6 Mistakes Common With Installation Ceramic Flooring

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Ceramic or tile flooring is becoming more and more popular as a flooring alternative and maybe you have decided to install ceramic floors in your new or existing home.  If that is the case, you will want take into consideration that is a fair amount of intense work that comes with installing a tile floor. If you are planning to do the installation yourself, you will want to make sure you have plenty of time and some extra tile to practice with.

Common Mistakes When Self Installing Tile Flooring

  1. You did not take the necessary time to lay out the tile prior to the actual installation.  Planning ahead of time is a necessity to avoid having partial tiles at the end of the rows.  These tiles will crack or chip with time.
  2. You will also want to double or even triple check the alignment.  No matter how beautiful the tile design, if it is not properly aligned it will look unprofessional and sloppy.
  3. Failure to water protect your tile is a common mistake.  In the case of kitchens and bathrooms, there is the potential for a lot of water exposure and you will need to use some type of waterproofing. For some tile flooring projects you can use a line of silicone that will protect the flooring from water.  You will want to do this around tubs and showers when the tile flooring meets the wall.  Ideally, you will want to apply waterproof mastic to the tile flooring where moisture is likely to occur.
  4. You will want to be sure and lay the tiles under any semi permanent fixtures as well as moveable furniture.  A good example is under the cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen.  This will ensure that if you need to replace these items in the future, you won’t have to also replace the tile flooring.
  5. Not making sure that the subfloor was level.  This will cause the tile flooring to be uneven and could cause the tile to crack or split.  You may need to reconstruct the subfloor before you start laying the tile flooring.
  6. There is a right and a wrong way to cut tile. You will need to know the right way and have the right equipment for cutting tile. Rarely does a tile floor go down exactly without the need to cut some of the tiles and you cold waste tiles that are not properly cut.

Installing ceramic tile flooring in your home is a great investment, however, that investment can be wasted if tile is not properly installed.  Your best solution is to use a professional and get the job done right the first time.

Flooring Myrtle Beach provides a wide variety of tile flooring from which to choose and we have professional installers on hand to assist you.

Stop by our showroom today to select the tile flooring that is perfect for your home.


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Ideas for Kitchen Remodeling and Your Floors

Kitchen FlooringMany homeowners look through interior design magazines when they are considering an upgrade to their kitchen.  This is a great place to get lots of great ideas.  Another great way to get great ideas is to attend open houses in your area especially those held in new developments.  However, you don’t want to select your kitchen flooring based on just what you see in a magazine or open house.  Use these venues to narrow down your favorites and then take a trip to Flooring Myrtle Beach to discover what will work for your home environment.

The kitchen is an area where the family will gravitate while meal preparation is happening and in most kitchens there are few if any places to sit down.  This makes selecting a floor that is easy on the legs a key factor.  When you are shopping for new kitchen flooring take your shoes off and stand on the floor to see how it feels.  Is the flooring you are considering comfortable or it is too hard?

Now put your shoes back on and walk on the flooring.  Do you hear any noise?  In many Myrtle Beach homes the kitchen is the opening to a family room or formal dining area.  If the floor is noisy when walking on it with shoes it can cause a problem when conversations are going on or when someone is watching television.

Always keep in mind that your kitchen is often the busiest area in your home so you will want a floor that will wear well.  If you have children or pets it won’t take long to wear down a kitchen floor.  Not only will you have additional foot traffic you will also have additional spills and messes to clean up.  Durability and ease of cleaning is very important with today’s modern families.

What Types Of Kitchen Flooring Should You Consider?

Hardwood floors have become very popular in Myrtle Beach homes in the last few years.  Not only does wood flooring come in a wide variety of styles it is also warm underfoot, is easy on your legs and is a quite flooring option.  The durability and maintenance of a wood floor will depend on the species or type of wood that you select for your hardwood floors and how that wood is finished.  One great benefit of hardwood floors is that they can be sanded down and refinished when they become scratched or tarnished over time.  Since there is a wide selection to choose from, you will want to consult with a flooring specialist to make sure you are getting the right flooring for your home.

Laminate flooring is a great option if you are looking for a durable floor that requires very little maintenance.  A laminate floor is finished at the factory and is easy to install.  This type of flooring can also be installed over an existing floor provide the subfloor is still in good condition.  Although this type of flooring is easier to install and is less expensive that hardwood floors, it lacks the character and warmth that is associated with hardwood floors.  You may also find they don’t carry sound as well as a hardwood floor.

If you are looking for great choices in patterns and colors you will want to consider ceramic tile.  Tile flooring is great for day-to-day maintenance, however, you will need to have the grout cleaned from time to time and this usually requires a professional.  Of all the flooring selections this is the one that will be the hardest on your legs when you are standing for long periods of time.  It is also hard on dishes when dropped.  This choice will also carry the sound when walking with shoes and can be cold on your feet in cooler weather if you are not wearing shoes.

Because of its “green appeal” linoleum flooring is making a comeback.  This type of flooring is made from linseed oil, wood flour, tree resins, cork dust and ground limestone.  There are also other “green” options available.  You will want to discuss this with a professional at Flooring Myrtle Beach if an environmentally safe option is one of your priorities.

Flooring Myrtle Beach has a wide variety of kitchen flooring on hand for you to feel, touch and walk on.  We can help you make your dream kitchen a variety.  Give us a call or stop by our showroom.

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What Are the Advantages of Laminate Floors?

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Are you contemplating replacing the flooring in your home or condo? Spring is a great time to freshen up the look of your home with fresh paint, new floors and updating your window treatments.

You will definitely want to consider laminate floors because they are not only durable but they are also very attractive.  You will especially love them if you have kids or pets because they are stain and scratch resistant.  Laminate floors are designed for those high traffic areas in your home like kitchens and bathrooms.  Here in Myrtle Beach you will want to consider laminate floors because they will not fade even in direct sunlight.

Key Advantages of Laminate Floors

Ease of Installation.  When you compare laminate floors to hardwood or ceramic tile, this type of floor is a breeze to install.  There are even laminate floors that have a “glueless” option. With this type of laminate floors the sections are connected using a tongue-and-groove design that clicks together to form a surface that is fastened securely.  Laminate floors are a great choice for those DIY (do-it-yourself) types because it requires no experience. However, if you don’t have the time or desire to tackle this task, Flooring Myrtle Beach will be happy to help you with the installation.

Adaptability With Subfloors.  With other types of flooring, the subfloor can be a problem and you may even need to replace the subfloor depending on its condition.  However, laminate floors are known for their ability to adapt to any type of subfloor.  Is your home built on a slab and you have cement subfloors? Then laminate floors are the answer for you.  Laminate floors can easily be installed on almost any type of subfloor, however, if you subfloor is warped or in need of repair, you will want to address this first.  You can even install a laminate floor over existing linoleum or tile floors.

Photographic Finish. Laminate floors are designed to be an imitation of real wood.  The pattern that you see is actually a printed photo taken of real wood, this photo is then bonded to a clear surface using aluminum oxide finish.  This finish gives your laminate floors that rugged resistance we talked about earlier in this post.  Not only can you have a laminate floor that imitates a wood finish, you can also imitate stone, ceramic or other types of flooring.  There are literally hundreds of choices to match at décor. You can be stylish while at the same time rugged and long lasting.

Warranty.  In most instances, laminate floors will come with a warranty against staining, fading and wear.  Many manufacturers also offer a warranty against moisture.

Laminate flooring is definitely something you need to consider if an interior remodel of your home is on the agenda this spring.  Stop by our showroom in Conway to see a wide variety to choose from.

Call us today with your questions on laminate floors.

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Hardwood Floors – Important Facts

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I love the look and feel of hardwood floors. They are a beautiful addition to any Myrtle Beach home.  You always want to do your research before purchasing as there are different types of hardwood floors and you will want the one that best suits your specific needs.

Hardwood floors are generally very long lasting and are known for both their natural beauty as well as durability.  As a general rule, hardwood floors will outlast carpeting or other types of flooring.  They are also easy to maintain, very affordable and good for the environment.  Add to this the fact they are healthier for your family because they don’t retain harmful dust and bacteria.

In today’s world home owners are not only looking at what they enjoy in a home but also how any additions or changes will affect the market value of their home.  Because of the popularity of hardwood floors, the value of your home will increase with this addition.  A home with hardwood floors is very attractive in today’s buyers market.

What does it take to maintain hardwood floors?

You will want to protect your hardwood floor from moisture and being scratched, so weekly upkeep with sweeping or vacuuming is all you need.  High traffic areas are susceptible scratches and you may need to buff the floor periodically.  Adding area rugs in high traffic areas will help to eliminate scuff marks and scratches.  You will want to invest in a cleaner that is made specifically for hardwood floors and they will stay as beautiful as the day they were installed.

One of the great assets of hardwood floors is that if they become worn over the years they can be refinished to their original beauty.  Carpeting needs to be replaced every 10 years or so, however, hardwood floors can easily be restored to their original beauty without replacement. .

Hardwood Floors are Environmentally Correct

Many people are unaware that a hardwood floor is a very ecologically sound investment.  They come from natural, sustainable resources.  In the past wood was cut down without thought given to what could happen if the forest disappeared.  Today’s hardwood floors are produced from trees in managed forests as a way to protect our future resources.  Each year approximately twice as many trees are planted as are harvested for hardwood floors according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The EPA has stated that the quality of our indoor air can be a top threat to our families and pets.  If you or family members are prone to allergies you will definitely want to invest in hardwood floors.  Dirt, dust and germs can stay trapped in your carpet even after cleaning.  Hardwood floors don’t harbor mold, dust mites or germs.  This will provide better air quality for those suffering from allergies.

You have a wide variety of hardwood floors to choose from.  Check out our article on the various types.  There are also different stains, finishes, sizes and styles all of which make decision making tough.  You will want to work with a flooring specialist when reviewing your choices.

You not only want to look at what compliments your décor but also what you will be happy with for years to come even if you decide to change your décor. By working with a hardwood floor professional, you can take the emotions out of the purchase and ensure that you will be happy with your selection for years to come.

Give us a call today and schedule a time to come by our showroom and see our great selection of hardwood floors.  Not only do we help you with your selection, we will also install your hardwood floor to ensure it lasts for many years to come.

Whether you are installing hardwood floors in just one room or throughout your entire home, we are here to serve you.

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General Flooring Information: Choosing The Right Floor

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Choosing the right type of flooring for your home can be difficult. There are many products on the market today. While some people are happy to replace that older linoleum with laminate flooring, others are looking for more eco friendly choices. At the end of the day, it is up to you to choose the type of flooring that works best for your unique situation. Each area of the home offers many opportunities, too.

Flooring Options

Carpeting and Rug: Perhaps the easiest and most common option, carpeting should be selected based on quality. While it is plush and comfortable under the feet, it is also one of the most difficult of flooring products to maintain, especially in a busy home. For those with allergies, it is not the best choice either.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile: Ceramic flooring has always been a popular choice and now there are more products to select from than ever before. You could install standard ceramic products , choose from a wide variety of porcelain tiles, go with a glass tile or even choose sandstones and other forms of tile. Marble and granite flooring are two additional types of tile you could install in your home. These are great for areas you want to have a clean look especially where there is the potential for water spills.

Laminate Flooring: You want the look of wood but you do not want the expense. In this situation, go with laminate which is high quality and looks real. It is also very easy to install throughout your home. Laminate is available in waterresistant products which means you can install it into your kitchen or in your bathroom, too.

Hardwood Flooring: For those who want to have the traditional hard woods, (and who does not!) you may want to consider hardwood flooring. The good news, there are many options to choose form including eco friendly products. And, prices have fallen on many of these products. Also good is that new products have become far easier to install, too. You are sure to find that hardwood flooring is the way to go once you notice just how many options you have.

Take the time to invest in some general flooring information before choosing any of these products for your home. The least expensive option may not be the option that lasts the longest. In high traffic areas, you really do need to focus on options that give you more ability to keep it clean.  Plus, for many people it is all about upkeep and reducing maintenance. Usually, people find a few options that fit well and can choose based on what they actually like.

Flooring Myrtle Beach is here to help you with your selection and to install your floor selection whatever option you choose.  Come in and compare your options, talk to our flooring professionals and take home samples to see which flooring selection complements your décor.

We look forward to seeing you at Flooring Myrtle Beach soon.

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