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By jordansflo26761441, Oct 23 2017 03:08PM

By now we all know why leaves change their colors in the Fall; it has to do with less daylight, which means plants aren't able to produce as much chlorophyll.

However, have you noticed that around this time of year you yourself start to crave change? Maybe you get a haircut, or rearrange the furniture in your home.

Well, it is National Kitchen and Bath Month, so get some inspiration from this post, and then give us a call to get your next project started, just in time for holiday get-togethers!

1. Reclaimed wood

Expect to see this trend everywhere from now until the end of time. Reclaimed wood, simply put, is high-quality wood that has been re-purposed from its original use. These original uses could be anything from barns to factories, retired ships, warehouses, etc. While using reclaimed wood won't necessarily "save the planet", it does decrease the demand for newly-harvested virgin wood from forests, and helps to protect the wildlife that depend on trees- be it squirrels feasting on acorns, or birds nesting high in the treetops. Other benefits to reclaimed wood include its stability, which means its able to be sawn into wider planks, less guilt when using exotic woods, and the amount of character and history it provides. You can check out a full list of benefits here.

2. Dark Paint

Move over, neutrals- there's a new sheriff in town. According to Taysha Murtagh's post entitled, "15 Trends You're About to See Everywhere This Fall", PPG Paints, Glideen Paints, and Olympic Paints & Stains have all announced "cozy shades of black" as their 2018 Color of the Year. The beauty of a dark wall is it allows your floor to take center stage. If black is too ominous for you, hues like chocolate brown and emerald green are also making a comeback. Not ready to crossover to the dark side yet? Try changing out accessories such as throw pillows and rugs. These are inexpensive enough that they can be changed out seasonally- or whenever the inspiration strikes!

3. Terra Cotta Tile

That's right baby, terra cotta's making a comeback! (But if you ask us, it never left). Compared to the current trend of subway tile, terra cotta is a great way to add warmth and character to your home.

If you want to see Murtagh's full list of trends, you can find it here. Otherwise, it's time to get to work!

By jordansflo26761441, Oct 16 2017 02:07PM

In appreciation of the 57th anniversary of National Forest Products Week, forest product manufacturers and organizations through the value chain are joining together to Celebrate Forest Products (#CelebrateFP).

On Sept. 13, 1960, Congress designated the third week in October as National Forest Products Week, requesting the president issue a proclamation each year calling on Americans to observe the value of forest products. Industry employees in Washington, D.C. and around the country celebrate the week with events and advocacy campaigns to mark the occasion.

Here at Jordan's Flooring we wanted to let you know some of the environmental, as well as health benefits that come with installing hardwood floors in your home.

Wood floors offer a variety of environmental benefits. They are a renewable flooring option because trees can be replanted to replace those harvested. In the U.S., for every tree harvested, another 1.66 is planted, which means standing volume is significantly greater today than just a few decades ago. Because wood floors can last for many generations, they require fewer raw materials—and produce less landfill waste—than other flooring options. During their service lives, wood floors also sequester carbon dioxide, and

when they reach the end of their service life, they can be recycled for other uses or burned as fuel.

Wood floors improve indoor air quality. They do not harbor allergens, microorganisms or harmful pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors. Mold, dust and animal dander are minimal as well, which makes wood floors a healthy flooring alternative.

#NowYouKnow

By jordansflo26761441, Oct 6 2017 02:20PM

Hello everyone!

We are already into October. Can you believe it?

Have the leaves started to change where you are?

Here in the good old 'Burg, the trees are mostly green, but they are beginning to acquire pops of yellow and gold, which is especially fitting for today's post.

I know retail (in all its forms) has a tendency to be way ahead of the curve, thinking months ahead of everyone else. But it's part of our job to stay in front of trends, so that when you all are ready, you know just what to look for.

Shaw Floors has already declared a Color of the Year for 2018, which is exciting! We are moving away from the gray tones and cooler palettes of Yesteryear and, though the weather grows colder each day, this color is here to make us feel warm and sunshiney year-round!

Here's what Debbie Houston, creative director at Shaw Floors, had to say about "Gold Rush", "There's a yearning for warmer hues and we see that coming to life as touches of gold and brass accents return in popularity. Gold Rush brings energy to a room, creating a range of emotions from warmth to excitement, from serious to playful."

Not sure how to incorporate such a bold color? No worries!

Houston says that Gold Rush pairs beautifully with navy as a pop, lush green for elegance, as well as more neutral tones, including cool grays.

And the good news is, all 5 of the colors Shaw has chosen for Color of the Year in the pat 5 years build on one another, and are meant to layer nicely in a home, so there's no need to throw out or change your whole home each year.

By jordansflo26761441, Sep 1 2017 04:34PM

First of all, we'd like to send our deepest sympathies to those affected by the hurricane.

We'd also like to express our appreciation and admiration of companies like Architectural Ceramics, Emser Tile, Mannington, and The Carpet Guys, who have donated their time, money and resources to help victims. (You can read more about their efforts here.)

By now we've all seen the destruction and devestation that storms like Harvey can produce. Today we want to talk about floods and floors. Specifically, we'll provide you with some sombering statistics on flooding, the impact it has on your flooring and preventative measures you can take to keep your floors and your home safe. Let's begin.

Every year in the United States, floods do about $6 billion worth of damage and kill nearly 140 people, according to National Geographic.

This only proves the importance of insurance. However, contrary to popular belief, flood insurance is not covered under typical homeowner's insurance. Federal flood insurance, purchased through your insurance agent or company, is the only guaranteed flood insurance coverage available for your home. Talk to your insurance agent today and make sure you are covered!

Moving on to floors and water. Never a good combination, right? A pipe bursts under the sink. Your refrigerator starts leaking. Rain water blows in through a window that was accidentally left open. Things happen. The signs of potential water damage are often quite obvious, but sometimes they are more subtle.

"Just because you don't see any standing pools of water doesn't mean the potential for water damaged floors is any less", say our friends at Restoration Eze.

The first step here is to identify the source of the water; this will help determine whether you need to call in the professionals right away. (If the leak was from a dishwasher or sewage line, then the answer is YES. If it is just a leaky faucet, you may be able to hold off and fix the issue on your own.)

Next, Restoration Eze says the water must be extracted from the floors. "All excess moisture must be removed from floors and subfloors. All damaged hardwood and tiles must be removed from floors, and the subfloor must be replaced where water has damaged it. Water damaged tiles can generally be cleaned with a milk baking soda and water solution. Throw any any materials like carpet padding that cannot be salvaged." They also recommend the use of fans and other ventilation devices to dry wet surfaces. Follow with dehumidification, and then treat with a disinfectant to prevent potential mold growth.

Basements are especially susceptible to water damage and flooding, so it's important to put down a floor that will withstand the elements. Brands like Coretec offer 100% waterproof flooring. There are only so many preventative measures you can take, as accidents do occur, but having flood insurance is probably the number one. Don't put it off until it's too late.

In the meantime, keep our brothers and sisters in the Lone Star state in your thoughts and prayers. We'll see you in our next post.

By jordansflo26761441, Jul 10 2017 05:23PM

Hardwood floors continue to gain popularity across the country this year. The biggest trends include polar opposites: extremely dark or light, a smooth finish versus distressed, dark drama (including this year's hottest color- gray) or a more authentic, natural look.

Always keep in mind that your floors will last a whole lot longer than any of the current trends.

We've talked about gray in previous posts, but even darker stain colors are coming out of the woodwork (get it?). In 2015, Duraseal launched a new stain color they call "True Black", which is darker and more opaque than Ebony.

On the other side of this, we have many people becoming interested in the light, light, even white washes. For this look, a water borne poly must be used, otherwise the floors will turn yellow. Bona Traffic HD is the best option for this, and it can be found here.

Moving on to to layout and stlye trends, in the last decade or so we have seen about an inch increase regarding planks- from 2 1/4" being standard in the early 2000s, to now 3 1/4". Even wider options (4", 5", 7", etc.) are becoming available, as a wider plank will make the space look larger. 7" planks offer a more rustic, antique look, as does utilizing different widths. Keep in mind though that your flooring will last a lot longer than any current trends and, while easy to change the color of your floor, the patterns and styles will last a lot longer, and these styles can date your home.

Many homeowners are opting to pay a higher cost for a higher quality, American-made, sustainable floor. At the end of the day, what is important is that you love your floors, because they are in your home.

For more details and other trends for hardwoods this year, check out this blog post from The Flooring Girl.