Sunday, May 29, 2016

Luxury Vinyl Flooring: Upscale Luxury at Affordable Prices

Celebrity designer Chip Wade discusses the features and benefits of Mohawk's luxury vinyl flooring.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shaw's Living Room Transformation on Designing Spaces

Watch this busy and active family tackle a living room makeover on Designing Spaces. Tracy Daves, Shaw Floor's Interior Designer, talks about designing a room for the whole family from the floor up.

See what floor this family chooses to fit their lifestyle.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Laminate Flooring: Style, Performance and Value

Celebrity designer Chip Wade discusses the features and benefits of Mohawk's laminate flooring.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Quick Truth #3: Stains & Soil

Do you know the difference between staining and soiling your floors?

Chris Yarbrough talks about the difference and how Shaw's R2X® carpet repels soil and stain. The R2X system goes beyond conventional repellents that only protect the surface of the carpet. With R2X, carpets are armed with total fiber coverage, offering complete protection from the top to the bottom of the yarn.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sheet Vinyl: Amazing Function and Fashion

Celebrity designer Chip Wade discusses the features and benefits of Mohawk's latest sheet vinyl flooring products.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Quick Truth #2: Repel Stains

Shaw Carpet with R2X protects carpet fibers from dirt and spills, keeping your carpet clean. Watch how Shaw's R2X treated carpet repels liquid and stains.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Case for Carpet: Is Carpet the Right Choice for Your Home?

Authorities have differing stances on carpet as a flooring choice in homes. Reality is, just as with other flooring, there are many varieties and qualities of carpet. Some may be more suited for your home than others. When maintained properly and cleaned regularly, carpet (just like any other flooring) can be a great choice for your home, though.

There are many benefits to using carpet. First, it's one of the most affordable flooring options, with prices being between $1.50-$7 per square foot. Usually, the higher the price, the better quality the carpet is. Even a high-quality carpet is often less expensive than decent quality hardwood flooring, which costs between $9-$12 per square foot. Tile can be even more expensive, costing between $10-15 per square foot. Vinyl and linoleum flooring can be in the same cost range as carpet. However, there are many other aspects aside from cost to keep in mind regarding your home's flooring.

Carpet flooring is great at reducing the noise level, whereas linoleum, vinyl, hardwood, and tile simply aren't; tile is especially bad at just bouncing sounds rather than absorbing them. All carpet easily absorbs sounds, so consider the noise level in your home when choosing your flooring options. With all the electronics we have in the home these days, the absorption of sounds with wall-to-wall carpeting can be quite advantageous. It's a particularly important feature in multiple-level homes. There are even Homeowner Associations of condos and townhouses that require carpet to be installed on second story floors or above, simply because the foot traffic can become too noisy to neighbors when other types of flooring are used. Also, living with children or loud pets, like dogs or birds, would be easier on the ears when there is carpet to absorb the various noises.

The softness of carpet also can provide more of a homey feeling. It provides a softer, warmer place to walk barefoot, sit, play, and it even provides thermal resistance, helping rooms stay a comfortable temperature while using less energy. The texture of carpet also helps to prevent slipping, and softens falls. This can be an important feature of carpet; especially when considering homes with toddlers or elderly individuals. Even pets, like cats and dogs, usually prefer carpeting to other flooring options. It's easier for them to walk and lay on compared to other flooring types.

Many allergists say that having carpet at home is bad for those with asthma and other allergies. They argue that the carpet's fibers absorb many allergens like dust, pollen, mold spores, and fungi. However, many studies have shown that homes with properly maintained carpet actually helps to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms (CRI & Jaakkola, et al.). This is because carpet is able to trap the allergen particles, removing them from the air you breathe; effectively acting as a passive air filter. With other flooring, small movements just get the small particles on the floor airborne, making them more likely to affect those with allergies. You can even see when sweeping that many of the particles on hard flooring simply become airborne. Among the various flooring options, new carpet also releases the lowest amounts of volatile organic compounds, making it the best choice for those concerned about indoor air quality.

Carpet can really add to the quality and comfort of your home. It's one of the most affordable flooring options. It helps with noise reduction. It makes the floor soft and the perfect temperature for walking barefoot on. Obviously, other flooring options are preferable in the kitchen and bathrooms, and other areas of the home that often get wet. However, when cleaned and cared for properly, it's the best option out there for those concerned about indoor air quality and home comfort.

Works Cited:

"Carpet Enhances Your Home." Carpet for the Home. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Web. 20 Oct. 2015. < >.

Jaakkola, Jouni J. K., Helen Parise, Victor Kislitsin, Natalia I. Lebedeva, and John D. Spengler. "Asthma, Wheezing, and Allergies in Russian Schoolchildren in Relation to New Surface Materials in the Home." Am J Public Health American Journal of Public Health (2004): 560-62. American Public Health Association. Web. 22 Oct. 2015. < >

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Quick-Step 'Livyn' Vinyl Flooring Undergoes Extreme Stability Test Under the Australian Sun

Watch how Quick-Step 'Livyn' vinyl flooring is put to the test under extreme temperature conditions in Australia but remains perfectly stable at all times.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quick Truth #1: Keep It Clean

See what innovations from Shaw changed the game when it comes to unmatched stain resistance.

Shaw's R2X Stain and Soil Repellant protects carpet fibers from dirt and spills. Keeping your carpet clean.

Monday, May 2, 2016

An Easy Guide to Hardwood Flooring

Whether you're building, renovating, or remodeling, if you've decided on hardwood flooring, you know that this choice is only the first of many. You'll have to decide on the species, appearance, finishes, and styles. Often, this process can be overwhelming. Here is a rundown to help make these decisions a little easier.


From Cherry to Maple and from Cypress to Walnut, there are more than 50 different species of this type of flooring available to consumers. Each species has its own color and grain, including some that even have tones of purple within them. If you want a lighter look, consider Ash White or Bamboo. For a darker hue, think about one of the Walnut varieties. Maple is a favorite with many because of its uniform, elegant texture and neutral color. Look through species galleries and consult with a professional as to which may be the best for you.


Basically, the appearance of your hardwood flooring has to do with its grade and its cut. Clear means that there are minimal marks and it is uniform in appearance. Select means the wood has natural color variations that include knots and streaks. Common 1 and 2 choices have even more natural characteristics. These are often chosen for character. Common 2 is the more rustic variety. You may also come across these grades as first (similar to select), second (similar to Common 1), and third (similar to Common 2). There are also three types of cuts. Plain sawn, the easiest and most common, gives a varied grain appearance. Quarter sawn, while more expensive, offers greater wear resistance and a uniform grain appearance. Rift sawn is similar to quarter sawn, but without the ray flecks (shimmering flake figures) found in quarter sawn.


Surface finishes are durable, water resistant, and low maintenance. They remain on the surface of the hardwood flooring, acting as a protective layer. Surface finishes include water based, oil based, acid cured, and moisture cured. Wax finishes work by soaking into the pores of the species, forming a seal. Although a wax finish seals your floor, the finish will show spots from water and other spills. Acrylic impregnated finishes are injected into the material, and are used mainly for high traffic, commercial areas, like restaurants. They are really strong and really durable.


You can choose between strip, plank, and parquet styles for your floors. Strip is usually an inch and a half to three inches wide, making the room look larger. This is the traditional style, and it's considered more formal than the others. Plank is three to seven inches wide. It's also linear, but creates a more casual feel because of the width. Parquet is usually geometric, with a non-linear look, ranging from a simple design to something more complex.

Selecting hardwood flooring is more than just choosing a species and calling it a day. There are many different elements that allow consumers to get the look and feel that works best within their home's style. These types of floors add value and beauty to any house, which is why they are so popular.

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