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Trend Alert: Closet Islands

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (2)

When you think of countertops and islands, often your kitchen comes to mind. With this new trend, your closet can have the added elegance of a beautiful island. This new trend works for large walk-in closets and definitely adds value and luxury to what otherwise might be a dull storage space.


While this trend offers a gorgeous look, closet islands are functional as well. They can be used for additional storage, and they can display colognes, perfumes, flowers, picture frames, or anything else you desire on the top. These surfaces can also be used to fold your fresh laundry.


Whether you’re looking for uttermost luxury with marble countertops and hand carved cabinets or a modest choice that matches your kitchen, East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas can help you choose the perfect countertop. Call our team at (903) 894-8453 to get started!

 

Creating Pallet Walls

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to DIY projects, precision is generally the key. Pallet walls are both the rule and the exception. While the look can be distressed and randomly put together, these walls take some planning and elbow grease, but it is certainly worth the end product.

Start with your pallets. Here at East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas, we offer pallets at an affordable cost. Long gone is the inconvenience of driving all around town looking for dingy and beat up pallets. Keep in mind that an 11 x 8 wall can take up to 20 pallets, depending on precise your technique is.

The next step is to separate them and sand them down. Then, stain them using your color of choice. Once this is done, it will finally be time to prep your wall. Placing thin pieces of plywood on the wall before attachment will help you screw the slats in and keep the design flawless, but it isn’t necessary.

Obviously, some of the pallet wood will be uneven and won’t perfectly match. The key is to stain the plywood before screwing in the wood so that the gaps aren’t noticeable.

Once you’re finished drilling in all the pieces, you have a rustic and classic accent wall that is ultimately timeless. Need help with the technique? Call East Texas Floors at (903) 894-8453. We can also help you find the best flooring option to compliment your new pallet wall.

 

Pros and Cons of Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Once you decide to replace your flooring, the options can be so vast that it takes time to discover which would work best for you. Before making a decision, make sure you carefully weigh the options. Below we have compiled the best points about sheet vinyl options.


Pros of sheet vinyl

• As a softer option than tile or wood, vinyl is backed with felt/foam depending on the manufacturer. This makes it easier to stand on, whether you’re cleaning up or cooking dinner for your family.


• Sheet vinyl comes in a huge assortment of colors and styles, including styles that look just like wood or stone. Vinyl is most often more affordable than these options, providing the same look for a smaller costs.


• Vinyl is resistant to most dirt and water, making it a very long-lasting option. Combined with the minimum amount of maintenance required, sheet vinyl is certainly the easiest option after installation.


Cons of sheet vinyl

• One of the biggest cons of sheet vinyl is that it can be very difficult for homeowners to install on their own. It should always be installed by a professional to ensure accuracy and ultimate maintenance. The subfloor also can pose a challenge to those not familiar with best flooring practices.


• The spongy, softer texture of vinyl can be damaged by glass breaking, furniture dropped, and other mishaps. With a good quality sheet vinyl, this risk is lowered.


When looking for affordable sheet vinyl, choose East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas. For over 27 years, we have specialized in assisting homeowners with the best flooring choices. Call us at (903) 894-8453.

 

Top Trends for Kitchen Flooring

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

When remodeling your kitchen, choosing the flooring can be one of the most difficult decisions. While it’s easy to know what you don’t want, it can be more difficult to decide what you do want. Check out the up-and-coming flooring trends for 2015.


Tri-Color Wood Flooring

While this trend might be surprising to some, at East Texas Floors, we understand the true value of hardwood and mimicked hardwood. Tri-color hardwood involves lighter and darker hues to achieve a more rustic look. The best way to get this look is by installing laminate that mimics wood, so that it is water resistant and can handle more scratches.


Light Color Flooring

While last year saw the rise of black cabinets, flooring, backsplashes, etc., 2015 will see a rise in white and beige tile and laminate. Light flooring is preferred in kitchens as it offers a clean and airy appearance, and it can even make your kitchen look larger!


Warm, Muted Tile Colors

Rustic kitchens are in this year! Warm, muted tile helps provide that “country kitchen” feel and atmosphere. Ceramic tile is a great choice for its resistance to water and stains. It can also be easily cleaned.

East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas is the leader in top trends that increase value in your home. For more information on our flooring options, contact us today!

Top Carpeting Trends for 2015

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If your New Year’s resolution including revamping your carpet, now is a great time to begin. You may not have made flooring choices in quite some time, but there are some exciting new trends headed our way this year.

 

Bold Colors

Carpet isn’t just about boring beige anymore, it is now about taking risks with your color choices. With this trend, colors like purple, orange, and even green become eye-catching carpeting colors. This allows you to set the tone of the room with your carpet, but make sure it is in a room that can handle the boldness. This is good in hall and stair runners, as well as designer rooms.

 

Patterns

New techniques by manufacturers and an affinity for retro designs have brought patterns back! We don’t mean slight patterns either, we’re talking bold and obvious designs. Whether it is ordered shapes or zigzags, this carpeting truly draws the eye.

 

Green Carpets

Though the color green is an option (see the bold colors trend), we’re talking about eco-friendly flooring. Organic and natural flooring options are popular as they provide an elemental feel to the room. This extends to organic designs displaying flowers, leaves, or other designs found in nature.


East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas is focused on providing classic and rising trends in flooring. We can assist you in finding your perfect flooring option. For more information, call our team at (903) 894-8453.

Pet Friendly Flooring

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

With 63% of households owning a pet, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “What type of flooring is best for my pet?” While we know that we can rule out carpet due to pet accidents, sharp nails, and allergens that accumulate, it can be difficult to decide on an option that meets your needs and budget. Below are our top three flooring choices for your furry friends.

 

  1. Vinyl. As the most resistant type of flooring, final is the top choice for dogs and cats. Vinyl flooring comes in so many styles that you’re guaranteed to find one that you like. It rarely gets noticeable scratches or tears, and the moisture resistance makes it very easy to clean. It is also a lot more comfortable and quieter for paws (and feet) than other types of flooring.

  2. Linoleum. Linoleum offers the same benefits as vinyl. Cleaning is easy, it is moisture resistant, and it is hypoallergenic. This choice is below vinyl only because it needs slightly more maintenance when you have a household with pets, such as being waxed and polished.

  3. Tile. If you were only interested in your comfort, tile would be the best option overall. This flooring is very low maintenance, moisture resistant, and easy to clean. However, it can be cold and hard for your pets (especially dogs) to walk on. If you go with tile or stone, it is recommended that pets have their own special beds or rugs to lay on.

 

At East Texas Floors, we’re always looking for ways to improve the functionality of your flooring. For more information on pet friendly flooring, visit our showroom in Tyler, Texas, or call us at (903) 894-8453.

 

Top 5 Features Buyers Will Pay More For

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

When you’re thinking of upgrading your home, there are lots of different options that you may be considering. One of the things that should influence your decision is salability. You want the changes to your home to be viewed as improvements by potential buyers. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most attractive home features to new buyers.

 

  • Hardwood Flooring. Here at East Texas Floors, we understand the value of hardwood flooring, but how do buyers feel about it? 54% of home buyers would be willing to pay extra for hardwood flooring, with $2080 being the average amount they would pay extra.Hardwood is appealing to busier families with children or who are looking to entertain in the home since they are easier to clean.


  • Granite Countertops. 55% of new home buyers would pay extra for granite countertops due to a higher emphasis on a beautiful kitchen. Granite is also much harder than a lot of other countertop choices. Buyers are willing to pay on average $1620 extra for this feature.


  • Walk-in Closets. 60% of homeowners would pay extra for a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Walk-in closets are desired for two reasons, space and stature. A large closet allows for more organization, and it is also seen as a status symbol in the home. Home buyers will pay around $1350 for this feature.


  • New Kitchen Appliances. 69% of homeowners are willing to spend more money for new appliances. This is more important for someone buying a completely new home than a lived-in home, but it is still a key feature. These features can be worth up to $1840.


  • Central Air Conditioning. This one might be obvious, but it’s one of the most important features of a home. Nearly 7 in 10 homeowners would pay more for central air conditioning, up to $2520!


Ready to begin enhancing your home? As Tyler, Texas’s top provider of flooring and countertops, you can rely on our team for fast and affordable service. For more information on our services, call us at (903) 894-8453.

 

Making the (Hardwood) Grade

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

While we all know that different types of hardwood have different appearances, you may be wondering exactly why two pieces of oak can look incredibly different and if there are any structural differences. Since the hardwood you decide on will be in your home for years, it is important to consider all aspects of the flooring you choose.


When trees are cut in order to produce hardwood, the boards are separated by the appearance. Each tree may have several different variants that need to be labeled differently. Color and clarity will be judged to decide which pieces belong to which grade. The highest clarity and uniformity are usually purchased by furniture companies, while the rest is purchased by other manufacturers.


Once the boards are sent in to the flooring manufacturer, they’re further separated into 4-6 different grades for purchase:

 

  • Clear grade has the most clarity and color uniformity and can be somewhat difficult to find.
  • Select and better grade (also called prime) has some color deviation and dark mineral streaks with tiny knots.
  • Select grade will have more color deviation and streaks, but is the most popular with consumers for its affordability and quality.
  • #1 Common grade (also called traditional or exclusive) offers moderate color differentiation and small knots/pinholes.
  • #2 common grade (also called rustic or country) will have a lot of color differences and medium sized knots.


In addition to the differences in appearance, the lower grade woods will need a higher waste factor. The different grades also tend to have different warranties in place. At East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas, we’ll be happy to help you determine which grade fits your budget and needs. For more information, call us at (903) 894-8453.

 

Should I choose Solid or Engineered Hardwood?

Posted on January 2, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (4)

While installing hardwood is an easy way to provide an improvement to your home, choosing the right type of hardwood can be difficult. One of the most common questions we get at East Texas Floors is, “What’s the difference between solid and engineered hardwood?” While the two types may look similar, there are specific differences that you should take into consideration when choosing flooring for your home.


Solid hardwood is exactly how it sounds, a single piece of wood milled at ¾” thick. Because it is made out of a single piece, it will expand and contract with humidity. There are ways to combat this expansion and contraction, such as an expansion gap with base molding to hide the extra space.


Engineered hardwood is made by bonding around three to five layers of wood through heat and pressure. This allows your flooring to stay rigid when in contact with high humidity. There are several types of engineered hardwood that can meet your needs, from recycled wood fiber to a denser core for high-traffic areas.


Which of the two you should choose really comes down to two factors, traffic level and moisture contact. Higher traffic areas must have engineered hardwood, the same as more humidity prone areas. Any floor below ground level also should have engineered hardwood. Solid wood may be more cost effective, so your budget should be considered when choosing between the two.


If you’re having difficulty making a decision between engineered or solid hardwood, contact East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas. As a family owned and operated flooring company, you can trust our broad spectrum of flooring choices. For more information, visit our location or call our team at (903) 894-8453 today!

Qualities of Hardwood

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

While we’ve already discussed how to choose the color of your hardwood flooring, there are many other aspects of hardwood that we haven’t yet discussed. Since hardwood can be a significant investment, it’s important to have all of your facts straight before purchasing. From hardness to construction, all of these factors can be important for your choice.

Hardness

You might be thinking, “It’s hardwood, doesn’t that means that it’s hard?” The short answer is yes, but hardwood varies in hardness greatly. A wood such as cherry or walnut may look incredibly beautiful, but it won’t stand up to wear and tear like its oak, maple, and hickory counterparts. While there are “harder” hardwoods (such as the Australian Buloke) they are not commercially available.


Photosensitivity

Photosensitivity ranks wood species on the effect that light will have on color change or fade. Oak, Walnut Maple, and Hickory are more light-resistant, while a wood like cherry wouldn’t be feasible in a sun room.


Construction

While both solid wood and engineered wood floors look gorgeous and have natural variations, they are completely different structurally. Solid hardwood tends to be a bit more fragile, while engineered can stand up to pretty much anything. Solid floors typically are more costly and are made from a single piece of wood. Engineered floors are made with cross-ply construction and reduce expansion and contraction.


While all of these factors come into play, the best way to find out which flooring you need is by visiting a showroom. East Texas Floors in Tyler, Texas has a wide variety engineered and solid options to meet your needs. For additional information, call our team at (903) 894-8453.

 


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