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  1. COREtec Stair Treads

    COREtec Stair Treads

    We have been selling COREtec® Flooring since 2013. We have seen it grow to great success in the marketplace. As with any floating floor, the installation has always been challenging but not so much that it creates a barrier for the do-it-yourself crowd. However, what we have observed is that floating floor plank installation on stairways requires some carpenter skills. Lots of cutting, mitering and fitting with horizontal and vertical joins. This article introduces a newer product from US Floors that simplifies the stair step problems. COREtec® Stair Treads.

    These stair Treads are sold as single units and match colors for HD, Design, and Enhanced product lines. The other product colors in the COREtec® lines have not been paired up with their own stair treads. Please check with us if you need to order we can check with the manufacturer to determine availability.

    A little bit of history, US Floors® initially offered only one option - the stair

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  2. Mannington® flooring celebrated for its innovative flooring

    Mannington® flooring celebrated for its innovative flooring

    Once again, one of the Products Direct® primary manufacturers of Hardwood and Laminate flooring, Mannington®, is being celebrated for its innovative approach to developing a better laminate flooring product. “It’s a real game-changer,” said Dan Natkin, Vice President of Hardwood and Laminate at Mannington®. “It enables our Restoration Collection floors to go where no laminate has gone before--to bathrooms, laundry rooms and other areas in the home that are prone to moisture.”

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  3. Shaw's State-of-the-Art LVT manufacturing, (Made in USA)

    Shaw's State-of-the-Art LVT manufacturing, (Made in USA)

    Shaw LogoTake a virtual tour of Shaw Industries new, state-of-the-art resilient tile manufacturing facility - Plant RP - in Ringgold, Georgia.

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc., announced it had completed a $30 million investment to manufacture composite core LVT flooring in Ringgold, Ga.  Its resilient manufacturing facility known as Plant RP was located there previously. Shaw started making LVT in this plant in 2016. This latest installation will produce Shaw and US Floors WPC and rigid core products by the end of third quarter 2017.

    This action marks the first investment and manufacturing of WPC and rigid core products in the U.S. It will confirm the leadership position Shaw® and US Floors® comm

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  4. 7 Noteworthy Maintenance Tips for Luxury Vinyl

    7 Noteworthy Maintenance Tips for Luxury Vinyl

    Any flooring material requires cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis. Regular care lengthens the life of your floor, guarantees that warranties will be honored, and keeps the surface looking its best. Once the floor is in use, dirt, stains, scratches, and tears are inevitable. The longer the time between cleanings and repairs, the worse the problem becomes.

    How Much Are You Willing To Do?
    How will the room be used? Does the family spend considerable time walking in and out of the room from the outdoors?. Is the furniture moveable? High-traffic and heavy-use areas such as entrances, staircases, landings, and kitchens might be more efficient and lower maintenance when covered in durable materials like stone, vinyl, non-slippery tile, natural tile or laminate. Softer floor coverings such as plush carpet, work well in lighter use areas such as living rooms and bedrooms, where comfort is desired

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  5. 5 Reasons Why Our BBB Membership Benefits You

    5 Reasons Why Our BBB Membership Benefits You

    Many companies, whether large or small, affiliate themselves with the Council of Better Business Bureaus. At Products Direct® we wanted to determine how that would benefit our customers.  Here are the 5 top reasons that caused us to decide to become accredited members of our local Better Business Bureau.

    1. As we began to survey our customers, we found that a high level of TRUST was established immediately when they saw the BBB logo on our site.  When asked, they acknowledged that they recognized us to be a legitimate online business; one that operated with integrity; one that stands behind the product and service we offer.

    2. The online flooring marketplace is very competitive.  New companies spring up online overnight. They also disappear just as fast.  We’ve been around for a very long tim
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  6. How to Measure Quality in Your Search for Vinyl Floor

    How to Measure Quality in Your Search for Vinyl Floor

    Ask ten people how they measure quality in Vinyl flooring, and you will get ten different answers. The problem with defining quality is that it is related to a personal point of view. Too often, the product marketer establishes the solution and not the individual user.

    We operate on the assumption that “Quality is Conformance to Requirements.” Your requirements. That simple.

    What is your lifestyle? Do you have Children? Pets? Are you preparing your house to sell? Are you a person that eats while standing in the kitchen or do you prefer to sit at the dining room table? How often do you entertain on your floor? What type of entertainment? Just remember, you will be living with your floor every day. What are the top three requirements that you have to meet to be happy? Now, prioritize and measure these items against your budget.

    Don’t assume that high quality means high price. Realize tha

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  7. The Hidden Danger of Choosing the Wrong Floor for Your Pet

    The Hidden Danger of Choosing the Wrong Floor for Your Pet

    A significant member of your at-home community is the family pet. More and more, home remodeling decisions include the needs and security of your pet cat or dog. And why not; the average lifespan of your pet may encompass the growing up years of children in the home as well.

    For example, there are very genuine dangers to the health of animals if the floors in your home are too smooth. When dogs slip or slide as they maneuver the halls and living room, they run the risk of dislocating hip bones, shoulders and creating general tendon damage over time

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  8. Vinyl Floor/Stair Cap Trim Adhesive

    Vinyl Floor/Stair Cap Trim Adhesive

    Frequently we are asked what is the best adhesive to use for trim. More specifically what is the best adhesive to use for stair caps and flush-stair noses used in vinyl floors. We generally recommend a pressure sensitive adhesive product from PPG. The brand name is called Liquid Nails. More information can be found at the web site at

    Basic Concepts:

    Pressure sensitive adhesive is an glue compound require pressure to initiate bonding between the adhesive and the substrate, whereas other adhesives require heat, water or a solvent. Factors that influence bonding include surface energy, preparation smoothness and temperature.

    Shear strength refers to an item’s ability to withstand tangential force.

    Flexibility refers to an item’s ability to show

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  9. Reviews Bounty Reward Program

    Reviews Bounty Reward Program

    Help Us to Help You Save Money!

    We need your reviews to ensure that we continue to offer the highest level of service to our prospective customers. We want to share the benefits of our success with you as well. So we started the “Bounty Program.” Bounty’s are based upon receiving quality reviews from customers that we have serviced.

    The Bounty Program is a two-tier program; the 1st tier offers a $10 Starbuck’s gift card for a short review (1-3 sentences). Your comments are due to be submitted within 30 days of installing any flooring product that you purchased from Products Direct.

    To be eligible for the 2nd tier Bounty of $100-$200 there are specific requirements. They are:

    • -At the point of sale, the intent to participate in the Bounty Program must be established and agreed upon before the transaction is complete.
    • -Bounties of various amounts are offered as part of the quotation process, payable only after t
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  10. What is Quality?

    Ask this question to ten people you will get 10 different answers. The problem with defining quality is related to personal view point of cost versus quality. The person answering always wants to define the requirements in a way a product marketer would. This is not necessary. Quality is conformance to requirements. It is as simple as those three words.

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  11. FSC Is Part of the Solution

    FSC Is Part of the Solution

    This post is a quick background on the Forest Stewardship Council, the FSC. The are an important part of the supply chain for wood and paper products in the consumer market.

    You will find that many products in our catalog are FSC certified. FSC stands for The Forest Stewardship Council. The web page for the FSC is FSC Certifications works outside of state regulations, and is an example of a non-state market driven environmental governance. This means that it uses the market place to drive the sustainable management of forests. The FSC Label is an example of the use of public purchasing power to create shifts in industry and regulate the negative environmental impacts of deforestation. When you purchase products that have the FSC label you are contributing to the solution of deforestation.

    Mission and Vision

    Protecting forests for future generations. The Forest Stewardship Council represents a global shift from government to governance and its creation is a primary example of the use of market and economic factors to create movement on a global environmental issue. The evolving historical context in which the FSC was formed is theorized to reflect a much broader skepticism towards state power and as a consequence a shift away from traditional state-centric forms of regulation. That said, although the FSC transcends national boundaries, the state continues to play a part in the regulatory landscape of the domestic forest and as such the FSC must develop appropriate domestic governance to reflect this.

    Useful Links

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  12. Doors Now at Our Store

    We are pleased to tell you that has recently added entrance doors as a purchase option. This is an area in which our staff has a great deal of experience as we have been selling doors in our parallel retail operations for almost fourteen years. Initially we are offering some of our mahogany entrance door units with various options in style. These are ready-to-stain, of excellent quality with warranty, and an excellent value. These are in-stock and can be shipped to anywhere in the continental US within a few days. Custom made doors and special order sizes are available as well. Should you have a style of door in mind, chances are we can provide it to you at a competitive price, just send us a picture and specifications and our staff will get going.

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  13. Bamboo Factory

    If you ever wondered how bamboo floors are manufactured, here is a video for you. I found this YouTube video while researching information for the Forest Stewardship Council article posted last week. This fun video was uploaded in 2009 and has a good number of views. It includes the manufacturing process of bamboo flooring from start to finish at a factory in Vietnam.

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  14. Cabinet Mounting Tips

    We offer a variety of decorative hardware products to meet your needs. If you are looking for a complete set of new hardware or a single piece, we can help.   Please feel free to look through our collection of hardware. We have 2 high-level categories to start with; Kitchen Decorative Hardware and Bath Hardware. Below is a list/map of the hardware.

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  15. New Flooring FAQ

    We have taken many of the questions we get daily and rolled them into a FAQ page

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  16. Sales Help

    In an effort to get our customers the highest quality top brands in flooring and home improvement products for the absolute lowest and best prices, we kindly request that you call our 888-735-6679 number, log in to chat, or email us at, to talk with one of Rocky's sales associates, who will gladly assist you in this process. The prices that we have listed on the Internet may not be as low as we can go.So we really encourage you to call and discuss this.<span>&nbsp; </span>As a matter of fact, you are guaranteed to get a lower price on many of our products if you call or chat with us. In keeping with our mission statement, we do make an honest bargain and we love to talk!

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  17. Best Kept Secret:

    Google Sketchup

    In April  2006, Google announced Google SketchUp, a freely-downloadable version of Professional Licensed which debuted in August 2000 as a general purpose 3D content creation tool, with the tagline "3D for Everyone" and envisioning a software program "that would allow design professionals to draw the way they want by emulating the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper in a simple and elegant interface, that would be fun to use and easy to learn, and that would be used by designers to play with their designs in a way that is not possible with traditional design software. It also has user friendly buttons to make it easier to use.

    This tool can help you draw out your remoldeling project with great detail.  This exercise is helpful in

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  18. Site Launch

    Welcome to Products Direct.  This new site is a manifestation of what we have been doing in the non-internet version for many years, that is, to provide Quality Home Improvement Products at Affordable Prices!


    This is simple economics; buy low, sell at a discount to pass on savings to you the customer.   Our history is all hands-on.   Starting an online Web site is an extension of this expertise and experience.  The film strip images s

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