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Hardwood or Laminate?

Today the Laminate Industry has come a long way in making products that are more appealing then in the Days when Pergo first came to the United States in the early 1990’s. There are many options in thickness, style, sound, color, etc. So the dilemma I am constantly hearing is: “Which floor should I choose? Laminate or Hardwood?”

Today’s Laminate have a much more real look, feel and sound.

Armstrong: Sapele Long Plank - Wrought Iron 12.30 mm Laminate Wood Look

Armstrong:
Sapele Long Plank – Wrought Iron
12.30 mm Laminate Wood Look

Laminate has it’s place and I will usually show it if the budget dictates, and that isn’t always true the nicer looking laminates in the market are priced similar to hardwood. Another reason you might choose laminate is if you wanted a more “Green” Product. Laminate in most cases can be more environmentally friendly.

Check out these environmental facts about Laminate:

Laminate flooring is inherently eco-friendly but not all products make the cut. The NALFA certification seal is proof that a laminate floor is sustainable and is built with these qualities:

  • It’s made with natural resources like wood chip fiberboard
  • It’s recyclable
  • It’s free of air-damaging chemicals
  • It complies with formaldehyde emissions regulations for laminate flooring core board set forth by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sections 93120-93120.12, title 17, of the California Code of Regulations
  • It is comprised of recycled content that may contribute points to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for homes and businesses
  • It requires no special glues or adhesives during installation (eliminating VOCs) and no special cleaners for proper cleaning and maintenance (improving air quality)

Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be replaced time and time again.

Check out these environmental facts about Wood Floors:

  • Average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than average annual removals (Source: US Department of Agriculture Forest Service)
  • Indoor air quality is better with wood floors (Source: US Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Wood is a carbon neutral product that produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
  • Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring options (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
  • At the end of its service life, wood flooring can be burned as fuel or recycled (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
  • Wood floors last hundreds of years, so won’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options (Source: National Association of Home Builders)
  • While it takes most hardwood trees 40-60 years to mature, the inventory planted today won’t be needed for 100-plus years (Source: National Wood Flooring Association)

You can learn more about the environmental benefits of wood floors by downloading a copy of the University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis

Hardwood gives much better re-sale value to your home. In today’s tough real estate market, sellers are looking for any edge they can find to help sell their home fast. For many sellers, hardwood flooring can help. Across the country, 99% of real estate agents agree that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell. And, 90% agree that they sell for more money. In many cases a homeowner can double their return on investment by installing hardwood floors. You can’t get a much better bang for your buck than that. With today’s finishes the average lifespan of a hardwood floor is 30 years, so whether you are selling or plan to stay a while, hardwood is always the better option.

Armstrong: Acacia - Natural 4.72 in. Engineered Hardwood Plank

Armstrong:
Acacia – Natural
4.72 in. Engineered Hardwood Plank

So, what do we need to look at? Durability, dent resistance, wear layer, moisture resistance, they are all traits that might make us choose one over the other.

Laminate:

Laminate Flooring has four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer.

Wear layer – clear top layer that protects the floor from stains and fading
Design layer – a photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic
Inner core – plastic resin that keeps the laminate stable and flat
Backing – creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping

This layered construction makes laminate floors remarkably durable.

Engineered Hardwood:

Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.

One of the most critical elements about either of these products is installation. Many products say DIY, and that sounds wonderful. Neither are any easier to install and I have installed both. Laminate is sold as easier for a Do-It Yourselfer, but I disagree. I found that gluing down my Hardwood floor was much easier then laying my floating laminate floor. to each his own I guess. If you are not up to the challenge and need a reputable company to install your laminate, ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings has many Members that could assist you with your project and let you buy direct through their account.

To find out more about Laminate Flooring visit: North American Laminate Flooring Association

To find out more about Hardwood Flooring visit: The National Wood Flooring Association

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What’s the Best Flooring for my Kitchen?

When it comes to putting a new floor in your Kitchen there are many options to design a beautiful room. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular.

Hardwood Flooring

The first option to explore is Hardwood Flooring and one of the”Most Popular” would be the ResistX Brand. ResistX offers a variety of textures, color washed planks and an assortment of exotics in contrasting light and dark tones. A lifetime of durability combined with a vision of elegance make this hardwood flooring collection a classic American work of art.

A quality hardwood floor isn’t just an aesthetic investment; it also helps boost a home’s selling price.

Wood floors don’t just benefit people looking to sell their home. They also offer many advantages for those looking to stick around for awhile. The average lifespan of a hardwood floor is 30 years. That may seem like a long commitment to a homeowner who updates and changes décor every few years. But, hardwood works well with many different decorating styles and offers timeless beauty.

New technology in stains and finishes makes it easier than ever to keep hardwood floors looking beautiful for decades. A regular schedule of sweeping or vacuuming and the occasional use of a professional cleaning product is all it takes.

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Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile is another great alternative for designing your new Kitchen. With a vast array of colors and patterns to compliment any cabinet style and color. And because ceramic flooring provides the ultimate in stain resistance, you know you’re getting the performance you need. Ceramic tile gives the appearance of stone flooring like travertine, slates and tumbled stone, without the maintenance hassles and expense. Step into a ProSource Showroom and onto the incredible beauty and durability of ceramic tile floors.
ProSource offers a tremendous selection of wholesale ceramic tile flooring, all at highly competitive prices.

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Laminate

Laminate flooring offers great looks at affordable prices. It’s also durable. Kids? Pets? Relax. With laminate flooring, you won’t have to worry. Laminate floors are made to stand up to high traffic and high impact. And laminate is versatile too – it can be installed in any room in your home, wherever you want the beauty of hardwood, stone or tile without the cost and maintenance. Laminate floors are the perfect product for a DIY project. It is easy to install and does not require any adhesive to fasten it to the floor. It is also a great way to go over a less then suitable sub-floor like old linoleum or sheet vinyl.

Laminate comes in Tile patterns

Laminate comes in Tile patterns

Digital Imaging allows for a very realistic look.

Digital Imaging allows for a very real hardwood look.

WHAT EXACTLY IS LAMINATE FLOORING?

Sheet Vinyl or Linoleum

Vinyl sheet floors remain one of the most popular flooring categories. And what’s not to love? Vinyl sheet is available in a wide range of looks; it’s durable and easy to clean. Vinyl sheet also comes in either 6’ or 12’ rolls, which means you won’t have seams where you don’t want them. Sheet vinyl is usually the most cost effective product available, so with a tight budget sheet vinyl makes an excellent option.

Other reasons for Sheet Vinyl Floors:

  • Beautiful, realistic looks
  • Soft under foot
  • Durability
  • Low maintenance
Sheet Vinyl comes in a variety of patterns.

Sheet Vinyl comes in a variety of patterns.

The vinyl sheet kitchen flooring, inspired by the look of Italian leather, is a bold choice that brings a sense of elegance and “old world” quality to the décor.

Luxury Vinyl Tile or Plank

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is the fastest growing segment in floorcovering. It is a very good option for today’s life. Very water proof, durable, scratch and dent resistant and easy to install. So no matter what your active life throws at it, LVT & LVP can stand up to it. Go ahead live on it.  Style and Design options are not limited with product either. With the ability of digital imaging can bring the outdoors in with many real product looks from Hardwood to natural Stone patterns.

Luxury Vinyl Tile - go ahead Live On It !

Luxury Vinyl Tile – go ahead Live On It !

Resista Luxury Vinyl Flooring is made using a unique and innovative process that captures the genuine colors and textures of wood and stone found in nature.

• Rich wood grains and finishes

• Realistic stone colors and textures

• Subtle hues and patterns

Resista Resilient Flooring is offered with an exclusive Lifetime and Pro-Rated Warranty.The residential warranty is pro-rated based on the warranty life of the product and the light commercial warranty is limited to 10 years.

Resista Resilient Flooring is offered with an exclusive Lifetime and Pro-Rated Warranty.
The residential warranty is pro-rated based on the warranty life of the product and the light commercial warranty is limited to 10 years.

In all of these kitchen design ideas, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect floor to complement your cabinetry, countertops, appliances and, most importantly, your lifestyle and budget.

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Choosing The Right Hardwood Flooring

When you are looking for the best hardwood floor for your home, there are certainly plenty of wood species to choose from. While many wood varieties boast the same benefits like timeless style, color choices and ease of installation, hardness is an often overlooked factor. For those individuals looking for an easy-wearing and durable set of hardwood floors for their home, hickory is among the top choices in the industry for strength, reliability and aesthetic beauty.

Multi Width Hickory

Hickory is known for its unparalleled strength and shock resistance, which is no wonder why it has been used as the primary wood for tool handles for centuries. The wood is available in approximately 20 species, 15 of which are in North America and another five in Asia. Hickory can withstand an astonishing 1,820 pounds of force, as opposed to other flooring varieties like red oak which can only handle 1,290. With these variations in wood strength and long-term viability, finding a wood species that can stand up to the rigors of a specific household can make an investment in top hardwood floors a more viable one.

Janka-Hardness-Diagram

A great graphic to consider is the Janka Hardness Scale. The Janka hardness test measures the force in pound per square inch required to embed a 0.444″ steel ball to half its diameter in a 2″ x 2″ x 6″ piece of wood. This test is a good measurement of how a wood product will withstand denting and wear.
Additionally, with color choices that range from creamy tan to reddish brown, you will be hard-pressed to find a version of hickory that isn’t conducive to your design ideas.

Wide Plank

Of course, one of the most important factors to keep in mind is that pricing for these wood types is based on its availability, not its rank on the Janka scale. Hickory is also an easy-to-care for floor covering that will remain brilliant with weekly sweeping and mopping, as well as refinishing several times over its lifespan. Hickory’s versatility, timeless style and functionality in a variety of environments makes it a logical choice for homeowners looking for an attractive and functional foundation for their living spaces.

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Wood Meets Marble: A Perfect Combination

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A Marble and Wood inlay designs uses natural materials for classic or contemporary floor set. Whether you utilize a medallion or a polished marble border, this floor combination is sure to upscale any space.

Wood flooring is available in multiple patterns and give a warm feeling to any room. Most wood flooring is available in the following finishes

  • Oil-modified urethane, Moisture-cured urethane treatment
  •  Water-based urethane treatment
  •  Hand-scraped with an Aluminum Oxide Finish

Marble is a type of rock composed of recrystallized material most commonly limestone. The white marble comes from the most pure form of limestone. Colors and veins in the marble arise when other materials are present in the earth crust along with limestone. Marble gives soft look and provides elegance to the modernness of today’s homes.

When working with Earth made flooring products here are a few things to consider:

  • Nature’s trademarks leave no two pieces of wood or stone alike.
  • Wood mineral streaks, small knots, grain and color variations, sap pockets, flecking, etc. give wood materials a unique personality. Likewise, the varied fissures and crevices found in stone give each piece its own color, texture and structural characteristics
  • Variations in parquet floor tiles and hardwood or stone floor inlay are natural occurrences due to species and age of the wood and stone, plus exposure to UV lighting. Such variations contribute to the natural beauty and character of these materials and allow your inlay to remain beautiful for the lifetime your floor.

To make the selection process easier, determine the overall style of the interior — rustic, contemporary or traditional, for example. At this point, eliminate certain flooring design elements that typically do not lend themselves to that particular interior style.

The field pattern should be complementary to the room. Most border designs work very well with plank or parquet. However, care must be taken not to border a relatively complex parquet pattern with a design that is equally or more complicated. The border defines the field, so it should contrast to some extent. A complicated border calls for a less intricate field, and vice versa. See the gallery below for more design inspirations.

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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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