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Are you taking on your first flooring project, updating the flooring in your house, or choosing flooring for an office and feeling a bit stressed out by the process? You are not alone.
With our vast selection of all types of flooring, we understand the number of options can be daunting, but we are here to help. One of our top priorities is making our customer's ordering process as easy, seamless, and enjoyable as possible. To get you started, we put together an overview of how to choose the best flooring for your home and questions to ask yourself when choosing flooring.
Within the last few decades, the flooring industry has been advancing rapidly, bringing forth new options such as laminate, environmentally friendly materials, hybrid flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, and more. Along with long-standing options such as timber and carpet, the choices are essentially endless.
Choosing the flooring material that will look and perform best in your home requires an in-depth understanding of each material's characteristics and technical aspects.
Installation costs, the material's expected lifespan, sources of materials, and cost of installation are all important aspects to take into consideration when choosing flooring.
Here, we'll go over the pros and cons of the different types of flooring to help give you an idea of the material that will be the best fit for your space and needs.
Carpets have long been a staple in apartment buildings, bedrooms, living rooms, and playrooms.
Laminate is a versatile flooring material that has rapidly been gaining popularity due to its many benefits.
Timber shows no signs of slowing down as one of the top flooring choices of all time, and for good reason.
Engineered timber -- a pure timber veneer on top of a multilayered plywood core -- is quickly becoming a go-to flooring option for homeowners seeking the look and feel of timber with increased versatility.
Gone are the days of your grandmother's vinyl flooring! Innovative technology has created luxury vinyl planks that mimic the look of real timber.
Once you decide on your preferred flooring material, now is the time to decide on a colour, design, and style! The flooring you select will have a significant impact on the atmosphere and appearance of your home, making it important to select a style that is an expression of your home and personality.
Sometimes, customers can get overwhelmed by the seemingly endless options, so here are some questions we like to ask to help guide our customers:
As you consider and answer these questions, you might find that your ideas really come alive and give you a better direction as to what type of style and design you want your flooring to have.
For more design inspiration, feel free to browse the Design and Decor section of our blogs, browse our favourite Pinterest accounts, or check out our guide to understanding the different design styles.
Once you decide on the type of flooring material you want and choose a colour and style, it is time to order. Knowing the following information will help speed up the ordering process.
1. Square Footage
Knowing the square footage of your project is a key piece of information for the ordering process and helps us calculate how many boxes your project will require.
Remember to add approximately 5 to 10% to account for any mistakes.
Need help calculating your square footage prior to ordering? We'd be happy to help!
2. Sub-Floor Type
To determine the type of underlayment your project needs, we need to know if your flooring will be installed over a wood or concrete subfloor.
To determine your subfloor, pull up a section of tile, carpet, or other flooring and see what is underneath. Generally, most above-ground floors are wood and below-grade floors are concrete.
3. Transition Mouldings
This can be a tricky question to answer, and it has two parts:
For the first question, you need to know what kind of floor you will be transitioning to: different height floors, same height floors, steps, or carpet. Each of these circumstances require different mouldings.
For the second question, the majority of mouldings come in 96″ linear feet pieces. You will need to measure out the total linear feet needed to cover the transition areas.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further help with either of these questions.
We understand you probably still have some questions when it comes to choosing and ordering flooring and our team is here to help. It is one of our goals to help our customers make informed decisions about their flooring so they can feel confident in their choices.
Contact us today with any and all of your flooring questions and we'll be sure to help you on your way to choosing the perfect flooring for your space.