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Benefits of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has a range of benefits over most other flooring materials. Not only is it a low-maintenance option for homeowners, but it can be made to mimic the look of a variety of materials, from hardwood to natural stone, and some can even approximate the surface texture of the material chosen.

Benefits of Laminate Flooring

With the exception of the carpet, laminate flooring can be installed over existing flooring in a simple, snap-together process, eliminating the hassle of tearing up old flooring. Laminate can even be installed at any grade as long as proper precautions are taken to protect homes from moisture.

Cleaning and maintenance are easy with laminate flooring. The outer coating on the boards provides a barrier that protects against most stains and spills. The only regularly required maintenance is sweeping any dirt or grit off of the floor to help protect the boards’ surface from scratches. Laminate is also resistant to bacteria and mold growth, making it a solid choice for those with allergies.

Since the boards can be snapped together, it allows the entire floor more room to expand and contract with changing temperatures, lessening the likelihood of cracks or snapping. Laminate also acclimates to a room much faster than hardwood, which can take between 3 and 6 weeks to fully settle. Laminate generally settles in around 36 hours.

Is laminate the right flooring for you? Contact us today and we’ll help you decide! We’re proud to provide Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, and the surrounding areas with the finest flooring products at affordable prices.

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Why Choose Hardwood Flooring?

Why Choose Hardwood Flooring?Hardwood flooring is a versatile product that can suit any style of home. It has several advantages over other flooring options such as carpet or tile. Not only can hardwood be matched to any style of décor while bringing a comforting warmth to the space, but it provides a long list of non-aesthetic benefits as well.

Hardwood floors provide a natural insulation that also adds to a home’s structural strength. Not only that, but hardwood is an investment that will hold its value and can often last generations with minor care and maintenance. Any damage can usually be patched and blended, eliminating the need to tear the entire floor up and replace it. Due to being installed over a subfloor, it also provides some acoustic, sound-dampening benefits, second only to carpeting.

Wood is a renewable resource which means the environmental impact of producing hardwood flooding is lower than many other flooring options. Hardwood is also generally responsible for fewer chemical emissions and is often recommended to homeowners with allergies due to this and how easy it is to clean.

Hardwood floors don’t trap the heat the way carpet can, helping to lower your energy bills by keeping your home cooler in the summer months. Hardwood is also considered a safer type of flooring, the safest next to carpet, for infants and young children due to it not being as slick as laminate or tile.

Are you interested in adding value and charm to your home with hardwood flooring? Contact us today or come visit our showroom for the best flooring options in Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, and the surrounding areas.

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Five Advantages of Having Berber Carpet

Carpet has become a standard type of flooring in most homes and businesses, but different types have different advantages. Today, we wanted to take about the advantages of Berber carpet.

Five Advantages of Having Berber Carpet1) The money you’ll spend on Berber carpet will not break your bank.

Berber carpet is less expensive to make. At some point in the manufacturing process, most carpets have a looped construction. Berber carpet stays this way, while others go on to have the tops of the loops cut off – an extra step that adds to the overall cost. The uncut loops of a Berber carpet save you money.

2) Berber carpets look better with your room design.

Traditionally, Berber carpets have been lighter colors with flecks of darker color added throughout. Now, it comes in multicolor and pattern options. These colors and patterns give you more options for designing spaces in your home. Also, its looped construction means you can vacuum your carpet without visible tracks.

3) Berber carpets are more comfortable.

In addition to disguising vacuum tracks, the looped construction of Berber carpet makes it much more comfortable. Letting your children sit on the floor to play (or sitting on it yourself) is a much less painful experience.

4) Berber carpets are (generally) stain and spill resistant.

The same looped construction that makes Berber carpet comfortable (and less expensive) also make it more likely to resist stains because spills have a harder time soaking through. Not to worry too much if it does stain, though, because most of the color options for Berber are good at disguising the types of stains that do occur.

5) Berber carpets are much more durable.

The Berber carpet’s looped construction also makes it stronger and last longer. This makes it a great option for carpet in high-traffic areas.

If you are looking for Berber carpet (or other flooring options) in Carrollton or any of the surrounding areas, contact us today. We would love to help you out!

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Hand Scraped Wood Flooring

Hand Scraped Wood FlooringWhen choosing new hardwood or laminate flooring, it is challenging to find something that is classic enough to stand the test of time and yet trendy enough to feel like an update. Enter hand scraped wood! Authentic hand scraped floors were the norm before the popularization of modern milling techniques. For hundreds of years, a long blade was drawn across the surface of a log to create floorboards. The results were unique, custom floors that showed evidence of craftsmanship. And until electric sanding tools became common, warped or uneven planks were repaired and leveled in place, by hand. Over time, these traditional techniques and repairs produced a floor with history and style.

Then uniformity took over. For over 50 years, seamless parquets, prefinished bleached woods, and two-inch boards were coveted. Distressed flooring was considered an eyesore. But now the market has opened up. Buyers can choose from a variety of dark or light woods, thin or wide planks, and styles that range from contemporary and grain-free to the unique, variegated appeal of hand scraped artisan flooring.

Without the cost, maintenance, or true imperfections of classically hand scraped floors, new options provide homeowners with the look of a historic home without the upkeep. Buyers can choose a manufactured hardwood with a hand scraped finish to achieve that old world texture. Quality woods with hand scraped finishes are affordable and suit many interiors. There are even wood laminates available that effectively mimic the hand scraped style while providing a lightly textured, non-slip surface. Perfect for pool houses and finished basements; don’t overlook laminates!

The possibilities are almost limitless. Visit a quality showroom and talk with an experienced salesperson about your needs. First US Floors can help. Contact us to ask about our hand scraped options.