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…

Why Are Outstanding Flooring Installers so Hard to Find?

The installer is vitally important to the success of a flooring project. And yet, these skilled craftsmen are underpaid, overworked, and given little respect by contractors and clients. During housing's boom years in the early 2000s, it was not uncommon for a top installer in the Cincinnati metro area to make more than $100,000 per…

Luxury Vinyl – The Wear Layer

All luxury vinyl is not created equal. So how can you tell the quality of a luxury vinyl product? While there are several important factors, one of the most important is the thickness of the wear layer. The wear layer is the top surface, where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. It's what…

Bamboo Floors: Are they really a good choice for an active family?

Some people swear by the quality of their bamboo floors, and others say they would NEVER buy a bamboo floor again! How is it possible to have such polarizing views of the same type of flooring?   Well, not all bamboo floors are created equal.  There are MANY factors that determine the quality of bamboo…

How Do I Choose between Site-finished and Pre-finished Hardwood?

Site-finished and pre-finished hardwood each has its advantages and disadvantages. The key is to clearly realize what these are in terms of your needs and wants for when the flooring of your dreams is hardwood. First, let's describe the basic differences between these two types of hardwood. Site-finished hardwood arrives at your home as plain…

Wool Carpet – the Best Carpet for Your Home

This blog post gives you the "skinny" on wool carpet. Because we sell all types of carpet and don't carry inventory, we can give you an unbiased assessment and description of wool carpet. The basics: wool carpets are of course made from wool shorn from sheep. Traditionally, the best wool is from New Zealand, although…

Carpet Installation

Carpet installation doesn’t have to disrupt your life. With a little planning and preparation, you can have your new carpeting installed and your furniture back in place in just a few hours. You may be tempted to save money by installing the carpet yourself, but this is a job best left to the professionals. Professional…

Hardwood Floor Installation

Hardwood floor installation can add value and an attractive new look to any area in your home near CincinnatiOH. Once you’ve chosen hardwood flooring, you must decide whether to install it yourself or hire a professional. Whether you decide to install the floor yourself or hire someone else depends on your past experience and the…