Blog posts of '2016' 'June'

Modern Floor Styles For Your Budget

Contemporary Design choices can be tricky. Sharp lines in art and furniture with lots of metal and glass accents can make it seem like wood or wood look flooring would not be a great option for this style. More interior designers are lending their design to accommodate wood flooring though to lessen the "coldness" factor that comes along with so many Modern and Contemporary Design. They do this by associating all neutral pallets together, or by stark contrast of extremely dark or extremely light floors. Here are just a few options that we sell that would inspire warmth in a Contemporary Design Pallet.

Armstrong Century Farms Maple Peppercorn-5"- $$$

This floor is nearly black. It gives texture because it's handscraped but is still cleanly dark with almost no variation in color. This with bright white walls and sleek furniture would fit into the Modern Contemporary Design family very easily. At less than $6.00 a square foot this is easy on budgets too.

US Floors COREtec Plus -9" Mt. Pleasant Pine and 7" Ivory Coast Oak-$$-$$$

These products are both light nearly white colored floors in traditional pine and oak look patterns. The dark walls, cabinets, and furniture are stark contrasts to both of these floors. These have been used in many contemporary designs, and are perfect in wet spaces because they are waterproof. Great in beach houses, lake houses, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and commercial locations.

Home Legend Nu Elements Oak Gray- 7"-$-$$

A modern and contemporary style is wide plank gray floors. Smooth or rustic style creates a clean palette starter for any contemporary design. This floor is a vinyl product by Home Legend. It's a nice creamy gray that is not too light or dark and is a very pure gray which is perfect for matching other grays to if you were to go with an all neutral palette. There are several styles of floors similar to this, but this one is a great value and perfect for rental properties, beach houses and basements.


Home Legend Coastal Collection Bamboo Natural- 4 3/4"-$$$

If you've watched HGTV in the past 10 years, you know about Bamboo. It's been branded the "ECO-Friendly" abd "Green" flooring option, (so modern) and the cost, versatility, and durability have made it a popular option in the past few years. It's often coupled with the contemporary design style of a neutral pallet. Be sure to do your research on the specific type of bamboo - brand, construction, even color when you are deciding on a floor. Darker bamboos are typically heat treated to get that tone which makes them softer than other bamboos. Also keep in mind, bamboo is not a hardwood. It's a thick grass. That fact alone can sometimes deter or encourage a choice so please be aware of that.

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Waterproof Vinyl Flooring- Is It A Good Choice?

Ask anyone in the flooring industry, "What is the hottest flooring product right now?" and anyone will tell you. Waterproof Luxury Vinyl.

VINYL??? You might say. YES. Vinyl.

About two years ago, US Floors stormed onto the scene with their premium waterproof vinyl product, COREtec Plus. This floor hit the market and hasn't stopped since. Its patented waterproof technology, easy locking system, and realistic wood and tile patterns make it a wonderful option for anyone with high traffic areas or tough-on-floor situations (kids and pets). Our customers have loved this in their beach houses, lake houses, basements, cabin homes, kitchens, bathrooms, hotels, offices, and retail stores. It's really a winner for all kinds of circumstances. The waterproof vinyl floor gives durability with style. Anyone who has experienced a broken dishwasher, flooded basement, or leaky toilet know how valuable a waterproof option can be!

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US Floors COREtec Plus-$$-$$$

As I mentioned, COREtec Plus lead the way in this category. It's got an attached cork underlayment which gives it warmth and cushion and you can combine steps in that you don't need another underlayment down like you would on some other vinyl products. The wide range of colors are in 5", 7" and the XL 9" planks. Soon to be COREtec HD and COREtec Design lines are highly anticipated with even thicker vinyl layer and more realistic patterns.

Pictured here: COREtec Plus 5" Carolina Pine 50LVP501. Growing in popularity due to its warm rustic feel that goes with all kinds of decor styles.

Bliss COREtec One- $$

In the past year and a half, a new line of COREtec called COREtec ONe was introduced by Beaulieu Bliss and US Floors. This product is also waterproof, but does not come with any attached underlayment and is 6" wide and about 5.5mm thick. It has the same waterproof core as COREtec Plus, just without the cork. It's a great option that's more affordable than the Plus and you can choose your underlayment thickness and type.

Pictured here: Bliss COREtec One 6" Hatteras CT101-955. The distressed look makes it great in lots of spaces and the gray makes it very neutral.


Aqualok- $$

Aqualok is a relatively new product that is slightly slimmer at 7mm than others but is great like the COREtec one because you can put your own favorite underlayment beneath it. It's at a great price point and has several great colors. The most popular is the French Oak. They show great character in the planks despite still being vinyl. We think this product can really take off in the WPF world.

Pictured here: Aqualok 7" French Oak- AQA1208. While grays are big right now, this floor is great for it's neutral oak coloring but distressed look.

Hydra-Shield by Vallaria- $$

This brand has some very unique patterns and does not have an attached underlayment so you can choose any pad that works best for you. It's 6.3mm thick and has a very realistic depiction of wood across all of it's pattrens. All of their patterns are very rustic and "homey" feeling. While it's not as thick as COREtec Plus or Aqualok, it makes up for in aesthetics and is still very durable.

Pictured here: Hydra-Shield Tuscan Lucca 7" wide WP709LC. Distressed with white marks really makes for a durable looking floor.

Home Legend Syncore X/ Eagle Creek Syncore X- $$

One of the most popular lines we have is Syncore X. It's 6mm thick with 1.5mm attached foam underlayment pad. It's at a great price point, is easy to install and has some great patterns. This is definitely a great product to consider for basements, rental properties, and beach homes.

Pictured here: Home Legend Syncore X Windsong Oak- 7" DV750. Rustic grays and browns make this a really great neutral floor.

So to get back to the main question- Waterproof Vinyl Flooring- Good Choice? We say YES! There are so many circumstances that make this a great option. Kids, pets, beach homes, lake homes, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. While they aren't indestructible, they are definitely going to give you a nice look at an affordable price point without the stress and cost of hardwood floors. Hardwood will always be #1 in our hearts, but don't shy away from vinyl. See the value in the waterproof vinyl floor.


For more options be sure to check out the entire category here or call us at 1-888-633-6506 or email [email protected]

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