how to extend concrete patio with wood deck

How To Extend a Concrete Patio with a Wood Deck

Patios are a great place to entertain on summer evenings and can hold your grill and maybe a couple of deck chairs. However, a cold slab of concrete isn’t the most attractive solution and they typically aren’t big enough to enjoy properly. You can extend a concrete patio with a … Read more

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Can You Paint Trex or Composite Decking? A Complete Guide

Most homeowners buy a composite decking like Trex because there is virtually no maintenance needed once installed. The single-color dyed during the manufacturing process is designed to last a lifetime. Sometimes, though, you may find that you want to alter the color a little (or a lot). This can be … Read more

front deck ideas for small houses

Front Deck Ideas for Small Houses

When we think about a deck the first thing that probably comes to mind is a large wooden deck with a barbecue pit and some chairs sprawling into a large back yard. However, it isn’t uncommon to also have a deck on the front of your home. While it may … Read more

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What is High Pile Carpet: A Complete Guide

If you are shopping for new carpet you will come across a lot of different brands, styles and options. There are also different factors that make your choices even harder. One of those factors is carpet pile height. In general there are three types of carpet pile, low, medium and … Read more

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How to Stagger Deck Boards

When building a deck, you will want to make sure it fits your style.  While it is possible to lay your deck boards completely parallel, this look isn’t for everyone. Most people will want to stagger the boards.  This means that the cut edges of the deck boards will be … Read more

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Glue-Down Hardwood Floor Problems (And Their Solutions)

Hardwood flooring is still the most sought after and exceptional flooring options for residential homes around the country. If you are installing a hardwood floor, you may think about the glue-down method. However, this can cause some problems down the road for you. If you already have hardwood floors that … Read more

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Heart Pine Flooring Guide 2022 [Pros, Cons and Cost]

If you are looking for new and fresh ideas for hardwood flooring, you are in the right spot! Not only this entire site, but this article in particular will teach you everything you need to know about heart pine flooring. We will cover the variations and costs of heart pine … Read more

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Duchateau Flooring | 2022

Duchateau Flooring – In Brief Duchateau Flooring specializes in premium-grade vinyl and hardwood, with three lines available in each. For example, Duchateau Atelier is their hand-finished hardwood collection, and Duchateau Luxetech provides 19 types of thick, premium vinyl. Duchateau hardwood can cost between $7 and $18 per square foot, while … Read more

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How to Select Vinyl Plank Flooring Thickness

If you are searching for a new vinyl floor, you no doubt have come across Luxury Vinyl Planks or Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVP/LVT) in your research. One of the most notable and often overlooked features of LVP is the thickness. While style, color, width and board length are all important, … Read more

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How to Level a Concrete Floor (Step-By-Step Guide)

When you have a subfloor, slab or foundation that is made of concrete it can settle, shift or be poured incorrectly. When this happens the concrete floor can become sloped, uneven and out of level. In this article, we will look at the tools, equipment and methods for leveling a … Read more

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Bruce Hydropel Flooring | 2022 Hardwood

Bruce Hydropel Flooring – In Brief Bruce Hydropel Flooring is an AHF Products brand specializing in waterproof hardwood surfacing with extensive warranties. Bruce Hydropel flooring costs vary depending on retailer, though you can expect to pay between $4 and $8 per square foot. You can buy Hydropel flooring in colors … Read more

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Well Woven Rugs | 2022

Well Woven Rugs – In Brief Well Woven Rugs specialize in traditional, hand-woven floor coverings sized for bedrooms, lounges and communal areas. You can expect to pay around $300 or less for smaller rugs, and $1,000 or more for larger options. Well Woven Rugs hand-make products in-house, and sell straight … Read more

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Carpet Remnants Buying Guide 2022

Carpet remnants get a bad reputation and are often overlooked. However, those that understand the full potential of the product get immense joy from their investment. Interesting Uses for Carpet Remnants Below we cover the common and practical uses for carpet remnants, but don’t let that stifle your creativity. Here … Read more

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Great Low Cost Backyard Flooring Options 2023

When you think about flooring you probably don’t think about your backyard. However patios, walkways, decking and more are technically all flooring and your backyard can benefit from the right options. Cheap Outdoor Flooring Options There are plenty of options to add flooring to your yard, but some are cheaper … Read more

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How to Cut Vinyl Flooring: A Complete Guide

Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest floors for DIY homeowners to install themselves. However, it isn’t as easy as some instructional videos make it look, especially if you have no prior experience with the planks. One of the most difficult aspects of installing LVP (and other forms of vinyl … Read more

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Different Types of Pressure Treated Wood – 2023 Guide

Pressure treated wood has a lot of varieties, applications and capabilities. You find it in almost every form of residential construction from support beams and ground-contact studding to decks and patios. In this article we will take a close look at pressure treated lumber to find out what types are … Read more

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Deck Joist Spacing: Your Complete Guide to a Proper Build

Building a deck as a DIY project is an exciting way to get comfortable with your tools and equipment while having something useful to show for it. Aside from the build material, though, the most important part of any deck build is the framing. You need to have proper spacing … Read more

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Deck Skirting Ideas: Best Options for 2023

Your deck is built, the steps and railings look great and your grill is smoking as the sun starts to drop. It sounds great, but now you have to finish the project. Wrapping the deck to hide the gaping hole underneath requires skirting. Skirting comes in many forms and offers … Read more

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Deckorators Vs. Trex: Cost, Durability and Pros & Cons

Composite decking is the new era of deck building. With wood grain patterns and all the aesthetic benefits of natural wood plus none of the negative aspects, composite is a great decking choice. The problem comes in deciding which composite to use, what brand to go with and which styles … Read more

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Hot Tubs & Decks 2023 – The Complete Guide

Decks have a lot of uses for their space, including gatherings, grills and the ever popular hot tub. Not every deck is capable of having a hot tub installed or mounted, though, and a lot of considerations need to go into the planning. Why Hot Tubs and Decks Go Hand … Read more

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5 Best Garage Floor Mats for 2022 and Beyond

Our garages were designed as a safe place to store our cars. While that is still a major use, there are many more uses now, including mechanic and workshop space, household storage and much more. The biggest issue next to organization is floor protection. Scratches, staining, fading, marks and even … Read more

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DuraLux Flooring | 2022 Cost, Installation, Pros & Cons

DuraLux Flooring – In Brief DuraLux is a budget-friendly, DIY vinyl flooring brand providing more than 100 different styles across three collections. It’ll cost between $2 and $6 per square foot (without installation) to fit DuraLux products. Lines such as their NuCore range offer a lifetime warranty, and over 300 … Read more

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How to Finish Ends of Composite Decking

Installing a composite deck can be rewarding while adding style and aesthetics to your home. However, the look of the deck from the yard or the street may not be the best. To help finalize the appearance and keep the deck protected you need to finish the ends. Key Takeaways: … Read more

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Heated Tile Flooring Guide 2022: Installation, Cost & Cons

Nothing is worse than waking up to get ready for work and entering your bathroom to a freezing cold tile floor. You can use bathroom rugs, turn the heat up in your HVAC system or install radiant heating. Radiant heating installs under the tiles or flooring of your bathroom, garage, … Read more

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How to Stagger Vinyl Plank Flooring [Like a Pro]

When laying plank flooring of any type it is important to stagger the plank rows. There are several reasons you should stagger your planks, which we will cover in this article. While the actual staggering of the planks isn’t overly difficult, it is important that you handle it the right … Read more

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Wolf Decking | 2022

Wolf Decking – In Brief Wolf Decking is a premium porch decking brand offering three specific luxury, hard-wearing composite and PVC options. Average costs range from $30 to $70 per board, covering their Serenity, Serenity Porch and Perspective styles. Wolf Decking is designed to withstand weather and damage while retaining … Read more

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Pergo TimberCraft Laminate Flooring | 2022

Pergo TimberCraft Laminate Flooring – In Brief Pergo Timbercraft is the brand known for creating laminate flooring, and is now part of the Mohawk family. You can normally expect to pay around $4 per square foot for Pergo flooring. Pergo laminate mimics the look of real wood while providing shiny … Read more

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Phenix Carpet |2022

Phenix Carpet – In Brief Phenix Carpet is a brand synonymous with flooring designed for family traffic, stains, spills and pets. You can expect to pay $2 to $4 per square foot of carpet from Phenix, from five main ranges. Phenix’s carpets are designed to be easy to install, with … Read more

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How to Install Cork Floors: The Complete Guide

Cork flooring has been around for over a century. However, it fell out of fashion for many reasons after the big laminate craze of the 1970s. Today, though, cork is making a comeback. Cork is a flooring that is easy to install, highly affordable and aside from bamboo flooring is … Read more

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Fiberon Decking | 2022

Fiberon Decking – In Brief Fiberon is a well-loved decking provider specializing in composite panels to fit a wide budget range. Prices for Fiberon boards range from $24 – $105, with their cellular foam Promenade collection at premium rate. Fiberon boards are low-maintenance, arrive in exclusive colors, and match the … Read more

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TimberTech Vs. Trex: A Composite Decking Comparison 2023

With composite decking, you have a lot of choices. From colors, to board styles and even brands. TimberTech is one of the leaders in composite decking, known for their durability and stain resisting boards. Trex may be the most popular brand currently available and offers a wide range of line … Read more

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The 6 Most Durable Flooring Options for 2023

Installing or replacing the floors in your home can be an expensive endeavor. The cost is generally accepted because of how long our floors can potentially last. However, with less durable flooring, you may be spending that money all over again, very soon. Finding an attractive floor is easy, finding … Read more

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DreamWeaver Carpet | 2022 Costs + Pros & Cons

DreamWeaver Carpet – In Brief Experts in nylon and polyester carpets, DreamWeaver offers over 100 colors and four branded lines. You’ll pay between $2 to $8 per square foot for DreamWeaver carpets depending on your choice of line and style. DreamWeaver is a carpet line created by Bob Shaw, the … Read more

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Mirage Flooring | 2022 Pros, Cons, Costs

Mirage Flooring – In Brief Mirage Flooring specializes in eight collections of wood flooring, ranging from matte finishes to natural wood and patterned surfaces. Mirage wood may cost between $2 and $8 per square foot (before installation) depending on your chosen collection. Mirage is well-known for being a US-based manufacturer … Read more

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Trex Composite Decking | 2022

Trex Composite Decking – In Brief Perhaps the most famous composite decking brand in the US, Trex offers three different board ranges in up to eight colors. Buyers can expect to pay between $30 and $120 per board. Trex boards are designed easy to install and endure years of use, … Read more

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Guide to Pine Flooring 2023: Cost, Options, Pros and Cons

When it comes to hardwood flooring most people think about oak, hickory or even walnut. Pine, though, is a type of hardwood floor, classified as a softwood. Pine flooring has been around for decades and is currently making waves as an option to harder, colder woods. Pine flooring isn’t for … Read more

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Stanton Carpet | 2022 Styles, Pros & Cons and Cost

Stanton Carpet – In Brief Stanton boasts four decades of carpet expertise, bringing six unique flooring collections to homes across the US. Stanton carpets may cost between $5 to $16 per square foot depending on your choice of style and line. There are over 500 colors, and popular materials such … Read more

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Sanded Versus Unsanded Grout: How to Choose Correctly

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a DIYer that wants to update the look of your home, tile is a great flooring option. One of the biggest problems with installing tile, though, is choosing the right grout for the job. In this article we will look at the differences … Read more

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Marazzi Tile | 2022

Marazzi Tile – In Brief Marazzi tiles arrive in ten different style collections, including wood look, metallic, fabric look and mosaic. You’ll normally pay between $3 and $8 for each square foot of Marazzi tile, with the same on top for installation (on average). Marazzi designs lines for kitchen backsplashes … Read more

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Masland Carpet | 2022

Masland Carpet – In Brief Masland Carpet develops four main flooring lines for homes and offices, with specific collections for pet lovers. Carpets from this line retail from $3 to $12 per square foot (varying on your choice). The company provides over 800 color and style combinations, with lifetime warranties … Read more

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Mohawk Carpet | 2022 (Pros & Cons, Cost, Popular Styles)

Mohawk Carpet – In Brief Home of stain-resistant SmartStrand carpets, Mohawk provides more than 800 unique carpet combinations. Pricing for Mohawk carpets start at $2 per square foot (up to $8 per square foot for SmartStrand). Mohawk is the biggest carpet developer on the planet, specializing in high-traffic flooring across … Read more

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Linoleum Flooring: A Complete Guide for 2023 and Beyond

While linoleum may be the oldest non-natural floor in existence, it gained popularity in the 1940s and 50s. However, today linoleum is as popular as ever and competes with vinyl and laminate for best alternative flooring. Linoleum comes in various forms now, with more styles, colors and size options than … Read more

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Karastan Carpet | 2022 Cost + Pros & Cons

Karastan Carpet – In Brief Karastan is part of the Mohawk family, specializing in casual and patterned carpets across six main collections. With installation, Karastan carpets cost between $5 and $10 per square foot, depending on the line. Like its parent brand, Mohawk, Karastan offers high-endurance SmartStrand carpets, but lean … Read more

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Stone Look Laminate Flooring, Brands And Reviews

Stone look laminate is a luxury flooring style that uses laminate planks or tile to mimic actual stone. There are many styles and color options to choose from, when you can find them. Stone look laminate is not as popular as it once was. With consumer focus shifting to wood … Read more

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Shaw Vinyl Plank Flooring | 2022

Shaw Vinyl Plank Flooring – In Brief Shaw Vinyl specializes in luxury planks and tiles, with their LVP (plank) line splitting into four collections. Shaw LVP collections are available in more than 125 colors and styles, with lifetime warranties available. You’ll pay between $2 and $8 per square foot for … Read more

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Introducing: Best Roomba for Hardwood Floors 2022

Cleaning your hardwood floors, or any hard flooring in your home, doesn’t have to be a chore. Instead of getting out the broom and dustpan, sweeping the floor trying to get all the little lines of dirt from the grout, there is an easier way. Robot vacuums are known for … Read more

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Best Hoover Vacuums 2022 – A Brand Review

Hoover is credited with producing the first upright electric vacuum in 1908. The company only grew from there. Accepted as among the best in Europe, their place in the US is firmly planted as well. More than just a verb, the name Hoover means quality, affordability and innovation. The company … Read more

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Hardwood Refinishing Costs 2022

Hardwood floors are one of the best investments you can make for your home. Not only do they add beauty, durability and comfort to your rooms, but they also add resale value to your home. Maintenance and upkeep on hardwood floors, though, requires a bit of work and overtime, the … Read more

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TrafficMaster Flooring | 2022 Cost + Pros & Cons

TrafficMaster Flooring – In Brief TrafficMaster provides hard-wearing flooring for all rooms of the home, including carpets, laminate flooring, vinyl and underlay. As a representative cost, customers can expect to pay between $3 and $8 for TrafficMaster laminate. Their products are tied to Home Depot, though you can buy them … Read more

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How-To Remove Tile From Concrete Floors

Whether you just bought the house, or you just need an update, tile floors can be a problem. Most tile floor installs are done directly on concrete. While it can help stability and durability, it makes it difficult to remove. If you want to know how to remove tile from … Read more

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A Guide to Cumaru Decking: Pros, Cons, Maintenance and Costs

Hardwoods and ironwoods are great for making specific things. You can turn ironwoods to make long lasting handles, knobs, chairs and desks. Of course, you can always make planks and have near-lifetime flooring, or, you guessed it, a deck. While ironwoods, like Cumaru, are hard to cut and almost impossible … Read more

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The 10 Best Bissell Vacuums 2022 – A Brand Review

Bissell is a name any homeowner or renter knows. Their value and reliability have spanned decades and it is no wonder they are among the top sellers in the world. Along with a host of product lines, Bissell is probably best known for their floor cleaners. When it comes to … Read more

ipe decking

A Guide to Ipe Decking: Pros, Cons, Maintenance and More

Ipe wood is one of the hardiest, strongest and most naturally beautiful woods around. It is popular for fencing, furniture, truck beds and decking. However, just because it is strong and popular, doesn’t make it the right choice for your needs. This article will examine Ipe decking and find out … Read more

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8 Best Electric Mops for Your Floor 2023

Mopping your hard flooring is one of the most loathed chores around the house (behind laundry and washing dishes by hand). Anything you can do to help make the chore easier is a bonus. One of the best things you can do is to get a mop that does the … Read more

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8 Best Roomba for Pet Hair 2022

The iRobot Roomba vacuums have been cleaning floors in homes since the mid 1990’s. One of the original creators of autonomous cleaning robots, Roomba is the name that almost everyone knows and the brand all others try to surpass. With their constant improvements, superior design and forward thinking technologies, iRobot … Read more

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Terrazzo Flooring: The Definitive Guide

Terrazzo flooring has graced offices and government buildings for over 400 years. The idea of bringing it into your home is now far more than a reality. With benefits such as life-long application, low maintenance and unlimited design potential, homeowners are rushing to get Terrazzo installed in some part of … Read more

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What is a Floating Floor – All Your Questions Answered

For those of you doing your research for a new flooring, you may have come across the term floating floor. If you are unfamiliar with the term it may conjure images of the Jetson’s floating down a sidewalk. Unfortunately, that isn’t what floating floor means. Floating floors are types of … Read more

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Composite Decking Brands 2023: Guide and Comparisons

Composite Decking Brands – In Brief Composite decking provides a natural wood look with added durability and color flexibility. Prices for composite decking boards will vary from brand to brand, which we’ll take you through below. Top composite decking brands we love include Fiberon, Cali Bamboo, Trex, Barrette Outdoor Living, … Read more

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What Is a Steam Mop and How Do They Work?

A simple and fairly easy alternative to the traditional mop and bucket is a steam mop.  Remember, not all floors can handle being steam cleaned and not all cleaning solutions are safe for your floors. What Are Steam Mops? Steam mops are exactly what you would think they are. Looking … Read more

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Best Carpet For Pets 2023: A Full Brand Guide

Best Carpet For Pets – In Brief Highly-rated pet-resistant carpet brands include Shaw Caress, LifeProof PetProof and StainMaster PetProtect. The best pet-resistant carpets provide protection against stains and muddy prints and retain strength in high traffic. If you have pets, consider poly-nylon, wool and pure nylon carpets for the most … Read more

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Allure Ultra Flooring | 2022: A Complete Brand Guide

Allure Ultra Flooring – In Brief Allure Ultra is a TrafficMaster vinyl flooring line that’s exclusive to Home Depot, available in three different collections. All three – the base collection, Allure Plus, and Allure Ultra – are all available as LVP and LVT. As a representative cost, you can expect … Read more

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Best Bagless Canister Vacuum 2022 – Reviewed and Compared

Canister vacuums aren’t a new or novel vacuum type, though combining the canister style with a bagless collection system is fairly new compared to the lifespan of these vacuums. What was once a commercial-only style of vacuum, you can find these durable, reliable and powerful vacuums in more and more … Read more

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8 Best Spray Mops 2022: Reviews and Comparisons

When it comes to mopping floors, it is a lot easier if the mop can do most of the work. While there are several options to choose from, including spin mops and stick mops, there is a special niche for the spray mop. We will also look at the various … Read more

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Laminate Flooring Cost And Price Of Installation 2022

Laminate plank flooring is once again growing in popularity. With so many styles, colors and designs to choose from, it is no wonder this flooring option is highly sought after. Most major flooring brands will carry a large selection of laminate planks for you to browse through. What about the … Read more

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Mannington Vinyl Plank Flooring | 2022

Mannington Vinyl Plank Flooring – In Brief Mannington LVP colors and styles number more than 115, with HydroLoc waterproofing available to prevent damage. The cost of Mannington LVP per square foot is likely between $3 and $7, varying on retailer. Mannington LVPs are developed without formaldehyde and mimic stone and … Read more

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Best Cork Flooring 2022: Cost, Best Brands, Pros & Cons

Best Cork Flooring 2022 – In Brief Cork flooring is popular with homeowners as it can be soft to walk on and help control allergens across the home. Top-rated cork flooring brands include Globus Cork, Heritage Mill Flooring, and Wicanders. You’ll pay for cork flooring by the square foot, and … Read more

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8 Best Microfiber Mops 2023: Reviews and Comparisons

Mopping your hard flooring is one of the essential and important parts of cleaning your home. There are a lot of different types of mops on the market and choosing the right one can be difficult. Microfiber mops are a great way to clean your hard flooring with less steps … Read more

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10 Best Robot Mops 2022 – Reviews and Guides

Mopping our kitchens and bathrooms is one of those chores that has to be done, but no one really wants to do it. So what if there was a way to get your floors mopped without having to do much work? That is the idea behind mopping robots. Once you … Read more

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NuCore Vinyl Plank Flooring | 2022

NuCore Vinyl Plank Flooring – In Brief Plank flooring from NuCore arrives in over 100 different styles to help you create combos that work for your home. NuCore LVP is developed to be completely waterproof, doesn’t need transitions, and fights against allergens and bacteria. You can expect to pay between … Read more

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Best Wood-Look Tile Flooring Brands

Best Wood-Look Tile Flooring Brands – In Brief Wood-look tiles mimic authentic wood’s popular look while providing tiling’s resistance and durability. Popular tile brands that provide wood-look include Marazzi, Vitromex, Merola and Dal-Tile. Costs may vary depending on brand, line, and whether or not you need help with installation. Hardwood … Read more

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8 Best Spin Mops On The Market 2023 – Spin Mop Reviews

When it comes to keeping our hard flooring clean and looking new, nothing beats a great mopping. Except, of course, when the mop can do most of the work for us. Spin mops come in two basic options, self scrubbing or self wringing. This article will examine the best spin … Read more

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Shaw Carpet | 2022 Collections

Shaw Carpet – In Brief Shaw is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, providing collections for commercial and home use across the US. Shaw carpets typically cost between $3.50 to $7 per square foot depending on the outlet. Popular collections include pet-friendly Bellera carpets, the budget-friendly Foundations range, and Caress carpets … Read more

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The 10 Best Cordless Vacuums For Hardwood Floors 2022

A lot of hardwood flooring manufacturers will warn you against vacuuming their planks. While we know that mopping hardwood can lead to damage and problems, vacuuming should be fine, right? The truth is that a lot of vacuums can easily scratch the wear layer on most hardwood planks. Over time … Read more

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The 10 Best Cordless Vacuums For Pet Hair 2022

Cleaning up after our pets is one of those chores we just have to do. Unlike our kids, they won’t get older and learn to do it themselves. Having a great vacuum for pet hair can go a long way between making clean up easier and making it even more … Read more

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Best Vacuums for Tile Floors 2022: Reviewed and Compared

Cleaning tile floors is one of the easiest things to do. The floors are waterproof, making them capable of full wet mopping, and they are pretty strong, meaning you can sweep and scrub and brush them without much worry of damage. This article examines the best vacuums for tile floor … Read more