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What is the Best Hardwood Flooring Material?

hardwood floor installed

Are hardwood floors worth it?

Over the past few years, the number of old home renovations and restorations have caused a surge in the housing market for DIYers wanting to duplicate the ‘Joanna and Chip’ look. That look includes white kitchen with lots of granite, stainless steel, open cabinets, and wall to wall hardwood flooring throughout the entire house, preferably all original.

What many of these DIYers are finding out, if properly done, hardwood flooring installation and repair isn’t as easy and fast as these television shows would lead us to believe. You have to consider they have a construction crew, and they are filming these hour long shows over a period of months, sometimes six months or longer. There is a lot of cut footage left on the floor somewhere along the way. 

We don’t want to burst your bubble with this introduction, and yes, hardwood flooring is worthwhile. There are many hardwood flooring benefits, but there are also hardwood flooring disadvantages. 

What are the pros and cons of hardwood flooring?

The Pros of Hardwood Flooring

  • Durability – these have stood the test of time more than many other flooring materials. There are homes older than 100 years that have the original hardwood flooring in excellent shape because they were properly maintained. That maintenance doesn’t take as much effort and time as you may think either – basic sweep or vacuum, then use a wood floor cleaning product to clean it occasionally. 
  • Upgrade – Home buyers today are typically willing to make a top dollar for a home with hardwood flooring over homes with wall-to-wall carpeting, and hardwood flooring will sell a house faster too. 
  • Styling – Hardwood flooring can work with any décor styles, of decorating, from modern to traditional, the variety in the types of hardwood flooring with cherry, oak, and walnut, you can change the looks of the hardwood flooring to match your décor changes with a little sanding and staining.  

The Cons of Hardwood Flooring

  • Expensive: Hardwood flooring is an expensive option, as much as $12 or more per square foot, depending on the type of wood. It requires a sub-flooring and because it turns out to be a bigger job than most DIY homeowners realize, hiring somebody to do the flooring is expensive. 
  • Refinishing: Hardwood flooring can be scratched and scuffed if you don’t get the right type of wood. The softer the wood, the more prone to scratches and scuffing, and the more frequent it will need to be refinished. Refinishing hardwood flooring will create a lot of dust and the polyurethane coating it needs has strong fumes.
  • Noisy: Hardwood flooring is noisy compared to carpeting as you walk across the room. Area rugs can muffle the noise and provide some warmth in the winter. 

Which is better solid hardwood or engineered hardwood?

There isn’t any advantage or disadvantage to either one, it is all a matter of personal taste and budget. Solid hardwood flooring is solid wood, as the name suggests, every layer is wood. Solid hardwood flooring is typically made from oak, maple, or walnut. You can sand it and stain, refinished over and over each time you change your décor.

Engineered hardwood flooring looks like solid hardwood on the surface, but it is made with a thin layer of hardwood that is bonded over plywood. It is the less expensive of the two and can usually be sanded stained once.  

What is the best type of hardwood floor?

When you decide you want hardwood flooring, your first steps will be deciding if you want engineered hardwood flooring or solid hardwood flooring. The choice is personal decision based on the household and the budget.

 Solid hardwood flooring is the popular and traditional in recent years. It is good for areas where the atmospheric moisture content is relatively stable. The typical thickness is 3/4” thick and must be nailed or stapled into place. 

Engineered hardwood is versatile and can be installed in almost any room. Subflooring isn’t required, so installing it over a concrete subfloor isn’t an issue. It can be installed over radiant heated flooring too! Contracting and expanding is minimized because of the cross layer construction used in manufacturing this flooring. I can be glued, nailed, stapled, or installed to float with a click lock design. 

shot of living roof and kitchen area with hardwood flooring

Let’s Take This Conversation To The Floor and Wrap It Up

Now that you’ve gained some information and insight on hardwood flooring, what is the most durable wood floor? We’ve talked about how installing hardwood flooring not only looks great in your home, but the investment is one you’ll definitely see a return if you decide to sell your home. Hardwood flooring is to floors that granite is to countertops. You can’t go wrong! 

So, which is the most durable of all the hardwood flooring choices?  Bamboo! Yes, bamboo is technically a grass, but it has earned its place among the hardwood flooring options. It has a classic appearance that we expect to last 20 years or more (check back with us in about 15 years, after it has been around as a flooring material.). 

It is more durable than maple or oak because it is a harder material. It is sustainable, more than other woods, because it can be harvested every three to five years versus two hundred years like other hardwoods. Call 817.861.3737 today for your hardwood flooring options.

Benefits of Granite Countertops

Kitchen with new granite countertop

Choosing granite for your kitchen

Kitchens have changed many times over the years. Back in the day of the wild, wild, west where a kitchen comprised a Hoosier cabinets for a pantry and counter space, a wood-burning stove that multi-tasked as heat for the house, a cook stove and oven. Today, we have built-in cabinetry, counter space galore including an island and a breakfast bar, with granite countertops.

There were many things in between those kitchens too, some we hope to forget, others we try to bring back. One thing we have today that will probably be here forever are granite countertops. Granite lends not only durability to our kitchens, but it is a timeless beauty that we haven’t seemed to get bored or tired.

When the kitchen of an older home is renovated today, granite countertop replacement will be one of the first things done. If not pure granite, a by-product that resembles granite so close, you’d never know the difference. Granite countertop installation has become a top priority in new home builds and kitchen renovations for probably twenty years. As we stated already, it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere either.

Which is better granite or quartz?

Even though we have stated that granite countertops are here to stays, there are some homeowners are choosing quartz countertops instead. When a new fad becomes commonplace, designers and homeowners clamor over each other trying to find the next “best thing “, and so it is with quartz versus granite countertops.

Quartz is a harder material which makes it more durable than granite, it isn’t a porous, so it is easier to clean, keep clean, and keep bacteria minimized better. Because quartz is so durable and non-porous, it is almost indestructible, unless it comes to excessive heat. You cannot set a hot pan directly on quartz like you can granite countertops. So, with that in mind, we stick to our opinion. Granite still rules and will for years to come.

Let’s review granite countertop advantages:

  • A Value Add To The Kitchen and Home: Granite allows you to bring the outdoors into your home. This eco-friendly material will not bring you top dollar for home, but with granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, will give your home a touch of class, increasing the appeal level.
  • A Durable Product:  Granite is a stone that has survived years and years in the elements as monuments, statues, and buildings. Once your granite countertops are installed, follow the manufacturer’s suggestion of sealant to keep it beautiful and healthy.
  • Earth and Eco Friendly: Granite will keep its natural look, and once it is polished and sealed, it will look as naturally beautiful as the day you install it.
  • Bacteria and Dirt Resistant:  Because granite countertop surface is sealed, making it non- porous, your kitchen will be less likely to be plagued by bacteria, dirt, germs, and other common grime that plagues kitchen countertops. The surface is smooth and clean ups are easy and kitchen prep is faster.
  • Easy Repair Chips or Scratches: Granite countertops are durable and hard to chip or scratch, but things happen, like a cast iron skillet is dropped on the counter. Call the professional contractor that installed the granite countertop first. They will have the experience, knowledge, and materials to repair any chip it may have sustained.
  • Family Friendly: Because granite countertops are durable, they can stand up to years of a young family with children that like to “help” and those accidents that happen. If you have a kitchen counter cat, their claws can’t damage granite countertops.
  • Perfectly Flat: There isn’t a better kitchen granite countertop than granite for making cookies and kneading bread. Every cook, from homebody baker to professional chef, love a granite countertop because of its flatness, non-porous, smooth surface. 

With all the good things that granite countertops offer, it has some disadvantages too:

  • Granite countertops are forever. If you are one that tires of the same old thing, granite may not be the choice for your kitchen. Because it is glued at installation, changing it out may be challenging.
  • Granite is a natural stone and is mined in slabs. No two slabs are the same, so one granite countertop may differ from the granite countertop on the other side of the kitchen. If you prefer uniform appearance, granite is not for you.
  • Granite is expensive and installation of countertops is labor intensive, making a granite countertop installation cost as much as three times more than others.
  • Granite must be sealed upon installation and once a year to keep it from becoming permanently stained from spills.
  • Granite is durable, but if something heavy lands on it, it will chip or crack.
  • Granite is a heavy material and often requires additional support when installing like the cantilevers and spans. 
different granite types for selection

How granite countertops are installed?

Hiring a professional contractor is always recommended, but if you are an ambitious DIYer, you can install your own granite countertop. If your kitchen plans call for straight countertops and no inside corners, it will be an easy job. However, if there are inside corners, like most kitchen, there will be some cuts to make and seams to put together. For a DIYer that has basic woodworking skills, and the right tools, that won’t be as intimidating as it for newbie DIYers. 

The first thing you need to do is find a place to buy your granite at a place that will do the cutting, machining, and shaping for the faucet and sink. The inside corners and butt joints are the tricky cuts and cutting the bullnose requires a miter with a special jig. If your cuts aren’t perfect, not to worry. That is what the fillers and polish are for – covering up those mistakes.

  • Cabinet Preparation: Know going into this project, that granite is heavy, and you’ll need some help handing your granite countertops and you must have extra support component to hold them in place. Three-forth inch thick plywood is the most commonly used material, lay over the cabinets, lining the plywood evenly with them, no overhang, then inset screws to hold them into place.
  • Check the Fit: Your walls may look perfectly square, but most likely they aren’t. When installing granite countertops, the slightest measurement error won’t let the granite light up correctly. Experts recommend creating a prototype with cardboard templates. Then use the templates for cutting the granite.
  • The Sink: The granite countertop will have the area cut for the sink, but you must remove the plywood sub counter. This is an area where having the template cut out helps. Using a jigsaw, cut sink hole out using the template, cutting 1/8 of an inch wider. Next put the granite countertop in place with the sink.
  • Level It: The cabinets, flooring, plywood support, sink, and including the granite slabs can affect the countertop being level.  After you do the dry fitting, check the seams for being level and use a level to make sure the counters are level.  Add wooden shims if the granite countertops aren’t level, then use silicone to hold the shims in place after confirming the granite countertops are level.
  • Attach the Countertops: Now that you have the cabinets installation ready, the sink in place, and all is level, time to install your granite countertops. Start around the sink first and with help, lift the granite and apply silicone in small beads along the perimeter on the plywood. Add waterproofing around the sink and caulk around the rim. Now lower the granite in place and gently press down so it adheres to the plywood. Repeat the process with each slab.
  • Glue the Seams: Once all the granite slab is in place and the silicone has dried, it is time to glue the seams. This will give your granite countertops an even surface that keep debris, food, and water from going between the slabs. Apply a strip of masking tape on each side of the granite slabs and then add properly mixed resin with hardener to the seams, smoothing it as you go. Once the resin and hardener are in place, remove the tape. After the resin has dried, smooth the seam.

Do you need plywood under granite?

Yes! It is recommended by experts to use a ¾” thick piece of plywood to fastened to the cabinets and the granite tops to the plywood. Granite is a heavy material, even after being cut down for granite countertops. You shouldn’t depend on the cabinetry holding the granite up alone. The plywood provides essential support to make your counters secure and stable.

How long does it take to install granite countertops?

The average two granite slab kitchen installation takes approximately four hours. Various factors can shorten or lengthen the time.

Do granite countertops need to be glued down?

Yes! Granite cannot be attached with screws, so gluing them down is the only way to attach them to the cabinets. There are specially developed silicones for granite, with epoxy being the best adhesive. 

If you aren’t comfortable installing your own granite countertops, get quotes from several contractors and compare them. Having them professionally installed is better than attempting the project yourself, and they not come out right. Call DFW Flooring Warehouse today at 817.861.3737 for your granite countertop installation in Pantego and Arlington, TX.

How do I choose a carpet for my home?

shag carpeting in a bedroom

Keeping feet comfy with carpet

All the home makeovers and updates show the first thing being done is taking down the popcorn ceiling (can you blame them?) and ripping out the carpeting. Well, that could be a showstopper for many homeowners. Why do interior designers dislike carpeting so much? It’s not like they have to worry about carpet cleaning or stains. 

If you were to ask 100 homeowners if they prefer carpet or wooden floor, more of them would say carpeting in the bedrooms. There is nothing better than to get out of bed in the middle of the night, or on a cold winter morning, and your feet hit a cold wooden floor! Bbbbrrrr! 

Then there are those who believe carpeting is an allergy generator. Yes, dirt and dust do bury up in carpeting. However, with a good vacuum cleaner and weekly use of the vacuum cleaner, that doesn’t have to be a problem. Choose a carpet can you wash, and not by a professional carpet cleaning service either. Simple spot wash is what you need daily, save those expense professional cleaning before or after the holidays, or when you’re trying to sell your house. 

Is carpet making a comeback?

In 2019, Opendoor, a real estate company reports they installed almost one million yards of carpeting in the homes they bought and sold. In 2018, according to Houzz, carpeting was a frequently purchased item by home renovators, and if it wasn’t wall to wall carpeting, it was indoor rugs. 

So, is carpeting coming back in style? Homeowners are realizing that hardwood flooring has its limits and it isn’t soft. However, carpet ideas are endless and can change the dynamics of a room, not to mention it is sound absorbent and soft. 

Yes, back in the day, carpeting was difficult to clean, but today, the manufacturing of carpet has upgraded, making it easier to keep clean. What about that old style of wall-to-wall carpeting? That isn’t just for your grandma’s house anymore! Today, carpet has the ability to change a room with a bold pattern or subtle texture. Carpeting is family friendly by making a softer space for kids to play, and as the parent, it is easier on your knees when you play with the kids. 

Is carpet still popular in bedrooms?

Carpeting provides a layer of sound-proofing for a room. By making the upstairs kids room a bit soundproofed, it makes the downstairs quieter for mom, dad, and guests. 

So, do you need to go out and buy a house full of wall-to-wall carpeting? Probably not yet, but don’t eliminate it from your thoughts when you start updating your home. Bedroom or an office have less traffic are the best rooms to start in with carpeting. Then take it from there, one room at a time. 

What’s better in bedrooms wood or carpet?

Most homeowners choose carpeting for bedrooms for the cozy, soft factor, and the sound reduction. Hardwood is cold in the winter and resonates sounds throughout the house. 

What color carpet hides dirt best?

Some carpeting will look clean forever and then there is carpeting that seems to get dirty the moment it is installed. Carpeting experts recommend choosing a color that will hide dirt to save time on vacuuming and money for professional cleaning. 

The darker colors hide dirt the best, like a dark brown, green or a dark blue will camouflage dust and mud stains. If you want a bright colored carpet, choose carpeting with a pattern to hide the dirt and dust. 

Should carpet be lighter or darker than walls?

When thinking of carpet ideas after painting the walls and ceilings, the basic decorating rule is dark floor, lighter walls, and even light ceilings. When choosing colors and tones, work from bottom and go up.  Then, when you begin the actual work, start from the top and go down. Avoiding paint dripping from the ceiling and walls will save your carpeting. 

short carpet in a living room

A Recap on Flooring

Many homeowner are not going to give up their wood flooring, and that is understandable, especially if they spent a lot of money having them installed or sanded and polished.  Hardwood floors are beautiful and with area rugs, the coziness can be felt. Still, there is nothing like carpeting, and these benefits explain why. 

  • Carpeting is comfortable, cozy, warm
  • Carpeting is sound deafening
  • Carpet collects dirt and dust and keeps it out of air. 

We have to go with what we can afford and what works best with our unique style. The entire house doesn’t have to be carpeted, so start one room at a time until you’ve become accustomed to the feel and look of carpeting. Call 817.861.3737 today for your carpet options in Pantego and Arlington, TX.

Is Vinyl Flooring Better Than Laminate?

A Worker Installs Vinyl Flooring.

Is vinyl flooring better than laminate?

With any flooring you’ll want to consider factors like look and style, durability and stability, as well as applications and costs. Two popular flooring types are vinyl and laminate, and while some might consider them the same, they’re actually different in many regards. Where vinyl flooring and laminate match up the most is in their look and style. Both materials can be designed to imitate natural materials like wood or stone, but will cost much less than either wood or stone. 

Similarities begin to diverge from there, with vinyl often edging out laminate, in particular when it comes to durability and stability. One question people often ask when comparing the two: Is vinyl flooring waterproof? Yes, it is. While both are sturdy, vinyl is much more water resistant than laminate, a real advantage in high-moisture areas. Vinyl also tends to win out when it comes to applications. Because of its water-resistant nature, vinyl can be used in residential as well as multiple commercial and industrial applications.

These materials often match in costs, with laminates sometimes being less expensive. However, laminate is harder to repair, and vinyl’s water resistance again proves valuable when it comes to long-term savings. So, overall, vinyl is normally a better choice for flooring, especially in areas where it’s hot and humid. If you are looking for vinyl flooring in Pantego and Arlington, TX, turn to the team at DFW Flooring Warehouse. We can help you decide what’s the best flooring solution for you. Find out more by calling 817.861.3737.

What are the disadvantages of vinyl flooring?

While vinyl flooring has many advantages—being waterproof among them—it does have some disadvantages that you’ll want to consider before choosing it.

Disadvantages

  • Might emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases that affect indoor air quality and can affect health.
  • Has a shorter lifespan compared to natural materials like wood or stone.
  • Makes little or no impact when it comes to affecting home resale value.
  • If you want new flooring it can be difficult to remove.
  • It’s not easily recycled.

Advantages

  • It is waterproof. This is valuable in areas in which there is high humidity.
  • It is durable. It will stand up well to heavy foot traffic. 
  • It’s also comfortable underfoot and will reduce noise.
  • Less expensive than many other flooring types.

How long does vinyl flooring last?

On average, you can expect vinyl flooring to last anywhere between 10 to 20 years when properly installed. Your vinyl flooring will last even longer with the right care. Using the right cleansers will increase its longevity, and one of the best is totally natural. A mixture of water and apple cider vinegar is one of the best cleansers for this type of flooring, as the acids in the vinegar work great to break down dirt and grime without damaging the flooring itself. 

Can vinyl flooring be repaired

Athough vinyl flooring is durable, it’s not invincible. It can be scratched or even torn or gouged by chair legs or dropped items. You might hear proponents of natural flooring say vinyl can’t be repaired. That’s not true. With tears, for instance, you can often fill in the tear with a patch using the same material as the original flooring. In some instances, you may want to replace the damaged material, and if you need replacement flooring, you can easily find it at DFW Flooring Warehouse.

Can mold grow under vinyl plank flooring?

One significant reason people choose vinyl flooring, besides the variety of styles, is its water-resistance. Although it’s waterproof, you can still have problems with mold growth in some instances, if water begins to collect around edges, in grooves, or under your floor. Anytime you see standing water, make sure to find the cause of the standing water—usually a leak—and fix  it. Once the repair is made, you can remove the mold. Unless you have black mold, you should be able to get rid of the mold with bleach and water. With black mold, unfortunately, the mold normally will have to be cut away, which means the flooring will have to be replaced. 

Can vinyl flooring be painted

A distinct advantage of vinyl flooring is that it can be painted. If you want to change the look to match a new interior design, for instance, or just to make the flooring look new. It’s preferable to use porch and floor paint that will hold up to foot traffic.

Can vinyl flooring go over tile

Vinyl flooring is easy to install and you don’t have to remove old tiles to do so. You can apply the vinyl directly over ceramic or porcelain tile. If there are wide seams between the tile, however, you may want to put in an underlayment before putting in the vinyl. This will prevent depressions forming in the vinyl.

Can vinyl flooring be used outside

For outdoor spaces like sun rooms in which you have temperature control, you can install vinyl flooring. Although waterproof, if subject to extreme temperatures the vinyl can crack or swell.

Vinyl Flooring Samples.

Call Today

If you would like to learn more about vinyl flooring in Pantego and Arlington, TX, check in with the experts at DFW Flooring Warehouse. You can visit our extensive showroom or give us a call at 817.861.3737. Our experienced team members can help you pick the flooring that’s right for you. 

Can Glass Tile Be Used On The Floor?

glass floor tiles

Can Glass Tile Be Used on the Floor?

Are you contemplating glass tile flooring? If so, it’s important to review some properties of glass tiles. To begin with, any tile that is natural stone or porcelain has the capacity to be used as a kind of floor tile. It’s important to understand that some ceramics and glass tiles are preferably used on vertical surfaces. This is because glass tiles can easily crack. Nonetheless, glass floor tiles are popular because they are stronger than one may think, and are a beautiful addition in many settings.

Are Glass Tiles Durable?

It is true that glazed ceramic tile has a glass-like surface and, simply put, is just as washable, durable and stain-resistant as it’s counterpart glass tile. As a matter of fact, there are many similarities between the two kinds of tile. Both glass and glazed ceramic tile have grout joints and are translucent. This means that light can penetrate the membrane of the tile.

Are Glass Floors Safe?

If you are considering a glass floor installation, it is important to consider all the nuances of possible scenarios. No matter what, it is important to contact an insured, expert tile installation company. That’s because when you are dealing with a material that could have some drawbacks, you want to be sure that the installation methods are sound. There is a profound difference between a solid glass floor and a glass mosaic floor. If you are asking whether or not a solid glass floor is safe, the answer isn’t straightforward. A properly designed glass floor is safe. A properly designed glass floor is one inch to one and a quarter inches thick. It will also have one or two lamination layers. It’s best to move forward with a pre-engineered glass flooring system because these floors remove the need to design one’s own floor. For the best advice for your glass floors, it is best to seek out a professional glass floor expert. He or she will be able to provide specific answers for your home or property.

Is Glass Tile Harder to Install?

A proper glass tile installation will require cutting and specific glass installation techniques. It’s a delicate material, which means that the installers will have to possess both experience and finesse. Because this is the case, homeowners should expect different estimates for their glass tile or ceramic tile installation per the kind of material that is being used.

Why is Glass Tile So Expensive?

This is an excellent question. If you are wondering why glass tile is so expensive, please review the following reasons to find out more:

  • Beauty. Glass tiles are very beautiful. They are translucent and are available in endless color varieties. As far as backsplashes are concerned, glass is considered best in class.
  • Easy to disinfect. Glass tiles can be wiped down easily. Mold and mildew will have a difficult time growing on the glass.
  • Environmentally friendly. When glass tiles are made from recycled glass, this becomes an environmentally-friendly choice. Old glass tiles are also considered 100% recyclable.

Where to Buy Glass Floor Tiles

There are many different resources for homeowners looking to purchase glass floor tiles for their remodeling projects. There are many brick and mortar stores that have glass floor tiles for sale. As a matter of fact, there are many resources available on the internet for customers interested in glass tile floor installation and materials. In order to get the best results for your glass tile floor installation, it’s important to consult with a professional floor company that specializes in such installations.

Glass Mosaic Tile for Floor

If you are considering glass mosaic tile for floor,l you should be aware that glass tiles rank 137.5 on the Abrasion index. These tiles can be used artistically, to create a glass work of art, or they can be used to create a water-resistant floor. Either way, glass tiles are superb for such purposes.

Glass Bathroom Floor Tiles

There are many different options for glass bathroom floor tiles. As a matter of fact, glass bathroom tiles can be found in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. 

glass floor tiles

How to Clean Glass Floor Tiles

There is actually a fairly easy and natural way to clean glass floor tiles. All one must do is mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. The mixture can be sprayed upon a glass surface and left for ten minutes. After ten minutes, the glass can be wiped clean. In order to clean soap scum, rub tiles with a soft cloth or brush, rinse with cold water and wipe dry.

If you’d like to learn more about our services, call 817.861.3737 to speak with one of our technicians about glass floor tiles in Pantego and Arlington, TX! 

Which is better solid hardwood or engineered hardwood?

snapboard hardwood flooring being installed

Hardwood flooring, engineered for you

If you are remodeling your home or having a new custom home built, you have flooring choices to make. Carpeting, ceramic tile, wood floors, etc. For the kitchen, ceramic tile is a common choice, carpet in the bedrooms, but the rest of the house, maybe wood floors.  The next question, will that be hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring?   

If you’re not versed in wood flooring, you wonder what the difference between engineered hardwood vs hardwood, which is what we will talk about today. You see hardwood flooring on many home remodeling shows of old homes where the flooring is authentic. In a newer home though, where hardwood flooring looks good, they often use engineered hardwood flooring?

The difference between the two types of hardwood flooring is how engineered hardwood is made versus how actual hardwood floors were made. Hardwood flooring, like that in homes of 100 years old, is solid wood planks. Engineered hardwood flooring is hardwood and plywood pressed together in layers going in different directions.

What are the benefits of engineered wood flooring?

Hardwood flooring not only adds an appeal to your home that is natural and timeless, but it is also a great investment that provides luxury, style, and warmth. Engineered hardwood flooring is a fabulous alternative to the original solid hardwood flooring because of the dimensional strength it offers. Engineered hardwood flooring is more stable, is resistant to moisture and temperature, and looks like hardwood flooring. Other benefits of engineered hardwood flooring are:

  • Less expensive than hardwood flooring
  • Is topped with a real wood layer vs laminate that looks like hardwood
  • Resistant to changes in humidity and fluctuation
  • Can be installed in several ways to match owners’ preferences
  • Suitable for underfloor heating
  • Easy to install with a click fitting system
  • Available in several colors, finishes, styles, widths, and wood species 

The difference between laminate flooring that has a picture of hardwood that is laminated onto a base wood layer vs the multiple layers that create engineered hardwood flooring with the top layer being actual wood.

So, in answer to two common questions: Can engineered hardwood be restained? Yes, and engineered hardwood, can you refinish it? Again, yes. It has all the features of actual wood flooring, except for being more durable and stronger.

How long do Engineered hardwood floors last?

There are three main factors that determine the lifespan of engineered hardwood flooring:

  1. The top layer of the veneer’s thickness
  2. The quality of materials used
  3. How well the floors are maintained 

Studies of engineered hardwood flooring have determined you can expect to get between forty years to eighty years of beauty and enjoyment. Chances are, you won’t live in your house to see the full lifespan of engineered hardwood flooring that you install.

Do Engineered wood floors scratch easily?

Because engineered hardwood flooring’s top layer is solid wood, it is as susceptible as solid hardwood flooring to dents and scratches. If you want flooring that has character along with durability, fluctuates, and is moisture-resistant, then this is the flooring material for you. If you want pristine floors, then you should look at other options. However, many floorings can eventually have a mark on them. The difference with engineered hardwood flooring is the ability to repair blemishes on it, using a wax repair kit, or sand and refinish the flooring.

Is engineered hardwood waterproof?

Yes, which is what makes it a great floor for bathrooms and kitchens! The base layers make engineered hardwood flooring dimensionally stable, which allows it to withstand moisture. While laminate flooring is relatively water-resistant, it is not waterproof, and when water infiltrates it from the surface and soaks into the lower layers, it swells.

beautiful installed engineered hardwood flooring

Can I use engineered wood flooring in the kitchen?

Definitely!  When choosing flooring for your kitchen, you can choose from solid wood flooring to engineered hardwood flooring for suitability. Some features to consider between the two types:

  • Wood Species: Color, graining, hardness, and stability are all determined by the species of the wood species. Oak is the most common in domestic woods with birch, cherry, hickory, maple, and walnut following in popularity. If exotic woods are your preference, Brazilian Cherry, hickory, jatoba, teak, or Tigerwood offer you a different look. 
  • Plant Width: Planks that are 3 inches or wider are perfect for the country look or rustic style. Narrower than 3 inches is the blend for a contemporary space, while a decorative parquet is a perfect choice for a formal kitchen.
  • Textures:  Aged hardwood has a heritage and history and heritage with dents, notches, scratches, and wormholes. There are brand-new wood options that have the same timeworn look by distressing techniques that include chattering, hand-scraping, and wire-brushing. 
  • Color Ranges: Hardwood flooring has a wide choice in colors ranging from various shades of blondes, browns, burgundy, caramel, even black. Keeping these options in mind for a kitchen floor, extreme light colors and extreme dark colors will show dirt and spills easier. 

Because of innovative techniques in the manufacturing of engineered hardwood flooring, it works in any room, including the basement and the bathrooms. You should lay a protective moisture barrier before the flooring for extra protection to assure that the 40-to 80-year lifespan. Dial 817.861.3737 today for your engineered hardwood needs in Pantego and Arlington, TX.

Is there maintenance on granite countertops?

a grey granite countertop

A clean, natural look

Granite countertops are the thing that every kitchen must have now. Remember when butcher block was all the rage for kitchens? Now, on rehab shows, they are ripping those out as fast as they can and replacing them with granite countertops for kitchens. What makes granite the “must-have” material?

Well, granite countertops are made of solid all-natural material instead of glued together all-natural pieces of wood. They are durable and resilient against anything your kitchen or bathroom puts on it. They offer a level of elegance to any kitchen, from the high dollar mansions with a staff to the everyday homes with kids. Just like having a premium, quality roof on your home, granite countertops will give your home a higher value for resale if you desire, or last for years while you live in your home. 

They are easy to care for because of that durability and resilient material too, which is the big draw for everyone! So, what’s the best way to clean granite countertops?  For daily cleaning, basic clear, hot water with basic dish soap is plenty for daily cleaning and sanitizing.

However, those times when everyone in the house is or has been sick, maybe you want a stronger disinfectant to de-germ the house, including the granite countertops. You can mix isopropyl alcohol with clean, clear water in a spray bottle. Spray your granite countertops with the mixture and let it sit for at least 3 minutes, but no longer than five minutes and then wipe it down with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. 

What cleaners are safe for granite? 

Because granite countertops are an all-natural material and must have a sealant applied to them when installed, we will answer this by telling you what NOT to use first. DO NOT use any of the following products to clean your granite countertops: 

  • Acidic Cleaners: lemon, lime, vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Windex

The sealant will become dull and weak with prolong use of these products. Remember, the harsher the cleaning product, the less sealant your granite countertops will have. The less sealant, the more likely it can be damaged and stained.

There are granite countertop cleaners on the market, and you can use an all-purpose cleaner for surfaces IF they state they are safe on granite countertops. Just an FYI: You don’t have to buy into those cleaners to get your granite countertops clean. The method we described earlier with clean, clear hot water and everyday dish liquid will do the job. 

If you feel your granite countertops need to be disinfected, isopropyl alcohol with clean, clear water in a spray bottle process we mentioned earlier. Always use a gentle, soft cloth though. That is a MUST if you want to keep your countertops looking good. 

Can you ruin granite countertops? 

Maybe with a direct blow with a sledgehammer.  Granite countertops are durable, resilient. They are impervious to water – which is why so many high-rise structures have been constructed out of granite. Granite is a stain-resistant material. It may absorb liquid, but it also evaporates quickly. Even oily stains can be removed easily with a paste or poultice.

Granite countertops will keep their shine years and are one of, if not the best material to have in the kitchen because it is almost maintenance-free. Short of the recommendation to reseal once a year, the daily cleaning as we have described already is all the maintenance you’ll ever have.

Being a heat resistant material makes granite countertops so popular in kitchens. This all-natural material is strong and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, depending on what part of the world it comes from. Whether is a dark color or light color, they all have the same strength. 

For any home, especially those with children, granite countertops are one of the cleanest surfaces your home could have. While they may be more expensive than the butcher block countertops, granite is remarkably a competitively priced material when compared to other high-end materials. 

How often do you need to seal granite countertops? 

Experienced professionals that work with granite recommend that granite countertops should be sealed once a year. For a kitchen that is used frequently with cooking or has a busy family, resealing more frequently, they recommend every 6 months. 

How can you tell if Granite is sealed? 

Perform the following water test, and you’ll know fast if your granite countertops are sealed or not. Pour approximately 3 inches of water on various areas the granite countertops and wait 30 minutes. If the granite darkens within that 30 minutes (or faster), then it is not protected by a sealant and is subjective to cleaners and spills, it needs to be sealed immediately. If, after 30 minutes there isn’t any change in the granite countertops, then it has a good protecting layer of sealant. 

A kitchen counter

Additional Information on Granite Countertops 

This article has provided you helpful information about granite countertops, but we know there are more questions that are asked, just not as often, such as “Can granite countertops be reused?”. The answer is yes, but with care and considerations. 

Your granite countertops are an investment and simply because you want to remodel your kitchen, doesn’t mean you want to get rid of the granite or buy all new. You can reuse your granite countertops, but you must handle with care, and it will need to be placed using the same footprint and position.  Can granite countertops be recut? Yes, but not by you, the homeowner, or just anyone. If that new refrigerator or cookstove isn’t fitting in your kitchen, and you need to shorten cabinets with granite countertops, call a company that has experience working with granite. There is a process with the right equipment to make a good cut without damaging the granite. There is also the matter of silica dust that comes from cutting granite. They will have the means and processes to keep it controlled and clean it up.  For granite countertops in Pantego and Arlington, TX, call 817.861.3737 today!

Is bamboo flooring good?

Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring for your home

If you are considering re-flooring your home, the choices on the market today can be confusing. Bamboo flooring is popular today when comparing bamboo flooring or laminate, but you may wonder what is bamboo flooring like, as you picture Africa and South America. Read on with us as we answer concerns and questions about bamboo flooring here that may help you with your flooring decisions.

How well does bamboo flooring hold up?

If bamboo flooring is on your radar for your home, you’re not alone. Even though it has been around for years, lately, bamboo flooring all the buzz in magazines, showrooms, and on television. We used to see bamboo as nothing more than grass. Today, we realize that bamboo is a versatile material. It can reach a height up to 80 feet with a diameter up to 8 inches within 7 years.

As a flooring material, manufacturers offer a structural warranty for a lifetime. The factory finish for bamboo flooring typically comes with a 25-year guarantee. Because it has a high Janka hardness rating, this makes it a great product for any household, with or without children and busy foot traffic.  

Is bamboo flooring better than laminate?

We often confuse bamboo to be a hardwood, when in fact, it is a grass. Because it can regenerate within 7 years versus the 30 to 100 years, it takes a tree to grow, bamboo is more renewable.  Bamboo grass stalks are broken down then cut into strips that are fused together with high heat. It is this process that gives bamboo flooring a different look every time.

Laminate flooring is entirely synthetic, glued together material. It has many fiberboard layers that are then compressed after being glued and then topped with a melamine coating. Laminate won’t provide the natural warmth that bamboo flooring does.

Is bamboo flooring waterproof?

Homeowners are always concerned about bamboo flooring and water before making a final decision, understandably so. Compared to hardwoods, yes, bamboo flooring is more water-resistant, typically. What we mean by that is if you have high-quality bamboo flooring, it can provide a level of protection against water for up to20 hours. So, when we look at that fact, we’d have to say that bamboo flooring isn’t waterproof. Bamboo is a 100% natural material, thus when exposed to moisture for an extended time, it will warp.

Do bamboo floors scratch easily?

Bamboo flooring is three times harder than oak flooring, but scratches will happen. However, this doesn’t mean an active, busy household with children can’t have the beauty that bamboo flooring offers. Choose the thicker bamboo flooring product, a strand-woven style. Go with a manufacturer that features their flooring’s durability and a 25-year warranty.

carpet cleaning scratched floors

Bamboo flooring: Can it be refinished?

There is an upside to the lack of scratch resistance: Bamboo flooring can be refinished. For minor scratches, a crayon or refinishing pen will do the job. There are inexpensive blending tools that use wax for filling in gouges and minor imperfections. None of these “repairs” are permanent and will need to be re-applied every few months.      

What are the benefits of bamboo flooring?

There are several benefits to having bamboo flooring, and we have narrowed down the main ones for you:

  1. Easy to Maintain: For light cleaning your bamboo floors, a soft-bristled broom will do the job. Or you can vacuum if you choose, using the setting for hard floors to keep from scratching your bamboo flooring. Weekly, clean these beautiful floors warm water and a hardwood floor cleaner with a mop – do not over-saturate, remember, excessive water for over 20 minutes can buckle and warp them. For those spills that will happen, soak them up with a sponge, then clean with a clean damp rag and dry immediately. You can remove scuff marks with warm water and a wood cleaner.
  2. A Renewable Resource: As we’ve mentioned already, bamboo is renewable with a thick stalk up to 8 inches and a height of 80 feet within 7 years. Bamboo can be re-harvested every 3 years by the farmers and not damage any existing plant that is growing. Bamboo is the answer to avoiding deforestation because it is the fastest-growing grass/plant on earth.
  3. Durable: The densest bamboo flooring is a strand weave that goes through a heating process using adhesives and resin that bond the strands tightly.  The light natural tone bamboo flooring is the most durable.
  4. Can Be Re-finished: As we mentioned earlier, you can cover minor scratches with a crayon or refinishing pen. For gouges and imperfections, combine those inexpensive blending items with wax. These aren’t permanent repairs, and you must refresh them every 3 months. For excessively worn bamboo flooring, it will take time, but a light sanding and then apply a finish. Most homeowners opt to hire a professional flooring refinisher because of the tedious care it takes.
  5. Stylish: Bamboo flooring is contemporary and sleek with clean lines that lend to modern design. It has unique characteristics with the natural pattern that add depth and creates interest to any room.
  6. Less Expensive: Bamboo flooring is less expensive than traditional hardwood flooring. Bamboo planks come in various levels of quality, with the lesser quality being the least expensive.
  7. Radiant Heating Ready: Bamboo flooring and radiant heating work well together in most cases.  The bamboo flooring planks need to be allowed to acclimate before installing for a minimum of 5 days. If you’re buying bamboo flooring intending to install radiant heating, check the manufacturer’s guidelines first.
  8. Termite Resistant: Bamboo flooring is chemically treated, which termites cannot digest.
  9. Allergenic:
  10. Bamboo flooring is perfect for those who suffer from allergies. It repels dust, dust mites, and pollen, as well as mildew and mold. The VOCs are low in bamboo flooring and it is formaldehyde-free, all part of making it safer for anyone with allergy and respiratory illnesses.

Bamboo flooring is definitely the way to go if you ‘re looking to update your home. It is attractive, clean, safe, and easy to maintain. It is a flooring style here to stay and will give you a strong ROI if you sell your home. For bamboo flooring in Pantego and Arlington, TX, call 817.861.3737 today!

What Is the Best Tile That Looks Like Wood?

Living Room With Wood Tile, Chair, Purse, Books By Glass Window to the Sea

Learn More About Wood Tiles

The flooring of your property can add an element that is both aesthetically pleasing while brightening up the rooms of your home or business. They can add a touch of class with porcelain options or more rustic elements with ceramic wood tile. The range of styles and themes can alter according to your preferences, yet no matter your choice you are sure to increase the value of your property! There are many ceramic wood tile pros and cons that can assist you in your decision. When you’re curious about tile floor installation be sure to get in touch with your local flooring professionals for quality results!

Is wood look tile cheaper than hardwood?

Yes, wood look tiles like a ceramic wood tile will be cheaper in value than hardwood as tile is less expensive to produce which means you’ll be able to buy larger tile planks for the same price of smaller formats. What’s more, replicated wood types won’t differ too much in price whereas with hardwood you’d have prices range according to species.

Is it cheaper to tile or hardwood?

Based on average prices it’ll be cheaper to tile rather than hardwood.

How much does ceramic tile that looks like wood cost? 

Ceramic wood tile cost will differ in accordance with type, durability, and quality. A higher-quality ceramic tile can range from $3-$8 per square foot.

Is wood tile expensive?

The cost of wood tile is not as expensive as other types of types such as porcelain which can cost $6-$12 per square foot.

What is ceramic wood tile?

Ceramic wood tile is a type of tile composition made of clays that are able to mimic and imitate the look of various wood grains. They can be used as floor tiles or wall tiles and there are different quality recommendations to be used in both categories. Although ceramic wood tile can be used outside they aren’t recommended to be used there due to their higher absorption rates.

Is wood look tile durable?

Wood look tiles are actually more durable than engineered hardwood in that they will hold up better to everyday wear with maintenance only every few years. With hardwood you would have to refinish it every so often or you risk it looking worn in a couple of months. 

Is ceramic wood tile good?

Ceramic wood tile is a great option to consider for your flooring if you’d like to imitate materials without the high price. It’s recommended if you’re looking for ceramic wood tile for your floors to look for a rating of 3 or higher. As for your walls, a ceramic wood tile with a rating or 1 or 2 is better suited. For any outside tiles or for areas of higher wetness a porcelain ceramic tile is a better option as it is better at repelling water. What’s more if your interested in fence installation that’s a whole nother ballpark onto itself.

Modern White Bathroom With Wood Tile Floor

Ceramic Wood Tile Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Durable
  • Cheaper
  • Come In Long Tiles
  • Easy Maintenance/Cleaning
  • Can Last 20 Years
  • Various Grains, Colors, Design
  • Avoids Allergens (Dust, Pollen)
  • No Noise Echo
  • Can Handle Heavy Weights

Cons

  • Not As Slip Resistant
  • Absorbs Water
  • Can’t Be Used Outside

Ceramic Wood Tile vs Hardwood

Ceramic wood tile will come in long rectangular cuts that look like wood planks. With ceramic wood tile, you’ll have more variety of design and colors while hardwood is natural wood and therefore come in varying shades of brown. Ceramic wood tile is expected to last a bit longer than hardwood and can last up to 20 years, with hardwood that too can last for years but will require more maintenance by being sanded and refinished periodically. Maintenance with ceramic wood tile would be easier in that it would only require a polish every few years. Cleaning products are also more numerous when it comes to ceramic wood tile and can be cleaned with most surface cleaning products. With hardwood, it’s recommended to vacuum frequently and regularly remove in order to avoid damaging grit. As far as slip resistance hardwood is better in that category with anti-slip ratings! While the ceramic wood tile does come with slip-resistance grading it is more slippery and especially so when wet. With noise, hardwood is louder when walking or something being dropped while the ceramic wood tile is more condensed, not allowing noise to echo off of them. Both hold up well with heavier weights and hardwood is actually suited for heavier or industrial weight. Finally, hardwood expands and contracts with the weather and doesn’t retain heat so it shouldn’t be exposed to rain or snow for long periods of time. Ceramic wood tile, however, can hold up well to most weather conditions.

If you’re interested in ceramic wood tile in Pantego and Arlington, TX call 817.861.3737 with DFW Flooring Warehouse!

Where to Begin On a Kitchen Remodel

A Picture of a Large Kitchen Interior with an Island.

In What Order Do You Remodel a Kitchen?

Are you wanting to remodel your home’s kitchen? A kitchen remodel can be a great way to improve your kitchen’s function, space, have more storage, improve the look, and increase the value of your home. If you have started the remodeling process, you’re probably wondering, “What are the steps to remodeling a kitchen?” There is definitely a right order in the steps that one should take when remodeling a kitchen. The first step would be remove things that you plan on updating, which can include flooring, cabinets, appliances, doorway trim, and even wall panels. The next step would be to replace or update the plumbing in the kitchen just to make sure its up to code and working properly. After you take care of the plumbing, you can replace and install lighting and wiring. Once the wiring and lighting have been replaced and installed, the drywall for your walls can be hung. When the drywall has been hung, then you can choose what type of wall material you want and install it. Painting your walls, and even the ceiling, will be the next step right after installing your walls. When the walls and ceiling have been painted, then you can install your new flooring and baseboards. After the flooring and baseboards are installed, you will want to install your cabinets, countertops, and the backsplash. With the cabinets installed, you can add hardware like knobs and pulls to your cabinets. Lastly, you will have someone install your new kitchen appliances. Having the assistance of a remodeling contractor can make this project go a lot more smoothly and quickly.

Kitchen Remodel Vs Renovation

While the word remodeling and renovation are used interchangeably, they are actually very different types of home improvements. Remodeling refers to changing the look of a room by transforming the structure of the room. Renovating refers to restoring the look of a room, by making improvements that don’t require knocking down walls, but repairs to better the appearance. The time it takes to do these home improvements also differs. Many ask, “How long does a kitchen renovation take?” renovations could take a few days to a week depending on what you are repairing, restoring, or improving. Remodeling, on the other hand, can take up to four to six weeks. If you are wanting to move your kitchen sink from one end of the room to the other or you want your cabinets in a completely different location, then a kitchen remodel is the home improvement service you need to look into.

Is a Kitchen Remodel a Good Investment?

If you are looking to sell your home some point down the road, you might be wondering if a kitchen remodel is a good investment. Out of all of the rooms, you could remodel in your home, the kitchen and bathroom are the rooms that are great for return on investment. The reason being that these are the rooms in your home that you spend the most time in. The kitchen is where you cook, but it is also a place where people come to congregate and hang out. By investing in a new kitchen, you are adding more value to your home. You can expect to get an ROI of up to 50% or more when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. To ensure that you have a quality kitchen remodel, you need to get in touch with a contractor who has experience remodeling kitchens. It will obviously cost money to hire a contractor, but if you don’t have experience with a kitchen remodel, then a contractor is going to be worth the money.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there are so many things that you can do. Whether it’s adding a creative backsplash or updating cabinets, there are a lot of ideas to consider.

  • Switch Up the Location: If you are wanting more space in your kitchen, you might consider switching the location of cabinets and appliances.
  • Artistic Countertops: Make your kitchen standout by investing in cool and different countertops.
  • Patterned Backsplashes: Instead of regular subway tile, think about different patterned backsplashes.
  • Refurbish Unused Space: Is there an awkward area that doesn’t have anything on it. You could use it as extra storage!
  • Open Shelving: If you have pretty dishes, bowls, and glasses, why not think about open shelving instead of cabinets?

Kitchen Remodel On a Budget

A Picture of a Man Installing New Cabinets.

Kitchen Remodel and Cost

A kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, which is why homeowners will look for ways to cut down the cost by saving in different ways. Some ways in which you can save on a kitchen remodel is paint your cabinets instead of replacing them, only add backsplash behind the sink or stove or just add backsplash halfway up, consider interior painting instead of backsplashes, go to a place that sells remnats when looking for countertops, and buy things online to save money. If you are investing in a kitchen remodel in Pantego and Arlington, TX and want granite countertops, call the professionals at DFW Flooring Warehouse. We are able to help you find the best granite countertops for your new and improved kitchen, so contact us today at 817.861.3737!