Find the Perfect Floor for You!

Find the Perfect Floor for You!

Before you shop for new flooring, ask yourself which type fits your lifestyle. Perhaps you have active children and pets. Maybe you have a tight budget or you are very environmentally conscious. Whatever your circumstances, there are flooring products that meet your unique needs. Here’s a useful guide to help you find the type of flooring that’s perfect for you.

Carpet

Beautifully bold and fashionable, carpet offers luxurious comfort. With so many styles, patterns, and colors, carpet is also an endlessly versatile option. Carpet gives adults a soft place to lounge and children a safe place to crawl and play. Plus, there are hundreds of styles and colors so you’re sure to get just the look you want.

Area Rugs

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Add a bit of flair and softness to any floor with a stylish area rug. From large to small, bright to neutral, area rugs offer an easy makeover that fits every home and budget. Whether you want to add warmth to your room or provide a stylish focal point, it’s easy to add an area rug that transforms your room without breaking the bank.

Laminate

If you’re on a tight budget, laminate offers the look of hardwood and tile at a lower cost. Scratch- and stain- resistant, laminate is perfect for busy households with kids and pets. And when it’s time to entertain, you’ll have the tranquility that comes with knowing spills like mustard and wine wipe right off, leaving your flooring with a like-new look for years to come.

Tile & Stone

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You can choose from an amazing selection of sizes, colors, shapes, and textures with tile and stone products. You can also add another element of style with geometric layouts, hand-painted accents, and even colored grout. Plus, tile resists stains and scratches and is easy to clean. So you have flooring that’s not only beautiful, but practical as well.

Hardwood

Add warm elegance and classic style to your home with a new hardwood floor. Hardwood will not only stay with you for years, it will look even more amazing as it ages. Its warmth and versatility suit all styles, and its beauty and strength are great for nearly any space. Fast-moving households will appreciate the durability and easy care
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SELL YOUR HOME FASTER!

SELL YOUR HOME FASTER

Are you thinking about selling your home? Simple upgrades to your home can ensure a faster sell at a higher listing price! Below is a list of a few cost effective upgrades that will ensure you get the most bang for your buck!

  1. Replace Carpet

Remember that wine you spilt on the carpet a few years ago? Or when you were in the process of house training your new puppy? Those small stains and smells are a big turn off to a home buyer. New carpet provides a clean slate for the new owner and a great selling point.  New carpet is one upgrade that has a high ratio of value to cost! Even cheaper styles can revive a room!

  1. Clean Flooring

If new floors aren’t in your budget or if your floors are in great shape, having your floors professionally cleaned can be enough to lift up those tough stains.

  1. Repaint in Neutral Shades

You might love your purple and pink walls, but a home buyer won’t. Paint your walls a neutral shade to provide a clean slate for them to be creative with each of the rooms. Beige and Taupe are great options. On a budget? Do it yourself and save even more money!

  1. Update or Upgrade Lighting

Replacing the dated and worn lighting fixtures can also yield a higher listing price. Replacing your light bulbs with high-efficiency options can be impressive to a home buyer; these light bulbs last years longer than regular bulbs.

  1. Install New Faucets

Upgrading your kitchen faucet can also add value to your home and transform your kitchen making it look new a fresh again! This is a pretty easy upgrade that will make a big difference.

  1. Replace Hardware

Replacing simple hardware such as knobs on cabinets and door handles can also be impressive. This is often overlooked, but a home buyer will notice if these are old and worn.

The Benefits of Carpet

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Softens Slips and Falls

Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls. When falls do occur, carpet helps to minimize any injuries. Carpet provides safety and protection for the whole family; especially for homes with toddlers and older individuals.

Reduces Noise

Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps absorb these sounds. Adding a cushion pad beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below.

Provides Comfort

Carpet provides a comfortable place to sit, play or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling, making it a perfect choice for homes with children.

Adds Beauty and Style

There are an endless amount of different styles and color that you can find in carpet. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger bolder patterns and textures.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

New carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting flooring choice available. It actually acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other particles and removing them from the breathing zone. Studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with carpet.

Hardwood vs. Vinyl Plank

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Hardwood and Vinyl Plank look remarkably alike! The same technologies that have made laminate floors look so real also apply to vinyl plank flooring. These days the choice really comes down to the features you want, or problems you want to avoid.

Hardwood is an investment. It can add a substantial amount of value to your home, more than most other flooring types. Hardwood floors are also known for their longevity, some lasting generations. One reason is that rather than replacing an entire floor after it has become worn, you can simply sand and refinish a hardwood floor. This is much less expensive than the cost of replacing the flooring.

As mentioned earlier, hardwood is an investment. Like any investment, it can be expensive up front.

Hardwood is much less water and moisture resistant than Vinyl Plank. You can’t let your hardwood floors get wet, and if they do, you must clean the spill immediately. Even humidity can be an issue with hardwood.

Vinyl Plank can be one of the least expensive kinds of flooring you can buy, and it can look just as beautiful as hardwood! Generally, vinyl plank flooring has a tougher surface for foot traffic than hardwood, enough to recommend it for residential and commercial areas such as hotel lobbies or hospitals.

Vinyl is easier to clean. You can mop it and you have more chemical cleaning options, though all you need is a light soap and water mix. Vinyl Plank is also incredibly durable! It is water and moisture resistant making it perfect for families with children! If you love the wood look in kitchen and bathrooms, vinyl plank is a perfect choice!

Still don’t know which floor is right for you? Go to http://www.starfloors.com/request-quote today and let one of our experienced flooring experts walk you through the options!

10 Ways to Save on Electricity This Summer

piggy bank At StarFloors we are commited to helping you live better from the ground up! We want you to enjoy the summer months without having to pay higher prices to stay cool. Beat the summer heat and stay cool and comfortable with these energy savers.

    1. Turn off your lights! Open your windows during the day to allow the sun to illuminate your home. Only use lights you need. The overhead light doesn’t have to fill up an entire room if you are just sitting in the corner reading. Get some lamps so you can choose which parts of the room should be lit.
    2. Buy an air conditioner with a high energy efficiency rating (EER). It’s printed on the light bulbEnergyGuide label attached to the unit. A unit with an EER of 10 will cost half as much to because they can block airflow operate as one with an EER of 5
    3. Operate your stove, oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer in the morning or evening when it’s cooler outside. They add extra

      heat to your home and make your air conditioner work harder.

    4. Install your air conditioner in the shade. When it is in direct sunlight you air conditioner works harder.
    5. Wash and rinse your clothes in cold water instead of hot to save on water heating costs. Use a cold-water detergent
    6. A ceiling fan cools fast and costs less than air conditioning
    7. Choose light bulbs carefully. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. For example, a 20-watt fluorescent bulb is equal to a 60-watt incandescent bulb. They can also be used as porch lights
    8. On sunny days, hang your clothes outdoors to dry instead of throwing them in the dryer.
    9. Electronics guzzle lots of power even when they’re turned off. Stop wasting electricity: Plug them into a power strip, then turn off the strip.
    10. Keep your house cool on hot summer days with hard surface flooring like hardwood, laminate, vinyl or tile. However, hardwood retains more warmth than the latter options.Hardwood

You are sure to see more money in your wallet while staying cool and comfortable by following these ten ways to save on electricity. How do you conserve electricity?

The ‘Dirt’ on Carpet

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If you are like me and millions of other Americans, you exhibit many of the symptoms associated with allergies or asthma.  Along with the ever increasing number of pollutants in the air, there seems to be just as many myths as to how to deal with them. Chances are you’ve heard the myth “you should not have carpet in your home because it can cause your symptoms to flare up.” Recent studies have shown that in actuality the opposite is true. In a study commissioned by  Shaw Industries and conducted by Airmid Healthgroup well maintained carpet is ideal for people who suffer from allergies and asthma. Even better than hard surface in your home! In fact, well maintained and effectively cleaned carpeted areas can improve indoor air quality!

Shaw Flooring and Airmid are not the only ones that have been intrigued by this bone of the dirt on carpet 2contention. A study in New Jersey found that children with carpet in their bedroom actually required less asthma medication and missed fewer school days. Scientist in Sweden found that when carpet usage decreased by seventy percent, allergy and asthma reactions actually increased by 30 percent! And these are just a few of the many studies proving carpet is not the culprit!

Contrary to popular belief, carpet actually cleans or ‘filters’ out the air in our homes. Carpet traps allergens keeping fewer in the air for you to breathe. After the allergens are caught by the carpet fibers, they will not return to the surface by simple foot traffic alone. Carpet emits very low levels of irritants and for very short periods of time. A controlled experiment Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff Ph.D., found that the levels of irritants in the air above carpet are actually lower than the levels above a hard surface.

It is of the upmost importance for people with asthma and allergies to keep their carpet well maintained. It is recommended that you vacuum your carpet with a high efficiency filter twice a the dirt on carpet3week. People with more extreme allergies or asthma may want to vaccuum high foot traffic areas more often. Since the majority of allergens trapped in carpet is from outside, a durable mat for people to clean their shoes with is suggested. Once inside, take your shoes off before walking on the carpet. It is also recommended to have your carpet professionally cleaned once a year.

To have a specialist contact you about finding the perfect carpet for your home visit http://www.starfloors.com/request-quote!

References and Related Readings

http://shawfloors.com/tips-trends/luxurious-carpet/carpet-and-allergens

http://shawfloors.com/tips-trends/luxurious-carpet/carpet-and-allergens

http://www.unitedallergyservices.com/the-surprising-truth-about-carpet/

http://andersensflooring.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/wool-the-best-carpet-choice-for-allergy-and-asthma-sufferers/

The Hottest Thing In Flooring This Summer

It’s summer! That means one thing, it’s getting HOT outside! The rising temperatures and dryer weather means more water restrictions and dead, ugly grass. Keep your lawn beautiful, even in the middle of summer or winter, with synthetic turf! Still not convinced? Here are four more reasons to install turf TODAY!

  1. Less maintenance, more beauty!

pic1Synthetic turf is low maintenance! You won’t have to water your lawn, pull weeds, or mow in the scorching summer heat ever again! Sound amazing? Think of all the time you’ll have for other summer activities! You’ll also save MONEY! No more hiring someone to mow your lawn, or paying that high water bill every month. In fact, many cities are now offering tax rebates for every square foot of turf installed at your home or business!

2. Great for kids and pets!

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Do your kids love to play outside? Turf is installed with padding underneath to help ease the impact of falls! Best of all, the padding is sturdy and won’t move around! In fact, an entire school district in Missouri did an experiment to see just how safe synthetic turf is. They were amazed with their results! Local nurses reported there were 20% fewer injuries with children who played on areas with synthetic turf! These areas were even used by the children 15% more often due to the fact that synthetic turf does not retain water. Because of its superior draining, synthetic turf will help keep your kids and pets clean! NO MORE MUD! You won’t have to worry about Fido tracking mud on your beautiful carpet or your kids getting grass stains all over their brand new clothes! Synthetic turf also helps keep fleas, ticks and other pests away from your lawn! With turf, you can breathe easy even in Spring because it’s non-allergenic!

 3. Install Turf somewhere unusual!

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Do you have a balcony or deck you want to have grass on? Maybe the roof of your building? With turf, no problem! The possibilities are endless! Get creative and add a little green anywhere you can think of!

4. Safe for the environment

Do you live in an area where there is a high possibility for wildfires? There’s no need to worry if you have synthetic turf installed at your home! Most turf has a class 1 fire rating!

Turf also drains water at a rate of 30” per hour meaning it won’t flood easily and it’s safe for you to walk on right after it rains without getting all muddy! Next time you have an event at your home or business, you don’t have to scramble making back up plans if it rained the night before!

So what are you waiting for! Request A Quote TODAY to have a sales representative contact you and see how much green you can save while having the greenest lawn on the block!

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How to Clean an Ice Cream Stain on Your Carpet

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It’s getting hot outside! Time for summer fun, activities, and food! One of my favorite summer foods is ICE CREAM!! But what happens when…. You drop your ice cream on your beautiful carpet?! Have no fear! Here is how you can remove that ice cream stain and your carpet will look as good as new!

What you need:

  1. ¼ teaspoon clear hand soap
  2. 1 cup warm (not hot) water

Mix hand soap with warm (not hot) water. Apply this solution to the stain using a damp towel. Blot, don’t rub! Use a fresh, damp towel to remove all detergent residue. Blot again. Finish by placing a pad of paper towels weighted with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish. If any stain remains, repeat.

There you have it! REMEMBER: NO CARPET IS STAIN PROOF! There is stain resistant carpet which will allow you a little more time to remove the stain.

Sustainable Flooring!

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With qualities like natural beauty, durability, lasting value and comfort, there are so many great reasons hardwood flooring makes a smart choice for your home. You might be surprised to learn that hardwood flooring is also a smart choice for the environment. With today’s growing awareness of how energy consumption and waste build-up impacts the planet, many of us look for ways to “green” our homes with materials that are not only beautiful, but environmentally friendly. Hardwood flooring meets those expectations perfectly! WoodFloors1.351222710

  • Natural wood products are among the most energy efficient to produce with their manufacturing limited to running a saw blade and kiln drying. Advances in manufacturing technology and processes also make efficient use of wood waste and by-products. For example, tree bark is shredded into mulch, and sawdust becomes animal bedding or fuel used to operate kilns.
  • Wood products come from our nation’s forests, which naturally provide filtration and storage systems for our water supply, and they don’t require mechanical irrigation to regenerate. Responsible forest management selectively thins mature trees to create openings in the canopy that allow more precipitation and sunlight to reach the forest floor. Not only does this provide a thriving eco-system where seedlings and saplings grow, but sustainably managed forests can release slightly more water for a decade or so following timber harvest. traditional-wood-flooring
  • Wood is carbon neutral. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and separate the carbon and oxygen atoms. The oxygen is released back into the atmosphere, while the carbon is used to grow roots, trunk, branches and leaves. Sustainable management creates healthier forests that serve as a “carbon sink” to clean air of greenhouse gases and purify drinking water for wildlife and municipal water systems.
  • Hardwood flooring doesn’t collect dust or allergens that can become trapped in other materials and contribute to health problems. Plus, hardwood flooring is easy to clean and maintain, which means you can keep your home allergen-free with little effort. wood-floor
  • The lifetime of a solid hardwood floor can be more than 100 years. Additionally, a hardwood floor can be refinished several times to bring back its original luster. At the end of its useful life, a hardwood floor can be re-purposed into other wood products, from furniture to combustible fuel, or returned to the earth where it will naturally decay. Although a hardwood floor is strong and durable, you can trust that it won’t be found sitting in a landfill indefinitely!

From its sustainable source to its healthy qualities indoors, you can live green with hardwood flooring without sacrificing style, comfort or peace of mind.  Request a quote today!

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Choosing a new flooring!

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Wood flooring is a versatile choice which will look great in any room of the house. Wood flooring is available in a wide range of colors, thickness, and styles, so regardless of your decorating style, there is a wood floor that will look great in your home. HardwoodTile flooring is a must in a kitchen, bath, or entryway. This material is washable, durable, and easy to maintain. It won’t be damaged by small amount of water, beverage or food spills, or tracked-in dirt, mud, or other debris. Tile is a smart choice in high traffic areas of the home, or areas that are frequented by small children or pets.  Tile

Area rugs are the perfect accent for any room in any home. Contemporary, classic, rustic or casual, an area rug lets you transform your home in an instant. Let it serve as a background element or a focal point. Pair it with a new or existing hardwood, tile & stone, or laminate floor to convey your style to everyone who walks through the door.Area Rug

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