What is a Mil Wear Layer?
What is a flooring mil wear layer?
If you have any flooring questions, we are your local Colorado Springs flooring resource.
If you have any flooring questions, we are your local Colorado Springs flooring resource.
Why do people choose laminate flooring?
Knowing the different options in flooring helps you make the best decision for your home.
Laminate flooring feels similar to hardwood under your feet.
Laminate flooring is harder to scratch than luxury vinyl plank floors.
Many laminate floors are water resistant. (There is a difference between water resistant flooring and waterproof flooring. You can evaluate how you will use your flooring to make the best decision for your home. If you are looking for a waterproof flooring, one option to consider is a waterproof luxury vinyl plank.)
COLOR & STYLE
Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of styles and colors to coordinate with your decor. In our Colorado Springs showroom, we carry hundreds of the latest styles as well as a range of traditional styles.
Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring. The cost is similar to luxury vinyl plank flooring.
EASY TO CLEAN
Cleaning is simple, sweep and dry mop. NEVER wet or steam mop a laminate floor. Each floor manufacturer will provide a detailed list of cleaning and maintenance information.
Clean as above and do not drop heavy objects on flooring.
Use furniture pads when moving furniture.
EASY TO INSTALL
No gluing or nailing. The planks are cut lengthwise with a saw and fit together snuggly. Lifestyle Floors offers full installation if you do not want to tackle the installation yourself.
Level Floors – a level floor will help your floors hold up and look great. We offer floor leveling when needed.
Space Under Baseboards – a laminate floor is a floating floor and having a little space under the baseboards for movement will help your floors look great over time. Baseboards should be removed before installation when possible and re-installed after completion.
If you have any flooring questions, we are your trusted Colorado Springs resource.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between laminate and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) floors.
While the products look virtually identical, there are many key differences.
Both types of flooring are made in a wide variety of colors, designs and quality. Knowing the differences can help you select the best flooring for your home and avoid regrets.
The biggest difference between laminate & LVP is in the construction. LVP is a vinyl product. The vast majority of LVP (including the LVP we carry at Lifestyle Floors) is waterproof. It can be installed in the entire home including bathrooms and kitchens.
Laminate flooring is a wood-based product. Some laminate floors are “water resistant.” At Lifestyle Floors we care about the longevity and practicality of the flooring we sell and we only carry “water resistant” laminate floors. Since standing water can damage “water resistant” floors over time we encourage our clients to consider how much water the floor will be exposed to before selecting.
Laminate floors are typically thicker and have a more rigid feel. If you are looking for a floor that is softer to walk on an LVP is a good option.
All flooring can be dented and scratched, even cement. Typically, a laminate floor is harder and more impact resistant than a LVP.
Most people want to prevent scratch marks on their floors. One option that can reduce scratch marks is to select a floor with a thicker wear layer.
We use the term “scratch resistant,” not “scratch-proof” because we want to help our customers understand how to select a quality floor for their lifestyle and protect their floors.
If a floor gets direct sunlight from a window, especially a southern facing window, the floor may increase in temperature. Vinyl floors are particularly susceptible to expansion under direct sunlight or heat. The floor can potentially deform. A laminate floor is more stable but can still respond to temperature and humidity changes.
It is recommended to use blinds or window coverings to protect both vinyl and laminate floors.
Let’s be honest, we all want an indestructible floor. However, the best protection is basic cleaning and maintenance to help your floors look beautiful long-term.
We recommend similar care for both laminate and LVP floors.
Use furniture pads when moving furniture and refrain from dropping heavy objects on the floors.
Sweep and dry mop with a neutral PH hardwood cleaner.
Steam mopping can damage a laminate floor and we recommend refraining from steam mopping LVP floors as well.
Both laminate and LVP floors are good options for homes in Colorado.
We welcome you to visit our showroom or call 719-203-4094 to talk with a design specialist and discuss all your flooring projects in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Matt started installing floors when he was 14 with his father. He helped his father and quickly learned how to install all types of flooring. As an adult, Matt opened his open company Rial Exquisite Floors where he served the Colorado Springs area and started a family.
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When it’s time for a kitchen remodel, selecting a kitchen countertop style is a big decision. The right kitchen counter shade can add tremendous visual appeal to your entire kitchen: highlighting major appliances, enhancing cabinet color, and tying appliances into the aesthetic.
Most customers often wonder: should I get white granite countertops or black granite countertops?
No matter your vision, your kitchen, and your budget, the professionals at Lifestyle Floors are here to help you make the decision that works best for your needs.
Here are our pro tips on how to choose one over the other.
Visually white spaces appear more expansive: the optics of whites give a fuller frame of reference to objects placed on or around them.
If you are seeking to make a space seem larger, installation of white granite countertops can visually maximize sightlines, specifically in the periphery and above the space. Most people want to make their home appear more spacious, so white granite countertops are usually the most installed and are found in virtually all kitchen and home styles.
In addition to making spaces feel larger, white granite countertops can help brighten a space. If you sense there’s not enough natural light, installing white granite will refract more light in the space, making it feel more bright or open than a space with black granite countertops.
When it comes to choosing between white or black granite countertops, most people forget to think about fixtures and handles.
White granite countertops have accentuated countless varieties of fixtures and handles in kitchens. Owners who love the polished brass or gold plated finish look find that white granite brings added visual presentation to the fixtures and helps frame key appliances or kitchen features.
White granite countertops have long been preferred by those owners who want to keep their kitchen and meal prepping spaces spotlessly clean.
Dirt and dust stick out like a sore thumb on white granite countertops. As a homeowner, this helps you identify any areas you missed and catch it before company comes over. Also, cleaning and polishing white granite countertops reveals a luster and shine that surpasses other types of countertops.
Black granite countertops have long been associated with modern luxury. The combination of dark granite with polished fixtures and handles adds an element of class to the home kitchen.
Black countertops are often paired with white cabinetry or meshed with a modern industrial styling that can add significant long term value to the home.
Appliances have changed greatly in their styling over the last 20 years. As plastic refrigerators have given way to stainless steel and chrome finishes, other appliances have changed their makeup as well.
New home appliances come routinely in steel finishes, dark plastic, and matte slate finishes. These trends toward darker colors mesh well with dark granite countertops and provide a seamless look to your kitchen profile.
Constant use of the counterspace will result in dust, dirt, and food debris buildup. What could present as a continued nuisance on a white granite countertop is now minimized on a dark surface.
While cleaning routines are still regular, the appearance of cleanliness on a dark granite countertop will last far longer and keep you from feeling the constant need to clean the visual blemishes more pronounced on white granite countertops. When friends come to call, you can breathe easy instead of worrying about every possible spill or scratch.
In general, you will typically find that black or dark granite slabs are less expensive than white granite slabs. Pricing normally depends on the granite slab thickness, its composition, and color choices. On average, the black and gray styles run cheaper because of their ubiquity.
Coming mostly from mines in Asia and the Nordic regions, black granite can be mined and cut to custom whereas the white granites are becoming more scarce after decades of use.
If you are set on a particular stone, the team at Lifestyle Flooring will work with your vision to help achieve your dream kitchen.
Or, if you aren’t sure which option would be best for your kitchen, come by the showroom and let the professionals at Lifestyle Floors walk you though some of the options. We can evaluate your existing kitchen setup along with your budget then recommend whether white or black granite countertops would be best for your space.
Get in touch by giving us a call or stopping by our showroom in Colorado Springs.
You know your floor is in desperate need of an upgrade. You recently repainted your wall and switched out the kitchen cabinets, and suddenly your floor sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s finally time to give your floor some much needed TLC.
When done right, quality flooring adds to the value and visual appeal of your home. Unfortunately, shoddy installations could make even the nicest of floor patterns look unseemly.
Choosing the right flooring company for your project can seem daunting at times, but it’s well worth it in the end. But simply searching “flooring company near me” on the internet yields hundreds of results. How do you know which to choose?
If you’ve been trying to find a Colorado Springs flooring company near you, one company stands apart from all the rest: Lifestyle Floors.
Here are four reasons why Lifestyle Floors is your best choice for flooring installation.
Lifestyle Floors’s services are well known throughout the region because of their commitment to delivering quality products and services. Their trusted installation professionals have a documented record of quality installation and bring that reputation to each of their projects.
Our customers have much to say about our quality and service.
“The install team were respectful and accommodating of puppies and babies and luckily, a small project, they were in and out quickly, kept everything clean and the final result is exactly what I was hoping for.”- Katie G
At Lifestyle Floors, we house multiple brands of flooring options so you can find the flooring that perfectly matches your needs. Whether you’re looking for flooring that’s durable hardwood or eco-friendly, there’s something for everyone.
We provide hardwood flooring, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl, carpet, and area rugs in Colorado Springs. If you’re in the area and have been searching for a flooring company near you, look no further.
The staff at Lifestyle Flooring is insured, licensed, and experienced. When it comes to in-home projects, the quicker and more professional your crew, the sooner you can get back to living your life without interruption.
Hear from one of our clients about her experience with our fast and reliable service:
“The whole process of picking, getting measurements, and installation was beyond smooth! It even took a day less to install than originally planned! The installers were prompt, professional, pleasant, and clean and my floors are absolutely beautiful!” -Cristy W
Whether you are getting an installation or refinishing your floors, Lifestyle Floors team will take the time to make sure your needs are heard and understood. Once you experience our customer-centered service, you won’t need to look for any other flooring company near you.
Going above and beyond has long been a key characteristic of the service provided by Lifestyle Flooring. That’s why we provide our customers with a 2 year installation guarantee.
The trusted team at Lifestyle Floors is confident that their installation will be a seamless process. But just in case there are unexpected hiccups, the team will make it right at our expense per our material specific checklist within the first 2 years of install.
“When they were installing the wood steps, they made some cuts on an area rug I had in a different room. This left a bunch of cuts in that area rug. If that was the end of the story, I would have given them 1 star. But I emailed them and was immediately refunded the full price of the rug.”- Patrick G
Following up with customers and exceeding expectations is what Lifestyle Floors is our mission. We strive to be the best flooring company near you.
Picking the right flooring can sometimes be a process of trial and error. For couples, agreeing on a floor plan may be a difficult task.
The team at Lifestyle Floors is here throughout your whole renovation experience. To show they are committed, Lifestyle Floors offers a 30 day confidence guarantee on their installations.
Lifestyle Floors “Confidence Warranty” guarantees if after the installation and within 30 days you are unhappy with your choice, we will replace your product at no cost to you. We ask that you live on the floor for 30 days and if you are still unhappy, we will replace that product. We ask that you pay to have it removed and reinstalled, but we will take care of the product itself.
“Their communication, dedication, and knowledge was extremely impressive and they made sure we were taken care of from the beginning. We have never had anyone be as considerate and respectful in our home as everyone was. We cannot wait to do our next project with Lifestyle and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to upgrade their existing floors. Thank you for (sic) making our house feel even more like our home!”-Jennifer A
This kind of commitment to customer satisfaction has built a number of loyal customers all over Colorado. If you’re a local and have been searching for a flooring company near you, we want you to have the best and smoothest experience working with us.
To take advantage of all the great products and services that Lifestyle Floors has to offer, get connected with us today.
The dedicated staff will walk you through the process, listening to your needs and wants and customizing a plan for your home. We want you to enjoy your new flooring for decades, and that’s part of what makes us the best flooring company near you.
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
The wow without the worry.
Incredible detail. Stunning style. High performance. You’ll get the wow without the worry when you choose any ADURA® vinyl plank floor. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options, any ADURA® vinyl plank will deliver award-winning fashion to your home.
Why Choose Mannington ADURA® Vinyl Plank?
• ADURA® floors are waterproof, scratch-and indentation-resistant and easy to maintain
• ADURA® is perfect for any room where style and performance matters in a new home. Special attention has been paid to style details like realistic wood grains and surface textures, long and wide planks, variable width planks, and ceramic tile looks
• Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options
• All Mannington floors are FloorScore® certified which means they are independently tested and meet stringent indoor air quality standards. This certification also qualifies all of our floors for low VOCs
ADURA®MaxAPEX are high-style, statement-making floors for any room, especially those that set the style tone for your home (foyers, living areas, dining spaces).
ADURA®Max dampens sound by 30%, for more peace and quiet in homes with multiple stories, plus those with media rooms, music rooms and kids play spaces.
ADURA®Rigid is strong and durable with superior indentation resistance, ideal for home gyms, kids rooms and kitchens.
ADURA®Flex is a stable and reliable glue-down floor that can be installed in long runs without transition strips, ideal for homes with open floor plans.
“When we researched the different products that we could use for flooring we found that this Mannington product stood up better than any other on the market. Not only for the high traffic but also for spill, etc… It is so easy to maintain and also looks beautiful in every room of our home. The different styles and color options were incredible! Jennifer T.”