Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Customer Spotlight - Garage Living Room

Today, we'd like to show you one of our favorite jobs in recent memory. This job comes to us out of Long Beach. One of our repeat customers came to us with a unique request. He mentioned that he had a fairly large garage and was only using half of it for his car and his storage. The other half was dusty and dirty and a complete waste of space.

Together with the client, we decided to turn the other half in to a beautiful den / relaxation area. It ended up being an extremely fun project, as well as being fairly cost effective. All it took was some new lighting, new drywall, a fresh coat of paint, and a beautiful floor to finish it off.

The floor he chose was a combination ceramic tile and laminate floor which looked absolutely stunning when completed. The entire floor from wall to wall came to a grand total of a very reasonable $1,500. While it may have been low cost, this floor is created to be extremely durable and will last for years to come withstanding all types of abuse.

Now, our client hangs out here nightly with his friends after a long day of work. He told us "I now have a large open area to entertain guests and it's extremely comfortable. I'm very pleased."

If you would like to talk to our team of professionals about your own interior decorating ideas or projects, call us today!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ceramic Tile - Beauty Meets Durability

Ceramic Tile Kitchen

In life, we often find ourselves making a difficult decision between aesthetics and function. Something beautiful may not always be as durable as we would hope, while something less visually pleasing may be incredibly resilient and last for centuries. It's the old decision between an plow horse and a show horse and finding out which one is best for your needs. 

Ceramic tile tends to break this stereotype and proceeds to provide a stunning floor to your home that will stand up against all the abuse you can throw at it. Because of this, ceramic tile has been on of our most popular choices for flooring products. 

Ceramic Tile Bathroom
Ceramic tile is incredibly durable. It is created from a hardened clay that is baked and glazed to become resistant to most types of damage that floors usually endure. It is both heat and moisture resistant making it perfect for hot and humid kitchens or bathrooms. You'll never have to worry about a spill damaging the integrity of the floor. If you encounter any dirt, grime, or spills on a tile floor, it's usually as simple as sweeping or mopping it up. Ceramic tile is often picked in commercial properties due to its cleanliness.

Ceramic Tile Shower

Don't let the resistance of ceramic tile fool you in to thinking that it would be an ugly choice for your home. Ceramic tile is incredibly versatile in the ways it can be installed. The tile comes in thousands of color, texture, and size combinations so you can really express your creativity with an installation. The only limit is your imagination. When installing ceramic tile in your home, don't be afraid to be artistic and imaginative with it. You might be surprised at how much you like the result. 

Ceramic Tile Bathroom Bathtub

If you've read the benefits above and are ready to discuss tile installation in your home or office, call B&T Carpet and Linoleum today! We proudly serve the Los Angeles and Orange counties and would love to come to your home and give you a free estimate!

Call today!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Carpet Floors - Warming homes for less money!

BRRR! This week has been particularly cold in the United States. With temperatures reaching sub zero degrees in some parts, It has definitely been one of the coldest weeks in recent memory. Although B&T is currently based in sunny and warm Southern California, we would like to share some tips on keeping warm.

Continued use of heaters (electric or gas) can be very expensive. Another downfall of these methods is that without continued use, your home will drop back to the original temperatures quickly. Trying to save money will cool your house down but trying to warm it will cost money. It's a viscous cycle.

Our professional team of flooring installers share that installing carpet in your home can help to prevent heat loss and actually keep your home warmer. The carpet provides excellent insulation which will retain heat better from the sun, while preventing the loss of heat through the hard surface floor beneath it. It can lower heating costs from continued use and by our estimate the savings will eventually overcome the cost of the floor's installation!

If you have a beautiful wood, laminate, linoleum, or tile floor that you would like to keep, it's not the end of the world for you either. Purchasing an area rug will mimic the insulation properties of carpet and you can use it on top of your existing floor. The heat retention may not be as complete as with a full carpet floor but you will definitely notice a difference. 

If you live in California and wish to learn more carpet in your home, call today or check out our carpet page on our flooring installation website.

To the rest of the country, we hope you stay warm for the rest of this winter. Spring is just around the corner.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Laminate Floors vs Hardwood Floors cost - Which should I choose?

Everybody wants a beautiful wood floor in their house. In addition to Hardwood and other wood flooring looking absolutely gorgeous, it significantly increases the value of your home. The old saying "you have to spend money to make money" is very relevant here and the traditionally high cost of installing hard wood flooring drives many people away from the idea. 

To those people, I would like to introduce you to my friend Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a beautiful alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. It mimics the look and feel of classic wood floors at a fraction of the price. In our experience, many people can't tell the difference. Laminate floors make use of specially engineered composite boards with a printed pattern applied to the topside. This layer is laminated and textured to emulate authentic wood floors as closely as possible. Because they are not made from natural wood, you end up paying up to 50% less for your floor. Don't let the price fool you though, the finished product is beautiful and you will be proud to show your new floor to your friends and family!

Hardwood floors are understandably more expensive. They are created from real wood stained and treated for use on floors in homes. Their look and durability is unmatched, but laminate floors come extremely close. You do end up paying a premium for these floors, but the money invested will translate to much higher values if you go to sell your home.

The question of "Which should I choose" really comes down to your wallet. Hardwood floors offer unmatched durability and add a significant amount to the resale value of the home. Laminate floors copy the look and feel of authentic hardwood floors with similar durability for a much lower price and less effect on resale values.

The one thing that remains certain is that your floor will be gorgeous regardless of which option you choose.

For a free estimate in the Los Angeles or Orange Counties by the professionals at B&T Carpet and Linoleum Inc, visit our flooring installation website today!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Linoleum Floors - The Most Bang For Your Buck!

Linoleum flooring (also called vinyl flooring) is one of the most popular options for new floors, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens. The reasons for this popularity become crystal clear if you consider price and durability. If you're looking for a floor that will last for generations at the lowest possible cost, This is definitely the floor for you. 

Lets begin by talking about the price. This is often the biggest consideration for home owners and apartment landlords when considering a new floor. Different flooring materials have differing prices depending on quality, but linoleum is almost always your cheapest option. The reason for this is because the process to produce the linoleum itself makes heavy use of recycled products. Utilizing recycling to produce and dispose of linoleum keeps costs low while producing a quality product. The cost savings in the manufacturing process are passed directly on to the consumer!

The phrase "you get what you pay for" doesn't necessarily apply here either. Despite the relatively low cost of linoleum products, the floors end up being extremely durable and last for ages. The floors are resistant to all manner of dirt, grime and spills and the material is designed to be very easy to clean. Due to this durability, it is a favorite choice for high traffic areas or areas prone to dirt and spills, such as kitchens and bathrooms. This durability is also a huge benefit to landlords in rental properties because the floors require less maintenance and are harder to be damaged by negligent tenants. 

To add a cherry to the top, linoleum is offered in hundreds of different styles ranging from color options to patterns and even textures. There is a huge degree of customization in choosing a linoleum floor so despite it being a cheap and heavy duty floor, it can look classy and add value to a room.

To recap, if you are looking for a heavy duty and resilient floor that won't break the bank but still looks amazing, you should definitely consider installing linoleum in your home!

If you live in the Los Angeles or Orange county areas and would like a free estimate and consultation, call B&T Carpet and Linoleum today. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Welcome to our flooring blog!

Thank you for visiting the B&T Carpet and Linoleum blog. On this site, we plan on posting interesting and informative content regarding all types of flooring. Topics will range from benefits of different flooring materials to the best kind of floor for different use case scenarios. Truly if you are curious about floors or anything flooring related, you have come to the right place!

We will be updating with content soon. In the meantime, you can view our flooring website.

Happy reading!


Thomas Sacco
Founder and CEO
B & T Carpet and Linoleum Inc.