Frequently Asked Questions About Flooring

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Investing in stylish and quality flooring can create a beautiful ambiance in your home. However, if it’s your first time purchasing flooring, you may have tons of questions about the whole process but may find it tricky to get all the answers that you’re seeking.

So, to ensure you have all your doubts cleared, Bert Vis Flooring Inc. wants to arm you with the most accurate information available so you can make the right choice when purchasing flooring. To do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about flooring.

1. Is thicker flooring better?
Many customers believe that overall thickness is vital with every type of floor, but this isn’t necessarily true. When considering luxury vinyl planks, the wear layer thickness is an essential factor. However, when you’re looking at laminate, the product’s overall thickness determines the laminate’s quality.

2. What flooring colors are in style?
We encourage our customers to stick with light color tones to brighten up their rooms and make them look large. Choosing darker shades will allow for dirt and dust to show up more quickly. If the room is a high traffic area, always go with something that will hide any filth.

3. What’s the best flooring option for my main level?
Many customers are looking to open up their rooms to a more open concept. We see many customers pursue vinyl planking throughout their entire main level. It’s a great option as there is a variety of colors, designs, and styles. Besides, a high percentage of our vinyl planking products have cork on the back, which adds a level of comfort and warmth to your floor. Our luxury vinyl planking is also 100% waterproof - making it a perfect choice for kitchens, high traffic areas, and even pets!

4. What’s the difference between Vinyl Plank and Laminate?
Vinyl planking is a top-rated product on the market right now. Many people are more than satisfied with their purchase as vinyl plank offers 100% waterproof quality, creates a real wood look, and is very easy to maintain. Almost all our products have a cork underlayment attached to the plank to help with comfort, warmth, and prevent noise.

On the other hand, laminate is very scratch-resistant but does not do well with moisture. Often, boards will swell or shrink due to moisture changes, and when installed improperly, the panels can make a ‘clicking’ noise when walking on it.

5. What are the pros and cons of click vs. glue-down LVP?
Click is a floating floor, meaning the planks click together. The installation has a relatively low difficulty level, so customers sometimes opt to try a new DIY project. Installations are also very cost-effective for floating floors. A click floor disadvantage is that it can be a little more challenging to repair boards if needed (but still possible!). If the subfloor does not get skimmed and leveled, then the product may bend a little where there are dips.

A glue product alone is usually inexpensive. However, the installation requires more supplies and work, balancing out the cost differences between click and glue. Glue-down is generally left for professionals to install. Besides, it’s easy to repair any damaged boards, and it also works great with high traffic commercial areas and rolling items over the surface.

6. What’s a standard tile size for floors, backsplash, and showers?
In our showroom, we see many customers purchase a 12” x 24” tile for the floor, which is a modern tile size.

For a backsplash, the size depends on how the rest of the kitchen gets designed, but many customers choose a subway tile (around 3” x 6”). We recommend getting a polished finish so that it’s easy to clean and maintain.

For showers, we often see consumers looking at two options: 12” x 24” and a subway tile. Again, for this application, we recommend getting a polished finish.

7. Is underlay necessary for LVP?
No. If the subfloor isn’t particularly level or suitable, we sell a skim coat product to level off any dips. Moreover, almost all of our products have an underlayment of cork or rubber or antimicrobial attached to it, so no underlay is necessary. LVP can go over most surfaces, with no underlay required as long as the subfloor is level. 

If you have any more questions about flooring, get in touch with the experts at Bert Vis Flooring Inc. As specialists in flooring in Smithville, Ontario Kent, we use our vast experience to carry out professional services.

Our services include flooring, tile backsplashes, Cambria quartz countertops, and tile showers, while our products include hardwood, carpet, vinyl, laminate flooring, and ceramic tiles.

We serve clients across the Niagara region, including Grimsby, Beamsville, Lincoln, Vineland, Jordan, St. Catharines, Welland, Pelham, Thorold, and Port Colborne, to name just a few places. To learn more about how we can help you, please click here or contact us by clicking here.