As visitors browse our showroom, they are often quite surprised at the latest features and selections available in modern flooring. So, we decided to share a few of the industry’s most impressive innovations in recent years.
1. The New Ease Of Cleaning Carpets
We all know how difficult it can be to clean almost anything spilled or dropped on carpet flooring. However, new innovations seek to make that difficulty a thing of the past. Many carpet selections now implement a variety of technologies specifically engineered to help ease cleaning. For example, Scotchgard™ Protector Advanced Repel Technology (as the name suggests) repels dirt, liquids and stains from absorbing into the carpet fibers. Further, cleanup of protected fibers is made even easier with technologies like SpillStop® and Nanoloc™ spill protection, which makes removing messes of any type (from liquids to pet dander) hassle-free. These new innovations are available on a variety of our selections, including Ares and Bailey.
2. Reclaimed Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood helped revolutionize hardwood flooring. Yes, it is still composed of wood, but the manufacturing process is much different. Typically, it’s more durable, easier to install and resilient to extremes in temperature and humidity. And with reclaimed engineered hardwood, you enjoy the benefits of new innovations while also reducing waste. That’s because it reclaims the wood that’s leftover from manufacturing, making use of scraps and even sawdust that would be discarded otherwise.
3. Saving With Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring originally gained traction for its ease of installation (it can often be laid on top of existing flooring). Now, it’s gaining even more popularity as manufacturers develop new ways of using it to replicate the beauty and feel of traditional flooring types. In fact, many laminate options imitating wood, stone and others are essentially indistinguishable from the real thing – yet costs less and are often easier to maintain.
4. Floor Cleaning As A Health Issue
It’s common to schedule professional cleaning to remove difficult odors or stains, but did you know that clean floors can also promote a healthy home? For example, certain humidity levels (like those that we experience in Columbia City) can actually promote the growth of mold in traditional carpet flooring. Add pet dander and dust (primarily composed of dead skin) to the mix, and you also have a breeding ground for bacteria. Unfortunately, vacuum cleaners are not enough to remove embedded particles or mold, even when used regularly. Fortunately, modern floor cleaning systems are designed to remove bacteria without using harsh detergents.
But it’s not just carpet flooring that we need to worry about. Hardwood flooring (along with a few other hard surface options) can age prematurely without regular cleaning. Fortunately, cleaning hardwood floors is pretty easy. Just avoid the common mistake of using too much water: excessive moisture will do more harm than good.
5. Magnetic Underlayment: Changing Your Floors Seasonally With Ease
Floor installation is generally regarded as a hassle. However, a new installation method is changing that. With the recently announced magnetic flooring, an innovative underlayment system will revolutionize the way we update our flooring. Imagine: changing the entire look of your flooring for a quick refresh or even to commemorate a special occasion. Once the magnetic underlayment is installed, floor replacement also takes significantly less expertise; even average homeowners can learn how to do it intuitively. It also serves as a barrier for moisture and is designed to last a lifetime.
To learn more about the latest innovations in flooring, or to discuss the best options for your home, be sure to call or stop by Aumsbaugh’s flooring showroom in Columbia City today! We can help you find the right flooring, install it and maintain its beauty for the years to come!