Linoleum, Vinyl Planks, Sheet Vinyl, OH MY!

Hi Neighbors!

With the recent neighborly conversation on vinyl options for Do-It-Yourself installations, we are finding that not everyone is familiar with all of the options available in today's market for vinyl in the home.

Many of us are familiar with "linoleum" that was used frequently in homes. This product is still around and available in a variety of designs and colors. This will last a very long time on your floor and is used frequently in commercial applications for durability and resilience. However, true linoleum does have very specific requirements on cleaning and maintenance. It can come with rather large installation price as it has to be heatwelded together on any seam.

An increasing trend in the flooring industry is to have vinyl flooring installed. Vinyl comes in a variety of forms, patterns and colors. With all of the options in construction and design, you can find a product to suit virtually any need you have for flooring.

Sheet Vinyl
Sheet vinyl comes in a large roll and is generally 12' in width. We carry several options in a 13'2" width. Patterns range from traditional tiles and stone to reclaimed wood plank visuals. This a great option for any room in the home. Specific varieties of the sheet vinyl can be installed without adhesive in a "floating" installation. We carry a brand of Congoleum which can be installed over plywood substrate, saving you on underlayment costs. This is attractive to customers because of the price point. You can spend as little as $.99 a square foot on the vinyl and it can be installed for $.70 a square foot.

Vinyl Tile & Plank (Enhanced Vinyl/Luxury Vinyl)
Vinyl tile and plank are manufactured with a vinyl top and a ground stone back. There are click and lock wood plank versions that float over your subfloor. The majority of our customers select the full glue tile or plank versions. Most vinyl tiles carry, at minimum, a 15 year residential warranty. Many of our multifamily clients have left behind installing carpet in their apartment complexes in favor of using the vinyl tile pieces. The upfront cost is more expensive, but the value comes in replacement costs. There is not much you can do to harm a vinyl tile. They have a very thick wear layer, good scratch resistance and are extremely easy to maintain. We do carry specials at the Outlet Store on Genesis Road at a great price point. If you are looking to special order a color, the introductory price point is $1.89 a square foot.

Vinyl Tile & Plank (PVC Click or Cork Back)
Like the above mentioned vinyl tiles, manufacturers now make these with a PVC back. This is a completely waterproof type of flooring. It cannot be affected by moisture or moderate temperature changes. Meaning, this product is something you can use in your three season room. To upgrade the product, you can purchase with the attached cork backing. This is wonderful for sound insulation. Several of our main street commercial clients, such as doctor's offices, have utilized these for clean-ability, durability and sound. This product has an opening price point of $2.99 a square foot.

Vinyl is a wonderful option for homes and commercial buildings as you can clean it with almost any cleaning supply you have on hand. It does well in wet areas such as bathrooms, entry/exit areas and areas with frequent moisture exposure. That could be an area coming off of a swimming pool or a sun porch that has a lot of indoor/outdoor traffic. The advancement on the visuals in the vinyl market have allowed designers and decorators to use vinyl products in more upscale retail environments and homes. The versatility of being screen printed allows you to choose any type of style and color for your decor. We have samples of all of these types at the store on Main Street beside Ruby Tuesday and we would love to help you find a vinyl solution for any area!

As we approach Christmas, I would like to take a moment and give a big shout out to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are blessed to be able to celebrate His birth this season in any fashion we see fit. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you in 2016!



1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2cups sifted confectioners' sugar (the sugar must be sifted)
1tablespoon milk (adding in more if needed for proper spreading consistency)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (can use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in place of the almond)
food coloring (use your choice of colours)

1. For cookies; in a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
2. In another bowl combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended.
3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
4. Set oven to 400°F.
5. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets use parchment paper only).
6. On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness.
7. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
8. Place cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.
9. Bake 4-6 minutes.
10. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.
11. For the frosting; in a small bowl mix the confectioners sugar with milk (start with 1-2 tablespoons, you will likely need more milk for the perfect spreading consistency).
12. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until the icing is smooth and glossy (if the icing is too thick add in a small amount more of corn syrup).
13. Divide into as many separate bowls as you wish for different colours.
14. Add in food colouring until desired intensity is achieved.
15. Paint the icing over the cookies using a brush, or dip edges of cookies into icing.
16. Allow to set on waxed paper.


Luke 2:1-20
New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 

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