A carpet stair runner is typically installed on hardwood stairs and does not cover the entire width of the stair. It is bound on both sides to prevent fraying and carpet stair runners come in virtually all colors and patterns and can be cut and bound in different widths, depending on how much hardwood you want showing on each side.

Purpose of a Carpet Runner

There are many reasons homeowners add carpet stair runners over hardwood. One of the most common reasons is for safety. Hardwood stairs can be very slippery, which can present a danger, especially for children, pets or the elderly. Adding a stair runner over the hardwood stairs reduces the danger by providing traction, and a safe place to walk on the stairs. In addition, it also adds comfort. Carpet stair runners also reduce noise. Carpet absorbs sound much more than hard surfaces do, so adding a carpet stair runner will make trips up and down the stairs much quieter. A carpet runner also adds style. A hardwood staircase with a beautiful carpet stair runner creates a focal point in your home but be sure to select the proper runner. Homeowners have two options when shopping for stair runners:

1. Pre-Made Runners – These can be purchased in most box stores and give homeowners very little choice in pattern or width.
2. Custom-Made Runners – Flowers Flooring has thousands of carpets to select from for custom-made runners. We provide binding and installation service as well. During your free in-home estimate, our estimate technician will recommend patterns and widths that work well with your décor and color scheme.

Carpet Runner Width

Customers always ask our installers “How wide should the carpet runner be?” The answer to this question completely depends on the width of the staircase in your home. For stairs that are approximately 3 feet wide, Flowers Flooring suggests a 27-inch carpet runner. This width allows a good coverage of the hardwood and doesn’t make it feel like you are walking on a narrow strip, yet it’s not too wide to overpower the entire stair and leaves enough hardwood exposed on each side. For wider stairs that are 4 or 5 feet, Flowers Flooring recommends a 33-inch runner. If you have a staircase that falls outside the standard sizes listed above, a Flowers Flooring estimator will recommend the appropriate size during your free in-home estimate.

Patterned Carpet Runner

A patterned carpet runner can be a stunning choice. There are thousands to select from, so be sure the pattern will work on your stairs. Some patterned stair runners are more effective on long, flat surfaces, such as a runner in a hallway and do not look as nice on a stairway. If you have your heart set on a patterned design, Flowers Flooring recommends using a small pattern. Large patterns will get lost and will look uneven, as the pattern is bent over each stair. A small pattern will nicely showcase the design of each stair tread and riser.

Carpet Runner Padding

Just like the carpet throughout your home, a carpet runner needs a pad under it. The best carpet cushion for under a stair runner is a thin pad so that it does not raise the height of the runner by much. The pad should also be dense, to properly support the runner so that it doesn’t flex to much when walked on.

Stair runners are a great addition to your hardwood staircase for safety, style and comfort. Call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750 today to get started on your carpet runner project. You can schedule a FREE in-home estimate. A Flowers Flooring estimator will bring carpet samples that can be custom made into a carpet stair runner that’s perfect for your home. You may also have a remnant left over from a carpet installation that is perfect for a carpet runner. Call today to learn more.

Hire a Qualified Professional to Install Your Floors

You’ve made the decision to remodel your home and replace your old flooring – what’s next? Finding the right flooring for your home and the right contractor to install it are critical. So, what exactly should you look for BEFORE you purchase your new flooring and hire a flooring installer? The experts at Flowers Flooring have created this checklist to help you make the most informed decision. Make sure to ask these 8 questions before you hire any flooring company:

  1. Does your company sell and install flooring?

It’s always easier to work with one vendor. They can coordinate ordering your flooring and time delivery and the installation. The bonus of going through one vendor for both flooring and installation is you can usually obtain a better deal. Flowers Flooring is a sales and installation provider that has hundreds of floors to select from in our over 4,000 SQFT showroom located in Cornelius, NC. In addition, our estimators bring samples into your home when measuring your floors.

  1. Do you provide FREE estimates?

Many companies including the big box stores profit from estimating your project. Money is coming out of your pocket before you even decide on the type of flooring you want in your home. Flowers Flooring does not charge to provide a free, detailed estimate. Our estimate technician will come into your home or business and do a detailed laser measure of the area you want new flooring. They will give you advise on the best type of flooring for that area based on a few factors – traffic, pets, children, humidity, wet or dry area, budget, etc.

  1. Does the contractor have the proper business liability policy in place?

Any legitimate flooring company will have a liability policy in place. Flowers Flooring carries both general liability and worker’s compensation policies and we have never had a claim in our company history. Policies are available to customers upon request.

  1. What kind of warranty does the contractor offer?

Flooring is one of the biggest investments in home remodeling, so make sure you choose a contractor who’s got your back. Flowers Flooring offer’s a warranty for a period of one year for workmanship we supply. All materials we supply are backed by the manufacturers warranty. Warranty and maintenance information is available on the Flowers Flooring website.

  1. Does the contractor offer customer care for the life of your floor?

Any contractor can come in and install your floor, but are they qualified to maintain your floors beyond installation? Flowers Flooring offers the following methods of care for the life of your floors.

  • Hardwood Restoration – Sand Free Refinishing
  • Sand & Finishing
  • Tile Grout Colorant
  • EnduroShield
  1. Does the contractor acclimate the flooring?

Many flooring companies in our area deliver and install flooring the same day which will void your flooring warranty. Flowers Flooring strictly adheres to manufacturer warranty guidelines and properly acclimates all flooring to our region. Any flooring that must be acclimated is delivered to a customer’s home 48 to 72 hours prior to installation for acclimation purposes. Acclimation is a critical step in the process of installing floors. It lessens the chances of gapping and other problems down the road. Flowers Flooring will not compromise the acclimation process to accommodate a customer’s schedule.

  1. Does the contractor provide you with cleaning products and cleaning care instructions?

Flowers Flooring will provide you with a Shaw R2X mop kit and care instructions at the end of your project. Care and Maintenance Guides are also available on the Flowers Flooring website.

  1. Does the flooring company offer financing?

A home renovation project can be costly if you are doing everything at once. If you are considering financing a portion of your project, find out up front if the flooring company provides financing. Flowers Flooring provides zero percent interest financing through Sychrony Bank. Click here to learn more or to instantly apply.

Do your homework before you hire a flooring company to install your floors during your home renovation project. Schedule a FREE estimate with Flowers Flooring today (704) 445-7750.

 

Work-Proof Flooring Built to Last

When you are considering new office flooring it can be difficult to identify which flooring is going to stand the test of time and save you money in the long run. In an office environment, there is high traffic due to people constantly moving and walking around, so a floor that can withstand this amount of traffic is essential. The last thing you want to do is install a new floor and replace it again two years later. One of the best floors for this job would have to be vinyl plank, as it is both durable and shows longevity. Vinyl plank also has a lot of other benefits for the office, which we will explain here, so continue reading to find out more.

Work-Proof

In an office environment you need office flooring that can take anything that work life may throw at it, including coffee spills, chairs rolling back and forth and constant foot traffic. An office is a very busy place and the floors need to be able to match that level of usage accordingly. Vinyl plank floors are super easy to clean and require only a damp cloth or dry mop for spills and a sweep or vacuum to remove loose dirt and grit that may be brought in by employee’s shoes. Maintaining vinyl plank floors is much easier than carpet and does not require any special cleaning equipment. Vinyl plank floors are extremely durable and are designed to work hard. This means they can take impacts without damage when employees drop things.

Installation

For any business installation time is critical. You can’t close your doors and shut down your business for a long install. Unlike some other types of flooring, vinyl plank is quick to install. In many instances, Flowers Flooring has installed vinyl plank office flooring in businesses over the weekend, so they were ready for business as usual on Monday morning. Of course, this depends on the size of the job.

Style

Vinyl plank is designed to meet today’s demands. It looks great and works hard. There are some great luxury vinyl planks on the market today that look like wood planks in everything from color to species of wood. Surface textures often include the look of scraping or embossing, which dramatically heighten the realism. Also, like wood, planks may be installed in many ways – in brick fashion, diagonally, and so on. The possibilities are endless! Flowers Flooring has a wide selection of vinyl plank in the showroom, from multiple manufacturers. Click here to view Shaw samples.

To learn more about vinyl flooring refer to previous blog posts from Flowers Flooring:

Luxury Vinyl Flooring – A New Trend Worth Trying

Vinyl Plank Flooring – Looks Great and Works Hard

 

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate or to speak with one our sales representatives about your flooring or tile project (704) 445-7750.

 

 

There’s something magical about a custom area rug. It can completely transform a boring space into one that feels both warm and inviting. Certain spaces in your home, like an entryway or a dining room, make a great opportunity to make a statement with an area rug’s design. You can also add custom binding to the carpet for a one-of-a-kind product.

If you have ever been shopping for an area rug you know they only come in standard sizes. As we all know, not all rooms were created equal, and not all rooms look good with a boring rectangular or circle shaped rug. This is where a custom area rug can bring a lot of value. A custom area rug can be cut into any shape and any size. If you have angled or curved wall, a custom area rug is the way to go. Before ordering be sure you have the right dimensions so that the manufacturer can cut the corner with precision.

Steps for Selecting a Custom Area Rug

  1. Step 1 – Stop by the Flowers Flooring showroom to look at the Shaw Cut-a-Rug custom area rug designs and binding
  2. Step 2 – Select the size
  3. Step 3 – Select the shape
  4. Step 4 – Order your custom area rug

Custom area rugs are unique one-of-a-kind styles. These rugs can be purchased or uniquely created by you to compliment your design and color concepts. There are so many different options to select from. At Flowers Flooring we want to make sure you are happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring or area rug. Call today to schedule your free in-home estimate (704) 445-7750 or contact us online.

Have Dirty Tile Grout?

Flowers Flooring Can Make It Like New with Tile Grout Colorant and Sealer

Stop scrubbing your dirty, dingy tile grout. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule a free consultation and estimate for grout rejuvenation services that brings new life to your grout with grout colorant and sealer. This high performance, 100% acrylic colorant and sealer provides a fresh look or new color to exiting grout.

Before Application of Grout Colorant

After Application of Grout Colorant

“The product we use penetrates the grout to provide a lasting color and protection, “said Will Moore, Regional Sales Manager of Flowers Flooring. “The before and after photos are shocking. This process turns old, dirty grout joints into grout that looks like it was installed the day before. People who have thought about tearing out their tile due to grout discoloration have saved thousands with this process, because it makes their tile look new again.”

The grout colorant and sealer are made for both interior and exterior use. It is also ideal for showers and other intermittent wet areas. It provides excellent stain resistance and protects against mold and mildew. There is no long dry time and it is tack free in 30 minutes and can receive light traffic in 4 hours.

Click here to view the colorant COLOR CHART.

Before Application of Grout Colorant                                            After Application of Grout Colorant

Before Application of Grout Colorant

After Application of Grout Colorant

Call Flowers Flooring today (704) 445-7750 to learn more about the grout rejuvenation process and how you and turn your dirty, dingy grout into clean, like new grout joints. Visit us online at www.flowersflooring.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your outdoor living space in ship shape for family gatherings, entertaining and just relaxing. Flowers Flooring recommends starting with a good base such as a porcelain tile then working on the furniture, plant pots and décor.

Outdoor living space with porcelain towel

Porcelain tile for outdoor patios come in a wide variety of patterns and textures that resemble natural stone, brick, concrete, rock and even wood and look natural in an outdoor living space.  Porcelain tiles are clay-based materials, but they are fired at extremely high temperatures over 1200 degrees Celsius, so unlike ceramic tile they are very hard, durable and non-porous. This makes them resistant to scratching.

They are also resistant to UV fading. Porcelain tile is perfect for North Carolina weather conditions, as it is engineered to be frost proof. Unlike ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are impervious to water penetration; in other words it does not absorb water and withstands outdoor conditions.

outdoor living space with porcelain tile floor

Choose a Floor for Your Outdoor Living Space

Unlike natural stone and timber, porcelain tiles are non-porous. That simply means there are no little holes for dirt and grime to get trapped in when used as the flooring for an outdoor living space.  In essence they are stain proof and require very little ongoing maintenance. This makes porcelain tile a very attractive outdoor tile, requiring an occasional sweep or clean with warm, soapy water.

Porcelain tiles come in a wide variety of finish from matte and semi-polished to gloss and textured. When selecting a tile for outdoor use, Flowers Flooring always recommends at least a matte finish. This means the surface of the tile will offer some slip-resistance. A textured surface provides greater slip-resistance, depending on how textured the surface is.

Porcelain tile really is the ideal flooring for outdoor living spaces. For more ideas and inspiration visit the Flowers Flooring showroom located at 18724 Statesville Road, Cornelius, NC 28031 or call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate (704) 445-7750. Visit our website to view tile samples – www.flowersflooring.com

Hardwood flooring can be installed many different ways, even on a wall – called a hardwood accent wall. Hardwood makes a stunning accent wall that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Creative accent walls create a visual interest and a focal point on an otherwise dull space.

Hardwood Accent Wall

“Hardwoods can be mixed to create a unique look. If you have a dark hardwood on the floor perhaps you want to go with something lighter on the walls. You can also use the same hardwood to create a seamless look,” says Catie Mullins, Flowers Flooring Sales Associate.

“We have a lot of customers inquiring about hardwood accent walls. It’s absolutely beautiful with the wide, hand-scraped hardwoods, but the possibilities are endless and completely depend on your specific style and home décor.”

There are some limitations to the types of walls hardwood can be attached to. Below is a list of things to keep in mind when considering a hardwood accent wall installation:

  • Can’t install over walls on metal stud framing
  • Canbe installed over exterior basement walls
  • Can’t be installed over sloping walls

Call Flowers Flooring today to get your free estimate (704) 445-7750 for a hardwood accent wall or other flooring or tile project. Visit our showroom for some design inspiration. The showroom is located at 18724 Statesville Road, Cornelius, NC 28031.

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Stair railings and spindles are an important aspect of any stairway. They are not only a safety feature, but can provide a sense of class and elegance to any set of stairs. If you are looking to replace or install a new set of stair handrails in your home, there are a few things to consider when shopping around.

There are a wide range of materials to choose from, so be sure to do your research and decide which stair railing look you like best before you buy. Here are a few options that Flowers Flooring now provides.

Stair Railing Options:

Wood – Wood is the most popular material used for spindles and railings. It can be stained and refinished or painted to match any décor.

Wood Stair Railing

Metal – Metal or Wrought Iron is also a popular choice. Metal is certainly the way to go if stair railings are going to be installed outside due to its longevity and resistance to weather.

Wrought Iron Stair Railing

Call Flowers Flooring today for a free in-home estimate (704) 445-7750 or visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com

Current February promo is 10% off the entire project. This offer expires 2/28/18. In addition, inquire about 6 or 12-month, interest free financing.

Flowers Flooring is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Flowers Flooring is honored and proud to earn the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Angie’s List members expect the highest level of service and quality when purchasing new floors and Flowers Flooring is able to delivery that,” said Jeremy Flowers, Owner of Flowers Flooring. “Our 13 years of experience and commitment to quality products, customer service, and seamless installations has allowed Flowers Flooring to consistently exceed Angie’s List member’s expectations. We are truly grateful for the member’s reviews that have been submitted that help share our flooring story.”

To learn more about Flowers Flooring or to schedule a free in-home estimate, please visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com or call the showroom located at 18724 Statesville Road, Cornelius, NC at (704) 445-7750. Click here to view Flowers Flooring Angie’s List page.

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For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 

It’s tax season and if you’re planning on getting a tax refund this year, putting the money towards new floors in your home could be a great way to use the extra cash to increase the value of your home. Here’s the 2018 list of top investments Flowers Flooring recommends for people to make on their floors.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are timeless and hold their value when compared to many other flooring options. Hardwood floors are also appealing to buyers, which can help when you decide to sell your home. The best place to install hardwood flooring is in main living spaces such as the living rooms, dining rooms and entry ways. Flowers Flooring recommends not installing hardwood in wet areas such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. Harwood flooring is a tried and true flooring investment and a wise way to spend your tax refund.

Flowers Flooring Get Hardwood Floors with Your Tax Refund

LifeGuard Water Proof Carpet

Carpet is always going to be a popular choice for bedrooms and 2018 is no exception. Flowers Flooring is seeing the trend move towards colorful and bold pattern carpets. More homeowners are also selecting LifeGuard carpet that is worry free, water proof carpet that prevents moisture and odor-causing spills from seeping into the carpet, carpet cushion and subfloor. This carpet is engineered for life’s messes and keeps 100 percent of all spills and accidents contained for complete clean-up protection. How waterproof is this carpet? Just watch this amazing video.

Lifeguard Flooring from Flowers Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Vinyl plank flooring, also known as resilient vinyl is one of the hottest selling floors in the industry. Flooring experts don’t see this trend slowing any time soon. Planks with believable color, grain and texture make it hard to tell it’s not hardwood or wood plank tile. Vinyl plank flooring is a great investment in your home as its water resistant, looks great and feels amazing under foot.

Before using your tax refund dollars to invest in flooring be sure to consider your lifestyle before selecting a flooring type. Maintaining your floors and keeping them in good shape is critical to retaining value. If you have pets or young children soft hardwoods or light colored carpet may not be the best choice.

Vinyl flooring from Flowers Flooring

Make Sure Your Tax Refund Dollars are Not Wasted

Opt for a professional installation. If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on flooring materials Flowers Flooring always recommends spending a little extra to ensure a professional installation. A professional installation should give you piece of mind that the job is being done right.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750 or visit us on the web at www.flowersflooring.com