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To replace or refinish hardwood floors is a major decision balancing budget with aesthetics

To replace or refinish hardwood floors is a major decision balancing budget with aesthetics

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To replace or refinish hardwood floors is a major decision balancing budget with aesthetics

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When my husband and I finally decided we were ready to trade our condo for a house, we knew we wanted something with charm. One adjective realtors often use that translates to “needs renovations” or “old and dated.” We wanted something that wasn’t cookie cutter, and we loved the idea of updating a space to make it our own. After a lot of online searching and a handful of open houses, we ended up putting a bid on a three-bed, two-bath, single-family home north of Toronto. It’s charm: It was built in 1895. Original staircase. Window casings with Victorian-style rosettes. A basement cellar.

We saved money by removing the hardwood ourselves.
We saved money by removing the hardwood ourselves.

Nothing was in critical shape, but there was a long list of renovations we wanted to complete. First on our list was the room every homeowner obsesses over – the kitchen. Problem was we also wanted to redo the floors, and there was hardwood throughout the kitchen. What we quickly discovered is, the order you do your renovations in is critical.

Because we were going to gut the kitchen, if we wanted to do the floors we’d need to do them prior to our renovation. The house had the bonus of already having solid hardwood floors. Our initial plan was to refinish it, since it was solid hardwood and half the cost of installing new. I went back to my Pinterest board to reference the hardwood I was dreaming of, which was a light shade of wood, Scandi-style. It was a sharp contrast to the dark, red-tinged floors we currently had.

Little details such as stylish air vents really add a custom look to any home.
Little details such as stylish air vents really add a custom look to any home.

Before I could see if I could get the shade I was dreaming of, I had to identify what species of hardwood we had. Luckily, there were some scraps in the basement and I could see the unstained board. Bad news – we had red oak. I went online to discover that red oak could never become the white oak I was envisioning for our home. People do bleach it, but it’s impossible to truly get the red out and often you’re left with a subtle pink hue. That’s when we decided to look into replacing our floors.

We ended up going with Grand Floors because of its transparent pricing, huge selection of flooring and decades of experience. Another plus was that the company offered refinishing, too. After a thorough phone consultation, owner Gregory Olszewski could identify quite a bit from the photos I sent him, including the spaces in the wood (which indicated it wasn’t laid by a professional), the short planks and uneven colouring (again a possible indicator a mix of cheaper hardwood was selected). Still debating between both refinishing and replacing, I booked an appointment to the showroom to get the full scope of what new hardwood floors would look like (and cost).

Upon arrival, Olszewski suggested not to look at the brand of hardwood but its thickness (the thicker the actual hardwood, the more times you can refinish it) and the colour. Price wise, you will pay more for solid hardwood versus engineered hardwood, so that was a consideration when we looked at options.

Our new light and modern floors are a welcome change from the dark hardwood.
Our new light and modern floors are a welcome change from the dark hardwood.

With my soon-to-be sister-in-law Jessica with me, who also happens to be an interior designer, she helped me narrow it down to a handful of samples that would complement the plans for the kitchen.

We also decided to look at the hardwood staining samples, too, selecting a mid-toned hue that would also work with the designs.

Eventually, I settled on a shade called Pickled Oak from the Miller’s Reserve Collection by Fuzion Flooring. A beautiful white oak in an almost muted natural tone. It’s a touch distressed with contrasting wide and narrow planks. Being engineered hardwood meant it wouldn’t be as pricey as a solid option, but with enough hardwood on top to have one refinish done in its lifetime.

A week later, Olszewski came by to examine the condition of our floors in person and also complete the measurements to provide an accurate quote for both options. What he thought was true was confirmed: Our floors hadn’t been installed professionally and there were a lot of gaps between boards (plus tons of creaking and unevenness).

After discussing the two options, we decided to have the job done correctly and replace our hardwood. It would impact the overall reno budget for our home, meaning some things we wanted to do sooner would need to be put off, but it would mean the floor would be installed correctly (goodbye creaks, uneven colour and strange bulges) and be the exact shade we had envisioned.

TIPS

  • BRING SAMPLES HOME. You need to see the colours in your own space and with your lighting (not under the fluorescent store bulbs).
  • DIY TASKS THAT DON’T REQUIRE A PROFESSIONAL. Removing hardwood can save you hundreds of dollars and doesn’t require any skill.
  • SHOP AROUND. Don’t be afraid to get quotes from multiple businesses. Reputable places should be transparent about the cost of materials and installation.
  • BUY WHAT FITS YOUR BUDGET. Solid hardwood has a long life, but it can be double the cost of engineered. Plus, hardwood floors need to be refinished only every seven to 10 years at the minimum, so unless it’s your forever house, you can easily go with engineered and enjoy it for years to come.

One way we were able to save about $1,500 right off the bat was to do all of the hardwood removal ourselves. It’s not hard, but requires a few tools (including protective eye gear, gloves, crowbar and hammer), and a bin to dispose of the debris. The work was completed in an afternoon, but one major issue was exposed. There was very old vinyl tile uncovered upstairs. The concern? The majority of vinyl tile created prior to 1986 contained asbestos. The only way we could tell for certain was to have it tested. We rushed a sample to a nearby lab and got the news the next day we were asbestos-free. Massive relief.

Once the tile was removed, we were ready for the install. One extra we decided to splurge on was really stylish vents. We found a Canadian company called Aria Vent, which designs sleek, modular air vents and drywall returns. The company has a few models, including a professional model that must be mounted prior to the surface install. We ensured these were purchased prior to our hardwood installation and our floor installer could do it (they charged us a small installation fee per vent).

Due to the kitchen install date not until the fall and the front tile install date still unknown, we were only able to have only 40 per cent of the hardwood complete in Phase 1. The rest has to wait until our kitchen is demoed.

That’s the thing about renos I’ve quickly learned. Don’t be surprised when nothing goes according to plan, and expect to live in chaos. What has been completed I’m beyond happy with, so I’ll just have to be patient and let it all come together.

A writer and editor for more than a decade, Stephanie Gray has covered everything from luxury travel to modern parenting challenges.

Her work has been featured in publications including Glamour, Elle Canada and Best Health.

She recently bought a century-old home north of Toronto, in need of updates, which she’s taking on with her husband (and toddler in tow).


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From the ground up

From the ground up

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From the ground up

We garner design inspiration from all aspects of our life and our work. We have the ability to create beautiful spaces, and any number of things can be a catalyst – a piece of fabric, art or furniture. Have you ever looked to flooring?

From Faux to Fabulous

Over the last number of years, we have witnessed a huge expansion in flooring products and finishes. We’re all familiar with traditional hardwood and engineered flooring, however the expansion of other flooring alternatives has drastically changed. Flooring technologies and manufacturing have taken flight, and now, more than ever before, ‘faux’ options appear more like the real thing. They are being presented with not only a high level of durability and waterproofing possibilities, but they also boast low-maintenance features. From wide plank to laminate, vinyl composite and LVL, you are sure to find just the right option that is suitable for your project. Not to mention the copious finishes that are available – wire brushed, oiled, hand-scraped, smoked, antiqued, distressed, reclaimed – the choices are endless.

Hard Wearing and Looking Good

Laminate flooring has been around for a long time. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using materials like medium, or high-density, fibreboard, which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation alternatives, providing comfort, as well as a great look. Luxury vinyl products are available in realistic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural materials. Vinyl composite core is still quite new, and combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. Boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate, but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring, which can be installed anywhere, including bathrooms and laundry rooms. Waterproof flooring has grown exponentially, and is now available in vinyl and laminate, as well as some carpeting options – perfect for those clients with busy families or pets.

We all have a desire to do our part for the environment. By using natural, renewable or recyclable materials, can have impact. Research the composition of the product, as well as the origin. Alternative and organic flooring products are increasing in popularity. Other eco-friendly flooring, like marmoleum and cork, are great options. With the help of technology, flooring choices have greatly changed over the past few years.

On Trend for 2020

You will notice a continuation for our love of texture and pattern this coming year. Whether you prefer a vintage herringbone parquet, a richly textured laminate reminiscent of reclaimed wood, a custom-milled, narrow-width white oak, or a bold, wide-plank hickory, you are sure to be inspired by the seemingly endless possibilities. There’s also a continuation towards lighter colours. Shades of gray and ash are still around, but light, airy blond woods and natural tones are on the rise, as well as the bleached or ‘blanched’ tones of wood. Organic ‘trickling’ patterns integrate wood flooring with tiles. This trend is being accompanied by all types of patterned flooring, such as herringbone, chevron and by blending of multi-widths. And, of course, patinas are as strong as ever.

Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. The next time you take on a new project why not start underfoot?

LINDA MAZUR is an award winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multidisciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed, stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Spotlight: Hardwood Flooring

What’s best for hardwood floors – solid or engineered?

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What’s best for hardwood floors – solid or engineered?

Stylish, hard-wearing flooring options are everywhere these days, and for some people, it can be hard for many to decide which product is best suited. Solid wood has long been the preferred option, and it still is among the purists. But for those who consider practicality and price equally, engineered wood floors have carved out a notch in the interiors industry – and it’s a deep one. Modern engineered wood makes up the majority of wood flooring products on the market, and gives its solid wood counterparts a run for their money. Here’s how these different hardwoods stack up.

With solid hardwood, what you see is what you get – a single, solid piece of wood, through and through. This also means that solid hardwood floors are susceptible to expansion and contraction due to changing temperatures and humidity levels, and can cause floors to shift and buckle, if not installed properly. Engineered wood is made with a plywood base, glued and topped by a thin veneer of hardwood, giving you the look of solid hardwood at a fraction of the price. Engineered wood can also be installed over different surfaces, such as existing wood. Cost aside, there are some other big differences to consider.

When it comes to finishes, both solid hardwood and engineered wood floors can be pre-finished, or finished on site. However, one benefit to solid hardwood over engineered wood is that it can be sanded and refinished numerous times, whereas engineered wood can only be sanded twice, before the veneer wears through. Keep this in mind. Most of us will refinish a floor only once or twice in our occupancy of a particular home, so this isn’t typically a deal-breaker.

In terms of durability, the battle between hardwood and engineered wood is a draw. When making your decision, consider how you intend to wear – and tear – your floors. Because engineered wood only consists of a thin top layer, it’s easier to chip or scratch than hardwood. When it comes to water, engineered wood wins, withstanding exposure to moderate moisture better than hardwood. This means in hallways and living rooms, solid wood works. In a kitchen, powder room or bathroom, engineered wood is more practical.

I seem to be singing the praises of engineered wood floors thus far, but remember that not all are created equal – “created” being the operative word. Engineered floors are manufactured, and quality can vary. If you’re considering engineered wood, ensure you’re sourcing a quality product from a trusted manufacturer.

One of my go-to choices for quality, colour and style options is Canadian brand Fuzion Flooring. I love working with this brand for their engineered woods, and many of my clients today have opted for this alternative, thanks to its price, practicality and beauty. Engineered wood now comes in a range of types, such as oak, maple, birch, cherry, as well as more exotic options. All wood products, solid and engineered, have their pros and cons. Make an informed decision and work with a professional to ensure you’re selecting the best product for your home and lifestyle.

Andrea Colman is Principal of Fine Finishes Design Inc.

With almost two decades of reno and design experience, her firm services clientele throughout the GTA. The growing boutique design firm is known for creating stylish, harmonious, livable environments.


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What's underfoot? Some inspired flooring

Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

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Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

With the renovation season in full gear, many of you are feverishly exploring decorating magazines for inspiration and direction for your home. As small-space condo dwellers, you many have resolved that many of the renovation options available often can be a bit limited because you do live in a condo, but that’s not necessarily the case. When designing a space, many of us look for inspiration in fabrics and colours; why not look down and get inspired by your flooring? It may be a bit unconventional to imagine that flooring could, in fact, be the root of the design for your room but, with today’s flooring options, it’s definitely a possibility.

Vinyl and laminates

It doesn’t matter if you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walkup, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions have in the past been a tad sparse. Recently, though, we have been seeing a surge in beautiful new luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core and laminate flooring options that are definitely on trend and set to inspire our design creativity.

Laminate flooring has been around for quite a while now. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using material such as medium or high-density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options, providing not only a great look but comfort as well. Luxury vinyl is available in an abundance of fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is still a relative newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. Boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, this is not to say that you should shy away from porcelain or ceramic tiles for your condo. Tile designs have come a long way and the colours, patterns and textures available offer much to the imagination!

Use your vision

So, the question remains: How can flooring be inspirational? Envision a great distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add some wonderful custom millwork and a charming vintage chandelier. Play off this look by adding a great curvy 70s inspired sofa, inject a great pop of colour with your paint and accessories, and then top it off with bold patterned billowy drapes. You have now created for yourself an elevated, yet relaxed, living space all inspired by your flooring selection.

Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. If you’re looking to start your next renovation project, instead of looking to paint colour, fabric or cabinetry to inspire you, why not try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot? You may be surprised by where it takes you.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Choosing the Best Flooring for Radiant Heating Systems

Choosing the best flooring for radiant heating systems

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Choosing the best flooring for radiant heating systems

If under floor heating is important in your home or commercial property, you have to wisely choose a new flooring material when renovating or working on new construction. The floor that goes on top of your radiant heating system to keep the property warm should be designed to handle the heat demands of that system. You’ll also need to consider factors such as the comfort level and durability of the floor heating systems.

In most cases, you’ll probably need to settle for different flooring types in different areas of the property such as a stain-resistant floor for the kitchen, carpeting for the living room and a waterproof floor for the bathroom. Whatever floor type you choose to install, it is important to understand the under floor heating options available for you.

Wooden flooring

This is a popular option mainly because it adds a unique character and warmth to the home. Wood is also comfortable underfoot, even though it may require more maintenance to prevent damage. Wood is a good insulator, which is one of the major drawbacks if you want to use under floor heating in wooden flooring. For instance, if your floor is made of extra thick solid wood, it can be very difficult for heat to transfer. Thin-engineered wood is one of the best options if you want to install under floor heating on wood. Also, you need to ensure that the wooden floor is not exposed to temperatures above 27 degrees centigrade. The system should be properly installed with controls to guarantee optimal performance. Always check to ensure if the wood flooring you’ve chosen can be used with under floor heating. A heat map can be laid between the battens and controls used to ensure the maximum output of the heating system is 160W per sq. ft.

Laminate & vinyl flooring

Most homeowners choose vinyl floors because it’s a more flexible and affordable material compared to options like wood. The good thing with vinyl is that it conducts heat very well which makes it a great option to use with under floor heating. Laminate and vinyl floors are also easier to maintain than wood, which is why you can use them in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Since vinyl and laminate floors are great heat conductors, it’s important to ensure that the floor doesn’t get too hot when you install radiant heating systems. A temperature sensor must be installed to prevent this. Also, it is important to ensure that the heat is spread evenly throughout the laminate floor to avoid discoloration and movement. With vinyl, the heating element can be covered with screed or levelling compound in order to help ensure it spreads evenly across the floor.

Carpeted floors

Thick carpets are designed to act as good insulators. This makes under floor heating less efficient when installed in a carpeted floor. If you want to use carpeting together with under floor heating in your property, consult a technician to advise on the best type of carpets to use before installation. Thin carpets don’t insulate as much and may offer efficient warming of the room above.

Other flooring options

Polished concrete floor: If you are renovating, polished concrete is a great option. Not only does it conduct heat very well, but it is also durable and retains the heat for long hours. If you have a polished or painted concrete floor, heating cables embedded directly into the concrete would work best. It’s an affordable option that doesn’t add extra height to the floor and offers stable temperature.

Slate: This is an ideal option for busy areas in your home. Slate is a durable material that not only withstands lots of foot traffic but also conducts heat very well which makes it suitable for use with heating systems.

Granite: The main disadvantage of granite is that it is prone to cracking. However, granite is an effective flooring material to use with radiant heating systems. It comes with very beautiful and unique finishes with lots of options to choose from.

Porcelain: This is a non-porous tile that is designed to resist stains. Porcelain tiles can retain heat very well, but may require longer installation time for heating systems.

Marble: Marble floors may take longer to heat up than most flooring types but once they do, they retain the heat well. Marble is also a good conductor of heat.

Screed tiles: Though not a very popular option, screed tiles, conduct heat much faster than most tiling materials. The tile is also designed for different kinds of under floor heating options.


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DESIGN: From the Ground Up

DESIGN: From the Ground Up

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DESIGN: From the Ground Up

by Linda Mazur

Start your design story with your floors

As small space dwellers, the reality is that sometimes our renovation options may differ a little because we live in a condo. Although condo living can come with its own set of design challenges, there should be no reason that these restrictions should hold us back from creating a magazine-worthy look in our home. Sometimes, the biggest design inspiration for your home can lie right under your nose… or rather, your feet! Instead of searching for inspiration in fabrics and colours, why not look down and get inspired by your flooring? With the multitude of possibilities in today’s flooring, designing your space from the ground up can be simpler than you may believe.

Whether you are renovating a charming vintage walk-up or a modern new build, it’s no secret that condo restrictions can sometimes be the biggest challenge when choosing flooring that is both beautiful and practical. Recently though, we have seen a surge in beautiful floorings like luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core, and laminate flooring that will not only meet the requirements of your condo but will spark your design creativity and serve as a great kick off to the remainder of your project.

Laminate flooring is a hard surface flooring that has been around for quite a while. It is manufactured using material like medium or high-density fiberboard, which forms the core. Luxury vinyl is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible, and comes in a variety of installation options, providing a great look as well as comfort. Luxury vinyl has a multitude of options that have the look of wood, stone, or other natural materials. Vinyl composite core is a newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. The boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring that can be installed anywhere.

Flooring can be inspirational, it has the ability to set the tone for your entire design. Envision a beautifully distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add in some wonderful custom millwork, an elegant plaster ceiling with moulding detail, and a charming old chandelier. Play off this vintage look by adding a simple tailored sofa, Scandi-inspired chairs, and perhaps a rustic coffee table and finish it with colourful accessories. Top this all off with beautiful soft billowy linen sheer drapes, and you’ve creating for yourself an elevated yet relaxed living space, all inspired by your flooring!

However, flooring can tell more than just one story. This same flooring could also inspire a typical urban kitchen to have a more relaxed, country-chic feel. Blend in some warm mixed metals, a fusion of soft grey and wood toned cabinetry, a vintage looking quartz countertop, and you are well on your way to creating for yourself a fantastic kitchen space to be enjoyed with family and friends.

This year’s design trends are all about bold colours, beautiful textures and patterns, so it can feel natural to look to paint, fabric, or cabinetry when searching for direction on your next renovation. Keep in mind that inspiration can be found in many different forms. When embarking on your next project, try looking down to see what’s underfoot… you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find!

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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The Two Rs: Recycled Runners

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Dek: Using scrap flooring to protect your new floors

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Graham Torrie of Align Developments Ltd. in Cochrane, Alta., shares this floor protection tip

We came up with a simple reusable solution to protect floors on projects where we need to travel over finished surfaces. We approached our local flooring supplier and requested to purchase any leftover premium linoleum flooring. We had it cut into 36″-wide strips that are 12′ long. They can easily be trimmed to length to fit any configuration of walkway. Plus, they are a one-time investment that can last for years.

Rack ’Em Up

Want to lay down your own tip? Send it to managing editor Allan Britnell and you could see it in the magazine – and win a great prize from Stanley Black and Decker.

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CorkWood a beautiful new flooring from Torlys

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CorkWood a beautiful new flooring from Torlys

Torlys Inc., a company synonymous with bringing innovative flooring solutions to market, launches a truly revolutionary new type of floor with CorkWood.

“CorkWood is a specially engineered floor that has been created to bring together all the best features and benefits of other types of floors in one superior, all-inclusive product,” said Brian Gencher, VP of marketing at Torlys. “It combines the striking look of wood with the long-standing durability of laminate, and the wonderful comfort of cork.”

The Beauty of Wood

There is nothing like the welcoming look of hardwood. The top layer of Torlys Cork- Wood is made of a high-definition digitally printed compressed layer of cork in beautifully realistic patterns of oak and walnut. This innovative new program is offered in two collections. CorkWood Designer, featuring extra-long six-inch planks in nine beautiful, on-trend colours. CorkWood Elite comes in planks almost four-inches long and a diverse range of five colours.

The Durability of Laminate

CorkWood is engineered with a durable HDF smart core for dent resistance and a 3mm-thick (Designer) or 2.5mm-thick (Elite) top layer of compressed cork. The polyurethane finish is equivalent to AC4 laminate and the sophisticated printing process makes CorkWood more fade resistant than its traditional counterparts. This means it will perform like laminate and retain the stunning hardwood look for years to come.

The Comfort of Cork

Along with the compressed cork top layer, CorkWood includes the Torlys CorkPlus attached underlay for added warmth and sound insulation. The CorkPlus underlay is even infused with Microban antimicrobial product protection that inhibits the growth of mould and mildew. This program, along with all other Torlys cork collections, is Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) certified, ensuring the wood and cork used in the manufacturing process comes from responsibly managed forests. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Torlys is a fast expanding global flooring company that specializes in beautiful, responsible flooring. Torlys smart floors use the patented Uniclic joint to create an extensive selection of reusable flooring in leather, hardwood, laminate, cork, EverWood and EverTile and now CorkWood. Torlys sister brands include Torlys SuperSolid Hardwood and Marquee Floors.

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Product Showcases: Flooring

Product Showcases: Flooring

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Product Showcases: Flooring

by Rise Levy

ONE-STOP RENOVATION SHOP

Beyond Marble and Granite is committed to finding the ideal product to suit your budget and lifestyle. Their expertise and personalized approach ensures complete customer satisfaction. Offering a wide range of products from custom cabinetry to quartz and granite countertops to flooring, BMG also has a wide selection of mosaics and backsplashes, porcelain tile, flooring, faucets, sinks, and more.

BEYOND MARBLE & GRANITE
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LARGE-FORMAT THIN PORCELAIN

Through innovative technology, the people at Factory Tile Depot are offering a selection of 6.5mm THIN porcelain material. With pieces ranging in size from 4′ x 4′ up to 5′ x 10′, this collection maintains the integrity and benefits of traditional porcelain tile while greatly broadening the application options.

FACTORY TILE DEPOT
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VERSATILE & AFFORDABLE

Using materials that truly stand the test of time, these floors are easily cleaned and are scuff-resistant, keeping the new-flooring look for years after its installation. One of the largest advantages of vinyl is it’s waterproof, unlike many other materials. Vinyl plank flooring is an increasingly popular option for the home because of its versatility, flexibility, affordability, and durability.

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FASTER, THINNER FLOOR WARMING

Heating tiled floors increases the need for uncoupling to prevent cracked tiles and grout. Schluter-DITRA-HEAT provides both warmer floors and uncoupling in a single layer. Less installation time is needed and the floors are thinner so transitions to other floors are smooth and level. Wires can be placed exactly where needed.

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Dekton® by Cosentino

Dekton® by Cosentino

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Introducing Two New Marble-Inspired Colours, Opera and Natura 

TORONTO, ON. (November 1, 2017) – Cosentino, the global leader in the production and distribution of surfaces for the world of architecture and design, introduces two new striking colours for its ultra-compact surface brand, Dekton®.

The new additions join Dekton®’s existing Natural and XGloss Natural collections, offering a range of unique designs boasting excellent technical properties expected of the revolutionary ultra-compact surface brand. Created from a sophisticated blend of inorganic materials using an innovative ultra-compaction process, Dekton® has a high resistance to UV rays, scratches, stains and thermal shock. These benefits ensure its surfaces are durable and very easy to maintain, offering a wealth of possibilities for both internal and external projects, including flooring, façades, wall cladding and countertops.

OPERA:

Part of the Dekton Natural Collection, Opera is inspired by the current desire for marble interiors, taking inspiration from elegant Italian Carrara marble and boasting the extraordinary new soft touch finish from Dekton®, Velvet Texture. Simple, light grey veining adds depth and interest to the creamy white surface for a classic understated finish.

NATURA:

Part of the XGloss Naturals Collection, Natura replicates the style of marble with soft grey veining accentuating the classic white surface, offering a lustrous polished finish. With all the benefits of Dekton®’s technical characteristics, the colour’s reflective nature is due to the nano-technological treatment and mechanical polishing process it undergoes, resulting in a crystal-like shine.

Combined with the strength and stain resistance of Dekton®, the product provides exceptional performance paired with unique characteristics. This includes water repellent properties, ensuring an impressive resistance to stains. The nano-coating process and mechanical polishing also enhances Dekton®’s colour.

About Dekton® by Cosentino

The Dekton® by Cosentino ultra-compact surface is a new and innovative category of surfaces created with the objective of becoming a global leader in the world of architecture and design both for indoor and outdoor spaces.

Dekton® is a sophisticated mixture of the raw materials that is used to manufacture glass, porcelain materials and quartz surfaces. The Dekton® surface can recreate any type of material with a high level of quality. It is manufactured in large format (up to 126 in x 56 in) and thin thicknesses (0.8 cm, 1.2 cm and 2 cm). It as superior technical characteristics: resistance to UV rays, scratches, stains, thermal shock and very low water absorption.

All of these characteristics unique to Dekton® are present thanks to the technology used in its production, which has been developed exclusively by the Cosentino Group’s R&D department. Dekton® is manufactured with Technology of Sinterized Particles (TSP), an innovative ultra-compaction process. This contributes greatly to the fact that Dekton® is a completely revolutionary product; it is durable, very easy to maintain, and has potential for both indoor and outdoor uses including flooring, façades, wall cladding and countertops.

The prestigious architect and designer Daniel Libeskind used Dekton in the creation of “Beyond The Wall”, his only work in the Iberian Peninsula. Dekton® is sponsor of the “Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar”, where more than 430,000 sq. ft. of the product have been used in different areas such as the façades, flooring and other coverings.

Dekton XGloss has obtained Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016



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