Flooring

The floors of a house take the brunt of our everyday activities and are usually the first surfaces to reflect wear and tear. As such it’s important to invest in floors which will keep pace with your daily life and add value while simultaneously infusing your home with a touch of class.

There are hundreds of flooring options to choose from though which can be overwhelming. Moreover, it’s important to choose the right flooring from the get-go as the wrong floors can actually detract from a house and cost you money to replace should the need arise.

 

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Points to Consider

The function of a room influences the flooring required, wooden flooring works beautifully in the living room, but it’s certainly not an option for the bathroom as it will warp due to the high moisture content.

Several factors contribute to making the right flooring choice. Consider what steps are required to install the kind of flooring you want. Hardwoon can’t go directly on a basement floor and ceramic cant be installed on a squeaky floor.

Select colours that complement the mood that you would like to create and match your décor style. Solid wood flooring creates a premium, authentic look that will provide your home with a warm ambiance and years of good service. Light ceramic flooring creates a modern sleek look that has extra dimension depending how the lines are layed and the shape of the tile.

Those seeking to go the green route should consider bamboo floors. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options you can choose for your home. It’s also sustainable, exceptionally durable and visually appealing.

Everyone wants to keep their floors looking like new, therefore analyzing the cost of care and maintenance is essential.In a house where residents lead an active lifestyle avoid flooring that requires a lot of care and maintenance Laminate floors are extremely easy to maintain and dirt can simply be mopped away with a microfiber mop or damp cloth. When opting for solid wood floors, make sure that they require no sanding or sealing once installed.

If you would like to change your decor scheme in the near future or if you know your needs are going to change, opt for laminate flooring, which is easier to replace. Laminate flooring is a ‘floating’ floor system and is therefore not nailed to the sub-floor. Solid wood flooring is a long-term investment and is a permanent fixture.

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Popular Questions

It is not recommended to install solid wood flooring over a concrete slab. Although this is the general rule, there have been successful installations of solid wood flooring installed over dry, concrete slabs. This entails several additional steps. A plastic barrier is set over the slab and taped at all seams. Then some sort of moisture-resistant wood sub-floor (marine plywood) is built on top of the plastic film. Then the flooring is nailed to the wood sub-floor. If you decide to take the chance be sure to consult with the manufacturer as to their recommendations. Be aware, you may be voiding your warranty.

Yes and no. Is the vinyl flooring is tightly secured to the sub-floor? Does the vinyl flooring have a thick cushion attached? If the vinyl floor is thin and well secured to the sub-floor you may be able to float a wood floor over it. In some situations you may be able nail/staple a wood floor over it also. If the wood sub-floor is sound you may be able to nail a solid wood floor over the top. Be sure to get the manufacturer’s installation procedures for going over an existing vinyl floor and be sure to check if this type installation is warranted by the manufacturer

Laminate flooring is a versatile, durable, attractive flooring with the appearance of a hardwood floor. Although laminate flooring looks like wood flooring, there is actually no solid wood used in its construction. Laminate floors are made up of several materials bonded together under high pressure. Most laminate flooring consists of a moisture resistant layer under a layer of HDF (high density fiberboard). This is topped with a high resolution photographic image of natural wood flooring. It is then finished with an extremely hard, clear coating made from special resin-coated cellulose to protect the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is perfect for anyone wanting a durable floor for a fraction of the price and installation time of a hardwood floor, but with the attractiveness of real hardwood. This construction also makes laminate flooring more environment-friendly as it uses less wood in its construction and makes more efficient use of the wood fiber that is used.

Bamboo flooring is an extremely versatile flooring product. It can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood, OSB, or existing vinyl flooring. There are several locations that are not recommended for bamboo flooring. Because bamboo flooring is a natural flooring product it is not recommended that bamboo be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause your bamboo flooring to warp or swell.

Bamboo flooring is rapidly becoming one of the most popular types of residential flooring. Here are a few reasons why you should choose a bamboo floor:

  • Bamboo floors are easy to clean.
  • Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites.
  • Bamboo flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring, usually costing 25% to 50% less than hardwood.
  • Bamboo flooring is long-lasting. The laminate floors sold by BuildDirect come with 10-year and 25-year warranties.
  • Bamboo flooring can be installed over numerous types of sub-floors such as: wood, sheathing grade plywood, vinyl tile, or Oriented Strand Board.
  • Bamboo floors are environmentally friendly. They use a quickly renewable crop. Made with safe resins, they have extremely low formaldehyde emissions and make excellent floors for healthy homes.

Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials, then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification called “Ceramic Tiles”. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.

Ceramic” or non-porcelain tiles are generally made from red or white clay fired in a kiln. They are almost always finished with a durable glaze which carries the color and pattern. These tiles are used in both wall tile and floor tile applications, are softer and easier to cut than porcelain, and usually carry a PEI 0 to 3 rating. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are usually suitable for very light to moderate traffic and generally have a relatively high water absorption rating making them less frost resistant and they are more prone to wear and chipping than porcelain tiles.

Porcelain tile is a tile that is generally made by the dust pressed method from porcelain clays which result in a tile that is dense, impervious, fine grained and smooth, with a sharply formed face. Porcelain tiles usually have a much lower water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) than non-porcelain tiles making them frost resistant or frost-proof. Glazed porcelain tiles are much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles, making them suitable for any application from light traffic to the heaviest residential and light commercial traffic. Full body porcelain tiles carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application from residential to the highest traffic commercial or industrial applications. Porcelain tiles are available in matte, unglazed or a high polished finish.

Yes,  To be used outdoors, we recommend the tile must be frost-proof and un-glazed for floor use. Make sure the absorption rate is 0.5% or less.

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