March 3, 2015

Residential | Commercial | Products & Vendors | Frequently Asked Questions

Did You Know

LaSalle Bristol’s Retail Flooring showroom is open to the public. We specialize in the design, sales, and installation of floor coverings including carpet, wood, tile, vinyl and laminate. Our showroom contains thousands of samples to suit every style and taste. We work with homeowners, builders, decorators, and architects on residential flooring for new as well as remodeled homes. Whether you prefer carpet, hardwood, laminate or vinyl, our skilled craftsmen can create warm flooring designs that will bring years of pleasure. Our tile professionals will design elegant custom tiled floors, showers and backsplashes that will accent your home providing long lasting durability.

Residential Flooring

A wide assortment of floor covering is available to the public from LaSalle Bristol. We specialize in the design, sales and installation of your flooring and work with homeowners, builders, designers and architects serving residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Our highly skilled craftsmen can create an exquisite look for your home or business that can be enjoyed for years to come. Utilizing any combination of plush carpet, beautiful hardwood and laminate flooring, and elegant tile floors, showers, and backsplashes, we can assure your complete satisfaction with our products and services.

Whether you want to carpet a room or build or remodel your entire house or commercial property, our expert advisers can help you get started. Visit or large showroom and let us show you the material and services we have to offer.

Commercial Flooring

LaSalle Bristol’s Retail Flooring Division is dedicated the Commercial Construction and Architectural Design fields. For over 50 years we have worked hand in hand with architects, designers and project managers to provide flooring options that give their clients unique styling that will bring years of functionality and professional appearance. Our showroom design center enables commercial professionals to browse through a wide variety of flooring options and select the right combination of flooring products to suit their clients’ needs. Together with our product knowledge and experienced installers, we provide all the necessary elements to bring their visions to reality.

Products & Vendors

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I want to carpet my hall and steps, what would a good carpet be?

A: A nylon carpet would perform the best, but make sure it is a short pile, dense carpet for durability.

Q: Is polyester a good carpet fiber?

A: Yes and no. Depending on the application, for clean ability it is good but will matt down faster than nylon. So in a high traffic area it would not be as good as nylon.

Q: What is solution dyed nylon as opposed to space dyed nylon?

A: A solution dyed nylon is the same color all the way through (like a carrot). Space dyed nylon is not the same color all the way through (like a radish).

Q: I want a loop carpet, but have a big dog, should I buy it?

A: Probably not a good idea. With a large dog, the nails will break the loops and it will run.

Q: Why don’t carpet warranties cover hallways and stairways?

A: Hallways have more “pivot points” where you change direction going into a bedroom for instance. This causes a twisting of the carpet fibers. As for steps, the “point load” on the edge of the step where the carpet bends causes excessive wear on the carpet fibers.


Q: What is the difference between ceramic tile and porcelain tile?

A: Porcelain is a harder tile and will absorb less moisture. It can be safely used in exterior use as well as wet areas like a shower or bath tub.

Q: I want to have a tiled shower, what tile should I use?

A: Color is subjective; however a porcelain tile would be the best for less moisture absorption. Look for a tile that is .5 or less for moisture absorbtion.

Q: I want a tile that is less slippery, what should I look for?

A: A tile will have a Coefficient of Friction rating (C.O.F.) this will give you guidance as to how slippery the tile is. Look for a tile that is .6 or greater when wet

Q: I want to tile a shower, will the tile be enough to make it moisture proof?

A: No, all tile will absorb moisture to a certain extent. We recommend a water proofing membrane be installed behind the tile for moisture and vapor.

Q: Why do I have to seal the “polished tile” that is in my foyer?

A: When a tile is honed or polished, it opens all the pores in the tile. To keep the tile from absorbing it needs to be sealed.


Q: What is the difference between engineered wood flooring and ¾ solid hardwoods?

A: Engineered flooring is a wood layer on top of a underlayment like plywood, it is more dimensionally stable and will not expand or contract like ¾ solid wood floors will.

Q: How do I know how hard a wood species is?

A: The “Janka scale” of hardness is used to measure the hardness of a wood species.

Q: I live on a body of water like a lake or river, what wood flooring should I have installed?

A: Due to the dimensional stability of engineered wood flooring, it would be the best choice since it will not cup, expand or contract as much as a ¾ solid floor will.

Q: I have a wood floor with a rug on top of it. The floor underneath looks like a different color now, why is that?

A: Wood flooring will change color or “patina” with light, and age. The rug prevents light from hitting the floor changing the rate of “patina”. A rug should not be put over a wood floor for the first 9 to 12 months.

Q: My wood floor looks like a “washboard” why?

A: When moisture is present, a wood floor will “cup”. The moisture needs to be controlled in the home, and the wood floor should return to its normal state. The humidity in a home with a wood floor should be kept between 35% -50% year round.

Q: The actual floor looks like it has more color than the sample I saw at the store. Why?

A: Wood is a living, natural item. The actual tree will have many color ranges than the small sample. When you are at the store looking at wood flooring, ask the associate to explain the range of color and graining of the species of wood you are interested in.