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Planning for a New Year/New Floor

December 28, 2011 10:26 am    Posted by Rebecca Fisher    Comments (2)

Get New Floor

The time is fast approaching when New Year’s resolutions are uttered with growing frequency, and most of us start thinking about renovations: for ourselves and our homes. If you’re considering a new floor in the new year, I’m going to help you start planning!

In our customer service group, I’ve learned from our callers that their main concerns are about the aesthetics of a new floor and the cost. Typically, we recommend that callers review the flooring products on our website first to get an idea of the type and color of floor they want and then we suggest they visit their local flooring retailer or home center to get samples and pricing. But there is so much more to think about!

Before You Buy a New Floor

Wood-look Vinyl Sheet Floor

First, consider the function of the room. Does the room have a sink or a tub? That will affect the type of floor you want to install. For example, it’s not a good idea to install hardwood in a bathroom or powder room, where there may be a lot of moisture. Vinyl or laminate are excellent alternative options. If you want the look of hardwood, you can find a breathtaking array of wood visuals in our vinyl sheet, luxury vinyl, and laminate flooring collections. So even with another flooring type, you can still achieve the desired look for your home.

Next, before “Out with the old, in with the new,” take a moment to think about your existing floor. Why do you want to replace it? Are you looking for simpler maintenance? Floor care should definitely play a part in deciding what kind of floor to choose. Most of our flooring products require little maintenance, but check out the recommended maintenance for the floor you want to avoid surprises. Here’s an example: linoleum is a beautiful flooring option, but it requires regular cleaning and polishing to keep it looking its best.

Finally, narrowing down your selections will allow you to gain more in-depth knowledge about your new floor. It’s better to address questions and concerns with your retailer or our customer service department before you buy. The more you know what to expect from your flooring, the more comfortable you’ll be when the installation is taking place in your home – and the happier you’ll be with the final results!

Happy New Year!

Rebecca Fisher, Customer Service Representative for Residential Products, has been with Armstrong for almost two years. She has worked in the home improvement industry for over 8 years. Her husband is an architect, and they love changing and improving their home – when they’re not chasing after their toddler. Rebecca loves helping her customers and enjoys blogging for Armstrong on topics she feels passionately about.

2 Responses to “Planning for a New Year/New Floor”

  1. plbryant says:

    We recently had Armstong Luxe Vinyl flooring installed. It was recommended to us by our daughter and son-in-law who own an upper end remodeling company and know our reluctance to spend a great deal of time or money on upkeep. (We replaced Bruce Hardwoods and carpet after removing a wall between two rooms).

    Even before the job was completed there were several scuff marks and a scratch from where the cat couldn’t get traction in an attempt to flee the installer. We have been disappointed in the high care this product requires. Scooting back the diningroom chair with felt pads on the bottom left scuff marks! It is just my husband and I, our yellow lab and a cat at home and my husband and I generally don’t wear shoes around the house. (The dog definitely can’t run on this floor without risking hurting himself). I fear that our grandkids won’t be able to run a toy car over the flooring without marring it–I don’t want to be that grandmother! High cost/low joy.

    • rffisher says:

      I apologize for the poor experience thus far with our product. There are maintenance steps you can take to help minimize scuffs and surface scratches on this type of material. The link below will provide our complete maintenance recommendations for Luxe. A floor polish can be used to provide protection to the surface of the floor. If severe damage occurs on a plank, that plank can be replaced without impacting the surrounding planks, assuming that you have the extra material to do so. We can provide instructions on that procedure as well. If you have any further questions on the Luxe product or how to maintain it, please contact our Customer Relations & Technical Services Department at 800-233-3823. Our phone lines are open from 9am to 4:30pm EST, Monday through Friday.