Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What are the Best Laminate Flooring Products?




Laminate flooring offers many benefits to consumers in residential and commercial settings with beautiful and stylish floors that mimic the look of real wood or stone.  Laminate flooring manufacturers today offer beautiful floors that stand up to heavy traffic with scratch and stain resistant floors unlike natural hardwood or stone tiles.  Laminate flooring is constructed with layers that provide added insulation and comfort over hardwood, enhancing the beauty of your home with durable and comfortable flooring that will last for many years.  
Great Western Flooring Offers High-Quality Laminate Flooring
Great Western Flooring offers high-quality laminate flooring from the best names in the flooring industry such as Mohawk.  Mohawk’s GenuEdge Technology™ is an innovative flooring product that provides the look of real hardwood flooring with several added benefits.  
Mohawk’s laminate flooring is available in a wide variety of designs and shades from light to dark tones that mimic the natural highlights of wood grains or aged wood.  Color options of Mohawk’s laminate flooring offer an endless choice of shades and colors including:
    • Aged Barn Oak for a warm and cozy antiquated look
    • Barnhouse Oak which provides a traditional Oak replica
    • Sandcastle Oak delivers a modern yet light and rustic feel
    • Hickory Saddle Oak laminate flooring offers traditional and warm wood floor tones
    • Vintage Saddle Oak offers sculpted and dark tones popular in modern settings
These are just a few of the many options available with laminate flooring from trusted flooring manufacturers.  Great Western will help you evaluate your flooring desires and the products that are best suited to deliver the properties you envision for the floor of your dreams. Our design specialists will help you determine the best product for your application while our experienced technicians provide professional installation.
Great Western Flooring has over 35 years of experience pleasing customers in and around the Chicagoland area with high-quality products, professional installation and exceptional customer service.  Contact Great Western Flooring today for a complimentary consultation and to learn how we can provide the floor of your dreams with high quality laminate flooring.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What are the Benefits of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring




Luxury vinyl plank flooring, LVP, is a popular type of flooring for many reasons.  LVP provides the look of real hardwood floors in resilient, durable and beautiful planks that offer several benefits over other types of flooring, even real wood floors.  Luxury Vinyl Plank, LVP, and Luxury Vinyl Tile, LVT, are widely used in commercial and residential applications, providing a valuable investment with beautiful flooring that will last.  
Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring offers many benefits which include:
    • Water resistance – Vinyl is naturally resistant to water, with LVP and LVT flooring products ideal in rooms with moisture exposure such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
    • Stain and scratch resistant – The resilience of the high-quality products provides protection against stains and scratches unlike real stone tiles or wood planks
    • Easy Installation – These products are increasingly easier to install with some types providing easy click and lock flooring options
    • Simple cleaning – LVP products are durable with normal cleaning keeping your floors looking fresh and new for many years
    • Wide selection of colors – with the many choices available you can find any shade you’re looking for from light to dark and everything in between including White-Washed and Onyx variations
    • Replicate wood types – LVP is available in varying wood grain finishes including Maple, Oak, Walnut or even distressed barnwood
    • Lower cost than stone or hardwood – LVP provides beauty and durability at a lower cost than natural materials
Great Western Flooring Offers Wide Selection of LVP Products
Great Western Flooring offers LVP products from the best names in the flooring industry such as Mohawk, Armstrong and Shaw Flooring.  We have over three decades of experience in pleasing customers with high-quality products and professional installation.  If you are unsure as to which type of flooring is best suited for your installation, our design specialists can help you evaluate the varying products and their qualities to find the floor of your dreams.  
Beautiful flooring can make your house feel like a home, adding comfort and warmth in a style to match your décor.  Stop by one of our conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles to see the many options available and speak with a professional to ensure that you get the best value for your purchase.
Great Western Flooring offers high-quality flooring products, professional installation and exceptional customer service.  Contact us today to be sure your flooring installation is a huge success that will add value to your home for many years to come.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How is WPC Flooring Different from Other Flooring?



Wood plastic composite is also referred to as WPC flooring and is a newer type of flooring product that has changed the way we think of vinyl.  Vinyl flooring has come a long way in recent years with nearly all vinyl flooring types offering water resistant benefits.  WPC flooring, however, boasts 100% waterproof properties, proving to be a valuable investment in many installations such as kitchens, bathroom and basements.  
How is WPC Flooring Made?
WPC flooring is carefully constructed by the best names in the flooring industry such as Shaw and Mohawk, with four distinct layers.  These layers provide comfort and durability, consisting of the following:
    • Top wear layer providing stain resistance along with commercial rated wear and tear protection
    • Luxury vinyl top layer which provides the design of either stone tiles or wood planks, with strikingly realistic qualities it’s difficult to tell the difference
    • WPC core structure constructed with an extruded waterproof core that will not expand or contract
    • Attached cork underlayment which provides insulation, protection against mold and mildew, and absorbs subfloor imperfections
WPC flooring delivers long lasting beauty and comfort with resilient durability.  Get your money’s worth with this versatile flooring option that is available in endless colors, styles and textures.
Benefits of WPC Flooring
Installing WPC flooring provides many benefits which include:
    • Waterproof flooring
    • Realistic look of real stone or wood
    • Comfortable with shock absorbing layers
    • Long lasting flooring that holds up for many years
    • Improve the value of your home with beautiful flooring that is less costly that hardwood or stone
Great Western Flooring offers high-quality flooring products such as WPC flooring, LVT, LVP, carpet, tile, hardwood and many other flooring options from the best names in the business.  Our skilled and experienced technicians offer professional installation to meet and exceed customer expectations.
Great Western Flooring has more than 35 years of experience in helping customers to design their rooms with the floor of their dreams, Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and to learn how to find the floor you envision.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Luxury Vinyl Tile Lives Up to Its Name


Vinyl flooring has come a long way in the last few years with manufacturers upping the game
on providing high-quality, durable, and versatile flooring options that convincingly mimic real
wood and stone. Luxury vinyl tile LVT and luxury vinyl plank LVP flooring provides an
amazingly beautiful floor, in a wide variety of wood or stone designs, that is extremely durable
and made to last.
Luxury vinyl tile is so versatile you are sure to find the texture, color and style that you desire.
With an amazing likeness to real wood, you can find varying shades and styles of oak, pine,
barn wood and other types of wood species, available in whites, browns, grays and just about any
style you have in mind. And if you’re looking for a likeness to ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile can be laid
and grouted to provide a beautiful and durable floor that one could hardly tell the difference between
LVT and real stone tile.
One difference may be that your luxury vinyl tile is more comfortable to stand on, with resilient
vinyl and a comfortable thickness, your LVT floor will not strain your feet, knees and joints like
standing on stone tile.  Luxury vinyl tile is also more durable as it is less likely to crack or split if
something is dropped on it, with a protective wear layer shielding your floor from scratches, dents
and damage.
Another great advantage of luxury vinyl tile is the ease in installation. LVT and LVP can be
installed on, above or below grade.  This type of flooring option provides elegant and
eye-catching flooring options, a cozy comfort underfoot, ease in installation
for a DIY project or a simple project for a professional install, all leading up to a great value
with luxury vinyl tile that won’t break the bank.
Great Western Flooring Offers Luxury Vinyl Tile with Design and Installation
Great Western Flooring is a leading flooring design and installation specialist, pleasing customers
in and around the Chicagoland area for more than three decades. We are proud distributors of
the most recognized names in the industry, offering the latest in flooring technology with durable,
versatile, waterproof, scratch and dent resistant, beautiful floors that will last for many years.
Stop by one of our three conveniently located design centers for a complimentary design
consultation or contact us to learn more about all of our flooring products including the
latest trends in luxury vinyl tile.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trending Vinyl Flooring Purchase Guide


When you hear vinyl flooring you may think of rollout linoleum in outdated kitchens,
although the vinyl flooring of today offers a wide selection of beautiful designs that can l
ook just like real hardwood or stone tiles. Vinyl flooring today is made from renewable,
eco-friendly materials that are also durable and versatile with decor, providing viable
alternatives in a vast array of designs, colors and shades.
Here Are Some Tips When Considering Vinyl Flooring
Sheets or Tiles?
You will first want to decide if you want sheets or tiles depending on the look you desire
and your budget.  Sheet flooring can be a great choice if you want a patterned design,
and typically comes in rolls 6 feet or 12 feet wide, providing a continuous pattern.
Sheet Vinyl Flooring
There are two types of sheet flooring, printed sheet vinyl has the
pattern printed onto backing material with clear coats of urethane
called the wear layer for protection.  Inlaid sheet flooring is typically
more expensive and heavier than the printed option, offering additional
protection as it will show less discussed and scratches. It is best to have a
professional installation of inlaid flooring.
Tile Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring in the form of tiles is perfect if creating a checkerboard
pattern or you want the look of ceramic tile. You can lay these right next to
each other or use spacers and grout in between for an authentic stone look.
There are various tile styles and patterns available as well as many options
in thickness and quality.
Considerations When Purchasing Vinyl Flooring

Here are some additional considerations to make your vinyl flooring purchase a success:
Ask about UV protection - vinyl and linoleum can fade significantly when exposed to sunlight,
and less adequate UV protection is included in the product. Ask about protection from sunlight
damage and check the warranty regarding fading.
Double check the cushioning in the product - take a sample of your vinyl flooring
product home if you can and stand on it for a few minutes to make sure that it provides ample
cushioning with a comfortable surface were walking and standing.
Be sure the wear layer thickness is adequate - the rule of thumb in the wear layer is
that one mil will last one year for a family of four.
Check the Floor Score Certification - check for vinyl flooring options that are certified to
emit minimal levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may cause headaches
dizziness or respiratory illness. Beware of older products for cheaper versions that may not
have protection from these irritants like some more modern products from respected suppliers.
One OEM is made from natural materials thus VOCs are not a concern with linoleum.
Great Western Flooring Offers a Wide Selection of Vinyl Flooring
For the ultimate best advice on your vinyl flooring purchase, contact
the flooring experts at Great Western Flooring. We offer decades of
experience with design and installation of all types of flooring products,
with the latest in flooring trends in fashion.

Great Western flooring is a leading flooring company, exceeding customer
expectations with high quality products and professional installation for over
three decades. Stop by one of our three conveniently located design centers or
contact us for a complimentary design consultation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Get a Great Value with Laminate Flooring


Laminate flooring is a popular choice for consumers that desire the look of real hardwood or tile floors, without the expense of material, professional installation and the upkeep required to keep them nice. Laminate flooring is available in either planks or tiles, with simple snap together edges making for an easy installation with no nailing or gluing required and are DIY friendly as they can be installed below, on or above grade.
Laminates are made of a composite material with a surface layer that is scratch and dent resistant,
making it ideal if you are worried about potential damage to real wood or stone, and require no
additional maintenance beyond normal cleaning.
Laminate Flooring Provides a Luxurious Look to Any Room
The versatility of laminate flooring today offers realistic imitations of real wood in varying colors and
shades, making it difficult to tell the difference from the real thing.  Although you may notice a
difference in comfort as the resiliency of laminates make them more comfortable on the joints and
feet when standing for a long period of time.
Laminates can mimic antique or rustic woods, specific types such as old or pine, variations of tile
and stone and even metal imitations.  With the endless options available, laminate flooring is sure to
provide a solution to enhance any decor.
Caring for Your Laminate Floor
Your laminate floor is still susceptible to water damage and is not recommended in bathrooms
or rooms with floor drains or sump pumps. Check the warranty on your particular product, as a
higher-quality floor can provide many years of beauty and comfort. But once laminate flooring
wears out, it cannot be refinished like a real hardwood floor can. Be sure to clean up spills, and if
installed in a basement or on slabs a moisture barrier should be used.
With proper care, laminate flooring can last for many years.
Great Western Flooring Offers Laminate Flooring, Design and Installation
Great Western Flooring offers decades of experience pleasing customers with high quality,
professional tile, carpet and flooring products at an affordable cost. We are proud distributors
of the best names in the flooring industry offering a wide selection of beautiful and durable products.

Stop by one of our three conveniently located design centers or contact us today for a
complimentary design consultation.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Know the Benefits of Textured Saxony Carpet



Saxony carpet has been around for a very long time, and is probably the picture that comes to mind when most people think of carpet.  Saxony is a cut-pile type of carpet with vertical fibers cut evenly across the top.  Saxony is typically taller with longer fibers than a loop pile like Berber, although is not as long and luxurious as Frieze carpet.
Straight Saxony For a Velvety Feel
Straight Saxony is also called velvet Saxony due to the smooth feel this style provides.  This type of carpet fiber has a luxurious feel but will show foot traffic as the fibers are swept from one direction to another.  Some people don’t mind this, as the soft and luxurious feel of the Saxony provides enough of a benefit.
Textured Saxony Carpet
Textured Saxony is also referred to as trackless, due to the difference in fibers that are twisted so that they reflect light differently when brushed and are less likely to show the foot traffic of a straight Saxony carpet type.  Textured Saxony carpets are a very popular choice in busy households, as the ability to mask the constant footprints in between vacuums leaves your carpet looking soft and plush.  
This is a huge benefit of the textured style, along with several other benefits of Saxony carpet realized with both straight and textured styles of Saxony carpet.   Both straight and textured Saxony provide appealing aesthetics in any room where softness is desired.  
Benefits of Saxony Carpet
Saxony carpet is comfortable in both casual or formal rooms with variations of density providing consumers with a choice of selecting either low or high density.  The higher density is beneficial in high traffic areas such as busy rooms and hallways.  Where softness is desired such as bedrooms or dens, a more pliable texture with lower density might feel more pleasing
With Saxony carpet you have a uniform height and color that provides a basic backdrop to accent any room with furniture and décor to your style.  Saxony will generally go with anything, allowing you to let your style show through without dominating patterns or busy colors.
Consumers are in control of the cost with Saxony carpet, as the lesser dense variations are typically less expensive.  When used in commercial settings, consumers should consider the higher density even if the cost is higher to provide the quality and durability desired.
Installing new carpet is an investment into your home or office, and receiving the quality and durability you deserve is key to realizing the desired return on your investment.  You don’t want to compromise on the quality of carpet with the lowest price, only to replace it years sooner than expected.
Enjoy long lasting durability with textured Saxony carpet, available in various materials including polyester, wool and nylon.   How long your carpet lasts is dependent upon the type of carpet fiber, the density and twist.  Start with quality fibers and materials from a carpet and flooring company you can trust, for the best value and return on your investment.  

Great Western Flooring Company has been pleasing customers for more than 35 years with high quality flooring products and professional installation.  Stop by one of our conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego and St. Charles or schedule an in-home appointment with an experienced design consultant.