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Balancing Appearance and Durability in Columbus Flooring Choices

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Nationwide and specifically in Columbus, flooring trends are often unchanging. Hardwood floors, for instance, are consistently popular, and with good reason. It is elegant but simple, and it essentially provides any room with a blank palate, which the owner or designer can build upon with different choices of furniture and décor.

But hardwood floors also pose a challenge to some homeowners. Depending on the type of wood, it can be prone to scratches or it can be difficult to clean. Of course, Fedco Floor Services including cleaning services that should be able to overcome any problems you have with stains and certain types of wear and tear. But it’s understandable that some local homeowners will be inclined to avoid Columbus flooring that might require complicated maintenance.

For people who want to retain such simplicity but also recognize the unique appeal of hardwood flooring, there are alternatives. These include tile floors that emulate the look of wood while boasting the scratch-resistance and ease of cleaning that one associates with standard tile.

Columbus flooring can be subject to substantial wear and tear due to ordinary traffic coupled with seasonal changes. For homeowners in the area, it may be worthwhile to consider compromises between appearance and durability, or to be prepared to utilize Fedco Floor Services for cleaning as well as installation.

Consider Spring and Autumn Cleaning for Flooring in Columbus

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The term “spring cleaning” is familiar to most. But no one really limits serious cleaning projects to one season. In fact, with most types of flooring in Columbus, Ohio, it would be foolish to do so. Spring cleaning helps to get rid of the detritus of winter and the dust that has collected in sealed-up homes. But such projects are made more effective by also employing flooring services to clean surfaces before the ravages of winter start.

 

Flooring in Columbus may be subject to high traffic throughout warm summer months. If neglected, this wear-and-tear can be compounded by pieces of dry, rotting leaves that are tracked in during the fall. And of course this is followed by salt and melting snow in the winter. Many people find that it is best to address one season’s problems before the next season arrives. The alternative is a much more cost-intensive and labor-intensive cleaning project at the end of a 12-month period of variously harsh conditions.

 

Of course, Fedco floor services can handle this project, and we’ve done so with all types of flooring in Columbus. The cost is by no means prohibitive, but the fact remains that you will be doing your floors a favor and probably delaying eventual replacement by a long time if you give them comprehensive cleaning and treatment at least twice a year.

A Modern Alternative: Metallic Epoxy Flooring

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We’d like to take a moment to look at a relatively new flooring option that seems to be quickly gaining in popularity. Sharing all essential characteristics with more established epoxy floorings, the sub-category of metallic epoxy adds some uniquely beautiful aesthetics to whatever space you decide to use it in.

Metallic epoxy flooring is eminently customizable, in terms of both color and general effect. It can give the impression of craters, streams, or waves, and yet it is actually both smooth and durable. Its high-performance quality seems to have made it an attractive option for garage flooring. But its striking, modern look allows it to contribute to the overall design plan for living spaces, as well.

The customizable color options allow you to match your metallic epoxy flooring to the furniture in a room, or the general surroundings. A simple Google image search will surely give you a sense of the possibilities. And furthermore, those possibilities should be apparent to customers who are looking for both residential and commercial flooring.

The popularity of metallic epoxy flooring in residential garages points to the fact that it is also a good fit for commercial garages, or highly trafficked showrooms, or any number of spaces that require high performance but should also dazzle the eyes of visiting clients.

Vinyl Tile: a Union of Practicality and Aesthetics

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Functioning as a sort of evolved and more modern version of linoleum, vinyl tile is increasingly catching on as a low-cost and highly customizable option for flooring in residential kitchens and bathrooms. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has experience with the surface, which is waterproof, easily cleaned, and warmer to the touch than traditional tile. It also happens to have the added benefit of coming in varieties that can emulate other types of residential flooring that you might have been considering.

Some homeowners are more than willing to sacrifice the authenticity of wood or stone in order to avoid their hazards and drawbacks, such as the potential for water damage or unsightly cracks. In those cases, some such homeowners are pleasantly surprised by how effectively vinyl tile can stand in for their first choice. They may be even more impressed months or years later when they discover that they can maintain the appearance of their vinyl tile without the need to call back the company that installed it in order to have it cleaned.

Of course, for others, the genuine appearance of wood, stone, or even traditional tile is worth the minor inconveniences that they might encounter over time. In that case, Fedco provides affordable residential cleaning services to keep your trickier flooring surfaces looking like the day they were installed.

Most decisions regarding flooring installation and maintenance come down to weighing pure aesthetics against practical benefits. We believe that vinyl tile is a wonderful compromise between these two factors, but we’d be more than happy to show you all of your alternatives, so you can decide which is most important to the future of your home.

Laminate Flooring and Your Health

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There has been some recent controversy regarding the emission of formaldehyde gas from laminate flooring. Fortunately, Consumer Reports has provided some insight into the matter, having recently completed a small-scale study comparing pre-finished wood flooring to laminates and engineered wood products. The study found that the less expensive pre-finished alternative did indeed consistently emit less of the carcinogenic gas.

This is not to say that the emissions from laminate flooring are necessarily dangerous to your health. Although Consumer Reports found that those emissions generally exceeded the limits defined by the state of California, it is also the case that the emissions varied widely from one product to the next. Meanwhile, there are no federal regulations regarding formaldehyde, so it is generally up to the individual to determine where the line is for acceptable risk.

Formaldehyde is emitted from a wide range of products, so its presence in laminate flooring is no reason to push the panic button. And if you had laminates installed years ago, the gas has likely dissipated completely. Still, if you’re planning on installing brand new engineered wood flooring, the differing emission rates may be another factor to consider alongside price and appearance.

If you have young children or elderly relatives who will be in frequent contact with that floor, it may be wise to pay a little more for pre-finished wood flooring, since the very young and very old are more sensitive to the potential health hazards of formaldehyde. Additionally, you may want to exhibit similar precautions if you are just the type of person who is hyper-vigilant about the health of their home.

On the other hand, if you’re otherwise healthy and saving money on your flooring project is of particular importance to you, laminates and engineered products definitely remain a viable option. And Consumer Reports outlines some additional precautions you can take if you go that route.

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