Flooring To Help Your House Stay Cooler

Depending on the size of your home, heating and cooling costs can be quite an expense; especially, in Winter and Summer respectively. Furthermore, finding a professional, reliable, and efficient installation team may be difficult. When it comes to choosing professionals, with etiquette and expertise, Floor Craft is the pinnacle of floor installation. However, when it comes to what to install for your floors, the best choice is what works for your home. Stone tile may provide you the feel of walking through an Ancient Greek Temple. Laminate may be matched to fit the style of your home: wood, stone, modern – for an affordable price! Hardwood floors may give your dwelling a classic rustic look with warm accents.

Best Flooring To Keep Cool

When the topic of natural stone is discussed, we picture great mosaics, beautiful sculptures, and formidable facades. Stone is durable and has incredible heating properties. It has high thermal (heat) conductivity, which means that it transfers heat quickly between itself and another mass. So, when your hot feet touch a stone floor in the summer, it will be cool to the touch. Conversely, in the winter when your feet are cold, a properly heated home will have your feet traversing warm tiles, or marble. Lastly, Stone is very easy to maintain and clean – hence, the durability!

Natural Stone Tile

Looking for a marble splash back? Maybe some travertine for your new shower? Or perhaps, slate for your mud room? See what we have to offer on Floor Craft’s Tile and Stone and consult with us today!

Laminate

Laminate is incredibly adaptable and affordable. Laminate may be crafted to match existing marble floors, or wood finishes. Laminate may also be used to create a whole new look for your home entirely. As a flooring material, it is easy to maintain and install.

Laminate is more durable than wood, and as such, gives it special cooling and heating properties. Like other types of stone and wood flooring, laminates composition allows it to disperse heat more effectively than carpet. This means, in a properly insulted home, it is cool to the touch on warmer days.

Floor Craft has incredible options for laminate flooring which may be viewed here: Floor Craft Laminate Style for Your Home

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors appreciate the value of your home, and they look amazing. A properly installed hardwood floor is also extremely durable, just requiring sweeping and an occasional wood cleaner. Also, make sure to keep those pet’s nails trimmed! There are many styles available which may match the décor of your home. Lastly, wood flooring can be a simple installation process.

Hardwood floors do not retain heat like carpet floors. If the wood flooring is not placed in direct sunlight, the wood can stay quite cool during warmer seasons. Also, the ability to pick lighter shades of wood, or stain them with a lighter color (or both!), will help deflect sunlight and keep the floor cool to the touch.

We have options for pre-finished wood floors that offer great variety for your home. Browse our options here: Hardwood Options and consult with us today!

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Whether its stone, laminate, or hardwood floors, Floor Craft has you covered. We will install your new flooring with tact and grace – allowing you to enjoy these floors for more than a lifetime. Choose your floor to keep you cool, and call us today at (719) 633-7724, or write us an email at info@floorcraft.us to consult with experts. We will find what flooring fits your style and budget.

Tips To Protect Your Floors In The Summer

Summer is slowly approaching, and you know what that means. Outdoor parties, relaxing mornings on your patio with your coffee and a good book, barbecues, you name it! Summer means fun in the sun! What happens when it’s time to come into the house? Your floors still need some TLC when you bring the aftermath of the summer activities back into the house, on the floors. Several factors can play into how your floors are treated during the summer. Exposure to sunlight, water, “floor traffic”, and dirt can potentially harm your floors. No worries! You can have a great summer and great floors too! Here are some simple yet effective quick tips on how to protect your floors during the summertime.

  1. Minimize Direct Exposure To Sunlight
  2. Minimize Water Damage
  3. Pay Attention To High Traffic Areas
  4. Utilize Doormats Outside Entrances
  5. Regularly Sweep or Vacuum

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Enjoy your summer even more now that you have these quick tips for maintaining your floors! Need more information? Let Floor Craft “craft” up more ideas for your flooring needs! Stop by our Colorado Springs Showroom to learn more!

Easy and Low-Cost DIY Flooring Options

Looking to upgrade your floors? There’s an easy, low-cost way to go about it—Do It Yourself! Changing your floor will hurt your wallet, but there are many other flooring options that will let you afford your mortgage at the end of the month. Learn more about the different floor options below; choose your DIY floor; move your furniture; grab a pack of beers and you will have a new set of floors by the end of the weekend! And don’t worry, any homeowner that went through the hassle of buying a house can undertake these basic DIY skills safely.

Peel-and-stick vinyl flooring

Peel-and-stick vinyl flooring is a quick and simple solution to change your floors. It consists of cutting and installing self-adhesive vinyl tiles. All you need is a tape measure and a utility knife to trim the tiles as they are usually sold in a standard 12×12 size. Sheet vinyl comes in realistic textures, easily mistaken for real hardwood or tile flooring. Floor Craft has a wide selection of vinyl flooring options from modern to rustic and easy to install!

Floating Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Floating Vinyl Sheet Flooring is another easy, affordable and low-maintenance option to refresh your place! Make sure you get an accurate measurement of the room, and glue or “float” the sheets on the floor. This option will work better if the subfloor is smooth because the vinyl can crack or split. If your subfloor isn’t smooth, don’t fret, there’s an easy solution by covering it with some plywood. Floating Vinyl Sheet Flooring is the perfect solution for high-traffic and high-moisture areas of your place.

Laminate plank flooring

If you’re looking for a wood looking floor option, installing laminate plank flooring is simple and perfect for you. Make sure to leave the planks in the room you want to refresh for at least 48 hours. This process allows the planks to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room. As for the installation itself, you literally just click the planks together! This is a fantastic option when you have dogs (or kids) or for high traffic areas of the house. The surface of laminate plank flooring has great durability qualities!

Prefinished wood

If you can stretch your budget a little, prefinished hardwood is a very smart and easy choice if you want a real wood floor. There are a multitude of top-notch products available with a broad price range . You can buy prefinished hardwood at the store now or go through the process of customizing it. You will find exactly what you want regarding the texture, variety and style of the floor. That being said, installing the floor is slightly more complex as it involves using power tools. The wood planks can be easily put together but you have to adhere them to the subfloor with a floor stapler or a pneumatic nail gun.

There is a pool of DIY flooring options to choose from, and Floor Craft will help you choose one! Head to Floor Craft now to find your builder’s hat and install the perfect floor for you and for your house!

When Should You Replace Your Flooring?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a high traffic area or low traffic area the floors in your home receive the most wear and tear of all your home surfaces. Spills, pet claws, sliding furniture, and sweepers are daily tests to the durability and finish of every floor in your home. Considering the daily wear and tear they endure, it’s only a matter of time before you will need to replace them. The question is, when?

Carpet

At some point, no matter how much you clean your carpet it won’t bounce back to a like-new condition. This can be a result of sun bleaching, spilled wine, pet accidents, or other severe stains. Even if your carpet is stain free, wear, tear, and matting comes with time. After about ten years of daily use, even the best rug will show its age, and the only way to fix it is to replace your carpet

Tile

Tile is great. It comes in many different sizes, shapes, and styles. Plus, it can last for decades. You can clean grout to remove stains and replace any broken tiles. At some point, though, companies stop making the style of tile in your home. Or the grout becomes so discolored from stains or mildew that even the most robust cleaners can’t remove the stains. It’s at that point when replacing your tile becomes your only option.

Stone and Marble Flooring

Marble floors can last for years. The most significant risk facing stone flooring is flooding, staining, and poor care. If it’s well-sealed and regularly washed with the right cleaner, it can last for generations. However, if age or improper maintenance leaves the floor unsightly or dingy, the only way to fix it is to replace it.

Laminate/Vinyl

Laminate flooring is durable, attractive, and easy to install, It can last for years, but once you start to see cracking or peeling, it’s time to figure out why. If there are water stains or the glue has failed in a single area, then you may be able to get away with replacing one section. If the problem is more significant and impacts the whole floor, it’s time to look at replacement.

Wood

Everyone loves wood floors. They can last for decades, and unlike other flooring, homeowners can refinish their floors for a reasonable price. Once they start to lose their shine or get soft due to deterioration, you will need to refinish or replace them. If you are looking for a different appearance or a more durable material replacing your old hardwood might be the right choice.

Tips for Extending the Life of Each Flooring Type

You can protect your floors and your wallet by investing a little effort into caring for your floors.

  • Carpet – Have it professionally cleaned on a regular schedule or use a steam cleaner every six months. Use Scotchgard to help protect it from stains.
  • Stone – Seal it often, and don’t let spills sit. A regular cleaning schedule will help prevent dulling.
  • Tile – Avoid using harsh staining products like grape juice, wine, and tomato sauce. Clean it with appropriate products and get spills cleaned up fast.
  • Laminate – Wax and seal the floor based on manufacturer instructions. When cleaning the floors, use as little water as possible. Avoid putting extremely hot objects on the floor because the heat can loosen the glue.
  • Hardwood – Avoid humidity and clean up spills in a hurry. A damp mop is all you need for routine cleaning. Keep it appropriately waxed for the wood type. Don’t roll or drag heavy equipment or furniture across the wood.

No matter how well you care for your floors at some point, you will need to replace them. When that happens, stop by our Colorado Springs showroom or contact us to replace your flooring.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Floors

It’s that time of the year! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and residents across the country are cleaning out their homes. Oh yes, it’s spring cleaning time, and whether you enjoy it or not, you know it needs to happen. Facing a year’s worth of dirt baked into your floors can be overwhelming. That’s why we are here to offer you this cheat sheet on simple maintenance that will keep all your different flooring looking great throughout the year! Good cleaning habits are incredibly important for the longevity of your floor.

Cleaning tips for each flooring type:

Carpet

Regularly vacuuming your carpet will greatly help in your spring cleaning. Don’t vacuum weekly? Worry not, here’s some tips to get your carpet looking new again. First, soak any stains in the carpet with a quality spot remover and follow with a deep vacuuming session, making sure to catch all those corner spots with a hose. If you have your own steam cleaner, unpack that bad boy and do a final run over your floors. If you don’t own a high powered steamer, we recommend you hire a professional carpet cleaner about every 6-12 months. Regularly maintaining your carpets will greatly improve its appearance for years to come.

Tile

Tile flooring not only looks great, but is also very easy to maintain with good habits and the proper know-how. Daily or weekly maintenance is needed to keep your tile floor looking great! During your spring cleaning, focus on these tips. Wash your floors with a damp mop and then thoroughly dry with a clean cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents, as these can dull the surface of the tile. Avoid using steam mops, high temperatures can damage your tile floors. Along with these cleaning tips, remember to have mats at your doorways to trap in the dirt and add protective padding to all furniture legs.

Laminate/Vinyl

Laminate and vinyl flooring is best kept clean with a quick run through with a vacuum, followed by mopping and drying. It is recommended that you use a manufacturer’s cleaner to remove that pesky built up dirt without affecting the finish. Using a cleaner is also recommended when cleaning up salt stains left from boots after a big snow storm. Be mindful to fully dry your floors after cleaning, as laminate and vinyl can be slippery when wet. Following these tips is not only useful during spring cleaning, but throughout the year as well. Maintaining good habits will keep your floors looking great year-long.

Hardwood

For most of your time using hardwood flooring, sweeping and vacuuming will be sufficient to keep it looking great. However, spills and accidents are bound to happen, and we’re here to help. Read on to hear tips on keeping your hardwood good as new. Given the sensitive nature of hardwood flooring, it is better to clean with caution so that you don’t wear down the surface. Wipe up any spills immediately with a warm, damp cloth. Using a special cleaner geared for hardwood, gently clean your floors, making sure to avoid buffing and adding too much pressure, as this can damage or scrape the floor’s finish. Once cleaned, dry off the surface and there you have it; a floor worth bragging about.

Wood

Everyone loves wood floors. They can last for decades, and unlike other flooring, homeowners can refinish their floors for a reasonable price. Once they start to lose their shine or get soft due to deterioration, you will need to refinish or replace them. If you are looking for a different appearance or a more durable material replacing your old hardwood might be the right choice.

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Done with spring cleaning and still want more tips and tricks? Want to start fresh with beautiful new floors? Contact Floor Craft today and speak with a professional. Our Flooring specialists will answer your questions and help find the best flooring to fit your budget and needs. Happy cleaning!

Vinyl vs. Laminate Flooring

As far as hard surface flooring for residential homes go, there are primarily three product categories to consider: vinyl, laminate, and tile. Generally, tile falls in a more expensive tier than the other two choices, so for this article we are going to focus on the differences between vinyl and laminate. Both products perform excellently and offer aesthetic options certain to satisfy anyone’s taste, but price and application can still dictate which product is the better way to go.   

Before we dive in too deep, understanding the basic distinctions between products is crucial.

What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate is a click together floating floor composed of a highly compressed wood fiber core, and then topped with a durable, hard finish. 

What Is Vinyl Flooring?

The vinyl category has expanded in recent years, now offering three different applications.  There is the tried and true sheet vinyl, glue down luxury vinyl tile/plank (LVT/LVP), and rigid click together vinyl. All vinyl floors are essentially made of plastic, but the size and core are what separate the options. Sheet vinyl is one single sheet of vinyl, typically 12’ wide, that is glued down. Luxury vinyl plank is similar to sheet vinyl, but slightly more rigid and manufactures as a tile or plank, and still glued down. Lastly, the rigid core vinyl is a fully rigid product that installs via a click together floating method; however, the core is typically hardened plastic.

Things To Consider When Comparing Vinyl And Laminate

Pricing

It is difficult to provide a blanket statement as to the pricing hierarchy of these products, since so many manufacturers offer the products at various price points, although I will do my best to simplify it. As a rule, sheet vinyl is the most affordable option. The material itself is highly cost effective, and it installs for less as well. Following sheet vinyl, glue down vinyl plank would most often come next. Depending on the level of realism in the product itself, the price can vary quite widely. Lastly, laminate and rigid core vinyl are comparable in price and on the more expensive end of the spectrum. They are not necessarily more expensive due to the product itself, but with a floating floor application transitions must be used, which adds an additional cost. Just to reiterate, there are many factors affecting pricing not mentioned, such as adhesive, underlayment, SF/box, and other factors; so, take this section with a grain of salt.

Durability and Water Resistance

Durability of vinyl and laminate

Laminate

There is a lot of technical jargon in the industry where manufactures like to tout their proprietary surface treatments, PSI rating, and whatnot, but the quick and dirty of the matter comes down two factors: durability and waterproofness.  Laminate is the harder, more durable product on the surface. If you enjoy breeding Huskies on the side and intend to have a pack of heavyweight furballs gallivanting around your floors, laminate would be a wise choice. Although, be cautious of their water bowl on the floor. While laminate is a highly durable product, if water penetrates the plank the compressed wood’s core is susceptible to expansion. Also, the corners of laminate occasionally succumb to chipping in heavily trafficked areas. 

Vinyl

Vinyl products are still quite durable, but have a softer surface making them slightly less scratch resistant. Where vinyl shines though is in water exposed areas, such as a laundry room, mud room, or bathroom. Any significant amount of water left standing on a floor has the potential to ruin a product, but vinyl has the largest resistance to that. Water drops from toweling off, splashes while doing the dishes, and snow melting off boots are not a threat to vinyl, unlike laminate.  One concern with sheet vinyl, though, is its ability to tear. Sheet vinyl is the least rigid of all the products, and because of that can tear when an object is dragged across it. All products have their attributes and shortcomings, it is just a matter of what is most important in your household.

Ease of Installation

Installing Vinyl Flooring

We just discussed that moisture prone areas are not a good fit for laminate, but what other application and installation factors should be considered?

Vinyl

 All glue down vinyl floors require a wood underlayment when being installed over a wood subfloor. These are thin plywood sheets that are butted tight then sanded, to provide the smoothest possible surface to glue the vinyl to. When installed over concrete, such as in a basement, the concrete is patched and smoothed as best as possible, then the flooring is glued directly to it. Glue down vinyl creates simpler and often cleaner transitions since an expansions joint does not have to be left, such as with a floating floor. For the DIYer a glue down vinyl plank is feasible, however I would strongly recommend against installing sheet vinyl yourself. Vinyl planks offer much more forgiveness than sheet vinyl, which is typically a one shot install.

Laminate

Laminate and rigid vinyl plank install almost identically. Laminate requires a thin foam underlayment to be rolled out beneath it, as does rigid vinyl plank when it doesn’t have an attached pad from the factory. From there it is a click together system that is fairly simple to work with; just make sure to leave an expansion joint at the entire perimeter. Since the flooring itself is rigid it does not require an underlayment, because subfloor imperfections don’t transpose. This installation attribute also makes it possible to go over existing flooring, sometimes avoiding the nuisance of state required asbestos test.

The difficulty in floating floor installation is knowing where and what transitions are required. As previously mentioned, a floating floor needs room for expansion at the entire perimeter. This means at cabinets, exterior doorways, other flooring surfaces need space for expansion. The remedy for this is a T-cap, end cap, reducer, quarter round, etc. There is a lot to consider in this area, so even if you intend on installing the flooring yourself you should consult with a professional to ensure everything is being installed correctly.

To conclude, there are many factors to consider when deciding what application would be the best method, so you will have to decide what obstacles exist in your home. If water is a concern, stay away from laminate. If your floor meets several other surfaces and objects, maybe steer clear of a floating system and go with a glue down product, and if your existing floor is a 50 year old congealed vinyl that has become one with your home perhaps leave it be and go over it with a floating floor.

Appearance

Vinyl and laminate floors have come so far in the last decade that you would be hard pressed to know what type of flooring the product is once it is installed. The plank floor options resemble real wood so closely it is uncanny. The higher-end product offerings even have micro bevels, realistic embossing, and variable widths. Sheet vinyl offers a remarkable breadth of designs, to include wood look, mosaic style, and modern, geometric patterns. The unique design characteristic of glue down vinyl tile is that you can choose an aesthetic of tile without having to deal with grout joints that so many people dislike. All of this to say that between laminate and vinyl basically any desired style is out there.

Conclusion

There is much more to consider than most realize when deciding which product category to go with, but hopefully this article cleared a few things up. If you are still confused after reading this, please give us a call. We offer free in-home estimates and are happy to talk through any questions and concerns over the phone as well. We guarantee we can help you find the perfect floor for your home.

Choosing A Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchens are often the heart of the household. It’s where families are fed and friends gather, so making the space beautiful makes it that much more enjoyable for all. Kitchen backsplashes are an effective approach for updating a kitchen and creating a fresh look. There are a daunting number of design options to pursue when choosing how best to face lift a kitchen, but after considering the existing look of the home and the desired style, the choices can be narrowed.

An often selected look these days is subway tile. This is a classic, timeless design that coordinates well with modern, contemporary cabinetry and older, historic homes. It’s a clean style that won’t distract from other elements in the home, while assuring that it will still be in style another decade from now. With the subway tile providing an elegant backdrop an accent stripe can be added to spruce up the look if a more modern design is desired as well.

Floor Craft tile

If budget is a concern, adding a few rows of a stripe creates a dash of style without breaking the bank. There are literally hundreds of options to choose from, assuring that everyone can find exactly what they are looking for. Depending on what the budget allows the stripe can be extended as high as desired. Also, when using a decorative stripe in the kitchen it easy to add the same material in other bathrooms in the house to pull the whole look together.

Floor Craft tile

A great look to consider in a kitchen with tall ceilings is full size field tile installed to the ceiling. Large tiles can look overcrowded when installed only between the counter top and the upper cabinets, but when extended above the cabinets to a tall ceiling it has the opposite effect. It can create a more spacious appearance and beautiful accent wall. Large tiles also come in a large range of formats. A person can choose a typical 12”x12”, trendy 12”x24”, or a something as unique as 8”x48”.

Floor Craft tile

The wonderful aspect of a kitchen backsplash is that regardless of the design chosen it will be transformative. A backsplash can pull the attention from dated cabinets and make the whole area look more modern, it can add a splash of color to an otherwise monochromatic style, and most importantly it allows a homeowner to add their personality to an integral part of their home.

Do I Need an Asbestos Test?

Asbestos Testing

It’s a pain for you and it’s a pain for us, but unfortunately, it’s the law. If you are thinking about tearing out that dated tile and putting in something fresh and contemporary, or ditching that ugly vinyl for a sleek new plank style floor, don’t be surprised if you are told you need an asbestos test. It is an additional cost and hassle, but it is intended to create a healthier home for you and a safer jobsite for the installers.

When Is An Asbestos Test Required In Colorado?

Here is the deal: In 2015 Colorado implemented a policy that stipulates, regardless of the age of the building, if more than the allowable square footage of material is being torn out then an asbestos test is required. This is a statewide policy, so any store or contractor operating by the books will require this. Below are the parameters outlined by the state of Colorado that we must abide by.

  • Single Family Residential Dwellings (“SFRD”) – the trigger levels are: 50 linear feet on pipes; 32 square feet on other surfaces; or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.
  • Public and Commercial Buildings (other than SFRDs) – the trigger levels are: 260 linear feet on pipes, 160 square feet on other surfaces, or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.

So, what does this mean for you? Basically, by law, if more than 32 square feet of adhered material is being torn out of your home an asbestos test is required. Floor Craft uses an unaffiliated third party to test the material and perform the necessary mitigation if necessary. If the material passes the inspection than once we retain a copy of the passed report, we can move forward on the project. If the area does not pass, then proper mitigation must be performed before we can begin the new floors.

Any Way To Avoid An Asbestos Test?

Is there any way to avoid this hassle? There are a couple ways to avoid an asbestos test that remains within the bounds of the law. Unless carpet is glued down, a test is not required. Standard carpet is stretched in and does not have any adhesive, so no asbestos containing material is used. However, any material that is adhered (tile, vinyl, LVT, etc.) requires testing before removal. The test is only required if the potentially asbestos contaminated material is disturbed (i.e., removed), therefore if we leave the material and install over it a test is not required. Only certain material can be installed over, and even at that is circumstantial.

If an existing vinyl is still stuck strong to the ground, we can install the new vinyl material over the existing and avoid removing the old product entirely. Even if the vinyl isn’t secured the best we can consider installing a new layer of underlayment over the top and then installing the new vinyl; although the thickness of the floor would increase with this method. One of the simplest solutions is to go over the potentially hazardous material with a floating floor so that nothing is disturbed. Many of the new rigid core floating floors are even rated to go over existing tile.

Those are the best methods of avoiding testing, although in some cases testing unavoidable. We hope this article answered your questions concerning asbestos testing, raised awareness for the necessity of asbestos testing, and helps customers perhaps avoid the hassle altogether.

If you are looking to remodel your home and upgrade your flooring in the Colorado Springs area, we’d love to help you. Get started with a Free In-Home Measurement!


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Top Ten Flooring Mistakes

Something unique about working in the flooring industry is that we, as estimators, get to see a lot of homes. And throughout our years of assessing floors, we’ve noticed some telltale signs that a pro was not behind the installation. Below find our top ten mistakes that we commonly see in the flooring industry.

  1. Ignoring the Importance of Transitions – Transitions are the small strips of material that are installed where different floors intersect. Their purpose is to smooth out any changes in height, and, in the case of floating floors, allow the floor to still “float.” If you have ever stubbed your toe where a vinyl floor meets a wood floor or seen the raw edge of a piece of laminate tight against a cabinet, that is a good indicator that transitions were overlooked.
  2. Forgetting Tile Bullnose – Bullnose is the rectangular piece of tile with the rounded over edge that allows the raw edge of the field tile to be hidden, mostly commonly used in wall tile applications. In many DIY jobs or cost cutting installed jobs, bullnose is not ordered, leaving the raw, discolored edge of the tile exposed. Always use bullnose or a metal profile (we use Schluter metal) to hide that raw edge and create a clean installation.
  3. Proper Subfloor Preparation – A floor is only as good as the substrate beneath it. This means that if the concrete that the vinyl is installed over is cracked, bumpy, or has humps, all those things will telegraph through the flooring. If the proper underlayment isn’t used under tile, that tile will likely come loose. If the plywood beneath a floating floor is soft the joints of the floor are more likely to come apart. The floor may be the beautiful finish, but its quality is only as good as the subfloor beneath it.
  4. Expansion Joints for Floating Floors – All styles of floating floors require expansion joints at their perimeter so that the floor can remain stable as the house expands and contracts throughout the seasons. Installing a floating floor without leaving gaps under the baseboard and transitions at the entire perimeter can lead to failure.
  5. Not Considering the Change in Flooring Thickness – Replacing a thin floor with a thicker floor is not necessarily problematic; all that is required is removing the baseboards and resetting them higher. However, if the new floor is thinner than the previous floor that can cause paint problems. When the baseboard is lowered, a paint stripe is left from where the base was previously. A way around this is to leave the base in place and add a matching painted or stained base shoe or quarter round profile to hide the gap. For those that don’t want the additional profile added though, paint touch up is the only option. Also, going from a thin carpet to a thicker one could require doors to be cut so that they can close.
  6. Compromising Quality for Price – Paying for a cheap floor twice is often more expensive than paying for a quality floor once. Working with a company that only sells quality products and stands behind their work is well worth the price paid.
  7. Understanding the Application – If you are a person that hates walking on a cold floor in the winter, you should probably steer clear of tile in your master bath. If you babysit toddlers and breed Saint Bernard dogs, a wood floor likely won’t hold up as well as you’d like. Floors not only need to fit you taste, but also your lifestyle.
  8. Underestimating the Scope of the Job – Many customers think that replacing flooring is a simple and quick process. In some cases, like replacing carpet with carpet, that is true, other times there is a lot more involved.  Here are some questions you should ask yourself when thinking about replacing flooring. Is there furniture that needs moved? Will any appliances need disconnecting and reconnecting? Will baseboards require removal? If you are considering site finish wood, can you live without access to the area for a few days? Are you aware of Colorado’s asbestos laws? These are all good things to understand and are also the reason that we offer free estimates. We want to make sure you know what is involved to give you the floor you want.
  9. Choosing Based on a Small Sample – Many products, particularly wood looks, offer a very diverse design. This means that one piece of flooring looks far different than the another from the same box. This variegation is deliberate to achieve the look of a realistic natural product, like wood or stone, that obviously doesn’t have a repeatable design. However, if you are wanting a uniform look or a very specific style make sure to look at the room scene on the sample or manufacturer’s website to see a larger sample size.
  10. Undercut Doorways – This small detail is a telltale sign of an amateur installation. When installing flooring up to a doorway, the doorjamb should be cut to the thickness of the flooring, allowing the product to slide under it for a clean finish. Cutting the product square and caulking to the doorjamb can be a bit of an eye sore.

Keep these in mind when you are ready to remodel your home and looking at upgrading your flooring. If you are not familiar with various flooring options and installation best practices, we recommend consulting with a local flooring expert.


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Designing a Room with Tile

When planning your tile layout, think color and pattern and coordinate the whole room, floors, furniture, walls, accessories. Consider your whole design scheme at the same time. The more powerful your tiling decor is, the more restrained your other elements should be.

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Artigiano from Daltile is a glazed ceramic subway tile.

This is a good time to consider how thick or thin, how dominant or restrained you want your joints and grout lines to be. Unless you want joints to be a dominant part of your pattern, they should be as tight as possible, with no grout lines, or use light-colored grout.

Assess the size and scale of your tile, its individual design and the overall pattern – as well as your layout – within the context of your room.

A busy border around a busy field of tile can be confusing and distracting. However, a strong frame around a plain field makes a more tasteful, significant and chic statement.

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Florida Tile

Thick or multiple borders will help reduce the spacious feeling of a large room.

Skip borders around the room if you intend the installation pattern to run through a doorway.

The key to selecting grout color is to determine if you want to match the grout to the tile so it blends and makes the area you’re working in look larger. Light grout colors will help, too.

Article courtesy of the World Floor Covering Association.