5 Flooring Choices that will stand the test of time that you’ll love!

Like fashion, interior design is ever changing and evolving, what was once new yesterday is now old news today. So how does one go about choosing the perfect flooring colour? I’ve picked out 5 different classic flooring options that are sure to stand the test of time! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

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Pro Tip – Timeless, unless your creating a cool funky space generally a timeless flooring colour will be your best option.

1 – Desert Hill by Monterey Flooring Vinyl Plank

Desert Hill is by far my favorite flooring colour and it has been the top selling colour through our store for the past two years and I don’t think that will ever change. The slight variations in soft wood tones mixed with light and medium shades will match most paint schemes, other wood toned furniture and can work in contemporary, farmhouse or traditional décor settings. If you haven’t seen this flooring in person yet it is a must!

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2 – Fawn Chestnut Revwood Rare Vintage Laminate Flooring by Mohawk

If a rustic farmhouse feel is your ultimate goal Fawn Chestnut is a true winner. Large distressed planks give the appearance of reclaimed wood and the advanced locking system will keep out water for longer. Say goodbye to constantly cleaning your floors, this colour is an expert dirt hider, your welcome.

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3 – Massa Vinyl Tile Curate by Taiga Building Products

Carrara Tile is one of those classic looks that makes a small spaces seem larger, brighter and cleaner. You see it in entryways, bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, sometimes the entire house. Traditional Porcelain or stone tiles can be expensive, installation of grouted tile is also very expensive. Accomplish the same look with a Vinyl Tile at a fraction of the product and installation costs. Waterproof with unbeatable durability.

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4 – Homespun True Harmony Carpet by Mohawk

Homespun True Harmony by Mohawk is an entry level residential carpet choice with twisted yarn texture. The slightly off white tone is the perfect compliment to any bedroom décor and matches with any other flooring type you choose, tile, wood or unique patterned tile.

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5 – Classico Bari Vinyl Plank Flooring by Bella

The name says it all with this one, Classico by Bari is your classic beige and soft wood toned flooring that has been replicated in almost every flooring product on the market. My pick is Vinyl Plank, its waterproof plus every other feature other flooring types have. Make sure you have a sound plank with a good wear layer and you will have a beautiful in style flooring for years to come.

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Being prepared for your Flooring or Renovation Appointment

Being prepared for your flooring appointment can make your renovation process the best possible experience. You have been Pinteresting your heart out for the past two or three months and now your finally ready to jump in and start visiting your local flooring store, cabinet shop or hardware store. Being prepared for your flooring appointment will ensure your jobs success. Here are some basic tips to make the experience the best possible and to make sure you can properly convey your vision to your chosen contractors. 

Know your areas that need work

Clearly define what areas need to get done vs the ones you maybe just want to get done. If you are over budget which room might be left out this time? Have those tough conversations with yourself now so you are prepared for any hiccups if they do arise. Always have a back up plan just encase.

Know Your Budget

Knowing what your comfortable with spending on a project is something only you can answer. Knowing your budget or at least a rough idea can save yourself and others lots of time. Each trade can only give you pricing based on what it is you would like done. In most hired trades there will be areas to cut costs but that usually means doing the work yourself. Removing old flooring or taking care of garbage and recycling are two ways to reduce bill costs and perhaps get you that laundry room done as well! We always suggest having a small portion of your overall budget held for emergencies or hiccups. Whether it’s unexpected levelling or a surprise leak under the toilet, don’t get caught with a maxed budget and a necessary fix to continue your project. 

Tip – When renovating small spaces choose to do them in the off seasons when most trades are slower, you get the same quality of work but for 5-25% less in some cases. Always watch for specials and promos!

Bring All The Stuff

Have floor plans from your recent home purchase? Bring them! Use a cool app to design your dream living space? Definitely bring it! Paint Samples, Fabric Samples, Tile and Backsplash samples, counter tops and cabinets, if you have already fallen in love with it and it will be used in the space your new flooring will be bring a sample or photo. 

Shop Around

Go to a few different flooring stores, shop prices and speak with their representative. Keep in mind you will be dealing with this person throughout your entire renovation process, its probably best to at least like them. If in person isn’t an option try browsing through our online gallery.

Don’t jump on the cheapest deal, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Things to watch out for; Square Footage Amounts, Product Quality, Product thickness, Does it include Installation, are there any hidden fees. Ask these questions now and read through all estimates very carefully. If you are unsure if a service is provided ask before. 

Shop Local

When given the opportunity give your support to your local small business flooring store. It wont take long to find the hidden gem in your community. Start by asking your local Facebook community groups, search flooring in Google to get a list of local nearby stores and read through their reviews. Once you have a short list, make a quick phone call to get any quick answers you need before booking appointments. This will ensure your time is not wasted if the store can’t accommodate your requests.

Preparing for Home Flooring Renovations

Preparing for a full home renovation can be incredibly daunting, especially if you plan to organize it yourself. Anyone who has done even the smallest renovations will tell you they can become a major stressor in your life. A bunch of people you barely know come into your home and turn it, what feels like, upside down. Follow these pre-renovation tips to ensure your flooring or any renovation goes smoothly and efficiently. 

Wall Décor & Special Items

Before your flooring renovation work begins all décor items and pictures should be removed from tables, furniture and walls. Safely pack away or move it into an unrenovated room until everything is complete. This will ensure it is not accidentally damaged or become dirty from dust. (Yes, there will be dust) Also you will save yourself a lot of time on cleaning up all those items and may find the time to declutter or redecorate your new space!

Clear the Floor

It seems simple enough until you run out of places to put things! If you have a lot of furniture and are planning on redoing all your flooring it may be helpful to rent a storage or clear space in the garage. Speak with your flooring contractor about a plan for furniture shuffling if neither of these are an option. Also take this time to declutter your furniture or perhaps change your paint colour as well. 

Prepare for Dust

Did someone say dust? Yes, there will be dust. No matter what type of flooring you choose to have installed there will be dust associated but it will go away. Dust travels, on clothes, on material, on shoes and in the air. Along with removing décor items cover furniture with bed sheets to ensure a quick clean up. If you have central air, consider turning the fan off for the renovation days or block/closing the vents in the rooms being worked on. You can also set up plastic sheeting between doors to minimize dust travel between rooms as well. If you are having your renovation done during rain season you may need to provide a covered area outside for cutting purposes, we try to limit inside cutting unless it is Vinyl Plank. 

Plan Waste Removal

Some municipalities do not accept renovation waste, you will need to call in a disposal company or bin rental that deals with construction waste. Ask us about bin rentals for your flooring project or let us do the removal of your old flooring and we will dispose of it for you. If you are unsure of what to do with the waste refer to your estimate to see if it is covered or contact your flooring contractor to inquire about their procedure with waste and who is responsible for what. 

Budget for Emergencies

We always suggest having a small portion of your overall budget held for emergencies or hiccups. Whether it is unexpected levelling or a surprise leak under the toilet, don’t get caught with a maxed budget and a necessary fix to continue your project.

Scheduling 

Co-ordinating multiple contractors for a home reno can be overwhelming. Try to be flexible with your scheduling and give each trade plenty of time to complete, with extra time allotted after to fix any deficiencies or wait on material back orders. This saves you the hassle of pushing back all your other contractors and possibly incurring charges for rescheduling. 

Have a retouch up plan in place with your painting contractor to finish baseboard painting and touch ups and stair walls or scuffs. 

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