Saturday, October 26, 2013

What Are the Most Durable Flooring Options That Look Like Wood

We all want floors in our home that look great, but sometimes there are other factors which are just as important. If you have a busy home with pets, kids and plenty of entertaining then you need a floor that can stand up to the onslaught. If you are preparing a property for rental you want a floor that you can install and forget about. And if you are on a budget you want to know that your investment is going to last. In all these examples, finding the most durable floors will be just as important as what they look like!

Specifically we will be looking at suitable high traffic flooring with a wood effect including bamboo, cork, solid hardwood and laminate. For the other types of durable floors that are best for high traffic areas.
Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring with its good looks, price and sustainable eco-friendly label has made it an incredibly popular choice in the last few years. However popularity has been a double-edged sword in terms of durability. Increased overseas production and attempts to create more competitively priced flooring has led to lower quality products entering the market. Higher quality bamboo flooring with 7-8 coats of a tough aluminum oxide finish with high density planks from trusted manufacturers will be very durable, but cheaper flooring made from younger bamboo with only three to four coats can be easily dented and get marked by high heels.

Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood flooring is certainly a durable flooring option and high quality, well maintained hardwood floor will outlast us all! Nevertheless there is plenty to consider if we want the most durable hardwood floor available. Here are three factors to consider.
When durability is your number one concern then you should be aiming for a hard hardwood like Brazilian redwood rather than a soft wood like pine, which will dent and ding fairly easily.  Regardless of which wood you choose you should still be aware that the finish of your floor is the first and most important protection to aid durability. It is the finish that takes the main brunt of wear and tear. If after some years your hardwood floors are looking a bit shabby you can always re-sand and re-finish your floors again, one of the main reasons that your hardwood floor can last a lifetime.


Laminate Flooring
Not as classy, but much more durable and a good deal cheaper laminate flooring is a great alternative to bamboo, cork and hardwood  floors and a perfect high traffic flooring option for busy households. With a high density fiberboard core and a transparent resin top wear layer a good quality laminate floor is as close as you're going to get to indestructible. Laminate floors laugh at dog claws and high heels! Hardly surprising then that some top manufactures are happy to offer a 25 year guarantee against wear and tear.
Furthermore unlike most wood flooring, laminate is pretty resistant to sunlight fading and moisture. Laminate still contains wood and should therefore still be acclimatised and you should consult a Americarpet flooring expert when considering installation in a basement or bathroom.  Laminate flooring is a budget friendly option. 

Porcelain That  Looks Like Wood Flooring

In terms of pure flooring durability we've saved the best for last.  Porcelain tile flooring can easily endure heavy foot traffic at both residential and commercial locations while not reducing its color and beauty! It is used for many decorative and functional purposes but regarded as an ideal choice for flooring applications. Some of the advantages of porcelain tile flooring are mentioned below:
 
  • Porcelain tile is the most resistant to water from leaks and spills.
  • Porcelain tile is both harder and denser than many other ceramic tile products 
  • Porcelain tile is frost-resistant, and often frost-proof 
  • Porcelain tile is highly resistant to stain, scratch, and moisture 
  • Porcelain tile is a hard wearing material which is resistant to harsher cleaning agents, scratches, stains, fading, heavy loads and fire. 
  • Porcelain tile is available in glazed as well as unglazed varieties. 
  • It is strong and long-lasting. 
  • It can be easily installed in heavy traffic areas . 
  • Porcelain tile flooring is aesthetically pleasing. 
  • It has a high breaking strength. Porcelain contains less clay and more feldspar (a mineral). It's also pressed at a higher pressure. 
  • Porcelain tile flooring has low water absorption. Therefore, less staining occurs on these floors and they are easier to clean. 
  • Porcelain tile flooring offers a wide range of colors and textures, and many different designs and styles. Professionals can produce an accurate recreation of the look of natural stone, granite, slate, travertine, limestone, marble, quartzite, terracotta and even woods and metals. 
  • Porcelain tile flooring can be easily maintained
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You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when
ordered.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Common Carpet Fibers In The Market Today

1) Wool Natural Fiber


Wool is a purely natural product -- luxurious, strong, and stain resistant.  It maintains its fiber height very well.  Soft to the touch and very dense, wool has a more comfortable feel than other carpet fibers; plus it will hide soil to a much greater effect than other synthetic fibers, mainly in part due to its opacity (other fibers are clear, and thus soil can be seen through it).


Wool is also quite durable, and easily dyed in many colors. It is an excellent choice for its rich appearance and luxury image; however, it must be maintained properly. It does tend to fade in sunlight, has low-resistance both to stains and to the chemicals used to remove stains. Unlike the synthetics, wool can attract and suffer damage from moths, beetles, and other types of insects.

2) Sisal Natural Fiber

You may have known that rugs bring all the difference in your home interior, creating a warm appeal and feeling of inviting to all the rooms. Sisal, which is considered as natural fibers is gaining popularity nowadays because of its unique look, durability, strength, and eco-friendliness. Rugs made from sisal are beautiful, strong and will be long lasting for your living room, bedroom, hallway or office.

Rugs or carpets made of sisal come with easy maintenance. However, a proper care is needed if you clean the rugs, to avoid any possible damage on the coloring and texture of the material. Remember to not cleaning your rug with water or any liquid excessively because it will shrink. Therefore, it is highly recommended for you to keep your sisal rugs away from humid place. If you find there is spill on your rug, clean it right away with a dry cloth and avoid using any liquid. For a regular cleaning, you can use vacuum cleaner to remove dirt. Dry cleaning seems to be appropriate to maintain the beauty of your rugs.
3) Nylon Synthetic Fiber

Nylon is the strongest fiber of all the carpets, with excellent resistance to abrasion, insects, molding, mildew, rot, and many chemicals. It is easy to maintain and dye, while upholding its color admirably. Nylon is durable and static free, maintains fiber height, and resists soiling or staining.  All of which makes it the most popular carpet fiber by far (90%) for homes and heavily favored (65%) for all uses – both residential and commercial.


4) Olefin Synthetic Fiber

Olefin (polypropylene) is the next-best seller after nylon, making up about 80% of commercial carpet installations.  Olefin fibers are colorfast, strong (resisting abrasion), mildew & moisture resistant, and easy to clean (bleach can be used safely in some cases).   It is suitable for high traffic areas – even actually used for artificial sports turf.

Less expensive than wool, nylon, and polyester, olefin/polypropylene continues to gain popularity. Polypropylene is not exactly ‘crush resistant’ and can be prone to matting, crushing, and general scuffs, depending on the pile cut.

5) Polyester Synthetic Fiber


Polyester/PET or Polyethylene Terephthalate carpet has bright colors and is available in many textures.  It is more stain resistant than nylon carpet and at least as resistant to mold and mildew. It is also non-allergenic. 

Polyester does not hold its fiber height under traffic and shifting weight as well as other carpet fibers. Polyester has a luxurious feel, is durable against abrasions, resistant to water soluble stains and easy to clean. Polyester can fade with bright sunlight.

6) Triexa Synthetic Fiber
This fiber is known as SMARTSTRAND (trademark) when marketed by Mohawk. Mowhawk recently received FTC apporval to market this fiber under its own class. This PTT fiber will now be know as TRIEXTA. In the future you will see more about this name change. This fiber is even stronger than PET polyester, and has better colorfastness and cleanability features than PET. PTT is as colorfast as solution dyed nylon. This fiber is extremely soft, and yet behaves better than staple nylon, especially in a shag construction. If you have kids and pets, and are going to be in the home more than 10 years, PTT is a good choice; especially the 3GT Sorona Dupont Polymer offered in some Mohawk carpets. I have not had a consumer complaint on this fiber in the eight years I have been selling it. By the way, PTT is just one step away chemically from 4GT polymer that is used to make tough auto parts. Triexta will indeed be a fiber for the future. The newest triexta is called “silk” and is the softest fiber on the planet.

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Please visit our websites:

http://www.americarpetfloors.com
http://www.americarpetcommercial.com
http://www.stylishrugs.com

You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when
ordered.




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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Why Wool is Different than Synthetic ?


Why Wool is Different than Synthetic ?
Wool is completely natural.  Sheep run on grass and grow a fiber that is naturally renewable.  Synthetics are primarily made from petroleum which contributes to the depletion of our natural resources.  The energy used to shear transport and scou
r wool into clean, white fiber is one-third to one-sixth less than to produce synthetic fiber.
Wool is naturally stain resistant.  Synthetic s require additional anti-soil agents.
Wool carpets improve indoor air quality by absorbing contaminants, such as formaldehyde and locking them irreversibly in its structure without re-releasing them.  Synthetics remove contaminants from the air at 1/2 the rate of wool and re-emit them more readily.
Wool is naturally health-giving, worry free and beautiful.  Synthetic benefits must be engineered into the fiber.
Features of Wool Carpets 
- Natural and environmentally friendly
- Durable, yet soft to the touch and confortable
- Long-lasting luxurious beauty and permanent color
- Safe and Naturally Fire Resistant
- Non-allergenic and improves air quality
- Easy to mantain

Wool is a fiber that is the benchmark to which all other fiber are compared.



Myths and Truths about Wool Carpet
MYTH: Insect-Resist treatment of wool carpet is harmful
TRUTH: Insect-resist agents are harmless to humans and pets.  Only small amounts are applied and have no VOC effect on air quality,
MYTH: Synthetic carpets are easier to clean
TRUTH: Wool releases soil more readily than man-made fibers, naturally due to the complexity of the fiber.
MYTH: Lanolin is the property that makes wool resist stains
TRUTH: 99.5% of the Lanolin is removed during the scouring process.  Lanolin is grease and attracts soil.
MYTH: Photobleaching is common in wool carpets
TRUTH: Photobleaching (color change/fade when exposed to light) is not common but occasionally happens.  
The dye color is not affected, only the natural yellow pigment of the wool.  Once exposed to light the color stabilizes and does not keep changing.  Hidden areas such as under furniture will appear yellow until exposed to sunglight, at which time the yellow will ultimately disappear.

Please visit our websites:

http://www.americarpetfloors.com
http://www.americarpetcommercial.com
http://www.stylishrugs.com

You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when
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Contact Americarpet today for more information (305) 945-2973 or visit AmeriCarpetFloors.com