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To Grout or Not to Grout

August 26, 2011 3:27 pm    Posted by RDDemackiewicz    Comments (6)

Anyone who has installed flooring in their home has had to make choices about which floor fits their space and decorating style. My husband and I recently went through this when we were shopping for new flooring for our first floor. We chose laminate flooring over carpet for the main living areas, but we were still undecided about the mudroom and bathrooms.

Grout or Not to GroutThe mudroom is where we have our washer and dryer, and it also serves as the “pet containment” area. To say the least, it is a high traffic area. In addition, the flooring in this area would be subjected to various degrees of moisture. We needed a floor that was economically practical and would hold up to a couple of newlyweds, a dog, a cat and, someday, children.

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Make a Flooring Match!

August 19, 2011 4:39 pm    Posted by Kim Lefever    Comments (4)

So you’re looking for a floor. Let’s say you’re starting from scratch. You’re ready to replace your floor, but you don’t know what to replace it with. You like hardwood, but you’re not sure if it’s in your budget. You’ve heard good things about the durability of laminate and how easy it is to install, but you need to learn more about it. Vinyl sheet is a possible option, but you’re not convinced you’ll be able to find the look you’re going for. Right now, you’ve got more questions than answers.

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Fresh New Stone Looks for Alterna

August 12, 2011 4:55 pm    Posted by Jeanette McCuaig    Comments (4)

We’re excited to announce we’ve just introduced a new collection to our Alterna luxury vinyl tile products!

Our original Alterna collection was designed to capture the timeless look of natural stone and ceramic tile, while providing a warm, soft feel underfoot. These floors also offer strong textures that vary subtly from tile to tile.


With our brand new line called Alterna Reserve, we’ve maintained all the features of Alterna, but added more dramatic, high-end stone visuals. We’ve also added even more texture variations from tile to tile. If you’re looking for a unique floor that makes a high impact, then you’ll want to explore the Alterna Reserve collection.

This collection includes three patterns.

Moselle Valley is a slate with a gorgeous blend of organic colors and clefts. It’s offered in four colors. My favorite is Forest Green/Copper. It’s a deep rich color with a blend of green, rust, brown and beige. It could match many color schemes in today’s homes.

• The Spanish name for quartz is Cuarzo. Inspired by beautiful quartz stone, Cuarzo adds a glimmer of crystallized veining. This pattern is also offered in four colors.

Classico Travertine inspired the original idea for this new collection. The design team wanted to offer more variation in a travertine stone, so a new innovative process evolved for all three new designs. Classico Travertine replicates the color and texture variation of stone quarried directly from the earth. more ►

Is Installing a Hardwood Floor Really That Easy?

August 3, 2011 4:26 pm    Posted by joe    Comment (1)

The answer is “yes” if the hardwood floor is a Bruce Lock & Fold hardwood floor. There are several key factors that separate the Bruce Lock & Fold hardwood installation method from others. The ease of installation, fewer costs associated with the installation, and a stunning visual are all reasons why this may be the perfect option for your next home renovation.

First, allow me to delve into the Lock & Fold installation method. There are three basic ways of installing hardwood floors. The first is to fasten the material down. This is normally done with nails or staples. The second method is a full spread glue-down. This involves using a trowel and a tub of adhesive. Finally, you have a “floating” method. This is the method for our Lock & Fold installation. Our Lock & Fold method acts like a puzzle. Each piece locks into the pieces surrounding it. Therefore, there is no need to use any staples or adhesives.

To get started, roll out an underlayment pad over your subfloor. Once this is done, you can begin installing your hardwood floor piece by piece. It really is that easy. Since the Bruce Lock & Fold floors “float,” the floor sits on top of the pad, rather than being adhered or fastened down. The versatility of this installation method also allows it to be installed directly over various existing floors. For further details on how to install hardwood floors like Bruce Lock & Fold hardwood floors, visit Armstrong’s DIY Center.

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