Vinyl is loved for its durability, look, and low maintenance, thus it continues to grow in popularity. Vinyl comes in several different forms like sheet vinyl and LVT (luxury vinyl tile or plank), and now there's a new vinyl on the scene, WPC. Let's look at what WPC is and why it's so popular.
WPC is LVT taken to the next level. WPC vinyl flooring has all the beautiful looks, durability, and ease of installation of LVT, but with a secret weapon: a waterproof core. While LVT is water resistant, WPC is completely waterproof. The layers of WPC are what make it so effective. WPC is typically comprised of 4 layers:
For even more on WPC, check out our own video series on what happened when we had a water leak under the WPC on our offices.
As you can see, not all vinyl is created equal. WPC is quickly becoming one of the most popular flooring choices on the market. One reason for this is the fact that it’s waterproof. Want to know more about WPC? Come by, and our sales representatives would be happy to show you everything WPC has to offer.
Every year in September, Floors to Go has an Annual Parking Lot Sale. People come from near and far to get the best prices of the year on flooring. We serve up free food and great deals, and people leave with smiles on their faces. In today's blog, we'll talk with our customer, Amanda Bozeman, to see how she enjoyed the sale and installation of her new flooring purchased at our parking lot sale this year.
Q: Amanda, how do you feel about the deal you received at Floors to Go’s Annual Parking Lot Sale?
“I felt that at Floors to Go I got a really great deal. They gave me a really good price, as cheap as they could go at that parking lot sale, so I feel like I got the best deal I could have gotten.”
Q: What flooring did you purchase?
“I got a WPC flooring with a marble gray look (Cascade Horizon Adura from Mannington). It's very clean and makes my room look open and bigger. It's also something easy for the kids, very durable so they won’t mess it up.
Q: How did your sales representative assist you in making your decision?
“My sales representative was very patient. He helped me to find something I really wanted, something that would fit my style and needs for my children. He took me around the whole store and helped me to break it down to what I really wanted. Once I decided what I wanted, we made a good deal.”
Q: How did you prepare your house for the installation?
“It was pretty simple. We just moved all our furniture out of the room, and it was ready to be prepared.”
Q: How did your installation go? Was it professional and done in a timely manner? Were your installers informative and helpful?
“My installer Darrell, he didn't just come in and start installing the floors. He first explained to me what he was going to be doing and informed me of why he was doing it a certain way. My installer was very professional and got everything done in a timely manner.”
Q: How do you feel about the flooring you selected, and how was your experience with Floors To Go as a whole?
Amanda: “I love my floors! It goes great with my furniture and is durable for my children. Overall I feel like at Floors to Go I got the best deal I could have gotten. My sales person and my installer were very helpful and professional. Everything went great; above and beyond my expectations.”
Come by Floors to Go for our Annual Parking Lot Sale in September or any other time of year when you can always find a great deal, exceptional service, and beautiful flooring!
When it comes to picking out hardwood floors, you have options to choose from like solid or engineered wood, color, and species, but that’s not all. Let’s take a look at why texture is also an important consideration in selecting hardwood.
Every species of wood has different textures and grain patterns. For example, maple has a very smooth, simple grain, whereas walnut or tiger wood has more of a patterned, grainy look. Think about how much texture your space needs. Take into account the style you're going for, the textures, and the other patterns you will have in your space (tip: bringing samples and pictures when picking your hardwood floors will help). There are slightly different options in sanded or scraped textures depending on whether you choose pre-finished solid hardwood floors, unfinished hardwood floors, or engineered hardwood floors.
Different textures you’ll find in most solid and engineered hardwood flooring are:
All of the above textures and looks can be found in pre-finished hardwood, unfinished hardwood, and engineered hardwood floors. Keep in mind the styles you're looking for when picking the species and kind of texture you want your hardwood floors to have. Feel free to bring all your ideas and questions to our sales representatives, so they can help you explore all the options.
Trees are a very important part of our ecosystem. They provide us with oxygen, food, and many useful materials. As a flooring company, we especially have a deep appreciation for the beauty trees add to our homes through hardwood floors. In this blog, we’ll consider some sustainable (or renewable) wood species and wood substitutes that are safe for the environment and add beauty to any home.
One thing to look for when shopping for sustainable hardwood floors is the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) stamp of approval. FSC is an internationally certified system for forests and forest products that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. This means the wood species used is safely harvested and regrown.
Another option is picking a domestic wood species instead of an exotic one. Domestic wood species are more sustainable and economical. They are usually priced lower than exotics, and reforestation through FSC guidelines gives back to our environment, creates local jobs, and ensures ethical practices.
Sustainable species to look for are: ash,aspen, birch, cherry, elm, hickory, bamboo and cork. All are available in a variety of textures, shades, and finishes sure to suit any decor. Bamboo and cork also come in a variety of styles and looks, some of which you won't find in hardwood.
If these options don't suit your needs, there’s a variety of wood looks in other products such as tile, WPC, laminate, and vinyl. Wood-look flooring has advanced leaps and bounds in recent years, and most can't even tell the difference.
*Look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) stamp of approval.
*Domestic hardwoods are more sustainable and generally priced lower.
*There are plenty of beautiful wood substitutes to be found in tile, laminate, vinyl, and WPC.
With fall and winter right around the corner, it's time once again to break out the coats and scarves, cozy sweaters, and our favorite hot drinks. Not only do we want to remain warm and cozy when outside, but we want our homes to be warm and inviting too. Let's look at some tips to keep you and your guests feeling warm and fuzzy in your home.
To start with, home accessories are an easy way to get your space feeling cozy with warm colors and textures. A few fuzzy throw pillows or blankets in rich, fall-inspired colors add comfort and style and can easily be swapped out for different looks as the seasons change. Rugs are also a great way to add warmth to cold floors. Look for shag rugs or rugs with longer fibers and wool which is also a good insulator. You can even get shag carpet in beautiful patterns that add a unique touch of style to your space.
Carpet, of course, keeps your house warm, comfortable, and better insulated, but what about hard surface floors? You might be surprised to know that cork is an excellent choice! Cork is a natural insulator, thanks to its porous cell structure that allows it to trap heat. Cork is a good choice year-round because it insulates and feels warm under foot in the cold months, and in the summer months it keeps excess heat from being emitted into the room. Cork also comes in many colors and patterns, even wood looks.
WPC, or waterproof flooring, with cork backing is another great option. The cork backing offers the same insulating properties as cork flooring. WPC can easily be installed via the floating method, is exceptionally durable, warms quickly, and won't expand or contract.
Tile is a favorite flooring in kitchens and baths, but let's face it: no one likes stepping onto that cold bathroom floor with bare feet on a chilly morning. That's were a heating system like Schluter Ditra-Heat can be installed with your tile to bring you all the benefits of tile with the comfort of heated floors. Most floor heating systems can cause cracks in the tile and grout because the fluctuation of temperature causes the tile to expand and contract frequently. This heating system is unique
because of its uncoupling system which prevents any movement and stress that occurs in the subfloor from cracking the tile and grout above. The Schluter Ditra-Heat system is the only systems that provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer, making it a quick and easy installation.
For those that prefer wood floors, Engineered hardwood is constructed so that it resists expansion and contraction due to changing climates. When installed using the floating method, engineered wood is a great heat conductor.
Other flooring like vinyl planks, sheet vinyl, and laminate provide some softness and warmth. Adding an underlayment to these floors also helps provide insulating properties, and they won't expand or contract due to climate. They also warm up quickly.
To keep your home feeling warm and cozy, use accessories like textured pillows, throw blankets and area rugs. Consider flooring options like carpet and cork that keep your house well-insulated or vinyl and laminate with underlayment. Floating engineered wood floors and tile with the Schluter Ditra-Heat system are also great options for cozy feet!