Inspiring Design with Preverco Hardwoods

By Jill

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 9:00 AM


For a few years now, our sales manager Marbella and I have been attending the annual flooring industry trade show held in Las Vegas. And each time we are there, we can’t help but admire Preverco Hardwood Flooring. Not only does Preverco offer beautiful collections of hardwood flooring, but year after year, its hardwoods are also right on trend with today’s most sought-after colors, textures, and design styles. Barry Carpet is proud to announce that we are now an exclusive Preverco dealer. Here are just a few of the reasons why we think our customers will love Preverco hardwoods as much as we do:

A Commitment to Quality

Preverco hardwood flooring for kitchensBased in Canada, Preverco designs and manufactures all of its products in North America – applying some of the highest manufacturing standards around. In fact, when it comes to craftsmanship, Preverco believes that “anything worth doing is worth doing well.” And this is more than just a motto. The company subjects each of its finished planks to a series of tests and treatments. Any boards found to be imperfect are immediately discarded. This attention to detail allows Barry Carpet to confidently stand behind the superior quality of these floors.

A Commitment to Innovation

Preverco hardwood flooringCommitted to developing products that offer consumers the best level of performance, Preverco applies the latest in flooring technology to adapt to your needs. Hardwoods are available in several formats to accommodate any area of your home – from the basement to the upstairs. Products include traditional, nail-down ¾”solid woods, as well as engineered woods with nail-down, glue-down, staple, or floating installation options. VOC-free, the Preverco Sigma Protection finish offers amazing resistance to everyday wear, UV light, and mold, mildew, and other bacterial growth. Preverco backs this protection with a 35-year finish warranty.

A Commitment to the Environment

An environmentally friendly company, Preverco also understands that the future is shaped today. These hardwoods are not only Carb 2 compliant, but the company also follows Lacey Act guidelines to ensure wildlife preservation and forest conservation. Preverco is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and various other groups that support an improved environment.

Options for Every Taste and Budget

Preverco hardwood flooringPerhaps what you’ll like best about Preverco is the great variety of styles available. From Exotics to White Oak Quarter-sawn, White & Red Oak, Hard Maple, Ash, Hickory, Yellow Birch, and Walnut – if you’re looking for it, they have it – in all of the latest colors, textures, and finishes, including oiled, matte, and semi-gloss. Preverco really gets that purchasing new hardwood flooring is a big investment, and they feel homeowners deserve choices. To simplify the selection process and help you find the look that best matches your design taste, they offer woods in four unique categories: classic, country, contemporary, and eclectic – with various price points to fit your budget.

Come See for Yourself

These woods are beautiful. The colors are fantastic. And the quality is the best. We are truly excited to begin showing these floors and invite you to visit our West Los Angeles showroom and see for yourself just how uniquely beautiful this hardwood flooring is.

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The Growing Popularity of Luxury Vinyl Tile

By Jill

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:52 PM


One of the fastest-growing flooring categories among homeowners today is luxury vinyl tile (also referred to as luxury vinyl planks, or LVT for short). Here are a few of the reasons why LVT is becoming so popular...

Amazing Realism

Kardean luxury vinyl tile flooring for bathroomOne of the biggest reasons homeowners are attracted to LVT is its ability to impressively replicate the high-end looks of today’s most popular luxury flooring materials, including hardwoods, parquet, ceramic tiles, limestone, marble, slate, and travertine – often with a much lower price tag. Applying the latest 3D imaging technologies, today’s LVT manufacturers are able to take a photographic image of a natural material, such as wood or stone, and transfer it directly to a tile. Then, through processes like embossed in register printing and laser engraving, each tile is uniquely embossed to match a desired texture. Many high-end LVT manufacturers have done such a great job at mastering these embossing techniques, their flooring not only successfully mimics the grain patterns of real woods and textures of natural stone, but it also reproduces the subtle highs and lows in the color variations of these natural materials. In fact, once installed, many LVT products are often pretty hard to distinguish from the real materials they masterfully mirror.

Limitless Design Options

karndean2While realism is certainly changing the way homeowners perceive LVT, the abundance of available design options truly makes this flooring a top seller. From popular gray tones in both wood and stone looks, to wider, longer planks that include hand-scraping and wire-brushing affects, to oversized tiles – LVT offers all the latest in flooring trends. To add more realism, tiles can be laid with a special grout that won’t crack or discolor like real grout can. Or, tiles can be installed without grout for a modern, seamless look. For further customization, many top manufacturers offer design strips and borders to mix and match styles – a stone tile with a metallic border, or light wood planks with a dark wood trim, for example. The design options are limited only by your imagination.

Enhanced Durability

Perhaps the true secret to LVT’s appeal is its durability. Average 1/8” thick tiles are made of several layers, including a protective top layer, called the wear or mil layer. Often topped with urethane for increased protection, this specialized wear layer makes tiles exceptionally resistant to scratches, scuffs, indentations, and stains – a plus for homes with small children or pets. LVT is also resistant to the chipping, warping, and yellowing that can occur with some natural materials. And tiles are naturally water-resistant, making LVT a perfect choice for areas where moisture is a concern. In fact, LVT’s dimensional stability and durability make it well suited for just about any room in a home. This resilience is often backed by manufacturer’s warranties of up to 20 years or more for residential use. In addition, LVT is also softer and warmer underfoot than many natural materials. And many high-end collections include a slip-resistant layer for added safety in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms.

More Installation Options

Kardean luxury vinyl tile flooringA great option for remodeling projects, LVT is easy to install over most existing surfaces. This is because LVT is typically thinner than most hardwood planks, stone, or ceramic tiles. High-end LVT products can even work well over radiant heating systems. Floors can be glued down or floated – a relatively easy process, particularly for do-it-yourselfers. One caution: Before installing LVT yourself, check the fine print of the manufacturer’s warranty. Some LVT manufacturers require a professional installation to validate their warranties.

Easy to Maintain

For today’s busy families, perhaps the biggest highlights of LVT is that it’s easy to maintain. To stay looking like new, floors simply require a weekly damp-mopping with water and the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner.

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Have questions about LVT? If you would like check out LVT’s amazing realism and style options for yourself stop by our West Los Angeles showroom for free take home samples and to arrange for a in home consultation / estimate.

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Design Tips

By Jill

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 2:50 AM


Design Tips - blog.barrycarpet.comWhen it comes to decorating your home, do you have a knack for knowing which colors, styles, and textures work well together to create the perfect décor? Or does the prospect of decorating a new home or updating your existing one seem completely daunting? Most people probably fall somewhere in the middle. Maybe you have ideas about what you like, but you’re not exactly sure what will work best in your home. Today, there are more ways than ever to find your perfect decorating style. Websites like Pinterest and houzz have literally thousands of room scenes to view. There are entire television networks devoted to home makeovers.  Many manufacturers like Armstrong and QuickStep offer tools on their websites that allow you to design your own virtual room to see how their products fit into your decorating scheme. And, you can always grab a good old-fashion home design magazine to pull ideas. But, sometimes, too many options can make your head spin. To sort through it all, here are a couple of tips to follow when planning your next home remodel. Pick one key element, and build from there. When you look at room scenes you like, is there one thing in particular that catches your eye? For instance, do you find yourself gravitating toward rooms with dark hardwood flooring?  Or maybe you’re drawn to certain colors such as gray tones or warm browns and reds? Rather than picking all the furnishings for a room at once, try starting with that one key feature, such as the room color or the flooring, and then build the room’s décor from there. Gray looks good with many different color palettes - blog.barrycarpet.comA big trend in flooring right now is using one flooring material to cover a lot more space. If your home has an open-concept design where one room flows into another, this can be a great way to create a cohesive look. Using the same flooring throughout a large space also adds an element of simplicity to your design and can give your home a more relaxed feel. For this look, consider a neutral tone. Gray continues to be the hot neutral color in interior design right now – and flooring is no exception. From carpet to hardwood flooring to laminates and luxury vinyl tiles, grays are everywhere. A big reason is that gray mixes well with many color pallets. For a more natural, earthy décor, gray flooring coordinates beautifully with brown tones. Lighter grays can also brighten up a dark space, while darker grays will add more visual interest to lighter-toned furnishings. Or for a more traditional feel, you can go with hardwood flooring or laminates in warmer brown tones. Dark browns can add a more contemporary vibe. And flooring in medium-brown shades gives rooms a cozier feel – and may do a better job of hiding the signs of every day wear in busy homes. Add a pop of color. The brightly colored light fixture really pops and livens up the room - blog.barrycarpet.comLooking for an inexpensive way to give a space a little pizazz? Try adding a bold color. When choosing a room’s color palette, many design experts recommend using the 60-30-10 rule, whereby roughly 60% of the room includes a more neutral shade, 30% applies a secondary color, and the final 10% showcases a bolder accent color. Try adding an area rug or bold-colored accent pillows, which can easily be replaced as your tastes change.  Painting one wall red (or a favorite color that works) can also be a great way to add a pop of color to your space. To be sure you pick a color you love, test out a few paint samples on the wall of your room. What you like and what you can live with may not be the same thing. Keep in mind that sometimes styles you are drawn to visually may not be the most practical choice for you.  You may love the sleek, modern look of ebony-stained hardwoods. But if you have pets with sharp claws or who shed, you may soon wish you chose flooring that was a bit more camouflaging. It’s also important to think about how you want your new room to make you feel. You may be drawn to more formal room settings with ornate chandeliers and beautiful marble floors. But ultimately, a room with a more laid-back rustic décor may be where you will truly feel “at home.” For this reason, when customers come in to our showroom and select flooring they like, we encourage them to take samples home. You need to see how the flooring will look against the backdrop of your space. How do the textures and colors work with the overall design elements in the room? How is the flooring affected by different lighting, etc. This is really the only way to be sure that the styles you like are also ones you can be happy with in your home for years to come. Have Questions? Have questions about your next flooring purchase?  Ask one of our Barry Carpet flooring experts. Or visit our Barry Carpet showroom in West Los Angeles to see our broad selection of flooring options from many of the industry’s leading manufacturers.

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