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.

Flooring Trends -Shaw Archway Hardwood Floors

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.

 

 

 

Coretc Plus Vinyl Plank

COREtec Plus is the perfect blend of form, function and design. It’s a high-quality luxury vinyl that looks and feels like engineered hardwood flooring. However, it’s designed to perform much better than hardwood in spaces that may have moisture, such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms.

“COREtec Plus has been one of our biggest sellers at Flowers Flooring in 2018,” says Will Moore, Regional Sales Manager. It performs extremely well and many of our customers don’t realize they are looking at vinyl when they see the product. That’s how realistic it looks. It’s perfect for customers with kids and pets.”

The product comes in two styles. The first is luxury vinyl planks that look like hardwood. The second is luxury vinyl tile that looks like tile, natural stone and concrete.

Coretc Plus Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl Plank

Vinyl Plank

COREtec Plus gives you an elegant, high-end look, without the worry of hardwood. It’s a fantastic product, because it solves many challenges at once so that homeowners don’t need to compromise. It’s more economical to install than tile and works in wet, moisture prone areas, where hardwood and laminate are not recommended. It’s also easy to clean and holds up to water, so you don’t need to worry about water damage from common water issues such as moisture from the dishwasher, spills while cooking and pet accidents.

COREtec has a 100% waterproof core which prevents the planks from warping or buckling. The flooring is made by US Floors and Flowers Flooring has sold US Floors for quite some time. They are a very reputable manufacturer with great product warranties. COREtec Plus has a limited lifetime warranty. Click here for more information on the COREtec Plus warranty.

Other advantages of COREtec Plus Include:

  • Does not need to acclimate in home prior to installation
  • Can be installed on top of radiant heat systems
  • Can be installed on top of most surfaces (including concrete, tile, and hardwood) providing that the floor is level

COREtec vs. Laminate

  • COREtec is waterproof and laminate is not.
  • Holds up better to scratches
  • Laminate warps with moisture
  • Less noisy
  • More durable
  • Does not require acclimation – you can get it installed faster
  • Disadvantage – It costs a little more than laminate, but is well worth it and will last much longer due to its durability

COREtec vs. Engineered Hardwood

  • More durable
  • Holds up better to scratches
  • Costs less
  • Less noisy
  • Does not require acclimation – you can get it installed faster
  • Disadvantage – It’s not real hardwood – Can’t be sanded & refinished

COREtec vs. Tile

  • Softer on your feet
  • Warmer on your feet
  • Costs less
  • Does not crack
  • Easier to clean

 

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE COREtec flooring estimate. We can be reached at (704) 445-7750. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you learn more about this great product.

Carpet Stair Runner

A carpet stair runner is typically installed on hardwood stairs and does not cover the entire width of the stair. It is bound on both sides to prevent fraying and carpet stair runners come in virtually all colors and patterns and can be cut and bound in different widths, depending on how much hardwood you want showing on each side.

Purpose of a Carpet Runner

There are many reasons homeowners add carpet stair runners over hardwood. One of the most common reasons is for safety. Hardwood stairs can be very slippery, which can present a danger, especially for children, pets or the elderly. Adding a stair runner over the hardwood stairs reduces the danger by providing traction, and a safe place to walk on the stairs. In addition, it also adds comfort. Carpet stair runners also reduce noise. Carpet absorbs sound much more than hard surfaces do, so adding a carpet stair runner will make trips up and down the stairs much quieter. A carpet runner also adds style. A hardwood staircase with a beautiful carpet stair runner creates a focal point in your home but be sure to select the proper runner. Homeowners have two options when shopping for stair runners:

1. Pre-Made Runners – These can be purchased in most box stores and give homeowners very little choice in pattern or width.
2. Custom-Made Runners – Flowers Flooring has thousands of carpets to select from for custom-made runners. We provide binding and installation service as well. During your free in-home estimate, our estimate technician will recommend patterns and widths that work well with your décor and color scheme.

Carpet Runner Width

Customers always ask our installers “How wide should the carpet runner be?” The answer to this question completely depends on the width of the staircase in your home. For stairs that are approximately 3 feet wide, Flowers Flooring suggests a 27-inch carpet runner. This width allows a good coverage of the hardwood and doesn’t make it feel like you are walking on a narrow strip, yet it’s not too wide to overpower the entire stair and leaves enough hardwood exposed on each side. For wider stairs that are 4 or 5 feet, Flowers Flooring recommends a 33-inch runner. If you have a staircase that falls outside the standard sizes listed above, a Flowers Flooring estimator will recommend the appropriate size during your free in-home estimate.

Patterned Carpet Runner

A patterned carpet runner can be a stunning choice. There are thousands to select from, so be sure the pattern will work on your stairs. Some patterned stair runners are more effective on long, flat surfaces, such as a runner in a hallway and do not look as nice on a stairway. If you have your heart set on a patterned design, Flowers Flooring recommends using a small pattern. Large patterns will get lost and will look uneven, as the pattern is bent over each stair. A small pattern will nicely showcase the design of each stair tread and riser.

Carpet Runner Padding

Just like the carpet throughout your home, a carpet runner needs a pad under it. The best carpet cushion for under a stair runner is a thin pad so that it does not raise the height of the runner by much. The pad should also be dense, to properly support the runner so that it doesn’t flex to much when walked on.

Stair runners are a great addition to your hardwood staircase for safety, style and comfort. Call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750 today to get started on your carpet runner project. You can schedule a FREE in-home estimate. A Flowers Flooring estimator will bring carpet samples that can be custom made into a carpet stair runner that’s perfect for your home. You may also have a remnant left over from a carpet installation that is perfect for a carpet runner. Call today to learn more.

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Prevent Damage to Floors when Moving Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects in your home can be a difficult task; it can also cause serious damage to your floors. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just want to rearrange your furniture, sliding heavy objects is always a much easier option than attempting to lift everything. However, sliding can cause damage to your floors. If you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floors, try implementing these tricks:

Slide It

Unless you are moving a very small or light piece of furniture, your best bet is to slide it. Most people don’t know how to lift properly (with their legs, not with their back), sliding can prevent serious pain.

Use Magic Sliders

Flowers Flooring recommends using felt pads or Magic Sliders, which are little pads that fit under the legs of your furniture or other heavy objects. They allow heavy items to slide easily and prevent dents and scratches in your floors.

Use Towels

If you don’t have felt pads or Magic Sliders handy, you can also place towels or rags under the legs of the furniture. Simply rock the heavy item or furniture forward or backward and slide the towel under the legs. If you are moving heavy items across carpet, Flowers Flooring recommends using cardboard under the legs, as it helps slide easily and prevents tears in the carpet or flooring.

Clean the Floors First

Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning the floors first by sweeping or with a damp mop before you start moving heavy objects. Dirt and other grit that is trapped under the legs or the material you’re using to make things slide easily can seriously scratch your floors as well.

Moving objects can be difficult, but these simple tips should make the process a bit safer and easier on your floors. As part of Flowers Flooring installation services, our team of expert installers removes and replaces all furniture and appliances. Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales representatives about getting your flooring or tile project started (704) 445-7750.