Welcome to truly smart hardwood flooring, the key to a renewed vision for a healthier living space.
Introducing Pure Genius® by Lauzon®. Lauzon’s latest exclusive innovation improves the indoor air quality of your home without compromising the quality and appearance of your hardwood flooring.
It’s Like Having 3 Trees in Your Home*
Did You Know?
Contaminants are everywhere. We live increasingly air-tight environments that contain sources of indoor air pollution. Building materials, furnishing or common household products can continuously emit toxic contaminants, the most common of which being formaldehyde. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a host of ailments, including allergies and asthma.
Floors with Pure Genius® continually break down airborne toxins, resulting in a constant supply of clean, pure air.
How Does It Work?
Pure Genius® is a light-activated, air-purifying agent made of titanium dioxide integrated into Lauzon’s Titanium floor finish. Activated by natural and artificial light, it breaks down toxic contaminants on contact (formaldehyde and other pollutants present throughout the home) and transforms them into harmless molecules. Its constant and consistent action is so effective over time, it makes indoor air up to 85% cleaner.
Pure Genius® works constantly, without any loss of performance over time. Like a tree, Pure Genius® breaks down molecules, converting them into harmless water and carbon dioxide. It’s pure genius!
What if Your Floor Made Air Purer?
Pure Genius® is an intelligent solution for improving air quality in the home by:
Ask your Speedwell Design Center consultant for details. Our Morristown, NJ showroom offers a comprehensive display with many design options and recommendations.
*Pure Genius® equivalent purifying effect is based on Canadian average home size. Office of Energy Efficiency; American average home size. Census’s 22197-I standard.
Top Reasons Why Your Local Flooring Showroom is Better Than Online Retailers
Below is an account of a typical (and real) interaction with an online flooring retailer.
Avoid hassle and choose the best flooring for your space by contacting Speedwell Design Center in Morristown, NJ. We have provided local expert assistance including selection, delivery, and installation for over 80 years.
A Record of a Potential Flooring Purchase from an Online Flooring Company
WHY WOULD YOU SPEND THOUSANDS OF DOLLAR$$$$$ WITH AN ONLINE FLOORING RETAILER??? On August 21, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am through 12:30 pm, as a potential consumer, I contacted a major online flooring retailer asking for a quote on 900 square feet of engineered hardwood flooring.
(Please note that all misleading and inaccurate information provided by the “sales professional” is underlined).
Here’s what happened…
st call-9:00 AM: voicemail
nd call-9:40 AM: voicemail
rd call-10:15 AM: I spoke with receptionist who recorded my information and stated a flooring specialist would contact me shortly. The flooring specialist returned my call at 11:15 am and inquired as to my product of interest. I had to provide the manufacturer, item number and total square footage as well as some personal information. I questioned him about the difference between three different manufacturers; he provided inaccurate information as to wear-layer, product construction and specific important details about the manufacturers. He quoted a price that was $1.50 SF lower than the dealer’s retail price. I asked the “sales professional” how his company could sell the product so inexpensively and he stated, “we buy direct from the (manufacturer’s) manufacturing facility and warehouse in Texas.” I asked the questions below, and recorded his answers…
- Does this price include freight?“No sir. The material would ship common carrier/LTL from Texas to Virginia. Today, the estimated freight charge is $445-$550 depending upon the freight company, and changes daily.”
- How much money do you require as a down payment?“We ask that you pay the full amount up front using a credit card or a PayPal account. We do not charge your credit card until the material leavesthe manufacturer’s warehouse in Texas.”
- When will the material arrive?“We will place the order with the manufacturer, and if the material is in stock, you will receive the material in 7-10 business days,but since we buy direct from the manufacturer, there is always stock.”
- Will you unload the material when it arrives?“No sir. The delivery will be curbside to your home.”
- So, I have to unload the material from the back of an 18-wheeler?“Yes sir. The delivery driver will only drop it curbside.”
- Will the truck have a lift gate?“I am not sure. I think it does.”
- SO I will have to offload over 1000 pounds of material from the back of a tractor trailer and move it from the street to my house?“Yes sir. With the money you save, you can pay a few friends! (he chuckles).”
- Will you call me with a delivery date and time?“No sir. What we do is, once we confirm the manufacturer has stock, we receive a confirmation from the manufacturer. After we get the order confirmation, we contact the common carrier and get a tracking number. I will give you a call with the tracking number and the trucking company’s contact information. From there, you will call the trucking company and schedule a delivery date directly with them.”
- Will they be able to give me an accurate timeframe; I can’t waste an entire day waiting for the delivery?“I understand. You will have to coordinate that with them.”
- What happens if the material is damaged, especially since I paid 100% in full, up front and before delivery?“We ask that you inspect all boxes prior to the driver offloading the material. If any boxes appear to have any sign of damage, simply mark the boxes on the delivery ticket and feel free to take pictures. Also you can call me. Once we receive confirmation from the delivery company that the material was damaged, we will send replacement material.”
- I am on a time crunch, so how long will it take to receive replacement material, especially since I waited 7 or 10 business days for the initial shipment?“The replacement material will arrive in 7-10 business days once we receive confirmation of the damages and confirm manufacturer stock.”
- So if there is damage, I could potentially be waiting a month for a complete shipment of material?“Well…Let’s hope that this is not the case and that the material arrives without any damage.”
- What is the warranty on this product?“The manufacturer’s warranty is 25 years.”
- What does the warranty cover?“I know it covers manufacturer defect and some wear and tear issues.”
- If I have an issue with the flooring, let’s say, within 3 months, who do I call? Can I call you?“You can, but you should call the manufacturer. They would be the ones to process the claim or if you have any problems with the floor.
- Where is your company located?“Oakland, California.”
- Oakland! Wow! So if there is an issue, who would inspect the floor?Would your company send a representative?“No sir. The manufacturer would send out someone to (inspect) as part of their warranty process.”
- What if the flooring I purchased from you does not match the sample I have or the picture I see on your website?“Don’t worry sir. It will match. You have to remember that wood is a natural product and will have shade variation depending on the wood and stain color.”
- What happens if the shade variation is really drastic and we are not happy with it? We paid up front so what is your policy?“I want you to be happy. But if you are not, you can return the material as long as the boxes are undamaged and unopened and a restocking fee could be assessed in addition to freight.”
- That seems a bit weird since we would have to open a few boxes, right?“Well…you would just keep the boxes you opened.”
- What if I have extra material? Can I return it for a refund?“No sir. We trust that you are ordering the correct amount.Industry standard is usually 10-15% over your required square footage.”
“I really appreciate your time in getting me the quote. I will speak to my wife and do some math to ensure I am getting the best deal. I will call you back and let you know either way.” “Thank you sir for the call and let me know if I can help you in any way.”
At 1:07 pm, I called the “sales professional” at the online retailer and said the following: “Hey (his name), I am giving you a call back as promised to let you know that we decided to go with the flooring store in my town. I just wanted to let you know.” “Thanks for the call back sir. May I ask Why?” “Well, I told the local retailer that I contacted you and relayed our discussion, especially about the manufacturer and you buying direct from them. The retailer stated that this particular manufacturer does not sell direct and also that they DO NOT have a manufacturing facility OR warehouse in Texas. I am simply not comfortable spending over $6,000.00 with you since you gave me false information.” (Silence) “Well, I did not give false information. The manufacturing facility is in Texas and is called —–(a distributor) and you can google them now if you want.” (Funny…he stated they bought direct from the manufacturer) … (at this point the call was disconnected …I had 4 bars on my cell phone. I called back and he thanked me for calling in and getting a quote.)—–THE END
SUMMARY: OUT OF 21 QUESTIONS THERE WERE:
(5) Answers contained partially inaccurate information (#2, #3, #14, #15, #18) (1) Answers that gave 100% false information (#17,) (3) Answers with assumptions (#1, #6, #12) (4) 100% TRUE Answers (#5, #11, #13, #16) (8) Poor Customer Service support answers (#4, #7, #8, #9, #10, #19, #20, #21)
THE FINAL TALLEY…Is it worth the savings?
For a $413.00 savings, I will be spending over $6,000.00 my hard-earned money with an ONLINE RETAILER who:
— Is located 2,830 miles away in Oakland, CA who ships material (they NEVER touch) from a distributor in Houston, TX
— Misrepresents and provides false information about the manufacturer and had minimal product knowledge
— Has NO idea of product wants, needs and color scheme or scope of project
— Places 90% of the flooring buying process (after point of purchase) on the shoulders of the consumer
— Does NOT provide delivery assistance and is of NO ASSISTANCE AT ALL, EXCEPT at the point of purchase
— Provides NO “turn-key” service options
— Requires payment in full, before the product is delivered and inspected
— Offers NO assistance during a claims process
— Has policies that make it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to ensure COMPLETE customer satisfaction from the point of purchase to final installation (Oh yeah, they don’t provide installation either!)
BUT HEY, I just saved $413.00… Congratulations!
Interior Plantation Shutters
The Benefits of Interior Window Shutters
A stylish complement to any interior, Our Hunter Douglas Interior Shutters combine the best of two worlds. Combining the look of wood plus the strength and durability of modern-day materials, plantation style shutters allow an elegant yet affordable style to any home.
Visit our Morristown, NJ showroom and speak with one of our design consultants to see and feel the full array of available colors and textures.
A fantastic addition to any new or updated living space, interior shutters fit into any decorative plans while proving themselves useful and durable. Let the experts at Speedwell Design Center of Morristown, New Jersey help you find the right selection fitting your style and budget. Contact us and a member of our knowledgeable design staff will assist you in creating a brand-new look for virtually any area of your home.
Now Offers Mannington Hardwood Flooring
Newest addition to our Morristown Showroom.
Offering beauty, durability, and performance, Mannington Hardwood Floors are designed to reflect the latest trends in American styles and décor. Crafted with quality in mind, Mannington’s commitment to beauty and endurance is a perfect addition to Speedwell Design Center collection of superior manufacturers.
About Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring is real hardwood. There are many benefits to choosing an engineered product over a solid product. The term “engineered” simply refers to the way in which a product is made.
This type of flooring is made of plies that are bonded together in cross-grain construction. Assembling the layers in this method is far stronger than a single piece of solid wood and is more structurally sound. Engineered hardwood will not buckle or twist.
New or updated hardwood flooring will change the look and feel of an entire room. Let the experts at Speedwell Design Center of Morristown, New Jersey help you find the right selection fitting your style and budget. Contact us and a member of our knowledgeable design staff will assist you in creating a brand-new look for virtually any area of your home.
Why tile flooring cracks and how to prevent it
Four Common CausesWhen properly installed tile flooring is a durable surface that can stand up to heavy use with few signs of wear. However, in certain circumstances tile cracks. Often the homeowner immediately believes that the cause is defective materials. While this is sometimes the case, today most tile sold is crafted to be in compliance with ANSI and ASTM testing standards. There are four common causes for tile flooring cracks, and all of them are related to the installation process.
How To Prevent CrackingFor wooden subfloors, the surfaces must be properly prepared prior to installation. Make sure your subfloor is level and stable. Thoroughly vacuum and mop the surface using mineral spirits to remove any oils, wax or adhesives before applying mortar. Make sure the mortar is evenly applied and allow for proper curing before laying tile. When laying your tile, use the appropriate spacers to ensure adequate expansion joints. For concrete subfloor, use an uncoupling and crack isolation membrane with rounded square-shaped reliefs. This material solves two of the most common isolation issues that cause cracking; it ensures a stable flat surface, and isolates the tile from the concrete subfloor preventing reflective cracking. To prevent tile floor cracks, proper preparation of the surface to be tiled is necessary. Taking a few extra minutes to ensure that your subfloor is properly prepared to ensure the tile will result in years of maintenance and problem-free use!
Window Treatments Can Help You Sell Your Home!
Let There Be LightHouse hunters love rooms with lots of light. That means window treatments should provide just a touch of color and style while letting in as much sunlight as possible. For example, for large bedroom window, you may want to use high hanging drapes that can be completely drawn to the side. These not only allow for maximum light exposure, but they make the windows look bigger, creating the illusion of more floor space.
Soften Your Sterile RoomsKitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms don't usually have a lot of upholstery or fabric, making them feel a bit sterile. You can make these spaces seem more inviting by picking a soft window treatment with warm tones. When these treatments are consistent with the decor you've used in other rooms, buyers will notice that each area of your home flows nicely together.
Frame or Hide a ViewYour home likely has a lot of great views, but it may also have one or more ugly ones. Subtle, open window treatments can act like the perfect frame around a great picture while closed treatments with consistent tones can block the views you'd rather buyers not see. For example, if you have a window that provides a great view of a local hillside, using subtle, earth-toned drapes can provide appealing framing. Simple white shades, on the other hand, can block the view of a neighbor's brick wall. Hunter Douglas is the world’s biggest window blind and covering maker. Our showroom currently has over 40 of their operating displays, ranging from traditional shutters and blinds to roller shades and motorized treatments.
Create a Color SchemeMany of your rooms will already have a color scheme, so make sure the window treatments you pick match. Buyers aren't likely to notice a matching shade and pillow consciously, but the consistent color scheme will create a sense of unity that will be highly appealing to them subconsciously. Shades and drapes that stand out will get the buyers attention, and that may be attention you don't want.
Don't Get Too FancyIf you've always had specific tastes and like to decorate your home with window treatments with unique and fancy patterns or styles, now may be the time to take them down temporarily. There's a chance a buyer may love your sense of style, but there's also a chance they won't. The goal here is to create a generic enough look that buyers can envision their own sense of style. You'll often be able to find a window treatment that fulfills a specific purpose for your open house, but there may be times when letting your window simply speak for itself is ideal. There's often nothing wrong with letting someone see a window for what it truly is. Our design team will be happy to help you find the perfect window treatment for your home. Call or visit Speedwell Design Center to have our Design Specialists help select your Window Treatments.
Choosing The Right Rug For The Room
A new rug can tie an entire room together and instantly give an aesthetic boost to an outdated space. There are a few key factors to think about when selecting a new rug, including the color, size and material. Your family’s lifestyle should also be an important consideration.
Perhaps the most important element of a rug is its color and pattern. If you have a rug with bold, bright hues and attention-grabbing designs, it might be easier to select furniture and accessories that complement the rug rather than the other way around. For rooms that already have furniture, try choosing a rug that has a contrasting style. For example, a neutral-colored couch could use a patterned rug, while a solid-colored rug can provide a grounded look to a visually busy area.
Typically, you should try to aim for an area rug that covers the entire seating area in a room. A best-case scenario is fitting all of your furniture onto the rug, but if you have space limitations, placing just the front legs of your furniture on the rug can work as well. If you’re placing a carpet under your dining table, make sure to add space on each side, so chairs can be pulled back and remain on the rug.
When selecting the material of a new rug, think about the area of your home where it will be placed. A high-traffic location, like a hallway, needs a rug that can withstand heavy use. Look for durable materials that can endure wear and tear, like wool or olefin. Areas that don’t see as much foot traffic can be a great place for rugs that have a delicate, tufted design, which last longer when put in less frequently used locations.
As you browse new rugs, your family’s lifestyle should always stay in the front of your mind. Homes with young children and pets should steer away from light colors that can stain easily. Darker, easy-to-clean rugs can hide spills and other mishaps. For people with limited mobility, shag-style rugs with long strands can cause problems with walkers and wheelchairs. Think about choosing a flatter rug that won’t act as a tripping hazard.
Adding a new rug can change the look and feel of an entire room. Let the experts at Speedwell Design Center of Morristown, New Jersey, help you select a rug from our wide assortment. Contact us, and a member of our knowledgeable design staff will assist you in creating a brand-new look for virtually any area of your home.
Optimal Blinds Hanging Strategy
Whether you’re moving into a new home or redecorating your existing space, installing blinds on your windows offers an easy way to adjust the ambience of an entire room. Hanging blinds by yourself is easier than it seems. Most blinds include installation hardware, but you’ll probably need a tape measure, pencil and either a drill or screwdriver.
Hanging Blinds Inside The Window Frame
Many homeowners choose to mount blinds on the interior of their window frames. This creates a sleek, clean look, and blinds installed this way are less likely to detach and allow more light to enter around the edges. For windows with deep sills, an inside mount lets that space serve as a spot for plants and other decorative items.
The first step is to measure the width inside the casing, where the glass and the casing meet. Make sure to measure at the top, bottom and middle. If there are any differences, take the smallest number and use this as the width of your blinds.
Next, position the head rail inside the window frame. Use a pencil and make marks below the head rail at both ends. Find the brackets and place them inside the pencil marks, up against the inside top corner on either side of the window. Make sure the bracket door faces toward the inside of the room. Use your pencil to mark where your pilot holes will be drilled, choosing two diagonal holes for increased stability.
Once you’ve marked the holes, use your drill to create pilot holes for the screws. If you’re mounting into wood, the standard screws are acceptable, but mounting into plaster, drywall, concrete or other materials may require specialized screws and anchors. Use these holes to drill the brackets into place.
Finally, place the head rail into the brackets. Once it’s in position, snap the bracket doors shut and make sure they’re securely closed. Attach the valance and blind wand, and you’ve officially completed installing your blinds.
Hanging Blinds Outside The Window Frame
While placing your blinds inside the frame is a common choice, changing the mount location can be a simple way to add a different look to the room. Mounting blinds outside of the frame can conceal unsightly casing, and it also more fully blocks light from entering. When completely raised, outside-mounted blinds also make it easier to see the entire view, since the gathered blinds sit above the window frame.
An outside mount doesn’t change much during installation. Instead of measuring the width inside the casing, you will need to measure to the outside edge of the window trim on both sides. You’ll also want to place the brackets on the outside face of the window casing.
A third option is mounting the blinds above your window. This creates the illusion of increased height and size, making the window seem taller than it actually is. Functionally, this type of mount is similar to an outside mount. Simply place the brackets a few inches higher than you normally would, and be sure to account for the extra height when selecting the size of your blinds.
If all else fails, remember you can have the expert installers at Speedwell Design Center install your blinds and window treatments for you! No matter what type of mount you choose, the experts at Speedwell Design Center are available to help you pick the right blinds to suit your needs. With a wide range of materials, colors and styles available, you’ll be sure to find the perfect choice. Contact us, or stop into our Morristown, New Jersey showroom, where our highly trained designers can provide you with step-by-step guidance and expert tips.
Floor Checklist for New Homeowners
Buying a new home is a landmark moment in your life. It might be the single largest investment you’ve ever made, so it’s important to make sure things are just right. Both wood flooring and carpeting can add beauty to a room, but before you close, look for any signs of degradation or excessive wear. Use this brief checklist of potential flooring problems while making your inspection, so you can identify any issues early on.
Wood flooring provides a warm, inviting look. Since it’s an organic material, wood floors can absorb and lose moisture, depending on the humidity level. This can cause the boards to shift and move. Small separations between the boards can be seasonal and are typically not an issue, but larger gaps can look unsightly and may need to be repaired.
If moisture is absorbed unevenly throughout the wood, the edges can rise higher than the center. This is called cupping and can cause the boards to squeeze together and deform. Cupping usually occurs when the flooring is installed over a damp area, and the bottom of the wood is exposed to increased humidity. If the excess dampness is removed, the wood may settle back into shape, but if not, it may need to be sanded into place.
An excessive amount of moisture, such as flooding, can cause wood floors to buckle and lift completely away from the subfloor. If it’s caught early, buckling can be repaired, but advanced cases may require complete board replacement.
Keeping the relative humidity of your home stable is a great way to make sure your wood floors stay beautiful. A dehumidifier can remove moisture from the air during damp weather, while a humidifier can minimize abrupt moisture changes during dry seasons.
High-traffic areas usually have visible wear and tear, and using patches to repair worn spots will often create a visible difference between the new and existing sections. Since carpeting is difficult to repair, many home buyers choose to simply replace the existing carpets entirely.
Another problem you might face when inspecting carpeting is a noticeable odor. If not promptly cleaned, spills and messes can seep into the padding, making them tough to get rid of. Pet hair and dander can also get under the carpeting, triggering allergies in those with sensitivities.
Moving into a new home can be the ideal time to install new carpeting, since you may also be painting and redecorating as well. This makes it easy to match colors and patterns to suit your new space. If possible, try to schedule carpet installation before you move in. New carpeting often contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause headaches and allergic reactions in some people. Most of the VOCs will dissipate within 72 hours, so early installation can help you avoid potential health hazards.
No matter if your new home has carpeting or hardwood flooring, Speedwell Design Center can help turn your new house into a home that you’ll love for years to come. Contact our highly trained specialists for expert advice on your hardwood flooring or carpeting with non-allergenic fibers, or stop by our Morristown, New Jersey location for a consultation regarding your flooring options.
Selecting The Perfect Wallpaper
Envision yourself walking into your newly redesigned home, complete with brand-new wallpaper that matches your taste and personality perfectly. Whether you’re going for bright and open, soft and soothing or dark and sophisticated, adding wallpaper to any room can help you achieve most of your style goals in one fell swoop. Focusing on how you want each space to look and feel will enable you to take a step forward in the design process. Doing so will allow you to eliminate choices that are too far from the mark, effectively narrowing down the selections – which will come in handy as you browse through the massive inventory at the Speedwell Design Center in Morristown, NJ.
Starting out, you probably already have a pretty good idea of the style you’re looking for, whether it’s geometric, novelty, stripes, traditional or something else altogether. There are a lot of considerations that come into play when choosing wallpaper, such as your home’s lighting and general color scheme, the measurements of the walls and even any architectural imperfections you might want to cover up. You can follow the trends or follow your heart, but at the end of the day, it’s important to choose a paper that you’ll be happy with well into the future.
Find The Style That Speaks To You
In Speedwell Design Center’s showroom, you’ll be able to browse the different types of wallpaper from some of the leading brands in the industry, including Ralph Lauren Home, Schumacher and Seabrook. Each brand brings their own distinct look and texture to their papers, so you can decorate each room of the house with a singular look. Perhaps you’ll choose an abstract-patterned paper for the office, a fun botanical print for the restroom and a country-inspired wallpaper for the kitchen. With an abundant amount of styles to choose from, you can truly add unique flair to every room, whether that takes the form of a special pop of color or a personalized print.
Other popular style categories include, but are not limited to:
Whichever type you end up falling in love with, take advantage of the wide range of styles to set the backdrop for a stunning, one-of-a-kind space.
Start Designing Today
If you’re thinking about overhauling your home’s design, deciding on the wallpapers will be one of the first and most important steps. For inspiration, browse photos of some of our products in action, or stop by our showroom, located at 108 Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey. If you’re hoping for some one-on-one assistance and tips, sign up for a consultation with one of our experienced designers today.