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

 

 

 

 

 

Shaw’s high performance carpet line Life Happens with LifeGuard moisture barrier backing is winning rave reviews from homeowners. It’s the first carpet of its kind to hit the market that actually stands up to life’s messes day in and day out, and can truly handle everyday spills and odors.

Life Happens carpet by Shaw is the first residential carpet innovation of its kind. LifeGuard is a revolutionary protection system that covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing. Carpets featuring LifeGuard are treated with Shaw’s R2X Stain and Soil resistance protection, the standard of excellence in the industry, while a thermoplastic backing provides a waterproof barrier that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor. Yes, WATERPROOF backing!

Waterproof Carpet Backing

One of the biggest threats to any floor covering is excessive moisture. Liquid spills, and pet accidents can be an everyday occurrence, and some spills can go unnoticed, especially on carpet, soaking through to the backing, padding, and even the subfloor. Certain liquids, such as pet urine, can cause unpleasant odors and are extremely difficult to remove if not promptly cleaned. Conventional carpet backings can also be damaged when exposed to prolonged moisture and caustic spills.

While some new carpet products promise protection against pet accidents, they must be used with a pad that services as a moisture barrier. Liquids still soak through the carpet backing and spread, leaving stains and potential odors. However, LifeGuard’s patented backing system keeps these liquids from seeping into the backing, thus allowing easier cleanup and protection against odor-causing spills and pet accidents.

How waterproof is this carpet? Watch this video!

Odor Reduction

Carpets featuring LifeGuard and R2X combat household odors. Smells such as cigarette smoke and odors from pet urine stains, once removed, are quickly and effectively dissipated. LifeGuard styles dissipate the odors 6 times faster than many competitive carpets, eliminating odors in 30 minutes or less.

Appearance Retention

LifeGuard carpets with Anso CrushResister High Performance Nylon are among the most durable luxury style available. They are resistant to fuzzing 4 times longer than comparable products, tufts are 5 times stronger to resist pulling out, loops are 2 times better at preventing edge ravel, and the carpet backing is 10 times less likely to suffer delamination.

Ease of Installation

LifeHappens with LifeGuard has flexible backing and can be installed on stairs. To schedule a FREE LifeHappens carpet demonstration and estimate please call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750 or browse our flooring online.

Terrific Warranties

LifeHappens carpet is backed by Shaw’s unbeatable warranties:

LifeTime Warranties

  • Waterproof Backing
  • Stain & Soil
  • No Wrinkle
  • No edge Ravel
  • No Delamination
  • Tuft Bind

25-Year Warranties

  • Texture Retention
  • Abrasive Wear
  • Quality Assurance

Flowers Flooring Warranty

  • One Year Installation Warranty

 

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.

Whether your embarking on a major remodeling project or simply updating a room in your home, changing your flooring is a simple way to make a dramatic difference. There are so many flooring choices available to choose from including tile, laminate, hardwood and carpeting.

Tile

Ceramic tile is the most durable of all tile materials. When installed properly, both ceramic and natural stone can last the lifetime of a house.  The durability combined with the natural beauty of stone and the vast array of tile and natural stone types, colors, patterns and textures make tile and stone the materials of choice where both quality and character are important in new floors.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors have come a long way. Once considered a substitute for hardwood or tile, laminate is now considered a legitimate medium in and of itself. The durability of laminate is often what initially interests most consumers.  In addition, laminate is easy to install. Unlike conventional solid wood flooring, it’s prefinished and can be glued down or applied over a thin foam pad on the subfloor.

Flowers Flooring has a great laminate flooring selection to choose from. Feather Step laminate is a 12 mm laminate that offers durability at a fabulous price. This collection adds warmth and a touch of class to any room. Feather Step is hypoallergenic laminate floor and it has an outstanding AC4 rating, which assures you that you will have a durable floor that will work fantastic in residential as well as commercial spaces.

Hardwood Floors

There’s nothing more durable and resistant to damage from impact than solid hardwood floors. The most popular hardwoods include oak, maple and ash. Other popular choices that are a bit more expensive are walnut, teak and cherry. A key benefit of hardwood flooring is that you can customize it with pieces arranged in a special design, or stain a contrasting color to reflect a special theme or design. Special inlay elements can turn an already striking hardwood floor into a distinctive work of art.

Carpeting

There are literally thousands of carpets to select from and the choices can be overwhelming. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a carpet solely based on color. Be sure to take into consideration the carpet’s fibers, tufts and construction, as well as your lifestyle.

Plush or Cut-Pile carpet has loops trimmed off so that the yarn ends poke up. Saxony plush, one of the most popular varieties, has short tufts that are densely packed. Plush carpet does not tend to wear as well in high-traffic areas as Berber carpet.  Berber is a high-level loop carpet that creates a nubby texture and has complete yarn loops that stand upright. Berber carpet holds up extremely well in high-traffic areas and is a good choice for families with pets and children.

You will also want to choose the carpet fiber that best fits your needs. Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and maintenance. It is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas and in homes with kids and pets.

New flooring – carpet, tile, laminate or hardwood is a simple way to make a lasting and dramatic change in the look and feel of any room in your home.  Call a flooring professional in your area today to obtain an estimate for new floors. If you’re in North Carolina, call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring provides free estimates.

Laminate is quickly gaining popularity for three key reasons – durability, ease of installation, and it’s reasonable price.

Durability

Let’s start by looking at laminate from a durability standpoint. When compared to wood flooring there really is no comparison. In almost every aspect, including scratch resistance, dent resistance, water resistance, and the ability to weather well under the pressure of daily wear and tear, laminate flooring is far superior than its real wood counterparts.

In fact, when it comes to families with small children and households with pets, there isn’t another flooring product in the industry with a better track record than laminate. About the only real threat to laminate flooring is high moisture levels, which can damage the composite core.

If you’re planning on installing laminate in a high moisture area, such as a kitchen or bath, be sure you get a line of laminate that has been approved for such uses. These lines of laminate usually have thicker cores, are treated with extra water repellant chemicals, and contain paraffin wax impregnated joints that keep the risk of moisture damage to a minimum.

Ease of Installation

While durability can be laminate’s most convincing selling point, its ease of installation isn’t too far behind. For starters, laminate flooring is a floating floor system. It simply sits on top of your existing floor with no nailing, screwing, or gluing required. Click together laminate makes it even easier and you no longer have to worry about gluing the separate planks together.

Reasonable Price Point

One of the primary reasons American homeowners choose laminate over other flooring options is cost. If you can afford to spend a little bit more for your flooring project, pay for thicker laminate. There’s a big difference between 8 mm laminate and 12 mm laminate. Be sure to do your homework before you buy and ask your flooring professional for advise. Flowers Flooring has laminate experts who can help steer you in the right direction and make recommendations on the best laminate selections for your home.

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.