Carpet Stair Runner

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.