Get some home makeover inspiration from your top picks on Pinterest and Instagram this month!
Get some home makeover inspiration from your top picks on Pinterest and Instagram this month!
Looking for a new floor? Here are five things you should know before you buy!
Your floor will NOT always look exactly like the sample.
Wood floors are like snowflakes. No two trees are alike, so no two boards will be alike. The floor in your home could be made up of over 1,000 different pieces of wood! A small sample containing only a few grain patterns and shades of a species could never fully represent your completed floor.
What can you do? If you find a floor you like, try purchasing a box to see what kind of variations you could expect. Do you still like the color? The graining? The varying lengths? Stained floors will offer a more uniform color if that’s the look you want.
Expect 5 – 10% waste.
Wood is a product of nature – it’s not perfect! The industry allows a tolerance of 5% defective boards, natural or manufacturer related. Some exotics will have 8 – 10% waste. Pinholes, mineral streaks and knots are allowed in most grades.
What can you do? If you dislike a board, ask your installer to cut it out or put it aside. If board width seems to vary, place boards of the same width together in the same row.
Hardwood is NOT indestructible!
Any hardwood floor could scratch or dent, and manufacturers do not warrant against these issues.
What can you do? Try to have a no shoes policy as much as possible. High heels strike the floor with more force per inch than an elephant’s foot! Keep the floor clean. Dirt and debris get tracked in and can scratch your floor. Use mats by all doors to minimize it. Use cleaners that are safe for your floor. If the finish gets damaged by a cleaning product it may weaken, and your floor may be more likely to damage.
All wood floors can experience color shade changes over time.
Many species are photosensitive and will gain a richer, darker “patina” when exposed to sunlight. There are no known values established for this natural condition.
What can you do? This process can be rapid the first 3 months, less in 6 months and finishing off in about 1 year. Periodically rotate large area rugs and furniture to even out areas that were not exposed to light. Try to avoid large area rugs for the first 3 months.
There are DOs and DON’Ts to cleaning!
Water and wood do not mix. Water causes deterioration of the wood itself, as well as the finish.
What can you do? Throw away the bucket & mop! Never clean the floor with vinegar, ammonia or abrasive cleaners – they can dull or damage your floor and void your warranty. Always use cleaning and maintenance products that are safe for urethane finishes. Read 10 Incorrect Ways to Clean Your Floor + 1 RIGHT Way to learn more!
Ready for a makeover? Check out some of our favorite before and after transformations & get inspired for your own home upgrade!
Dream Home St. James – Scarlet Strand Bamboo Laminate
“Used this flooring in my bedrooms, living room, and hall way in February . I loved the flooring so much, I order more flooring for the dining room.” – Adine, Florida
Lisbon Cork – Castelo
“In our recent house search we saw one that HGTV had done a fell in love with the cork floor. When we finally bought our home it was really stuck in the 80's with white tile throughout. We knew we were going to redo the kitchen and that cork floor was calling our name. It's floated right over the tile and you can't even tell there's tile underneath. We couldn't be happier and it is beautiful as well as durable and a great conversation piece. Spills wipe right up with no streaks and it's so easy to clean. We love it!” – Linda, California
Start your home makeover at the Overstock Flooring Sale going on this weekend only! Deals end 5/27!
NEW floors have arrived at Lumber Liquidators! Bellawood Matte comes with a low gloss version of the same industry-leading aluminum oxide finish for superior wear and scratch resistance!
Matte is perfect for those who prefer the simple elegance of an oil-rubbed floor – they have the oil-finished look without the constant tedious maintenance.
From Natural Hickory to Brazilian Pecan, there are multiple colors and styles to choose from. Your screen won’t do it justice, so get to your local store to SEE the difference for yourself!
Looking for a store? Check out Store Locator!
Spring has sprung & so has home makeover season! Get inspired by our TOP PINS for your spring transformation:
Find these top picks on our Spring Home Makeover board:
A Before & After transformation with Forbidden City Bamboo:
11 Decorating Tips from This Old House for freshening up your home without breaking the bank:
12 perfect colors for your new accent wall:
Don’t forget the outdoors! Here’s a whiskey barrel fire pit to liven up your backyard, from our Al Fresco board:
Love DIY Network’s Blog Cabin? Use the kitchen of the 2011 home to inspire your own makeover! It’s the most-pinned from our Blog Cabin Floors board:
Image from DIY Network
Want FLOORING trends? Here’s what’s popular on our Pinterest boards right now:
Australian Cypress Hardwood will bring a beautiful, rustic look to your home:
Castle Park Oak is a handscraped butcher block wood floor! It’s popular on our Handscraped board:
Peking Antique is a newer bamboo floor:
Mount Joy Smokey Laminate is a popular pin this spring!
It's time for your spring home makeover! Find us on Pinterest for daily inspiration, design ideas, DIY tips, affordable upgrads & more: pinterest.com/hardwoodforless/
In honor of our NEW before & after gallery we’re inviting you to vote for your favorite home transformation submitted by a Lumber Liquidators customer! We narrowed it down to the top 6 upgrades…now you decide! The photo with the most votes will WIN $2,500 to Lumber Liquidators. Plus, one voter will win $2,500 for a flooring upgrade! Check out the top 6 transformations:
“Purchased a neglected foreclosure, and did a full remodel featuring Lumber Liquidators Tobacco Road Acacia!” – Brian, MI
Product: Tobacco Road Acacia
“My husband and I bought this ranch built in the '50's that still had all the original mocha and chrome fixtures. However, we decided to modernize the place, which included removing the shag carpet in the kitchen (gross!) and replacing it with gleaming planks of hickory.” – Stephanie, MA
Product: Natural Hickory
“3,500 sqft. of Siegel Strand Bamboo used.. it was so easy to install that I did it on my own with a few buddies. As you can see in the photo, the long set of steps was more difficult but turned out great. This picture should be encouraging for future customers.” – A.J., MO
Product: Siegel Click Strand
“We bought our new home with 15-year-old, damaged, dirty linoleum and decided to install this product. It looks magnificent, is scratch and water resistant and was easy to install! It's also very easy to clean, and doesn't get dull. We liked it so much in the Kitchen, that we ripped up the old, smelly carpet and put it down throughout the rest of the living space. What a difference!” – Ashley, TN
Product: Antique Click Strand
“We put these floors throughout our living, dining, kitchen, and hallway areas. They were very easy to install and look fantastic. We are very excited with the results.” – Rebekah, VA
Product: Click Strand Carbonized
“Went from a Galley Kitchen with 2 eating spaces and separate Living room to a wide open concept. We just love the floor and the installation was a dream.” – Paul, WI
Product: Tobacco Road Acacia Easy Click
Visit facebook.com/LumberLiquidators and find the Before & After tab to cast your vote and enter to WIN $2,500 for flooring! Hurry – entries must be received by March 31!
Guess what’s going on NOW?! We’re clearing out top quality floors at LIQUIDATION prices at the End of Quarter Liquidation Sale!
Get Bellawood Prefinished Hardwood DEALS…
…like Natural Australian Cypress!
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Save BIG on Morning Star Bamboo…
…like Forbidden City!
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Score a Virginia Mill Works Handscraped floor…
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WOW your friends & family with a Schon Engineered deal…
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Dreaming of a NEW FLOOR? Get the look with Dream Home Laminate…
…like Rio Grande Valley Oak!
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…and MORE!!! Get to your local store to SAVE BIG! March 19 – 31 only.
Whether it’s the look of hardwood, a unique style, or the best of the best, there’s a floor for everyone! You don’t have to blow your budget for your spring home makeover!
The Look of Hardwood
Laminate and Vinyl – if you don’t have a huge budget, but you’re ready to tear out the dirty old carpet. The hardwood look is a lot more affordable than you might expect.
Unique Hardwood Styles
Handscraped Hardwood & Bamboo – a twist on traditional wood flooring. Handscraped offers a rustic, hand-crafted appearance. Strand bamboo is twice as hard as oak & comes in a variety of classic & one-of-a-kind styles.
The Best of the Best
Bellawood – attention to detail, a lifetime of beauty, a trend setter & the leader in scratch resistance!
We can’t find you a Valentine, but we CAN find your match! Your hardwood flooring match, that is. Keep these 3 tips in mind when you’re searching, and you’ll find the perfect floor for you in no time!
What’s the difference?
When shopping for flooring, something to consider is what TYPE of flooring you want to use. There’s more than just solid hardwood out there, and narrowing down your options can be tough. Here’s a little help:
When it comes to flooring, things aren’t black & white. There are a lot of colors and style to choose from! If you don’t know where to begin, try narrowing down your color shade. Looking for something light? Always dreamed of a dark floor? Want something right in the middle? Try narrowing down your color preference to light, medium or dark. You can do this easily on our website! Think of your home, your furniture, and your style.
Floors come in all shapes and sizes. Think about what you want your space to look like, and narrow down your options by thin/narrow, medium width, or wide plank! This can really change the look of your floor, and it’s all about what you like.
It’s cold outside. That’s why we’re thinking SPRING at Lumber Liquidators! Our newest catalog is out, with hot floors you’ll love. It’s never too early to upgrade your home with new flooring! Order your catalog online and check out 6 floors that are new this season:
Lisbon Cork One of our most popular looks is now available in CORK, combining the beauty of natural material with a comfortable, cushioned surface. Plus, cork is sustainable, acoustical and a great insulator!
Virginia Mill Works It’s a prefinished, engineered Easy Click floor with beautiful handscraped elegance. Enjoy the look and feel of a rustic floor detailed by hand, with modern technology for a more stable floor.
Bellawood Peruvian Mahogany is a vibrant wood that shares the beauty and luster of traditional mahogany with a more unique color. Sought after for its hardness, durability and warmth, this could be your new floor!