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Engineered Wood vs. Hardwood Flooring: What is the difference?

When it comes to choosing flooring for your home or business, you will quickly realize there are an abundance of options all with their each pros and cons. A question that has become increasingly popular over the last few years is “What is the difference between hardwood and engineered wood?”

Engineered flooring is constructed in layers consisting of both hardwood and plywood whereas solid hardwood is solely a piece of woods with no other layers. Engineered hardwood is very durable and therefore can withstand a high amount of traffic for a very long time. This makes it an excellent investment choice for a homeowner. It also eliminates the dilemma of moisture where hardwood may warp and bow over time, engineered hardwood does not have this issue, allowing it to be used in any area of your home or business. The veneer on the engineered floor gives the appearance of the natural beauty of hardwood and comes in a variety of colors and “species” such as maple, oak, hickory and more. Lastly the care and maintenance on this type of flooring is easy and inexpensive making this an excellent choice.

Hardwood Flooring is still highly desirable in homes and often brings an added value to a home. With a huge variety of choices in wood, the colors, textures and finishes can be endless! Another great feature of hardwood is that the look can be altered with different stains and can be refinished multiple times making it an investment that will likely last for decades if taken care of properly. It is a more costly investment, but certainly one worth its while.


Big Box Retailers vs. Small Business: What’s the difference?

You have made the decision to renovate your home. Now the question is, where do you get your materials? This is a common question consumers ask themselves. As a local family owned business, Floors Direct prides ourselves on the things that we offer that our big box competitors can’t. Customer service is our highest priority. There are no 1-800 numbers to call, or going up and down aisles trying to find someone to help you. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Did you know that shopping locally generates 70% more local economic activity than shopping at a big box retailer? For every $100 dollars that you spend at a small business on average $68 of those dollars stay within the community versus only $40 dollars at big box. This means more money for the local government to put back into the community for the things that matter to us most.

You may think that you will get a better price shopping at a big box but it is quite the contrary. In fact, we tend to have just as large of a selection if not more because of our access to multiple vendors. We are also very proud to offer 0% financing for 12 months, making sure that all of our customers have the opportunity to make improvements needed in their home.

Finally, our installers are experts in their fields. They have worked with us for many years and we know we are sending reliable, skilled workers into your home who will get the job done right the first time.

You are more than welcomed to come visit our showroom, call, or message us on social media with any questions that you may have or to book a free estimate!


High Performance Carpeting …Is it right for me?

What is high performance carpet? Years ago most carpeting was made of nylon. As years went by and the technology changed, polyester has become increasingly popular. The reason for this is because polyester lasts longer and is more durable to traffic. At Floors Direct Inc. we are proud to sell Bellera High Performance Carpeting a series in the SHAW Flooring Collection. This carpet is very resistant to stains when taken care of properly and consists of a new fiber innovation with a spill-proof backing. Although this carpet is particularly durable, it remains very soft to the touch and has many different colors and patterns to choose from making it extremely versatile to use in any room in your home. This upscale yet affordable carpet is an excellent choice for any high traffic areas such as bedrooms or living rooms. Feel free to check out samples in our showroom or give us a call to setup a free estimate!


What Type of Flooring is Best For My Basement?

If you have an unfinished basement or are looking to renovate your basement, the type of flooring you should put down is most likely at the forefront of your plans. Different considerations need to be made due to the wet/moist conditions that come along with the territory. The most common and popular flooring out right is the waterproof vinyl click flooring. As the name suggests it is waterproof and will never swell when exposed to water giving you piece of mind in case you ever have a leak or flood. It also will never expand or contract under normal conditions meaning it will last a long time without warping. This type of flooring consists of a few layers, one being an attached cork underlayment which not only provides an excellent sound barrier, but also keeps the floor warm beneath your feet which is a great perk. This durable and versatile flooring comes in a wide variety of shades and sizes to suit any décor you may have in mind. Floors Direct Inc proudly carries the best options of luxury vinyl plank flooring including manufacturer’s such as CoreTec, Armstrong, Vevo, Shaw and more! We have expert installers and can answer any questions that you may have!

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