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What Are the Best Flooring Types for Kids?

Jan 20, 2021

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.

Spill-Proof Simplicity

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.

Child on Laminate Luxury Vinyl Wide Plank Flooring

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.

Kid Toy Hardwood Flooring

Comfortable Carpet

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.

Toy Horse for Kid on Carpet Flooring

Need Help With Kid-Friendly Flooring?

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.

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Cat on Laminate Wide Plank Flooring

What Is Cat-Friendly Flooring?

Jan 18, 2021

Cats, like all pets, bring so much joy into their owners’ lives. And certainly now, they bring comfort in a time of uncertainty and stress. Of course, sharing your space with a cat (or cats!) also brings up considerations regarding your design choices, especially if you’re looking into purchasing new floors. Thankfully, there are many great options out there for pet owners to explore.

Feline-Friendly Floors

Cats instinctively sharpen their claws. And sharp claws equal scratches on your hardwood floors. That’s why scratch-proof luxury vinyl can be a better choice for places like kitchens, basements, or any room that gets a lot of “paw traffic.” Plus, nowadays, there are so many beautiful styles of vinyl floors, and options for luxury vinyl flooring that does an amazing job of mimicking the look of hardwood, cement, and tile. The durability of vinyl floors is a true relief if you have cats that love to get their scratch on. And the fact that you can still have the stylish floors you want? That only sweetens the deal.

Cute Kitten Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Accident Awareness

Even the best-trained cats can have accidents inside. And whether it’s your new kitten learning to use a litter box, or you have an older cat with control challenges, cleaning up is also much easier with vinyl floors, which are incredibly moisture and stain-resistant. Vinyl floors are also a great option for ease in sweeping up cat hair. Of course, hardwood floors are easy to sweep as well, but cat urine on a real hardwood floor can cause costly stains if the accident is not dealt with right away. No matter what, if your cat has “accidents” quite often, you’ll want to avoid any flooring with lots of seams. And while you may think carpet is out of the question, these days, you can choose waterproof carpet—so don’t rule it out completely.

Black Cat on Carpet Flooring

Low-Maintenance Laminate

For true cat lovers, laminate is always one of the best flooring options out there. Laminate flooring is incredibly durable, and, with proper maintenance, can last for decades. And laminate can be installed with minimal seams, which is a great option for anyone worried about pet accidents that linger. Another nice feature of both laminate and vinyl flooring is that these options can provide a hint of cushion for your cat’s paws. Especially with older cats, this can be a sweet relief.

Cat on Laminate Wide Plank Flooring

Time for Tile

Tile is another terrific option for cat owners. Tile flooring in a kitchen not only looks beautiful, but it’s easy to sweep and maintain, and to wipe-up stains. In the middle of summer, don’t be surprised if you find your cat splayed out on your cool bathroom tile. Of course, hardwood floors, including bamboo and cork, can work beautifully, too. Just consider your cat’s propensity to scratch—and how well the cat is trained to use the litter box!

Cat Tile Flooring

Need More Help With Cat-Friendly Flooring?

Cats, like all pets, can bring about some challenges when it comes to making choices about home renovations and décor. But you can still create a wonderful environment for both you and your favorite feline friend. The knowledgeable experts at your local Flooring America are here to help, so be sure to reach out to them and learn more about all of their various options for pet-friendly floors. Having a home that both you and your cat will love is more than within reach.

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Bedroom Carpet Flooring Example

Flooring Ideas For Smaller Spaces

Jan 13, 2021

Smaller homes and spaces—whether we’re talking about the increasingly popular trend of “tiny” homes, a small lake house, or your mobile home—are always in need of the right flooring options. Thankfully, there are many helpful tips out there if you’re looking at what to keep top of mind while searching for beautiful, functional new floors for your small space.

Durability Matters

Because tiny homes and mobile homes see so much action—in this petite space, no one’s escaping to the living room when they come home, or entering downstairs via the den—your floors are bound to see a lot of foot traffic. On top of this, the risk of water damage can go up in a space that has a small home floor plan, as you often will have both a kitchen and bathroom in use in your limited space. With this in mind, choosing a waterproof, durable, smart floor is key.

Dirty Shoes on Durable Hardwood Flooring

Vinyl Floors for the Win

Luxury Vinyl floors are perfect for small areas. Not only do Luxury Vinyl floors now come in a wide variety of styles—so that the look of your vinyl floors can mimic the look of stone, ceramic, and hardwood—but also vinyl floors are an easy-to-maintain surface for cleaning and durability, and an ideal choice when it comes to withstanding water damage. Of course, hardwood and laminate can be nice options for small spaces, too.

Vinyl Flooring Living Room Example

Color Coordinated

Color choices in a small home are important. Most often, lighter floors create the illusion of more space, but if your heart is set on going with a darker floor, that can work, too. Just opt for a brighter the wall color in that case, as it will set up a nice contrast. And remember, also, that width creates the illusion of space, so always go with wider planks if you’re choosing flooring that has seams. The less pattern there is on the flooring in your tiny home or small vacation home, the bigger the space will seem.

Color-Coordinated Dining Room Example

To Carpet or Not to Carpet

Like all things in life, including the choice of carpet in a small space, it’s always best to go with your gut. So if carpet is your thing, go for it! That being said, most people in smaller homes recommend saving the carpet for only your cozy loft area where your bed is, if that’s how your home is designed. Otherwise, carpet can be a drag to clean if it’s the main –or only –flooring in your small space, since it’s more likely to come in contact with your kitchen area, not to mention foot traffic through the main doorway. But if you take your shoes off at the door and are on friendly terms with your vacuum, why not have it? The most important thing in a small space is that you love your flooring.

Carpet in Bedroom Flooring Example

Need More Help?

Choosing the right flooring and design flourishes for a small space can be a challenge—but it can also be really fun, too. Whether you’re looking to make a flooring choice for your tiny home, upgrade the existing floors in your lake house, vacation home, or mobile home, or are just curious in general about how to tackle a small floor plan, be sure to talk to the experts at Flooring America about the options available to you. Browse all their great styles and price points, and let your small space come to life any way you choose.

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Hardwood Game Room Flooring Example

Up Your Game Room’s Game, with New Flooring

Jan 06, 2021

Let’s be honest—the coolest houses back in the day were the ones with a game room. Whether it was a pool table, a foosball table, or just an awesome movie collection, a game room was where the best memories were made. The key to today’s game room? The latest in flooring. And there are many options on the market for great game room floors. 

Cool Carpet

Carpet can be a great fit for your game room or rec room, especially if you’re going for a den-like vibe. Carpet is perennially cozy and welcoming, and it’s the perfect choice for rooms where people of all ages—hello, kids’ birthday parties!—will be running around barefoot or in their socks. Plus, Flooring America has plenty of options for durable, stain-proof carpets. Always a good thing when lots of eating, drinking, and entertaining are afoot.

Carpet Game Room Flooring

Hardwood Habitat

Having hardwood floors in your game room is a fine choice if you’re going for a more old-school, even glamorous, vibe for your game room. Maybe it’s a more grown-up game room with a wet bar and vintage signs, or a family-friendly rec room with a pool table (or both!). But either way, easy-to-clean, elegant hardwood floors are a great place to start when you’re envisioning the style of your game room.

Hardwood Game Room Flooring

Long-Lasting Luxury Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl or laminate can be two other great options for your game room. Luxury vinyl floors and laminate are both legitimate choices when you’re looking for flooring options that will withstand wear and tear, and general foot traffic—two things bound to happen in a well-loved game room! Plus, if you’re looking for a space for lots of festive meals, both of these options are very easy to maintain and clean.

Luxury Vinyl Game Room Flooring

Need Help with Your Game Room? 

As many of us spend more time indoors, having a room in the house where kids can play games, and everyone can relax and let loose a little, is a wonderful thing to have. So, no matter what your style or vision is for your own family’s game room, be sure to talk to the experts at your local Flooring America about the best choices for the game room-perfect floor. Then get going on pulling together your relaxing and fun rec room, and let the good times roll.

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Kitchen Grained Hardwood Stylewatch Flooring Example

What Will Be the Top Flooring Trends of 2021?

Dec 30, 2020

This New Year, we’re all looking for a fresh start –and what better way to signify new beginnings than with a brand new floor?

Maybe you’re looking to cleanse your 2020 palette by investing in brand new hardwood for your family room or you’ve finally decided to switch out the peeling laminate in your kitchen with a stunning luxury vinyl tile.

Lucky for you, our experts here at Flooring America have an inside scoop on what floors will be on this year’s style watch. You won’t want to miss out on these 2021 floor trends…

Grained Hardwood

This season, grained hardwood will be all the rage, with its bold texture elevating the status of any room in the house.

Floorcraft Heritage’s Hazelbaker Sliced Hickory White will make the perfect hardwood for your home, specifically the Satori styled planks which feature white weathered streaks and add a sense of history and character to your décor.

If you’re looking to install hardwood in the more accident-prone areas of your home, try Aquadura’s Oceana Estate Oak in Upland. This darker oak is designed with genuine, wire-brushed oak hardwood veneer made to elevate any room it’s installed.

Grained Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

Wide-Plank Luxury Vinyl

The convenience of luxury vinyl with its waterproof, kid proof and pet proof elements makes it a great choice for every lifestyle.

Luxury vinyl will continue to trend into 2021 with a focus on wide-planks and Galvanite’s Paramount Plank in Scree is the perfect on-trend LVP to install in your home. Featuring the authentic look of real wood with stunning detail, this Paramount Plank comes embossed in register and its wide plank showcases a light grey-infused hue.

If you’re looking for a darker shade of luxury vinyl in wide plank, try your hand at Down’s H20 Millbourne in Moss. This is another trendy choice with its aged-look of genuine reclaimed barnwood boasting natural brown hues.

Wide-Plank Luxury Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

Natural, Casual Carpet

2021 will be the year of casual carpet, beginning with all things natural and soft.

Looking to add a bit of color to your living room? Try Innovia Touch’s Hedon Plus in Soft Sage where silky smooth texture meets a soft natural green to bring in a bit of nature. The best part of this carpet is that it’s got built-in stain resistance designed to handle your family’s toughest spills.

Another stylish carpet choice is Resista 3.0’s Swagger in Pennicott featuring a multi-tonal, striated patterning influenced by nature.

Resista 3.0’s Life of the Party in Corporate is also trending this year with its loop-cut-loop construction designed to complement any room in your home.

If you’re looking for an elegant patterned carpet to spruce up your more formal rooms, upgrade with Tigressa Cherish’s Why Me in Wind Swept as its satiny smooth texture is perfect to sink your feet into. This green-rated carpet is perfectly suited to enhance your décor scheme with its beautiful patterning.

Bedroom Carpet Flooring

Waterproof Tile and Laminate

Last but not least, waterproof tile and laminate are sure to make a big splash in 2021. As we continue to stay at home and adapt to work-from-home life, convenience is key to a functional home.

Floorcraft Maysville’s Ashgrove Oak in Granite gives you the best of both worlds with the beauty of a real-oak floor in affordable laminate wide-plank style. Featuring a deep-grained look with a matte-finish, this fade and stain resistant flooring is sure to make a fashionable floor for your home office.

Natural stone looks are also in and Flooring America has you covered with Floorcraft’s Stone Look in Tower White RV60. This stone-look tile is perfect for if you’ve always wanted to try a natural stone floor but were worried about the hassle of maintenance –the RevoTile durability is unmatched. With an easy click-together installation system, this sophisticated limestone-look tile can be installed in your home in almost no time.

Waterproof Tile Laminate Stone Look Flooring

Need Help to Upgrade Your Flooring?

Say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 by upgrading your floors with one of these trending styles. Don’t forget to contact your local Flooring America today so you can start living on your beautiful new floors.

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Hardwood Flooring Bigger Living Room Example

How to Make a Room Look Bigger With Flooring

Dec 09, 2020

Airy, open rooms are a homeowners dream. But, in reality, many of us are trying to make smaller spaces—from our bedrooms to our kitchens—appear a bit bigger and more open than they actually are. Thankfully, there are many ways to work with both paint and flooring to open your spaces and maximize what you have. Here’s how you can achieve that big-room look with your flooring.

Diagonal Dreams

The key to making rooms look bigger with flooring starts with the diagonal rule. Diagonal lines work to create the illusion of more space, because when a person enters a room, their eyes are drawn to the widest part of a pattern—the same is true in art. So whether you’re installing a lined carpet in a bedroom, or hardwood floors in a kitchen, if you’re looking to create space, go diagonal.

Diagonal Rule Kitchen Example

Lighten the Walls

It’s pretty intuitive that lighter walls often create an airy, open feel, whether found in a kitchen or bedroom. (Just think of the vibe of dark, cozy libraries or offices—usually, they have dark walls!) But interestingly enough, when light wall paint is paired with a dark floor, the contrast really works to create an effect of openness—and the feeling of a larger space. Not to mention, a dark floor—whether dark hardwood, tile, or a dark carpet—can make a lighter ceiling seem even higher.

Light Walls Living Room Example

Planks? Think Big

Bigger planks stretch the eye, so whether you’re installing hardwood planks or laminate in your living room, kitchen, or throughout a space like a studio apartment, avoid thinner planks. Anytime you’re working with less square footage, you want to avoid narrow or thin planks.

Large Flooring Planks Kitchen Example

Less Grout, More Space

Speaking of larger being better, when it comes to a room with tile, the same logic applies: larger tiles usually lead to a floor space appearing larger than tiny ones. Lots of smaller tiles on a floor means more lines for the eye to land on, and definitely more grout—and that busy feeling can create a sense of a crowded atmosphere. So if you have a smaller kitchen or bathroom, go big!

Less Grout Kitchen Flooring Example

Need More Help With Flooring?

Don’t let the thought of working with small square footage get you down. By choosing larger planks and tiles, or asking to have your hardwood floors installed diagonally, you’re on your way to making every room a “great room.” Talk to the experts at your local Flooring America today to find the perfect floors for your great room. They’re here to help and to make your space the most inviting environment it can be.

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