This is the first blog in our series on "Top Flooring Choices for Every Room." Today's post is all about bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, and laundry rooms.
Every room in your home has different needs and functions depending on the traffic and use of the space. For instance, carpet isn’t the best choice for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms or high-traffic areas like mudrooms and laundry rooms that are often subject to outdoor elements. All of these spaces endure a lot of wear, moisture, and scratches. Two of the best-suited flooring options for these areas are porcelain tile and vinyl.
Why porcelain tile? Porcelain tile is denser, less porous, harder, and more stain and water-resistant than ceramics or stone. In addition to being very water-resistant, porcelain tile outperforms other flooring materials in its resistance to scratching and denting. Whether it’s stomping muddy boots, dropping dishes, or spilling liquids, porcelain tile stands up to the beatings. It also comes in so many styles and sizes! Porcelain tile can mimic natural stones like granite, limestone, and slate and is also available in stunning wood looks. Newer designs draw inspiration from exotic locales and fashion runways, with surfaces that evoke leather, fabric, even animal print. Another perk is that porcelain tile is low maintenance, only requiring sweeping and a damp mopping.
Why vinyl? Today's vinyl continues to evolve in trends and technology. It’s water resistant, scratch resistant, and easy to maintain—requiring only sweeping or vacuuming and the occasional damp/dry mopping. Vinyl comes in several forms like vinyl plank, vinyl tile, and sheet vinyl. Vinyl plank and tile are available in beautiful wood and stone looks, but if you’re wanting a less “traditional” look, sheet vinyl has endless styles and patterns. In addition to wood and stone looks, sheet vinyl beautifully displays patterns and vintage tile looks making it easy to use your floor as your “canvas” to express your unique style.
Don’t forget: flooring functionality and durability are just as important as style when it comes to kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms and laundry rooms. You can get the best of both worlds with porcelain tile and vinyl. Both flooring options offer stylish looks and durability that stands up to the challenges of everyday life in your home.
Getting new floors is exciting! It adds beauty and value to your home, but many worry about the installation process being a hassle. It doesn’t have to be! There are many benefits of having your flooring professionally installed.
Having your floors professionally installed is affordable and takes the stress out of your flooring installation. Our crews ensure the job is done right with the correct tools and equipment. Installation is done in a timely manner, letting you enjoy your new floors as soon as possible. Call us or stop by any time and schedule a free measurement and estimate!
The traditional style is one of the most popular styles used to decorate homes. It incorporates design elements from a variety of centuries (namely Victorian and Colonial) which come together for a classic, elegant, and comfortable look. The style usually boasts a neutral color palette mostly of beiges, whites, and some pastels. Let’s explore how you can create this look in your home.
In the living area, most furnishings and accessories should be neutral colors with the exception of ottomans, throw pillows, rugs and other accessories. This is where you'll bring in color, pattern, and texture. Wood accents and textures such as leather are what you should shoot for. A textured rug and floral or striped throw pillows will bring some added style to the traditional living room with its beige or neutral walls and white trim.
You can achieve a traditional look in your kitchen with light-colored granite counter tops that pair well with either white or dark cabinets. White subway tiles make a beautiful statement in a traditional kitchen, or a white geometric tile can add interest. Need a little more color? Try a pastel tile like light green or blue. Travertine tile also continues to be a classic, popular choice both for floors and backsplashes. Larger tiles will make the space feel more open and add to the clean, traditional look of your space.
When it comes to flooring, wood or wood-look is the obvious choice. Dark or medium wood looks work best. Dark wood will make the space feel warm and rich; but remember, if you’re working with a small space, the medium wood look will keep it feeling open. If you’re worried real wood won’t stand up to your family or lifestyle, wood looks are available in waterproof or water-resistant tile, LVT, WPC, laminate and vinyl.
The Traditional style can best be described as “classic.” It’s a style easily accomplished in any home with the right color, décor, and furnishing choices. The use of neutrals with textured or colored accents creates a warm, comfortable environment and an inviting home.
When shopping for carpet, often the first thing that draws our attention is the color and style. But, if you want the look of your carpet to last, you’ll have to look a little deeper. Let's take a look at two of your options: nylon and polyester.
Both nylon and polyester are made of plastics. Nylon is a durable fiber with strong resiliency and the following qualities: good yarn memory to hold twists, good carpet cleaning efficiency, good stain resistance with stain treatment applied, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance. Nylon is a very strong material, which makes it ideal for heavy traffic areas and active families.
Many commercial facilities also choose nylon for its durability. It’s prone to static, but most nylon has an anti-static treatment applied to reduce this side effect. It also has continuous filament fibers that minimize pilling and shedding. Nylon carpet is a high-end product and is generally more expensive.
When it comes to style, polyester has some of the most beautiful colorations available. It's extremely fade resistant, helping to keep your carpet’s color beautiful longer. It’s very stain resistant as well. Polyester is not as resilient as nylon and is susceptible to crushing. You should look for high twist levels to combat yarn untwisting and matting.
Polyester offers a wide selection of textures and colors. It’s non-allergenic, sheds moister, and resists moth damage and mildew at a more affordable price then nylon. It is susceptible to pilling, shedding, and oil stains; but otherwise, it cleans fairly easy.
Polyester comes in many colors and textures, is extremely fade resistant, and has excellent resistance to stains but is not as resilient as nylon. Nylon is very resilient and stands up to crushing, piling, and shedding; however, it is a costlier product than polyester. Be sure to consider not just style and color, but also budget and function when choosing carpet.
The great outdoors is amazing, especially when you have your own little piece of the outdoors at home. Maybe it's sitting on the patio or balcony reading, fun times by the pool, or a welcoming walkway in a garden or court yard. Either way, it's these outdoor spaces that really bring something extra to our homes. Let's take a look at how to make a welcoming outdoor space and the flooring you can use to do this.
One of the most popular outdoor spaces is the patio. These usually consist of a concrete slab off the house, sometimes with a roof to provide shade. A sliding glass door connecting your living space with your patio will make your living space feel open and add lots of natural light. You can take your patio to another level by continuing your flooring in the home out onto the patio. To do this, though, you will have to choose a floor covering that is suitable to be outdoors.
Floor coverings like hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tile, and carpet are not ideal for outdoor use or in any areas that are not regulated. (Some hard wood can be used outside but requires an extensive of amount of maintenance). If planning on using these kinds of floor coverings, keep in mind they are susceptible to moisture damage and not recommended for outdoor use. Still want to carry your wood or tile flooring outside? Well not to worry. There are several options available.
The WPC flooring category offers wood and stone looks that are perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces, allowing you to continue your look from the inside out. You may love sipping drinks and relaxing on your porch but hate the maintenance that comes with wood. The porch is a prime example of an area WPC wood-look flooring can bring a new look and more comfort to your outdoor space with less maintenance.
Tile is beautiful outdoors, whether it's on a patio, porch, walkway, or poolside. When opting for tile outdoors, stone or ceramics are not ideal because they absorb too much moisture. Stone and ceramic tile is also susceptible to cracking and breaking when the temperatures rise and fall. However, slip-resistant porcelain tile that is rated for outdoor use is perfect. Slate is also a great choice for outdoor spaces. When properly sealed, this natural stone is a champion of beauty and durability. Keep in mind that using larger-sized tiles can make your space feel bigger, and wood-look tile will add texture and warmth.
So, when looking to expand your home to the outdoors, remember to keep the space open to allow the outdoors in. Think outside the box when it comes to the walkways and floors. Remember the maintenance that will be needed for the flooring you choose and be sure to pick a floor covering that is not only beautiful but durable and meets your needs.
Gray wood or wood look has become a very popular choice in flooring. You can find gray tones in all types of flooring, from hardwood to tile. Before you start decorating though, you need to think of what style you want for your home. Whether classic or modern, rustic or traditional, gray wood looks come in many different textures and patterns to suit any décor. For a rustic look, pick a style that shows more texture like knots, mineral streaks, or an aged, distressed look. If you want more of a contemporary look, go for a gray wood flooring with a smooth, less grainy texture.
When choosing a gray tone, it all depends on the look you’re going for in your space. For example, if you want a contemporary vibe, lean toward the lighter grays that work best with more neutral colors like whites and pastels. This makes for a calming, clean, and peaceful look. Whether on the floor or the walls, lighter colors will also make your space feel more airy and spacious—something to keep in mind if you’re working with a small space.
For a more rustic feel, opt for a gray wood look that is warmer or mixed with light browns. This style works well with beige walls and makes for a much warmer feel. When you choose a gray wood style that is mixed with brown toned planks, it gives it a unique look, much like barn wood with its imperfect colors. With a darker gray wood, you can create a rich, visually stunning room. Dark colors tend to make a space feel smaller, so this style may do better in a larger space. Choosing a wall color like a white-toned gray helps to keep the space feeling open, and beige walls or accents can provide warmth. For an exciting splash of color, try an accent wall in a bold color like red. For an even more stunning look, take your gray flooring up the wall to create interest and texture. Keep fabrics and rugs solid colors so your space doesn’t look busy.
Gray wood patterns are available in tile, hardwood, luxury vinyl, and WPC flooring. Consider the function, size, and colors of your space to determine which type of flooring will work best. Whatever your taste or style, there’s a gray wood flooring out there for you.
You’ve chosen some beautiful carpet. It matches your style, and you can't wait to have it installed. But, there’s something else you should consider before having your carpet installed—carpet underlay. What is carpet underlay; why is it beneficial; and what options are there in carpet underlay?
What is carpet underlay? Carpet underlay is commonly known as carpet pad and is a thin layer of cushion that’s applied to the subfloor before the carpet is installed. There are three standard types of carpet pad: felt, rubber, and foam. Felt is the thinnest and least expensive of the three. It’s made of wool and other fabrics. Rubber is more expensive, and due to its cross hatched design, it’s springy and breathable. Foam used to be a cheaper alternative to rubber, but due to the major improvements that have been made to foam, the prices can be comparable to that of rubber.
What does carpet pad do? Carpet pad adds extra cushion so your carpet will be soft underfoot. Carpet pad will help to cancel out noise so you don't have to hear every footstep. It also helps protect from moisture and mildew. Carpet pad also saves you money on heating and cooling by insulating your floors. Carpet pad can extend the life of your floor because it keeps your carpet from being ground down by the hard sub floor.
Now that you know some of the benefits of carpet pad, what traits should you look for in your pad to get the best results? Thickness and density are what makes for a more effective carpet pad. Thinner products like felt may be less expensive but will not give you the best results. The most commonly used carpet pad now is foam because it is much more effective than felt but generally not as expensive as rubber. Remember when choosing your carpet underlay that it will perform better if it is at least six to eight pounds’ density.
When it comes to deciding on thickness, it’s usually better to go with a thicker pad, but remember that your carpet brand may have certain pad requirements. In addition, if you have heated floors, you should let your carpet pad supplier know.
Always take the needs of your home into consideration when picking the right carpet pad. If you want your carpet to be more comfortable, last longer, and save you money, you should definitely have carpet underlay.
Whether you've been planning your remodel project for quite a while, or disaster has struck and thrust remodeling upon you, people often aren't prepared for what remodeling entails.
Jeremy Shaddix from Pate's Painting and Remodeling talks with our project manager, Chip Jancsek, on what people need to know before they begin a remodeling project.
You’ve decided it’s time to update your floors. Getting new floors is exciting, and it adds style and value to your home. If you’re a consummate DIY’er, you may decide to install your flooring yourself. Before tackling such an undertaking, there are several things you should know and prepare for.
Start by really examining your décor and think about what style you want to achieve. Take into consideration the size of your space, color scheme, and level of traffic your floors will endure. Once you have an idea about which flooring you want, it's time to measure your floor plan and create your budget. Be sure to get correct measurements and include installation materials and tools in your budget. With your budget in mind and measurements in hand, you’re now ready to purchase your flooring.
The next step is preparing your home and family for the project. Any space in which you plan on installing new flooring must be thoroughly cleaned and the furniture removed. If you have no place out of the way to store your furniture, you may need to take your installation room by room, moving furniture out of the space as you go. Some people elect to rent a storage building if they’re anticipating installation to last more than a few days, but this can be costly.
When resurfacing the kitchen, you may want to have other meal arrangements for a few days, allowing time for removal of the old floors, installation of the new, and curation if needed. If you’re resurfacing the bathroom, make a schedule with the members of your household, informing them when temporary removal of bathroom fixtures will take place.
When installing your own floors, installation waste can be an issue, so be sure to make arrangements for cleanup. You may want to rent a dumpster and check with your local municipality to determine the proper way to dispose of the old flooring.
If you’re facing a deadline, be sure to get your flooring in early so it can acclimate for the appropriate amount of time before installation. Plan your installation project carefully, giving your project a large window of time in case of any problems or setbacks. If you’re having to rent tools this can be costly if the installation runs longer then you were expecting, so be sure to include wiggle room in your budget.
When installing your flooring yourself, preparation and patience is key. Have your budget and flooring choices in mind and be ready to be flexible in your home as daily living activities will be altered possibly longer than you expected. If your flooring is properly installed, you can enjoy your home’s new look for years to come.
People selling their homes all want to know what they can do to help it sell quickly. Today on the blog, we’ve got some excellent advice from Joey Crews, Listing Specialist with Keller Williams Realty in Anniston. From general maintenance to removing clutter and increasing curb appeal, learn to approach your home with a buyer’s eye so you can give them what they’re looking for.
We all know the importance of first impressions, and it’s no different with your home. Make that first impression count by amping up the curb appeal. Create an inviting front porch with a nice front door, potted plants, one or two pieces of furniture, and a newly stained or painted floor. Keep the lawn cut and free of debris, trim the hedges, and wash the windows. Stage outdoor areas like patios and decks with cute chairs, tables and flowers so that potential buyers can envision themselves utilizing that space. Remember, the outside of your house is the first and last thing people will see.
Once the potential buyer has gotten in the front door, it’s just as important to continue that good impression. Your home must be cleaner than it’s ever been yet still strike a balance between clean and “lived in.” You are essentially selling the floors, walls, and ceiling of your home, and they must be in great shape! For wood floors, consider having them refinished if they’re in poor shape, or place rugs strategically to cover any blemishes. If your floors are in good condition, don’t cover them up; showcase them! Polish your tile, grout, and countertops till they shine, and hire a professional carpet cleaning service or have your carpet replaced if needed. Clean and clear floors, surfaces, cupboards, and closets of all unsightly items and clutter.
Clearing clutter and keeping a sophisticated, neutral décor are paramount in attracting buyers. You want your home to be remembered for those gorgeous hardwood floors or those amazing light fixtures, not that weird color of purple that’s in the living room. Rich, mid-tone neutrals like khaki and tan with red undertones create a polished backdrop that pulls everything together. Neutrals also make your home move-in ready and will not discourage the buyer who doesn’t want to paint before they move in. Pull your furniture off the walls and arrange it in pairs or around a coffee table so rooms look inviting and conversational.
Neutrals are also important for staging your master bedroom. Create a room that is gender-neutral that will appeal to everyone. Remove personal items and rely on clean, crisp linens, tasteful artwork, and a folded blanket at the foot of the bed. Also remember to clean up those closets and leave the doors open. Buyers love to peek inside closets, and closets can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point! Aim to have 20 to 30 percent of open space in each closet.
In keeping with a neutral décor, use only perfect personal accents, especially in the bathroom. Bars of soap and towels must be pristine. You can showcase that amazing, white fluffy bathrobe, but not that nubby one you’ve had for ten years. The same goes for the dining room. Make sure your table is clean, and accent it with a simple runner and small vessels down the middle. A large center piece can look too stiff and formal.
It's also important to keep children’s rooms and “extra rooms” neat and tidy. Clear away toys and messes so that buyers can see it’s possible to have a neat, organized kids’ room in your home. Stage extra rooms you’ve been using as storage so they don’t look like a dumping ground. Each room should have a clearly-defined purpose, whether it’s a bedroom, office, or playroom.
A big factor in selling homes is pet odor. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Keep pet toys and doggie bones hidden when house tours are scheduled, and try to conceal that a pet has ever been in your home. Hide food, water bowls, beds, etc. Some buyers will never buy a house that a pet has lived in. Your pets may be family members, but they’re not the buyer’s family members!
Lastly, make sure to keep up general maintenance on your home. Clean, repair, or replace all doors and windows. Replace all burned out light bulbs, dust fixtures, and turn off ceiling fans. Touch up chipped wall paint and remove scuffs or discolorations, or repaint your walls with neutral colors. Most importantly, make any heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and built-in appliance repairs so that all systems are in normal operating condition prior to showing.
The most important thing to remember (aside from hiring Joey Crews to market your home) is to create a lifestyle people are looking for. Approach your home with a “buyer’s eye.” Would you buy your home if you were the buyer? You want other people to be able to see themselves in your home and imagine the possibilities!
You can contact Joey Crews and his team on his Facebook Page or by visiting Calhoun-Homes.com.