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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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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EF Contract Carpet and LVT

EF Contract offers carpet and hard-surface flooring options that you want and need. The company joined Engineered Floors in 2018. EF Contract provides quality commercial broadloom carpet, modular carpet tile, and luxury vinyl tile. The company believes in prioritizing conservation and consumption reduction before recycling. EF Contract focuses on finding alternatives for valuable resources to help the environment. 

Check out the great commercial flooring options from EF Contract!

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5 Flooring Trends We Love!

#1 –Smart Squares from Engineered Floors

Smart Squares is the new residential carpet tile from Engineered Floors. We love this product because it is a peel n’ stick carpet tile! Engineered Floors took the company’s most popular broadloom carpets and made them into easy to install carpet tiles! These carpet tiles are comfortable underfoot because they have a Kanga Hide cushion backing attached to each carpet square.

#2 –SPC Luxury Vinyl Tile

Carpet Express is America’s source for Water-Proof wood look floors. These products are DIY-friendly and are tough enough for any room in your home. Shop the latest styles and colors, and create a beautiful interior that will also withstand water, stains, and wear and tear like a champ!

Our Pecan Sheel SPC offers a stunning reclaimed look with realistic plank to plank color variation.

#3 –Sheet Vinyl Flooring – Bringing Back The Classics

Sheet Vinyl Room
Did you know Carpet Express is one America’s Top distributors of promotional Vinyl?

We hear a lot about water-proof wood look flooring. From COREtec to our Waterproof Plank Collections, no one can deny the strides Luxury Vinyl Flooring has made in the past decade. BUT. Don’t. Forget. About. Sheet Vinyl Flooring. Sheet Vinyl is the OG water proof flooring, and manufacturers have improved this classic flooring product with stylish Hi-def visuals and textures. Sheet Vinyl is a tried and true product, and is still one of the most affordable way to level-up your home.

#4 –Shaw Floorte

Shaw Floorte flooring uses high-def patterns to recreate an authentic hardwood or tile look. Its locking system is precision-engineered for an easy and durable installation. Floorte luxury vinyl tile and planks combine the best features of vinyl and laminate. Its solid core creates dimensional stability and helps hide imperfections in the sub-floors like a laminate, but its vinyl based construction makes it completely waterproof!

Shaw Floorte Room Scene

#5. STAINMASTER Carpet

As one of the best known brand names in the world, STAINMASTER has a lot to live up to, and these products do not disappoint. There is a reason this fiber is the standard in premium residential carpet. This high performance nylon has also become one of the softest and most color-rich fibers on the market. STAINMASTER has also created the following brands to tailor to each home’s unique needs.

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Stainmaster Active Family is durable enough to withstand your family’s active lifestyle. The carpets with this fiber resist food and beverage stains.
stainmaster-trusoft
Stainmaster TruSoft carpet is made with specially engineered fibers that give the carpet a luxuriously soft feel without sacrificing durability.
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Stainmaster Pet Protect resists pet stains, reduces pet odors, and releases pet hair from the carpet!
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Smart Squares from Engineered Floors

Engineered Floors just released the company’s new residential carpet tile brand called Smart Squares. Engineered Floors took the company’s most popular broadloom products and transformed them into 18 inches by 18 inches carpet tiles. The company uses a unique Peel n’ Stick installation system, which means the product can be installed on most sub-floors.

Every Smart Squares carpet tile uses Engineered Floors’ PureColor fiber system. PureColor carpet fiber is solution-dyed so the color will not fade, wear off, or stain. In addition, you do not need any additional pad under the tiles because each tile has an attached cushion backing. The attached polyurethane premium cushion will not crush or flatten out over time. The attached backing is called Kanga Hide.

The residential carpet tiles from Smart Squares are perfect for DIY installation because the pre-applied pressure sensitive adhesive makes for a no mess, no fuss flooring. Also, if you ever need to replace a tile, just prep the floor, peel, place, and press the tile into place.

In A Snap, Walk In the Park, Easy Street, and Piece of Cake are the residential carpets tile that we carry from the Smart Squares brand. Be sure to check them out!

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Foss Floors Carpet and Carpet Tile

Foss Floors creates non-woven needle punch floor covering and specialty flooring products. The company has an unwavering commitment to environmentally sustainable, American-made manufacturing. The computerized production facilities in Rome and Chatsworth, Georgia use 100% recycled PET polyester. The polyester comes from post-consumer plastic drinking bottles. Carpets from Foss Floors resist deterioration caused by mold, mildew, and odor. The products are durable, will not unravel, built for stretch-in installation, and you can cut them to fit any area.

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New Showroom Feat. Engineered Floors

Carpet Express recently renovated the showroom at 915 Market Street. The products used for the flooring are from Pentz Commercial and Engineered Floors Hard Surfaces. The luxury vinyl tile and carpet tile compliment each other well, and they really add a sophisticated look to the space.

Featured Products

The luxury vinyl tile from Engineered Floors Hard Surfaces is Bella Sera from the company’s Triumph collection. This product is water-proof and pet friendly. Installation is easy because it is a click lock product, and it has a ceramic bed finish. You can learn more about the Triumph collection by reading our blog “Triumph Luxury Vinyl Tile – Engineered Floors.”

The carpet tile from our Showcase Pentz Collection is High Velocity Modular in the color Magazine. This product is 24 inches by 24 inches wide and features the fiber Encore solution dyed Ultima Nylon. This carpet tile is made in America, and it is stain-proof and Green Label Plus certified.

 

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Stylish Designs from Pentz Commercial Carpet

Stylish Solids and Patterns from Pentz Commercial Carpet

Pentz Commercial carpets and carpet tile are made in the United States. You can get beautiful solids and patterns in broadloom carpet or carpet tile. The Pentz Commercial carpet options consist of Encore SD Ultima nylon fiber or APEX SDP polyester fiber. These carpets are great for commercial spaces because they retain their appearance for a long time, resist stains, and they are easy to clean.

Check out our collection of Pentz Commercial Carpet.

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GSA (U.S. General Services Administration)

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) serves as the purchasing arm for the U.S. government. Broadloom carpet and carpet tile purchased by the government must meet the Gold Level certification requirements of the NSF/ANSI 140 standard as part of the GSA’s overall Sustainable Acquisition Goals. GSA requires that all flooring options purchased through the agency must meet sustainability requirements.

Approved Types of Flooring

The GSA approves other types of flooring as well such as carpet padding, luxury vinyl tile, and sheet vinyl. The flooring options available are under the Schedule 72 – Furnishings and Floor Coverings on the U.S. General Services Administration website. We sell many GSA approved products from companies such as Shaw, Mohawk, Interface, Mannington, and other manufacturers.

 

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Interface Carpet

Stylish Designs of Carpet and LVT

Interface may manufacture carpet, but they sell design. As one of the most trusted names in commercial carpet tile, Interface has led the industry in design, sustainability, and high performance carpet tile. Carpet Express is excited to offer Interface Carpets to our customers. Call 800-922-5582 today!

Interface Carpet

Interface specializes in less is more. The company uses fewer resources and constantly strives to use more sustainable flooring solutions. The company introduced TacTiles, which are a glue-free installation system. TacTiles adheres carpet tiles to one another to create a “floating” floor, which provides better flexibility. The company also created Cool Carpet, which is their climate-neutral carpet tile program. This program zeros out all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the entire life cycle of the carpet tile. Interface also has Intersept, which is a powerful preservative that is safe and effective at protecting carpet tile from mold growth and odors. In addition, the company uses ART, their proprietary Appearance Retention Test that effectively stimulates years of soiling, wear, and routine maintenance to test the durability of their carpet tiles.

Interface focuses on a business model that is renewable, cyclical, and benign. The company focuses on new technologies and systems that reduce or eliminate waste and harmful emissions. They also increase the use of renewable materials and energy sources. The company’s Mission Zero promise is to eliminate any negative impact the company has on the environment by 2020.

Check out our collection of Interface Carpet Tile.

Check out our collection of Interface Luxury Vinyl Tile.

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