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The Rage on Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Out of all the flooring that we sell to our clients—and we sell A LOT of it- our #1 selling flooring is…

LUXURY VINYL

Have you heard of this? There are many reasons we LOVE this flooring material, including that it is 100% waterproof and scratch-resistant! Wouldn’t you love to have the designer look of wood without the worry of ruining your floor with life’s messes?

Luxury Vinyl is also available in designer looks including ceramic, stone, and wood. It is embossed and registered so that the texture of the flooring comes to life with the many small details incorporated into the flooring look and feel. It is also warmer to the touch, unlike other tiles like ceramic.

AND… it is LOW MAINTENANCE! Since it is waterproof, this flooring requires basic maintenance—sweeping and mopping regularly. Use non-abrasive cleaners and be sure to clean up after any spills to ensure your flooring lasts and looks great for years to come!

So now you know WHY Luxury Vinyl is all the rage! Let’s talk about all the details that accompany this popular and durable flooring choice.

The two main terms for Luxury Vinyl

When it comes to this flooring type, there are two main ways to differentiating between LVT and LVP.

  • Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)- This type of flooring is designed to mimic ceramic tile or stone. LVT also is the common term for this whole category of flooring.
  • Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)- This flooring has the design looks of wood floors with all the added benefits of vinyl.

The CORE differences

Luxury vinyl is a HOT item in the flooring industry, and this product has evolved since coming to the market in the 1970s. Below are a few terms used to describe the type of flooring and its core, giving you different benefits.

  • Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) is a Single Polymer Foamcore made of calcium powder, PVC powder, and stabilizer. SPC along with WPC are considered rigid cores that are stronger and more durable. Since this core contains more limestone, it is slightly cooler to the touch and is denser and has a higher resistance to dents made by heavy furniture.
  • Waterproof Foamed Core (WPC) is an Expanded Polymer Foamcore comprised of normal LVT layers and a foaming agent. Due to the foaming agent in the core, it is more comfortable to walk for those on their feet all day and provides more noise reduction.

 Pro Design Tip

Flooring sets the tone for your room. BEFORE purchasing your flooring determine if you would like your flooring to be the main design element in your space or if you would like the furniture to be the dominant feature. Statement flooring contains more variation in the pattern lay and sets the ton for your entire space, determining what kind of furniture you will buy. If you’re furniture or décor is going to be the more dominant feature of the room, choosing a flooring that is more fluid would be best.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do, check out Floorvana Plus where you can upload a photo of your room and see how various floors will look in that space.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there is a lot to navigate through when selecting your Luxury Vinyl flooring for your home. It is best to work with an expert to help you with the various decisions to make on which core is best for your home and decide the right installation method—floating over the subfloor or glued down.

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Tariffs trickle down to remodels

URGENT: Tariffs trickle down to remodels- UPDATED

Dear Poulin Design Center Customer,
You may be aware that the federal government announced a tariff of 10% on certain flooring, countertop, kitchen cabinets, and raw material products imported to the U.S. from China, set into effect on September 24, 2018. In November of 2018 we took steps to hold pricing for you and many of you took advantage of it.

We understand that the second round of tariffs, originally schedule for January 1, 2019 have been delayed until March 1, 2019. If they are enacted, we fully expect to experience increases from our manufactures.

Because of the 2018 tariff, not only have we experienced price increases already, but we are seeing a second round of increases starting February 1, 2019.

Below is a list of the manufactures that have announced price increases, which will take effect as of February 1, 2019:

  • Kitchen Cabinets: Bellmont, Bertch, Omega, R.D. Henry- 8-12%
  • Flooring: Armstrong, Shaw, US Floors- 19%
  • Coutertops– Quartz- 19%
  • Plumbing Fixtures: Moen, Delta, Kohler- 12% increase

We value our relationship with you, and therefore we are taking a number of steps to mitigate the impact of this tariff on our product pricing where possible. If you have recently purchased a remodel project from us, your price is locked in- there will not be any change. If you have received a quote from us but have not purchased your remodel project yet, your price will be good until February 15, 2019.
We will be increasing our prices effective February 15, 2019. However, we are absorbing the tariff impact until February 15. After which, all of the affected product prices will increase.

Most of our products are assembled and manufactured in the United States. However, many of the components are shipped to the U.S. from China.

There are some products that are manufactured and exclusively made in the United States. We are also experiencing a price increase for theses products for the transportation and shipping, and increase in labor rates. These increases are also being passed on to us from the manufacturers.

While increased prices due to the imposition of the tariffs are unavoidable, we are taking every step we can to reduce the impact to our customers. In my 36 years as the owner of Poulin Design Center, the speed at which these price increases are happening is unprecedented. Our team stands ready to work with you to provide the best remodeling solutions.

For further reading on the tariff, see articles below:

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Dining Room Flooring Ideas

Is your Albuquerque dining room in need of a complete flooring upgrade? With so many options to choose from, the decision-making process can be a little daunting! Nonetheless, it’s an exciting process to find the perfect flooring that best reflects your personality and interior design goals. Plus, new floors always add value to your home. Our design experts at the Poulin Design Center are here to share some of the most popular dining room flooring options below!

Timeless Hardwood

Hardwood flooring offers many benefits starting with its timeless classic beauty. Whether you opt for maple, oak, or pine, your floors can maintain their like-new finish up to a decade! Then simply refinish for another decade of classic beauty. In fact, hardwoods can last up to 50 years or longer when properly cared for. They are also incredibly versatile, and will match with various interior design styles in your dining room.

Stylish Ceramic Tile

Perhaps you love the classic appearance of tile flooring in your main living area. Ceramic tiling can be ordered in an endless variety of colors and sizes, ready to match your decor. If you love the look of wood but want more water resistance, ceramic tile is also available in wood-look aesthetics! Other benefits of tile are that it is easy to clean and never loses its luster. We recommend opting for a single style throughout your living area and using an area rug to highlight your dining area.

Low-Maintenance Laminate

Maybe you want the look of a wood floor but don’t have the budget for hardwoods. You might be surprised to find that many laminate floors can be installed in just a couple days while costing a fraction of hardwood or tile. They can last for up to 20 years and are water resistant. We love laminate in homes with pets or children for stylish durability.

Durable Vinyl

Another easy-to-care-for option is vinyl tile floors. They are a stain, scratch, and spill resistant flooring solution for busy homes. Plus, they are easy to install over existing subfloors with minimal preparation. Like ceramic, you can find them in a wide range of colors, sizes, and designs able to reflect the look of wood, stone, and even bamboo!

Whatever your choice, your dining room flooring will look fabulous. Ask the experts at the Poulin Design Center for assistance in selecting the best choice for your Albuquerque home.

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Tile Highlight: A Look at Porcelain Tile

Tile Highlight: A Look at Porcelain Tile

Whether you are building a new home in Albuquerque, or just remodeling your existing one, the decisions you make about your floors can have a lasting impact. You want the design to be aesthetically pleasing, and you want your floors to be durable for years to come. With factors like wear and tear from your family and pets, porcelain tile flooring comes through as a strong candidate. The Poulin Design Center is ready to transform your bathroom or kitchen from start to finish, so you can have the home of your dreams!

Benefits of Porcelain Tile in Albuquerque

  1. Durability: When installed by a trained professional, porcelain tile floors are among the most durable and often last 20 years or more.
  2. Easy Maintenance: Porcelain tile is easy to care for, and is resistant to stains, fading, dirt, allergens, and odors.
  3. Versatility: The exceptional variety of porcelain tile flooring allows you to let your creativity shine or you can choose a more traditional option.

New Mexico Trends in Tile Flooring

One of the great things about having a lot of leeway with your tile flooring is that you can let your personality shine when you are having your floor installed. You can choose to follow popular trends, or you can find a way to use those trends to help guide your own style. Our design team makes sure each redesign is customized to specific desires and needs of a client’s project, and we will guide you every step of the way.

Get Creative with Mosaics

One popular trend right now is to use tiny mosaic tiles. While the use of traditional southwest colors is always a popular option, mixing different patterns in a more subdued color scheme can successfully blend a classic look with a bit of Albuquerque flair.

Wood-Look Tile

Not only is it possible to be creative with the pattern of your tile, but you also have many options when it comes to texture and overall look. For example, hardwood is always a popular look, especially in living rooms or family rooms, but can be hard to care for. With wood-look tile, you get the look and feel of hardwood but with the benefits of porcelain tile!

Choosing Your Texture

Porcelain tile doesn’t always have to be smooth or glossy- you can choose a porcelain option that has texture incorporated into the design! There are pros and cons to either option. Smoother floors tend to be easier to clean, while those with a slightly rougher surface are less slippery, and are good for places such as bathroom showers. Our team will help you brainstorm ideas on what type to choose, and give you plenty of options to pick from so that you ultimately make the best choice for you and your family.

Start Your Redesign Today

Ready to start designing the home of your dreams? Our team at the Poulin Design Center in Albuquerque is ready to help! Get started today with a free in-home consultation.

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Flooring, Including LVT, on Final Chinese Tariff List

Washington, DC, September 18, 2018–On the evening of September 17, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of Chinese imports to be tariffed; vinyl flooring (including LVT), ceramic tile, engineered hardwood and carpet are included on that list (vinyl, 3918.10.10; ceramic, 6907.21.10 to 6907.40.90; enginneered hardwood, 4418.73.10 to 4418.79.01; carpet, 5701.10.13 to 5705.00.20).

“In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10%,”the official release reads. “Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25%.”

As expected, the tariffs impact approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and reports that the tariffs are levied, “As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology.”

“The list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced on July 10, 2018. Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received comments over a six-week period and testimony during a six-day public hearing in August. USTR engaged in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony and, as a result, determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list. Included among the products removed from the proposed list are certain consumer electronics products such as smart watches and Bluetooth devices; certain chemical inputs for manufactured goods, textiles and agriculture; certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets, and child safety furniture such as car seats and playpens.”

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Tariffs May Raise Remodeling Costs

The Trump administration’s new $200 billion in tariffs are starting to flow through the home improvement sector. Products that could be affected include nails, flooring, granite countertops, tiles, sinks, roofing, cement, paints, cabinets, wooden and steel doors, windows, lighting and appliances. The National Association of Home Builders recently released a list of 6,000 items on the list of goods imported from China that are now subject to tariffs. The list includes 463 “ubiquitous” parts and pieces of the renovation puzzle that account for $10 billion in construction and remodeling expenditures a year nationwide.

The Chinese and Canadian tariffs are not the only ones worrying builders and remodelers. The administration has also imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel imported from many countries and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum. According to a study by Freedonia Group, a market research firm, these tariffs are affecting prices on “most indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances” to varying degrees based on how much steel or aluminum they use. They include stoves and ranges, ovens, refrigerators, freezers and gas grills, among others.

Together, according to Freedonia, they “have the potential to upend a product market that accounted for more than $18 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2016.” Sales could “slump as consumers decide a new fridge or stove isn’t worth the price.”The sobering bottom line: The tariff war is on. Building and remodeling are being affected, and the costs to consumers could go even higher soon.

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Chinese Tariffs Act as a $1 Billion Tax Hike on Housing, Could Jump to $2.5 Billion

President Trump’s decision yesterday to escalate the trade conflict with China could wind up imposing a $2.5 billion tax increase on residential construction at time when builders are already grappling with higher housing costs.

Trump announced he is moving immediately to impose 10% tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including $10 billion of goods used by the home building industry. This 10% levy represents a $1 billion tax increase on residential construction. Making matters even worse, the tax hike will rise to $2.5 billion on Jan. 1 when the president said the tariff rate will jump to 25% if the two nations have not resolved their differences by year end.

If China retaliates, Trump has vowed to place tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports — a move NAHB has strongly opposed.

Responding to this action, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel issued the following statement noting the effects this will have on the housing market and urging the White House to change course:

“President Trump’s decision to impose 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including $10 billion of goods used by the residential construction sector, could have major ramifications for the housing industry. With housing costs on the rise, this action translates into a tax increase on housing that will rise even more significantly on Jan. 1 when the tariff rate jumps to 25 percent.

“Further, this tax increase is coming on top of the current 20% tariffs on softwood lumber imports from Canada. The lumber tariffs have already added thousands of dollars to the price of a typical single-family home.

“With America facing a housing affordability crisis, it is counterproductive to enact policies that will needlessly drive up the cost of housing. We respectfully urge the administration to change course and work to resolve these trade disputes in a manner that won’t harm American businesses and consumers.”

NAHB has been leading the charge to urge the Trump administration to resume trade talks with Canada. It is imperative to find a long-term solution to this trade dispute that will ensure American home builders and consumers have access to a reliable supply of softwood lumber at reasonable prices.

At NAHB’s urging, 171 House members sent a letter to the administration in June urging the United States to re-start softwood trade negotiations with Canada.

And in another effort spearheaded by NAHB, 12 Democratic and Republican senators sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week urging the administration to resume lumber trade talks and find an equitable solution that will satisfy all sides.

NAHB continues to work on all fronts to find solutions that will ensure a lasting and stable supply of lumber imports into the United States at a competitive price.

View NAHB’s analysis on how the Chinese tariffs will impact the housing sector.

For more information, contact David Logan at 800-368-5242 x8448 or Alex Strong at x8279.

source : http://nahbnow.com/2018/09/chinese-tariffs-act-as-a-1-billion-tax-hike-on-housing-could-jump-to-2-5-billion/

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Tariff tax on Remodeling products – Significant price increase, Act NOW

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You may be aware that the federal government has now announced a tariff of 10% on certain flooring, countertop, and raw material products imported to the U.S. from China, effective on September 24, 2018, with an increase to 25% effective January 1, 2019.

For many of our manufacturers including, Arizona Tile, cabinet companies, counter top manufactures, Armstrong, Shaw, Dal-Tile, Emser, US Floors, Indus Parquet and others, this tariff will impact Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), rigid core luxury vinyl planks, engineered hardwood, laminate, carpet, carpet padding, tile, stone, cabinets, quartz and granite counter tops, plumbing fixtures and products that are imported from China. Additionally, several of the manufacturers are experiencing increases in transportation expenses from the trucking and shipping companies who service their products.

We value our relationship with you, and therefore we are taking a number of steps to mitigate the impact of this tariff on our product pricing where possible. If you already have received a quote from us your price will be good until 11/15/2018. Call us to schedule your start date.

We will be increasing our prices to offset the imposed 10% tariff on affected products imported from China – including LVT, rigid core, carpet, tile, laminate, stone and engineered hardwood, cabinets, counter tops, plumbing fixtures – effective November 15, 2018. The manufacturers are increasing our costs on all shipments to us effective October 1, 2018.  However, we are absorbing the tariff impact on products shipped to until November 15, 2018.  After November 15, 2018, all of our product prices will increase 10%.

Most of our products are assembled and manufactured in the United States. However, many of the components are shipped to the U.S. from China.

We expect to implement an additional price increase, to be effective January 1, 2019, for the increased tariff amount announced.

There are some products that are manufactured and exclusively made in the United States. These products will also experience a price increase for the transportation and shipping increases that are being passed on by the manufacturers.

While increased prices due to the imposition of the tariff are unavoidable, we are taking every step we can to reduce the impact to our customers. Our team stands ready to work with you to provide the best remodeling solutions.

Please contact us TODAY to have us come out and review your remodeling needs so that we can get your product ordered prior to the increases.  You can contact me at: tpoulin@poulinremodeling.com or call our call center at 505-880-2500.  You can also book an appointment online at www.PoulinDesignCenter.com.

We look forward to working with you!

Top 4 Classic Kitchen Flooring Trends

Top 4 Classic Kitchen Flooring Trends

Options for kitchen flooring are virtually limitless today. Such innovations in the industry have led to different kitchen flooring trends and there is now an array of choices that offer different benefits for your Albuquerque home. There are also some classic choices that have held up through the test of time and are worth considering for your kitchen remodel.

Here are four classic kitchen flooring trends to consider:

1.   Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood doesn’t always work well in the kitchen since it can be exposed to a lot of water and become damaged. However, these days there are quality sealants that can improve the ability of hardwood to withstand water. Hardwood is an option that will always be in style! If you’re looking to spruce things up with a trendy option, try a whitewash, gray, or light brown wood.

2.   Engineered Hardwoods

If you want the look of hardwood, but feel like solid wood is too much of an investment, engineered hardwood can be a good alternative! Engineered hardwood is extremely durable thanks to its plywood core and it is easier to install than solid hardwood. This is a great option if you’re looking for a high-quality, low-maintenance flooring material.

3.   Innovative Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floors

Porcelain and ceramic tile have long been popular kitchen floor trends, but today’s options are more creative and resilient than ever before. Beyond the traditional color schemes and patterns of the past, there are tiles that closely resemble wood grains and some even have textures that provide a greater realistic feel to the touch. Popular hues right now are distressed espressos, grays, and whites.

4.   Luxury Vinyl Options

By far, luxury vinyl flooring is a top runner when it comes to kitchen flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring can resemble wood, tile, or marble to offer a contemporary or traditional look. Vinyl floorings benefits include its water resistance, realistic feel and the fact that it can feature a cork underlayment for cushioning. Furthermore, it can be installed directly over most types of floors as long as the floor is flat and solid.

If you’re looking for the hottest flooring trends in Albuquerque and top-quality service, contact our team at the Poulin Design Center today! We’ll get you started with a free in-home estimate.

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Stylish Tile Ideas for Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the main gathering points of your Albuquerque home, and it’s important to create a space that’s both visually appealing and resistant to damage. The Poulin Design Center has compiled some unique tile ideas to spruce up your kitchen!

Natural Stone Flooring

Natural stone isn’t limited to countertops. This is a durable and beautiful option for kitchen flooring! The stunning colors and patterns of natural stone will create an effortless sense of elegance. Marble tile is an excellent option to give your kitchen a sense of luxury, while slate or granite tile will create an understated, natural, and elegant vibe.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain Tile

For multi-purpose durability, porcelain tile is perfect. Porcelain tile is able to withstand damage and daily wear-and-tear. It’s completely waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about spills or stains. Porcelain is also a low-maintenance option, making cleaning up every day messes a simple and streamlined task. Porcelain tile gives you a versatile array of options when choosing style. It can even be designed to look like stone or wood. Porcelain tile allows you to customize color, pattern, texture, and tile shape, and can be used to create any look or match any decor.

Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass Tile Backsplash

Bring a touch of color to your kitchen with a glass tile backsplash. This versatile option will allow you to get creative with colors and patterns. Glass tile is a stunning option that absorbs and reflects light, guaranteeing a beautiful addition to your kitchen.

Subway Tiles

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are a classic pattern, and a perfect way to add understated visual appeal to your home. This elegantly simple upgrade from regular tiles is perfect as a backsplash. Don’t hesitate to play around with color and texture to spruce up your kitchen even further. White subway tiles are stunning and minimal, but mixing and matching colors can add personal flair.

Get Started in Albuquerque Today

To learn more about your various kitchen tile options, give the team at Poulin Design Center a call! We’ll set up a free in-home consultation so you can see flooring samples and get started on your next kitchen design project.

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