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Floor Finder

When it comes to flooring, there are a lot of options. Sydney Hicks of Hicks Carpet One Floor & Home breaks down the choices to help you make the best pick for your home.

Article by Aubrey Matson

Photography by Paula VM

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

Wood
Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) might be your best bargain for excellent quality flooring, according to Hicks. In fact, she says it’s their most popular option at the store. LVP is a vinyl flooring that has the look of wood, but because it’s made from a scratch-resistant material, Hicks says it is a great option for families who have pets or young children. “It’s made for the everyday home,” she says. “It’s made to be lived in and used.” It’s waterproof and easy to clean, and LVP comes in many widths and colors. With quality LVP starting at $4/square foot, it’s undoubtedly an affordable and long-lasting option for your home.
    
If you’re looking for the classic look of traditional hardwood, this is also available at Hicks Carpet One. “It is a classic,” notes Hicks. She says hardwood has a more difficult upkeep than LVP because it can scratch easily. But hardwood offers advantages if your taste changes over the years and you want to switch up the style. Hicks says hardwood floors can be sanded down and given a new stain, even years later. As for the price range, Hicks recommends options that start at $7/square foot.

Carpet
Hicks emphasizes that there’s a lot you can do with carpets. Hicks Carpet One does everything from wall-to-wall installations to custom stair runners. For a quality carpet, Hicks recommends starting at at least $2.50/square foot. For a higher-end carpet, Hicks suggests a $12-$15/square foot range. Whether it’s a runner, large-area rug, or simple full-floor carpeting, there’s plenty of room for customization. Hicks says, “There are a lot of ways to add carpet to your space.”
    
As for pile height—or how thick your carpet is—there are a few factors to consider. Since carpet can hold a lot of dust and allergens if it’s not cared for, Hicks recommended a shorter pile height if you have allergies. A shorter pile is also great for homes with children or pets. A “cut loop” option for carpets prevents pets from getting their claws stuck. Hicks also mentioned the different levels of padding that you can place under your carpet, ranging from standard padding to the feet-sinking-in level of plush.

Tile
Hicks Carpet One has quite the range when it comes to tile—from marble looks to wood and even to mosaics. On the more affordable end, Hicks emphasized luxury vinyl tile as a quality alternative to installing stone floors. “Let’s say you want to do marble floors in your bathroom but don’t necessarily want to spend the money on marble floors—there is a luxury vinyl tile that looks like marble,” said Hicks, “All the pros of luxury vinyl all apply to that category as well.”

In terms of what’s trending, Hicks has noticed that stone-looking tiles are having a moment, including the tile that looks like high-end stone. A personal brand favorite of hers is Happy Floors, and Hicks says large 24-inch by 24-inch tiles are currently favored to place on shower walls. If you can’t find the perfect tile for your project in the showroom, Hicks Carpet One can order tile for you from many tile vendors. They’ll also install it for you when it comes in. At the end of the day, whether it’s tile, carpet, or wood, Hicks Carpet One can help give your home just the look you’re going for.

hickscarpetonesanantonio.com | 210-496-2121 | 9901 Broadway Suite 109, San Antonio

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