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.

 

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.

Award Reflects Company’s Consistently High Level of Customer Service

Cornelius, NC) January 28, 2019 – Flowers Flooring is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Angie’s List yet again. It affirms that we are doing our part to earn customers trust and exceed their flooring expectations,” said Jeremy Flowers, owner of Flowers Flooring.

Flowers Flooring has been listed on Angie’s List since 2013. This is the second year in a row Flowers Flooring has received this honor. Click here to view all 40 Flowers Flooring reviews on Angie’s List.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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.

 

 

 

A carpet stair runner is typically installed on hardwood stairs and does not cover the entire width of the stair. It is bound on both sides to prevent fraying and carpet stair runners come in virtually all colors and patterns and can be cut and bound in different widths, depending on how much hardwood you want showing on each side.

Purpose of a Carpet Runner

There are many reasons homeowners add carpet stair runners over hardwood. One of the most common reasons is for safety. Hardwood stairs can be very slippery, which can present a danger, especially for children, pets or the elderly. Adding a stair runner over the hardwood stairs reduces the danger by providing traction, and a safe place to walk on the stairs. In addition, it also adds comfort. Carpet stair runners also reduce noise. Carpet absorbs sound much more than hard surfaces do, so adding a carpet stair runner will make trips up and down the stairs much quieter. A carpet runner also adds style. A hardwood staircase with a beautiful carpet stair runner creates a focal point in your home but be sure to select the proper runner. Homeowners have two options when shopping for stair runners:

1. Pre-Made Runners – These can be purchased in most box stores and give homeowners very little choice in pattern or width.
2. Custom-Made Runners – Flowers Flooring has thousands of carpets to select from for custom-made runners. We provide binding and installation service as well. During your free in-home estimate, our estimate technician will recommend patterns and widths that work well with your décor and color scheme.

Carpet Runner Width

Customers always ask our installers “How wide should the carpet runner be?” The answer to this question completely depends on the width of the staircase in your home. For stairs that are approximately 3 feet wide, Flowers Flooring suggests a 27-inch carpet runner. This width allows a good coverage of the hardwood and doesn’t make it feel like you are walking on a narrow strip, yet it’s not too wide to overpower the entire stair and leaves enough hardwood exposed on each side. For wider stairs that are 4 or 5 feet, Flowers Flooring recommends a 33-inch runner. If you have a staircase that falls outside the standard sizes listed above, a Flowers Flooring estimator will recommend the appropriate size during your free in-home estimate.

Patterned Carpet Runner

A patterned carpet runner can be a stunning choice. There are thousands to select from, so be sure the pattern will work on your stairs. Some patterned stair runners are more effective on long, flat surfaces, such as a runner in a hallway and do not look as nice on a stairway. If you have your heart set on a patterned design, Flowers Flooring recommends using a small pattern. Large patterns will get lost and will look uneven, as the pattern is bent over each stair. A small pattern will nicely showcase the design of each stair tread and riser.

Carpet Runner Padding

Just like the carpet throughout your home, a carpet runner needs a pad under it. The best carpet cushion for under a stair runner is a thin pad so that it does not raise the height of the runner by much. The pad should also be dense, to properly support the runner so that it doesn’t flex to much when walked on.

Stair runners are a great addition to your hardwood staircase for safety, style and comfort. Call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750 today to get started on your carpet runner project. You can schedule a FREE in-home estimate. A Flowers Flooring estimator will bring carpet samples that can be custom made into a carpet stair runner that’s perfect for your home. You may also have a remnant left over from a carpet installation that is perfect for a carpet runner. Call today to learn more.

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.

 

Work-Proof Flooring Built to Last

When you are considering new office flooring it can be difficult to identify which flooring is going to stand the test of time and save you money in the long run. In an office environment, there is high traffic due to people constantly moving and walking around, so a floor that can withstand this amount of traffic is essential. The last thing you want to do is install a new floor and replace it again two years later. One of the best floors for this job would have to be vinyl plank, as it is both durable and shows longevity. Vinyl plank also has a lot of other benefits for the office, which we will explain here, so continue reading to find out more.

Work-Proof

In an office environment you need office flooring that can take anything that work life may throw at it, including coffee spills, chairs rolling back and forth and constant foot traffic. An office is a very busy place and the floors need to be able to match that level of usage accordingly. Vinyl plank floors are super easy to clean and require only a damp cloth or dry mop for spills and a sweep or vacuum to remove loose dirt and grit that may be brought in by employee’s shoes. Maintaining vinyl plank floors is much easier than carpet and does not require any special cleaning equipment. Vinyl plank floors are extremely durable and are designed to work hard. This means they can take impacts without damage when employees drop things.

Installation

For any business installation time is critical. You can’t close your doors and shut down your business for a long install. Unlike some other types of flooring, vinyl plank is quick to install. In many instances, Flowers Flooring has installed vinyl plank office flooring in businesses over the weekend, so they were ready for business as usual on Monday morning. Of course, this depends on the size of the job.

Style

Vinyl plank is designed to meet today’s demands. It looks great and works hard. There are some great luxury vinyl planks on the market today that look like wood planks in everything from color to species of wood. Surface textures often include the look of scraping or embossing, which dramatically heighten the realism. Also, like wood, planks may be installed in many ways – in brick fashion, diagonally, and so on. The possibilities are endless! Flowers Flooring has a wide selection of vinyl plank in the showroom, from multiple manufacturers. Click here to view Shaw samples.

To learn more about vinyl flooring refer to previous blog posts from Flowers Flooring:

Luxury Vinyl Flooring – A New Trend Worth Trying

Vinyl Plank Flooring – Looks Great and Works Hard

 

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate or to speak with one our sales representatives about your flooring or tile project (704) 445-7750.