Spring Home Improvement 2013

Flooring that fits your lifestyle

By From page SHI10 | April 17, 2013

When it comes to flooring there are so many choices. Soft surface or hard? Styles? Colors? Patterns? Price?

One good place to start is your lifestyle. Do you live in the country or in a neighborhood? Are you a young adult with your first home, or retired and staying in the family home or relocating? Are you active or more quiet?

Do you have children at home? Pets? Do you like to entertain in your home? Do you and your guests take your shoes off when you enter?

Is your home large or small? Contemporary or California ranch style? Victorian or Tuscan?

Is new flooring a long-term investment or short-term?

Hardwood is classic, elegant, durable and ages beautifully. North American oak, maple, hickory and ash are the standard woods. Exotics such as teak, bamboo and cork are making inroads in the market.

Hardwood comes in different widths and colors, from light to dark. Prefinished hardwood eliminates the need for sealing, and care is easy.

Laminates offer a hardwood look that is perfect for basements, dens, recreation rooms and anywhere there is a need for hard-wearing flooring.

“In both hardwood and laminate flooring, people prefer the distressed and hand-scraped styles,” said Jared Sattler at Dick’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Diamond Springs. “They offer a comfortable, casual and maintainable aspect to flooring that many of the smooth, more traditional products don’t.”

These styles match the country rustic and Tuscan styles popular in El Dorado County. Both design styles use earth tones as the basic color palette.

The trend in finishes leans toward the more natural look of an oil finish. The finishes are less shiny and age richly. “The colors and designs offer a very European sense of style to a home,” said Sattler. They are perfect in Victorian-style homes.

There are two types of tile flooring from which to choose — ceramic and porcelain. “Porcelain has really taken over the tile category over the last few years,” Sattler said. “It offers patterns and designs that mimic natural stone with far less upkeep. With porcelain tile and the new grout, the industry has introduced, you never have to worry about sealing your floor and routine maintenance is pretty simple.”

Porcelain tiles are baked at very high temperatures for long periods of time so that almost all the water is removed, producing harder and denser tiles than ceramic.

Ceramic is designed only for indoor use because it is more susceptible to freezing, while porcelain can safely be used indoors or out.

Carpets range from the ultimate in underfoot luxury to the durable indoor-outdoor carpeting. They come in all colors and styles. Wall-to-wall carpeting is great for living rooms, bedrooms and small homes. It is usually required in condominium complexes. Carpets dampen the sounds from foot traffic and activities. They are also easier to walk on for people with hip, knee or foot problems.

The two most popular types of carpets are wool and nylon. Both are soft and stain resistant.

Large floral or Oriental design area carpets and runners in deep rich colors are traditional in Victorian homes. Area carpets can be used to accent any style of hard surface.

Carpeting can also be used in kitchens and bathrooms. Durable carpeting is popular for family rooms, hobby rooms and fitness areas.

Want to know more?
Dick’s Carpet One is located at 6516 Commerce Way in Diamond Springs. Call 530-642-4200 or visit

Roberta Long

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