Anne Frank wrote, “no one has ever become poor by giving.” At Floors To Your Home, we believe in the power of giving back. We’re proud to be a Leading Sponsor of the Indiana Campus Superstar Competition, a talent contest for college and university students all across Indiana designed to showcase tomorrow’s artists today! Sponsorship directly benefits the Helene G. Simon Hilele Center on the IU campus.
After an exciting semifinal on March 8th that narrowed twenty-five contestants down to ten, we’re geared up for the final competition on Sunday, April 19th at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where the next Campus Superstar will be crowned.
Giving forms the backbone of our philosophy. We’ve contributed to Indiana University’s Dance Marathon to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital, and to Alzheimer’s groups here in Indianapolis.
Every great leap begins with a single step. It’s an honor and a pleasure for us at Floors To Your Home to do our part.
Following a recent 60 Minutes report calling into question the business ethics and safety protocols practiced by Lumber Liquidators with regard to their laminate flooring, consumers across the nation have reached out to us with questions about their floors. One of the most common questions we’ve received is about the presence of formaldehyde in vinyl flooring.
The key component laminate flooring’s composition is core board, which is made of wood particles. As mentioned in a CBS Evening News companion piece that aired on March 4th, “formaldehyde is in the glues used to bind wood particles together to make the core boards in laminate flooring.”
A cross-section of laminate flooring
Vinyl flooring products do not contain any core board or any wood products, as shown below:
A cross-section of vinyl flooring.
Here at Floors To Your Home, we want to offer you something it’s impossible to put a price on: peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our trained flooring experts with your questions, concerns, or comments. Your safety and satisfaction are, as always, our top priority.
Let’s face it: chemicals are everywhere. We, dear readers, are composed of…you guessed it…chemicals. Lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and many others keep our systems up and running. Of course, not all chemicals are good for us, especially not in excessive doses. Too much sodium chloride (also known as table salt) can lead to dehydration, hypertension, and water retention. Too much sucrose (our good friend table sugar) can cause cavities, weight gain, and diabetes. Moderation is often key.
There’s no doubt formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical. Although it’s a naturally occurring substance, it’s natural the same way a King Cobra is natural. A product of our Earth, yes, but one we’d prefer to limit our exposure to. In 2007 the California Air Regulatory Board (CARB) issued a rating system to address the public’s concerns over formaldehyde emissions. CARB compliance came in two phases based on their date of implementation, CARB 1 and CARB 2. Emissions are measured in Parts Per Million (PPM). Let’s look at some CARB standards applied to flooring materials:
Hardwood Plywood (HWPW): 0.05 PPM
Adhesives: 0.05 PPM
Particleboard (PB): 0.09 PPM
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF): 0.11 PPM
MDF Less Than Or Equal To 8 Millimeters Thick: 0.13 PPM
At Floors To Your Home, we understand your concerns about formaldehyde exposure. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, family members seeking to protect our loved ones. That’s why we offer certification showing our laminates meet appropriate standards, and we purchase our laminate from the same manufacturers used by Lowe’s and Home Depot. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Your safety and your satisfaction are, as always, our top priority.
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How many of you grew up in a home with a laminate countertop in the kitchen? I did. Of course, I didn’t know it was laminate at the time, but I remember the smooth white with gold flecks underneath my hands as my mother and I kneaded cookie dough. I also remember my mom complaining when it chipped.
Let’s get one thing straightened up right now: today’s laminate flooring is NOT the same as the retro Formica countertops of yore. It’s harder. It’s better. It’s stronger. It’s thicker. The laminate floors of 2015 are versatile, beautiful, durable, and, best of all, budget friendly! Not convinced yet? Here are some of laminate wood flooring’s best features:
Oh, February. The weather outside is frightful and the prospect of spring, while delightful, is still just out of reach. This time of year a little pick-me-up is invaluable. In the wise, wise words of Miss Donna Meagle:
Now, I think it’s fair to assume you, dear readers, are a style-savvy bunch, with an eye for quality, price, and aesthetic. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the hottest style trends that have emerged so far in 2015:
Whether you prefer the American spelling (with an -a) or the British spelling (with an –e),make 2015 the year you bring the silver lining into your home! Gray doesn’t have to mean drab or staid; gray can bring effortless class and comfort, making a quiet statement as pleasant as a cup of Earl…who? You guessed it, Earl Grey! From the smokiest charcoal to the palest platinum, options abound. Love laminate? Have a look at the Supreme Click Landmark Series Random Width Gray Dawn Hickory. Wild for waterproof? The Supreme Elite Freedom Gold Series Desert Mesa Loose Lay Vinyl Plank can handle all your moisture demands, and features the easiest installation on the market today.