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Floods And Your Floors

Posted on April 15, 2015 by Meredith

“April showers bring May flowers.” There’s nothing quite as refreshing as spring rain, with its cool breezes and the promise of beautiful weather to come. Of course, there’s a difference between temperate seasonally appropriate precipitation and river-swelling, ground-saturating, ‘oh no that lovely duck pond in the backyard has encroached into my house’ torrential downpours.

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First, all soaked furniture, upholstery, and belongings need to be removed from the area. Some may be salvageable and some might not be; as difficult as it might be to separate sense from sentimentality it’s necessary in this situation. A moist environment is essentially putting on the Ritz for mold and mildew, two very common allergens that can have serious long-term health consequences.

Next, focus on removing the excessive water and moisture from your room. The longer it hangs around the more damage it does, and, given the opportunity, it will get everywhere. RealEstate.com sums it up: “Water and excessive moisture ruins carpet and padding, seeps under floating floors, dissolves the bond between tile and the subfloor, and works its way under vinyl and linoleum.”

Air needs to circulate in your space in order to combat the excess moisture, so open some windows if you can and if the humidity isn’t too high. Your goal here is to create as much open area as possible: open cupboards and closets, remove cabinet drawers. You’re also probably going to need some help. Dehumidifiers for personal use are available for purchase, but a commercial dehumidifier packs the real punch. Commercial dehumidifiers will help speed the drying process along, and are available for rent from most national hardware stores or equipment rental locations. They’re big, they’re noisy, and they go to work. In extreme cases of high standing water, rent a sump pump to remove the excess water.

In addition to all the headaches, flooding can also cause some serious health risks. Ready.gov has more information on how to deal with the aftermath of a flood.

So What Flooring Can Stand Up To Floods?

Weather, humidity, and precipitation should all factor into the decision making process when shopping for a new floor. If you live in an area with high humidity and heavy rain, waterproof flooring is a great option! So, what type of flooring is best for standing up to water issues? Let’s break it down, going from best to worst.

 
BEST: Vinyl Flooring

I really can’t say enough good things about 100% waterproof vinyl flooring. Banish any thoughts of the soft, spongy rolled vinyl floors from the past. No. Those days are over. The sun has come out and technology has advanced to make vinyl flooring tougher, more durable, and far more attractive. Much like its laminate cousin, vinyl flooring is available in a huge array of colors and styles designed to emulate any look you can imagine! Whether you want your room to feel like a rustic, serene log cabin or a timeless Mediterranean villa, there’s a vinyl floor for you.

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Another great thing about modern vinyl is how easy it is to install. Yes, I know ‘easy installation’ is something of a buzzword in the DIY world, but installing luxury vinyl plank flooring really is as simple as it sounds. Click together vinyl flooring does just that: it clicks together without glue, complications, or indecipherable instructions. Loose lay vinyl also installs just like its name implies, by laying down on your subfloor and staying in place due to its specially textured background.

 
BEST: Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

Porcelain and ceramic tile is a perennial kitchen and bathroom favorite for a reason. They’re all built to withstand water and spills; others are built to withstand chemicals, frost, and the elements. Ceramic and porcelain flooring is a tough material ready to go to work! For those with an eye for the cutting edge trends, we offer a large selection of wood look porcelain. Wait, what? Wood look?

That’s right! Take a gander. One is wood, and one is wood look porcelain tile. Which is which?


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Those savvy readers who guessed the porcelain is on the right, pat yourselves on the back. That’s the Florida Tile Berkshire Walnut Wood Grain Porcelain Plank Tile. One the left is Kingsmill Sonoma Golden Sand Maple Birch Solid Hand Scraped Hardwood. Innovation, am I right?

With the unbeatable prices at Floors To Your Home, it’s never been a better time to purchase discount vinyl flooring.

 
ACCEPTABLE: Laminate Flooring

Time to play the semantics game: laminate floor is water resistant, not waterproof. Laminate is known far more for its durability, value, and eco-friendly construction than it is for its imperviousness to moisture. Of course, some people (the humble author’s parents, for example) still choose to install it in their bathrooms and are fully satisfied.

A lot of our laminate features an attached pad, but some of the pad goes one step further by featuring a foil moisture barrier for additional protection.

 
UNWISE: Engineered Hardwood and Solid Hardwood

Let’s shout it to the rafters: Wood and water don’t mix! Excess moisture causes all kinds of headaches for hardwood, so your best bet is to save hardwood for rooms without moisture concerns and opt for something else. If your heart is set on the hardwood look, have a look at our vinyl planks or wood look porcelain tile, which are all 100% waterproof.

Do you have questions about choosing the best floor for a moisture-prone environment? Call or click to chat with our trained flooring experts today.

 
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Meredith Foster is a content writer at Floors To Your Home. Away from the office she’s a published author, hockey fan, music lover, and mom to a vampire-fanged rescue cat.

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Springing Into Style

Posted on April 6, 2015 by Meredith

Hi, friends! It’s been a minute since we talked. You look great! How are things going? Good? Good!

What’s new with Floors To Your Home, you ask? Well, quite a bit, in fact. We’ve stocked up on old favorites, and jumped on some new trends! We’re adopting the three S’s for spring:

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One of the hottest flooring trends for 2015? Gray! A timeless neutral that adds a touch of class to any décor scheme, gray (or grey, if you prefer) is a classic.


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The Supreme Click Driftwood Gray Laminate Flooring is a beautiful discount wide plank laminate that’s ready to stand up to pet, moisture, and the impact that occurs when a certain piece of atrocious ‘literature’ is discarded to the floor like it deserves.

If you’re in the market for a high gloss floor to shine bright like a diamond, the Grand Elegance North Carolina Hickory Laminate might be the just what you’ve been looking for. Here’s an actual photo from one of our very satisfied customers:

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Contrary to common belief, solid hardwood flooring doesn’t have to make a dent in your budget. We offer savings of over 50% on the Kingsmill Cape Cod Ranier Hand Scraped Oak Hardwood. Yes, you read that right: Over 50% off the regular retail price on genuine solid red oak flooring that features a beautiful hand scraped finish and characterful random length design.

One of the many great things about Floors To Your Home is our wide selection. By buying first quality discontinued and closeout flooring from some of the top brands in the industry, we pay only a fraction of the retail price, and pass those discounts on to you! Floors To Your Home makes it easy to save big on top quality flooring without compromising your time or your budget. This also keeps our inventory fresh, so check back often!
 
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Proud To Give Back

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Meredith

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.


Answering Your Questions About Vinyl

Posted on March 5, 2015 by Meredith

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

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. 

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.


Answering Your Safety Questions

Posted on March 2, 2015 by Meredith

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

Conversely, cow’s milk contains anywhere from 0.075 to 0.255 PPM, according to the World Health Organization.

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.

Want to do some research on your own? Here are some links:

Toxic Substance Control Act from the U.S. Government Publishing Office

Formaldehyde Emissions Standards For Composite Wood Products from the EPA

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Meredith Foster is a content writer at Floors To Your Home. Away from the office she’s a published author, hockey fan, music lover, and mom to a vampire-fanged rescue cat.

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