Green Cleaning Guide For Floors

Did you know that our day to day activities can largely impact our environment in a negative way? Whether it is keeping the lights on all day or throwing away recyclable materials, our actions have consequences, which include pollution, rapid depletion of irreplaceable resources and more. When it comes to green living, doing away with…

Cleaning Uses For Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most versatile items you'll find in your home. You can use it in countless recipes, consume small doses of it to increase your metabolism, and even use it around the house to clean. White vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, and even an herbicide. You can use it straight-up or…

Best Flooring Options for Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Homeowners often have trouble with their kitchens and bathrooms because of the risk of moisture coming into contact with the wall coverings and floors. Aside from the need for your flooring to be aesthetically, it should also be practical and durable. Discover the best options for your kitchen and bathroom floors. Tile. If you do…

Best Uses For Vinyl Flooring

Prior to the invention of luxury vinyl, durable, hard-surface flooring that was inexpensive and attractive wasn't really an option for homeowners. Today, luxury vinyl is the fastest growing flooring category.. It's strong but graceful, and appreciated in the home improvement world for its attractive yet durable designs. Vinyl is often called “linoleum flooring,” but it…

Protecting Your Floors This Winter

Winter is in full-swing, and in the Cincinnati area that means plenty of snow-covered boots and rock-salted shoes entering our homes. From streaky hardwood to dusty laminate, winter can do quite a bit of damage to your home's flooring. Fortunately, all of the damage the winter elements do to our floors is preventable. Regardless of…

Can You Trust Angie’s List?

By Jim Fitzgerald Cincinnati, Ohio – Long before we ever had a business, my wife and I belonged to Angie’s List as consumers. [Full Disclosure: Now that we have our own business, we have a business listing on Angie’s List, and we buy advertising from them. And, every year we’ve been in business, we’ve been…

How Do I Choose the Perfect Flooring for My Home?

By Jim Fitzgerald. In this post, we give you a framework for choosing the right floor for your home. And such a framework is sorely needed because today’s homeowner is confronted with a bewildering array of flooring choices. In the old days, it was easy. There were four choices. One was carpet. The second, the…

Why Are Stair Runners a Good Idea? by Jim Fitzgerald

People often have a stair runner for style: a way to elegantly cover their stairs while at the same time displaying beautiful hardwood stair treads (see figure). For others, the decision to cover the stairs stems from a fear of slipping on the smooth hardwood treads. A variety of stair runners (photo courtesy of ShawIndustries) A patterned stair runner can…

Labor: The Most Important Ingredient

As I'm writing this post on Labor Day (2015), I thought I would talk about the importance of the laborer (installer) to the success of a flooring project. The installer is key. The product - whether it be hardwood, bamboo, tile, vinyl, laminate, carpet, whatever - is manufactured. All the buyer has to do really…

How Can We Be Beat?

There are only three ways we can be outbid on a job. One - Inferior Materials Our franchise company has been in business for 24 years and has relationships with many of the largest and best manufacturers in the flooring industry. Because it has more than 100 franchisees across the United States and Canada, the…