Sisal vs. Seagrass Carpeting

A growing concern for many homeowners these days is the sustainability of their building materials. Being eco-friendly is an important consideration for many people and many builders, and using renewable resources is an excellent way to do that. When people think about renewable flooring materials, the options that tend to come to mind most readily…

Surprising Facts About Luxury Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tile has been a popular flooring option for years in the White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview area and across the county. This affordable flooring option has also made quite a few improvements to its classic design in the last few decades. A few of its impressive benefits might even surprise you. Here are our favorite facts about luxury…

The Best Flooring Options for Contemporary Homes

If you like a modern design aesthetic, chances are that you live in a contemporary home. The sleek look of contemporary design is highly desirable and sought after, with the streamlined style of modern homes giving a futuristic sense of unique luxury. Plenty of the newer homes being planned and built in the White Bear…

The Pros and Cons of Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring

One of the flooring options that has grown in prominence in recent years is reclaimed hardwood flooring. Here at Floor Coverings International of White Bear Lake, MN, we’ve seen an increase in requests for this floor covering as people become more interested in ecofriendly flooring options. Aside from the sustainability of reusing old wood, reclaimed…

5 Hardwood Flooring Trends to Try in 2017

Are you getting tired of your old, dusty carpet or dated tile? Do you want to make your house feel new again? Maybe it’s time to give your home a flooring update! While hardwood flooring is always a popular choice, certain styles of hardwood have become particularly trendy for 2017. If you’re looking for a…

How to Prevent Your Furniture from Damaging Your Carpet

Carpet is a favorite flooring choice for any home. Having comfy, plush carpet is a great way to add warmth and coziness to your rooms. Unfortunately though, carpeting is one of the least durable and easiest to damage flooring options. But just because they aren’t the most durable, doesn’t mean that you can’t have comfy…

The Janka Hardness Scale: What You Should Know

Do you know about the Janka hardness scale? You will likely hear the term if you happen to be shopping for hardwood floors. It’s a way of comparing the hardness of different wood species, particularly those used in flooring. If you are looking for hardwood floors for your White Bear Lake home, you’ll want to be familiar…

Interview with Minneapolis Interior Designer Katie Kurtz

At Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake, we love to inspire and inform. We know that a secret to a beautiful home is more than amazing flooring. That’s why we introduced our Designer Influencer Interview Series, to give you a peek at the latest trends in home design. Our latest interview features the uber talented Minneapolis-based interior designer Katie Kurtz.…

The Best Flooring for Busy Families

If you’re a member of a busy family, choosing flooring for your home can be tricky. You need a material that can handle the daily wear and tear delivered by children and pets, including but not limited to drops, spills, dirt, and dust. However, just because you’re looking for durable flooring doesn’t mean you want…

Give Patterned Carpet a Chance

Patterned carpet has long dealt with a bad rap. When we hear the term we often think of hotel room floors, the seats of charter buses and trains, or bowling alleys. This nontraditional flooring makes few appearances in White Bear Lake homes, partly due to the fear that a patterned carpet’s design will go out…