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    Still Suffering from Allergies? Consider Replacing Your Carpet!

    It seems like these days “allergy season” is an ever expanding time table, not just just confined to release of Juniper pollen. Whether you have asthma or just seasonal allergies, you are probably painfully aware of this.

    One Culprit: Carpeting

    One place to look for how to mitigate allergies is in your very home. Why? Because dust, pollen and allergies can be trapped inside your home and continue to make you suffer even after the worst of the season has passed. Probably the worst offender in this arena is your carpeting.

    Carpeting and the padding underneath it hold a world of micro-particles that even regular cleaning can’t remove. Carpet tends to trap and hold pollen, dust, pet hair and dander, and more elements that over time settle down into the fibers and very base or backing of the carpet. Even new hypo-allergenic carpet begins to trap and hold allergens and dust immediately after it’s installation. Also, carpet and especially carpet padding disintegrates over time from constant foot traffic, leaving a thick powdery residue under the carpet and padding that cannot be removed by carpet cleaning. This powder also affects your air quality. Carpet has traditionally been the cheapest flooring to install, but in the long run it can actually be more expensive, as regular cleaning and the cost of replacing it can ad up. But real cost is to your health.

    The Solution: Hard Surface Flooring

    The term “ hard surface” flooring refers to wood, laminate, vinyl plank or tile flooring. These flooring surfaces provide a much more durable and easy to clean and maintain floor that can still be accented by area rugs and runners. And most importantly these floor surfaces don’t trap pollen and dust, or require professional cleaning every year. We will look briefly at each of these areas.

    Wood Flooring

    There are several types of wood flooring, but the most common and popular is referred to as engineered wood flooring. This is wood planking composed of layers of different woods, with the top layer being the finished hardwood surface visible to the eye. Engineered wood flooring is more stable and affordable than the older generation of solid wood planks, and is pre-finished with a superior strength coating that is typically warranteed 25-50 years. Real wood flooring is both beautiful and practical, and ads more value to a home than any other type of flooring you can install.

    Laminate Flooring

    Laminate flooring is most commonly known as “pergo,” which is actually just a brand name. Laminate planks are composed of a highly compressed fiberboard core on top of which is the surface wear layer, imprinted to look like wood. Think the toughness of your old formica counter top but with a wood appearance. This flooring has come a long way over the years. It is very affordable, very practical, and has been designed to look and feel closer to real wood than every before.

    Vinyl Plank Flooring

    This relatively new generation of plank flooring has all of the benefits of laminate while eliminating some drawbacks. Namely it is a completely waterproof plank that is impervious to spills, floods, pet stains, pet nails and other events. It also has a very dense, rigid core that absorbs sound under foot more than laminate does. Besides all that it looks fabulous, and so is rapidly taking over the laminate market.

    Tile Flooring

    Tile’s greatest quality is its durability. For this reason it is still immensely popular in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Although it is often installed throughout new homes for affordability reasons, many people find an excess of tile too cold and hard underfoot, and prefer warmer and more resilient hard surfaces like wood or vinyl plank flooring.

    For more questions about wood, laminate or waterproof vinyl plank flooring please contact Desert Hardwood Flooring at (928) 925-3084 or visit www.DesertHardwoodFlooring.com/contact

    Sylvan Incao is the owner and lead installer of Desert Hardwood Flooring, and a Prescott resident since 1992. Desert Hardwood Flooring is a small craftsmanship-oriented company focusing on quality workmanship and attention to detail in the arena of hardwood flooring and other hard surface flooring. Their showroom is located at 115 E. Goodwin St. Suite A, in downtown Prescott and is by appointment only.

  2. The Benefits Of Vinyl Plank Flooring

    In our previous blog post, we explored what it is that sets Desert Hardwood Flooring apart from the competition. In short, we provide unparalleled customer service and the best hardwood flooring installation in Prescott. In our previous post, we briefly discussed the wide variety of flooring options that we offer, from pre-finished hardwood to laminate to cork and so much more. One of the flooring options we mentioned was luxury vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl plank flooring is quickly becoming one of the most popular options for flooring.

    In our blog post today, we want to take a look at vinyl plank flooring and why it’s so popular. First, we will look at what vinyl plank flooring is, and then we will go into some detail about what makes it special. So, first things first….

    What Is Vinyl Plank Flooring?

    No one doubts the beauty of hardwood. The deep colors and natural patterns possess a timeless allure. There’s a reason why hardwood is considered so beautiful and luxurious. The same holds for real stone floors. So, what does this have to do with vinyl plank? Well, vinyl plank flooring allows you to have the beauty and luxury of genuine hardwood flooring without several of the drawbacks, including cost (but more about that soon).

    Vinyl plank is sometimes referred to as LVT or LVP. It is, unsurprisingly, comprised of vinyl. It is made up of layers of vinyl on top of a rigid, waterproof core. The layers of virgin vinyl add to the flooring’s durability and ease of maintenance. The rigid core is composed of a dense, stone-polymer composite which expands and contracts very little, and which gives vinyl planking a strength and heftiness that mimics the feel of hardwood. 

    In addition to this, vinyl planking comes in a variety of stylish designs that can look virtually identical to genuine hardwood, stone, and many other types of flooring. The planks of vinyl, for instance, can mimic the look of cut hardwood, with a grain-like texture and feel to the surface. This is especially true when using a high quality vinyl plank product. Indeed, Desert Hardwood is committed to providing the best hardwood floors in Prescott, and this very much includes the quality of our vinyl plank. We only use the best.

    What Are The Benefits Of Vinyl Plank Flooring?

    If part of the appeal of vinyl planking is that it can faithfully imitate the look and feel of other types of flooring, then it’s only natural to ask why you shouldn’t just go with the original type of flooring! There are many reasons to go with vinyl plank flooring over other types of flooring. This includes the following:

    • Low cost
    • Durability for pets, kids & high traffic
    • Waterproof, stain-proof
    • Easy to clean and maintain

    And that’s just the beginning! One of the biggest appeals of vinyl planking is the fact that it’s waterproof. In addition, layers of aluminium-oxide eurethane form the final top coating over the vinyl layer, adding scratch resistance and durability . These layers also add extra protection against scuffing and spills. 

    What does all of this add up to? It means that you can have the luxury of hardwood in any room of your home. This includes trouble areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Traditionally, these are not great areas for hardwood due to the high foot traffic, high levels of moisture/humidity, and increased risk of spills. Hardwood is susceptible to each of these things — but not so with our luxury vinyl plank floors.

    Contact Us For The Best Hardwood Floors In Prescott

    There are many reasons to go with luxury vinyl plank flooring. We would love to discuss the details of vinyl plank, as well as explore any and all flooring options with you. We are committed to finding and bringing to life your ideal floors. Contact us today to get started.