Introducing Timbertop Herringbone

Introducing the beautiful Timbertop Herringbone! We are excited to bring you 8 stunning herringbone floors to coordinate with existing colors in the premium Timbertop Lifestyle series. Whether installed as an accent in a particular room or throughout your entire home, […]

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Garage Floor Installation Guide: Tiles, Rolls, and Epoxy

Thinking about purchasing some garage flooring to cover up that boring gray concrete? You’re in the right place. The good news is that garage floor installation is incredibly DIY-friendly, no matter what option you choose.

That means you can save time and money by installing the flooring yourself instead of hiring a professional installer. In this guide, you’ll learn how to install the most popular garage flooring options, discover some helpful DIY tips, find out what tools and materials you need.

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How to Install Garage Floor Tiles

Nitro Tiles

Garage tile flooring offers the easiest installation out of all of your options. With garage tiles, you can customize your style by mixing and matching colors and creating patterns like checkerboards, stripes, and more.

There are two types of garage tile: hard plastic tiles and soft PVC tiles. While the installation steps are slightly different between these two options, they’re both still incredibly easy.

Tools and Materials:

Double-sided tape (optional)Expansion joints (optional)Tile cutter or a power sawFor More Inspiration >Follow Our Instagram!

Installing Hard Plastic Garage Floor Tiles

Hard garage tiles are designed with peg and loop edges. All you have to do is insert the pegs of one tile into the loops of another and then snap them together. Follow these steps for more detailed instructions!

Clean your subfloor so that it is free of all dirt, dust, and grease.Start in the front left corner of the room, and work your way out from there. Make sure the loop sides of the tile are facing away from the wall. Connect tiles by snapping the peg sides into the loops.After lining the left wall and the adjacent wall with tiles, proceed to fill the rest of the room with whole tiles.When you come up to a wall or obstruction, measure the area and cut the tiles with a tile cutter or a power saw with a fine-toothed blade. Then put the trimmed tiles into place.When making cuts, ensure you leave a 3/4” space between the tiles and the wall or obstruction.To complete the look, add edge pieces.

Expansion Joint Installation

Nitro Tile Expansion Joints

Plastic tiles can expand and contract with extreme temperature changes. Expansion can cause your floor to buckle, so we recommend installing expansion joints to prevent this. They interlock with the edges of the tiles and allow the floor to shift as the temperature changes.

When installing expansion joints, the location will depend on how large your garage is. For one-car and two-car garages, you can place the expansion joints in the middle of the floor.

For three-car garages, install the expansion joints in the middle of both the large bay door and the small one. This will ensure that buckling doesn’t transfer throughout the floor.

For large warehouse spaces, you should install the expansion joints in a perpendicular pattern in the middle of the floor. You can use an expansion intersection joint to create this effect.

If you are using edge pieces at the entrance to your garage or warehouse, use our expansion joint edges to fill in the gap at the edge with the expansion joint is located.

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Installing Soft PVC Garage Floor Tiles

Soft PVC tiles feature interlocking edges that resemble puzzle pieces. Some products are designed to conceal these edges for a more seamless look, but for others, the interlocking tabs are visible. 

No matter which option you choose, you’ll have an easy time connecting the tiles to install your floor.

Just follow these steps!

First, make sure your subfloor is clean and free of all dirt, grease, or dust.Snap a chalk line on the subfloor 20” from one wall. Snap another chalk line on the subfloor 20” from an adjacent wall. You should now have a pair of perpendicular lines making an approximate 90-degree angle.Begin laying the interlocking tiles along the chalk lines, snapping the locks together as you go.Leave the other two edges of the room open until the middle is installed.After the rest of the room is covered, use a utility knife to cut tiles to fit along the opposite walls. Leave a gap along the walls roughly the thickness of the tiles to account for expansion and contraction.

Note: You don’t have to use glue, because the tiles should stay in place under their own weight. However, if you would like some extra stability, you can use some double-sided tape or mat tape around the perimeter.

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How to Install Garage Rolls

Diamond Nitro Rolls

Vinyl garage rolls provide a simple, seamless floor, and you can easily install them on your own. Just roll them out, tape down the edges, and you’re done!

Depending on how you use your garage, you may want to glue down the roll. If you expect heavy traffic, or if you’re installing the flooring in a commercial area, glue-down installation is required. Don’t worry though! It’s still really easy.

Tools and Materials:

Double-sided tapeAdhesive (optional)Utility knifePush broom or weighted roller

Installing Garage Roll Flooring

Ready to install your own garage roll flooring? Let’s begin! 

Make sure the subfloor is clean, dry, and free of debris. Sweep dirt out of your garage and remove any lumps or excess cement/debris that might cause bumps on the surface.Unroll your flooring and position it at the front of your garage, one roll at a time. Use a push broom to push out any air underneath the roll.When installing multiple rolls wall-to-wall, you can make one of two joints: an overlap joint or a butt joint.For overlap joints, one roll will be placed over another about 1-1/2″ – 6” to create a virtually seamless floor.For butt joints, fold back the edge of roll #1 and wipe it clean. Attach double-sided tape along roll #1’s edge, leaving 2” of tape exposed, and fold the roll back into position. Next, you fold back roll #2 and wipe the bottom edge clean. Carefully align it along the edge of roll #1, making sure not to stretch the mat or tape when applying.When cutting material for wall-to-wall installations, use a sharp utility knife to trim the edges around exterior walls, poles, boards, and other obstacles. Leave a 1/4” gap to allow for expansion and contraction of your floor.Once the roll is cut to fit, let it lay flat and acclimate to the space for at least a day. After the product has been allowed to relax in place, hold down the edges or seams with double-sided tape.

Note: For high-traffic areas or commercial garages, you should glue down the floor. To do this, you’ll start by following the instructions above. 

Then spread a thin layer of adhesive around the perimeter of the installation area, and lower the edges of the roll carefully onto the adhesive. You can then use a weighted roller or push broom to ensure no air bubbles are trapped under the floor.

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How to Install Garage Floor Coatings

Armorclad Master Kit w/ Topcoat (2 Car Garage Kit)

Improving your garage with a garage floor coating is almost as easy as painting a wall, and if you have the right tools, this is another DIY-Friendly project.

You can choose from two popular floor coating options: epoxy and polyaspartic. These coatings are both very similar, but polyaspartic dries much faster. Regardless of which option you prefer, we have the tips and tricks to make your installation a success.

Tools and Materials:

Extended paint rollerSqueegee (optional)Bristle paintbrushProtective breathing gearNon-skid granules (optional)

How to Apply Epoxy Flooring

Armorpoxy II Commercial Epoxy Kit w/ Topcoat

Epoxy is the most common floor coating, so you’ve probably heard of it. You need to apply a few layers to ensure consistent coverage, and it can take around 16 hours for one layer to dry. 

This might sound inconvenient if you’re in a hurry, but that longer drying time can be good for DIYers who don’t have a lot of experience. It means you don’t have to rush the process.

Please Note: Epoxy vapors can be powerful, so always wear protective breathing gear such as a respirator with an acid filter.

Start with a clean, dry concrete subfloor.Paint around the edges of the space with a bristle brush, and then fill in the rest with an extended paint roller.Allow the first coating to dry. This will take around 16 hours, but the most accurate information will always come from the manufacturer. Right after applying the second layer, add non-skid granules if desired. The granules reduce the risk of a slippery surface, so it’s generally a good idea to include them.After the second layer dries, add a top coat of polyurethane if desired. After that dries completely, your floor is ready to handle foot traffic. 

Note: It can take up to a week before the epoxy is ready for cars to park and drive across the surface. The epoxy won’t fully cure until around a month passes. As always, the most accurate drying time estimates will come from the manufacturer.

How to Apply Polyaspartic Flooring

Armorpoxy Flake Polyaspartic Flooring Kit

Polyaspartic garage floor coating is a new development, so you might not have heard of it before. The most important thing to know about it is that it dries much faster than traditional epoxy. 

If you’re confident in your ability to apply the coating quickly, this faster drying time is convenient. However, you may wish to hire a professional if you’re worried you could make a mistake. 

Make sure your concrete subfloor is dry and clean.Pour ribbons of polyaspartic across the floor and evenly spread it with a squeegee or roller. The recommended thickness of the layer will depend on the manufacturer. Once the first layer is dry (usually in an hour or less), start on the second application. This second layer will include any non-skid traction chips you might want to use.Allow the second layer to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and then enjoy your new floor!Shop All Garage Floor Coatings

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No matter what kind of garage flooring you prefer, you’re now prepared to install it on your own. You can quickly and easily upgrade that boring concrete floor to something more stylish and easier to clean.

If you’re ready to take the first step of your garage revamp, check out all the bold colors and patterns we offer in garage flooring!

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6 Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Flooring

Thinking about upgrading your home with new flooring? That’s exciting news! But you need to be careful. People can make a lot of floor buying mistakes they end up regretting in the long run.

Good news! You don’t have to be one of those people. We know all about the most common mistakes that people make when shopping for flooring, and we want to help you out by sharing them here. 

So avoid the regret and shop smart by learning from these six big mistakes people make when buying new flooring.

Buying Flooring Before Ordering Samples

Flooring Inc Samples

Many people fall into this trap. They see beautiful imagery of a floor that would look perfect in their home, and they buy it straightaway, only to find when it arrives that it’s not what they expected.

Maybe the color doesn’t exactly match the pictures they saw, or the texture looks cheap up close. Or perhaps the flooring is too thick to fit under the doorway, and now they have to make cuts to the door so their floor will fit. 

A picture is worth a thousand words, but nothing beats the value of actually holding the flooring in your hand before you make a purchase. That way, you can test it by answering these questions.

Does the color match your decor?Does it feel comfortable?Will it fit under doors and trim?Is the surface scratch resistant and durable?If you spill something on it, is it easy to clean?

Making these considerations beforehand will prevent a lot of headaches later on. Fortunately, we offer free samples to help you find the perfect choice.

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Choosing a Floor Without Considering Lifestyle

Anderson Tuftex Faux Paw

Another problem people run into is buying a floor that doesn’t work with their lifestyle. They fall in love with the look and feel and make a snap decision to buy it without considering how it will hold up in their home.

For example, do you really want ultra-plush, wall-to-wall carpet if you have three dogs in the house? Probably not. No matter how soft and comfortable the carpet feels, trying to remove pet hair will be a constant struggle.

So make sure to keep your practical needs in mind as you shop. Here are a few considerations to get you thinking about it.

Will there be heavy traffic? Consider floor tile or SPC vinyl flooringIs comfort your priority?Carpet rolls or tiles will be your best bet.Do you have furry friends at home? A hard surface might be best, or you could research the best carpet for petsLooking for flooring in a bathroom? We recommend tilewaterproof vinyl, or waterproof laminateFor More Inspiration > Follow Our Pinterest!

Not Buying Enough Flooring

Woman Installing Laminate Flooring

It seems simple enough. Measure your room, find the square footage, and purchase that amount of flooring. 

But in reality, that strategy will lead to some problems. What happens if some of the flooring is cut incorrectly during installation? Or what if you bought a patterned floor and the pattern doesn’t line up? Now, you don’t have enough flooring to finish the project.

We always recommend purchasing at least 5% more flooring than you think you’ll need. For patterned flooring, it gets even more specific. We recommend purchasing rolled goods following the appropriate pattern repeat 

Buying extra flooring gives you a bit of insurance during installation. The amount of cut waste during installation can be more than you think, especially if you have to make specialty cuts. Plus, there’s always the chance that something goes wrong or is cut incorrectly during installation.

You should always keep the leftover material in case part of your floor becomes damaged and needs to be replaced in the future. This is called Attic Stock.

It might seem unnecessary but trust us. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Thinking Underlayment Isn’t Necessary

Silent Silver underlayment

Underlayment is a crucial accessory that most people overlook and only buy as an afterthought. You might look at your flooring budget and then ask yourself, “Do I really need underlayment?” And the answer is yes! Here’s why.

Underlayment can determine the acoustic quality, insulation, and durability of your floor. It helps reduce impact noise like footsteps between floors of a building. It adds thermal insulation and cushion so you stay comfortable on your new flooring.

Most importantly, underlayment increases the durability and lifetime of your flooring by reducing the chance of cracks in tile floors or carpet matting. If you cut corners and install your floor without underlayment, it’s going to wear out faster and may even become damaged. 

The only time when you don’t need to buy underlayment is if it already comes preattached to the bottom of your flooring. You’ll find a lot of attached underlayment with luxury vinyl, engineered wood, and sometimes laminate. 

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Forgetting to Buy Trim and Molding



COREtec Pro Plus .39

Lots of people forget this final touch after the floor is installed, which leads to an unfinished look. You need trim to create smooth transitions from one floor to the other, and to protect the edges of the floor from wear and tear, especially on stairs.

Fortunately, hard surface flooring often has matching trim that you can purchase along with it to make your installation look complete. So make sure not to forget about it!

On the other hand, some people deliberately choose not to have moldings. This is often a mistake in the long run. That’s because moldings are designed to act like a bumper between the floor and the wall. For example, with baseboard moldings, you won’t damage the wall if you bump against it while vacuuming. Without it, there’s more of a risk.

Floor trim also creates a more polished look while also functioning as a way to hide the expansion gap around the floor’s perimeter.

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Forgetting Installation Tools

Installation Tools

DIY projects are incredibly popular these days, so it’s no surprise that more and more people are installing their flooring themselves. In response, manufacturers are coming up with innovative products that are more DIY-friendly than ever.

If you’re a proud DIYer, we have tons of flooring that is easy to install on your own (even tile!), but your project won’t be a success if you don’t have the right tools.

Lots of people have this problem. They’re unboxing their flooring, excited to transform their home with a new look, and then they realize they don’t have the tools for the job. 

You can save yourself time and hassle by researching what accessories you’ll need and having them ready to go when your flooring arrives. 

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Congratulations! Now you’re in the know about the most common floor buying mistakes people make. You can avoid all the hassle and headaches, and skip right to the fun part – enjoying your new floor.

Are you ready to start shopping smart?

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6 Best Scandinavian Flooring Options: Build Your Perfect Stuga

Renovating your home and looking to bring in Northern European charm? Scandinavian or Nordic design can draw in simple beauty and minimalism for a comfortable environment that evokes tranquility. Finding the perfect Scandinavian style flooring is the first step. We’ve got six of the best wood flooring options to help you choose the right one.

Whether you love laminate, vinyl planks, or engineered wood, we’ve got you covered. You’ll receive a list of pros and cons, design recommendations, and styling tips to create the ultimate Nordic aesthetic.

Intro to Scandinavian Flooring

Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Plank

Scandinavian design stems from the countries of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Like the Scandinavian style, Nordic design incorporates the charm found from those northern countries, as well as from Finland and Iceland. Often, these terms are used interchangeably to describe geographical locations in North Europe.

Light color palettes, earthy elements, simplicity, and functionality are all important to this design. Nature is a rich part of Nordic culture, so this style features natural light from windows, recycled and antique elements, and no clutter.

In Nordic culture, your home is often referred to as a “stuga,” which translates into a cabin or cottage. So, to build your perfect stuga, you must start with the ground up. 

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Scandinavian Style Wood Flooring

12mm Mohawk Woodcreek Waterproof Laminate

Before searching for your favorite type of flooring, keep in mind some common characteristics of this syle. These homes often have wood plank flooring, with some tile and carpet as well. 

Characteristics of Scandinavian Style Wood Flooring

Light colors and matte finishes: Look for a bleached or light wood look with a matte finish. Light flooring also opens up your space for design possibilities and subtle pops of color.High variation looks: For the most natural effect, you’ll want a material that mimics natural wood grains, tones, and aging.Wide wood planks: Wide planks visually expand your room and work well to cover large spaces. Also, wide wood planks are trending for their low-profile, polished look. 

Scandinavian Style Laminate Wood Flooring

12mm Mohawk Briarfield Waterproof Laminate

Laminate flooring is a popular choice for anyone looking for a natural wood look. Surprisingly enough, the first version of laminate flooring was designed in Sweden during the early 1920s. In 1977, after many years of innovation and trials, Perstorp Corporation created the first high-pressure laminate (HPL) floor.

Today, laminate is an attractive alternative to natural wood flooring and with several long-term benefits. The layered laminate material is resilient to damage, making it the perfect choice for busy households with children and pets.

Pros of Laminate Flooring

Stylish looks: Laminate can mimic natural textures and grains. Choose from hand-scraped, distressed, and embossed styles. Scratch-resistant: Quality laminate planks come with a strong wear layer protecting them from everyday wear, tear, and scratches.Waterproof: Today, most laminate flooring is either highly water-resistant or entirely waterproof. You can confidently place laminate in moisture-prone. Easy to install: Another benefit of laminate is the ease of installation. The planks interlock to float on top of your subfloor without glue. 

We know you want the best laminate for your Scandinavian style “stuga.” That’s why we’re offering some recommendations!

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10mm Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof Laminate

10mm Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof Laminate

Castlebriar Oak Laminate offers resilient, waterproof material and natural wood looks. These planks feature beautiful grains and textures, making them the perfect addition to your Scandinavian-style home. In addition, Castlebriar Oak Laminate comes in several wood tones to suit your room perfectly. 

Benefits of Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof Laminate

Hydroseal waterproof finishScratch and stain-resistantMade in the USAChildren and pet-friendly SHOP 10MM MOHAWK CASTLEBRIAR WATERPROOF LAMINATE

10mm Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate

10mm Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate

RevWood Plus Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate is the perfect choice for households with heavy foot traffic. These laminate planks are highly durable and resist scratches as well as water damage. You won’t have to sacrifice beauty for functionality with Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate. Best of all, it has stunning wood looks and an authentic texture underfoot.

Benefits of 10mm Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate

WaterproofAuthentic look and feelApproved for residential and light commercialMade in the USA SHOP 10MM ANTIQUE CRAFT WATERPROOF LAMINATE

Scandinavian Style Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Johnson Hardwood Pioneer Engineered Wood

Engineered hardwood. It’s a significant improvement to hardwood flooring. This flooring is made with a natural wood veneer and a man-made core. Thanks to this design, engineered wood resists moisture better than solid hardwood. 

It’s a sustainable alternative to natural wood and an excellent long-term investment for your home. In addition, those who install engineered hardwood flooring see an increase in their home value and curb appeal with home buyers. 

Tip: Remember, the thicker the wood veneer, the better resistance to all sorts of damage and overall durability. Therefore, we recommend 3mm to 5mm thickness. 

Pros of Engineered Hardwood Flooring:

Unique planks: You won’t find an unconvincing texture or repeating patterns in the planks. Stylish: You’ll find endless textures, wood species, plank sizes, and thickness options with engineered hardwood.Moisture resistant: Most engineered hardwood is highly moisture resistant. It can even be 100% waterproof if it has a stone-plastic core (SPC). No need to worry about occasional spills either.Application: You can install it in kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, basements, and more.

Are you considering engineered hardwood for your space? Then we’ve got the perfect style to match your aesthetic. Check out our recommendations.

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Shaw Expressions White Oak Engineered Wood

Shaw Expressions White Oak Engineered Wood

Achieving the nordic interior design style has never been easier with Expressions White Oak Engineered Hardwood. You can customize your floor with a range of cool and warm shades. The 7% low-gloss finish masks scuffs and imperfections, making this flooring easy to clean and maintain. 

Benefits of Shaw Expressions White Oak Engineered Wood:

Easy to installStylish wood-looksWirebrushed surface texture50-year residential warranty SHOP SHAW EXPRESSIONS WHITE OAK ENGINEERED WOOD

12mm Mannington Park City Oak Engineered Wood

12mm Mannington Park City Oak Engineered Wood

Looking for an easy-to-clean, charming, and natural hardwood option? Mannington Park City Oak Engineered Wood has all the features you could want. Every plank showcases natural wood knots and grain patterns. In addition, the cool-toned colors offer the perfect variety for the “Scandi style.” 

It comes with a scratch-resistant, matte finish perfect for busy homes or commercial areas. So whether you want them for your home or business, these planks will look great for years to come. 

Benefits of Mannington Park City Oak Engineered Wood

FloorScore certified High shade variation Scratch-resistant surfaceDIY installation SHOP 12MM MANNINGTON PARK CITY OAK ENGINEERED WOOD

Scandinavian Style Vinyl Plank Flooring

COREtec Pro Plus HD 9

One of the most popular flooring choices is undoubtedly vinyl plank flooring. It’s durable, easy to install, and it looks just like natural wood. Additionally, we recommend waterproof vinyl planks so you won’t have to worry about spills and moisture issues. 

To fit the natural style, you can select from various light wood vinyl plank options. We included a couple of our favorites below. 

Pros of Vinyl Plank Flooring:

Waterproof options: Many vinyl planks are 100% waterproof. Please check the manufacturer to make sure the product you want is waterproof. Beautiful looks and textures: Vinyl planks can mimic the trendiest wood species and textures. Best of all, they’re at a cost-effective price point. Easy to clean and maintain: Regular maintenance is a breeze with vinyl planks. Sweep occasionally and mop for a deeper clean.Durable: Vinyl can take on all the wear and tear you would expect in a busy household.

Vinyl plank flooring can help elevate your space and transform it into the “stuga” of your dreams. Check out these 5-star rated vinyl plank options for your upcoming project.

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COREtec Pro Plus 7″ Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

COREtec Pro Plus 7

COREtec Pro Plus 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks are an attractive option for your home. They’re also perfect in bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, kitchens, and more. Made with a waterproof rigid core, and DIY-friendly design, COREtec Pro makes it easy to kick off your next home renovation. You can choose from a wide range of colors to perfectly fit your aesthetic. 

Benefits of COREtec Pros Plus 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

A wide array of stylish optionsWaterproof Residential and commercialLifetime residential warranty SHOP CORETEC PRO PLUS 7″ RIGID CORE VINYL PLANKS

New Standard 2 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

New Standard 2 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

Heavy maintenance is a thing of the past, thanks to New Standard 2 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks. These planks are easy to clean and feature convincing wood looks. Choose from a wide selection of high-variation planks in a multitude of wood tones. 

Next, no glue is necessary to install these DIY planks. They’re also VOC-free, meaning they’re safe for both your family and pets. Plus, they’re backed by a 25-year warranty, so they’ll last for years to come.

Benefits of New Standard 2 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

100% waterproof WPCAuthentic wood look with luxury vinylEmbossed in registerFree of Phthalates and VOCs SHOP NEW STANDARD 2 RIGID CORE VINYL PLANKS

Interior Design Tips to Finish the Scandinavian Look

Top off your look with complementary decorations, furniture, interior wall colors, and more. We’ve got just the tips and tricks to ensure your aesthetic stays consistent throughout your home. 

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Scandinavian Style Wall Colors

Daltile Mythology Mosaic

Everything revolves around clean lines and simple designs. With this style, you’ll find calming tones and wall colors that take inspiration from nature. Nature is a large part of Scandinavian heritage and culture. Therefore, it’s essential to incorporate organic shades found in landscapes, forests, and the ocean.

White walls are the classic look, but you can also consider other natural shades. For example, consider pale blue, forest green, cream, and gray.

Scandinavian Style Carpet 

Masland Cedarbrook

Add coziness with Scandinavian-style carpets. You can use carpets to layer different textures or create a bold contrast with patterns. Although these carpet styles are different, they both mesh well with Scandinavian interiors. 

Recommended Scandinavian Style Carpets

Masland DoradoDixie Home VanburenMasland Marquis

Scandinavian Style Furniture

12mm Mohawk Hartwick Waterproof Laminate

Soft leather and upholstery materials are trendy for this style. Plus, comfortable furniture invites you and your guests to relax. 

Anywhere you can incorporate raw wood and bamboo is a plus! Thrifted or antique wood chairs, stools, and tables also work well. So your home will be not only beautiful but also more eco-friendly. 

Scandinavian Style Decor

Johnson Hardwood Smokey Mountain Oak

No interior design would be complete without proper decor. Add pillows, blankets, wall art, and abstract architecture. Don’t be afraid of mixing textures and mediums.

For example, play up your walls with artwork and family photos in multiples. Series and grid patterns are also popular in Scandinavian-style homes. You can bring more dimension and visual attention to your floors using patterned and faux fur carpets. The possibilities are endless with Nordic decor. 

Scandinavian Style Backsplashes

Shaw Chateau Natural Stone Subway Tile

Firstly, Scandinavian style kitchens and bathrooms often resemble farmhouse style. Both styles feature wood-look flooring and cabinets with neutral wall colors. 

Next, when it comes to appliances, stick with other natural metals, such as copper or bronze. Also, monochromatic fixtures are another popular choice for Scandinavian-style homes.  

Finally, we recommend using white or neutral-colored backsplash tiles. Undoubtedly, subway tiles are the most popular option. Their simplicity and visual lengthening work well in smaller spaces as well. 

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Recommended Scandinavian Style Subway Tiles 

Shaw Elegance Subway TilesShaw Chateau Natural Stone Subway TileDaltile Remedy Wall Tile


Bring tranquility and timeless charm to your home with Scandinavian-style flooring. Your rooms will be the main attraction for family gatherings and memories to come.



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How Much Does It Cost to Install Hardwood Flooring?

Guest Post: Jamie Sandford from HomeFlooringPros is here to discuss how much it costs to install hardwood flooring!

Year after year, hardwood flooring continues to be the most desirable flooring option amongst homeowners in the US. Outstanding beauty, longevity, and easy cleaning are just a few of the reasons wood floors remain so popular. However, popularity comes at a price and before you start to dream of new hardwood floors you will, no doubt, want to know how much all this will cost.

Of course, the final cost to install hardwood will vary from home to home, but you can typically expect to pay between $2,620 and $6,450, for the flooring, supplies, and labor. 

That’s the typical range for 500 square feet of hardwood flooring installed. That hardwood flooring cost per square foot works out to about $5.25 to $13.00. Because the price range is so wide, we should discuss the factors that will determine what your final installed hardwood flooring price will be. Then we’ll look at ways to cut costs, without settling for less, plus the importance of hiring an experienced hardwood flooring installer.

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Installation Cost Factors

Smokey Mountain Oak Engineered Wood

The cost to install hardwood flooring will vary depending on:

Species of Wood

Domestic hardwoods like White Oak, Red Oak, Maple, Birch, Beech, and Hickory cost the least. Less common domestic woods including Walnut, Cherry, and Ash cost a little more. Imported/Exotic hardwood flooring is the most expensive. Popular exotic varieties are Teak, Mahogany, Tigerwood, Jatoba, and a long list of others.

Flooring Type

Solid wood planks and engineered hardwood planks are the options. Solid hardwood flooring is just what it says – one piece of wood. Engineered hardwood has a solid hardwood top layer. But the lower layers are crossed plywood strips made from cheaper woods.

What’s the difference? Solid hardwood costs a little more, but it can be refinished multiple times and has a lifespan of 100+ years vs. 35-50 for engineered flooring. The benefit of engineered hardwood flooring is that it handles moisture better. That means it can be used in the bathroom or kitchen and humid basements. Installation requirements vary, so check the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Complexity of the Installation

Experienced installers are adept at eyeballing the job and knowing how long it will take. That determines the installation labor part of the equation. Factors that take more time, and so raise the cost, include lots of cuts and trims per the area covered (think bathrooms, and of course kitchens with lots of cabinets, an island, walk-in pantry, etc.), installing planks diagonally, and laying custom borders. The last factor about borders is also called “picture framing” the floor and is becoming more popular mostly in high-end installations.


Installing hardwood on stairs is usually estimated separately at up to $200 per stair – possibly higher. It is time-consuming work.


Your options start with affordable water-based and oil-based polyurethane that is DIY-friendly and easy to refinish. An acid-cured finish is a pricey professional-only option but ideal for exotic woods with rich graining and for parquet flooring. Penetrating oil is another expensive finish, but very durable and ideal for high-traffic floors. Aluminum oxide is a mid-priced finish that is tough as nails. It’s only available on factory-finished hardwood planks – but keep in mind it is so hard that it makes refinishing the floors difficult.

Removal of Existing Floor Material

Cost varies a lot. Carpet is easy to pull up, so removal cost is $1.00 to $1.50 per square foot. Glue-down flooring and ceramic/stone tile are not, and you’re looking at $2.00-$4.00 per square foot. In fact, when flooring is glued to a wood subfloor, the subfloor is removed and replaced at a cost of $2.75 to $4.00 per square foot.

Condition of Your Subfloor

The best-case scenario is that it’s in good condition with maybe the need to pull a few carpet tacks or fill a couple of gouges before installing wood flooring. The cost increases if self-leveling concrete is needed to fix low spots in concrete or, as mentioned, a wood subfloor must be replaced.

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Cost Breakdown

Toscana engineered hardwood

Cost to install a hardwood floor will normally include:


Common, readily available domestic woods start at about $5.00 per square foot. Rarer woods, especially imports, cost closer to $12.00 and sometimes more. Besides the wood species, finish affects cost, as do any special treatments such as a handscraped or wire-brushed finish or wood that has been smoked or fumed to enrich the appearance. Remember to factor in the potential cost of subflooring.


The flooring contractor will supply equipment and supplies such as a level, staple gun, fasteners, and adhesive, as well as protective gear. Find out whether the finishing treatment, trims, and molding are included.


Besides theinstallation cost to install a hardwood floor, your contractor might repair or replace the subfloor and add an insulating underlay. Moving furniture out of the room may be an additional expense.


Removal and disposal of one or more layers of existing flooring is usually charged by the square foot, depending on the material. If you are unlucky and discover old asbestos tiling or lead paint, you will need to add in the expense of having it safely removed. 

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Get the Most for Your Money

Hardwood flooring cost: 12mm Mannington Park City Oak Engineered Wood

Avoid warped floorboards in your future. Allow several days after delivery for your flooring to acclimate to the relative humidity inside your home. Use a hygrometer to measure and compare humidity levels.

Save money by removing the old floor yourself … if there is only one layer and no lead paint or asbestos to worry about. Flooring removal can be hard work, but it’s not technically difficult.

Save on the purchase of new hardwood flooring by shopping online and by looking for closeout sales. (Be sure to order extra to cover future repairs.) Pick up the material yourself, if possible, and forego delivery charges.

Stain and seal the floor post-installation rather than shelling out for pricy prefinished hardwood flooring. Just make sure you know what you’re doing to avoid costly mistakes like bubbles in the finish, visible applicator strokes or lap lines, or an uneven sheen caused by thickness differences in the sealer. Watching a few tutorials will provide knowledge about finishing products, applicators, and techniques.

If money is really tight, install hardwood only on the main floor of your home. Use less expensive carpet for the upper stories. Wood-look laminate is another popular option that costs about the same as midgrade carpeting.

Related Content > Engineered Hardwood Flooring FAQs

How Much Hardwood Flooring Do I Need?

Hardwood flooring cost: Shaw Fifth Avenue Oak Engineered Wood

The general rule of thumb is to order 5% to 10% more flooring than required. This covers what is lost through trimming or the occasional mis-cut piece.

If you end up with several cartons of flooring left over, keep one for repairs. The rest can be returned if they haven’t been opened. We say if because several cartons should be opened at the same time, and planks from the three or four boxes mixed. Manufacturers make hardwood in “runs,” and if you get cartons from two or more batches, there will be slight color variations. Failing to mix the planks could result in visible shade differences in the floor.

Hire a Proven Professional

Hardwood flooring cost: Shaw Expressions White Oak Engineered Wood

That’s just one reason to hire an installer with a proven track record. Experienced installers are adept at ordering the right amount – and if they order too much, not ending up with two or more opened boxes of flooring.

Additionally, their skill in laying out the floor, proper installation, and a “perfect” finish will come together in the gorgeous hardwood floor you expect.


Now you have more insight into hardwood flooring cost! Are you ready to start shopping?

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2021 Holiday Gift Guide: For Active Kids

It can be hard gift-shopping for kids, especially if they have a ton of energy and are really active. A simple toy or game might not hold their focus for long. If you’re looking for a gift to give to an energetic kid, you’re in the right place. Welcome to this active kids flooring gift guide. 

Whether you’re shopping for a young athlete, dancer, gymnast, or just someone who’s always on the move, you can find the perfect gift for their busy lifestyle.

Gifts for Outdoor Fun

For kids who like to get outside and play, you can take the fun to the next level. Outdoor toys and playsets help keep kids active and grow their imaginations, too!

Playground Flooring

Kids who play outside also need a safe surface to catch them when they fall. Playground tiles, mulch, and even playground turf offer some extra cushion and protection while children are hard at play. 

Playground flooring is the perfect way to revamp an outdoor playground for your kid. In addition, many of our playground flooring options are fall height certified for extra safety.

Customer Favorites:

Playground Rubber MulchPlaySafe Interlocking Playground TilesJamboree Playground Tiles SHOP ALL PLAYGROUND FLOORING

Playground Mats

Playground Swing Mats

Our playground mats are perfect for use in high traffic areas of the playground, such as under swing sets or at the base of slides. Playground mats prevent your mulch from getting too worn down and creating bare, muddy spots. They also provide a bit of extra cushioning in high-impact areas.

Customer Favorites:

Playground Swing MatsPlayground Slide MatsSwing Safety MatsSHOP ALL PLAYGROUND MATS

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Gifts for Cheer, Gymnastics, and Tumbling

If you know a kid with some awesome tumbling skills, we’ve got a few gifts in mind to keep them safe and having fun. Whether it’s cheer or gymnastics, these gifts will support your kid while they’re practicing their favorite moves.

Cheer and Gymnastics Mats

eco gymnastics mats


Give your kid the perfect surface to practice their skills. From folding mats to balance beams, and even wedge mats, we offer gymnastics mats to suit all skill levels. We also offer teaching equipment to give new gymnasts a strong start with the basics.

They’re sure to delight any young gymnast or cheerleader, and you’ll love how easy they are to take care of. Our mats absorb impact from tumbles and flips, and the durable vinyl covering makes them easy to keep clean.

Customer Favorites:

4’x8’x2″ Eco Folding MatsHome Cheer MatsIncline MatsSHOP ALL GYMNASTICS MATS

Related Content >Intermediate Gymnastics Mats Guide

Gifts for Traditional Sports

It seems like young athletes are always looking for another opportunity to practice or play, so why not gift it to them? If you know a kid who loves to play sports, we’ve got a few gift ideas for you.

Sports Flooring

Sports Flooring: ProGame Sports Tiles

Young athletes always need space to practice, and if you have some extra space in the basement,  in your yard, or on a parking pad, we’ve got the perfect solution. Indoor and outdoor sports tiles! Give your kid the gift of an actual court. 

Why play on a concrete pad and have to guess where the game lines are? Whether it’s volleyball, basketball, tennis, or more, sports tiles will make your kid feel like a pro.

Customer Favorites:

ProGame Sports TilesIndoor Court TilesHotShot Hockey Floor TilesSHOP ALL COURT FLOORING

Putting Green Turf

Putting Green: Floating Putting Green Mats

It’s not every day you can head out to the putting course. For the days you can’t, your own putting green is the way to go. You can choose from small portable mats, or create your own larger, custom space. 

No matter what you choose, your kiddo can practice their putting skills for their next big showdown at the windmill.

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Putting Green MatsDuraPlay Putting Green MatsFloating Putting Green MatsSHOP ALL PUTTING GREEN TURF

Gifts for Active Play

It’s great when kids are active, even when they’re playing inside. Get inspired with gifts that are perfect for playrooms, bedrooms, and basement hangouts.

Foam Tiles

Learning Math Mat

Flooring can be fun when you have foam tiles. Soft, comfortable, and non-toxic, interlocking foam tiles are the perfect flooring for the playroom. They’re water-resistant, shock-absorbent, and insulating, too. We also offer number and alphabet tiles, so your kiddo can play and learn at the same time!

Customer Favorites:

1/2″ Eco-Soft +
5/8″ Premium Soft TilesPuzzle MatsSHOP ALL FOAM TILES

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Gifts for Dancers

If you have a dancer in your life who just can’t stop moving, you know they’ll jump at any chance to dance their heart out. Here are a few gifts to help them practice and perform.

Dance Marley

ProStep Dance Floor - Custom Cut

Searching for a low-cost solution for your dance flooring needs? Then dance rolls are for you. Suitable for ballet, contemporary dance, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and more, our Marley dance rolls can be used in the home or studio. 

Our high-quality dance rolls have a controlled slip matte surface finish to keep your dancers safe. The best part? You can choose custom cuts to exactly fit your space.

Customer Favorites:

ProStep Dance Floor – Custom CutVersaStep Dance Rolls – Custom CutRosco Dance Floor Rolls – Full RollSHOP ALL DANCE MARLEY

Dance Floor Tiles

Holiday Gift Guide for Active Kids: Practice Dance Tiles

Say hello to the most portable, DIY-friendly dance flooring out there. Dance tiles can easily be set up anywhere, and you can expand to create the exact dance floor space that you need. To install, simply interlock the edges together, and then get to dancing!

Dance tiles are durable and stylish, so they can even be used as event flooring where many people will be standing or dancing on them at a time. No matter how you use them, you are sure to love dance floor tiles.

Customer Favorites:

Practice Dance TilesSwisstrax Dancetrax TilesFlat Top Dance TilesSHOP ALL DANCE FLOORING TILES

Dance Kit Packages 

Practice Dance Tile Kits

Get the whole dance package with a dance flooring kit. They’re the perfect practice surface for your tiny dancer. Kits are available in multiple sizes, complete with edges for a finished look. Installation is DIY-friendly, and you can easily take them apart and reassemble them for a portable practice dance floor.

Customer Favorites:

Practice Dance Tile KitsProStep Dance Floor Package with SubfloorVersaStep Dance Floor Package with SubfloorSHOP ALL DANCE FLOORING KITS

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Happy Shopping!

This list should give you a jump start on your holiday shopping. The active kids in your life will thank you.


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6 Vinyl Flooring Myths: Get the Facts from Our Experts

For years, vinyl flooring has been one of the fastest-growing categories of flooring. People love it because there are so many options to choose from, and it can come in virtually any style. But do you really know the facts about this flooring? There are a lot of vinyl flooring myths out there, and that can lead to confusion when shopping. 

Don’t worry, though! When it comes to vinyl flooring, we know our stuff. So, without further ado, let’s debunk six of the most common myths about vinyl flooring!

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Myth 1: Vinyl Flooring is Toxic


Expert Opinion: Mostly False

We get asked this a lot: “Is vinyl flooring toxic?” In the past, when manufacturing standards weren’t as high, the answer could often be yes. Vinyl flooring from years ago could have high contents of lead, cadmium, and VOCs. Since vinyl is a petroleum-based product made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), it can potentially off-gas VOCs. 

But these days, it’s much easier to find safe, non-toxic vinyl flooring. 

The EPA has set standards for products that meet the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certification standard. Many manufacturers now submit their flooring to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) for safety certification. RFCI is an independent, privately held label that created FloorScore with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) to ensure unbiased testing and auditing.

Pro Tip: If you want to ensure that your floor is safe for the whole family, look for vinyl flooring that is made in the USA or is FloorScore Certified. We recommend TritonCore Pro 7″ Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

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Myth 2: All Vinyl Flooring Is the Same

Mannington Benchmark 6' Vinyl Sheet

Expert Opinion: False

There are so many kinds of vinyl flooring: waterproof, peel and stick, sheet vinyl, and then all those acronyms: SPC, WPC, LVF. It can start to look like a jumble of alphabet soup. Let’s start with the basics so you know more about your options.

WPC vinylWPC vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof, and it features a wood-plastic composite core. WPC is recommended for residential use since it is softer underfoot.SPC vinylAlso, referred to as Rigid Core luxury vinyl flooring, SPC features an ultra-dense, 100% waterproof stone-plastic composite core. SPC is great for both residential and commercial use.LVF vinyl: This is the acronym for luxury vinyl flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring is the umbrella term that encompasses WPC and SPC. LVF can also refer to vinyl that is not waterproof but has quality visuals, and usually a glue-down or a locking installation.

Pro Tip: Vinyl flooring also comes in three main forms: plankstiles, and sheets/rolls. Vinyl plank flooring is perfect for wood-look styles. If you want a stone-look floor, vinyl tile flooring is the best option. Sheet vinyl flooring offers the widest selection of decorative looks.

Related Content >Vinyl Flooring Buying Guide

Myth 3: Vinyl Flooring and Laminate are the Same

Expert Opinion: False

Laminate flooring and vinyl flooring may look the same at first glance, but there are important differences. They’re made from different materials, they don’t handle water the same way, and they have different price points. Compare laminate vs. vinyl flooring to get a better idea of the distinctions. 


Fiberboard wood coreNot as waterproof as vinylScratch-resistant wear layerHollow sound if installed improperly

Luxury Vinyl Flooring:

PVC, WPC, or SPC coreNot as scratch-resistant as laminateMore waterproof than laminateCan be more expensive than laminate

Pro Tip: Want to know more about what makes these two flooring options unique? Our Laminate vs. Vinyl Flooring guide offers a more in-depth comparison of installation, cost, eco-friendliness, and more.

Related Content > How to Install Vinyl Flooring on Stairs

Myth 4: Vinyl Rolls and Linoleum are the Same

Expert Opinion: False

Vinyl rolls and linoleum flooring are very different! At one time the only vinyl anybody knew about was sheet vinyl, which has a rolled appearance similar to linoleum. Because of this, a lot of people confuse the two. Check out this linoleum vs. vinyl comparison to get the facts. 


Made of natural materialsAnti-microbialAnti-static propertiesNeeds to be sealed every yearRequires a professional installation

Luxury Vinyl Rolls:

Made of durable PVCProtective wear layerBacking options for fiberglass, foam, or feltDIY-friendly installationVirtually no maintenance

Pro Tip: Typically vinyl is less expensive than linoleum upfront. But it’s important to remember that linoleum can last sometimes twice as long as vinyl, depending on the type, manufacturer, and the traffic it receives. That being said, linoleum does tend to wear over time, especially when it’s not properly cared for.

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Myth 5: Vinyl Flooring is Hard to Install

DIY Flooring Installation

Expert Opinion: False

Vinyl flooring installation is actually quite easy! There are a few options for installation that you should know about.

Tongue and groove installation Tongue and groove a.k.a. click lock vinyl is one of the simplest ways to install vinyl flooring. This type of installation requires no tape or adhesive and creates a floating floor.Peel and stick installationIt doesn’t get easier than this! Slowly peel back the paper to reveal the adhesive. Then firmly place the tile or plank by pressing it down onto the surface.Sheet vinyl installationYou can loose lay most vinyl sheets these days, which just means you roll them out and cut them to fit. For a more secure install, you can also spread glue over the subfloor before carefully rolling out the sheet vinyl.

Pro Tip: For more help with DIY-friendly vinyl flooring installation, check out our guide on how to install vinyl flooring in three different ways. 

Myth 6: Vinyl Flooring is Outdated

Adura Max Apex 16

Expert Opinion: False

Decades ago, vinyl flooring had a reputation for being flimsy or outdated. But since then, new manufacturing technology has revolutionized the vinyl flooring industry. 

Advancing technology has given vinyl manufacturers the ability to create realistic tiles and planks mimicking natural looks, such as wood and stone They are also creating unique, decorative looks that used to only be available with flooring like tile.

The stylish new looks aren’t the only way vinyl flooring has been modernized. You can now also enjoy 100% waterproof vinyl with WPC or SPC cores that will protect your floor from water damage. Waterproof vinyl flooring is so popular these days that other flooring categories have started following this trend too!

Pro Tip: To find vinyl flooring options that perfectly match your style, get inspired with our in-depth guide to Vinyl Flooring Trends


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

Want to learn more about vinyl flooring?Check out our FAQ, or order some free samples to experience it yourself!

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5 Best Vinyl Plank Flooring Options of 2021: Find Your Perfect Match

So, you’re searching for vinyl plank flooring, and you want the best of the best. We get it! You want long-lasting flooring that will stand up to everyday abuse that comes with a busy lifestyle, animal scratches, occasional spills, moving furniture, and more.

We can help you find the perfect vinyl planks for you. Whether you’re looking for something with an extended warranty, ultra-realistic wood-looks, or waterproof capabilities, the great news is we have a variety to suit your needs. Ready to explore the most popular vinyl plank flooring of 2021? 

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How to Choose Vinyl Plank Flooring

New Standard 2 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

Before considering the nitty-gritty details of the options below, you’ll want to consider the most critical vinyl flooring factors. 

Vinyl Plank Flooring Considerations

Cost: In general, the more costly the vinyl plank flooring, the better overall quality you will receive. Therefore, it’s important to note that while more expensive options may come with additional benefits, you can still get budget-friendly vinyl plank flooring that transforms your home just as well.Wear layer: Your wear layer is the top layer of protection on the vinyl material that aids against wear and tear. The thicker the wear layer, the better the overall protection.For instance, in low-traffic areas, wear layers of 6 mil to 10 mil do well, and for increased resilience, we recommend 12 mil and above. Commercial settings do require the most attention, and in this case, 20+ mil is an excellent long-term investment. Thickness: You’ll want a thick wear layer and thick vinyl plank combination for the best results. Anywhere around 5mm is a reliable fit that can take on the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Other Things to Look Out For

Installation method: The way you install your vinyl planks can significantly affect your overall satisfaction with them. We have various DIY vinyl plank flooring options to do yourself or more permanent commercial grade-vinyl planks that often require professional help. Warranty: This is the fun part! Many of our vinyl plank flooring comes with extended warranties that can help give that extra reassurance in your decision. You can find anywhere from a 10-year warranty to a lifetime warranty, depending on the manufacturer. Waterproof capabilities: Vinyl planks have come a long way in terms of water resistance. Presently, manufacturers now make vinyl planks that are either highly water-resistant or 100% waterproof that combat stains and prevent moisture from seeping to the subfloor. Application: Commercial or residential? Depending on the foot traffic and lifestyle, you will need to consider one or the other. When in doubt, the thicker the wear layer and plank thickness will ensure a longer lifespan. Related Content > Vinyl Plank Flooring Buying Guide

5 of the Best Vinyl Plank Flooring Options

Feeling excited? Let’s move on to five of the best vinyl plank flooring options you’ll find on the market! As each option is top-ranked, we understand it can be challenging to differentiate the benefits, so we broke it down for you. Compare the reviews, key product features, pros and cons, and more. 

dura Max Apex 16″ Waterproof Vinyl Planks

Adura Max Apex 16 Waterproof Vinyl Planks

Adua Max Apex 16” Waterproof Vinyl Planks offer unique flooring designs. They come in several stylish parquet, tile, and stained-glass options that will elevate your home for that charming farmhouse-style look. If you love cool and warm blues, then you’ll find a great variety with Adura Max Apex. 

Not to mention these FloorScore certified planks also include benefits of 100% waterproofing, scratch resistance, and sound absorption. Painted micro-bevel edging gives a finished look to complete your home flooring renovation. 


“We love love love this floor! It was easy to install and turned out so nice! You can’t even see the seams!”Kitty from Big Timber, MT

How Do Adura Max Apex 16” Waterproof Vinyl Planks Match Up? 

Cost 4/5




1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

This option is on the more expensive side of the spectrum. Since the planks are waterproof, easy to install, and safe for pets, it’s a fantastic investment. These floors also come with a lifetime residential warranty to back up these features. 

Durability 4/5




1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

The Adura Max Apex collection features waterproof vinyl plank options that can take on a hefty amount of wear and tear, and with minimal maintenance, look as good as new again. Also, the ScratchResist technology helps to prevent moving furniture and energetic pets from leaving damage behind.

Style 5/5 





1 – good to 5 – best

If you love patterned vinyl planks, then Adura Max Apex is for you! Available colors include cool-toned blues and grays, with a couple of options in warmer browns. In addition to their high-quality designs, they will easily become the main focal point in your home or business. 


StylishDampens sound ScratchResist technologyFloating floor



COREtec Plus 5″ Waterproof Vinyl Planks

COREtec Plus 5 Waterproof Vinyl Planks

Rich, warm wood-look floors are possible with COREtec Plus 5” Waterproof Vinyl Planks. This luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP) is among the most durable options. With a Hydracore, your planks will never expand or contract regardless of the environment’s temperature or moisture on the surface. 

Also, COREtec comes loaded with features that can make your life easier! DIY floating installation, VOC-free, sound absorption, and waterproofing are among just some of the reasons we love this COREtec option. 


“During our kitchen renovation, we took a wall down between our kitchen and living room and replaced the old laminate and carpeting. Everyone raves about the look of the flooring, and it is also very easy to care for. We plan on replacing the carpeting in our family room with this flooring also.” – Beth from North East, PA 

How Do COREtec Plus 5” Waterproof Vinyl Planks Measure Up? 

Cost 4/5




1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

COREtec Plus 5” Waterproof Vinyl Planks are on pricer sides, so if your budget allows, this floor is an excellent choice. With beautiful, authentic wood-look floors, you’ll have a longer-lasting option compared to low-cost alternatives.

Durability 4/5




1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

These vinyl planks are known for their ultra-tough design that can take on any area of your home or business. COREtec provides ample support against unpredictable spills and scratches and is pet-friendly. 

Style: 3/5



1 – good to 5 – best

There are a wide variety of colors with COREtec. However, the majority of the shades are on the warmer side. If you’re aiming for lighter tones, you may feel limited with this one. 

*Tip: If you’re looking for a crisp aesthetic, you can offset your white interior walls with dark wood look floorsThis will elevate your space to feel bigger and modernized.


11 stunning wood shadesPet-friendlyLifetime warrantyFloorScore certified



Related Content > Vinyl Flooring FAQ: 20 Things You Need to Know

Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Planks

Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Plank

Quality and durability. The manufacturers of Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Planks pride themselves on their resilient flooring materials so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them for longer. 

Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Planks have an extensive selection of natural plank shades. Your guests won’t even be able to tell the difference from natural hardwood. Best of all, you can install Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Planks in any room of your home, thanks to their HydroLoc Waterproof core and the benefits of a fade- and scratch-resistant wear layer. 


“I wanted a beautiful floor that was going to be completely family-friendly, and after watching the scratch test video, I was sold on this one. I ordered samples and tried it myself – it’s amazing. The floors have been down for five months now, and it was the best decision.” – Rachel Marie from Boulder, CO

How Do Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Planks Measure Up? 

Cost 3/5



1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

Gorgeous wood-look floors can be yours, all without breaking the bank! Mannington Adura Max Waterproof Planks are in the middle of the price spectrum, making them a great addition to your next home renovation project. 

Durability 4/5




1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

No need to worry about durability when you have Mannington Adura Max! This resilient flooring is 5mm thick and has a 20 mil wear layer. In addition to the support, you’ll get the needed scratch resistance and durability for both commercial and residential spaces.

Style 5/5





1 – good to 5 – best

The shade range is top tier with Mannington Adura Max. From cool-toned browns, taupes, and grays to deep, classic shades, you can have it all! These planks come in an impressive selection of 15 shades, so we know you’ll find the perfect one to complement the rest of your interior. 


Wide shade selection Multi-benefits Noise-reducingDIY installation



COREtec Pro Plus 7″ Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

COREtec Pro Plus 7 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

Looking for something low profile yet stunning? COREtec Pro Plus 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks draw just the right amount of attention in your rooms to create a perfectly balanced style. You can choose from a wide selection of subdued grays and browns to more striking, rich shades.  

These vinyl planks feature the same benefits of the standard Plus collection, but a much more discrete look, 5mm thickness, and 100% waterproof rigid core construction. COREtec Pro Plus 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks are approved for high-traffic areas in commercial and residential spaces, so you won’t need to worry about everyday wear and tear. 


“We turned our basement into a family room. We were worried about potential flooding and our uneven concrete, but this company’s experts assured me rigid core was perfect for this. The floor looks amazing, and it seems really durable so far!” – Buffalo, NY

How Do COREtec Pro Plus 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks Measure Up? 

Cost 3/5



1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

If there’s room in your budget, COREtec Pro Plus 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks provide an undeniable amount of benefits and value to your home. Investing in reliable flooring that will last for years to come will relieve you of future maintenance costs and damage repairs. 

Durability 4/5




1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

You can use these planks in various high-traffic environments, such as office buildings, bathrooms, mudrooms, kitchens, and basements! They’re the perfect choice for those looking for long-lasting, scratch-resistant flooring. Above all, moisture is a non-issue for the COREtec Pro collection, as the plank construction is 100% waterproof throughout. 

Style 5/5





1 – good to 5 – best

COREtec Pro does a fantastic job at providing plank options to meet everyone’s tastes. Choose from a wide variety of taupe, gray, and warm-toned brown options that can add an extra elevation to your home. 


Attractive shades100% waterproof constructionInstall anywhere you likeGreenGuard certified



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TritonCORE Pro 7″ Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

TritonCORE Pro 7 Rigid Core Vinyl Planks

You can’t go wrong with TritonCORE Pro 7” Rigid Core Planks! They come in several stunning authentic wood-look colors that will add warmth and character to any level of your home. 

Have young kids and pets? These vinyl planks are a game-changer for their scratch and stain resistance. Also, they’re 100% waterproof, and best of all, backed by a limited lifetime residential warranty. 


“We recently purchased a new house. The floors look INCREDIBLE! We get so many compliments from visitors on our new floors, and everyone asks where we got them. It made our home look like a completely different house. You will not be disappointed!” – Cory C from Arizona 

How Do TritonCORE Pro 7” Rigid Core Vinyl Planks Measure up? 

Cost 2/5


1 – least expensive to 5 – most expensive

TritonCORE Pro is at the lower end of the price spectrum. You’ll have ultra-durable and authentic-looking floors for either commercial or residential use at an affordable price. Backed by a limited-lifetime residential warranty, these planks truly stand up to their lifespan claims and make a great value. 

Durability 3/5



1 – least durable to 5 – most durable

With a wear layer of 20 mil and a thickness of 5mm, you’re guaranteed a long-lasting vinyl plank floor. TritonCORE Pro works for residential and commercial use. Therefore, can truly place it anywhere you want beautiful wood-look floors. 

Style 4/5




1 – good to 5 – best

Yes, to style! Whether you’re looking for cool-toned or warm and rustic planks, TritonCORE Pro offers both. The selection of 10 colors makes it easy to match your aesthetic for a polished look.


100% waterproof Scratch-resistantVariety of plank shadesFloorScore certified


5mm thickness – not as thick as other planks SHOP TRITONCORE PRO 7” RIGID CORE VINYL PLANKS


We hope you enjoyed exploring the best vinyl plank flooring options of 2021! Remember, it’s essential to keep a well-rounded perspective on your favorites and keep features like price, durability, and warranty at the top of your priority list. Let the shopping begin! 


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10 Artificial Grass Pros and Cons: The Most Important Considerations

Interested in a budget-friendly, eco-friendly, and stylish alternative to natural grass? In recent years, manufacturers have created ultra-realistic artificial grass blades that are almost indistinguishable from the real deal. But is the investment worth it? Compare artificial grass pros and cons to decide for yourself. 

Undoubtedly, artificial grass most often used for backyards, gyms, and sports fields. However, you can find turf inside homes for an earthy and unique aesthetic. Many of our grass options work well for indoor and outdoor use. Additionally, they often come benefits, such as UV protection, a cleat safe design, perforations for drainage.

Just like any other type of flooring, artificial turf has its advantages and disadvantages. You must consider whether or not you plan to have it inside or outside, for sports, or intended for fur friends.

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rtificial Grass Pros

Bow Wow Turf Rolls

Artificial turf comes with several desirable features that most natural grasses or other outdoor flooring don’t come with. Check out the most popular reasons people are switching to artificial grass! 

1. Lower Water Bills

Artificial grass can save you gallons of water! According to the Synthetic Turf Council, having an artificial lawn can save up to 70% of the average homeowner’s water bill. Not only will you be more eco-friendly by reducing daily water waste, but you’ll also limit the amount of effort for upkeep. It’s a win-win! 

2. Return on Investment 

Green, luscious grass helps to elevate the outside of residential and commercial properties. EcoGrass experts estimate that turf owners can expect a return on investment within one to five years compared to natural alternatives and their maintenance costs. You can sit back, relax, and save money with artificial lawns. 

3. Minimal Maintenance 

No more long days mowing, weed whacking, or dealing with dug-up holes. Fake grass takes the hassle out of maintenance for an effortless and polished look during all seasons.

4. Ultra-Durable

If you expect heavy foot traffic, our select commercial and residential artificial grasses can take it! You can play sports, work out in comfort, and host events knowing your turf will stay great for years to come. 

Previous challenges with dirt, holes, and muddy paws? With artificial grass, the soil is completely covered, so pets won’t feel inclined to dig into the ultra-durable material. For pet waste, our pet-friendly turf comes with perforated holes to allow liquids to drain efficiently and leave your lawn looking fresh and dry. 

5. No Pesticide or Herbicides Needed 

Traditional maintenance chemicals can be harmful to your kids, pets, and environment. Our artificial grass requires no pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, so you can rest assured that your family and fur friends are safe. Additionally, our turfs contain no metals and are antimicrobial. 

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rtificial Grass Cons

Newport Premium Turf Rolls

We want to help you put the best foot forward for your next landscape project! Below are a few considerations of artificial grass before starting the installation process.

1. Gets Hotter in the Sun

In the summer months, artificial turf can get significantly hotter in direct sunlight. To mitigate temperature changes, our Hydrochill turf infill can keep your lawn 30 to 50 degrees cooler than other synthetic alternatives. 

2. Fear of Toxicity

In 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission deemed synthetic turf safe, and since then has posed no consumer health or safety issues. 

All of our artificial turfs are 100% free of toxic chemicals and lead materials, making them a trusted flooring for animals and humans. Also, synthetic turf also reduces pollution and noxious air emissions, commonly associated with lawnmowers. 

3. Initial Expenses

Often, artificial turf tends to cost more than natural grass when you first purchase and install it. However, you’ll have a long-lasting lawn that keeps its green color and fresh-cut look. The initial expense outweighs the yearly cost of maintaining natural grass. 

4. Comfort

Generic and cheaper artificial turf can be uncomfortable underfoot. However, our synthetic grasses have realistic and soft blades that won’t poke or irritate your feet to walk across. 

For animals, our pet-friendly turf ensures a natural grass feel while being ultra-durable for endless playtime both within the home and outdoors. 

5. Installation 

Depending on the location and layout of your space, you may find it helpful to have a professional installer help you. Therefore, this would be an additional cost to ensure the most permanent and resilient turf application.

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3 Best Artificial Grass Options

Now that you have these considerations in mind, we picked the top-ranked turf options of 2021. These synthetic grasses are the most versatile and high-quality options on the market.

Whether you’re looking for an all-around artificial grass or something for sports, like golfing in mind, we’ve got your perfect match! 

1. Performance Turf Rolls

Peformance Turf Rolls

Ready to take your indoor or outdoor gym to the next level? Our Performance Turf Rolls offer the perfect amount of cushion and joint support for drills and full-body workouts. 

These synthetic turf rolls are made of ultra-durable polyethylene, so using pull sleds and dropping heavy weights on top of the surface is a non-issue. 


Indoor/Outdoor5-year warrantyEasy to install and maintainSHOP PERFORMANCE TURF ROLLS

2. Putting Green Turf Rolls

Putting Green Turf Rolls

Achieving your ultimate putt-putt set-up is possible with Putting Green Turf Rolls. They’ll make your mini-golf space beautifully green year-round, and natural feeling grass blades will not impact your game performance. 

This high-quality synthetic grass is all weather-approved, as well as heat- and frost-resistant. That means you won’t be ‘putting’ up with any maintenance hassles, regardless of the weather.


Perforated for drainageApproved for all WeatherNo harmful chemicals or metalsSHOP PUTTING GREEN TURF ROLLS

3. Pet Turf Rolls

Pet Turf Rolls

Your furry friend needs a soft play area, too! Create the perfect lawn for you and your pup with Pet Turf Rolls. They’re also perforated for superior drainage and have rounded natural grass blades that feel comfortable under paws. 


Soft and pet-friendlyUV protected Made in the USASHOP PET TURF ROLLS


Artificial grass is a fantastic option to keep your space looking styled and green all year round! Ready to explore our turf selection? Shop Now!


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Best Art Deco Flooring Options to Match Your Style

It’s the roaring ‘20s again, and art deco is back in style. If you’re creating an art deco style for your home, you’ve probably got a vision board with cool geometric wallpaper, glamorous furniture, and the perfect decor, but aren’t you forgetting something? 

Your style won’t be complete without some art deco flooring to pull everything together. Learning how to choose art deco flooring might seem intimidating at first, but we can help.

In this guide, you’ll learn more about this popular style, explore the different categories of flooring that work with this trend, and learn what to look for to get the perfect flooring for your home.

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What is Art Deco Style?

Joy Carpets Gatsby Carpet

Art deco design was the most popular style during the 1920s era – think The Great Gatsby, and that’s the style we’re talking about here. It’s characterized by geometric shapes, bold color contrasts, and glamorous looks with gold accents, chrome, and lots of fun texture.

When it comes to flooring art deco style is all about pattern, contrast, and making a statement. This ranges from geometric carpets to checkered flooring and intricate wood insets. 

There are lots of flooring options to explore, so let’s get started!

rt Deco Tile Flooring

Daltile Choreo

Tile flooring is the perfect medium for the art deco style. That’s because it’s easy to create bold patterns and contrasts. Plus, floor tile can be made to look like almost anything including luxurious materials like marble, gold, and other metals.

When considering tile for your home, there are also the benefits of durability and easy maintenance. Your floor can look effortlessly beautiful without you having to spend a lot of time on maintenance. 

If you think this is the right flooring for you, here are a few style tips to keep in mind so you’re matching the art deco style perfectly.

Geometric Patterns

daltile memoir

When in doubt, opt for an intricate geometric pattern with lots of contrast. The art deco style has lots of influences, from modernism and cubism to more “exotic” patterns like Morrocan tile. If you’re going with a bold pattern on the floor, make sure to balance that with more neutral decor.

Black and White Tiles

Shaw Elegance Mosaics

Black and white is a timeless classic, but it’s also a staple of this style. Look for unique shapes like hexagons or octagons to bring out the art deco glamor even more. The contrast works especially well in kitchens and bathrooms.

Shell or Fan Tile Shape

Shaw Chateau Natural Stone Ornamentals Tile

Fan tile or shell tile is a huge trend right now, particularly in bathrooms, so you might not have even realized that it was originally an art deco look. This fun, eye-catching tile shape was also incredibly popular back in the 1920s and 1930s. 

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rt Deco Carpet Flooring

Joy Carpets Pinnacle Carpet

Carpet is a great way to introduce some art deco style into your home because it comes in virtually any pattern you can think of. Plus, it’s softer and more comfortable than hard surfaces.

The great thing about carpet is that if you don’t want full wall-to-wall carpet in your home, you can always choose an area rug to add a pop of color and style while still enjoying the easier maintenance of a hard floor.

If you want carpet as your art deco flooring, remember these helpful style tips.

Greens and Blues

Joy Carpets Moderne Carpet

Jewel tones like green and blue aren’t common in all art deco flooring, but for carpet, you’ll see these colors a lot. They create a sense of luxury and they work well with sharp, clean lines and geometrics. 

Gold Accents

Joy Carpets Gatsby Carpet

You can’t have an art deco look without a touch of gold. Metallics are a big part of this style, and carpet (like tile) can mimic this look somewhat. You’ll see it used a lot as a contrast to brighter colors or dark neutrals, and also as a trim. 

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rt Deco Vinyl Flooring

Mannington Revive 12' Luxury Vinyl Sheet

Vinyl flooring is perfect for the art deco style because it can come in virtually any look or pattern that you want. That means you can choose intricate looks with lots of color and contrasts.

Vinyl flooring comes in planks, tiles, and rolls, so you can pick from a huge variety of options to get exactly the look you want. This flooring option is also very DIY-friendly, so you can save money on installation.

Follow these guidelines to find art deco vinyl flooring that matches your look.

Checkered Black and White Flooring

Soda Shoppe Flex Tiles

Checkered black and white flooring is a classic look that’s perfect for the art deco style, as well as other aesthetics. That means you can still keep your floor if you ever want to change your look. It’s simple, clean, and timeless, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.

Detailed Patterns

Geo Flex Tiles

A lot of the detailed patterns in art deco were inspired by the machine age, which means you’ll get a lot of metallic looks and intricate, almost machinery-like designs. Look for something with a lot of symmetry, overlapping lines, and precise geometry.

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rt Deco Wood Flooring

Shaw Fifth Avenue Oak Engineered Wood

Wood flooring might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to this style, but you shouldn’t count it out. With hardwood floors, you can enjoy increased home value as well as excellent style.

Another great thing about art deco wood flooring is that the look is versatile. If you change your mind and want to restyle your home, your floors can stay, which can save you a ton of money.

Is art deco wood flooring for you? Then check out these style tips to get a floor that completes your room.

Herringbone Flooring

Shaw Fifth Avenue Oak Engineered Wood

Herringbone wood flooring is very popular right now, even beyond the art deco trend. This is an elegant yet fun pattern that brings a lot of personality to your space. The best part? A lot of engineered wood flooring is now being manufactured in this pattern, so it’s even easier to install. 

Geometric Inlays

Daltile Choreo

Wood inlays were a huge deal in the art deco period. A lot of times, these intricate inlays are much easier to accomplish with wood-look flooring, such as tile, which is what you can see in the image above. 

You can get the same gorgeous look of wood, but those detailed patterns are pre-printed on the tile, so you avoid having to make a ton of complex cuts.

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Make your art deco home come to life with flooring that matches your style. Whether you want patterned carpet with gold accents, black and white tile, or herringbone pattern wood flooring, you can now shop with confidence knowing exactly what you need to look for in a floor.

Are you ready to get your new roaring ‘20s style started?

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