You can see all of
these in our store.
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Carpet Brands we carry:
Notes from Eric: When your come to the store we’ll
ask you how you use the room(s) you want to carpet. Do you have
pets? Do you walk through these room(s) a lot? Is there an outside
door to this room? Do your kids play on the floor or is it a
formal room for entertaining?
Other tips about carpet selection: Many people bring
swatches of fabric from other furnishings or curtains to help them pick
a carpet color.
About colors. Darker carpet colors make
rooms feel smaller and cozier. Light colors make a room feel
larger. Warmer colors are warmer and can be energizing. Cool colors
can be calming. Look what colors you already have in your home and
how they affect your mood.
Homeowners: Carpet and Flooring Products for Your Home
Eric Hodge, owner and Glenn and Helen Davis view carpet samples
Carpet for warmth and almost limitless color choices
carry several brands and lines of carpet in our store. You’ll
see a range of quality is available from regular to luxurious.
Carpet Fibers-Carpet is available
in nylon, olefin, polyester or wool.
These are the four basic fibers used in carpets
today. All make excellent
carpets, but each has different characteristics. Some carpets
are made of blends, but most are made entirely of one of the
following four fibers:
Nylon is the most widely used carpet fiber. Because of its resistance
to wear, you will never see a visibly worn carpet path in even the
busiest spots of your home. Nylon carpet fiber is soft yet strong,
shows color brilliantly, and cleans well.
Polypropylene or Olefin
Polypropylene is extremely resistant to stains, fading, and moisture.
Polypropylene is also notably colorfast because it is solution dyed,
which means the color goes all the way through like a carrot. The color
is such an inherent part of the fiber that you can even clean polypropylene
Polyester offers exceptional softness, making it ideal for thick,
cut pile styles. Polyester is also stain resistant and fade resistant.
It has excellent color clarity, color retention, strength, and abrasion
resistance. Carpets made from this fiber are easily cleaned and they
resist water soluble stains.
The preeminent natural fiber, wool yields a warm, soft, comfortable
feel. Wool is not resistance to moisture or abrasion, but it does age
well and clean easily. Because it is the most expensive carpet fiber,
wool is generally used only in luxury carpets and area rugs.
Carpet also comes in many different textures. That’s
right, you’ll be selecting a color, fiber and a texture for
your carpets. There are about 8 distinct textures
of carpet with names like cut pile (plush), loop pile, patterned loop,
and cut and loop. You can see some excellent figures and pictures of
these textures at shawfloors.com
Come to our showroom to see a larger selection of carpet or
phone us to bring samples to your home. Read on to learn
about other flooring or click on Map for directions to the store
or Installation to learn about carpeting your home.
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Ceramic Tile Brands we carry:
and Porcelain Tile has been ideal flooring for homes
over the centuries
Ceramic tile is longer lasting and more durable
then almost any other flooring. And it comes in an amazing selection of colors, sizes, shapes
and textures. The selection of tile has really exploded in the last decade.
Ceramic tile is made up of clays and minerals that
has been shaped, pressed, then fired at temperatures exceeding 2,000
degrees (F). A protective glaze that is applied before firing. This gives the ceramic tile added color and finish and makes it resistant to stains, odors, bacteria, and scratches.
Tile is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home and are available with coordinating trim, transition pieces, and decorative accents.
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Hardwood Flooring Brands We Carry:
warm Hardwood Floors
One of the most popular
choices for flooring in the Bay Area. Installing hardwood can actually
increase the value of your home and it is a very long lasting flooring.
Homeowner’s have a choice between solid and engineered
A solid hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished
over several generations of use. One of the characteristics of solid wood flooring
is that it expands and contracts with changes in your home's relative
humidity. Normally, installers compensate for this movement by leaving
an expansion gap between the floor and the wall. Base molding or
quarter round is traditionally used to hide the extra space. Traditional
solid hardwood flooring is not well suited for high moisture areas
such as bathrooms or below-grade installations.
Engineered hardwood is actually several layers of hardwood
stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together
under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is
less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed
at all levels of the home, even where some moisture may be present.
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Linoleum Flooring Brands We Carry:
is another long wearing, warm natural floor
people refer to all sheet floors as “linoleum,” however
real linoleum is quite different then the vinyl that many people
call linoleum. Real linoleum is made in Europe and imported
to the US. It’s popular again because it feels great to stand
on, is quiet, natural looking and has no synthetic chemicals. It
is also ideal for rooms with electronic equipments because it is
Linoleum is made out of linseed oil The oil is boiled, mixed with
melted resins, and combined with powdered cork, wood flour, resins,
ground limestone, and other natural materials. Mineral pigments
provide the color. This mixture is formed into a durable sheet
by applying heat and pressure.
Genuine linoleum is extremely long-wearing, and some have
observed that it actually gets stronger with age as the linseed
oil oxidizes. While it is stong it requires reqular
cleaning and polishing. It is also on the porous site, and therefore
not recommented for bathrooms.
It comes in rolls and sheets. Professional installation is recommended
as it is much stiffer then vinyl and edges may need to be sealed.
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Laminate Flooring Brands We Carry:
- Wilson Art
Laminates are bright, easy to care for, easy to install
and durable. With laminates you can have the look of hardwood,
ceramic tile or slate.
It’s one of the easiest and most affordable
floors to install. The laminate is made of four layers fused
together. It is phenomenally durable and stain resistant and comes in
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Vinyl Flooring Brands We Carry:
Beauty, toughness, affordable Vinyl Floors for the way
Vinyl comes in the greatest variety of choices. Everything from
natural stone to carved tiles, and realistic wood grain to abstract
geometrics. Vinyl floors perform beautifully for years, withstand
heavy family traffic, resist stains and provide the greatest quiet
and comfort of any hard-surface floor. They’re easy to care for
and never need waxing. Best of all, vinyl floors are the most economical
choice you can make.
Notes from Eric: You have a choice between
high and low gloss.The
lower the gloss level, the more forgiving the floor will be to
the daily wear of foot traffic.
You can also choose the density of the wear layer or top layer
which affects how long the vinyl floor lasts. Generally,
the thicker the wear layer, the more resistant the
floor will be against wear. Also, consider buying an overall thicker
vinyl on a floor you use a lot. Thicker vinyl floors provide
more indentation resistance, more cushioning, more comfort
underfoot, more noise dampening and more insulation.
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Cork Flooring Brands We Carry:
Cork has been around for a long time. Right now it represents
a new trend in stylish, non-traditional
A member of the beech family, the cork oak tree
grows in coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Relatively slow growing, these trees survive harsh
conditions in depleted soil that will support little else of value. There
are examples of cork oak trees that are 400 to 500 years old though the
average life expectancy would be 100 to l20 years.
Unlike most trees where primary value is derived
from the lumber of the trunk, cork is actually obtained from the bark
of the tree. This unusually thick bark is made up of millions of tiny prism-shaped
air pockets which create a resilient cushiony surface and lead to the
assertion that, with cork, you are literally “walking on air”.
Grown on farms and harvested every 9 to 11 years, the financial benefit
lies not in felling these trees but in keeping them alive and in production
Today, cork flooring is created from the post-industrial
by product of the bottle-stopper industry. This waste material is ground up and then
formed into sheets using minimal amounts of adhesive to bind the particles
together under high pressure. The size, quantity, and type of cork granule
in conjunction with varying degrees of pressure make the difference between
bulletin board material and material suitable for flooring applications.
Why Choose Cork?
- Durable and easy to Maintain
- Fire Resistant
- Thermally and Acoustically Insulated
- Antimicrobial and insect Repellent
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Bamboo Flooring Brands We Carry:
"Why go with boring old maple or oak when
bamboo is emerging as an economical—and—ecofriendly —alternative?"
May 23rd, 2005 Design Issue
Bamboo is hard and durable but has a soft appearance. It’s
as hard or harder then the various other kinds of wood floors.
It comes in natural and carmel color. You can clean
bamboo by sweeping or vacuuming and mop occasionally, just as
with a wood floor.
Actually bamboo is not wood but a grass. And
as one of the fastest growing wood type plants it can be harvested
in just 3-5 years. That makes it more sustainable then other woods
that take 10 or more years to grow to maturity. China has lots
of bamboo under cultivation which makes it a positive alternative
to cutting the Rainforests for hardwoods.
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