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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

All Your Flooring Needs

When you read this, Irma will be a memory and hopefully nothing more. We all hunkered down and hoped for the best, but planned for the not-so-great. We are always so impressed and moved by how kind people can be to one another when facing a common adversity. There have been so many examples of this in the past couple of weeks, first during Harvey in Texas, and now during the Irma Florida evacuations; so many people offering help, accommodations, and prayers for our neighbors to the south. Thank you for anything and everything you have done to make evacuees feel more comfortable during their "Hurrication" here in the Atlanta area.

Time passes, life moves on, and business continues.  Looking forward to happier, less stressful days!!

An Instant Best Seller
We just received beautiful brand new Versini stylings. This line is both luxurious and surprisingly affordable.  Versini offers a wide variety of wood species, looks, and colors, many with practical low gloss/matte finishes. Versini has an Italian influence and Old-World feel, with lots of distressing and hand scraped looks. We are so proud to have this fine line in our Design Center!

Smart and Beautiful At The Same Time
Another new addition to the showroom is Mohawk's SmartStrand Silk Reserve. This is carpet that you can't wait to get home to! It is incredibly soft and luxurious feeling, but still one of our most practical carpets. Silk Reserve was designed and manufactured with permanent stain and soil protection that won't wash off or wear off. Of course, there is no real silk in this carpet- can you imagine how hard all those little caterpillars would have to work! The "silk" comes from the special manufacturing process used to make the fibers in this carpet sooooo soft and indulgent feeling. Smart!
Upstairs Downstairs
Another service that we are providing a LOT recently is staircase updates. We can completely remodel your stairs top to bottom, by replacing your treads and risers, or a change out of your balusters and handrails. And don't forget the newel posts! So many houses still have the builder grade, beat and banged up original super-traditional balusters, and our customers just don't feel that these represent their personalities or taste. We have dozens of baluster styles to choose from, including wrought iron, and can help you with decisions about finish, color, paint vs. stain, and more. Come on in and let us help you design your new staircase soon!

How Much Does It Cost?
Maybe your staircase just needs a mini-makeover and not a full replacement.  This week we are installing 12 stained and urethane -coated treads (the part that of the stair that you step on) with primed risers (the vertical part that is the back of the step) for a little over $2000.
Design Tip
As you shop for accessories to transition your home from summer to fall, consider adding velvet to your interior design. What could be more soothing than velvet? The fabric feels luxurious and welcoming for fall and winter, and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual interest and tactile coziness to a room.  Look for velvet pillows and throws, or if you are furniture shopping, maybe a velvet upholstered chair.

We're Not Perfect
but if there is a problem we will take care of it!  Here's a recent review that was posted about Enhance Floors & More:
"I used Enhance Floors, and they were excellent. The owner of the company comes to your house to evaluate and to measure, and I was really impressed by that. I had a million questions, and he answered all of them. He was very friendly, very helpful, very patient, and nice. The people came and did the work, and they did a very good job. While it wasn't terrible, they had scraped some of my plantation blinds. I called up the company afterward to tell them that the blinds were scratched in two places, and the owner came back and evaluated it. He didn't fight me at all. He said, 'Sure, I see this. We'll get it fixed up.' He sent a painter out, and the painter was excellent. The painter came exactly when he said he would, and he always let me know when he was coming. He took his shoes off to go on the carpets and work. He did a super job fixing it up."

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Information You've Been Looking For

We can't believe how quickly the summer has come to an end! It seems like we just barely got our toes wet, and now it's over! Time to put away the toys of summer and get back to "real" life: backpacks, football schedules, and all things pumpkin flavored.
Now that you have come back indoors from spending all day every day by the pool, is that carpet looking a little worn? Time to freshen up those blinds? Could your bathroom use a facelift? Enhance is here and ready to help with all of that and more! We have beenbusy as little bees doing bathroom remodels this summer, and cork and bamboo floors have taken off like crazy! Remember how "green" these products are? Bamboo is an easily renewable resource, harvested every 5 to 6 years (for the best floors) and cork is the ultimate wood floor--no tree has to die! Cork is the bark of an oak that grows in Spain and Portugal, and regrows completely every 7 years!  If you are an environmentalist who wants to have beautiful, natural wood floors, one of these is your perfect solution.

Going green is also big in the color world. We are eating green, living green, and thinking green, and so naturally we are bringing green into our homes. In every room, in every shade, green rules!
Not up for painting all your walls Kelly green? Then use a few small accents to bring this happy color into your life:  throw pillows, seasonal artwork, accent rugs, vases, and plants are just a few inexpensive ways to pay tribute to that most alive and earthly color.
Are You Feeling Flushed?
Now, on to another subject. One rarely mentioned, but every home has at least one: the toilet.  The lowly toilet, necessary, but hardly ever discussed. Fifty years ago, a toilet was a toilet, was a toilet.
Now, however, the possibilities are astounding! If you've gone to buy a new toilet recently, did you select standard or comfort height? Single or dual flush? Gravity, or pressure assisted? Wall hung, or standing? What does it all mean???
Conventionally, all toilets were approximately 15 inches tall at the seat. In recent years, "comfort height" has caused a stir--yes, a stir! It is 17 to 19 inches tall, which is certainly easier if you are older and have difficulty getting up or down. Some factions, however, insist that this height is less "normal" in the act of elimination, and causes issues for those with, um.... issues.
And single or dual flush? A dual flush toilet offers two options: a "half" flush for liquids, and a full 1.6 gallon flush for solids. But these toilets average 1.28 gallons per flush, the same as a single flush, so it all comes out the same. Pun intended.
What you have been using your entire life is a gravity flush toilet. Did you ever notice how loudly toilets flush in public restrooms? These are pressure assisted toilets. There is an air tank in the wall which pressurizes each flush (don't ask me, I'm not an engineer) and assures a stronger flush. These toilets work wonderfully and conserve water, but are seldom seen in residences, and are a bit more expensive than a gravity flush unit.
A wall hung toilet is just that--the plumbing part of the toilet is inside the wall, and there is nothing sitting on the bathroom floor. Perhaps a bit cleaner than a standing unit, as well as great for a small bathroom or powder room, as it takes up less space.
So next time you are toilet shopping, you now have a little knowledge about your choices!

What You Don't See IS Important
We at Enhance have told you before that part of our job is to educate you and inform you about what you are buying, not just sell you a product based on sales goals or quotas. In that spirit, we're going to talk a bit about carpet pads.
When Enhance quotes you on a carpet estimate, we include pad with that price. Our standard pad included with your purchase is an 8 pound rebond pad. The Industry "standard" is a 6 pound rebond pad, but we like 8 pound better, and think it does a better job. In some cases, buying a particular pad along with your carpet will extend your carpet's warranty--ask us about that! The basic kinds of carpet pad are fiber, rebond, a densified or frothed urethane, and rubber.
Fiber pads tend to have the firmest feel. They are usually made from synthetic fibers woven into a mat and are recycled from remnant textile bits.
Rebond is also a product of leftover manufacturing pieces, mostly from mattresses and the automobile industry (the foam used in car seats.)  The higher quality rebond pads are made from "Memory Foam", leftover from the mattress manufacturing process.  We do offer a rebond pad with a plastic moisture barrier applied to it, to prevent any liquid from going into the pad. When something spills, it is fairly easy to dry it up and remove it from the carpet, but when moisture gets down into the pad is when you start to see stains later wicking back up into the carpet from below. There are companies that manufacture pad from used (post-consumer) foam, but that is not a product we offer.
Urethane is a foamed product that is a single component, not pieces bonded together, although it almost always is encased in a waterproof "skin."  Urethane is typically the densest pad.
Rubber is the waffle looking pad that you sometimes see. It is the most expensive upgrade we offer. For obvious reasons, an additional waterproofing layer is unnecessary with a rubber pad. The quality of rubber pads has improved immensely in the past 15 years, as they no longer disintegrate over time.
When weighing your options on which pad to get with your carpet, remember that your flooring is a system of carpet and pad working together. The appearance of the pad is irrelevant, it will do its job sight unseen for the next 10 to 15 years. It is there to support the carpet, protect the carpet, and to make walking on the carpet a pleasure.

Finally---The Solution
If you have hardwood floors, this is the product you have been looking for:  Flexi-Felt is an innovative line of felt floor protectors that actually work! Flexi-Felt is 100% wool felt, unique patented design, guaranteed to protect your hardwood, laminate, and vinyl floors and to allow your furniture to slide effortlessly. Here are some of the FAQs we get about Flexi-Felt:
What is different about Flexi-Felt and the felt pads I can get at the dollar store?  With Flexi-Felt it is practically impossible to remove the felt from the furniture.  The adhesive is long lasting and secure.There's no warranty on the ones from the dollar store, but Flexi-Felt has a lifetime warranty that the felt will never separate from the plastic sleeve. The felt pads from the dollar store are made from a cheap synthetic polyester, Flexi-Felt is made of a soft wool blend felt that will not thin or flatten out. The unique transparent flexible sleeve of the Flexi-Felt Clear protects your furniture by preventing the dings and scratches caused while vacuuming or when moving your chairs.
What sizes do they come in? Flexi-Felt has over 6 sizes starting at 5/8" up to 1¾" - 2" along with pad strip that you can cut yourself to fit any size.
My reclining chair has oversized "legs".  Nothing fits.  Any solutions?  Flexi-Felt carries varied sizes of felt disks to fit oversized legs, from 1- 1½" to 3"x3".
My couches slide. Any solutions?  Yes, Slide Stop will put an end to slipping & scratching.
What can I use to keep my rolling chair from damaging my floor?  Flexi-Felt makes caster covers that will stop rolling chairs from damaging floors.
How do I know what size to buy?  By measuring the bottom of the chair legs.
My chairs have square legs.  All of the protector pads are round.  I hate the way this looks.  They will fit square chairs, and we also carry square pads.
My kitchen chairs have slanted ends.  And my bar stools have metal tips.  What can I use?  You can use the desk model Flexi-Felt 6225 or 6231 to cover the tip of the chairs.
Anything for the legs of my bed frame?  Yes, Flexi-Felt has bed casters.
Where do I get the Flexi-Felt pads?  I need a lot.  Can you order more? You can purchase at Enhance Floors & More.  We carry a large variety of sizes. We can also special order as many as you need.
Design Tip
Late summer is a wonderful time to repot your indoor plants.  Use beautiful containers to add bright accents to your interior decorating.  White containers add freshness and will brighten up your rooms in the fall and winter.  Your plants will be happier, and your home will be prettier and healthier!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DO this, DON'T do that!

Very rarely does a day go by at our store that we don't hear a "floor story" that makes us cringe:
~People had a party to show off their newly remodeled kitchen with hardwood floors, someone wore stilettos and ruined their brand new floor!
~Someone used that "new, wonderful" shine product on their laminate floors, and now they're all hazy!
~Lady got brand new LVP floors in the kitchen and when the plumber pushed the fridge back in place, he scratched the vinyl!
Yes, these and many more. All new flooring products have protectant, are "scratch-resistant" or "stain protected" but that doesn't mean they are impervious to damage. Nothing is 100% damage-proof!
Part of our job here at Enhance is to guide you to making the best choice for you and your family. Needs and situations vary, there is no perfect floor for everyone. And sometimes we are asked "What's the best?" Well, there's not one answer to that question! There are five different answers for every five customers. And sometimes a customer has to weigh and balance what they want against what they need.
What floor is the easiest to maintain? For most people, porcelain or ceramic tile.
What floor is the least expensive? Either carpet or sheet vinyl.
What floor gives you the most return on your investment? Wood, for sure.
What floor feels best under your feet? Definitely carpet.
What floor is best in a basement that tends to flood? Luxury vinyl with a waterproof core.
What floor is best for senior citizens? Consider cork- easy maintenance, antimicrobial, and softer that other "hard" surfaces in case of falls.
SO many variables, so many choices! No "one size fits all" answers.
Next, we're going to list some "DO's & DON'Ts" for all sorts of floors. Maybe by reading the list, you will find the factor that helps you decide, or tips the balance between Need and Want! When choosing any new floor, take samples home, look at them in all the rooms where you plan to have it installed, at all different times of day, drapes closed and open, daytime and nighttime. We strongly advise against making a final decision without ever having the sample in your home for several days!
If carpet is your choice-
~DO consider polyester carpet if you are on a budget.
~DO consider upgrading your pad. The standard pad included with purchase at Enhance is an 8-pound rebond pad. We have several upgrade options, some for practical reasons, some purely for comfort.
~DO treat any stains or spots immediately. Spills are going to happen. Just get them up as soon as possible!
~DO vacuum regularly. Dirt and grit deteriorate the fibers and even the backing on carpet, and the damage starts from within.
~DO use the appropriate vacuum cleaner, set at the correct height for your type carpet. Beater bars should not actually touch the carpet, but should create a wind tunnel effect pulling dust and dirt up and out of the carpet.
~DO have your carpet professionally cleaned on a regular basis, with hot water extraction. The carpet manufacturers require documentation of this in order to honor a future warranty claim, so save your receipts.
~DO rearrange your furniture periodically. This allows furniture marks to dissipate, and traffic patterns to even out.
For hardwood-
~DO expect color and grain variations, as wood is a natural product.
~DO keep your hardwood floors clear of grit- this is one of your floor's biggest enemies.
~DO clean your hardwood floors with a manufacturer approved product for wood, without wax or harsh soaps.
~DON'T install hardwood floors in a space where they will be exposed to excessive moisture, and DON'T allow damp items (such as used towels or wet bathing suits) to be left on your hardwood floors.
~DON'T allow stilettos or cleats on your hardwood floors!
~DON'T allow your wood floor to be exposed to direct sunlight. It can fade it.
If you're jamming on laminate-
~DO be sure your installer uses a quality underlayment to quiet the floor and protect your laminate from beneath.
~DO clean up any spills just as soon as they happen.
~DO sweep, dust mop, and damp mop with the manufacturer's recommended cleaning product.
~DO use felt pads (we sell Flexi-Felt at Enhance) on your furniture feet to protect your floors from scratches.
~DON'T install laminate in an area with excessive moisture.
~DON'T use mop-and-shine products on your laminate.
If you choose vinyl flooring-
~DO wipe up spills as soon as possible. Vinyl is very resilient; however, it can be stained.
~DO use plywood sheeting when moving heavy furniture or appliances to protect your vinyl from being scratched.
~DON'T use any abrasive cleaner on your vinyl floor.
~DON'T use rolling casters on vinyl, use chairs with felt tips instead.

Or if tile completes you-
~DO use stain resistant grout.
~DO remember that while tile is very durable, it isn't indestructible and can be chipped or cracked.
~DON'T get hung up on the differences between ceramic and porcelain. In a residential installation, either is perfectly fine used indoors.
 Some rules that apply to ALL floors:
~Get spills up as quickly as possible.
~Use protection on furniture feet.
~Use the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products.
~Always consider buying extra product for any future repair.
~DON'T wear shoes inside your home (see our article from March 2017)
~DON'T invest in new flooring without analyzing your window treatments, or lack thereof.  Direct sunlight can fade carpet, bleach out wood floors, and cause certain luxury vinyls to curl up on the edges.
 ~DON'T use the wrong vacuum on your floors.  For example, a vacuum with a beater bar can cause permanent scratches and chips to your hard surface floors.
If You Need It Now....
We have 18-month interest free financing on Mohawk products (carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, luxury vinyl) purchased by Friday, July 21.  You don't need to have it installed by the 21st, just ordered.  Here is an idea of the monthly payments on some recent installations with the 18-month financing option:
~~Master bedroom with sitting area, two guest bedrooms, playroom, office, closets, hall, landing and stairs 1855 sq. ft. (huge area!) in a medium quality Mohawk carpet with upgraded pad $398 per month

~~Family room, kitchen, breakfast room, hall and foyer 849 sq. ft. in a Mohawk distressed engineered wood $452 per month.  These are big rooms and there was existing wood to pull up

~~Kitchen, breakfast area, pantry and utility room 446 sq. ft. in Mohawk SolidTech luxury vinyl plank $211 per month

~~Family room, dining room, living room, kitchen with breakfast area, hall and foyer almost 1100 sq. ft. in Mohawk Huchenson laminate $425 per month

~~Master bathroom floor 92 sq. ft. in an 18 x 18 Mohawk porcelain tile installed with Fusion stain resistant grout $84 per month
Design Tip
Trendy versus Trending?  There is a big difference.  It sounds like minor semantics, but in the world of home design, it's important.

Trendy is a moment in time.  It can be here this season and gone the next.  Trending, however, is taking part in a much wider and lasting movement. 
When we make big decisions for our home, such as flooring, we don't want to make a decision based on what is trendy.  "We want to make a decision by what will have lasting appeal," says Emily Morrow, Shaw's Director of Style, Color, and Design. The major flooring manufacturers have designers and trend experts that study the global design marketplace to find the styles, the patterns, the textures, the materials, and the colors that will have lasting impact and timeless beauty.

Is there room for trendy in our lives?  Absolutely. Trendy items in our wardrobes and in our home accessories (pillows, throws, candles, artwork, even rugs) can provide lively updates for a season. But when making the significant investments for your home like new floors, choose a style and color that will make your home beautiful this season and many, many more to come.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Which Floor is Best for Allergies?

My Child Has Allergies! Should I Pull Up My Carpet?
The good news is that people with allergies and asthma can have carpet. Most fibers used in mass-produced rugs and carpets today are harmless materials like polyester and nylon, the same stuff clothes and bags are made from. These synthetic blends are constructed out of lab-developed fibers that repel allergens, in part because they are nonorganic and offer an inhospitable climate. For example, mold has nothing to eat and particulate (pollen, dander, etc.) can be easily vacuumed.  Wool should be avoided because allergens and mold can thrive in it. Regardless of material, avoid shag -- the longer the strands, the more places the pollen can go. Also choose carpet that is tightly woven for the same reason.
But no matter which carpet type you choose, dust, pollen and other allergy-aggravators are still in there, so get rid of them.  Vacuum regularly and have your carpets professionally cleaned (hot water extraction) on a regular basis.  Invest in a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, which traps allergens; some vacuums are even equipped with them.
Allergens sink into the carpet and out of the air, but even with frequent vacuuming, they're still down there. Hard floor coverings offer no haven for allergies -- they just sit on the surface.  They're easier to clean than carpets -- a simple sweep and vacuum quickly gets rid of allergens.  If you opt out of carpet, however, note that hard surfaces require more frequent cleaning. If not maintained, the result will be a dusty, sneezy environment that is inferior to the allergen-trapping properties of a carpet-covered room.
In short, if you want to sweep/vacuum more frequently, a solid surface may be better. But, if you aren't able to maintain the flooring almost daily, carpet may actually serve you better.

Party Animals!
If you attended our latest event, you already know how much fun they are! We had a great time, with good food, fun games and prizes, and tons of useful information from our vendor reps. We LOVE getting to play and have fun with our customers! We are so proud of our new Rug Shoppe and Bathroom Gallery. If you couldn't make it to the Grillin' Up A Good Time Event, please drop by to have a look at what's new. And plan to come to our next event- The Flooring Fiesta- where we'll have Tacos and Margaritas and Mischief!
What? Are You Speaking My Language?
There is lots of new "language" flying around: LOL, BTW, IMHO, OMG have become common everyday abbreviations for many of us. Sometimes we need an interpreter (usually under the age of 20) and the world of luxury vinyl flooring is no different. We have our own acronyms- LVT, LVP, WPC, to name a few. Here's a handy dandy little explanation to help you navigate these terms:
LVT: Luxury Vinyl Tile
LVP: Luxury Vinyl Plank
WPC: Wood Polymer Composite
Huh? Still lost and confused?  Well, you're in good company! This industry is evolving so fast, even some insiders get tongue-tied and twisted up remembering the differences.
LVT stands for luxury vinyl tiles and LVP stands for luxury vinyl planks. Sometimes you will find LVT/LVP that are also waterproof/WPC, but not always. They mean two different things.

Typically, all WPC products will be considered luxury vinyl tiles or luxury vinyl planks, but not all luxury vinyl is WPC. Kind of like how all golden retrievers are dogs, but not all dogs are golden retrievers. It's a specialty in the luxury vinyl market.
The term "luxury" can be a little misleading. While it can be more expensive than traditional sheet vinyl, LVT/LVP is not only affordable, it can be an incredibly far-sighted smart purchase.  Usually, a luxury vinyl product consists of multiple layers, realistic 3D printing, a tough wear layer, a textured surface, and sometimes, an attached underlayment (pad.)  Planks typically are 5 to 7 inches wide and 24 to 72 inches long, resembling a plank of wood. Tiles are more square or rectangular, and usually mimic a stone look.
WPC stands for Wood Polymer Composite.  It's 100% waterproof. This is the trademark of WPC vinyl.  Coincidentally WPC is also called Water Proof Core.  The only other floor that can claim to be 100% waterproof is glazed manmade tile. Also, because WPC vinyl is so thick and durable, it can minimize pull-up charges and imperfect subfloors.
There are beautiful wood and stone images to choose from.  These top-end vinyl floors are able to more realistically mimic natural materials better than ever before. WPC vinyl is the best of the best, which means the looks are usually incredibly convincing and beautiful. It is more comfortable than tile. It's true, you could just get a wood or stone look tile and it would also be waterproof. But tile is hard. Standing on a tile floor all day isn't great for your joints or feet. Vinyl is more resilient and much more comfortable. And finally, easy maintenance. All you need is the occasional vacuum and damp mop to keep your WPC looking fabulous.

Rigid Core Technology is another term that you will hear when vinyl shopping.  This refers to a rigid composite core with an acoustic backing, and a locking technology that secures the planks together.  Again, all Rigid Core is WPC, but not all WPC is Rigid Core.
If you think luxury vinyl is the right choice for your home, the Enhance Design Consultants will help you find the perfect look and style for your décor, lifestyle, and budget.

How Much Does It Cost?
We recently installed luxury vinyl plank (LVP as you just learned!) in a large Marietta family room and hall for $3400.  We installed Shaw Floorte---a premium quality line, and this price included removal of the old carpet/pad/tack strip, moving furniture, and new shoemold and transitions.  Our client is thrilled with this beautiful, easy care floor!
Design Tip
A few easy summer projects:
~If you have hydrangeas blooming in your yard, bring a few indoors and enjoy the splash of summer color!
~Replace your heavy winter bedspreads and comforters with thin throw blankets.
~Give you bathroom a refresh with new towels and a fun shower curtain.
~String lights are functional and add an element of coziness and whimsy to your space. String lights up and around trees or over your patio, garden and other outdoor space. They can also be easily stored away or repurposed for holiday décor later in the year. Candles and glass lanterns cast a warm glow over your patio or backyard that will last late into the summer night.
I Was FLOORED By Enhance
From John in Marietta:
"Enhance just refinished a floor for us.  It's been a great job. I'd recommend them to anybody. As a matter of fact, they corrected a lot of errors from the last time we had these floors finished by a different company. The Enhance guys are friendly, and they're very helpful. They take their time to explain things and do good, quality work. They're professional. Excellent work."
Thank you for the review, John.  Call us anytime with questions about how to take care of your wood floors. 
Tip: Vacation time is a great time to have time consuming work like refinishing done in your home.  You're out of the house anyway, so consider getting some not-so-convenient projects completed while you are away.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer's A Great Time To

School's Out for Summer! Well, almost
Are you counting down the days? Who is wishing harder for the end of the school year: students, teachers, or parents???
Either way, summertime will soon be here, and life will take on a more relaxed pace. We'll all take it easy, spend time at the pool, or sleep in a little later, or plan a trip somewhere fun. And BOOM! The summer will be over and we'll be talking about the three R's again.
But, while you have some downtime this summer, you may want to take advantage of the freedom to have some work done on the house: sanding and staining your current wood floors while you are on vacation, updating that staircase, new carpet, or possibly even remodeling a bathroom. Enhance Floors is booking appointments now for June, so don't delay- let's get started!
Sale! Sale! Sale!
We currently have a great sale on Mohawk wood, laminate, tile and carpeting, in addition to some wonderful introductory pricing from Versini hardwoods and Neptune waterproof luxury vinyl. In our newly remodeled Bathroom Gallery, Interceramic and Daltile both have brought in some wonderful new tiles that we are able to promote at special prices this month.
Unfortunately, manufacturers have notified us that the summer will bring price increases, so come in now and lock in your carpet, tile, or wood at today's pricing.

Wood 101
We have customers come in every day asking about "wood laminate". We know that all the different flooring materials can be confusing, so here are the Cliffnotes on solid wood, engineered wood, and laminate:

 ~~Solid wood is just that-- a solid plank of wood. Usually 3/4" thick, plank widths vary from 2 ¼" up to 5" and wider.
~~Engineered wood is ALL wood, but is several thin layers compressed to make a plank. There are different qualities of engineered wood available, mostly determined by the "wear layer" or top piece of wood, the one you actually see. Plank widths vary from 3" up to 8" or more.
~~Laminate is not wood. It is composed of MDF(Medium-Density Fiberboard- a product made by breaking down wood residuals, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and formed by applying high temperature and pressure) or HDF core onto which a digital photograph is then laminated.  A clear super tough top coat is added for durability and scratch resistance.
You can have us install pre-finished wood floors, which means that the planks have already been stained and finished with polyurethane, including an aluminum oxide coat, and will look like the sample you see in our showroom. There is limited "down time" with a prefinished installation.  Or you may opt for a site-finished wood floor, which means we deliver the raw planks to your home, install them, sand them on-site, and then stain them to the color of your choice.  Multiple coats of polyurethane are then applied over the next few days, again, in your home.
All of these products have their own specific advantages and disadvantages and best uses. Come in and let us help you decide which one best fits your needs.
Monogram Your Floor
Did you know? One of our prefinished wood suppliers will actually personalize your floor! HomerWood aspires to make every floor a work of art that's sure to make a statement. There's no better way to achieve this than by giving consumers the option to add a more personal touch to their floor. Homeowners that order a minimum of 250 sq. ft. are able to request a custom engraved plank to be installed with their floor, free of charge!
What Will You Win?
You already know that we have a new Bath and Shower Gallery. Here's what you don't know: We'll be hosting an event in June to show it off! Another fun Enhance event, with games and prizes, lots of reps on hand to answer your questions, and we'll be lighting up the grill and serving food and adult beverages! Look for an email coming your way soon with the date and details.  See you in June!
How Much Does It Cost?
Luxury vinyl is a practical choice for active families that is also beautiful.  Some of the premium collections offer such realistic hardwood and tile visuals that you will not know it's not real wood or stone.  We just installed Mannington Adura Max in a large kitchen with breakfast area, family room, foyer, and dining room (over 1200 square feet) for a little over $9000.  This included new shoemold, transitions, and moving all the furniture. 

This is a floor that will look great for years and years.  Adura Max features a waterproof core, premium Ultra-Quiet attached pad for superior sound reduction and greater comfort underfoot, and patented ScratchResist with aluminum oxide surface protection.  Adura Max offers the industry's best wear, scratch and stain resistance and is backed with a stress-free limited, lifetime residential and 10-year light commercial warranty against wear through, staining, fading, delamination and joint separation.

Design Tip
To make a room feel larger, use a round rug on the floor.
I Was FLOORED By Enhance
From LuAnn in Canton:
"It was great work. The guys who put the carpet in were very accommodating. They were clean and really nice to work with, and they did an excellent job. They put carpet in the whole upstairs. They took carpet out and put carpet in. We were very pleased with them. We'd recommend them one hundred and fifty percent. I'd give them an A+."