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What Makes A Beautiful Hardwood Floor?

How do I know what I am getting when I shop for Hardwood Floors?

When we start shopping for Hardwood floors the first thing we notice is how confusing this is going to be. There are thousands of choices. We have at least 25 different companies that manufacture hardwood floors and each of those have a minimum of 10 SKU’s {stock keeping units} with probably 3-5 different colors per line. There are at least 100 different species of wood rated on Wikipedia’s Janka Scale. So why not just buy the cheapest and end this madness?

Bella Cera Estate Collection, La Martine

Bella Cera Estate Collection, La Martine

We have all seen the Television Advertisement or received a mailer describing unbelieveable deals for Hardwood Flooring. They might say something like this:

Hardwood for .99 ¢- Really?

Hardwood for .99 ¢- Really?

The purpose of these ads and their companies is to reduce their cost so they offer ridiculously low prices by sacrificing quality and workmanship. Often when we take our time to actually be lured into these ridiculous gimmick’s we find that there is not enough stock available for my particular job, or the color is so ugly that nobody in their right mind would purchase it.

They products might seem similar to the untrained eye but are they really the same product? I was taught at a young age that anything that seems to good to be true, probably is. Let’s take a look at how to invest your money wisely when shopping for your new hardwood floors.

Acacia Walnut Hardwood gives a very unique look to any home.

Acacia Walnut Hardwood gives a very unique look to any home.

Floor Finish
Floor finish is a critically important step for hardwood flooring. The finish must be durable and elastic to resist scratching and wear, without clouding the natural grain and color of the wood. A poor floor finish can make even the most beautiful wood look dull.

Quality hardwood flooring has a high-quality floor finish, with a fine transparency that accentuates the natural beauty of the wood grain. Cheap hardwood floor finishes obscure the natural grain of the wood with a cloudy coating; scratches on the wood floor make this whitish coating readily apparent. Cheap hardwood floor finishes are also inconsistent in color, and can have rough surfaces with small raised bumps.

Hardwood Floor Creaking 
With quality hardwood flooring, the gap between the “tongues” on board edges and the grooves they fit into is less than 0.15 MM. This tight attachment eliminates the creaking you find with cheap hardwood flooring when it is walked upon.

Precision Milling 
Quality hardwood flooring is milled using expensive, high-end machines for extreme precision and consistency in height, length, width, edges and ends. Bargain flooring is manufactured using less expensive and precise machines, resulting in gaps between board edges and ends, as well as differences in thickness.

Floor Glue Safety
Quality hardwood flooring uses Taier E1 glue between layers, with a very low level of formaldehyde. Bella Cera flooring, for example, conforms to CARB, with a formaldehyde level far below its guidelines. Vapors from cheap glues can be harmful to your health!

Engineered Flooring 
Good quality engineered hardwoods use a veneer core with higher-quality tropical woods alternately layered in a crisscross pattern, for superior weight-bearing strength and screw-holding ability. The gap between each layer should measure less than 1mm. A quality engineered floor has higher density and is more durable than cheap plywoods, regardless of how similar they look on the surface. Learn about engineered flooring vs. solid wood flooring here.

Wear Layer
With quality hardwood flooring, you can count on the exact thickness claimed for its wear layer. But as thinner wear layers are less expensive to produce, cheap flooring is often found to have a wear layer that is thinner than what is claimed.

Longer Wood Plank Length
Long planks are more expensive to produce, but make a more beautiful floor. Short boards can look like shoeboxes when placed in a floor. Cheap wood flooring typically includes too many short planks, with boards as small as one foot in length. But quality hardwood flooring uses longer planks. Bella Cera, for example, includes boards up to seven feet in length, with the average being over three feet.

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I wanted to take just a minute to shamelessly promote what I think is a very worthwhile cause with one of our Hardwood Manufacturer’s Product. It’s called: Homes For Our Troops.

Armstrong Floor Products is the exclusive flooring supplier to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.
Through 2013, a portion of the sales from the American Scrape collection will support Homes For Our Troops, including the Armstrong product donation for 30 – 35 homes to be built across the country.

We assist severely injured Veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.

We assist severely injured Veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.

The Estate Collection with 2" and 8" Planks makes an awesome statement!

The Estate Collection with 2″ and 8″ Planks makes an awesome statement!

As hardwood flooring dealers see demand rise, so too does ProSource’s ability to deliver new finish and customization options at wholesale prices. Our hardwood flooring now features an appealing selection of hand-carving, borders, medallions and accents. And hardwood’s color palette has expanded to include exotic offerings like pink, yellow, white, purple and black.

Hardwood Flooring is an Investment You Can Trust

Ask any hardwood flooring supplier – a quality hardwood floor isn’t just an aesthetic investment; it also helps boost a home’s selling price. And that’s what helps make our flooring showrooms’ hardwood departments a key destination point. With so much to offer, hardwood flooring is a tough option to beat.

Hardwood Flooring types

Hardwood flooring comes in two varieties: engineered and solid. Solid is the most common choice and best suited for higher-grade installations. It consists of one-piece boards that are generally nailed to a sub-floor. Most are unfinished, thereby allowing customers, the hardwood flooring supplier or distributor to apply a variety of colors and finishes.

Engineered hardwood is comprised of two or more layers of wood that have been laminated together, the top being a veneer and the bottom a softer wood backing. The top wood veneer comes pre-finished and the overall system gets glued to the subfloor or even concrete, making it better-suited for below-grade and basement installations.

More hardwood flooring information
Janka hardwood flooring hardness scale
Hard surface education
Installation tips
Green information

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Finding the ideal floor coverings for a Rustic Bathroom or Kitchen

For many clients, picking the perfect floor covering for a bathroom is as simple as looking for the best investment that will provide years of loyal service. However, for some consumers, finding the ideal flooring option that adheres to their interior design is just as important, so knowing the ins and outs of today’s most popular home design styles could prove to be invaluable in your sales pitch. The rustic decorative scheme is one that has remained popular, and it embraces light and airy furnishings, as well as blurring the lines between nature and the indoors. Here are a few flooring types that could be tailor-made to your clients’ design plans.

Porcelain Tile that looks like wood is a great choice for a Rustic Look with a versatile product.

Porcelain Tile that looks like wood is a great choice for a “Rustic Look” with a versatile product.

Wood grain vinyl flooring
Hardwood flooring is usually among the top choices for homeowners working with a rustic aesthetic, but hardwoods are not the ideal option for bathrooms. Your clients can replicate the look of wood flooring with ease by utilizing wood grain vinyl flooring. This floor covering has all the attractive wood grains and textures that you’ll find with hardwoods but is far more moisture and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms. In addition, many of these vinyl floors come in sheets that can be custom-cut to fit the dimensions of the client’s space, which means that the installation process can be completed rather quickly and your clients’ bathroom can come together in an afternoon.

Vinyl is a very durable product and today's digital imaging gives you a very realistic look.

Vinyl is a very durable product and today’s digital imaging gives you a very realistic look.

Laminate floors
Another option for clients who are looking to replicate the look of wood flooring is to opt for laminate floors. These floor coverings are among the most cost-effective products on the market and can be installed over an existing subfloor. Additionally, many of these boards snap together, making installation a breeze and ensuring a quick and easy process when replacing a floorboard in the future if needed.

Mannington Historic Oak would be an excellent choice for your Rustic Kitchen.

Mannington Historic Oak would be an excellent choice for your Rustic Kitchen.

Tile and stone floors
The old mainstay in bathrooms is tile and stone flooring, and considering the wide range of options available to your clients, they’ll be hard-pressed to find a style that won’t pair beautifully with their interior designs. Tile is one of the most durable floor coverings your clients can choose from and will require minimal maintenance to keep it looking its best. If your customers are revamping the entire bathroom, suggest a glass tile backsplash behind their bathroom vanity that will pair very well with their floor coverings and introduce more dynamic hues in the space.

Natural Stone can give you a Rustic Feel with an added bit of elegance.

Natural Stone can give you a Rustic Feel with an added bit of elegance.


When considering a product to give you an authentic looking Rustic bathroom or kitchen, consider vinyl. Below is a chart comparing CORETECplus to other commonly used products.

Vinyl will withstand the abuse everyday life throws at it

Vinyl will withstand the abuse everyday life throws at it

CORE TEC PLUS ENGINEERED VINYL PLANK FLOORING 

EXTRAORDINARY LUXURY VINYL WITH GREAT BENEFITS. AVAILABLE IN WOOD AND TILE LOOK. IT IS FAST AND EASY TO INSTALL WITHOUT NEED FOR ANY ACCLIMATION. LARGE ROOMS WITHOUT ANY TRANISTION STRIPS FOR EXPANSIONS. MINIMAL FLOOR PREPS. RESISTS WATER WITHOUT DAMAGE TO THE CORE OF THE FLOOR. STABLE, SO THERE IS NO EXPANISON OR CONTRACTION. RESISTS MOLD AND MILDEW FROM TOP AND BOTTOM. A QUIET FLOOR THAT REDUCES NOISE. WITH A CLICK SYSTEM QUITE EASY TO INSTALL WITH DROP AND LOCK GLUELESS PROFILE.

COREtec Plus represents a revolution in luxury vinyl flooring and is your #1 alternative to laminate flooring, glue down LVT, or solid locking LVT. COREtec Plus is an entirely new category of vinyl called Engineered Luxury Vinyl flooring. The patent-pending* construction of COREtec Plus features our innovative COREtec core structure, which is an extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC. Since COREtec Plus is 100% waterproof, COREtec Plus floors can be installed in wet areas and will never swell when exposed to water. Because COREtec Plus is inert and dimensionally stable, it will not expand or contract and never needs expansion strips in large rooms. Each COREtec Plus plank has an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer vinyl floor that is naturally resistant to odor causing mold and mildew.
COREtec Plus features the most popular looks in hardwood, stone and slate flooring and is milled with the Drop and Lock profile for the easiest glue-free installation.
*COREtec Plus is a patent-pending product exclusive to USFloors Inc.

 RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY: LIFETIME  WATERPROOF WARRANTY: LIFETIME  STRUCTURE WARRANTY: LIFETIME  COMMERCIAL WARRANTY: 10 YEARS

RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY: LIFETIME
WATERPROOF WARRANTY: LIFETIME
STRUCTURE WARRANTY: LIFETIME
COMMERCIAL WARRANTY: 10 YEARS

CORETECplus has the colors and styles to give you a Rustic look with the best durability, best price and the best selection. See their selection for yourself here or stop by ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings where they have a large selection of samples to view.

At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings we have the widest selection available in the market today. Take a look at what Mannington has to offer with it’s Adura Line:

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings carries a full line of Mannington Adura

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings carries a full line of Mannington Adura

Adura provides the look and elegance of wood, tile, or stone without the worry! Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options, Adura delivers award-winning fashion to your home. With proprietary technology, Adura is engineered to look and feel like the real thing, easy to maintain, and is backed up by a 20 year residential/5 year light commercial warranty.

And because we know you care about the impact of the products you use in your home, Adura is FloorScore certified – which means it meets strict indoor air quality guidelines – so you can choose Adura with confidence that it’s good for your home, and your family.

Adura is the next generation of luxury vinyl, and the fastest growing category in the flooring business.

Adura is the next generation of luxury vinyl, and the fastest growing category in the flooring business.

We have 7 Locations to serve you better:

Allen, Texas Phone – 972-521-5115

Austin, Texas Phone – 512-836-7888

North Dallas, Texas Phone – 972-250-4040

Dallas Market Center, Texas Phone – 214-742-3300

Fort Worth, Texas  Phone – 817-831-8181

Little Rock, Arkansas Phone –  501-758-0801

San Antonio, Texas Phone – 210-829-8290

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Bidding Jobs in April?

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Why Not Put More Money In Your Pocket?

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October Sales Event Kick-Off Begins Monday!

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ProSource kitchen & bath beats the competition with…

One-stop shopping
You will find everything you need to create a stunning and functional living or work space that your clients will love in one easy-to-shop Showroom.

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Better quality products
ProSource features solid, all-wood cabinets with standard dovetail drawers and top-quality countertops. All products are first-quality made to withstand modern living.

Bigger product selection
In addition to leading national brands that you and your clients know and trust, we also offer high quality private brands that your clients will not find outside ProSource.

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Low wholesale prices
Why pay retail? ProSource Wholesale makes your project easier and more affordable. Trade Professional Members save up to 30% off every day!

Free expert design services
ProSource designers can assist you with any budget range and provide recommendations for cabinets, counters, hardware, flooring and backsplashes. Initial designs are absolutely free.

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Tips for Low Cost Remodeling

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The economy may be steadily showing signs of improvement, but for many budge conscious homeowners, setting aside the funds necessary for a wide-scale renovation may be unrealistic. However, with a few of these tips, it may be easier to prioritize the projects that should happen now from those that can wait until better financial times.

The first thing a homeowner should ask is whether a project needs to happen immediately, or whether it can wait. If there’s a pressing issue like a defunct heating system or structural error in the house, these should take precedence. However, if a homeowner has no immediate need for renovation but simply wants to improve the appearance of his or her domicile, there are many ways to do so without breaking the bank.

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Increase efficiency, not size.
If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage. Start by replacing space–hogging shelves with cabinet–height pullout drawers 8 inches wide, containing racks for canned goods and other items. “You’re getting three or more horizontal planes where you might otherwise get only one,” says Louis Smith Jr., an architect with Meier Group, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You could easily shell out a few thousand to outfit cabinets with upgrades like dividers, pull–out pot trays, and lazy Susans, but you’ll save many times that amount by skipping the addition you thought you needed.
*Cost to expand kitchen by 200 square feet: $48,000 to $95,000
Cost of super–efficient, custom–designed cabinets: $35,000
SAVED: Up to $60,000

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Knocking down may not be as costly as rebuilding, but you can still shave dollars by doing some of the demolition yourself—as long as you proceed with care. “If a homeowner wants to demo a deck, well, I am sure they can handle that,” says Michael Winn, owner of Winn Design, in Virginia. “But when it comes to interior spaces, I would dissuade them from doing it unless they have done it before.” The reason: A reckless wrecker might unwittingly take out a load–bearing wall or, worse still, plunge a reciprocating saw into live wiring or pressurized plumbing. (For tips on how to do demo right, see our October 2005 feature, “Before You Construct, You Have to Destruct.”)
Cost to demo a 200–square–foot deck yourself: $450 (Dumpster rental and parking permit)
Cost for a pro: $1,000
SAVED: $550

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Unless you’ve got loads of time (and expertise) to spend on your project, the best way to add sweat equity is up front, by handling your own demolition, or at the back end, by doing some of the finish work yourself. “If you want to save money, dig in and start helping out,” says Tom Silva. “You can insulate, you can paint, you can sand.” Or better still, he says, help with cleanup every day. “Instead of paying someone to pick up sawdust off the floor, put your money into the time it takes to trim the window properly,” he advises.
Cost for construction crew to handle cleanup: $200 per day
Cost to do it yourself: $0
SAVED: About 3 to 5 percent of the overall job cost

Plan with stock sizes in mind.
“Ask yourself, ‘Why am I building something 10 feet wide if plywood comes in 4–foot–wide sheets?'” says Lisa Stacholy, of LKS Architects, in Atlanta. The same applies to stock windows and doors: Use manufacturers’ off–the–shelf dimensions from the outset and you will save the premiums of custom fabrication. Cost of custom doors: $1,500—$2,500
Cost of standard doors: $500–$800
SAVED: Up to $2,000

Use Home Equity to Finance your Flooring & Cabinets

If you are thinking about using home equity for something, consider the consequences first. Your home equity is one of your most valuable assets as a homeowner. You could do many different things with your home equity, but not all of them are a wise investment. Once you use your home equity it may take several years to get it back

One of the best things that you could possibly do with your home equity funds is to improve your home. When you use the money from the equity of your home to actually improve the home, you will be creating even more equity. When you do this, make sure that you are using the majority of the funds for projects that add value. Buying new curtains is not going to increase the value of your house. Adding a room onto the house will add value.

When you are deciding what to do to your house, keep an eye out for permanent changes to the structure. When you put in hardwood flooring, update the cabinets, and add on rooms, you are improving the house as a whole. When you get new carpet or drapes, you are just making it look nicer. While other things can make your house more enjoyable while you live in it, they may not actually add value. Therefore, try to put your focus on projects that actually add value.

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The Castle Combe Collection: Oil Finished Wood Floors


The distinctive character of each Castle Combe plank is achieved using a variety of antiquing and aging techniques and finished with natural oils to preserve the original beauty of the wood.
Castle Combe’s natural oil process provides a warmth and refinement to the floor that cannot be achieved with modern day acrylic or polyurethane coatings. The rich patina of each Castle Combe floor is only enhanced with age and use – the more it is walked on, the more beautiful it gets. The natural oils in Castle Combe floors penetrate the grain and become part of the floor, while the surface film of acrylic and polyurethane detracts from the natural beauty of hardwood and degrades with age and use.
Castle Combe floors feature a distinctive and sophisticated range of distressed, sculpted, and antiqued visuals. Each Castle Combe floor is meticulously crafted to ensure lasting beauty for generations to come. A solid oak hardwood top layer rests on a multi-layered, dimensionally stable core giving each Castle Combe floor the strength to withstand decades of use.

The Oil Finish Difference
A natural oil finish cannot be compared with today’s more popular acrylic, polyurethane, and aluminum oxide finishes. These finishes protect the floor by forming a wear layer, in effect, a plastic film on the surface of the floor. They scratch and get dull over time and cannot be spot repaired. A costly recoating of the entire floor is necessary every so often for complete rejuvenation. An oil finish penetrates the wood fibers to harden them while not altering the natural beauty of the wood. With no visual film on the surface, oiled floors are distinguishable by their elegant patina. They are easy to care for and are repairable. An oiled floor never needs to be sanded – only regular applications of a maintenance oil are necessary to nourish the wood and bring the luster back.

Zero VOC vs. Low VOCs
Rejuvenating 325 sq. ft. of a Castle Combe floor project will require approximately 1/5 of a liter of Woca Refresher maintenance oil, which will emit zero VOCs and leave you without that harsh chemical scent. A typical polyurethane floor will require three gallons of finish – one gallon for the sealer coat and two more gallons of the top wear layers. VOCs from polyurethane evaporate into your home at the rate of about 4 lbs. per gallon, which means that 3 gallons of polyurethane used to coat 325 sq. ft. equals 12 pounds of VOCs floating around in your home.

Bond and Strengthen vs. Surface Coatings
The natural oil used to finish Castle Combe oiled floors is not a surface coating but is designed to become part of the wood by penetrating, bonding with, and hardening the fibers of wood.
When wood is finished with natural oil, it may dent or scratch, but it can easily be repaired. To bring your Castle Combe floor back to a fresh state, first, lightly sand the desired area of the floor, and apply a coat of Woca Refresher maintenance oil. It is not necessary to treat the entire floor, only the affected area. Typically, only spot sanding on extreme wear marks and scratches would be necessary, and a total wall-to-wall sanding is normally avoided.
Repairing a floor coated with polyurethane or aluminum oxide is a much more laborious and disruptive process. Polyurethane is a plastic coating that sits on top of the wood, and acts as surface coating. The purpose of a surface coating is to protect the wood from wear and tear. However, a polyurethane floor will never look better then the day of the final finish application. Immediately, polyurethane finishes begin picking up small and large scratches – abrasions that defuse the light and pick up dirt – and quickly become visible from all angles. The end of the life of a polyurethane floor is not because it is worn out – it just becomes ugly. This process is accelerated when the floor is damaged by scratches that penetrate the surface coating and expose wood, which happens when dents penetrate the soft wood (NOTE: all wood is soft enough to dent and scratch). Unfortunately, all too often polyurethane floors must be maintained by sanding again and again, a costly, disruptive, and often messy process.
Recoating the entire floor is the recommended maintenance option for a floor finished with polyurethane or other synthetic surface coatings. When should this be done? It has to be a joint effort, as soon as you have a scar that penetrates the surface coating, or when the floor looks dirty after you wash the floor. This “dirty” look means there is an abundance of surface scratches holding dirt.

Living With vs. Living On
The vast majority of polyurethane customers live on their floors. They take off their shoes at the door, they have floor protectors under all furniture and care to have nothing foul left on the surface. A normal expectation of a polyurethane floor is that it is maintenance free. Homeowners with natural oil finished floors live with their floors. They seem to recognize that wood expands and contracts with the seasons. Some believe this movement is a sign the wood still thinks of itself as being a tree. Feeding wood natural oils supports the notion that you are living with your wood floor and, in turn, the wood responds to appropriate care that’s given.

Reparability vs. Durability
Wood is very durable on its own. Natural oils enhance the durable nature of wood and allow the floor to be easily repaired if damaged. While polyurethanes provide a durable barrier, this barrier also consumes a layer of wood each and every time it is applied. At best there are three to four sandings in a floor’s life before the floor must be replaced. Over time, repairability is more important than durability.

Maintenance Products
USFloors offers a complete line of maintenance products for Castle Combe oil finished floors, from cleaners for everyday maintenance to rejuvenating natural oils for extensive maintenance.

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Happy Floors + Hello Kitty

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Although she was created in Japan, Hello Kitty lives in London, England. Hello Kitty was the creation of Shintaro Tsuji, a Japanese businessman who, remembering his lonely orphanage childhood, wanted to create a character that could be viewed as a companion and friend. She was named after one of Alice’s cats in the book, Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.

She made her first appearance on a coin purse in Japan in 1974. The Hello Kitty line has since developed licensing arrangements worth more than $1 billion a year in sales! Hello Kitty is now sold in 60 countries.

Among the 50,000 Hello Kitty products on the market are glasses, hairpins, lockets, bras, alarm clocks, sanitary napkins, eyelash curlers, baby biscuits, toilet paper, fishcakes, frozen jelly, prunes, bicycles, perfume, fax machines, garbage cans, panties, spatulas, motorcycles, cell phone cases, tea towels, dolls and toasters that spit out Hello Kitty imprinted toast.

And now there’s Tile. Happy Floors is the licensed distributor for Hello Kitty wall tile and ProSource Wholesale Flooring has the exclusive. Happy Floors is a nationwide distributor of porcelain tile. In general ceramic / porcelain tiles are inherently green because they do not contain VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), are low maintenance, and have a long life cycle.

Happy Floors is a USGBC member and offers certified products to help projects earn LEED points.

The US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) is one organization that helps set guidelines for building green. The USGBC has established LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a reference guide. “LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.” www.usgbc.org.

It is important to note that individual tile products can not be LEED certified but that tile ultimately helps a finished building earn LEED points.

Contact your nearest ProSource showroom to view the new Hello Kitty Tile Collection from Happy Floors. The design possibilities are endless!

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