Last Updated: 07/31/2021
Wood Floor Repair in North Carolina
The lawsuits over the locking system continued, incidentally the locking system lawsuit is not about the easy angle long joint of the laminate flooring, all the law suits focus on the end locking joint.
The chase to create an exact wood replicate of hardwood flooring continued and this led to a technology called 'Register and Emboss' or 'Embossed and Registered'. The idea of this was for the pattern of the oak for example to be perfectly indented into the wood panel, so the grain of the North Carolina Oak or Cherry was realistic to the touch.
All the manufacturers soon chased this technology, it required a relatively simple process, create the correct paper (décor pattern) and then have a press plate and the end of the manufacturing process to match that paper décor and then you have the grain embossed. Legal arguments over who came up with that technology all ensued.
The year of branding, distributors with 'own brand' tried to position themselves as North Carolina manufacturers - one of the biggest being a vinyl manufacturer tried to position themselves as market leaders. This also became the year of the home center business, where having your labeled product in one of the three main US home centers was the ultimate goal.
Linoleum Flooring in North Carolina
Solid hardwood floors should neither be installed over a concrete slab nor below ground level because of high moisture sensitivity. Unsightly gaps appear when moisture dries and the floors contract in the winter heating months. The floors expand and gaps disappear during summers. The wood planks may buckle or cup because of excessive moisture. In view of these facts, enough space should be left for expansion and wood should be acclimated. Nail-down installations are most appropriate for these floors. The possibility of re-coating and refinishing increases the life and appearance of solid hardwood floors. Generally solid hardwood floors are made up of ash, maple, red oak and white oak.
Solid wood floorings are divided into three sub categories: strip flooring, plank flooring and parquet flooring. Thickness of strip flooring varies between 5/16 inch and 3/4 inch widths are 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 2 1/4 inch. Though plank flooring is sold in two thicknesses, width can range between 3 inches and 8 inches. Parquet flooring has geometrical patterns that are created with wood slats.
Hand-scraped hardwood floors are hand crafted. Character markings on handscraped hardwood floors (hand sculptured floors) are a unique feature.
Floating Floor in North Carolina
An estimated 1.6 billion square yards of carpet is installed annually. When carpeting your North Carolina home, the of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends considering:
- Location. Choose carpet based on intended use.
- Color. Lighter, neutral colors allow more decorating options but may show more spots. Medium and darker colors camouflage soil but show more lint.
- Fibers. There are five basic types: nylon, olefin, polyester, acrylic and wool. The fiber helps determine how well the carpet holds up to daily wear.
- Budget. Include the costs of proper installation and quality cushion in your final estimate.
Pattern carpet helps create a sophisticated, designer look with its rich texture and high or low cut and looped fibers. One of the trendiest North Carolina carpet styles today, the distinct look offers the visual interest of a patterned look while keeping the subtleness of a uniform color. Most popular styles include geometric patterns, pin dot, and lines.
Commercial Flooring in North Carolina
Don't leave your hardwood floors unprotected at points of entry into the home.
One of the easiest ways to track in anything that could damage your floor is to walk in from outside the home without wiping your feet. Ideally you should remove your shoes, but if you can't do that for some reason, at least make sure you have mats and runners in the entrances to your home. Even a build up of grit can damage the hardwood floor over time, so make sure you keep it to a minimum if you can.
As you can see, these 'don'ts' are really pretty simple to follow. Most of it is common sense and if you make the effort to ensure everyone in your home follows the rules, you can all enjoy a great looking hardwood floor for many, many years to come.
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