Installing and Caring for Linoleum Flooring

Ashley Fine Floors, we believe that choosing the right planks or tile is the only the first step in a perfect flooring experience. As a leader supplier and installer of flooring solutions, including linoleum, vinyl, and hardwood, within the Edmonton Capital Region, we understand just how important it is to ensure your product is properly placed. Our team of experts helps alleviate DIY stress, guarantees floor longevity, and prevents avoidable issues like warping and buckling by carefully installing your planks with the best methods available. Learn some key linoleum installation and care tips below.

Where Can You Install Linoleum?

One of the biggest benefits of linoleum is how versatile it is in terms of installation options. Capable of being installed in bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, over concrete and radiant heating, linoleum flooring is home and office friendly, as well as cost effective.

What To Do After Installation

Allow your flooring to set for at least one week before you do any wet washing or scrubbing. You’ll want to be gentle with your floors in general at this point, and should only use microfibre cloths or mops to handle any unexpected spills or moisture to avoid damaging the setting process.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Despite being durable, you should never use harsh cleaning agents on your linoleum floors. Doing so can strip away the protective seal of your tile and leave your floors vulnerable to damage.

Clean regularly

Once your floors have settled into place, adopting a regular cleaning schedule is the best way to keep them looking fresh. Fortunately, linoleum is easy to maintain. Sweep, vacuum (using a low, gentle setting), and mop once a week or as needed to prevent dirt from building up.

Time for a flooring upgrade? Let Ashley Fine Floors help you find the perfect fit! Contact our team today to learn more.


The Beginners Guide to Traditional and Engineered Hardwood

Looking to add a touch of timeless elegance to your home and increase your property value? Hardwood flooring demands attention and holds an undeniably classic style that is sure to enhance your home. If you’re contemplating making the investment of hardwood floors, before are a few fast facts you’ll want to keep in mind.

There Are Two Different Kinds

Despite being sold under the “hardwood umbrella” there are two distinct types of planks available on the market: solid and engineered.

Solid (or Traditional) Hardwood is made of a single piece of wood, and is thick enough to allow for multiple resandings over the years. Solid hardwood is durable, but can be vulnerable to scratches and shrinking and expanding due to humidity exposure.

Engineered Hardwood is crafted from several layers of high-quality plywood that are melded together and then coated with a hardwood veneer. Slightly less thick than traditional hardwood and therefore only able to be sanded a few times, engineered hardwood is less susceptible to humidity fluctuations and can be placed in areas where traditional hardwood cannot such as over concrete or radiant heating.

Which To Choose?

As with any kind of flooring, both traditional and engineered hardwood have unique benefits. While traditional hardwood may be a little more expensive upfront, the ability to be sanded multiple times gives extra longevity and the thickness of the boards certainly makes them sturdy. Contrastingly, engineered hardwood is a little more flexible in its placement and can afford the same style in rooms that you may not be able to place traditional planks.

At Ashley Fine Floors, we carry the leading brands for both traditional and hardwood flooring. Visit our store or chat with our experts now to learn more about which type of planking is best suited for your space!


How to Treat Carpet Stains

Have an “oops” moment and left a nasty spill all over your carpet? If you’re worried about preventing a stain or long term damage, take a moment to breathe and follow our quick tips below!

Don’t Panic

First and foremost, keep in mind that many different kinds of stains can usually be removed from your carpet if you catch them early enough. Common culprits like wine, coffee, blood, grass, mud, and tomato sauce may look jarring, but with the right tools in hand, you might just be able to fix your spill without any lasting reminders. Before we break down a few reliable methods, the number one rule to remember is:

BLOT, Don’t Scrub

To remove a stain, you want to lift it from your carpet fibres, not risk scrubbing them deeper or spreading it. Gently blotting any excess liquid is your first step for success.

Know What You’re Working With

Another key component of a successful stain removal is knowing how to neutralize the substance you want to get rid of. Some will do well with just water, but for other substances you may need additional help. Examples of water soluble spills include:

  • Berries
  • Colas
  • Gravy
  • Mud
  • Excrement (sorry, mom!)
  • Ice cream, and more.

Examples where you may need to boost your cleaning power include:

  • Blood
  • Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Mustard and more.

Ramp up your solution with 1 tablespoon of fabric friendly ammonia (not on wool or wool blend carpets) or a gentle detergent. Avoid using bleach if you are unsure of what kind of carpet you have, or if you are unsure if it is best suited as it can easily harm your flooring.

Advanced Stains

Sometimes, life happens. For stains that have been left for a considerable amount of time, or contain lipids, oils, or waxes, you may face some difficulty. If you’re unsure of how to proceed…it might be best to consult a professional before making any moves.

Don’t stress

Mistakes happen, we get it! If it’s time to replace the past and forget about your little mishap, visit Ashley Fine Floors to find the perfect carpet to bring your space back to life!


Caring for newly-installed Hardwood

Planning on treating yourself to a brand new Hardwood floor, but wondering how you can best care for your new investment? We can help! As a leading supplier and installer of hardwood planks in the Edmonton area, the experts at Ashley Fine Floors are here to help you protect your purchase. Read on to learn about early care of newly installed hardwood below!

Know what works best for the wood you’ve selected

While there are common aspects fo caring for hardwood planks, certain varieties may have unique needs or requirements depending on the finish and grain of your flooring. Knowing exactly what your floors need will help you use the right products and techniques from the start.

Be aware of the challenges of your space

Despite its durability, hardwood can be vulnerable to certain environmental factors that you’ll want to keep in mind to prolong the life of your planks. If your room has prolonged exposure to sunlight, or may experience humidity fluctuations during seasonal shifts, it may be ideal to consider adding a throw rug or curtains to help avoid sun bleaching or moisture build up.

Careful with furniture and heavy objects

If your hardwood is in dining area or room with lots of furniture, you’ll want to be very mindful of exercising caution when moving things around. Adding felt pads to the feet of chairs and tables to avoid scratches, dents, and dings.

Gentle cleaning

When it comes to cleaning your hardwood, gentle is the keyword you want to have in mind. Avoid using anything abrasive, and always check to make sure any solution you’re using is designed specifically for your flooring. Never use harsh substances like vinegar, avoid flooding your space, and stay aware from any product that you are not sure of.

Be diligent

Hardwood floors don’t require a lot of maintenance, but routine sweeping and vacuuming will help prevent dirt and grime from building up. This protects your planks in the long term as well, and will make sure you get the most out of your beautiful floors!

Learn more about caring for hardwood by following our blog and by contacting our team today!


2018 Flooring Trends: Recapping With Ashley Fine Floors

2018 has been a busy year in the home style industry, with plenty of designs and trends emerging across the market. From reclaimed wood to bright and bold patterns, read on to learn some of the most popular tile flooring choices from the past year.

Colour Palettes

2018 saw a bit of a divergence between the commercial and residential markets when it comes to colour preferences. Commercial spaces saw a resurgence in bold, strong colours, both light and dark. Statement patterns are on the rise as well, with uneven planks and mix/match designs being favoured. Residential Spaces have favoured a much more understated, soft approach with warm and neutral tones taking the lead.

Textures Everywhere

2018 was certainly a year of texture in the design world. Timeless aesthetics like hardwood and marble are still prevalent, but rustic elements like distressed wood, stone, and even concrete are getting more and more attention. Expect to see this continue well into the next year, with plenty of new options coming to market.

Patterns

As with textures, patterns have become increasingly popular, both at home and in businesses. Geometric tiling, herringbone and chevron, and mixed width planks help add personality to any space, as well as a stylish finish.

What Does 2019 Hold?

While upcoming trends are starting to unfold, Ashley Fine Floors is here to ensure you have access to all the leading designs and styles for your space. As a proud carrier of Canadian brands like Beaulieu, Kraus, Mercier and more, we are happy to be one of Edmonton’s leading flooring suppliers. Contact us today to learn more!


Explore Eco-Friendly Flooring Solutions

Are you looking for eco-friendly, green flooring solutions that’s built to last? Cork and linoleum tiles are a fantastic way to add style and flare to your home, all with the environment in mind. Learn more about both products below!

Cork Flooring

As a relatively new addition to the flooring world, cork flooring is often an under-utilized option. Made from the cork oak tree by material removed from bark, cork is one of the most sustainable products on the market. Relatively cheap in nature, cork floors offer plenty of benefits to owners, including:

Durability

Cork is extremely flexible as a compound, making it resistant to cracking, abrasions, and less vulnerable to gas and liquids. It is also able to withstand the demands of regular foot traffic, even offering a softer surface for those standing for long periods of time. Once installed, cork flooring can easily stand the test of time!

Fantastic Insulator

Dying to keep your toes warm? Look no further. Cork’s ‘squishy’ interior makes it an excellent insulator that holds heat well, especially when placed over radiant heaters.

Noise Dampener

Along with insulating heat, cork’s make up is also well suited for naturally dampening and absorbing sound. If you’re looking to reduce the transfer of noise between floors or even from room to room, cork can help significantly.

Linoleum

Better known than its cork counterparts, linoleum flooring remains one of the most popular sustainable flooring options. With plenty of style choices and a reputation for long lasting (the lifespan is between 20-40 years!) durability, additional benefits of linoleum include:

Low maintenance

Linoleum’s durable makeup also means it is easy to care for. Even with heavy foot traffic, minimal effort is all it takes to keep your floors looking their best. 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

If you’re looking at a large installation (several rooms or more), linoleum’s price point can be extremely attractive, even after the cost of installation is factored in.

Versatile

While linoleum has an unfortunate rap for being “boring”, the truth is actually quite the opposite! With plenty of styles to choose from, there’s no shortage of eco-friendly options at your fingertips!

Learn more about eco-friendly flooring solutions with Ashley Fine Floors by contacting our team today!


Bring Style Home With Luxury Vinyl Tile

Creating your dream home style doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is an increasingly popular option amongst homeowners looking to add a personal touch to their space. Read on to learn more about the benefits of luxury vinyl tile below.

Affordable Style

If you have a large area to cover, or are looking to stick to a reasonable price point, luxury vinyl tile can be extremely advantageous. Significantly cheaper than hardwood, LVT offers homeowners high quality style without breaking the bank. In some cases, installing LVT can be as little as half the price of a full hardwood outfit.

Versatile

One of the best aspects of luxury vinyl tile is the vast range of styles and patterns available. Whether you’re looking for a stunning hardwood feel, or to bring the “outdoors in” with a stonework pattern, LVT has you covered. For anything from marble finishes to distressed wood, LVT is a fantastic choice that’s sure to bring your room to life.

Durable

Another pro of installing luxury vinyl tile in your home is the product’s long lasting durability. Built to stand up to the demands of the every day and fit into your lifestyle, LVT is scratch, stain, and dent resistant. As an added bonus, vinyl tile is almost completely waterproof and can be installed radiant heating, making it a solid fit for trickier areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements.

Easy to Install and Maintain

If you’re looking for a painless install and easy maintenance, look no further. LVT is easy to lay in place, and once installed, care is simple. Regular sweeping, vacuuming, and spot cleaning will keep your floors looking brand new!

Ready to enhance your home with stylish flooring options built to last? Contact our team to learn more about luxury vinyl tile today.


Laminate Flooring: Your Affordable Style Solution

Laminate Flooring Styles

Are you looking to breathe new life into your home, or for the perfect finishing touch to complete your recent renovation? Laminate floors offer homeowners a stylish and affordable option to customize your space. Learn more about the benefits of laminate, as well as some of the current trends below!

Style Made Simple

Transforming has never been easier with laminate. With thousands of patterns and styles to choose from, laminate flooring is an ideal choice for those looking to add a personal touch to their space. Installation is incredibly simple, with planks quickly locking into place for a sturdy and long lasting placement. Because of their natural moisture resistance, laminate planks can also be used in rooms that may be less ideal for materials like hardwood. If you’re looking for the beauty of wood flooring in a basement or bathroom, laminate is a go-to solution.

Durability

Part of what makes laminate a price friendly option beyond the initial cost is the durability of the product. Laminate tile is dent and scratch resistant, less likely to stain, and able to repel moisture better than other materials. For those with children, pets, tenants, or simply looking for floors that can stand up to daily wear and tear while maintaining their finish, laminate is ideal.

Easy to Maintain

Unlike other flooring options, laminate is quick and easy to maintain. Gently sweeping, occasional vacuuming, and light mopping will keep your floors looking brand new for years to come!

Trendy and Timeless

Whether you love modern trends like big, bold patterns, or prefer the timeless elegance of a hardwood finish, laminate’s versatility has you covered! A few of the current trends you can find planks for include:

  • Reclaimed Wood: A 2017/18 favourite, the reclaimed wood vibe is showing no signs of slowing down
  • Weathered and Distressed: laminate makes it easy to bring texture into your home
  • Darker, cooler tones: while blonde wood and other lighter surfaces dominated 2016-17, 2018 has been all about darker floors.

Ready to make your style statement? Visit us or contact our team today!


Benefits of Professional Flooring Installation

New floors are a fantastic way to breathe life into a tired space and improve the overall value of your property. Once you’ve selected the flooring and style that perfectly fits your home, the next step is planning a hassle-free installation.

While some DIY enthusiasts opt to place planks and tiles themselves, many homeowners opt for professional flooring installation. At Ashley Fine Floors, our experts offer customers all of the benefits of worry-free placement, a few of which include:

Experience

Even the most detail oriented handyman can have a difficult time properly installing floorboards their first time. With hundreds of jobs under our belt, the Ashley team is able to handle any kind of placement, even in tricky spaces.

Time Saver

Simply put, time is money. The last thing most homeowners want to do after a purchase is spend hours on their hands and knees clicking boards into place. Our experts are quick, efficient, and ensure that your installation is done in no time!

Peace of Mind

Whether you’re finishing up a new build or completing a renovation, home alterations can be stressful. Adding in a DIY element for a major component like floors can be overwhelming for many, whereas partnering with professionals eliminates the vast majority of installation concerns.

Perfect Results

Flooring plays an important role in the overall visual appeal of our homes, which is why proper placement is vital. Working an experienced team means your planks or tiles will be installed carefully, reducing your chance of avoidable cracking, warps, or other types of damage that may be caused from poor placement. As the foundation for your home, your floors should never be a point of stress!

At Ashley Fine Floors, we make flooring installation a breeze! Contact our team to learn more.


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!