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Amarillo Homeowners Find the Flooring That’s Right for Them

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This might sound counter intuitive to some, but some types of exercise really can help you relax. That’s because it relieves stress and reduces anxiety. It becomes a sort of moving meditation where you become more focused, clear-minded and your moods will be more stable: exercise-to-relax by Life Matters Staff at Amarillo.Com

Of course, the trick is to find the right type of exercise for you. Like anything else, you need to find what’s right for you, that is what makes it great quality.

That’s the same for flooring, and you’ll find quality carpet and flooring at Gowdy Flooring.

These days, there’s so much from which to choose, and what may make something quality carpet and flooring for you, may not work as well for someone else. Just think about how many times you, or someone else, loved a food or restaurant that someone else didn’t like!

To find the best quality carpet and flooring for you, ask yourself:

1. What’s your plan? Is it basic, such as for a second bathroom or basement family room? Is it high style, where you’ll want choices to create contrast, highlight or create patterns? Put another way, do you want it to be an actual design tool?
2. What’s your style? Do you want to create something rich, warm and traditional, or are you looking for more casual, contemporary or even whimsical?
3. Do you have kids, pets or just heavy foot traffic? If so, you’ll want ultra-durable.
4. Are you super-busy, with not much time for cleaning and upkeep?
5. What is your budget and what’s on your “wish list?” Be very clear about this, and be honest: This is an important question, because there are all kinds of costing options of which you should be aware.
6. What is your lifestyle? For instance, are you an outdoorsy person who swims, hikes, and bikes who will probably be dragging dirt and moisture in on your shoes? Are you an environmentalist where green products are your priority? Does anyone in your family have health challenges, such as allergies or asthma?

Gowdy Flooring carries a large inventory of quality carpet and flooring, such as hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate and, of course, carpet for both residential and commercial installation. The company services Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.

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Blog > Three Strategies to Boost Your Resale Value With Quality Carpet and Flooring

Three Strategies to Boost Your Resale Value With Quality Carpet and Flooring

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If you ask any realtor, they will tell you that the type and quality of your carpet and flooring is one of the single biggest factors in the desirability of your home to a prospective buyer. After walls, your floors are the most noticeable and continuous aspect of your home.

This means that they are the most visually striking aspects of your home, as well. Your walls and floors will be the first chance your home's interior has to make an impression on your prospective buyer and, as we all know, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

However, it's not always as cut and dry as choosing one type of flooring and rolling with it through the whole house. Strategic use of quality flooring and carpet throughout your home can make all the difference! Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX, would like to offer our clients these three strategies to maximize the impact of your floors when it comes time to sell:

1. Carpet in the Bedroom

It's easy to discount carpeting altogether in light of the fact that hardwood is so widely considered the king of flooring choice with regard to resale value and desirability, but this is too simplistic an approach. While it is true that most rooms would be better suited for hardwood, the bedroom is a glaring exception.

Many people prefer the plush comfort and sound dampening properties of carpet for upstairs rooms and bedrooms in particular. People also prefer carpeted bedrooms for the warmth and comfort they provide. We can all agree that warmth and comfort are the most desirable traits, when it comes to a bedroom!

2. Tile in the Kitchen and Bathroom

Smart buyers will be well aware that hardwood flooring or carpet, no matter how great the quality, will not fare well in rooms where moisture is frequently present. For these rooms, savvy buyers will want something that will stand the test of time, be easy to maintain, and look great while doing it.

You may want to consider using tile or stone for rooms like the kitchen and bath. Not only do these options add a level of chic modernity to a space, they also will stand up to the environmental pitfalls of these rooms. This strategy offers both "WOW Factor" and utility in one fell swoop. This one-two punch will definitely leave a lasting impression on buyers, and make your home stand out from the rest when it comes time for them to decide.

3. Don't Underestimate the Power of the Basement!

Many people neglect the impact that a finished basement has on a prospective buyer. Imagine yourself as a prospective buyer touring a home. You walk through the house and everything looks great until you get to the basement and find the same old bare concrete floors and unfinished walls you found in all the other houses you've toured.

It might not be a deal breaker, but this home will probably be less likely to stand out from the rest. Now, imagine your response when you go into the basement and find finished walls and a quality wood floor.

We aren't saying that you need to go all out and install solid hardwood floors in the basement! There are other, smarter ways to go about making your basement pop.

For basements, we would recommend luxury vinyl flooring. The reason for this is that it is better suited to basements and other areas where dampness and moisture are likely to be present, while still providing the look of natural wood at a fraction of the cost. The impact on your prospective buyer upon seeing this will be incredible.

Since we all know that quality carpet and flooring have a huge effect on the resale value of a home, we can certainly agree that strategic use of this knowledge can only increase that effect by orders of magnitude. Hopefully, these simple strategies will help you maximize your home's potential to its fullest!

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Quality Flooring is Within Your Grasp

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Are you in the market for quality carpet and flooring? Well then, you’ve come to the right place. At Gowdy Flooring, we make sure that’s exactly what you get before leaving our showroom. It doesn’t matter what type of flooring you’re looking for either. Odds are, we have the perfect flooring to meet your every need.

Not only do we offer the newest brand names at affordable prices, but we offer an array of other services as well. And to top it off, we’ll sweeten the pot with a free estimate, tailored just for you. If your budget stands in the way of your dream flooring, you might even qualify for financing.

Available Flooring Options
Are you looking to replace your current flooring with the same thing, or are you looking for something completely new? The great news is, we can assist you in either situation. Our quality flooring includes carpet, solid and engineered hardwood, tile, natural stone and luxury vinyl as well.

No matter what you happen to be looking for, we can help you find the flooring that fits your needs perfectly. For instance, if you’re looking for something to go in an area that gets a lot of moisture or spills, we’re not going to send you to our carpeting section. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a floor covering for your basement, we won’t offer you solid hardwood.

Available Flooring Services
In addition to offering you great quality carpet and flooring, we also offer services that go with them. For example, if you’re not quite sure about what you’re looking for, you might want to take advantage of our design consultation. We can help turn your idea into a work of art that completes your existing décor and color schemes.

We also offer quality installation services. Having been locally owned and locally operated right here in Amarillo since 1997, we can put those twenty years of experience to work for you.

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Blog > Gowdy Flooring Your One-Stop Shopping Source in the Texas Panhandle

Gowdy Flooring Your One-Stop Shopping Source in the Texas Panhandle

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Before we even start this blog post, we want to say a few words about our neighbors in Houston and the devastation they’ve been experiencing.

At Gowdy Flooring, we’ve been proud to call Amarillo, TX home for the last 20 years, and we’re proud of the city’s relief efforts, including donations and fundraisers: www.amarillo.com by Globe News Staff.

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers also go to the victims of Hurricanes Irma, Katia, and Jose, as well as the earthquake victims in Mexico.

On a happier note, let’s talk about celebrations, such as these engagement and wedding announcements in The Globe: http://amarillo.com/celebrations because, amid all of the sadness of this week, there still is reason to celebrate: weddings, births, new jobs, travel, and new homes.

Speaking of new homes, they’ll need quality carpet and flooring!

Gowdy Flooring is one of the largest flooring service centers in Texas. We have a large inventory of quality carpet and flooring that includes carpet, laminate, tile, hardwood, and luxury vinyl, with the latest carpet styles and designs from some of the most well-known manufacturers.

Is wood your thing? Then you’ll be delighted with our inventory of wood species and colors, and we have some of the most highly qualified wood flooring installers around.

You’ll be surprised at laminate and luxury vinyl’s realistic the patterns; you can get the look of stone, tile, and hardwood without the high price.

You can also find both ceramic and porcelain tile here, at great prices.

It’s not just for the home, either, because we’re experts in both residential and commercial installation; in fact, with the two combined, we have over 150 years’ experience.

Gowdy Flooring is a whole lot more than just quality carpet and flooring. Whether you need subflooring, a bathroom remodel or tile backsplashes, we can get the job done on time, on budget, and we guarantee there will be no mess.

We’ve been in business for over 20 years, and we just keep growing; in fact, we’ve had to move to larger locations twice! Here’s our mission: Whether residential or commercial, we want to help you design the atmosphere you envision, so stop into our location to let us show you how.

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Blog > What Are the Best Bedroom Flooring Options?

What Are the Best Bedroom Flooring Options?

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The type of flooring in your bedroom may seem like a small thing to be overly concerned with, but the type of floor you have in your bedroom is a much more important choice than you may realize. This is the last thing your feet will touch before you hit the hay, and the first thing they touch when you wake up in the morning.

The quality of your carpeting and flooring will no doubt have a subtle effect on your psyche, for good or bad. With this handy little guide, you can make sure to avoid the bad, and maximize the good. Here is a quick rundown of some flooring and carpet options, and the qualities that make them perfect for the bedroom:

Carpeting

Far and away the most popular choice for bedrooms, and for good reason! Not only does carpeting in the bedroom add a feeling of plush, luxurious comfort, it also helps to keep those toes warm on a cold night. Besides, who doesn't love the feeling of carpet squishing between your toes?

Another great quality of carpeting as a flooring option in your bedroom, is the fact that it offers another layer of insulation, not only for heat but also for sound. The latter being a major boost to your ability to get a good night's sleep.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are the second most popular choice for bedroom flooring options. Though they lack the insulation, sound dampening qualities, and plush comfort of carpet, the simple fact remains that hardwood floors are stunningly gorgeous and last longer than carpet. If aesthetics are more important to you than comfort, it's tough to beat a hardwood floor in the bedroom!

Cork

Cork is a nice compromise between carpet and hardwood. Since it contains thousands of tiny air bubbles, it is a great insulator for sound and heat and is comfortable to walk on, much like carpet.

Like hardwood flooring, cork has a natural, elegant look that echoes the aesthetic feel of hardwood while retaining its own unique look. If you are having trouble deciding between carpet and hardwood, cork might be the perfect thing for you!


There you have it, a quick rundown of some of the popular flooring choices for the bedroom. If you have any questions or are interested in seeing some samples of the quality carpet and flooring available, we hope you'll call or stop by our Gowdy Flooring showroom in Amarillo, TX to have a look. Our team of flooring experts would love nothing more than to answer your questions and show you all of the great options available on the market today.

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Blog > The Benefits of Choosing Quality Carpet and Flooring for Your Property

The Benefits of Choosing Quality Carpet and Flooring for Your Property

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At Gowdy Flooring, we know that there are endless quality carpet and flooring options to consider when you are looking to renovate an investment property. While one choice may be perfect for one property, it may not be the best fit in another. There are many things you'll need to consider, such as the value of the investment property, the type of investment property, the physical location and the function of the space that requires flooring.

Updating to Quality Carpet and Flooring For Your Space
Open Up a Location and Create More Space: Visually, when you install the same quality carpet and flooring throughout a location, be it a small home office nook or an entire commercial office floor, it makes that space seem much larger.

Transform a Space by Renewing and Reviving it: Upgrading to quality carpet and flooring can have a drastic impact on the presentation and character of a room. With a simple change of a floor, you can transform any home, office, or rental space into something completely modern and refreshing. Regain a clean, well-maintained space by removing old, dirty carpeting, torn or worn vinyl flooring, or cracked and stained tiles.

Lower Those Ghastly Utility Bills: Quality carpet is an excellent insulator, so it will help decrease those painful-to-look-at heating bills. Conversely, ceramic and porcelain tiles don’t
hold heat, consequently retaining cold, helping to ease those cooling costs.

Increase Property Value Potential: Increase the value of your property with a quality carpet and flooring upgrade. Adding solid hardwood, high-grade carpeting, carpet tiles, or unique luxury vinyl tiles can, believe it or not, skyrocket the value of your property. Not only are you updating the building's flooring materials, but you are also improving the overall appearance of a location.

Higher Durability Means Less Maintenance: You can reduce maintenance by installing the right quality carpet and flooring in your space. Durable flooring for high foot-traffic areas, like hallways and entryways, and more delicate options for less busy areas, like bedrooms and nurseries, are the ideal choices.

When in doubt, consult the flooring experts at Gowdy Flooring. Our Amarillo, TX showroom quality carpet and flooring pros can answer every single flooring question you can dream up!
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Blog > A Shorter Summer Means an Additional Fall Break for the Students-- and a Home Spruce-Up for You

A Shorter Summer Means an Additional Fall Break for the Students-- and a Home Spruce-Up for You

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Hmmm...Fall. Back-to-school for the kids, but time to decorate for you: Source: www.amarillo.com by Robert Stein.

Your flooring will set the design tone for the rest of your house. For quality carpet and flooring in Amarillo, TX there’s just one place to go: Gowdy Flooring.

Gowdy Flooring carries a large inventory of quality carpet and flooring. We know that can be a little overwhelming, so here’s a tiny snapshot of each type of flooring to try to simplify it for you:

● Hardwood: Available in many species, hardwood can be light, dark or medium, with each having color undertones, such as red or cream. Hardwood provides amazing contrast and sets the tone for other woods in the room, such as tables and bookcases.
● Carpet: Great for a bedroom, and if you select a neutral color, you can always do a “mini remodeling,” just by changing up the accessories or adding an area rug.
● Luxury vinyl, vinyl sheet. Thanks to modern technology, sometimes even the “experts” have difficulty discerning the real thing from a good vinyl. You can get the look of hardwood, tile or natural stone, at a fraction of the cost. It’s durable and easy to clean.
● Laminate. Like vinyl, modern technology and high resolution photography will give you an incredible simulation of other natural materials. Like vinyl, it’s also durable and easy to clean.
● Tile. This is a great architectural resource, and there are different sizes, shapes and patterns. If budget’s a concern, combine it with another flooring to use as an accessory, such as on the outer rim or in a “grid” pattern.
● Natural stone. Stone gives your home a natural beauty and elegance and, since it does come from the earth, every tile has its own unique shape. It’s also highly durable; you can get stone in marble, slate, travertine, or granite.

Gowdy Flooring is your one-stop for quality carpet and tile in Amarillo, TX and surrounding areas.

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Blog > Flooring Options That Will Add True Value to Your Home

Flooring Options That Will Add True Value to Your Home

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As a homeowner, your house is your number one investment. At Gowdy Flooring, in Amarillo, TX, we recognize this importance and want to help you add further value through your home renovations. And, one of the fastest and easiest ways to do so is by adding quality carpet and flooring. Did you know that the type of flooring materials you choose for your home can considerably impact your house’s resale value? Which flooring options give homeowners the biggest bang for their buck? Check out these exciting quality carpet and flooring suggestions to give you ideas for your next home remodeling.

Hardwood Flooring... Oh, My!
There are various reasons to pick hardwood flooring; the list seems endless. It is, by far, one of the most popular flooring choices homeowners consider to boost the value of their home. Most notably, hardwood flooring matches a wide variety of decor preferences and seems to never go out of style. Additionally, it is very durable, can be re-sanded and re-varnished, and is comfortable underfoot. As for looks, they add that touch of timeless class to, basically, any place.

Tile Flooring... Oh, Wow!
With regards to increasing home value, porcelain or ceramic tiles are an elegant flooring type. Not only are they versatile and lovely, but they are also resistant to staining, scratching, impact, and water absorption, as well as being highly durable. It is this outstanding resilience that makes porcelain or ceramic tile flooring a top pick for adding value to a home.

Vinyl Flooring... Yes, Way!
Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to purchase luxury vinyl flooring that resembles hardwood or tile flooring. Thanks to advanced technological printing methods, homeowners can bring home vinyl flooring in nearly any color, grain, or pattern they can dream up. It's an affordable way to add value to your home since vinyl flooring is budget-friendly.

Carpet Flooring... Say, What?
Carpet flooring adds a touch of elegance and a whole lot of warmth to any living space. Due to its exceptional ability to match well with nearly any decor style possible, carpet has always been a popular flooring choice. It handles heavy foot-traffic with ease, absorbs noise, and minimizes slips and falls.

Come to our Gowdy Flooring Amarillo, TX showroom and our experts will show you the latest and highest grade quality carpet and flooring on the market. If you're not sure where to start your home redesign, then start at Gowdy Flooring!

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Blog > Carpet and Flooring: Quality Matters!

Carpet and Flooring: Quality Matters!

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There is one fact in the flooring world that trumps almost all of the others. And that is, quality carpet and flooring are certainly worth it! This is one scenario that you’ll find truth in the statement, “You get what you pay for”. Because flooring isn’t just something you purchase and forget about. It’s something that you need to interact with almost on a daily basis.

Lifespan
No one wants to have a floor installed only to turn around and repeat the process in five years time. Unfortunately, if you choose a low quality flooring option, that’s very likely what you may have to do. And once you’ve added up the price for redoing it so often, you’re probably going to wind up spending way more money.

Purchasing a good quality carpet and flooring material in the first place can save you the trouble. They are definitely going to last longer, take more abuse and save you the trouble and worry that comes with lower quality flooring.

Allergen Benefits
In addition to lasting longer and saving you money because of it, quality carpet and flooring options almost always come with allergen benefits. Some carpets are treated, right off the bat, with treatments that keep allergy-causing particles to a minimum. Anyone who has suffered from allergies knows how important this is. Especially if you have ever had to tear out carpet after having it for only a short time.

Of course, flooring options such as hardwood, vinyl and laminate are often the best for allergy sufferers, carpet is quickly becoming an option that is quite possible.

Peace of Mind
Quality carpet and flooring gives you a peace of mind that you just can’t get from the cheap stuff. For instance, you won’t be as nervous when the children take drinks into the living room. Since quality carpets are treated with stain resistance, it won’t be near the problem it could be.

You’ll also worry less about other problems that come with lower quality materials. It won’t be scuffed, dinged or scratched as easily. Stains won’t set it as fast. In addition, every day traffic won’t wear it down to nothing quite as fast.

Feel free to visit our showroom in Amarillo, TX. At Gowdy Flooring, we know quality carpet and flooring, and we’ll be happy to show you around.

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Blog > How to Choose Quality Flooring

How to Choose Quality Flooring

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There are a lot of considerations to bear in mind when shopping for the perfect quality flooring for your new home or remodeling project. It can be a lot to sort through, so Gowdy Flooring has decided to offer this handy little primer on some of the most important aspects of that choice to take into consideration when making such an important decision.

The most important thing to consider when choosing your quality flooring, is how it will affect your family. Take stock of the factors of your family's lifestyle. Do you own pets? If so, you might want to consider choosing a surface that will play well with the problems pets can bring to your flooring.

Large dogs and cats tend to create stains, damage floors with their claws, and shed fur. Having a harder surfaced floor, like hardwood, tile, or laminate, will save you a lot of hassle in the long run, as they will be more resistant to damage and easier to clean.

If you have your heart set on carpeting, however, there are some great materials available for pet-owners. SmartStrand™ Silk, for instance, is amazingly easy to clean and incredibly durable. You will also want to find a carpet that carries a Green Label designation from The Carpet and Rug Institute. This certifies that the carpeting in questions is less likely to hold allergens such as dander from pets, as well as other organic compounds that might cause trouble for your family's health.

The second major factor you need to consider is which quality flooring material is appropriate for the room in which it will be installed. Areas at risk of standing water, such as the bathroom, or that are more likely to experience stains or spills, are not suitable for carpeting. You would probably want to choose a laminate or tile for such areas. Conversely, areas where you would prefer warmth and comfort, like the living room or bedrooms, might be better suited to carpeting.

Finally, you will want to take serious stock of just how much maintenance you are willing to commit to in your new quality flooring. With wood flooring, for instance, you want to be sure to sweep or vacuum frequently to avoid scratching and loss of that lovely glowing luster caused by ground in dirt. The same holds true for stone floors.

These are just a few of the basic things you'll need to consider before you make your quality flooring choice. We invite you to come in and visit our showroom in Amarillo, TX and consult with our experienced staff about other factors of your situation that may affect your choices. We are confident they will be able to help you find the flooring solution that's perfectly tailored to your personal situation. We hope to see you soon!


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Blog > Hassle Free, Quality Carpeting and Flooring from Gowdy Flooring

Hassle Free, Quality Carpeting and Flooring from Gowdy Flooring

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One of the most daunting tasks involved in any remodel or new home/business project is to find quality carpeting and flooring at a reasonable price. From the dizzying array of materials, each with an equally intimidating range of options, to the scheduling and pricing, it almost seems like you need to have a Ph.D. in flooring science just to choose a color or pattern. It doesn't have to be that difficult. Let Gowdy Flooring sort out the mess; we practically wrote the book on flooring.

Gowdy Flooring is the leading provider of quality carpeting and flooring in Amarillo, TX. Our flooring experts have over 150 years combined experience in the flooring industry. We would love to put every ounce of that experience to work designing and installing the perfect floor for you, at a price that won't break the bank.

We understand that building or remodeling a home or business can be a very expensive project. We can help ease that stress with one of our flexible payment options. Each is individually tailored to help you free up money for all those other projects, or to simply help you get that perfect flooring material or style, which you may think is out of your price range. We can help you find the solution needed to turn that perfect image of your ideal home in your mind, into a reality.

Whether you are looking for the homey warmth of a hardwood, the timeless elegance of natural stone, or the luxurious comfort of carpeted flooring, we have a vast selection of styles. Our experienced staff will gladly help you to find the one that's right for you. We also have a wide selection of vinyl, porcelain/ceramic tile, and laminates- all in one convenient place!

So, if you are looking for quality carpeting or flooring in Amarillo, call, email, or visit with us at our Amarillo showroom to schedule a free consultation and estimate. No hassle, no headache, no problem.
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Blog > Blondes vs. Brunettes: Rivalry Put To Good Use

Blondes vs. Brunettes: Rivalry Put To Good Use

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Do blondes really have more fun? We don’t know the answer to that, but the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes was recently put to good use, and we couldn’t be prouder of our home, Amarillo, TX.

At their annual flag football game, Bushland High School hosted Blondes vs. Brunettes, a organization that raises awareness and funds for the Amarillo Alzheimer’s Association ®.

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On June 10, two teams of women--each blonde and brunette--duked it out in a fierce, but friendly, competition to help end Alzheimer’s. People donate to the team of their choice, and there are also a lot of social events days before Game Day to give people plenty of opportunity to donate.

All proceeds will go to the Amarillo Alzheimer’s Association; as of this writing, we still don’t know exactly what Bushland raised, but we can tell you that so far, all of the Blondes vs. Brunettes events have raised almost $58,000--the goal was $55,000.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive mental deterioration that occurs in middle or old age. Just a few symptoms of this disease are memory loss, decreased thinking skills and an inability to carry on a conversation. Imagine never being able to recognize your family, friends, or home?

For 20 years, Gowdy Flooring has called Amarillo, TX home, and we have a strong attachment to Amarillo, TX and the Texas Panhandle. We’re one of the largest flooring service centers in the area, offering a wide assortment of quality carpet and flooring. Gowdy Flooring strives to use every resource to make your home or business look great.

Come by our showroom today and see our fabulous flooring selections. Let us know how we can help you. We’ve got your best interest in mind.

And let’s have a little floor-driven competition of our own: Tell us if you prefer blonde (light) or brunette (dark) hardwood floors, and send us some photos of your most creative uses of flooring. We’ll select the winning post and send a donation to the Amarillo Alzheimer’s Association in your name.
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Blog > Business Owners Find Quality Carpet and Flooring at Gowdy Flooring

Business Owners Find Quality Carpet and Flooring at Gowdy Flooring

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Are you a business owner in need of quality carpet and flooring? If so, you may already know that most flooring outlets only carry a handful of options for commercial customers. That is not the case at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX. In fact, if you are not familiar with our commercial flooring, we would like to take a few moments to share some facts with you.

When you visit our showroom in Amarillo, we can show you a wonderful selection of commercial carpet, hardwood, laminate, and more. These flooring systems are all designed with the business owner in mind. They are durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean and maintain, and, yet, they are some of the most attractive flooring systems on the market today. In other words, perfect for all sizes of businesses in this area.

We have over 100 options in our commercial carpet stock; 23 incredible hardwood options, and 36 options in our laminate inventory. As for tile, we have hundreds of beautiful, durable, and top-quality options for any purpose. While you could drive all over town looking for quality carpet and flooring, save yourself some time and effort and visit with us first.

For those who may be wondering if we can do commercial installations, the answer is yes. Our installers are very experienced in doing commercial installs, and they know the issues that you are faced with. They are more than willing to work around your schedule, so you have as little down-time as possible. They can deliver outstanding results, and they never leave a mess behind.

When you need quality carpet and flooring for your business, come visit Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX before you buy elsewhere, you will be happy that you did.



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Blog > Want Quality Carpet and Flooring at Low Prices? See Us at Gowdy Flooring

Want Quality Carpet and Flooring at Low Prices? See Us at Gowdy Flooring

Have you ever looked for quality carpet and flooring, only to find the prices were too high, or the store did not have much of a selection for you to look at? At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX, you will not have to contend with those problems. Here is why:

For starters, we have one of the best and largest selections of quality carpet and flooring in this area. In just our carpet options, we have more than 575 different carpeting systems awaiting you, and all of these are from Mohawk Industries, a name that people already know and trust. For over 100 years, Mohawk has been manufacturing some of the finest flooring that homeowners and business owners have available to them. You know that when you buy from this company, you always get the best quality.
However, Mohawk is just one of the brand names that you find at Gowdy Flooring. We also carry names such as: Armstrong, Bella Cera, Regal Hardwoods, and more. What all of this means to you is that you will always find the highest quality carpet and flooring when you shop with us.

In addition to our great selections in flooring, we also offer professional flooring installation services on all of the many flooring systems that we sell. Our professional installers have the training, expertise, and experience to install your new flooring to perfection.

If that is not enough, we also offer you free advice and information on all of the systems we sell, and we can even show you ways to save money when you shop with us. You can have all of this, and more, when you buy your new flooring from Gowdy Flooring.

When you want the best quality flooring and carpet in Amarillo, or surrounding areas, come visit Gowdy Flooring!
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Blog > Texas Has Some Really Bad Drivers; Amarillo Has Some of the Best

Texas Has Some Really Bad Drivers; Amarillo Has Some of the Best

​If you have driven through the state of Texas, you probably already know that we have some really bad drivers around here. Now, there is proof! But, take heart if you live and drive in Amarillo, according to a new report, you are some of the best drivers in Texas. We recently saw an interesting article on this subject and thought we would share it with you.
“Anybody who has braved the mean streets of DFW has probably wondered, at least once, if we have the worst drivers in the entire state of Texas. Well, not quite. Pearland, a suburb of Houston, has earned that dubious distinction, according to QuoteWizard, an insurance marketplace firm that recently released rankings for all Texas cities.”

Source: www.star-telegram.com
This is all about risk, when you get right down to it. No one wants to face risk when they do not have to, and when you shop at Gowdy Flooring for your new, quality flooring, you do not. How can we say this? Simple, really. We offer our customers some of the best names in flooring, and that means that no matter what type of flooring you buy from us, you are assured of top-quality, each time, every time.

We offer incredible flooring for both homeowners and commercial accounts. Our flooring comes from companies such as Mohawk, Armstrong, Bella Cera, and Dal Tile, to name only a few. These companies have always produced quality flooring, and they continue to do so to this day. You never take a risk when you buy your new flooring from these excellent manufacturers. 

And, you never take a risk of not being able to find that you want when you shop with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX. We have one of the largest inventories of flooring in this area, and we are very confident that we have exactly what you want, no matter what type of flooring system you are looking for. Carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl, we have it all right here at our showroom in Amarillo. 

And, yes, we do offer our customers professional installation services on all of the flooring systems that we sell. Our installers are all experienced, and they know exactly what to do to get the best possible results.

When you are looking for quality carpet and flooring, come visit with us at Gowdy Flooring today.
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Blog > Want to See Quality Carpet and Flooring? Come to Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo

Want to See Quality Carpet and Flooring? Come to Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo

At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX, we know it can be confusing at times to find the best flooring retailer when there are so many to choose from in our city. How do you know the store you walk into has the best flooring systems, the best deals, installation services, etc? Here are a few tips that can help you find the best flooring outlet for your needs, budget, and décor desires.

The first tip we have for you is to check out the brand names of the flooring systems that are being presented to you. It is not hard these days to visit big-box stores that carry no-name flooring that is, frankly, low quality. It is always in your best interest to buy from flooring manufacturers who already have a proven track record for quality. Names such as Mohawk, Armstrong, Bella Cera, Dal Tile, and others. This is best way to know, for certain, that you are buying quality carpet and flooring.
Another tip is to work with flooring stores that have a large selection of flooring. This allows you to see a variety of flooring, so you can choose exactly what you want. This allows you to stay within your budget, and to get that perfect, custom look that you want with your new flooring.

If you are looking for commercial flooring, then you want to apply these same tips to your needs. Just because you are buying for your business place, does not mean that you want utilitarian, ugly flooring. No! You do not have to accept that if you buy from companies such as Gowdy Flooring, where we have a great selection of commercial flooring.

When you are looking for quality carpet and flooring, come visit with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, where we can satisfy all of the above conditions, and more!
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Blog > Nothing But Quality Carpet and Flooring at Gowdy Flooring

Nothing But Quality Carpet and Flooring at Gowdy Flooring

It is true there are a lot of flooring stores in Amarillo, but at Gowdy Flooring, we only carry quality carpet and flooring. No exceptions. Why are we bringing this up? The answer is simple: It is not that hard for homeowners and business owners to be tricked into buying low-quality flooring. Fast talking salespeople, the promise of very low prices, and other tactics are used every day to make a sale. We do not do that at Gowdy Flooring, and never will. Instead, we depend upon our quality carpet and flooring systems to make the sale for us.
When homeowners or businesses visit our Amarillo showroom for, say, new carpet, they find that we carry more than 400 different options for them. Not only are homeowners able to find the perfect carpeting for their needs and budget, but businesses are able to do the same as well. Because we have such a huge selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl and tile, we are able to show our customers more options. And, the more options you have, the more likely it is that you will find precisely what you are looking for.

But, there is more. The quality carpet and flooring that we carry is truly quality! When you visit with us, you will discover that we only carry the best brand names in flooring. Names such as: Mohawk, Bella Cera, Armstrong, Dal Tile, and more. These are not the cheap, off-brand names you often see in some stores or big-box outlets. These are, instead, the brand names that you already know and trust. In short, you cannot go wrong when you buy from these well-known companies.

We also offer expert flooring installation on all the types of quality carpet and flooring that we sell, making Gowdy Flooring the perfect all-round destination for anyone who is looking for high-quality flooring at affordable prices.
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Blog > Does New Amarillo Veterinarian School Show Promise for the City?

Does New Amarillo Veterinarian School Show Promise for the City?

If you live in Amarillo, TX, you already that our city has had some problems, but you may also know that there is a lot of progress taking place as well. One of the newest pieces of good news for Amarillo is that we will be getting a new veterinarian school for Texas Tech. While there are still some issues to iron out, the overall look is positive, and this is always good news for homeowners and business owners, as the new school will help boost our local economy. Here is just the first part of this story:
“The Texas House on Friday approved a state budget that included millions in state funding for a new Texas Tech school of veterinary medicine in Amarillo, but the school’s future still remains unclear. The spending plan provides $5.75 million over the next two years. The number is short of the $16.75 million that the Texas Tech University System requested to build the school, which it has estimated to cost $80 to $90 million.”

Source: www.lubbockonline.com


​At Gowdy Flooring, we often have customers come in for our quality carpet and flooring systems. At times, they tell us that they are looking for new flooring for a home that they live in, or for new flooring for a rental home they want to spruce up.  Sometimes it is for a home that they are planning to sell, and want to use new flooring to increase the market resale value of home, while also improving the visual appeal of the home. These are all good reasons to shop for new, quality carpet and flooring systems, and we are always happy that they come to us first.

One of the many reasons why consumers buy from Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo is our huge selections of all types of flooring. Did you know, for instance, that we carry over 570 different carpet options for homeowner and commercial customers? More than 500 options in hardwood? And great selections in cork, ceramic and porcelain tile, and laminate flooring. These flooring types come from famous brand names such as Mohawk, Bella Cera, Armstrong, and many others.

As Amarillo goes about making positive changes, homeowners and business owners can do the same with our quality carpet and flooring systems. And for those shopping on a tight budget, we offer our flooring systems at all price points, with the vast majority of them being very affordable.

Come by and visit with us at Gowdy Flooring, and let us show you the quality carpet and flooring systems we have available. 
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Blog > When You Need Quality Carpet and Flooring Come To Gowdy Flooring

When You Need Quality Carpet and Flooring Come To Gowdy Flooring

It is not hard to find quality carpet and flooring in Amarillo if you shop at Gowdy Flooring. We carry some of the best brand names in flooring, and this is how you can be assured that you are only getting the best when you buy from us. In our carpet line, alone, we have one of the largest selections you will find anywhere in our city. Let us tell you about our carpeting!

For starters, we have, as mentioned above, one of the largest carpet selections in Amarillo. When you visit with us, you will find that we have more than 575 different carpet options available. Imagine visiting a flooring store with that many options awaiting you. We are very confident that everyone looking for new carpet will find it when they shop with us.
But, having a huge selection means nothing if the products are not from quality carpet and flooring manufacturers. Our customers love the fact that they can find, and buy, from a carpet company such as Mohawk. Even non-experts in flooring know the Mohawk lines such as the SmartStrand, ColorStrand, PermaStrand, EverStrand, and more. These are the carpet fiber lines that homeowners and business owners want today. And, you would be hard pressed to find any carpeting on the market that is as super-stain-resistant as those in the SmartStrand fiber line.

Our line includes options for both homeowners and business owners (commercial carpet; over 100 carpet options!). We know that many of businesses need new carpet, and we have work very hard to ensure that we what your commercial accounts need, and that what we have is just as beautiful as our residential carpet.

In addition to having a great selection of quality carpet and flooring, we can also install any flooring systems that we carry. Our installers are all trained and experienced, and they stand behind every install that they do for our customers.

When you want quality carpet and flooring, come see us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo.
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Blog > For the Best Brand Names in Quality Carpet and Flooring Come to Gowdy Flooring

For the Best Brand Names in Quality Carpet and Flooring Come to Gowdy Flooring

If you live in, or around, Amarillo, TX, and you want the best quality carpet and flooring, we invite you to visit with us at Gowdy Flooring. We know that one of the best ways for you to know that you are getting the best in flooring is to offer you new flooring from brand named companies that you know and trust. We would like to take a few moments to tell you about the great line of carpet and flooring that we offer to our customers. 

When you visit our showroom in Amarillo, you will find that we carry a full line of flooring products. This includes new carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, natural stone, tile (ceramic and porcelain), and cork. Because we offer all these many types of flooring, homeowners and business owners are able to find what they are looking for with ease and fast. When you shop with Gowdy Flooring, you are able to get the flooring that meets and fits your décor ideas and needs. This is very important to most consumers looking for quality carpet and flooring.
​Also, we carry name brands such as: Armstrong, Mohawk, Bella Cera, Regal Hardwoods, Dal Tile, and others. As you may already know, these companies have been producing the best in flooring and tile for decades. They have also been designing and developing some of the most attractive flooring systems on the market today such as the popular SmartStrand™ fiber brands from Mohawk.

We also carry both commercial and residential quality carpet and flooring systems. In short, at Gowdy Flooring, we can handle everyone who is looking for the best in quality carpet and flooring, business and homeowners are all welcome.

If you are looking for any type of quality carpet and flooring, come see us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, and let us show you what we have available for you.
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Blog > Historic Landmarks in Amarillo Making a Slow Comeback

Historic Landmarks in Amarillo Making a Slow Comeback

​Amarillo has been around for a long time, and there are plenty of old landmarks still standing. One of those old landmarks recently made it into the news, and Gowdy Flooring thought you might like to learn more about this news and this place. Here is the first part of this very interesting story about an old Amarillo building:
“On May 2, 1921, a drill had pushed into the deep earth on a ranch not too far from Amarillo, Texas, spewing a tall, black stream of oil out of the ground. This promising discovery signified that the “Gusher Age” of Texas had finally reached the panhandle town of 15,000. The flurry of oilmen, prospectors, and pioneering young men scrambling to the oil fields drastically changed the landscape of Texas’ towns.”

Source: www.savingplaces.org
As you may know from previous posts, Gowdy Flooring has long been interested in the renovating of older buildings and homes in the Amarillo area. This is one of the reasons that we offer high quality carpet and flooring. We know that when homeowners and business owners want to improve the look of their properties, they often consider new flooring systems as a part of those projects. We also know that homeowners and business owners want a great selection when it comes to new flooring. And, when you visit our showroom, you will find a surprisingly complete selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, cork, natural stone, and tile flooring.

Our selection of new flooring is one of the largest and best in all of Amarillo, TX. For instance, we currently have more than 470 carpet options for homes, and more than 100 carpet commercial carpet options for our customers. You will find 499 hardwood options for homes and over 20 commercial hardwood systems, as well. And, if you have been thinking of new laminate flooring, we have 95 options for homes, and more than 35 commercial laminate flooring choices. As you can see, when you shop with Gowdy Flooring, you can find exactly what you are looking for with ease. With such a selection available to you, you can have the perfect look in flooring that you have always wanted. When we say that we have the best in quality carpet and flooring, we mean it!

If you are thinking of making home improvements with quality carpet and flooring, come visit with us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo today, and let us show one of the best selections of flooring in the city.
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Blog > Get Fantastic Deals on Quality Carpet and Flooring at Gowdy Flooring!

Get Fantastic Deals on Quality Carpet and Flooring at Gowdy Flooring!

At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX, we offer only quality carpet and flooring to our customers. But, we often offer our flooring at very special pricing from time to time. Right now is one of those times, if you are looking for exceptional prices on hardwood flooring. And the wood flooring that we are talking about is not your everyday run-of-the-mill stuff you find at many big-box stores these days. Here are a few things we would like you to know about the high-quality hardwood flooring that we have on sale right now.

When you visit with us at our showroom in Amarillo, you will find that our hardwood flooring selection includes flooring from famous names such as Bella Cera, Armstrong, Mohawk, and Regal Hardwoods. These companies have been manufacturing some of the finest flooring for decades now, and they are known around the globe as leaders in the flooring industry. Each of these companies has lines of hardwood flooring that are nothing short of amazing. When you invest in these flooring systems, you simply cannot go wrong.
One thing you may notice right away when you visit with us, is our complete selection of wood flooring. We carry almost 500 wood flooring systems for homeowners, and over 20 options for commercial use. This is one of the largest inventories of wood flooring in this city, and it means that virtually everyone who shops with us finds what they are looking for! 

It is just a fact that our customers nearly always find the best quality carpet and flooring when they rely upon us for their new flooring. When a store carries names such as Mohawk, Shaw Floors, Dal tile, Armstrong, Congoleum, and Bruce Hardwoods (to name only a few), it is easy to please customers, and to provide them with the exact flooring systems they want. 

When you want the best quality carpet and flooring in the whole of Amarillo, TX, come see us at Gowdy Flooring first!
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Blog > How to Replace Old Flooring with New, Quality Carpet and Flooring

How to Replace Old Flooring with New, Quality Carpet and Flooring

Is it time for you to replace your old flooring with new, quality carpet and flooring systems? For many homeowners and businesses in Amarillo, the answer is yes! No one wants old, worn out flooring that is damaged, stained, or smells bad in their home or workplace, and Gowdy Flooring is ready and able to help those in need of new flooring to get it now, at low prices.

When we think of old flooring, the obvious reasons come to mind: It looks bad and it smells bad. But, there are other reasons to get quality carpet and flooring installed as well. Here are a few of those reasons:
It has to be noted that old carpet, especially, can hold allergens down in its fibers. These allergens can trigger all sorts of problems for those who have respiratory problems such as asthma. Even a deep carpet cleaning may not remove all these allergens if the carpeting is old and frayed. The absolutely best solution is to bring new flooring into the home. At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, we have a fantastic selection of new carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, and vinyl flooring for our customers. Perhaps best of all, our quality carpet and flooring is all priced low.

Another reason to get new flooring is that new flooring can add market resale value to your home or business. For instance, most experts agree that installing new quality hardwood flooring is a great way for the average homeowner to add value to a home. New hardwood flooring is more affordable now than it ever has been. Homeowners can choose from engineered hardwood, or solid hardwood when they shop with us. We have nearly 400 wood flooring options available for homes and we have nearly 30 commercial options in our hardwood lineup. 

While buying new quality carpet and flooring is a good idea for both homeowners and businesses, we hasten to add that buyers need to purchase well-respected brand names in flooring. Buying some cheap, inferior brand of flooring will cause more problems than it is worth. When you buy from us, you buy named flooring from companies such as Mohawk, Armstrong, Bella Cera, and others. Names that people know, and trust.

If it is time to replace that old flooring, come visit with us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo today and let us show you the best quality carpet and flooring in town.
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Blog > Wild Weather Hits Amarillo with Wicked Results

Wild Weather Hits Amarillo with Wicked Results

​The weather lately has been nothing less than remarkable. Amarillo has seen just about every kind of weather one can imagine, and it may not be over yet. Time will tell. According to some reports, we may be in for even worse:
“While Amarillo and Texas Panhandle residents woke Monday to find the occasional smattering of freezing rain falling from low, dark skies instead of snow, the National Weather Service says the worst is on the way. The snow and cold initially forecast for Sunday night through this morning didn’t move as fast as predicted. On Monday, meteorologists expected it to start that night and last until about 6 p.m. today.”

Source: Storm’s worst to come today" href="http://amarillo.com/local-news/2017-02-13/storm-s-worst-come-today">Storm’s worst to come today" target="_blank">www.amarillo.com
When weather like this happens, flooring gets damaged. If you are one of those who find that they need flooring after the storm, know that Gowdy Flooring provides the best in quality carpet and other flooring at very low prices. We have been in this area for a long time now, and we understand that when the unexpected occurs, we all pitch in.

Since 1997, we have been providing great flooring to Amarillo and surrounding areas. When customers come to us, they find the best in carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, stone, and vinyl sheet goods, at prices that are always fair and reasonable. We have been able to achieve a high reputation for outstanding, quality carpet and flooring, and for amazing customer service. This same level of dedication remains with us to this day.

Our quality carpet and flooring comes from famous name manufacturers such as Shaw, Mohawk, Dal Tile, Armstrong, Bruce Hardwoods, Congoleum, and many others. When you invest in these companies, you know that you and your family are getting the best in flooring. The quality that these companies deliver can be seen and felt in their flooring systems. And, they also offer you the best in product warranty protection; something lesser companies do not offer.
 
The best way to know just how special our products are is to come see them for yourself. Gowdy Flooring invites you to visit our showroom where we can tell you about the many deals that we have, as well as answer any questions that you may have about any of our flooring systems.

Therefore, if the weather has caused damage to your flooring, or if you are just looking for affordable, quality carpet and flooring, come see us first!
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Blog > Find the Best in Quality Carpet and Flooring from Mohawk Industries

Find the Best in Quality Carpet and Flooring from Mohawk Industries

There are thousands of homeowners and business owners in Amarillo who need and want quality carpet and flooring. One issue some of these folks have is which brand name company can deliver the best in flooring. We often show these customers our great line of Mohawk flooring, and we would like to share with you why we have such confidence in this company.

At Gowdy Flooring, we carry more than 400 high-quality Mohawk carpeting options for home use, and more than 100 carpeting options for commercial use. We would not invest at this level if we did not believe that this company produces some of the best quality carpet and flooring on the market today.
When you shop with us and look at our lines of Mohawk carpeting, you will find those famous fiber brands that America has fallen in love with. These include the world-famous SmartStrand™, EverStrand, and PermaStrand fiber brands. When you see these carpeting systems in person, you will understand why so many homeowners and business owners are turning to Mohawk for all their carpeting needs.

Another benefit that Mohawk offers consumers is the huge array of colors and patterns that they offer. Again, if you visit our showroom in Amarillo, we can show you all of the many colors that are available that run from light to dark and everything in-between. 

One benefit that is often touted as being at the top of the list is the ultimate stain-resistant abilities the SmartStrand lines of carpet offer. These particular lines have been tested under some of the most rigorous conditions, and have passed each one with flying colors. The reason, in simple terms, these carpet lines are so effective in fighting staining, is due to the way that they are produced. With the SmartStrand line of carpeting, stain-resisting formulas are blended right into the fibers themselves. This is not what most other companies do; they simply spray their formula onto the fibers, which means the formula can wash off over time. 

There is much more to know about Mohawk carpeting, and if you visit Gowdy Flooring, we would be happy to share more with you on all of these quality carpet and flooring systems.
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Blog > What to Look For in a Quality Carpet and Flooring Store

What to Look For in a Quality Carpet and Flooring Store

If you live in Amarillo, and are thinking of new flooring, you may have been wondering what makes a quality carpet and flooring store? How would you know if you are dealing with a reliable and honest vendor? Let's face it, buying new flooring is not something we do every day, and many consumers may not know what to look for in a store. At Gowdy Flooring, we would like to offer a few tips, modeled after our own store, that we believe will help any homeowner who is thinking of new flooring.

One thing to look for in a quality carpet and flooring store is selection. You will want to work with a store that has a huge selection of flooring systems from which you can choose. A larger selection means you have a much better chance of finding exactly what you want. At our store, we offer more than 560 choices in our carpet line alone. A selection like that means that you are almost certain to find the right carpeting that fits both your needs and budget.
The next thing to look for in a quality carpet and flooring store are the brand names they carry. Buying low-quality flooring, from low-quality manufacturers, even at super-low prices, is never a good idea. You will always have a better experience when you purchase from known and trusted manufacturers. We carry brand names such as Mohawk; a company that has been in business for over a century. They have developed some of the best flooring systems in carpet, wood, vinyl and laminate. But, we also carry other famous names such as Armstrong, Bella Cera, Regal Hardwoods, and more! When you buy from us, you know you are getting the best quality carpet and flooring.

The last thing to look at is the quality of their installation services. The vast majority of those who buy new flooring also need their flooring installed. We have been installing flooring for years, and our installers are some of the best to be found in this entire area.

If you want to see a high-quality carpet and flooring, we invite you to visit us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo today.
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Blog > Amarillo Breaks Negative Trend in New Economic Report

Amarillo Breaks Negative Trend in New Economic Report

For nearly two years now, the economic index for Amarillo has been in decline. A recent report states that that downward trend has finally turned around. The turnaround numbers are not great, but they are positive, and that is good news for our city and our economy. The following is just a short portion of that report:
“An unexpected surprise popped up as the November Midland-Odessa Regional Economic Index was being calculated: It turned positive, ending a 21-month streak of declines. Even so, the index came in 9.7 percent below November 2015’s figures. “I was not quite prepared for that,” said Karr Ingham, the Amarillo economist who prepares the index for the Midland Development Corp.”

Source: www.mrt.com
At Gowdy Flooring, we know that a better economy helps people in all economic levels, and that includes homeowners and business owners. We try to help our local economy by providing the best deals on all types of quality carpet and flooring. While this may not seem like a big deal at first glance, installing quality flooring is one of the best ways to add additional market resale value to a property, home or business.

When local homeowners and business owners come to our showroom Amarillo, TX, they find that we offer them the full gamut of fine flooring that includes carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, sheet vinyl, stone, and luxury vinyl. What this means is that customers who have a particular type of flooring in mind will be able to find that flooring. Enjoying an improved economy is dampened when consumers cannot find what they need.

Another way to depress consumer satisfaction is to offer low-quality products of any kind, including flooring. We prefer to offer high-quality products from brand names that consumers already know and trust. Our customers enjoy knowing that our quality carpet and flooring comes from manufacturers such as Mohawk, Armstrong, Bella Cera, and Dal Tile. These are the companies that consumers love, and we have them all right there!

As our local economy improves, we hope that a new sense of optimism with come upon the city. This would be a good thing for all. 

If you are looking for quality carpet and flooring, we invite you to visit with us at Gowdy Flooring, where you will find a huge selection, great prices, and expert installation services.
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Blog > Get Quality Carpet and Flooring for the New Year Here!

Get Quality Carpet and Flooring for the New Year Here!

Did you spend 2016 wishing you could get new quality carpet and flooring for your home or business? Did you put it off? If you answered yes to these questions, Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX would like to invite you to our showroom, where we can show you some of the best flooring, at very affordable prices, right now.

So, why should you visit with us for your new flooring? It is a fact that there are many flooring stores in our area, so, what makes us so special? Several things, actually. 
For starters, we have one of the largest inventories of quality carpet and flooring in the whole city. When you visit with us, you will be astonished at just how many flooring systems we have available for you. Imagine you are looking for new carpeting. We can show you a huge selection of fine carpet; more than 470 carpet options for homeowners, and over 100 carpet options for commercial use. And this is just our carpet selection!

Looking for new hardwood flooring for the New Year? How about having a selection of great hardwood flooring that numbers 405 for homeowners, and more than 25 for business owners? These are famous names in flooring, too. You will find our wood flooring includes lines from Armstrong, Mohawk, Bella Cera, and Regal Hardwoods. Every color tone is available, and we carry engineered and solid hardwood flooring systems. In fact, we are confident that we have the perfect wood flooring for everyone.

One of the most popular flooring systems for American homes and businesses is luxury vinyl. The challenge for some consumers, however, is finding a local flooring store that actually carries a good selection of luxury vinyl. Not if you live in Amarillo. At Gowdy Flooring, we have an incredible selection of new luxury vinyl in both the wood-look and stone-look themes. If you are not familiar with luxury vinyl flooring, we encourage you to come see our samples before you buy anything else. You will be impressed.

If you want quality carpet and flooring for your home or business this New Year, come by and visit with us at our Amarillo showroom where we believe you will find the best in flooring, at the best prices.



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Blog > Don't Let 2016 End Without Getting the Quality Carpet and Flooring You Have Been Dreaming Of!

Don't Let 2016 End Without Getting the Quality Carpet and Flooring You Have Been Dreaming Of!

If you live in, or around, Amarillo, TX and have been dreaming of new, quality carpet and flooring, now is the time to visit us. At Gowdy Flooring, we carry some of the best flooring on the market, and we have that great flooring at low prices. As the year comes to an end, get that flooring that you want, and get it for less.

One of the main benefits from shopping with us is our incredible selection of fine flooring. We know how disappointing it can be to shop for quality carpet and flooring and not be able to find exactly what you want. The way to avoid that disappointment is to visit our showroom in Amarillo, where you will find one of the largest selections of flooring in our city.
For instance, if you are looking for new carpet, we have more than 575 options for you. These carpeting systems are from Mohawk Industries, one of the most respected names in flooring. We have all of their famous fiber brands including ColorStrand™, EverStrand™ Revive, PermaStrand™, and the very popular SmartStrand™ line which is the rave among interior designers all across America. Mohawk not only produces some of the finest carpeting in the world, but it also comes with some of the best warranties available. These warranties can protect your investment for years to come.

But, what if you are looking for hardwood flooring? We have that, too! With well over 400 wood flooring systems, we have one of the most extensive inventories of hardwood flooring in Amarillo. Why go anywhere else when we have what you need and want right here? And, again, these products are from famous brand named companies such as Armstrong, Bella Cera, and Mohawk, to name but a few.

Our selection of laminate, tile, and vinyl flooring is just as incredible, and all of our flooring is priced to please. 

The best way to see all of the quality carpet and flooring we have for you is to visit with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo and see for yourself just how much flooring you can get, for less, when you shop with us.
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Blog > New Home Sales in Amarillo, TX Take a Hit...Again

New Home Sales in Amarillo, TX Take a Hit...Again

​If you have been following the Amarillo new home sales news of late, you may have suspected something of a downturn. Recent reports confirm that new home sales has, indeed, fallen, and the downturn is more than many expected. 
“Closings of new homes in the Amarillo, TX market sank year-over-year in September, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the August 2016. New home closings moved from 31 a year earlier to 2 after the figure moved from 31 in August 2015 to 8 in August 2016. A total of 331 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in September, down from 360 for the year that ended in August.”

Source: www.builderonline.com
At Gowdy Flooring, we have noticed that many of our customers are homeowners and business owners who want to add value to their homes or businesses, and have concluded that installing new flooring is a great way to do that. They come to us because we offer them the best quality carpet and flooring systems in Amarillo. We also offer them other benefits that they appreciate.

Great selection is one of those benefits. For example, we have more than 575 carpeting options from which you can choose. We carry both residential and commercial carpet, and we have the fiber brands that today's consumer wants. These include fiber brands such as Mohawk's famous SmartStrand™, ColorStrand™, PermaStrand™, and many, many more.

We have more than 430 options in hardwood flooring, from companies such as Armstrong, Bella Cera, Mohawk Industries, and Regal Hardwoods. Our selection includes both solid and engineered hardwood flooring systems.

Our selection of laminate, vinyl, tile, and luxury vinyl flooring is just as impressive. Because of our huge selection of quality carpet and flooring, we are confident that we have exactly what you need, and that we have it at a price that is within your budget.

Another benefit we offer is our professional installation service. Buying your perfect flooring system is just the first step. You also want to have it installed to perfection, and we can do that for you. Our installers have been well-trained on all types of flooring installations, and they always stand behind their work.

If you are looking for new, quality carpet and flooring systems, we encourage you to visit with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo and see the many, affordable options we have for you.
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Blog > Get the Best Brand Names in Quality Carpet and Flooring

Get the Best Brand Names in Quality Carpet and Flooring

When it comes to quality carpet and flooring, brand names matter. Whether you are buying new flooring for your home or your business, you want the best quality possible. No one wants to purchase new floors that cannot stand up to normal traffic, or floors that simply fall apart after a year or so. At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, we only carry the best brand names, and that should comfort anyone who is looking for trusted, reliable flooring.
One of the brand names that we carry that we know you already know and trust is the Mohawk brand. When you visit our showroom, and look at our carpeting selection, you will find a wonderful array of fiber brands from Mohawk such as:
 
  • ColorStrand™
  • EverStrand™ Revive
  • PermaStrand™
  • SmartStrand™
  • SmartStrand™ w/Dupont Sorona
  • Wear-Dated Revive

We are sure you will be impressed with the sheer number of carpeting options we have for you. Currently, we have more than 470 carpets for home use, and more than 100 for commercial applications.

However, our quality carpet and flooring inventory goes beyond carpeting. We carry a great line of hardwood flooring from companies such as Armstrong, Bella Cera, Mohawk Industries, and Regal Hardwoods.

If you have been searching high and low for new luxury vinyl, and coming up short, then come see us today. We have one of the best selections of luxury vinyl flooring in the city. You will love the many themes of both wood-look and tile-look options we have for you from Congoleum and IVC. With more than 100 options, we are sure you will find that perfect flooring.

We also carry tile and cork flooring, making us one of the most well-stocked stores in the whole of Amarillo, TX when it comes to quality carpet and flooring. And, yes, we can install any flooring system that we sell at very affordable rates.

If you would like to see just how many options we have for you, visit Gowdy Flooring and let us show you why so many consumers come to us when they want quality carpet and flooring for either their home or business.
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Blog > Gowdy Flooring is Committed to Quality Carpet and Flooring

Gowdy Flooring is Committed to Quality Carpet and Flooring

Back in 1997, Gale Gowdy decided to bring only the best quality carpet and flooring to Amarillo. Today, we are still doing that, and doing it to the very best of our abilities. Even though Gale has since retired, our store is committed to providing our customers with the best flooring, at the best prices, everyday of the week. Our customers appreciate the fact that we go the extra mile, and we are confident that you will too. But, what makes us so special? Why buy from us?

When you visit our huge showroom in Amarillo, you will immediately notice that we have a lot of flooring systems...a lot! We carry all types of flooring, including carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, stone, vinyl and luxury vinyl. In fact, there is virtually no type of flooring that we do not have or cannot get for you. But, there is more.
The flooring that we carry is top-quality. When we say that we offer our customers the best quality carpet and flooring, we mean it. You will discover we carry brand names such as: Mohawk, Shaw Floors, Armstrong, Daltile, Bruce Hardwoods, Congoleum, and many, many more names that people already know and trust.

But what about selections? Well, how about this: If you come to us for new carpet, you will find over 470 different options for homeowners, and more than 100 carpeting options for commercial applications. Need hardwood flooring? How about a selection of 405 wood flooring systems for homes, and nearly 30 for businesses? Laminate? 95 options for homeowners, more than 35 for businesses. And, it goes on and on and on. We are very confident that everyone who visits with Gowdy Flooring will find the perfect flooring for their needs, as well as for their budget.

Lastly, we know that when you buy your new flooring, you also want quality installations. Our installers are some of the best in Amarillo, and they know exactly what they are doing. They have years of experience, and their expertise is second to none.

If you are looking for affordable, quality carpet and flooring, you truly owe it to yourself to visit with us first!
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Blog > Amarillo May See Spike in Home Sales After Slump

Amarillo May See Spike in Home Sales After Slump

​There may be some good news on the way for Texas home sales. It is no secret that the housing market has been slow for several months now, but that may change as the seasons change. In a recent announcement, home sales crept up a bit. Here is the first part of that story:
“Experts expect the real estate market to pick up after several disappointing months chilled by winter weather. Texas home sales volume rose slightly in the third quarter of 2016 while median home prices continued to increase, according to the 2016-Q3 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors. Amarillo home sales increased 4.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016 to 945 single-family home sales...”

Source: www.myhighplains.com
This can be good news for both buyers and sellers. Another bit of good news for homeowners is that Gowdy Flooring is now offering quality carpet and flooring at low prices. Why is this good news? Simple, really.

When homeowners invest in their properties by having new flooring installed, the market resale value of the home often increases. This is a great way for those who may be thinking of selling soon to get a higher asking price. For those who are planning to stay in the home, quality carpet and flooring can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are few home improvements that have such a dramatic influence on a home as new flooring.

The trick, of course, is to get top quality flooring, at prices that are affordable. This is where we come in. We have made it a point to carry the most respected flooring systems, at low prices. The minute you walk into our Amarillo showroom, you will know that we are serious about providing only the best in flooring to our customers. You will also find that we carry all types of flooring including carpet, tile, laminate, hardwood, vinyl sheet, and luxury vinyl tile. We are, truly, the one stop source for all your flooring needs.

For anyone who has been thinking of new flooring, we invite you to come visit with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX for the best in high quality carpet and flooring.
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Blog > Can You Get Low Priced Quality Carpet and Flooring These Days?

Can You Get Low Priced Quality Carpet and Flooring These Days?

Is it even possible to find quality carpet and flooring at affordable prices anymore? Many consumers are asking that question, and at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, we say yes, you can! We can say that because we have made it a priority to carry some of the best in flooring, at prices that are affordable, backed up with solid guarantees and manufacturer warranties. So, yes, you can get great new flooring right now, at prices that will please. But, there is more!

The new flooring that you have installed in your home or workplace is permanent in the sense that once it is installed, it stays there until you replace it with something else. For this reason, you want to have a great selection to choose from when you are shopping for quality carpet and flooring. We have that great selection!
When you visit with us, you will find that we have one of the best selections in town. In our carpet line alone, we have more than 475 options of fantastic carpeting from Mohawk Industries. This is, of course, one of the very best producers of quality carpet and flooring in the world today. We also have a huge selection of hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and cork flooring as well. When you come to us for your new flooring, you find what you want with ease!

But having a wonderful selection of new flooring means nothing if prices are too high. For years now, we have been working hard to keep our prices as low as possible. It is our goal to provide new flooring to as many people as we can in the Amarillo and surrounding areas. We cannot do this is we overcharge for our flooring. We are confident that when you shop with us, you will find the perfect floor, at the right price, regardless of the type of flooring that you are looking for.

We could say more, but we believe that the best way to get know us is to visit our showroom in Armarillo, TX. At Gowdy Flooring, you will find the best selection, low prices, and expert installation services on all your quality carpet and flooring needs, period.
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Blog > Want to find quality carpet and flooring? We have it!

Want to find quality carpet and flooring? We have it!

At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, we know our customers want affordable quality carpet and flooring systems. We have made it a priority to have all types of flooring, in all price ranges, so we can provide the best flooring to as many customers as possible. When you visit with us, you will be amazed at just how much flooring we have for you.

So, when we say quality carpet and flooring, what do we mean by that? Let's begin with brand names. If we were to say that we carried flooring from Mohawk, Armstrong, and Bella Cera, would you recognize those names? Chances are good, you would. These are just a few of the many companies that you will find in our complete selection of flooring systems.
And how about selection? We have over 100 options in our laminate flooring inventory, over 500 hardwood flooring options, more than 470 carpet options for home, and over 100 carpet options for commercial applications. We also carry a great line of tile (ceramic and porcelain) products, and even the modern cork flooring that is becoming so popular across America. Yes, when you shop with us for quality carpet and flooring, you find exactly what you want. This makes fulfilling your décor dreams a snap.

When you can find such a great line-up of flooring, right here, ready to go, why shop anywhere else? And, please keep in mind that we sell at prices that our competitors only wish they could match.

However, there is one more reason so many people come to us when they want quality carpet and flooring, and that is our installation services. When you buy from us, you can get the best installation services on all the flooring systems that we sell. From carpet to hardwood, and everything in-between, we can have your new flooring installed quickly and to very high standards. We install all flooring to manufacturers' requirements, which protects your warranty. 

Whether you are a homeowner or business owner, if you are looking for quality carpet and flooring and want the best selection in Amarillo, visit with Gowdy Flooring.


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Blog > As Fall Arrives, Beware of Dishonest Contractors

As Fall Arrives, Beware of Dishonest Contractors

Many homeowners in the Amarillo area will be thinking of home improvements as the weather cools off. For some, these projects will be small and can be handled by the homeowner. For others, however, contractors will be needed. The President and CEO of the BBB that serves Central East Texas sent out a warning recently for homeowners to be careful when hiring outside help. At Gowdy Flooring, we agree. Here is the first part of this story:
“The arrival of autumn means many homeowners will take advantage of the cooler weather to begin home improvement projects. As the home improvement industry regularly ranks among the top five sources of complaints year after year, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to choose contractors with care to avoid getting help from dishonest individuals.”

Source: www.gilmermirror.com 
When people come to us for their new, quality carpet and flooring systems, they do so because they know we are honest and reliable. We have been in business since 1997, and we are locally owned and operated. We do not move around, and we are here today and will be tomorrow. Our reputation has been earned over the years as being one of the most respected flooring stores in Amarillo, and we intend on keeping it that way.

Our high-quality carpet and flooring is second to none. We offer our customers access to over 470 carpet options, more than 500 hardwood flooring options, over 100 laminate flooring options, and this is just the beginning. We have it all, and we have it for less money than you might expect.

Our quality carpet and flooring products come from companies such as: Mohawk, Bella Cera, Armstrong, Regal Hardwoods, and others. These are trusted names that offer the best warranties on the market today.

In addition to our great selection, we also offer the best in installation services. We can professionally install any type of flooring system that we sell. Our professional installers know what they are doing, and they are, frankly, some of the best in this city.

As you can see, while there may be others out there with intentions to cheat you, we are not one of those stores. If you visit us at our Amarillo, TX showroom, we can show you all the wonderful quality carpet and flooring systems that we have available for you.
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Blog > Is Natural Stone Flooring a Good Investment?

Is Natural Stone Flooring a Good Investment?

As one of the leading sellers of quality natural stone flooring in Amarillo, TX, we are often asked if stone flooring is a good investment for homeowners. Our answer is yes! In fact, stone flooring, when properly installed, can add a great deal of value to just about any home. So, why is this?

For starters, natural stone flooring is exactly what it says it is: Natural stone. At Gowdy Flooring, we offer a great selection of flooring systems that look like stone. These are very high-quality flooring materials that can last for years and years, but, they are not made of stone.
When you visit us to see the wonderful selection of stone flooring we have available for you, you will see real stone slabs and products that have taken eons to form. Our selection of stone flooring includes a wide variety of stone-types, all of which are very popular these days. We can show you flooring in travertine, limestone, granite, slate, and more! In fact, we have one of the best selections in this entire area, and are proud that we can offer so many options for our customers.

The increased value that we mentioned above comes from a few things associated with stone floors that makes them unique. For instance, in terms of long life, stone flooring can last for hundreds of years if it is cared for properly. We know this is true because we still see beautiful stone floors in ancient castles, cathedrals, and mansions.

Natural stone flooring is also unique in its appearance and feel. When you gaze upon a quality stone floor, you know you are looking at a quality stone. There is no doubt about it. And, when you step onto stone floors, you notice that particular feel it has that nothing else can compare to. 

The one drawback to natural stone flooring that homeowners need to consider is its weight. Not every home can support this weight, if that weight is considerable. The good news is Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX has some of the most experienced natural stone flooring installers in the area, and we will be happy to help you determine whether your home is able to carry this weight or not.
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Blog > What are the Top Choices in Natural Stone Flooring?

What are the Top Choices in Natural Stone Flooring?

We often have customers come in and ask us what the most popular natural stone flooring systems are. You might think that this would be a simple question to answer. We could just pop off that travertine or granite is the most popular and be done with it. However, the true answer is more complicated than that, because there are many variables that go into selecting the most “beneficial” natural stone flooring for each customer. In other words, the answer depends on the customer who is buying the flooring and their individual needs and budget.

Now, having said all of that, there is some general information that you may find very useful if you are looking for stone flooring, and we would like to share a few thoughts on that with you here.
In terms of the most popular types of stone:

Marble is often the stone of choice for formal areas and foyers. It has one main drawback and that is that it is easy to scratch if one is not careful. It can handle normal foot traffic well, but you would not want to install it where furniture or other objects have to be moved often. Its color tones vary from quarry to quarry, making it one of the most unique options on the market.

Travertine is also very popular these days for both flooring and countertops. It is a form of limestone, and it can look a lot like marble, but often has a rustic look to it that marble does not.

For bathrooms and kitchens, we are seeing a lot designers turning to granite as their choice in natural stone flooring. The main reason for this is that granite is somewhat slip-resistant which is important in areas where water may be on the floor. It is available in literally hundreds of varieties.

Limestone is also becoming more popular as it can be bought in color tones that match easily from one slab to the next (if the stones were cut from the same slab). It is available in a variety of surfaces from flawless, polished to aged-rustic. Most limestone flooring needs to be sealed every three years or so if installed where acidic liquids (including wine) may be spilled on it.

Slate is a great choice for those who want color tones that vary from stone to stone. It gives the appearance of a truly rustic natural stone floor, and is available in a range of colors including green, gray, and red tones.

If you are looking for the best in natural stone flooring, visit Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX and see what we have for you today.
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Blog > Amarillo on Track for Historic Housing Market Gains

Amarillo on Track for Historic Housing Market Gains

If you live in Amarillo, TX, you may have been wondering if the local housing market has been booming, or if it was just your imagination. Well, new reports are saying that we are, indeed, seeing some great movement in our real estate markets. This is good news on many fronts. Here is a portion of the latest news story we saw on this:
“The housing market in Amarillo has had a steady growth over the past 2 decades. 2015 was a record year for the city and experts predict 2016 will beat the previous year's totals by 5 percent. The Texas Association of Realtors announced international home buyers added $10 billion to the Texas economy. Real estate experts said that foreign investment did not have a significant impact in the Panhandle.”

Source: <a href="http://www.newschannel10.com/story/33033283/amarillos-housing-market-on-pace-for-record-year">Amarillo's housing market on pace for record year</a> by Francis Sirois.
At Gowdy Flooring, we know that owning your own home is one of the greatest pleasures Americans can experience. We also know that many homeowners love improving their homes, and we help you do that by selling the best flooring you will find in Amarillo, including our great selection of natural stone flooring.

Natural stone flooring is unique. It has a long history of providing outstanding service and longevity that other types of flooring cannot match. For centuries, stone floors have been used in all types of homes, big and small. Today, because prices have come down so much over the last several decades, virtually any homeowner can now afford natural stone flooring. And, when you visit with us, you will find that our selection of stone floors is very impressive. You will like what you see, we promise.

However, this type of flooring may not be suited to all types of homes, as it can only be installed on sub-floors that can support the weight. Many homeowners are not aware of what types of sub-floor can support stone flooring, so we are happy to help in determining if your current sub-floor is adequate or not. Generally speaking, however, most homes in Amarillo are able to support stone flooring.

If you are thinking of adding natural stone flooring to your home or business, come by our showroom in Amarillo and talk to us about our great selection of flooring, our professional installation services, and the deals we offer our customers.
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Blog > Where to Install Natural Stone Flooring

Where to Install Natural Stone Flooring

At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX, we carry some of the finest natural stone flooring in this region. Many homes and businesses have come to us for their flooring needs because they know that we also offer some of the best deals and the professional installation of stone flooring as well. One question that we often hear is “where can I install natural stone flooring in my home?” Let's take a close look at this question because it is important.

On the surface, this is an easy question to answer. You can install natural stone flooring in your foyer, hallway, living or dining rooms, or just about anywhere you want. The selection of stone flooring that is available at our store is extensive, and we have a variety of color tones available that can complement any interior décor need. You will find a range of browns, reds, and even multi-colors available. But there is more to this answer, and that is what we want to concentrate on now.
Installation of natural stone flooring can only be completed in those areas that can carry the weight of the stone. As you might imagine, real stone flooring is heavy, and not every sub-floor can handle its weight. It is critical that you have a professional installer come and look at your flooring and sub floor before you buy stone flooring. In some cases, where the intended installation location is on the ground, installations are not a problem. But if you have a home (or business) that is off the ground and supported by some form of foundation, it is best to have us check it out for you before you move forward with your purchase.

Here is an example of what we are talking about. Let's say you want natural stone flooring installed in your living room. If your living room sub-floor is thin, plywood or some other light material, and there is space between it and the ground below, that sub-floor will not be able to carry the weight of a stone floor. The weight of the stone will cause the sub-floor to buckle, or even fall through. Not acceptable!

Now, for the good news!  Many homes in Amarillo will support flooring that has the weight of natural stone. Again, our professional installers can discuss this with you and explain the process so that you have a full understanding of what needs to be done. This allows you to make the best informed decision.

At Gowdy Flooring, we want to install your new natural stone flooring, but we want to ensure that it is done right so that it will last for decades, if not longer.
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Blog > Tips On How to Care for Your Travertine Stone Flooring

Tips On How to Care for Your Travertine Stone Flooring

At Gowdy Flooring, we offer a variety of natural stone flooring options, and one of the most popular is travertine. Home and business owners in Amarillo, TX often choose this type of stone flooring, because of its incredible beauty and easy care requirements. While these floors are low-maintenance, there are some things to keep in mind if you have them, or if you are thinking of having travertine installed.
Tip 1: Sealing is important: As a natural stone flooring system, travertine can be have a polished surface or it can have tumbled or honed finish. If it is polished, only a quick seal is needed, but if it has honed or tumbled finishes, it truly needs a good sealing to protect it from staining.

Tip 2: Quick wipe: If you happen to spill something onto the floor, wipe it up quickly. This is especially important if the liquid is a chemical of some type. Soda, wine, and harsh cleansers (vinegar, ammonia, bleach, for instance) can stain your floor if left unattended.

Tip 3: Occasional cleaning helps. Use a dust mop to clean your floor on a regular basis and once or twice a month, damp mop using a low pH natural stone flooring cleaning product. Make sure you dilute it with plenty of water.

Tip 4: Protect heavy traffic areas. While natural stone flooring is incredibly tough and durable, areas such as hallways where there is a lot of foot traffic, can begin to look differently from its adjacent areas. You can handle this issue by using carpet runners or something similar on those heavy-use areas.

Tip 5: Stains, chips, and dents. All natural stone flooring is susceptible to these problems. For serious stains, try using a tile and stone cleaner. Over time, chips and dents can happen. In many cases, you can fix these problems on your own, but you can also call a professional to come in and fix them as well. Many homeowners and business owners in Amarillo who have natural stone flooring will call in a pro, as this is usually the most effective way to get the issue resolved.
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Blog > Mixed News for Amarillo, TX Home and Housing Market

Mixed News for Amarillo, TX Home and Housing Market

New homes sold in our area fell to 126 for the period of 12 months ending last April. Closings for both existing and new homes also fell year-over-year. This is not the news that many homeowners in the Amarillo area wanted to hear. Here is a bit of the story that announced this news:
“In April, there was a drop year-over-year in new home closings in the Amarillo, TX market, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the March 2016. New home closings moved from 38 a year earlier to 6 after the figure moved from 27 in March 2015 to 7 in March 2016.”

Source: <a href="http://www.builderonline.com/land/local-markets/prices-of-new-homes-gain-in-amarillo-sales-fall-according-to-latest-data_g">Prices of New Homes Gain in Amarillo, Sales Fall According to Latest Data</a> by staff.
However, there was some good news as well, at least for those who are trying to sell their homes. Prices are up for homes selling (year-over-year). But, this also means that most mortgages are up as well.

Well, while the news may be mixed on housing, Gowdy Flooring still sells the best natural stone flooring in our area, and we sell it for less. This is good news whether you are buying or selling.

Home sellers often want to add market resale value to their home to get a better price for it at the sale. Installing new natural stone flooring will do that for virtually any home. In fact, stone flooring is considered one of the best investments a homeowner can make if they want to add value to their home, increase its beauty, and make the home unique.

Home buyers love to see a new natural stone flooring system in place when they look at a home. They know that stone flooring is special, and that makes the home they are looking at special as well. And because natural stone flooring can last for centuries, it is an investment that truly comes with a long life.

At Gowdy Flooring, we have a great selection of more than half a dozen stone flooring materials. These products are available in a variety of colors that range from soft reds to vibrant greens and blues. In addition, we can provide the professional installation services that you need for your new flooring. Our installers are both experienced and skilled in all aspects of installing stone flooring. This is important, as most flooring installers do not have the skills needed to correctly install natural stone flooring.

To learn more, please come by our showroom in Amarillo, TX, and allow us to show you the best natural stone flooring in this entire area.
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Blog > Sharin’ Stone

Sharin’ Stone

In ancient times, natural stone was a symbol of power and security. Because of its strength and sheer weight, it was used to create fortresses and walls to fend off the enemy, while at the same time it was polished and refined to create the most beautiful rooms and great halls imaginable. This is where the royal family would reside and go about the kingdom’s business. Stone structures could also show the might of a kingdom’s resources, and the determination of its people through great stone blocks hewn from the earth and moved great distances to form towers and monuments.
Stone is still a symbol of opulence and success in today’s world. When made part of your home, natural stone flooring lends a sense of beauty and power to a room like no other material can. Walking into a room with a slickly polished granite floor brings the feeling of walking into the great halls of a medieval castle, or the feeling of being in a place of importance.

Natural stone flooring also has a practical use in the heating and cooling of the home as well. Being a natural material cut from the earth itself, natural stone flooring holds in the heat and cooler temperatures for a longer period of time without being affected by air temperature changes. This can lower the heating and cooling bill over time, because the room will stay at a fixed temperature longer and reduce the amount of cycles needed to keep the room temperature at a constant level.

Natural stone flooring is also one of the most durable materials available, which is one of the reasons so many Amarillo residents choose it for their home. You can pretty much count on the fact that your natural stone flooring will be around for a very long time. Stone’s natural rigidity and resistance to surface damage, makes it ideal for giving your home a low maintenance flooring option. At Gowdy Flooring, we have a wide selection of natural stone flooring and the expert staff to help you decide which flooring is right for your home. So come see us at our Amarillo, TX showroom. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions about stone flooring.
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Blog > Why Choose Natural Stone Flooring?

Why Choose Natural Stone Flooring?

At Gowdy Flooring, we are very happy to offer some of the best natural stone flooring you will find in this entire area of Texas. Many residents of Amarillo, and surrounding areas, have come to us when they wanted to add stone flooring to their homes or businesses.  There are many benefits to stone floors, and we would like to share a few of those with you now. We believe that when our customers have more information, they will be able to make better buying decisions.

​Natural stone flooring is unique

​Stone floors are known for their unique appearance and beauty. These floors offer exceptional elegance that virtually no other flooring system can deliver. Because each stone is different in veining and coloring, these floors are truly unique. Add to that the sophistication that they bring into any space, and you have it all.

Many natural stone flooring options

Today, homeowners and business owners can choose from a large array of stone materials, each with its own personality and color tones. Consumers now have access to:
Stone is great for flooring, tile, and wall accents.

In addition to a variety of materials, stone flooring can be found in a range of sizes. From small, intricate pieces, to larger flagstones, homeowners and business owners can get the perfect size stone to meet their décor needs. We carry a nice variety of sizes, making it certain that we have, or can get, the right stone flooring for you.

​Easy living with natural stone flooring

Stone floors stay cooler than other types of floors, and this is important for those who live in hot climates such as that which we experience in Texas. Stone floors are cool underfoot, and they do not absorb ambient heat like other types of flooring can. Stone floors are relatively easy to maintain and clean, and they are very durable as well.

To learn more about natural stone flooring, come and see us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX and let us show you the best flooring to be found in this area.
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Blog > Stone Cool

Stone Cool

bathroom stone flooring I have friends who have moved to Texas in the last 10 years and they all seem to say that there’s nothing more soothing and relaxing than a nice cool Texas summer. I’m being completely sarcastic, of course. Every one of them have told me that the heat can be oppressive at times, and it is paramount that any homeowner have air conditioning in addition to finding ways to make the heat index lower in the off chance that the air conditioning should break down.

For many that includes pools and areas in the yard to create shade, and fans for the inside of the home to help keep the air moving. Another way to help keep the heat index down in the home is through the use of natural stone flooring.

Natural stone flooring is a great heat dispensing tool for the home, especially in Amarillo. Its porous construction allows air to keep it cooler during the summer months. Ambient temperature can be oppressive, but the natural stone flooring will stay about 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the air. When combined with air conditioning, it will help to make the home comfortable by reflecting the cooler air upwards. When the air is moving, natural stone flooring will help to absorb ambient heat and dissipate it throughout the environment. Natural stone flooring also brings a beauty and durability that can only come from being created by Mother Nature and cut from the earth itself.

At Gowdy Flooring, we have a wide selection of natural stone flooring for you to choose from. From slate and limestone, to granite and marble, we have the flooring that will complement your décor while giving you the durability and old world feel that only stone can give. Come see us at our Amarillo TX showroom, where our staff of professionals can lead you through the choices available for your project, and make sure that you have the stone flooring you need to create your one of a kind design. We will answer any questions you have about maintenance and the installation process as well. When you come to Gowdy Flooring, you won’t be disappointed.
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Amarillo Gets Ready for Indoor and Outdoor Home Improvements

Picture Homeowners across Amarillo are looking forward to making home improvements this summer. Some people will focus on making their yards more attractive. Others will be looking to improve the interior of their homes. We recently noticed a short article telling Amarillo homeowners how to get help with their yard work. It read, in part:

“AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - If you're looking for some much needed improvements to the outside of your home, Habitat for Humanity wants to help. A Brush of Kindness is part of Habitat for Humanity's revitalization program and focuses on minor repair services to the exterior of a home so homeowners can continue to live in safe, decent home for years to come.”

Source: <a href="http://www.newschannel10.com/story/32307408/a-brush-of-kindness">A brush of kindness</a> by Angelica Brown.
For those homeowners who may be thinking about interior improvements, Gowdy Flooring would like to suggest that you consider natural stone flooring. There are some very good reasons to consider this type of flooring, and here are a few.

To start, natural stone flooring is unique. Every stone is different and when natural stone flooring is installed properly, you get a floor that is like no other in the world. We offer a variety of stone flooring options, in a variety of colors and grain, and because we have such a huge selection, we are one of the premier sources for stone flooring in this area.

Second, a natural stone flooring system will add value to your home. As you may already know, a natural stone floor will last for decades, if not longer. It is not at all uncommon for stone flooring to last longer than the home's structure, to be blunt about it. Stone flooring, because of its longevity and beauty, simply makes a home more valuable.

We offer our customers natural stone flooring in granite, marble, limestone, and slate. These are the timeless stone floors that homeowners love and seek out, and we have all of them.

We also offer the best in stone flooring installation. It should be understood that installing a natural stone floor requires special skills and experience. This is not the type of installation that most homeowners want to attempt on their own, and it certainly is not the type of install you want to trust to someone without experience.

If you are considering home improvements this summer, come by Gowdy Flooring and see our selection of natural stone flooring. We are confident that you will like what you see.



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Not Skipping Stone

natural stone flooring I am a fan of ancient architecture. The sheer force of will and man hours it took to erect some of the castles and structures we look at and admire must have been staggering. The stone flooring installed gave these buildings a sense of power and security. A king had the resources of his entire kingdom at his disposal and knew that anyone visiting the palace had to feel the might of his kingdom as they entered the royal residence. Natural stone flooring embodied that sense of power and security.

In today’s society, we don’t have kings or castles. We do have the primal need to convey a sense of security and safety in our homes. I suppose that is where the saying “A man’s home is his castle” came from. Whether you are designing a room, or renovating the entire home, natural stone flooring is an avenue that few people venture down, but when they do, they are extremely happy that they did. Natural stone flooring has an unmatched beauty and raw feeling of opulence that just can’t be found in any other flooring material. Natural stone flooring can be used to create a sense of grandeur, or it can be used as an inlay to enhance another type of flooring and bring out its beauty.

Using granite or marble as a floor inside the home to make a large room feel like a grand ballroom is something that few people can say they have done. Or, having an outdoor patio with a slate floor for the deck, tells everybody who visits your home in Amarillo that you appreciate natural beauty.

At Gowdy Flooring we understand how stone flooring can be the centerpiece of your room, or how to apply it as an enhancing feature for the flooring currently in the room. Natural stone flooring is as elegant or as bold as you wish it to be, if applied correctly. So come to our Amarillo TX, showroom and let our professional staff of experts guide you through the world of stone flooring. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal.
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Blog > Natural Flooring in Amarillo

Natural Flooring in Amarillo

Have you been looking for a way to give your home a unique and sophisticated aesthetic? There is no need to spend all of your money on expensive designers when you can achieve this look with natural stone flooring. Stone flooring is hands down of the most unique and luxurious kinds of flooring you can find. It is sourced from the Earth and is 100% natural flooring. At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, Texas, natural stone flooring is our specialty, and we are eager to help your learn more about how wonderful stone flooring is.
You may be wondering where natural stone flooring comes from if it is not from a factory or a forest like a majority of flooring. Stone flooring is cut into slabs or rectangular shapes from large rocks or boulders. It can also be sourced out of dried up river beds and mountain ranges all over the world. This is why such a large variety can be found. There are also a number of different kinds of natural stone flooring. There is slate, travertine, marble, limestone and granite. Each of these kinds of stone differs in things such as density, durability and of course, looks.

Have you ever wondered how some ancient structures built centuries ago are still standing today? We have stone to thank for that. Natural stone flooring is an extremely strong material and requires very little maintenance to stay that way. From a design perspective, stone flooring is great if you wish to combine some outdoor and indoor aesthetics in your home.

​Natural stone flooring is an excellent way two combine the two spaces and really give your home that outdoorsy feel. There are so many other wonderful reasons why natural stone flooring is a great choice for your home. Come out to Amarillo and visit us at Gowdy Flooring to learn more!
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Naturally Versatile Stone

stone flooring Texas Natural Stone flooring is an incredible addition to your home no matter where you have it installed. When most people hear about stone tile, they automatically think of marble or granite for either the bathroom or the kitchen. Natural stone flooring isn’t just marble and granite. There is also limestone and slate and they can be used for other areas of the home to create a one of a kind look in the homes in which they are installed.

Natural stone flooring brings the beauty of mother earth indoors in a way that can’t be replicated by any other materials. It speaks to the success of an individual when they can have flooring that has been cut directly from the earth, and formed into a viable material that can be installed as a durable, yet stunning, surface. Natural stone flooring also lends an air of ancient opulence to the room in which it is installed. When we see a stone floor we think of ancient palaces and monuments that have withstood thousands of years, even long after they have been abandoned.

Natural stone flooring isn’t just a standalone product; it can be used to accentuate the beauty of a room with just a small presence. Imagine your living room with flooring that includes limestone tile as an inlay to accentuate the walls and ceiling colors, and as a contrast to the wood floors. The combination of a polished marble with its contrasting dark and light veins, along with the gentle flow of the wood grains in a room can be stunning. Or, perhaps a polished-granite inlay with its speckled pallet in a lighter floor to work with the subtle grains of wood and matte finish. The contrast of matte finish and high gloss surfaces can add flair to any room of the home in Amarillo, TX.

At Gowdy Flooring we have a knowledgeable staff of stone flooring experts to help you create a design that is uniquely yours. So come to our Amarillo, TX showroom and let us be your headquarters for natural stone flooring.
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Blog > Is Natural Stone Flooring the Best Option for Amarillo TX Homes?

Is Natural Stone Flooring the Best Option for Amarillo TX Homes?

At Gowdy Flooring, we are often asked,” What is the best type of flooring for homes and businesses in the Amarillo area?”  The answer, of course, varies. For some homes, hardwood or carpeting are the best options. For other homes, natural stone flooring or ceramic tile may be a better choice. In general, however, we believe that natural stone flooring is often the best choice when certain conditions are present, or certain décor elements are desired by the customer.
For instance, if one wanted a flooring system that will last for decades, if not longer, natural stone flooring would have to be on that list. These flooring systems have been used for thousands of years, and many of the most ancient floors in the world that are still in use are made of natural stone. Long-life is certainly one of the benefits of stone flooring.
 
Uniqueness is another benefit. It can safely be said that no two natural stone flooring systems are the same. Today, consumers have a wide variety of natural stone options to choose from, and if one wants a truly unique, one-of-a-kind floor, natural stone will certainly provide that. It should also be noted that today, consumers can get natural stone flooring in a wide array of colors and patterns. From light to dark tones, just about any color theme you could want can be found.
 
There are a couple of things to consider before buying a stone floor, however. The first is the subfloor where the stone will be installed. Because stone flooring is heavy, it must be properly supported underneath. Our professional staff can help you determine if your subfloor is sturdy enough to carry this weight.
 
The second thing to consider is installation. This is not the type of flooring that most people want to try to install on their own. There are many skills that are required if one wants a great outcome. There are also many special tasks that must be completed as well. For the average homeowner, installation of a stone floor is something best left to the pros.
 
If you would like to know more about natural stone flooring and whether or not it is a good option for your home or business place, come by Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX and let us show you what we have available and answer any questions you may have as well.
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Cast the First Stone

natural stone flooring Natural stone flooring is a beautiful addition to your home that expresses luxury at a high level. Complete stone flooring is the symbol of prosperity. The idea of having you flooring be cut from the earth and polished to a mirror finish, or treated with a moisture barrier and then placed in your home as the floor, is astounding.


Natural stone flooring starts with the softer stones like slate. Slate is very water resistant, and it usually varies in color from a light gray, to a dark gray, to almost black stone. It is very brittle and can break if placed on an uneven surface. It can also flake off in scallops if objects are dropped on its surface. As an indoor application where there will be heavy foot traffic, it is probably not in its best element. However, in an outdoor application such as a patio surface it is perfect because of its naturally rough surface and water resistance. A great option for Amarillo homeowners.

Limestone is the next softest of natural stone flooring. It is porous in nature and requires a moisture barrier to be applied to help prevent staining from spills and standing water. It is also not recommended for high traffic areas, and would be best used in kitchens and bathrooms where traffic tends to be relegated to fewer people at once.

Marble is perhaps one of the most beautiful natural stone flooring products out there. Marble has been used for centuries for its aesthetic properties. The subtle and predominant veins of contrasting colors in the stone create a masterpiece that could only be created by Mother Nature herself. When polished to a mirror finish, it is exquisite in its beauty.

Granite flooring is the workhorse of the stone flooring family. It is the hardest of all of the materials and is water resistant naturally, due to its density. It is almost always shined to a mirror finish, and gives an almost regal heir to any room it is placed in.

At Gowdy Flooring, we have all of the natural stone flooring you are looking for at our Amarillo, TX showroom. So come see us and let us help you cast that first stone.

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About Natural Stone Flooring

natural stone flooring in Texas If you want your home to be the most fashionable and stylish home on the block, then natural stone flooring is a must. Natural stone flooring is without a doubt one of the most luxurious and highest quality kinds of flooring that we sell. There are five kinds of natural stone flooring that we offer our customers: Slate, travertine, marble, limestone and granite. Each of these is very different than the others, yet they each provide a unique aesthetic to homes all over the world. At Gowdy Flooring, we consider ourselves the gurus of natural stone flooring and we supply the best quality stone flooring to homeowners in Amarillo, Texas.

The selections of natural stone flooring are some of the most beautiful and unique in the world. Each kind of stone flooring is cut from a different place from the Earth, such as a rock formation on a mountain side, or a dried up river bed. Granite is the most popular choice because it is the hardest, densest and it is also highly resistant to stains, making is perfect for kitchens. Marble, although not the most durable, is the most elegant and sophisticated kind of stone.

This is why it is most commonly used in formal spaces where the chances of it being damaged are minimal. For a more casual setting, or a rugged look, limestone is the stone flooring for you. It is softer under foot which gives it a much homier aesthetic. Of all the kinds of natural stone flooring, slate is the most versatile. It can be used in a formal or casual setting; it is very durable and also water resistant. Travertine is very similar to marble, except that it has a bit of a rustic look.

Head online, or come visit us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, Texas to get more great information about natural stone flooring.
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Stone's Throw from Luxury

Stone flooring has been around for as long as man has been seeking shelter. At first, it was because living in a cave doesn’t leave too many flooring choices, it was either stone or dirt. As man evolved, his love of natural stone flooring didn’t wash away with his ability to choose what he would have beneath his feet. Instead it became more refined, and natural stone flooring became a symbol of luxury and beauty. It was placed as the flooring of choice in some of the most iconic buildings in history. Stone flooring became the symbol of longevity and power because of its durability. 
Natural stone flooring will bring the same sense of importance to your home every time you enter the room in which it is installed. Whether it is a polished granite look in all its speckled glory for your entryway, or the look of a fine Italian marble in the bathroom or kitchen, natural stone flooring is always a sign of opulent living.

What kinds of stone flooring are there to choose from? We have mentioned two already:

  • Granite, is the hardest of all of the natural stones. It is highly water and stain resistant due to its rigid nature.
  • Marble is more porous than granite and is susceptible to staining and water damage if the offending liquids aren’t wiped up fairly quickly.
  • Limestone is even more porous than marble and therefore more susceptible to staining than the previous two stones. However, it is usually treated with a chemical sealant to help prevent immediate staining and will still need to be cleaned fairly quickly.
  • Slate is a naturally slip resistant stone because of its rugged surface texture. It is fairly water resistant, but is also brittle. Dropping a heavy object on slate can cause the top layers to scallop and break off, leaving a large indentation in the flooring. It is also prone to breaking if installed on an uneven surface.

At Gowdy Flooring we have the natural stone flooring you want for your home improvement project. Just come see us at our Amarillo showroom.
   
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Everybody Should Get Stone

stone flooring There is nothing that says opulent living like a natural stone floor in your home. Tiles or pavers that have been cut from the earth are truly a luxury that few can say they have. At Gowdy Flooring, in Amarillo, TX, we realize how important your living space is to your everyday needs. Natural stone flooring is a great addition to your home, not only for its classic feel, but also for its natural ability to dissipate heat and keep your room cooler during the hot summers in Texas. Natural stone flooring comes in granite, limestone, slate, marble and travertine.

Granite is the most durable of all of the stone floor coverings. It is the hardest and resists stains and moisture at the highest level. Dropping objects on the floor usually results in no damage to the flooring itself, but in the rare instances where the flooring may chip, it is recommended that the small pieces be removed quickly to prevent them from scratching the surface of the granite during future use.

Marble is more porous than granite and can be stained. Even water can leave marks on marble if it is not dried immediately. It is a very elegant and natural stone for flooring.

Limestone is slightly softer than marble and is even more susceptible to staining if not cleaned immediately, it is treated with a chemical sealant by the manufacturer and it is used in a more casual application such as a cabin. It can chip easily and can be scratched if exposed to abrasive materials.

Slate is a popular natural stone flooring material and is resistant to water and spills on a fairly consistent basis. Its surface is slightly uneven and duller than it is with the aforementioned materials, so it is slip resistant as well. Slate can chip or even peel away from the surface if exposed to heavy objects dropping on it, and it will crack if laid down on an uneven surface.
At Gowdy Flooring we know natural stone flooring and how to install it properly. Let us be your one-stop shop for all of your natural stone flooring needs. Call us or stop by our Amarillo, TX showroom today.
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It's Only Natural

There are only a few things in this world that convey an atmosphere of elegance just by looking at them. Natural stone flooring is one of those things. Since man began constructing his own shelter, stone flooring has been used. At first it was out of necessity and a lack of control over what flooring you had. After all, if you lived in a cave you didn’t really have a choice. But even as man progressed into being able to use other materials for his floors, he seemed to always include natural stone flooring as a part of his buildings. The great halls and monuments of the ancient world all had natural stone floors. 
In today’s world, natural stone flooring is still a beautiful addition to your home. It brings a sense of opulence to your living space and an almost primal sense of history that only stone can provide. To know that the floor in your home was cut from the ground, smoothed and polished, and then placed in your home, can be a very satisfying feeling as you gaze upon beauty that only Mother Nature could create.

At Gowdy Flooring, we have everything you need to purchase and install a stone floor in your home. Coming to our Amarillo, TX showroom will give you access to a friendly staff of professionals who can help you to select the correct flooring for your project. Whether you choose granite, marble or a slate floor, you can be assured that you will get the very best service from beginning to end.

We have professional installers who will make sure that your stone floors are placed with the highest standards of quality in mind. They are experienced craftsmen who can answer all of your installation questions. They will also show you how to maintain your floors after installation is complete, so you can enjoy their beauty for many years to come. At Gowdy Floors we are your headquarters for natural stone flooring, and we will make sure that you are a completely satisfied customer. So come see us at our Amarillo showroom and let us show you how we can fulfill your needs for products and services.  
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Blog > Stone Flooring, the Beautiful and Natural

Stone Flooring, the Beautiful and Natural

natural stone flooring in bathroom If you are looking for flooring for your home that is ideal for warmer climates, then consider the cool, hard surfaces of natural stone flooring for your Amarillo home. In addition to helping you beat the heat, natural stone flooring is great because it is made up of completely natural materials that will withstand the test of time. Natural stone flooring will remain beautiful throughout the years, and never look outdated. Natural stone has been a main choice of flooring since man first began to build homes thousands of years ago. Here at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX, we want to provide you with natural stone flooring that will be beautiful 50 years from now—or longer!

The characteristics of natural stone flooring will differ depending on the pores in each stone. The size and the quantity of these pores is what will determine how strong and stain resistant the floors will be. Stones such as slate and granite are harder and denser kinds of stone, and since they are a non-porous stone, they are great for high traffic areas throughout the home. On the other end of the spectrum sits stones such as travertine, limestone and marble. These stones are going to be softer and more porous stones that will require a sealant application and regular cleaning to keep from staining and to avoid pitting.

If you want to go for a natural and outdoorsy aesthetic for your home, then natural stone flooring is the perfect fit for you. These stone floors are literally sliced from large pieces of rock or boulders. They are then cut into tile squares or rectangles. Natural stone flooring really gives your home a cool and calming vibe just as you would feel spending the day outdoors. So, if you are looking for a way to give your home a high end and comfortable aesthetic, then come see us at Gowdy Flooring in our Amarillo, TX showroom and browse through our diverse collection of natural stone flooring samples.
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Written in Stone

stone flooring Your floors are the foundation of your home. The floors design can affect the overall feel of the room in subtle ways that we don't even realize. The colors in the floor can change the way we see the colors of the walls and ceiling by accentuating a certain shades of the colors, and how the human eye perceives the color pallet within the rest of the room. If you want your walls and ceilings to keep true to the colors they originated with, neutral flooring colors are recommended. Natural stone flooring has the neutral color base that can accomplish the natural look only Mother Nature can create, while still giving the neutrality of color needed to allow the rest of the room to shine.

Natural stone flooring is also a great way to help keep your home cooler in the hot summer months. It is naturally cooler than other types of flooring due to its porous nature. Natural stone flooring brings a sense of classic style to any room. It has been used for centuries and is the foundation for some of the most beautiful places in history. The Taj Mahal and the Pentagon are just two of the iconic places where natural stone flooring has been used. You can have the same feeling of opulent class in your home that the ancient architects and artisans knew only stone could provide.

At Gowdy Flooring, we have the expert installers to make sure your stone flooring meets the strict manufacturers’ standards for installation. The warranties from your manufacturer depend upon following those guidelines, and we will make sure those warranties are protected. We will also work around your schedule to make the installation go as efficiently as possible. In this way, we can minimize the time your living space is tied up due to the work being done to install the flooring. Our professional and courteous staff strives to make sure you are satisfied with your flooring experience. Let Gowdy Flooring be the place where you go to satisfy all of your flooring needs.


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Blog > How to Give Your Natural Stone Flooring Longer Life

How to Give Your Natural Stone Flooring Longer Life

natural stone flooring in Amarillo It is no secret that natural stone flooring can be expensive. Those who have these special types of floors will, no doubt, want to keep them looking new for as long as possible. While stone flooring can last for centuries, it is not impervious to damage that can lessen its visual appeal. Here are some important tips on how you can keep your natural stone flooring looking its best for ages.

Avoiding tiny scratches

The most common problem people report on about their natural stone flooring are tiny scratches that, over time, dull the look of the flooring. These scratches come from small bits of debris that is tracked onto the floor via shoes, or blown onto the floor by the wind. In either case, you can avoid this type of damage by sweeping and damp mopping the floor often. Yes, it is that simple.

Do not, however, drench your natural stone flooring with water, especially if you have not sealed the stone against moisture. Water on an unsealed stone floor can seep down into the stone and cause discoloration. A damp mop is all you really need.

Also, avoid using vacuum cleaners on your stone floor unless you are sure that their wheels do not have debris sticking on them, as you will only create more scratches as you roll the machine around.

Avoiding bigger scratches

The next most common complaint has to do with larger scratches. This is most often caused by furniture that is sitting directly on the floor. The feet of most furniture can easily cause scratching if the furniture is dragged about the room to achieve a ‘different’ look.

Deep clean your natural stone flooring

It is a good idea to periodically deep clean your stone flooring if it has been sealed. The best advice here is to use only a heavy-duty cleaner that is specifically made for stone floor cleaning. Do NOT use abrasives such as those found in the kitchen or bathroom, as these will certainly mar the surface of your flooring.

At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX we offer some of the best natural stone flooring in the entire region. If you have questions about stone flooring, come in and see us. We are always happy to help our neighbors with their flooring needs.
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Blog > Stay Cool with Texas Stone

Stay Cool with Texas Stone

natural stone flooring store Amarillo If you are in need of new flooring, you may want to consider flooring that is unique, durable and natural. If those characteristics appeal to you then natural stone flooring may be just what you’re looking for. Stone flooring provides your home with a calm and cool aesthetic all while giving your home an elegant, high end appeal. Stone has been a reliable resource in structuring homes since the beginning on time and now we rely upon its natural beauty to give our homes a beautiful design. At Gowdy Flooring, we have the greatest supply of unique, top quality natural stone flooring in all of Texas. Come by our showroom in Amarillo, Texas and see for yourself!


There is a reason why most Texans choose natural stone flooring over all the rest. When summer hits and the temperatures sky rocket, having natural stone flooring in your home will ensure that you have a nice, cool place to escape the heat. There are many different kinds of natural stone that is used for flooring. The more common ones, such as marble or granite, are commonly used in all areas of the home from countertops to bathrooms in addition to floors. Some other common stones used for flooring are travertine, limestone and slate. Each one of these five types of stone is unique and different from the rest, which is why homeowners love them so much.

Natural stone flooring is sourced from all around the world. Large pieces of the stone are cut out of the earth in slabs which are then shipped here to the states where they are cut into different shapes. Some are cut into large square tiles to be used as flooring, and some are cut into smaller squares to be used as backsplashes or in bathrooms. See for yourself how remarkable these beautiful pieces of nature are by heading to Gowdy Flooring today!
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Stone flooring - living in luxury

natural stone flooring How many times have you walked across some natural stone flooring in a hotel lobby and thought,” That would look so nice in my house”. You're right; it would look good in your home. Natural stone flooring lends a certain air of class and sophistication to whatever room it is in. It is a material that has been used since ancient times to provide beauty, as each piece of stone is unique. It is cut from the earth and made into tiles for your home. It is considered to be a luxury flooring, because it stays naturally cool, an advantage during the hot summer months.


So where do you go for natural stone flooring for your home? Gowdy Flooring is your best choice. We have a showroom in Amarillo, TX, where you will meet our friendly expert staff. We can help you answer all of the pertinent questions about a natural stone flooring installation, such as: Which type of flooring is right for your home?
  • Non-vitreous stone, it absorbs the most moisture of all of the stone types so it probably wouldn't be recommended for bathrooms or kitchens
  • Semi Vitreous stone, while not as absorbent as non-vitreous stone it still requires a greater maintenance level because it is exposed to higher liquid levels.
  • Vitreous stone, this is the “normal” absorption level for stone and is used mostly for average to middle of the road traffic areas.
  • Impervious Stone, these materials are totally water resistant and are used in commercial applications, that stone floor you crossed in the hotel lobby was more than likely impervious stone.
  • Some stone flooring, like marble, is easily scratched while others are brittle and can crack if heavy objects are dropped on them.

We can also make sure your natural stone flooring is installed to the manufacturers’ specifications with the highest quality craftsmanship. We have the knowledge you need to make the right decisions about your stone floors. Your satisfaction with us is a priority, and we strive to make your project reach its full potential for beauty and durability while maintaining your budget and personal style.
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Blog > Heavy Rains Take A Toll On Amarillo Homes and Businesses

Heavy Rains Take A Toll On Amarillo Homes and Businesses

flooding There are many forms of weather than can cause damage to homes and businesses. From hail to tornadoes, Amarillo residents have seen it all. It now seems that the area has also been received a lot of rainfall during the last year, and this amount of water has done its own damage. From foundation to flooring, the amount of damage being reported is rising.

It was recently reported just how bad the rain has been in the Amarillo area.

“More than 30 inches of rain drenched a drought-stricken Amarillo last year. While it was much needed, others describe the rain differently...From Memorial Day weekend till the end of October, the city spent a whopping $1.65 Million on last year's rain. Money that went toward renting water pumps to drain flooded lakes, employees working overtime, and damage repairs.”

Source: <a href="http://www.newschannel10.com/story/31287410/wettest-year-in-amarillo-also-one-of-the-more-expensive">Wettest year in Amarillo also one of the more expensive</a> by Staff.
The expense of heavy rainfall can also move right into the home, especially if residents have certain types of flooring. For instance, some natural stone floors are not good at repelling water and may absorb some of the water. For this reason, we encourage those who have natural stone flooring to protect their floors if an abundance of water is likely to be on the surface of the floor.

For those who may be considering the installation of new natural stone flooring, we encourage you to visit with us at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo to discuss the location of the flooring before buying. We can offer expert advice and information on the best types of natural stone flooring for various locations within the home or business. We can also offer advice as to which types of stone are best suited for wet (or dry) environments. And, we can offer professional answers concerning the proper installation of your new floor. Natural stone flooring is not the type of flooring that most DIY folks want to handle on their own.

Natural stone flooring is expensive and consumers do not want to make mistakes when purchasing their flooring. Our consultation is free, and we can answer the questions that Amarillo homeowners have when it comes to buying and installing natural stone flooring.

Before you select your new flooring, come and see us at Gowdy Flooring and let us help you make the best buying decision. We can also offer advice on the best installation techniques for your new flooring.
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Blog > Is Natural Stone Flooring Right For You?

Is Natural Stone Flooring Right For You?

natural stone flooring There is no doubt that natural stone flooring is truly unique. In fact, this type of flooring is known around the world for its beauty, strength, and long life. Stone floors have been used for centuries, and can be found in some of the most historic places on earth. But, stone floors are not for everyone, as this type of flooring system requires a large investment and also some special maintenance from time to time. On the other hand, they do offer some very unique benefits not found in other types of flooring.

The benefits of stone floors

Natural stone flooring is unique in that it is made of natural stone that is authentic. In other words, if you buy a marble floor, you will be setting real marble into place. There is no other look that compares to real stone. Colors can range from neutrals, greens, soft reds, and blues.

Stone floors are cool underfoot and easy to keep clean. This can be important for those who live in certain climates. They are also a good option for people who suffer from severe allergies, as they are hypo-allergenic.

Perhaps equally important, natural stone floors are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types. Granite, marble, and travertine are just three of the choices you have. They offer incredible strength and can last for decades, if not longer, and are an excellent option for high-traffic areas. Natural stone flooring will also add value to a home that can translate into real money when selling the home in the future.

The disadvantages to stone floors

The most common issue with this type of floor is cost. Stone floors can be very expensive, even though they can last a lifetime or longer. They require expert installation, and homeowners should not attempt to install these floors on their own. Stone floors require a very solid base, and this can mean that they may not be suitable for installation in certain areas.

The second issue to address is maintenance. Depending upon the climate, stone floors may require periodic sealing and special cleaning if fluids are spilled on certain types of stone. Lastly, some types of stone may actually crack if heavy objects are dropped onto them.

The best way to learn more about natural stone flooring is to talk to the experts at Gowdy Flooring. Their showroom is in Amarillo, TX is the place where they can answer all your questions and offer advice on installation.
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Blog > Beat the Heat with Natural Stone Flooring

Beat the Heat with Natural Stone Flooring

natural stone flooring If you have been searching for flooring for your home that is natural, durable and beautiful, then natural stone flooring may be just what you’ve been looking for. There is a wide range of stone flooring on the market today, each of them unique and durable in their own way. Homeowners all over the state of Texas are choosing stone flooring and those of you around the Amarillo area, can count on Gowdy Flooring to provide you with the best quality stone flooring around.

All Texas natives can understand what it is like dealing with those extremely hot summer days. Natural stone flooring is there to help you keep cool through those scorching temperatures. Stone flooring stays cool naturally, so it is ideal for homeowners who live in warmer climates. In addition to helping you beat the heat, stone flooring is also the best flooring for people who suffer from severe allergies.

There are many kinds of natural stone flooring, and it is important to arm yourself with the knowledge to help find the right one for your home. Each kind of stone flooring differs in strength and stain resistance based on the size of the pores in the stone and how many of them there are. The kinds of stone without pores, such as slate or granite, are going to be more dense and durable. These are the kinds of stone flooring that you will want for areas in your home with more foot traffic such as the kitchen and entryways. Marble, travertine and limestone are the more porous stones and require a bit more maintenance, because they require regular coats of sealant and need to be cleaned frequently to help prevent stains.

Natural stone floorings are trending for more than just practical reasons. Stone flooring is one of the most beautiful and unique kinds of flooring and they are like Mother Nature’s gift to homeowners everywhere. Gowdy Flooring is available to all Texas residents near Amarillo who are interested in checking out some beautiful new stone floors.
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Blog > Useful Facts in Choosing Natural Stone Floors in Amarillo

Useful Facts in Choosing Natural Stone Floors in Amarillo

natural stone flooring - Gowdy Flooring There are many types of natural stone flooring but they all have something in common. All are ‘natural’ stone materials taken directly from the Earth. Each of these natural stone materials has its somewhat different and unique characteristics. If you are thinking about using any natural stone for flooring in your home or business, you should become somewhat acquainted with the characteristics of the specific natural stone flooring product that you are thinking about purchasing. What you learn will be helpful in determining whether the natural stone you are considering will be the best choice for any household or commercial area that you plan to install it in. Each piece of natural stone flooring is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ creation the Earth, so we treat every piece with the proper respect and attention it deserves.

Gowdy Flooring can provide and expertly install any type of natural stone for homeowners or businesses in the Amarillo, TX area. While there is still some debate over the ecological impact of quarrying and transporting natural stone, these flooring materials remain eco-friendly and non-polluting.

Gowdy Flooring realizes that while the aesthetic beauty of natural stone flooring is well known, it’s still important to know that one important factor in your choice should always be ‘where’ and ‘how’ the natural stone flooring you choose will be used. This is important, because some natural stone characteristics may be less suitable for some applications than others. Our flooring experts will gladly help you understand each type of natural stone flooring and to choose the proper one for your application.

As a general rule, sandstone is considered to be the natural stone material with the highest degree of porosity, while others, such as limestone, travertine and slate only have mid-level absorbency. Granite, however, is almost completely water resistant. Beside granite and some slates, natural stone is generally porous. Therefore, it is usually treated with a sealing agent that protects its surface. Some polished materials, such as marble, may be easily scratched; others can be quite brittle, and are therefore easily chipped.

For more information, or to view actual samples of the natural stone flooring materials that interests you check out our online product catalog. We always are available either by phone, email or just stopping into our Amarillo, TX showroom.
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Old Atmos Energy Building Now Hosting Amarillo City Depts

natural stone flooring in Amarillo Many older buildings in Amarillo contain unique design features such as natural stone flooring, colorful motifs, and intricate brickwork. Keeping these features intact is historically important, and that is why it is good news that the old Atmos Energy building will remain and be used by various city departments. For many Amarillo residents who are worried about losing historic places within the city, the fact that this building will remain is wonderful news indeed.

Amarillo residents learned of this via a story covered by News Channel 10:

“The old Atmos Energy building will now house several Amarillo city departments. The new municipal building, named for former city council member Jim Simms, is ready for the city to start moving in following a more than four million dollar renovation.”

Source: <a href="http://www.newschannel10.com/story/31034011/simms-municipal-building-opens-for-city-use">Simms Municipal Building opens for city use</a> by Shannon Smith.
As mentioned above, some of the most unique design features come in the form of natural stone flooring. There are some good reasons for this. Natural stone flooring is cool and is often found in areas, such as Amarillo, where it is hot. Natural stone flooring is unique, the materials never repeating themselves, thus making them truly one-of-a-kind. And, of course, stone flooring is timeless; one of the oldest known flooring materials used all over the world for ages.

These are just a few of the many reasons that so many public buildings, fine homes, and businesses choose natural stone flooring. Even so, while stone flooring is popular, it does have one drawback. That drawback is that natural stone floors have to be installed using very specific techniques. Setting down a stone floor is unlike setting down any other type of flooring system. For this reason, only professionals, who have both experience and expertise, should be hired for these installations.

The good news is residents of Amarillo can find such professionals at Gowdy Flooring. This local flooring company has been working with natural stone flooring for years, and they have not only a great selection of stone flooring to choose from, but they also have the trained pros who can install new stone flooring to exacting standards. It cannot be understated that proper installations of stone flooring is a major key to a successful job.

Those who may be interested in learning more about the many benefits of natural stone flooring can visit with Gowdy Flooring where all questions can be answered and any concerns addressed.

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Blog > Natural Stone Flooring is a top choice in Amarillo

Natural Stone Flooring is a top choice in Amarillo

Amarillo stone flooring Granite, Marble, Limestone, Slate, Travertine and Sandstone are ‘natural’ stone materials taken directly from Mother Nature. Each of these has its unique and somewhat different characteristics. If you are seriously thinking about using any natural stone flooring for your home or business, you should be familiar with the characteristics of the specific natural stone flooring product that you are considering. This information will be required to determine whether it is the best choice for any location that you plan to install it in. Each piece of natural stone flooring will be a one-of-a-kind creation from Mother Nature. The unique qualities exhibited by natural stone flooring can help to connect any indoor location with the outside natural world.

Gowdy Flooring can provide and expertly install any type of natural stone for homeowners in the Amarillo, TX area. While there are still some questions about the ecological impact of quarrying and transporting natural stone, these flooring products are still eco-friendly and non-polluting.

We certainly realize that while the aesthetic beauty and uniqueness of natural stone flooring is well understood, it’s still good to keep in mind that one important factor in your choice should be ‘where’ and ‘how’ they will be used. This is important because some natural stone characteristics may be less suitable for some applications more than others. Our flooring experts can help you understand each product and select the proper one for your application.

Before you seriously consider purchasing natural stone flooring, here are the key things that you should ask us questions about, because they will help you be an informed buyer:

Absorption Rating - Absorption rating is the factor that tells you just how porous each natural stone will be. The more absorbency it has, the more likely it is to being stained, and to experience damage from cracking when temperatures are at freezing and below. This is clearly an important fact that will influence ‘where’ the natural stone material should be used.

There are four possible amounts of absorption that any natural stone flooring material can have. These are:
1. Non-vitreous: This is the highest amount of absorption that any natural stone material can have. As a general rule, non-vitreous materials should never be used in any damp, high-moisture areas.
2. Semi-vitreous: While these natural stone flooring tiles are not quite as absorbent as non-vitreous tiles, they will need more maintenance, because they are exposed to more liquid.
3. Vitreous: This is the usual absorption level for natural stone flooring. These products are ordinarily considered to be the best choice for most average to mid-range foot-traffic areas.
4. Impervious: These materials are extremely resistant to absorbing any liquids, and will therefore be easier to regularly take care of. They are quite frequently used in commercial applications that have high foot traffic.

In general, sandstone is considered to be the natural stone material with the highest porosity, while others such as limestone, slate, and travertine only have mid-level absorbency. Granite, on the other hand, is almost 100% water resistant. Beside granite and some slates, natural stone is generally porous. Therefore, it should be treated with a sealing agent that will protect its surface every so often. Some polished materials, such as marble, are also easily scratched; others can be quite brittle, and are easily chipped.

For additional information, or to personally view samples of the natural stone flooring materials that we provide, please phone us, email us, or visit us at our Amarillo, TX showroom at your convenience.



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Blog > Natural Stone Flooring Tips From Gowdy Flooring

Natural Stone Flooring Tips From Gowdy Flooring

natural stone flooring The term ‘Natural Stone’ describes several materials including Marble, Granite, Slate, Limestone, Sandstone and Travertine, each of which is obtained directly from Mother Nature. Each of these also has slightly different properties. You will find a choice easier to make if you understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring tile you are considering, so you’ll be able to determine whether it is the best choice for any specific area in your home. Each piece of natural stone will be a special creation from nature, thus making each flooring application one of a kind. The unique qualities of natural stone flooring for Amarillo area homeowners can help to connect an indoor area with the natural outdoor world.

Gowdy Flooring provides and expertly installs your preferred natural stone flooring indoors or outdoors for homeowners in the Amarillo, TX area. These flooring products are eco-friendly, non-polluting materials because they are natural.

We certainly realize that while the aesthetics and uniqueness of natural stone flooring is known by most, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that one of the most important factors in selection is ‘where’ and ‘how’ they shall be used. This is true since some natural stone features may be less suited to some applications than to others. Our flooring consultants will gladly help you to understand each natural stone flooring material and to determine the proper choice for your remodeling application.
As you think about natural stone flooring, these are some things that you should ask us to explain in greater detail:

Absorption Rating - Absorption rating informs you about just how porous each natural stone material will be. The more absorbent a material is, the more susceptible it will be to staining, as well as showing cracking damage during freezing temperatures. This is an important rating factor that can determine ‘where’ a particular material should be used. There are 4 levels of levels of absorption that any natural stone flooring material can have. These are:

√ Non-vitreous: This is the greatest level of absorption that any natural stone material will have. In general, non-vitreous products should never be used in any high-moisture environment.
√ Semi-vitreous: While these natural stone products are somewhat less absorbent than their non-vitreous relatives, when exposed to more moisture, they will need additional maintenance.
√ Vitreous: This is the standard absorption level for natural stone flooring products and these materials are generally considered the most appropriate choice for most low to mid-traffic indoor and outdoor applications.
√ Impervious: These materials in this group are resistant to the absorption of liquids and thus will be easier to maintain. They are most often applied in high traffic commercial applications.

For the most part, sandstone is the most porous of natural stone materials such as limestone, slate and travertine which only have mid-range absorbency. Granite, however, is almost 100% waterproof.

Natural Stone Flooring has Some Drawbacks Too!

Other than granite and some slates, natural stone is generally porous. Thus, it needs to be treated occasionally with a sealing agent in order to protect its surfaces. Some polished materials, like marble, are also easily scratched; and some others can be very brittle, and are therefore easily chipped.

Gowdy Flooring certainly realizes that a bit of prior research is always a good idea when considering natural stone flooring materials. This research will help you to understand the characteristics of the specific natural stone material that you are considering before actually buying it. You’ll be wise to learn whether your preferred stone will be appropriate for your intended area, and also just how much maintenance it may need.

For additional information, or to personally review actual samples of natural stone flooring materials that we provide, phone us, email us, or stop in at our showroom in Amarillo, TX when you find it convenient and discuss your interest with one of our flooring specialists.
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Texas Homeowners Spending More on Improvements

Natural stone flooring in a kitchen Many homeowners in the Amarillo, TX area may be wondering if there will ever be any good news when it comes to the housing market. If you are one of those, there is some good news for you today. It seems that many homeowners in Texas are now spending more on home improvements and renovations, such as having natural stone flooring installed, than have been in the past.

A recent story published online stated that some particular areas of the nation, as detailed by zip codes, are spending more on home improvements when compared to other areas. Some of the findings may be surprising.

“Maryland home owners are spending more on home renovation projects than any other area in the country. The National Association of Home Builders recently released estimates of spending on home improvements in owner-occupied housing by ZIP code. Maryland boasted a ZIP code with the highest total spending on home improvements this year, followed by four ZIP codes that were in Texas.”

Source: Daily Real Estate News, <a href="http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/12/08/where-owners-spend-most-renovations">Where Owners Spend the Most on Renovations</a> by Staff Writers.
The complete list of zip codes can be found at the above site.

For those in Amarillo, TX, who have been considering having a new natural stone flooring system installed in the home or office, now may be the perfect time to act. It is no secret that many retail flooring stores that offer natural stone flooring are offering great deals on both flooring products and installation of those flooring systems. This can be very important for those who want natural stone flooring as savings can be significant if homeowners move forward soon.

Without doubt, Amarillo homes that have natural stone flooring are often valued higher than homes that do not have this special type of flooring. A natural stone floor is unique and offers a visual appeal that no other type of flooring can come close to matching. Anyone who wants to know more about natural stone flooring and how Amarillo, Texas homes can benefit from one should visit with Gowdy Flooring where true professionals are available to answer any questions.
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Blog > Gowdy Flooring Provides Natural Stone Flooring and Expert Installation for Amarillo, TX Area Customers

Gowdy Flooring Provides Natural Stone Flooring and Expert Installation for Amarillo, TX Area Customers

stone flooring Marble, granite, slate, limestone, travertine and sandstone are each a ‘natural’ material taken directly from nature. Each of these exhibits its own and slightly different properties. If you are considering any natural stone as flooring for your home or business, you should understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring you are considering. This information will be necessary to determine whether it is the proper choice for any preferred location. Each piece of natural stone flooring will be the special creation of Mother Nature, thus making each natural stone flooring truly one of a kind. The unique qualities exhibited by natural stone flooring can help to connect any indoor area with the natural world outdoors.

Gowdy Flooring can provide and expertly install any natural stone flooring for homeowners in the Amarillo, TX area. Despite the fact that there still some questions about the ecological impact of quarrying and transporting natural stone materials, these flooring products are still natural, eco-friendly and non-polluting materials.

We certainly know that while the aesthetic beauty and uniqueness of natural stone flooring is well established, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that one of the important selection factors is ‘where’ and ‘how’ they will be used. This is true simply because some natural stone characteristics may be less suited to some applications than others. Our flooring specialists can help you understand each material and choose the proper one for your intended application.

When you seriously consider installing natural stone flooring, these are the factors that you should ask us questions about because they will help you make an informed buying decision:

Absorption Rating - Absorption rating tells you just how porous any natural stone material will be. The more absorbent it is, the more susceptible it will be to stains, as well as cracking damage in freezing and below freezing conditions. This is obviously an important factor that plays a role in ‘where’ the natural stone material should be used. There are 4 levels of possible levels of absorption that a natural stone flooring piece can have. These are:
  • Non-vitreous: This is the maximum amount of absorption that any natural stone material will have. As a general rule, non-vitreous materials shouldn’t ever be used in any damp, high-moisture areas.
  • Semi-vitreous: While these materials are somewhat less absorbent than non-vitreous tiles, they will need more maintenance as they are exposed to more liquid.
  • Vitreous: This is the standard absorption level for natural stone flooring. These products are usually considered to be the best choice for most average to mid-range foot-traffic locations.
  • Impervious: These materials are extremely resistant to absorbing liquids and will therefore be easier to take care of regularly. They are often used in commercial applications that have high foot traffic.

In general, sandstone said to be the natural stone material with the highest porosity, while others such as slate, limestone and travertine only have mid-range absorbency. Granite, however, is almost totally water resistant. Beside granite and some slates, natural stone is generally porous. Therefore, it should be periodically treated with a sealing agent that will protect its surface. Some polished materials, such as marble, are also easily scratched; some others are also quite brittle, and easily become chipped.

For additional information, or to personally view samples of the natural stone flooring materials that we provide, please phone us, email us, or stop by at our showroom in Amarillo, TX at your convenience.
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Blog > Historic Amarillo Building May See Renovations

Historic Amarillo Building May See Renovations

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When we think of natural stone flooring, we think often of historic homes, buildings, and outdoor squares. This is good because one of Amarillo's most famous and beloved buildings may soon see a facelift. This is something that many residents have been waiting for and it may be right around the corner.


In a recent story, we learned that:

“An historic downtown building may soon see the revamp many have been hoping for. The Liberty Theater was built in 1921, and with its historic value, officials are hoping they can soon raise enough money to restore the building to working condition...But time has taken its toll, and the building is in some rough shape. Now hopes of restoring it are coming to fruition.”

Source: News Channel 10, <a href="http://www.newschannel10.com/story/30573145/liberty-theatre-square-coming-to-fruition">Liberty Theater Square Coming to Fruition</a>
It is not known yet if natural stone flooring will be used in the renovation, but one can hope. The look and feel of natural stone flooring is unique and nothing comes close to matching it.

Many of those who live in Amarillo, TX may not know it but they, too, can have natural stone flooring installed in their home or business place. As just mentioned, this type of flooring is like none other and has a very long history as it is one of the very first types of flooring ever used.

The thing to remember is that natural stone flooring requires special skills when it comes to installation. Not everyone who works as a flooring installer has the expertise to put in a stone floor. For this reason, it is very important to work with Amarillo flooring companies that have the professionals who know what they are doing. You will also want to work with a flooring store that has plenty of natural stone flooring samples to choose from.

If you would like to know more about natural stone flooring, visit with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, TX and talk to their pros who can answer any question you may have and can talk about installation as well.
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Blog > Gowdy Flooring Offers Natural Stone Flooring Products and Expert Installation for Amarillo Area Customers at Competitive Prices

Gowdy Flooring Offers Natural Stone Flooring Products and Expert Installation for Amarillo Area Customers at Competitive Prices

natural stone flooring Natural is a general name for several materials including marble, slate, limestone, granite, travertine, and sandstone obtained directly from nature. Each of these features its own and slightly different properties. You will need to understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring tile you are considering in order to find out whether it is the best choice for any specific location. Each piece of natural stone will be a special creation from Mother Nature, making each flooring application truly one of a kind. The unique qualities of natural stone flooring can help to connect an area with the outdoor natural world.

Gowdy Flooring can supply and professionally install your choice of natural stone flooring indoors or outdoors for Amarillo, TX area homeowners. While there is still some question about the ecological impact of quarrying and transporting natural stone materials, these tiles are still natural, eco-friendly, non-polluting materials.

We certainly know that while the aesthetic beauty and uniqueness of natural stone flooring is well established, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that one of the important selection factors is ‘where’ and ‘how’ they will be used. This is true simply because some natural stone characteristics may be less suited to some applications than others. Our flooring specialists can help you understand each material and choose the proper one for your intended application.

As you consider natural stone tiles, these are the factors that you should ask us questions about:

Absorption Rating - Absorption rating tells you just how porous any natural stone material will be. The more absorbent it is, the more susceptible it will be to stains, as well as cracking damage in freezing conditions. This is obviously an important factor that plays a role in ‘where’ the material should be used. There are 4 levels of possible levels of absorption that a natural stone tile can have. These are:

√ Non-vitreous: This is the maximum level of absorption that any natural stone material will have. As a rule, non-vitreous tiles shouldn’t ever be used in any damp, high-moisture environment.
√ Semi-vitreous: While these tiles are somewhat less absorbent than non-vitreous tiles, as they are exposed to more liquid, they will need more maintenance.
√ Vitreous: This is the standard absorption level for flooring tiles and these materials are generally considered the most appropriate choice for most low to mid-traffic indoor and outdoor applications.
√ Impervious: These materials are resistant to the absorption of liquids and thus will be easier to maintain. They are often used in high traffic commercial applications.
In general, sandstone is the most porous natural stone materials such as limestone, travertine and slate only have mid-range absorbency, while granite is almost totally waterproof.

Natural Stone Flooring has Some Drawbacks Too!

Other than granite and some slates, natural stone is generally porous. Thus, it needs to be periodically treated with a sealing agent in order to protect its surfaces. Some polished materials, such as marble, are also easily scratched; and some others are also very brittle, and easily become chipped.

Gowdy Flooring knows well that a bit of prior research is important when considering natural stone flooring materials. This will help you to understand the characteristics of the specific material you are considering before you actually buy it. You’ll certainly want to find out whether your preferred stone will be appropriate for your intended application, and also just how much maintenance it will need.

For additional information, or to personally look at samples of natural stone flooring materials that we can provide, phone us, email us, or stop in at our showroom in Amarillo, TX at your convenience.

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Blog > Amarillo's Best Natural Stone

Amarillo's Best Natural Stone

natural stone flooring in Amarillo If you are looking for flooring that is beautiful, completely natural and will never go out of style, then consider natural stone flooring for your Amarillo home. There are many beautiful kinds of stone flooring such as granite, marble, limestone, slate and travertine. Stone has been a top flooring choice for thousands of years because of its durability and classic aesthetic. Gowdy Flooring is the leading provider of stone flooring in all of Northern Texas and they are eager to help you find the stone flooring that is perfect for you.

Natural stone flooring can be found in an incredibly large variety of colors and patterns. Granite flooring is best used in busy kitchens and bathrooms because of its slip-resistant texture and its beautiful colors. Limestone is known for it’s more natural and earthen appearance and is a truly unique stone. Limestone is in such high demand because each slab that is cut has colors that can vary from tile to tile so each tile is like a unique piece of art.

Marble has become a cultural symbol for luxury and elegance since the Greek and Roman architects took to it back in 50 AD. In modern times it is best used in more formal spaces such as dining rooms or great rooms. Travertine is similar to marble but has more diverse style options and is very durable. These kinds of natural stone flooring each bring a lot of character and a sense of permanence into each home. Also, stone flooring is a hot commodity in real estate and will greatly increase the resale value of your home.

With natural stone flooring, you can guarantee your home decades of easy maintenance, beautiful floors. To find more details on stone flooring consult the experts at Gowdy Flooring and browse through all of their top quality stone flooring.
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Blog > Amarillo TX Home Sales On the Rise and So Is Natural Stone Flooring

Amarillo TX Home Sales On the Rise and So Is Natural Stone Flooring

stone flooring in Amarillo With home sales increasing in the Amarillo, TX area, many homeowners are considering adding natural stone flooring to those homes. This is true for those who are buying new residences and for those who want to increase their asking price when they are selling. Natural stone flooring is also a great way to increase the value of a home that is not currently on the market, but may be in the future.

In a recent story, it was reported that Amarillo, TX is one of the areas in the US that is actually seeing positive news in terms of real estate sales.

“Amarillo home sales rose 10.5 percent in the second quarter of 2015 to 958 single-family home sales, while median price grew 8.3 percent to $157,050 during the same time frame.” Source: My High Plains <a href="http://www.myhighplains.com/news/texas-home-sales-rise-amarillo-home-sales-rise-105">Texas Home Sales Rise, Amarillo Home Sales Rise 10.5%</a> by Karl Wehmhoener.
It is a known fact that homes that have natural stone flooring can bring a higher sale price. The reason for this is simple: natural stone flooring is considered to be one of the most elegant and long-lasting flooring systems known to man. A quality natural stone floor can last for centuries and is one of the most durable floors one can have installed in a home or business place.

Homeowners will be pleased to know that they can find a variety of options when it comes to natural stone floors. Granite, marble, travertine are just a few of the choices that consumers now have in Amarillo, TX. In the past, finding natural stone floors that met a consumer's needs and budget could be challenging, but that is not the case today.

Natural stone flooring is also a good investment for those who are not planning on selling their home right now, but may wish to do so in the future. By having a natural stone floor installed now, the homeowner can enjoy the many benefits that come with this type of flooring and still be able to add value to the price of the home at the time of sale.

This type of flooring requires special installation techniques so most homeowners would do well to hire professionals to install the floor. Those who have questions about natural stone flooring can stop by the Amarillo, TX location of Gowdy Flooring where they can get reliable answers on this special type of flooring.



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Blog > Amarillo Homeowners Just Love the Rustic Beauty And Durability Of Natural Stone Flooring

Amarillo Homeowners Just Love the Rustic Beauty And Durability Of Natural Stone Flooring

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We’d be hard-pressed to find a design professional who didn’t favor anything natural, so we want to tell Amarillo all about natural stone flooring.

Source: The Most Desirable Marbles and Natural Stone; HGTV: http://www.hgtv.ca/photos/gallery/?gid=abad6d6ef193bd5bd177fd97a6edb2cf#!/13

First, natural stone flooring is beautiful and timeless; never looking outdated and having a rustic charm that Amarillo residents will love, especially love if the design is nature-driven. It fits into any motif, from modern to traditional; in fact, you’ll find it in some of the most opulent palaces around the world.

Second, natural stone flooring is durable, with stain-resistance and strength depending upon the pore size found in the stone. Put another way, hard, nonporous dense stone, such as granite or slate, is the best choice for area like entryways, kitchens or bathrooms which have high-traffic. On the other hand, marble, limestone and travertine are considered porous stone requiring a sealant application along with regular cleaning to avoid staining and pitting.

The cool surface of natural stone flooring is especially good when it’s hot, but it’s also a great choice if you have allergies. Generally speaking, you’ll want natural stone flooring with a smoother surface, because that is the most water-resistance and will repel mold and bacteria; a rougher surface might hold onto them. For some additional protection, we seal the grout.

You must have a professional installation

Natural stone flooring requires a lot the time and expertise for a successful installation; it’s not a do-it-yourself project! Hire an experienced professional installer, such as one at Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, who will make sure that there is a proper substrate or surface on which the stone tile will be installed. Our experts are also knowledgeable about subfloors you have so they can install the proper backers that will prevent moisture and provide general support.
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Blog > Should You Install Your Natural Stone Flooring Yourself?

Should You Install Your Natural Stone Flooring Yourself?

stone flooring in Amarillo, TX There can be little debate that natural stone flooring provides an unmistakable elegance to any room. For many of those living in the Amarillo area, natural stone flooring is the option that they want and nothing else will do. Even so, natural stone flooring can be expensive. In fact, it is one of the most expensive flooring systems one can purchase. Because of its cost, most homeowners would be well advised to leave the installation of their natural stone flooring to professionals.

Why Hire Professional Natural Stone Flooring Installers?

Natural stone flooring has been used for ages to add elegance and beauty to homes and business places. During this time, many installation processes have been designed to help Amarillo installers achieve the high standards of installation that natural stone flooring demands.

At Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo, consumers will find a variety of stone flooring options, available in unique shades of greens, reds, and blues. And it is important that our customers get only the best when it comes to installation. This is why our natural stone flooring installers are trained to be the best.

Successful installation of natural stone flooring requires expertise and experience. This is not a flooring install job that can be done correctly with speed. It takes both time and skill to properly install a stone floor, and this is simply a fact.

Natural Stone Flooring Prep is Crucial to Success

The prep work that Amarillo installers will need to do depends on the type of sub-floor that the natural stone flooring will be set into. This prep work is absolutely essential for a successful installation, and this becomes even more important if the sub-floor is anything other than concrete. If your new natural stone flooring will be laid on wood, plywood, tile, etc. make sure you discuss this with the flooring installers as soon as possible.

To learn more about natural stone flooring installation in Amarillo, call Gowdy Flooring for honest and accurate answers.



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Blog > Cheapest Gas Found in Amarillo, Texas

Cheapest Gas Found in Amarillo, Texas

quality carpet in Amarillo, TX Residents of Amarillo, Texas are benefiting from many items that have dropped in price. One such item is gasoline, but there are other items as well such as quality carpet. Gas, for instance, has been reported as being sold at prices not seen in long time. According to a recent news story:

“El Paso has the most expensive gasoline this week in Texas, at an average $2.30 per gallon. Drivers in Amarillo, Fort Worth and Texarkana have the cheapest gasoline statewide at an average $1.98 per gallon.”

Source: AAA of Texas, Click2Houston, <a href="http://www.click2houston.com/news/texas-nationwide-retail-gasoline-prices-continue-to-fall/35323024">Texas, Nationwide Retail Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall</a>
While this is good news for Amarillo, Texas, lower prices on other important items are good news as well. One of the best ways to save money right now is to explore the quality carpet at Gowdy Flooring. This flooring retailer is offering some of the best prices on a huge variety of quality carpet from Mohawk Industries.

Visitors to the store, or to the website, will find an amazing selection of 500 different quality carpet options for residential use. There is also a great selection of quality commercial carpet, numbering over 110 carpet options. This is one of the largest inventories to be found in all of Amarillo, Texas.

Best of all, Amarillo homeowners and business owners will find great prices as well. Why should gasoline get all of the credit for low prices when quality carpet is also being sold at fantastic prices at this local flooring store?

And while you may have to pump your own gas, you will not have to install your new carpeting. Get superior results when professional installers from Gowdy Flooring do the work for you.

Enjoy low priced gasoline while it lasts, and enjoy brand new quality carpet at low prices as well.
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Blog > Gowdy Flooring Has Quality Carpet for Amarillo Homes

Gowdy Flooring Has Quality Carpet for Amarillo Homes

When it comes to finding quality carpet, Amarillo homeowners have a great source that they can visit with ease. Gowdy Flooring firmly believes that helping people to find the exact carpeting that they want is not only good for our own business, but also good for our customers. Why should it be difficult shopping for quality carpet, at prices that are fair? It should not be.



Buying quality carpet offers consumers many benefits. The first benefit, and perhaps the most important, is that high quality carpet will last for years and years, making it a great investment in your home business. Now, this same claim (long life) cannot be said for cheap, inferior carpet. In fact, low quality carpeting can begin to deteriorate within a year (or less). Why spend good money on a carpet that cannot stand up to normal wear and tear?

A second benefit that consumers get with quality carpet is easy maintenance and cleaning. Today, quality carpet manufacturers, such as Mohawk Industries, have huge selections of fine carpets that are crafted with special fibers that are extremely easy to clean. These same fibers resist staining, which can be important for those with children or pets.

Gowdy Flooring offers another benefit that in terms of quality carpet Amarillo consumers truly appreciate is our low pricing. With over 600 different carpets available, we can pass our savings to our customers. There is really no reason to pay more than you have to when it comes to new flooring products. Best of all, our low pricing can be found across all of the products that we sell.

Do not sacrifice quality when you buy your next carpeting. Whether for one room, a whole home, or a business place, get the quality carpet that you want at a very fair price with Gowdy Flooring in Amarillo.


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Blog > Gowdy Flooring and Tips for Repairing Quality Carpet

Gowdy Flooring and Tips for Repairing Quality Carpet

carpet repair in Amarillo, TX Quality carpet is widely used in homes and businesses. Berber carpet is a quality carpet that is among the more popular choices of flooring Gowdy Flooring installs, because it is warmer than wood or tile and it is easier to clean and maintain than thick plush carpeting. It is also being recognized as a quality carpet option for many applications in Amarillo. Berber quality carpet typically is a light or dark base color with accent flecks scattered throughout the fibers.

Some berber carpets have an actual pattern to them but the majority of them emphasize soft tones and mute colors. This type of quality carpet can be found in a range of colors but are typically seen in brown, gray, white, and tan. The neutral colors make them widely applicable to just about any situation and help to make it a popular quality carpet choice.

If your carpet is in need of repair after a burn or anything similar, you can fix it yourself. Follow these basic steps for repairing your quality carpet:

  • For small surface burns, carefully cut off the burn area, leaving as much of the carpet fibers intact as you can.
  • Find a scrap piece of the carpet or a hidden section that is not visible and use that to repair the burn area.
  • Take the section of carpeting and cut the top of the fibers off so you have loose fibers to work with. Take them over to the cut area.
  • Put a very thin layer of either hot glue or special carpet glue down and carefully press your cut fibers into it. Press firmly but be careful not to mat it down as you want the tops of the fibers to remain fluffy, not hardened by the glue.
  • Allow the patch to dry. Once it has fully dried, shape the area until it looks even, trimming sides and top till it fits in with the rest of the carpet a much as possible.

If you are dealing with a larger burn, you will most likely need to call in an Amarillo quality carpet professional as it will require replacing an entire section in order to maintain the integrity of the quality carpet. Gowdy Flooring can fix and replace your quality carpet in Amarillo. When dealing with burn repairs on your carpeting, you need an expert who can help you take care of your carpet and keep it looking great year after year.


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Blog > How to Keep Your Tile Floors Clean

How to Keep Your Tile Floors Clean

tile flooring Amarillo Those who have tile flooring known how great it can look but also know how quickly dirt, pet hair, spills, foods, and other debris can tarnish the flooring. To prevent these problems, routine cleaning is essential, but the weekly chore of your cleaning does not have to be as hard as you think. Here is a guide to cleaning your tile flooring:

1. Sweep your tile flooring daily. The best general cleaning of your tile floors can be achieved with a special dust mop or a regular vacuum. This will help to remove any of the loose dust and dirt before it can scratch the tiles.

2. Mop your tiles regularly. A step as simple as mopping the floor once a week will keep your tiles clean and shiny. Going over the floor with water and mild cleaning solution weekly can help keep dirt and grime from getting embedded in the pores of the tile.

3. Keep tiles dry. Dry off the floor when you are done mopping. This helps keep dirt and grime from sticking to the tiles and will help keep your tile flooring looking great for longer. It will also keep the grout dry and clean so it stays fresher longer.

4. Keep the tile flooring clean. Wipe up spills right away. Leaving water and other liquids on tile can lead to staining as it seeps into the pores and fine lines of the tile. However, for nastier spills you may need a strong chemical cleaner to spot clean those areas.

5. Reduce dirt and grime on your tiles. Put a doormat on both sides of the entry way doors. These help eliminate tracking mud or water into the house and it is important to have two- outside will catch the bulk of the grime and the one inside is for finer dirt and debris.

Visit your local flooring dealer to see what advice they can give and also to purchase your tile flooring. They will know exactly how to help you!


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Blog > Best Type of Carpeting for People with Allergies

Best Type of Carpeting for People with Allergies

carpet in Amarillo, TX Let’s face it — for some of us, allergy season is year around. Sensitivity to dust and pollen can cause some people to experience allergy symptoms, sneezes, and sniffles no matter what the weather is like.

Did you know that certain types of carpet are better for people with asthma and allergies? Although dust, dirt, pollen, and even pet dander are a natural part of life, they don’t have to be a permanent part of your carpet.



What type of carpet is best for keeping allergies away?

Selecting a carpet with synthetic fibers is a great solution for fighting pesky allergies. Carpets made of synthetic blends such as nylon actually deter dander and dirt from making a home in your carpet — partly because the material doesn’t act as a natural environment for allergens. Nylon carpet is also moisture resistant, making it less likely that mildew or mold will form in the strands.

You should also consider choosing carpeting that is tightly woven with short fibers. This leaves less room for dust to settle in and is easier to vacuum.

As hypoallergenic carpeting becomes more popular, flooring dealers are offering a wider range of styles and colors that fit homeowners’ needs with compromising quality. When finding the carpet that’s right for you, ask a knowledgeable flooring representative and be sure to research the carpet materials before making a decision.

Tips to minimize allergens in your carpet:

Remember that although picking nylon carpet with short fibers can reduce the amount of allergens in your carpet, regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your carpet fresh and prevent allergies from getting worse.


1.Vacuum regularly: Vacuuming carpet regularly minimizes the amount of dust trapped in areas where people and pets frequently walk. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner once a year is also recommended for deep cleaning and hard to reach areas.

2.Be mindful of the furniture in your carpeted room: If dust is collecting on furniture in your carpeted room, be mindful that using a dust cloth to clean your furniture could result in excess dust falling down into your carpet. Try using special dusters that trap and lock in dirt so as not to spread the allergens around the room.

For more information on hypoallergenic carpets and flooring, contact your local flooring dealer for options.
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Blog > Tile can spice up your design life!

Tile can spice up your design life!

Tile In Amarillo, TX Colors and finishes range from rugged earth tone looks to the spice rainbow to the stunning metallic and glass tiles, so design possibilities are endless! Metals are quite popular right now, from brass, bronze and silver to stainless steel, making them a wonderful match for today’s appliances and bath fixtures.



The differences between ceramic and porcelain tile can be confusing. Simply put, ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and other natural materials mined form the earth, shaped, colored and fired pretty much as they have been for hundreds of years. Porcelain is a relatively new form of ceramic tile, composed of finer clay fired at much higher temperatures, making porcelain more homogenous, stronger and less prone to moisture and stain absorption. This makes porcelain suitable for outside installation and explains why porcelain can be made into stone fashions only tougher, a lot of times tougher than Mother Nature’s version. As a side -natural stone tile is stone quarried from the earth then cut and finished.

Tile size helps determine the feeling of spaciousness. One trend, especially in larger homes, is fewer grout lines for a more solid, less broker-up look. You can find tiles in large formats such as 16 x 16, 18 x 24, 20 x 20 and some at even 22 x 22 and 24 x 24 inches!

Glass tile is popular, coming in many shapes and sizes, but mostly in 2-inch squares and smaller, and in many different colors and qualities, usually mounted on sheets of paper or mesh for easy installation. Glass goes from clear to frosted glass block or bottle and sea glass. Glass tiles are being used on both floors and walls, as accent pieces.

Spice up a room with “decos.” These are specialty decorative tiles which help set a design theme. Design away! Use one alone as artwork. Cluster several like a picture grouping, or mixed with field tiles to create unusual designs either on the wall or on the floor.

Do you have a ’busy” room? Calm it down with neutral soft tones on floors or walls. Use contrasting colors to liven things up. Deep-colored tile adds drama to a very large space or helps showcase light-colored furniture. The beauty of ceramic is in the naturalness of the tile, so be prepared for different shadings. It’s part of the charm.


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Blog > Is a Wood Floor Considered Green?

Is a Wood Floor Considered Green?

dining room hardwood flooringWood flooring is a proven sustainable choice for green design. Research verifies that solid wood flooring is environmentally friendly and receives an A+ for the environmental impacts associated with the production of wood flooring.

Why?

1.It requires less total energy to produce a wood floor than other flooring
2.Wood floors have no emissions of methane, nitrogen oxides and other particulate matter and minimal emissions of carbon dioxide.
3.Wood flooring is carbon neutral.
With eco-friendly finishes, adhesives and cleaning products, wood floors are an organic green product.

Let’s say that after a couple of decades you or the next generation in your family wants a different look with wood. It can be easily scuffed or sanded, depending on the floor’s condition and what you are trying to achieve, and a new color can be added, or a new gloss or new pieces in different species applied for a very cost-effective and very personal look at a fraction of the cost of a whole new wood floor.

When you think about a wood floor in those terms and the fact that a well-cared for wood floor will last about 200 years or more, even the most creative wood floor makes economic sense.

Bamboo is technically a woody, hard and hardy, fast-growing and quickly replenishing member of the grass family. It is a sustainable exotic that continues to explode in demand. Today’s bamboo flooring comes in interlocking tiles and planks, and in a multitude of colors, patterns and textures. Naturally blond, it can be transformed into rich medium and dark browns through steaming, a dye-free, eco-friendly process. Bamboo is highly renewable, tough, moisture resistant, elastic, affordable and very chic.

And when you consider that today’s wood flooring from top-name manufacturers is part of a worldwide forestry stewardship program to protect and grow the number of trees, hardwood flooring – a natural, self-restoring and fully recyclable material- also makes environmental sense.
Think about it. Wood will grow on you…


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Pageantry at Home

laminate flooring If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then laminate flooring is a clear winner. In any contest, laminate gets today’s award for congeniality.

Today’s laminate is a talented as versatile as it is beautiful, with new looks and time-honored classics listed among the entries. Every complexion and every accent you could think of from around the world are likely to be found on laminate floors today.

Besides being good looking, laminates are engineered for long, trouble-free wear, with residential grade laminate capable of standing up to moderate commercial use. Surface wear technology, combined with multi-ply design, make laminate one tough competitor.

Much like the early beauty contests, photography play a big role in laminates charm. Underneath the surface and wear layer is the décor layer. The image we see is actually a very high quality photograph reproduced precisely to replicate the look of classic, exotic or rustic wood, ceramic tile, quarried stone or any man-made design. Virtually anything that can be photographed can be converted to a laminate floor.

As delicate and precise as the photo image is, it’s the strength of the clear surface wear layer atop the image which keeps laminates beauty from aging and scarring.

Beneath the photo image and the wear layer is the core that provides dimensional stability and determines the method of installation—whether by mastic or by one of the snap/click-together glueless systems.

Underlayments—a cushion like material between the laminate and the subfloor—keep the floor from shifting, protect against moisture, and insulate against sound. To eliminate seams and further protect the floor from moisture, individual laminate planks join tightly together by means of very precise tongue and groove system.

The latest look among laminate’s beauty contestants are the embossed surfaces that offer textures to the surface and even more closely replicate the looks of wood, stone or tile—a 3D look if you will. Very high end embossment is registered; that is, each line, ripple, stipple and texture is placed directly over the photo image. The same way for example, the grooves in the wood follows the grain.

Because laminate is man-made, you are not limited to the standard sizes of wood strips or plain tiles. Both individual laminate pieces and factory-made laminate panels can be combined in patterns from simple to sophisticated, reminiscent of fine marquetry. Squares, blocks, strips and insets combine for compelling floor layouts with mixed and matched shapes, sizes and colors.

As with all beauty competitions, it’s the details that make the difference. When planning for a laminate floor—especially if you’re doing it yourself—remember the finishing touches. These include baseboards and a molding to cover joints between floor and wall. If your laminate floor butts against a wood or tile floor in another room, you may need a threshold to cover the seam since the flooring heights are often different.


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Blog > Wood Flooring Needs to get Used to the Environment before Being Installed

Wood Flooring Needs to get Used to the Environment before Being Installed

hardwood flooring Amarillo One of the common problems made by inexperienced installers of wood flooring is failing to acclimatize the material to its new environment prior to putting it in place. The point of acclimating wood flooring prior to installing it is to permit the wood to adjust to eh the “normal environment” of the room, the temperature and humidity conditions that will be experienced once the flooring has been installed. If this isn’t done, it can easily lead to major problems with the floor’s appearance that can cost a bunch of money to correct after the fact.

In reality, some wood flooring may have already absorbed the proper degree of moisture prior to being delivered to the job site. If this is the case, allowing the wood to languish at any jobsite with excessive humidity, will only cause it to absorb too much moisture.

Therefore, the key message is that installers must understand the dynamics of water and wood, and make educated judgments as to when and what amount of acclimation is required, if any. To do this correctly requires an understanding of what the moisture content of wood flooring is when delivered, and what its expected moisture content will be when being used in its intended environment.


Why acclimation matters

Simply stated, if the wood is installed with either too little or too much moisture content, and is then installed to perfectly fit the room, it can be a recipe for disaster. If there was too little moisture because the wood was not properly acclimated, and it is perfectly fitted for the room’s area but later absorbs moisture from a humid environment, it will swell-up more and buckle upwards. On the other hand, if the wood was perfectly fitted but had too much moisture, it may dry out later and shrink, leaving unwanted gaps between the boards, which means a loose floor. Neither is a good problem to deal with.

The solution is to have your new wood flooring installed by experienced professionals that know how to determine the moisture content and make the necessary adjustments before the installation begins. Remember that since our homes exist in environments with widely varying temperature ranges and humidity, professional installation makes the best sense.


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Bringing the Indoors Outside

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Many flooring materials can enhance the outside of your home by bringing style and comfort to outdoor living areas.

Modern flooring materials are well recognized for their ability to enhance the interior design style and comfort to the rooms in your home. However, there are also products that will do precisely the same thing for your outdoor living areas as well while also adding to the market value of your residence.

The important thing to consider is a matter of deciding which materials will get the job done best and also withstand the environmental conditions of being exposed to the elements over time.

It’s fairly obvious that many types of carpets, hardwoods and laminates are not the proper choices for outdoor applications in areas such as decks, patios, pool walkways or other places where family members and guests are likely to congregate. That having been said, the following problems that work well in interiors can also permit stylish and functional additions to your home’s outdoor areas:

Travertine, a natural limestone and common building material, is also very suitable for use in residential outdoor spaces. Its actual color depends upon the mineral deposits within the stone, and can range widely across the color spectrum. Travertine tiles will provide a naturally rustic appearance that will last for decades with only occasional maintenance and resealing.

Tile will normally last for generations when properly installed and when given regular easy care. Tile can be applied directly on top of a concrete floor. Popular outdoor tile flooring selections include natural stone, ceramic, and porcelain and they are available in a very broad selection of colors, sizes, and patterns. It is definitely recommended to opt for tiles specifically designed for outdoor use that offer slip-resistance and low absorption ratings that will permit them to stand up to freeze-thaw cycles.

Slate is strong and attractive choice for outdoor flooring use. It is easy to take care of and can be had in earth tones that range from grey to terra cotta. Keep in mind that installing a slate floor requires a level surface with a sub-layer of compacted sand, gravel or a combination of the two.

Brick gives your outdoor room a traditional, old-world beauty. Installation is relatively simple – as long as the ground underneath is level and the gravel (or other base layer) is properly compacted before laying the brick. Brick flooring is relatively low-maintenance.

Wood offers easy installation for use in decks, but the wood itself will require a thorough cleaning and resealing every few years to maintain its good looking appearance. Douglas fir is a particularly sound choice due to its stability and freedom from knots.

Indoor/ Outdoor Carpet

Carpet that is designated for both the outdoor and indoor has specialty fibers that that limit fading. The installation requires that this type of carpet be glued straight onto the surface. The backings on most of these carpets are rubber coated or the same as carpet used in a marine application. Outdoor carpet is best suited on wood decks or concrete surfaces. Of course as you would expect, it is ideal at poolside.

Today the color choices are abundant and you are sure to find the perfect color, design or pattern to complement your outdoor décor.
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Carpet and Layering

carpet patterns In carpet, trends are toward elegant patterns. Many are being shown on textured carpets such as looped Berbers. The result is a three-dimensional look. A pattern-on-pattern gives the flooring an elegant, artistic look like a painting on the floor.

Green leaves joining those browns give us an all-around neutral look. Add some crimsons and warm yellows and you have striking fashions in floor covering and clothing. At this point, you should be thinking that carpet is like a wardrobe selection for your floor.





Patterns are the look of luxury in any type of fiber – olefins, nylons or wool. (When buying patterns, though, investigate the type of fiber you’re buying. Fibers vary by performance characteristics.)

When it comes to selecting which pattern, ask yourself and your retailer how much maintenance is required. Think where you plan to put your patterns (a bedroom or a high-traffic hallway). Consider that busy patterns will help hide soil; if you are using a pattern in a heavy traffic area, you may want to have a busy pattern. Patterns will not hide soil problems as effectively as multicolor cut piles, so use patterns sparingly and give though to the type of pattern you are using and where.
If you have been considering natural fibers, such as coir and sisals, you may want to add area rugs to create the layered look. The layered looks are fashionable in clothing as well as in flooring. It is time to bring out those area rugs that you have been using on the patios and put them in your living room!

If you are installing wall-to-wall carpet, consider combining some hard surface elements as decorative pieces. Think of it as accessorizing.

Decos and trim pieces in ceramic, wood or laminate make for unusual looks, but they usually take a skilled craftsperson for the installation and a flooring design professional who understands the use of sizes and dimensions and what will look good in your space.


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Blog > Wide Plank Wood Flooring: A Popular Trend

Wide Plank Wood Flooring: A Popular Trend

Wide plank wood floors have been gaining popularity and can be seen in modern and historic homes encompassing a range of décor styles. This trend can be a beautiful addition to a home, but you may be wondering what is considered “wide plank flooring” and how can it be used. Before you decide which type of flooring you should choose, consider the advantages, disadvantages and costs of wide plank wood flooring.

Definition and use of wide planks

Wide plank is a term used to describe flooring where the individual boards are over five inches wide. Wide plank flooring can be used in any place you would use regular hardwood. However, this trend is often seen in very old homes with original flooring or where the floor has been replaced to reflect the time period.

Prior to the industrial revolution, floorboards were hand sawn and nailed down straight through the face of the board. Wide boards were used to decrease the labor in this intensive process. Depending on the type of wood selected, wide plank wood flooring is perfect for every room. Wide plank is generally considered a casual flooring option, with narrower boards being a more formal one.

Advantages

The advantages of wide plank wood flooring are mostly a matter of your personal style preferences. Wide plank flooring can be cut from just about any type of wood. Softwoods, hardwoods, and exotics are all usually available in this style. You will generally have as many choices available to you as with standard width hardwood flooring. Wide planks are popular with exotic woods because of the rich colors and intense grain patterns.

Wide planks can be used to make a room look a little bigger. With fewer seams in the floor, this floor can help visually expand the space, making it appear bigger than it actually is. Also, because there are fewer seams, the room will have a calmer feel than it would with standard width boards.

Another advantage to wide plank wood flooring is that it is often made from reclaimed lumber. With increased interest in green building techniques and materials, many people want to find flooring options for their homes that are recycled, recyclable, or sustainable. Flooring made from reclaimed wood fits this requirement and even works for green certifications.

Disadvantages

Wide plank wood flooring is more susceptible to shrinking and swelling than narrower boards in the same conditions. Excessive swelling can cause cupping, where the edges of the board lift up. Swelling can also cause crowning, where the middle of the board bows upward. Excessive shrinkage can cause larger than normal gaps between boards.

The best way to avoid any of these situations is to control the temperature and humidity in the home as much as possible. You can also get quarter sawn flooring which will help minimize these problems. You can also select engineered wood flooring which is less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity than regular wood.

Another disadvantage can be the lead time. Many manufacturers only stock a couple of popular wider sizes. If you are looking for something unique, it may have to be special ordered which can increase the project time and cost.

Cost

There are many factors that affect the cost of a wide plank wood floor. As with any other wood flooring, the quality, species and plank size will affect your price. For any species of wood flooring, the price increases with the width of the board, so wide planks will cost more than standard sized planks. Custom orders and reclaimed wood products will also be more expensive. With reclaimed wood, it takes more work to sort, rework, and prepare it for reuse by consumers. Generally, engineered wide plank wood will cost less than solid wood flooring in the same size planks. ­

Gowdy Flooring can help you find the right wide plank wood flooring materials for any area in your home. If you have questions or need more information about our products and services, call us at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via email on Contact Us. We invite you to visit to our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.
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