Modular Carpeting: Flooring of the Future

It might sound like something straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but one of the newest and greatest trends in carpeting is modular carpeting. Forget everything you once knew about how carpeting works and can be installed, as modular carpeting makes it a thing of the past. With regular carpeting, you roll out the fabric – and you usually only get one style and color per room – and that’s all there is to it. With modular carpeting, the possibilities are endless. We at Ozburn-Hessey are future-thinkers, people who see the future happening while it’s still potential in the eyes of most people. With that in mind, here are some reason you should think about switching to modular carpeting. The Power is in Your Hands Again The main reason modular carpeting is as popular as it is these days is because of the design power it gives you. The way it works is each piece is a small square, essentially making it into a larger fabric tile. You can alternate pieces if you want to, or have half a room dark and the other half white. Or maybe you want to have a rug design in the middle of the room. The point is, you get to make these decisions because each piece is designed to be seamlessly integrated into the next, regardless of whether it’s the same style or material. This modular design also makes it a great idea for businesses and schools, as transporting the carpet, which was once an arduous chore involving many, many heavy rolls and lots of manpower, has transformed into something easy, akin to transporting the dozens of boxes that are already going to these places. Additionally, the install is a lot easier, although it is something we here at Ozburn-Hessey are always willing to help with. Clean up also becomes less of a hassle, because if you seriously stain an area, instead of replacing the whole carpet, you can just replace the offending tiles. Better for the Environment As if that were not enough, modular carpeting is actually better for the environment in several ways. For one, its design and implementation make it a lot easier for manufacturers to use more eco-friendly products, such as reclaimed materials, or in many cases, just recycled modular carpeting.  It’s one of the easiest ways for a company to lower its carbon footprint, which is all nice and good, but one of the other things modular carpeting offers is actually more beneficial for consumers, at least in the short term. Pretty much all types of carpeting these days include a number of mildly harmful chemicals, which when breathed in can cause respiratory problems in some people. This irritant is lessened by modular carpeting, because the smaller sizes give the carpet a chance to “breathe” a little more, allowing the chemicals to air out. While it can be a little bit scary to do what you’re not used to, that should not extend to your flooring options. If you have any questions about what modular carpeting can do for you and your flooring needs, give us a call and we will do our best to make sure you’re fully prepared before making that next step.

It might sound like something straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but one of the newest and greatest trends in carpeting is modular carpeting. Forget everything you once knew about how carpeting works and can be installed, as modular carpeting makes it a thing of the past. With regular carpeting, you roll out the fabric – and you usually only get one style and color per room – and that’s all there is to it. With modular carpeting, the possibilities are endless. We at Ozburn-Hessey are future-thinkers, people who see the future happening while it’s still potential in the eyes of most people.

With that in mind, here are some reason you should think about switching to modular carpeting.

The Power is in Your Hands Again

The main reason modular carpeting is as popular as it is these days is because of the design power it gives you. The way it works is each piece is a small square, essentially making it into a larger fabric tile. You can alternate pieces if you want to, or have half a room dark and the other half white. Or maybe you want to have a rug design in the middle of the room. The point is, you get to make these decisions because each piece is designed to be seamlessly integrated into the next, regardless of whether it’s the same style or material. This modular design also makes it a great idea for businesses and schools, as transporting the carpet, which was once an arduous chore involving many, many heavy rolls and lots of manpower, has transformed into something easy, akin to transporting the dozens of boxes that are already going to these places. Additionally, the install is a lot easier, although it is something we here at Ozburn-Hessey are always willing to help with. Clean up also becomes less of a hassle, because if you seriously stain an area, instead of replacing the whole carpet, you can just replace the offending tiles.

Better for the Environment

As if that were not enough, modular carpeting is actually better for the environment in several ways. For one, its design and implementation make it a lot easier for manufacturers to use more eco-friendly products, such as reclaimed materials, or in many cases, just recycled modular carpeting.  It’s one of the easiest ways for a company to lower its carbon footprint, which is all nice and good, but one of the other things modular carpeting offers is actually more beneficial for consumers, at least in the short term. Pretty much all types of carpeting these days include a number of mildly harmful chemicals, which when breathed in can cause respiratory problems in some people. This irritant is lessened by modular carpeting, because the smaller sizes give the carpet a chance to “breathe” a little more, allowing the chemicals to air out.

While it can be a little bit scary to do what you’re not used to, that should not extend to your flooring options. If you have any questions about what modular carpeting can do for you and your flooring needs, give us a call and we will do our best to make sure you’re fully prepared before making that next step.

The Cost of Flooring: What You Can Expect to Pay

So you finally decided to get rid of your stinky, stained carpet. Good, it probably needed to be replaced a couple of year ago, but life is tough and you don’t always have the money for these kinds of projects. Now that you are looking for something to replace it with, there are so many options to choose from, and that’s just picking out which material to use for your new floors. Do you want to go with carpet, or maybe a nice wood floor? Perhaps you’ve heard something about vinyl or laminate flooring and want to investigate that as a potential option. With all of the options available, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, we at Ozburn-Hessey are here to help by providing a brief overview of what you can expect to pay for most of your flooring options. Hardwoods Wood flooring, including stuff like cork and bamboo options, are pretty hot right now. They look nice and add a certain visual flair you aren’t going to get from carpet, but is it cheaper? Hardwood is where you will find the most variations in price, since there are so many different options within the category to choose from. On the low end of the spectrum, using something like pine is going to cost between $3-$6 per square foot, whereas something on the higher end, such as mahogany or cypress, is going to run between $8-$14 per square foot, and that’s not including the installation costs. A cheaper alternative that looks nice and is one of the most environmentally friendly options on the market is bamboo, which only costs between $2-$4 per square foot. Of course there are trade-offs, as the cheaper and lower end products tend to not be as durable as the higher end materials. Other Residential Options If the wood flooring, which usually ends up falling in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to cost, is too much, then you have to decide between carpet, laminate, and vinyl flooring. Stereotypes aside, all three can give your home exactly what you’re looking for without breaking the bank. Laminate and vinyl are definitely the cheapest flooring options, usually running between less than a dollar to around $5 per square foot. If you are really on a money crunch, then these are the best options, but again, they won’t last and there are some issues with cleaning the surfaces and fading. It comes down to what you’re willing to pay for is what you get. Carpets, on the other hand, are similar to wood flooring in that there are many, many options available, and with that comes a whole lot of factors to take into account when figuring out just how much you’ll be paying for new carpeting. Some people have paid as little as $200, while at the other extreme some have paid as much as $4,000. Usually though, most people pay around $1-$11 per square foot for the actual carpeting and no more than $4 per square foot for the extras, like padding and labor costs. This is only a brief guide to help you consider what you might need to pay for your new flooring, but the best way to figure it out is to give the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey a call. We’re happy to offer our services, and will provide you with a free cost estimation so we can get things started.

So you finally decided to get rid of your stinky, stained carpet. Good, it probably needed to be replaced a couple of year ago, but life is tough and you don’t always have the money for these kinds of projects. Now that you are looking for something to replace it with, there are so many options to choose from, and that’s just picking out which material to use for your new floors. Do you want to go with carpet, or maybe a nice wood floor? Perhaps you’ve heard something about vinyl or laminate flooring and want to investigate that as a potential option. With all of the options available, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, we at Ozburn-Hessey are here to help by providing a brief overview of what you can expect to pay for most of your flooring options.

Hardwoods

Wood flooring, including stuff like cork and bamboo options, are pretty hot right now. They look nice and add a certain visual flair you aren’t going to get from carpet, but is it cheaper? Hardwood is where you will find the most variations in price, since there are so many different options within the category to choose from. On the low end of the spectrum, using something like pine is going to cost between $3-$6 per square foot, whereas something on the higher end, such as mahogany or cypress, is going to run between $8-$14 per square foot, and that’s not including the installation costs.

A cheaper alternative that looks nice and is one of the most environmentally friendly options on the market is bamboo, which only costs between $2-$4 per square foot. Of course there are trade-offs, as the cheaper and lower end products tend to not be as durable as the higher end materials.

Other Residential Options

If the wood flooring, which usually ends up falling in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to cost, is too much, then you have to decide between carpet, laminate, and vinyl flooring. Stereotypes aside, all three can give your home exactly what you’re looking for without breaking the bank.

Laminate and vinyl are definitely the cheapest flooring options, usually running between less than a dollar to around $5 per square foot. If you are really on a money crunch, then these are the best options, but again, they won’t last and there are some issues with cleaning the surfaces and fading. It comes down to what you’re willing to pay for is what you get.

Carpets, on the other hand, are similar to wood flooring in that there are many, many options available, and with that comes a whole lot of factors to take into account when figuring out just how much you’ll be paying for new carpeting. Some people have paid as little as $200, while at the other extreme some have paid as much as $4,000.

Usually though, most people pay around $1-$11 per square foot for the actual carpeting and no more than $4 per square foot for the extras, like padding and labor costs.

This is only a brief guide to help you consider what you might need to pay for your new flooring, but the best way to figure it out is to give the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey a call. We’re happy to offer our services, and will provide you with a free cost estimation so we can get things started.