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09
Aug

What Is Luxury Vinyl Tile? A Quick Guide

Luxury vinyl tile is an immensely popular flooring material these days. What exactly is it, though? Let’s take a deeper look. Here’s Best Flooring Orange County’s quick guide to luxury vinyl tile. The Basics Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a modern innovation in vinyl flooring. Instead of wide sheets of stale patterns, LVT is delivered as tiles. Patterns are available in a dizzying array of tile shapes and sizes (just…

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02
Aug

2 Surprising Facts About Engineered Flooring

If you’re not a contracting pro, an industry insider, or a DIY enthusiast, the sheer number of flooring types available today can be a little bit overwhelming. If can feel a little bit like you need a master’s degree in flooring to understand all the ins and outs of every available option. Never fear, though: we’re here to help. Today we’re talking about engineered flooring. This product looks like real…

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26
Jul

How Is Engineered Flooring Different from Hardwood?

One question we get a lot at Best Flooring Orange County is about engineered flooring compared to hardwood flooring. Everyone has at least a basic idea of what hardwood flooring is, but how is engineered flooring different? Here are a few of the differences. Basic Composition First, understand that engineered wood flooring is real wood. It’s made of a thin layer of true hardwood and a thicker base layer of…

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10
Jul

Thin, Thick, Or In Between: How To Choose The Right Wear Layer For Your Engineered Floors

Engineered flooring has solved numerous problems for homeowners who like the look of solid wood, including improvements in both style and cost.  But perhaps one of the most significant benefits of engineered flooring is that you can design it to look and function in the way you want.  Engineered flooring has a wear layer which is, as it sounds, the topmost layer that takes the bulk of day-to-day use. But…

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07
Jul

Is Engineered Flooring Good For The Environment?

California's homeowners know first-hand how important it is to protect our world’s living environments. It’s no surprise then that so many of them are looking for sustainable and environmentally-friendly options for home improvement.  But what about flooring? Hardwood flooring brings a classic feel to any home, no matter what style, but the long planks required to create these materials means significant damage to environments around the world. While many flooring…

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28
Jun

How To Match Your Flooring To Each Room In The Right Way

Whether you’re building a new home or just feel it’s time to renovate, choosing the right flooring will be one of your most significant decisions. When you’re looking at hardwood flooring, you’ll have two additional options to make: solid or engineered? Both types of flooring will allow you to upgrade your home with the warmth of a wood floor, but there are differences between them as well. The easiest way…

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21
Jun

How Long Does It Take To Properly Acclimate New Hardwood Flooring?

There are a few essential steps that can’t be skipped when you’re installing new hardwood floors in your California home. And perhaps the most important thing you'll need to do with hardwood is let it acclimate before installation. The process is what it sounds like: hardwood must adjust to the moisture content and environment of your home. Without proper acclimation, your floor’s planks could shrink, expand, distort, or even be…

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13
Jun

Hardwood Flooring Myths: Wood Coloration Becomes Inconsistent and Unsightly Over Time

As we continue our series on hardwood flooring myths, we’ll look today at some of the confusion surrounding hardwood flooring coloration. Some people think that the wood coloration degrades over time, becoming unsightly and inconsistent. Let’s look at the merits of this point. Myth: Wood Coloration Becomes Inconsistent and Unsightly Over Time The thinking goes that wood, as a natural product, will have an inconsistent look and fade over time.…

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08
Jun

Hardwood Flooring Myths: Wood Floors Are Too Hard to Maintain

This month we are continuing our series dispelling popular myths about hardwood flooring. This week we put to rest the notion that wood floor maintenance is especially difficult. Myth: Hardwood Floors Are Too Hard to Maintain This myth is a persistent one, perhaps in part because of all the images of damaged or rotting wood floors we see on cable TV home repair shows. Wood floors that aren’t maintained can…

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01
Jun

Hardwood Flooring Myths: Hardwoods Aren’t Good for Kids or Pets

This month we’re continuing our series dispelling popular myths about hardwood flooring. Today we tackle the age-old question of the kid- and pet-friendliness of hardwood flooring. Myth: Hardwood Floors Aren’t Good for Kids or Pets People talk about how kids and pets are tough on floors, and that’s true. Your dog’s nails and your children’s toys have a high scratch potential, and kids and pets both aren’t the best at…

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