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How To Level Your Subfloors For Bamboo Flooring

Wood floors are one of the biggest trends sweeping across residential home remodeling. Not only do they increase the immediate sellability of a home because of their increased popularity as styles turn to Eco-friendly, modern minimalism, wood floors are becoming easier and easier to maintain. They are also increasingly within the scope of homeowners’ budgets: wooden boards for floors of all styles are becoming affordable, and new slat and fitted board designs are giving homeowners the option of installing their own floors without relying on a service. If you’re about to begin renovating your home’s floors with bamboo boards or you are planning out how to redo your flooring around cabinets and kitchen islands, here is how to keep your flooring level.

How To Level Your Subfloors For Bamboo Flooring

How can you level your subfloors to provide an even, flat surface?

  • If you have a concrete subfloor: The first step is to remove loose and chipping bits of concrete of the floor. This may be the principal cause of the unevenness, but adding self-leveling concrete is best in order to ensure that the surface is level as possible before you install your bamboo. Seal any cracks with concrete filler, and then evenly distribute self-leveling concrete across the portion of the subfloor you’re repairing. Because the mixture is relatively soupy, it will spread across the area and level out. However, if you moving from the corners of a room to the middle or vice versa, be certain you are pouring the mixture evenly so you don’t create or exaggerate large dips.
  • If you have a wooden subfloor: You can also use self-leveling floor patcher for wooden subfloors in order to fill in dips and large patches of uneven wood. This will be common in high traffic areas or places where moisture has collected since this can cause the floor to warp or get worn down. If your subfloor has humps or raised patches, sand those portions down to create an even surface.

Go to First US Floors to find the right boards to finish up your kitchen’s perfect look.

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Tips for Installing Floating Floors Near Your Kitchen Island

Bamboo flooring comes in two general varieties: solid wood flooring which is nailed or glued down to secure it to the sub floor layer, and floating floors which interlock but aren’t secured to the sub floor itself so they can expand and contract naturally.

Tips for Installing Floating Floors Near Your Kitchen Island

How should you install bamboo flooring around kitchen cabinets and islands?

If you have solid, secured bamboo flooring, then it can be installed across the whole of your kitchen floor. Then you can secure both kitchen cabinets and your kitchen island directly onto the new floor using either nails or adhesive. However, if you are going to install floating wood floors as part of your renovation project, just install the panels around the cabinetry. You can cut the wooden panels for a snug, tailored fit around their corners and edges, but the floor can’t be installed under them. Securing down just a portion of any floating floor when the boards have been designed to allow for breathing and expansion and contraction can limit their natural settling and damage connection points between the secured and floating portions. This is referred to as a pinch point and will eventually result in buckling.

If you’re completely remodeling your kitchen with new cabinets and an entirely new design with a floating floor, level the concrete subfloor and install the cabinets before you install the bamboo floor. Installing the floor in this order will give you an easier time of leveling and preparing the surface, and it also means no portion of your cabinets or a kitchen island will accidentally rest on and restrict the floors.

Bamboo floors are a beautiful addition to a kitchen and all throughout a house. But, whether you’re installing a solid, secured flooring or a floating bamboo floor, knowing how to approach tricky corners and installments before you get started is the best way to make your completed project look sharp, neat, and sellable for years to come. Go to First US Floors to get started.

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Get Your House on The Market with Tile Flooring

If you’ve been considering real estate investment, now’s the time to do it in the DFW area. As more and more corporate headquarters move to The Metroplex, house prices are rising and people moving from out-of-state are looking for both rentals and homes they can purchase. One of the easiest ways to polish up your property and get a premium price for your home is to replace the flooring. Pick tile for these two reasons:

Get Your House on The Market with Tile Flooring

1. Tile looks more expensive than it is.

Whenever you see a home without carpet, whether the floors are laminate wood paneling or ceramic tile, it automatically looks nicer. Part of this is because it’s easy to make tile clean and gleaming in a way that even new carpet can’t beat, and part of this is because most homes come with carpet to start with so tile floors are a sign of renovation. But tile prices aren’t too far removed from carpet prices across the same tiers of quality, so don’t let the pricy appearance stop you from considering it.

2. Tile is better for rentals.

If you want to start in the rental market instead of just selling your home, then you need renovations that both make your home look more marketable and are easier to clean or repair between tenants. Carpeting almost always has to be replaced before a new tenant moves in, but tiles just need a quick cleaning. In the unlikely event a tenant manages to crack or stain a tile, it’s also easy to pry the tile out and replace it with a new one.

Go to First US Floors to find the tile that matches every room in your house.

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What Should You Look for When Choosing Wood Laminate Flooring?

Not all flooring is equal, even once you’ve decided on a specific type. Make sure you have a list of factors ready to look for, whether you’re just concerned about the final product or if you’re going to be installing it yourself.

What Should You Look for When Choosing Wood Laminate Flooring?

Is it easy to repair or replace?

Wood laminate flooring is easier to maintain than hardwood and it can stand up better to damage, but after the course of a few years, you might see a few tiles that have too much damage to ignore. Look for brands that offer easy repairs or replacements so you don’t have to take the entire floor apart. Floating floors that click into place often can’t be dismantled and reassembled around a broken plank, and the same is true for most adhesive floating floors. Laminate planks that stick directly on the floor are easier to pry away and replace, but they also come with their own set of challenges.

How does the flooring make the room sound?

Thicker boards dampen sound, and thin adhesive laminate planks can have almost as much echo as bare concrete. Look into the flooring types that make your final list and see if they dampen sound on their own or if they need a specific underlayer.

Can water damage them?

Real wood can be sealed against water damage, but that seal wears away and is often why people decide on laminate flooring instead. But not all types can stand up to actual spills instead of just moisture. Pick the flooring based on the hardest spot in your house.

No matter what your constraints or specifications are, First US Floors has the right flooring for you. Go to our site and selections here to get started.

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The Perks of Engineered Wood Flooring

Did you know that engineered wood flooring has certain perks that solid hardwood cannot offer? Would you like to? Well, that’s the topic of our post today and we hope that you’re able to glean from it.

The Perks of Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring Installation

Unlike solid hardwood flooring, engineered wood floors can be installed anywhere in any room of your home. Not only does it make a good choice for basement areas, where solid wood can never be placed, but the process is faster and less burdensome than solid wood installation.

Engineered wood floors are also a little more resistant to water than solid wood floors are. Since their top layer is real wood, there is still a certain amount of care and maintenance involved. However, the core and backing layers are not real wood and can therefore take a bit more abuse than real wood can.

Engineered Wood Can Be Refinished

One of the main perks to solid hardwood floors is that they can be refinished several times in their lifetime. Well, engineered wood can be refinished as well! The only difference is, with engineered hardwood, only the top layer (underneath the protective wear layer) is real wood.

For this reason, an engineered floor can only be refinished once or twice before it will need to be replaced. While not as hardy as solid wood, it will certainly last longer than some other materials.

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For more information on whether or not engineered wood floors are right for your home,  please contact us at your convenience. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect flooring for all your needs.

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Gorgeous Carpeting that Looks Great in Any Home

Today’s carpeting, which comes in a higher quality than in the past, is quite durable and stain-resistant, making it a perfect choice for any home. Many advantages and options exist for carpeting that will fit in perfectly with your family and lifestyle.

Gorgeous Carpeting that Looks Great in Any Home

Advantage of Carpeting

  • provides a soft cushion for kids to play on and safety if they fall
  • helps pets feel more sure-footed when romping through the house
  • supplies warmth to everyone’s feet when the weather turns cold
  • reduces noise throughout the rooms of your home

The Best Colors for Your Home

– For contemporary decor, where you want to maintain a sophisticated look, you can’t go wrong with neutral-colored carpeting. Beige is always a beautiful choice. For something a little more modern, light or medium gray will look fabulous.

– For homes with traditional decor, you can create an elegant look with a color in a darker shade. Forest green provides a rich-looking tone to rooms. A dark red adds a royal appearance to a home. A cobalt blue looks fabulous against dark furniture and light walls.

– For an eclectic look, you can mix and match carpet colors. Select one color for common areas and then choose different colors for each bedroom. Stay with the same pattern and texture of carpeting for all of the rooms to create the best flow.

Contact us today for more information about carpeting for your home. First US Floors is a locally owned company, and we offer a range of residential and commercial flooring options.

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Three Reasons To Love Solid Wood Flooring

Love is a splendor type thing. As it turns out, so is solid wood flooring. While there are many things we could say about hardwood flooring, we have narrowed it down to three that we feel very strongly about. And we hope you do too!

Three Reasons To Love Solid Wood Flooring

  • Differing Species: Solid wood comes in a large variety of species such as oak, cherry, hickory, birch, bamboo and many more. Some species are domestic, hailing from the United States, and some are exotic, coming from areas all over the world. Each species has its own unique characteristics meaning you will probably prefer one or two over all the rest.
  • Long Life Span: If you are looking into having solid hardwood floors installed in your home, it will likely be the last flooring ever to be put down. The fact is, with proper care and maintenance, solid hardwood floors can last for many decades. Some hardwood floors have been known to last a hundred years or more.
  • Refinishing Options: One of the main reasons that solid hardwood lasts so long is that it can easily be refinished. Depending on the thickness of the wood, this can be done seven or eight times before the need for replacement comes up (which probably won’t happen while you own your home). Proper maintenance is the key to a long life span, but refinishing them can give them back a like-new appearance.

If you would like more information about solid hardwood as a flooring option, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Why Do Level Subfloors Matter, and What Is Considered ‘Level’?

Bamboo flooring is made out of interlocking boards that float on top of an under layer, or vapor barrier, that acts as a cushioning layer between your bamboo boards and the previously existing concrete, tile, or wood flooring. This thin foam pad can sometimes correct for slight imperfections and dips in the existing floor in order to stabilize your bamboo, but on its own, it can’t correct for large patches of unevenness.

Having a level surface for your bamboo floor is essential in order to not put undue pressure on the tongue and groove connection points; if these edges are floating over uneven flooring dips, the grooves can crack over time and the boards will crack with them. Or, if your existing floor has humps where the surface rises, the connecting edges can start to slip apart and fully separate.

When you’re putting down your underlayer, carefully measure the subfloor to ensure that there are no sharp dips or humps and that the floor is flat to within 3/16″ over a ten-foot radius. This is the maximum of flatness deviation recommended for long-lasting floors, and you should pay particular care when measuring near high-traffic areas for patches that come close to that limit. If you do find imperfections and uneven points, they will need to be prepared prior to installing the bamboo floor.

Go to First US Floors for more installation tips and a wide selection of bamboo flooring. Our experts can measure your floors for an accurate estimate and find the best styles for your home’s color palette.

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Waterproof Flooring and LVT Facts You Simply Must See

After the recent storms and flood damage suffered by many homeowners, we thought it best to tell you a little bit about the importance of waterproof flooring. While some flooring materials claim water resistance, waterproof flooring is another thing entirely. Because of this, it just makes more sense to go with waterproof flooring in the first place.

Waterproof Flooring and LVT Facts You Simply Must See

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, has become incredibly popular on the flooring market. Vinyl was once thought to be a cheap flooring option, often coming in rolls of mass-produced product. However, these days, the manufacturing process is different, as is the end result!

LVT can very closely mimic all natural materials such as solid hardwood and natural stone. This design layer is then covered with a protective top coat that adds years to the overall lifespan of the flooring. Often, it will protect against scuffs, scrapes, scratches and dents even better than the real thing.

Waterproof Means Waterproof

As we mentioned earlier, there is a stark difference between water resistance and a flooring that is 100% waterproof. Water resistance means that you can take some time to clean up that spill before it soaks into the layers beneath.

A waterproof flooring, however, guards against any and all water damage. Spills, moisture and even standing water will not harm a waterproof floor. This is primarily due to the unique core material used, as it is a  plastic composite that will not take on water.

Furthermore, the backing layer of this flooring is made of a plastic or cork material that not only repels water, but is naturally resistant to the growth of mold and mildew.

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For more information on waterproof flooring, feel free to contact us today. We’ll be happy to schedule a free in-home estimate at your convenience and we can tell you about our specials as well.

We look forward to serving you!

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Luxury Vinyl Flooring – A New Way to Think About Vinyl

Traditionally, many people thought vinyl flooring was a great choice for basic rooms such as a utility or laundry room, or perhaps an out-of-the-way powder room.  Actually, vinyl flooring has come a long way since the days when it came in large, rolled-up sheets and used in an area in the house that was more about basic function than style and beauty.  Today’s new vinyl plank flooring is an entirely different story.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring - A New Way to Think About Vinyl

Is it Wood or Vinyl?

Traditionally those that loved the look of wood flooring essentially had two choices.  They could either go with real wood flooring and its higher cost or laminate flooring — less expensive, but prone to nicks, dings and buckling spots from moisture.

Today, Waterproof Flooring/ LVT planking comes in all types of colors and offers a stunning representation of what can happen when flooring manufacturers marry the beauty of wood flooring with the versatility and resiliency of vinyl.  Vinyl plank flooring looks even more like real wood than laminate and offers some additional attractive qualities.  Vinyl plank flooring has a softer “give” to it, making it great to walk on and easier on the joints.  Vinyl plank also resists moisture, making it ideal for areas prone to humidity such as kitchens, master baths and even master bedrooms where humidity from adjacent bath areas can creep in and create issues from mildew.

Vinyl Plank Flooring vs. Tile

Tile is another traditional flooring that homeowners often selected for high traffic areas they wanted to clean easily.  However, tile offers a very hard surface to walk on and it is both expensive to install and remove.  Vinyl plank flooring is also available in a stone look that mimics beautiful textures like marble, slate and quartz.  With vinyl stone, homeowners can still get the easy clean features of tile without all the potential for tile breakage.  Plus, vinyl stone planking provides a warmer, more comfortable surface to walk on than hard tile.

Want to know more about the exciting new features of vinyl plank flooring?  Contact us.