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Why Carpet Padding is Necessary?

The carpet padding you choose is just as important as the carpet itself. Choose luscious, soft carpet padding to minimize noise, maximize warmth, prioritize your family’s comfort and extend the life of your floor.

Why Carpet Padding?

Carpet padding, or cushion, is the unseen comfort that makes your carpet look and feel great. Carpet pad supports the floor by minimizing noise and maximizing warmth and can even extend the life of your carpet.

Benefits of padding:

  • Supports your carpet, helping it last longer
  • Gives your carpet a richer, thicker, softer feel
  • Brings warmth and quiet to your home by absorbing sound
  • Increases insulation, making your space more energy efficient
  • Keeps your carpet cleaner, allowing greater air flow and dirt removal during vacuuming
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Want to know more about  Shaw Carpet Padding?

Add life to your carpet with padding. ShawFloors offers premium, preferred and value options that add comfort, support and durability to your carpet so you will love your floor even more. Learn more.

 

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What to Expect – Carpet Installation

 

A proper, professional installation is crucial to the life and performance of your carpet. Because of this, it is important to know what to expect during your carpet installation.

Your flooring dealer will typically take care of the basics. They will send out an estimator to measure your rooms and determine how to minimize waste to maximize your carpet. They will also suggest a local professional installer who is familiar with your carpet and has the necessary experience to install it in your home. It is important to speak with the installer prior to the installation to determine exactly what they will be responsible for and to set a schedule for the work. The installation team will need to use your electricity to power their tools as well as an area to work.

Most installers will move your furniture as part of their installation; however, you will still need to move your small items like lamps, televisions or any other breakables before the installer arrives. If you have any larger items, oversized furniture or appliances you may need to arrange to have this moved by a third party, but check with your installer first, they can tell you just what to expect. Your overall goal is to move any items that could get broken while making your installer’s job as easy as possible. This will speed up the installation process.

Once the work begins, your installer will be responsible for removing and disposing of your old carpet. They will remove any moulding or trim in the room and prep the subfloor for installation. Moulding and trim can be fragile and despite their best efforts, your installation team may break a few pieces. If this happens, it is typically your responsibility to replace them. At some point, your installer may need to remove your doors to complete the installation. If the new carpet is thicker, your doors will have to be trimmed before they can be reinstalled. Most carpet installers do not perform carpentry work so it will be your responsibility to either trim them yourself or hire a professional to reinstall them.

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Which Floor for Which Room?

All the floors in your home benefit from innovative technology to ensure comfort, looks and the best performance. But different rooms have their own special requirements that you should consider when you make your choice.

Entrance and hallway – People coming and going will bring dirt and damp into your home putting special demands on this part of the floor. Choose a hard surface that can stand up to moderate damp and is easy to clean.

Office –If keeping your office quiet for concentration and comfort is a top priority you should consider floors with good acoustic properties. You’ll probably want a tough surface that’s won’t be easily damaged by office furnishings or heavy use, if you expect a lot of visitors. Floors with anti-static properties can be a wise investment if you use a lot of electrical equipment.

Kitchens –Spills and dropped food and equipment are a fact of life however careful you are as a cook. Choose a floor that not only has good stain and traffic resistance, but that will also stand up to light moisture and repeated cleaning.

Bathrooms –Water makes the bathroom a challenging environment and you must be careful to select a floor that is water-resistant. In addition, for safety you’ll need to be sure that the floor won’t be slippery when it’s damp and that it will be easy to clean.

Bedroom –Your bedroom is often a very personal space so you’ll be looking at a wide range of decorative finishes. Don’t forget that looks are just part of the equation and that you’ll also want to be sure that it’s comfortable and warm for bare feet.

Kid’s bedroom/Playroom –Kid’s bedrooms often have to accommodate a wide variety of play as well as sleep. To cope with active youngsters you’ll need a tough, practical floor that’s comfortable but also easy to look after and clean, and that will also help to keep noise levels down.

Living room – Often the center of the home, you need a multi-purpose floor that reflects your style but can stand up to the challenge of a variety of activities. A tough surface that’s easy to clean and look after will reduce the time you need to spend keeping your living room looking good.

Looking for help selecting which floor for your specific space? Ask an Underfoot Flooring expert to assist you with getting the full technical specifications for the flooring you are considering.

Courtesy of TarkettFlooring.com. Read the full article here.

Shaw’s Color of the Year for 2016 is White Hot

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We’ve watched the runways, interior design trends, accessories and lighting for the coming year, and it all points to one look: White Hot.

“It’s clean; it’s pure,” says Shaw color expert Jada McCamy. “It creates a simply refreshing home design that balances our busy lives.”

It’s stunning when paired with black. It makes a classic statement when paired with blue. And new for 2016, whites are showing up as a counterbalance to rich, saturated colors. We’re also seeing entirely white rooms where it’s not just a trim color but the focal point. White Hot is the perfect canvas for almost any colour.

Drop into Underfoot and explore “everything white” — we have the South Okanagan’s largest showroom!

Flooring for a Design-Conscious Mom with a House Full of Boys

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Northhampton Plank in Shelton Pecan luxury vinyl plank becomes the flooring of choice for this busy mom.

The best part is that the colour I chose blends perfectly with the house as it is now and will look even better as I renovate more areas to match my style. Floor-first design is essential to any home renovation. Starting this home renovation and design update with the flooring has helped solidify the style and really pull all the rooms together.                                                                                                                                                               
We’ve already had pool parties, sleepovers, dinner parties and doggy friends over with great success. The floor has been easy to clean and maintain – even the boys can have it looking great in no time. There have been food spills, LEGO bricks, dog footprints, a misplaced water balloon and who knows what else already on the floor and you’d never know it.”

Read the full story at the Shaw Flooring Blog

Making a Bold Statement in the Master Bath

Screen shot 2014-11-12 at 4.28.59 PMWe just finished up this Master Bath Project: Soaker tub surround using Euro glass tile accents in this contemporary tone-on-tone brown. This tile offers a combination of textured, glossy and frosted finishes, to create a truly alluring effect.

Our installation team did an amazing job with the grout work, transitions and edge-moulding.

Paint: PPG’s watery teal “Teal We Meet Again” liven’s up the deep greys and warm browns in the tile.

How Vinyl Improves Your Home – Tarkett Vinyl

Tarkett has created one of the largest vinyl collection with unique designs, colours and textures to match you taste, modern lifestyle and the needs of every type of room in your home. 

Discover the full line-up of Tarkett flooring products here (Manufacturer’s website). Contact Underfoot for more details and for your free in-home estimate.

Tarkett took aside some of its customers and asked them a few questions about their personal experience with Vinyl. The following one of these stories:

 

Pierre and Mary, Grand-parents

Pierre and Marie, are happy grandparents with eight grandchildren. But when the tribe arrives every summer at their country house, life gets very busy! And trying to keep the old tiled floor clean had become a nightmare…

What made you want to change?
We had to change our old house to suit the new generation. We wanted to make it easier to look after, especially during the summer when there are lots of us and the house is full of people coming in and out all day. Wet feet, glasses knocked over, broken plates: the old tiled floor had seen it all and urgently needed to be replaced. But from there to putting vinyl flooring down in our house…

So what made you choose this flooring in the end?
Our children encouraged us to consider vinyl. I admit we weren’t very keen, as we were thinking about the old ‘plastic’ floors our grandmothers had. When we saw and touched the vinyl, however, we were amazed by how it looked, the variety and the quality of the product. We opted for a veined, oak look, which is such a good imitation of a wood floor that you’d never know. In two days, it had been laid. And what a saving!

Has your new vinyl floor met your expectations?
As for cleaning, it’s a real pleasure. Style-wise the new flooring goes really well with our rustic furniture. The light oak colour we chose has even brightened it up and shown it off! And as for charm, the change has made no difference: with the new vinyl floor our home has kept all its style.

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