A few months ago, the owners here at Wall to Wall decided to make some changes; they decided that it was time for some upgrades. In our showroom, we already have a vast amount of sample boards, mounted on several displays from various companies; and while we take pride in our displays, we also know when it's time to roll some things out, and put some new things in.
Between Naturally Aged Flooring, Mirage Hardwood Flooring, Armstrong, Mohawk, and The R.A. Siegel Companies Private Label, we have a newly updated selection of beautiful hardwood floors. From birch, to acacia, be it hand scraped or smooth, we have a fantastic selection. All of the above mentioned companies may be competitors, but Wall to Wall carries all of them; and we take pride in the products we present. Why are we beefing up our selection? To be frank, it was just time.
As many of you are aware, flooring options discontinue; it's just what happens. A product may be too glossy. The trees that were once harvested to create flooring options have become too scarce and can no longer be cropped. Trends that were once booming, are now dying down; and the list goes on. If we, or any company for that matter, want to stay useful to our surrounding communities, change is necessary. This is why we constantly update our products; and seeing as how hardwood floors are of great interest, we sorted through our showroom, changed some things around, and added some beautiful collections.
While the purpose of this blog is to bring you up to date on our new hardwood flooring options, there are some things to keep in mind when looking for your next hardwood floor. First, don't let online photos get the better of you. They can be deceiving. Come into our showroom, pick out a few options, and take home some samples so you can see them in your home's natural light. This doesn't mean you shouldn't look at some pictures of different flooring options, just don't assume that what you saw online is exactly what you're going to see in person.
Second, do some research. Figure out what kind of flooring that you want, and look it up; just don't get lost in too much detail. While part of the idea of sales is to educate customers, it will be better in the long run to have some knowledge about different flooring options. Better to have some questions that need answering, than have none at all. That fact that you have some information and an idea of what you want, will help the salesman help you find what will best suit your needs.
Lastly, remember, if you can't, you can't. Money isn't everything, but be practical when you're deciding on flooring. If you really want a hardwood floor but don't have the money for it yet, save a little longer. Flooring is a major overhaul and is fairly costly. If you don't want a floor that you're going to hate after it's been installed, wait for what it is you want and don't settle. Little by little, dollar by dollar, you'll find that the right flooring for you is what you save for; so be practical, and swing by.
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While modern trends travel the world and through the pages of all too many flooring magazines and television commercials, I prefer a different feel. Modern trends are nice and you can blend modern designs with classic home decor, but too much modern makes me a little uneasy. I like sci-fi movies just as much as the next guy, but sometimes, you need to draw a line; and this line, for me, would be made of acacia.
What is acacia exactly? For the longest time I thought it was only a food group. I've eaten acacia sorbet (which just so happens to be delicious); I've seen acacia concentrate (which makes a fantastic, healthy beverage); I even used to have a necklace that was made of acacia seeds. Still, these delicious treats are only a few of the many uses for what is essentially just a fruit producing tree that has over 1,300 species, and several different uses. So why am I writing about a fruit tree? Take a look at acacia hardwood flooring and see for yourself.
Acacia hardwood is an exotic flooring material; but just because it's exotic doesn't mean it's expensive. Let's face it, price is a major determining factor when buying flooring; but the fact that acacia is reasonably priced, makes an "exotic" product, a practical choice for your next flooring project. It's a beautiful wood flooring that will last, as long as you maintain it; but sweeping hardwood floors with a standard household broom once every other week won't due. Every time we have a customer purchase a hardwood floor from us, we provide them with a cleaning kit; made up of a microfiber mop, an adjustable handle, as well as a lifetime supply of hardwood floor cleaner, for as long as you own the home that the floor has been installed in. Microfiber is an ideal material for cleaning hardwood floors; and combined with the lifetime supply of hardwood floor cleaner that we provide, you can expect hardwood acacia floors to last a long time.
Acacia wood is a beautiful flooring material with quite a bit of variation in each plank; and like every hardwood surface, no 2 planks are identical. Acacia wood may not have the most variation among wood species, but there are definitely a lot of noticeable light to dark color contrasts. "Warm," would be the word I would use to describe acacia floors. I tend to think of a warm cup of coffee when I see acacia floors; not because acacia looks like coffee, but because of the spiraling color variations. If you've ever seen a cappuccino with froth setting on top instead of whipped cream that you can buy from your local grocery store, then you might have an idea of what I'm about to describe: acacia reminds me of when you stir in sugar into the froth topping of a cappuccino. While stirring in the sugar packet you just poured into your cappuccino, you see the feathery white froth, spiraling into a light, then medium, then dark brown color; ultimately changing the entire color and flavor of what you're drinking. The cappuccino that you purchased was warm, comforting, but now that you've added just the right amount of sugar and stirred in the froth, it's YOUR cappuccino; just like acacia floors. Acacia hardwood floors are warm, inviting, and but once you have them installed, they're yours.
Another fact about acacia hardwood is, while it's said to be a comfortable surface to walk on, it's also one of the sturdiest hardwoods on the market. This makes acacia even more appealing to homeowners, as these are important attributes for a flooring surface to have; especially a hardwood surface; although acacia isn't scratch proof. If you drop a sharp object on your newly installed acacia floor, or have dogs running through your home with untrimmed nails, you're going to have issues. HOWEVER, scratches and gauges can be easily repaired by purchasing a set of putty sticks from your local hardware store.
Lastly (and this is only a matter of opinion) acacia floors are just pretty. They bring a character that is too often easily overlooked. An open space with light cream colored walls and a medium brown acacia hardwood floor gives off a friendly, welcoming, and relaxing atmosphere, that will make you want to sit and relax while you enjoy your surroundings. So when you're looking for a new flooring surface, don't count acacia out; stop in our showroom and take a look around. Pick up a sample or two and bring them home. See what your home could look like with your new flooring options. Let the images swirl in your mind; and when you've decided, stop back in and let us handle things from there. You'll be glad you did.