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GENERAL
What is the best flooring to use if my child has allergies?
What's the best product to clean my laminate, hardwood?
The last carpet I purchased was sold by the square yard, why is it now sold by the square foot?

CARPET
What is the difference between wool and nylon carpeting?  Why would I use one over the other?
What is the best carpet to use if I have an pet that sometimes has accidents?
What's the best type of carpet to put on stairs, high traffic areas?
What kind of carpet is best for basements that have moisture?
Does upgrading padding really make a difference in the life of carpet?
What's the difference between nylon and polyester?
Is it a good idea to use glued down indoor/outdoor in a basement?
Why do most people use berber carpet in the basement?
Is it ok to put a wilton on the stairs?
What are the benefits of wool - does it have stain protection?
Should I use padding in my basement? My basement gets wet sometimes.
Is carpet safe for allergies?

LAMINATE
Can I use laminate floors in basement?
Can laminate floors get wet?

RUGS
What is the difference between hand knotted and hand tufted rugs?

TILE
What’s the difference between porcelain and ceramic?

VINYL
Are the vinyl planks water proof?

WOOD
What does the Janka rating mean?
Is engineered wood real?
What is cabin grade wood?
What’s the difference between engineered wood and laminate?
What is better wood or laminate floors?
What is better solid or engineered wood floors?
How long will the finish last on a pre-finished floor?
Can I use wood floors in a basement?
How many times can I sand this?
What's the difference between solid and engineered wood?
Can engineered floors be sanded and refinished?
Can we use wood on radiant floor?
What happens when you spill water on wood floor?
Can I put a hardwood floor in my kitchen?
GENERAL
What is the best flooring to use if my child has allergies?
Hard surface floors such as wood or laminate are the best options for a child with allergies. These floors can be easily cleaned and will not trap dust and other allergens.
What's the best product to clean my laminate, hardwood?
There are specific products designed to clean hardwood and laminate floors such as Bona cleaning products. It is very important to use the correct product when cleaning these floors.
The last carpet I purchased was sold by the square yard, why is it now sold by the square foot?
Some years ago carpet retailers switched to square foot pricing to show customers what a great value wall to wall carpeting was as compared to other flooring option such as hardwood and ceramic tile which are sold by the square foot.
 
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CARPET
What is the difference between wool and nylon carpeting?  Why would I use one over the other?
The main difference between wool and nylon carpet is that wool is a natural fiber and nylon is a synthetic fiber. There are different qualities of wool and nylon carpets and both have their advantages. Wool is often a more costly option than nylon.
What is the best carpet to use if I have an pet that sometimes has accidents?
Stainmaster Ultra Life Advantage and Sorona Smartstrand carpets are the best options for a household with pets that have accidents. Both of these carpets carry a lifetime warranties against pet stains.
What's the best type of carpet to put on stairs, high traffic areas?
The best carpet to put in high traffic areas and stairs is Stainmaster Ultra Life Advantage. These Stainmaster carpets come with an enhanced lifetime warranty against all types of stains and wear and will perform in high traffic areas longer than any other carpet fiber.
What kind of carpet is best for basements that have moisture?
If you have a basement that has moisture, the best option would be to do a hard surface such as tile or vinyl. The only type of carpet that would be resistant to moisture would be an indoor/outdoor carpet.
Does upgrading padding really make a difference in the life of carpet?
Upgrading your pad will absolutely extend the lifetime of your carpet. Using the correct pad can protect the carpet from wearing against the bare floor and lessens the stress on the carpet. A better pad can also provide insulation, mildew resistance and improve the "feel" of the carpet. Installing the incorrect pad can sometimes void the warranty on the carpet. The correct padding can be determined by the construction of the carpet and where the carpet will be installed in the home.
What's the difference between nylon and polyester?
Nylon and polyester are both synthetic fibers. Polyester is not as inherently resilient as nylon but carpets made of polyester fiber will perform well if appropriately constructed. Nylon is a more expensive fiber and offers excellent resilienct and durability.
Is it a good idea to use glued down indoor/outdoor in a basement?
Glued down indoor/outdoor carpet is a good choice if the basement is moist or can become wet.
Why do most people use berber carpet in the basement?
Berber is a common type of carpet used for basements because it can often be less expensive than other styles of carpets. Berbers also give a more "casual" look which lends itself to the style of most basements.
Is it ok to put a wilton on the stairs?
Wilton wool carpets are not recommended for stairs. This type of construction cannot withstand the heavy traffic on stairs and will show wear within a short period of time.
What are the benefits of wool - does it have stain protection?
Wool is a natural fiber which is durable, resilient and luxurious. It is also a renewable resource. Wool fibers are naturally superior to synthetic fibers and wool naturally resists, hides and releases soils and stains.
Should I use padding in my basement? My basement gets wet sometimes.
Padding is almost always recommended in a residential application. Padding gives the carpet a much better "feel" and will increase the lifetime of the carpet. In a basement that may experience moisture or flooding, the carpet will most likely have to be replaced whether or not it is installed with pad.
Is carpet safe for allergies?
Carpet that is maintained and cleaned properly is safe for people with allergies.
 
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LAMINATE
Can I use laminate floors in basement?
Laminate flooring can be installed below grade. The only issue with installing laminate in a basement is the possibility of moisture or flooding. In this case, the laminate can be permanently damaged.
Can laminate floors get wet?
Laminate floors can handle surface moisture as long as spills are wiped up quickly. If the laminate gets extremely wet or the room is flooded, the core of the material will expand and damage the flooring.
 
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RUGS
What is the difference between hand knotted and hand tufted rugs?
A hand knotted rug is woven one knot at a time by a weaver and can take months to years to make. A hand tufted rug is made by using a hand held tool that punches strands of wool into a canvas. This process is far less time intensive and intricate than the process of weaving a hand knotted rug.
 
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TILE
What’s the difference between porcelain and ceramic?
Ceramic tile is made with clay and fired in a kiln. It is then finished with a glaze which carries the color and the pattern. Porcelain tile is primarily made from ground up sand. Processing porcelain involves pressure and extremely high temperatures which results in a very dense, glass like material with very little water absorption.
 
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VINYL
Are the vinyl planks water proof?
Many suppliers, such as Armstrong, make vinyl planks that are waterproof. The surface of the vinyl may be impervious to water but depending on the type of planks and the installation method, vinyl planks may or may not form a barrier to prevent water from getting to the subfloor.
 
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WOOD
What does the Janka rating mean?
The janka hardness test measures the resistance of a type of wood to withstand denting and wear.
Is engineered wood real?
Engineered hardwood is a real wood floor that is constructed of layers of plywood with a hardwood core and a top layer or veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core and engineered flooring is available in almost every hardwood species.
What is cabin grade wood?
Cabin grade wood will have more of the woods natural imperfections such as knots, moneral streaks, color and grain variances. Cabin grade wood has a more rustic look where as when you purchase select grade flooring, most of the "imperfect" boards are eliminated to give a more consistent look with less variation.
What’s the difference between engineered wood and laminate?
An engineered wood floor is a real hardwood floor comprised of layers of wood with a hardwood veneer. A laminate floor is made up of of several different layers of melamine. The wood appearance of the floor is actually a photographic image of natural wood flooring which is then covered with a clear wear layer.
What is better wood or laminate floors?
An authentic hardwood floor offers timeless beauty and value to a home. A laminate floor is a less expensive option that gives the "appearance" of a wood floor for consumers who are working within a budget.
What is better solid or engineered wood floors?
Neither a solid or an engineered wood floor is better. The advantages of an engineered floor is that it can be installed below grade in a basement. Both types of flooring are equally good depending on the application.
How long will the finish last on a pre-finished floor?
Most urethane finished floor are made with aluminim oxide which should keep the finish from wearing down to the wood for 10+ years.
Can I use wood floors in a basement?
An engineered wood floor can be used below grade in a basement. It is glued directly to the slab.
How many times can I sand this?
The amount of times that a pre-finished floor can be sanded depends on the thickness of the wear layer. For the most part, a solid floor can be sanded 3 times and an engineered floor between 1-3 times.
What's the difference between solid and engineered wood?
Solid wood is milled from a solid 3/4" thick piece of hardwood. Engineered wood is produced with 3-5 layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure.
Can engineered floors be sanded and refinished?
Yes, they can be sanded and re-finshed. Depending on the wear layer this can be done up to 3 times.
Can we use wood on radiant floor?
Some wood floors can be installed over radiant heat. This depends on the type and construction of the wood floor. Many engineered wood floors can be used in this application where as solid wood floor cannot.
What happens when you spill water on wood floor?
As long as you get to the spill in a timely manner, there will be no damage to the floor. The only time that water can be an issue if it sits on the floor for a long period of time and absorbs into the wood. This can result in warping and cupping of the boards.
Can I put a hardwood floor in my kitchen?
Hardwood floors are a very popular option for kitchens. Many homeowners opt for hardwood in their kitchens for the aesthetic and for the softness and warmth it provides.
 
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