For many Americans, Halloween marks the start of the holiday season. The holidays are often filled with food, warmth, and laughter with friends and family, along with seasonal decorations inside and out. Maybe you’re someone who loves to welcome holiday visitors . . . but does your home welcome them as well? Specifically, does your entryway or foyer look and feel as welcoming as it could?
If the flooring in your home’s entry is looking tired and worn, your holiday visitors aren’t seeing the most welcoming side of your house—even if you’ve decorated to the hilt. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time for SMART Carpet and Flooring’s mobile showrooms to come to you before your guests do! Need some ideas to start with? We’ve compiled several here.
Tile: Armstrong® Alterna™
Tile is a perennial entry flooring choice, but stone tile can crack and chip. Solution: Armstrong Alterna engineered tile. Your floors will have the natural beauty of real stone, with the durability and ease of care of vinyl.
In fact, Armstrong Alterna engineered tile flooring is so tough, it comes with a lifetime residential guarantee. With Alterna, no matter how many kids, pets, or holiday celebrations you have, your entryway flooring will stay beautiful and blemish-free for the life of the home.
Available in 15 warm and cool shades and textures, Armstrong Alterna engineered tile flooring can be installed with or without grout, depending on the look you want. Our favorites include Bleached Sand, a classic light marble look; and Antique Gold, which gives the appearance of authentic Tuscan stone tile.
Luxury Vinyl Tile: Shaw® Endura™
The tri-state area can get downright frigid in the winter (and hot and humid in the summer). Shaw Endura luxury vinyl tile flooring can stand up to enormous temperature fluctuations. Even better, Endura features Shaw’s patent-pending Soft Silence™ acoustical pad underneath, eliminating the need for underlayment and providing wonderful comfort underfoot. It even offers antimicrobial protection, which is a nice feature to have in the part of your home that gets the most traffic.
Shaw Endura luxury vinyl tile features ArmourBead finish for superior water resistance and offers 10 lovely colors that are virtually indistinguishable from real hardwood flooring. This holiday season, try Endura in rugged Smoky Oak or the more traditional Hazel Oak.
Engineered Flooring: Mohawk® American Designer™
If you love the look of real hardwood but need a more moderate price point, consider Mohawk American Designer. Crafted from the sweet gum tree and featuring a 50-year warranty, American Designer comes in five different finishes for today’s on-trend homeowner.
American Deisgner features ArmorMax™ protection and high variation for a true hardwood flooring look. This holiday season, we love the wonderfully warm tones of Burnished Caramel and the clear, cool shades of Antique Beige. Each will take your home seamlessly from season to season (and look good doing it).
Hardwood Flooring: Bruce® Dundee™ Strip You’ll never go wrong with natural hardwood flooring in your home’s entry. This year, consider Dundee Strip by Bruce Hardwood Floors. Utterly traditional, Bruce Dundee Strip hardwood flooring is available in 2¼” and 3¼” width and, like Mohawk’s American Designer, carries a 50-year warranty.
With 12 warm and welcoming colors with a beautiful luster, this oak flooring is one of our favorites. It’s easy to install and stands up to decades of busy family life. Shades range from light (Spice and Dune) to dark and dramatic (Mocha and Espresso), with various red and golden choices in between.
Give Your Holiday Guests a Warm Welcome
Ready to make your entryway just as eye-catching as your holiday décor? If you live in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania, give us a call today at 1-800-526-7847 to schedule your own in-home showing with SMART Carpet and Flooring’s trained flooring experts. Let’s get your home all ready for the upcoming holiday season!