Spring Flooring Trends for 2017

spring flooring trendsFlooring is a major element of a home’s design. Good flooring can make a room look better, feel better and even function better. Every so often, notable flooring trends emerge and the past few years has brought about a lot of progression in flooring. The year 2017 is set to see its fair share of spring flooring trends. Here are some highlights:

The Rise of the Wide Plank

As the popularity of smaller homes continues to grow, so does the popularity of bigger or more exaggerated design elements. Exaggerated flooring, such as wide plank wood and laminate, can make a small space look larger and more spacious. However, wide plank flooring is also offered in tile and vinyl, as well. It’s a great way to update your home because it looks expensive, elegant and modern.

Big Moves for Format Tile

Using large format tile to make a room look larger is another major flooring trend. Not only do they make a room look larger, they also provide an attractive, clean, modern look and reduce the amount of grout lines that are visible. It’s, of course, the perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms. You can have the traditional ceramic or vinyl tile installed or go with a nice modern, sleek porcelain option.

Flooring That Looks Like Wood, But Isn’t

Flooring that mimics the look and feel of wood is a hot commodity today. In fact, this is quite possibly the greatest flooring trend of 2017, and most likely because wood-like flooring has undergone some major advancements and changes. Wood-like flooring once sounded hollow and looked unattractive and unfinished, but now, it’s solid, durable and chic. Vinyl, tile and laminate have all been improved to look and feel more like wood, and are now worthy alternatives. Additionally, they’re easier to maintain and less expensive, which means you can have the look and feel of hardwood flooring without the maintenance or price.

Okay With Parquet

Parquet is an acquired taste, so it struggles to make it to the top of any list of desired flooring options. Plus, some see it as outdated and or even tacky. However, parquet really only has a bad rep because it’s often associated with a few particular outdated patterns, such as the Chevron.

Truthfully, parquet just means any geometric pattern. This means it doesn’t have to look a certain way. So, you could design your parquet flooring in any geometric pattern you like or stick with the most popular trend of herringbone parquet flooring. The best part is, it can now be designed in wood, tile, vinyl, laminate and more.

If you want to revitalize your home or office with new flooring, give us a call and let’s schedule a consultation where our design experts can help you find the spring flooring trends that are right for you.

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.

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!

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Wood Flooring

Different types of hardwood flooringWhile wood is one of the most popular and attractive types of flooring, people often don’t know what they should be looking for in a hardwood floor, or what exactly makes one type different, better, or worse than another.

Learn about the pros and cons of some of the most common types of wood flooring.

Walnut

Walnut is a beautiful choice for hardwood flooring. It’s straight-grained and the colours range from yellow to chocolate brown. Part of the beauty with walnut is the colour variation found from board to board, however, you can stain the wood to create a more consistent look..

One downside to walnut is it is a softer wood making it prone to dents and scratches. However like all hardwood, this enhances the beauty and character over time.

Cherry

Cherry wood is known for its blond to reddish-brown colouring. It’s commonly used for chairs, cabinets, and tables, but it looks great as a hardwood floor, as well. A major pro for cherry is that it looks amazing when stained, although it still looks rich and beautiful when left unstained.. The downside of cherry is that it is a softer wood and will dent and scratch quicker,

Oak

Oak is one of the most popular types of hardwood flooring. It comes in two varieties: red and white oak. Red oak ranges from light brown to pinkish hues, and comes in water-like or swirling patterns. On the other hand, white oak has a tiger-stripe grain with yellow spots and rays.

Oak is one of the most durable hardwoods. A clear-coat of urethane will highlight the distinctive grain of the wood. It’s also one of the most attractive and notable wood flooring options.

Depending on how you look at it, a con for oak is that it’s almost too popular, meaning it can be found in many homes. This means that if a homeowner is looking for wood flooring that stands out, oak may not be the unique look they’re after. For some people, another con is that staining oak can cause the wood to darken, which exaggerates the grain and makes it look two-toned. Those considering this hardwood should ask a Saskatoon flooring expert about the different options that are available for staining.

Maple

Maple is another popular wood flooring option. This is because of its hardness and durability. The flooring can look beautiful for many years with not many or any scratches, stains, or dents. It’s also one of the most affordable wood types.

The creamy white wood can also be stained to look like more expensive hardwood, such as mahogany or cherry. However, a major downside to maple is that the stain can look uneven or blotchy.

If you have questions about hardwood flooring, give us a call. We are Saskatoon flooring experts and we sell and install a wide range of beautiful wood flooring for homes and businesses throughout the area.