What’s the Scoop on Hardwood Floors?

Are you a fan of the rustic charm of hardwood flooring? If so, you’re not alone! Hardwood flooring has long been a favourite of interior designers, homeowners, and those seeking to give their space a timeless feel. Learn more about the perks of both engineered and traditional hardwood below!

Simple and Elegant

There’s no denying the warmth and comfort wood floors bring to a room. Often used to make an area feel more spacious and inviting, hardwood lends itself to a unique elegance that is sure to give that “wow” factor for years to come.

Versatile

The natural simplicity of hardwood makes it a stylists dream with it comes to tying together a room. Ashley Fine Floors carries a wide variety of colours, grains, and plank sizes to make customizing your installation even easier.

Reliable

Hardwood floors are sturdy, and with the proper care (more on that below), will last for a considerable of time before they need to be refinished or replaced. As a result, wood floors can often increase your overall property value.

Easy to Maintain

Caring for hardwood doesn’t need to be a chore. Regular sweeping, light mopping, and the occasional gentle scrub with a designated cleaner will keep your floors looking their best.

Looking to learn more about Hardwood? Contact our team of experts today!


Why it’s time to rethink carpets

 

If you’ve taken a look through any interior design magazines or attended any home shows in the past year or so, you may have noticed a growing trend: despite hard surfaces like vinyl and hardwood being extremely popular, carpet tiles are making a quiet, stylish comeback. While the association with carpet tends to be the high-pile, thick, material that was favoured about a decade ago, there are now several different options on the market that easily blend with any home interior. If you’re looking for a cost-effective, stylish, and warm way to finish your home, carpet might just be the perfect. Learn more about this re-emerging trend below!

Welcome back!

As we said above, carpet tends to leave some homeowners feeling cautious due to the previous era of styling. Unlike the shag carpeting that we all know and love from the 70’s, today’s flooring options are much more chic and easier to maintain. Cut, loop, and combination piles give you an incredibly diverse range of options when it comes to textures, patterns, functionality, and longevity. With a little TLC, it’s easy to keep your carpets looking their best, all year round!

Tip: Learn how to care for your carpets in winter here.

Built in Comfort

One of the most appealing options for carpet, particularly in cooler environments like the Prairies is the added warmth the material brings to any space. Whether you hate freezing your toes in the morning, or shivering while watching a movie, plush carpeting can help keep you cozy during the colder months. Carpet is also much gentler on your joints if you stand for prolonged periods, and act as a natural shock absorber compared to harder alternatives.

Sound Absorbing

Have a rental unit or looking to block noise from traveling between levels? Carpet is a definite asset. Throw an underpad beneath your style of choice, and you’ll be amazed by how much quieter your space seems.

Safety

It may seem counter intuitive to consider carpeting if you have small children, but the added softness and plushness may actually be to your benefit, especially when placed on or around stairs or other dangerous areas within the home. Should your little one fall, there’s a much softer landing surface waiting to catch them.

Versatile

When it comes to the design element, carpet can be as dramatic or muted as you would like. Canadian brands like Beaulieu produce style lines with incredible options, giving you no shortage of patterns, cuts, and colours to choose from!

Ready to rethink your boring, outdated carpet and transform your home? Let us help! Contact the team at Ashley Fine Floors today to learn more.


Linoleum Flooring: Your Eco-Friendly Flooring Solution

Are you looking for a cost effective, stylish, and durable option for your home or commercial space? Linoleum flooring is one of the most versatile and understated options on the market. Learn more about the benefits of linoleum below!

Think Green

One of the most distinct advantages of linoleum flooring is the fact that it is made of all natural, biodegradable, materials, making it an eco-friendly product. Because it lacks certain plastics and varnishes used by other planks, you won’t need to worry about toxic or harmful particles being released into your home over time.

Long Lasting

Not only is linoleum incredibly durable day to day (can someone say pet and children friendly?), but it’s built to last. With proper care, linoleum can last far longer than vinyl products, averaging a lifespan of 20-40 years.

Low Maintenance

If you’re looking for a floor that can withstand heavy duty traffic with minimal effort, linoleum is a fantastic fit. Naturally water, scratch, stain, and warp resistant, your tiles are designed to withstand heavy demand while staying stylish. Simply sweep off any accumulating dust or debris and mop up spills as needed and you’re covered!

Cost Effective

One of the most attractive aspects of linoleum is the competitive price point, particularly if you’re looking at a large installation. Compared to luxury vinyl tile or laminate, linoleum typically comes in cheaper, even when the cost of installing is factored in.

Simple and Stylish

Think linoleum is bland and boring? Think again! Linoleum has plenty of versatile styles to choose from, allowing you to enjoy all of the benefits above, along with a fantastic visual compliment.

Want to learn more about linoleum? We can help! Contact the experts at Ashley Fine Floors today.


Protecting Your Rental Unit Flooring

Whether you’re a first time investment property owner or a seasoned landlord, it should come as no surprise that rental units take more abuse than the average family home. Selecting the right kind of flooring can help prevent the need for extensive repairs later and help you lease to new tenants with confidence. If you’re considering putting your property back on the market, follow the tips below to protect your floors from avoidable damage.

Consider the big picture

One of the most important aspects of protecting your floors is to understand the function and needs of every room in your property. Doing so will help you select flooring that is best suited to the area. Factors you’ll want to discuss during the decision making process are:

What is the purpose of this room? What are the corresponding challenges?

Identifying the function of each room should help you select flooring that is appropriate for the needs of the area. Examples include pairing water resistant planks in bathrooms and laundry rooms.

How many tenants am I expecting to live in the unit? How much foot traffic will the floor need to withstand?

If your space is designed to house a family, the demand on your floors will be greater than a unit made for a single person or couple. If you’re planning on making your property pet-friendly, you’ll want to factor that in as well.

Am I planning renovations in the near future? How much maintenance am I willing to put in now?

If you are aiming for a short term rental to help save up for larger renovations in the future, this may help you decide if you want to update your flooring, and what solutions work best in the interim.

When was the last time the floors were updated?

If you’re on the fence as to whether or not your flooring needs an overhaul, it’s best to consider when your current set up was put into place. Certain textiles like carpets and hardwood have more specific lifespan than other materials like vinyl, so you’ll want to take this into account. Starting fresh may actually save you money in the long run compared to having to deal with repairs or the removal of moulding carpets that may not have been adequately cared for by a previous owner.

What to choose

The reality is, every rental unit is different. While the staples of vinyl, cork, laminate, and linoleum are common choices due to their resilience and price point, it’s best to take the specific needs of your property into consideration.

Not sure where to get started? Ashley Fine Floors can help! Our team has been connecting Edmonton and area with leading flooring solutions for over 25 years. Contact our team today to learn more.


Top Commercial Flooring Choices

Selecting the right flooring for your commercial space can be a tricky process for many business owners. Your floors need to fulfil two important functions: to serve as a practical foundation for your day to day traffic, and to visually anchor the aesthetic of your space. Find out what the top choices for 2018 are, as well as a few basic tips to keep in mind.

The Staples

Carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tile, and linoleum are heavily favoured by commercial spaces, largely in part due to their durability and cost. Below are a few key aspects to consider for each.

Carpeting

Carpet tiles offer a fantastic option for those looking to bring warmth into their space, both visually and functionally. With a wide variety of tiles available, there’s no shortage of design opportunities, and different piles assist with sound dampening and insulation during the colder months. It’s worth noting that carpet may not be ideal for all areas of your commercial building, and should be used in spaces that are less prone to moisture exposure or heavy foot traffic with outdoor footwear to ensure longevity and reduce the chance of mould developing.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile has become a quick customer favourite due to the incredible range of styles available. For those looking to install flooring over a large area at a price friendly point, LVT is a surefire way to save without having to compromise on style. Best of all, the tiles are durable enough to withstand reasonable traffic and wear and tear, giving you a longterm option that requires minimal maintenance to look its best.

Linoleum

Linoleum has long been the choice for business owners that need their floors to stand up to heavy traffic and increased dirt transfer without compromising on appearance. As a low maintenance, easy to install option, linoleum is extremely durable and cast last for decades. In addition, the tiles are extremely versatile and suitable for a wide variety of applications.

Which Option Suits You Best?

If you are unsure of what to look for when selecting commercial flooring, there’s no need to worry; our teams of experts are happy to help! A few basics to keep in mind are:

  • How big is your space?
  • What is your overall budget?
  • How long do you need your flooring to last before replacement becomes a consideration?
  • What daily demands will your floors be subject to? (Heavy traffic, moisture, etc.)

Ready to get started with commercial flooring? We can help! Ashley Fine Floors has been connecting Edmonton and area with leading flooring solutions for over 25 years. Contact our team today to learn more.