Posts Tagged ‘flooring options’

Decorate your Floor with Tile Rugs

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So you have an upcoming tile floor project, but you want to add a little more pizazz. Have you ever considered putting in a tile rug? Well, not exactly a rug, it simply appears as one due to its outside border and inside design. These tile rugs can be customized to fit whatever room you desire and since the rug is installed first, the rest of the floor works around it. What a wonderful way to personalize the floors in your home!

Make a bold statement with a tile rug that has contrasting colors like black and white.

 

Tile rugs can also help to differentiate one part of the room from the next like in this entry area. The diagonal tile rug makes the space more visually appealing and has a special added touch with the center medallion.

 

Why not create a tile runner to define the path through your master bath or hallway?

Need more awesome floor tile ideas? Ambassador Floor Company is here to help! Just give us a call at 636-728-1600.

 

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Pet Friendly Flooring Options

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For the animal lovers of the world, a little extra effort, and maybe even some wear and tear on the house, is a small price to pay for the unconditional love and loyalty pets bring to our lives. With that said, you still want your home to look nice, no matter how much you love Fido.

Dogs and cats can wreak havoc on both hard and soft flooring options, from the dirt and stains they may leave behind on carpet to the almost inevitable scratches their claws leave on wood floors. Fortunately, there are many new options in durable, attractive flooring, so you can get the look you want for your St. Louis home and enjoy the company of furry family members.

Take a look at this list of pet-friendly flooring options from the Do It Yourself website, and contact Ambassador Floor Company to help beautify and pet-proof the floors in your home!

  • Carpet– Choose non-loop polypropylene and polyester fibers. This kind of carpeting is easier to clean, as long as you take care of it promptly. Looped carpet fibers can get caught on a pet’s claws, pulling out the yarn and causing permanent damage.
  • Laminate– This kind of engineered wood flooring is extremely tough and durable if you invest in a high-quality option. However, Scratches cannot be sanded out like regular wood floors, so if the floor is damaged, it will have to be replaced.
  • Hardwood– The upside of this flooring material is that it can be refinished, and you can even have a particular spot done without having the whole house re-finished. If you do opt for hardwood, make sure the floor is finished with 3 coats of oil-based urethane finish in a satin sheen, for maximum protection.
  • Bamboo– A fabulous choice for pet-owners, bamboo is eco-friendly, extremely durable, naturally stain-resistant, and affordable.
  • Luxury vinyl– This type of product is moisture-resistant, making for easy mess cleanup, easy to care for, hard to scratch, and has the added bonus of quieting the click-clack of your pet’s nails.

photo by Colin Davis

Best Flooring For A Lake Side Home

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Pools season is finally here and if you have a backyard pool, then you might be wondering if the flooring in your kitchen, den or even patio is strong enough to withstand the high traffic and moisture from the pool.   You should consider choosing flooring that is waterproof and durable.  Floor Now Blog recently posted Water Proof Flooring For Summer Fun, all about the best flooring for homes that attract wetness because they are near a pool, lake or beach.

Perhaps the simplest type of waterproof flooring is a piece of linoleum.  Today’s linoleum is not your grandparents’ linoleum.  This new green and renewable resourced product comes in many colors and patterns and there is a design for practically anyone.  It’s easy to wipe down after barbecue sauce spills and lemonade and other unknown stains, as well.  Even if you just do that, often you can get a bargain priced piece because it’s a leftover.  The best place to look for designs in linoleum is online, and there you can compare all of the types, advantages, prices and designs.  In a brick and mortar store there is often limited selection, and the designs they do have may not please you.

Another super waterproof (and extremely long-lasting) type of flooring material is tile flooring.  There are the basic peel and stick ones, plus hundreds of other kinds.  Porcelain tiles are precise and easy to clean.  Natural stone tiles are also attractive looking, but a little more difficult to put down as flooring because there are slight size differences and you cannot lay them in a normal checkerboard pattern in case some are off-measurement.  Stagger those like a brick wall, choose the right grout and sealant and you’ll have a super looking floor fairly quickly. You may even purchase porcelain tiles that look exactly like natural stone ones, but are perfect in their measurements because they are made in factories.

The final class of flooring that may be considered waterproof or water-resistant is ceramic tiles.  A few ceramic tiles such as Saltillos are iffy in that area, but well and properly sealed they could work.  The “ordinary” type and easily available ceramic tiles, which come in thousands of styles and colors, work extremely well.  If you have a small room, get large tiles and put them down diagonally.  This increases the visual space.  Make sure they are also properly sealed and grouted and you’ll have a super long lasting floor surface that will serve you and your family for a long time.

Contact a professional from Ambassador Floor to assist you when choosing the best flooring to fit your style and function of your home.MoHawk tile floor

Photo: (Top)Bruce, (Bottom) Mohawk

White Wash Walnut Laminate Floor

Armstrong Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring is the prefect alternative to hardwood floors.  Armstrong Laminate Floors look like traditional wood flooring, but are more durable, affordable and easy to install – that’s the real beauty of Armstrong laminate floors.

White Wash Walnut Laminate Floor

Armstrong- White Wash Walnut Laminate

Ambassador Floor is proud to carry Armstrong Flooring products.

Purchasing Flooring For Your Kitchen

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If you’re are in the market for the new flooring, you know that is can be overwhelming, you have so many choices, about textures, colors, styles and durability. So how do you know whether to select tile, hardwood, or vinyl flooring?  The kitchen is possibly the most used room in your house, and most of the work is done while standing.  So to narrow down your chooses and select the best flooring for you, follow a couple rules that were provides by Ann Busby, vice president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.    

Think about the comfort of the floor; look for something that is easy on your legs.  When you’re shopping around, take your shoes off and see how your feet, legs and back feel (keep socks and stockings on).  Then put your shoes back on and go for a walk to test the floor sound. 

Also keep in mind that the kitchen is a high traffic area and you’ll want a floor that wears well.  Children, pets, and spills can really take a toll, so consider the floors durability and maintenance. 

Hopefully these tips will help you while you are choose flooring for your home kitchen.  To learn more go to Kitchen Floor Essentials on HGTV.com, NKBA, or contact a consultant Ambassador Floor Company.