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Are you still playing by the rules when it comes to choosing your home’s flooring? While some rules are constant, new designs and technologies have opened up your flooring options, giving you more freedom and creativity in your choices.

 

From the best hardwood flooring in Toronto and Mississauga to versatile porcelain tiles, this guide covers everything. At the end you should be able to pick the ideal flooring for each room. At The Reno Superstore, we are always ready to help should you still have questions.

Let’s jump right in!

Simple Guide: Best Flooring Options for Each Room

With so many flooring materials available, picking the best kind for your space can get overwhelming. So, here’s a quick room-by-room rundown on what to expect.

Dining, Living & Family Rooms 

Dining, Living & Family Rooms

1. The Challenge

Your dining, living and family rooms are the busiest spaces in your home. Even though these rooms are different, they have similar foot-traffic. They see everything, from favourite toys being thrown around to pets with claws and furniture being dragged about.

At the same time, you need to make these spaces welcoming and cozy. Since a living room is the first space your guest enters, it is a great place to make a good first impression.

2. Best Option: Solid Hardwood

Solid Hardwood

Nothing says ‘great first impression’ than solid hardwood flooring. Along with timeless aesthetics and durability, you also increase the value of your home.

Looking for a faster installation than hardwood floors? Go for prefinished hardwood flooring. As one of the best suppliers of hardwood flooring in Toronto and Mississauga, we have both prefinished and unfinished floors at The Reno Superstore. So, you can choose either option to suit your needs. For the best results, we recommend selecting an experienced contractor to install your hardwood floors.

3. Runner-Up: Engineered Hardwood

Looking for the best alternative to hardwood floors? Engineered hardwood is the next best thing as it has a veneer of real hardwood. Additionally, it is less expensive.

Of course, we would suggest that you research how to pick engineered hardwood flooring to make an informed decision.

Kitchen & Bathrooms

1. The Challenge

Kitchens endure spills; bathrooms accommodate long showers and baths; and both can experience leaking water. So, these floors need to be prepared for whatever life throws at them. That means hardwood is not your best choice.

2. Best Option: Porcelain Tile

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tiles are a natural fit for kitchens and bathrooms as both areas have similar environments. In addition to being extremely durable, this option is also low maintenance.

That being said, not all porcelain tiles are meant for floors and walls. Make sure to read their PEI ratings before installing them.

In case of doubt, consult the flooring experts at The Reno Superstore to help you pick the best tile for your space.

3. Runner-Up: Vinyl 

Vinyl flooring is stunning, and nothing like it used to be in the 1950s. There are now seemingly endless options that offer waterproofing and durability.

At The Reno Superstore, our customers often confuse luxury vinyl with real wood. So, when it comes to nailing the look you want for your flooring, vinyl will not let you down.

Mudroom & Laundry Room

1. The Challenge

These rooms don’t face heavy foot traffic but do face challenges when it comes to exposure to liquids. These include dripping raincoats and overflowing washing machines. Even the best hardwood flooring in Toronto and Mississauga is prone to damage in these areas of your home.

Bleach, washing powder and splashed water can damage wood and laminate flooring. So, what is your best option?

2. Best Option: Porcelain Tile 

Water-resistant and extremely durable porcelain tiles should be a staple in this area of your home. Porcelain tiles can be installed on walls, giving it a more protective environment just like bathrooms.

Wet porcelain tiles are prone to slip & fall accidents, so go for textured floor tiles to reduce the risk. Porcelain tiles require expert installation, so it is best to hire professionals to complete the project. Get in touch with us for affordable and top-notch porcelain tile installations in your area.

3. Runner-Up: Vinyl 

Vinyl

Since porcelain tiles are completely waterproof, they make an excellent choice for these spaces.  Plus, they are super affordable, so you can expect your floors to look like real hardwood, minus the price. And the best part: no one has to know!

The Basement 

1. The Challenge 

Refinishing your basement as a guest room or playroom is an excellent idea. The real threat in this area does not come from above but from below via the concrete floor. In most cases it tends to be extremely damp, causing even the best hardwood flooring in Toronto to buckle and expand.

We would suggest making sure the flooring you choose is suitable for below grade installation, otherwise you will experience issues.

2. Best Option: Vinyl

The persistent moisture present in your basement is not a threat to vinyl flooring. So, in case you have a damp basement or are experiencing some kind of plumbing failure, your floors are safe.

3. Runner-Up: Laminate 

This is yet another affordable option. Laminate’s dense fibreboard offers protection against moisture-prone areas of your basement. For a more realistic hardwood floor, select a product with wide planks to give the effect of real hardwood.

There are so many flooring options that choosing the right kind can be a challenge. Plus, each room in your house is different and requires special attention. As always, we suggest that our customers read thoroughly about flooring to understand what kind of product they are looking for before investing. Get in touch with us for all your flooring needs.

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