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.

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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.

Not your momma’s carpet

Making a room pop with colour and texture

Remember when the big decision about carpet was, “Should we go with tan, beige or cream?”

Well, we’ve come a long way baby!

No longer is your carpet’s sole purpose about going with the furniture or hiding the dirt. With fabulous colours to choose from, a variety of textures available and even the opportunity to go with waterproof, when it comes to carpet there are plenty of things to consider. Visit us here at United Floors and we’ll give you all the info you need to make the right decision for your home.

Carpet and colours to make your room come alive

There’s lots to love about carpet – warmth, comfort, protection against slips and falls, sound absorption qualities – but these days, people love it for its look.

Vibrant colours and patterns can make it the focal point or a major design element of any room. It’s a great way to add beauty and style as well as a little bit of your personality to your home’s décor. Of course, if you have a great couch that you want to show off, neutral may be the way to go. But you might want to think about getting a nice Berber with flecks of complimentary colours within it.

If you haven’t thought about carpeting since the 1990s, come check out all the new colour and neutral options at our Courtenay showroom.

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New carpet textures and patterns are sure to turn heads

Maybe you’re not ready to go with a bold colour. Then how about introducing some texture and patterns instead?

In terms of practicality, textures and patterns help to hide soil or vacuum marks and stand up well in high-traffic areas. Style-wise they can add another element of design appeal. Woven and applied patterns, such as raised leaves and flowers, offer the chance to blend the flooring with other design elements within a particular space.

Waterproof carpets – no longer just a dream

If you’ve been avoiding carpet because you don’t think it can withstand the rigors of your family’s lifestyle, think again. Shaw Floors has created a new collection that employs LifeGuard – a waterproof backing offering unparalleled protection. Not only does it look and feel like regular carpet, it’s available in numerous colours and styles and promises to be 100% waterproof. If you’re just concerned about stains and dirt, there are plenty of options to choose from. Just speak with our knowledgeable staff to find out which manufacturers offer what stain protection.

And don’t forget about area rugs A little nervous about investing the money and square footage into wall-to-wall? Area rugs are a great way to add a little colour and design while protecting high-traffic areas. Patterned or plain, there are plenty of options at our Courtenay location.

Thinking about new flooring options? Maybe it’s time you thought about carpet again. Come visit us at United Floors in Courtenay for all your flooring needs. See you at 362 – 10th Street soon!

Flooring and design trends for 2017

What’s hot in colours, area rugs, backsplashes and more

Is it time for a change?

Make 2017 the year you decide to update your home’s look. And let us here at United Floors help!

Whether you’re just looking to perk up your livingroom with a new rug and accent pieces or you’re considering putting in new hardwood flooring, here are some of the design trends making headlines this year.

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Kraus carpet

Lush – THE colour for floors, accents and other design elements

Okay, so lush isn’t so much a colour as it is a palette – and it refers to greens.

Known as “nature’s neutral,” greens go well with light and darks and pick up on accents in woods. Neither masculine or feminine, and ranging from a light teal or aquamarine to lime green right through to emerald, greens bring the outside in. Add a pop of fresh energy to any room by incorporating a shade of green with new tile work, area rugs, carpet or hardwood flooring.

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Ames tile

Tiles – bigger is better . . . and we mean big!

Think you know large tiles? Think again! For both residential and commercial applications, large-format tiles are making an impact. Ranging from 12 x 24 inches to 40 x 120 inches, occasionally even greater, these days big tiles are all the rage. Originally mostly available as thin porcelain, the tiles are now available in glass ceramic and even stone. For a bold and exciting new look, consider large tiles!

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Surya rug

Area rugs – some of the hot styles

Area rugs have both function and fashion appeal. They can help protect high-traffic areas while also adding an interesting design element. As noted, you can stay on top of changing trends by adding a new rug in the season’s hot colour – green. Layering rugs with different colours and textures is also a popular option this year.

Another trend is the use of Bohemian or ethnic-styled rugs with interesting and colourful design – they add a bit of life to rooms that have a clean or minimalistic design. Come check out the numerous area rug options at our Courtenay location.

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Casa Roma tile backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes – still grabbing attention

Backsplashes are still a great option for adding a little personality to your kitchen. Whether using tiles in glass, ceramic, metal or a combination thereof, many people are opting for white, off-white and grey options to keep things looking big and airy with a splash of colour thrown in. And don’t forget, tile size is increasing.

At United Floors we keep up on the latest design trends so you don’t have to. Come in and talk with our experts about colours, area rugs, tiles and more. We’ll make sure you’ll get the help you need to keep your home looking good and feeling current.

Come see us at United Floors in Courtenay for your design needs. Visit us at 362 – 10th Street today!

Looking for floor care products?

We carry a huge inventory of products that will keep your floors always looking their best! Protecting and cleaning your floors has never been easier.

From mops to sweepers and cleaners we have everything that you need for proper maintenance. And when it comes to protecting your floors from scratches, check out our felt casters and glides. We even have felt padding for furniture with unique footprints.

Short of coming to your house and doing the scrubbing for you, we make cleaning a snap! Stop by and see our range of products or speak with our knowledgeable staff today.

Keeping your hardwood surface beautiful

Tips for maintaining hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are popular for plenty of reasons, not least of which is their beauty. And in order to keep your floor looking its best for a long time, you need to show it some love.

Following are some tips to ensure your hardwood floor keeps shining over the years.

Not certain if you have what you need to protect your floor’s finish? Don’t worry – at United Floors we carry a range of maintenance items, from finishes to fillers to felt protector pads.

Keep up with regular maintenance – daily, weekly or somewhere in between

Today’s factory-applied polyurethane finishes are very tough, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little help along the way. Loose grit or sand can lead to scratches, so sweeping or vacuuming often is a good idea. In fact, a daily dust with a microfiber mop is both easy and quick. The mops use static electricity to pick up dirt and dust, as opposed to just pushing it around with a broom. Keep the microfiber pad in contact with the floor until you are finished and wipe up any extra dirt.

A weekly(ish) damp mop is also prudent. But make sure not to use too much water, rather a light misting with appropriate cleaner will keep the wood happiest. Don’t use soap-based detergents and wax or steam cleaners.

And if the finish begins to dull over the years, you can renew it by recoating with a good quality, non-yellowing polyurethane finish. Always speak with the pros if you have any questions about cleaning or refinishing products.

Things to avoid – spills, heels and humidity

Don’t cry over spilt milk, coffee or pop, but do get it wiped up as quickly as possible with a slightly damp cloth. For dried spills use a cloth or light scrub pad with the hardwood manufacturer’s cleaner.

Heels, especially spiky ones or any in disrepair, should be left at the door in order to avoid dents. And consider making the floor a pet-free zone (unless you have some cozy booties for them).

Wood floors can have a complicated relationship with humidity as changes often cause expansion and contraction. Living on the “wet coast” can make moisture in the air more of an issue, so having some form of humidity control is a good idea. Try to keep humidity around 35 per cent in your home – more than 50 and your floor may experience bulges or ridges between seams. Temperature should also stay somewhat constant, ideally between 17 and 22 degrees. Opening windows and using hood fans when cooking, using bathroom fans for 30 minutes after a shower and using a dryer rather than hanging clothes inside all help to reduce moisture in the air.

A little prevention goes a long way – area rugs, felt pads, chair casters

For areas of the floor that see high traffic, an area rug can keep moisture and dirt from becoming a problem. Felt padding, glides and casters can make life easier as well; we carry a good number of options at our Courtenay location.

If you do need to make some moves with the furniture, ensure that the feet of the furniture are clean before pushing things around. Or, better yet, use a blanket or face-down carpet to slide furniture, especially those heavier items.

Come see us at United Floors in Courtenay for all your flooring and flooring maintenance needs. Our helpful staff will set you on the right path and can always offer a solution. Visit us at 362 – 10th Street today!