Category Archives: Hardwood Flooring


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Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is truly a great investment in many different applications. It increases your home’s value and resale potential. Hardwood floors keep your whole family comfortable, and they also do well in terms of style. It is important that you select the right option for the family and your style taste.

 

Colour aside, how do you choose whether you should go for an engineered hardwood floor or solid hardwood floor? We are going to lay out important information for you today!

 

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOOR

Engineered hardwood floor is made of 100% natural wood. It is constructed in multiple, cross-grain layers. The wear layer, or the top layer, comes in a variety of colours and styles. Each layer of the core is laid in different directions and ensures that the structure is stable and less likely to contract and expand when it encounters humidity, moisture, and fluctuating temperatures.

 

SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING

Solid hardwood flooring, as the name might suggest, is just that – solid. It is made from a single piece of natural wood and it is synonymous with reliability and longevity. This type of hardwood floor can last for generations to come.

 

INSTALLATION

Engineered hardwood floors are more versatile in terms of installation. They can be installed below, on, or above grade using different installation techniques and overall types of subfloor including concrete and wood given the correct environmental conditions. The techniques that can be used for engineered hardwood floors include float, glue, and nail/staple. Solid wood floors, on the other hand, can be installed on or above grade using the nail/staple technique onto the wood subfloor only.

 

DESIGN OPTIONS

When it comes to both engineered and solid hardwood, there are a variety of textures, colours, and styles to choose from.

 

COST & RESALE VALUE

Engineered floor relatively costs the same as solid hardwood floors. Since both floor types are constructed from 100% natural wood, each of them adds style and value to a home. If you want to utilize a radiant heat system in your home, then engineered hardwood floor might be the best option for you.

 

LONGEVITY

In terms of longevity, the lifespan of both engineered and solid hardwood floors is relatively similar. A quality floor can last upwards of 100 years when properly maintained and cared for.

 

If you have any more questions on engineered and solid hardwood flooring, one of our floor experts here at Tony’s Flooring are ready to help you out! Be sure to visit our website today or give us a call. We are more than happy to assist you!

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Things That Can Damage Your Hardwood Flooring

Having hardwood floors translates to having a stylish interior. This also means that your hardwood floors require special care in comparison to other flooring choices. However, there are some things that you are doing on a daily basis that you do not know are gradually ruining your floors. Here are of some of them:

 

Skipping the Welcome Mat

Imagine that you have sandpaper on the bottom of your shoes – that is exactly what it is like walking in from the street and inside your home, onto your hardwood floors. In commercial spaces, welcome mats are called walk-off rugs, because you are expected to “walk-off” all the dirt, grit, grime and stones on the bottom of your shoes, hoping that your feet are cleaner by the time you hit their floors.

 

Not Using Furniture Pads

When you sit down on a couch that is not on a rug, you can expect it to slide a little bit and over time, that can make for some obvious aggressive wear just right where the foot of the couch is. Two-inch rubber disks are used to help keep the couch from sliding around, and not just for easier moving of furniture.

 

Keeping Your Rugs in Place

Throw rugs can go from pretty to pesky in just a few seconds, or even the moment they start sliding around underfoot. This is why it is not recommended to tack them down using double-sided tape as they can actually stick to hardwood flooring and it is almost impossible to get it off. Even when you do pull it off, the tape can still pull some of the finish with it. The same goes for sticky, mesh-style rug pads, too. What you should opt for, instead, is a rug pad made of natural materials. Make sure it does not have a sticky finish.

 

Bringing the Outdoors In

When you have hardwood floors at home, make sure to tell everyone in your household to ‘not bring the outdoors in’. In some houses, where there are swimming pools, the tendency for people is to come inside the house from the pool. Some children might even run inside and stand right in front of the floor. As they dry off, you would notice that there would be puddles on the floor. For some, there are spots where you take off your rain boots, around dog bowls, or underneath plant pots that you have not lifted off the floor for some time. These are the spots susceptible to water damage. For these areas, it is best to have a rug or a plastic tray.

 

Mopping the Wrong Way

Some homeowners tend to mop with too much water. The more water that seeps down into the seams of the floor, the more water buildup you can expect. This can definitely impact your hardwood floors negatively.

 

Using the Wrong Floor Cleaner

There are many different kinds of finishes and each one can have a different type of cleaner that is required. You have to be cautious with the cleaners that you use as some have heavy chemicals in them.

 

For more flooring tips and advice that surely work, remember to reach out to the flooring experts of Tony’s Flooring today!

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Flooring Myths You Should Stop Believing

Oftentimes, there is no better flooring than good ‘ol hardwood flooring. Nowadays, however, with the increasing number of options, there is also an increasing number of questions that make choosing all the more difficult.

 

“Will a hardwood flooring match my lifestyle?”

“Will it retain its value?”

“Will it be too cold?”

“Will it go out of style soon?”

 

These are the questions that are coupled with numerous myths about hardwood flooring, and we are here to bust three flooring myths that might make you change your mind:

 

MYTH #01: Hardwood floors cannot stand up to wear and tear from pets and young children.

This myth started because not all customers understand the differences between the different wood species. Different species of wood also have different hardness and durability that are measured by the “Janka” scale. The higher the number on the Janka scale, the harder and the more durable the wood is. There are plenty of flooring products that we offer here at Tony’s Flooring that have hardness and high-durability that can withstand any lifestyle.

 

MYTH #02: Use a “wet mop” when cleaning hardwood floors.

Using a wet mop when cleaning hardwood floors is not actually a good idea, contrary to popular belief. This happens because when you think of cleaning a floor, typically, you think of mopping up the mess. However, when you use a wet mop, keep in mind that you can cause damage to the wood or it can dull the finish of the hardwood. We, instead, recommend using dry cleaners to pick up dust, and follow it up with lightly misting the floor with an approved hardwood cleaner and dry mop.

 

MYTH #03: Hardwood floors are expensive.

This myth is believed in the flooring industry because, yes, hardwood floors are initially more of an investment. Hardwood floors, however, are one of the most cost-efficient flooring types in the market. We recommend hardwood flooring to customers based on the needs assessed for the space. While it is true that hardwood flooring might not be the best fit for everyone’s budget, it is also one of the least expensive flooring types available when considering its total service life.

 

Here at Tony’s Flooring, we make it a point to educate our clients so that they understand all features and aspects of the floors that have been installed in their home, because we know that getting quality flooring services that you can trust is not easy. Give us a call today!

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Hardwood Flooring: Dos and Don’ts

If you are planning on replacing your current residential or commercial flooring with engineered hardwood flooring, then this article is perfect for you! Engineered hardwood flooring is both a striking and stable choice. It has become a popular choice for both residential and commercial flooring because it has a sense of great durability.

 

Its benefits are as follows:

*A great and sustainable long-term investment

*Easy-to-clean

*High-value look

*Complimentary to various interior designs

*Allows for minimized contraction and expansion of wood

*More resistant to humidity and moisture than solid hardwood

*Environment-friendly

*Strong and durable

 

Although engineered hardwood is a versatile flooring choice, it still has necessary requirements that might not always be apparent to its consumers. Homeowners and business owners alike who do not research the installation process and maintenance of engineered hardwood flooring face a loss of money, time, and overall investment when not executed properly.

 

Here are some of the most essential hardwood flooring do’s and don’ts:

 

THE Dos:

 

*Consider the environment in which your flooring will be installed. Make sure to assess the humidity level as well as the level of foot traffic within your home or commercial space and choose the right flooring species accordingly.

 

*When cleaning the floors, use vacuums and dry or damp cloths or mops when cleaning the floor or clearing it of debris.

 

*Hire professionals and have them do the installation, especially if you have little to no experience in installing engineered hardwood flooring.

 

*Place wide rugs or mats in all entrances and high-traffic areas to minimize as much dirt as possible.

 

*Place protective pads under all furniture legs including tables, chairs, couches, filing cabinets, desks, etc., to avoid permanent scrapes and scratches.

 

*Wipe up all spills on your engineered hardwood flooring immediately to avoid any permanent water damages and stains.

 

The Don’ts:

*Do not apply other coats of stain or polyurethane finishes on already finished engineered hardwood flooring.

 

*Do not use any wax-based cleaners and harsh detergents when cleaning your hardwood flooring as they dull the finish of your flooring.

 

*Do not use excessive water when you are cleaning your engineered hardwood flooring because it can cause damage to your finish, even if it is more water-resistant than solid hardwood flooring.

 

If you want more information on how you can better take care of and maintain your hardwood flooring so that it still looks new, do not hesitate to give us a call today and consult our team of flooring experts! We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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Expert Tips on Hardwood Flooring

Whether you are thinking about adding hardwood floors to your home or if you just need to take better care of the ones you currently have, then now is the best time to put your wood floor knowledge to the test. Let this be your manual on preserving hardwood floors:

 

At First…

*When dealing with cleaning products, it is essential that you read the label first before buying it to ensure that it is suitable for the surface you will be cleaning.

 

*You may purchase felt protectors for your furniture legs to help protect floors from scratches and pick up debris (an advice from flooring expert from the National Wood Flooring Association, Brett Miller). The felt protectors should be replaced as needed as they will wear down and eventually become less effective as time passes. If you have furniture that slides around such as dining and kitchen chairs, then the protectors should be replaced every month.

 

Weekly

*When cleaning your hardwood flooring, make sure to clean it dry first, and then wet them second. Dry-cleaning is essential to do first in order to prevent dirt from scratching the floor when you mop the floor. If you do not clean up that debris first, then it will be like dragging sandpaper across the floor.

 

Monthly

*Having sun-kissed skin is great, but not wood floors. It is important to inspect your floors on a monthly basis to check if there is any discoloration. Do not forget to peep under your rugs and carpet. If you do find any discoloration, then it is high-time to consider a fresh topcoat.

 

Yearly

*Keep in mind that wood floors are natural, so they can be easily affected by the environment. If you do see gaps that have developed between the boards during dry seasons, you do not need to worry at first, but if the wood does not shrink back into place during humid seasons, then you should bring in certified wood flooring experts, so they can assess what causes the separation. You can avoid excessive gaps by using a humidifier to offset the air during dry seasons.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Keep in mind that routine maintenance plays a major role in preserving wood floors, so make sure to put these tasks on your to-do-list in the future for preference:

 

*Every three to five years, your floors should be deep cleaned, and fresh coat of finish should be added.

 

*As much as you can, resist sliding furniture. It is better to pick things up if you want to move them around, instead of dragging them.

 

*Every few decades, make sure to sand and refinish wood floors in order to make them look new again.

 

If you need professional help with your hardwood flooring, visit our website today. Don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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Questions to Ask Before Buying Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to the most popular and reliable type of flooring for residential properties, hardwood flooring is your best bet. However, there are so any types of hardwood flooring you can choose from – it can be quite tough to decide on which the best one is for your home.

 

Here are some useful question you should ask yourself before purchasing hardwood flooring:

 

Which is the Right Wood Species to Buy?

When trying to decide on the right type for your hardwood installation, it is challenging to choose just one from all the hardwood types. There are different varieties you can choose from, and it is important to consider all the options you have and to choose one that best fits your situation.

 

What you want to look for is the grain density of each variety, as well as the hardness of the wood and its colour. You should go with something that will be strong enough to withstand your needs, and at the same time, matching the looks you are aiming for your home. Our experts here at Tony’s Flooring Centre can help you choose the right flooring option for your home.

 

What Wood Flooring is the Most Ideal for Pet Owners?

If you are a major pet owner, then you should consider the type of flooring that will be able to hold up to wear and tear over time. Not only do you have to worry about gouges, scratches and claw marks, you should also have to consider urine and other unwelcome stains from your pets that could eventually damage your flooring.

 

Is Hiring Professionals to Install My Flooring Worth the Cost?

Installing hardwood flooring might seem pretty straightforward – you just have to lay it down and glue it into place. Let us tell you now that that is not the case. There is an art to installing hardwood, and it is essential that you get it right the first time. Proper hardwood installation can be done by trained professional who have years of experience – just like the experts here at Tony’s Flooring Centre.

 

It is true that a professional hardwood installation might cost more but trust us when we say that the cost is more than worth it. When you are spending thousands on hardwood flooring, it is only natural that you will spend a bit more to make sure that your flooring is installed properly.

 

Is Engineered Flooring Better than Traditional Ones?

Both traditional and engineered hardwood flooring are solid options – each has its own benefits and downsides. It is up to you decide which of these two options appeal the most to you and your personal needs. The things you have to consider when comparing these two options are their cost and durability.

 

Our experts here at Tony’s Flooring Centre will be more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you might have with hardwood flooring – please give us a call today!

How to Take Care of Your Hardwood Floor

Many homeowners neglect to properly take care of their hardwood floors – paving the way to a number of unsightly damages and costly repairs. When it comes to hardwood floor maintenance, the steps are as easy as 1-2-3!

Tony’s Flooring Centre is dedicated in helping you take care of your hardwood floor that is why we made a rundown of some of the most important maintenance you’ll ever need. Read the article below and find out more.

  1. Be light on your feet.

Constantly walking on hardwood floors can cause dents on the surface  – which can add up in time. Avoid walking on hardwood floors while wearing heels, as much as you can.

Your furniture’s feet can also cause dents and scratches, installing inexpensive felt pads on them can extend your floor’s life and lustre tremendously.

  1. Trim your pet’s nails.

While there is no preventing your pets from running around the house, keeping their nails short at all times can spare you from the unsightly scratches they may otherwise cause.

  1. Keep a mat by your door’s entrance.

Having a rug by your door’s entrance lessens the chances of dirt, moisture and other outside elements from coming in and damaging your floor.

  1. Sweep and dust regularly.

Make sure you sweep and dust your floors as often as you can. Sweeping and dusting gets rid of tiny particles that can cause abrasion on the floor’s surface.

  1. Act on spills FAST.

Clean and wipe away any signs of spillage as soon as you can to prevent water from penetrating through the wood’s fibres. Allowing water to seep through can weaken the floor’s overall strength and may make them more susceptible to mould growth and other deteriorating factors.

 

  1. Limit your floor’s exposure to sunlight – as much as you can.

Excessive exposure to the sun may wear out the wood faster than it normally would. Make sure shut the curtains when you can – especially during the afternoon.

  1. Get professional work done.

When it comes to extending your hardwood floor’s life, having it refinished is your best bet. Maintaining your floor with the tips we mentioned above can help you keep them looking new for longer but a refinishing project can make a big difference.

Refinishing would involve meticulous and fine sanding to prep the floor from the treatment it will receive later on. After being sanded, it will be stained and varnished according to your taste! This gives you a brand-new looking floor without the added cost.

Thinking of refinishing your floors? Call Tony’s Flooring Centre! We have been providing high-quality flooring solutions since 1961. Tony’s Flooring Centre is a family-owned and operated company providing exceptional services in Toronto and beyond! Call us at 416.255.9631 now.

How Do You Know Your Hardwood Floor Needs a Refinish?

Having high-quality hardwood floor increases your home’s value. But it’s important that your wood floors remain in good condition. Wood floors can be tricky, though. You might think that your floor needs to be refinished because of some scratches, discolorations, and dings – but those do not exactly mean a refinishing is in order. A smooth and uniform surface is not a precise indication that the floor doesn’t need a touch-up.

If your floor needs refinishing, you should take care of it immediately to avoid damaging the wood permanently. Here’s how to tell if your floor needs to be refinished:

  • Find a section of your floor that receives the most foot traffic regularly. This is the area that would most likely need some refinishing.
  • Pour a small amount of water onto that section and see what happens. If droplets of water rest on the surface of the wood, it means the finish is still in good condition. But if water is absorbed by the wood slowly, the finish is already wearing thin, though you can postpone the job for some time still. However, if the water is absorbed quickly and a dark splotch is left, you should not wait and refinish the floor at once.
  • Wipe up the remaining water using a paper towel. Do this test in all the other areas that get high traffic to see if you need to refinish the whole floor surface or not.
  • Locate two floorboards that do not meet perfectly. See if they have a deep groove between them. Get an old business card and insert it into the groove. Mark the card where the top of the floor hits it.
  • Measure the depth of the crack based on the marking you made on the business card. If it’s less than ¾ inch from the edge, make sure that you don’t attempt to do the refinishing and hire a seasoned professional to do the job.
  • It is also important that a pro handles the job if your floor shows any signs of damage like bent floorboards, squeaky areas, extensive stains, warped floorboards, and more.

Refinishing is no simple task and it is not to be handled by someone without experience and proper training. Sanding improperly can damage your flooring permanently and dealing with that is going to cost you more than hiring a pro to do the job. If you think your floor is in need of refinishing, contact Tony’s Flooring Centre. Our team can do the job efficiently for you!

 

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Your Quick Guide to Hardwood Flooring Types

So, you have been considering getting a hardwood flooring for you house -a wise choice! Why, you may ask? Hardwood floors are sealed surfaces with a protective layer of finish. In addition to that, hardwood floors are also stain resistant compared to other types of flooring! That is good news for homeowners who just do not find cleaning that appealing. Another great reason to get hardwood floors is that they can be repaired and be refinished. Unlike other types of flooring that once they are damaged, it has to be replaced. Not only that, hardwood floor is a great investment for your home!

Let us help you decide which hardwood flooring is best for you because there are a few to choose from.

 

Hand-scraped Flooring

Hand-scraped flooring has become one of the most popular hardwood floorings in the market today. It mimics the look of reclaimed wood, giving your house an authentic classic feeling of elegance.

 

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring and laminated flooring are often confused with each other. The difference is that laminated flooring contains no actual wood. While engineered flooring is produced by adhering layers of plastic laminate veneer that contains real wood.

 

Strip Flooring

As the name implies, strip flooring comes in strips. Strip flooring already has a set width but usually, the thickness varies. Strip flooring ranges in thickness from 5/16 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wide. Its width ranges from 1 1/2″ through 2 1/2″.

 

Plank Flooring

Like the strip flooring, Plank flooring comes in strip as well. However, they are wider compared to strip flooring. Usually, they range from 3″ through 8″. Plank floorings give a very primitive or homely look to your humble abode. This really appeals to anyone who just wants to make their house more Arcadian style.

 

Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is somewhat more of a different but interesting look compared to other typical hardwood flooring. The main difference is that they are made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats and are held in place by adhesive or sometimes, they are mechanically fastened.

 

 

Based on the choices above, which type of hardwood floor are you aiming to for? If you want more of a geometric look on your floors, go for parquet flooring. If you are going for the rustic look, Plank flooring is the one for you. Whichever type of hardwood floor you’re going for, keep in mind that you have already aimed for a great investment.

 

Give us a call today so we can give you a more in-depth explanation and comparison of the different types of hardwood flooring. We are all looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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!