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Lowe’s Stops Sales of Laminate Flooring Due To Toxic Formaldehyde Levels


Recently, we received word that Lowe’s Home Improvement has put a hold on sales of Chinese-made laminate flooring as testing.

Mooresville, NC, May 4, 2015—Lowe’s halted sales of its Chinese-made Tescun laminate flooring over the weekend after Xuhua Zhou, short seller and the man who sparked the formaldehyde allegations against Lumber Liquidators, said that tests of the product revealed toxic levels of formaldehyde.

Tecsun Building Products, based in City of Industry, California, confirmed that sales of the flooring have been stopped and that it will be doing its own probe. The company contracts with factories in China and said its products are compliant with U.S. regulations. Lowe’s is its largest customer, according to Bloomberg Business.


If you had laminate flooring installed from Lowe’s directly or through a contractor or installation company that get’s their supply possibly from Lowe’s, contact Above Board Flooring today. Owner Andrew Linford is a National Hardwood Certified Inspector through the National Wood Flooring Association. Andrew is one of the few local flooring experts qualified to inspect your flooring and make safe recommendations.

CARB Phase II Compliance and Formaldehyde Emissions

Above Board Flooring only works with the best suppliers. It’s understandable that the lumber liquidator fiasco has caused concern among all suppliers. We received a letter from one of our sources recently that we felt we should share as it speaks to the quality of the company.


Dear Valued Customers,

Impressions Hardwood Collection has always been committed to providing you with quality hardwood flooring products. We take pride in the products that we do provide and the relationships that we have with our manufacturing partners.

In light of the attention to the issue of formaldehyde emissions from wood products brought about by the recent CBS program, 60 Minutes, we want to assure you that our products are safe. We require all of our manufacturers to adhere to all environmental, health, and safety requirements, including stringent standards on formaldehyde emissions.

All of our products are CARB (California Air Resource’s Board) II compliant. The CARB II standard is one of the most stringent standards in effect to limit formaldehyde emissions. The regulation establishes emission standards at levels that protect the public health. Our products are also 100% Lacey Act certified. Third party certification agencies are used to verify that all raw materials used in the production of our wood products are of legal origin.

We truly are dedicated to supplying you with the highest quality and safest wood products. If you need specifics on any of our products or would like more information, please contact Lori Garner at 866-722-4442.

With sincere thanks for your business!

Impressions Hardwood Collection

After 60 Minutes Story WBTV Channel 3 News Interviews Above Board Flooring

After 60 Minutes Story WBTV Channel 3 News Interviews Above Board Flooring

On March 4th 2015 Charlotte’s Channel 3 On Your side news interviewed Charlotte’s National Hardwood Certified Inspector and owner of Above board Flooring, Andrew Linford about the breaking safety story about Chinese Laminate Flooring.

Customers want to know what’s in flooring after ’60 Minutes’ story

MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) – After a 60 Minutes story called the safety of laminate flooring into question, a Mooresville company is taking precautions.

Andrew Linford owns Above Board Flooring and says customers are calling and asking about what’s in their floors.

Concern over health hazards connected to laminate flooring came after a 60 Minutes report that examined the materials used by industry giant Lumber Liquidators. The piece looked into how the company’s flooring allegedly had excessive amounts of formaldehyde in their products.

Original 60 Minutes Story

Chinese Toxic Laminate Flooring

Lumber Liquidators linked to health and safety violations

60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards

If you have installed laminate flooring and heard this story, you’ve come to the right place. Above Board Flooring owner Andrew Linford is a National Hardwood Certified Inspector through the National Wood Flooring Association.

Andrew is one of the only Certified inspectors in the Charlotte area. Find out if your floors are safe. Get the piece of mind you deserve. Call us today at 704-746-1311 to set up an in home inspection of your hardwood or laminate flooring. We are trained and here to help you. You can also email us directly below. However, this new is just now breaking and appointment times are first come first serve.

How Does Flooring Affect My Home Value

The type of flooring question is one we hear a lot as it relates to the impact on home values. Recently flooring expert and owner of Above Board Flooring in Charlotte, NC and Mooresville, NC Andrew Linford touched on this topic in the video below.

While there many types of flooring to choose from for your home that look great and will last a very long time, hardwood flooring offers the greatest increase in your homes value. Home appraisers consider hardwood flooring an upgrade option to any home.

Other flooring options that are highly desirable for looks, wear and value is tile. Today’s tile flooring can range to fit most any budget and is a great choice for any area of the house. The type of type you use does make a difference. Like most flooring products, tile flooring varies in price. Tile thickness, water absorption and wear rating, scratch resistance and C.O.F (Coefficient of Friction) rating all factor into the value of the tile installation and home value.

When we look at flooring on a value scale, vinyl flooring is more of a base flooring consideration. However, with so many design options AND considering your lifestyle options, vinyl flooring offers an affordable way to give your home a visual upgrade.

Here’s a good overview from HGTV

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If you have questions about which flooring choice can best improve your homes value, give us a call. We offer a free no hassle estimate. We will not be beat on quality and price.

Can I use a steam cleaner on my Hardwood or Laminate Floors?

Can I use a steam cleaner on my Hardwood or Laminate Floors?

It’s Spring and homeowners are excited about opening their windows, getting outside in the garden and planning their summer months. However, along with nice Spring weather comes the dreaded spring cleaning. Our flooring installation team gets asked this question a lot: “Can I use a steam cleaner on my hardwood or laminate floors?” The quick answer is no but read on to find out the best way to maintain hardwood floors and laminate flooring.

Hardwood Floors

Steam cleaners are not recommended on hardwood flooring. A tried and true rule for hardwood flooring maintenance is to never use water! Over time the steam from a steam cleaner would be absorbed by the wood and eventually cause swelling and buckling. The boards will begin to lift whether they are engineered hardwoods or solid wood. Each of these types of construction will be damaged by excessive moisture.

Laminate Floors

It is not a good idea to use steam cleaners on laminate flooring either. As with hardwoods, it is the moisture that is the damaging agent here. If the moisture from the steam gets into the glue at the joints the adhesive could be broken down. Even when there is no glue, there will often be swelled edges and sections that peak due to the dampness. Some people feel it is a good way to maintain laminate floors, however, the risks involved keeps us from giving it our recommendation.

Hardwood Floor Care

So, now that you know what not to do, what should you do to maintain hardwood floors?

For daily dusting you can use a dust mop sprayed with a dusting agent to pick up dirt, dust and pet hair. You can always use a disposable electrostatic cloth as well. That will be fine for daily care.

Dusting won’t get the deeper dust, oil and grime that build up on the floors however. For weekly maintenance, use a vacuum to get the dirt off of your hardwoods. Next dilute a wood cleaning product according the directions on the product. Then saturate a rag mop in the solution and wring it out until you get as much of the solution out as possible. Run the damp mop across the floor. Avoid standing water as it could damage the floors. Afterwards, be sure and run a mop dampened with clear water over the hardwoods to remove any left-over solution. You can even use a fan to dry the floors faster if live in a humid area.

Hardwood floor maintenance tips:
• Do not use regular household cleaners. They will cause permanent damage.
• Never use a product with ammonia.
• Use felt contacts when moving furniture. Dragging furniture across wood floors will scratch and gouge them.
• Use blinds in the room where the hardwoods are to prevent fading.
• Remove all shoes at the front door but especially high heeled shoes.
• Keep your dog’s nails trimmed.
• Use rugs in high-traffic areas.
• Clean up spills immediately.

Laminate Floor Care

Use a dust mop or vacuum on laminate floors to pick up dust and grime. Next use a damp mop for spot cleaning. Clean up any liquid spills as soon as possible. Don’t let water stand on the laminate floors—be aware of the area around your pet’s water bowl as well.

For occasional cleaning, use a product that is specifically made for laminate flooring and follow the directions for cleaning. Your floor only needs a light mopping.

Laminate floor maintenance tips:
• Never use soap-based cleaners on laminate flooring.
• Use mats at entry ways to collect dirt before it gets onto the floor.
• Use protective felt pads when moving furniture.
• Try not to wear high heel shoes on your laminate floors.
• You can use color match correction pens to fix minor scratches and nicks.

Here’s some more great tips from How Stuff Works on laminate floor care and hardwood floor care.

Of course, you are always free to call us or drop into our store if you have questions about flooring and we will be glad to help you out.

Innovation and Technology Set Quick-Step Laminate Flooring Apart

The superior “direct pressure” laminate technology utilized in Quick-Step flooring creates a perfectly stable floor that won’t collapse in the center or bow. “Collapsing” is a common effect with many competing brands because their bottom layer is not thick enough, and the top layer is too heavy.

Quick-Step laminate flooring has 4 layers:quick-step-laminate-flooring-layers

  • Layer 1: Wear-resistant, transparent overlay. It’s also resistant to impact, wear, stains, burns, scratches and household chemicals.
  • Layer 2: This is known as the design layer. Innovative technology offers the ultimate in textures and designs.
  • Layer 3: Water resistant high density fiberboard known as the core. It provides more strength than medium density fiberboard (MDF) or chipboard.
  • Layer 4: The underlayer – known as the “balancing layer.” It’s moisture resistant and guarantees an entirely stable laminate product that won’t collapse in the center or bow.

Quick-Step is the Green Choice!

Quick-Step constantly strives to find new ways to renew, recover, reuse, reduce or recycle in every phase of the manufacturing process. The company’s laminate boards produced in the USA contain 74 percent of pre-consumer recycled wood chips and fibers from sustainable resources. Not even one tree is harvested to make exotic, beautiful floors.

Rejected products are reused by 3rd party manufacturers or integrated into Quick-Step’s chipboard factory, rather than being sent to landfills. Plus the patented locking system prevents the introduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with installation glues.

Visit if you’re looking for a Quick-Step dealer in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas of North Carolina.

Laminate or Wood Flooring

So you have decided to pull up the old carpet and install something else.  You can’t decide between laminate or wood flooring especially when there are pros and cons to each type of flooring.  Trying to figure out which is best for you and your family can give you a headache! Spend enough time researching your choices before making your decision.  You can also come into, or call, Above Board Flooring and speak with our flooring department and they would be glad to help you determine what is best for you.

But in the meantime, we’ve put together this article that explains the pros and cons of laminate and hard wood flooring.

Wood Flooring Benefits

  1. Ease of Maintenance

You already know the cost of maintain the carpets in your home; vacuums, bags and cleaning can really add up.  That is one reason you will love hardwood floors because keeping your hardwoods cleaned is a 3 step process: sweeping, mopping and polishing.

If you have a small spill you can easily clean it up with paper towels or some cleaning wipes.  A broom and a dustpan, or a sweeper-vac, is all you will need to control dirt.

For mopping, use a floor-cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher or opt for plain soap and water. You can add a quarter cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (like liquid dish washing soap) or Murphy Oil Soap (despite the name, it doesn’t contain oil) to a bucket of water.

2. Friendly to the Environment

Hardwood flooring companies have started using recycled wood from old buildings, floors, barns etc… Recycled wood is very popular with those of us concerned with the environmental and sustainability issues surrounding logging of the remaining stands of old growth forests. Reclaimed wood and lumber products help to reduce the pressure to harvest these old growth trees.

Recycled lumber is a great choice for floors in homes because they don’t collect dirt or allergens.

There are many organizations out there who have made it their mission to keep hardwood flooring more ecological.  Give us a call and we can help you find out more.

3. A Great Value

Carpets and other types of floor coverings can tear, stain and crack.  Hardood floors, however, maintain their value and increase the resale value of your home should you choose to sell in the future.  Overall maintenance is cheaper as well.

4. Stylish

Hardwood floors go great with any style of interior design.  Contemporary, country, beach homes, cabins, rugged or antique all look impressive with hardwood flooring.

There are multiple styles of hardwoods as well including: strip, plank and parquet. Each of these offer benefits and the ability to manipulate them to fit your design of your home.

If you want to add even more flair to your flooring, you can incorporate special design elements like: hand-distressing, borders or stains.

Wood Flooring Drawbacks

  1. Short-term cost

It can be disheartening to find out how much it cost to install hardwood.  The upfront cost is more than the cost per square foot (for the most par) of carpeting.  Installation costs can be expensive as well.  However, we feel the long term financial benefits outweigh the cons of the upfront capital.

2. Wear and tear

Without the proper varnish, hardwood flooring can scratch easily especially if you have pets or small children.  This can be prevented by putting rugs down in high-traffic areas.

Benefits of Laminate Flooring

  1. Affordability

Laminate wood is made by using very high temperatures and pressing together layers of traditional wood. Since laminate isn’t made from full pieces of wood, it can cost less than hardwood and even be installed more cost effectively.

2. Durability

Children and pets cause less wear and tear to laminate floors.  So this might be a good choice for you if you have either.

Laminate Drawbacks

  1. Less Long-term Cost Efficiency

Laminate flooring does not last as long as hardwoods and add very little resale value to your home.

2. Repair

Laminate is sold in separate pieces, therefore, it can be harder to find a replacement piece that matches your current style.

Whether you choose hardwoods or laminate flooring, both can be a stylish alternative to carpet.  If it is within your budget, hardwood flooring is by far the better bet in the long run.

If you are in need of a consultation to discuss your options for floor coverings or if you would like an estimate, give Above Board Flooring a call and we will answer your questions. 704. 746. 1311.

Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

Laminate vs Hardwood Flooring

This is often a difficult choice, especially when there’s equal reason to select both. Discuss your needs with a flooring specialist, and then your only task is to settle on the one that will do the job best. In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of both types.


Laminate is the more affordable of the two. Don’t worry; quality is not compromised in any way. The surface typically consists of 3 to 4 layers. The bottom layer is the backing. On top of this is a layer of HDF (high density fiberboard) – known as the core. The 2 top layers provide the surface with its visual appeal – it looks exactly like a hardwood floor. The final layer is strong PVC for durability.

Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring is a synthetic type of floor made of multiple layers which are fused together through a lamination process. Growing in popularity in the last decades, it is now the preferred choice of people searching for a cheap, easy to maintain floor. The list of choices is truly impressive, thanks to the laminate floors’ ability to mimic almost any kind of material, with varieties ranging from traditional Oak to an exotic Brazilian look.

A much cheaper option than traditional wood

Laminate can be installed over any type of existing floor. Besides being water resistant, it is also quite hard to damage by mechanical force such as scratching or dropping heavy objects on the floor. Children and pets may take their toll on a hardwood floor, while laminate flooring is much harder to scratch or chip. Fruit juices, water colors or just about any type of stain can be easily wiped, while mold and bacteria can do no harm. The biggest asset of laminate floors is the ability to keep them looking brand new by just dusting and moping them, and with all cleaning products out there, this shouldn’t be too hard.

Laminate Floors Looks Just As Good As Hardwood Flooring Too!

The craftsmen at Above Board Flooring are highly skilled and have extensive experience in handling and installing laminate flooring in Charlotte NC. Although traditional hardwood and tile floors have some advantages, our experts will make your floor look as beautiful as the natural thing, and all that for less than half the cost.

Call Above Board Flooring and get help from one of the best in the industry. You’ll be amazed at our extraordinary workmanship and professional manner. After contacting us, we will respond in a timely manner, offer you a free quote, and even show you some samples which might aid in making the choice that fits you best. No need to move the furniture yourself, we will gladly help you with this task. If you want to remove the old floor before installing the laminate flooring, just inform us and we will start working on it right away. Our high quality work will add tremendous amount of value to your home’s appearance.

Choosing a laminate floor might be light on your pocket and save you money in the long run, while giving your house the look and feel of natural hardwood. So don’t waste time and call the most qualified laminate flooring specialist in the area: we will make sure you are 100% satisfied.

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Mecklenburg County Towns and Neighborhoods we service:

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The Arboretum on Pineville-Matthews Road,Ayrsley in the Southwest corner of Charlotte, Ballantyne off Johnston road near South Carolina, Barclay Downs by the SouthPark Mall, Beverly Woods by Park Road in South Park, Carmel Village by Carmel Road, Blakeney near Ballantyne neighborhoods, Chantilly around Plaza-Midwood, Cotswold, Dilworth, Landsdowne, Madison Park by E Woodlawn Road and Park Road, Myers Park, Nations Ford,Parkdale, Piper Glen, Quail Hollow, SouthPark, Steele Creek

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