Design Trends and Inspiration
Let’s be honest, choosing flooring for your rental property just isn’t the same as deciding on flooring for your own home. You simply have to assume it’s going to have to withstand more wear –but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice beauty. After all, you want renters to be attracted to your property in the first place. So, whether you’re renting out a beach house or a ski cottage, let’s review some floors that are both long-lasting and eye-catching.
Top of mind for most people who own rental properties is finding a floor that will withstand the wear and tear of plenty of use, as well as plenty of cleaning. And when considering attractive low-maintenance flooring, luxury vinyl is hard to beat. More affordable and durable than real hardwood, luxury vinyl flooring now comes in designs that look almost exactly like real wood or stone, and even feel like them, too. Discerning renters will love the aesthetics, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your rental floors are easy to clean, more scratch-resistant than real hardwood and tile, and can withstand the spills and stains that renters often bring.
When it comes to rentals, choosing the right flooring for your kitchen and bathroom is a very important decision, as both spaces tend to get a lot of use in rental homes. Floors that are waterproof are crucial, and, especially for kitchens, the more stain-proof and durable, the better. Luxury vinyl tile is a great, affordable option for both bathrooms and kitchens. Brands like Downs H2O, available at your local Flooring America, are 100% waterproof and scuff-resistant, and offer the look of real ceramic tile but at a much better price point.
Sand vs. Snow
Beach houses are always in demand, and the summer months can see an endless number of renters if you’re lucky enough to own a seaside home. Having extra-durable (and sweep-able) floors then becomes key. With all that exposure to sand and salt water, great options for beach house flooring include long-lasting, family-friendly laminate and, as always, luxury vinyl. On the other hand, if you’re renting out a ski cottage, carpet will definitely appeal to your renters, who’ll be looking for a cozy home to return to after a day on the slopes. To avoid any potential headaches from those possible hot cocoa spills, and, of course, road salt and snow, it’d be a good bet to install spill-proof Stainmaster carpet.
Though luxury vinyl and laminate are both amazing flooring choices for your rental properties (especially if you’re renting out apartments), nothing beats the elegance of hardwood floors in a dining room, or beautiful ceramic tile in a master bathroom. With so many different types of rental properties on the market, having a luxury look can set your place apart for the many vacationers who are on the lookout for an upscale getaway. So if your vision is to invest in a more luxurious property with the floors and décor to match, go for it.
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The rental home market is booming, and, thankfully, if you’re a homeowner looking for great flooring for your property, you’re in luck. No matter the location of your rental—or the layout of the floor plan in your home—there are countless options available to satisfy your needs for beautiful, low-maintenance flooring. Talk to the folks at your local Flooring America today. They’re here to make your rental property the best it can be, both now and in the future.
Durability is a key criterion for most families when they’re on the lookout for new, dependable flooring. In addition to landing on a beautiful style and great price point, having the peace of mind that your new floors are going to hold up to your household’s busy lifestyle is always an important goal. The good news is that there is a wide variety of flooring options available today that are as durable as they are beautiful.
Hardwood floors are elegant and easy to clean, and they also make a great long-term investment for your home, as they never go out of style. Even better? Whether or not you decide to go the solid hardwood route or opt for engineered hardwood instead, new technology has made modern hardwood flooring more durable than ever. For instance, hardwood flooring brands like Aquadura H2O—offered at Flooring America in oak, pine, and walnut to name a few species—are now waterproof, and other brands that Flooring America carries, such as Lauzon, offer advanced finishes to help protect against scratches. Now, you can invest in durable hardwood floors that are also kid-proof, pet-proof, and waterproof? That’s pretty awesome.
There’s a good reason that waterproof, extra-durable tile is often the go-to flooring choice for many families’ kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and entryways. Tile is one of the smartest flooring options for the rooms in your house that are prone to moisture, spills, and lots of foot traffic. And with a huge selection of both porcelain and ceramic tile designs and styles in stock, Flooring America is a great resource, offering beautiful tile flooring options with wear, fade, and stain warranties that can last up to twenty-five years.
Long-Term Luxury Vinyl
Luxury Vinyl flooring is having a bit of a moment in trends, as they like to say, and that’s because this amazingly durable, inexpensive flooring choice is now more stylish than ever, too. New technology has made luxury vinyl flooring more scratch- and water-resistant. What’s more, luxury vinyl now comes in both plank and tile form, allowing modern luxury vinyl floors to closely mimic the look and feel of both real hardwood and stone tile. Looking to minimize any chance of moisture seeping into your base-level floor? Classic sheet vinyl is the perfect choice, as there are no seams in this type of vinyl flooring. But no matter what type of luxury vinyl style you choose, you’re getting great flooring that’s built to withstand heavy foot traffic, all at a can’t-miss price point.
Carpet is a flooring choice that’s often celebrated for its style, comfort, and warmth, but it’s also a wonderful choice for busy and active families. Flooring America carries carpet brands such Resista—known for its durable weaves—and then, of course, there’s the famous Stainmaster® carpet, too. This stain-, soil-, and fade-resistant carpet brand is the perfect choice for families with children and pets, or really anyone who doesn’t want to stress out about a spilled drink from time to time! And carpet tile, long used in commercial spaces, is becoming a fine choice for busy family homes, as well.
Laminate flooring is another great choice for families who are looking for top-notch durability at a budget-friendly cost. As laminate flooring is created from multiple layers of resin and fiber board, it’s not only long-lasting and incredibly dependable, it’s comfortable and foot-friendly, too—perfect for active families. There are many water-resistant laminate options on the market these days, such as Floorcraft™ Maysville H2O. This is the ideal laminate flooring choice for those thinking of installing laminate floors in any area of the home that’s prone to moisture.
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With so many stylish and durable flooring options on the market, it can be hard to know where to begin. Thankfully the experts at your local Flooring America are here to help you narrow down your options and find the perfect new floors for your home. Whether you’re simply looking to remodel a bathroom, or purchasing new floors for an entire house, the folks at Flooring America are here to guide you every step of the way.
This past year has brought about much change—and some challenges—to most of our families. The pivot to remote learning has been no exception. But, even if your kids are now learning primarily (or part-time) from home, it doesn’t mean you can’t recreate a great classroom-like environment for them, no matter what their age. Whatever your living situation may be, there are many creative tips and tricks to make the virtual school experience more focused and fun for everyone in your family.
Before we hop into design tips, first things first: One of the most critical parts to successful remote learning is minimizing distractions! The last thing your child needs while trying to focus on their spelling quiz is a TV—or speaker—playing in the background. On that note, you’ll want to set up your child’s study space in as quiet a place as possible. Aim to remove electronic devices that could cause their attention to stray, and also be sure that their favorite toys aren’t in sight. Working with a small space? No worries. Just try to put their toys away in bins before the school day begins.
Space It Out
Speaking of decluttered spaces, where you choose to make your homeschooler’s “base” is a key decision in creating a great “classroom at home.” Ideally, your child should have a designated study room with a work surface that’s all his or her own—even if it’s simply a special corner of the family kitchen table! Living in a home with tight quarters? No problem. Think about getting creative with furniture arrangements in order to recreate the feeling of a classroom for your child. Consider pushing the living room couch in toward your child’s desk or work surface, and then adding a bookshelf on the other side to create the feeling of a special “study nook.” When the school day is over, you can simply move the furniture back to its original position.
Classic Classroom Vibes
Once things are (relatively) quiet and there’s a good designated space for your kid (or kids!) to do their work, the real design fun begins. Taking into account the age of your homeschooler, do some brainstorming on what really brings a classroom to life for them. Think bulletin boards, colorful and inspiring posters, maps, and even hanging up some of their artwork or the results from a well-received assignment. Other “classroom-like” must-haves? Consider hanging a hook for their backpack, creating their own cubby, and adding plenty of jars and containers for organization. Even pack their lunch in a lunchbox from time to time, maybe with a little note to say how proud you are.
Got a tween or teen studying from home? Rather than lots of posters and primary colors in their environment, think about how a minimalist, office-like vibe might be the route to go instead. Something like a new desk lamp, pen holder, or cute throw rug can create a calming, professional vibe. And no matter your remote learner’s age, having your kid chime in regarding what they might like to have around them during study hours is the perfect way to help your homeschooler feel included and motivated—two important things when it comes to staying on task at home. If your family is the DIY type, maybe even consider painting a wall together or hanging up some temporary wallpaper. Homeschooling can have its challenges, but it’s a great opportunity for bonding, as well.
If you’re homeschooling preschool-age kids, or a little one in kindergarten, some interlocking foam panels laid down on your floor can be a nice addition to a study area. Kids a little bit older? They might feel more stimulated working in an area of your house that has classic hardwood floors or luxury vinyl. And, of course, carpet is another great option for homeschoolers of any age. One of the benefits of virtual learning is, if your kids want to read on the floor, they can! As long as creativity and focus are blossoming, studying can happen anywhere.
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With some imagination—and thumbtacks—you can create a unique and inspiring classroom-like environment for your homeschooler. From the flooring you choose, to the type of tables and chairs you pick out for their study area, an inspiring and focused environment for your family is definitely within reach. And remember, the experts at your local Flooring America are always here to help.
Shopping for area or accent rugs can be really fun—but with so many options on the market, it can be confusing to know where to begin. From the size and dimensions of the area rug you need, to the style you’re envisioning, to—perhaps most important—keeping your original floors protected, there are many things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect area rug for your home.
What size should my area rug be?
Before you determine the style of your area or throw rug, you’ll want to pick the size. This will depend on the type of room it’ll go in, and what the function of the rug will be. For instance, is it a large living room? Or a narrow hallway that’s in need of a complementary runner? If you’re adding an area rug to a dining room, you’ll want it to be big enough to include a table and chairs, even when the chairs are pushed back. Looking for an area rug for your hardwood floor in the living room? Ideally, the area rug you choose will allow all the furniture in your living room to fit on top. And if you’re thinking you’d love an area rug in your bedroom, look for an accent rug that frames the bed. If you have a queen, explore rugs that are 8'x10'. If your bed is a king, look for rugs that are 9'x12'.
What if the rug I love is small?
Don’t sweat it if you’re area rug turns out to be too small –you can always layer. This can help you budget-wise, too, as large area rugs can be pricey. Consider laying down a larger, less expensive area rug in your living room, for example. Then you can layer the smaller area rug you love on top, underneath the coffee table, for instance. Or consider putting that smaller 5'x7' area rug you adore in an unexpected place, like the kitchen or the reading nook.
Can I put an area rug on a carpet?
Area rugs are not just for hardwood. There’s no reason not to explore putting area rugs on a carpet. Especially if you’re looking to mix things up a bit, a few smaller area rugs placed down on your existing carpet can be really pleasing to the eye.
What style of area rug will work in my home?
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the color and shape of your area rug. As you browse online or in store, think about the overall décor theme or vibe you’re going for: something modern, rustic, boho, or more traditional? Are you looking for a solid area rug in a blue or gray color, or a multi-patterned throw rug? Shape-wise, think of where in the room your new area rug is going. If you’re looking to put an accent rug underneath a circular table, you’ll want to look for a circular-shaped rug. But an accent rug for underneath your rectangular couch? In that case, you’ll want to look for a rectangular-shaped rug that mimics the furniture it’s underneath.
Are rug pads necessary?
The simple answer is, yes! Rug pads are key to protecting your original flooring, whether it be hardwood flooring or carpet, and they also help prevent slipping. Aesthetically, they are important, too, as they’ll protect your area rug from the dreaded ripple effect. You don’t want your rug pad to show, so aim for one that’s a couple inches smaller than your area rug on all sides.
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Whether you’re shopping for a new area rug to adorn your new beautiful hardwood floors, or looking to add a throw rug to the existing home décor in your bedroom, the experts at your local Flooring America are always here to help. They can offer great advice on size, style, and placement, helping you to seamlessly add gorgeous and functional area rugs to your already well-loved floors.
Concern for the environment is top of mind for many of us these days. And when it comes to smart and sustainable choices for the planet, those often start in the home. For example, with the type of flooring you choose. Luckily, there are countless ways to make sustainability a priority when redoing your floors.
Looking for Longevity
Flooring that will last for a long time is a major priority for families who are looking to invest in a “green” choice. The less likely you are to need to replace or repair your floor, the better the impact on the environment—not to mention your family’s budget. Great choices for long-term durability include resilient luxury vinyl, as well as hardwood floors that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (indicating these floors have been made from wood that was harvested using sustainable forestry practices). Laminate floors are also a nice choice when homeowners are looking for a durable, long-lasting flooring option.
Consider the Source
The materials your floors are made up of play a big part in how eco-friendly they are. Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of options on the marketplace that fit this bill. Bamboo and cork are two great sustainable flooring options, as bamboo is actually a grass, not wood, meaning it grows very quickly and does not require significant re-harvesting. (Make no mistake, while bamboo is a grass, it has a hardness rating higher than most oak flooring.) Then there’s cork, which is made from only the bark of trees, so there’s no need to remove the trees themselves from their habitat in the process of harvesting. (And unlike other trees, removing the bark from a cork tree does not harm it.) There are also many other viable flooring options available that contain sustainable sources–some you may not have even considered.
Sustainable Carpet? It’s a Thing.
Nowadays, modern carpets are not only more stain-proof and waterproof, but many brands, such as Innovia Xtreme Clean™, offer carpets made up of natural fibers and are crafted using environmentally friendly resources. Carpet is also a great green flooring choice in that it has the added benefit of insulation. So if you live in a colder climate, this means keeping heating costs down—another key way to be environmentally conscious.
Tile Is the Coolest
If carpet doesn’t fit your flooring dreams, shift your gaze to tile. Many tile floors today are sourced from recyclable materials, whether it be recycled glass or porcelain. Tile is also a smart, eco-friendly choice for warmer climates, as it is incredibly helpful in keeping spaces—whether they be commercial or residential—extra cool when temperatures spike.
Less Waste, More Beauty
In recent years, concrete floors have seen a revival. Typically, the industrial look of concrete was seen as, well, too industrial. But trends change, and concrete floors are now considered a beautiful, minimalist option. And as most floors, whether hardwood, carpet, or laminate, have a concrete layer underneath. When you “go concrete,” you remove the cost (and chemicals!) involved with adding extra layers of flooring on top. Plus, concrete floors never need to be replaced, making them the perfect choice for sustainability. And cleanup, of course, is a snap.
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No matter what your budget is, or what climate you live in, it’s possible to find beautiful flooring for your home that is also eco-friendly. Be sure to talk to the experts at your local Flooring America about how to best create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly home. From eco-friendly carpets to long-lasting beautiful wood floors, the folks at your local Flooring America are here to help you, and the planet, become greener.
Whether you have your first baby on the way, or your family already has a few little ones underfoot, choosing the right flooring is an important decision. It’s likely your priority is having a home that’s as safe as it is durable. Thankfully, there are many flooring options that can address it all.
Luxury vinyl and laminate are two great flooring selections for kitchens and other areas in your home that are bound to receive a lot of tiny foot traffic. Not only are both of these choices durable, scratch-resistant, and waterproof (hello, wipe-able surfaces!), luxury vinyl floors and laminate floors are also very affordable, which makes them an ideal option for a young family on a budget. Brands like Downs® H2O™ are the perfect choice for those looking for kid-proof, waterproof vinyl. Even better? Both vinyl and laminate styles have come a long way since their introduction in the ’70s and ’80s. Now you can find countless choices for stylish luxury vinyl and laminate floors at stores like your local Flooring America that mimic the look of hardwood, stone, and concrete—and not the look of your grandmother’s kitchen.
Hardwood Floors: Elegant and Family-Friendly
However, if you have your heart set on real hardwood floors, they can still be a great choice for a young family. Though there can be some risk of scratching with all those soccer cleats and scooters running amok, many hardwood floors on the market today, like Aquadura H2O™, are now both scratch-resistant and waterproof. And, again, luxury vinyl is also something to keep in mind if you love that hardwood look. There are beautiful luxury vinyl floor options, such as Galvanite®, that do an unbelievable job of matching the look of real hardwood floors, down to recreating the appearance (and variety) of grain. But if real hardwood flooring remains your dream, it’s always a beautiful choice.
Okay, let’s be honest—little ones tend to fall over. A lot. And even if the kids themselves are not the ones always taking a spill, children are still famous for frequently dropping things: toys, pets, glasses of juice, you name it. This makes a carpet an excellent and safe choice for your young family, as a wipeout in a carpeted living room is often no big deal. Plus, so many carpet options today come in both stain-resistant and fade-resistant styles, like Innovia Xtreme Clean™ carpet or Tigressá® Cherish carpet flooring, so choosing carpet for your kids’ playroom, nursery, or bedrooms is even more of a no-brainer. The peace of mind of safety for your little ones—plus, now with the ease of cleaning—makes carpet hard to beat.
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Creating a home where all your family members feel safe and happy is something we all want. So whether you’re designing a new nursery, renovating a den or playroom for your kids, or re-doing your kitchen, remember, the experts at your local Flooring America are here to help. Let them guide you through all their amazing options for kid-friendly flooring, so you can focus on building memories.