Archive for the ‘Find the Right Floor’ Category
I never considered myself a “green” consumer, but I can’t help noticing all of the news stories, magazine articles and blogs that talk about the dangers of the chemicals found in common household products and how they affect our health – everything from cleaning products to paint, furniture, plastic bottles, even the clothes we wear and the food we eat.
As a mother to a 5-year-old, I have become more conscious of green products and try to give my daughter the healthiest environment possible for her to grow up in. For example, I always buy organic food and products that are certified to be healthy. I don’t want to risk her health by buying a product that could be toxic to our home.
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.
Last month, I started shopping for a new floor for my home. Of course, being the Manager for the Armstrong Flooring Customer Relations & Technical Services Team, I have masses of information and samples to review at my fingertips to help me in making my flooring decision.
Like most consumers, I looked for color, style, and most importantly, the value I would get out of my floor. Now when I say value, I’m not talking about the amount of money I would spend on the floor, plus the cost of an installer; I’m talking about value in the form of a warranty. A flooring warranty is an important consideration when purchasing a floor.
When choosing a new floor for my kitchen, my dog, Shasta, had a big say in the floor I picked. Now, I don’t want you to think I held up flooring samples and chose the one that got the loudest bark. It was more subtle than that. I looked for floors that are particularly pet-friendly – that is, they’re durable and scratch-resistant.
As a new mother, I am never at a loss to find something to worry about. Is the baby eating enough? Is the baby cold? Why is the baby crying? Why did the baby cough? The list goes on and on.
And now that our baby, Mia, is starting to crawl, I find even more things to worry about. Are the outlets covered? Are the cabinets childproof? Is the basement door closed? Are the dog and the baby in the same room? Like all parents, my constant concern is: am I creating a safe environment for my baby?
For a while, I’ve been thinking about building my dream basement, aka “man cave.” In my dream basement, the walls will be adorned with pictures of my sports heroes, and the centerpiece will be a very large, flat-screen television. A nice leather recliner and a pool table can also be found in this dream of mine. Now about the floor… In finished basements, I have seen everything from industrial carpet to vinyl tile to laminate. It never dawned on me that installing an authentic hardwood floor in a basement would be a viable option, but that’s what I discovered when I started working in Customer Service for Armstrong. Let me share what I know about hardwood options for your basement.
Are you in this group? While cooking dinner for your family, you spill tomato sauce on the floor. When you bend down to wipe it up, you notice that your kitchen floor looks old, dingy, scratched, dull, ______ (fill in the blank). That prompts you to think: I need a new kitchen floor!
Okay, you’ve got the motivation. Now comes the obvious next step: finding the right floor for your kitchen. First, ask yourself: what do you want and need for your new floor? After design and color, you might choose moisture resistance, durability, stain resistance, or easy maintenance. Armstrong has a variety of floors in several categories with the design options and performance features many homeowners are looking for in their kitchens. more ►
Since 2011 has come to a close, “trend-spotting” for 2012 has moved into full gear. This is when designers like me are looking for flooring trends for the year. What’s hot? What colors are in – which are out? Typically, the first quarter of each year is the time when trade shows related to flooring are in full swing – both domestic and international. This is where we find out about new products and show many of our own. In fact, most of the new flooring products you will see in 2012 are being developed and finalized as I type this blog post. It’s exciting to see the floor styles that will be coming to your local flooring store soon!