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more affordable than you may think. Te key to success in finding the right floor is to go to a reputable, high-quality flooring retailer who can help you make sense of all the choices available in today’s diverse marketplace. “When we work with a customer, we care


about the quality and longevity of the prod- uct,” says Carolyn Gallion, interior designer at RW Gallion Floors, a family-owned Spokane Valley business, specializing in carpet, lami- nate, natural stone, hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring. Te question is: How do you choose when


everything looks so good? You need to consider a few factors, includ-


Quality is in the details


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ing your style, budget, where the flooring will be installed, traffic flow and performance concerns. “A lot of people want to put hardwood in


their kitchen, but it’s not a floor that’s recom- mended by the manufacturers,” Gallion says. “In a kitchen it’s beter to have a flooring prod- uct that is beter suited for higher traffic and wear. You’re either going to look at a natural stone, tile or vinyl.” Cost is oſten a deciding factor. Set a price


range and begin evaluating the features of products in that bracket. “If you’ve got a $150,000 home, you’re


probably not going to put in natural stone flooring,” Gallion says. “More likely, you’re go- ing to go with vinyl or laminate flooring.” “Budget is always a consideration and life-


style comes right aſter that. You want to con- sider whether you’ve got dogs and/or kids, are you entertaining? What color matches do you need for the design of your home.” Te flooring you choose should blend with


the style of your home, whether that style is contemporary, Victorian, eclectic or country. While many homeowners immediately


gravitate to such atractive natural materials as slate, stone, bamboo and hardwood, don’t limit your options simply to those for mere aesthetic’s sake. Modern flooring technology such as resilient and laminate offers the best of both worlds—good looks, comfort, function and easy maintenance. When you need a low-maintenance and


durable flooring, laminate flooring is the ideal material. With the appearance of a hardwood floor, laminate wood flooring mimics the ap- pearance of a solid hardwood floor without using any actual wood in its composition. As a result, laminate flooring allows you to have the appearance of solid, authentic-looking wood floors at all locations around your house, re- gardless of heat or humidity.


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