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.


How to Keep Your Tile Floor Grout Grime Free

Tile flooring can be one of the most versatile and functional options when it comes to installing a reliable foundation in your home’s more “high maintenance” areas. Mud rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, basements, along other spaces that are exposed to high traffic and increased moisture all require flooring that is able to withstand consistent wear and tear. Tiling is easy to install, lasts for a considerable amount of time, and best of all, is relatively easy to maintain and clean, making it a suitable choice for homeowners.

At Ashley Fine Floors, one of the most common questions our flooring experts receive when it comes to tile installation and maintenance is how to keep the grout between each section clean. Read on to learn how you can keep your grout clean, and ensure your tile floors look their best year round!

What is Grout

Simply put, grout helps hold your tiles in place and seals them against outside irritants. Grout is a cement based mixture that comes in two basic formulas: sanded and unsanded. Stylistically, you can look at having a mixture that matches or contrasts with your tiles depending on your preferences.

How Does it Get Dirty?

Unfortunately, grout tends to have a bit of a bad rap when it comes to looking “dingy” or weathered. The reason grouting has a tendency to collect dirt and grit, however, may surprise you: contrary to popular belief, the mixture is not waterproof, and is actually quite porous. This means that grout absorbs liquids and dirt over time, which can lead to a lacklustre appearance.

Combatting Build Up

The easiest way to keep your tile flooring looking fresh is to set a dedicated cleaning schedule to clear out your grout before grime builds up. Depending on the traffic volume of the room, number of pets in the household, seasonal challenges (mud, snow, dust), etc. the frequency with which you need to clean will vary. Once a month during typical periods often helps homeowners stay on top of any unsightly discolouration before it has a chance to set in too deep. Tips for cleaning include:

  • Prevention, as with any type of flooring, is the best approach to avoiding dingy grout. Mop up any spills, muddy tracks, or excess moisture immediately, and speed or vacuum regularly.
  • Select a neutral PH cleaner to avoid damage the adhesive that hold both the grouting and tiles in place, as well as any chemical reactions that may result in further staining.
  • A common DIY mixture is: 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 baking soda, 1TBSP dish soap. Gently scrub this into your grout and let sit for 5-10 minutes to loosen and dissolve any grease and grime. Rinse off with enough warm water to remove the mixture and quickly mop up any excess moisture.
  • For advanced stains, chips, or other signs of significant wear and tear, it’s best to consult a professional.

Ready to get started with tiling? 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.


Summer Linoleum Installation Tips

With Summer on the way, families are more active than ever, eager to get out and enjoy every moment in the sun! More activity outdoors means the increased potential for dirt to track indoors. If you have linoleum floors, or are considering installing them knowing how to maintain their natural lustre is a must. Fortunately for those of us constantly on the go, your upkeep routine is quick and easy. Find out how to keep your linoleum looking its best below!

A Word On New Installations

If you’re looking to care for your newly installed floors, you’ll want to give your linoleum at least one week to properly set before your introduce any wet washing or scrubbing. If you need to spot clean or mop up spills, do so promptly and use gentle microfibre cloths to remove as much moisture as possible without disturbing the setting process.

Regular Maintenance

Once your floors have properly settled into place, your new cleaning routine is quite easy to implement. Follow these quick tips to get started.

Remove Dirt and Debris Often

While linoleum is very durable and fairly forgiving, it’s best to remove any dirt, grime, mud, or other visible contaminants  swiftly to avoid build up, as well as the potential for stains or scratches. Try to sweep, vacuum (on a gentle setting!), dust mop once a week or as needed to keep your floors clear.

Be On Guard For Spills

Spills and leaks happen, we’ve all been there. Your linoleum should be resistant to liquid, but that still doesn’t mean its a good idea to leave any damp spots unattended. Be diligent with spills, blotting them up with soft paper towels or microfibre as quickly as possible to help maintain your seal and prevent water damage from occurring.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

If your linoleum is getting on the older side, it may be tempting to introduce some stronger cleaning agents to your routine to try and get rid of stains or duller areas. Harsh chemicals often have the opposite effect than desired, stripping away the protective elements of the tile and leaving your floors more vulnerable to outside factors.

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


2018 Flooring Trends

If you’re in the process of finishing your new home home, or are looking to spruce up your space, flooring is the perfect final piece to tie your aesthetic together. Whether you’re style driven and are a fan of incorporating the latest trends, or are simply looking for the latest practical options to install in your home, below are a few of 2018’s most popular flooring options to consider!

Functional is In!

2018 has seen a surge in flooring selections that are practical as well as sleek and sophisticated. Eco-friendly options like cork and laminate have been rising in popularity, and boast a wide range of benefits for homeowners including increased insulation, natural sound dampening and easy care.

Another big trend is the move towards waterproof flooring, including vinyl and carpet selections. The threat of moisture damage is a constant worry for property owners, and waterproof tiles and planks can help to greatly reduce your overall risk.

Natural Beauty Takes Centre Stage

Synthetic and high gloss flooring are dropping in popularity, with trends increasingly favouring understated natural looks such as stone and wood finishes with a matte finish. In terms of patterns, chevron and herringbone, as well as diagonal, wide length, and mixed width planks remain a steady favourite. Natural looking textures such as smooth, distressed and hand scraped finishes are in as well.

Get the look for less: Love the classic feel of Hardwood, but don’t have the budget? Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Tile are the perfect compromise to get the style you want at a significantly cheaper cost per square foot.

Light and Welcoming

Where older trends favoured dramatic, dark, flooring with lighter accents above, 2018 styles have shifted to the the opposite end. Lighter planking with a warm, bright, feel are extremely popular at the moment, with no immediate signs of fading in the future.

Looking to help your home look its best? Contact Ashley Fine Floors today to learn more!


When to Replace Your Hardwood Floors

Do you know how to tell if your hardwood floors are in need of replacing? Despite being durable and a stunning visual piece in your home, even the strongest hardwood planks will need to be replaced over time. Whether you’ve been residing in your home for decades, or have acquired a new property, here are a few telltale signs you might need to consider replacing your flooring in the near future.

Water Damage

Hardwood, especially solid planking, is vulnerable to moisture. Prolonged exposure to spills, leaks, or other forms of liquid can result in visible warping, staining, and lead to the potential of mould growth if left untreated. If you spot signs of water damage, there’s a strong chance you may need to replace at least a portion of your floor, so you’ll want to have a professional evaluate the situation as soon as possible to minimize spreading.

Signs of Decay

As hardwood begins to age, it’s not uncommon for signs of decay to slowly creep in. If your floorboards seem to feel a little more bouncy or spring-like as you step, you’ve found a sure sign that you’re due for a replacement. Other common signs of decay can include buckling, cracking and peeling.

Age

While age isn’t a default indication of when your planks need to be replaced, it can be a helpful deciding factor. The older the flooring is, the more likely it is that replacing is a better option than refinishing. Why? Refinishing can be helpful to reseal younger boards and treat small chips and scratches, but over time, constant refinishing can actually lead to more strain on hardwood overall. If your flooring has been in place for multiple decades, it’s probably time to start fresh.

To Refinish or Replace

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to shy away from the idea of replacing their hardwood floors due to the perceived cost of the process. While it can be costly to lay new flooring down (depending on the materials used and amount of space to be covered), in many ways, replacement can actually be preferable to refinishing. Not only is it much faster, but fresh planks have a brand new lifespan that, with proper care, can save you money in the long term. New flooring is also a fantastic way to boost property value and refresh the whole home.

Are your floors in need of a refresh? Ashley Fine Floors can help! Contact our team today to learn more!


Caring for Newly Installed Tile Flooring

Wondering how to care for your freshly laid tile flooring? The good news is, tile floors are remarkably easy to maintain. To make sure you get off to the best start and have long-lasting, gorgeous looking floors, follow our tips below!

Immediately After Installation

It may be tempting to give your brand new floors a wash down, but to ensure your sealing has the time necessary to properly set in, it’s crucial to wait at least 2-4 days before introducing any excess liquid. If you need to clean up any unexpected spills, do so with caution and try to get rid of extra moisture right away. Once things are fully dried, you can focus on a regular cleaning schedule.

Water is Your Friend

“Wait…you want met to put water on my floors? I thought you just said that was bad!” Don’t worry; we can explain! While you never want to leave pools of water sitting on your tiles, when it comes to selecting your ideal cleaning solution, warm water should be your first choice. Why? Water lacks the harsh chemicals often found in other cleaners, and should be enough to handle most spot cleaning jobs.

For the occasional “heavy duty” cleaning where water simply won’t cut it, stick to gentle, neutral PH, based cleansers that are specifically made for tile floors.

Remove Dirt and Debris Before Mopping

As with any flooring, sweeping or vacuuming your tiles prior to moping is a safe bet to help avoid accidental scratching and abrasions caused by leftover grit. To keep your floors in pristine shape, it’s a good idea to sweep weekly, or as needed.

Clean Spills Immediately

Even though tile flooring is quite resistant to liquids, it’s always a good idea to spot clean messes immediately to prevent stains, warping, and avoidable erosion to your sealant. Keeping a microfibre cloth or mop on hand will make it easy to treat spills as they happen

Want to learn more? Contact our experts today!


Vinyl Planks: Your Water Resistant Flooring Choice

If you’re in the market for new flooring to complete your bathroom or kitchen renovations, you’ll already know that it’s important to find the right water resistant solution to ensure everything stays in place for the long-term. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is a sophisticated, stylish, and low maintenance option for areas of your home that are more prone to moisture exposure. Read on to find out why vinyl is great option to help finish your next reno!

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

It might sound like common sense, but there’s often quite a bit of confusion when it comes to determining whether or not your flooring is truly waterproof or is water resistant. Fully waterproof flooring is rare, as even the most resistant finishes will typically have some degree of vulnerability where moisture is concerned. Even if your planks are classified as “waterproof” it’s still wise to take precautions and keep prolonged exposure to liquid as minimal as possible.

LVT Benefits

Durable

Besides being extremely water resistant, luxury vinyl tile is extremely durable in general, meaning it can stand up to the demands of high traffic and daily use. The low sheen helps mask dirt and rime, and its soft and flexible backing is easier on the joints while acting as a natural sound barrier.

Stylish

LVT is available in a wide variety of styles, patterns, colours and finishes. No matter your style, vinyl has you covered, giving homeowners an easy way to recreate the look of stone, ceramic, and wood planks at a fraction of the price.

Affordable

As we mentioned above, LVT is significantly cheaper than many other options. If you have a large area to cover, or are simply looking to maximize your style for less, vinyl is a great fit.

Quick Water Tips

Not sure how to keep your vinyl safe from water after installation? Even though the product is naturally very resistant, it’s still best to ensure you’re taking the appropriate measures to prevent prolonged exposure to moisture and other factors that may degrade your finish over time.

  • Mop up spills and standing water as soon as possible
  • Keep an eye on any chemicals that may reach your flooring, especially those you use regularly, but may not be aware of: hairspray, shampoo, lotions, etc.
  • Use gentle cleaning methods to avoid prematurely damaging the seal of your planks.

To learn more about Vinyl Tiles, contact our team today!


Discover the Benefits of Laminate Flooring

If your flooring is due for refreshing and you’re in the process of searching for the best replacement, laminate tiling may or may not already be on your radar. If you haven’t discovered the benefits already, below are a few reasons you should consider laminate for your home.

What is Laminate?

Contrary to popular belief, laminate is not made out of plastic. Multiple materials are combine to create four layers: wear, design, core, and backing. Each layer helps the tiles to maintain their original aesthetic and to protect against signs of wear or damage.

Endless Style Options

While some homeowners may still associate laminate with a plastic, dull, appearance, the reality couldn’t be more opposite! Laminate is a fantastic way to achieve a gorgeous hardwood look throughout your home at a fraction of the cost. This is particularly advantageous if you need to cover a large area.

Durable

Despite its relative cheapness per square footage, laminate flooring is extremely durable and easy to maintain. It’s resistance to moisture means it can be installed in areas typically not suitable for traditional hardwood, including bathrooms and kitchens. Cleaning is simple, and a resilient finish means there’s less need to worry about chips or dents: all great factors for families with little ones or pets!

Easy to Install

If you’re looking for a hassle-free, quick installation option, laminate is a fantastic choice! Planks can easily be clicked into place, and can even be installed over radiant heating.

Ready to get started? We can help! Contact the experts at Ashley Fine Floors to find your perfect fit today!