PORCELAIN TILE VS. VINYL TILE

Tile is a term used in a few different ways in the flooring industry. For the most part when I hear tile I think of ceramic or porcelain tiles.   However you could also be referring to vinyl composition tiles (VCT). We also now have carpet tiles and Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT).  So now days…

BEST FLOOR TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND HEALTHY?

This question reminds me of an article I read a few years ago. The article was about commercial hospital flooring. Flooring, janitorial and hospital industries were working together to decide what was the healthiest environment for their patients recovery rooms. In the past hard surface flooring such as sheet vinyl was the only thought since…

Which flooring should be installed first, or does it matter?

Tile can be messy and the traffic to complete the job is heavy as well. It is recommended to have all your tile and grout work done before carpet, vinyl flooring or hardwood installation. This is typically after any cabinet and painting work is completed. After tile is done we want to install sheet vinyl…

What should I take into consideration before flooring over ceramic tile?

At times I look at the option of installing a new floor coverings over existing ceramic tile. New flooring must be installed over a suitable underlayment that is solid, stable, dry, clean and smooth. Things I take into consideration are: Is the existing tile bonded well to the subfloor? We can’t install over a old…

HOW MUCH CARPET DO I NEED FOR STAIRS?

  When I made the shift from installing to estimating flooring projects, a wise man told me “the cheapest insurance you can buy for a job is some extra material”.  I think this is a very smart move, especially when figuring carpet or any other flooring materials on stairs and other intricate areas. Carpet on…

WHAT IS THE ACCEPTABLE TEMPERATURE FOR INSTALLING INDOOR CARPET?

  When your flooring installer ask if the heat is turned on during cold weather, it is not because he does not like to work in the cold. It is because cold carpet does not work the same way as a carpet at proper room temperature. The carpet gets stiff and may not stretch properly or set on the…

HOW FAR SHOULD TACK STRIP BE AWAY FROM THE WALL WHEN INSTALLING CARPET?

Installing tack strip correctly is an important part of the carpet installation. If installed incorrectly the carpet project often fails to perform to its potential or worse the installer is called back to attempt a correction. The following is what the Carpet Rug Institute notes as the industry’s standard on tack strip installation. It is required that…

CAN I INSTALL OVER MY OLD FLOORING?

     Often I am asked if we need to remove the old flooring before installation of the new floor we are going to install. We want to look at the job site to be sure before we make that call.      Many factors come into play before making the decision to remove the…

Nylon Carpet-Things to Know

Looking back on the past few weeks, I realize that lots of people coming in to look for New Carpet have not done so in many years and some for decades. They are surprised to learn about different carpet fiber options. I like to take them through what I consider the three popular categories (though…