Hardwood Grades 101: 4 Oak Natural Grades Explained

In the wood flooring business, the goal that every manufacturer seeks is lumber clean enough to make their Select floors. Unfortunately, only about 60% of the tree will become the high-graded material. What does the manufacturer do with the rest? We work very closely with a couple of major manufacturers to develop products that use these lower wood grades, and move them into the market (and out of their warehouses!) quickly. Keep in mind that the grades for hardwood lumber are quite different from unfinished hardwood flooring grades, and unfinished hardwood flooring grades have very little in common...Read More

Red Label Hardwood Flooring

Our Red Label product is unique to the flooring industry and is another great example of ReallyCheapFloors.com offering value that cannot be found anywhere else. I realize that is a pretty bold statement, but if you will pull up a chair, I will do my best to give you a full explanation…. What is Red Label Hardwood? It’s All in the Grading Where to start? In this video we touched on the Red Label product description, and where it comes from. This blog will go a little further, including more technical points.  Defining what is allowed in our Red Label is not possible. The reason for this is that the Red Label is all culled from the Mill Run....Read More

The Cheapest Flooring Options War: Don’t Fight Value! 

Cheap Flooring Questions Are On The Battlefield! We get asked occasionally, “what are your cheapest flooring options?” I love hearing this question! Why? Because asking this question tells me two things.  One, this customer is looking for a great value, and we specialize in great values!  Two, because this customer is asking a question, they might be interested in what I have to say. I can honestly say that helping someone find a deal that makes them happy is my favorite part of this job. I love saving money while getting a great product, and I love helping others do the same. ...Read More

Shaw Luxury Vinyl Plank Gallery – Floorte Pro Series

Shaw Luxury Vinyl Plank Gallery The Shaw Luxury Vinyl Plank Gallery, exclusively available at ReallyCheapFloors.com, is an assemblage of SPC vinyl plank floors from Shaw’s Floorte Pro Collections. If you have read our LVP blog, you have an idea of how confusing it can be to purchase an LVP floor. Thickness, wear layer, composition, and graphics might be important to some, but how about the more important characteristics…..do I like it, and how much does it cost? What Shaw Floors Offers What Shaw offers in their Floorte Pro Collection are 4 distinctly different groups of floors...Read More

The Best Flooring for Basements in 2019

What is the best basement floor? Talk about a loaded question! Anytime I hear someone ask a question that starts with “best”, it scares me! Everyone’s opinion is different. However, when dealing with basements, the best question and answer is a bit more clear. We have a video on your flooring options for this special area in your home. We try to break down this topic in an unbiased frame to give you the best information possible. The 2 Big Basement Floor Questions There are 2 big questions to ask when we are helping a customer select a basement floor. First, are there any moisture issues, or is there potential for moisture issues? Secondly, is your basement an extension of your main living space, or a dungeon that is perfect for sugared-up kids, or somewhere in between?...Read More

Hardwood Flooring Prices in 2019

What Causes Price Changes in Hardwood Flooring? I write a lot of blogs about flooring, supposedly because our marketing department says they want me to share what little I know with our customers. I write these blogs because it allows me to do something that my coworkers think takes a long time, allowing me to loaf more than I should. Let’s keep that between us and talk a bit about what hardwood flooring prices are based on. You Can’t Predict Flooring Pricing. 2 Manufacturers Tried. If there is one thing no one is a master it, it is predicting hardwood flooring prices....Read More

You Want to Install Hardwood on Stairs?

“Can I install hardwood on stairs?”, said the hopeful customer. My brother Jason and I hear this occasionally, and it always causes us to shiver. Once, many, many years ago, while still young, thin, and energetic cubs, we accepted a customer’s request to install hardwood on their steps. Notice that young, thin, and energetic are not joined by my most valued adjective, smart. More on that later. Hardwood on Stairs Commitment – Mistake #1 Ok, we decided we could do that. Can’t be that bad, huh? This is a Single Day Project, Right? – Mistake #2...Read More

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?

What is LVP Flooring? Who’s Manufacturing it? Having just returned from a special buying event that was presented by one of the largest manufacturers of flooring in the world, and was once again reminded that LVP, or vinyl plank, is the fastest-growing flooring category in the US today. If that’s the case, why don’t we know more about it? Well, pull up a seat, and I will tell you what I know about luxury vinyl plank flooring. First off I will ramble about the LVP market. Almost all of it comes from China. And I hate that. The only things that I want to buy from China are tea and fireworks....Read More

Solid vs Engineered Hardwood Floors

Which is better? Solid vs Engineered Hardwood? Sadly, there is no definitive answer, so let’s take a different approach; how about I tell you what I know, and you decide for yourself? Solid vs Engineered Hardwood Durability First, let’s talk about durability. We see all kinds of warranties on floors, but the real target of a high durability floor is that it does not exhibit a change in appearance over time. Does the floor look bad over here in a high traffic area of the room? Are the dining room chairs leaving lots of dents? Maybe your floor has lost its gloss? Or it looks dirty all of the time?...Read More

What are Cabin Grade Hardwood Floors?

We get asked that a lot! No surprise, as only about 5-10% of all hardwood flooring is graded as Cabin grade. Due to the small percentage, and the unpredictability of available inventory, most stores do not stock Cabin grade floors. At ReallyCheapFloors.com, cabin grade flooring is a large percentage of our business. So, let’s answer the question, “What are Cabin Grade Hardwood Floors?”....Read More

Top 4 Reasons to Take Advantage of Our Hardwood Floor Specials

While we already have the best prices around for hardwood floors, you can save even more money by taking advantage of our incredible specials! These discount flooring specials are the perfect way to make your home look fantastic while getting a tremendous deal on your purchase! Here are the top 4 reasons why you should take advantage of our hardwood floor specials:...Read More

Top 3 Reasons to Remove Your Shoes Before Walking on Your Hardwood Floors

When you install new hardwood floors in your home, you naturally want to protect them as much as possible! One of the best ways to protect your floors is to remove your shoes when you enter your house. As an alternative, you can wear comfortable slippers as they add a bit of traction in addition to the comfort and warmth for your feet. This alone can add an extra 3 years or more to when your floors need to be refinished! Here are the top 3 reasons to remove your shoes before walking on your hardwood floors:...Read More

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