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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Posted on: October 30, 2017
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of the year for the whole family... full of ghosts, goblins, and crazy costumes, as well as beautiful fall leaves providing a nice backdrop. However, it can turn tragic if the proper safety tools aren't in place for your read more …
Fall Is Here!

Fall Is Here!

Posted on: September 20, 2017
Fall is Here! We will officially be welcoming in the Fall season this week… Although Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING has already been lurking the stores and coffee shops since mid-summer, we can finally embrace the spice that perfectly describes the fall read more …
Cheap vs. Quality

Cheap vs. Quality

Posted on: August 31, 2017
“Any room of carpet installed for only $39.00, regardless of size!” OR “Free Pad with your carpet installation!” OR “CHEAPEST prices in town!” Sound all too familiar? We know nothing is free. If read more …
Wide Plank Flooring - What Is All The Hype About?

Wide Plank Flooring - What Is All The Hype About?

Posted on: July 31, 2017
Floors have become wider and wider over the years as consumer tastes and preferences have gradually changed. So, what is considered wide plank? Some companies will say floors above 3 inches in width are considered “wide”, whereas another company read more …
Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Posted on: June 30, 2017
Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means that barbecues, swimming and fireworks abound! It's natural for the Fourth of July, family, friends and fireworks to go together, just like apple pie and ice cream. However, what we don't plan for is for a read more …
Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen Backsplash

Posted on: May 22, 2017
When it comes to decorating your home, the kitchen can seem to be one of the most challenging rooms to decorate. A kitchen backsplash is not only a creative way to express your personal style, but it’s also one of the most effective ways to refresh your read more …
2017 Vinyl Flooring Color Trends

2017 Vinyl Flooring Color Trends

Posted on: March 31, 2017
2017 Vinyl Flooring Color Trends Vinyl looks this year are trending towards modern and dark with deep, rich colors. Of course, there’s plenty on the other end of the spectrum too GRAY Gray flooring has been exploding in a big way, and vinyl floors read more …
Tips For Purchasing New Carpet

Tips For Purchasing New Carpet

Posted on: January 31, 2017
Buying the right carpet for your home is exciting, but you want to shop smart. It’s more than just finding a style that fits your personality, as well as in the color you like. It’s also a choice based on your family lifestyle. Do you have read more …
Prefinished Hardwood vs. Site Finished

Prefinished Hardwood vs. Site Finished

Posted on: December 29, 2016
When it comes to a prefinished floor vs. a site-finished floor, customers are always looking for advice to understand what’s best for them. The definition of a prefinished floor means that it’s been finished at the factory and is ready to install. read more …
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 22, 2016
The holidays are fast approaching and this week we will be giving thanks for the many people and belongings in our lives that sustain us and help us to move forward each day. Living in such a stressful world, it can seem extremely difficult for anyone to be read more …
Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Posted on: October 31, 2016
HALLOWEEN SAFETY Below are great tips for Halloween safety for children provided by www.safekids.org. You can also see additional tips here. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and read more …
Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring

Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring

Posted on: August 31, 2016
What started as a niche product that served only an exclusive sector of the flooring industry, reclaimed hardwood flooring has not only become a much higher demanding product in today’s market, but it also comes with a very unique story to tell, brings read more …
Fido and Fireworks

Fido and Fireworks

Posted on: June 30, 2016
Like lightening and thunder, fireworks can send a rather calm pup into chaos with added stress and anxiety. These loud explosions, which come unexpectedly to our canine friends, may be exciting to watch and hear to us humans, but dogs and fireworks are like read more …
Outdoor Area Rugs

Outdoor Area Rugs

Posted on: April 29, 2016
Cincinnatians love to sit outdoors and entertain with family and friends. It’s in our character to not only enjoy one’s company, but to also enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings amongst us at the same time. Now that spring is in full bloom read more …
Flooring Trends 2016

Flooring Trends 2016

Posted on: February 26, 2016
New technology has put flooring materials through a metamorphosis over the years and the options are more numerous than ever. Carpet is softer, wood is rougher with the ever-popular a-la-carte options in reclaimed wood, and vinyl is becoming luxurious! Here read more …
Protecting Your Hardwood Floors During Winter Months

Protecting Your Hardwood Floors During Winter Months

Posted on: January 31, 2016
Winter – a high-stress time for your floors, especially in the Cincinnati area. One week it can be 25 degrees and 9” of snow, the next week it can be -5 below zero with a wind chill of -20 below, and the following week, a balmy 65 degrees! One read more …
7-Day Cleaning Plan for the Holidays

7-Day Cleaning Plan for the Holidays

Posted on: December 18, 2015
A 7-Day Cleaning Plan for the Holidays from Better Homes and Gardens Don't procrastinate -- start cleaning now. Our 7-Day Cleaning Plan maps out a few major tasks to accomplish daily, so all that's left the day your guests arrive is a handful of last-minute read more …
Keeping Your Floors Clean This Holiday Season

Keeping Your Floors Clean This Holiday Season

Posted on: November 25, 2015
It’s the beginning of the holiday season and that means memorable celebrations with family and friends. Like most, you’re probably hosting at least one of those holiday gatherings yourself. Unfortunately, all that celebrating can also mean the read more …
Asking All The Right Questions

Asking All The Right Questions

Posted on: October 23, 2015
Choosing the perfect flooring for your home is exciting and fun… but it can also be overwhelming. It’s a rather large purchase so you want make sure that what you’re purchasing will last you a long time. When choosing a company to purchase read more …
Fur-ball Season

Fur-ball Season

Posted on: September 30, 2015
Fall… Not only is it a beautiful time of year with the fall colors, but it’s a furry time of year with your adorable fur-babies – Dogs (we’ll include cats for all cat-lovers in the world)! Fall is a common time for mass shedding for read more …
Food Truck Rally!

Food Truck Rally!

Posted on: August 12, 2015
We're only 2 days away from the 3rd annual Food Truck Rally! There is a LONG list of food truck vendors to choose from so bring an empty stomach! You and your family will have a great time, while enjoying awesome music and eating yummy, finger-licking-good read more …
Dear Laminate: An Open Letter From Someone Turning to Wood

Dear Laminate: An Open Letter From Someone Turning to Wood

Posted on: July 29, 2015
A very crafty letter recently sent to Hardwood Floors Magazine discusses the pros and cons of laminate flooring in one family's home and how she will soon be switching to hardwood floors. Enjoy!!! Dear Laminate: An Open Letter From Someone Turning to read more …
Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Posted on: June 30, 2015
Fourth of July is quickly approaching and you know what that means?! Barbecues, family fun, swimming and fireworks! It seems almost everyone grew up with fireworks celebrating their memorable Fourth of Julys... What we don't plan for, however, is a special read more …
Carpet Trends

Carpet Trends

Posted on: May 29, 2015
The style and color of carpet changes periodically and 2015 certainly has been a transitional year for carpet to move towards a new designing trend. While carpet choice used to be limited to basic beige or brown, textures, patterns and flecks are being read more …
Choosing Your Child's Bedroom or Playroom Flooring

Choosing Your Child's Bedroom or Playroom Flooring

Posted on: April 30, 2015
Decorating your child's bedroom or playroom can be quite an enjoyable task, as long as your child likes the end result, right? You just need to make sure it's conducive for playing dress up, pushing cars on the floors and walls or building forts out of read more …
Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted on: March 31, 2015
It's Spring Cleaning Time! Did you know that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention? Clutter overloads your senses, impairs your ability to think clearly and creatively, and leads to stress and frustration. Just think of all the read more …
Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean

Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean

Posted on: February 23, 2015
Since 1878, Mohawk carpets have not only produced high quality floor products, but they have been at the forefront of new and improved technology since the beginning. They continue that tradition today with their newest product, SmartStrand Forever Clean read more …
Protecting Your Dining Area Carpet

Protecting Your Dining Area Carpet

Posted on: January 15, 2015
The dining area... Where everyone gathers together to talk about their day, joke and share stories at breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is also where everyone spills their food and drinks, leaving food and beverage stains for cleanup after you just had a read more …
Janka Hardness Scale

Janka Hardness Scale

Posted on: December 30, 2014
Tags: Janka Hardness Scale
Wood products have such exquisite natural beauty and unique effects that tell complex stores. However, when selecting wood for your cabinetry or flooring, it's good to understand the level of durability and differences between wood types. For example, read more …
Santa Area Rugs

Santa Area Rugs

Posted on: November 25, 2014
Tags: Santa Area Rugs Milliken
In two days we'll be stuffing our faces with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, the ever popular green bean casserole, and the one thing we all look forward to the most?? The solid, tubular shape of cranberry as it slithers out of the can... Yum!! read more …
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Posted on: October 31, 2014
Tags: Halloween Pumpkins
Did you know that the city of Cincinnati ranks #1 in the highest amount of candy stores per capita? Our dentists will be kept very busy! Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween! Americas Ghastliest Halloween read more …
The Perfect Area Rug

The Perfect Area Rug

Posted on: August 28, 2014
Tags: Milliken Area Rug Diamante Gray
Buying area rugs for your home can be rather daunting. They create such a huge impact for such a small space, generating a lot of visual energy, as well as curiosity. From a physical perspective, they certainly can add cushioning to you step and help absorb read more …
Have You Been Served?

Have You Been Served?

Posted on: July 30, 2014
Did you hear about the fantastic deal going on at the Big Box store down the street?? They're slashing prices and offering a free roadside emergency kit with every purchase! OK, so you didn't hear about it but the free roaside emergency kit really perked your read more …
Home Office Haven

Home Office Haven

Posted on: July 1, 2014
Tags: Patcraft Science Modular Precision Carpet Tile
As we become more of a 'work from home' society, you probably notice you're spending more time in your home office compared to 10 years ago. As a matter of fact, we're working more hours now than we ever did, especially with the advancement of technology and read more …
Choosing the Right Stains For Your Hardwood Floors

Choosing the Right Stains For Your Hardwood Floors

Posted on: June 17, 2014
Tags: Monocoat White 5% Oil Finish on Teak Flooring
So you've decided to have new, unfinished hardwood floors installed throughout your home and they will site-finsihed to the perfect stain color of your choice! Did someone say choice?? Now that's going to be a tough decision to make! What color do you like read more …
Rubio Monocoat - Environmentally Friendly

Rubio Monocoat - Environmentally Friendly

Posted on: June 3, 2014
With hardwood being very much in style, you begin to think that your current hardwood floors are looking a little dreary and dull these days. However, you don't necessarily want to replace them as they are in great condition. They just need a little read more …
Reclaimed Wood - What is it?  Pros and Cons?

Reclaimed Wood - What is it? Pros and Cons?

Posted on: May 21, 2014
Tags: Reclaimed Tobaccowood
There’s a new buzzword for decorating and design right now and that buzzword is reclaimed wood. What exactly is reclaimed wood? Reclaimed wood is wood that was logged around 100 years ago or more. It comes from an existing structure, salvaged from maybe read more …
Custom Hardwood Designs

Custom Hardwood Designs

Posted on: March 27, 2014
Tags: Mirage Hardwood American Walnut Natural Herringbone
Hardwood floors are classic and timeless. They are an original creation. They are dramatic statements or subtle representations that complement your use of space. They can be modern... edgy... highly contemporary. Depending on your design style, you can make read more …
Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2014

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2014

Posted on: February 26, 2014
Tags: Mirage Hardwood Red Oak Charcoal
Pack up the family or meet friends, old or new, at the 2014 Cincinnati Home & Garden Show! Think spring and think green... it's definitely time to rid away the winter doldrums for new, creative, and innovative ideas for your home, inside and out! We hope read more …
Maintaining Your Carpet's Beauty

Maintaining Your Carpet's Beauty

You just had new carpet installed and you're afraid to walk on it, look at it, touch it... as a matter of fact, you've created a CARPET SHRINE for all the neighborhood to admire! As reality begins to sink in, you know you can't maintain a Carpet Museum for read more …
Wood Floor Maintenance

Wood Floor Maintenance

Posted on: December 17, 2013
Hardwood floors have gained so much popularity; however, with popularity, comes all sorts of ideas and suggestions to maintain the beauty of your wood floors. The writers at Hardwood Floors magazine have come to the rescue to clear up any confusion that you read more …
Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Posted on: November 11, 2013
Tags: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots
A Step Above Flooring is proud to team up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program in our first annual toy drive! We want to give back to a charity we believe in... one that helps less fortunate children throughout the United States read more …
Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Posted on: October 31, 2013
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of the year for the whole family... full of ghosts, goblins, and crazy costumes, as well as beautiful fall leaves providing a nice backdrop. However, it can turn tragic if the proper safety tools aren't in place for your read more …
Choosing the Right Flooring Option

Choosing the Right Flooring Option

Posted on: October 19, 2013
One of the best ways to dramatically change the look and feel of your home is with new flooring. However, choosing the wrong flooring can make your home lose its aesthetic appeal. Flooring solidifies your home and creates a sense of personal space. It also read more …
Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Posted on: September 18, 2013
Tags: Harvest Moon Midwest
The Harvest Moon is tonight - so what do you know about the Harvest Moon? The full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which is September 22 of this year, is called the Harvest Moon. The "Harvest Moon" and "Hunter's Moon" are traditional terms for the full read more …
How Moisture Affects Hardwood Floors

How Moisture Affects Hardwood Floors

Posted on: August 23, 2013
It's time to remodel and you want to have hardwood flooring installed in your home. Sounds so simple, right? They will look gorgeous throughout and change the whole appearance of your living environment. However, shouldn't you also have a basic understanding read more …
Rubio Monocoat

Rubio Monocoat

Posted on: July 30, 2013
We are excited to offer Rubio Monocoat, an amazing hardwood finish product, to customers and contractors as we have become a distributor for Rubio Monocoat in the Midwest.  Rubio Monocoat is an innovative floor finish that is environmentally friendly and read more …
25th Annual Celebrity Softball Classic

25th Annual Celebrity Softball Classic

Posted on: June 21, 2013
We are proud to support this year's 25th Annual Celebrity Softball Classic!  The Softball Classic, held at The Florence Freedom Ballpark in Florence, Kentucky, benefits Teen Response - A program that provides quality, comprehesive services for at-risk read more …
Email Scams and Red Flags

Email Scams and Red Flags

Posted on: April 18, 2013
Tags: Scam Emails
As a consumer, it's highly recommended to maintain continued vigilance to protect yourself from online fraud.  Learning how to recognize red flags can be confusing.  Below is a detailed article, recently posted by Matt Petronzio, March 20, 2013, at read more …
2013 Cincinnati Home & Garden Show

2013 Cincinnati Home & Garden Show

Posted on: February 28, 2013
The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show located at the Duke Energy Convention Center is here once again and it is THE PLACE to be to experience what's new in home remodeling and decor, gardening and landscaping.  Make your plans to visit hundreds of read more …
Best of Houzz 2013 Press Release

Best of Houzz 2013 Press Release

Posted on: February 1, 2013
A Step Above Flooring & Installation of Cincinnati Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award   Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users  Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals   CINCINNATI, OH -- read more …
RSVP Renovation Update

RSVP Renovation Update

Posted on: January 28, 2013
It’s been a month since we’ve posted any updates on the RSVP Event Center remodeling project and there has been quite a bit of work done throughout the building.  The existing floors and furniture have been removed, making way for new to come read more …
RSVP Event Center Renovation

RSVP Event Center Renovation

Posted on: December 28, 2012
Tags: broadloom carpet with boarder
We are excited to be part of an exciting renovation at the RSVP Event Center in Loveland, Ohio.  As the renovation progresses, we will blog updates on the renovation, along with some before, current and after pictures.  Here is a snapshot of how the read more …
Unique Holiday Gift

Unique Holiday Gift

Posted on: December 4, 2012
Tags: Holiday Area Rugs
If you're searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything, or just feel like adding fresh, holiday charm to your holiday home decorating, take a look at these whimsical holiday area rugs that are sure to be a hit with family and read more …
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on: November 21, 2012
Tags: Happy Safe Thanksgiving

We want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

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Not your mother's vinyl floors...

Not your mother's vinyl floors...

Posted on: November 13, 2012
Tags: Vinyl Floors Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring connotes retro style 50’s kitchens of avocado and orange swirl patterns; dizzying the eyes and mind in an endless whirlpool of colors, shapes and designs.  However, today’s vinyl is definitely not your mom’s vinyl read more …
Soft enough you'll want to sleep on your floor...

Soft enough you'll want to sleep on your floor...

Posted on: September 19, 2012
We all do it... you're watching TV, winding down for the day, it's getting late, and you're either sitting on the couch or lying on the floor... and then you fall asleep.  At least on the couch you know you have some cushion and comfort of a soft surface read more …

Design Trendy Water Tower

Posted on: August 21, 2012
Tags: Design Trends

A Brooklyn water tower transformed into a stunning "modern stained-glass window in the round," with the iconic Manhattan Bridge in the background.  Read more from Architectual Digest's blog, http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2012/08/tom-fruin-watertower-sculpture-brooklyn

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CY Young Award Poll!

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Please visit our site on Facebook and pick your favorite who you think should be the CY Young award winner for the National League!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Step-Above-Flooring-Installation/196352237043659

 

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CHEAP!

CHEAP!

Posted on: August 15, 2012
“Any room of carpet installed for only $39.00, regardless of size!”… “Free Pad with your carpet installation!”  “CHEAPEST prices in town!”  Sound all too familiar?  We know nothing is free.  If it read more …

Fitness Room

Posted on: August 1, 2012

Even a fitness room can look relaxing... http://pinterest.com/pin/156077943306876737 via @pinterest

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Area Rugs... With Style!

Posted on: July 12, 2012
Tags: Area Rugs for Hard Surfaces
Area rugs are diverse pieces of artwork for your floors.  They are a showpiece and conversation starter for any room of your house.  Think about it… What other way can you transform the look of a room with no mess in just an instant?  read more …

Luxurious carpet feel that withstands the traffic!

Posted on: April 26, 2012
Tags: Mohawk SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona
Shopping for carpet can be a long, arduous process... Can it withstand the rigors of pets, children and their spills, as well as the continuous foot traffic?  Those questions no longer need to keep you from making your carpet choice when you check out read more …

A Successful Home & Garden Show!

Posted on: March 2, 2012

The Cincinnati Home & Garden 2012 is definitely proving to be a very busy and successful show!  We have met so many wonderful people and look forward to meeting many more as the show continues through this weekend.  We hope to see you there!

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We love your feedback!

We love your feedback!

Posted on: February 24, 2012
We strive to provide nothing but top-notch quality service to you, our customers.  You're the reason we're in business: John, I have intended to send you an email since our move last week, but just hadn’t had a moment free.  I wanted to let read more …
Floor Textures

Floor Textures

Posted on: February 21, 2012
Tags: Armstrong Rural Living Hand Scraped Hickory
Consumer trends are quickly swaying towards textures within the home.  Whether it's textures within furniture, wall coverings or floors, we want to be able to not only see the effects, but feel and touch the surfaces.  Design has taken a very read more …

Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2012

Posted on: February 18, 2012
Tags: Cincinnati Home & Garden Show
Are you planning on remodeling your current home?  Perhaps you plan to build or remodel a new purchase in the future.... Whatever your plans, the Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home & Garden Show 2012 offers a vast array of decorating ideas for your read more …

21st Annual Basketball Extravaganza!

Posted on: February 3, 2012
Support A Kid Again at the 21st Annual Basketball Extravaganza!  Come watch your favorite Bengals or Cincinnati Reds players battle it out on the court. The event will take place February 17, 2012 at 7:30PM at The University of Cincinnati Fifth Third read more …

Warm up your winter!

Posted on: January 27, 2012
Now that the holidays are over, does your home seem stagnant? Come visit our showroom to find all kinds of ideas to spruce up and warm your floors!
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Gary Sullivan Show

Posted on: December 9, 2011

Need ideas on remodeling?  Check out Gary Sullivan on 55 WKRC, Saturdays 9-1PM and Sundays 9-12PM... http://garysullivanonline.com/main.html

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Holiday Area Rugs

Holiday Area Rugs

Posted on: November 2, 2011
Tags: Christmas and Holiday Area Rugs
Here it is, November already... Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the holiday shopping season seems to start earlier and earlier. If you're searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything, take a look at these whimsical read more …
Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath and Remodeling Show 2011

Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath and Remodeling Show 2011

Posted on: October 10, 2011
The Kitchen, Bath and Remodeling Show of 2011 was a great success!  How very fortunate we are to have met a lot of wonderful people, both potential clients and vendors, and are excited for future endeavors to come.  Trends are becoming more and more read more …

Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath and Remodeling Show - Duke Energy Center

Posted on: October 5, 2011
Thank you to everyone as we have had great response from those of you attending the Greater Cincinnati Kitchen, Bath and Remodeling Show that will be held at the Duke Energy Center this weekend, October 7-9, 2011!  In today's economy, it's making greater read more …

Cincinnati Special Spaces - Taylor's Room!

Posted on: September 7, 2011
Come and read about Taylor and her spectacular, newly designed bedroom. We were both very proud and humbled to be part of this wonderful event. Looking at the pictures, this turned out to be a huge success! Thank you to all of those who participated for such read more …

New Website Design!

Posted on: August 1, 2011
Tags: New Website
Welcome to our new website!  We will be sharing any news of upcoming events with everyone, as well as updating our gallery of work for everyone to see.  Our first and official blog - A Step Above Flooring & Installation, Inc. is officially at read more …