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.
In Customer Service, we often get the question: Do I need to glue down my vinyl floor? What I tell customers is – it depends. The decision about gluing depends on the flooring product you choose, your subfloor, the size of your room, and the type of traffic you expect.
There are three primary methods of installing vinyl flooring:
- loose lay
- fully bonded
- perimeter bonded
I professed my love for stone tile many years ago, deciding my home and life would not be complete without the raw, pure beauty of 1000-year-old stone under my feet every day. All of this was true until I laid eyes on Alterna premium tile. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t real stone. I examined every inch of the Alterna tile sample, still doubting what was in front of me. But the texture, depth, color variation, warmth and comfort sold me. It was just like my beloved stone tile, offering natural beautiful characteristics, but at a lower cost, with easier installation and lower maintenance than natural stone tile. Oh, and did I mention the coordinating grout colors? This is one innovative floor!
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.
If you haven’t looked at vinyl sheet floors lately, you may be pleasantly surprised. Vinyl sheet has come a long way since the days when patterns looked fake, and the floors were super-shiny and plastic-y. Today’s vinyl sheet floors are produced with state-of-the-art, 3D print and embossing technologies that allow manufacturers to create realistic images and textures, so stone patterns feel like real stone and wood patterns feel like real wood.
Our flooring design team tracks color trends several ways, like participating in The Color Marketing Group, following color influencers on Pinterest and reading many, many trend blogs!
Now we’re tracking an emerging color trend for 2013: Chalky Pastels.
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.