Welcome to the S&G Carpets and More Blog where you will find valuable information about carpeting, hardwood laminate and vinyl flooring. We cover everything from how to shop for flooring for your home or office, the basic care for your flooring, and even information on what spaces are perfect for hardwood, carpeting, laminate or vinyl flooring.
Whether you’re shopping for flooring for one room or for your whole home, you have to take a number of factors into consideration. First, you’ll need to think about the level of traffic in the area for which you need flooring. You’ll also need to consider who will use the floors the most. For instance, homeowners with large indoor dogs may want to skip traditional hardwood flooring due to the risks of damage.
Cork naturally has some give, making it better than many other types of flooring at resisting dents from falling objects. Installing cork is a great way to improve your home’s interior beauty while making a long-term investment in its value. We carry a variety of Wicanders cork styles to ensure that you can find flooring that suits your tastes.
We Love Carrying Wicanders Cork Flooring
One of the reasons we love carrying Wicanders cork flooring is that it offers incredible aesthetic appeal but doesn’t budge on durability. If you need flooring for a high traffic area such as a kitchen or hallway, cork makes a great choice. Cork is contemporary and classic all at the same time. Combined with accent rugs and area rugs, it can provide the perfect surface for your life.
Choosing Cork from Wicanders for Your Home
You can browse cork flooring online for hours, but we know there’s nothing like seeing flooring in person. S&G Carpet and More is proud to provide our customers with the best local shopping experience for cork flooring. You can browse our Wicanders flooring in one of our Northern California showrooms or make an appointment to shop from home for new flooring. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to love the striking cork flooring we carry.
Natural, striking and sustainable, cork is making its way from it’s familiar place atop wine bottles to a new location on the floor. Sturdy and versatile cork flooring is a great selection for almost any space. This unique, renewable material offers the best in comfort, value and durability. S&G Carpet and More is happy to carry a great new selection of Wicanders cork flooring in our Northern California showrooms.
Mother Nature’s Star Flooring Choice
The cork used to make flooring, wine corks and many other products is actually the bark from the cork oak tree. This bark is periodically stripped by hand, and new bark grows in its place. Of course, cork isn’t just a great choice for homeowners because it’s sustainable. It’s also one of the smartest investment choices when it comes to flooring. Wicanders cork floors are made from multiple layers of cork and feature thin, decorative veneers finished in high-quality coatings.
Thanks to its slightly springy texture, cork makes for incredibly comfortable flooring. Cork’s unique properties also make it a great insulating material, and you can expect cork floors to help your home maintain the right temperature year round. Cork floors can also be used with radiant heating systems, but you’ll need to keep the temperature within specific parameters to protect your floors.
While shopping for laminate flooring it’s important to keep the end use of the room in mind. Not all laminate flooting is the same, and you should take note of the different qualities and what they are best for.
Classifying Laminate Flooring By Their Abrasion Class
Laminate flooring can be described by its abrasion class (AC), known more commonly as its AC Rating. This rating was first developed by European flooring manufacturers and is now considered standard around the globe. Use these ratings in conjunction with other factors such as thickness, core density and ultraviolet protection to determine which laminate is right for you. Here are the five different AC Ratings you’ll see:
- AC 1: These floors can withstand moderate use. They’re ideal for closets and guest bedrooms.
- AC 2: These floors can stand up to moderate traffic. They’re a good choice for dining areas and living rooms.
- AC 3: These floors can withstand heavy residential use and moderate commercial use. They’ll work in any area of the home and are ideal for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and entryways.
- AC 4: These floors can stand up to general commercial use such as that seen in bakeries and barber shops. That means they’re also ideal for indoor workrooms and finished garages.
- AC 5: These floors can withstand heavy commercial use. They’re generally only used in commercial settings, but homeowners may wish to use them for specialized applications.
At S&G Carpet and More, we’re proud to offer laminate flooring products that have earned a rating of 3 or more. We believe these products offer our customers the best value, durability and selection possible.
Using AC Ratings to Shop for Laminate
You’ll take many different factors into account as you shop for new laminate flooring. However, purpose should always be your primary concern. The flooring you choose needs to be durable and attractive enough for the area of your home where you plan to have it installed. If you want to use the same flooring for all of your rooms, choose flooring that will meet the demands of the most high-traffic area in your home.
Remember that AC Ratings tell you a lot more about a flooring product’s durability than its thickness does. When it comes to evaluating factors other than ratings, take a look at the overall quality of the flooring. Is it constructed with a dense, durable core? Is it crafted to fit together easily in order to minimize gaps and warping? Has the flooring been finished in a UV-resistant coating? Well-made floors are easy to maintain, long lasting and always look good.
At S&G Carpet and More, we’re proud to provide the best in laminate flooring to clients throughout the greater Sacramento area and Central Valley. Stop by one of our showrooms to browse our great selection of flooring and rugs.
What Are Laminate Flooring Ratings?
Laminate flooring is a top choice for many homeowners thanks to its durability, aesthetic appeal and affordable pricing. Of course, there are many different types of laminate available. While all laminate flooring can be installed quickly and is easy to maintain, some laminates withstand the test of time better than others. Knowing which laminate flooring is the most durable, and which is the best fit for your home, means knowing the ins and outs of AC Ratings.
Understanding the AC Rating Scale
Laminate flooring can be described by its abrasion class (AC), known more commonly as its AC Rating. This rating was first developed by European flooring manufacturers and is now considered standard around the globe. Use these ratings in conjunction with other factors such as thickness, core density and ultraviolet protection to determine which laminate is right for you. The ratings range from AC 1 for floors that can withstand moderate use to AC 5 for floors that are for commercial settings and expected to see heavy use.
Steam Cleaning Your Carpets Regularly
Steam cleaning your carpets is necessary as regular maintenance to get the most out of your carpet in both lifespan and quality. It’s important to remember that often times only professional steam cleaning is covered under your warranty.
Steam cleaning helps keep your family safe and healthy.
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has noted, most Americans spend the majority of their time indoors. The EPA also tells us that many more pollutants are found inside homes than outside them. Because you spend so much time in your home, it’s essential to get rid of as many pollutants as possible. Steam cleaning is the best choice to sterilize carpets.
Steam cleaning removes debris.
Your vacuum may be able to suck out some dirt, dust and pollutants, but it can’t blast away debris that’s stuck to carpet fibers. A hot water jet system is used during steam cleaning to ensure that this nasty buildup is broken down and removed from your carpeting. Hot water also actively kills bacteria and germs so that they don’t cause health problems for your family or pets.
Steam cleaning restores the beauty of your carpets.
Because steam cleaning is so effective at removing buildup and debris, it can substantially improve the appearance of your carpets. Shampoo is used during the process to lubricate carpet fibers and ensure that they don’t break. The combination of hot water, steam and special cleaning products means that you’ll enjoy great-looking carpets for years to come.
Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Professional
At S&G Carpet and More, we recommend having your carpets steam cleaned every 12 to 18 months depending on the level of traffic in your home. You’ll enjoy the best results from cleaning if you choose experienced carpet cleaners who use the latest steam cleaning equipment. Ask friends and family members for recommendations or check out online review sites. Of course, you can always stop by one of our showrooms to get even more carpet care tips.