Flooring Trends & Tips
Choosing the right flooring that fits your style, but that also works for your active family, can be challenging. We've been helping Lancaster and Reading families with making the right flooring selections for their homes since 1985. Walk into any room in your home....
The hottest trend in flooring over the last several years is luxury vinyl planks and tile. Again in 2019, luxury vinyl showed the most significant year over year growth of any flooring category. Market growth of luxury vinyl shows no signs of peaking at least through...
Maybe you’ve recently purchased new flooring, or are thinking of starting the process. Choosing the right installation professionals is crucial to the expected outcome of your flooring project. Sometimes the anxiety of the installation process can overshadow the joy...
With winter’s cold temperatures and wet days, are you experiencing any issues with your hardwood floors? Have you been noticing popping or crackling sounds coming from your floors? Even though wood floors are made from “dead” trees, the flooring reacts to temperature...
Whether it is solid or engineered, hardwood floors are a sound investment. While the initial price tag can be higher than some other types of flooring, hardwood is durable, comfortable and beautiful.
It’s that festive time of year when families gather together to celebrate the Holidays and the beginning of a New Year. This usually means there will be lots of hanging out in the kitchen and living room for entertaining
If you are looking to add genuine resale value and even more importantly, beauty to your home, installing hardwood flooring is the
Whether you call them carpet squares or carpet tiles, choosing them for your floors is a great option for today’s busy lifestyles.
We have officially entered the Summer of 2015. As you plan your vacation and other summer activities, don’t forget about your flooring. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your new floors are prepared for the hot, humid days ahead.
The popularity of Outdoor Living Spaces has never been stronger than it is today. Homeowner’s are in love with their patios, decks, porches, screened porches, outdoor kitchens, outdoor home entertainment areas
The short answer is you can be absolutely confident that the laminate floors that we sell at Martin’s Flooring are safe to people and pets and meet the CARB 2 standards for
We’ve experienced one of the coldest winters in years. Did you know this long, cold spell may have affected your hardwood flooring? Maintaining the proper humidity level in your…
While 2014 was the year of chevron prints, text as décor and mirrored furniture, in 2015 you’ll see those trends fades as new ideas replace them. So what’s new and now in home interiors trends? Read on to find out…
Did you know there’s an authority on what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to color hues? That’s right, the Pantone Color InstituteTM designates a Color of the Year annually, and this year it’s Marsala.
Have gorgeous wood flooring or luxuriously plush carpeting in your home or business space? Winter is not its friend, unfortunately. Harsh salt and wet snow tracked in on shoes and pet paws can damage flooring of many kinds, making it important to practice precaution during the next few months.
Aside from our commitment to customers for quality products and services, we’re also big believers in giving back to the communities that our locations call home.
So you know what you want to do with a design project – be it adding or replacing carpeting, hanging window treatments, or the like, but you just don’t know what color palette to choose.
Looking to add a pop of personality to your home that’s neither permanent nor pricey? Go with an area rug! Martin’s Flooring, with its four area locations, has an abundance of options to consider, as well as some suggestions as to why an area rug might be something you want to put on your holiday wish list.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, who has time for extra household chores? Unfortunately, those cleaning tasks are part of the “to do” task list if you’re hosting friends or family for a party or get together. After all, when your guests walk in the door, you want them to think festive and cheery, not fur-covered and smelly.
What’s better during the cold winter months than finding a cozy, warm spot to cuddle up in at home? If you’re planning a flooring project in the near future, that warmth can come from spots other than the traditional fireplace or by cranking up the thermostat. You just might want to invest in heated flooring from Martin’s Flooring.
Autumn is the perfect time to bring home improvement projects inside. The weather is a bit cool for landscaping after all, and you’re going to be enjoying more and more time indoors as we inch closer to the winter months.
Fall’s beauty doesn’t have to be limited to the beautiful changing colors of the leaves around your home. It’s easier than you might think to bring that fall look and feel inside your house as well. Check out some simple suggestions for adding a touch of autumn to your interior from us here at Martin’s Flooring.
You’ve selected your flooring and have had it installed and the results are stunning. So now what? You’ll want to maintain that spectacular status, of course!
Just when hardwood floors seem to be getting all the attention in home design these days (and we have those here at Martin’s Flooring too!), those shopping for new flooring shouldn’t dismiss carpeting too quickly.
Windows and doors are what separate our home from the outside world, really. When you decide to cover or open up a window, you’re changing your home environment. The way you decorate your windows also says a lot about your home style and personality, so you’ll want to be sure you pick something uniquely suited to you.
Who doesn’t love the look of a gorgeous hardwood floor? And while you may think replacing old carpeting in your home is cost-prohibitive, there are in fact actually many options to do so, some quite affordable.
Summer is here and it’s time to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors. The good news is, with great outdoor decor, you don’t have to lose all the comforts of the indoors while you enjoy the summer weather.
When you start shopping for flooring, you’ll probably notice that there are a lot of neutral, natural colors to choose from. Of course there are also a few bright, bold shades to choose from as well, but you’ll find that they are few and far between.
We all want to make our homes beautiful, but let’s face it, functionality is important too. When it comes to your windows, you can definitely have both. There are many things to consider when you are choosing the right window treatments for your room.
Natural stone floors are a beautiful accent to your home and come in a variety of textures and styles. Stone floors are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and entryways but can also create a unique look in other areas of your home.
What is carpet? A soft floor covering, right? But, how soft is soft? And what makes some carpets softer than others? In this post, we will explain what makes some carpets softer than others.
In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we continue with the most common questions about tile flooring:
Q. Is it necessary to use a sealant on the new tile?
In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we will answer the most common questions about tile flooring:
Q. If something is dropped on tile flooring, will the tile break?
A. If something fragile like a glass or porcelain dish is dropped
A Healthier Living Installation is an entirely new approach to flooring installation that will provide you with a cleaner and healthier installation performed by our expert craftsmen.
In today’s busy world, time is a precious commodity. Finding the time to go shop for flooring can be a challenging task. Fortunately, we have a solution for you! With our exclusive Martin’s Flooring Shop at Home service, we will bring our designer showroom and expertise to your door.
The latest Spring 2014 edition of Beautiful Design Made Simple (BDMS) digital magazine is out! Highlighting the latest styles in interior design, flooring, furniture and accessories, BDMS is a quarterly digital magazine that is your “go to” resource for information and inspiration to enrich the ever evolving design of your home.
If you are in the market for carpet, you might want to look into carpet tile. Carpet tiles, which are also called carpet squares or modular carpet tiles, provide the comfort of carpet with added flexibility.
Roman Shades offer a clean, crisp look to any room. Offered in semi-sheer, translucent and room-darkening fabrics, as well as a variety of fold sizes, makes it easy for you to create warm, inviting, beautiful windows.
Winter weather can be harsh, and so can its effects on your flooring. By following some basic maintenance guidelines, you can help keep your floors looking fresh and beautiful.
1. Cork Flooring is a completely natural flooring product. As far as its features and innate benefits are concerned, no man-made material can substitute or replace cork. 2. Cork is not a newly introduced flooring material. It has been used in flooring for well over...
If you are interested in a cost effective, durable, and low maintenance alternative to hardwood or tile and stone, look no further than laminate flooring.
There is a wide array of options available in choosing flooring for a basement. The choice will be largely determined by the activities the floor will be subjected to, along with the buyer’s style and budget.
In the midst of the harsh, cold winter months, it is very important to maximize energy conservation and efficiency. Without energy efficient window treatments, as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows.
With the onset of winter, keeping carpets clean in Lancaster PA can be quite a challenge! To prolong the life and beauty of your carpet, as well as to preserve your warranty, it is essential that you maintain it according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
The holiday season is a time that families gather each year to share stories, catch up on what everyone has been doing all year, and most importantly eat! Often times, home owners get so caught up in planning their menus that they forget to think about the things they can do to protect their hardwood flooring or maybe even the beautiful wooden table that everyone gathers around to eat.
With the growing popularity of “Hard Surface” flooring products, such as hardwood and ceramic tile, area rugs are becoming an increasingly popular way to warm and beautify your favorite living space. A complimentary area rug can instantly transform a room from cold to classy, or from dull to dazzling!
Just in time for the holidays! Here is a short “Beautiful Design Made Simple” video outlining some simple yet helpful tips for creating the perfect tabletop for your holiday get together.
If you are need more decorating help for the holidays or anytime, feel free to contact any of Martin’s Flooring’s experienced design consultants. We are here to help your design dreams become reality!
In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we will answer the most common questions about resilient flooring.
In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we will talk about the most common questions about hardwood.
In this installment of our series “Flooring FAQ’s”, we continue on with the most common questions about carpet.
Consumers often have questions about the performance characteristics of flooring in their homes. We have listed some of the most common carpet FAQ’s below.
Everyday the carpet in your home must withstand the rigors of children, pets, spills, and constant foot traffic. Much has been said about the durability and resiliency of SmartStrand renewably sourced carpet.
Like any floor covering, real wood floors will show signs of wear over time, depending on the size and lifestyle of your family.
Prefinished Hand Scraped Hardwood Flooring has become extremely popular over the last several years. Hand scraped wood flooring offers a distinct appearance, similar to the distressed, old worn look of floors found in old farmhouses, rustic estates and European castles.
Not too long ago, all wood flooring was installed unfinished, and finished on site. A major advantage of a site-finished floor is that the finished floor will have a uniform finish with square edges, meaning no beveling or gaps between boards.
Engineered flooring construction has several benefits over solid hardwood. The most important one is how the material reacts to temperature and humidity.
The process of choosing the right hardwood flooring product should not be taken lightly. Selecting the proper material for your job is essential to achieving the beautiful results you want.
A beautiful bathroom floor lays the foundation for a beautiful bathroom! When choosing bathroom flooring, be sure to take into consideration that this is generally a high traffic area where the floor often gets wet.
Introducing Innovia, the revolutionary new carpet technology, blending the ultimate in softness with long lasting beauty. This incredibly soft and durable carpet has to be seen and felt to be appreciated!
With so many different flooring options available, selecting the right flooring for your child’s bedroom or playroom can be overwhelming. In this blog post we will help you break down your choices and give you the pros and cons of each.
Is it real hardwood flooring????? No, actually it is a "wood look" porcelain tile! Very beautiful and hard to distinguish from the real thing, but much more durable, as well as being extremely stain and water resistant. This porcelain tile is great for any room in the...
Due to their vinyl-based composition, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) products are extremely easy to maintain. Regular damp mopping with a neutral floor cleaner is usually all you will need to do to keep your floor looking bright and beautiful.
Laminate is a very durable and beautiful flooring choice which is perfectly suitable for many rooms in your house. However, for “wet” areas such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, laminate is generally not the best choice. Laminate flooring has a wood-based...
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) products come as individual tiles or planks, which are typically glued down to the subfloor. With some products, there is also an option for a glueless installation. Using this method, the tiles or planks connect to each other using a built-in...
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is currently the most popular flooring product category. These flooring tiles are waterproof and very durable, making them an ideal choice for kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, or anywhere else. A floor covered with LVT, if maintained...
Martin's Flooring carries an exclusive wool carpet brand from New Zealand called, "Just Shorn". Wool carpet is the “Cadillac” of carpets so to speak. Many flooring professionals feel wool is hands down the best carpet fiber on the market today. While opinions will...
Martin's Flooring hosted a Customer Appreciation Breakfast for their Builder and Contractor customers on Thursday, December 12th at their Fivepointville location. The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County had Martin's host their annual Holiday Mingle in...
Martin’s Floor Maintenance Division recently completed cleaning the carpets in the banquet rooms of a local, very well-known restaurant. The results were phenomenal.
We found this article from National Floor Trends, and thought that you might also enjoy it.
Even before the Lancaster Home Show officially opened today, people were flocking to the booth. Great visuals and outstanding product were on full display. People visiting the booth loved the Cork floor. The Home Show at the Lancaster Convention Center continues Saturday, February 11 from 10:00-8:00 and Sunday, February 12 from 10:00-6:00. Please stop by.
Did you know that a professional carpet cleaning can literally make your carpet look like new? Yep, itʼs true. It just so happens that each year many folks make a New Yearʼs Resolution to improve their home in some way.
Choosing the right type of flooring for your home can be one of the most daunting home improvement decisions. Flooring trend experts and designers alike predict that hardwood flooring will continue to be a big trend in 2012. The reason that hardwood flooring is so...
The Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond the call of volunteerism for the Association. This winner is selected by the BIA staff.
Though Pantone has named Tangerine Tango as Color of the Year for 2012, we doubt a lot of people will be rushing out to purchase tangerine-colored carpeting. However, when considering new carpeting, it is okay to keep trends such as color palettes, hues and overall...
When the guests have gone and have taken with them gifts, leftovers and holiday cheer, they have left behind egg nog spills, mud tracks and food stains.
On December 1st and 2nd, Martin's Flooring held a Customer Appreciation Luncheon for their loyal contractor customers. The event drew over 100 contractor customers and their employees. Everyone attending was treated to a delicious lunch, plus everyone received a...
Martinʼs Carpet Cleaning Service, a division of Martinʼs Flooring, has been serving the Lancaster PA area for over a decade.
As you begin to prepare your home for holiday guests, consider professional carpet cleaning as part of your cleaning regimen. If your family is anything like ours, you will likely have guests (and pets) sleeping in every room in your home.
As home sales in the Harrisburg PA area slowly but steadily increase, homeowners continue to look for ways to make their homes more attractive to sell. According to Lawrence Yun, NARʼs chief economist, we should expect 5.3 million existing-home sales this year, up since 4.9 million in 2010, with additional gains in 2012 to about 5.6 million.
Many homeowners in the Harrisburg PA area are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. As both storms dumped torrential amounts of rain on Central PA, homeowners were left with inches upon inches of standing water in their basements and other rooms in the home.
There was a period of time within the last decade when carpet was taboo. Homeowners sought after homes that featured hardwood floors, or other floor covering options that resembled hardwood.
Summer is over and the kids are back in school, and this means that the kids will be hanging out in the kitchen and living room for after-school snacks and homework.
Laminate flooring is among the most popular types of flooring installed in homes today. It has some advantages over hardwood flooring that make it attractive to people – it lasts longer and it is easier to install and maintain.
If you are looking to install some new flooring, you are probably wondering what would work the best. For example, is hardwood flooring better than carpeting?
Sure, you vacuum the carpeting in your home regularly, even calling upon carpet cleaners in Lancaster religiously to clean the carpets professionally.
Many people install tile flooring in their home due tile’s durability as well as the fact that dirt and spots don’t show up as much as they do on linoleum. Yet dirt and grime still make their way onto a tile floor.
Walk into any room. What do you see first? The floor, probably. Yes, the walls and furniture also “hit” you, but the flooring in Lancaster homes probably has the biggest impact on how a room “feels” to you.
If you live in South Central Pennsylvania, you know that it’s not a question of if your carpet in Lancaster will get mud, snow or even ice on it. It’s more a question of when.
As you’re considering purchasing vinyl flooring for your home, you may be wondering how you can estimate how much the flooring will cost to purchase and install.
Tile flooring in your bathroom can go a long way to helping this small but oh-so-important space become beautiful. Bathroom tiles come in many different shapes, sizes, patterns, textures and colors — you’ll find tile for any type of decor you seek.
If you adore how hardwood floors can add warmth and graciousness to a home but are worried about the price, consider laminate flooring. You'll also find laminate flooring that looks as if it's made of tile (vinyl tile). You'll also find laminates that look like...
When it comes to adding value as well as beauty to your home, there’s just about nothing that beats hardwood flooring.
For flooring that exudes class and wealth, why not choose tile? Ceramic tile is considered to be one of the most durable types of flooring. What’s more, it’s beautiful, cool to the touch on a hot summer’s day and can give a whole new look to your home. Tile flooring, in fact, can change the entire ambience of your home quickly and affordably.
Spring’s just about here (by the calendar, anyway; some parts of the country still have snow!). But regardless of where you live, spring cleaning probably is at the top of your to-do list and on that list very well could be the need for a good carpet cleaning.
You’re looking for some new flooring for the kitchen. What you have now is getting old and showing its age. But the question is, what type of flooring should you get? One option is vinyl flooring.
You’re looking for some new flooring for your living room, – a big decision as far as decorating goes – and you’ve decided on carpet flooring. Congratulations! You’ve made an excellent choice. First of all, you’re in good company – carpet is the flooring of choice for...