Archive for the ‘Hardwood’ Category
First, what is a hand-scraped floor? An authentic hand-scraped (hand-sculpted) wood floor has a distinctive surface texture. To make our collections, each plank is scraped with a tool for a distinctive, one-of-a-kind floor. No two planks are the same. Then we give the wood a color stain and pre-finish it with a factory coating using leading edge technology.
Depending on where you live, summertime might bring more than backyard BBQs, fresh vegetables and pool-time. Summer can also bring high humidity. If you have hardwood floors, there are a few things you need to know about hardwood and humidity levels to keep your floor in great shape.
Happy Summertime! This is my favorite time of year. Cook-outs, picnics, swimming and other summertime events are in full swing!
With all of the outdoor events of summer, this leads to much “in and out of the house” activities. If you have children or grandchildren, you know what I mean.
Let me offer some quick tips and tricks for cleaning hardwood floors during these busy summer months.
I am on an endless quest to decorate and redecorate my house. Now it’s time to tackle a new project – the master bedroom. You might think this should be a fun project, but the truth is, the bedroom seems like somewhat of a thankless job. Why? Because no one ever sees it. For that reason, I have not touched it since we moved into our house. In those 8+ years, I have redone our kitchen, painted every other room in the house, and replaced furniture in our living areas many times. But no major re-decorating has taken place in the bedroom.
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.
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.
On Earth Day, the VISION House, a new “green” model home exhibit opened at Epcot® at Walt Disney World®. VISION House showcases many environmentally friendly products, like hardwood flooring and cabinets, that visitors can install in their own homes. It’s such an exciting project to be a part of that we decided to ask Mara Villanueva-Heras, VP-Marketing for Residential Floors, about Armstrong’s involvement.
- Why did Armstrong become a sponsor for the VISION House exhibit in Innoventions at Epcot?
Floors are products we live on every day. A floor is a huge component of a room, both from a visual and lifestyle aspect. Armstrong is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Green Builder® Media and Disney to show how typical, accessible products like ours can make an impact. The exhibit demonstrates that anybody can change the world by making positive changes in their own home.
Hardwood has always been a popular flooring choice for many homeowners – and home buyers. We love the look of hardwood. But as durable as hardwoods are, many floors will begin to show the effects of an “active” household over time. You know – the dents, dings and scratches that are the result of everyday living. Some homeowners might not install hardwood for just that reason – or they might install it in a room that doesn’t get a lot of traffic.
We’re excited to announce Armstrong Flooring and Cabinets are featured in a new exhibit at Epcot at Walt Disney World®, opening late spring, 2012!
VISION House®, which will be located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot, is the first “green” house built at a Disney theme park. The new exhibit is part of Green Builder® Media’s VISION House series, a group of demonstration homes built around the country to showcase green building and sustainable living ideas.