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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What's New at Enhance Floors?

It may have been a while since you have been in to see us. If so, there's a LOT that's new!  We are constantly bringing in new flooring and lifestyle solutions.  Here are some that we are particularly excited about:
 
U S Floors has introduced new Cork floor styles. Cork is the most environmentally friendly flooring. It is harvested by hand every 9 years, and harvesting does not harm the tree. It naturally resists mold and mildew, pests like termites, and handles moisture well.   Sound and shock absorbent, it is a wonderful choice for rooms with high ceilings and kitchens with master-chef-wannabe.  And the colors---you have to see them---cork floors no longer look like a bulletin board!
 
U S Floors Bamboo is another eco-friendly choice, highly sustainable and rapidly renewable, as it is harvested from managed forests, and is very fast growing. Strand woven bamboo is 2 times harder than oak, and comes in a variety of colors, textures, and widths.  If you like wood floors, but want something a little different from what everybody else has, consider bamboo.

From Interceramic come new high density ceramic styles Amalfi Stone, Burano, and San Giulio. These beautiful new tiles are produced using Lumen FX ink, which individualizes each tile, adding depth and highlights. The result is more variation and an extremely realistic stone look, without the sealing and maintenance.

Also from Interceramic, we have River Rocks, a beautifully natural addition to your bathroom or kitchen backsplash. It comes three ways: Sliced, mosaic, or in a listello. All three are polished for a smooth and comfortable feel underfoot. These are great on a shower floor, but can also be used on the walls to create a "Zen" feel in other rooms in your home.
 
American Sanctuary is a beautiful new American made engineered wood floor option from Mohawk, with several grey tones available, the new "in" color. It features gentle scraping on its 5 inch planks, and is treated with both ArmorMax and Scotchgard.   The Burnished Caramel and Antique Beige colors are proving to be extremely popular.
 
SIDEBAR:  What is ArmorMax?  An exclusive hardwood and laminate finish from Mohawk that is 5 times more resistant to wear than competitive finishes.  ArmorMax repels stains, resists wear, and makes cleaning your wood or laminate floor easy.
 
We also have Tellaro, Mohawk's new American made solid wood floor, in Oak, Maple, and Hickory. With beautiful 3 ¼" and 5" planks with lots of variation for character, it also is treated with ArmorMax for superior wear resistance.
 
If you are looking for a laminate, Mohawk has a beautiful style named Huchenson that has been very popular. It offers a variety of colors and looks, all with a very realistic woodgrain appearance. The planks are all 5 ¼ inches, some with warm distressed character.  Butter Cream Hickory, Crisp Autumn Oak, Honey Blonde Maple----one is sure to be perfect for your home!
 
QuickStep also has a new laminate look. It is Elevae, featuring an aged look in either pine or oak. At 12mm, it is both beautiful and durable.  Our favorites are Tranquil Oak, Antique Pine, and Mineral Oak. 
 
Somerset's newest introduction is the Seaside Collection. With sea-inspired names such as Driftwood, Sailor's Sky, and Ocean Mist, it features distinctive beachside looks. It is American made, and comes in random widths. If your soul belongs to the beach, this is the floor for you!
 
DESIGN TIP:  What are random width hardwoods?Flooring with the boards intentionally not all the same width. At least 2 different widths are used in the installation.  Historically, floors were laid with random width boards so as not to waste any of the wood from the log. Wide plank random width hardwood floors are perfect for today's open floor plans. The aesthetic is visually interesting but not too busy, making these wood floors a great foundation for your decorating
 
If your soul belongs to a big wet dog, then you need Vivero by Armstrong in your life. This new luxury vinyl plank is waterproof and features realistic wood and stone looks. It's Diamond 10 technology means it has an exceptionally durable surface, and is a breeze to clean.
 
Dreamweaver Carpets has introduced Solution Dyed Nylons to their line-up. The stain resistance is manufactured into the carpet fiber, so it will not wear off or wash out. These are lovely, soft nylon carpets in a variety of colors and styles.
 
Speaking of soft, Karastan Infinite Touch offers 32 timely shades for today's homes, and is so soft and touchable. It is made from Karastan's Kashmere fiber, and offers a Lifetime Pet Stain warranty, perfect for real life.
 

Also in Karastan Kashmere, we have a new soft lattice patterned carpet--Classic Couture. It is available in 20 colors, and has 25 year warranties for both abrasive wear and texture retention. Because of its great looks and durability, it is a perfect choice for the stairs.
 
Mohawk has three new introductions in carpet. The first is a PET product impregnated with a natural odor absorbent volcanic mineral called Zeolite. Forever Fresh is available in 12 styles and over 80 colors.  It is a great choice for homes with animals or kids.
 
The second introduction by Mohawk is SmartStrand Silk Natural Surroundings carpet. It offers 40 foundational colors inspired by nature. It is soft and plush, but its lower luster minimizes footprints.  Choose from traditional solid cut piles, LCLs, flecks and tonals, and even a Berber style.
 
In Case You Are Wondering:  An LCL stands for "loop cut loop" (also called a cut and loop) and is a carpet with both looped fibers and cut fibers, constructed in a pattern or design. 
 
Mohawk's newest product is Vintage Visions, a low pile cut carpet featuring sophisticated patterns. Made of 100% BCF Nylon, and treated with Scotchgard. Beautiful as a carpet, or perfect for a rug, because we all like a pretty rug to complement our wood floors!
 

So, as you can tell, we have been busy. Come in and let us show you some of these beautiful new styles in person! 

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