kitchen remodel

Can Wood Flooring Be Installed in Kitchens?

Yes!  Wood flooring is beautiful in a kitchen space.  Although wood flooring is specified in many kitchen remodeling projects, some homeowners are apprehensive to put it in their kitchens.  Poor craftsmanship and inferior products can lead to serious problems.  However, when quality wood floors are installed by a seasoned kitchen remodeling contractor, the results are spectacular.

Here are some pitfalls to avoid when your kitchen remodel includes wood floors:

Cheap Flooring

Not all wood flooring is equal.  In fact, many big box stores pass laminate off as “wood”.  The kitchen is not only a high traffic area, but it is prone to spills and changes in temperature.  Using cheap wood flooring in your kitchen remodel could result in extensive cupping and buckling.

Substandard Installation

Substandard installation happens more often than you think. Often times, a homeowner does not realize that the wood floor installation was poor until a problem arises. When remodeling your kitchen, make sure your kitchen remodeling contractors are experienced, qualified, and pay attention to details.  Ask for references.  Read online reviews.  A lot happens in this space, and if the flooring portion of your kitchen remodel is not installed properly, you will be left with a mess.

Poor Quality Finish

If the finish on your wood floors is not suited for high traffic areas, then you could run into problems.  When discussing wood floors with remodeling contractors, make sure they use quality flooring AND finish products.

Houston Remodeling has been one of the areas premier remodeling contractors for more than two decades. Owner and operator, Tim Lassiter, is very particular about the craftsmanship and products he uses in home renovations.  Houston Remodeling proudly partners with Mirage Hardwood Floors to provide our clients with high quality wood flooring products.  Are you considering home renovations in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call today.

Kitchen Remodeling: Where Do I Start?

Kitchen Remodeling: Where Do I Start?

(part one)

Kitchen remodeling is among the most requested home renovations. A survey conducted by Realtor.com revealed that 80% of respondents list the kitchen as the most important space in their home.  Remodeling a kitchen benefits you as a homeowner in many ways.  Since the kitchen is the central gathering place and focal point in many homes, a kitchen remodel can significantly update an outdated space, making it more inviting and comfortable.  A kitchen remodel can also be considered an investment to increase the value of your home.

The stumbling block with many home renovations is getting started.  We find many customers know that they want change but are unsure of their options and exactly where to start. They key is to break the project down into manageable stages vs. trying to tackle everything all at once.

The first step to remodeling a kitchen is to determine what elements you like and dislike.  During this stage, it is important to just make a list of your likes and dislikes and not worry about how they will be implemented, that is for your home contractors to address.  Some questions to ask yourself include:

  • Do I want to incorporate an island?
  • What style of kitchen cabinets do I prefer?
  • How much counter space and cabinet space do I need?
  • What type of backsplashes and countertops do I gravitate toward?
  • What kind of flooring catches my eye?
  • Do I need to update my lighting?
  • What kitchen elements have I seen that I do not like?
  • Have I seen anything else incorporated into a kitchen that catches my eye?

After making your list, rank each element in order of importance. Now that you’ve completed the first step, you are ready to move on to budgeting and meeting with home remodeling contractors, which we will discuss in our next article.

Houston Remodeling is one of the area’s premier and preferred remodeling contractors. Our goal is to make your home renovations stress-free and something to get excited about. Unlike some home contractors who are just out to make a sale, Houston Remodeling wants to earn your lifelong business.  Are you considering making home renovations in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today!

 

 

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Guide to Selecting Wood Flooring

Part Two

We are continuing our two-part series on what to look for when selecting wood flooring.  At Houston Remodeling, our goal is to educate our clients on available options and help them make the best decision for their commercial or home remodeling project.  Our previous article discussed different types of wood flooring.  This article will touch on laminate and adhesive.

The “Laminate” Lie

Many big box stores and questionable remodeling contractors try to pass off laminate flooring as actual wood flooring.  Laminate is not real wood.  It is essentially a picture of wood on a layered backing that could be made of plastic, rubber, or some other material. The beauty and durability of solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring are unmatched in comparison to laminate.  Additionally, laminate has such a thin wear layer that you are lucky if it lasts 4-5 years before needing to be replaced. As a reputable design-build contractor, we do not recommend or install laminate flooring. As a replacement for Laminate, we offer several LVT – Luxury Vinyl Plank floorings.

Adhesive

It’s important to use a quality, safe adhesive when installing an engineered floor. Most home remodeling contractors choose to use the cheapest adhesive they can get. This can result in problems later on, and also may not be the safest product for you and your family. Houston Remodeling prides itself on sourcing the best suppliers for all of our commercial and home remodeling projects. We proudly use Bostik’s GREENFORCE® Advanced Tri-Linking™ Adhesive and Moisture Control Membrane. GreenForce has antimicrobial protection to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew on the cured membrane and features superior bonding capabilities, moisture vapor control and protection, and zero VOC content.

Houston Remodeling is owned and operated by Tim Lassiter, a second-generation Master Trim Carpenter whose keen eye and attention to detail will help ensure your home renovations are completed with the quality and care you deserve.  We are available to oversee your entire home remodeling project.  If you are interested in do-it-yourself (DIY) options, we will consult with you on the type of flooring that will best suit your needs and order the materials you need to make your DIY project a success!  This is a service many home remodeling contractors do not offer.  Give Houston Remodeling a call today!