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Armstrong Alterna Athenian Travertine Honey Onyx
Ok, I have mentioned LVT (luxury vinyl tile) before.  But only briefly:

But considering how quickly this portion of the industry is growing (especially in the Central Maryland/Greater Baltimore area from what I have seen), the performance, and the styling, I really have not talked about it enough.

Armstrong Alterna North Terrace Terra/Clay

What is LVT?

LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tile is, to keep it simple, halfway between ceramic and vinyl.  Each tile is actually an individual tile and is made of a mix of limestone and vinyl.  So, you have the heft and durability of a ceramic but with some of the give and warmth of vinyl.  Armstrong’s Alterna LVT line has even been highly rated by the Consumer Reports!


Armstrong Alterna Allegheny Slate Copper Mountain
Yes, believe it or not, the above picture is indeed vinyl.  Both Mannington and Armstrong take pictures of the actual piece they are trying to emulate and then randomize those pictures in the computer.  And of course, they only use naturally occurring colors so you have lots of flexibility with what you pair it with. 

Mannington Adura Cascade Rectangles Harbor Beige 

Most of the looks are going to be stone, however there are plenty of wood looks…

Mannington Adura Distinctive Plank Heritage Buckskin
And more abstract looks like stamped concrete and this read-like design…

Mannington Adura Linea Graphite
And considering the hundreds of options, you’re sure to find what you need!

Of course, the wood looks are going to come in planks of various widths but leaning to wards the 3 1/4″ wide planks and wider as is the current hardwood styling.  The tiles and abstract looks are going to come mostly in 16″x16″ tiles (which you’ll be surprised at how flexible that size is regarding the size of the room it goes in), though there are an increasing amount of other sizes available such as 12″x12″, 12″x24″, 8″x16″, and 8″x8″!


With Lifetime Residential Wear Guarantees and what I’ve seen people try to do to these floors, I am willing to say that these floors require absolutely no worry.  
  1. Stain proof – the tiles themselves are non-porous so there is nothing for stains to grab onto.  (And if you decide to have them grouted, only acrylic grout is used which is almost completely non-porous itself!)
  2. Highly resistant to dents and scratches (and I have seen people try!)
  3. Guaranteed by the manufacturers not to wear out through normal traffic for as long as it is installed in your home.
  4. Water proof as anything comes – because of it’s non-porous nature, it cannot be damaged by a flood or leak.  Worst case scenario, the tiles will have to be glued back down if the glue loosens due to sitting water.
Now, there are currently only two manufacturers that I will personally recommend: Mannington and Armstrong.  There are others out there, but the performance history and customer service of those others isn’t up to my standards like Mannington’s and Armstrong’s are.  

Plus, both Mannington and Armstrong are American companies!  In fact, Mannington is still a family owned and managed company (in transition between the 5th or 6th generation, I believe).


But where would this be good in the home?  Typically people are looking towards kitchens and bathrooms due to the higher moisture content and wear and tear (yay!  I’m not the only clumsy cook!)  But I have also had clients choose it for entryways, basements, family rooms, recreational rooms, and hallways.  (In fact, thanks to Mannington’s new Adura Tread line, I have had someone choose to have it installed on a set of stairs!)

Mannington Adura Dockside Pier

So, if you have a space in your home that gets lots of traffic and oopsies, luxury vinyl tile like Mannington’s Adura and Armstrong’s Alterna would be a great option to consider (Pst! Both of those lines are currently 40% off at Mercer’s!).

Do you have a luxury vinyl tile in your home?  What is your take on it?  (I’d love to see before and after pictures!)

And, as always, if there are ANY questions, please let me know!

Have Fun!

Katlin Farrell
Flooring Consultant
Ellicott City, Maryland
O: 410-480-0087
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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You Are Invited: BOGO – 1 Day Only


And you’re invited!

“Mercer offered fantastic savings, a fun atmosphere, and food was delicious! As always, Mercer takes great care of their customers. If you host this event again, please include us on your invitation list!” ~ Carol & Chuck W.

Please join us on Thursday, July 25th for food, drink, giveaways, prizes, and a fantastic sale!

Yup, I’m serious!  Rumor has it that I will be able to offer all flooring with a Buy One Get One Free*!  Plus, I know I have access to up to 48 month no interest financing*!

Space is limited and this event is showing to be very popular, so reserve your spot now!  I also highly recommend setting up a pre-measure and product selection time prior to the event.  That way you’re able to get the most of the event (including the delicious refreshments we’ll be providing)!

While I’m still learning all of the details of the sale, I do know that absolutely all floor covering in my showroom will be on sale!  That includes carpet, hardwood, ceramic, mosaics, stone, rugs, bamboo, cork, luxury vinyl, and more!

Oh, and be sure to mention this invitation, because I have a free gift for each of my readers who takes advantage!

Have Fun,

Katlin Farrell
Mercer Floor and Home
Office: 410-480-0087
10155 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City Maryland 21042

*Contact me for complete details!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Industry Spy] January Traditions


Pst!  Over here!  Yes, you!

If one of your goals for 2013 is a home remodeling project of any scope, you’re going to want to pay attention!

Industry tradition is that during January all the manufacturers make a big push to kick start their new year (so they can reach their goals).  Which means savings for you!

I don’t yet know all of the details (so be sure to email me with any questions!) but I do know that a large sale at Mercer Floor and Home is in the works!

Here are a few of the details*:

*Talk to me for complete details ~ Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com ~ 410-480-0087

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Black Friday Specials


Can you believe it’s November already?  Actually, never mind that, we’re already half way through November!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Black Friday right behind it.  With some heavy negotiating with our manufacturers, we’ve been able to pull together a great limited time Black Friday Sale for you.

All hardwoods, corks, bamboos on sale up to 50% off!

All ceramic, porcelain, stone on sale up to 50% off!

All vinyl, laminate flooring products on sale up to 50% off!

All area rugs up to 50% off!

All carpets on sale up to 60% off!


Up to 48 Month No Interest Financing!

This sale is running through the end of November 2012.  Please ask me for further details on the promotion!

Katlin Farrell

P.S. – don’t forget to ask about our Dare to Compare Inventory Sale!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Pst! Private and Confidential


I’ve got some exciting news for you!

sale private invitation locked-door floor carpet mercer 21042

On October 13th starting at 4pm, Mercers is hosting a private, locked-door event and I’d like to personally invite you!  

We’re going to have…

  • music
  • refreshments
  • gifts
  • prize drawings
Plus, EVERYTHING in the showroom will be on sale…
  • carpet, rugs, and runners
  • hardwood, laminate, cork, and bamboo
  • ceramic, porcelain, stone, and mosaics
  • railings and stair refacing
  • granite, marble, and quartz countertops
  • luxury vinyl tile, plank, and sheet
And this won’t be just any sale.  It’s the biggest sale I have ever heard of Mercers doing.  Everything in the store will be buy one get one free!  Yes, that’s 50% off!

Even if you’re just thinking of a project, this is something you’re going to want to check out.  In addition to the above described discounts, we’ll also have some excellent no interest financing packages including 48 months with 50% deposit and 18 months with 0% deposit!

Unlock your invitation at this link.  To ensure that I am the one that helps you, be sure to include in the comments section that you were invited by me (Katlin) through this post on Let’s Talk About Floors!


Plus, we’re also doing a Dare to Compare Inventory Sale for the month of October!

1st Run Natural and Gunstock Oak Hardwoods by Bruce:
  • Colony: 5ply engineered – 3″ plank = $1.99/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Colony: 5 ply engineered – 5″ plank = $2.15/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Waltham: solid – strip = $3.19/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Waltham: solid – 3 1/4″ plank = $3.39/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Dundee: solid – strip = $3.75/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Dundee: solid – 3 1/4″ plank = $3.99/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
1st Run Luxury Vinyl Tile:
  • 4 colors and patterns in stock – 16″x16″ – $3.75/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
1st Run 8 Mil Laminate:
  • Abington Oak – 2 colors- $1.25/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
1st Run Carpet:
  • Savory – 22oz BCF SmartStrand – 2 colors – $0.70/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Hunt Club – 34oz Polyester – 2 colors – $1.05/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Santa Anita/Platter – 45oz – Gold Level Plus – $1.20/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
  • Alameda Fair/Palomino – 70oz – Platinum Level Plus – $1.91/sq.ft. cash-n-carry
1st Run products means that these are items that the manufacturer made to their top specifications.  These are not manufacturing mess ups that are sold to the highest bidder!  Installation, padding, adhesives, and grout are also available!

And, as always, if there are any questions, please use the comment section below and/or email me at Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com

Oh, and of course my consultations are complimentary and include the following personalized services…
  • interior design advice/ideas
  • thorough inspection of the area
  • expert flooring advice and ideas
  • detailed measurement of the area
  • exact quote of proposed project
  • personal guided product selection

mercer floor and home

As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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