Considering Marmoleum Health Conscious Floors

By Jill

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2020 5:03 AM


Always, and especially in the current climate of The Great Pause, fueled by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), installing flooring that is health conscious is paramount. In this blog post, we are highlighting Forbo Flooring Sytem’s unique product, Marmoleum, found at Barry Carpet. Read on to learn how Marmoleum floor covering may provide you with a sense of safety and security in the reality we are facing today.

What is Marmoleum?

Marmoleum is Forbo Flooring System’s patented linoleum floor covering. Forbo is a global leader in linoleum with 65% market share. The product is sustainable, highly innovative, health conscious, and has outstanding quality. Marmoleum comes in sheet, tiles and planks, ranging from marbled to linear to concrete designs.

Marmoleum raw materials

“Marmoleum sheet and tile floor coverings are naturally antimicrobial, and contain no pesticides whatsoever,” according to the Forbo’s 2013 PDF “Sustain.” Instead, they contain natural materials. Flax seed oil is the main ingredient in Marmoleum, which is a renewable raw material, has minimal waste in its production, and takes up CO2. Additional Marmoleum ingredients, which are also natural, include: wood flour, pine rosins, limestone, jute, and ecologically friendly pigments.

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Consider the following positive implications for installing Forbo Marmoleum into your home, office, gym, and healthcare facilities:

Marmoleum with red chair

In Your Home

What is not more important than providing a healthy home for you and your family? Especially in times like these, our collective awareness of what we want to surround ourselves with has grown. We are more conscious now than ever of how our environment impacts our health--and how we impact our environment’s. The organic hygiene of Forbo Marmoleum excludes added biocides, allowing you and your loved ones to breathe in chemical-free air. In turn, this limits threats to you and your family’s health and genetic wellbeing.

Teal Marmoleum flooring

In Healthcare Facilities

Patients in healthcare facilities already suffer from weakened immune systems. With vulnerable populations like these, floor and counter hygiene are especially important. No additives, pesticides, or phthalates are used in the production of Marmoleum, which decreases bio-accumulative toxicity exposure to both doctors and patients. As an added benefit, Marmoleum’s natural ingredients organically inhibit bacterial growth without compromising doctors’ and patients" health.

Seam welding is not required when installing Marmoleum floor coving. In vinyl flooring, these cracks between seams can breed bacteria. However, Marmoleum eliminates the need for seam welding with its net fit seams, allowing for the floor covering to be more hygienic. Taking it a step further, Marmoleum can also be used effectively on furniture surfaces and even walls. Consider the impact of having Marmoleum on nurse’s stations, desks, carts, and other surfaces where cleanliness and ease of cleaning is required.

In Gyms/Yoga/Exercise Studios

Exercise studios are places where the spread of germs is highly likely. Changing out old flooring and replacing it with Marmoleum can reduce the risk of bacterial spread among staff and clients, and can do so in a natural, health conscious way.

Easy to Clean

While studies have not yet been reported about Forbo Marmoleum’s ability to combat COVID-19, according to Forbo’s 2013 PDF “Sustain:” superbugs like CRE, MRSA, and C. Difficile “won’t spread effectively on a Marmoleum surface,” inhibiting the likelihood of other bacteria spreading.

Forbo Marmoleum flooring naturally prevents the growth of bacteria by also having resistance to dirt pick-up. As a result, the garden variety bacteria that cause stains and odors won’t grow on Marmoleum either. Marmoleum floor coverings have Topshield2 finish, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. Topshield 2 technology allows for eco-friendly cleaning upon installation. Occupancy-ready finish is possible simply by using a neutral pH cleaning solution.

Cost Savings

We are thoughtful that your business may have been financially impacted by COVID-19. When assessing cost and value, it is important to consider the short term expense of installing and the long term value of ownership. Marmoleum has a 30-year system service life, which outperforms that of vinyl or rubber. One of the greatest cost benefits is that Marmoleum is occupancy-ready upon installation, meaning, you can get to work faster or move your tenents in sooner.

Teal Marmoleum fwaiting area

Eco-Friendly

As the environment has positively responded to our limited use of emissions these last few weeks, we are all realizing how important it is to make sustainable choices in our everyday lives and businesses. Marmoleum floor covering is 100% BioBased and biodegradable, which in independent life-cycle assessments (LCA), show that it is much less harmful to the world than vinyl and rubber.

At Barry Carpet, we are confident in the high quality and health of Forbo Marmoleum and can say that after selling and installing hundreds of Marmoleum floor coverings, it is one of the most customer satisfactory products out there. As our own Barry Carpet family, we find Forbo’s mission noble: "from the building they’re in to the world outside, [they’re] helping [their] customers work, live and relax in better environments."

While our Barry Carpet showroom is closed, we are still in business! Give us a call at 310.479.3761 or email us at barrycarpet1@gmail.com to receive a quote, order samples, or place your order.

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Cork Flooring

By Jill

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2020 3:29 PM


Amorim WISE cork flooring - color Traces Natural
Amorim WISE - Traces Natural

With the world evolving toward a more conscious outlook on living, greener homes are becoming the most relevant and popular trend in 2020. At Barry Carpet, we are passionate about the environment we live in and pride ourselves on the eco-friendly products we carry. Cork flooring, a sustainable option, has recently become much more accessible and stylish, with some incredible features that will genuinely surprise you.

Cork flooring comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree. Since it can be stripped and removed several times with little harm to the tree, it is a steady source of renewable raw material. Along with being 100% biodegradable, It is also impermeable to moisture and has natural rot-resistant and fire-resistant properties. A harvested cork oak tree helps reduce global warming by absorbing 5 times more CO2 from the atmosphere. We at Barry Carpet value cork as an incredibly natural and safe product!

Elastic, durable, warm and soft underfoot, cork flooring is flexible to a variety of spaces and because of its softer give, its ideal for children, elders, and those susceptible to falling. Compared to engineered wood, walking across cork flooring is a quieter experience. Since cork provides fantastic insulation against sound and vibrations, it can be used beneath floating floor systems as a muffler and to help give floors a more natural sound. It is also a great choice for intensive building projects, such as apartments, where you need to dampen the sound of heavy footsteps from above.

Amorim WISE cork flooring - Contempo Loft
Amorim WISE - Contempo Loft

Our newest cork brand addition at Barry Carpet is Amorim WISE, which is a sustainable, non PVC, floating solution that is 100% WaterProof. Amorim WISE is a climate positive flooring choice that has superior wear resistance suitable for any type of project.

A cork underlayment is included for extra performance, providing optimal temperature underfoot year round, noise reduction and organic comfort. With a cork rigid core for reinforced dimensional stability and superior wear resistance, Amorim WISE is suitable for any residential or commercial project. Amorim WISE makes cork flooring with wood, stone, and cork visuals, If the look of cork is not for you, there are additional, more conventional natural style options that may suit your taste.

Visit our Barry Carpet flooring showroom in West Los Angeles to see a variety of cork and other eco-friendly flooring options. See our “Eco-Friendly Floors” on our website for more info on cork and other sustainable flooring options. Or give us a call to speak with one of our flooring experts to help you find what you are looking for.

We are Barry Carpet. Quality and beauty, always with a smile.

Barry Carpet
11061 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3761

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LVT is Today’s Hottest Flooring Option

By Jill

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:21 PM


COREtec Stone - Arubani
COREtec Stone - Arubani
COREtec Plus Enhanced Herringbone - Antioch Oak
COREtec Plus Enhanced Herringbone - Antioch Oak

In the last few years, vinyl flooring has evolved more than any other type of flooring. Originally used in commercial spaces, vinyl is making its way into more homes now than ever before. The reason why? Consumers are enamored with its sheer beauty, uncanny resemblence to hardwood, ease of installation, and lower price point. So, voila! Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVT Flooring) is now the leading trend in the flooring industry today and in highest demand.

According to Floor Covering Weekly in a 2019 article, "LVT of today is built to endure the rigors of everyday living, guarding against worries such as dents, scratches and water, among others. In addition, these products offer the visual appeal of traditional hardwood or tile but will not fade over time."

Advancing technology has given vinyl manufacturers the ability to develop unbelievably realistic tiles and planks mimicking natural looks, such as wood and stone. These stunning designs rival hardwood and LVT often wins because of its diverse designs and incredible endurance. Certain LVT styles are waterproof, making your flooring choice a smart one. Let’s be honest, hardwood is an expensive investment, not only upfront, but also long-term, as the damage that can be done from leaks, pets, and kiddos is inevitable.

USFloors COREtec Plus HD Sherwood - Rustic Pine
USFloors COREtec Plus HD Sherwood - Rustic Pine

If you have pets and are looking for a new floor, chances are you will want to learn about 100% Waterproof, Pet-proof, COREtec Luxury Vinyl Flooring (also referred to as Coretec LVT Flooring)

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Another option for waterproof LVT is Coretec Pro Flooring from US Floors, which has patented SPC solid rigid core construction for outstanding durability. Coretec Pro Floors are also dent-resistant and pet-proof. Because of this, these LVT floors are ideal for commercial projects where there is heavy foot traffic and where maintenance is a concern.

Since LVT is enduring and easy to clean, it has the most long-lasting floor life. As a result, your LVT flooring will maintain its beauty much longer than traditional hardwood. And surprisingly, LVT comes with a lower price tag!

At our Barry Carpet flooring showroom in West Los Angeles, we have the all the latest fashions of LVT and the flooring expertise to help you with your purchase. We also stand behind every floor we sell and install, so you can rest assured that we have your back. Step into our Los Angeles flooring store and let us help you choose the best LVT flooring for your home or office! We also offer free in-home estimates, free take-home samples, expert installation, and financing is available.

Barry Carpet
11061 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3761

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