Choosing the Right Flooring For your Home

Installation

Homeowners who plan on installing flooring themselves are best served by choosing laminate. Laminate flooring is available with and without glue so that shoppers can choose the option that best meets their installation abilities and needs. Only those individuals who have prior experience installing hardwood flooring should do so as failure to properly install the flooring can lead to serious warping issues over time.

Care Needs

One of the most important factors you should weigh when choosing flooring is the level of care required to keep the flooring in good shape. In general, laminate flooring is the less demanding choice because it can simply be swept and mopped. Hardwood flooring tends to require more work, including occasional stripping and sealing.

Cost

Of course, cost is also a determining factor for many homeowners who need to choose new flooring. In general, laminate flooring costs less than hardwood flooring. However, it’s important to remember that hardwood flooring will generally last for your home’s entire lifetime whereas laminate flooring may need to be replaced. If you plan to live in your current home for many years, hardwood flooring may be a great choice. Of course, hardwood floors can also add to your home’s value and appeal should you decide to sell.

If you need more help deciding whether hardwood or laminate flooring is best for your home, stop by an S&G Carpet and More showroom or make a free, shop-at-home appointment with one of our flooring consultants today.

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Choosing Between Hardwood Flooring & Laminate Flooring

Choosing new flooring is one of the best ways to update the look and feel of any space. However, many homeowners find shopping for flooring overwhelming. With so many choices available, it can be hard to decide what type of flooring will provide the best service and value for your space. For example, those shoppers who want to use smooth-surface flooring may not be sure whether hardwood or laminate flooring is the right choice. Understanding the differences between these two types of flooring is key to making a wise purchasing decision and enjoying your new flooring for years to come.

Hardwood vs. Laminate: Which is Best for You?

Among the most popular of smooth-surface flooring choices are hardwood and laminate. Both have been used in residential and commercial construction for decades and have an established track record of providing for great durability and service. Choosing between these two options means taking a look at your space, needs and budget.

As you shop, remember that there are also differences between engineered hardwood floors and traditional hardwood floors. Traditional hardwood floors are made from solid planks of wood that may require sanding and other repairs if they warp over time. Engineered floors are made from multiples plies, or sheets, of wood that are pressed together and specially sealed to provide for excellent durability and to eliminate warping.

Style Options

One of the biggest factors that homeowners will need to consider when choosing between hardwood and laminate flooring are the style options available. Hardwood flooring is available in many widths, species and finishes but always retains its natural, wooden appearance. On the other hand, laminate flooring is available in a myriad of finishes and colors, including faux hardwood. Those shoppers who are looking for patterned or tile-like flooring should opt for laminate.

If you need more help deciding whether hardwood or laminate flooring is best for your home, stop by an S&G Carpet and More showroom or make a free, shop-at-home appointment with one of our flooring consultants today.

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More Carpet Shopping Tips

Padding

Picking the right padding helps to ensure that you have a soft, comfortable surface on which to walk. When it comes to choosing padding, don’t skimp. Talk with a carpeting specialist about the padding thickness recommended for different types of carpeting. Remember that shorter carpet styles such as Berber generally require thicker padding than more plush styles.

 Care Requirements

Understanding care requirements is also key to making a wise purchasing decision. When looking at carpeting, be sure to ask a trained flooring consultant about care demands. It’s particularly important to pay attention to care requirements if you have kids or pets in your household. Avoid high-end carpets that stain easily. It’s also a good idea to choose carpeting with simple care and maintenance requirements for high-traffic areas.

Cost

Cost is an important factor for any homeowner choosing new carpeting. While it’s important to stick within your budget, it’s also essential to know when to spend a little extra. For instance, it’s important that you choose high-quality padding to ensure both the longevity of your carpets and your own comfort. Set a budget before you shop, then work with a flooring pro who can help you make the best choice in terms of cost and quality.

If you need help picking the right carpeting for your space, visit an S&G Carpet and More showroom or set up a free, shop-at-home appointment with one of our flooring consultants today.

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The Ultimate Guide to Carpet Shopping

Choosing new carpet for your home is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to make over a space. With so many styles of carpet available, though, many homeowners find it tough to choose the right carpeting for their homes. Taking time to think through your needs and evaluate several different factors are key to picking carpeting that will provide for excellent service and durability.

Style

Perhaps the most important factor you’ll need to weigh before choosing carpeting is carpet style. It’s important to think about the level of traffic in the area for which you’re picking carpeting before settling on a style. The most common styles of carpet available are:

  • Plush, which is thick and soft with tightly twisted piles.
  • Textured, which is made from fibers of different heights to help hide dirt and stains.
  • Friezes, which are made from twisted, cut piles and are similar to plush styles but appear less formal to many.
  • Berber, which is made from continuous loops and is both dense and flat.
  • Saxony, which is considered the traditional style of carpeting for use in residential spaces and is similar to frieze or plush carpets.

Color

Choosing the right color carpeting for your space requires taking the design and decor style of your home into consideration. Unless you plan to redecorate the entire area where the carpeting will be installed, you should be careful to choose a carpet that will complement your walls and furnishings. You can use a color wheel to find complementary color families. It’s also essential to try out carpeting samples or swatches in your home before making a final purchasing decision.

If you need help picking the right carpeting for your space, visit an S&G Carpet and More showroom or set up a free, shop-at-home appointment with one of our flooring consultants today.

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What to do to Prevent Carpet Problems

The first step in great carpet care is preventing problems before they start. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep dirt, mud and rainwater from getting onto your carpets. Make sure that window and door screens are in good condition and that screens are closed whenever doors or windows are open. It’s also a good idea to place throw rugs at the entrances to carpeted rooms.

Encourage your friends and family members to wipe their feet on rugs before walking on carpeting. Create a space in a non-carpeted room to store rain boots and other shoes that might make messy tracks on carpets.

Tackling Stains

While it’s possible to prevent much of the dirt buildup that makes carpeting look old and dingy, you simply can’t avoid all stains. The key to dealing with stains is to treat them as quickly as possible. Many home and business owners find that simple stains can be tackled by sprinkling baking soda on the area and then pouring on a small amount of household vinegar over the soda.

On some occasions, you may need to use specialty cleaners to lift out tough stains. At S&G Carpet and More, we can help you choose the right cleaning products for all of your stains.

Cleaning Carpets

Of course, vacuuming your carpets regularly and choosing professional cleaning when needed is also essential to keeping your carpets in good shape. Set a vacuuming schedule that takes into account how much traffic your carpets see on a daily basis. Be sure that your vacuum is set according to carpet type or height. If it’s time for your carpets to be steam cleaned, choose professionals who can take care of difficult stain removal and cleaning without damaging your carpets or rugs.

 

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Important Basics to Make Your Carpets Last

Your home or business’s carpets provide a soft, durable surface for your daily activities. Of course, they can also represent a significant economic investment in your property. Taking good care of your carpets is essential to getting the best out of them in terms of wear, durability and longevity. The better you care for your carpets, the more they’ll contribute to the comfort and aesthetic beauty of your space.

How Carpeting Type, Color & Pattern Impacts Care Needs

Before you tackle your carpet needs, it’s essential to consider how carpet type, color and pattern will impact cleaning and care. Remember that it’s essential to determine what type of carpeting is installed in your home or business so that you can adjust your vacuum cleaner properly. It’s also important to keep in mind that lighter carpets tend to need more attention than darker or patterned carpets.

If you have specific questions about your carpet type and its care demands, please contact the flooring pros at S&G Carpet and More so we can help you.

Basic Carpet Care 101

Taking good care of your carpets doesn’t have to be physically strenuous or time consuming. In fact, you need only follow three simple steps in order to keep your carpets in tip-top shape. Keeping up with these tasks helps to ensure that your carpets look good and provide for the longest service life possible.

Best Products For Hardwood Floor Care for Your Home or Office From S&G Carpets and More

At S&G Carpets and More we want to make sure your hardwood flooring lasts. That’s one of the reasons we have such a great warranty on all our hardwood flooring that comes standard. If you want some products and tips on how to get your hardwood floors clean and last longer, stop by your closest S&G Carpets Showroom today!

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Tackling Scratches and Stains on Your Hardwood Floor

If your hardwood floors have become scratched or stained, you’ll need to determine how the flooring is finished before you can decide how to proceed with repairs. Floors that have been finished with wax or penetrating stains can be cleaned with specialty liquid wax cleaners much like are used for wood furniture. Be sure to follow cleaner directions carefully.

Polyurethane and other surface finishes can be cleaned with products designed especially for these types of finishes. The friendly team at S&G Carpet and More will be happy to help you find the right products to clean your surface-finished hardwood floors.

Creating a Clean Surface

Keeping your hardwood floors looking clean is as simple as using a dust mop or vacuum to remove dust, dirt and other debris. Wax sealed floors can be buffed back to a shine when needed. Surface-finished floors can be recoated with specialty products when they become dull.

If floors need to be stripped and refinished, it’s best to work with professionals who can determine the right course of action while protecting the value and beauty of your hardwood flooring.

Best Products For Hardwood Floor Care for Your Home or Office From S&G Carpets and More

At S&G Carpets and More we want to make sure your hardwood flooring lasts. That’s one of the reasons we have such a great warranty on all our hardwood flooring that comes standard. If you want some products and tips on how to get your hardwood floors clean and last longer, stop by your closest S&G Carpets Showroom today!

 

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Basic Hardwood Floor Care for Longevity

Your home or business’s hardwood flooring provides a durable, attractive surface for your daily activities. Of course, hardwood floors can also represent a significant financial investment in your property. Getting the most out of your investment means keeping it in good shape with great hardwood flooring care. When cared for properly, hardwood floors can provide service for the life of your property.

Taking the Fuss Out of Hardwood Flooring Care

Many home and business owners are intimidated by hardwood flooring care. However, keeping your hardwood floors in good shape doesn’t need to be difficult. By following three simple steps, you’ll be able to maintain the aesthetic beauty of your floors while ensuring that they provide for the longest use life possible.

If you have questions about the specific care needs of your hardwood flooring or need help picking out cleaning products, please call the experts at S&G Carpet and More today. We’ll be happy to help you understand hardwood flooring care.

Preventing Problems

The first step in maintaining the natural beauty of hardwood floors is to prevent scratches, stains and other problems from day one. To help minimize scratches, try placing throw rugs or mats at the entrances to rooms with hardwood flooring. Encourage your family members and guests to wipe their feet on the rugs so that dirt, sand and other debris doesn’t damage your flooring.

Use pads or cushions beneath furniture, table legs and chair legs. Avoid dragging furnishings across the floor. It’s also a good idea to place absorbent throw rugs in areas that are likely to see spills. Most homeowners benefit from placing throw rugs in front of sinks, ovens and other major appliances.

It’s also essential to avoid wet mopping wax-finished floors. Using a wet mop can cause discoloration or premature warping problems. Be sure to carefully follow all manufacturer care directions when cleaning and maintain your hardwood flooring.

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Overview of Today’s Latest Carpet Styles

Watch this video for an overview of today’s latest and most current carpet styles.

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S&G Carpets Now Carrying Mannington Fiberglass Backed Vinyl Flooring

S&G Carpets and More is proud to introduce you to the Mannington line of fiberglass-backed vinyl flooring

Mannington flooring company is one of the industry leaders in fiberglass backed vinyl flooring with their Sobella Line of fiberglass backed vinyl flooring. They have several options of fiberglass backed vinyl flooring in their Sobella like including Sobella Omni HD, Sobella Supreme, and Sobella Deluxe.

Sobella Omni HD

Sobella Omni HD fiberglass backed vinyl flooring by Mannington uses their proprietary NatureForm HD technology which allows the creation of patterns with amazing depth and clarity that are 200% sharper than before.

Sobella Supreme

Sobella Supreme fiberglass backed vinyl flooring by Mannington offers a unique look combined with NatureForm Optix, a process that combines the beauty of natural floors with the latest advances in printing, texturing, and finishing techniques.

Sobella Deluxe

Sobella Deluxe fiberglass backed vinyl flooring by Mannington offers a more traditional look created using Mannington’s original NatureForm process which creates the depth and realism of natural looks.

if you want to see or learn more about this great new line of fiberglass backed vinyl flooring, give us a call or visit one of our 6 flooring showrooms in Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Elk Grove, Pleasanton, Santa Clara or San Jose.

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