Unique Wood Floors Blog

  • The Benefits of Rigid Core Flooring

    Rigid core flooring has become increasingly popular for home and business owners. It is an engineered vinyl floor that has a strengthened rigid core. This enhanced core improves dimensional stability. Rigid core planks are less pliable, making them incredibly sturdy. This is a major improvement for vinyl plank flooring, making it feel more like wood. There are also many benefits...
  • Why Engineered Hardwood Flooring Has Become So Popular

    You might have noticed a trend in the hardwood flooring market, and that is the rise in the popularity of engineered hardwood flooring. There are many reasons why it has become installed in many homes. From easy maintenance to affordability, engineered hardwood flooring comes with many benefits. On top of all that, it looks amazing! Here are some reasons why...
  • The Effects the US Housing Market is Having on Construction

    Despite the pandemic, the United States is experiencing an extreme seller’s housing market. The momentum of this is so strong that many first-time buyers or movers are continuously getting outbid in pricing wars. To counteract this issue, many people who wanted to relocate or move into their own houses choose to construct or remodel their homes. However, because of the...
  • Effects Of Covid-19 On The Wood Flooring Industry

    You may or may not know about the effects that Covid-19 has had on the United States Wood Flooring industry and not just the supply in flooring but the harvesting of wood as well. The lumber sector has fallen short since the start of the pandemic. From pulp & paper during the toilet roll rush all the way to hardwood flooring. Continue reading →
  • Types Of Subfloors For Your Wood Flooring

    Before you dive into buying your wood flooring it’s important to know which wooden floor types can be fitted on your subfloor, what types of subfloors are available, and how each flooring type is installed.  If you’re looking to upgrade your home and increase value, your flooring is possibly the best investment. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveyed some...
  • What Is Waterproof Flooring And What Are Its Benefits?

    If you’re in the market for new floors, you’re probably looking for most advantageous ones for your homes. While you want something that is comfortable and stylish, you should also consider the functionality and maintenance of the flooring before you invest in a new one. Floors go through the most wear-and-tear in a home, so you should make sure to...
  • 3 Ways To Save On Your Flooring Project

    One of the biggest and most long-term investments in your home is your flooring. Once you put it in, it's here to stay. Hardwood flooring gives you the most flexibility to not only having a long-lasting material but also to make color changes with a little bit of sanding down the road.  So, the big question here is, what can you do to add quality wood flooring without spending a fortune? Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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