Rubber flooring was once considered novelty flooring and was used widely in commercial settings such as cafeterias, hospitals and gym weight rooms. Now, rubber flooring is finding a wider acceptance for residential use and is gaining traction as a more viable flooring choice for homes.

The biggest reason rubber flooring is becoming more popular in style. It now comes in a wide array of colors and textures, making it more appealing to designers and homeowners alike. It is also sound absorbent, impervious to moisture and comfortable underfoot; making it even more attractive to homeowners. Rubber flooring comes in sheets for seamless installations. It’s also available in tiles that fit together with interlocking edges. A skilled installer can even cut rubber into patterns and mosaics that make an eye-catching one-of-a-kind floor. Rubber flooring can be glued down so that it lays flat and stays in place.

This flooring type also has natural antimicrobial properties, so it kills mold and microorganisms that might try to grow on or under the material. Rubber flooring is considered to be safe. There have been 110 scientific studies of recycled rubber and none have found an associated health risk. An added bonus is that rubber flooring is eco-friendly. Recycled rubber flooring and natural rubber flooring are very eco-friendly. Many rubber floors are made with post-consumer waste and recycled tires.

Rubber flooring can range in thickness from ¼ inch to ½ inch thick. Thicker rubber flooring can cost more but provides superior cushioning and comfort underfoot. Cost ranges from $2 to $12 per square foot for rubber flooring, depending on the thickness and quality of the material.

Where to use Rubber Flooring

  • Rubber flooring is a great choice for kids’ playrooms, where it can withstand heavy use, occasional spills, block noise and soften falls.
  • Exercise rooms can benefit greatly from having flooring that absorbs noise and can stand up to jumping and dropped weight.
  • In the kitchen, rubber flooring can withstand spills and drops. Plus, if you are on your feet for extended periods of time in the kitchen, rubber flooring can help fight fatigue and tired leg muscles. However, rubber flooring is susceptible to staining from grease and fat and any oily spills should be wiped up immediately and cleaned with warm and mild detergent.
  • Bathrooms are also good candidates for rubber flooring. A solid piece of rubber flooring that has no seams works best in a bathroom since there are no seams for water to penetrate to the subfloor below. Rubber flooring is also slip resistant, making it perfect for the bathroom.
  • Bedrooms with rubber flooring are soft underfoot and will not get cold like tile. Rubber flooring will help muffle the sound of footsteps in upper-level rooms.
  • Below grade basements can be cool and damp, but these conditions do not affect rubber flooring. Rubber flooring can be installed directly on concrete slabs. However, if moisture is a concern in your basement avoid glue-down application, as over time, excess moisture can cause adhesives to deteriorate.
  • Garages are also great candidates for rubber flooring, especially if you have a workshop and want fatigue-fighting comfort underfoot. Rubber flooring also stands up to heavy equipment, vehicles and foot traffic.

Rubber flooring is also super easy to clean with mild soap and water. Call Flowers Flooring today to learn more about the many benefits of rubber flooring, or to schedule a FREE in-home estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring is a flooring sales and installation company serving the Charlotte metro area including Kannapolis, Mooresville, the Lake Norman area, Ballantyne and more.

 

Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen?

When many people consider flooring for their kitchen they automatically think of tile or vinyl plank. However; hardwood, both solid and engineered shouldn’t be ruled out. It’s true that moisture is hardwood’s nemesis, but most kitchens aren’t as humid and wet as full bathrooms or damp basements. These are two locations where solid hardwood isn’t the best flooring option. In this blog we will explore the advantages and disadvantages that hardwood brings to the kitchen, one of the busiest rooms in the house. We will also provide tips for keeping hardwood floors in your kitchen in tip top shape.

Advantages of Hardwood in the Kitchen

1. Lots of Options

Like tile and vinyl plank, hardwood gives you lots of options. There are multiple hardwood species and style options for the kitchen, and they are all naturally beautiful.

2. Consistency and Flow

Homes with an open floor plan that have hardwood in adjoining areas may want a consistent look by installing hardwood floors in the kitchen.

3. Competitively Priced

Hardwood flooring can be more affordable than tile and is competitive with luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or luxury vinyl tile (LVT), when you factor in the cost of materials and installation.

4. Longevity and Value

Kitchen hardwood floors offer outstanding value over the 50 plus years they will last. In addition, homebuyers are drawn to hardwood if you ever decide to put your house on the market.

5. Softer and Warmer

Hardwood floors in the kitchen are warmer in the winter months and much easier on the feet when compared to stone or tile, especially when you’re standing for extended periods of time during prep and cooking cleanup.

6. Easy to Maintain

Wood kitchen floors are extremely easy to clean and maintain.

7. Not Problematic

When wood is properly sealed it resists staining and water damage, making them low maintenance and not very problematic.

Disadvantages of Hardwood in the Kitchen

Water Damage

Long term exposure to moisture from leaking pipes or appliances such as a dishwasher or icemaker will damage hardwood floors in the kitchen. Water damage is not a concern with tile or concrete.

Refinishing Hardwood

If properly maintained, hardwood floors can last indefinitely. However, this requires they be lightly sanded and recoated every 4 to 7 years for moisture protection and refinished as needed, perhaps every 12 to 20 years, depending on the wear and the finish.

Tips for Installing Hardwood in the Kitchen

  • Use a hardwood that has a high Janka Hardness rating. This will protect against dents and scratches.
  • Select a hardwood floor with rich and varied character, perhaps hand scraped or subtle scraped, so that accumulated dings and scratches will not stand out. This will delay the need for refinishing.
  • Adhere felt pads to the bottom of chairs and table legs to prevent dents and scratches. Pick up and move the furniture rather than dragging heavy objects across the hardwood.
  • Clean up spills immediately. Do not let them sit on the hardwood.
  • Do not allow wet shoes or umbrellas to sit on the hardwood.
  • Do not use a steam cleaner to clean the hardwood. This can force moisture into the joints between the planks.
  • If you discover a leaking pipe or appliance shut off the water immediately and call a plumber. The second call should be to a local flooring specialist.

There is no reason to avoid installing hardwood floors in your kitchen. If you are currently considering making a flooring change, call Flowers Flooring to further discuss your options and to schedule a free in-home estimate (704) 445-7750.

Learn the Facts about Carpet

Carpet has always been one of the most common flooring options available. It’s soft, reduces noise, and helps insulate rooms. Along with carpets popularity and many advantages, there are also a few false myths Flowers Flooring would like to debunk. This blog will cover the top 5 carpet myths and provide you with the actual carpet facts.

Myth 1: Carpet is Difficult to Maintain

Keeping carpet clean and maintained isn’t any more difficult than any other flooring option. If you stay on top of carpet maintenance the process is simple. Flowers Flooring recommends regular weekly vacuuming and a professional cleaning every year. Of course, your cleaning routine can vary based on the amount of foot traffic you have in your home, but regular vacuuming will keep dirt and other debris from getting stuck in the carpet fibers, which can result in matted down carpet. When it comes to spot cleaning, Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning any spill thoroughly and immediately. The less time that liquid sits on the carpet, the less likely it will stain. There are several different stain resistant carpet fibers to choose from that are very helpful if you have kids or pets. To learn more about family friendly carpet, check out one of Flowers Flooring’s most popular carpets – Shaw Floors Lifeguard Carpet.

Myth 2: Carpet Aggravates Allergies

One of the biggest myths about carpet is that it is bad for allergies. Carpet in fact helps you breathe easier. Carpet acts as an allergen trap and holds significant amounts of dirt, dust and other substances, so they don’t float around in the air you are breathing. The debris stays trapped in your carpet until you are ready to remove it with regular vacuuming. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that individuals with asthma or allergies use a vacuum with a HEPA air filter to trap even the smallest particles and allergens that usually just pass through other vacuum cleaners.

Myth 3: Carpet Emits Harmful Chemicals

Lately there’s been a lot of concern about Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the flooring industry. Many people claim that the new carpet smell is harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde being leaked in the air. First and foremost, formaldehyde isn’t even used in the carpet manufacturing process today and hasn’t been used since 1978. The truth is that carpet is actually one of the lowest emitters of VOCs in the household environment and ranks lower than wall paint in multiple tests.

Myth 4: Carpet Harms the Environment

In recent years, there’s been a push for greener flooring options, and the carpet industry is now a big part of this movement. Synthetic carpet materials, which dominate the industry are often reused and recycled into the new carpet fibers. Many of the carpet lines from major brands are now made from recycled materials.

Myth 5: Carpet is Outdated

Carpets come in such a wide variety of patterns and colors, ranging from traditional designs to exotic animal prints. There’s even glow in the dark carpet for kids’ rooms! Many homeowners use a mix of carpet, hardwood and tile in their homes to create an incredible, beautiful effect.

Now you know the myths about carpet and how great a choice carpet can be for your home. The next step is to stop into our showroom located in Cornelius, NC to see our collections in person and pick out the carpet that’s right for you and your home. Call the showroom today to schedule your free in-home carpet estimate (704) 445-7750 or visit our blog to learn more about carpet.

The tulips are blooming, the birds are chirping, and winter is making its final farewell in the Charlotte area. Spring is finally here! It’s time to put away those winter boots, the same boots that have been walking across your beautiful floors all winter. Winter not only wreaks havoc in the outdoors, but mud, snow, salt and lord know what else is tracked across your floors. With the new season comes everyone’s favorite spring time activity – spring cleaning. Here are some cleaning tips that Flowers Flooring recommends to get your floors looking like new again.

Carpet

Spring is a great time to shampoo or steam clean your carpet. Flowers Flooring recommends hiring a professional if you are unsure of proper cleaning techniques. Vacuuming your carpet is also important to help remove dirt and grime build up that may have become trapped in your carpet’s fibers.

 

Tile

When cleaning tile, the first step is to sweep or vacuum loose dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris. Tile only needs warm water to properly clean, but you can also seek out a manufacturer recommended cleaner. Flowers Flooring recommends steering clear of a sponge mop, which can push dirt into the grout tracks. If grout is discolored or stained, Flowers Flooring offers grout rejuvenation services. Click through to our blog Have Dirty Tile Grout to learn more.

 

Hardwood

Hardwoods can be cleaned by sweeping or vacuuming. Flowers Flooring recommends avoiding the use of abrasive cleaning products to avoid scratching and gouging. We recommend using Shaw Floors R2X hard surface cleaner. Flowers Flooring sells both the cleaning solution and the mop kit in our showroom. Stop by to purchase yours today.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring including sheet vinyl and vinyl plank can be cleaned by occasional mopping. We also recommend using Shaw Floors R2X hard surface cleaner on vinyl.

 

Laminate

When cleaning laminate, it’s best to sweep the floor using a microfiber cloth. Use a dust mop or damp cloth for general cleaning. It’s important to clean up wet areas and allow them to properly dry, as laminate flooring can get damaged and become slippery due to moisture.

 

Not sure how to clean your floors this spring, or in the market to purchase new floors? Stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom today view thousands of flooring samples or to learn proper cleaning techniques.

New Paint and New Floors Help Transform Space from Drab to Fab

One of the most well-loved and well-used rooms in your home is the family room. The family room is where games are played, laughter is heard, and memories are made. Your family room décor and decoration should reflect your family and the warmth and vibrance the room generates. If you need to spruce up your family room from dark and dreary to warm and welcoming, look no further. Flowers Flooring and Flowers Painting can provide some great inspiration that your entire family will love.

A Coat of Fresh Paint

Family room decoration starts with the walls. A fresh coat of paint and the right color can give life to any mood or tone you and your family wants to express in this space. Neutral colors are the most versatile and match with almost any décor. They also provide a light and open feel. In contrast, cool colors reflect a more relaxed, chilled out feel. Which color best fits your family? Click thru to PPG Paint Colors to find your perfect paint. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your complimentary painting estimate (704) 727-2161.

Select New Flooring

New floors can completely transform a room. When it comes to family rooms, carpet provides the kind of comfort that you are looking for. With so many different styles and colors of durable, stain resistant carpet, you don’t have to sacrifice security for comfort and style. Shaw Floors LifeGuard carpet is pet proof, kid proof and worry proof. LifeGuard carpet has a spill-proof backing that provides complete, clean-up protection by keeping spills and odor causing pet accidents from soaking through to the pad and subfloor. Click here to watch a LifeGuard Carpet Video. This carpet is super easy to clean and comes backed with Shaw Floors R2X protection that keeps spills on top of the carpet for quick and stress free clean up. Call Flowers Flooring to schedule your free in-home flooring estimate (704) 445-7750.

Special Touches

Adding a few accessories to your family room can make a huge difference. The media center doesn’t have to be the main focus of the room. Add different types of art such as paintings and family photos to add life to your space. You can also mix patterns and cool colors to add a modern, stylish look. Don’t forget to add decorative storage areas to conceal puzzles, games and electronics. Storage units will help minimize unsightly clutter.

Having fun and breathing new life into your family room’s design can make a world of difference. With a new coat of paint, new plush carpet and a few accessories you can add personality and spice to your space that keep your family members coming back for more family time.

The best time to replace your worn-out flooring is whenever you need to, but as the best time of year flooring experts say its spring. Spring weather is usually mild, unlike the extreme temperatures of winter and summer. Extreme weather and humidity can have an effect on flooring, especially hardwood and laminate. Keep reading this blog to find out why spring is the best time of year to replace your flooring.

Extreme Temperatures

The extreme high and low temperatures of summer and winter directly effect flooring; therefore, spring and fall provide better installation conditions. High humidity during the summer months causes wood and laminate to distort, swell and pull apart. This is due to flooring absorbing moisture. During the winter months the air is very dry, which causes wood and laminate to dehydrate and crack or shrink. While you can still install flooring during these seasons, you’ll need to ensure you have a dehumidifier or air conditioning in the summer, and a humidifier in the winter.

New Inventory

During spring flooring manufacturers usually release their new lines of flooring and eliminate old lines. This makes a perfect time to install new flooring, as those who are looking for the newest trends will have plenty to choose from, and those on a budget will have a bigger choice of discounted lines that manufactures discontinue. If you are shopping on a budget, spring is the perfect time to purchase with Flowers Flooring. During the months of March and April, Flowers Flooring provides a deep discount during the Tax Refund Sale. Customer’s can enjoy 18% off their entire project (both labor and material), plus qualify for 18-month, 0% interest financing. It doesn’t get much better than that!

 

Ventilation

The installation process comes with fumes and odors from the adhesive, stains and sealers, which is why ventilation is very important. During the spring months, it’s comfortable to keep your door and windows open for proper ventilation. Winter and summer are not the best times for installation, as leaving your doors and windows open for long periods of time will create extreme conditions for the professionals installing your floor, and your family.

 

If you are looking for more information on flooring stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom located in Cornelius, NC. If you are ready for a free in-home estimate call Flowers Flooring today to schedule (704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring provides customers with top-notch service to meet and exceed your flooring expectations. Our on-site estimate technicians have the knowledge and expertise to assess your needs and help you choose the right floor for your family.

It’s a new year and that means out with the old and in with the new. The 2019 flooring trends are leaning towards brighter, bolder colors that add style and functionality to any room. Whether you’re currently considering tile, carpet, hardwood, vinyl plank or laminate, neutral colors are fading out and more vibrant colors that transform a room from drab into fab are making a comeback. Here’s what to expect in flooring trends in 2019:

 

Tile

While the wood-look tile is not a “new” trend by any means, it is certainly building momentum in regards to popularity and it is quickly becoming a whole house staple, which means it’s no longer being installed in just kitchens and bathrooms, but bedrooms, living rooms and more.

This trend is here to stay which is why Flowers Flooring recently added another line of wood-plank tile to our tile selection.

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Vinyl Plank

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is upping the ante on realistic wood looks and is becoming a very popular choice among homeowners with high-traffic areas or children and pets. LVP is extremely durable and is the perfect choice for water areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, as this flooring is waterproof and virtually indestructible. LVP flooring is available in many styles that mimic current wood and tile flooring trends.

Flowers Flooring offers a wide array of LVP, including Shaw’s Floorte collection.

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Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring

Even with the influx of wood-look flooring options, wood flooring is a classic choice and there will always be a market for wood flooring. The 2019 wood flooring color trends are gray, blonde and dark. Neutral wood flooring is out for 2019. Instead homeowners are looking for bold looks that make their home stand out above the rest. Standard 2.25 inch hardwood is becoming less popular and wider, more rustic looks are in. These include hand-scraped and wire brushed wood planks.

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Carpet

With numerous textures, patterns, and colors available, carpet is emerging as a focal point in interior designs. No, neutral carpet has not disappeared completely, but today’s carpet choices are bolder and brighter. Berber carpet is still a popular choice, but unlike plain berber that was popular in the 1990s, today’s versions have more texture and pattern. Variations in height and sculpted effects also offer a bolder look. Even more traditional carpets now offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures.

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Laminate

Laminate flooring has come a long way in the past few years. There are now laminate floors on the market that are waterproof. Yes, waterproof laminate. Flowers Flooring anticipates sales of this laminate to explode in 2019, as more homeowners seek a durable and economical flooring choice.

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As you have read, there’s a lot going on in the flooring industry in 2019. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will stick around for years to come. If you are looking to get started with new flooring, call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – 704-445-7750. Calling Flowers Flooring for your flooring needs is one trend that will never go out of style.

 

 

 

 

What’s popular today in furniture and accent pieces could be out of style come the new year. However, popular flooring trends shift and evolve slowly, making it possible to select style that keeps your home on point for years. Here’s a list of time-tested flooring trends that have captured the attention of Flowers Flooring experts.

Domestic Hardwood – The current flooring trends are moving away from exotic looks like Acacia and steering towards domestic hardwoods such as oak and maple. The classic nature of these domestic hardwoods brings warmth and comfort to the home. An added benefit is knowing exactly where the wood is sourced, which ensures environmental responsibility as well as quality.

No Gloss Finish – High gloss flooring is a thing of the past. The majority of homeowners are opting for no gloss finishes that create a dry, European look. Both satin and matte finishes can produce this look.

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Patterned Carpet – The bolder the carpet the better. This is flooring trend is no passing fad. Patterned carpet can create layers of texture that can add visual interest to any space in your home. There are so many patterns to choose from. Flowers Flooring recommends checking out carpet samples from the showroom to see what works best in your space.

Wide Planks – Many homeowners in the Charlotte area are replacing their builder grade narrow hardwood floor planks with wide planks. These wider and longer pieces of hardwood work to modernize a home, for a clean look that’s still traditional.

Long Lasting – The number one request we get from homeowners looking to replace their floor is the need for a floor that will last. Flowers Flooring experts work to educate the consumer on each flooring type, and the benefits of that floor. Our estimators will come to your home and assess the area to make recommendations best for you. Homeowners can’t go wrong by selecting a high-quality floor with unique details for a look that will stand the test of time in style and durability.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your free in-home flooring estimate (704) 445-7750 or complete our Estimate Request Form online. Click through to the Flowers Flooring blog site for more flooring inspiration and expert advice.

 

 

 

Prevent Damage to Floors when Moving Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects in your home can be a difficult task; it can also cause serious damage to your floors. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just want to rearrange your furniture, sliding heavy objects is always a much easier option than attempting to lift everything. However, sliding can cause damage to your floors. If you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floors, try implementing these tricks:

Slide It

Unless you are moving a very small or light piece of furniture, your best bet is to slide it. Most people don’t know how to lift properly (with their legs, not with their back), sliding can prevent serious pain.

Use Magic Sliders

Flowers Flooring recommends using felt pads or Magic Sliders, which are little pads that fit under the legs of your furniture or other heavy objects. They allow heavy items to slide easily and prevent dents and scratches in your floors.

Use Towels

If you don’t have felt pads or Magic Sliders handy, you can also place towels or rags under the legs of the furniture. Simply rock the heavy item or furniture forward or backward and slide the towel under the legs. If you are moving heavy items across carpet, Flowers Flooring recommends using cardboard under the legs, as it helps slide easily and prevents tears in the carpet or flooring.

Clean the Floors First

Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning the floors first by sweeping or with a damp mop before you start moving heavy objects. Dirt and other grit that is trapped under the legs or the material you’re using to make things slide easily can seriously scratch your floors as well.

Moving objects can be difficult, but these simple tips should make the process a bit safer and easier on your floors. As part of Flowers Flooring installation services, our team of expert installers removes and replaces all furniture and appliances. Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales representatives about getting your flooring or tile project started (704) 445-7750.

Hire a Qualified Professional to Install Your Floors

You’ve made the decision to remodel your home and replace your old flooring – what’s next? Finding the right flooring for your home and the right contractor to install it are critical. So, what exactly should you look for BEFORE you purchase your new flooring and hire a flooring installer? The experts at Flowers Flooring have created this checklist to help you make the most informed decision. Make sure to ask these 8 questions before you hire any flooring company:

  1. Does your company sell and install flooring?

It’s always easier to work with one vendor. They can coordinate ordering your flooring and time delivery and the installation. The bonus of going through one vendor for both flooring and installation is you can usually obtain a better deal. Flowers Flooring is a sales and installation provider that has hundreds of floors to select from in our over 4,000 SQFT showroom located in Cornelius, NC. In addition, our estimators bring samples into your home when measuring your floors.

  1. Do you provide FREE estimates?

Many companies including the big box stores profit from estimating your project. Money is coming out of your pocket before you even decide on the type of flooring you want in your home. Flowers Flooring does not charge to provide a free, detailed estimate. Our estimate technician will come into your home or business and do a detailed laser measure of the area you want new flooring. They will give you advise on the best type of flooring for that area based on a few factors – traffic, pets, children, humidity, wet or dry area, budget, etc.

  1. Does the contractor have the proper business liability policy in place?

Any legitimate flooring company will have a liability policy in place. Flowers Flooring carries both general liability and worker’s compensation policies and we have never had a claim in our company history. Policies are available to customers upon request.

  1. What kind of warranty does the contractor offer?

Flooring is one of the biggest investments in home remodeling, so make sure you choose a contractor who’s got your back. Flowers Flooring offer’s a warranty for a period of one year for workmanship we supply. All materials we supply are backed by the manufacturers warranty. Warranty and maintenance information is available on the Flowers Flooring website.

  1. Does the contractor offer customer care for the life of your floor?

Any contractor can come in and install your floor, but are they qualified to maintain your floors beyond installation? Flowers Flooring offers the following methods of care for the life of your floors.

  • Hardwood Restoration – Sand Free Refinishing
  • Sand & Finishing
  • Tile Grout Colorant
  • EnduroShield
  1. Does the contractor acclimate the flooring?

Many flooring companies in our area deliver and install flooring the same day which will void your flooring warranty. Flowers Flooring strictly adheres to manufacturer warranty guidelines and properly acclimates all flooring to our region. Any flooring that must be acclimated is delivered to a customer’s home 48 to 72 hours prior to installation for acclimation purposes. Acclimation is a critical step in the process of installing floors. It lessens the chances of gapping and other problems down the road. Flowers Flooring will not compromise the acclimation process to accommodate a customer’s schedule.

  1. Does the contractor provide you with cleaning products and cleaning care instructions?

Flowers Flooring will provide you with a Shaw R2X mop kit and care instructions at the end of your project. Care and Maintenance Guides are also available on the Flowers Flooring website.

  1. Does the flooring company offer financing?

A home renovation project can be costly if you are doing everything at once. If you are considering financing a portion of your project, find out up front if the flooring company provides financing. Flowers Flooring provides zero percent interest financing through Sychrony Bank. Click here to learn more or to instantly apply.

Do your homework before you hire a flooring company to install your floors during your home renovation project. Schedule a FREE estimate with Flowers Flooring today (704) 445-7750.