1. What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles?
Porcelain tiles, like ceramic tiles, are made from a mix of clay and other materials and are fired in a kiln. The main difference between the two is the material used to make them. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are made from red or white clay and usually come with a glaze on top containing the pattern and colour. These tiles are softer than porcelain, making them easier to cut when installing them. However, this also means they are more prone to wear and chipping as well. Continue reading
1. What should I do if my carpet was soaked from a flood?
Get them professionally extracted and have dryers set up and running within 12-24 hours. Hire a professional that is trained in water restoration to ensure that the carpet, pad and subfloor are completely dried within 12-24 hours to prevent mold from growing. If your carpet is contaminated with sewage, dispose of the carpet and pad.
2. Should I get carpet if I have allergies?
Carpet is actually better for those with allergies because it traps dust and allergens into its pile until they are vacuumed up whereas on hard floors, allergens are much easier to stir up from just wind or sweeping. Vacuuming your carpet regularly will also ensure that the levels of dust and allergens are kept in check. Continue reading
1. What is laminate flooring?
Please see this page.
2. What is the difference between laminate and hardwood flooring?
Laminate flooring unlike hardwood flooring does not contain any real wood and is instead made of fibreboard and melamine resin. Another difference is that laminate flooring can be installed above or below grade, whereas hardwood flooring should only be installed above grade. It is also considered a cheaper and durable alternative to hardwood. Continue reading
1. Should I install hardwood flooring in my basement?
No, it’s not recommended to install hardwood flooring below grade but you can install laminate or engineered hardwood flooring in your basement. Talk to one of our flooring professionals about your options by filling out the form on the right.
2. How do I clean my hardwood floors?
Simply dust mop, sweep, or vacuum them regularly (and make sure your vacuum cleaner has rubber wheels so it won’t scratch the surface). Never wet mop your hardwood floors as that can damage them. Continue reading
Refinishing can refresh the look of your hardwood floor and create more warmth and shine. However, it’s unforgiving work and mistakes will show in the resulting look. Hiring a professional to do the job is best if you have no experience with flooring work. If you intend on doing it yourself though, you can save on at least half of the costs. Continue reading