FLOORING SERVICES WE OFFER
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RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS
With over 10 years experience in residential and commercial flooring installations, First Choice Refinishing can help you acheive your next flooring project. We specialize in solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminate and tile installations. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you!
LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATIONS
Laminate flooring is a synthetic floor type that is “laminated” together. It is more economical than traditional hardwood flooring, and in actuality, it bears a strong resemblance to the more expensive material. Many manufacturers even make a tile or slate looking product in a laminate. I have over 10 years experience at installing and handling laminate installation, so your floor is going to look professional regardless of what you choose. Allow me to help inform you of both options, so you can make the informed choice that best suits your homes needs.
Laminate flooring installation is going to make your home look beautiful due to its striking resemblance to hardwood or tile. Traditional hardwood and tile floors obviously have some advantages over laminates; otherwise they wouldn’t cost more. Laminate flooring, however, does hold a few distinct advantages over traditional hardwood and tile other than price.
Scratch resistant - Most laminates have a huge advantage over standard hardwood. Because it is a man made product, the surface is much more scratch and dent resistant for those loving kids and pets that tend to scratch regular wood floors
Simple maintenance - The laminate covering makes cleaning and maintenance a snap. An easy sweep and weekly Swiffer wet jet with laminate cleaner is all that is required.
Installation anywhere - Laminate flooring can easily be installed over just about any existing solid floor in your home. No need to rip out your existing hardwood, linoleum or tile floors.
Mold resistant - Laminate flooring naturally helps repel both mold and bacteria.
Hardwood is arguably the best looking flooring type out there and is a common favourite with home buyers and renters alike. Hardwood makes sense for almost any living area and, in some cases, kitchens and dining rooms. Hardwood is not a good choice for any room that frequently gets wet or sees a lot of traffic, including bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mudrooms. Bamboo flooring is similar to hardwood in performance, cost, installation, and maintenance.
Today's hardwood flooring comes both unfinished and prefinished and in solid and engineered forms. Solid hardwood is 3/4-inch-thick, tongue-and-groove planks that are usually nailed to a wood subfloor but can be glued to concrete. Unfinished solid hardwood is sanded and finished on site after the flooring is installed. Pre-finished hardwood needs no on-site finishing.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a plywood-like material with a solid-hardwood top layer. Conventional types can be nailed or glued down. There are also click-together engineered hardwood planks for "floating floor" installation.
Hardwood goes down pretty quickly and can be installed by most builders, although glue-down installation is more tricky than nail-down. Engineered floating floor installation is the easiest and fastest option. Note that solid hardwood should not be using in sub-grade basements, due to moisture concerns. Some manufacturers of engineered hardwood guarantee their flooring for basements.
The main drawbacks of hardwood are cost and maintenance. All hardwood must be finished, usually with polyurethane or a similar clear-coat. The finishes offer moderate moisture-resistance and are prone to scratching and excessive wear if the floor isn't kept clean. For these reasons, hardwood is not a good option for many rental properties.
CERAMIC & PORCELAIN TILE INSTALLATIONS
It's hard to go wrong with attractive tile flooring. Tile has long been the best option for bathrooms, but home buyers also love it in everyday dining areas, kitchens, hallways, entryways, mudrooms, and laundry rooms.
In terms of color and overall style options, tile is by far the most versatile flooring material available. There's everything from tiny mosaics to large format floor tiles to "wood look" tile that blends the look of hardwood with the durability of ceramic.
Porcelain and glazed ceramic tile are the most durable flooring options, and they require very little maintenance. Grout on floor tiles should be sealed periodically to prevent staining. This is particularly important for rental properties that you will maintain.
Tile doesn't have to be expensive, but it is labor-intensive to install and requires a suitable subfloor and a cementboard or tile backer base. Large or tricky tile jobs are best left to a tile installer. Small and simple jobs can be done by most builders with some tile experience.
Because tile is hard and can be cold underfoot, be careful about using it in living areas, such as living rooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and formal dining rooms. However, in some markets, tile is just right for these locations. Also be careful when choosing tile for wet areas like bathrooms, entryways, and mudrooms; these must have non-slip tile for safety.
VINYL & LINOLEUM INSTALLATIONS
Vinyl and linoleum are different materials but are similar types of "resilient" flooring. Both come in easy-to-install tiles, planks, and sheet forms. They are highly durable and moisture-resistant and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Vinyl and linoleum are good options for hard-working and high-traffic areas, including kitchens, dining areas, mudrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and bathrooms.
The main difference between vinyl and linoleum is their materials. Vinyl is plastic, usually PVC, acrylic, and similar polymers. Linoleum is made with natural materials, primarily jute, cork, and linseed oil. Vinyl generally offers more style options and a wider price and quality range, from very low-end to premium. Linoleum comes in vibrant colors and is mid- to high-end; there are no budget versions of linoleum.
Because it's made with natural materials, linoleum can be an attractive alternative to vinyl for builders and buyers who prize environmentally friendly or natural products.
Refinishing your existing floors is the most quickest and affordable way to update your home or business. With our unique refinishing process we virtually can refinish any tile floor into any colour or design of your choice. We offer over 50 designs to choose from or if you prefer you can suggest a colour of your choice to suit your decor needs. This process typically can be completed in just one day depending on the size of the project. Call us today for more information on this service!
Whatever the job, we’ve got you covered. Contact us now.