A Guide to Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Home

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!

 

The Pros and Cons of Carpeting on Stairways

Choosing Carpeting for StairsCarpet on the stairs is a common feature in many homes. It stacks up well against the wood alternative, and provides a level of comfort only carpet can offer. However, carpeting on the stairs, like carpeting in other places, has its advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons include factors such as, carpet cleaning, the price of the carpeting, stair safety and adhesive methods.

Pros of Carpeted Stairs

Not everyone likes carpeting on the stairs, and most of the time, the decision to place carpet over wood is based on personal preference and style. But, there are times when the decision may be based on the many benefits of stair carpeting, which include, style and comfort, noise reduction and safety.

  • Style and Comfort: Carpet adds a touch of warmth to a home that makes it cozier and more inviting. The colour can be chosen to match or complement your home’s décor, such as the furniture, other flooring, curtains and other accents or the walls.
  • Noise Reduction: Wood stairs typically creak under the pressure of feet, but carpet can remedy the problem of noisy stairs. This is especially needed if you have a house full of kids who may run up and down those stairs all day long and make a lot of noise.
  • Safety: Wood is slippery, and wood on the stairs can be dangerous in a home with children and the elderly. For this reason, carpet is the better choice, as it will greatly reduce the chance of a slip and fall that could cause serious injuries. Carpeting provides a softer landing, no chance of slipping on spilled liquids, less slipping and less injuries.

 Cons of Carpeted Stairs

Carpet on the stairs has its advantages, but it doesn’t work for everyone and every home. There are some issues with carpeting that can make it less attractive for some, such as its cost and installation, the damage it causes to the wood underneath and the difficulty of keeping it clean.

  • Installation and Cost: The better the carpet’s quality, the more expensive it will be, and you’ll want to have the best carpeting you can afford installed on your stairs. You may have to pay more to ensure that you get the safest, most durable carpeting. Installation can be expensive and complicated, as well.
  • Damage to the Wood of the Original Stairs: Carpet is installed using adhesive glue, industrial staplers or wires. Any of these things can cause permanent damage to the wood below. If the carpeting is ever removed, the stairs below will definitely have to be refinished, which is another major expense.
  • Hard to Keep Clean: Carpet is not the easiest flooring type to keep clean, especially in high traffic areas. There aren’t many areas more high traffic than the stairs. This means that you’ll be doing a lot of vacuuming, spot removal and deep cleaning. Wood stairs simply require occasional sweeping and mopping, which is way less maintenance than what is needed to keep carpeted stairs looking nice and clean.

If you’ve got questions about carpeting stairs, or you’re looking to redo the flooring on your stairs, get in touch with us.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Carpet

Choosing carpetCarpet continues to be a popular choice for flooring, around the world – and for good reason! When buying carpet, you will have many options to choose from and even more features to consider. Buying the wrong type of carpeting for your style or comfort needs can be a costly mistake, so it’s important to know how to look for carpeting that will suit your needs perfectly.

How Long Will it Last?

Durable carpets have good densities, nice construction, and are made of high quality fibres. Generally, you will want to buy heavy duty carpeting for high traffic areas in your home, such as entryways, living rooms, hallways, and playrooms. A durable carpet will also be stain-resistant or easy to clean, so you should look for this as well.

What Type of Pile Does it Have?

The type of carpet pile you choose will depend on your personal style and the amount of traffic in your space. There are three options available: Cut, Loop, or Combination.

Cut Pile: The loops are cut at the top of cut pile carpets. This means the tufts of yarn in the carpet will stick straight up. Cut piles are more formal and luxurious than loop piles. However, vacuum tracks and footprints are always visible in these carpets, which can sometimes (and only temporarily) make them look discolored.

Loop Pile: In loop pile carpets, each strand of yarn is pulled twice through the backing to create a loop. This type of carpeting is easier to clean than cut pile, doesn’t show footprints and vacuum tracks, and the short loops makes it perfect for high traffic rooms.

Combination Pile: Loop and cut yarns can be combined to create carpeting that looks like swirls or squares. This effect is unique, stylish, and great at hiding footprints, vacuum tracks, and dirt. These types of carpets are also great for high traffic areas while providing a touch of elegance.

What Colour to Choose?

The colour of the carpeting you choose goes beyond personal style or just making a statement. Depending on the shade, the colour of your carpeting can offer some advantages and disadvantages. Dark shades hide stains well, but they may be less attractive than lighter options and show lint. Speckled or multicolored carpets hide stains and lint, but may be unattractive and appear dirty. Light shades can be quite attractive and make small rooms appear larger, but they’re easily stained and harder to clean than other shades.

How Dense is the Carpet?

The density of the carpet is the amount of yarn in the carpet and how close its tufts are to one another. Dense carpets are considered better than others because of their durability. You can check for density by bending the sample into a U shape with the tufts facing out. You’ll be able to tell how dense the carpet is by how much of the backing you see when you do this. Denser carpeting will show less of the backing.

What Type of Underlay Does it Have?

Underlays are good accessories to have because they help carpets last longer, cover minor holes and bumps in the floor underneath, absorb sound, and provide insulation. They vary in quality, but should be both firm and comfortable. This means that you shouldn’t be able to feel the floor underneath your shoes when you stand on the underlay. You can test this out before buying by simply stepping on it. You’ll also have to decide whether a rubber or foam underlay is best for you.

How Good Are the Samples?

Samples are actually an integral part of carpet buying. They’re the most effective way of ensuring you’ll get the flooring you want and need. You’ll get to take the sample home to test how well it fits into your space and décor.

How Does Installation Work?

Carpet installation is usually cheaper when it’s installed by the same people you purchased it from. There are some things to keep in mind, however, like asking for a fully itemized quote that includes everything from the price of the underlay to the price for moving furniture during the installation. This will ensure you don’t end up paying for additional services.

If you have questions about carpet or are ready to update the floors in your home or office with quality new carpeting, give us a call!

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