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Achieving a modern look can be as simple as adding a finishing touch to your windows. While researching new blinds and shades can seem overwhelming, the right choice for your home isn’t out of reach!
Faux wood blinds bring a more contemporary aesthetic to any room of the home. Window treatments from Empire aren’t all about looks – they’re durable and sustainable as well! Faux wood blinds may be exactly what your home décor needs.
You’ve probably seen the shopping guides based on seasonal demand before. Buy lawnmowers and printers in September. Gas grills in November or December. Winter coats and sports gear in March. But what about flooring? The best time to shop for new floors is right before the holidays kick in. Here’s why.
The wood look is a great look and we’ve extensively covered why laminate is one of the best ways to get there. However, with various styles and features, it may seem hard to choose the perfect one for your home. Empire Today is here to make things a lot easier. Keep reading to see what factors you should look for when picking the best laminate flooring for your home.
Here’s What to Look For in the Best Laminate Flooring
You want every room of your home to look beautiful. Heavy traffic from kids, pets, and daily chaos has other ideas. Visible wear and tear will show up if your floors aren’t durable enough to withstand your lifestyle.
Laminate may be known as a more durable option than other wood look options, but some laminate flooring is more durable than others. Check for the abrasion criteria (AC) rating to make sure you are choosing the right one that’s fit for your family’s lifestyle. AC ratings can range from 1-5 and the higher the better.
Another feature to watch out for is scratch resistance. Laminate with protective treatments such as Aluminum Oxide as well as industry-leading wear warranties will be your best bet. The same goes for stain resistance. The easier it is to maintain your investment, the happier you will be in the long term.
What Room(s) are You Remodeling?
Laminate’s beautiful look can run into issues in the wrong room. Wood doesn’t mix well with standing water or consistent moisture. In fact, laminate can very easily warp and buckle if it’s installed in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. Luckily, laminate has evolved over the years.
Not only does its waterproof feature make a wood look possible in any room, it’s also resistant to mold and mildew.
It’s also important to consider the number of windows in the room. More windows mean more sunlight, which can cause fading and discoloration. Finding a laminate floor with UV protection can help prevent color changing in rooms with lots of windows! (Bonus tip: window treatments can help, too).
Choosing a Laminate Style
Like hardwood, laminate has many style options. From plank width, to grain color, to texture, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best laminate flooring style.
Narrow floor boards can add character to the room. However, they might contradict a room with busier decor. If you’re going for a more open, minimalistic look, wide laminate planks might be a better option for your space.
Realistic Laminate Textures
There are many textures for you to choose from. Empire Today offers 4 realistic laminate textures:
Texture Embossed – A high level of realism, this texture has an aesthetic that matches the décor beneath the design paper. This means wood marks, wood grain, and marks are all incorporated into this look.
Smooth – This texture has a smoother touch that’s soft and subtle. It doesn’t have a deep grain texture, which can help make cleaning easier.
Hand Scraped – A similar texture to hardwood, hand scraped laminate can range from soft scraped to heavy scraped. They can sometimes come with marks for a more authentic, handcrafted look.
Wire Brushed – This soft texture gives the impression of being brushed with a metal wire. This choice will be great for a vintage look, adding character to your floors with its worn appearance.
No matter the texture you prefer, your laminate flooring will have a realistic touch and feel that mimics genuine hardwood.
Choosing a Finish
Glossy finishes have a traditional, smooth look. However, they also show more dust, scratches, and imperfections. Matte and satin finishes are more trendy and modern and can hide imperfections better than glossy finishes.
All finishes can give your home a clean look. It’s best to choose the one that’s best for your personal style and home décor.
Laminate Flooring Colors
When choosing the best laminate flooring style, color is one of the most important factors. Red and yellow undertones are still a beautiful look, but cool tones are the latest trend. Dark tones can offer a sophisticated look, but if you have a small room, they can make it appear even smaller. Lighter tones give the illusion of open space while brightening the ambiance.
The Best Laminate Flooring Should Perfectly Complement Your Home and Lifestyle
In the end, the best laminate flooring is the flooring that fits your specific needs. With a plethora of styles and features you’re sure to find one that’s best suited for your household. If you want even more insight, Schedule an Estimate today to have a Flooring Professional help you pick the best laminate flooring for your home.
Empire Today® is both fortunate and thrilled to receive FIVE major awards for company excellence in 2018, including three Stevie® Awards from the American Business Association, a Confirmit® Achievement in Customer Excellence (ACE) Award, and an Employee Engagement (EE) Award. (more…)
Wood look flooring is here to stay. What’s constantly evolving is the many ways to pull off the look if you aren’t shopping for traditional hardwood. Laminate and vinyl plank arepopular alternatives, but a certain flooring type might surprise you with its realistic wood styles. Keep reading to see why wood look porcelain tile took this summer by storm and is likely to remain a household flooring staple.
Decorating a small space can be tricky. You may have tons of ideas, but some of them may be too big for the room you have in mind. Don’t get discouraged—Empire is here to help you make your home truly inviting – no matter the size. Here are 10 easy and functional small room décor ideas.
Hardwood flooring is timeless, stylish, and can increase the overall value of your home. But heavy traffic and improper care can lead to long-term headaches. Refinishing hardwood floors is a great way to make them look brand new without a complete replacement. Here’s what you should know before getting started.
While a lot of carpet’s comfort is provided by its fibers, carpet padding adds the cushion that your feet feel when walking on your flooring. Want to learn all about the different carpet padding types? We’re here to help familiarize you with padding.
It’s finally summer! Don’t just have fun in the sun. Add some fun décor inside your home. From flowers to flooring, these summer decor ideas are sure to help give your home a fresh look for this vibrant season.
Getting beautiful new floors is a great way to update your home with a new look. However, a lot of thought goes into getting the perfect end result. Here are a few key things you should consider to make your floor remodeling process go as smooth as possible.
If someone asks you “What kind of flooring do you want?” the first thing that may come to mind is wood look vs. carpet. Instead, you should be asking yourself, “What’s beneath the surface?” Hardwood, vinyl, tile, and carpet may be the only thing your family and guests see, but where there’s beauty, there’s a subfloor providing support. What is a subfloor? Let’s find out.
Home is where the heart is, and it’s also where your style is. If you want to demonstrate your unique personal style, décor can make all the difference. But how much does it all cost? Whether you prefer tradition or following the latest trends, affordable flooring is not as hard to find as you think. Here’s where to start.
The first room that comes to mind when you hear “tile floors” may be a bathroom, kitchen or even the laundry room. Because of a built-in resistance against moisture, tile is often the preferred choice for these rooms. But have you considered tiles for living room flooring? Your family spends a lot of time in the living room, you should always have décor that’s not only stylish but functional everyday. Here’s why tiles for living rooms are a great idea for your home.
When remodeling your home, every detail matters. The blinds and shades, furniture, and, most importantly, flooring are all big factors that can make a difference in your home. One of the common rooms people choose to transform is the kitchen. Choosing the right kitchen floor tiles can not only elevate the kitchen itself but your home in general. Learn what you should consider when choosing tile and what styles are available to help you transform this special room.
Your bathroom is more than just a room. It’s a place where you can escape with a relaxing bubble bath, a judgment-free zone for you to sing as loud as you’d like, or maybe it’s where your kids will first learn to grow out of diapers. Whatever your bathroom means to you, it’s important to take proper care of this sanctuary and choosing the right bathroom floor tiles is a big component. Never fear, Empire is here to help you pick the right flooring for you and your family.
Want carpet but suffer from allergies or nasal issues? Worry no more! HOME Fresh, exclusive at Empire Today, is the world’s first and only hypoallergenic carpet with odor-neutralizing technology. But, that’s not the only reason for its greatness! Watch and learn why HOME Fresh is a revolution in carpet.
The world’s first and only 100% hypoallergenic carpet with odor-neutralizing technology, HOME Fresh is a carpet like no other. Some may even say it’s the carpet of the future. Watch as our Empire Man explains how this carpet is ahead of its time.
Carpet just got a whole lot better! We’re proud to introduce HOME Fresh, the world’s first and only 100% hypoallergenic and odor-neutralizing carpet exclusively at Empire Today. That’s right! If you have allergies or sinuses, you don’t have to necessarily scratch carpet off your home decor list. See how this revolutionary carpet can help keep your home fresh ( pun intended) and clean.
“Go green”, “Save the Earth”, “Eco-friendly”. You’ve probably heard these terms a million times. With the discovered dangers of pollution and increased chatter about global warming, Americans are starting to focus on protecting the Earth and its environment. Whether it’s through recycling, composting, or hybrid cars, society is starting to find alternative ways to live that consider the condition of Mother Earth. As much as everyone likes to brag about being eco-friendly and promoting the lifestyle, there are still a large number of people who don’t know the true benefits or see a reason to switch up the way they live. Before you make the big switch, make sure you know why you’re doing it, what it means for your family, and how it affects the environment. Here are a few key points you should consider before you go green.
What Does It Mean to be Eco-Friendly?
Before we talk about making your home eco-friendly, you need to understand what it means. First, let’s discuss your carbon footprint. This determines how many greenhouse gases, mostly carbon dioxide, you’ve put back into the environment. That can be affected by the car you drive and even the food you eat. Overall, going eco-friendly means reducing your carbon footprint and conserving resources, such as water and energy, by using products and/or practicing habits that keep the well-being of the environment in mind. How complicated can it get?
Going Green Doesn’t Have to be Hard
Being responsible for the well-being and future of an entire planet may seem like a daunting task. However, it can be really simple. You don’t have to dive into the eco-friendly lifestyle 100% or start habits that are extremely different from your current lifestyle. It all starts with the small things. If you have a recycling bin for your home, start collecting plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard. Instead of throwing your cereal box in the garbage can, opt for the blue or green bin.
You can also start by using energy-efficient LED light bulbs. They may cost a bit more than the average light bulb but it’s a simple way to start being eco-friendly and conserve energy without a major inconvenience.
Whether dealing with household bills or even just receiving your paystub, you’ve probably gotten the option to go paperless. Instead of ignoring it, say “Yes!”. Not only does going paperless means less clutter in your home, but it’s a great way to start preserving trees and the earth in general.
Going green can be simple. It’s all about finding the small and easy tasks that can make a big impact.
Eco-Friendly Benefits for Your Home
It’s a common misconception that people who go green must spend a ton of money, but, in all actuality, it can help you save money. Deciding to ride your bike or walk instead of drive means you won’t have to constantly pay for gas for your car or public transportation. It also means less maintenance payments you would typically pay for a car, such as oil changes and car washes. Energy-efficient lightbulbs may cost more than the average bulb, but they last longer and they help you save on your electric bills. That means you save money in the long run. Recycling is free, and in some areas, you can even take your recyclable items and receive money. If you’re choosing to go eco-friendly by conserving water, this means a lighter water bill for your household.
On top of saving money for your household, you get to teach your children how to be responsible and learn more about how much they affect the Earth. It even gives the family activities to do together. Setting environmental goals together and helping each other organize a plan is a great way to bond with your loved ones while making your carbon footprint smaller.
In the end, you also get a rewarding feeling from doing something to help preserve your planet. It may start with small things, but knowing you’re taking the steps to get cleaner air and, in the long run, a healthier lifestyle can be beneficial to your moral confidence.
HOME Fresh: An Eco-Friendly Carpet for the World Around You
An increasing trend in the green lifestyle is considering eco-friendly flooring. While people may focus on which wood look will be better for the environment, carpet can also be beneficial. Empire’s exclusive HOME Fresh carpet was built for the world around you. The world’s first and only hypoallergenic carpet with odor-neutralizing minerals, HOME Fresh not only benefits the environment in your home but the environment as a whole.
Constructed with 90% post-consumer recycled content, this carpet is made to help keep the planet cleaner. Its fibers are made from recycled plastic bottles! And when it is time to replace your carpet, you don’t have to worry about it affecting your carbon footprint because HOME Fresh is 100% recyclable!
In addition to being recyclable, this exclusive carpet doesn’t have latex or any Volatile Organic Compounds. Not only does this mean it’s odor free, but not having any harmful VOCs means cleaner air and a healthier household for your family and a less damaging effect on the environment.
In the end, changing your lifestyle to consider your planet doesn’t have to be hard. When you go green, remember, you can take it one step at a time. Start simple and ease your way into having an eco-friendly home. Not only, will you be helping save the planet, but it can have benefits for you and your family.
Carpet is soft, comfortable and often means the difference between a stark room and a home-y one you spend all your time in. But carpet fibers can also be a recipe for funky smells over time, whether it be from pets, cooking, or smoke. While finding an at-home cleaner idea on Pinterest or a carpet deodorizer at the store for a quick fix is tempting, it’s not going to get rid of lingering odors for good. There’s a better way to avoid carpet smells. (more…)
In addition to enhancing your home’s aesthetic, carpet has a soft touch that offers you and your family comfort. But have you thought about what lies in the world between its fibers? No, we’re not talking about common soiling. Let’s think beyond the cookie crumbs and talk about your nose’s worst enemy—household allergens!
HOME Fresh™, a whole new kind of soft flooring, is finally here. And you can only get it from Empire Today. Here are 5 things you’ll love about HOME Fresh carpet.
It’s that time of year again! Empire Today is thrilled to appear at several home shows over the next few months. Don’t be shy – we’ll be in Texas, Michigan, and Colorado to answer all your flooring-related questions! Who knows… our new spokesman may even be in attendance. Below is a full Empire Today home show roster for 2018. More dates to come. (more…)