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2020 Luxury Vinyl Plank & Tile Floor Trends

Mar 23, 2020

Luxury vinyl flooring is durable, tough, and easy to clean, combining superior performance with sophisticated beauty. With features like these, it’s no wonder that luxury vinyl is trending with homeowners this year! There are no signs of its popularity slowing down, either — especially not when luxury vinyl has so many versatile uses. 

Think a vinyl option might be right for you? Then read on to learn more about some of the hottest vinyl flooring trends for 2020, including trends in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP). We’ll explore eight vinyl flooring trends to give you a sense of the possibilities, including mixed-width tiles, light colors, and faux stone textures.

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2020 Luxury Vinyl Tile Trends (LVT)

Trend #1: Large Format Tiles

Large tiles instantly create an illusion of space, making them perfect for smaller homes or apartments. Choose shades of white or other light hues to get the maximum effect! Since space (or at least, the appearance of space) will always be at a premium, this is one flooring trend that will never go out of style. 

Trend #2: Mixed Width Tiles

Hate uniform, mass-produced looking styles? Then mixed-width tiles are the perfect trend for you. Mixed width tiles incorporate a range of different shapes and sizes, making the space feel more personal while drawing your eye around the room. Mixed width planks are also available, giving you a broader range of mixed-width options to choose from. 

Trend #3: Stone-Look LVT

Stone floors have a timeless appeal, expressing elegance, class, and luxury. However, real stone can be costly, especially rare varieties that must be imported or shipped long distances. Luxury vinyl tile masterfully imitates the look of stone, without the additional cost. Not only is LVT typically more affordable than natural stone, but it’s also warmer and softer on the feet, offering superior comfort. 

Trend #4: Waterproof Vinyl Tile

Maybe you live near the beach, or your kids are always in and out of the pool. Maybe you’re redoing your bathroom, where steam and moisture are constant battles. Maybe you’ve got a messy dog who loves to dribble and drool on the floor. 

No matter which of these scenarios you’re facing, protect your floors and stay up-to-date with gorgeous, waterproof LVT from trusted brands like Downs® H20. Downs® H20 luxury vinyl tile flooring is 100% waterproof, ensuring time-tested performance and beauty.

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2020 Luxury Vinyl Plank Trends (LVP)

Trend #1: Wide Planks

Go big or go home: that’s the spirit of 2020, when wide planks will see a major resurgence. Much like their cousin the large format tile, wide planks create an illusion of space, ideal for small rooms and urban apartments.

If you want your home to have a more airy and open feel (but you aren’t quite ready to start knocking down walls just yet), consider wide luxury vinyl planks for your kitchen, bathroom, or dining room. Galvanite flooring is a popular option available in extra-wide styles, creating distinctive looks that will stand up to wear-and-tear. 

Trend #2: Wood-Look LVP

Hardwood never goes out of style, but sometimes, it can go out of your budget. Wood-look LVP offers a tasteful solution. Try combining wood-inspired looks with mixed-width planks for a truly trend-forward upgrade!

Trend #3: Light Colors

Pale, creamy colors are expected to make a comeback this decade. Stay ahead of the color curve by choosing light and breezy shades like blonde, white, or honey for your LVP flooring.

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Shop for Leading Brands of Luxury Vinyl Plank & Tile Flooring

Luxury vinyl tile and plank are attractive, durable flooring options with huge “curb appeal” in 2020 and beyond. Whether you’re upgrading your home to sell, or treating yourself to a fresh new look, we can help you find the perfect LVP or LVT for your kitchen, bathroom, dining room, or patio. We proudly carry the leading luxury vinyl brands, including Galvanite, Downs® H20, and Spotlight. 

Still need inspiration? Explore My Design Finder to see stunning examples of 2020 vinyl flooring trends, or start a chat with one of our friendly team members. Contact us online to get started, or visit Flooring America at one of our 500+ convenient retail locations nationwide.

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What Carpets are Trending in 2020

Mar 17, 2020

2020 is here. It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new era for home design. Seize the moment and stay in style with tips from our home flooring experts as we explore some of the hottest rug and carpet trends of the year. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at wall-to-wall carpet trends for 2020, area rug trends for 2020, and other 2020 carpet trends, including some of the most popular colors and textures. If you’re looking to change up your home decor, these on-trend suggestions will help you get started!

Carpet Trends for 2020

Popular Carpet Colors in 2020

Neutral carpet colors like grey will rise to the top in 2020. That’s great news for lots of homeowners, since neutral colors are easy to incorporate into any type of style or theme. Whether your style is beach house, Boho, or something in between, it’s effortless to coordinate a sophisticated grey color scheme in any room of your home.  

Not into neutrals? Then try out another emerging trend: vivid shades of blue. Choose solid colors, funky ombre patterns, or carpets that give you the best of both worlds — as long as they feature a blue (or two), it’s hard to go wrong following these carpet color trends for 2020. Here are some of the hottest 2020 carpet colors to incorporate into your bedroom, living room, guest room, or rec room:  

  • Cerulean blue
  • Cornflower blue
  • Grey
  • Iron grey
  • Navy blue
  • Pacific blue
  • Pewter
  • Sky blue

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2020 Trending Carpet Types & Textures

Texture refers to the way that a surface feels (or looks like it feels). For example, low-pile carpets are made using short, tight loops of fabric, which gives them a smooth and uniform appearance. High-pile styles, such as shag carpets, use looser and larger loops of fabric, creating a fluffier, more luxurious texture. Some carpets, known as “textured carpets,” are deliberately cut to differing lengths, producing a range of textures on a single carpet.   

Since both types have unique features, the choice comes down to your personal tastes and what’s most important for you. For example, if you’re looking for low-maintenance options, low-pile styles might suit your needs better. A variety of low-pile and high-pile types of carpet are trending for 2020, making it easy to find an option that checks every box on your list of requirements. Some popular carpet textures this year include: 

  • Plush carpets
  • Ribbed carpets
  • Textured carpets

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Carpet Styles for 2020

“A carpet is pretty straightforward, right? How many styles can there really be?”  

If you’ve ever wondered similar questions, you’re in for a surprise! Carpeting comes in a wide range of styles to suit a diverse range of tastes and needs, from easy-to-install carpet tiles, to waterproof options ideal for pet owners, to environmentally-friendly carpeting made from reused or recycled materials. Whether you’re a parent, an artist, an animal lover, or just looking for something that will be easy to clean and maintain, there’s a perfect carpet for you. Here are seven of the trendiest carpet categories to explore in 2020:  

  • Area rugs
  • Carpet tiles
  • Frieze carpeting (which uses densely-packed, twisted loops to create a choppy, plush surface)
  • Handmade rugs
  • Recycled, green, and sustainable carpeting
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Waterproof carpeting

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2020 Rug Trends

Unlike carpeting, which generally covers the entire floor of a room, rugs are small, decorative pieces used to cover a specific area. While carpets are fixed to the flooring beneath with adhesives that should only be removed by a professional, rugs can be picked up and moved at will. Lightweight and versatile, rugs can be placed on top of carpeting, hardwood floors, luxury vinyl floors, or any other type of flooring in your home or apartment. Here are some of the hottest rug and area rug trends to watch out for in 2020:  

  • Carpet runners (which are long, narrow area rugs shaped specially for hallways and staircases)
  • Carpet tile rugs
  • Handmade rugs and area rugs

Explore Carpet & Rug Trends for 2020 with My Design Finder

Want to know more about what carpet colors, styles, and types are trending in 2020? Explore the possibilities with My Design Finder — your own personalized gallery of home decor recommendations. At Flooring America, we carry all the leading carpet brands, allowing us to make any design dream a reality. Contact us online to learn more, or visit one of our convenient retail locations today.  

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What Type of Insulation is Best for Floors

Nov 11, 2019

When you’re a homeowner, you’re responsible for all sorts of maintenance duties, from dealing with plumbing and heating issues to keeping your chimneys and gutters clean. One area where many homeowners run into trouble is flooring insulation. There’s a disconnect between what many homeowners call insulation and what it actually is, this is because what most think of as insulation is actually underlayment. 

If you’re ready to learn more about the differences between insulation and underlayment and where the two overlap, then let’s dive in!

What Type of Insulation Is Best for Floors?

What is Flooring Insulation?

Simply put, insulation is material used to help your home trap heat and retain warmth during those chilly winter months. If you live in a hot climate, you might be thinking, why do I need insulation? The answer is that insulation can also help keep heat out and cool air in, making your home more energy-efficient — and, as you’re sure to notice on your monthly electric bill, more cost-efficient, too. Plus, insulation can inhibit the growth of mold and mildew, which is always a bonus in hot, humid climates. 

Insulation is packed into your building’s structure to provide thermal protection from the elements. Flooring insulation is insulation that is installed under the subfloor between floor joists, which are the horizontal structures that provide a firm framing foundation for a subfloor. This is the same type of insulation that can be found in the walls of a home.

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What is Underlayment?

The material that is installed underneath the top layer of flooring is actually called “underlayment.” Underlayment sits just above a subfloor and right below your flooring. Underlayment is applied during the installation of new flooring material.  The knowledgeable installer will know how and where to place this material.  Underlayment is not only an insulator, but it also has many other beneficial purposes.   

The Difference between Flooring Insulation and Underlayment

Insulation is used between joists underneath a subfloor and is often applied during construction of the home.  Underlayment (as its name suggests) is layered directly beneath your flooring to help buffer sound, add protection from moisture, and create a smoother flooring surface -- compensating for any unevenness in a subfloor. And yes, it can also help better insulate your floors, but insulation and underlayment are two different products.

Does Underfloor Insulation Make a Difference?

In short: yes! Experts estimate that as much as 15% of heat loss occurs through the floors of your home. By choosing a quality floor underlayment when purchasing your new floors, you can prevent unnecessary heat loss, slashing your energy bills in the process.

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Should I Insulate My Floor?

Ultimately, the decision to insulate your floors comes down to each individual homeowner. However, we strongly recommend using underlayment beneath your flooring due to the benefits it can have for your home. Underlayment can help insulate your floors and is critical to saving heat while keeping your home comfortable. With that in mind, it’s often best left to professional installation teams to tackle the project.

What Type of Underlayment Is Best for Floors?

Underlayment comes in a variety of materials, including poly foam, silicone, and even eco-friendly recycled materials (such as rubber and foam composites). Different types of underlayment can also work with your flooring to deliver a quieter tread on your floors when walking, provide insulation, and level out an uneven subfloor. Choosing the right type of underlayment depends on the type of floors and subfloors you are installing it between, and the amount of insulation you require against sound and the elements.

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Need Help Installing Floors in Your Home? Ask the Experts at Flooring America

What type of underlayment should you use? How many inches thick? How do you install it? And how do you avoid damaging your floors in the process? 

When you work with Flooring America, you don’t have to worry about these questions. Our team of professional flooring installers will handle all the heavy lifting for you — literally. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the savings on your energy bill. 

Need to get more flooring ideas first? Our design blog has dozens of articles to help you get started — or, check out My Design Finder to see visual examples of style in action. Whenever you’re ready to tackle your insulation project, we’ll be here to help. Contact us online to get started, or call Flooring America at (866) 439-6743.

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Checklist: How to Get a House Ready to Sell Quick

Sep 03, 2019

Let’s face it — selling your house is a major undertaking. The pressure and stress can feel overwhelming, especially for first-time homebuyers who have never been through the process before. But don’t worry: we’ve put together a simple, step-by-step checklist to help make selling your home faster and easier. If you need advice on how to get your house ready to sell fast, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for our tips!

Checklist for How to Get a House Ready to Sell Quickly

How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

What should you do before selling your house? That’s a question we are asked all the time, and if you’re preparing to move, it’s probably the most important question you can ask yourself right now. Use our checklist to make sure you have taken the right steps.

Checklist for Preparing Your House to Sell

Below, you’ll find an easy checklist for getting your house ready to sell. Don’t skip steps, because each one is important. Remember, every item you cross off the list brings you one step closer to your dream home!

Research the Neighborhood

The real estate market is a fast-paced, competitive place, so if you want to get the best price for your house, not to mention the best value on your new home — you need to do your research. Check out reputable websites like Realtor.com to get a realistic sense of asking prices based on factors like square footage, neighborhood, and design features (such as swimming pools or hardwood floors).

Get a Real Estate Agent

Now that you know what sort of price to ask for, your next task is to find a real estate agent. The agent’s job is to show your house, deal with real estate documents, and ultimately, help you get a better price. Be sure to choose a responsive, trustworthy agent who comes with plenty of positive feedback and relevant experience.

Clean up the Clutter

Unless you’re Marie Kondo, this step might be a drag, but it’s also one of the most critical. No one wants to move into a home that looks dingy, dirty, or cluttered, which means it’s up to you to ensure that the space looks as neat and inviting as possible. Vacuum floors, scrub dishes, dust surfaces, polish tables, spray windows, sort toys, fold clothing, take out garbage, fluff pillows, wipe down sinks, and remove odors.

Update Flooring

Flooring is not only a major factor in the property value of your home, it is also extremely appealing to potential buyers. Most homeowners know they can easily redecorate a new home, but would be much less willing to invest in a home with worn flooring. During the process of selling a house, it is important to evaluate the impact of flooring on the pricing and the ability to sell your home quickly. While hardwood is a popular and desirable choice, quality and durable flooring tend to increase value and the likelihood of swaying a potential homebuyer into taking the plunge.

Style and Stage Your House

Staging is the process of making your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Tips for staging a home include removing personal decor, using neutral colors, and highlighting storage space. See our blog post on how to stage and style your house for in-depth advice on boosting your property’s curb appeal and asking price.

Find a Photographer for a Professional Home Photo Shoot

No one will know that your home is gorgeous unless they can see high-quality, high-resolution images. Avoid using photographs that are small, grainy, blurry, dark, or blown out. It’s worth hiring a photographer to ensure that your home puts its best face forward. Otherwise, what was all that cleaning and staging for?

Need More Tips for Getting Your House Ready to Sell? Flooring America Can Help

Selling your home is a huge task, but you don’t have to go it alone. Let the design and flooring experts at Flooring America help you make style decisions that can boost your home’s sale value. Check out our blog on increasing the property value of your home, or use My Design Finder to see thousands of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and more. If you’re ready to give your home’s flooring a makeover, contact us online to learn how we can help, or call (855) 808-9858 to get started.

 

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What is Stainmaster Carpet & What is it Made of?

Aug 26, 2019

Stainmaster is one of the best-selling and most trusted carpet brands in America. But what sets Stainmaster apart, and why are the products so popular? We answer all your most commonly asked questions about Stainmaster carpeting, including what Stainmaster carpets are made of, where Stainmaster products are made, how to keep your Stainmaster carpet clean, and where you can buy Stainmaster brand products.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about choosing, purchasing, and maintaining the perfect Stainmaster carpet for your living room or bedroom.

What is Stainmaster Carpet and What is It Made Of?

What is Stainmaster Carpet?

“Stainmaster carpet” refers to any type of rug or carpeting manufactured by the brand Stainmaster, which also offers hardwood flooring and home cleaning products. Like the brand name implies, Stainmaster carpets are specially engineered to provide superior, long-lasting stain resistance.

 

Stainmaster partners with a select, hand-chosen network of flooring retailers located throughout the United States, where customers can buy a wide range of Stainmaster products from knowledgeable flooring experts. Shopping at a flooring retailer, like Flooring America, ensures that you get a quality price and product, with no risk of knock-offs.

What is Stainmaster Carpet Made Of?

You probably don’t buy food without glancing at the ingredients first. That’s because you know high-quality ingredients make for a high-quality product, and when it comes to carpeting, one of the highest quality products available on the market is Nylon 6.6.

On the cutting edge of carpet technology, Nylon 6.6 is reinforced with Teflon, the same material that helps non-stick pans repel grime and grease so effectively. Thanks to Nylon 6.6 and other components of Stainmaster’s high-tech formula, Stainmaster carpets are highly durable and soil-resistant, outlasting and outperforming carpets made with less advanced materials.

Stainmaster stain-resistant carpet in a living room

Where is Stainmaster Carpet Manufactured?

Stainmaster carpets are proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. Many of our products are made in Dalton, Georgia, which is sometimes called the “Carpet Capital of the World.” In fact, more than 150 different manufacturing plants produce carpets in Dalton today.

How to Spot Clean Stainmaster Carpet

To keep your Stainmaster carpet in top condition, you should treat any spills or stains as soon as possible. But thanks to Stainmaster’s stain-resistant technology, there’s no need to go crazy with scrubbing and vacuuming. Simply blot the soiled area using warm, soapy water, then pat dry to soak up excess moisture. For best results, start at the outer edge of the stain and work your way inward, which will avoid spreading the stain from its original area.

Stainmaster carpet in a Kid’s bedroom

Is Stainmaster Carpet Worth It?

Stainmaster is known as a premium, luxury brand that delivers vivid color, plush texture, and of course, superior stain resistance. Produced in the U.S.A. using top-of-the-line equipment and materials, Stainmaster carpets are engineered to last, setting industry-leading standards since the brand’s debut more than 30 years ago.

For these reasons, Stainmaster is not necessarily a budget option. However, though the up-front costs can be slightly higher, Stainmaster carpets tend to pay for themselves over time. Thanks to their stain-resistant qualities, Stainmaster carpets need to be cleaned and replaced less often than other types of carpets, saving time and money.

Still wondering whether it’s worth it? Just ask the millions of homeowners who have made Stainmaster one of the leading carpet brands in America today.

Stainmaster carpet in a family room

Get Stainmaster Carpet for Bedrooms and Living Rooms at Flooring America

Find out why Stainmaster is one of the most popular carpet brands in America. Visit any Flooring America location to learn more about stain-resistant flooring and see it in action, or check out examples using My Design Finder. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re here to help you choose the right product for your needs. We can even install Stainmaster carpets in your home, making the process of upgrading your floors easy and stress-free. Contact us online today to learn more, or call Flooring America at (855) 808-9858 to get started.

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What is Stain-Resistant Carpet & How Does it Work

Jun 17, 2019

“I love the soft, plush feel of carpeting under my feet, especially on those chilly winter mornings — but I hate how tough it is to scrub out spills and stains! If I drop something on the floor, or if my pet has an accident, cleaning will probably be impossible. Maybe I should just choose something different, so that I don’t have to worry about staining.”

Do these thoughts sound familiar to you? If your answer was “yes,” we have great news: thanks to advances in flooring technology, today’s carpets are available in stain-resistant varieties, that make cleaning and maintenance a breeze. Read on to learn more about how stain-resistant carpet works, which carpets offer the best protection against stains, and what to expect when you’re planning your budget. Then, ask the flooring experts at Flooring America how we can help bring your design dreams to life.

What is Stain-Resistant Carpet and How Does it Work? 

What is Stain-Resistant Carpet?

Unfortunately, scientists haven’t yet figured out a way to produce completely stain-proof carpeting. (Apparently, that’s a tougher challenge than sending astronauts into space!) The good news is that stain-resistant carpet, though not guaranteed against all staining, makes it faster, simpler, and easier to keep your carpets looking as fresh and bright as the day they were purchased.

Another advantage of stain-resistant carpeting is that, since it’s less likely to be ruined or damaged, you’re less likely to need replacement carpets in the future. That means you save time and money — while still enjoying the cozy warmth you crave.

Stain-resistant carpet in master bedroom

How Does Stain-Resistant Carpet Technology Work?

There’s no question that stain-resistant carpeting offers superior stain protection compared to standard carpets. But how does stain-resistant carpet work? Let’s take a closer look at the technological nuts and bolts that make these innovative products, so effective at protecting against spills and other messes.

Today in the United States, most interior home carpeting products are made using nylon, a synthetic “polymer” (plastic) prized for its smooth texture, waterproof qualities, and ability to withstand damage from mold or insects. Taking advantage of nylon’s durability and versatility, some carpet manufacturers go an extra step during the production process, adding a chemical coating that makes it difficult for food, mud, pet urine, and other messes to penetrate the fibers through the coating.

The result? In most cases, you can prevent spills from becoming stains simply by applying soapy water before the stain dries. Of course, you should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to achieve the best results. For example, most manufacturers warn against using bleach, which can damage the protective coating (or even make stains worse).

While most stain-resistant carpets are nylon-based, there are certainly other options to choose from — not to mention stain-resistant non-carpet options, such as luxury vinyl. Flooring America offers a wide range of fabrics and materials to help you find the perfect fit.

What is the Best and Most Stain-Resistant Carpet?

When it comes to carpets that stand up to stains, you only want the toughest, most popular, best-performing products. At Flooring America, we’re proud to carry a variety of trusted, leading names in quality home carpeting.


Here are a few options to consider when shopping for stain-resistant carpets:
 

  • Resista® Carpet— With advanced fiber technology, Resista carpet repels liquids and make cleaning up easy. Resista Carpet also comes with a 10 year no exclusions warranty against all food and beverages, and in a variety of styles.

  • Tigressá® H2O — Beyond offering powerful protection from stains, Tigressa carpet is also made from recycled materials making it better for your home and the environment. This carpet is also waterproof, pet proof, and kid proof, making it’s performance unmatched.

  • Stainmaster® — As one of the most recognizable brands, Stainmaster® has a large variety of stain-resistant carpet brands to fit your lifestyle. And with one of the best warranties in the business, you can enjoy your carpet worry-free.

  • Innovia Xtreme Clean™ — Crafted to be both plush and stain-resistant, Innovia carpet is easy to clean. Flexible fiber casings also you to clean most stains with just water, while Pet-friendly technology prevents absorption into fibers.

Cozy stain-resistant carpet in living room

How Much Does Stain-Resistant Carpet Cost?

Without knowing the details of your flooring project, it’s difficult to estimate how much it will cost, because the answer depends on how much carpeting you need and which type of product you choose. That being said, stain-resistant carpet is probably more affordable than you think!

For more information about stain-resistant carpet prices, visit your nearest Flooring America location. We’ll help you compare prices, weigh options, and get a great deal on a quality product.

Find Stain-Resistant Products and More at Flooring America

At Flooring America, we’re committed to providing homeowners with unique products, friendly service, and great prices. That’s why we’re proud to offer stain-resistant carpets , which are available in all sorts of varieties and brands that fit your lifestyle at our convenient locations throughout the U.S.

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