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.

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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.

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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

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

With thousands of tiles to choose from, wall tile is a stylish and functional material to incorporate into your home’s design. It can be used in any room to turn a drab wall into a fab wall. Choose from beautiful colors and great textures to create wow-worthy walls. With little maintenance, wall tile can stay looking new for years to come. Here are a few inspirations from Flowers Flooring:

Bathroom Wall Tile

Flowers FlooringIf your bathroom is on the smaller side, you may want to consider extending the same tile throughout the entire space such as 1-inch by 1-inch tile in the same color. This makes the space look bigger while reflecting light.

For a larger bathroom consider using a larger tile overhead and a smaller tile on the walls. This gives the room more depth and proportion. As an added bonus, using a less expensive tile on the upper walls and ceiling can keep the tile from breaking your budget. Another way to save some additional money is to use drywall and paint above the tile, and simply tile three quarters of the way up the bathroom wall.

Living Room / Dining Room Pizzazz

Flowers Flooring Floor-to-Ceiling Tile – How to Create Wow Worthy WallsA tile wall in any room, especially a living room creates a great accent wall that adds color and interest. A floor-to-ceiling tile wall creates a dramatic change in material that breaks the pattern of the room, creating a stunning accent piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Backsplash

Flowers FlooringA kitchen backsplash can add real flair to your kitchen with little fuss. Many homeowners are now extending kitchen backsplash tiles to the ceiling, so the tile is installed below the cabinets and above. Another popular trend is installing subway tiles in a horizontal or chevron pattern. This adds more character and automatically draws your eye to the accent wall.

A great article appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled “A New Breed of Tiles Climbs the Wall,” by Heidi Mitchell, August 20, 2013. The article discusses wall tile and the advances in tile technology. If you are currently considering adding tile to your walls this article is a must read!

To learn more about floor-to-ceiling tile projects call Flowers Flooring and speak with one of our designers. If your ready to move forward with your floor-to-ceiling project, call to schedule a free estimate – (704) 445-7750 or visit Flowers Flooring on the web at http://www.flowersflooring.com

One of the biggest challenges to overcome when it comes to selecting new flooring is the sheer scale of choice now available, and this is especially true when it comes to new floors for your kitchen. While there are pro’s and con’s of virtually every flooring type (tile, hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl) except carpet for your kitchen, this article will highlight the merits of installing tile in your kitchen.

Tile is arguably the flooring type of choice for a kitchen, but why? Below are the top 5 reasons why to choose tile for your kitchen floor.

  1. Return on Investment (ROI) – The number one request from homeowners and tenants, when they’re looking for a new home is tile floors in the kitchen. Tile looks amazing, is timeless and is incredibly durable. It can also be pricy but the ROI is high as tile floors increase the value of your home. There’s a tile floor for virtually every budget – from low cost and durable tiles for a rental property to sophisticated and high-end tiles to bump up the ROI on an upmarket residence.
  2. Style Options – Long gone are the days of boring tile options. There are literally thousands of tiles and tile patterns to choose from. If you can dream it, Flowers Flooring can install it. Perhaps you’re set on wood flooring in your kitchen, there’s even a tile floor that looks like real wood. Wood tile planks are becoming very popular as they are more durable and resist moisture in wet areas such as the kitchen.
  3. Performance – Tile floors deliver durability like no other. This is especially important in a kitchen due to the high traffic, spills, cleaning and the potential for lots of dropped items such as kitchenware. If you want to install a durable floor that will last, a tile floor is certainly way to go.
  4. Maintenance – While wood looks great in a kitchen, it takes lots of extra care and attention to keep it looking its best. Tile on the other hand simply needs a sweep or a wet mop to keep it looking its best for years to come. With constant spills and food accidents, tile floors ensure a quick and easy clean up, making it the perfect floor choice for the kitchen.
  5. Hygienic – Hygiene in your kitchen is critical and not just on the appliances and countertops. Clean kitchen floors are essential to the well being of your family, especially if you have young children. Keeping a tile floor hygienically clean is much easier than any other flooring option. It’s also worth noting that unlike hardwood, vinyl or linoleum, tile floors are non-flammable, an important point to keep in mind for kitchen flooring.

Flowers Flooring has a wide variety of tiles perfect for any kitchen. Our estimators and designers can help you create the kitchen floor of your dreams. Call today to schedule your FREE kitchen floor estimate – (704) 445-7750

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

 

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.

Ceramic tile is one of the most widely used flooring choices in both residential and commercial settings worldwide. It is also a popular choice for walls, backsplashes, showers and more. Ceramic tile can be used in just about every room in a home and is beneficial because it reduces household allergens, is environmentally friendly and increases the overall value of your home. Ceramic tile comes in many shapes, sizes and textures, making it a great choice for designing your dream floors, backsplash or wall.

Top 10 Benefits of Ceramic Tile

  1. Low Maintenance – Ceramic tiles are extremely easy to maintain. They require simple cleaning and can be sealed for extra protection. There is no special maintenance involved with ceramic tile.
  2. Environmentally Friendly – Ceramic tiles are made from raw materials such as clay, sand and glass, in addition to recycled materials. They help reduce energy use, thus lowering your energy bill by keeping your house cooler in the summer and more insulated in the winter.
  3. Easy to Clean – It doesn’t get easier than cleaning ceramic– simply sweep and wash. Ceramic is an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms, as they can be quickly wiped and disinfected. Grout cleaner is available to clean ceramic tile grout.
  4. Cost Effective – Compared to natural stone and other tile choices on the market, ceramic tiles are cost effective. Flowers Flooring has a wide variety of ceramic tile to select from for every room in your home, priced from $1 to $15 per square foot for materials and $4.10 for flooring installation.
  5. Easily Repaired – When installing ceramic tile, Flowers Flooring recommends keeping a few extra tiles handy in event of a crack. If a tile does crack, it can be quickly replaced.
  6. Increase Your Home Value – Homes with ceramic tile floors, walls, backsplashes and showers have greater resale value when appraised.
  7. Reduces Household Allergens – Unlike carpet, ceramic tile does not attract dust and dust mites. Homes with ceramic tile floors have less dust in the air, making the air in your home healthier by reducing the amount of household allergens. This is a tremendous benefit, especially for those that suffer from dust- related allergens.
  8. Scratch Resistant – Tiles that are made for moderate to heavy floor traffic – Class 3 and Class 4 ceramic tiles do not scratch. This is a great flooring choice for homes with children and pets.
  9. Moisture Resistant – Moisture can’t accumulate on ceramic tile. Unlike laminate or hardwood floors, you are able to wash the floors with water. Water will not damage ceramic tiles.
  10. Additional Benefits – Added benefits of ceramic tile is that it is resistant to fire, odor and fading.

Call Flowers Flooring today (704) 445-7750 to schedule your FREE in-home ceramic tile estimate. In addition to providing exceptional tile floor, backsplash and shower installations, we have thousands of tile choices to select from.