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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.

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Why Choose Shaw Carpeting?

There are several advantages to choosing carpeting for your home, whether you want to help cut your energy bills in the winter, hold the noise level down a little, or add an extra layer of protection against falls for young children or elderly family members. But not all carpets are created equal. Here are a few reasons why so many people are choosing Shaw carpeting for their homes.

Why Choose Shaw Carpeting?

Shaw carpeting comes with a flexible, wrinkle-preventing backing called SoftBac which offers customers a greater-strength adhesive backing, less visible seams, better flexibility and insulation during cold weather, and better sound absorption. It’s a favorite of both customers and installers alike as the backing’s high flexibility and fleecy texture not only minimizes seams but also helps prevent scratching, scuffing and other damage to walls and baseboards during installation.

If you share your home with large animals or small children, then Shaw’s LifeGuard waterproof carpet and R2X Stain and Soil Resistance System may be just the time- and money-saver you need. Not only does the waterproofing help to guard against damage and staining, but the resistance system offers you more time to react to a spill, as well as boasting a combination of fibers that are designed with total coverage and guaranteed to hold up even after repeated cleaning and treatments.

All in all, between the resistance to staining and soil and the soft, strong backing, Shaw carpeting offers a great cross-section of comfort and durability which is a great addition to any home.

If you’re in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and are looking for the finest flooring products at the most affordable prices, we’d love to see you stop by our showroom. Come in to see our range of flooring and countertop options in person, or just give us a call at First US Floors to get the process started.

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Benefits of Wide Plank Flooring

One of the major draws of hardwood flooring is how diverse your options are. No matter what your aesthetic, you’re sure to find a hardwood that suits it perfectly. Is wide plank flooring the best choice for your home? Here are five benefits of wide plank flooring that may help you make your decision.

Benefits of Wide Plank Flooring

1. Cost

While wide plank flooring can certainly take a chunk out of your budget depending on the options you choose, it is available in both natural hardwood and in the lower-cost engineered hardwood, meaning that is can be a very cost-effective choice, especially on larger projects.

2. Durability

If you’re considering a wide plank engineered hardwood, then your floor will have the advantage of being highly water-resistant. The lower number of seams between the boards also helps keep the floor water-tight. Engineered wide plank flooring stands up well to everyday wear and tear and can even be used in kitchens and bathrooms.

3. Time

Due to the width of each plank being larger than average, the installation time is sometimes dramatically reduced, meaning you’ll have to spend less time living in a construction zone or walking on subfloor while the boards are installed.

4. Variety

The term ‘wide plank flooring’ refers to any hardwood plank over 3 inches in width, which means that you project won’t be limited by the style, type of wood, color, composition, or finish you choose.

5. Aesthetic

Having many breaks in flooring can make a room feel much smaller than it actually is. Wide plank flooring can help make a small space feel large and inviting.

If you’re in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and think wide plank flooring might be the right choice for your home, come visit our showroom or contact us at First US Floors today!

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Why Should I Install Porcelain Tile?

Porcelain tile is a popular choice for flooring through the house, and is especially common in bathroom remodels. Porcelain outshines ceramic tile by being the denser, harder, and less porous option, which makes it less susceptible to water damage and staining. Porcelain tile can even be used with underfloor heating.

Why Should I Install Porcelain Tile?

Porcelain also offers a high degree of versatility, making it easier to find a cut and finish that works well with your established design. Tiles can mimic granite, limestone, and even leather without the extra cost and upkeep. There are two main types of porcelain tiles to choose from: glazed and through-bodied.

Through-bodied porcelain tiles are strong and durable, making them a great choice for walls, floors, and counter tops. As the name implies, the colors run throughout a through-bodied tile which helps to disguise any chips or scratches that may occur over time. through-bodied tiles also have no glaze coating which can be worn off over the years. Glazed tiles are covered with a hard wear layer. This finish can be colored in a variety of ways, making glazed tiles the best option for customization.

Whatever your design aesthetic, you’re sure to find a durable, long-lasting porcelain tile that suits it perfectly. The possibilities are endless when you choose high-quality porcelain tiles for your next project.

If you live in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and think porcelain tile would be the perfect addition to your home, come visit our showroom or contact us at First US Floors today!

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Why You Should Consider Oak Flooring

Oak floors lend instant warmth and character to any home. Oak is available in a variety of tones and finishes, making it easy to find a stunning floor which compliments your design style. High-quality, well-maintained oak floors will not only last for years, but will also help to increase the monetary value of your home.

Durability

Oak floors are among the most durable of hardwood flooring options, capable of standing up to higher-that-average wear and tear. White oak contains high concentrations of tannic acid, making it highly resistant to bugs and fungi. White oak is also virtually impervious to water damage. Red oak is slightly softer than white, but both varieties are notably dense and resistant to splitting or cracking, while providing high shock absorption.

Ease of Installation

Oak floors can be installed in a number of ways depending on price and what will work best for the environment it will be used in. Floors can be nailed, glued, or screwed down easily by a professional installer.

Variety

Oak reacts well to finishing treatments such as staining, giving you a wide range of color options beyond your initial choices. This customizability will help you make sure that your flooring matches well with the rest of your design and creates a space that feels warm, characteristic, and inviting. Regardless of the color you choose, you’re sure to end up with a beautiful, long-lasting floor.

If you live in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and are considering oak flooring for your home, please contact us at First US Floors or visit our showroom today!

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Caring for Your Wood Flooring

Everyone loves the look of wood flooring when it is first installed, but how do you keep it looking beautiful? Here are a few tips from the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) that will have people in awe of it for years to come.

Caring for Your Wood Flooring

1.Set (and keep) a schedule for cleaning and maintaining the floor.

The NWFA recommends sweeping or dust mopping daily, vacuuming weekly using your vacuum’s bare floor setting, cleaning monthly with wood flooring cleaner, applying a maintenance coating every three to five years, and sanding and refinishing every few decades. Exact schedule is up to you.

2. Prevent scratching up the floors by placing throw rugs at your doorways.

Shoes pick up anything and everything you can think of from outside. Throw rugs are beneficial for more than adding an extra design element to a space – they catch some of that debris and keep it from making scratch marks.

3. Use stick-on felt protectors on the legs of your furniture.

Like a throw rug with outside debris, felt protectors can help protect your floor from being scratched up by your furniture. The NWFA recommends replacing them often, because dirt and debris can get into them and turn them into something more like sand paper than protection.

4. Clean up spills quickly.

Liquids and wood flooring are not the best combination. If you spill something on it, use a slightly dampened cloth to clean it up.

5. Take off the broken heels before you walk on wood flooring.

The amount of pressure your foot exerts when you are walking across something is more than you think (8,000 lbs/square inch for a 125 lb woman wearing heels with an exposed heel nail, according to the NWFA). Your broken heel will put dents in your floor, which you probably do not want. This also goes for sports cleats.

Considering wood flooring in your home? Contact us for an estimate today.

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Why Choose Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Wood floors are a wonderful addition to any home, instantly adding warmth and character, but not all wood floors are created equal. Whatever flooring you choose, it will come with its own pros and cons. So what is engineered hardwood and what advantages does it have over natural hardwood?

Why Choose Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered wood floors are constructed from layers of high-quality white wood or plywood topped with a veneer of the desired wood. The thicker this veneer is, the more expensive the flooring is likely to be since a thick veneer means the floor can be refinished if it’s ever scratched or otherwise damaged. Even with a fairly thick veneer, engineered hardwood planks are often cheaper and considered more sustainable than natural hardwood, especially if you’re considering a more exotic flooring option, such as Rosewood.

While no wood floors are going to tolerate standing water too well, engineered hardwood is generally slightly more resistant to moisture damage then its real wood counterparts. Engineered hardwood planks will hold up much like how planks of the wood veneer that covers them will, so make sure to understand the kind of things your individual floor is capable of standing up to.

Once engineered hardwood is installed, it’s almost impossible to distinguish it from natural hardwood floors. It can be installed almost anywhere in a home and since the planks are available with between three and twelve layers under the top veneer, they can be matched to the heights of other flooring, eliminating the need for transition strips between rooms.

If you’re living in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and are looking for high-quality engineered hardwood at affordable prices, please visit or showroom or contact us at First US Floors today!

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Choose the Best Shower Tile For Your Bathroom

There are a variety of factors that will determine what kind of shower tiles will best suit your bathroom. Not only will the tiles you choose have to be approved for both floor and wall use in wet areas, but they must also mesh well with the overall design of the room, and be able to reach 95 percent adherence with thin-set in order to avoid popping off the wall. Smaller tiles, like mosaic tiles, often have problems with this, while larger tiles may have an unacceptable slip-rating and not be considered safe.

Choose the Best Shower Tile For Your Bathroom

Thankfully, tiles like these are relatively easy to find in well-stocked showrooms or hardware stores. But once you’ve eliminated all the tile types that simply won’t work, how do you choose the best fit for your project?

1. Design

Start from the ground up with basic questions. How big is the shower? Could you use the tile to make a feature wall? Will there be places to sit? Should the design be sleek or detail-heavy?

2. Safety

This should always be a consideration, especially if you’re aging in place or life with elderly family members. Smaller tiles on the floor will provide better traction than a solid slab, while smooth benches in the shower area will further reduce the risk of falls.

3. Upkeep

Finally, consider cleaning and maintenance. The fewer grout lines you have, the quicker and easier cleaning will be, making showers with large tiles or slabs a strong choice for young families or those with small children.

If you’re in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and need high-quality tiles at affordable prices, please contact us at First US Floors or visit our showroom today!

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Let’s Talk About Travertine Tile

Travertine is a popular natural stone flooring option for kitchens, bathrooms, and even whole-home flooring. It’s a gorgeously colored sedimentary rock formed by carbonate materials found in surface and ground waters. As a result, travertine is easy to cut and manipulate to fit small areas, making it a favorite to work with among builders.

Let's Talk About Travertine Tile

Aesthetically, travertine can be used to add a touch of warmth to any home. There aren’t many people who dislike looking for travertine tile. The stone is available in a variety of colors and finishes so matching the flooring to the rest of your style should be no trouble at all.

Since no two travertine tiles are the same, you won’t have to worry about tracking down the set or lot number in the event that one of them gets broken. This makes replacing broken tiles much easier since it eliminates the headache of finding just the right one to match the others.

It’s worth noting that travertine is a very porous stone and that makes it prone to staining if spills are not addressed quickly. It does not get along well with acidic things like soda, juice, and certain cleaners either. Travertine is also on the more expensive end of the scale when it comes to natural stone flooring, but for many, the benefits of this beautiful stone far outweigh the drawbacks.

Think travertine will make an excellent addition to your home? Contact us at First US Floors today, or stop by our showroom to get the process started!

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3 Things You Should Know About Natural Stone Flooring

Natural stone is a popular choice for flooring since it lends a touch of warmth and elegance to any room it’s used in. If you’re considering natural stone flooring in your home, here are three things to consider:

3 Things You Should Know About Natural Stone Flooring

1. What Type of Stone?

The term ‘natural stone’ covers a variety of options, from granite to travertine. Each of these will add a unique flair to your home, but you should take time to consider all they’ll have to stand up against, as well as the time you have available for maintenance.

2. Sizing and Details

As you’re probably aware, simply changing the size of tiling in an area can drastically alter the look of the room. Stone slabs, typically used in countertops, create a unified feeling while a mosaic or other pattern on the floor can help break up your space and keep it feeling airy. Stone medallions carved into specific tiles can also help elevate an otherwise plain design by adding a pop of color or detail.

3. Maintenance

As mentioned before, the stone you choose may require specific maintenance in addition to the recommended once-a-year sealing. This seal should be checked regularly to make sure it’s still protecting the tile as designed. Be honest about how much time you’re willing to put into keeping your floors protected and it will save you a lot of headaches down the line.

Does natural stone flooring sound like the best option for your home? Contact us at First US Floors or stop by our showroom today!