Looking for Sheet Vinyl? Why not EarthScapes?

Often, when a customer walks into our showroom looking for sheet flooring, they want something that is durable, comfortable to stand on, that’s reasonably in tune with what it was modeled after, and looks elegant in their space.  When faced with this set of flooring requirements, I like to recommend the EarthScapes line of product.

This sheet flooring is an excellent choice for any room containing moisture and advanced traffic such as where children play, or where pets roam.  It’s recommended for any area where water, moisture or humidity become an issue as water cannot destroy it.

You’re probably thinking, “I see what you’re saying, but how does it apply to me?”  Let’s walk through it… Typically, sheet vinyl flooring comes in two distinct types; felt-back vinyl and glass-back vinyl.

Felt-back vinyl is composed through a process similar to that of the composition of paper.  Several ply of fibrous material are set together and form-pressed to form the finished product, resulting in a vinyl sheet floor that is harder in form, lighter in weight and has slightly more sheen to it.  The sheets should not be bent drastically, as this could impact the durability of the floor at the point of the bend.  This product is durable against traffic, however there are more stable forms of vinyl sheet flooring, should water get beneath the surface.

Glass-back vinyl is composed by applying heat and pressure to vinyl and fiberglass. The end result is a vinyl sheet flooring that is less hard, thus easier on the joints, and more comfortable to stand on. This product is easier to move around in tighter builds, as the risk of damaging it by bending it is eliminated.  This version of vinyl sheet flooring is much more resistant to water than felt-back vinyl, however it maybe more likely to indent over time.

This brings us back to EarthScapes.  Through a proprietary process, the EarthScapes brand brings together high quality vinyl polymers with fiberglass elements, as well as aluminum oxide wear layers for added surface protection and anti-microbial agents to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria on or under the product.

The added comfort, resistance and style choices make this product an ideal solution for the elderly, people who have young children or people with pets.

Children drag their toys across the floor and scamper around, and fall over; the dog or cat roams the house, claws tapping away on your hardwood, or getting tangled up in your carpet, either wrecking your floor or risking injury to their paws.

EarthScapes is resistant to wear, and comfy to get around on.  If your loved ones fall on an EarthScapes floor, it’s much less of an impact than falling on hardwood or ceramic.

Should the cat miss the sandbox, and you clean it up a few hours later because you weren’t home, don’t worry; EarthScapes is anti-microbial, it won’t absorb things, and mold and bacteria won’t grow on it or under it.

Afraid your dog will turn your hardwood into what looks like the center ice at half-time with those claws of his?  The product’s wear layer will keep your floor looking great.

Additionally, this product is covered by our *Beautiful Guarantee; so remember, when you’re looking for a sheet vinyl flooring solution… why not EarthScapes?

 

Adura and Invincible luxury vinyl tile flooring in Mississauga and Toronto

In walking through our Mississauga showroom this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the tried and true LVT flooring installed just beyond the entryway of our storefront.  I’ve got an interesting story about this floor in particular.  Takes me back a couple of years.

There’s a pillar in the hardwood section of our showroom has a water pipe inside it.  A few years back, we’d gone home for the evening. looking forward to a 4-day long weekend.  Unfortunately, there was a staggering amount of rain coming down that weekend.  Somehow, the pipe sprung a leak, and this resulted in the entire front showroom being flooded under 2 inches of water over a 3 day span.

Now, as you might know, excessive amounts of water tends to do a number of undesirable things to floors. It destroys wood, and laminate indiscriminately of quality and type if there is prolonged exposure;  it dissolves adhesives, eats away at some backings and fibers; in some instances, it can even weaken the mix used to put down ceramic.

That said, some of our floors needed replacing.  It was bittersweet, saying goodbye to our older show-floors, and ushering in a new look for our showroom, with vibrant new styles and colors.

That said, the above-mentioned luxury vinyl tile survived this event.

Worried about the dangers of standing water?  Look no further.  If you’re looking to refresh the look of your kitchen, basement, laundry room, foyer, or any room where moisture, standing water, or wet traffic are of any concern, I definitely recommend one of our luxury vinyl tile floors.

They come in two formats: glue-down or click-system based.  “But which one should I use?”  you say?  It all comes down to preference. Some people like to glue it down, to have the peace of mind that it wont budge when moving that new 2 ton safe in your office over it.  Others enjoy the luxury of being able to unclick and replace individual boards in the rare scenario where grandma’s making her famous omelete, and drops a searing hot frying-pan  on your brand new floor.

Whatever your reasons for wanting a new LVT floor, we’re here for you. :)

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Stradwicks Carpet One Flooring based out of Mississauga and serving the GTA

We’ve been silent for quite some time now, but we’re back in the full swing of things with our new after-hours appointment booking and even better prices on all the top trends. Feel free to visit and take a look at our great selection of quality flooring, located in our Mississauga Flooring Showroom at 4500 Dixie Road, Dixie and Eglinton!

Mohawk Carpet Sales in Mississauga and the GTA

If you live in Mississauga, Toronto, Woodbridge or around the GTA and you’re looking for a Mohawk carpet sales store, consider us at Stradwicks Carpet One Floor & Home.

We carry Mohawk, Shaw, Beaulieu, Lee’s, Godfrey Hirst, Tigressa, Bigelow and many other lines of carpet and area rugs for your living room, den, commercial office space or any area you’d like to carpet.

Have you heard of Mohawk’s revolutionary Sorona/SmartStrand carpet made from 37% corn sugars? And, did you see that amazing video of the rhinoceros living on it for two weeks?

The carpet cleaned up amazingly well and passed the most rigorous test we’ve yet seen.

Here’s a short video to show you more about the challenge:

For more information and to talk about your home, give us a call or send us an email. You’ll be glad you came to us!

Shaw Carpet & Mannington Flooring Sales in Toronto, Mississauga, Canada

Mannington hardwood, vinyl, tile, laminate and more in Mississauga and Toronto GTA

We can provide shop-at-home convenience and bring samples to you or we can come to your home to pre-measure the areas you prefer and use your exact dimensions and information for reference when you visit our showroom.

We carry Mannington hardwood, Shaw carpet, Lee’s, Bigelow, Olympia Tile and more.

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Call us at (905) 624-4181; Email us at ed@carpetonegta.ca or craig@carpetonegta.ca and we’ll work with you on your flooring project.

All the best!

Recognize the common misconceptions in laminate flooring

Laminate flooring has come a long way since it’s advent in the 1970s.  It’s stronger, better assembled, can withstand more surface-wear due to the use of multiple protective layers, and is much more of a true rendition of the product it’s meant to look like.

That said, there are different aspects of laminate which can be misinterpreted or misrepresented.  You’re probably thinking, “How do you mean? Flooring can’t tell lies.”  You’re absolutely right.  With laminate, what you see is what you get.  However, looking over the product carefully, and understanding what it is you’re seeing is a whole different ballgame.

Let’s take into consideration, the thickness of the product.  If you walk into our Mississauga flooring showroom and tell our staff you’re looking for laminate, they won’t come back at you with a 20mm laminate flooring display, sitting next to the hardwood section.  The reason for this is that laminate flooring is in no way comparable to hardwood; in some higher quality instances, appearance may be similar but it’s never up to par with wood. When you’re being shown an exorbitantly thick laminate that’s strategically been placed next to a hardwood display with similar thickness, this can be misleading and even confusing to a first-time or relatively new flooring buyer.  Let’s find out why.

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Due to the nature of laminate, ranging types and qualities of laminate flooring can be found at price ranges as low as $0.99 up to $7.50 a square foot.  “Why would I pay 6.00 a square foot for something thin, when I could get something 20mm thick for a few pennies a square foot?” you say.  That’s an excellent question.  The answer is quality.  The follow-up is functionality.  Let’s examine it further.

The thickness of hardwood flooring is an important factor in the selection process, because with engineered or solid  hardwood, thickness often determines quality, durability, how well it holds up against joint wear, and the amount of times it can be sanded and refinished to change the color, bring it back to looking new or to remove surface damage caused by things like dragging your desk over it, or your Great Dane burning out and running when it hears you pouring out the kibble.

With Laminate flooring, thickness is not something that should influence thoughts as to quality, price, or preference.  At its core, laminate flooring is made up of plastics, sawdust, and adhesive that are form-pressed together. A picture is then laminated over top of this press-board base, and a protective layer is added over top so that it’s harder to damage the picture.  Why buy a thick laminate? There is absolutely no benefit in sanding it like one does with hardwood.  Sanding laminate flooring would just ruin it.  No one wants that.

Click systems are the most important component of the laminate.  A poor click system can cause immediate problems for you in your home.  Traffic, climate, even installation can split an inferior quality laminate’s click system.  When a floor is meant to fit or click together like all laminates are, wouldn’t you want a click-system that can do what it’s meant to? Provide a solid bond between the  laminate floorboards without any glue, and enhance the feel and longevity of your floor?  Be wary of click systems that look swollen, or papery.  If you have the chance, try and apply firm yet gentle pressure to the sample you’re being shown.  See if the tongue and groove can withstand it, or if they give way or crumbles fairly easily.  Stay away from click systems that can be easily broken apart with your fingertips.  Remember, you and your family, their friends, the family dog and big old Uncle Bob will be walking on this floor at some point, and that could produce more stress on the click system than the force of a few fingertips.  A good quality laminate click system is important.

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When you’re paying $3.75 for a quality Carpet One Laminate, you’re getting a product that’s crafted in Europe.  Austria, to be exact.  Laminate with an E0 or E1 rating: a rating system that boasts safe materials are used to craft it, and that it will not off-gas into toxins. This makes it safe for preschools, nurseries, living spaces for the very young, or the elderly.  You may not be paying $0.99 cents, but you’re getting a product that has a quality click-lock system that won’t easily crack with traffic, a pattern that makes sense, and boards that will not gap or degrade within a short period of time like some of the $0.99 cent product out there.  You’re paying for more good material; plastics, oxide wear-layers, and on some of our lines, things like anti-microbial substrates.

Come to our Mississauga flooring showroom and ask for laminate; we’ll show you excellent products held to high standards, to suit exactly what your needs are.  Why?  We’re proud of the work we do.  We don’t carry product we can’t stand behind and install with pride.

You demand quality; We are happy to oblige.

 

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Toronto Flood 2013

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In response to the huge number of properties affected by the flood, call volume and inquiries,  I’ll offer some information here on our blog.  While we don’t offer disaster recovery service, we do have some types of flooring in stock.  We’d be happy to provide flooring and service to remove damaged floors and replace them with new, dry flooring that won’t grow mold, or de-laminate.  Feel free to get in touch with us at 905-624-4181 to book a free damage assessment; we’d be happy to help you resolve the situation as efficiently as possible, as we understand how inconvenient and destructive a flood can be on your floors and  home.

We understand schedules in a flood situation are often hard to co-ordinate, so if you need an after-hours appointment, please call 416-200-6767, and we’re happy to try to meet with you between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM during the week.

Key differences between ceramic tile and porcelain tile

Tile is an excellent choice for areas where excess traffic is a factor; it also is a product that in most instances, will not wear easily when exposed to standing water.  That said, how do we determine which product is right for you?  Well, let’s take a look at the fundamental differences of each; that will make the selection process much easier.

Ceramic is typically less durable than porcelain but with a huge variety of patterns and colors.  The process by which it’s made consists of taking clay, creating the product and using a kiln oven at lower temperatures.  The product is finished with a glaze-coat which usually consists of the color and material finish which renders the look of the finished product.  Chipping ceramic usually reveals the color of the tile itself, in place of the glaze-color.

Porcelain is a very durable product.  Denser than ceramic, elegant, in a wide variety of colorations, and typically the same throughout, the process by which it is made calls for temperatures up and around 1300 degrees F.  This makes for a product with very little if any water permeability, which is in many cases, frost resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.  Chipping a porcelain tile usually isn’t obvious like with ceramic, as typically, porcelain is the same coloration throughout.

Both are excellent choices when it comes to refreshing the look of your home, however, if you’re looking for a product that stands up to extreme traffic, or could be used outdoors, porcelain is definitely the way to go.