Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Americarpet- Miami, Fort Lauderale, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Brickell

Americarpet has the largest selection of manufacturers in South Florida

We carry the following brands:

Fabrica
Couristan
Milliken
Masland
Nourison
Beaulieu
Fibre Works
Oriental Weavers  
Dixie Home
Stanton 
Custom Rugs by CASA
Pergo
Pactile
Max-Windsor Wood and Laminate
Luxury Vinyl Tile
Majestic
Kahrs Wood Floor 

Amati Co

Please call us at (305) 945-2973 or visit our Miami Showroom. 2a

http://www.americarpetfloors.com

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Synthetic Grass / Turf and it's Environmental Benefits

Synthetic Grass - Environmental Advantages

http://americarpetfloors.com/SyntheticGrass.php


Americarpet knows there has never been a more important time in history for environmental concern! The scale of damage to our environment from human-generated activities is at an all time high - So high in fact that it could be too late to rectify some issues. Now more than ever before people are aware of the shortage of water and the damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and pollution. They see the effects of climate change in their everyday lives. We have a serious responsibility to seek, find and implement courses of action in an attempt to halt the downward spiral of environmental damage and climate change. The best place to start is at home! Look at your garden and think about what you are perhaps already doing to damage the environment.

The environmental drawbacks of genuine lawns are easy enough to tally. Lawns are thirsty, of course! The average American lawn gulps down 21,600 gallons of water per year. Lawns planted atop sandy soil can be particularly wasteful since they drain more quickly. Water usage problems are particularly acute when a homeowner insists on laying sod that is ill-suited to the local climate.

Another knock against real grass is that it's frequently drizzled with fertilizer, most of which is synthetic. American homeowners use about 3 million metric tons of synthetic lawn fertilizer per year. The fossil fuel equivalent of a barrel of oil goes into manufacturing 560 pounds of such fertilizer, so our collective lawn habit is costing us more than 11.8 million barrels of oil annually. We also use 70 million pounds of pesticides and herbicides on our lawns every year. Clippings that are improperly disposed of can end up polluting major waterways.

Gas-powered mowers, meanwhile, are hazardous to more than just eardrums. A 2001 study by Sweden's Stockholm University found that an hour's worth of mowing resulted in the same amount of smog-forming emissions as driving a car 93 miles. Mower manufacturers contend that their newer models have become cleaner, yet they still resist calls to add catalytic converters to their products; according to the Swedes, doing so would reduce mower emissions by 80 percent.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Commercial Carpet Fibers Comparisons





The polypropolene/olefin fiber would not be my first choice. It has an affinity for oily soils also it is very hard to clean . I will avoid this fiber for restaurants,
hallways , heavy traffic areas . I will use in a moderate traffic office.
the only good olefin in carpets is the one scoured and extracted by Krauss.

My choice for heavy traffic carpet for hallways will be the standard 36 oz solution
dyed nylon 1/10. this construction will last for several years in good shape with
proper maintenance and cleaning (at least once a week vacuum and Host dry cleaning)
this carpet the color goes through the fiber. (like a carrot)

Also if you want more intricate designs and patterns you will have to choose
36 oz print dye nylon (like an apple) this are good carpets but you have
high maintenance and avoid bleach or highly concentrated cleaners usually
for commercial use marble and porcelain because the carpet will loose it colors.

the wool/nylon blend 80/20 will be the best for extra heavy use like casinos.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Natural Fibers for Area Rugs

Everything you need to know about Natural Fibers in Area Rugs

Cotton

Natural, soft fiber.

Sometimes used as thread for the base of a rug

Easy to clean and maintain



Sisal Wool


Natural fiber

Stems from the agave plant

Highly sustainable

Does not attract dust and is static free

Jute

Shiny, vegetable fiber

One of the most affordable fibers

Second to cotton as the most produced vegetable fiber

Durable, low thermal conduction, and antistatic make it a popular choice

Wool

The most commonly used natural fiber in rug production

In rug production, wool usually refers to the fibers from sheep

Fiber diameter is the single most important wool characteristic, determining price and quality

Wool rugs will shed initially, but subsides over time 4a

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Area rugs are seizing the day when it comes to dialing up personality in a room. And that goes for indoors and outdoors.From flat weaves to bas relief, which adds sculptural dimension, it’s modern design that especially stands out, in an impressive range of prismatic colors, stylish patterns and tantalizing textures, many of which are obviously informed by fashion. And while some motifs like circles or squares or chevrons may be familiar, even vintage references are re-framed in an unexpected bold palette, scale or placement so that they look fresh. The area rug long has played a pivotal role in interior design. It can be a focal point, much like a piece of art on the wall. It serves to ground a space, organize furnishings, add warmth and baffle sound. 4a

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wood Floors Hardness

Choosing wood floors because of hardness depends only how heavy will be the traffic to
your new floor. Also you have to consider that enginnered woor is better in the South East
of the United states like the state of Florida. it is because enginner wood is more stable
against hih humidity. I will show you the most useful scale for hardwood floors.
Flooring Species
Hardness 3a


North American Cherry
950


North American Walnut
1010


Carbonized/Caramel Bamboo¹
1120


True Teak
1155


Iroko/Kambala
1260


Yellow Birch
1260


Red Oak

1260




Beech
1300


Ash
1320


Amendoim
1340


White Oak
1360


Australian Cypress
1375


Royal Mahogany
1400


Caribbean Walnut
1400


Natural Bamboo¹
1410


North American Maple

1450


Brazilian Maple
1500


Timborana
1570


Kempas
1710


Padauk, African
1725


Doussie
1770


Hickory
1820


Pecan
1820


Jarrah
1910


Merbau
1925


Tigerwood(Goncalo Alves)
2160


Santos Mahogany

2200


Caribbean Rosewood
2300


Chestnut, Southern
2670


Tiete Rosewood(Guibourtia)
2800


Brazilian Cherry(Jatoba)
2820


Brazilian Teak(Cumaru)
3540


Tiete Chestnut
3540


Brazilian Walnut(Ipe)

3680


¹ Will vary significantly from one brand to another

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Carpet Styles
in only three basic styles: cut pile, loop pile and cut & loop pile.
CUT PILE
Cut pile is created when the loops that result from weaving are trimmed to
the same height and allowed to slightly tuft, giving the carpet a dense, soft
appearance. Cut pile carpet represents the largest share of the residential
market and comes in four primary subcategories:
Saxony - Saxony is
what probably comes to mind when you think of carpet — all those thousands of
perfectly even, solid colored strands of fiber standing at attention like a
freshly cut lawn. This is the stuff that’s thick and soft and shows footprints
and vacuum lines. You probably had it “wall to wall” when you were growing up.
Today we know that Saxony tends to wear much quicker than other styles. It’s
probably best kept for those low foot traffic rooms — like the formal living
room that Mom saved for “company.”
Textured - If you
don’t require that “freshly mown” look to your carpet, then Textured is the way
to go. Because it’s twisted differently than Saxony and steamed to create a
permanent curl, this product is “trackless” and reduces light reflectivity so it
won’t show footprints. Textured carpet is casual, it’s cool and it will show far
less wear and tear than other styles.
Frieze - There’s
nothing frosty about Frieze. Knobby, yes. Chilly, no. This cut pile offers a
tighter “twist” than the Textured style. The yarn actually curls over, creating
a very durable and elegant product that hides footprints and vacuum lines.
Cable - This is
the one cable in your home that won’t go on the fritz. Constructed of longer
yarn than its cut pile companions, Cable is beautiful, comfortable and very
luxurious. It can crush and matte with heavy foot traffic, however, so we don’t
recommend Cable for parade routes, military yards or busy areas of your home.
LOOP PILE
Loop pile is how all carpet actually begins — uncut. Commonly known as
Berber, loop pile carpets have a smooth, consistent surface with a lightly
textured appearance that results from coloration and the way light reflects on
the pile. Made from yarns that are looped into the backing, this popular style
is perfect for high traffic areas of the home and can be found in many
commercial settings.
CUT & LOOP
The combination of cut pile and loop pile provides for some interesting
patterns that result from the variation in surface textures. Also known as
“sculptured carpets,” this popular style is great at disguising foot traffic and
wear and offers a variety of surface finishes. 1a

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Many people feel that since hard flooring is… well, hard… that it’s a more
sanitary surface since there is no place for the dust to settle. And this is
true. But if you are an allergy or asthma sufferer, this is really bad
news.The very ‘complaint’ that people have about carpeting is actually
its best characteristic: The fact that it has soft and fuzzy fibers make it act
like a filter or a sink. It traps and holds all of the junk and contaminants we
haul in to our homes on our clothing and shoes.Hard floors cannot do
that. The dust (a lot of which is dust mite do-do) has nowhere to land so it’s
constantly airborne and being breathed in.In fact, one way to prove that
to you is to watch the air in a home when the sun is shining through a window.
With clean, carpeted surfaces, you see some dust in the air, but not much. In a
home with hard floors, you see much more dust because there is less surface in
the home that holds onto dust.Even if your vacuum doesn't have a good
filter bag, these dust-mite allergens disappear from the air about 20 minutes
after vacuuming. This is because they are heavy enough that they’ve settled back
down into the carpet. And if the vacuum uses micro-filtration bags or if it has
a HEPA filter, the allergens are efficiently removed before even becoming
airborne during vacuuming. 2a

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Since approximately 27,000 BC (Before Carpet), when our prehistoric ancestors
used animal skins to cushion and warm their cave floors, carpet has been a basic
feature of human domestic existence. What would our lives be without carpet
crawlers, play vacuums, rug burns and the proverbial brown ring where the potted
plant once sat?The evolution of carpeting through the
years has been affected by social, economical and fashion developments. (Can you
say, “shag?”) Many ingenious and important advances in manufacturing technology
have been made in the pursuit of better forms of the soft stuff.For
example, in 6000 BC, goats and sheep were sheared for wool and hair, which was
then spun and woven. In 1000 AD, Marco Polo discovered rug making in Central
Asia using a technique that traders spread to Persia, India, China and North
Africa. And in 1946 AD, the first Las Vegas casino opened its doors, giving way
to dizzying patterns and color combinations never before imagined.Today,
carpet is the most popular choice for floor covering. It’s inexpensive. It’s
quiet. It’s comfortable. It’s easy to install and replace. It can hide subfloor
irregularities. It can be installed over almost any surface. Carpet offers more
options for color, texture, tone and hue than any other floor
covering.From casual to formal, solids to patterns, plush to prickly,
there are carpets available today to compliment any interior (or exterior!) and
provide years of performance and beauty for your home.
If our ancestors could see all the choices we enjoy today, they’d be . . .
cutting a rug!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SuSun and Ultraviolet light that occurs with it can be very damaging to flooring
materials. UV light is also emitted from florescent ceiling lighting. The
constant bombardment on a daily basis from the sun and UV light can fade
flooring materials, dry them out, cause them to warp, crack, decompose, degrade
and literally burn up. Even if there is a UV inhibitor in the flooring material
or on the windows, nature will prevail over the long run.Sun and UV
light will have more damaging effect to the flooring material from direct
exposure.For example, in front of a sliding glass door the sun will be most
intense and will cause the greatest amount of damage or at the base of floor to
ceiling windows. As for the effect on color; red is the most influenced and will
have the least resistance to sun and UV unless, relative to carpet, it is dyed
with automotive type dyes, or protective coverings are on windows. If there is
no UV inhibitor in the carpet fiber, which occasionally can happen, sunlight
will actually cause the fiber to completely decompose almost to a dust. n and UV damage to floors 2a

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Green Flooring Options

Going green can take some extra work on your part. Begin by finding a retailer who is knowledgeable about green flooring products. He or she can help identify products that are certified as environmentally friendly, assist in ensuring the installation meets healthy environmental standards and provide information about the various programs that promote the use of green products. Communities often have tax or other financial incentives to encourage green living.


Eco-Friendly Flooring


Cork
Cork isn’t just for wine bottles, anymore. It’s actually the bark of a tree known as Cork Oak. Once a Cork Oak tree reaches the age of about 25, its bark can be stripped without hurting the tree. It can then be split every nine to 12 years, making cork a renewable resource. Cork Oak is native to the Mediterranean region, where Portugal produces 50% of the world’s supply. And cork trees normally live 250 years or more. Did you know that some cork flooring is actually made from the pre-consumer waste generated in making wine corks? Learn more about cork flooring in our Designer's Corner.

Green Benefits of Cork:
Renewable resource
Recycled and recyclable product
Tree is not damaged when harvested
Can be finished using water-based products and installed with low-VOC adhesives


Bamboo
Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource that matures in three years. Most bamboo flooring available in the North American market is made in China with bamboo harvested from natural and plantation groves. Bamboo certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) meets criteria for environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Several flooring products are available with this option. While transportation from China to the United States is a consideration, most tankers are fairly efficient.

Green Benefits of Bamboo:
One of the fastest growing plants on earth makes it rapidly renewable
The whole plant is not harvested, so there is no need to replant
Requires minimal fertilization or pesticides
Can be finished using water-based products and installed with low-VOC adhesives


Carpet
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the carpet industry is working hard to minimize carpet’s impact on the environment. The Green Label and Green Label Plus programs from CRI were instituted to improve indoor air quality by lowering or eliminating VOCs. The Green Label ensures that customers are purchasing carpet, adhesive and cushion products with the lowest VOC emissions currently possible.
In addition, more and more of the five billion pounds of carpet that is replaced annually are being recycled to make new carpet or other products.

Green Benefits of Carpet:
Greener manufacturing processes and CRI certification
Can be made from recycled materials
Can be recycled at the end of its life
Can be made from natural materials that are renewable: wool, cotton, hemp, sisal, seagrass, bamboo and jute
New fibers in the marketplace are completely recyclable or made from renewable resources


Stone
In the past, there was little generally accepted data studying the environmental impact of using stone as a building material. However, in the fall of 2009, the Natural Stone Council completed a three-year study on the environmental impact of using stone. The report included a look at water and energy consumption in quarrying and processing stone, yields from raw materials and reuse and recycling of stone.It’s clear there are certain advantages to using stone.

Green Benefits of Stone:
Natural material
Enduring lifecycle
No VOC emissions
Easy to maintain
Recyclable and salvageable


Hardwood
Hardwood is a natural, renewable and recyclable material. Not all hardwoods, however, are automatically environmentally sound choices. To make the decision easier, there are a variety of programs that certify which hardwood products are green. The most common product certification programs are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). All certify wood from sustainable managed forests.
When shopping for hardwood flooring, look for certification and understand that most of the flooring will be imported. Only 4% of the United States’ own native, old growth forests are still standing.

Green Benefits of Hardwood:
Managed, sustainable, natural resource
Renewable
Recyclable
Low or no VOC emissions
Can be finished using water-based products and installed with low-VOC adhesives 3a

Article taken directly from WFCA.org
Americarpet sells the floor mentioned in the article, for more information go to www.americarpetfloors.com or visit us at 364 N.E. 167 St. Miami, FL 33162.