Home environments change, overall style and personality are the main factors when considering new flooring options. Methods continue to evolve, and there are many flooring option types that can spark your imagination! Think of comfort, and visual appearance, and which rooms in your home are in need of a flooring makeover or upgrade.
Flooring plays a significant role in the look, feel and overall functionality of your home.
There is a wide range of flooring possibilities for any type of home in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding neighbourhood communities. With the wide availability of flooring options, you’re bound to find one or more that will peak your interest, and which fits your style and personality. But in some rare cases, it may be an overwhelming proposition to select but one and this is where you may require the services of a flooring expert to guide you on the way and narrow down your search.
Always have a professional renovation company in mind. Affinity Renovations is widely used by homeowners across the GTA. They’ve gained notoriety and built their reputation on providing excellence in quality service. It’s what they’ve done and will continue to do.
What is available in the marketplace? The options are endless! What do you choose?
Tiles Fall Into 3 Categories
1. Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic is made from a mix of clays. It is very porous. It is common knowledge that ceramic is slightly more prone to wear, cracking and chipping than porcelain tile.
2. Porcelain Tiles
Porcelain tile is made from finely grounded clays and minerals at extremely high temperatures. Each will suit your own personal style and needs.
3. Natural Stone
Natural stone usually in most cases made from marble, granite, limestone, travertine or slate. Improves with age and usually lasts a lifetime. Homeowners are well aware that it is the most expensive option.
Tile is durable and gives off cleaned lined elegance to floors throughout your most precious asset.
Larger tile selection translates into fewer grout lines and offers a far less busy appearance. Tiles can also make small living spaces appear larger in its overall visual presentation. As a flooring option, tiles offer versatility, durability and a hint of elegance. There is no wonder that tile floors are so popular. They’ve withstood the test of time
- Versatile flooring option, your floors can have that rustic feel, cutting edge and can be installed professionally in virtually any pattern.
- Tiles can withstand heavy floor traffic, water spills and doesn’t absorb odour or bacteria.
Keep your feet warm
Tiles can be very cold on bare feet, change that by adding radian in-floor heating. The most popular choice by homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area is to professionally install electric in-floor heating which requires heating cables or mats between the sub floor and floor. This system is uniquely controlled by a thermostat and timer and also serves as a supplement to your home’s main heat source, continues to be a popular choice in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.
In plain terms
Tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Tiles of the natural stone variety, gives off a sense of character and elegance. Tiles remain a popular choice in the homes of today because they are a forever classic, timeless design feature.
Hardwood floors are still tough and durable and can complement any room in your already beautiful home. When you think of the word “hardwood” it conjures up images of classic, charm and richness descriptions. If properly maintained, they will most likely last a lifetime while gaining new character with age. Hardwood can come in a wide variety of colors from blond to black, depending on the type of wood species and finish.
You can choose between:
- Pre-finished and engineered or raw and unstained.
- Both are very durable.
- Will leave a timeless classic look in any of the spaces in your home.
In todays’ homes in the Greater Toronto Area, hardwood is the gold standard of flooring surfaces and adds value to the home. Solid hardwood floors can be refinished over and over again. Also keep in mind that engineered hardwood floors can be difficult to repair when damaged. You hold the key in incorporating hardwood floors to many rooms in your home. Be aware of spaces that have lots of moisture and water because they can easily damage in those particular areas of the home.
Many varieties of colors and looks to select from.
- 4X4 carpet tile.
Cozy to walk on, and this flooring option comes in a rainbow of colors and may actually lower heating bills in the home.
Carpet is still widely used in the homes across the GTA, the only setback being that it harbors dust and airborne particles. Not recommended if people in the home may have asthma or any breathing difficulties.
Still popular, but homeowners are looking at other flooring options rather than carpet. Gone are the days of wall to wall carpeting.
Laminate is tough, easy to clean and can give you the look of hardwood floor at the fraction of the cost. Homeowners are turning to laminate because it can emulate hardwood, tile or stone. It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles to complement any room in your home. It’s affordable, durable and earth friendly. You can have your floors to have a matte or glossy look but it is all dependent on the look you are craving.
- With many styles and varieties to choose from.
- More widely used by homeowners today as a flooring option of choice.
- Very durable and can be used in many different spaces in your home environment.
- Replicates the look and feel of hardwood flooring.
This flooring option is being rediscovered by homeowners because of its durability, withstands heavy traffic and can be enjoyed by your feet for many years to come.
What’s old is new again
Linoleum has been available in the marketplace for hundreds of years, but it was relegated to commercial settings, such as hospitals. Homeowners today are discovering that linoleum has its advantages as a flooring option because of its environmental benefits, cutting edge design aspects and its overall longevity. It comes in a wide variety of colors to suit any personality.
This flooring option looks better than you remember and you can replicate the look of hardwood, tile and or stone.
Vinyl has been traditionally reserved for kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms but high-end styles are making their way into living spaces across the homes of the GTA. Vinyl is an excellent flooring option for your rooms that are high-traffic areas.
It withstands water, scratch and stain resistant and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles that will complement any room in your home. It’s affordable.
Bamboo has been more widely used as an alternative for flooring options because of its physical similarities to hardwood. Homeowners across the GTA are leaning towards installation of bamboo in their homes because of its unique look and style and the attractive patterns and colors. Bamboo has been gaining notoriety for its overall strength, durability and because it’s eco-friendly.
- Manufactured from the bamboo plant.
- Bamboo is used as an alternative for flooring because of its physical similarities to true hardwoods.
- Very popular choice for many homeowners.
You may want or need something that will turn your existing rooms from dull and boring to something visually appealing.
Now you’re ready to install new flooring to your already beautiful home. The choices are vast, now it’s time to get educated and narrow down what you want on your floors.
The next step
We have all the necessary information at our fingertips, so use it to your advantage. Use the World Wide Web to find out about all the flooring options available in the marketplace. Visit all the big box stores and their showrooms. Find out which flooring will best suit your needs and personality.
You’ve narrowed your decision
You’ve finally decided on how to make your home look more visually appealing by installing new flooring in your most precious asset.
Hire a professional renovation company to execute all your flooring needs. Call on (416) 477-3440 to fulfill all your flooring needs, you’ll be glad you did!
Revel in all its’ beauty
The renovation is complete. The flooring you’ve always dreamed about is now part of your home environment. Now you can enjoy it for a lifetime, your feet certainly will.