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What's the Best Dog-Friendly Flooring?

Jun 16, 2021

How to Love Your Dog and Your Floors

Before we dive into the best floors for your dog, we need to set a few things straight. Of course, your pup will probably spend a lot of time on the floor, but it’s a stretch to say that dogs and floors are best friends. That’s because dogs are tough on floors. Between the drool, muddy paws, and tail-wagging-red-wine tragedies, floors take a beating from these furry friends.

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Your Dog Doesn’t Have to Crush Your Flooring Dreams

The floors of your dreams are always possible. As they say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” If plush white carpet is your dream, having a dog doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have it. It does mean is that you will have to spend extra time caring for and cleaning those types of floors because there are bound to be I-couldn’t-make-it-outside puppy accidents.

Our line of Rival by Resista carpets features high-performance fibers that resist crushing, stains and soil from muddy paws. Plus, this carpet is available in 20 striking hues with a 10-year no exclusion stain warranty. With its waterproof backing, you can rest assured knowing that spills from the dog bowl or pet messes won’t soak through.

As mentioned, if the floors of your dreams don’t seem to vibe with your dog, we can’t stop you from getting them. But we also can’t stop your dog from dragging themselves, their toys, or other dogs across your brand-new carpet. That being said, we have options that are lower maintenance for you that are still stylish and beautiful, whether your dog is behaving or not. 

Luxury Vinyl Takes the Cake

If you are looking for the best floors for dogs, luxury vinyl flooring is your best bet, as this style of flooring checks all the boxes. It is waterproof, scratch-proof, dent-proof, and, if the correct backing is used, it can also be sound-dampening. The embossed surface of luxury vinyl floors not only allows it to mimic other flooring types like wood or tile, but it also gives your dog’s paws some traction when they are playing a fierce game of tug of war.

dog lying on wide plank luxury vinyl flooring

Stone Is a Great Runner-Up

Stone flooring is another nice option for “doggos.” It is easy to clean, scratch-resistant, and waterproof. If your dog is up to no good, the mess will be less obvious on stone flooring.

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Don’t Rule Out Wood Floors

Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to clean. Plus, some species of hardwood are harder than others, making them great options for resisting scratches and dents when your dog decides to drop his bone down a flight of stairs. The Janka scale is an excellent way to determine the hardness of wood species. The higher the rating on the Janka scale, the more likely the species is to hold up to pet scratches. Of course, you can always stop into your local Flooring America, and one of our experts can help you choose the right species of wood to protect against your pup.

dog lying on wood flooring

The Final Touches for Dog-Proof Floors

To help protect your floors even further, sealants and finishes can be applied to your floors during the installation process to help protect against any mess your dog could make. There can be a lot of questions when it comes to pairing your pets and floors, but there’s only one place you can go to get all the answers: visit or call your local Flooring America today and speak with one of our flooring experts.

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How to Best Protect Flooring From Indoor Plants

May 12, 2021

Floor Tips and Tricks for Plant Parents

Plants are basically low-maintenance pets. They don’t quite have the same attitude as cats, and they might not like belly rubs as much as your dog, but they can still be messy! And when it comes to plant-related messes, your floors will often take the brunt of it.

Make Your Plants and Floors Happy

When searching for the right pot for your plants, leafy friends thrive in un-glazed terracotta clay pots that are well-drained, which means the pots have a hole in the bottom. Next, you need to make sure your plant pot also has a saucer, so when you water your plant, any excess water gets caught by your saucer, not by your floor.

Despite best intentions, saucers often are still not enough. The same reason that plants like terracotta clay pots are the same reason they’re hazardous—these pots are porous. When water is poured into your plant pot and drained into the saucer, this porous material becomes wet and can leave water rings, which can potentially cause the rotting of wood floors. Plastic trays, small cork coasters, hanging plants, or lifted metal stands are great solutions to keep your floors dry and your plants happy in their preferred type of pot.

living room indoors plants with pots

Moving Plants Is a Drag

Whether your floors are hardwood, tile, laminate, or carpet, you will want to avoid dragging your plants across your floors. This will help reduce scratches, scuffs, and stains. If you are looking to move a heavy plant, find a friend to help you lift it or a small wooden plant dolly, which are great solutions and a nice design element.

man holding wooden plant dolly

Overwatering Can Kill Plants and Floors

Despite best intentions, overwatering plants is easy to do and can result in water overflowing out of your saucer and onto the floor. Cleaning up the water right away is a solution to this problem, but so are waterproof floors. Sometimes even when you do your best to clean up plant messes, water can get stuck underneath cork coasters or plastic trays, creating those damaging watermarks. Waterproof flooring can handle excess plant water damage-free.

indoor plants near water container on flooring

Plants Have Benefits Other Than Looking Cute

Although plants can be messy, they provide lots of benefits. They are great décor pieces that also bring natural life and happiness into your space. They can also help reduce stress, increase concentration, and improve the air quality in your home. When considering a pet, a pet plant is a great option.

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You’re the Plant Expert, We’re the Flooring Experts

Whether you are looking for floors that go with your plant-loving décor or waterproof flooring that will help protect against your plant messes, Flooring America experts are here to help. Come into your local Flooring America today, and let the experts assist you in creating a space full of light and life for all your new plant friends.

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How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Apr 14, 2021

Gleaming hardwood floors are every homeowner’s dream. The question is, what do your hardwood floors really look like? If you want to make sparkling floors your reality, we can help.

Consider a Deep Clean

Dull hardwood floors are, well, dull. But before you decide to invest money and time into re-sanding or refinishing, consider that maybe they just need a good cleaning! It’s amazing what a deep cleaning of wood floors can do to their look and shine. A soft broom, vacuum, and mop combo can go a long way for short money.

Cleaning Supplies on Hardwood Floor

Too Many Scratches

A wood floor that is deeply scuffed up and scratched will most likely need re-sanding. But, before you opt for that route, consider pricing out replacing your floors with ones that have scratch-resistant properties. Wood floors from brands like Floorcraft are famous for their durability and family-friendly styles. All in all, replacing your hardwood floors with brand-new flooring could save you money down the line.

Cat Scratching Hardwood Floor

Beware the DIY

DIY projects are tempting money savers. But before you take on the task of refinishing your hardwood floors by yourself—that is, sanding your floors, patching, staining, and then top coating—make sure you’re aware of both the time investment and the need for expertise in these areas. Do you really want to both rent and operate an upright sander? As you may discover, sometimes cheaper is not always better! If you decide to go with the experts, make sure to research companies near you, browse reviews, and ask by word of mouth. Price-wise, expect that refinishing hardwood floors will cost you somewhere between $3.25 to $6.00 per square foot, all depending on the location of your home and the size of the room, or rooms, you’re refinishing.

DIY Hardwood Flooring Refinish

Flooring America Knows Hardwood

The best way to prevent the headache of having to refinish your hardwood floors is to purchase floors that will stand the test of time in the first place. So whether you’re looking for beautiful oak or pine wood floors, remember that your local Flooring America has all the best wood floor brands in stock, not to mention amazing wood-look tile and luxury vinyl options as well. The experts at your local Flooring America are always here to help, and they can give you all the advice you need about maintaining your beautiful hardwood floors for years to come.

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What's the Best Flooring for High-Traffic Areas?

Mar 22, 2021

With all this time being spent at home, it’s given a whole new level of meaning to “high-traffic areas.” Office chairs can have quite the effect on your floors, as you probably have noticed. Thankfully, these days, there are a lot of great options to choose from when it comes to finding floors you love for the high-traffic areas of your house. Although hope is on the horizon for getting things back to normal, many of us will likely still be spending more hours at home.

Long-Lasting Luxury Vinyl

Both hardwood floors and engineered wood floors are beautiful and elegant flooring options—and, it’s true, more durable than ever. (For instance, Aquadura H2O now has a hardwood option that is waterproof.) But if you’re looking for the best durability possible (hello, pets and kids), luxury vinyl flooring is hard to beat. Mimicking the look and feel of hardwood—but both less expensive and able to withstand much more wear and tear—many homeowners love luxury vinyl floors for the heavy traffic areas of their homes, such as kitchens, mudrooms, and entryways. Still have your heart set on hardwood? No problem. Just lay down some area rugs—and tell your kids to take their soccer cleats off by the front door!

High Traffic Luxury Vinyl Flooring Dining Room

Carpet’s Come a Long Way

Carpet has come a long way over the years, and now it’s a great option for the rooms in your home where your friends and family love to gather regularly. Think about your living room, basement, or den, for example. And when it comes to peace of mind for high-traffic areas, nothing can beat a stain-proof, spill-proof, and pet-proof carpet option like Stainmaster, or brands such as Hearth & Home that design carpets that are both cozy and durable. Now you don’t have to stress out about that spilled drink at a party or everyone in the house running amok. Comfortable carpets that are also perfect for your family’s busy lifestyle are within reach.

High Traffic Carpet Flooring Living Room

Time-Tested Tile

Tile is another great, long-lasting option for active families that don’t want to stress out about the wear and tear on their floors. Tile is waterproof, scratch- and dent-resistant, not to mention beautiful. Another great idea for the high-traffic areas of your home, especially if you’re watching your budget? Laminate flooring. Laminate flooring looks better than ever these days and comes in many eye-catching styles that can even mimic natural stone tiles. Our brands, like Floorcraft, are super durable, holding up extremely well to heavy traffic, stains, and general wear and tear.

High Traffic Tile Flooring Bathroom

Flooring America Understands Your Home

As you decide on flooring for your home, it’s safe to say that you and your busy family likely want long-lasting floors that are as stress-free as possible. The experts at your local Flooring America understand this, and are here to offer suggestions and helpful tips as you decide on the best new floors for you. Whether you’re looking to redo your kitchen or bathroom, or you’d like to give your entire house a flooring overhaul, look to Flooring America to help you find the perfect floors that will literally support the life you want to live.

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What’s the Easiest Flooring to Install?

Mar 03, 2021

Many of us are on the lookout for ways to save—both time and money. And when it comes to your home flooring, the same mindset often prevails. As a result, many people wonder how easy a DIY flooring install job could be. Tackling an install job of new tile in your kitchen or a new carpet in the basement should be no problem, right? Turns out, the steps to a DIY floor install can actually be pretty complicated. Thankfully, there are many great options for easy-to-install flooring that professionals can get done in no time.

Low-Key Luxury Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl flooring continues to gain popularity, and this is not just because of its durability, great price point, and beautiful styles. Luxury vinyl flooring is also one of the best types of flooring for an easy install process. Since many luxury vinyl floor styles come in planks, they can easily be installed with a click-and lock-system over your floor’s sublayer; it’s what’s known as a floating layer. However, even though this install process is somewhat easier than installing, say, real hardwood floors, the professionals at Flooring America not only can do the job well for you, they can do it much faster!

Man Installing Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Tile and Carpet: For the Pros

Tile is one of the most stunning and durable floor choices to have in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. Tile is waterproof, long-lasting, but, as it turns out, not the easiest flooring for a DIY job! When installing tile, one must keep in mind the issue of perfecting grout, too, which is no easy task. Carpet is another flooring option that is best left to the pros. This plush, beautiful stand-by for your living room is no joke when it comes to installation, as the tools and steps required for carpet-installing can be especially complicated for flooring newbies.

Tile and Carpet Flooring Installation Process

Peace of Mind—And Time

When it comes to purchasing new floors, it can be tempting to want to take on the install job yourself. But unless you’re truly the handiest (and most patient) person you know, it’s an experience that is best left to the professionals!

Thankfully, the folks at your local Flooring America are here to answer any questions you might have about the install process and their approach to getting your new floors installed as quickly and reasonably as possible. Give them a call or stop by in-store today!

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Why Is Carpet Padding or Cushion Important?

Feb 17, 2021

When you’re installing new wall-to-wall carpet in your home, there’s one thing you can’t forget about: carpet padding. Carpet padding (also called carpet cushion) has an array of important functions, impacting both your carpet’s appearance and its long-term performance. If you’ve ever wondered what goes under your carpet, or why it’s critical to have carpet padding in general, here’s what you need to know.

Protecting Your Carpet—on Both Sides

One of the most critical aspects of carpet padding is the protection it provides. Simply put, carpet padding will help your carpet last longer. Carpet cushion or padding works to protect the under layer of your home’s carpet from wearing against the base floor the carpet lays on top of. It also protects the top layer of your carpet from furniture indentations and the wear and tear of foot traffic. Without a carpet cushion or padding underneath your carpet, you’ll end up with a frayed and worn carpet—on both sides. And you will need to replace it much sooner.

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Softer Feel

Another important benefit of carpet padding is the key insulation it provides. This is not only a great benefit when it comes to retaining heat in your home—carpet padding really does help with those pesky heating bills—but it’s also an important factor when you’re considering sound insulation, too. Are you thinking of re-doing a basement, or turning a den into a game room? Make sure to put a carpet pad under that carpet, and your teenage daughter’s drum kit won’t be quite so loud anymore. Even better? Carpet padding creates a great soft underfoot-feel.

Baby on Soft Carpet

So, What Is Carpet Padding Made Out Of?

Carpet padding is made from rubber, foam, or fiber—forming a sponge-like material. It’s usually purchased in a roll or pad, and laid out underneath your carpet; sometimes it will be cut into shapes to fit specific corners of your home. Another benefit to a good carpet pad? Further protection—and waterproofing—for your floors. Though many carpets on the market today such as Stainmaster, offered at Flooring America, are very durable and waterproof, a big leak or flood in your home could be costly. Having that extra layer of padding underneath your carpet as a moisture barrier can pay off in a big way.

Carpet Sponge-Like Material

Do I Need to Buy the Thickest Carpet Pad?

One might assume premium carpet padding must mean buying the thickest carpet padding on the market, but this is not always the case. Thickness in carpet padding definitely pays off in rooms where kids will be playing on the floor a lot, or if you plan to be doing a lot of hosting and standing up in your carpeted room. However, too much thickness can be a pain if you want to move furniture around frequently, or if someone in your family uses a wheelchair. It all comes down to finding the right fit for your lifestyle. 

Thick Carpet Pad

Is Carpet Padding Expensive?

Considering how important carpet padding is to the longevity of your carpet, it’s a relatively inexpensive (dare we say essential) investment for your home. Carpet padding is usually $3 or $4 per square yard, and sometimes a bit more for professional installation. However, with all the benefits that carpet cushioning brings to your carpet’s overall performance and your enjoyment of it, you’ll be glad you said yes.

Need More Help?

Elegant and comfortable carpeting makes a wonderful addition to your home. So whether you’re thinking of adding a new carpet to your living room, bedroom, or basement (or perhaps all three!), be sure to check out the amazing selection of beautiful and budget-friendly carpets at your local Flooring America. The experts at Flooring America are here to offer their insights and advice into not only the best carpet for your home, but the best carpet pad for your new flooring.

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