An Introduction to Tile Patterns

Tile provides a lot of benefits for homeowners in the Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square areas. It is durable, water-resistant, and can be a lower-cost flooring option. Whether your next tile project is for floors, counters, backsplashes, or walls, it’s important to consider the various tile patterns available. While the list of patterns is practically endless, we’ll cover four…

How to Vacuum Your Carpet Like a Pro

With proper maintenance good carpets generally last 10-15 years. Recommended carpet maintenance includes weekly vacuuming. However, most homeowners don’t vacuum this often. Floor Coverings International North Chicago is here to help. With our tips you can vacuum faster and more effectively. Vacuum Your Way Out Whenever you start vacuuming a room start in the corner farthest from the entrance…

A Guide to the Janka Hardness Scale

With the Janka hardness scale, you can easily compare the hardness of different woods, helping you to choose the best hardwood flooring for your North Chicago home. Let's take a quick look at the Janka hardness scale, including how it works and what you need to know about it. Purpose of the Janka Hardness Scale…

A Guide to Hardwood Maintenance in North Chicago

When it comes to hardwood, maintenance is key—especially here in Chicago. For many homeowners, having hardwood installed is one of the biggest investments they’ll ever make in their homes. Below, the experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago have outlined the steps to keeping your hardwood looking like new for generations. Immediate Priorities Unfortunately, spills and accidents on hardwood…

Infographic: Best Flooring For Pet Owners

While we love having our four-legged friends around, they can often wreak havoc on our floors. If you are looking for a pet-proof flooring material, consult your experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago.   Photo Credits: © Optimarc, © Kingsman Asset, © Server 180, © Vladislav Lyutov, © Kulikov Aleksandr

The Best Flooring Choices for Your Bathroom

Having the right flooring in your bathroom is critical, especially here in Chicago. As a busy area of the home easily prone to water damage and mildew, bathrooms need to have strong and resilient flooring. Here are some of our favorites that will remain durable no matter what. Travertine Travertine is a sedimentary limestone rock…

When to Replace an Old Hardwood Floor

One of the many benefits of hardwood flooring is that it can be periodically refinished, allowing a homeowner to easily regain the beauty of new hardwood flooring without having to replace the entire floor. However, it is important to bear in mind that even top quality hardwood flooring won't last forever. Following are some telltale…

Our 3 Favorite Carpet Styles for a Cozy Bedroom

Carpet is a popular bedroom flooring option in the greater Chicago area. Homeowners love it because it is soft, keeps your feet warm in the morning, and helps to insulate a room. When selecting new carpet for the bedroom, you have many different styles to pick from. The experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago share their 3 favorite…

3 Durable Hardwoods for Busy Homes

Hardwood is a preferred aesthetic in many North Chicago homes thanks to its warm and traditional feel. However, hardwoods are not always family-friendly, as some types can be easily scratched, dented, or damaged by moisture. There are some hardwood species, however, that are especially durable. Here at Floor Coverings International North Chicago, we have a large selection of hardwoods…