Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, if you have been looking for a great selection of carpet, we have it at Wenke Flooring & Design. For more than 40 years, our family-run business has been helping Kalamazoo residents with all of their flooring needs, and we continue to do that by having one of the best carpet selections in this area. If you are not familiar with our carpeting options, we would like to take a few moments to tell you about our Mohawk line of carpet.
Hardwood floors bring character and warmth, and are an investment in your home. But not all wood floors are created equal – and they aren’t all wood. Which option is right for you? It depends on many things – lifestyle, application and budget to name a few.
Solid Hardwood Floors
Long considered to be the standard in wood flooring, solid hardwood has many features and benefits. Solid wood is natural and non-allergenic, available in varying board widths and lengths, as well as thicknesses. Solid wood will react to changes in humidity and is recommended only in above grade installations over a wood subfloor. Most wood floors are pre-finished which makes for a quick installation that is less messy than a site finished wood floor. These products are also more durable and wear resistant than a site finished product. Because of the ability to be refinished many times, solid wood is an investment that can last a lifetime.
Engineered Hardwood Floors
Engineered Hardwood consists of 3 to 9 plies of wood that are glued & laminated together. The benefit to this process is that the look is the same as a solid wood, but the product is less susceptible to humidity changes and they can be glued, stapled, nailed or floated over wood subfloors or dry concrete floors. In addition, engineered woods typically cost less than their solid counterparts. Some can even be refinished a limited number of times depending on the thickness of the top layer.
Laminate Wood Look Floors
Made of plywood or fiberboard, laminate flooring gives the look of wood floors, but is extremely durable and stain resistant. Laminate flooring will not fade in sunlight and never requires waxing or polishing. It can also be glued, stapled, nailed or floated over wood subfloors or dry concrete floors, but should not be used in basements or excessively wet areas, as moisture can affect its core and overall performance. Laminate flooring offers additional cost savings over solid or engineered wood.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Wood Look Floors
Luxury Vinyl simulates natural materials and is cut into plank shapes with beveled edges and ends, giving it a more realistic look than sheet vinyl. Featuring a protective wear layer, LVP is easy to clean and scratch and scuff resistant. It is strong a durable and a great option for wet spaces like bathrooms and can be installed in any level. Cost is typically between laminate flooring and engineered wood.
Wood Look Porcelain Tile
The newest trend in flooring is wood look porcelain tile. As you would expect with a porcelain tile, these products are scratch and stain resistant and extremely hygienic. Tile sizes vary by collection, widths vary from 4-12 inches with lengths of 24-48 inches. Installed with a tight grout joint, these tiles can be very convincing and a great option for bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms, where wood would not hold up.
If you are thinking about wood flooring for your home, stop in to look at the many options that are available to you!
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Given your home’s architecture and your personality, begin by selecting a personal design theme. It is your world. Whether you are building new or redecorating a room—or the whole house—the place to begin the project is with you. Ultimately, the best designs reflect your personality and those of your family. That means taking a look at your lifestyle as well as what you like.
Knowing what you want is just the beginning. You can be the biggest help to yourself if you arrive prepared. This is actually the beginning of the fun part. Take all your ideas with you. Put together a traveling idea kit with pillows, fabric swatches, paint chips, and magazine shots of things you love. This will help you illustrate common designs that appeal to you and coordinate a room. Find your colors and tones and stay within that range. If you are prepared, you can be confident knowing your lifestyle, preferences and personality are part of the decision making process.
Look for traffic flow and how your family lives. A polypropylene rug is great for that space where spills may happen and a silk pillow is an elegant addition to the master bedroom but not the playroom. If you are going to worry about a piece being broken or getting dirty it is the wrong choice for that room. Be careful to match sizes of items to the size of the room. An unusual oversized accent is a great focal point and conversation starter. But a room filled with items that are over-scaled will leave it looking small and cluttered. Always remember to carry your room dimensions in your traveling decorating kit.
Colors are a wonderful way to express yourself and your fashion sense. If you are hesitant about bold or vivid colors, go with neutrals like one tone of warm cream in your area rug and another for walls and accent pillows. Warm colors like red and orange make a room feel cozy while blues and greens make for a light and airy space.
Borrow colors from your upholstery to coordinate rugs, pillows, and artwork or work from the floor up using a great area rug as a focal point and pulling colors and textures from it for upholstery and accessories. If you need to decorate over time, you will have a reference of color and texture from which to build your dream room. A few days invested up front in living with your selections can save money and heartache in the long run. Get a quart of paint and cover a portion of the wall. Tape fabrics and lay your rug up against it. Walk past your test area for a full day and see how it feels to be living with this color scheme. Watch for color shifts as light changes from early morning to evening. Hint: pure white ceilings tend to neutralize your color scheme. Painting the ceiling a subtle tint of your main color will actually compliment your color scheme.
We recommend that you start with the piece you love the most and work around it. Artwork, a sofa, an area rug or even a favorite pillow can help create your decorating palette. It is a favorite for a reason and most often the reason is you like the design and colors. When you know the starting point, find three coordinating fabrics and you are on your way to a fabulous room. Just remember to make choices that you like, reflect your personality and will make your home comfortable.
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