Shaw: Ceramic May Be Your Answer…

Shaw: Ceramic May Be Your Answer…

…for rooms that at times are both formal and casual, decorative and simple, tough and elegant. For some buyers, for particular areas of a home or business, tile is often the hands-down favorite flooring choice. It can be formal or casual, dressed up or down, dazzlingly decorative or stunningly simple. Recently a group of designers from the California-based flooring companies, Peninsula Floors, Inc., and JPS Surface Solutions, gathered to discuss flooring options. It wasn’t long before they were extolling the virtues of hard-surface tile. “I think for a certain group of buyers, tile is always their choice,” said designer Mary McMurrin of JPS Surface Solutions in Newport, CA. “Especially in areas where they have hygienic concerns — kitchens and baths — they will always choose tile.” There’s no denying the crisp, cool beauty of ceramic, porcelain, and stone. Or the cleanability and easy care these natural products afford. “I find that because homebuyers are so busy these days, they want a maintenance-free floor,” commented Gaylene Higgins, who’s with JPS Surface Solutions in Corona, CA. “Tile tends to require the least amount of maintenance of the flooring types.” Tile is also no problem to repair. If one breaks, it’s an easy matter to pop it out and replace it. If water spills, even a lot of water — no problem there, either. If a tile floor is installed and maintained properly, and the grout is a darker color, sealed to repel soil and stains, maintenance is a breeze. Ceramic and porcelain tiles provide some of the most versatile interior design possibilities, sporting an almost limitless array of sizes, colors, textures,...
Mannington Floors wants Readers to Feel Right ‘At Home’ with New Blog

Mannington Floors wants Readers to Feel Right ‘At Home’ with New Blog

SALEM, N.J., Feb. 15, 2011 – Beautiful floors, beautiful homes, beautiful world – that’s the essence of what Mannington hopes to capture in its first consumer blog, “At Home” (http://blog.manningtonathome.com). The blog, a first for Mannington’s residential flooring division, aims to motivate readers to be different, bold and exciting, both in their homes and in their lives. With an underlying theme of “happy homes and a better world,” it’s designed to help readers create comfortable and warm living spaces while providing inspiring content for their lives. Planned blog topics for the future include flooring design trends, inspirational articles, product spotlights, news, expert posts and other guest submissions, home design ideas, sustainability matters and more. Two of the first posts include a piece entitled “The Beauty of ‘Green’” and a feature on wood trends in home decor. “In creating our first blog, we wanted to engage with consumers on a new level, and be a spontaneous and resourceful place for information,” said Betsy Amoroso, blog editor, who also serves as Mannington’s director of corporate communications. “We also hope this blog will help inspire readers to do more beautiful things at home and in their lives, while keeping them informed about some of the latest trends in home products and flooring design.” About Mannington One of the largest flooring companies in the U.S., Mannington Mills, Inc., based in Salem, N.J., is the only North American company engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of residential and commercial resilient, laminate, hardwood and porcelain tile floors, as well as commercial carpet and rubber. In its 96th year, the privately held company continues to pursue...