What is the Most Durable Flooring?

Durable flooring is easy to find these days if you know where to look.  Manufacturers have responded to the demand, producing floors that can last a decade or more.  Still, you have to look for the best quality if you want results.  Let’s talk about what is the most durable flooring. 

What does durable actually mean?  Homeowners and business managers are looking for something that looks about as good at five years as it did when it went in. That means it shouldn’t dent or scratch easily. It should be hard to make a deep gouge. You know, the kind you make when you move furniture. 

Here are some ways to look for the most durable floors.

  • Don’t buy from a discount flooring warehouse without checking the exact specifications against the quality products elsewhere. Cheaper is sometimes simply cheap.
  • Look at the Janka ratings, when applicable.
  • Look at Abrasion Class, when applicable.
  • Find out why it is called waterproof or scratch resistant by the manufacturer.
  • Get a decent thickness when choosing engineered, vinyl or bamboo.
  • Ask about waterproof qualities.
  • Find out about underlays and make sure the correct one is used, where applicable.
  • Make sure your installer knows how to lay your flooring product correctly

Now let’s do a run-down of some of the most common flooring types and the level of durability. You could say bamboo flooring, hardwood and natural stone take the top spots.  However, there are reasons to trust vinyl, laminate and engineered hardwood.

Bamboo Flooring, Hardwood and Janka Ratings

Extremely hard, bamboo makes excellent flooring.  To get the best, you want to look at bamboo quality and stalk placement.  Cross-directional bamboo is tough. However, strand bamboo flooring may well be the most durable you can buy.   On the Janka scale, cross-direction rates at 900 to 1300.  That’s a good as many traditional hardwoods.  Strand-woven bamboo rates at 2000 to 3200. That’s as good as the best hardwoods.

The difference between bamboo and hardwood is, first and foremost, cost.  Bamboo is much more affordable.  It does not add to home values the way that hardwoods do. Nor can it promise to be here for your great-grandchildren. 

Still, bamboo is the most durable material on this list. Perhaps it’s because bamboo flooring is a combination of natural material and manufacturing ingenuity.  Hardwood floors can scratch more easily and can fade over time.  Sure, they can be sanded and restained some day, but many home owners don’t want that responsibility.

Natural Stone

Whether its Travertine or another natural stone, you can’t go wrong. These rocks weathered in nature for many thousands of years (or more). They can certainly withstand wear and tear.  Of course, they are excellent in the kitchen and bathroom.  However, if stone seems to hard for living rooms, you may want to go with bamboo.

Ceramic and Porcelain

Ceramic tile is extremely durable. Porcelain tile is even higher quality.  These cannot be scratched or dented.  The biggest danger is chipping a tile. This only happens if something heavy is dropped from a height.  Then it might crack or chip the tile.  Homeowners often keep extra tiles in storage just for this eventuality.

The major important factor here is installation.  If the installer is inexperienced or sloppy, they may not properly grout the tile.  This allows moisture up under the tiles, destroying the otherwise waterproof quality of the material.  Furthermore, installers may not prepare the subfloor correctly.  Voids can be left between the tiles and subfloor.  This makes tiles more vulnerable to cracking. 

Vinyl Sheet, Plank and Tile

Don’t let the name fool you. Vinyl isn’t like some cheap raincoat you bought when it poured at the amusement park.  This product is also called resilient.  When properly installed, it has a moisture resistance that is desirable in many locations.  For durability, it is best in smaller rooms where there are one or no seams. 

If the sheet application isn’t what you want, you can turn to resilient tile or plank.  These vinyl products are long lasting floors that share most of sheet vinyl’s good qualities.  It is important to discuss waterproofing due to the additional seams.  As with ceramic tile, it is essential to install them correctly. 


Laminate can be very durable in the right settings.  You absolutely want to avoid areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements where moisture may be an issue. 

Manufacturers have made it hard to scratch laminate.  This means that you can move chairs or have a dog running around.   Those things won’t affect it.  To find the best, look at the Abrasion Class rating.  This ranges from a low of AC 1 to a top score of AC5.

Engineered Wood

Less expensive and easy to install, engineered wood often wins out over hardwood.  However, much engineered wood sold today has a very thin veneer on top. It is important to get the maximum thickness to ensure the longest lasting product. Our sales staff can guide you when shopping for the right quality.


We cannot stress enough how important installation is to the durability of your flooring.  For one thing, improper installation can void your important warranties. Our installers are often replacing floors early because it wasn’t done right the first time by another installer. This is often due to the contracting out of flooring jobs.  At Peeks, we both sell and install the floors. We have to be responsible every step of the way!

Check out our many durable flooring choices and find out which one is right for you.  Please share your questions with our staff.  They can tell you about each product’s pros and cons and about valuable warranties.

Ten Exciting Reasons to Use Laminate Flooring on Walls

Laminate has started moving up the floor and onto walls. Why? Using laminate flooring on walls can add eye candy, definition, and contrast to a room. The design possibilities are huge, and the cost is relatively small. You can install laminate yourself, but there are reasons that professional installation is recommended.

  1. Choose from many styles. You won’t believe the number of choices you have. Muted neutrals, weathered wood, textured planks, and stone-look laminate tiles on walls can keep the room natural or even rustic. High-contrast variations and color patterns can add some pop to a modern look. Traditional styles and smooth laminates can add sophistication. Multi-width planks add visual interest. There are many superior brands in our store selection. It’s fun just to browse through to come up with ideas.
  2. Contrasting accent walls. Within the same color palette there are many coordinated variations. You can pick one for your walls that will complement your floors. Use laminate for one larger accent wall, two smaller facing walls, or the wall with a large item such as the TV, bookshelf or fireplace.
  3. Replace wallpaper. Although you can’t use it over wallpaper, you can use it in the same places after the wallpaper has been removed. You’ll have a new look that’s modern and sophisticated.
  4. Highlight architectural features. For shelves and other architectural insets, you can use laminate wood to create an interesting design to highlight them.
  5. Add wood laminate in a carpeted room. You can use it for an accent wall, half walls with or without chair rails, and as accents around a wall hanging or architectural feature.
  6. Use laminate as a headboard. The days of heavy headboards are behind us. You can create one with a wood laminate that’s just the size you want without overwhelming the room.
  7. Spice up your kitchen. Use laminate for a backsplash and tuck it between countertops and cabinets. Laminate is easier to clean than painted wood surfaces. For the backsplash, it’s more affordable than stone or ceramic tile.
  8. Frame it. Use wood laminate to frame areas where pictures hang or the TV is mounted. Just be careful because laminate must be reinforced if it is to hold heavy items. You can use laminate on walls to create contrast with alternating vertical and horizontal shapes made from laminate planks.
  9. Improve your bathroom. Laminate is easy to clean. So feel free to use it on the walls of your bathroom.
  10. Tone down the bright. Some rooms are so bright that they need something to tone it down. Wood-tone laminate accents are a simple answer.

Important Installation Hacks for Using Laminate Flooring on Walls

  • Choose well-known, high-quality brands such as Mohawk and Pergo laminate
  • Only install on primed or painted drywall
  • Do not install directly over wallpaper (remove and prime wall)
  • Do not install over paneling
  • Be aware of sloping walls (If isn’t perfectly flat, adjustments will need to be made.)
  • Add reinforcements under the laminate in areas where a TV or other heavy object may be installed
  • Be aware of the need for expansion gaps
  • Check out our exceptional buys.

If you are interested in this designer method, talk to the pros at Peeks Flooring Company. We’ve got ideas, a great selection, and installation guides. Even better, we’ll do the laminate wall installation for you. Then you won’t be worried about nail guns, wall studs, construction adhesive, silicone adhesive, and expansion gaps. We’ll take care of all of that.

For your home improvement projects, we have financing available for our flooring and countertop products. Find our nearest location.

Stone Flooring Pros and Cons A Peek’s Flooring Review

There are many products that can imitate stone, and many people will choose them rather than invest in actual stone. Yet stone has many advantages as a flooring and as an investment. Here in Dallas, its natural cool properties are one reason to put it on your floor shopping list. A list of stone flooring pros and cons may help as you made your decision.

Count on Peek’s for quality selection and installation.

What are the Advantages of Natural Stone Tile?


Stone flooring is natural, and that makes it highly desirable in any home. Natural flooring products always add value to your home investment and will help when you sell your home someday.


Each stone’s unique look combines to form a distinctive floor like few others. This adds an elegant touch to any home.


Marble and granite tiles are cooler than wooden flooring, carpeting or manmade tiles. Dallas homeowners will like the feel of cool tiles on a hot day.


No matter how many people run across it on a regular basis, stone flooring can take it. It can handle families and big parties and much more. Dogs and cats won’t make a dent. Wear and tear just isn’t much of a factor with this type of flooring.

Easy to Clean:

Natural stone is easy to clean. It just takes a quick wipe or wet mop to renew the look. Some varieties are more susceptible to staining than others, but a protective sealant can protect the look.


Stone flooring fits in well with any design. With natural colors or materials, it is a perfect fit, but it also adds a classic touch to the contemporary.


You are unlikely to replace a stone floor unless there’s structural damage to the home. This should allow you to enjoy redecorating without the stress of having new floors put in.

Are There Disadvantages to Natural Stone Flooring?

Different types of natural stones pose different challenges. Here are a few that shoppers should be aware of when choosing their flooring.


This is the main deterrent when a consumer wants stone floors. Manufactured stone tiles are an alternative, and we certainly have those at Peeks for you to compare.


If a stone is naturally porous, it may require the application of sealing agents every few years to ensure that liquids don’t penetrate the surface.


A highly polished stone is more likely to show scratches. Families may not want a highly polished stone for their busiest rooms.

Pros and Cons of Specific Stone Flooring Choices

These are the pros and cons of stone flooring in general. However, it should be noted that each stone type has its own pros and cons. We’ve outlined a few stone flooring pros and cons below.


The natural matte finish on Travertine makes it popular for busy areas and for those with kids and pets. Definitely elegant, it has a softer feel than its rivals. Home owners may use it indoors or outdoors.

Shoppers who want a glossy finish should look to marble or granite. Likewise, if the cooling quality is what you’re after, marble or granite are a better fit.


Limestone is more resilient than Travertine or marble. It creates a more uniform look because the color is more uniform within the slab. Thus the tiles have a similar appearance and match more exactly than granite or marble.

Since this is one of the more porous stones, it will absorb water. This makes it slippery when wet. It is not the best choice for bathrooms or poolside use. Home owners will need to apply a protective sealant every few years to keep it protected from stains.


Granite is considered the most durable stone. It comes in textures and colors that make it appealing to consumers. Each tile is different, and the final look is truly natural. Compared to many rivals, such as wood flooring, the absorption rating is very low, and water damage is unlikely.

Installation is more expensive, and the subflooring must be rid of any imperfections, providing a smooth surface for the granite tiles.


Marble flooring has the glossiest look, and it has the most elegant finished design. Rich colors add vibrancy to any room.

Scratching and staining are more likely for this stone. Sealing must be done with care. The right protective sealant can help you maintain a marble floor indefinitely.

Should You Choose Stone?

If you want a natural look, stone is definitely a great way to go. You’ll find a selection at Peek’s Flooring Co. Our expert installation crew will make sure your new stone floor lasts for generations.

Best Vinyl Plank Flooring

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How to Find the Best Vinyl Plank Flooring

If you are considering vinyl wood planks, you are on a good track. However, it can be hard to decide what the best vinyl plank flooring is. In this guide, we’ll discuss what to look for as you shop for the highest quality flooring product. Of course, our staff can assist you at any of our locations, but this should get you started.

vinyl wood planksStone or Wood Look Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl comes in many color varieties, allowing you to choose your favorite. Higher priced brands may have more variety to help you match your ideas to reality.

Water Resistant

Waterproof vinyl plank flooring is made to resist water. That’s why it gets used in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. However, to be sure it does not have gaps where water could seep beneath the surface, you want to make sure it is installed professionally.

Scratch Resistant

Vinyl plank is scratch resistant, but some brands can claim a better level of protection against scratches. A flooring professional can help you find one that will stand up to your family’s daily use.

Thick Wear Layer

When shopping for vinyl plank, you are looking at the thickness of the board or tile and the thickness of the top wear layer. When you see millimeters (mm), that refers to the board’s thickness. When you see mil, it refers to the top layer. Obviously, the bigger these numbers are, the better the product will be. A minimum choice is 12mil, but the best is 20mil or higher.

Color Continuity

Is the color the same through the whole plank? This will help it show less wear and tear.

Top Coat

A hardened clear-coat should ensure minimal wear. Sometimes it is referred to as titanium top coating or it may be called diamond hardened.

Click Lock Vinyl Flooring

Some vinyl is made to click and lock into place. Other varieties require glue. This is not necessarily related to quality, but it may affect your decision about which product you want. Vinyl click flooring is the easiest to remove, and that makes it a favorite with some remodelers.


A longer warranty is a good clue to the luxury level of the product. If a manufacturer stands behind the product for 20 years, you can feel good about its durability.

Visit Peek’s showroom and see the many different vinyl plank choices for yourself. Bring your room measurements and get price estimates for different flooring products. We can help you determine the best buy for the money.

Is Engineered Hardwood the Same as Laminate Flooring?

Is engineered hardwood the same as laminate

At Peeks, our staff is sometimes asked: is engineered hardwood the same as laminate? It’s not surprising for shoppers to be unsure. After all, there are many flooring products these days. So, we thought we’d explain what engineered wood flooring is, what laminate is, and how they differ.

Why Choose Engineered Hardwood?

More luxurious choice than laminate, but cheaper than regular hardwood
Can be refinished one or more times (unlike laminate)
Moisture resistance is greater than hardwood or laminate

Both engineered hardwood and laminate are both manufactured products. However, engineered wood has a layer of plywood and natural wood that laminate does not. The plywood provides stability. The real wood provides the beauty that makes engineered wood so similar to the look and feel of solid hardwood. Real estate specialists will point to engineered hardwood as a good selling point for a home.

When the day comes that a new floor is needed, laminate needs to be replaced. It’s possible that engineered hardwood can be redone with a light sanding and refinishing. Find out more about engineered hardwood.

Engineered wood flooringWhy Choose Laminate?

  • Less expensive than engineered hardwood, reducing upfront costs
  • Same wood looks as engineered hardwood or regular wood
  • Tough and resilient
  • Can float over subfloor
  • Individual pieces can be replaced easily

Purchasing laminate saves money on the front end, and that lures many shoppers to it Better laminates have a hardy, transparent finish that lays over a high-quality image. In the last decade, advances have allowed laminate to feel more like wood as well as look more like it. This is accomplished using a deeper embossing to achieve a more natural texture. Higher-end buyers have a thicker premium laminate to tempt them away from engineered hardwood.

Laminate is easier to install than engineered hardwood which must be glued or stapled. The floating floor method is quicker and cheaper, reducing the cost of new flooring. Find out more about laminate.

Composition of Engineered Hardwood vs Laminate

Engineered hardwood is made of high-quality plywood and a natural wood veneer. It may contain 25-percent natural wood in all. Laminate is made of two layers. The base is pressed wood fiber while the top is tough plastic. Many laminates also have a closed-cell foam underlayment. If it doesn’t, then you need to figure in the expense of adding an underlayment.

Which One is Moisture Proof?

While it isn’t recommended for bathrooms, engineered wood is actually considered better than laminate when it comes to moisture. It is preferred over laminate for kitchens, entryways and anywhere that moisture may be present regularly.

Laminate is moisture resistant, but if water is allowed to seep through the seams, laminate pieces will swell. The key is good installation methods. Peeks installation experts can tell you more.

How Thick are The Boards?

The least expensive laminate tends to be ¼ inch while the more expensive may be closer to ½ inch. Engineered wood flooring has a veneer of about 3/16 inch, but the total thickness tends to be around ¾ inch.

Engineered wood is naturally warmer and harder. Laminate is naturally colder. It can be softer if there is a foam underlay.

We hope this helps you as you decide which floor is right for your personal space. Come take a closer look at the two products and ask our expert staff to explain more about them.

What’s the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?

What's the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile

Which is better porcelain or ceramic tile? From Bob Villa to Better Homes and Gardens, reviewers seem to agree that home owners can’t go wrong with either one. There are differences between porcelain and ceramic tile, but today’s quality and choice has never been better.

These tiles are more desirable than laminate and can truly be an alternative to real wood. For instance, styles are as diverse for these tiles as they are for laminate or vinyl plank. Best of all, ceramic and porcelain flooring are likely to add significant value to the home. Wood look porcelain tile Dallas TX gives hardwood a run for its money. For that matter, ceramic tile that looks like wood is an equally good choice.

If you are considering new floors, you should get to know these siblings, their advantages and disadvantages.

Which is better porcelain or ceramic tileCeramic Tile Advantages

Ceramics cost about 30 percent less than porcelain tile flooring. It is less expensive to produce, and, therefore, less expensive to buy. To make the tiles, a less refined clay is kiln-fired to achieve a hard surface. These tiles are durable and long lasting.

Like porcelain, ceramics come in a wide variety of beautiful looks. You can find something to fit your style, whether its traditional, contemporary, bold or artsy. Namebrands, such as Interceramic and Mohawk, are familiar to Dallas TX shoppers.

In hot climates, such as ours, the ceramic surface is desirable for its natural coolness. It feels good to bare feet.

The product is easier to cut, and installation requires less skill. Porcelain is likely to break in the hands of an inexperienced contractor. Tile density has a good side and a bad side. While ceramic tile is less dense than porcelain tile, it is also a far easier material for do-it-yourselfer homeowners to cut manually, by wet tile saw, or with a snap tile cutter.

Porcelain Tile Advantages

The first thing to note is that porcelain is a type of ceramic. Today’s porcelain is a modern scientific achievement known for low water absorption rates. True porcelain has an absorption rate of .5 percent or less.

The same thing that makes porcelain water resistant, also makes it more durable than ceramic. Porcelain’s composition is denser and smoother. This fine-grained composition helps make it impervious to stain-causing liquids.

To create porcelain, engineers use a combination of quartz, clay and feldspar. Then it is fired at 1,200 degrees Celsius. Generally porcelain contains more kaolin and is purer than ceramic.

As a result of its higher concentration of feldspar, true porcelain tile is more durable. Furthermore, not only is it less likely to break or chip, but if it does, the color is true throughout the tile. Ceramic tiles have an exterior glaze, and a chip will reveal a different color.

Since it is smooth and nonporous, Porcelain is easier to keep clean than ceramic. There’s less upkeep and more reward. This may be important in high traffic areas.

Lastly, flooring experts agree that ceramic should never be used outdoors. This is due to its tendency to grow as it retains water. This leads it to crack easily. Porcelain is better suited to outdoor use and to indoor use, where water is involved. This is why home owners prefer porcelain for pools, bathtubs and showers.

You really can’t go wrong with ceramic or porcelain tiles. Peeks Floor Company staff will help you find the right fit for your style and budget. Five Dallas area locations mean that there is a showroom near you.

Picture Your House with Spanish Porcelain Tile Flooring

Imagine porcelain tiles made from clay in sunny Spain. Now imagine those tiles in your entryway, kitchen, and living room. You can have these for your home with the latest Spanish porcelain tile flooring deals from Peeks.

porcelain tile flooringDiscount Tile Flooring from Spain

Peeks is pleased to announce that it is now importing porcelain tile from Valencia, Spain. These tough, beautiful tiles come in three colors.

If you are wondering about porcelain tile installation costs, be aware that buyers can get a discount when they purchase this tile from Peeks.  At this time, our tiles are $7.99 with installation. The porcelain tile flooring cost without installation is $2.99 each. 

Other retailers sell the tiles for $3.99 to $7.99  before installation. Saving you on both the tile and installation costs, Peeks helps more customers utilize these high quality European tiles. 

Porcelain vs Ceramic Floor Tile

Porcelain is stronger and more durable than ceramic.  To create porcelain, the manufacturer achieves a denser material by using clay with finer particles.  It takes a much hotter process to fire it.  These high temperatures result in a harder glaze than is possible on a regular ceramic tile. 

This toughness also means that it is resistant to scratches. Adding value, the color is uniform throughout glazed porcelain tiles. This color uniformity means that scratches and dings, if they do happen, won’t be obvious.  For these reasons, porcelain is often targeted to heavy traffic areas in home improvement projects and commercial ventures.

Unlike its rival, porcelain is truly water-resistant. Ceramic tiles will absorb water over time, but porcelain tiles will not. That makes them the choice for outdoor applications as well as kitchens and bathrooms.  Keeping water resistance in mind, shoppers will have to decide which is better porcelain or ceramic tile when comparing costs.

Porcelain vs. Stone Tiles

Porcelain can perform as well as stone flooring tiles. With a surface quality often compared to granite, porcelain is hard and tough. It can be used outdoors due to its natural water-resistant qualities. Unlike stone which may need special cleaners, porcelain is easy to mop clean with mild soap and water.

Like stone, porcelain is a worthy investment. First, you can look at the porcelain tile flooring cost and see that it saves you money over stone.  Then there’s the fact that it can last for decades, saving money over short-term flooring solutions. Finally, it should be noted that porcelain is considered so high quality that it can be a selling point for your home in the same way that stone is.

Benefits of Porcelain Floor Tiles from Valencia Spain

Spanish porcelain tile manufacturers take great pride in their craftsmanship.  They combine Old World knowledge dating back centuries with contemporary applications of science and engineering. Their products are among the most beautiful you can find. 

  1. Handsome and Unique
  2. Tough and Durable
  3. Water Resistant
  4. Stain Resistant
  5. Long Lifespan
  6. Low Maintenance
  7. Home resale value asset

Learn More

You can get more information about porcelain tiles from Valencia Spain by contacting Peeks Floor Co.

Budding Rivalry Pits SPC Vinyl Plank Vs. WPC Flooring

spc vinyl plank

WPC flooring has been top dog among vinyl plank flooring, but it now has a rival. You can call it rigid core luxury vinyl or stick to its nickname, SPC. One of our favorite examples of SPC vinyl plank is Tarkett ProGen. In this article, we’ll look at how these two are different and alike.

This WPC vs SPC video demonstrates just how tough the best luxury vinyl plank flooring is. Tarkett ProGen is prepared to handle heavy furniture. You can drop something big on it, and it doesn’t dent like any other flooring would. Take a look:

best vinyl plank flooring brandsWhy is SPC Flooring so Tough?

SPC has a different core than WPC (wood plastic composite). A stone polymer composite gives SPC a sturdier interior that can take more punishment. Thus it is more likely to handle heavy sofas and tables without permanent dents. That holds true for bar stools and chairs as well.

Overall SPC may not be thicker than WPC, but SPC has a thicker top layer . The wear layer, as it is called, is critical when determining which vinyl plank is best in the long run.
For commercial properties and busy homes, SPC offers to hold its good looks longer. Home owners will need to weigh the difference between WPC and SPC vinyl plank flooring rigid core as they decide their flooring budget, but Tarkett ProGen is definitely a good investment.

Why Choose Tarkett ProGen?

Tarkett ProGen flooring can match any home or light commercial space. In the WPC vs SPC video, the plank has a pecan wood look. It’s one of 22 high-definition wood designs.

This high quality product has demonstrated superior scratch resistance and indent resistance. It is resistant to temperature change and won’t fade in sunlight. ProGen benefits from its center-to-surface engineering which makes it an one of the best rigid core vinyl plank flooring choices.

Tarkett, one of the best vinyl plank flooring brands, offers home and commercial vinyl plank flooring.

WPC vs SPC Flooring

When it comes to vinyl plank vs. laminate, vinyl plank wins hands down. But what about SPC vs WPC?

SPC shares the good traits that homeowners have come to associate with WPC flooring. This includes the fact that it is 100 waterproof. Whether you need a floor for a kitchen, entry way or bathroom, you can’t go wrong with SPC products. Even if moisture is present, SPC flooring won’t buckle or shift like real wood.

Better for imperfect subfloors, SPC has its rigid core to sustain it. You can install it over other flooring, including tile. Individual planks interlock with each other, and this forms a floating floor surface.

Clean up is easy. Just like WPC, Tarkett ProGen SPC can be swept, vacuumed and damp mopped. No other maintenance is required.

As we have already mentioned, SPC flooring is more durable than WPC. The rigid core helps it resist damage.

Furthermore, SPC products are sound absorbent. It is definitely a good choice for second-floor rooms and for rooms with a basement underneath.

And one more thing. The rigid core adds another layer to keep cold from seeping in.

What About Beauty?

The two flooring rivals have realistic looks that mimic wood and stone perfectly. SPC flooring matches, if not excels, WPC flooring quality.

SPC can be used to achieve designer looks where durability is an issue. This makes it a choice for many families. Regular wear is less likely to show, helping the floor hold its good looks and investment value.

Commercial property owners use SPC rigid core flooring in condos and other rentals where they want a high-end look. Restaurant owners prefer a product such as this one that doesn’t show wear and cleans up easily. Business managers will like how this looks in their offices as well as in upscale retail spaces.

What are the Four Layers of Rigid Plus SPC Vinyl Plank?

Bottom Layer: Backing layer provides a buffer between the flooring material and the subfloor.

Second Layer: Rigid Core is made of stone plastic composite. You may also hear it called stone polymer composite. This durable compound is ultra-dense. It is moisture resistant, which ensures that it will not swell or ripple.

Third Layer: The printed vinyl provides a beautiful look that won’t fade. The color and shading makes it appear like a real stone or wood product. Unlike wood, it won’t warp or fade over time.

Top Layer: A thick wear layer finishes off the plank. This gives it protection against scratches.

Learn More

Peek’s Flooring Co. offers Tarkett ProGen and other fine floor options. Our staff can tell you more about the flooring shown in the video and discussed in this article.

The Big Four Dallas Flooring Installation Methods

If you’re considering hardwood floors, you may be asked an unexpected question. How do you want your hardwood installed? The way your hardwood ends up on your floors matters. There are pros and cons to each method, and some factors can limit your installation options. As Dallas flooring installation specialists, Peek‘s can help you learn the ins and outs of the four methods so you can shop smarter.

Know Your LayersDallas Flooring Installation

Hardwood installation is about more than flooring. The price of necessities like vapor barriers and plywood can surprise unsuspecting homeowners. Learn your layers so you’ll be able to discuss installation like a pro.

Not all installations require every element, but the basics are:
1. Hardwood
2. Foam underlayment (floating floors) or radiant heating (engineered hardwood)
3. Plywood subfloor
4. Moisture vapor barrier
5. Concrete subfloor

If your concrete subfloor is uneven, a product called float may be used to smooth it out. Float often isn’t necessary with click-lock flooring and similar styles.

1. Nails: The Classic Method

Nails are the preferred method for solid wood floors that are at least 3/4-inches thick, though thinner planks can be accommodated. When it comes to Dallas flooring installation, nails allow wood flooring to expand and shrink with changes in heat and moisture. This reduces the likelihood of splits and cracking.

You might picture nail-down floors as one or two nails at the top or bottom of each board holding it down like in an old timey saloon. In fact, most of the nails will be hidden in the grooves on the sides of each plank. 2-inch nailing cleats, which have a special shape, attach the planks directly to the subfloor. A few visible screws will be used to establish key anchor points along the way.

Nailing is the best method of installation for solid strip and plank floors that are above grade. They need a plywood subfloor to attach to, though your installer can lay the plywood for you. Because it’s time consuming, nailing can be a little more expensive, but it’s often worth it.

2. Staples: Secure and Inexpensive

Staples are a quicker alternative to nails. A few screws anchor key planks around the outside edge of the flooring. The rest are fastened with staples that hide within the grooves of the floor.

1-1/2 to 2-inch staples are driven into the wood using a pneumatic staple gun. Some manufacturers recommend specific sizes of staples and types of staple guns for their floors. Like nails, staples need a plywood subfloor underneath to fasten to.

Because it’s faster, stapling is often less expensive. However, staples are almost too good at their job. They can fasten floors too securely, not allowing enough room for natural swelling and contracting. This makes staples more suited for softer woods. Dense woods, especially exotics, should never be stapled.

3. Glue Down: For Select Floor Types

With glue-down floors, adhesives or mastics are laid directly on the subfloor to secure your hardwood. With Dallas flooring installation, engineered hardwood being installed above grade can often be glued directly to concrete.

Only engineered hardwood and parquet flooring can be glued down. It’s important that the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive type and trowel size are used to install your hardwood. Not doing so can void warranties.

Gluing is more expensive than stapling, but it comes with some bonuses. Because its core has a different composition, engineered hardwood can sound and “feel” different than solid wood when you walk across it. Gluing makes it sound more like classic hardwood. Gluing is also more secure than nailing, but it still allows for essential expansion and shrinkage.

4. Floating: The Fastest Installation

Floating floors are not mechanically fastened to the subfloor below. Instead, the planks anchor to each other and are fit carefully to the room. Some styles need to be glued together from plank to plank. Other “click-lock” options require no adhesive.

Floating floors can be put both above and below grade, and they can be an excellent option for areas that need maximum moisture control. In most cases, they can be installed right over existing floors. For floating floors that require adhesive, the manufacturer’s recommended adhesive must be used.

Both solid and engineered hardwood are available in “floating” styles. Floating floors are the least expensive to install, go in quickly and can be walked on right away. Floating floors have a distinct sound and feel when walked on that isn’t as “dense” as anchored methods, but they can also have foam underlayments placed underneath. The foam improves moisture tolerance, reduces noise, improves energy efficiency and can be more comfortable to walk on.

If you’re not sure which method would be best for you, come talk to a flooring specialist at Peek‘s. We’ll help you plan your Dallas flooring installation project for success.

Special Services from Flower Mound Flooring Stores

Every home project has its unique challenges, and every homeowner likes to approach their projects differently. Choosing floors is no exception. From wet basements to tight budgets, experienced flooring companies can rise to meet customer challenges with a range of special services. Offering great products and installation aren’t the only things your local Flower Mound flooring stores can do.

Simplify Your Choices with Flooring ConsultationsFlower Mound Flooring Stores

When you walk into Flower Mound flooring stores, hundreds of choices are laid out before you. Every type, brand and line has its strengths, and that’s before you dive into aesthetics. No one expects you to be an expert in every option. The experts are on staff, waiting to help you out.

Design and lifestyle consultations can narrow an overwhelming tide to a manageable handful of options that address your wish list. A flooring expert will help prioritize your needs and point out considerations you may have overlooked. At Peek‘s, every member of our sales team has at least 15 years of industry experience maximizing budgets, finding creative solutions and honing our floor matchmaking skills.

If you know you want help from a flooring expert, consider bringing along:

  • A list of must-haves like stain resistance, moisture resistance or budget ballpark
  • Pictures of your current decor and flooring looks you like
  • Any square footage estimates you have
  • A list of special concerns like indoor allergies, asthma or need for slip resistance

Accurate In-Home Measurements

Whether you’re looking at tile, laminate, vinyl or hardwood flooring, the cost of every installation depends on the size of the job. “Square footage” is the magic word, and most shoppers start with a rough guess of how much square footage they need to cover. It’s a good place to start, but you can’t beat getting professional measurements upfront.

Knowing your exact square footage will help you price options accurately as you shop. It saves you from unpleasant surprises when your installers tell you’re going to need more than you budgeted for or run out of flooring in the middle of a DIY project. It also keeps the hassle of awkward calculations off your plate. How much carpet do you need to cover stairs, anyway? A measurement expert will be able to let you know. If you have a product in mind, you can also get an estimate on the spot that includes possible necessities like underlayments and subfloor fixes.

Reliable Moisture Detection

Sometimes, the hardest part of having floors installed is addressing existing issues in your home. Moisture issues can wreak havoc on hardwood floors, carpeting and grout in tile floors. Whether you know you have a moisture problem or are wondering how damp your below-grade subfloors are, moisture detection services can land a hand.

Peek‘s Floor Co. was the first in the industry to use infrared technology exclusively to solve flooring-related moisture concerns. Since we began, we’ve helped nearly 500 homeowners and business address their moisture concerns. Infrared technology helps us detect temperature shifts indicative of dampness and track the water to its source. We can help you identify leaks, decide whether you need to seal your basement or determine what types of flooring are the best choice for your situation.

Moisture detection can be a good choice if you have:

  • Below-grade areas like basements and lower floors of split levels
  • Obvious leaks around flooring
  • Bathrooms with mildew issues
  • Rooms with obvious signs of mold, mildew or moisture damage along baseboards or lower drywall
  • An older home with a history of moisture problems

Big Savings with Overstock Discounts

In general, there are two types of Flower Mound flooring stores. The first only stocks samples and has to order your flooring no matter what you choose. The second type, like Peek‘s, keeps plenty of on-site stock. On-site stock is great for quick project completion, and it has an added bonus. We often end up with discontinued product lines and overstock we need to sell, and our extra stock can mean big savings for you.

Overstock specials can range from 10% to 60% off carpeting, tiles, hardwood flooring and more. You may find one species of hardwood, a few patterns of carpeting or a whole line vinyl available at fantastic prices. In addition to overstock savings, you can also find factory direct pricing and brand-wide sales events. With these kinds of savings, you can afford more bang for your buck or can free up space in your budget for other projects.

The experts at Flower Mound flooring stores like Peek‘s take the questions, hassle and stress out of installation so you can focus on the fun of shopping and design. Call today to learn more about Peek‘s signature support services.

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