The Antique Look

Today more and more people are looking to the old to elevate the look of their homes. It may be the furniture or even the paint on the walls. People are returning to the old to get the most out of the design ideas. That is why I am excited to tell you about Armstrong’s
Architectural Remnants Laminate flooring collocation.

Flooring is a great way to change the look of any home. This flooring collection is perfect to give your home that antique feel. In this collection there are about 18 different styles and looks. One thing that I like is that not all of the styles are the same size. Some are 5″x48, 8′x48″,4″x48″ and then some of the select styles has a combination of all the sizes in each carton to really give you the feel of that old time floor. I can say that this product is a well constructed flooring system as well. Not like most laminates that is thinner and cheaper looking than real wood. This product is not that one. It will please any home owner or business owner as well.

One of the best parts about this laminate is that there is no nailing or gluing for the installation. It is a click and snap type of floor. What does this mean for you? The product can be a DIY project with no nailing or gluing. That means for you and me the common home owner will be able to install this product without breaking the bank on labor costs.  With most laminates you will need an under laymen. One last thing that I really love is that you can use this product on the floors as well as on the walls to really give you a creative look. You can find this product on our website

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Are carpet tiles for you?

Here are a few points about carpet tiles to help you to determine if they are what you need for your project.Carpet squares  or tiles are easy to install and don’t require a professional. This makes them the ideal alternative to traditional carpet and a great way to save money. They are easy to transport because they’re lightweight and portable making it a lot easier to store some extras or the carpet tile until the project date. Carpet tiles can warm any cold room up with many more different colors,styles, and shapes than broadloom carpet. Physically, they are much warmer to walk on than hard surfaces, and they help to deaden sound at the same time. Many people use them just for sound proofing their rooms. I have sold many carpet tiles  to land lords with upstairs apts for this reason.  Most people do not know that they have the ability to repel moisture.Moisture and bacteria cannot penetrate the surface of carpet squares  and this  makes them ideal for high-traffic areas and rooms where there are commonly spillages (like kitchens and play rooms).Carpet tiles are easy to replace if a particular area gets damaged in some way. Just remove the particular carpet square that needs replaced, and insert a new one that you may have leftover. We always recommend to buy about 10% extra for just that reason. Go ahead and try some carpet tiles to see how well you like them. Focusfloors will send you out mostly full size samples for just a $1.29 each with free shipping. Good luck and good designing.

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LokDots For Carpet Tile

I just wanted to talk a little about LokDots. I have found LokDots are a great solution when it comes to the roll on full spread adhesive for the installation of Shaw carpet tiles. They are easier to use and much faster than a traditional adhesive. LokDots are applied via a durable, lightweight handheld applicator: its trigger-less design is ergonomically safe and intended for repetitive use. This intuitive system allows for flexible installation in regard to perimeter and interior cutting. Floor Preparation is just limited to clearing dust and debris. They are more easily stored than 4 gallon pails of adhesive and are more environmentally friendly to ship due the weight difference. One shelve is equal to more than two 4 gallon 35 pound pails of adhesive. When it comes down to installing carpet tiles LohDots seems to be my choice. For more info on Lokdots or carpet tiles visit our web site

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Carpet Tiles Shapes and Sizes

Carpet tiles are a great way to add warmth and style to any home or business. Most people now about the 24″ x 24″ tiles. I can tell you they come in many other shapes, sizes and colors. I will go trough the different shapes and so to try to give you a more creative way to look at them.

There is the 36″ x 36″ tile. These tiles are normally  used in large areas, such as business’s with more than 3000 sqft of so. What is so good about these tiles is you can mix them up with the 18″ x 36″ or the 9″ x 36″ tiles to create a great design with some solid colors  giving it more of a border look.

I mentioned the   9″x 36″and the 18″x 36″ early so lets talk a little about them. Like all carpet tiles they can be installed in many ways and directions with the arrows on the back of them to give you a stating point. One good thing about these sizes they can be used together. These sizes makes a great border option for most projects and designs. Below is a link to show you how they are installed.  anceInstallation#18×36

One of my favorite carpet tile is the hexagon shape tile. This is truly a fun tile to use. They come in solid colors, linear patterns and other designs as well so you can really get those creative juices going. Theses carpet tiles are really great for a kid room or play rooms. They are just so much fun to work with. Below is a link to take a look at these tiles.

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Shaw LokDots

        LokDots! What are they and how do you use them? LokDots are the next best thing in adhesive for carpet tile. They are a pressure sensitive adhesive for the installation of Shaw EcoWorx carpet tiles. They are an odorless system  that provides an alternative to wet adhesive, virtually eliminating the issue of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and providing ease and versatility of installation.

         The LokDots system allows you to install your project fast and with less hassle. It uses a one click gun system that allows you to put 22 dots on per tile at a fast rate. It is very easy to work and makes a great DIY tool without breaking your wallet on hiring a installer and that is a wonderful thing for anyone.

         LokDots are sold by the sleeve. With one sleeve you can lay up to 250 yds (2250 sqft). The LokDots applicator holds one roll at a time. You can choose not to use the applicator,but if you do so it will take you double the amount of time to install. The applicator and dots are sold separate and both can be shipped with Fedex ground or UPS. The LokDots are a great product. I have used them myself and found it to be a time saving product as well. 

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A little About Focusfloors

FOCUSflooring & Furnishings, Inc. was formed in 1977 to manufacture and market commercial grade carpet. In the years since, we have continued to produce and sell top quality floor covering for delivery to thousands of satisfied customers. In the past two decades we have concentrated on carpet tiles and as a result the top interior designers, architects, and now homeowners are enjoying the benefits of our “Go Anywhere” Carpet Tile Squares.

Many of our promotional carpet tiles come from other manufacturers. We do not advertise them by their manufactured name because we do not want to interfere with the manufacturers normal channels of sales. But, our prices are far below the manufacturers suggested retail pricing. We usually are 80 to 85% below normal costs.

More than 30 years of innovative design in carpet and carpet tile

Preparing a carpet tile orderOur carpet tiles are all made from 100% first quality fiber and yarn. They are treated to retard soiling, and to eliminate static. All include a built-in moisture barrier. They are manufactured to withstand the punishing conditions of commercial use while still having an attractive appearance for the home.

We maintain a large inventory of carpet tiles at all times. We never have less than 200,000 square feet of carpet tile product in stock to choose from. Many Internet companies are not selling from their own inventory. They do not have their own warehouse full of values ready to ship to you as we do. Although we don’t have a showroom, our warehouse is our Internet site.  We would be glad to have you make an appointment to pick up your order to save on shipping. Appointments are made only for paid orders for pick up only. Remember, our goal is to pass our savings onto you our Internet shopper.

Focus Floors warehouseAs we conduct our business, primarily through the Internet, we strive to keep our customers in mind. It is our intent to save money by using the Internet to sell so we can pass the savings on to you.

We sell directly to you, our customers, so there is no middleman. We are offering you directly, tremendous savings on quality merchandise. No other online retailer can beat FOCUSfloors’ prices. We pride ourselves on meeting or beating all competitors pricing!

We have knowledgeable salespeople who are also working in our offices in Ringgold, GA. You will actually be talking to a sales associate who can walk out into the warehouse while speaking to you and put their hands on your product. We will get you immediate information about our products that you are interested in. When you need further information about delivery times and freight costs and we don’t have an immediate answer, our sales person will get the information you need and call you right back.

Our sales staff is pressure free and is based on educating and serving our customers. We have unbeatable prices, including “continuity lines” – perfect for very large orders and areas where ongoing availability is a necessity. And for unbeatable economy, a large inventory of 1st quality specials (aka closeouts or promotional), overruns, and trial runs, priced from $.49 to $2.99 per square foot with free shipping. These specials are the best value in a carpet tile you can find anywhere.

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Flooring (Carpet Tile) Is the Main Ingredient

Carpet Tile

Selecting the right flooring(Carpet Tiles) for any project not only adds to its look, but the experience and overall feel.Carpet tile is a versatile element that can play many different roles within a project. They can define spaces within a space without any additional architectural elements which help keeps the cost down. They also can help impact the scale of the space, making it feel larger or smaller than it is. One other important thing they can be the fun element in the space with different colors,textures,and patterns are used. Carpet tiles are fun,low priced,and easy to install making them a great choice for any project.

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Top 11 Reasons to Buy Carpet Tile

11 Reasons to Buy Carpet Tile

There are still a lot of misconceptions about carpet tiles out there. The primary misconception is that carpet tiles are only good for commercial buildings. It’s just not true. Carpet tiles are good for most any installation. And if you are the creative type, you’ll find a lot of versatility with colors and patterns for unique designs.

If you are thinking about using carpet tiles for your next flooring project, consider this list of reasons to buy carpet tiles over other flooring products.

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A Brief History of Carpet Tiles

History of Carpet Tiles

The concept of flooring tile goes back thousands of years when hard surfaces of various rock forms, baked clay, and ceramic were being used. The early users of these initial tile flooring types needed something to cover their dirt floors that were of a size that could be easily carried to where the floor was located. These hard surface types of flooring preceded woven grasses and fabrics that were used to cover the ground; such as, mats and rugs. As civilization progressed, wood tiles and certain forms of metal, glass, and rubber tiles were used. Also, finely finished rocks; such as, limestone and granite, were being improved for the “now” classic look of stone tiles.

Flash forward to the mid-nineteenth century and you find the first carpet tiles being used. It was then that a small Dutch company outside of Amsterdam, Holland, made the first “true” carpet tile. The name of this company was Heuga and their initial business was making bicycle seat covers with animal hides. They purchased a needle punch machine which enabled them to use the horse and hog hair yarn to manufacture wider width fabric ideal for carpet tiles. Heuga strived, at this relatively early date, to make sure that they were using a waste by-product from local slaughter houses. Not only did they continue to cut their bicycle seats from this new fabric, but they also began to sell rugs and broadloom carpet. However, they were still concerned with using as much of the product as they could to eliminate waste. They began experimenting with putting an asphalt (bitumen) backing on their fabric to give it stiffness and further durability plus dimensional stability. They cut the fabric into 10 inch squares so the homes and commercial buildings using their product didn’t create the waste they did when cutting in a wall-to-wall carpet installation.

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How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl-Plank-flooring-bathroomFOCUSfloors & Furnishings has recently introduced vinyl plank flooring to its line of durable and beautiful flooring products, which also includes carpet tiles for residential and commercial installation. Vinyl plank flooring is a unique product that looks like natural wood. The high resolution finish is very realistic and difficult to discern the difference with a visual examination. Vinyl plank flooring has a couple of distinct advantages over traditional wood flooring. The first being that vinyl is much easier on the pocketbook and the second being that vinyl is waterproof making it ideal for kitchen, bathroom, and basement installations. Installing this product is similar to other modular products. It’s important to start with smooth solid surface. Follow these steps for a basic installation. Continue reading

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