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Bathroom Decorating Tips: Is luxury vinyl flooring a good fit?

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Luxury vinyl flooring in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
By installing luxury vinyl flooring, you can take your bathroom's appearance from ordinary to upscale. Wood-look and stone look brands are most popular. This attractive flooring repels water and resists stains and scratches, so it's perfect for a high-traffic space like a bathroom. First American ...
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What is the lifespan of a carpet?

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A carpet can last anywhere from a few years to 25 years or more, depending on carpet quality, amount of foot traffic, and upkeep. Many of the most demanding brands are designed with pets in mind. These stain-resistant, pet-proof brands are perfect for heavy traffic areas in the home. First American ...
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Does luxury vinyl tile flooring need to be grouted?

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Luxury vinyl is a versatile material that is designed to mimic tile flooring. Grout is needed to join ceramic and stone tiles together. But it's not necessary when you choose vinyl tile, which can be installed in any room of your home. Styles that are just right for each room are found at First ...
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Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

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The type of fiber is one of the more significant factors considered when making a carpet flooring purchase. A carpet may fit into your budget and be the right style for your decor. But you also want to make sure that it will perform well in the space that you're upgrading, too. First American ...
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Luxury Vinyl Flooring

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What is a wear layer in luxury vinyl flooring?There are many exciting facts about luxury vinyl flooring that you may be familiar with and others you might still want to learn. For instance, what is the wear layer found on luxury vinyl plank and tile?We will look at this question in today's post so ...
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Why is luxury vinyl so popular?

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The versatility of luxury vinyl flooring has a lot to do with its immense popularity, especially with the trendy options available in the product line. You'll see these materials also match most of your preferences and requirements, sometimes doing more than one task at the same time, and you can ...
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Is luxury vinyl flooring durable?

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Luxury vinyl flooring continues to grow in popularity because it satisfies homeowner 'wants.' Specifically, homeowners want attractive, long-lasting flooring that keeps looking "like-new" throughout the years. Multi-layer luxury vinyl resists stains and wear from daily activities. The best brands, ...
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What is the best carpet for me?

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Carpet flooring in Stafford, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Gone are the days when some homeowners 'thought twice' about placing carpet in their homes. Today, there are brands to suit every lifestyle. Rugged pet-friendly carpet flooring, also ideal for very active households, is highly stain-resistant and attractive. First American Carpet & Floors offers a ...
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What types of luxury vinyl flooring are available?

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Luxury vinyl flooring is an excellent option you will wish you had known about sooner, offering gorgeous visuals, outstanding durability for every room, and a lifespan that gives you plenty of time to enjoy all the added benefits. We want to tell you about the types you can look forward to, so ...
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Are there VOCs in carpeting?

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Almost every carpet flooring contains Volatile Organic Compounds, otherwise known as VOCs, known to cause harmful reactions. But what can you do about it?That is a great question that we intend to answer in today's post. So read along with us to find out more.What do we do about the VOCs in carpet ...
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Does luxury vinyl flooring need an underlayment?

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Luxury vinyl in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Luxury vinyl flooring offers a wide variety of options and benefits that can help you create the perfect flooring experience in every room. But it often requires an underlayment that will add comfort and performance anywhere it is installed, so let’s find out more about that right now.Luxury vinyl ...
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Can carpet warm a room?

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Carpet flooring in Stafford, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Carpet flooring can warm a room in more than one way, and we'd love to tell you more about it. Follow along with us here in today's post to find out exactly how that’s possible and how you can make the most of this plush material in your home.Carpet flooring is the warmest optionIn terms of heat ...
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Can luxury vinyl be installed in a bedroom?

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Luxury vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for any room in the home, including the bedroom, and we want to tell you more about that in today’s post. Follow along to find out why it may be the best choice for yours as well.Choose from luxury vinyl tile or luxury vinyl plankBoth luxury vinyl plank ...
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What does a carpet flooring underpadding do?

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Choosing the perfect floors are one thing, but some materials need added extras and services that can sometimes make the process a little more confusing than it should be. That's why we want to make sure you understand the purpose of carpet underlayment and what it can mean for your own flooring ...
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What is a carpet pile?

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Pile refers to how the fiber loops are attached to a rug's backing; each construction has its characteristics, affecting style, texture, appearance, and performance.  Pile, along with fiber, is one of the major determinants in choosing carpet flooring. For more information, feel free to come into ...
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Is luxury vinyl durable?

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Luxury vinyl in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Luxury vinyl flooring is one of the most durable products on the market today, especially when you specify characteristics that add to this functionality. Choose options that cater to your need with ease, as there is something in this flooring line for every homeowner.Luxury vinyl flooring that ...
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Four tips for choosing the perfect carpet

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Carpet flooring in Stafford, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Selecting carpet flooring can seem overwhelming, but if you approach it in a step-by-step organized manner, you’ll easily find the right carpet floors for you. Here are some tips from First American Carpet & Floors, your one-stop source for buying carpet in Woodbridge.#1: Explore lifestyleWhat is ...
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How to maintain luxury vinyl flooring

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Luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) is one of those materials that answer every need,  especially the requirement of low maintenance.  After all, who has the time, or the desire, to scrub floors? All it takes to maintain (LVF) is daily sweeping and periodic mopping. This holds for any form, whether it be ...
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Carpet Styles: Berber to loop pile to shag

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Carpet in Stafford, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Fibers are looped onto a backing to make carpet. These loops can be cut at the tips during manufacturing to create additional styles. Perhaps the most significant difference between the two types, along with how they look, is how they feel. Cut pile styles are softer than loop pile styles. You can ...
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Luxury vinyl flooring texture trends

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Luxury vinyl in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Luxury vinyl flooring is still as popular as ever, with trends favoring the line, as it has in years past. Right now, we’d like to point out some of the specific trends in texture for your consideration.If you’ve never explored this flooring line before, now is a great time to start. Let’s see ...
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Is carpet recyclable?

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Carpet in Stafford, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
In today’s world, eco-friendly flooring options are increasingly important, and you might wonder if carpet flooring is a recyclable option. The good news is that almost all carpet types can be recycled, but more information is available that could be important to your requirements.Recycling your ...
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So, are luxury vinyl floors recyclable?

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Luxury vinyl plank flooring in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Today’s generation is far more aware of environmental issues than was generations before us. And so, this is a fair question. Can LVF be broken down and recycled? Or, will it wind up in the landfill one day and never really break down and decompose? The answer is yesThe simple answer is: yes, it is ...
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Carpet anatomy: texture & style

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Carpet in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
“Is carpet style the same as texture?" Yes, they are related, as are construction and fiber.  They all affect carpet flooring's appearance and performance, and that’s why you need to know basic terms. We will help you sort it all out when you are shopping for carpet in Woodbridge.Construction and ...
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Is luxury vinyl tile flooring pet-friendly?

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Luxury vinyl tile in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
A form of luxury vinyl (LVF), luxury vinyl tile (LVT flooring), and its counterpart, vinyl plank, are considered the best floors for a home with pets. LVF is 100% waterproof, scratch-and-stain resistant, and easy to clean. What's more, your pet will appreciate it because it's warm, resilient, and ...
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Judging carpet durability

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Carpet floors in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors
Carpet is usually chosen based on appearance, but suitability for any space and durability is essential too. Nylon is the most popular fiber. Polyester, polypropylene, acrylic, and Triexta are additional synthetic fibers. Wool is the top-of-the-line natural fiber. Whatever your preferred fiber and ...
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What flooring styles can you create with luxury vinyl?

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Luxury vinyl in Woodbridge, VA  from First American Carpet & Floors
Luxury vinyl, with its true-to-life images of wood, tile, or stone, follows all of the current industry trends, so there's an unlimited amount of looks you can create. You can have the gray wood floors of a farmhouse kitchen or the whitewashed wood floor of your California-cottage style living room....
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Best carpet for high traffic areas

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Carpet flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge and Stafford, VA
For homeowners with large, busy families, high traffic areas probably make up a good portion of your home. Choosing a perfect carpet flooring for these spaces shouldn’t be a hassle, and we’ll make sure you have options that make sense for your specific requirements.Take advantage of fiber types, ...
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How do luxury vinyl plank and luxury vinyl tile differ?

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Luxury vinyl plank from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge and Stafford, VA
The cuts are the most obvious difference. They're both luxury vinyl flooring. Luxury planks look like hardwood boards, while luxury vinyl tile (LVT) resembles tile or stone. Both are completely waterproof and durable.What is luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP)?Before that is answered, there needs to ...
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What are the different types of carpet styles/fibers?

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Carpet flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge, VA and Stafford, VA
Understanding just a bit about the different types and styles of carpet flooring can help immensely when choosing your next floor covering from this product line. You’ll appreciate the differences between them and be better able to select a floor covering that meets your needs.If you’re ...
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Luxury vinyl flooring and you: Is it a good fit?

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Luxury vinyl tile flooring from First American Carpets & Floors in Woodbridge, VA and Stafford, VA
So, will luxury vinyl floors be a good fit? Before we answer that question, we have to ask a question of our own. “For what?” If you are looking for new material to shingle your house, probably not. If you are looking for something out of which you can construct a bridge across the Potomac River ...
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How is carpeting made?

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Carpet flooring is something most of us take for granted, especially when it comes to the interesting, somewhat complicated manufacturing process.  A little knowledge goes a long way. When you have insight as to the different materials and processes used, it will help you make the most educated ...
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Latest flooring trends for luxury vinyl

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Luxury vinyl flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge, VA and Stafford, VA
Some of the best features of luxury vinyl flooring include their durability and easy to clean surface. It’s an excellent choice for the most sophisticated spaces or areas that are rustic and simple. The bottom line is these floors are versatile in so many ways.But if you’re like many homeowners, ...
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What type of carpet options are available?

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Carpet options make it easy to personalize your flooring specifically for your household and lifestyle. Over the years, this floor covering has undergone many changes and manufacturing processes to create a surface that every homeowner can utilize in more than one area. These options can be put to ...
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What is luxury vinyl plank?

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Luxury vinyl plank flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge and Stafford, VA
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring looks like hardwood planks. It can be installed in areas of the home that are prone to moisture or water. Waterproof vinyl will not suffer damage to the surface or structure even through extended periods of exposure to water. This practical feature, combined with ...
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What is carpet underlayment?

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Carpet flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge and Stafford, Va
The process of picking out the perfect carpet for your home can be an exciting adventure, often based on matching your décor needs. Choosing the ideal underlayment, however, is more about matching your lifestyle and activity level so that your flooring reaches its full lifespan potential.This ...
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Can luxury vinyl tile look like stone?

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Luxury vinyl tile flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge, VA
Absolutely, yes, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) can look like marble, granite, or other stones.  It's available in such a wide assortment of colors you can go with all the trends, such as metallics.Marble baths are trending, so you can easily have that look, or one of a 5-star hotel bathroom with granite ...
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Four facts about SmartStrand carpet

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SmartStrand carpet from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge, VA and Stafford, VA
If you ever had any thought that a soft surface wasn’t up to date, think again:  The SmartStrand carpet collection underscores just what modern technology can do.Ask your flooring retailer to tell you more about this incredible product.Triexta, the fiberThis is relatively new to the market, but it ...
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Luxury vinyl tile mimics stone, wood, and more

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Waterproof flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge and Stafford VA
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is thicker than standard vinyl, and therefore, more comfortable to walk on. This budget-friendly alternative to more costly materials can be placed in every room of the home, including finished basements. First American Carpet & Floors is an LVT flooring store that has two ...
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Install waterproof floors for a quality, durable, pet-friendly installation

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Waterproof flooring from First American Carpet & Floors  in Woodbridge, VA
There are countless reasons why homeowners choose waterproof flooring for their renovation projects. Needless to say, as a waterproof installation, you don’t have to worry about the occasional liquid spills or water mishaps ruining your valuable floors. Rather, with such surfacing, you can rest ...
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These are the LVT benefits you’ll love

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Luxury vinyl tile kitchen flooring in Woodbridge, VA
Choosing luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring for your home means that you’ll get amazing benefits you can count on for the life of your flooring. These benefits don’t just cater to the appearance and durability of the materials. They get you through daily life better.Just consider flooring that ...
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SmartStrand is one of the best brands of carpet

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Mohawk SmartStrand carpet flooring in a Stafford, VA home
Carpet floors give bedrooms a warm, homey feel, and they add color and a touch of luxury to dining rooms and living rooms. First American Carpet & Floors is a carpet flooring retailer in Virginia that has a showroom in Woodbridge and Stafford. We offer many types of carpeting and other kinds of ...
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LVT: a style that eliminates the waterproof worries

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Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring providing a Stafford, VA home with waterproof protection
LVT is a luxury vinyl tile, and these fashionable floors check all the boxes when it comes to performance.What is it?LVT is a remarkable mimic of tile and when you walk into a flooring store you will see a virtually limitless number of colors, patterns, and designs.It can be cut into tile-sized ...
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5 fantastic benefits of waterproof flooring

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Waterproof floors ready for a busy household in Woodbridge, VA
When you choose quality waterproof floors for your busy household, you're assured a stress-free lifestyle where you won't lose sleep over water damage. But waterproof floors aren't just known for protecting your home against water. There are several excellent features that this type of hard ...
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Four reasons to love LVT

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Luxury vinyl tile from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge, VA
LVT is a luxury vinyl tile.  It falls under the large category of luxury vinyl flooring (LVF).  This flooring offers the same wide assortment of colors, patterns, and designs as the real thing.  You will be very pleasantly surprised when you walk into a store and see how vinyl has changed from the ...
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Important information regarding SmartStrand carpet

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carpet flooring from First American Carpet & Floors in Woodbridge, VA
Carpet is an amazing addition to your home, now more than ever, especially if you choose a remarkable product such as SmartStrand. This carpet line offers an unbelievable combination of stunning good looks and incredible durability, and you’re going to want to find out more about those right now....
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Did you know you can have LVT and waterproof flooring, all in one?

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LVT Waterproof Flooring | Stafford, VA
There are so many names and titles in the flooring industry, it can be confusing for many homeowners when it comes time to shop for LVT and waterproof flooring. The truth is LVT floors and waterproof floors are the same thing.While there are many waterproof flooring options available, the choice of ...
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When you’re ready for the best, choose waterproof flooring

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Waterproof Flooring | Woodbridge and Stafford VA
There’s no doubt that the waterproof properties found in this product line are enough to win some homeowners over. However, there are lots more benefits available in these materials to make it an even better deal. Each one is created to make your flooring better for your purposes.Whether it’s good ...
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Let’s talk about LVT benefits

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Luxury Vinyl Tile | Woodbridge & Stafford, VA
You’ve finally decided on luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for your home’s floors, so it only makes sense that we should talk about some of the amazing benefits you’ll gain from the material. You’ll be excited to find out how many ways these floors will work to assure your peace of mind.These benefits ...
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Things that make hardwood flooring irresistible

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Hardwood flooring is, by far, one of the most beloved floor coverings on the market. There’s its amazing lifespan, which means you’ll never have to shop for flooring again. Then there’s the classic look that matches anything and withstands trend after trend. Those attributes alone are enough to ...
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Choosing the carpet that works best for you

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There’s an old saying that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another, and that’s just the way it is with carpet. Some homeowners prefer hard surface flooring while others are completely loyal to the only soft surface flooring on the market. And there are many reasons to feel that ...
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Is your kitchen in need of new countertops?

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Have you ever walked into your kitchen and thought there was something missing? Are you tired of mismatched counters and cabinets? Maybe you need something that would go nicely with a new backsplash. The fact is, adding new kitchen countertops to your home could be the missing link to a great ...
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Don’t take a chance at missing out on laminate flooring

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For those that have never experienced laminate flooring for themselves, it can be exciting to find out what the material really has to offer. If you’re one of them, you’re going to want to read along and find out what you could be missing out on. The good news is that you don’t have to miss out for ...
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Benefits of investing in granite countertops

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Investing in the renovation or remodeling of your home is a big decision to make. The process can be costly and once you commit, you are in it until the end. Some decision about your home project can be very overwhelming. With so many different options for flooring, cabinets, paint color and ...
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What countertop Is the best fit for my kitchen?

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The countertop in your kitchen needs to make a style statement while simultaneously giving you a durable work surface. Finding the right countertop for your kitchen can be a difficult thing to do given so many options. Let’s look at a few materials to find the best one to fit your kitchen. ...
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4 questions to ask before getting hardwood flooring

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4 Questions to Ask Before Getting Hardwood FlooringWhether you are building new or remodeling your current home, installing hardwood flooring is a great option for the floors in your home. However, there is more to buying hardwood flooring than simply choosing the type of wood you prefer. There are ...
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Top 3 reasons why ceramic tiles should be used for your floors

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Choosing the right flooring for your home is one of the more frustrating and expensive aspects of home renovation. Each flooring option comes with its own pros and cons. With carpet, you have to worry about getting it cleaned so allergens and mildew won’t build up. Hardwood comes with a lengthy and ...
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10 distorted facts about carpets everyone thinks are true

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Before you run to your local carpet store to buy a new carpet, you may want to think again. Some of the facts you have heard about owning a might not be entirely true. For your convenience, here are those ten facts and the truth behind them. Certain Carpets Material get Dirtier FasterThe lighter ...
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Scuffs on the hardwood? 4 ways to prevent against heavy foot traffic

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Hardwood flooring adds value to any home. It gives a beautiful, classic look that will never go out of style. However, such classic beauty does come with its downsides. The biggest downside of owning hardwood floors is that they do tend to show wear-and-tear very quickly if they are not well ...
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Ceramic or laminate flooring?

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Deciding what type of flooring to install in your home can be a tiring decision. With so many styles and brands to choose from, making a decision seems impossible. But, at the end of the day, you have to decide what floor to put in your house because your flooring is one of the central pieces ...
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10 best ways to keep your floor scuff free

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If you just invested in new flooring, protecting your investment is probably at the forefront of your mind. Furniture can be your floor’s number one enemy. Kids, shoes, and pets will definitely scratch and scuff any floor in your home. The process of removing scratches and scuffs can be a ...
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Top 5 signs you’re in need of new flooring

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Your floors will see more wear-and-tear than any other part of your house. That’s why it’s so important to take care of them whether you have hardwood, laminate, or carpet. Bad flooring never looks good in any house. But, floors do get old. As floor ages, it will stop looking good no matter how ...
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How to best care for your carpet

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When it comes to taking care of your floor, hardwood and laminate are the easiest options. When you spill something on either of these, all you need to do is grab a paper towel and wipe it up. If it’s sticky, the most you need to do is grab a mop. It’s why hardwood (or laminate that looks like ...
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