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.

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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Archway Oak by Shaw.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Stair railings and spindles are an important aspect of any stairway. They are not only a safety feature, but can provide a sense of class and elegance to any set of stairs. If you are looking to replace or install a new set of stair handrails in your home, there are a few things to consider when shopping around.

There are a wide range of materials to choose from, so be sure to do your research and decide which stair railing look you like best before you buy. Here are a few options that Flowers Flooring now provides.

Stair Railing Options:

Wood – Wood is the most popular material used for spindles and railings. It can be stained and refinished or painted to match any décor.

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Metal – Metal or Wrought Iron is also a popular choice. Metal is certainly the way to go if stair railings are going to be installed outside due to its longevity and resistance to weather.

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Call Flowers Flooring today for a free in-home estimate (704) 445-7750 or visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com

Current February promo is 10% off the entire project. This offer expires 2/28/18. In addition, inquire about 6 or 12-month, interest free financing.

Restore Your Floors to Like New Condition Without the Hassle of Sanding with Sand Free Refinishing

Restoring your engineered or solid hardwood floors just got a whole lot easier with sand free refinishing. Flowers Flooring has expanded its service repertoire to include sand-less hardwood restoration. Now homeowners can restore their hardwood floors to like new condition without the hassle of sanding and refinishing.

Before Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

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After Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

This sand free and dust free restoration process brings damaged and worn hardwood flooring back to life by erasing the damage caused by pets and excessive wear. Engineered hardwood floors that are coated with aluminum oxide are unable to be repaired by traditional buffing and coating or sand and finish work. This hardwood restoration process restores floors to like new condition, saving homeowners thousands in replacement costs.

“Many homeowners think their damaged solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors need to be replaced, which can be pricy. Hardwood restoration can save homeowners thousands of dollars in replacement costs or sand and finish costs, and have their floors looking like new in a fraction of the time,” said Catie Mullins, Flowers Flooring Sales Associate. “Hardwood restoration is a popular choice for people who are selling their home. Good looking floors bring value and help sell a house quicker. This is a perfect, less expensive way to get a home show ready, on the market and sold.”

The Restoration Process

Step 1: Remove all contaminants including dirt, trash, and residue from cleaning and polishing products. This de-contamination process takes the floor back to its original state.

Step 2: Once the decontamination process is complete, an etching compound is applied. This process melds damage such as scratches and mars, greatly reducing or eliminating their appearance.

Step 3: After the etching is complete a ceramic-reinforced, odorless 2-component polyurethane finish is applied. This finish provides exceptionally high scratch resistance, high elasticity and chemical resistance suitable for high traffic and commercial locations.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home hardwood restoration with sand free refinishing estimate – (704) 445-7750.

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.

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  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.

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  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.

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.