NeoCon 2010 Reigns Style

July Conventions Boasts New Trends

If you want to find out the latest trends in the Flooring Industry check out NeoCon 2010 in Chicago. Still going on, (July 5 - 12), this engaging convention has enjoyed a 10-percent increase in attendance over last year with a reported final tally of 41,081 visitors, according to Merchandise Mart Properties. Information received from Mark Falanga, the senior vice president, commercial furnishings, Merchandise Mart Properties, indicated that the mood of this years event was totally upbeat.

What's the scoop? Mark reports that NeoCon, specifiers and designers were talking about specific projects moving through the pipeline. These new that will be realized by Mart exhibitors over the course of this year and into next year.

Mark has also reported that while the commercial market may have slowed down in terms of business, in terms of style and design, things have never been better. It is reported that designers and architects shopping NeoCon 2010, are finding plenty of hard and soft surface flooring. Both interesting and delightful in exciting the senses, let's review a few things you may be interested in finding more about. Keith is happy to discuss these new trends, and to help you make the best decision about the right kind of flooring solutions for your home.

Resilient products is definitely a trend to watch. The term value engineering and green is a hot topic, and if you discuss exactitudes with Jeff Collum at CBC, he indicates that Salto Unica, a line of recycled limestone tile is getting the once over. This quality product boasts of green, value, and unique all in the same sentence.

Taking a unique place among flooring alternatives, Salto Unica recycled limestone tile truly brings forward thinking to high-traffic environments. Schools, retail areas, healthcare facilities and more benefit from Unica's beauty, durability and cost-effectiveness. And anyone who calls Earth home will appreciate Unica's remarkable 80% recycled content. Talk to Keith about this state of the art product for your business or home.

Another interesting flooring trend can be found in the Health Care Industry at large. According to Melissa Quick, marketing coordinator for Flexco, she reports that the commercial market is starting to bounce back a little quicker than anticipated with an increase in specifications. As far as trends in resilient, she noted, "€œdesigners are starting to go out of the box in health care. They are starting to ask for custom colors. They are getting more creative in a market where things are becoming more consumer-focused."

If your clinic, or office setting is set for a re-do; give Keith a call. Let him help you discover new options for color enhancements that will be the best of all worlds; for your daily enjoyment, as well as the client who comes for an appointment.

Ceramic tile - Have you heard or seen about the latest enhancements in digital printing? These state of the art product lines continue to revolutionize the ceramic tile industry. Check out some of the Tile of Spain, which is currently exhibiting some of its members new products, illustrated the possibilities you now may have in techniques for design.

Ryan Fasan, consultant for Tile of Spain, reports these enhancements have added the ability to capture natural products in even greater detail. Visually, they represent natural stones and wood designs. One company has even captured images of lapis lazuli and when produced no two will be alike. What a fabulous idea don't you think? Fasan went on to explain "It's one of the most revolutionary technologies that has happened in the tile industry," he said. Call Keith today and find out more about this hot new trend ceramic tile.

An extremely interesting concept that is creating quite a revolution in the ceramic tile world, is thin porcelain tiles — 3 to 6 millimeters and 50 percent lighter — that can go over existing tiles. Wow! Reports are clear this new concept can even be installed on the floor in a renovation situation. “It saves demolition costs and supports sustainability,” and would be an easy way for both homes and business to sustain lower remodeling costs across the board.

Laurie Lyza, director of marketing for Crossville, reports that contract project work is loosening up and is usually a good indicator of coming future business. Increased traffic at this wonderful show has also provided a venue for size, color, and increased market demographics across the board. Price points are of great consideration, and new product lines like Crossville Vista Americana is a manufacturer response to new demand for value centric products.

If you are unfamiliar with these Green recycled tiles, all colors contain post-industrial recycled content and will last for a lifetime, Vista Americana helps protect the landscape that inspired this new series. Ideal for both commercial floor applications, as well as residential floor applications, these 4 design friendly colors offer a variety of popular sizes for the most discriminating tastes.

Call us at Keith Clay Floors today. Find out more about what's Hot for flooring for your home or business.

Wood Refinishing And Cork Floors

Advantages Options To Consider

Are you tired of those funny sounds that wood floors sometimes make when you walk on them? Maybe you are just ready for a change. If you have older floors that are waxy and gummy and look really, really dingy, we have some options for you. Refinishing is an excellent way to keep what you have and keep it looking good. If that is an option you would like to consider, then give us a call. Now if you think it's time to check out some new types of floors that are becoming popular if you want to make a change.

Cork flooring is becoming an excellent choice for flooring. It's sustainable & environmentally friendly (cork oak trees re-grow this inner bark in a few years) so it's renewable, like giant bamboo is. Although giant bamboo is cut down, it's just a grass and it does get big really fast so that's the feature that makes it very “green”. Cork flooring usually comes in tile form and these do vary in quality and coloration, so checking out some samples may be the best way to go. Call us today at Keith Clay Floors, we will steer you in the right direction.

One advantage to cork flooring is that you will not be sticking to it. Cork can be sealed quite nicely so you won't worry about the porosity very much. Cork provides warmth and insulation and a certain “bounciness” to your floors. It's a new and quite in vogue flooring product for offices, especially. There are some sound insulating qualities which make it a great choice for the home office. Libraries, if you are so fortunate to have one of these book repositories in your home, or a den, also are good candidates for cork flooring. A lot of homeowners can install cork floors themselves but the product may not be available in all home improvement stores. You can look online at the various types, availability, and installation tips. Don't forget to ask us about the Bona System Line we use for quality green refinishing.

Antique Heart Pine Floors

It's All The Rage

Antique Heart Pine: Know More About The New Rage

Andrew Stratton reported today in the American Chronicle that Antique heart pine is all the rage for reclaimed hardwood floors for your home or business. He also states that “Wood floors made of oak, maple, birch; bamboo and pine have become dominant and popular in interior design classically and in recent years”. Of course most homeowners enjoy the classy appearance and durability that hard surface choices can bring to their homes, and with consumers becoming more attuned to ecologically wise products, wood floors and flooring has become a much sought after material. Naturally green, these reclaimed heart pine flooring products are all the rage.

In the discussion about heart pine, it's very interesting and extremely informative. The heart of wood is the very center cut, and is usually referred to simply as heartwood. Typically it is deeper in color and of high quality, resisting decay and holding up longer than the outer portions of a tree. This term Heart pine came from some of the older trees which were chopped down and utilized in building before the 1900's. Original settlers upon arrival in America, gathered huge trees which had ample supplies of heartwood for floors, beams and furniture. As the years moved along, trees began to be harvested at younger ages and therefore had less size and heartwood to offer.

Traditionally accepted definitions say that this term Antique heart pine, refers specifically to old reclaimed wood from this earlier era. The salvaged timber which has been recycled from old buildings made of this high quality center cut product mentioned above. Most comes from Old barns, industrial buildings and factories which are no longer inhabitable and older buildings that have been torn down. Their lumber from beams, flooring, walls and trim have been given a new lease on life by being made into these beautiful antique heart pine planks which can be utilized for flooring and furniture. Other sources of this high quality timber come from unexpected sources such as pickle vats, tobacco barrels, logging poles, crates and big heavy doors. Each special find is newly milled and becomes a log or a plank and has it's own unique visual story to tell.

Some additional facts you may be interested to find out about really speak to it inner construction. These fabulous new salvaged timbers have tighter rings and grain structure. They also have few flaws and knots because it has come from the prime source of a tree, the heart. In many cases, these hearts lend personality to their individual pieces, such as worm holes or nail holes which give it that one-of-a-kind character. The color is often a warm orange or pumpkin but can be darkened or altered with stain and finishing if so desired.

Most of this old recycled lumber is transformed by being cut into specified sizes then pushed through a milling process and turned into lovely usable planks. In today's markets, these pieces are beautiful planks that came from the stately established forests of yesteryear, but their second life helps to preserve the trees that are still growing today. We call it green… This option is lovely, durable and ecologically sound. What more could a homeowner ask for in a Green Floor?

Antique heart pine has been prized as building material since ages. By re-manufacturing this fine aged wood, Keith Clay and his professional staff are specialists that can provide a quality product that is unmatched by today's standards for beauty and durability. To know more, and talk about your specific needs, please call us right now at 972-463-6604. You'll be so glad you did.

American Chronicle - Andrew Stratton Information taken from the March 10, 2010 article titled Antique Heart Pine: Know More About The New Rage
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.

Floor Repairs This Summer

Don't Interrupt Summer Plans, Call Us Today

We are asking if any of your hardwood floors have been damaged or need some type of repair. Why interrupt your Summer fun plans? Instead give Keith Clay Floors a call so those plans won't have to be put on hold.

Idea: Starting your renovation or floor repair now will get it done in plenty of time for barbecues and outdoor parties. Most all hardwood flooring repairs or hardwood refinishing can be pretty simple for us to make happen quickly. Sanding, buffing the old finish and scratches out of your floor, and then resealing is something we can come out, take a look at and then provide an estimate for you on.

Your current wood flooring needs to have a few years of life left in it for this to happen, though. You can't refinish what's not there. Floors must be made from solid hardwood and not be engineered, for you to be able to sand them. Quality hardwood flooring can be refinished several times. If you have any questions about that, just pick up the phone and let us evaluate what type of flooring you have and if sanding and refinishing is a quick option. If you have a period home then the floors are probably quite thick and you'll do just fine by going ahead and refinishing them.

Do you have some localized damage to address in any room? Perhaps there are a few planks that have become damaged in your hardwood floors, or some hardwood planks coming up. When hardwood flooring is first installed it's always a good idea to save some extra pieces of the wood that were left over or purchased extra just for this type of issue later on. Of course, if your house was built a couple of centuries ago, then that's not going to happen. If you have extra, then your home free. If you have had your home built, or put in a hardwood floor recently, then replacing those few planks should really be pretty easy.

Call us right now, and get a quick estimate on replacing those damaged planks. We can cut the new ones to size and then glue and nail them down. Keith Clay Floors will remove all of the old glue and nails or staples and then refinish with a stain and sealer. Our 30 year plus experience can provide your new floor with pieces that can be matched and integrated into the old floor without a hitch. It's one of the things we do best.

If you are going to be installing a brand new room using hardwood flooring, then the choices are many. We can help you make some critical decisions with this new consideration. Do you have hardwood floors throughout your home or just in this one room? If you have other rooms with floors like this and if there's a room separation (perhaps this room has tiles etc.) then there shouldn't be any problems. If this room where you are installing or replacing the hardwood in butts up against another hardwood floor, then you may want to get as close to that one's color and type of wood as you can. If you have to match hardwoods with another floor, then you can give us a call and have us help you find a hardwood, antique hardwood, or reclaimed wood of all types. You'll be able to match up your old floors that way.

Whatever decision you may decide to make; there is not doubt that hardwood floors are an enduring, warm, durable and extremely attractive flooring choice. Life expectancy is long, and after all it's been around for a very long time.

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.


Mexican Saltillo Tile Floors

Enhance The Beauty Of Your Tuscan Home

As the Real Estate market whips back into shape; many home owners alike are asking questions about what can be done to enhance the visual beauty of their Southwest Style homes when they put them on the market.

Keith Clay Floors believes that as the industry recovers you can start now and be ready when things are back in full swing. So if you are thinking of putting your house on the market at some point this year, consider using Saltillo Mexican Tile for some of that replacement flooring in your home or business.

Saltillo Tile will definitely add ambiance to the southwestern flavor of a Tucson home. Saltillo Tile is known to be a soft tile made in particular areas in Mexico like it's namesake; where a specific variety of clay can be used that provides that wonderful color and texture with distinct markings.

The native clays are formed into tile then baked in the hot sun and then fired to make it hard. Unique to Saltillo style Mexican tiles is what takes place while it dries. During the sun drying stage of the process birds, coyotes and other desert dwellers leave their foot prints in the drying tile. The result is no individual tile is ever alike. Distinction can be beneficial attribute in the resale of your home.

Saltillo tile is a soft tile unlike ceramic or porcelain tile; and for this reason it is quite porous and has to be sealed regularly. It is usually laid with a large joint between tile and mortar is often used instead of grout. Existing floors shine and gleam with regular cleaning and polishing prior to this resealing. Many would say it is this aspect that is unique and becoming quite popular in the southwest states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and the like.

Keith Clay recommends regular maintenance for your new or existing Saltillo floor to keep it at it's glamorous appeal. The main point here is the sealing. Once it is sealed; it can be maintained easily. At least once a year have your floor professionally cleaned and resealed. After sealing, you may in the interim consider this point in case for regular maintenance:

Simple maintenance regularly through the year means the tile is well maintained and will take much less time to have professionally cleaned at the appropriate time. Keith Clay Floors makes this maintenance recommendation after we do the initial clean and seal:

  • Keep your Saltillo tile floor clean with a regular wash of white vinegar and water when it is needed
  • Allow the floor to dry completely and you may need to use a fan in high humidity
  • Apply a recommended product for Saltillo floors with a mop for a deep luster and great shine
  • Repeat the Process every 6 to 8 weeks depending on traffic

Consider installation of Saltillo Tile Floors now before the market gears up this spring. Installation of new or professionally cleaning the floors you have is a great tip for the new 2010 new year. If you are unfamiliar with how to take care of your Saltillo Tile floor then pick up the phone right now and let's discuss the type of tile you have and Keith Clay Floors can make a specific recommendation on how to keep it shining and clean year round.

Here's to setting the industry standard for your home.

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.

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