Monday, June 23, 2008

Fashion key focus to laminate furniture creator

General Mica Corp. creates a spectrum of design-oriented furniture top quality laminate products.

As a laminated furniture manufacturer, General Mica is in the fashion business -- not the furniture business -- said Ralph Federici. Federici is president of RAF Associates which has exclusive sales and distributor rights to General Mica Corp., located in North Miami, Fla.

The employees are "fabricators" according to Federici and whether the furniture is office, residential, juvenile, hospitality or institutional, General Mica "leans toward fashion, style and design," he said.

Many General Mica pieces are designed by Federici's daughter, Athena Federici Carlin. When designing furniture, she said, she incorporates the latest trends and strives for exclusive styles. Real wood bullnosed edges are popular now, she said, especially in the hospitality industry. Pieces with wood grains and matching wood edgings are some of the company's hottest sellers.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tips for laminate flooring at discount prices

Before you buy any laminate flooring at discount rates, check same basics while you are at the shop. Most often dealer might not allow you to return these discount laminate flooring as it has been reduced in pricing. So check beforehand and you should avoid any hassle.

Same manufacturer and same lot of discount laminate floor

Make sure you get any discount laminate flooring always from the same manufacturer. Even if both call it "oak laminate flooring" - the color and edge profile might be totally different. If possible also check that you buy the same lot. Most parquet manufacturers label their flooring with lot or production numbers. If you get your discount laminate flooring from the same lot you can avoid a lot of problems.

Check the quality of each package

If you get any kind of overstock or rest packages of discount laminate flooring, you should really have a good look at each pack. Sometimes it lies around many weeks in the shop and might get hit. So check if any edge of the laminate flooring has been damaged. In case you see a damaged panel, do think about whether you could still use it and perhaps ask for an additional discount.

Edge profile on different lots of discount laminate flooring

edge of discount laminate flooringLaminate flooring if you get it from the same manufacturer should really not vary from lot to lot. However sometime manufacturers slightly change their edge profile. Therefore open boxes of the two different lots and test the fit of the joint, using one panel of each laminate flooring.

Surface and color test

Also check, particularly if you get discount laminate flooring from different lots, if the color of the floor is the same. Sometimes it can be different or bleached, depending on where it has been stored. Also touch the surface of the laminate and make sure it has the same finish.

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