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An Overview of Flooring for Your Home: An Interview with Alex of Express Wood

By Alex B

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Express Wood has been in business since 2007. We serve between 170 to 210 homes per year. We started as a one-man show and grew into a small business with several crews and still growing. We strive ourselves on treating customers' homes as our own.

What are some of the most popular flooring options out there right now? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Most popular flooring options right now are hardwood floor / laminate and tile. Hardwood floors are easy to maintain; they give a nice rich feel. In some cases, laminate floor is more durable than hardwood floor, but you cannot refinish it in case something would happen to it (dings, scratches, or water damage). Tile is great for bathrooms and kitchens; they are easiest to maintain and clean, and you don't have to worry about water spills or dropped dishes.

What flooring option can one add to their home that will really increase its value?

Hardwood floors proved to be the best floors for raising value of the house. Also, tile, if done and designed properly, will increase their value but not as much as hardwood floors.

Although hardwood flooring is sometimes advertised as the best option, what can adding a carpet to my home do for the overall environment?

Adding carpet to certain rooms of your house can add that coziness that hardwood floors can't, unless covered with area rugs. The family room or a game room could use carpet to add that warm/cozy feel. Sometimes kids' rooms are a good idea to cover with carpet, especially if the home is sitting on a slab or has a cold basement.

In your opinion, why is it important to utilize the services of a design consultation?

Design consultation is a good idea because sometimes it gets tough to figure out what you want where. With the selections of products nowadays being so large, it gets harder and harder to pick the product you like or that will fit your home style and/or room. There are a lot of rules you have to obey when installing a floor, such as a) can't have more than 3 different floors in one open area, which you could see at the same time, b) sometimes it is better to go completely opposite color of the floor than trying to match existing floor, especially if the other product will be just a tiny bit different. etc.

What is the best way to reach you or your company?

If you would like to talk to us or have us come out for free estimate and/or consultation, the best way to contact us would be to either go to our website www.erieexpresswood.com and fill out a contact form or just call our office at 814.440.5903.

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