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Home Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

living roomWe’ll never forget our recent conversation with a woman who informed us that it took 37 years to get her home just the way she wanted, and now she was done. We were dumfounded, but she’s right; unless you take on a full home renovation down to the studs, customizing your home to your needs and taste happens slowly, home improvement project by home improvement project. Even with a full renovation, there are always upgrades that need to be done to update your home over the life of your home.

If you’re like most people, you’re also updating your home on a budget and continually looking for home upgrades that won’t break the bank. Or your need for home upgrades is based on a pet, kids or, well, life.

  1. tile flooringTile flooring. Tile flooring, such as porcelain, ceramic or slate, is a DIY project or low-cost home project if you want to hire the pros. It’s also incredibly durable, water-resistant and can be installed over radiant flooring (which is incredibly nice during our cold Wisconsin winters). Because it is water, odor and mildew resistant, porcelain tile flooring is ideal for laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. It also comes in a variety of colors and updated looks, giving you a beautiful, updated look—among other benefits of tile flooring that we’ve written about.
  2. Refinishing floors. Give those old, hardwood floors a whole new life without having to pay for new, hardwood floors. We’ve written about the advantages of wood floors in your home before: wood floors are durable, long-lasting, easy to clean and capable of being refinished many times over the life of your floor. They’re also stunning, and can be refinished in any color you choose.
  3. Carpet cleaning. If you’re giving your wood floors a new lease on life, why not grace your carpets with the same? Carpet cleaners can get out the biggest of stains and remove allergens. To be clear: we’re not talking about those rent-a-cleaners. Contact a professional carpet cleaner. Professional carpet cleaners can give you a better bang for your buck just by giving your carpets a deep (with an emphasis on deep) clean that makes them look new again.
  4. backsplash tilesKitchen backsplash. A kitchen backsplash can make your kitchen look finished without having to remortgage your home. The other advantage of a kitchen backsplash is huge amount of options: subway tiles, mosaics, combinations of metal and tile, glass backsplash tiles—the list of backsplash tile options can go on and on.
  5. New countertops. There are so many options for updated, budget-friendly countertops on the market today. Everyone’s idea of the definition of “budget-friendly” is different, but a little bit of research can go a long way. High-definition laminate countertops give your kitchen the look of stone without the price—and with less maintenance and solid durability. Stone options, such as granite, that fit within your budget and give you a high-end look. Wood countertops that give your kitchen a rich or rustic look, and a unique appearance that you don’t see everywhere.
  6. carpet remnantsCarpet remnants. If you look in the Y’s Way Flooring dictionary (okay, we’re making this book up), a carpet remnant is defined as, “a section of carpet leftover and available for sale at a discounted price, perfect for smaller rooms such as hallways, offices, bedrooms and basements.” That definition says it all, and makes sense for a small room that needs new flooring. Ask about the carpet remnants at a Y’s Way Flooring, and know that the supply is limited—carpet remnants are sections that are left over so what you see is what you get, but the supply is changing regularly.
  7. Curtains and window coverings. Outdated curtains and window coverings are one of the easiest home improvement projects that can give your room a whole new look. Even renters can update curtains and window coverings since they are home project that won’t endanger their security deposit. In addition to aesthetics, curtains and window coverings also have other advantages and require far more thought and measuring than the average homeowner gives them. If you need assistance with choosing curtains and window coverings for your home, consult the professionals for their recommendations.
  8. Light fixtures. For us, it was the ugly glass ball light fixture over our kitchen sink. That outdated fixture had to go. And once it was, our kitchen took on a whole new, updated look. Light fixtures are a home upgrade that won’t break the bank, especially if you do your homework and look for deals.

Don’t feel you need to upgrade your home alone. Stop in at a Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Oconomowoc or Lake Mills to look at carpet remnants, tile options and to ask their professionals questions. Or schedule a carpet cleaning appointment or ask questions about your next home project via Facebook or email. Whatever your home upgrade is, we’re here to help as long as you’re working on your home—even if it’s for 37 years like the woman we talked with.

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Floor

wood floorsJust bought a new house? Is the flooring you picked out when you built your house finally ready to go? Or have you finally saved up enough to replace the last homeowner’s flooring mistake? If you’re a rookie to choosing the perfect floor, it’s wise to do your research. Choosing the perfect floor is not a small purchase, or something you want to screw up. On the flip side, choosing the perfect floor isn’t complicated—and it’s not something you have to do alone. Even a beginner (like yourself) can choose the perfect floor by asking a few simple questions:

  • Do I need to worry about water spills? An educated decision now can save you the headache of a warped floor later. Water can be your worst nightmare on laminate and wood floors, so a bit of planning now eliminates the hassle of replacement or repair. If you have a room where water may splash or form puddles, such as a bathroom, mudroom or kitchen, plan ahead. Consider vinyl plank flooring which has the look of wood, or any kind of tile floor which handles water like a pro. A room with the chance of a spill doesn’t mean you can’t get a wood floor—it just means being mindful of wiping up the water as soon as possible.
  • How much traffic comes through this room? Is the room a busy walk through? An area where your family plays, runs and tromps? Is it a room where your pet spends most of their time? Is the traffic that comes through full of mud, snow, sand and lord-knows-what-else? Use that knowledge to determine what kind of flooring would work in that particular area.
  • What kind of maintenance does the floor require? You don’t want to purchase a floor, have it installed and then end up with damage because you don’t care for, clean or vacuum it properly. Find out what kind of cleaning and maintenance the floor needs, what products you need to purchase to keep it in great shape—and realistically how much of that maintenance you can take on.
  • What is my budget? If you have a small area that needs carpeting—a small office, hallway or bedroom—consider purchasing a carpet remnant. Because there is a limited supply, a carpet remnant is discounted. Know the square footage of the room you need flooring for and the price you can afford per square foot. Factor that into your purchase decision.
  • What is under the new floor? Are you installing radiant floor heating under the flooring? Read our post about what kinds of flooring work over radiant floor heating. Are you installing this flooring over a concrete slab, like in a basement? Here’s information on what floors work in basements. Sometimes knowing what is under the floor is just as important as knowing what is going to be on top of it. Make sure you mention what’s under your floor to your sales professional when you get to step two of your flooring purchase.

If, even after asking all the questions, you still don’t have a clue about choosing the right flooring, or you’re trying to choose between two options, come into Y’s Way Flooring or ask us on our Facebook page. We can tell you what has worked for other Wisconsin homeowners and help you narrow the options in your budget. Best yet, we can help you choose the perfect flooring—and you don’t even have to tell anyone we helped.

Why You Don’t Need Luck to Choose the Right Floor

1926662_10152777203739378_7515375266822588355_nThrow your four-leaf clover away. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to choose the right floor, or a rabbit’s foot. What you do need is a bit of research and advice to choose the flooring that works in your home—even with all the foot traffic, water spills, kids or pets. Where should you start your research? By taking these factors about the room that needs the flooring into consideration:

  • Water. An educated decision now can save you the headache of a warped floor later. Water can be your worst nightmare on laminate and wood floors, so a bit of planning now eliminates the hassle of replacement or repair. If you have a room where water may splash or form puddles, such as a bathroom, mudroom or kitchen, plan ahead. Consider vinyl plank flooring which has the look of wood, or any kind of tile floor which handles water like a pro. A room with the chance of a spill doesn’t mean you can’t get a wood floor—it just means being mindful of wiping up the water as soon as possible.
  • Traffic. Is the room a busy walk through? An area where your family plays, runs and tromps? Is it a room where your pet spends most of their time? Is the traffic that comes through full of mud, snow, sand and lord-knows-what-else? Use that knowledge to determine what kind of flooring would work in that particular area.
  • Maintenance. You don’t want to purchase a floor, have it installed and then end up with damage because you don’t care for, clean or vacuum it properly. Find out what kind of cleaning and maintenance the floor needs, what products you need to purchase to keep it in great shape—and realistically how much of that maintenance you can take on.
  • Budget. If you have a small area that needs carpeting—a small office, hallway or bedroom—consider purchasing a carpet remnant. Because there is a limited supply, a carpet remnant is discounted. Know the square footage of the room you need flooring for and the price you can afford per square foot. Factor that into your purchase decision.
  • Sub flooring & slab. Are you installing radiant floor heating under the flooring? Read our post about what kinds of flooring work over radiant floor heating. Are you installing this flooring over a concrete slab, like in a basement? Here’s information on what floors work in basements. Sometimes knowing what is under the floor is just as important as knowing what is going to be on top of it. Make sure you mention what’s under your floor to your sales professional when you get to step two of your flooring purchase.

Once you’ve decided the types of flooring fit the bill for your new room, visit a Y’s Way Flooring for more information. Describe the room to the salesperson, and what you’ve found in your research. Ask for advice about what they’ve seen in local Wisconsin homes. Once you’re satisfied with the look, feel and functionality of the best flooring, ask for a quote. Then sit back, stand on and enjoy the feel of the perfect flooring you didn’t need luck to find.

5 Ways to Treat Yourself (and House!) With Your Tax Return

10527600_10152564227119378_343811161995203614_nAre you one of the millions ready to treat yourself with the proceeds from your tax return? While that suggestion would leave many rushing to the spa, treat yourself by updating the place where the heart is, or at least where you spend most of your time—your home. So where do you start? Here’s a few ideas:

  • Making your old carpets look like new. Even if you’re convinced there’s no way on this earth to get that stain out, give a professional carpet cleaner a chance. They’ll surprise you by removing those stains, or at least lightening them.
  • Replace that nasty flooring you’ve always had it in for. Can’t stand the linoleum anymore? Are you tired of trying to get the dirt out of the imprints in that old 90’s geometric flooring? Say good bye. Come down to Y’s Way and pick out the new flooring you’ve always wanted.
  • Updating your kitchen with a backsplash. You have so many options. Give your kitchen a facelift with an inexpensive backsplash.
  • Two words: bathroom reno. And on top of those words, let’s add three more exciting words: increased home value.  A remodeled bathroom adds value to your home, and creates a space you can be proud to show to your guests.
  • New window treatments. Whether your motivation is to keep your toddler in bed, let you sleep in or help a third shifter relax during the day—or just to update those ugly curtains or blinds, come on down to Y’s Way to find blinds and curtains that fit your room and your purpose.

When you’re ready to turn that tax return into a new look for your home, like our Facebook page so you can watch for deals and ask questions about your home project. If you want to see your options or ask one of our experts, head into one of our three Y’s Way Flooring locations in Watertown, Lake Mills or Oconomowoc. We can help turn that refund into a treat that you and your house can enjoy.

Your (Easy) Guide to Basement Flooring

Kids_carpetWith winter fast approaching, many Midwestern homeowners are looking for more space; more space for fun and relaxing during those cold winter days or for guests or kids who want their own bedroom. The answer for many homeowners lies in a finished basement with shelving and storage options, finished walls, lighting and comfortable, durable flooring. When researching flooring options for your basement, the discussion should always start with the factor that dictates basement flooring decisions: moisture.

If your basement is like most American homes, your basement walls and floor is concrete. Though durable and affordable, concrete is porous, allowing moisture to seep through the floor and walls. If your moisture problem extends beyond your porous concrete slab and is a reoccurring flooding issue, rectify your flooding problem before finishing your basement to avoid losing furniture and costly clean-ups.

One flooring not recommended for basements is solid wood flooring. Don’t fret; there are other options with the look of wood, without the buckling and warping that can occur because of moisture in a basement. Engineered hardwood and laminate both can be installed in basements without the warping. Both flooring options are durable and beautiful but should be avoided in basements prone to flooding.

Vinyl also has the look of wood, stone or any other modern design and is durable enough to handle moisture—even flooding—in a basement. Typically glued down, vinyl is nearly indestructible and is ideal for basements where the threat of flooding is never completely gone.

Ceramic flooring can be laid directly over your basement slab and comes in almost any look you want. Typically, ceramic tiles are better for rooms with moderate traffic due to durability, but if your basement rec room or bedroom is used infrequently, this is your flooring. Ceramic tiles can also be cold to the feet, but is one of the ideal floors for laying over radiant floor heating.

If you want a softer feel in one of the typically coolest rooms in your home, carpet is affordable, durable and comfortable. Want to avoid carpet installation costs? Consider carpet tiles which are easy to clean up, but not as soft as traditional carpeting. Traditional carpeting is installed over a pad, making it cushy and making you forget you are on top of a concrete slab. If you have a small basement, inquire about carpet remnants. Though the selection is limited, carpet remnants cost less and are ideal for small spaces.

Want to see your options? Visit your local flooring store. Be sure that your salesperson knows you are researching flooring for your basement; they can recommend flooring that they have seen work well in local homes. They can also give you an idea about pricing, since the cost varies based on your selection. Start your research now, so you have that extra space ready when the snow falls and cabin fever sets in.

When to Face the Music: 7 Signs You Need New Carpet

Consider purchasing a remnant for small carpeted areas.

Consider purchasing a remnant for small carpeted areas.

You’ve ignored that nasty carpeting, put rugs over stains and used cleaners until your hands are raw. Eventually, however, it’s time to face the music and consider replacing that smelly and worn carpet with new wood floors, tile or carpet. With the upcoming cool weather coming (and that white stuff), now is the time to take notice of those telling carpet-replacement signs:

  • You realize that gelatin stains all the way to the pad. Have carpeting under your dining room table? Swap it out with flooring more ideal (think laminate, wood or tile flooring) for kids and their red, green, blue and purple messes.
  • All that carpet cleaning in the world is never, EVER going to get that stain out. It’s that bad.
  • You need to sell your house. Consider putting in new flooring or having a full house carpet cleaning before you put your house on the market. (Just make sure people wear booties when coming in for showings). Your investment means a lot to buyers, and can influence their decision to purchase.
  • There are holes in your floor. Remember, holes should only be associated with donuts.  Never with flooring.
  • You need to get rid of that pet accident. Many pets mark or repeatedly urinate where they smell urine. Remove the carpet, remove the smell…and the accidents.
  • You’re embarrassed to have anyone over. Can’t have a barbeque with friends because of your nasty carpeting? Want to host family Thanksgiving and holiday parties without getting flack about your worn carpet? Hesitate no more.
  • When you finally realize that, no matter how much retro stuff is trendy, that old shag carpet will never come back in style.

If your nasty carpeting is in a small area—a hallway, small bedroom or office—consider purchasing a remnant. Remnants are the remainder of a roll of carpeting that we can’t use, but you can.  The best part about remnants is the low cost.  Remnants are ideal for any part of your house that is not huge, but could use a cleaner, new carpet.

Do your research before you replace your carpet. Talk to local flooring experts about new carpets and what works best for your home. If you have kids or pets, there are carpets ideal for busy families. You also need to consider traffic flow in your home, as well as what’s under the carpet (such as in a basement) and if you need a new pad. Your research is well worth the time and efforts, especially when you’re enjoying your new, durable, soft carpeting.

The Role of Remnants

These remnants at Y's Way Flooring in Watertown are waiting to save you money!

These remnants at Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown are waiting to save you money!

As you’re doing your spring cleaning, stop ignoring all the stains on that hallway carpeting. It’s time to change it up and get that nasty carpeting out of your house.

If you look at the back room of any Y’s Way Flooring, you’ll find your BUDGET FRIENDLY answer: a remnant. (We can hear your reaction: “A WHAT????”)

Remnants are the remainder of a roll of carpeting that we can’t use, but you can. The best part about remnants is the low cost. Remnants are ideal for any part of your house that is not huge, but could use a cleaner, new carpet. Think small bedrooms, hallways, offices…

You’ve got the idea, now just pick up the phone or stop in at any Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Lake Mills or Oconomowoc. We’ve got the remnant that will play a prominent role (pardon the pun) in sprucing up your home.