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!

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