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What Are the Best Rental Flooring Choices?

Every rental market is a little bit different. Rentals in upscale suburbs need different hardware and renovation materials than a duplex in a lower income region, and different physical locations often have their own separate trends. That’s why it is important to make a plan ahead of time to ensure your rental business has as much standardization and efficiency as possible. Most successful rental property investors try to keep all of the details identical within different housing profiles, and they keep them identical to the last drop of paint color. Do the same when choosing the best rental flooring option available.

What Are the Best Rental Flooring Choices?

What should you look for when choosing your rental flooring?

You either want something that’s built to last or cheap to replace. That’s why you’ll find a wide range of rental homes with both tile floors and carpeting. Tile lasts a very long time and only needs a good scrub between tenants. However, the grout gets dim eventually and, depending on the style of the tiles, they can age the house and make it less attractive to prospective tenants. Carpets need to be replaced between tenants to get rid of stains, smells, and possible pest problems if you had messy tenants or a pet owner; however, carpeting is easy to replace and keep fresh with the latest color trends.

But neither of these materials are a perfect balance of utilitarian and fashionable. If you want flooring that you can use across as wide of a rental market as possible, look into laminate wood flooring. Laminate wood flooring is becoming more and more trendy across houses in every tier of the income spectrum, and it’s a trend that shows no sign of fading away. Manufacturers are getting better and better at creating realistic-looking planks that are so easy to install you won’t even need a contractor unless you’re pressed for time.

Go to First US Floors to find the right colors, assembly style, and quantity for your business.

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How to Lower the Cost of Hardwood Flooring

If you are interested in updating your flooring to hardwood flooring but you are on a budget, we have a few tips that might help lower the cost. Discounted hardwood flooring can come from many places, from big box stores to smaller local shops. Here are a few ways you can lower the cost of this beautiful flooring option.

How to Lower the Cost of Hardwood Flooring

1: Online. Ordering online often lowers the price from what you would be likely to pay if you bought from a showroom. While this sometimes means that you’ll be unable to see the boards themselves, many trusted companies are able to send small samples upon request and usually have simple return policies. Many of these sites also offer online assistance for anyone unsure of precisely what they’re looking for.

2: The Leftovers. Ask if the shop you’re visiting sells remnants of any specials they might have run. If you only have a small space to cover, then choosing to buy these scraps and remnants left over from other projects rather than buying the planks new can save you quite a bit depending on the style you’ve chosen. You’ll likely be limited to only a few colors, styles, and materials, but this approach can work well for smaller areas like entryways and accents.

3: No Longer Available. Sometimes looking for discontinued styles can save you hundreds on a project. Stores often carry styles that have recently been discontinued at deeply discounted prices. While this does come with the drawback that you’ll be largely unable to make repairs or replacements to the flooring once it’s damaged, it may be worth it depending on which style you’ve chosen.

If you live in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and are looking for the finest flooring products at the most affordable prices, then please stop by our showroom to see your options. First US Floors has a wide range of hardwood, laminate, tile, stone, carpet, and other products to help make your home uniquely yours. Stop by or contact us today to get the process started!

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Get the Best of Both Worlds with Wood Tile

When ceramic tiles that looked like hardwood planks first hit the market, most people weren’t quite sure what to make of them. Even the best of them were clearly tile instead of wood, and they were first marketed as a renovation feature then as part of an initial home construction. But since then wood tile flooring  has become one of the most popular high-end flooring changes. Here’s why you should join the trend:

Get the Best of Both Worlds with Wood Tile

Wood tiles look like hardwood without the difficult upkeep and repairs.

Of all the wood flooring alternatives from vinyl adhesive floor to floating laminate boards, ceramic tiles have the best look and feel. They come in a wide range of colors, styles, and sizes, all of which are designed to capture wood’s natural grain and color gradients. They also feel more sturdy and luxurious than laminate alternatives and can handle the spills, temperature changes, and high-impact environment of your kitchen without the concerns you might have about laminate alternatives.

Wood tiles are becoming a norm signifying a valuable or high-end property.

The DFW area is expanding quickly and many of the homes are in high demand. As professionals flip homes, complete renovation projects, and construct new neighborhoods at high prices, they are turning more and more readily to wood tiles to complete the look and increase demand. This means you can invest in ceramic, stylized tile without worrying that it’s just a fad or will date your home if you decide to sell it in the future.

To find wood tiles that match your home’s furnishings and give your home a fresh new look, go to First US Floors.

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Why Choose Hand Scraped Wood Floors?

Hardwood flooring is a great way to add a touch of warmth and classic elegance to any room in your home, but does choosing hand scraped wood flooring over the more commonly seen machine-finished planks really make that much of a difference?

Why Choose Hand Scraped Wood Floors?

Hand scraped wood floors are given a human touch before being packaged, shipped, bought, and installed. While standard hardwood flooring planks are machine finished and often carry a repeating wood grain pattern which can result in a slightly watery, wavy look, hand scraped planks are exactly that – hand scraped by an artisan to create a unique and minimally distressed look for each floor produced. This manner of flooring, with its scratched, uneven look, was very common in the pre-Industrial Revolution era, but is now considered the exception, not the rule.

While the difference between hand scraped and more standard wood flooring is primarily aesthetic, it’s still well worth taking into consideration when designing a room. Adding a hand scraped floor can give a room a sense of rustic charm with its durable, antique appearance. That said, the cost of hand scraped flooring can be quite steep due to the skill involved in producing each board. The installation process can also be a bit trickier with a custom floor, so a professional installer is usually a must.

If you’re looking for quality flooring products at affordable prices in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas, please stop by our showroom. We have a wide selection of hardwood, laminate, tile, stone, carpeting, WPC, and other products for both floors and countertops. Contact us at First US Floors today!

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Is Carpet Flooring Right For You?

Carpeting can be a great addition to your home, adding warmth and softness to most rooms. But is carpet flooring really the right choice for you?

Is Carpet Flooring Right For You?

The Benefits:

Carpet is usually one of the more budget-friendly options available, and can often be installed without a lot of downtime. Depending on the depth and style, it can also go a long way toward keeping heating bills low in the winter months by holding heat collected during the day and helping the house feel warmer. Carpet also provides a softer surface which may not only be comfortable but also a bit safer for homes with older residents.

The Drawbacks:

While carpet is often easier on the budget initially, cleaning and repair can start to add up. If you have small children or large animals, then carpet may not be the ideal choice for you as it is very susceptible to tears and staining. Deep cleaning can remove most of these marks but it can be costly depending on the size of the house. Pips or tears should also be carefully patched to avoid further damage.

If you live in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, or the surrounding areas and are wondering if carpet flooring would be a good choice for you and your family, please visit our showroom. We stock a wide range of hardwood, laminate, carpet, tile, stone, WPC, as well as other products for your floors and countertops, so if you’re in need of quality at affordable prices, contact us at First US Floors today!

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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.

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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.