It’s tax season and if you’re planning on getting a tax refund this year, putting the money towards new floors in your home could be a great way to use the extra cash to increase the value of your home. Here’s the 2018 list of top investments Flowers Flooring recommends for people to make on their floors.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are timeless and hold their value when compared to many other flooring options. Hardwood floors are also appealing to buyers, which can help when you decide to sell your home. The best place to install hardwood flooring is in main living spaces such as the living rooms, dining rooms and entry ways. Flowers Flooring recommends not installing hardwood in wet areas such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. Harwood flooring is a tried and true flooring investment and a wise way to spend your tax refund.

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LifeGuard Water Proof Carpet

Carpet is always going to be a popular choice for bedrooms and 2018 is no exception. Flowers Flooring is seeing the trend move towards colorful and bold pattern carpets. More homeowners are also selecting LifeGuard carpet that is worry free, water proof carpet that prevents moisture and odor-causing spills from seeping into the carpet, carpet cushion and subfloor. This carpet is engineered for life’s messes and keeps 100 percent of all spills and accidents contained for complete clean-up protection. How waterproof is this carpet? Just watch this amazing video.

Lifeguard Flooring from Flowers Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Vinyl plank flooring, also known as resilient vinyl is one of the hottest selling floors in the industry. Flooring experts don’t see this trend slowing any time soon. Planks with believable color, grain and texture make it hard to tell it’s not hardwood or wood plank tile. Vinyl plank flooring is a great investment in your home as its water resistant, looks great and feels amazing under foot.

Before using your tax refund dollars to invest in flooring be sure to consider your lifestyle before selecting a flooring type. Maintaining your floors and keeping them in good shape is critical to retaining value. If you have pets or young children soft hardwoods or light colored carpet may not be the best choice.

Vinyl flooring from Flowers Flooring

Make Sure Your Tax Refund Dollars are Not Wasted

Opt for a professional installation. If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on flooring materials Flowers Flooring always recommends spending a little extra to ensure a professional installation. A professional installation should give you piece of mind that the job is being done right.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750 or visit us on the web at www.flowersflooring.com

 

Here are the 2018 flooring trends that Flowers Flooring expects to see this year, and are worth taking into consideration for your next flooring project.

With so many flooring choices to choose from it’s difficult to decide what flooring will work best in your home, while still staying trendy for years to come. If you are currently considering new flooring in your home, now is the PERFECT time to buy. In honor of 2018 flooring trends, Flowers Flooring is taking 18% off the entire project. That includes labor and materials! In addition, Flowers Flooring is offering 6 or 12 months interest free financing. Hurry, this offer expires on January 31, 2018.

Vinyl Plank in High Demand

We cannot talk about 2018 flooring trends without mentioning vinyl plank. While sales in the vinyl plank arena were strong in 2017 they will continue to grow in 2018 as manufacturers provide more choices in color, style, texture and patterns. Vinyl plank is an excellent flooring choice because it is easy to clean, it’s comfortable under foot, and its water and stain resistant – making it extremely family friendly.

“I see vinyl plank sales sky rocketing in 2018,” said William Moore, Flowers Flooring Regional Sales Manager. “Vinyl plank is extremely hard to distinguish from hardwood, stone, wood plank and ceramic tile and it’s available at a much better price point. Vinyl plank mimics these high-end materials and puts astonishing good looks at the feet of homeowners for a much less cost.”

Viny plank floor 2018 flooring trends

Herringbone Tile Patterns

The herringbone pattern is named after the intricate bone structure of a herring fish. Herringbone is a classic pattern in tile for both backsplash and floors that adds timeless character to any tile installation. The herringbone pattern is quickly becoming a popular choice for tile layout, and Flowers Flooring anticipates this trend will continue to grow in 2018.

2018 flooring trends herribone backsplash

2018 flooring trends herringone tile

Colorful Rugs

Vibrant carpet and rugs are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Colorful rugs offer homemakers the chance to showcase strong design elements in bold patterns.

Area rugs are also becoming increasingly popular as they stylishly transform a space and therefore will definitely be one of the 2018 flooring trends you will see this year. Flowers Flooring provides custom area rugs that customers can have bound and shipped directly to their home. Custom binding allows customers to select the color, style, border, size and shape of a rug that uniquely fits their needs.

2018 flooring trends blue pattern area rug

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales associates about your specific flooring needs – (704) 445-7750. Now is the perfect time to buy. In honor of the New Year 2018, Flowers Flooring is taking 18 percent off the ENTIRE PROJECT, plus offering 6 or 12 months interest free financing. Call today (704) 445-7750 or visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com. Hurry, this New Year, New Floors promo expires on January 31, 2018.

 

Fall brings with it plenty of trends such as pumpkin spice, warmer color palettes, and new décor. Your home’s floors are not immune to fall’s influence. If you are looking to have new floors installed in your home this fall, find the perfect style floor with these 5 fall flooring trends.

  1. Cork

Comfort is always in style and cork flooring is one of the most comfortable flooring options on the market. This makes cork a popular flooring choice for rooms you spend a lot of time in such as the kitchen. It provides a comfortable cushion underfoot. It is also a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which makes any room it is installed in naturally warm and quiet. Cork is eco-friendly and is low maintenance, which gives homeowners piece of mind. Cork flooring comes in a wide variety of colors to fit any style and is the perfect fall flooring trend to try this year.

Flowers Flooring - Cork Flooring

  1. Luxury Vinyl Plank

Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the rolled vinyl in your grandmother’s kitchen. While it remains a budget choice, it is no longer a style liability. There are hundreds of samples to choose from in a wide variety of colors, textures and widths. Vinyl plank is kid friendly, pet friendly and water resistant. It’s highly recommended for wet areas such as mud rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. It’s virtually indestructible and has been Flowers Flooring hottest selling product in 2017, so as a fall flooring trend, this is definitely one to check out.

Flowers Flooring - Vinyl plank flooring

  1. Dark Stained Floors

Dark floors are a perfect contrast with bright furniture and light-colored walls and our third fall flooring trend. Homeowners who like the look of less grainy wood, often prefer dark stained floors, as the grain is much harder to see. Dark floors create a more modern vibe, especially when mixed with light, bright furniture. The dark, uniform floor color also makes the room easier to decorate since there are fewer colors to clash with.

 

  1. Exotic Hardwoods

Exotic hardwoods such as Acacia, Brazilian Tigerwood, Cherry and Mahogany feature vibrant colors and unique wood grains that stand out and make the floor a centerpiece of the home. Exotic hardwoods capture the natural beauty of the outdoors and the natural materials. Exotic hardwood flooring generally offers a wider array of choices in regards to color, texture and hardness than traditional flooring options like oak or maple. In addition, exotic hardwoods tend to be harder than North American wood, making it more durable and on of the top fall flooring trends for this year.

  1. Gray Hardwood

Gray is certainly the new tan and it’s here to stay. The color gray is making its mark on furniture, bedding, wall coverings and now flooring. Gray is a flexible, neutral color that can go in any room of your home. And while you can purchase gray engineered hardwood, you can also refinish your existing solid hardwood in the perfect shade of gray for your home.

Need some more fall flooring trend inspiration? Visit the Flowers Flooring website. Call Flowers Flooring to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. Current Flowers Flooring fall promo – 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PROJECT – PLUS 6 OR 12 MONTHS, 0% FINANCING AVAILABLE. Hurry, this offer expires September 30, 2017.

Now that Spring is in full swing, many homeowners are spending more time outdoors and have turned their thoughts to how to improve their outdoor living space. If you are considering upgrading your patio with tile, there are thousands of options to choose from. Here’s a guide to help you select the tile that is right for your home.

Flowers Flooring first recommends thinking about how much light the space gets. If the space is dimly lit you will want to steer clear of dark tile that will further darken a dimly lit space. Also consider the kind of entertaining you do in the space and the amount of foot traffic the space will get. Flowers Flooring also recommends considering how wet the tile will get. Some tiles are more water resistant than others. Here’s a look at three tiles Flowers Flooring recommends for outdoor areas:

  1. Porcelain Tile – For the biggest bang for your buck, porcelain tile is certainly the way to go. It is also the most water resistant and requires very little maintenance. It is extremely durable, easy to clean and works great in outdoor spaces.
  2. Travertine Tiles – Travertine is a natural tile that has unique holes and textures. While travertine is beautiful, it does require regular sealing for outdoor use.
  3. Slate Tile – Slate is a great tile for outdoor use. It has rich colors and uneven surfaces that adds another level of design to your outdoor area. Slate can crack in freezing temperatures so if you live in a cold climate slate will not be a suitable option. Slate is also not as resistant to cracking as some other tile.

Now is the time to plan for patio renovation. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate(704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring also offers financing. Ask your estimator for more details regarding current financing promotions.

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.

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