Your Guide to Waterproof Flooring!

Most people love the idea of hardwood floors. They are one of the few parts of a home that can transcend any style and trend and are able to last for decades.

However, there are situations in which hardwood isn’t the best choice during a remodel or new build. A modestly budgeted renovation can mean that real hardwood flooring may have to be one of the products you nix from the list in order to stay within your price point.

You could also be a parent to toddlers, pets, or both, and that means a lot of wear-and-tear on not only floors but every surface of your house.

With the promise to supply quality products for every budget and lifestyle, Builders Surplus has a variety of waterproof flooring products, such as luxury vinyl flooring options that give you the look and feel of hardwood floors.

There are so many options to choose from and that can get overwhelming, so let’s break it down so you get to know all about laminate products.

Your Two Options: Luxury Vinyl (LVT or LVP) or Waterproof Laminate


History of the laminate flooring starts in Sweden in early 1920 and despite popular misconception, there are actually very few similarities between hardwood and Laminate.

Whereas the durability of wood floors will vary with the different types of wood, laminate floors are not made from any particular species.

Laminates are constructed using three principal layers: the decorative layer, the core, and the backing layer. These layers are compressed together using a high-pressure process.

The higher the pressure used, the more durable the laminate will be–and it will have a higher AC rating. AC, or also known as Abrasion Rating System, was created to give us a way of determining durability and recommended usage level of different laminate floors. The common term used to denote the durability level of luxury vinyl plank and tile flooring is the Abrasion Criteria or “AC” rating.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring:

In 1926 vinyl as a useful substance was invented by accident. In Akron, Ohio, Waldo Lonsbury Semon, a researcher, was trying to develop an adhesive to bond rubber to metal for The BF Goodrich Company.

Vinyl manufacturing was reintroduced after World War 11 ended, boasting some of its newly discovered properties, versatility and flame resistance. Vinyl flooring was shown to handle heavy foot traffic and to be relatively inexpensive, so it quickly took off in commercial spaces, then in residential homes’ high traffic area, and finally as a home flooring in general. It became a solid competitor!

The first Vinyl Planks were introduced in the ’70s and they grew in popularity. Today these planks have a deal sealer. Vinyl plank is now available as a 100% waterproof floor. Top to bottom, inside and out, now they are 100% waterproof and benefit from the same technologies that have made laminate flooring become so increasingly realistic looking.

The design options of LVT flooring make it a desirable material, but this flooring also has many properties that homeowners look for in their flooring. Extremely resistant to dents, moisture damage, heat and more, Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring is perfect for those who want durable floors. Additionally, there are many types of LVT that offer built-in soundproofing and don’t contain harmful chemicals that will affect the air quality in your home.

Laminate Waterproof Flooring

Most laminate flooring is NOT waterproof, some are just water resistant. However, there are some waterproof laminates. The ONLY waterproof element is the surface, so if water gets into the cracks or underneath, it will be ruined. It’s better than standard laminate, but still not as durable as Luxury Vinyl.

What is the difference in Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Flooring? For starters, They’remade from different materials. Laminate flooring is made of layers. The primary layer (the core) is made of high-density fiberboard that gives laminate flooring its rigidity and strength. LVT is made in layers as well; its primary component is PVC vinyl, which makes LVT dimensionally stable and flexible.

Laminate flooring can offer the appearance of real hardwood floors or slate but for about two-thirds the cost. Laminate flooring is an excellent choice–healthy for your family and environmentally friendly. It’s pretty durable and sometimes scratch resistant, it will not fade even after years of exposure to direct sunlight.

Surprisingly, some laminate waterproof flooring can be both chemical and burn resistant. Even the toughest stain you can safely remove with acetone, with no damage to the floor. And burning embers falling from an open fireplace will not leave any mark or discoloration.

The biggest downside to buying a waterproof laminate is the fact that only the surface is waterproof. Most major water accidents are in the cracks and under the boards.

Luxury Vinyl Plank – COREtec One and Plus

Luxury Vinyl Plank, also called Luxury Vinyl Tile, LVT or LVT, is becoming the flooring material of choice. Not only is it waterproof on the surface, but the ENTIRE plank is also 100% waterproof.

Achieving a beautiful wood look that requires little to no maintenance has never been easier than with COREtec One luxury vinyl plank flooring.

These planks are completely waterproof, highly durable, and resistant to dents, making them ideal for any room of the home.

A no-mess, glue-less installation, these luxury vinyl planks can be installed with minimal floor prep over existing hard surfaces and will help to hide subfloor imperfections.

With a 25 year residential warranty, you are sure to love your new flooring for many years to come.

COREtec Plus represents the next revolution in luxury vinyl flooring. This waterproof flooring is a great alternative to glue-down, solid locking, or laminate flooring. The patented construction of COREtec Plus features an innovative core structure, which is an extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC.

Since COREtec Plus is 100% waterproof, the floors can be installed in wet areas and will never swell when exposed to water. Inert and dimensionally stable; it will not expand or contract under normal conditions.

And the best part? Each COREtec Plus plank has an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer vinyl floor that is naturally resistant to odor-causing mold and mildew.

Featherweight Luxury Vinyl Tile

When you install Featherweight luxury vinyl flooring, you get luxury planks that are reusable, anti-slip underfoot, waterproof, and anti-static.

The union lock system clicks planks together and gives your floor a seam-free look. Click vinyl flooring makes for a fantastic DIY project and offers beauty that you will appreciate.

With several colors and designs to choose from, you will be happy with your new floor once the installation process is complete. Click vinyl floors will offer an affordable, warm touch to any area of your home.

Entryways and laundry areas are ideal for this Featherweight vinyl flooring. If you have kids who do not like to remove shoes or boots, this is a fantastic flooring choice for you!

Mohawk Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Mohawk Luxury Vinyl is a superb choice. With the extra comfort of knowing that luxury vinyl is waterproof, it gives you the extra confidence to install it in places where moisture can be an issue like a kitchen, bathroom, mudroom or utility room.

Luxury Vinyl is a very durable floor comes with a commercial grade wear layer. It is made out of 100% virgin luxury vinyl and reinforced with fiberglass for extra durability. Mohawk Luxury Vinyl is beautiful and affordable, and installation is a snap. Glue is not needed and you can walk on your floors right after installation. It’s ideal for residential and commercial spaces.

If you’re ready for your new luxury vinyl flooring, Builders Surplus has the top brands for the best prices. Click here to shop all of our Luxury Vinyl and come in store to pick some up today!

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10 Best Backsplash Tile Choices For Your Home

Backsplash tile is my favorite of all renovation materials! As a renovation lover, that’s saying a lot, but it’s true! Backsplash tile or wall tile is one of those things that can completely transform your space. Switching out a backsplash can change the whole vibe of your room as well, without touching the larger things like cabinets, countertops or bathroom vanities. It’s useful as well as aesthetic, making it a great investment in your home. We’re going to cover our top 10 best backsplash tile choices for the year. Get ready to find a new favorite!

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1. Brick Tile


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Brick backsplash tile and wall tile has been on the rise since early 2016, but it’s only growing in popularity. This is hands down my favorite new backsplash tile. In the past, it was hard to get this product as a tile. Now, this high quality porcelain comes in a white, taupe, and red brick. It can work with a modern, rustic, industrial, farmhouse or cottage style space with ease!

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2. Wood Look Tile


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Wood look tile is not always something that people think of when deciding on a backsplash tile. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an awesome choice! This large format tile gives a very rustic look and adds something really special to your home. It also looks great in bathrooms or as a shower surround!

3. Herringbone

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Herringbone is one of the hottest patterns out right now. You can do a herringbone with brick, subway tile or you can buy a mesh back tile that already has the herringbone pattern like this one above!

4. Pennies

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Pennies are a great backsplash tile choice for your kitchen or bathroom. It is very simple but can add an understated elegance that will give your space a subtle pop. We carry bright white with a glossy finish, a black glossy, or a matte white. Pennies can look vintage or modern depending on the other pieces in the room.

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5. Hexagon

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Hexagon tile is one of my favorite tile options! This shape is very very popular, not only for backsplash tile, but for flooring as well. There are so many different materials, such as a simple white ceramic or marble hexagon tile, or this tile above with multiple finishes and colors. It’s always a stunning choice that won’t soon go out of style.

6. Colored Subway Tile

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Colored subway tile is a great twist on a classic backsplash tile. The arctic ice above is a lovely choice, as well as the morning fog or charcoal glass. It adds a great pop of color and freshness to your space without being too overpowering.

7. Arabesque Tile

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Arabesque tile is still on the rise, and I am thrilled! I love this tile and it’s beautiful shape. It adds a very feminine and elegant feel to your kitchen or bathroom. However, you may want to work with a professional on the installation, because it’s not so easy for a beginner to DIY.

8. 1×1 Glass Mosaic

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Glass mosaics have been popular for a while, but the 1×1 is really on the top of the list this year. It adds so much visual interest and variation. It’s pretty easy to install and it comes in so many different color combinations and finishes that you’re sure to find the right one for your home.

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9. White Subway Tile with Dark Grout


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White subway tile has never really gone out of style. It always has been, and always will be, a classic design staple. My favorite variation on this look is to add a dark grout instead of the traditional white. While it doesn’t quite cover all the little imperfections that a white grout would, it makes the backsplash tile really pop and gives it a very vintage and nostalgic look. This can also work in a modern space.

10. Ledger Panels

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Ledger panels, or ledge stone, is another tile choice that is not always the first thing you might think of for your kitchen. I really love ledge stone because it gives it a very craftsman or rustic look, while still remaining classy and elegant. It comes in so many different colors that you can easily match your cabinets no matter what their finish might be.

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Mesh-Back-Tile-FeaturedBacksplash-Tile-Featured-ImageWhile there are soooo many more backsplash tile options, these 10 sure steal the show for me this year! What’s your favorite look for backsplash tile? Let us know in the comments below!

Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops, backsplash tile, and cabinet hardware in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

PRO Flooring Options: Affordable Yet Stylish

As a contractor, you want to make your customers happy. You also want to get them the best deal on products if they have a budget they want to stay within. Offering them affordable yet stylish flooring options that they love can be a great way to please your customer and get a finished product that looks great. The following flooring options are a mix of choices that can be found in a bathroom, kitchen or main space. Lets check them out!
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Our Top 5 Affordable Flooring Options

1. LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tile

LVT is by far my favorite, and possibly the hottest, of all the current flooring options. This product is beautiful, durable, easy to install, 100% waterproof and scratch resistant! This product can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, main living spaces, and anywhere in between! Pet owners love it, families with small children love it, DIYers love it as well! I actually haven’t met anyone who purchased this product who was unhappy with it. The price can get up there, depending on the brand, the size of the planks, the added features such as a cork backing which replaces underlayment, but the opening price point is $1.79/ sq. ft. which I think is an awesome deal for what you get. The technology has come so far and LVT looks just like real wood or even tile. Not only will you save your clients money on the product itself, but you’ll also save them money replacing possible damaged flooring in the future!
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2. Ceramic Basketweave Tile

Basketweave tile is very popular in flooring options right now. It has a vintage yet modern look that homeowners can’t get enough of. It’s easy to install, and the ceramic version is very affordable! While you can also find a marble version for someone wanting a bit of a more upscale look, I think the ceramic is a beautiful choice that you can’t go wrong with.
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3. Wood Look Tile

Wood look tile is another one of this years affordable flooring options that I just can’t get enough of! It gives the amazing durability of tile, with the coveted look of wood. We have distressed and modern wood looks to compliment any home style. Wood look tile starts at just $1.99 sq/ft and will last for decades. Easy to install, and works in any room of the house.
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4. Mohawk ‘Made in the USA’ Laminate

Mohawk is a made in the USA product, which is a huge selling point to many homeowners, especially after all the Lumber Liquidators issues that came out last year. We are carrying Mohawk laminate flooring starting at $1.29/sq. ft. Mohawk is a very well known and respected brand that homeowners would be happy to have in their home, and would feel safe and comfortable using. Laminate has taken a hit after last year’s Lumber Liquidator’s debacle. Many people were fearful of purchasing laminate. But you can tell them to rest assured with Mohawk. It’s durable, beautiful and safe.

5. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Unfinished hardwood flooring is like a blank canvas! It can be stained or finished any way that you or the homeowner chooses. We have unfinished hardwood flooring starting at just $.99/sq ft! At that price, your customers will be thrilled. We have a variety of wood species and thicknesses of planks. Make sure to mention it next time you’re speaking to someone who is on a budget about solid hardwood floors. They’ll definitly thank you for it.
Good luck on your projects this month and let us know if there is anything we can help you with! Our job is to make your job easier.

Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of hardwood flooring, LVT, wood look tile, ceramic tile and porcelain tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

10 Stunning Examples Of Wood Look Tile Flooring

Homes everywhere have traded in their carpets and alternative flooring to get the look, feel and benefit of wood floors. Homeowners and interior designers alike are intentionally choosing to create spaces where they can instill the flavor and charm of a wood appearance. New designs in wood look tile flooring have opened up opportunities for interior designers and homeowners to use a wood look tile in a variety of spaces once thought to not be durable enough. Places like busy restaurants, grocery stores, businesses and commercial spaces are all enjoying the benefits and beauty of a wood look.






Unlimited Design Possibilities:

Technology has come a long way so there is now a variety of colors, textures and patterns you can choose from.

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Flooring must be functional and work with the demands of today’s busy lifestyle. One of the biggest disadvantages of hardwood flooring is that it is easily scratched from wear and tear of everyday foot traffic. Wood look tile flooring offers the best of both worlds because it looks like wood and feels like wood yet it withstands the daily rigors that comes from having pets, traffic and even spills. Tile is one of the most durable materials that you can put in your home and can last for decades, still looking good as new.

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Resistance To Water:

We often get asked whether wood is an appropriate material to use in those moisture-prone areas, such as basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Real hard wood floors are highly susceptible to water damage and can swell and stain after short time exposure to water. However, wood look tile flooring allows you to enjoy the warmth of wood without the worry of moisture damage. These are absolutely perfect for the rooms listed above, and we’ve seen a resurgence of  the wood look in bathrooms because prior to the development of such believable wood look tile, you were not able to get this style in your ensuite.



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Easy To Maintain:

True wood floors require a lot of effort and time to maintain them between finishing, resealing and re-staining that must be done on a regular basis. Wood look tile floors are easily maintained using a basic tile cleaner and warm water. You don’t have to worry about pets destroying them with accidents or claw scratches. They are also very child proof, and if you tend to move heavy furniture or appliances in your home or business, this is a top choice for you.

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Tile tends to be less expensive than wood flooring giving you more bang for your buck.  There is a variety of colors, textures and and patterns you can choose from, including the trending reclaimed wood look tile, to fit the style of any room in your home. The believable wood look tile is one of the best improvements to remodeling materials, in my option, in the last several years. You just can’t beat what this incredible tile has to offer.

We encourage you to visit our store and see for yourself! Planning ahead will prevent you from feeling completely overwhelmed with all the different options available. Browse our online selection of wood look tile and ceramic tile before visiting our store to have a few styles in mind when you visit our showroom. We offer our Louisville, Newport and Cincinnati area customers an unrivaled selection of re-finished and unfinished hardwood, laminate, vinyl and bamboo flooring, as well as a wide array of wood look tile.


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I purchased 12mm Laminate flooring at a very low price and it was everything I both wanted and needed. I am very excited about the finished look and can’t thank Builder’s Surplus enough!!! –David Lyons, Louisville, KY


Builders Surplus is a full service remodeling company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, which comes as a free service to our clients. We sell building supplies ranging from unused surplus, to first quality in stock, to high end custom order and everything in between. We also provide measurement and full installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. Happy Remodeling!

Written By: LeighAnne Turner

The Most Pet Friendly Types Of Flooring For Your Home

The types of flooring you choose when building or remodeling your home can be a challenging decision. It can become even more of a challenge if you have pets living in your home. We are frequently asked what types of flooring are best for pet owners, especially those living with man’s best friend.

Dogs may be man’s best friend but they can be your floor’s worst nightmare if you don’t first consider the pros and cons for the types of flooring you may be considering. Innovation has changed the way that flooring is manufactured and recycled, creating several options that can withstand anything your pet dishes out. Check out some of the pet-friendly types of flooring we have sniffed out for you. 


1. Hardwood VS. Wood-Look

We’ll tackle hardwood flooring first since this is one of the most desired types of flooring.

The bottom line is the best wood floor for your dog isn’t a wood floor.

Choosing hardwood flooring when you have a dog in the home is tricky unless your dog is well-trained.  Otherwise, hardwood floors require a tremendous amount of attention and maintenance. Dog or cat urine can stain the hardwood and leave an undesired smell.

Even if you clean it up right away, there’s a good chance the smell will persist because the urine seeps down into the wood as the wood expands. The same is true for any other liquid that spills or drops onto a  wood floor.

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Hardwood floors also scratch easily. Dogs don’t have to have to have sharp claws for them to scratch the surface and affect the wood floor. You can lay out area rugs and runners down the hallway but their claws can still penetrate the sealer coat and ruin the hardwood.

There are other types of flooring that can achieve the same appearance if you are bound and determined to have the look of hardwood in your home. Wood-look tile is not what it used to be and it even can come plank-sized in a variety of colors and finishes.

Luxury Vinyl is one of the most used types of flooring for pet owners because it’s known to be one of the most resilient and durable options available. Luxury Vinyl flooring is scratch and stain resistant, low in allergens and extremely easy to clean.

It’s also very quiet to walk on which is a huge perk for those who frequently hear their dog’s nails click clack on the floor. Luxury Vinyl is a very affordable flooring.

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The #1 reason pet owners love luxury vinyl flooring? IT’S 100% WATERPROOF! Seriously, waterproof. If you’re out of town and sparky has a few accidents and no one is there to clean it up, have no fear. You can easily clean it without leaving a stain, smell, or damaging the planks.

3. Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring can be a sensible option for dog owners and a great compromise between hardwood and vinyl flooring. Bamboo has a wood surface and is the hardest of all hardwoods. Because of it’s durability, it stands up to foot traffic and can withstand scratches and stains better than traditional hardwood.  Not only is bamboo flooring stain resistant but it’s completely renewable so it’s good for the Earth. 

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Not all bamboo flooring is a good option though, so be sure to do your research and look specifically for bamboo flooring manufacturers, like US Floors, who draw attention to the hardness of their floors. The bamboo flooring should be strand woven and not made from immature bamboo plants, otherwise, it will be quite soft and won’t stand up to the two and four-legged traffic in your home.

4. Laminate Flooring

Laminate is another type of flooring that can be made to look like wood. Many dog owners turn to laminate flooring over traditional hardwood because it’s such an affordable way to achieve a wood look. It’s also strong and can be scratch and water resistant (not with every laminate) but there are other factors to take into consideration before choosing this option.

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A lot of pet owners like wood-like laminate to provide the home decor they are looking for but it can be difficult for dogs because they slip and slide as they walk or run through the home. Another factor to consider is that although laminate is water resistant, any spills or accidents have the potential to seep through the crevices between the planks creating the potential for staining. I’ve also seen plenty of laminates scratch, so make sure it’s got a thick wear layer.

5.  Stone Tile Flooring

Stone tile is an amazing flooring option for pet owners because this tough surface doesn’t scratch easily and if it does, the scratches don’t show like they do on other types of flooring. When pets have accidents on the stone tile floor, there is much less reason to worry about how it will impact the condition of the flooring because any mess can easily be cleaned up. These two factors alone make it a valuable option for dog owners looking at different types of flooring for their home.

The downside of stone flooring is that it’s cold and hard so it’s very uncomfortable to lay on  and walk upon. Granite is the hardest all natural stone and one of the better stone flooring options because it is low maintenance compared to softer stones such as marble, slate and travertine.

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6. Cork Flooring

Cork is another eco-and-pet friendly flooring choice because it’s good for the environment and health of those in your home. Cork flooring is high on the dog-friendly flooring list because it’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial so it will reduce the the growth of mold and other allergens that dogs may be responsible for.

It’s also scratch resistant and sound absorbent so not only will your floor not get scuffed and scratched up, but your four legged friend will move through the house like a stealth ninja.

Cork flooring is water resistant but since it’s a natural surface, spills and accidents should be cleaned without delay.  The finish of most cork flooring is closer to a hardwood floor than vinyl or stone but it does have a tendency to discolor over time if it’s exposed to sunlight. Cork flooring is fairly expensive option but it is totally worth considering due to it’s overall lifespan, especially in a home with pets.

7. CoreTec Luxury Vinyl Tile

CoreTec is a luxury vinyl on steriods. COREtec is one of the most reputable LVT brands on the market, and it’s quickly becoming a first choice in homes with pets and kids. CoreTec Flooring has the rustic wood look of a hardwood floor but it is completely scratch resistant, 100% waterproof, quieter and softer than standard hardwood.

It has three layers with vinyl on top and a core made from recycled wood, bamboo, limestone and PVC. It’s so waterproof that it will never swell and the cork underlayment is backed by a lifetime warranty by it’s manufacturer, US Floors. 

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I hope this has helped you to better understand some of the pet-friendly flooring options that are available today. This is just a basic guide to some of the distinct pros and cons for each flooring type.

Ultimately most flooring types can be suitable for certain pets if you approach it with forethought. Whichever floor you choose, remember to keep your dog’s nails trimmed to minimize the impact on your floors.

Also, consider using floor mats around the entry ways to your home so dirt can be easily wiped down before your pet comes back inside.  We are a pet loving company so don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment if you have any other questions.

Builders Surplus is a full service remodeling company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, which comes as a free service to our clients. We sell building supplies ranging from unused surplus, to first quality in stock, to high end custom order and everything in between. We also provide measurement and full installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. Happy Remodeling!

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Homearama 2015: Modern Rustic Design

In visiting Homearama 2015 in Louisville, we took note of a huge trend – modern rustic decor & materials. Whether it’s the shaky economy or a ‘waste not want not’ mentality, there is a surge in the simplicity of naturally exposed architectural elements and modern rustic decor in today’s home design. It didn’t take very long to observe this trend within the eleven homes featured at Homearama 2015, which took place at Spring Lake Farm subdivision, located off Wolf Pen Branch Road in northeastern Louisville. This year’s showcase of homes revealed an ambience of reclaimed and restored elements that gave a sense of connection to the past, yet in combination with modern furniture and decor, offered an element of comfort that we all seek within our home. For some, the modern aesthetic is too cold and uninviting. For many, the rustic style is not refined. But when you mix the two, I think there are many people who can appreciate this incredible style.


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Many of the home design and decor ideas featured at Homearama 2015 were defined by a contrasting blend of elements that seem to oppose one another but actually offered a cozy sense of comfort and relaxation. By pairing two aspects of design that don’t seem to really go together, it emphasized the best qualities of both.
Below you’ll find some of our favorite rustic pieces with a modern spin. Starting from the left, the heavily distressed furniture piece is paired with a modern work of art. The light fixture is slightly industrial, yet modern & simplistic. The distressing technique is very popular right now and is something you can easily do yourself. Next, the rustic wooden table is defiantly the focal point of the room. The material gives it the rustic feel, but the shape is extremely modern. It’s all about clean lines. The shape of the chairs, burlap inspired rug, and wooden beams also play heavily into the farmhouse chic movement.
Homearama 2015 Modern RusticNext you’ll find another distressed piece with an interesting choice of colors! The color palette screams modern, while the shape of the piece and the distressing techniques are very rustic. All you need is some chalk paint, antiquing wax & a sander if you’re feeling up for it, and you can take a $20 flea market find & turn it into this high class creation. Lastly, the sliding barn door. While the door itself is very rustic, the sliding hardware is definitely a modern element. These doors give whatever space you put them in a little bit of oomph! Learn how to make them from our Knotted Pine Rustic Doors here.Homearama Modern RusticBelow are two more decor finds that we love. The shabby chic dining room was one of my favorites, as teal and coral paired with wood is such a perfect combination. The cabinetry in the room is a modern piece, but the glass faces bring out the old school charm. You can find custom cabinetry like this through our Wellborn Cabinets line. To the right, you’ll find a modern soaker tub, similar to our Bliss Modern Soaking Tub. This is obvioulsy a modern piece, but the wood stump table gives it the rustic charm we all love. It makes modern approachable, and somehow warmer, which is exactly what you need in your master bath retreat.





The largest feature in most rooms is the flooring, as it’s an important backdrop to any home design. These floors at Homearama made a statement while providing a strong, rustic finish with a weathered style and bold character. It’s a trend in home decorating that’s adaptable and functional yet demonstrates boldness, creativity and originality. Starting at the bottom left, you’ll see the variations in the wood with extreme lights and darks, swirled together to create one beautiful floor. This hardwood definitely makes you feel nostalgic. Then, you’ll find one of our favorite pieces. This old wooden barrel, combined with a video game, is probably the best mix of old and new that we’ve seen! Not to mention those floors, which are incredible!
Below, you’ll find a light wood look tile. Wood look tile is extremely popular this year, and I don’t see the popularity dwindling any time soon. Wood look tile offers you the beauty of wood combined with the durability of tile. You can use this in bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms, areas that previously weren’t the best for hardwood because of the possible water exposure. Now, you don’t have to choose between beauty and functionality! It’s a beautiful thing.

Homearama Modern Rustic

Homearama Modern Rustic


A few more of our favorite rustic flooring choices are below. The carpet to the left has a burlap feel, and for a game room, it sends just the right vibe. Rustic, but with the comforts of a modern home. The two wood look tiles to the right are incredible. The are super distressed and the orange and blue tones give it something special that I’ve never seen before. The wall art fits perfectly & the designer definitely achieved the look they were hoping to pull off.



One of the primary trends we spotted at Homearama 2015 in Louisville is the rustic, grey/brown kitchen cabinet color. Grey has been one of the top cabinet paint colors of the season, and while it’s still very popular, it’s “cousin” is rising in popularity as well. This grey toned brown stays in line with the modern rustic theme. It looks elegant & classy, but slightly farmhouse. I personally love it! We have several kitchen & bath cabinets options to choose from in this popular color, such as the Wellborn Davenport Square, the Hanover, or the Monterey. One of the things I like best is the wood grain which shows through, unlike in a standard grey or white painted kitchen cabinet. This is done using a mix of paint & glaze.
modern rustic homearama cabinets
Homearama Cabinets

 For the look of reclaimed wood without spending a fortune, our unfinished alder shaker kitchen and bath cabinets are the perfect place to start in crafting your own authentic style. You can varnish the wood for a natural, bare look or glaze the surface with a preferred paint color. The technique of mixing the glaze with paint provides a translucent color to the cabinet and will highlight the natural grain. This is one of the primary ways that you can take your cabinets from traditional to rustic in a flash.

Painting glaze on unfinished wood
Once your painting, staining, or glazing is complete, look for knobs, pulls or unique handles to embellish your kitchen or bath cabinet and complete your own modern rustic design. Take a look at our knob & pull selection here.
For more information on the modern rustic look, ideas on how to create it, or products that we offer that fit this style, feel free to comment or reach out to us. Be sure to like, share, tweet & pin this article  and subscribe to our newsletter for ongoing style tips & tricks. Happy Remodeling!