Modular Carpeting: Flooring of the Future

It might sound like something straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but one of the newest and greatest trends in carpeting is modular carpeting. Forget everything you once knew about how carpeting works and can be installed, as modular carpeting makes it a thing of the past. With regular carpeting, you roll out the fabric – and you usually only get one style and color per room – and that’s all there is to it. With modular carpeting, the possibilities are endless. We at Ozburn-Hessey are future-thinkers, people who see the future happening while it’s still potential in the eyes of most people. With that in mind, here are some reason you should think about switching to modular carpeting. The Power is in Your Hands Again The main reason modular carpeting is as popular as it is these days is because of the design power it gives you. The way it works is each piece is a small square, essentially making it into a larger fabric tile. You can alternate pieces if you want to, or have half a room dark and the other half white. Or maybe you want to have a rug design in the middle of the room. The point is, you get to make these decisions because each piece is designed to be seamlessly integrated into the next, regardless of whether it’s the same style or material. This modular design also makes it a great idea for businesses and schools, as transporting the carpet, which was once an arduous chore involving many, many heavy rolls and lots of manpower, has transformed into something easy, akin to transporting the dozens of boxes that are already going to these places. Additionally, the install is a lot easier, although it is something we here at Ozburn-Hessey are always willing to help with. Clean up also becomes less of a hassle, because if you seriously stain an area, instead of replacing the whole carpet, you can just replace the offending tiles. Better for the Environment As if that were not enough, modular carpeting is actually better for the environment in several ways. For one, its design and implementation make it a lot easier for manufacturers to use more eco-friendly products, such as reclaimed materials, or in many cases, just recycled modular carpeting.  It’s one of the easiest ways for a company to lower its carbon footprint, which is all nice and good, but one of the other things modular carpeting offers is actually more beneficial for consumers, at least in the short term. Pretty much all types of carpeting these days include a number of mildly harmful chemicals, which when breathed in can cause respiratory problems in some people. This irritant is lessened by modular carpeting, because the smaller sizes give the carpet a chance to “breathe” a little more, allowing the chemicals to air out. While it can be a little bit scary to do what you’re not used to, that should not extend to your flooring options. If you have any questions about what modular carpeting can do for you and your flooring needs, give us a call and we will do our best to make sure you’re fully prepared before making that next step.

It might sound like something straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but one of the newest and greatest trends in carpeting is modular carpeting. Forget everything you once knew about how carpeting works and can be installed, as modular carpeting makes it a thing of the past. With regular carpeting, you roll out the fabric – and you usually only get one style and color per room – and that’s all there is to it. With modular carpeting, the possibilities are endless. We at Ozburn-Hessey are future-thinkers, people who see the future happening while it’s still potential in the eyes of most people.

With that in mind, here are some reason you should think about switching to modular carpeting.

The Power is in Your Hands Again

The main reason modular carpeting is as popular as it is these days is because of the design power it gives you. The way it works is each piece is a small square, essentially making it into a larger fabric tile. You can alternate pieces if you want to, or have half a room dark and the other half white. Or maybe you want to have a rug design in the middle of the room. The point is, you get to make these decisions because each piece is designed to be seamlessly integrated into the next, regardless of whether it’s the same style or material. This modular design also makes it a great idea for businesses and schools, as transporting the carpet, which was once an arduous chore involving many, many heavy rolls and lots of manpower, has transformed into something easy, akin to transporting the dozens of boxes that are already going to these places. Additionally, the install is a lot easier, although it is something we here at Ozburn-Hessey are always willing to help with. Clean up also becomes less of a hassle, because if you seriously stain an area, instead of replacing the whole carpet, you can just replace the offending tiles.

Better for the Environment

As if that were not enough, modular carpeting is actually better for the environment in several ways. For one, its design and implementation make it a lot easier for manufacturers to use more eco-friendly products, such as reclaimed materials, or in many cases, just recycled modular carpeting.  It’s one of the easiest ways for a company to lower its carbon footprint, which is all nice and good, but one of the other things modular carpeting offers is actually more beneficial for consumers, at least in the short term. Pretty much all types of carpeting these days include a number of mildly harmful chemicals, which when breathed in can cause respiratory problems in some people. This irritant is lessened by modular carpeting, because the smaller sizes give the carpet a chance to “breathe” a little more, allowing the chemicals to air out.

While it can be a little bit scary to do what you’re not used to, that should not extend to your flooring options. If you have any questions about what modular carpeting can do for you and your flooring needs, give us a call and we will do our best to make sure you’re fully prepared before making that next step.

The Cost of Flooring: What You Can Expect to Pay

So you finally decided to get rid of your stinky, stained carpet. Good, it probably needed to be replaced a couple of year ago, but life is tough and you don’t always have the money for these kinds of projects. Now that you are looking for something to replace it with, there are so many options to choose from, and that’s just picking out which material to use for your new floors. Do you want to go with carpet, or maybe a nice wood floor? Perhaps you’ve heard something about vinyl or laminate flooring and want to investigate that as a potential option. With all of the options available, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, we at Ozburn-Hessey are here to help by providing a brief overview of what you can expect to pay for most of your flooring options. Hardwoods Wood flooring, including stuff like cork and bamboo options, are pretty hot right now. They look nice and add a certain visual flair you aren’t going to get from carpet, but is it cheaper? Hardwood is where you will find the most variations in price, since there are so many different options within the category to choose from. On the low end of the spectrum, using something like pine is going to cost between $3-$6 per square foot, whereas something on the higher end, such as mahogany or cypress, is going to run between $8-$14 per square foot, and that’s not including the installation costs. A cheaper alternative that looks nice and is one of the most environmentally friendly options on the market is bamboo, which only costs between $2-$4 per square foot. Of course there are trade-offs, as the cheaper and lower end products tend to not be as durable as the higher end materials. Other Residential Options If the wood flooring, which usually ends up falling in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to cost, is too much, then you have to decide between carpet, laminate, and vinyl flooring. Stereotypes aside, all three can give your home exactly what you’re looking for without breaking the bank. Laminate and vinyl are definitely the cheapest flooring options, usually running between less than a dollar to around $5 per square foot. If you are really on a money crunch, then these are the best options, but again, they won’t last and there are some issues with cleaning the surfaces and fading. It comes down to what you’re willing to pay for is what you get. Carpets, on the other hand, are similar to wood flooring in that there are many, many options available, and with that comes a whole lot of factors to take into account when figuring out just how much you’ll be paying for new carpeting. Some people have paid as little as $200, while at the other extreme some have paid as much as $4,000. Usually though, most people pay around $1-$11 per square foot for the actual carpeting and no more than $4 per square foot for the extras, like padding and labor costs. This is only a brief guide to help you consider what you might need to pay for your new flooring, but the best way to figure it out is to give the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey a call. We’re happy to offer our services, and will provide you with a free cost estimation so we can get things started.

So you finally decided to get rid of your stinky, stained carpet. Good, it probably needed to be replaced a couple of year ago, but life is tough and you don’t always have the money for these kinds of projects. Now that you are looking for something to replace it with, there are so many options to choose from, and that’s just picking out which material to use for your new floors. Do you want to go with carpet, or maybe a nice wood floor? Perhaps you’ve heard something about vinyl or laminate flooring and want to investigate that as a potential option. With all of the options available, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, we at Ozburn-Hessey are here to help by providing a brief overview of what you can expect to pay for most of your flooring options.

Hardwoods

Wood flooring, including stuff like cork and bamboo options, are pretty hot right now. They look nice and add a certain visual flair you aren’t going to get from carpet, but is it cheaper? Hardwood is where you will find the most variations in price, since there are so many different options within the category to choose from. On the low end of the spectrum, using something like pine is going to cost between $3-$6 per square foot, whereas something on the higher end, such as mahogany or cypress, is going to run between $8-$14 per square foot, and that’s not including the installation costs.

A cheaper alternative that looks nice and is one of the most environmentally friendly options on the market is bamboo, which only costs between $2-$4 per square foot. Of course there are trade-offs, as the cheaper and lower end products tend to not be as durable as the higher end materials.

Other Residential Options

If the wood flooring, which usually ends up falling in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to cost, is too much, then you have to decide between carpet, laminate, and vinyl flooring. Stereotypes aside, all three can give your home exactly what you’re looking for without breaking the bank.

Laminate and vinyl are definitely the cheapest flooring options, usually running between less than a dollar to around $5 per square foot. If you are really on a money crunch, then these are the best options, but again, they won’t last and there are some issues with cleaning the surfaces and fading. It comes down to what you’re willing to pay for is what you get.

Carpets, on the other hand, are similar to wood flooring in that there are many, many options available, and with that comes a whole lot of factors to take into account when figuring out just how much you’ll be paying for new carpeting. Some people have paid as little as $200, while at the other extreme some have paid as much as $4,000.

Usually though, most people pay around $1-$11 per square foot for the actual carpeting and no more than $4 per square foot for the extras, like padding and labor costs.

This is only a brief guide to help you consider what you might need to pay for your new flooring, but the best way to figure it out is to give the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey a call. We’re happy to offer our services, and will provide you with a free cost estimation so we can get things started.

Recognizing when it’s time to replace your wood floors

Because of their durability and the impression that wood floors give, deciding when to replace them can be a pretty tricky decision to make. Since most wood flooring lasts for several decades, it probably is not something that most homeowners will even worry about on a regular basis. It is something that you should probably keep on an eye on, however, because new wood floors will make a world of a difference when it comes to making your home look nicer, or just different in general. Also, in some cases where the damage is pretty severe to your wood floors, it can be make your home safer and more friendly to people and animals. We at Ozburn-Hessey believe that everyone should have floors that look nice and are practical, too. With that in mind, here are some tips that might make it easier to let go. Refinishing only goes so far At Ozburn-Hessey, we are pretty big fans of refinishing old wood floors. There is just something about the way that the character of the wood comes out with a new surface, but how many new coats is it going to take before you realize that this isn’t the answer anymore? After a while, the character and natural beauty of the wood fades and begins to look more like something that was painted to look like wood instead of actually just being wood. Although the exact number of new surfaces is going to be different for each floor, professionals like the ones here at Ozburn-Hessey recommend between three and four coats before it is time to lay something new down. Damaged goods The most obvious sign is the one that most homeowners fear. If you can see the damage on the floor, then you know it’s probably time to get rid of it. Although there are some things that you can fix and extend the life of the floors, such as fixing bowed or chipped pieces, or getting an individual plank to replace a particularly offensive area, that will not always work. Especially if it is something like water damage, in which case waiting to replace it might be a little irresponsible, considering how water damage can lead to mold, which is never a good thing. Of course, if they’re pretty old, they might be giving off a sort of musty smell thanks to the decay that has set in. If that’s something you are currently experiencing, then you need to look at getting them replaced. Letting go of most things can be difficult, especially floors, since they form part of the look and feel of the home. It is something the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey are familiar with, which is why they work so hard finding new floors that you will love and will make your home feel like, well, home, again. Getting new wood floors is exciting and a little bit scary, so give us a call and let’s get started.

Because of their durability and the impression that wood floors give, deciding when to replace them can be a pretty tricky decision to make. Since most wood flooring lasts for several decades, it probably is not something that most homeowners will even worry about on a regular basis. It is something that you should probably keep on an eye on, however, because new wood floors will make a world of a difference when it comes to making your home look nicer, or just different in general. Also, in some cases where the damage is pretty severe to your wood floors, it can be make your home safer and more friendly to people and animals. We at Ozburn-Hessey believe that everyone should have floors that look nice and are practical, too. With that in mind, here are some tips that might make it easier to let go.

Refinishing only goes so far

At Ozburn-Hessey, we are pretty big fans of refinishing old wood floors. There is just something about the way that the character of the wood comes out with a new surface, but how many new coats is it going to take before you realize that this isn’t the answer anymore? After a while, the character and natural beauty of the wood fades and begins to look more like something that was painted to look like wood instead of actually just being wood. Although the exact number of new surfaces is going to be different for each floor, professionals like the ones here at Ozburn-Hessey recommend between three and four coats before it is time to lay something new down.

Damaged goods

The most obvious sign is the one that most homeowners fear. If you can see the damage on the floor, then you know it’s probably time to get rid of it. Although there are some things that you can fix and extend the life of the floors, such as fixing bowed or chipped pieces, or getting an individual plank to replace a particularly offensive area, that will not always work. Especially if it is something like water damage, in which case waiting to replace it might be a little irresponsible, considering how water damage can lead to mold, which is never a good thing.

Of course, if they’re pretty old, they might be giving off a sort of musty smell thanks to the decay that has set in. If that’s something you are currently experiencing, then you need to look at getting them replaced.

Letting go of most things can be difficult, especially floors, since they form part of the look and feel of the home. It is something the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey are familiar with, which is why they work so hard finding new floors that you will love and will make your home feel like, well, home, again. Getting new wood floors is exciting and a little bit scary, so give us a call and let’s get started.

Porcelain Planks: Too Fragile for Home Use?

The word porcelain conjures up images of fragile dolls with a shiny gloss. The only time the word is associated with flooring is when those same dolls fall, causing a loud clatter, the sound of broken glass, and a rush to grab a broom. That being said, porcelain tile flooring is quickly becoming one of the more popular flooring options in 2017, rising to heights usually reserved for the likes of traditional flooring options, such as wood flooring and carpet. There is a lot to love about porcelain if you can get past the preconceived notions about its durability. At Ozburn-Hessey, we are here to make sure that any floor you want to install is something that is going to last. Porcelain Durability Although there is that fragile image of porcelain, the truth is that porcelain is really, really durable. This is the material used on the sides of rockets, after all. One huge advantage porcelain tiles have over basically every other material used for flooring is that it is basically scratch proof. While most people would not use tiles everywhere in their home, it is something you might want to consider, especially if you have scratched and scuffed up wood flooring now. Porcelain is something you probably want to use in the kitchen or bathroom because of the way it holds up against water damage, where again, it is basically better than just about every type of material. Because of this, it makes a great entryway flooring option, since you can easily wipe away any mud or rain that gets tracked in.   Porcelain also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can even look like the wood flooring it is probably replacing. Since it is a more versatile material, the tiles can be installed just about anywhere. However, the installation process is a little bit more involved than others materials, which is why you should talk to the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey for advice or to set up an install. Drawbacks Not everything is great, however, because if it were, no one would use anything but porcelain tiles. The chief drawback is the way it affects your feet. Porcelain tiling is a lot harder on your feet than other flooring options, since the material itself is harder. It’s easy to work around this, however, by throwing rugs down in places you know you’ll be standing for a while, like in the kitchen. Additionally, the tiles are cold – shockingly cold – in the morning. This might not be a bad thing for everyone, especially in the summer when the temperature flirts with hitting triple digits, but it is something you want to keep in mind during winter. They also tend to make your home louder, since they reflect the sound waves instead of absorbing or muffling them, like carpet would. It is important to get the tiles professionally installed, since if they are not installed correctly, they could chip or crack. In my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the negatives when it comes to porcelain tiling, since they are very durable and look nice. With this many design options to look at, if you are on the fence about what flooring material you want to use, give the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey a call and we’ll help you make your floor the floor you are happy with.

The word porcelain conjures up images of fragile dolls with a shiny gloss. The only time the word is associated with flooring is when those same dolls fall, causing a loud clatter, the sound of broken glass, and a rush to grab a broom. That being said, porcelain tile flooring is quickly becoming one of the more popular flooring options in 2017, rising to heights usually reserved for the likes of traditional flooring options, such as wood flooring and carpet. There is a lot to love about porcelain if you can get past the preconceived notions about its durability. At Ozburn-Hessey, we are here to make sure that any floor you want to install is something that is going to last.

Porcelain Durability

Although there is that fragile image of porcelain, the truth is that porcelain is really, really durable. This is the material used on the sides of rockets, after all. One huge advantage porcelain tiles have over basically every other material used for flooring is that it is basically scratch proof. While most people would not use tiles everywhere in their home, it is something you might want to consider, especially if you have scratched and scuffed up wood flooring now. Porcelain is something you probably want to use in the kitchen or bathroom because of the way it holds up against water damage, where again, it is basically better than just about every type of material. Because of this, it makes a great entryway flooring option, since you can easily wipe away any mud or rain that gets tracked in.  

Porcelain also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can even look like the wood flooring it is probably replacing. Since it is a more versatile material, the tiles can be installed just about anywhere. However, the installation process is a little bit more involved than others materials, which is why you should talk to the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey for advice or to set up an install.

Drawbacks

Not everything is great, however, because if it were, no one would use anything but porcelain tiles. The chief drawback is the way it affects your feet. Porcelain tiling is a lot harder on your feet than other flooring options, since the material itself is harder. It’s easy to work around this, however, by throwing rugs down in places you know you’ll be standing for a while, like in the kitchen. Additionally, the tiles are cold – shockingly cold – in the morning. This might not be a bad thing for everyone, especially in the summer when the temperature flirts with hitting triple digits, but it is something you want to keep in mind during winter. They also tend to make your home louder, since they reflect the sound waves instead of absorbing or muffling them, like carpet would. It is important to get the tiles professionally installed, since if they are not installed correctly, they could chip or crack.


In my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the negatives when it comes to porcelain tiling, since they are very durable and look nice. With this many design options to look at, if you are on the fence about what flooring material you want to use, give the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey a call and we’ll help you make your floor the floor you are happy with.

Light vs. Dark: The Battle for your Floor

In the world of wood flooring, people tend to get caught up in the types of wood, and rightfully so. But one of the things that tends to get lost in the mix is the color. It is understandable; after all, most people are concerned with the quality of the wood flooring, as well as how durable it will be. Many people might not even be aware that a lot of their favorite wood floors come in a lot of different shades, but there is a vibrant symphony of color options waiting to perfectly match your business or home. Nearly the entire color spectrum is represented, so no matter what color or look you have in mind, it can be found. Luckily, we here at Ozburn-Hessey are professionals when it comes to floors, especially in hardwoods. Light on the Feet, Light on the Eyes The gold standard when it comes to lighter floors is maple, of course. One of the reasons it is used in so many homes and businesses is the sheer versatility of the product. Maple has a lighter tone, but it can range anywhere from a very light, yellow-tinged ivory to a deep honey color. The color you can get from maple also depends on the type of finish used on it, but by using the stain, you make the floor a little less durable than if it were the natural finish. A lighter floor has a lot of benefits. For one, it will show dirt and scratches less than its darker cousins. Another benefit is that it tends to make the room it is in look larger. That being said, using something like maple or oak or other wood flooring in large room runs the risk of making it look a bit like a gymnasium, since those woods are commonly used in such cases. Come to the Dark Side In recent years, dark color flooring has seen a rise in popularity. It provides a distinguished look to any home or office, commanding the respect of all who walk in. It also makes the wood look older, especially in the case of pines. One reason for the rise in popularity might be because that dark floor tends to look pretty nice against any color scheme, relieving you of any design anxiety on that front. There are a lot more woods available in the darker shades of the spectrum, including cherry, walnut, and more. Everything that is true for light flooring, the opposite is true for dark floors, so keep that in mind. They will show scratches and dirt more, and they will make whatever room they’re used in look smaller. That can be a good thing if you’re looking to make your home look cozy, but it can make things look cramped in a smaller room. When it comes to flooring, the sheer number of options just for the material can be overwhelming, which is why it helps to have a professional, like the kind working here at Ozburn-Hessey, help. If you want to know more, our flooring experts are happy to help you with any questions you might have, so call us today!

In the world of wood flooring, people tend to get caught up in the types of wood, and rightfully so. But one of the things that tends to get lost in the mix is the color. It is understandable; after all, most people are concerned with the quality of the wood flooring, as well as how durable it will be. Many people might not even be aware that a lot of their favorite wood floors come in a lot of different shades, but there is a vibrant symphony of color options waiting to perfectly match your business or home. Nearly the entire color spectrum is represented, so no matter what color or look you have in mind, it can be found. Luckily, we here at Ozburn-Hessey are professionals when it comes to floors, especially in hardwoods.

Light on the Feet, Light on the Eyes

The gold standard when it comes to lighter floors is maple, of course. One of the reasons it is used in so many homes and businesses is the sheer versatility of the product. Maple has a lighter tone, but it can range anywhere from a very light, yellow-tinged ivory to a deep honey color. The color you can get from maple also depends on the type of finish used on it, but by using the stain, you make the floor a little less durable than if it were the natural finish.

A lighter floor has a lot of benefits. For one, it will show dirt and scratches less than its darker cousins. Another benefit is that it tends to make the room it is in look larger. That being said, using something like maple or oak or other wood flooring in large room runs the risk of making it look a bit like a gymnasium, since those woods are commonly used in such cases.

Come to the Dark Side

In recent years, dark color flooring has seen a rise in popularity. It provides a distinguished look to any home or office, commanding the respect of all who walk in. It also makes the wood look older, especially in the case of pines. One reason for the rise in popularity might be because that dark floor tends to look pretty nice against any color scheme, relieving you of any design anxiety on that front. There are a lot more woods available in the darker shades of the spectrum, including cherry, walnut, and more. Everything that is true for light flooring, the opposite is true for dark floors, so keep that in mind. They will show scratches and dirt more, and they will make whatever room they’re used in look smaller. That can be a good thing if you’re looking to make your home look cozy, but it can make things look cramped in a smaller room.

When it comes to flooring, the sheer number of options just for the material can be overwhelming, which is why it helps to have a professional, like the kind working here at Ozburn-Hessey, help. If you want to know more, our flooring experts are happy to help you with any questions you might have, so call us today!