Are Laminate Floors Better Than Wood Floors?

The age old question (not really), are laminate floors better than wood floors? We get this question asked so often that we thought to address it here. The answer: traditionally, wood floors trumped laminate floors in every category, looks, quality, durability, feel, investment. But nowadays, many makers of fine laminates are causing home remodelers from all over to think twice, or even think first, about adding laminates over traditional wood flooring. Wood floors come with all kinds of perks but have a few takeaways as well. Perks are that they look gorgeous, can be stained any number of colors, can be refinished (which can also be a negative because of cost), can last up to 100 years – if properly taken care of, feel great under foot, add value to a home. Takeaways include warping, not water-resistant or water-proof (neither are laminates), usually need refinishing and staining (costly), mold can be an issue, gapping, extremely difficult to pull up or reuse. Nowadays laminate floors can be your best option when installing new flooring. Benefits include; look and feel like real wood flooring, anti-warping, won’t gap, water resistant, can be pulled up (if not glued down) and reused in another room, if a room floods you can take the boards apart, dry them off, and lay them down again on a new pad, anti-dust, come with a 25 year warranty, cost of product, and cost of installation is very good, installing is super fast, each board comes covered with a bees wax finish (Tap and Go brand) that is scratch resistant and water resistant, add value to your home, boards...
How to Take Care of Wood Floors During Winter

How to Take Care of Wood Floors During Winter

Winter time can be hazardous to wood floors, what with snow, salt, gravel, pets that can’t stand to tramp in the snow and using number 1 and 2 on your new wood floors. It’s a veritable nightmare. So how can you keep up on keeping your flooring healthy and clean. So here are some tips on how to take care of wood floors during winter. Use of a high quality floor cleaner, like the ones offered by Pallmann Cleaning Products offer a superior clean that is good for all types of flooring. Click here to see our Pallmann products. Whenever possible it’s good idea to clean up salt brought in from shoes from walking on snowy sidewalks and streets as soon as possible. The same goes for gravel. Left to their own, these substances can scratch, dull, and eat away the flooring finish. A damp cloth is all that is needed in most cases. Take your shoes off. Shoes track in all kinds of abrasive materials, by taking off your shoes when you enter your home, you are bypassing the need to clean your floor so often, saving you time and money. Plus it’s just more comfortable. Swiffer your floors on a regular basis. This helps to make sure all harmful floor debris won’t be a problem. What advice do you have for cleaning floors during winter time? Please share....

Salt Lake City’s Current Construction Boom

Salt Lake City and it’s neighboring suburbs are currently having themselves, what experts might call, a construction boom. Despite the winter inversion, people are flocking to the Salt Lake City metro area, and because of it, the city is seeing an increase in not only residential development, but also mixed use condo and apartment buildings throughout the valley. Consider Utah’s economy, it’s one of the best, if not the best in the nation, per capita. Technology firms from around the country are moving in, setting up business, and making a statement with new developments throughout the valley. You can especially see this in Lehi/ Thanksgiving Pointe developments, the area is what locals, and the national technology sectors are calling the Silicon Slopes. Downtown Salt Lake is seeing a boom in building development as well. Mayor Ralf Becker’s (soon to be ex-Mayor, ousted by Jackie Biskupsi), 5000 apartment plan, is well under way, with over 1,000 units built in 2015 alone. We will have to see if building keeps rolling along in 2016, but there is a feeling that it will. Not to be outdone is mixed use, hotel and skyscraper development in downtown SLC. Goldman Sach’s will be moving a majority of it’s Salt Lake City workforce to the new 111 South Main building, upon completion in 2016. A new Performing Arts Center will be finished and ready to host NYC Broadway caliber plays, which is oh so nearly attached to the 111 South Main building. This development is also the catalyst for the complete redevelopment of Regent Street, which will connect City Creek Center to the Gallivan Plaza, along...

Home Flooring Inspiration: Before and After Kitchen Remodels

We’ve collected some amazing before and after kitchen remodels that really show off what you can do with a total disaster. We really love the flooring in all of these, and this just goes to show homeowners that you can install wood laminate flooring in kitchens. We would like to thank HGTV for the original article, which can be found here. As always, if you’ve been inspired by these transformations and want help transforming your home please contact us for a free flooring consultation and measurement – 801-906-8058 -This kitchen was just plain scary. Covered in trash and mouse droppings, it was hard to imagine any light at the end of this kitchen-makeover tunnel. -Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines have done it again! Definitely one of their most impressive makeovers to date, this kitchen went from danger zone to dazzling. White cabinetry and light gray walls create a warm, cheery environment, while a stunning handmade island takes center stage. -Yikes! This Detroit home featured on HGTV’s Rehab Addict put host Nicole Curtis to the test. -New floors and appliances, creamy walls and the addition of classic white appliances turned this once-scary kitchen into an adorable family hub. – Nicole Curtis -It takes a creative eye to see how HGTV’s Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanne Gaines could turn this dated kitchen into a more contemporary space. Luckily for the Jonklass family, the talented duo was up for the task. -The original cabinets were painted white for instant warmth in this newly renovated kitchen. The wall to the dining room was removed, creating a more bright and open space. New wood floors, granite countertops and...
Video: Bergeim Flooring Tap and Go Technology

Video: Bergeim Flooring Tap and Go Technology

Bergeim Floors, has adapted it’s 4th flooring locking technology called TAP & GO with technology developed by Yekalon Industry, Inc. This flooring is gap-resistant, warp-resistant, and seperation- resistant floor. See all of the Tap and Go products we carry by clicking here, or our showroom. Here’s some more info about Bergeim Floors; Bergeim Floors, as the high-class flooring brand which belongs to Yekalon Group, has exported to over 200 countries and regions in the world, and provide global customers with high quality, elegant and healthy floorings with innovative 3R Tap&Go locking system. During the past 17 years, Bergeim floor has gained numerous awards and NO.1 in flooring industry. The first international flooring brand that has its own core flooring locking technology; The first Chinese enterprise who won a 337 lawsuit; The first Chinese flooring brand that break the Europe and America’s monopoly on flooring core technology; The first brand that established WTO station in the flooring industry; The first chinese enterprise that got Special Contribution Award on Wood flooring industry; The first flooring brand that won gold award of China International Patent; Manufacturing With 6.7 million sqm modern forestry base and 20 million square meters’ low-carbon flooring manufacturing base, Bergerm floors now are manufacturing  Solid Wood Flooring, Solid Bamboo flooring, Strandwoven bamboo flooring, Engineered Wood Flooring, laminate flooring and PVC vinyl flooring. Bergeim Floors are processing under the most advanced Homag Production Line, and maintain a quality and environment management system in accordance with I.S.O. 9001, CE, CARB, which ensures each board of Bergeim Flooring is healthy, eco-friendly, durable and...

Utah Interior Design Spotlight with Natasha Wallis Design

Natasha Wallis Design has nabbed our top spot for this weeks Utah Interior Design Spotlight. We know that when it comes to interior design, it’s hard to find a designer who shares your vision and is able to deliver that vision to clients. That’s why this week, we’ve chosen the dynamic work of Salt Lake City based designer, Natasha Wallis. With over 20 years of architectural and design work under her belt we know that you will love what she can do for you. If you need image inspiration, see below. Services: Interior architecture, space planning, finish selection, custom cabinetry, furniture, selection of fine art and antiques. “At Natasha Wallis Design, we create harmonious, livable spaces that are informed by the architecture and developed to suit the aesthetic and economic goals of our clients. Our personal approach focuses on incorporating finely crafted details and with thoughtful editing to create spaces for our clients that are unique, beautiful and timeless. The end result reflects our client’s personality and is a place they love to call home.” Contact: Natasha Wallis Location: 175 WEST 900 SOUTH Salt Lake City, UT 84101 E: nw@natashawallisdesign.com Certifications: Member ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) NCIDQ Certificate # 020769 (National Council for Interior Design Qualifications) The Southern California School of Architecture (Sci-Arc), Los Angeles; Bachelor of Architecture Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles and New York City; Fine Art...