Five Advantages of Laminate Flooring

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So you are finally ready to update the flooring in your home. While new flooring can transform spaces, comparing flooring to determine what is best suited for your home can be a pain. If you’re interested in flooring that’s attractive yet affordable; laminate flooring may be a great option for you. Here are five reasons why.

  1. Super durable

Perhaps the greatest feature of laminate flooring is its durability. Laminate has a tough exterior, with a resin coating making it resistant to scratches and heavy impact. When compared to vinyl, hardwood and other types of flooring, laminate lasts much longer. The surface makes it ideal for homes that experience a lot of traffic such as households with children and pets.

Also, many manufacturers offer an extended warranty on laminate flooring products that provides protection against water damage, stains and fading.

  1. Style and Versatility

Laminate flooring can simulate the look of your favorite types of flooring including hardwood, stone and a plethora of other finishes. Laminate tiles are available in many different colors, plank styles and thickness. The variety of hues and patterns allows homeowners to match the room style to they’re floors.

Laminate floor products are extremely easy to install. They can be installed over pre-existing sub floors as well uninstalled when it’s time for an update. In addition, laminate floors don’t require adhesive. The simple installation process saves both time and money.

  1. Affordable Pricing

Laminate floor products are inexpensive, especially when compared to hardwood and stone flooring products. There is laminate flooring available for every price range. Although, laminate is cheap it doesn’t fall short of quality. When you take into consideration the longevity of laminate floor it is the best economical choice.

  1. Easy maintenance

Forget about the expensive cleaning products and services. Laminate floors are easy to maintain. They can be cleaned with a simple cleaning solution and standard cleaning products available on the market today.

  1. Environmentally friendly

Since laminate floors are derived from wood by wood products which means that it doesn’t use harvested or endangered tree species. Unlike other types of flooring, laminate does not trap dust particles and other allergens.

Carpet or Hardwood For Bedrooms?

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Are you building a new home, a first time or move up buyer, or simply renovating your current home? The bedroom is your personal oasis and should reflect your style and taste. Often, we are guilty of choosing the perfect paint color, bed, bedding and furniture, but overlook flooring. Technically, choosing your flooring should be one of the first choices you should make. Think of the process as building from the ground up.

In your bedroom, the first thing your feet touch in the morning is the floor, and the last thing they touch in the evening. Floor choices will depend on design, taste and individual life style. Think about your daily life, do you only use the bedroom for sleep, or do you spend a lot of time in your bedroom? Do you have small children? Do you have pets? Do you take meals in the bedroom?

• Carpet – Carpet is still very popular for bedroom flooring. Carpet is soft and cozy with many styles, designs and colors. The choice of carpet padding affects the softness under your feet, while insulating and keeping your feet warm. Carpet is also an excellent choice for sound proofing, especially if the bedroom is upstairs. Some drawbacks for carpet are they get dirty quickly, hold dirt/dander and require frequent cleaning. Carpet is also less expensive than hardwoods, but not as durable and must be replaced periodically.

• Hardwood – Hardwood is a popular choice for it’s inherent beauty and style. Hardwood offers many choices based on type, design and color whether traditional, pre-finished or distressed looking hardwood. To soften the look and feel of the bedroom, placing an area rug in the bedroom is always an option. This allows you to add an additional design element of color, texture and defines the space especially for a large bedroom. Some drawbacks of hardwood floors are they scratch, offer very little padding, do not insulate and can be noisy. Something else to keep in mind is that hardwood does increase the value of the home.

Please let us know if you made the right decision for you and your home. We love to hear from you!

Considering the Advantages and Disadvantages of Flooring

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Selecting appropriate flooring for your home is no easy task. It requires much more than just deciding what products simply compliments the interior of your house. Durability, costs, materials are additional factors that influence the decision making process. In this article, we’ll consider both the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular flooring options.

Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are a synthetic flooring product that can be found in homes all over the country. What are some of the advantages of having laminate flooring in your home? Laminate floors are super durable. It has tough external layer that is coated with resin which makes the flooring products scratch and impact resistant. Laminate is the perfect flooring option for homes with children. While the benefits of laminate floors are numerous it does have it’s disadvantages. Once laminate becomes heavily worn it cannot be refinished instead you’ll be forced to purchase new flooring. The worst thing about laminate floor products is that water can cause it to swell and buckle. Also, laminate flooring does not add to the resale value of your home.

Carpet Flooring
Perhaps the biggest benefit of having carpet flooring is that it is the most comfortable type of flooring. Carpet can provide additional insulation. Carpet flooring is flexible because they are available in a variety of colors and patterns that add dimensions and warmth to any room. However, carpet has many disadvantages. It requires a lot of maintenance. Carpet is sensitive to moisture and stains. Professional help is necessary to keep carpeted floors in optimal condition.

Vinyl Flooring
Much like laminate floor, vinyl flooring is durable. It’s comfortable to walk on and perfect for households that experience a lot of traffic. Maintaining and installing vinyl is easy to install. You can purchase vinyl flooring in all types of patterns and simulations of natural wood. While vinyl is durable it is susceptible to damage by sharp objects. Constant exposure to sunlight can cause vinyl floor to fade and wither which is why vinyl flooring is not suggested for outdoor spaces.

Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floor products is manufactured in many different shades and colors. The color tones can be easily updated by refinishing the surface. Hardwood floors can dramatically add to the resale value of your home. Since hardwood floors are derived from natural materials it can be relatively expensive. Also, hardwood requires occasional waxing to keep its shine.

A New Take on Laminate

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Laminate is no longer just a counter top material, as it was in the past. With new technology in the manufacturing business, companies have found a way to use this material as an affordable alternative to real wood and other types of flooring. This material is very durable and scratch resistant. Read on and find out if this solution is right for you!

First you need to know what laminate flooring is actually made of. There are several layers to this material, which makes it stronger and more durable.

The top layer (which gives it the strength) is melamine resin. Melamine resin is a durable material used in affordable cabinetry. The resin has been treated with high levels of heat, which in turns gives it durability and scratch resistant properties.

The surface of laminate, the part you can see, is a high quality photograph of a particular type of flooring, most commonly wood. The melamine resin is basically a clear coat that is applied on top of the photograph; which is how it is protected from wear.

The core is typically made of high density fiber board. In most cases there is also a layer of plastic, on the bottom, which helps protect the material from moisture.

There are several styles of laminate flooring you can choose from. Read on to find out which type may be right for you.

Embossed surfaces are raised and resemble tile. Normally they are cut into square or rectangular strips. Generally speaking this type of flooring has a very textured look.

Smooth laminate is a kind of flooring that closely resembles ceramic or marble floors.

Patina is the newest type of laminate flooring on the market. This style tends to look like distressed wood, textured natural stone or antiqued metal.

Distressed laminate is also relatively new on the scene. It usually looks like rough sawn or hand planked wood.

Chances are if you are in need of an attractive floor, which is durable and cost effective; this is the material for you. It is available in so many types and styles that the options are basically endless!

8 Unique and Stylish Flooring Ideas

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We think you’ll absolutely love these suggestions! If you think standard or conservative flooring designs are beautiful, but don’t feel quite like they match your personality, you’re sure to find something intriguing on this list.

  1. Using tape to outline a faux rug on a solid color floor. Say what? Yes, we know it sounds odd but people are doing it and loving it. Talk about versatility! You can pull it up and redesign as often as you like. If you’re not very concerned about versatility but you love this idea, go ahead and use paint instead of tape.

  2. Tinted wood floors. These are far more subtle than painted wood but still provide you with the opportunity to blend in a little color. Indigo, for example is a beautiful tint on a floor and it hides dirt really well.

  3. Polished cement floors. So chic and understated. Looks good in many different environments, such as a city loft or rustic kitchen.

  4. Floral floor tile designs. This is adorable in any room that is very feminine or botanical. To achieve, mix and match hexagonal tiles to create a pattern that looks like you have big beautiful flowers all over the floor.

  5. Weathered wide plank floors. These have tons of character because of their age and size. Perfect in masculine settings or country homes.

  6. Patterned wood floors. Accomplished by using planks all one color, and the staining them in a pattern. Similar to the way tile floors mix tiles to create shapes. So, staining sections of the wood in the shape of multiple squares for example. You can also do stenciled wood floors using a stencil and contrasting color finish.

  7. Antique tiles from around the world. This would require you to be very good at scavenger hunts in order to compile a collection of coordinating tiles large enough to cover a floor. But it sure looks amazing when it’s done.

  8. High gloss wood. This is very glamorous, but also tricky to maintain. So don’t go for this idea unless you are a neat freak!

Slate vs Quartzite Flooring

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Quartzite is one of the most frequently mislabeled materials in natural stone. Cut and polished it is often mistaken for granite or marble. Left in its natural cleft state, many people confuse it with slate. This metamorphic stone does share traits with both marble and slate, but it’s made primarily of quartz that has undergone a dramatic transformation through heat and pressure. Therefore, it’s actually more durable and resistant to scratching and stains than either marble or slate. If you’re considering a slate floor for your home, but are uncertain if the stone you have picked is slate or quartzite, take a look at a few general characteristics of both to figure it out.

Slate

Slate was originally made up of layers and layers of compressed mud. It naturally clefts or slices itself along these cleft lines, and if you hold a piece of ungauged slate on its edge, you can often see the lines or grooves that these layers create.

Slate can be found in many colors from gray to green to purple, and many slates are often made up of several different colors in one. It is not uncommon to find a piece of slate that is different colors on either side, in fact.

When slate spalls, or flakes, shortly after installation, it does so in thin layers. The stone therefore may be dusty or muddy after being washed and little pieces may break off. The stone itself is fairly smooth, however, despite the clefts and valleys in the surface.

Quartzite

Being made of compressed quartz, quartzite is a lot more sparkly than slate. In the light it will often glitter like it is made of diamond dust. To the touch, ungauged or natural cleft quartzite may feel rough to the touch, similar to the surface of an emery board.

Quartzite can also be very dramatic in its coloring, with two popular colors – Desert Gold and Moss Green – actually coming from two sides of the same quarry.

When quartzite spalls after installation, it will appear to be covered in fine grit. Some people may describe it as being sugary as the tiny granules break off. Like slate, this does stop after a few months, but it’s less likely to be dusty or muddy during this time.

Laminate Flooring is Beautiful

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Laminate flooring has so much to offer that many people are not aware of. If you are budget conscious yet desire an attractive flooring with low maintenance, laminate is the selection for you!

This particular flooring selection is quite versatile, yet also user-friendly. It is durable and only requires regular sweeping and mopping. This wonderful material has the ability to look gorgeous and mimic hardwood, stone or tile. To view all the choices available, check out our laminate options available on our website or visit one of our showrooms.

Wide plank flooring is a popular choice.  Recent developments in inkjet printing have made wood-look patterns nearly indistinguishable from wood planks. Laminate is available in patterns that mimic hardwood, stone and tile. It is also available in a wide variety of sizes, textures and styles. The options are nearly endless! There are so many colors to choose from, there is no doubt there is a laminate right for everyone’s home.

This product’s durability comes from the way it is made. It is four layers thick. The bottom layer can handle movement from settling and is equipped to handle any moisture from the sub floor. The second layer, or the core, is made from a high density fiber or particle board that further handles moisture from the subfloor and provides stability. The third layer is a high resolution print of hardwood, stone or tile. This is what gives it a realistic and beautiful look. The fourth layer is a protective coating that enhances the durability and is stain resistance.

If you have kids, pets, or entertain frequently, this flooring is a worthy selection. is a product that has transformed into something better for everyday life and looks better than it ever has.

Use our virtual design tool to see what this flooring can look like in your home. Play around with different material selections as well as sizes, patterns and finishes. You will definitely be surprised at the versatility this product has to offer!

The Case for Laminate Floors in Your Kitchen

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Laminate flooring has been around for a while and it remains a popular choice in kitchen design.  More than any other room in the house, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Eating is a bonding activity that brings adults, children and pets together.  It’s where holiday meals are celebrated, birthday candles are blown out and treats are given to our furry friends. With so much activity going on in one room, durable flooring that provides function and style is a must.  Laminate floors can provide all of that and more.

 

When it comes to style, this material has come a long way. Modern laminate is capable of resembling real hardwood and tile better than ever before, making it a cost-effective investment.  No more discarding imperfect materials, such as when you install hardwood, since laminate flooring has no defects.  This material comes in an array of looks so there’s sure to be a design that appeals to you.

 

Installation is fast and easy. Older laminate uses glue to bind pieces together, while modern laminate has large tiles that lock into each other through a fold or click design.  Pieces can be custom cut with ease.  Beneath the flooring, a moisture barrier is put in place for extra protection, which is essential for the kitchen area. This barrier makes it possible for laminate to be installed in moist areas all over the house.

 

Another reason to love laminate is its resistance to scratches, dents and stains. Constructed of four durable layers, this flooring stands up beautifully to high traffic areas, making it easy for it to withstand everyday messes. Cleanup is a breeze, requiring only hot water and a mop.  Be sure to clean flooring promptly if dirty to maintain its protective coating.  For regular maintenance, use a dry dust mop to keep surfaces looking their best. 

 

With all of these benefits, it’s easy to understand why laminate is a smart choice for any busy home. Contact us today to find out how to make laminate flooring the star feature of your kitchen. Our experts will match you up with the perfect style to complement your space. 

Laminate

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Laminate isn’t always the first thing you imagine when you are redoing the floors in your house. You may want to rethink that sentiment when you research a little bit more about the new options available to you. Gone are the days of the cheap laminate from the 70s—modern day laminate can be molded to mimic real wood and tiling in a way that was not available before and at a fraction of the cost of natural materials. This can change the game for families who are on a budget and may need to use the money elsewhere in their remodel.


Due to modern technology, laminate flooring is able to be produced at quality levels that would fool most—companies can mimic texture and color and method of installation to create a realistic rendition of whatever material you are trying to mimic. You can find laminate that looks like wood and even natural stone. But it’s ability to save you money while also recreating the material you wanted to use originally isn’t laminate’s only plus side.

 

Laminate is easy to maintain—not only is it a breeze to clean up on a regular basis, an important fact for those with children, but it is also stain resistant. This can be very useful in rooms such as your kitchen and living room where spills are more prone to occurring. This type of flooring is also not prone to fading with direct sun light which is a concern with hardwood floors. 

 

Laminate is also very durable. If you have a high energy household with pets and children running around, laminate is a great choice to consider. It is exceptionally durable and is very resistant to impacts and indentations. This is great for accommodating households and rooms with high foot traffic. 

 

Don’t knock laminate until you’ve at least explored this option. Just take a look at the picture above and see how realistically it mimics the natural materials it is meant to copy. If you are dying to get started on your remodel but the costs of natural materials scares you away every time, consider laminate for your family’s household. Come check out our selection at Dolphin Carpet and see how laminate might be right for you!

The Modern Bedroom

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Designing with the intention of creating a modern look to your bedroom is sometimes difficult to imagine, especially if this is your first foray into modern interior design. Don’t let this deter you—with the right guidance and your own inspiration you can breathe new life into your bedroom and make it a place worthy of more than just sleeping.  

 

There are many different ways you can create a modern statement in your bedroom and build out the rest of your design from this statement piece. For example, a large, structured, geographic chandelier can add drama to your bedroom and act as the centerpiece. Once the main focal point in the room has been decided upon, the rest of your design will follow. If your chandelier is made of glass and metal this might lead to a smattering of glass vases and metal bedroom furniture to accent.

 

Accent walls are another great way to give your design a jumping off point and there are several ways of doing this. You could try to create a modern look by using neutrals in a geometric fashion along the wall behind your bed. Alternatively you can try using little to no color in the rest of your room except for a “pop” of color, for example a vibrant chartreuse accent wall that matches a couple of throw pillows and your bedside lamp. If you aren’t feeling like paint is what inspires you try imagining a wall that is paneled with wood. This is a great way to bring both a modern and rustic look to your bedroom.

 

Floor choice is another important aspect of your room design.  Wood floors have a classic look and feel, but can easily fit into a modern design scheme.  A dark wood finish is a wonderful choice for a modern floor – for instance this hickory finish on Orchard Fields by Mohawk.  

 

The final touch to your modern inspired bedroom is to focus on soft lighting. You want to be able to relax in your bedroom.  Harsh lighting can not only ruin your design efforts, but strain your eyes or even make it difficult to fall asleep. What you choose for lighting will depend greatly on what type of statement piece you chose to base your room’s design off of. Look for lighting that uses soft, indirect light that can be adjusted based on your needs.

 

Using a focal point in your room and using that to inspire the rest of your room’s design is a great way to keep your design focused and edited, while still feeling inspired and fresh.