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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.

Courtesy of ShawFloors.com

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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.

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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What’s on Trend for 2015

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 2.31.10 PMOn Trend for 2015: The colour experts at PPG call it “IntroSense”: described as soulful, quality and peace. The trend introduces a new direction in minimalistic styling that blends clean, pared-down designs with quiet nature.

Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 2.55.18 PMPair up this paint palette with Shaw’s “Napa Plank” porcelain (vineyard and wood barrel textured finish). Perfect for wine country!

Or this porcelain tile, with the appearance of Calcutta gold marble by Ames. These elements are calming, quiet and muffled. The colour palette includes a nuanced neutral with a subtle hint of blue-green paired with muffled off-whites and grays, and then anchored by a silent black.Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 2.34.38 PM

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Finish Your Flooring With Coordinated Moldings

Coordinating moldings are available for most styles and colours of hardwood flooring. These hardwood accessories add that finished and complete look to your flooring installation. Stairnose Create transitions for steps in your home. Buy the Overlap Stairnose for floors that have been installed using the floating installation method. Buy the Flush Stairnose for hardwood that has been nailed or glued down. Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.26.34 PM

Reducer When your hardwood flooring meets other floor coverings, such as vinyl, thin ceramic tile, or low-pile carpeting, use the Overlap Reducer for floors installed with the floating installation method, and the Flush Reducer on hardwood floors that have been nailed or glued down. Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.27.37 PM

Threshold Typically used at exterior doorways, threshold moldings transition between flooring and the doorway threshold. It can also be used as a transition from wood floors to different flooring surfaces when the reducer won’t do, such as on high-pile carpet or thick ceramic tile. Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.28.17 PM

T-Molding T-Molding is commonly used in doorways to join two wood floors in adjoining rooms. It’s also recommended when making transitions from a wood floor to another floor that is approximately the same height. T-Molding is also used to provide expansion joints when a floor dimension exceeds a length of 40′ or a width of 30′. Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.29.20 PM

Quarter Round Hardwood flooring must be installed with expansion space between the flooring and the wall because it naturally expands and contracts. This molding not only adds a finishing touch, but conceals the expansion space. It may also be used under cabinets where wall base won’t fit or at the base of a stairway. Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.29.32 PM