Vary Flooring Plank Widths and Lengths for Looks and Style

  Step into an older home and you're likely to see lovingly restored original narrow-plank hardwood floors, often made from oak boards. That older 2.25"-3" width standard dominated home designs for decades, but in recent years, homeowners have opted for many alternative widths, as two trends have enhanced the available options for new flooring,...

The best ways to protect hardwood floors over the holidays

Hardwood flooring is a significant investment, and it can be tricky to keep your flooring looking fresh during weather without some planning and preparation.Whether you’re worried about damage from extra foot traffic from holiday entertaining or harm from destructive winter gunk like snow, sleet, and salt, there are things you can do to give...

The look of wood in a kitchen floor

What does a beautiful kitchen look like? Though trends kitchen aesthetics may change, good design is timeless.Homeowners and designers alike consider hardwood a classic kitchen flooring choice. But, hardwood and water aren’t fast friends. When kitchens have hardwood floors, there’s always the potential for damage from spills and scratches. As Americans spend more time...

Which types of floors are best for those with allergies?

If you have allergies, the type of floor you choose can have a big impact on your health. Generally speaking, hard surface floors are the best options. Carpet tends to trap common allergens while hard surface floors are easy to clean and can't hold onto common irritants. Let's take a closer look at the...

Smart flooring choices for your home office

More and more homes today have dedicated space for a home office. A space where someone can work from home with a flexible work schedule or a place to handle household bills and tasks. These rooms have their own sets of demands for lighting, electronics and flooring. What type of flooring works best in...

Solid hardwood vs laminate wood flooring: which is right for you?

Unless you're a flooring expert, it can be hard to distinguish the differences between specific types of floors. You know you want a wood floor as opposed to carpet or tile, but do you know if you want laminate wood or solid hardwood? Flooring is a significant investment for most homeowners and a decision...

If you have a busy home, check out these floor choices

Homes can be busy for lots of reasons. You might have kids running around all day. Or enjoy entertaining regularly. Or have a dog or a cat - or both! Whatever the reason for your busy, active home - there's a floor that can stand up to the challenge. That floor is a hard...

Wood flooring trends: colors and shades

One of the benefits of hardwood floors is the natural beauty it brings to any room. That beauty shines through in different ways based on the grain of wood, finish and stain. Today's homeowners are capitalizing on hardwood flooring trends to create floors that are unique and stand the test of time. What hardwood...

Four things to know before buying hardwood flooring

Before you buy hardwood there are some things to consider that will help you find the best floor for your home, budget and lifestyle. There are many different styles of hardwood and within each style are even more selections. Your personal preference will certainly come into play but what practical reasons should also guide...