The great outdoors is amazing, especially when you have your own little piece of the outdoors at home. Maybe it's sitting on the patio or balcony reading, fun times by the pool, or a welcoming walkway in a garden or court yard. Either way, it's these outdoor spaces that really bring something extra to our homes. Let's take a look at how to make a welcoming outdoor space and the flooring you can use to do this.
One of the most popular outdoor spaces is the patio. These usually consist of a concrete slab off the house, sometimes with a roof to provide shade. A sliding glass door connecting your living space with your patio will make your living space feel open and add lots of natural light. You can take your patio to another level by continuing your flooring in the home out onto the patio. To do this, though, you will have to choose a floor covering that is suitable to be outdoors.
Floor coverings like hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tile, and carpet are not ideal for outdoor use or in any areas that are not regulated. (Some hard wood can be used outside but requires an extensive of amount of maintenance). If planning on using these kinds of floor coverings, keep in mind they are susceptible to moisture damage and not recommended for outdoor use. Still want to carry your wood or tile flooring outside? Well not to worry. There are several options available.
The WPC flooring category offers wood and stone looks that are perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces, allowing you to continue your look from the inside out. You may love sipping drinks and relaxing on your porch but hate the maintenance that comes with wood. The porch is a prime example of an area WPC wood-look flooring can bring a new look and more comfort to your outdoor space with less maintenance.
Tile is beautiful outdoors, whether it's on a patio, porch, walkway, or poolside. When opting for tile outdoors, stone or ceramics are not ideal because they absorb too much moisture. Stone and ceramic tile is also susceptible to cracking and breaking when the temperatures rise and fall. However, slip-resistant porcelain tile that is rated for outdoor use is perfect. Slate is also a great choice for outdoor spaces. When properly sealed, this natural stone is a champion of beauty and durability. Keep in mind that using larger-sized tiles can make your space feel bigger, and wood-look tile will add texture and warmth.
So, when looking to expand your home to the outdoors, remember to keep the space open to allow the outdoors in. Think outside the box when it comes to the walkways and floors. Remember the maintenance that will be needed for the flooring you choose and be sure to pick a floor covering that is not only beautiful but durable and meets your needs.
Getting new floors is an exciting process! It adds beauty and value to your home, but many worry about the installation process being a hassle. It doesn’t have to be! There are many benefits of having your flooring professionally installed.
Free and accurate measurements and estimates
One of the first steps in purchasing flooring is getting accurate room measurements. At Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Flooring (or Floors to Go) we do complementary measurement and estimates. It's quick, easy, and accurate. With one call, a flooring professional will come to your home and calculate square footage and cost in minutes.
Furniture Removal and Tear out
When installing your own floor, you’re responsible for cleaning out your space, moving furniture, and removing old flooring. However, when you let us do the work for you, all you have to do is remove small items and breakables like photos and heirlooms, and we will do all the heavy lifting! We even remove your existing floor that’s being replaced.
Professional and Efficient Installation
When you’re doing your own installation, it can take more time than you planned for and cause stress on you and your household. Our installers work quickly and efficiently, with some jobs being finished in as little as a day. When completed, we haul away any waste left from the job.
When our professionals install your flooring, any mistakes made are repaired free of cost to you. All of our installations come with a Lifetime Installation Warranty. We even have a 60-Day-No-Questions-Asked Warranty: if you don't like your floors for any reason, we will replace them!
Having your floors professionally installed is affordable and takes the stress out of your flooring installation. Our crews ensure the job is done right with the correct tools and equipment. Installation is done in a timely manner, letting you enjoy your new floors as soon as possible.
Call us at 256.231.0008, visit our website, or stop by any time and schedule a free measurement and estimate!
Despite the rise in popularity of hard surfaces, many people still love the coziness of carpet in their homes. While flooring trends come and go, carpet is still a favorite. Let's look at some classic and trendy carpet styles.
Before choosing a style, you need to consider the use and abuse your carpet may take. If you have an active family or pets, make sure to get a strong carpet made from a resilient material like Nylon and that is outfitted with pet stain and soil resistance. Carpet with level loop pile is a durable choice that resists crushing and matting because the bristles are uncut loops. Cut pile is the most popular choice and is durable because of the type of fiber used, the density of the tufts, and the amount of twists in the yarn.
When people think of carpet, they generally picture a low pile (height of the bristles) carpet that is a classic, neutral color that coordinates with pretty much any décor. Carpet can be a neutral backdrop or a focal point for your space. Beiges, light browns, and even some grays are great neutrals. If your room décor doesn’t have too many textures, you can also choose a neutral colored carpet with mixed colors to help hide stains.
For those that want carpet to speak up a little more, colors and patterns are back in style. Subtle hues in earthy greens and blue tints can give your room a pop of color. Textured and patterned carpets speak volumes in large or open rooms and are effective ways of adding style. Patterned carpets can be beautiful focal points for neutral or contemporary décor and are great for hiding stains. Adding a patterned carpet runner to stairs not only provides traction but also elegance and style. When using patterned carpet throughout a room, it's best to choose more neutral colors and simple patterns so the room doesn’t feel busy.
Carpet tiles were once relegated to commercial buildings because they are very durable and easy to change out if stained or ruined. But now, they have become a popular choice for the home and can be found in many colors and patterns. Carpet tiles are very good choices for basements or play rooms. It’s easy to get creative with fun looks, and they’re easy to replace if damaged. A popular design choice with carpet tiles is to border the room with hard surface flooring and cover the rest of the floor in carpet.
Carpet is still a favorite for comfort in the bedroom. Frieze (or shag) carpet with its high pile fibers provides excellent softness underfoot. Now you can even make your frieze carpet the focal point in your bedroom because you can find this style of carpet with subtle patterns!
Keep in mind how your carpet will function in your home, the traffic flow it will endure, and the style you’re looking for. Color is important to your overall décor, but so is pile length and feel. For more information on selecting carpet, visit our website, or come by our showroom to talk with a flooring specialist.
Hardwood floors have a natural beauty that's hard to beat. In order to retain that beauty, hardwood must be protected from water and maintained properly. Let's take a look at some tips to keep your hardwood floors looking like new.
When it comes to mopping, never mop hardwoods with water or use cleaners that contain detergents, oils, ammonia, or polishes and waxes. Vacuuming for general cleaning is fine, but be sure to use your hard surface setting on your vacuum. Make sure your vacuum has either a felt pad on the bottom or a brush, and be careful when pulling your vacuum so the wheels don’t scratch the wood.
Hardwood isn’t waterproof and is susceptible to swelling, so be sure to clean up wet spills as quickly as possible. Use a clean, soft cloth; if needed, the cloth can be slightly damp but be sure to wipe dry immediately. When more than just sweeping is needed, the best products to use are those made for your flooring. One product that is safe and effective is Bona’s hardwood cleaner. Bona’s hardwood cleaner can be bought in single bottles or in a kit that contains a “Swiffer” style mop.
This kind of mop is ideal for hardwood floors because it’s a very dry mop, and the cleaner dries in only a few minutes. Bona’s hardwood cleaner won’t leave a residue or film like some cleaners. Bona is an environmentally responsible product with an effective, yet non-toxic formulation, guaranteeing its safety to use around the home.
All hardwood, especially the exotic ones, will darken over time with exposure to sunlight. This is a natural occurrence in wood. It’s recommended that you occasionally rearranged the furniture in your living space so your hardwood floors can darken evenly. Don't forget to rearrange your rugs and floor mats as well. If you live in an area with high humidity, you may want to use a dehumidifier to reduce swelling in your hardwood floors.
Other useful tips:
* Don't wear shoes, such as stiletto heels, that can scratch your hardwood floors.
* Use protective pads under tables and chairs.
* Use mats at any entrance doors.
* If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails and claws trimmed.
Two of the hottest products in the flooring world today are LVT and WPC, but they lead customers ask many questions: What does that stand for? What's it made of? Is it wood? Is it waterproof?--the list goes on. Let's take some of the mystery out of these flooring categories for you. We'll start with LVT.
LVT stands for luxury vinyl tile, also know as luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). LVT is a vinyl based flooring that mimics the look of stone and wood. LVT consists of five layers. First is a finish that protects from light scratching and shoe scuffs. Second is a clear film that protects against rips and tears. Third is the design layer--this is your stone or wood print. Fourth is the core, which gives it structure. And finally, the fifth layer is the backing.
LVT captures the realistic look of wood and stone designs with the use of photographic technology. The design options don't stop at color though. LVT also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Square pieces range from 12x12 to 24x24, and rectangle piece come in 12x24. You can even get LVT in hexagonal shapes!
Besides its design advantages, LVT has many practical angles. Unlike the stone and wood that it mimics, LVT is very water resistant. In fact, it is pretty much impervious to wet spills. While stone is susceptible to cracks if something heavy is dropped on it or if not installed correctly, LVT is very durable, giving it the stone look without fear of it cracking. Tile is beautiful, but many don’t like its cold feel—something that LVT does not have.
LVT is very easy to clean: damp mopping is the recommended cleaning procedure for LVT. Because it is very durable, it is not uncommon to see 20 to 25-year warranties on LVT.
WPC (wood plastic/polymer composite) shares many similarities with LVT, but at the same time, they do have some differences. Let's take a look at why you might consider WPC for your floor covering.
There are many different versions of WPC (wood plastic/polymer composite). While the “W” in WPC stands for wood, the majority of WPC-type products entering the market today don’t contain wood. These kinds of WPC are often called enhanced vinyl plank, engineered luxury vinyl, and water proof vinyl. We’re going to focus on the features of these types of WPC.
WPC is like LVT in that it is vinyl based and mimics stone and wood. The core is made of plastic/polymer, which is the same material PVC pipes are of made. When this kind of core is used in WPC, it is totally water proof. WPC can be installed in places with high exposure to moisture, such as bathrooms and basements. WPC’s core is rigid, thus hiding imperfections in the subfloor. The rigid core also allows for longer and wider planks. Like LVT, WPC is very easy to clean and has a lengthy warranty.
If you would like the look of wood or stone but with added durability and protection, LVT and WPC are both excellent flooring choices for your home.
When it comes to building or remodeling projects, every space has different requirements depending on how the space will be used. How can you be sure you’re buying the right flooring for your space? Let's take a look at some tips to help you get the flooring that's just right for your space.
You may think, “Flooring is flooring, I just pick the kind that appeals to my eye,” but you could be making a bad choice. Think about what the space will be used for. Do you have kids or pets? If so, you will likely want to get a more durable flooring like rigid core waterproof flooring or Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet that will last and stand up to the traffic in your home. On the other hand, maybe you’re empty nesters ready to invest in something more luxurious like hardwood flooring or soft, premium carpet that increases your home’s value and appeal.
What if the space you’re building or renovating is not your forever home, and you’re preparing it to sell or rent? If this is the case, you’ll likely want to buy a less expensive flooring that will still add buyer appeal to your home. If you’re renting out the space, you may want a durable flooring that is easy to replace if damaged buy renters. Asking yourself questions like these will help you to get the most bang for your buck and find the right flooring for your space.
Once you've evaluated your space, share your results with your flooring sales representative. Having these questions answered beforehand will help you have a quicker and enjoyable buying experience. A little thought and planning can save you time and money and help you to find the perfect flooring for your needs.
Modern or mid-century modern has been popular since the 1950’s. Don't get the wrong idea though; it's by no means outdated. Like most décor, it has evolved and changed over time to become one of the most popular home styles. You don't have to have a mansion or skyscraper apartment to achieve the modern home. Modern décor is primarily made up of simple, clean lines and driven by functionality. The predominant color pallet used to achieve this design includes stark whites, grays, and taupes. The clean lines, light colors, and simple design of the modern look helps make your space feel larger and open.
When it comes to wall colors, primarily you want to stick to whites, grays and taupes, but the modern style looks great with a bold pop of bright color or texture. A colorful focal wall can make a statement, but you don’t have to be limited to this option. A brightly-colored or metallic, tiled focal wall in a geometric pattern makes quite an impression, along with textured accents made of simple grain wood looks, concrete, and metals.
For modern kitchens, tile backsplashes are the perfect accent to flat-planed, light-colored cabinets with minimal hardware. Choose geometric tiles with repeated patterns like grids, lines, or circles. If you prefer a simpler design, subway tiles aren’t just for farmhouses. You can still achieve a clean, modern look with subway tiles, and they’re also available in a variety of colors to add that extra something to your design.
For your floors, you can get modern looks in any floor covering you choose, whether it's hardwood, laminate, tile, LVT or WPC. Concrete-look tile is perfect for the industrial, modern look and even looks great on walls! If you prefer real wood or a wood look, opt for a simple grain pattern that doesn't look aged or worn. Wood is also not limited to just the floor! Wood and wood-look products like laminate, tile, LVT, WPC, and vinyl planks look amazing as accent walls.
Favorite modern wood flooring styles are light and dark (almost black) grays and white-washed looks. White-washed floors are quickly becoming the latest trend, provided an open feel and simple beauty. If you have a small space, lighter floors keep the space feeling open.
When it comes to décor, keep it simple. Try a canvas painting instead of a framed painting, and don't be afraid to bring in furniture that adds a pop of color, like a clean-lined, brightly colored arm chair or ottoman. Utilize furniture and accents made with angular or flowing designs and industrial materials like wood, plastic, and metal. Primary shapes and patterns are also key to a stream-lined look with straight-lined tables, cabinets, couches, and chairs.
When aiming to achieve a modern design, keep in mind your color scheme: light neutrals with pops of dark or bright colors as accents. Flowing, clean lines should be the rule of thumb for furniture and other accessories. Don't forget textures with wood, metals and concrete. Follow these tips and add your own style, and you'll have a beautifully modern home.
Today stress is easy to come by. Between work, family, and just daily living, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. Home is meant to be an escape from the stresses of the day. If you’re feeling frazzled, you need your space to give you a warm, calm feeling. Let's take a look at some design tips to help you feel at ease at home.
Do you have a place in your home were you like to get away? Maybe it's the bedroom, an office, or even just the living room. What can you do to your space to make it more calming? Color is a major factor when it comes to our emotions. Different colors affect us in different ways. For instance, pastel blues often trigger a relaxation response. When you couple light blues with beiges, taupes, and creams, you get a beachy feel, and the ocean has always been a symbol of relaxation, giving off a calm feeling.
Like blues, other calming colors like yellows and greens tend are derived from nature. The sun is essential for life and being with or without sun physiologically effects our moods. Brining some yellow into your space can give you that same warm feel of the sun. When it comes to tones of yellow, lighter is better than a deep yellow. You want your space to feel sunny but not look like a banana. Green is in the middle of the color spectrum and incorporates both warmth and coolness. Pairing green with white will lend a bright, crisp feel to your space. Other good colors to pair with yellows and greens are beiges, taupes, creams, whites, and grays, but be sure to keep them on the light side.
One factor of your home that brings in a lot of color and texture is your flooring. Wood flooring has always been equated with a warm feel. If you like solid hardwood or wood-look products, shoot for lighter colored wood looks with grain textures that don't feel busy. Simple, clean-lined textured floors can add to the calm feel of the space. Tile is another excellent choice with it's cool feel and natural stone looks that add feng shui to any space.
Another thing to keep in mind aside from the look of your flooring is the maintenance. Less maintenance equals less stress. For active families with kids and pets, a WPC-type flooring is an excellent choice. It’s waterproof and can easily be cleaned with vacuuming or a wet/dry mop combination and is available in wood and tile looks. If you’re going for carpet, be sure to opt for one with superior stain, wear, and soil resistance. Tile and vinyl are also excellent choices for easy cleaning.
They say, “A man’s (or woman’s) home is his/her castle.” Make your castle a restful retreat by utilizing calming color schemes and warm-toned, low-maintenance flooring. Colors derived from nature like light blue, yellow, and green help bring the soothing effects of the outdoors indoors. Choosing a low-maintenance flooring also helps take the stress out of cleaning so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your home.
Laminate is a popular floor covering that mimics natural materials like stone and wood. Laminate flooring is just as strong and scratch resistant as vinyl and much more resilient than the wood and stone it immitates. Like every floor covering, laminate has its pros and cons. Below are some things to consider when buying laminate flooring.
Laminate designs are printed in high definition allowing it to capture a stone or wood look almost perfectly. Laminate comes in many different plank sizes. It’s resistant to wear and won’t fade from direct sunlight or any kind of artificial light. Due to its durability, most laminate has a warranty of 15 to 30 years. Installation is easy with a locking system that is nail and glue-free. It can easily be floated over any non-textile sub floor or existing floor, even concrete. Laminate is easy to clean, and in general just requires regular sweeping and dry mopping. For a deeper clean, a cleaning solution like Bona Hard Surface Cleaner that won’t leave a filmy residue is perfectly safe.
Even with its foam underlay, laminate is hard under foot. It also doesn’t insulate a room like carpet or cork flooring would. If damaged, laminate can’t be sanded or refinished like the hardwood it mimics. The damaged planks have to be replaced. Laminate is not as moisture resistant as other floor coverings. If there is a wet spill, it should be cleaned up immediately so your floor isn’t damaged.
Think about the specific needs and lifestyle in your home when looking over the pros and cons of laminate. But all in all, laminate’s pros outweigh the cons and might be just right for your home.
Everyone needs their own space, a place to get away and have things just the way they like them. This is especially true for children whether they’re newborns or teens. Let's look at some design tips for fun and functional space for kids of all ages.
Every room begins with a good foundation: beautiful and functional flooring. Kids’ rooms and playrooms take a lot of wear and tear. For flooring that stands up to messes and high traffic, your best bet will be WPC, LVT, or stain-resistant carpet. Highly recommended products are Mohawk’s SolidTech WPC, Mannington’s Adura Max, and Mohawk’s SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet. SolidTech and Adura Max are completely waterproof and come in a variety of wood and tile looks to suit any décor. WPC flooring is also a softer surface than traditional wood or tile. If it’s carpet you’re looking for, the softness, stain resistance, and durability of SmartStrand is unequaled. Whatever flooring you choose, choose a style that can “grow” with the room as your child ages.
Organization and easy access will be your best friend as your child grows from cradle to college. You don't have to have a big space to stay organized; just use your space wisely. If you can’t go out, go up with wall hooks, floating shelves, or shelves with slide-out containers. Buy multipurpose furniture pieces like a storage ottoman, combination dresser/changing table, and crib that converts to a full-size bed. Utilize any empty spaces (like under the bed) for pull out baskets or tubs to organize and store everything from toys to extra linens.
As needs and styles change, make the transition into your child's next stage of life smoother by picking furniture like convertible cribs or daybeds and using neutral paint colors. Your child's favorite color will likely change almost weekly, so it's best to choose a neutral paint color and use accent pieces, wall art, bedding, and personal mementos to bring in bright colors, patterns, and individual style.
When designing your kids’ spaces, remember that style and function need to go hand-in-hand. Keeping your flooring and paint color neutral and utilizing multi-functional furniture provides a great foundation for changes in needs and personal style. Pulling all these together to create a timeless look will allow the space to grow with your child.