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Finding The Right Floor Covering For Each Room

No matter the room in the house, there’s hardly a more important feature than the floor. This feature essentially comes down to floor coverings. Laminate flooring or hardwood, plush carpet or stone tile, whatever floor covering you choose will give certain advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons should be weighed according to each room in the house and your personal tastes.

Floor coverings should be one of the more carefully contemplated decisions you make for your home. Their high visibility makes a floor covering a definitive decorating statement. The continual wear of human contact requires a sensible, reliable installation. Without balancing the importance of décor and practicality, you probably won’t be as satisfied with floor coverings as you could be.

Bathrooms

Ceramic or stone tiling offer some of the most durable floors available with a nice variety of coloring and tile size and design. Linoleum can still give you the kind of durability for typical bathroom use. It may not offer the same warmth as ceramic tiling, but it can give you a similar appearance for a more affordable price. A small bathroom floor may be a nice place to splurge, given the limited square footage will help control the price. Plus, you should consider how important a bathroom is to you in relation to other rooms in your home. This can also help you decide where to put your money.

Kitchens

Tiling or linoleum can also be a viable option for your kitchen, but hardwood or laminate flooring is usually the standard for a more high-end installation. Kitchens are right on the boundary for moisture risk to hardwood flooring. If you’re thinking of a hardwood floor for this area, just make sure you find a durable wood and take care with the installation and finish. If you like the look of a hardwood floor but are wary of the price, a laminate floor is probably your best bet.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is all personal preferences. The least public room in your home should be about what you like and what feels good under your feet. The soft feel of a plush carpet may cushion your bare feet and help put you in the right mood for a good night’s sleep. If you prefer the warmth and elegance of a hardwood or laminate flooring, you can feel the security and pleasure of your slippers sliding across the floor.

Living/Family Rooms

This room is usually all about your family and guests. Do you have kids that like to pop down on the floor in front of the tv? Carpet will help facilitate that atmosphere. If you have kids or pets that may be accident prone, carpet tile will allow you to replace small areas of carpeting, instead of simply trying to move your couch over any unsightly stains. For more mature entertaining, a hardwood or laminate floor probably gives the room a more conversational ambiance.

Basements

A basement floor covering is often one of the rooms that causes the most stress for the homeowner and it probably shouldn’t. You know you need a high performance floor covering for the moisture and other hardships the floor must endure, but you may not feel like investing a lot of money in this area, either. Simply put, don’t use a floor covering. Concrete staining can imitate almost any other flooring, is almost always the cheapest option, and can be smoothed and insulated to provide a warm, sleek floor that doesn’t in any way match people’s preconceived notions of what concrete can be.

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Slater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call @ 706-225-8244 when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

Current Trends In Hardwood Floors

Hickory and Cypress are the New and Unique Floor Trend

Unless you already have century old marble for your flooring, about the most elegant flooring option is hardwood. With a rise in industry standards, nearly any kind of wood can be used as hardwood flooring, but one in particular is hot right now and you may never have heard of it.
Cypress Floors
If you’ve never seen Cypress flooring, you might not be able to spot it. It resembles knotty pine at first glance, since it is a species of pine, but it has more earthy tones which give it several advantages.

The subtleness of the browns, ambers and occasional greens make it very compatible with any type of wood, specifically dining room tables, chairs, and cabinets.
The knots and swirls allow for the floor to withstand heavy wear without showing its scars. Many high-gloss, standard hardwood floors highlight their blemishes in the sun’s glare or by gouging the stain and finish.
Cypress has a base of blonde wood, although brown-toned knots and currents permeate the grain pattern, which can give the room an open feeling even with darker colors on the walls and cabinets. By clear-coating Cypress floors to showcase its natural color, you eliminate some of the finishing steps with multiple stains and glazes.
Hickory Floors
Hickory floors have been the hardwood of choice for the past 5-7 years. Like Cypress, Hickory brings some other things to the table that the traditional Oaks, Maples and Cherrys do not.

Hickory flooring also exhibits several different shades of browns and tans and can match nearly any stain or species of cabinet wood, so you don’t have to worry about clashing with the floor. Hickory floors are like khaki pants, they go with everything.
Hickory is about the toughest wood there is, so its resilience in unmatched.

While Hickory and Cypress are and will be unique flooring trends, respectively, remember they became trends for a reason. Certainly, some people will not like the knots or the golden tones of Cypress or might think the color of Hickory varies too much. However, they are becoming very popular hardwood floor trends not only for their unique color and ability to blend with any material, but also for their durability.

Quick Facts

Cypress is actually harder than Red Oak.
Axe handles are typically made of Hickory.
Cypress floors are often misspelled as Cyprus floors.
Andrew Jackson’s nickname was Old Hickory.

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logo 1 jpegSlater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call @ 706-253-4121 when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!

 

Revive Your Home With New Flooring

Whether you’re considering a major remodeling project or simply want to update a room, changing your flooring is an easy way to make a dramatic change. With so many flooring choices available today you can choose from many options including hardwood floors, carpeting, tile, even laminate flooring has become extremely popular.
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Hardwood Floors

In general, hardwood floors are more durable and more resistant to damage from impact than softwood floors.

The most popular hardwoods include oak, followed by maple and ash. Specialty woods are more expensive, however, they are often quite beautiful. If you have an ample budget, you may want the luxurious look of specialty woods. Walnut, teak and cherry are popular choices.

You can also customize your wood floor with pieces arranged in a special design, or stain a contrasting color to reflect a special theme or design. Inlay elements can turn an already striking hardwood floor into a distinctive work of art.

One way to customize your hardwood floors is to stain the hardwood in an unexpected shade. While hardwood flooring can come in a variety of different shades and colors, it is becoming more and more popular to create a custom color. Many homeowners have chosen a bright red or deep green stain with striking results. Often it is best to choose a vibrant color for smaller areas or rooms as too much of a non-neutral color can prove to be overwhelming. Click here and use our free service to have one of our licensed and insured flooring contractors in your area install or refinish hardwood floors.

Bamboo flooring is an increasingly popular trend in flooring and is actually harder than hardwood floors, which makes it a much more durable material. Technically a grass, not a wood product, bamboo is a renewable resource that can be harvested every five years. And, in many cases bamboo flooring is less expensive than hardwood, while the installation costs should be about the same.

Carpeting

If you haven’t been carpet shopping recently, you may be overwhelmed by the many choices. Don’t make the mistake of choosing carpeting only for its color. Consider the carpet’s fibers and construction, as well as your lifestyle.

Plush or cut-pile carpet has loops trimmed off so that yarn ends poke up. Saxony plush, one of the most popular varieties, has short tufts that are densely packed. While a popular choice, plush carpet doesn’t tend to wear as well as berber carpeting.

Berber (or high level loop) carpet creates a nubby texture with complete yarn loops that stand upright.

Wool generally is considered to be the ultimate carpeting fiber. It costs two to three times the price of synthetics, but it’s particularly comfortable, durable and natural in appearance. It is resistant to soil, but when soiled may be particularly hard to clean. Be aware that direct sunlight will fade wool fiber over time.

Synthetic fibers are made from several artificial materials.. Nylon is the most popular because of its durability, although it can be damaged by prolonged exposure to sunlight. It is less costly than wool, one of the most expensive of the synthetic varieties.

 Tile

The most durable of all tiling materials are ceramic tile and natural stone materials, which, when properly installed, last the lifetime of a house. This durability, combined with the natural beauty of stone and the incredible array of tile types, colors, patterns, and textures makes tile and stone the materials of choice where quality and character are important.

Ceramic tile and stone are fundamentally different. Stone flooring can include quarried slate, limestone, flagstone, granite, or marble. Natural stone tile is a relatively affordable alternative to stone and is made from real stone aggregate suspended in a polymer binder.

Choosing the right stone tile is usually a combination of personal preference and budget considerations.

Marble and granite, for example, offer a more formal appearance. The most expensive of stone flooring, marble is an elegant, ornamental stone that takes a high polish. Both sandstone and limestone are more brittle but less costly options.

Ceramic tile is made from slabs of clay that are fired for hardness. Ceramic tile may be either glazed or unglazed. Glazed tiles have very hard, smooth surfaces that reject water and stains. The tiles come in many colors, four finishes and two surfaces that may be smooth or textured. No matter what tile you prefer, a local tiling contractor should handle any tiling project. Get a few free quotes to compare, and get that new tile installed!

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring used to be considered merely a substitute for hardwood or tile, but now it’s a legitimate medium in and of itself. The durability is often what initially interests customers.

Laminate wood flooring is easy to install because, unlike conventional solid wood, it’s prefinished and may be glued down or applied over a thin foam paid laid on the subfloor. Some types are even adhesive-backed.

The grouted tile looks are also very popular. Customers love having the look of grout without having to scrub it to keep it presentable.


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logo 1 jpegSlater Floors can help you with your interior designs. We are a  family owned and operated business located in Jasper, Georgia and the surrounding area. Our goal is to make our store your full service flooring and design center, so that you too can feel at home in these beautiful Georgia Mountains.

Make no mistake about it: we do specialize in floor coverings from carpeting to tile to hardwoods and everything in between. But, we do a whole lot more and we do it with the same quality, workmanship and attention to detail that has made us a household name in North Georgia. Here are just a few of the services that we offer other than flooring: granite & quartz countertops, painting, drywall, counter tops, backsplashes, dustless hardwood refinishing, and so much more. We can even remodel your kitchen and bathrooms from start to finish. We are so confident in your complete satisfaction that we offer a Lifetime Warranty on all installations completed by Slater Floors!

Give us a call when you’re considering your next remodel. We’ll help you every step of the way to change your House into your Home so that you’ll Fall in Love with your Home again!