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Shaw lightens up laminate

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (10)

Laminate has been under tremendous pressure in recent years. So when Shaw had the opportunity to introduce two of its laminate collections to key customers, the company was extremely pleased with the enthusiastic response.


“The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. They said these new collections made them think totally different about laminate than they have in years,” said Drew Hash, Shaw’s hard surface category manager.


The Ancestry ...

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Quit Blaming the Installers

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

When I first started covering the flooring industry nearly 20 years ago I learned there were a few issues that had “always” been around.


Some, such as the employee vs. independent contractor debate, the industry can only lobby politicians to ensure any law does not harm normal industry practices.


Others, though, are totally within the industry’s power to change, such as installation. I remember shortly after starting there was a glaring ...

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Dispelling Misperceptions About Carpet and Health

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to the green movement, there are basically two sides to the coin: Environmental and health.

The environmental component is pretty obvious, including such things as recycling and sustainable practices and, as such, gets the majority of the press. And, in this area, carpet scores high marks across the board as the industry is widely recognized as one of the most progressive among all building products̵...

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Contractor?s Corner: The Role of the Flooring Contractor

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The role of the flooring contractor is one of the least understood pieces of a flooring sales transaction. Without a flooring contractor, there is no install, no logistics and no one to warrantee the labor aspect of the job.


One of the most important things people need to remember is flooring contractors are notinstallers; their role is much more complex than that.


The contractor needs to measure the area for flooring either through a site visit or by est...

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Ottawa flooring guide to Buying Hardwood Flooring

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Buy Hardwood Flooring

What makes a quality hardwood floor right for ME?


Hardwood Flooring is all about quality, after all you walk on it every day. But what is quality? How do I know if I'm buying a quality hardwood floor?


This Wood Flooring Buyers' Guide is designed to answer all your questions about what you would like to know and look for, when buying a hardwood floor. We have been in the business for over 20 y...

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What's the Best Hardwood Flooring?

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

What's the Best Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered, Strip, Plank & Parquet


The best hardwood flooring is the one that fits your traffic needs, installation challenges and budget. The industry has created literally hundreds of options to meet any of these challenges from horrible to fantastic.


Here's an idea of all your solid wood hardwood flooring options... this does not discuss laminated flooring which is made fr...

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Tips Before you Shop for flooring

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

When you’re looking for carpet contractors in Ottawa, you probably realize right away that you have plenty of options. However, what isn’t exactly obvious is which contractor will be the best one for your installation. Here are several tips to help you sort through the many carpet contractors in the Ottawa Valley area:

First, make sure that the contractor you choose is insured. You just never know what might happen on the day they come to install your carpet. O...

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Police investigating carpet-selling scam

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Police investigating carpet-selling scam

Ottawa police have become aware of an aggressive door-to-door carpet-selling scam, where low-grade carpets are being peddled as high-quality, handmade luxury items. The suspects have been reported to claim they are returning to their home country and are unable to bring the items with them, and have also targeted elderly people for large business loans. The suspects will pressure the people they solicit to pay in cash, and will keep no re...

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shady carpet salesman

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

OTTAWA -- A Nepean man says he was bamboozled by a shady carpet salesman who swindled him out of $8,000 cash and left him holding the bag -- or at least five Persian rugs.


Arnim Gorgas, 71, thought he knew the man who called him Monday, inquiring about a carpet he and his wife Patricia bought from a Merivale Rd. rug company several years earlier.


But it was only after the man drove him to the bank and took off with a fistful of his money that Gorgas figur...

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Flooring Consumers Buyers Beware

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Ottawa Has a huge variety of Box stores, retail mom and pop shops and contractors to choose from with regards to flooring products and services and with that overabundance of stores and contractors some questionable practices come to light. We have seen the good the bad and the real ugly in this industry that even us as contractors aren’t immune to their deceptions. Scammers, liars and just plain ignorant sales people are taking advantage of many people, who get caught up in the sale of...

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