EASY PEASY FLOORING

Installing the flooring

Installing the flooring

Flooring is a major decision for any home renovation. It’s a costly item that covers a large area of your home and helps create the style and look of every room. I have thought a lot about flooring over the past year in preparation (and have written a few blog posts on the subject.) My original plan was to put a fun pattern of colourful linoleum tiles down in the kitchen and dining area, something like one of these great 1950s linoleum options.

1949 Kentile linoleum tiles.

1949 Kentile linoleum tiles.

Linoleum sounded like a good plan for flooring but when I found out you still had to periodically wax it, just like housewives of the fifties did, I decided to look into other options. And, since we opened up the main area between the kitchen, dining, living room and hallways, we also wanted something that would work well for the space as a whole and be neutral enough for the different furniture and colour accents in each room. One option would have been to do hardwood floors throughout which would have looked lovely but would be costly and I would have always been worried about it getting scratched or water damaged.

So, we decided on a vinyl plank floor that will work nicely with our ‘modern vintage’ look. The flooring is a product called Drop & Done flooring from XL Flooring. We chose a wood look with a nice mix of greys, a colour called Catalina.

Drop & Done flooring, Catalina

Drop & Done flooring, Catalina

It’s definitely not anything like the fun colourful tile patterns I first envisioned for the kitchen floor but it will work with the entire space and it was super easy to install. You only have to glue down the edges of the room and the rest of the pieces just lay nicely together (no clicking in place) creating a floating floor that looks great. We have put in a few types of flooring in our current house in the past and I’m sure my husband would agree that this flooring was the easiest to install. Installing it ourselves saved us the cost of labour which can really add up. And if a piece were ever to get damaged or you had to remove a piece for some reason, you just use a toilet plunger (I’m serious) to suction up a piece and fit a new one back in.

Super easy to install

Super easy to install

To cut pieces for the edges of a room is easy, you simply score it with a knife and then bend it to break it.

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Cutting a piece of flooring is easy

It is not as green a product as linoleum but it is made of 50% recycled vinyl and is a member of the Canada Green Building Council.

Drop and done flooring

Drop and done flooring

I think we’ll be happy with our choice for the main area of the house. It is neutral enough to work in the kitchen and dining area as well as the living room and hallways. It is soft on the feet and quiet and is a cinch to install yourself. We think it looks great!

The floor is in

The floor is in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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