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Why You Must Consider 100% Waterproof Vinyl For Your Flooring Project

Why You Must Consider 100% Waterproof Vinyl For Your Flooring Project

Young families are looking for “bulletproof” flooring.  Something that can take the abuse from kids and their TONKA trucks, play toys, spilled drinks and also the occasional pet accident.  Hardwood flooring (solid or engineered) is a more expensive floorcovering but will definitely show scratches and wear-and-tear marks.  Most laminates cannot take any water or pet issues.  And you certainly can’t ceramic tile the entire main floor.  So what is the best flooring choice for a young family?  

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl is the hottest floorcovering product in the industry today. Luxury vinyl is:

  1. Warm
  2. Comfortable
  3. Extremely durable
  4. Versatile
  5. Easy to clean
  6. Easy to install
  7. Easy on the wallet 

Durability & Versatility

Recently my son bought a townhouse that needed to be gutted and renovated.  The floors had to be changed and he has an 80-pound dog that scampers around chasing after his toys. Occasionally the dog gets sick if he eats too fast.  So what did he buy??   LUXURY VINYL (“thanks dad!”).  The floor was easy to install, comfortable, quiet, and looks very modern.  We replaced doorframes, renovated the staircase and gutted 2 bathrooms.  We dropped levels and tools and splashed paint on the floor, but the floor cleaned up nice and still looks fantastic. We even installed the luxury vinyl in 2 full showering washrooms and the floor has performed as promised.

Colour & Texture Options

Colours are important to consumers, and the right colour choice will compliment the décor of your home.  Today,  designers are recommending trendy light/medium grey tones and off-white colours, and the luxury vinyl industry has responded with a full palette of these popular, trendy colours. You can even go on their websites to envision what your floor choice will look like in different room scenes.

The new luxury vinyls have a modern textured finish which helps to hide wear-and-tear marks and footprint marks, and yet they are surprisingly easy to clean.  The wood grain and tile patterns have a more realistic image of the real macoy than alternative laminate products, and are more quiet and comfortable to walk on. 

Vinyl - EverWood Designer - Camden- EW-27000

5/16” (thickness) x 7” (width) x 72” (length)   •  8.3mm (thickness) x 180mm (width) x 1830mm (length)

Vinyl EverWood-Designer-Camden-EW-27000

Overview

  • 0.5mm (20mils) wear layer
  • Micro-bevelled edges
  • CorkPlus™ BLUE with Microban® antimicrobial product protection
  • 35-Year Residential Warranty

Vinyl - EverWood Elite - Farrow*- EW25008

5/16” (thickness) x 5-3/4” (width) x 59-7/8” (length)   •   8.3mm (thickness) x 146mm (width) x 1520mm (length)

Vinyl EverWood-Elite-Farrow-EW25008

Overview

  • Precision-crafted luxury vinyl flooring in on-trend styles.
  • 0.5mm (20mils) wear layer
  • Micro-bevelled edges
  • CorkPlus™ BLUE with Microban® antimicrobial product protection
  • 30-Year Residential Warranty 

Vinyl - EverWood Premier - Appalachain*- EW23023

5/16” (thickness) x 4-7/8” (width) x 48-3/8” (length)   •   8.3mm thickness x 123mm width x 1230 mm length

 Vinyl-EverWood-Premier-Appalachain-EW23023

Overview

Precision-crafted luxury vinyl flooring with stunning wood grain designs.

  • 5mm (20mils) wear layer
  • Micro-bevelled edges
  • CorkPlus™ BLUE with Microban® antimicrobial product protection
  • 25-Year Residential Warranty

Vinyl - EverWood Vista - Sutter Creek- EW22000

1/4” (thickness) x 4-7/8” (width) x 48-3/8” (length)   •   6.5mm (thickness) x 123mm (width) x 1230mm (length)

Vinyl EverWood-Vista Sutter-Creek-EW22000

Overview

  • Softly textured and low-gloss finish
  • Warm, comfortable and quiet underfoot
  • 3mm (12mils) wear layer
  • Micro-bevelled edges
  • 20-Year Residential Warranty

*EverWood Vista does not include CorkPlus BLUE underlay.


Vinyl - EverTile Elite - Elk Grove- ET26000

5/16” (thickness) x 17-7/16” (width) x 23-5/8” (length)   •   8.3mm (thickness) x 443mm (width) x 601mm (length)

Vinyl EverTile-Elite-Elk-Grove-ET26000

Overview

  • 5mm (20mils) wear layer
  • Micro-bevelled edges
  • CorkPlus™ BLUE attached cork underlay with Microban® antimicrobial product protection
  • 30-Year Residential Warranty

Vinyl - EverTile Premier - Anthracite- ET24011

5/16” (thickness) x 11-1/2” (width) x 23-5/8” (length)   •   8.3mm (thickness) x 292mm (width) x 601mm (length)

 Vinyl EverTile-Premier Anthracite-ET24011

Overview

  • 5mm (20mils) wear layer
  • Micro-bevelled edges
  • CorkPlus™ BLUE attached cork underlay with Microban® antimicrobial product protection
  • 25-Year Residential Warranty

Applications

Luxury vinyl flooring is a great choice for many applications: kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms ( traditional “tiled” areas) and also basements (traditionally a “laminate” area).  Torlys Everwood vinyl is a great product!  Stylish colours and textures, cork backing for warmth and comfort, and a high polyurethane content on their wear layer for unmatched durability.  And, oh yes, it’s 100% WATERPROOF!

Be sure to consider luxury vinyl flooring for your next flooring project. 

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Darmaga’s Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring

Darmaga’s Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring 101: How to Choose the Right Type for Any Room in Your Home

Discover how to select the right hardwood flooring for a beautifully upgraded look anywhere in your home. 

Your floors are literally the foundation of every room in your home. They set the style of your decor and they serve the ultimate practical purpose of providing comfort for every step you take. With lots of exciting new hardwood products on the market, there are more choices than ever these days. So how do you make sure you get the best of both — style and practicality — when you’re selecting new hardwood floors?  

To help you explore your options, here is Darmaga’s ultimate guide to hardwood flooring. Learn the different types and why each has its own advantages in different rooms throughout your home. Then, once you’ve built up your personal knowledge base, stop by our showroom to explore the many styles of hardwood floors in person. 

1. Solid Wood vs Engineered Wood

Like the name suggests, solid wood hardwood flooring is made of a single, solid piece of wood. Once laid, it can be coated, sanded, re-coated, and re-sanded over and over when you need it. 

Engineered wood is real wood too, but it’s not one piece. It consists of many layers of wood laid crosswise to one another and bonded together. The result is a super strong flooring material that withstands moisture and temperature variations better than solid wood. 

2. Finishes

Choosing the type of finish will take a bit of studying before you understand your options. Finishing products can do a lot of different things for your floors and your home, making this much like a lifestyle choice. 

Case in point: if you have kids, you may want to consider polyurethane. It creates a hard, resilient topcoat on your hardwood floors, helping them stand up to the wear and tear of kids. 

  • Polyurethane. This finish is good in the kitchen, where you might have spills, dropped food, and lots of traffic. It’s water resistant and considered impervious to stains and damage. You may scratch the polyurethane but the wood underneath remains protected. You will, however, need to keep up with the maintenance and have them refinished every so often. If there’s a major scratch, it may require significant repair work, like replacing an entire board.  
  • Oiled Hardwood Flooring. Oiled wood floors give a natural, matte glow to any room. Plus, they’re much easier to maintain than floors with a polyurethane finish. If you get a scratch on an oiled hardwood floor, you won’t notice it as much as you would on a floor finished with polyurethane. The scratches in oiled wood have a tendency to disappear into the grain, much like a wood cutting board. Got a more serious deeper ding? Simply sand it out and reapply the oil. 
  • Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flooring. For a rustic look, many homeowners opt for a “distressed” look to their floors. Think of a wood floor that has texture, where each plank is unique with its own combination of imperfections. 

3. Styles

You’ll be surprised to learn that hardwood flooring comes in lots of different styles, so check them all out before you decide. 

  • Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring. When people think of hardwood floors, they typically visualize the traditional, two- or three-inch oak planks you see in old homes everywhere around Toronto. While that was once the gold standard, today’s options have expanded to include planks that are twice as wide. It’s a way to make the room feel special and more luxurious. The larger your room, the wider you can go with your hardwood planks.  
  • Patterned Hardwood Flooring. Wood is a beautiful, natural material that inspires not just fans of home decor but artists as well. Thanks to generations of wood stylists who have honed the art of creating patterned flooring, you can get endless inspiration from browsing the different patterns available for a truly customized look. Just to give you a taste of what’s possible: consider a border of inlaid wood for an understated, yet elegant look. On the other hand, a medallion in your foyer makes a grand statement — it’s the kind of style upgrade that can turn a home into a showplace.
  • Different Hardwood Species. Did you know that almost two-thirds of all hardwood floors are made with Oak? Both White Oak and Red Oak make up the bulk of the hardwood flooring in North America — and with good reason. It’s incredibly strong and durable, not to mention beautiful with its distinctive high-contrast grain. It also takes a stain wonderfully. But there are other species to choose from for a different feel for your room. From the honey-colored hues of Brazilian Maple to the deep, dark tint of Black Walnut, there’s a species to match every decor. If you want your floors to reflect the natural beauty of Toronto and surrounding areas, choose a North American hardwood like maple, ash, cherry, or hickory. 

In the Kitchen: Withstanding Heavy Traffic

Kitchen floors need to hold up under the triple burden of heavy foot traffic, moisture, and stains. Consider a polyurethane finish over a species of wood that’s known to be especially hard and durable (red oak, for example). 

In the Living Room: Focusing on Style

The room where you relax and where family members gather for quality time is an obvious choice for an oiled hardwood floor. Lots of homeowners are forgoing the high-gloss look of polyurethane and opting for the warm, natural look of oil on wood. It shows off the grain of your floors and bonus: it minimizes the effect of scratches on your floors (pet paws, for example). 

In the Bedroom: Going for Warmth

Oiled floors can work well in the bedroom, too. They have a matte finish, and if there’s any room in the house where you don’t want tons of shine, it’s where you sleep. The oil finish is more natural, too, so your bedroom will give off that eco-friendly, spa-like vibe.

But if you have radiant heating in your bedroom floor, you may want to consider engineered wood because it can withstand a much wider temperature range than solid wood.

In the Basement: Combatting Moisture

If you’re thinking of renovating your basement and turning it into a livable space, engineered hardwood flooring might be the way to go. The floor in your basement is most likely concrete, which means moisture will be an issue. Luckily, engineered wood is made of lots of different layers of wood and plywood that are laid crossways to one another and then sealed. That makes for a great moisture barrier, not to mention a tough-as-nails, hardy floor. There will be no need for a subfloor, either: just glue engineered wood planks directly onto the concrete. 

Wrap-Up

Hardwood floors have always been the gold standard of beauty and luxury in home decor. They not only look amazing, they can even add value to your home’s worth. Hardwood flooring gets points in every category: for classic good looks, long-lasting durability, versatility, and eco-friendliness. You really can’t go wrong with hardwood flooring but one last word of advice: have your floors installed by a professional unless you consider your DIY skills to be extraordinary. 

Finally, don’t skip the most fun step of all: stop by Toronto’s largest and most complete wood flooring gallery: the Darmaga Hardwood Showroom. We’re here to help, guide you through our galleries, answer your questions, or give a quote. Learn about your options and see them in person where you can experience the colors, textures, and styles and get a recommendation 

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TYPES OF FLOORING

SOLID HARDWOOD

If properly cared for, a premium solid hardwood floor can last for over a century. Manufactured from a single solid piece of wood, solid wood flooring can be professionally sanded and refinished several times during its life. Ideal above or on grade (main floor), but not below (basement.)

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD

100% real wood with greater usage options, and superior stability (very little movement) through Canada's trying seasonal humidity fluctuations. Made from a core of real wood, and a top layer of hardwood wear layer glued atop the core. Can be installed on, above or below grade in existing and new home construction.

HIGH PERFORMANCE LAMINATE

Cost-effective, versatile and prized for its aesthetic impact, Laminate flooring is made by pressing multiple layers of resin/melamine-impregnated paper on top of and below high density fiberboard (HDF). The top surface is a transparent overlay, which creates a strong, damage-resistant surface that protects the decorative layer beneath.

More scratch resistant than real wood, Satin Flooring High Performance Laminate can be used anywhere, even bathrooms. And because it clicks together board-by-board, single boards are easily replaced.

ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOATING FLOORING

A technologically advanced, fashion-forward floor that combines the superior durability and solidity of engineered hardwood with a floating feature, similar to laminate, that lets you install them on any subfloor. A patented "click" design with self-locking joints makes them literally a snap to install. Made with a super-strong, recycled HDF (high density fiberboard) core.

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QUESTIONS ASKED AFTER INSTALLATION OF A FLOOR

 

What inconveniences can I expect during the install?

You must expect there will be noise created by the installation process; unless arrangements are made in advance, the installers must do all their cutting in the general area of the installation.

What do I have to consider with Children and pets?

Children and pets are intrinsically fascinated by the activity surrounding the installation process; and must be kept away from the workspace.

What can I expect from the installer during the install?

You should expect a clean, professional, floor laying expert who respects you and your home. There should be minimal discussion as he sets to his work at hand with the objective of laying your floor quickly and up to standard. For his breaks and lunch he may leave, sit in the room he is working or sit outside. When the install is complete the floor should be broom swept.

What should I be prepared for when the install is complete?

Repainting of the baseboards and ¼ round can be expected after our work is complete.

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QUESTIONS ASKED DURING AN INSTALL

What inconveniences can I expect during the install?

You must expect there will be noise created by the installation process; unless arrangements are made in advance, the installers must do all their cutting in the general area of the installation.

What do I have to consider with Children and pets?

Children and pets are intrinsically fascinated by the activity surrounding the installation process; and must be kept away from the workspace.

What can I expect from the installer during the install?

You should expect a clean, professional, floor laying expert who respects you and your home. There should be minimal discussion as he sets to his work at hand with the objective of laying your floor quickly and up to standard. For his breaks and lunch he may leave, sit in the room he is working or sit outside. When the install is complete the floor should be broom swept.

What should I be prepared for when the install is complete?

Repainting of the baseboards and ¼ round can be expected after our work is complete.

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Our showroom encourages clients to look, feel and learn about each product. Our experienced product & service specialists will recommend products that would be ideal for your lifestyle & rooms.

 

Hardwood Flooring on Jane Street

We carry unfinished and prefinished hardwood, laminates, leather, cork, vinyl and decorative specialty items such as medallions. We carry a variety of finishes, stains, colours and widths in almost every product.

 

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