Cork Flooring A Healthy and Homey Choice

By Jill

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:57 AM


At Barry Carpet, we are passionate about offering natural flooring products and explaining the incredible health benefits of the lines we carry. One of the wonderful sustainable options we have is cork flooring.  Along with being 100% biodegradable, cork flooring is elastic, durable, warm and soft underfoot.  Cork is also a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which means rooms with cork flooring are naturally warm and especially quiet.

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Cork is also praised for its remarkable shock absorption. According to Wicanders website, tests confirm that cork floors, compared to laminate floors, reduce walking sound up to 53%. Since cork provides fantastic insulation against sound and vibrations, it can be used beneath floating floor systems as a muffler and to help give the floors a more natural sound. It’s a perfect choice for multiple story buildings, where sound needs to be dampened from above.

Cork is impermeable to moisture with natural rot-resistant and fire-resistant properties. If burned accidentally, cork does not release any toxic gasses or chemicals, making it a healthy choice to surround yourself with.

Cork flooring is aesthetically versatile and available in tiles and planks in many styles, colors and sizes.

Helpful Tips for Installing Cork Flooring

  • While installing, remember to leave a 1/2 inch around the flooring perimeter so it can expand and contract appropriately.
  • Great performance under heavy furnishings.
  • Can be used as underlayment layer for ceramic, wood, or stone.
  • Don't worry about scratches, they will become part of the material pattern.
  • Seal every 5 years to keep its waterproof characteristics.
 

We carry a wide selection of cork flooring at Barry Carpet.

A few brands of cork flooring worth mentioning include:  Solida, Natural Cork, WeCork, Wicanders, Nova, Globus, and more.

Give us a call (310-479-3761) or visit our Barry Carpet West LA showroom to see the wide variety of Cork flooring products available for your space!

CLICK HERE to read more about Cork & other eco-friendly flooring choices at Barry Carpet.

 

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Sit, Stay, and Save Pet Adoption Event

By Jill

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 9:12 AM


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If my wonderful cockapoo, Sharlee, had an accident on my carpet, what would I do? How would I react? I would kiss her and love her and, perhaps, wish I HAD PURCHASED STAINMASTER® PetProtect® CARPET!

This unique product has patented fibers with built-in stain protection. Since it also is fade resistant, you can clean it thoroughly without worry of ruining its color. And even after repeated carpet cleanings (every 18 months), PetProtect will continue to perform and stay newer-looking for longer.

Adding to its remarkable ability to clean, STAINMASTER® PetProtect® carpet also has multiple pet-friendly advantages. According to the The American Pet Products Association, approximately 44% of all U.S. households have a dog and 35% have a cat. If you’re one of us, you will know too well the challenges that our four-legged friends create when it comes to keeping our carpets clean – including those hard-to-remove stains, lingering odors, and excessive shedding.

The STAINMASTER® PetProtect® technology resists pet hair, reduces odors, and has exceptional durability and comfort for both you and your furry friends. Designed to release more pet hair when vacuumed than the majority of other carpets, PetProtect® will allow you to have more time for the things you want to do, like playing with your furry friends, rather than cleaning up after them!

At Barry Carpet, we believe that our pet-loving customers shouldn’t have to sacrifice style when it comes to choosing flooring. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for stylish products that can coexist with dogs and cats.

PetProtect® carpet is not only stylish, but it also offers a great warranty, with lifetime coverage for most common pet stains. Also, we will be hosting a STAINMASTER® PetProtect® “Sit, Stay, & Save” event next weekend, which means more savings for you!

Come by our “Sit, Stay, & Save” pet adoption we will be hosting at Barry Carpet with adoptable pets from Best Friends on Saturday, May 6th.

See the flyer below for details. We hope to see you there!

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Make Everyday, Earth Day

By Jill

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:34 PM


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I’m a baby boomer…an aging, back in the day, hippie meditator. I marched in Washington for Equal Women’s Rights and to end the War - it was the late 60’s and soul searching times. All these years later and I own a flooring store. I ask myself: “What did I learn and what can I do now to contribute and improve the world we live in?” Here’s one very important way: go green.

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide, myself included, overwhelmingly opposed it. At the time, we were slurping leaded gas through V8 sedans. In Hollywood, the smog was so bad, that you couldn’t see the Hollywood sign.

The stage had been set for change by the 1962 publication of bestseller Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, and awesomely, my aunt had the book and was passionate about it. The book represented a watershed moment and began to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Over fifty years later, we are now facing climate change and the destruction of our earth at alarming rates. Since we would not exist without our planet, it is our obligation to be conscious of our footprint.

How do we help?

Everything that you touch, breathe and ingest impacts your health. At Barry Carpet, we recycle, use green cleaning products, and try to sell as many eco-friendly flooring products as possible. When it comes time to choosing flooring for your home or office, it is important to consider how much time you spend in the presence of the products you consume.

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When looking for an eco-friendly carpet, at Barry Carpet, we have a wide array of choices that consist of natural fibers. Some of these fibers include: wool, sisal, seagrass, jute, and coir, all suitable for both broadloom and area rugs. Renewable resources like wool and other biodegradable options that include plant-based fibers are popular for their sustainable impact, but also can create beautiful patterns and designs for any living area.

For a different look and ambiance, we also offer additional eco-friendly flooring options such as linoleum (marmoleum), cork, bamboo, and rubber. Linoleum, cork and bamboo stand as beautiful hardwood alternatives. Linoleum and rubber flooring are made from natural and recycled materials often used in both commercial and residential projects. In addition to the renewable component to many of these, these flooring options can be very effective in dampening sound and creating a warm, cozy environment.

At Barry Carpet, we are proud to support Earth Day and the world we live in. Check out the “Eco-Friendly Floors” page on our website to learn more details about how each product is made. Give us a call or come by our West LA showroom so we can help you find the brands perfect for you!

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