A Guide to Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Home

Choosing flooringToday, there’s no shortage of flooring options to choose from. Just a quick search on an online catalogue can bring up literally thousands of styles, colours, materials and more. If you don’t know where or how to begin to choose the right flooring for your room(s), you can quickly become overwhelmed.

Thankfully, quality flooring providers, like Braid, offer professional consultations and there are some basic guidelines that can streamline the decision-making process. These guidelines include:

  • Considering the maintenance required for the flooring
  • Choosing flooring that’s in line with your budget
  • Accounting for additional costs
  • Considering the durability of the flooring
  • Considering the room where the flooring will be installed

Maintenance Requirements

The time and money you have to spend on the care of your flooring should be taken into consideration. For example, carpeting requires a lot of maintenance, such as the occasional professional cleaning and frequent vacuuming. Maintaining a carpet can be time-consuming and costly, so if you don’t have the time or money, you should probably consider other options.

Laminate, hardwood and ceramic tile can be low-maintenance and affordable options. Additionally, consider staying away from marble, as it can be expensive to install and maintain, hard to clean and easily damaged.

Watch the Budget

Before you purchase any flooring, you should calculate how much you have to spend on the flooring itself, its installation and future maintenance. Keeping your budget in mind will automatically narrow down your flooring options. So, if you can’t afford wood, perhaps laminate is a better choice, as its cheaper and just as stylish and functional as wood.

Additional Costs

When purchasing flooring, it’s common to only focus on the cost of the material while totally overlooking installation and other expenses. Depending on the type of flooring, installation can actually cost the same or more than the cost of your material. Many flooring types require professional installation, which means additional costs.

If you don’t have your flooring professionally installed, it could lead to improper installation, costly repairs and possible replacement. If you’re unsure, you should always take advantage of a free flooring consultation.

Consider the Durability

The importance of durability in flooring is oftentimes overlooked. Flooring is not durable just because it’s designed for the floor and heavy foot traffic. Materials such as certain woods, marbles and tiles can be prone to scratches, dents and other forms of damage. On the other hand, carpeting is prone to excessive staining and collecting dust and allergens. However, not all materials are created equal, so the specific type you choose will depend on the traffic in your room(s) and your personal needs.

Consider the Room Where it Will Be Installed

It’s common to use different flooring types in different rooms. For instance, using ceramic tile in the bathroom and kitchen and hardwood in the living room and dining room. The flooring chosen for each specific room will depend on the material’s wear and tear, traffic in the room, the probability of moisture exposure and maintenance needs. These factors and a bit of common sense should help you narrow down your choices.

There are many flooring options on the market, but the one you choose should reflect your personal taste and requirements. For some people, a home consultation for flooring can be very beneficial. If you’re ready to discover which flooring options will work best in your home, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tips for Choosing Window Coverings for a New Home

Choosing window fashionsThe right windows coverings, treatments or fashions can do so much for a room in a new home. They can improve its ambience, add a touch of drama, make a ceiling appear higher or punch its colour. However, with all of these benefits comes many window covering options to choose from.

There are blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, drapes and more. Plus, you’ll have to consider colour, style, insulation and privacy. To simplify your search, just a few tips and a professional home consultation for window fashions could help make your decision much easier.

Window Treatments Should Protect Your Privacy

Some window treatments simply offer more privacy than others, which means not every treatment is suitable for every room. For example, sheer drapes could provide the perfect amount of light filtration and style in your living room, but not provide enough privacy in your bedroom. Additionally, bathrooms will require window coverings that are moisture-resistant, lightweight and easy to clean. Inexpensive, moisture-resistant sheer curtains or shades can also be good choices for bathrooms with ‘privacy’ glass on the windows.

Coverings Should Compliment the Main Function of Your Room

The wrong window covering in the wrong room can cause problems. Dressing a bedroom window with a semi-opaque treatment could allow too much sunlight into the room. This sunlight could wake you up prematurely in the mornings or be distracting and uncomfortable when you’re trying to take an afternoon nap.

Bedrooms and rooms that require less sunlight should ideally be outfitted with blackout shades, shutters or blinds. Blackout shades will offer total darkness, when needed, while shutters and blinds will filter afternoon sunlight or block it out completely and offer the most insulation. This will ensure you’re comfortable while you sleep, prevent glare on computer and television screens and improve the efficiency of your windows.

Don’t Forget Your Décor

More than anything, the window fashions you choose should work well with your room’s overall décor and atmosphere. However, choosing the coverings with the right style and colour isn’t always easy, especially when you’re not a professional designer. Fortunately, a design consultant, like an expert from Braid Flooring and Window Fashions, can help you choose window coverings that provide the best style, colour and function. A consultant will come to your home, check out your space and discuss options that may be suitable.

If you’re looking for window fashions for your new home, give us a call to schedule an in-home consultation.

The Benefits of a Free Flooring Consultation

Flooring consultationAt Braid Flooring and Window Fashions, we offer high quality products and services. A convenient part of this high quality service is a flooring design consultation. We offer a complementary consultation service provided by one of our design consultants. These consultants can give you the knowledge and tools you need to make your remodel as successful and stylish as possible.

During your ‘Creative Meeting’ with one of the design consultants, you’ll discover many possibilities for your remodel from a person who’s highly knowledgeable about flooring designs, textures, the use of space, colours, and materials. However, the benefits of working with a designer from Braid don’t stop there! Our team can help streamline your design plan while making your flooring renovation less expensive, less time consuming and less stressful.

Streamline and Organize Your Project

Having inspiration and aspirations for your design is great, but there isn’t much you can do if you don’t know how to properly organize your project. A flooring consultation from a professional can help turn your ideas into a doable action plan. Design consultants from Braid can help you simplify and prioritize the remodeling process into easy to follow steps.

Cut Your Expenses

Many of us see pictures of homes we like in design magazines, and truthfully, those images often feature high quality, high style products that cost significantly more. This means that the look you love may fall outside of your price range and budget, but a Saskatoon flooring consultant from our team can help by showing you design options and styles that are similar to the style you want, and yet still affordable. Plus, we’ll be able to show you where the bulk of your budget should be spent, and help you distribute your money as wisely as possible during your remodel.

Save Money and Eliminate Confusion

Flooring redesign projects can be just as complex as other types of remodels. For the rookie designer, these projects can require a lot of research about design points that you just don’t understand. Plus, there may be project pitfalls that you won’t know to anticipate. These things can be very time consuming.

However, a consultant can advise you on certain design elements and project points to focus on, while giving you tips for preventing common design pitfalls. The information your consultant gives could cut your renovation time in half. Besides that, after just one Creative Meeting with one of our design consultants, you’ll receive recommendations for features that might compliment your design, budget and lifestyle.

A flooring consultation can be a highly valuable step, especially if this is your first flooring experience. At Braid Flooring and Window Fashions, our design consultants are here to help you understand the entire process and to ensure your project is a great success. Call us to book your consultation!