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Here in the Hudson Valley, NY. we are starting to experience the chilly nights and mornings, and what better to step on then a soft and warm carpet. I believe that carpet has become all that it should be, strong, resistance to wear, stain resistant, easy to clean. We at Mid-hudson Floor & Wall Co. cover Dutchess County NY, Ulster County NY, Sullivan County NY. These areas include Peekskill NY, Carmel NY, Fishkill NY, Wappingers Falls NY., East Fishkill NY. We offer wall to wall carpeting, area rugs, binding, surging, padding and installation for all the customers needs.

Mohawk smartstrand silk, the newest innovation in softness.  Smartstrand features;

  • stain resistance that is not sprayed on but built into the fiber
  • easy care
  • durability

Mohawk with dupont has coupled together to make this fiber the easiest to clean and the softest under foot.


UNDERSTANDING HARDWOOD

July 6, 2018

All hardwoods have a wood surface, its what is below the surface that determines performance capabilities, installation variables and suitable environments for each.  Installation limitations and dimensional stability are the key differences between solid and other types of hardwood options.  Solid wood is exactly how it sounds, a single solid piece of wood from top to bottom.  Because it is solid it can be refinished multiple times.  Solid wood is known for its endurance, engineered wood’s composition has helped it go , where solid cannot, only the top layer is wood.  Engineered wood is comprised of multiple layers that can be generated from a variety of different materials.  Most commonly engineered cores will feature either high density fiberboard(HDF) or plywood lumber.

 

 

 

July 2, 2018

As one of the first floor covering options hardwood has enjoyed a rich history. Born out of the lumber industry, hardwood floors materialized as a practical option in early 19th century.  With old growth forests in abundance, colonial America hand-cut planks from legs using manpower alone.  As sawing technology improved hardwood flooring became more common place, and the availability of wood especially oak kept costs affordable, in fact up until the 1960’s hardwood floors were required for all U.S. homes to secure a mortgage.

 

 

June 29,2018

Fusion and vision

Fusion with permacore technology provides the solution for a waterproof floor that is eco- friendly, easy to install and easy to clean.  Permacore is a 100% engineered vinyl composite is extremely dense and stable – in other words it does not expand or contract.  Fusion also resists spills of any kind, making cleaning and everyday maintenance plain and simple.  The vision collection is ideal for light commercial and residential applications.  The planks in this collection resist everyday scuffs and scratches.  This products have wood and ceramic visuals.

June 28, 2018

Armstrong Pryzm – the ultimate in WPC

What makes Pryzm different is the perfect blending of design and function.  There is no need to compromise on good looks when seeking when seeking a flooring with waterproof as well as dent, scratch and stain resistant.  Pryzm does not need to be acclimated with its reinforced thermoplastic core and with its acoustical cork underlayment it generates greater sound absorption.

June 19, 2018

THE ABC’S OF WPC

Depending on who you talk to WPC – translates  as “wood plastic/polymer composite or some say water proof core.   The questions that are asked frequently:

What is WPC exactly – WPC is a composite material made of thermoplastic calcium carbonate and wood flour.  Extruded as a core material, it is marketed as being water proof, rigid and dimensionally stable.  In a effort to differentiate their WPC suppliers are branding their products with names succ as enhanced vinyl plank, engineered vinyl flooring and water proof vinyl.

How does it differ from LVT – The main difference are that WPC is waterproof and can go over most subfloors with minimal prep.  Traditional vinyl floor are flexible meaning any unevenness in the subfloor will likely transfer through the surface. Compared to glue down LVT or solid locking LVT, WPC products have a distinct advantage because the rigid core hides subfloor inperfections.  No prep is necessary over cracks and divots in concrete or wooden subfloors.

How does it differ from laminate – WPC is waterproof, while some laminates are engineered to be water “resistant”.  Big difference.  Proponents of WPC say it is more for environments in which laminates should not be used, such as bathrooms and basements  that have potential moisture issues.  In addition WPC can be used without needing expansion gaps.  Also the wear layer absorps the sound, making the floor quieter compared to laminates.

June 14, 2018

WEDI – for tub walls

Wedi building panels are the natural choice for use with tub walls and tub enclosures.  The panels can be installed directly to framing or over gypsum, cement or wood underlayment products to create a waterproof underlayment for tile.  The dimensions of the wedi panels make for quick installation with standard tubs – laid horizontally the panel wall span the full five foot width.  Cut out to notch at the bottom edge of panel and safely connect to flange with just a bead of wedi joint sealant in between to safely waterproof this critical connection and create plumb walls.  Because of the waterproof nature, the wedi panel does not wick water from the tub perimeter all which water will traverse.

June 12, 2018

WEDI – building panels

Wedi building panels have a blue core made from extruded polystyrene rigid foam that is manufactured without the use of CFC foaming agents and contains no dangerous fire retardant HBCD.  This makes wedi building panels an ideal base for any type of thinset adhered tile or stone.  Wedi building panels can be applied to practically any loadbearing substrate, are water proof throughout,  insulating, versatile in its use in field-customized applications, light and extremely robust and strong.  While often used within the range of wedi shower systems it is also a le formidable tile backer board for use on walls, floors, countertops and more.

June 10, 2018

WEDI – waterproof system

Wedi building panels reinforced cement resin surface offers a superior bond surface to virtually any tile or stone or tile adhesive, no delamination.  The blue XPS core is 100 percent waterproof and remains fully functional even after possible partial water damage.  XPS brand foam is especially engineered for 100 percent  consistency of it’s closed cell structure.  All building panels systems have great heat insulation properties, save energy costs and provide against mold due to its inorganic nature ability to safely waterproof.

June 9, 2018

THE LOOKS THAT ARE SELLING

Wood is still in big demand, concrete looks are being seen more and more, marble looks are becoming more authentic, and design and color are making a come back.

June 6, 2018

Truth about trees

Trees benefit from the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into oxygen and carbon.  The oxygen is released into the atmosphere and the carbon remains in the tree.

The carbon in the tree stays in the wood when it becomes flooring.

Wood floors can last hundreds of years and keep the carbon sequestered throughout its life time.

Trees are carbon neutral which means its full life cycle the same amount of carbon dioxide absorbed during its life will be returned to the atmosphere at the end of its life if it decays or burns.  If the tree is made into wood flooring the cycle is broken and the carbon dioxide is trapped for the life of the floor.

Wood floors also use less water and energy to produce than other flooring, are 100 percent recyclable and compostable, and are a renewable resource.  The managed forests of America plant more trees every year then what is removed.  Since old trees grow slower than old trees, replacing the old trees with new increases the amount of carbon that is sequestered and oxygen released into the atmosphere.  Unfortunately most consumers are not aware of wood flooring’s positive impact. The truth is wood flooring made of trees harvested from managed forests is actually good for the environment.

June 4, 2018

Wallplanks

The newest addition to floor covering needs, Wall planks take the place of paneling, painting or wall papering Wall planks can be installed vertically, horizontally or  diagonally and are an architectural element that  transforms your space.  Wall planks are suited both commercial and residential. Style is a reflection of your personality.  Urban industrial, mid-century modern, or farmhouse rustic.  Wall planks offer an affordable way to make a big impact in of in the design of your home or office.  The 3 layered engineered plank uses a high density fiberboard core that is sandwiched between two hardwood veneers and has a precision ship lap joint milled on its long sides.  The result is a light weight and stable plank that is 1/4 inch thick, 5.1 ” wide with random lengths from 12″ to 48″.  A patent pending process of infusing stain pigments into hardwood veneers is used in this collection to create numerous renditions of the reclaimed or exotic woods.  To protect the surface, a uv cured, low gloss finish is applied.  The wall in then easily maintained by cleaning with water and a damp cloth.

June 2, 2018

Groutable LVT

Following are some groutable LVT facts to remember:

  1. Groutable LVT is a lower cost alternative to ceramic or porcelain tile.  It offers the aesthetic appeal is of the “real thing”.  The imaging technology that is being used today has become so sophisticated that is is extremely  difficult to distinguish between an LVT and ceramic tile and stone.
  2. LVT tile that is grouted can also save time and money.
  3. Grouted LVT won’t crack or break if something is dropped on it, and it is more slip resistant, making it safer for homes and commercial applications.  Glassware, dishware – dropped on it will survive versus something dropped on tile or stone.  LVT is more forgiving and able to absorb the impact and not crack.
  4. Grout used in LVT is different then what is installed in ceramic tile.  It is typically easier to clean than traditional pre-sanded grout, which requires sealing to avoid staining.  LVT grout is pre colored and never needs sealing.

June 1, 2018

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Some design tips for helping customers to achieve the right LVT flooring:

lighter color designs – lighter colors naturally  reflect light and can make a space feel larger, brighter and more airy.  This is great for areas without a lot of natural light and/or smaller space,

mid-tone designs – mid-tone colors especially designs with higher color variation, are great for high traffic areas because they tend to hide the dirt, grime and any imperfections better.

color and texture variation design – designs that offer variation in color and texture are ideal to help hide imperfections in subfloors and foundations.  They are also great in hiding dirt in high-traffic spaces.

XL format designs – extra large format LVT works great in big spacious areas because they provide a better sense of scale, and their large foot print allows a space to feel less busy by minimizing the amount of grout or joint lines.

textile and linen-look designs – textile and linens looks are perfect for  customers who want the soft surface look but the ease of maintenance and cleanibility of resilient flooring.

May 30, 2018

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP), is a type of resilient flooring  that loosely describes a vinyl based flooring product that closely imitates the look of natural material.  New technologies have yielded a product that offers striking visuals and performance attributes that often make it a preferred flooring choice to materials such as hardwood and tile.  The ability to replicate real hardwood and stone using advanced photographic technologies is LVT’s foundation.  The construction of LVT is usually four layers fused together:

  1.  Finish: usually an aluminum oxide, urethane or ceramic based layer prevents light scratching and shoe scuffs.
  2.  Clear Film: this layer protects against rips and tears.
  3.  Design layer: this is the photo realistic print.
  4. Core: the bottom layer gives the product structure and solidity.

Other benefits include: ease of maintenance, water resistance, scratch, stain and dent resistance, durability.

May 21, 2018

PureColor Carpet

PureColor carpet is  a premium and unique fiber system from engineered floors Dream Weaver brand which allows the carpet to be installed in any room in the home.  It even offers the ability to withstand bleach without fading.  One of PureColor’s features is its soil and stain resistance characteristics, which comes from the solution dyed yarn system.

PureColor is a solution dyed fiber that has consistency and color throughout the entire fiber system.  Solution dyed means that the color of the carpet goes all the way through, much like a carrot where the color goes all the way through.  Traditional piece dyed fibers the color only sits on top of the fiber, similiar to a radish, where it is red outside and white inside.  This creates a more balanced look in the color of the carpet.  PureColor does not fade, holds up in high traffic areas, and will resist some of the harshest stains; wine, pet and mud.

May 20, 2018

The modernizing of soft surface.

Soft materials have been around for along time helping to make floors comfortable underfoot.  These soft materials such as carpet, rugs and carpet tiles continue to offer a multitude of traditional benefits.  The transformation of these products in the modern world has been outstanding.

Any fiber can be tufted in a good durable manner, making construction the largest determining factor on how well any carpet performs.  Nylon, polyester(PET), triexta and polypropylene(olefin) that are all synthetic polymers derived from petroluem that processed to be carpet yarn.

Nylon’s primary benefits is better resiliency and durability.  Nylon’s weaknesses is inherently prone to staining, which was corrected with stain resistant treatments.

PET’s primary benefits is naturally stain resistant and n nfade resistant.  PET’s weaknesses is less resilient than nylon, and prone to soiling.

Treixta’s primary benefits is good resiliency and excellent inherent stain resistant.  Treixta’s weaknesses is having some issues in removing oil-based stains but with mohawk smartstrand forever clean addresses this issue.

So Mohawk smartstrand collection is proof that the carpet customer can truly have it all.  With it’s inherent stain and soil resistant fiber, exceptional durability and unmatched softness smartstrand combines all the best t in things about carpet in one package. Smartstrand collection now features mohawk’s all pet protection.  Stating covering all pets, all accidents, all the the time.  Smartstrand through the years has proven its performance withstanding the messiest tests from tough mudders, puppy bowl atheletes and the inhabitants of the Dallas and Birmingham Zoos.

October 14, 2010

So a couple of months ago, I talked about Armstrong and it’s Diamond 10 technology, how scratch resist it is and how easy it is to clean.  Now Armstrong has put this technology on a solid hardwood line called Paragon.  Paragon offers timeless beauty with the ultimate scratch resistant finish.  According to the company, Paragon hardwood is made from 100 percent appalachian wood with patent pending Diamond 10 Technology, a flooring innovation exclusive to Armstrong Flooring, which incorporates cultured diamonds to create a powerful wear layer of scratch protection without clouding the beauty of the hardwood underneath.  Diamond 10 provides resistance to stains and dirt, and is durable to traffic and cleaning.  It is also manufactured in USA.  There are 3 styles, the smooth look, the scraped or textured and brushed, in high gloss or low gloss finishes.

October 5, 2017

Autumn is here and for many that means sales galore!  It’s time for fall promotions to accelerate and people to get excited.  Some fall promos going on:

Armstrong flooring has announced “The new look of tough” national sale promotion to correspond with TV and digital advertising campaign with HGTV.  The promotion runs through to November 13 with qualifying Elevate dealers.  Some collections are Artisan engineered hardwoods, timber cuts, woodland relics and pryzm.  Consumers who purchase the flooring can qualify for 5-10% rebates up to $500 in a visa prepaid card.

Mirage has started off there .50 cent rebate per foot on any mirage products regardless of species, color or widths.  This promo will go until November 25.  Fall is the time of year when remodeling projects take off, homeowners wanting to change the decor and dress the house  up for the holidays.  It is a great time to take the opportunity to save big while enjoying the quality that Mirage is known for.

October 4, 2017

Scotchgard is a brand of recognition.  3m recently tested the power of  Scotchgard protector to determine the brand’s overall performance.  The results position Scotchgard as one of the top “protector” brands on the market.  Scotchgard is not only found on carpeting but also in clothing, making the name a brand that has been around for years.  Scotchgard protector promotes consumer confidence before, during and after a new flooring purchase with its ability to repel, resist and protect.  3m knows from research that purchasing flooring is major investment, and it’s something people put a lot of research into.  Being protected by Scotchgard is the proof point for consumers because it has the ability to repel liquids and provide stain protection.  These factors are especially important for families with kids and pets because they are most likely to experience these kinds of incidents.

 

September 14, 2017

Armstrong’s Diamond 10 Technology – Gives the highest scratch resistant, stain and scuff resistant in the industry.  Dirt and stain resistant qualities for easy cleaning and maintenance, appearance retention, abrasion resistance.  The diamond 10 technology consists of a cultured, diamond infused coating and a rigid wear layer giving the floor the highest scratch, stain and scuff resistant luxury flooring in the industry.

August 29, 2017

In 2014 Mohawk introduced Continuum, a technology that results in a cleaner polyester that is made with 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. Mohawk also continues to increase the softness of carpeting with smarttrand silk reserve, the softness is mostly determined by the extrusion and yarn processing.

Engineered flooring/Dreamweaver has developed ApexSDP, a solution dyed polyester fiber engineered to perform in commercial applications.   EF uses only solution dyed yarns, In 2016, EF developed VariColor, a technology which creates a space-dyed look with solutison dyed fibers these products will be launched in fall of 2017.

Phenix has re-engineered fibers and yarns to achieve advanced aesthetic and functional properties.  The denier has been reduced to deliver a finer yarn which creates a beautifully finished carpet.  Along with the softness a visual appeal and differentiation have been enhanced by the development of varied yarn lusters.  Phenix has also made further developments in chemistries that eliminate microbes and odors that will provide extra value to the carpet, creating healthier, fresher environments once they are installed.  These carpets are developed in an exclusive partnership with Microban.

August  25, 2017

The newest product in the flooring industry…WALLPLANKS, www.fromtheforest.com, or www.wallplanks.com.  This product can be installed in various ways horizontally, vertically or diagonally to transform your wall space.  It can be used in both residential or commercial applications.  It is a 3 layered engineered plank which uses a high density fiberboard core that is between 2 layers of hardwood veneer with a precision ship lap joint milled on its long sides.  This results in a light and stable plank that is only 1/4 inch thick, 5 ” wide and various lengths from 12″ to 48″ long.  They have a patent pending process of infusing the stain pigments into the hardwood veneer to create numerous renditions of  reclaimed or exotic woods, to protect the surface they use a uv cured, low gloss finish.  This product can be easily maintained by using water and a damp cloth.  With just a couple of hand tool this product can be easily installed. They also make trim pieces for open wall applications.


July 28, 2017

I have been noticing cork is bouncing back(no punn intended). I get a couple of calls a year on cork. The benefits of cork are simple. I just did a basement laundry room in cold spring, new york, because of the attributes cork has, for instance:

DURABILITY
Cork flooring is a very durable choice. Its been popular for use in public buildings such as court houses, churches, banks and libraries. The softness and give of the floor causes less of a grinding action to occur with normal foot traffic than on harder surfaces such as hardwood floors. Cork has a very long life and can be repaired if damaged. The oldest cork floor installed in the United States is in a church near Chicago dating back to 1898.

SOFTNESS
The air contained in the million of cork cells provides a cushioned under the foot feeling. It provides noticeable relief to those who stand on their feet for hours. Whether on your feet at work or at home you can appreciate the soft quality of cork floors.

ANTI-ALLERGENIC AND INSECT RESISTANT
Bugs, mold, mites and even termites are repelled by cork due to a naturally occurring substance in cork called Suberin. This waxy substance also prevents cork from rotting even when submerged in water for long periods of time.

ELASTICITY
Cork cell membranes are very flexible allowing cork to be both compressible and elastic. When cork is subjected to pressure or heavy weight, the air in the cells is compressed. An example is a cork top in a wine bottle. The cork stopper is pressurized into the bottle opening, once released cork returns to within 95% of is original shape over a short period of time. This means that it is possible to dent a cork floor the cork will recover to its near original shape. Unlike hardwoods floors which can not recover because the wood fibers are broken.

SOUND AND VIBRATION REDUCTION
Cork reduces the transmission of sound, vibration and heat, thus making it a great insulator. The tiny cellular compartments seal air in each compartment insulating each from the other with a moisture resistant, waxy like surface. Thus making cork great for recording studios, entertainment rooms, and any other places where sound needs to be reduced.

THERMAL INSULATION
Cork reduces heat loss in rooms and even body heat loss through feet. Cork naturally maintains a comfortable median temperature never getting very hot or cold. In tests it has shown less heat is lost through feet with a cork floor than with hardwood, vinyl or ceramic floors.

FIRE RESISTANT
The natural waxy substance Suberin makes cork a natural fire inhibitor. Cork is fire resistant and also does not release any toxic gases on combustion.

In saying this I have been selling a lot of Armstrong Rigid Core products because of the cork backing.


July 25, 2017

The newest carpet company in the flooring industry is Dream Weaver a division of Engineered Floors.  This company is owned by Robert Shaw who originally owned Shaw Industries.  He decided to start another company and create another technology to make carpet stain resistant.  This technology is called cationic technology.  With traditional nylon carpet, once you have a spot cleaned or professionally cleaned the entire carpet is vulnerable to staining because whatever topical coating they applied is disappearing every time the carpet is cleaned.  This leaves microscopic dye sites in the fiber open to attract and absorb the second or third stain that occurs.  As a result, with each cleaning, your stain resistant carpeting performs less and less.  With Dream Weaver’s N2 Nylon, they have virtually eliminated the dye sites, creating a fiber that resists common household stains, no matter how many times you clean it.  This fiber contains a stain resistant shield inside the nylon polymer of the fiber and on the outside of the fiber giving you double protection.


July 21, 2017

The newest product in the vinyl click category is made by beau flor. Beau flor is owned by alloc so what they did is take the alloc click from their laminate floor line and put it on a vinyl click. Making the floor very user friendly.
Some of the product features include:
360 profile patent locking system(called dream click), strongest lvt can hold a load of 1100 lbs, unlimited run lengths in larger rooms, create and design patterns because of the locking system used, no transitions from room to room, passing for heavy rolling loads, the top layer is made of vinyl and fiberglass creating a quieter vinyl click then others, no clacking sound with high heels, dimensionally stable, can be installed over existing floors with no telegraphing, 100% waterproof, warm under foot, soft and comfortable, scratch resistant, 10 year commercial warranty and lifetime residential. check out this new product!


March 1, 2017

Over the past couple of years flooring has changed dramatically. We have heard of sheet vinyl, vinyl tile, lvt tile, engineered stone tile and so on. The categories keep changing as new material is made. The most recent addition to the flooring industry in the past couple of years is called WPC. This product offers the same qualities that laminate does except it is completely water proof. Since this product has come out besides being called WPC, it also has names such as rigid core, solid core, composite core, enhanced vinyl plank. So this product needed to be put into it’s own category called (MLF) multilayer flooring.

The definition of a multilayer flooring is any plank or tile format hard surface flooring product made up of multiple layers of different material that are assembled together, providing that the middle layer is a polymer-based material.

The components of MLF are consisted of 4 basic cores:

– traditional WPC, a wood plastic composite made of wood, cork, bamboo dust mixed with PVC.

– Polymer composite, a plastic composite material that carries no wood or other fiber material in the core, but mixes various materials including PVC with a smaller percentage of calcium carbonate (limestone filler) to make a lighter, more resilient and more water resistant core.

– Solid PVC, a very dense, rigid material almost made entirely of limestone and PVC resins.

– Mineral composite, an inorganic core that has very little or no polymer or plastic ingredients but has a cement or stone based formula that is strong but not a flexible.

I show customers when they come in the store, that this product is truly waterproof and the only way to do this, is by example. I took a sample of a WPC core and a WPC core with cork attached and put it in a jar of water and labeled the date. The products have been sitting in water since july 28, 2016, showing no signs of water damage. We are talking 7 months this product has been submerged in water, amazing.


Janunary 14, 2017

LVT has a couple of different ways that these products can be installed. Let’s break it down:

Loose Lay – This type of LVT is a durable floating floor that can withstand moisture better then its laminate counterparts. Loose lay is quick and easy to install and can often be laid directly on top pf subfloos and requires minimal preparation. Tiles and planks often have grip-backing that holds the flooring in place over the subfloor and won’t expand or shrink with moisture.

Dryback: Unlike WPC and loose lay, dry back vinyl flooring often requires maximum subfloor preparation and a experienced installer. It’s attached to the subfloor with an adhesive ann it is a good option for areas with heavy traffic.

WPC: Short for wood plastic composite, WPC’s are a rigid core floor often made from a mixture of wood flour and plastic/polymer composites with a vinyl weay layer. It features a durable core, making it a good choice for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other spaces where moisture is present. Like loose lay WPC can often be layed with minimal preparation.


January 4, 2017

DuraCeramic is designed for your life, strikingly realistic and extremely practical with all the benefits of modern technology and innovation. Hygienic and easy to clean, DuraCeramic has built in scotchgard protector. It is the only vinyl flooring with guaranteed stain and dirt resistance. Silver particles are infused into the floor providing natural protection against mold and bacterial growth. DuraCeramic has been ranked #1 by a leading consumer rating magazine for 5 years. DuraCeramic is warm, soft and quiet underfoot, bringing tranquility and comfort into your life. DuraCeramic is made in the USA.


December 9, 2016

There are three different ways wood can be cut and each way gives a different look.
The first is sawn cut – Sawn cut provides the best quality, stability and visuals for solid and engineered floors. Sawn cut engineered floor allow for the thickest veneer wit the highest degree of stability. Sawn cut is made by cutting the logs into thick blanks and then set on edge and send through a mulita blade saw, so that the slices are more perpendicular to the growth rings. This process creates a beautiful wood grain and higher quality product, which is unique to sawn-cut floors.

Sliced cut features the same beautiful look as sawn cut veneers and is the second most common way to create a wood veneer. It’s just thinner layers. This creates a stunning visual while still providing stability for engineered wood floors. How the wood is cut makes a difference in sliced engineered floors. According to experts, in order to produce a better slice cut veneer, the log should be vertically cut from the top down. As a result, this creates less stress on the veneer and provides max stability for a variety of environments.

Rotary cut has a completely different look than sawn cut. Rotary cut top layers accentuate the natural grain pattern and have a more pronounced appearance. The random grain visuals are a reflection of how wood is processed. Traditional rotary peeled veneers are thinner. Spinning the log and peeling off a continuous sheet creates this veneer.


December 3, 2016

Hallmark Hardwood gives you designs with purpose. Organic solid gives you the authentic sawn cut look, alta vista an authentic european design, moderno a modern design and heirloom transitional design. Experts in the industry agree that sawn-cut provides the best quality, stability and visuals for solid and engineered floors. Sawn cut engineered floors allow for the thickest veneer (4mm) with the highest degree of stability. Engineered sawn-cut wear layers are the only engineered floors that are equal to solid wood floors. Sawn-cut is made bt cutting the log into thick blocks and then set on edge and sent through a multi blade saw, so that the slices are more perpendicular to the growth rings. This process creates a beautiful wood grain and higher quality product, which is unique to sawn-cut floors. The whole Hallmark line is sawn-cut material.

Sawn-cut has the same usable surface as solid 3/4 inch hardwood, allowing the guarantee of three sandings. This allows you to enjoy the dimensional stability of an engineered flooring without compromising on the thickness of the surface wear layer.

Varying changes(patina) can occur when wood is exposed to UV rays from sunlight, florescent, LED, and incandescent light bulbs. Certain species are more susceptible to light and development of varying degrees/shades of patina, due to their high content of natural oils.

Wood is a product of nature. As a natural material, it will expand and contract as it gains and loses moisture. Some gaps between the boards during the low humidity seasons are normal and not considered a defect. Maintaining certain humidity levels of 30 to 55% will minimize these occurrences. Allowing relative humidity levels to fall below 30% can result in structural damage to the floor such as large gaps, splits in the surface, distortion of the boards and structural failure. Humidity levels above 55% can result in surface warping and structural failure of the boards.


November 14, 2016

In the past couple of weeks the product I see selling the most has been Armstrong Luxe Plank with rigid core technology. Amstrong did a good jobs with different visuals in the line. You can get natural exotic looks like acacia, brazilian tigerwood, raven dark sapelli. They created a walnut to use with the black and white theme so many are looking for in their bathrooms. They have a rustic look combining the charm of vintage, hand-hewn and reclaimed wood with worn grain, saw marks and knots. They offer traditional looks like countryside oak, and we can’t leave out the 4 natural stone looks. This product is made with a rigid composite core, backed with an acoustic cork underlayment. The vinyl wear layer gives the consumer a 30 year residential warranty and 10 year commercial.


November 5, 2016

Let’s talk about heat warming systems. There are may systems out there such as suntouch, ditra heat,etc. I have a product called perfectly warm, there are 2 different mats, one is for tile floor heat and the other for floating floor heat. The tile floor heat is an ultra-thin highly efficient radiant heat film integrated in an anti-fracture membrane with added sound control. Perfectly warm’s low energy consumption floor heating mats are designed to deliver optimal thermal comfort through evenly distributed heat, no cold or hot spots. This is ideal for tile, stone or marble.

The floating floor heat is engineered to deliver the ultimate in thermal comfort by gently warming one room or the entire house. The owners will benefit from the evenly distributed heat, while enjoying low operating costs achieved through perfectly warm’s unique radiant heat technologies.


October 27, 2016

Whether you are looking for Hardwood, Laminate, Luxury Flooring, Engineered Stone or Vinyl sheet, Armstrong Flooring has it all. Armstrong has brought many products out to compete against Coretec and Karndean to name a few competitors. Let’s take their luxury flooring line which consists of Vivero and Luxe Plank. Luxe plank offers you two different ways for installation. One is the rigid core luxe plank, this product is a WPC with a cork backing, the same as Coretec. The other way luxe plank can be installed is by fast tac, this a revolutionary repositionable self adhesive for a quick and simple installation that holds fast and bonds tight this product is geared to competing with Karndean. Just position and press into place. This products are 100% waterproof, have a tough commercial grade finish and will with stand kids, pets and heavy traffic. 30 year residential warranty, with a 10 year commercial warranty.


October 25, 2016

Let’s talk a little bit about texture retention warranties.
Manufacturer A: Promises carpet will not exhibit significant loss of texture.
Manufacturer B: Promises carpet will not exhibit abnormal texture loss.
Manufacturer C: Promises carpet will not exhibit excessive texture loss.

Texture retention warranties expressly EXCLUDE matting and crushing and state that the texture of all carpets will change due to foot traffic over time. Change of appearance is considered normal and is not covered under texture retention warranties. This means the change in appearance of your carpet over time is a subjective judgement over which you have no control.

ANYTHING GOES CARPET WARRANTY STATES:
Your carpet will not change in appearance as a result of matting and crushing from foot traffic. PERIOD!!!

Anything goes carpet has the strongest performance warranty in the industry.


October 22, 2016

Carpeting sales are on the rise. People are starting to get excited about how well carpets are lasting and how stain resistant they can be. I have one product in the showroom called “Anything Goes” by Shawmark. In order for this carpet to qualify for the Anything Goes no mat/no crush warranty the carpets are subjected to testing that is equivalent to twice the punishment endured by other styles tested for texture retention. Anything Goes also has no pad requirements. Anything Goes has been tested in quite a few different high traffic areas for grueling appearance retention tests. In these torture test Anything Goes stood up to the punishment and retained its tight twist and original appearance. These tests took place in such areas as Hershey’s Chocolate World, Grand Central Station, Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, etc. There was over 500,000 people walking across these carpets. Check out Anything Goes.


October 3, 2016

I just recently went to a floor covering convention, and found a great leveling system for professionals and novices to use. It is made by Miracle. It is actually one of the better systems I have seen on the market and it is reasonably priced. It is called levolution. Levolution is a complete tile spacing and leveling system. It has 3 available spacers, from 1/16, 1/8 and 3/16. It comes in 3 different space profiles for use in stack bond, brick pattern and flat spacer for walls. Levolution requires only one piece per intersection regardless of the size of tile. The see through cap allows the installer to be able to see if there is any issues and can be removed and reinstalled at time of installation. visit their website www.miraclesealants.com to watch product video.


September 19, 2016

It does not matter if the wood is well seasoned, oiled or polyurethane, wood remains hydroscopic. So when its the humidity levels are high some of that moisture is absorb by the wood causing swelling or rising of the wood. When that same piece is put in a dry environment, usually when heating or air conditioning, it releases moisture, drys out and shrinks. These changes in climate can cause bowing, warping, cupping, or gapping over time. A engineered wood board is a wood board that consists of more than one layer. The top layer, known as the wear layer is solid wood usually hardwood. The layers are bonded together so that the grain runs at right angles making it virtually impossible for the wood to swell or shrink. This increases the stability dramatically. This allows for wider boards to be made. The top layer can be anywhere from a 1/16 to 1/4 thick, which obviously the thicker the wear layer the more times the wood may be sanded and refinished when showing signs or wear. The 1/4 thick wear layer is similar to the depth above the tongue on a traditional solid hardwood floor.


September 5. 2016

So I am going to talk about carpet fibers again. Most people who have carpeting have not experienced the newer innovations in carpet fibers. There is a article I would like to share from the Floor Covering Weekly. It talks about carpet fashion and function. “From the polymers used to make fiber and yarn to the extrusion systems that allow for finer denier filament for increased softness to the backings that can provide a moisture barrier, today’s carpeting delivers better fashion and function due to innovative technologies.” Most of these innovations had started in early 2000’s until most recently. These products have become the best in soil and stain resistance. “Stainmaster has built a brand on better stain resistance. For 25 years, Stainmaster carpet was protected with exclusive stain chemistry made specifically for its nylons. Then in 2011, the company developed a new solution dyed nylon, which would become the products they use in their pet protect line. The stain resistance in SuperiaSD is engineered directly into the polymer. so there is no topical treatment applied.” Carpeting also has been thought to cause allergies. I have read numerous articles that are on the contrary to that belief. With carpeting it at least has a place for the dust to be attracted to and vacuumed up easily. Other hard surfaces allow the dust to flow freely around the room. Here is another article I found in regards to this, it comes from united allergy services.com. “Carpet has gained quite the reputation in the past decade, fueled by a multitude of assumptions. But is there truth behind the rumors about this very popular flooring option? With a little investigation you’ll find many are completely false – making carpet a viable flooring option that can benefit everyone, from allergy sufferers to penny pinchers to the elderly.

Who can benefit from carpet
Carpet isn’t just comfortable and stylish, it’s a safe flooring option too, reducing slips and softening falls if they do occur – ideal for both the elderly and very young. Carpet also improves a home’s acoustics because it absorbs noise rather than reflecting it back into the room. Those who want to save money welcome the fact that carpet provides actual thermal resistance (R-value) – meaning when it’s cold, it retains warmth longer, conserving energy and reducing heating bills.

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions about carpet is that it’s bad for people with allergies. But the 60 million Americans the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says live with respiratory ailments might be surprised to learn that the opposite appears to be true, according to multiple studies.

Allergy and asthma carpet studies
A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet and allergy and asthma attacks. In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent. In 2003, a study of school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. These are just two of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and allergies or asthma.

How carpet helps asthma and allergy sufferers
So if carpet isn’t contributing to allergy and asthma problems, how is it helping those with the conditions? Carpet acts much like a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air you and your family breathe. These trapped allergens, such as pollen, pet dander and dust, can then easily be removed through proper cleaning techniques.

Think of your carpet like you would a sweater in your wardrobe. If you wear a sweater, it eventually gets dirty and needs to be washed. Your carpet is walked on by people and pets frequently, and much like a sweater, needs to get cleaned regularly to look its best and last a long time.

To keep your carpet in great shape, reduce allergens and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI):

1. Vacuum regularly
How often do you really need to vacuum? High-traffic or pet areas should be vacuumed daily, medium-traffic areas need to be vacuumed about twice a week and light-traffic areas should be vacuumed weekly. Use a CRI-certified vacuum for optimum soil removal, dust containment and to avoid damage to your carpet.

2. Limit dirt intrusion
Keeping as much dirt and grime off the carpet as possible is ideal. Be proactive and put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.

3. Deep clean
Once a year your carpet should be cleaned by hot water extraction by a professional. This process extracts deeply embedded dirt that regular vacuuming can’t reach. To find a CRI Seal of Approval Service Provider visit www.carpet-rug.org.

If you suffer from particularly bad allergies, consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, draperies and blinds also. Like carpet, these also need regular cleaning. Drapes and blinds can build up microscopic allergens quickly from open windows. Vacuum and wash regularly and consider hiring a professional cleaner once a year or as needed.

Carpet provides many benefits for many different people, including those with allergies. So before you spend a lot of money taking out your home’s carpet, remember why you chose it in the first place. Then take the proper steps to clean it so it complements your home for many years to come.”


September 5. 2016

So I am going to talk about carpet fibers again. Most people who have carpeting have not experienced the newer innovations in carpet fibers. There is a article I would like to share from the Floor Covering Weekly. It talks about carpet fashion and function. “From the polymers used to make fiber and yarn to the extrusion systems that allow for finer denier filament for increased softness to the backings that can provide a moisture barrier, today’s carpeting delivers better fashion and function due to innovative technologies.” Most of these innovations had started in early 2000’s until most recently. These products have become the best in soil and stain resistance. “Stainmaster has built a brand on better stain resistance. For 25 years, Stainmaster carpet was protected with exclusive stain chemistry made specifically for its nylons. Then in 2011, the company developed a new solution dyed nylon, which would become the products they use in their pet protect line. The stain resistance in SuperiaSD is engineered directly into the polymer. so there is no topical treatment applied.” Carpeting also has been thought to cause allergies. I have read numerous articles that are on the contrary to that belief. With carpeting it at least has a place for the dust to be attracted to and vacuumed up easily. Other hard surfaces allow the dust to flow freely around the room. Here is another article I found in regards to this, it comes from united allergy services.com. “Carpet has gained quite the reputation in the past decade, fueled by a multitude of assumptions. But is there truth behind the rumors about this very popular flooring option? With a little investigation you’ll find many are completely false – making carpet a viable flooring option that can benefit everyone, from allergy sufferers to penny pinchers to the elderly.

Who can benefit from carpet
Carpet isn’t just comfortable and stylish, it’s a safe flooring option too, reducing slips and softening falls if they do occur – ideal for both the elderly and very young. Carpet also improves a home’s acoustics because it absorbs noise rather than reflecting it back into the room. Those who want to save money welcome the fact that carpet provides actual thermal resistance (R-value) – meaning when it’s cold, it retains warmth longer, conserving energy and reducing heating bills.

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions about carpet is that it’s bad for people with allergies. But the 60 million Americans the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says live with respiratory ailments might be surprised to learn that the opposite appears to be true, according to multiple studies.

Allergy and asthma carpet studies
A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet and allergy and asthma attacks. In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent. In 2003, a study of school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. These are just two of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and allergies or asthma.

How carpet helps asthma and allergy sufferers
So if carpet isn’t contributing to allergy and asthma problems, how is it helping those with the conditions? Carpet acts much like a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air you and your family breathe. These trapped allergens, such as pollen, pet dander and dust, can then easily be removed through proper cleaning techniques.

Think of your carpet like you would a sweater in your wardrobe. If you wear a sweater, it eventually gets dirty and needs to be washed. Your carpet is walked on by people and pets frequently, and much like a sweater, needs to get cleaned regularly to look its best and last a long time.

To keep your carpet in great shape, reduce allergens and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI):

1. Vacuum regularly
How often do you really need to vacuum? High-traffic or pet areas should be vacuumed daily, medium-traffic areas need to be vacuumed about twice a week and light-traffic areas should be vacuumed weekly. Use a CRI-certified vacuum for optimum soil removal, dust containment and to avoid damage to your carpet.

2. Limit dirt intrusion
Keeping as much dirt and grime off the carpet as possible is ideal. Be proactive and put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.

3. Deep clean
Once a year your carpet should be cleaned by hot water extraction by a professional. This process extracts deeply embedded dirt that regular vacuuming can’t reach. To find a CRI Seal of Approval Service Provider visit www.carpet-rug.org.

If you suffer from particularly bad allergies, consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, draperies and blinds also. Like carpet, these also need regular cleaning. Drapes and blinds can build up microscopic allergens quickly from open windows. Vacuum and wash regularly and consider hiring a professional cleaner once a year or as needed.

Carpet provides many benefits for many different people, including those with allergies. So before you spend a lot of money taking out your home’s carpet, remember why you chose it in the first place. Then take the proper steps to clean it so it complements your home for many years to come.”


August 9, 2016

New product by MSI stone – Bernini Porcelain. A luxurious linear look in shades of neutral. It has a unique vein cut travertine look in whites, creams and warm grays. Come in 12 x 24, 18 x 18, and 4 x 18 in either polished or matte finish. Beautiful looking floor.


August 8, 2016

CAN A STEAM MOP BE USED TO CLEAN FLOORS?

I have been asked this question numerous times since these products have been put on the market. I did a little research myself and found an article by Consumer Reports that DOES NOT recommend using a steam mop to clean your floors. The article talks about how you might expect the steam mop to be more convenient and to loosen dried food spills and perhaps even sanitizing the floors. But these expectations did not match the test results performed by Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports coated a vinyl floor with catsup, hairspray, toothpaste, pasta sauce, olive oil, cat food, pancake syrup, mustard, barbecue sauce, and other household stuff and let it sit over night to harden. They admitted that this was a tough spill then what is usually done in a small kitchen spill. some of the smaller spills were almost gone after two passes, others such as the mustard clung to the surface. Cleaning up the larger mess was a little more challenging for the steamers. Eventually even the best steamer pushed aside more of the grime then they were picking up. The result looked like a lawn where a lawn mower missed narrow strips of grass along the way and left a dull looking floor behind. Consumer Reports retested the floor using a $15.00 sponge mop and some mild detergent. The sponge mop cleaned the floors better then the steam mop. So overall the recommendation from Consumer Reports is to save your money on a steam mop and buy a sponge mop to get cleaner looking floors.


July 30, 2016

Today I had a customer come in from Wappingers Falls, New York. She is a customer we did work for over 20 years ago. She was happy with what we sold her and how it performed that she was back to update her kitchen. She asked me what was available these days, and I explained to her the different products out there. We started with Armstrong Alterna engineered tile. I explained how well it performs being that it is made of limestone composites with some vinyl, nylon and a urethane wear layer. I explained it can be grouted or not, but that grouting it gives this product a more realistic look of porcelain tile then not grouting. I also explained that the grout was a acrylic product that does not stain. We then got on the conversation about porcelain. I explained that porcelain tile is hard, very durable, has some great looks and very easy to maintain using either a stain resistant grout or making sure that the portland based grout that is used is sealed. We then discussed the WPC core products. This is a plastic core with a vinyl wear layer. It came out to compete against laminates, which I believe is a better product then laminates in wet areas. The vinyl wear layer has aluminum oxide in the finish which gives you a scratch resistant surface. The only issue I have with this product is that is is mostly a wood look with little choice in a ceramic look available. I talked a little about real wood but she has animals and did not suggest real wood in a kitchen. So after discussing all the possiblities she ended up picking out a Alterna floor. We also discussed coutertops, since we are now selling and installing quartz, and granite countertops.


July 16,2016

Just recently I was at a grout sealing and cleaning job located in Wappingers Falls, NY. As I was going about cleaning the honed travertine floor and sealing it, I noticed a couple of hair line cracks in the grout. I didn’t say anything at that point, I moved upstairs into the master bathroom and was cleaning the floor getting it also ready to be sealed and I noticed some hair line cracks in the grout there also. So when I finished and was having a conversation with the homeowner, she brought up that she uses a steamer on the flooring. I asked her how often and she said at least once a week. I mentioned to her about the grout starting to crack in the half bath and the master bath floor. I recommended if she needs to use the steamer to maybe cut down to once a month if that. I recommended using stone tech and tile wipes if she would like to clean the floor regularly. I left the house pondering the question of steamers, so i googled it and came upon a article by consumer reports. It seems consumer reports does not have a recommendation on steamers. I have put the article in frequently asked question on this site.


June 8, 2016

We have been doing a lot of prefinished hardwoods. Just recently in Highland Falls, NY area we installed a 3″ mirage natural oak flooring.
Customer wanted the bedrooms in wood. It was a pretty simple installation, did not involve any carpet rip up, took the wood base off the walls but did not reinstall because the homeowner was having new base put in.

Closer to home in Wappingers Falls, NY, we installed a engineered prefinished hardwood floor. The product was Bella Cera hardwood flooring. The customer wanted solid 3/4 prefinsihed but they had existing osb plywood that can not be nailed into. We ripped up the exixitng carpeting and install the Estate Collection in Bella Cera, which is a beautiful wide board look.

Now a little further away in New Paltz, NY, we installed a Bella Cera engineered hardwood prefinished flooring in a family room. Homeowner originally wanted to use ceramic, they started to have ceramic put in but the installer decided to leave the job, so they came to us and decided on using Bergamo by Bella Cera. This floor has a unique wirebrushed look with two tone coloration giving it a gorgeous look.

Just recently I had a phone call from a customer who seems to have water damage from a pipe bursting in Rhinebeck, New York. This customer has radiant heat under the exisitng 2 1/4 wood flooring. From the conversation we had it was recommended for him to go back with a 2 1/4 to make the floor more stable with the radiant heat underneath. The Hardwood Flooring Association recommends no wider the 3″ in solid wood for radiant heat systems. They also recommended that the wood floor be delivered 2 weeks before the product is installed to the house for acclimation. In helping him with these questions I was able to point him in the right direction and made him feel comfortable with buying the product from us.


June 1, 2016

Hardwood has been going strong for the last couple of months. It is not always a solid 3/4 hardwood job, these days engineered is becoming more popular due to the wider widths. We have been traveling from West Point, NY to as far up as the Catskills installing all kinds of material. The wider width boards are very popular these days and are actually more stable then solid 3/4 hardwood in the long run. I have noticed during the winter months many customers forget that the heating season dries out hardwood causing it to shrink. With engineered wood this is not the case because of the different plys that are incorporated to make the product. The boards have resistance with the different layers causing more stability in the long run.


May 30, 2016

We had a challenging job in a home in Wappingers Falls, NY, customer had an existing random block mosaic that was popular in the 80’s down and wanted engineered hardwood put in. This floor had random size ceramic tiles that years ago was put down with one of the best adhesives made. My guys were not looking forward to ripping this up because they knew how well this product bonded to the tile and the subfloor. The first day was chiseling up the tile and scrapping the glue residue down. The second day we were able to get the hardwood down which was Mirage 5″ Hopscotch.


May 26, 2016

Glass backsplashes are very popular these days. We just recently finished a glass backsplash using 3 x 12 glass on a brick pattern in a home in Wappingers Falls, NY. The homeowner wanted to run a schluter metal on top of the counter top to elevate the grout joint between the counter and tile which is where you usually have problems with the grou. It either cracks our from the movement between the wall and the countertop or it makes it difficult to keep clean, especially behind the faucet. Unfortunately is was a good idea but would allow water to get in between the metal and the countertop possibly causing water problems down the road. We usually caulk that joint so it allows flexibility from the tile and countertop movement.


May 25, 2016

We recently just finished a porcelain kitchen floor located in Salt Point, NY. We had to put plywood down because the house was a modular and had only one layer of plywood, so we installed 3/8 plywood over the old flooring and used ditra on top. Ditra is a crack supression membrane and water proofing product. It allows the plywood to expand and contract without causing crackage in the porcelain tile and grout. The tile size was a 12 x 24 which in the industry standards is recommended to be installed on a 1/3 break. It is not recommended to install 12 x 24 on a 1/2 break because porcelain tile has a tendency to bow in the middle when fired. If you put a end tile next to the half way point this can cause a lippage effect or toe kicker.

May 24, 2016

Backsplashes seem to be the popular products for the month. I have had customer’s stopping in to look for backsplash tiles. Natural stone is not as popular for the backsplash anymore. I find customers looking for poercelain tiles with some sort of accent or glass tiles. Glass tiles seem to be the popular product, especially since you have an assortment to pick from. Glass comes in different sizes and widths, they can be mixed with natural stone pieces, they can have different colors mixed together on sheets, or they can have metals mixed in with them.


May 23, 2016

Did a handicap accessable bathroom recently, using american olean 2 x 2 ceramic mosaic. the bath floor needed to be ripped up and the contractor had to build the floor so there was a pitch to the drain. He accomplished this by using shims and hardibacker to create the pitch. We then went in and used schluter kerdi over the floor and up the walls to create the waterproof system. Installed the 2 x 2’s over the kerdi and used built up base on the walls. We will be grouting with latricrete spectra loc grout, which is a epoxy based product for commercial applications. This job was located in Ludingtonville, NY. When we are down the bathroom floor will have the right pitch for the water to drain properly.


March 9, 2016

Yesterday I had a salesman stop in and showed me a new product by Wicanders cork. The store is located in Wappingers Falls, NY. I have always sold wicanders through their floating cork and glue down cork. This new product is called hydra cork.
It is the first corktech floating product produced by wicanders. Hydracork is the ultimate amazing step in flooring offering a low thickness floating solution with all the benefits of floors with corktech. The corktech technology enabled the creation of an innovative core board made of composite cork. It is water resistant and incredibly stable, while maintaining the resilient properties and unmatched comfort brought by cork. It is quieter, warmer, comfort under foot, body wellness, moisture resistant and impact resistant. The glueless pressfit system is a revolutionary compression system that takes full advantage of the amazing cork properties; flexibility, elasticity and compressibility, which functions like a wine bottle stopper. The cork core creates a internal tension creating a tight seal and stable locking system. By holding the two planks side by side the locking system automatically compresses, by hitting it with a rubber mallet the locking system expands back into the initial shape creating a tight and stable seal.


March 7, 2016

I get asked quite often about the use of using a steam mop on flooring. I would tell my customer to call the manufacturer of their flooring and see what they recommend, always getting a name of the person you have talked to for future reference. But I decided to do a little research myself. In our science classes in school we were taught that steam is formed when water is heated above 212 degrees. What most consumers do not realize is that flooring manufacturers do not recommend that the surface of the flooring be exposed to temperatures above 85 to 95 degrees, which is half of what a steamer puts out. I also found an article from consumer reports stating that they do not recommend using a steam mop on the floor. In their tests they found using a $15 sponge mop with the recommended cleaner for the flooring they are cleaning worked better then the steam mop.


March 7, 2016

I get asked quite often about the use of using a steam mop on flooring. I would tell my customer to call the manufacturer of their flooring and see what they recommend, always getting a name of the person you have talked to for future reference. But I decided to do a little research myself. In our science classes in school we were taught that steam is formed when water is heated above 212 degrees. What most consumers do not realize is that flooring manufacturers do not recommend that the surface of the flooring be exposed to temperatures above 85 to 95 degrees, which is half of what a steamer puts out. I also found an article from consumer reports stating that they do not recommend using a steam mop on the floor. In their tests they found using a $15 sponge mop with the recommended cleaner for the flooring they are cleaning worked better then the steam mop.


March 2, 2016

I have been relearning the carpet fiber products, because of the new names coming out in the industry; PET, PTT, Pashina, etc. So Nylon has always been the most durable, the one draw back is the stain resistance that is needed to be added to these products so they do not stain. Basically if nylon does not have some sort of stain protection added the yarn will absorb the stain and hold it. That is why you see stainmaster, scotchguard, etc written on the back of nylon samples to let you know they are treated. The next product that is stain resistant is a olefin. Olefins can only be used in a loop process because in a cut pile they will not perform, but olefins will not absorb liquids so they are naturally stain resistant. Then comes your PET polyesters, which think of them as your hefty garbage bags they will not absorb liquids either. When looking at a PET it is best to find a continuous filament because with a staple they will shed fibers which might not be good to ingest. The newest fiber is the PTT, this can be called smartstrand by mohawk, pashina by kraus, etc. The difference between the two is that mohawk came out with a biotechnology using corn extraction versus petroleum used by Kraus. PTT have been out there since 1941 when Shell oil discovered the product but was to costly to make at that time. My concern is the denier on mohawk’s smartstrand keeps getting finer and finer. With this you also loose some durable due to the fiber being so thin it does not perform as well as a nylon. Yes, it may be the softest carpet on the market but durability wise it cannot perform as well as a nylon.


February 16, 2016

Last month in the floor covering business was what is known as Surfaces 2016. This is where the new products for the year in flooring are shown to Distributors and Retailers throughout the United States. Everyone gathers in Las Vegas for 3 days to see the new products that are being offered by the Manufacturers in the Industry. A couple of highlights that I thought were interesting is the growing LVT line. Armstrong launched their product Vivero. This product features its new diamond 10 technology in 41 visuals acrossed three different performance options, focusing on durability and design. Diamond 10 is made with industrial grade diamonds causing it to be more wear, scratch and scuff resistant than anything else including aluminum oxide. It is also hydrophobic which means it repels water and stains making it easier to clean. Armstrong has had a line called alterna for many years. At Surfaces it taunted the selling features of this product and labeled it engineered stone being the product has 70 percent limestone composite. Alterna can perform anywhere you have concerns about moisture, and has even been approved for walls.


December 31, 2015

My end of the year question is employees versus subcontractors?
We supply our own installers but most other flooring stores use subcontractors. Subcontractors are guys that worked with a company and learned some of the trade and decided to go into business on their own. They work out of a van and are sometimes not certified by anyone. They acquire varying skills sets and may or may not know how to work with all flooring materials. We believe the better relationship is employees that get paid by the hour. We also believe in ensuring quality training that all our installers undergo before reaching installer status.


December 1, 2015

Last week we did a family room in prefinished hardwood. What made this job a little harder then the others was there was existing hardwood in all the doorways going into this room. So the challenge was finding the right product that blended with the other woods in the doorways. Now most of us know that prefinished products have a beveled edge due to the manufacturing of the product. This customer had existing hardwood that was nailed down unfinished and then polyurethane over top. Prefinished products being that they are manufactured then stained and polyeurethane at the factories need to have a slight bevel other wise the ends are exposed causing possibly splintering. So Bruce Hardwood makes a product called Fulton Strip with straight edges just for these instances. The stain was a natural and the color was similar. The next step was making sure everything lined up in the doorways without having to use transition strips from one area to the next. It worked out perfect and the customer was pleased.


November 22, 2015

Last weeks job consisted of a lot of work. Customer went to Creative Kitchens in Wappingers Falls, New York and ordered new cabinets. They were tearing down some walls to make the kitchen and dining room one big area. They had picked out some beautiful gray cabinets. The choice they decided on the new flooring was a slate looking porcelain tile called Campani Chalet series and the color was Dark. We were using the 18 x 18 size over the whole area. The demo consisted of existing ceramic tile over wirelathe, carpet and particle board. All these floors needed to be removed and 5/8 plywood put down with the ditra system. I decided to put four guys on the job because of all the tearing out would have taken two guys probably a day and a half. So the first day was the rip out, the second day consisted of putting plywood and ditra down, the third day was installing the tile and the fourth was grouting. It went along pretty smoothly and will post pictures on Facebook.


November 3, 2015

Just finished a job in Rhinebeck, New York. The last phase of the job was installing prefinished hardwood on steps. It was two flights and a landing. The steps were boxed steps so each cut had to be precise. The job came out great and the homeowner is very pleased.


October, 24, 2015

Had a couple stop in this morning, at the store located in Wappingers Falls N.Y., looking for a click loc flooring for the basement. I showed them a couple of products that I thought would be suitable such as a click loc vinyl and the newest product on the market trex backed vinyl. So the vinyl click is what it says. It’s a composition vinyl about a 1/8 inch thick with a locking system. Great in areas where there is moisture, because water does not effect the product. The urethane wear layer with aluminum oxide in the finish makes for a scratch resistant service and ease of maintenance. The trex backed product is a little thicker so it might be a little bit warmer for the basement floor. It has a patent pending on the water proof core, urethane wear layer for easy maintenance, and superior stain resistance. Overall both products would be suitable for the basement area. I would choose the trex product over the vinyl loc because installation is a little easier for the homeowner.


October 12, 2015

We just started a prefinished hardwood job in Rhinebeck, NY. The product we are using is Somerset 4″ solid maple tumbleweed upstairs in the bedrooms and 5″ engineered maple tumbleweed downstairs on the lower level. Being its concrete the downstairs will be glue down. We are also doing the steps in a 4″ solid with oak nosings.


October 11, 2015

We started a commercial project in Poughkeepsie, New York this week.  The floor needed a lot of patching before any flooring could be installed.  We used a product called Dependable Plani Patch over the rough areas.  The kitchen area and bathroom we installed American Olean Bevalo 12 x 12.  In the entrance because of the slope and uneven level of the concrete floor we installed Lyndhurst mosaics 2 x 2 LH03 meadow blend  The main area is level loop carpeting glue down, it is a mohawk product with multi colors.


October 10, 2015

This weeks job was out in Stormville, New York.  We actually did the first floor in this house when it was originally built.  There was 8×8 tiles down in the entrance way and linoleum in the kitchen.  My installers ripped up the 8×8 tile and the subfloor and they installed 1/4 subfloor over the whole floor.  We are installing Armstrong Alterna down over the subfloor and grouting the floor giving it the realistic look of a ceramic tile floor but with the softer, warmer feel of a vinyl.  Check out the facebook page for pictures.


October 7, 2015

We just finished a beautiful job in a customer’s house in Wappingers Falls, New York. It was a bathroom remodel. The customer did the demo of the old bathroom, ripping out the old tile, sheetrocking. He put in new wonderboard on the walls and plywood on the floor. We installed porcelain 12 x 24 on the walls and coordinating 12 x 12 on the floor in a grayish color. The large size format on the wall cuts down on the grout joints which many customers like because grout is always the issue years down the road.


October 6, 2015

We recently installed a engineered hardwood in a home located in Stomrville, New York. It was a Mirage 5″ Red Oak Seashell. The floor came out gorgeous. My installers were able to complete the job in 3 days covering 675 sf. The flooring went together nicely with no fighting of the boards. Sometimes you have to help pull them together because the boards bow a little, but with Mirage Flooring that is not necessary. Check out the pictures in our gallery tab.


Oct 2, 2015

Hardwood flooring seems to be the popular product these days. Most people are looking for prefinished hardwood floors in the home. There are many hardwood flooring companies that are available. Such as: Mirage hardwood floors, Bruce hardwood floors, Armstrong hardwood floors, Robbins hardwood floors, Somerset hardwood floors, maine traditions hardwood floors, Kahrs hardwood floors, Indus parquet hardwood floors, Bella Cera hardwood floors, Applachian hardwood floors, Homerwood hardwood floors, Hallmark hardwood floors, Mercier hardwood floors, and the list
can go on but that is to just name a few. We install everything we sell and have our own in house installers never using subcontractors. There are always hardwood flooring sales going during the year. Engineered hardwood has become a popular product with the wider widths coming into play. Customers like the wider widths such as 5″, 6″ and so on. Using these wider widths in a engineered product makes the hardwood a product that is stable giving it less chances to expand and contract, cup, shrink, all things that are inherit in real hardwoods.


Sept. 30th, 2015

Carpet comes in many forms and styles. You have commercial carpet, carpet squares, carpet tiles, basement carpet, indoor outdoor carpet, carpet runners, wall to wall carpet. Carpet installation varies from product to product. I just had a customer stop in and tell me what a great product Mohawk Smartstrand is combined with a spill guard padding. She just recently did her family room and twice she spilled ice tea on her carpeting. Because she used the spill guard padding combined with the smartstrand fiber she was able to pick up the spill with no damage to the carpeting. She was completely amazed and is looking at doing smartstrand upstairs now in her bedrooms.


Sept. 23, 2015

Mid-Hudson Floor & Wall Co. has been selling carpeting since the 1970’s.  Carpet and rugs have changed over the years.  As I talked above about smartstrand, a well known fiber in the industry is stainmaster.  Stainmaster has been making nylon products since the 1980’s.  Nylons have always performed well under foot traffic.  Carpeting always had some type of stain resistant product added to them, whether is was scotchguard, stainmaster, anso, monsanto, etc.  With technology these days Stainmaster has produced a fiber that is great for people with pets.  This fiber resists stains but also makes it easier to vacuum up animal hair.  This fiber allows the hair to hover around the yarn system but not cling to it.  Most carpets the hair would be cleaned out about 85% while stainmaster pet  protect allows vacuums to clean 95%.  Mid-Hudson Floor & Wall Co. services Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Lagrange, Lagrangeville, Wappingers Falls, Poughquag, Beekman, Dover, Hopewell Junction, Pine Plains are some of the areas we service.