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Black and White Tile Flooring

While the black and white flooring pattern is a must-have in retro decorating, it also has a timeless appeal that’s easily at home with contemporary and traditional styles. Here are several options for bringing the unique geometry of checkered floors into your home.

Black and white vinyl flooring options

Vinyl tile is a classic when it comes to black and white flooring – and for good reason. Strong, durable, and affordable, vinyl tile is a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, or any room where you need an easy-care floor that can stand up to lots of activity. For an elegant variation on this look, consider white tile with a black diamond dot pattern – perfect for bathrooms and entryways. You can also make a room come alive by setting black and white vinyl tiles on a diagonal to create an energetic diamond motif.

Black and white flooring in vinyl sheet is a versatile option for busy households. It’s easy to keep clean, and resists scratches and stains, so your checkerboard floor will keep its fabulous looks.

Premium vinyl tile

On the luxury end, Alterna premium vinyl

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ceramic Flooring Tiles

keramikhe importance of interior decoration of the rooms and the flooring plays a vital part for you to stand out in the society. There has been a wide usage of the Ceramic Tiles for flooring, and it has become an integral part of the decor of each and every floor dotting the landscape. When you find the houses lined with Ceramic Tiles, you may be wondering as to what are the advantages of using such a fragile looking product to cover your floors? While the question may seem to be a very though provoking one, the answer is extremely simple and has been given below.

The advantages of using Ceramic Tiles:-

  1. The Ceramic Tiles which are used in the flooring come in pieces, so there is little to no wastage that you would encounter when you go set up the flooring. This is a very good way to keep the cost of the building to a bare minimum and also to look into the variety of cost burdening factors when you do get to building your home.
  2. The use of the Ceramic Tiles is justified as you would be able to get a product that

Bathroom Flooring Design Ideas

Empire Bamboo bathroom flooring - A6840

Choosing A Bathroom Floor

Designing a bathroom that fits your unique style can be an exciting project. Whether you’re looking to create a relaxing adult sanctuary or a safe and playful bathroom for kids, we have thousands of bathroom flooring products, one of which is sure to make a splash in your home.

Many styles offer both durability and aesthetic appeal, but it’s equally important to find one that can stand up to a high-moisture environment. Below is an overview of the Armstrong flooring options that meet moisture resistance, performance, and design needs in a bathroom setting.

 Laminate Flooring

Laminate has come a long way from what you remember at your grandma’s house. Known for its easy maintenance and durability, laminate is a smart choice for your bathroom design.

From rustic, hand-scraped wood to natural stone and tile looks, you’re sure to find a laminate floor that blends seamlessly with your style and colors.

 Luxury Vinyl And Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Shine On With Easy Care Wood Flooring Tips

Flooring can make a huge difference in the looks of a home. There are many things available that you can do to cover the floors from carpeting to vinyl to tile. Wood flooring is becoming very popular once again. Many people like the looks of a wood floor. From centuries back, floors were covered with wood as a main floor covering. It wasn’t until carpeting became popular that floors had any other covering. Throw rugs were placed over the wood flooring just for decoration, but most of the older homes used wood as the main flooring choice. This article will talk about some of the wood flooring choices available and how they can still shine on in the days and future days ahead.

You might be surprised to find out what is under the carpeting in many older homes. If you were to pull up the carpet, you might find wood flooring underneath. Because hardwood floors were so popular, many of the older homes still have that type of flooring under the transformed look of carpeting. The older hardwood floors required a lot of sanding and polishing. It was quite a task to shine them up. You might have had to

Tips For Choosing a Naturally Beautiful Floor

Many people who have once loved the look of a hardwood floor are switching to the idea of using bamboo flooring instead. Not only is this a more eco-friendly and sustainable choice for the home, but it is more durable than any other flooring option available. Although this is a new type of flooring option, the wood that comes from the bamboo plant is now the preferred option for both the installation experts and the homeowners as well. With so many options to choose from, there are a few tips that you will want to follow to ensure that you are considering the best option for your home.

Upon taking a look at the available types of bamboo flooring for the home, you will find that there are plenty of brands and varieties to choose from. The most popular varieties include Wilsonart laminate, Yanchi strand woven, Morning Star, and Silkroad bamboo. While these different varieties are typically finished prior to installation, the unfinished type can be purchased from a number of other manufacturers. Choosing the unfinished wood will allow you to have complete customization over how the finished floor turns out and there are typically many added benefits as well.

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10 tips for selecting hardwood flors

Hardwood flooring can add beauty and warmth to your Westchester home. It can also be a large and a long term investment. This choice can impact the style (as well as value) of your home, and you’ll be living with it for years to come. It’s ideal to thoroughly research the type of wood and the hardwood flooring contractor you’ll use. Sometimes, making the choice can feel overwhelming, especially when one ventures into a hardwood flooring store. This hardwood flooring guide can help you think through the choices.

1. Understand your sub-floor BEFORE you start

Do you have a plywood sub-floor or concrete? You should know your options and limitations before you start as this can have a big impact on the form of wood you choose/type of construction (e.g. solid hardwood flooring vs engineered) and your budget.

This can help determine the installation method – nail, glue, float

Generally, if you have a plywood sub-floor, solid hardwood flooring will be a better option for you, especially longer-term.

If you have a concrete sub-floor, your options are a bit more limited and/or expensive. First, if you want to do solid hardwood, you would need to first add a plywood sub-floor. This can add to your

What to Ask Before Choosing a Hardwood Floor

Not so fast. There are a lot of factors that will determine what kind of hardwood floor your home can accommodate, and what will look best with your existing or planned furnishings and decor.

You have some basic options: solid wood and engineered wood. Solid wood is what you generally think of as a hardwood floor: thick, solid planks of wood. Engineered wood is made of a veneer layer that sits atop a core of plywood. This construction deals with moisture a bit better and is recommended for concrete slab subfloors. Which brings up another point. The construction of the floor you’re working with pretty much will dictate what kind of wood you can use.

Here’s how to prepare yourself for choosing a hardwood floor for your home.

1. Where will the wood be going?

Installing hardwood floors on a second story is much different than doing so in a basement. A space beneath ground level is what’s known as below grade. A floor that’s even with the outside ground level is on grade, and any floors above this are above grade. Where you’re installing the wood will limit your recommended options.

“For example, you’re not supposed to put solid wood below grade, because the

5 Tips for Selecting the Right Kitchen Floor

It’s not just about the kitchen floor. It’s about the whole kitchen and how you use it. The flooring you choose should showcase your style and coordinate with the rest of your house, yet it should be practical. There are many great flooring options for kitchens – Hardwood, Laminate, Ceramic and Vinyl being some popular choices. When narrowing your selection, remember these five tips to find the floor that is right for the heart of your home, your lifestyle and most importantly, your family.

Make Sure it’s Durable
This important characteristic applies to many aspects of flooring, but in this case it can make the difference between replacing flooring in a few years and enjoying it for years to come. These days, kitchens are the command center for cooking, homework, family gatherings and more. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile, in particular, are known for their durability and can withstand the most heavy traffic areas in the home.

Choose Flooring that’s Easy to Clean
Spills are a fact of life in the kitchen. And, if you have kids or pets, it could be a particular challenge to keep your floor clean. So it’s wise to select a product that won’t require a complicated cleaning

Think About The Family Friendly Floor

For the hallway:

Hard floors. Every time. We have old natural wooden floorboards in our hall, which were here when we moved in. They’ve stood up to a lot of footfall, scooting, pushchairs and muddy paws and boots. Ours is quite dark, too, which helps, and can be easily steam mopped regularly to keep it clean.

For the kitchen:

I’d recommend tiling, laminate or hardwood in the kitchen. Ours is tiled, and I am so pleased about that. The weaning days were easy (it helped that the dog cleaned up any scraps, too!) with a tiled floor. Nowadays, we have a lot of play dough, crafting, painting, glitter and all that comes with creativity, taking place at the kitchen table, and I can relax and let them have fun with it knowing that things are going to be easy to hoover or mop up afterwards. An extra tip here would be to invest in a little handheld vac for the kitchen – ours gets a lot of use!

For the living room:

We go for comfort in the living room as I like the kids to be able to lounge about in there on the floor, and there is often a cushion pile up or

How to Avoid Common Problems when Installing Laminate Flooring

Installing laminate flooring is a big job to tackle. Whether you are doing it yourself, or hiring a professional, it is a good idea to know and understand common problems that may occur. Most problems can be avoided if you know what to look for and how to properly handle the laminate.

Method 1 : Preparing for Installation
1. Be sure you are up to the challenge. Installing new floors is a big task and is fundamental to your home. To be successful, you need to have patience, adequate knowledge, and proper tools. Understand the time, energy, and commitment that is required before starting major projects.
If you choose to hire a professional, be sure they are licensed and experienced. Check their references.

2. Check the sub-floor. Sub-floors are typically concrete or cement and develop weaknesses over time. If you place laminate flooring on a weak or uneven sub-floor, the new floor will be compromised and eventually buckle, damage the laminate locking system, creak, or create micro gaps in the new floor. Here are some ways you can check for problems in a sub-floor:
Use a level to see how flat the floor is. Lay a four to six foot level on the sub-floor, and see

8 Tips for Laying a Plastic-Laminate Floor

When plastic-laminate flooring was introduced to the U.S. market in the mid-1990s it was little more than a curiosity. Some builders and designers even considered it a bit of a joke. No one’s laughing now. In less than 20 years, plastic laminate became—and remains—the fastest-growing type of flooring sold. It’s easy to understand why: Plastic-laminate flooring is extremely durable, highly stain-resistant, affordable, and designed for easy, do-it-yourself installation.

A plastic-laminate floor is installed using the floating-floor method, meaning the planks aren’t fastened down with nails or glue. Instead, the tongue-and-groove planks are snapped together and then laid, or “floated,” over a thin rubber underlayment. This method is one of the quickest, easiest ways to install a new floor. It typically takes about 4 hours to install flooring in a 10 x 12–foot room.

While installing plastic-laminate flooring is rather straightforward, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you end up with a neat, professional-quality installation:

Pry Up the Shoe Molding

If the room has quarter-round shoe molding running along the baseboard, remove it. But leave the baseboard molding in place.

Carefully pry up the shoe molding using a thin pry bar. (Don’t damage it—you’ll replace it after installing the plastic-laminate floor). The

12 Tips for Maintaining Epoxy Flooring

Consider these tips to clean and maintain epoxy flooring.

I’ve had my garage coated with epoxy for more than nine years. Given the appearance, I get asked about how much time and energy I put into my garage coating’s maintenance. The answer is, not that much, really.

I mop the epoxy flooring two or three times each year. Occasionally, I vacuum up debris with the shop vac, but everything else is just spot cleaning. It’s not much work to have a floor that is visually attractive and welcomes guests. Compare that to most other garages that have stains, concrete wear, dusting and other issues. You get the picture.

Whether you have professional epoxy coatings for your garage, basement, porch, sunroom or pole barn, the maintenance and usage tips are usually the same. A couple items below may only pertain to harder use applications:

1. For minor spills or vehicle drippings, simply wipe them up with a paper towel or other soft cloth.

2. Routine maintenance cleaning is best achieved with either a soft bristle broom or a blue

Decorating with Linoleum

When first introduced more than a century ago, linoleum was favored for its comfort, durability, and decorative beauty that could brighten any room. None of that has changed, but you now have a wider choice of colors and styles.

Linoleum – an excellent choice for floors

Color. Linoleum is remarkably versatile and goes with any decorating style. Add a kick of color from the vivid side of linoleum’s palette, and your kitchen becomes a sunny spot no matter what time of day. At the other end of the spectrum, exceptionally rich and deep hues complement a traditional setting or make a subtle splash in an otherwise neutral room.

Not to Be Confused with Vinyl. Linoleum is often confused with vinyl flooring. But they are two different types of floors and actually have little in common. Vinyl is a synthetic (man-made) floor, while linoleum is made from natural materials like linseed oil, recycled wood flour, and limestone. And vinyl’s visuals are surface-printed, while linoleum has through-color and pattern.

Durability. Stylish color is an important consideration, but you also want a floor that can stand up to your lifestyle. Linoleum has you covered

Hardwood Trim and Molding Options

Hardwood flooring trim is an essential component of a hardwood flooring installation that often gets overlooked in the buying process. The purpose of hardwood flooring trim is to complete the look of a flooring project by covering edges and gaps, hiding joints left for expansion and contraction, and bridging areas where one floor covering ends and another one begins.

Armstrong offers a wide selection of coordinated wood species and colors to complete your hardwood flooring look. If you want to add visual space to a room, choose trim and molding that closely matches your hardwood flooring in grain pattern, color and style. For example, if you’re going for a rustic look with oak hand-scraped hardwood flooring, you’ll want to select trim and molding that complements the oak species with a scraped surface treatment.

Basic hardwood flooring trim and molding options offered by Armstrong include: threshold, stair nose, reducer strip, quarter round and t-molding. Here’s how these pieces fit into an overall flooring design:

Threshold – A molding undercut that’s commonly used in doorways to finish the edge where flooring ends. It is also used against sliding door tracks, fireplaces, carpet and

Types of Wood Flooring Installation

You want the look of wood flooring in your home, but with so many options available, it’s hard to decide. Solid or engineered hardwood? Laminate? Wood-look luxury vinyl or vinyl sheet? How do you choose?

Begin by considering where the flooring will go and how much traffic and other wear and tear it will get. Next, think about the installation. Depending on the type of floor, you might want to consider hiring a skilled professional installer. Many wood-look floors, however, are designed for the DIYer. If you have basic handyman skills and want to save on labor costs, you might want to take a closer look at these.

Here are the recommended installation methods for popular wood and wood-look floors.

Types of wood flooring installation

Solid hardwood – Solid hardwood flooring is typically attached to a wood subfloor using nails or staples. Unless you’re an advanced DIYer with experience in hardwood floor installation, it’s best to hire a professional installer. If you choose to install your floor yourself, follow the specific installation directions for your product type.

Engineered hardwood – Engineered hardwood floors are typically installed using glue or staples, or floated

Laminate Flooring Installation Methods

It’s easy to learn how to install laminate flooring. You don’t need any special skills or tools. Armstrong laminate products in the premium and best collections feature Lock&Fold Installation technology, the fastest and easiest installation system available. Laminate floors in the good, better and best collections use the Armalock system for an easy, glueless installation. Both systems are called “floating floors” because individual boards join to each other and “float” above the subfloor. No nails or glue are needed.

Check out this quick start guide to installing laminate flooring, plus tips to keep your project running smoothly. In the laminate flooring installation area, you’ll find helpful guides and installation instructions for all our laminate products.

Easy steps on how to install laminate flooring

  • Download detailed installation instructions for the laminate product you purchased. Always refer to the installation instructions for complete information on how to install laminate flooring.
  • Assemble materials and tools.
  • Prepare the subfloor, making sure it is clean, flat, dry and smooth.
  • Roll out Armstrong Quiet Comfort or Quiet Comfort Premium underlayment along the starting wall in the direction that you will be installing the flooring and cut to length. To ensure a smooth and even

Wood Flooring Options

For a beautiful floor, you can’t beat installing wood flooring. In general, a hardwood floor is more durable and more resistant to damage from the wear and tear that comes with daily use. However, if you maintain your softwood floor carefully, it should last just as long as a hardwood floor. Here are some of the more popular wood flooring choices presently available to homeowners, provided to help make choosing your new flooring a little bit easier.

The Hardwood Floor
A well installed and properly finished hardwood floor is as good as it gets when it comes to wood flooring. It’s one of the best looking flooring solutions on the market; it’s durable; and when it does start to show wear, you can re-finish it to look like new. Here’s a few of the more popular hardwoods used in flooring today:


  • Oak is one of the most durable hardwoods, with a tight, dark grain. It is by far the most popular material when it comes to installing wood flooring in homes.
  • Maple is the second most popular hardwood. Maple has a lighter color and a less pronounced grain than oak, and gives a room a lighter, softer look.
  • Ash is also popular as a

Go Green with Radiant Floor Heat

Radiant floor heat is starting to get noticed as a mainstream heating option for homes across the country. There are a number of reasons for this, though primarily it has to do with the quality of the heat it provides. Compared to just about every other heating option on the market, including gas furnaces, boilers, electric baseboard heat, and wood fired stoves, a radiant floor heat system provides the most consistent and comfortable home heating solution, period.

How a Radiant Floor Heat System Works
In case you’re still in the dark about radiant heat, a radiant system heats a living space from the ground up. This can be done with either electric or hydronic heating systems that are incorporated into a concrete slab, or installed “dry” beneath your flooring. Here’s a quick description of different radiant floor heat system types to help give you a better understanding of how each one works.

  • Electric Radiant Heating Systems usually consist of electrical heating strips or mats that are laid in patterns across a floor, then usually embedded in a thin layer of concrete. The strips or mats heat the concrete, which then radiates heat up into the living area above. Because it’s much cheaper

10 Tips on How to Maintain a Distressed Hardwood Floors

Distressing hardwood floors are usually done by the manufacturer where the woods are intentionally pressed or afflicted to get a vintage or rustic look of them. After being distressed, they will look like old and worn out.

Although distressed wood looked old and shabby, they also need maintenance just like any other hardwood floors.
Here are some tips:

1.Often sweep and vacuum the floor

Make the sweeping and vacuuming floors a daily habit. If the deep-rooted sand may occur on your floor, your broom can’t reach the fissures and cracks. For that matter, all you have to do is to use a soft-bristled sweeper instead of vacuum. The soft broom won’t injure your ground.

2.Do not carry grime and dirt in the house

A doormat must be placed at the entrance part of the house. Shake it daily as much as possible. The dirt, grit and sand on your shoes may act like a sandpaper that damage surfaces very rapidly.

3.Clean the spill right away

Do not allow liquids nor foods to sit longer on your floors. The water and wines could harm hardwood floors.

4. Fix any water and moisture problem immediately

There are few problems which need to be fixed promptly such as an insufficient drainage the

The Best Choices for Kitchen Floors

o many factors play into choosing a kitchen floor: How much do you cook? Is it an open floor plan? What’s the most durable?

We’ve taken out the guesswork and chosen four flooring types that make the most sense for kitchens, and we explain why they are ideal.

Hardwood Flooring is Ideal When:

  • You don’t want your kitchen to look dated over time.
  • You have an open floor plan.
  • You seek durability.

Hardwood flooring, with its unmatched warmth and visual appeal, is a great choice if you want to create a look that never really goes out of style, giving you a good return on investment if you ever sell your home.

Also, if you have an open floor plan, hardwood works well in both kitchens and living areas. It creates a warm and unified look.

Hardwood is also:

  • Highly durable. It can withstand decades of use.
  • Low-maintenance.
  • Moisture-resistant if you choose a prefinished type.

Hardwood flooring is made in two ways: solid wood strips or engineered wood planks.

Engineered wood is the better choice for kitchens. It has a veneer of real wood backed by layers of less expensive plywood. This construction provides dimensional stability that makes the flooring less susceptible to movement caused by changes in humidity and temperature

How To Replace Alterna Tile

If you have a damaged Alterna tile, you don’t need to replace the entire floor, just the individual tile. Follow the simple directions below to restore your floor to its full beauty.

 Tools You’ll Need

  • Safety glasses                  .
  • Square
  • Scraper
  • Heat gun
  • Utility knife
  •  Armstrong S-288 Flooring Adhesive
  • Spacers (e.g., 1/8″ VCT tile)
  • Disposable paint brush
  • Grout
  • Grout epoxy float

Safety First

As with any project that involves installation tools, put safety first. Make sure to wear safety glasses and know how to properly use the required tools

Score The Damaged Tile

Use your square and utility knife to score an “X” through your damaged tile. Make sure to cut completely through the tile

Use Your Heat Gun To Remove Tile

Apply your heat gun to the center of the floor tile. As the tile begins to break, use a scraper or putty knife to remove the pieces. Work from the center outward until you’ve removed the entire tile.

Next, use your putty knife to remove the old grout surrounding the tile.

Clean the whole area thoroughly.

 Apply New Adhesive

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