Kinetex: Taking Flooring to the Next Level.

In 2018, EF Contract unveiled a new commercial line of products to the flooring industry in the form of Kinetex. Defined on their website as “an advanced textile composite”, Kinetex infuses the durability of hard surfaces (think luxury vinyl tile,ceramic or hardwood) into what we traditionally consider as carpet.

These products are great for clinical environments such as hospitals or other medical facilities because of Kinetex’s unique construction. The nylon fibers that comprise the wear layer of Kinetex help minimize airborne particles that contain allergens such as dust and other irritants from getting back into the air that we breathe. This is a common problem for hard surfaces such as vinyl or tile because the allergens and dirt are sitting on the surface of the floor, and can be redistributed back into the air by cleaning . With Kinetex, the allergens and dust cling to carpet keeping the disturbance in the air near to the ground.

While Kinetex is an ideal product for healthcare, it also has many benefits for other commercial spaces. Since it is constructed similarly to a carpet, it improves the acoustics of a space by reducing ambient noise by absorption, allowing for ” greater voice recognition, fewer mistakes, less vocal strain, enhanced learning and improved occupant perception”. Essentially, you hear the things you need to hear with fewer distractions or mistakes.

However, the benefits don’t stop here. One of the main detractors of carpet has always been its durability and its ease in care. EF Contract has managed to make Kinetex into a product that acts like hard surface flooring in these regards. These products can stand up to heavy foot traffic and rigorous cleaning!

Dart Collection in “Sprint”
Chinook Collection in “Desert Wind”
Sirocco Collection also in “Desert Wind”

Interested in learning more about these products? Contact Carpet Express today to discuss with a sales team member if Kinetex would be a good solution for your space. 

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EF-EYE Visualizer from Engineered Floors

EF-EYE Visuazlier Technology from Engineered Floors and Roomvo

Recently Engineered Floors and Roomvo partnered together to provide a new visualizer technology. Roomvo’s augmented reality technology was utilized in the partnership to allow thousands of Engineered Floors dealers to add the EF-EYE Visuazlier to their websites at no cost to the dealer.

The EF-EYE Visualizer can be found on Engineered Floors’ brand websites – Pentz, Dream Weaver, and Engineered Floors Hard Surfaces. This new visualizer technology allows consumers to see how the floor will look in their own room/space before installation.

You can upload the picture from your computer to the visualizer. You can also take a picture on your phone and see the product in your room/space that way. When you are on the Engineered Floors’ brand websites, all you have to do is find a product you like, and then click where it says “See This In My Room.”

You will be taken to a new page, where you can upload your own picture or pick from the options the website provides. For example, this is how it will look on Pentz’s website:

Pentz Commercial Carpet EF-EYE Visualizer

Shopping for new flooring from Engineered Floors has just become easier and more fun with the new EF-EYE Visualizer!

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Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard Technology

“Success In Our Science” – Mannington

Mannington Commercial  has many great products to choose from, especially their luxury vinyl tile and sheet vinyl flooring featuring Quantum Guard. Quantum Guard is a performance technology from Mannington that provides durability in demanding commercial environments. The Quantum Guard performance technology keeps the product looking better longer, and this technology has a lighter environmental impact and a lower total cost. The Quantum Guard technology has two categories: Quantum Guard Elite and Quantum Guard HP.

Mannington Quantum Guard Room Scene
Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard room scene

Quantum Guard Elite

This patent-pending technology provides protection against scratches and stains, reduced maintenance costs, and easy to clean. Quantum Guard Elite for luxury vinyl tile products provides dimensional stability, impact resistance, stain resistance, easy no-polish maintenance, and scratch resistance. This performance technology also has a urethane with aluminum oxide surface wear layer, which provides a limited wear warranty for the products. The commercial luxury vinyl tile products with this technology also cut cleanly, which makes for a better quality of installation.

Quantum Guard Elite lvt layers

Quantum Guard Elite for sheet vinyl flooring from Mannington is engineered for ease of cleaning and maintenance. The sheet vinyl floors are abrasive resistance, stain resistance, and slip resistance. The advanced urethane chemistry and an optimized texture make sheet vinyl flooring with Quantum Guard Elite easy to clean.

Here are some videos showcasing the durability and cleanability of Quantum Guard Elite products:

Impact Test:

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Scratch Test:

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Cleaning Test:

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Quantum Guard HP

Quantum Guard HP is a commercial urethane finish performance technology with ten years of proven performance in the field. This finish does not require any polish, which makes maintenance easier and more affordable. Quantum Guard HP enhances durability, appearance, and slip resistance. Also, Quantum Guard HP has a urethane with aluminum oxide surface wear layer, which includes a limited wear warranty for the products with this technology. This technology is a level 9 on the MOHS Hardness Scale, which is just right under natural diamond, a level 10 on the MOHS Hardness Scale.

Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard room scene
Mannington Commercial Quantum Guard LVT Room Scene
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Armstrong’s Diamond 10® Technology: A Cut Above the Rest.

Armstrong Flooring first introduced the world to its Diamond 10® Technology in 2015 on its Vivero line of luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Since then they’ve rolled out the innovative coating to most of their products including their vinyl sheet, making them standouts in a highly competitive flooring market saturated with products boasting similar qualifications. So, what exactly is so special about Diamond 10® Technology?

As Hard as Diamonds

The main concern for many consumers when choosing a flooring is how it will stand up to every day wear and tear as well as unavoidable accidents that can and will happen in places of high foot traffic. Armstrong Flooring developed this proprietary technology with durability in mind. Cultured diamonds are one of the key components of the coating, the mineral is known as being one of the hardest materials in the world on the Mohs’ scale – the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond!

Armstrong believes you don’t have to sacrifice beautiful style and function in order to have a product that offers exceptional performance (100% waterproof, stain, scratch, and scuff resistant).

Flooring with Diamond 10® Technology just makes practical sense. Whatever your needs, Armstrong’s floors stand up to the demands of everyday living, sustaining integrity for far longer than most of it’s competitors.

Take a look at some of Armstrong’s finest products offered by Carpet Express:

Walnut Cove

Armstrong’s Vivero Better line of luxury vinyl tile offers a flooring that mimics the timeless style of wood.

Mesa Stone

From Armstrong’s Alterna line of Engineered Tile. Made with 70 percent limestone, this product mimics the natural aesthetic and feel of stone.

Ancient Fury

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From Armstrong’s Duality Premium line of vinyl sheet comes Ancient Fury in the color style Tempered Youth.

Piqued your interest? Head over to the Carpet Express website for unparalleled deals on Armstrong products including those with its patent – pending Diamond 10® Technology!

Want to read more about Armstrong and it’s products? Check out another blog article from us at Carpet Express: “Armstrong Commercial Vinyl and VCT “.

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New Stainmaster Carpet from The Showcase Collection

Recently Carpet Express’ Showcase Collection released seven new carpets featuring the Stainmaster nylon fiber. Some of the carpets have the Stainmaster Active Family fiber and some have the Stainmaster Pet Protect fiber.

Stainmaster Active Family is a durable fiber that is made of high-quality materials and made to perform well. Also, Stainmaster Active Family carpets are nylon carpets. The carpets with this fiber are available in a large selection of styles and colors. In addition, Stainmaster Active Family is durable enough to withstand your family’s active lifestyle. The carpets with this fiber resist food and beverage stains.

Stainmaster Pet Protect resists pet stains, reduces pet odors, and releases pet hair from the carpet!
To get the full benefits of Stainmaster Pet Protect carpet, you must purchase the Stainmaster carpet pad.

Here are the seven new carpets from the Showcase Collection:

Diva

Diva Stainmaster Carpet

English Trellis

English Trellis Stainmaster Carpet

Park Place I

Park Place I Stainmaster Carpet

Park Place II

Park Place II Stainmaster Carpet

Rose Garden

Rose Garden Stainmaster Carpet

Suave I

Suave I Stainmaster Carpet

Suave II

Suave II Stainmaster Carpet
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ColorMax Technology – Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet

ColorMax technology offers a new way to dye carpet fibers to ensure color uniformity throughout the entire floor. The SmartStrand carpet styles with ColorMax technology feature a tri-color yarn twist. This tri-color yarn twist created a well balanced and blended color. ColorMax from Mohawk Carpet creates a richer color saturation in every fiber by combining multiple yarns and dyeing methods. This technology adds an addition level of color and style to SmartStrand carpets. In addition, the ColorMax technology won the 2019 TISE Best of Innovation Award.

ColorMax Technology from Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet

There are many gorgeous SmartStrand carpets to choose from with the innovative ColorMax technology. You can live stress free with the kid-friendly and pet-friendly SmartStrand carpets.

ColorMax Technology from SmartStrand Mohawk Carpet
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2018 Mohawk Sustainability Report

Mohawk Carpet room scene

Recently Mohawk Industries released the company’s 2018 Sustainability Report. The company’s commitment to sustainability continues to shape business decisions that positively affect the company, customers, employees, and communities. Mohawk Industries continues to focus on reducing its environmental footprint. In 2018, the company recycled 6.6 billion plastic bottles into yarn fiber, 136 million pounds of foam trim and yarn waste into carpet cushion, and close to 42 million pounds of rubber tires into welcome mats.

You can check out Mohawk’s 2018 Sustainability Report at MohawkSustainability.com.

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Floorigami DIY Carpet Tiles

Floorigami DIY carpet from Shaw is pet-friendly, family friendly, and great for life in general. Floorigami is residential peel-and-stick carpet tiles/carpet squares. The carpet tiles/carpet squares are available in sizes 9″x36″ or 24″x24″. You can create gorgeous wall to wall carpet or even a custom rug with these carpet tiles. No installation experience required for Floorigami carpets, which are made in the United States.

Here are the products in the Floorigami collection:

Also, you can create gorgeous wall-to-wall carpet with these carpet tiles/carpet squares. If you’re wanting to be creative, then this DIY carpet is perfect for creativity. You can make your own custom area rug with these tiles. They can be installed in different ways, such as monolithic, basketweave, stagger, or herringbone. You can mix colors as well.

Here is a video of the different ways to install Floorigami carpet tiles/carpet squares:

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Mohawk SolidTech is Great for Spring!

Spring is a beautiful time of the year. Flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, and don’t forget all the rain. Mohawk’s SolidTech LVT is a perfect flooring option for homes year-round, but it is especially great for spring!

SolidTech luxury vinyl tile is great for families with kids and pets. The rigid core provides dent resistance, and it is 100% waterproof. Also, SolidTech luxury vinyl tile is easy to clean, which is great when mud and water is brought in the house on rainy days. Mohawk considers these luxury vinyl tile products as a new class of hard surface floors.

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