As dedicated flooring experts, it is our duty to provide you with the knowledge of our profession. This section highlights the details of flooring and what to expect from each product. Supply and install, we do it all. Your one stop shop! Call Today at (905)-531-2345 and get your questions answered!
What is the difference between Laminate, Engineered and Solid Floors?
About 1/4" thick, laminate hardwood floors have an image of a hardwood floor on a plastic material fixed on to a compressed board. They are not glued or nailed directly to the subfloor, they are glued to each other, and installed over a Styrofoam material. This installation method is called "floating". These are inexpensive imitations of real hardwood floors.
An engineered hardwood floor has a layer of real hardwood glued to multiple layers of plywood substrates. The thickness of the top layer of real hardwood will dictate the number of times these floors can be sanded and refinished. While the majority of these floors come prefinished, there are some manufacturers that sell unfinished engineered flooring. Some engineered floors can be sanded as many times as a traditional 3/4" solid hardwood floor. These floors can be floated, glued or nailed directly to the subfloor.
Solid hardwood floors are real hardwood floors. They come as thin as 5/16" but the majority are 3/4" thick. If sanded correctly, they can be sanded 8-12 times before needing to be replaced. They come prefinished or unfinished, and are installed by being nailed or stapled to a wood sub-floor.
We carry an extensive line of prefinished flooring call us today for a free estimate at (905)-531-2345
What is the different carpet and rug?
Twist carpet is made of wool and synthetic fibres. The most popular and practical is 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent synthetic because this combination is springy, means the carpet looks good for longer and provides excellent protection against everyday dirt. The wool is also warm and sustainable.
Wilton weaves are mostly plain and 80 per cent wool. Woven carpets take longer to make than tufted, so are more expensive, and while weaving is an old-fashioned method of manufacturing, it's an effective method as an 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent synthetic Wilton will take a long while to flatten.
Axminster is a traditional way of weaving, similar to Wilton, but as more yarn colours can be included on one loom, complex patterns can be made. The mix is almost always 80 or 100 per cent wool and, as it takes a lot of time to set up an Axminster on the loom, the price is considerably higher than many other options.
Textured loop piles are mostly wool, and British or New Zealand wool yarns are best. Test the quality by digging your thumb into the carpet to gauge the density of the fibre – small, tight loops offer better performance. Avoid the lower-grade furry wools.
What is our process?
Preparation is the first step in making your vision a reality. Planning is done with transparency so you know exactly what you are getting. Precision upon timely arrival so that we get the job done effectively and efficiently.
1. We will arrive at your convenience with arranged time schedules, please allow for this.
2. There will be some dust, noise, and vapors during the installation, sanding, and finishing stages of your flooring project.
3. We will have to touch up painted door casings, jambs, stair parts upon completion of job. Anything painted will need to be touched up, normally you can paint right over the stain/finish
4. We will hang plastic in doorways to minimize dust; however, if there is something that you do not want dust on, please cover it!
5. New wood in repairs sometimes appear lighter in color than existing, aged woods.
6. When matching existing stain colors in other finished rooms, the newly sanded floors may not match the color and/or the sheen of the existing, aged floors
7. Some sanding may reveal existing conditions in the wood floor such as bruising, stains, sun fading, or halo effects common in old pine floors where the center of the rooms were not finished originally. These blemishes may not sand out of the floor.
8. We will not fill cracks between rows of flooring. All hardwood floors expand and contract with the change of relative humidity and seasons.
9. You must maintain relative humidity in your home between 35%-50% to minimize shrinkage and expansion between boards. All wood floors expand and contract with the change of season, this is normal.
10. While we strive to get you the best quality finish possible, it is not uncommon to find a small piece of debris or sander mark in the finished floor.