2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Garage Upgrades

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Garage Upgrades

You probably know somebody who takes pride in their garage. They’re always spending time there, working on a project, or tinkering on their car. If you’re looking for gifts for garage lovers, you’re in the right place.  

You’re also in the right place if you want a gift for someone who needs…a little bit of help with their garage. Maybe it’s so cluttered that you can’t even park a car inside, or maybe the floor is stained and looks less-than-perfect. Don’t worry! We have solutions for that.

Whether you want to gift some storage solutions or upgrade the style with flooring and furniture, you have options. So without further ado, here are some perfect garage gifts for the holidays.

Stylish Garage Flooring

A functional garage starts with the floor. Bare concrete just doesn’t have the style, stain resistance, and slip resistance of quality floor tiles or rolls. This is the first step in creating a garage that’s the envy of the whole neighborhood.

Hard Plastic Tiles

Some of the toughest garage tiles on the market, hard plastic tiles resist staining from oil, gas, and most household chemicals. The impact-resistant polypropylene plastic holds up to heavy rolling vehicles.

If you know someone who wants a stylish floor, garage floor tiles are your best bet, because they offer the most color options. You can also choose interlocking tiles with a variety of surface textures – like vented and diamond plate – to create a customized look.

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Soft PVC Tiles

Slate Flex Nitro Tiles

Why buy flexible PVC tiles? To start, they are just as durable as hard plastic tiles, and also offer a quieter sound when walking over them. Easy to clean and maintain, these tiles are resistant to most household and vehicle chemicals and are backed by long warranties. 

They also come with a selection of bold colors to match the look of your garage. Plus, the diamond plate or coin textures provide a safe, slip-resistant surface even if the floor gets wet.

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Garage Floor Rolls

Coin Nitro Rolls

Vinyl garage flooring provides the best value in garage flooring. Made from durable yet flexible 100% premium grade virgin polyvinyl, these flooring rolls can be custom cut to fit your space. They’re easy to clean and slip-resistant when wet.

With a variety of colors, and surface textures like diamond plate, coin patterns, and more, you’re sure to find a style to fit your friend’s or family member’s garage. A flooring roll is the perfect garage floor covering for use underneath car jacks, so keep them in mind for your mechanic friends! Each roll is backed by industry-leading warranties.

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Garage Floor Mats

Diamond Nitro Roll - Motorcycle Mats

If your friend or family member just needs a floor mat to fit under a vehicle, then you’re in luck! We offer a range of garage floor mats to fit everything from motorcycles and golf carts to trucks and SUVs. 

Garage mats come with a lot of benefits. In addition to being stylish and durable, they are designed to protect the subfloor from any leaks, dirt, or water that drains from the vehicle. Plus, after catching all that dirt, they are very easy to clean and maintain.

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Carpet For Garages

Interweave Carpet Tiles

To help make a garage into a cozy getaway, you might want to gift something other than standard garage flooring. That’s where carpet comes in, but you don’t want to give them just any carpet. You need something that can handle traffic, staining, and chemicals.

Look for commercial-grade carpet that is soil, stain, wear-resistant. This ensures the floor can handle everything you throw at it while adding style, softness, and warmth to your garage. Plus, carpet tiles or carpet mats are designed for quick and easy installation. So you don’t have to spend money hiring an installer. 

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Garage Gym Flooring


If you know someone who wants space for a home gym, the garage is the perfect spot. They’ll need the right garage gym flooring to protect the concrete from heavy equipment and dropped heavy weights. 

Rubber gym flooring like mats, rolls, and tiles will absorb shock and support joints during tough workouts. Rubber gym flooring is also incredibly DIY-friendly if you want to make this a quick weekend project. 

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Heavy-Duty Garage Cabinets

The garage can become a dumping ground for tools and equipment, and it can easily become a mess if you’re not careful. Give the gift of organization with storage cabinets that can clear up the clutter.

Wall Cabinets

Ulti-MATE Garage 2.0 Series 2-Door Wall Cabinet

If there’s limited floor space for cabinets, then why not put them on the wall? Our 2-door wall cabinets are great for storing items out of plain sight and out of reach of pets or kids. The best part? They feature a modular design so you can always add more to expand your storage.


Base Cabinets

Ulti-MATE Garage 2.0 Series 4-Drawer Base Cabinet

A base cabinet is a perfect starter for an organized garage. You can choose from cabinets with drawers or doors, and all options are made from durable, medium-density fiberboard that can handle 200 lbs. A metallic-look PVC finish creates a sleek and stylish look that will fit with any decor.


Tall Cabinets

Ulti-MATE Garage 2.0 Series 2-Door Tall Cabinet

Store almost anything with a spacious single-door or 2-door tall cabinet. Our cabinets feature contemporary looks and are durable enough to hold 200lbs. The doors also lock so you can keep tools and equipment secure.


Cabinet Sets


Ulti-MATE Garage 2.0 Series 10-PC Kit

Combine wall, base, and tall cabinets for the ultimate garage storage solution. Our garage cabinet kits come complete with durable bamboo worktops so you have a place to work on your projects. 

Different size options allow you to choose a kit to fit your garage space without a problem. These packages will transform any garage into a functional workspace for mechanics and tinkerers.



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Convenient Tool Storage

Large cabinets can take care of the clutter, but it still might be difficult to find the exact tool or piece of hardware you need. That’s where tool boxes and other storage solutions come in. Gift these tool organizers to help make everything easy to find.

Tool Chests and Cabinets

Homak H2Pro Roller Cabinet

For the person who has every imaginable variation of every tool, a tool chest is a perfect gift. Made from heavy-duty aluminum, our tool chests and cabinets offer full-length drawer pulls,  secure locking systems, and non-slip EVA drawer liners to protect valuable tools.

The Homak H2Pro tool storage system is a full series of rolling cabinets and other pieces. You can customize your storage to get exactly what you need, from top chests to side lockers and more.


Portable Tool Boxes

Homak Industrial Friction Toolboxes

A toolbox is the perfect portable storage option for transporting tools and keeping them secure. You have a lot of options when it comes to picking a gift for your tool-toting friend.

Our professional-grade tool boxes are made from 21-gauge steel, featuring a locking system and multi-drawers designs. For something simpler, we also offer plastic tool boxes or polyester canvas tool bags.


Small Parts Organizers

Homak Plastic Double-Sided Organizer

For small bits and pieces of hardware, like nails, washers, and screws, a parts organizer is the ideal solution. They’re designed with convenience in mind, featuring secure plastic latches and a clear lid so you can view the contents of the box without having to open it. 

You can take a lightweight organizer anywhere to always have the right supplies at hand. For a more permanent storage solution, consider a set of stackable bins that can hold all your small hardware in one easy-to-find spot.



The Ultimate Garage Furniture

The garage isn’t just a place to work – it can be a great hangout spot, too, and you can make this a reality with awesome garage-themed furniture. Put the finishing touches on that man cave design, with everything from barstools to bookshelves.

Garage Desks

PitStop GT Spoiler Desk

Know somebody with a garage office? You can make their day when you buy them a garage-themed desk. It can act as a worktop or just a place to get organized. 

Designed to fit any garage, our desks are available in compact sizes for smaller spaces, but also offer connectors to extend the surface area if you need it. Each desk comes with four lockable wheels, making it easy to move.


Garage Workbenches

Homak 3-Door 59

No garage is complete without a workbench. We offer both industrial and rolling workbenches, so you have a place to put your portable radio, your tools, or your ongoing projects as you hang out in your garage. 

The sleek designs feature ample storage, making these worktops a functional addition to your space. Choose from pegboards, swivel drawers, and more.


Service Carts

Homak Pro 4-Drawer Slide Top Service Cart

For someone who works on a ton of projects in their garage, it can be a pain to constantly carry tools back and forth. That’s why a garage service cart is essential. No more back and forth trips to an overfilled cabinet! Everything is within arm’s reach, and they get an extra work surface. 

Gift a rolling tool cart perfect for organizing essential tools in one convenient spot that can be moved from place to place. Many come with lockable drawers, slide-top panels, and even slotted sides to hang screwdrivers.

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Ergonomic Chairs

PitStop SE Office Chair

A racing-themed chair is a unique addition to the garage. Our selection of stylish leatherette chairs provide extra comfort while you work, or while you kick back and relax. 

These comfortable chairs feature highly detailed craftsmanship, including automotive accents like embossed tire tread armrests, racing suspension springs, and racing-inspired wheels. 

All that style comes with functionality, too. Our office chairs are built for comfort, with ergonomic settings and adjustable seat height.


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Happy Shopping!

Hopefully, now you’ve found the perfect gift for the garage lover in your life. They’ll be organized, stylish, and ready to relax in their upgraded dream garage.


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Commercial Carpet Buying Guide: What You Should Know

Commercial Carpet Buying Guide: What You Should Know

If you need commercial flooring for your business or home, you might be considering commercial carpet. High traffic carpet is a low-pile, durable flooring option that won’t stain easily, but is it the right choice for you?

This in-depth guide can help you make a decision! Commercial settings like stores, lobbies, and businesses have all benefited from the durability and style of heavy-duty carpet. It won’t get matted down or worn-looking even after lots of use.

Keep reading to learn about the different types of commercial-grade carpet, the pros and cons, how to install it, and a whole lot more.

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What is Commercial Carpet?

Commercial carpets are ultra-durable carpets designed for heavy traffic, stain resistance, and easy maintenance. They’re typically Berber, which means the fibers are looped through the carpet backing, making them less soft but more durable.

Commercially-rated carpets have a lower pile, meaning they are thinner. This allows the carpet to hold up to wear and tear without matting or crushing.

Industrial carpet comes in a variety of patterns and colors to fit your commercial space. They’re perfect for retail entryways, commercial gyms, commercial offices, grocery stores, airports, banks, and even your home!

bout Carpet Fibers

Shaw Intellect Carpet Tile

Nylon This is a popular choice inside commercial buildings, condos, and apartments. Nylon is often chosen for its safety with indoor applications because it meets fire codes since it doesn’t burn – it melts. However, it fades in the sun, so avoid outdoor use.Polyester Polyester or “PET” is typically a lower cost than nylon, and it works in both indoor and outdoor applications. This durable fiber resists water and staining, which makes it great for any use in the home and even in commercial spaces.Polypropylene These fibers are cheaper than others, but they still hold up very well in high-traffic areas. You can find polypropylene fiber in places like grocery stores or office lobbies. It resists mold and mildew, but it stains more easily than the others.

bout Carpet Thickness

Shaw Lucky Break Carpet Tile

While residential carpet is thick and plush, commercial carpet is the opposite. The fibers are short and dense, creating a heavy-duty carpet that resists crushing and denting. Low-pile carpet is built for heavy foot traffic and tons of wear, but it sacrifices comfort for all that durability, so it’s rougher underfoot. 

Commercial Carpet Traffic Ratings

Mannington Script Carpet Tile

Some commercial carpets are designed to handle more foot traffic than others. Check out the ratings to find the best durability for you. 

Walk-off This is the ultimate durable carpet designed for entryways and even garages.Extra heavy The toughest of the tough, this carpet can handle the busiest areas.HighDesigned specifically for heavy foot traffic and busier areas.MediumGreat for use in most spaces with a lot of foot traffic.

Types of Commercial Carpet

You might think that all commercial carpets are the same, but the truth is that you have a lot of options! Explore the different varieties to discover which works best for you.

Commercial Carpet Tiles

On Trend Carpet Tiles

Commercial carpet tiles are so easy to install that you can often complete installation on your own in a matter of hours. With carpet tiles, you can create custom patterns using different colors.

It’s also very easy to replace carpet squares if they become stained or damaged. Simply lift the affected tile and replace it with a new one.

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Commercial Carpet Planks

On Trend Carpet Planks

Carpet planks are like carpet tiles in many ways, including the easy installation. With the longer plank shape, you can get more creative with your design.

Use carpet planks to create herringbone patterns in your commercial space, or experiment with other modern, geometric designs.

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Commercial Carpet Rolls

Hobnail Carpet

Traditional broadloom carpet rolls still make up the majority of the carpet industry. Carpet rolls are typically priced cheaper per square foot than tiles or planks since they will cover a larger area.

This makes broadloom a great choice for budget-friendly projects as well as large jobs where you need to cover a lot of square footage.

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Pros and Cons of Commercial Carpet

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If you’re still not sure if carpeting is the best solution for your commercial space, consider the pros and cons. Learning about the benefits and potential drawbacks will help you make a decision. 


Durability: The tough fibers and dense, low pile ensure that your floor can handle heavy traffic.Price: For budget-conscious buyers, carpet is the perfect commercial flooring option. It’s durable and stylish, all without breaking the bank.Maintenance: Low-pile, stain-resistant carpet is a breeze to clean. Just make sure to vacuum regularly, and your floor will look great for years to come. Installation: Self-adhesive carpet tiles are designed for quick and easy installation, so you can save time and money.


Comfort: Because it’s designed for durability, commercial carpet isn’t as plush and comfortable as regular residential carpet.Installation: Yes, this is a pro and a con, depending on the product. Not all carpet is designed for peel and stick installation. For really high-traffic areas, you’ll need to glue down the carpet, and that’s best left to a professional.

How to Install Commercial Carpet

Impressions Carpet Tiles

The ease of installing carpet depends on where you’re putting it, and the type of carpet you choose. If you’re going to install carpet tiles in your home, then it’s a simple DIY project. But if you need carpet rolls in a high-traffic business, you may want to hire a professional. 

How to Install Carpet Tiles

When you want something easy to install, carpet tiles are the way to go. There are two main ways to install it: tape-down/peel and stick installation and glue-down installation.

Peel and Stick or Tape Installation

Peel and stick tiles are the easiest way to install carpet. The adhesive is pre-applied to each tile and all you have to do is pull back the plastic sheet to expose it. You can also use double-sided carpet tape if the adhesive isn’t already applied.

From there, simply place the carpet on the floor, and press down to make sure it sticks. 

Glue Down Installation

For commercial areas with lots of traffic, you should glue down the carpet for more stability. Use a pressure-sensitive adhesive for a more permanent hold. This project is often best-suited for professionals, but if you want to DIY your floor, you can apply the adhesive yourself. Always make sure to check the manufacturer to find more detailed installation instructions.

How to Install Carpet Rolls

Installing carpet rolls requires the glue-down method to keep them stable. Apply the adhesive onto the floor, and then roll the carpet into the adhesive using the carpet core or the flat end of a push broom. Then you just have to wait for the adhesive to cure before you can walk over the floor. Again, check the manufacturer for detailed installation instructions.

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How to Clean Commercial Carpet

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Commercial carpet doesn’t require special equipment to keep it looking great. Maintaining your carpet tiles is as easy as this:

Vacuum frequently to keep your floor clean and inviting.Remove spills immediately with an absorbent cotton cloth and clean water. Occasionally deep clean using a hot water extraction-cleaning machine (i.e. carpet cleaner).

To spot clean carpet and remove stains, follow these tips:

Spray your favorite carpet cleaner over a small area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Dab the stain with a clean towel. Once the stain has vanished, rinse the area with clean water.Soak up the remaining moisture with a second clean towel to finish up.Related Content >How to Clean Carpet: 10 Tips to Maintain Your Carpet and Prevent Stains

Carpet FAQ

Mannington Outline Carpet Tile

Still have some questions? We have the answers! 

What type of carpet is best for commercial use?

Low-pile nylon carpet is best for commercial use because the durable fiber can handle heavy traffic without matting or getting crushed. It’s also stain-resistant and easier to keep clean, which is important in larger commercial spaces where intense maintenance would be a hassle. We recommend carpet with looped fibers, like Berber, because this construction makes the carpet even stronger.

What’s the difference between commercial and residential carpet?

Residential carpets are designed to be plush and comfortable, while commercial carpet is more durable. The carpet in your home usually has a higher pile and softer fibers than commercial flooring. High-traffic carpet will be more rough and dense, so it can withstand heavy traffic, stains, and more.

Is commercial carpet more expensive?

Commercial carpet is typically less expensive than thick, plush residential carpet. The price can vary depending on the features of the carpet, but as a whole, you can expect it to have a lower cost per square foot than the carpet in your home.

Does commercial carpet need padding?

Commercial carpet doesn’t always need padding. Sometimes, you can glue it directly to the subfloor. However, you can still benefit from carpet padding if you choose the right option. Rubber roll underlayment provides the best padding, because it’s durable and not too soft, while still offering some give underfoot.

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Now you know everything you need to find the perfect commercial carpet for your space. Whether you want something extra durable for your busy home or stylish flooring for your business, this durable carpet has got you covered. If you’re ready to explore your commercial carpet options, why not start with some free samples?

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How to Choose Your 200 Gallon Fish Tank

How to Choose Your 200 Gallon Fish Tank

is it okay to buy 200 Gallon Fish Tank200 Gallon Fish Tank offers the owner good scope to maintain a wide range of aquatic life. However, you have to think about what you’re going to be keeping the tank for at this size. It’s not just simply a question of whether or not you can fit the fish in. You also have to consider what kind of life these fish want to live and how they will react to their new home. But if you do it right, the tank will make for a great centerpiece to almost any room.

So in the first place you should think carefully about the kind of tank you have available. Do you have a room large enough to house the size of fish you plan to put in there? If you don’t, then perhaps you should go for a smaller 200 gallon fish tank. Not only is it more economical, but it will allow you to see the fish up close.

You will also need to take account of the size of the fish and the dimension of the space available. Obviously, the bigger the fish and the bigger the aquarium, the larger the dimensions you will need. The same applies to the other dimensions that may be required. There are some 200 gallon fish tanks available in sizes as large as ninety-four inches. This gives a great amount of scope to ensure that you have plenty of room for the fish to swim around in and look at all the sights that they love.

When you have decided the dimensions you will require then you should work out how many gallons of water that you will need. Again this depends upon the size of the fish. Larger fish may require more than one gallon of water for every two gallons of fish. So it is important that you know the dimensions of your fish before you go shopping for the 200 gallon fish tank. Make sure that you get advice from an expert before you purchase the one that you have in mind.

Some of the other important aspects of these fish tanks are things such as whether or not you should use sand and other items to assist with circulation in the tank. You will also need to consider the temperature of the water. The normal recommendation is to keep the water temperature between seventy-five to eighty degrees centigrade. You can find various charts on the internet which will give you the exact information relating to the temperature of the water in relation to the size of the aquarium in terms of the 200 gallon fish tanks.

One of the most popular styles of fish tanks is the family-style. These are ideal for keeping tropical fish. The main advantage of these is that they look very classy. The downside is that they do require a lot more room than many others. If you intend to grow a lot of plants, it may be best to get hold of a small plastic version. Once you have decided how to go about choosing your 200 gallon fish tank, you will be well on your way to enjoying some fine fish.

If you are going to be keeping live corals and seaweed, it would be a good idea to get a model which features a dry filter system. This is something that many aquarium masters forget about. They tend to leave this element out of their models, thinking that they can fit all the required equipment into the aquarium. However, it is vital that you check your fish tanks before placing any of these items in there. If you do not do this, you will find that your fish tanks will soon start to smell.

If you intend to keep driftwood, then it will be best to get a model which features a dry filter system. These filters will be able to take out any organic matter from your water, helping to maintain the balance between fish and plant life. There are a number of places like pet shops where you can buy these items. Other places like retail stores and warehouse clubs will offer discount prices on these types of models.

The final thing that you need to look for in your 200 gallon tank is a good stand. It is a good idea to find a stand that can be easily cleaned, as a dirty stand will make maintaining your fish tank very hard indeed. Fish tanks are often used by families, so it is always important to ensure that there is plenty of room to move around and socialise. A good stand will also ensure that your fish tank remains dry and there is no risk of mold setting in.

Retro Flooring Ideas: 12 Ideas to Inspire Your Vintage Style Home

Retro Flooring Ideas: 12 Ideas to Inspire Your Vintage Style Home

Retro design is a popular style trend that resurrects every few years to transport us to a different time. But what makes something retro? Better yet, how can you incorporate retro style in your home? To accomplish this ever-changing style in your home, you’ll need retro flooring ideas, decor, and inspiration.

Check out these retro and vintage-inspired flooring options to help you achieve your vintage dreams.

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What is Retro Style?

What is Retro Style? Shaw Revival Isabella

When you walk into a retro home, you’ll find furniture, flooring, and decor inspired by a specific historical era. That’s what makes retro so unique, it’s not one specific style, because it depends on the designer and their favorite era.

Most commonly, you’ll see retro splashes throughout a house. Retro design features pops of color and relies heavily on decor and furniture to transport you to the decade of your choosing. Oftentimes, retro style closely mimics mid-century modern with exposed furniture legs, pops of color. It’s abstract, unique, and incorporates bold patterns, colors, and textures.

What’s the Difference Between Vintage and Retro Style?

Retro vs. Vintage: Daltile Choreo

There’s a fine line between vintage and retro, and that line is authenticity. While both styles reference the past, be it fashion, design, or otherwise, a vintage item is an original from the time period, while retro style imitates the past. Essentially, a vintage item is an antique that lasted for years. Retro is more of an homage or throwback to a specific area in time (source

But if we’re talking about flooring, how can it be vintage? To make it simple, unless the floors are the original hardwood floors, it’s not vintage. However, many floors are designed specifically to reference a different time – that’s retro flooring. If you want a vintage style home, your floor should either be antique or imitate a specific style from the time of your choosing. That’s where retro flooring comes in to help.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, allow us to walk you through some retro-style flooring to make your design dreams a reality.

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Retro Carpet Flooring

Retro Carpet Flooring: Shaw Floorigami It's Magic Carpet Plank

Nothing says retro quite like carpet flooring. For years, hardwood and carpet were the most common flooring in homes. But we’re not talking about the drab-looking carpet. Retro carpet is anything but drab.

The type of carpet to use for a retro-style room depends on the vibe you want for the room. From shag textures to bold carpet colors, there are a lot of options to choose from.

Bright Colored Carpet

Bright Colored Carpets: Joy Carpets Parallel Carpet Tile

Retro design style is not afraid of color. You can embrace colors that go together creating a cohesive and bold color scheme. From deep moody purple to pale green, there are so many color options to find in a retro-style home.

“Avocado green is by far the most popular retro color choice, followed closely by mustard yellow and combinations of brown, black, white, and red. In addition, purple and hot pink both make a great addition to your retro decor. Don’t be surprised to find items that have a little of everything, with mixes of bright orange, green, indigo blue, and yellow on one single piece.” – Coral Nafie, The Spruce

Neutral Colored Carpet

Neutral Carpet: Shaw Floorigami Tambre Carpet Planks

If you’re looking for less funk, and more vintage-styled flooring, a neutral carpet color like a nice beige, white, gray, or black is an excellent choice. A more subdued color scheme can offset the more bold, abstract looks in the rest of the room.

Retro Inspired Carpet Tiles

Retro Carpet Tiles and Planks: Infinite Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are great for creating a pattern with your floor. Be it checkered or randomized, carpet tiles add a little modern twist to your retro or vintage style space. You can keep your floor all one color or go wild with a variety of colored carpet tiles to create an eclectic, bold floor, then add decor and furniture that coordinates.

Shag Textured Carpets

Shag Textured Carpets: Shaw Floorigami Scandi Chic Carpet Plank

One of the most popular textures you’ll find in a retro setting is velvet or plush textures. Shag carpets are the perfect addition of texture in a vintage-style home.

Twist carpet fibers are a throwback to many decades and with the right decor, it provides an excellent starting point for the rest of your room.

Unique Area Rugs

Unique Area Rugs: Zebra Indoor Outdoor Rug

Using an area rug is an easy way to add fun textures to your vintage-style home. They can both complement your floors and add an eye-catching element to any space.

Uniquely shaped rugs, throw rugs with ornate designs and patterns, or even fluffy rugs are perfect for a retro style home. Choosing the right style of rug depends on the floor underneath.

For instance, if you already have a boldly patterned tile or carpet floor, a solid color fluffy area rug would easily add to the retro design of the room whereas another bold pattern might overwhelm the area.

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Retro Tile Floors

Retro Tile Floors: Shaw Coolidge

Primarily found in kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms, tile floors are a staple in retro design. The unique patterns and trending colors add an element of style to every setting.

Checkered Patterned Tile Floors

Checkered Patterned Tile Floors: Soda Shoppe Flex Tiles

You know the trend – black and white checkered floors in a vintage kitchen. This style is one of the most popular looks for retro flooring, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. But it doesn’t have to be black and white. It can be any two colors you like. To get the classic vintage look in your home, it’s best to complement one color with white.

Warm Colored Tile Flooring

Retro Tile Floors: Daltile Archaia

Just like carpet, tile flooring can come in unique colors to add that retro feel. With warm colors like burnt orange, brown, beige, or even olive green, your tile floors will transport you to the past while keeping style in your home.

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Mosaic Tile Shapes

Mosaic Tile Shape: Daltile Uptown Glass Mosaic

You know those detailed bathroom floors with the tiny hexagonal tiles you see from time to time? That’s the kind of vintage style you can create with mosaic tiles. With shapes like penny tiles, hexagons, octagons, or classic squares, your floor will look as though it fell right out of 1970.

Vintage Style Vinyl Flooring

Vintage Style Vinyl Flooring: Shaw Heritage Oak HD Plus

Vinyl comes in many different forms, making it the perfect retro flooring for every room in your home. From wood looks to unique decorative vinyl sheets, you’ll have no problem achieving the perfect vintage-style floor.

Retro Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Retro Vinyl Sheets: Tarkett Fresh Start 12 Wide Vinyl Sheet

From modern to mid-century, industrial to vintage, there’s a vinyl roll ready to add style to your home. For retro flooring, it’s common to see checkered pattern vinyl sheets, hexagon patterned sheets, and intricate, almost victorian patterns. It’s easy to add a striking statement to your space.

Vintage Inspired Vinyl Tiles and Planks

Vinyl Planks and Tiles: Margo Flex Tiles- Modern Mosaics

To add a vintage feel to your space, decorative, stone- and wood-look vinyl tiles and planks create a neutral backdrop for retro decor and furniture. Commonly, you’ll see medium-toned wood-look vinyl planks, and darker stone-look tiles to add to the vintage style ambiance.

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Vintage Style Wood Flooring

Vintage Style Wood Look Flooring: Engineered Hardwood Pioneer Engineered Wood

While it’s hard to find an authentic vintage floor, it’s easy to find vintage-inspired wood flooring. With different shades, textures, and wood species, you can find the perfect wood flooring to complete your vintage style space.

ntique Light-Tone Wood Flooring

Antiqued Light Tone Wood Flooring: Cittadina Engineered Hardwood

For a more classic starting point to your vintage retro room, light-toned wood flooring provides the vintage element you need. This look helps the space feel open, so you can jazz it up with amazing art and velvet furniture.

Warm Honey-Tone Wood Flooring

Honey Toned Wood Flooring: 12mm Mohawk Elderwood Waterproof Laminate

Applying honey-toned wood flooring is the best way to get a classic vintage style floor in your home. Short planks with high variation create a nostalgic feel to perfectly encompass your vintage-inspired home.

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It’s easy to style your home with retro or vintage style flooring once you know the general direction of your decor. Remember, retro style is classic, bold, and fun.

10+ Artificial Grass Myths: Get the Facts from Our Experts

10+ Artificial Grass Myths: Get the Facts from Our Experts

Artificial grass is beloved for its ease of maintenance and its realistic natural look. But for as long as it’s been around, artificial grass has developed a lot of rumors about its construction, price, features, and more. When it comes to shopping, these myths can cause a lot of confusion. 

This comprehensive guide busts eleven common misconceptions about artificial grass so you can shop smart and find the right option for you! Let’s dive in. 

Myth 1: All Artificial Grass Looks Alike and/or Fake

Artificial Grass Myth 1: Helios Artificial Grass Deck Tiles

Expert Opinion: False

While the main premise of artificial grass is to look green all year round, different types of artificial grass do not look the same. 

The look of the grass depends on the application. For instance, sports turf will look different than landscape turf. Landscape turf is made to look exactly like natural grass. Whereas sports turf might look more artificial, and is more so what you’ll find on baseball fields, or in a gym.

Even different landscape turf options look different from each other. Typically, the major difference is the texture of the blades and the color of the grass. 

Pro Tip: For eye-catching artificial turf, consider Helios Artificial Grass Deck Tiles paired with Helios Deck Tiles to create a unique pattern for your patio flooring. 

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Myth 2: Turf is Primarily for Sports Fields

Artificial Grass Myth 2: Elevate Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

AstroTurf was one of the first turf options, installed in 1965 at the Astrodome, the former home of the Houston Astros. While it was intended for sports use at first, manufacturers realized that artificial grass could help upgrade yards all over the world with ease. 

Therefore, after years of innovation and improvements to artificial grass looks and functionality, artificial turf is now used as grass for residential yards, commercial landscaping, and so much more.

Pro Tip:  Make sure your grass blades stand up straight by adding grass infillafter installation.

Myth 3: Artificial Grass Requires Zero Maintenance

Artificial Grass Myth 3: Del Mar Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

While artificial grass requires less maintenance than natural grass, it still requires some effort to keep it looking nice all year round. It’s true, you do not have to mow or water artificial grass, but you do have to maintain and clean it. 

Artificial grass fibers can lay flat and look matted with continued foot traffic, so your beautiful green lawn won’t look as sharp as you’d like.

To keep your lawn looking fresh, it’s important to practice monthly lawn maintenance. The following steps make it super easy to get the job done.

Remove any leaves or small branches from the area with a leaf blower.Using a turf rake, sweep against the natural direction of the grass to groom it into an upright position and to loosen up any stuck-on dirt. If necessary, spray any spots affected by pet waste with your desired artificial grass cleaning solution. Lightly hose off the area to remove any dirt or debris so your artificial grass shines. 

Pro Tip: To stop weeds from growing through your turf, lay a weed barrier on top of the compacted turf base. Place the barrier wherever grass is being installed. 

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Myth 4: Turf is Bad for the Environment

Artificial Turf Myth 4: Catalina Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

This is a pretty common rumor you might hear about artificial grass, but let’s break down the facts! 

You might be thinking, “What can be less harmful than natural grass?” But the truth is, artificial grass doesn’t require toxic pesticides, herbicides, weed killers, or fertilizers like natural grass does. 

Plus, you can significantly reduce your water usage by not running your sprinkler system, and the gas from your mower will no longer pollute the air.

By cutting out the maintenance of natural grass, you’re doing a lot more for our planet than you realize. 

Myth 5: Artificial Grass Doesn’t Drain as Well as Natural Grass

Artificial Grass Myth 5: Newport Premium Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

Years ago, before all the artificial grass innovations, this statement might have been true. Artificial grass used to get overwhelmed by copious amounts of water and didn’t drain properly. 

But that’s all changed! Manufacturers made adjustments to ensure excellent drainage for artificial grass rolls and tiles. Nowadays, there are drainage holes in the turf, plus you can use crushed granite to aid in the drainage process. So no matter how much rain your grass gets, your lawn will still look fabulous.

Pro Tip: If the blades on your lawn start to look flattened or matted, you can “bloom” the turf by raking it. This practice helps create a fresh-looking lawn in no time at all.  

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Myth 6: Pets Make Turf Smell

Artificial Turf Myth 6: All Play Pet Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: Mostly False

When pet waste sits on any surface long enough, it will start to smell. This is why it’s important to maintain a weekly cleaning routine for your lawn by picking up pet waste and spraying urine spots regularly.  Certain artificial grass infill is also here to make pet odor control even easier. 

It’s true that pet-friendly artificial grass allows your pet to play longer and relieve themselves without worry. But you can control pet odor permanently with the help of Zeolite Max Artificial Grass Infill By installing it under and within the turf, Zeolite neutralizes pet smells on artificial grass. 

Pro Tip: To keep the urine odor from your artificial grass, spray pet-friendly, non-toxic Turf Fresh on a regular basis, and your turf will look and smell like sunshine.

Myth 7: Installing Artificial Grass Limits Your Landscape Design 

Artificial Turf Myth 7: Rivera Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

This is a common misconception where grass is involved. However, artificial grass is 100% customizable for any yard. 

You can install it around your trees, bushes, and other lawn fixtures with no problem. Simply cut your roll or tiles to fit. 

Myth 8: Artificial Grass is Unsafe for Kids and Pets

Artificial Grass Myth 8: Greenspace Artificial Grass Rugs

Expert Opinion: False

Artificial grass is completely safe for kids and pets. Top-quality artificial turf products are manufactured using only non-toxic ingredients that are often recycled sourcePlus, unlike natural grass, synthetic grass does not develop holes or other surface issues that can trip up kids at play. 

Pro Tip: For some extra cushion under your feet, lay down a lawn pad. If you have some kiddos running around, most lawn pads are also fall height-rated for safety.

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Myth 9: Artificial Grass will Fade Over Time

Artificial Grass Myth 9: Putting Green Mats

Expert Opinion: Mostly False

Most artificial grass is UV resistant and won’t fade over time. However, UV resistance depends on the fiber material, and the amount of fiber used to create artificial grass. 

Materials like nylon are not UV-resistant and will fade over time. But it’s important to remember that nylon is primarily used in gym turf, landscape turf does not have nylon fibers in its construction. 

Pro Tip: To keep landscape turf looking its best, make sure to rake up any stray leaves or other debris. If it gets dirty, dusty, or muddy, simply hose it down and leave it to dry. 

Myth 10: Artificial Grass is Too Expensive 

Artificial Grass Myth 10: Playsafe Premium Turf Rolls

Expert Opinion: False

It’s true, artificial turf does cost more than natural grass upfront, but when investing in your outdoor living space, artificial grass saves you time and money. Over the years, artificial grass pays for itself, while natural grass continues to rack up costs.

Once your grass is installed, you don’t have to worry about buying an expensive lawnmower, or watering your lawn every night. Your main concern is how to start having fun on your new lawn right away. You also needn’t worry about weed killer or pesticides since your lawn is artificial. 

Pro Tip: According to HomeAdvisor, artificial grass costs around “$2 to $8 per square foot.” Artificial grass with a higher face weight or thickness will be more expensive, because more material is used, and it’s going to be more durable. 

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Myth 11: Artificial Turf is Hard to Install 

Expert Opinion: False

While installing artificial grass might be time-consuming, the process of installation is quite simple. Whether or not you need a professional installation depends on your comfort level and where you’re installing the artificial grass. 

Steps to replace natural grass with artificial turf:

Prepare the areaLay your baseInstall a weed barrierCompact and level the areaPlace lawn pads and artificial grassTrim the edges Pin down the turf with turf seam tapenails, or staplesApply turf infillBrush out the grass

Steps to install artificial turf over concrete:

Prepare the areaInstall a lawn pad Layout your grassUse double-sided tape or glue to secure the turf Trim the edges Apply turf infillBrush out the grass 

For an in-depth look at the installation process, check out our installation guide, here.

Pro Tip: If you don’t want to use staples in your lawn, you can always use seam tape to stick the turf together.

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Now that we’ve busted these myths, you know the facts about artificial grass, and you can shop with confidence.

Ready to find the perfect artificial grass for your outdoor living area? We got you covered from grass to installation accessories. 


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Best Laminate Flooring Options in 2021: Our Top 5 Picks

Best Laminate Flooring Options in 2021: Our Top 5 Picks

So you want to update your home with new flooring, and laminate flooring is your top pick. You’re in good company! Laminate is incredibly popular for its durability, easy installation, and style. But how do you find the best laminate flooring for you? 

Don’t worry! We know a thing or two about laminate, and we’ve created this guide to help you find the best laminate flooring.

Get inspired by exploring these top laminate options and find the perfect flooring for you.

Let’s get started!

Best Laminate Flooring Overall:10mm Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof LaminateTop Waterproof Laminate Flooring:Mohawk Boardwalk Waterproof LaminateBest Wide Plank Laminate Flooring:14mm KronoSwiss Origin Wide Plank LaminateMost Stylish Laminate Flooring:12mm Mannington Palace Waterproof LaminateBest Laminate Flooring For Dogs:10mm Antique Craft Waterproof LaminateRelated Content >Laminate Flooring Buying Guide

How to Choose Laminate Flooring

14mm KronoSwiss Origin

Before you dive into the top-performing products, it’s important to know what to look for when shopping for laminate flooring. Here are a few crucial considerations.


All laminate comes with an abrasion class rating, also known as the AC rating. This rating measures the durability of the flooring. When you want a durable floor, look for a rating of AC4 or AC5 Flooring with this rating is durable enough for all residential use, and even commercial spaces.

DIY Friendliness

Everyone loves DIY projects these days, and laminate flooring offers the perfect opportunity. It’s a dream for DIYers. Most planks are designed with interlocking edges that click together with ease. No need to hire an installer. You can do it all yourself, and save some money.


Your floor is something you see every day, so of course, you want something that looks good. Laminate is best known for its highly realistic wood looks and textures. It comes in the most popular wood-look shades and textures, so you’re certain to find a look that matches your home.

Waterproof Design

In a busy home with pets or kids, waterproof flooring can be a lifesaver. While laminate has had a reputation for less-than-perfect water resistance, that’s no longer the case. You can now find genuine waterproof laminate flooring that’s ideal for bathrooms, basements, and more.


Price is one of the biggest considerations for your new floor, no matter what features or styles you’re looking for. Fortunately for you, laminate is one of the most affordable wood-look flooring options on the market. You can get a beautiful new floor without breaking the bank.

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Best Laminate Flooring Overall

10mm Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof Laminate

10mm Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof Laminate

This beautiful waterproof flooring can handle the wear of a busy life while providing an exceptional wood appearance. It’s durable enough to install in the basement and beautiful to display in your kitchen. The extra-wide planks are embossed with a highly realistic wood texture and a protective layer that resists scratches and stains. 



AC Rating:

AC 4 – Good for any residential application and can handle medium traffic in commercial spaces.


WaterproofReal hardwood look and feelScratch and spill-resistant surfaceHydroseal waterproof finishGreat for homes with children or petsShop Mohawk Castlebriar Waterproof Laminate

Best Waterproof Laminate Flooring

12mm Mohawk Boardwalk Waterproof Laminate

Mohawk Boardwalk Waterproof Laminate

With these planks, you get an incredibly durable floor in a variety of beautiful finishes. It’s perfect for busy households with pets and children. If you want a realistic wood look, you’ll love this flooring. Boardwalk Oak laminate planks are embossed with a realistic wood texture that matches the grain of the wood for an authentic look and feel.

Finished with a Hydroseal protective layer, each plank repels water from the core and prevents swelling from moisture and spills. Plus, the RevWood technology ensures that this flooring performs in any room, at any grade, and is backed by a lifetime residential warranty.



AC Rating:

AC 4 – Good for any residential application and can handle medium traffic in commercial spaces.


Waterproof Hydroseal technologyLifetime limited residential warrantyAll pet warrantyGreat for homes with kids or petsReal hardwood look and feelShop Mohawk Boardwalk Waterproof Laminate

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Best Wide Plank Laminate Flooring

14mm KronoSwiss Origin Wide Plank Laminate

14mm KronoSwiss Origin Wide Plank Laminate

This flooring features oversized planks with a high durability rating and 72-Hour water protection, all in a beautiful selection of colors to match any decor. KronoSwiss comes with superior water resistance. It offers a high-density core, AquaPearl locking system, and a robust finish that is both UV stable and easy to clean. 



AC Rating:

AC 5 – Good for high traffic commercial spaces


Water-resistant finishScratch-resistant wear-layerHighest abrasion resistance ratingEasy to clean and maintainShop KronoSwiss Origin Wide Plank Laminate

Best Stylish Laminate Flooring

12mm Mannington Palace Waterproof Laminate

12mm Mannington Palace Waterproof Laminate

When you want some extra style, this is your best option. Mannington’s Palace collection combines the timeless beauty of European White Oak wood flooring with a luxurious and trendy chevron pattern. If chevron looks aren’t your style, you can also choose from standard wood looks, or combine the two. SpillShield technology offers a 72-hour spill protection warranty, so you can spend less time on maintenance and more time enjoying your floor.  




AC Rating:

AC 4 – Good for any residential application and can handle medium traffic in commercial spaces.


White oak looksWaterproof technologyKid and pet friendlyIndentation resistant72-hour Spill Protection, 25-year warrantyShop Mannington Palace Waterproof Laminate

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Best Laminate Flooring for Dogs

10mm Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate

10mm Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate

When it comes to pet-friendly flooring, this is your best bet. Antique Craft planks are a beautiful and revolutionary new flooring designed for everyday life, including life with your pets. With the registered embossing on the surface, you get a realistic wood look and feel. Best of all, it’s backed by an all pet protection warranty.

This water-resistant flooring features a tight interlock and a waterproof surface. That means any accident or spill is easy to clean up. It’s perfect if you have a busy family, large energetic pets, or just want to update your look. It protects against scratches, subfloor moisture, and water damage.





AC Rating:

AC 4 – Good for any residential application and can handle medium traffic in commercial spaces.


WaterproofWorry-free Mohawk RevWood flooringPerfect for busy families with children and petsAll pet warrantyDistinctive knots and grain patterns Shop Antique Craft Waterproof Laminate

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And there you have it – the best of the best laminate flooring. You can choose from the trendiest style, the highest durability, and the most waterproof designs. Now that you’ve got some inspiration, are you ready to shop for your brand new floor?

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How to Tell the Difference Between Hardwood and Laminate Flooring

Is it hardwood or laminate? You might be surprised at how hard it can be to tell the difference. Today’s laminate can look remarkably likepopular hardwoodssuch as teak, mahogany and oak. Yet, there are a few ways to spot one type of flooring from another, especially if you look closely enough. Here’s how to tell the difference between laminate and hardwood:

1. Hardwood Shows Its Wear and Tear

When hardwood floors age, they can take on variations in color and even texture. These variations can come from many sources, such as sunlight or water that’s been left on the wood too long. Laminate, on the other hand, retains its pristine appearance for much longer because it’s been engineered to withstand normal wear and tear.

2. Hardwood Floors Often Have Scratch Marks

Notice a few scratch marks or even indentations in a floor that looks like wood? It’s probably hardwood rather than laminate. Most wood types used in hardwood flooring are soft by nature. This softness can be attractive, but it makes the wood more susceptible to minor and major damage. In contrast, laminate is constructed to withstand the weight of normal objects being dropped or slid slightly across its surface.

3. Hardwood Patterns Vary

Every hardwood plank offers unique characteristics, which means you shouldn’t see many patterns in true hardwood floors. If you notice a lot of patterning and symmetry, you’re looking at laminate and not hardwood. However, most laminate has been designed to repeat patterns in ways that look authentic rather than systematic.

4. Hardwood Flooring May Have Nail Holes or Staples

Stapling and nailing are two ways craftspeople lay hardwood floors. You may notice these nail holes and staples at the perimeter walls, particularly with hardwood flooring in historic homes. Instead of using staple guns or hammers, laminate is clicked together using tongue-and-groove. This creates a smooth, seamless floor space.

5. Hardwood Will Last a Few Lifetimes

Did you just buy or inherit a new house? Are you trying to figure out the difference between laminate and hardwood in a room or two? See if you can find out when the floor was laid. If it’s older than 20 years and still has a solid look, it’s probably hardwood. A well-maintained, properly installed hardwood floor can stay beautiful for 75 years or longer. Laminates are more affordable to put into your home but will need to be replaced within a couple decades.

Is Hardwood or Laminate the Right Choice for Your Home?

Now that you know a bit more about the difference between laminate and hardwood, you can pick the flooring type that makes the most sense for your lifestyle, decorating preferences and budget. Remember that hardwood will always cost more than laminate. If you’re on a strict budget, you may want to evaluate hardwood versus wood laminate or engineered wood.

Interested in seeing how laminate or hardwood would look in your home?Schedule an appointmentwith 50 Floor, and we’ll bring a selection of flooring surfaces to your door to help you add a finishing touch to your favorite spaces.

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Best Home Improvement Projects for the Summer

Summer is the best time to do home improvement projects. As the end of summer nears and cooler weather approaches, you’ll want to schedule as many projects as possible before the season is over. Below, we’ll go over some useful home improvement projects to consider completing during the summer.

Top 5 Summer Home Improvement Projects

Take care of your home maintenance and enhance your curb appeal by completing some home improvement projects during the summer, including:

1. Replacing Your Flooring

People are often more active during the summer, and having floors that can support all your activities is essential. Whether you’re coming in for the day after being at the pool or returning from a hiking trip, you want a floor that can withstand nature’s elements. The summer is a great time to replace your flooring because:

Your schedule might be more open during the summer months compared to the winter and holiday season.You can ensure good ventilation while professionals work, since the doors and windows can stay open when there’s nice weather.

2. Replacing Your Windows

Having the right windows can save your house from leaking cold and heat. They can help cut your home’s energy costs in the summer and winter when you run air conditioning and heating. New windows can also enhance your home’s curb appeal.

3. Landscaping Your Lawn

You can change your home’s atmosphere by updating its landscape. Incorporating splashes of color and varying plant heights can make your house eye-catching and add to its curb appeal. Another great perk of landscaping is that you can do it yourself or hire an expert.

4. Adding a Deck, Patio or Porch

During the summer, people want to spend more time outside throughout the day and night. Adding a deck, porch or patio to your home will help it reach its fullest potential while letting you spend more time outside once the sun sets.

5. Pressure-Washing Your Home

You can transform your home’s look with pressure-washing services. Your residence will look brand new after you remove buildup from the elements. Pressure-washing will improve your house’s curb appeal and make it a healthier and more enjoyable place to relax.

Replace Your Flooring With 50 Floor

50 Floor can help you check off your summer project to-do list. We are a flooring company with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Our philosophy is simple — finding affordable, quality flooring with excellent service should be easy and cost-effective. We work every day to fulfill that ideal and bring the best experience to our clients.

When you’re ready to look at home flooring options, 50 Floor will come to you. During your free appointment, we will visit your house with different flooring samples and help you see how your options fit into your residence’s style and aesthetic.

Are you ready to start your summer home improvement project and replace your flooring?Schedule an appointment with 50 Floortoday for a free in-home consultation!

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Using Carpet for a Small Room

Using carpet for a small room

Besides carpet’s luxurious texture and aesthetic appeal, wall-to-wall carpet can also make a small room look bigger. When choosing a small room carpet, you’ll need to find a color, pattern and style that complements your living space’s walls, furniture and decor. Consider these visual tricks tochoose the right carpetfor a small room to appear more spacious.

Carpet Colors That Make a Room Look Bigger

One of the many benefits of carpeting is that it comes in various colors and materials to fit in with any part of your home. Some colors can make the room appear more spacious by reflecting light and creating visual interest. It helps to find a color that complements the existing furniture and decor in your living space to create a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing design.

These are the best carpet colors for small rooms:

Light colors:You’ll want to use light colors in a small room to draw the eye outward and give the appearance of additional space. Bright colors reflect the natural lighting in the area and make it look bigger. You can use a lighter shade of your favorite color to expand the space visually if you’d prefer a bold color over a neutral tone.White or off-white: Since a color that reflects light makes the room feel bigger, white is the perfect shade for visually expanding part of your home. White naturally reflects light, especially if the room has plenty of natural lighting. This shade matches any existing furniture, wall or decor color you already have in the space, too. You can also use off-white or cream-colored carpeting if you don’t like stark white.The room’s existing colors:It’s helpful to choose carpeting that goes with the paint color of your walls, furniture and decor to make the room feel bigger. Instead of making your carpet the same color as the walls, you should choose a shade in the same color family. You can also use contrasting colors for a bold design that enhances the visual interest of the room.Blue or green: A small bedroom or flex space should be relaxing instead of feeling cramped. Carpeting with light shades of blue or green is easy on the eyes and creates a calming atmosphere in your living space.Neutral tones: Shared entertainment areas — such as the living room, family room or game room — can look bigger and more inviting when you use neutral-colored carpet. Consider sandstone, beige or light gray for these parts of your home. These colors are light enough to reflect the light and complement the room’s existing furniture and decor.

Carpet Patterns for Small Rooms

Besides the carpet’s color, you also need to choosevisually appealing patternsthat are easy on the eyes and enhance the room’s visual appeal. Your carpeting should have a subtle appearance instead of serving as the room’s focal point. The area will appear smaller if your carpet takes too long to process visually. Instead, have subdued carpeting that blends in with your existing furniture, decor and wall design.

The following are excellent carpet patterns for your small room:

Tone-on-tone carpeting: This pattern involves modest shading methods that highlight the room’s overall design. Instead of using bold colors or shapes, tone-on-tone carpeting has a modest appearance that’s visually appealing for all who enter your living space. It also tends to hide dirt better and allows you to use bold colors in other parts of your decor.Structured-grid, cut-loop carpeting: This type of carpet features the selective cutting of some of the loops, resulting in a textured yet refined look. Since the textural change doesn’t alter the color of the carpeting, it gives your floors a modest visual interest to make the room look bigger and more inviting.

To make your room look more spacious, try to steer clear of bold, brightly colored patterns that create distractions for the eye.

You might get away with a larger design on your carpeting if your small room doesn’t have much furniture. But if you ever wanted to add a chair or bed to your room, your carpeting might not fit the design anymore. Instead, you’ll want to choose a timeless floor covering that complements your home’s decor for decades.

steer clear of bold patterns

Styles of Carpet for Small Rooms

Your carpet’s style involves the material and height used. Installing wall-to-wall carpeting in a room creates a cohesive, visually appealing look. You may want to have consistent flooring throughout the whole house to reduce distracting colors and patterns. Either way, consider the following types of carpet styles for your small room:

Berber carpeting:A modestBerber carpetis an excellent option for making a small room look more prominent because it tends to complement the walls and furniture. This type of carpeting typically has a neutral color with specks of darker shades, which goes well with any design aesthetic. You may want to install Berber carpeting in a small den or home office that people use often.Frieze carpet: Cut-and-pile carpeting is an excellent option for a small bedroom. Frieze carpet involves cutting the fibers and detaching them from the backing in loops. This tufted look offers a distinctive design for your small room. Since it doesn’t feature significant color variations, it’s also pleasing to the eye. You may use this carpeting throughout your whole home to create a cohesive design in your living space.Saxony carpet: This type of carpeting is another cut-and-pile option you can use throughout any area in your home. Saxony carpeting is most prevalent in bedrooms because of its soft, luxurious texture. Since it doesn’t show footprints, it’s also useful for high-traffic areas. Consider installing Saxony carpet in your small den or living room for an inviting, spacious atmosphere.Textured and plush carpeting: Soft plush carpet is the ideal style for a small bedroom because of its fluffy, comfortable texture. This feeling is aesthetically appealing and noticeable as soon as you walk into the room. As a result, plush carpeting creates an inviting atmosphere that makes the room feel more spacious.

Schedule an Appointment With 50 Floor for New Carpet

Our flooring specialists at 50 Floor will help you find the perfect carpet for the small room in your living space. We providein-home consultations, where we bring you flooring samples and suggest which materials suit your existing wall colors, furniture and decor. For more information about our products and services, schedule an appointment with us onlineor call 1-877-50-FLOOR.

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Commercial Kitchen Flooring: 4+ Ideas for Your Restaurant

Commercial Kitchen Flooring: 4+ Ideas for Your Restaurant

Everyone knows commercial kitchens are fast-paced environments. With the hustle and bustle of cultivating the best cuisine comes the regular mishaps that occur with daily kitchen use. For example, having slippery surfaces can lead to worker injuries, and the use of heavy-duty kitchen equipment can impact the longevity of your floors.

To help ensure workers’ safety in commercial kitchens, the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set workplace guidelines. Also, it’s important to note each state has different commercial kitchen regulations for high traffic kitchen areas. We recommend following up with the manufactures’ product specifications to meet OSHA and state standards. 

To help make your search even easier, we’ve compiled the best, most resilient flooring options for your commercial kitchen. Although each flooring comes with different advantages and limitations, each is a reliable option. You can keep your workers safe and space looking excellent no matter the workday. 

What is Commercial-Grade Flooring?

Coin Nitro Rolls

Commercial grade-flooring is made with the toughest materials on the market. Compared to low-traffic or residential flooring, commercial material can withstand common issues – like scratches, stains, and water spills – better and for a more extended period.

In addition, commercial kitchen flooring is an investment for your business. You can create an attractive work environment that can also keep up with the food industry’s intense physical requirements. 

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How to Choose Commercial Kitchen Flooring

Safety Step Anti-Fatigue Mat

Besides being ultra-resistant to scratches, moisture, and denting, commercial-grade kitchen flooring can reduce stress on the joints, prevent potential injuries, and keep the workplace from harboring bacteria. Ready to mix it up with commercial kitchen flooring? 

Ingredients for Great Commercial Kitchen Flooring

Anti-microbial: The worry of bacteria growing in the kitchen is understandable. Our selection of commercial flooring can help keep things sanitary and prevent mold and mildew from spreading throughout the workspace. Slip-resistant: Injuries can occur in fast-paced environments. The best way to mitigate slips and falls is with slip-resistant flooring, which grips to the soles of workers’ shoes.Easy maintenance: By the end of a busy day, cleaning is the last thing you’ll want to do. Commercial flooring can withstand heavy-duty cleaning products and be wiped up easily for quick cleaning. Moisture-resistant: Compared to non-waterproof flooring, commercial kitchen flooring won’t succumb to water spills and moisture. Many of our options are either highly water-resistant or 100% waterproof, which helps extend your floors’ lifespan. 

What Is the Best Commercial Kitchen Flooring? 

The best commercial kitchen flooring options are Saltillo tile, epoxy, and rubber flooring. Each comes with varying benefits, and we can help you find the perfect one for your kitchen needs. 

Commercial Kitchen Tile Flooring

Saltillo Tile Floors
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Tile is a classic, durable option for commercial kitchens. Restaurant owners often go with Saltillo tile because it’s attractive, withstands heavy foot traffic, and looks great for well over 15 years. 

Below are just some of the reasons Saltillo tile can be the perfect commercial kitchen floor for you.

dvantages of Saltillo Tile Flooring

Low-VOC: Keep your kitchen air quality healthy and safe. Saltillo floor tiles are fired with natural clay materials, making them great for eco-conscious restaurant owners. Easy to clean: Saltillo tile naturally disguises dirt, so your space looks cleaner throughout shifts. In addition, it’s easy to clean with a broom or mop when you’re ready. We recommend resealing it every one to two years to add the shine back to your Saltillo. Wears beautifully: Overall, this natural tile is highly durable and ages beautifully over time. Because it is handmade, every tile is full of character, and eventual chips and scratches add to that effect. This is one of the popular reasons people love placing Saltillo in the kitchen. 

Limitations of Saltillo Tile Flooring

Comfort: Saltillo doesn’t “give” much, and some may find discomfort after standing on it for long periods. Therefore, we recommend placing rubber mats wherever you spend a lot of time standing. Challenging to install: Saltillo tile generally weighs more than average tile and can be more fragile during the installation process, so we recommend having professional installers do the heavy lifting with this option. Related Content > How to Clean Tile Floors

Commercial Kitchen Epoxy Flooring 

Armorclad Epoxy Kit w/ Topcoat

Epoxy and polyaspartic floor coatings are trendy options that can customize the concrete flooring in a commercial kitchen. Also, both are protective coatings that, in many cases, are slip and chemical resistant and work well in high traffic environments. 

Pro-tip: The abrasion rating is an essential component to look for in epoxy flooring. For commercial use, make sure your floors have an abrasion rating of 8mgs or lower. In other words, the lower the rating, the longer the coating lifespan. 

dvantages of Epoxy Flooring

DIY installation: Laying epoxy is a fast application that results in minimal work interruption. We recommend choosing one solid color of epoxy versus mixed color options for the most effortless DIY commercial kitchen application.Stain-resistant: Floor epoxy is common in industrial settings. The resin-like coating resists stains, grease, and oil incredibly well. Sanitary: Most importantly, there are no crevices to worry about with epoxy. With a filled-in, level subfloor, you can achieve a perfectly glossy surface that keeps bacteria from seeping in. 

Limitations of Epoxy Flooring 

Strong fumes: In the past, there have been concerns that epoxy flooring emits toxic fumes. With safety in mind, we have a selection of surface coatings that are low-odor and solvent-free. Time to set: Compared to other floor options, epoxy can take several days to harden and cure. However, a slow curing process ensures a heavy-duty surface that won’t chip easily with everyday kitchen use. 

Our recommended commercial epoxy flooring: 

ArmorUltra Commercial Epoxy Kit w/ TopcoatMetallic Epoxy Flooring KitArmorpoxy II Commercial Epoxy Kit w/ TopcoatSHOP COMMERCIAL EPOXY FLOORING

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Commercial Kitchen Rubber Mats

Cushion Comfort Anti-Fatigue Mat

No kitchen would be complete without the benefits of rubber kitchen mats! Anywhere you want extra slip-resistance, like around washing stations and sinks, mats are a great addition. Rubber kitchen mats provide a cushioned surface during shifts.Also, aches and pains can occur when standing for long periods, so anti-fatigue mats make all the difference in transferring body weight effectively. 

dvantages of Rubber Kitchen Mats

Oil resistance: Most rubber kitchen mats are grease resistant and feature drainage holes to allow oil and water to flow through the surface effectively. However, they can deteriorate from excessive cooking oils over time. For 100% greaseproof power, look for kitchen mats made of nitrile rubber, such as our Niru Knob-Top Anti-Fatigue Runner Mats. Minimal maintenance: Kitchen mats are easy to clean, so all you need to do is sweep any food or dust particles, scrub with a mild detergent, and rinse. Breezy installation: Notably, kitchen mats are the most portable solutions to add to your commercial kitchen. They’re lightweight and easy to roll up and store when no longer needed. 

Limitations of Rubber Kitchen Mats

Not for full coverage: Quality kitchen mats can make all the difference in a high-traffic environment regarding safety, drainage, and comfort. However, they’re not recommended as a long-term solution or the entirety of your kitchen floor. Heavy machinery: Although rubber mats can take a significant amount of weight and impact, they can deteriorate over time. In addition, if heavy machinery rolls over your kitchen mats frequently, you might notice them wearing faster. Cleanliness: Rubber mats can hold on to food particles and liquids. Therefore, it’s essential to have weekly maintenance to remove any lingering substances. 

Our recommended commercial rubber kitchen mats: 

Cushion-Tred Anti-Fatigue MatSafety Step Anti-Fatigue MatCushion Comfort Anti-Fatigue MatSHOP COMMERCIAL RUBBER KITCHEN MATS

Commercial Walk-in Cooler Flooring

Diamond Nitro Rolls

Commercial freezers need extra durable flooring that can withstand harsh environments and heavy foot traffic. Moisture in these spaces tends to accumulate and has the potential for spills, so you don’t want flooring that can get easily damaged or marked for safety concerns. Therefore, walk-in cooler flooring should offer scratch and crack resistance, insulation, and mold/mildew resistance. Below are two durable vinyl flooring options that will perform well in walk-in coolers. 

Our recommend walk-in cooler flooring: 

Diamond Nitro RollsCoin Nitro Rolls


Remember, commercial kitchen flooring should have benefits of durability, antimicrobial materials, and slip resistance. Saltillo tile, epoxy, and rubber can all take the heat of high-traffic environments.

We hope our advice has given you the confidence to cook up a storm with flooring that supports your needs! Shop now!


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