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Varnish or oil? Coloured or clear? Or perhaps a brushed surface with delicate streaks of coloured stain? It is not at all easy to decide about the floor finish. It is good to know what to take into consideration and what are the characteristics of the most popular and most interesting kinds of finish.
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As we choose a dream floor, we often ask ourselves the question: artificial or genuine? Small wonder. Laminate flooring and natural wood flooring have a number of advantages in common. A variety of designs and ease of installation are just a few of these. Still, as those who have settled for a genuine wood floor say, the artificial product can never be a worthy match for a work created by perfect nature.
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It’s an amazing manufacturing process by which four layers are fused together in a single press operation at high heat at over 300˚F using direct-pressure laminate (DPL) construction. DPL is the most typical fusing method used to manufacture residential laminate flooring.
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t may sound crazy choosing laminate floors over hardwood, but for many people, it makes perfect sense. In many houses, the weak get trampled on, scratched, stained, and scarred. If you can’t cut it, you’re out of there. We’re talking about the floors, of course. And lately, many families are replacing their battered and bruised hardwoods with beautiful, durable laminate floors and not looking back.
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There comes a time in the flooring decision-making process where you realize that it comes down to hardwood vs. laminate. You’ve come to your senses regarding that shag carpet. You’ve done tile before and, like most everyone else, wished you’d picked a different color, size, kind, grout, etc. We’ve all been there.
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Many people are putting Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) planks on their floor to simulate the look of real hardwood floors. Over the last several years, homeowner wanting more durability in their hard flooring surfaces turned to laminate wood floors for realism, affordability and style. Both have their strengths, and one has a secret.
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Have you wondered how laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) compare as flooring solutions and which is right for your home? After all, in the world of hard-surface flooring (as opposed to the soft, carpeted kind), laminate flooring, such as American Concepts laminate flooring manufactured by Swiss Krono, and LVT are highly popular with homeowners.
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Mohawk SolidTech is a new generation of vinyl plank flooring that combines the strength and rich visual of hardwood with the fashion, durability, and cleanability of a luxury vinyl tile or plank.
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To prove, once and for all, that our ultimate carpet is as strong as it is soft, we took SmartStrand Silk to the Birmingham Zoo to meet Max the Rhino. It’s the SmartStrand Challenge—taken to the Max.
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It's no secret that wood floors are some of the best surfaces to use in your home. However, when it comes to two of the most common choices - engineered hardwood and laminate - there is still a lot of confusion. Contrary to popular opinion, they are not the same thing.
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Hardwood flooring has long been a popular design trend for the home. But it has gained significant popularity among homeowners as of recently - and with good reason. As more people begin to remodel and upgrade their home, many are finding that hardwood floors offer an incredible aesthetic and functional appeal.
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Hardwood floors are a great investment. Between their timeless beauty, sophisticated appearance and impressive design versatility, it's virtually impossible to regret installing hardwood floors for your home. Despite how convenient and beneficial these surfaces can be compared to other types of floors, there are certain things to keep in mind when choosing, installing and maintaining them.
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With so many great options available, it can be difficult to decide what species of wood to use for your home's flooring. Understanding the species' properties, however, can make choosing a lot easier.
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Just as there are so many beautiful trees in nature, there are what can seem like an overwhelming number of choices of hardwood flooring. Typically the “interior fashion” part of the decision comes down to your personal preference for color, width, species, and character. The “construction” factor will depend on where you want to install your flooring.
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Prefinished hardwood flooring, also known as factory-finished hardwood flooring, has become the most popular hardwood flooring of choice, surpassing traditional site sand and finish flooring. There are several common-sense reasons for this, which you’ll likely conclude when you understand the difference between the two.
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By: Latricia Thomas A local company that's known for its carpet is taking the hardwood flooring world by storm with their engineered product called Epic. When you see Shaw trucks on the Interstate, you might assume they're carrying carpet.Shaw's Vice President of Hard Surface Business Development Scott Sandlin says, We're becoming more than just a carpet company and it gives people a lot of opportunity.But if those trucks came from the South Pittsburg plant, the freight actually comes from a forest. After adjusting to the temperature in the factory for a few days, stacks of wood veneers made from hickory, walnut, oak and cherry, move on to the assembly line. You have a back veneer and a face veneer and they will go into the press and they will be adhered to an HDF board, like a sandwich, Sandlin says.When the humitidy changes in your home, or the temperature changes, it doesn't shrink or grow.After the press, it's time for a quick touch up before the wood is sliced into strips. The 145 employees that work in the South Pittsburg plant check the planks during several steps of the manufacturing process, thankful these jobs returned after Shaw shut down the outdated yarn facility that once stood here.It was devastating when we shut it down so we were glad we could bring wood into this community to make it into what it is today, says Sandlin. So that made a big difference for South Pittsburg and Marion County.Back on the line, it's time for cosmetics. It goes down this line, with 8 or 9 stages of the finish being put on. It's just impractical to do it outside of the factory. It's almost like paining your car out of the factory, according to Sandlin.Add the Made in America box, and it's time to ship to distributors and then to a home near you. We are very proud that this product is made in Marion County and ships out of our distribution facilities in Northwest Georgia, Sandlin says. That's very important to us.
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When choosing a new floor it is beneficial to look at the stage of life you are in. Different lifestyles say a lot about what type of flooring you prefer for your home. Younger homeowners may be interested in a more design focused floor like patterned carpet or a vibrant area rug. Families could look for more durable flooring like hand scraped hardwood or tile which offers easy maintenance and can withstand an active lifestyles. Finally homeowners whose kids have moved out might be interested in creating a show place and opt for a finely finished hardwood or intricate tile design. No matter the stage of life Shaw Floors offers a variety of flooring to fit them all.