Hardwood

Is hardwood or laminate flooring right for your home?

Info to help you make a decision about flooring options

So you’ve determined that you want a clean, finished, “woody” look. That’s a great first step. Now what? Choosing between hardwood and laminate.

Auugh . . . more decisions!!!

Like with many home design decisions, selecting flooring that works best for your home and lifestyle can be made easier by looking at some pros and cons. Here are a few things to consider when comparing hardwood and laminate flooring.

Advantages and disadvantages of laminate flooring

Laminate flooring typically is designed to imitate the look of wood but is in fact a multi-layer synthetic. Its core layer is manufactured primarily from melamine resin and fiber board with a top layer that’s an imprinted textured image made to look like real wood.

Over the years, laminate flooring has come a long way. It’s more durable and better-looking than ever, and affordability remains its most appealing aspect. Because of its strength, most laminate is very resistant to scratching, fading, staining and moisture. It’s also quick and fairly easy to install. And in terms of maintenance, laminate flooring is a breeze.

However, like any manufactured synthetic product, laminate is not as eco-friendly as a natural wood product both in terms of production and eventual disposal. And its life expectancy tops out at about 20 years.

Pros and cons of hardwood flooring

Obviously, the look and feel of real wood flooring is something that has no comparison. Wood adds value to any home, and its price reflects that fact. Unlike laminate, each piece of wood is one of a kind, so your floor’s grain patterns will be unique.

Installation and finishing can be more time-consuming and some maintenance is typically required every few years, but over time it has excellent longevity. And, opposed to laminate, spot repairs and refinishing are easily dealt with.

Deciding between hardwood and laminate? Talk to the experts at Comox Valley Floor Centre

Both laminate and natural wood flooring are available in a wide range of styles, finishes and price points. Depending on which rooms you are considering, and your particular housing situation, one option may be more suited to your home and lifestyle than another. Kids and pets, high-traffic areas, transition or retirement home – there are plenty of things to keep in mind!

Our experts will help you decide what works best for you and can make sure the installation proceeds smoothly. At Comox Valley Floor Centre, we carry the largest selection of stylish and affordable flooring options on the Island.

Come by our Courtenay location and we can discuss all your residential and commercial flooring needs. Or just give us a call at 250-897-1166 and we can set up your free in-home estimate. Let us help you create the look you want.

Smart Floors: TORLYS Eco-Smart Flooring

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TORLYS produces more than just laminate and vinyl, but there’s something special about their manufactured product. TORLYS Smart Floors come in a variety of materials, but they all have one thing in common: an especially high ecological and health standard. TORLYS Smart Floor laminate uses patented Uniclic joints that eliminate the need for chemical glues, nails and creates virtually no dust. There are no VOCs and meets the California (Section 01350) indoor air quality standards (one of the toughest in the world). Smart Floors even contribute LEED credits in new construction.

Smart Floors are just another way that TORLYS has upped the standard of sustainability over and above their Reduced Footprint Mandate. To find out more about their huge selection of Smart Floors, come down to our showroom at 2920 A Moray Ave. in Courtenay.

Canadian-Made: Laurentian Hardwood

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Laurentian Hardwood is manufactured by Canada’s leading flooring company, Shnier. This beautiful flooring is created specifically for Canada’s climate using our own domestic species. As a company with a long-standing history in Canada, Shnier works hard to maintain an inclusive corporate culture that promotes the well-being of its employees. The result is a group of people who create a high-quality product that they are proud to see in your home.

To find out more about our Canadian-made hardwood flooring products, come down to our showroom at 2920 A Moray Ave. in Courtenay.

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Comox Valley Floors has Val Thorens Alder by Antique Impressions

Inspired by the chalets and mountain villas of the French Alps, the Belleville Plank Collection is an expression of centuries-old charm. Antique Impressions’ hand selects superior quality boards of rustic red alder and transform them into uniquely textured masterpieces.

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Val Thorens is a rich charcoal brown with a gorgeous subtle texture and patina that works perfectly in both traditional Victorian and rustic spaces. Each plank is artistically hand textured, and the bevels of every board are hand chiseled.

Perfect for installation above, on, or below grade is a premium rustic grade that highlights the wood’s natural characteristics and inherent rustic beauty. These beautiful planks are resilient and will improve in character over time.

At Comox Valley Floors, our friendly design experts are available to help you find what you’re looking for and offer more tips for improving your space.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay, or give us a call at 250-897-1166.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring for your home!

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Comox Valley Floors has Boardwalk Flyer by Downs

With over four generations of heritage and reliability, Downs is one of the most respected and trusted names in the flooring industry. With a reputation for superior construction, exclusive styling, and unsurpassed performance, they really knocked it out of the park with their Boardwalk Flyer maple hardwood flooring.

Downs maple hardwood flooring at Comox Valley Floors

Backed with a Five-Star rating and the best warranty in the industry, this maple hardwood flooring is available in two colour choices with a light gloss finish. Suitable for any room in your home, it’s easy to picture this stylish, durbale floor under your feet.

At Comox Valley Floors, our friendly design experts are available to help you find what you’re looking for and offer more tips for improving your space.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay, or give us a call at 250-897-1166.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring for your home!

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Comox Valley Floors has Degu laminate by Floorcraft

Meet the laminate that thinks it’s real hardwood! Floorcraft’s Degu laminate flooring‘s rich in character from cross-sawn marks to worm holes, and its light hand-scraped texturing.

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Thicker than most laminate flooring, Degu feels like hardwood and creates a warm, inviting ambiance in any home.  It’s so durable that it’s backed with an impressive warranty against wear, fading, and stains. Offered in a variety of colours, Degu is easy to picture beneath your feet. But don’t take our word for it, come see it and touch it for yourself!

At Comox Valley Floors, our friendly design experts are available to help you find what you’re looking for and offer more tips for improving your space.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay, or give us a call at 250-897-1166.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring for your home!

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Comox Valley Floors has Cannon Ball Hickory Hardwood by Downs

As one of the most respected and trusted names in the flooring industry, Downs’ reputation for superior construction, exclusive styling, and unsurpassed performance makes it a go-to brand for customers seeking a great-looking, long-lasting hardwood floor.hickory-hardwood-flooring-comox-valley-floor-centre

Every product in the Downs collection, including Cannon Ball Hickory Hardwood, receives a Five-Star rating and is backed by the best warranty in the industry.

At Comox Valley Floors, our friendly design experts are available to help you find what you’re looking for and offer more tips for improving your space.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay, or give us a call at 250-897-1166.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring for your home!

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Comox Valley Floors has Florida Arrow by Floorcraft

Available in two colour choices, Floorcraft’s Florida Arrow yellow birch hardwood is an excellent flooring choice for any room in your home.floorcraft yellow birch hardwood at comox valley floors

Constructed from quality materials for reliable performance, it also provides comfortable, versatile styling at a superb value.

At Comox Valley Floors, our friendly design experts are available to help you find what you’re looking for and offer more tips for improving your space.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay, or give us a call at 250-897-1166.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring for your home!

The 5 most cost effective flooring options for your home

Find the best flooring options for every room in your home

Flooring options for your home are plentiful. There’s something for everyone’s taste, purpose, budget, and more. But with so much to consider when replacing your existing home flooring, it can get a little overwhelming.

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Before you commit yourself to one type of flooring, it’s important to consider the cost, the benefits, the disadvantages, and the type of room. To help you navigate your way through home flooring options, and find what best suits your home, here are some of the most cost-effective flooring choices out there:

Five of the most cost effective flooring choices for your home

laminate flooring comox valley floor centreLaminate Flooring. With durability, good looks and value pricing, laminate flooring expands your decorating ideas without increasing your budget or sacrificing quality.

Constructed of four layers, laminate flooring absorbs the heavy traffic and day-to-day use of an active family, and continues to look as good as the day it was installed.

tile flooring comox valley floor centreTile Flooring. The timeless beauty and long-wearing durability of ceramic, porcelain and stone tile flooring creates a unique look that’s as practical as it is personal. With a variety of stunning tile choices, you can create endless designs throughout your home, from classic to rustic to playful and more.

Tile flooring is perfect in kitchens and bathrooms where easy care and moisture, impact and scratch resistance are essential. These properties also make it ideal for family and recreation rooms that see heavy-duty use.

vinyl flooring comox valley floor centreVinyl Flooring. Available in high-fashion designs, today’s vinyl flooring combines a luxurious appearance and cosy, foot-cushioning resilience that makes an elegant and comfortable floor covering for any room in your home.

With its easy installation, carefree maintenance, overall durability, water resistance, versatility, and value, vinyl can’t be beat.

cork flooring comox valley floor centreCork Flooring. Comfortable, eco-friendly, and unique, cork flooring’s an excellent material for your floors. Naturally resistant to mold, mildew and termites, as well as being anti-microbial and fire-resistant, cork flooring is also a safe and healthy home flooring choice.

Readily available in tiles and planks that come in many styles, colors and sizes, your cork flooring designs are endless. Plus, the pattern and color of the cork penetrates the thickness of the material, so they’re retained as your flooring wears over the years.

hardwood flooring comox valley floor centreHardwood Flooring. The natural beauty, rich character, and warmth of hardwood flooring add a classic touch and value to any home.

With its selection of styles, species of wood, and finishes, hardwood flooring’s the perfect marriage of practicality and elegance when it comes to home flooring options. Plus, advances in technology allow for flexible installations both above and below grade, as well as the prevention of bowing and shrinking in moisture prone areas.

Why choose Comox Valley Floor Centre?

At Comox Valley Floor Centre, we supply and install the largest selection of stylish and affordable flooring choices on Vancouver Island.

With a wide selection of top-quality hardwoodlaminatetilevinylcarpet, and cork flooring, we’re always stocked up and prepared to help you with your residential and commercial flooring needs.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay for a friendly consultation about colour, style and function. Or give us a call at 250-897-1166 to set up your free in-home estimate.

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Comox Valley Floors has Winslow by Spotlight Values

The Spotlight Values collection showcases a complete selection of readily available hickory hardwood flooring that will satisfy any decorating needs.

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Tested to high performance standards and backed by a solid warranty, this scraped hickory hardwood flooring comes in a variety of colours and medium gloss level.

At Comox Valley Floors, our friendly design experts are available to help you find what you’re looking for and offer more tips for improving your space.

Stop by our store at 2920 Moray Avenue in Courtenay, or give us a call at 250-897-1166.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect flooring for your home!

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