Carpet | Ceramic, Quarry, Porcelain, & Natural Stone | Hardwood Flooring | Laminate Flooring | Vinyl Flooring
There are a number of reasons why carpet is a great choice for many of the rooms in your home.
Carpet offers a variety of colors, patterns and styles to satisfy any personal style and match any decor
Carpet's cushioned surface absorbs sound and is less noisy to walk on than hard surface flooring.
Affordability, carpet is one of the most economical flooring products to have installed.
The insulating properties of carpet provide additional warmth underfoot during cold seasons.
Carpet is a non-slip surface that is safe underfoot and provides a cushion to prevent breakage when delicate items are accidentally dropped.
Most synthetic carpets are treated with static, stain and soil resistant treatments, making them easy to clean and maintain.
To pick the right fiber, consider how you live in each room. There are basically four types of fiber:
NYLON is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber available. It is the fiber of choice for homes with pets and children and for those who entertain a lot. Perfect for heavy traffic in hallways and stairs.
POLYESTER is known for its luxurious look, feel and wonderful selection of colors and styles. It's a good value for homes with a normal amount of traffic, although less durable and stain resistant than nylon.
OLEFIN offers good stain and moisture resistance, but scores below nylon and polyester for wearability. It can be a good choice in loop pile construction although its colors and styles are limited.
WOOL is favored for its natural beauty. It has natural soil resistance quality, but is not inherently stain resistant. Wool looks good for a long time and is well constructed.
Over 90% of residential carpet is manufactured as tufted carpet. A tufting machine works like an oversized sewing machine with hundreds of needles that insert loops of fiber (tufts or stitches) into the carpet's backing to form the face pile of the carpet.
How long your carpet will last depends on how well it is made. Quality construction will affect the durability, appearance and price of the carpet and is most influenced by the twist of the fibers and the density of the tufts.
TWIST refers to how tightly the fiber (carpet yarn) has been twisted. This is especially important in cut pile carpet because the tips are exposed and can become untwisted, giving the carpet a matted and worn appearance. The tighter the yarn is twisted, the better the carpet will stand up to crushing and matting.
FRIEZE carpet has the highest twist level at about 7-9 twists per inch (TPI), whereas most cut pile carpet styles have between 3-6 twists per inch.
DENSITY refers to both the amount, and how tightly packed together the fibers are within the carpet. The closer together the fibers are placed, the denser the carpet will be, and the better it will wear and perform.
WAYS TO CHECK FOR CARPET DENSITY
Try to reach the carpet backing by pressing your fingers on the carpet fibers. The more difficult it is to reach the backing, the denser the carpet.
Or with outward facing tufts, bend the carpet into a U-shape and look at how much of the carpet backing is visible. The less backing that shows, the denser the carpet.
CHOOSE THE LEVEL OF STAIN RESISTANCE
Again, consider how you live in each room. If you have kids, pets, and high traffic areas or entertain a lot, you will want to choose a carpet with stain resistance. But that won't limit your choice of carpet styles and colors.
SELECT THE COLOR
Think of your floor as the fifth wall that connects all other design elements in the room. Consider the walls, window treatments and other furnishings when choosing a color scheme. Bring fabric and color samples when you visit our store, where our flooring experts will assist you.
All of these elements make a difference in how your floor will look. Don't forget to check out Installation to learn all about the little details that make a big difference when transitioning from old floors to new.
Cut pile consists of yarns that are cut at the ends. The soft feel of cut pile carpet makes it a perfect choice for the most comfortable areas of your home - bedrooms, living rooms and family rooms.
There are five basic styles of cut pile carpet: Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable, each provides a different look and texture. The primary difference among these styles is the amount of twist in the yarns that will ultimately influence the carpet's durability.
LOOP PILE has yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. The pile height can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop pile carpet has excellent durability, strength and soil hiding capabilities. This style is ideal for heavy traffic areas. Berber is a popular style of loop pile carpet that can be constructed as a level-loop or multi-loop carpet.
CUT AND LOOP PILE
As the name suggests, this carpet has some cut piles and some that are not in order to create a different surface look and texture. Cut and loop carpets offer good performance but are slightly less durable than loop carpets.
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Learn about the creative designs, long-wearing durability, moisture resistance and ease of maintenance, which makes ceramic flooring the ideal choice for beauty and wear.
Use this guide and visit our stores to consult with our experts first hand.
Create a Contemporary Look with a Classic Choice
With its timeless beauty and long-wearing durability, ceramic, porcelain and stone tile flooring create a unique look that's as practical as it is personal.
It's perfect in kitchens and baths where moisture resistance and easy maintenance are essential. And its impact and scratch-resistant properties make it ideal for family and recreation rooms that get heavy-duty use.
You'll find innovative designs in ceramic, porcelain and stone tile that are as affordable as they are appealing.
Decide Which Tile is Suitable for Your Intended Location
All our ceramic tiles are clearly labeled for their performance in a variety of conditions and applications. Some tiles are suitable for indoor or outdoor use, if they are rated as frost-proof, or they may be approved for residential or commercial settings.
Choose Tiles to Complement Your Decorating Goals
Today's broad selection of ceramic, porcelain and stone tile is suitable for both casual and formal settings. You'll find a stunning array with glazed and unglazed finishes, in deco, rustic and contemporary styles with porcelain, slate and terra cotta tiles. And, you can create endless designs throughout your home with perfectly matched decorative accents and trim pieces.
Understand Shade and Texture Variations
Product labels help you choose tiles according to their range of shade and texture variations, low, medium or high. These variations are natural effects of the tile manufacturing process and account for the vibrant mix of shades and textures unique to this traditional flooring.
Don't forget to check out installation to learn all about the little details that make a big difference when transitioning from old floors to new.
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The flooring comes in strips with widths that range from 1 1/2" through 2 1/2" and thicknesses of 5/16" through 3/4". Strip flooring creates a traditional look, and can produce an illusion that a room is larger than it is.
Plank flooring also comes in strips, but they are wider, usually from 3" through 7. Plank flooring can be used to create a more rustic or earthy look as well as a historical appearance with antique applications.
Parquet flooring is a series of wood pieces that create a geometric design. Parquet offers a variety of design options. It can create an elegant look for formal settings or a more contemporary spin for casual spaces.
Select Hardwood for Any Room
New advances in technology afford engineered hardwood floors the flexibility for installation above, at, or even below grade. Several layers of construction are bonded together to prevent bowing/shrinking in cool, moisture prone areas.
All our hardwood floor selections are clearly labeled for performance in a variety of conditions and applications. Below Level (below grade and at ground level, grade) or Above Level, residential or commercial settings.
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Laminates' smartly balanced durability, good looks and value pricing means you can expand your decorating ideas without increasing your budget or sacrificing quality.
Choose Laminates to Achieve Your Decorating Goals
Today's laminates are available in a broad variety of handsomely crafted designs. You'll find laminates in vivid, swirling wood grains so natural looking you'd swear they were solid hardwood.
Others re-create the ornate appeal of tile or stone, while still providing the rugged durability at a value price that makes laminates so practical for any room in your home.
Whether you prefer the natural look of wood or stone, or the effect of colors and geometric patterns produced by artisans, you'll find a long-wearing laminate to accomplish your decorating ideas within the budget you've set.
Select Lasting Durability
Rest assured the beautiful design you love today will remain beautiful in the years to come.
All laminates are constructed of four layers: wear, design, core and back.
- The wear layer is a clear layer of aluminum oxide that protects against fading, stains and surface burns.
- The design layer contains a high resolution photograph of the floor's surface appearance and provides you with a variety of looks from the burnished swirls of natural hardwood to the earthen textures of ceramic or stone tiles.
- The core layer is a construction durable high-density board which protects against indentations and moisture.
- The back layer is a stability layer, which protects the planks against moisture and helps balance the floor.
Thanks to layered construction, laminate flooring absorbs the heavy traffic and day-to-day use of an active family, while it continues to look as good as the day it was installed.
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Learn about durability, ease of maintenance and appearance retention. Use this guide and visit our store to consult with our experts first hand. Vinyl products are available in sheet goods, plank goods, and as tiles. Please contact us to discuss all of the available options and how they apply to your application.
Add Up the Advantages of Vinyl
For looks, for ease of installation, for carefree maintenance, for overall durability and value ... for the price, vinyl can't be beat.
Its rugged versatility and water resistance accounts for its widespread use in kitchens, bathrooms, family dens, playrooms, finished basements and workshops. Vinyl stands up to moisture, heavy household traffic, and the active play of children and pets.
Wherever you install vinyl, it never needs waxing. You can wipe away scuffmarks and food spills with a damp paper towel! Now, that's easy clean-up.
Discover How Vinyl's Newest Looks Fit Your Decorating Plans
Available in high-fashion designs made possible through innovative manufacturing techniques, today's vinyl combines a luxurious appearance and cozy, foot-cushioning resilience to make a truly elegant - and comfortable - floor covering.
It's vinyl like you've never seen it before! The very look of vinyl has changed in the last few years, making your design possibilities limitless. Along with traditional and contemporary fashion colors and geometric patterns, vinyl is now available in natural wood and stone looks. The remarkable variety of decorator designs makes it more practical than ever for your home's formal as well as casual settings.
Remarkably realistic, vinyl flooring that reflects the timeless beauty of wood and stone retains all the other traditional advantages of vinyl, including low maintenance and affordability.
Let your imagination run free. Vinyl's newest looks were created to expand your decorating plans without expanding your budget.
All these elements make a difference in how your floor will look. Don't forget to check out Installation to learn all about the little details that make a big difference when transitioning from old floors to new.
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