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Why Your Bathroom Needs Radiant Flooring

Jul 15, 2020

We know a secret that’ll make getting up in the morning easier, every single day. And that secret starts with your floors. We don’t think we’re overstating it when we say there’s nothing better first thing in the morning than stepping on tile that’s nice and warm. And how does that happen? Radiant floors.

Radiant floors provide the comfort you need to ease you into the morning, and maybe even get you a little excited to get out of bed. Here’s how:

1. Comfort

Radiant floors are the perfect solution for chilly bathrooms. They work under any hard-surface floor—tile, hardwood, luxury vinyl, you name it. And for a smaller space, like your bathroom, it’s easy to keep it a comfortable, consistent temperature. When heating with radiant floors, the entire surface of the floor is heated from the ground up. As the heat rises, it’s spread evenly throughout the room, leaving no chance of cool spots, like with forced-air heating. You can even set the temperature lower—like, 6 to 8 degrees lower than your usual forced air temperature—and it’ll still feel comfortable. It heats the floor, and the room, making sure you stay nice and cozy post-shower, or anytime those feet touch the floor.

bathroom with lvt wood look flooring and floating vanity

2. Energy Efficiency

Because it is generated right beneath the floors, no heat is lost during the process. With traditional heating, air ducts tend to lose a significant amount of heat as it moves about your home. Radiant floor heating can give you 10-30% in energy savings, depending on the size of the space and the number of rooms in which you choose to install. Since the bathroom is a smaller space, your energy savings may not be as great, but you’ll feel the difference nonetheless.

tropical themed bathroom with hardwood look tile and large bathtub

3. Undisturbed Allergens

Forced air heating systems are known to blow dust and other particles throughout the air. This disturbance can lead to heightened reactions for the allergy-prone. Radiant floor heating, however, does not disturb allergens. Since the heat comes directly from its source, dirt, dust, mold, and more remain undisturbed, so you’ll be feeling fresh every time you leave the bathroom.

bathroom with pattern tiled flooring and standalone tub

4. Savings

And maybe the biggest benefit of all is the savings you’ll get on your household utility bill. Costing just around 10 cents per day to operate, radiant heating is a huge money saver. Most homeowners save around 15% on heating bills thanks to radiant floors. Plus, it rarely requires maintenance, and most systems come with a warranty upwards of 30 years, so this investment is surely an economical one. No matter how big or small your bathroom is, you’ll start saving—instantly.

dark tiled bathroom with freestanding tub and floating vanity

If you’re not a morning person, maybe radiant floors will change your tune. Call your local Flooring America today and talk to us about radiant floors. Our flooring experts will help you every step of the way. And once you’re happy with it, we’ll give you the green light to share that secret, because every household should enjoy the benefits of radiant floors.

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Open concept kitchen with mixed hardwood and tile

Kitchen Flooring Trends for 2020

Jul 09, 2020

Picture this: you’re whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen feeling like a real chef. But to complete this picture, you need some floors that really tie it all together—floors that make it feel like it’s a space for a chef. To find something that fits your (life)style, we’ve compiled this year’s latest flooring trends to get you thinking about your kitchen space.

1. Playful Patterns

Liven up your kitchen with a patterned floor. Ceramic tile comes in a variety of patterns, allowing you to make a statement that matches your personality. Whether it’s herringbone, chevron, or even geometric, adding a bit of flair to your kitchen floor really makes the space pop.

rustic style kitchen with patterned hardwood flooring

2. Wood Tile

If you love the look of hardwood, and the functionality of tile, this trend is for you. It’s tile floors that look like hardwood, to give your kitchen the beautiful aesthetic you’re searching for—with the durability you need.

modern kitchen and living room with wood look tile flooring

3. Rustic Hardwood Floors

Hardwood lovers, rejoice! Rustic is new again. Rustic hardwood is showing up in today’s new designs, providing that modern farmhouse look. If this is the vibe you’re going for, those brushed textures add an extra element of richness to the floor. Plus, it’s worn look provides a richer, more durable finish and allows for a few blemishes as they age. New technology has advanced hardwood into a completely waterproof option for your kitchen! Not only do you get the rustic design you are looking for, but it’s also completely waterproof!

dining room with rustic wood style floors

4. Retro Flooring

Yes, retro is back and better than ever. It’s a year-round beauty, working well with a variety of cabinet colors and seasonal décor. So that black and white checkerboard you remember from your grandmother’s kitchen (we call it “granny chic”) seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.

kitchen with black and white retro tiles

5. Rustic Patterns

With rustic kitchens becoming a popular design in new homes, that means rustic floors are in, too. It pairs well with earth tones and minimalistic products—really let those floors pop. Plus, you can get that rustic style in a variety of different floors, from hardwood and tile to laminate and luxury vinyl.

rustic pattern wood look flooring in barn style kitchen

6. Café Mosaic

But if you’re really trying to get those kitchen chef vibes, mosaic floors are really hot right now. Turn your kitchen into that small, Parisian bistro you’ve been fantasizing about. Most are a mix of black and white hues, but adding a touch of color is always nice, too. All-in-all, it’s a very contemporary-classic look.

cafe style kitchen with mosaic tile

It’s time to focus on the look of your kitchen as much as you focus on the food cooked in it. If any of these trends stood out to you, give your local Flooring America a call today. We have a wide selection of hardwood, tile, luxury vinyl, laminate, and more to make your kitchen dreams a reality.

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Open concept bathroom with light tile floor, wood plank wall, and free standing tub and sink

Bathroom? More like best room.

Jun 30, 2020

Let’s talk bathrooms. It’s a busy space … and sometimes a chaotic space, so it needs to stand up to the challenge. While you need something durable, waterproof, and probably stain-resistant, too, you also want something beautiful. On its best day, your bathroom should feel more like a spa. Depending on your style preferences, you can get a floor that brings it all together.

If you prefer a wood-look to keep the flooring in your house consistent, there are a few options that’ll do the trick. There’s luxury vinyl that can give you that look at a lower price. It’s beautiful, durable, and waterproof, making it a perfect choice for the bathroom. But, if you’d rather stick to the ultimate classic, tile now comes in a variety of sizes and styles, and can even mimic hardwood. It’ll give you the same great style, with all the benefits of tile.

For classic tile, consider porcelain or ceramic tile. Both come in outstanding designs and colors. Painted tiles are a top trend in bathroom designs that provide an exciting visual interest.

large bathroom with free standing tub and patterned lvt floor

As an alternative, you can get the look of tile—with luxury vinyl tile. It’s durable, waterproof, and scratch-resistant, and comes in a variety of styles to match your preferences. Also a great alternative, laminate flooring has evolved into a versatile floor for any room in the house. It’s cost-effective and durable, plus, it comes in a variety of water-resistant options for the bathroom.

bathroom with large windows freestanding tub and vanity and large format tile flooring

And once you decide which floor is right for you, there are a few style (or lifestyle) elements that also come into play.

If you do go with tile, try to mix and match sizes. It adds visual interest with staggering patterns across the floor. Or, go with a non-traditional tile shape. Hexagons and octagons are proven to be very popular in bathrooms. And when choosing a tile size, keep in mind that larger tiles always make the room feel larger.

classic fixture light colored bathroom with patterned tile floor

And, as a little bonus for those who love tile but don’t love its cold surface, choose a tile with radiant heat. It uses either a hydronic or an electric system to warm the tiles from underneath, giving your bathroom a toasty, luxurious feel.

There are lots to consider when you’re looking for the right bathroom floor. Whether it’s about functionality, style, or beyond, the space you create must fit your (and your family’s) needs. Start with the look you prefer, and work from there. And if you’d like to see what the different styles will look like in your bathroom, try our room visualizer, My Floor Style. Upload a photo of your bathroom, and select from a variety of flooring styles to see what looks best to you.

Then, once you’re ready, give your local Flooring America a call. We’ll talk you through our bathroom flooring options, whether it’s hardwood, luxury vinyl, tile, or laminate, we’re here to help. And together, we can turn your bathroom into the best room.

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Light Brown Hardwood Floor in Large Light Colored Kitchen

A New Flooring Recipe to Try in Your Kitchen

Jun 24, 2020

When it comes to your kitchen, clearly, you want something stylish that’s easy-to-maintain and ultra-durable. After all, the kitchen is one of the most high-traffic rooms in your home. And your floors need to withstand the full brunt of what your family can dish out—from spilled sauce to four-legged companions. With new technologies, there are a few alternatives you may not be considering that could completely change the game.

Waterproof Hardwood

Yes, that’s right—waterproof hardwood! Any flooring expert will tell you traditional hardwood floors are not great for high moisture areas like kitchens. However, hardwood has advanced in flooring technology to become a waterproof flooring option for your kitchen. With a solid hardwood veneer and luxury vinyl core, waterproof hardwood is a truly beautiful hardwood floor that provides long lasting durability.

dark waterproof hardwood floor in dark colored kitchen

Luxury Vinyl

Another nice option for the kitchen is luxury vinyl. It’s both beautiful and durable—mimicking the look of wood or tile. Plus, it has a multilayer construction, making it waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about any kitchen spills with these floors. Luxury vinyl is easy to maintain, so a simple dust broom and mop will do the trick. You’ll get the look of hardwood or tile, without the cost and maintenance of hardwood.

light colored luxury vinyl floor in light colored kitchen


Laminate is popping up in kitchens all over because of its durability and affordability. It comes in a variety of different styles, so you can still get the look you want at almost half the price. If you haven’t looked at laminate lately, it’s come a long way in the past few years. Technology in laminate has made it a waterproof option perfect for kitchens. Many laminate collections have advanced in visuals making it almost identical to real wood at first (and second!) glance.

light brown colored laminate floor in modern kitchen

Make no mistake, hardwood and tile are no-brainers for your next kitchen project. But to get the look you want for the budget, and to truly make your kitchen your own, there are more options to think about. Call your local Flooring America today to talk laminate, luxury vinyl, and carpet tiles. A tasty new recipe to make your home, yours.


Contractor measuring hardwood flooring

Want a preview of how new floors will look in your home? We have the answer. Our room visualizer, My Floor Style, allows you to select a floor and get a virtual look at how it’ll work in your home. You can also explore our library of room images to see how your choices will look. With My Floor Style, there are no surprises. Only beautiful new floors.


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Large bathroom with dark hardwood flooring and floating style sink

Bathroom Floors for Bathroom Fun

Jun 17, 2020

You spend a lot of time in the bathroom. No, really. Think about how much activity goes on in that place. There’s the usual—the call of nature and personal grooming, but there are also times when games are played, dogs are washed, and songs are sung. According to a survey from MaP, people spend an average of 30 minutes in the bathroom daily.

Since it’s a space in which you, and your family, spend lots of time, it’s a place that needs to be pretty resilient—as in flooring that’s durable, stain-resistant, and water-resistant to keep your bathroom as beautiful as it is useful.

Have you found that your bathroom is a little worse for wear? If so, we have some answers.

freestanding bathtub in light colored bathroom with ceramic tile

Ceramic Tile

It’s no question that tile and bathrooms just … click. Ceramic tile is one of the most popular—if not the most popular—bathroom floor materials. It’s waterproof, durable, and stain-resistant. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and styles to truly make the space your own. Bonus: If you’re looking for that hardwood look, ceramic tile even comes in styles that look just like it. Ceramic tile gives you all the qualities you need in a bathroom floor.

Porcelain Tile

Just like ceramic tile, porcelain tile is perfect for bathrooms. It’ll stop every spill and every splash—and look good doing it! Porcelain is known to be a little bit stronger than ceramic. Plus, it’s colored the entire way through, so even if it does chip, you won’t even notice.

Luxury Vinyl

Another great option for the bathroom, luxury vinyl gives you the look of wood or tile at an affordable price. It’s waterproof and stain-resistant—making it super easy to clean. Because it looks like wood or stone, you can get the look you want in your space. Plus, in a place where nature calls, luxury vinyl is the natural choice to take on anything life throws at it.


Yes, that’s right we said hardwood. In the past, hardwood was not recommended for use in wet areas like bathrooms. Thanks to today's innovation of new waterproof hardwoods, hardwood makes a great choice in both style and function for your wet areas.

freestanding bathtub with light colored hardwood flooring

If it’s time to put some TLC into your bathroom, call your local Flooring America today. Talk to us about our selection of tile, luxury vinyl, and waterproof hardwood to make your space both beautiful and functional, not only for you but for everyone else, too.


Contractor measuring hardwood flooring

Want a preview of how new floors will look in your home? We have the answer. Our room visualizer, My Floor Style, allows you to select a floor and get a virtual look at how it’ll work in your home. You can also explore our library of room images to see how your choices will look. With My Floor Style, there are no surprises. Only beautiful new floors.


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Large kitchen with island and wood look flooring

The Recipe for Great Kitchen Flooring

Jun 10, 2020

Your kitchen is the main ingredient of your home—no matter how often you cook or entertain. You want floors that make your guests “ooh” and “aah” but that can also handle the everyday grind. So, depending on your style preferences, there are a variety of kitchen flooring options available to help you cook up a kitchen that both dazzles and delights.


Hardwood: Hardwood is naturally beautiful, making it the ideal choice if you’re looking for a classic kitchen look. Hardwood often increases the value of your home, creating an elegant yet comfortable space. It’s soft underfoot, so it’s a nice option for those who spend lots of time standing and cooking in the kitchen. Plus, it’s warmer than most other kitchen flooring alternatives—particularly helpful during cooler months. Keep in mind that when it comes to hardwood, you have two choices; solid and engineered, both providing the same warm elegance to a space.

dark hardwood floor in light colored kitchen

Tile: Tile or wood? Hey, why not both? Tile that looks like wood is very popular these days, because it’s really the best of both worlds. You get the natural-looking grain pattern, with the color variety and durability of tile. And as far as tile size goes, the sky is the limit. You can choose anything from square tiles to tile pieces that mimic your typical floorboard dimensions.

Luxury Vinyl: Ideal for the kitchen, luxury vinyl is waterproof, stain-resistant, and durable. It gives you the look of wood at an affordable price. Luxury vinyl lasts for years and looks great doing it, often having warranties of 15 years or more. Plus, this product is known to be a bit softer underfoot, making it a comfortable surface to stand on while whipping up your favorite meals in the kitchen.

Laminate: Laminate is durable, easy to install, and affordable. It comes in a variety of different wood-looks. The install is quick and easy—just a simple cut and it’s ready to be placed down. It’s also known to be soft underfoot because of its flexible construction. With advances in technology laminate has now become a durable option for kitchens.


Porcelain & Ceramic Tile: These tiles are a very popular choice for kitchens. Both are known to be extremely durable—almost impossible to chip or crack, easy to clean, and are resistant to water. Also a great option to give your kitchen a touch of elegance, tile is beautiful and modern—with many colors and patterns to choose from.

Luxury Vinyl: Luxury vinyl is waterproof, stain-resistant, and durable, making it ideal for the kitchen. You get the look of tile at an affordable price. It lasts for years, and looks great doing it, often having warranties of 15 years or more. Luxury vinyl is perfect for those messy eaters, and will stay beautiful until those messy eaters are grown.

dark tiled kitchen with white cabinets and island

Think you’ve found the right flooring for your kitchen? Give your local Flooring America a call and talk to us about our selection of hardwood, tile, laminate, or luxury vinyl. It’s time to wow your guests with your kitchen as much as the food you cook in it.


Contractor measuring hardwood flooring

Want a preview of how new floors will look in your home? We have the answer. Our room visualizer, My Floor Style, allows you to select a floor and get a virtual look at how it’ll work in your home. You can also explore our library of room images to see how your choices will look. With My Floor Style, there are no surprises. Only beautiful new floors.


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