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How to choose the best flooring for your home (that suits your lifestyle)

“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


July 16, 2018 - Karl Yeh

So you've either bought a new home or plan to upgrade one you already own. How do you choose the best flooring? Where do you start? In this episode, we discuss best flooring options including which types are scratch resistant. We also explore if you can use the same flooring for the entire house and which type is best for kitchens. 

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Karl Yeh:

Hi everyone. I'm Karl Yeh.

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So today, I'm joined [00:00:30] by Deborah Armstrong, Senior Interior Designer with Brookfield Residential.

And the question we're going to answer today is:

Which flooring is best for me?

So Deborah, when you've just purchased a new home, or you're planning to, how do you tell what type of flooring you should use?

Deborah Amstrong:            

Well, we always ask the home buyer how busy of a household they have.

  • Do they have children?
  • Do they have pets?
  • What size are their pets?

And then we kind of go from there.

Karl Yeh:             

Okay. So let's say for example, first time home buyer.

Probably either with a significant [00:01:00] other, but there's only going to be maybe one or two people living inside the home. What kind of flooring would you ... ?

Deborah Amstrong:                   

Basically, they can pick anything they want. I mean, they could go with a hardwood.

They could choose either light or dark, because they're not gonna have the problems that they would if they had a large dog or children with toys that are going to scratch the surfaces of the floor.

Generally, if it's a busy household, you don't want to use a dark stain because that shows the scratches more, because natural color of wood underneath is always light.

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Karl Yeh:             

Is there any type of flooring that is scratch resistant?

Deborah Amstrong:                   

[00:01:30] Yes. That would be your luxury vinyl plank, or a laminate flooring where they're a man-made surface and they are very, very durable.

Karl Yeh:             

But even - say for example, I have a dog - and my dog chases our cat routinely. And you know how if it's flooring, they do that thing?

Deborah Amstrong:                  Spinning?

Karl Yeh:              Yeah, that spinning. And I just look at our flooring as like, this is ...

Deborah Amstrong:                  Just trashed, right? You got those nail marks going.

Karl Yeh:              Yeah.

Deborah Amstrong:                 

I would recommend [00:02:00] a luxury vinyl plank.

The colour goes all the way through, and it is extremely durable for dogs. It's also waterproof.

Karl Yeh:             

Is luxury vinyl plank expensive?

Deborah Amstrong:                  No, it's less than hardwood.

Karl Yeh:              Oh, it's less than hardwood.

Deborah Amstrong:                 

Yes. So it's economical, very durable, and 100% waterproof.

So if your dog is having accidents, you're not home, you don't have to worry about it. Whereas hardwood, you would, and the scratches would show.

Does the staining of your hardwood impact usability?

Karl Yeh:              Oh, okay.

So when you're choosing the right type, you're talking [00:02:30] about the staining. Besides the colour, does that impact the usability of it as well? The staining of the ... ?

Deborah Amstrong:                   

No. Staining doesn't affect the usability, other than lighter stains will hide scratches.

So if you are gonna get a scratch, you're not going to notice it more on the light, whereas the dark, you're gonna see that scratch.

However, there are waxes now, little stain pens that you can try to cover those up [00:03:00].

Karl Yeh:              Okay. Perfect.

Do you use the same flooring for the entire house?

Deborah Amstrong:                 

You can. A lot of people do. It's not recommended, and a lot of people will not put tile in bathrooms.

A powder room yes, but not where there's a tub or high traffic, water, you know, things happening there, just because it's just not warrantied.

If it gets spilled, your hardwood will swell.

Karl Yeh:             

Oh, okay. And when you talk about swell, do you have to replace the entire floor?

Deborah Amstrong:                   

You [00:03:30] would have to replace those boards that have swelling. That can be done. We do not recommend - and actually we do not install - hardwood in full bathrooms.

Powder room yes, but not a bathroom with a tub.

Best flooring for kitchens

Karl Yeh:              Okay.

And what would your recommendation be for probably one of the most used rooms, the kitchen?

Deborah Amstrong:                   

Yeah. We use a lot of hardwood in kitchens.

In fact, most of ours are done in hardwood, just because we don't like that transition area now.

Most of the kitchens are part of that great room and you want a nice [00:04:00] even flow, make the room look big.

If you're really concerned, you do a lot of cooking, you're dropping a lot of things, you can put a nice little runner in behind the island so it's not so noticeable. We don't recommend breaking it up with tile. It just loses the flow.

Karl Yeh:              Perfect.

Well, the question I have for you today is:

What type of flooring did you use for your very first home? Let us know in the comments section below.

Well thank you very much for joining us, and we'll catch you next time.


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