Durable, timeless, warm, low maintenance, and an endless choice of styles and colors make hardwood floors a great choice for your home.

The Style And Benefits Of Laminate Flooring

Hardwood floors add timeless beauty and warmth to your home. They say this is my home, not just another house. They are a reflection of who you are and your style. They are welcoming and inviting and can complement any décor.

There are now many different species of wood to choose from, not just North American woods but exotics from all over the world. This variety of colors allow you to create a look that is uniquely yours.

Durable, timeless, warm, low maintenance and, an endless choice of styles and colors make hardwood floors a great choice for your home. This variety and the variety of colors allow you to create a look that is uniquely yours and at a price you can afford.

Hardwood flooring will not only add value to your home but may last as long as your home itself. The finishes on hardwood flooring have improved dramatically. No longer do you need to wax them periodically. Typically, today’s hardwood floors offer numerous coats of durable urethane sealers that are hard and scratch-resistant.

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Learn About Laminate Flooring

Laminate Performance

Hardwood is one of the longest lasting options you will find.

Laminate Construction

There are 3 options: solid, engineered and hybrid.

Laminate Care

Caring for your hardwood is simple but essential to maintain your home.

New Innovations

Learn about new laminate offerings and options.

Laminate Performance

Hardwood floors are extremely durable and will last a lifetime if you choose the right product for your lifestyle. Your Color and Style flooring expert will guide you to the right choice when you tell us about your space and your unique needs.

Pre-finished or manufacturer-finished, hardwood floors typically offer 6-10 layers of UV cured layers of polyurethane which is very hard and tough. Many manufacturers are now adding Aluminum Oxide to the urethane for additional protection against abrasion and wear. There are several other options available that offer protection against wear and abrasion. Again, ask your flooring expert to explain the difference. 

The hardness of the wood you choose will also affect its performance. A softer wood like pine is more likely to dent than a hardwood like oak.

Hardwood Floor Installation in Dayton and TIpp City, Ohio

To sum it up, hardwood floors are one of the most durable, long-lasting products you can put in your home.

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Laminate Construction

There are three types of construction in hardwood flooring, solid, engineered and now hybrid.

Edge detail is the way the sides and ends of the planks are cut. They can include beveled, square, eased, and micro bevel. The different edge details will have a dramatic effect on the look of your new floor. For example, if you want the look of a furniture finish, the square edge would give you that look. If you are looking for a more casual effect, a beveled edge would be a good choice.

Picking the right species for your new floor is very important for how the floor is going to wear in different traffic conditions.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is 100% solid wood, it can be nailed or stapled to a wooden subfloor above grade. It is not recommended for installation on concrete because it is susceptible to expansion in high moisture areas and will shrink in high temps and high heat applications.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood is also 100% wood that is manufactured from 3, 5 or 7 thin sheets or plies of wood that are stacked on top of each other in opposite directions then glued with high pressure. This process is called Cross-Ply construction that, when finished, makes the product dimensionally stable. The advantage of cross-ply construction is it will not warp in high moisture conditions or shrink in low humidity or high heat conditions. You can install on or above grade on wood and on concrete subfloors.

Hybrid Hardwood

Hybrid hardwood floors are similar to engineered hardwood in that they feature a veneer of real wood on top but have either an SPC vinyl core or an HDF core. SPC cores are waterproof and HDF cores can be protected from water from above with finish coatings and good locking systems like UniClic and underlayment below. Both can be installed above, on and below grade.

Hardness Factor

Hardness is also a factor when determining which species of wood to select for your new floor. With the many different species available today, each has its own rating, which will determine how well the floor will react to wear. The method used here is the Janka Hardness test.

Laminate Care

Maintaining laminate floors is relatively easy, and regular care can help keep them looking new for a long time. Here are some general tips to help you maintain laminate flooring:

Sweep or vacuum regularly: Dust, dirt, and grit can scratch the surface of laminate flooring over time. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove debris regularly.

Damp mop when necessary: While laminate flooring is generally resistant to moisture, it’s essential to avoid excessive water. Use a damp mop or a well-wrung mop to clean spills and stains. Avoid using excess water, as it can seep into the seams and cause damage.

Use a laminate floor cleaner: Choose a cleaner specifically designed for laminate floors. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for dilution and application. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, wax, or polish, as they can damage the laminate surface.

Wipe up spills promptly: Laminate flooring is not waterproof, so it’s crucial to clean up spills immediately to prevent moisture from seeping into the seams and causing damage.

Protect from furniture: Place felt pads or furniture glides under the legs of heavy furniture to prevent scratching when moving or rearranging furniture.

Use area rugs and doormats: Place rugs or doormats at entryways and high-traffic areas to capture dirt and prevent it from being tracked onto the laminate floors.

Avoid high heels and heavy shoes: High heels and heavy shoes can cause dents and scratches on laminate flooring. Encourage family members and guests to remove such footwear before walking on the laminate.

Trim pet nails: If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches on the laminate surface.

Protect from direct sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause fading and damage to laminate flooring. Use curtains, blinds, or UV-resistant window films to protect the floor from sunlight.

Follow manufacturer guidelines: Always follow the care and maintenance guidelines provided by the manufacturer of your laminate flooring. Different products may have specific recommendations.

By following these tips, you can help preserve the beauty and longevity of your laminate floors. Regular cleaning and preventative measures will go a long way in maintaining the appearance and integrity of your flooring.

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Preferred Partners

Casabella laminate flooring from around the world can satisfy the most discriminating tastes as well as the most vivid imagination.
Mannington floors are designed to reflect the latest trends in American home furnishings and cabinetry as well as offer beauty and performance. 
Shaw floors are timeless. classic, and elegant. They offer warmth and natural charm while adding value to your home.