Product Spotlight: Armstrong Luxe with Rigid Core

Waterproof and wonderful.

Get the look of hardwood or stone in any room with luxury vinyl from Armstrong flooring, available here at United Floors.

Armstrong Luxe with Rigid Core looks great and works even better. Perfect for areas with high traffic and high moisture, this vinyl flooring collection will wow you with its range of styles and colours. And installation is a quick and easy.

With its Rigid Core technology, Armstrong Luxe is perfect for areas with uneven subfloors. Thick, sturdy locking planks and acoustic cork underlayment will hide any minor irregularities in the subfloor. And with no need to worry about acclimation, it can be installed right away.

It’s available in both authentic plank lengths and widths as well as 12 x 24-inch and 18 x 18-inch tile options.

From the basement to the bedroom, this flooring will add beauty to any room. Visit us at United Floors in Courtenay and ask about Armstrong Luxe today!

The most durable floors for families

Engineered luxury vinyl plank & tile is virtually kid-proof

 

Flooring and family life – not always the best combination.

Between the mud that gets tracked in, wet boots through the spring and fall, occasional rollerblades and scooters, not to mention scratchy nails on “fur babies,” kids, toys and pets can take a toll on the look and life of a floor.

So, what’s a parent to do? Wait until everyone is off to college before installing hardwood? Buy that industrial-grade lino so popular with old hospitals and schools? Well, that’s one way to go.

But here at United Floors, we have a better solution – luxury vinyl!

Not sure what it is or if it would work for your home? Read on . . .

Armstrong Luxe, Limed Oak Chateau Gray

What is luxury vinyl and how is it made?

Luxury vinyl has the look and feel of natural wood and tile but offers homeowners a durable, long-lasting finish at a reasonable price. Perfect for high-traffic areas because of its hardiness and waterproof properties, it also works well in other areas of the home because of its beautiful appearance. Quiet, simple to maintain and easy on the joints, this flooring works in any commercial or residential situation.

Luxury vinyl comes in plank or tile formats and is constructed in layers that are fused together using heat and pressure. Typically there is a vinyl backing and then a base layer that’s made primarily of PVC vinyl. This layer gives the flooring its flexibility and dimensional stability. The decorative 3D PVC film layer (colour and design pattern) is next. The top layer is called the wear layer and comes in a few different thicknesses; made of a clear sheet vinyl that may or may not include a urethane coating, it provides the superior protection for which vinyl flooring is known.

Mannington Adura Max Legacy White

Sure, it’s tough, but how does today’s vinyl look?

Simply put, it looks great. With advances in print and embossing technology, these floors look good from any angle. And there is a huge variety of styles, colours, patterns and designs to choose from. Whether you want your floors to have the look of wood, stone, tile, concrete or anything else, you’ll be able to find something to fit your needs. You can choose to have decorative geometrics , borders and grout options, as well as combine tiles and planks. And with the great finish, it will keep that look for years and years to come.

Installation and maintenance of vinyl planks and tile

The nice thing about vinyl plank and tiles is that, if you’re handy, you can do it yourself. No need to pay installation fees if you don’t want. While installation guidelines vary slightly between manufacturers, the process is pretty straightforward and the flooring comes with detailed instructions on layout and installation.

It is important to start with a clean, smooth and dry subfloor and to acclimate your tiles to the room or areas where they will be installed. Of course, if you need any help with installation or advice, our helpful staff is here for guidance. Check out this link for more details on installation of vinyl planks and tiles.

Once installed, maintenance is also basic. These floors should be swept, dust mopped or vacuumed on a regular basis. Wet mopping with a mild solution and water is recommended every few weeks. While the flooring is waterproof, it’s better not to let water stand for long periods of time. Spills should be wiped up quickly; for advice on removing nail polish, felt marker or rubber heel marks, visit our website’s vinyl maintenance page.

Armstrong Luxe Farmhouse Plank Rugged Brown

With luxury vinyl, there’s no need to stick with the flooring you have. Come see all the options that are available to you and your family at our Courtenay showroom. Meet with our friendly staff, and we’ll help you get your project going.

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Product Spotlight: Tarkett FiberFloor

Allergies and asthma an issue? You need Tarkett FiberFloor!

Flooring makes up a large part of any living space – that’s why it’s important to ensure your floor helps create a healthy and safe environment. At Tarkett®, safe flooring is a priority so they’ve created “Breathe-Easy Flooring.”

Their FiberFloor® product is certified asthma and allergy friendly. Not only is it the lowest VOC-emitting product on the market today, but it’s also hypoallergenic with more than 95 percent of allergens removed with standard cleaning. It is scientifically tested and proven to help people breathe easier.

Warm, quiet and comfortable, FiberFloor® is designed with woven fiberglass, foam and tough, resilient wear layers that stand up to water, moisture and scuffs. It also looks great! Available in a wide range of colours, there is a style that will coordinate with any décor.

Beautiful, practical and healthy – what more do you want in a floor?

Come by United Floors in Courtenay and ask us about Tarkett FiberFloor today!

Comparing your kitchen flooring options

Balancing affordability vs. durability 

We’re redoing our kitchen! YAY!

We need to stick to a budget. BOO!

Anyone who has ever remodeled or built a new kitchen knows that the costs add up – and quickly. Between appliances, cupboards, counters and floors, there are plenty of places to spend your money. But once you’ve figured out how much to budget for the floor, you’ll find there are actually a number of options to weigh in terms of form, function and finances.

At United Floors in Courtenay, we carry a broad selection of flooring suitable for the kitchen, each with their own price point and pros and cons. Here are some of the most popular choices for homeowners looking to balance affordability with durability.

Laminate flooring in the kitchen – it works! 
Armstrong Coastal Living Patina

When it first came out people were scared of using laminate flooring in the kitchen, but as finishes and joining technology have improved, this flooring has made its way into today’s galley. While you should still avoid getting things wet, the price, look and ease of installation have made it hard to ignore. Laminate is comfortable underfoot and available in a range of styles and looks. Care and maintenance is easy, but if you have young children who spill . . . well, think twice. And laminate does require a foam underlayment.

Tile is tough enough for your home

This is one tough floor – durable, stain resistant and low maintenance. Porcelain tiles are available in glazed or unglazed finishes and various sizes, and it’s impervious to moisture. With tiles you get the look of stone at a fraction of the price. But like stone, it can be cold and tiring to stand on for long periods of time. And depending on the layout of your kitchen you may want to have this product professionally installed, which adds to the costs.

Vinyl in the kitchen will make you dance 
Tarkett Fresh Start Sylvanova

Vinyl is the product for you if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Your feet and muscles will be happy on this cushiony product. (The cushion is also helpful for those of us who drop things!) And it’s easy on the budget. Available as sheet vinyl, plank or tiles, there is little maintenance other than sweeping and mopping. Thicker vinyl can feature a textured surface, which helps provide some traction as smooth vinyl can be slippery when wet.

Available in scores of today’s colours, patterns and textures, vinyl is waterproof and resistant to scratches and scuffs. A good vinyl can last about 20 years.

Linoleum – a kitchen classic

Not quite as durable nor as soft as vinyl, its upside is its eco-friendliness. An all-natural product with color throughout, it’s easy to clean and water resistant, but does need to be maintained with sealers from time to time depending on traffic.

Cork – a comfortable, eco-friendly flooring option
Torlys Florence Premier

Cork is also gaining traction in the kitchen. Its natural insulating properties will keep your floor warm, and it is slip-resistant. However, it’s softer than wood, tile and laminate, so is more susceptible to damage. The nice thing about cork is that it’s a sustainable material; made from tree bark, it’s harvested every eight to ten years.

Its unique cellular structure makes it water resistant and compressible. And its patterns are unique. Unlike other floors, cork needs to be resealed every 3-5 years to protect against scratches and moisture entering through seams and cracks. Typically, it is available in tiles and planks.

Engineered hardwood looks good in any room
Mercier Hickory Authentic

Hardwood is a nice option if you want your floor to keep its value and style over the years. It’s very durable and works well with an open floor plan that extends into other rooms. There are two types of hardwood flooring – solid wood or engineered wood planks. In our ‘wet’ coast climate engineered wood is much more stable and the better choice for kitchens.

Engineered wood has a veneer of real wood backed by layers of plywood. The way it’s made helps to add stability and makes it less vulnerable to movement caused by changes in temperature or humidity, which can occur in kitchens.

 

Ready to get going on your kitchen? Make sure to visit us at our Courtenay showroom. Come meet with our friendly staff and we’ll make sure you’re set to get that project started.

 

Product Spotlight: Krono-Tex Laminate

For a superb product that looks great and you can feel good about purchasing, check out Krono-Tex Laminate, proudly carried by United Floors in Courtenay.

Known for their eco-friendly, sustainable, healthy engineered wood materials from debarked domestic pine and spruce wood, the folks at Swiss Krono take pride in producing high-quality product in an environmentally sustainable way.

Their German-made Krono-Tex laminate flooring is characterized by second-to-none aesthetics and exceptional value. The wide range of styles will ensure there’s a perfect fit for every taste. Be it precisely emulated wood grain or spectacular stone structures with an authentic feel and appearance, Krono-Tex will work in every setting and meet every requirement.

Courtenay United Floors is delighted to carry this product. Stop by our our showroom today and have a look at all Krono-Tex has to offer!

Remodeling and upgrading your floors on a budget

United Floors has plenty of affordable floor covering options

 

When it comes to giving your home a facelift, many of us automatically think “paint.” But one sure fire way to instantly improve and update the look of your home is to change your flooring.

Think about it – flooring is a key design element of any house because there’s just so darn much of it! And making a change in the floor covering will have a significant impact on the feel and look of your home. Of course, that square footage is also what can scare people off.

But, the fact is, there are numerous inexpensive ways to upgrade or remodel your floor coverings. And, of course, we have plenty of options and ideas here at United Floors in Courtenay.

Here are some of our favourite ways to perk up your floors on a budget.

 

Area rugs – a quick, cheap way to upgrade your floor

This first one is a bit of a cheat, because it only affects one specific area or room. That being said, laying down a stylish new area rug can transform any room and make it feel totally different. No installation, no hassle and big pay-off!

 

Vinyl flooring – sheets, planks and tiles

Vinyl has long been known for its low cost and long-wearing nature, and today’s colours, patterns and textures are very appealing to the eye. Depending on the area you are looking to cover, you can go with sheet, plank or tiles.

Armstrong Luxe Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tiles are popular because they’re another floor covering that’s easy to install yourself. The plank styles are also quick to snap together. Sheets can be a bit unwieldy, particularly if there are numerous obstructions, such as walls and cupboards, etc. The best thing about vinyl is its ability to stand up to moisture, so keep that in mind if water is a concern.

 

Laminate flooring – the look of luxury without the cost

Laminate flooring, like vinyl, can give the look of a more luxurious wood floor but is much more reasonably priced. It is resistant to stains, scratches and general wear and tear. And its ease of installation makes it a favourite with homeowners.

Generally, laminate must be installed over a light foam underlay, so that expense also has to be factored in. Because it is thicker than vinyl and has the underlay as well as some wood content, laminate is more comfortable for standing on and warmer than vinyl and ceramic tile.

 

Okay, so there’s some info on how to get a floor that’s within your means. Need help deciding which would work best for your particular situation? Or maybe you want to know about combining floor coverings or need to know if your subfloor is good enough. Let people with flooring expertise provide you with answers.

Come by our Courtenay showroom to see all the different floor coverings we have. Chat with our helpful staff and you’ll be sure to make the right decision. See you soon, here at United Floors at 362 – 10th Street, Courtenay.

 

Product spotlight: Adura® Max Luxury Vinyl

Are you looking for luxury vinyl?

Come into United Flooring and have a look at what we carry by Mannington Residential.

Manufacturing flooring for more than 100 years, they have some of the best designs on the market today, be it commercial or residential.

Kids, pets, high traffic a concern? No problem. Mannington has a luxury vinyl for every lifestyle. More concerned about how it looks? Slate-, wood-, tile- and stone-look vinyl options are all available.

Meredian Porcelain
Meredian Porcelain

And be sure to check out their Adura® Max product line. Featuring their innovative HydroLoc™ waterproof core, it’s thicker and more rigid than ordinary vinyl. Available in easy to assemble 6” x 48” locking planks, which include Ultra-Quiet™ attached pad for excellent sound reduction and comfort underfoot, it can be installed quickly on all grade levels and over most existing floors and subfloors.

Adura® Max is backed with a stress-free limited, lifetime residential and 10-year light commercial warranty against wear through, staining, fading, delamination and joint separation. Mannington is confident this product will stand up to your most challenging rooms. And you can be confident it will work for you.

Stop by United Floors in Courtenay and have a look at Mannington Adura® Max or any of our other vinyl products. Come speak with our knowledgeable staff today!

The evolution of vinyl flooring

Technological advances make vinyl a great flooring choice for any room

 

Looking for flooring that is comfortable, stylish, affordable and durable? Vinyl flooring is the perfect way to go!

Vinyl flooring? Really? Vinyl?!

Yes! Maybe it brings back memories of your Grandma’s kitchen, but the evolution of vinyl flooring makes it a good choice for many of today’s homeowners.

A quick look at the great vinyl products at our Courtenay showroom is sure to grab your attention. And here’s some more info to get you thinking about vinyl for your next flooring purchase.

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Filigree Iron
Vinyl flooring – the way it was

Obviously, something that caught hold during the Great Depression has changed over the years. But what made it so desirable back then still works today – its durability. Discovered in the 19th century and employed as a rubber alternative in the 1940s, the first vinyl flooring was made in Sweden 1947. By the mid-1950s, it had really caught on.

Into the 1980s, it had become more stylish, but was still being made with an asbestos backing. With the development of engineered hardwood and laminate flooring, the 21st century has seen more advances in vinyl as it attempts to keep up with the competition.

The best things about today’s vinyl flooring

Well, for one thing, no asbestos! It’s now made using polyvinyl chloride (PVC); check out our website for more info on how vinyl flooring is made. Easy maintenance is always a selling point, and completely waterproof options are great for high-traffic, high moisture areas. Underfoot, vinyl is a softer option than wood or tile so it’s comfortable for long periods of standing and can feel warmer as well.

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Havana Tobacco

Also, standard sizing has changed to offer greater flexibility to consumers. Still available in sheets and tiles, you can also get vinyl in plank form, complete with core layers and tongue-and-groove glueless, locking technology. There have also been improvements in the wear layers, as well as resistance to static and slips. Without a doubt, function has been upgraded, as has its style.

Style, design and vinyl flooring

The last decade has seen not only enhancements in the appearance of vinyl, but also the surface feel. Wood grain actually looks like wood grain, and surface subtleties do a good job of mimicking ceramic and stone patterns. More attention is now given to both colour spectrums and colour variations. From decorative borders to grout options, there is a look that will work for your home.

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Parthenon Pumice
Is vinyl flooring right for you?

Vinyl’s low cost, durability and long-wearing nature means that it works for many homeowners. And now that it looks so good, it makes it an even easier sell.

In terms of installation, tiles are not too difficult to do yourself but larger areas may be better handled by professionals. And depending on the condition of your subfloor, you may want people with flooring expertise to lend a hand.

Look at your budget and the area you want to install new flooring and you may find that vinyl fits the bill. Make sure to come by our Courtenay showroom to see all the different vinyl products that we have available, and speak with our knowledgeable staff to find out which manufacturers offer what.

We look forward to seeing you here at United Floors in Courtenay to let us help you make the right flooring decisions for your home. Drop by 362 – 10th Street today!

Just because you have kids and pets, it doesn’t mean you can’t have carpet.

Shaw Floors has created a new carpet collection that not only repels wetness and stains, it promises to be 100% waterproof! Sound too good to be true? Have a look at this video.

LifeGuard offers unprecedented protection with the look and feel of regular carpet. And it’s available in numerous colours and styles. Now you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of carpet while letting life happen. Come to United Floors and feel free to check it out in person. Heck, we might even let you spill stuff on it (cola not included)! Visit our Courtenay location to see our range of products and speak with our flooring pros today.