GET TO KNOW YOUR WEATHERFORD AREA FLOORING EXPERTS
Since 1914 Willhite Furniture has served Parker County resident with their home decor needs. We are happy to announce we have added an incredible selection of Flooring styles to our collection! from carpet, hard wood, tile, vinyl, countertops and backsplashes, Willhite Furniture has everything you need to create the perfect look for your home.
For over 100 years our business has thrived on providing excellent customer service and we look forward to carrying that tradition over to flooring. Our designers are highly skilled in creating a beautiful room, stop by today and let them help you design your dream home!
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Choosing The Best Flooring For Every Room
When renovating your home, it’s important to know what type of flooring works best for each area of the house. For instance, hardwood may be perfect for the den on the main floor, but did you know that you shouldn’t use solid hardwood in your basement?
To help make your home renovation a little bit easier, we’ve put together a guide to choosing the perfect flooring for every room.
We tend to spend the most of our time in the living room or family room. Whether we’re watching TV, entertaining friends, or chasing the kids around to get them ready for bed, these floors get constant use.
Do you want a hard floor or soft floor? If you prefer something soft and luxurious to sink into after a long day of work, new, luxurious SmartStrand Silk Reserve from Mohawk is both astonishingly soft and incredibly durable.
How much foot traffic will the floor need to endure? With its Forever Clean and All Pet Protection technologies, SmartStrand Silk Reserve is the softest, easiest to clean and most durable carpet around, which makes it perfect for a heavily used family room.
If you desire a wood look, the living room is one of the best places in the home for hardwood and hardwood lends a gorgeous and timeless appearance
If you live alone or don’t see much foot traffic in your home, frieze or textured carpets may be perfect for your bedroom. A frieze carpet uses longer cut yarns to add a little extra bounce or sponginess underfoot. Textured carpets are incredibly popular because of their dense, cut pile that surrounds your foot in softness with every step.
If you have a family, carpets made with plush SmartStrand Silk Reserve fibers provide a great option for any type of traffic. And if you have a few kiddos or active animals running in and out of your room, the low profile and tight construction of looped carpet can provide durability as well as beauty and comfort.
The kitchen can be one of the most fun rooms to remodel. Do you envision a gorgeous tile floor? Or do you prefer to spice things up with a hardwood look? Do you long for a rustic farmhouse kitchen or a sleek, modern space?
Tile floors have long been the standard for kitchens, but advances in flooring have opened up new options. Innovations in Luxury Vinyl Tile, like Mohawk’s SolidTech LVT, give you the classic hardwood look but with superior scratch resistance and waterproof capabilities. You no longer have to worry about dropping a utensil or spilling a dish and ruining your floors!
Choosing the perfect flooring for the bathroom is a little trickier. Tile can give your bathroom an elegant stone façade or a wood look that’s ultra-resistant to moisture, stains and wear. If you need something a little bit warmer under foot during the colder months, LVT provides a waterproof option that is incredibly easy to clean and maintain.
Custom Bound Area Rugs
A custom bound area rug can be used to beautify and soften a floor in any area of the home. Placed on top of either hard or soft flooring, they can add color and pattern to the room while protecting your floor at the same time! If you’re having a hard time deciding between a hard or soft floor, a custom bound area rug over wood or tile can give you the best of both worlds. Contact us about binding your favorite carpet.
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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying New Floors
Any homeowner that has ever had to replace a floor has felt that familiar feeling: Where do I begin? From weighing hard surface versus soft surface options to selecting among all the styles, colors and textures, the entire process can feel a little overwhelming. But when you break it all down, the task becomes a lot more manageable and can even be fun!
One great way to get the flooring answers you seek is to ask yourself some thoughtful questions about what floor will work the new floor within the greater scheme of your home. Using the 6 questions below, list your responses as accurately as possible. By the time you have answered each, it will be much easier to decide on a flooring option that you will love and that will serve your home the way you need it to.
1. What room is your new flooring going in?
Depending on your home life, some flooring options are better fits for specific rooms. Not all carpets are a good fit for high-traffic areas, but all residential carpets are a great fit for bedrooms. If you want new carpet in the room you are planning for but have kids or pets, you will want carpet with high stain resistance and durability. Tile is a great fit for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms that will see moisture and need water-resistant or waterproof flooring. Wood is a better choice than carpet for rooms that need to accommodate a wheelchair, walker or cane. The room and its use will be the first question you need to answer.
2. Are allergies a major concern in your home?
While allergens are everywhere, some flooring choices are better than others at helping diminish their presence. Did you know that carpet can actually improve symptoms of asthma and allergies? That’s because carpet acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other particles, removing them from the breathing zone. All you need to do is remember to vacuum those allergens out of your carpet on a regular basis to improve your home’s air quality. And recent innovations have made soft flooring options even easier to clean. Air.o is a new hypoallergenic soft flooring from Mohawk with a unique construction that provides better airflow, releasing more dust and dirt with every vacuum. Your flooring can fight for you in the battle against allergies!
Style & Design
3. How will the new floor impact your current home design?
If you’re worried that your new floor could affect color schemes and decor options down the line, there are strategic color choices you can make that will ease your concern. Right off the bat, always remember that neutral colors will match the widest range of decor. You can always add or remove bold style elements like bright area rugs or quirky, fun furniture pieces to change the feel of a room. If a room feels cramped to you, a lighter colored floor can make the same space seem larger and open. Similarly, a darker colored floor can make a room feel more warm and cozy.
4. How does the new floor coordinate with the rest of the flooring in your home?
Don’t shy away from a new surface just because the rest of your home has a uniform type of flooring. Your new floor can complement the overall layout even if it has a different texture or is a new category altogether. Work with one of our designers to create a blended feel that transitions well throughout the home. Don’t be afraid to explore different patterns and choices that you may never have considered.
5. Is the new floor easy to maintain and care for?
Every new floor you purchase is an investment, and like most things, proper upkeep will ensure that you get the most out of your investment for as long as possible. Solid hardwood floors might need to be refinished over time. Carpet needs to be professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you have an active home and find yourself pressed for time, it might be better to choose a surface that cleans quickly like laminate or LVT.
6. Are there any additional costs that your new floor may create?
Our team will work with you to identify any additional costs of your project. Some flooring products can be installed over irregular subfloors, but other types like rigid hardwood planks will require a precisely flat surface. Will the trim and thresholds need to be replaced once the new floor is finally installed? Small costs can make a difference if your budget is already tight, but we will work with you to create the perfect plan for your home and budget.
The best approach to picking out new flooring? Have fun. Enjoy trying out different looks to see how they can alter and inspire your entire home. These questions are a great starting point to help you choose flooring that balances your needs, wants and budget requirements. Need more advice? Give us a call!
The most durable flooring for your home. A guide on scratch, stain and waterproof options.
When it comes to choosing flooring, durability is often a main consideration. We need wood flooring to resist scratches from dog nails, carpet to resist wine stains and tile to resist discoloring to name a few scenarios.
But which options should you choose to keep your home looking clean and new? Here’s our guide to understanding different types of durable flooring and which are best at protecting against stains, scratches and water resistance.
There are many different types of carpet out there that claim to be supremely durable and stain resistant. But how do you sort out what’s true and what’s false about these claims? First, it helps to know how stain resistant carpet works.
Some carpet fibers are inherently more stain resistant than others. Nylon, for example, is commonly considered an easy-to-clean stain resistant fiber, but it has limitations. Nylon can allow spills to permanently attach to dye sites in the carpet, making it difficult to remove some stains.
Any carpet, no matter the fiber content, can also be chemically treated to become more stain resistant, but a truly stain resistant carpet goes much deeper than just treated fibers.
For the best stain resistant carpet options, look for fibers that are constructed without dye sites, like Mohawk SmartStrand carpets. Permanent protection is built into the carpet fibers, preventing stains from chemically bonding to the carpet, so the carpet is easy to thoroughly clean and resistant to even the most stubborn of stains.
Hardwood floors are sometimes overlooked when it comes to the search for durable flooring. Typically, scratches, scuffs and other signs of wear are the main concerns for hardwood floors. Staining and discoloration could also be big problems with certain types of flooring.
If you want to add hardwood floors to your home, but you have pets or active family members who are hard on flooring, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. First, choose a harder species of hardwood, like hickory or maple, which are more durable. The harder the wood, the more resistant it will be to staining and discoloration as well. Also, look for lower gloss finishes and consider rustic designs to help hide wear.
New RevWood Plus laminated flooring from Mohawk is also highly durable. Although it may be indistinguishable from hardwood at first glance, its advanced construction makes it suitable for more areas of the home. In fact, RevWood Plus provides a waterproof system that can even withstand the moisture in bathrooms and kitchens.
RevWood Plus’s protective wear layer makes it incredibly durable, scratch and stain resistant, so it offers a wonderful solution for pet owners or active families with children.
Vinyl flooring is sometimes confused with laminate flooring, but it’s about as different as you can get. Although vinyl flooring may look like wood, it contains zero wood, making it inherently more water resistant. High-quality options, like Mohawk’s SolidTech luxury vinyl are extremely durable as well, resisting scratches, scuffs and staining.
Sheet vinyl comes in large rolls that are laid across the room and cut to size, whereas luxury vinyl planks and tiles snap together or glue down for easy installation. Some vinyl tiles can even be used with grout to give them an incredibly realistic tile or stone appearance.
The ultimate option in durability, tile flooring is almost impenetrable when it comes to moisture and other types of staining. Tile is fired at high Tile’s exceptional ability to withstand staining from a variety of sources contributes to its popularity for use inside and outside of the home. Like vinyl flooring, tile is almost impervious to scratches and dents that could eventually lead to discoloring and staining of the tile.
Some tiles have enhanced durability technologies, like Mohawk’s Microban technology, that won’t ever wash off or wear away. It protects your tile against any mold or mildew that could possibly build up within your flooring. Unlike many other treatments, this technology is actually infused during the manufacturing process, ensuring that your tile will look like new for years to come.
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How to Prepare for Flooring Installation
Very little is more exciting for homeowners than envisioning what the room or rooms in their house will look like after new flooring has been picked out and installed. Anticipation only grows with every day closer to the installation date! When you have professional installers to handle the job, proper preparation will help ensure beautiful finished results. Here are some flooring-specific tips on how to prepare your home for installation:
Wait, back up. While you are still at your flooring retailer, it is always a good idea to ask if they have professional flooring installers on staff. And if not, ask them for recommendations on independent installers in your local vicinity. In many cases, your retailer can help with the details of arranging the installation. Be sure to ask about additional fees and any installation costs for services such as old flooring removal and disposal as well as moving larger furniture pieces. Okay, got those answers? Time to prepare your home for the big day!
Preparing for Flooring Installation: You certainly don’t want to cut corners when preparing for your new flooring to be installed. If anything, you will need to pay extra attention to detail beforehand. In addition to moving furniture, you will need to remove all fragile items such as vases, lamps, collectibles and heirlooms. Detach and store wiring from TVs, speaker sound systems and computers as well as clear all desktops, tabletops, bookshelves, tops of dressers and closet floors. It’s also a good idea to remove all sheets, blankets and bedspreads from beds. Lastly, vacuum the old carpet or clean hard surface flooring thoroughly before your installers arrive. This will minimize airborne dust and particles.
If you’re having hardwood, laminate or vinyl flooring installed, you may need to plan for the flooring to be delivered to your home 48 hours in advance so the floors can acclimate to the space. Follow the temperature and humidity guidelines recommended for your hard surface flooring as well to ensure the best results.
When it comes to the actual installation, it’s worth the investment to hire a qualified installation expert. Here are a few things you can expect us to take care of for you.
~ Fixing any subfloor irregularities before installation.
~ Examining your new flooring for damage or defects before installation.
~ If the installation involves the use of grout and adhesives, they’ll make sure all surfaces are clean, smooth and completely dry.
~ Ensuring the installation area is structurally sound and free of wax, soap scum and grease.
~ Removing moldings, trim or appliances as necessary.
~ Checking door jambs to make sure the flooring has clearance once the installation is complete.
An old adage states that "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail," and this certainly holds true for flooring installation and other home projects as well. Use these guidelines to help your flooring installation turn out the way you always dreamed about- flawless and fabulous.
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Five Reasons To Shop For Flooring Locally
You have finally made the decision—you are ready to transform your home with new flooring. You may have even selected the type and style of flooring you need. But another important decision looms: Where is the best place to buy?
Today's shopping options are almost as varied as the number of flooring products, and choosing can be overwhelming. Luckily, the best option is often right around the corner at your locally owned flooring shop.
1. Community Benefits: When you shop local, more of your hard-earned money stays in your area. Local store owners generate more local taxes, provide more support for local nonprofit groups, create more jobs for local citizens and do more to encourage local entrepreneurship.
2. Knowledgeable Salespeople: Independent flooring retailers focus mainly—if not only—on flooring. Flooring is their way of life, so they are true experts who thoroughly understand the benefits and challenges of every flooring type available. If you have questions about flooring, they likely have the answers.
3. Wide Selection: Although many local flooring stores are small in square feet, most offer an even larger selection than their national counterparts. National chains focus on volume, selling a few of the most popular items in each category rather than offering a wide range. And local shops usually have access to even more products than those displayed. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, be sure to ask.
4. Customer Service: The best part of shopping local is often enhanced customer service. Local stores depend heavily on repeat sales and customer referrals, so they work harder to meet and exceed your expectations. Many provide additional services such as in-home consulting and measuring, interior design assistance and professional installation for a highly personalized shopping experience.
5. Competitive Pricing: Shopping at a specialty flooring store does not mean you’ll pay more for the same product. Local retailers tend to focus on quality rather than volume, so they often carry a wider selection of higher grade products for customers who can afford it, but they also provide less expensive options for price-conscious shoppers. Keep in mind that many retailers regularly offer great discounts as well as price matching programs to guarantee you won’t pay more.
Many stores sell flooring, but few offer all the benefits of shopping local. Visit us today to see how we can deliver the best flooring experience for your renovation.