Cork Vinyl Flooring

With vinyl flooring remaining a continuously popular staple on the market, Ashley Fine Floors has noticed a growing interest in corked backed vinyl flooring, particularly from our Calgary office. Corked backed flooring has some fantastic benefits for homeowners looking for a cost-effective way to update their living space. Read on to learn more about a few standout features of these unique products!

Built for high traffic areas

Corked backed vinyl has the standard durability of vinyl planks, meaning that they’re able to handle the wear and tear of heavy day to day use. As a bonus, the cushioning provided by the cork means that the flooring is a little gentler on joints for those frequently on their feet.

Waterproof, odor resistant, and antimicrobial

The composition of these planks make them a prime candidate from bathrooms, kitchens, mud rooms, and any other space prone to heavier moisture exposure. Cork’s natural antimicrobial properties help ward off mold and mildew, giving you peace of mind.

Sound dampening and heat insulating

Another added benefit of cork is its heightened ability to absorb sound, making your room less likely to echo, or for noise to cross over into other rooms. Cork also holds heat, meaning your toes will be a little less chilly on those cold winter mornings!

Easy to clean and maintain

The vinyl overlay means that planks are easy to install, and more importantly, have easy upkeep. Where hardwood has the concern of being less resistant to scuffs, dents and scratches, you can rest easy knowing that your floors up to every lifestyle when you choose cork backed vinyl. For this reason, may real estate agents tend to recommend this kind of flooring as a cheaper way to add longstanding value to your home.

If you’re looking at new flooring options for your home, cork backed vinyl is a fantastic option that offers both longevity and style. For more information, visit at us at our Edmonton or Calgary locations, or give us a call!


Calgary Flooring Trends 2017

With 2017 officially underway, the season’s trends and statement pieces are already starting to emerge on the market. The fine folks over at our Calgary locations would like the share two frontrunners that have begun to stand out, as well as a few tips for those looking to refresh or finish their home.

Hardwood

A timeless classic, hardwood continues to come out on top in the 2017 trends. Customers continue to enjoy the versatility and added value that both engineered and solid hardwood floors add to their home. Style wise, the industry is seeing a push towards a more rustic feel. Planks with blonde or gray tones are extremely popular amongst those looking to “open up” their space and add a lighter feel. Wide planks are on trend for the same reason, providing a chic modern look that helps rooms seem larger. Texture/grain wise, the “reclaimed wood” look continues to grow in popularity, with many customers looking for low sheen to ensure their hardwood captures a certain rustic charm.

For those looking to install hardwood for the first time, a couple of quick pointers to keep in mind are:

  • There are two types of hardwood, engineered and solid, to choose from. Solid planks are best suited to main floors and need specific conditions to be applied, whereas engineered is a little more versatile and may be placed over concrete, making it a good candidate condos, etc.
  • Hardwood and moisture don’t mix, meaning that you’ll want to avoid putting it in bathrooms. Most experts will also argue that kitchens and basements should be left alone as well, but if you’re dead set on putting hardwood in either, engineered is your best bet due to its ability to handle moisture better than solid planks.
  • Both require careful upkeep to maintain quality. Harsh chemicals, vacuums with a bristle attachment, and anything else that could scrape the surface should not be used.

Luxury Vinyl Tile/Laminate

Close behind hardwood, vinyl and laminate flooring continue to rise in preference. As a cheaper alternative to hardwood that can provide similar aesthetics, both laminate vinyl serve as an excellent way to stay in style on a budget. The push for vinyl and laminate to look as realistic as possible has driven fantastic results from manufacturers. Extensive colour and pattern options mean that it’s easy for customers to follow the above trends while enjoying the benefits of more flexible materials. The rustic look, wide planks, blonde and gray tones and a muted sheen are all on trend within the laminate/vinyl world. Those looking to add either vinyl or laminate flooring to their home will enjoy benefits beyond affordability including:

  • Quick installation
  • Durability and resistance to moisture
  • Easy upkeep

Whatever your style is, Ashley Fine Floors has an option for you. Contact us today to learn more about our products and how we can help you keep your home looking its best!


How Luxury Vinyl Tile Can Be Your Secret Weapon When it Comes to Style and Durability

Did you know that there’s a flooring style that allows you have the elegance of hardwood, ceramic, or stone at a fraction of the cost? Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) gives you just that, as well of the benefit of being durable,a natural sound barrier and a great option for those that are looking for an option that’s more forgiving on their joints. This lesser known luxurious option is low maintenance, easy to install, and capable of adhering to existing surfaces.

A blend of linoleum and laminate, LVT truly offers home and business owners the best of both worlds. Suitable for high traffic areas that are prone to exposure to moisture, it’s resistance to dents, scuffs, and stains makes it fantastic alternative for customers looking for a versatile solution to fit their space. Luxury vinyl tile allows you to customize your look without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for a muted, inviting, or refined aesthetic, your flooring needs can easily be met by this fantastic product.

Maintenance is simple. Grouting will resist cracking, as well as disguise initial dirt build up. To clean, merely damp mop or vacuum with a soft bristle floor attachment as needed. Avoid soap based detergents, excessive water, or abrasive cleaners that may unintentionally scratch or tear the tile. Installation is equally painless, leaving you with a

To find out more about Luxury Vinyl Tiles and how they can best suited for both professional contractors and DIY renovation projects, contact us today!


How to Properly Take Care of Your Carpet

Carpets, throw rugs and other soft floor coverings can add a lot to the ambiance and atmosphere of a house. They can add colour, texture, warmth and a sense of cozy hominess that hard floors can’t always provide. Even if you prefer hard floors, the occasional throw rug can help to protect your flooring and contribute to the general cleanliness of the house. Whether you’ve gone with full room carpeting or just a few rugs here and there, it’s important to give your carpets proper maintenance in order to keep them looking bright and clean. Here are some things you can do to care for your rugs.

Vacuum Regularly

This is a very simple way to keep your carpets in excellent condition. High traffic areas should be vacuumed daily, while the rest of the house should be vacuumed according to a regular schedule. Even lower traffic areas can become built up with dust and debris over time, and the longer it stays where it is, the deeper it will be ground into the carpet making it harder to remove. Make certain to use a high-quality vacuum cleaner and be careful to cover all exposed carpet, even if you have to move furniture, plants and throw rugs to do it.

Protect Trouble Spots

There’s something welcoming about a carpet that comes all the way up to the door, but that stretch of carpet can be a nightmare to keep clean. The same goes for the patch of carpet next to the kitchen floor, which is vulnerable to people unwittingly tracking spilled food out of the kitchen. If your dining room is carpeted, it is an obvious trouble spot. Make sure to protect these easily stained areas by putting down mats, adding throw rugs and cleaning regularly. You can also reduce the amount of dirt that is tracked in from outdoors by instituting a “no shoes in the house” rule, stopping dirt, mud and other debris at the door.

Take Care of Spills Immediately

Since carpets are (obviously) on the floor, the odds are good that anything you drop or spill will make its way down there no matter how careful you are. However, just because you’ve spilled something, it doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on your carpet. Blot out stains immediately, and vacuum up dry spills. Keep a bottle of spot cleaner on hand for when accidents happen. The sooner you get to work removing a stain, the greater chance you’ll have of eliminating it completely.

Start With Good Quality

High quality carpets are not only easier to maintain than poorly made floor coverings, they are so beautiful that you will want to spend the extra time it takes to keep them looking like new. Ashely Fine Floors sells gorgeous carpets, rugs and other flooring options to give your home the look you want. We also provide comprehensive instructions on how to care for all of our merchandise and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Let us help you make your home beautiful!

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The Benefits of Cork Flooring

We live in a world that is highly conscious about the concept of sustainability, especially when it comes to corporate practices and the products we use. This is why cork flooring is such a great option for the modern home owner.

Renewable resources
Cork wood is highly renewable, unlike other types of trees. Although trees do grow back and are technically a renewable resource, they take a long time to grow to a usable size. Cork trees are different and the wood is harvested differently, making them much more efficient and environmentally friendly as a building resource.
Cork is a particular kind of oak tree, and cork wood comes from the bark of that tree. At 25 years of age, a cork tree’s bark can be harvested without cutting down and killing the tree. The bark regenerates every 8 to 14 years, depending on the tree and where it is grown.

Eco-friendly
Prepping cork for the building industry does not require as much work as other woods do. On top of that, very little waste is produced in the process. This means a reduction in energy usage and a reduction in the manufacturer’s carbon footprint. What you may not realize is that cork flooring isn’t a primary by-product of cork oak trees, in fact, cork oak is primarily used to fashion wine bottle corks, with all the excess and trimmings being refined into cork flooring – this is why there is so little waste.

Let’s not forget comfort is king
Cork floors are naturally soft on the feet. The wood has a spongy quality to it, and this translates into a cushioned and comfortable flooring surface beneath your feet. Cork is available in a variety of shades too, so not only can you get genuinely comfortable flooring, you can find it in a variety of warm and inviting shades.

Don’t be fooled – soft can also mean strong
It may be soft on your feet, but cork flooring is very durable. The wood is impermeable to liquids and although a piece of furniture may leave a slight indentation on your cork flooring, the wood will bounce back and that indent will disappear all on its own. When properly maintained and cared for, cork floors can last up to 40 years.

The healthy choice
Cork is naturally resistant to mould, mildew and termites. It is not a product that gives off gasses as it ages and it will not shed and fibres that may make their way into the air. This is the perfect choice for any home where air quality is a top priority, or where a damp climate is normal.

Safety first
Cork is not considered a highly combustible wood. In a fire, cork is highly fire resistant and only prone to melting or burning at very high temperatures. When burnt or melted, cork releases less smoke and fewer toxins into the air than wood flooring alternatives like vinyl or laminate.

If you’ve been looking for an alternative flooring material, then you have found it. Cork is available in tiles and planks and in a large variety of colour options. If you are concerned about making environmentally friendly choices when building or renovating your home, cork is a natural decision with far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for your home and your family.

Call us today to discuss your flooring needs.


How to Get Your Spring Cleaning Started

Spring is that time of the year when the weather starts to get warm, the birds begin to sing, and you start to notice that your house is extremely cluttered. It can be a pain to even think about how to begin cleaning your home, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult task. If you are able to plan your spring cleaning before you start, it’s going to be much more organized and a lot less time-consuming.

If you have a hard time getting started on cleaning your home, here are some tips and tricks for getting the job done.

Make a list
Before you start your spring cleaning, it is important to figure out exactly what it is you want to do. Make a list of all of the important and neglected areas of your home that need a good scrubbing or decluttering. Maybe you need to purge some of your clothing (to make room for more, of course), or maybe you want to finally clean the gunk and dust off of your window sills. No matter the task, making a list of your chores is an easy way to keep track of what you want to do and what you’ve already done. Plus, it always feels great to cross a task off of your list!

Don’t end up anti-purging
When we decide we’re going to get rid of clutter and old things we may not necessarily need anymore, we go in with a strong motivation and a will to purge many of the items we no longer deem worthy for our home. However, when the time actually comes to start getting rid of things, we often find ourselves keeping almost everything. We somehow are able to find a use for that pen you got from the dentist five years ago, even though it no longer works. It’s a strange urge to want to keep useless things, but it happens. When you make a plan to purge, resist the urge to run the other way.

Bring a buddy
When you need to get rid of old things or clean up your space, recruit a buddy to help you. You can repay them with pizza and other tasty treats for their service. A friend can help you take that extra leap to get rid of things you no longer need (if worse comes to worse, they can literally pry it from your hands). They can tell you if a particular shirt no longer looks good on you. It’s extremely helpful.

When you need to get spring cleaning, the only way to get it done is to buckle down and make a solid plan. Make sure you go in prepared in order to achieve success. Your home will be clean and back to normal in no time!

Now that your home is nice and clean, you’re probably thinking about a fresh start! Why not start with new flooring? Ashley Fine Floors has the selection and service you need to affordably upgrade your flooring in Edmonton and Calgary. Contact us now!


How to Properly Clean Hardwood Floors | Edmonton & Calgary

 

Hardwood floors are some of the most beautiful and natural enhancements we can have in our homes, and they require maintenance to keep them looking their best. This maintenance starts with proper cleaning. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to safety clean this valuable type of flooring.

Please note that there is a great variety of hardwood flooring available and each comes with manufacturer’s instructions on proper care and maintenance. This guide is for general use only and does not replace the cleaning and care manual provided by the manufacturer.

  1. Start with a Sweep

The first and most important thing to do when you are cleaning hardwood floors is to start with a solid sweep. Taking a soft bristle broom to your hardwood floors will get rid of the bigger dirt particles and other things that can get in the way of the later steps.  Vacuuming with a soft brush, but without the roller brush that’s designed for carpets, can make this quick work, but a traditional broom and dustpan will do just as good a job.

  1. Mop Up Remaining Dust

Once the sweeping is finished and all those larger pieces are gone, it’s time to focus on the tiny dust particles and pieces that sweeping leaves behind. The best way to clean up this dust is with a mop, water, and some cleaner. Combine the cleaner and water in a bucket as per the instructions, and soak up the concoction with a mop. Be sure to wring out the mop as much as possible before wiping the floor, a technique that’s sometimes referred to as “dry mopping.” Be sure to get into all the corners and crevices possible, and take care not to step where you’ve mopped, since that will leave noticeable marks.

  1. Use Some Elbow Grease

The above two steps will get rid of almost all the usual dirt and dust that accumulates on hardwood floors, but sometimes a deep cleaning is necessary. Hardwood has a tendency to attract grime, oil, and other tough-to-clean substances that the sweeping and mopping simply can’t clean up effectively. That’s where some good, old fashioned scrubbing comes in handy. Get some specialty hardwood cleaner, read the instructions, and don’t be afraid to get on your hands and knees to scrub out those tough spots. Be careful to use only soft cloths, no rough brushes, since you can scrub off the protective varnish on your hardwood and expose it to further damage. Be sure to rinse off the cleaner with some clean water after you’ve finished and don’t leave a pool of water on the floor.

It’s best to avoid hardened substances like dried ketchup on your flooring by wiping up spills as soon as they happen. If you don’t, you risk scratching and discoloring your floors.

Once your hardwood floor is clean, it’s important to practice regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. This includes having professionals varnish your floors every few years, and using preventative maintenance tactics, like placing rugs in traffic-heavy areas and monitoring the humidity in the room.

Contact Us for more information on our Hardwood flooring in Edmonton or Calgary.


Things to Consider when Choosing New Flooring

When it comes to flooring, there are a lot of different factors to consider, from where it’s going to what it’s made of. Choosing the right flooring can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, flooring can be a fun and exciting experience, one where you can create a whole new feel for a space and make an investment into your future. If you’re looking for new flooring, here are some tips to help make the decision-making process much easier.

  1. Set a Budget

The first thing anyone needs to do is set a budget. You do this before you’ve looked at different flooring types, before you’ve priced out installers, maybe even before you’ve decided you need new flooring. Without a carefully planned budget, your flooring experience can, and most likely will, go off the rails. The reason being that flooring can get very expensive very quickly, so it’s important to know your financial limits. Be realistic with your budget and available funds before you head out looking at new floors. That way, you can be happy with the final product without worrying about your financial future.

  1. Think About the Space

Different flooring works best in different spaces, and different spaces have different demands on your flooring. A kitchen, for example, needs to be durable and easy-to-clean because it’s a place with lots of messes and lots of traffic. Bathrooms need to be waterproof and tactile because the floors experience a lot of water and a lot of people stepping onto those same wet floors. When looking at flooring, it’s important to balance the right look with the needs of the space, and never compromise on the practical in favour of an aesthetic choice. The best flooring for you will balance both, and it’s sure to be around if you’re willing to have patience and take the time to look.

  1. Get the Right Look

While aesthetics aren’t as important as practical qualities, that doesn’t mean your floors can’t look good. When you’re hunting around for new flooring, be sure to think about what you want the space to look like, either as it is or with future renovation projects in mind. A beautiful white carpet may match your furniture now, for example, but if you’re getting a new couch, it’s best to think about what carpet will look best. The same goes for kitchen flooring and appliances, and bedrooms and bedroom sets. Finding something that’s complementary and beautiful will be a fun way to think about how your space looks, now and into the future.

When it comes to floors, there’s a lot of things to consider, but that doesn’t mean the experience has to be overwhelming. Be sure to think about your budget first, then your practical needs. Finally, be sure to get something that looks great. It may seem like a balancing act, but our flooring experts at Ashley Fine Floors can help you pick the perfect flooring for your budget and vision.