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The Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood and Laminate

The Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood and Laminate

Dear Sandy, You’re making one of the toughest flooring choices homeowners have to make today – deciding between engineered hardwood and laminate flooring. Engineered hardwood is nice because it has a top layer of real hardwood flooring without the intensive maintenance and tricky care. Laminate is also ideal because it’s so durable and still offers the same aesthetic look as ... Read More »

How to Prevent Hardwood Flooring from Fading

How to Prevent Hardwood Flooring from Fading

Dear Paul, As much of an eyesore as the varied colors might be, it’s completely natural to have your hardwood flooring change colors over time. The portion of it that’s exposed to the light will fade as the UV rays do their damage. The portion that’s hidden safely under your area rugs will stay the bright, shiny, darker version of ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About The Different Hardwood Flooring Moldings

What You Need to Know About The Different Hardwood Flooring Moldings

Dear Hilary, Congratulations on your flooring project! This is an exciting time. When the installation begins, you’ll quickly find your hardwood flooring will need a few finishing touches. This is the molding. The moldings are used to hide certain areas where there are sharp drop offs or necessary gaps. It gives your flooring project a completed look. Although there are ... Read More »

Ideas How To Design Perfect White Kitchen

Ideas How To Design Perfect White Kitchen

Looking for ways to brighten your life? What better way to brighten things up than to go with the hot trend of a white kitchen? A quick search on Pinterest will show you just how popular white kitchens have become – and for good reason. White kitchens are classic and never go out of style. Here are few ideas how to design ... Read More »

Do I Need a Moisture Barrier Above Grade?

Do I Need a Moisture Barrier Above Grade?

Dear Sean, No matter how dry your environment is, having a moisture barrier is an important part of your hardwood flooring project. Even though your floor is above grade, it’s important you don’t leave it out of the equation. Moisture is sneaky. In many cases, you won’t realize it’s present in your home and wreaking havoc on your flooring investment. ... Read More »

Is Laminate Flooring Safe for My Family?

Is Laminate Flooring Safe for My Family?

Dear Michelle, When you see the recent headlines that have made their way into the news, it’s normal to feel worried. Formaldehyde emissions aren’t something you can see or smell, yet when they’re strong, they’re dangerous to your health. In spite of the headlines, we want to assure you that the vast majority of laminate flooring is safe! Laminate flooring ... Read More »

Is Laminate the Same as Engineered Wood?

Is Laminate the Same as Engineered Wood?

Dear Diane, There are so many ways that flooring is manufactured. Keeping up with it all is not easy. Laminate and engineered wood floors are both very popular alternatives to hardwood floor, but they are not created equal. Although they are made from similar materials, they have key differences that make one option better than the other depending on where ... Read More »

What is the Best Laminate Floor for a Beach House

What is the Best Laminate Floor for a Beach House

Dear Hilary, Great question! Finding the best laminate floor for a beach house isn’t always easy. You’re smart to be conscientious of water from the canal. As you know, laminate is not completely waterproof. Still, the right products are durable enough to stand up to the occasional spill or tracking in of water. It shouldn’t stand in your way of purchasing ... Read More »

Is Laminate Flooring Similar to Linoleum?

Is Laminate Flooring Similar to Linoleum?

Dear Marie, Great question! Many people wonder about the differences between laminate and linoleum. More importantly, homeowners like you want to know what’ll look better and last longer in their home. To help you decide what’s best for your house, here’s a breakdown of a few core features of both. Price Both types of flooring are inexpensive compared to hardwood ... Read More »

What Tools Do I Need to Install Laminate Flooring?

What Tools Do I Need to Install Laminate Flooring?

Dear Brian, There are really only about five tools that you’ll need to install laminate flooring. They are as follows: 1. Tape Measure You’ll need to measure your space so that you can cut your laminate flooring pieces to fit precisely. A tape measure is the best and easiest way to do this. 2. Jigsaw At Best Laminate, we like ... Read More »