It's a new year, and you may be thinking about a workout room for your home. Or, if you're a gym owner, you may be getting ready for an influx of customers making good on resolutions.
Running, jumping, dancing--whatever physical activity you enjoy--it and your equipment can be rough on your floors. Whether you need flooring for your workout room, play room, or commercial building, you’ll want something that can stand up to the challenge. Centaur Flooring is just what you need.
Centaur Systems offers surfaces specifically designed for you to dance, train, play, or workout on at home, in studio, or in a fitness environment. Let's take a look at some of the selections and features.
Boflex: a floating, engineered, pre-finished, hardwood sports floor perfect for the dance studio or ball court.
Sportweave Interlock: non-woven modular carpet tile designed to withstand heavy traffic; perfect for basements, playrooms, offices etc. It’s anti-microbial, moisture-resistant, and easy to install with interlocking tiles.
Triple Threat: ideal for multi-purpose floors or any space that requires a wood look with the durability of vinyl and rubber. It is hygienic, comfortable, quiet, and ergonomic.
Elite: one-inch footed tiles designed to provide superior cushioning, support, durability and superior noise and shock absorption. The tiles are easily installed and can be easily replaced if damaged. Perfect for free weight or exercise rooms, basements, and pool decks.
Sound reducer: Centaur doesn't just do flooring. They also sell sound reducer that can be installed underneath the flooring of your choice. This is perfect for areas that need classic flooring with sound reduction, like a weight or cardio room.
These are just some of the awesome active floor coverings Centaur provides. Weather you need floors for a commercial fitness center or just your personal fitness space, Centaur Floor Systems has excellent choices for any activity. Stop by our showroom to see our selections, or give us a call at (256) 231-0008. You can also learn more at centaurfloors.com.
You’re about to embark on an adventure: buying your first home. Many people often opt for a fixer-upper for their first home but need help and inspiration in finding and remodeling that diamond in the rough. Let's take a look at some tips for finding your fixer upper and making it your own.
Purchasing a home is one of the most exciting steps in life, and it’s also one of the largest investments you'll ever make. The first things you'll need to think of is your buying budget and your improvement budget. This will help make your options clearer when you’re house hunting. It’s also helpful to make “must haves” and “wants” lists before you start your search. The above two tips can help you level the playing field so you’re not overwhelmed with options.
When you’re looking at a home, don't just use your eyes; use your imagination to see the potential it can have. Look for a home with “good bones” --a home that is in good shape. There are minor things that can be changed in a home (think paint colors, door knobs, lighting, etc.) to easily make it your own; however, major upgrades to the flooring, kitchen, and bathrooms can make it your dream home and increase its value.
Pull up that dated, dingy carpet and replace it with a beautiful, rich hardwood, laminate, or WPC flooring. Give your kitchen the TLC it deserves with new tile, granite countertops, and a stylish tile backsplash. Don’t like vinyl floors and shower stalls? Get your whole bathroom redesigned with the latest tile and fixtures.
Buying and fixing up your first home is an exciting adventure. Find a home with good bones and add style and value to it by remodeling the kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. When you’re ready, drop by Floors to Go to see all our options in flooring and tile to suit any budget, and let us help you realize your dream home.
Despite growing trends in flooring of all kinds, tile is still a favorite. Tile is not only loved for its durability and classic looks though; it’s keeping up with all the trends and making new ones. Let's take a look at some current and emerging tile trends and features.
For starters, wood-look tiles are here to stay with new looks and tile sizes like 6x36 and 4x28 that are perfect for using in herringbone patterns. Sizes are also getting bigger and better with new sizes like 12x24 and even 24x48! New textures and finishes are adding more style and enhancing the beauty of wood-look tile. Tile is taking on new shapes too with wood look tiles in planks, bricks, and hexagons of all sizes.
Tile doesn’t have to be limited to the floor either. You can take it up the walls to make quite a statement in your space. Tiled walls using large format wood, concrete, or brick make a big impact. New designs and materials in brick, metals, and printed patterns can take a backsplash or accent wall to the next level. The possibilities are endless with these new trends.
We see more and more people gravitating toward a seamless indoor-outdoor look in their homes. Wood-look porcelain tile is perfect for a hardwood look in your space that can flow to an outdoor living area for a seamless, open look with no worries about the weather. Or, if you like a more modern, industrial vibe, consider using concrete tiles in your home, and let them continue outside into an outdoor kitchen or patio.
Tile in the home continues to stand the test of time while evolving with new trends that we love. Next time you have a tile project, don't forget to explore your options and see what’s out there. You can find all the latest tile trends and fashions in our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you find the one that completes your home.
Many people in the market for flooring think of traditional materials like hardwood, carpet, and tile, but there’s another option with benefits that might surprise you: sheet vinyl. Let’s take a look at sheet vinyl and why it might be a great choice for your home.
These days there are numerous places specializing in home improvements, whether online or store front. Flooring is no exception. Depending on the area in which you live, there may be many flooring stores from which you can choose. How do you know you're choosing the right one? Let's take a look at some features to look for when selecting a flooring store.
Not all stores that sell flooring actually specialize in it. They may also sell lawn and garden equipment, appliances, lumber, etc., The sales people most likely rotate throughout departments, and the flooring selection is limited. Stores that specialize in flooring have sales people specifically trained in all aspects of flooring and installation and have a much wider product selection.
More variety equals more design options for your home! A broad range of products and prices ensures that your budget and taste can find a happy medium. We all want good quality flooring for a decent price.
When you get ready to make a big purchase, you want guidance from someone who knows they're talking about! Sales professionals trained in the latest materials, products, and styles are best equipped to help you match your flooring to your space. In addition, choosing a store with professional installation crews and installation warranties means that your flooring will be installed correctly and is covered should anything go wrong.
When you choose Ted's Abbey Carpet & Floor, you get all these things! We specialize in flooring with a wide variety of products and prices to suit any taste and budget. Our sales people are trained professionals who are always up-to-date on the latest industry trends. In addition, we have over 20 installation crews to make sure your flooring is installed right! The choice is obvious!
Recently a customer came in our store wanting to look at tile for her bathroom. She confessed she felt a little overwhelmed to see all the tile selections because she had no clue what she wanted or even were to start. You may have felt this way before. Some start a project with a very vivid idea of what they want, but a lot of people need direction and guidance. Having a more specific idea of what you want can make your home project more enjoyable as you see your ideas coming to fruition. The question is, “How do I get inspired?”
The internet is a great place to find home décor and renovation blogs, and you’re already off to a great start by reading ours! Home and décor blogs often cover many subjects that can help you get inspiration for your design projects. Here are some of our favorite sites:
Betters Homes and Gardens
Mohawk Home Scapes
While you’re browsing for inspiration, figuring out the color scheme you'd like to use in your space can help narrow down your choices. Look for pictures with your chosen hue to help you get a visual of your future space. Pictures and color schemes can help you draw ideas together. If you’re not really sure what your décor style is, try this quiz from HGTV to find your design personality.
Keep in mind that the perfect flooring provides the perfect foundation for the rest of your home. When you’re ready to go shopping, bring your pictures, color swatches, and anything else that inspires you so that our flooring experts can help you find the right flooring for your project. We have a wide selection of samples that you can take home and “preview” so that you can find the one that suits your whole vision for your home.
Finally, remember that your home should be a reflection of you, your personality and style. Don’t design your home around a look you hate just because it’s trendy or popular. Find what makes you comfortable and happy to be at home!
The great outdoors is amazing, especially when you have your own little piece of the outdoors at home. Maybe it's sitting on the patio or balcony reading, fun times by the pool, or a welcoming walkway in a garden or court yard. Either way, it's these outdoor spaces that really bring something extra to our homes. Let's take a look at how to make a welcoming outdoor space and the flooring you can use to do this.
One of the most popular outdoor spaces is the patio. These usually consist of a concrete slab off the house, sometimes with a roof to provide shade. A sliding glass door connecting your living space with your patio will make your living space feel open and add lots of natural light. You can take your patio to another level by continuing your flooring in the home out onto the patio. To do this, though, you will have to choose a floor covering that is suitable to be outdoors.
Floor coverings like hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tile, and carpet are not ideal for outdoor use or in any areas that are not regulated. (Some hard wood can be used outside but requires an extensive of amount of maintenance). If planning on using these kinds of floor coverings, keep in mind they are susceptible to moisture damage and not recommended for outdoor use. Still want to carry your wood or tile flooring outside? Well not to worry. There are several options available.
The WPC flooring category offers wood and stone looks that are perfect for indoor or outdoor spaces, allowing you to continue your look from the inside out. You may love sipping drinks and relaxing on your porch but hate the maintenance that comes with wood. The porch is a prime example of an area WPC wood-look flooring can bring a new look and more comfort to your outdoor space with less maintenance.
Tile is beautiful outdoors, whether it's on a patio, porch, walkway, or poolside. When opting for tile outdoors, stone or ceramics are not ideal because they absorb too much moisture. Stone and ceramic tile is also susceptible to cracking and breaking when the temperatures rise and fall. However, slip-resistant porcelain tile that is rated for outdoor use is perfect. Slate is also a great choice for outdoor spaces. When properly sealed, this natural stone is a champion of beauty and durability. Keep in mind that using larger-sized tiles can make your space feel bigger, and wood-look tile will add texture and warmth.
So, when looking to expand your home to the outdoors, remember to keep the space open to allow the outdoors in. Think outside the box when it comes to the walkways and floors. Remember the maintenance that will be needed for the flooring you choose and be sure to pick a floor covering that is not only beautiful but durable and meets your needs.
Two of the hottest products in the flooring world today are LVT and WPC, but they lead customers ask many questions: What does that stand for? What's it made of? Is it wood? Is it waterproof?--the list goes on. Let's take some of the mystery out of these flooring categories for you. We'll start with LVT.
LVT stands for luxury vinyl tile, also know as luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and luxury vinyl flooring (LVF). LVT is a vinyl based flooring that mimics the look of stone and wood. LVT consists of five layers. First is a finish that protects from light scratching and shoe scuffs. Second is a clear film that protects against rips and tears. Third is the design layer--this is your stone or wood print. Fourth is the core, which gives it structure. And finally, the fifth layer is the backing.
LVT captures the realistic look of wood and stone designs with the use of photographic technology. The design options don't stop at color though. LVT also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Square pieces range from 12x12 to 24x24, and rectangle piece come in 12x24. You can even get LVT in hexagonal shapes!
Besides its design advantages, LVT has many practical angles. Unlike the stone and wood that it mimics, LVT is very water resistant. In fact, it is pretty much impervious to wet spills. While stone is susceptible to cracks if something heavy is dropped on it or if not installed correctly, LVT is very durable, giving it the stone look without fear of it cracking. Tile is beautiful, but many don’t like its cold feel—something that LVT does not have.
LVT is very easy to clean: damp mopping is the recommended cleaning procedure for LVT. Because it is very durable, it is not uncommon to see 20 to 25-year warranties on LVT.
WPC (wood plastic/polymer composite) shares many similarities with LVT, but at the same time, they do have some differences. Let's take a look at why you might consider WPC for your floor covering.
There are many different versions of WPC (wood plastic/polymer composite). While the “W” in WPC stands for wood, the majority of WPC-type products entering the market today don’t contain wood. These kinds of WPC are often called enhanced vinyl plank, engineered luxury vinyl, and water proof vinyl. We’re going to focus on the features of these types of WPC.
WPC is like LVT in that it is vinyl based and mimics stone and wood. The core is made of plastic/polymer, which is the same material PVC pipes are of made. When this kind of core is used in WPC, it is totally water proof. WPC can be installed in places with high exposure to moisture, such as bathrooms and basements. WPC’s core is rigid, thus hiding imperfections in the subfloor. The rigid core also allows for longer and wider planks. Like LVT, WPC is very easy to clean and has a lengthy warranty.
If you would like the look of wood or stone but with added durability and protection, LVT and WPC are both excellent flooring choices for your home.
When it comes to building or remodeling projects, every space has different requirements depending on how the space will be used. How can you be sure you’re buying the right flooring for your space? Let's take a look at some tips to help you get the flooring that's just right for your space.
You may think, “Flooring is flooring, I just pick the kind that appeals to my eye,” but you could be making a bad choice. Think about what the space will be used for. Do you have kids or pets? If so, you will likely want to get a more durable flooring like rigid core waterproof flooring or Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet that will last and stand up to the traffic in your home. On the other hand, maybe you’re empty nesters ready to invest in something more luxurious like hardwood flooring or soft, premium carpet that increases your home’s value and appeal.
What if the space you’re building or renovating is not your forever home, and you’re preparing it to sell or rent? If this is the case, you’ll likely want to buy a less expensive flooring that will still add buyer appeal to your home. If you’re renting out the space, you may want a durable flooring that is easy to replace if damaged buy renters. Asking yourself questions like these will help you to get the most bang for your buck and find the right flooring for your space.
Once you've evaluated your space, share your results with your flooring sales representative. Having these questions answered beforehand will help you have a quicker and enjoyable buying experience. A little thought and planning can save you time and money and help you to find the perfect flooring for your needs.
Modern or mid-century modern has been popular since the 1950’s. Don't get the wrong idea though; it's by no means outdated. Like most décor, it has evolved and changed over time to become one of the most popular home styles. You don't have to have a mansion or skyscraper apartment to achieve the modern home. Modern décor is primarily made up of simple, clean lines and driven by functionality. The predominant color pallet used to achieve this design includes stark whites, grays, and taupes. The clean lines, light colors, and simple design of the modern look helps make your space feel larger and open.
When it comes to wall colors, primarily you want to stick to whites, grays and taupes, but the modern style looks great with a bold pop of bright color or texture. A colorful focal wall can make a statement, but you don’t have to be limited to this option. A brightly-colored or metallic, tiled focal wall in a geometric pattern makes quite an impression, along with textured accents made of simple grain wood looks, concrete, and metals.
For modern kitchens, tile backsplashes are the perfect accent to flat-planed, light-colored cabinets with minimal hardware. Choose geometric tiles with repeated patterns like grids, lines, or circles. If you prefer a simpler design, subway tiles aren’t just for farmhouses. You can still achieve a clean, modern look with subway tiles, and they’re also available in a variety of colors to add that extra something to your design.
For your floors, you can get modern looks in any floor covering you choose, whether it's hardwood, laminate, tile, LVT or WPC. Concrete-look tile is perfect for the industrial, modern look and even looks great on walls! If you prefer real wood or a wood look, opt for a simple grain pattern that doesn't look aged or worn. Wood is also not limited to just the floor! Wood and wood-look products like laminate, tile, LVT, WPC, and vinyl planks look amazing as accent walls.
Favorite modern wood flooring styles are light and dark (almost black) grays and white-washed looks. White-washed floors are quickly becoming the latest trend, provided an open feel and simple beauty. If you have a small space, lighter floors keep the space feeling open.
When it comes to décor, keep it simple. Try a canvas painting instead of a framed painting, and don't be afraid to bring in furniture that adds a pop of color, like a clean-lined, brightly colored arm chair or ottoman. Utilize furniture and accents made with angular or flowing designs and industrial materials like wood, plastic, and metal. Primary shapes and patterns are also key to a stream-lined look with straight-lined tables, cabinets, couches, and chairs.
When aiming to achieve a modern design, keep in mind your color scheme: light neutrals with pops of dark or bright colors as accents. Flowing, clean lines should be the rule of thumb for furniture and other accessories. Don't forget textures with wood, metals and concrete. Follow these tips and add your own style, and you'll have a beautifully modern home.