The Revival of Patterned Flooring

Flooring is not something you think of as having a cult following, especially when its main purpose is sometimes to link airport terminals and be trod on every day by millions of travelers pulling overstuffed luggage wheelies. However, the unique geometrically patterned carpet at PDX airport in Portland, Oregon–a design that's said to represent the…

The Best Stair Flooring Options

When it comes to choosing flooring for your home, some of the first places that people consider are what floors they want for feature rooms such as living rooms and dining rooms, or commonly used rooms such as kitchens or bedrooms. But when it comes to flooring your home, you need to take every room…

Coir Flooring

Natural and renewable flooring options have become exceptionally popular in the past decade, with the growing emphasis on sustaining the environment. There are plenty of natural flooring materials available today, including bamboo and cork, which are some of the more well-known options. Natural fiber carpeting is growing in popularity though, with coir being a material…

Jute vs. Seagrass Carpets & Rugs

Going green is the new trend with homebuilders and homebuyers these days. People here in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR in particular are known for their commitment to the environment and living sustainably, just look at all our bikers! When it comes to eco-friendly flooring options, the two that immediately come to mind for most…

The Advantages of Jute Carpets & Rugs

Natural fiber carpeting is seeing a surge in popularity recently, due both to its attractive neutral weave as well as its sustainable nature. Rather than synthetic carpeting that requires petroleum and fossil fuels to make, and which ends up in a landfill, natural fiber rugs are renewable and biodegradable. One of the most inexpensive and…

The Importance of Carpet Padding

Carpet padding is an essential aspect of your wall-to-wall carpeting. Many people overlook this vital part of a flooring remodel, but carpet padding can drastically extend the lifespans of your carpet floors. In fact, here at Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, we believe that your carpet padding choice is just as…

The Best Flooring Options for Basements

Basements tend to be some of the most underutilized rooms in many houses. This is because for so many people, going to the trouble of finishing a basement is just too much hassle and headache. But by taking the time and making the investment in finishing your basement, you’ll gain more room and more space…

Blog – The 5 Most Unique Flooring Options

We know that there are plenty of free spirited and creative types of people who inhabit Portland, OR. The slogan is Keep Portland Weird, after all! But have you thought about how to apply that unique outlook on life to your floors? Here at Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland, we think that it…

Blog – Low VOC Flooring Options

If you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about or working with building materials, you may never have heard the term Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) before. But chances are, you have been affected by them whether you know it or not. Volatile organic compounds are chemicals released from building materials which can cause irritation…

Blog – Loop Pile vs. Cut Pile Carpet

Here in Vancouver and Portland, we’re used to the typical Pacific Northwest weather. While it may be a sunny July right now, most of the year is spent in perpetual drizzle. The sort of weather Vancouver most often sees is the sort of weather that makes you want to curl up and get cozy. Nothing…