »
  • Top Choices for Eco-Friendly Flooring That Won’t Break the Bank
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    With the environment facing more challenges than ever, many people are keen to make flooring choices that are kinder to the planet we all share. Today, many eco-friendly flooring options are available to choose from. Don’t assume they are all beyond your budget; it is possible to find flooring for your home that is both affordable and environmentally friendly.Click To Tweet Carpet Carpet is not always an eco-friendly option, but if you make smart choices about the materials and manufacturing methods, you can enjoy wriggling your toes into soft carpet while feeling secure in your eco-friendly stance. Wool carpets are a good choice if you are looking for a carpet with minimal environmental impact. Wool is a natural, renewable resource that is extremely durable. With the right care, some wool rugs can last for generations. You do not need to compromise on appearance when purchasing an eco-friendly carpet. Wool can be dyed all kinds of colors and woven into many patterns. Other options to consider are jute, cotton, and sisal carpets. Stay away from carpets that have been made using volatile organic compounds, which can be damaging to human health as well as to the natural environment. Natural Stone Natural stone is not the cheapest eco-friendly flooring option, but it can be one of the most beautiful. Stone tiles may be made out of natural marble, granite, or travertine, each of which has its own benefits and drawbacks. Marble Marble flooring is extremely beautiful. This natural material has been used in palaces around the world for hundreds of years, giving it an air of luxury and elegance.Click To Tweet Each individual marble tile has its own unique pattern, which means they can combine to create a natural and interesting appearance. Marble is a great flooring option if you have or want to install an underfloor heating system. It is an excellent heat conductor, which means your marble floor will carry heat from below to warm your toes on chilly winter mornings. In summer, the stone will suck heat from your soles to help you stay cool. The only downside of marble is that it is relatively soft, which means that it can easily become scratched. It is also vulnerable to acid staining. Therefore, marble might not be the best choice in a high-traffic area where many staining substances are present. On the other hand, a marble floor that is properly… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Flooring Inspection Checklist
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    How do you know when flooring needs replacing? While your own flooring might look OK from a distance, a closer inspection might reveal the ugly truth. Your flooring may even be a trip or slip hazard. Not all flooring problems are due to wear and tear, though. In some cases, inferior materials are to blame. Substandard workmanship can also lead to the premature demise of flooring. Whatever the cause, you need to know whether or not your flooring is fit for purpose. We’ve put together a flooring inspection checklist — covering all of the main types of flooring on the market today.Click To Tweet Use it to assess the situation in your own home. Or if you want experienced specialists to take a look, book a no-obligation visit from one of the experts at Express Flooring. Carpet Flooring Whether you’re getting a new carpet fitted or assessing the state of an existing one, you need to know what to look for. Issues with quality or fitting don’t just create cosmetic problems, they create safety problems too. If you’ve paid professionals to lay your carpet, you obviously want to know that you’re getting value for money. And if you’re considering purchasing a new carpet, it’s good to know whether the expense is necessary. Here are a few issues to look out for. Check Your Order If you’re checking a new carpet, the first thing to do is check that the make, variety, and color match your order. For this reason, make sure you’re at home when the carpet is delivered. You’re entitled to the exact carpet you ordered. Check the Carpet is Stretched A well-fitted carpet should look like it’s molded to the floor.Click To Tweet There should never be any bubbles, lumps or bumps. Professional fitters use power stretching equipment to ensure the perfect finish. If you notice any imperfections, either inform your carpet fitters or consider a replacement. Check the Seams A well-fitted carpet should fit snugly against all walls, baseboards and transitions. Walk the room, and check that all the seams and edges are tight, clean and flat. Also, make sure there are no gaps around the perimeter. If your carpet is a few years old, gaps could be a sign that your carpet has shrunk. Check Transitions If you have transitions, check that they’re tight, flat and properly finished. Also, check that any divider strips used are… Read more »
  • 5 Shocking Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Your Shoes in the House
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    When someone arrives at your house, do you ask them to remove their shoes? This is a common request and for many, it is because they wish to protect their flooring. However, there are many reasons why your guests should remove their shoes — most of which you’ll likely surprise you. From nasty germs to traveling toxins, here are five reasons why you and your guests should take off your shoes as you enter your home.Click To Tweet 5 Reasons to Take Off Your Shoes When You Enter the House As researchers continue to study the impact that outdoor shoes have on your home and health, it’s becoming more and more clear that they belong at the front door. Whether you want to protect your floors for years to come, ensure that your family is as healthy as possible, or have simply gotten into the habit of wearing shoes indoors, here are five reasons why you should nip that routine in the bud. 1. Support your foot health Although there are many health-related reasons why you should remove your shoes before entering your home, protecting your foot health is imperative. Yes, shoes serve a purpose and have so for thousands of years. However, after you have traveled from point A to point B outside of your home, your feet need a much-needed rest. After all, it’s well-understood that shoes can change the structure of your feet. When you kick off your shoes and allow yourself to walk barefoot, you will support foot strength and recovery. Just as it’s not natural to have your hands in fists all day, restricting the dexterity of your fingers — the same is true in regards to your feet when they’re stuffed inside shoes. 2. Reduce your exposure to toxins Once you leave your home, you are exposed to a cocktail of toxins in the form of pollution and pesticides. One study in Environmental Science & Technology found that the herbicide known as 2,4-D can settle on your floor and stay there for up to a week after it’s applied. In turn, this can impact your home’s air quality and more importantly, your health. Although cleaning bare floors can help remove these toxins, dust accumulation can trap chemicals — especially within carpets. Children are particularly vulnerable, and taking your shoes off is one of the easiest, most effective preventative measures in regards to the accumulation… Read more »
  • How to Create a Luxurious Interior Design Look on a Tight Budget
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    Take a look at any celebrity magazine these days, and you’ll see the stunning homes of the rich and famous. While many people completely dismiss the idea of such luxury, it’s often more accessible than people imagine. With a few smart tricks and shortcuts, you can create the luxury living spaces of your dreams on a budget.Click To Tweet From the flooring to the ceilings, the rooms in your home can simply ooze style and sophistication with the right approach. Here are a few design tips to get you started. Install Wood-Effect Flooring Real wood floors deliver a warm, lavish and luxurious aesthetic — but they aren’t cheap. And if space is large, the bill for real oak, beech or walnut can often run into thousands of dollars. But thanks to the latest embossed laminate, you can achieve exactly the same look at a fraction of the price. These products look and feel like the real thing. And until anyone examines them at close quarters, the differences are almost unrecognizable. If your budget is particularly tight, a wood-effect vinyl might help you to achieve the premium aesthetic you’re searching for. Strong, durable and easy to maintain, modern vinyl flooring is now available in a massive range of finishes, patterns, and colors. Choose One Central Color You will struggle to achieve the opulent aesthetic you’re looking for if you can’t decide on a primary color. And in most cases, this color will be neutral and natural. Whites, creams and pastel shades of yellow work beautifully. Remember, you’re creating a blank canvas when you’re painting or wallpapering walls — so err on the side of conservative. If you have to add color, you can devote a feature wall to more vibrant color. Use Soft Furnishings in the Right Areas Even the sparsest and basic of living spaces can be given an injection of luxury with a few cushions and throws. Assuming you’ve chosen neutral colors for your walls, this is your chance to add some vibrant colors. Opt for larger pillows and cushions of at least 22 inches. Pro tip: Overstuff pillowcases with oversized inserts to create a plush look that oozes luxury.Click To Tweet Choose the Right Curtains It’s always worth investing in a good set of curtains or drapes, as they alone can transform almost any space. Not only that, they can make a small room appear larger. If your… Read more »
  • Top Carpet Choices: How to Spot High-End Quality
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    Your home is your sanctuary, a personal retreat that provides shelter, comfort and an inviting welcome for family and friends. Reflecting who you are and how you live, your design aesthetic begins at ground level with your flooring, laying the foundation for your signature style. The number one choice for flooring is carpeting, which racks up more sales than all other types of floor covering combined. Soft and cozy, carpet provides insulation and sound absorption along with beauty and functionality. An important design feature and lasting investment, the right choice of quality carpet will pay dividends in comfort, beauty and functionality for years to come. Your home’s carpeting conveys the image that corresponds with your lifestyle. This choice is a crucial element that deserves careful attention, and with myriad options to consider, it is well worth the time to learn how to spot the best workmanship and quality available. By equipping yourself with some basic know-how, you’ll be able to choose carpeting that is perfect for your home’s design, style and budget. This carpet primer will inform your buying options, helping you determine what constitutes excellent construction, how to spot fabrics that deliver high-end comfort, and which type of fibers deliver durability and easy maintenance. A little familiarity with basics, from types of fiber, density, pile, height and face weight, will show you how to identify the best features for your style and budget. Armed with this carpet confidence, you will be familiar with key criteria to inform and guide you to the right soft surface choice for your home. Pile A quick Carpet 101 overview starts with pile, a term which indicates how the individual strands of fiber are placed on a carpet’s backing; strands may be looped or cut, or feature a combination of both techniques. The best way to determine your pile preference is to see and touch various carpet samples. Express Flooring eliminates the need to visit multiple retail outlets — our professionally trained design consultants will arrive with large, oversize samples for your consideration, tailored to your home’s aesthetics and functionality requirements. Run your fingers through cut pile, loop pile, plush and low pile options as our consultants explain the construction, purpose and wear of each type. Loop Pile When the tufted strands of yarn in a carpet’s construction remain uncut, the result is termed a loop pile, with the height and looseness of the… Read more »
  • KonMari Your Kitchen Remodel With These 5 Easy Tips
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    Professional organizer extraordinaire Marie Kondo’s Netflix show Tidying Marie Kondo has towns of tidying-fans and hopefuls talking for days and for good reasons. Kondo helps you make sense of any mess or clutter you’ve been struggling and shows how she helps her clients keep their kitchens clean, inspire home makeovers and spark joy in their lives. It’s a method that works well with minimalist design for a kitchen, too. But knowing how to apply it to your kitchen remodel requires a plan. Luckily, you can easily apply the KonMari concepts and infuse minimalism in your kitchen remodel from the ceiling to the floor by following her core concepts. Here’s how:Click To Tweet Visualize Your Space Before you break ground on your kitchen remodel and get rid of any existing clutter in your kitchen, it’s important to visualize how you will use your space. Part of Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method involves envisioning your ideal lifestyle. If that means living in a streamlined, minimalistic way, then it’s important to define what that means for you by being specific to your needs. For instance, you can define your ideal lifestyle by one that makes you feel calm, comfortable and safe when you walk in your kitchen. That may mean having floors that accommodate this lifestyle, such as vinyl flooring that is water-resistant, comfortable and safe to walk on, durable and easy-to-clean. When you visualize your space and how you want it to function for you, you can make better decisions regarding the design elements of your kitchen remodel. Clean by Category Your kitchen has different zones for cooking, cleaning and eating. So, when you’re trying to infuse minimalism in your new kitchen, it’s important to keep this concept in mind. The KonMari method calls for tidying based on categories rather than location. It’s important to keep your kitchen clean before and after a remodel if you want to achieve a minimalistic look. Also, make sure you continue on this path of minimalism by tidying up everything at once. Instead of cleaning everything in the kitchen pantry or the breakfast nook in your kitchen, clean by categories in one sweep. You can start to break it down by tackling large-item categories first. For example, you can start by cleaning and sorting through kitchen appliances and focusing on surfaces, such as your ceiling, countertops and kitchen floors. Then sort and organize smaller items, such as… Read more »
  • Best types of Flooring for a Restaurant or Bar (Ultimate Guide 2019)
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    If you own a bar or restaurant, then you know how important the right flooring is. From easy maintenance to longevity, it’s an investment that is crucial to your profits. Flooring for the “Front Of House” is just as crucial as flooring for “Back of House”. By the way, extra points for you if you can identify the local restaurants in the images. Here is a guide to the best types of commercial restaurant flooring or bar flooring so you can make an informed decision. Before that have a look at the Commercial Flooring Vs Residential Flooring topic. Commercial Flooring Vs Residential Flooring: The first every important condition that needs to be fulfilled by commercial flooring is that it should be slip resistant. If it is not so, the floors will be more accident prone, and you will have to face more lawsuits. Residential flooring does not need to fulfill any such criteria, although it is recommended that it too should be slip resistant to reduce accidents. The second consideration should be inflammability. If you floor is inflammable such as carpet, then your restaurant becomes a risk-prone place. Hence, it is important to avoid such flooring. Durability is another important concern for the restaurant owners. If your flooring is not durable, it might not be able to take the heavy traffic during peak hours and may crack/break. This will only cost you more money in repairs. Residential flooring does not experience such traffic, and so durability is not an equally important criterion. Laminate When it comes to laminate flooring, the benefits include strength and durability. The surface is smooth and level and resists stains, scratches, and wearing out. One of the other excellent benefits for a restaurant or bar is that it resists fading. This gives you a look that stays like new for longer. That’s the reason why it is the most popular flooring option among restaurant and bar owners. Along with that, it is effortless to maintain this flooring as even two days old stain marks can be removed using a wet mob on these floors. Considering restaurants are prone to such stains, this flooring is desirable. The other reason to choose laminate flooring comes is it comes with various textures and colors. It gives a warm feel to your restaurant and even makes it look richer. Tile Flooring It’s no secret that tile flooring is a good… Read more »
  • Tips For Selecting The Right Marble Floor For Your Home
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    If you are considering marble flooring for your home, you might feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice that is available. Not only do you have a wealth of colors to choose from, but marble, being a natural stone, comes in a wide range of finishes, too. Whether you are looking for a sleek and polished look or a tumbled style that reveals texture and natural features, our guide will help you to choose the right marble to suit your needs. The Many Benefits of Marble Flooring Marble flooring is an investment. Here are some of the many benefits of choosing this beautiful material for your home:Click To Tweet Durability – Marble is one of the most robust and durable materials on earth, able to withstand high traffic, heavy loads and the rough and tumble that is ever present in the family home. If you are looking for flooring that really does last a lifetime, marble is an excellent choice. Easy to clean – Unlike carpets, there is no reason to cringe if somebody spills red wine on your marble floor. Crayon marks, tea, coffee, and other little accidents can all be wiped clean away with nothing more than a damp cloth. High-end look – If you are looking for flooring that really has the wow-factor, the marble will impress anybody that sets eyes and feet upon it. Whether you choose a highly polished or more natural and rustic tile, marble is a true showstopper. A great investment – With marble, you really do get what you pay for. If you are looking to add value to your home and increase its selling power in years to come, adding marble will be sure to make it to the features list when it comes to impressing prospective buyers. What’s Your Budget? You probably already know that when it comes to price, marble won’t be the cheapest flooring option available. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are ways to stretch your dollar further and still get the beautiful marble floor you’ve always dreamed of. Here at Express Flooring, for example, we offer a financing option that allows you to spread the cost of your flooring into affordable payments. Our in-home design service can also help you to choose the right flooring to suit your budget and to find ways to reduce the cost of your… Read more »
  • Peace, Love and Interior Decorating: Never Fight Over Design Themes Again
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    You adore mid-century modern decor, but your spouse favors the bohemian look. You dig a French country style while your housemate is a minimalist. You’re a little bit country, and your partner’s a little bit rock and roll. Whatever decorating disagreements you have in your life, don’t worry. You can tie two or more styles together cohesively and beautifully. Multiple design schemes really can enhance one other. It’s all good. More Alike Than Not True, your furnishings needn’t have the same style to blend well. But it does help if they have some things in common. That way, they’ll appear to be unified. Try to find pieces of furniture that are roughly the same size. You might look for similar shapes, lines and curves, too. And items that are made of the same materials, especially the same types of wood, just seem to belong together. Then there’s color. Why not use the same color scheme throughout your home? You can make this task easier by mostly sticking to a few basic colors. (Black, white and gray spring to mind here.) Likewise, if you decide to use a repeating pattern, keep it as simple as you can. With all of these similarities, many of your guests won’t even notice that the styles are different. Winning! Find Your Connective Tissue Believe it or not, you can blend decorating styles in the very same room. The trick is to use a larger room and to find a piece of furniture or accessory – may be a few of them — that can act as a bridge between the styles. That way, the entire space will be visually appealing. Imagine you decided to make your living room both traditional and contemporary. Well, the left side of the room could showcase streamlined accent chairs and lamps with sleek rectangular shades. Meanwhile, the right side might feature antique lamps, an ornate rounded cabinet and embroidered curtains. With those elements in place, you’d need something to join the halves into a harmonious whole. (Try saying that three times fast.) For instance, you could use a cabriole sofa. This understated couch dates back to the 18th century, and it suits both old-fashioned and modern settings. Plop one down in the middle of the room, and voila! You have a focal point that will bring everything together. Don’t forget about your flooring. Hardwood floors, for example, look good with… Read more »
  • Create A Game of Thrones Inspired Home
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    Game of Thrones is a global TV phenomenon that has enthralled viewers around the world for nearly a decade. The hit HBO show is packed with action, romance, loss and drama — along with a style all of its own. The final Season hits the screen in 2019. If you’re looking for any spoilers or behind the scenes information, this isn’t the place. We aren’t even showing the season 9 Game of Thrones Trailer or sneak peaks. However, if you’re keen to bring a little of that Game Of Thrones interior design style into your home, there are some relatively simple ways to do it. Everything from the flooring to the wall art in your home can contribute to a room’s style and theming. Make the right decorative decisions in the right places, and you can bring a little of the Westeros magic into your home. Whether you’re a spiritual Stark or a loyal Lannister, these Game of Thrones home design tips should deliver results in any type of property. Which of the 7 kingdoms suit your style? Where you live in the valley may even influence which kingdom you want to choose as well. Game of Thrones Flooring Along with the walls in the room, the flooring you choose is the blank canvas. Get this right, and you can set the tone for the rest of the space. Fortunately, there are several suitable options to choose from. Dark and Rustic for the North Take a Stark setting in the North, for example. Generally, these sets are darker, colder and more clinical than those in King’s Landing. With this in mind, something that delivers the look and feel of stone is perfect. However, the real stone is very expensive. Look for stone-effect tiles that deliver the same aesthetic for a fraction of the price. Darker tones work best. Just choose something that looks rustic and imperfect. Stylish and Opulent for King’s Landing If you want to recreate a typical King’s Landing set, wood flooring is probably best. However, terracotta or ceramic tiles can also work in the right space. If you go for wood, choose something light. A lighter oak is perfect. If your budget allows, go for real wood flooring. It delivers a combination of warmth and luxury that simply can’t be replicated by laminate or vinyl. And it delivers an authentic sound when people walk on it. Flooring… Read more »
  • Beyond Terracotta: Stylish Mexican and Native American Floor Designs
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    Southwestern style takes its cues from Mexican and Native American cultures, which use bold colors, illustrations of people and animals, and intricate prints and patterns to tell stories. You can achieve the same beauty by incorporating similar techniques in your own home design, particularly in your flooring materials. Tile and stone are more than just attractive and functional options for your feet. They also provide the ideal medium to weave a bit of history into your favorite spaces. Mosaics Inside or outside, on the floor, walls, backsplashes, or somewhere else entirely, mosaics look beautiful wherever they are inlaid. To create a Southwestern-style mosaic old-time cowboys and vaqueros would tip their hats to, utilize warm earth tones (red, brown, tan, cream, and white) and use jolts of bright color to draw the eye. Turquoise blue, fire-engine red, slate blue, sunny yellow, and hunter greens are good choices for that pop. Simple graphic symbols of arrows, compasses, or feathers infuse the design with additional Southwestern flair. Oversized Stones With their considerable heft, oversized stones can imbue a space with a feeling of comfort and protection. Durable and relatively simple to maintain, this natural material offers a multitude of benefits in addition to its stylish appearance. For more interest and a natural look, choose a variety of square and rectangular stone tile sizes to update the stone flooring look to suit the modern home. You can polish the flooring to a beautiful urban sheen, or keep the rustic feeling with matte, textured stones. Bold, Earthy Colors While you may eschew terracotta in favor of other materials, the honey, salmon, and red dirt colors you commonly find in these tiles are inextricably linked with the Southwestern aesthetic. Try blond and honey-colored hardwood flooring to nod to the classic tones while using material more common to the new American Southwest. You can soften or enhance the warm shades with tile backsplashes on stair risers and in the kitchen, and with soft décor in bedrooms and offices. Prints and Patterns Go big AT home with tribal-inspired inlaid hardwood or tribal patterning in your backsplashes and accent tile. Creating a border around the room can also help separate open floorplans that feel a bit too cavernous, to indicate the separation of each area without adding walls. This also serves to blend old with new in an elegant way, one that still feels cozy and alluring. Bringing Nature… Read more »
  • A Mix of Textures Takes Entries and Transition Areas To New Levels
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    While much attention is paid to a home’s central living areas, there are key spots in a residence that are often overlooked when it comes to design. Entry and transition areas, the most trafficked spots under the roof, can make a strong design statement by incorporating an interesting mix of textures. By alternating gleaming hardwoods, natural-look laminates, sophisticated stone, and lush carpeting, a mix of Express Flooring’s stylish options can take every inch of your home’s blueprint to a new level. Your entryway does much more than usher your family and friends in and out of the house — it creates a style statement, a preview of your home’s interior design choices. First impressions are lasting, and this key area should clearly announce your unique aesthetic. Textures are trending strongly this season, and a home’s foyer offers the best focal point to highlight this visual welcome. Mixing textures that complement one another, such as a polished oak entryway that leads to a lush, wall-to-wall carpeted living room, adds depth and tactile richness. The dark burnished glow of Express Flooring’s hardwood and wood-look offerings lend balance and character to this transition area. Our manufacturing partner, Shaw Floors, offers hardwood in longer, wider planks that are trending for 2019. Their newest line incorporates must-have textures, from heavily scraped and distressed to reclaimed and wire brushed designs. Another showcase trend cited is a wood-look throughout the home that alternates different plank sizes, patterns, and textures. We work with Mohawk, whose products comes in a range of constructions, including wood, vinyl, and ceramic options, as well as with Bruce, a quality flooring manufacturer serving Arizona communities. The sophistication of stone carries a timeless appeal, making a stunning first impression. The elegance of a natural stone entryway offers a seamless transition to living areas with contrasting flooring choices. This mix of textures can be further complemented by choosing products in a range of designer colors. Express Flooring is proud to partner with top brands including Bedrosians Tile & Stone, which offer a gorgeous spectrum of travertine, granite and marble flooring. The long-lasting beauty of limestone, sandstone, and slate, natural stone flooring increases your property value and is available in endless variations and hues. Express Flooring’s design consultants will choose the right stone for your home’s unique aesthetic when they provide an on-site flooring sale and installation quote in the comfort of your home. Ceramic and… Read more »
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