Archive for May, 2010

Staying Neutral- Choosing the Switzerland of Carpets

May 27, 2010

Ready for some color and a fresh new look?  There is a world of color out there to choose from when redecorating your home.  Bold color choices in wall paint, furniture accessories and even flooring are the norm. But here’s an important tip: go bold with wall color and furniture but keep your floors neutral.  Whether you are choosing hardwood, bamboo, laminate, ceramic tile, natural stone or carpet stay like the Swiss and choose flooring with a more subdued color palette.

Neutral isn’t about beige anymore and it doesn’t mean boring at all.  You will be pleasantly surprised when you learn that neutral has grown into quite a selection.  Browns, grays, blues and even greens are now considered neutrals and can really showcase a beautifully brightly painted wall or a daringly colored couch.  Medium to dark browns are a perfect neutral where beige may have been.  Shades of gray or light blue can highlight a pretty blue room.  Sage green and other soft greens can also serve as a neutral to a home with green tones in walls and décor.

You can go beyond color in staying neutral in your flooring choice with patterns and textures to really improve the look of your home. Choosing your standard beige doesn’t mean uninteresting.  Carpets come in a variety of textures and patterns that can dress up any space.   Patterned carpet can do a better job of disguising dirt than a solid color and matching that pattern with the right color can improve the life of the carpet as well.  Hardwoods come in an endless variety of species and widths such as wide plank Brazilian cherry or distressed red oak.  Laminates and tile offer textures and design choices that are limitless.  You can really let your imagination go wild even while you are picking something neutral. Neutral doesn’t have to be boring!

With over 25,000 product samples to choose from, ProSource of Pinellas County will show you how exciting neutral can be.  ProSource of Pinellas County is the Trade Professional’s #1 Source for Wholesale Floors and Cabinets in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Largo area.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, or any other types of flooring, countertops or kitchen and bath cabinets, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

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Are you in the market for flooring and kitchen cabinets but don’t want the hassle of retail?

May 20, 2010

Nowadays it seems you hear the phrase “no hassle” everywhere you go. From bank loans to credit cards, car dealerships to appliance warehouses- they all promise that business with them is “no hassle” at all.  The idea of paying a fair price for something of great quality and value is pretty appealing as is securing a loan or a credit card without hidden fees and surprise charges. Who hasn’t wanted to pull out their hair when buying a car or reconciling their checkbook?

While we cannot speak for the claims of these other businesses we can tell you that shopping at ProSource of Pinellas County is definitely hassle free.  Here’s why:

  1. One Stop Shopping! Are you tired of running around Clearwater, Tampa or St. Petersburg because the selection isn’t enough here or there?  ProSource of Pinellas County has the most complete selection of flooring and kitchen and bath cabinets so you don’t need to go anywhere else. No need to head over to the tile factory or the carpet warehouse; all your flooring and cabinets is all right here in our 9,000 sq ft showroom.  Those big box stores cannot compete with ProSource of Pinellas County’s selection!
  2. No Distractions! Lots of stores that sell flooring and cabinets sell a lot of other things.  Not ProSource!  ProSource of Pinellas County has over 25,000 products to choose from in flooring and cabinets exclusively.  You won’t get distracted by kitchen appliances or patio furniture or plants.  You’ll just see square foot after square foot of ceramic tile, porcelain tiles, glass tiles, carpets, hardwood floors, laminate flooring, kitchen and bath cabinets, granite countertops, natural stone, and backsplashes.
  3. Low Prices! We spend our time negotiating so you don’t have to do it.  ProSource of Pinellas County works directly with flooring and cabinet manufacturers to get the very best prices in the industry or we don’t display their product.  We leverage our national buying power to get the best flooring and cabinet prices for ProSource Members and their Clients.
  4. No Retail! In a Hurry?  ProSource of Pinellas County is not open to the public.  A ProSource Showroom is designed specifically for the trade professional and their clients.   The ProSource Showroom and its incredible selection are designed to give a Member and their clients ample time and variety to make the right flooring and cabinet decisions.
  5. Low Overhead! ProSource of Pinellas County keeps the operating costs low which reflect in the flooring and cabinet prices.  ProSource of Pinellas County does not rely on print or television and radio advertising. Our best form of advertising is our Members telling other trade colleagues.

ProSource of Pinellas County is the Trade Professional’s #1 Source for Wholesale Floors and Cabinets.  Leave the hassle of the big box and other retail stores behind and head to ProSource of Pinellas County.

If you’d like more information on ProSource of Pinellas County and its fantastic selection of kitchen cabinets, laminates, hardwoods, red oak hardwoods, carpet, tile, natural stone, ceramic tile or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at http://www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

What kind of cake, frosting and tile do you like?

May 13, 2010

Ceramic Tiles and Porcelain Tiles are available in an abundant amount of options, just like cakes.  These options can  vary with regards to sizes, colors, texture, composition, surface contour as well as pattern design.  Each type of tile is made from a unique composition and a particular manufacturing process which greatly effects where it can be installed  and how much it can affect your budget.   First, let’s discuss the difference in composition  between the two materials.

Ceramic tile is generally made of a clay mixture with other minerals, products and water.  This batter-like mixture is then heated or baked to solidify the tile product.  Just like a cake, the top layer of the tile may have small holes from the baking process.  The top surface of the newly formed tile is then glazed to give it a finish, just like frosting on a cake . This glaze or “frosting” will determine the tile’s finish color, design, and texture.  When the ceramic tile is coated with a Grade III or higher glaze, the ceramic tile will be highly resistant to moisture and scratches.  Other important features of the ceramic tile is that it will not burn or scorch, emit toxic fumes nor absorb odors and will not support allergens or bacteria.

Let’s look at porcelain tiles now.  A true porcelain tile, not a knock-off, is composed of finely grounded sand, natural ingredients and water.  The baking process is much different than the ceramic tile baking process.  The mixture is baked at extremely high temperatures under controlled pressure.  The result is a very dense, glass like material, which is much more dense tile than a ceramic tile.  Some porcelain tiles have the color all the way through thus not needing a glaze or frosting.  However, the demand for new designs have led to the addition of a design layer, a frosting.  The top surface of a newly baked porcelain tile is glazed to produce a specific color, texture, and design.  Should the top surface of these particular porcelain tiles be chipped, it would show the porcelain tile’s different body color, like when you cut into a cake you see what’s under the frosting.

When you compare the manufacturing process of these two tiles, there are few differences: porcelain is a more dense tile because of the material used and the higher baking temperature.   Porcelain tiles with its superior hardness, has a higher durability rating  than ceramic tile.

When you compare the durability, cost  and features between the two tile materials, there is little difference.  At ProSource of Pinellas County, we have all sizes, colors and textures to meet every budget.

When it comes down to your final decision, how big  of cake do you want and what kind of frosting do you like?

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on ceramic tile, porcelain tile, laminates, hardwoods, carpet, natural stone, or any other types of  flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.

Destination Shopping. Who invented the Mall?

May 7, 2010

Driving through Tampa and over the beautiful Tampa Bay to Clearwater, there was a lot of traffic.  Yet, people are fighting this traffic to get to the Mall.  The consumer knows that the Mall is the place where they can purchase the majority of their items in one location which makes  shopping quick and convenient.

The Mall concept has been around since 1922.  J.C. Nichols Company opened the Country Club Plaza close to Kansas City, Mo.  Let’s fast forward 88 years.  Located in Dongguan, China is the South China Mall, dubbed the World’s Largest Shopping Mall at 7.1 million square feet.  To help you get an idea just how big this place is, it is about 4.3 times larger than the Raymond James Stadium where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play.

Yet there are certain products that you won’t find in the Mall, for example flooring, kitchen cabinets, and paint stores.  Now why is that?  Could the Retail Gurus believe that, more time, with individual service in a more quiet atmosphere was needed for the consumer to purchase flooring or cabinets?  You have to admit that a Mall can be overwhelming at times with the “Mall Traffic” (especially when school is out), displays crowded together and salespersons  that communicate through a device that seems like it is growing out of their ear.

At ProSource of Pinellas County, located right off of Ulmerton Road and South Belcher Road, you won’t experience the “Mall” atmosphere. You will, however, be able to purchase the all of your flooring and cabinet products at one location.  Our Account Managers are trained flooring and cabinet experts that will provide you with the utmost in individualized customer service and in a quiet atmosphere .  Even though we have over 25, 000 samples, the Showroom is well organized for an easy selection.   Maybe the Retail Gurus were right about certain products.  Stop by and test their theory.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article.   If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, carpet, tile, natural stone, or any other types of  flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.