From Wood and Carpet, to Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank
Let’s learn more about my favorite floors as we continue with the letter L. (If you missed Part 1 last month, visit https://aroundwoodstockmagazine.com) I’ll finish up the alphabet in next month’s installment of my favorite flooring.
L is for laminate. It seems like everybody forgot about laminates when luxury vinyl plank (LVP) became the “it” floor. Did you know that laminates have the same attributes and warranties as LVP? They are waterproof, scratch- and stain-resistant and usually cost less than LVP. And many people find laminate visuals are more realistic than LVP. Be sure to look at laminate if you are looking for a durable floor that is easy to care for.
M is for mosaic, small pieces of tile that are held together in a sheet. Mosaics come in many different shapes and are made out of glass, metal, stone, real pebbles, porcelain and more. They are the touch of bling that your backsplash or shower wall needs.
N is for Nourison. Its collection of machine-washable area rugs are life-changers for homes with pets and kids. Yes, you really can put them in the washing machine.
O is for original — COREtec Original, that is. The floor that started the LVP revolution, it is waterproof with a rigid wood-plastic composite core. This floor is available in hundreds of styles and colors and features a cork backing that makes it quieter and warmer underfoot.
P is for Palmetto Road Tuscany Collection, a French oak hardwood floor that has eight coats of super-low gloss finish. It is wire-brushed with antiqued finishing techniques. What’s not to love?
Q is for QuickStep, one of my favorite brands of laminate floors. It has all the beauty of a hardwood and is durable and stain- and water-resistant. With up to four times the scratch protection of other floors on the market, you and your pets can live on your floor worry-free.
R is for Raintree, a unique waterproof hardwood floor that can handle traffic and the occasional pet accident or spill. It’s also scratch-resistant, so you’ll have fewer concerns about blemishes on your wood floors. Best of all, you can install this engineered hardwood anywhere in your house, even in a bathroom. In addition, you can select from white oak and hickory wood flooring options.
S is for SmartStrand, the carpet fiber with permanent, built-in stain resistance. It is exceptionally durable and environmentally friendly (made in part from renewable plant-based ingredients). SmartStrand carpets come with a warranty that covers all pets, all accidents, all the time. And if you love soft carpet, be sure to check out SmartStrand Silk.
– Elisabeth Stubbs is one of the owners of Enhance Floors & More, one of Atlanta’s top-rated flooring dealers, located in Marietta.