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.

While hardwood floors are one of the most practical choices for flooring material, the protective finish can wear off over time; particularly in high traffic areas, or dull from being hidden under carpet for years. These are the primary reasons that homeowners choose to refinish hardwood floors.

Tackling a hardwood refinishing job yourself can be a nightmare. This is a job better left to the professionals. Flowers Flooring has the knowledge and experience to bring your dull wood floors back to life with a quality new finish. We also have the needed equipment to get the job done efficiently and with as little mess as possible, including dustless sanders that work to remove existing hardwood finish and prepare the wood to accept new stain.

Conduct a Simple Hardwood Floor Refinish Test

Before bringing in the professionals, first determine if your hardwood floors need new finish or are simply dirty. This can be accomplished through a simple test. Pour a tablespoon of water on the floor in a high traffic area, where the hardwood floor finish takes the most abuse. If the water forms beads, the floor is properly sealed, which means at most a good cleaning and stain removal is needed.

If the water does not bead and takes a few minutes to seep in and only darkens the floor slightly, this means the finish is partially worn and that your floors need to be refinished in the very near future.

If the water soaks right in and leaves a dark spot, it’s most definitely time to refinish your hardwood floors.

Selecting the Right Hardwood Stain

There are endless colors of stain to choose from and this decision can be overwhelming. There are three key things to consider when selecting a stain color for your hardwood floors. It is also important to be certain about the color of stain you select. Once the stain has been applied, the only way to change it is to re-sand and re-stain the floor.

The Species of Wood on Your Hardwood Floors

The species of wood you have will make a difference in your stain choices. Oak is the easiest wood to stain and provides the most color options. Hardwood floors made of birch, maple and coniferous woods like pine or fir are more difficult to stain evenly and look best when left with a natural look. Maple and birch wood species have tight grains and tiny pores, making it harder to absorb stain pigment.

The Amount of Light and Foot Traffic in the Room

Lighter, more natural stain colors will show the wood’s whorls and knots, and can open up a room that is small and does not get a lot of natural light. Light stain color will show the wood’s natural imperfections, and it does a better job at camouflaging scratches, dust and pet hair. Darker stain colors are great for hiding the woods natural imperfections, but will show more scratches, dust and pet hair – especially if the room is well lit.

The color and style of furniture in the room

With so many wood stain colors on market shelves today you can find the perfect color to fit any décor. Flowers Flooring will provide stain samples so you can be certain the stain you choose is the right one for your home. We will even use a plank of your wood flooring to create a few samples with varying finishes. This will give you a good idea of how each color will look in your home.

Contact Flowers Flooring today to schedule a free in-home estimate to refinish your hardwood floors. Turn your old, gritty floors into beautiful floors that will not only improve the aesthetic quality of your room, making it more livable and increase the value of your home, but will also reduce future maintenance and repair costs.

Ceramic tile is one of the most widely used flooring choices in both residential and commercial settings worldwide. It is also a popular choice for walls, backsplashes, showers and more. Ceramic tile can be used in just about every room in a home and is beneficial because it reduces household allergens, is environmentally friendly and increases the overall value of your home. Ceramic tile comes in many shapes, sizes and textures, making it a great choice for designing your dream floors, backsplash or wall.

Top 10 Benefits of Ceramic Tile

  1. Low Maintenance – Ceramic tiles are extremely easy to maintain. They require simple cleaning and can be sealed for extra protection. There is no special maintenance involved with ceramic tile.
  2. Environmentally Friendly – Ceramic tiles are made from raw materials such as clay, sand and glass, in addition to recycled materials. They help reduce energy use, thus lowering your energy bill by keeping your house cooler in the summer and more insulated in the winter.
  3. Easy to Clean – It doesn’t get easier than cleaning ceramic– simply sweep and wash. Ceramic is an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as they can be quickly wiped and disinfected. Grout cleaner is available to clean ceramic tile grout.
  4. Cost Effective – Compared to natural stone and other tile choices on the market, ceramic tiles are cost effective. Flowers Flooring has a wide variety of ceramic tile to select from for every room in your home, priced from $1 to $15 per square foot for materials and $4.10 for flooring installation.
  5. Easily Repaired – When installing ceramic tile, Flowers Flooring recommends keeping a few extra tiles handy in event of a crack. If a tile does crack, it can be quickly replaced.
  6. Increase Your Home Value – Homes with ceramic tile floors, walls, backsplashes and showers have greater resale value when appraised.
  7. Reduces Household Allergens – Unlike carpet, ceramic tile does not attract dust and dust mites. Homes with ceramic tile floors have less dust in the air, making the air in your home healthier by reducing the amount of household allergens. This is a tremendous benefit, especially for those that suffer from dust- related allergens.
  8. Scratch Resistant – Tiles that are made for moderate to heavy floor traffic – Class 3 and Class 4 ceramic tiles do not scratch. This is a great flooring choice for homes with children and pets.
  9. Moisture Resistant – Moisture can’t accumulate on ceramic tile. Unlike laminate or hardwood floors, you are able to wash the floors with water. Water will not damage ceramic tiles.
  10. Additional Benefits – Added benefits of ceramic tile is that it is resistant to fire, odor and fading.

Call Flowers Flooring today (704) 445-7750 to schedule your FREE in-home ceramic tile estimate. In addition to providing exceptional tile floor, backsplash and shower installations, we have thousands of tile choices to select from.

Shopping for carpet in your home is a lot like shopping for a car. They are both going to hit your wallet and all the different styles, colors and brands can make your head spin. Let’s not forget the joy of dealing with high-pressure salespeople that both experiences promise.

Flooring is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your home. By doing some basic homework, comparison shopping and working with a reputable retailer and installation team, you’ll find carpet that fits your specific needs and gives you the confidence of getting a quality product for a good price.

This article will provide you with a basic background in carpet styles and quality and discuss the primary things to think about when you’re shopping for new carpet in your home. The article provides tips on what to look for, as well as what to avoid. The focus of the article is on synthetic fibers. While natural fibers like wool are absolutely beautiful in the home, they are out of most peoples price range.

Carpet Fibers

The majority of carpet produced in the United States contains one of seven pile fibers: nylon, polypropylene (olefin), acrylic, polyester, triexta, wool, or cotton. Each fiber has strengths and weaknesses that will help determine which carpet fiber is best for you.

Nylon

Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and easy maintenance. Nylon is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas, and in homes with children and pets. The strongest and softest type of nylon is 6.6, which is the most expensive.

Triexta

Triexta is a newly classified fiber derived partly from corn sugar. It has excellent, permanent anti-stain properties. It also has good resilience, but it’s to soon to tell whether it will match the durability of nylon in high-traffic areas. Due to triexta’s superior stain resistance, this is a good choice if you have young kids or pets.

Polyester

Also called PET, polyester is stain resistant, very soft and luxurious underfoot, and is available in vibrant colors. The down side of polyester is it’s harder to clean, tend to shed and it isn’t as durable as nylon. Polyester is best used in low-traffic areas such as bedrooms and in households without children or pets.

Polypropylene (Olefin)

Olefin is an attractive, inexpensive fiber that’s strong and resists fading. However, it’s not as resilient as nylon. Olefin is most often made into looped Berber with a nubby weave that conceals dirt. It has good stain, static and mildew resistance. Olefin carpeting is most often selected for high-traffic areas such as family rooms and play areas.

BCF or Staple Fibers

Carpet fibers can be either Bulked Continuous Filament (BCF) or staple. Staple fibers shed more than BCF fibers. This does not affect the long-term quality of the carpet, but it does mean you’ll have to vacuum more often until the initial shedding stops, which can take up to a year. This can also be an issue for allergy sufferers.

Carpet Density

Prior to purchasing carpet for your home check the quality. Determining the carpet density will help determine the quality of the carpet. Low-density carpet is low quality and will crush more easily. The higher the density, the better the quality. Density is determined by the thickness of the fibers and how tightly packed they are. The thicker and heavier they are, the better quality the carpet and less susceptible to crushing.

Face Weight

Face weight is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. The range is generally from 20 to 80, and the higher the number, the heavier and more resilient the carpet. Look for a carpet with at least a 34 to 40 ounce face weight.

Tuft Twist

Tuft twist is the number of times the tufts are twisted together in a 1-inch length. The higher the number, the more durable the carpet. Look for a tuft twist of 5 or higher.

Warranty

Look for carpet that has at least a 10-year “texture retention” warranty. This covers how well the fibers return to their original shape after being walked on.

Proper Installation

Many carpet problems stem from poor installation. Bad seaming, thin carpet cushion (padding), and inadequate stretching can make a carpet look terrible within a few short years. Flowers Flooring has expert, skilled carpet installers who take pride in each and every carpet they install.

Prior to installation, Flowers Flooring will send a flooring expert to your home free of charge to measure your carpet job. Our expert will tell you exactly how much carpet and pad to order. Once you have your estimate it’s time to pick out your carpet at the Flowers Flooring showroom, located in Cornelius, NC. The carpet will be delivered to your home on installation day.

While selecting the right carpet for your home can be a daunting task, Flowers Flooring makes it easier with our team of flooring experts. From salesperson to estimator to installer – we’ll help you select the carpet and padding that’s right for your lifestyle and your budget.  Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your free in-home carpet estimate.

 

 

 

 

 

Selecting the right floor for your home is a matter of personal taste. While both hardwood and laminate flooring offer a modern look for a home, it can be difficult to decide between the two.

Let’s take a closer look at the many differences between laminate and hardwood flooring. These differences may help you decide which floor is best for your home.

Price Point

Many people take price into account when considering new flooring for their home. If budget is a large factor in deciding which flooring to go with, you should choose laminate. Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood.

Installation

When it comes to installation of flooring it’s wise to start working early with a flooring expert. A Flowers Flooring expert will come into your home for free to advise you on your best flooring options. If your home is built on a slab and you want hardwood put on the ground level you will need to build up your subfloor, which adds additional cost to your installation fee. However, laminate can be installed on top of the concrete slab.

Longevity

The longevity of flooring is another factor to strongly consider when deciding between laminate and hardwood flooring. Both types of flooring can last for decades if they are cared for properly; however, laminate flooring is more susceptible to scratching and fading over time. Hardwood flooring looks beautiful and brings a natural, yet modern feel into any home. While laminate flooring can also look very nice, hardwood usually wins in the aesthetic department.

Flowers Flooring provides sales and installation of both laminate and hardwood and we’re here to help you make the best selection for your home. Call today to schedule your free in home estimate – (704) 445-7750.

Dogs and cats are going to have accidents. It’s a simple fact that all pet owners have come to accept. But what happens when your pet urinates on your new solid hardwood floors?

The methods for removing urine from hardwood floors can range from simple to more complex, depending on when you spotted the mess. As soon as you spot urine on your solid hardwood floors QUICK ACTION is the best approach to take. Pet urine is a tough substance to remove if it sits on your hardwood for a long period of time. It is acidic and contains insoluble salt crystals, which is one of the main compounds that lead to stubborn stains. The salt crystals in the urine bind themselves to the surface of the floor, and even after the initial stain is removed, the odor and remnants of the stain can re-appear.

Products are available on the market that can help keep urine from staining your hardwood floor’s surface. Flowers Flooring recommends using Bona Spot Wood Floor Cleaner that was specially created as pet spot treatments designed to actively and safely eliminate pet messes, soils and odors from hardwood floors. Prepare yourself for accidents in advance by having a chosen product on hand for immediate action if and when pet accidents occur.

The very best strategy to protect your hardwood floors from pet damage is to be proactive and vigilant. Accidents are going to happen, just be prepared when they do.