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Archive for June, 2009

4th of July Hours

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

6/22/09 – Both Champion Floors locations and our warehouse will be closed Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Champion Floors will also be participating in the 34th Annual Schertz Jubilee and Parade. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 6th. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Click Here For More Information On The 34th Annual Schertz Jubilee.

Types of Carpet

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Here are few of the main styles of carpet that are available to you.

Textured plush- plush

  • Most decoratively versatile cut-pile carpet
  • Textured surface helps hide footprints and vacuum marks
  • Adds casual beauty to any room
  • Looks great between vacuuming
  • Preferred style for busy household
  • A great “whole-house” carpet

Saxony-saxony

  • Refined cut-pile surface
  • Luxuriously smooth, soft finish
  • Beautiful with traditional interiors
  • Adds distinctive elegance to any room
  • Ideal for living and dining rooms
  • Shows subtle highlights and accents

Berber Loop Pile- berberloop-pile

  • A wool-like look and rugged loop surface
  • Natural, hand-crafted appearance creates a warm, personal atmosphere
  • Tight loop texture helps hide footprints and vacuum marks
  • Subtle patterns fit a variety of room styles
  • Ideal choice for contemporary to country to cottage furnishings

Berber Cut Pile-berbercut-pilen

  • A new berber look with all the wonderful color and interest of traditional loop berbers
  • The great plush “feel” of thick, cut pile carpet
  • Beautifully crafted and colored yarns add personality to any room
  • Very versatile decoratively, ideal for casual rooms, kids’ rooms, etc.
  • Subtle color flecks help hide soil that might appear between cleanings

Wear Rating

Friday, June 19th, 2009

To help select suitable tiles for specific applications tiles are rated the P.E.I. (Porcelain Enamel Institute) scale. The tiles are evaluated for wear resistance on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).

  • PEI 1: Light Traffic – recommended for residential bathrooms or other areas with light traffic and where shoes are not frequently used.
  • PEI 2: Medium Traffic – recommended for residential interiors, except entryways, kitchens, stairs or any area where tiles may come into contact with gravel or sand.
  • PEI 3: Medium-heavy Traffic – recommended for all residential interiors and light commercial applications. Not recommended for commercial entryway.
  • PEI 4: Heavy Traffic – suitable for all residential interiors and most commercial applications, including shopping malls and public areas.
  • PEI 5: Heavy-plus Traffic – all residential and commercial areas where heavy-duty wearability is needed.

Scratch Hardness

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Most tiles are rated for hardness or scratch resistance using the MOHS Test and rating system. The MOHS test rates tile from 1 (softest) to 10 (hardest). Ceramic tile with a value of 5 or more is suitable for most residential floor tile applications. Tile with a value of 7 or higher is normally acceptable for most commercial applications or heavy traffic areas.

Different Tiles

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Here is an explanation of a few different types of tiles that will hopefully help you choose which is right for you.

Wall Tile-  Now this may sound very common sense that  wall tile is for  well, the walls, however there are people who don’t see the difference between a regular ceramic tile and a wall tile and try to use it on their floor. The problem with this is that wall tile is less durable. It is also glazed with a semi-gloss or matte surface which has very low slip resistance so it becomes very slippery when wet

Ceramic Tile- Ceramic Tile is comprised of two basic elements, clay and water. Various clays are mined, ground and blended to a fine powder, and pressed together to form the body of the tile. The pressed clay body is then dried to reduce the moisture content. Next, the surface of the tile is coated with a colored glaze (similar to glass). The glaze is then permanently fused to the surface of the tile by firing it in kilns at approximately 2000° Fahrenheit, to form the finished product.

Porcelain Tile- Contrary to what many people believe, porcelain is an extremely durable tile, more so than ceramic. It is made from a blend of fine-grain clays and other minerals to produce a very dense body, which makes it highly resistant to moisture, staining and wear. Because of these features, porcelain tile will withstand years of heavy foot traffic in both interior and exterior applications while maintaining its color and beauty.

Continuity

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Using the same type of flooring throughout several different rooms adds a sense of continuity to a home.  For example if you choose to do one bedroom in laminate it is a good idea to go ahead and try and do the rest of the bedrooms in laminate. Or if you choose to replace old vinyl with ceramic in a bathroom it’s a good idea to do this with all the bathrooms.  By doing this your house will feel more put together and organized.