2016 Flooring Design Award Winners Named

From a critically acclaimed, environmentally conscious airport project to the renovation of a national treasure that plays host to astronauts and space-flight enthusiasts, the winners of the 18th Annual Starnet Design Awards had judges and competitors seeing stars.

Starnet® Worldwide’s annual flooring design competition recognizes creativity, professionalism, quality and versatility, and this year’s winners encapsulated the power of innovative and bold flooring installation in commercial interior design. The winners were announced on April 15, 2016 in Miami, FL during Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership’s Annual Meeting, April 14-16.

“Once again, we are awestruck and proud of the work done by Starnet Members throughout the country,” said Jeanne Matson, President and CEO of Starnet. “The Design Awards allow us to come together and recognize this talent and creativity. This year’s winners demonstrate to the entire industry that outstanding flooring design and craftsmanship can achieve amazing results in the commercial market.”

Gold, silver and bronze prizes were awarded in six judged categories: Healthcare, Corporate, Education, Hospitality/Public Space, Environmental Achievement and Unique Installation Challenge. Votes from Starnet Members, Vendor Partners and members of the trade press selected the winners of the third annual People’s Choice Awards.

flooring designGrand Prize Winner/Gold in Corporate

The most prestigious award, the 2016 Grand Prize, was presented to Resource Colorado of Denver, CO for its work at IMM TI. The installation at the Boulder, CO-based digital agency also captured the Gold in Corporate.

“The entire team is honored to win both Gold in Corporate and the Grand Prize at the 2016 Starnet Design Awards,” said John Stanfield, Owner of Resource Colorado. “This project allowed us to flex our design and installation muscles and create a space that supported IMM’s staff and exuded their branding. The finished product represents our original mission for the building: revitalization, productivity and identity,” he added.

IMM TI is a brand driven by data, digital technology, and culture. The full-service agency needed a space that reflected its personality as a forward-thinking, modern, and youthful company but also provided a zen-like balance through the integration of greenery and blend of interior and exterior design elements. This project was selected as a winner because of the balanced combination of materials that resulted from this vision, along a well-edited approach.

“The project is a great accomplishment, with woven elements and a unified final design,” said Design Awards Judge Scott MacMeekin.

“The spaces are well integrated and the interior design elements look like architectural exterior components,” added Judge Megan Walker. “Planters integrated into the floor, an interesting interior/exterior connection, and a balanced selection in flooring products all came together well. It could easily have gone over the top, but it didn’t.”

The overall aesthetic was an industrial, neutral palette to which the flooring team added pops of color in the carpet, the greenery, and specific paint locations in order to align with the client’s professional but playful persona. A variety of collaborative and individual workspaces were integrated into the plan to support a range of staff work styles. Built-in “nooks,” standing height touchdown spaces and informal “living room” style meeting areas were all key factors in designing for company productivity, flexibility, and staff satisfaction.

flooring designGold in Environmental Achievement

The Gold in Environmental Achievement was awarded to Rubenstein’s Contract Carpets LLC for its work on the Portland International Airport (PDX) Terminal Recarpeting. The project, which gained national attention through coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, New York Times, and on NBC Nightly News, was done over 10 months in a fully operational airport. It saw the complete removal, reclamation, and replacement of 14 acres of carpeting, in an airport that was known for its iconic carpet pattern.

The environmental story at the Portland Airport goes beyond recycled content, sustainability, and LEED points. This project was all about the direct reuse of 14 acres of used carpet, without additional processing and direct recycling into carpet pad. Rubenstein’s Contract Carpets LLC was able to re-purpose and upcycle many of the products into entry mats, area rugs, wall art, Christmas ornaments, community center carpet, flooring for a renovated a 100-year-old building, baseball practice hitting facility, etc.

In the end, they were able to salvage or repurpose:

  • 10,080 square yards (25.2 tons or 2.08 acres) of iconic PDX carpet
  • 10,930 square yards (38.12 tons or 2.26 acres) of “other carpet from project”

In addition, the company recycled the balance of the material into a variety of materials, and all scraps of the new carpet (in excess of two feet) were saved and have been given to a vendor to make entry mats and area rugs for resale.

Continus reading here: http://facilityexecutive.com/2016/04/2016-flooring-design-award-winners-named/

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Five ways to make your home radiate warmth underfoot

Hot stuff: a bedroom with underfloor heating
Hot stuff: a bedroom with underfloor heating

1. An electric underfloor heating system (also known as a dry system) radiates heat through a series of wires in the floor.

It’s either a mat, which is best for large spaces because it can be rolled out to cover an entire floor, or a cable/loose-fit system (individual wires). This is a flexible solution for smaller and awkwardly shaped rooms, such as bathrooms, where there’s no need to heat the floor under the basin and bath.

Heating mats should be laid on a finished subfloor, such as plywood, and encased in a flexible levelling compound or flexible tile adhesive, while cable/loose-fit systems should be encased in the finishing screed of a concrete floor.

2. One of the benefits of underfloor heating is that there’s more free wall space than with radiators.

Another benefit is that the room is heated more evenly – with radiators, you get cold spots. Radiant heat (produced by underfloor heating) is the most efficient form of heat distribution, and airborne dust is greatly reduced, which is good for allergy sufferers.

Underfloor heating works at a lower temperature to radiators, so a well-insulated home is vital to prevent heat loss.

3. Electric underfloor systems can work with most types of floor covering (check when you buy if in doubt), from carpet, vinyl and wood, to ceramic tiles and natural stone, but it’s important to get the right wattage.

A 100W mat can be used to take the chill off cold floor tiles, while a 150W mat can be used as a primary heating source, providing adequate insulation is in place.

For areas of high heat loss, such as conservatories, a 200W mat is needed. You can adjust the temperature easily from a thermostat (a smart thermostat can be controlled by an app) and independently of your home’s central heating system – electric underfloor heating is ideal for warming a cold bathroom floor when the central heating’s off.

4. A poorly insulated home loses lots of heat, reducing the effectiveness of any underfloor heating system.

If the floor isn’t insulated sufficiently, for example, the underfloor heating will heat the earth below, as well as the room above, which no one wants.

Whether you’re fitting an electric or wet underfloor system, ensure you insulate under the heating elements sufficiently, and insulate elsewhere in the home as much as possible to get maximum benefit.

5. If you’re a competent and experienced DIYer, you could fit electric underfloor heating yourself, as long as a qualified electrician connects the system to the mains supply and thermostat.

Find out more about underfloor heating at http://www.theunder floorheatingstore.com.

How-to tip

Fillers, even ones designed for deep gaps, usually need to be built up in layers to get a good finish.

Wood filler tends to dry quickly, but may not be as hard as it seems if the repair’s deep – sanding it is the acid test.

Similarly, wall filler (even the quick-drying type) may take much longer than the recommended time to harden fully, especially if you’ve had to build it up – so allow plenty of time before sanding or the filler may sag.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/five-ways-to-make-your-home-radiate-warmth-underfoot-34621733.html

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Deck Your Hardwood Floors in Time for the Holidays

The home is at the center of it all during the holidays and your floors experience heavy traffic by visiting loved ones. They are the home’s greatest canvas yet often overlooked and undervalued. Replacing your hardwood floors can be an expensive and time-consuming investment, but refinishing them will restore the richness and elegance of the wood. Thanks to Minwax® Complete 1-Step Floor Finish, a two-in-one stain and protective finish, refinishing floors can be done with ease.

“With the holidays just around the corner, homeowners are looking for ways to spruce up their home”

Unlike traditional hardwood floor finishes, Complete 1-Step Floor Finish saves time by eliminating extra steps and the need for multiple products to stain and protect the floor. It provides superior durability and requires no sanding between coats. It can be used on bare wood or over an existing polyurethane finish – allowing you to change the color of your floor without sanding down to bare wood!

“With the holidays just around the corner, homeowners are looking for ways to spruce up their home” said Jacquelyn Ferrara, Director of Marketing at Minwax. “With Minwax® Complete 1-Step Floor Finish, homeowners can redo their own floors conveniently, while protecting them from the foot traffic they experience throughout the holidays and year-round.”

After preparing your floor, apply Complete 1-Step Floor Finish in your choice of five natural wood tones. It also come in two sheens—gloss and satin. Your application tools can be cleaned up easily with soap and water. Minwax® Complete 1-Step Floor Finish is available at local home centers or hardware stores.

Read more: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161117005795/en/Deck-Hardwood-Floors-Time-Holidays-Minwax%C2%AE-Complete

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Making the perfect flooring decision for your home

Selecting the perfect floor for your home can be difficult, given the increasing number of options in the market today. With choices ranging from real wood and carpet to ceramic and vinyl, making an informed decision on a suitable floor covering is often complicated and confusing for the homeowner.

Design experts from Karndean Designflooring explain the benefits and drawbacks of different surfaces in this article.

Real timber

Real wood floors are strikingly beautiful when freshly laid; however, they can quickly lose their appeal if regular maintenance is not done. Karndean Designflooring recommends Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) as an excellent alternative; with their realistic textured wood and stone designs, they don’t need sanding or refinishing, requiring just a quick ‘refresh’ every 6-12 months.

There are beautiful timber varieties that aren’t suitable for flooring applications as they are soft woods, and therefore easily damaged. Karndean’s flooring comes with all the visual appeal of these coveted soft woods without their practical limitations.


Though laminate flooring is cost-effective and easily accessible in DIY stores around the country, it is highly susceptible to damage. For instance, the lack of waterproof resistance in laminate flooring can result in warping and splitting. Floors from Karndean Designflooring are completely waterproof, making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.


Carpets may evoke a comfortable vibe but are storehouses of dirt and allergens that are practically impossible to banish. Luxury Vinyl Tiles offer a much more hygienic flooring solution while still providing more warmth than laminate, real wood and stone options.

Karndean LooseLay Longboard collection

The brand new Karndean LooseLay Longboard collection is easy to maintain, durable, waterproof and hygienic, with a huge range of designs to suit all styles. Key benefits also include quick and easy installation with the stylish, extra-large 1.5m long planks minimising the hassle; significant reduction in noise transfer to the rooms below, making them perfect for bedrooms and apartments; easy replacement of planks; and convenient access to underfloor services as the planks can be easily lifted.

Read more: http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/suppliers/karndean-designflooring/making-the-perfect-flooring-decision-for-your-home

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Revamp living room decor on any budget

living room decor

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Want a shockingly inexpensive way to update your home and earn a 66% return on the investment? Swap out dated living room decor. New light switches, outlet covers, floor registers, drapes and accessories—at an average cost of less than $1,500, according to HGTV—really helps in a remodel. Remember: Details add dollars when it comes to upgrades.


Nothing says dated more than a home without hardwood. But is it worth it to upgrade your floors? According to data collected by USA Today, 54% of home buyers would pay more for a home if it had hardwood. It’s easy to clean and maintain, adds warmth to any room and can be refinished multiple times, which increases the overall life and value of the flooring. But not all hardwood is created equal. High-end planks offer hand-scraped or rare-wood species, but this can really push your budget up. Consider, instead, more common selections, such as red oak. Unfinished starts at $1.40/sq. ft. at lumber or flooring stores, while finished starts at $3.20/sq. ft. and goes up (add another $2 to $5/sq. ft. for installation).

To maximize the value of your new floor stay away from engineered hardwood. This product has been marketed as an easy DIY alternative, but because they are constructed from thin, glued-together layers of wood products, topped with a veneer of real wood, your newly installed engineered hardwood floor may not stand up to sanding and re-staining, which shortens the lifespan—and value—of the floor. Instead, those on a tight budget should consider repainting or refinishing old hardwood. Opt for a rich brown shade or a trendy gray stain for a more updated look or paint over really old hardwood with enamel paint.

Pro tip: Unfinished hardwood is cheaper and allows you to pick a stain that matches other facets in the house—just make sure the labour costs include this part of the job. Also, plan to stay out of the home for a few days to allow the stain to off-gas

Read more: http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/real-estate/renovations/revamp-living-room-decor-budget/

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Causes and Cures for Home Owners That Want Beautiful Hard Wood Floors

Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. Different types of hard wood floor damage can often times be dealt with through hard wood floor restorations. It is important that residents be educated on it. In this article we want to discuss Sanding Marks and what is called “Shellout or Dishing of Springwood” to better educate the homeowners that want to keep their hard wood floors beautiful.

Sanding Marks
Sanding marks are basically sanding imperfections such as scratches, drum marks, dishouts, swirl marks and stop marks. These are sometimes caused by problems with the big machine, the sanding drum being out of alignment, the actual drum being out of round and where there are hard spots on the sanding drum itself. Incorrect sand paper installation or running the machine in the wrong direction can also cause this. Other causes can include a variety of situations such as using a sanding machine with worn pulleys or using a machine with bad bearings in the fan housing. Using a machine where the wheels are dirty or out of alignment, poor splice or seams on the abrasive can cause this or damage to the abrasive that is used. This is also caused by there being dirt or grit on the buffers abrasive or using an abrasive that is too aggressive on the buffer itself. Sometimes this is caused by bad workmanship where there is nothing wrong with the machine or equipment at all.

The cure for this problem is to determine if the source of the situation is the equipment. Then, fix the issue. Check the abrasive for any imperfections. You can try hand scraping the area to remove deep scratches or where there may be drum or stop marks. Another technique is to do a light sanding with a big machine on the affected areas at a 7-15 degree angle, then go over the floor again, this time straight.

Shellout-Dishing of Springwood
This is uneven wear between segments of annual rings. This can also be known as “Dishout”. This can be baused by heavy traffic or repeated sliding of heavy furniture. It can also be caused by water used in maintenance and tracked onto the floor. This is seen especially in peeled-face engineered products under desks with heavy foot and caster wear.

The cure for this is to sand and refinish the floor. Then you must implement better maintenance practices. You should change casters to wide, non-marking rubber ones if you can.

Read more: http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/355762854/royal-wood-floors-goes-over-problems-causes-and-cures-for-home-owners-that-want-beautiful-hard-wood-floors

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Hardwood Flooring Store Announces Latest Moving Tips To Protect Your Floors

Moving into a new home is an exciting time. It also requires a seemingly endless amount of planning and preparation. Moving day serves as the culmination of much hard work. While the moment is often a thrilling one, it is extremely important to protect your hardwood flooring during this process. The Hardwood Flooring Store wants homeowners with hardwood floors in Toronto to know these basic tips for moving into a new home.

Before you move all of your belongings into your new place, it is important to assess the condition of your floors. It is much easier to do any necessary cleaning or reconditioning prior to the move. In many cases, the previous owners of the home may have updated the flooring before the house was sold. If this is the case, some simple cleaning is all that will be required. For bigger sanding and refinishing projects, contact a hardwood flooring expert in Toronto.

Use a wood-cleaning product that is diluted according to the instructions on the label. Always test a small area prior to using it on the entire floor. Damp mop the floor with the cleaner, avoiding any standing water on the surface. Rinse with clean water according to the directions on the cleaning product. Using a fan or air conditioner will help to speed the drying process and prevent moisture problems. Remove any marks by buffing the surface with a clean, soft cloth. Do not use harsh scrubbing implements that will damage the hard finish.

Scratches and dings are not inevitable. They can easily be prevented by taking some basic steps. If you are using a moving company, it is essential to discuss their prevention methods for protecting hardwood floors. They should be able to articulate a strategy for keeping your floors flawless. Take pictures of the floors prior to the movers arriving. This will protect you in case you need to make a claim for damages.

“It always helps to talk to a flooring professional prior to moving into your home,” says Ron Ander, the owner of the hardwood flooring store, a hardwood flooring company in Toronto. “A professional can consult with you about the best way to protect your floor during the transition.”

For do-it-yourself movers, you will need to be prepared in advance with the right tools to protect your wood floor. Use padding and glides to move heavy furniture. Always check for debris under the padding prior to sliding it on the floor. Hand trucks are essential for moving large items like refrigerators or other kitchen appliances. These can damage your floor if they don’t have the right kind of wheels. Never use hard wheel hand trucks, such as hard rubber or plastic. These can scratch the surface. Always check the wheels for small rocks before loading.

The owner advises purchasing temporary floor protection rolls. These can be rolled out over the entire surface of the flooring. They are frequently used by contractors during remodeling or building. They provide an additional layer of protection from the elements including water and mud.

Read more: http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/356296175/hardwood-flooring-store-announces-latest-moving-tips-to-protect-your-floors

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