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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.

Open Houses: a Showcase for Columbus-Area Flooring

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With spring upon us, you can expect more real estate open houses in Ohio. More brokers and private sellers will be inviting you to walk over Columbus-area flooring if you’re looking for a new place to live, or for a real estate investment of your own.

If you do fit into either of those categories, you should consider that open houses can serve other purposes beyond simply prompting you to choose the best of the available options. It can also give you an opportunity to compare regional design trends and the features of houses and multi-family residences that are currently on the market. Of course this includes Columbus-area flooring.

In this sense, the open house circuit offers potential inspiration for renovations and upgrades that you might want to make somewhere down the line, either at the property you choose to purchase or at another property you separately own.

You can always just contact Fedco Floor Services instead, if you want a list of Columbus-area flooring options and their potential applications. But even though we’re confident that we can tell you everything you need to know about each item in our catalog, we recognize that there’s nothing quite like seeing flooring that’s already been installed, matched to its surroundings, and lived in.

So if you’re in the market for a new Ohio home or even just for new Columbus-area flooring, we’d encourage you to take advantage of available open houses. Keep your phone at the ready to take pictures of any flooring options that speak to you, and if you have any questions about cost, installation, and so on, feel free to show us what you’ve found.

Fedco Floor Services: We Love Your Pets!

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Fedco Floor Services bids greetings to its customers’ furry friends. February 20 was National Love Your Pet Day. Residents of Columbus and cities across the US had an opportunity to give extra attention to their pets and think about what they can do to improve the quality of life for their animal companions.

You might not think of Fedco Floor Services as something that can help you with this. But in most households, pets spend a lot more time on the floor than people do. So it makes sense for the flooring in Columbus homes to be selected and maintained with an emphasis on any animals that live there.

Of course, there are two sides to this issue. You want your pets to be comfortable, but you probably also find it’s easier to show them affection if you’re not worrying the messes or the damage they can cause. In this sense, pet owners (and the owners of pet-friendly apartments) have a particular challenge in selecting from the various options offered by Fedco Floor Services.

On one hand, carpeting may reassure you that your pet always has a good place to lounge without climbing on furniture. But on the other hand, it risks becoming a magnet for stains. Still, if this turns out to be a problem that you can’t handle on your own, Fedco Floor Services can provide the sort of deep cleaning that leaves your carpets looking practically as good as new.

Alternatively, you can avoid the extra trouble of periodic maintenance by opting for a vinyl, laminate, or another of our flooring options that sacrifices a little comfort for easy cleaning and a great deal of resistance to scratches and stains.

As with any other single factor in your Columbus flooring selection, there are pros and cons to a number of different alternatives. Whether your main concern is your pet’s comfort or your own peace of mind, the exact right type of flooring is available, and Fedco Floor Services is prepared to help you find it.

Why Fedco Floor Services Watches Social and Political Trends

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Fedco Floor Services is apolitical. But we believe in the value of keeping up with nationwide trends. It may seem surprising, but this can have a meaningful impact on choices of flooring in Columbus, OH. As circumstances change, people’s priorities and preferences can change in various areas, including the design and construction of the places they choose to live or invest in.

We mention this because we’ve noticed the sudden upsurge in popularity and awareness regarding a set of policies known as the Green New Deal. Without taking a position on the value or practicality of those policies, Fedco Floor Services can recognize the effect that it may have on national dialogue about climate change and environmentalism.

You might say that there’s been recent pushback against green priorities, but the overall societal trend has definitely been in favor of new approaches to resource management. This leads us to believe that more and more consumers will be taking environmental impact into account in many of their future decisions, including decisions about flooring in Columbus.

We at Fedco Floor Services don’t need to change our way of doing business in order to address that trend. Neither do we intend to. But we will be prepared to respond to inquiries regarding which types of flooring are best for insulation, which are most sustainable, and so on.

Fortunately, as the market pushes in the direction of greener alternatives, many buyers of flooring in Columbus, OH will find that a smaller carbon footprint often goes hand-in-hand with long-term cost savings. Better-insulated flooring is good for the environment, but also for your pocketbook. And sustainable like bamboo are often durable, as well.

Your own political views might influence your priorities as a consumer, but you might find that when it comes to flooring, it’s unusually easy to find common ground. And whatever your own priorities might be, we’re prepared to work with you to select that flooring that is best for your home, and perhaps also for the world around it.

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Building Holiday Traditions Upon Columbus Flooring

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Last month, we talked about how hosting a Thanksgiving meal can get people thinking about kitchen flooring in Columbus homes. Now that it’s December, much of that same discussion can be applied to Christmas, which may bring similar challenges to host kitchens. At the same time, other types of flooring in Columbus may also receive unprecedented wear at the forthcoming holiday, simply from the foot traffic of visiting relatives, or from children turning carpet into just another piece of furniture as they spend time opening gifts and playing with newfound treasures.

Once again, the heavier use of various types of flooring may inspire homeowners to reconsider whether their current surfaces will be suitable over the long term. Perhaps you’ve already thought about new options for the kitchen flooring in your Columbus home. But now it may be time to decide whether your living room flooring provides adequate comfort, or whether the room where you do most of your entertaining is too prone to picking up stains on its floor.

In Columbus as throughout the world, new traditions are constantly being invented and reinvented on major holidays. So if you expect this year to be the start of your long-term role as host of local festivities for Christmas or any other holiday, it may be time for you to start building the right environment for those festivities, from the ground up. That is to say, you should begin with the right choice of flooring, and never again worry about whether a given room in your Columbus home is the best place for whatever happens there, be it once a year or every day.

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Prepare for Thanksgiving, or Recover from it, with Fedco Floor Services

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It’s November, and for many people in the Columbus area, that means their kitchens are about to get more use than any other time of the year. Thanksgiving is a good time to reexamine the state of your kitchen, and that may include the makeup of your kitchen floor.

Fedco Floor Services provide a wide range of Columbus area flooring options. But we find that for many consumers, their sense of customizability doesn’t quite extend into the food prep area. Some people grew up with tile floors in their kitchens and decided that that was the only viable option. But hardwood, cork, laminates, and even concrete are all good alternatives for Columbus area homeowners. And all of them represent unique advantages, depending on how you kitchen is used throughout the year.

Any problems you encounter on Thanksgiving Day – such as excessive noise, poor traction, wear-and-tear, or difficulty in cleaning – are problems that you might wish to discuss with Fedco Floor Services the next time you consider replacing or upgrading your kitchen flooring. After all, the issues your kitchen confronts on the busiest day of the year are likely to crop show up on a smaller scale throughout the year.

If Fedco Floor Services can help you to address those issues, it may greatly improve the experience you have in a room that many people consider the heart of the home. Alternatively, if you find you are just looking to reset and get back to normal after the challenges of Thanksgiving Day, you can rely on Fedco Floor Services to thoroughly clean and repair any kitchen floor that has taken a more serious beating than it’s used to.

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Will Your Columbus-Area Flooring Need Cleaning After Halloween?

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We’ve advised you to get your Columbus-area flooring ready for the change of seasons and the additional hazards that come from fallen leaves and colder weather. But for some of our customers it may be worthwhile to focus on one specific day that could pose an imminent threat to Columbus-area flooring.

Of course, for most people, Halloween will only bring a succession of little feet to their doorstep. But some enterprising homeowners are sure to put their Columbus-area flooring on the line by organizing home-haunts and inviting all the neighbors in for a scare, or by hosting Halloween parties filled with potentially messy activities.

We wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from enjoying the holiday or helping others to do the same. But we would advise you to be prepared in case your Columbus-area flooring ends up in need of deep cleaning on or around November 1st.

Halloween activities can bring an awful lot of careless feet onto various types of flooring. Fragments of leaves and accumulated moisture can accelerate wear-and-tear unless rooted out right away. And that’s to say nothing of the risk of candy and stage makeup melting onto surfaces.

We don’t want to scare you, even though that would be in keeping with the season. But if your Columbus-area flooring is going to be exceptionally well-trafficked this Halloween, you might want to consider scheduling a cleaning with Fedco Floor Services ahead of time, to be sure your floors no longer look spooky after October is done.

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