Luxury Vinyl Plank Installation

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CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – GOLD COAST ACACIA

Vinyl has advanced as a building material over the last century.  From house siding to countertop solutions, all the way to flooring alternatives, vinyl’s versatility and durability are near unrivaled. Many homeowners and businesses have been converting to Luxury Vinyl Planking for its many benefits, making it the fastest growing flooring option in the industry to date.  This high-quality flooring replicates hardwood and can be virtually installed anywhere in your home, including bathrooms and basements.  It is incredibly durable, as well as easy to install.  Unlike sheet vinyl, LVP comes in planks which can be floated directly over your subfloor with no adhesive.  This allows you to save money on prep work, which also makes LVP a very economical solution.  The installation process is simple, involves few tools, and requires light prep work.  If you are looking to install this beautiful flooring option yourself, you have come to the right place.

Tools

CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – RED RIVER HICKORY

Luxury Vinyl Planking does not require any elaborate tools to install.  Typically, most planks can be scored with a utility knife and snapped when making your cuts.  For your tools, you will need the following:

  • Broom
  • Utility Knife
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Pry Tool
  • Tape Measure
  • Right Angle

Prep Work

CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – BLACK WALNUT

When you first get your Luxury Vinyl Planking, put it inside the room which you plan on installing it.  This can allow the vinyl planking to acclimate to the room and prevent unwanted contraction and expansion after installation.  Typically, this floor needs about 24-48 hours to acclimate.  It is natural for your floor to need to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the space.  Next, you will need to do some simple prep work to your room.  If you are installing it in a room that has carpet, remove the carpet, padding, and tackless.  For rooms that have tile, hardwood, or concrete, this floor can be installed directly over these floorings without removing them.   Broom the area you are looking to install your LVP to remove any dust or debris.  You may want to remove your baseboard or undercut it if it is too flush to the floor.  You can do this by using your pry tool.  Write a number on the back of each piece you remove and write the corresponding number on the wall where it was-this will help you reinstall each piece without being confused where each one went. You can also use this technique on quarter-round.

Installation

CORETEC PLUS 5″ PLANK – CORVALLIS PINE

Most LVPs are manufactured with a built-in underlayment.  Open a few boxes and mix your luxury vinyl planks to assure randomization in the planks.  Select the wall you want to start your installation.  Preferably, select a wall that is connected to the exterior of your home. Also, decide what direction you want your planking to run.  Typically, the length will follow the length of the room; however, this is your personal preference.  Place your planks down and create your first row; you will want a slight gap between the wall and your planks to allow room for contraction and expansion.  You may want to invest in spacers.  Your planks will simply snap together with the interlocking system the manufacturers provided.  For stubborn planks, consider using your rubber mallet to bump each into place.  You can cut a small piece of scrap-plank to create your own tapping block.  Be careful when tapping not to damage the locking system.  For a natural look, make sure your next row is stagger at least 1/3 of a board.   Use your tape measure to get the length you need to cut your last board in each row. You can use your piece from the end of one row to make the starting plank for your next row.  To cut planks, use your right angle and score the boards.  Simply snap them after scoring them.  

Pro-Tip: Luxury Vinyl Tiles can be a little more challenging to interlock.  You may need to use a tapping block more in this process.

The installation process is simple in comparison to many other floorings.  With just a couple of household tools and a little handyman skills, you will be able to install your new flooring with ease.  For more installation tutorials, make sure to subscribe.

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Three Day Only Sale

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Three days only… Don’t Miss Our Free Labor Credit Event starting July  27, 2013 through July 29, 2013!

Here are some of the great offers going on this weekend:

  • Celebrate our Special Offers at all twelve Century Tile locations.
  • Get Free Labor & Pad on any carpet purchase*
  • In addition…For EVERY 100 sq. ft. of ceramic, stone, glass, wood or laminate you purchase, you will receive a $100 Labor Credit towards your Century Hard Surface Installation!**
  • Do a Backsplash Installation and get $25 minimum off on labor.  Buy 500 sq. ft. – get a $500 credit…buy 1,000 sq. ft. – get a $1000 credit.
  • Find deals of up to 20% off Quickstep laminate flooring or 10% off Century Distinctive hardwood or laminate flooring (solid & engineered hardwood flooring).
  • Amazing 10% off on ALL Dal-Tile products – stocked or special order!
  • Special 18 month no-interest financing available!

Don’t delay – these offers are only good through July 29th at any Century Tile location!

*For more details, visit any of our 12 locations.

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Mundelein and Woodstock’s New Carpet Departments

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Mundelein and Woodstock

Don’t Miss Our Special Offer of….

Free Labor and Free Pad on any carpet purchase this Saturday, Sunday & Monday only! (March 16-18, 2013)

  • Celebrate the Grand Opening of our Carpet Showrooms…with special savings at our Mundelein & Woodstock locations.
  • All offers are good at EVERY Century Tile location.
  • Amazing Savings on Ice White 3″ x 6″ Subway Tile.
  • Great savings on stone, porcelain, laminate, vinyl & bamboo flooring!
  • Save an additional 10% on a wide selection of all close-out Ceramic, Glass and Stone tiles…up to 70% SAVINGS!
  • Also get 10% off on American Olean – Infusion series.
  • 18 month special financing available!
  • Plus – get a $50 bonus savings certificate when you purchase $1,200 or more. Limit one coupon per customer.Don’t delay – these offers are only good for this Saturday, Sunday & Monday (3/16 – 3/18) at all of our 12 Century Tile locations!* * See store for complete details or visit our website.

Grand Opening: Our New Carpet Department

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Come join us while we celebrate the grand opening of our NEW Carpet Department for our Mt. Prospect and Joilet locations!  This is an exclusive limited time only event so you don’t want to miss out!  It’s going on starting Saturday, March 9, 2013 until Monday, March 11, 2013.

Special Offers Include:

  • Save up to 70% off Porcelain, Ceramic, Stone, Glass, Engineered Wood, Laminate, and Vinyl Flooring.
  • 18 month special financing available.
  • Bonus Savings Certificate: You can take an additional $50 off your flooring purchase when you schedule a free pre-measure today.
  • Free labor and free carpet pad on every carpet purchase.
  • And so much more!

For more information and details, please visit our website here.

Our Mt. Prospect Location:

  • 915 E. Rand Rd. (At the intersection of Rand and E. Central Rds.)
  •  Store Hours: Sat. 8:00-6:00 Sun. 11:00-5:00 M-F 7:00-9:00
  • Contact Us: 847-392-4700

Our Joilet Location:

  • 1395 N. Larkin Ave.
  • Store Hours: Sat. 9:00-6:00 Sun. 11:00-5:00 M-F 8:00-9:00
  • Contact Us: 815-553-1800

Preparing for Carpet Installation Day

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You’ve purchased that gorgeous new Berber and now it’s time for it to be installed. There are several things you should do before your installers arrive.

Be sure to move all furniture out of the rooms where the carpet is to go. Empty china cabinets and closets. If you have particularly big items like a waterbed, an aquarium or a huge hutch we can help move these for an appropriate fee.

Make sure that anything that could be damaged during installation is removed from the room. This could mean electrical cords, lamps, computer fixtures or even items that hang low in closets.

Have a plan for how your old floor coverings will be removed. This is a messy and time-consuming task. We can give you a list of options but if you prefer to remove your present floor covering yourself, it is best to do it at least one day prior to installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. Please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.

If you are repainting the room where carpet will be installed it’s a good idea to do this before we show up. Keep in mind however that paint may become damaged, usually near the bottom of the walls during the installation process. You will probably need to do some touch ups after we are gone. Baseboards will probably also need some TLC.

Doors that once swung closed effortlessly may not do so if the height of your carpet changes. We will re-hang doors for you and cut them if needed.

Putting in a new carpet produces trash! We will leave all the trash at your collection point or for an additional charge we can haul it away for you.

Knowing what to do in advance is the key to making your installation day go as smooth as possible which means less time and stress for you, your family and your home!

Save Your Back and Your Pocketbook

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Wintertime is just around the corner. While there are so many lovely things about winter, sparkly snow, skaters, mittens, frost glazed windows and curling up by the fireplace; there is also the freezing temperatures, snow and ice which can cause wear and tear to your home, especially to your roof and gutters. What’s a homeowner to do?

Nuheat has just introduced its Freeze Protection line of regulating cables to help prevent burst pipes and ice damage. Even better for those of us who hate to shovel, they also have slab cables to melt snow and ice on walkways and driveways.

Winter is fast approaching so if you are interested in saving your back and your pocketbook check out the following facts:

Nuheat Freeze Protection Fast Facts:

• Self-regulating heating cables manufactured by Fujikura

• Prevents ice dams and dangerous icicle build-up

• Protects roofs and gutters from harsh winter weather

• Prevents burst pipes during cold snaps

• Melts snow and ice on walkways and driveways

• Industry leading 10-year warranty

All Nuheat freeze protection products can be controlled using a variety of thermostats, controllers, sensors and control panels.

To add Nuheat’s cables to your roof before the weather is at its worst please ask us for more information or learn more about this system at www.nuheat.com.

Advice on Granite Tile Counter Tops – Reader Question

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Reader Question:

I am thinking of replacing my old counter tops with a granite tile, which I know would be cheaper than solid granite. What installation advice do you have?

Answer:

Thank you for your question! You are right that granite tiles can save you money versus a solid slab of granite. Things to keep in mind are making sure that your cabinet base is strong enough to hold the weight of the stone, be sure to have a plan for the front edge whether it be cut pieces of granite, wood or other decorative trim and use a thin grout line in order to make the finished product look as much like a slab as you can. Natural stone is still an investment, so if you plan to install yourself, the best advice we can give is to measure twice before cutting!

You may enjoy coming to one of our Pete the Pro seminars for additional installation tips. Please let us know if you would like more details on a seminar in your area.