Flooring Samples

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Flooring samples come in all different shapes and sizes. For example, carpet samples come on what are called deckboards (left) in order to showcase as many color ways as possible. Hardwood samples generally come a little larger with several boards on each sample. and tile samples come in the form of one piece of tile with each piece being its true and actual size. These samples are all assembled for a particular reason – all are designed to help give you the most accurate representation of what the actual product will look like when it is installed in your home.

Here are some important things to know about flooring samples:

Carpet:

  • Carpet samples that are on deckboards are meant to showcase the many colors offered. Larger size samples are intended to be used in conjunction with this type of sample.
  • The smaller swatches on deckboards are to show the general color field. The larger swatches that are available (usually 13.5″x18″ and 27″x18″) will give a more accurate color representation.
  • With neutral colors, the smaller swatches will appear darker on deckboards than the actual product when it arrives and is installed.
  • As with all samples, they are made at different times than when you order your flooring material. Because of  the different environmental conditions during the time the product is made, the samples will not always “match” what you order exactly.

Hardwood and Cork:

  • Hardwood and cork are natural products. Therefore, they will have ranges of color and graining.
  • Multiple boards or planks are usually shown on sample boards to give you an idea if that particular hardwood will have ranges of color and visible grain.
  • As with all samples, they are made at different times than when you order your flooring material. Because of  the different environmental conditions during the time the product is made, the samples will not always “match” what you order exactly.

Tile:

  • Tile samples are usually shown by the piece. It is a good idea to look at several different tiles together to see if the tile has any range of color.
  • Some showrooms show grouted panels of tiles so that you can see the range of color. Know that the grout color chosen for these samples is not the only choice and different grout colors can make the overall installation look different.
  • As with all samples, they are made at different times than when you order your flooring material. Because of  the different environmental conditions during the time the product is made, the samples will not always “match” what you order exactly.

Vinyl and Linoleum:

  • Larger sheets of the actual product are generally used for samples. Some are smaller and some are larger. Larger samples are helpful for patterned goods.
  • Look for catalogs to show pictures of the floor installed in a room so you can see how the overall pattern will look.
  • As with all samples, they are made at different times than when you order your flooring material. Because of  the different environmental conditions during the time the product is made, the samples will not always “match” what you order exactly.

Equally as important to know, samples will appear differently in the flooring showroom than they will in your home. A showroom is likely to have florescent lights where your home is likely to have incandescent lighting. Ask if you can check the samples out from the flooring showroom and take them home to look at them with your surroundings.

When looking at samples, it is best not to look at the sample only a few inches from your face. Set the samples of the floor (where it will actually be) and walk away at least a few feet to get a good look at the product. Very rarely will you spend your time with your face only a few inches from the floor!

Don’t be shy – ask for larger samples. Ask for samples to be ordered that you can take home or samples that can be checked out from the showroom.

Product information: Zodiaq Terra Countertops by Dupont

dupont-zodiaq-terraZodiaq® Terra Collection is a countertop series with the natural beauty and durability of quartz offered by DuPont. DuPont remains committed to the environment by creating this product that is composed of at least 50% pre-consumer recycled glass. It is easy to care for and has a variety of modern, up to date colors.

The newest colors are: Calm Springs, Warm Taupe, Mossy Green and Moroccan Morning.

Like all DuPont™ Zodiaq® colors, the Terra Collection can help contribute towards U.S. Green Building Council LEED® points for Materials and Resources (MR) Building Reuse, MR Regional Materials, Environmental Quality (EQ) Low Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants.

DuPont™ Zodiaq® is 93% pure quartz crystal, which gives Zodiaq® a natural depth and radiance without the imperfections common in unimproved stone. And because quartz is one of nature’s strongest materials, Zodiaq® is also incredibly durable and resists both heat and scratches. Custom-fit to your exact specifications and virtually maintenance free—Zodiaq® is perfect for your home, naturally.

DuPont was one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals nearly 20 years ago, and since then, they’ve broadened their commitment beyond internal footprint reduction to market-driven targets. They’re excited about the future of sustainable design and hope to be a part of your next sustainable design project. For more information on the sustainability goals of DuPont, please
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