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Why Samples Matter

It may go without saying that flooring samples are an integral part of the buying process. However, like all words of wisdom, it bears repetition and reexamination.

Purchasing samples allows for a clearer visualization of what your new floors will look like in your home. Yes, thank you Madame Obvious, we’re not breaking any new ground here, but let’s go through the logic step by step. Pictures and room scenes provide a good start; the imagination gets going and soon the possibilities emerge. Tile in the bathroom! Laminate in the living room! Hardwood in the den! Oh, the options! But what will the final result be? This, friends, is why samples are so important.

Every model of flooring features a certain degree of consistency. At this point, it’s important to point out that some have a lot more variation than others. Take, for example, Marazzi Piazza Vita Elegante Ardesia 6 x 24 Glazed Porcelain Floor Tile. Someone who orders a sample might receive one of these three tiles:


Lots of variety here, right? There’s more when the full length planks are examined:


And even more when all the plank variations are put together:

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With so many different hues, tones, and shades at play here, it’s even more important to approximate how a floor like this one will transform your room. Since porcelain tiles are great for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms, let’s see how the Elegante Ardesia might look:

Marazzi Piazza Vita Elegante Ardesia 6 x 24 Glazed Porcelain Floor Tile 3

Say, for example, you’re looking for a backsplash tile instead of a flooring tile. Your kitchen is as distinctive as the rest of your home; samples are just as important for these surfaces as they are for floors. You want an investment you can love and be proud of for years to come. Samples will help you make that happen.

Do you have questions about ordering a flooring sample? Our dedicated flooring experts are standing by! Call 1-800-804-5251, or click on FloorsToYourHome.com to chat!

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What’s New At Floors To Your Home?

Hi, friends. It’s been awhile since we talked. How have you been? Good? Good. How are those prize-winning begonias? Blooming bright and beautiful? Fabulous. What’s new with us? We’re so glad you asked!

Lately we’ve been all about Mohawk hardwood! Every Thursday we get a new shipment of beautiful Mohawk flooring ready to fit your home and your budget. Both First Quality and Cabin Grade options are making their way into our warehouse. Let’s look at some of our new floors:

Columbia Intuition Cherry Spice Click Together Engineered Hardwood Flooring Warm russet hues offer a touch of zip to a smooth finish, random width design ensures a unique and characterful First Quality floor, and cherry wood’s natural strength topped with an aluminum oxide coating makes it suitable for pets. Each plank of the American-made Intuition Cherry Spice clicks together for the easiest hardwood installation on the market today. Click here to learn more.

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Mohawk Oak Driftwood Click Together Engineered Hardwood Flooring Instantly evocative of sand, surf, and serenity, this beautiful grey Cabin Grade flooring brings the beach to you! The strength of genuine American oak makes an enduring statement, while random length design adds character to any design scheme. Are you a DIY-er concerned about hardwood installation? Click together technology makes it easier than ever to enjoy hardwood floors in your home. Click here to learn more.

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Mohawk Oak Chocolate Scrape Click Together Engineered Hardwood Flooring Subtle hand scraped texture lends character and personality to this random length floor and brings a rustic new dimension to lush chocolate coloration. Red oak’s natural strength makes this Cabin Grade discount engineered hardwood flooring a great option for pet owners, while easy click together installation make the Mohawk Oak Chocolate Scrape a wonderful choice for the DIY community! It really is possible to bring budget-friendly beauty into your home! Click here to learn more.

Mohawk Warrenton Hickory Golden Caramel Engineered Hardwood Flooring This beautiful First Quality hardwood floor combines hickory’s natural durability with a cool-toned caramel color and classic grain pattern. Random length design and beveled edges provides personality without increasing the cost, while resistance to scratching and staining ensure the Hickory Golden Caramel discount engineered hardwood flooring will maintain its charm for years to come! Click here to learn more.

Columbia Silverton Golden Arrow Ash 5″ Engineered Hardwood Flooring Taking its etymology from the Old English æsc, meaning ‘spear,’ references to the ash tree can be found in diverse pantheons throughout the Western world. While this discount engineered hardwood flooring may not host dryads or provide Norse Mead of Inspiration, the Golden Arrow Ash’s beauty is protected by an aluminum oxide coating. Warm golden coloring lives up to its name, while tongue and groove installation allows this gorgeous floor to be glued, nailed, stapled, or floated without glue. Click here to learn more.

By buying first quality discontinued and closeout flooring from some of the top brands in the industry, we pay only a fraction of the retail price, and pass those discounts on to you! Floors To Your Home makes it easy to save big on top quality flooring without compromising your time or your budget.

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Picking The Perfect Pet-Friendly Floor

True life at Floors To Your Home HQ: Many of us are pet owners. We have cats, dogs, fish, and our very own Hayley in the sales department used to have a skunk.

All of us who share our homes and hearts with animals are familiar with the trials and tribulations that can come with pet ownership: late night walks, chewing, accidents, hairballs (cat owners feel my pain here), the never-ending cycle of waste disposal. It’s all worth it, though.

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We pet owners ask a lot from our floors, don’t we? It really is possible to have a beautiful floor in a house that sees both paw and foot traffic. So, pet owners, what are our options? Let’s look.


Types of Flooring

Hardwood: If your heart is set on hardwood, solid is your best bet. Solid hardwood’s durability can stand up to impact and scratching; however do keep in mind that solid hardwood is not moisture resistant. In that similar vein, solid hardwood is scratch resistant, not scratchproof.

Porcelain Tile: Porcelain and ceramic are great choices! They’re durable, waterproof, and very easy to clean. Scratching doesn’t pose a threat either. Modern porcelain tile also keeps up with the trends, and can even mimic the look of real hardwood!

Laminate: Yes, yes, yes! Laminate makes a wonderful floor for pet owners, because it’s resistant to water, scratching, staining, and impact. Life with pets means a certain amount of unpredictability. Laminate will stand its ground against anything you and your pet toss at it.

Vinyl: Another fabulous option. Modern vinyl tile and planks (not roll vinyl) are waterproof and very strong. Some, like the Supreme Elite Freedom Gold Series, even feature thick wear layers for extra strength and durability. Our newest vinyl flooring option is the Supreme Click INNOcore WPC Luxury Vinyl. Premium quality, discount price!

Carpet: We never recommend carpet for pet owners. Carpet fibers can all too easily become a haven for dander, litter particles (cat owners will know what I mean), dirt, and allergens. Pet accidents can also leave unsightly stains and unpleasant odors, leading to expensive cleaning and equipment rental. Smaller pets like ferrets and rabbits also run the risk of getting their nails caught in the material.


Are you a pet owner? Our flooring experts are standing by to help you choose the perfect floor for you and your furbabies!

Before you go, though, do have some cuteness to take with you!

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WPC Vinyl Flooring: The Best of Both Worlds

Supreme Click INNOcore Engineered Luxury Vinyl Flooring represents a step forward in flooring innovation. Beautiful laminate appearance meets waterproof technology and an ultra-effective soundproofing pad for a floor that seamlessly melds beauty and top quality! Unlike COREtec™ flooring, though, Supreme Click INNOcore Engineered Luxury Vinyl Flooring is available at the great discount price you deserve, only from Floors To Your Home.

Did we mention it’s beautiful? Supreme Click INNOcore is available in five exclusive colors:


Wood Plastic Core (WPC) distinguishes INNOcore Luxury Vinyl from both laminate and regular vinyl floors. WPC is a patented hybrid composed of wood and plastic that adopts the best qualities of both materials. WPC provides superior stability and will not expand or contract when exposed to excess humidity or temperature fluctuations. Just like COREtec ™, it’s topped with a 1.5 millimeter layer of luxury vinyl protected by a transparent heavy duty wear layer. INNOcore Luxury Vinyl is also 100% waterproof, making it suitable for installation in areas with higher instances of moisture. These 5.5 millimeter thick planks will never swell if exposed to water! Supreme Click INNOcore Luxury Vinyl is the closest thing to a waterproof laminate floor available on the market today.

Every layer of quality sets Supreme Click INNOcore apart, from the luxury vinyl surface to the premium attached cork pad. Cork is the gold standard of soundproofing material, more effective than foam at muffling footfalls and other unwanted noise. The 1.5 millimeter thick cork padding eliminates sound better than even 3 millimeter felt, and is naturally moisture resistant! For those consumers who opt to purchase INNOcore Luxury Vinyl Flooring without the attached pad, no additional padding is needed.

So how do the two floors compare? Let’s recap.


Supreme Click INNOcore Engineered Luxury Vinyl Flooring includes a lifetime residential warranty and a 25 year light commercial warranty, just like the ones that accompany every COREtec™ floor. The specifications are identical. The warranties are identical. The only difference between COREtec™ WPC and Supreme Click INNOcore WPC Engineered Luxury Vinyl from Floors To Your Home is the price.
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Floods And Your Floors

“April showers bring May flowers.” There’s nothing quite as refreshing as spring rain, with its cool breezes and the promise of beautiful weather to come. Of course, there’s a difference between temperate seasonally appropriate precipitation and river-swelling, ground-saturating, ‘oh no that lovely duck pond in the backyard has encroached into my house’ torrential downpours.


First, all soaked furniture, upholstery, and belongings need to be removed from the area. Some may be salvageable and some might not be; as difficult as it might be to separate sense from sentimentality it’s necessary in this situation. A moist environment is essentially putting on the Ritz for mold and mildew, two very common allergens that can have serious long-term health consequences.

Next, focus on removing the excessive water and moisture from your room. The longer it hangs around the more damage it does, and, given the opportunity, it will get everywhere. RealEstate.com sums it up: “Water and excessive moisture ruins carpet and padding, seeps under floating floors, dissolves the bond between tile and the subfloor, and works its way under vinyl and linoleum.”

Air needs to circulate in your space in order to combat the excess moisture, so open some windows if you can and if the humidity isn’t too high. Your goal here is to create as much open area as possible: open cupboards and closets, remove cabinet drawers. You’re also probably going to need some help. Dehumidifiers for personal use are available for purchase, but a commercial dehumidifier packs the real punch. Commercial dehumidifiers will help speed the drying process along, and are available for rent from most national hardware stores or equipment rental locations. They’re big, they’re noisy, and they go to work. In extreme cases of high standing water, rent a sump pump to remove the excess water.

In addition to all the headaches, flooding can also cause some serious health risks. Ready.gov has more information on how to deal with the aftermath of a flood.

So What Flooring Can Stand Up To Floods?

Weather, humidity, and precipitation should all factor into the decision making process when shopping for a new floor. If you live in an area with high humidity and heavy rain, waterproof flooring is a great option! So, what type of flooring is best for standing up to water issues? Let’s break it down, going from best to worst.

BEST: Vinyl Flooring

I really can’t say enough good things about 100% waterproof vinyl flooring. Banish any thoughts of the soft, spongy rolled vinyl floors from the past. No. Those days are over. The sun has come out and technology has advanced to make vinyl flooring tougher, more durable, and far more attractive. Much like its laminate cousin, vinyl flooring is available in a huge array of colors and styles designed to emulate any look you can imagine! Whether you want your room to feel like a rustic, serene log cabin or a timeless Mediterranean villa, there’s a vinyl floor for you.


Another great thing about modern vinyl is how easy it is to install. Yes, I know ‘easy installation’ is something of a buzzword in the DIY world, but installing luxury vinyl plank flooring really is as simple as it sounds. Click together vinyl flooring does just that: it clicks together without glue, complications, or indecipherable instructions. Loose lay vinyl also installs just like its name implies, by laying down on your subfloor and staying in place due to its specially textured background.

BEST: Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

Porcelain and ceramic tile is a perennial kitchen and bathroom favorite for a reason. They’re all built to withstand water and spills; others are built to withstand chemicals, frost, and the elements. Ceramic and porcelain flooring is a tough material ready to go to work! For those with an eye for the cutting edge trends, we offer a large selection of wood look porcelain. Wait, what? Wood look?

That’s right! Take a gander. One is wood, and one is wood look porcelain tile. Which is which?


Those savvy readers who guessed the porcelain is on the right, pat yourselves on the back. That’s the Florida Tile Berkshire Walnut Wood Grain Porcelain Plank Tile. One the left is Kingsmill Sonoma Golden Sand Maple Birch Solid Hand Scraped Hardwood. Innovation, am I right?

With the unbeatable prices at Floors To Your Home, it’s never been a better time to purchase discount vinyl flooring.

ACCEPTABLE: Laminate Flooring

Time to play the semantics game: laminate floor is water resistant, not waterproof. Laminate is known far more for its durability, value, and eco-friendly construction than it is for its imperviousness to moisture. Of course, some people (the humble author’s parents, for example) still choose to install it in their bathrooms and are fully satisfied.

A lot of our laminate features an attached pad, but some of the pad goes one step further by featuring a foil moisture barrier for additional protection.

UNWISE: Engineered Hardwood and Solid Hardwood

Let’s shout it to the rafters: Wood and water don’t mix! Excess moisture causes all kinds of headaches for hardwood, so your best bet is to save hardwood for rooms without moisture concerns and opt for something else. If your heart is set on the hardwood look, have a look at our vinyl planks or wood look porcelain tile, which are all 100% waterproof.

Do you have questions about choosing the best floor for a moisture-prone environment? Call or click to chat with our trained flooring experts today.

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