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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.

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.

Restoring Old Floors When You Buy A New Home

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Original wood flooring is one of the most sought after features for people in the market for new homes. They are a strikingly beautiful, elegant, and unique feature that add a certain “je ne sais quoi” to a home’s atmosphere. Unfortunately many floors have suffered years of neglect, gone through mistreatments, or been covered by new flooring such as tile, linoleum, or carpet.

Restore or redo?

Deciding whether to restore your old floors or install new ones can be quite difficult. While there are some cases in which restoration is impossible, these are few and far between. Most floors can be restored by replacing floorboards, making repairs, and refinishing them. However, sometimes this can be just as lengthy and costly of a process as tearing up and redoing your floors. It usually comes down to personal preference and your flooring budget. It’s best to discuss your options with a flooring expert by setting up a free consultation.

Restoring old floors

If you choose to restore your old floors, you can either do it yourself or hire a professional. Either way it’s important to do some research in order to set a realistic budget, timeline, and manage your expectations. If you’re planning a modern or contemporary decor style, it may be better to redo your floors and go with a different type of wood or material, as restoring original hardwood will not give you a “brand new floor” look.

When it comes time to actually doing the work, many people think that they are going to save money by doing the work themselves, and while this can be the case, it is a difficult and stressful process that requires specific tools and knowledge. Not to mention, if you make a mistake you could wind up damaging your floors beyond repair, which increases your budget and timeline exponentially. The benefits of hiring a professional include less stress, an expert consultant, and versatility that not all DIYers are able to produce.

If you have any questions about restoring your old wood floors, stop into Naffco and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff members at one of our 3 locations, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

3 Ways To Spend Your Tax Return on Home Improvement

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Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh opportunities. Flowers are blooming, people are shaking off the winter blues, and it’s time for spring cleaning. Hopefully it’s also time for a tax refund check from Uncle Sam. While it can be tempting to immediately use this quick cash surplus for some retail therapy, it may be a better investment to put this money into home renovations. Of course, the scale of possible projects will depend on the amount you receive, but here are 3 ways you can invest your tax return on home improvement.

1. Update your flooring

Because of its high cost, lengthy procedure, and the messy process, updating the flooring of a home is one of those projects that is often put off for years. But the end result is nearly always worth the effort. New or refinished floors make your home more comfortable, efficient, and increase its value. If you get a big tax return, treating yourself to the flooring you’ve always wanted is a great investment.

2. Upgrade your countertops

Countertops see more wear and tear than most other places in the home, and they are also a focal point in nearly every kitchen. Old countertops are an eyesore, and can make even a joyful activity, like preparing a meal for your loved ones, feel like a chore. Upgrading your countertops can make your kitchen feel brand new and inspire you to enjoy all the time you spend there. Not to mention the increase in resale and sellability that comes along with the investment.

3. Upgrade your windows

Windows and window treatments serve many functions in every room in your home. They are responsible for the natural lighting, contribute to the aesthetic, and impact the energy efficiency of your household. Upgrading your windows or window treatments provides a fresh new look and can make your house operate more conscientiously.

If you have any questions about any of the projects above, or would like to talk with an expert about home renovation ideas, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free consultation.

Can Updating Your Floors And Countertops Increase Your Home’s Value?

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There’s no way around it, a kitchen renovation is a hefty investment. This room has more appliances, equipment, and requires more item storage than any other room in your home. It also gets a heavy amount of daily use, and needs to be cleaned frequently. For people who are planning to spend the rest of their lives in their homes, the main priority when it comes to designing their kitchen should be how comfortable and happy it makes them feel. However, not everyone is planning on staying in the same house, and those people should keep their home’s value at the forefront of their decision making process.

Most realtors agree that kitchens sell homes. Buyers are drawn to the space and heavily influenced by its current state and potential. Therefore, kitchen renovations are more likely than most other renovations to increase your home’s value and selling potential. However, with such a large investment required, it’s possible that you don’t have the funds to do a proper full kitchen renovation, or that you won’t see a great ROI after such a large expense.

The best way to increase your home’s value and selling potential is to focus on projects that make an immediate impact on your house’s cosmetic appeal.

Floors are one of the most important parts of a home in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. Since your floors see more wear and tear than any other component, it’s easy to forget to keep up on proper maintenance and cleaning. But if you’re looking to resell, your flooring should be a top priority to increase the value of your house. Whether you’re tearing everything up and starting from scratch, or just refinishing, having a brand new floor to show off is one of the best ways to entice your potential buyers.

Countertops are typically one of the main focal points of the kitchen. They receive more daily use and undergo more cleaning than any other area besides the floors. People, especially potential buyers, naturally gravitate to the counters. It’s important that your countertops are high quality and well maintained.

People will be much more likely to buy a home that has already taken care of high cost and high priority projects such as the floors and countertops, but only if they’re done well. If you have any questions about your house’s floors or kitchen, give Naffco a call today at (813) 254-4066.

3 Kitchen Decor Styles And The Best Counters And Floors To Go With Them

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When designing a space that gets as much daily use as your kitchen, it’s important to create an area that is comfortable, functional, and inspiring. There are a number of decor styles to choose from, and you should find one that you’ll be happy in for years to come. A kitchen renovation is a big project, so it’s important to take the time to do thorough research before making such a heavy investment of money and time. Here are 3 of the most popular kitchen decor styles and the best counters and floors that go with them:

Contemporary

Contemporary kitchens are a blend of classic and modern, and are very popular in older homes that have been purchased with the intention of updating them. The look is crafted to be a mix of old and new materials, modern appliances and gadgets juxtaposed with traditional and vintage pieces. They typically involve a large amount of workspace to accommodate multiple people working together.

Contemporary countertops depend mostly on personal preference. The versatility of this decor style means that most any countertop can be accommodated. Quartz is becoming hugely popular due to its diversity and resiliency. Be sure to start with your countertops when designing your kitchen.

Contemporary flooring options are almost always hardwood or tile, as they are durable, easy to clean, and have a variety of colors and shapes to match your countertops and paint.

Coastal

Coastal kitchens are an excellent choice for anyone living in Florida or any other seaside location. They are composed of blue, green, white, and sandy shades and designed to let in as much natural lighting as possible.

Coastal countertops are typically light in color. Granite is one of the most popular choices.

Coastal flooring is nearly always composed of tile, as it is best for wet clothes, reflective to catch the sunlight, and stays cool in sunny weather.

Country Farmhouse

Country farmhouse decor has been rising in popularity in recent years. The kitchens are composed of open and inviting floor plans, and often have red, yellow, cream, or pale yellow in their color palettes. They have a variety of eclectic touches that give you the ability to show off a bit of your personality and create a comfortable, lived-in feel.

Country farmhouse countertops utilize natural textures. You can use traditional stone like marble or granite, or get creative with materials like wood or galvanized steel.

Country farmhouse flooring utilizes hardwood in most cases. The brown and red hues compliment the rest of the decor and add to the timeless feel of the space.

If you have any questions about matching your counters and floors to your kitchen decor, visit one of Naffco Flooring and Interiors 3 locations or call us at (813) 254-4066 to set up a free, no obligation consultation.

Can You Change The Color Of Your Hardwood Floors?

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While it is not possible to change the color of the original wood, many homeowners are surprised to find out that you can change the overall color of your hardwood floors by sanding and refinishing them. Engineered hardwood may not be able to be sanded if the top layer of wood isn’t thick enough, and very old floors that have already been sanded and refinished multiple times might not be able to undergo this change, but nearly every solid hardwood floor can go through this transformation.

Why would you want to change the color of your hardwood floors?

There are many reasons homeowners would like to change the color of their floors. One of the most common reasons is that they have purchased a new home with hardwood floors and are not happy with the current color. This may be due to the condition of the floors, their plans for decorating, or just personal preference. If you’re unhappy with the color or state of your floors, refinishing them is a great way to update them and create a comfortable space for you and your family.

How to change the color of your hardwood floors

Changing the color of your hardwood floors is a moderately difficult process and requires specialized tools and knowledge. However, the process is straightforward, and can either be done yourself or hired out to a professional. The first step is to sand the floors using a sanding machine. This typically takes 3 sandings, using a slightly finer grade of sandpaper on each one. This strips the coating and prepares the raw hardwood to accept the stain and polyurethane for an even, smooth, and durable finish. The next step is to stain the floor. This is the part that actually changes the color of the wood. If you’re not familiar with the types of stains that are appropriate for each type of hardwood, a professional should definitely be consulted. Each color should be tested on the floor in order to make sure you’re achieving the desired look. The last step is to add polyurethane to create a protective layer over your floors. This usually requires 2-3 coats, with a buffing process after the 2nd layer and between any subsequent layers to ensure a smooth and protective barrier.

If you have any questions about the process of sanding and refinishing your floors in order to change the color of your hardwood, stop into one of our 3 locations, or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

Best Flooring Options For The Stairs In Your House

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Stairways are one of the highest traffic areas in your home. They should be designed to provide a balance of durability, comfort, safety and style. In this article, the experts at Naffco Floors and Interiors will discuss the most popular flooring options for the stairs in your house.

Hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most popular options when it comes to flooring, including stairs. In terms of elegance and style, most people agree that hardwood takes the cake. It also is highly recommended because it is durable and easy to clean. However, hardwood is prone to absorbing moisture in humid areas, and can get scratched relatively easily by pets, rocks and children.

Tile

Tile is a popular option because of its durability and ease of maintenance. There are hundreds of options when it comes to color, shape, size, and texture, which makes it a versatile option for all types of houses and decor styles. If you’re looking for a unique design, tile can be cut into all sorts of shapes and sizes and used as accent pieces for other types of flooring.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is one of the cheaper and more versatile options when it comes to flooring for your stairs. You can purchase many different types of laminate flooring that give the appearance of hardwood, tile, and a number of other styles. While it is popular because it’s cheap, easy to lay, and not difficult or expensive to replace, it is less durable than your other flooring options, and will need to be changed more frequently.

Carpet

Carpet is a popular option because of its comfort and durability. Stairs can be tough on your knees and feet, and carpet provides a soft and supportive cushion that eases the stress on your joints. It is also durable, and the safest in terms of slip resistance, making it a great choice for homes with children in them. However, carpets do trap more dust, dirt and grime than other flooring options and have to be cleaned more frequently.

Carpet runners

A carpet runner can be a nice accent piece that provides a bit of safety, cushion, and color. It can go over any other type of flooring.

If you have any questions about flooring options for the stairs in your house, call the experts at Naffco at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations in the Tampa Bay area.

How To Know If Dark Or Light Hardwood Will Look Best In Your Home

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Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring options in all types of homes around the world. It is elegant, relatively easy to maintain, and can match nearly any decor style. Homeowners everywhere are drawn to its iconic and timeless style. However, once you make the decision to install or redo hardwood, there are still several options in front of you. There are hundreds of different types, grains, shapes, colors, and finishes to choose from. In this article, we’re going to talk about the different looks that light hardwood and dark hardwood can create in your home.

There are several things to consider when choosing your flooring type, including room size, natural lighting, daily wear and tear, paint colors, home style and decor style. Everyone has their own preference, and your floors should fit both your lifestyle and personal aesthetic. Here’s some basic information that will help inform your decision to choose dark or light hardwood for your home.

Dark hardwood floors

Dark hardwoods, including oak, teakwood, rosewood, cherry, and dark walnut, have been trending in style for the last several years, especially in metropolitan areas. The darker stains tend to have a more “modern” look, and provide a nice contrast to white and brightly colored decor and furniture. They also highlight the grain of the wood a bit more than lighter colors, which can lend an air of elegance. Dark woods absorb light, so they are much more resistant to fading than lighter hardwood.

Light hardwood floors

Light hardwood floors, such as maple, pine, ash, and birch, are excellent for compact homes and smaller spaces, as they tend to make rooms appear bigger. Beach and coastal homes look great with lighter types of wood. Lighter floors also tend to show dirt and dust less than dark floors, meaning that they require less daily maintenance. They also hold an advantage over dark floors when it comes to scratching, as scratches are much more apparent on dark hardwood floors.

If you have any questions about flooring, or would like to set up a free, no obligation estimate with one of our friendly flooring experts, give Naffco a call today at (813) 254-4066.

Keeping Your Flooring Kid- and Pet-Proof

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So you’re thinking about redoing your flooring. Now, how do you decide what the best option is for your family? If you have children and pets, you know the challenge of keeping up with a busy schedule involving work, school, dinners, and events. The last thing on your mind is maintaining your floors. So how can you choose the best flooring to protect and preserve while you focus on raising your family?

Some of the top considerations when deciding on new flooring for a family and pet-friendly household include:

  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Maintenance levels
  • Scratch-resistance
  • Stain/water-resistance
  • Style

Keeping these in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular family and pet friendly flooring options.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are always a top aesthetic choice. The problem with hardwood floors in homes with young children and pets is that they are prone to scratches. However, they can be refinished once the children/pets are older. It’s important to know that the harder the wood, the more resistant it is to scratches and stains, and the lighter-color woods also show scratches less.

Laminate

Laminate floors are a great choice for families with children, as they are easy to clean and maintain, and give a very similar look to hardwood with a smaller price tag. The only issue is that laminate flooring is very slippery, so if your animals like to run around and play, they might struggle on laminate.

Cork

Cork flooring has seen a recent rise in popularity due to its sustainability. It is also a naturally occurring antimicrobial, meaning it reduces allergens and mold growth. This makes it an ideal choice for families with young children and pets, as it can create a safe and healthy environment. However, if exposed to heavy amounts of sunlight, the color will fade, so for rooms with a lot of natural sunlight, be sure to choose a lighter color.

Bamboo

Bamboo is another top choice for family homes with pets. It is naturally durable and more scratch and stain resistant than hardwood. However bamboo absorbs water so it is not ideal for basements or rooms with high humidity levels.

If you have any questions about keeping your flooring kid and pet proof, give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations in the greater Tampa Bay area.