Paradigm Waterproof Flooring

Paradigm Waterproof Flooring

Paradigm Waterproof FlooringWant a flooring that looks like wood, is extremely durable, waterproof so you can use it kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms? Check out Paradigm Luxury Waterproof Vinyl Floors. It is constructed like a laminate flooring, has a top layer of vinyl that looks like wood flooring and is constructed to take a beating.

Paradigm Waterproof Vinyl Flooring is water proof from the top down. This means this vinyl floor will not be affected by water and it can be installed in full bathrooms, also pool water will not cause the floor to delaminate. Urethane (ceramic bead) 12 mil wear layer means: easy maintenance, superior stain resistance, stays looking newer longer, wear issues can be treated with dressing, easy to keep clean. Paradigm Water Proof Vinyl has resilient top layer that will not chip like traditional laminate. Scratches are easily repairable.PLivingRoom

Available is many colors.

Call TODAY for an in-home FREE estimate.  Bert @ 310.328.8600

For more information about Paradigm Luxury Vinyl Flooring – click here.


July Window Covering Sale

Buy 3 get 1 Free

WoodBlindsFor the month of July (2016), we are offering a special on Window Coverings (blinds).  Get 3 and get 1, of equal or lesser value, for FREE.

Add aesthetics, privacy, keep out the harsh effects of the sun.

This is offer is valid for all window coverings we carry, including: Wood Blinds, Mini Blinds, Vertical Blinds, Cellular (Honeycomb) Shades, Roller Shades and more.

For a FREE in-home estimate, call us TODAY at (310) 328-8600

The options available are virtually limitless.  For example, studies have shown that sleeping in completely darkened rooms helps our sleep.  Thus, for your bedroom, we recommend Cellular Shades with Black Out fabric.  These blinds do just what they say, the Black Out the light.Window Coverings - Scandia Carpets

For living and family rooms, you want maximum control of the light, but also want an elegance that an aluminum mini-blind can’t afford.  In this case, we would recommend a 2″ Wood Horizontal Blind. These blinds come in many different colors and textures to accentuate your furnishings.  Options like cordless operation and 2″ fabric tape are available.

We measure your shades for custom fit and offer professional installation services.

Look forward to speaking with you.  Give us a call TODAY. (310) 328-8600

We service Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as the Inland Empire.


Hardwood Floor

New Hardwood Floor in Remodel

Jims-woodflr-02wExcited about this new hardwood being installed in a remodel.  The the client chose the darker grain to contrast well with the light walls. Also, take notice of the nice tile accents on the baseboards. This engineered hardware was chosen because of its superior performance and ease of installation**, for this particular product. There is a common misconception that “engineered” hardwood is to real hardwood, instead being a laminate floor.  That is not true. Engineered Hardwood flooring is real hardwood — the word “engineered” just refers to the way in which it’s made.   And there are many benefits to choosing an engineered product over a solid product.

Jims-woodflr-01wHere are the facts:

  • Engineered hardwoods are made of several layers, or ‘plies’ that are glued together in a cross-grain construction.  This type of construction is far stronger than a single piece of solid wood; and it’s also more structurally sound – it won’t buckle, gap, cup or twist.
  • **Engineered hardwoods can be installed below grade and direct to concrete – solid wood floors cannot.
  • The top face is crafted from the finest Northern veneers (which is just an industry term for ‘top layer’) that provide the most uniform color and the most resistance to seasonal expansion.

If you have any questions, give us a call today and set up a free, in-home, estimate.

2" Wood Blinds

Wood Blinds for the View

There are many reasons why people choose wood blinds for their window coverings: aesthetics, light control and to keep what is outside – outside.  What I mean is, we don’t always get to control what we see out our windows and at times, it’s something we rather not see.

Take this case as an example.  A family is moving into a new home.  They wanted to get rid of the existing aluminum 1″ blinds for something that was easy to maintain, dust-free, and something that ‘upped’ the aesthetics of the room.  After going over the options we decided on 2″ Soft Wood Blinds.  These light-weight wood blinds also come with a decorative wood cornice style valance.  The other reason for this choice was the rear windows.  The house sits elevated over the homes in back.  Not exactly the view one wants.  With the 2″ Wood Blinds you can tilt them just enough to let in plenty of light during the day yet hide the view of the neighbors back yards.

Give us a call today for a FREE quote on window coverings, including 2″ Wood Blinds.

Bert – 310.328.8600

Save money and heating and cooling with cellular shades

Save Energy – Go Cellular – Blinds

We are all looking to save money on energy costs. One of the most cost effective and easy ways is to go cellular, blinds that is.  Cellular blinds or window coverings, is a beautiful way to update any room all the while saving energy costs by keeping rooms cool during the summer and warm during the winter.  They come in many different sizes and colors, including options such as top-down bottom-up, which allow you to close (or open) the blind from the top or the bottom of the window.

Cellular blinds, or Duette® as Hunter Douglas calls them, provides the home owner with many options:Cellular blinds and window coverings - Scandia Carpets

  1. Fabric Color: the color selection is vast and allows for color matching your decor.
  2. Opaqueness: from light-filtering to room-darkening varieties, they can help you serve the purpose of your rooms.
  3. Cells: single, double, or triple-celled shades allow for greater insulation and opaqueness.
  4. Stacking: unlike wood, aluminum or other window coverings, cellular shades stack relatively thin, allowing for less obstruction of the view from your window.

Make an appointment today with one of our window covering specialist to discuss the many options that cellular shades provide.  It’s FREE to talk.

– Bert Randeen 310.328.8600

Carpet Padding

Carpet PaddingThere are many different types of carpet padding available today in order to accommodate all the various types of carpet.  Below are some basics.  But don’t get overwhelmed – we are hear to help you select the right pad for your flooring.

“You must select the right carpet pad if you want your new carpet to last.. Learn what you need to know about choosing the best carpet padding for your home!”

Padding Specifications
For most residential carpets, a 7/16″ thickness is most common and either a 6-pound density or an 8-pound density will usually be selected. Looped Berber styles and commercial grade carpets require special pads of higher density and reduced thickness to prevent wrinkles and increase carpet longevity.
Padding Thickness
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a thicker pad will be a better pad. If you chose a padding that is too thick it can cause wrinkles to develop in your carpet. In most homes 7/16″ is the thickest padding you would want to select to keep the carpet warranty in force.

Padding Density
Padding is also rated by its density. Some pads have a low density rating of 3 to 5 pounds and are typically used in apartments because it is less expensive and will be replaced more frequently. Looped Berber styles and commercial grade carpets require a special padding and you should call the manufacturer to get the correct padding requirements needed to keep from voiding your carpet warranty

Padding used in residential applications usually has a density rating of 6 to 8 pounds, but 10-pound density pads are also available. Some padding are rated in ounces instead of pounds. For example, 128 ounces is the equivalent of an 8-pound pad. Rubber pad densities are usually rated in ounces.

Some folks prefer the 6-pound density padding because it is softer underfoot. However, an 8-pound padding provides better support for your carpet and will generally make it wear better, especially in high traffic areas like stairs and hallways.

The higher the density rating the more firm the feel is underfoot. The higher the density rating, the firmer the padding will be.  Firmer pads provide better the support for your carpet. Better support means a lower chance for wrinkles to form.

Types of Padding

Rebond Pad
This type of pad is most common in the residential setting. It is made from recycled materials, mainly from recycled urethane foam and is multi-colored. It is available everywhere, and in almost every thickness and density. Rebond is the most economical choice for your home, rental or office. The photo shows a 7/16″, 6-pound Rebond pad with a nylon mesh on the top which provides added strength and durability.

Not all rebond padding is of high grade or top quality. Every padding manufacturer offers several grades of rebond padding to their distributors. Retailers have a choice of which grade of Rebond padding to offer to their customers. The main difference will be the type of recycled materials used to manufacture the padding.

The higher the quality of recycled materials used, the better the Rebond pad will be. The price you pay for a good quality padding may be slightly higher than at the discount carpet store down the street, however you should never skimp when it comes to buying a good quality padding to go under your good quality carpet.

Foam padding (urethane)
This type of pad is often very inexpensive and lightweight.  This type of padding will not tolerate much traffic. It will soon become completely flat as a pancake after a year or so and is not a good choice for a residential setting. This is often used in apartment settings where the carpet life span is less than 3 years.

Prime Urethane Foam
Not made of recycled materials, this type of pad is called prime or virgin urethane. It’s a better grade of foam pad (frothed foam) that could be a good choice for the home. It is made of very dense urethane (polyurethane). It is designed primarily for commercial applications, but is becoming more common in residential applications. The cost is more than a standard rebond and not a common choice among homeowners.

Wool or fiber pad, synthetic fiber pads
These types of natural wool or synthetic pads are used primarily for Berbers and commercial carpets. They are very dense, breathe well, and are not spongy at all. They are made from recycled or shredded fabrics or natural wool. They are designed to support and allow looped Berbers and commercial carpets to wear well in heavy traffic situations, and to prevent these types of carpets from stretching out and developing wrinkles. A synthetic fiber pad is also a great choice for basements with concrete floors as it breathes well, resists mold and mildew and has anti-microbial properties

Rubber Pad (waffle) or Rubber Slab (flat)
I seldom recommend using a rubber waffle pad in residential applications. Rebond pad is a much more economical choice and it does a great job at supporting your carpet as long the correct thickness and density is selected. Rubber slab padding is often used in commercial applications over concrete. Rubber padding density is usually rated in ounces.

Again, we will help you select the BEST padding for your application.

– Bert (310) 328-8600

Hardwood versus Laminate Flooring

hardwood v laminateWhen deciding on new flooring, one of the overwhelming favorites is wood flooring. Inevitably, the question of Hardwood or Laminate floor comes up. In my experience, most people choice goes first to hardwood floor. In the past, the decision was much easier but with advancement in manufacturing, choosing between the two is a bit more difficult.hardwood v laminate

The three dominant factors in the decision are: Price, Aesthetics and Durability.

Hardwood is made from harvested trees. The type of trees can range from ordinary to exotic. Thus, the price ranges from expensive to astronomical. Also, factor in the cost of installation, which is considerably higher. Unless money is no object, laminate flooring is the hands-down winner.

Arguably, hardwood is gorgeous. It is spectacularly beautiful to look at. Laminate flooring does have some limitations in that it may have artificial looking wood grain textures. However, advances in manufacturing is creating some truly stunning looking laminate floors. The aesthetic chasm is less wide than it used to be. But you don’t just look at it. You have to factor in durability.

Wood floor is susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in high traffic areas. Granted, hardwood floors can be refinished (which you can’t do with laminate floors) but this is costly and should NOT be done by anyone other than a professional.

Conversely, laminate wood flooring is made from pressed wood it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wears better than hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean on a routine basis.

So, ask yourself: how much foot traffic will I have?; do I have children or pets?; will it be in a room(s) where things will be potentially dropped on the floor? (i.e. kitchen)

Bottom line, investing in new flooring is a huge decision. We are here to assist you in choosing the right flooring for you.

Contact us today for a FREE estimate.
Bert Randeen – 310.328.8600

San Pedro View with Wood Blinds

BeforeAfterWoodBlinds-01What do you do when you have a gorgeous panoramic view of Catalina Island but you need some shade at certain times of the day, a bit of privacy and a way to protect furniture for the harsh sun?  For this San Pedro home, the best solution was 2 inch, sandblasted wood blinds.

The 2 inch wood blinds add a bit of elegance where vertical blinds, 1 inch or other blinds wouldn’t.  Now, we could have gone with a Silhouette or some sort of honeycomb design but that would have obstructed the view too much and not allowed for minor adjustments.

These 2 inch would blinds are perfect.  They can be tilted slightly to re-direct the suns rays but still affords you that tremendous view.

How can we help solve your window covering situation?  Call today!

– Bert Randeen, Scandia Carpets

101 Household Tips for Every Room in your Home

This post is filled ingenious household tips. Enjoy.

I love to discover tips which make housework easier! From time-saving tricks to finding new and ingenious uses for old things, the Internet provides a wealth of information and advice.

In this post I’ve collected 101 visual tips from all over the web to help you save time and money in every room of your home. [read]

How to Clean Blinds

No matter what kind of blinds you have—wooden, fabric and vertical are the three basic types—these tips will make their cleaning and maintenance easy:

1. Vacuum blinds often with the brush attachment. Vacuum across the slats, not up and down.

2. Use a lamb’s-wool duster, again working across the slats and starting at the top. Do not use plastic dusters.

3. When dusting or vacuuming vertical blinds, brush downward only, as the slats often become unhooked if you brush upward.

4. Use a rubber sponge, also known as a dry sponge (found at hardware and paint stores), to remove dust and residue from both fabric and vinyl blinds. Simply wipe the dry sponge firmly across the blinds.

5. For spot cleaning, spray an all-purpose cleaner onto a clean dry cloth and wipe the soiled area of the blind. Never spray the cleaner directly onto the blind.

6. You can wet wooden blinds when cleaning, but don’t soak them. Clean them in place instead of removing them as you would for other types of blinds. [more]