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Smart Ways to Save on Your Next Flooring Project

Whether you’re building a new home or replacing a damaged carpet, new flooring has the power to completely transform a space. It can be tough to stay on-budget and get the gorgeous materials you want, but there are plenty of ways a smart shopper can save. A little creativity, a little elbow grease and keeping an eye out for stores that stock builders surplus in Richardson can stretch your budget farther than you think.

builders surplus richardsonGo With a Lookalike

If you’re married to your design but are flexible with your material, you can save instantly by switching to one of today’s “mimic” materials. Ceramic tile, porcelain tile and luxury vinyl can give you the look of high-end materials like hardwood and stone without the high-end price tag.

Using HD printing and special embossing techniques, tile and LVP can copy designer favorites like hickory, reclaimed wood, marble and slate. Both are water-resistant, easy to clean and are often less scratch-prone than their high-end siblings. Tile is wonderfully cool in the summer. LVP is soft and absorbs sound.

Look For Alternatives

If you’re married to your material but are flexible with your design, there are plenty of ways to save on classics like hardwood or get even lower prices on functional favorites like LVP. All you need is the exact square footage of your project and a good eye for sale signs.

Clearance products are an excellent place to start. Manufacturers routinely phase out colors and liquidate the remaining supply. Stores that carry builders surplus around Richardson could also have a similar color to your ideal look in a different wood or a luxury vinyl plank with similar colors as the stone you’ve been eyeing. Products like this often can’t be reordered, so make sure you have your measurements right before you buy. You can also score excellent savings at seasonal sales events. Being patient can pay off if you want a name-brand floor.

Watch Your Underlayments

Underlayments, which go between your flooring and the subfloor, are a surprise cost for many homeowners. Moisture barriers and upgraded carpet padding are two common examples. Underlayments will come bundled free with flooring from time to time, but these often aren’t the best quality. Good quality underlayments are an important part of your comfort and the longevity of your floors.

Underlayments don’t often go on sale, but you can still find deals. Ask about builders surplus at Richardson flooring suppliers to see if you can get higher quality carpet padding, vapor barriers and similar products that might be leftover from new home construction or other homeowners’ projects in your area.

Designing with Builders Surplus in Richardson

If you’re just starting to consider your options, taking your measurements straight to a builders surplus flooring supplier will let you design your home’s facelift around the floors that will give you the most bang for your buck.

Go shopping with a list of must-haves for your floor. Consider points like:
• Do you want it to feel cozy or modern?
• Do you have any maintenance musts like easy care or pet stain resistance?
• Does it have to be water-resistant?
• Do you want a traditional or exotic look?
• Do you need floors that are compatible with radiant heating?

Going in with an open mind can lead you to unexpected but stunning solutions. You could end up with wood-look LVP in the bathroom and Mediterranean-inspired, heated tile in the bedroom. Get creative with the deals available!

DIY the Basics

Flex your muscles and bust out the broom. While it’s always best to let the pros install your floors, you can shave labor hours and disposal fees off your installation by doing some of the prep work yourself. Plan on having the job done the night before your new floor is scheduled to go in.

Carpet and floating floors are the easiest to rip out yourself. If you’re replacing carpet with carpet, make sure you ask your installer about the carpet tack strips. They may want you to keep them in place. You can also tear out tile, hardwood and glue-down flooring, but you have to be careful not to damage your subfloor.

Go With Financing

Higher quality flooring performs better, lasts longer and looks fantastic. If you want to upgrade but don’t want to absorb the hit to your budget right away, you can stretch it out with no-interest financing.

With a no-interest line of credit, qualified buyers get 12 months “same as cash” financing. That’s 12 months of easy payments applied straight to your credit balance. You get more time to pay while you enjoy your brand new floors.

At Peek’s, we offer plenty of ways to save on great products and are happy to help you find the perfect match. Stop by and see what we have on sale now.

How Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring Made?

If you haven’t taken a look at vinyl flooring lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Contemporary luxury vinyl (LV) floors are stunning duplicates of wood and stone. It’s worth a look if you’re shopping for flooring in Richardson. Wondering how they make the magic happen? LV manufacturing is a meticulous process that produces amazing results.

The “Ingredients”

Every company has a different “recipe” for their ideal LV floor, but the basic ingredients remain the same.

Those ingredients are:

  • Polyvinyl chloride resins: for structure and texture
  • Plasticizers: for softness and durability
  • Stabilizers: for durability and fade resistance
  • Pigments: for color and pattern
  • Fillers: for performance and color
  • Antimicrobials: for antifungal and antibacterial properties

Making the Luxury Layer Cake

The assembly process for every LV floor is just like its recipe. There may be small tweaks from company to company, but the basics are straightforward.

  1. Making the “Batter”: Key ingredients are melted into a thick liquid and mixed thoroughly.
  2. Baking the Cake: The mixture is spread evenly over a backing material and sent into a hot, dry oven to gel.
  3. Giving it Color: A decorative film is applied directly on top of the gelled base. The films are made using high definition, rotogravure printing that etches the design into the film and brings out every minute detail. There may be dozens of individual images, called “screens,” used in a single batch of flooring. The more screens there are, the more realistic the floor will look when it’s installed.
  4. Glazing: A protective wear layer is applied over the image. A thicker wear layer mean a more durable product. Wear layers can be glossy, satin or matte. With the wear layer applied, the sheet will need another trip to the oven to cure.
  5. Final Decoration: For realistic texture, the sheet is embossed using chemicals applied before the final cure. The most detailed flooring you see in Richardson showrooms also takes a trip through embossing rollers to sharpen and refine the designs.
  6. Cutting: The finished sheet is sent through an enormous die cutter to be cut into either planks or tiles.
  7. Serving: The sheet’s final destination on the assembly line is its core. Core materials and their backings vary, but they give body to the finished flooring. The flooring is now fully assembled and ready to be shipped to homeowners like you!

Finished LV flooring is a homeowner’s dream. It’s moisture-resistant, stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and warp-resistant. It cleans in a snap and has antimicrobial properties built right in. Every step on vinyl feels a little bit softer, and it even dampens sound. Best of all, you get incredible looks and an easy installation at a low price.

Flooring RichardsonSpecial Options

One of the best things about LV flooring is that it’s 100% man made. The color options are practically endless, and manufacturers are always coming up with ways to make their LV into the “ultimate floor.”

At Peek‘s, our favorite options are the 100% waterproof choices. These floors are often made with hard vinyl cores and waterproof backing. The click-lock sides are waterproof themselves and click together so snugly that minimal liquid from spills will reach your subfloor. It’s the ideal flooring for basements, kitchens, mud rooms and families with pets. You can even have that hardwood look in your bathroom!

For eco-conscious homeowners, LV is a great choice. There’s plenty of beautiful LV flooring at our Richardson showroom that’s 100% recyclable. Choosing luxury vinyl over traditional hardwood saves trees, and some options are made with recycled materials from the start.

FloorScore Certification

Our homes are closed environments. What we bring in can stay trapped inside and circulate for quite some time. The chemicals in our home furnishings are no exception. Many homeowners, especially those with chemical sensitivities and asthma, want to make sure their furnishings are a healthy choice for their families.

If you want to ensure your new flooring meets your healthy home standards, keep an eye out for a FloorScore certification seal. FloorScore is an independent certification granted to flooring that passes stringent emission testing and is guaranteed to contribute to better indoor air quality. These floors are low in volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, and many FloorScore products also carry separate zero-phthalates seals from the manufacturer. Peek‘s is proud to carry a multitude of home-healthy, worry-free luxury vinyls for the conscientious homeowner.

Luxury vinyl is a gorgeous, affordable and easy-care alternative to hardwood and stone. You can find plenty of LV flooring around Richardson, but Peek’s Floor Co. has the biggest selection in town. Stop in today and ask one of our specialists just how easy caring for LV floors can be.

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