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Hypoallergenic Carpet – Do You Need One?

Carpet has always been known to collect dust and pollen, which are common allergens. It can be really challenging to remove these allergy-triggers from your home – especially if you have carpet floors. That’s what most people believe.

Because of this generalized belief, many homeowners who are also asthma sufferers choose to install hard flooring. But what they do not know is they actually have an option! There are hypoallergenic carpets now that can keep allergens to a minimum so you won’t have to worry about non-stop sneezing at home!

Here are some things you need to know about hypoallergenic carpets:

Hypoallergenic carpets are designed to reduce the allergens in your home significantly. They can come in a variety of materials, but the most common ones include:

Nylon which is resistant to dirt, mildew, and moisture

Olefin which is also moisture and mildew-resistant

Polypropylene which also resists mildew and moisture

There are also natural fibres used for hypoallergenic carpets that are made with no oils, petroleum, or high-emission chemicals. These natural fibres include:

Hemp

Wool

Sisal

Sea Grass

If you are going to choose natural fibres, it is recommended that you opt for tightly-woven carpeting because it can trap allergens that you can easily vacuum up.

Allergy-Friendly Glues and Pads

Unfortunately, allergies may also be triggered by the padding and the glue used underneath your carpeting. Sometimes it is not enough to swap conventional carpets for natural fibre. You want to make sure that allergy-friendly pads and glues are also used.

For the padding, you should go for one that has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, as well as moisture-resistant. Also, ask your flooring installer to use low-VOC glues so you can keep the air in your home clean and safe.

Can Hypoallergenic Carpets Eliminate All Allergens

While hypoallergenic carpeting won’t be able to keep all types of allergens out of your house, it can definitely reduce them. That helps ensure that there are fewer attacks! Of course, it is important that you also have a high-quality vacuum cleaner if you’re going to have carpet flooring. Keeping all the surfaces (not just the floor) of your home clean always is also one of the best ways to minimize allergens inside the house.

So, are you ready to choose a hypoallergenic carpet for your home? If you are, don’t forget to check out our amazing hypoallergenic carpet selection at Tony’s Flooring Centre!

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Which Tile Pattern is Right for Your Home?

So you are remodelling a room and you’ve decided that tile flooring would really look good in that room. You ask your design consultant about your options and you realize how confusing it can get what with all the different types of floor tile patterns available to you.

To help you decide, here is a quick guide to floor tile patterns. Read on and find out what pattern will suit your renovated room perfectly.

Checkerboard

Considered a classic, the checkerboard tile pattern is so named because of its iconic black and white combination that is like that of the popular board game. You can have this in other colors as well. The key to pulling off this kind of pattern is to keep the room simple and without any other busy design or decor. It is a great choice for living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Straight Lay

This is probably the simplest pattern with every square tile lined up perfectly. It is perfect for rooms where you prefer a simple and modern design, but it’s also the ideal flooring pattern for areas in the house where you’ll decorate with vibrant colour palettes or intricate designs. This classic pattern is also effective in guiding the eyes to a focal point in an area.

Diagonal

This tile pattern has the grid turned at a 45-degree angle to create diamond shapes. This is recommended for smaller rooms in the house that you wish to give the illusion of a bigger and wider space. The 45-degree angle gives the optical illusion where the grout lines take away the focus of the eye from the narrow space of the room. It is also a good idea to use larger tiles to make your room look more spacious than it really is.

Running bond

This tile pattern is laid out in a way similar to how bricks are staggered. It makes use of rectangular or subway tiles and hides any imperfections perfectly, including uneven floors. It’s because the pattern makes it somewhat difficult for the eyes to focus on each tile one at a time. What it does is give the illusion that tiled floor should be considered as a whole and not per tile.

So, have you decided what tile pattern to go for? If you need help deciding, or you want to check out the highest quality tiles you can have for your home, please contact your reliable flooring experts – Tony’s Flooring Centre! We’ll make sure that you’ll get a new tile floor that your family will enjoy for many years!

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White Flooring Options for an Immaculate Looking Home

Because of the busy lives most of us live, many people want to turn their homes into a space that is warm, calm, and peaceful – without chaos, no busy prints that are too loud, and where everything feels harmonious.

This is why many homeowners opt for a white space complete with white flooring. If you still haven’t decided whether or not you should get white flooring, there may be some questions running on your mind. In this post, we aim to discuss some options for this look, as well as some of the pros and cons of white flooring.

Options for White Flooring

White wood flooring is among the most popular options for homeowners who want a white floor. It’s a great option if you already have hardwood floors at home. Often, it only requires sanding and painting. Another option is for light toned solid hardwood flooring to be bleached before getting a whitewash stain.

Of course, you do not have to go through all that trouble by simply installing new engineered hardwood floors that are pre-finished with white stain or paint.

Another option for you, (if you want the look of white wood but your budget won’t make it) is to get white-toned vinyl tiles or even wood-look porcelain tiles. There are also natural stones like limestone slabs or white marble that would look really good in living rooms.

Pros of White Flooring

White flooring works perfectly with any decor style, whether you live in a warm industrial loft, a farmhouse, a shabby-chic cottage, or a glamorous condo. White flooring will also give you an airy, brighter, and cleaner home. If you decorate right, you could achieve an uncluttered and calming space. White flooring will also showcase your art pieces and furniture.

Cons of White Flooring

You probably already know that the biggest challenge of having white flooring is keeping it pristine. This is especially challenging if you have kids or pets. Another concern is that it’s going to be a little difficult to know for sure if you are getting the right white tone that’s the same as all the other white elements in the room. There are also tones of white that are extra bright and could cause extreme glare which can easily tire your eyes. Lastly, while you might really love the idea of having white floors, other people might think it’s a little cold or clinical. This can be a problem if you sell in the future.

White flooring is something that can make a room look immaculate, but you have to pay extra attention to it. If you are ready to commit to a white floor, you should definitely check out some great options available at Tony’s Flooring Centre!

 


 

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The Right Flooring When Quiet Matters

Homeowners and business owners alike often recognize the need for a quieter flooring option. It’s pretty understandable as there are flooring materials that seem to magnify sound while others are able to muffle them – and the difference is quite significant. Getting the right one for your home or business space will really make a difference. The question is, do you know how to choose?

There are several factors to consider when choosing flooring based on its ability to handle sound. Do you need the floor to be totally soundproof that it is able to completely prevent sounds traveling between levels? Or are you looking for flooring that just won’t be noisy when someone’s walking across it?

If you are searching for a simpler option, getting carpet flooring or cork flooring can provide you with that peace and quiet you yearn for!

Carpet Flooring

Among the most popular choices for a quieter home or business facility is carpeting. It is usually found on upper levels of buildings or homes because of its sound-absorbing capabilities. Most types of carpet will offer convenient soundproofing that is perfect for offices, as well as living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, and more. The sound-absorbing features of carpet flooring come from their fibres and mats. Of course, carpets are known for their comfortable and luxurious feel as well.

Cork Flooring

We can’t blame you if you just don’t want to give up the classic and elegant look of hardwood floors. They really look amazing in any kind of space! If you really want the benefits of a quiet floor but the beauty of wood, then you should definitely consider cork. Like how cork wall panels can absorb sound, cork flooring, too, can absorb everything from white noise to clicking heels walking across the surface.

Both carpeting and cork flooring are available in different types, designs, and colours so you can surely find one that would fit your taste and your home or business space’s theme or architectural design. Your trusted local flooring professionals at Tony’s Flooring Centre can help you find the right flooring and we will make sure that it’s expertly installed in your space as well. We carry only the best brands so you can be certain of the flooring quality that you’ll get. Besides, we’re Tony’s Flooring Centre – you can’t expect anything less than the best!

 

 


 

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Flooring Lessons for Preschool Classrooms

Preschool classrooms play an important role in the mental and physical development of kids. But aside from the learning experience that children will have in their preschool classroom, parents depend on that room to serve as a safe place for their little ones.

It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that.  Now you’re probably reading this blog because you run a preschool or you are a parent who’s concerned about his or her child’s safety while in the classroom. Whichever category you belong to, you know that your goal is to find a flooring option that is both durable and safe while at the same time able to provide a pleasant and even fun learning environment.

The best type of flooring for preschool facilities is one that is soft enough that toddlers won’t hurt themselves in case they fall, tough enough to withstand constant playing and cleaning, and easy to maintain and keep hygienic.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleanliness is important! Kids enjoy spending time on the floor to play, learn, and rest. One of the best ways to reduce the spread of any infectious diseases that may be lurking is by regularly cleaning and sanitizing all the surfaces, including the floors.

When choosing the flooring system for your preschool classroom, you need to consider the cleaning and maintenance routine that it would require. If you have already chosen a flooring material, make sure that the cleaning products you choose are safe to use and won’t cause any serious health conditions like allergic reactions and respiratory problems, among others. If you haven’t selected a flooring type yet, you should think about getting one with a seamless and smooth surface because it’s going to be easier to clean and it would also reduce the risk of accumulating harmful contaminants in gaps and cracks.

Durability

Little kids do a lot of physical activities like sports and dances. You want to make sure that the floor is slip-resistance, as well as sturdy enough that these activities can be done safely and without any damage to the flooring finish.

The right preschool flooring should be slip-resistant, comfortable, easy to maintain, durable, and fun to look at. If you haven’t found the right one for your classroom you can visit the best flooring store in Toronto  – Tony’s Flooring Centre! We’d happily help you find the one that’s perfect for the little learners!

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Get to Know Cork Flooring!

Are you looking for a flooring a material for your home or business? Whether you are designing an office or renovating your home, you should spend time thinking about the kind of flooring you want for your space. What options are you considering? Perhaps cork is not very high on your list, but at Tony’s Flooring Centre, we do love cork floors!

Here are some things you should know about cork floors:

Cork is Unique

How often do you see a home with cork flooring? Not that often, right? Unlike carpet or hardwood floors which are among the most popular options, cork is not the go-to choice of most people. That’s why if your goal is to achieve a unique look for your home, cork is an excellent choice!

Cork is Environmentally Friendly

Do you know where cork comes from? Not many people do. Cork is actually what they call the bark from an oak tree, which is the Cork Oak which is native to some parts of Europe and Africa. Cork is stripped from the tree and this process doesn’t harm the tree at all. The bark grows back and years later could be harvested again. That’s why it’s sustainable.

Cork is Very Durable

Cork floors can last you for 40 years or more. That’s why they are often used in establishments like banks, courthouses, libraries, schools, and more. Because of its softness, there is less grinding action from foot traffic compared to harder surfaces. Additionally, cork floors can also be repaired if damaged.

Cork Feels Nice

Unlike harder flooring options, cork is not rigid. In fact, cork bounces back when you step on it. it is a great option for people with knee, joint, or back problem. It also doesn’t feel cold so you can feel comfortable when you walk on it barefoot.

Cork is a Safe and Healthy Material

Cork floors are anti-microbial so they can repel insects, vermin, bacteria, and other germs and microbes that you can sometimes find on a floor’s surface. Termites, mold, and mildew cannot live in cork floors so you don’t have to worry about them either. Cork can also be resistant to fire and water.

Cork Floors are Beautiful

You might be feeling unsure about cork flooring because what you visualize is the cork plug that you can’t pull out of your wine bottle, or that bulletin board where you pin all your tasks.  However, what many people do not know is that cork floors do come in a variety of colours and styles. They can also mimic the look of tile or hardwood if you are into the appeal of those but prefer the benefits of cork.

See, there are a lot of reasons for you to love cork floors like we do! If you’re ready to get cork floors for your Toronto home, just give us a call! Tony’s Flooring Centre can provide you with the best cork floors you can ever imagine.

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A Guide to Timeless Dining Room Flooring

Your dining room is one of the areas where you spend time with your family and enjoy amazing meals. It is usually the main room for all the get-togethers of family and friends. It is for this reason that most homeowners select the best furniture and the most elegant lighting for their dining rooms. It is also because of the room’s role that you have to find the perfect flooring for it.

What Should Be Considered When Looking for a Dining Room?

When choosing a flooring option for your dining room, think of how you would use the space. Are you one of those who reserve their dining rooms for special gatherings? Or do you use it daily to share meals with your family? Knowing how often the dining room will be used greatly affects your choice. If you eat in your dining room every day, you are going to need something that is more durable than if you just use it every holiday.

What Are the Options Available?

CARPET FLOORING

Carpet flooring can add warmth and comfort to a dining room, which is often needed as dining rooms usually have less furniture than all the other rooms in the house. You can choose neutral colours for your carpet to achieve a classic look. Visit Tony’s Flooring Centre to see how our products are different from what you can find in other carpet stores in Toronto.

LAMINATE FLOORING

Laminate flooring is a good choice for dining rooms as it can deliver the effect of wood flooring in a more cost-efficient way. This type of flooring looks amazing against wooden furniture. Additionally, laminates are easy to clean, making it a great option if you have kids or if you often hold parties. Tony’s Flooring Centre offers an array of high quality laminate flooring that can be installed over most surfaces. So if you want the look of wood, stone, or tile, but you’re worried about the cost of these materials, get laminate flooring for your dining room!

WOOD FLOORING

One of the classic choices for dining rooms, traditional and engineered hardwood floors are proven durable, beautiful, and truly versatile. They come in various stains and finishes. If you don’t have under-floor heating, solid wood floor would be great. If you do, however, it’s wiser to opt for engineered wood flooring.

VINYL FLOORING

You can choose from a range of beautiful vinyl flooring products available at Tony’s Flooring Centre. Vinyl floors are easy to clean and it’s very durable, too, making them an ideal choice for dining rooms that are regularly used.

Caring for your dining room floor also depends on what flooring material you have chosen and how often you use the room. Carpet flooring requires regular vacuuming to avoid dust build-up. Laminate and vinyl flooring just require that you clean up any spillage immediately. Wood floors need to be maintained regularly, too.

If you need more help in choosing the right flooring for your dining room, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our experts at Tony’s Flooring Centre. We are always here to help!

 

 

Best Flooring for a Playroom

Best Flooring for a Playroom

The playroom is your kids’ favourite room in the house where they can do anything and everything. Unfortunately for you, it’s also really challenging to clean, especially if you’ve got the wrong type of flooring! That is why it is very important that you choose the right kind of flooring for your kids’ playroom. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend all your weekends scrubbing floors, right?

Here are some flooring options for your little ones’ own space:

Wood/Bamboo

These are excellent options for a playroom, especially if the entire home has them because it means you can easily repurpose the room when your children get older. This flooring material gives warmth to the room. It’s also very durable. You can easily create a softer landing for unavoidable falls or bumps by placing rugs in the room.

Carpet

This is a favourite choice among many homeowners because it lends a warm and soft flooring option for playrooms. But here’s a downside that you should consider – it’s going to require regular cleaning from you, especially because spills and messes are inevitable with children running around.  However, you can find carpets that are resistant to stains at Tony’s Flooring Centre that will work really well in a playroom.

Vinyl

As a homeowner, you are always on the lookout for a low-cost and low-maintenance option, especially for areas in your house that are going to get a good beating – like your kids’ playroom. Well, if these are the factors you are looking for, you should definitely try vinyl. It comes in an array of styles, colours, and textures so you can easily find one that fits the theme or motif of the room. Vinyl can be easily replaced when your child grows up.

Cork

This flooring has been gaining popularity in the last few years and for good reason! Cork floors are anti-microbial – they repel bacteria, microbes, germs, as well as insects, vermin, mold, mildew, and termites. This is perfect for any area that receives high foot traffic – or any room where there are kids marching around non-stop. Cork floors also come in different colours and styles. They can even look like tile or hardwood floors!

These are our top picks for playroom flooring. Have you chosen one that fits your needs most? Give us a call at Tony’s Flooring Centre so we can show you all the available options for you. Our experts can even help you make a decision. Visit us today!

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Why You Should Consider Engineered Hardwood Floor for Your Toronto Home

Toronto homeowners who are looking to find the right hardwood flooring have two options – solid wood and engineered hardwood. Both deliver the warmth and classic elegance of wood, but there certainly are differences that you definitely want to know about. Here at Tony’s Flooring Centre, we take pride in providing only the best floors for Toronto homes, and we believe engineered hardwood flooring is an excellent choice.

Okay, a lot of people don’t know that engineered hardwood flooring is actually real wood. Yes. When you say you want engineered walnut flooring, you are going to look at your floor surface and know that it is true walnut.

Engineered hardwood flooring can also be refinished like solid wood flooring. Of course, the number of times you can do this depends on a lot on how thick the wood surface is. The thicker the surface, the more times you can have it sanded and refinished.

Toronto homeowners should also consider the fact that unlike solid wood floors, engineered hardwood flooring can be installed below grade. So if you are planning to convert your basement into a more useful space like a bar or a ‘man cave’, and you want the look of the wood floor, engineered hardwood flooring is the perfect option for you. As you probably know, the solid wood floor should not be installed below grade or where moisture could be an issue. But since engineered hardwood flooring can resist moisture, it’s not going to be a problem at all. That also means you don’t have to worry about warping!

Engineered hardwood flooring has many layers of various wood types. That means that instead of having to pay for a solid oak, which can be very expensive, you’d only have to pay for the top layer which is still oak! Yes, it’s a more affordable flooring option for those who want a hardwood floor at a more budget-friendly cost.

Engineered hardwood flooring is also preferable for Toronto homeowners who are concerned about their eco-footprint. Because you don’t use as much wood as you would if you go for solid hardwood, the impact on the environment would also be minimized.

If you are interested in getting engineered hardwood flooring for your home or office, contact your Toronto flooring experts at Tony’s Flooring Centre for a consultation!

 

 


 

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Eco-Friendly Flooring Solution: Roll Out a Green Carpet!

Are you planning to replace your flooring? If so, then you should definitely pay attention to the kind of material you are going to install. Did you know that pollutant levels inside your home can be anywhere from twice to five times higher than those outside? A lot of these harmful pollutants could come from the carpet you have.

 

Regular carpets can bring with them countless VOCs or volatile organic compounds, including those that are suspected to cause cancer like benzene and formaldehyde. What’s worse is the fact that it can even take years before these harmful substances totally dissolve.

 

As if that is not enough, regular carpets can also easily trap toxic chemicals and allergens that are brought in from outside.

 

For those reasons, more and more homeowners are making conscious efforts to go for green carpet flooring options that can help lessen the pollution inside their homes and prevent any negative effects on their family’s health.

 

One of the best choices for eco-friendly flooring are the ones from Beaulieu’s Healthy Home. Here are some of the reasons you should roll out a Healthy Home carpet at home:

 

Green Label Plus

Healthy Home carpets carry the Green Label Plus certification which is a proof that you are getting the lowest VOC emitting carpet for your family. The Green Label Plus program has one of the highest standards in the industry for indoor air quality. It is an independent laboratory that grants its certifications only to products that are committed to promoting a healthy environment.

 

Green Guard Gold

Do you have kids or parents living with you? This important certification guarantees that your flooring does not have dangerous amounts of volatile organic compounds. It highly considers the safety of more sensitive members of your family including very young children and the elderly. With the Green Guard Gold certification, Healthy Home carpets give you that much-needed peace of mind when it comes to your family’s safety and your home’s indoor air quality.

 

You see, your choice for flooring materials are not limited to those that may look beautiful but post harm to your family and the environment. There are products like the ones from Healthy Home that give you the option to choose smarter without compromising the aesthetics of your floor. So go ahead and choose from the beautiful and eco-friendly Healthy Home carpets we have at Tony’s Flooring Centre and enjoy your comfy and luxurious carpet flooring!