Carpet is one of my favorite parts of a house. When I enter a house with nice carpet, I have a strong desire to sit on the ﬂoor even if there are plenty of chairs. It's not just about comfort, though. Carpet color also plays a huge role in your home décor, and how your carpet is dyed is makes a difference in stain and wear protection.
Manufacturers dye carpet two ways: piece dyed and solution dyed. What's the diﬀerence? Piece dyed is when the already woven tufts (the hair-like bristles that make up your carpet) are run through a water and dye bath, dying the ﬁbers on the outside only. Solution dyed is when dye is mixed in with the very liquid chemical solution the yarn is made from (such as acrylic, nylon and polyester) before it’s put through the machine that makes it into thread. With the solution dyed method, the color goes all the way through each ﬁber that makes up the woven tufts of carpet. Think of it like this: piece dyed is like a vanilla ice cream pop dipped in chocolate--the chocolate is only on the outside. Solution dyed is like a fudgesicle--the chocolate is all the way through because it was mixed into the ice cream itself.
There are some serious beneﬁts to solution dyed carpet that you should consider. For starters, it's some of the most colorfast material in the industry, meaning that it’s almost impossible to fade or bleach the color out. So, if you have a living space that gets lots of natural light, you won't have to worry about it fading. Is your family bad about staining the carpet? Well, you can even use mild bleach solutions to clean your carpet and not worry about bleaching out the color. Because of its durability, solution dyed carpets often have a longer warranty as well.
If you want long-lasting color in your carpet with superior stain and wear protection, then solution dyed may be the right choice for your home.
If you have an active home with children or pets, you understand the struggle to keep your home, especially your floors, clean and in good condition. When considering new flooring, you may also be concerned about how safe your flooring will be for your family and pets. Let's take a look at some floor coverings that are all around child and pet-friendly.
When you have children, accidents happen. With rough-housing or running through the house, someone is bound to take a spill. Carpet is obviously an excellent choice for fall protection, but keeping carpet clean around children and pets can be a hassle. One trait that can help with this is choosing a carpet that is speckled, making it harder to see stains. Also, lighter neutrals like beiges and grays, rather than darker colors, will show more stains and spots.
If you’re looking for superior stain protection, an excellent carpet is Mohawk’s SmartStrand. SmartStrand Forever Clean has permanent, built-in “Nanoloc” stain and soil protection that won’t wear or wash off. It also features a zero percent moisture absorption rate to reduce odors and an exclusive All Pet Protection Warranty. SmartStrand is made from the only renewable carpet fiber, certified free of harmful substances, with exceptional durability and luxurious softness.
Dream Weaver also has a carpet line that is perfect for family homes. PureColor carpet features solution-dyed fiber, meaning the color penetrates all the way through the fibers so it won't fade, wear off, or stain. Dream Weaver’s PureColor also has built in soil and stain protection that is applied on the inside and outside of the fibers.
For hard surface flooring, many people are passing up wood for LVT or WPC products like COREtec from US Floors and SolidTech from Mohawk. While wood floors are often hard to maintain with pets and active families, this is no problem for LVT and WPC products. Wood and stone looks are available in a variety of shades and color patterns that are not only beautiful and realistic, but also very durable. They’re scratch and stain resistant and stand up to spills and moisture, allowing them to be installed in wet areas without any worry of damage. COREtec Plus has an attached cork backing that makes it quieter and warmer. SolidTech also has styles available with a premium urethane backing for sound, mold, and mildew resistance. With SolidTech’s “Uniclic MultiFit” technology, the floor planks lock together, creating a surface impenetrable by liquids, thus keeping moisture on the surface for easy cleanup.
Don’t let your lifestyle limit your flooring choices. With today’s advances in technology, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look and function you desire from your floors.
Vinyl has been around for a long time, and like most flooring, it has gone through many changes in both looks and durability. Vinyl is one of the fastest-growing flooring categories on the market, yet it is still plagued by many misconceptions. You might be surprised at what you don't know about today's vinyl.
Myth 1: Vinyl is outdated and unattractive.
Today’s vinyl is not like that of the 70’s vinyl: picture one giant, seamless sheet of vinyl rolled out on the floor with an unrealistic wood or tile print. Vinyl today has far surpassed that! It now comes in three different forms: planks, tiles, and sheets. Vinyl plank is perfect for mimicking wood plank looks. Vinyl tile comes in many of the same sizes and styles as real tile. And lastly, sheet vinyl is available in very realistic textures and colors of wood or tile. Vinyl also comes in so many different prints like wood, ceramic and porcelain tile, stone, concrete, and even metallic looks. The printing technology vinyl uses today reproduces these looks so well it's hard to tell the difference from the real deal.
Myth 2: Vinyl is not durable.
Today's vinyl is some of the most durable flooring on the market, but not all vinyl is created equal. Some of the most durable vinyl brands are that of US Floors’ COREtec vinyl plank, Mannington’s LVS Gold tile and sheet vinyl, and IVC’s Goliath tile and sheet vinyl. These brands have great warranties and stand up to moisture, scratches and tears. They’re durable and stylish and perfect for spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, etc. When looking for durable vinyl, be sure to look at the thickness of the vinyl and its finish. Some vinyl comes with only a basic, buffed PVC finish that isn’t as durable to wear; others have a urethane finish; and the most protective finish is called enhanced urethane.
Vinyl has become a popular flooring choice because of its huge advancements is styles, sizes, textures and durability, coupled with its affordable price point. Vinyl stands up to the need for style and durability for active families as well as commercial spaces. So, throw out your doubts about vinyl and take a fresh look at whether or not it might be right for your space.
Laminate has been around since the 1970’s. Like all popular flooring, it has gone through many changes over time, and consumers still maintain many misconceptions about laminate. Let’s take a look at some of the facts and features of laminate to help clear up theses common myths.
Myth 1: Laminate and Vinyl are the same.
It's easy to spot the differences between laminate and sheet or vinyl tile, but others find it harder when it comes to LVP (luxury vinyl plank). The main difference between laminate and LVP is the materials they’re constructed of and how they’re layered. Laminate is made up of several layers with a rigid fiberboard core, design layer, and a top wear layer. LVP is also constructed in layers but is made of more flexible, resilient, and water-resistant materials. Laminate is not as water-resistant as LVP and generally is not recommended for high moisture areas like bathrooms.
Myth 2: Laminate flooring doesn't look as good as real wood or stone floors.
Today's laminate is not your grandfather’s laminate. Laminate has made great advances in styles, textures, and designs. New technologies have enabled laminate to have an almost endless selection of wood and stone looks with textures and grains that make it difficult to spot the difference from real wood.
Myth 3: Laminate floors can't be repaired.
This myth may spring from the fact that some people confuse laminate with sheet vinyl. But since laminate comes in interlocking planks that are installed by the floating method, it’s easily repaired. If a plank is damaged, it can simply be taken up and replaced with a new one. Because some laminate is not as water-resistant as other flooring, it is not a bad idea to get an extra box of your flooring in case repairs are needed.
If you've been thinking about laminate floors for your home, you can now have a clearer understanding of the product with these myths and misconceptions out of the way. Stop by our showroom to see the many styles we have in stock. Our flooring experts can help you choose which one suits your style and needs.
Purchasing new floors can start off fun and exciting, but oftentimes, the options become overwhelming. So many questions pop up like, “What kind of flooring do I want? What style am I trying to achieve? Will it match my cabinets? How durable does my flooring need to be?” Let's take a look at some tips that will help you have a fun and enjoyable buying experience.
Step 1: Get inspired
Maybe your inspiration is something already in your home like a piece of furniture, your cabinets, or maybe you want to match flooring you already have. If so, bring pictures or maybe even a cabinet door or piece of your flooring from what you’re trying to match. If you don't have any inspiration at home, search through magazines for inspiring pictures or web sites like Mohawk Floors, Shaw Floors, HGTV, or Pinterest for good ideas. Brining your pictures, samples, and color swatches will make shopping much easier, and if you think you've found what you’re looking for, ask your sales representative if you can take a sample home. Seeing the sampled flooring in your home can help you know for sure if it’s the one for you.
Step 2: Think about what will fit your lifestyle.
You want your new flooring to be durable and suitable for the level of traffic in your home. Examine how your previous flooring has performed: did it work well, or do you have some concerns with that kind of flooring? In addition, you should consider the following: Do you have kids or pets? Are you empty nesters? Is this your forever home or are you fixing it up to sell or rent? Keep these things in mind and share them with your sales representative so you can find the flooring that best fits your wants and needs.
Step 3: Figure your budget.
The above tips will help in picking the right flooring for you, but you’ll also need to know your budget. Figure a budget for flooring that you’re comfortable with and be sure to take into account costs for installation materials and labor.
Buying new floors should be a fun and exciting experience. Don't let the options overwhelm you. Preparation is key. If you follow the above steps and share your thoughts and ideas with your sales representative, getting your dream floors can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
As we've said before, hardwood is a classic, and many love to have it in their homes. Choosing hardwood may seem simple enough, but there are some choices you will have to make other than picking the species. One of those is whether you want pre-ﬁnished or unﬁnished wood. Let's take a look at both options.
Pre-ﬁnished wood means it was sanded, stained and sealed all in the factory, and it’s ready to be installed. What you see is what you get; however, all solid hardwood can be reﬁnished if desired. When it's ﬁnished in factory, it's most likely been ﬁnished with aluminum oxide, which is the hardest man-made crystal in the world! Pre-ﬁnished is also sanded, stained and sealed in a controlled environment, so you won’t have imperfections in the stain and sealer that you might have if ﬁnished on sight. Everything is baked in 450 plus degree ovens, so the seal is strong, making pre-finished wood better equipped to stand up to daily life in your home. And best of all, your warranty will be longer!
Unﬁnished hardwood is just the cut wood planks of the species you've chosen, with all the ﬁnishing done on site. Unﬁnished is better if you want to stain your ﬂoor to match other wood products in your home. With pre-ﬁnished wood, you may not get as close of results. If ﬁnished correctly, your ﬂoor will be totally sealed with polyurethane since it is generally mopped or brushed on in very thick coats. When you stain and seal on site, there will always be some imperfections because it is not done in a controlled environment, and each coat takes long periods to dry. And, let's face it. You may be able to keep your cat oﬀ the ﬂoor, but you can't stop the ﬂy from landing on it or other debris from settling in your sealer.
When sanding your unﬁnished ﬂoor, you can make a smooth ﬁnish you won’t get with pre-ﬁnished, but on the down side, sanding in your home is quite a mess--saw dust, saw dust everywhere. Pre-ﬁnished has less job debris and has a stronger ﬁnish that makes it better equipped to stand up to daily life. Unﬁnished is ready to be customized and can be sanded to a smooth ﬁnish; however, the ﬁnish is not as strong, and there is a lot of job debris to clean up in home.
Be sure to talk with our flooring experts about the look you want and your expectations for your floor and home. We'll guide you in the right direction and make sure your home is matched with a great floor and that you're prepared for the installation process, whichever wood you choose.
Enclosed porches are comfortable spaces perfect for drinking your coffee and taking in the outdoors while, basements make great game rooms or even guest rooms. Enclosed porches and basements are very different spaces, but when it comes to flooring, one thing they have in common is that these spaces need durable flooring. Let's take a look at some options for both.
Enclosed porches are comfortable spaces that bring the outdoors in. Depending on how exposed your porch is, it could contend with intense sunlight, moisture from rain, and even freeze-thaw cycles. Porcelain tile will stand up to most of the abuse the outdoor elements can dish out. Porcelain tile comes in many sizes and styles like wood looks, stone, and even hand- made ceramic looks. Keep in mind if your porch isn't fully heated and protected from the elements, you need to choose a tile that is rated for outdoor use in your climate.
Another choice for the enclosed porch is engineered wood. Engineered wood does not have the cold-to-the-touch feel of tile and adds the appeal of real wood that many love. Engineered wood can usually be installed over a concrete subfloor, but your porch should be weatherproofed and heated. Keep in mind how “enclosed” your porch really is before choosing engineered wood. Engineered wood requires a more controlled environment than porcelain tile.
The basement is used for many different things: game rooms, man caves, guest rooms, or even apartments. However you use this space, all basements are exposed to moisture. Concrete subfloors, especially below grade, might be damp constantly, and these spaces may be subject to flooding. Because of the moisture issues basements often have, vinyl and WPC are excellent flooring options. Sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, and WPC come in almost any look you can think of: wood, stone, slate, ceramic tile and many more. What makes vinyl and WPC great for the basement is that they’re made mostly of plastic, making it very water resistant.
A runner-up to vinyl and WPC for the basement is laminate. Laminate is dense fiberboard topped with an image sealed under clear plastic. Many of today's laminates are also water resistant, but keep in mind that laminate, because of its fiber board material, is not as water resistant as vinyl and WPC. Laminate has beautiful wood looks and plank sizes for an authentic wood look. Laminate is also a very affordable choice.
Every room in your home deserves beautiful, functional flooring that’s just right for your space. Make sure to consider the amount of exposure to the elements and moisture your porch or basement will have and choose accordingly. Porcelain tile and engineered wood are excellent for enclosed porches, while vinyl and WPC products are great for basements exposed to a lot of moisture.
Dining, living, and family rooms are the main gathering places of the home. Since you and your guests likely spend a lot of time in these rooms, a lot will be asked of your flooring in both style and durability. Let's take a look at two popular hardwood flooring options that meet the needs of these spaces well: prefinished and engineered.
Furniture feet, pet claws, and lots of foot traffic are just some of the abuse your dining, living, and family rooms endure almost daily. Despite its greater potential for damage from scratches and moisture, hardwood still takes the cake for one of the most popular floor coverings for these spaces. There’s a reason real estate ads mention wood floors too. Hardwood adds timeless value and aesthetic appeal to your home. While hardwood isn’t the most durable flooring, there are some hardwood options that can help you get the most out of your wood floors.
When it comes to solid hardwood, prefinished has a hand up over unfinished wood flooring. Prefinished hardwood is sanded and stained in factory, and the factory stain and finish comes with a warranty you won’t get with unfinished hardwood. Factory-applied finishes are also significantly tougher-wearing than what a contractor would likely apply. When you have prefinished hardwood installed, you can go back to walking on your floors shortly after installation. Unfinished hardwood takes a sufficient amount of time to dry before you can get back to your regular routine.
Engineered wood floors have a veneer of finished wood attached to the substrate, but it has all the beautiful wood looks of solid hardwood with some advantages. Engineered hardwood is often cheaper than solid wood flooring. Because of this, exotic wood species such as Brazilian walnut or tiger wood are often more affordable. These woods also make a good choice because they are more durable than oak or maple. Although all wood is effected by moisture, engineered wood floors are less susceptible to seasonal shrinking and swelling. In addition, engineered wood floors are more flexible in that they can be installed directly over concrete sub floors and even sometimes over existing flooring.
Dining, living and family rooms take a lot of foot traffic, spills, and scratches, but also are the most seen and used parts of the home. Hardwood is still a popular choice for these spaces for its timeless look and the value it adds to the home. Prefinished hardwood floors are a more durable choice than unfinished wood, but engineered wood floors are a more affordable and durable wood flooring option.
This is the first blog in our series on "Top Flooring Choices for Every Room." Today's post is all about bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, and laundry rooms.
Every room in your home has different needs and functions depending on the traffic and use of the space. For instance, carpet isn’t the best choice for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms or high-traffic areas like mudrooms and laundry rooms that are often subject to outdoor elements. All of these spaces endure a lot of wear, moisture, and scratches. Two of the best-suited flooring options for these areas are porcelain tile and vinyl.
Why porcelain tile? Porcelain tile is denser, less porous, harder, and more stain and water-resistant than ceramics or stone. In addition to being very water-resistant, porcelain tile outperforms other flooring materials in its resistance to scratching and denting. Whether it’s stomping muddy boots, dropping dishes, or spilling liquids, porcelain tile stands up to the beatings. It also comes in so many styles and sizes! Porcelain tile can mimic natural stones like granite, limestone, and slate and is also available in stunning wood looks. Newer designs draw inspiration from exotic locales and fashion runways, with surfaces that evoke leather, fabric, even animal print. Another perk is that porcelain tile is low maintenance, only requiring sweeping and a damp mopping.
Why vinyl? Today's vinyl continues to evolve in trends and technology. It’s water resistant, scratch resistant, and easy to maintain—requiring only sweeping or vacuuming and the occasional damp/dry mopping. Vinyl comes in several forms like vinyl plank, vinyl tile, and sheet vinyl. Vinyl plank and tile are available in beautiful wood and stone looks, but if you’re wanting a less “traditional” look, sheet vinyl has endless styles and patterns. In addition to wood and stone looks, sheet vinyl beautifully displays patterns and vintage tile looks making it easy to use your floor as your “canvas” to express your unique style.
Don’t forget: flooring functionality and durability are just as important as style when it comes to kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms and laundry rooms. You can get the best of both worlds with porcelain tile and vinyl. Both flooring options offer stylish looks and durability that stands up to the challenges of everyday life in your home.
Getting new floors is exciting! It adds beauty and value to your home, but many worry about the installation process being a hassle. It doesn’t have to be! There are many benefits of having your flooring professionally installed.
1. Free and accurate measurements and estimates
One of the first steps in purchasing flooring is getting accurate room measurements. At Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Flooring (or Floors to Go) we do complementary measurement and estimates. It's quick, easy, and accurate. With one call, a flooring professional will come to your home and calculate square footage and cost in minutes.
2. Furniture Removal and Tear out
When installing your own floor, you’re responsible for cleaning out your space, moving furniture, and removing old flooring. However, when you let us do the work for you, all you have to do is remove small items and breakables like photos and heirlooms, and we will do all the heavy lifting! We even remove your existing floor that’s being replaced.
3. Professional and Efficient Installation
When you’re doing your own installation, it can take more time than you planned for and cause stress on you and your household. Our installers work quickly and efficiently, with some jobs being finished in as little as a day. When completed, we haul away any waste left from the job.
4. Satisfaction Guarantee
When our professionals install your flooring, any mistakes made are repaired free of cost to you. All of our installations come with a Lifetime Installation Warranty. We even have a 60-Day-No-Questions-Asked Warranty: if you don't like your floors for any reason, we will replace them!
Having your floors professionally installed is affordable and takes the stress out of your flooring installation. Our crews ensure the job is done right with the correct tools and equipment. Installation is done in a timely manner, letting you enjoy your new floors as soon as possible. Call us or stop by any time and schedule a free measurement and estimate!