Although we do not carry carpet, we do a good business in laminate, hardwood, engineered and cork.
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The big news as far as our products are concerned, was
The commitment this year to sell the new brown
coloured Pressure Treated Lumber. Sales in this
product have exceeded expectations! It looks as
the days of green coloured Pressure Treated lumber
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. There is sometimes a glue backing for ease of installation. It has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials. Laminate floors are reasonably easy for a do-it-yourself homeowner to install. Laminate flooring are packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks - these can be clicked into one another. Installed laminate floors typically "float" over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which provides moisture and sound-reducing properties. A small (1-10mm) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls, this allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed. Baseboards (skirting boards) can be removed and then reinstalled before and after laying of the flooring is complete for a neater finish, or small beading trims can be fitted to the baseboards (skirting boards). Saw cuts on the planks are usually required at edges, and around closet and door entrances.
Care It is important to keep laminate clean, as dust, dirt and sand particles may scratch the decorative surface over time in high-traffic areas. It is also important to keep laminate relatively dry, since sitting water/moisture can cause the planks to swell, warp, etc, though some brands are equipped with water-resistant coatings. Water spills aren't a problem if they're wiped up quickly, and not allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time. Adhesive felt pads are often placed on the feet of furniture on laminate floors to prevent scratching. Inferior glueless laminate floors may gradually become separated, creating visible gaps between planks. It is important to "tap" the planks back together using the appropriate tool as you notice the gaps, otherwise dirt will fill the gaps making it difficult to close them later. Quality glueless laminate floors (Pergo and Uniclic) use joining mechanisms which hold the planks together under constant tension which prevent dirt entering the joints and do not need "tapping" back together periodically.
History Laminate flooring was invented in 1977 by the Swedish company Perstop, and sold under the brand name Pergo. They had been making laminate surfaces since 1923. The company first marketed its product to Europe in 1984, and later to the United States in 1994. Perstop spun off its flooring division as the separate company named Pergo. Pergo is the most widely known laminate flooring manufacturer, but the trademark PERGO is not synonymous for all laminate floors. Glueless laminate flooring was invented by Belgian company Unilin in 1997. The "unilin" locking system or variants of it which are still covered by the Unilin patent are used worldwide. However in 1996 a Swedish company called Valinge also invented a glueless locking system sold under the names Alloc and Fiboloc for holding flooring panels together. Initially the two companies tried to sue each other at great expense without any clear winner, for rights to the intellectual property which also involved a lot of the smaller competition in the process. Now the two locking systems co-exist and all glueless locking flooring is made under licence from either Unilin, Valinge or sometimes both. The Unilin locking system is marketed under the name Uniclic and is adopted by Pergo. The above information was supplied by Wikipedia.
We carry a stock of laminate from the vendors as listed above. Click on their logos to view the colours on-line. The colours change often. It is recommended that you view our showroom sample before making your choice.
Vinyl Plank and Tile- Like Laminate!
New for 2012 is a product called Easy Street. It is a waterproof laminate! It is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and basements. It is antibacterial, sound absorbent and rquires no underlayment. Visit the manufacturers website with colours by clicking here.
Solid hardwood floors come in a wide range of dimensions and styles, with each plank made of solid wood and milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building. Modern construction techniques now rarely use wood building frames and solid hardwood floors are used almost exclusively for their appearance. For flooring, solid wood has many limitations due to the natural characteristics of wood. Expansion and contraction of wood from moisture and temperature fluctuation puts many dimensional restrictions on solid wood floors. Typically, 5" wide and 3/4" thick boards are the largest that can be manufactured from solid wood without compromising the structure of the flooring (some manufacturers produce wider boards using proprietary milling techniques). There is, however, no standard size which will perform well in every environment. For contemporary construction techniques, the most significant characteristic of solid wood floors is that they are not recommended to be installed directly over concrete.
Click on the Bruce logo to view various designs. The colours change often. It is recommended that you view our showroom samples before ordering. Our sales specialists will help you with your decision and give you a cost.
Engineered wood flooring is composed of two or more layers of wood in the form of a plank. The top layer (lamella) is the wood that is visible when the flooring is installed, and is adhered to the core (or substrate) which provides the stability. Laminate, vinyl and veneer floors are often confused with engineered wood floors - laminate uses an image of wood on its surface, vinyl is plastic formed to look like wood, and veneer uses a thin layer of wood with a core that could be one of a number of different composite wood products (most commonly, high density fibreboard). Engineered wood is the most common type of wood flooring used globally. North America is the only continent that has a larger solid wood market than engineered, although engineered wood is quickly catching up in market share. A subcategory of engineered wood flooring is acrylic impregnated wood flooring. This product utilizes a real wood veneer that is impregnated with liquid acrylic and then hardened using a special process. Non impregnated Northern Red Oak typically tests at 1,290 on the Janka hardness scale and acrylic impregnated Northern Red Oak typically tests at 2,286 and 4,786 on the Janka hardness scale . Acrylic impregnated engineered wood flooring is normally used in high traffic interior spaces that require a high level of dent and wear resistance.
Comparison of solid wood and engineered wood
It is very difficult to compare a solid wood floor to engineered wood floors, as there is a wide range of engineered wood floor qualities. There are several limitations on solid hardwood that give it a more limited scope of use: solid wood should not be installed directly over concrete, should not be installed below grade (basements) and it should not be used with radiant floor heating. Solid hardwood is also typically limited in plank width and is more prone to "gapping" (excessive space between planks) and "cupping" (a concave or "dished" appearance of the plank, with the height of the plank along its longer edges being higher than the centre) with increased plank size. Solid wood products, on average, have a slightly thicker 'sandable area' (the wood that is above the tongue), and can be installed using nails. Lastly, solid wood tends to be less expensive than engineered wood, but this, as with the 'sandable area,' depends on the quality of the engineered wood (most inexpensive engineered wood products are 'veneer' wood floors, and not 'engineered'). In many installations, however, engineered flooring can only withstand a limited number of sandings, versus solid wood, which can be sanded many times. The installation costs of engineered flooring are typically lower than solid flooring. Engineered wood flooring has several benefits over solid wood, beyond dimensional stability and universal use. Patented installation systems (such as "unilin" or "fiboloc") allow for faster installation and easy replacement of boards. Engineered wood also allows a 'floating' installation (where the planks are not fastened to the floor below or to each other), further increasing ease of repair and reducing installation time. In general engineered wood panels are longer and wider than solid planks. The top surface of solid and engineered flooring, have the same properties of hardness and durability. The development of "structural" engineered flooring now means engineered floors (often with 1/4 inch lamellas and birch ply backing)can be nailed directly over joists without the need for plywood sub-flooring. The above information was supplied by Wikipedia.
We special order engineered flooring. It takes less than a week to come. We primarily source it from Goodfellow and Taiga.Click on the logos below to navigate there. Their websites have colours but it is recommended that you view our showroom sample before ordering.
EZ_Cork ez_cork flooring is the ultimate comfort for your home. The unique, abrasion resistant surface is considered the most revolutionary new development in the flooring market. Wear Resistance Technology has properties that are lacking in directly compatible products on the market. It also meets all the visual and sensory requirements of a modern, natural and easy-care floor. GREEN Products Cork is harvested from the renewable bark of the cork oak tree and is a completely natural product. The trees are not damaged or felled during the harvest - this 100% ecological product meets the requirements to protect and conserve the environment. ez_cork floors are made with natural materials and therefore, are an
environmentally friendly alternative to other flooring options. Mindful of the increasing need to protect the environment, cork floors are a sensible and ecological choice. Drop by our store to see the samples. To get an idea of the colours and designs, visit the EZ Cork website.
Cork takes about one week to arrive on special order.
Ceramic Tile Underlayments
Schluter-DITRA-XL is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities, each cut back in a dovetail configuration, and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. Schluter-DITRA is bonded to the substrate using thin-set mortar. The anchoring fleece on the underside of Schluter-DITRA-XL is engaged in the mortar to provide a mechanical bond to the substrate. Tile is installed over Schluter-DITRA-XL using the thin-bed method in such a way that the mortar becomes mechanically anchored in the square, cutback cavities of the Schluter-DITRA-XL matting.
Designed specifically for ceramic tile and dimension stone installations, Schluter-DITRA-XL serves as an uncoupling layer, waterproofing membrane, and vapor management layer that accommodates moisture from beneath the tile covering. Further, DITRA-XL performs all these functions while still providing adequate support/load distribution for the tile covering.
Tile has been successfully installed for thousands of years by incorporating an uncoupling layer, or forgiving shear interface, within the tile assembly. Schluter-DITRA-XL provides uncoupling through its open rib structure, which allows for in-plane movement that effectively neutralizes the differential movement stresses between the substrate and the tile, thus eliminating the major cause of cracking and delaminating of the tiled surface.
Schluter-DITRA-XL provides reliable waterproofing in interior and exterior applications. Its polyethylene composition protects the substrate from moisture penetration, which is particularly important in today's building environment where most substrates are moisture sensitive.
c) Vapor management
The distinguishing feature of Schluter-DITRA-XL is the existence of free space created by the configured channels on the underside of the matting. The free space provides a route for excess moisture and vapor to escape from the substrate that could otherwise cause damage to the tile layer above. Thus, DITRA-XL effectively manages moisture beneath the tile covering.
d) Support/load distribution
When placed on a solid foundation, columns or pillars can support tremendous loads. The same physical principle applies to Schluter-DITRA-XL installations. Columnlike mortar structures are formed in the cutback cavities of the matting. Loads are transferred from the tile covering through these column-like mortar structures to the substrate. Since DITRA-XL is virtually incompressible within the tile assembly, the advantages of uncoupling are achieved without sacrificing point load distribution capabilities. The ability of DITRA-XL installations to support and distribute heavy loads while preserving the integrity of the tiled surface has been verified through extensive laboratory and field testing.
We also carry the regular Ditra product. If you are unsure about this new way of doing things, ask one of our sales specialists. We also have videos on CD that can help you. This product can also be viewed on the Schluter Corporate Website.
Rustic Pine Flooring
Rustic Pine Flooring™ is available in a clear Natural or a rich, Early American stain. There are no UV inhibitors used in the coating so the flooring will age and mellow over time, building on its character year over year. For maximum protection, multiple coats of finish are applied which are of a very durable nature and will withstand many years of wear. Rustic Pine Flooring™ is available in 5-1/2”, 7-1/2” or 9-1/2” widths. Any one width can be ordered exclusively, or combination of widths. Pieces come in random lengths from 6’ long to 10’ long. All ends are End Matched (tongue & groove). Rustic Pine Flooring™ is ideal for cottages and chalets or anywhere else a “rustic” look is desired. View it on the web by going to the Ready Pine website.Please note that we also stock unfinished 1x6 pine flooring.
Wood Floor Underlayments
Superseal All in one
All-In-One is a moisture barrier and thermal break subfloor membrane. It's economically priced, highly versatile and comes in consumer friendly roll sizes.
You can view a video of installation techniques at the SuperSeal site.
The first step to warm comfortable basement flooring is BARRICADE™ Modular Subfloor: The insulated subfloor panel system that is specifically designed to cover concrete floors and provide warmth from real insulation.
BARRICADE™ basement flooring saves, protects and preserves your home. Improved basement flooring not only creates a nicer living space for you and your family, it also gives your home an advantage in the competitive housing market. BARRICADE™ basement flooring:
- Saves on installation time
- Saves money with lower energy costs
- Protects against air infiltration and temperature extreme
- Protects against moisture and mold damage
- Preserves a comfortable basement living environment
Employing 30 years of proven technology, OvrX has developed basement flooring with their special 'X-grooved, insulated panels for the Barricade™ subfloor system. It is the solution to cold basement flooring and provides a comfortable basement living environment.
The BARRICADE™ wall and floor system can be installed as a system or can be installed separately. Together you get the enormous benefit of a barrier that protects your living space and furnishings against:
- Air and water vapor infiltration
- Water flow from foundation leaks, sump pump failures and burst pipes
- Extreme hot and cold temperature transfer through walls and basement flooring
Installing BARRICADE™ under your basement flooring will protect your investment and improve your basement living space. We have these panels in stock. Visit the OvrX site.
Renovating your basement means comfort, protection and peace of mind. DRIcore® is the essential step to get the job done right and protect your basement from moisture damage. DRIcore® is a subfloor with a patented moisture barrier that keeps your family warm and dry. The simple, do-it-yourself solution insulates your basement, protecting furniture, flooring and electronics from potential damage. DRIcore® also promotes indoor air quality by allowing your concrete to breathe, reducing the potential for mould and mildew. DRIcore® is fast and easy to install and is ideal for carpet, laminate, engineered hardwood, tile and vinyl.
We have these panels in stock. Visit the DriCore site.