Are you looking to update your hardwood floors before the onset of holiday gathering traffic? Prepared by Bona, these tips will help you understand what to expect before, during and after the sand-and-finish process.
Here is a step-by-step guide to getting there.
- Determine where in your house you would like to have wood flooring. Wood floors can stand up to all the big and small moments that happen at home.
- Establish a general budget range and desired timing for the project.
- Find a professional to help with selecting/ordering product and installation. Wood floors can last for the lifetime of your home, so you want to choose a professional who has the knowledge and skills to do the job right.
- Choose the type of flooring, design requirements, and colors that are necessary for your project.
- Plan a time to have the work completed.
- Discuss maintenance requirements with your flooring professional. Schedules can vary depending on use, finish wear and tear, and lifestyle.
- Enjoy your beautiful new wood floors for many years to come. One of the advantages of wood floors is that they can be refinished, which makes them a great long-term value.
Source: National Wood Flooring Association
Let your creativity fly with the amazing choices available in hardwood flooring!
Looking for new carpeting for your home? Choosing the best carpet is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget that best fits your lifestyle.
Unlike furniture and décor, flooring trends shift and evolve slowly, making it possible to select a style that stays fresh for years. Here’s a list of time-tested trends that have captured the attention of flooring and design experts.
Delustered flooring—meaning no glossy finishes—creates a dry, European look. Choose hardwood with a raw, hand-hewn appearance and carpet with a woolen, cottony finish. These styles shine without any added luster.
The trend is moving away from exotic looks to a feeling that’s more familiar. The classic nature of these traditional domestic grains has another benefit; knowing exactly where the wood is sourced ensures environmental responsibility as well as quality.
Play With Patterns
This is no passing fad. Patterned carpet can create layers of texture that add plenty of visual interest to any space. Choose a classic pattern to accent your style without overwhelming it.
When picking your planks for hardwood looks, go for wide and long. These bigger pieces add just the right amount of modern for a clean look that’s still traditional.
Not all floors are truly bespoke, or made-to-order, but trends are leaning toward floors that are made-to-last. Choose a high-quality floor with unique details for a look that will be in style for a long time.
Source: Shaw Floors
MODA Floors & Interiors Project Consultant/Interior Designer: Theresa Minkoff Client: Bires Remodeling
What We Did: This project involved the entire terrace level. The original wood had been water damaged. MODA took up the original product and replaced it with the new. The product is Provenza Old World Collection – Mink – Prefinished Engineered Hardwood. The Old World Collection features a wire brushed, hand distressed and scraped hardwood in combination with an innovative smoking and carbonizing technique.
- Species: Oak
- Style: Light Wire Brush
- Grade: Select to Heavy Character
- Finish: UV Cured Oil
- Construction: Engineered
Design Challenge: The design challenge on this project was finding a distressed/rustic product that married the existing traditional site-finished wood on the stairs and main floor with some newer updated color pallets and existing furnishings and fireplace surround at the terrace level.
As this collection has heavy character, smoking varied stain colors and carbonizing, we ordered in three separate colors in the collection so the client could see each color laid out in the room to ensure the color choice was the perfect marriage.
When many of our clients think about vinyl flooring, it brings back images of their mother’s inexpensive linoleum or vinyl floors. That is not the case anymore. The newest generation of vinyl products are now referred to as Luxury Vinyl. This product category has experienced explosive growth and is currently the fastest growing flooring product in our industry.
The growth of Luxury Vinyl can be explained by its amazing combination of Appearance, Durability, Comfort and Affordability. Let’s examine each of these areas:
Appearance: Manufacturers use high-definition printing to create hardwood and tile looks that are highly authentic. Rather than sheet goods, Luxury Vinyl comes in size options that replicate hardwood and tile. Some models can even emulate wire brushing and light scraping found in real hardwoods. You can get the look of hardwood and stone – minus the maintenance.
Durability: A durable top layer protects against excessive wear from kids and pets. The wear layer is chip resistant and offers superior stain resistance and is very cleanable. In my opinion, the most amazing feature of this product is its water resistance. It can be installed in areas that experience some moisture without worrying the product will swell or delaminate. This makes the product ideal for kitchens, laundry rooms and lower level recreation areas.
Comfort: Luxury Vinyl is more soft under foot versus typical hard surface products, making it easier to stand on for extended periods of time. These floors are typically quieter and warmer than other flooring options and do not require additional underlayment.
Affordability: The total cost of materials and installation of Luxury Vinyl is significantly less than tile and hardwoods. There is typically less floor preparation required for this product, and it can be installed over many existing substrates. In addition, a number of these products come with locking systems that allow for a “floating” installation, which eliminates the need for costly adhesives.
The future looks bright for Luxury Vinyl. There is so much to like about these products. I fully anticipate that our suppliers will continue to bring more innovation to further enhance this category of exciting products. We hope you will visit one of our stores to allow us the opportunity to show you some of the many options available in Luxury Vinyl.
Source: Dean Howell, owner, MODA Floors & Interiors