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Perfect Flooring Ideas for Your Patio

Perfect Flooring Ideas for Your Patio

If you think that you only have the flooring for your home interior to be creative with, think again! Outdoor living spaces these days are getting more and more attention. Why? First of all, a beautiful deck or patio can add to your home’s curb appeal and overall value. Second, who doesn’t want an amazing space where they can host parties and dinners for their friends and family? And let’s admit it, it’s just relaxing to have a beautiful patio or deck!

Well, your outdoor living space needs great flooring if you want it to look perfect. And with wood, stone, and other types of flooring, you can make your patio look magazine-worthy. Let’s take a look at some of your options for amazing flooring for your patio:

Wooden Tiles or Planks

You can achieve a classic and timeless look for your outdoor living space by having wood planks expertly installed by your reliable local flooring experts at Tony’s Flooring Centre. With beautiful flooring outside, you’ll have the illusion of relaxing in your dream getaway! Or if you’re going for that simple no-fuss yet interesting space, look for wooden tiles that can just be placed on a concrete surface. This would also make renovation easier if it’s needed.

Checkerboard Ceramics

Who says you can’t turn your patio into a fun or whimsical space? You can try oversized white and green checkerboard pattern on your flooring with ceramic tiles. With this flooring concept, you can have a retro diner theme or perhaps turn your patio into a piece of wonderland by adding in quirky pieces of furniture, too!

Beautiful Bamboo

If you’re looking for a green option that would still give you that beautiful outdoor living space that you’ve always wanted. It looks like wood flooring so you can get that luxurious and warm feel. It’s also very durable!

Crazy Colourful Mixture

Who says you just have to stick with one type of flooring? You can always work with a combination of materials to achieve an easy-going and relaxed ambience that’s also easy to maintain. Try a combination of coloured tiles, flagstones, concrete blue geckos, and pea gravels and you’ll surely achieve a look that’s uniquely yours!

With these options for patio flooring, there is no reason for your outdoor living space to be cold and dull. Contact Tony’s Flooring Centre today to find out which one is the best for your patio!

Ceramic tile floor in a modern luxury kitchen

Popular Kitchen Flooring Options Through the Years

When it comes to kitchen flooring, colour, design, and texture, are all important considerations to make. But you shouldn’t overlook durability, comfort, and easy maintenance as well. Over the years the trend for kitchen flooring has changed time and again. Here are the most popular choices that seem to always land on the list:

 

Wood

Wood is a workable material for kitchen flooring. That is something owners of homes with open floor plans will appreciate. Wood lends an ambience of timelessness and class that matches any theme or style, whether it be country or urban, traditional or modern.

 

Ceramic Tile

The choices for this particular category are endless. The good news is that it won’t be hard for anyone looking into this option to find styles that are highly durable but still within the budget. You can go for large pieces if you want to achieve a seamless look with minimal grout lines.

 

Linoleum

This is another great option for kitchens because it is easy to clean. It comes in sheets or tiles in a wide array of colours and designs. Some homeowners get a bit confused between linoleum and vinyl. The difference is that vinyl is synthetic and with a pattern imprinted while linoleum is all natural.

 

Vinyl

Another budget-friendly option, vinyl has also seen a lot of upgrades over the years as technology improves it more and makes it more closely similar to the look of wood, stone, leather, and more. It is also easy to maintain. You’d love how it is soft underfoot.

 

Natural Stone

A favorite among the more traditional homeowners, natural stone brings a timeless feel that is fitting for most kitchen decors. It is durable and easy to clean too! You should know, though, that you’ll need a really strong subfloor. It may also cost you higher than when you choose other materials.

 

Bamboo

This is a great alternative because of its similarities to hardwood: it is really sturdy and it offers built-in resistance to insects and moisture. Because it comes from a renewable source, bamboo flooring is also an environment-friendly option.

Laminate

This flooring material has become known as the “great imitator” over the years. It’s no wonder as it can deliver real-looking stone and wood finishes minus the necessary maintenance for those natural floor materials. It is available in an array of patterns and wood grains.

 

These are some of the most popular choices for kitchen floorings over the years. How about you? What kind of kitchen flooring would you like to have?

Top view of a man installing planks of hardwood floor

How to Choose the Right Flooring for your Home

There are a plethora of factors a homeowner must consider before committing to a certain type of flooring. Before you make a decision consider the factors discussed below to ensure you make the best choice for your home.

Remember, your flooring is a big part of your home and installing it takes a lot of work. Best you make a decision you can live with for a long time. Below are some of the factors you have to consider before choosing the perfect flooring for your home.

1. Practicality

One of the most important things you have to consider when choosing the right type of flooring for your home is practicality. Ask yourself what the room is mainly used for and choose accordingly. You wouldn’t want to have fluffy carpeting in a room that is susceptible to water splashes, would you?

2. Maintenance

You also have to keep in mind that maintenance plays a huge part in choosing the right type of flooring for your home. If a room receives high amounts of foot traffic on a regular basis, then it is best that you choose a type of flooring that is easy to clean.

3. Your loved ones

This might be a tip you don’t hear very often. When choosing the right type of flooring your home, consider the people living in your house. If you live with someone who experiences trouble getting around, consider opting for a flooring that has more shock absorption as these tend to be kinder to the joints.

4. Aesthetic

Of course, you also have to consider aesthetic, as well. Make sure to choose a type of flooring the marries well with your home’s overall motif. Floorings come in an array of finishes, we are sure you can find the right type of flooring that suite your design aesthetics.

5. Comfort

You might not know this but your flooring plays a big role in your home’s comfort level. Softer floorings like carpets and rugs add insulation to your home and are best for homes that experience cold weather on a regular basis. These options instantly create a warmer space you and your family can enjoy.

There you have it, some important factors to keep in mind when choosing the right type of flooring for your home. Still undecided? Give us a call! Tony’s Flooring Centre is dedicated in helping you make the best decision for your home by assisting you choose the right type of flooring according to your needs. We provide flooring installation and refinishing services for homes and commercial properties.

furniture decor

Spring Decorating Tips

Spring is all about fresh starts and sunshine – something we don’t get to enjoy all that often! It would be a shame if you let this season go by without bringing in a bit of sunshine and bloom into your home with a bit of decorating.

Redecorating your home in time for spring will definitely bring the much-needed sunshine and cheer we all missed during those long frigid months. Let your imagination run wild with these design inspirations that scream SPRING!

1. Go monochromatic

Monochromatic colour palettes are definitely making big waves this season. Brighten up any living space with more muted colours and watch as it instantly transforms your space into a more sophisticated nook.

We are going to see a whole lot of whites and washed out pastels this season so don’t get left behind!

If you are feeling crafty, buy a bucket of white paint and try to give old furniture pieces a fresh coat of paint – they don’t need to be perfect! The more textured they look, the better. This will instantly turn old furniture pieces into bold accents for any room.

2. Let it bloom

Bring out your creative side by making custom floral arrangements you can scatter around the house. You can go as lavish or as simple as you want – best part of it all? It doesn’t even have to cost a lot. Whip out old bottles of wine and turn them into unique vases then let your imagination run wild!

Custom floral arrangements brighten up an otherwise dull room. Always remember to water them, though! No one wants to see dead flowers scatted everywhere.

3. Cut back on the throw pillows

Spring is all about big, wide and open spaces. Make sure you open up any space in your home by removing excess throw pillows and blankets – you don’t need them anyway. Getting rid of all those extra throw pillows give you and your guests’ ample seating room, when you need it most.

4. Give your floor a good sweep (or vacuum)

Whatever the season, dusty floors are never on trend. Make sure to give your floor a good sweep or a deep clean and let everyone breathe a little better. Do not underestimate the power of a well-kept floor – this can instantly make or break any space.

When it comes to decorating your home, let your personality shine through. Don’t forget to adorn your home with smiles and laughs that will surely brighten anyone’s day.

 

Are you considering replacing your home’s flooring? Contact us at Tony’s Flooring Centre. Our showroom has a vast selection of floorings – you will surely find what you are looking for! Contact us today at 416.255.9631

Green Flooring Options for Your Home

It is official – the green revolution has made its way at the center of the flooring industry. More and more manufacturers are coming up with cheaper and more sustainable flooring alternatives and have stumbled upon some of the most mind-boggling finds.

Due to the increase in demand for more sustainable flooring options, manufacturers are also coming up with ways to make them more durable and aesthetically pleasing – coming up with different textures and finishes for every design theme.

Below are some of the latest eco-friendly flooring options you should consider for your home. Not only are these options cheaper but also leave behind little to no carbon footprint – something that pleases Mother Nature very much. Read the article below and find out how you can help save the environment by switching up your home flooring.

  1. Cork flooring

Cork has been making recent waves in the flooring world due to its renewable sustainability. Cork is harvested without harming the main source – the Cork Oak tree. They are also very easy to source, which makes them very cost-friendly.

Cork is a comfortable flooring alternative that also provides good acoustic isolation for those who want more peace and quiet in their lives [and homes]. Aside from the comfort they provide, cork now comes in a variety of finishes and colours, giving you the opportunity to match it with your room’s overall motif.

  1.  Recycled ceramic outdoor flooring

Made to mimic the look of worn out wooden planks, these recycled flooring options are fast becoming the way of the future. Manufacturers are coming up with ceramic flooring alternatives that are made from 85% recycled materials – which means they can withstand the sun without tremendous fading.

The durability they provide lessens the need for replacements and makes for a greener outdoor space!

  1. Lenoleum

Linoleum is a fire retardant made primarily from naturally sourced materials like linseed oil and cork dust. Although linoleum has been around for years, recent design overhauls and manufacturing advancements has created a steady rise in demand for this flooring alternative.

If you are looking for eco-friendly flooring options for your home, give us a call. Tony’s Flooring Centre has been providing premium-flooring options since 1961. This family owned and operated company provides personalised services you can’t find elsewhere in Toronto. Call us now at 416.255.9631!

You can never go wrong with going green – especially when it comes to your home flooring. Equip yourself with the information you need to make the best decision for your home and the environment.

 

 

Flooring Trends to Try for 2016

limitless design options. The flooring industry has evolved with the ever changing times providing consumers like you endless selections to fit your needs.

Admit it, you’ve had the same flooring since you bought your home and we all know its time for an upgrade. Fortunately for you, we have come up with a list of some of the best flooring trends guaranteed to make waves this year! Read the article below and find out more.

  1. Strand-woven bamboo

Bamboo has been around for a while but has only been making noise in the flooring word quite recently. Bamboo is already durable on its own but the recent advancement called strand weaving has made it virtually indestructible – making it one of the most durable types of hardwood flooring to date.

Aside from the advancements in its durability, the bamboo is also getting a facelift – with an explosion of trendy styles and colours. This allows you to mix and match your flooring according to your home’s overall motif.

  1. Carpets out of recycled nylon

We are no strangers to carpets but have you heard about eco-friendly carpets? Manufacturers are stepping up their game and making carpets more environmentally friendly by using sustainable and recycled materials.

Despite using recycled materials, carpets are lusher and more comfortable then ever – thanks to a more advanced fibre combination.

Recycled nylon is fast becoming the flooring of choice for homeowners who want to bring a bit more of luxury into their space due to its ultra soft texture.

  1. Laminated wooden floors

The recent years have seen a steady rise in consistent flooring for homes everywhere – this means more and more homeowners are bringing wooden floors to unconventional places like the kitchen.

Laminated wooden floors are made out of a thin piece of wood but have a core made of something completely different – which makes them cheaper and more durable than its conventional predecessor.

  1. Cork

Corks are the best type of flooring for homes and establishments that require as little noise contamination as possible like radio stations and recording studios.

Cork is, by far, the most comfortable flooring option out in the market today. Although less durable than the options mentioned above, they now come in a wide array of colours that’s sure to suite your preference.

We know how overwhelming choosing the right flooring can be. Tony’s Flooring Centre has been providing premium-flooring options since 1961. This family owned and operated company provides personalised services you can’t find elsewhere in Toronto. Call us now at 416.255.9631

Don’t be left behind! Give your flooring a makeover with the help of these cutting edge tips, today!

 

 

The Classic Elegance of Ceramic

The admittedly large definition of what a ceramic is (in very short terms – a molded or shaped non-metallic object) doesn’t define what it has meant for humanity.  Early clay ceramics date back to before even the oldest civilizations had yet been conceived.  It’s been a part of our lives for at least 27,000 years, and though it’s had significant additions to its constitution and manufacture – it’s still pretty similar to those used in ancient times.  And there’s a reason for that – it’s beautiful, it’s timeless, and it has a lot of other benefits that make it a great choice for a modern home.

Easy To Clean

Ceramic floor tile is hard and smooth and that makes cleaning an absolute breeze.  A simple mop and some soapy water will clean away harder messes but most issues can be dealt with a quick vacuum or soft sweeping tool.  And because tile doesn’t absorb moisture in the way that hardwood or carpet do, you rarely have to worry about stains, and if they do happen to occur you can use powerful cleaners without worry of damaging the tile.

Resistant

In addition to the aforementioned hardiness against moisture ceramic tile is also tough against pretty much everything else.  Foot traffic won’t affect it at all, and quality tile will last through decades of use.  One of the main concerns most people have with laying tile flooring is the possibility of cracking – which is a rare but real drawback – it’s important to understand that replacing a single tile is a procedure that can be easily performed by any homeowner.

Customizable

Ceramic tiles come in all manner of colours and imbued with all manner of designs both simply beautiful and exquisitely complex.  Your own tastes can guide you on how best to decorate your home but the aesthetic possibilities are near endless.

Healthier

Due to ceramic’s lack of susceptibility to moisture it makes it an ideal surface in environments you want to keep particularly clean like the kitchen or bathroom.  In addition to messier substances other annoyances such as dust, pollen, and other allergens are easily swept away and never attracted to or trapped within tile as they might be with other flooring choices.

If you’re looking to increase the elegance of your home with ceramic tile, Tony’s Flooring Centre offers a wide variety of types and styles to suit you.  Talk to our team today and we’ll help guide you on the best ceramic tiles for your home.

How to Add Interest to Your Tile Floor with Designs that Catch the Eye

Tile flooring is now widely used homes across America. Tile products provide a sturdy, low cost flooring solution when many homeowners are seeking a product that will last within their home for generations. However, it’s important to bring unique style to the property through the tile option you select. Within this blog, we’ll outline how you can engage visitors with interesting floor tiles that catch the eye of everyone within the home.

Use Various Layout Patterns in Dining Spaces

Dining spaces are often the ideal environment in which to experiment with your own personal design tastes. You can use ceramic tiles to mix and match layout patterns within your design. To frame the pattern perfectly, try to choose a different coloured tile for the border area of the room. This will give a nice finished appeal to your dining space, while still allowing you to exert your own personality in the environment.

Smaller Tiles Suited to Smaller Spaces

Oftentimes, you can make a smaller space appear larger by utilizing smaller sized patterns to create interest. For example, smaller bathroom spaces can be significantly enhanced by delicate, geometric designs that include design elements in between the tiles. This brings attention to the flooring spaces and presents a streamlined appeal to open the smaller bathroom area. It’s a design choice that is becoming increasingly popular in condo spaces this year.

Tiled Rugs Bring a Modular Design Without Impacting the Space

For those who don’t want to redecorate an entire living room area or dining room space, there are a multitude of strong design options. One option is to utilize a tiled rug to combine several carpeted pieces that can then be draped over a hardwood floor within the home. It’s a piece that can invite attention from guests to the property without taking away from the current style of the living space. This is an option for those with open-concept living areas that might require an added touch of design elegance to bring new life to the property in 2015.

Tiled flooring options can help transform your living spaces. To learn more on the options available in the current marketplace, speak with our trusted team directly.

How to Choose Flooring When You and Your Spouse Have Opposite Styles

It can be difficult to have contrasting tastes with a loved one when it comes to home décor. But many couples found themselves in the situation of having to carefully decide between their two preferred styles when they begin the home flooring selection process. Whether your partner prefers rustic styles and you prefer contemporary flooring, or you simply disagree on the colour of your flooring areas, there are many options available. In this post, we’ll outline the flooring options for those finding it difficult to make that final choice.

Begin with a Point of Agreement

Before entering the decision-making process, it’s important to begin with a point of agreement on the qualities the flooring product should exhibit. Two people can disagree on the type of flooring they want and yet still agree on the qualities the product should bring to the home. For example, do you want flooring that offers durability in case of scratching by children or animals in the home? Do you want a flooring system that will retain its value long-term or are you seeking a product that looks its peak best in the short-term for the sale of the property?

Create a Budget

Once you have an agreement on the type of flooring your home requires, it’s now time to create a budget for both the cost of flooring system and the installation work. It’s important to analyze market pricing and determine the cost that you can comfortably pay for the full work-load. This can help narrow down your flooring options and ensure you’re still pleased with the addition made to your property.

Seek Expert Advice

By working with professional flooring specialists, you can find trusted flooring products that are designed to evoke the styles both you and your spouse require. For example, you might decide to choose a hardwood flooring option that provides both classical appeal and contemporary style. Hardwood is suitable for a range of home environments and has been shown to hold its value over many years compared with other flooring products. It’s important to communicate with a local specialist about each of your preferred options to outline the benefits each might bring to your home.

Working together with your spouse, you can find an affordable, high performance flooring product for integration into your home. To learn more on the selection process, speak with one of our experts today!

Ceramic Flooring: a Versatile and Highly Durable Option

Ceramic flooring is a beautiful choice for floors and walls. It can be used in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as to beautify an outdoor space. Consider the many advantages of this type of flooring if you are looking to renovate your home:

Advantages of Ceramic Flooring

  • Flexibility

Tiles can be used for a variety of surfaces in the home, including living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. They can be applied to a fireplace hearth or to create a welcoming foyer.

  • Durability

Ceramic tiles last longer than most other flooring and wall covering materials.

  • Easy to Maintain

You may need to apply a sealant every four years or so, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, but other than that, ceramic tile only requires regular cleaning to keep them looking their best.

  • Stain Resistant

The surface is easy to keep clean. Just sweep and vacuum a floor, and wash the tiles regularly with water. If you want to use a cleaning product on ceramic flooring, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  • Moisture Resistant

If properly installed and grouted, these tiles can be used in wet areas. Porcelain tiles have a less than 0.5 percent moisture absorption rate, making them impervious to water.

  • Hygienic

Ceramic tiles are a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms, where high sanitary conditions are important.

  • Fireproof

Ceramic tiles do not burn. They do not give off smoke or toxic fumes.

  • Slip Resistant

To help prevent slipping, ceramic tiles can be treated in one of two ways. The first method is to add an abrasive grit to the glaze. The second method is to create a tile with a texture on its surface that resembles studs, ribs, or an orange peel finish.

  • Frost Resistant

Porcelain tiles and vitreous ceramic tiles are frost resistant and can be used out of doors. A properly-laid ceramic floor will not break, even when exposed to extreme temperatures.

  • Easy to Repair

Repairing ceramic tile is relatively easy. Remove the broken pieces and clean the area. Install replacement tiles and re-grout the area. The process will take less time than repairing a hardwood or plank flooring. If you decide to install a ceramic tile floor, do keep a few extra tiles in case you need to make some repairs later on.

For professional ceramic tile installation or repair, visit our show room to speak to one of our experts!