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Hickory dickory what?

Added on June 6, 2016 by admin

    For the last 13 years that Wall to Wall Flooring has been in business, we've had sales come and go. We've had blow out laminate sales, luxury vinyl specials, carpet discounts; and now, we have a killer deal on some beautiful hardwood floors. What's the reason for this sale? Simply put, when we get a deal, you get a deal.

    If you're looking for a hard surface at a reasonable rate, look no further than our current hickory hardwood special. In 4 different colors by 2 different manufacturers, both Naturally Aged Flooring and Maxwoods make fantastic products that are hard to beat at our price point of $2.99 per square foot; and with 2 of the 4 colors being random width, we're offering a deal that turns even the most modern designer's head.

        After doing some research on hickory, I've come to find out that there are 19 different kinds of hickory hardwoods around the world. What takes me by surprise is that with all of these off shoots of one tree, the grain variation embedded in each piece of wood is similar. No matter where it may be from, you can always tell a hickory flooring due to its unique grain design; whether it's the Southern shagbark hickory that grows in limestone soil, or kingnut hickory that grows in wet, bottomland forests; you can always tell hickory hardwood from the rest. 

    Rating at an 1820 on the Janka Hardness scale, this domestic wood species is harder thank oak; making it a product that will last. While hickory may not be impervious to these elements, hickory is resistant to termites, mold, fungus, scratches, and general wear and tear. Hickory floors give you a good bang for your buck. So when you're done looking around to get a good deal, and tired of haggling with businesses that won't budge for your budget, stop into the one store that already has; Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."

 

Blue Mountain Majesty

Added on April 15, 2016 by admin

    Singer, song-writer Brandon Heath reminded me of something today; he reminded me of how much I loved my vacation in Tennessee a few months ago. The quiet country feel, the mountain terrain, the rugged way that the winding roads feel as you walk up and down them, the log cabins and their hardwood floors inside; the country just feels home. The funny thing is that although I was born in Oklahoma, I've never really been a country kinda guy until I married my wife ; and I gotta say, she won me over.

    The good ole country feelin' my wife and I love isn't everyone's cup of tea. All too many people today want the quick service, high speed internet lifestyle that tends to surround everything we have and do in this day and age. Are you hungry? There's take out. Do you want some coffee? Have some instant and mix it with your microwaved, boiling hot water. Do you hate commercials on tv? Watch the on demand channel. While all these things (besides the instant coffee) can be good, we tend to focus so much on them that we forget the little things like having hobbies. Kids today tend to play more Minecraft than they do draw; or substitute running around outside for an evening talking to Facebook "friends." The simple life has gotten so complicated that you can't seem to differentiate simple from overwhelming; but that's where the latest, lasting flooring trend might be able to help.

    All too often people come into Wall to Wall asking for a hand scraped wood floor. The glossy trend has faded away, and this new, yet reliable trend has taken it's place, and it appears for the long haul. Hand scraped and distressed wood floors are creeping up on the purchasing public. People want that country feel with the fast pace of a modern America; and they're getting just that. People are walking into houses that feel like homes now; characterized by distressed, hand scraped hardwood floors that are being installed country wide. People may want the latest trend, but they long for something that is lasting, and while a floor may not be the answer to their soul's deepest longing, it is something that will be warm and lasting in their homes.

    One of the most common hand scraped, distressed flooring surface is oak. It's a warm, solid surface that will never fade with failing fashions. Generally speaking, when someone is thinking of wood floors, they think of an oak floor, knots and all. Still, when you put an oak flooring surface next to an acacia, or a hickory sample, it is noticeable that each species has its own characteristics. Acacia looks like someone made a cappuccino and swirled the froth atop it in with the coffee itself, leaving a beautiful design, and put it on a hard surface. It's quite different to any other hardwood flooring surface you will find. Hickory looks similar to the spiking beat on the screen of a heart monitor that you would find in an emergency room. Each wood is unique, and the more you study each one, the easier it will be for you to differentiate one from another. 

    The right flooring surface for you, the customer, is always going to vary; and so will that flooring's effect on you. I love hardwood floors due to the fact that they take me mentally to a place that is simpler; slower; more graceful; where there are open fields and running horses. Still, some of you prefer tile floors because you prefer a chill on a hot day and live in the south. Some prefer the cushion of carpet because of the ease it gives the bones in your feet. Whatever your reason for enjoying whatever flooring you prefer, when you're ready to have something installed in your home, call us at Wall to Wall. We have sales on hickory hardwood, luxury vinyl, carpet, tile, and can get beautiful products at reasonable rates. So slow down your day, take a trip out of state, and walk you feet onto the flooring surfaces we have in store. Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring Center."

 

Music to my feet

Added on April 1, 2016 by admin

    Lately I've been listening to some broadway music, thanks in part to my sister who indoctrinated me with Les Miserables when I was only 11 years old. I find the melodies, the harmonizing, and the passion behind the voices singing to be moving. I listen to the words and wonder how some people cannot feel an ounce of emotion as the voices they hear surge with passion. The training it takes to develop the kind of talent that lands someone a spot in a broadway production is demanding, time consuming, and flat out hard; and the same way that a broadway play can be moving, the right floor in your home can move you as well. 

    When you have the right floor, your feet can seem to sing songs of gratitude as you walk on your them. Different floors undoubtedly have different characteristics, and just like the characters of a broadway play, each flooring product has it's own identity. Tile is cold and hard and can seem to be unforgiving as it sends chills through your body as you walk step by step; wood floors are solid and warm, making your feet comfortable and at home as they slide across the cozy surface; carpet is soft and can almost feel like walking on a cloud as you step one foot in front of the other. It's funny how just the thought of a warm, fuzzy carpet can almost make you feel warmer even when you sit in a cold office. Just letting your mind sit and think of the warmth you may feel by stretching out on a warm surface is comforting in itself.

    After working in the flooring industry for some time, I'm come to the conclusion that wood floors are my favorite type of flooring surface. Laminate is ok, though a bit noisy, and I like tile in the appropriate area's, but wood flooring, for me, takes the cake. I like the look it gives a home, and I enjoy the warmth it brings as well, even if it's a weaker wood. The feeling that I get underfoot when I walk on a wood floor is simply sublime. Like a crowd cheering at the end of a big musical number, my feet applaud the feeling of stepping on a wood floor. The only reason my wife and I don't have wood floors in our home now is because of the fact that we are renting! 

    My purpose in writing about wood floors and the effect they have on me personally is to ultimately get you, the reader, to ask yourself, when in all is said and done, what is your favorite kind of flooring surface, and what is stopping you from pursuing having it's installation in your home? Sometimes, one particular flooring surface just might not be practical, and sometimes lack of finances may plays role; if it's the latter of the two, we at Wall to Wall can lead you in the right direction to get financing so you can accomplish your dream flooring project.

    At the end of the day, what makes your feet sing? If you think of your toes stretching out and curling to grab the soft carpet fibers underneath them, I think you have your answer. If you love the idea of laying on chilling tile to ease the heat from a summer day, take a guess at what might be your ideal flooring. When you've discovered what that flooring option might be, and you want to talk about having that installed in your home, come swing by our Altamonte Springs showroom. We have plenty of flooring options to suit your needs and meet your expectations. So why wait? Come and stop into, "Your one stop flooring center today."

 

Arnold isn't the first oak.

Added on February 26, 2016 by admin

    Long before the Terminator was even a gleam in his father's eye, oak tress were making their way through people's homes as floor coverings; hence the title of this blog. Nicknamed "the Austrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a few commonalities with oak wood flooring. Unfortunately, the "timeless" attribute that comes with the tree is not one that comes with the former body builder.

    First, if you are wondering if I am a Schwarzenegger fan, let me ask you this: are you kidding? Who isn't? Now that we're past that we can continue to discuss the topic on hand. Oak flooring, just like the actor, is solid. Rated from 1290-1390 lbs on the Janka Hardness scale depending on the species, oak flooring sets the pace for all other hardwood floors. Other woods might be rated on the Janka scale, but a foundational cornerstone for what the hardness of what a wood flooring should be is marked at oak. It's just a good, tough floor.

    Next, in the same way that even in his political career Arnold was unable to stay from the occasional cameo, oak flooring just keeps popping up. Your exotic floors like Brazillian cherry or African teak are becoming more popular, it's true, but oak floors are still the foremost selling hardwood flooring surfaces to date. Modern trends might say, "Acacia is in," but longevity says, "Oak is it."

    Lastly, oak floors, like the actor, last longer than you'd expect. As I previously mentioned, modern trends may come and go, but after all is said and done, what lasts is what is considered "classic." Oak floors have been around for decades, and modern trend or not, they will outlast every other "in" product; after all, if something is old, it's not old anymore, it's vintage, retro, or fashionable.

    So after the acacia has evaporated, and the Brazillian cherry has been deported, count on your oak flooring surface to be around. It's a good product that you can find at a reasonable price. Mr. Schwarzenegger aside, oak planks truly do make up a timeless classic flooring surface. It has the character and strength to last the life span of your family's home. So when you make the time, swing into Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center," and take a look at some of our oaks. 

 

Syrup you can walk on.

Added on October 8, 2015 by admin

    I enjoy the thought of warm maple syrup. The smell of it is amazing. It's delicious on freshly made buttermilk pancakes or french toast. Together, the combination fills your stomach, leaving you fat and happy. The best part about it? Now, you can walk on some.....sort of.

    While organizing some products in our showroom, I came across something that stood out to me. I paused to get a better look at what was a dark brown, black current, deep red, Maple floor product. Nuvelle Flooring makes a beautiful hardwood floor, and their Blowing Rock Collection is no exception. Maple Midnight made me stop in my tracks, and is one of the most beautiful flooring surfaces I have ever seen; and while am normally not a huge fan of dark wood floors, this particular product tops the short list of dark flooring surfaces that I would consider buying for my own home.

    As I said previously, I don't particularly care for dark hardwood floor. I normally prefer a medium brown hardwood, without too much variation in grain and knots; still when I noticed Maple Midnight's sample board sitting in its place, I had to stop. My pause at this particular product was an unexpected, pleasant surprise; so much so that when I saw it, I knew it was going to be the focus of my next blog. 

    Maple hardwood is an interesting species. It is used to make bowling pins, baseball bats, and even archery bows due to it's strength and stiffness. It's even the preferred wood to make butcher blocks. In short, maple is just a solid, hard surface; and if you're in the market for a hardwood floor, you might want to look up what's called the Janka Hardness Scale, which simply rates the hardness of wood. From California Redwood, to Brazilian Ebony; if you're looking for a hardwood surface for your home, you'll find out how much weight it can take with this scale. 

    What I thought was most interesting while looking up Maple, is that the part of the tree that produces syrup, is the same part that is harvested to produce hardwood floors. To me, that's just plain cool. A tree that is most widely known for the production of delicious, golden syrup, has been used to make a flooring product that is harder than Walnut, American Cherry, and even Oak. "Who knew, right?" The only question that remains is: Aunt Jamima, Log Cabin, or Maple Grove Farms All Natural?

    All bad jokes aside, if you're looking for a flooring surface with depth and richness, look no further; Nuvelle's Maple Midnight is a winner. If you're not sure what you're looking for, but like the sound of what you've just read, come in and take a look. Our showroom is open from 8am-5pm weekdays, and from 9am-4pm on Saturdays. Remember, you can afford having a dark floor in your home if you have lighter walls to keep the space from looking smaller than what it really is; and as much as I'd like to say it doesn't matter, the color of your furniture also plays an important role when choosing a flooring option. A dark cherry wood floor in a room with grey walls and a lime green couch will look awful. I'm not telling you to paint the walls of your home white and buy new furniture; I'm saying you should consider everything in the room you want to replace flooring in.  What color is the furniture in that room? What are color are the picture frames and other decor? What color are the walls? Will the flooring option you're considering tie well into the rest of the house? Whatever you're looking to do, the right combination of color and design, can create a warm and welcoming environment to any home.

    At the end of the day, the style you want for your home is up to you. Don't settle for something less, and be smart with what you have. Furniture is movable and decor is changeable; and while flooring is replaceable, the expense is MUCH greater. So take your time in choosing what you're going to walk on daily. Choose carefully, choose wisely, and swing into Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."

 

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