Flooring Options

When it comes time to replace the flooring in any area of your home- it can be a mind boggling process. There are so many options out there from carpet to hardwood flooring to laminate. What you decide on really depends on your taste and your price point!  

Laminate is a well known flooring option. It used to be something people mainly used in their kitchens but now with wood laminate- you can use it throughout your entire home. Laminate typically is put in with a floating installation so that it does not require nails. There are less seams than with other flooring options and it is reasonably affordable. The cost will vary depending on the quality of the pattern. It can run anywhere from $.89 per square foot to $2.49 per square foot.  

Linoleum is made much like laminate but the pattern and color are deeper throughout the sheet of flooring so the designs cannot fade. There are a unlimited number of color and pattern options. Basic patterns can cost anywhere from $.45-$1.00 per square foot at Knox Rail Salvage.   Fancier patterns can end up costing $10 or more per square foot.  

Hardwood flooring is extremely popular right now. There are many options when it comes to wood colors and width of the planks. Hardwood can be sanded multiple times and can improve your homes value. While you can find hardwood flooring for as little as $2 per square foot, you should keep an eye out for knots and color consistency. Most hardwood starts at around $4 per square foot and the more exotic woods can cost around $10 per square foot.   

Then there is Ceramic Tile flooring which is pretty popular in kitchens and bathrooms. There are many types and designs of ceramic tile designs. The options with ceramic tile are limitless. Ceramic tile stars as low as .75 per square foot and goes up depending on the glaze, thickness of the tiles and the creation method. Whether or not you need someone to install the tile for you also can add to the cost. 

Carpeting is the final option and there are many different types and price points. Carpeting does not seem as popular these days- however, some people still love the look and feel of carpet. Its important to know that the carpet pile weight is very important when you are looking for durability. The denser the pile, the better it will wear over time.  

When deciding between all these options its important to think of a few things- what type of installation are you looking for (sheet, plank or tile)? How do you want to clean it? Do you want to be vacuuming or mopping? Do you like the feel of carpet underfoot or the feel of cool tile during the summer? There are many things to consider but hopefully this helps you start to make your decision! 

Increasing Your Homes Value

In todays housing market, we all want to do whatever we can to improve the value of our homes. Even if you do not intend on selling your home anytime soon- these are some great things to keep in mind! 

Wondering what to focus on first? Most people focus on the kitchen when looking at a home. After all, that is where so much of family life occurs! They want a kitchen with useable, functional counter space and storage. Buyers also look for open kitchens that allow them to feel less confined. Wanting to make some smaller changes? Try a fresh coat of paint on cabinets and walls or even just update your light switch covers. Even little things can make a big difference!  

After the kitchen, the next important rooms to focus on are the bathrooms. There are numerous, small changes you can make that will improve the look and functionality of your bathrooms. Maybe regrout the tile, replace the toilet seat, put down some new tile or even put in a new sink with better cabinetry or storage space.  

Overall, improving the storage space in your home will help both you and future potential buyers! After all, nobody wants a gorgeous home with no room for storage! Consider adding a nice closet storage system to help with storage space- as well as being a affordable upgrade. 

Another option (if you are looking for a slightly bigger project) is to "add a bedroom" to your home. Have a den? The only thing keeping it from being an additional bedroom (and attracting a whole new batch of potential buyers) is the fact it needs a closet! A closet is somewhat easy to add to a room and also helps you with the previously mentioned storage space! 

You can also upgrade your lighting fixtures (which is a small change with the potential to make a big impact), change up the hardware on your front door, or even focus on your homes curb appeal! 

Have you made all these other changes and are still looking to see what you can do to improve your space? Look underfoot! Could your flooring use an upgrade? If your carpeting is just a bit dirty, a good cleaning may be a good first step. However, if you want to replace the flooring, a gorgeous hardwood floor would definitely draw in interest and beautify your home. You want flooring that will last and be attractive to a wide range of buyers. Avoid low end carpeting and vinyl as these will not hold up well and will not be as appealing.  

Whatever your reason for wanting to increase your home value or beautify your home- we hope that these tips have helped! 

Why Buy from Small Businesses?

Have you ever wondered why you should shop with small locally owned businesses? After all- what differences does it make whether you buy your lumber from a small business or a big box store? 

It actually makes quite a bit of difference!  

First of all, buying locally helps to support and strengthen the local economy. By buying locally- you are helping your community. More of the revenue from small local businesses stays local. Studies have shown that local businesses generate better benefits for the community and approximately twice the amount of the revenue stays local (compared to big box stores). Local businesses then turn around and buy from other local businesses and services which then also keeps more money in the community.  

Local businesses also provide more support to community groups. After all, their heart is the community! They have a personal investment in the community and local culture. 

Interestingly enough, local businesses also help to build local character which keeps tourism alive. They also keep the area from becoming another "cookie cutter town."  Wondering what we mean by that? Have you ever driven through a town and basically seen the same old things that you see in every other town? The row of big chain stores and restaurants dominating main street? That is what we consider a cookie cutter town. Local businesses keep things interesting! 

Of course, we cannot forget to mention that local businesses create more local jobs. Local businesses are more likely to hire local people who know what they are doing and who are likely to want to build relationships with their clientele. After all, when you shop with a local business, you are going to get to know the employees and have conversations with them. You will know when you go into that store that you are going to have a great experience with friendly service.  Big box stores tend to have a big pool of employees who work different hours all the time and who are not as likely to know their stuff or want to spend the time getting to know their customers!  

What it all boils down to is that buying locally from small businesses is a great way to support your community AND have a great shopping experience! However, don't take our word for it! Try buying locally for awhile and I guarantee you will be pleased! 


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