Armstrong Introduces LinoArt Linoleum Collection

manufacture_71Armstrong World Industries recently announced its new LinoArt Linoelum line. This product line has six collections and over 110 beautiful colors. The LinoArt Linoleum line also has the new Granette modular tile and Rhythmics sheet, which all help to create a one-of-a-kind, sustainable space.
The new LinoArt Linoleum Granette Tile is available in three market demand sizes: 24×24, 12×24, and 12×12. This new linoleum tile has long-lasting custom designs, and many neutral colors, bold colors, textures, tonal qualities, and embossing features. All of these features and colors provide a natural organic look and textural feel. You can mix and match many of these tiles to create as many patterns as you can imagine.
Rhythmics, Armstrong newest linoleum sheet, is a contemporary linear design that is available in 12 different soothing colors. Marmorette and Colorette linoleum sheet collections are also updated with the newest color trends and highly desired accent colors.
The entire LinoArt collection provides natural flooring that coordinates easily with existing interiors and finishes for complete design flexibility. The colors and design options make LinoArt idea for applications in healthcare facilities, retail spaces, and schools.

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Shaw Contract Group Opens Atlanta Showroom

shaw contractShaw Contract Group opened a new Atlanta Showroom at 1555 Peachtree Street. The building is located within the design district, and the space occupies 5,500 square feet of premium property. The new showroom is designed to inspire and inform the design professionals that are using the space.
Shaw Contract Group utilized the expertise of the interior design firm Perkins+Will to create the right customer experience for the brand. The showroom serves as a merchandising backdrop for products, a space to host informative presentations, and events for professionals, industry partners, and sales meetings. The building has an open-concept work area, which incorporates technology into the architecture. There are storage walls in the showroom that allow visitors to have a tactile experience with the products. Also, the exterior signage is integrated into the exterior patio that serves as a seating area during events.
The company designed the space based on the experience of awakening the senses. Each feature in the building is sculptural, interconnected, and thought-provoking. The staircase is modeled after a carpet loom and it creates a platform for viewing products. A fiber installation, called Sense of Sight, celebrates the vibrant colors that Shaw Contract Group is known for and it encourages designers to color outside the lines.
Businesses and organizations that impact the Atlanta economy will now have access to this creative space. These companies will have the opportunity to work with architects and designers in Atlanta to continue developing commercial interiors, which will attract employees, students, visitors, and customers.

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mm vs mil: What’s the difference?

The units of measurement used for laminate and vinyl thickness have similar sounding names. This has been a source of much confusion. The millimeter (mm=1/1000 of a meter) is used for measuring the thickness of laminate flooring. Laminate is typically somewhere between 7mm to 12mm thick. 12mm laminate is just short of a 1/2 inch thick.

The confusion arises from the term “mil.” It is used to measure the thickness of sheet vinyl flooring. This term does not mean millimeter. It is 1/1000 of an inch, and outside the USA it is commonly referred to as a “thou.” However, engineers in the US have started using “thou” due to the confusion with millimeter. It’s origin comes from the days of industrial revolution. It is a unit invented to streamline the tedious work of engineers. Instead of using fractions like 1/8’s and 1/16’s, engineers were able to speak in tenths. Today mils are used to measure everything from aluminum foil to your credit card (and vinyl of course). To give you some reference, a dime is about a millimeter thick, and just over 39mils. See the graphic below for a visual. Vinyl usually runs between 50 to 125 mils thick.

Please remember that the thickness of vinyl and laminate flooring does not necessarily correlate with its quality. Density, construction, and thickness are all details to consider when comparing products.

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Ask the Experts: Nafco Vinyl Tile

Nafco Vinyl TileQuestion: I installed NAFCO Custom Quarry 9230 in my home 11 years ago. I would now like to continue it in an adjacent room but all I can find now is 9230-F. What does the “F” mean following it and do you think it would be a close enough match?

Palestine, TX

Answer: Just to make sure about your question I called the Nafco distributor to confirm what I thought and that is the 9230-F has always been the sku # on this product for last 15 yrs or so. There will probably be a little difference in the new tile compared to the old but they should match pretty close.

Thank you for your question. That was a good thing to consider before buying the same product from years past.

Mike Jones
General Manager

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TV Commercials

but-wait-theres-moreHeeeeerrrrre’ssssss Mike! – Besides a 35 year career in all phases of the floor covering industry, Mike is also an accomplished writer, producer, and actor. The TV commercials on the following page were filmed by Charter Communications, and aired over the last 6 years. A few of the commercials were controversial, most were humerous, but all were intended to promote the excellent prices, products, and service at Carpet Express. In no way did Mike or Carpet Express intend to offend anyone in producing these 30 second ads. I hope you will enjoy the show.

Carpet Express’ TV commercials >>

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What’s the difference between vinyl flooring and linoleum?

What exactly is the difference between vinyl, resilient flooring, and linoleum?

There are HUGE differences.

Vinyl Flooring is a synthetic product made of chlorinated petrochemicals and linoleum is made from raw and natural ingredients!

All vinyl floors are resilient, but not all resilient floors are vinyl. However, the most common type of resilient flooring is vinyl. There are two types of vinyl flooring: sheet vinyl and vinyl composition tiles (VCT).

Resilient flooring refers to flooring materials which have a relatively firm surface, yet charactersitaclly have give and bounce back to their original surface profile from the weight of objects that compress its surface. It has long been the most popular hard surface flooring in the United States.

Resilient flooring materials are made in various shapes and sizes including both tile and roll form. Common types of resilient flooring include:

Vinyl Composition Tile

Vinyl Tile and Sheet Flooring

Linoleum Tile and Sheet Flooring

Rubber Tile and Sheet Flooring

Cork Tile and Sheet Flooring

Because of its durability, comfort under foot, aesthetic appeal, long lasting beauty, and cost effectiveness, resilient flooring is used in a wide range of commercial and residential applications. The ease of cleaning and removing spills as well as the overall moisture resistance are important reasons why so many homeowners and commercial building owners select resilient flooring.

In residences, resilient flooring is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, family rooms and increasingly in other areas of a house or apartment where rugs are used in conjunction with resilient flooring. In residences occupied by hypersensitive persons, resilient flooring is commonly used because these floors can be easily cleaned and do not tend to trap dust, which when combined with moisture, can produce microbial contamination. Commercial resilient flooring has long been the most popular flooring used in schools, health care facilities, and mercantile settings. In schools, resilient flooring offers a cost-effective floor, which is easily and economically maintained and can last for many years before needing replacement. In health care facilities, resilient flooring is commonly used because it is impervious to water, resists stains, and can easily be disinfected, thus providing significant sanitary advantages over other types of flooring surfaces. Because of its durability and the availability of a wide range of colors and designs, resilient flooring has long been a favorite of stores and shops in creating design statements. Because of its performance attributes and wide variety of colors and designs, resilient floors are frequently used in laboratories, classrooms, computer rooms, lavatories, super markets, drug stores, lobbies, storage areas, spas, dormitories, libraries and restaurants.

Linoleum‘s roots are Latin. In Latin, “linum” is the word for linseed and “oleum” means oil. (Linseed oil is the main ingredient). It is an extremely durable floor covering. It comes in different grades of quality. The best, most durable type is called “inlaid.” It is made by joining and inlaying solid pieces of linoleum. Less expensive grades are made by printing on thinner layers that do not wear as well as the solid product. It is often used in high traffic areas where other products like tile would crack and not be as forgiving.

Linoleum is also used in commercial applications such as healthcare facilities, schools, and hospitals because of its durability and non-allergenic properties. Because of the flexibility of the product, unique patterns and designs can be created.

A unique difference between linoleum and vinyl is that the color is throughout the product rather than topical.

Difference between Vinyl and Linoleum:

Most vinyl patterns are printed into the surface, linoleum’s colors go all the way through.

Linoleum can be used on counter tops and back splashes where vinyl cannot.

Vinyl was introduced in the 1800s and vinyl flooring came around in 1947.

Linoleum requires an acrylic coating upon installation and then again annually where vinyl flooring does not.

Linoleum has more durable properties similar to those of ceramic and hardwood, but not the cost of those products. The cost is more similar to vinyl flooring.

The manufacturing of vinyl flooring uses highly sophisticated techniques, complex methods, and precise systems, linoleum uses a more simple natural process.

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