Examining the Effects of Hardwood, Cork and Bamboo Flooring on the Environment

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Ambient is proud to present this guest post by Cora Ballek, with additions by the Greener Living Blog Editorial Team.  Cora is the winner of the 2019 Ambient Bamboo Floors Essay Contest Scholarship.  Cora is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis.   

On October 8th, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report spelling out worldwide disaster if global emissions are not significantly curtailed by 2030. With global temperatures continuing to rise and greenhouse gasses continuing to accumulate in our atmosphere, reducing humanity’s carbon footprint has become more important than ever. Though this responsibility falls largely on national governments and corporations, even average consumers now feel obligated to use their purchasing power to combat pollution and global warming. Products that are eco-friendly, organic, reusable, recyclable, renewable, sustainable, or in any way “green” continue to gain popularity, and producers have picked up on this: In many industries, companies now attempt to outdo each other in offering the “greenest” possible product. In few industries is this competition more prominent than in the building products industry. Between manufacturers, environmental review sites, and home improvement blogs, countless sources offer environmentally concerned homeowners important advice concerning environmental friendliness of one material or another.

What flooring is the most eco-friendly?

When talking about flooring, many advocate for hardwood, cork, linoleum, ceramic tiles, stone, eco-friendly carpet, even glass tiles – and, of course, for the king of them all: bamboo. Close behind are cork and hardwood. To find the most eco-friendly, begin with a close look at bamboo flooring.

Examining the environmental impacts of bamboo flooring

Due partly to its insanely rapid growth rate, bamboo is often considered one of the most sustainable materials in existence, and when first learning about it, it’s easy to see why. Taxonomically, bamboo is a grass, rejuvenating itself regularly from an underground rhizome stock. As such, it can be harvested bi-annually or even annually once the plant has reached maturity.

Notable Bamboo Properties:

  • Under good conditions, a bamboo plant will reach maturity in five to seven years.
  • The fastest-growing bamboos may grow up to 3.5 feet in a single day.
  • When well-managed, bamboo requires neither pesticides nor fertilizers preventing harmful runoff into rivers and lakes.

These properties make bamboo an ideal material when it comes to reducing humanity’s ecological footprint. However, determining the sustainability of the raw material is only the first step when evaluating any type of flooring for its contribution to the race to shrink our carbon footprint.

The video below shares more about building an environmentally friendly home with bamboo flooring and other sustainable materials.

Is bamboo flooring the most eco-friendly? Find out in this comparison with cork and hardwood flooring.

In order to find whether bamboo flooring truly helps to decrease humanity’s carbon footprint – and whether it does so better than other materials – it must be compared to its two main carbon-consuming competitors, hardwood and cork, along every stage of its production process.

When it comes to flooring, bamboo, hardwood, and cork are the best bets for addressing our carbon footprint for one simple reason: All three materials act as carbon sinks. Grown in large quantities on plantations, bamboo, hardwood trees, and cork oaks alike all absorb large amounts of CO2 from the air through photosynthesis and trap the carbon component within their biomass for extended periods of time in order to grow to their respective sizes.

The same cannot be said for ceramic tile, stone, or carpet. Linoleum, though produced using organic matter, similarly cannot be said to act as a carbon sink, since its primary ingredient, linseed oil, comes from flax, a plant of much smaller stature. To decisively determine which of these three main contenders stores carbon most effectively is somewhat difficult. Findings from different reports often differ in terms of precise values.

However, when observing these findings holistically, a general trend emerges. According to a report by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), the carbon sequestering capabilities of Moso bamboo – the most common bamboo used in bamboo flooring and usually harvested at 5 years of age – measure up to those of a Chinese Fir, a fast-maturing tree that is generally harvested 30 years after planting, when compared over a time period of 60 years with two rotations of Firs.

A 2008 article published by Slate, by contrast, cites an estimate made by the World Wildlife Fund that “an acre of bamboo can store 6.88 metric tons of carbon per year, about 70 percent more than an acre of hardwoods”. To validate such a claim, some math is required: Given that a hardwood tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of CO2 in a year, which is equivalent to 21.77 kg, and given that a tree plantation with trees seeded 8 feet by 8 feet apart – a common layout – will contain about 680 trees per acre, this would mean that such a tree plantation could absorb around 14.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a year. But since carbon itself only makes up 27.3 percent of the weight of carbon dioxide, the amount of carbon absorbed by a tree plantation seeded 8×8 feet in a year is about 4.04 metric tons a year, exactly in line with the previous statistic.

“An acre of bamboo can store 6.88 metric tons of carbon per year, about 70 percent more than an acre of hardwoods.”

~Brendan Koerner, Slate Magazine

Further evidence can be found in the oft-touted fact that an acre of bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than an acre of hardwood. Though the oxygen levels in our atmosphere play no role in the climate crisis we currently face, a high oxygen production rate also indicates a high rate of photosynthesis, which in turn indicates a high rate of CO2 absorption. Through all of this, it can be concluded that bamboo is, at worst, equivalent to the average hardwood tree in terms of its carbon-sequestering capabilities, and significantly superior at best.

Comparing bamboo to cork, a similar conclusion can be reached. A 2010 article from the cork company Amorim states: “a well-managed cork oak forest can sequester 14.7 tons of CO2 per hectare and per year”. Moso bamboo, however, can store 250 tons of carbon in one hectare, according to a 2013 Ecology Global Network article by Tracy Li. Even with the high-end estimate that the hectare of bamboo in question took seven years to mature, this still equates to 35.7 tons of carbon per hectare per year, a statistic twice as high as the one for cork oaks. Based on these statistics, it is safe to say that among bamboo, hardwood, and cork, bamboo sequesters carbon most efficiently, establishing itself as the most effective carbon sink of the three.

Which flooring is most eco-friendly? The way flooring is processed and transported also impacts the environment.

Carbon sequestration is not the sole contributor to the carbon footprint of these materials, however. The term “carbon footprint” describes the full climate impact of a given object or entity, and for a product, this includes not just the raw materials used, but also the processing and transportation of the product. The processing methods of bamboo, hardwood, and cork flooring, as well as the distance and means of transportation, must therefore also be analyzed.

A quantitative comparison of the environmental impacts of processing methods used in these industries is virtually impossible. Emissions caused in this area mostly occur indirectly through the consumption of electricity which has been produced by burning fossil fuels, and how much of the electricity consumed was produced in this manner may vary widely based on the five locations at which processing occurs. The only way to make any kind of evaluation on this front is, therefore, to generalize that higher energy consumption equates to greater emissions. Furthermore, the amount of energy required for processing will vary by factory, and a lack of available data means that even ballpark estimates are impossible.

Judgments about energy consumption during processing for flooring production can only be qualitative, therefore. Nevertheless, a basic comparison between the energy required to process bamboo, hardwood, and cork can and should be made. According to Chris Magwood writing for Mother Earth News, “processing raw bamboo into flooring involves kiln drying, boiling (sometimes twice) and often steaming” in addition to cutting, gluing, and sealing. He continues that “given the need for two to four high-heat processes, the production of bamboo flooring likely uses more energy than that of wood floors”.

Though different types of hardwood flooring require different amounts of processing, with solid hardwood requiring less than engineered hardwood, neither type appears to require as much energy as bamboo. For solid hardwood floors, the only steps required are cutting and sealing, while engineered hardwood includes the extra step of gluing.

The video below shows a quick overview of how traditional solid hardwood flooring is made.

Cork, meanwhile, must be “ground up, compressed, and formed into sheets bonded with resins” to produce flooring, explains Joseph Lewitin in an article for The Spruce. This process, though certainly more energy-intensive than manufacturing solid hardwood floors, is likely also less energy-intensive than the production of bamboo flooring. The environmental impacts of transportation must similarly be judged qualitatively.

Most bamboo flooring is exported from China, as explained on Ambient’s own website Bamboo 6 Floor F.A.Q. – About Our Products and corroborated by an article on Home Stratosphere 11 Different Kinds of Flooring Explained (Definitive Guide). This means that bamboo flooring is transported to customers outside of China largely via cargo ships. The implications of this fact are often debated: While some argue that cargo ships are efficient due to their massive capacities, it is also established that they are major polluters, with the maritime shipping industry emitting three percent of the world’s CO2, the same portion as Germany.

Cork flooring, meanwhile, is produced around the Mediterranean in the native habitat of the cork oak, in Spain, southern France, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and most notably Portugal. It faces the same issue as bamboo: the product must be transported to customers elsewhere by cargo ship.

Hardwood flooring, by contrast, is produced in many different parts of the world. If purchased responsibly, this means smaller traveling distances for the product and you would think thus a smaller carbon footprint.

However, there are two problems here:

1) Purchasing hardwood produced in a local area may prove difficult for consumers: as Jamie Sturgeon explains in an article for Global News, “experts in the hardwood flooring retail business suggest as much as three quarters of all hardwood flooring sold [in Canada] through big-box renovation chains and other direct-to-public retailers now hails from Chinese producers.”

2) Most hardwood flooring is transported via freight truck from isolated inland forest to large metro areas (and the distances aren’t always so short).  While freight trucks may travel shorter distances than their ocean-going container steamship counterparts, they also emit much more CO2 per cubic meter of transported material – so it’s a bit of a trade-off.

There are many examples of limitations to sourcing real hardwood locally, for example, US-based company Real Wood Floors, which exports untreated hardwood to China for processing and then re-imports it to sell to US consumers. Emissions due to long-distance travel are avoidable by buying from flooring companies which source their wood locally (if you can find such a supplier), and which often control their entire chain of production in order to reduce travel distances and save on production costs.

In terms of emissions due to transportation, this places hardwood flooring in a favorable position compared to bamboo and cork flooring for consumers in about half of the world, but only when the hardwood floor can truly be sourced locally.  For consumers in Southeast Asia, however, bamboo flooring would entail the lowest transport emissions, and for consumers around the Mediterranean and in Europe, this distinction goes to cork flooring.

It should be noted, however, that while cork production will remain limited to the Mediterranean for the foreseeable future due to the specific environment which cork oaks require to grow, this is not the case for bamboo production. In fact, 20 African countries have already joined INBAR, which Zipporah Musau who writes for Africa Renewal says “INBAR is assisting them with bamboo information, technology transfer, capacity building, and policy formulation”.

In the US, meanwhile, bamboo farming is already underway in Alabama and other southern states, and CEO of Resource Fiber David Knight believes that bamboo farming in the US has the potential to become a billion-dollar industry.

A final comparison between bamboo, hardwood, and cork flooring.

There is a final comparison to be made between bamboo, hardwood, and cork flooring: the duration over which their respective carbon contents remain sequestered. Once installed in a home, bamboo floors retain their carbon content for approximately 80-100 years, while hardwood floors retain their carbon content for approximately the same period. It is unclear how long cork floors store carbon once installed – there appears to be no research on this front. However, it should be noted that cork contains a particularly high amount of suberin, a substance found in plant cell walls that plant biologist Joanne Chory has proposed could be used to augment other plants such as legumes to retain carbon for longer. In addition, because cork oaks are not harmed during the harvesting process, they live for up to 200 years, thus retaining carbon far longer than felled bamboo or felled hardwood.

Though the numbers indicate that bamboo may be slightly outclassed by hardwood and cork in terms of its long-term carbon retention, other factors must also be examined. Strand woven bamboo floors, being far more durable than most hardwood floors, require refinishing only every 30-40 years, while hardwood floors require it every 10-20 years.

As most floor coatings are harmful to both the human body and the environment, bamboo flooring allows consumers to avoid introducing additional pollutants into the air via frequent refinishing, balancing out its inferior long-term carbon retention capabilities.

When comparing the effects of bamboo, hardwood, and cork flooring on humanity’s carbon footprint, bamboo flooring has some disadvantages. Its production process consumes more energy than that of both hardwood and cork flooring, and its centralized production adds more emissions to its carbon footprint the farther from China it is purchased.

The question at hand cannot be viewed in a vacuum. It must be placed in the context of current events and projections. And with eleven years left for humanity to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 45% – as described by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report – it is bamboo’s superior carbon sequestering capacity that takes precedence above anything else. Bamboo sequesters up to 70% more carbon per acre and per year than the average hardwood tree can, and over twice as much carbon per hectare and per year as cork oaks. This alone more than compensates for the disadvantages which bamboo flooring may suffer in later stages of its production and distribution, but additional steps can be taken to reduce the carbon footprint of bamboo flooring even further: Bamboo flooring companies might invest in renewable energy sources to offset the emissions from higher energy usage or market their products more heavily consumers in southeast Asia to minimize emissions from transportation.

Additionally, bamboo culms are harvested every 5 years, and the root systems are left intact, which prevents soil erosion and runoff.  Compared to the 40-80 years it takes for hardwoods to regrow, and there is simply no comparison.  Humanity’s carbon footprint must be decreased significantly and rapidly in order to contain the damage of global warming, and among flooring materials, and this is what makes bamboo king among eco-friendly materials.

How does bamboo help the environment?

The information above examines the environmental impact of bamboo, cork and hardwood flooring. Bamboo also helps the environment. It is used as a building material for many other uses than flooring, as a component in several sustainable products, and as a green solution for the environment.

Bamboo Waffle Roof

Bamboo Waffle Roof

As a building material, bamboo has many advantages including tensile strength, fire resistance, elasticity, and it’s lightweight. Below are a few ways bamboo is used as a building material:

  • Construction of scaffolding, bridges, structures, and houses
  • Structural frames
  • Floor, wall, and roof construction
  • Foundation construction
  • Fencing and other land and lawn design

Bamboo is also used in the construction of other sustainable household products.

Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo Blinds (picture from selectblinds.com)

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Cutting boards
  • Bicycles
  • Blinds
  • Bedsheets
  • Paintbrushes
  • Matting
  • Instruments

As an environmental green solution, using bamboo helps our environment in a myriad of ways.

  • Provides soil protection, structuring, and reinforcement
  • Reduces rain runoff and soil erosion
  • Helps remove toxins such as heavy metal pollution in soils
  • An efficient plant for “Plytoremediation” – phosphates from factories and excess nitrates from livestock are eagerly slurped up by bamboo, which can, in turn, be harvested for other uses

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Bamboo flooring and its effect on the environment, read Eco-friendly Bamboo Flooring: Gorgeous floors that are good for earth.

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1926 Josephine St, Pittsburgh (South Side), PA 15203 | South Side Real Estate

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Welcome to “Sky View Townhomes” , a modern and sleek new construction home conveniently located in the south side flats. Designed by renowned Pittsburgh architect Andrew Moss. The spacious, lit, and open floor plan makes this new construction a must see! High ceilings and views on all levels. Two car integral parking. Hardwood flooring throughout. Roof top deck with incredible 360 views of the Pittsburgh skyline. Urban elegance and modern features complete this beautiful home. Live just steps from restaurants, cafes, shops, & quick access to down town. But still located on a street that’s private enough for you to enjoy an intimate evening at home admiring the skyline views.

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Is Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Right for Your Home? | Bob Vila

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Hardwood floors add natural warmth to any room, but the traditional method of putting in hardwood is time consuming, messy, and exposes the installer to toxic fumes from stains and sealants. No wonder even avid DIYers often opt to hire a pro for the job! Prefinished hardwood flooring—hardwood planks with stain and sealant already applied—offers an easier alternative to achieving the beauty of a real wood floor. Like all flooring materials, however, prefinished hardwood has pros and cons, so read on to learn about its benefits and drawbacks to decide if it’s the right material for your home.

Prefinished hardwood flooring offers a more durable finish.

During manufacturing, prefinished hardwood floors are treated with an aluminum oxide crystal sealant—one of the best hardwood floor finishes for an extremely rugged surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic, moving furniture, and other forms of wear and tear. Conversely, traditional hardwood floors are first nailed into place and then stained and sealed. Because neither DIYers nor flooring contractors have access to manufacture-grade sealants, traditional hardwood floors aren’t as durable as their prefinished counterparts and can begin to show scratches and surface dulling in as little as five to seven years. Prefinished flooring coated with superior chemical sealers can maintain its good looks for as long as 25 years without dulling or wearing thin.

Fewer design options are available with prefinished flooring products.

With traditional hardwood flooring, you can choose from dozens of wood species and then select from dozens more stain and sealant options. This allows you to get the exact wood grain look, color, and surface sheen you want. Not so with prefinished hardwood, which comes in a limited variety of wood types (such as red oak and maple), colors, and sealants.

The installation of prefinished flooring is quick.

There’s no denying the simplicity and speed of installing a prefinished wood product—a boon for homeowners living in the house during a renovation. Installing a traditional wood floor can take two weeks or longer, because it occurs in phases: installation of the planks, sanding the surface, staining the hardwood floors, and then applying two or more coats of a sealant that may need days to cure. Not only is the process lengthy, but it’s also messy and can produce toxic fumes. With prefinished flooring, there’s no downtime—as soon as the planks are installed, you can walk on the floor and start arranging your furniture.

Subfloor discrepancies can show through on a prefinished wood floor.

When installed on a level subfloor that has no dips and heaves, prefinished hardwood flooring will look just as smooth as a traditional hardwood floor. But unlike traditional flooring that can be sanded to remove lippage (slight inconsistencies in floor level where planks abut), prefinished planks cannot be sanded because the boards are already finished. If the subfloor floor is uneven in spots, this could cause some of the planks to raise slightly or result in visible gaps between the planks. The effect is usually minimal, but depending on the amount of subfloor unevenness, it could be noticeable.

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Prefinished hardwood floors have visible seams.

In order to give the top of planks a smooth finish, the manufacturer creates bevels along the top edges of each plank, called “cambers.” These bevels are very small, just a tiny fraction of an inch, but when two planks are installed side by side, the bevels create a shallow “V” groove along every seam, creating visible lines. While some people like the look of the grooves, others prefer the perfectly flush look of a traditional wood floor that has been sanded smooth. The grooves may also serve as a spot for dust and debris to collect, making prefinished floors slightly harder to keep clean.

Prefinished hardwood planks can be refinished.

Install prefinished hardwood and it will stay looking new for decades. But if down the road you decide you’d like to change the stain, you can do so. A prefinished hardwood floor is still solid wood, after all, so the surface can be sanded and a new stain and sealer applied. Sanding the finish usually takes a little longer than it would with a traditional wood floor, however, because the sealant is harder.

Prefinished planks and traditional wood floors cost about the same.

While it takes much less labor to install prefinished hardwood planks, the planks themselves are costlier than traditional unfinished wood planks. What you’ll save in labor, you’ll most likely make up in the cost of the planks. Expect to pay between $5 and $10 per square foot, depending on the type of wood and quality of the finish, to have prefinished wood flooring professionally installed.

Installing prefinished hardwood planks is DIY-friendly.

If you’re planning to install your own hardwood floor, prefinished is by far the easier process. You’ll still have to nail each plank to the subfloor individually, but there’s no messy sanding and then cleaning to get the room dust-free, which is necessary before staining and sealing. Likewise, you won’t have to worry about inhaling harsh stain and sealant fumes. If you opt to go the DIY route, you can save $2 to $5 per square foot over the cost of professional installation.

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Consider this when selecting the right prefinished hardwood for your flooring.

Should you decide prefinished hardwood is the right choice for your home, the following tips will help you choose the right planks for your project.

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1370 Conway Street, Hempfield Twp, PA 15601 | Hempfield Twp Real Estate

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Two story four bedroom home with newer vinyl siding, Furnace and AC, slider-2016. Off street parking. Large level rear yard. Hardwood flooring under carpet main floor. Home originally had rear entry garage but prior Owner was making a game room on lower level, needs finished. Bring your decorating ideas and make this home yours.

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Ecological Certifications to Watch for in the Green Building Industry

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Certifications green builders should consider pursuing

Ecology is on everybody’s minds these days. Sustainability is becoming a priority in many industries, and it’s crucial for leaders to develop standards that help companies ensure they’re keeping to established best practices.

The emergent green building industry is proof of this. Shortsighted, business-as-usual construction methods yield high-rise fires, materials that don’t last, buildings that harm the land they stand on and structures that waste energy throughout their lifecycles. 

Consumers and builders are increasingly lending their voices and talents to sourcing and building methods featuring smaller ecological footprints. Property and business owners who want to take part in or become a part of green building methods should begin their search with the following ecological certifications.

International Green Construction Code for Low-Impact Buildings

The International Code Council designed the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) as a framework for code enforcement offices, governments at various levels, designers, contractors and manufacturers.

The IgCC covers new construction, additions or retrofits to existing structures, with the following criteria in mind:

  • Choosing building materials and techniques that prioritize healthy indoor environments
  • Building a structure that efficiently uses resources, including water and energy. Designing it in a way that minimizes disruption to the surrounding land and ecosystems.
  • Community development perspectives, such as walkability and what the IgCC calls “neighborhood connections.”

This framework and its mission sprang from the ICC’s understanding that the built environment accounts for 40 percent of CO2 emissions, 65 percent of generated waste, 70 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water usage globally.

Energy Star Certifications for Building Systems and Appliances

Energy Star has been a recognizable name among builders and property owners since the EPA established the program in 1992. In the years since, Energy Star has helped businesses and families slash 4 trillion kilowatt-hours from their energy budgets and eliminate some 3 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Specifically, Energy Star recognizes homes and business locations with energy-efficient lighting systems, electronics and appliances. Heating and cooling systems that reduce electricity consumption and emissions are also eligible for the Energy Star certification.

Forest Stewardship Council Certifications for Responsibly Sourced Wood

Hardwood flooring and other wood features will probably never go out of style — but the demand for sustainable wood building products has never been higher. Home and business owners are spending more time than ever searching for reclaimed wooden planks and beams. 

When that’s not an option, there’s wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The main priorities of the FSC are responsible forest management, transparent supply chains, sustainable product choices and protecting land owned by indigenous peoples.

In fact, as of 2019, wood certified by the FSC is specified in more building projects per year than Energy Star. This is not post-consumer or reclaimed wood, but wood sourced and harvested sustainably. 

Cradle to Cradle Certifications for Structural Building Materials

The Cradle to Cradle program has several main objectives. Each one focuses on what the organization calls the “environmental and social performance” of various products. A Cradle to Cradle certification signifies meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • The manufacturer designed the product with human health and safety in mind (no harsh or toxic additives, fair working conditions at the source, etc.).
  • The product was designed from the start to be recycled or reclaimed after its first implementation.
  • The manufacturing and distribution processes were conceived with low waste and efficient resource usage in mind, including energy and water conservation.

There is a wide variety of Cradle to Cradle-certified structural and building products available, including woods, paints and coatings, insulation, concrete, glass and more.

LEED Certifications for Sustainability and Lower Costs

Another major ecological certification worth mentioning is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED certification indicates good ecological stewardship practices from the conception of a project through to its end-of-life date.

LEED-friendly architecture also stresses placing windows and ventilation in wise places and using thoughtful layout and space usage techniques — such as building orientation for passive solar benefits — for significant monetary and energy savings throughout the building’s lifetime. There is no detail too small to escape notice when it comes to environmentally friendly design.

As mentioned earlier, buildings represent a substantial amount of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world. Moreover, construction and demolition generate twice as much material waste as the entire municipal waste collection system in the United States. It’s clear that now is the right time to take these challenges seriously.

Requiring builders and architects to prioritize the efficient use of labor and materials brings down costs throughout the project. That means there are financial savings in addition to the obvious environmental benefits.

Why Is This Important Right Now?

This is far from a complete list. And environmental organizations are issuing new green certifications for building materials at an impressive pace. Between 2009 and now, the number of products on the market claiming to be “green” rose by 73 percent. There are still some disingenuous greenwashing signs to watch for in the marketplace, but this is a positive development overall.

The market is responding to a higher demand for good ecological stewardship practices. And as more certifications are drawn up and companies recognize the cost-saving benefits match up nicely with the sustainability benefits, builders and owners will only have richer choices over time.

Written by: Holly Welles, BOSS Contributor

Holly Welles is a real estate writer who covers the latest market trends in everything from residential to commercial spaces. She is the editor behind her own blog, The Estate Update, and curates more advice on Twitter.

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4 ideas to add value to your home | AZ Big Media

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If you are not sure about how to add value to your home, then don’t worry, we have got you covered. 2019 was all about home renovation, and remodeling and every homeowner have been looking for amazing ideas to take inspiration from. However, you need to put into consideration the fact that not every home improvement project adds value to the home. Below in this article, we’ve mentioned our top four. To learn about them, read this article till the end!

1. Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the center of every house, which is why you need to make it the best part of your home. Homeowners always find good reasons to remodel their kitchen area. Often, they undertake the whole remodeling project when they are selling their property. This is because an updated kitchen will appeal more to buyers than the boring one. But another one of the reasons that  can be behind kitchen renovation is energy savings. Many homeowners have started to add appliances and lights that save them money. For example, energy-efficient appliances and water heating units cut the electricity bill and don’t hurt the environment as well. Whatever the reason is, if you remodel, renovate, or update your kitchen, the idea will instantly add value to your house.

2. Remove Your Carpeting and Get Hardwood Flooring

Modern homebuyers don’t like the idea of putting carpets on floors, except for where they are required. Carpeting is so outdated, and if you really want to do something different and amazing, the look for flooring options. For example, you can choose hardwood flooring, which is a perfect alternative to floor carpeting. Hardwood flooring gives you the warmth and elegance you want in your home. Plus, this material makes the place appear luxurious and sophisticated, which definitely adds value to the home. If you think that this will be extremely expensive, then keep in mind it will probably last for years and years. You can choose from a wide range of colors and textures that you feel goes well with your whole place. If you are considering this option, then the Peek’s Flooring Co. offers quality and options at affordable rates.

3. Add another Bathroom

If you have only one bathroom in your home, then it is about time to get another one because one is definitely not enough. Though you have to invest a significant amount of money, it will be worth every penny you spent. When it comes to adding another bathroom, you can choose any extra room or underutilized spaces. For a full bath with a stand-up shower in, it will require over 30 square feet area. If you want to add a bathtub in your bathroom, then at least have a 35 square feet of area to work with. For a half-bath, 18 square feet would be enough, and for this, you can choose any empty closet or areas under the stairs. No matter what size your bathroom is going to be, be sure to check out some of the latest trends in bathroom design and remodeling.

4. Replace your Dated Garage Door

If you have old and outdated garage doors, then consider adding a new one if you are taking out your home improvement project. Fortunately, replacing a dated garage door is not a pricey investment at all, and doing so will make your house look much appealing and attractive than it was before. Therefore, if you have decided to get your garage door replaced, then be sure to get your hands on one that is appealing, provides safety, security, and properly insulated so that you can save on bills as well.

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The Advantages Of Choosing Solid Hardwood Flooring | Life of Creed

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Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Easy To Clean And Maintain

One of the key reasons to opt for these kinds of flooring is that it is very easy to maintain and is long-lasting. You can easily clean this flooring by sweeping or vacuuming. Moreover, such floors do not need to be cleaned very often. The floors will not harbor environmental hazards such as dust mites or pet dander. 

Wooden floors are more stain-resistant than tile floors or carpets. Spilling drinks or food will only need to be wiped up. So, it makes it much easier to maintain. 

Durability Matters

Flooring involves a huge sum of money so you would not want to end up having one which is not durable, here hardwood floorings come as a great solution These floorings are known for its ability to survive high traffic and retain its texture. The floor can last for decades if you take proper care of it.

A Classy Look For Your Home

Such floors add a touch of sophistication and warmth to your home. Some homeowners also feel like hardwood flooring makes space look bigger. The warmth factor of your home also depends on your décor but choosing wooden floors is a great way to make a solid impression.

More Lucrative During The Sale Of A House

If you are planning to sell your house or even give it on rent, then the smallest of things matter a lot, flooring is one of them. Having a good hardwood flooring installed at your place spruce-ups its look and thus, you can get good resale value of the property. Homebuyers are willing to pay a higher price for a house with wooden floors compared to one with tile or carpet. Most homebuyers do not prefer someone else’s carpet. They consider a used carpet similar to a petri dish which might aggravate their allergy symptoms. 

Since most home buyers plan on purchasing new carpets, they will pay more for a house with hardwood floors. It may also help sell your house faster since it is a sought-out feature.

A Cleaner Home Environment

Unlike carpets, hardwood flooring does not trap dirt, mites, pollen, dust or pet dander. So, the air quality of your home improves. Wooden floors are the preferred choice of people suffering from allergies. 

Wooden floors are a better alternative to laminate or tiles for indoor air quality. It is so because tiles and laminate have grout lines and embossing even though they may not have fibers like carpets. The grout lines and embossing are the perfect places for dust, pollen, and other allergens to settle. Also, these floorings are easy to clean, so you can keep the dust particles and grime at bay.

Blends With Any Decor

One of the best things about hardwood floorings is that it can easily blend with the interiors of the hose, if you have contemporary interiors or the vintage-styled, these floorings will easily blend with it and will amp up the look of the place. You can change furniture, mirrors, wall art, showpieces or other decors, but the hardwood floor will still go with your home décor. 

Conclusion– Real hardwood flooring comes in various shades, swirls, and grains that add character to your home décor. They last long and keep your cleaning and repair costs to a bare minimum. So, the long-lasting quality and low maintenance make hardwood flooring an affordable option, keeping the long term in mind.

So, think no further, and choose hardwood flooring and hire the best flooring company to get it installed at your place. 

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Hardwood vs. Laminate Wood Flooring

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The flooring of a home is one of its defining features. Wood flooring remains one of the most popular options, as it is a naturally inviting, beautiful and timeless material. While older, more traditional homes often have the original hardwood floors still in place, many newer homes are using laminate. It offers a natural look similar to wood but at a lower price.

When deciding between hardwood vs. laminate flooring, there are several pros and cons to consider. Sure, when comparing laminate vs hardwood cost, laminate is usually the more affordable option. But you also must look at durability, resale value, cleaning, installation and more. This article will compare some of the factors between hardwood vs laminate flooring and help you decide which is best for your home.

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Laminate vs. hardwood cost

The reality of flooring costs and what you can afford may be miles apart. Take into consideration the cost of laminate and hardwood flooring to determine what is best for you.

  • Hardwood: CONS – Hardwood flooring is made of harvested trees; pricing depends on the type of wood you choose. In general, hardwood is considerably higher to buy and to install.
  • Laminate: PROS – Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is then placed over the composite wood, covering it to form the laminate. Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but laminate wood installation cost is, on average, 50 percent less than hardwood installation.

Laminate flooring can cost $3-$7 per square foot, including installation. Solid wood flooring can cost $5-$10 per square foot, including installation. Again, the exact prices will vary depending on the types of materials used and the size of your home.

Laminate vs. hardwood durability

Assess the traffic load and wear and tear on flooring in your home. A more durable surface is easier to maintain and will look great for years to come.

  • Hardwood: CONS – Hardwood is susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in heavily trafficked areas. PROS – Hardwood is the real deal; it is gorgeous and, depending on the type of wood, can add considerable value to your home.
  • Laminate: PROS – Since laminate is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean. CONS – Even though laminate is more durable, it is not as visually appealing. Lower qualities of laminate may have artificial-looking wood grain textures.
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Laminate vs. hardwood repair

Your home’s flooring will typically need repairs at some point. From minor accidents to excessive wear and tear, laminate and hardwood have advantages and disadvantages.

  • Hardwood: PROS – Hardwood can be repaired by sanding imperfections and refinishing. This gives it the edge over laminate, in that it will last for years.
  • Laminate: CONS – Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If you buy flooring that comes in individual pieces and snaps together, you may be able to replace individual boards — although, depending on sunlight and age, the new piece may not match properly.

Best places for hardwood vs. laminate flooring
In addition to price, durability and repair, you should also consider the best (and worst) places in the home for both types of flooring.

  • Hardwood: Hardwood flooring is both beautiful and fairly durable, especially in lower-traffic rooms like bedrooms and dining rooms. But, if you have pets or a lot of foot traffic, your hardwood floors might show the scratches and wear overtime. Basements and bathrooms with a lot of moisture are also not good places for hardwood flooring. On the other hand, continuous sunlight can fade your hardwood flooring overtime as well.
  • Laminate: Because laminate flooring is so durable, it’s less susceptible to wear and tear from pets and foot traffic. While it withstands moisture better than hardwood, it should not be in a regularly wet area of the home. Because of its top coat, laminate flooring typically does not fade from sunlight as quickly and noticeably as hardwood flooring and can be used safely in rooms with large windows.

Your home will benefit from the look of wood flooring; deciding between hardwood vs. laminate flooring is up to you. Review the pros and cons, and be realistic about your lifestyle; if you have pets, young kids or high traffic, that may influence your decision.

If you have a lot of sunlight in your home, hardwood can fade because it is a natural product, while laminate wood flooring has UV protection integrated into the surface. Consider all the factors — and enjoy how the warmth of wood will improve your home’s aesthetic appeal and value.

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Lofts at Cherokee Studios | James Colin Campbell

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751 N Fairfax Ave | Lofts at Cherokee Studios


Lofts at Cherokee Studios
751 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles CA 90046

Are these stairs conjured up from MC Escher?

751 N Fairfax Ave is a mixed-use 12 condos + 1 Retail space development in Hollywood. Built-in 2010 by REthink development who is a firm that specializes in LEED development the project incorporates green design and creative live/work loft space. There are a number of green building techniques utilized in the construction- there is a 30KW Rooftop solar panel (this project has an amazing rooftop deck) and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The architect for this project was Pugh + Scarpa. One thing you will notice right away is the building’s perforated anodized aluminum panels that screen condos from public view.

These panels are adjustable and can be opened and closed. The different configurations of open and closed panels create an ever-evolving facade.  The Architect was inspired for this design by British artist Patrick Hughes, whose mind-bending prospective paintings challenge the viewer’s perception of reality.  

Can you see Patrick Hughes influence?

The building has an art mural that features famous recording artists that recorded at this sites former location- Cherokee Recording Studios. You can See Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and ole Blue Eyes! 

David Bowie infront of Cherokee Lofts in 1975 when it was Cherokee Records

This site is music history holy ground. Former site of MGM Studios and then Cherokee Recording studios. There are 300 Gold and Platinum recordings here from Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Lenny Kravits, Paul McCartney, and a whole lot more. 

Cherokee Lofts are blended into a vibrant urban market. Fairfax district has had a rapidly growing restaurant and shopping scene. The Melrose flea market is every Sunday in the parking lot of Fairfax Highschool. You can do many of your daily tasks on foot. 

Real Estate

Most floorplans are townhouse style,  only #4,#5 are a single story (with 10 Foot ceilings). 

#6 and #8 are big units 3 bedrooms 2000 sqft, #2 is small 1 bedroom 950 sqft, the rest are 2 bedrooms 2 baths ranging from 1,200 to 1,400 sqft. Prices are $1m-$1.1m

 These condos have very high 17-foot ceilings. Informal entry into a combined open kitchen with living room and dining room. There are lots of windows.  Hardwood flooring throughout the living areas. Bathrooms are sleek and modern. Really cool screened in balconies. Kitchens are stocked with Bertazzoni range and Bosch refrigerator & dishwasher. Features in-unit washer and dryer, and 2 tandem parking with an EV charging station. Master bedrooms have a separate tub and shower double vanity and walk-in closet.  tankless water heater. 

Each condo has in unit laundry. A stacked washer and dryer in a closet. 

Each condo gets 2 car tandem parking in an underground level gated parking. Guest Parking?

Home Owners Association

HOA dues Monthly Cost? $500-$800/mo.

HOA dues cover?

Owner Pays?

Special move in instructions?

Can you have BBQ on the balcony?

Property Management company?

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Acclimating Raw Hardwood Flooring Before Installation

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Solid Nail Down Hardwood Flooring Requires Acclimation, Engineered Wood Does Not

Dallas Flooring WarehouseInstallation of solid hardwood flooring with a custom finish in place is truly a contruction project.  Unlinke engineered hardwood floors , raw finish in place nail down hardwood flooring requires what is called “acclimation” of the wood before the installation process begins.

It is important that the moisture content of the hardwood flooring match the moisture content of the subfloor. Ideally it should be a difference of 4% or less between the subfloor and the wood. Acclimation allows the wood to spend time in the install environment for a period of time prior to the installation so that it will be better balanced with the subfloor.

For hardwood flooring humidity in the hom should be regulated between 30% and 50% and the temperature should be kept between 60 and 80 degrees.

“Homeowners can regulate the humity of their home using their HVAC system.  Optionally a humidity control system can be added to your heating and cooling system to keep your indoor humidy at optimul levels.  We commonly install humidity controls in our Texas customers’ homes.”, says Michelle Solis from Superior AC & Heat, Crowley, TX HVAC professionals since 1980.

Solid Hardwood Finished in Place is a Construction Project

While engineered hardwoods can be installed in a single day, this is not possible with solid nail down custom hardwood.  The acclimation process can take weeks and the installation process is time consuming also.  First the floor is prepared, moisture is tested, plastic is installed, the subfloor is installed and then the wood is nailed down onto the subfloor.  It is the sanded and stained.  Finally multiple coats of poly are applied.  Each coat must dry before the next is applied, so this takes days also.  A hand scraped hardwood finish will also add time for the techncians to manually scrape the floors.  Solid hardwood is certainly among the most desired and long lasting flooring materials available and it has so many advantages, but be prepared for the installation process to make it the best experience for your family.

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Before embarking on any large home improvement project, calculate what the payoff is — now and in the future

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The mind of a homebuyer is an elusive thing. Which is why it’s so
difficult to figure out what home renovations might convince them to sign a
contract, and how much those renovations can impact your selling price. Here is
the projected value of five of the most popular choices.

Keep in mind that the real merit of any upgrade should be the
satisfaction it brings to the homeowner.

Kitchen cabinets

When thinking about a renovation that can increase the value of
a home, or the day-to-day pleasure of living there, the first space most people
turn to is the kitchen. A major kitchen renovation requires a substantial commitment
of time and money.

But to bring yourself a little joy, or catch the eye of a
potential buyer, keep it simple and update the cabinets. You can have them custom
designed for tens of thousands of dollars. Or for far less, and almost the same
effect, get them resurfaced with a permanent veneer of wood or laminate;
according to houselogic.com it’s about half the cost of replacing them outright.
(Resurfacing cabinets in a small 10-foot by 12-foot kitchen with wood veneer
should cost under $5,000.)

More cost effective yet, especially if your house is about to go
on the market, is a coat of paint in a universally popular color and an update
of hardware to whatever’s trending.

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Zero-threshold shower

Bathrooms rank just behind kitchens as the most popular and
worthwhile area for home renovations. Yet while a down-to-the-studs bathroom
remodel can be a big ticket item costing substantially more than you’ll get
back from it (somewhere around 55% return on investment is a number commonly
used), tackling something less ambitious, such as replacing the old shower-bathtub
combo with a zero-threshold walk-in shower, makes a lot of sense.

Zerothreshold showers not only give the bathroom a contemporary look
but also eliminate worries about accessibility for older homeowners and
potential buyers. Removing the old tub and shower and getting the new shower
pan to slope into the drain isn’t a do-it-yourself job, so expect to pay up to $5,000
for the work.

The cost is substantially offset by the value you’ll add to the
house and the length of time you’ll be able to comfortably live in it.

Repair or replace windows

Among home improvement projects, replacing windows with modern,
more energy-efficient models is always popular.

You get an updated look, a reduction in your utility bill, and environmental
cred. However, windows can be expensive to replace: Top-end models can cost as
much as $1,500 or more apiece. And since it could take decades to see a return
on investment in terms of energy cost savings, most experts agree that it
usually makes more sense to repair old windows rather than replace them,
especially if their style contributes to a home’s character.

There are good arguments to the contrary, such as if an old
window frame is rotted beyond hope of saving, or your overriding concern is to
be as green as possible. But often, a bit of caulking, a little sanding, and a
coat of paint will allow an old window to look nearly as good and function nearly
as well as if it were new.

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Hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors have been eye-pleasers for centuries and remain
hugely popular.

Its initial cost is high, about three times the cost of
carpeting. So if you’re about to put your house on the market, installing
hardwood floors (or somewhat less expensive engineered wood) to boost the
selling price might not be your best investment.

If the original flooring is a liability and needs to be
upgraded, a better solution is probably carpeting or even laminate flooring, a manufactured
product that can do a good job of mimicking hardwood, but that has nowhere near
its lifespan.

However, if you’re not planning to go anywhere for a while, the
initial cost of hardwood flooring should be less of a concern. Not only because
of the pleasure its natural beauty can bring, but also because it’s easier to
keep clean than carpeting, and if refinished every 7-10 years, can outlast the
life of the house.

A fresh coat of paint

You can add stainless appliances, quartz counter tops and
gold-tone bathroom fixtures, but almost nothing will increase the appeal of any
room in your home more than a fresh coat of paint. Zillow, the online real
estate database company, even says that the shade you choose can make thousands
of dollars of difference in what a house goes for. Popular choices tend to be light,
soft hues such as pale beige and taupe.

According to homeadvisor.com, the cost to paint an average 10-foot
by 12-foot room will be between $380 and $790, not including ceilings, trim or the
paint itself.

And keep in mind that while a competent homeowner can often do
the job themselves, usually about half way through the significant prep work
required, almost everyone decides it’s a task for professionals, after all.

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Replacing Carpet With Hardwood Floor: Which Has a Better Resale Value?

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Thinking about a remodel of your hard surfaces by putting in flooring made from hardwood? You’re not alone. Flooring options abound, with numerous types of hardwood on the market, plus synthetic choices that look like the real deal. And heavy foot traffic can’t hurt flooring made from hardwood the way it can new carpet.

So replacing carpeting with hardwood floors is probably a smart idea. Hardwood flooring is preferred by home buyers and renters across the United States.

But consider carefully whether hardwood floor is the right choice for every room in your home—and what type of wood flooring you might want to install for the best resale value.

Here’s more about flooring made from hardwood and using it instead of wall-to-wall carpet in the home.

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As you weigh investing in hardwood for your floors, you’ll need to evaluate your budget, the preferences and traditions in your community and your own taste.

Some people only want to step on soft carpeting or area rugs in the living room and family room, while others prefer hardwood flooring surfaces. In some warm climates, such as Florida, wood flooring won’t fly. In the Sunshine State, ceramic tile flooring rivals hardwood flooring in popularity.

In more traditional markets, tastes still lean toward oak wood flooring, but some owners of more contemporary homes are choosing to refinish and stain their wood floors in different colors.

Other flooring trends in hardwood include wider planks, the use of reclaimed wood or hand-scraped wood that looks antique, and exotic species of hardwood such as hickory or walnut.

Homeowners on a tight budget may want to skip hardwood and consider laminate flooring, which offers the look of wood floors at a lower price point.

Keep in mind that a flooring choice for people with allergies typically leans toward a hard flooring surface that won’t hold dust. With flooring made from hardwood, there’s often less dirt and fewer allergens than what’s trapped in the fibers of carpet flooring.

You should also think about the care and maintenance of hardwood required for your floor surface, since you’ll need to take care of it for years. Hardwood floors last longer than carpet, can be easier to keep clean, and can be refinished.

In the end, though, the decision about whether to install hardwood floor or carpeting in a bedroom should be based on your personal preference, at least if you intend to stay in the home for a few years.

Hardwood flooring: It’s what buyers want

According to HGTV, the top request of home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood floors. In fact, a study of home buyer preferences by USA Today using data from the National Association of Realtors® found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.

Installing hardwood floors can cost between $9 and $12 per square foot, compared with about $3 to $5 per square foot for carpet—so some homeowners opt to install hardwood floors only in some rooms rather than throughout their home.

However, carpet typically needs to be replaced if it becomes stained or worn out. High-end quality carpet can last about 10 to 15 years, while high-quality hardwood floors are long-lasting, even forever!

The return on investment for installing hardwood floors will vary according to your market and other factors, but hardwood flooring can often help your home sell faster.

Reasons to install carpeting

Don’t count out carpeting so fast! While many buyers and homeowners prefer hardwood floors throughout their home, some people prefer durable carpets with padding in the bedrooms—because they like a softer surface.

When you live in a two or three-story home, carpeting also helps muffle noise. If you would still prefer hardwood floors throughout your home, you could use area rugs in your bedroom (this way, your wood floors can be seen along the edges of the area rug).

This story was rewritten from an earlier version on realtor.com®.

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Eternity Laminate Flooring Review

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Hardwood flooring adds a touch of classic beauty to any home. But what happens if you’re worried about children, pets, or the high costs of purchasing and installing hardwood flooring?

One great alternative that more homeowners are turning to is laminate flooring. It is less expensive than hardwood.

It has also gained a reputation for being durable in the busiest households. One brand that may come up in your search for the perfect flooring for your home is Eternity laminate flooring.

For years, Eternity Floors has marketed its flooring as beautiful, innovative, easy to install, and inexpensive. But does this flooring really stand up to these claims by the manufacturer?

Adding new flooring to your home can be an expensive, time-consuming project. So you want to make sure that you buy the right product the first time.

We’ve done the research to create this guide, which gives you the inside scoop on Eternity laminate flooring. We’ll explore how it compares to other brands in terms of factors such as pricing, ease of installation, and durability. Our goal is to help you make the smartest purchasing decision for your next home improvement project.

Is Eternity Laminate Flooring Durable?

Laminate flooring has become a popular choice with consumers because of its durability. When compared to other brands of flooring, Eternity laminate is durable enough for the busiest households.

Unlike hardwoods, , and other hard flooring types, Eternity laminate is scratch-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about damage occurring from typical use, heavy traffic, kids, or pets. That’s not the only way that Eternity laminate outperforms other flooring, though.

Eternity laminate flooring is resistant to fading, stains, and fire. It is also slip-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. It’s a great choice for allergy sufferers, since it’s hypoallergenic and also resistant to mildew.

Eternity laminate flooring is non-toxic and has received a FloorScore certificate for meeting indoor air quality standards for all of its current laminate flooring collections. This means a cleaner, safer home for you and your family.

One problem that may occur is that laminate flooring may chip if something heavy is dropped – a characteristic not uncommon to all brands of laminate flooring. This is why it’s important to take care when moving heavy objects. If your flooring is chipped, the manufacturer provides instructions for single plank replacement.

All Eternity laminate flooring products come backed with a manufacturer’s warranty. Residential AC3 laminate products are protected for 25 years, while commercial AV4 laminate and quadruple moisture laminate products are backed with a 50-year residential warranty and a 5-year commercial warranty.  These limited warranties protect you from manufacturing defects and ensure that your flooring will not show wear, stain, or fade when properly maintained.

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Is Eternity Laminate Flooring Affordable?

If you’re like most consumers, you don’t have an unlimited amount of money in your bank account to tackle your home improvement project. If you’re installing new flooring in your home or office, you likely have a budget in mind. When compared to other laminate products, is Eternity laminate flooring a good choice for the budget-conscious consumer?

In general, laminate flooring costs between $1 and $5 per square foot. High-quality flooring that is thicker and can be used in commercial or high-traffic areas is priced on the higher end, while lower quality residential flooring is priced on the lower end. Most Eternity laminate flooring products are priced somewhere in the middle.

On average, you should expect to pay around $2 to $4 per square foot for most laminate in Eternity’s flooring collections. Of course, prices vary based on the specific product you choose, as well as factors such as the retailer you purchase from. However, for the quality of the product you receive, Eternity’s laminate collections offer exceptional value.

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Can I Install Eternity Laminate Flooring Myself?

The cost of your materials isn’t all that you have to consider when purchasing laminate flooring. Installation costs can easily add another $2 to $7 per square foot to your total project costs, which is why many homeowners are choosing to take on the job themselves. If you’re considering Eternity laminate flooring, is it easy enough for the average person to install or would you be better off hiring a professional installer?

Fortunately, Eternity Flooring makes it easy for most consumers to install their new laminate flooring. The company provides a laminate flooring installation guide that outlines every step of the process. This includes prepping your subfloor, taking proper measurements, and installing your new flooring.

This step-by-step guide makes it much easier for you to install your laminate, helping you potentially save thousands of dollars in professional installation costs. However, be aware that you do need specific tools and materials to get the job done. It can also be very time-consuming to install laminate depending on the size of your project.

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Where Can I Install Eternity Laminate Flooring?

You can install eternity laminate flooring in any room of your home. This flooring looks great in foyers, hallways, living rooms and dens, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

You can also install eternity laminate flooring in wet areas, including laundry rooms and kitchens. However, excessive exposure to moisture can result in buckling and other damage to your laminate floors.

Eternity Flooring does not recommend installing its laminate flooring in bathrooms. In fact, installing your flooring in a bathroom will void your warranty.

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Is Eternity Laminate Flooring Easy To Care For & Maintain?

Another reason that people turn to laminate flooring over hardwoods is because laminate is so much easier to clean and maintain. With Eternity laminate flooring, you don’t have to devote hours to cleaning your floors or spend your money on expensive cleaners and polishes.

Basic maintenance of your flooring is easy. You can sweep, dust, or use a hard floor vacuum to remove everyday dirt and debris. It is important to never use a vacuum with a beater bar, as this can damage your floors.

You can get a deeper clean by spraying a laminate floor cleaner over small areas, then cleaning it with a terry cloth or microfiber mop. You should never use abrasive cleaners, strong chemical cleaners, or steam mops on your laminate. It is also important to avoid using waxes and oil-based detergents.

If ink, lipstick, oil, or paint spills on your floor, you can remove it using an acetone-based nail polish remover and a damp cloth.

If a spill occurs, blot it up immediately. Allowing liquids to stand on your floors can cause damage that is not covered under the warranty.

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Are There Many Colors & Styles Available?

Eternity Flooring has a wide selection of laminate products in its collections. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern style or you’d rather turn your home into a rustic and chic oasis, Eternity Flooring has the laminate you’re looking for.

Eternity has multiple collections, including the Charleston Collection, Megacore Collection, Brilliance Collection, Nordic Collection, Grand Heritage Collection, and Barnwood Collection. In total, Eternity Flooring has over 30 collections to choose from.

Eternity laminate flooring is available in many different shades, from bright white to dark ebony. There are plenty of options to perfectly complement any home or office.

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Final Verdict

Eternity laminate flooring is a great choice for the budget-conscious consumer that wants the look of hardwoods without the hassles of the expense. Eternity Flooring produces high-quality flooring and offers one of the best warranties in the business at a very affordable price.

Another standout feature of Eternity laminate flooring is the large selection. You can easily find the color and style of flooring that looks best for your space in one of the manufacturer’s collections.

Not only is this flooring affordably priced, but you can also save even more money by installing it yourself. Eternity’s detailed flooring guide offers step-by-step instructions that make it easy for even the most inexperienced homeowner to install their own floors.

Despite its low price, Eternity laminate flooring perfectly mimics the look of hardwoods. With this product, you can easily upgrade the interior of your home or business at a fraction of the price of solid hardwoods.

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Discount Hardwood Flooring | Unfinished Wood Flooring | Tigerwood

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Hardwood flooring adds beauty and warmth to any space. When purchasing hardwood flooring, you are making an investment in your home, which you want to protect. Get the most out of your hardwood flooring by maintaining it. For tips on how to properly clean your hardwood floors, just keep reading.

When cleaning hardwood flooring, start by vacuuming or dry mopping the surface to get rid of any surface dirt or dust. Then, use a damp mop to clean the floor. Mop along the grain of the wood with a water-based cleaning solution to safely clean the floors without chemicals. After you’ve washed the floor, don’t forget to dry them with a soft cloth.

There are several things you want to avoid when cleaning your hardwood floors. For one, you don’t want to use any oils, waxes, or furniture polishes. These solutions can leave behind a residue that is slippery and streaky. They can also damage your floors if they are too strong. You also don’t want to use ammonia or alkaline products either, as these are too abrasive for hardwood flooring. Finally, don’t use too much water. Excess water can seep between the cracks of hardwood flooring and cause permanent damage or mold.

With a little bit of water, cleaning solution, and elbow grease, you can maintain the high quality of your hardwood flooring for years to come. Following these tips can protect your floors, while also keeping them clean.

If you’re considering hardwood flooring for your home, you can find an outstanding selection of choices at flooring.org. Shop for hardwood flooring for your kitchen, living room, bedroom, and so on by visiting our website today! If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 800-689-9006 or email us at sales@flooring.org.

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Bellawood Hardwood Flooring Review

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What do you do when your house just doesn’t feel like a home? Look below to see the answer – no, seriously, look below at the flooring under your feet.

Whether your flooring is old and dated or just doesn’t match your style, replacing it with high-quality is the perfect way to add beauty and value, turning your house into the home you deserve.

The key to transforming your home is selecting the right flooring product. If you’ve ever visited a Lumber Liquidators retail store or the company website, you’ve probably seen the brand Bellawood. Is this flooring the right choice for you, or are you better off scouring home improvement and flooring stores for other brands?

In this guide, we’re going to explore the benefits and drawbacks of Bellawood hardwood flooring. We’ll help you determine if this flooring will work for your lifestyle or if it’s better left on the store shelves. Read on to learn more about Bellawood hardwood flooring.

Is Bellawood Hardwood Flooring Durable?

One of the most common complaints about hardwood flooring is how easy it is to damage it. Someone knocks on the door, your dog takes off, and suddenly, your floor is covered in scratches. Or your child dropped a glass of water, and your new floor is ruined.

We’ve all heard the horror stories, but how does Bellawood stack up when compared to traditional hardwood flooring that’s not waterproof and is easy to scratch or dent?

What makes Bellawood stand out above other flooring brands is the manufacturer’s claim that it is twice as scratch-resistant than other top brands. According to the manufacturer, it also is four times more resistance to wear than other hardwood flooring.

Of course, it’s not uncommon for manufacturers to make these promises. However, Bellawood flooring is so durable, it has a 100-year warranty. And if you sell your home, the warranty is transferable to the new owner.

However, it’s important to note that Bellawood hardwood flooring isn’t completely immune to damage. You will need to take some care to reduce the risk of damage and ensure your floors look their best for years to come.

Some owners of the flooring have complained about scratches and dents from furniture legs, children dropping toys, and pets. However, other consumers that have used this flooring brand report being happy with the durability when they take proper precautions.

To protect your floors from damage, avoid sliding furniture or appliances. Keep pet nails short and use leg protectors on your furniture to prevent scratches.

While Bellawood makes big claims about the durability of its products, it would appear through consumer reviews that you need to take the same precautions or scratches, dents, dings, and other damage will occur. While Bellawood flooring doesn’t appear to be less durable than comparable products on the market, it appears that some of its durability claims fall flat.

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Does This Flooring Fit My Budget?

One of the most common factors a homeowner considers before purchasing new flooring is the price. Most of us don’t have million-dollar bank accounts, and for a home renovation project, the majority of consumers have a flooring budget in place. When compared to similar hardwood brands, is Bellawood competitively priced?

Before breaking down the pricing of Bellawood, let’s take a look at the average price of hardwood flooring. Now, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to get an exact price due to different factors, i.e. the brand selected, the type of wood, the retailer you purchase from, and the pricing in your local area. However, we can look at a range of prices to get a general idea of the costs of hardwood flooring.

The most affordable hardwood flooring generally costs around $3 per square foot. Higher quality flooring such as exotic woods may cost as much as $14 per square foot. For mid-grade woods, expect to pay around $5 to $10 per square foot.

On average, most Bellawood hardwood flooring costs around $4 to $6 per square foot. There are some species that cost around $12 per square foot, but for the most part, expect to pay around $5 per square foot. This pricing makes it one of the more affordable brands on the market.

However, don’t forget that there are other expenses with your hardwood flooring. You’ll have to purchase trim, underlayment, tools, and other supplies if you’re installing the flooring yourself. If a contractor is installing it, expect to pay an additional $3 to $8 per square foot for professional installation.

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Can I Install It Myself?

As mentioned in the previous section, professional installation of hardwood flooring runs around $3 to $8 per square foot based on where you’re located, the contractor you select, and the complexity and size of the job. If you want to save money and prefer to take on a DIY project, is Bellawood hardwood flooring easy to install?

Like other brands of hardwood flooring, it takes skill and the right tools and supplies to install Bellawood hardwoods. The good news is, though, the manufacturer provides detailed instructions on how to get the job done through its website.

There are three ways to install Bellawood hardwood flooring. You can glue it down, nail it down, or install it as a floating floor with no nails or adhesives required.

In its instructions, Bellawood also provides a list of tools and supplies required to do the job, including a drill, hammer, compressor, miter saw, and table saw.

While it’s certainly possible to install this flooring yourself, particularly with the detailed instructions, it is important to note that if you don’t already have the tools required, the job could be quite expensive. You’ll also need to follow instructions closely and take your time if you’ve never installed a floor before.

While Bellawood flooring is no more difficult to install than any other hardwood brand, if you don’t have the experience and right tools for the job, you may want to hire a professional in order to ensure the job is completely correctly and in a timely manner.

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Are There Lots Of Styles To Choose From?

When choosing your new flooring, it’s likely that you’re taking into consideration how it will look in your home. Will it match your paint, furnishings, and décor? Will it have a style that’s right for you?

The great news about Bellawood is that there are lots of colors, styles, and wood species available.  Go light with White Oak, achieve a rustic look with Distressed Sorrel Ash, or stick with a classic like Brazilian Cherry. Light to dark, sleek and modern to chic and rustic … Bellawood has it all.

In all, Bellawood has 140 stains and styles. Whatever color and style you need, you can find a Bellawood flooring product that fits your needs.

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Is It Easy To Clean & Maintain?

Not many of us want to spend hours on our hands and knees scrubbing our floors. However, with any flooring type, you have to spend some time each day keeping them clean so that they look their best. With Bellawood flooring, how difficult is it to keep hardwood floors clean?

Bellawood is no more difficult to clean than any other hardwood flooring. You can do daily cleaning with a broom, dust mop, or vacuum cleaner for bare floor use. If you do use a vacuum cleaner, make sure you use the right type, or you could risk scratching and damaging your floors.

Bellawood makes it easy to clean your floor by creating its own floor cleaner. You don’t have to worry about picking the wrong product that ruins your floors. Instead, you can simply use this all-natural cleaner to keep your hardwoods looking their best.

You can use Bellawood All Natural Floor Cleaner to clean your hardwood floors, as well as , ceramic, and vinyl plank. This cleaner has natural ingredients and is excellent at removing dirt, grease, and oil. You don’t have to worry about harsh odors, and it’s safe to use around children and pets.

Even better is the cost. For a gallon of the cleaner solution, expect to pay less than $10. This cost is far less expensive than many other hardwood flooring cleaners on the market. Best of all, consumers give this cleaner a high rating, stating that it leaves their floors without streaks or residue.

One thing to note is that you should never get your Bellawood floors too wet. Using water or even too much cleaner without wiping it up immediately can result in staining, buckling, and other damage. Never oversaturate your floor with cleaner, avoid spills, and wipe up any liquids as quickly as possible with a microfiber cloth to prevent damage.

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Final Verdict

Bellawood flooring has some positive features that makes it stand out above other brands of hardwood flooring. Its wide selection of finishes and styles and its competitive pricing in particular make it a flooring brand worth considering.

However, the manufacturer makes big claims about this flooring that just don’t hold true for many consumers. These consumers say that despite the promises of more durable flooring, Bellawood flooring still has many of the same issues as other brands, such as scratching easily.

If you live in a busy household with lots of traffic, children, or pets, precautions will need to be taken to prevent excessive wear and tear on your flooring. If you don’t want to take the risk, consider purchasing a harder, more durable wood flooring product that is more resilient to wear and tear.

Do you have Bellawood hardwood flooring installed in your home? Do you have another brand that you recommend over Bellawood? Let us know in the comments.

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If You Have Pets, Hardwood Flooring is Still a Great Option!

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If you have pets, you may think that hardwood flooring is not an option for your home. Pets and hardwood flooring don’t always mix, but this isn’t always the case. Some hardwood flooring choices are ideal for pet owners. To learn about hardwood flooring and pets, continue on with this blog post.

First, know your woods. Learn which woods are appropriate for pets and which are not. Soft woods are not compatible with pets because they are more prone to scratches and dents. Solid hardwood flooring is more durable and can stand up against the wear and tear provided by pets.

Once you’ve found the perfect solid hardwood for your home, you can now learn how to minimize damage. One way to minimize scratching is to cut your pet’s toenails. If you can hear your pet’s toenails touching the floor as they walk, it’s time for a trim. Your pet’s toenails should be short enough to where they don’t drag on the floor.

Another way to minimize damage is by laying down rugs and runners. A rug can help your home feel cozier, and it can also protect your flooring from scratches, dents, spills, and dirt. If you have a cat, consider putting a rug down by their litter box. Litter can scratch hardwood flooring, but a rug can prevent or reduce damage.

Accidents happen, so if you have a puppy or aging animal who has an accident on your flooring, minimize damage by tending to the accident as soon as possible. Clean their accident by blotting with a paper towel and then dropping a small amount of vinegar on the stain for several minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the stain, then wipe dry with paper towels. Ammonia can track your pet back to that area and they may repeat their accident.

Now that you know how to properly pick and care for hardwood flooring as a pet owner, you can shop for hardwood flooring at flooring.org! Visit our website to browse our inventory or give us a call at 800-689-9006.

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Breathtaking views from this Regis Pisone crafted, 4 bed, two-story, boasting a fulling landscaped private yard backing on green space in Glenn-Aire Phase II. This home was built for the entertainer. An impressive two-story family room with a gas log burning fireplace is adjacent to the to the exquisetely appointed kitchen, with leather finish granite counters and stainless appliances. The generous eating area opens to the large oversized screened porch & very spacious deck. Both overlook the back yard with in-ground saltwater pool & Laurel Highlands view. On summer evenings, fireworks from many areas can be seen from the back yard. Every detail was designed with convenience in mind – with a 1st-floor laundry, 1st-floor den and a first master suite featuring a luxurious bath & 2 walk-in closets. The walk-out lower level features a 2nd kitchen, massive game room with fireplace, a hobby or exercise room & a full bath. Hardwood flooring and molding accent each of the rooms.

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