Find Answers to Flooring Questions You Might Have!

When it comes to renovations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it seems like your contractor is speaking a whole other language, so it’s normal to have questions. Fortunately, you can read through our list of frequently asked questions to find the answers you seek.

How should I choose a floor?

Before considering the look and feel that you are going for, consider your lifestyle and how the flooring will be impacted. For example, if you have pets or young children, you’ll want a durable and easy to clean option.

When choosing the flooring for your home or commercial space, you’ll want to consider the type and size of the room, the style and mood that you’re trying to create, the amount of traffic the floor will have to endure and whether or not it will be exposed to water on a regular basis.

What are the different types of flooring to choose from?

There are four main types of flooring that you can choose from at Nu-Way Floor Fashions, all of which have many variations within them:

  • Carpet offers an unparalleled level of comfort. We carry top quality carpets from a number of trusted brands.
  • Tile flooring is an extremely durable options, and comes with so many materials, finishes and sizes to choose from, you’ll be sure to find exactly the look you want.
  • For a classic look that can truly withstand the test of time, choose from a wide variety of natural and engineered wood flooring products.
  • Highly resilient to damage, water and wear, resilient LVP/LVT can be used throughout the house. It’s available in a variety of styles, and is one of our most popular choices.
  • Consider Laminate Flooring for a durable and easy to maintain solution that is very cost effective. Additionally, laminate is available in an wide variety of styles to suit any room.
  • Cork Flooring is a very innovative and environmentally friendly option to consider. It retains heat well, and is very comfortable and quiet to walk on. While many may envision a corkboard, but cork flooring is in fact available in a number of styles and colours.

We carry a large inventory of floor fashions with thousands of options to choose from so that you can tailor your floor to your own unique space. Sound like a lot of choice? Our design team can help you narrow it down and find the look of your dreams.

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Which type of floor is best for which room?

Certain types of flooring can be used anywhere, while others are optimized for use in specific rooms. Here are a few examples:

  • Bathrooms— If there is one room in the house that needs special attention, it’s the bathroom. The flooring in your bathroom has to be well suited to wet, humid conditions and regular exposure to water. Choose tiles, LVT/LVP, or vinyl for maximum durability and water resistance.
  • Kitchens— The flooring in the kitchen needs to be strong enough to handle heavy foot traffic, heat, frequent spills and changes in humidity. Vinyl, laminate, hardwood, tile and LVT/LVP flooring are great options for the kitchen. You’ll want to avoid flooring materials like natural carpets.
  • Living Rooms— In the living room you can choose whichever option you like best. Because the temperature is stable and there is minimal exposure to moisture, the floor fashion you choose for your living room should be all about your comfort and personal style.
  • Basements— Depending on how even the temperature is, you can choose all types of flooring for your basement. But if your basement experiences drastic changes in temperature from season to season, avoid installing a wood floor which will expand and contract as the temperature rises and falls.

Which type of flooring can I use in the bathroom?

Bathrooms require flooring that can withstand high levels of moisture and constant exposure to water. Not all floor types are suitable for these conditions. Choose water-resistant options like Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) for a beautiful look that will last for years to come. Sheet options are also available, when properly sealed to protect them from water damage, they are highly durable.

Linoleum is another popular option in the bathroom. When professionally installed and sealed, linoleum can stand up well to water and moisture and comes in an impressive array of finishes so you can get exactly the look you want for your bathroom.

What’s the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring?

The key difference between the two is that each plank of solid hardwood is cut from a single piece of wood whereas planks of engineered hardwood are created by fusing together multiple layers of cross-grained products for increased strength and humidity resistance.

Can I install laminate in every room?

Laminate flooring is highly versatile and can be installed in any dry location in your home. Extended exposure to moisture can cause warping in some laminate products, so it is best to keep laminate out of the bathroom or other rooms where water will be an issue.

Can I install wood floors myself?

Installing flooring is a complicated and time consuming process. It requires expert skills and knowledge to get the job done properly.

What might seem like an easy DIY job that you can handle yourself can quickly spiral into a huge project that keeps growing in cost and complexity. You have to make sure the floor is level, that you’re using the right subflooring and that moisture issues are taken care of. You also need to know how to center the room and how to cut around obstructions and leave space for expansion gaps. A lot can go wrong and if you make a mistake, you may end up wasting materials or voiding your warranty.

Hiring professional installers is well worth the expense. They’ll get your floor in quickly and efficiently and you’ll get the look you wanted with none of the difficulties associated with trying to do it yourself. You’ll also be protected by a warranty.

Which finish should I choose for my wood floors?

The choice of finish is really a matter of personal taste. There are many different finishes to choose from so it’s possible to get exactly the look and feel that you are going for when selecting a wood floor. Contact our design team to determine your needs.

Is it true that I need to buy a dehumidifier if I install hardwood floors?

If you have solid hardwood floors, it is very important that you keep the humidity stable. With Calgary’s dry climate, it’s more important to have a humidifier. You need to keep the humidity in your house at around 40 per cent to protect and prolong the life of your solid hardwood floors. Engineered hardwood floors on the other hand, are more resistant to moisture so a humidifier or dehumidifier may not be required.

Can I get recycled wood flooring?

Yes. We carry fashionable flooring options from many trusted brands that are working hard to make environmental sustainability a priority.

How do I clean my laminate flooring?

Use a dry cloth to mop any spills as soon as they happen. Never use a wet mop or steam cleaner on laminate floors. Instead, use a dry mop and a cleanser that it is specially formulated for use on laminate flooring.

Don’t see your question here? Feel free to contact a member of our team with any additional questions. We’ll be happy to help!

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