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…

VINTAGE WOOD LOOK USING VINYL PLANK.

This old floor must have been in place for 60 years plus. In the heart of old town Paso Robles you expect to walk on old squeaky hardwood flooring. The challenge here was to find a floor that could hold up to the newly purposed that it is a foyer now for two businesses and…

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…

LIBRARY FLOORING REPLACEMENT

We have started the project at the Nipomo Library. We are removing the glue down carpet and will be preparing the floor for a Luxury Vinyl Flooring. We noticed that all of the boxes of base were labeled correctly but when opened two boxes had the wrong color inside. This rubber base color took us…

How do you tear out linoleum and vinyl tiles (VCT)?

The question came in: How do you there out linoleum tile? Although a big vague on details, I will attempt to help you through the process. Before you remove linoleum sheet goods or vinyl tile (VCT) it is best to remove approximately 3″x3″ area and the adhesives under it and have it tested for asbestos….

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…

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…

Do large tiles make a room look bigger or smaller?

                              I am often asked in the showroom if large tiles will make the room look smaller. This is often when looking for floor tile for a smaller room.  The old train of thought was that you put large tiles into large rooms…

Why glue down a new engineered hardwood floor?

Most enginiered hardwood floors offer the installation options of Glue Down, Floating or Nail Down. In my opinion the glue down method is preferable in most applications.  I often tell clients that “If we glue it down, you won’t be calling us back”. When you glue a hardwood floor the entire board is secured to…