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It can be a jarring feeling when you first wake up on a winter morning and place your bare feet down on a floor that is icy cold. The problem is that some materials retain heat better, while others lose it quickly. At the same time, there are certain products that can actually insulate an environment, making the entire area feel more warm and cozy. There are also a few tricks that can be used to improve the comfort of already existing surface coverings.

Rugs: This is a simple yet timeless solution to cold winter flooring that can actually do a lot to make a space feel warmer and more inviting. Area rugs can be placed strategically to create conversation corners and reading nooks, which can be carved out of pieces of a larger room. They can also be employed near beds, doorways, and in bathrooms where people tend to be barefoot, coating the area in a blanket of comfort.

The Warmest Flooring Options

Carpet: This is the most iconic and popular warm flooring solution, and it is employed in a variety of bedrooms, and living room areas. Products with longer, thicker threads will tend to have the most benefits in the winter, protecting the space against the outer chill while also insulating the room against heat loss. Unfortunately, carpet is prone to some maintenance issues and is therefore not suitable for every environment.


Vinyl: Did you know that vinyl flooring is warm flooring option? This is a resilient tile and or sheet material that is resistant to stains, water penetration, and discoloration, with very little maintenance required. It does not inherently possess any features of warmth or cold because it is so thin. However, it can be paired with padded underlayment consisting of materials such as cork, or foam, in order to combine its durable functionality with their inherently insulating features.

Natural Stone: This is one of the coldest flooring options available, due to the fact that natural stone is very good at transmitting heat. While that causes them to get chilly in the winter it also has an important benefit. When paired with radiant below surface heating systems these surfaces can become toasty warm, and may actually be a delightful feature throughout the cold season.

Read the full article here: The Warmest Flooring Choices http://bit.ly/2tjmRsT

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Tips to Help You Decide on the Best Color for Your Carpet

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The choice of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it underpins everything else. While there are plenty of different options, from carpet to terrazzo, one material is the acknowledged standard: hardwood.


But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn’t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance.

Once you have decided on your wholesale flooring option, let’s look at other parts of your home where you might like to add some hardwood.

Solid versus engineered

Traditionally, hardwood flooring came in thick planks of solid timber. Today, solid hardwood is still widely available, but many companies also offer engineered flooring—planks made with a thinner top layer of hardwood, bonded to other layers designed to prevent the floor from shifting during expansion and contraction cycles.

“All wood moves in three directions: There’s tangential, radial, and longitudinal movement,” says Jones. “With engineered products, you’re creating opposing forces within the board to try to restrict the natural movement of the wood.”

For basements and apartments with concrete subfloors, engineered flooring offers an installation advantage. Whereas solid wood is generally installed over one or two layers of plywood, which can raise the height of a floor and interfere with existing doors or marginally reduce ceiling height, “engineered flooring can be glued directly to concrete, or over a soundproofing mat,” says Caroll. “It’s also suitable for installation over radiant heat.”

But choose carefully because some engineered floors have top layers so thin that they can’t be sanded and refinished in the future. Higher-quality products feature a thicker layer where “you’re getting as much usable wood as you would out of a solid board,” says Caroll, noting that with solid hardwood, “you can only use the part above the tongue and groove for refinishing.”

Read the full article here: Choosing a Wood Floor That’s Right for Your Home | Architectural Digest http://bit.ly/2sA5oj6

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We all have the occasional spill, and if you are like me it ALWAYS happens on the carpet. It is Murphy's law that if you are going to spill, it ends on the carpet and it's something that stains. Don't fret though because with all the different cleaning agents there is something for every stain and if you are lucky enough to have spilled on a carpet tile you can always just switch one out for a new one! Check the best ways to clean a variety of carpet stains below.


How to Remove Every Type of Carpet Stain

Get stains out with ingredients you probably already have around the house

  

Oops! Whether it be grape juice, a little present from Fido, or finger-paint artwork from your 3-year-old, it seems whatever is not supposed to get on the carpet always does. Here are a few tips from carpet manufacturer Shaw and rug maker and importer Nourison on how to clean your carpets using products you can find around your house.


What You Should Know Before You Start

To remove a stain, simply blot the spot and dry working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with clean water, then blot again. Never scrub the carpet, or you risk ruining the carpet fibers or letting the spill soak through to the carpet pad.

 

For more specific advice, find your type of stain below. In addition to these methods, there are several spot removers on the market; before you try one, test it out in an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn't discolor your carpet.

Water-Soluble Stains

alcoholic beverages

berries

colas

excrement

food dyes

gravy

ice cream

jelly

milk

mud

washable ink

wet or latex paint

 

Use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) mixed with 32 ounces of water.

Special Water-Soluble Stains

blood

chocolate

coffee

mustard

tea

vomit

wine

 

Try 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; instead use mild detergent and water). If that doesn't work, you can try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets; check with the manufacturer if you are unsure what type of carpet you have. See more cleaning tips...


At Long's Carpet you don't have to settle for cheap carpet when you can get quality carpet at a discounted price from out huge selection of wholesale carpet.

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Hallways are the most well trodden path in any home, so regardless of whether you have a small hallway or a large vestibule that doubles as a separate room in it’s own right, it is worthwhile taking your time to consider your flooring options. It makes sense to go for something hard wearing, that is easy to clean and maintain and will stand the test of time no matter how many times you change the decor, so if you are looking for inspiration check out our pick of the 10 best hallway flooring ideas.

You've decided on flooring options for the main rooms of your home, but have you customized your hallways yet? Whether you choose vinyl flooring or a show- stopping tile, be sure this area is complete with the perfect flooring option. Read below to learn more:

First of all consider the age and style of your property. Traditional materials such as wood and tiles are ideal choices for a period home, while polished concrete or painted floors are better suited to more contemporary properties. Flagstones and old bricks look lovely in quaint country cottages, but for a more upmarket elegant feel a black and white checkerboard tile design is the perfect choice in a classic townhouse.

The color of your choice of flooring is also important dependent on the size of your hallway. Dark polished wooden floors or deep red terracotta tiles will make a small hall appear smaller, while stripped lighter wood or neutral colored tiles will help to enhance the feeling of space when combined with a white or cream decorating scheme.

Bear in mind that there are lots of different materials to choose from, so if you have set your heart on a wooden floor but need something that is easier to keep clean there are porcelain tiles available that mimic the effect of wooden planks in a variety of colors and finishes.

Complement a rich and luxurious color scheme, such as this exotic plum feature wall, with dark wooden floors. A deep, polished glow adds a touch of glamour to a traditional hallway and pairs well with black gloss furniture. Vinyl floor tiles are a stylish and practical choice for a hallway. MORE: Hallway flooring ideas | Ideal Home      

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Newly installed carpet looks beautiful and can give any home a fresh look, but it can cost a pretty penny. And as much as you love your furry friend, Fido can quickly start ruining your investment unless you take the proper preventive steps.

Now, you have decided on which discount carpet you would like for your home, but does it work for your four-legged friend? Keeping your pets in mind while deciding on your flooring can help prevent some problems in the future. Read below to learn about how to keep your carpet clean in a pet-friendly home.

Here are some tips to keep your pets happy and your carpets clean:

Keep a towel near your door so you can clean off your pet's paws before they re-enter your home. Most pets won't like it, but wiping off paws will help prevent stains or dirt from embedding in the carpet.

Floor tile near doorways and pet entryways can provide a barrier to prevent the great outdoors from becoming part of your great indoors. By installing tile in these in-between rooms, you will give your pets a place to shake off the dirt, mud and grass so they don't cause carpet stains.

An area rug or runner can be an ideal solution for a pet-friendly home. That way, your carpet is protected from any pet urination that may occur. If an accident happens, smaller rugs can be easily tossed into the washing machine and quickly put back in place.

To prevent future stains, you should work to get rid of existing stains. Consider renting a carpet cleaner. Whether it's a steam cleaner or carpet shampooer, carpet cleaning equipment comes with different rental periods — usually 24 to 48 hours. Determine how long you'll need the cleaning equipment based on how many rooms you need to cover.

MORE: How to Keep Carpet Clean in a Pet-Friendly Home | Angie's List      

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Try to give a detailed picture of your expectations for the carpet. Is it important that the carpet stand up to pets, running children and bustling activity? Or are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel in a formal living room that doesn't get a lot of use?

What You Should Know: You should always remember to bring swatches of fabric from drapes and furniture, wallpaper samples, and paint chips with you when you are selecting carpet. That way you can consider a range of colors that will match your existing décor. Remember that color can also affect your mood. Warmer colors often make you feel energized while cooler tones provide a sense of calm. While in the store, it may seem that many carpets look the same. But not all carpets perform the same. It's the technology behind the carpet that makes a difference. Read the full story here...

When choosing new carpet for your home you want to make sure other decoration elements are considered. What color are your drapes? What type of furniture is in the room? How will it look with the paint on the walls? Aside from aesthetics, you also want check online prices. You can get wholesale carpet from Long's Carpet at a really good price.

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Most of the concentration in a home is on the décor and feel of the home. Believe it or not, the flooring has a major role in the look, feel, and the ambiance of a room. Depending on your lifestyle, budget, and the amount of traffic your floor will endure, will dictate the perfect flooring for you. Whether you are renovating or choosing flooring for your existing home here are tips that will help you choose flooring that you will love.

Have you ever thought about how your flooring plays into your overall home decor? Being able to choose great wholesale carpet for your home can be the difference between a house you like and one you really love.Take into consideration things like usage, colors, and budget when you are making this decision. Choosing specific flooring for specific rooms is also important and can instantly change the energy of a room.

LOCATION IN HOME: Flooring that is at the entry or foyer of your home should have a “wow” factor, but be durable to outdoor elements. If snow, rain, and mud is a factor in the entry to your home, consider using durable flooring, such as slate, tile, or wood. Entry mats outside of the home should be placed to remove the majority of outdoor moisture; this will help keep your floors cleaner too! Flooring in bedrooms, and kid’s rooms should be comfortable for bare feet. Flooring in utility, laundry and bathrooms should be able to resist water. Hardwood and laminate wood flooring in not recommended in areas of high moisture, as warping and damage can occur.

LIFESTYLE: How you and your family live and use your home is the most significant factor in choosing flooring. If your family has heavy traffic, pets, kids, and is very active – plush carpet will not be ideal. Heavy traffic areas should consider resilient flooring, such as ceramic tile, vinyl, or wood flooring. If your home has minimal traffic, and you enjoy having softness underfoot, carpeting or area rugs over wood flooring may be ideal for your home. There are several choices for flooring in between carpet and resilient flooring. Placement of these materials should also be a factor in your decision.

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We love the historic appeal of floors covered with wood, stone, or ceramic. But let's face it: These materials can be high in cost, low in comfort, and often require more care than we have time or energy for. That's why the smart money is often on vinyl. This durable flooring shrugs off street grit, pointy heels, and sloppy spills while providing a slip-resistant and often cushiony footing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. No wonder you find vinyl in almost every American home—usually in kitchens, baths, and entryways.

Who doesn't love the idea of an easy to clean, durable flooring option? Life gets busy, and the maintenance required by wood floors or carpet can be too much to handle for the whole home. Vinyl flooring has improved so much in the past decade and continues to do so. This is an overall good option for parts of your home because it is easy to manage and it looks great!

Popularized in the mid 20th century, vinyl flooring is still evolving. It's more durable—many companies offer lifetime warranties—and can be installed faster than earlier versions. Patterns and textures convincingly mimic their old-school competitors or boldly go in a more modern direction. And in response to health concerns, some flooring is now certified to meet strict standards for indoor air quality. When a flooring is this versatile and has so many looks, who needs a historic pedigree?

Click here to learn more about the different components such as the anatomy of a vinyl sheet as well as the different types to choose from.  

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. We love having lots of choices, but when it comes to choosing what flooring to put in your house there is a lot to consider. Whatever you choose, you want it to last a long time. You will see it and walk on it every day so it has to be something you really love. It also needs to be functional, easy to take care of, and cost effective. So how do you choose a flooring that you will love and is perfect for all your needs?

Picking the Perfect Floor | This Old House When choosing a new floor for your home, asking yourself a few key questions at the beginning can dramatically increase your satisfaction in the end. Choosing the right flooring for a particular room in your home may seem like a daunting decision. It's a process that combines your personal taste with careful thinking about practicality. After all, it's a surface you, your family and friends will walk, stand and sit on, your kids will spill, play and grow up on. But asking yourself a few key questions at the beginning of the process should help reduce your worry, ease your choice and increase your long-term satisfaction with your new floor.

Questions on the Floor What's the size of the family that will regularly use the room, and how much traffic will the floor receive? Children definitely make a difference. Any pets? Will the floor be exposed to moisture regularly? How often is the floor likely to need cleaning? How long do you hope and expect your new floor to last? Read more...

Luckily at Long's Carpet, we have everything from vinyl flooring, Berber carpet, hardwood, laminate and more, all at discounted prices. You can skip the middle man and get lower prices than retailers offer.

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Long's Carpet & Flooring is located in Dalton, GA, the mecca of the carpet & flooring industry. We use our proximity to the mills along with our personal relationships to make large truckload buys of carpet. This gives us the ability to sell carpet products to you at wholesale prices.

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For a long time, I couldn't stand mopping. I loved my floors, but cleaning them was frustrating. It seemed like the floor was dirtier after I cleaned than before.

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One question we receive every day is what type of trim or molding do I need to complete my Adura Max installation. This blog helps you make an informed decision about your Adura Max trim purchase.



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