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Hardwood Flooring:

There are two main types of wood flooring: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Both are made from real wood, but are manufactured differently.

Solid hardwood is milled from solid lumber and works well in almost any room. Both solid and engineered have the same amount of wood to be sanded 3-5 times to enhance its lifetime.

Solid hardwood flooring is Take out generally not recommended in bathrooms or laundry rooms due to the potential for damage from moisture. As well can not go below grade as it has to be stapled down and can not do this into concrete.

Engineered hardwood flooring combines a thin-but-tough real hardwood surface (3 1/16" thick) with underlying criss cross multiple layers of hardwood and plywood. Its laminated layers make it remarkably strong and more resistant to moisture. As a result, it allows the planks to be up to 6 1/2" wide and have great stability. It also can be used in below, on, or above grade locations. Engineered can be used over radiant heated floors.

Engineered hardwood flooring combines a thin-but-tough real hardwood surface with underlying multiple layers of plywood or fireboard. Its laminated layers make it remarkably strong and more resistant to moisture. As a result, it can be used in below, on, or above grade locations, basements.

Engineered hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished for a longer life span.

Carpet:

There are a wide selection of different type of carpet that are designed for the way consumers live. Our carpets are carefully engineered with innovative fibres and design technology. The latest contemporary colours, patterns and textures from simple cut pile, berbers, twists or frieze in either single or multi flecks are available.

A full Beaulieu line has had Magic Fresh applied to the carpet fibbers. When unpleasant odours such as smoke or urine come in contact with the carpet fibres the Magic Fresh application neutralizes the offending odours and releases them as harmless cardon dioxide (CO2) into the air.

Beaulieu Warranty:

Vinyl:

Vinyl plank or tile flooring is an innovative type of vinyl that looks and feels like real wood or tile. It is waterproof, so it can be installed in moisture-prone areas that are normally "off limits" to hardwood and laminate flooring, such as basements and bathrooms. Vinyl plank flooring is also quiet and warm under foot.

Vinyl tiles are in a variety of different sizes from 12 x 12-inch squares 12 x 24 and most common 16 x 16 inches. Vinyl tile floors look very close to the actual slate or stone products. The regular pattern of lines in a vinyl tile floor is an important part of its design.

Vinyl sheet is a large roll of vinyl flooring that can either be felt-backed, vinyl-backed or modified loose-lay. Each is designed for different methods of installation.

Vinyl sheet goods are a 12' wide roll of vinyl flooring that can either be the more popular cushion or felt backed. Each is designed for different methods of installation from full glue down application or loose laid.

Laminate:

Laminate flooring is created when four layers (a bottom layer, fibreboard core, decorative layer and tread layer) are synthesized into one extremely dense surface. Laminate floors are designed to resemble a variety of materials, such as hardwood, stone and tile. Unlike solid hardwood or engineered hardwood, laminate flooring is rarely comprised of any wood. Instead, it consists of melamine and fibreboard, which makes it extremely durable. Thicker laminates also generally indicate a more durable, comfortable product.

Laminate flooring has three layers to its composition, a top layer (which is the aluminium oxide wear layer) then a second layer (which is the picture layer) finishing with the HDF (High Density Fibre) core. Laminate floors are designed to resemble hardwood, stone and tile. Like solid hardwood and engineered hardwood, laminate has to be treated the same for humidity levels, cleaning and maintenance. The humidity levels for hardwood and laminate are to be between 30%-45% consistently throughout the year. If too little humidity cracking, separating, and splitting can occur, if too much humidity cupping can occur.

Laminate can withstands more mistreatment than softer, dentable hardwood but still can be damaged if not cared for properly.

Leather and Cork:

Leather Floors help you create a healthier home as they contain no harmful VOC emissions, no added formaldehyde.

Leather is an engineered product, well-suited for installation below grade, over concrete and even over existing floors. Depending on the application, different under lays may be required.

A Cork floor's textured surface is both natural and comfortable.
Cork is 50%  air!
Is impact resistant and is a natural insulator against heat, cold and reduces noise.
Is environmentally-friendly and health friendly - hypoallergenic.
Have a natural, random appearance that creates elegant look.
Is very comfortable under foot and is warm to the touch.

Leather is a 100% recycled leather engineered to create exceptional environmentally benefits, is well-suited for installation below grade, over concrete and even over existing floors. Depending on the application, different under lays may be required.

Natural Stone:

There’s nothing more natural, or more breathtaking than the beauty of natural stone.

Natural stone tiles such as granite, slate and marble are cut from large blocks of stone mined from quarries. Depending on variety and climate, they can be used for interior and exterior walls, floors and tabletops. Natural stone is known for its luxurious appearance and adds value to any home.

Most stones are porous and readily absorb liquids and moisture, so they have to be sealed on a regular basis, so staining of any sort will not happen. There isn't anything that can get a oil or colour stains out of a natural stone. Tiles made from natural stone may vary greatly in colour and veining, giving them the uniqueness that is sought out when buying natural tile or stone.

Tile:

There are many sizes/shapes of tile available in stores these day. Before you could only buy 12 x 12 or 13 x 13 square sizes, now tile is available in 12 x 24, 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 24 x 24 and other odd sizes.

Tiles are made of two types of products Ceramic and Porcelain.

Ceramic tile are made up of the main ingredients of white or red clay, calcite, dolomite, sodium feldspar, perlite, talc, quartz particles and sand granules.

The determining factor in the composition of the mixture is where the clay and earthy mixture come from.

This mixture is grounded up in a ball mill to create what's known as the body slip.

The body slip is put in the kiln to fire and then is ready for the for the 'dusting' process. The dust process is pressed into the tile shape giving it the tensile strength. It is once again dried out to remove all last traces of moisture by putting it in the kiln one more time to be fired, then cooled, this shaped body is called the bisque, and ready for the top coloured glazed to be put put on.

Glaze is the glassy looking substance on one side of the tile. There's a wide variety of colours to be put on as well including matte and high-gloss finish. The way of applying glaze, is either spray or silkscreen. To give the tile some colour, pigments are mixed in with the other ingredients.

Porcelain tile is made up of the same materials as ceramic however, the process of making them is more extensive. The tiles are made layer by layer. Each layer is put in the kiln to dry, making porcelain extremely hard and durable. Most of our porcelain consist of 11 layers of material.

Glass Tile:

Glass tiles are made of impervious glass and are a good accent choice for walls, kitchen back splashes and vanity borders. Because of their durability and resistance to water, glass tiles can be used indoors and outdoors, and their translucent nature captures and diffuses light.