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Area Rugs Frequently Asked Questions

Many Minnesota homeowners have questions and concerns when they are are interested in area rugs. To help our clients address those concerns, we have answered some frequently asked questions regarding area rugs.Area Rugs frequently asked questions:I adore exotic rugs but I own traditional furniture. ...
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Why Nylon?

There are significant advantages to using a carpet made from nylon versus a natural fabric such as wool. In today’s homes, you are more likely to see a nylon carpet than one made from other fabrics because of its durability and versatility. Below are a few benefits of using nylon carpet....
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Why Engineered Flooring is Becoming so Popular

According to a recent report, nearly 70% of homeowners who have done some form of kitchen remodeling had added their kitchen floors to be a part of the remodeling project. But what is very interesting is that only 24% of the homeowners opted-in for solid wood flooring. The most popular choice was ...
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Vinyl Maintenance

So you have vinyl floors and you’re not certain how to keep them looking new for years to come? Maintenance, maintenance! Keeping them clean through regular cleanings will extend their lives and keep them looking fresh.1. Start with prevention: Use area rugs and mats in high-traffic areas such as ...
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Vinyl Flooring Installation

Professional Vinyl Flooring Installation in theMinneapolis – St. Paul RegionThe first step in the installation of vinyl flooring is preparation of the sub-floor. The latter is the surface upon which the vinyl flooring will be installed. It is important to note that vinyl is a soft material. ...
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Top Carpeting Trends To Know About in 2018

The number of options that are available when it comes to carpets may shock some people who haven’t thought about it before. There are thousands of styles, colors, and textures from which to choose, which can make planning a carpet installation overwhelming. If you want your new carpet to look ...
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Tile & Stone Style Trends

Tile isn’t all pale beige anymore. Today’s new colors are richer and somewhat deeper, and there are exciting looks in surface texture and edge treatments. Tile is appearing in larger sizes, too, so that it’s easier than ever to make a dramatic statement you’ll love. Check with us about these hot ...
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Tile Maintenance

Galaxie Floor Stores understands that you do not need to compromise your health or the cleanliness of your home simply because you are the one doing the cleaning. This is the reason why we have gathered some great tile floor cleaning tips and tricks that are not only eco-friendly, but also safe for ...
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Tile Flooring Installation

We Provide Tile Flooring Installation inMinneapolis & St. Paul, MNGalaxie Floor Stores offers more than simple tile installation services. We can also reduce your costs and reduce the interruptions that often come with tile installation. Our team is dedication to providing you with superior service ...
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Things to Consider When Choosing Laminate Flooring

Selecting the best laminate flooring for your space can be more difficult than one would think. The litany of choices may overwhelm and confuse the consumer, but luckily, this guide is here to help you to sort through any dilemmas you may be having.What Does Laminate Flooring Consist of?Before ...
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The Ultimate Carpet Maintenance Tips

The floor should be one of the cleanest places in your house, yet it hardly ever is. Carpet and floor maintenance is rarely exercised by households, especially if the families there are the busy types that have much more urgent responsibilities than the quality of their floors. But it is hardly ...
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The Layers Of Laminate Flooring

Laminate is slowly but surely establishing itself as one of the go-to flooring options in the industry, owing to its ability to resist wear and tear for an extended period of time and its low-maintenance requirements. The material is constructed from several layers, used to create a durable and ...
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The Benefits Of Mohawk Carpet

If you’re looking to remodel your home and add or change carpeting, there is only one choice for the highest quality product for your home; Mohawk carpet. Mohawk carpet is some of the most luxurious and high quality carpet on the market. With an array of styles and colors to choose from, you’re ...
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Style 101

Looking for an easy way to upgrade tired rooms and boost the value of your home? Then look no further than your floor. Sure, flooring may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are looking for a quick face-lift, but taking a look at the countless flooring options offered in today’s ...
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How to Save Your Floor From Water Damage

Water is an absolute danger to your wood floors. There is no doubt about it. It can cause rot, mold, and a loss of structural integrity. If your wooden floors are in danger of being damaged by water, then the first 24 hours are vital to saving it. Leaky pipes or roof, natural disasters, and sewage ...
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How to Prevent Damage to Your Rug

Adding a nice rug to a room can add to its aesthetic and to its warmth. However, depending on what room it is, it may be vulnerable to damage from traffic or other things like rolling office chairs. Rolling chairs over time can cause wrinkling, buckling, and holes. There are ways to keep your ...
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Preparing Concrete Surfaces for Laminate Floor Installation

Laminate flooring is a cost-effective look that will last for many years if installed properly. If you’re interested in saving money and doing the work yourself, we’re here to provide you with an arsenal of information so you that you can successfully install laminate flooring over a concrete ...
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How to Prepare for Hardwood Flooring Installation

Hardwood floors are the envy of many homeowners. Once you have purchased your hardwood flooring, the next step is to prepare for the installation process. Proper preparation eases the installation and ensures that your new hardwood floor is installed without hitches. Below we explain ways that you ...
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Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile

What is the difference between porcelain tile compare and ceramic tile?Porcelain Tile:Is significantly thicker and more solid. This results in tile that is resilient against liquid penetration.Has a reduced rate of fluid absorption. This makes it appropriate for interiors and exteriors in all ...
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No Rules

An interesting way to give a unique and elegant look to your interior decor is to experiment with some of the conventional interior design practices and give the interiors your individual touch. Here are some interior design tips that put a twist on many traditional interior design rules and open ...
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Mohawk Industries Assists Hurricane Victims

Mohawk Industries continues to answer the call when it comes to helping communities in need. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left devastation in their wake, and many Americans find themselves in dire situations. Mohawk Industries and its associates are pulling together and helping to donate money, ...
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How To Care For Your Linoleum Floors

Linoleum is a tough and durable surface material with very similar maintenance characteristics to wood. That being said, genuine linoleum is more susceptible to moisture and alkalinity. For that reason, we recommend using only our recommended linoleum cleaning products to ensure your flooring looks ...
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Linoleum Flooring Benefits

Linoleum flooring is a durable, affordable flooring that has been popular in home design since the early 1900s. Linoleum is a plastic-like product that is made from natural ingredients include a mix of linseed oil, tree resin, wood, cork, and limestone. Because linoleum is made from renewable ...
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Life Happens

This waterproof carpet is made to handle it.Pets, kids…life. There’s a lot to keep up with. So we made our newest carpet collection to fit your lifestyle.Waterproof TechnologyMade for living, fully waterproof LifeGuard backing keeps spills from seeping down to the floor below, so cleanup is easy ...
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Laminate Maintenance Guide

Laminate flooring is easy to clean, which is part of its appeal. Cleaning up spills and smears is as simple as wiping with a damp cloth. Below are some other tips to keep your floor looking great for years:Routine CareFor small and basic spills, wiping with a damp cloth and mild soap should be ...
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Laminate Flooring Installation

We Offer Laminate Flooring Installation Minneapolis/St. PaulGalaxie Floor Stores is pleased to offer laminate flooring installation for Minneapolis area home and business owners. Laminate flooring functions especially well in locations where functionality is more important than appearance.Laminate ...
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How to Keep Your Floor Healthy During Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of year, with pleasant temperatures, the explosion of color, school and activities starting again, and family holidays to enjoy. It is not all good, though. Fallen leaves, dirt from outside, the rain, and all those people coming and going can wreak havoc on your floors. ...
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Interior Design Trends for 2019

Here we are in a brand new year, and there are several interior design trends that will make a dent for the next 12 months and beyond. If you are thinking of sprucing things up in your home, here are some trends for you to consider if you want to keep your home stylish and fresh.Bold PlantsGone are ...
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Ideas For Your Dream Walk In Closet

There are very few people out there who would not love a walk-in closet in their home. A walk-in closet can give a homeowner the space to store everything they need with easy access. Clothes, shoes, accessories, and everything else that makes up a wardrobe can be found in a walk-in. If you are ...
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How To Pick Stylish, Yet Kid-Friendly Flooring

Guest Post by David Diharce is co-owner of Steamatic of San Antonio, which provides water damage, carpet cleaning and other cleaning and restoration services in South Texas and the Texas Hill Country.You don’t have to wait for your kids to be grown to have nice things. Well, at least when it comes ...
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How to Make Sure You Have the Right Carpet for Your Living Room

The right carpet can do so much for any space, but especially the living room. It can provide a sense of style, but also a feeling of warmth and comfort. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right carpet for your living room.How Much Traffic Will There Be?The first thing to do is ...
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How to Choose the Best Hardware for Your Kitchen Cabinets

It’s common to be excited about choosing the color and style of your kitchen cabinets. However, you must not forget to take the time to choose the perfect hardware for those cabinets. The choice of handles can make or break your kitchen cabinet aesthetic. Here are some things to consider when ...
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How To Design A Man Cave

A man cave is a popular term used to refer to a special part of the house where a man can get away and spend quality time on his hobbies, unwind or work. It has become quite common for the austere corporate office to be replaced with a home-based hybrid area specially designed for both work and ...
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The Hottest Trends in Wood Floor Finishes

As tastes, technology, and demand change, so do the trends when it comes to wood floor finishes. In our more technological world, it seems that finishes that highlight the natural beauty of the wood are more popular than ever, for instance. We are at a point in time when flooring shoppers have more ...
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The History of Shaw Floors

With annual sales of more than $4 billion, Shaw Industries Group, Inc., is the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., it is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia and employs approximately 22,300 individuals around the world.Shaw Industries is unrelated to the ...
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The History of Linoleum

Linoleum, a floor and wall covering material used in place of Kamptulicon, was invented in 1860 by rubber manufacturer Fredrick Walton. Walton got the idea for the material after observing a characteristic covering – or “skin” – produced by oxidized linseed oil as it forms into paint. Walton ...
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History of Flooring

We do not often give much thought to what is underfoot or to how floors came to be, especially as Americans. However, home flooring has an interesting beginning, dating back to the Middle Ages. Indoor floors were simply compacted soil. Soil was the cheapest and easiest “material” available. Sadly, ...
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The History of Bamboo Floors

Although bamboo has been used as a flooring option for thousands of years, modern manufacturing methods have made it a fashionable and highly resilient choice for both commercial and residential use.Bamboo is a type of woody grass. Ancient Chinese peasants slashed it and methodically placed it on ...
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A Guide to Flooring For Your Porch

It is probably safe to say that for many people, the flooring for their porch is an afterthought. The fact is, there are many styles of porch flooring from which to choose, so there is definitely something that will suit your needs. There are two classifications of porch floors: wood and concrete. ...
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A Guide to Cleaning Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring is an elegant and durable option for the home, and has become widely popular in recent years. Bamboo is meant to last the homeowner a long time. To get years and years out of your bamboo, you should regularly clean it for a great appearance and general upkeep. If you’re not quite ...
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How to Get Smells Out of Your Carpet

Your carpet can attract any number of odors that can get trapped in the fibers and stink up your home. Pets, smoke, food, and mold are all examples of things that can make your carpet smell. Sometimes using a steam cleaner is not the best option, because the moisture can often make the smell worse. ...
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The Top Flooring Trends of 2017

There are many choices for flooring on the market today, and it may be difficult determining the best material for your new project. However, certain products are gaining exceptional popularity, a result of the benefits they offer.High-End VinylAlthough it may seem like a contradiction, luxury ...
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Flooring For Your Lifestyle

Prior to buying new flooring, you should think about how you use the space, who will use the space and what your budget is. The answers to these questions could impact the flooring best suited to your purpose and lifestyle.Area rugs. Area rugs are the perfect solution for those who like change the ...
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Make Your Bedroom as Cozy as it Can be

When you head to bed at night, the bedroom should be a place to look forward to. It should be a space where you know you can relax and forget about the worries of the day as you prepare yourself and drift off to sleep. What is comfortable for some may not be for others. Some prefer elegance and ...
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Extending the Lifespan of Your Wood Floor

Every homeowner hopes their wood flooring stays as pristine as possible. How you treat and maintain your surface plays a big role in its lifespan. Here are some tips to get the most out of your wood flooring.Clean your floors properlyWhen it comes to cleaning wood floors, it is not only about how ...
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Epic Engineered Hardwood

Epic floors are revolutionizing the flooring industry. Epic floors by Shaw Floors are greener, denser, and harder than other engineered floors. Epic engineered hardwood floors can do what no other comparable hardwood floor can do.Epic is premium engineered hardwood offering long-term performance ...
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Enjoy the Look of Rich Wood

WOOD FLOORING:Modern wood flooring comes either unfinished or factory-finished. Natural wood floors cannot be left unfinished once installed. Each needs some type of sealant or coat to protect it from wear and moisture.An unfinished floor is finished after it has been installed. It will be sanded, ...
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Duracryl International B.V. and InstaFloor N.A. Form Partnership

Two strong flooring industry companies are coming together in a partnership. Duracryl International B.V. and Instafloor N.A. will work together to bring Corques Liquid Lino (CLL) which is a linoleum product that self levels, to the North American Market. Duracryl is a manufacturer of seamless and ...
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Dealing With Laminate Floor Water Damage

Laminate flooring is made using sections that are interlocked. This makes it easy to perform repairs in the event of water damage. To perform repairs, start by drying the wet area. Then begin removing the damaged parts. Before installing new sections on the floor, make sure its surface is ...
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Coordinated Floors

Sandi Graham, a designer at the prominent flooring manufacturer, Shaw Floors, knows that everyone wants a designer look in their home. That is why it is more important than ever to consult with a floor design specialist when choosing the color and texture of your new flooring.Today’s floor stylists ...
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Considerations When Selecting an Area Rug

With an area rug on the floor, you can effectively maintain warmth in your house. You can improve the color and outlook of the room, making it more appealing. It will improve the intimacy of the room as and increase its interior unity.Considerations when selecting the area rug for your bedroom or ...
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What to Consider When You Plan to Buy Bamboo Flooring

There is no shortage of reviews and stories from homeowners regarding bamboo floors gone badly. If you happen to get the opportunity to read through some of this information, you will find that there are common lessons to be learned. Although it may be too late for victims of these problems, we ...
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Colorful Sleuths

The following is a quick look at the process used by Shaw, one of our major flooring manufacturers, to determine color trends. A group of skilled and informed stylists from Shaw make it their mission to research and analyze color trends each year. It is their examination that is used to create the ...
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Choosing a Carpet Color

With so many designs and colors to choose from, how do you settle on the “right color match” for your home? The reason a lot of homeowners find choosing a carpet color tricky is because color has such a dramatic impact on the layout of a house. Judging from a small swatch, it is not always easy to ...
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Choose The Best Area Rug for Your Space

A nice area rug can really pull a room together and provide some visual appeal to any space. There is a lot more to it than just style and color, though. To truly get the piece you want, you should take many factors into consideration. Here are some of the criteria you need to consider to get the ...
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Carpet Stain Cleaning Tips

We all had the misfortune of staining our carpet by accident, then worrying about stains. Of course there is a lot to worry as not all stains are equal and some happen to persist for a very long time. Others will be gone visually, but will leave some pretty unpleasant smell behind as a result. In ...
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Carpet Decor

A carpet is an essential item in many homes, but it does not have to only be something warm to walk about on. A carpet can be a major decorative element your home. With such a wide array of different carpets available in all kinds of colors and designs, you are sure to be able to find one that fits ...
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Minnesota Carpet Care

Keep your carpet looking new with quality carpet care! Carpet may be one of the easiest types of flooring to take care of. Learn how to keep yours looking great over time with a simple care program:Preventive carpet maintenance – protect your investment before problems occur.Vacuuming – prolong the ...
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Carpet Can Help You Breathe Easier

Carpet can be beneficial for more than aesthetic purposes. Contrary to what you may have heard, carpet fibers can trap particles that cause allergies, preventing them from reentering the indoor air stream. Carpet has been proven to have lower levels of dust allergens than wood flooring. Allergens ...
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Flooring Care and Maintenance Tips

After you have installed the flooring of your choice, you will need to give it a final “clean up” before you move your furniture in. Every type of floor requires a different type of cleaner. For vinyl, wiping it with a damp cloth, natural detergent and warm water should suffice. Laminate and wood ...
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Benefits of Vinyl

Who says you can’t have it all? With vinyl flooring, you can combine economy, durability, performance and good old fashioned style. Provided the installation is conducted properly, vinyl is very resistant to staining, denting and scratching.Luxury vinyl is designed to look just like more expensive ...
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Benefits of Tile

When thinking about getting new flooring in your home, there are many options to choose from. Different types of flooring have different benefits, but few are as versatile as tile flooring. Below are the top benefits to having tile flooring in your home:Tile is Easy to MaintainIt is no secret that ...
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Benefits of Laminate Flooring

A laminate floor is the “Cinderella” of flooring. Once the ignored and disadvantaged sister, its reputation has soared in recent years. A relatively new invention in flooring, it has edged itself onto the competitive flooring market as a strong alternative to wood and stone flooring.There are ...
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Bamboo Flooring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does bamboo perform against spill and liquids?Although bamboo can naturally withstand the impact of water and other liquids, stagnant puddles can sip into the planks and cause damage. As a result, you should avoid wet mopping and do your best to soak up spills as soon as they occur.How is ...
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Area Rugs Frequently Asked Questions

Many Minnesota homeowners have questions and concerns when they are are interested in area rugs. To help our clients address those concerns, we have answered some frequently asked questions regarding area rugs.Area Rugs Frequently Asked Questions:I adore exotic rugs but I own traditional furniture. ...
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Area Rug Styling Trends

Just as fashion trends go in and out of style, so do trends in home decoration, including everything from floor design to furniture styles to picture frames. Having area rugs as a part of your floor plan is no exception. The home design industry, including area rug designers and producers, are ...
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Angie’s List Super Service Award

Galaxie Floor Stores Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service AwardAward reflects company’s consistently high level of customer serviceGalaxie Floor Stores has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members ...
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A Guide on Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Home

If you’re in the market to renovate your home’s flooring, you might be overwhelmed with all of the options available. That’s because choosing the right flooring is much more complicated than picking what looks best. There are many factors that need to be considered before choosing the best floor ...
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6 Top Flooring Trends for 2019

The flooring in your home may seem timeless, but if you are looking at installing new flooring this year, you definitely want to stay on top of the trends. Here are some that will be big in 2019.Green FlooringNo, we’re not talking about the color green. We are talking about using environmentally ...
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5 Tips for Choosing Your Bathroom Tile

Renovating any room can be a fascinating journey, but restoring a bathroom might seem more complicated and stressful than other places. That’s because you have to work around immovable fixtures (sinks, toilets, showers, etc.) and typically–unless you’re replacing everything–the tiles should ...
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5 Benefits of Granite Countertops

When you are designing a kitchen, it is important to try for beauty and functionality. There is no reason to have countertops that look great but do not function well. You do not want countertops that crack or stain easily, for instance, since they come into contact with food and hot materials on a ...
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