Restore Your Floors to Like New Condition Without the Hassle of Sanding with Sand Free Refinishing

Restoring your engineered or solid hardwood floors just got a whole lot easier with sand free refinishing. Flowers Flooring has expanded its service repertoire to include sand-less hardwood restoration. Now homeowners can restore their hardwood floors to like new condition without the hassle of sanding and refinishing.

Before Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

Before Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

After Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

After Sand Free Refinishing Hardwood Restoration

This sand free and dust free restoration process brings damaged and worn hardwood flooring back to life by erasing the damage caused by pets and excessive wear. Engineered hardwood floors that are coated with aluminum oxide are unable to be repaired by traditional buffing and coating or sand and finish work. This hardwood restoration process restores floors to like new condition, saving homeowners thousands in replacement costs.

“Many homeowners think their damaged solid hardwood or engineered hardwood floors need to be replaced, which can be pricy. Hardwood restoration can save homeowners thousands of dollars in replacement costs or sand and finish costs, and have their floors looking like new in a fraction of the time,” said Catie Mullins, Flowers Flooring Sales Associate. “Hardwood restoration is a popular choice for people who are selling their home. Good looking floors bring value and help sell a house quicker. This is a perfect, less expensive way to get a home show ready, on the market and sold.”

The Restoration Process

Step 1: Remove all contaminants including dirt, trash, and residue from cleaning and polishing products. This de-contamination process takes the floor back to its original state.

Step 2: Once the decontamination process is complete, an etching compound is applied. This process melds damage such as scratches and mars, greatly reducing or eliminating their appearance.

Step 3: After the etching is complete a ceramic-reinforced, odorless 2-component polyurethane finish is applied. This finish provides exceptionally high scratch resistance, high elasticity and chemical resistance suitable for high traffic and commercial locations.

Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home hardwood restoration with sand free refinishing estimate – (704) 445-7750.

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.

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  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.

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  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.

While Flowers Flooring offers both oil based and water based options, we usually recommend oil based polyurethane over water based for 3 simple reasons:

  1. It looks better
  2. It lasts longer
  3. It costs less

While these reasons may make the choice simple, there are always exceptions and different customer needs that require more exploring on this subject. Both oil based and water based polyurethane have their advantages.

Advantages of Oil Based Polyurethane

Oil based polyurethane provides more depth to the hardwood, both in color and shine. Water based polyurethane has a duller color and duller finish. Over time, the water based polyurethane will continue to dull, while the oil based amberizes and darkens a bit, giving the hardwood a richer look.

Oil based polyurethane also lasts longer than water based. Oil based is simply more durable. Water based polyurethane has lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), which is why it does not last as long. Water based polyurethane is thinner, which is why installers need to apply 4 to 5 coats to equal the durability of 2 coats of oil based.

Oil based polyurethane also costs less than water based, which will dramatically reduce the cost of sand & finish or buff & coat jobs. Customers who are set on using a water based poly typically spend 15 to 25 percent more. On top of this initial cost, keep in mind you will need to redo the job sooner, so water based poly costs a lot more when you factor in the life of the floor.

Advantages of Water Based Polyurethane

There are several benefits to water based polyurethane, which makes it a great option in some circumstances. The top benefit to water based poly is that it dries faster. A water based job can usually be completed in 2 days, and you can walk on the floor the same night. Oil based poly can take 3 to 5 days (depending on the humidity) and you need to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. Depending on how quickly you want your floors complete, water based poly may be a better choice for you.

Water based poly also looks better on certain types of wood such as natural maple. Maple is a lighter wood than oak and oil based polyurethane can yellow maple hardwood over time. For both white washed and gray stained floors, water based polyurethane is certainly the way to go. Oil based polyurethane will turn these floors yellow.

Water based polyurethane also doesn’t have as much odor. While both polyurethanes smell, water based has less of a smell which could be better for smaller jobs, or for people who are more sensitive to smell.

Schedule FREE Estimate Today

Flowers Flooring schedules FREE in-home estimates for both Sand & Finish and Buff & Coat jobs. Your estimator will go over in more detail which polyurethane they recommend for your job. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE estimate – 704-445-7750 or visit us on the web.

Flowers Flooring Finance Options

Also, ask your estimator about our partnership with Synchrony Bank and what financing options Flowers Flooring currently has available.

It’s a new year and that means out with the old and in with the new. The 2017 flooring trends are leaning towards brighter, bolder colors that add style and functionality to any room. Whether your currently considering tile, carpet, hardwood, vinyl plank or laminate, neutral colors are fading out and more vibrant colors that transform a room from drab into fab are making a comeback. Here’s what to expect in flooring trends in 2017:

 

Tile

While the wood-look tile is not a “new” trend by any means, it is certainly building momentum in regards to popularity and it is quickly becoming a whole house staple, which means it’s no longer being installed in just kitchens and bathrooms, but bedrooms, living rooms and more.

This trend is here to stay which is why Flowers Flooring recently added another line of wood-plank tile to our tile selection.

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Vinyl Plank

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is upping the ante on realistic wood looks and is becoming a very popular choice among homeowners with high-traffic areas or children and pets. LVP is extremely durable and is the perfect choice for water areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, as this flooring is waterproof and virtually indestructible. LVP flooring is available in many styles that mimic current wood and tile flooring trends.

Flowers Flooring offers a wide array of LVP, including Shaw’s Floorte collection.

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Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring

Even with the influx of wood-look flooring options, wood flooring is a classic choice and there will always be a market for wood flooring. The 2017 wood flooring color trends are gray, blonde and dark. Neutral wood flooring is out for 2017. Instead homeowners are looking for bold looks that make their home stand out above the rest. Standard 2.25 inch hardwood is becoming less popular and wider, more rustic looks are in. These include hand-scraped and wire brushed wood planks.

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Carpet

With numerous textures, patterns, and colors available, carpet is emerging as a focal point in interior designs. No, neutral carpet has not disappeared completely, but today’s carpet choices are bolder and brighter. Berber carpet is still a popular choice, but unlike plain berber that was popular in the 1990s, today’s versions have more texture and pattern. Variations in height and sculpted effects also offer a bolder look. Even more traditional carpets now offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures.

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Laminate

Laminate flooring has come a long way in the past few years. There are now laminate floors on the market that are waterproof. Yes, waterproof laminate. Flowers Flooring anticipates sales of this laminate to explode in 2017, as more homeowners seek a durable and economical flooring choice.

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As you have read, there’s a lot going on in the flooring industry in 2017. There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will stick around for years to come. If you are looking to get started with new flooring, call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your FREE in-home estimate – 704-445-7750. Calling Flowers Flooring for your flooring needs is one trend that will never go out of style.

 

 

 

 

Shaw’s high performance carpet line Life Happens with LifeGuard moisture barrier backing is winning rave reviews from homeowners. It’s the first carpet of its kind to hit the market that actually stands up to life’s messes day in and day out, and can truly handle everyday spills and odors.

Life Happens carpet by Shaw is the first residential carpet innovation of its kind. LifeGuard is a revolutionary protection system that covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing. Carpets featuring LifeGuard are treated with Shaw’s R2X Stain and Soil resistance protection, the standard of excellence in the industry, while a thermoplastic backing provides a waterproof barrier that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor. Yes, WATERPROOF backing!

Waterproof Carpet Backing

One of the biggest threats to any floor covering is excessive moisture. Liquid spills, and pet accidents can be an everyday occurrence, and some spills can go unnoticed, especially on carpet, soaking through to the backing, padding, and even the subfloor. Certain liquids, such as pet urine, can cause unpleasant odors and are extremely difficult to remove if not promptly cleaned. Conventional carpet backings can also be damaged when exposed to prolonged moisture and caustic spills.

While some new carpet products promise protection against pet accidents, they must be used with a pad that services as a moisture barrier. Liquids still soak through the carpet backing and spread, leaving stains and potential odors. However, LifeGuard’s patented backing system keeps these liquids from seeping into the backing, thus allowing easier cleanup and protection against odor-causing spills and pet accidents.

How waterproof is this carpet? Watch this video!

Odor Reduction

Carpets featuring LifeGuard and R2X combat household odors. Smells such as cigarette smoke and odors from pet urine stains, once removed, are quickly and effectively dissipated. LifeGuard styles dissipate the odors 6 times faster than many competitive carpets, eliminating odors in 30 minutes or less.

Appearance Retention

LifeGuard carpets with Anso CrushResister High Performance Nylon are among the most durable luxury style available. They are resistant to fuzzing 4 times longer than comparable products, tufts are 5 times stronger to resist pulling out, loops are 2 times better at preventing edge ravel, and the carpet backing is 10 times less likely to suffer delamination.

Ease of Installation

LifeHappens with LifeGuard has flexible backing and can be installed on stairs. To schedule a FREE LifeHappens carpet demonstration and estimate please call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750 or browse our flooring online.

Terrific Warranties

LifeHappens carpet is backed by Shaw’s unbeatable warranties:

LifeTime Warranties

  • Waterproof Backing
  • Stain & Soil
  • No Wrinkle
  • No edge Ravel
  • No Delamination
  • Tuft Bind

25-Year Warranties

  • Texture Retention
  • Abrasive Wear
  • Quality Assurance

Flowers Flooring Warranty

  • One Year Installation Warranty

 

With so many flooring choices and so little time to research what looks good in your home, feels good under foot and is durable, deciding on the right floor can be difficult to say the least. Flowers Flooring has helped sort it out with this handy dandy do’s and don’ts flooring list.

Style

DO: When it comes to style, first consider your home’s layout. If you have an open floor plan use the same flooring throughout the space to create a clean, continuous appearance.

DON’T: Forget about your home’s architectural integrity. Flooring that works in a classic home will not work well in a contemporary home. While you can make the flooring in your home a reflection of your personal style, keep the architectural integrity of the home. Hardwood floors are a great option and go well with the architectural integrity of virtually any home.

Durability

DO: Be sure to keep your local climate in mind. Areas of the country where damp and humid weather are common can shorten a floor’s lifespan causing major damage that will lead to replacement. Hardwood floors can warp and laminate can expand and contract.

DON’T: Underestimate wear and tear on new flooring. Depending on where you’re planning to install new floors, heavy foot traffic on plush carpet or water on hardwood or laminate floors can do severe damage. Tile or luxury vinyl tile are great choices for wet areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.

Comfort

DO: Consider carpet. Carpet is a great choice for maximizing comfort, and it can be much more affordable than other flooring types. New fiber technologies have made carpet more durable and stain resistant. Be sure to work with a flooring professional that will help you select the carpet that is right for your home and lifestyle. If you have pets or kids, a dense carpet with a short pile height is best. A plush carpet with a long pile height would be a poor choice.

DON’T: Eliminate carpet because you have allergies. Recent studies suggest that carpet doesn’t cause allergies or make asthma worse. Carpet traps particles like dust and dander, thus acting like a filter and bringing relief to some people, according to a recent Spanish study. Frequent vacuuming, using a doormat to cut down on the amount of dirt that enters your home, and a yearly deep cleaning can keep your carpet in great shape for years to come while keeping allergies at bay.

Contact Flowers Flooring today for more flooring tips or to schedule your FREE in-home flooring estimate (704) 445-7750.

Whether your embarking on a major remodeling project or simply updating a room in your home, changing your flooring is a simple way to make a dramatic difference. There are so many flooring choices available to choose from including tile, laminate, hardwood and carpeting.

Tile

Ceramic tile is the most durable of all tile materials. When installed properly, both ceramic and natural stone can last the lifetime of a house.  The durability combined with the natural beauty of stone and the vast array of tile and natural stone types, colors, patterns and textures make tile and stone the materials of choice where both quality and character are important in new floors.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors have come a long way. Once considered a substitute for hardwood or tile, laminate is now considered a legitimate medium in and of itself. The durability of laminate is often what initially interests most consumers.  In addition, laminate is easy to install. Unlike conventional solid wood flooring, it’s prefinished and can be glued down or applied over a thin foam pad on the subfloor.

Flowers Flooring has a great laminate flooring selection to choose from. Feather Step laminate is a 12 mm laminate that offers durability at a fabulous price. This collection adds warmth and a touch of class to any room. Feather Step is hypoallergenic laminate floor and it has an outstanding AC4 rating, which assures you that you will have a durable floor that will work fantastic in residential as well as commercial spaces.

Hardwood Floors

There’s nothing more durable and resistant to damage from impact than solid hardwood floors. The most popular hardwoods include oak, maple and ash. Other popular choices that are a bit more expensive are walnut, teak and cherry. A key benefit of hardwood flooring is that you can customize it with pieces arranged in a special design, or stain a contrasting color to reflect a special theme or design. Special inlay elements can turn an already striking hardwood floor into a distinctive work of art.

Carpeting

There are literally thousands of carpets to select from and the choices can be overwhelming. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a carpet solely based on color. Be sure to take into consideration the carpet’s fibers, tufts and construction, as well as your lifestyle.

Plush or Cut-Pile carpet has loops trimmed off so that the yarn ends poke up. Saxony plush, one of the most popular varieties, has short tufts that are densely packed. Plush carpet does not tend to wear as well in high-traffic areas as Berber carpet.  Berber is a high-level loop carpet that creates a nubby texture and has complete yarn loops that stand upright. Berber carpet holds up extremely well in high-traffic areas and is a good choice for families with pets and children.

You will also want to choose the carpet fiber that best fits your needs. Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and maintenance. It is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas and in homes with kids and pets.

New flooring – carpet, tile, laminate or hardwood is a simple way to make a lasting and dramatic change in the look and feel of any room in your home.  Call a flooring professional in your area today to obtain an estimate for new floors. If you’re in North Carolina, call Flowers Flooring (704) 445-7750. Flowers Flooring provides free estimates.

Selecting the right floor for your home is a matter of personal taste. While both hardwood and laminate flooring offer a modern look for a home, it can be difficult to decide between the two.

Let’s take a closer look at the many differences between laminate and hardwood flooring. These differences may help you decide which floor is best for your home.

Price Point

Many people take price into account when considering new flooring for their home. If budget is a large factor in deciding which flooring to go with, you should choose laminate. Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood.

Installation

When it comes to installation of flooring it’s wise to start working early with a flooring expert. A Flowers Flooring expert will come into your home for free to advise you on your best flooring options. If your home is built on a slab and you want hardwood put on the ground level you will need to build up your subfloor, which adds additional cost to your installation fee. However, laminate can be installed on top of the concrete slab.

Longevity

The longevity of flooring is another factor to strongly consider when deciding between laminate and hardwood flooring. Both types of flooring can last for decades if they are cared for properly; however, laminate flooring is more susceptible to scratching and fading over time. Hardwood flooring looks beautiful and brings a natural, yet modern feel into any home. While laminate flooring can also look very nice, hardwood usually wins in the aesthetic department.

Flowers Flooring provides sales and installation of both laminate and hardwood and we’re here to help you make the best selection for your home. Call today to schedule your free in home estimate – (704) 445-7750.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors 101

With so many cleaning products on the market today it can be difficult to select a product that will clean your hardwood floors without damaging them. Just because vinegar and water work great in your bathroom doesn’t mean you should use it to clean your hardwood surfaces.

Finding a simple and effective way to get the best clean for your hardwood floors is an important step in effective hardwood floor care. Keep in mind that when you are cleaning your hardwood floors, you are not actually cleaning the wood; you are cleaning the chemical finish on top of the wood. The finish is the protective layer of your hardwood floors. Many cleaning solutions such as a homemade vinegar and water solution are acid based and will break down the finish on the surface of your floor. Over time this will reduce the shine and leave a dull appearance. Using vinegar and water on your hardwood floors can also lead to swelling and discoloration.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors Step-by-Step

When cleaning your hardwood floors follow these simple steps:

  1. Prep your floor first by sweeping or dust mopping to get rid of any large particles of dust and debris. This will also remove any pet hair.
  2. Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors– Flowers Flooring recommends Bona.
  3. Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Be sure to avoid spraying too much liquid on your hardwood floors.
  4. Use a microfiber mop to clean. While traditional mops can work, they tend to leave an excess of water on your floors.

Cleaning and caring for your hardwood floors is as simple as following these tips, which will help maintain the beauty and look of your floors.

Dogs and cats are going to have accidents. It’s a simple fact that all pet owners have come to accept. But what happens when your pet urinates on your new solid hardwood floors?

The methods for removing urine from hardwood floors can range from simple to more complex, depending on when you spotted the mess. As soon as you spot urine on your solid hardwood floors QUICK ACTION is the best approach to take. Pet urine is a tough substance to remove if it sits on your hardwood for a long period of time. It is acidic and contains insoluble salt crystals, which is one of the main compounds that lead to stubborn stains. The salt crystals in the urine bind themselves to the surface of the floor, and even after the initial stain is removed, the odor and remnants of the stain can re-appear.

Products are available on the market that can help keep urine from staining your hardwood floor’s surface. Flowers Flooring recommends using Bona Spot Wood Floor Cleaner that was specially created as pet spot treatments designed to actively and safely eliminate pet messes, soils and odors from hardwood floors. Prepare yourself for accidents in advance by having a chosen product on hand for immediate action if and when pet accidents occur.

The very best strategy to protect your hardwood floors from pet damage is to be proactive and vigilant. Accidents are going to happen, just be prepared when they do.