Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring (LVP) is designed to meet today’s demands and look beautiful from any angle. Shaw Floorte vinyl plank flooring is strong, durable, and flexible, which conceals imperfections of the floor beneath. It is also water proof – making it a great flooring option on and below ground level.

The Floorte waterproof qualities make it ideal for high-moisture areas like basements, bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms. “Our customers have been absolutely amazed at Shaw Floorte’s waterproof qualities,” said Will Moore, Regional Sales Manager at Flowers Flooring. “Vinyl plank has been one of our biggest sellers in 2017 because it allows homeowners to get a wood look without the high-maintenance.”

Floorte Vinyl Plank flooring is created using high definition printing. This provides a very authentic look. Floorte is designed to look like the top species and colors of hardwood as well as a variety of fossilized wood, stone and concrete.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. Estimators will have vinyl plank samples to showcase in your home. Be sure to inquire about our 12 or 24-Month, 0% interest financing promo, in addition to our 20% off flooring materials sale.

To view the Shaw Floorte collection log onto www.shawfloors.com.

Flowers Flooring is excited to offer Repel, a water resistant laminate from Shaw. This laminate is designed to stand up to the toughest household conditions. It is a 12 mm laminate that is scratch, stain and fade resistant, both kid and pet friendly, and easy to clean. It can even be wet-mopped. It comes with a 30-year residential warranty.

“We are very excited to offer this product to our customers,” said Jeremy Flowers, owner of Flowers Flooring. “It gives home owners peace of mind that when accidents do happen Repel laminate gives you time to clean up the spills without damaging your floors.”

Shaw Repel comes in two styles Pinnacle Port and Pier Park. Each style has 6 gorgeous colors.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. Be sure to ask your estimator about Flowers Flooring finance options.

Spring is the best time of year to replace the flooring in your home. In this blog, we’ll explore the top 3 reasons to plan your flooring installation over the next few months. An added bonus is Flowers Flooring Spring sale (10% Off Your Entire Project), and new finance options (12 or 24-Month, 0% Interest).

Why Spring is the Best Time to Replace Flooring

When you’re having new flooring installed the doors will be open a lot. Installers will be walking in and out. Old flooring will be carried outside and new flooring will be brought in. During the cold winter months, all the in and out can dramatically cool your home, and in the summer your home could heat up, causing your AC to work overtime. Spring brings milder weather, resulting in a more comfortable and energy efficient install.

Secondly, you may want to keep your windows open for ventilation to get rid of new floor fumes and odors. When installing certain types of flooring floor adhesive, adhesive removers, stains and sealers can emit noxious fumes and odors that you will want to alleviate as soon as possible through open windows and fresh air.

Certain types of flooring such as hardwood and laminate need to acclimate in your home for 48 to 72 hours prior to being properly installed. This means they need to take on the humidity level and temperature found indoors. If they don’t problems such as buckling can arise. Humidity and temperatures are more moderate in the Spring. In the summer, outdoor humidity may be 75% to 90% or higher. Spring allows the fastest and most complete acclimation with the least risk of problems because homes are not likely to have either very high or very low humidity.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. We specialize in all flooring types – Carpet, Tile, Tile Showers, Tile Backsplash, Laminate, Hardwood, Vinyl, and Sand & Finish. Be sure to read our 5-STAR reviews on Google, Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.

While Flowers Flooring offers both oil based and water based options, we usually recommend oil based polyurethane over water based for 3 simple reasons:

  1. It looks better
  2. It lasts longer
  3. It costs less

While these reasons may make the choice simple, there are always exceptions and different customer needs that require more exploring on this subject. Both oil based and water based polyurethane have their advantages.

Advantages of Oil Based Polyurethane

Oil based polyurethane provides more depth to the hardwood, both in color and shine. Water based polyurethane has a duller color and duller finish. Over time, the water based polyurethane will continue to dull, while the oil based amberizes and darkens a bit, giving the hardwood a richer look.

Oil based polyurethane also lasts longer than water based. Oil based is simply more durable. Water based polyurethane has lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), which is why it does not last as long. Water based polyurethane is thinner, which is why installers need to apply 4 to 5 coats to equal the durability of 2 coats of oil based.

Oil based polyurethane also costs less than water based, which will dramatically reduce the cost of sand & finish or buff & coat jobs. Customers who are set on using a water based poly typically spend 15 to 25 percent more. On top of this initial cost, keep in mind you will need to redo the job sooner, so water based poly costs a lot more when you factor in the life of the floor.

Advantages of Water Based Polyurethane

There are several benefits to water based polyurethane, which makes it a great option in some circumstances. The top benefit to water based poly is that it dries faster. A water based job can usually be completed in 2 days, and you can walk on the floor the same night. Oil based poly can take 3 to 5 days (depending on the humidity) and you need to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. Depending on how quickly you want your floors complete, water based poly may be a better choice for you.

Water based poly also looks better on certain types of wood such as natural maple. Maple is a lighter wood than oak and oil based polyurethane can yellow maple hardwood over time. For both white washed and gray stained floors, water based polyurethane is certainly the way to go. Oil based polyurethane will turn these floors yellow.

Water based polyurethane also doesn’t have as much odor. While both polyurethanes smell, water based has less of a smell which could be better for smaller jobs, or for people who are more sensitive to smell.

Schedule FREE Estimate Today

Flowers Flooring schedules FREE in-home estimates for both Sand & Finish and Buff & Coat jobs. Your estimator will go over in more detail which polyurethane they recommend for your job. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate – 704-445-7750 or visit us on the web.

Flowers Flooring Finance Options

Also, ask your estimator about our partnership with Synchrony Bank and what financing options Flowers Flooring currently has available.

Forget the chocolates or the fancy dinner. Why not purchase something that you will both enjoy this Valentine’s day – new floors. If you’re planning on new floors in 2017, now is the perfect time to schedule your FREE in-home estimate with one of our expert estimators.

Flowers Flooring is now providing customer financing through our partnership with Synchrony Bank. For a limited time, we are offering 12-months, no interest, if paid in full within 12 months. Hurry, this offer will not last long and ends February 28, 2017. Click here to learn more about this exciting offer.

Flowers Flooring specializes in:

  • Hardwood
  • Sand & Finish
  • Laminate
  • Carpet
  • Tile
  • Tile Backsplash
  • Tile Showers
  • Vinyl Plank

Call (704) 445-7750 or email today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate.

It’s still not too late to get your dream floors or kitchen backsplash before the Christmas holiday. Flowers Flooring has quick turnaround service ensuring your new floors will be installed before your friends and family visit for the holidays.

Don’t let the idea of home renovation overwhelm you. Flowers Flooring professional installers move all furniture and clean up the job site after installation. Why not give yourself the gift that keeps on giving all year – new floors. Flowers Flooring brings the showroom to you. We will bring samples for you to view in your home and take accurate measurements. Our FREE, no obligation estimate appointment will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the best decision on your flooring investment.

Flowers Flooring specializes in Hardwood, Laminate, Carpet, Tile, Tile Backsplash, Tile Showers, Vinyl, and Sand & Finish. To learn more about Flowers Flooring visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com. To hear what customers are raving about, be sure to check out our 5-STAR reviews on Google, HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List.

Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750.

Fall is finally here and Flowers Flooring is excited about the cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, football, and the countdown to the holidays. Before you know it you will be updating your summer décor with seasonal wreaths as you plan your Thanksgiving day dinner and start wrapping presents for Christmas.

This is the time of year to treat yourself to the flooring and tile backsplash of your dreams. Now through October 31, 2016 enjoy 10% off flooring at Flowers Flooring. In case that isn’t enough to convince you to update your flooring, we’re also offering complimentary in-home estimates.

Before you host Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for your extended family this year, make sure you have the floors of your dreams; floors that are not only beautiful but are also durable and stain resistant so you no longer need to worry about gravy stains or wine spills during the busy holiday season.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your complimentary in-home estimate (704) 445-7750 and get the floors of your dreams in time for the holidays.

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

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