flooring installation FAQs

FAQs for some of our most popular floor coverings

Is underpadding necessary for my new carpets?
Many homeowners try to extend their budget by choosing a high-quality carpet and skipping the underpadding, but we strongly advise against that. Underpadding isn’t just about the softness; it’s also a protective barrier against the possibility of big problems over time. For instance, the lack of underpadding can cause a new carpet to bunch and wrinkle, especially if installed in a high traffic area. It can also lead to balding, seam separation, and other big problems. In the end, repairing these problems or completely replacing your carpet will cost far more than the underpadding does.
Are solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring the same?
Solid hardwood flooring is one piece of wood, through and through, while engineered hardwood has a veneer of real wood fixed between other layers including a backing and core layer beneath and a wear layer on top. Engineered flooring is an excellent choice for basements since solid wood cannot be installed below grade, and can more easily withstand temperature and moisture changes in that space. Solid wood is incredibly stable, has a lifespan that averages 100 years, and can be refinished several times.
What type of maintenance and care is required with tile flooring?
Ceramic & porcelain tile are actually very easy to maintain. They don’t have to be sealed or refinished and can be cleaned with a damp mop after sweeping up loose debris. Tile also never has to be waxed and if the grout becomes soiled, a simple consultation with the manufacturer can help solve the problem. Placing mats at home entrances can help trap debris before it ever makes it into your home, helping to keep your tile floors even cleaner.
When referring to natural stone, what does “porous” mean?
The term “porous” actually means that the natural stone you’re considering comes with pores, much like what is found in your own skin. These small holes, which are most often microscopic, can allow lots of things to penetrate the surface of the stone, resulting in both stains and etchings. Some stone types are much more porous than others are and these need to be sealed to prevent serious problems from occurring. For these types of stone, refinishing will have to reoccur from time to time to maintain a good finish.
What are some of the advantages of luxury vinyl flooring?
One of the advantages that most homeowners enjoy when it comes to luxury vinyl flooring is the amazing variety of appearances you can get. The ability to have wood and stone-look flooring at an affordable price is wonderful, but it’s also easy to keep clean and easy to maintain. You’ll appreciate a lifespan of up to 30 years and the option to choose a waterproof variety.