Whether you are a new homeowner or a seasoned pro, figuring out the flooring that will work best for you home takes a lot of time and consideration. Typically our four most popular flooring options are carpet, hardwood, ceramic tile, and vinyl plank flooring. But how do you know which one is right for you? Below are some Empire flooring reviews of these four customer favorites to help you decide once and for all on your ideal home flooring.
Empire Carpet Reviews
If you are considering installing Empire carpet in your home, you are probably curious to read some reviews before taking the plunge. Below are some key advantages and disadvantages of Empire carpet, as well as a rundown on some of the most common carpet options and what you can expect to pay for each style. This information should help you decide if Empire carpet is the right choice for your family.
Advantages of Empire Carpet
There are many reasons why carpet has remained one of the most popular flooring options in the United States. If you are considering installing carpet in your home, here are a few of the many benefits of this flooring option.
One of the major reasons for carpet’s ongoing popularity is that it is extremely budget-friendly, especially compared to other flooring options such as hardwood or tile.
Another advantage of carpet flooring is that is soft and comfortable on bare feet. In addition to providing a cushioned walking surface, carpet is also insulated which means no more putting your feet onto a cold hard floor on chilly winter mornings!
In addition to an added layer of insulation from the elements, carpet is also an incredible insulator against noise. This quality makes it ideal for families with children and those living in multi-story homes or apartments.
Modern carpeting is also available in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles, making it one of the most versatile flooring options on the market today.
Disadvantages of Empire Carpet
As with every flooring option available for purchase, it is critical to familiarize yourself with the downsides of carpet before pulling the trigger on your new flooring. Below are a few common complaints about carpet.
Compared to tile and hardwood flooring, carpet can be quite high maintenance — especially when it comes to preventing stains from spills. However, with regular vacuuming, an occasional professional cleaning, and quickly cleaning up any spills, your carpet should look its best for many years to come.
Can be bad for individuals with allergies and asthma
Another downside of carpet flooring is that dust mites and allergens such as pet dander can easily become trapped in the thick and plush materials, making it a problem for those with allergies or asthma. Fortunately, this issue can also easily be avoided by sticking to a regular cleaning schedule to keep the surface free of common allergens.
Empire Carpet Materials and Prices
Now that you are familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of carpet, it’s time to learn more about the different types of empire carpet. Here is a brief rundown comparing some of the most popular options we offer.
If you are looking for a natural carpet, wool is the way to go. One of the most luxurious carpet options available, wool carpet from Empire is extremely soft while also being durable and long lasting. Ringing in on the higher end of carpets, plan to pay anywhere from $50 to $150 a square yard for wool carpet.
This is a much more affordable carpeting option known for its durability and water resistance. Because of this durable nature Olefin carpet can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Plan to pay anywhere from $9 to $18 per square yard for this versatile carpet option.
A more affordable alternative to wool, nylon offers the same durability at a fraction of the cost. Nylon carpet is also known for stain resistance, which makes it a great choice for frequently used areas of your home like your living or dining room. This option typically ranges in price from $27 to $45 for a square yard. This is one of the most popular Empire carpet options, and comprises 65% of carpet purchases!
If you are looking for a super soft carpet, polyester is for you. Although polyester carpet is extremely comfortable to the touch, it is not as durable as other options such as olefin and nylon. However, it makes a wonderful option for less trafficked areas of your home, such as the bedrooms. Polyester carpet typically ranges in prices anywhere from $11 to $19 for a square yard
You may have never heard of triexta since it is one of the newest carpet fibers to hit the flooring market. This innovative material is thought to be more durable than polyester, rivaling the durability and stain resistance of nylon at a slightly lower cost per square yard.
Empire carpet is an ideal flooring option for the family on the budget. A durable, attractive, and comfortable flooring option that also blocks sound, carpet is perfect for families on the go. With proper maintenance and care, your Empire carpet should last you for years to come without any major maintenance concerns.
Empire Hardwood Reviews
Hardwood floors give a home a timeless elegance and style that is hard to beat, making them one of the most sought-after flooring options on the market. If you are trying to decide if hardwood floors are the right choice for your home, we have you covered. In this Empire flooring review, we will discuss the pros and cons of hardwood floors as well as the best-reviewed types of wood flooring and prices.
Pros of Empire Hardwood Floors
One of the key benefits of hardwood floors is that they are one of the most durable flooring options available and when cared for properly can last for hundreds of years (there’s a reason you always see them in historical homes)! Even better, if hardwood floors do become damaged or scratched they can also be easily sanded and refinished, eliminating the need to purchase new flooring.
Easy to maintain
Unlike carpet, hardwood floors are extremely easy to care for and do not easily stain. When it comes to caring for hardwood floors you pretty much just need to sweep and vacuum regularly and wipe up any spills as they happen.
Great for those with allergies or asthma
Another reason hardwood floors are so popular is that they do not trap dust mites, dander, and allergens, which is key for those suffering from asthma or allergies.
Improve property values
Although hardwood floors can be quite expensive (see cons section below), they are an easy way to add value to your property. In fact, properties with hardwood flooring typically are appraised at a higher value than those with other types of flooring.
Cons of hardwood flooring
Although hardwood floors are a long-lasting and attractive flooring option that will add value to your home, it is important to consider the downsides of this classic flooring materials before deciding whether or not to purchase.
One of the most costly flooring options on the market, hardwood floors are not the best choice for homeowners looking to save money on flooring. This said, the initial costs of hardwoods can be made up for down the line when it comes to durability and valuation of your home.
Another drawback of hardwood floors is that they are downright noisy! Unlike carpet, which provides ample noise insulation, hardwood floors are notorious for echoing sounds throughout the house. Although you can use area rugs to reduce sound, hardwood floors may not be the best choice for busy families or those in two-story homes.
Can be damaged by moisture and humidity
Although hardwood floors are known for their durability, they are not a good choice for use in damp or humid environments as they can easily warp and damage in these settings. Because of this quality, hardwood floors are not suggested for use in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and other environments prone to moisture.
Empire hardwoods materials and prices
When it comes to Empire hardwood flooring, pricing depends on a variety of factors including the type of wood, the grade of wood, the finish, and the required installation. Below are some of the most popular Empire hardwood flooring options and what you can expect to pay for each option.
When you picture the classic hardwood floor, you are most likely visualizing oak flooring. Red oak, with its warmth and natural texture, is one of the most beloved hardwood flooring options and tends to range in price from $2.00 to $6.00 per square foot.
Maple hardwood floors are known for being extremely hard and resistant to dents, making them a perfect choice for entryways, living rooms, and other highly-trafficked areas. This practical flooring option typically costs slightly more than oak, with prices ranging from $3.50 to $6.00 for a square foot.
One of the more exotic choices when it comes to hardwoods, walnut flooring is also known for being extremely resistant to scratches, making it ideal for pet owners. This is one of the more costly types of hardwood flooring, with prices starting at $5.00/square foot and maxing out around $9.00/square foot.
If budget is a concern, pine may be the way to go. One of the most affordable hardwood flooring options available, pine floors are known for their rustic look, with colors ranging light shades of beige to darker amber hues. With prices typically anywhere from $1.50 to $4.00 per square foot, pine is a budget-friendly hardwood flooring option.
Empire hardwood flooring is an excellent investment for any homeowner. Although the initial material and installation costs may be more than other flooring option like carpet and vinyl, the long-lasting nature of hardwood flooring makes this a worthwhile investment for any homeowner.
Empire Ceramic Tile Reviews
Like hardwood flooring, tile flooring has a classic look that works for just about every home. If you are considering investing in tile flooring for your home, read on to learn more about this timeless yet stylish flooring option.
Benefits of Empire Ceramic Tiles
Although there are many benefits to tile flooring, the water-resistant quality of the glazed ceramic tile is one of its most important benefits for homeowners. This resistance to moisture makes them ideal for use in damp areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. If your tile flooring is unglazed you can easily add a seal to waterproof them.
Another key benefit of tile flooring is that it is durable and does not easily crack. In fact, if properly cared for, tile flooring can last 10 to 20 years without replacement.
Despite being a durable flooring option that will last for many years, tile is surprisingly quite affordable. Even better, tile installation can be a DIY project and does not require professional installation, saving you some major money up front compared to other flooring options like hardwoods and carpet.
Easy to clean and maintain
Similarly to hardwood floors, tile is very low maintenance and does not require much more than sweeping to keep it looking its best. Even better, if you happen to damage a tile, you will only need to replace that one tile, instead of the entire floor — which is an extremely easy process.
Disadvantages of Empire Ceramic Tiles
Although tile is a popular flooring choice in warm, tropical climates thanks to its coolness to the touch, if you live in a cool climate, tile flooring may not be ideal for your home. This is because if your tile flooring is not installed above a radiant floor heat system, you can expect your flooring to be quite chilly — especially during the winter months.
Yes, the extreme hardness of tile flooring makes it durable and long-lasting, however, these same qualities can make it quite uncomfortable –especially when installed in areas where you will be standing for long periods of time. Fortunately, this issue is easy resolved by adding padded underlayments to areas where you plan to spend a lot of time on your feet (such as in front of the kitchen sink).
Similarly to hardwood flooring, tile floors do not provide the sound insulation that many families prefer. If you live in a two-story home, apartment building, or have children, you may want to consider a quieter, more insulating, flooring option, like Empire carpet.
What can you expect to pay for tile flooring?
When it comes to price, Empire tile flooring falls somewhere in between carpet and hardwood. Although it is as not as affordable as carpet, tile is a more affordable flooring option than hardwoods. You can typically plan to pay anywhere from $5.00 to $10.00 per square foot for Empire tile flooring. However, similarly to hardwood flooring, it is important to remember that tile is considered to be a long-term investment that will boost your home’s resale value in the long run.
Empire Vinyl Plank Flooring Reviews
Benefits of Empire Vinyl Plank Flooring
We’ve said it before and we will say it again, vinyl plank flooring is a budget-friendly alternative to hardwood floors. If you love the look of hardwood, but simply can’t afford the up-front costs of materials and installation, vinyl plank flooring offers a similar aesthetic at a fraction of the cost.
Easy to Install
Another key benefit of vinyl plank flooring is that it is incredibly easy to install, which will save you even more money when it comes to purchasing a new floor.
One major advantage of vinyl plank flooring over hardwoods is that vinyl flooring is completely water resistant! This means you can install these planks in any room of your home without worrying about moisture damage.
Despite what you may have been told, vinyl plank flooring is actually extremely long-lasting. If well cared for, these Empire vinyl flooring can last as long as 20 years without needing to be replaced.
Drawbacks of Empire Vinyl Plank Flooring
Decreases resale value
In spite of major improvements in the quality of vinyl plank flooring in recent years, the material is often perceived as low quality by homebuyers, which can hurt resale value. If you plan to put your home on the market in the next few years this is something to keep in mind.
Air quality issues
Another downside of vinyl plank flooring is that they release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during their first years in a home. These gases can lead to respiratory issues and allergic reactions in some. Fortunately, an easy way to ensure your floors are not emitting high levels of VOCs is to purchase flooring with a FloorScoreIAQ certification, which means it has been certified to comply with California’s VOC emission regulations.
Yes, vinyl plank flooring is highly durable and can look great for many years, however, one important factor to keep in mind when considering vinyl plank flooring is that the sun can fade the finish over time. If you plan to install your floors in a sunny room of your home, you can combat discoloration by installing thick shades or blinds to protect the floors during daylight hours.
Vinyl plank flooring prices
Empire vinyl plank flooring is comparable in price to ceramic tiles, starting as low as $2.00 per square foot. The highest you can expect to pay is about $7.00 a square foot for the most premium quality materials.
Overall, vinyl plank flooring is a convenient alternative to homeowners that want the look of hardwood flooring without the high price tag. It’s durability and resistance to water make it an excellent flooring choice for families with children looking for a long-lasting floor that can handle whatever life throws at it.