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DIY Flooring Installation

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Many people like the challenge of doing home improvement projects themselves, or they simply want to save money! Whatever your reason for choosing the DIY route, new flooring products are making it easier. As always, here at Hopkins Carpet One, we have professional carpet and flooring installers to do the job for you, but if you decide to go it on your own, here are some of the best flooring options to consider.

In general laminate and vinyl are the easiest types of flooring to install. Carpet tiles are also simple to do. However, if you are getting wall-to-wall carpet, it’s best to hire the professionals. Carpet requires special tools and expertise to prevent seams from showing and to help the carpet last as long as possible.

With that said, here are some flooring options we have at the store that you can take home and install yourself.

Luxury Vinyl
Both luxury vinyl tiles and planks are fairly easy to install. They typically do not need to be acclimated to the room temperature like hardwoods. You can pick them up at our store, take them home and install them right away if you’d like. Many brands of luxury vinyl can be installed over your existing floor. In some cases an underlayment may be necessary depending on the type of flooring you currently have and its condition.

Most luxury vinyls have a locking system to hold the pieces together. Others simply lay down with a traction backing to hold them in place. Installers simply need to measure the space to determine how to cut the pieces for a uniform fit.

DIY Flooring Installation

Laminate
Laminate flooring requires a little more work than luxury vinyl. It typically requires an underlayment that is level. Other than that, installation is very similar to luxury vinyl. Pieces snap together and you just need to cut them to fit the room.

Carpet Tiles
You can now purchase modular carpet tiles that come in pieces with a traction back. These can be installed over an existing floor with no adhesives, floor sealers or primers. You simply place them down in the pattern you want, cut as needed, and you are done!

Tools Needed for Installation
Here are some of the tools you will need to install your flooring:

  • Knee pads
  • Utility knife or laminate cutter for width cuts
  • Table saw or jig saw for length cuts
  • Jamb saw for under door casings
  • White mallet
  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Pencil
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Level
  • Pull bar
  • Safety glasses

As any good do-it-yourselfer, you probably know the place to get instructions on almost anything is YouTube. You can find many videos from manufacturers and professionals on how to install your flooring. Just be sure you are following a professional and not someone doing an install for the first time.

Here’s a video from one of our manufacturers – Karndean – with some great tips on how to install luxury vinyl flooring.

If you have additional questions, you can always ask our experts here at Hopkins Carpet One. As you are shopping for your flooring, we can let you know about the installation requirements for each product. If you have additional questions later, you can always stop in at our showroom or give us a call at 952-933-8944.

New, Stylish & Incredibly Durable: Meet Invincible H2O by Karndean

New, stylish waterproof luxury flooring has just hit the showroom here at Hopkins Carpet One! It is our latest exclusive collection of luxury vinyl flooring offering a wide array of wonderful benefits local residents will love. It’s a breakthrough new flooring that offers waterproof protection, tough as nails durability and high-end handcrafted designer looks inspired by nature and it’s called Invincible H2O by Karndean! With a unique flooring system that locks out leak keeping subflooring dry, Invincible H2O makes an excellent choice for kitchens, baths and laundry rooms. And, it looks incredible too! Invincible H2O by Karndean offers a variety of styles with the look and feel of natural products like wood but without all the hassle. They have worked tirelessly to create looks inspired by nature so you’re sure to find the right style to match the unique style of your home.invincible h2o by karndean

With Invincuble H20 by Karndean you truly get the best of both worlds; the natural look of wood and the durability and resilience of luxury vinyl. Tough, durable and waterproof, this pet-friendly flooring system is designed to be impervious to water. Ceramic-fused finish provides extra durability to stand up to the toughest challenges. Invincible H2O by Karndean stands up to spills of all sizes. The product’s impervious vinyl backing helps ensure that no moisture gets through the floor.

Invincible H20 by Karndean flooring also has no grime and dirt traps, unlike many of the materials it faithfully replicates. That’s what makes this particular style of luxury vinyl so great! Its enhanced surface treatment defends against damages and spills that can easily spoil the look of traditional flooring. It’s the small details like this that help minimize the disruption of day-to-day life.

And, if you are worried about increased pricing due to the latest tariffs, there is no need to worry with this collection! While this flooring is not made in the US, it will not be affected by tariffs pricing at this time.
Invincible H2O by Karndean is also backed with our warranty that includes LIFETIME coverage for wear, fade, stain, gauges, dents, water and more – Invincible H2O Luxury Vinyl offers the ultimate peace of mind!

There are so many reasons to stop in and check out this new, stylish and incredibly durable collection of flooring! If you are ready to start your home improvement project with beautiful new flooring inspired by nature, come visit our showroom in Hopkins. You can learn more about Invincible H20 by Karndean or any of our other flooring options. Have questions? Give us a call at 952-933-8944 or contact us.

Update on Flooring Products and Tariffs

We did a blog in December about tariffs for flooring products that are shipped to the United States from China. We want to provide an update, since those tariffs have now been fully implemented.

A 10 percent tariff was put in place last year. An additional 15 percent was going to take effect January 1, but the implementation was pushed back, and just took effect May 10. Now, tariffs on China imports are at 25 percent.

As mentioned in our previous blog, China is the largest producer of flooring products that are purchased by American consumers. In fact, roughly 75 percent of the products we sell in our store are made in China. There’s no doubt these new tariffs will have a large impact on the flooring industry.

Flooring TariffsFlooring manufacturers and distributors have come together and decided to increase their pricing on flooring products from China starting June 1. The price on the products may not go up exactly 25 percent as some distributors may try to absorb some of the cost; however, you can be sure prices on flooring from China will go up significantly. This increased pricing will then be seen in flooring stores, including here at Hopkins Carpet One.

What this means for you
Don’t be shocked the next time you go shopping for home or office flooring. We want our customers to be aware that the tariffs will have a huge impact. You will likely see a large difference in pricing between products made in the U.S. and those made in China. Many types of flooring only come from China. Due to technology and manufacturing needs, it will take time for U.S. flooring manufacturers to catch up, meaning you won’t immediately see these products being made in America. Over time, more American flooring companies may be able to make these other products, but time will tell.

It’s also important to note that making a flooring order before June 1 won’t guarantee better pricing. Depending on when products ship and how much is already in stock will determine when prices change. We’ve been doing our best to warn customers about pricing changes. Unfortunately, some prices may change without notice, even if we’ve already provided you with an estimate. Please keep this in mind as you shop.

Since 1980, we have served the Minneapolis area with quality flooring and installation. We don’t plan to change that! Please just understand that these price increases are out of our control. We will continue to do our best to offer quality products at fair prices. Your understanding as we transition with the impact of these tariffs is greatly appreciated.

If you have additional questions about the tariffs and how they will affect flooring prices, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will do our best to keep you informed of any additional changes. Feel free to give us a call at 952-933-8944 or contact us.

Improve your Home this Month with RevWood Plus Laminate

May is National Home Improvement Month! If you’ve been dreaming of doing some updates to your home, now is the perfect time to get started! A great place to begin is with your home’s flooring. Our floors take a lot of abuse. First, they deal with our dirty shoes and feet every day. Plus, we move furniture around on them, roll on them with our kids and maybe even have pets running on them.

RevWood Plus Laminate FlooringBusy homes need flooring that will hold up to heavy traffic and frequent messes, but homeowners also want something that’s beautiful and stylish. Thankfully, flooring has come a long way in recent years, offering the best of both worlds: form and function. A new flooring that fits in this category is RevWood Plus laminate from Mohawk. It offers the beautiful and timeless look of hardwood while being easy to install and maintain like other laminates. It’s a great option for busy homes of all types. Whether you have kids, pets, frequent guests or just want a durable flooring option, this just may be the one for you!

RevWood Plus laminate flooring replicates the natural color, grain and texture of real hardwood. You have the option of several different styles and numerous color options. In addition, you can choose between different widths and finishes. You will not have a problem finding the right hardwood look to match your home, décor and personal style.

You get the look of hardwood with the minimal upkeep of laminate flooring. Cleaning is easy and you don’t have to worry about spills or accidents on the floor. Here are some of the great benefits of RevWood Plus:

  • Waterproof – With proper installation, the flooring can be virtually waterproof to protect from spills. A Hydroseal coating can be added to repel water and prevent the planks from swelling due to moisture.
  • Scratch Protection – A protective wear layer resists scratches, scuffs and dents to keep your flooring looking like new.
  • Pet Friendly – Pet Plus Protection provides resistance to stains so pet accidents and dirt can be cleaned up completely and forgotten.

RevWood Plus can be used in several rooms of your house. It’s ideal for entrances and living areas, but it can also be used in kitchens, bathrooms and mud rooms if properly sealed to prevent water damage. If you are ready to make some improvements to your home, why not start with new flooring! It will be an improvement you and your family can benefit from for many years to come.

If you are ready to start your home improvement project, come visit our showroom in Hopkins. You can learn more about RevWood Plus laminate flooring or any of our other flooring options. Have questions? Give us a call at 952-933-8944 or contact us.

Karndean Korlok: The New, Beautiful Flooring Option Here at Hopkins Carpet One

There is a new, exciting style of flooring here at Hopkins Carpet One; Karndean Korlok. What is Kandean Korlok? We are here to tell you more about it! We have beautiful displays here in our showroom for you to take a look at so if you are considering Karndean Korlok for your Minneapolis home or business, don’t hesitate to stop in and see it for yourself!

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First of all, Karndean Korlok is a durable, pet-friendly and stylish collection of flooring that offers the look and feel of natural products but with the durability and resilience of luxury vinyl.

How does it work? That’s easy! Korlok is an interlocking rigid core floor that it is secured in place by an interlocking mechanism and can be installed over most existing hard floors with minimal subfloor preparation. Thanks to Karndean Korlok’s “rigid core” layer, it retains all the benefits of luxury vinyl for the ultimate in style and durability.

Karndean Korlok is essentially a luxury vinyl plank combined with a PVC rigid core layer and an acoustic foam backing. Karndean Korlok features a stability layer, a high definition photographic layer which is the design, an embossed wear layer that matches the design underneath and is finished with a surface protection layer. Basic laminate doesn’t offer this type of layered durability.

With this advanced design, you get a waterproof floor that also reduces noice transfer from the rooms below, making it perfect for any room in the home. It is also easy to clean with a broom and mop.

It’s also easy to install! You can install Karndean Korlok over existing hard floors; in fact, it can be installed over most existing hard floor coverings.

Karndean Korlok is also phthalate free. Karndean prides themselves in environmental awareness in the manufacture and supply of all their products and are proud to say that Karndean Korlok is phthalate free.

In terms of design, years of work went into the development of Karndean Korlok, resulting in a collection of 24 colors and styles. All in all, Karndean Korlok is a beautiful culmination of exquisite design with superior durability and performance.

To see all of the samples we have and to learn more about this wonderful line of flooring, stop by our showroom and we can tell you more about it! Want to learn more about Karndean Korlok for your Minneapolis home or business? Visit our showroom in Hopkins or give us a call at 952-933-8944.