Flooring Products

More Than Just Carpets

Gerry’s At Home Carpets provides high-quality floor covering. When thinking about flooring you have lots of options to choose from:

Hardwood Flooring – Great styles, durable and easy care. Learn more about hardwood flooring from one of our great vendors.

When deciding if hardwood flooring is right for your home, it is important to select the best type for your needs. There are varying types of hardwood floors available.
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Solid

Solid wood is just that – one piece that is milled from lumber. It comes in a variety of widths, from 2-1/4″ to 5″ wide. It also comes in different thicknesses: 3/4″ is standard, but you can also find “thin profile” solid that is 5/16″ thick.
Keep In Mind:
  • Moisture and extreme temperature changes can cause solid wood to shrink and expand, potentially causing gaps between boards during colder or dryer seasons.
  • 5/16″ thin, profile solid wood can be installed directly over concrete, 3/4″ can’t.
  • All solid hardwood can be sanded and refinished if needed (required every 15-20 years).
  • All urethane-coated floors can be recoated as needed to renew the surface of the floor. This is more economical than sanding and refinishing.
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Engineered

Engineered wood is real wood, but instead of one solid piece, it consists of three to 10 thin layers of wood, called plies, that are assembled and glued in a cross-ply construction. The top layer of wood can range from 1/16″ to 1/6″ thick. Overall board thickness ranges from 1/4″ to 3/4″. Due to its multi-ply structure, engineered wood is much more stable than solid wood and is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity.
Keep In Mind:
  • Engineered wood can be installed directly over concrete and can also be installed below ground level.
  • Engineered wood with a top layer thinner than 1/10″ cannot be refinished; however, it can be recoated to renew the surface of the floor.

Site-Finished vs. Prefinished

Prefinished
A pre-finish or factory finish, creates a no muss, no fuss installation. There’s no dust from sanding, no fumes from chemicals and no waiting for the finish to dry. These floors are warranted to last longer than site-finished floors–typically 15 to 25 years, versus three to five years. This is because factory-applied urethane finishes are much tougher and longer lasting than site-applied finishes. With all the color choices available in pre-finished hardwood flooring, there’s no need to custom-stain, site-finished floors to get just the right look for your home.
If you like the look of site-finished flooring, but want the durability of prefinished flooring, choose a product with a square end and edge.
Site-Finished
Advocates of site finishing like the fact that the floor can be sanded after it’s installed to even out any imperfections. Site finishing also gives you the widest selection of stain colors to choose from. However, on-site sanding and finishing can produce heavy fumes, messy dust and significant waiting time from when the floor is laid until it can be enjoyed. In addition, labor costs for on-site finishing may drive up your installation costs.
Keep in Mind:
  • Prefinished floors are warranted for a longer time period than site-finished floors.
Give Gerry’s at Home Carpet a call today to discuss which type of hardwood flooring is best for your home.
Gerry’s at Home Carpets offers many brands of hardwood flooring – this particular information is provided by Armstrong.

Laminate Flooring – Wear and stain resistance with little maintenance. Find out why “it’s not your grandfather’s laminate floorcovering” today.

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Laminate flooring has a layered construction:

A) Wear layer: This easy-to-clean surface contains aluminum oxide which protects the floor from stains, fading and wear. Look for an abrasion classification (A/C) rating of at least three for adequate residential use protection.

B) Image design layer: A photographic image of wood, stone or virtually anything you can imagine.

C) Inner core layer: The core provides the floor’s structural strength and stability. It is made from high-density fiberboard (HDF). The core is often impregnated with a plastic resin called melamine to increase the floor’s strength, stability and resistance to moisture. Products that have high levels of melamine do not require acclimation before installation.

D) Backing layer: Found beneath the inner core, the backing is made with resin saturated paper. It creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping.

All laminate floor layers are fused together using one of two processes. DPL or direct pressure laminate, is the most common construction for residential use. HPL or high-pressure laminate, is an extra-hard construction. The difference between the two relates to cost, performance and design realism. DPL is less expensive, has the same gouge resistance as HPL when objects are dropped at or below counter height, and is easier to emboss for more realistic texture. HPL is more expensive and less likely to gouge if items are dropped from above counter-top height, but is harder to emboss, so it doesn’t look as realistic.

Give Gerry’s at Home Carpets a call today in your house to discuss the benefits of laminate flooring for your home.

Gerry’s at Home Carpets offers many brands of laminate flooring – this particular information is provided by Armstrong.

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Engineered

Engineered wood is real wood, but instead of one solid piece it consists of three to 10 thin layers of wood, called plies, that are assembled and glued in a cross-ply construction. The top layer of wood can range from 1/16″ to 1/6″ thick. Overall board thickness ranges from 1/4″ to 3/4″. Due to its multi-ply structure, engineered wood is much more stable than solid wood and is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity.

Keep In Mind:

  • Engineered wood can be installed directly over concrete and can also be installed below ground level.
  • Engineered wood with a top layer thinner than 1/10″ cannot be refinished; However, it can be recoated to renew the surface of the floor.

Site-Finished vs. Prefinished

Prefinished
A prefinish, or factory finish, creates a no muss, no fuss installation. There’s no dust from sanding, no fumes from chemicals, no waiting for the finish to dry. These floors are warranted to last longer than site-finished floors–typically 15 to 25 years, versus three to five years. This is because factory applied urethane finishes are much tougher and longer lasting than site-applied finishes.
With all the color choices available in pre-finished hardwood flooring, there’s no need to custom stain site-finished floors to get just the right look for your home.
If you like the look of site-finished flooring, but want the durability of prefinished flooring, choose a product with a square end and edge.
Site-Finished
Advocates of site-finishing like the fact that the floor can be sanded after it’s installed to even out any imperfections. Site finishing also gives you the widest selection of stain colors to choose from. However, on-site sanding and finishing can produce heavy fumes, messy dust and significant waiting time from when the floor is laid until it can be enjoyed. In addition, labor costs for on-site finishing may drive up your installation costs.
Keep in Mind:
  • Prefinished floors are warranted for a longer time period than site finished floors.
Give Gerry’s at Home Carpet a call today to discuss which type of hardwood flooring is best for your home.
Gerry’s at Home Carpets offers many brands of hardwood flooring – this particular information is provided by Armstrong.

Tile Flooring – Durable, many style, glazed or unglazed. Unlimited potentials. Learn more about the features of tile floors.

Selecting Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile is made of clay and shale that has been baked and hardened in a kiln. The traditional baking, or firing method, is a double-fired process called bicottura. A more modern process called monocottura bakes and glazes the tile in a single firing. The single-step process has many advantages, including producing a tile that is more economical tile, more dense and durable, and has a harder glaze. Prior to the firing process, natural clay colors are sometimes augmented with pigments.

Types:
The clay composition, in combination with the firing process and whether the tile is glazed or unglazed, creates one of four basic tile types:
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Keep in mind: 
Glazed Tiles
  • Have a surface that provides color, design and ease of maintenance.
  • The higher the firing temperature, the harder the glaze.
  • Light-colored glazes tend to be stronger than dark ones.
  • Shiny glazes tend to be softer than matte or satin finishes.
  • Offer a greater range of colors.
  • Are more resistant to stains.
Unglazed Tiles
  • Have a color produced from the tile’s composition and/or added pigments.
  • Tend to stand up better to wear.
  • Their natural surface makes them more slip retardant.
Give Gerry’s at Home Carpets a call today or click to schedule an in-home flooring appointment in your house to discuss the type of tile is right or your home and use.
Gerry’s at Home Carpets offers many brands of ceramic tile flooring – this particular information is provided by Armstrong.

Vinyl Sheet Flooring – Whatever your style, Gerry’s at Home Carpets can bring you a color and pattern you’ll love. Vinyl is manufactured better than in the past. Find out more …

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Whatever your style, Gerry’s At Home Carpets can bring you a color and pattern you’ll love. Vinyl is manufactured better than in the past.Whatever your style, Gerry’s At Home Carpets can bring you a color and pattern you’ll love. Vinyl is manufactured better than in the past.
Vinyl sheet is a layered construction sold in 6′ and 12′ widths. There are two types of construction, typically described by the type of backing:
  1. Felt represents over 90% of vinyl sheet floors sold today.
  2. Fiberglass is a newer construction format. Fiberglass is the “cushiest” form of vinyl flooring and offers the most installation options.
The uppermost layers for both types are identical:
A) Protective top coat: Urethane or other high-performance top coats which make the product easy to clean and resist scratches and scuffs.
B) Protective clear vinyl layer: Adds durability and helps protect against rips, tears and gouges. The thicker this layer, the better the performance. The flooring’s appearance retention and general durability is largely dependent on the quality and thickness of the clear wear layer.
C) Printed vinyl design layer: The rotogravure printing process offers an unlimited range of patterns and designs, including very realistic interpretations of natural materials. The bottom layers for both constructions differ.
D) Felt: Felt bottom layer that adheres to the subfloor.
E) Fiberglass: A fiberglass structural layer makes the product more dimensionally stable (will not curl, allows it to lay flat, and install without glue). A cushiony vinyl backing provides added underfoot comfort.
Keep In Mind:
  • The type of backing determines how it can be installed
Give Gerry’s At Home Carpets a call today or click to schedule an in-home flooring appointment in your house to discuss the type of tile is right or your home and use.
Gerry’s At Home Carpets offers many brands of vinyl flooring – this particular information is provided by Armstrong.

Carpeting – Tons of colors, textures – something for every room in your home. Before choosing a carpeting type, discover the options you might consider.

Foot Traffic
Carpet is specifically engineered for high traffic areas, beauty, softness and appearance. Be sure to inform the sales agent of your specific needs including location, children and pets, so they can assist you with the perfect choice.
Stain and Soil Resistance
Most carpets offer stain resistance, but those who enjoy entertaining or have children and pets should consider carpets with high levels of stain resistance. Soil resistance is just as important as stain resistance for maintaining a beautiful carpet. Soil resistant products protect against soiling and staining by repelling dirt and spills from penetrating the fiber, making cleaning easier. Ask your retailer about soil and stain warranties on each carpet.
Anti-Static Protection
You may wish to choose a carpet with permanent anti-static protection built into the fibers. This will create a more pleasant living environment during cold and dry seasons.
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Carpet Type
Make the right choice for your lifestyle and budget by examining carpet construction.
  • Texture: The textured surface of this carpet helps hide footprints and vacuum marks and is the preferred style for busy households.
  • Saxony: This luxuriously smooth, soft finish adds distinctive elegance to any room.
  • Berber Loop-Pile: Berber’s subtle patterns fit a variety of room styles while hiding footprints and vacuum marks. Berber is the ideal choice for contemporary to cottage and country furnishings.
  • Berber Cut-Pile: This carpet has the plush feel of thick, cut pile carpet. It is decoratively versatile, and ideal for casual rooms and kid’s rooms.
  • Cut & Loop: Cut & Loop features carved definition, and accent colors spice up floor surfaces. The multicolor effects hide soil and stains while looking great between vacuuming.
  • Commercial: This durable, long-wearing surface pile is engineered for high traffic areas and is perfect for professional and practical installations.
 Color Selection
Carpet color and texture affect the character of any room. This is why it is so important to have Gerry’s At Home Carpets bring samples to your home.
Rooms that lack sunlight can be brightened with yellows, apricots or warm beiges. Cool colors, like blues and greens, soften a room with a sunny exposure.
  • Light colors show fewer footprints; dark colors show less stains and soil.
  • Dull yarns show fewer footprints; while shiny yarns show more highlights and accents.
  • Minimize maintenance by restricting light colors to less-used rooms.
  • Multicolored carpets minimize the appearance of everyday stains and soil.
Fiber Selection
Choose a company who constructs its fine carpets using premium yarns and fibers made from PTT, 3GT, nylon, wool, polyester and polypropylene. All fibers should meet strenuous certification testing.

Don’t Skimp on Cushion
Selecting the right cushion can add years of wear to your carpet. Professional installation will assure you of worry-free enjoyment for as long as you own your carpet. For residential installation, Mohawk recommends a cushion of no more than 7/16″ thick and no less than ¼” thick with 6 pounds per cubic square foot of density, or equivalent. We recommend a cushion of 3/8 inch thickness with 8 pounds per cubic foot of density or equivalent for berber (loop) styles.
Care & Cleaning
Gerry’s At Home Carpets is a specialist who is knowledgeable about cleaning and maintenance to help extend the life of your flooring. Proper maintenance of your carpet will extend its lifespan and keep its fresh appearance. You should vacuum regularly, remove spills and provide long-term care and cleaning.
Give Gerry’s At Home Carpets a call today or click to schedule an in-home flooring appointment in your house to discuss the type of tile is right or your home and use.
Gerry’s At Home Carpets offers many brands of carpeting – this particular information is provided by Mohawk.