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Highlights of Natural Stone Flooring

Natural Stone Flooring | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

All the advancements in technology and materials still haven’t changed one simple fact about residential flooring installation. Natural stone floors are still one of the most durable options available. As a South Florida flooring company, the old floors we see in the best shape are typically still-beautiful stone.

 

Stone Stays a Step Ahead

Even as our priorities change, natural stone flooring seems to stay ahead of them. You want a green product? Stone is one of the greenest flooring choices out there. It comes out of the earth ready-made. All we have to do is cut it.

 

If you want to avoid harmful toxins and off-gassing, natural stone looks great without any finishes or applications. Just as important, it’s durable without them, too.

 

If you want every piece to be unique from every other piece, then you’re set. That’s exactly how stone comes out of the earth. There are natural, and intriguing, variations that give your home a dynamic look.

 

There’s a movement to bring the outdoors in. This makes a lot of sense today. Nature is relaxing, yet we’re spending more time than ever before staying inside and staring at screens. Stone floors go a long way in making our indoor spaces feel natural and breathable.

 

The Perfect Option

Natural stone works for high traffic areas because you’re not going to scratch or dent it. It resists collecting dust, allergens, and grit the same way carpet and even wood do. Unlike hardwood, another durable option, stone is a much better choice for bathrooms. It won’t absorb water or warp because of humidity or moisture. It’s easy to clean and maintain. On hot days, stone stays cool underfoot.
Now what about value? As a South Florida flooring company, we see all types of flooring. The residential flooring installation that lasts longest tends to be stone. Even better, stone helps retain and build value over time. It’s never gone out of style and its durability means that potential buyers won’t have to take the cost of re-flooring off the list price.

The Right Flooring for Your Industry

Commercial Flooring Installation | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

Commercial flooring installations can be done swiftly and cleanly. Best of all, it can make your business look like you’ve always envisioned — but there are a lot of choices out there. Which is the best solution for your brand and your industry?

 

The wrong flooring choice can end up torpedoing your business years down the road – as you need to close down and replace damaged flooring. You need to avoid this by choosing flooring that’s practical, durable, and that visually conveys a message about your business. Flooring is one of the most important elements we see when walking in the door. How can you balance all those different factors and make the best choice?

 

The Hospitality Industry

Carpeting is still the best option for high-end resorts. It feels soft underfoot, it reduces noise, it insulates, you can pattern it uniquely like no other type of flooring, and it’s more vibrant than any other option. That makes carpeting perfect for a lot of places.

 

At the same time, the hospitality industry is somewhat over-reliant on carpeting as a solution. We’re South Florida flooring subcontractors, and we’ve both designed and installed a lot of high-end carpeting in resorts and hotels. Please understand that thinking twice about carpeting isn’t the easiest thing for us to say!

 

Many hotels, recreation, and tourism destinations decide on carpeting because of cost, and that’s not always the best option on the table. It’s worth it to explore other options, like luxury vinyl. Yes, it is more expensive, but the trade-off is worth it in terms of durability. Luxury vinyl lasts to up to 20 years of use in a high traffic area. Carpeting under the same conditions generally lasts about six. At worst, luxury vinyl will give you twice the lifespan of most carpet.

 

While carpet can be an exceptional option, solutions like luxury vinyl will save you on maintenance and replacement over the long run.

We’d also recommend that certain businesses look into concrete. Stained and acid-etched concrete are perfect for eating areas and concrete can emulate a number of other surfaces. Once properly sealed, it’s incredibly durable and it’s one of the easiest surfaces to clean. Look into concrete for food and beverage solutions, and for areas that will get a lot of exposure to sand and grit being tracked in.

 

Healthcare Facilities

Hospitals and clinics need flooring that will are allergen- and bacteria-resistant. It also needs to be easy to clean and maintain. The aesthetic challenge with any kind of healthcare flooring is that you want something that’s both visually appealing and sterile. You also have to put visual concerns behind practical application. It needs to be all these things while also being resilient to high use.

 

Luxury vinyl, heterogeneous sheet vinyl, and linoleum are all good solutions. Rubber should be considered but you will be able to smell it – there’s a reason most hospitals use it but only in limited applications.

 

One place where rubber does excel is for assisted living centers. Because residents are here long-term, they need to be able to move around from room to room. This means a greater exposure to falls than most hospital environments. Rubber flooring is one of the best solutions to minimize the impacts of falls and stumbles. Because it has grip, it can even help prevent them. It’s easy to clean and combines the soft, giving nature of something like cork with far greater resilience and durability.

 

Offices

Office flooring runs the gamut. As South Florida flooring subcontractors, we’ve seen just about every flooring solution there is in professional workspaces. You can go for concrete flooring, natural stone, hardwood, carpeting, luxury vinyl, laminate, tile…  the list goes on.

 

We realize this doesn’t help you narrow things down very much! With offices, it can vary so much because different organizations want to communicate completely different messages to employees, customers, and clients alike. That said, here are a few of our favorites.

 

You can’t go wrong with tile and hardwood, but you can make things a lot easier on yourself by choosing vinyl sheets that have a tile or hardwood look. Luxury vinyl is easier to apply and maintain. It lacks the durability of its alternates, but it makes up for this on both initial and maintenance expenses.

 

Concrete is also a good option, and hollow core slabs are suitable for multi-story buildings. They’re much lighter than you expect without giving up that crucial durability.

 

Carpeting is still a good option for some offices, although the more employees you have, the more we’d recommend modern carpeting with hypo-allergenic design and material.

 

The Fitness Industry

Many hotels have gym facilities, assisted living centers sometimes include basic equipment to help residents develop physical capabilities, and it’s a growing trend for offices to have fitness facilities so employees can energize or spend part of their lunch staying healthy. At the same time, standalone gyms are as popular as ever.

 

Rubber is still the best bet for the fitness industry in all its forms. It is low impact and easy to maintain. When weights are dropped or something’s spilled, it won’t get dented and it’s easy to clean all the blood, sweat, and tears up.

 

Linoleum and luxury vinyl are good backup choices, but we’d still recommend rubber over all other contenders. Alternately, some gyms opt for concrete flooring with rubber flooring connected over it, but this is neither as safe nor as easy to maintain as simply installing rubber flooring.
Practical and aesthetic concerns differ based on your industry and your unique brand. If you’ve having difficulty choosing from all the terrific options, give us a call. We’ll help you select the right option for your commercial flooring installation.

How to Repair Your Water Damaged Floors

Residential Flooring Installation | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

Sometimes when we do residential flooring installation, we find ourselves replacing a surface that could have lasted for years or even decades longer if water damage had been properly repaired. Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of weather-related flooding or a busted water tank, it is vital that you take immediate steps to repair damage and prevent your floor from becoming an expensive casualty.

 

Though we are top South Florida flooring contractors, you don’t want us in your house unless it’s absolutely necessary! Some tips to keep your floor intact:

 

Identify Water Damage

 

Here’s the first thing you have to do: identify water damage. Many types of residential flooring installations are resistant to water damage, but if the water has been there a long time or worked its way between cracks, no floor is immune from consequences. And if it has soaked into the subfloor, you may not just be dealing with water damage. You may also be dealing with mold.

 

Look for warping or buckling of the floor. You may also be able to see discoloration.

 

Hardwood – This will cup, meaning damaged planks will have raised edges and dips in the middle. Dark spots can indicate mold or mildew if they’re not part of the wood’s pattern. Planks may also bend or bulge upwards, or, in extreme cases, detach entirely.

 

Tile – It’s harder to spot water damage with tile, but a loose tile or staining are big red flags. You can try tapping lightly on a tile with a coin or screwdriver. Any hollow noise can mean the tile is becoming loose.

 

Laminate – These planks will warm, either cupping or bulging up. You may also notice discoloration, and planks straining against each other.

 

Linoleum – The key here is staining and discoloration. Linoleum will reveal a color change faster than most surfaces when it comes to water.

 

Carpet – For carpet, rely on your sense of smell. It’s hard to tell the level of carpet with your eyes, so you’ll most often smell the problem in the form of a mildew or mold smell before you see it. You may, however, notice discoloration as well.

How to Remove Water Damage 

 

Remove Water – The next step is fixing the problem. The first thing to do is remove any water. Make sure the area is thoroughly dry. If you use a vacuum for any water removal, use a wet vacuum that can actually suck up water. You don’t want to accidentally break any of your tools.

 

This may take more than a day. You can leave dehumidifiers in the area to help remove moisture from the air. This will help draw moisture out of the affected area as well. You can also use fans to help dry what you can’t get with a vacuum or towels.

 

Wait, Did This Fix It? – Sometimes with hardwood or laminate, this process of drying and dehumidifying can be enough to return the flooring back to normal. This is not often the case, and won’t work with long-term or extensive water damage.

 

Remove the Floor – With most floors, you’ll still have a problem, so you’ll want to remove the affected section of the floor. You will need to use a saw to cut into the floor. Electrical and pipes usually run in other areas – through walls and further under the floor than you can access. Just to be safe, though, make sure you do not come into contact with your electrical and plumbing systems.

 

After cutting a hole, you can get flooring up with a pry bar. This process will vary depending on the type of floor. Laminate requires that you remove the floor starting from the wall itself, meaning that you’ll have to remove healthy floor to reach damaged floor.

 

Sub Floor – How’s the sub floor doing? Plywood sub floors will almost definitely need replacement. It’s a pain, but putting healthy floor over a damaged sub floor won’t solve your problem and – if mold grows – could put your health at risk. Cut out damaged areas and replace them with fresh plywood. Concrete sub floors can be dried out using the methods described above.

 

Replace the Floor – OK, now you can put in replacement boards. Any healthy flooring you needed to take out to get to the damaged flooring can be used again and put back into place. Use an exact match for replacement sections. If you can’t find these, the company you originally bought from may be able to help. As South Florida flooring contractors, we can always help you find a solution too.

 

Sand, Stain & Coat – Simple right? OK, not really. You obviously don’t need to do this with tile or laminate, so this pertains to hardwood. The new boards will likely stand out, so you can sand it and the surrounding boards down, stain the floor to match, and then apply additional coats as needed.

 

Tired yet? Residential flooring installation and repair can be done yourself but it does require a lot of work. If you feel uncomfortable doing it, we can lend a hand. We can get the project done and out of your hair quickly. We can even teach you a bit as we go, so you know about floor care and repair. When it comes to water damage, the key is acting fast.

How to Prep Retail Store Flooring for Peak Season

Retail Store Flooring | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

Retail store flooring takes a beating during the holidays. As South Florida flooring subcontractors, we’ve seen a lot of floors sustain more damage simply because they weren’t prepared properly. Before the masses descend upon your store, make sure it’s as ready as you are for the savvy shoppers.

 

With the right prep, you can extend the lifespan of your floor. A bit of maintenance, attention, and stocking now means that you don’t have to replace your floor nearly as soon as you feared:

 

Maintenance

Don’t overlook stripping and waxing your floor. If it needs to be done, get it done before the rush. Any floor that’s not well maintained, finished, or sealed will sustain more damage. More grit, water, dirt, and dust will get into your floor and be ground in like sandpaper under all the foot traffic. Good maintenance before the rush makes an incredible difference.

 

Supplies

If your custodial and maintenance staff say they need supplies to maintain the floors, make sure they have them. Now is not the time to skimp. You also have to be aware of what it’s like to have to re-stock supplies the week before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Some supply companies may run out of stock or even ramp up the prices. Purchase now, save money, and make sure your staff can address problems as they occur without waiting around for the tools/solutions they need.

 

Entry/Exit

A lot of the factors that damage your floor can be taken care of by good entry mats. Make sure they’re in good condition and that they’re doing the job you need them to. They’re not just for decoration; their function is to pull off grit and dirt that will otherwise get worked into your floor. Have your maintenance staff clean the mats at the end of the day.

 

Retail store flooring can endure the holidays safely when you make maintenance and preparation a priority. If you need South Florida flooring subcontractors to take a look at damage or provide advice,, make sure you get it done before the rush so that you’re ready.

How to Maintain Hospital Vinyl Flooring

Hospital Vinyl Flooring | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

Hospital flooring installation can’t be allowed to accrue damage that shortens its lifespan or affects its integrity. There are ways to maintain a vinyl flooring to ensure it lasts as long as possible — and stays as safe as possible to extend its lifespan considerably. A few tips:

 

  1. Vinyl floors need a finish to avoid scuffing. Acrylic finishes are more modern and easier to apply than old-school wax finishes. They only need a mop and bucket rather than a solid application and a buffer. This helps your custodial staff save time, and it helps increase the lifespan of the floor. In fact, using a high-speed buffer on an acrylic finish delaminates the finish. We recommend not using a high speed buffer.

 

  1. A finish repels many scratches and scuff marks, but not all. Applying finish again will hide most scratches and minor damage, as well as protecting the vinyl floor from any further damage. If blemishes are still visible, use a spot repair kit.

 

  1. Tennis anyone? Sometimes, marks can be rubbed away with a tennis ball. To save wear and tear on your staff’s arms, backs, and knees, you can put the tennis ball on the end of a stick. Sometimes, the old-school ways still work best.

 

  1. For gouges or other impact damage, you may need to replace the full plank. Fortunately, this is easy with vinyl flooring. Make sure your staff is trained in the proper methods and processes. If not, they can be taught quickly when you call in a commercial flooring subcontractor.

If you need new vinyl flooring installed, choose a commercial flooring subcontractor that has worked in many active patient and resident environments. Whether doing a hospital flooring installation all at once or section by section in an actively used environment, we can ensure maximum results with minimal disruption.

How to Repair Hardwood Yacht Flooring

Hardwood Yacht Flooring | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

It can be difficult to find a flooring contractor in South Florida that is experienced with yacht flooring. We’re as comfortable at sea as we are on land. Here are some tips to help you repair damaged hardwood flooring on your floating home away from home.

 

Just Fix It – If you don’t care about how it looks, damage is easy to fix. You can just coat it with varnish. Then sand it down until it’s flush with the varnish near it, and add another coat or two to level it.

 

Impact Damage – Wet the end of a rag with fresh water (not seawater). Dab this to the damage, and then use a steam iron to help lift the wood. Be careful and don’t soak the damage, or you’ll raise the wood near it and risk damaging nearby unaffected varnish. Do this carefully and precisely. Then you can follow the rest of the instructions under “Just Fix It” above.

 

Slop Jars and Sandpaper – Try to keep a slop jar of varnish handy so that you can apply it to damage as soon as you see it. When wood contacts air, it discolors, so if you can get that varnish on quickly, you’ll help save the continuity of the color underneath. Use fine-grit sandpaper to help you thin the varnish, and a sanding block to keep your sanding level so that your fingers don’t push in too much.

 

Thin the First Coat – Thinning the first coat allows the wood to absorb it and bond to it better, making subsequent coats of varnish more effective.

 

Bubbles Early On – Don’t worry about bubbles in undercoats. Only the final coat needs to be bubble free. Stirring a few hours before you use the varnish can help bubbles rise and disperse.

 

Quick Dry Varnishes? – Careful here. Many don’t include additives to protect against UV, meaning they’ll dull in sunlight. They’re easier to use and they’re good for repairing quick damage, but they usually require an overcoat of spar varnish anyway.

 

Stir Your Semi Gloss! – Remember that some varnishes have solids that will accumulate at the bottom of the can. Stir these up thoroughly.

 

If you have more extensive damage with your yacht flooring or can’t seem to get it right, you can call us. We’re flooring contractors in South Florida with experience in this niche, and we can help keep your yacht looking ship-shape.

Restaurant Flooring Trends

Restaurant Flooring Trends | East Coast Flooring & Interiors

We’re top South Florida flooring contractors, so we install our fair share of restaurant flooring. Often, owners aim for aesthetic over everyday use. Durability, practicality, and ease of care are essential. After all, a beautiful floor that doesn’t last the year isn’t really beautiful anymore, is it? Some great options:

 

Tile Flooring

 

Tile is a stellar choice for restaurant flooring. It’s extremely durable, as well as easy to maintain. Spills are inevitable, so tile’s wipe-and-clean appeal allows it to retain its appearance well.  Commercial grade tile is both flame-resistant and slip-resistant, so it won’t be as slick as the average residential tile you might be used to.

 

Tile is on the more expensive side. Installation must be done carefully and can take longer than other floors – nonetheless, tile should not be rushed or breakage risk will increase.

 

Concrete Flooring

 

Concrete is on-trend – and yet it also has remarkable staying power. It can be acid stained and etched to look utterly beautiful. It’s a modern choice that’s exceptionally durable and easy to maintain. Concrete is resistant to crashes and falls, but it’s porous. This means it does need to regularly re-sealed in order to resist spills.

 

Important Note on Hard Restaurant Flooring

 

Because of their hardness, different tile and concrete choices aren’t always easy on joints and backs day after day. This is no problem for customers who are in your restaurant for an hour or two at a time, but consider rubber flooring or flooring mats in the kitchen so your staff ends their shifts with a lot fewer aches and pains.

 

Laminate Flooring

 

Laminate is a cost-effective and durable choice for restaurant flooring. It is also scratch- and slip- resistant. Because it can emulate other types of flooring and comes in a wide range of styles, you can get exactly what you want. It won’t stain easily – and if you don’t get to spills right away, stains can be removed even after a few days.

 

Experienced South Florida flooring contractors will help you make the right choice for your restaurant.

What are my Hospitality Flooring Options?

When you walk into a hotel for the first time, you want to feel like you’re home (away from home)! Architecture is the first aspect that meets a guest’s eyes, shortly followed by flooring. How someone feels about a hotel can be completely shaped by these first impressions. So what do you choose when it comes to hospitality flooring? How do you make a statement while still featuring a floor that’s practical, durable, and easy to maintain?

 

Carpet

As commercial flooring installations go for hotels, carpet has yet to be surpassed. It used to be that hospitality carpet was loud and garish. This attitude helped “announce” a hotel while cleverly hiding stains. Thankfully, carpets are more resilient these days, and people don’t want a loud hotel visual anymore – they want a reassuring, elegant, and classy one.

 

Carpet offers a warm, reassuring feel. At the same time, it’s inexpensive and also reduces noise considerably, especially in larger lobbies.

 

Concrete

Concrete is one of the most durable choices. This doesn’t mean gray concrete, either. Concrete flooring today can be acid stained and etched, offering striking, warm, beautiful, and even intricate patterns. It is a more expensive choice, but it’s easier to maintain and holds a longer lifespan.

 

Vinyl

Vinyl is a strong option, falling in between carpet and concrete in terms of durability and price. This makes it a good middle-of-the-road option in many circumstances. It can emulate other types of commercial flooring installation, from stone to wood. Sure, guests who spend time studying the floor will quickly see the difference, but it’s a good way to “trick” most guests.

 

Ceramic/Stone

Ceramic, stone, porcelain, and similar tile choices offer extreme durability and ease of maintenance. The look fits just about anywhere, from lobby to bathroom choices. It’s another choice on the more expensive side, but you can be confident in it’s incredibly long lifespan.


Not sure which of these hospitality flooring options is right for your business? Our experts are ready to help you make the best call.

Things to Know for Your Assisted Living Flooring Installation

Assisted Living Flooring Installation | East Coast Flooring Installation

There’s no “one size fits all” solution for commercial flooring installation, least of all when you need to install in an assisted living environment. It must be safe, comfortable, soothing, and budget-friendly. When it comes to assisted living carpet installation, here are a few things that you should know.

 

Types of Flooring

Rubber, carpet, cork, and vinyl are good flooring options for assisted living environments. These are all surfaces with texture and resistance, so you won’t slip on them as often as other types of flooring. (Just make sure the vinyl has a good slip resistant co-efficient.) These are also all soft surfaces with some give, so in the event of a fall, the resident is less likely to be injured.

 

Rubber and vinyl are obviously better for spills, whereas carpet can stain and cork can absorb. Yet carpet and cork offer a warmth and feel to the foot that rubber and vinyl lack. Rubber is ideal for softness, but can give off a faint smell. This isn’t harmful but may be a minor bother for some.

 

Installation Process

Commercial flooring installation typically involves removing the whole floor and then laying down the entire new floor. Yet an assisted living environment can’t shut down for renovations the way a retail store can. There’s no other place for residents to go; it is their home, and it is where they receive vital care. Therefore, assisted living carpet installation is like few other installation processes.

 

For assisted living flooring installation of any kind, any part of the old floor taken up must be replaced by new floor at the end of every day. This means that the installation works around the everyday work your personnel have to do. The desire here is to effect a low impact installation that replaces the floor without interrupting or distracting from the needs of residents and work flow of employees alike.

 

If commercial flooring installation is on your to-do list, we are happy to help you select and implement the best solution for your facility.

7 Flooring Mistakes to Avoid

Residential Flooring Installation | East Coast Flooring & Installation

A residential flooring installation is a significant investment in your home’s value — and in your enjoyment of it. Getting it right means years of quality and beauty. Getting it wrong… well, that’s a whole different story! So let’s make sure you don’t end up regretting your installation. Here are X flooring mistakes to avoid.
1. Not Enough Time for the Job

Sometimes a homeowner wants a job done now. It’s understandable, and certainly, we can rush needed jobs – not by cutting corners, but by putting extra resources into it. Even so, residential flooring installation takes time and cannot be done overnight. Estimates given are realistic. Especially for surfaces like tile or hardwood flooring, you can’t skip steps in the installation process. Ask a flooring contractor for the quickest they can do, and that’s a realistic assessment of what the job will really take.

 

Alternately, you may allow enough time for the installation process, but not enough time before moving furniture in. Flooring for an average residence may take 4 or 5 days, but you can’t move in immediately after this. You still need another few days for most flooring to set before moving furniture into the home. Ignoring this step can seriously damage your flooring.

 

2.  Biting on a Trend

Many people want to be trendy. Great! But many trends don’t last – just look at a shag carpet or ask friends who invested heavily in Beanie Babies. Trends in flooring have to be balanced against proven techniques and artistic sense. Floors last for years, so the trend you choose should still be relevant years down the road as well. Otherwise, it will date the home.

 

Luckily, trends in flooring blend well when they lean on proven materials – such as the timelessness of hardwood flooring or even parquet flooring, which is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. This just goes to show that trends come and go; quality and elegance last.

 

3.  Being Too Conservative

On the other side, if you want to look fresh and modern, you don’t want to lean on the looks of past decades. There are timeless looks like hardwood, and then there are conservative looks from the past like beige living rooms and (ugh!) carpeted bathrooms. Don’t be so afraid of modern looks that you stay stuck in the past.

 

These last two points mean finding a balance between past and present. Each home has a personality that flooring can define. Find that and you’ll have found the right balance.

 

4.  Choosing a Floor to Coordinate with Your Decor

What’s wrong with this? Well, nothing — if you want to stick with the same decor for the next 10+ years. The floor should be one of the first elements you select, if not the first. Then you can build your look from there. On the other hand, if you start with trendy gold and peacock blue decor and choose your floor accordingly, you’re going to be in trouble if you want to re-paint, re-wallpaper, and redecorate. Choose a floor that stands on its own, and that can also complement a wide variety of looks.

 

5.  Failing to Consider the Size of a Space

Flooring has a big impact on the look and feel of a room. For example, you can choose a beautiful tone of hardwood flooring for a space, but not consider a space’s size. A basement that doesn’t get much light, or a smaller room, won’t be served well by darker tones. These will only make the space feel tighter and more constricting. It may seem interesting the first few days, but will grow claustrophobic after that. Darker tones – especially in hardwood flooring – are well suited to more open spaces.

For tighter spaces, consider lighter tones. These help reflect more light and make the space feel more open and breathable.

 

6. Repeating One Floor Throughout the Home

Many just fall in love with one floor, and repeat it throughout the entire home. Houses need some variation to help you feel as if different rooms carry distinct personalities. Making the entire house feature one floor will wear on you down the road. You’ll feel it’s too “samey” and become upset at your choices.

Not every room needs a different floor, but figure out which rooms will be suited well with a change-up. Then figure out what that change-up is, and what the transition should look like. It will psychologically help you feel like the house features more change and less repetition.

 

7. Not Consulting with a Residential Flooring Contractor

DIY is a wonderful way to save money and increase the pride you take in your home. But when it comes to a complex job like flooring, ask for advice and guidance so you can avoid these mistakes — and install the flooring that is right for you.