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Not everything is black and white...

Added on January 27, 2016 by admin

    My father-in-law is beginning to remodel his home.  My wife and I were notified that during this process, we will be able to have some of his current household decorations; and while I'm happy to take some things off his hand as his home is beautiful as it is, I can't help but wonder, "Why?" The answer is simple: modern times call for a modern look.

    Every decade has it's own distinct look; the sixties had Beach Blanket Bingo , hippies, and tie dye clothes. The seventies had bell bottoms, disco balls, and Kiss. The eighties introduced perms, neon fashion and the DeLorean. The nineties had grunge rock, gangster rap, and even more music that you could barely understand the lyrics to. The early millennium seemed to be an extension of the previous decade, and this decade has traveled back to the 1980's, only this time men are wearing tight jeans, and women are wearing cut-off sleeve tops. Still, with this decade's trip back to the neon 80's era, the modern in home fashion is the color grey, accompanied by berber carpet, or a carpet with an interwoven design.

    When I'm at my father-in-law and step-mother-in-law's house, whenever any of us need to use the restroom, we say that we're going to take a trip to New York. The reason is, the over-all theme for the bathroom is everything from New York City. From city paintings, to a miniature Empire State Building that stands on the flat surface of the toilet bowl back, the idea that a part of their lives was spent in New York is clearly spoken in their home decor; and it looks fantastic. The walls are a light grey, and there are yellow highlights throughout with red flecks present the room, from via the city cab colors in the painting hanging from the wall, to the color of the towels laid out, down to the colors of the candles. Even the color of the tile reflects a scene from a New York City block; and now that the bathroom has come out as a sparkling success, their home is about to experience an overhaul. Am I bragging on my father and step-mother-in-law's talents as interior decorators? Absolutely; but my reasoning is for the sake of change. 

    You can live with a couch and love seat set for ten years, but after the cushions have sunken in, and the colors have faded due to over use and under-cleaning, it's time to freshen up your home's look. In the same way, the "fresh" look that I'm describing in seemingly ominous grey tones can only be experience when you add hints of color throughout. One colored accent wall can more than sustain the 3 other pail grey walls that enclose a room, it will make the room come alive. Suddenly there is a theme that is blatant on the wall that will allow you to poke other bright colors through, causing a grey room to suddenly look like a meadow full of wild sunflowers; and the flooring can even relfect that theme as well. Mohawk's Smartstrand Forever Clean Silk collection will make your feet even FEEL like you're walking on soft, fresh Pennsylvania grass on a cool summer day. The combination of visual and even physical stimulants underfoot will grey a boring grey, become a beautiful canvas.

    So the next time you're in the area, you don't have to forsake your bank account to see what you can do about rejuvenate your home. Stop by our showroom and just ask us what we can do to help. Our staff is well equipped to help facilitate your next "New York" experience. So what are you waiting for? Come into, "Your one stop flooring center," today.


A New Year with New Stuff...

Added on January 14, 2016 by admin

    After taking some time off, it's time to get back to the flooring business again. It's a new year with new products, new trends, and new innovations; such as the topic of this blog. The R.A. Siegel Company has just come out with a product that's a softer and warmer alternative to laminate. It's a product that's an unexpected pleasure to walk on, and a pleasure to write about. The funny thing is, it's made of pvc.

    When I think pvc, the first thing that pops into my head is plumbing lines; but as a flooring surface? Well my friends, it's true; and it's a reliable product. Waterproof and flexible, this product is good for in-home use; including for kitchen and bath areas as it is completely water-proof. The even better news is that you don't have to settle for an all white floor with red letters to fill up the space you are remodeling; this product is made to look, and now even FEEL like hardwood; all thanks to a little imagination, and a little wine.

    Most of us are familiar with a wine bottle's cork. It's made of what it's known as, "cork." It's soft, fairly malleable, it keeps moisture contained to it's bottle shaped prison; it's an interesting little product that is now connected to each piece of R.A. Siegel's new Market Place Collection; literally. Each plank of flooring has attached to it's underbelly a cork underlayment, and this has a pretty big effect on the flooring itself once it's laid out.

    Usually, a laminate floor, or even an older pvc floor, would need an underlayment rolled out to keep imperfections from scratching the belly side of the floor covering being installed; as well as serving as a moisture barrier and sound insulator. This new product already has built into it a natural sound insulator, a natural mold and mildew resistant, a natural moisture barrier, and a protective agent from any imperfections from a sub-floor. The cork backing is what makes the difference; yet the fact that this new underlayment is built in may not be enough to sell the product as it costs a little more than your typical laminate. What does make this product sell is the fact that when you walk on it, you won't get the noise that you hear from walking on a laminate floor. It's quieter. It has a better feel when you walk on it due to the cork backing; it seems softer. It's completely waterproof. It's durable and difficult to damage. It has a 30 year residential, and 15 year commercial wear warranty; and the list goes on. There are too many pro's and not many con's. The only issue with purchasing this type of flooring is that, like laminate, the value of your home doesn't increase upon installation, but not to worry. The fact that your flooring won't be a typical laminate makes for potential home buyers more interested in you home when it comes time to sell. 

    At the end of the day, your next flooring project isn't about what I try to sell, it's about what you like, what you want, and what is within your budget. I can try to sell you the moon for a billion dollars, but if you're not a night owl and have only have $500,000, you're going to leave disgruntled. My job is to inform you on what's out there, and in doing so, I have the freedom to discuss what I do and don't care for; while trying to be fair. So whenever you're ready to start your next flooring project, swing into Wall to Wall, "Your one stop flooring center."


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