Next time you are looking for new hardwood flooring, consider not looking at hardwood. Seriously! The hardwood flooring industry is getting expensive and rightfully so. With so many forests being logged and the ozone being depleted and blah blah blah. The real reason you should look at mock hardwood flooring is because it's better!
What do we look for in a new floor? Durability, affordability, and natural beauty or to be aesthetically pleasing.
One great option is the Engineered Hardwood category. By laminating multiple ply's of wood in opposite directions, Engineered flooring becomes dimensionally stable (It doesn't expand and contract much). Is it just as good as a solid 3/4 " thick hardwood? Of course it is. Maybe 75 years down the road, someone will have a hard time getting all the scratches sanded out, but really, who sands and refinishes their floor more than once if they do it at all in their lifetime?
The latest and the greatest option out there is Luxury Vinyl Tile. Don't be fooled by the name, Luxury doesn't always mean expensive. These floors are ideal for homeowners that want the least amount of maintenance along with greater durability. How do they look? Awesome! Many times these days, great manufacturers like Karn Dean make extremely real looking planks. There's the advantage of real hardwood, I suppose. You can't find two planks exactly alike in the world.
However, for warmth under your feet, ease of installation, nearly waterproof, easy to clean, 100's of different colors and styles, easy repair and overall affordability, I'll be using an LVT like Karn Dean in every room. Yes, the advantages are even greater when it comes to tile-looks, but we'll save that for another day.
Happy floor hunting and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Sometimes retail sales people miss the mark when it comes to customer relationships. Speaking from my own personal shopping experiences, many salespeople put on a happy face and pretend to like you for the sake of getting the sale. I'm sure that most are genuinely good people at heart, or that the sell means commission to put food on the table, but what about when it comes to finding a consumer's needs?
One of the most aggravating buying experiences is "the forced up-sale." I don't have a problem with a salesperson showing me differences in quality from one grade to the next. What if I can't afford the best on the market? What if the median grade is sufficient for the nursery that is getting painted again in a year or two?
The other issue on my mind is the salesperson that cares more about his phone than what I need. This can range from the very busy and popular salesperson that politely keeps asking to be excused during a major presentation every 30 seconds, to the 18 year old fighting with his or her significant other about a jealousy issue via text. Uggggh!
I'm so happy that we at Robbins aren't pressured to sell certain items. Here we are able to find the best product for the customer that he/she can afford. Being genuine with every customer regardless of race, age or gender makes it easy for anyone to shop comfortably. We want our customers to come back for other needs without dreading The Saaalesssmannn. :)
Have you had a terrible sales experience recently? Comment below if you have.
Two coats of SUPERDECK on a heavily damaged deck. Third coat was strictly a color change. It looks Great so far!
Here in North Carolina, it's definitely summer! 90 degrees on the local bank clock in the shade. What it doesn't tell you is that the air has so much moisture in it that you can almost swim to your car from the front door. My wife and daughter complain about their hair going flat (whatever that means) and my son avoids me like the plague when I ask if he wants to help me with something outside. You know, it's summer. So for those of us that like to hang outside in the summer with a cool beverage and our feet propped up, you gotta get that deck ready!
Sometimes using the most expensive product on the market isn't always the best choice. For instance, if you stained your deck last year and it looks a little dingy, why not get some Jomax deck cleaner, a scrub brush and a water hose (hosepipe for those in Rutherford County) and save a bundle of money and time in making your deck brand new again.
Is your deck faded due to major exposure to the sun? Stop using the cheapest stain on the market and be done with it for several years. Try Sikkens SRD which is sold right here at Robbins. I've heard so many personal testaments about this product holding up extremely well that I recommend it to anyone with a brand new or severely faded deck.
As for me, I built a deck out of recycled decking that a friend of mine had replaced by composite decking. Composite decking isn't solid wood, but rather multiple materials that are extremely weather resistant and makes a long lasting deck when installed properly. Composite decking costs and Arm and a Leg, maybe even an ear! With that being said, there are products out there that will prolong the life of a cracked worn deck that most would discard as unserviceable. That's what I started with. Decking products proclaiming to have high elastomeric values help to span gaps up to 1/4" wide! They are testing seriously weathered wood on decks and docks across the US, and at my house, with these products. I used a product called SUPERDECK that's made by Duck Back for extremely damaged wood and concrete. It worked great after 2 coats! My wife is having me put a 3rd coat on much to my chagrin at first, but I had to admit that it looked great!