We get this question a lot, how do you choose the right floor? It does come down to asking a lot of questions to the right people. You can research the internet and collect a lot of information, but who is writing the information you’re reading? You can visit many stores and get different opinions. The key thing is to qualify the people you talk to. At Cover-Ups, we do not claim that we know everything, but we do install flooring and tiles every day, and we are constantly upgrading and training our knowledge to be able to give the best advice you can get.

Why Choose Carpet?

You can consider carpet like upholstery, it is warmer and more comfortable than hard surfaces, but may just need a little more work to maintain its cleanliness and beauty. Carpeting adds warmth and comfort to your home by increasing the sound absorption and insulation. Easily installed over many kinds of surfaces, even hiding irregularities in your subflooring, it is one of the most economical flooring options for families.

Nowadays, many carpets are engineered to offer allergy free qualities. Dust and other allergens will stay on top of the surface to be more easily vacuumed. More and more fibers are made from recycled materials and can be recycled in the end.

With so many colors and textures to choose from you’re sure to find carpeting that suits both your lifestyle and your budget.

Why Choose Laminate?

Laminates can be very affordable and extremely resistant if installing the right quality in the proper location. Their strength is the quality of the centre core and in the top layer and not the thickness of the product. Even though there are top of the line products that will perform in kitchens, laminate does not like standing water. Therefore, they should not be installed in kitchen, bathrooms, powder rooms and laundry rooms. However, because a good laminate is extremely resistant they are perfect for high traffic and activity areas like family rooms, hallways and basements.

Laminate has an industry wide rating system indicating a laminate performance as AC1, AC2, AC3, AC4, and AC5. The rating system is described as follows:

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Why Choose Luxury Vinyl Tile or Plank?

The luxury vinyl tile (lvt) and plank (lvp) category is the fastest growing flooring category and is eclipsing laminate as the choice for homeowners and property management companies. These products mimic the look of tile and wood beautifully and allow for seamless transistions from one room to the next. Because the product is completed waterproof either choice work well throughout every room of the house.

Throughout the category you can find either click floating installation as well as glue-down (dry-back) choices. The determining factor as to whether to float or glue your installation is based on answers from the questions; what look are you trying to achieve, where is it being installed, what is the substrate surface, budget considerations and is this a DIY or professional installation. In most cases, we at Cover-Ups prefer to glue-down luxury vinyl tile and plank as we feel this method has the most benefits to meet the performance of the product you’re purchasing.

Why Choose Hardwood (Solid)?

Prefinished

The timeless beauty of hardwood makes it an ideal choice to create a feeling of warmth and luxury. And a nice detail of installing pre-finished hardwood flooring is the fact that you can finish up to walls, stairway thresholds and other floors without leaving the gaps needed with laminate and other floors that need to float. The fact that the hardwood plank is 3/4″ solid you’re able to sand and refinish the floor later in its life, should it be required, to bring out the woods natural beauty once again.

Pre-Oiled

The castles of Europe for hundreds of years have featured oiled hardwood that have stood the test of time. Due to this revelation a company in Quebec, called Paquet Alexandra, have perfected this application to their hardwood category. The result is the warmth and wonderful feeling of hardwood underfoot with the best performance of a hardwood floor you can get. The benefits of a pre-oiled floor is that it becomes more beautiful over time as the wood continues to age, as well as the opportunity to rejuvenate and revitalize the finish, should areas become faded or scratched. A factory finish that does not require any toxic finishes make a pre-oiled hardwood an ideal choice for people with an intolerance to off-gassing. And the ability to deal with everyday scratches from living in your space make it an ideal choice for pet owners and families.