Ephrata Community Church Project


This summer, we had the privilege of installing over 100,000 square feet of flooring and tile at Ephrata Community Church for their new building project. The first phase of the expansion of their facilities included a bigger cafe, a completely new 1600-seat auditorium, new classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, and even an indoor jungle gym!


The facility and the process of construction was very well done. Fantastic design, Cornerstone Design-Architects and great job running things, Horst Construction!

Of that 100,000+ square feet of flooring, D&S Flooring installed broadloom carpet and carpet tile, ceramic and porcelain tile and vinyl composite tile (VCT), rubber stair treads, and rubber stair nosings throughout the space. We also installed over 10,000 linear feet of vinyl cove base! Our team was busy!

A big thanks to Ephrata Community Church for trusting us to provide you with quality flooring solutions!

Here’s a look into the project, one space at a time.


Connection Cafe


On the cafe floor, we installed LVT in a brick-set pattern at a 45 degree angle. Altogether, we covered almost 4,500 square feet with the vinyl tile. Notice the precise work completed by our flooring technician along the edge where the flooring meets the brick wall! Well done, Mike Bires.

Foyers & Entrances


The new foyers and hallways received commercial broadloom by Patcraft product in style Audio Echo, color Equalizer. The walk-off carpet at the entrance was also a Patcraft product, and we installed a total of 3,000 square feet of walk-off carpet in the facility. The grand total of the broadloom in all the spaces was 80,000 square feet. That’s 50 rolls of carpet!

Our main sub-contracting carpet installers, Jeff and Ted Eck, did several months of tireless work putting in about 75% of that 80,000 square feet of carpet. They’re our go-to guys when it comes to carpet, especially the challenge of matching up patterns in carpet. Great job, gentlemen! Our in-house technicians Mike Marinari and Nate Siegrist were also a significant part completing this massive task. Go, team!



The main bathroom downstairs just outside of the auditorium received porcelain and ceramic tile on the floor and the walls. One of our main sub-contractors, Jordan Weaver, installed American Olean 12” x 24” Theoretical Imagination Gray (Color #97) porcelain tile in a brick-set pattern with Laticrete Permacolor Select Dusty Gray (Color #60) grout. For the walls, a beautiful Roca White Ice 3”x6” ceramic subway tile was chosen and installed in a brick-set pattern with the same grout. Along the base of the walls, Jordan also installed tile base.

And before there was electricity throughout the building, our lead technician Josh Plank installed VCT in several smaller bathrooms while wearing a head lamp! The grand total of VCT in the whole space, which included some stair landings, was 1,400 square feet.

Classrooms & Hallways


Now we’re starting to have some fun!

Downstairs and down the hallway from the main auditorium are the 8 new classrooms, full of color. The foyer just outside the classes features all the carpet tile colors found also in the classrooms. The tiles were a J&J Commercial product in style Madras with the main color Jersey with accompanying accent tiles in three different colors pictured, teal, light blue, and lime green.

Wisely chosen for the high probability of spills and messes, carpet tiles cover the hallways. And look at that Roppe Vinyl Wall Base in color Smoke (#174)! You can see how we quickly climbed up to that 10,000 linear feet of it that our team installed.



The stairs in the foyer of the auditorium received Patcraft Color Your World broadloom and rubber stair nosings. In the stairwell up to the offices, we installed VCT on the landings and Johnsonite rubber stair treads.



We’re not done yet!

Another space that received a beautiful upgrade were the offices. The new u-shaped layout and glass walls keeps everyone connected in this naturally-lit environment. The offices received Patcraft Audio Echo color Distortion. Distortion has more of a gray tone than the Equalizer which displays more brown tones.

An Indoor Playground!


Now parents can watch their kids in a climate controlled environment, either in the room with the three-story jungle gym or in the next glass-enclosed room with plenty of seats!

These rooms have the same Patcraft broadloom as the offices in the Distortion color, adding the comfort of carpet for shoeless kids and parents sitting with (and/or chasing) their toddlers.

New Auditorium


The most remarkable upgrade would be the new 1,600-seat auditorium with risers at the back of the space, covered in carpet. Again, thank you very much, Eck brothers! There’s just nothing like carpet to make you feel comfortable and welcome.

Perhaps the most overlooked but most time-consuming flooring feature would be the hundreds of feet of rubber stair nosings installed in the auditorium. Many thanks to our main man, Josh Plank for his tireless work on that aspect of the project!

Adjacent to the auditorium are a green room and an even bigger nursing mother’s room. Look at all those gliding chairs!

The D&S Crew

Here are some shots of the crew, many of these taken by Sherri Weaver, wife of our owner Derry.


Thank You, ECC!

What a privilege it has been to be entrusted with your project! We think the space looks great and are looking forward to phase 2.

Thanks for reading.

Our New Showroom | Building Update 4.0

In January 2018, Derry and Sherri purchased the old H&E Litho offset printing company building along route 322. Within 12 months, they renovated almost the entire space to make it ready for D&S Flooring’s warehouse, offices, showroom, and parking space.

Here’s a photographic tour of the new showroom space.


As you walk in, make yourself comfortable and refresh yourself with some free and delicious coffee!



On the left side of our showroom as customers traverse the porcelain-tile path, they will find our hardwood flooring displays. We have products from LM Flooring, Mirage Flooring, Somerset, Chesapeake, Mannington, Shaw Floors, Kraus, and other companies for customers to see and feel with their own hands. Some of these products are even installed underfoot.


With more varieties of tile than we’ll detail here, customers can get an up-close look and feel of a variety of products installed on the floor as well as displayed on racks from companies including Daltile, Marazzi, Shaw, Interceramic, Artisan, Chesapeake, American Olean, Glazzio, and Conestoga Tile to name a few.

Some up-close shots of the different types of tile installed on our showroom floor.


In addition to residential solutions, we offer a number of options of commercial grade vinyl, linoleum, and carpet products. Customers can access a wide variety of choices in our dedicated commercial space.



With three different products installed on the floor with our charity carpet pad and a large number of displays, customers can get a real feel and look at their carpet options up close. Take a soft walk through this room and your hands on products from Mohawk, Shaw Floors, and Anderson Tuftex.

Here’s a shot of the installed carpet up close as well as some more up-close shots of our carpet displays.


The most popular hard surface product in the US, vinyl flooring has a number of looks and types, and we’ve installed a bunch of them on our floors for our customers to be inspired. Check out both glue-down and floating LVP as well as sheet vinyl from a number of manufacturers in our vinyl room including Tarkett, Coretec, Mannington, Shaw, Karndean, Congoleum, Armstrong, and Nova floors.

Here are some close-up shots of vinyl products installed as well as some of our favorite vinyl flooring displays.

Considering LVP?

5 Things You May Not Have Known


1st Thing

Resilient Luxury Vinyl Plank or LVP and linoleum are two different products! Sheet vinyl often gets mistaken for linoleum and linoleum for sheet vinyl. The big difference between the two is their composition. Vinyl is an oil-based product while linoleum is plant-based (linseed oil, pine tar resin, wood flour, natural pigments, and jute for the backing). Go green! Another big difference is the style or look of vinyl. In terms of design versatility, linoleum is limited to a linear or marbled pattern whereas vinyl can mimic any type of flooring or design because its look is printed on the material by a machine.

2nd Thing

Your high quality LVPs today will come with a very strong wear layer made out of urethane that’s been cured using ultraviolet light. This process actually creates a chemical reaction that makes the urethane a very hard surface. Armstrong Flooring has come out with their Diamond Ten coating which actually has cultured diamonds in the urethane coating making it even stronger and resistant to wear over time. Other methods include adding silicone oxide or aluminum oxide to the UV urethane coating to increase longevity as well.

3rd Thing

To increase the dimensional stability of LVP, manufacturers have begun adding limestone to its composition. Armstrong Flooring has an LVP product line called rigid core, and US Floors has their Coretec line with limestone in their makeup. This type of LVP is perfect for a hunting cabin, for example, where the temperature can vary from 22 to 104 degrees. Despite the vast temperature change, this type of LVP is dimensionally stable which means it won’t expand or shrink.

4th Thing

LVP is 100% waterproof which means the flooring material itself won’t absorb water. Thanks to the engineering of LVP locking systems, water spilled (and dried up quickly) won’t reach your subfloor due to the maintained surface tension across the joints between pieces. To be clear, both glue-down and floating LVP, however, are not a 100% waterproof barrier to your subfloor. In the case of flooding, they will not protect what’s underneath from getting wet and absorbing water.

5th Thing

LVP is a super low maintenance product. It doesn’t require re-sealing, refinishing, or an expensive vacuum cleaner to keep it looking amazing. It’s total life span is shorter than a solid hardwood floor, but during the 30+ years of your LVP, the daily regimen will mostly just include dry sweeping up the dirt and grit followed by a swiffer cleaning using a hard surface cleaning solution.