Hardwood flooring 101: Site-finished & prefinished boards

Hardwood flooring 101: Site-finished & prefinished boards

When finding the perfect wood flooring in Orlando, FL, confident choices will affect your outcome more than others. Site-finished and prefinished materials are choices that can affect the development and performance of your remodel for many years. If you've never experienced hardwood flooring in ...

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Three great reasons to choose Karastan carpet

Three great reasons to choose Karastan carpet

Karastan carpet is a name with a vibrant reputation for quality, craftsmanship, and sheer beauty. It is an excellent start if you want the perfect floor covering. If you're unfamiliar with this brand and its benefits, it's worth your time to learn more about them. Here are some facts that will help ...

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Three tips for understanding luxury vinyl flooring wear-layers

Three tips for understanding luxury vinyl flooring wear-layers

The wear layer is crucial to the durability of luxury vinyl flooring. The wear layer is a clear, strong, melamine coating that is placed just above the printed design sheet. It protects the floor from scratches, scuffs, and dents. Tip #1: Thickness matters with luxury vinyl flooring, wear layers are ...

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Is waterproof flooring a good option for Orlando, FL homes?

Is waterproof flooring a good option for Orlando, FL homes?

Waterproof flooring means worry-free, but it’s so much more: stylish, durable, and easy to care for. This flooring is a necessity no matter where you live. After all, we create plenty of moisture in our homes with steamy showers, cooking, spills, and drops. If that's not enough, we must contend with ...

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How many years can I expect hardwood flooring to last?

How many years can I expect hardwood flooring to last?

Take one of the historic grand home tours offered in communities across the country, and you may discover an original wood floor laid a century ago. Since a solid wood floor is re-finishable several times, you may need to sand down the surface of your new floor, but you'll never need to replace it. ...

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Is Karastan carpet pet-friendly?

Is Karastan carpet pet-friendly?

‘Karastan’ has been synonymous with ‘top-tier carpeting’ since its founding in the 1920s. The company’s Made in the USA carpets are ideal for even the most active households, including those with pets. Karastan only deals with flooring retailers who equal its innovation, artistry, and craftsmanship, ...

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Why wood look tile may be your ideal solution

Why wood look tile may be your ideal solution

Let's say you always yearned for wood floors in your kitchen or bath. But, unfortunately, you can't have them because of the water/moisture issues. Wood-look floor tile is a great alternative. It combines the beauty of wood with the function of tile. Have you seen it yet? Inkjet is modern technology. ...

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Is there a difference between tile and plank luxury vinyl flooring?

Is there a difference between tile and plank luxury vinyl flooring?

Tile and plank luxury vinyl are composed of the same materials, but there are some differences between the two-floor coverings. You can compare the latest luxury vinyl flooring styles at The Flooring Center Orlando, part of central Florida's flooring industry since 1985. Then, we can install a new ...

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Waterproof flooring enhances room décor

Waterproof flooring enhances room décor

Waterproof flooring is available in so many designs that there’s guaranteed to be one that perfectly matches your decorating style. Some brands are made of natural materials such as clay-based ceramic. Other brands are composed of synthetic materials like vinyl that feature geometric designs or ...

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The 411 on wood look tile flooring

The 411 on wood look tile flooring

Wood-look floor tile adds warmth, sophistication, and style to any room. It's classic and offers the character of genuine wood with the durability and quality of the tile. Back to basics: How wood-look tiles are made Intricate patterns are created either on porcelain or ceramic tile. This is done through ...

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Do hardwood floors add home value?

Do hardwood floors add home value?

When you choose hardwood flooring, you do more than enhance the room decor. You also increase the number of homebuyers who give your home a 'second look' if you decide to sell it. Hardwood flooring is a winner in resaleSince hardwood is such a popular floor covering, you can count on homebuyer ...

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What sets Karastan carpet apart from other brands?

Carpet was expensive in the 19th century, so only the wealthy purchased it. But in the Roaring Twenties, a new company called Karastan made rugs that the average consumer could afford. These Oriental rugs were the cat's meow, so it was not surprising that they became an instant hit. The durable ...

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Why is luxury vinyl flooring so popular?

Good looks and great functionality put luxury vinyl flooring on top of many homeowners' must-have lists. This easy-to-clean floor covering resists stains and scratches, scuffs, and general wear from daily activities. Waterproof styles are abundant. Installation is never a chore, regardless of ...

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Top 4 tile flooring trends

If you’re like most homeowners, you want a floor covering that looks great, performs well, and lasts a good while, and all these attributes are available in the floor tile. We're going to take some time today to tell you more about these products and what they can do for you, so read along with us. Your ...

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Is rigid core flooring waterproof?

Rigid-core luxury vinyl flooring is one of the best synthetic materials available. This kind of vinyl plank or tile has a more solid core than standard brands for added durability. The rigid core layer protects the flooring from water damage, while the surface wear layer protects the image layer ...

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Is porcelain a highly designed tile flooring?

Yes, that is because the main differences between porcelain and ceramic are in water absorption and construction, not design! This large-format/fewer grout line responds to a big trend today: bigger and bigger tile! It has a through-body color, meaning that the hue goes all way through the ...

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The latest hardwood flooring trends

While traditional medium brown hardwood flooring is a perennial favorite, several other styles are trendy today. A 'cookie cutter' look is definitely 'out' while creative room design is 'in.' The trendiest spaces are filled with furniture, flooring, window treatments, and accessories that each ...

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Are Karastan carpets durable?

Carpet flooring offers outstanding benefits, but nothing surpasses the quality and craftsmanship found in Karastan products. These products have always offered a luxurious yet durable experience that you’ll have to experience to believe, so read along with today’s post to find out more. Carpet ...

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Latest trends for luxury vinyl flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring is a durable material that can be installed in any area of the home. With its high resistance to abrasion and stains, it's not surprising that an increasing number of homeowners are opting for this attractive flooring. Stone and wood-look plank and tile styles are the most ...

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Can flooring truly be waterproof?

Some synthetic flooring materials are designed not only to resist scratches and stains but also to repel water. Likewise, some natural flooring materials are modified to repel water. In general, floors that are not waterproof are water-resistant. This means that water will pool on the surface, ...

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The difference between solid & engineered wood flooring

Hardwood flooring, whether solid or engineered, is available in domestic and exotic wood species. Most often, homeowners choose oak flooring. White and red oak planks come in many different shades. In addition, light-colored woods, like ash and maple, and dark-colored woods, such as walnut and ...

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Karastan carpet facts you should know

If you’re looking for a broadloom manufacturer that is synonymous with high-quality and high-end appeal, you should take the time to consider Karastan carpet. This company makes flooring that will serve you for decades, with all the characteristics and attributes you want and need for carpeting, ...

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How to make your tile flooring special

Tile flooring can give any room architectural interest and a distinctive style. Not just for the kitchen or bath floors, these pieces come in a large assortment of designs, styles, shapes, and sizes that can be mixed and matched to create unique, personal designs. Tile is as functional as aesthetic, ...

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Why you should consider luxury vinyl flooring

Why should you consider luxury vinyl flooring? Well, that’s a good question! The answer can vary, however, based on your specific lifestyle and flooring requirements. What's suitable for one might not be good for another, but there's something in this product line for everyone. Reasons luxury vinyl ...

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Waterproof vs. water-resistant flooring: what's the difference?

When you find yourself in need of flooring that protects you from water damage, you might wonder about the difference between waterproof and water-resistant flooring. We want to take some time today to explain those differences and what they can mean for your home. Making the right choice for your ...

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Do hardwood floors add value to a home?

One of the most incredible benefits of wood floors is that they add value to your property, and you’ll see it in three ways. First, you’ll recoup 80% to 90% of the cost, as reflected in your home value. A home that was $200K could become more than $216K after installation. Second, if you plan to ...

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Easy ways to make your kitchen floor special with tile

These days there are so many tile designs, styles, shapes, and sizes, many of which can be mixed and matched, that your imagination only limits you. However, one important thing to remember is that there are many types of tile, and they all have different characteristics that make some better for ...

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Karastan carpet can stand up to millions of footsteps

Karastan gained a reputation as a high-quality carpet manufacturer shortly after it began production in the 1920s. The company still enjoys its lofty position in the flooring industry, and its products are still produced only in the USA. Karastan is particular about the retailers with whom it ...

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What are the benefits of vinyl plank flooring?

If you’re considering luxury vinyl plank flooring for your home, you might wonder about the material's available benefits to you and your house. The good news is, there are many. From outstanding visuals that provide a perfect décor match to the durability to stand up to even the busiest homes, you' ...

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Is luxury vinyl flooring waterproof?

Yes, luxury vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof flooring, and it will transform both your home and your life. This stunningly realistic echo of wood, stone, or tile is also affordable, durable, and easy to maintain and install. Cores and waterproof flooring Vinyl is inherently resistant to water. ...

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Are there hardwood flooring options with reclaimed wood?

The simple answer is yes. Reclaimed wood flooring is an excellent option for your home. It is a way of giving new life to old wood rather than taking those pieces to the landfill, and it is a way of creating a very classic look within your home. So, whether you are fixing up an old house and ...

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Premium quality Karastan carpet is durable

Karastan, founded in the 1920s, is well-known for premium quality carpeting that showcases innovative designs. Sophisticated styles range from traditional to trendy. Machine-made Karastan rugs, which have a handmade look, are noteworthy too. The Flooring Center Orlando offers a wide selection of ...

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Comparing vinyl plank and LVT flooring

The beauty of luxury vinyl flooring is that manufacturers can make it look pretty much like anything they want. And so, when the question comes up, “what is the difference between a vinyl plank and vinyl tile flooring,” the real answer is that the difference is simply a matter of appearance. The ...

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Comparing waterproof laminate and waterproof vinyl plank

Waterproof laminate doesn’t work in the same way as waterproof flooring but it does offer a higher level of water resistance than typical laminate. The design has a special backing that keeps liquid from seeping into the material, thus eliminating the challenges of staining, swelling, or buckling. ...

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How to maintain hardwood floors

Durable hardwood has been a popular flooring choice for generations because it gives a home an attractive, upscale look. While the floor can be refinished when it begins to look worn, proper maintenance can lessen the need for this task. The floor can look new year after year with careful use and a ...

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Made in the USA: Karastan carpet

Karastan carpet was first manufactured during the Roaring Twenties when flappers and sheiks danced the night away in jazz clubs. Today, the word 'Karastan' is still synonymous with premium quality wool rugs, and the flooring is still produced in the USA. Carpeting is made on a specialized loom that, ...

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Waterproof flooring is stylish and practical

You don't need to worry about small things like wet towels on the floor or major problems like a malfunctioning dishwasher if you have waterproof flooring in your home. Several types of floor coverings combine style with water-repellent practicality. The Flooring Center is family-owned and ...

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With luxury vinyl floors, the sky is the limit

There’s not much you can’t do with luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). You can match a variety of décor and experience the finest in protective features, no matter which rooms you need flooring for. What’s more, it offers a great lifespan, for years of enjoyment. You’re sure to find these materials ...

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4 flooring hardwood trends for 2020

Hardwood floors are always a beautiful, tasteful choice for any space. Trendy yet timeless in its way, and regardless of what species or color you choose, it's an installation that will last a lifetime. Add value to your home with the following trends for 2020, adding a gorgeous look that will stun ...

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Choosing hardwood from the vast majority of flooring

There are lots of flooring types to choose from, so why choose hardwood? The reasons behind a preference for this flooring type vary greatly from homeowner to homeowner. Some prefer the stylish and classic look that the material provides, while others love the incredibly long lifespan. Your reasons ...

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Basic vacuuming care guide for Karastan carpet

Did you know that your Karastan carpet can last for generations? However, to do so, you'll need to ensure correct flooring care, so your soft surfacing can maintain its magnificent appearance. Well-known for their resilience, superior quality, and exquisite beauty, Karastan carpets and rugs will ...

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Luxury vinyl: Elegance of wood without water concerns

Do you yearn for wood floors in, say, your bathroom? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate luxury? While you can’t have genuine wood in this very wet and often steamy room, you can have an amazing wood look with vinyl flooring that is not only completely impervious to water but also highly durable. It’s ...

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What is waterproof flooring WPC & how does it work?

Waterproof WPC (sometimes just referred to as WPC Vinyl) is the latest generation of luxury vinyl flooring (LVF), and it’s a force to be reckoned with! It’s basically the same luxury vinyl: a layered product, with the two top layers being a photographic image and a clear, protective wear layer. The ...

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Adding WOW factor to a room with hardwood floors

Wood floors really stand on their own in the “gorgeous category.” They add style, and elegance, and can work with any environment, from the most traditional, to urban contemporary, to urban loft-style. Would you believe, though, that you can still make the room even more breathtaking? Here are some ...

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How a Karastan carpet can spice up your living room

While carpeting has been around for a very long time, you may not be familiar with exclusively designed Karastan carpets. Recently on the market in America, The Flooring Center now carries them at our showrooms in Orlando, New Smyrna Beach, and Lake Mary, FL, making it possible for you to have one ...

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Is it easy to clean luxury vinyl?

Water-resistant and highly durable, luxury vinyl flooring is remarkably easy to maintain, clean, and keep its appearance like-new. To get you on the right path, The Flooring Center showroom professionals in Orlando, New Smyrna Beach, and Lake Mary, FL, have come up with the following basic steps to ...

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Luxury vinyl flooring: The best waterproof flooring for your home

Between tropical storms and a generally swampy climate, Florida homes have a real problem when it comes to finding floors that can hold up to the humidity. Wood flooring, carpet, and a number of other flooring materials all suffer serious damage from exposure to moisture, whether in the form of ...

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Water worries got you down? Try luxury vinyl flooring!

It would be great if we could just put whatever type of flooring we wanted in whichever room we please, but, sadly, it just doesn't work that way. Sometimes limitations like sub-floor type and moisture issues require us to rethink our plans, whether we want to or not. Luckily, there are solutions, ...

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Can I use luxury vinyl flooring on walls?

While luxury vinyl is one of the most popular choices these days for flooring material, our pros at The Flooring Center have heard about it being used for some pretty interesting decorating ideas. It’s a great project for DIY enthusiasts because the pieces just click together, and that’s always ...

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Karastan Carpet: Fiber Choices

Karastan carpets have a long history of quality and excellence that stretches back to the early part of the last century. They have been constant innovators in the carpet world from day one, and they continue that tradition today. Nobody is questioning whether they are good carpets or not. No, ...

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Kitchen Commotion: What Should You Keep Under Your Feet?

Aside from the bedroom, many people spend a huge chunk of their time in the kitchen. In busy households that have children running about, kitchens are typically the heart of a home, the place to go to have meals with family members, do homework and activities at the table or spend time chatting ...

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Help! My Hardwood Floors Got Wet!

First, don’t panic, but do take action immediately. Solid hardwood is porous, which means it soaks up water immediately. That can result in some pretty serious damage, such as warping, buckling, or cupping. Don’t think you’re safe if you’ve used a sealant on them, either. The hardwood will still ...

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Investing in Karastan Carpet

When you’re looking for a true high-quality carpet, you might first think about Persian or Oriental rugs, which are often so highly sought-after. However, Karastan carpet offers excellent quality that’s known to be well worth the time to research it. In fact, Karastan’s are still in existence from ...

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Three Reasons to Love Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Spring is just around the corner, and that means it's about time for the biggest remodeling season of the year. A lot of homeowners are getting their ducks in a row by seeking out the info they need, to make the big remodeling decisions to come. If you are thinking of remodeling your floors this ...

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Best Locations for Waterproof Flooring

If you’re looking for hard surfacing for an upcoming renovation, then it’s essential to take into account where you’ll be installing it. Temperature, humidity, and proximity to water are all important elements to factor into your decision, as not just any planks will do for a redesign. At The ...

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Can I Change the Color of My Hardwood Floors?

It may surprise you to learn that you can change the color of your wood floors. Although they last for decades, there will be times when you need to give them a little extra TLC, such as getting a hardwood refinishing, but it isn’t always about the repair. When you sand your floors, you can stain them ...

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Karastan Carpets: A History of Excellence

The modern flooring industry offers a wide array of materials and styles that are both accessible and affordable for the average person, but this wasn't always the case. In particular, carpeting and rugs were considered a luxury flooring material that was only accessible to the wealthy. Then, ...

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Add a Generous Dose of Drama with Dark Luxury Vinyl

At The Flooring Center showrooms in New Smyrna Beach and Lake Mary, FL, our showroom professionals answer a wide range of questions pertaining to color choices. While the vast majority of homeowners opt for neutral tones, there are indeed a handful of folks who are interested in how they can add ...

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Have you considered the wonders of tile flooring?

Tile flooring is one of the oldest materials used as a floor covering, with some pieces dating back thousands of years BC. It’s no wonder, either, as durable, long-lasting, and packed with benefits as this floor covering is. In fact, there are so many things you can do with tile, you’ll wonder why ...

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How important Is flooring?

Any homeowner that has already gone through the process of shopping for and having new flooring installed can tell you how important it is. When you think about your floors, you have to consider how much wear and tear they really take on any given day. They receive the brunt of all your foot ...

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What are you looking for in a carpet store?

Shopping for a floor covering for your home can be a daunting task, considering everything you have to think about. If you’ve narrowed your choices down to carpet all you need to do is find a good carpet store, right? You might think all carpet stores are the same, and to a certain degree, you’d be ...

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Meet Our Salesperson - Andrew Rusnak

Having worked at The Flooring Center for the past two years, I have developed an affinity for certain carpet and hard surface products. In the spring of 2014 when my fiancé and I bought our first house, I knew it was time to get to work on picking out products for our home. I knew ...

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Our Favorite Floors

Vicki at The Flooring Center's Dr. Phillips Showroom and a sample of her favorite carpet selection. Vicki began working at The Flooring Center just over 23 years ago. Over that time she has seen millions of products. Being that there are so many selections when picking the ...

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Meet Our Salesperson - Chuck Knight

Chuck Knight with his wife, Sherry Knight. Chuck Knight is one of the few Florida natives that you will meet in Orlando. He and his wife, Sherry, met at Florida State University and have been together and living in the Orlando area for 30 years. Their two children also have invested ...

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