Category Archives: Flooring advice

Custom Seagrass/Sisal Area Rugs in Virginia and DC – Inside Corners and Wide Binding Tape

Interested in custom area rugs and live in the Northern Virgina, Metro Washington DC area?

Here is a short video showing just one of the many aspects in fabricating area rugs – inside corners. Different materials require different approaches and we’re experts in all manner of materials.

Email for more information or give us a call at 703-370-0000.

All the best,


Arlington VA Flooring Contractor 22209
Christopher Moline, LEED AP


How to install Teragren’s bamboo flooring – Drop and Lock strand

Teragren’s drop and lock strand woven bamboo represents a fantastic choice is sustainable, rapidly-renewable flooring.

All the best,


Chris Moline, LEED AP

Our buddy “Blondie” the 195 lb Rottweiler comes to the office for a Friday “Big Dog” visit

Every time Arianna brings him in, we all have fun with this big guy.

If you want to know how a floor will hold up to a big dog… a really big dog, just ask Arianna or any of our gang and we’ll be happy to help. I’ve got a 75-lb German Shepherd and many different types of flooring in my home, all of which perform differently “under paw.”
The cork in the kitchen and sunroom really hides spots and takes a beating. The newly-refinished oak in my living room does well as long as I keep area rugs around to absorb the “Scooby” effect when my pup takes a corner fast.
The laminate in my Florida room has never shown a sign of an issue.

But, I say this because I’ve chosen each floor very carefully, knowing how I, my wife, three very active kids, and our big pup live.
All choices reflect a higher-end level of quality combined with some pattern to mask wear and spots.

It’s worked out very well.

All the best,


Flooring scams, carpet rip-offs, things you need to know before buying that new floor

I’ve been in the flooring business for nearly 15 years and one thing that constantly amazes me is the consistently poor quality of uniform information from different sales people. I’m not talking about blatant “bait and switch” scams of delivering a product other than what was sold.
What I’m referring to is a simple matter of obfuscation.
Even the mills seem to be in on the game by changing names of styles from store-to-store or big box, making it harder than heck to shop a product.
Well, I’m not going to accuse anyone in particular of doing anything wrong, but I am going to tell you how to spot, in the best case, a poorly-trained sales person, or in the worst case, an unscrupulous one.

First things first – get everything in writing.
You are entering into a contract and if you can’t get your understanding in writing, walk away.
Ask to see the warranty descriptions and know the difference between a “wear” warranty and a performance warranty (abrasive wear-through or texture retention).
If you don’t have at least a basic understanding of the protection you’re getting… think twice.
Second – make sure your pad (if you’re buying carpet) meets at least the mill’s minimum standard, or your warranty is worthless. Here’s an image of a very good piece of Karastan carpet totally ruined by inferior pad that didn’t meet the mill standard:

Base grade, foam pad ruined this carpet.

The above carpet was good quality… but the sales person, intentionally or not, killed it by specifying poor quality underlayment.
The pad above is a “builder-grade” (aka “crap”) 2.5-3 lb foam… and the mill minimum is 6 pound for cut pile, 8 pound for berber.
So, know what’s going under that fantastic floor as well.
Same goes for a floating floor where you may have expectations of sound-deadening, because all underlayments are not created equal.
I’ll be adding to this post, but you can add, too, by submitting your comments.
All the best,
Chris Moline, LEED AP, Residential Group Manager for Commercial Carpets of America

Chris is Residential Group Manager for Commercial Carpets of America & Alexandria Carpet One

Hey Chris, Mr. Green Floor Guy, what’s your favorite floor?

I get asked this question repeatedly and I have one answer.
Whatever my wife likes!
Just kidding… I always say, “Depends on where it’s going and how old my kids/dog are at the time.”
Because it’s true.
There is no “perfect floor” because there is no perfect situation.
There is, however, a perfect dog, but that’s a discussion for another time 🙂

The right flooring professional will spend more time listening to you describe your lifestyle, previous experience and preferences before even thinking about recommending a floor.
Unless it’s the end of the month and their shy of hitting their number, in which case, you may wind up getting a stock deal or special buy crammed down your throat.
But that won’t happen in my showroom… because if it does, I’ll hear about it and that will be the end of that.
So, before you go floor shopping, think about how you live in your home.
Do you have pets?
If so, what kind and are they active or lap-dwellers.
Do you take off your shoes when you come inside or do you want a floor that doesn’t care about that (but I really recommend taking your shoes off.)
Do you want a floor that will hide the “everyday” spots and smudges until you get around to them?
If so, stay away from solid, light tones… as a former Marine, I’m still fond of camoflauge for that reason.
Do you stand a lot (as in your kitchen) and want a comfortable floor?
If so, I recommend cork or a cushion-back resilient piece.
I have cork in my kitchen and sunroom and absolutely love it.
It also hides a wealth of spots until we can get around to them.
And with three active kids, a German Shepherd, and a stupid cat… I mean, a cat, it may take some time to get to a spot or smudge.
Have you ever experience the sheer joy of stepping onto a heated floor barefoot?
Oh, I’m going to break my own rule and say that could possibly be the perfect floor… 🙂
Do you see where I’m going with this?
If you’re near the Washington DC-metro area, stop in, call, FaceTime, Skype video, or email and we can talk about what would make a floor perfect for you… because that’s what really counts.

All the best,


Chris Moline, LEED AP, Residential Group Manager for Commercial Carpets of America