Welcome to my Flooring Blog where I share articles about commonly asked flooring questions. I share info on hardwood floors and refinishing, carpeting and carpet runners, tile and natural stone flooring, laminate, vinyl, linoleum and cork flooring.
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Below are my most popular Flooring Blog articles:
- 2017 Hardwood Flooring Trends
- Dark vs Light Hardwood Flooring – Pros and Cons
- How to Refinish Gray Hardwood Floors – The Right Way
- Coretec Plus Review – Looks like hardwood, but it’s waterproof
- Water based vs oil based polyurethane – Which is better for refinishing hardwood floors?
- How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?
- Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?
- What types of hardwood floors are best for dogs?
- Red Oak vs White Oak Flooring – What’s the difference?
- Hardwood flooring stain trends
Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl
Flooring Blog – Recent articles
When it comes to Kitchens, what is the best flooring choice? Which types of floors are most durable? What are the Pros and Cons for Kitchen flooring options? The kitchen is the heart of the home, and for many families, it's the one room that you spend the most time...read more
How to decorate and accessorize a room when you have gray walls and dark hardwood flooring Yes, Dark hardwood floors and gray walls are all the rage these days. Dark hardwood flooring (e.g. ebony, espresso, jacobean, dark walnut) is #1 for floors and gray paint is #1...read more
Which Stain is better for hardwood floors - DuraSeal or Minwax? Over the years, I've gotten many comments and questions relating to stain colors. Many people tell me that they (or their contractor/handyman) are using Minwax. I also see Minwax used in many...read more
What is water popping? Water popping is a process that opens the pores in hardwood flooring for more consistent stain penetration. It involves adding water to the wood before applying the stain. It will make the stain/color look more even and can allow you to go a...read more
Flooring Mistakes that People make when selling their house Over the last 10 years, I've seen tons of houses, and I've worked with so many new home buyers who are remodeling their newly purchased homes (after they close, but before they move in). I see some crazy...read more
2017 Flooring Trends Guide This article covers the Top 15 Flooring trends and is meant to help you make more thoughtful flooring choices for your home - both to be on trend and practical. Both durability and styles are important as well as ease of maintenance....read more
Before you hire a flooring contractor, be sure to ask these 7 questions I think it's important to select a good flooring contractor, and one you can trust. Without this, you are doomed to fail. If you have a great flooring contractor that you or a friend or a...read more
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hardwood floors vs Tile Planks that look like wood? I get a lot of calls and comments on my blog asking me whether I think hardwood floors or porcelain planks (that look like wood) are better? It's a challenging...read more
What types of carpet are most stylish for 2017? Over the years, there has been a much stronger (and growing) preference for hardwood flooring over carpet. Carpet has become much more of a design statement to complement the hardwood floors, especially when it's...read more
How can you save money on your hardwood floors? Hardwood flooring is a big investment, and an important one when it comes to the beauty and value of your home. Many are looking to save money on their hardwood floors, so I thought I would share a few ways that...read more
So what are the best DIY tools for hardwood installations? Which ones do you need? If you're planning to install hardwood flooring yourself, be sure to plan ahead and have all of the tools you need on hand. There's nothing worse than getting started and then...read more
What types of hardwood flooring hold up best to kids and busy households? Kids can do a number on hardwood floors. In addition to the wear and tear from the rough and tumble games, you also have to deal with high chairs with plastic wheels, push toys and hot...read more
What are the advantages of carpet tiles? How do you install Carpet Tiles and what are the different styles and sizes available? Intro to Carpet Tiles Carpet tiles are fun, durable and versatile. They are great for playrooms, family rooms, basements and can even be...read more
Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2017 Hardwood floors continue to grow in popularity across the country. Whether it's new hardwood or refinishing existing hardwood floors, it's all about wood. Tons of customers are ripping up their carpet and refinishing the...read more