Friday, April 6, 2012

Best flooring for Allergies - Mixed Messages

Internet research on the best flooring for people living with allergies ends with mixed messages. Most articles that compare carpet to hard surface flooring with claims of 'research shows' or 'studies prove' but no actual sources are provided.

At odds is the question: Is it better that carpeting traps allergens to be vacuumed or is it better for them to be airborne on hard surface flooring?

Example  articles we found:
  • Lung association:  How can carpeting impact health?
    "These pollutants may become airborne when disturbed by renovations, vacuuming or even daily activities like walking across the carpet."

  • Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality
    A panel of ten academic and industry researchers critically examine peer-reviewed and other credible science with regard to the positive / negative attributes of carpet in the modern indoor environment.

    "a weight of evidence approach to evaluating existing medical and scientific studies is quite clear. Carpet does not cause asthma. VOC emissions from new carpet do not act as triggers for asthma or allergies. Carpet does not increase the incidence or severity of asthma or allergies in children and adults. From the standpoint of asthma and allergies, well maintained carpet is safe.."

Whatever rings true for you, Carpets Plus Wisconsin would like to be your flooring store for hard surface or for carpet.

Friday, March 2, 2012

We're Good with Wood! Hardwood Flooring

This great article from National Flooring Trends on wood flooring echoes our excitement about its resurgence.

Not only have original wood floors been revealed all across the US of A as wall to wall has carpet has been pulled out but the newer engineered flooring are deemed great environmentally. The top wear layer of  whatever species of wood chosen is laminated onto lesser woods to provide a better structural product. That means less slow growing trees needed, more secondary use of wood from manufacturing.

Carpets Plus of Wisconsin has the BEST price on our Mercier and Shaw Cranwell stock in town.  We cannot be beat on those products. See a slide show of our fine wood flooring installations

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Reusing Laminate Flooring - Not just a Recycle Craft Project

Laminate Floors - recycle, use in a smaller room.
A reason to feel good about buying laminate flooring is that it is a reusable. You could pass it on to your kids, sell it on Craigslist or donate it to a Habitat Restore. Tongue in groove glueless "click" floating floors are the easiest flooring for dismantling for re-use in a smaller room. After all, it is rare for an entire floor to show wear. Even after the 20 year warranty some boards will show traffic patterns and most will not.

To remove a laminate floor, begin at the last board that was installed. Take it out a row at a time in a gentle but firm manner. Be careful not to chip the boards while stacking and moving them; protect the edges. This is also the flooring for you if there is a need to get under the floor - to access pipes or computer wiring for example.

Plan ahead to reuse & recycle - buy Laminate Flooring. At Carpets Plus Wisconsin you will find laminates by Mannington, Shaw, Armstrong, Quick-Step and Alloc

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wood Flooring with the big (Green) finish

Mercier Wood Floors Generations 100% soybean oil finish is “... the whole package. It’s something we’re proud of and our customers will be happy.” according to Michel Collin, director of marketing. “We’re green with real facts and now all our finishes are green. We’ve heard a lot of greenwashing in the market but we are bringing real action with this product the ultimate commitment to being environmentally friendly.” 

All Mercier wood floors can have the Generation finish which is an antimicrobial treatment, Zero VOC, Hypoallergenic, and the only wood flooring that is Greenguard Children & School certified.

There is no downside if you are in the market and ready for real hardwood flooring in your home. It's super durable, available in all species and has a 35-year comprehensive warranty. Mercier GENERATIONS is rated #1 for resisting scuffs and traffic patterns!
Mercier wood flooring at Carpets Plus Wisconsin  - proud local family-owned store.
Oak ~ Maple ~ Birch ~ Ash ~ Cherry ~ Walnut ~ Mahogany ~ Tigerwood ~ Chestnut ~ Hickory

Friday, December 30, 2011

We can help with your New Years Resolution!

End of the Year Carpet Warehouse Sale!

All of our in-stock carpet is on sale starting at $.99 square foot. Beautiful and durable styles.

Carpet Remnants half off the already discounted price ! Choose from names like Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu.

Get your new floor for the new year. Start with a free project measure.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Florida Tile went GREENguard and does GOOD works in the community

Be on alert when reading corporate sites. It is sometimes difficult to find what a company is actually doing as far as environmental initiatives. There are a lot of words on the web page that that add up to a general discussion about what consumers want. Phrases like "we strive to improve" are suspect.

Thus and so it is good eco-news reading about Florida Tile sold at Carpets Plus Wisconsin (Madison, Stevens Point/Plover, and Janesville) lists the following solid practices:

  • Reduces carbon footprint through recycling via The Florida Tile CARES initiative (Creating A Responsible Environmental Strategy)
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified, GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certified
  • Products fufills all green building requirements for low-VOC flooring
  • GREENGUARD Certified products contribute to points for LEED and other green building programs. Article
  • Participated in train the trainer: 7 CEUs on indoor air quality and Certified low-emitting materials
  • Made in USA: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky employs 200+, are within 500 miles of raw materials from surrounding states and 80% of the population country.
  • Supports community by Working with Tile Partners For Humanity, Operation Compassion and Mountain Resource Center

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Carpets Plus Wisconsin - ColorTile

We have a feast for your senses at our 40% off sale!
Add us to your Black Friday route.

Shop local for flooring at our family owned stores - Madison East, Madison West, Janesville, Plover / Stevens Point

Have a fantastic holiday.