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Common Laminate Flooring Misconceptions (What to Know Before Buying)

Feb 21, 2019 11:16:04 AM / by Robert Lewis

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One day, as I was perusing my local floor shop, a gentleman burst through the doors scanning the building for the nearest salesperson.

As he scurried towards the service desk, the worried look on his face zeroed in on one of the salespeople, and he immediately changed course full-speed towards the employee.


The words practically fell out of his mouth, “My daughter just bought a house, and we need waterproof laminate for the kitchen!”


The whole room went silent. All eyes were on the employee.

It was my only chance. I knew I had to do something before ---


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The Costs of Carpet: Your 2019 Buying Guide

Feb 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Robert Lewis posted in cost, carpet


Whenever I try and find information through the internet, I immediately get a case of option paralysis.

Why does it always take an entire day of internet searching to find a good answer to whatever question I have?

It’s ridiculous and it’s stopping right here, right now. I’m going to lay it all out for you so that you can get the best idea about what you might need, how much it will cost and where to find the best answers for your needs.


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The Cost of a Fresh Carpet: The Price of Maintenance

Feb 14, 2019 10:20:04 AM / by Robert Lewis posted in cost, maintenance, carpet




Congratulations! You’re either here because you just installed your new carpet or, you’re ahead of the game and are trying to factor in all possible costs.

Either way, we are going over the cost of maintenance and what you should expect to pay for the annual and regular upkeep of your carpet.


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Hardwood Floors 2019 Price Guide: Materials, Installation, & Upkeep

Feb 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Robert Lewis posted in cost, hardwood




I’ve been around forever and come from all over,

Everyone wants me

And I make for the perfect makeover,

What am I?


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2019 Costs to Vinyl Flooring: What You’ll Pay for Materials and Installation

Feb 7, 2019 9:44:36 AM / by Robert Lewis posted in cost, vinyl



Let me guess, you’re here because you heard that vinyl is a great waterproof option for your home?



Maybe you heard that it is one of the best floors that holds up against scratches from kids and pets?



Perhaps you are looking to install a floor that can handle heavy foot traffic in a commercial or business setting?


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Maintaining Your Natural Stone in 2019: What Affects Your Final Costs?

Jan 29, 2019 11:02:03 AM / by Robert Lewis

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Natural Stone is one of the most beautiful flooring options, yet it can be one of the most vulnerable. Depending on what type of stone you want, you have to watch out for moisture damage, cracks, scratches, and stains.


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Professional Tips on Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

Jan 17, 2019 2:40:15 PM / by Robert Lewis



As a kid, one of the assignments my dad gave me as we moved into a new house was to make sure each chair in the living room had pads on their feet.

“These floors are brand new, Rob. And they’re wood! They can get scratched if we don’t put these pads on the chair’s feet. So, that’s your job. Put these pads on the foot of each chair.”


Seemed easy enough. I was able to lift all the chairs and put on all the pads, except for one extra. I checked and I didn’t miss any so it must’ve been an extra. Right?

Later that night, my dad put some boxes on one of the chairs and moved it out of his way when-




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DIY Flooring Do’s and Don’ts: What You Can and (Shouldn’t) Install By Yourself

Jan 15, 2019 10:11:20 AM / by Robert Lewis posted in diy, installation

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We’ve all experienced the hype after watching Fixer Upper on HGTV, but before you go an rip up your floor and try to install the distressed vintage oak you just have to have, take a look at what you can actually install by yourself.


With the different types of floors out there comes various levels of difficulty for each one. There are certain flooring projects that you could absolutely take care of after some YouTube tutorials, even if you’ve never seen a hammer in your life.

There are other types of flooring projects that you should absolutely leave to the professionals due to the level of detail, consideration, and work that is involved.


I’m going to break it down so that you can see what you can install by yourself and what you should leave to the trade professionals.



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Laminate in 2019: A Guide to Cost and Convenience

Jan 10, 2019 3:25:12 PM / by Robert Lewis posted in cost, laminate



It’s common for customers to walk into their local flooring stores in search for laminate and immediately get directed to something else (it’s vinyl).


I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of good reasons why that happens and consulting the experts to discuss your situation is the best first step you should consider. Laminate is a tricky subject because it works well in specific situations but falls short compared to other options (it’s vinyl).


Often overshadowed by vinyl and hardwood floors, laminate offers many options and benefits that cater to the specific needs of homeowners. It might be the best choice for your situation, and we are going to examine the options and things to consider when buying laminate!


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2019 Guide to Natural Stone (Uses, Materials, Costs, & Maintenance)

Jan 3, 2019 10:37:44 AM / by Robert Lewis



We see them all the time in the yards we wish we had and the kitchens of our dreams - the beauty of natural stone can be used in so many places around your home. Its resilience, variety, and durability lend any home the character that lasts a lifetime.

On top of the many benefits of natural stone covered in this article, it adds considerable value to any home where it’s installed. Let’s go over everything you need to know about natural stone.

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