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What Are the Best Flooring Types for Kids?

Sep 13, 2021

What Are the Best Flooring Types for Kids?

Whether you have your first baby on the way, or your family already has a few little ones underfoot, choosing the right flooring is an important decision. It’s likely your priority is having a home that’s as safe as it is durable. Thankfully, there are many flooring options that can address it all.

Spill-Proof Simplicity

Luxury vinyl and laminate are two great flooring selections for kitchens and other areas in your home that are bound to receive a lot of tiny foot traffic. Not only are both of these choices durable, scratch-resistant, and waterproof (hello, wipe-able surfaces!), luxury vinyl floors and laminate floors are also very affordable, which makes them an ideal option for a young family on a budget. Brands like Downs® H2O™ are the perfect choice for those looking for kid-proof, waterproof vinyl. Even better? Both vinyl and laminate styles have come a long way since their introduction in the ’70s and ’80s. Now you can find countless choices for stylish luxury vinyl and laminate floors at stores like your local Flooring America that mimic the look of hardwood, stone, and concrete—and not the look of your grandmother’s kitchen.

Kids playroom flooring 

Hardwood Floors: Elegant and Family-Friendly

However, if you have your heart set on real hardwood floors, they can still be a great choice for a young family. Though there can be some risk of scratching with all those soccer cleats and scooters running amok, many hardwood floors on the market today, like Aquadura H2O™, are now both scratch-resistant and waterproof. And, again, luxury vinyl is also something to keep in mind if you love that hardwood look. There are beautiful luxury vinyl floor options, such as Galvanite®, that do an unbelievable job of matching the look of real hardwood floors, down to recreating the appearance (and variety) of grain. But if real hardwood flooring remains your dream, it’s always a beautiful choice.

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Don’t Count Out Tiles

Tile can seem like a less than ideal option for kids because it is hard and slippery, but ceramic or porcelain tiles are durable, water-resistant, and easy to maintain. Although you might not want to use ceramic or porcelain tile in a playroom, they are an excellent option for children’s bathrooms since they come in a variety of fun colors and patterns and will stand up to the toughest bath-time routine.

Comfortable Carpet

Okay, let’s be honest—little ones tend to fall over. A lot. And even if the kids themselves are not the ones always taking a spill, children are still famous for frequently dropping things: toys, pets, glasses of juice, you name it. In addition, carpet is much more affordable than hardwood flooring or tile. This makes carpet an excellent and safe choice for your young family, as a wipeout in a carpeted living room is often no big deal. Plus, so many carpet options today come in both stain-resistant and fade-resistant styles, like Innovia Xtreme Clean™ carpet or Tigressá® Cherish carpet flooring, so choosing carpet for your kids’ playroom, nursery, or bedrooms is even more of a no-brainer. The peace of mind of safety for your little ones—plus, now with the ease of cleaning—makes carpet hard to beat.

Carpet for a nursery 

Quick Solutions for Fast-Growing Kids

The truth is kids grow up pretty fast, and sometimes you need a flooring solution that’s quick and easy. If your kid starts crawling and your current tile seems like a danger zone, laying down rubber mats or play carpet might be a great solution. Foam tiles or activity rugs are also a nice way to customize kids’ playrooms because they are removable, easy to clean, and easy to change as your child gets older, so the room is ready for a more grown-up theme. Plus, floor mattresses can double as cushioning for playtime and comfort for nap time.

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Need Help With Kid-Friendly Flooring?

Creating a home where all your family members feel safe and happy is something we all want. So whether you’re designing a new nursery, renovating a den or playroom for your kids, or re-doing your kitchen, remember, the experts at your local Flooring America are here to help. Let them guide you through all their amazing options for kid-friendly flooring, so you can focus on building memories.

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Learn How Best to Protect Your Floors

Aug 25, 2021

Make Protecting Your Floor a Priority

Many things can damage your floors, like big parties, roughhousing kids, and loveable but troublesome pets. Whether it’s a planned event or a daily occurrence, there are steps you can take to protect the floors in your home and keep them looking beautiful. 

Perfect Your Floor Care Routine

There are some things you can do regularly to keep your floors protected and looking good. Cleaning might be obvious but that doesn’t make it any less essential. Vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and sweeping should be part of your weekly cleaning to keep your floors in tip-top shape. Stop dirt and dander at the front door by placing a doormat at the entryway and maybe even a little sign that says, “No shoes beyond this point.” to keep the outdoors out. Setting floor sliders underneath furniture is another way to keep floors from getting damaged.

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Your Cleaning Products Matter

It’s easy to pick out cleaning supplies blindly, whether it’s on sale, you saw a commercial for it, or it’s what your mother always used. Regardless, it is crucial to be aware of the cleaning supplies you use. If the cleaning product you are using isn’t recommended for the floors, it might do more than good. It is also essential to read the ingredients to ensure you aren’t using a product that could break your warranty.

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Make Your Next Move Smooth for You and Your Floors

Moving is stressful. Sure, looking for a new home is exciting, and once you arrive and settle into your new place, it’s excellent, but the actual process of moving isn’t all that fun. Plus, moving can be tough on floors, mainly hardwood. Fortunately, some products on the market can help reduce potential damage to your floors. Shock-absorbing plastic mats are a great option. They often come in rolls and can be cut to size. Other materials you can use to protect your floors include cardboard and red rosin paper. Additionally, it is best practice to never drag furniture or heavy items across the floor.

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Bring In the Professionals

Sometimes you might need to call in a pro to keep your floors protected, and as previously mentioned, part of protecting your floors is keeping them clean. Professionally steaming your carpet or even re-sealing hardwood, laminate, LVP, and tile once a year can be a great way to deep-clean your floors and make them last. Getting your floors professionally waxed can be another way to keep hard flooring surfaces protected from scratches, nicks, and stains from spills. In some cases, you might even consider having a professional refinish hardwood floors or laminate floors, but this is only necessary, maybe once every five years, if the floors are not well maintained. Of course, keep in mind when sealing and finishing floors to consult your flooring guarantee first so as not to put it out of warranty.

When in Doubt, Ask an Expert

It is important to remember that the floors you purchase from Flooring America have one of the industry’s best warranties, and you never want to treat them with solutions or products that could break the warranty. If you have any questions about your warranty or what products to use, stop by your local Flooring America or give us a call to talk to an expert.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

indoor plants beautiful dining room

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 Innovia, 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.

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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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