Discover The Benefits of Carpeting For Your New Home

Are you looking for a cost-effective, stylish, and cozy flooring solution for your new home? While you may be tempted to look at the more common options of vinyl, laminate, or even hardwood, it might surprise you to learn how versatile carpet tiles are. Over the past decade, carpeting has begun to make a steady comeback in homes, particularly within the Edmonton Area, where long winters make warm flooring a luxury. With modern options having come a long way from the high-pile and difficult maintain options that many associate it with, today’s carpets are stylish and affordable. Learn more about the benefits of choosing carpet flooring below!

Back In Style

While carpet used to be known for thick, long, and shag styles, today’s market couldn’t be more different. Cut, loop, and combination piles give you an incredibly diverse range of options when it comes to textures, functionality, and longevity.

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

Designed For Comfort

In addition to being incredibly stylish, carpets are perfect for colder regions like Alberta. Gone is the discomfort of cold toes on a winter’s morning, replaced by a plush, warm surface that helps keep your entire space much warmer even when temperatures dip. For those with aching joints or who stand for long periods of time, carpet can also offer some much needed reprieve by serving a softer surface compared to the hardness of hardwood or ceramic.

Sound Absorbing

Worried about sound travelling from room to room or between floors? Whether you have little ones, like to play rockstar in your spare time, or are looking to reduce the noise travelling in through thin walls, the natural insulation qualities of carpet can go a long way. With the addition of a rubber or cork under pad beneath, you can create a quiet space for the whole family to enjoy.

Safe For Little Ones

Though children can make it more challenging to keep your flooring clean, carpets do go a long way towards helping our tiniest family members stay safe. Softer floors mean extra cushioning in the event of a fall and less chance of significant injury compared to concrete or tile.

Customizable

Think choosing carpet limits your creativity? Think again! Carpet tiles come in a wide range of styles, from bold and dramatic to understated and refined. 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.


Exploring The Pros and Cons of Groutable Vinyl Tile

With the demand for vinyl tile growing to be bigger than ever, more and more homeowners are choosing to feature vinyl within bathrooms, utility rooms, and other areas of the home that commonly face challenges when it comes to finding a viable flooring solution. Groutable vinyl tile stands up to the challenges of moisture, as well as wear and tear in both commercial and residential properties. If you’re considering adding vinyl tile to your property, below is a list of pros and cons to help eliminate any confusion.

PROS

It’s no secret that vinyl tile comes from a wide variety of benefits that extend beyond its low cost and wide range of styles. As a favourite on the market right now, below are many of the pros that lead homeowners to choose groutable vinyl tile:

Easy To Install

Compared to other products, vinyl tile is relatively easy to install. Those wishing to grout their tile may do so immediately after installation, without needing to wait for thin set mortar to dry.

Shaping Vinyl Tile is Simple

Rather than requiring a tile cutter or wet saw to shape your vinyl, you can use a utility knife or kitchen shears to grout your tile.

Vinyl Tile Can Be Laid Over Existing Tile

This saves the time and hassle of removing old flooring provided it is clean and in good condition.

Vinyl Tile Is Easy To Care For

For those with little time to clean and maintain, vinyl is ideal. Remove dust and dirt with a broom and damp mop to clean spills or sticky spots.

Durable And Comfortable

Vinyl is incredibly durable. In addition, the softer nature of the surface makes it comfortable underfoot and warm during cooler seasons.

CONS

May Cost More Than Anticipated

Though Vinyl tile is still considerably cheaper than hardwood or stone, the highest end products may cost a little more than you expect outright.

Hard To Adjust Once Placed

The self-adhesive backing on groutable vinyl tile is hard to adjust once it is laid, meaning proper installation the first time around is vital.

Applying Grouting Requires Additional Effort When Installing

While adding grouting to your tiles is not difficult, it can require extra consideration when installing.

Vinyl’s Edges Can Begin To Lift

Avoiding the exposure to moisture during installation will help to mitigate this issue.

Grout Between Tile Can Crack

Flexible grouting with polymer additives can help reduce the potential for this kind of trouble.

Ready To Learn More?

Contact Ashley Fine Floors to learn more about groutable vinyl tile today!


What To Expect When Installing Laminate Flooring

As a cost-effective and stylish flooring solution across Canada, laminate flooring has become increasingly popular in today’s homes. Having long since evolved from its older, duller, appearance, modern laminate offers homeowners a versatile palette of colours, textures, and patterns to choose from, all at a competitive price. If you’ve made the choice to switch to laminate, or are planning to in the near future, but are unsure of what to expect during the installation process, below is a quick guide to help you prepare. Check out these pointers to keep everything on track and headache free!

Measure Prior To Installation

It may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often DIY home renovators guesstimate their space and either come up short or are left with a surplus of product. Even if you’re having professionals do the grunt work, you’ll want to provide them with exact measurements of your space to help avoid any complications and resulting delays.

Your Flooring May Need Time To Acclimatize

One aspect that often catches homeowners off guard if they’ve never installed new flooring before is the fact that your laminate will likely need time to adjust to the temperature and moisture conditions of your home. This is particularly true in areas like Edmonton where sudden weather changes can be particularly rough on our floors by causing planks to expand and shrink all year round. Leaving your flooring within your home for a few days gives it time to get used to the unique inner climate of your space, reducing the risk of damage or warping from abrupt “shocks” in the future. This means you’ll need to plan your renovation around having a few stacks of laminate in the way and should allocate space accordingly by removing furniture and any other barriers.

Check The Condition Of The Room Prior To Installation

If you’re replacing old flooring that has fallen victim to wear and tear from moisture, it’s important to take a close look at all aspects of the room prior to introducing new materials. Lingering issues, as well as moulding baseboards can damage your laminate, and even prevent proper installation.

Expect A Fair Bit Of Noise

If you plan on being home the day of your installation, expect to be a little inconvenience. Laminate does require various hand tools to cut and lay planks, which can amount to a decent amount of noise in your space. If you have little ones or pets, we recommend making suitable arrangements to minimize their discomfort during installation.

Enjoy!

With the help of qualified professionals, installing laminate can be a breeze. Ashley Fine Floors is happy to help customers within the Edmonton Region with their installation needs, and carries a wide variety of laminate options to choose from. Contact us today to learn more!


What To Know About Vinyl Plank Flooring

Durable and affordable, vinyl planks and tile have become an increasingly popular flooring solution for modern homes, rental units, commercial spaces, and more. With an endless selection of styles available, transforming your space into your picture perfect room has never been easier. Learn more about vinyl flooring below!

What Is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl flooring refers to a broad category of products including sheets, tiles, and planks. As a product that came to prominence in the 1940s both during and after the Second World War. As an incredibly durable and yet affordable option, the production and development of vinyl steadily increased, with vinyl planks (often referred to as luxury vinyl tile or LVT) hitting the market in the 1970s. Today, vinyl, in its many forms, serves as a valuable option for home and business owners looking to customize their space at a fraction of the cost of other solutions like hardwood or stone.

Basic Notes On Composition

Vinyl flooring planks are created using a layering technique involving the following components:

  1. A base layer to support the entire plank
  2. Fibreglass to keep the plank flat
  3. A cushioning layer to add bounce and texture
  4. The pattern layer, which determines the overall look (can easily replicate stone, marble, hardwood, and more)
  5. A wear layer to protect the pattern
  6. The topcoat to add sheen and protect the wear layer.

The finished product, particularly where planks are concerned is a rigid, waterproof product that is able to be placed with ease and that stand up to the demands of constant foot traffic over time!

Plenty of Benefits to Be Found

In addition to being cost effective and stylish, there are plenty of benefits to be found with vinyl flooring. Such benefits include ease of installation, long life cycle, simple maintenance, highly water resistant (making it ideal for utility rooms and basements), and more. For those looking for an incredibly versatile solution capable of standing up to regular foot traffic, the demands of pets and little ones, and style without breaking the bank, LVT is ideal.

Luxury Vinyl Tile At Ashley Fine Floors

Ashley Fine Floors is proud to be a leading supplier of flooring solutions for the Edmonton Region. Our inventory features a wide selection of luxury vinyl tile products for you to choose from. Visit us in store, or contact our team today to learn more!


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!