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The 5 Best Flooring Options for a Floor Makeover

The 5 Best Flooring Options for a Floor Makeover

Your home will never be complete without a nicely done floor. And with the right flooring material, you will notice a huge difference on your home’s aesthetics and feel. However, choosing the right surface for your flooring is not just about the looks and designs. You also need to consider the cost, ease of installation and of course, its durability.

While ceramic tiles, wall-to-wall carpets, and hardwoods are really eye-catching, they can also be fairly expensive. So instead, most homeowners are now investing in more inexpensive choices of flooring like carpet, tile, cork or bamboo floors, peel-and-stick vinyl, laminate flooring and luxury vinyl planks. These flooring materials offer a $4 for every square foot mark with others that cost less than $2 per square foot.

Not only that, these types of flooring materials also come with a variety of finishes, colors and patterns that blend perfectly to your home. Some of the most important factors you need to consider are installation options, water resistance, and durability.

Here are the 5 best flooring options for your home’s floor makeover:

  1. Best Overall: Mohawk Industries Carnivalle Northern Maple 3 7mm Laminate Flooring

It is hard to beat the wide variety of looks and affordability of laminate flooring. Particularly, wood-look laminate seems to offer a polished, classy look at a cheap price. Our top choice for inexpensive laminate flooring is Mohawk’s Carnivalle Northern Maple 3 7mm Laminate Flooring.

This flooring can be installed over wood or concrete subfloors and installation is really simple. This product from Mohawk Industries are of high-quality with the lack of chemical odor.

In general, laminate flooring are not waterproof. However, this 7mm laminate flooring is waxed to be water-repellent. It’s fairly resistant to water which can suffer small damages as long as water spills are immediately wiped. The floor edges are at risk to water damage, however; you can apply a small amount of silicone in order to seal the seam along the baseboards and stop water from entering.

Mohawk Flooring’s Carnivalle Northern Maple 3 7mm Laminate Flooring really stands out thanks to its quality and classic look. Easily upgrade your home with expensive-looking flooring at a cheap price.

 

  1. Best Engineered Hardwood Planks: Mohawk Industries Oakland 5” Oak Oxford 52 Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood are a classic and look great in the home. The most common type of hardwood available nowadays are engineered hardwood flooring. These planks are made of a thin top layer of hardwood that is bonded with other layers which are specifically designed to prevent shifting of floor during contraction and expansion cycles.

The best engineered hardwood planks for us is the Oakland 5” Oak Oxford 52. This 0.375 inches thick and 5 inches wide engineered hardwood plank will add a cabin-like flooring that is rustic and elegant at the same time. Its installation type is quite easy through floating or glue down. This hardwood plank is made from oak tree with a nail down and staple smooth surface for a beautiful finish.

 

  1. Most Sophisticated Tile Flooring: Mohawk Industries Gravura White Mountain Tiles

If you are not into wood planks, ceramic tiles would be your best pick. You can spend little or a lot on sophisticated flooring, but the Gravura White Mountain Tiles from Mohawk Industries can offer you high-class look for less.

Light-colored tiles makes the room look larger, while dark tiles add warmth and cozy feelings. Combining both and you will have a comfy yet sophisticated look for your home. Mohawk’s Gravura White Mountain Tiles, in particular, offers a mosaic pattern that ultimately attracts the eye. It is made from glazed porcelain material which ensures slip resistance and maintains its beautiful shine. Not only that, this tile flooring offers the advantage of looking like a stone tile which boast luxury and high quality.

This sophisticated tile is not only for floor installation, but it can also be installed in your home’s walls. The Mohawk Flooring’s Gravura White Mountain Tile offers you a fabulous, 2-in-1 tile look with the price of one— a sure win for your home’s floor makeover.

 

  1. Best Carpet Flooring: Mohawk Industries Woven Block Basketry 731 Carpet Flooring

A good-quality carpet makes any floor from workable to homely. It easily changes a certain space by softening the room’s look and helps absorb noise for a quiet, cozy environment. If you are looking for a versatile carpet flooring that can be used for outdoors or indoors and can be easily replaced in case of a pet accident or unresolvable stain, then the Mohawk Flooring’s Woven Block Basketry 731Carpet Flooring is your best bet.

This carpet flooring is 0.23mm thick and features nylon material. Nylon is a man-made fiber material that is wear-resistant (stain and soil resistant). The woven block basketry 731 Carpet flooring, in particular, offers a nice blend of hues and patterns that requires less maintenance than other carpet materials.

Mohawk Flooring’s Woven Block Basketry 731Carpet Flooring can be easily installed and they can be used in front porches, garages, dining rooms, living rooms, and many other spaces.

 

  1. Best Water-Resistant Flooring: Mohawk Industries Evanson Rustic Winchester Oak 6 Laminate Flooring

The most inexpensive laminate flooring options are typically weak when it comes to moisture and water. The Evanson Rustic Winchester Oak 6 Laminate Flooring from Mohawk Industries, however, is an exception.

This laminate flooring is 8mm thick, unlike traditional 7mm thick board. It has a special technology design that resist damage from water spills. This is a great feature for any family with little kids that experience frequent water spills. This water-resistant laminate flooring can be perfectly installed in laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchen.

The Evanson Rustic Winchester Oak 6 Laminate Flooring can be a bit more pricey than other flooring materials, but you can’t really ignore its helpful water-resistant feature. You will surely love the rustic look of this thick laminated flooring and its high resistance to water will surely give you a peace of mind.

For questions about the products listed above feel free to reach out to us at (702) 896-6060

Removing Carpet and Restoring Hardwood Floors

Carpets and wood floors can vastly improve the appearance of your house. But what if they are in poor condition? It will diminish the house’s value, making it look… well, you know.

Because that’s not the way you want it, you have two options:

1. Restore them to their former glory.

2. Replace them entirely.

In either case, you don’t need to overhaul your house nor spend a fortune, here’s how you can replace old carpeting and restore old hardwood floors:

Changing Old Carpeting

Instead of wasting your time and money on restoring old carpets with less than optimal results, it might be time to just change them.

Enjoy the freshness of new carpet without all the former irritations. Start a new chapter! No funny smells, stains, or wear and tear. Just plain comfort.

Throw away your old carpet and replace it with a new one with the following simple steps:

 

5 Simple Steps to Remove Old Carpeting:

1. If the room has any tack strips remove them all. Using a utility knife start cutting the top of the tack strips to avoid peeling the paint off the wall.

2. Use a hammer or a screwdriver to pull off the tack strips. Be delicate when you do this especially if you’re planning to use those baseboards again.

Pro Tip: Remove all heavy objects such as furniture from the room. Safety comes first.

3. Start by peeling off the carpet from the corner. Fold the carpet, roll it up and remove it.

4. Remove the carpet padding. It will be glued to the floor or stapled to the area. If it is stapled, use a screwdriver to remove the remaining staples.

5. Carefully remove the reminders of the tack strips with a hammer or a screwdriver. You might need a crowbar to use as a lever to take off stubborn, old tack strips.

Is it really necessary to remove old carpeting?

Before tearing down your old carpet, ensure that they’re out of order. Nothing is more wasteful than removing neglected carpets that just need some love.

6 Signs of Must-Replace Carpets

  • Stubborn Stains: Carpet cleaners can remove the toughest stains. However, if you have stubborn stains that you use furniture to hide, you might want to remove and replace the carpet. At that point, it’s not merely for an attractive appearance but for health reasons as well.
  • Extreme wear and tear: You can fix small tears and rips or hire a professional carpet cleaner to do it. However, large rips and tears are a major sign that you need to replace your carpet.
  • Offensive smell: If your carpet has a strong odor that doesn’t go with washing and cleaning, this is a good sign you need to replace it. Odors like that may indicate a severe problem such as mold and mildew growth.
  • Poor condition of carpet padding: Padding is the backbone of the carpet. Without it, the carpet is just a thin layer of fabric. If the padding is severely damaged, you need to replace the carpet ASAP.
  • Difficulty in breathing: Carpets act like a filter that capture and hold harmful particles from the air. If you notice an increase in allergic symptoms, it may be because of an overloaded carpet.
  • It is just plain old: Carpets can last up to 10 years and some more with good care. Eventually, you’ll need to replace them.

If you see any of these signs or a combination of them, proceed with removing and replace your carpeting. Again, not only for “curb appeal,” but also for your health.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

You can see the visible difference between a worn wood floor and a shiny one.

Fortunately, you can restore hardwood floors to excellent condition by following these steps:

  1. You can remove small stains by scrubbing the floor with mild soap solution and water. The first step will help remove little discolorations, stains, or paint on the floor.
  2. Sweep and vacuum the target area to remove any debris and dust. Afterward, use a vinegar solution in mopping the area, letting it dry for a while. Ensure that no water or moisture prevents screening the floor.
  3. Renew the floor’s finish by sanding or buffering the top layer. You can do it by using a fine steel wool or 12-grit screen. Ensure the evenness of the re-coating on the floor’s surface.
  4. Vacuum the floor again to remove any grit and dust. Smooth the surface by applying solvent with a piece of cloth.
  5. Apply a coat to obtain the same wood finish you now have. Apply it on a small area to test the finish. Does it peel? If it doesn’t, you can use it safely. Coat the edges and corners with a paintbrush and keep coating the rest of the floor using a foam pad applicator. Leave it to dry.

We know your time is valuable and DIY solutions aren’t for everyone. Best Buy Flooring Center can help with your hardwood flooring and carpet solutions. Call us today at 702-896-6060 if you’re in need of assistance.