Choosing Your Floors Wisely

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Our flooring take up quite a bit of square footage, so we should take great care when we consider what floors we install. Many factors go into consideration, and the ultimate decision will likely stick with you for years and years. The choices are seemingly endless and confusing and costly. Let’s not take this investment lightly.

What is your style? You’ll need to look at such factors as color, pattern, and texture. Not to mention, your current décor. What are your daily needs? If your flooring must withstand the test of tough doggy nails and rough children, then you should probably lean towards the more durable material. And, in the end, what is your budget? In addition to the cost of the flooring, you might have the cost of underlayment and installation. Don’t forget about your old floor – removing and disposing of it may not be free.

But what did we really come here to talk about? Floors!!

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

As a remodeling contractor, Harris Renovations has watched luxury vinyl flooring rise to the top in demand. Do not quickly discount “vinyl” flooring, assuming it is a “cheap” option. Quite the contrary! Budget-friendly? Yes. However, vinyl floors today are not the sheets we once rolled out at the hardware store and glued to our bathroom floor. I’m talking about rigid planks that look like hardwood and tile-like pieces that snap together. Floating floors that come with more depth, texture, and options than they did years ago.

What makes it so irresistible? One word… waterproof!! In fact, it is the waterproofness of these planks and tiles that are pulling consumers in. They’re thick, durable, and, yes, waterproof. No room in the house is off limits when it comes to luxury vinyl flooring! Bathrooms, kitchens, and even basements.

Harris Renovations is proud to use Cali Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. The company you know so well for environmentally-conscious standards and premium products has produced a superior vinyl plank that gives you the look of a hardwood floor with the advantage of being waterproof. The options are endless with Cali, and Harris Renovations has all the samples to show you.

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Cali Vinyl Highlights

I could go on, so I will. Here is an overwhelming list of positives about Cali vinyl floors:

  1. All luxury vinyl has a core, but not all cores are made of the same material. Cali vinyl plank cores consist of limestone, making it heavier and more rigid. Other manufacturers use wood in the core, which results in an inferior product.
  2. Another important component of all vinyl planks is the wear layer. The thickness of this layer determines the durability and scratch resistance of the floor. All Cali vinyl flooring comes with a 20 mil wear layer, which is considered commercial grade – ready for high traffic of all kinds.
  3. Cali vinyl plank flooring has a built-in underlayment, which makes for a quieter floor. In addition, Harris Renovations makes it a practice to install an additional underlayment for added comfort and noise reduction.
  4. Cali comes with the luxury of “Embossed in Register” (EIR) texturing. This means that the woodgrain you see matches the texture you feel. Not only does it look like hardwood, but it also feels like it, too!
  5. To name a few other benefits… Cali LVP is compatible with radiant heat, pet friendly, and resistant to UV rays!!

HARDWOOD FLOORS

When I think of a hardwood floor, I think of classic beauties that withstand the test of time, never lose their charm, and age gracefully. With so many manufacturers and various options, the choice is overwhelming. For several reasons, Harris Renovations recommends Solid Bamboo flooring by Cali.

Quality is Key to Solid Bamboo

If you’re on the fence about solid bamboo, then knowing the difference between high-quality and low-quality bamboo is the key. Early producers of bamboo floors were “quick and dirty” in their production, giving bamboo a bad name. Cali Bamboo has set the bar for high standards.

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  1. Cali only uses Moso bamboo, renowned for its strength, hardness, and versatility. Moso grows faster than it can be harvested, making it highly sustainable. But, harvesting it at the right time is imperative. Cali only uses Moso bamboo harvested at the ideal age of five to seven years.
  2. Post-harvest is just as important as pre-harvest. Cali dries all Moso bamboo to a moisture minimum of 6-8%, while other producers accept a moisture of 8-12%.
  3. The durability of the final product is highly influenced by the amount of bamboo that goes into the floor. More bamboo equals a denser, stronger floor. You can simply hold a sample of Cali bamboo flooring and feel the weight compared to an inferior product, which will be significantly lighter.
  4. While you’ve got those samples in hand, give each one a good scratch. The minimum ten layers of aluminum oxide on the Cali flooring make it highly scratch resistant. Other manufacturers use fewer coats or choose lower grade chemicals for protection.
  5. Unlike traditional hardwood, refinishing a bamboo floor is not common. Although refinishing a Cali Bamboo floor is possible, it rarely, if ever, needs to be done.

 

The Janka hardness of Cali Bamboo floors is certainly worth noting. In the world of hardwood floors, we have a little thing called the Janka Scale. Determining the “Janka hardness rating” of a floor is achieved through a process of applying thousands of pounds of pressure, letting you know how well the floor will hold up under weight, as well as its potential for scratching and denting. Below is a chart to reference various Janka ratings and where Cali Bamboo falls.

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As if the Janka chart weren’t enough, we can always look at the beauty! The beautiful grains and colors are every bit as enchanting as traditional hardwood.

The Engineered Flooring Option

Engineered versus solid can get confusing, so let’s eliminate the confusion now! The top layers of engineered flooring are a veneer of the wood itself, be it bamboo, oak, maple, or hickory. With Cali, you are ensured of a thick veneer with multiple coats of protection for scratch and dent resistance. This veneer is layered over a solid, sustainable wood core that gives the floor stability.

 

The construction of engineered flooring cuts down on expansion and contraction from its solid-flooring counterpart. So, engineered floors are an option in the higher-moisture spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and even basements. Engineered floors require approximately 60% less acclimation than solid bamboo, allowing for faster projects.

 

If you have your heart set on oak, maple, or hickory, then Cali has you covered. Their engineered hardwood Meritage and Odyssey collections offer options in all of these species, with solid, sustainable cores. The pictures truly speak for themselves.

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Tile Floors

No flooring list is complete without the mention of tile floors. They are versatile, durable, and elegant. No room in the house is off limits when it comes to tile.

 

Tile can come in a variety of material, even recycled content, but Harris Renovations has found the top tile picks for a floor is porcelain. Finely ground clays and minerals are fired at extremely high temperatures to produce porcelain, resulting in a product harder and denser than ceramic. Porcelain is great at resisting water and stains because it is not a porous material.

 

Natural stone is also an option. Most popular among the natural stone tile are travertine, limestone, marble, granite, and slate. Certain stones are more durable than others. For example, marble is considered quite soft. Regardless, natural stone is likely going to be heavy on the wallet.

 

The final look of your tile can change drastically depending on the size, shape, and layout. All of these factors will influence factors like your grout lines and the influence on the size of the room. Harris Renovations is experienced in the design process and will help with these choices. We also carry very high standards when it comes to tile installation. Not only do we ensure that the entire installation is waterproof, but we also use above-standard products. For example, we only use FusionPro grout, which is stain and mold resistant and does not require sealing.

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Love the Decision You Make

Harris Renovations is committed to working through every detail of your remodel, including your floor choice. We provide samples and explore every option on the table. Many decisions go into a renovation, but we help you with all of them. In the end, you will love your floors! We guarantee!

 
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Wendy Harris
Wendy Harris thrives on greasing the wheels that make the engine run. She loves all things customer service and lives for the logistics of business. Though she may never swing a hammer, she is passionate about every project that Harris Renovations takes on. She considers her clients to be her friends, and she believes this industry is personal. If it is important to the client, then it is important to her.
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