Floating Flooring vs. Permanent Flooring
Deciding on the perfect flooring for your home can be a challenge, especially when choosing between floating and permanent flooring. While both are great options, there are a few differences to consider, including your home type, sub-floor type, overall cost and appearance. Not to worry—we’re here to break down the differences and weigh the pros and cons of both flooring options to help make your decision an easy one.
Permanent flooring is flooring that is either glued or nailed to the sub floor. Because it’s permanently adhered, this type of flooring remains in place for decades. It feels and sounds more solid than floating flooring.
Some benefits of permanent flooring include longevity, durability and reduced noise. Permanent flooring also reduces any creaking or clicking noises, since each section is glued in place, leaving no room in between the flooring and sub floor to move around.
Permanent flooring, however, doesn’t allow much room for expansion during higher temperatures and moisture levels, and it can sometimes split or crack. However, this is a relatively easy fix, requiring minimal effort. When it comes to cost, permanent flooring can be a bit pricier, due to increased installation and labor time.
Floating flooring has become an increasingly popular trend among families in recent years. Floating floors don’t need to be glued to the sub floor. Rather, they attach to each other by snapping or gluing together. Because they’re not glued directly to the sub floor, floating flooring comes with the misconception that the floor doesn't stay in place. However, this isn’t the case. Although individual flooring pieces and planks are lightweight, they weigh a significant amount when put together. Because the flooring pieces are joined together, either with glue or snapped in place, the floor is there to stay.
Floating flooring is more affordable, mainly because of reduced labor and installation time. Because floating flooring can be installed over virtually any existing flooring, homeowners can save the time they would otherwise use to remove preexisting flooring.
Floating flooring can, however, feel and sound less solid than permanent flooring. Because floating flooring is placed over existing flooring, it can sound hollower and feel softer on your feet.
Still have questions regarding which type of flooring is best for your home? Contact the flooring experts at Stoneridge Flooring Design or set up a free consultation. We’re here to make your flooring decision (and purchase) an easy one!
Choosing Carpet for Your Home
Choosing a carpet for your home can be difficult, especially if you have pets or high-traffic areas. There are various types of carpets and styles to choose from; however, it depends on your needs as to which will work best for your home. Take a look at these important factors to consider when choosing the right carpet for your home:
- Traffic – Will the carpet be in the bedroom or in the living room? Different spaces have different levels of traffic, so it’s important to keep the amount of traffic in mind depending on your space. If you have a high-traffic area, you’ll want to consider a more durable carpet compared to an area that doesn’t receive as much traffic.
- Budget – Just like anything else, there’s a wide range of prices when it comes to carpeting, so your budget will be a factor in shopping for carpet.
- Moisture – Think about how much the area will be exposed to the elements, either outdoor precipitation, or its proximity to the bathroom. Some fibers can tolerate getting wet and others can’t, and certain carpets should be placed in areas or rooms with higher moisture, like a basement or mudroom.
- Lifetime – How long are you wanting to keep the carpet? This is also important to consider when it comes to your budget and type of carpet. Do you plan on replacing the carpet in the near future, or do you plan on keeping it for years to come?
- Children and pets – Another factor to consider are spills/accidents of any kind. Different carpets can handle the mess, whereas others aren’t built for it. With kids and animals in the house, you’ll most likely want to choose a stain resistant carpet.
The type of room can also inform the carpet selection. Saxony and velvet are formal and elegant styles of carpet that show footprints, vacuum marks and shading. Both are typically used in more formal or traditional rooms.
Textured, frieze/twist, cut and loop and loop designs are best when you want to conceal traffic or footprints. These styles are best suited for areas that receive a lot of activity, like living rooms or bedrooms.
Hardwood Flooring Color Trends
Different colors of hardwood flooring can give your home entirely different vibes. Medium and dark hardwood can make a room appear smaller and cozy, while lighter hardwood can make a room feel open and warm. Choosing to go light or dark with wood can make all the difference for your home.
Light and medium hardwood like oak and hickory bring a light, airy feel to any room. Additionally, light flooring can give smaller rooms a larger appearance which is great for extra tight spaces. If you have light walls, you may not want a light floor, as they can blend and distort the room’s dimension. Try to have a nice contrast that keeps the room feeling open and warm, but adds some continuity.
Dark hardwood, like maple and cherry, create drama and a statement, and if paired well with your current décor, can be exquisite. If you have dark walls, you’ll want to steer clear of dark floors as the combination will make your room appear much smaller. A neutral or light colored wall will contrast the dark wood in a beautiful way, bringing balance to the eye with both light and dark.
A new and popular flooring trend is gentle grays and airy whites, better known as neutral palette hardwoods. Gray hardwood will give your home a warm, coastal feel and will match nearly all of your furniture given it’s a neutral color, thus not overpowering. Airy whites do exactly what their name implies—they open up a room with an airy feel, which is a great option for small rooms. White hardwood floors can provide a vintage and cottage feel.
At Stoneridge Flooring Design, we carry hardwood flooring from trustworthy brands like Mohawk and Anderson, whose quality is unmatched. Take a look at our online catalog!
If you have any hardwood flooring questions, ask away! Our friendly staff is here to help.
Caring for Your Hardwood Floors in Summer
With warmer weather comes humidity, which, in the Ozarks, is often harsh. You know how uncomfortable it gets—now imagine what havoc the humidity can wreak on your hardwood floors.
Wood is naturally absorbent, making it moisture’s best friend. When wood absorbs water, it expands, which can potentially cause cracks. Thankfully, Stoneridge has some recommendations that will help you care for your hardwood floors during the hot summer months, and help enhance your floor’s longevity.
To start, make sure the air in your home is relatively dry. If your home is susceptible to flooding, add a sump pump in the basement and make sure your home’s insulation is well intact to prevent moisture from slipping through possible cracks in foundation or siding. Fans should be used in any room where water is used, such as kitchens and bathrooms, to wick away moisture. Also, transfer any houseplants that create moisture outdoors during the summer.
Control the temperature in your home by running your air conditioning system continuously on those hot, humid days. Some thermometers measure humidity, which is a vital tool in maintaining the right amount of moisture in your home. If your thermometer doesn’t measure humidity, we recommend a humidistat. Try to maintain a humidity level between 30-50 percent, which is a temperature range of 60-80 degrees. A general rule of thumb is to keep your home’s humidity levels from reaching over 55 percent. If your home is prone to higher levels of humidity, a dehumidifier is recommended.
Our friendly staff at Stoneridge Flooring Design is here to help you care for and maintain your hardwood flooring. Contact us if you have any questions!
Celebrating 25 Years
In 2015, Stoneridge Flooring Design officially turns 25. That’s right. We’ve been serving the Ozarks with quality flooring and superior customer service for a quarter of a century.
For many of us at Stoneridge, the journey was not one we expected, but every step of the way has been a blessing. Twenty-five years ago, our customers in the Ozarks started letting us into their homes. We’ve expanded in team, family, and locations. We’ve broadened what we offer our customers, and have been honored in what our customers have given us.
Stoneridge Flooring Design is a family focused business, and we operate on a threefold mission. The first being our commitment to put God first in all endeavors, as it is only by the grace and faithfulness of God that Stoneridge Flooring Design exists. The second is to care for our people, who form the infrastructure of the company. The third is to provide complete customer satisfaction through utilization of quality products, expert installation and unparalleled service.
Our founder and co-owner, Dave Vaughan, ventured into the world of small business ownership when he was twenty-six. Previously in the trucking business, specifically carpet hauling, he describes his evolution from trucking to the flooring business as “roundabout.” Dave’s business partners and fellow co-owners, Mike Vaughan (Dave Vaughan’s brother) and Dave Beebe, both didn’t initially intend to make Stoneridge a career; Mike Vaughan states he came onboard initially to “help out,” not realizing he’d found his calling.
“We work well with one another; we complement each other in the things that we do,” Dave Vaughan said about his co-owners.
Dave Beebe met Dave and Mike after purchasing his own home, and was asked rather quickly when he would come to Stoneridge.
We’ve been fortunate to have prospered and grown over the years, both in locations and selection. With locations in Nixa, Branson, and Branson West, we’ve been able to reach new customers, expand products and services, and share innovative ideas with customers.
“Each and every time we grow, we do so in order to expand the products so we can have more to offer to our customers,” said Mike Vaughan.
Dave Vaughan cites Stoneridge’s willingness and eagerness to try new things in new ways as one of our longstanding secrets to success, and a philosophy we will carry on.
So from all of us at Stoneridge, thank you for an amazing twenty-five years. We look forward to the next!
P.S. Click here to watch our 25th Anniversary web video!