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3 Tips for Preparing Your Flooring for Winter

The holidays are right around corner again, and that means colder temperatures, snow, dirt mixed with snow, etc., are all rounding that same corner too.

Now, while some people dread this time of the year and others love it, there are some aspects of the season that everyone needs to prepare for, whether you like it or not.

We’ve seen all kinds of winters and have tried all sorts of ways to better prepare floor surfaces for the season, so we compiled these tips to help you ready your flooring for the coming winter months.

1. Keep the climate consistent.

Whether it’s a hot and humid summer or a dry, cold winter, drastic climate changes present a multitude of flooring problems, particularly commercial and residential hardwood flooring problems.

Hardwood floors are in a constant state of adaptation depending on the changing humidity levels in the space. In sticky summers, hardwood floor planks will expand and in cold winters, they’ll contract, which could eventually lead to gaps appearing between them.

For more on preventing cupping and crowning issues, check out this previous post, Hardwood Flooring Tips: How to Handle Cupping and Crowning Issues, but the point is, you need to take control of the climate in your home or workspace during the cold months and make sure it’s regulated in some way.

2. Lay down the rules and clean up FAST!

Another aspect of the winter months to consider in terms of your flooring is the mess the season typically creates. Whether it’s snow, snow and mud, snow and leaves, etc., a lot of dirt and debris could find its way onto your floor surface in the winter.

So, lay down some winter rules, especially if you’ll be having company for the holidays. You can put up signs telling guests to remove their shoes at the door, strategically lay down some extra mats in high-traffic areas, etc.

From there, when the inevitable muddy footprint with a sprinkle of rock salt—which is particularly lethal to hardwood surfaces—appears, or the customary holiday party spill occurs, have all the necessary cleaning materials nearby so that you can get to the spot as quickly as possible.

On that note, make sure you keep up with your regular cleaning during the winter months as well. Whether it’s sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, etc., you don’t want to let anything sink in nor allow any debris to cause scuffs or scratches simply because you didn’t act fast enough.

3. Consider your pet situation.

Another huge flooring issue in the winter months is the potential damage that household pets can cause. After all, you can come up with some ground rules and put signs up for guests, co-workers, etc., but they won’t do much good when it comes to your pets.

We don’t claim to be animal experts, so there’s not much we can offer you as far as how to go about training your pets, but the point is, some training is usually in order to protect your floor surfaces.

The best best is usually to come up with some type of treat system for training pets to remain at the entrance-way when they enter so that you can clean their feet or paws before they rush in, dragging snow, mud, and salt with them.

The bottom line is that, whether you love the winter months or dread their arrival every year and need to prepare yourself for the season, you need to take measures to prepare your flooring as well. We hope these tips get you pointed in the right direction.

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What to Consider When Updating Your Home’s Flooring – Consider Waterproof

Are you planning on updating your flooring this season? From performance to style to color, there are many factors to consider before finding flooring that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Before making the investment, you should ask yourself these three questions about each room you are remodeling.

  • Who uses the room? Determining who will use the room on a regular basis is very important. For everyday family rooms, be sure to go with something durable and able to withstand high traffic and activity from kids and pets. However, if you’re installing flooring in a room used only by guests around special occasions, you may want to make a statement, focusing more on style over functionality.
  • How is the room used? Knowing how your room will be used is key when picking out the best flooring option. For example, if the room will be used for active living, such as for crafts, playtime or as a workout room, look for flooring options that can withstand the constant foot traffic and inevitable spills, and is also non-slip.
  • What feelings are you trying to evoke? Casual and fun or formal? If you’re trying to go for a fun and inviting feel you may want to lean towards something either light or bright in color. Bright colors scream fun and excitement while light colors make the room feel open and welcoming. For a more formal feel, try something in a dark tone or with a subtle pattern, which can evoke a calming, subdued response.

You want to choose a carpet that does not quickly show matting, crushing and wear, so look for carpets that have dense fibers resilient to every day abuse. “Soft” and “strong” are no longer competing priorities thanks to manufacturing innovations.

“If your family is busy and active and you have pets, you’ll want something that offers both style and function. With today’s carpet options, you don’t have to sacrifice either,” says Keesha Hargis, Home Decorating Specialist at Flooring America.

A waterproof carpet was only a dream for many homeowners in the past, and now the technology is available. Check out Flooring America, which recently introduced Tigressà H20, a revolutionary carpet that is waterproof, pet-proof, kid-proof, and can withstand the toughest household spills and pet accidents. It’s ideal for busy homes that experience high foot traffic from active kids and pets.

If you’re priority is  comfort and softness, a good bet is Tigressà Cherish, which is a plush, eco-friendly carpet that, despite being 75 percent finer than current soft carpet standards, is durable enough to last for years, even if you have a busy home. Tigressa Cherish’s color enhancement system protects each fiber, allowing for deeper colors and textures, which keeps it looking beautiful, new and fresh longer than the average carpet.

Flooring choices today are sometimes overwhelming. Check with a trusted local independent flooring retailer who can offer design and performance recommendations based on your priorities.

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Stay Warm this Winter – In-Floor Radiant Heating

Installing In-Floor Radiant Heat Systems

As autumn rolls around and the temperature starts to drop, consumers inevitably start thinking about their heating costs. One way for them to potentially save on their gas or oil bill is to install energy-efficient underfloor radiant heating systems to keep surfaces warm and comfortable without resorting to cranking the furnace. FCI spoke with manufacturers of electric underfloor radiant heating systems to find out more about their latest products, proper installation techniques and how to calculate the amount of material needed to complete the job.

Proper installation techniques

Before installation can begin, Isabelle Marcil, communications coordinator, FlexTherm, cautioned to always check the subfloor to make sure the surface is clean, flat, smooth and free of protruding nail or screw heads that could damage the cable. “Installers should always consider the starting point and map out the cable layout before actually installing the product. An installation plan can help foresee direction changes, obstacle skirting, etc.”

Marcil also advised taking into consideration fixed elements such as kitchen islands, where heating cable cannot be installed, and buffer zones (such as behind a door or next to the toilet) that can accommodate any excess cable, as needed.

“Also, plan where you will install the thermostat’s floor sensor,” she added. “It should be placed between two cable runs in a spot that will not be covered by a carpet or rug, nor will find itself directly in a sunbeam coming through a window, as this increased temperature will lead to a false temperature reading in the room.”

1) Apply a thin layer of mortar to the floor

2) Lay down a mat system

3) Apply thin set

4) Lay down and install the floor tile or laminate surface.

Julia Billen, owner and president, WarmlyYours, offered a couple of other helpful tips, such as testing the electric floor heating system with an ohmmeter at every major stage of installation and then recording the readings, which helps ensure the product is functioning properly. She also mentioned the significance of anchoring the heating element to the subfloor with tape or hot glue.

“Most floor heating systems will be covered with self-leveling cement to ensure a flat surface for installing the floor covering. By anchoring your heating element to the subfloor, you’ll prevent it from floating in the self-leveling cement. If you use hot-glue, spreading it out will help decrease drying times.”

Russ Dunn, vice president of marketing, ThermoSoft, mentioned that installation subtleties will vary based on the subfloor, floor heating system, finished floor covering, climate and the preferences of both the end user and the installer.

“Some of these installation subtleties include whether or not to install a thermal break, an uncoupling membrane, a vapor barrier, a skim coat of thin-set, a layer of self-leveling cement, a waterproofing membrane and when to use modified versus unmodified thin set.”

The Tec In-Floor Heat Panel System is designed to save installers steps and time, claimed Dan Tambellini, spokesman for H.B. Fuller/Tec, and the system can be customized and configured on a job site. The heat panel mat is available from a distributor in a 550 sq. ft. roll that a contractor can cut to length and/or width to fit the room layout needed, and it can be wired for either 120V or 240V AC power.

“Electrical current-conducting copper bus bars run down the length of the heat mat. Under no circumstances should the active areas of the heat mat be allowed to overlap itself or onto adjacent pieces of the heat mat,” he cautioned. “The heat mat can be installed with either side of the mat facing up or down, but the mats should be at least 6” from the wall. Edge sealing tape should be used to seal any cut ends of the mat.”

Tambellini stressed that a licensed electrician must hook up and connect the thermostat to the in-floor heating system. In fact, Tec recommends consulting an electrician to determine where the electrical supply needs to be, and where to place the thermostat. In addition, an electrician should test the electrical supply connection to the heat mat and sensor.

Each product line from WarmlyYours has its own best practice for installation “but one great feature all of our electric floor heating systems share is how easy it is to test your product throughout the installation process,” stated Billen. “Our Circuit Check product monitors the electric floor heating system throughout the installation for both continuity and potential shorts, audibly alerting the installer if any issues occur. This keeps any issues from going unnoticed before the floor covering is installed and repairs become costlier or more difficult to perform.”

Calculating the amount of material needed

“We have four sizes available (1.5×5, 1.5×10, 3×5 and 3×10) and there are two ways to configure a room,” stated Jack Boesch, director of marketing, MP Global Products. “First, you can install wall-to-wall coverage for the maximum amount of warmth addition to the room, [and accounting for fixed objects] you’ll only need about 80% of the room’s total dimensions. Or you can spot heat, meaning you can place the mats where you’ll want the most foot comfort.”

Monica Irgens, president, STEP Warmfloor/Electro Plastics, said customers will send in their project information indicating the area(s) they want to heat and STEP Warmfloor makes, if applicable, a heat loss calculation to know the heating requirements. “STEP Warmfloor calculates and makes the design, including CAD drawings, element layout, work sheets and energy consumption to satisfy the consumer, the flooring installer and the electrician.”

Wally Lo, product manager, Pentair echoed these sentiments. “All you need to do is draw a rough sketch of the room with the dimensions and our design team will calculate the square footage for you and provide an AutoCAD drawing outlining the shape of your mat along with the amperage. Your Nuheat Mat will arrive in a box that is ready to be rolled out—no calculations or on-site modifications are required.”

Dunn added some helpful elements when factoring in the amount of material needed for a job. “To order the proper amount of radiant floor heating materials, first determine the heated area square footage. The heated area excludes heating under cabinets, fixtures such as tubs and toilets, appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers and a minimum 3” space from the walls.

“The square footage can be determined by dividing the heated area into rectangular areas where the length and width can be easily calculated. Knowledge of basic geometry is helpful—for example, to calculate the square footage of a triangular area, multiply the base and height of the triangle and divide by two.”

Accurate measurements really are the key to a successful installation, noted Marcil. “Double-check all measurements to make sure you select the right product and have enough cable to cover the entire surface. Keep in mind that extra cable cannot be cut nor installed inside walls and that the spacing between cable runs must remain the same throughout the entire installation.”

Being able to quickly and accurately calculate the material needed to complete a job has always been an issue for professionals, especially when it comes to floor heating, expressed Billen. This is why WarmlyYours developed two different avenues for getting that information to busy installers as quickly as possible.

“The first and most expedient option is our online Instant Quote Tool. By simply entering project details like the projected floor covering, room type and dimensions, you receive an instant side-by-side comparison of the different floor heating products that would work for your project. This comparison also includes the pricing and information about the installation process for each system.

“The second option is the WarmlyYours SmartPlan. By supplying us with some information and a simple floor plan drawing of the project, you’ll receive an itemized product quote, an electrical plan and an installation plan for free and within one to two business days.”

The latest products

“We really have three radiant heat products, but the two carbon ink film versions are relatively new for us,” Boesch noted. “Both are gentle radiant heat films designed specifically for under floating engineered wood and laminate floors and the other film is embedded into an anti-fracture membrane that prohibits any cracking in the tiles and easily allows thin set to adhere to it in the tile installation. QuietWarmth Radiant Heat systems are a value-adding install that many homeowners and builders are looking for.”

Leal stated, “Our WTE (Warm Tiles Elite) mats system feature an ultra-thin 1/8” (0.125”) high heating cable system that conducts heat to the floor surface in the most efficient way. Their pre-manufactured design allows for quick installation, permitting jobs to be completed in one session. Mats consist of heating cables interwoven into slim, durable fabric and come in standard square and rectangular sizes, or can be made in custom sizes to accommodate angled and irregularly shaped rooms.”

Irgens described the energy-efficient STEP Warmfloor heating system. “The heating elements are very versatile and can be used for whole-house heating, complementary heating and floor warming in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Other applications include snowmelt and roof deicing, as well as heating RVs, ships and electronics.”

Thermosoft works hard to be a one-stop shop of electric radiant floor heating systems and supplies for installers of all flooring types, expressed Dunn. “Our flagship product, ThermoTile, is an easy-to-install cable-on-mesh system designed for tile, stone and most any other floor covering once it’s embedded in thin set mortar. We were the first to introduce a product, ThermoFloor, for installation directly under floating laminate and wood floors that includes an integrated thermal break and does not require cement for installation.

“Our latest product additions include ThermoSlab for new construction installation in the slab and specialty heating systems for the bath including ThermoTub bathtub heaters, ThermoShower pre-fitted shower floor heating mats and ThermoClear mirror heaters.”

According to Judi D’Amico, Watts Water Technologies direct marketing manager, “Two of our hottest products are the WarmWire heating cables that go into an underfloor heating system, and the snowmelt systems. The snowmelt seems to be getting a little more attention these days.”

The FLEXSnap+ system represents the second generation of Flextherm’s radiant floor heating installation system. “FLEXSnap+ makes it possible to install a floor heating system and floor covering in a single day,” said Marcil. “It is the only system of its kind; not only does it replace the second subfloor but it is compatible with all cement-based self-levelers. The system can also be installed with mortars and can be secured to a plywood, OSB or concrete subfloor and can be covered by any type of floor coverings (except for cork and natural hardwood, which are not recommended over a heated floor).”

Billen described one of her company’s newest products—the Prodeso Cable Installation Membrane for use with electric floor heating cable. “Historically, one of the primary reservations installers had about installing underfloor heating was that it could extend installation times. Installers had to wait for the self-leveling cement the heating element is embedded in to cure before they could install the floor covering.”

She noted that the Prodeso Membrane allows installers to begin working immediately. After adhering the membrane to the subfloor, installers can run TempZone heating cable through the channels in the membrane, which are already properly spaced. Then they can begin work immediately on installing the floor covering.

“Our Nuheat Signature was the first WiFi-enabled floor heating thermostat, and now is the first ever to work with Nest and Control4,” noted Lo. “With this added integration, your floor heating can now adjust automatically based on home occupancy for energy efficiency and home comfort. We have also continued to perfect our Nuheat Mats, which are the only pre-built custom solution on the market. With our educated sales force, design team and technical support we provide on-site measures or over the phone to make it even easier for the customer.”

Tambellini said Tec In-Floor Heat “provides uniform warmth throughout the floor. The Tec In-Floor Heat Panel System is customizable on-site to fit any space, and does away with embedded heating wires that need to be patterned.”

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Caring For Your Hardwood Floors

Winter-proofing Hardwood Floors

Plan ahead for winter weather

With winter weather just around the corner, fall is the perfect time to prepare for cleaning and maintenance challenges the season presents. Facility managers typically use salt and ice melt products to combat snow, ice, and sleet. While these products are effective for sidewalks and streets, salt and magnesium chloride—the active ingredient in most ice melt products—are harmful and damaging to hardwood floors.

It’s no secret that dirt and debris are tough on hardwood floors. With the cooler weather comes the added element of salt, chemicals, snow, and ice tracked in to gyms, community centers, and other gathering spaces. Salt and magnesium chloride will leave a white residue on hardwood floors and can also make the floor slippery; if not removed properly they can eat away at the hardwood floor finish, damaging the floor itself. Salt also can create micro scratches in hardwood floor finish.

Here are a few tips to get your hardwood floor ready for winter:

  • Dust and clean regularly. Get on a regular schedule of dust mopping, cleaning, and autoscrubbing hardwood floors. A regular cleaning routine will go a long way to keeping floors free of debris, residue, and dirt, and will also make the floors safe, particularly during snowy months.
  • Build your cleaning solution arsenal. Winter cleaning supplies should consist of a professional strength, pH-neutral, and nontoxic cleaning solution formulated for regular cleaning and maintenance of hardwood floors. Some manufacturers offer a special, hardwood floor-specific winter cleaner formulated to dissolve and remove salt and other ice-melt chemicals. These specialty cleaners are a great way to augment your regular cleaning to ensure floors are clean and free of slip-and-fall hazards. Be sure to avoid all-purpose cleaners and hard surface cleaners that are too harsh for hardwood floors; these may dull the finish and leave residue behind. Finally, when using a cleaner concentrate, be sure to use the recommended dilution ratio. The wrong mix of water and cleaner may do more harm than good.
  • Keep tools in shape. Anyone who has attempted to complete a job with an improperly maintained tool knows it makes the job harder, particularly during winter months. It’s important to have the right tools on hand, including a full stock of clean microfiber pads for dusting, cleaning, and autoscrubbing. Also, make sure you maintain your autoscrubber machine and equip your vacuums with new air filters to maximize efficiency.
  • Use floor mats properly. Trap dirt, salt, and ice melt before it gets to the floor with ample floor mats and runners at entryways. Catching debris before it ever gets to the floor will not only save cleaning and maintenance time, but it will also prevent damage to the floor, such as scratches and ground-in dirt. Be sure to vacuum or rotate your mats often.
  • When in doubt, ask. If you bump into a trouble spot, or are unsure of how to care or maintain for hardwood floors, it’s best to ask an expert. Connect with a local hardwood floor expert or your supplier to review the situation before taking action when you’re not sure.

As we enter the fall season, take a few extra moments to get your facility ready for the winter elements. Also consider the overall state of your hardwood floor. If it’s time for a refinish or recoat, now is the best time to plan a floor overhaul for spring or summer months.

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Put Some Texture On It: Large-Format Tile Gets a Facelift

Trends in Large Format Tile

Big tile is hot. Texture on the walls is hot. Putting them together is the best idea since salted caramel. Now Daltile offers the whole package with Multitude™, a 12 x 24 large-format tile that goes to the next level.

Once upon a time, texture on a wall was all about plaster—it was a messy business. Today it’s about geometric shapes and it’s far from messy. It’s a prim and proper art in introducing geometry without becoming overwhelming.

Multitude does just that. This is an easy-on the-eyes tile. A 3-dimensional pinstripe underlies a hexagonal, wave, or flat texture that softens the geometric patterns. Simple, neutral colors—white, off white, grey, navy, and black—ensure this tile doesn’t overdo it.

Last, but not least, the texture itself is a barely there feature that adds depth to your design rather than stealing the show. At the same time, Multitude is capable of standing alone or being the center of attention on an accent wall. The waves are continuous from tile to tile so there’s no interruption. The high-low hexagons add interest and touchable design. Even the flat tile has the raised pinstripe that makes it anything but plain.

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Pet-Friendly Home Design

Pets are just as much a part of the family as any human in the house so why not think about their comfort too when you build or remodel? Pet-friendly home design makes life convenient for you and plain luxurious for your furry friend. Here’s a few ideas that are purrrrfect!

Cupboard Under the Stairs

The cupboard under the stairs may not have been an ideal living space for Harry Potter, but it’s great for your pet. It’s a secluded place for a quiet nap or to get away from visitors when feeling overwhelmed. Add a door and you have a built-in kennel.

Cupboard under the stairs full of stuff? That’s ok. A spot in the laundry room or mudroom can be comfy too.

Hard, Smooth Surfaces

Anything with a fabric surface is going to collect hair and fur. Hard, smooth surfaces don’t hold on to the hair and fur quite as much so it’s easier to clean. It’s also the best choice for occasional accidents. Tile floors make for simple clean up.

Multi-functional Island

Instead of more cupboards or even wasted space under the kitchen island, make a spot for your pet. You’re doing double duty by taking an already functional space and using the entire thing efficiently for multiple purposes.

Built-in Feeding Station

Instead of bowls that slide around on the floor and attract ants, try building in a spot in the mudroom or the kitchen. Don’t forget to install a bin in a nearby drawer to hold food and treats so it’s all in one place.

Color Match

Consider using your pet as a point of reference when developing your color scheme. A white cat in a black kitchen really makes the shedding visible. Daltile took inspiration from Riley, the cat, to create this great combination that would look great in any room. It features from left to right: Cotto Contempo in Suset Boulevard, Fabrique in Soleil Linen, ONE Quartz Surfaces in Micro Flecks Simply White, and  Coastal Keystones in Coconut Beach.

Sunny Spots

Do your pets seek out the sunniest, coziest spots in the house? Why not plan a favorite spot for your pet? Turn a window seat into a comfy cat paradise. You could also install windows that are near the floor so pets get maximum exposure.

Bath Time

Animals seem to find the smelliest spots to roll in and think of mud as a play toy. Baths are a necessary evil, but why not make it a bit easier on the both of you? A small bath station in the mudroom, or laundry room with a low profile entry and hand-held sprayer is just the ticket to bathing your pet painlessly.

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4 Holiday Hazards to Your Hardwood Floors

The holiday season and its accompanying festivities can take a heavy toll on your floors.

Here are some things to watch out for, in order to protect your wood floors.

1. Christmas trees

Water is the enemy of wood, and if left sitting long enough in one spot, can cause a great deal of damage. This is true even if you have real hard wood, soft woods, prefinished board and especially laminates.

Since watering is required to keep your tree fresh throughout its time in your home, it is a good idea to place a sheet of plastic underneath the tree, then a mat, then the tree stand which will hold the water. If water should spill out from the tree holder, it won’t make it to your floor, thanks to the mat and the plastic barrier.

2. Pets

Pet stains are the number one problem found in wood floors. It only takes about 24 hours before bacteria forms in urine left on a floor, and the bacteria will quickly eat away your finish. If left unnoticed, it will continue to eat right through the entire board and turn it dark.

During the holiday season, especially with the smell of a fresh tree in the home, pet activity could become a problem. Keep an eye out for the pet that is sniffing around the tree a bit too much and wipe up problems quickly as they occur.

3. Party-goers

Extra traffic, spilled drinks and ground-in dirt during a party can really age a floor quickly. To protect your floors, be certain to have area mats by hard entry points to your home, especially during bad weather.

Wipe up spills quickly. A damp rag or mop is all that should be used to get up a spill. Never over-wet your floor. After the party, run a dry mop along your floors.

Dry mopping is the number one way to prevent floor damage. It removes the gritty dirt that can quickly dull your finish. Remember to always run your dry mop with the boards, not against the grain.

4. Rock salt

Everyone hopes for that ever-illusive “White Christmas,” but in the event of snow, there is a chemical that can really ruin your wood floor quickly. That would be rock salt or any of the other snow melting products on the market.

If these items are used near your entryways, the material that does not dissolve can easily stick to your shoes and be tracked in to your home. Left on any type of wood floor, they will cause damage to the finish quickly and leave your floor looking filmy and spotty.

Avoid using these products to where you can track them into your home, or if you must use them, remove your shoes upon entering. The homes we see with the best looking floors are the ones where the residents remove their shoes at the doorway.

How long your hardwood floors last will be determined by how they are cared for. Protect your wood floor investment during the holidays so that you can enjoy them for years to come.

Complete your flooring look with reclaimed woods

Boasting rich tones and authentic discoloration, reclaimed wood is a versatile way to bring character to any living space. To give you some inspiration, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite uses of re-purposed timber.

Coastal styling is a timeless trend, bringing the serenity and tranquility of the beach into the home to create a relaxed ambiance. With a combination of saltwater and high winds, the natural tannins and nutrients are drained from wood over time, leaving what is eventually found on the coast as a piece of driftwood – beautifully marked and weathered, and full of unique character. Coastal Driftwood, one of our new Da Vinci wood designs, replicates this look, but in a much more practical format – resulting in a beautiful floor that’s also hard-wearing and easy to look after.

Featured Floor: Da Vinci – Coastal Driftwood (RP100)

By mixing clean, crisp white and neutral tones with rugged natural textures you can easily create a smart and sophisticated space. Incorporate unique reclaimed furniture pieces, such as the dining table shown below, into your space to create a well-balanced, modern rustic feel.

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Create a statement with a deep color scheme, incorporating mixed dark tones. A dark wood effect floor will help you get the look, without the impracticalities of real timber. Salvaged Redwood from our Van Gogh wood collection, inspired by reclaimed railway ties, will help you to bring a natural feel to your space, whilst giving a modern and dramatic impression.

Featured Floor: Van Gogh – Salvaged Redwood (VGW101)

Reclaimed joists are often associated with country inspired spaces, but don’t feel restricted! Try teaming them with a contemporary color palette to give your space an instant update.

Image source: Pinterest


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Protect Your Hardwood Floors During the Holidays

Holidays force you to think about so many things: what gift to buy Aunt Martha, what side dish to avoid at the office party, how to return the fruit cake, etc. What you don’t need to be worried about are your hardwood floors and what they are going to look like after the holidays are over.  With a few preparations you and your hardwood floors can confidently embrace the crowds. Read our four ways to protect your hardwood floors during the holidays and find out why the holidays are the perfect time to have your hardwood floors refinished!

Four ways to protect your hardwood floors

  1. Rugs: Placing rugs in high traffic areas such as entryways, hallways and social areas will protect your floors from damage caused by high heels or hard soles. Use synthetic rugs because they are breathable.  Do not use rubber or foam-backed rugs, which can trap moisture and ruin your floor.
  2. Shoe zone: Depending on the formality of your gathering, you may want to ask guests to take off their shoes when they enter.  Keep an area by the door for shoes and if possible have a shoe rack.
  3. Chair glides:  Make sure that every chair has clean chair glides on the base of its legs. The constant moving of chairs can scrape floors. Check to see that the chair glides are clean and free of debris. Nothing worse than thinking your floors are being protected to only find out that there is debris in the chair glides scraping your floor!
  4. Mats: The best way to protect your hardwood floor is to keep outside debris outside. Place an outdoor mat in front of each at doorway entrance and dust them out regularly.

Holidays – Perfect time for refinishing!

Looking for the perfect gift for your spouse? Going out of town for the holidays? Safe travels and leave your floors to us! Wouldn’t it be great to come back from visiting friends and family to completely new or refinished hardwood floors?  What a beautiful gift to your spouse and family.  And the process will be done in your absence so there will be absolutely no inconvenience to you!

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Dynamic design: Inspired by the Summer Olympics – Rio 2016

As we look back to Summer as it fade away, we think about design inspiration from the Summer Olympics. We can’t help feel but charmed by the vibrant landscape that matches the energy of the host nation. Inspired by the alluring and dynamic spirit of Brazil, we take a look at the three elements that embody the essence of modern Brazilian interior design and styling.


Whether it’s the vibrant national costume of Brazil or the dazzling opening ceremony, don’t be afraid to embrace color that brings to life the effervescent spirit of Brazil. The use of bright accessories and furniture helps accentuate and draw the eye to the key statement pieces in your room. For those who to like to experiment, try using unexpected color combinations to add visual interest to your space.

Featured floor: Da Vinci – Sable (CER16)

Eclectic styling

With its vast cultural diversity and complex colonial past, it’s hard to pinpoint an exact style that represents Brazil. That’s why you’ll notice mix of styles, combining various elements from different periods and origins. By filling the home with a mix of decorative handcrafted objects, antique furnishings and modern flooring, you can tell a story about your space and provide a personal sense of style to a room.

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Natural materials

A hybrid of outdoors and in, natural materials are a fundamental element in Brazilian design. The tropical nature of Brazil means that homeowners are looking for design that integrates outdoor living. Rustic timbers like Da Vinci Beach Driftwood and Travertine stones like Art Select Gallatin help transition indoor areas into outdoor, in a fluid space.

Featured floor: Knight Tile – Warm Brushed Oak (KP101)

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