Choosing Your Best Basement Flooring

Choosing basement flooring can be a tricky process, particularly if you live in a colder climate, or an area that encounters high moisture throughout the year (rainfall, snow, etc.). In our previous piece on basement renovations, our team identified a few key info bites to keep in mind if you’re considering finishing your basement this spring. To expand on the topic, and to help answer some frequently asked questions, we’ve compiled a few additional points to consider before your renovation. Check our expert advice below!

Choose Flooring That’s Equipped to Handle Basement Needs

We touched on a few of the unique needs of basements in our previous piece, but as a general rule of thumb, one of your main points of concern when it comes to finishing your basement is preventing moisture build-up and keeping the area properly insulated. The right flooring choice can go a long way towards accomplishing both objectives, keeping your space cozy and warm. While statement pieces like hardwood may look fantastic, their vulnerability to water and moisture makes them a less than ideal fit for basements (if you’re still set on a hardwood look, you might want to consider engineered hardwood or luxury vinyl tile instead). Your ideal flooring choice will take into account your foundation (typically concrete), and allow it to breathe to prevent the potential for mould build up.

Look for Options That Aren’t Glued Down

As we mentioned above, allowing your foundation to breathe is a key factor when it comes to stopping mould growth on its track. Choosing planks and tiles that “float” and click into place gives you the option of installing a moisture barrier underneath, making your flooring extra water resistant. Prime candidates for this kind of installation include:

These kinds of tiles give you plenty of style options, allowing your space to stay warm and protected from moisture.

Other Options

If you’re quite sure which long-term flooring solution is ideal for your home, interim options like applying an epoxy coat to your foundation can help to seal your current floor against water damage and bacteria. Floating options like those mentioned above can always be installed later on, giving you time to save up or select the perfect fit for your space. One thing to keep in mind about epoxy and other types of sealants is that, while they do offer protection against cracks, stains, and liquid damage, they offer very little regarding added insulation. If you’re hoping to keep your basement warmer, epoxy may not be a full-scale solution.

Learn more about basement renovations, the most up to date flooring options and more by speaking with a member of our team today!

Hardwood Floor Winter Maintenance

Hardwood flooring is a year-round classic touch to any home. The elegant and refined finish of both traditional and engineered planks brings an extra value to your property, and provide a sturdy foundation for your day to day activities. With the colder months upon us, hardwood maintenance becomes a staple topic of conversation for the flooring experts at both our Calgary and Edmonton locations. To help answer a few of the most frequently asked questions we’ve compiled a list of tips for those who currently have hardwood in their homes, or for those who might be considering adding hardwood floors in the near future. Check out our top advice below!

Place Mats at Entry-Points and High Traffic Areas

One of the biggest culprits when it comes to wear and tear on your flooring, regardless of the season, is the tracking in of dirt and and debris. This becomes particularly detrimental when there’s snow and excess moisture in the picture. Placing mats strategically will help to absorb any excess liquid and stop water from tracking through your home.

Mop Up Puddles and Spills Immediately

As we mentioned, excess moisture is a seasonal challenge that can cause sizeable damage to your flooring if left unattended. Tending to any snow melt or tracked in moisture on the spot will prevent it from spreading or seeing into your floorboards, circumventing any damage or mould issues.

Watch Your Use of Salt

For those of us living in colder climates, salt can be a staple when it comes to tackling ice. Unfortunately, salt and other melting agents can cause harm to your finish, meaning that you may want to look into more natural solutions like sand or fertilizer. Regardless of what you use to handle the thaw/freeze season, a standard best practice is to make sure you wipe your shoes each time you enter your home.

Regular Sweeping Goes a Long Way

Just as salt may cause harm to your flooring, dirt, grit, and mud caused by snow melt can be a source of deterioration as well. Sweeping weekly, and mopping regularly with a gentle, microfibre cloth, will go a long way towards ensuring your floors stay it top shape for the future.

Want to learn more about caring for Hardwood floors, contact our team today!

Vinyl Plank Flooring Benefits

When it comes to selecting the right kind of flooring for your new home, rental unit, or renovation, knowing the pros and cons of your various options can help make the selection process easier. Vinyl planking is an exceptionally popular product for both our Calgary and Edmonton locations; to help show why so many of our individual and commercial customers choose vinyl planks, we’ve compiled a quick list of benefits to keep you in the know. Check out our list of pros below!

Cost Effective

If you’ve read our previous piece on 2017 Flooring Trends, you’ll know that one of the biggest selling features is the lower price point compared to hardwood features. If you’re looking to cover a large space or properties that may be exposed to higher than average wear and tear (rental or commercial units), vinyl planks can provide a stylish and durable look at a lower cost.

Moisture Resistant

Another benefit of vinyl tiles is their increased resistance to moisture, making them a viable option for boot rooms, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. This is particularly beneficial to those of us living in climates that fluctuate greatly throughout the year, requiring our flooring to withstand the unique challenges presented by snow and rainfall.

Easy to Install and Repair

Compared to other flooring types, vinyl tiles are easy to install and can be placed on a variety of base surfaces, including concrete, tile, laminate, etc.

Long-Lasting, Low Maintenance

Luxury vinyl tiles require minimal upkeep and can be easily maintained with occasional sweeping and gentle mopping. Their water and heavy traffic resistance mean planks will stand up to tough conditions, saving you money in the long run.

Learn more about our flooring options by contacting a member of our team today!