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Showroom & Store Location: 5663 NE 105th Ave., Portland, OR 97220
Providing the Portland area with Natural Stone, Hardwood Flooring, Carpet, Countertop Tile, Floor Tile, Luxury Vinyl Plank, Sheet Vinyl and More.
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OAK & STONE FLOORS is your local flooring, hardwood, Cloe tile, carpet and vinyl experts in the Northern Oregon and Southern Washington areas of Portland and Vancouver.
REVAMP YOUR HOME’S INTERIOR
Are your floors faded or damaged? Give your home’s high traffic areas an upgrade with help from OAK & STONE FLOORS. We provide hardwood, tile, natural stone, carpet, laminate vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, luxury vinyl planks and more in Portland, OR and the surrounding areas. No matter which type of flooring you need, OAK & STONE FLOORS will get your flooring done with masterful craftsmanship.
Our flooring experts can guide you in your selection of new home flooring to help you get just what you want and what you need. Our goal is to lead you in new construction flooring or remodel flooring with stress-free efficiency.
UPDATE ANY ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE
OAK & STONE provides whole-home floor covering sales and design consultation. You can count on us for your flooring in your bathroom, basement, living room, hallways or bathrooms. We’ve got everything you need to transform a living space into your beautiful, functional abode.
SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING
Real Wood, A Real Investment, For A Long Time
Solid hardwood flooring, 100% wood. Nothing more, nothing less.
Solid hardwood is constructed from a single piece of wood. Not to be confused with engineered hardwood, which is constructed in several layers; many of which are not solid wood. It is a fine flooring option in its own right, but it is a different critter.
OAK & STONE FLOORS offers many brands of hardwood floor planks that are made in the USA, crafted with the finest eye of detail in craftsmanship. Many hardwood companies manufacture their wood flooring from the Appalachians where hardwood is highly sought after for its consistent color, refined grain, and its stability.
A Durable Investment
Most hardwood flooring planks aren’t just wood, they’re really good wood. These Appalachian hardwoods, Hickory, Maple and Oak, are among the harder wood species available, giving the floors made from them superior durability and resistance to dents.
To reinforce the natural hardwood’s resistance to dents, many hardwood flooring manufacturers apply a protective finish that further shields the planks from wear. Some go as far as to coat their hardwood planks with aluminum oxide for maximum scratch resistance, on top of the dent resistance.
Homeowners can rest assured their investment in Appalachian hardwood flooring is more than a beautiful investment; it is a durable investment.
A Lifetime Investment
Many homeowners are drawn to solid hardwood flooring because of its enduring beauty. The beauty of a solid hardwood floor can endure across several generations because the thickness of the solid wood planks affords them the ability to go through several remodels and design makeovers, sanding, refinishing, sanding again, refinishing again, sanding…, o.k., you get the picture.
As families move in and out of a house, the whole home can undergo style changes. That solid hardwood floor remains, and yet, it can change as well. The new owners don’t care for the dark tone of the floor, so it gets a sanding and a refinish in a lighter tone. Hardwood flooring holds up to style changes across time, making it a lifetime investment.
Important Hardwood Flooring Facts
When installing hardwood flooring, do so on floors that are above ground. Keep it out of the basement. Steer away from installing it in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Solid hardwood performs great and lasts a lifetime in areas where there’s no potential for moisture. You will be fine installing it in your first or second floor family room, dining area, kitchen and bedrooms.
Solid hardwood flooring Installation can be challenging. It is secured to the subfloor with staples, nails or glue. If you are experienced in doing home repairs yourself, you might be able to pull off installing your own solid wood floor, but generally it is best left to the installation pros who do it every day of the week.
When purchasing product for your new solid hardwood floor, be aware you will need to account for expenses of materials beyond the hardwood itself. The flooring experts at OAK & STONE FLOORS will be able to inform you in what other materials to account for, such as tools, trim, molding, the removal of the old floor and/or possible subfloor repairs.
One thing is for sure, with solid hardwood flooring, your floors are going to look great for a really, really long time. That great look adds value to your home and value to the experience of living in your home. You will be pleased with how amazing your solid hardwood flooring looks in your home.
If you’re looking for something to indulge your feet in, carpet can give you that aah factor. Something so soft and plush, believe it or not, is built to withstand the demands of family activity. OAK & STONE FLOORS has the carpet you are looking for, offering hundreds of choices in carpet selections to deliver the aah your feet deserve, whether you are looking for luxury, style, performance or value.
At our showroom, or in your home, we look forward to assisting you in your selection from among the many available carpet types, fibers, styles and brands.
Plush Or Cut-Pile
Loops trimmed off with yarn bundles standing straight up. Repeated pre-shearing creates a luxurious appearance. A great ‘whole house’ carpet, medium durability. Popular varieties include saxony plush: short, densely packed tufts; textured plush: decoratively versatile,
textured surface helps hide footprints and vacuum marks; velvet plush: lightly twisted cut-piles with a uniform color and luxurious appearance that’s ideal for formal areas.
Newer berber look with color and interest of traditional loop berbers and the great plush feel of thick, cut-pile carpet. Very versatile. Ideal for casual rooms and kids rooms. Subtle color flecks help hide soil.
High, closed level loops stand upright, creating a nubby, rugged texture that looks natural and handcrafted. Tight loop texture helps hide foot and vacuum marks. Uncut loops tend to wear better than cut-pile.
Combined cut and looped fibers provide a variety of surface textures or carved/sculptured effects for medium durability. Multiple colors and levels hide dirt and footprints in formal or informal areas. Also available in solid colors.
Versatile styles in a durable, long-wearing surface pile engineered for high-traffic areas. Captivating color choices and textured surfaces suitable for professional and practical installations.
There are six main types of fibers used in carpet and three other, lesser known types; acrylic, nylon, olefin (polypropylene), olefin blends of nylon/olefin, polyester, wool, sisal, sea grass and coir. Nearly all carpet, about 96% of carpeting is made from synthetic fibers. Synthetic, or man-made, carpet is more resistant to stains and less expensive than natural fiber carpet. The natural fibers make up about 4% of the remaining carpet that is used and they are naturally crush resistant which helps in high traffic areas.
Acrylic fiber carpet is the artificial wool of the industry, providing the look and feel of wool at a fraction of the cost, the man-made fiber resists static electricity, moisture, mildew, fading, crushing, staining, and sun damage, but it isn’t durable enough for high traffic areas.
Nylon is the workhorse of the flooring industry. It is the strongest carpet fiber with optimal durability, has excellent abrasion, insect and chemical resistance and it is less apt to mold, mildew or rot compared to other carpet fibers. Nylon carpet can last up to between 12 and 15 years. Nylon has tremendous color retention, is static free and easy to maintain. It maintains fiber height and it resists soiling and staining. Nylon is by far the most popular carpet with 90% of home owners opting to have it installed. When both residential and commercial use is considered, 65% of all users opt to have it installed. Nylon fiber carpet is in the middle of the pack as far as price is concerned; generally being less expensive than wool but more expensive than polypropylene and polyester.
Olefin (Polypropylene) Carpet
Following nylon, olefin (polypropylene) fiber carpet is the most used and it makes up 80% of all commercial carpet installations. Olefin fiber is highly resistant to fading, making it a good option for carpet exposed to large windows with direct sunlight. It is abrasion, mildew and moisture resistant. Olefin is easy to clean. It can be cleaned with bleach when manufacturer specifications state if is safe to do so. Olefin is suitable for high traffic areas when nylon is not an option, but it isn’t the industry standard winner for crush resistance as some cuts are more prone to matting and crushing. Olefin generally costs less than nylon, polyester and wool.
Olefin Blends Carpet
Olefin blends are typically made from nylon and olefin (polypropylene). This blend has great resiliency, but different fibers can resist and/or absorb stains differently, leaving one with a carpet that tends to stain unevenly. Due to this dynamic, the stains can stand out prominently.
Polyester has a luxurious feel and it can look great, but it typically does not last as long as other carpet fibers as it does not maintain its fiber height over a long lifespan; therefore, it is less optimal for high traffic areas and in rooms where shifting weight is a part of the normal, frequent use of an area. Polyester can fade when installed in rooms that are exposed to bright sunlight. Polyester is easy to clean. It is resistant to water soluble stains and durable against abrasions.
Polyester carpet also comes in a recycled version. Polyester/PET (Polyester/Polyethylene Terephthalate) is the environmental darling of the carpet industry. Most carpet made with this fiber is made from recycled bottle caps so it is inexepensive compared to other carpet fibers; especially wool and nylon. It is a fiber that offers bright color selections and it is available in many textures. It is more stain resistant than nylon carpet and at least as resistant to mold and mildew. For those with allergy tendencies, it may fit the bill as it is non-allergenic. Because Polyester/Pet is plastic, before using in an entire home it is advised to first try it in one room to see how you like it.
A beauty to behold, wool is a purely natural product; luxurious, strong, and stain resistant. Wool is very durable. It maintains its fiber height very well. Soft to the touch and very dense, wool has a more comfortable feel than other carpet fibers. Wool hides soil better than synthetic fibers due to its opacity. Synthetic fibers are less opaque, so their strands are more clear and soil can be seen through them. Available in a large array of colors, it is an excellent choice for its rich and luxurious appearance. Compared to synthetic fiber carpets, it may require care to maintain its beauty over a long lifespan. It is susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Wool has a low resistance to stains and to many of the chemicals used to remove stains. Because wool is a natural fiber, it can attract and suffer damage from beetles, moths and other insects.
Sisal carpet is made from fiber derived from the agave plant. Stronger and more durable than other natural fibers, it is earthy and rough-textured like jute. Sisal carpets usually contain jute, hemp, sea grass, and coconut fibers.
Sea Grass Carpet
Sea Grass carpet adds a wonderful natural look and feel to any room. It can be damaged by chemicals and is susceptible to mold and insects.
Coir carpet fiber is extracted from the husks of coconuts. Coir is one of the most environmentally-friendly fibers. It is tough, hard wearing and versatile, with natural aesthetic appeal. Coir carpet is available in rich and bold textures.
WPC vinyl, what is that? WPC vinyl can be described as Wood Plastic Composite or Waterproof Core.
WPC is a tremendous alternative to wood flooring. It has that rich and desirable, expensive wood look. It delivers high-end visuals, comes in a full range of beautiful textures and colors, and it is extremely durable.
Does a floor covering get any better than this?! We don’t think so. WPC is the best you can get in vinyl flooring and it has proven popular among homeowners looking for the traditional hardwood look without the maintenance
4 Layers Of Waterproof Flooring
WPC waterproof flooring is, generally, comprised of 4 layers.*
Backing layer. This is the bedrock layer of your plank.
WPC core. This is the performing layer! WPC flooring contains a solid, waterproof WPC core. It doesn’t ripple, swell or peel when subjected to liquid..
Printed vinyl layer. This is the layer that delivers the hardwood look. High tech photo imagery makes the vinyl look very similar to the natural materials of wood and stone. Many WPC flooring products offer the highest natural material appearance that can have your visitors thinking they are walking on real wood or stone.
Wear layer. Just like traditional vinyl, the wear layer is the floor guard. It protects your floor from dents, scratches, dings and “oops!, I dropped the fork” mishaps. The thicker the wear layer, the better the protection. WPC flooring has a thick wear layer for optimal protection.
*Can vary between manufacturers.
Benefits of WPC Waterproof Vinyl Flooring
100% waterproof – Guaranteed by the manufacturers.
Ultra-durable – WPC is known as the best of the best, providing the thickest wear layers for optimal scratch resistance and durability.
Perfect for imperfect subfloors – Waterproof vinyl plank flooring is so thick, it can hide an imperfect subfloor. Many times the vinyl plank flooring can save you the expense of leveling the subfloor before installation.
Realistic wood and stone look – Your guests will be walking on vinyl thinking they are walking on hardwood or stone. With realistic looks of natural materials, it makes for a convincingly beautiful floor.
Phthalate-free – Most WPC is phthalate-free.
Low maintenance – An occasional vacuum and damp mop will keep your WPC looking fabulous.
LUXURY VINYL TILE (LVT)
Durable flooring. That describes LVT, luxury vinyl tile, in a nutshell. If you want durability beneath your feet, luxury vinyl tile is what you want for your home. The durability of LVT is, without question, able to deliver decades-long wear and tear when installed properly.
What exactly is luxury vinyl tile? LVT is vinyl flooring designed in the shape of ceramic tile flooring rather than the traditional sheet form that has been unable to mimic the realistic natural materials of ceramic tile and stone. LVT is designed so that it appears to look almost identical in appearance to the natural materials of stone and tile. Many LVT floors have grout simulated seams and come in narrow and wide sizes.
LVT is an ideal floor covering choice for residential use. It boasts an extremely durable wear quality which is priceless in protecting the “am I really walking on cobblestone” feel and the realistic tile look that LVT makes possible through today’s advanced printing technology. The texture embossing adds further to the perception you are walking on ceramic tile and natural stone. Luxury vinyl tile is waterproof, slip-resistant and very resistant to stains. The anti-bacterial properties allow you to install it in any room and because it is highly resistant to moisture damage, heat damage and dents, you truly can install it where you desire.
Layers Of LVT
Luxury vinyl tile is comprised of four to five layers, including the urethane coating, the wear layer, the print film layer, the vinyl core, and the backing.
The top LVT layer is a coating of urethane that protects the wear layer and creates the sheen for the product. The second LVT layer is the wear layer. This layer in luxury vinyl tiles will vary in mil thickness, so this is where the flooring professionals at OAK & STONE FLOORS can guide you in selecting the product with the wear layer thickness to meet your needs and expectations. The wear layer is a clear layer of PVC (vinyl) which protects the design and it usually is embossed to give the tiles the textured look of real ceramic. The third LVT layer is the print film. It is made of paper and features the color and patterns that resemble the look of tile and natural stone. The fourth LVT layer is the vinyl core. This layer can be a mix of vinyl with a plasticizer or fiberglass. The bottom layer, which is not always included, is a backing layer. The flooring experts at OAK & STONE FLOORS are here to guide you in selecting your LVT with or without an attached underlayment that is typically made of cork or foam. This layer can reduce noise, hold heat, and provide cushion for added comfort while walking on your floor, so their assistance in helping you in your decision on which LVT to choose for your home is a valuable resource you will want to take advantage of.
More Advantages With LVT
Luxury vinyl tiles are cost effective. Compared to ceramic tile and natural stone, the price point is considerably less; so you get the look and feel of the real thing at a fraction of the cost.
Light on the maintenance. That has a good ring to it! Luxury vinyl tile floors require no special cleaning treatment. That means no scrubbing or waxing. Sweep up the dust and the dirt when needed and simply run your damp mop over it. Done! A big win for those kitchen areas where dirt and debris can accumulate quickly.
Luxury vinyl tile has an ease of installation benefit. The technology adds flexibility in allowing one to install them over the top of existing floors, saving homeowners the hassle of removing the old flooring. This can be a big money saver. Who doesn’t love saving money? Some installations may require removing the existing floor, but the flooring experts at OAK & STONE FLOORS can guide you in determining if you can lay your LVT over your existing flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tile & Style
If you have an eye for design, luxury vinyl tiles provide you great leverage in making bold statements. You can mix various tile shapes and colors, making the possibilities for mixing your style into your flooring design as limitless as those with real ceramic tile.
If you press the style limits that LVT affords you, your flooring will be the talk of the evening at dinner parties and hangouts. If in a number of years, you tire of the look you created, LVT’s ease of removal and replacement allows you to change things up without breaking the bank.
LVT’s tangible feel and its real look of natural stone and tile can increase the value and enhance the look of your home immensely. The wide range of styles available with luxury vinyl tile allow you to design your flooring to the exacting demands of your liking.
The flooring experts at OAK & STONE FLOORS encourage you to stop by their design showroom or call to arrange an appointment for them to come to your place where you can explore the LVT options for your home.
Nothing compares to the rich, traditional look of hardwood flooring in your home, but installing hardwood flooring can be costly, running tens of thousands of dollars for an average size home. Laminate flooring, however, offers a natural look at a fraction of the cost. Laminate floor covering is made by pressing composite wood together. A photographic layer gives the flooring a look that simulates wood or stone. A core layer is composed of resin and fiber board. These layers are protected beneath a clear, top layer.
Homeowners can get the look and feel of real hardwood with laminate flooring but, when compared to hardwood, it is more durable and it is easier to clean. It can be the perfect floor covering for high-traffic areas and rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight or moisture, making it ideal for entries, foyers, kitchens and bathrooms. If you are looking for new flooring, the flooring professionals at OAK & STONE FLOORS are here to assist you in your decision whether or not select laminate floor covering for your home.
Types of Laminate Flooring
If you have been considering laminate flooring for your new home or remodel, you have a choice between engineered wood laminate flooring or plastic laminate flooring.
Engineered Wood Laminate Flooring
Engineered wood laminate is built with multiple layers pressed into a plank. Three to twelve layers make up the base and core. These layers will include fiberboard, plywood or an unfinished hardwood. The top layer, the veneer, is a thin piece of natural wood. This thin, top layer of wood gives engineered wood laminate a resemblance to real hardwood. This veneer layer also gives engineered wood laminate the benefit of the option of being refinished when the flooring surface is in need of something beyond everyday cleaning. The thicker the veneer, the more times it can be sanded and refinished.
Plastic Laminate Flooring
Unlike engineered wood laminate, the materials used to make plastic laminate are entirely man-made. Several layers, including the backer, the core, the photographic design and the top clear coat pack a lot of technology into a small space. The backer, the bottom layer, protects the upper layers from moisture. The core layer is a high-density fiberboard, providing a structural backbone and resistance to dents. Atop the core layer is the design layer. The high-def imaging technology incorporated into this layer gives plastic laminate a semblance to hardwood and stone. The top, clear coat layer serves to protect the plastic laminate from fading, scratches and other damage.
All flooring, regardless of the type, is susceptible to abrasion. Abrasion is the long, slow process of the wearing away of a surface. Small particles of dust, dirt, grit, sand granules and tiny chips of rock are tracked in from the outdoors as they stick to the tread in our shoes. They find a resting place indoors, on our floors, as they are dislodged from our shoes when we walk through our homes. No one can keep on top of continually keeping a home’s floors free of these abrasive gremlins; so as we walk upon a floor with these particles, the slight scuffing of our shoes as we walk, shuffle, spin and turn, grinds the particles into and against the floor’s surface. As a result, over a period of several to many years, our flooring surfaces slowly, but surely, wear away.
Laminate flooring has an Abrasion Criteria (AC) rating. If you take these ratings into consideration, they can guide you in purchasing your laminate flooring with a rating that is appropriate for the use it will be subjected to. The flooring experts at OAK & STONE FLOORS will help you select a laminate flooring with the AC rating appropriate for the area in your home that you will be buying laminate flooring for.
The valuable Abrasion Criteria rating has a number system that is helpful. On a scale of one to five, five being the most abrasion resistant, one is a laminate that is most vulnerable to the process of abrasion. Residential laminate flooring usually has an AC rating of AC3 or AC4. Here are the five abrasion rating numbers used to classify laminate’s abrasion properties.
AC1 – Strong enough to handle light use.
AC2 – Appropriate for moderate foot traffic.
AC3 – Suitable for use in busy areas, kitchens, foyers and the like.
AC4 – Resistant enough for use in bathrooms and kitchens; also suitable for commercial use.
AC5 – Appropriate for a high volume of heavy commercial use; suitable for public buildings, schools, department stores.
Laminate Flooring Thickness
Laminate flooring can vary in thickness, between 7mm and 12mm. The stiffness of some of the thicker laminates lends them more readily to resisting bending, so can span some of the minor, uneven areas in your subfloor which can help to minimize subfloor prep as well as the overall installation cost. Thicker laminates also tend to feel more like real hardwood under foot and they absorb and dampen noise better than thinner laminate flooring. A little fact that is nice to know is that some manufacturers will include the combined thickness of both the underlayment and the laminate, together, in the listed thickness they specify for their flooring. With some doing this while others do not, it can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. The pros at OAK & STONE FLOORS are here to help you wade through these variations in manufacturer flooring specifications to help ensure you get the right laminate flooring for the area you will have it installed in your home.
DPL vs. HPL
When shopping for laminate flooring, you likely will come across the flooring descriptions of direct pressure and high pressure. Without getting into the weeds too far on this subject, let it suffice to say that direct pressure laminate (DPL) is generally more suitable for residential use while high pressure laminate (HPL) is hard enough, strong enough and stiff enough for commercial use where moisture, heat, wear, dents and scratches can assault a flooring surface more aggressively.
Laminate Flooring Installation
Laminate flooring is perfect if you want to install your flooring yourself. It is lightweight and easy to work with. Laminate flooring has a snap-and-lock installation design. This design provides for an installation process which eliminates the need for glue or nails. You can float laminate flooring over existing floors (with the exception of carpet). This floating property saves both time and money tearing up your old flooring. That sounds like a win-win!
Some laminate flooring requires underlayment to be installed over the subfloor while other laminate flooring comes with the underlayment included. The OAK & STONE FLOORS can help you know which one you are purchasing so you are sure to install underlayment separately if it is required.
As a little designer inside tip, keep in mind that laminate flooring comes in narrow and wide planks. If you are installing it in a smaller room, using narrower planks will help to open up the smaller space. If you are installing it in a larger room, the wider planks will generally be better suited for larger spaces and open floor plans.
Laminate Flooring Price Point
While laminate flooring doesn’t have the real hardwood and stone look that some of the luxury vinyl plank and tiles can have, laminate is tougher than hardwood. Laminate floor covering is a great flooring option for homeowners with pets and young children. The lower price point makes it possible for young families to get new flooring at a 50-60% savings over the price of hardwood flooring.
Showroom Laminate Flooring Samples
Please stop by the OAK & STONE FLOORS showroom and let us assist you in choosing your laminate flooring to get the floor appropriate for your use, whether for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, dining areas, bathrooms, laundry rooms or entry ways We can help you choose a laminate floor covering with the scratch resistance needed for high-traffic areas special locking laminate flooring for waterproof applications in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
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