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2019 Flooring Trends, About Floors, Bathroom Flooring

Best Flooring Options For Your Bathroom

Choosing the right option for your bathroom flooring doesn’t have to be daunting. Having a floor that is water proof, safe, and easy to maintain – while being aesthetically pleasing – is a priority. Yet, it’s also important to consider how it will perform under heavy moisture. Here are a few choices to consider:

Porcelain Tile
A popular option for bathroom flooring is Porcelain Tile. It’s long lasting, waterproof, and less porous than ceramic. Be sure to select a matte finish rather than a gloss, so that it’s slip resistant, to avoid falls and accidents on a wet floor. Although one of the ‘cons’ is that it is a cold floor underfoot, a radiant floor heating system can be installed, to keep your bare feet toasty warm.

When choosing a tile design, keep in mind the color scheme you are going for, not only with the floors, but also with the shower and wall tiles. A good flow of color will bring a cohesive, clean look.

The tile size is also an important element to consider. Smaller tiles will require more labor, which will increase the cost. If your bathroom space is spacious, large tiles will be more cost effective and make the bathroom feel even bigger. If your bathroom is a small space, keep in mind the small tiles that will be needed, will drive up the labor costs. In that case, you may want to consider another type of floor.

VINYL
Another cost effective way to upgrade your bathroom floor, is to go with Vinyl flooring. It has been a popular choice for decades, because it’s so cost effective, water proof (great for kids’ bathrooms or laundry rooms) and stain resistant. The best option would be sheet vinyl, as it will practically have no seams, which means water won’t be able to seep under it. Also a foam backing, makes the vinyl softer underfoot, which will help prevent slips and falls.

STONE TILE
Stone Tile is a timeless classic that creates a clean statement of elegance, luxury and longevity. Choose from marble, granite, travertine, slate or other natural materials. Marble and Granite are the most popular choices among homeowners today. With a high quality sealant, stone tile can become moisture and stain resistant, and the sealant helps to combat scratches and damages, making it durable and long lasting.

Book a free consultation with GC Flooring Pros to discuss the many options available to you, when considering an upgrade for your bathroom flooring.




Four steps to expect during the Hardwood Floor installation process

 

Are you considering a flooring upgrade in your home? If you don’t know where to start or feel overwhelmed from the various design, grain and color choices, take a deep breath because you have come to the right place!  At GC Flooring Pros, we will walk with you throughout the entire process and to give you a heads up, here are four steps that we follow during the installation process, so you know what to expect:

STEP 1: Free In-Home Consultation

Once we set up an appointment, we offer a complimentary in-home consultation. It’s important that we hear your preferences as to the type and style of floors you’re wanting, and so that we can see your space, wall and cabinet colors etc in order that we can offer you the best options to enhance your home. We will also measure the rooms to give you the estimate and bring some different flooring samples. We offer several wood species, plank widths, stain colors, patterns, and designs and typically will bring the most popular choices to start.

STEP 2: Room Preparation

Once you’ve ordered the floors from GC Flooring Pros, and prior to the installation, we will inform you when our expert installers will be coming so that you have ample time to remove all furniture, draperies/curtains, rugs, paintings and all other items from the room. We do offer furniture removal and replacement services which can be discussed at the initial consult.

STEP 3: Installation

During the installation, your home becomes a construction site, so it will inevitably be noisy and disruptive and dusty. It is also advisable to cover up any furniture in nearby rooms, to avoid debris and dust. If we have installed pre-finished floors, you won’t need to go to step 4, and at this time either you or we would proceed to moving your furniture back into your home.

STEP 4: Staining Your Floors

If we have installed unfinished floors, we will then sand, stain, and put polyurethane down. Once the finish is dried, you or we can move your furniture back. We suggest using felt pads under the furniture pieces, to minimize scratches and dents onto your new floors. You can walk on your new finished floors, 48 hours after the last coat of polyurthane has been applied.

Now that you’re aware of the 4 step process of installing hardwood floors in your home, if you have specific questions or would like a complimentary in-home consultation, contact GC Flooring Pros today! We look forward to making your dream floor designs,come alive!

Hardwood Flooring Trends in 2019

     

 

Hardwood flooring is trending to be the most popular style of flooring that homeowners choose. There are several key benefits and characteristics of real wood floors: it’s timeless, comfortable, warm and attractive.

Real wood flooring makes a house a home. Homeowners choose hardwood flooring for their resilience, character and the increased value it brings to their home as floors provide a stunning backdrop to your space. If your home is on the market, the beautiful, stand out hardwood floors have a way of impressing prospective buyers.

Because hardwood flooring is a prominent feature of your home, we’ve listed a few trends that we’re seeing in 2019 that have longevity:

  • Cooler, Darker Colors: There’s a definite move away from warm tones (reds, yellow and red/brown undertones). Grey is the new, versatile “it” color and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s neutral tones opens up the many possibilities of working palettes around it and pairing its hardwood color with other elements of the room can really bring the whole look of your space together. The new “Greige” (grey+beige) color is in demand and creates a minimalist feel with the warmth of beige.
  • Elongated Tiles, Wider Planks: Planks that are 6-8” wide and 24’-48” long. This size lends to a comfortable, casual aesthetic. The wider planks also make older homes look more rustic and lend to the farmhouse appeal. In modern homes, the wide planks give it an elevated, contemporary feel.
  • White Oak – Oak accounts for approximately 80% of hardwood flooring in the USA. White Oak is a perfect choice for those wanting a minimalistic, modern look but still retaining character and beauty. Another benefit is that White Oak is easy to maintain and more water resistant than its counterpart, red oak.
  • Hardwood Cuts – More and more customers are seeing the value in rifted or quarter-sawn wood. Its linear pattern immediately draws you in and rifted hardwood expands more and contracts less, making it a great choice for those highly traffic areas such as the kitchen and living room.

If you’re looking to add or upgrade your Hardwood flooring in your home, contact GC Flooring Pros for a free in-home consultation. Click here to get started today, on elevating your home.

Flower Mound Upgrade Project

 

With the flooring being a highly visible part of your home – and with the foot traffic, spills and general wear and tear – it can sometimes be taken for granted.

At GC Flooring Pros we can assist you in creating a fresh, new and comfortable look that will elevate the energy in your space and make your home a warm, cozy and inviting place to come to. Our aggressive pricing, detailed client care and knowledgable installation service is unparalleled. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation. Click here for more info.

Hand Scraped Wood Floors

If you’re looking to upgrade your home with unique beauty, warmth and character, then hand scraped wood flooring is your best option!

The surface texture of hand scraped wood (also known as hand sculptured wood) brings out the wood floor’s natural aesthetic beauty and creates a classic, timeless atmosphere of warmth and character. With varying patterns from plank to plank, your home will stand out and be the welcoming space you will want to come home to!

At GC Flooring Pros, we will assist you throughout the entire process of selection (from our numerous styles, species and colors), installation and provide you with the tools to care for your hand scraped wood floors so they maintain their beauty and life for years to come.

Contact us today for your free in-home consultation. Let’s get started on that upgrade today!

WINTER FLOORING TRENDS AND DESIGNS

Considering a home improvement project this winter? In 2019 flooring manufacturers will be producing even more looks that will mimic the latest texture trends and the most sought after flooring style. Here are some key flooring options to refresh your space with a new look!

WOOD YOU LIKE THIS?

Hardwood – Wood flooring is available from high quality manufacturers such as Armstrong, Bella Cera, and Anderson to name a few. Engineered hardwood is manufactured with layers of plywood-like wood. Solid wood flooring are made from traditional hardwood planks made from a single piece of wood. Tuscan Oak, White Oak, Soft Ash Wood are some key trends that are popping off of pinterest and into homes. What “wood” you like in your living space?

VINYL ANYONE?

Vinyl flooring is a highly popular option and a great choice and with advanced technology vinyl manufacturers can create realistic, waterproof floors that look like hardwood, tile or stone. Luxury vinyl plank flooring can be made to look like handscraped, exotic wood species and grains. If you want comfort and durability in the high traffic areas of your home, vinyl flooring is a stunning and economical choice!

TILE THIS

If you’re looking for tile that’s softer underfoot, engineered tile is a great option. Your feet will appreciate the more comfortable feel, not to mention it’s easier to maintain and clean.

Today’s many styles and design options can be a reflection of your personality and what feels comfortable and functional for your and your family. As the homeowner you can elevate the aesthetics of your home, with the upgrade of new floors – be it wood, vinyl or tile.

At GC Flooring Pros, we are here to help steer you in the right direction and narrow down all those beautiful flooring styles to find the perfect floor for your home, that fits any style, any budget. Tell us what you’re envisioning and let’s make your vision come alive. Call us at:214-814-1170 or click on the link here to receive a free in home consultation. Let’s create a space you’ll want to come home to!

Vinyl Flooring…What’s the Draw?

Vinyl flooring is a highly popular option and a great choice, due to advanced technology that has helped vinyl manufacturers to create realistic, stunning floors that look like hardwood, tile or stone. It’s durable, cost effective and low maintenance, which makes it advantageous for those who want the comfort, beauty and longevity in every day, high traffic areas of their home. We hope these following reasons will help you make an informed decisions for your next flooring project in your home:

ECONOMICAL

Luxury vinyl flooring is a smart choice, as it can be maintained easily, is economical and long lasting. The beautiful look of a wood grain from an exotic tree species is printed onto the vinyl, so you have the look without the high costs of hardwood flooring. It comes in an array of hues, patterns and grain sizes, to give the appearance of hardwood floors. Whether you go for traditional, exotic, or rustic wood looks, there are many design ideas for you to choose from that will fit your personal style!

COMFORTABLE

Vinyl floors have a foam layer that create a comfortable and soft feel, while still being durable and stain resistant. So if you’re standing for extended periods of time, this is the perfect choice for you. Some vinyl floor products also come with a sound barrier layer to muffle footsteps.

DURABLE

Vinyl floors are used in commercial and residential spaces as it’s tolerant of high traffic, resistant to spills and abrasions. It’s water proof and low maintenance capabilities make it a highly sought after option at restaurants and commercial offices.

STYLE

The trends, designs, grains and hues that are available in vinyl floor options on the market, are extensive. In 2019 vinyl manufacturers will be producing even more looks that will mimic the latest texture trends and the most sought after hardwood flooring style.

CONTACT US

GC Flooring Pros is proud to offer the latest trends in vinyl flooring as well as hardwood flooring. To book your free in-home consultation, please contact us at:214-814-1177 or fill out the estimate request form by clicking here.

How-to, Interior Design

Choosing The Right Floor For Your Home

While the floors in your home are important to the look, feel and functionality of your home, choosing the right floor doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process, so here are a few key questions to ask yourself before you start updating your home with brand new floors:

  • How much traffic do you expect the floor to receive?
  • Do you have children? (if you have older children, durability may not be that much of an issue)
  • Do you have pets?
  • Will the floors get easily wet or dirty?
  • How often will the floor need cleaning?
  • What’s your design style? (If you don’t know, we can help!)
  • What is your budget? (Will you need old flooring disposed of? Do you need extra baseboards?)

Considering your lifestyle, functionality needs, design and budget, will help steer you to the best options for your flooring needs. 

For more details, specs and ideas, call GC Flooring Pros today for a free estimate and let’s get started on your dream design for your floors!

About Floors

Water Damaged Floors

If you have water damaged floors, and are questioning whether to repair or replace, we are here to help you through the entire process and make it a worry free experience.

WOOD

Wood as an organic material, absorbs water and moisture due to indoor humidity levels, spills, or in some cases leaks and flooding. The water can cause swelling or cupping of the wood planks. To prevent damage to your floor and decor, it’s expedient to assess if the floors need to be repaired or replaced.

SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE

Water damage can also seep into the subfloors and can be detected by some telltale signs such as these:

  • Buckling/Cupping
  • Musty Odors
  • Discoloration
  • Nails popping out
  • Sagging

If you suspect water damage, the first step is to have the floor’s condition assessed. Call GC Flooring Pros at 214.814.1177 for an estimate, to determine if your floors need to be repaired or replaced.

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Choosing the right floor for elderly

Aging is a real thing that happens to all of us. With age, our motor skills get sloppier and we become more prone to falls and slips. We also have less energy to spend on mundane tasks like cleaning. The way out is to adjust.
Choosing the right floor will help seniors avoid all these complications in their everyday life.
The ideal flooring material should be soft enough to offer needed support to bones and joints in case of accidents. At the same time, the floor should be relatively easy to maintain since some elderly also struggle with mobility problems.
Here is our overview of the best flooring options for seniors that balance ease of maintenance and safety.

Carpet

Being warm and soft, carpet is often the go to flooring material for children’s rooms. It’s a great flooring choice for elderly for the very same reason. Carpet’s cushioned surface offers much-needed support in case of accidental falls. The warmth it offers underfoot can also be beneficial to elderly, who often experience lack of body heat or have a problem retaining it.

However, carpet flooring might not be the perfect choice for all seniors.
Carpet tends to collect dust particles in the fibers and sets it free every time someone steps on its surface. This can harm the indoor air quality of the space and cause health related issues, especially for seniors dealing with respiratory illnesses.
Maintaining carpet isn’t the easiest of tasks. Because of its structure spills and stains can go deep into the cloth. This can make upkeep difficult for seniors, especially those who experience mobility problems. If not cleaned properly, over time carpet can become a home for bacteria and insects and lead to sanitation problems.

Vinyl Floors

Vinyl is made out of rubber which gives the floor certain flexibility and protective ability in case of accidental slips. Installing additional felt or cork paddings underneath can make the surface even more cushiony.
Caring for a vinyl floor is as easy as it gets. Being a resilient floor it’s almost impenetrable to stains and water. Sweeping on a regular basis goes a long way to keep the floor clean. This makes vinyl flooring a truly hassle-free solution for senior citizen’s flooring needs.
The only drawback installing a vinyl floor has is its impact on the environment.
Vinyl is made from a non-renewable resource. The manufacturing process consumes fuel while setting free toxins and other dangerous byproducts.

Cork Floors

Cork floors are famous for their soft underfoot which is the very thing seniors need.
What’s less known about cork is that in addition to making tumbles and falls less painful it also helps minimize heat loss and outside noise.

Caring for a cork floor is relatively easy as long as the sealant is in place. The cork itself is a porous material, the sealant is what protects its surface from stains and spills. To keep cork floor clean all you’ll need to do is sweep or vacuum on a regular basis.

As in with every porous flooring material the major drawback with cork floors is its ability to soak up liquids. To avoid any damage of the kind, cork floor should be resealed at least once a year.
Because of its softness cork floor can easily be harmed by furniture legs, high heels or any sharp object that could poke or scrape its surface.