Category Archives: Energy Efficiency


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Green Flooring Options You Should Consider

The years when eco-friendly products were mostly boring and bland are over. Thanks to the excellent designers who are continuously working on creating beautiful pieces out of eco-friendly materials, we get to enjoy having our dream homes without feeling guilty about the environment.  This ecological movement has included flooring solutions! If you’re having your house built or renovated, here are some options you might want to consider:

 

Bamboo Floors

This wood-like flooring option is quickly gaining popularity. While bamboo is a grass, it amazingly shares the characteristics of hardwood. Aside from its durability which it is really known for, it is also very easy to install and maintain. It also comes in different hues that will definitely fit various motifs and decorations.

 

Glass Tiles

You’d be glad to know that people are actually making good use of the beer and wine bottles that are being shipped to recyclers. They are turned into gorgeous tiles. This has become a great option for bathroom and kitchen walls, and now, floors. It is non-absorbent so there is no possibility of mildew or mould to form. It also won’t stain, making it easy to maintain. It comes in an array of colours and patterns too so you’d find one that’s perfect for you. Best of all, because of its reflective property, it adds light to the room.

 

P.E.T. Berber Carpets

Can you imagine plastic bottles transformed into beautiful carpets? Well, you should because that is exactly what Polyester Berber carpets are. Because of this, not only do you improve the appearance of your floor but also lessen the number of plastic bottles in the landfills. It is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and spill-resistant, too! It’s a very economical flooring option that needs serious consideration.

 

Rubber

Rubber floors were used to be found only at playgrounds or gyms but they are now slowly making way inside our homes, too. This should not come as a surprise given that rubber is a great and durable option for kitchen and bathroom flooring. Some homeowners have also used rubber floors in their sunrooms. They offer great friction so they are easy to walk on and is also water-resistant. They are also available in various colours and patterns.

 

These are only some of the options you have if you are looking for green flooring. Truly, recycled materials and other eco-friendly products have evolved incredibly that you do not have to compromise your style and creativity ever again.

Benefits of Switching to Heated Flooring

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Being the resilient Canadians that we are, we are always on the lookout for clever ways to combat the cold weather. We invest in good quality home heating and spend a majority of our utility bills on it.

If you are still on the lookout for ways to fight the frigid weather, you might want to consider under floor heating (UFH). Under floor heating is an efficient way for you to heat a greater surface area in your home without causing your utility bill to spike off the roof. When used in combination with an efficiently running heating system, under floor heating can efficiently retain the heat where you need it most – inside your home.

If expensive upfront costs intimidate you, you might want to consider the low operational costs under floor heating gives. Both gas and water-based under floor heating are far less cheaper compared to other heating methods you can use in combination with your heating system.

Below, we run down the benefits of having under floor heating for your home. Read on to know more.

They help keep ground level dampness at bay

Because your entire floor is heated, helps keep dampness at bay – preventing dust mites and critters from striving. Under floor heating makes it too hot and too dry of an environment for floor-wrecking critters to survive and breed.

They can work under any type of flooring

There are common misconceptions that under floor heating only work on hard surfaces like tile and stone. Though under floor heating work best when installed on tiled floors, they can work with virtually any type of flooring – from vinyl to carpets.

They are easy to install

Under floor heating is fairly easy to install. You can opt to install them yourself but we suggest calling a professional who can get the job done more efficiently.

They don’t take up space

Since they are installed underneath your flooring, you don’t have to worry about them taking precious space in your home. They provide heating and comfort without cluttering up the space!

 

There you have it, some key benefits of having under floor heating in your home. These are only a few of the benefits you can reap from installing under floor heating. We hope we were able to help you make an informed choice.

If you still need further assistance regarding under floor heating, talk to us at Tony’s Flooring Centre! Our experts can help you pick out the ideal flooring to work in combination with UFH. Tony’s Flooring Centre has been in the flooring business for 40 years. Talk to us so we can help you pick out the right flooring for your needs. You can reach us by calling 416.255.9631 today!

How to Keep your House Warm without Turning up the Heat

We Canadians are a pretty hearty bunch of people and since our winters can be quite harsh, we have to be that way. No one wants to spend more that they have to one energy costs, and it pays to take measures to keep the house warm without turning up the heat whenever possible. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as we approach the winter season.

Stay Warm this Winter Without Turning up the Heat

  • Open your curtains and blinds during the day to take advantage of the sun’s rays to warm up your home.
  • Pull out recipes for roasts, casseroles, stews and soups. They are cold-weather favourites because they cook at low temperatures for several hours. These types of comfort foods help to keep you warm when you eat them, too.
  • Brew up a pot of coffee, tea or make yourself some hot chocolate. Don’t forget to wrap your hands around the mug to take advantage of its warmth.
  • Don’t go barefoot or wear flip-flops at home. Instead wear warm socks and slippers in the house. If your feet are cold, it’s difficult to stay warm.
  • Break out the cozy flannel sheets for your bed. They are much more comfortable than trying to warm up on cotton ones when the temperatures plummet.
  • Put a hot water bottle in your bed to warm it up before you retire at night. Wearing a pair of socks to bed will also help, since it’s difficult to sleep with cold feet.
  • Check your house for drafts using a candle or by wetting the back of your hand. If the candle’s flame flickers or your hand feels cool as you go near a window or an entry door, you know you have an issue with an air leak. Seal it up with weatherstripping or caulking to help you feel more comfortable.
  • Cover your hardwood or laminate floors with area rugs. They will help to keep your floors warm in addition to adding colour and texture to your room.

 

Stop by Tony’s Flooring to see our selection of area rugs to keep your house warm and cozy today.