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  • Cabinet, counter-top, and paint samples are great things to bring along when meeting with your design consultant.
  • Look online to get familiar with different styles and trends. This will help to make meetings with your design consultant more productive.
  • Plan ahead so you can have uninterrupted time with your design consultant. The more information you have and the more uninterrupted time you have with your design consultant the better. Selection appointments can take a few hours to complete. If possible leave the kids at home or bring someone who can watch them so you`re able to give 100% attention to your interior selections.
  • Take photos of inspiration you've found and items you will be keeping in your new home or room(s). Some examples are toss cushions, art work, area rugs, furniture. Bring the photos when you visit us to help get the best design advice.
  • Think of area rugs as an accessory. They can be changed with the seasons to create different moods.
  • Visit builder showhomes and take notes and photos of things you like. Ask the sales person for more information such as product and paint name/color.
  • Installation

  • Because seams will not be invisible, make sure to review with your sales professional before installation.
  • Budget is always a consideration, but do not skimp on your installation. The brand new shower you installed yourself, or done by a neighbors friend that leaks, is not saving you anything. Our sales and installation staff are committed to premium jobs.
  • Your sub-floors need to be flat for wood, laminate, cork, and large format tile. This also includes walls where tile will be installed. The industry expectation is no more than ¼” in 10’ for variation.
  • Laminate and cork floors are installed “floating”. Be sure to understand the overlap mouldings used will leave a “speed bump” in the floor. They also cannot have heavy granite waterfall tops sitting directly on them. The floor must be able to float and move.
  • Unless you have a commercial kitchen, the new polymer modified grouts make epoxy unnecessary.
  • Waterproofing wet areas is critical. Review your building plans for showers with decks, benches, niches, etc. to be sure it is done correctly. We are more than glad to assist you with your questions.
  • Maintenance

  • Be sure to have felt pads under chair legs to prevent scuffing any floor, especially hardwood and polished shiny tile.
  • Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's warranty and care instructions for all flooring you purchase.
  • Beater bars are not recommended for Berber carpets as they may snag a loop and cause a long run, similar to a snag in a sweater. Visit The Carpet and Rug Institute for recommended vacuums and more care tips.
  • Give your shower and tub walls a quick squeegee or wipe down after each use to help prevent water and soap film buildup. This also helps to keep your glass shower doors cleaner, longer.
  • With any type of shower, leave the shower door open when the shower is not in use. This will promote air movement and drying inside the shower. It will help with preventing the possible growth of mildew and possibly mold.
  • Never rub a spill. Blot only, with a clean cloth. For stain removal tips visit The Carpet and Rug Institute
  • Promptly repair any damaged silicone and touch up grout cracks if they develop.
  • Regular, professional cleaning will help maintain your carpets' good looks and warranty. Be sure to check the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning. Home cleaning machines can leave a sticky detergent residue behind leading to faster re-soiling and matting.
  • Simply trim loose tufts, threads, or berber loops that may appear. Use sharp scissors and trim them carefully to the pile height.
  • Wearing clean shoes or slippers will help prevent the transfer of perspiration and oils from your feet to the carpet.
  • Wipe all spills promptly to prevent floor damage.
  • Product Choice

  • Choose short pile carpet for high traffic areas. Carpet with long soft tufts will tend to pack and mat in those areas.
  • Consider the direction of light across any laminate or cork floor. Light coming across perpendicular can make the plank edges appear cupped or uneven.
  • Consider water and moisture. Is hardwood or laminate really a good idea in an entry or kitchen which may be subject to numerous spills and or standing water from shoes and boots?
  • Discuss the advantages of denser carpet pad with your sales professional.
  • Carpet is a textile product. Like any textile product (e.g. a suit, a dress, a fine piece of upholstered furniture) carpet seams will not be invisible. Choose carpet with larger, looser tufts that will hide seams better than finely textured products.
  • Carefully consider any selection involving a glossy tile. They will show scratches and imperfections on the surface. They can also be very slippery if wet or if you are wearing socks.
  • Marble tiles are beautiful and porous, which makes them high maintenance and subject to staining. They are also soft and subject to damage in homes with active lifestyles.
  • Discuss your lifestyle with one of our selection specialists. Active homes may not suit some types of flooring. Flooring is a large investment in your homes and with careful selections will provide many years of satisfaction. Factors such as pets, kids, apartment condo versus house on an acreage, are all valid considerations.

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