Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Rental Unit

With the rental market becoming a popular secondary source of income for property investors and owners, many first-time buyers find themselves tasked with the challenge of renovating their purchase to create a viable unit. Painting, plumbing, and all of the other aspects of a home renovation can be overwhelming without a clear guide to success. That’s why the team at Ashley Fine Floors has put together a two part list of things to consider when it comes to outfitting your rental properties with the best flooring options. Check out our top tips below:

3 Things to Consider Upfront

Before you get to work extensively planning your designs and layout, there are a few things you’ll want to have in mind from the start.

1. Rentals take more abuse than your typical property

As elegant as hardwood flooring may look, it may not be your best bet to stand up to the demands of tenant life. Rental properties are (unfortunately) subject to more wear and tear than the average abode. Planning ahead and choosing a flooring option that’s capable of withstanding the extra demand of tenants will save you time and money in the long run.

2. Remember your end objective

At the end of the day, the goal of a rental unit is to net a profit for the owner. Choose a flooring option that is not only stylish and durable, but also cost-effective for your space. Vinyl, laminate, and cork flooring all tend to be price friendly and able to withstand the high demands of rotating residents without the need for constant repair.

3. Understand the needs of each room

A key aspect of making sure your rental property is well-equipped is knowing the unique needs of each room. Bathrooms, kitchens, industrial spaces, and basements will have very different requirements then your typical living space. Be mindful of the necessity to waterproof and protect against other environmental hazards associated with the use of a certain space to prevent premature aging or damage.

Now that you know you a few of the basics to have in mind, part two will cover some more specific aspects of outfitting your rental unit. Stay tuned to learn more, or contact our team directly!


Winter Carpet Maintenance

Now that the cooler months have arrived it’s time for homeowners to consider the proper care for their carpets throughout the winter. Snow, dirt, and busy schedules can create wear and tear on even the best-kept surfaces. To avoid needing to replace your carpets earlier than usual, here are a few of our top tips for Winter Carpet Maintenance.

Place Mats Strategically

For rooms that will see higher daily traffic, it’s important to place mats at the entrance. Why? Mats will help you trap dirt and moisture before they can come into contact with your carpets. They’re also far easier to remove and clean, meaning you’ll spend less time on overall maintenance. For good measure, you’ll want to try and give your mats a good shake out/vacuum every other week, or as needed.

Shoes off!

It can be easy to forget to remove our shoes, especially when in a hurry. Taking those extra few seconds during the winter, however, can be a lifesaver for your floors. Salt, sand, dirt, and of course snow that are trapped in your tread can easily get buried in carpet fibres. Not only does that become tedious to remove, but where moisture is concerned, exposure can also lead to moulding or onset signs of carpet rot.

Amp up your care

Vacuuming may not be your favourite chore, but when it comes to extending the life of your carpet, it’s a must during the colder months. As we said, there’s a variety of different containments that could damage your flooring if left untreated. Try to double your typical vacuuming schedule. If you typically do bi-weekly, try to plan for once a week, etc. It’s also important to spot clean if you notice a trail of dirt being left behind.

Bonus tip:Notice a build up of road salt or sand? Fret not! You can treat it early on by mixing a 1-1 solution of water and white vinegar and misting it over the area (careful not to use too much. You want it moist, not soaked). From there, use a microfiber or terry cloth towel to gently blot the area, reabsorbing as much moisture as possible. Then, carefully rinse the area with warm water to remove any vinegar leftover and again, blot to absorb any moisture.

Plan to have your carpets professionally cleaned in the Spring

It’s a best practice to have your carpets professionally cleaned once a year to extend their lifetime, and most people opt to this in the Spring. That way all of the dirt and grime that may have accumulated during the winter is removed, leaving your carpet plush and like new! One thing to remember here is: book early! Many cleaners are booked months in advance, especially once the snow starts to melt. Thinking ahead will save you money, and avoid a potential headache.

Carpets are a fantastic way to keep your home warm and cozy in cooler temperatures. To learn more about what styles are best suited to your home, contact us today!


Ashley Fine Floors: Your Source for Flooring Repairs!

As repair and renovation season hits full stride, homeowners are constantly in search of the best ways to remedy or improve their various projects. Ashley Fine Floors is proud to offer full-time service repair and installation services for a variety of issues including:

  • New flooring installs
  • Carpet replacement
  • Damage inspection and repair for hardwood, vinyl, tile, and carpet flooring
  • Replacing grout
  • Linoleum repair
  • Insurance related repairs and more

In addition to these services, Ashley’s team of experts has extensive experience with designing and consulting for custom projects such as cabinet design, basement refurbishing, counter installations, or bathroom renos (we do tiling for showers and more!). We welcome seasoned DIYers, first-time homeowners, commercial property managers, and everyone in between. No matter what your style is, Ashley Fine Floors is pleased to partner with our customers to provide exceptional service. For all of your flooring needs this summer (and beyond), we welcome you to visit our Edmonton and Calgary showrooms any time, or to contact us for more information!


Signs of Carpet Rot: What to Look For and How to Treat It

Have you recently experienced a water leak in your home and are wondering if your carpet has sustained lasting damage? Moulding carpets pose significant health and structural damage if left untreated. Read on to learn how to spot the signs of carpet rot before it’s too late!

When should I be worried?

If your carpets are older, located in higher risk areas (basements, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.), or have been exposed to lots of moisture, it’s best to keep a careful eye on things to make sure you don’t fall victim to mould. As carpets age, and especially when located in the areas mentioned above, the fibres degrade, leaving the area more susceptible to water damage. The average lifespan for a high traffic area carpet is roughly seven years compared to 12 years or more for low traffic areas. If you’re coming to the tail end of these time periods, you’ve probably begun to notice some natural wear and tear. If things are seeming a little more lacklustre than expected, however, you may want to have things looked at.

Are there visible signs of mould?

Not to be confused with signs of accelerated ageing, sometimes certain types of fungus can become visible on the carpet surface after acute exposure to water or other contaminants. Depending on the source, you may be able to spot clean without needing to replace things completely. If you know for certain that the cause of your mould problem is containable (i.e. a piece of food that got discarded and forgotten and has since been removed), you can likely get away with cleaning the area with a portable cleaner and call it a day. A word of caution here: if you don’t know for sure that your mould source has been contained, or that it hasn’t penetrated past the surface, it’s best to take a deeper look.

Are your allergies out of control?

If you find your allergies are exceeding your typical seasonal reactions, carpet rot may be an option to consider, especially in homes with pets. Pet dander can work its way into fibres, making it harder to vacuum up. In addition, the dirt, dust, residual fecal matter, and moisture that cling to Fido’s paws can be particularly hard on carpet materials, making it critical to maintain best practices. Always wipe your pet’s paws before they run loose in the house to minimize the exposure to harmful particles that could lead to rot and decay.

Notice a particular smell that just won’t go away?

If there’s a lingering musty scent in the air even after a deep clean, especially in basements or bathrooms, you’re likely going to want to have your carpets evaluated. Mould spores carry a distinctive odor that is both distinct and dangerous. If you’ve noticed a smell hanging around, it’s better to be safe and contact professionals right away.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your home, Ashley Fine Floor’s experts can help. Contact us today and we’re happy to help you find the best solution!


Tips for Spotting Water Damage in Floors

Summer is just around the corner, and as most Albertans will know, our warmer months are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to rain and other sources of moisture. Unchecked standing water can lead to structural damage and mould growth, both of which cause significant headaches for homeowners. Learn how to spot the signs of water damage early on by following the steps below.

Look for any signs of water accumulation

Puddles, leaks, and other forms of water build up are one of the primary sources of long-term water damage to your home. Check around old appliances, pipes, kitchen and bathroom faucet, etc. to make sure you catch any moisture before it has a chance to sit. Do you best to dry any water spots, and take things a step further by exercising caution and minimizing the amount of liquid you use while cleaning. The less moisture your floors are exposed to on a regular basis, the better.

Be aware of any sudden odors

If you catch of whiff of a tell-tale musty scent in the air, there’s a sure bet that you’ve got a problem on hand. This applies in particular for lower levels of the home, where traffic may be less frequent, and leaks are more commonly left unnoticed. If you do notice a smell, rather than simply masking it, focus on identifying and correctly remedying the source. Failure to do so can lead to mould growth running rampant, which will cause much bigger issues in the future.

Discoloration

If you’ve noticed a change to the coloring of your finish, tiles, or even wood planks themselves, you’ve got a problem that needs to be dealt with swiftly. Common signs on laminate flooring are the appearance of brown, yellow, or copper spots that spread over time. Contact an expert quickly to have things evaluated and to hopefully circumvent the need for replacements.

Warping, sagging, buckling, or expanding

If there’s been a sudden change in texture to your floors, especially if they’re hardwood, there’s a solid chance this indicates a larger issue usually caused by water seeping through. Again, you’ll want to contact an expert as soon as possible since these problems typically manifest when water damage is in a more acute phase.

What do you do if you find damage?

The best thing to do, as mentioned above is get in contact with flooring experts sooner than later. Ashley’s team of floor care specialists can assist in the evaluation of water damage, drying out floors, and if necessary, full-scale replacements. Call us today to find out how we can help!


Keeping your Carpets Spring Clean Fresh Year Round

As part three of our ‘Spring Clean’ series, Ashley Fine Floors is pleased to offer our top tips for caring for the carpet in your home. As a carpet supplier for the Edmonton and Calgary areas, our staff our frequently asked how to best maintain products once they are installed in a customer’s home. To make sure your carpets stay fresh and free of mold or allergens, follow these easy steps!

Vacuum your highest traffic areas daily if possible

While it may seem like a bit of a chore, give your space a quick once over will work wonders to preventing the overall build-up of dirt, grime, dust and more. Again, you don’t have to worry about being overly meticulous, but every little bit helps. Plan to do a more thorough clean once a week, and a professional deep treatment every 12-18 months to promote the best longevity possible. If you have pets, you’ll want to get a vacuum that balances the need for a deep cleaner without being too abrasive to the carpet fibres themselves.

Book your deep clean well in advance, and to avoid the treated area anywhere from 8-24 hours

If you’re thinking of having your carpets cleaned during the typical peak season (hint: spring and fall), try to contact your cleaner well in advance. Cleaners book up fast, so being proactive is in your best interest. One other thing to keep in mind is that treated floors take the time to dry, meaning you’ll need to avoid the area while moisture evaporates.

Spot clean spills and stains as they happen

Staying on top spills and stains will help you avoid lasting damage. Use microfiber cloths and paper towels to mop up moisture and blot out stains. If your stain is of the trickier variety, you may need to enlist the help of a spot cleaner. In that case, follow the directions carefully, and use only the necessary amount to avoid accidental moisture build up carpet burns or other unfortunate mishaps. Remember to always blot stains and spills, not rub!

Use mats to prevent the tracking of mud and dirt

Prevention is the best treatment for any flooring. Placing area rugs or mats in key areas will help reduce the wear and tear on your carpet as well as trap pesky dirt particles before they hit your carpet. Remember to vacuum and shake this out regularly as well, or eventually, the trapped grit will migrate.

Want to learn more about having carpet installed in your home? Give us a call today!


Discover your HomeStyle with Ashley Fine Floors

Ashley Fine Floors is proud to announce that we are an exclusive carrier of Your HomeStyle products at our Edmonton location. Your Homestyle blends modern, elegant and reliable styling into beautiful products, sure to leave your home looking stunning.

Your HomeStyle has products perfect for any need, including Luxury Vinyl Tile, laminate, hardwood, carpet, and sheet vinyl. Whether your personal style is ultra-modern, bohemian, or timelessly elegant, Your Homestyle’s wide range has you covered. Created by Beaulieu in 1999, YHS’ unique color-coded system offers a simplified approach for consumers, catering directly to personal style choices and allowing our sales associate to introduce you to your perfect match with ease! The Your HomeStyle website allows you to take quizzes to decide which style works best for you, and makes it easy to learn more about the products we’re excited to be carrying! Come visit our showroom to see everything up close and to speak to with our flooring experts today.

As an extra bonus, check out our commercial, now running on Global and share with your friends so they’re in the know as well. See you in store!


Proudly Supporting Canadian Suppliers

At Ashley Fine Floors, we pride ourselves on carrying the best products available on the market. As Canada celebrates it’s 150th anniversary this year, and as a family run business that’s Alberta based, we are proud to offer customers a broad range of products from some of our nation’s top producers. Amongst our most popular brands are Beaulieu Canada, Mercier Hardwood and Kraus Flooring.

We are proud to offer flooring services for a variety of purposes including Residential, Commercial, and Insurance needs. Ashley’s team of experts are also able to handle the installation of our products. For all of your flooring needs, we invite you to visit our showrooms in Calgary or Edmonton and to speak with one of our highly qualified team members. Whether you’re planning a renovation, DIY project, need to replace existing damage or more, we can help! From carpet to hardwood, we have it all.

Contact us today to learn more about our products and services!


Caring for Hardwood Floors

One of the most common questions we get from customers is how to care for their hardwood floors. Whether you’re looking at engineered or the more traditional solid variety, hardwood planks are a stylish addition to any home (learn more about selecting which type of hardwood works best for you here). Understandably, with the effort that goes into choosing the right brand, fit, and grain for your home, people want to make sure they’re equipped to take care of their new investment long term. Here are Ashley Fine Floors top tips for maintaining your hardwood floors!

Know what your finish is and clean accordingly

This is one of the first elements you’ll want to take into consideration before you clean. While all types of planks share common aspects, your finish can have a significant impact on what kinds of cleaning materials you should and shouldn’t use. Most new models have a polyurethane, urethane, or polyacrylic coating. These types of finishes are water and stain resistant, making them a little more durable, as well as water/stain resistant. If you have a shellac, lacquer, or varnish finish, however, you’ll need to exercise more caution to avoid eroding your finish or causing damage. Always do your homework ahead of time to avoid and unfortunate mishaps!

Be prepared to do a light clean often

Hardwood floors are easy to keep spotless, but a big part of maintaining the quality of your planks is consistent upkeep. Doing a gentle sweep with a microfibre mop will pick up dirt before it accumulates and saves you time in the long run. It’s also a good idea to do a once over with your vacuum (using a flooring friendly attachment) and quick mop weekly if you have the time.

Deep cleaning

Despite your best efforts, it’s inevitable that you’re going to have to do a more involved “cleanse” every once in a while. If you’ve kept on top of overall dirt and grimed build up, this should be easy, but there’s still a few pointers you’ll want to bear in mind. First and foremost, avoid any harsh chemicals or cleaning utensils that may damage your planks by eating through your finish or scratching the surface. Ideally, using a warm, lightly moistened microfiber cloth should help, but if you find that you need to use a cleaning agent, be sure to dilute the solution first. Spot clean any problem areas or stains, and always make sure you do your best wipe off any excess moisture to avoid the potential for warping or mould growth.

Hardwood floors are one of the number one ways to add value to your home. By following these tips, you should be able to keep them looking their best for the future. To learn more about these or other types of flooring, give us a call today!


Caring for Luxury Vinyl Tile

Spring Clean Season is in full swing. As homeowners consider renovations, expansions, and various DIY projects, maintaining your home’s floors is often at the front of mind. Whether you’re looking to care for a newer installation or give your long term flooring some TLC, Ashley Fine Floors is happy to offer some of our top tips on caring for Luxury Vinyl Tile.

What is Luxury Vinyl Tile?

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a highly popular product on today’s market, allowing home and property owners to mimic the look of stone, ceramic, or hardwood flooring at a fraction of the cost. Design options are plentiful, and installation is a breeze, making the tile the ideal choice for a hassle-free upgrade.

How to care for your floors

Once your floors have put into place, maintenance is relatively easy. A little effort goes a long way, meaning that you won’t have to worry about spending hours on cleaning. Keep these points in mind, and your floors will uphold their lustre for years to come!

Use floor mats as the first line of defence

Stop the build up of dirt and grit before it starts by strategically placing mats at key entry points. Not only does this give the opportunity to “accessorize” your design, but it will go a long way towards preventing scratching and other damage.

Sweep Often

Giving your floors a quick sweep once a week is another solid line of defence when it comes to keeping your floors looking their best. While you’ll want to avoid using any brooms or cleaning instruments that are abrasive, putting in a few minutes here and there will give you great results in the long-term.

Treat your floors gently and use the right products

Just like abrasive cleaning tools should be avoided to prolong the life of your tile, making sure you use the right products on your floors can make a huge difference. Avoid harsh chemicals or heavy duty cleaners, and exercise caution when it comes to applying waxes. Clean spills quickly with a microfiber cloth to avoid staining and make sure you rinse thoroughly after washing to prevent soap residue.

Preserve sheen by double checking before you wax

As we said above, it’s important to use caution before applying wax to your floors. It may seem tempting to go for that ‘extra glossy’ glow, but if your tile isn’t compatible with wax, you could cause lasting damage. Always double check before applying, and even if your tile is wax friendly, use sparingly to avoid build up.

Using these tips when you clean will help your floors look their best through the years. To learn more about Luxury Vinyl Tile, or other types of flooring for your home, give us a call today!