CHOOSING YOUR FLOOR – AN OVERVIEW

When decorating your home, there is one thing that brings the whole room together:

YOUR FLOORING!

Your floors are

  • The largest design surface of your room

  • The first thing people see when they walk in

  • The foundation for your entire design

  • The costliest element to replace down the road

We get it!

Selecting flooring for your home is a BIG decision. Between the cost of the materials, the time spent on installation and a continued need for maintenance, it’s easy to understand why our clients want to be absolutely certain they’re making the right choice before signing on the dotted line.

Choosing your flooring is far more complicated than just finding what looks good. Several other factors durability, moisture, costs, and more—will greatly influence your decision. You must also find a style that suits your taste and your home.

We believe the flooring we sell is more than just something for you walk on, it is an integral part of your home, tastes and lifestyle. Since every lifestyle is different – some have active kiddos running in and out, others are adult only and do lots of entertaining, etc. – we will help guide you to the flooring products that best fit your needs, decorating tastes, and budget. As you make your decision…

Think about function…

How — and where — your flooring will be used needs to be your first point of consideration. For example, some materials may be well-suited for high-trafficked areas while others would not stand up as well to the same level of wear and tear. Then there are those flooring options that are optimal for providing comfort while others may seem lacking in comparison.

Keep maintenance in mind…

How — and where — your flooring will be used needs to be your first point of consideration. For example, some materials may be well-suited for high-trafficked areas while others would not stand up as well to the same level of wear and tear. Then there are those flooring options that are optimal for providing comfort while others may seem lacking in comparison.

Pets or no Pets? A Very Important Question…

Pets can bring a lot of life and love into the home – and for some of us, they are like our kids! And they can also take a toll on certain types of floors. Whether you have a dog, cat, or other animal friend in your home, finding the right type of flooring and knowing how to take care of them with your fur-babies is important.

Remember your budget…

As always, you need to take into account the cost of your flooring material and installation. Floors Etc. will help you determine which flooring options meet your allotted budget and will provide you with a detailed pricing proposal of your selected flooring option(s) once we meet with you and learn more about your project.

An excellent choice for longevity, solid hardwood is known for its durability, authenticity and timelessness – the gold standard of flooring. Can be sanded, refinished, and repaired over and over throughout the course of its life. Offers countless combinations of widths, grades, species, stain colors, finishes, etc.

  • Functionality:

    • Must be installed on screeds with black mastic if slab has been recessed or over a wood sub-floor, with each board positioned and individually nailed or stapled to the screeds or sub-floor.

      • EXCEPTION: Glue-down shorts, which are no longer than 22”

        • These can be installed on concrete slab, just like an Engineered Hardwood

    • Usually sanded and finished at jobsite

    • Extremely durable; can be sanded and refinished many times.

  • Maintenance:

    • Follow a few simple rules and use the right cleaning tools and products – and you’re set!

    • Once you start to notice scratches and the surfaces begin to lose some of their shine, consider professional cleaning (Wax and Buff for wax finish; Spray Buff or Screen and Coat for polyurethane finish) or full refinishing services – Floors Etc. can help!

  • Pets

    • A solid choice for pet parents – just follow our tips for Floor Care With Fur Babies

      • ​Be sure to clean up potty oopsies Quick Quick! Quick!!

  • Budget:

    • Price varies greatly based on the type and specific grain of wood, plank width and thickness, installation method and/or pattern, finish, etc. – this is a labor intense process, which definitely adds to the price.

Engineered Hardwood flooring typically comes prefinished from the factory and is also available in unfinished. Engineered Hardwood floors are manufactured with multiple layers of real wood veneers. The top layer is the hardwood you select for look and style while the other layers may be made of plywood or other materials. Once installed most people cannot tell if the wood floor is Solid or Engineered Hardwood. You will find some designs made possible only with Engineered Hardwood, such as softer exotic species, specialty textures, certain surface treatments, color effects, etc. Engineered Hardwood flooring (usually - depends on wear layer) can be sanded and refinished, but not as many times as Solid Hardwood flooring.

  • Functionality:

    • Can be installed over most types of subfloor.

    • Prefinished

      • Once installed, you’re done!

      • Quite durable (typically aluminum oxide crystals embedded in a UV-cured urethane coat)

    • Unfinished

      • Allows client to select stain color and finish on jobsite.

  • Maintenance:

    • Just a simple regimen and the right products – and you’re good to go!

    • If your surface becomes a bit dull or dingy, consider professional cleaning (Spray Buff) services – Floors Etc. can help!

  • Pets

  • Budget:

    • Can be a more affordable alternative to solid hardwood, price varies greatly depending on selection.

Laminate flooring simulates the look of wood – with benefits of its own. With its realistic graining, authentic coloring, and tactile textures, laminate can look like: wood, stone, ceramic tile. Easy to install and often budget-friendly, laminate floors are easy to clean and less likely to scratch.

  • Functionality:

    • A good fit in most rooms

    • Requires an underlayment to serve as a moisture barrier and muffle sound (sometimes attached to product at mill)

    • Resistant to scratches, stains, fading (UV protection integrated into the surface to help protect against fading in direct sunlight) and moisture; it also won't harbor mold, mildew or allergens, moisture

  • Maintenance:

    • Keeping it clean is easy – a few steps and a few products

  • Pets

    • A top choice among pet parents – just follow our tips for Floor Care With Fur Babies

      • Be sure to clean any liquid potty messes immediately (to avoid seam seepage)

  • Budget:

    • A more affordable option to solid hardwood and most engineered hardwood flooring.

Definitely NOT your grandmother’s vinyl flooring, today’s Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has more depth and texture today than it did even a generation ago – much sturdier and more durable – it can look like hardwood, tile, leather, or stone – with a more affordable price tag. LVT flooring is also extremely low maintenance and is considered one of the easiest types of flooring to clean. One of the most distinguishing features of LVT is that vinyl flooring is practically waterproof. Considering we live in Houston, no wonder it’s become so popular!

  • Functionality:

    • A good fit in most rooms

    • Can be installed over most subfloors

    • Durable, low maintenance, and easier on the budget than its hardwood counterparts.

      • Resistant to water, and it doesn't easily dent, scratch, stain or fade.

      • Many vinyl flooring options are imbued with antimicrobial protection to resist bacteria, mold, and mildew.

    • Resilient

      • Comfortable and soft underfoot – easy to stand on for long periods

      • Dropped items less likely to break

      • Warmer to the touch than hard surfaces like tile

  • Maintenance:

    • EASY!!

      • Remember: NOT your grandmother’s vinyl! No waxing and/or polishing required!

  • Pets

    • A winner! Stands up to pets' nails and messes better than most surfaces

  • Budget:

    • Can be a more affordable option to solid hardwood and most engineered hardwood flooring, depending on selection made.

Offering a vast variety of pile, color and density combinations, this quiet and cozy option can fit most any design style. Soft and comfortable, carpet makes a good choice for bedrooms and family areas.

  • Functionality:

    • A good fit for bedrooms, living and family rooms, playrooms, and dining rooms

    • Can be installed over any type of subfloor.

      • Proper underlayment is vital to extend carpet longevity and add cushioning and to keep your home quieter and carpet cleaner.

        • Floors Etc.’s standard carpet pad on each job is an 8# pad

    • Durable

      • Resilient and Safe

      • Comfortable and soft underfoot – easy to stand on for long periods

      • Dropped items less likely to break

      • Nonslip, soft surface

        • Perfect for stairs, carpet can be installed as a runner or on the full stair.

    • Carpet is a good thermal and acoustic insulator.

    • If you don’t want wall-to-wall carpet but want to add a little warmth or a splash of color here or there, add a rug for a dose of color, pattern and softness – Floors Etc. can help you with custom bound rugs and stair runners to suit your style and needs.

  • Maintenance:

    • Choose a stain- and soil-resistant style to simplify maintenance.

      • Remember – occasional deep cleaning will be required.

  • Pets

  • Budget:

    • Price varies greatly depending on selection.

The two types of commercial carpets available are broadloom, which comes in large rolls, and carpet tiles, which come in pre-sized squares with an integrated backing and base.

The advantage of carpet tile is that it’s perfect for heavy traffic applications and it’s easy to replace only what’s damaged – in just a few minutes.

Tile is now available in a variety of faux-finishes — like wood and stone.

  • Functionality: used in spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms

  • Maintenance:

    • Tile itself is water resistant and easy to clean with soapy water

      • GROUT is another story.

        • Can easily attract dirt, stains and even mold.

        • Be prepared to replace it every 5-10 years, depending on the quality of upkeep.

  • Budget: Tends to be more expensive, especially using designs.

Reviews...

Very Professional and always willing to go the extra mile to help out a client. I have used them twice. Once to install new carpet and this past July to refinish some hardwood stairs. They are considerate of your time, their product is top quality and their price is fair. I will use them again when needed.

Very Professional

I had a great experience with Floors Etcetera. They refinished my floors, and they did an excellent job—double excellent. I'd recommend them to anybody. It was A-quality work.

Great Experience

I had an absolutely positive experience with them. I would say Floors Etcetera is A+. I've already recommended them.

Already recommended them

It was pretty much effortless for us. They brought samples, measured, and laid 1,500 square feet of carpet. They're an A.

They're an A

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