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Does the Weather Alter Plans for Your Columbus Flooring?

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For much of the United States, and certainly for the area of Columbus, OH, winter has stretched well beyond its natural limits this year. It’s a situation that has evidently raised some questions among the clients of Fedco Floor Services. A number of those clients have utilized the same source of Columbus flooring and floor care through many years and many seasons, and they have developed a routine for periodic cleaning and repair.

It’s often uncomfortable to have to interrupt routines, but on the other hand, anyone who has frequently handled Columbus flooring knows that it can face challenging and sometimes unpredictable conditions. It doesn’t much matter whether those challenges are momentary or span a period of months in what should be spring. For the sake of proper floor care, it’s usually best to respond to individual crises as they come up, and otherwise stick to the standard routine for your Columbus flooring, even if nature isn’t cooperating.

Unfortunately, this is only a general guideline. The effects of unusual weather on your Columbus flooring may differ according to the type of flooring and weather the cold increases or decreases foot traffic on it. Of course, if you have any questions about whether you should delay, accelerate, or alter your plans for springtime cleaning or installation of new Columbus flooring, you can feel free to contact Fedco Floor Services for our expert opinion.

Columbus Flooring Still Faces the Ravages of Winter

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As of this posting, the upper Midwest is in the midst of the worst snow storm of the season. Fortunately, it has largely missed Ohio. But that doesn’t mean our home state is done with the ravages of winter. In fact, the nearby storm should serve as a reminder to our Columbus flooring clients: keep an eye on the wear-and-tear that your properties are experiencing in the first months of the year, so you can fix them promptly and be ready to make any large-scale upgrades that might seem desirable in the spring.

This advice goes double for you if you’re responsible for Columbus flooring in multi-family dwellings or other properties that are affected by uncertain conditions or sporadic vacancies. Existing cracks in tile or other solid flooring can become worse if moisture inside of them freezes. And of course melting snow and accumulated salt can wreak havoc on carpets and demand professional cleaning in order to prevent eventual replacement.

Hopefully Ohio has already seen the worst of winter this year, but Columbus flooring is never entirely out of danger. Of course, Fedco Floor Services can provide you with the most durable alternatives for the buildings your own or manage. But ultimately it is up to you to make sure those floors get the seasonal care they require to last a lifetime.

Let Fedco Floor Services Help You Plan for the Year Ahead

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At the time of this posting, we are less than a week into 2018. Fedco Floor Services wishes all of its past and future clients a happy and prosperous New Year. We also encourage you to consider that the traditional refrain of “new year, new me” does not only need to apply to people. This is a good time to make resolutions not only for yourself but for the environment you live in, for your workspace, or for properties you rent.

Naturally, many clients of Fedco Floor Services prefer to wait until springtime to make substantial upgrades or changes to their Columbus-area flooring. Not only is this often logistically easier, it also allows an older floor to take all the wear-and-tear of Midwestern winters before being replaced.

If you share that preference, we see no need to discourage it. But take it from us: the process of choosing your Columbus flooring options and working out the details of the replacement project can take significantly longer than the client might have anticipated. With that in mind, we believe that January is a good time to start looking to the months ahead and fully articulating your renovation goals.

It’s never too early to contact Fedco Floor Services for guidance in planning such a renovation, whether you’re not certain about the type of flooring you want to have installed or you just need an independent assessment of the cost and scheduling. Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help all throughout the year.

Pet-Resistant Columbus Flooring

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There are many factors to consider when thinking about your Columbus flooring options. Prominent among them is the type of traffic you expect them to get. And this is not limited to human traffic. Local households must recognize that animals bring a different sort of wear-and-tear, so pet owners may have a narrower set of choices for Columbus flooring.

If a child tracks muddy footprints onto a carpet, the professional cleaning of FedCo Floor Services should be able to remove it. But cleaning services are useless when those carpets are snagged and distressed, or when hardwood floors are scratched by pets’ nails.

For that reason, pet owners should probably make durability a key criterion when choosing their Columbus flooring. Tile and laminates fill that need while also presenting options that retain the overall look of hardwood. Vinyl can also roughly mimic a hardwood look, or alternatively it can look like stonework while being less costly and easier on one’s feet.

Of course, any of these Columbus flooring options can be covered over with easily washable rugs so you can enjoy the plush, welcoming quality of a carpet without having to worry about permanent damage or the need to call FedCo Floor Services for repeated deep cleanings.

Still, if you don’t want to compromise, there are workarounds for most any Columbus flooring problem, including replaceable carpet tiles and particularly scratch-resistance hardwoods. Whatever your demands and limitations, FedCo Floor Services will be able to help you find the option that best suits your home.

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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