Add drama to your dining room space with these two quick design tips.
Add drama to your dining room space with these two quick design tips.
Wood floors are expensive.
Wood floors initially may cost more than other flooring options, but over the long term, wood flooring is actually one of the most cost-effective flooring options available.
When properly installed and maintained, wood floors can last for hundreds of years. Other flooring options will likely have a service life of 10-20 years, which means they will need to be replaced 5-10 times as often as wood floors.
There are numerous examples of wood floors in excess of 300 years old that are still in service today. Most wood floors can be sanded and refinished several times during their service lives to restore beauty and luster. In addition, wood floors can adapt to many décor and style changes over the years while other flooring options can look dated and require replacement based on new decorating trends.
This makes wood floors a great long-term investment, and one of the least expensive flooring options available when considering total service life.
Wood floors are hard to maintain.
Routine maintenance for wood flooring is really very easy. Simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floors with the beater bar turned off to remove dirt and grit from between the floor boards.
Wet mops should be avoided because excessive water can dull the finish over time, or even damage the wood itself. When spills occur, they should be cleaned immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth.
When the floor begins to look a little dull, using a wood flooring cleaner recommended by the installer will help renew luster. If you are not sure which cleaner to use, visit a reputable floor covering store like MODA Floors & Interiors for a recommendation.
Wood floors can scratch easily.
All flooring options will show some wear over time, but wood floori
ng is the only flooring option that can repair that wear to make it look new again.
Most scratches in wood flooring will occur in the finish, not the wood itself. These can be repaired through a process called pad and recoat in which the finish on the flooring is lightly abraded and then a new coat of finish is applied. This process is much like refinishing a piece of furniture where the old furniture is lightly sanded to give the new paint something to adhere to.
For scratches that are deeper and in the wood, the flooring can be sanded and refinished. A wood flooring professional who is properly trained, and also has the proper equipment, will remove just a small amount of the flooring material to make these kinds of repairs. Then, after the scratches are removed, a new coat of finish will be applied, restoring the floor to its original luster.
Scratches on wood flooring can be prevented and minimized by placing scatter rugs at all entryways from outside, putting felt pads on furniture legs, clipping pet nails, and avoiding walking on floors in athletic cleats or high heels in disrepair.
MODA Floors & Interiors recently donated 10 pallets of tile, hardwood and laminate to the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement outlet store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a discounted rate.
Net proceeds from ReStore sales support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building quality, affordable, green homes in partnership with working families. Since December 2001, the ReStore has diverted more than 7,700 tons of materials from landfills by offering them to others for purchase and reuse.
By donating to the ReStore, individuals, companies and organizations support affordable homeownership and community revitalization in Atlanta. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
To make a donation, contact the ReStore at 404.525.2114 (Extension 155). They have a pick-up service for large items that you can’t easily transport.
The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 271 Chester Ave. S.E. Additional information is also available at www.atlantahabitat.org/restore.
There are flooring options for people in all stages of their life. Pair these suggestions from Shaw Floors with your design tastes to find just the right look for your home.
When it comes time to decorate your new space, you can hire an interior designer, work with a MODA Floors & Interiors project consultant and/or get personally inspired to create a beautiful room on your own.
Here are some design tips to help you get started.
Sources: HunterDouglas, Shaw Floors, Tarkett
If you have carpet in your home, a vacuum helps you keep it clean, fresh and lasting. The vacuum was not always around, obviously, but its history is a great story of ingenuity and invention.
Here are some interesting facts about the history of the vacuum cleaner.
It’s easier to take care of carpet with today’s vacuum technology, but be sure you’re using the best with a Seal of Approval certified vacuum cleaner.
Source: The Carpet and Rug Institute
With a change in season comes a shift in weather, refreshed attire, and most importantly – a new color palette. Each season has its own feeling, its own smell, and its own colors. Whether through fashion or decor, the persona of Spring is represented every year through the hues that we choose to emphasize.
What makes Spring colors? Well, look around. As the temperature gets warmer, “cold” colors funnel in. It’s the lighter blue of the sky, the sweeter orange of the tropics, the romantic purple of the violet flowers in bloom. It’s the pastel yellow, zesty lime green, and blossom rose with a pop of magenta!
Spring colors represent revival and rejuvenation. As ambassadors of style and design, we camouflage ourselves by highlighting mother nature’s greatest shades (of color). These colors can be used creatively to brighten any room.
Visit the MODA Floors & Interiors website for products inspired by the uplifting feeling of Spring.
At MODA Floors & Interiors, we understand no one likes unexpected surprises. With so many choices available in flooring and window coverings, it might seem difficult to narrow down the colors, styles and materials that will make your project come to life.
“I will know it when I see it.” No need to wait any longer. Our new (and evolving) Room Visualization Tool helps answer your design challenges.
We will help you author a style that is uniquely yours.
Using a fun interactive quiz, a project consultant will personally work with you to identify your style. Is it Urban Chic, Seaside Simplicity or something else? Using preloaded photos from a wide variety of MODA vendors, we’ll show you on a widescreen monitor how the materials and colors you choose will look in a room scene similar to what you’re planning at home.
Want to get even more specific? Give us your photos to upload into the Room Visualization Tool. Please allow a 24-hour turnaround.
Now relax and get started. We’re here to help!
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Shaw Floors is restoring the Grand Central Terminal tradition of rolling out the red carpet, this time for the holidays. Shaw recently unveiled more than 14,000 square feet of its carpet, hardwood and resilient floors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall. One million people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day of the holiday season, totaling tens of millions of steps on flooring from presenting sponsor Shaw Floors during the six-week fair.
“Just like our homes, the floors of Grand Central Terminal are put to the test each day with kids, messes and weather,” said Randy Merritt, president of Shaw Floors. “Design and durability have been at the core of Shaw Floors and Grand Central Terminal for decades, setting a strong foundation for this year’s partnership in one of the busiest rooms in the world.”
Dean Howell, president of MODA Floors & Interiors and a member of the Shaw Dealers’ Advisory Council, was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Each piece of flooring installed throughout Vanderbilt Hall and at Terminal entrances was carefully selected to complement the iconic architecture of the historic building. Shaw’s Design Details in Grand Central Red lines the Holiday Fair aisleways to welcome guests in the same way celebrities were greeted at Grand Central Terminal dating back to the late 1920s. Park Avenue resilient in color Grand Central is underfoot throughout Vanderbilt Hall for a realistic hardwood look made for high traffic areas. Hudson Bay Hardwood in Copperidge is an eco-friendly floor that leads guests through the hall from the main Terminal into the fair. Shaw’s red all-weather carpets will invite visitors to the fair at each entrance.
Can your flooring stand up to this test?