Hidden Flooring Costs Big Box Stores Wish You Didn’t Know About!

If you’re in the market for new floors think twice before buying at a big box store. While the big box stores may offer impossibly low prices, these low prices come at a cost – cutting corners, offering inferior products and hiding fees elsewhere.

As a locally owned Charlotte, NC flooring store, Flowers Flooring prioritizes quality over quantity. Unlike big box stores that offer flooring products and services, Flowers Flooring specializes in flooring only and we care about your end result more than our bottom line. Before you invest in new flooring for your home, learn what our competitors don’t want you to know about the true cost of doing business with them.

Inferior Selection of Flooring

When a store touts next day installation or a huge price decrease, it usually only applies to a very limited selection of flooring. Whether its discount laminate or pre-stocked carpet, this deal means they have an abundance of the flooring in their warehouse they are trying to unload. Pre-stocked flooring selections are never a good sign for discerning homeowners, because they appeal to the broadest possible customer base, which usually means it’s plain, boring or cheaply made.

Uncaring Work

Big box stores save money by putting several installations on one contractor’s schedule. If your flooring installation team has incentives to move on to the next install quickly, they are most likely not going to spend the extra time on your floor to ensure the perfect install. Some contractors may even resort to cost-cutting and time- saving tactics that result in bumps and lumps in your new floor. Instead of padding our profits by squeezing as many installations in our schedule each day, Flowers Flooring works to accommodate your schedule and we ensure our installation services are detailed, thoughtful and thorough. 

Delays in Delivery and Installation

When you pay a low price, you may be faced with long wait times to get your flooring delivered and installed. If you order a specialty flooring that isn’t in stock, you could wait months for your floors to arrive. Box stores also have long installation lead times and inflexible installation options that may force you to miss work or wait even longer for your new floors.

Hidden Fees

Often times quick and dirt cheap flooring installation could cost you more than expected. Big box stores make up for cheap rates by adding a variety of other fees elsewhere, which means their standard installation service includes almost nothing beyond the basics. Hidden fees may apply to:

  • Estimating or measuring the dimensions of your space – FREE through Flowers Flooring
  • Delivering the flooring- FREE through Flowers Flooring
  • Cutting around your door thresholds – FREE through Flowers Flooring
  • Offering extra grout colors with tile installations – FREE through Flowers Flooring
  • Subfloor repair – Many box stores are unable to complete subfloor repair, which means after your existing floors are torn up you would have to contract with another company to fix your subfloor damage before your new floors can be installed. Flowers Flooring installers are able to fix subfloor damage right on the spot; without any additional delays.

 

Warranties, Future Repair and Maintenance Costs

Budget flooring doesn’t usually offer good warranties or extra protection. To add insult to injury, if the installation methods are inferior your new floors can be especially vulnerable to damage. For example, carpet may not be stain resistant, laminate and hardwood may not be durable and tile may not be prepped right resulting in cracked tiles. When you invest in quality flooring that includes specialty manufacturing methods and standards such as Shaw Floors, you avoid the cost of cleaning, fixing, or replacing damaged floors later.

Flowers Flooring extensive flooring selection and transparent services don’t include any hidden costs, but hidden expenses could be lurking behind the glossy big box store deals you keep seeing. Don’t fall for false promises that may leave you with unexpected expenses, delays and flooring problems. Call (704) 445-7750, stop by the showroom, or click through to Flowers Flooring today to browse our selection of flooring and to schedule your FREE in-home estimate.

Did you know that carpet could contain 100 times more allergens than hard surface floors? (Source: e-healthy homes). If you suffer from allergies like one in five people in the U.S., you may want to think twice about replacing your old carpet with new carpet. Carpeting is a reservoir for dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other allergy causing substances that lurk within the fibers.

To avoid carpet allergies, consider replacing carpeting with hard surface flooring such as luxury vinyl, hardwood or laminate. Hard surface flooring doesn’t harbor dust mites or other allergens and is much simpler to clean. This type of flooring is a smart choice that can improve the quality of your home environment by eliminating carpet allergies. This is especially true in areas of the home that you spend a lot of time in such as the bedroom.

Both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are beautiful and long lasting. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of types, textures and colors, but unlike carpet, hardwood does not contribute to carpet allergies.  For homeowners looking to spend less, laminate flooring is a great choice. Like hardwood floors, laminate floors offer an amazing selection of designs with the look and texture of real wood and stone at a fraction of the cost. As an added benefit, laminate floors are extremely durable and stand up to the wear and tear of pets and kids, while resisting the buildup of allergens.

Luxury vinyl is another alternative to carpet that is giving hardwood and laminate flooring a run for the money.  According to the World Floor Covering Association, luxury vinyl is one of the fastest growing trends in the flooring industry. This is a result of extraordinary photo technology that mimics wood or tile so closely that you have to look twice to see that it’s vinyl.

If you’re suffering from allergens in your carpet, call Flowers Flooring for a FREE in-home estimate today  704.445.7750

With thousands of tiles to choose from, wall tile is a stylish and functional material to incorporate into your home’s design. It can be used in any room to turn a drab wall into a fab wall. Choose from beautiful colors and great textures to create wow-worthy walls. With little maintenance, wall tile can stay looking new for years to come. Here are a few inspirations from Flowers Flooring:

Bathroom Wall Tile

Flowers FlooringIf your bathroom is on the smaller side, you may want to consider extending the same tile throughout the entire space such as 1-inch by 1-inch tile in the same color. This makes the space look bigger while reflecting light.

For a larger bathroom consider using a larger tile overhead and a smaller tile on the walls. This gives the room more depth and proportion. As an added bonus, using a less expensive tile on the upper walls and ceiling can keep the tile from breaking your budget. Another way to save some additional money is to use drywall and paint above the tile, and simply tile three quarters of the way up the bathroom wall.

Living Room / Dining Room Pizzazz

Flowers Flooring Floor-to-Ceiling Tile – How to Create Wow Worthy WallsA tile wall in any room, especially a living room creates a great accent wall that adds color and interest. A floor-to-ceiling tile wall creates a dramatic change in material that breaks the pattern of the room, creating a stunning accent piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Backsplash

Flowers FlooringA kitchen backsplash can add real flair to your kitchen with little fuss. Many homeowners are now extending kitchen backsplash tiles to the ceiling, so the tile is installed below the cabinets and above. Another popular trend is installing subway tiles in a horizontal or chevron pattern. This adds more character and automatically draws your eye to the accent wall.

A great article appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled “A New Breed of Tiles Climbs the Wall,” by Heidi Mitchell, August 20, 2013. The article discusses wall tile and the advances in tile technology. If you are currently considering adding tile to your walls this article is a must read!

To learn more about floor-to-ceiling tile projects call Flowers Flooring and speak with one of our designers. If your ready to move forward with your floor-to-ceiling project, call to schedule a free estimate – (704) 445-7750 or visit Flowers Flooring on the web at http://www.flowersflooring.com

One of the biggest challenges to overcome when it comes to selecting new flooring is the sheer scale of choice now available, and this is especially true when it comes to new floors for your kitchen. While there are pro’s and con’s of virtually every flooring type (tile, hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl) except carpet for your kitchen, this article will highlight the merits of installing tile in your kitchen.

Tile is arguably the flooring type of choice for a kitchen, but why? Below are the top 5 reasons why to choose tile for your kitchen floor.

  1. Return on Investment (ROI) – The number one request from homeowners and tenants, when they’re looking for a new home is tile floors in the kitchen. Tile looks amazing, is timeless and is incredibly durable. It can also be pricy but the ROI is high as tile floors increase the value of your home. There’s a tile floor for virtually every budget – from low cost and durable tiles for a rental property to sophisticated and high-end tiles to bump up the ROI on an upmarket residence.
  2. Style Options – Long gone are the days of boring tile options. There are literally thousands of tiles and tile patterns to choose from. If you can dream it, Flowers Flooring can install it. Perhaps you’re set on wood flooring in your kitchen, there’s even a tile floor that looks like real wood. Wood tile planks are becoming very popular as they are more durable and resist moisture in wet areas such as the kitchen.
  3. Performance – Tile floors deliver durability like no other. This is especially important in a kitchen due to the high traffic, spills, cleaning and the potential for lots of dropped items such as kitchenware. If you want to install a durable floor that will last, a tile floor is certainly way to go.
  4. Maintenance – While wood looks great in a kitchen, it takes lots of extra care and attention to keep it looking its best. Tile on the other hand simply needs a sweep or a wet mop to keep it looking its best for years to come. With constant spills and food accidents, tile floors ensure a quick and easy clean up, making it the perfect floor choice for the kitchen.
  5. Hygienic – Hygiene in your kitchen is critical and not just on the appliances and countertops. Clean kitchen floors are essential to the well being of your family, especially if you have young children. Keeping a tile floor hygienically clean is much easier than any other flooring option. It’s also worth noting that unlike hardwood, vinyl or linoleum, tile floors are non-flammable, an important point to keep in mind for kitchen flooring.

Flowers Flooring has a wide variety of tiles perfect for any kitchen. Our estimators and designers can help you create the kitchen floor of your dreams. Call today to schedule your FREE kitchen floor estimate – (704) 445-7750

With so many flooring options available to homeowners today, selecting a basement floor can be an overwhelming part of your basement redo. While many different materials are available such as carpet, tile, laminate, engineered wood and others, they are not all appropriate options for basements. The two most important options to consider when buying basement floors is how well flooring will hold up to foot traffic and moisture. The flooring material you select will have a great impact on the look, feel and overall warmth of your basement.

Carpet

Wall to wall carpeting will be the warmest option. Both the carpet and the pad will act as an insulator from the cold concrete underneath. I personally prefer Shaw’s new Life Happens carpet. The waterproof carpet backing prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding. This is a perfect choice for homes with children and pets.

Laminate/Engineered Flooring

Laminate and engineered flooring are a beautiful choice for basement floors. The material and installation can be more expensive than carpet but usually less expensive than tile. Both materials are installed over a thin pad which provides some insulation. While these flooring types will not be as cold as tile, they will not be as warm as carpet. You can however add warmth by placing area rugs in appropriate places.

Ceramic and Vinyl Tile

Ceramic and Vinyl Tile are the most durable choices for a basement floor. If water damage occurs it will not damage ceramic or vinyl flooring. These choices are more expensive than carpet or laminate flooring but they are more durable and withstand humidity changes and water. I would not recommend installing vinyl sheet flooring in a basement. If water damage occurs and seeps underneath the vinyl sheet flooring it will raise the floor, making it impossible to make a seamless patch.

Hardwood

I DO NOT recommend hardwood floors in a basement for two reasons.

  1. The humidity changes to much and can cause serious damage to hardwood floors.
  2. You would need to install a subfloor to anchor the hardwood to. Subfloor installation raises your install costs considerably.

Before selecting basement flooring, schedule a FREE estimate with Flowers Flooring. One of our trained estimators can help you make flooring recommendations that will be a great fit for your family and your lifestyle. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate – (704) 445-7750 / www.flowersflooring.com

Flooring retailers across the U.S., including Flowers Flooring are looking at flooring in a whole new light. Retailers are focusing more on fashion and recognizing that flooring is the stage on which customers’ décor dreams become reality. Estimators at Flowers Flooring are trained to help homeowners select flooring that compliments paint colors, wall coverings, and upholstery fabrics. Estimators are also trained to understand current flooring trends including colors, textures, patterns, materials and styles consumers are looking for.

There are currently 4 trends driving flooring sales:

  1. Abstract Patterns Inspired by Nature – Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) has witnessed a dramatic increase in demand among homeowners, and is now being used as a faux wood product for homeowners worried about scratch and moisture resistance. LVT is available in varying widths and lengths to resemble the look of cut wood as well as organic materials.Homeowners are looking for a natural look such as wood styles that flaunt the natural imperfections and grain character of the raw material. This is a big shift from engineered perfection. More and more homeowners are looking for a rustic appearance that can be found in solid wood flooring, laminates, tile, stone, and LVT.
  1. Gray is the New Tan – Gray is now a new classic color. Wood and wood-look flooring is now available in gray tones and is being used to instantly transform a room into trendy industrial or urban styles. Concrete floors are also popular but for those looking for a less industrial look, Flowers Flooring now offers porcelain tiles that give homeowners the desired concrete look with the performance and durability of tile.
  1. Mixed Width Formats – Homeowners are showing an increased interest in incorporating a mix of plank widths and lengths across a floor. This transformation away from engineered uniformity is a very popular trend in 2016.
  1. Parquet – The classic herringbone and chevron layouts are making a huge come back. These patterns provide instant texture and interest to the floor. Homeowners can be as creative as they like adding a big, bold splash of color with a chevron pattern.

For more information on current flooring trends contact Flowers Flooring / (704) 445-7750. Call today to schedule your free in-home flooring estimate and speak with one of our design experts.

When you hear the term luxury vinyl (also referred to as LVT), most people automatically think of the old peel-and-stick vinyl. Luxury vinyl flooring is a new category of flooring that provides an attractive and durable option for high traffic areas. While commercial designers are huge fans of luxury vinyl, this product hasn’t received the attention it deserves from residential homeowners.

Luxury vinyl tile couldn’t be more different than peel-and-stick tile, not only in how it’s manufactured, but also in how it looks and in its applications. Luxury vinyl combines the high-end look of hardwood or natural stone with the durability of vinyl flooring. As a moisture resistant product, LVT is a perfect fit for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Luxury vinyl tile is manufactured by using advanced photographic technologies. There are four distinct layers fused together to produce the final product:

  1. Resilient Vinyl Backing
  2. Vinyl Color Layer
  3. Photographic Film Layer
  4. Urethane or Aluminum Oxide Top Layer

Homeowners can now have the look, graining and character of real hardwood floors with LVT. Today’s state-of-the-art manufacturing processes can create LVT planks that look like real wood, tile and textured stone. “I installed LVT in my kitchen and pantry. My family and friends have to get on their hands and knees to inspect it because they simply don’t believe me when I tell them it’s not real wood,” said Mrs. Moore, a recent Flowers Flooring customer.

Flowers Flooring sells and installs Shaw Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank. It has a realistic texture and with hundreds of colors and styles to choose from, matching any décor is easy. Many designs can be installed with grout or without grout, for a true stone or ceramic tile appearance. Shaw’s Luxury Vinyl Tile and Plank brings beauty and peace of mind to any home with Shaw’s outstanding warranty protection – 25 year residential warranty and 7 years commercial. All Shaw products are manufactured in America.

Benefits of Luxury Vinyl

  • Look and feel of real hardwood, textured stone or tile at a lower cost.
  • Is slip resistant so it’s perfect for wet areas – bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc.
  • Easy to clean – simple, damp mopping.
  • Comes in various sizes so it’s suitable for large and small rooms alike.
  • It is inherently water resistant.
  • It is extremely durable due to its specialized wear layers and urethane coating.
  • Since it’s constructed for commercial wear and tear it’s perfect for residential high-traffic areas.
  • Satisfies Green building standards and earns LEED points in commercial applications.
  • Meets all the requirements of commercial flammability codes.

Luxury vinyl floors are designed to capture the elegant and timeless look of natural stone, wood planks and tile floors, while providing durability and a comfortable surface to enjoy everyday living. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate and to learn more about LVT for your home.

(704) 445-7750 / www.flowersflooring.com

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released figures showing that people who purchased laminate imported from China from Lumber Liquidators are at a higher risk of cancer.

The CDC reported that formaldehyde levels in some selections of Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring could cause six to 30 cancer cases per 100,000 people. In addition to cancer, people exposed to the laminate flooring products in question are also susceptible to increased risks of exacerbated respiratory issues such as asthma and eye, nose and throat irritation, the CDC said.

Know Before You Buy

Flowers Flooring recommends knowing exactly where your flooring is manufactured BEFORE you buy and have it installed. Flowers Flooring sells Shaw products, all of which are manufactured in the USA and meet the strictest standards.

“You want to purchase flooring that is safe for you and your family,” says William Coronado, Professional Flooring Installer for Flowers Flooring. “The last thing you want to invest in is flooring that can cause health problems. Do your research, work with a flooring company you can trust and get the floor of your dreams.”

Laminate You Can Trust

The Lumber Liquidators laminate scare may have spooked some consumers into considering other flooring types; however, the benefits of safe laminate should be considered first. First and foremost, laminate can definitely save you a buck. It is less expensive than hardwood and often times cheaper than even carpet. It will also save you money in the long run because you won’t need to replace it for years. Unlike hardwood, marble or carpet, laminate does not fade in the sunlight and is resistant to stains, impacts and scratches.

Laminate flooring is a great fit for people with allergies because it’s easy to clean and does not absorb dust like carpet. It is also a very sanitary product due to its airtight locking system and plastic exterior, which creates a shield against moisture. Laminate does not contract or expand like hardwood does, but if moisture does penetrate the laminate and permanent damage is done, laminate floorboards can be easily replaced.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE laminate estimate – (704) 445-7750 or visit us on the web at http://www.flowersflooring.com

 

 

 

 

 

Dumping money into a home you’re getting ready to sell isn’t something any homeowner wants to do, but it can be critical if you want to sell your house quickly and get the price you want. Sure you want to declutter and clean, but there are some areas where a little money may need to be spent in order to get your property sold.

Ninety-four percent of real estate pros recommend replacing old or stained carpet before you put your house on the market. Stained or dated carpet is a huge turnoff to potential buyers, especially if you have pets. Fresh, new carpet is even more critical when selling an empty property, since that is all the buyers will see in an empty room.

The same rule of thumb can be used when it comes to vinyl flooring. It will be difficult to sell your home if the vinyl flooring is old, torn or stained. Replace it with a clean, neutral vinyl or vinyl composite (VCT).

If you have hardwood in the home you may need to buff and coat the floors prior to listing your home. Area rugs can discolor hardwood, making it look old and outdated.

You don’t need to go overboard and spend a ton of money updating the floors. For an estimated average investment of $600 to $900, brokers report that the return in value comes in at up to $2,000. You may get away with spending even less than that. Flooring contractors can eliminate distracting squeaks with a few well-placed nails. Other small repair projects that have a big impact include repairing broken tile or patching damaged floor boards.

If you’re looking to list your home and need to update your floors without spending a lot of money, call Flowers Flooring today to schedule a free estimate (704) 445-7750. Be sure to tell your estimator you are listing the property so they can recommend less expensive, neutral products that will give you the most bang for your buck.

With so many flooring choices and so little time to research what looks good in your home, feels good under foot and is durable, deciding on the right floor can be difficult to say the least. Flowers Flooring has helped sort it out with this handy dandy do’s and don’ts flooring list.

Style

DO: When it comes to style, first consider your home’s layout. If you have an open floor plan use the same flooring throughout the space to create a clean, continuous appearance.

DON’T: Forget about your home’s architectural integrity. Flooring that works in a classic home will not work well in a contemporary home. While you can make the flooring in your home a reflection of your personal style, keep the architectural integrity of the home. Hardwood floors are a great option and go well with the architectural integrity of virtually any home.

Durability

DO: Be sure to keep your local climate in mind. Areas of the country where damp and humid weather are common can shorten a floor’s lifespan causing major damage that will lead to replacement. Hardwood floors can warp and laminate can expand and contract.

DON’T: Underestimate wear and tear on new flooring. Depending on where you’re planning to install new floors, heavy foot traffic on plush carpet or water on hardwood or laminate floors can do severe damage. Tile or luxury vinyl tile are great choices for wet areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.

Comfort

DO: Consider carpet. Carpet is a great choice for maximizing comfort, and it can be much more affordable than other flooring types. New fiber technologies have made carpet more durable and stain resistant. Be sure to work with a flooring professional that will help you select the carpet that is right for your home and lifestyle. If you have pets or kids, a dense carpet with a short pile height is best. A plush carpet with a long pile height would be a poor choice.

DON’T: Eliminate carpet because you have allergies. Recent studies suggest that carpet doesn’t cause allergies or make asthma worse. Carpet traps particles like dust and dander, thus acting like a filter and bringing relief to some people, according to a recent Spanish study. Frequent vacuuming, using a doormat to cut down on the amount of dirt that enters your home, and a yearly deep cleaning can keep your carpet in great shape for years to come while keeping allergies at bay.

Contact Flowers Flooring today for more flooring tips or to schedule your FREE in-home flooring estimate (704) 445-7750.