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  • Armstrong Flooring To Increase Prices On Hardwood

    Posted on May 30, 2013 by iFLOOR

    The Floor Covering Weekly reports Armstrong announced a price increase to take effect in July of this year on all solid hardwood and select engineered wood floors in the US and Canada.

    They attribute the raise in prices to their own increasing costs due to limited supply of raw materials and a greater national demand. The price increase will be in between 5-7%, and it's likely other manufacturers will follow suit as lumber prices are expected to climb.

    Price increases are not uncommon, and it's almost always the customer who ends up paying more when the manufacturer's cost increases. This is not news to anyone and the way it's always been, but if you are in the market for new hardwood, this is a good thing to know. You might want to step up your timeline.

    It also never hurts to open up your options. If you haven't considered alternatives like bamboo or cork flooring, you might want to take a look.

     


    This post was posted in Flooring News, Hardwood Flooring and was tagged with Armstong, Armstrong Price increase, engineered hardwood, hardwood price increase, solid hardwood

  • Which Is The Best Kitchen Flooring?

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by iFLOOR

    This might be one of the most asked questions we receive. Kitchen flooring receives more foot traffic, more spills, and is generally cleaned more often. It used to be a foregone conclusion to install linoleum, vinyl, laminate, or ceramic tile, but that's no longer the case.

    The world has changed its thinking and you'll see a more diverse selection of kitchen floors than has ever been the case. Green floors like bamboo and cork are becoming extremely popular and the design possibilities are now limitless.

    Can I install hardwood in the kitchen?

    You certainly can, just be careful about leaving spills for long periods of time. Engineered wood flooring absorbs less moisture and can be an ideal choice for kitchens. Those worried about dishwashers overflowing or pipes bursting shouldn't be too concerned about the damage to the floor. When events like these happen, a homeowner's claim is the best course of action and it's likely there will be more damage than just the floor.

    Can I install bamboo in the kitchen?

    You certainly can. In fact, bamboo is less absorbent than wood and harder than Red Oak. An ideal choice for kitchens is strand woven bamboo, a floor that's made from shredded bamboo and re-bonded using intense heat and resins. Many of these floors are even commercially rated and very, very tough.

    Solid strand woven bamboo that's been carbonized to this beautiful range of caramels.

    Can I Install cork in the kitchen?

    You certainly can. The nice thing about cork is how it feels, especially after hours spent slaving over a hot meal and standing over a seemingly endless pile of dishes. Cork flooring is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, only requires light sweeping and is very comfortable. It feels warmer than other hard surface floors while also compressing slightly under your weight. It absorbs shock and springs back into place when you move on. This is great for when heavy objects like dishes (which are less likely to break) slip out of our hands.

    Like computers, phones, and televisions, flooring is evolving and making tremendous strides in both quality and value. Manufacturers are becoming more efficient and more scientific about how flooring is engineered. More thought than ever before goes into long term durability, ease of maintenance and ease to install.

    If you're looking for a new kitchen floor, don't settle for what used to be considered the norm. There's a new norm, and there are a lot more options than the old one.


    This post was posted in Bamboo Flooring, Cork Flooring, Flooring Trends, Hardwood Flooring and was tagged with bamboo flooring, bamboo in kitchen, best flooring for kitchens, cork flooring, cork in kitchen, hardwood flooring, hardwood in kitchen, strand woven bamboo flooring

  • Differences In Installing Hardwood & Vinyl Flooring | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 22, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Hardwood flooring is one of the most traditional choices available, but modern vinyl floor options are quickly becoming popular among homeowners. Researching the differences among these two types of flooring will ensure you get the one that is best for your personal needs. The installation for each variety is an important factor to consider.

    Installing New Floors

    The physical installation of hardwood flooring can range from simple installations of large sheets of wood to installing single planks of wood. Plank style flooring is the most traditional type of hardwood, and is also more time consuming and costly to install when compared to modern hardwood panels. When compared to vinyl, the installation of hardwood floors are similar in time and cost if you research your options to find the best product for your budget.

    Vinyl flooring is typically installed as either planks or tiles. . Hardwood can be fit together using a peg and notch system, which is turn glued to the subflooring. Vinyl is also sold in large rolls. You will need to apply adhesive over the entire floor before installing roll style flooring. It is also advised to remove molding around the room to ensure the vinyl edges are hidden, since they will need to be stapled around the outside edge.

    What to Know

    The quality of your hardwood or vinyl flooring impacts the cost of installation. For example, vinyl planks are higher quality and take longer to install. Installing plank style vinyl floors will generally cost more than the installation of roll type flooring.

    Both hardwood and high quality vinyl floors will last for a long time with the proper care. Hardwood will require more maintenance than vinyl, but the installation for both of these flooring types is similar in cost and installation. Checking prices and comparing quality is highly recommended before choosing the brand and style you want to install.


    This post was posted in Do It Yourself, Hardwood Flooring, Vinyl Flooring

  • 5 Tips To Installing Flooring Yourself | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 16, 2012 by iFLOOR

    There are plenty of reasons to install your own flooring, but we've found that there are several tips that can keep you sane when you do it! The process is simple enough, but these tips will help you keep things going.

    Level the Floor
    You likely do not have to level the floor when you are dealing with vinyl tile, but if you are installing laminate wood flooring this is essential. Laminate wood flooring is fairly unforgiving, so take out those low spots. The more level the floor, the more perfectly even the flooring will be.

    Leave Some Breathing Room
    Make sure that there


    This post was posted in Do It Yourself, Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Wood Flooring

  • The Pros Of Buying Discounted Flooring | iFLOOR

    Posted on August 15, 2012 by iFLOOR

    When you're in the market for new flooring, there are definitely a lot of different options for you to consider. When the most important variables for the average shopper is the price of the flooring. Many merchants offer discount hardwood flooring to give customers an alternative to some of the more expensive brands that they carry. Should you opt for discount flooring? Here are a few of the benefits to consider with discount flooring.

    Save Money

    The most obvious benefit that comes with purchasing discount flooring is that you can save quite a bit of money. For example, if you purchase discount cork flooring, you will potentially be able to save hundreds or thousands of dollars compared to pay full price. When you're dealing with a large floor area, and you get a hard surface flooring, you're probably talking about a lot of money for the average person. Because of this, getting a floor that is discounted is often the best way to go.

    Don't Have to Sacrifice

    Just because you are buying something that is discounted, that does not necessarily mean that you are getting a low quality flooring for your home. Pretty much all of the big brands discount their products from time to time. That does not mean that the quality of the product has diminished or that you are getting something that's not going to last. There are some low-quality brands and products out there, but they regularly make low-quality products. If you're buying a well-known brand at a discounted price, you are still going to be able to get a good product without having to worry about the product breaking down shortly after you buy it.

    Afford Installation

    Many people try to install their flooring by themselves so that they can afford to buy the product they want. If you'll find something that's discounted, that might leave you enough left over to afford professional installation. When a pro installs the job, it will improve the chances of you being satisfied with it.


    This post was posted in Cork Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Money Saving Tips

  • Hard Wood Or Cork Floors Can Add Value To Your Home | iFLOOR

    Posted on July 30, 2012 by iFLOOR

    If you are a home owner, then of course you want to do everything you can not only to protect your investment in your house, but to increase its value as time goes on. However, many home owners seem to be under the assumption that in order to increase a home's value, a lot of money needs to be spent. However, this does not have to be the case at all. There are plenty of small and relatively inexpensive ways to go about making your investment worth more. In the meantime, you can enjoy these small improvements within your own living space, making it a win-win situation.

    Perhaps one of the best ways to increase your home's value on the market these days is to simply update your flooring. For those on a tight budget, even having new flooring installed in one larger room of your home, such as your living room or dining area, can have a significant impact on the appearance and worth of your house overall. And these days, nothing sells better than a home with beautiful hard wood flooring.

    So if you are interested in having hardwood installed in your home, be sure to consider us at iFloor for all of your hardwood needs. We have a wide selection of wood types, colors, and finishes to choose from. In addition, our cork flooring prices simply cannot be beat.

    Here, you can be sure to find just about any type of flooring that suits your unique sense of style. From hardwood and cork to bamboo and laminate, we carry it all and we have it for the best prices around, making it easier than ever for you to take on that remodeling project.

    So if you are serious about making a huge improvement at your home without having to spend a lot of money in the process, be sure to consider the option of installing some beautiful new flooring throughout your home or in a focal room!


    This post was posted in Cork Flooring, Hardwood Flooring

  • Items Needed To Install Hardwood Flooring In Your Home | iFLOOR

    Posted on July 23, 2012 by iFLOOR

    Are you planning on having beautiful new hardwood flooring installed at your home in the near future? If so, then you may be wondering what tools and materials will be needed to get the job done, whether you plan on attempting it yourself or simply want to provide the necessary materials for the experts who will be coming out to install the flooring for you.

    There are a variety of tools and materials necessary to install hardwood or vinyl floor. For starters, of course it is necessary to have the proper amount of flooring needed to cover the area that it is going to be installed in. It usually does not hurt to purchase a few extra square feet of the flooring to ensure that it does not run out.

    In addition, anyone installing this type of flooring will need a staple gun, pliers, pencil or chalk, and a measuring tape. The measuring tape is one of the most important tools to have when installing flooring, as it will be used to ensure that boards are cut to the right size and shape and that as little flooring can be wasted as possible. It is always best to double and triple check measurements before making any cuts. Lines should be drawn with the pencil or chalk and not anything permanent that will stain the wood itself.

    In addition, a glue dissolving solvent is also good to have when laying the wood. In addition to the nails, it will provide a way for the flooring to stay securely in place for many years to come. Finally, having a broom handy for sweeping and cleaning up debris once finished is always a wise idea for those who like to keep the work area tidy.

    So if you are thinking about having new hardwood flooring installed, be sure to keep us in mind for all of your flooring and installation needs, as we are experts in all aspects of flooring!


    This post was posted in Do It Yourself, Hardwood Flooring

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