Converting your Basement to Usable Space..The “Man Cave”
Basements can be one of the most challenging environments for flooring. The flooring you choose for a basement not only has to stand up to general wear and tear, but it must also withstand the dank, moisture-prone conditions in these underground spaces.
Vinyl is a common choice for basements. The resilient flooring adds comfort and warmth underfoot, it can realistically mimic beautiful hardwood or stone flooring, and it is easy to clean. However, keep in mind that not all vinyl flooring is created equal.
Water Resistant Vinyl Versus Waterproof
Wait a minute—all vinyl flooring is waterproof, right? Surprisingly, the answer to that question is no. Believe it or not, the majority of vinyl flooring is only water resistant. Although the surface of all vinyl flooring may repel water, the seams of most vinyl flooring allow water—and other liquids—to run through to the subfloor beneath.
Even though the basement subfloor is usually built of concrete, water can get trapped between water resistant flooring and the subfloor, creating the potential for mold and mildew to grow.
Only vinyl flooring clearly labeled “waterproof,” like our SolidTech LVT, keeps moisture from seeping through the seams onto the subfloor below. Innovative technology in these systems creates an impenetrable connection between the rigid vinyl planks, trapping water and other liquids on the surface, where they can be wiped away easily.
Ease of Maintenance
Most vinyl flooring products are easy to clean … on the surface. The protective coatings of most vinyl floors resist dirt and grime, wiping up quickly with a damp cloth or damp mop.
But a child’s dropped cereal bowl, your pet’s “accident”, or your best friend’s spilled glass of wine will not conveniently sit on top of most vinyl flooring, waiting to be cleaned. Food, drinks, pet accidents and other routine messes will run through the seams of water resistant vinyl flooring long before you have a chance to collect the cleaning supplies. And once in the seams and under the flooring, the messes cannot easily be removed.
Waterproof vinyl systems, however, trap liquids and other messes on the surface, where they can be easily and thoroughly cleaned away. Waterproof vinyl products can even be wet mopped since the mop water won’t penetrate at the seams.
Because vinyl is a resilient flooring, it gives slightly underfoot, providing warmth and comfort in basements, compared to concrete or ceramic tile. Unfortunately, the very qualities that make vinyl flooring more comfortable underfoot also make it more susceptible to wear.
Basements serve many purposes, commonly designated as playrooms, game rooms and/or family rooms. All of these uses invite rough and tumble activities that could potentially damage vinyl flooring or shorten its lifespan.
When shopping for vinyl flooring for your basement, look for products constructed for enhanced durability. The best products are built with a rigid core to resist denting and to stand up to high traffic areas. A rigid core also prevents imperfections in rough or damaged subflooring from showing through to the flooring surface, often referred to as “telegraphing”.
Some vinyl flooring can be scuffed or scratched easily, even wearing through the design layer. High quality vinyl flooring options provide a tougher surface, engineered to resist scuffs and scratches from pet claws or children’s toys, helping it to look newer longer.
Dated basements are clichés we all try to avoid. Shop for vinyl products that offer a wider range of the most chic styles and up-to-date color palettes, so your basement won’t look like it’s stuck in a previous decade.
The best vinyl flooring uses high resolution designs and realistic textures to provide incredibly authentic hardwood and stone looks. These products offer designs so true to life, even the most discerning eye may be fooled. Friends and family may not believe you when you tell them it’s not hardwood!
Basement Bottom Line
When it comes to vinyl flooring for basements, the most important takeaway is: don’t cut corners. Discount flooring may seem like a great deal, but ultimately it will cost you time and money when you have to replace it sooner. Look for high quality, durable products that resist scuffs, scratches and stains, especially if you have children or pets. If your basement is prone to moisture and messes (and whose isn’t?!) opt for products labeled “waterproof” to ensure your basement stays fresh and clean.
The Holidays are fast approaching and you need new floors to stand up to the foot traffic! And Aunt Betty wants to bring Puddles her Dog, who let’s say, is not as in control of his faculties as he used to be! You need flooring, which will stand up to increased foot traffic and will be protected against Puddles’ puddles!
All Accidents. All Pets. All the Time.
The most durable, easiest to clean carpet on the planet just got better. SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet now features All Pet Protection and Warranty, the only pet-friendly carpet protection system that covers all pets, all accidents, all the time. Now SmartStrand is an even smarter choice for pets and pet owners.
- 0% moisture absorption to reduce pet odors in the carpet fiber
- NanolocTM spill and soil shield for quick and easy cleanup
- 3X easier to clean dirt, hair, and pet dander.
- Lifetime, built-in stain protection
A popular option these days is Vinyl Flooring. Made to look like real wood or stone, it OUT PERFORMS those natural products at a fraction of the cost. Lightweight, waterproof, durable and easy to maintain, Vinyl Flooring is a beautiful application for your home or office.
Today’s luxury vinyl features some of the most innovative, versatile, and high-performing flooring available. Premium vinyl flooring offers the richness and texture of more expensive natural materials, such as hardwood, ceramic tile, and stone, without maxing out your budget. Offered in tile, plank, and sheet formats, vinyl flooring boasts realistic visuals, easy installation, and a high level of comfort.
Luxury vinyl is strong but soft underfoot, maintaining a comfortable temperature in all seasons. Unlike other luxury vinyl tile and plank, Mohawk vinyl flooring resists heat and sunlight, maintaining its shape and stability even at temperature extremes. Vinyl is waterproof, which makes it perfect for kitchens or other high-traffic areas such as a living room or den. Mohawk’s luxury vinyl tile, plank, and sheet vinyl offers a durable, protective top layer that resists scratches, dents, and stains from family pets. It’s exceptionally easy to clean, and more protected against drops and spills─perfect for your family’s busy lifestyle.
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The Best Carpets for your Home have Smart Strand Technology!
You have an active lifestyle. You have kids and pets. You love to entertain. This is a formula for an awesome life in your home. You take pride in your home and you want it to look its best. But life is messy, so you choose carpets with dark colors, which you hope will hide the stains you are destined to have.
But with Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean, you can have the style and color you want because it is the most stain resistant carpet available! Using the most advanced fiber innovation, SmartStrand Forever Clean carpets offer the highest level of beauty, comfort and performance available.
- Exceptional durability to preserve the style, beauty and appearance of your carpet
- The only carpet with permanent, built-in stain and soil protection that won’t wear or wash off
- Nanoloc™ spill and soil shield for quick and easy cleanup
- 0% moisture absorption to eliminate musty, dingy odors
- The only carpet featuring All Pet Protection and Warranty
- The only renewable carpet fiber, certified free of harmful substances, to preserve a beautiful planet
- Luxurious softness that you can sink your toes into
SmartStrand Forever Clean is the only carpet with lifetime stain resistance built into the core of the fiber. Other carpets use temporary, topical protections that wash and wear off over time which makes the carpet difficult to clean. In fact, in an independent study, nylon carpets lost on average nearly 50% of their stain and soil protection after just three steam cleanings. That’s why other carpets become difficult to keep clean over time. SmartStrand eliminates this problem, so you can enjoy 100% protection for life.
Company is Coming! Make sure Your Floors are Looking Great!
The Holiday Season is fast approaching! Make sure your floors are up to the task of handling the additional foot traffic! Having a lot of parties? Quality Vinyl will help make cleanup a breeze! Foot traffic, dirt, spills, pets are all part of the extra visitors who come over during the Holiday Season. And should you choose the comfort of carpet, The All Pet products from Mohawk offer the ultimate in pet AND human protection.
Right now, Florz Flooring of Swedesboro, NJ is offering up to $1000.00 off All Pet carpeting or interest free financing for up to 36 months! Also, take advantage of interest free financing on all of our services by calling us today at (856) 467-0079. HURRY! Offer expires on October 18, 2018!
Florz Flooring offers a wide selection of Hardwood, Vinyl, Carpet and Tile Flooring. Come visit our showroom and speak with one of our consultants. You will be glad you did. We are THE Preferred Mohawk Dealer in this area and that is a distinction we are extremely proud of. Our certified Mohawk Color Center ensures you select the best product, which will fit your needs, taste and budget. Mohawk’s SmartStrand technology is “Forever Clean” and our Customers rave about their carpets.
Our Hardwood Flooring is beautiful and timeless. Our Technicians will ensure the installation is beautiful as well. And our Ceramic, Natural Stone, Manufactured Stone and Porcelain Tiling is a classic look and feel and lasts a very long time. Whichever your need or wish, Florz Flooring will ensure you are thrilled with your choices and installation!
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One of the most common debates in the flooring industry is, which is better: luxury vinyl vs. laminate? Both types of flooring offer distinct cost and maintenance advantages over expensive natural materials such hardwood and tile. Both laminate and vinyl also offer durability, health and aesthetic advantages over traditional carpet flooring.
They both share the benefit of being extremely versatile in color through 3-D printing that allows them to resemble hardwood or stone. Both flooring materials are also easily replaced when compared to natural material or carpet, since only plank or tile will need to be removed.
Despite their similarities, there are very distinct differences between the two types of flooring products, which you should consider when you are shopping for the perfect flooring for your home.
Laminate flooring is constructed in layers and stuck together through a lamination process. The main layer is made out of a high-density fiberboard, which makes the material much more rigid than luxury vinyl.
Laminate flooring is installed using click and lock assembly, also known as a “floating floor” system, meaning it does not need to be nailed or glued down to the subfloor. This makes for an easy installation process for DIYers, but also means that the flooring material should NEVER get wet. Moisture and humidity can severely damage laminate floors due to the sponge-like fiberboard layer and aerated gap underneath. Installation of laminate flooring in bathroom, kitchen or other high moisture areas is not recommended for this reason.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Don’t confuse luxury vinyl with traditional vinyl flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring is constructed using polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which gives the material a firm but elastic constitution. The material is considered “resilient” due to its ability to compress and expand with contact instead of cracking.
The biggest improvement over traditional vinyl flooring is that the flooring is moisture-resistant. Luxury vinyl flooring can handle full liquid submersion without warping or discoloration, which is an extremely rare characteristic when compared to other home flooring materials.
Luxury vinyl flooring is also protected by durable “wear layer” of urethane for maximum protection and orthopedic comfort. The thicker the wear layer is, the more durable the flooring to high foot traffic.
Which Flooring Material is Recommended?
The only advantage laminate flooring has over luxury vinyl comes down to cost. Laminate flooring has a slightly lower upfront cost, but most laminate floors need to be replaced within 10 years. When compared to the average 20 year lifespan of luxury vinyl flooring, the latter is the most cost-effective solution.
In recent studies, many laminate floors have been found to produce formaldehyde emissions, which is a hazardous carcinogen. Breathing in formaldehyde on a daily basis can be potentially very dangerous and should be a concern for families with small children. In contrast, vinyl flooring has very little impact on indoor air quality within the home. Also, keep in mind that luxury vinyl flooring is a relatively recent industry innovation, while laminate flooring has been around for decades. The biggest difference between the two products is their reaction to moisture. Laminate flooring is extremely susceptible to humidity and water damage, while LVT is 100% waterproof.
Due to the differences in durability, product warranties also vary depending on flooring type. Laminate flooring typically comes with a 5 to 10 year warranty, whereas luxury vinyl flooring is usually warrantied for 15 years or more.
Overall, luxury vinyl is the clear winner. While both flooring materials may be similar in cost, appearance and maintenance, luxury vinyl flooring is less hazardous, waterproof and has double the lifespan and warranty of most laminate floors.
Selling Your Home? Don’t forget that Flooring Matters!
Flooring is one of those things sellers overlook when bogged down with the intricacies of a home sale. But let’s just be clear from the get go — flooring matters. Buyers will walk away from homes with bad flooring the same way they’ll walk away from homes that smell bad, or have little to no curb appeal.
And while there are kinds of flooring that increase home value more than others (like hardwood versus carpeting), the real challenge in selling an imperfect home is knowing which remodeling projects will increase value, and which will decrease value.
Consider Flooring Alternatives
Synthetic home applications are getting better all the time, and flooring is no exception. According to a 2017 Annual Report from Floor Daily, last year roughly every category of flooring ceded its percentages of buyers to luxury vinyl— which means more people are buying vinyl over wood or carpet every single year.
“Some of the laminate floors that mimic hardwoods are really pretty, and those pop out to buyers,” says Cave. Faux-wood vinyl flooring is cost-effective, easy to install, offers a huge variety to choose from, and has even more perks besides. Not all vinyl is soft, and some offer extreme scratch-resistant and pet proofing qualities that will go a long way with buyers.
The Bottom Line: Flooring and Home Value
While it’s hard to say exactly what flooring (other than hardwood) will add the most value to a home, it’s clear that buyers prefer hard surfaces over carpeting. So, if you’re in the market for a budget-friendly carpet replacement, vinyl is a great choice.
Top Tips on Flooring:
1. Keep it consistent – no matter what it is.
2. Hard surfaces are better than carpeting.
3. If carpet must stay, keep it in the bedrooms.
4. Don’t let different floor types meet in high-traffic areas.
Hardwood Flooring Installation
The luxury of Vintage Elements Hardwood from Mohawk never goes out of style! Durable, beautiful, practical and affordable. And when it comes to ensuring your installation is of the highest quality, you can count on Florz Flooring’s Installation Technicians to do an awesome job! We DO NOT sub out crews! All our installers are associates of Florz Flooring. They are experienced, clean, polite, respectful of your property and of your time.
Florz Flooring also offers a wide selection of Hardwood, Vinyl, Carpet and Tile Flooring. Come visit our showroom and speak with one of our consultants. You will be glad you did. We are THE Preferred Mohawk Dealer in this area and that is a distinction we are extremely proud of. Our certified Mohawk Color Center ensures you select the best product, which will fit your needs, taste and budget. Mohawk’s SmartStrand technology is “Forever Clean” and our Customers rave about their carpets. Vinyl planking and floating floors are a durable solution and ideal in high traffic areas. Our Hardwood Flooring is beautiful and timeless. Out Technicians will ensure the installation is beautiful as well. And our Ceramic, Natural Stone, Manufactured Stone and Porcelain Tiling is a classic look and feel and lasts a very long time.
Whichever your need or wish, Florz Flooring will ensure you are thrilled with your choices and installation!