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What Is a Floating Hardwood Floor?

May 30, 2012 2:32 pm    Posted by dan    Comments (4)

Home for Sale

Last week, I received a call from a friend of mine who knows I work in Customer Service for Armstrong. He was planning to put his home up for sale and wanted to add value to it, without incurring substantial expenses. He had older carpet in his family room and living room and wanted to know if there was some way he could install a hardwood floor without too much hassle. My friend is not an installer, but he is a skilled do-it-yourselfer, so I suggested that he install a floating hardwood floor. His question to me was: “What’s a floating hardwood floor?”

Floating hardwood not attached to the subfloor
A floating hardwood floor, in the simplest explanation, is a hardwood floor that is installed without attaching it to the subfloor below. These floors are an engineered wood, with wood plies adhered together to create a structurally stable product. This kind of construction allows these floors to be installed over many different surfaces. Engineered wood is sold in a variety of species and colors, and it can come in wide widths.

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Beware the Summer Hazards to Your Floor

May 25, 2012 1:31 pm    Posted by RDDemackiewicz    Comments (9)

Summer Time!

Hooray! It’s time to officially kick off the summer season! While you’re enjoying warm, sunny days and entertaining friends and family for cook-outs and parties, watch out for these potential hazards to keep your floors looking great all summer long!

What to watch for:

  • Pool water belongs poolside and not puddling on your Armstrong floor. Make sure pool users dry off thoroughly before coming into the house. Walk-off mats are also a good idea to keep floors dry and your family safe from any potential slips or falls.
  • Whether you’re adding ice to your favorite drink or filling a cooler, ice doesn’t stay in solid form for long during the dog days of summer. Keep an eye out for stray ice cubes melting on your floor and wipe away any spills.
  • Fido is going to be lapping up more water this summer. Make sure you keep the water bowl full and use a towel underneath to catch any splashes.
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Our Flooring Designers Talk About Winning the ADEX Awards

May 21, 2012 4:37 pm    Posted by Kim Lefever    off

Armstrong wins ADEX Awards

This month, Armstrong Flooring’s Design Team won 4 ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) awards: 2 for hardwood products and 2 for premium tile products. The ADEX Awards, sponsored by Design Journal, is the largest and most prestigious awards program for product design of furniture, fixtures and finishes marketed to design professionals.

The Flooring Board asked the Armstrong designers who created these award winners to talk about their flooring designs and what the awards mean to them.

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Forget the Carpet!

May 11, 2012 4:46 pm    Posted by RDDemackiewicz    off

Armstrong Hard-Surface Flooring

A lot of homeowners – especially long-time homeowners – tend to think of carpet as a comfortable and familiar type of floor covering. It’s been around forever. It’s what they’ve always had and what they’re used to. I ran into this carpet fixation when we lived in North Carolina. My husband and I planned to rip up the carpet to install hardwoods in the living room. Some of our family members couldn’t understand why we didn’t want replace the old carpet with more carpet. These same relatives had the same reaction when we installed laminate flooring in our new house in PA. So, I decided to educate them on why I prefer hard surface flooring.

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Have you heard? Armstrong Flooring is on Pinterest!

May 4, 2012 2:51 pm    Posted by Heather Antolik    off

Pinterest Here Comes the Sun

My name is Heather, and I love to pin – on Pinterest, of course! Fortunately, I get to pin at work for Armstrong Flooring! If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it’s an online pin board for crafts, recipes, home design, fashion and any other image that appeals to you on the Internet. The way you use Pinterest is to post photos called “pins” onto “boards” that fit common themes like wish lists, holiday recipes, wedding ideas, new house, etc. Then you can refer to them whenever you want to try a new dish or test out a paint color you found. As a part of our Pinterest Design Team, I’m excited to be talking about Armstrong’s fun and beautiful boards that we hope will help you find the right floor or provide a little home decorating inspiration.

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