Sunday, August 30, 2015

Contemporary Decor - Mohawk Flooring

Television host and designer Chip Wade shares his tips for creating a contemporary design aesthetic in your home.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

Find out from cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, how to care for your hardwood floor.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pairing Flooring Types

There are many ways to pair flooring types to create an elegant, stylish look. Television host and designer Chip Wade shares how.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Pet-Friendly Flooring Tips - Mohawk Flooring

Television host and designer Chip Wade shares tips to keep your flooring looking great and your pets happy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Armstrong Laminate Flooring

Francesca explains how you can enjoy high-end flooring trends like textured wood, pitted metal, and realistic stones with new laminate flooring designs from Armstrong.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Top 5 Surprising Facts About Carpet

If you are thinking of installing new carpet in your home, you may have some hesitations. There are many false beliefs that people have about carpet and I hope to clear up some of those beliefs with the facts below.

Your carpet alone will not grow mold. Without food or water, your carpet will not grow mold on its own. This is a common misconception as mold can often be found on carpeting. However, any mold that you find on your carpet was most likely generated by moisture in the wood below or from food. For example, you might find a large amount of mold on the carpet if you have a leak.

Carpet alone does not stimulate your allergies. In fact, the opposite might be true. It actually has the ability to absorb allergens and keep them from traveling through the air. Another common misconception is that cleaning them will trigger an allergy attack. While it is true that certain chemicals will be harmful when it comes to your allergies, picking the right cleaner or consulting with cleaning professionals will help you avoid that stuffy nose.

It should be cleaned more often than you think. Many people think that if carpets looks clean, they is clean. Carpet does not only collect dirt. There are all kinds of harmful particles that hide within it. In addition, there may be soil that you cannot see that is doing more damage than your realize. Little dirt particles have the ability to ruin the fiber coating of your carpet. In fact, these particles accumulate on a daily basis so you might want to think about getting the vacuum out!

It has the power to reduce noise within your house. Carpeting will in fact reduce unwelcome noise within your home. It literally absorbs a room's sound as long as the carpet is laid out across the entire room.

It is not necessarily more expensive than hardwood floors. In certain cases, hardwood floors can be less expensive. However, the cost of maintaining your carpet can be much less than maintaining a hardwood floor. Hardwood floors require buffing, mopping, sweeping, etc. If you clean your carpet periodically and vacuum it regularly, it can end up costing you much less time and money in the end.

Not all carpets are made equal. It is important to learn how to choose the right one for your home. Hopefully some of these facts changed any misconceptions you had and helped you realize that carpeting is in fact a very wise flooring option.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Luxe Plank™ Vinyl Flooring - Armstrong

For the beauty of real wood floors combined with the easy maintenance of vinyl flooring, look no further than Luxe Plank luxury vinyl flooring. Product manager, Yon, shows how quickly and easily you can install Luxe over an existing floor.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Vinyl Flooring As a Modern Option for Homeowners

Homeowners typically consider hardwood, porcelain tile, ceramic or even bamboo when thinking about flooring options throughout their house. Materials like linoleum and vinyl, which were popular choices for homes built during the mid-20th century, are usually overlooked. Who can blame them? Mentioning the material to adults of a certain age conjures images of geometric patterns in milk chocolate brown and dull yellow. However, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that today's vinyl flooring options are beautiful, affordable and durable.

Personal style drives the selection of materials when designing a home. Options can be narrowed when budget and function are taken into consideration. Homeowners who love the look of stone or hardwood might be disappointed to learn that these options do not fit into their budget or are not well suited for certain areas of the house. Vinyl flooring can be the ideal compromise in these situations. The look of wood planks and stone tiles can be replicated in the manufacturing process. Color and pattern options are limitless.

The quality of the pattern you select depends on the manufacturing process, which in turn drives the cost. Inlaid is the more durable type. In this process, colored granules are deeply etched into the material to form the pattern. Rotogravure is a printing process in which the pattern is printed directly onto the material, which is then coated with a clear protective layer.

This material also comes in three different types that vary in price. Sheets come in 6- or 12-foot widths in prepared rolls. It can be installed seamlessly, which makes it well suited for bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. Tiles are manufactured in squares and are available in a variety of patterns. Self-adhesive tiles can be easily installed. They are also easily replaced in case one of them is damaged. Finally, planks come in pieces four to six inches wide by three or four feet long.

Aesthetics aside, there are a number of great reasons to choose this material for your surfaces. Vinyl flooring is a great option because it is highly durable. The material can last between 10 and 20 years if it is properly maintained. Its ability to resist scratching and damage depends on the construction of your product. Printed tiles and sheets have a clear coating that protects the material from stains or spills. Solid and composite types are resistant to damage from scratches. Fiberglass reinforced sheets are durable, pliable and resist damage. This option is also ideal for pet owners. The surface is comfortable and can stand up to pets' nails and messes.

Vinyl flooring is one of the best options for bathrooms and kitchens. The material is nearly impervious to water when installed properly. Furthermore, it is more comfortable to stand on for long periods of time than an alternative like concrete. It does not get cold in the winter and some sheets or tiles come with a padded layer.

Talk to a decorator or surface expert about the many options and advantages vinyl offers. The material might be a good compromise for your style and budget.

When installing vinyl flooring, Hamilton Township residents can visit Rich Carpetstone. Learn more at
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Alterna™ Luxury Vinyl Tile - Armstrong

For lasting beauty, comfort, and unmatched performance, Alterna™ luxury vinyl tile delivers. Listen to product manager, Yon, describe one of our most popular floors.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Performance Plus™ Hardwood Flooring - Armstrong

Find out from product manager, Chuck, how Performance Plus hardwood flooring lets you enjoy real wood floors without having to worry about kids, pets, and guests ever again -- thanks to Armstrong's Lifetime Residential Warranty.