Unique Wood Floors Blog

  • Effects of Automation on Flooring – Part 3: Installation

    Traditionally wood floors were installed from raw unfinished wood. Afterward, the wood is then sanded, stained, and finished on site. This process, also known as site-finished flooring, requires a wider scope of experience from an installer and a longer timeline to complete. This ultimately resulted in far more money in the installer’s pocket. In 2017, retailers estimated over 80% of all wood floors sold are now factory finished and that number looks to be even higher by now. Reasons sited were often related to tougher finish and less messy environment during installation. Continue reading →
  • Best of Houzz 2020 Award

    Unique Wood Floors of MN awarded Best Of Houzz 2020 The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Construction Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings Continue reading →
  • Residential Construction Industry 2020 and Beyond...

    The year 2020 is on its way out, and as we say goodbye to 2019, it’s perfect time to let go of all the what if’s, and make a fresh start to revamp your home. It’s the time to take our annual look at what’s ahead for interior designs and cost trends for the year 2020.   Continue reading →
  • Effects of Automation on Flooring - Part 2: Retail

    In 2018 the first Amazon Go store was opened in Seattle. This store is at the leading forefront of automation. Shoppers often go through the entire shopping experience without ever seeing an employee, a human one anyway. Retail flooring is likely the 2nd hardest-hit area. As of 2019, we are starting to see self-checkout and e-commerce as the norm with big box stores. It is only a matter of time before a number of these concepts are adapted widely to independent retailers across the nation. Continue reading →
  • Effects of Automation on Flooring - Part 1: Manufacturing

    A decade from now about half of the jobs we know today will be replaced by automation. U.S. Bureau of Labor and McKinsey Global Institute data suggest that not all jobs are hit equally. We’ll evaluate how this will affect the flooring industry in a three-part series from manufacturing to retail to installation and brainstorm a few ways you can prepare. Continue reading →
  • 5 Top Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2020

    Hardwood flooring is always an elegant choice for a home. It’s timeless yet trendy, and if you invest in a higher-quality variant for 2020, it can last a lifetime. If you’re looking to renovate your home’s flooring, follow these hardwood flooring trends to create a beautiful look that will add value to your home. Continue reading →
  • Minnesota Retailer - Monarch Plank Hardwood Floors

    Minnesota; Sept 3, 2019 -- Unique Wood Floors located in Hopkins and Bloomington suburbs of Minneapolis - St Paul metro area is now a displaying dealer of Monarch Plank Hardwood Flooring. In August of 2019 Unique Wood Floors took on the Monarch Plank flooring after discovering its appeal at the NWFA hosted event in Dallas/Fortworth. Continue reading →
  • Buyer's Guide: Luxury Vinyl vs Hardwood

    Time to pick a floor for your room and you have your heart set on a hard surface. Hardwood floors have always appealed to you but the salesman at your local hardware store says luxury vinyl (commonly known as LVT or LVP) has really taken off in the flooring sector. Now you have a decision to make, what is the best option for me? To answer this we must explore your goals for this project and evaluate your lifestyle: Continue reading →
  • Mercier Flooring Mill Tour

    The Quebec province of Canada is held in high regard for producing some of the finest hardwood floorings in the world. World renown brands such as Mercier, Mirage, and Lauzon are trusted brands in the flooring industry. Continue reading →
  • Hopkins Minnesota Retailer Carrying Mercier Wood Floors

    Hopkins, Minnesota; April 24, 2019 -- Unique Wood Floors located in Hopkins, MN a southwest suburb of Minneapolis - St Paul metro area is now a displaying dealer of Mercier Wood Flooring. In December of 2018 Unique Wood Floors of Hopkins took on the Mercier line due to its reputation for high-quality domestic hardwood flooring; Mercier features species such as Oak, Maple, and Hickory. Continue reading →
  • 6 Wood Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Hacks [Tips & Tricks]

    Wood floors are an extremely popular flooring option. They provide a natural beauty to the room, along with durability and strength. However, what turns some people away from wood floors is the maintenance they require. They get scratched, gouged, and stained, which can be devastating to a homeowner who just spent hard-earned money on them. However, here are some hacks that can help you keep your floors looking amazing, and protect them from future calamities. Continue reading →
  • Best Flooring Styles for Selling My Home

    It’s no secret that a home with beautiful flooring makes an impression on potential home buyers. My clients will tell me “I love this floor but I’m worried someone won’t like this floor when I try and sell the house”. Flooring trends are changing rapidly with advancing technology in textures, structures, and a race to wider-longer planks. It can be difficult for even flooring professionals to keep up with all the changes. So what’s the right answer for balancing a flooring you love with flooring which will hold the highest long-term value? Continue reading →
  • Make Your Home Cozier by Adding Oak Flooring

    We all want our homes to give off an aura of comfort, relaxation, and coziness. There are several ways to help you achieve this goal through your choices in materials, furnishings, and decor for your home. Part of that is flooring. It is often the most dominant aspect of a room, so if you are looking to promote a comfortable space, you must choose the right flooring. Oak is the perfect option for this. Here’s why. Continue reading →
  • The Threat of Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl in 2019

    In 2018 Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl Flooring has the market by storm. Within this category, you may have heard of terms such as WPC and SPC. All these are acronyms refer to different core structures within the Rigid Core Luxury Vinyl category. Continue reading →
  • 5 Trends in Hardwood Flooring for 2019

    It’s always exciting to install new flooring. It can change the entire look of your home. However, you want to make sure that it is up to date with the latest styles and trends. Here are some of the top hardwood flooring trends for 2019. Continue reading →
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