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Kennedy Tile & Flooring in Peoria, AZ: Now a Premier Authorized Retailer for Lions Floor

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in the journey of Kennedy Tile & Flooring in Peoria, Arizona. As a business that has always prided itself on offering the finest flooring solutions, we have now joined forces with Lions Floor, becoming a premier authorized retailer of their products. This partnership marks a new chapter in our commitment to delivering exceptional quality and service to our customers.

Founded in 2017, Lions Floor has rapidly established itself as one of America’s fastest-growing wholesale distributors in the flooring industry. Their reputation for providing high-quality SPC waterproof flooring, laminate, and LVP is unmatched. At Kennedy Tile & Flooring, we recognize the importance of aligning with brands that share our values of quality, customer satisfaction, and style. Lions Floor’s commitment to producing classic, stylish, and affordable flooring options aligns perfectly with our mission.

A Testament to Quality and Style

Lions Floor is renowned for its highest quality SPC waterproof flooring. This innovative flooring solution offers unparalleled durability, making it an ideal choice for homes and commercial spaces alike. Its water-resistant properties ensure that it stands up to the challenges of everyday spills and moisture, making it a practical yet stylish option.

In addition to SPC flooring, Lions Floor also offers an impressive range of laminate and LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring. These products are recognized for their superior quality and aesthetic appeal. Whether you’re looking for the warm, inviting look of wood or the sleek, modern appeal of stone or tile, Lions Floor has options that will transform any space.

Exceptional Customer Service and Satisfaction

At Kennedy Tile & Flooring, we understand that selecting the right flooring is about more than just the product. It’s about the experience and the assurance that you are making the right choice for your space. Partnering with Lions Floor, we are now able to enhance our customer service by offering a wider range of high-quality products. Our team of experts is always ready to guide you through the selection process, ensuring that you find the perfect match for your style and needs.

Lions Floor’s dedication to customer satisfaction mirrors our own. They have consistently demonstrated a commitment to not just meeting but surpassing customer expectations. This shared ethos is what makes our partnership with Lions Floor so exciting and beneficial for our customers.

Affordable Elegance at Your Fingertips

One of the most remarkable aspects of Lions Floor’s product range is its affordability. Quality flooring is an investment in your home or business, and with Lions Floor, you can rest assured that you’re investing wisely. Their flooring solutions offer the perfect blend of durability, style, and affordability. This means you can achieve the look and feel you desire without compromising on quality or breaking the bank.

Your Go-To Destination for Flooring Solutions

Kennedy Tile & Flooring is more than just a flooring store; we are a team of passionate professionals dedicated to helping you realize your vision. With the addition of Lions Floor products to our inventory, we are now better equipped than ever to serve you. Whether you’re renovating your home, setting up a new business space, or simply looking to update your floors, we have everything you need under one roof.

Visit Us Today

We invite you to visit our showroom in Peoria, AZ, to explore the range of Lions Floor products now available. Our knowledgeable staff is eager to assist you in finding the perfect flooring solution that meets your style, needs, and budget. Experience firsthand the quality and elegance of Lions Floor products and discover why Kennedy Tile & Flooring is your premier destination for flooring solutions.

Join Us in Celebrating This New Partnership

This new partnership with Lions Floor is more than just a business development; it’s a testament to our dedication to providing our customers with the best. We are excited to embark on this journey with Lions Floor and look forward to continuing to serve our community with top-notch flooring solutions.

Come and be a part of our journey. Visit Kennedy Tile & Flooring in Peoria, AZ, and experience the difference that quality, style, and excellent customer service can make in your space. Your perfect floor awaits!

Carpet Dealer Peoria AZ

At Kennedy Tile & Flooring, we believe that your home is a reflection of you and your personality. That’s why we strive to help you find the perfect carpet for every room in your home, from the living room to the bedroom and everything in between. We have been providing quality carpets and flooring solutions to customers in Arizona for over 20 years and counting. We’re proud to be a family-owned business that has served thousands of customers over the course of our history with pride, professionalism, and an unwavering focus on customer satisfaction.

If you’re looking for a new carpet or flooring, look no further! Kennedy Tile & Flooring have a wide range of carpets and flooring available, in a variety of styles and colors. We can help you choose the perfect carpet for your home or business—whether it’s an office space, school classroom, or home theater.

Installing new carpet can be a great investment for your home. Carpeting is one of the most important components of your home’s interior decor, and it’s also one of the most common ways to improve the function of your space. But is it worth the money? Here are some reasons why installing new carpet in your home could be a smart idea:

  • Your current carpet is old and worn out, and you’ve been thinking about replacing it for a while now.
  • You’ve got kids who track mud into the house every day, and you’re tired of cleaning up after them.
  • You want to change up the look of your living room, but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on furniture.
  • Your home is starting to feel like an old friend’s house—you know how much they love their old furniture and decorations, but it’s time for something fresh!

Carpet is also very durable, so you won’t have to worry about replacing it as often as other materials like wood flooring or laminate—and it’s easier to clean than either one!

Highly Rated Tile Flooring Contractor in Peoria, AZ

Finding the right flooring is a big deal. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into your home, and it can make or break how you feel about your space you live in! If you’re planning to do some remodeling and want to update your floors, consider giving us a call at Kennedy Tile & Flooring. With over 20 years of experience, we have specialized knowledge and experience that will help you make sure your floor looks amazing and lasts for years to come.

Here are some reasons why hiring a Kennedy Tile & Flooring:

1) We know how to install tiles in different spaces and with different materials, so we can help you choose the best type of tile for your home based on its needs.

2) We have access to high-quality materials at competitive prices, so we’ll be able to help you find the right tiles for your budget.

3) We have over 20 years of experience working with different types of surfaces (like hardwood) so our staff know what kind of preparation work is needed before laying down new tile.

Kennedy Tile & Flooring is the best choice for your flooring needs. We offer a wide variety of services, including:

  • Flooring installation and repair
  • Tiling design consultation
  • Floor plan design consultation
  • Custom floor patterns

Considering doing it yourself?

You may be tempted to try doing this yourself—after all, it’s just laying down some flooring! But you need a professional for these jobs because:

1. The job is more involved than you think. Just laying down the tile isn’t enough; you also need someone who knows how to seal the grout lines between tiles and make sure that everything is level and flush with each other so there aren’t any spaces where water can get trapped between them.

2. You want high-quality workmanship. Tiling your home yourself may seem like an easy way to save money and get exactly what you want… but do you really know what looks good? Tile contractors have years of experience behind them—and no matter what kind of tile they use, they’ll spend time making sure everything looks perfect before they leave. That’s not something an amateur can do!

Porcelain Wood Look Tile vs Luxury Vinyl Plank

Porcelain Wood Look Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank – What’s the difference?

Maybe you’re renovating your house, maybe you just fancy a change, and you love the look of hardwood flooring but don’t want to deal with the high upkeep and the issues with water and moisture.

Fear not, great solutions are available in both porcelain wood look tile and luxury vinyl plank. They’re both good options and both have their advantages, both are waterproof and more durable than hardwood, but really, what is the difference between them?


Both vinyl plank tile flooring and porcelain wood look tile are far more durable than real hardwood, but the porcelain wood look tiles are, by virtue of their material, less prone to scratching and fading. It’s one of the most resilient flooring types available today.


While both wood-look tile flooring and luxury vinyl tile are easier to keep clean than hardwood, not having grout to be cleaned makes the luxury vinyl tile a bit easier to maintain.

Sizes, styles, and colors

LVP, the vinyl plank flooring that looks like tile, and the wood look tile flooring alike offer different sizes and a variety of different colors, including different wood species from oak, walnut, and maple to exotic woods such as Brazilian pecan. Ultimately, though, while they offer plenty of options, luxury vinyl tile offers slightly more options.

Ultimately they’re both great options for alternatives to hardwood flooring which both offer different advantages depending on your needs.

If you want help from choosing your flooring to installation, then head to kennedytilellc.com/ for more information.

Why Luxury Vinyl?

What is Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring? What are the pros and cons of Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVP & LVT)?

In this post, we’ll discuss what Luxury vinyl is, the good and the bad of luxury vinyl, the different forms/types of the product as well as the acronyms/abbreviations used in the industry (e.g. LVT, EVP, LVP, EVT).

Vinyl has come a long way since its original inception. There are plenty of different options that feel and look like real hardwood and stone.

What do all of the acronyms stand for?

LVP stands for Luxury Vinyl Plank, which are vinyl planks that look like hardwood planks. LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile, which are vinyl planks or squares that look like tile or natural stone. They are individual pieces, much like tile or stone, and have the added benefit of being waterproof.

LVP/LVT comes in a variety of grades and forms. The innovation in both quality and durability has been evolving extremely fast yearly. There are more form and color options available than ever.

What is EVP?

EVP short for Engineered Vinyl Plank. It is a subset of Luxury Vinyl Flooring. EVP has an incredibly realistic hardwood look and feels and is very durable. It is waterproof and has a high-density core.

EVP – or Engineered vinyl plank, is a thicker form of the standard glue down vinyl. At an average of 8 mm thick, it’s fairly similar to an engineered hardwood or laminate flooring in thickness. Much like engineered flooring, it is constructed in layers. The top layer is vinyl, the center is a high-density core board and there is typically an attached back underlayment, such as cork for more cushioning. Like laminate, these floors are designed to click together for easy installation.

Engineered vinyl plank is similar in form and looks to an engineered hardwood and laminate flooring, but it is much more resilient. Another great benefit to EVP is that it is waterproof.

Engineered vinyl plank has is a great alternative to more expensive engineered hardwood flooring, that is more durable and attractive to cheaper looking vinyl and laminate. Both of these have an unfortunate tendency to curl over time.

What are the different forms of luxury vinyl flooring?

Years ago luxury vinyl was only available in a glue-down form. These materials could be glued directly to a concrete slab or a plywood sub-floor. They are fairly thin so when glued directly to a concrete slab, they just lay on top of it without providing any sort of cushioning. It’s essentially as if you are walking on top of a concrete slab, so it can be pretty hard and cold.

Because vinyl is thin, imperfections in the sub-floor can show through, it’s very important that you prep the floor before installing vinyl.

Eventually, a variation of vinyl was created that was floating. Floating means that the floor covering isn’t glued or attached to the sub-floor. This makes it much easier to install without hiring a professional and to replace or repair the floor at a later date.

Big box stores carry some varieties of these materials. These offerings tend to be lower quality and much less durable than you would find from a vendor that specializes in flooring. These have a habit of curing over time and delaminating in areas that see more moisture, or where the floor isn’t even. This could cause the pieces to not line up properly, and in more trafficked areas could be tripping hazards.

What are the advantages of EVP?

  • Waterproof– Engineered luxury vinyl is a great choice for areas with a lot of moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms
  • Appearance– Luxury vinyl looks great, specially engineered vinyl plank. Many people mistake it for hardwood
  • Price– On average EVP/LVP is less expensive than hardwood or tile
  • Provides more insulation and soundproofing than glue down laminates and vinyl
  • Can be installed on top of virtually any surface that is flat. Luxury vinyl can go on top of plywood, tile, or concrete
  • Easy to install nothing more really needs to be said about that

What are the downsides to Engineered Vinyl Planks?

  • It doesn’t improve the value of your home in the same way that hardwood or tile does. However, it’s certainly a preferable and longer-lasting option vs laminate flooring or your basic cheap vinyl
  • It can scratch, especially with heavy objects such as appliances. It’s more scratch-resistant than hardwood and a bit less resistant than laminate. You can replace individual pieces if they get scratched, so it’s handy to have an extra box or two for repairs
  • May require a lot of floor prep if your floor is uneven or wavy. If your floor is very uneven or wavy, Engineered vinyl planks (which are rigid) will not line up very well, and they can bounce (just as any floating floor can). So, if your floors are wavy or uneven, you will probably want to either add self-leveling, mix which can be a bit costly, or consider a glue-down installation

When does it make sense to do a floating engineered vinyl plank rather than a glue-down luxury vinyl?

  • When your floors are flat and level, you can use whichever type of vinyl (or another flooring you want). In these circumstances, most customers prefer an engineered vinyl plank as it looks and feels nicer. It often costs a bit less, too
  • When you want a floor that is waterproof and moisture resistant. Engineered vinyl plank is perfect for this, and a way better option vs laminate (or engineered hardwood) that can become ruined just from moisture, let alone a floor or water leak
  • When you’re looking for more stylish colors. Because the engineered vinyl planks are newer and more popular, they are rapidly expanding their lines and color selection. It’s often easier to find more options in the more recent hot trends for grays, weathered woods and farmhouse looks in the engineered planks. There are generally fewer options in the glue-down versions


Luxury Vinyl Planks are a quickly growing segment in the marketplace, and the Engineered Vinyl Planks are the most quickly expanding sub-segment. They provide a gorgeous real and contemporary look, and they are very durable and versatile. It is a huge benefit that they are waterproof, so they are great for water or moisture-prone areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Luxury vinyl tends to hold up much better than laminate and engineered hardwood and they can be installed on top of virtually any type of surface.

Ceramic or Porcelain – The Differences

Porcelain And Ceramic Tiles – What’s the difference?

The makeup of Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles is what makes them so different.

Ceramic tiles are made using different natural red, brown, and white clays that are baked at high temperatures to reduce water content. The patterned glaze is then applied.

Porcelain tiles are typically produced the same way, but only using white clay. Finely-ground sand and feldspar are also added to the clay mixture and then fired at higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. The result is a harder, much more dense tile, which is less porous.

The permeability of the tile is what ultimately dictates whether the tile is classified as ceramic or porcelain.

All tiles are then subject to a water absorption test to determine how porous they are. Tiles are weighed and then submerged in water for some time. The tiles that weigh 0.5% more after being put in water, are classified as ceramic. Those that are denser and weigh less than 0.5% more are classed as porcelain.

The distinction between porcelain and ceramic tile is made after the manufacturing process.

There are then two different types of porcelain tile – through-body porcelain tiles and glazed porcelain tiles.

Through-body tiles (also known as full-body or homogeneous) do not have glaze on them and are the same color and design throughout. Glazed tiles have a painted glaze on top which gives the tile its pattern and color.

So how do you decide between glazed and through-body tiles? In high-traffic areas, such as hallways, through-body tiles may well be a better option. Chips and dents in glazed tiles are more noticeable as the color underneath shows through. With full-body tiles, chips are less noticeable as it’s the same color all the way through.

While porcelain tiles are harder and much denser, this also makes them more difficult to cut and shape. Ceramic tiles can be cut easily by hand using a wet tile saw or snap tile cutter. Porcelain tiles require more experience to get a clean, accurate cut.

Should You Choose Porcelain Or Ceramic Tiles?

For most applications, either ceramic or porcelain tiles should be fine. There are certain instances in which one is more suitable than the other.


Porcelain tiles are harder than ceramic tiles and can therefore better withstand the abuse of higher foot traffic and scratches, so these are good choices for entranceways, hallways, and utility rooms. Ceramic tiles are slightly more likely to chip, which exposes the different color tiles under the glaze.

If you have kids or pets in the home, then porcelain tiles will be better at standing up to wear and tear, particularly if you use through-body tiles.

Ceramic will be fine for wall tiles in these areas, however.


As mentioned above, porcelain tiles absorb less water than ceramic and are more suited to areas with higher levels of moisture. The obvious example is the bathroom, where there is a higher chance of water on the floor and in the air but you might also want to consider porcelain floor tiles in the kitchen in case of spills Low absorption rates also means that porcelain tiles are less prone to staining.


If you want to use tile outdoors on a balcony or patio, then you should be using porcelain tiles. Because they are less porous, porcelain tiles will hold up better in rain This is also incredibly important in cold weather because if the moisture freezes it will expand, which could cause the tile to crack.

PEI Rating

A great way of quickly identifying which tiles are right for your home is to go by the Porcelain Enamel Institute rating (PEI rating), which is as follows:

PEI 0 – No foot traffic (wall tiles)

PEI 1 – Very light traffic (rooms with infrequent use, e.g. bathroom)

PEI 2 – Light traffic (e.g. bathroom and bedroom)

PEI 3 – Light to moderate traffic (should be suitable for most domestic floors)

PEI 4 – Moderate to heavy traffic (fine for domestic floors and some commercial applications)

PEI 5 – Heavy traffic (all domestic/commercial uses with heavy footfall)

Typically ceramic tiles will have a PEI rating over between 3 and 4, while porcelain will usually be harder, with a PEI rating between 3 and 5.

Choosing Carpet – Nylon vs Polyester

When shopping for carpet, a lot of people naturally focus on carpet fiber and often assume that nylon is always better than polyester.  However, carpet fiber is only one of the factors that you need to consider.   Equally important are carpet construction factors like density, filament type and twist level.  All of these elements together determine how a carpet will perform and what it will cost.  When shopping for carpet, it helps to have a general understanding of these factors in order to make the best decision.  In this week’s post, we’ll look the difference between fibers and next week we’ll talk about carpet construction.

Carpet Fiber: Carpet’s Basic Ingredient 

The four basic fibers used in carpet today are nylon, polypropylene (Olefin), polyester and wool.  Since synthetic fibers make up 99% of the fiber in the US carpet industry, we’ll focus on them.   Each type of fiber has its strengths and weaknesses which determine how it can be used and constructed.  Keep in mind there is no perfect fiber and carpet is a fabric that is subjected to incredible abuse – foot traffic, accidental spills and environmental contaminants.


Durable, Resilient & Versatile

Nylon is more expensive than other synthetic carpet fibers and is the most commonly used carpet fiber today. Nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles – from sumptuous plush to fashion-forward patterns to low-maintenance loop (Berber).  Its strengths include good resiliency, good yarn memory to hold twist, good stain resistance with stain treatment applied, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance. It is the strongest fiber, making it an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas, active households or commercial facilities.

Be aware that there can be considerable cost differences even between two similar-looking nylon products. Nylon, for example, may be branded or unbranded and, as we mentioned, carpet construction greatly influences value, price and performance. You really can’t judge a carpet by appearance or fiber weight alone. As an example, Shaw’s Anso nylon is a branded, premium nylon and comes with some of the strongest warranties in the industry, including Lifetime Stain and Soil Resistance (even pet urine stains!).  Anso nylon carpets cost more, but you’re getting a premium nylon with excellent construction properties and the warranties reflect this.  What you care about is that your carpet will look newer longer.

If you are looking for value goods, unbranded nylons offer a considerable benefit for the money. These products may have fewer features and less robust warranties, but you’ll still get the inherent benefits of nylon (durability and resiliency) at a lower price.

Polypropylene (Olefin)

Color Fast, Naturally Stain Resistant, Economical

Olefin is one of the most colorfast fibers on the market.  Unlike the other fiber types, polypropylene will not absorb water and must be solution dyed to impart color.  Solution dyeing is a pigmentation process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed, thereby becoming an inherent part of the fiber.  The color will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, or other harsh chemicals.  However, since it is not as resilient as other fibers, polypropylene is better suited to low-profile loop (Berber) carpets in which there is less need for superior resiliency.   The one exception to this is a type of olefin called “Comfortouch” by Shaw.  This new fiber is softer to the feel because it is scoured three times during production. Then the fiber is treated with Shaw’s R2X, a patented Stain and Soil inhibitor for enhanced protection against spills and tracked-in dirt. The result is a fiber that feels like cotton, resists soil and stains, and wears better than other olefin carpet.

Olefin carpets work well anywhere you need fade and stain resistance – in rooms with strong sunlight, indoor/outdoor rooms, kitchens, children’s bedrooms & playrooms, and basements.


Exceptionally Stain & Fade-Resistant, Soft, & Budget-Friendly

If you need stain-resistance, this is your carpet!  Just to give you an example, we know a customer who spilled hair dye on her 6 month old polyester carpet. Although hair dye is on the list of stains that are NOT warranted, this customer got the stain out with laundry detergent and water. Now that’s impressive!

While not as inherently resilient as nylon, polyester carpets will perform well if constructed well.  So choose a polyester carpet with a higher pile and medium-high density to ensure maximum appearance retention and long-term wear.  You can also refer to the durability ratings on the back of carpet samples to help you assess how a carpet will stand up to traffic.

If you’ve never considered polyester carpeting before, you might want to look at Shaw’s New ClearTouch carpets which are made of a new type of polyester called PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate).  This new polyester “ups the ante” in terms of performance.  ClearTouch carpets feature:

  • exceptional softness
  • natural and permanent stain resistance, including pet urine stains
  • improved strength and better abrasion resistance
  • excellent appearance retention and long-term wear
  • 25% recycled content from recycled soda and water bottles

The new PET polyester carpets pack in a lot of performance for the money! They are a great choice for children’s bedrooms & playrooms as well as for people who don’t want to put a lot money into their carpet.  We highly recommend you choose a PET polyester with a higher pile and medium-high density to ensure maximum appearance retention and long-term wear.

Shaw Lifeguard – Life Happens

Life Happens is a new residential carpet collection from Shaw. Life Happens features Shaw’s new LifeGuard protection system. LifeGuard is a revolutionary protection system that covers the entire carpet product, from face fiber to backing. All of Shaw’s Lifeguard carpets are treated with Shaw’s patented R2X Stain and Soil Resistance protection. Thermoplastic backing gives the carpet a waterproof barrier that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and the subfloor.

LifeGuard’s patented backing system keeps liquids from bleeding into the carpet backing, which allows for easier cleanup and protection against odor-causing spills and pet accidents. In addition, the R2X Stain and Soil Resistance System give the carpet a remarkable level of liquid stain resistance. Any spilled liquid will stay on the surface of the carpet, just like the picture shows below. Since the liquid stays on the top of the carpet and does not soak through the backing, you have more time to discover the spill and get it cleaned up. After the mess has been cleaned up, the carpet will dry quickly.

The Life Happens carpets combat household odors, and they retain their appearance due to the Anso CrushResister High-Performance Nylon. These carpets are resistant to getting fuzzy over time, the tufts resist being pulled out, the edges do not travel easily, and the carpet/backing is less likely to suffer from delamination. In addition, this carpet is easy to install because the backing is flexible. This carpet bends well making it perfect for stairs, and the softness of the carpet backing helps protect baseboards and door jambs.

LifeGuard products are designed to be recyclable at the end of their use. Every part of the carpet is recyclable, and they are Cradle to Cradle certified. The video below explains more about how the carpet is recyclable and Eco-friendly.

Here are the warranties for the carpets in the Life Happens collection.

Lifetime Warranties: Waterproof Backing, Stain & Soil, No Wrinkle, No Edge Ravel, No Delamination, and Tuft Bind.
25 Year Warranties: Texture Retention, Abrasive Wear, and Quality Assurance

There are many beautiful carpets to choose from in this collection, and they feature the newest design and color trends.

Carpet flooring – How is it installed?

Hiring a professional carpet installer is a very important step when adding carpeting to your home

Can you do it on your own? Sure. If you have the proper tools and know-how.

Is it worth the headache of trying? Not really.

That being said, here is a simplistic rundown of the process.

1. Determine the area of the Room

First, measure the longest walls in your room. Next, multiply the length and width of your walls, and divide by 9 to determine the square yardage. It’s always best to add 10% to allow for any irregularities, errors, waste, and pattern matching.

2. Clean the Sub-floor

You want the floor surface to be smooth and clean. Scrape any paint or joint compound that may be on the floor and sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly.

3. Remove the Doors

If you can, remove the doors from the rooms you are carpeting so you won’t have to work around them.

4. Install the Tack Strips

Cut the tack strips to size with a strip cutter or heavy snips. Nail the strips a 1/2 inch from the wall. Do not install tack strips across thresholds for doorways; the tacks on the strips are very sharp and could tear through the carpet and hurt your feet. Tack strips come in a variety of heights, thicknesses, and widths. You want to make sure you are using the correct size for the pile of your carpet. If you are installing carpet over a concrete sub-floor, use masonry tacks or epoxy adhesive to hold the tack strips in place.

5. Install the Carpet Pad

Layout the carpet pad in the opposite direction you plan to install the carpet and staple it near the tack strips with a staple hammer.

6. Staple Any Pad Seams

Staple the seam of the pad, alternating staples so that they are not right next to one another. Stretch the padding so that the pieces are joined tightly together.

7. Trim the Pad

Locate the tack strip by feeling through the padding, then use a utility knife to cut away the padding along the interior edge of the strip so that all tacks are exposed.

8. Notch Corners for Trimming

Measure the room at its longest point, then add 3″ to the measurement. Take the carpet outside, and cut it slightly on both sides at the measured length. The carpet may be easier to handle in a larger space like outdoors. If possible, have someone help you.

9. Trim the Carpet to Size

Roll the carpet with the back facing outward until the cut areas show. Next, run a chalk line from cut to cut. Cut the back of the carpet along the chalk line, roll up the carpet, and take it back inside.

10.Trim the Excess Carpet

Roll out the carpet into the room while keeping it as straight as possible. Cutaway any excess carpet, but leave 3″ of extra carpet next to the walls. Lay out any additional carpet needed to fill the room.

11. Glue the Seams Together

You’ll need to create a seam where the carpet edges join. These edges must be straight. Make sure to check the edges: don’t assume that a factory edge is straight. Place a piece of seaming tape under the seam, adhesive side up. Heat the seaming iron to the temperature recommended by the tape manufacturer, and rest it directly on the tape for 15 to 30 seconds. Then carefully slide the iron along with the tape, and press the seam into the melted glue behind the iron. Place heavy objects on the seam after the pieces are joined, to ensure they will hold it in place. Seams should run parallel to the room’s main light source. And make sure the pile of both pieces runs in the same direction.

12. Trim Around the Obstacles

Dry-fit the carpet, butting one end against a wall. Use a carpet knife to trim the carpet to fit around obstacles like pillars, floor vents, and outlets.

13. Attach the First Edge of the Carpet

Using a knee kicker, attach the carpet to the tackless strips on one end of the room. Place the knee kicker against the carpet about 3″ away from the wall, and forcefully strike the padded end to stretch the carpet over the tackless strips.

14. Trim the Excess from the Edges

You’ll next need to trim the excess carpet with a wall trimmer, which rests against the wall and provides a straight cut. Using a stair tool to press the cut edges underneath the baseboard trim.

15. Stretch the Carpet

Use the power stretcher to attach the strips on the other side of the room. For corners and alcoves where the power stretcher can’t easily reach, use a knee kicker and/or stair tool.

16. Use the Binder Bar

In this step, you’ll need to nail a binder bar to any areas where the carpet ends without abutting a wall such as a threshold. Stretch the carpet with the knee kicker and link to the hooks in the binder bar. Next, use a wooden block or scrap piece of lumber to close the binder bar onto the edge of the carpet.

17. Finish Trimming the Carpet

When all the carpet is in place, cut out any necessary openings. Attach molding around the room if desired.

That’s a lot of steps to complete for even the most determined DIYer.

But… Before all of that happens, you still have to pick out the carpet you like.

Shaw has quite a broad selection of carpets to include their Truaccents collection. You can also find some great selections at Dreamweaver.

Be sure to check out our website for great offers, or better yet, come to our showroom at 8643 W Kelton Ln Suite 105 in Peoria!

How to install a tile shower


A tile shower install can be a difficult task for even the most experienced tile setters. All tile install jobs require a strict attention to design, layout, placement, and bonding. With a shower install, though, you need to address some additional and unique challenges. Waterproofing, incorporating plumbing fixtures, achieving proper drainage and meeting code requirements. Changes in waterproofing, drain and tile-setting technologies will allow you to more easily meet these demands. Here are some things you need to know before tackling a tile shower installation:

Completed custom shower install

1. Understand the installation requirements of the drain assembly waterproofing system.

Not so long ago, shower installers only really had one option for waterproofing showers: hot-mopping. That process involved installers applying a thick layer of hot tar to the floor of a shower pan, creating a waterproof seal that prevents leaks from damaging the subfloor. Hot-mopping is still done, however, today’s installer has a variety of other waterproofing options. These include roll-on, trowel-on, and sheet products. Installers typically place the waterproofing materials just below the surface of the tile, bonding the tile directly to the waterproofing membrane. This allows water to run off the surface and down to the drain before saturating the walls, avoiding any potential fouling spaces.

Shower Tiles

Regardless of what waterproofing system you decide to go with, you must completely familiarize yourself with all of its elements – to include the drain assembly. Failing to follow the specifications or the manufacturer’s directions can end up causing the need for expensive repairs. The entire system is critical: from the waterproofing product itself to the drain.

2. Test the waterproofing after it is installed, but before the tile is installed.

All too often Tile setters ignore testing. This is a final and critical step of the waterproofing process. Once the system is in place, but before installation of the tile, you must ensure waterproofing is completely effective. This confirms that you have a functioning system, which is absolutely essential to a long lasting installation. If a leak is found, it can be repaired before it causes any damage.

3. Be sure of the compatibility of the materials involved.

After the waterproofing system is in place, you can go back to the basic aspects of installing tile. Using the proper setting materials, ensuring 95% coverage and achieving straight and plumb lines. When you are choosing setting products, be sure that they will work with both the type of tile being used and the waterproofing system. For example, mastics are not acceptable for bonding tile to membranes. Normally, in a shower installation, you will need to use a modified bond mortar; though some uncoupling membrane manufacturers require the use of unmodified mortars. Whenever possible, try to use the same manufacturer’s materials for all steps of your installation. Having one point of contact for all installation materials simplifies things should any issues come up.

Linear drains have allowed for the use of large format tile in shower environments. Not so long ago, tile 6 inches or smaller could form the proper slope to the small drains. With linear drains, however, it is possible to place larger tile on the shower floors, giving both the owner and designer additional options.

4. Ensure sure you achieve 95% mortar coverage.

When working with large format tile, setters commonly make the mistake of using the “dot method” of installation. Using this method, the installer puts blobs, or dots, of mortar on the back of the tile, instead of carefully troweling it. The dot method might seem like a time-saver, but it will not provide a successful installation in the long run. It does not create full substrate contact or proper embedding and may cause voids behind the tile that collect moisture and potentially house bacteria. When using natural stone, there are even instances when the dots of mortar are visible through the tile. This can leave unsightly circular stains, efflorescence and color variation.

Remember that tile installations in wet areas, such as showers, requires 95% mortar coverage. When using natural stone, that requirement increases to 100%.

5. Using 100% silicone caulk can prevent mildew and cracking in the grout joints.

Improvements in grout and sealant have expanded the variety of products available to setters and their customers. For wet areas, many owners request grouts that are low in absorption, do not require any sealing, and are stain resistant. These types of grout are now available and recommended for such use. 100% silicone caulking has become the product of choice for the flexible sealant required in showers. These caulks prevent mildew and cracking in the grout.

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6. Know the cure time requirements of the of the setting materials before putting the wet area into use.

Once installation is complete, be sure to abide by the cure time requirements of the setting materials before the shower is put to use. This can prevent potential problems or mishaps for the customer. It also shows the owner that you know and understand your craft and want to give them the best work, from beginning to end.

Advances in products and installation techniques have expanded the performance and aesthetic possibilities for tile and stone shower installations. In the tile industry, one trend remains constant: the perpetual introduction of new and exciting tile and stone goods along with the materials to set them.Complete Shower Installation