Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our Floors Open New Doors To Creativity!

At Good Brothers Flooring Plus we believe that dreaming is as important as doing. That's why the floors we offer are very special. While we are pioneers in the way today's floors are made, it's not just about quality manufacturing and innovative details. It's about what our floors can do.

Our floors open new doors to creativity. They help you express your personality and bring dreams to life. They set the mood and allow you to create spaces that truly make you feel at home.

We're not just a retailer, we're a dream showroom! And by dreaming, we're changing what you expect from floors. Because we believe it is amazing what a floor can do.

Visit Good Brothers Flooring Plus in Rocklin at 2217 Sunset Blvd. #705 or online at


There's something inviting about DOWN-TO-EARTH cottage style. This popular look invites guests to kick up their feet and relax. Cottage style is an attitude, not a set of hard-and-fast rules. The goal is simply to create a bright and happy space that reflects the informality of a home away from home.

Light-and-airy is the order of the day for a cottage-style room. Crisp white or creamy ivory should cover most surfaces, from trim to furniture, to create the perfect background for small pops of color. For accents, choose colors plucked from nature (green, blue, brown and yellow) to mimic the look of sun, sand and sea.

Bring the outdoors in with accessories made from natural materials. Choose trays, coffee tables or accent chairs made of wicker, rattan and bamboo to add layers of texture to a simple, white room. Take the look a step further and turn nature into artwork by putting starfish, seashells or butterflies on display.

Nothing says "cottage" more than crisp white slipcovers. Use them to coordinate a group of mismatched furnishings or to give a formal sofa a more relaxed look. Simple slipcovers are comfortable, attractive and easy to clean.

In keeping with the informal feeling of a cozy cottage, the look of bare wood floors is a good option. Choose new planks with imperfections or a heavy grain for a warm, lived-in feeling. If keeping floors uncovered feels cold, add area rugs made of natural fibers, such as sisal or cotton.


SIMPLICITY is the hallmark of Arts and Crafts style. Know for clean lines, warm wood tones and a focus on function, the aesthetic is sophisticated and cozy. With ornamentation kept to a minimum, the appeal of this popular design style is the craftsmanship.

A light color palette, including neutral walls, creates a clean background that allows the woodwork of floors, moldings and furnishings to shine. Accents in deep shades of green, blue, yellow and red should be used sparingly on such accessories as pottery, painted tile and fabric. Choose lighting and hardware in hammered copper or burnished brass.

Arts and Crafts style is most commonly associated with bungalows, but it can be adapted to fit almost any style home. If your house is not blessed with classic Craftsman architecture, such as built-in cabinets and lush woodwork, strive for an eclectic look. Aim for the spirit of Arts and Crafts style instead of a literal interpretation.

It is not surprising that Arts and Crafts style is experiencing a strong revival. Its signature features - intricate woodwork, rustic materials and a utilitarian focus - are simple and appealing, combining to create an American classic.

Visit our Good Brothers showroom to see our Craftsman Style samples. Or check us out online at

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vinyl Sheet Flooring "Stratamax" By Armstrong


StrataMax designs are inspired by the most captivating natural stone and wood floors. Exclusive Armstrong technology ensures each floor features the most vibrantly colored, naturally textured and visually realistic designs available in vinyl sheet flooring. And with more than 60 unique color and style combinations to choose from, you can find the right look for your room.


The patented layered construction of StrataMax ensures a new level of durability. From the easy-clean, scratch and stain resistant surface to the cushioned gel core and hefty limestone composite base layer, StrataMax is designed for lasting performance.


StrataMax not only looks beautiful and lasts for years in your home - it also takes minimal time and hassle to install. With its unique construction, StrataMax can be installed quickly and easily as a true floating floor - no adhesive or underlayment required. That means less disruption to your household routine and immediate enjoyment of your new floor.

Visit our showroom for today for more details and samples. Find us online at

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Create Your Own Idea Book

You know what you like - and that's the most important place to start when you're choosing a decorative product like flooring for your home. Start collecting photos from magazines and websites that reflect ideas or looks you want to "copy" for your own. Put them into a folder or binder so you can show your flooring retailer the look you're after - because after all, you'll be living wit your new flooring for a long time to come.

A Few Tips on Design

Light-colored floors can help make a space seem brighter and larger while dark-colored floors lend drama and character.

It doesn't have to be a "perfect match". Flooring needn't match your furniture or cabinets to make itself at home. Combining different woods will add visual interest and excitement.

Mid-t0-large size rooms call for wider width flooring that is more in scale with the room's overall dimensions.

Narrow planks help "stretch" your space. Install the flooring across the narrowest width of the room or on the diagonal for a more expansive feeling.

For a less formal look, try mixing wide and narrow width planks. Beveled edges, lighter colors and textured surfaces can also soften up the look.

Defining the Details

Color adds life and personality to a space, setting the mood for the entire room. A splash of red, for example, hints at your sense of passion while yellow is a vibrant, happy color. And nothing says "regal" quite like purple! Colors even seem to affect the "temperature" of a room - reds and oranges feel warm, while blues and greens feel cool.

Visit Good Brothers Flooring Plus for all your flooring needs!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Know Your Carpet

Today's carpets are available in a wide range of fiber types, textures, patterns, weights, densities and backings. Therefore, before you make your carpet purchase we recommend that you discuss your carpet needs and expectations with us prior to making your carpet choice. In particular, it is very important that you know the performance characteristics of each carpet construction and each fiber, including their own inherent stain resistance properties and/or the stain resistance properties of additional after-treatments that are added to help protect your carpet against stains and soils.


Carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value. In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conservation benefit. Carpet also provides a comfortable place to sit, play or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling.


You can choose from many thousands of carpet styles and colors. That means your ultimate choice will reflect how you want to personalize your living space. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger bolder patterns and textures.

Softens Slips & Falls

Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Carpet provides safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals.

Reduces Noise

Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps absorb these sounds. Adding a cushion pad beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below. And carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.

Wears Well

Carpet will maintain its life and beauty for many years when properly cleaned and maintained. Learn to keep your carpet looking great over time by following these simple steps:

  • Preventative Maintenance - Protect your investment before problems occur.
  • Vacuuming - keep carpet clean through regular vacuuming, the single most effective way to keep carpets clean.
  • Professional Cleaning - have carpets cleaned professionally, a periodic must.
  • Spot and Stain Removal - Remember to use CRI Seal of Approval products.

Cleans Air

Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet, locks them in the machine and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.

A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. But much of today's carpet is made from harmless materials found in clothing and other everyday fabrics, such as polyester, nylon and olefin fibers, which don't trouble most people.

Visit Good Brothers Flooring Plus for all your carpet needs!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vinyl Floors Still A Good Choice!

Long a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom floors, vinyl has been locked in a long fight to fend off the intrusion of ceramic tile and hardwood into it's territory.
Vinyl does have technology on it's side to help in the battle, and this is an important point in any review of vinyl floor care. Vinyl or resilient flooring has been pushed along on a path of rapid and continual improvement. So much so, the quality of these floors available to you on the market only 10 years ago does not compare to what the industry leaders are producing today.
There has been major upgrading of surface durability and resistance to staining. The main attractions of vinyl remain the same. Vinyl or resilient flooring is an inexpensive floor covering. It's cushioned core makes it more comfortable for your feet and legs, and that same cushioning provides an insulating value that keeps your floor surface warmer to the touch.
If you think about it, these attractions also contribute most to the major detractions! Visit our showroom, we have a large selection of samples!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hardwood Floor Advancements

Elegance & Beauty

Hardwood flooring adds elegance and beauty to your home as well as the glow, warmth, and natural look that only wood gives to any room. Hardwood flooring experienced a boom in the decade of 50's and 60's. This kind of surface is still very popular due to their durability and insulation properties.

In the real beginning of hardwood flooring installations, there wasn't any problem for making and installing it onto houses, however some homeowners realized that wood surfaces were not easy-to-care.

The problem came during cleaning and waxing tasks. The norm was to get down on one's hands and knees to clean, wax and polish the floors. That norm didn't like too much to homeowners who couldn't afford a housecleaner, therefore only rich people were able to afford wood floors.

New Technologies

Today's advancements in hardwood flooring let homeowners add hardwood flooring in almost any area in the home. These great forward movements on hardwood such as advancements in finish technologies and superior construction techniques manufacturers of hardwood floors are able to produce tougher finishes and more stable products.

This means quality engineered hardwood floors can go in almost any room in the home and over a wide variety of sub-floors, including dry, fully-cured concrete slabs.

Everyone knows that beauty's in the eye of the beholder. That's why some companies offer you a wide range of elegant floors, all with a natural look and feel. Hardwood floors allow you to design your home exactly as you want; dark or light, broad or narrow planks, it's all up to you. Hardwood floors have the warranty for a lifetime; choose hardwood flooring for your home!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cork Floors

Natural Beauty and Environmentally Safe

Cork flooring is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the leading alternative types of flooring. Why? Because besides cork being an environmentally sound material it has a wealth of other natural features that appeal to homeowners. What's more, a floor made from this wonder of nature serves to provide style and class to any home that it is installed in.

Cork used in the manufacture of cork flooring comes from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The bark is harvested by peeling it away from the trunk and branches every 9-12 years and does not necessitate the felling of the tree. Unlike other types of trees that may die when they have their bark removed, the Cork-Oak survives and will grow back its bark again within a decade. As these trees can live to 200 years or more it means that the cork can be harvested many times over, which makes it an ideal material for the manufacture of a wide variety of products, the most common clearly being cork floors and wine corks.

Cork has been used as flooring for centuries, however it is only in more recent years that it has been manufactured as consumer friendly tiles and planks with snap/click lock joints. This has made installation easier and therefore added to its popularity amongst consumers that may have shied away from it in the past due to the complexities of installing it.

One of the most outstanding features of a cork floor is its natural beauty. Modern manufacturing processes that compress the cork to various degrees add to the variety of textures and patterns available. Flooring retailers now offer a wide choice of patterns and colors that ensures there is something to suit just about everyone and also provides the ability to color coordinate with just about any color scheme in a home or commercial property.

The increased awareness of environmental issues has also meant that cork has become a preferred choice of flooring amongst environmentally conscious consumers. In addition to the obviously different look and feel of cork floors they are very unlike the hardwood variety, the manufacture of which involves the felling of hardwood trees that can take half a century or more to grow again. The saddest thing often being that felled trees are never replanted. Consumers can therefore buy a cork floor secure in the knowledge that their purchase has not been at the expense of the worlds rainforests.

Cork Floor Benefits

The benefits of cork floors are numerous, many of which are instrumental factors in attracting consumers to them in the first place. Firstly, cork provides natural thermal insulation and therefore preserves energy and can, it turn, cut heating bills.

Cork also has a natural ability to absorb sound and is ideal for use in an apartment that has neighbors above and below. In a house located near a busy road it can help to deaden the sound from passing vehicles.

Cork is naturally hypoallergenic and antistatic, as such, in the form of flooring it very much suits allergy sufferers.

Cork flooring has shock absorbing properties that appeal to the elderly or those that suffer from aching joints or back and bone complaints and gives an under foot level of comfort that simply cannot be matched by any other kind of wooden floor. Furthermore, despite its rubbery feel, cork is tough, durable and does not scuff easily.

A cork floor is great if you have kids too. Unfortunately children can have the occasional fall, cork in the playroom will probably mean that the effects of such a fall can be kissed away rather than require an ice pack on a nasty bruise.

Cork Is A Good Investment

There are other benefits too, for not only does cork flooring add an incredibly stylish touch to a home, it can also add value to it. Research has consistently shown that homes with a natural or wooden floor are considered to be of a higher value than those with other types of flooring. When actually selling a home, it has been shown in many cases that those with such a floor do indeed sell for a higher price.

With such a wide array of benefits, many of which are naturally inbuilt, isn't it time you invested in a cork floor for your home? It's a choice that is hard to beat and guaranteed to give you a look that is completely unique and most different to any other kind of flooring. And don't forget, you'll be doing your bit for the environment too!