Home Flooring Ideas, Trends and Advice Column at the Home Flooring Pros blog

Buying a new floor for your home or specific living space is a very important choice, a sizable investment in your home, and a home improvement project that you'll have to live with for many years to come. We have answered hundreds of questions over the years of selling an installing floors so we have a good idea of what you may want to learn.

In this section of our site we provide flooring ideas to inspire, flooring trends to keep you current and general floor buying guides with advice for consumers. Our most popular guides are linked in the sidebar, and you can narrow the index to more specific topics by clicking on the "Tags" or keywords that are discussed in those specific articles. If you don't see a guide that adequately answers your questions, please contact us and suggest it, we add new guides each month based on customer feedback.


Transition Strips: Which Transition Strip to Use and When to Use It

Transition strips probably aren’t the first things you think of when planning your new flooring project, they hardly get the heart racing! However if you want the flooring throughout your Read More »


White Wood Floors and Other White Flooring Options & Ideas

From white wood flooring through to white tile flooring, in this Home Flooring Pros guide we show you your white flooring options, the pros and cons of light colored floors, where Read More »


Calculate the Cost to Install Hardwood Flooring

How Much Does it Cost to Install Hardwood Floors? Compare the Factors That Affect Installation Prices and Estimate the Hardwood Installation Cost for Your Project. In our guide to solid hardwood Read More »


Best Mop for Tile Floors: Top Rated Mops Reviewed in 4 Catagories

Choosing the best mop for tile floors will depend on which type of mop you are most comfortable using. Their are four different types of mop that are all excellent Read More »


How to Remove Floor Tile: Tools, Step by Step & Tile Removal

Many homeowners become very interested in how to remove floor tile once they get estimates for the job from flooring contractors. The cost to remove floor tile is $3 to Read More »


COREtec Plus Flooring Reviews

Over the past few months we’ve received a number of emails and comments about COREtec Plus engineered LVT plank and tile flooring, so in response here’s our in-depth COREtec review Read More »


Tile Patterns: Which Floor Tile Pattern is Right For Your Home?

Welcome to our tile patterns guide! It’s no secret that we love floor tiles here at Home Flooring Pros – the variety of looks, colors, textures and styles that are Read More »


Rug Cleaning Cost: Prices for Cleaning Natural & Synthetic Area Rugs

What does rug cleaning cost? Fine rugs can’t be tossed into the clothes washer. They must be cleaned by an experienced professional cleaner using proper techniques in order to get Read More »


Hypoallergenic Carpet: You, Allergies and Carpet Flooring

If you or someone in your household is prone to allergies, you might be looking into hypoallergenic carpet as a flooring option. Here is something you should know: The concept Read More »


Tile Sizes and Tile Shapes for Your Floor – Buyers Guide

One of the reasons we love using floor tiles is that there are just so many options available to create a truly personalized space. And outside of the sheer volume Read More »


11 Best Penny Flooring Posts, Projects and Ideas

Some time back we put together our guide to low cost plywood flooring. At the time we didn’t have high expectations for the post, it was really just an off-the-wall idea Read More »


Nylon vs Polyester Carpet – Compare and Contrast

Two of today’s most-used carpet fiber materials are nylon and polyester, and the similarities and differences between these two are the focus of this carpet fiber guide. So, let’s look Read More »


19 Best Places to Buy Rugs

Following on from our recent Where to Buy Reclaimed Wood post, today we turn our attention to rugs and in particular the best place to buy rugs both in store and Read More »


Can you Paint Laminate Flooring? Ask the Home Flooring Pros

We’re back with another installment of Ask the Home Flooring Pros. This week we address the question of painted floors. We’ve all seen some great results from painted wood floors Read More »


Painted Floors & Steps: 22 Top Design Ideas Using Colors & Patterns

Have you got old wooden flooring that is in desperate need of renovation, but not enough budget to replace it? Or perhaps your linoleum floors are quite fine, but not Read More »


PVC Flooring Vs Vinyl Flooring – Ask the Home Flooring Pros

Continuing our Ask the Home Flooring Pros series of articles we turn our attention to a common question we get asked quite a lot, which is…What is PVC Flooring and Read More »


Where Does Granite Come From – Ask the Home Flooring Pros

Home Flooring Pros is the number 1 online flooring resource and during the last few years our visitors have been emailing us with all kinds of questions and often the same questions over and over. So Read More »


How to Remove Laminate Flooring – The Home Flooring Pros Guide

If you want to save a dollar or two per square foot on your flooring project, then removing laminate flooring yourself is an easy way to do it. It can Read More »


Wood Floor Stain Colors: Ideas & Photos

If you are planning to install hardwood flooring in your home – or perhaps you have wood flooring already and are looking to refresh it – you will need to Read More »


Reclaimed Wood Flooring: 15 of the Best Places to Buy Reclaimed Flooring

The reclaimed wood industry is quite robust as customers integrate the material into their residential and commercial projects.  Reclaimed wood is appealing for many reasons including the value of re-purposing Read More »


The Best Laminate Floor Cleaner from the Home Flooring Pros

In our laminate flooring care and maintenance guide we walk you through the best way to clean laminate floors. To summarize, getting laminate clean is a two-step process. Vacuuming picks Read More »


Hardwood Flooring Types – The Home Flooring Pros Guide

I don’t know about you, but when I search online for information about the types of hardwood floors available I’m expecting more than just a couple of hundred words about Read More »


Best Vacuum or Steam Mop for Tile Floors

While cleaning tile floors is still a chore most of us could live without, the evolution of floor care tools has made it easier and more effective than ever. Finding Read More »


Parquet Flooring – The Definitive Guide

Here at Home Flooring Pros we’re big fans of parquet flooring, especially a modern herringbone pattern. And you might think, from looking at all the parquet floors that pop up in designer Read More »


Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile – What’s the Difference Between Them?

“Porcelain vs ceramic…which do you recommend?” This is probably the number one tile flooring question we get asked here at Home Flooring Pros. Should you pay the higher cost of porcelain tile Read More »


Laminate Flooring in the Kitchen – Pros & Cons, Options and Ideas

Since we published our article Best Laminate Flooring – Pros & Cons, Reviews and Tips we’ve had a number of comments from homeowners, some for and some against using laminate flooring in the Read More »


How to Install Laminate Flooring Over Concrete

In our laminate flooring installation guide we give clear information on the tools and techniques you’ll need to get the job done. Of course there are specific instances where you Read More »


Asbestos Floor Tiles – Everything You Need to Know

Asbestos floor tiles are fairly common in properties of a certain age and needn’t be a reason to panic, you may not even need to remove them. Nevertheless it pays Read More »


Flooring Trends 2016 – Our Blog Roundup

We’ve been heartened to see the popularity of our blog posts outlining the various home flooring trends of the moment. We even had an email the other day asking us Read More »


Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2016

Despite the wealth of home flooring options available for every room in your house there is one material that stands head and shoulders above the others in terms of popularity Read More »


Waterproof Basement Flooring – Best Options, Installation and Cost

In our recent basement flooring post we showed you some great ideas to inspire your basement remodel and the best flooring to go with it. Of course all the ideas Read More »


How to Cut Laminate Flooring – Tools, Step by Step Guide and Tips & Tricks

As we mention in our guide on how to install laminate flooring, although installing laminate flooring is an achievable option for the handy homeowner, the trimming and cutting of the Read More »


Concrete Kitchen Floors – Pros & Cons, Ideas, Costs, Installation & Cleaning

In our recent guide to the best flooring for your kitchen we gave you an overview of the most popular flooring options for your new kitchen. Here, in the first Read More »


Best Engineered Wood Flooring – The Top Brands Reviewed

If you’ve already started reviewing your options in the hardwood flooring market, then you’ll be well aware that engineered hardwood flooring is an increasingly popular and available product, that is Read More »


Best Home Improvement Websites – The Home Flooring Pros Selection

For this Home Flooring Pros post we thought we’d do something a bit different and share with you our favorite home improvement websites. Of course the main part of our Read More »


Carpet Removal – How to Remove Carpet or the Cost of Using a Pro

Carpet removal and disposal is a cost that homeowners often overlook when calculating the total cost of installing new carpet. It is exactly this kind of expense (amongst others) that Read More »


Oak Flooring Vs Maple and Hickory Flooring

For fans of solid hardwood flooring, or engineered hardwood, oak, maple and hickory are three favorites. Each wood has unique characteristics that draw homeowners to it. If hickory, oak and Read More »


Basement Flooring Ideas – 30 Best Options & Designs

Remodeling basements into rooms that offer more than simply being a storage space is becoming a much more popular and cost-effective way to expand the habitable space in your home Read More »


Find The Best Carpet – Brand Reviews, Quality & Style Trends

In this Home Flooring Pros guide we give you a step by step guide to finding the best carpet, taking into account quality, budget and style, and offer up expert recommendations and Read More »


Best Flooring for the Kitchen – A Buyers Guide

Here at HomeFlooringPros one thing we know for sure is that there are no hard and fast answers when it comes to the right flooring for your home. What’s right Read More »


30 Bathroom Flooring Ideas, Designs and Inspiration

Renovating a bathroom from scratch can be a daunting task. There is a lot to consider: how to make best use of the space; what kinds of fixtures and fittings Read More »


36 Best Places to Buy Hardwood Flooring

In this Home Flooring Pros guide we will list 36 of the best places to buy wood flooring so that you can find the best option for you and your budget…information is power!


Compare Long Term Cost of Wood Flooring in your Home

Hardwood flooring remains the top choice of homeowners who want a premium product renowned for its beauty and durability. It’s a lifetime floor that can be restored to its original Read More »


Compare Water Damage Repair Costs for Home Flooring

A dishwasher or bathroom fixture leaks, a window is left open during torrential rains or the basement floods, and flooring gets very wet. These things happen, and when they do, Read More »


Berber Carpet – Best Berber Colors, Prices, Fibers and Reviews

If you’ve been researching buying carpet for you home, I’m sure that there’s one word that keeps cropping up: Berber. In recent years Berber carpet has reached almost Holy Grail Read More »


49 Places to Get Free Flooring Samples Online – Tile, Carpet, Hardwood & More

Hardwood flooring costs are high enough without making any mistakes. Without samples to view in your home, choosing flooring you’ll love is a gamble, at best. The only way to Read More »


Pros & Cons of Hardwood Vs Engineered, Bamboo, Carpet and Other Types of Flooring

When choosing flooring for a home remodel or new construction project, most homeowners consider hardwood because of its beauty and traditional appeal. We at Home Flooring Pros get a lot Read More »


30 Kitchen Floor Tile Ideas, Designs and Inspiration 2016

Here at Home Flooring Pros we’re big fans of installing tile flooring in your kitchen. It’s true that hardwood flooring is also very popular as a high end option and Read More »


Underlayment – Find the Best Underlayment for Each Type of Flooring

Most flooring requires underlayment to cover imperfections in the subfloor, reduce sound and provide other benefits specific to each type of floor covering. It may not be sexy, but it Read More »


Loose Lay Vinyl Plank Flooring – Pros & Cons and Reviews

So we recently saw that Karndean have added some new designs to “an innovative format of luxury vinyl flooring” that requires no adhesive. What’s so innovative about that? I wondered Read More »


Best Flooring for Dogs & Cats – Scratch & Spill Proof Vs Comfort

Did you know that there’s a dog in 40% of US homes? That’s a lot of dogs and a lot of long doggie nails tearing at your floors! Add in Read More »


Schluter DITRA – Underlayment for Tile Installation

Professional tile installers and DIY homeowners use Schluter-DITRA matting to prevent the cracking of tile and grout caused by movement substrate, the foundational material beneath the tile. DITRA is also Read More »


Dark Hardwood Floors – Can You Make Them Work?

A quick read of our guide to hardwood color trends will soon reveal that, while there are some diverse and adventurous trends to be seen, the traditional color brown continues Read More »


Rustic Wood Flooring Ideas: 6 Ways to Create That Lived-in Feel

There are certain interior design trends that come and go, a lot of fuss is made about them, some people go a bit crazy attempting to remodel their homes to Read More »


11 Top Tips to Remove Stains From Your Flooring this Holiday Season

So, the holiday season is in full swing; you’ve spent an eternity cleaning and decorating the house, got lots of gifts hidden in secret places all around your home, and Read More »


12 Top Tips for Floor Protection During the Holiday Season

As the year gently winds down to a close, most of us are frantically gearing up for the end of year celebrations. It’s a fun time with family, friends and Read More »


10 Best Trendsetting Area Rugs for Winter

It’s that time of year again: the heating is being ramped up, wood fires are being lit, and at the end of a day tromping through the chillier weather all Read More »


Floor Patterns: Carpet, Wood, Vinyl & Floor Tile Patterns

We continue with our series of flooring trend articles with a post on what’s hot for patterned floors, tile patterns, patterned carpet, wood patterns and more.


New Wood Flooring Feature – reSAWN TIMBER co

Exciting news in both the solid hardwood and engineered hardwood arena – the super cool reSAWN TIMBER co. have added a bunch of new products to their entirely desirable flooring, Read More »


Best Laminate Flooring – Pros & Cons, Reviews and Tips

If you’re researching a new home flooring project and have a pretty strict budget to adhere to, then a good starting point is to look at laminate flooring which, over Read More »


11 Best Plywood Flooring Posts, Projects and Ideas

We first became aware of plywood flooring back in December of 2012, not long after we launched Home Flooring Pros, when we read a post by Jordan Crompton on her Read More »


Floor Tile Designs From Lindsey Lang

When a designer goes from launching her own range in 2012 to winning the UK’s prestigious Homes & Gardens Young Designer Award just two years later, you’ve got to pay attention.


Carpet Ratings – Top Carpet Buying Tips the Pros Don’t Want You to Know

Having made the decision to get carpet flooring, you’ve finally found a clear weekend to explore the carpet retail stores…


5 Bathroom Floor Tile Ideas For Your 2016 Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom are two of the top renovation projects that are likely to add resale value to your home. So how should you go about choosing a Read More »


Cork Flooring Reviews – The Best Brands Reviewed

In case you haven’t noticed, cork flooring has undergone a quiet revolution in recent years, shedding its dreary 70s homespun image and emerging as a wholly interesting and infinitely greener Read More »


Bamboo Flooring Reviews – Best Brands & Types of Bamboo Flooring

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on flooring trends in recent years, you’ll have noticed a distinct rise in the popularity of bamboo flooring. Once a little known, somewhat Read More »


Luxury Vinyl Tile Reviews – LVT & LVP Buyers Guide

There’s a new, somewhat surprising trend going on in homes across the nation; surprising because it involves the words “vinyl” and “luxury”! That’s right – vinyl is now luxurious! In Read More »


Spring Cleaning Ideas: 5 Top Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips

Time to get out the rarely-used extra long feather-duster out, get the curtains down for a wash, get some vinegar solution onto the not-so sparkling windows, and get the floors polished up to perfection!


15 Ways to Use Recycled Old Hardwood Flooring

Assuming you have the know-how and a pile of old flooring timbers that you don’t know what to do with, here is a round up of some of my favorite inspirational recycled wood projects to get your creative juices flowing.


New Parquet Wood Flooring Trends

The great tradition of parquet flooring has been somewhat ignored in recent years as interior design has focused more on minimalist and then utilitarian influences. But the art of parquet Read More »


How to Refinish Hardwood Floors – A DIY Guide

One of the best things about hardwood floors is how hard-wearing and resilient they are, but even the toughest of wooden floors will benefit from regular upkeep to restore its Read More »


5 Inspirational Mediterranean Tile Ideas

Ahh the Mediterranean! No other word is capable of simultaneously evoking warm summer sunshine, lazy days by the beach, effortless al fresco dining, antique charm and casual elegance! No wonder Read More »


Tile That Looks Like Wood – The Definitive Buyers Guide

One of the biggest new trends in home décor over the past few years is the rise of porcelain and ceramic tile that looks like wood.


Hardwood Floor Colors: Trends & Design Ideas for 2016

If you’ve already decided that a solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floor is the right kind of floor for your home décor project in 2016, then chances are you’ve already Read More »


Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons Vs Cork Flooring

In our cork and bamboo flooring guide you can find tips for cleaning and installing these two popular flooring materials and a price guide to help you budget your new Read More »


Solid and Engineered Hardwood Flooring Grades Guide

As a first time buyer of new hardwood flooring there is certainly plenty to think about and much to learn, it’s not as simple as choosing a species of wood Read More »


Garage Floor Paint Comparisons and Reviews

In our recent article on garage flooring options we took a look at the many different flooring choices available, ease of installation and an estimate of price/cost for each type Read More »


8 Best Luxury and High Quality Flooring Options For Your Home

Here at Home Flooring Pros we like to give you information on all the best budget flooring prices, home floors that give you the best bang for your buck, but Read More »


Garage Floor Options, Ideas, Costs and Installation

From Garage Floor Paint to the Latest in Coatings, Epoxy and Tiles, Review the Latest in Garage Flooring Ideas, Pictures and Options. Learn about Cost, Installation Prices and Methods, and Read More »


Carpet Trends for 2015/2016

Now is an exciting time to be considering new carpets or rugs for your home. One of the effects of the recession and a stagnant housing market has been a Read More »


Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring vs Hardwood, Vinyl & Other Flooring

One of the questions we get asked here at Home Flooring Pros is ‘where is the best place to install laminate flooring?’ It seems from the sales blurb that laminate Read More »


What Are the Most Durable Flooring Options For Your Home?

We all want floors in our home that look great, but sometimes there are other factors which are just as important. If you have a busy home with pets, kids Read More »


Flooring Options for Every Room in the House

Here at Home Flooring Pros we appreciate how important it is for you to make the right decisions when choosing, buying and installing new floors in your home. We also Read More »


What Should Be Included on a Flooring Installation Price Quote

Here at Home Flooring Pros you will find in depth guides on all the major flooring options available for your home. And whether you are looking to install cork flooring, Read More »


The Best 6 Reasons to Tile Your Kitchen Floor

One of the greatest challenges when it comes to choosing new flooring is the sheer scale of choice now available and this is especially true in the kitchen. In our Read More »


5 Signs You Hired Yourself a Reliable Hardwood Flooring Contractor

So you know the reasons why a hardwood floor is a great choice and you’ve worked out how your going to pay for your new floor. Now all you have Read More »


Prefinished Engineered Hardwood Vs Prefinished Solid Hardwood Flooring

If this is your first visit to Home Flooring Pros you might be interested in reviewing our detailed buying guides for solid wood floors and engineered wood floors. One of Read More »


Why the Hardness Rating of Your Wood Floors Matters

As we explained in a previous Home Flooring Pros guide there are plenty of good reasons to choose solid hardwood flooring ahead of other flooring options. Once you’ve decided that Read More »


5 Common Hardwood Flooring Problems To Avoid – A Prospective Buyers Guide

In one of our previous Home Flooring Pros guides we discussed Flooring with the Highest Return on Investment. Unsurprisingly solid hardwood floors top the list of good flooring investments. Nevertheless Read More »


The 5 Worst Enemies of Home Flooring in the Springtime!

So spring is upon us and, while the stronger sunshine and warmer temperatures are most welcome, the changing climate brings with it a new set of challenges when it comes Read More »


Outdoor Patio Flooring that Offers the Best Return on Investment

Outdoor living has become much more important over the past several years and homeowners have many choices when it comes to the type of flooring they can install in the Read More »


Bathroom Flooring Options

In this Home Flooring Pros guide we share the top bathroom flooring options you may want to consider.


Outdoor and Patio Flooring Options

Source: www.westoverld.com Outdoor and patio flooring options need to stand up to the elements as well as provide an attractive, durable floor covering. While your outdoor flooring options are limited, Read More »


Best Flooring for a Dining Room – Options and Ideas

Dining rooms are where families and friends gather to eat – and where kids spill food and juice on a regular basis. If you have a separate dining room, then Read More »


Bedroom Flooring Options

In the bedroom, warmth, comfort and quiet are the highest priorities when choosing flooring. You also want the floor to be beautiful. To meet these goals, you’ve got several outstanding Read More »


Living Room or Den Flooring Options

The living room or den is where you seek to unwind and relax. It can also be the location for a gathering if you’re entertaining guests. Flooring for these rooms Read More »


Home Office Flooring Options

You probably spend a lot of time in your home office, so you want the flooring to be comfortable. You may also see clients there, so you want the flooring Read More »


Kitchen Flooring Options

The kitchen tends to be the room where families gather, not just for meals but for socializing and entertaining friends. Kitchen flooring must combine attractive good looks with a tough, Read More »


5 Ways to Pay for New Flooring in your Home

In a recent article we discussed which flooring offers the best return on your investment. Whether you’re looking at a complete kitchen remodel or a garage conversion it’s always worth Read More »


Basement Flooring Options

Finished basements add living space to any home, but only certain types of flooring are appropriate for basements due to the higher humidity. In addition, basement floors usually receive a Read More »


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