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Flooring From Pucher’s

mar292013Flooring is a necessity and too often we attempt to take some shortcuts because we are sure that will save some money. One of the most common shortcuts taken with flooring is to go with a discount provider that sells and installs the project, and who often leaves the buyer with unsatisfactory results. Naturally, this can make it likely that a property owner ends up spending even more to get the job done properly, and it could all have been avoided by simply turning to a quality vendor.

Going with Flooring from Pucher’s

Since 1928, property owners in the Cleveland, OH area have turned to Pucher’s for their flooring needs. Today, it is one of the wisest choices that could be made because the firm has decades of experience, a commitment to top of the line customer service, and an extensive array of flooring options.

For instance, you can get the most popular types of carpeting from the most trusted manufacturers, but you can also explore options in ceramic tile, laminate, vinyl, wood, and cork flooring options too. They even have high-quality area rugs as well.

Additionally, Pucher’s makes design consultation options readily available. That means that anyone confused, overwhelmed, or simply new to the process of choosing flooring and having it properly installed can turn to their expertise and knowledge.

The Complexity of Flooring

This may be oversimplifying the matter because flooring is something that demands a great deal of time, thought, planning, and attention. After all, how do you begin to measure for an installation of laminate? How do you know just which type of carpet, and which colors to choose? What about choosing the right flooring for the type of traffic that makes its way through the room?

There are those questions and dozens more to consider. Thankfully, Pucher’s has a strong team of truly experienced and talented designers who ask their clients all of the right questions in order to guide them towards the ideal choices. While they get flooring that satisfies their decor and design preferences, the flooring from Pucher’s also lives up to their needs and their goals.

Just consider, you may be renovating a home to be as eco-friendly and green as possible. Some carpeting is not that earth-friendly, and you may be entirely unaware of the best brands or materials for your goals. The Pucher team can review all of their eco-friendly, renewable, or even recyclable flooring choices and make absolutely certain the client gets all that they had hoped.

What to Expect

This means that you can anticipate getting good choices and tons of support when you choose Pucher’s flooring choices, but you also get the many benefits that this firm offers. Free measures, expert design support, a remarkable “no regrets” guarantee, free quotes, and a vast array of flooring choices are what Cleveland area clients have come to expect. This is one of the reasons that around 80% of the firm’s business is from “word of mouth” instead of standard advertising and marketing.

So, if you are in need of a worry free flooring installation, but are confused by the choices, the installation process, or the wide range of options, you can turn to flooring from Pucher’s. They are the type of firm that your friends and neighbors would recommend because of their quality and expertise. Because flooring is something that takes such a high amount of traffic and wear and tear, and because it is a major component in our homes, it is best to get quality support and to go with a firm known for providing the best product and services at the best prices.

Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring – Part 2

mannington-adura-provence-resized-600This week, we look at Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) as another smart alternative to hardwood flooring.  LVT is the fastest growing category in the flooring business.  Why?  Like laminate flooring, it provides the natural, elegant look of wood, tile and stone at a more reasonable cost.  But the real story of LVT is its exceptional durability.  LVT is so durable that many of them are even recommended for light commercial use.

  • Exceptional Durability

Because LVT is constructed to withstand commercial wear and tear, it’s probably “over-qualified” for residential use and can handle high-traffic areas with ease. Warranties vary by manufacturer, but it’s not unusual to see 20-25 year warranties on brand name LVT.   Specialized wear layers (most commonly 20 mil) are engineered to be scratch-, stain-, dent- and scuff-resistant.   Then the floors are coated with urethane to enhance durability.

  • Realistic-Looking

LVT planks feature incredibly realistic photo replications of hardwood, with handsome graining, realistic knotholes, worn saw marks and beveled edges embedded in the wear layer.  This gives the floors the look and feel of real wood finishes at a fraction of the cost.

  • Naturally Water-Resistant

If  you’ve been longing for a hardwood look in your basement or bathroom – moisture prone areas that would normally be “off limits” for traditional wood flooring – this is your floor!  LVT can take water spillage and it’s possible that it may even survive flooding, provided that the floor was installed correctly and that you remove the water ASAP.  Now that’s impressive!

  • Safe & Comfortable Underfoot

Vinyl is inherently slip-resistant, making LVT a good flooring choice for folks with mobility problems, as well as kids and pets.  Plus, LVT is comfortable to walk on.  Because they contain multi-layers of vinyl as well as a resilient backing as the foundation, LVT tiles and planks have more resilience underfoot than hardwood.  It’s easier to stand on for long periods of time and it tends to be warmer underfoot than ceramic.

  • Fast & Easy to Install

LVT floors are either glued to or “floated” over a subfloor.  Although no underlayment is necessary, the subfloor needs to be secure, free of moisture, smooth and level.  This is important because roughness or unevenness of the subfloor may “telegraph” through the vinyl planks, resulting in an unsightly surface and excessive wear on high spots.  The cost and time involved in installation will depend on the condition of the subfloor.  That said, most LVT floors will be less expensive to install than hardwood.  As always, we recommend using trained, professional installers for the best long-term performance of any flooring product.  But the skilled “Do-It-Yourselfer” can save even more money by using special Luxury Vinyl Planks made for glueless installation.

  • Easy to Maintain

Simple damp mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner is the recommended cleaning procedure for LVT floors.  Although LVT is tough and durable, if a plank does become damaged, it can be removed and replaced.

mannington-adura-plank4-resized-600Our Favorite Luxury Vinyl Plank

Since its introduction in 2007, MANNINGTON ADURA® has been a perennial favorite of our customers.  In my opinion, it’s the most realistic-looking of the LVT products.  Mannington’s Adura collection features a nice variety of hardwood species, textures and plank sizes.  Adura Planks are available in today’s most popular 4″, 5″, 6″, and also variable width planks.  Take a look at Mannington Adura flooring in “Dockside” (pictured, above left) – a reclaimed and restored wood visual that makes a bold statement in design, color, and character.

freefit-amendoim-resized-600In a field of products known for their durability, Adura is “the best of the best” and is backed by a 20-Year Residential Warranty against wear, fading, staining, de-laminating and defects.  In fact, I can’t think of one instance where a customer has had a problem with an Adura floor.  The floor is that good (and our installers are that good)!

FREE FIT LVT Floors are new to Pucher’s.  When we learned about them, we were impressed by their innovation.   First of all, they’re totally glueless, making them really easy to install.  FreeFit planks feature a suction backing that forms an anti-skid surface between the subfloor & the plank.  FreeFit Planks are dense – the weight of the product allows it to lay flat to the subfloor. So, assuming you’ve got a good subfloor, the Free Fit floor is extremely stable and no glue required!  FreeFit claims to have the best warranty in the business – a Limited Lifetime Residential Warranty & 15 Year Commercial Warranty.  Pictured above, right is FreeFit LVT in Amendoim (Brazilian Oak).

Key Takeaway:  Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Planks will give your rooms a realistic hardwood look with more durability and for less money!  Now that’s a great value!

Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring – Part I

Who doesn’t love the look of hardwood flooring? 

The look of natural wood grain adds warmth and beauty to any home.  But hardwood flooring is not for everyone.  For one thing, wood flooring can be expensive, especially if you like exotic species, designer finishes or reclaimed wood floors.  Plus, families with active households, children and/or pets may need a floor with more durability.  While hardwood finishes are continuously improving, if you’ve got kids or pets, scratches and dents are unavoidable.  To spare your household the frustration, it’s worth considering some alternatives to hardwood.  With today’s advanced manufacturing techniques, “faux” wood flooring is becoming so realistic-looking, it is often hard to tell the difference between faux and the real thing!   Here are several attractive flooring options that will give you the look of hardwood with more durability and for less money.

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About Laminate

Laminate flooring is popular today in North America and all over the world, although it started as a European innovation. For households and offices which require a low maintenance flooring solution, laminate is attractive, durable, easy to install, and reasonably priced.  It’s a great choices for households with heavy foot traffic, kids, or pets.

Benefits of Laminate

Laminate is a floor you can live on.  In fact, laminates are best known for their durability.  Laminate planks are constructed of three to seven layers of material.  The decorative layer features a photographic image that looks just like natural hardwood including grain, stain color and knots.  This decorative layer is glued and pressed to a high-density core and backing board, which provide structural stability.  The photo layer is then sealed with a transparent, wear-resistant coating that gives laminates their longevity.   This layer makes laminate flooring highly resistant to scratches, scuffs, stains, fading, and moisture.  Laminate floors are so durable, many manufacturers offer 10-25 year, even lifetime residential warranties.

Another thing you’ll love about laminate is that it is fast and easy to install. Laminate flooring can be installed over floors like wood, tile, vinyl or linoleum because laminates are usually “floated” which means they are not fastened directly to the subfloor. All that is required is that the underlying surface be clean, dry and level. The easiest to install are the “Click & Go” laminates (no glue or nails required) that feature a “tongue and groove” design in which planks easily “snap” together and lock in place, making a tight seal that resists even water.  Plus, laminate planks are wider than hardwood planks, so there are fewer boards to cut and the floor can be installed in a shorter time.  So DIY homeowners can save money by installing it themselves.  But even if you use a professional installer, laminate installation costs will still be less than hardwood installation.

Speaking of cost, laminate flooring is about 25-50% less expensive than comparable hardwood floors.  So if you love the look of Brazilian Cherry or wide plank reclaimed barnwood, you can still have that look for a LOT less money!

Last, let’s talk about moisture resistance.  There are some places in your home where hardwood flooring shouldn’t go – basements, bathrooms and anywhere moisture is an issue.  Moisture will absolutely cause a beautiful hardwood floor to warp and gap.  Laminates are constructed to be moisture-resistant and are a perfect way to add the warmth and beauty of natural wood to these areas.  Please note that while laminate flooring is water-resistant, it is not waterproof.  So don’t leave water standing on your laminate floor and wipe up spills immediately.

The Underlayment

One note of caution – when installing a laminate or any other floated floor, always use an underlayment or pad underneath and buy the best pad you can afford.  The quality of the pad is just as important as the quality of laminate you buy.  A good pad or underlayment acts as a cushion between the subfloor and laminate.  It is usually made of cork, rubber or foam and accomplishes several things:

  • Evens out bumps on a poured cement slab or plywood subfloor.  This puts less pressure on the interlocking mechanism of a floating floor and improves its structural integrity.
  • Prevents moisture penetration from the subfloor below into the backside of the floating floor, especially critical in concrete slab installations.
  • Acts as a sound insulator.  All floated floors, including laminate, tend to be “noisier” than floors that are nailed to a subfloor.  You may notice a hollow sound when you walk on floated floors with hard-soled shoes or when your dog runs across the floor.  This can drive some people crazy and many learn about it only after the floor is in.  A sound insulating pad is especially important in rooms on concrete slabs and in condo/apartment buildings where there are people living above or below you.
  • Prevents heat loss, especially in below grade installations.
  • Provides extra cushioning making your floor more comfortable to walk on.

Cleaning, Maintenance & Repair

Laminate flooring is virtually maintenance-free. Routine cleaning requires you only to vacuum, use a dust mop, or a slightly damp (not wet) mop and dry with a clean, white cotton cloth. For damp-mopping, use a hard surface cleaner recommended by the manufacturer.

Laminate floors are tough, but they are not indestructible.  Dropping something heavy can dent the floor.  Dragging something heavy like a refrigerator can scratch the floor.   In the event that the floor becomes damaged, the affected plank will need to be replaced.  So make sure you save extra planks for just such an occasion.

Our Favorite Laminate Floors

I have to admit, I was not a fan of laminate flooring until a couple of years ago when my husband and I  adopted two doodles.   Within six months, our beautifully smooth hardwood floor was littered with scratch marks.  So, we went out and bought large area rugs which ended up covering most of the wood floor.  So what was the point of spending all that money on a hardwood floor?   Another reason I am re-thinking laminate is because there are some really attractive laminate floors available today.  Today’s laminate floors are so realistic-looking, you almost can’t tell the difference!

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Case in point – my current favorite laminate is called Endless Beauty (pictured, above).  It is made in Germany – so you know it’s a quality product.  What’s unique about this product is how the grain and texture is repeated from board to board.  This creates a unique long board visual and mimics how reclaimed wood is manufactured.  You’ll also note how the embossed surface and matte texture gives the floor a natural look and feel.  If you love the look of reclaimed flooring, but don’t want to pay $15 SF and up, stop in to Pucher’s and ask about Endless Beauty.

QuickStep is “America’s Favorite Laminate” and you can see why!  They offer an extensive selection of hardwood species, styles and colors.  You’re sure to find a QuickStep floor to complement your interiors.

quickstep-laminate-girls-bedroom-edited-resized-600You’ll find rustic looks like hand-scraped, white-washed, barnwood and reclaimed wood. In the photo on the left, Quickstep’s White Brushed Pine Planks add a charming contrast in this girl’s bedroom.  The bonus is the floor not only looks great, but it will stand up to years of sleepovers, pets and play.

Note the authentic surface texture of the Dark Wenge Planks (pictured right).  QuickStep offers a wide selection of exotic wood looks like Brazilian Cherry, Merbau and Santos Mahogany.

quickstep-laminate-dark-wenge-resized-600Here’s a more classic look, but still stunning – Quickstep’s Walnut Planks.

Quickstep offers consumers more than just gorgeous hardwood looks.  QuickStep Floors:

  • Are Made in the US
  • Feature Limited Residential Lifetime Warranty
  • Offer longer planks lengths

Key Takeaway:

I hope we’ve convinced you to take another look at laminate flooring.  Laminates give you a lot of bang for your buck.  They are:

  • Economical – Less expensive way to get an upscale hardwood look
  • Durable – Does not stain or fade like hardwood, or scratch or scuff as easily as tile
  • Moisture resistant – Great for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements
  • Fast & Easy installation – Especially with “click and lock” laminates
  • Easy Maintenance

NEW at Pucher’s – Mirage Hardwood Flooring

mirage-breza-bali-resized-600Mirage – the # 1 hardwood flooring brand in North America

One look at a Mirage hardwood floor and it may ruin other flooring for you.  They’re that beautiful!  That’s how we felt when we first saw these floors.  If you want a floor that is truly distinctive, one you won’t see everywhere, you really should make a trip to Pucher’s Westlake to see our new Mirage display. Mirage wood floors are known for uniformity, stability, durability, better air quality, added value, and lifelong good looks.

Mirage has been recognized 15 times for outstanding quality, including the following:

  • Ranked 1st in quality by Floor Focus magazine in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010
  • Ranked 1st in quality by Floor Covering Weekly in 2008, 2009, and 2010
  • Received the Floor Covering News Award of Excellence in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Mirage

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To experience Mirage hardwood floors for yourself, watch this video Top 10 Reasons to Choose Mirage and take a guided tour through rooms that show off Mirage’s gorgeous oaks, maple, walnut, birch and exotic hardwoods floors.  We think you’ll agree each floor is more gorgeous than the next.

One reason that Mirage floors are so distinctive is the cutting method that the company uses in producing its engineered wood planks.  Most hardwood floors are crafted using a rotary cut, but Mirage uses the dry sawn method.  The dry sawn method preserves the color variation, uniformity and natural grain beauty of the wood.  You’ll notice the difference when you see these floors.

One More Reason We Like Mirage

Mirage features beautiful exotic hardwoods like African Mahogany, Koubari and Canadian Breza (pictured, top) and they are all Lacey Act compliant.  You probably have never heard of the Lacey Act, but it definitely affects you when you buy exotic hardwood flooring.   Enacted to protect our natural rainforests, the Lacey Act Amendment of 2008 bans the import, sale and purchase of illegally sourced timber and wood products.  I think we can all agree that protecting the rainforest is a good thing.  But, if you’re shopping for an exotic hardwood floor, the burden is on you, the buyer, (as well as us, the seller) to make sure that the hardwood you buy was sourced from a company that practices responsible and sustainable logging.  According to the law, even an innocent buyer unaware of any illegal sourcing, can be subject to imprisonment, civil and criminal fines up to $200,000 and forfeiture of goods, if they purchase such a floor.    This is why Pucher’s only carries products that are Lacey Act compliant, like Mirage hardwoods.

Key Takeaway:  NEW at Pucher’s Decorating, Mirage Hardwood floors offer stunningly beautiful, quality hardwood flooring constructed of sustainable N. American and exotic hardwoods that will last a lifetime.  Visit us at Pucher’s Westlake or watch this video to learn more about Mirage.

The Best Flooring For Pet Owners

J&B-resized-600None of us at Pucher’s would trade our pets for anything (see Jake & Bodhi, left and Jesse & Emma, below right).  But we admit, our four-legged friends can be tough on our homes.  So when it’s time for new flooring, you have to think about which floors will stand up to claws, dirt, fur and the occasional accident.  Here are some flooring options for pet owners to consider.

  • Ceramic/Porcelain Tile – certainly durable, stands up to claws and cleans up easily.  The downside is tile can be cold and hard to walk on, especially during a Northeast Ohio winter (unless you install radiant heating underneath).

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  • Hardwood Flooring – Choose hardwood species that are inherently hard, like North American Hickory and the exotic hardwoods, especially 6-year old Moso bamboo (younger bamboo will be softer).  These hardwoods will resist scratches better than others.  See how various hardwoods rank on the Janka Hardness Scale.  Take a look at the new distressed, wire-brushed or hand-scraped styles which offer a practical solution.  Any scratches will be less noticeable and may even add to the “weathered charm” of the floor.  Always clean up accidents ASAP and use a hardwood cleaner (not Murphy’s).
  • Vinyl Tile – We like vinyl tile because it’s warmer and softer to walk on than ceramic, quieter than laminate and less expensive than hardwood.  It is so tough and durable that some vinyl tiles can be used in commercial applications.  It is very scratch-resistant as well as water-resistant (assuming it is installed correctly).  Clean up is easy with a hard surface cleaner.
  • Laminate – One of the most economical choices for pet owners.  It is scratch- and water-resistant. Some of the newer laminates feature such realistic stone and wood looks, that it’s hard to tell the difference between laminate and the real thing.
  • Carpet – Nothing adds warmth and softness to your home like carpet, but it can present challenges for pet owners.  You’ll want to look at carpets that are treated to resist pet urine stains, like Shaw’s Anso Nylon and Clear Touch carpets.  It’s also a good idea to upgrade your carpet pad to one that has a moisture barrier and contains enzymes that neutralize odors.  For spot cleaning, we recommend using an enzymatic cleaner that removes stains and odors.  You also might want to avoid higher-pile styles like shags or frieze which can trap pet hair.

Key Takeaway:  Choose a floor that is inherently hard with a tough, durable finish, especially if you have large dogs.  Keep your pets’ nails trimmed and clean up accidents ASAP. 

We’d like to hear from you about your experiences with flooring and pets – what’s worked and what hasn’t.   For more information, visit our Flooring section or stop in to one of our three locations.

The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

grandinroad-resized-600At Pucher’s, we’re bullish on engineered wood flooring.  We think they are a win-win for everyone – you, your home and the environment.

Engineered hardwoods are perfect for our NE Ohio  climate.  Because of their ingenious structure, these floors are more resistant to changes in temperature and humidity than solid wood flooring.  If you install a solid wood floor in your home, it is important to maintain a constant temperature and humidity level in your home at all times.  Even doing so, you should expect that the wood will expand during the warmer, humid summer months and contract in the cold, dry winter months.  We have seen some beautiful, high-quality solid hardwood floors warp and gap because of this.  The problem is even worse with solid exotic hardwoods because they tend to absorb a lot more moisture than American hardwoods.

In contrast, engineered floors are constructed of multiple layers of wood that are cross-layered, glued and pressed together.  The graining of each layer runs in the opposite direction of the layer above and below it, thus acting as a check and balance system, keeping the wood from expanding or shrinking too far in one direction.  This cross-ply construction makes these floors more resistant to higher moisture levels.  This means they can be used on any grade of your home, including the basement and over any concrete slab.  Also, engineered floors are installed differently than solids.  Engineered planks can be stapled down, glued down or “floated” – a technique in which the tongue and grooves of the boards are glued together but the floor is not glued down to the subfloor.  So, if this floor expands and contracts, it moves as one unit, preventing gapping between planks.

Another bonus – engineered floors are economical and eco-friendly.  Generally, engineered floors cost less than solid hardwoods simply because they use less wood.  Suddenly, the American walnut floor you love becomes a whole lot more affordable!  We like Shaw’s Epic hardwood floors because they not only have attractive pricing, their inner cores are made from recycled wood, using 67% less harvested wood.

We know that some people might feel better buying a solid wood floor because they believe they can refinish it if needed.  But even solid wood floors have a limit to the number of times they can be refinished because you can’t sand them down below their nail heads.  Most engineered floors can be refinished 1-3 times depending on the thickness of the top layer of wood.  Plus, the extreme durability of today’s hardwood finishes (on both solid and engineered) makes this a mute point.  Many floors today are coated with an aluminum oxide finish that is so durable, it comes with a Lifetime Warranty.  Shaw’s Epic Hardwood floors have a 2-4 mil aluminum oxide coating that can last 40-100 years.  So you’ll never need to worry about refinishing.

So next time you’re shopping for flooring, take a look at engineered hardwoods.  They are a smart solution for all of us in NE Ohio and they just might save you some money as well as benefiting the environment!  For more information, click here for our Flooring webpage -Wood Flooring or come in to Pucher’s and talk to one of our design consultants.  They will be happy to show you our wide selection of gorgeous engineered hardwoods and help you choose the right floor for your home and lifestyle.

Color Trends & Decorating Ideas

beautiful rooms 1-resized-600Much has been written over the years of the regenerative properties of spring.  So it is no wonder that your thoughts are focused on the inside of your home and the rooms that can use anything from a “nip and tuck” to a full face lift.

There is no doubt that color is in and is being used in wonderful ways today.  We are seeing more mid tone and deep colors now than we did 10 years ago and it makes spaces very warm and inviting.

One key to a great interior is to establish a flow from room to room. Many more recently built homes have open floor plans that create a natural flow, but it can also be accomplished with thoughtful wall color selections or by tying spaces together with flooring and woodwork.

Hardwood flooring is one of my favorite ways to create flow. With all of the new engineered technology and durable finishes, hardwood can be used everywhere in the home which naturally draws you from space to space and allows for the character of the room to be created with wall color, rugs and fabrics.  Plus hardwood always adds to the value of a home.

If you prefer softness underfoot, the same flow can be created with the many beautiful carpets that are available today.  Choose a color and a texture that suits your family’s needs and carry it into as many adjacent spaces as possible.  Be sure to consider texture and tone-on-tone patterns as a way to add visual interest to your rooms.

There are many colored neutrals that are on trend right now.  In the Benjamin Moore palette HC-45 Shaker Beige is one of our most popular colors because it is a mid tone color that is so easy to live with.  If you prefer a gold cast try AF-365 Amulet and for a putty color one of my favorites is 984 Stone Hearth.  I also like greens as a colored neutral because they work so nicely with other hues – 515 Baby Turtle and 494 Lewiville Green are good examples.”

Benjamin Moore’s color forecast for 2011 is out and includes a continuation of the sea glass colors with the addition of soft purples, yellow toned greens and beautiful warm grays.  A free color brochure entitled “Envision Color” is available at any of the three Puchers Decorating Centers locations.

If I have to pick just one other bit of decorating advice for this season it would be… Don’t forget the windows!  The reason that every home magazine photo includes drapery is because nothing lights up a room like fabric.  There is a style to suit every interior, from lush and embellished to smooth and streamlined, and if you feel uncertain of your approach, we’d love to help you.  Stop into one of our stores or visit our website at www.puchers.com for more information and inspiration!

Eco-Friendly Flooring Choices – Cork & Bamboo

almadacork-resized-600The interest in Bamboo and Cork flooring has never been higher and the sale of these products continues to rise rapidly. Many new suppliers and channels of distribution for these flooring products arise monthly. As beautiful and, many times, as eco-friendly as these products are, there are many reasons to become an educated consumer and protect yourself from unscrupulous business practices. Let’s take bamboo to start. Certainly anywhere on the internet you can find bamboo flooring that pricing starts as low as $2 – $3 per square foot but what are you really buying? As a raw material bamboo can be harvested in as little as two to three years, and almost all of the $2 – $3 bamboo flooring is harvested in less than three years. Trouble is that three year old bamboo is actually softer than pine which makes the durability very poor. When bamboo is harvested at six to nine years it becomes as hard as Brazilian Cherry and is very, very durable and also more expensive but well worth it.

What about the offers you see for very low priced wood flooring from leading National suppliers. You really want to make sure that the floor you are buying is not ranked as a second. You may save money initially but then find that you have to throw away half of the flooring because of warped boards, poor finishing, or poorly milled edges. Another major thing to be aware of is what is known in the industry as short boards. Sure you can get a great price on the flooring but who wants a wood floor that has boards that are two feet or less in length. Some mills sell off the leftovers from their production and they are repackaged and sold at “bargain” prices.

Purchasing a new floor is usually a major expense so it really pays to do your homework and investigate exactly what you are buying. It is a great idea to investigate the company from whom you are considering purchasing your flooring via online customer reviews.  Make sure you consider their reputation, as well as how long they have been in business, should you need help a few years down the line.

Like anything else, with flooring you get what you pay for and because flooring can add value to your home and is permanent it pays to be wise.