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Flooring Selection

Carpet

Usually installed “wall-to-wall”, carpet is an extremely cost effective and comfortable flooring surface. Thanks to latest repellence coating technology, most carpets are manufactured with stain resistance built into their fabrics, dramatically reducing the likelihood of permanent staining and allergen absorption. “Wall-to-wall” installation is accomplished by nailing tack strips in the parameter of the room, and the carpet is stretched and fastened over foam padding. The padding is essential to the feel and life of the carpet.

Hardwood

There are two types of hardwood floors, solid and engineered. Solid wood, as the name describes, is a solid piece of the wood, stained (or not), and then finished with polyurethane. It may also come “unfinished”, so that it can be stained to your specification and finished after being installed. Solid wood is usually ¾” thick, and comes in random lengths. Species, width, and selectiveness determine the cost. Only recommended installation for solid wood is nail/staple down. Engineered floors are multi-layered with a “face”, the top layer is the actual wood specie. Similar to solids, they come in a variety of species, stains, and widths. They are usually 3/8” or ½” thick, can be installed nail/staple down, glue down, or float. Concrete surfaces require engineered floors, as they can’t be nailed into. Generally speaking, they tend to cost less than similar solid version, providing a cost effective option to upgrading to hardwood. Engineered floors are not laminate.

Expert Sand & Refinishing: If you have hardwood floors now, and would like to bring back the shine, or simply change the stain, a very cost effective way is to fully sand, re-stain, and re-finish the existing floors. Our expert crew with the latest “dustless” equipment can bring a new look to your existing floors

Laminate

Completely man made flooring, made with pressed boards and a printed veneer. The veneer is usually a woodprint, but stone or tile prints are offered as well. Laminates are scratch resistant and extremely durable, making them suitable for high traffic settings. High Definition scan and printing with textured boards create laminates that are very difficult to distinguish from real wood. They are a very cost effective option that can be float installed on both wood and concrete subfloors. We also offer waterproof laminate options. Do not over look laminate as an option.

Tile & Stone

The most common waterproof surface, very frequently used in kitchens and bathrooms, tiles are extremely durable floors. If properly installed, they will last a lifetime. Proper installation for tiles requires a sturdy subfloor, so on plywood floors, a concrete subfloor is required. The concrete sheets are screwed into your existing plywood to provide stability for the tiles and the grout. Most tiles require grouted installation. The most common tiles are made from porcelain, ceramic, or natural stone, in many different sizes. Prices vary by material, content level, and print/finish quality (porcelain or ceramic).

Resilient

If durability and water resistance is your primary concerns, this is an excellent and cost effective choice. Similar to laminate, they are 100% man made, but unlike laminate, a vinyl sheet is fused to a mixed stone and/or rubber backing, making them completely waterproof. They are offered with a wood print (planks) or stone prints (tiles) and can be installed glued down or float (determined by type of product), with or without grout. Vinyl tiles and planks offer a great alternative to ceramic or porcelain tiles; they are not cold to the touch, they don’t chip or break, they don’t require grout (which is difficult to keep clean), they don’t require concrete backing (explained later), and installation is faster and less expensive.

Installation types:
• Nail/Staple Down
• Glue Down
• Float
• Tiles

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