Laminate Flooring FAQ: 20+ Answers to the Most Common Questions

We’ve heard you’ve got questions about laminate flooring. The good news – we’ve got answers to the most frequently asked questions and DIY solutions for maintenance, installation, and more! 

What is Laminate Flooring? The Basics

Laminate flooring is a stylish and resilient alternative to hardwood flooring. With advanced manufacturing technology, laminate floors perform better than ever before and come in ultra-realistic designs and textures that mimic expensive wood species at a fraction of the price. 

What is Laminate Flooring Made of? 

Laminate is often referred to as a “hybrid” floor because of its high-density fiberboard (HDF) core topped with an image layer and wear layer. 

Wear layer: Laminate wear layers are commonly waterproof, protect the floor from scratches and stains, and provide a realistic feel. Wear layers can include rougher, more natural-looking scrapes and knots. For the most hyper-realistic look and feel, explore our embossed in register laminate options, where the image layer and wood-grain wear layer align perfectly. Image layer: This holds the pattern or print, making the laminate look like wood and stone. Core layer: This layer is typically made of compressed high-density fiberboard, giving the floor durability and stability. It’s resistant to water but not necessarily waterproof. The core layer is also where the locking system is located. Backing: The backing keeps water from penetrating from the subfloor. A high-quality backing can protect the laminate floor from peaking and moisture damage. 

What Are the Advantages of Laminate Flooring?

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Laminate flooring comes with several attractive benefits for the home, such as: 

Scratch resistance: Laminate can stand up against high-traffic environments, especially for homeowners with young children and pets. DIY installation: Laminate’s interlocking plank design allows the flooring to “float” above the subfloor without adhesives, nails, or tape. It’s great for DIYers. Easy to clean: Maintenance is minimal with laminate, so you’ll always have great-looking floors. Realistic feel: Laminate flooring mimics natural wood grains and looks for the most realistic experience underfoot. With the laminate’s HDF core, it also holds heat and “walks” like traditional wood flooring. Related Content > Best Laminate Flooring Options

What Are the Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring?

Although laminate has several appealing perks to it, there are some downsides to be aware of. 

Moisture: Traditional laminate can be susceptible to moisture. However, with today’s technology, there are various water-resistant and 100% waterproof laminate options. Refinishing: Laminate flooring’s synthetic construction does not allow it to be refinished like solid wood.

How Thick Should My Laminate Flooring Be?

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We know your investment in laminate flooring is important. You deserve flooring that stands up against wear, feels comfortable underfoot, and doesn’t appear cheap.With that in mind, we highly suggest laminate options between 10mm to 14mm thick

Although laminate floors can be as thin as 6mm, the quality and durability of the material don’t perform anywhere near the thicker options. 

Benefits of Thicker Laminate Flooring

Quieter underfoot and with less echoMore natural hardwood feel Increased impact resistanceRealistic wood etching and aging featuresAbility to hide subfloor imperfections easier

What Does the AC Rating for Laminate Flooring Mean?

The Abrasion Class (AC) rating determines how much traffic your laminate flooring can handle. To find the best laminate option for areas around your home or business; follow the ratings below: 

AC1: Sufficient for bedrooms and closets.

AC2: Perfect for family rooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

AC3:Great for high-traffic residential spaces and light commercial use. 

AC4: Fantastic for residential spaces and commercial areas with medium foot traffic. 

AC5:The best option for heavy commercial applications. 

What Is the Difference Between Laminate and Vinyl Flooring? 

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Both laminate and vinyl flooring are reliable options for your home. In a way, they are close cousins, providing equally easy installation, competitive pricing, and similar wood looks. 

One main difference with vinyl flooring is that it’s made of 100% synthetic material and has a PVC or SPC core, making it more suitable for high-moisture areas. Additionally, the range of vinyl thicknesses is a bit more extensive than what laminate can offer. 

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re Laminate Floors Waterproof?

Yes, many laminate floors are waterproof! The great news is that you can choose from various water-resistant and waterproof options to find what suits your needs best. Waterproof laminate does not allow any moisture to penetrate the flooring, no matter how much time has passed. Water-resistant laminate, although highly resistant to moisture, can soak in liquids eventually if left unattended. 

Depending on where you intend to install your floors, 100% waterproof laminate flooring can offer the most resistance to damage in moisture-prone areas of the home. In addition, cleanup is simple with waterproof laminate, as liquids stay on top of the surface. Wipe them away when you get the chance for stain-free floors. 

Benefits of Waterproof Laminate Floors:

Their waterproof core is less susceptible to swelling and lifting from the subfloor. A water-repellent seal that prevents moisture from reaching the core of the floor. Some waterproof laminate plank floors come with beveled edges that help keep moisture from the cracks between planks.  SHOP WATERPROOF LAMINATE FLOORS

How Long Does Laminate Flooring Last?

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Most of our laminate floors come backed with an extensive warranty ranging from five years to a lifetime guarantee. With proper care, your laminate can look beautiful in your home for years of enjoyment. 

When shopping for laminate flooring, we find it helpful to compare the AC ratings of the laminate you’re interested in. Floors of a higher AC rating of 4 or 5 are commercially rated and therefore made to withstand tougher conditions for more extended and up to 20 to 30 years. 

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How to Install Laminate Flooring

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If you love DIY home projects, then laminate is just the thing for you. You can install laminate planks easily, thanks to the interlocking tongue and groove systems. Your laminate flooring will “float” directly on top of your subfloor without the use of grout, glue, adhesives, or extensive installation tools. 

Where Can I Install Laminate Flooring? 

You can install laminate above and below grade and practically anywhere in the home. We recommend waterproof laminate flooring for high moisture areas, like the kitchen and bathroom, and suggest that you clean up any water or spills right away.  If you’re a business owner and are interested in laminate floors, we have heavy commercial options that can stand up against heavy foot traffic and resist scuffs and dents. 

Does Laminate Flooring Need Underlayment? 

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Yes! For the best results, you must use underlayment with an attached vapor barrier underneath your laminate flooring. Underlayment provides several benefits, such as sound absorption, insulation, and protection against moisture. 

Some of our laminate flooring options include an attached underlayment. If not, we have a variety of foam and cork underlayment options available for you to choose from. 

Additionally, If you intend on installing laminate flooring over concrete floors, you must have a vapor barrierConcrete is porous, and a vapor barrier will prevent moisture from coming up from the subfloor, potentially ruining your laminate. 

What Tools Do You Need to Install Laminate Flooring?

Besides your chosen underlayment and laminate flooring, you’ll need various tools for installation, such as a: 

PenTape measurerKnee padsRubber malletTapping blockJamb saw, or a table saw with a laminate bladeSpacersWide-angle pull bar Tongue and groove adhesiveSHOP INSTALLATION TOOLS

How Do You Lay Laminate Flooring? 

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After gathering the right tools, you can begin installing your laminate flooring. 

Start the installation by placing the first plank in the corner of the room, working from left to right. With the tongue and groove connectors and seams aligned, connect the first row. Continue to lay your laminate flooring, making sure to use the tapping block and rubber mallet to keep the planks locked into position. When you come across a wall/door jamb and need to cut the plank, measure the space and mark with a pencil or chalk for where you want to cut. Then, use a tile cutter or table saw to cut the excess of the plank for a refined edge. If you have any cut ends 6” or longer, you can use those to begin your next row. You can stagger the planks to give them a natural wood floor look. Set the next plank into the previous row at a slight angle to ensure it interlocks properly. Continue down the room, checking to ensure planks are interlocked and seams have a snug fit. Add spacers every couple of feet around the edges of the flooring, and remove them when you’re done installing. 

Note: For a more seamless appearance around expansion gaps, you may choose to add a quarter-round molding to cover them up. 

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How Do You Cut Laminate Flooring?

You can cut laminate planks with a jamb saw, or a table saw with an attached laminate blade. Anticipate one to two hours to cut laminate planks on your own. 

Measure where you want to cut your laminate and mark a line with chalk or pencil Hold your board steady in place, using a stand or clamp. With your table saw or jamb saw, make straight cuts through your laminate. For detailed or angular cuts, we recommend using a jigsaw or utility knife. 

Safety Tip: Keep your hands steady and away from the blade at all times. Wear safety gloves, goggles, and a face mask to protect yourself from laminate chippings. For more safety tips, visit for things to look out for during every step of your renovation. 

Do You Need to Seal Laminate Flooring? 

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No, you do not need to seal laminate flooring. Your laminate comes with a wear layer that protects against stains and scratches. Adding additional sealant to your laminate could damage your floors and potentially make it more slippery to walk on. Make sure to check with the manufacturer for individual product recommendations. 

How to Clean and Maintain Laminate Flooring

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One of the most fantastic perks of laminate flooring is the easy cleanup compared to other intensive floor types. Explore below for the best ways to keep your floors feeling fresh underfoot and help them retain their beautiful shine. 

How Do You Clean Laminate Flooring? 

For weekly maintenance, sweep your floors with a soft-bristle broom to clean off dust, debris, and leftover crumbs. Then, with the lowest setting of your vacuum, lightly do a run-over of your floors. It’s important to gently clean laminate, as higher vacuum settings can lead to scratches and damage over time. 

Wish for a deeper clean? Damp-mop your laminate with a liquid cleaning solution specifically formulated for it. Use a damp microfiber mop or another absorbent mop that will prevent too much water from getting on your laminate. Once you finish mopping, use a dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining moisture. 

What Are the Best Laminate Floor Cleaners? 

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The best laminate floor cleaners are non-abrasive, natural, or PH-balanced. If you’re interested in DIY options, we’ve got 10+ homemade cleaning solution ideas for you to try. Before trying a new laminate floor cleaner, check the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

How Do You Maintain the Shine of Laminate Flooring?

Maintain your laminate by regularly sweeping and removing stains promptly to avoid staining. You should never wax or polish your laminate floor as its shiny appearance requires no additional solutions. 

What Does Laminate Floor Peaking Mean? 

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Buckling, warping, and cupping of your laminate are often referred to as laminate “peaking.” Peaking happens when there is improper space for your laminate to expand and contract, if there is excessive moisture beneath, or if the environment is highly humid.

Additionally, not enough space between the edges of the floor and walls can create buckling. If peaking is left uncorrected, your laminate floor can eventually lift off entirely. 

How Do You Fix Laminate Flooring That Is Lifting? 

If the peaking is not too severe, you can correct your laminate by adding expansion space. 

How to fix laminate floor peaking

Start by removing the baseboards and find the areas where flooring is locked into place. Remove the laminate planks, and cut them 3/8” shorter to leave room for expansion and contraction.Lay the laminate flooring back down, and give two to three weeks for peaking to subside. If peaking persists, lay something heavy over the flooring for a while. 

How Can I Prevent Scratches On My Laminate Flooring?

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There are several preventative actions you can take to reduce scratches on your floors. 

Place entrance mats at doorways.Remove shoes – especially heels and cleats.Apply felt pads underneath all furniture to avoid scraping.Never drag or push objects across the floor – ask for help to pick them up instead.Add area rugs throughout the space for added protection and style.For rolling chairs, attach rubber wheels to them

How Can I Remove Scratches On My Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is durable and great for high-traffic areas; however, scrapes and damage are inevitable after years of use. Below are some quick DIY fixes to reduce the appearance of scratches on your laminate. 

Use touch-up markers – they’re great for very fine, superficial scratches on your laminate flooring. Also, touch-up markers are a speedy and cost-effective way to clean up the small areas of your laminate without fully repairing them. For deeper scratches and dents, use wood wax. Check the manufacturer for wax filler sticks that match the exact color of your laminate flooring. You can quickly fill in the scratches by melting the wax and applying it to sections of your laminate floor. Colored putty kits are another option that works great to fill deep imperfections. This option requires buffing the area and precision to apply the putty evenly for a flawless finish. Make sure to check with the manufacturer for kit availability. 

If the damage to your laminate floors is too extensive, you may want to consider replacing individual planks for an entirely new finish. Removing sections of laminate can be challenging, so consult professional advice before doing so. 

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Laminate Flooring Costs

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For starters, laminate is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to sacrifice style, durability, or affordability when buying new floors. Most of our laminate options can be DIY installed as floating floors, bringing down the cost overall.

How Much Does Laminate Flooring Cost? 

The cost of laminate varies. The AC rating, installation type, and added benefits like waterproofing and scratch-resistance impact the price. On average, laminate costs between $2 to $6 per sqft Consider it an investment with high-quality laminate, as it will require less maintenance over time compared to cheaper alternatives. 

If you’re looking for excellent quality and affordable recommendations, check out our staff picks for more laminate ideas! 

How Much Does It Cost to Install Laminate Flooring? 

12mm Mohawk Crest Haven Waterproof Laminate

The installation cost depends on whether or not you want to do a DIY installation or have a professional installer lay your laminate floor. 

On average, the labor cost to install laminate ranges from $2 to $8 per sqftAlso, this labor cost usually covers the underlay and any adhesives needed throughout the installation process.

Does Laminate Flooring Add to a Home’s Resale Value?

Yes, laminate flooring can add to the resale value of a home. Depending on the quality of the laminate, it can be a great selling point to prospective home buyers. 

Tip: If you intend to renovate your home’s flooring before selling it, try to keep different flooring types to a minimum. Having too many clashing materials (carpet, tile, wood-look flooring, etc.) against one another can make things look cluttered. 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about laminate flooring and received helpful answers and advice to questions you may have. Ready to start shopping?


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10 Tips for Choosing Your Hardwood Floor | Pt. 1

You have made the decision! You have decided to go with hardwood floor over tile, SPC, or carpet. However, the tough decisions don’t end there. New questions pop into your mind: What kind of engineered flooring is right for you? […]

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Commercial Carpet Buying Guide: What You Should Know

If you need commercial flooring for your business or home, you might be considering commercial carpet. High traffic carpet is a low-pile, durable flooring option that won’t stain easily, but is it the right choice for you?

This in-depth guide can help you make a decision! Commercial settings like stores, lobbies, and businesses have all benefited from the durability and style of heavy-duty carpet. It won’t get matted down or worn-looking even after lots of use.

Keep reading to learn about the different types of commercial-grade carpet, the pros and cons, how to install it, and a whole lot more.

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What is Commercial Carpet?

Commercial carpets are ultra-durable carpets designed for heavy traffic, stain resistance, and easy maintenance. They’re typically Berber, which means the fibers are looped through the carpet backing, making them less soft but more durable.

Commercially-rated carpets have a lower pile, meaning they are thinner. This allows the carpet to hold up to wear and tear without matting or crushing.

Industrial carpet comes in a variety of patterns and colors to fit your commercial space. They’re perfect for retail entryways, commercial gyms, commercial offices, grocery stores, airports, banks, and even your home!

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Nylon This is a popular choice inside commercial buildings, condos, and apartments. Nylon is often chosen for its safety with indoor applications because it meets fire codes since it doesn’t burn – it melts. However, it fades in the sun, so avoid outdoor use.Polyester Polyester or “PET” is typically a lower cost than nylon, and it works in both indoor and outdoor applications. This durable fiber resists water and staining, which makes it great for any use in the home and even in commercial spaces.Polypropylene These fibers are cheaper than others, but they still hold up very well in high-traffic areas. You can find polypropylene fiber in places like grocery stores or office lobbies. It resists mold and mildew, but it stains more easily than the others.

bout Carpet Thickness

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While residential carpet is thick and plush, commercial carpet is the opposite. The fibers are short and dense, creating a heavy-duty carpet that resists crushing and denting. Low-pile carpet is built for heavy foot traffic and tons of wear, but it sacrifices comfort for all that durability, so it’s rougher underfoot. 

Commercial Carpet Traffic Ratings

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Some commercial carpets are designed to handle more foot traffic than others. Check out the ratings to find the best durability for you. 

Walk-off This is the ultimate durable carpet designed for entryways and even garages.Extra heavy The toughest of the tough, this carpet can handle the busiest areas.HighDesigned specifically for heavy foot traffic and busier areas.MediumGreat for use in most spaces with a lot of foot traffic.

Types of Commercial Carpet

You might think that all commercial carpets are the same, but the truth is that you have a lot of options! Explore the different varieties to discover which works best for you.

Commercial Carpet Tiles

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Commercial carpet tiles are so easy to install that you can often complete installation on your own in a matter of hours. With carpet tiles, you can create custom patterns using different colors.

It’s also very easy to replace carpet squares if they become stained or damaged. Simply lift the affected tile and replace it with a new one.

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Commercial Carpet Planks

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Carpet planks are like carpet tiles in many ways, including the easy installation. With the longer plank shape, you can get more creative with your design.

Use carpet planks to create herringbone patterns in your commercial space, or experiment with other modern, geometric designs.

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Commercial Carpet Rolls

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Traditional broadloom carpet rolls still make up the majority of the carpet industry. Carpet rolls are typically priced cheaper per square foot than tiles or planks since they will cover a larger area.

This makes broadloom a great choice for budget-friendly projects as well as large jobs where you need to cover a lot of square footage.

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Pros and Cons of Commercial Carpet

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If you’re still not sure if carpeting is the best solution for your commercial space, consider the pros and cons. Learning about the benefits and potential drawbacks will help you make a decision. 


Durability: The tough fibers and dense, low pile ensure that your floor can handle heavy traffic.Price: For budget-conscious buyers, carpet is the perfect commercial flooring option. It’s durable and stylish, all without breaking the bank.Maintenance: Low-pile, stain-resistant carpet is a breeze to clean. Just make sure to vacuum regularly, and your floor will look great for years to come. Installation: Self-adhesive carpet tiles are designed for quick and easy installation, so you can save time and money.


Comfort: Because it’s designed for durability, commercial carpet isn’t as plush and comfortable as regular residential carpet.Installation: Yes, this is a pro and a con, depending on the product. Not all carpet is designed for peel and stick installation. For really high-traffic areas, you’ll need to glue down the carpet, and that’s best left to a professional.

How to Install Commercial Carpet

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The ease of installing carpet depends on where you’re putting it, and the type of carpet you choose. If you’re going to install carpet tiles in your home, then it’s a simple DIY project. But if you need carpet rolls in a high-traffic business, you may want to hire a professional. 

How to Install Carpet Tiles

When you want something easy to install, carpet tiles are the way to go. There are two main ways to install it: tape-down/peel and stick installation and glue-down installation.

Peel and Stick or Tape Installation

Peel and stick tiles are the easiest way to install carpet. The adhesive is pre-applied to each tile and all you have to do is pull back the plastic sheet to expose it. You can also use double-sided carpet tape if the adhesive isn’t already applied.

From there, simply place the carpet on the floor, and press down to make sure it sticks. 

Glue Down Installation

For commercial areas with lots of traffic, you should glue down the carpet for more stability. Use a pressure-sensitive adhesive for a more permanent hold. This project is often best-suited for professionals, but if you want to DIY your floor, you can apply the adhesive yourself. Always make sure to check the manufacturer to find more detailed installation instructions.

How to Install Carpet Rolls

Installing carpet rolls requires the glue-down method to keep them stable. Apply the adhesive onto the floor, and then roll the carpet into the adhesive using the carpet core or the flat end of a push broom. Then you just have to wait for the adhesive to cure before you can walk over the floor. Again, check the manufacturer for detailed installation instructions.

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How to Clean Commercial Carpet

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Commercial carpet doesn’t require special equipment to keep it looking great. Maintaining your carpet tiles is as easy as this:

Vacuum frequently to keep your floor clean and inviting.Remove spills immediately with an absorbent cotton cloth and clean water. Occasionally deep clean using a hot water extraction-cleaning machine (i.e. carpet cleaner).

To spot clean carpet and remove stains, follow these tips:

Spray your favorite carpet cleaner over a small area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Dab the stain with a clean towel. Once the stain has vanished, rinse the area with clean water.Soak up the remaining moisture with a second clean towel to finish up.Related Content >How to Clean Carpet: 10 Tips to Maintain Your Carpet and Prevent Stains

Carpet FAQ

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Still have some questions? We have the answers! 

What type of carpet is best for commercial use?

Low-pile nylon carpet is best for commercial use because the durable fiber can handle heavy traffic without matting or getting crushed. It’s also stain-resistant and easier to keep clean, which is important in larger commercial spaces where intense maintenance would be a hassle. We recommend carpet with looped fibers, like Berber, because this construction makes the carpet even stronger.

What’s the difference between commercial and residential carpet?

Residential carpets are designed to be plush and comfortable, while commercial carpet is more durable. The carpet in your home usually has a higher pile and softer fibers than commercial flooring. High-traffic carpet will be more rough and dense, so it can withstand heavy traffic, stains, and more.

Is commercial carpet more expensive?

Commercial carpet is typically less expensive than thick, plush residential carpet. The price can vary depending on the features of the carpet, but as a whole, you can expect it to have a lower cost per square foot than the carpet in your home.

Does commercial carpet need padding?

Commercial carpet doesn’t always need padding. Sometimes, you can glue it directly to the subfloor. However, you can still benefit from carpet padding if you choose the right option. Rubber roll underlayment provides the best padding, because it’s durable and not too soft, while still offering some give underfoot.

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Now you know everything you need to find the perfect commercial carpet for your space. Whether you want something extra durable for your busy home or stylish flooring for your business, this durable carpet has got you covered. If you’re ready to explore your commercial carpet options, why not start with some free samples?

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DIY Kitchen Cabinet Refacing


cabinetWhat are the benefits of cabinet refacing? Refacing your cabinets not only costs less than completely replacing the cabinets, but it also takes up a fraction of the average renovation budget. Here are some benefits cabinet refacing that you should consider if you’re thinking of remodeling or updating your kitchen or bathroom.

A significant benefit of cabinet refacing is the potential to create a brand new look and feel to your room without spending a great deal of time and money. For instance, with kitchen cabinet refacing, you can change the cabinet doors to new ones without tearing out all of the cabinetry. Instead, all you need to do is replace the doors and drawer fronts. By doing this, you’ll get a brand new look for only a fraction of what it would cost to replace the cabinets. If you’re tired of seeing the same brown cabinet drawers that have been in your kitchen for several years, cabinet refacing might be the best option for you.

Another major benefit of cabinet refacing is the potential to get better performance out of your doors and drawer pulls. The way that cabinet doors are designed these days can cause cabinet doors to wear out more easily than drawer pulls. For instance, cabinet doors can become dull over time and may begin to show signs of damage or wear. When you replace the doors and drawer pulls, you will immediately improve the appearance of your cabinets and improve the functionality of your drawers as well. In fact, if you don’t know how to handle a particular kitchen situation, it’s often advisable to bring in a professional when it comes to refinishing your kitchen cabinets.

Another benefit of cabinet refacing is that it can help to give your kitchen a new look without spending a great deal of time and money. By simply removing the doors and drawer fronts, you can get a fresh new look for a fraction of the cost of completely replacing the cabinets. In addition, when you are choosing new hardware for your kitchen, it’s always important to choose products that will match your new doors and drawer fronts.

It’s also possible to do some cabinet refacing on plywood panels. Plywood paneling is a great candidate for refacing because of its ability to be sanded fairly easily and to maintain a relatively high gloss finish. Although plywood does require a bit more maintenance than wood does, it’s still a good candidate for refinishing regardless of how much you plan to spend on the project. Refinishing plywood panels is a great project for any homeowner who wants to give his or her kitchen a face-lift.

However, the one drawback to cabinet refacing cabinets with veneers is that they won’t last long. Wood veneers are cheap but not very durable. If you’ve already spent money on purchasing new cabinets and have them in good shape, it might make sense to save money on kitchen cabinet refacing by installing the veneer instead. However, if you have existing cabinets in your kitchen, you might not want to consider this option. If the cabinet faces are in good condition, you may want to take care of them before getting new veneers. However, refacing with veneers is a relatively low-cost alternative to repairing damaged cabinets.

It’s also possible to have cabinet refacing done on solid wood doors. When you’re considering cabinet refacing on solid wood doors, there are several things you need to keep in mind. First, you should decide whether you want to install new cabinet doors or just repair the existing ones. It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to handle this job, especially if you have some sort of metal work in your kitchen or the cabinet faces require extensive repairs. When you choose to reface solid wood doors, you need to make sure they’re properly prepared to accept the veneer so you won’t be doing any damage to the wood itself.

If you’d rather do the cabinet refacing job yourself, you’ll need to choose which materials to use and how to go about putting them together. Some DIYers prefer to buy the materials from a hardware store, then to put them together. If you don’t feel comfortable putting the new cabinet doors on your own, or you don’t know the basics of cabinet refacing, it might be a good idea to hire a professional to get the job done. Be aware that cabinet refacing jobs can be quite messy, and it will take time to dry the wood so you’ll need plenty of time to plan and prepare. Once the job is done, you’ll have a new, updated look for your kitchen that’s perfect for modern kitchens.

DIY Bathroom Renovation – Tips To Get You Started


A bathroom remodeling is necessary to spruce up your home. Although it’s one of the smallest rooms inside your home, the whole bathroom remodeling procedure, no matter how detailed and laborious, is very tedious and tiring. The size, shape, and layout of your bathroom play a massive role in determining the design that you will choose for your bathroom. To create a stylish and relaxing bathroom, you have to consider several things. This includes the size, color, and layout of your bathroom.bathroom

In most cases, you’ll be spending a great deal of time and effort choosing the perfect fixtures and tiles that would suit your needs. Many factors such as the size and shape of the tiles, color schemes, and other designs to match your bathroom renovation need to be decided upon. The size and shape of your bathroom remodeling tiles will significantly affect the appearance of your bathroom renovation. It will be essential to think about where they will be installed and what adhesive you need when installing them. For more excellent bathroom design ideas, go to this website.

One of the most essential parts of a bathroom remodeling is the bathroom countertop. Choosing the right countertop depends on your own personal taste and the purpose for installing it. Bathroom countertops come in various shapes and sizes. For example, countertops with open shelves are ideal for small bathrooms, as they allow you to reach both sides of your toilet. On the other hand, if you want to install a vanity top sink in your bathroom remodeling project, then you should purchase a vanity sink that has a long and wide countertop. This enables you to keep all your bathroom accessories, such as toilet paper rolls, razors, or towels, right at your fingertips.

Other important bathroom remodeling fixtures include cabinets and vanities. You can choose from different styles, colors, and sizes of cabinets. In case you are remodeling an older home, you may consider replacing the old, worn out cabinet fixtures with newer, modern ones.

Another bathroom remodeling option includes the installation of a new drywall and new tile on the walls. If you plan to replace your old bathroom tiles with new ones, you should know that installing drywall is not as simple as tearing down your old tiles. In fact, it can be quite difficult to install new drywall by yourself without the help of a professional contractor. Therefore, you should leave the installation of your new drywall to the professionals who have the necessary experience in this area.

If you plan to do a bathroom remodeling project that involves major plumbing work, like the installation of a new tub or a new shower, you should know that you are faced with several challenges. For instance, if you want to have a walk-in tub, you will probably need to get a new walk-in bathtub. On the other hand, if you want to have a grab bar tub, you will probably need a new grab bar tub.

A typical DIY bathroom makeover involves replacing some furniture. However, before choosing the furniture for your new bathroom renovation, you should know what kind of furniture will best fit your bathroom. If you plan to replace your old vanity table with a vanities table, you should know whether you prefer a square or rectangle shape. You can also consider the material for your new vanity table. While glass looks great, it can be very fragile, so if you plan to use glass in your bathroom makeover, you should better look for a wood frame.

Bathroom fixtures such as toilets, sinks, and tubs can be purchased at hardware stores and home improvement stores. However, if you plan to do the installation yourself, you should purchase the necessary plumbing tools, such as plumbing measuring tapes, and a hydraulic lift. Before purchasing any bathroom fixtures, you should consider where you will place them, the style of the fixture, and its compatibility with your bathroom’s drainage system. Choosing the right bathroom fixtures and plumbing tools is important to have a successful DIY bathroom remodel.

Retro Flooring Ideas: 12 Ideas to Inspire Your Vintage Style Home

Retro design is a popular style trend that resurrects every few years to transport us to a different time. But what makes something retro? Better yet, how can you incorporate retro style in your home? To accomplish this ever-changing style in your home, you’ll need retro flooring ideas, decor, and inspiration. 

Check out these retro and vintage-inspired flooring options to help you achieve your vintage dreams. 

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What is Retro Style?

What is Retro Style? Shaw Revival Isabella

When you walk into a retro home, you’ll find furniture, flooring, and decor inspired by a specific historical era. That’s what makes retro so unique, it’s not one specific style, because it depends on the designer and their favorite era. 

Most commonly, you’ll see retro splashes throughout a house. Retro design features pops of color and relies heavily on decor and furniture to transport you to the decade of your choosing. Oftentimes, retro style closely mimics mid-century modern with exposed furniture legs, pops of color. It’s abstract, unique, and incorporates bold patterns, colors, and textures.

What’s the Difference Between Vintage and Retro Style?

Retro vs. Vintage: Daltile Choreo

There’s a fine line between vintage and retro, and that line is authenticity. While both styles reference the past, be it fashion, design, or otherwise, a vintage item is an original from the time period, while retro style imitates the past. Essentially, a vintage item is an antique that lasted for years. Retro is more of an homage or throwback to a specific area in time (source

But if we’re talking about flooring, how can it be vintage? To make it simple, unless the floors are the original hardwood floors, it’s not vintage. However, many floors are designed specifically to reference a different time – that’s retro flooring. If you want a vintage style home, your floor should either be antique or imitate a specific style from the time of your choosing. That’s where retro flooring comes in to help.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, allow us to walk you through some retro-style flooring to make your design dreams a reality. 

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Retro Carpet Flooring

Retro Carpet Flooring: Shaw Floorigami It's Magic Carpet Plank

Nothing says retro quite like carpet flooring. For years, hardwood and carpet were the most common flooring in homes. But we’re not talking about the drab-looking carpet. Retro carpet is anything but drab.

The type of carpet to use for a retro-style room depends on the vibe you want for the room. From shag textures to bold carpet colors, there are a lot of options to choose from.

Bright Colored Carpet

Bright Colored Carpets: Joy Carpets Parallel Carpet Tile

Retro design style is not afraid of color. You can embrace colors that go together creating a cohesive and bold color scheme. From deep moody purple to pale green, there are so many color options to find in a retro-style home. 

“Avocado green is by far the most popular retro color choice, followed closely by mustard yellow and combinations of brown, black, white, and red. In addition, purple and hot pink both make a great addition to your retro decor. Don’t be surprised to find items that have a little of everything, with mixes of bright orange, green, indigo blue, and yellow on one single piece.” – Coral Nafie, The Spruce

Neutral Colored Carpet

Neutral Carpet: Shaw Floorigami Tambre Carpet Planks

If you’re looking for less funk, and more vintage-styled flooring, a neutral carpet color like a nice beige, white, gray, or black is an excellent choice. A more subdued color scheme can offset the more bold, abstract looks in the rest of the room. 

Retro Inspired Carpet Tiles

Retro Carpet Tiles and Planks: Infinite Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are great for creating a pattern with your floor. Be it checkered or randomized, carpet tiles add a little modern twist to your retro or vintage style space. You can keep your floor all one color or go wild with a variety of colored carpet tiles to create an eclectic, bold floor, then add decor and furniture that coordinates.  

Shag Textured Carpets

Shag Textured Carpets: Shaw Floorigami Scandi Chic Carpet Plank

One of the most popular textures you’ll find in a retro setting is velvet or plush textures. Shag carpets are the perfect addition of texture in a vintage-style home. 

Twist carpet fibers are a throwback to many decades and with the right decor, it provides an excellent starting point for the rest of your room.

Unique Area Rugs

Unique Area Rugs: Zebra Indoor Outdoor Rug

Using an area rug is an easy way to add fun textures to your vintage-style home. They can both complement your floors and add an eye-catching element to any space.

Uniquely shaped rugs, throw rugs with ornate designs and patterns, or even fluffy rugs are perfect for a retro style home. Choosing the right style of rug depends on the floor underneath. 

For instance, if you already have a boldly patterned tile or carpet floor, a solid color fluffy area rug would easily add to the retro design of the room whereas another bold pattern might overwhelm the area.  

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Retro Tile Floors

Retro Tile Floors: Shaw Coolidge

Primarily found in kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms, tile floors are a staple in retro design. The unique patterns and trending colors add an element of style to every setting. 

Checkered Patterned Tile Floors

Checkered Patterned Tile Floors: Soda Shoppe Flex Tiles

You know the trend – black and white checkered floors in a vintage kitchen. This style is one of the most popular looks for retro flooring, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. But it doesn’t have to be black and white. It can be any two colors you like. To get the classic vintage look in your home, it’s best to complement one color with white. 

Warm Colored Tile Flooring

Retro Tile Floors: Daltile Archaia

Just like carpet, tile flooring can come in unique colors to add that retro feel. With warm colors like burnt orange, brown, beige, or even olive green, your tile floors will transport you to the past while keeping style in your home.

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Mosaic Tile Shapes

Mosaic Tile Shape: Daltile Uptown Glass Mosaic

You know those detailed bathroom floors with the tiny hexagonal tiles you see from time to time? That’s the kind of vintage style you can create with mosaic tiles. With shapes like penny tiles, hexagons, octagons, or classic squares, your floor will look as though it fell right out of 1970.

Vintage Style Vinyl Flooring

Vintage Style Vinyl Flooring: Shaw Heritage Oak HD Plus

Vinyl comes in many different forms, making it the perfect retro flooring for every room in your home. From wood looks to unique decorative vinyl sheets, you’ll have no problem achieving the perfect vintage-style floor. 

Retro Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Retro Vinyl Sheets: Tarkett Fresh Start 12 Wide Vinyl Sheet

From modern to mid-century, industrial to vintage, there’s a vinyl roll ready to add style to your home. For retro flooring, it’s common to see checkered pattern vinyl sheets, hexagon patterned sheets, and intricate, almost victorian patterns. It’s easy to add a striking statement to your space. 

Vintage Inspired Vinyl Tiles and Planks

Vinyl Planks and Tiles: Margo Flex Tiles- Modern Mosaics

To add a vintage feel to your space, decorative, stone- and wood-look vinyl tiles and planks create a neutral backdrop for retro decor and furniture. Commonly, you’ll see medium-toned wood-look vinyl planks, and darker stone-look tiles to add to the vintage style ambiance.

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Vintage Style Wood Flooring

Vintage Style Wood Look Flooring: Engineered Hardwood Pioneer Engineered Wood

While it’s hard to find an authentic vintage floor, it’s easy to find vintage-inspired wood flooring. With different shades, textures, and wood species, you can find the perfect wood flooring to complete your vintage style space. 

ntique Light-Tone Wood Flooring

Antiqued Light Tone Wood Flooring: Cittadina Engineered Hardwood

For a more classic starting point to your vintage retro room, light-toned wood flooring provides the vintage element you need. This look helps the space feel open, so you can jazz it up with amazing art and velvet furniture. 

Warm Honey-Tone Wood Flooring

Honey Toned Wood Flooring: 12mm Mohawk Elderwood Waterproof Laminate

Applying honey-toned wood flooring is the best way to get a classic vintage style floor in your home. Short planks with high variation create a nostalgic feel to perfectly encompass your vintage-inspired home. 

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It’s easy to style your home with retro or vintage style flooring once you know the general direction of your decor. Remember, retro style is classic, bold, and fun. 

To get your flooring off on the right foot, we have flooring options for you to choose from! 


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10+ Artificial Grass Myths: Get the Facts from Our Experts

Artificial grass is beloved for its ease of maintenance and its realistic natural look. But for as long as it’s been around, artificial grass has developed a lot of rumors about its construction, price, features, and more. When it comes to shopping, these myths can cause a lot of confusion. 

This comprehensive guide busts eleven common misconceptions about artificial grass so you can shop smart and find the right option for you! Let’s dive in. 

Myth 1: All Artificial Grass Looks Alike and/or Fake

Artificial Grass Myth 1: Helios Artificial Grass Deck Tiles

Expert Opinion: False

While the main premise of artificial grass is to look green all year round, different types of artificial grass do not look the same. 

The look of the grass depends on the application. For instance, sports turf will look different than landscape turf. Landscape turf is made to look exactly like natural grass. Whereas sports turf might look more artificial, and is more so what you’ll find on baseball fields, or in a gym.

Even different landscape turf options look different from each other. Typically, the major difference is the texture of the blades and the color of the grass. 

Pro Tip: For eye-catching artificial turf, consider Helios Artificial Grass Deck Tiles paired with Helios Deck Tiles to create a unique pattern for your patio flooring. 

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Myth 2: Turf is Primarily for Sports Fields

Artificial Grass Myth 2: Elevate Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

AstroTurf was one of the first turf options, installed in 1965 at the Astrodome, the former home of the Houston Astros. While it was intended for sports use at first, manufacturers realized that artificial grass could help upgrade yards all over the world with ease. 

Therefore, after years of innovation and improvements to artificial grass looks and functionality, artificial turf is now used as grass for residential yards, commercial landscaping, and so much more.

Pro Tip:  Make sure your grass blades stand up straight by adding grass infillafter installation.

Myth 3: Artificial Grass Requires Zero Maintenance

Artificial Grass Myth 3: Del Mar Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

While artificial grass requires less maintenance than natural grass, it still requires some effort to keep it looking nice all year round. It’s true, you do not have to mow or water artificial grass, but you do have to maintain and clean it. 

Artificial grass fibers can lay flat and look matted with continued foot traffic, so your beautiful green lawn won’t look as sharp as you’d like.

To keep your lawn looking fresh, it’s important to practice monthly lawn maintenance. The following steps make it super easy to get the job done.

Remove any leaves or small branches from the area with a leaf blower.Using a turf rake, sweep against the natural direction of the grass to groom it into an upright position and to loosen up any stuck-on dirt. If necessary, spray any spots affected by pet waste with your desired artificial grass cleaning solution. Lightly hose off the area to remove any dirt or debris so your artificial grass shines. 

Pro Tip: To stop weeds from growing through your turf, lay a weed barrier on top of the compacted turf base. Place the barrier wherever grass is being installed. 

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Myth 4: Turf is Bad for the Environment

Artificial Turf Myth 4: Catalina Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

This is a pretty common rumor you might hear about artificial grass, but let’s break down the facts! 

You might be thinking, “What can be less harmful than natural grass?” But the truth is, artificial grass doesn’t require toxic pesticides, herbicides, weed killers, or fertilizers like natural grass does. 

Plus, you can significantly reduce your water usage by not running your sprinkler system, and the gas from your mower will no longer pollute the air.

By cutting out the maintenance of natural grass, you’re doing a lot more for our planet than you realize. 

Myth 5: Artificial Grass Doesn’t Drain as Well as Natural Grass

Artificial Grass Myth 5: Newport Premium Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

Years ago, before all the artificial grass innovations, this statement might have been true. Artificial grass used to get overwhelmed by copious amounts of water and didn’t drain properly. 

But that’s all changed! Manufacturers made adjustments to ensure excellent drainage for artificial grass rolls and tiles. Nowadays, there are drainage holes in the turf, plus you can use crushed granite to aid in the drainage process. So no matter how much rain your grass gets, your lawn will still look fabulous.

Pro Tip: If the blades on your lawn start to look flattened or matted, you can “bloom” the turf by raking it. This practice helps create a fresh-looking lawn in no time at all.  

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Myth 6: Pets Make Turf Smell

Artificial Turf Myth 6: All Play Pet Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: Mostly False

When pet waste sits on any surface long enough, it will start to smell. This is why it’s important to maintain a weekly cleaning routine for your lawn by picking up pet waste and spraying urine spots regularly.  Certain artificial grass infill is also here to make pet odor control even easier. 

It’s true that pet-friendly artificial grass allows your pet to play longer and relieve themselves without worry. But you can control pet odor permanently with the help of Zeolite Max Artificial Grass Infill By installing it under and within the turf, Zeolite neutralizes pet smells on artificial grass. 

Pro Tip: To keep the urine odor from your artificial grass, spray pet-friendly, non-toxic Turf Fresh on a regular basis, and your turf will look and smell like sunshine.

Myth 7: Installing Artificial Grass Limits Your Landscape Design 

Artificial Turf Myth 7: Rivera Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

This is a common misconception where grass is involved. However, artificial grass is 100% customizable for any yard. 

You can install it around your trees, bushes, and other lawn fixtures with no problem. Simply cut your roll or tiles to fit. 

Myth 8: Artificial Grass is Unsafe for Kids and Pets

Artificial Grass Myth 8: Greenspace Artificial Grass Rugs

Expert Opinion: False

Artificial grass is completely safe for kids and pets. Top-quality artificial turf products are manufactured using only non-toxic ingredients that are often recycled sourcePlus, unlike natural grass, synthetic grass does not develop holes or other surface issues that can trip up kids at play. 

Pro Tip: For some extra cushion under your feet, lay down a lawn pad. If you have some kiddos running around, most lawn pads are also fall height-rated for safety.

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Myth 9: Artificial Grass will Fade Over Time

Artificial Grass Myth 9: Putting Green Mats

Expert Opinion: Mostly False

Most artificial grass is UV resistant and won’t fade over time. However, UV resistance depends on the fiber material, and the amount of fiber used to create artificial grass. 

Materials like nylon are not UV-resistant and will fade over time. But it’s important to remember that nylon is primarily used in gym turf, landscape turf does not have nylon fibers in its construction. 

Pro Tip: To keep landscape turf looking its best, make sure to rake up any stray leaves or other debris. If it gets dirty, dusty, or muddy, simply hose it down and leave it to dry. 

Myth 10: Artificial Grass is Too Expensive 

Artificial Grass Myth 10: Playsafe Premium Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

It’s true, artificial turf does cost more than natural grass upfront, but when investing in your outdoor living space, artificial grass saves you time and money. Over the years, artificial grass pays for itself, while natural grass continues to rack up costs.

Once your grass is installed, you don’t have to worry about buying an expensive lawnmower, or watering your lawn every night. Your main concern is how to start having fun on your new lawn right away. You also needn’t worry about weed killer or pesticides since your lawn is artificial. 

Pro Tip: According to HomeAdvisor, artificial grass costs around “$2 to $8 per square foot.” Artificial grass with a higher face weight or thickness will be more expensive, because more material is used, and it’s going to be more durable. 

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Myth 11: Artificial Turf is Hard to Install 

Expert Opinion: False

While installing artificial grass might be time-consuming, the process of installation is quite simple. Whether or not you need a professional installation depends on your comfort level and where you’re installing the artificial grass. 

Steps to replace natural grass with artificial turf:

Prepare the areaLay your baseInstall a weed barrierCompact and level the areaPlace lawn pads and artificial grassTrim the edges Pin down the turf with turf seam tapenails, or staplesApply turf infillBrush out the grass

Steps to install artificial turf over concrete:

Prepare the areaInstall a lawn pad Layout your grassUse double-sided tape or glue to secure the turf Trim the edges Apply turf infillBrush out the grass 

For an in-depth look at the installation process, check out our installation guide, here.

Pro Tip: If you don’t want to use staples in your lawn, you can always use seam tape to stick the turf together.

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Now that we’ve busted these myths, you know the facts about artificial grass, and you can shop with confidence.

Ready to find the perfect artificial grass for your outdoor living area? We got you covered from grass to installation accessories. 


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