How do I choose the right carpet for a room in my home?
First thing is to think about how the room is used. If you are carpeting a high-traffic area, consider a dense loop pile carpet made of durable nylon. For carpeting a room with direct passage outside, if there is a pet access, or where food and drinks are often served, you’ll want to opt for a low-pile carpet with soil and stain resistant treatments, as well as hiding the tracks from frequent vacuuming. For low-activity spaces like bedrooms and formal living rooms, a soft, plush carpet will give you superior luxury and comfort.
Do I really need the carpet padding?
100% yes, you do! A carpet pad is necessary to protect your carpet. The pad keeps the underside of your carpet from wearing against the sub-floor, which is often wood or cement. It also absorbs the impact from footsteps and furniture, lessening the stress on the carpet and improving the lifespan. In addition offering protection, the right carpet padding provides thermal insulation and reduces sound within the room, helping make living spaces more comfortable.
What’s the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?
Solid wood is thicker, able to be sanded and refinished several times over the life of your floor. It expands and contracts with changes in indoor humidity, so installers often leave a gap between the floor and the wall that gets covered by molding. Engineered wood is made up of layers, bonded together under heat and pressure. It’s less likely to be affected by humidity and can be installed in any room of the home, even in basements. Engineered wood cannot be sanded and refinished the same way that sold wood can be.
What’s meant by the terms LVT and LVP?
These are acronyms you’ll hear tossed around when talking about vinyl flooring, and more specifically for luxury vinyl flooring. LVT stands for luxury vinyl tile, while LVP sands for luxury vinyl plank. LVT typically looks like tiles, and LVP typically looks like wood planking.
What’s the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile?
Ceramic tile is very durable and made from clay. It is heated under pressure until hard. Porcelain tile is actually a specific type of ceramic tile, made from porcelain clay that’s been subjected to extremely high heat and pressure. This gives it noticeably more strength and moisture resistance.
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Which flooring options are best for areas in the home that may be exposed to water or humidity?
Areas in the home with water access, including the kitchen and bathrooms, can be better protected by installing waterproof or water resistant flooring. The least favorable option for water exposed areas of the home is hardwood. Upon contact with water or too high humidity, hardwood will absorb the water and expand which may warp or damage the flooring. Laminate can offer some protection against water, however if water seeps into the seams surrounding the laminate floor, it may cause damage. The best and most popular water resistant and waterproof options for the home are tile, wood plastic composite and vinyl flooring. If you are unsure which water resistant option is best for your home, give us a call! Our flooring experts are ready to help.
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