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Flooring Trends: Rustic and Distressed Wood Gaining In Popularity

October 24th, 2014      Leave a comment

You know you’ve seen it. The shows on television that focus on makeovers and renovations. And many of these shows are featuring rustic and distressed wood-look flooring styles for these projects. There’s a reason for that. They are unique, practical and affordable. A good portion of consumers don’t want the nicks, dents and scratches that are inherently present when having a true hardwood floor. It takes diligence and dedication to take care of a true hardwood floor. With today’s busy lifestyle for families it just makes sense to choose a more durable, highly scratch resistant option.

rustic and distressed wood

Mannington – Adura Distinctive LVP – Avalon

What will give these floors their distinctive reclaimed and rustic looks is the unique machine scraping and the state-of-the-art staining processes. This will give the category of rustic and distressed wood-look flooring it’s appeal. Handscraped styles in the lighter patterns and the wood species have been very popular. Even beginning the takeover in popularity compared to the darker, more traditional patterns. But no matter what the color, consumers are still going to desire texture in their flooring giving the room more character.

rustic and distressed wood

Mannington – Adura Distinctive LVP – County Oak

We have a consultation with our customers from the start of their flooring project to the end about their needs, how they live and if this look fits their lifestyle. We have several different manufactures from which to choose a rustic and distressed wood-look floor. Providing our customers with a large choice from which to decide. We encourage our customers to take home samples and evaluate which choice is best for their room.

 

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.


A wood look staircase that you can showcase – embee & son

April 18th, 2014      Leave a comment

“I have a carpeted pine staircase. How can I change it into a wood look that I can showcase?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

There is a newly developed system of pre-finished or unfinished wood stair treads and risers that can be installed directly over your existing pine staircase without having to cut off the present stairnoses. These treads and risers are available in multiple wood species. They come in stain finishes to match popular or coordinating wood floors and railing systems. Also, they come unfinished for custom staining.

If you have any questions for our staff about flooring, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. We have samples and options to show you just what you can do to make your flooring wonderful again.


Luxury Vinyl Tile at embee & son

April 1st, 2014      Leave a comment

“I dread the thought of removing the several layers of flooring in my kitchen but I want those new Luxury Vinyl Tiles that look like Ceramic Tile. Do you have any suggestions?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

You may be fortunate enough to have interflex vinyl flooring as the top layer. This type of vinyl is only perimeter glued to the underlayment. If this is the case, it can be easily removed and the underlayment can be patched around the perimeter to accept the Luxury Vinyl Tiles. This scenerio is more common than you may think and can save you considerable time and labor expense.

HINT: If you can lift the vinyl floor with a suction cup you have an interflex floor.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles

 

If you have any questions for our staff about flooring, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. We have samples and options to show you just what you can do to make your flooring wonderful again.


Steam mops and hardwood flooring – not a good combination

February 28th, 2014      Leave a comment

“Can I use a steam mop on my hardwood flooring?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

Steam mops are not recommended or endorsed by hardwood, laminate, or vinyl plank flooring manufacturers. Introducing moisture through steaming can swell the joints of these products. The T.V. commercials show a “wood looking” floor being steamed, which is most likely standard sheet vinyl. Please enjoy steamed crabs and steamed shrimp, but sanitize your floors with cleaners developed for this purpose.

Steam Mops

 

Hardwood is a porous, natural surface and as soon as you have a spill, work quickly so you don’t harm the floor. Most of these floors are coated with a polyurethane that over time will begin to break down and expose the hardwood. This leaves the floor more prone to scratching. The easiest way to help prevent this breakdown is to properly take care of your flooring frequently by using natural and specific products.

Here are some ways to keep your hardwood floors clean:

Hard Surface Floor Cleaner

Use a professional flooring cleaner.
We carry a Shaw Floors product in our showroom made specifically for hard surfaces such as hardwood. Just follow the instructions for daily/weekly cleaning and maintenance on the label. This cleaner is suitable only for hardwood floors with a polyurethane finish, not on unfinished, unsealed, or waxed wood floors.

Use a vinegar mixture.
Be careful and dilute a half a cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water to clean your hardwood floors. After you’ve mopped the floor be sure to go over it with a soft, dry fabric so the floors do not remain wet.

Use a gentle brush or vacuum.
Make sure to purchase a brush or vacuum that are specially made for your hardwood floors. These vacuums have softer bristles as opposed to the hard bristles used for carpet. Hard bristles could scratch the floor. Use a soft, dry mop to dust the hardwood flooring regularly and keep them free from mud and debris as best you can. A micro fiber mop would be a great example of a soft, dry mop to use.

Use beeswax.
But only a few times a year. It’s a substitute to toxic polishes and finishes. This will make them greatly resistant to debris and dirt. Beeswax will also
give you a wonderful luster.

Maintaining the wood of your hardwood floors on a regular basis is going to extend the life of the floor. Always a plus when you invest in a beautiful, natural product that you want to be around for a long, long time.

If you have any questions for Patrick Helf, our flooring expert, please email him at: patrick@embeeandson.com.

embee - Pat Helf

He would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. 


“Why does our Vinyl Flooring have a grey haze?”

November 22nd, 2013      Leave a comment

Believe it or not, we receive this question quite often when people visit our showroom looking for new flooring. Currently they have sheet vinyl flooring in their home that has developed a grey haze over the years. Not sure as to why this grey haze is there, we are asked why.

Scratched Vinyl

The cause can usually be identified as the abrasion from the worn nylon buttons fastened to the legs of a stool. These wood casters, or even wooden legs, place minute scratches in the vinyl surface attracting dirt. This creates the grey haze you see above. This condition will improve with cleaning, but will reappear a short time later.

Armstrong Industries has developed floor protectors to eliminate this problem. They should be purchased at the time of all flooring covering replacements.

Scratched Vinyl Floor Protectors

We have these floor protectors in-stock for just $11.95 per package. A small investment for saving and extending the life of your floors.


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