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Best Wood Types for Flooring

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: hardwood floors are one of the best types of flooring. They are elegant, durable, easy to clean and go with every style of decor, from vintage to modern. In a word, they are timeless.

But how do you know what type of wood flooring to go with? There are a huge number of options on the market, and buying all new hardwood floors is a large investment. There are several options to consider, such as your style, budget, and future plans for the house. Here are some of the best wood types for flooring, divided into domestic and exotic species.

Domestic

Oak

Oak has been one of the most popular flooring choices for centuries because of its durability, stability, and moderate graining and color variations. White Oak has golden brown and gray undertones, while Red Oak has pinkish undertones. Because it’s so hard, Oak takes color stains very easily. 

Walnut

Also referred to as Black Walnut or American Walnut, this species is a beautiful, rich, brown color close to chocolate. It features a fine, straight grain and often has lovely grain variations and knots in it. It is a bit softer of a wood, so there might be better options for high traffic areas.

Maple

Maple is pale and creamy, and often has slight shade variances in each board. It is known to be very hard, but if it’s not conditioned, it may take a stain unevenly.  But no worries, you can always buy pre-stained maple.

Hickory

Hickory flooring is hugely popular because it is exceptionally hard, and has a unique look. This species hosts a very unusual type of graining and varies vastly in shades.

Exotic

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring is quickly becoming very popular. It is considered environmentally friendly, and has a beautiful light to medium tone. However the quality can vary greatly. Be sure to do some research and find a reliable bamboo flooring brand.

Mahogany

Santos mahogany is a very popular exotic choice. It features a wide color variation with hints of orange and red. Exposure to light makes the colors even richer, and the wavy grain patterns make this a truly unique species.

Any one of these options is a great choice. And of course there are even more species of hardwood flooring that will make your house the perfect home. If you have any questions about hardwood flooring, give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066 or stop into one of our 3 locations in the Greater Tampa Bay Area to talk with one of our friendly experts.

Best Flooring for Kids’ Bedrooms

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Kids grow up so fast, and with every new year comes a new passion, obsession, and need for redecorating. Designing your child’s room is always a compromise. You want it to be comfortable, inspiring, and cute, but you also want to make try to pick something that will last for a long time. Luckily, even if you have to repaint the walls, buy new decor, and replace the bedding, if you make a good flooring choice it can last for years. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular flooring choices for kids’ bedrooms.

Hardwood

If you want a floor that’s going to last until your child has a home of their own, hardwood is the way to go. Oak flooring is a very neutral choice that can go with nearly any style of decor and still add a warm feeling to the room. Hardwood is susceptible to scratches from toys and chair legs, but adding comfortable area rugs, soft chairs and cushions can prevent this and make the room cozy for your child. Hardwood flooring can be a bit pricey, but in the long run the investment is worth it. 

Carpet

Carpet has been a top choice for kids’ bedrooms for years because it’s the softest, warmest, and most comfortable option. With a nearly limitless number of colors, patterns, and lengths it can match any style. However, carpets are prone to catch and trap dust, dirt, and other harmful allergens. If you choose carpet, be sure to maintain a regular deep cleaning cycle to protect your child’s health.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is becoming hugely popular these days. It’s affordable, easy to install, and durable. It’s made of particle board and topped with a photograph of hardwood, stone, or any other number of style coated in a clear, protective layer. It is also more environmentally friendly than most other types of flooring. The manufacturing process releases less harmful toxins into the atmosphere, and laminate flooring can be recycled at the end of its lifetime.

If you have any questions about choosing the best flooring for your child’s bedroom, or need advice on flooring, cabinetry, or window treatments, stop into one of Naffco Flooring and Interiors 3 locations in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Best Flooring For Your Master Bedroom

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Your bedroom is the most personal room in your home. You should design it to be welcoming and cozy. When it comes to the flooring, it should complement your style, be comfortable for bare feet, and be durable enough to last for years.

There are nearly endless amounts of options when it comes to choosing the flooring for your master bedroom. Each one comes with it’s pros and cons. It really comes down to your personal preference in terms of aesthetics, functionality, and budget. Here are some of the most popular types of flooring used in master bedrooms, along with pros and cons of each.

Carpet

Pros

Carpet is warm and soft, making it one of the top choices for master bedrooms. It is incredibly versatile, as there are hundreds of colors, cuts and patterns to choose from. It also is sound dampening and helps to insulate your room, providing increased temperature control. 

Cons

Carpets trap dust, debris and other allergens in their fibers. Without regular cleaning these can lead to unhealthy air quality.

Hardwood Flooring

Pros

Nearly everyone agrees that hardwood flooring is the most elegant type of floor. The beautiful colors add a level of warmth and depth that enhance the aesthetic of nearly every room. They are easy to clean and give your bedroom a feeling of elegance.

Cons

One of the most common issues is that hardwood can be more expensive than other types of flooring. It can also get scraped if you have chairs in your bedroom, or if you’re not careful with your bedposts. 

Laminate Flooring

Pros

Laminate flooring is a budget friendly alternative to hardwood. It looks just like hardwood, but is actually particle board covered in a photograph of wood, stone or another type of flooring. It is cost-effective, easy to install and incredibly versatile.

Cons

Laminate is not quite as durable as hardwood, carpet or other types of flooring. It can scrape relatively easily or buckle if it gets water damage.

If you have any questions about what type of flooring you should use in your master bedroom, give the professionals at Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop by one of our 3 locations to talk to an expert.

When To Not Install Carpet

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Carpet is one of the most popular flooring options because it is soft, safe, easy to maintain, versatile, and actually helps to insulate your home. With hundreds of colors, patterns and cuts to choose from, it can match the style of decor. Some people think that carpet is the perfect choice for any room in the house. However, there are certain places that carpet should not be used.

In the bathroom, and other high moisture areas

Carpet and moisture do not get along. Carpets are the most absorbent type of flooring, and the more water they absorb, the more damage is done. If water gets trapped it can create an ideal environment for germs and bacteria. If it is not cleaned consistently this can lead to mold. A wet carpet is a health risk.

High traffic areas

As we said above, carpets are very absorbent. Not only moisture gets caught in the pores of the carpet. Dust, dirt, grime, food and other harmful debris/allergens can get trapped in the fibers. Without regular vacuuming and steam cleaning, these harmful substances will remain in your home. We should also mention that carpet is less durable than other types of flooring, such as hardwood. If your carpet gets a lot of traffic every day, and you do not keep up with cleaning, you’ll need to replace your carpet every few years.

If you have pets

If you have pets, you know the struggle of trying to keep your home clean and in order. While you might think it’s a good idea to get a carpet, because it is soft and comfortable, it could actually be a nightmare. If your pet sheds, it’s very difficult to get all the hair out of the carpet, even with regular cleaning. Also, the number of allergens in your home increases significantly when an animal tracks mud, dirt, and grime over a carpet.

While there are certain times you should not use a carpet, there are plenty of instances where carpet is the best choice for your home or room. If you have any questions about carpet, or any other type of flooring give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into any one of our 3 locations in the Tampa Bay Area.

How To Choose Flooring For Every Room In Your House

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There are so many options on the market these days that it can be difficult to choose new flooring for your home. Especially once you realize that each room can have a different type to accommodate your needs and the aesthetic of that area. Here are some tips for picking out the perfect flooring for each room in your house:

Living Room

Your living room is a common area that will be used by your whole family and all of your friends. It should be inviting and relaxing, and also be able to stand up to high levels of traffic. Hardwood is a common choice because of its durability, traditional appearance and it is easy to clean. Area rugs make great accent pieces and can really warm up the room, especially underneath a coffee table.

Dining Room

Dining room floors should require less maintenance and be easy to clean. A common issue that you should think about is chairs scraping the floor. Laminate, engineered hardwood, and tile are good choices due to their water resistance, ease of installation, and durability.

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the highest traffic rooms in your homes. Spills, stains and other types of messes are inevitable. You want something that matches your kitchen style and is very durable and easy to clean. Cork is becoming a popular option for kitchens because it is water resistant and shock absorbent, making it easier on your feet and knees. Engineered hardwood is also popular due to its durability and moisture resistance.

Bathroom

Obviously, the biggest concern when it comes to your bathroom is water. Laminate and tile are great choices because they stand up to moisture, they are very durable, and they clean easily. Choosing a finish with good traction and using mats will help prevent slips and falls.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are the most personal rooms, and your flooring should reflect the style that you’re curating. It should also be functional and allow you to feel as comfortable as possible. Carpet is a popular choice because it is soft and cozy. Hardwood is elegant and durable. There are virtually limitless amounts of choices so be sure to make your decision based upon your needs and desires. 

If you have any questions about how to choose the best flooring for each room in your house, stop in and talk to one of our flooring experts at any of Naffco’s 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 if you’d like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. 

 

Prepare For The Florida Summer By Updating Your Blinds

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Florida residents are all familiar with the joys and struggles of summer. The beaches are bumping, families are celebrating, and the economy is flourishing. But the sweltering heat can really put a damper on your plans and turn the sunniest time of the year into a sweaty, uncomfortable season if you don’t prepare adequately.

It’s important to take steps to make sure your home is prepared for the summer. Make sure that your a/c unit(s) are clean and up to date and that your clean drinking water source is prepared to last through the year. Once you’ve taken care of the basic necessities, it’s time to take a look at some of the less obvious ways you can keep your home cool and running efficiently.

Blinds are important for a number of reasons. They control the amount of natural light that comes into your home, contribute to the overall aesthetic of your decor, and they also play an important role in in your home’s energy efficiency. Choosing the right blinds can be the difference between a sizzling sauna and cool cozy room. They can also help you save money by reducing the energy needed to cool your home.

There are a number of blind options that help keep sunlight and heat out of your home during the summer. Some of the most popular include:

  • Perfect fit blinds
  • Vision blinds
  • Roller blinds
  • Venetian blinds
  • Vertical blinds

Each of these styles has its own distinct style and use in your home. Some work better in certain rooms or spaces than others. They are all effective at keeping out heat, and can be adjusted to suit your individual needs in terms of lighting throughout the day. The style of blind you go with will depend on your house’s style, your own personal preference, the function you need them to serve, and your budget.

If you have any questions about how to prepare your Florida home for summer by updating your blinds, stop into one of Naffco Floors & Interiors 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066, to speak with a friendly associate.

3 Exotic Flooring Types That Are Surprisingly Stylish

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In the modern world of home and interior design, we’re seeing more creative and nontraditional compositions than ever before. Young homeowners are exploring new styles and ideas and aren’t afraid to let their personality and individual experiences take the lead in the design process.

As more and more people are traveling the world, the desire for exotic and unique features is rapidly increasing. Handmade artwork, trinkets, and tools are on display around the house. Foreign instruments and cooking utensils are hung on walls and lining china cabinets. And it doesn’t stop there. More and more people are looking for unique and exotic flooring options to set the foundation for a house full of personality and style. Here are 3 exotic types of flooring that look great in contemporary homes.

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring has become hugely popular in recent years. While bamboo is naturally light in color, it can be carbonized to create a darker shade, making it versatile. Bamboo is also thought to be a more eco-friendly material, since it is fast growing, abundant and takes pressure off of other wood species. Bamboo is typically less expensive than hardwood, and can still be refinished in the future. It is also easy to maintain. The clean, modern look it creates is perfect for people looking for an alternative to classic hardwood options.

Teak

Teak has been used as a building material for centuries. It’s natural hardness and resistance to moisture makes it a natural choice for builders in all industries. Along with its desirable physical qualities, teak’s lovely shades of yellow and beige, streaked with a naturally random texture, have made it a popular option for people looking for a unique and interesting floor in their home.

Mahogany

Mahogany is known for its rich brown and amber tone and striped texture. It is eye-catching and opulent, often used in guitars and yachts as well as floors. Mahogany is very hard and durable and should last your entire lifetime with proper maintenance. If you’re looking for a unique floor that lends itself to a classic and sophisticated look, mahogany could be perfect for you.

If you have any questions about exotic flooring types, visit one of our 3 locations to talk to one of Naffco’s friendly professionals. Or call us at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

3 Things HGTV Won’t Tell You About Home Improvement

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At this point, we’re all familiar with the home improvement and real estate shows that take up the majority of HGTV and other channels’ airtime. They’re filled with happy couples making “tough” decisions and building their dream homes. The appeal of these shows is undeniable. We all long for the joy and satisfaction of creating the perfect abode for ourselves and our family. However, if you’re a homeowner, or in the process of searching for a house, it’s important to remember that reality shows don’t always reflect reality.

While these shows often offer interesting insights and perspectives in regards to the homeowner’s experience, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when it comes to conceiving and establishing your own home. Here are 3 things HGTV won’t tell you about home improvement.

1. Renovations take a lot of research, time, and careful attention

It would be wonderful if we could all have a handsome professional consultant that hired teams, managed, coordinated, and narrated our home renovation process. However, this is never the case in reality. All of the research, consulting, and monitoring must be done yourself. This takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and attention to detail.

2. You need to budget

This is crucial. Without a realistic budget, it’s possible to get yourself in over your head and wind up in thousands of dollars of debt. Creating a realistic budget, and then sticking to it, will help you prioritize projects and ensure that you wind up living within your means. This is also the only way to increase the value of your house if you intend on selling for profit.

3. Demolition isn’t fun or easy

You can’t just go around taking walls out without consulting an expert. Some structures are load bearing and cannot be touched. You may be surprised to find electrical outlets/wiring, air conditioning ducts, plumbing, or deterioration behind old walls. You may even create a health hazard for yourself if you don’t take the proper precautions.

If you have any questions about home improvement, Naffco Floors & Interiors would be glad to help. Stop into one of our 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area or call us at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

How to Make Black or White Hardwood Flooring Work

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Black and white is making a big splash in the interior design scene these days. This color palette is great for minimalist, modern, and contemporary design. However there are a number of ways to utilize these colors in all types of decor.

One interesting trend that has been popping up lately is black and white hardwood flooring. This bold statement works especially well in small spaces and urban settings, but can be integrated into nearly all types. Here are some ways you can make black or white hardwood flooring work in your home.

Black hardwood flooring

Black hardwood floors creating an elegant and modern aesthetic, especially when contrasted against white walls and furniture. You can also use light accent rugs to add a splash of color. Modern homes that focus on natural lighting and minimalist design look absolutely stunning with dark hardwood floors. However, these floors show scratches, dirt, and dust so they require a large amount of upkeep and maintenance. For families with children or pets this could be a risky choice. Many people choose low traffic areas to install this color.

White hardwood flooring

White washed or bleached wood floors are very popular for coastal, natural, and beach home decor. However, you don’t have to live on the beach to make it work in your house. Any interior space that you’re looking to give a “casual” look to will benefit from the light and airy feel that white wood floors give off. We’ve also seen white hardwood integrated into modern and farmhouse style homes with great success.

One of the benefits of light hardwood floors is that they show wear and tear much less than dark hardwood floors. Many families opt for this kid and pet-friendly choice. However, in areas with heavy natural lighting, they are prone to fading more so than dark hardwood.

If you have any questions about black or white hardwood flooring, feel free to stop in and talk to one of our flooring experts at any of Naffco’s 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 if you’d like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

7 Ways To Improve Your New Home

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So you’re finally a homeowner. You’ve closed the deal, packed, moved, unpacked, and settled into your new abode. Now it’s time to turn your house into your home. This process is both fun and stressful, frustrating and gratifying. However, the process of renovating and personalizing your home is one of the most rewarding experiences adults get to enjoy. Of course the amount of home improvement you can invest in depends directly on your budget. Here are 7 ways you can improve your new home according to your amount of expendable income.

Small budget ways to improve your home

Schedule a consultation with a professional

You can often get a cheap or even free consultation with an expert. This is a great way to get a professional outside opinion on ways to improve your home’s aesthetic and increase its value. Naffco Floors & Interiors offers free, no-obligation consultations. If you’re interested contact us here.

A fresh coat of paint

A bit of paint and elbow grease is often the cheapest and quickest way to make a huge aesthetic impact on your home. Walls, cabinets, window and door frames all look so much better with a fresh coat.

Add an area rug

Area rugs can add an extra layer of functionality and aesthetic design without breaking the bank.

Medium budget ways to improve your home

Upgrade your window treatments

Upgrading your window treatments will personalize your home, increase natural lighting, and help your home run more efficiently.

Add cabinetry

Increase your storage space in your kitchen, entrance way, bathroom, bedroom or living room by adding cabinetry. These pieces can be focal points or merely additional places to keep your other items.

Large budget ways to improve your home

Replace or refinish your flooring

Putting in new floors, or refinishing your original hardwood, has the potential to recreate the entire atmosphere of your home. Your floor is the common link between every room in the house, and it sees more wear and tear than any other component. It should get the attention and maintenance it deserves.

Add a patio

What better way to spend the summer than with your family and friends outside, cooking, eating, drinking and laughing in the comfort of your own property?

If you have any questions about how you can use your budget to improve your home, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations, or call us at (813) 254-4066 to set up a free consultation.