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Are you selling your home and it needs new floor covering?

What flooring products will give me the best re-sale value for my home?

With the housing market on the rebound I am getting a lot of questions about which flooring gives the best resale value when people are fixing their home to put it on the market.

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When deciding which flooring is right for your home so that you get your best value for your money, let’s look at some options. When deciding which floor will impact buyers the most we need to spend our money wisely.

  • Style of your home?
  • What fits with your decor?
  • Who will be looking at your home?
  • What is your budget?

All of these will play a factor on the right flooring. I have a pretty good pulse on what is happening in the housing market since I work with Realtor’s, Home Builders, Remodelor’s, Restoration Companies, etc. and with the clients of these Members, I probably sell more Hardwood than any other product in our store, Tile would be second and Carpet third. As I have said in past posts, I am a carpet fan when and if you choose a quality carpet. If you spend as much on carpet as you do hardwood you can get an awesome product. Knowing how to care for Carpet is critical to having a good experience.

That being said, Hardwood is a great choice for your Den or Living Room area but we need to look at a couple of options there. Do we want a casual feel or a more formal feel? Here are a couple of options for either:

For a more formal look I like a 5″ Cherry with a smooth face.

Cherry can give  you a formal look.

Cherry can give you a formal look.

Hand-scraped Hardwood can give a little more casual look. I have found furniture will also have some impact on a casual feel to hand-scarped Hardwood as well. In the hand- scraped series of Hardwood there are some that have what I call more chatter and look more Rustic. Below is what I would call a soft scrape and can be dressed up or down depending on the furniture.

Here is a more casual look using an hand-scraped Cherry.

Here is a more casual look using an hand-scraped Cherry.

Mannington's  Mayan Pecan is one of my favorites for a rustic look.

Mannington’s Mayan Pecan is one of my favorites for a rustic look.

If you have existing carpet and it looks dirty or has odors you definitely want to get that replaced as well. In bedrooms  most people seem to prefer carpet still, it’s warmer and quieter. There is no need to go over board on quality because most consumers wouldn’t know the value of one carpet over another. When I show carpet to people in the Fifty Plus group, I generally show a Cut & Loop Pattern or a Plush carpet and for younger families I show a Frieze or Textured Plush. When selecting carpet it important not to go too dark, lighter colors help your rooms look larger, brighter and more inviting.

A dressier more formal look is a Pattern.

A Pattern Carpet will help dress up any bedroom.

A Pattern Carpet will help dress up any bedroom.

Frieze carpet is a little more kid friendly and easier to keep for young families that are always on the go. With the mixture or texture and colors it has great hiding qualities. It helps hide some of everyday life’s crumbs and fibers that we drop along the way.

Frieze - The Kid Friendly Carpet Choice.

Frieze – The Kid Friendly Carpet Choice.

The Twist of a Frieze gives it great hiding ability of everyday dirt and soil.  Let's face it, camouflage is the best friend of a young family.

The Twist of a Frieze gives it great hiding ability of everyday dirt and soil.
Let’s face it, camouflage is the best friend of a young family.

When selecting floors you only have to make one stop, ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings. You can get advise from a Professional who has their finger on the pulse of your neighborhood and knows what products will work best for your situation.

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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How Do I Choose New Flooring?

How Do I Choose New Flooring?
Choosing new floors can be overwhelming and a bit confusing. Where do I start? There are virtually thousands of choices and just as many colors. We watch all the Television shows and it looks so easy and then we start the process and become confused and indecisive.

Deciding which floor to choose can be very difficult.

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Where do we begin?

  • If I have more then one area I start with the largest area to get floored.

When we have decided on which area we will start with, we begin the process with a few simple questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • What do I like?
  • How do we use the area?
  • Who uses the area most?
  • What are my greatest concerns for this room?

Let’s look at my budget first:

  • What is the total amount I want to spend? Let’s say that our budget figure is $3000.00 and I have a room that measures 15 x 23, which is 345 square feet.
  • Now divide your $3000.00 by your room size of 345 square feet and you find that you can spend $8.69 per square foot, (installed& Taxed)

What do I prefer ?

I am going to use Carpet and Hardwood as our option because they seem to be the ones I sell the most of.
To answer this I like to know how you use the room.
I personally prefer carpet, it’s warmer, softer, more quiet and I believe vacuuming is easier than dusting. My wife on the other hand, prefers Hardwood, she thinks dusting is faster and looks cleaner, so naturally we have a lot of hardwood in our home.
How we maintain and clean each product may become a concern for us as well. hardwood requires regular dusting and occasional use of a hardwood floor cleaner like:

Regular dusting is appealing to some who choose hardwood, while others don’t want to see dust bunnies gather on the smooth surface of hardwood so they might choose carpet.

How do we use the area?
If I know that my children and I will be on the floor a lot, I would prefer the softness of carpet and pad.

What are my greatest concerns for this room?

Looks, ease of cleaning, comfortable?
Is it a formal room? A play room? A media room? How I use it generally defines what I product I should select.
Kids and pets? I might want the ability of Resista Carpet with odor reducing qualities, (it’s like having a continual Renuzit® in your carpet) and it also comes with a No Exclusions Stain Warranty.

Sold by the square foot, carpet always gives you better bang for the buck, Period!

And if more than one product will fill our needs then we need to evaluate which product gives us the best bang for our Dollar.

Let’s Compare Carpet to Hardwood:

RESISTA SOFT STYLE No Exclusion Warranty On All Food and Beverage

RESISTA SOFT STYLE
No Exclusion Warranty On
All Food and Beverage

Average Price for Frieze Carpet for My Zip Code

Average Price for Frieze Carpet for My Zip Code

What product gives you the best bang for your buck?

What product gives you the best bang for your buck?

Average Price for Handscraped Hardwood for My Zip Code

Average Price for Handscraped Hardwood for My Zip Code

These are figures I found at: http://www.homewyse.com/

Bella Cera Hardwood is an excellent choice!

Bella Cera Hardwood is an excellent choice!

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The numbers I used for the comparison of prices are from the same webpage using the same zip code. And I usually find that these facts are true, I could replace my carpet twice for the same price as Hardwood. Now, these figures all depend on which products you choose. A high dollar nylon carpet and an inexpensive oak hardwood should normally come pretty close to the same price. The figures above seem pretty good for products I show and that I have sold over the past couple of years.

Why Choose Carpet for Your Home?
With its many styles, textures and types of construction, carpet is the right choice for everyone, from first-time homeowners, to retirees, to families with kids and pets. Plus, carpet will maintain its beauty and durability for many years when it is properly chosen, installed and cleaned. Carpet actually improves indoor air quality.

Most people that have stains in their carpet because they don’t know how to clean them. this handy chart ~ Spot Solver has always worked for me and when it fails I call a Professional. If you don’t know a quality carpet cleaner call your local ProSource, they have many Members who they would love to send you to.

Do you like the new softer feel that carpet provides? You might want to check out Tigressá SoftStyle available through your local ProSource Store.

 One fact I like about about most Carpet, is that it’s American made. I like keeping our people employed.

Carpet is good enough for our Commander and Chief.

Carpet is good enough for our Commander and Chief.

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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Ideas For Your Kitchen Back-Splash

Design Ideas For Kitchen Back~Splashes

Glass is a unique material for tiles that is a popular choice among interior designers looking for a little pizzazz in their designs. With a host of different varieties and a wide spectrum of available colors, there is often no prettier material to work with. However, it can be a tricky product to work with as well, so here are some considerations to keep in mind and present to your client when they are deciding if glass tile is the wholesale tile of choice for their design purposes.

The biggest advantage to glass tile is simply in how pretty and eye-catching it can be. With a multitude of design varieties coupled with its color schemes, designers and interior decorators can really mix and match with glass tile to come up with the best fit for their project. According to HGTV.com, Dave Gobis, the executive director of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, said “there’s nothing prettier” than glass tile.

In addition, decorators have certain tricks of the trade they can employ using glass tiles. As interior designer Mallory Mathison told the Seattle Times, the translucence of glass tile makes it an inspired choice for use in decorating smaller rooms, particularly bathrooms, to give the illusion of space.

“Your eye kind of looks through it, so it doesn’t create a boundary,” said Mathison. “It’s an almost limitless look.”

For A More Contemporary Look Use Narrow Lineal Glass With White Grout

For A More Contemporary Look Use Narrow Lineal Glass With White Grout

White 3x6 Glass in a Subway Pattern is very elegant.

White 3×6 Glass in a Subway Pattern is very elegant.

There are many options for your back-splash, Stacked Slate with a Glass Insert makes a stunning Back-Splash!

Glass Inserts really give this Back-Splash some pop!

Glass Inserts really give this Back-Splash some pop!

You can use small glass tiles for an accent.

You can use small glass tiles for an accent.

Using a chair rail you can make a window pane and use many different products to add a decorative flair. Other options are to use Tumbled Travertine, or man made products that resemble Natural Stone. Marazzi has just the product for this purpose. The artisanal feel of hand-crafted travertine trims is resurrected using a stone and resin composite with results that closely resemble ancient originals, without the difficulty associated with cutting, drilling and installing natural stone.

The classic Ivory and Noce colorations as well as the multiple sizes and pattern choices – dots, florals, fleur de lis, diamonds, weaves, and scrollwork – offer the perfect accent for interior residential and commercial walls.

The classic Ivory and Noce colorations as well as the multiple sizes and pattern choices – dots, florals, fleur de lis, diamonds, weaves, and scrollwork – offer the perfect accent for interior residential and commercial walls.

Another Accent option is to use Metals as a Decorative Insert. Marazzi’s Romance Collection has some beautiful pieces to choose from. Ceramic and resin coated with actual metal make romancing the wide variety of today’s stone, marble, wood and glass looks nearly effortless.

Creating a room that’s truly your own has never been easier. Romance Collection's Diamond, Dot, Fleur de Lis and Floral styles are offered in square Inserts ranging from 1”x1” to 4”x4”, with coordinating Chair Rails,Liners, and Listelli. Mixing and matching is where the fun and personalization

Creating a room that’s truly your own has never been easier. Romance Collection’s Diamond, Dot, Fleur de Lis and Floral styles are offered in square Inserts ranging from 1”x1” to 4”x4”, with coordinating Chair Rails,Liners, and Listelli. Mixing and matching is where the fun and personalization

Your Designs are only Limited by your Ideas, and if you have trouble Designing your own, call ProSource Wholesale Floorcoveings, (use their handy Showroom Finder in the upper right hand portion of their Webpage). With over 140 Locations, they have hundreds of Members that can assist you in your Designing efforts, from ASID Certified Designers to qualified Tile Installers. They can help you get the job done at the best possible prices available.

And if you are in the trades and would like a Membership at ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, just follow the link below and Membership will be just a few short steps away. If you are in the area of local stores stop in and visit.

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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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$avings Are In Full Bloom!

We help take your dreams and turn them into reality, and right now at ProSource  Wholesale Floorcoverings you can save hundreds even thousands of Dollars.

Whether you need new hardwood floors:

New Hardwood Floors!

Or if you need to remodel your bathroom:

Travertine with Mosaics

$avings will never be better then right now at ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings right now!

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If you are in the market to purchase new flooring this year, now is the time to do it.
We have extra discounts from our Suppliers and prices will never be lower.

Don't Wait ~ Savings Will Never Be Better!

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Save even more with Vendor Rebates – along with the Lowest Prices Of The Year!

Take additional savings with Rebates!

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Client Financing is available with No Interest for 1 Full Year*!

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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4 Tips for Creating a Cozier Living Space

If one of the most frequented rooms in your home is small, dark and dull, you might be itching to spruce it up and transform it into a sanctuary for your family – but what do you do if you’re not exactly an experienced interior designer? Luckily, it doesn’t always take a professional to know how to select the appropriate flooring, furniture and decorative pieces to enhance a dark, bland space. Here are four tips on how to improve the decor of a room that could use a little extra TLC.

1. Use bright colors.
Whether your room has a limited amount of space or you simply want to brighten it up, there’s no easier way to do so than through color. Consider picking carpet flooring in a light neutral to make the room feel larger than it really is.

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2. Bring in reflective surfaces.
Reflective surfaces can do wonders for a room that lacks space and style. Instead of decking out your walls with paintings, use antique mirrors instead to reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Use glass coffee tables or side tables that spread natural light throughout the room. These small tactics can go a long way when it comes to creating elegance and a welcoming atmosphere.

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3. Utilize natural light.
What better way to brighten up a space than with sunlight? If your room has numerous windows, you’re in luck – these are the most effective tools you have to create a more inviting space. Allow sunlight to flow into your room throughout the day to make it a cozier area for work and play. Work in more window treatments to anchor the room in warm light.

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4. Incorporate storage pieces.
Keeping your room neat and tidy might be all that’s necessary to enhance its interior design. That being said, you may want to bring in new pieces of storage furniture to make this dream a reality, whether it’s an armoire or a small standing cabinet. These items can make it easier for you and your family to maintain the decor of the space.

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Whether you plan on decorating now or in the near future, these tips can help you create an interior design worth keeping for years to come.

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October 19, 2012 · 1:58 PM

Tile News: Porcelain vs. Ceramic

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Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials.  They are then kiln-fired. The larger classification of “ceramic tiles” can be split into two groups: 1) porcelain tiles and 2) non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as “ceramic tiles” by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.  While porcelain tiles technically are a subset of ceramics, they are often referred to as porcelains because they are denser, stronger and more durable tile flooring.

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Ceramic Tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. They can be naturally colored and left unglazed (like terra cotta) or they can have highly stylized and designed surfaces that are glazed.  They can be glazed in a high gloss or matte finish. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications.  They are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating (see below). Ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant. They tend to be more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.  And, because they often red or white underneath, when they do chip, it tends to show more.

Porcelain Tiles are a newer tile form that are extremely popular among residential and commercial flooring projects. They are generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof.

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PEI stands for Porcelain Enamel Institute

This rating acts as a universal meter to rank porcelain tile in its application and use.

Class 1:  No foot traffic.  Wall use only

Class 2:  Light traffic.  Bathroom wall and floor applications

Class 3:  Light to moderate traffic.  Walls, counter tops and floors normal foot traffic

Class 4:  Moderate to heavy traffic.  Good for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional

Class 5:  Heavy to extra heavy traffic.  All residential and all commercial and institutional use.

Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.  They tend to look more authentic to natural stone products.

Overall choosing a tile floor is always contingent on pattern, color, and price. Homeowners please consider the application and the potential foot traffic your prospective new floor will experience. At ProSource, we house over 20,000 flooring samples in each of our showrooms, so stop in today and take tour of our amazing tile selection!

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What are the best types of eco-friendly floor coverings?

Practicing safe environmental habits and exploring the new trend toward sustainability in flooring can be an excellent way for homeowners to enhance the values of their home. From laminate to cork and bamboo flooring, several sustainable flooring options exist that can be a great complement to the existing interior decor.

“The manufacture of laminate flooring doesn’t involve the harvesting of old-growth hardwoods like those found in tropical rainforests,” said Bill Dearing, president of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). “Laminate provides the desired look, no matter how scarce, without depleting natural resources.”

What makes laminate flooring such a great option for homeowners looking to go green? According the NALFA, many laminate floors are made using pre-consumer recycled waste and require fewer raw materials during the manufacturing process than other floor coverings. Furthermore, laminate  often times doesn’t require installation using glue or an adhesive, which can reduce harmful emissions, and is also recyclable.

There are two types of laminate flooring – high pressure and direct pressure. While each type offers great resiliency, how it’s manufactured can impact the finished product. With high pressure laminate the materials are pressed at high temperatures of around 500 degrees to produce a cohesive floor covering.

Laminate flooring manufacturers construct direct pressure laminate differently, binding materials together at a lower temperature and using less pressure in the process. This can make direct pressure laminate a cost-effective alternative to high pressure laminate and an attractive option to homeowners who like the look and sustainability of laminate but want to avoid spending a great amount of money.

Another great flooring option for homeowners who want to use sustainable materials is bamboo, which is technically a form of grass and has regenerative abilities. Harder and more dent-resistant than wood, bamboo also offers a crisp aesthetic appeal that many homeowners are sure to find alluring, according to Elegant-floors.com.

Floor Trends Magazine reports that BAMBOO is found naturally in several areas throughout the world, however, the majority is imported into the United States from China, which pockets an estimated $10 to $15 billion annually from the industry.

Made from tree bark and resistant to moisture, CORK flooring can reduce a homeowner’s environmental impact and lend new-found elegance to interior decor. HouseLogic.com recommends treating this distinctive and richly-textured grain flooring type with a sealant every three to four years to prevent scratches, which could mar the beauty of this luxurious material.

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