How to Care For Engineered Hardwood Flooring

If you haven’t caught our previous piece on the difference between traditional and engineered hardwood, you may not know that there are two different kinds of hardwood available. As the more versatile of the two options, engineered hardwood offers enhanced resistance to humidity, as well as the ability to be installed over radiant heating. If you’re planning on installing engineered planks in your home, or are looking to care for your existing floors, below are a few pointers to help you keep your planks looking their best for years to come!

Know Thy “Enemy”

Before we delve into cleaning methods, it’s important to know the main culprits that can lead to premature damage, warping, buckling, and other issues experienced by hardwood floors. These include:

  • Improper initial installation
  • Exposure to heavy humidity, or prolonged contact with liquids
  • Scratches from debris, footwear, pets, or furniture.

Give your floors the best chance for a long life by partnering with a qualified installer and implementing a dedicated cleaning routine to eliminate the presence of other damaging factors.

Clean With Care

While hardwood flooring is quite robust, it does require caution when cleaning to avoid accidentally stripping off the seal, discolouring, or otherwise contributing to deterioration. Always:

  • Select cleaners and tools with caution. Wax-based cleaners, harsh detergents, and abrasive tools should never be used.
  • Stay on top of spills. Sitting water or liquids can cause irreversible damage.
  • Sweep your floors with a microfibre cloth or vacuum with a gentle attachment regularly (daily during the winter or during periods where more dirt and grit can be tracked in)

Prevention is the Best Form Of Protection

Give your floors additional TLC and protection by removing high heeled shoes or shoes with spikes before walking across, placing rugs at the entrance point of your room and under furniture (note, heavy furniture with pointed feet/legs may not be ideal for rooms with hardwood as they can often leave dents), and reminding guests or children to remove outdoor footwear before walking around the home.

With a plan in place, caring for your engineered hardwood can be easy. Learn more by contacting Ashley Fine Floors today!


How To Choose The Perfect Flooring For Your Home Office

Planning on transforming your spare bedroom, den, bonus room or basement into a home office? Converting extra space in your home to an office can be a fantastic way to add value to your property while giving yourself room to work in comfort. Selecting the right flooring can elevate the aesthetic of the space, as well as keep things looking pristine for the years to come. Below are a few quick tips to keep in mind when selecting flooring for a home workspace.

Three Key Factors to Keep In Mind

Before you look at specific materials, there are three main questions you need to ask yourself regarding the design and function of your new office space:

How Often Will You Use It?

There’s a large difference between a home office space designated for daily use by freelancers and remote workers versus a space intended to occasionally be used as a workspace. If you plan on spending multiple hours in the room daily, you want to choose a flooring that can handle the wear and tear of chairs and furniture being frequently moved around, etc.

What Do You Need In Your Ideal Office Space?

Everyone’s work habits and requirements are different. Do you need a quiet space to think while you dream up your next business plan? Consider a naturally sound dampening solution like cork flooring or carpet flooring. Do you want an in home space that’s suitable to wow clients when they stop by? Hardwood flooring can take your space from amateur to professional in a heartbeat. By identifying what you need, you can design your aesthetic to fit your requirements with ease.

Budget

Finally, having a clear idea of your overall budget will help guide your flooring selection. Rather than feeling limited by a certain dollar amount, rest assured that there are plenty of options designed to provide any budget with stylish solutions, many of which can mimic higher end finishes like hardwood or stone at a fraction of the cost!

Ready to design the home office of your dreams? We can help! Contact Ashley Fine Floors today to learn more.


Cork Flooring: Your Perfect Home Or Business Solution

Have you discovered the perks of cork flooring? This relatively new addition to the flooring world has plenty to offer property owners and has quickly become a popular option among home and business owners. Whether you’re eco-conscious or are simply looking for a cushioning and heat conserving option for your space, cork flooring is a great fit. Learn more about the benefits of cork, as well explore a few idea areas to install it in your home or business below!

No Shortage of Pros To Consider

Cork is a versatile material that offers multiple perks for residential and commercial spaces. Some of the most positive attributes include:

Eco-friendly

Because cork is a renewable material sourced from the bark of cork oak trees, those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint and work with sustainable materials will be pleased to know that their flooring fits within an eco-friendly home model.

Durable

Cork’s unique makeup makes it incredibly resistant to cracking, furniture dents or abrasions, as well as impermeable to gas and liquids. If you need a solution that lasts, cork is a fantastic option. When cared for correctly, cork flooring can last as long as 40 years!

Great for those with allergies

Looking to breathe fresher air and reduce your exposure to allergens, mold, and mildew? Cork has you covered! Cork is naturally resistant to bacteria, meaning you (and your lungs) can rest easy.

Safe

Cork is fire resistant and only melts at very high temperatures, making it a great fit for commercial spaces, as well as your home.

Comfortable

Cork acts as a natural cushion underfoot, helping to reduce fatigue on joints when standing for long periods of time. This makes it ideal for work spaces, fitness areas, and more. As an added benefit, the cushioning factor also makes it adept at noise reduction, which is perfect for absorbing the sound in entertainment rooms, play areas, etc.

Aesthetically versatile

Think you can’t have all these perks with a killer sense of style? Think again! Not only is cork incredibly functional, but it also comes in a wide variety of tiles, planks, colours, and sizes.

Ready to learn more? Contact us today or visit us in store!


Six Tips for Hardwood Floor Installation

Are you a fan of the timeless elegance hardwood floors bring to a space? Often viewed as the ultimate luxury, hardwood planks bring an undeniable class to any room, helping to tie together your aesthetic and serving as a statement piece for visitors to enjoy. While caring for your floors will help to extend the lifetime of the planks, proper installation is vital to preventing premature wear and damage. Below are six quick tips to keep in mind prior to hardwood installation.

1. Choose the right location

While hardwood is incredibly versatile as an aesthetic feature, it’s important to install it in the right area of your home or commercial space for the best results. Unlike other flooring varieties, hardwood is more susceptible to moisture, temperature fluctuations, scratches, and other challenges. This means that you’ll want to avoid placing it in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas that may be more prone to these kinds of factors.

2. Know which hardwood works best

One fact that property owners are often surprised to learn is that there are two different types of hardwood to choose from: traditional and hardwood. While you can read a more in-depth breakdown of the two here, you’ll want to keep in mind that engineered hardwood is slightly less affected by humidity and temperature fluctuations, making it more versatile in terms of where it can be placed.

3. Choose the best installation method for your planks

There are multiple different ways to install hardwood, including nail down, glue down, and floating methods. If you plan on doing a DIY installation, make sure you know what process works best for your planks, or eliminate the risk of mishaps entirely by partnering with an experienced flooring installation team.

4. Pick the right time to install
If you’re installing hardwood in a new or property, you’ll want to wait until the majority of construction or renovations are completed before installing your floors. This will avoid the risk of damage.

5. Properly prepare the surface

Prior to installation, you’ll want to ensure your space is dried and flat for the best results. Failure to double check can leave you with poor bonding, uneven planks, and other issues.

6. Prepare your planks

Before laying your flooring, you’ll want to make sure your planks are kept in a humidity controlled environment that prevents moisture buildup or the exposure to dampness. Ideally, have the planks delivered to your home about a week in advance to give the wood time to have acclimatized to your space.

Ready to get the home of your dreams? Contact us now to learn more about hardwood installation!


Get Your Laminate Floors Winter Ready!

Fall is underway! As Edmonton recovers from a very wet and dreary summer, September and October have brought us sunny days with some welcome warmth before we prepare for our annual dip into winter weather. Seasoned residents will know that these precious days before the snow arrive are a crucial time to prepare your home for the challenges of the month ahead. While we often think of the “big” areas to take care of (furnaces, eaves troughs, yard prep, car maintenance and more), it can be easy to forget one of the most important aspects of winter preparation: floor care. Laminate floors are a great option for Alberta’s many seasons, and with the right care plan, you can keep them looking great all winter long. Learn how to prepare your laminate for winter below!

First Things First: Why Prep?

Even if your floors are brand new and in their prime, it’s important to remember why proper prep is important. Winter can be difficult on even the toughest of flooring due to the increased moisture, dirt, sand, grit, and temperature flux your planks and tiles are exposed to. Taking the time to give them a little TLC before, during, and after the season will extend the lifetime of your planks, saving you time and money in the long run.

Create A Timeline/Schedule

While laminate flooring requires minimal effort to maintain, implementing a routine will help you stay on top of things and ensure any dirt and grime are less likely to build up over time. Aim for a few minutes once a week both in the lead up and throughout the season and you’ll be surprised how much you accomplish!

Know Your Main Culprits

Despite being water resistant, puddles of water left behind by melted snow, as well as dirt, grime, gravel, sand, and other abrasive materials can wear on the seal of your flooring. Be diligent when entering and leaving, ideally removing your outdoor shoes and using a mat at entrance points to minimize the chance of tracking them inside.

Know When To Call For Help

If your laminate is on the older side and has begun to display signs of warping, peeling, cracking, or other issues, it’s best to have a professional take a look before the elements have a chance to do additional damage.

Want to learn more about caring for laminate floors? Contact Ashley Fine Floors today!


Why You Need To Consider Linoleum Flooring For Your Next Project

If you’re looking for a cost effective, eco-conscious, and stylish flooring selection for your home, office, or other commercial space, you may be surprised to hear that linoleum is often a perfect match. As one of the most versatile and often under appreciated options available, linoleum has plenty to offer property owners. Learn more about the benefits of linoleum below!

Style With A Conscious

The home building industry has become increasingly focused on energy efficient, eco-friendly solutions. Linoleum flooring is made with all natural, biodegradable materials, making it eco-conscious. In addition, because the planks lack certain plastics and varnishes, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to worry about toxic or harmful particles being released into your home over time.

Cost Effective

Looking to fill a large space? One of the most appealing perks for homeowners is the comparatively low price as opposed to luxury vinyl tile or laminate.

Easy to Maintain

If you’re always on the go and need a floor that can withstand heavy duty traffic with minimal effort, linoleum is ideal. With linoleum being 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 once a week and mop up spills as needed!

Made to Last

As we mentioned above, linoleum is crafted to stand up to heavy duty traffic without falling apart, making it a great fit for homes with children or pets, as well as commercial spaces.

About Ashley Fine Floors

For over 25 years the team at Ashley Fine Floors has been Edmonton’s preferred supplier of high quality flooring products. As a family owned and operator store, we’re proud to offer our customers access to the best solutions on the market, including a wide selection of linoleum flooring options for all sorts of spaces. Learn more about our inventory and style choices by contacting our team today!


Discover Laminate Flooring at Ashley Fine Floors

For over 25 years, Ashley Fine Floors has been Edmonton’s top choice for flooring solutions. With an inventory that features many of the top brands in the industry, including many Canadian selections like Kraus, Beaulieu, and more, our team is proud to partner with home and business owners to find the perfect fit for their space. Among our products, you’ll find laminate tiles that are sure to bring style and elegance to your home at a competitive price.

Learn more about the benefits of laminate flooring below!

Stylish, Made To Last, Affordable

Laminate flooring has been increasingly growing in popularity over the past few years. Far from older styles that were once associated with a duller, plastic appearance, modern laminate offers a versatile palette of textures, finishes, and styles to choose from. Comprised of four layers (wear, design, core, and backing), laminate tiles are crafted to maintain their original aesthetics and protect against premature wear and tear. Benefits of laminate include:

Plenty of Style Options

Looking for a cost effective way to get that elegant hardwood look in your home? Laminate offers home and business owners a wide range of styles to choose from, including finishes like hardwood, marble and stone that are much cheaper than their counterparts.

Easy To Install

Laminate flooring is a breeze to install, with planks clicking into place quickly. For those looking for something to place over radiant heating for those winter months, laminate has you covered as well!

Durable

Whether you have little ones, pets, or are looking for flooring that goes the distance, laminate is a great fit. Moisture and scratch resistant, maintenance is easy, meaning you don’t have to worry about extra housework!

Learn more about the perks of laminate and finding the right fit for your space by contacting Ashley Fine Floors today!


Edmonton’s Top Choice For Timeless Quality Flooring

For over 25 years, Ashley Fine Floors has been a preferred supplier of flooring products for the Edmonton Region. As a family owned business, we’re proud to bring our customers high quality solutions, along with exceptional customer service and knowledge. From creating the perfect space in your home to designing an office space that wows clients and staff alike, our team is here to help. Learn more about Ashley Fine Floors, including our services and some standout features of our inventory below!

From Our Family Right To Your Front Door

With over two decades operating in Edmonton under our belt, the Ashley team has helped home and business owners from all walks of life find the perfect flooring fit for their space. Whether you’re looking to add the finishing touches to your first home, modernize a tired living area, or even just to find a function option that can stand up to the wear and tear of daily use, our experts are happy to meet with you to find the flooring that works for your needs. From the moment you walk into our gorgeous showroom, we’ll do our very best to make you feel at home, and to answer any questions you have along the way!

A Huge Inventory To Choose From

At Ashley, we make it easy to let your inner interior design star shine! With a vast inventory that features many of today’s top brands, styles, and newest products, you never have to worry about finding a solution that’s just right for your aesthetic vision, as well as your day to day needs. Brands you can find in store include:

  • Beaulieu
  • Kraus
  • Mercier
  • Tarkett
  • TRC Distribution, and more!

Our flooring varieties include hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl tile, cork, and many more to choose from.

Hassle Free Installation

Proper flooring installation of your planks or tiles plays a vital role in ensuring the longevity and appearance of your floors in the years to come. Ashley Fine Floors offers installation services for both residential and commercial clients throughout the region, giving you the peace of mind and the support you deserve.

What Are You Waiting for?

Are you ready to bring timeless elegance or modern flair to your space?  Contact Ashley Fine Floors to learn more about how we can help today!


Signs Of An Improper Flooring Installation

You’ve done the research, viewed countless different flooring options, and chosen the perfect fit for your space. Changing up your floors can breathe new life into any home and give you years of enjoyment to look forward to. Now all that’s left to do is installation! Proper installation will not only ensure your floors look their best, but are best prepared to stand the test of time. Below are 3 warning signs of a poor flooring installation to keep an eye on.

1. Large Gaps Between Planks Or Tiles

While different types of flooring will vary in the space required between each plank, large gaps are a key sign that your floors have not been placed with the proper technique. Gaps can increase your odds of water damage, warping, and buckling.

2. Lifting Corners

If planks are placed too closely together, they not be able to seal or adhere properly, leaving them prone to lifting from the foundation or cracking.

3. Premature Signs of Wear

While factors like water damage, excessive dirt built up, use of the wrong cleaning chemicals and more can accelerate the wear and tear on your floors, if you’re taking excellent care of your space and still seeing rapid deterioration, something is amiss.

What To Do

If your floors are displaying any of these issues, it’s best to have them looked at by a qualified team of experts sooner than later. Depending on the root cause, repairs may be easy to facilitate, or may require the floor to be reinstalled. Either way, the sooner you treat the issue, the better chance you have of minimizing lasting damage.

Wondering if your floors need some extra TLC? Need to find a new fit for your home? Ashley Fine Floors can help. Contact our team today to learn more!


Traditional Hardwood Vs Engineered: What You Need To Know

Hardwood floors are often seen as the ultimate luxury by homeowners looking to elevate their space and add value to their property. Fully of timeless elegance and style, hardwood flooring give your home an undeniable flair and serves as a worthwhile investment. If you’re considering adding hardwood to your space, check out a few basic facts below.

Engineered Vs. Traditional

An important aspect you’ll want to keep in mind as you begin your search for the best fit for your home is that there are two kinds of planks available: solid (or traditional) and engineered. While both look stunning, there are slight differences you should be aware of.

Solid Hardwood is crafted from a single piece of wood and thicker than its engineered counterpart. This thickness helps allow for resanding over the years, which keeps the planks looking fresh and eliminates minor wear and tear. Solid hardwood is fairly durable, but is particularly vulnerable to water damage, scratches, and shrinking and expanding due to humidity exposure.

Engineered Hardwood is comprised of several layers of high-quality plywood that are fused together, then coated with a hardwood veneer. The finished product is slightly thinner than traditional planks and only allows for planks to be renamed a few times. Contrastingly, engineered hardwood is less susceptible to humidity fluctuations and has more flexibility when it comes to where it can be placed in the home, including over concrete or radiant heating.

Which Works Best?

When it comes to deciding on any flooring materials, it’s always best to keep the unique needs of your space in mind. Depending on the area you’re looking to finish, there are a wide variety of factors to consider, including:

  • Purpose of the space
  • Environmental challenges
  • Exposure to moisture and humidity
  • Potential external damaging factors

It’s also important to bear in mind that while solid hardwood may be more expensive upfront, the ability to resand multiple times will grant extra longevity, whereas engineered hardwood may allow you to outfit more rooms in your home.

Have more questions about Hardwood? Ashley Fine Floors is your first choice team of flooring experts in the Capital region. Contact our team today to learn more.