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.

Prevent Damage to Floors when Moving Heavy Objects

Moving heavy objects in your home can be a difficult task; it can also cause serious damage to your floors. Whether you’re moving to a new home or just want to rearrange your furniture, sliding heavy objects is always a much easier option than attempting to lift everything. However, sliding can cause damage to your floors. If you want to make sure you don’t scratch your floors, try implementing these tricks:

Slide It

Unless you are moving a very small or light piece of furniture, your best bet is to slide it. Most people don’t know how to lift properly (with their legs, not with their back), sliding can prevent serious pain.

Use Magic Sliders

Flowers Flooring recommends using felt pads or Magic Sliders, which are little pads that fit under the legs of your furniture or other heavy objects. They allow heavy items to slide easily and prevent dents and scratches in your floors.

Use Towels

If you don’t have felt pads or Magic Sliders handy, you can also place towels or rags under the legs of the furniture. Simply rock the heavy item or furniture forward or backward and slide the towel under the legs. If you are moving heavy items across carpet, Flowers Flooring recommends using cardboard under the legs, as it helps slide easily and prevents tears in the carpet or flooring.

Clean the Floors First

Flowers Flooring recommends cleaning the floors first by sweeping or with a damp mop before you start moving heavy objects. Dirt and other grit that is trapped under the legs or the material you’re using to make things slide easily can seriously scratch your floors as well.

Moving objects can be difficult, but these simple tips should make the process a bit safer and easier on your floors. As part of Flowers Flooring installation services, our team of expert installers removes and replaces all furniture and appliances. Call today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales representatives about getting your flooring or tile project started (704) 445-7750.

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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

 

Here are the 2018 flooring trends that Flowers Flooring expects to see this year, and are worth taking into consideration for your next flooring project.

With so many flooring choices to choose from it’s difficult to decide what flooring will work best in your home, while still staying trendy for years to come. If you are currently considering new flooring in your home, now is the PERFECT time to buy. In honor of 2018 flooring trends, Flowers Flooring is taking 18% off the entire project. That includes labor and materials! In addition, Flowers Flooring is offering 6 or 12 months interest free financing. Hurry, this offer expires on January 31, 2018.

Vinyl Plank in High Demand

We cannot talk about 2018 flooring trends without mentioning vinyl plank. While sales in the vinyl plank arena were strong in 2017 they will continue to grow in 2018 as manufacturers provide more choices in color, style, texture and patterns. Vinyl plank is an excellent flooring choice because it is easy to clean, it’s comfortable under foot, and its water and stain resistant – making it extremely family friendly.

“I see vinyl plank sales sky rocketing in 2018,” said William Moore, Flowers Flooring Regional Sales Manager. “Vinyl plank is extremely hard to distinguish from hardwood, stone, wood plank and ceramic tile and it’s available at a much better price point. Vinyl plank mimics these high-end materials and puts astonishing good looks at the feet of homeowners for a much less cost.”

Viny plank floor 2018 flooring trends

Herringbone Tile Patterns

The herringbone pattern is named after the intricate bone structure of a herring fish. Herringbone is a classic pattern in tile for both backsplash and floors that adds timeless character to any tile installation. The herringbone pattern is quickly becoming a popular choice for tile layout, and Flowers Flooring anticipates this trend will continue to grow in 2018.

2018 flooring trends herribone backsplash

2018 flooring trends herringone tile

Colorful Rugs

Vibrant carpet and rugs are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Colorful rugs offer homemakers the chance to showcase strong design elements in bold patterns.

Area rugs are also becoming increasingly popular as they stylishly transform a space and therefore will definitely be one of the 2018 flooring trends you will see this year. Flowers Flooring provides custom area rugs that customers can have bound and shipped directly to their home. Custom binding allows customers to select the color, style, border, size and shape of a rug that uniquely fits their needs.

2018 flooring trends blue pattern area rug

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate or to speak with one of our sales associates about your specific flooring needs – (704) 445-7750. Now is the perfect time to buy. In honor of the New Year 2018, Flowers Flooring is taking 18 percent off the ENTIRE PROJECT, plus offering 6 or 12 months interest free financing. Call today (704) 445-7750 or visit our website at www.flowersflooring.com. Hurry, this New Year, New Floors promo expires on January 31, 2018.

 

Fall brings with it plenty of trends such as pumpkin spice, warmer color palettes, and new décor. Your home’s floors are not immune to fall’s influence. If you are looking to have new floors installed in your home this fall, find the perfect style floor with these 5 fall flooring trends.

  1. Cork

Comfort is always in style and cork flooring is one of the most comfortable flooring options on the market. This makes cork a popular flooring choice for rooms you spend a lot of time in such as the kitchen. It provides a comfortable cushion underfoot. It is also a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which makes any room it is installed in naturally warm and quiet. Cork is eco-friendly and is low maintenance, which gives homeowners piece of mind. Cork flooring comes in a wide variety of colors to fit any style and is the perfect fall flooring trend to try this year.

Flowers Flooring - Cork Flooring

  1. Luxury Vinyl Plank

Vinyl flooring has come a long way from the rolled vinyl in your grandmother’s kitchen. While it remains a budget choice, it is no longer a style liability. There are hundreds of samples to choose from in a wide variety of colors, textures and widths. Vinyl plank is kid friendly, pet friendly and water resistant. It’s highly recommended for wet areas such as mud rooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. It’s virtually indestructible and has been Flowers Flooring hottest selling product in 2017, so as a fall flooring trend, this is definitely one to check out.

Flowers Flooring - Vinyl plank flooring

  1. Dark Stained Floors

Dark floors are a perfect contrast with bright furniture and light-colored walls and our third fall flooring trend. Homeowners who like the look of less grainy wood, often prefer dark stained floors, as the grain is much harder to see. Dark floors create a more modern vibe, especially when mixed with light, bright furniture. The dark, uniform floor color also makes the room easier to decorate since there are fewer colors to clash with.

 

  1. Exotic Hardwoods

Exotic hardwoods such as Acacia, Brazilian Tigerwood, Cherry and Mahogany feature vibrant colors and unique wood grains that stand out and make the floor a centerpiece of the home. Exotic hardwoods capture the natural beauty of the outdoors and the natural materials. Exotic hardwood flooring generally offers a wider array of choices in regards to color, texture and hardness than traditional flooring options like oak or maple. In addition, exotic hardwoods tend to be harder than North American wood, making it more durable and on of the top fall flooring trends for this year.

  1. Gray Hardwood

Gray is certainly the new tan and it’s here to stay. The color gray is making its mark on furniture, bedding, wall coverings and now flooring. Gray is a flexible, neutral color that can go in any room of your home. And while you can purchase gray engineered hardwood, you can also refinish your existing solid hardwood in the perfect shade of gray for your home.

Need some more fall flooring trend inspiration? Visit the Flowers Flooring website. Call Flowers Flooring to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. Current Flowers Flooring fall promo – 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PROJECT – PLUS 6 OR 12 MONTHS, 0% FINANCING AVAILABLE. Hurry, this offer expires September 30, 2017.

Now that Spring is in full swing, many homeowners are spending more time outdoors and have turned their thoughts to how to improve their outdoor living space. If you are considering upgrading your patio with tile, there are thousands of options to choose from. Here’s a guide to help you select the tile that is right for your home.

Flowers Flooring first recommends thinking about how much light the space gets. If the space is dimly lit you will want to steer clear of dark tile that will further darken a dimly lit space. Also consider the kind of entertaining you do in the space and the amount of foot traffic the space will get. Flowers Flooring also recommends considering how wet the tile will get. Some tiles are more water resistant than others. Here’s a look at three tiles Flowers Flooring recommends for outdoor areas:

  1. Porcelain Tile – For the biggest bang for your buck, porcelain tile is certainly the way to go. It is also the most water resistant and requires very little maintenance. It is extremely durable, easy to clean and works great in outdoor spaces.
  2. Travertine Tiles – Travertine is a natural tile that has unique holes and textures. While travertine is beautiful, it does require regular sealing for outdoor use.
  3. Slate Tile – Slate is a great tile for outdoor use. It has rich colors and uneven surfaces that adds another level of design to your outdoor area. Slate can crack in freezing temperatures so if you live in a cold climate slate will not be a suitable option. Slate is also not as resistant to cracking as some other tile.

Now is the time to plan for patio renovation. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate(704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring also offers financing. Ask your estimator for more details regarding current financing promotions.

Flowers Flooring is excited to offer Repel, a water resistant laminate from Shaw. This laminate is designed to stand up to the toughest household conditions. It is a 12 mm laminate that is scratch, stain and fade resistant, both kid and pet friendly, and easy to clean. It can even be wet-mopped. It comes with a 30-year residential warranty.

“We are very excited to offer this product to our customers,” said Jeremy Flowers, owner of Flowers Flooring. “It gives home owners peace of mind that when accidents do happen Repel laminate gives you time to clean up the spills without damaging your floors.”

Shaw Repel comes in two styles Pinnacle Port and Pier Park. Each style has 6 gorgeous colors.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – (704) 445-7750. Be sure to ask your estimator about Flowers Flooring finance options.