Month: January 2020

Are Pets A Dealbreaker For Hardwood Flooring

We as Americans love our pets. According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Association, 67 percent of all Americans own a pet. And if you take a quick look around the Rocky Mountain region, you’ll find that Coloradoans take that to heart.

Walk anywhere in LoDo, and you’ll see dogs visit the street cafes as often as their humans. Hit the slopes, and you’ll find dogs often tag along. Even seeing cats out for a walk with their owners is now more commonplace than ever before.

Head indoors, and you’ll find even more pets, not just dogs and cats. Birds, rabbits, and other small animals often share living space with their human friends.

If you’re one of the 67 percent that has invited a pet to share your space, you already know you have to make certain adjustments to have a beautiful home and care for a pet at the same time.Are Pets A Dealbreaker For Hardwood Flooring

Most interior designers will tell you pets and hardwood flooring don’t often go together. Pets impact hardwood floors in two ways – urine and scratches from toenails. Are they always a deal breaker with your hardwood floors?

Will dog claws scratch hardwood floors?

Dogs can be especially brutal to hardwood floors. Those sharp toenails dig in as they go around and around with a game of tag. Or maybe they can spend hours playing fetch with their favorite toys or a ball.

Dogs also weigh a lot more than cats or other small furry animals. When they jump, pounce, dance, and charge, they use all of the power in their front feet to gain traction. That means they dig those claws into your flooring just a little bit, looking for any way possible to go a bit faster.

But no matter how big your dog is, or how many games of chase they like to play, there are ways to counter the damage they can do to your hardwood floors.

Your first job is to realize your hardwood floors will need a little more protection than the average home. You’ll need to apply protective coatings to the finish, and perform maintenance more frequently to keep your floors looking their best. Does it take a little more bite out of your budget, and more time to ensure your flooring looks its best? Of course. But if you want a stylish home and a furry BFF too, it’s important to know what you’re in for before you have hardwood installed.

How to keep hardwood floor maintenance to a minimum

Before you head in and select the hardwood flooring perfect for your home, it’s important to have a better idea of the maintenance required to keep them looking their best no matter what your pet dishes out.

Use more protective coatings – Whenever you purchase hardwood flooring, it’s important to realize that each manufacturer and product is created with “average” in mind. Our goal is to point you to the material that will perform well under pressure, and hold up no matter what you and your family can dish out. But in the end, every product still can have a few boosters to give it even more strength.

Each layer of protective coating adds another layer to the surface. When pets nails hit the floor and scratch it, they are scratching the protective coating first, the hardwood next. With more protective layers, it takes longer for pet’s nails to penetrate into the flooring. That’s why adding several layers of protective coating in the beginning, may be your best solution.

Use a tougher coating – Of course, you can only apply so many protective layers to the hardwood before it becomes counterintuitive. Do a little research, and you’ll find that there are different brands and manufacturers that create top coats for various purposes. Find one that bonds better and creates a tougher shell for more protection.

Handling scratches as they appear – As surface scratches start to appear, you can use a stain-filler marker that matches the stain finish of your hardwood. This can keep your flooring looking as new as possible until the scratches start moving below the surface level, and actually into the hardwood itself.

Then it’s time to sand the surface, restain it to match the coloring of your floors, and reseal it with a polyurethane finish. Be sure to talk with one of our flooring consultants as you purchase your hardwood floors. We can provide you with tips on what colors to choose for your markers and stains, as well as provide you with top coat finishes to ensure they match your existing product as you refinish or replace small sections of your flooring.

Keep pet nails well groomed – It might be overstating the obvious, but pay attention to the condition of your pets’ paws. Wipe off their paws when they enter from outside to ensure sand and grit aren’t tracked onto your hardwood. Keep toenails clipped and short, building grooming sessions into your schedule every week.

Rugs are your best friends too – Hardwood and rugs just go together. Place rugs by every entrance to ensure your pets have a chance to wipe their paws before they step onto the hardwood. Use them in places your BFF might need a little more traction to help stay safe, like hallways or stairs. You can also place them in family rooms where your pets spend more time hanging out and playing with you.

Pet urine … the biggest problem

When you have pets, at some point in time, you will have accidents on your floor. And those small puddles of urine are the biggest potential problem that can impact hardwood flooring.

If you see your pet making a mess, and notice the puddle immediately, clean it up as fast as you can. Unfortunately, pets are notorious for sneaking and hiding their  problems in far-off places. That means that puddle can sit for hours, possibly even days before it’s discovered.

As urine sits, it decomposes. It becomes more alkaline and more corrosive as it sits. If you’ve ever found old puddles to smell a bit like ammonia, there’s a reason for that. And ammonia and hardwood flooring don’t mix.

This happens even more frequently when the puddle is covered up. Has your pet found a favorite place to mark its territory, in the corner of a room, or on the side of a rug? It can keep the liquid from drying, making the corrosive properties even stronger.

If you suspect a puddle to have been there longer than a few hours, spot with a mild acid – vinegar should do the trick. Let the area dry completely, which could take several days to a week or more. You’ll also have to work on the pet’s behavior, because pets are notorious for returning to a spot once it’s marked.

If the stain is too deep, the only way to repair it is to sand it down, or to replace the boards altogether if they’ve warped.

Do pets and hardwood floors go together? 

They aren’t always a deal breaker.

If you love your pets but are considering hardwood floors too, stop by today. We have a wealth of information we can share with you on how to bring the two together, and create a home you’ll love for years to come.

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Step 5 of What to Expect from The Carpet Guys

Installation Preparation

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This is Step 5 in the series of What To Expect From The Carpet Guys flooring installation process.  This step will explain what happens when your installer arrives at your home to prepare for the installation. We are guiding you through the procedure so when you have your home renovation done, you are prepared.  The Carpet Guys want to alleviate any anxiety or frustration you may have during this process.

Hard Surface Preparation

If hardwood, vinyl or laminate flooring are being installed in your home, the product has already been delivered to your home, by our warehouse crew, so it can acclimate.  Acclimation is the process that any hard surface material goes through to adjust to the temperature and moisture of your home before installation preparation.  You’ll want to maintain your home between 65-80 degrees and a moisture content of 35-55 percent humidity.

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When the installer arrives, they will also bring with them any tools and transition pieces that were not special ordered, but necessary to complete the job.  They will need access to electricity for a small table saw and an area to cut boards during their installation preparation.  They can cut in the driveway in nice weather.  A garage may be used when there’s inclement weather.  If they’re inside the installer will lay tarps down to protect your belongings from dust.

The installer will also want to see the room and get the big picture of your installation like:

  1. If old flooring will be removed or if the new flooring can be float on top
  2. If the subfloor is ready to receive the new flooring
  3. What direction the flooring will be installed
  4. If the flooring will go under or up to built-in cabinetry
  5. What furniture or appliances need to be moved if any
  6. How far the room is from where they will be cutting
  7. Double-checking the other types of flooring that border it for transitions
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Sheet Vinyl or Carpet Preparation

If you’re having a roll product installed, like sheet vinyl or carpet, there are other necessary tools the installer will bring.  They will need access to a standard outlet to plug in their seam iron.  They will also bring transitions that are used between different types of flooring if your carpet will border a hard surface material like laminate or tile.  You want to keep your home around 65-80 degrees because if it’s too cold, the vinyl or carpet will be too stiff to lay or cut properly.  The soft surface installer will want to see the space being installed when they arrive to determine:

  1. What furniture needs to be moved
  2. Where is the best seam location, if necessary
  3. What flooring needs removal, if any
  4. If the subfloor is prepared for installation (glue down or tack strip)
  5. Double-checking bordering types of flooring for transition pieces
  6. If there are closets that need separate pieces

The Carpet Guys installers are professional and
knowledgeable.  They will come prepared
to make your installation as easy as possible. 
If you have any questions or concerns before your day of installation,
don’t hesitate to contact us!  We can
answer all your questions and ease your mind. 
Be Wise, Call The Carpet Guys at 855-4-MY-GUYS (855-469-4897).  Interested in having new flooring installed,
fill out our Free In-Home
Estimate form
and one of our friendly service staff will reach out to
you.  For more information on our
previous steps, check out these blogs:

One – Free Design Consultant

Step Two
– Measuring Your Space

Step Three
– Making Your Installation Appointment

Step Four –
The Installer Calls

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What You Need to Know about Moisture and Hardwood Floors

Whenever someone is making decisions in regards to their home décor, even the most seemingly minor details can have a major impact. We are saying this to make the point that if the little things become so important during new builds or remodels, imagine how important the big things are! And as far as big things in improvement projects go, flooring is right at the top (pardon the irony).

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And as with every other crucial decision in these types of situations, there are several different things to research and compare when picking the one which you want to continue with. So, your friends here at thought we would take one of the most popular choices (wood flooring) and offer a quick tutorial on how various moisture levels affect it:

Optimal Moisture
Minimal to no issues. Extremely difficult to maintain year-round in most regions.

Low Moisture
Minor issues such as cracks between boards. Installing a humidifier can help.

High Moisture
This can lead to cupping. Applying heat and air circulation can improve dryness.

Extreme Moisture
This can lead to most of the other issues that come with the lesser levels of moisture, as well as also being apt to crown and then return to its original shape as the moisture levels equalize.

As with wood and any other type of flooring that you may be considering, understanding exactly what each different option offers is crucial to deciding which one is ultimately right for your new or renovated floor. That’s where our experts here at can help you find the perfecting covering for your home or office. You can also reach us over the phone by calling 800-689-9006 and speaking with one of our knowledgeable staff members.

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EvoCore: Welcome to the Future of Flooring

EvoCore Flooring is the most versatile flooring range that we offer. Providing maximum protection from moisture, stains, dents and scratches, as well as  temperature fluctuations. Our EvoCore ranges are designed with many factors in mind to provide a great option for all areas of the home, including high-risk areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Our EvoCore range is still young and new to our collection of different flooring options, so this may leave you with a couple of questions. This blog will help explain every point and factor that you may be curious about.

What is EvoCore Flooring?

EvoCore is a combination of 7 different layers to create an extremely resistant and durable flooring:

  1. Built-in underlay backing.
  2. A standard vinyl board, eliminating any ripples or waves.
  3. Ridgid core board, enhancing stability and protection against water damage and expansion.
  4. Another standard vinyl board, adding additional robustness against chips and dents.
  5. Decor film, which provides different wood patterns and colours depending on your preference.
  6. Highly durable wear layer which provides commercial-grade resistance against foot traffic, scuffs and grime.
  7. UV protective coating, which not only provides protection against colour fading, but also keeping the decor film clearly visible.

The seven layers of EvoCore

These layers combined provide protection and durability that you simply cannot find in any other flooring range that we offer. Each layer works together to create different protection factors, thus making it perfect for any room in your home.

The Benefits of EvoCore

EvoCore Flooring provides many beneficial factors. They ensure the best protection and resistance against both common and rare household and commercial activities. Below is a bullet-pointed list of each benefit that this range offers: 

  • EvoCore is 100% waterproof
  • Built-in underlay backing
  • Anti-slip surface
  • No expansion or contraction when exposed to heat and cold
  • Pet-friendly
  • Durable and hard-wearing
  • No glue needed for installation, due to its easy click-lock installation feature
  • Real wood look and feel
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Compatible with underfloor heating
  • Hides subfloor imperfections
  • Can be laid over existing flooring
  • Eco-friendly

The sheer amount of benefits that EvoCore Flooring provides is completely unmatched when compared to other options. This waterproof flooring is a perfect flooring choice for bathrooms and kitchens, due to its waterproof and anti-slip features. There’s no need to worry about those accidental spills or crazy bath times! 

The EvoCore Ranges

Within our EvoCore Flooring range, we offer 2 different ranges that are better suited to different needs and situations. 

These two ranges, Essential and Premium, are split based on their thickness, coverage and warranty. Premium is classed as more of a luxury range due to its thicker and slightly more durable plank. EvoCore Premium planks are also registered embossed, therefore, the texture on the surface perfectly matches the design, which creates a true wooden look and feel.

EvoCore Essentials

Thickness:  5.2mm Wear Layer: 0.2mm
Pack Coverage:  2.2m² Board Length: 1220mm
Board Width: 180mm Species: Oak
Pack Contents: 10 boards Residential Warranty: 10 years


Essential Top Picks

EvoCore Essentials Stormy Grey Oak EvoCore Essentials Natural Almond Oak EvoCore Essentials Light Toffee Oak
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EvoCore Premium

Thickness: 8mm Wear Layer: 0.55mm
Pack Coverage:  1.54m² Board Length: 1220mm
Board Width: 180mm Species: Oak
Pack Contents: 7 boards Residential Warranty: Lifetime


Premium Top Picks

EvoCore Premium Vintage Grey Oak EvoCore Premium Natural English Oak EvoCore Premium Crafted Georgian Oak
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Installing EvoCore Flooring

Installing EvoCore Flooring is similar to installing click LVT or tongue and groove and click wood flooring, due to its similar click-lock system. However, EvoCore installation is a quicker and easier process thanks to the built-in underlay. 

Fitting EvoCore over tiles with in-built underlay backing

EvoCore Flooring is installed using the floating floor installation method, as no glue or adhesive is needed to secure your flooring. You can also lay it over existing floor tiles, making for a much quicker fitting process:

  1. Measure your room to know how much flooring you will need to purchase.
  2. Choose your favourite range of EvoCore Flooring.
  3. Ensure your subfloor or existing floor is clean and clear of debris.
  4. Lay your waterproof flooring over the subfloor. No underlay is needed because EvoCore Flooring has underlay pre-installed on the underside of each plank. You can lay your flooring lengthways or widthways, depending on what style you are looking for.
  5. Use the click-lock feature on each plank to attach them to one another, which creates a tight seal between each plank.
  6. Cut the planks when necessary using a fine tooth saw or tile cutter to fit in the area of your room. As well as this, be sure to cut planks that need to work around set features of your room, such as a shower, toilet, cupboards, or sinks and so on.
  7. Once your flooring has been installed, add skirting to the perimeter of your room if necessary. We offer a wide range of matching EvoCore accessories such as skirting.

Questions and answers

Is EvoCore pet-friendly?

EvoCore is perfect for any pet owner. As its scratch-resistant surface makes it ideal for claw or teeth marks. Additionally, its easy to clean surface is also great for those muddy paw prints that always seem to show up!

Is EvoCore child-friendly?

Children’s activities can almost always lead to a mess of crayon marks and spillages. This stain-resistant and waterproof flooring makes the cleaning process a quick and easy task; all you need is a little soapy water for stains and marks to be removed.

Does EvoCore have an AC rating?

Only our ranges of laminate flooring offer an AC rating. However, our EvoCore premium ranges offer a commercial-grade durability rating.

Is EvoCore compatible with underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating is no challenge for our ranges of EvoCore. It is 5 times less affected compared to LVT in environments which face extreme temperature fluctuations and exposure to direct sunlight. We have tested the effects caused by heat all the way up to 38°C and found no differences in its shape or size, thus making it perfect for practically any room.

Where can EvoCore Flooring be laid?

EvoCore can be laid in absolutely any room in your home due to its strength and durability. It can even be laid in wetter or more active areas of the home such as bathrooms or kitchens.

To conclude, EvoCore Flooring is a great option for any home. Its many benefits and easy installation makes for a great stress-free job. We hope any questions or queries that you may have had has been answered in this blog. If not, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 03308 088 777.

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How Vinyl Floor Impacts The Environment

Are you looking for a sustainable flooring option? Want a flooring that doesn’t hurt the environment?

For many homeowners, sustainability is becoming one of their top shopping preferences. Not only is it better for the environment to think green before you buy, but it’s also important to bring materials into your home that won’t impact your family’s health too.

When you think green, a lot of materials come to mind. Wood. Bamboo. Wool. Yet most people rarely think about vinyl as being a green product. They are surprised to learn that vinyl floors can be environmentally friendly.

John Elkington defined the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach to sustainability back in 1994. According to Elkington, the Triple Bottom Line approach gives you a way to assess any product you choose to bring into your home based on three criteria. Look at:

  • The cradle to grave impact of the product
  • How the manufacturer contributes to sustainability throughout the company and the community
  • How economic stable the manufacturer is

How does vinyl flooring compare?

How Vinyl Floor Impacts The EnvironmentHow vinyl floor is made

Vinyl flooring is made of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. Depending on the manufacturer, it has a variety of materials added to create its individualistic looks.

The primary element in vinyl flooring is a vinyl sheet. Manufacturers suspend vinyl in a liquid mixture that is then spread into a thin sheet and rolled to the desired length and width. Plastic coating is fused and dried to create a tough, durable material.

Vinyl sheets can be produced in many sizes and shapes. It can be sold in sheet format, cut into 6, 9, or 12 inch square tiles, or be cut into plank shapes.

All vinyl tile has several layers. It begins with a core layer of vinyl over a felt backing. Some vinyl floors have a very thin decorative layer that creates patterns and colors. A thin plastic layer can add to the durability and provide a relatively maintenance-free, scuff-resistant surface.

Think of the backing as the strength, the top layer as the wear layer. The two must work together to give you a high-quality product. The backing can be made in a similar fashion to papermaking, using things like limestone and clay.

Of course, what the final product is made from is up to the manufacturer. Resilient flooring now makes up about 14 percent of the flooring marketplace, meaning there’s a lot of room for both top of the line and less than reputable companies to do business with. That’s why it’s important to stick with a flooring company you can trust. If you do business with a reliable flooring company, they will only suggest manufacturers that make a high-quality product.

Harmful chemicals

If you do a search for the reasons why people don’t like vinyl floor, it almost always has to do with the chemicals used both in production of the flooring, and in the product itself. And for good reason. If you go back decades ago, before harmful chemical usage was researched, you’ll find a wide variety of materials were used to create vinyl.

Asbestos was high on the list of harmful chemicals. Asbestos was once thought to be a great insulator, as well as adding fire-retardant features to all it was added to. Once it was determined how toxic the material really was, all usage was halted. Even though you can still find asbestos in older insulation and vinyl flooring, care must be used when remodeling and taking the old products out.

Formaldehyde was another highly toxic chemical used in vinyl flooring. Formaldehyde is often mixed into the glues and adhesives used in vinyl production. Urea-formaldehyde has the greatest risk factors, causing respiratory and nervous system problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids and adults.

Depending on the manufacturer used, you can find a host of other harmful chemicals used in production. Lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, dioxins, chloride, and phthalates are all toxic and irritants to the human body in some format.

The best way to get a vinyl flooring product that doesn’t use harmful chemicals is to ask. It’s the only way you can be sure you’re getting a top of the line product that has low or no risk factors you don’t want to bring into your home, or have impact the environment.

Environmental impact after installation

When most homeowners consider flooring options, they focus on the product before they choose and install. But if you are making the best choice for the environment, it’s important to consider all levels of the life cycle, including after installation.

What about durability? If you have a flooring option that handles well, is durable, and can withstand lots of activity and traffic, it means less chance of having to replace it quickly. If properly cared for and installed, vinyl floor can last as much as 20 years or even longer. If you don’t have to replace it as often, it saves on waste and the environmental impact of having it removed and sending it to the landfill.

Vinyl floors cannot be refinished. That means when they wear out, they will have to be replaced. Yet one of the best reasons to use today’s vinyl flooring tiles and planks is because it’s a relatively easy process to remove and replace them. Simply pull up the damaged tile or plank and tap the new one into place. You’ll add longevity to your flooring by only having to replace impacted areas.

Which also brings us to end of life. As a whole, vinyl flooring cannot be recycled, and it is not biodegradable. If you send it to the landfill, it just sits there taking up space indefinitely. Vinyl flooring is hard to recycle because of the different material makeup of the vinyl throughout. It’s tough removing the vinyl from the backing from the adhesive, meaning it’s next to impossible to recycle the parts that are truly recyclable.

This is changing too. As a whole, the industry knows it will have to change in the future. That’s why you’ll find the best manufacturers in the flooring industry doing their part now. Armstrong, for instance, has its own recycling program to keep product out of the landfills. It’s also finding other creative ways to recycle and use different products in different ways.

Is a vinyl floor in your future?

There are different flooring products for all kinds of homes, all kinds of people, all kinds of tastes. If you are leaning towards the durability and strength of vinyl flooring, don’t hold back. Today’s vinyl flooring can be a sustainable purchase that won’t harm the environment. Go with a reputable company that is working hard to make our future better. Ask us how.

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Flooring That Looks Like Tile

(But it’s affordable)

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The Carpet Guys have some amazing solutions to help you find a look of ceramic tile that is affordable.   A customer called and said they wanted tile flooring but all the quotes they had received were sky-high.  Our professional service representative had been through a similar situation and

wanted to help the client.  “Unfortunately, we don’t install tile, but I can offer some affordable suggestions that look like tile and might even be better for you if you’re interested?” offered our rep.  The woman was elated!  We sent one of our knowledgeable Design Consultants who brought several samples of “Not Actually Tile” options to her home.   Tile may be a preferred type of flooring, but customers don’t enjoy the high cost that goes along with it.  Here are some great flooring options that are affordable for the average household and will give you the benefits and look of tile.

Sheet Vinyl That Looks Like Tile

The lowest cost option to get a tile look is sheet vinyl.  It is a naturally waterproof option so it can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens and even below grade (in basements). The fact that it has no grout or very few seams means there is nowhere for moisture to get below the surface. It can be installed on smooth concrete or subfloors.  It’s inexpensive and scratch-resistant.  It’s also softer underfoot than tile or stone. There are plenty of natural and ceramic looking tile options in sheet vinyl.  Check out these inspirations including a blog written by a homeowner that chose vinyl for her “Can’t Believe It’s Not Tile” post.

Luxury Vinyl Tile That Looks Like Tile

The next suggestion is luxury vinyl tile. This is also a naturally waterproof product, but there are seams to contend with.  You’ll want to make sure there’s no standing water or large puddles.  Another suggestion would be to include an underlayment when installing.  This will protect against moisture, absorb sound and decrease minor subfloor imperfections.  Numerous patterns and styles can be created with this amazing product.  Check out these finished rooms.

We recommend professional installation for both types of flooring.  Your flooring is an investment and you want it to last a long time.  Our installers are so proficient, we guarantee their work as long as you own your home, with a Lifetime Installation Warranty.  Be Wise, Call The Carpet Guys at 855-4-MY-GUYS (855-469-4897) or fill out our Free In-Home Estimate form and we will send our showroom to your door with one of our amazing Design Consultants.

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8 Ways To Use Carpet Tiles In Your Home

You love your hardwood floors. But maybe you have a room where you want something a bit different. Why not give carpet tiles a try?

Carpet tiles have long since been a favorite in the commercial sector, with carpet tiles representing 60 percent of the commercial carpet market. But as people continue to use them in office settings and find out how beneficial they are, they are putting them into their homes too.

Why? Because they’re so versatile! Once you give them a try, you’re going to find many uses for them throughout your home.

What are carpet tiles?

8 Ways To Use Carpet Tiles In Your HomeCarpet tiles are, as the name implies, squares of carpet that can be fit together inside your room. They usually are cut to 24 x 24 inches, or 18 x 18 inches square, but with their popularity, you’ll find them in all sorts of sizes.

Homeowners love them because they are easy to handle and care for in do-it-yourself fashion. If you buy broadloom carpet and try to install it yourself, you can face a variety of problems. It takes talent to install, hide seams, stretch, and tack into place.

Not so with carpet tile. Because they are easy to handle, virtually anyone can install them in minutes.

Want a few tips on how to use them inside your home? Read on.

Install them easily

One of the best reasons to use carpet tiles throughout your home is because they are super easy to install. As a do-it-yourselfer, it’s an easy project to take on.

Maybe you’ve been watching the home improvement shows on television. Maybe you’re just looking for a way to make your room stand out without spending a lot of money. Carpet tiles can be one of the best solutions. Just make sure the subfloor is prepared correctly. Then select your tiles, ensure you have enough for the size of your room, and install them. It’s literally that easy.

Add a punch of color to any room

Most homeowners like a more subdued, natural color in the main living spaces of the home. But there’s always one room where you want the freedom to express yourself. Maybe a playroom, a craft room, or a music room. Maybe you have a creative child who’s dying to bring wild colors into their space. Carpet squares are the way to do that easily.

What’s even better is the fact that they are as easy to take out as they are to put in. If your creative genius mixes up the colors, then decides they want to change things up, you can do so easily. It’s a great way to help build their confidence and let them have fun with their newfound decorating skills.

Avoid labor costs and replacement issues

Carpet tiles can be less expensive than many other flooring options you may look at. What’s more, because you can do it yourself, you can save on labor and installation costs too. And because carpet tiles are laid directly onto the subfloor, you won’t have the added expense of carpet pads either. It truly can be a fun way to save money and create a unique space you’ll love.

Carpet tiles are perfect for high traffic areas where spills and other messes may be a problem. How about installing them in a wine cellar? You won’t have to worry about dropping a bottle or spilling when you cork your favorite blend. They are easy to clean. And if you do stain an area, just lift up the tile and put a new one into place. For that reason, it’s a good idea to order a few extra, to replace damaged tiles as they happen.

Put them in the most high traffic areas of your home

Have you watched the way your kids tear up their playroom? They build all kinds of wild and creative settings as they imagine the day away.

Of course, that snack they snuck up into the playroom often gets entangled in the action. Ground up cookies, spilled juice, and even the occasional melted candy bar can really pack a punch on your flooring.

But with carpet tiles, you don’t have to worry about the mess. It’s easier to clean up as they occur. And if something happens that you can’t remove, just replace the tile, and it’ll look as good as new.

Worried about not having enough tiles or not having the colors match? Why not mix and match? Select several different colors all in one similar range. Then piece them together, so the colors interweave. If you run out of a color, you can always shop for more, never worrying about how they will integrate with each other. Every new color simply adds to a new look.

Carpet tiles are durable

Home office work is rising every year. Over 3.7 million workers telecommute at least part of their workweek. Over 15 million are self-employed. That makes home offices not just a convenience, it puts them more in demand than ever before.

Yet what flooring works in a bedroom or living space doesn’t necessarily work for office functionality. That plus carpet is hard to roll through with an office chair. Yet its the perfect environment to get creative and install carpet squares instead.

Stay subtle and blend it with the rest of your home’s decor. Play up the color of your company brand. Or make it uniquely your own, to provide motivation through color as you work through your busy days.

Avoid seams

Do you have an oddly shaped room? Do you always have to buy a lot more flooring just to make it work? That’s a lot of waste.

If you select wall to wall carpet, it most likely comes in 12 foot widths. Yet how many rooms are perfectly 12 feet? Playrooms and home offices are often tucked into corners of the home. Homeowners are brilliant at being able to create space from nothing. Storage closets, wine cellars, game rooms and more can all be added creatively to give you exactly what you want from your home.

And once you have your creative juices flowing, with carpet squares, you’ll never have to worry about having a seam in the worst place possible. Or pay for extra carpet that will never be used, just to piece it together into a corner. Just tuck the carpet square in, cut it to size, and press it into place.

Clean up for health

Some of the most popular rooms in your home are also the messiest.

  • The playroom where your kids grind in the dirt
  • The gameroom where you spend your nights and weekends
  • The craftroom where paints, clays, and more can linger forever

And once the dirt and grime are in place, it can impact your health as well as be an unsightly mess.

The EPA has stated that indoor air quality is often worse than outside air. Since carpet tiles have lower pile, they trap less dirt, and are easier to clean. That means they can be a better alternative for creating a more eco-friendly living space in your home.

Give you better water protection too

Even carpet tiles are still carpeting; they will never stand up to standing water. But when you compare carpet tiles with wall to wall carpeting, you will find they stand up to moisture better over time. They’re easier to clean, meaning you can clean up that spill quickly and not have it impact the fibers. Because there isn’t a carpet pad, moisture won’t seep through. And if you do sustain damage, it’s easier to correct the problem by replacing individual tiles.

Are you ready to install carpet tiles in your home? We can help. Stop by today and see our complete selection, and find one perfect for the look you’re trying to create.

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In the news: Express Flooring Receives 2020 Phoenix Award

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Express Home Services LLC Receives 2020 Phoenix Award

Express Flooring Awarded with 2020 Phoenix Award from Town Ranking - visual of the award
Express Flooring Awarded with 2020 Phoenix Award

Phoenix Award Program Honors the Achievement

PHOENIX January 10, 2020 — Express Home Services LLC has been selected fort he Phoenix Award in Flooring Contractor category by the Phoenix Award Program.

Each year, the Phoenix Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Phoenix area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Phoenix Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Phoenix Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Phoenix Award Program.

The Phoenix Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Phoenix area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Phoenix Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Phoenix Award Program

Phoenix Award Program
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