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Linoleum floors are eco-friendly. Their earth-friendly composition (linseed oil, wood or cork powder and ground limestone) makes them once again very popular. They are low-VOC emission, long lasting and look great these days.

Radiant Heat warms from the bottom up, like an electric blanket for your floor. It works on the same principle as a radiator, and it doesn’t interfere with furniture placement. It can go under almost any surface, but check suitability with professionals. It holds heat and is more energy efficient than typical forced-air systems. Radiant heating also improves indoor air.

Floors As Art

Floors can represent a good percentage of the budget when remodeling your entire home. So, why not add some creativity and make your floor more interesting than just a place to walk. With a little planning, most floors can become expressive and add value to your home.

Let’s start with vinyl floors. Consider a color that complements the countertops and cabinets instead of a neutral. Linoleum (yes, it’s back) is the green alternative to vinyl, and it can be installed with borders and feature strips, as well as with colorful inserts and designs.

Carpet can be installed with borders and patterns. Hardwood has limitless options, too, including borders and feature strips, as well as inserts-all for inspiring designs. Consider that a tree fell down in your yard, or that you had to take it down. We can use your trees to create interesting “art features” in entryways, family rooms and dining rooms.

Recycled leather floors are another option.

Consider mixing types of floors.

  • Frame a leather floor with hardwood or the other way around.
  • Mix tile and hardwood to create a pattern that has depth and a look of richness.
  • Instead of using traditional hardwood for feature strips in flooring, think about using copper or stainless steel for a contemporary look.

Cork floors now come in almost every color you can imagine. Try combining two or three colors of cork in squares to get that random look in your floor.

With some limits (sub floor and moisture, to name a few), you are only limited by your imagination to create stunning looks of art with your floors. And, of course, we at Slaughterbeck Floors, Inc. have the artists to show you how to turn your floor into a work of art.

Earth Friendly Floors

Choosing earth-friendly floors for your home enables you to be kind to the environment while at the same time, you can make your home as attractive, low-maintenance, and comfortable as with any other flooring choice.

  • Consider cork floors; they are easy on the feet and good noise insulators. When harvested, cork does not kill the tree. It continues growing and producing more cork.
  • Linoleum floors were common more than 50 years ago, and they are seeing a great resurgence due to their earth-friendly composition (linseed oil, wood or cork powder and ground limestone). Linoleum floors are low-VOC emission, look great these days, and are long lasting, too.
  • Salvaged or reclaimed wood from bridges, farms and old structures can be reworked into beautiful flooring and finished with water-based finishes, adding to their green.
  • Green carpet is made with either renewable sources such as corn or recycled plastics. A recently introduced nylon carpet fiber is recyclable into new carpet once you decide it’s time to replace it.

Consider Hardwood for Your Kitchen

We always think of tile for kitchens, but did you know? Hardwood is easier on your feet, ankles, knees and back. Breakables are less likely to “fall apart” when dropped on hardwood, and it’s much warmer to the touch than tile. Additionally, hardwood does not require structural support that tile may need, helping to keep costs down during remodeling.

Resilient Floors: A Perfect Marriage of Practicality and Beauty

The resilient flooring we know today is luxurious, rich, varied and well-crafted. It also honors the durability and value of its linoleum and sheet-vinyl ancestors, which were found mostly in kitchens and bathrooms.

"Resilient", by the way, is an all-encompassing term for flooring that includes vinyl, linoleum, rubber and even cork. Today’s "resilients" have the look and feel of natural wood, stone and tile, with all the performance benefits of synthetic materials.

Improvements in image fidelity, along with advancements in realistic texturing and wear-surface technology, have made resilient flooring more beautiful and more versatile than ever before. Resilient is making its way into rooms it dared not venture into in the past. How about a resilient hardwood pattern in the living room? Or a resilient that looks like a custom tile for the dining room?

Resilients’ biggest advantage is their practicality. Resilients are easy to clean, which makes them great for kitchens, bathrooms and nurseries. This kind of practicality can apply anywhere in the home, and the applications for resilient flooring are expanding as fast as the selection of colors, designs and styles available.

“Woodn’t” It Be Nice?

All dwellings, even new ones, can have a fascinating history if you incorporate a bit of the past into the structure. One of the most eco-friendly ways to do that is with reclaimed, custom flooring made from wooden structures from around the world.

All reclaimed wood has an intriguing history, whether it’s removed from an old mansion, public buildings or even an old industrial facility, there is a story to it that adds an unexpected value to the wood when its’ reclaimed.

Homeowners are proud of the history behind their reclaimed flooring, and often collect pictures of the original sites and structures they came from. It’s a good conversation piece for guests, and owners get the unique look of the wood and the beauty of the floor. Another benefit of using reclaimed wood is the green appeal. Customers are delighted that this fine wood is being reused and not destroyed.

A Growing Number of Mature Consumers Favor Comfort & Style

For many years, “mature” buyers weren’t seen as investing in major kitchen and bath remodels in great numbers—certainly not the way the baby boomers did, with their growing families, growing incomes and desire to keep up with (or surpass) the Jones. Nor were “mature” buyers viewed as offering the same opportunity as young consumers, who, despite limited disposable income, tended toward more creative designs and lots of technology, with the added bonus of potentially being customers for many decades to come.

But with the aging of America, that’s all changing. Older consumers are remodeling in higher numbers than in years past—surpassing other age demographics for the first time ever, according to several recent studies.

So why the remodeling rush among the senior set?

For one thing, studies show that older consumers are far less likely to have lost big money during the economic upheaval of the past few years, with many starting with a larger financial cushion from their many years in the work force. And, they also seem to have made safer investment choices over the last few years.

On top of that, older consumers are living longer, working longer, staying in their homes longer, and becoming more fashion forward than in years past.

So while they want accessible storage, better lighting and products that will help them age in place, they also want stylish products that are durable, low-maintenance and well suited for entertaining family. Comfort is important, but so is adding elements they may never have gotten to enjoy before—like creating a fantasy bath escape, or experimenting with a contemporary kitchen design instead of a traditional one, or finally putting in those floors they’ve dreamed about for years.

The Right Rug

One of the first things people do when they decorate a room is to choose an area rug.

Long considered a fundamental anchor in any decorating scheme, the right rug can catapult an ordinary space into an extraordinary one.

Rugs are both deeply functional and genuinely artistic.  Maybe it’s their longevity in human civilization—area rugs are the oldest known floor covering—that make them so popular.  It could be pricing, too.  There’s lots of bang for the buck in area rugs.

Selecting an area rug can be simple.  There are lots of lovely neutral options available, including bound carpets, as well as casual coir, jute and sisal, and a host of options in synthetic fibers.  If you’re looking for a statement rug, that’s a different matter. 

With few restrictive decorating trends to lead you on your way, let your individuality and the room’s design parameters do the work.  Are you covering part of a wood floor?  Will the rug be an accent or a statement for the room?  Does the rug need to perform or just look great? The menu of available area rugs is long and the choices are varied and beautiful.

Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde & Sustainability

We’ve received a few questions about the 60 minutes report that aired on March 1, 2015, on the test results found on Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-supplied laminate products to contain extreme levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.

The segment stated that the greatest threat of tainted laminate is to children.

It truly breaks our hearts to know that 10,000+ homes in California and hundreds of thousands across the U.S. have potentially been affected.

Please take a moment to share the segment with your friends that may have these products in their homes.

www.cbsnews.com/news/lumber-liquidators-linked-to-health-and-safety-violations

If you or someone you know has purchased laminate from them, take further action by visiting GCmonitor, the non-profit that was featured in the 60 minutes segment, here:
GCMonitor Lumber Liquidators
And the class action lawsuit filed here at GBDH Legal

Not Just Laminates – Illegally Logged Hardwood

Briefly mentioned in the segment was a previous report involving illegal logging practices from Russian suppliers. This report was featured by the Environmental Investigation Agency in 2013 and found that much of the illegally logged lumber was allegedly being sold by Lumber Liquidators, leading to a raid by federal authorities.

These illegal logging practices are run by organized crime and are destroying forests and damaging the critically endangered Siberian tiger population. The EIA released the following video segment that details their investigation.

Read more and their full report here: Liquidating the Forests, via EIA

Slaughterbeck Floors & Our Products

At Slaughterbeck Floors, we don’t sell products that aren’t compliant with U.S. laws.

Whether that means the Lacey Act amendments that are outlined by the EIA or the CARB II standards featured in the 60 minutes segment, you can count on our efforts and research to be conscious to our environment and to ensure the safety of your family.

We thoroughly research our suppliers and make sure that our partners and everything in our showroom are sustainable.

Laminate Flooring

Our laminate floors are supplied by Shaw Floors and Inhaus Flooring.

Learn more about their environmental efforts below:

inhaus lamnates   shaw

Hardwood Flooring

We carry many hardwood floor suppliers’ products. All of them feature extensive sustainability statements on their websites.

Supporting companies that carry USA-made products is also something we strongly push. US-made products have lower freight costs and usually require lower inventory levels. These are cost-reducing elements when compared to Asian-supplied products, even though the overall price of the US goods will likely be higher.

When buying hardwood flooring, consider that if the price disparity between an overseas product and a domestic product seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Our hardwood flooring suppliers can be found on our Hardwood Finish Types page.

Homes for Our Troops

hfotusa.org
To build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured
Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

We are proud that one of our flooring manufacturers, Armstrong, is involved in a program that builds houses for wounded Veterans!

About Homes for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to Homes for Our Troops has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives

Corporate Partners

armstrong

Established in 1860, Armstrong World Industries, Inc. today is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 32 plants in eight countries and has approximately 8,500 employees worldwide. Armstrong, as the exclusive flooring supplier to HFOT, will donate floors for all the specially adapted homes built across the country through 2016. A portion of the sales from the company’s new American Scrape collection will be dedicated to supporting this effort. American Scrape features richly textured hardwood floors, inspired by the beauty of the American landscape, and each floor is made in the USA.

Armstrong offers hundreds of floor covering options for people to choose from. Its hardwood floors are available in many popular wood species, from classic oak to exotic tropical hardwoods. Prefer ceramic tile, but don’t like the cold, hard surface? Check out the company’s luxury vinyl flooring collections with a variety of tile, stone, slate and wood looks – and a soft, warm feel underfoot. Armstrong also offers stylish and easy-to-clean vinyl sheet and vinyl tile floors, and rounding out the offerings, laminate and linoleum floor coverings.

Visit our flooring showroom in Campbell, CA to view Armstrong’s exquisite collection of sheet vinyl and vinyl tile flooring.

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