2011 Flooring Trends

Ethical Flooring Choices

Healthier Choice was the standout this year at the Flooring Industry's largest convention across the board. The selections considered were part of a panel of judges who provided reports of industry's top floor covering editors and installation experts.

Ethical flooring choices are on many home owners minds this year, simply because it has become so popular. Since the 1960's going green has begun to takes it's place into the thought process' about everything we can when it comes to building, remodeling and construction of both commercial and residential properties. When it comes right down to it, we all need to think green and do our part.

Choosing the right flooring for your home or office is a major decision and is the other side of the equation you often don't have a lot of information about. Hardwoods are truly an investment, and it's one that you will probably live with for a long time. Keith Clay Floors encourages you to choose wisely and build green whenever you can. It's a really great way to show that you care about our earth and its future. After all if we all start doing it, we all better off right!

That said, there are many flooring options that will help to conserve energy, preserve our forests and other resources while avoiding excessive costs or future problems. Buying quality products at affordable prices and things manufactured here in the USA may also worth checking into. Increased awareness means most homeowners are fast realizing the dangers of using products for the home that can be detrimental to the environment, as well as to the residents who live there. Architects, manufacturers, builders and decorators and the floor coverings industries at large are now recognizing and suggesting flooring products that protect the environment and the people who live and work in the buildings. With multiple industries like Leeds, and the EPA, more and more cities are offering all types of rebates for both home and business from everything from wood to appliances.

Most reputable flooring manufacturers are acknowledging their responsibility to the environment. Corporate policies, huge brands like Bellefloor and Bruce have developed manufacturing processes that are totally environmentally friendly and toxin free. These companies can take pride in their efforts to help conserve forests and at the same time provide full value to their loyal customers. Sustaining the environment includes replanting programs and compliance in a big way with ever changing regulations.

A new trend sweeping the country involves the ability to replace existing carpet with environmentally friendly flooring such as reclaimed wood, linoleum, cork or bamboo. These types of flooring are not only helpful to the environment, but are also coveted for their exquisite beauty, texture and form. A variety of species are readily available, and costs are certainly no more than regular new milled woods. The reuse of wood found in old buildings such as barns, hotels or railroad cars is an emerging trend across the country and designers are screaming for it. While the obvious character and patina of these woods are lovely and desirable, the cost can be somewhat prohibitive if you are not prepared to make the long term investment.

Keith Clay Floors encourages you to "Choose Wisely". Newer products, such as cork and bamboo are excellent choices for use in buildings that use energy savers such as radiant heat. Bamboo floors are a hardwood product that is created by using the harvested stalk of the bamboo plant. Cork floors are made from the harvested bark of the cork tree. Either is completely sustainable. Be sure to inquire as to which manufacturers are implementing 'green' practices if that is important in moving forward with your project. Many hardwood flooring products from China contain formaldehyde - an extremely toxic substance, and Keith Clay Floors can point you in the right direction.

If you have a project that you will undertake this year, we invite you to call us. Keith Clay has been in business for over 23 years. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. In January of 2011, Keith Clay Floors was awarded the Super Service Award from Angies List. That says it all really, if you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. You will be so glad you did.

Keith Clay serves Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Antique & Vintage Wood Flooring

Simple Beauty That Warms Any Location

Are you considering antique or reclaimed wood flooring for your next project? Why not consider reclaimed wood. Manufacturers take this old wood and re-mill and repair it, then create floor planks that are then re-used in existing and new homes and buildings. How Green is that!

You can get this type of flooring in a wide variety of wood types and finishes and can be considered for use almost anywhere. Old Barns, buildings, homes, commercial locations from the past are all wonderful places to retrieve and reclaim wood for flooring. Reclaimed Wood is hot in the design world right now, it's considered for use in both commercial and home settings. Reclaimed wood species vary and are usually impart a one of a kind beauty which is not achieved by selecting brand new milled wood. Keith Clay Floors would love to help you in making your decision.

Many things can become flooring. Lumber from discarded barns, fences and older vacated homes is one of the best sources. Paneling, wood furniture, and downed antique lumber are another perfect source for a new and exciting way to add beauty and grandeur to your home with reclaimed wood flooring.

Keith Clay is able to schedule out the selection process and ship directly to you for installation. Imparting the warm worn beauty of antique lumber to your home is easy and affordable with the reclaimed flooring options we can offer.

Vintage Wood Floors which come from joists, decking and vintage woods; and are another look which you may prefer. Since Recycled Flooring is also Environmentally-Friendly, Sturdier, Cost-Effective and Beautiful; Recycled flooring is another option to consider along with green flooring. Eco-friendly, sturdier, and more beautiful than traditional green wood flooring. Reclaimed lumber from 18th and 19th century mills, factories, warehouses, grain elevators, barns, and wooden dams throughout the United States are often the targets for use of recycled wood in the south and west. The antique lumber comes with unique character that is not found in trees that grow today. Added strength properties make it perfectly suitable for today's antique wood flooring needs, and plays a big role in commercial applications.

What Types Of Antique and Vintage Wood Are Available?

  • Antique Chestnut
  • Antique Eastern White Pine
  • Antique Hickory
  • Antique Heart Pine
  • Antique Milled Barnwood
  • Antique Oak
  • Antique Original Surface Barnwood
  • Ash
  • Birch
  • Cypress
  • Cherry
  • Eastern White Pine
  • Hickory
  • Longleaf Heart Pine
  • Maple
  • Red Oak
  • Walnut
  • White Oak
  • And So Much More!

If you aren't sure what you like, we advise you to look in magazines, do research on the web and discover for yourself what you personally like. If you live in the Dallas Metroplex region, then we have samples we can show you and discuss when we come out to examine your location. You just need to let us know you are interested in Antique Flooring for your home or buisness. Proper lead time is necessary for some orders, we can discuss this in our meeting and shipping specials apply only at the time of purchase. Call us today. Let Keith Clay Floors install your next reclaimed flooring project. Call us today 972-463-6604!

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Antique Hardwood Treasures

Spy Out Forgotten Buildings

Keith Clay Floors has been in business for 23 years, and in the history of the company it's safe to say that in order to find the best of the best for their clients; they have spent some time in some strange places. Quite literally we mean where there's old abandoned buildings, factories, warehouses and the like. Why? That's where all the forgotten treasure of antique and reclaimed wood can be found.

On the surface, one wouldn't think that you could find anything of value; but most of these old buildings arc loaded with pine, chestnut, hemlock, spruce and other antique woods that can simply be recycled into beautiful trim, molding doors, and furniture and yes floors.

People enjoy knowing that Keith Clay Floors is doing their part for recycling and contributing to the green flooring aspect of beauty for the home. The look of these woods is today becoming more and more popular and renovations and upgrades become the norm. Increasing demand has here in the United States continues to be on the forefront of options for consideration.

Sheen and patina, colors and textures, and distress points are, and always have been, something you experience in older antique woods and most reclaimed wood products. Their beauty is unsurpassed, and this thrilling reclaimed wood is typically available in much wider widths and longer lengths is preferred. Be prepared for costs to be more than traditional woods; but the beauty is worth every penny.

The older rustic look with old wide planks and larger knots provides the durability and character that can't usually be duplicated. Call Keith Clay Floors today and let us show you samples of these beautiful reclaimed woods for your home or business. We are confident that once you see them you will be totally spoiled to their beauty. Let us put our expertise to work and complete that dream you have been seeing for so long.

If this is for an institution, school, university, office building or commercial location, you may need to have some additional questions answered. You may be able to qualify for credits under certain categories.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the USGBC's benchmark for designing, building and operating green buildings. To become certified, projects must first meet the prerequisites designated by the USGBC then earn a certain number of credits within the six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation & design process. Using reclaimed wood can earn credits towards achieving LEED project certification. Because reclaimed wood is considered recycled content, it meets the Materials & Resources criteria for LEED certification and because some reclaimed lumber products are FSC certified, they can qualify for LEED credits under the certified wood category.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Keith Clay Floors Wins 2010 Super Service Award

Keith Clay Floors of Dallas, TX has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Angie's List Super Service Award!

The Super Service Award, now celebrating its 11th year, is reserved for companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie's List the nation's leading provider of consumer ratings on local service companies throughout the past year. Fewer than 5 percent of the companies on Angie's List meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for the award.

"Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to providing the best customer service," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Since 1986, Keith Clay Floors have built their reputation on impeccable service, quality products, and competitive pricing. They are a local, family-owned business and industry leader providing residential and commercial hardwood, tile and specialty flooring installation, refinishing and maintenance. Call 972-463-6604 to schedule a free on-site estimate. Log on to for more information.

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Timeless Flooring to Accent Decor

Traditional Hardwood Flooring

You have your dream home, or maybe you have the home you want and now want to enhance with flooring, decor, and accents. There are many reasons to enhance your home and maintain your investment. Especially if retirement is a consideration. Now may be the time to select your favorite look and feel for your home. Factors that determine selection are varied, but in general, the first is usually you really love wood. The way it looks, the way it accents your decor, the way it smells, it's really just beautiful. Statistics concur that traditional hardwood flooring coordinates with your home's existing cabinetry and woodworking. And that most people just really really love it.

Once you make a decision, then, the next item to consider is what type of hardwood do you select? It can be a solid hardwood product or perhaps the latest engineered hardwood construction that may appeal. Since nowadays hardwood flooring is durable and easy to maintain, there are a variety of name brands to choose from all of which improve the decor and enhance visually the selections of furniture and accessories you have. Solid wood flooring refers to hardwood flooring made from one solid piece of lumber. Solid wood flooring is available in a variety of sizes and species ranging from pine to Brazilian cherry. Hardwood products also include different gloss levels and surface treatments like hand-scraping or distressing. Any of these selections is fine and will totally complete that look you are trying to achieve. That visual you receive when you look across the living room with your favorite furnishings and say Ahh! the floor is so beautiful. That's what we want for you!

In addition, remember that if you aren't quite sure of the color, these selections from name brand stores have a variety of natural and stained visuals with tones and grain variations to further complete your dream home. If you know you want hardwoods, but may not know what will work best for your decor, location, or sub strait; then give Keith Clay a call at 972-463-6604. For 23 years we have made it our business to provide you with exactly what you need to best create and set the ambiance you are trying to achieve with your hardwood selections.

Traditional hardwood flooring details are our specialty. Keith Clay offers the the most timeless hardwood flooring with many selections of oak and maple which represent the most popular species in North America. These coordinate with cabinets and woodwork which has been made popular for centuries.

Highlighting the rich grains of oak and the more contemporary clean finishes of maple, these natural hardwood tones have beautiful stains that can add depth and character to your setting and withstand the test of time and all the wear and tear it has to offer.

Call us today, let Keith Clay Floors show you our specialty hardwood flooring products, discuss pricing, discussion your individual installation process, and let us provide you with an estimate. Hardwoods are our business, and we take into account all costs, measurements and considerations that will give you an accurate fully installed estimate that you are looking for. Call us today.

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