Saturday, May 16, 2015

Carpet Made in the U.S.A

A recent study by Consumer Reports, found that customers do in fact care about where their products are made. When these customers are given a choice to pick where they want their products from most of the time they chose from the United States rather than abroad. 60% of many different customers prefer to buy from within the United States and this is usually because of the quality of the products. Also some of these customer say they prefer to pay more money for what they buy then to get them shipped in from abroad, but this is just a few, others unfortunately because of the pricing usually get it shipped in. But something not every American knows is that if every American spent and extra $3.33 on U.S-made products it would create over 10,000 new job opportunities. Also something that is critical is that countries that are ship their materials overseas to the U.S are adding tolls on petroleum usage and increasing unnecessary emission in the atmosphere. This also has to do with the environment, in other Countries the regulation to protect the environment is not enforced as much as here in the United States, this is where pollution in earth takes a huge part of. This guidelines do not exist in other countries which is causing pollution and environmental abuse on earth. When consumers buy American-made products the proceeds remain in the U.S economy. The money spent than pays the workers who directly or indirectly created the products purchased.

Percentage of flooring made in the United States:

  •         Carpet: 45% is made in the United States and 55% is imported from other countries.


We would like to increase the percentages of carpets made in the United States so we could have more people working in the U.S.


For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Commercial LVT floors

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring loosely describes a vinyl-based flooring product that closely mimics the look of a natural material through the realistic images and textures. New technologies have yielded a new product that offers striking visuals and performance attributes that often make it a preferred flooring choice to natural materials like hardwood and stone. 

The characteristics of LVT include the following: 

- Visuals: Luxury vinyl flooring takes on either of two forms: stone (slate, travertine, marble, etc.) or wood. The ability to replicate real hardwood and stone using advanced photographic technologies is LVT's foundation. 

- Shapes: One thing that distinguishes LVT from other types of vinyl flooring is the shape of individual pieces. LVT products are usually square, ranging in size from around 12 x 12 to 24 x 24, but are now available in 12 x 24 rectangular and even hexagonal shapes. Moreover, LVT often imitates wood flooring, it comes in standard plank shapes such as 3 x 36, 4.5 x 36 as well as an extra long and wide 7 x 48 size. 

- Composition: LVT can be composed of virgin vinyl, recycled content or a vinyl/ limestone mixture. Any wood-look LVT will be made of all vinyl. Stone-look LVT might have some stone composition. 

- Construction: LVT construction usually consists of four layers together. From top down: 

    1. Finish: An aluminum oxide, urethane or ceramic-based layer prevents light scratching. 
    2. Clear film: This layer protects against rips and tears. 
    3. Design layer: This is the photo-realistic print of stone or wood. 
    4. Core: The bottom layer gives the product structure and solidity. 

Ease of maintenance: LVT is basically completely resistant to spills 
- scratch and stain resistant 
- Durability: 15-20 years of commercial durability. 
- There is usually a 10 year commercial warranty on LVT flooring 

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162

Energy savings tips for summer.

As many of us know here in South Florida, the summer season is one of many beach days, fun day trips and plenty of heat! It isn't uncommon for our energy usage to double during this time of year. In fact, according to a study released by the EIA (Energy Information Administration), Florida uses central air conditioning units more than any other state in the United States of America. So, what does this mean for the common home owner? It means that if you are a homeowner in Florida, especially South Florida, you might be searching for ways to cut back on your energy usage. Here are a few tips to help with just that, gathered from Duke Energy's 100 ways to save energy article, 


·         Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.
·         Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
·         Change or clean your AC's air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
·         Make sure your AC has a rating – or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) – of 15. 
·         Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly. 
·         Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
·         Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help you save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls – check with your local building supply company for details.
·         Give your AC tune-up. Running an inefficient AC system can result in high monthly bills. 
·         Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
·         Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs
·         Install attic insulation rated R-30 and sealing any attic leaks to reduce high home cooling costs. 

·         Check for household leaks to make sure air isn't escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows.1a







For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973
 www.americarpetfloors.com

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
Americarpet
364 NE 167th St


Miami, FL 33162