8 Tips For Keeping Your Floors Clean This Winter

Even in the Charlotte area where snowfall is scarce, it can be a bit tricky to keep your floors clean during cold-weather months. 

Between tracking in wet or brittle leaves in the fall, enjoying the extra foot traffic that comes with company during the holidays, and trudging through the sometimes slushy weeks of winter, it’s not uncommon to find your family is bringing in a whole lot more crud than usual.

Here are our eight favorite tips for protecting your floors this winter:

KEEP ENTRIES CLEAN

Keeping your floors clean inside starts with keeping your entries clean outside.

Make it part of your regular routine to sweep away dead leaves, dirt and other wintry debris from any area where you or guests regularly enter and exit your home so there’s less to track in. Don’t forget the garage and side doors.

USE DOORMATS

Even if the areas around your doors are clean, shoes and paws can still trap and carry dirt, mud and other seasonal gunk from elsewhere.

Place a stiff doormat at each entry so you and your guests can give your shoes a quick wipe before entering. For high-traffic areas, consider a second mat inside the threshold, too.

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES

Your shoes keep your feet warm and clean in all sorts of public places – which means that, in addition to the winter grime you can see, your soles are likely harboring a whole host of germs and other nasties invisible to your eye.

Keep a shoe tray or bench by the door and ditch your kicks the second you come home. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to do the same (bonus points if you tip them off to bring their cozy socks or slippers).

WIPE PETS’ PAWS

Our dogs can’t take off or wipe their paws, so it’s on us to keep their feet clean for both their health and safety, and our floors.

Keep a rag by the door on wet days and give all four paws a quick towel-off (don’t forget between their toes!) before you turn your pooch loose inside after your evening walk. You can also keep a bottle of all-natural pet wipes handy for quick and gentle paw patrol.

SWEEP OR VACUUM OFTEN

We know the last thing you want to do is spend more time than you have to cleaning, but a quick sweep or vacuum twice a week can go a long way to prevent what’s tracked in from getting ground into your floors or carpets. (Hello, Roomba.)

PLACE DECORATIONS CAREFULLY

Have fall, Hanukkah or Christmas decorations that sit on the floor? Consider using felt pads or a thin piece of cardboard as a barrier to prevent surprise scratches, dents or stains on the floor when you pick up your decorations at the end of the season.

CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

We love the look and smell of a live Christmas tree, but the mess it makes while it’s with us can be a headache.

Place a waterproof barrier between your tree stand and floor (a garbage bag will do the trick). Use a tree skirt for added protection, be careful not to overwater, and vacuum fallen pine needles regularly to avoid sticky sap getting stuck to your hard floors or carpet.

FOLLOW CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

No matter the time of year, always check your manufacturer’s instructions for proper floor cleaning and care. Doing so will keep your floors looking great for years to come and preserve the terms of your warranty.

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6 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN COMPARING FLOORING ESTIMATES

If you’ve ever gotten multiple quotes for flooring (or any other home project), you know estimates can vary pretty dramatically. There are a lot of reasons for this, including product sourcing, availability and quality; how contractors staff and price labor; and other factors.

What’s more, there’s no one way contractors structure estimates, which means what’s included with one might be an add-on cost with another.

It can feel like a lot if you’re trying to compare apples to apples.

We think you have enough information to sift through when shopping for your new flooring, and you shouldn’t have to worry about hunting down hidden fees and add-on costs to understand the all-in price in your estimates, too.

That’s why MyNewFloor.com offers one low, all-inclusive price per square foot in every estimate. Our quotes include all the things you’d expect – and likely several things you don’t. When we say all-in, we mean it: all materials, expert installation, furniture removal, demolition and more. No surprises, no hidden fees – just high-quality, worry-free floors you’ll love, at one low price.

If you’re currently comparing flooring estimates or planning to do it in the near future, here are a few questions to consider:

DOES YOUR QUOTE INCLUDE FLOORING AND INSTALLATION?

Yes, it’s possible to save money by DIYing your installation, but doing so can be tedious and pose unexpected challenges.

Making sure your estimate includes installation by a pro team that has seen  – and can efficiently troubleshoot – it all can reduce your risk of delays, extra costs and potential damage.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPPING AND REASSEMBLING YOUR SPACE?

Most flooring contractors will require you to roll up your rugs, move your furniture and otherwise empty the room before their work begins – and it’ll be on you to put it all back when they’re done.

We include this work standard on every all-inclusive estimate, and our team of certified installers will move your furniture and valuables with the same care as if they were their own.

IS DISCONNECTION / RECONNECTION OF APPLIANCES INCLUDED?

If you’re replacing old kitchen or laundry room floors, you’ll need to move large appliances like your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.

Here again, it’s important to understand whether this is your responsibility or whether your contractor will handle it – and, if so, if there’s an added price. If your appliances are natural gas, be sure whomever is moving them is licensed and certified to do so.

IS DEMOLITION INCLUDED?

Who’s ripping out your old carpet, pulling up the carpet staples, popping up those warped hardwoods or chiseling out that grimy tile?

Yes, most flooring contractors do demo work – and haul away your old flooring – but unlike MyNewFloor.com, most don’t include it in the quoted base price.

WHAT ABOUT SECONDARY MATERIALS AND THE LABOR ASSOCIATED WITH THEM?

This can include anything from prepping your space with tarp or plastic to keep demo dust to a minimum, to completing finishing touches like trim.

Talk to your potential contractor before you sign to make sure your definitions of a “finished” job are the same, and be clear on what’s included and what will cost you extra.

DOES YOUR QUOTE INCLUDE SHIPPING AND DELIVERY FEES?

These fees can be especially tough for homeowners to swallow now that, thanks to Amazon and other online retailers, free delivery has become the norm.

Note whether these fees are baked into your base price or listed as a separate line item. It’s also a good idea to ask whether materials will be shipped to your home prior to installation day (and if so, how early), so you can create space to store things if needed.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE MOST DURABLE FLOORS FOR DOGS & CATS

If you have four-legged family members at home, we’re willing to bet you’ve done a bit of Googling on the best types of floors for dogs and cats as part of your flooring research.

Whether you’re shopping for hardwoods, laminated wood, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or carpet, look for options that offer added durability, including:

MOISTURE-RESISTANCE

Protect your floors from water bowl spills, post-bath shake and sprays, and house-training mishaps with hard or soft surfaces that offer added moisture-resistance.

All of our hardwood and laminated wood products feature joints that keep water from leaking through gaps, and a premium finish that traps moisture on the surface to prevent penetration. 

The options in our luxury vinyl plank collection also offer water-tight joints and are built with an impenetrable, waterproof surface.

Prefer the cozy comfort of carpet? Check out our pattern carpet collection, which comes standard with a waterproof backing that prevents spills from seeping through to the padding and subfloor below, or our texture carpet collection, which features our SpillGuard moisture barrier padding at no extra charge.

SCRATCH-RESISTANCE

When it comes to shopping for durable floors for cats and dogs, locking out moisture is only part of the story. Also look for vinyl, laminate or other flooring that can stand up to your pup’s playtime zoomies, kitty’s cat scratches and other nail-related misadventures.

Here again, the hard surfaces in our curated collection are engineered with added pet-friendly benefits.

The products in our hardwood and laminated wood collections feature ScratchGuard technology, a premium finish that’s four times more scratch-resistant than ordinary polyurethane finishes.

Our LVP collection features even greater protection, with a premium finish that’s five times more scratch-resistant than an ordinary poly finish.

Finally, our tile products offer an enhanced aluminum oxide coating for added protection that provides superior scratch resistance to ordinary urethane finishes.

STAIN-RESISTANCE

Of course, we can’t talk about the most durable floors for dogs and cats without also talking about stain resistance. Instead of worrying about muddy paws, upset tummies and other pet-related spills, find a flooring choice that prevents stains from setting in.

We offer StainGuard technology across all products in our hardwood and laminated wood collections. This soil and stain protection is twice as strong as ordinary polyurethane.

This protection is even stronger in our vinyl plank flooring collection, which offers five times more soil and stain resistance than ordinary poly finishes.

Finally, both our pattern and texture carpet collections provide added stain resistance, so all you have to do is wipe things up and get back to the four-legged fun.

SHOP OUR CURATED COLLECTION (h2)Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your two- and four-legged family members? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our curated collection of cat- and dog-friendly flooring now.

FLOORING 411: LVP VS. LAMINATED WOOD

If you love the look of real wood, but need a surface that will stand up to all your two- and four-legged family members will throw at it, you’ve probably considered luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring.

LVP can be a great choice for homes with kids, pets and high-traffic areas. But if you’re looking for flooring that can hold its own and looks like real wood in natural light, laminated wood might be the better pick for you.

WHAT IS LAMINATED WOOD FLOORING?

First off: If the word “laminate” makes you think of 70s hues and cracked, peeling tile in a fixer-upper’s dark and dingy kitchen, think again.

The laminated wood floors in our NOVO COLLECTION are designed to look just like real wood – in fact, they’re made with the same solid hardwood core as our SOLO COLLECTION. However, unlike real wood floors, NOVO’s laminated surface and multi-layer construction provide added resistance to wear, stains and heavy traffic.

WHAT IS LVP FLOORING?

LVP, or luxury vinyl plank, flooring also features added benefits like scratch-, dent- and moisture-resistance, but in a fully synthetic, multi-layer construction. The highly realistic styles in our EVO COLLECTION resemble real wood and offer unmatched durability and performance.

These might be “fake” hardwoods, but their luxurious look – and bonus benefits – are very real.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAMINATED WOOD AND LVP?

The laminated wood styles in our NOVO COLLECTION feature a hybrid design, meaning they feature a real wood core and a laminate veneer. LVP, by comparison, features fully synthetic, multi-layer construction.

The most notable difference is how each product looks in bright light. As you can see in the side-by-side comparison below, laminated wood looks most like real wood in natural light:

Keep your light in mind when weighing your choices between laminated wood and LVP.

Finally, our laminated wood floors are all made in the U.S.

WHERE SHOULD I USE LAMINATED WOOD VS. LVP?

Both flooring types are kid- and pet-friendly, and good options for any high-traffic area like utility or mud rooms, play areas, kitchens, bathrooms and gathering spaces.

Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of picking the flooring type that’s available in your desired design, color and aesthetic. However, for optimal looks in areas with bright, natural light – we recommend laminated wood over LVP.

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CAN HARDWOOD FLOORS BE STEAM-CLEANED & 7 MORE HARDWOOD FAQS

There’s nothing like the look of real wood floors to make a room feel polished and pulled together. The process of selecting your new hardwoods, though, can feel daunting.

From the choice between solid hardwood and more durable engineered wood, to wood species, stain and finish, there’s a lot to consider. When shopping, it’s also important to weigh lifestyle factors such as kid- and pet-friendliness, ability to stand up to high traffic, etc.

MyNewFloor.com works hard to simplify the process of researching, selecting and installing new hardwood floors you love. All of the real wood floors in our SOLO COLLECTION are made from wood sourced in the Appalachian region, and feature enhanced water-, stain-, scratch- and dent-resistance, so your investment keeps looking like new for years to come.

They’re also backed by our worry-free guarantee, and all materials and installation costs are built into our low, all-inclusive pricing.

Here’s what else to know when shopping for your new hardwood floors:

WHAT HARDWOOD FLOORS ARE BEST FOR DOGS?

If you’ve got dogs or cats at home, you’ll want hardwood floors that can stand up to rough-and-tumble playtime, zoomies, water bowl spills and house-training accidents. Our SOLO Acadia line not only features hardwood floors dogs can’t scratch, but they’re also fully waterproof, stain-resistant, dent-resistant and eco-friendly.

ARE HARDWOOD FLOORS WATERPROOF?

No, not all hardwood floors are waterproof – but our Acadia real wood floors are, thanks to a combination of watertight interlocking joints and a water-resistant premium finish.

Though not fully waterproof, other hardwood floors in our SOLO COLLECTION can get wet. Whether your floors are waterproof or water-resistant, wipe up spills and other mishaps as soon as you see them to keep your floors looking great long-term.

CAN HARDWOOD FLOORS BE MOPPED OR STEAM CLEANED?

When in doubt, always check your manufacturer’s warranty for hardwood floor care and cleaning instructions.

For example, the floors in our Acadia line can occasionally be cleaned with a water-only, well-wrung wet mop or a residential steam mop with a microfiber pad and temperature on the lowest setting. For other floors in our SOLO COLLECTION, a dry to damp, well-wrung mop is recommended, and steam cleaners should not be used.

WHICH HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANER IS BEST?

Most manufacturers do not recommend using detergents, abrasive cleaners or soaps to clean your hardwood floors.

For our Acadia line, clean with 1 cup of vinegar per gallon of water OR 1/3 cup non-sudsing ammonia per gallon of water if needed (though occasional wet mopping with just water on a well-wrong mop is preferred). No other floors in our SOLO COLLECTION should be cleaned with any liquid cleaner.

WHICH HARDWOOD FLOORING IS THE MOST DURABLE?

All of the hardwood floors in our curated collection were specially selected for their durability. This means they’re kid- and pet-friendly as well as moisture-, stain-, scuff-, scratch- and dent-resistant.

In short, the real wood floors in our SOLO COLLECTION are built to take whatever your busy home throws at them, and continue looking great long after they’re installed.

WILL HARDWOOD FLOORS DARKEN OVER TIME?

Whether your hardwood floors darken over time – and how much – depends on two things.

First, certain wood species are more prone to darkening. Cherry, for example, has a high rate of photosynthesis and can darken as much as five shades in as little as three months. Second, the finish that’s applied to the top of real wood starts clear but turns amber over time, which also contributes to a darker look.

If you’re looking for real wood floors that won’t darken, consider the white oak options in our SOLO Acadia line. These floors won’t darken over time, making them a great choice for spaces with lots of natural light or in locations where you plan to use area rugs.

WHAT HARDWOOD FLOORS ARE IN STYLE FOR 2022?

The hardwood flooring trend that’s hot in Charlotte now is lighter stains. Whether you’re planning a seasonal spruce-up or designing from scratch, light wood species (like the white oak in our Acadia line) paired with light stains can brighten any space.

ARE HARDWOOD FLOORS EXPENSIVE?

They don’t have to be! When you shop with us, you’ll receive a low, all-inclusive price per-square-foot that includes all materials, expert installation, furniture removal, demolition and more. No surprises, no hidden fees – just high-quality, high-performance floors you’ll love.

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THE BEST FLOORS FOR KITCHENS & BATHROOMS

October is National Kitchen and Bath Month, and to celebrate, we’re taking a closer look at the best floors for each space.

Whether you have a remodel on the horizon or you’re just beginning to dream about redesigning your space, read on to learn more about questions to consider, what to look for when shopping and our top flooring recommendations for both rooms.

BEST FLOORS FOR KITCHENS

Your kitchen is one of the most highly trafficked areas in your home. As such, it plays a lot of roles – cooking and eating area, social space, home office, homework headquarters and more.

This means your choice of flooring needs to do more than beautifully complement your cabinets. It also needs to stand up to extended wear, resist scratches and dents, and, because spills are virtually guaranteed, stop moisture damage before it happens.

The hard surfaces in MyNewFloor.com’s curated collection do all of this, and offer the added benefits of fade and stain resistance:

The laminated wood floors in our NOVO COLLECTION are some of the most versatile, durable and easy-to-maintain flooring options available. Every product in this collection also features water-tight joints for extra peace of mind.

Within our SOLO COLLECTION of hardwood floors, you can choose your preferred wood species, stain color and finish for a truly customized look to complement any kitchen. The best part: These waterproof floors trap moisture at the surface and prevent penetration.

Love the look of wood but want extra wear-and-tear protection? Consider the increasingly popular luxury vinyl plank options in our EVO COLLECTION. Some styles feature added scratch- and stain-resistant technology for exceptionally active households.

What’s the best dog-friendly kitchen flooring?

When shopping for pet-friendly flooring, look for products with added benefits like dent-, scratch- and moisture-resistance. All of these bonus protections will help your floors stand up to everyday pup playtime, zoomies and water spills.

Can you put wood floors in the kitchen?

If your real wood floors feature added water protection like those in our SOLO COLLECTION, yes, you absolutely can! Our worry-free floors feature waterproof joints and a premium finish that work together to stop spills at the surface. Just wipe up the spill and get on with your day.

Is there a kitchen tile that looks like wood?

Yes, select styles within our HYDRO COLLECTION of engineered tile mimic the look of real wood (check out Palisade Night Owl and Palisade Tender Twig as examples). These floors are warmer to the touch than ceramic or porcelain tile and are installed without grout.

BEST FLOORS FOR BATHROOMS

Though (hopefully) not quite as busy of a space as your kitchen, your bathroom does share one major common flooring consideration: moisture resistance.

But that doesn’t mean your options are limited for creating a statement powder room or a master bath that’s your ideal oasis.

In fact, you might be surprised to know our current go-to flooring choice for bathrooms isn’t tile. Instead, right now we’re loving the look of the SOLO Acadia line of hardwood floors.

Yep, you read that right: Hardwoods – in the bathroom.

All of the Acadia floors in our SOLO COLLECTION are fully waterproof and feature a host of additional product benefits like stain-, scratch- and dent-resistance. You can choose between white oak or hickory hardwood, a smooth or low-gloss finish, and 10 different stains for a bathroom look that truly fits your design style.

Of course, if you prefer the look of modern tile in your half-bath, guest bath or master bathroom, we’ve got that covered, too. The 40 shades within our HYDRO COLLECTION come in grouted and groutless options that are warmer to the touch, kinder to your feet and easier to care for than traditional ceramic or porcelain tile.

What flooring is best for small bathrooms?

The size of your bathroom doesn’t change the most important thing you need from the flooring you select for the space: Make sure your flooring choice is waterproof.

Beyond that, it’s largely a matter of preference. For example, you can choose a lighter, waterproof hardwood or engineered tile to make your space feel larger, or splurge on a look you love because the smaller surface area makes it more affordable.

What’s a flooring option for the bathroom that’s not tile?

As long as your flooring is fully waterproof (not just moisture-resistant), it can work in your bathroom. Note: Correct installation is essential to maintaining waterproof properties. That’s why our low, all-inclusive quotes always include installation by our team of certified installers.

Can you put hardwoods in the bathroom?

If they’re from our SOLO Acadia line of hardwood floors, yes, you can! These real wood floors are 100% waterproof thanks to a combination of water-tight joints and a moisture-resistant finish. Plus, they come in a range of woods, stains and finishes tailored to your taste.

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Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your kitchen or bathroom? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our curated collection now.

6 REASONS TO HAVE A PRO INSTALL YOUR FLOORS

We get it: With the cost of just about everything on the rise, you might be wondering if you can save money by installing your new wood, vinyl or tile flooring yourself (or with a little weekend help from your friends).

Yes, a successful DIY could give you both satisfaction and bragging rights. But in most instances, installing new flooring is a lengthy, labor-intensive process best handled by an experienced flooring contractor.

Here are six reasons we recommend going pro for your next flooring project:

CERTIFIED INSTALLERS ARE EXPERTS IN THEIR CRAFT

Our Certified Installers have spent years honing their skills, and all are specialists in either flooring or carpeting. But their expertise doesn’t stop there.

MyNewFloor.com is the first and only flooring retailer in the Charlotte area to require certifications for its installers. In addition to having at least five years of experience, each of our installers has also completed a rigorous testing and credentialing program.

NO PACKING OR UNPACKING BEFORE OR AFTER INSTALLATION

If you’ve been putting off your flooring project because you’re dreading having to move your things or empty your room beforehand, we have good news: Our Certified Installers do that work for you.

Our professional, highly trained team will do the heavy lifting to move furniture and other belongings both before and after your new floors are installed.

How’s that for easy?

EXPERIENCED TEAMS CAN TROUBLESHOOT EFFICIENTLY

Take on enough home projects and you’ll quickly come to learn that, somewhere along the way, you’re bound to encounter something that doesn’t go exactly according to plan.

If you’ve opted to DIY your flooring install, the solution could be a quick fix – or it could require more nuanced troubleshooting. Choosing expert installers who’ve seen it all can drastically reduce your risk of timeline delays, extra costs and potential damage to your home.

HOURS – OR DAYS – BACK FOR OTHER DIY (OR R&R)

True, if you have some DIY experience you could attempt to do your flooring installation yourself. But wouldn’t you rather use that free time for a less-physically demanding project or some quality time with friends and family?

Installing flooring and carpet is all our Certified Installers do. That means our team has every challenging step down to a science and works as one to complete your job efficiently.

PEACE OF MIND THAT YOUR JOB IS DONE RIGHT

We live and work in the Charlotte area, too, and we take great pride in helping our neighbors from South Charlotte to Lake Norman find, finance and install great-looking floors they love.

Our installers don’t stop learning when they earn their certifications. They continue to receive specialty training and support from Mohawk, Shaw and other MyNewFloor.com manufacturers so they can complete your job quickly, accurately and professionally.

In addition, all our Certified Installers are fully insured.

INSTALLATION BUILT INTO LOW, ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

Maybe the best reason to use Certified Installers for your next flooring project? The cost of installation is already reflected in your one-price-per-square-foot quote.

When we say “all-inclusive pricing,” we mean it. No upcharges. No hidden fees. No surprises, ever. We make it easy to budget for your project and choose the right floors for your home.

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Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your space, budget and lifestyle? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our curated collection of wood, carpet, vinyl and tile flooring today.

LAMINATED WOOD VS. LVP: WHICH IS MORE DURABLE

When you need a surface that will stand up to moisture, spills and scratches, it’s best to choose luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring over laminated wood, right?

Not necessarily.

The laminated wood styles in our NOVO COLLECTION can be an excellent option for high-activity, high-traffic areas where durability is key.

How can our laminate wood floors stand up to all that pets and people throw at them while so many seemingly similarly constructed surfaces can’t? Read on to find out.

ABOUT THE NOVO COLLECTION

All of the styles in MyNewFloor.com’s NOVO COLLECTION are made in the USA by Mohawk Flooring and feature one-of-a-kind water- and wear-resistant technology.

Waterproof features

Unlike many laminated wood flooring products, the selections at MyNewFloor.com use Mohawk’s unique joint-locking system. The edges of each board are milled to create a snug, water-tight fit that prevents liquids from seeping through from above.

As an added layer of protection, the edges of each piece of laminated wood also are finished with a water-repellent coating where the pieces click together.

The result: the first laminate wood floors that can be wet-mopped, and a lifetime waterproof warranty covering all pet and people accidents.

Abrasion resistance

Of course, water-resistance is only one part of what makes laminate floors resistant to wear and tear long-term. The other is a surface’s ability to stand up to dents, scratches and scuffs over time.

For laminated wood, this kind of durability is measured in what’s known as an Abrasion Criteria (AC) Rating. Ratings range from 1 to 5, and the higher the number, the more resistant the surface is to wear.

The floors in our NOVO COLLECTION feature an AC 4 rating, the highest recommended for residential applications. This makes them 60 percent more wear-resistant than floors with an AC 3 rating, 120 percent more durable than those with an AC 2 rating, and 180 percent better able to stand up to everyday life than floors with an AC 1 rating.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The laminated wood products in MyNewFloor.com’s curated collection are just as durable, waterproof and wear-resistant as our LVP alternatives. What’s more, each surface in the NOVO COLLECTION features a high-resolution image layer and 3D texture that looks and feels exactly like real hardwood.

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Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your space, budget and lifestyle? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our NOVO COLLECTION of laminated wood flooring today.

LVP 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FLOOR’S CORE

The beauty of high-quality luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring isn’t just in the incredibly realistic image layer you can see – it’s also in the resilient, durable core that lies beneath the surface.

But that doesn’t mean all LVP cores are created equal.

The LVP styles in our EVO COLLECTION are hand-selected from Shaw Floors and other leading manufacturers because they stand out from other luxury vinyl plank flooring choices.

Read on to see what sets MyNewFloor.com’s EVO COLLECTION apart from the competition.

IS ALL LUXURY VINYL PLANK MADE THE SAME?

No, and this can translate to differences in flooring quality. An LVP’s core – the layer that gives it its durability – is made of stone polymer composite (SPC) or wood-plastic composite (WPC). SPC is more durable than WPC.

All of the LVP floors in our EVO COLLECTION feature a dense SPC core that is superior to WPC alternatives.

In addition, the percentage of individual materials comprising an SPC or WPC core can vary dramatically. Again, this affects a floor’s durability.

WHAT IS STONE POLYMER COMPOSITE?

SPC is one of the four layers within luxury vinyl plank flooring. It’s sandwiched by backing on the bottom and an image layer (printed to look like real wood) on top. A fourth wear layer sits on top of the image layer to help your floors further stand up to everyday use.

When shopping for LVP floors, it isn’t enough to know they feature an SPC core. That’s because the composition of that core can vary dramatically from product to product. While many LVP floors available at home improvement stores feature a 5 percent (or lower) mineral core, MyNewFloor.com’s LVP floors feature up to an industry-leading 70 percent limestone center. This added density makes our EVO COLLECTION up to 25 times more dent-resistant than other vinyl plank offerings.

WHY CHOOSE LVP FLOORS WITH AN SPC CORE?

LVP floors made with an SPC core offer a number of benefits for high traffic areas and families with kids and pets. Among them:

Affordable

Though LVP floors made with SPC cores are typically slightly more expensive than those made with WPC material, we’re able to offer MyNewFloor.com customers LVP with SPC at a lower cost than WPC thanks to our manufacturer relationships.

Durable

The EVO COLLECTION’s dense mineral core makes it one of the toughest flooring collections available.

Waterproof

All of the products in this collection have water-tight joints, making them great choices for kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, utility areas and playrooms.

Realistic

Choose from seven realistic styles in a range of colors and finishes that beautifully mimic real wood’s color and texture.

Low maintenance

You have better things to do than spend hours scrubbing your floors. LVP cleans in minutes so you can get on with your day.

Easy to install

Leave this step to our Certified Installers, all of whom have at least five years of experience and have completed rigorous training.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER BENEFITS OF THE EVO COLLECTION?

Several floors in the EVO COLLECTION also feature our StainGuard and ScratchGuard premium technologies, which provide five times more protection against stains, soil and scratches than ordinary poly finishes.

SHOP OUR CURATED COLLECTION

Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your space, budget and lifestyle? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our EVO COLLECTION of luxury vinyl plank flooring today.

5 TIPS FOR SHOOTING SHAREWORTHY PHOTOS & VIDEOS OF YOUR NEW FLOORS

Think your new floors have what it takes to be social media stars?

If they’re hardwood, laminated wood, luxury vinyl plank, carpet or tile from MyNewFloor.com, we know they look great and perform beautifully. 😉

The best part of any flooring project is getting the chance to show it off when it’s done, so for that we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite smartphone photo and video tips to help your floors shine on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or wherever you choose to share them.

Let’s get snapping.

TIDY UP

First things first: Remove distractions from your shot. Place common clutter like loose mail on the table, shoes or bags out of frame. Keep the focus on your floors, not the snacks or car keys on the kitchen counter.

Also, it probably goes without saying, but make sure your floors are clean before you shoot.

FOLLOW THE LIGHT

You don’t need a professional lighting setup to get great snaps of your new floors. Pay attention to how natural light moves across your room throughout the day. Shoot when you have bright, indirect sunlight and, if possible, capture shots with your back to the light.

GET LOW

Instead of positioning your smartphone camera at chest or eye level standing up, try getting low or shooting on a downward angle. This will help put the emphasis on your floor and make it the hero of your shot. You can even turn your phone upside down for a unique perspective.

EXPERIMENT

The beauty of smartphone photography is that, in the span of just a few minutes, you can take a bunch of shots, quickly review, delete the duds and keep the ones you like best. Try playing with your phone’s standard and portrait modes for photos and cinematic mode for video.

TOUCH IT UP

The easiest way to make your new floor photos go from nice to niiiiice? A little bit of editing! You don’t need to be a pro or pay for apps. Use your phone’s built-in editing tools to brighten and straighten your shots (pick a horizontal line in your shot you can use for reference).

SHARE IT

That’s it! In just a few minutes, you can shoot share-worthy photos or videos of your new floors that will inspire your friends, family and other homeowners to step up their own flooring game.

Now all that’s left to do is share your finished shots to Facebook or Instagram and tag @mynewfloorcom so we can feature your new floors for our followers, too!