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 the small details like a tile backsplash that can make a big splash in your kitchen or bathroom. Tile backsplash adds eye catching character that is both functional and fashionable. A backsplash is an expanse of material that typically fills the space in a kitchen or bathroom wall between cabinets and a countertop. The backsplash protects the wall from water stains and damage.

Backsplashes are a brilliant accent to one of the most used rooms of the household. A backsplash brings texture, color and design patterns to what is otherwise a boring space. There are countless backsplash materials on the market today, with the most common being ceramic, porcelain, cement, marble and glass.

Deciding which tile is perfect for your space is a matter of preference. However, there are a few things worth knowing when searching for your dream backsplash tile. Some materials are more expensive than others, but you can always get the look you want at a price that fits your budget if you shop smart. This blog will provide some tips on various backsplash material to know before you go.

Backsplash tile in kitchen

Porcelain or Ceramic Tile – This material is by far the most popular choice for kitchen or bathroom backsplash. With endless design options to transform a room to traditional or contemporary, you will find a tile that makes your space truly unique. Porcelain or ceramic tile is also the most affordable. If you want a marble look for less, consider a glazed porcelain tile with a high gloss coating over the surface.

Stainless Steel & Natural Stone – This material provides warmth to a kitchen or bathroom. They are often used together to create a one of a kind look. Flowers Flooring recommends sealing a natural stone backsplash to prevent staining.

Mosaic Tile – Mosaic tiles are small tiles attached to single 12 by 12 sheets. Material can vary, as can the cost. Using mosaic tile sheets is an affordable way to create specific patterns.

Glass Tiles – These tiles can come in various shapes and sizes. One popular trend right now is glass subway tile. A benefit of glass is that it is very low maintenance and easy to clean. This helps tremendously in an area of the home that sees lots of spills and splashes. Glass adds a lighter look to a room and can complement any style.

Cost – The cost of backsplash is dependent on the total square footage of the space. Keep in mind that a kitchen backsplash may be more expensive than a bathroom one since kitchens tend to have more awkward angles. To obtain an accurate cost, call Flowers Flooring to schedule your free in-home backsplash estimate (704) 445-7750.

Stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom in Cornelius, NC to discuss your project and to view hundreds of backsplash options. To learn more about wall tile, click through to blog post – Floor to Ceiling Tile – How to Create Wow Worthy Walls.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Replacing a worn-out fiberglass shower with a beautiful, new tile shower just became a whole lot easier through Flowers Flooring. Our company is now providing frameless glass doors that add both value and a touch of luxury to any tile shower. “During previous tile shower installations, customers were tasked with locating a vendor that could fit a glass door into the space after Flowers Flooring completed the tile work. Now, customers don’t have to hire a third-party vendor, and the cost of a seamless/frameless shower door is configured right into the tile shower estimate,” said Steven Flowers, Flowers Flooring Estimator. Customer know exactly how much the tile shower is going to cost up front. There are no hidden fees.”

“Most flooring companies don’t provide this service. Flowers Flooring strives to provide the best service possible in everything we do,” stated Will Moore, Regional Sales Manager. “As we started to complete more and more tile showers, we saw a definite need to start supplying the seamless glass doors rather than expect our customers to find another vendor for that service. We anticipate tile shower sales to increase as a result, since we now have a turn-key process in place and can complete tile showers in a more timely manner.”

Keeping Your Frameless Shower Doors Clean

To keep your tile shower and glass cleaner for longer, Flowers Flooring also offers EnduroShield, that works to repel water and protect against staining and etching. EnduroShield is a revolutionary easy clean coating that creates an ultra-long-lasting invisible shield on all glass, ceramic or porcelain tile, grout, stainless steel, and chrome surfaces. The product is applied and creates a permanent, non-stick barrier that is both water and oil repellent, and resistant to corrosion, etching and staining. If you are having a new tile shower installed, I highly recommend the EnduroShield upgrade,” stated Moore. “Factor in the added bonus that chemical free cleaning with less water usage saves you money and helps the environment, then EnduroShield quickly proves its return on investment.”

Frameless glass doors are made using heavy glass with minimal hardware and can be configured for nearly any space. Tile showers with seamless glass doors increase the value of a home and can transform a drab bathroom into a fab bathroom! Call to schedule your free tile shower estimate today (704) 445-7750 or contact us for a FREE IN HOME ESTIMATE.

With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your outdoor living space in ship shape for family gatherings, entertaining and just relaxing. Flowers Flooring recommends starting with a good base such as a porcelain tile then working on the furniture, plant pots and décor.

Outdoor living space with porcelain towel

Porcelain tile for outdoor patios come in a wide variety of patterns and textures that resemble natural stone, brick, concrete, rock and even wood and look natural in an outdoor living space.  Porcelain tiles are clay-based materials, but they are fired at extremely high temperatures over 1200 degrees Celsius, so unlike ceramic tile they are very hard, durable and non-porous. This makes them resistant to scratching.

They are also resistant to UV fading. Porcelain tile is perfect for North Carolina weather conditions, as it is engineered to be frost proof. Unlike ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are impervious to water penetration; in other words it does not absorb water and withstands outdoor conditions.

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Choose a Floor for Your Outdoor Living Space

Unlike natural stone and timber, porcelain tiles are non-porous. That simply means there are no little holes for dirt and grime to get trapped in when used as the flooring for an outdoor living space.  In essence they are stain proof and require very little ongoing maintenance. This makes porcelain tile a very attractive outdoor tile, requiring an occasional sweep or clean with warm, soapy water.

Porcelain tiles come in a wide variety of finish from matte and semi-polished to gloss and textured. When selecting a tile for outdoor use, Flowers Flooring always recommends at least a matte finish. This means the surface of the tile will offer some slip-resistance. A textured surface provides greater slip-resistance, depending on how textured the surface is.

Porcelain tile really is the ideal flooring for outdoor living spaces. For more ideas and inspiration visit the Flowers Flooring showroom located at 18724 Statesville Road, Cornelius, NC 28031 or call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate (704) 445-7750. Visit our website to view tile samples – www.flowersflooring.com

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.

With thousands of tiles to choose from, wall tile is a stylish and functional material to incorporate into your home’s design. It can be used in any room to turn a drab wall into a fab wall. Choose from beautiful colors and great textures to create wow-worthy walls. With little maintenance, wall tile can stay looking new for years to come. Here are a few inspirations from Flowers Flooring:

Bathroom Wall Tile

Flowers FlooringIf your bathroom is on the smaller side, you may want to consider extending the same tile throughout the entire space such as 1-inch by 1-inch tile in the same color. This makes the space look bigger while reflecting light.

For a larger bathroom consider using a larger tile overhead and a smaller tile on the walls. This gives the room more depth and proportion. As an added bonus, using a less expensive tile on the upper walls and ceiling can keep the tile from breaking your budget. Another way to save some additional money is to use drywall and paint above the tile, and simply tile three quarters of the way up the bathroom wall.

Living Room / Dining Room Pizzazz

Flowers Flooring Floor-to-Ceiling Tile – How to Create Wow Worthy WallsA tile wall in any room, especially a living room creates a great accent wall that adds color and interest. A floor-to-ceiling tile wall creates a dramatic change in material that breaks the pattern of the room, creating a stunning accent piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Backsplash

Flowers FlooringA kitchen backsplash can add real flair to your kitchen with little fuss. Many homeowners are now extending kitchen backsplash tiles to the ceiling, so the tile is installed below the cabinets and above. Another popular trend is installing subway tiles in a horizontal or chevron pattern. This adds more character and automatically draws your eye to the accent wall.

A great article appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled “A New Breed of Tiles Climbs the Wall,” by Heidi Mitchell, August 20, 2013. The article discusses wall tile and the advances in tile technology. If you are currently considering adding tile to your walls this article is a must read!

To learn more about floor-to-ceiling tile projects call Flowers Flooring and speak with one of our designers. If your ready to move forward with your floor-to-ceiling project, call to schedule a free estimate – (704) 445-7750 or visit Flowers Flooring on the web at http://www.flowersflooring.com

One of the biggest challenges to overcome when it comes to selecting new flooring is the sheer scale of choice now available, and this is especially true when it comes to new floors for your kitchen. While there are pro’s and con’s of virtually every flooring type (tile, hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl) except carpet for your kitchen, this article will highlight the merits of installing tile in your kitchen.

Tile is arguably the flooring type of choice for a kitchen, but why? Below are the top 5 reasons why to choose tile for your kitchen floor.

  1. Return on Investment (ROI) – The number one request from homeowners and tenants, when they’re looking for a new home is tile floors in the kitchen. Tile looks amazing, is timeless and is incredibly durable. It can also be pricy but the ROI is high as tile floors increase the value of your home. There’s a tile floor for virtually every budget – from low cost and durable tiles for a rental property to sophisticated and high-end tiles to bump up the ROI on an upmarket residence.
  2. Style Options – Long gone are the days of boring tile options. There are literally thousands of tiles and tile patterns to choose from. If you can dream it, Flowers Flooring can install it. Perhaps you’re set on wood flooring in your kitchen, there’s even a tile floor that looks like real wood. Wood tile planks are becoming very popular as they are more durable and resist moisture in wet areas such as the kitchen.
  3. Performance – Tile floors deliver durability like no other. This is especially important in a kitchen due to the high traffic, spills, cleaning and the potential for lots of dropped items such as kitchenware. If you want to install a durable floor that will last, a tile floor is certainly way to go.
  4. Maintenance – While wood looks great in a kitchen, it takes lots of extra care and attention to keep it looking its best. Tile on the other hand simply needs a sweep or a wet mop to keep it looking its best for years to come. With constant spills and food accidents, tile floors ensure a quick and easy clean up, making it the perfect floor choice for the kitchen.
  5. Hygienic – Hygiene in your kitchen is critical and not just on the appliances and countertops. Clean kitchen floors are essential to the well being of your family, especially if you have young children. Keeping a tile floor hygienically clean is much easier than any other flooring option. It’s also worth noting that unlike hardwood, vinyl or linoleum, tile floors are non-flammable, an important point to keep in mind for kitchen flooring.

Flowers Flooring has a wide variety of tiles perfect for any kitchen. Our estimators and designers can help you create the kitchen floor of your dreams. Call today to schedule your FREE kitchen floor estimate – (704) 445-7750