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Considering Wintertime Flooring Installation?

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Winter is not exactly a popular time for new flooring installation projects in a Columbus home. But sometimes there are compelling reasons to make changes in the off-season.

So far this year, winter has been very inconsistent across much of the Midwest. On one hand, the warm periods we’ve been experiencing represent a potential opportunity for a quick flooring installation that doesn’t disrupt your home too much at a time when shelter is needed most. And on the other hand, the fluctuations can help you to better gauge what is needed to make your shelter more complete.

Outside, you can easily feel the general up-and-down of the weather. Inside, you might be able to feel the same thing on your feet, depending on the quality of your insulation and the decisions you made at the time of your last flooring installation. If your floors feel noticeably colder on some days than others, it’s possibly a sign that something needs to change.

When winter is consistently severe, it’s easy to adapt to the changes and assume that whatever you’re feeling inside your home is normal. But in years like this one, it’s a lot harder to ignore how much more wintertime comfort you can obtain with a new flooring installation.

Even if you don’t want to change your actual choice of flooring, Fedco Floor Services can help to better insulate your current flooring installation. There are a few different ways of accomplishing this, and not all of them require completely tearing up your floorboards and starting over.

If you do go that route, though, it’s worth considering other Columbus flooring alternatives that would make your house feel more like a home in wintertime. Of course, this is the sort of thing you should consider at the time of your first flooring installation, but not everybody does. Sometimes, it takes years of walking around on a cold hardwood before you realize just home much additional warmth you can get from plush carpeting or heat-absorbing vinyl or laminate.

There are a lot of things that might motivate a new Columbus flooring installation. Fickle winter weather is an unusual one. But if that’s what motivates you, then Fedco Floor Services will be happy to help you prepare for many winters to come.

Resolve to Take Advantage of Fedco’s Floor Cleaning Services

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It’s almost the end of the year, and we at Fedco Floor Services are working on our New Year’s resolutions. We hope that 2020 will be the start of a whole new decade of providing top-quality flooring to Columbus-area homes and businesses. And we also hope to help more of that flooring survive and thrive throughout the years to come.

Of course, this depends upon our clients reaching out to us and taking advantage of the professional cleaning services we offer alongside installation. And unfortunately, far too many of those clients put all their focus on replacing their Columbus flooring and forget about the long-term importance of cleaning and maintenance. Even in the best case scenario, this results in people living with carpets, tiles, and hardwoods that no longer come anywhere close to evoking the feeling they did when they were installed. In other cases, it means actually having to replace that flooring much sooner than necessary.

At this time of year, we urge all our clients – and all Columbus area property owners – to think back on the wear and tear their carpets have suffered over the past 12 monhs. Were there minor instances of water damage during a wet Ohio spring which you swept under the rug, so to speak? How much debris was tracked into the building in autumn? How much salt in winter? Can you even remember how your carpet looked last January? How closely does its color match what you see today? Has it picked up an odor from pets or spills?

These are all questions that you should ask every year, at a minimum. And for many people, there’s no better or more obvious time to do so than during the last days of the annual calendar. If you let staining and damage go unnoticed for too many months, you’re likely to end up simply adapting to conditions that ought to be beneath your standards as a property owner. But if you resolve to a professional cleaning from Fedco Floor Services, at least your flooring can start out the New Year with the kind of clean slate that so many people dream of.

Online Inspiration for Your Columbus Flooring Project

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Rental websites can be a useful resource when contemplating a Columbus flooring project. Sure, it can be fun to dream up options on your own. But by reviewing what’s currently on the market, you can give your potential choices a helpful context.

There are different ways to approach this. You can look at listings randomly and get a general overview of Columbus flooring. Or you can filter by neighborhood and see whether there are any trends that set certain areas apart from others. And of course you can also look at different price ranges and see which types of Columbus flooring seem to add value to an apartment.

What you do with this data is still up to you. If your own Columbus flooring project is in one of the neighborhoods you looked at, you’ll have to ask yourself how your property should fit in. Maybe you want to follow the trend and attract the same types of residents. But there’s also something to be said for setting your property apart, so occupants can feel like they have something their neighbors don’t.

A comparison of rental rates and Columbus flooring trends can tell you something about what you can afford to charge. But it can also convey ideas about how to elevate the look of a rental property and make it look like it’s worth more than it is.

Regardless of what you personally take away from it, we hope that a review of rental sites is a source of inspiration for your Columbus flooring project. But if sifting through the listings seems too complicated or time-consuming, we at Fedco Floor Services can also give you an idea about what’s trending, what’s popular, and what’s fetching a good price today.

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Fedco Floor Services Recommends: Hardwood Compromises

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Unsurprisingly, Fedco Floor Services gets a lot of requests for hardwood flooring installations. We also have a lot of customers who express an interest in hardwood before choosing a synthetic alternative for their Columbus home’s flooring.

Hardwood has a unique charm that is difficult to replicate. Certain laminates and vinyl floors come close, though. And for some customers at Fedco Floor Services, they end up being slightly preferable to hardwood because they are more resistant to scratching and scuffing.

Still, we recognize that it’s a trade-off. Sometimes, the practical choice just isn’t what you want. In those cases, we like to remind customers that following your heart doesn’t need to be impractical. There are ways to outfit a Columbus home with hardwood flooring while still staving off visible damage.

The solution may be as simple as choosing the right grain and finish. Hardwood flooring is by no means one-size-fits-all. And some varieties have a lot more texture than others. These tend to hide wear-and-tear much better.

Even if heavily-textured wood isn’t your first choice, Fedco Floor Services can help you to mix-and-match when designing your layout. Some customers place a more textured hardwood in the most heavily trafficked or damage-prone of a home, while leaving a more pristine finish in other areas. The two different looks can actually create a beautiful contrast for each other.

Along similar lines, you can even mix-and-match entirely different types of flooring on offer at Fedco Floor Services.

We’ve previously discussed some of the ways in which the same space can be outfitted with different flooring, depending on the form and function of each room. If the look of each room calls for hardwood, but you’re worried about it getting beaten up in some areas, there’s no reason why you can’t install hardwood in most areas while also cheating a little and interweaving laminates here and there.

Don’t worry if that’s the approach you take. At Fedco Floor Services, we’ll share all of our secrets regarding Columbus flooring solutions. But we won’t tell anyone yours.

Diverse Flooring in Columbus Public Venues

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Most people probably don’t think very much about the flooring in Columbus entertainment venues or commercial spaces. Of course, that’s part of our job at Fedco Floor Services. So when new construction gets under way in the local area, we often think about the kinds of flooring that might be best suited for it.

This can be a fun exercise even if your professional life doesn’t involve installing carpet and laminates. It can give anyone an opportunity to think about how they might use similar spaces. How does the flooring in Columbus restaurants compare to that of retail spaces? What makes a certain kind of flooring right for a gallery or a performance venue? And how do those spaces compare to your experience with the flooring in Columbus properties you rent or own?

We recently found ourselves thinking about these sorts of questions when design plans were released for the Columbus Crew Soccer Club’s new downtown stadium. The summary of those plans didn’t get into details about flooring. But the stadium’s various features suggest that there could be several different types featured throughout.

The West concourse will lead to standard seating, but also to player boxes, club seats, and a lounge. It’s difficult to imagine most stadium spaces with any sort of delicate flooring, but it’s also kind of difficult to imagine a lounge without carpet. And the diverse potential for the stadium is made more obvious by the fact that it is not exclusively going to be used as a sports venue.

At the entrance plaza, a 5,000 square foot Brew Hall is expected to be used for various community events. This goes to show that sometimes, when selecting the flooring in Columbus venues, it’s necessary to think of all the different ways in which the space might be used. And really, it’s the same with residential homes. Owners should try to imagine a building’s full potential in order to find just the right compromise between durability, versatility, appearance, and cost.

Columbus Home Flooring that’s Safe for Pets

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Is your Columbus home flooring pet-friendly? Have you ever thought of adopting a local shelter animal, only to hesitate over concerns about damage and cleanliness? Fedco Floor Services can help you to install new flooring that won’t be affected by even the most active dogs or cats. Or, if you’re not ready to change your Columbus home flooring to accommodate an animal, Fedco can help you design a plan for cleaning and maintaining what you already have installed.

There may be no better time to make this kind of change, especially if you want to do some good for the local community. It was recently reporting that Columbus Human would be temporarily halting public surrenders, following the sad news of more than 250 mistreated animals being recovered from a pet shop and its owner’s home. Because of limited shelter space and delayed surrenders, there’s sure to be a surge in animals needing adoption in the near future.

If you’re in a position to help alleviate that need, don’t let questions about your Columbus home flooring hold you back. If you’ve already been thinking of upgrading, let this be your last bit of motivation, and consider asking Fedco Floor Services to install vinyl flooring, which is waterproof and easy to clean, but also soft and comfortable for new, four-legged members of your family.

Other good alternatives include linoleum, bamboo, and laminate, all of which have unique pros and cons when it comes to making new pets feel at home without inviting them to do much damage. But this isn’t to suggest that you have to change your existing Columbus home flooring. If you love your carpet and you want to keep it, that’s fine. All it takes to make sensitive materials compatible with pets is a commitment to obedience training and readiness to call Fedco Floor Services for deep cleaning whenever the wear-and-tear gets to be too much. 

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Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring in Columbus, Ohio

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When choosing flooring in Columbus homes and offices, it’s important to be aware of your options. There are almost always pros and cons to any given choice, even if you’re strongly drawn to one option right off the bat.

This is the experience that a lot of people have with hardwood. And while we don’t want to discourage that choice in general, we understand that flooring in Columbus tends to face challenges that underscore hardwood’s drawbacks.

For that reason, if you’re drawn to hardwood, you should probably look closely at some of the alternatives that mimic its appearance. Although none of these are 100 percent perfect replicas, many of them are so convincing that no one who visits your Columbus home will be able to tell the difference at a glance.

Flooring in Columbus homes can evoke the same visual impression in the form of vinyl planks, laminates, and tile. All three of these offer a natural water-resistance that is extremely difficult to achieve by treating and finishing your hardwood floors. And you thank your lucky stars after you’ve installed that flooring in Columbus, because sometimes moisture turns out to be an even greater problem than one expects.

Additionally, water-resistance is only part of the overall durability of certain faux-wood options. And to the extent that these can be scratched and damaged like hardwoods, they are generally easier and cheaper to replace. Because of this, a modest investment can make flooring in Columbus homes not just durable and long-lived but also aesthetically diverse.

Flooring options like laminates come in a variety of wood grain patterns, and it’s barely more difficult to mix and match among them than it is to purchase and install one variety in bulk. Multiple hardwood floors in the same property might be cost-prohibitive. But when it comes to multiple floors that just look like hardwood, you have the opportunity to personalize every room of your house without compromising much in the process.

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As Real Estate Remains Strong, Columbus Flooring is Still Important

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Columbus flooring serves two equally important roles. You may select it to reflect your own needs and preferences when customizing a home. Or you may select it to improve resale value and stand out in a very active real estate market.

The first of these roles is obvious. Making that kind of Columbus flooring selection depends on what it going on in your own life. It depends on your budget and the information you’ve acquired about different options. But it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the market.

When it comes to improving a home that you might intend to sell, though, there are factors outside of your own control. But if you’re considering putting a home on the market after installing new Columbus flooring, we’re here to tell you that now is a good time to do so.

Actually, that’s been the case for a remarkably long time. The local area has been near the top of the US real estate market for 10 of the last 15 months. It’s even been in the number one slot, and right now it’s number four. Average prices are up from where they were in spring, and they seem to be holding steady year-on-year.

At the same time, there are more homes on the market. If you’re looking to sell, you can get a good price. But you’ll have to compete with a lot of other properties, including some that are newly built. In a situation like that, renovations and upgrades can make all the difference. And as we’ve mentioned before, your choice of Columbus flooring is among the most influential changes you can make to a local home.

If you scroll back through this blog, you may get some ideas about how to manage first impressions with Columbus flooring. Alternatively, you can contact Fedco Floor Services to discuss the available options and compare them to what potential buyers will be seeing in the homes that are on the market today.

Fedco Floor Services Welcomes the Upsurge in Vinyl Flooring

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The market for vinyl flooring is expected to grow 13 percent before 2024, and we at Fedco Floor Services have seen the beginnings of that trend. It’s easy to understand why vinyl alternatives are increasingly popular. They frequently offer a desirable compromise between a traditional aesthetic and a modern sense of durability.

Vinyl flooring has sometimes been described as “industrial strength,” and it is exceptionally easy to clean as well. At the same time, the Fedco Floor Services catalogue includes vinyl flooring with beautiful, natural-looking wood grain. This makes it a great stand-in for the hardwood flooring options that remain broadly popular in the Columbus area and throughout the U.S.

We highlighted the popularity of hardwood in the previous Fedco Floor Services blog post. Specifically, we noted that hardwood has a positive impact on the resale value of a home. But it bears mentioning that that depends on it remaining largely undamaged. If wear-and-tear is a serious concern, then wood grain-patterned vinyl may be even better for your Columbus flooring installation.

And with rising levels of popularity for vinyl flooring, you may eventually find that potential buyers are happy to set foot on vinyl flooring, even when hardwood options are available in the same market. It’s a question of whether you want to adhere to tradition or follow current patterns – and which you want to bet on for the future.

Fedco Floor Services is ready to help you make that decision by letting you compare these and other options side-by-side. And whatever you choose, we’ll be ready to undertake your Columbus flooring installation, and to help you keep your preferred surface clean, well-maintained, and free of damage.

Resale Value and Columbus Flooring

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We’ve previously talked about Columbus flooring alternatives in the context of the local economy’s upward trajectory. We noted that people have been relocating to the area and that a building owner’s choice of Columbus flooring should try to appeal to transplants from larger urban centers.

Of course, that advice is mostly directed at owners of multifamily homes. It may also be useful to those who are planning to rent office space to companies that relocate here or open satellite locations. But what about all the individual homeowners who may or may not exploit rising demand for real estate in the near future?

If you’re thinking of renovating your local area home but you think there’s a possibility you’ll sell it at some point, what’s the right Columbus flooring for you?

There’s no definitive answer to this question. You’ll have to carefully consider the trade-offs between following your bliss and staying practical. And there is probably a compromise that stays close to your ideal Columbus flooring option while minimizing depreciation.

But as a general rule, if you have any concern for resale value, hardwood floors are the safest best. If and when the time comes to sell, Fedco floor services can help to clean and refurbish this type of Columbus flooring so it looks brand new.

Crucially, when that happens, the floor will also look like a blank canvas. It’s usually very easy for buyers to look at a hardwood floors and imagine whatever overlays or furnishings they think will work best. And fortunately, the existing homeowner has the same luxury.

You can cover over hardwood with an area rug, top-layer carpeting, or anything else that will help your house to be a home, right up until it becomes a commodity.

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