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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.