The Best Flooring for Colorado

ASK THE EXPERT | Brittani Bailey, Director of Operations

Here in Colorado, there are a lot of options when it comes to flooring, and I want to discuss a little bit about the pros and cons to the different flooring options that are available to you and what I see in Colorado.

One of my top picks for flooring in Colorado is Hardwood flooring.

The reason why I chose hardwood floors is because it is a 100-year floor. So, you could put down a hardwood floor and it could last you a lifetime or two. The pros to hardwood, especially here in the Colorado dry climate, would be the versatility in the species. You can also get different widths, which add character and visual interest to a space. On the con side, you also have the lack of humidity here and that does mean the floor will react.

You need to understand if you are going to have a hardwood floor, that there will be some gaps in your floors, and it is a little bit more prone to scratches with the pebbles and rocks that we have in our landscaping out here. I like hardwood floors because if you understand that those are characteristics of the floor, it builds character. Over the years, this may be a great floor for you. It’s something that you can put down one time and you could possibly refinish depending on the type of floor you choose in hardwood. We carry both hardwood and engineered hardwood floors.

One other flooring that is available would be a luxury vinyl plank. Luxury vinyl plank is one of the most commonly used products here in Colorado Springs.

Luxury vinyl plank floors are great because they are waterproof. The floors we carry also have a pad attached. But I do know that there are a lot of people who believe that they are a scratch proof floor. That’s not 100% true about luxury vinyl plank. Luxury vinyl plank is built to have multiple layers of protection on the floor. So, the wear layer of the floor will scratch. You will have some scratches or indentation in the wear layer. But the image will not scratch because they have put so many protective layers on top. (We do recommend following the manufacturers care instructions)

A luxury vinyl plank floor is a cost effective flooring. It’s something that you could put in a rental property or something that’s long term as well.

Tile is another great option of flooring. I do find that not as many people use tile here in Colorado as it is cold underfoot. It can be pricey to add heating systems underneath a tile, but it is possible.

Typically anyone who is using tile throughout the main living spaces outside of the bathroom and kitchens, either has really large dogs or they are trying to prevent scratches.

Did you know tile is the only floor that does not truly scratch? Tile gets micro abrasions on the top, but it’s not a deep scratch that prevents you from having a beautiful floor. You would have to really get down on your hands and knees, kind of look at it in direct light to see those micro abrasions in the tile.

The other option when it comes to floors here in Colorado would be carpet. Carpet is going to be your most cost-effective flooring throughout all the flooring options that we have at Lifestyle Floors.

Carpet comes in a wide range of colors, variations and textures.

You could use different types of pads to get a different feel. It’s truly up to you what you would like to see in a carpet. It’s a great option. We keep carpet in stock here in our showroom because we find the value in carpet.

If you want to find out more about any of the floors that we have discussed today, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at 5980 Stetson Hills Boulevard, suite number 110, you can ask for myself or Kevin and we will be happy to assist you with what floors work best for your home.

Our goal is to help you find the BEST FLOORS FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE!

Spring Trends in Home and Flooring

10 Spring Trends for Your Home and Flooring

Get inspired with these spring trends. 

1. Outdoor Tile – many tiles can be used in both your interior and exterior spaces. Create a cohesive look in your home by adding tile to your outdoor spaces. You can use the same tile that is in your interior space or a coordinating tile to enhance your outdoor living. Simply check to make sure the tile is manufactured for exterior spaces. 

2. Pair Painted Tile – painted tiles add character to your home. We can help you coordinate a room that looks great with vibrant painted tiles. 

3. Engineered Hardwood Floors – engineered flooring is a fantastic alternative to traditional solid wood flooring. It is designed to self stabilize when the grain layout is alternated. This will reduce swelling and gapping. 

4. White Oak – White Oak flooring and European White Oak are popular due to their clean look. They are not completely free of knots, but typically offer a minimal look and feel. 

5. Spa Inspiration – the spa look is becoming popular. You can use muted colors and textures that are calming and minimal. Carpet is an easy way to change the look of your flooring at lower costs. Use texture or simple geometric patters to create a spa look and feel. 

6. Room Visualizers – take a picture of your room and use our website room visualize to virtually change the flooring so that you can view several options and love the final look. Visit mylifestylefloors.com and find the visualizer on the bottom left. 

7. Wide Plank Flooring – get less lines and a simple clean floor by using wider planks. Wide planks are available in laminate, luxury vinyl plank and wood flooring. You can also mix wide planks with smaller planks. 

8. Statement Rugs – add texture or bold patterns by adding statement rugs. You can customize your rugs with 4 unique edge options in custom colors. Rugs help define the area. 

9. Moroccan Tile – add bold tile to small spaces. 

10. Layering Rugs – this is a simple way to add either color or texture to your space. 

Our design team is available to talk through your home and flooring options so that you love your final look. 

Visit our showroom near Powers and Stetson Hills in Colorado Springs to browse our large selection of flooring and tile. 

In case you missed it. View our FACEBOOK LIVE – “10 Spring Trends for Your Home & Flooring” at the link below. 

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What is a Mil Wear Layer?

What is a flooring mil wear layer?

A mil wear layer is 1/1000th of an inch. It is similar in thickness to a standard household trash bag.
It is used to measure the thickness of the protective surface on a luxury vinyl plank or LVP floor.
For comparison, a credit card has an estimated wear layer of 30 mil.
At Lifestyle Floors our minimum standard is 12 mil.
For reference a commercial grade floor typically starts at 20 mil plus.
We often select floors based on color and style but understanding wear layer will help you make the best flooring decision for your home.


If you have any flooring questions, we are your local Colorado Springs flooring resource.

DIY FLooring Colorado Springs

The Best Flooring for DIY Projects

Many homeowners tackle home improvement projects to save money or because they enjoy remodeling.
  1. LUXURY VINYL PLANK (LVP) Vinyl plank flooring is a popular choice for homeowners that enjoy renovation projects because LVP can be cut without using a saw. All that is necessary is a sharp utility knife. This makes LVP a top choice for DIY projects.
  2. LAMINATE Laminate flooring is another great option. Laminate flooring is a harder product and must be cut with a saw during installation.
LVP and laminate are both good options for homeowners because they are floating floors. They do not require nails or glue. There is other information that will help your project look great and hold up over time.
  1. Floor prep – you must install a floor on a level surface in good condition.
  2. Baseboards – removing the baseboards will allow the flooring to have a finished look and since LVP and laminate are floating floors they need some extra room under the baseboards to move.
  3. Underlayment – some laminate flooring is manufactured with underlayment attached to the back of the board. Check the install instructions and purchase underlayment if necessary.
  4. Transitions – planning out your transitions will help ensure you have the correct materials to finish the job and stay on budget.
There are many other things to consider when selecting and installing your own flooring. The knowledgeable staff at Lifestyle Floors is always available to answer your questions and help you with your flooring needs.  
Laminate Flooring Benefits

7 Benefits of Laminate Floors

7 Benefits of Laminate Flooring

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.)


    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.

  4. COST

    Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring. The cost is similar to luxury vinyl plank flooring.


    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.


    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.


  1. Level Floors – a level floor will help your floors hold up and look great. We offer floor leveling when needed.

  2. 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.

laminate and vinyl plank floors

What is the Difference Between Laminate and Vinyl Plank Floors?

What is the difference between Laminate and Vinyl Plank Floors?

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.

Hardness & Thickness

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.

Impact Resistance

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.

Cleaning & Maintenance

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.

  1. Use furniture pads when moving furniture and refrain from dropping heavy objects on the floors.

  2. Sweep and dry mop with a neutral PH hardwood cleaner.

  3. 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.

Family Owned Flooring Store Colorado Springs

Family Owned and Operated Flooring Store in Colorado Springs

Family Owned Flooring Store Colorado Springs
Matt & Jenny and boys

Flooring Runs in the Family

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.

Kitchen with granite countertops.

White Granite Countertops vs Black Granite Countertops: How to Pick a Style

Kitchen with granite countertops.

White Granite Countertops vs Black Granite Countertops: How to Pick a Style

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.


Four Benefits of White Granite Countertops


1. Opens up the kitchen and makes objects seem larger.

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. 


2. Helps brighten a space.

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. 


3. Works best with brass and nickel fixture handles.

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.


4. Shows your spills to help you clean more effectively.

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.


Four Benefits of Black Granite Countertops


1. Best for a classic, transitional, or modern kitchen.

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.  


2. Compliments a bulk of new appliances.

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. 


3. Shows less dirt and grime.

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.


4. Often more affordable than white granite.

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.


Should You Choose White Granite Countertops or Black Granite Countertops?

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.



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Worker installing hardwood floor.

Find a Flooring Company Near Me

Worker installing hardwood floor.

Find a Flooring Company Near Me

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. 


1. Commitment to Quality

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.


2. Fast and Reliable Service

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.


3. 2 Year Installation Guarantee

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.


4. The Confidence Guarantee

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.


The Best Flooring Company Near You

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.

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