A well prepared for Calgary flooring installation

What to know for your Calgary flooring installation

When shopping for your flooring installation in Calgary, it?s just as important to think of the technique and skill as it is for the product.

It can be the highest quality product, but if it's a less-than-perfect job, that will affect the appearance, performance, and longevity of your flooring installation.

When looking for flooring in Calgary, Westvalley Carpet & Flooring in is your go-to.

Understanding subfloor importance

The subfloor directly impacts the surface floor. Imperfections can telegraph through, and some subfloors, such as concrete, are too damp for some floors. This is the case with solid hardwood.

Other floors, such as laminate, vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood flooring, and carpet are okay but may require a vapor barrier and underlayment.

You may ask why engineered hardwood is ok, but not solid. That?s because the construction is different. Rather than one slab throughout the floor, engineered is layered. The layers are placed in a crosswise position, giving the hardwood more stability and an increased ability to handle water.

If you?re shopping for the kitchen flooring in Calgary, know that appliances are usually attached to these floors. If the surface floor is too high, the appliances may become trapped and you'll have to rip up the flooring to remove them when it's time for a replacement.

Types of installations

All require some subfloor preparation. It may be as simple as keeping it clean, dry, debris-free, and level, or it may require more extensive repair or total replacement.

?Floating floors. This refers to the technique, not the product. These floors are often used for luxury vinyl, engineered hardwood flooring, and laminate. The pieces click together, just like a tongue and groove. The form a mat which then hovers over the subfloor with no nails or adhesive needed.
?Loose lay. The floor is placed over the subfloor with no nails or glue. This would be for sheet vinyl because there's no clicking option.
?Traditional glue-down or nailed. Exactly as it sounds; your Calgary, AB flooring expert will advise on the best method for your floor.

For more information about flooring installation, visit the Westvalley Carpet & Flooring showroom in North Calgary, South Calgary, Westvalley Central (Calgary, AB), servicing: The Greater Calgary, Alberta area. Ask about our estimates.