Carpeting, Hardwood, Laminate, and Vinyl Flooring Blog

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.

What are the Best Exotic Hardwood Flooring Choices?

Oak remains a popular choice, but many flooring companies and homeowners are now moving towards other exotic species as well. These woods offer durability comparable to oak but are available in an array of colors and styles to meet the aesthetic demands of every homeowner. Many of these styles are also considered ecologically sustainable, making them a favorite among green-minded builders and homeowners who prefer to opt for more traditional hardwoods in place of newer materials such as bamboo and cork.

Many shoppers have heard of these exotic hardwood choices but worry that they are simply outside their price range. Thankfully, exotics are becoming more and more affordable every day thanks to increased popularity and production. Because they also tend to mature in a relatively short amount of time, exotic species are considered a green-friendly alternative to other flooring products. If you’re ready to shop for exotic species of hardwood, keep these classic-but-trendy choices in mind.

Exotic Cherry Hardwood

Cherry trees have a relatively short maturation time and offer some of the most unique, beautiful wood available in the U.S. Cherry isn’t as hard as oak or maple, but it is still incredibly durable. This species also offers unique, reddish tones ideal for contemporary homes.

Exotic Hickory Hardwood

Like oak, hickory takes a long time to mature. However, it is considered one of the hardest of the hardwood flooring options available and can provide for decades of use. The naturally warm tones of hickory also make it a popular choice.

Exotic Walnut Hardwood

Naturally dark, walnut tends to be slightly harder than cherry wood and is another classic American choice. Black walnut is one of the most popular varieties used for flooring in the U.S., but other walnut species are offered to suit the needs of homeowners.

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Why Choose Exotic Hardwood Flooring?

Hardwood flooring is a durable, classic choice for any home or office. Of course, shopping for hardwood flooring isn’t as simple as picking up the phone and placing an order for the square footage needed to fill your space. As with any other flooring choice, you’ll need to choose the wood species you’d like to use in your home. Among the most popular choices today are exotic species.

For decades, oak flooring has more or less been what was meant when homeowners talked about hardwood flooring. Oak is incredibly durable and lovely, which makes it a top choice. However, new design trends mean that oak’s golden tones aren’t always desirable.

Exotic Maple Hardwood

Maple flooring is available in a wide variety of finishes including natural and darker shades. Maple is a classic American choice that can complement any decor or architectural style. It is also considered a sustainable choice because it matures relatively quickly and has a proven track record of durability.

Exotic Oak Hardwood

Perhaps the most classic of all hardwood flooring choices, oak is still popular because of its warmth and durability. While it does take decades for an oak tree to mature, this type of flooring has a proven track record of durability and is still present in many turn-of-the-century homes.

More exotic hardwood flooring options in the next post. Stay tuned!

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Take a Look at More Hardwood FLooring Options

Shopping for hardwood flooring is now very easy. There are dozens of different wood species and materials to choose from.

Scraped Hardwood Floors

For homeowners who want to choose hardwood floors because of their natural appearance, scraped floors are a great choice. Scraped hardwood floors are carefully contoured by hand to show off the natural imperfections of every plank of wood. They are available in dozens of species and colors and are available in engineered and solid hardwood styles.

Distressed Hardwood Floors

If you want your floors to have that lived-in look, distressed hardwood flooring may be the best choice for your home. These floors have been specially stained and treated to create a distressed appearance without undermining the durability or quality of the flooring. They are available in many different species.

Floating Hardwood Floors

If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself hardwood option, floating floors should be at the top of your list. Each plank is fitted together without the help of nails, glue or expensive tools. Flooring is then laid directly over the subfloor. Floating hardwood floors are a particularly good choice in moisture-prone areas as they can be installed over a moisture barrier.

Glued-Down Hardwood Floors

As their name suggests, these types of floors are composed of solid planks that are applied over a layer of glue. Glued-down hardwood floors provide for excellent durability, but they can be difficult for some homeowners to install. Opt for glued-down floors in areas that aren’t prone to moisture for the best results.

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Which Hardwood Flooring is Right for You?

It’s time to shop for new flooring, and you’ve settled on hardwood floors. You’ve likely thought about the wood species you’d like to use and have measured how much flooring you’ll need to cover your space. However, your choices don’t stop there. As you shop, you’ll also need to decide what type of hardwood floors you’ll use.

Getting to Know Your Hardwood Flooring Choices

Hardwood floors have come a long way in the past few decades. Homeowners can now choose from dozens of different wood species and materials when shopping for hardwood flooring. Different flooring and installation styles are also offered on today’s market. Before you head out to shop, take time to familiarize yourself with these popular hardwood flooring types so that you know exactly what you should look for in S&G Carpet and More’s bustling showrooms.

Solid Hardwood Floors

The traditional choice in wood flooring, solid hardwood floors are constructed from single pieces of milled lumber. These floors tend to be between 3/4 and 5/16 inches thick. Because they are constructed from single pieces of lumber, they can be sanded down and refinished many times.

Engineered Hardwood Floors

Unlike traditional, solid hardwood floors, these floors are made up of multiple layers, or veneers, of wood. This layered construction adds extra durability to the flooring and can help prevent seasonal shrinking and expanding associated with solid hardwood floors. Because they are made up of multiple layers of wood, these types of floors cannot be sanded down as many times as solid hardwood floors.

Wide Hardwood Floors

True to their name, wide hardwood floors feature individual pieces that measure at least 5 inches in width. Also known as wide-plank flooring, this type of hardwood has become increasingly popular thanks to its aesthetic value. Wide-plank floors are available in an array of species and colors.

More flooring choices to be discussed on the next post.

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How Long Will Your Laminate Flooring Last?

One of the great benefits of laminate flooring is that it is easy to care for. Not only will it keep your laminate looking great, but it will also make it last longer.

Many of our clients choose laminate flooring because it provides for long-lasting wear. While it’s not possible to pinpoint the exact lifespan of every laminate floor, most are designed to last between 20 and 30 years in residential settings. Remember that the overall traffic your flooring sees will have a big impact on how long your laminate lasts.

The best way to determine the estimated use life of your flooring is to read the product’s warranty. Most laminate floors are offered with warranties that pledge that floors will stand up to regular wear and tear so long as they are cared for properly. If you’re not sure what warranty is offered on your laminate, ask your flooring consultant.

Using Rugs with Your Laminate Flooring

Making the most of your laminate flooring doesn’t just mean taking care of basic cleaning chores. It also means taking advantage of all the decor possibilities laminate offers. Remember that area and throw rugs can instantly change the look of any room with laminate flooring. Use rugs to usher in different seasons or to give a makeover to a tired room.

At S&G Carpet and More, we’re proud to provide the best in laminate flooring to residential and commercial customers throughout Sacramento County. If you need to find new laminate, drop by one of our showrooms or make a shop-at-home appointment today.

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