Kitchen Flooring 101: Durability and Affordability

The first question you need to address is why are you currently opting for a kitchen reno? The most common reasons for this are a lack of space, reduced functionality or an outdated look.  The type of flooring you choose is the one of the most important parts of remodeling your kitchen because… let’s face it… the floor is visible pretty much everywhere!

The first step you should take to ensure that you select the right flooring is to think of “durability”. Do you have young children or large dogs that spend time inside? Do you prefer a natural look or does an all white house appeal to you?

The next aspect you should consider is the price. Hardwood floors – while timeless and beautiful – can be a rather expensive option while vinyl flooring for instance, can be a relatively inexpensive option.

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Natural flooring options

Wood is a unique and renewable material. Trees absorb carbon during their growing cycle, and this carbon remains stored in products like wood flooring during its service life. Wood itself is considered to be hypoallergenic. Reclaimed wood is also used for wood flooring.

 Bamboo flooring is made from a fast-growing renewable “timber” (bamboo is actually a grass). It is natural anti-bacterial, water-resistant and extremely durable.  Bamboo has become a fashionable décor choice and Andersens have a wide range to choose from.

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Last Minute Flooring Options for Christmas

It is time for Christmas and the relatives are coming over.  Everything is culminating to a magical day of family, fun and festivities then you look at your flooring and you know that it is well beyond time that it should be upgraded.  So what can you do with so little time before Christmas?

The answer is simple, you give Andersens a call.

With Andersens, you don’t even have to take the time to come to one of our showrooms.  Our showroom can come to you.  Our showroom on wheels can bring to your home a range of flooring options for you to view.

Just give us a call and book an appointment for a day that is convenient for you and a friendly professional sales representative can come to your house and show you product samples in various types and colours.  They will discuss with you the best options to meet your needs and match your existing decor and will be able to tell you what they have in stock and give you the fastest options.  Those options could range from carpet which you will be able to roll out immediately, cork tiles which are super fast to install, or perhaps vinyl flooring for wet areas.  No matter what your taste and no matter what your needs, Andersens’ can get to you, show you your options, and get the job done quickly.  Andersens massive warehouse ensures a readily available range of superior options so there is no need to wait.  After your showroom on wheels has come to your door, we will be able advise you what is in stock and what your options are.  We call this process Fast Track Flooring.  So to get what you need ASAP, give Andersens a call today on 1800 016 016 for a free measure and quote.

5 easy flooring upgrades for your home

Over time, all of the rooms in your house can look a little tired, a little outdated and a little run down.  In order to refresh your home and give it a more modern look, one of the easiest things to do is to upgrade your flooring.  Not only will it make your home look and feel great, it will also boost the value of your home!

So our top five recommendations on easy floor upgrades for your home are:

CORK

Cork is one of the latest trends in flooring and although it has been around for a long time, it still remains one of the best ways to transform a cold uninviting floor to a more modern look.  Apart from looking great, it’s also durable, feels sensational under foot, is eco-friendly and easy to install.  It is manufactured with panels that easily snap together requiring no glue or nails.  Cork is easy to clean, easy to maintain and Andersens offer a 25 year residential wear warranty on all cork tiles.  If you’ve never tried cork before, why not try it now as an easy floor upgrade option?

VINYL

Vinyl is so versatile and easy to install, that you can have an entire room completely upgraded in around 7 hours.  They come in a range of colours and patterns to suit each part of your home.  You can have your vinyl tiles looking like wood, marble, slate, or parquetry.  At Andersens, we can even customise your tiles by having your business logo or personalised design printed on them.  Vinyl is highly resilient and provides great cushioning underfoot.  There are so many options for your flooring with Vinyl that it is a smart way to reinvigorate your home to give it the new, fresh look that you’re after, no matter where in the home you want it.

CERAMIC TILES

Ceramic tiles are recommended for all your water areas like the bathroom, but they’re getting more popular to have as large tiles in all living areas as well.  Often our water areas are not given much attention and you can easily increase the value and appeal of your home by making a couple of minor changes to update them.  Updating your tiling can match the wider theme of your home or can make a personal statement.  Just like vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles are all about customisation.  They can portrait your theme or even personality in ways that other options cannot.

RUGS

One of the simplest upgrades to your flooring is to place a rug down that with a pattern that can easily give your home a more modern look.  So if you are not quite ready to change up a whole flooring area but you still want something fresh, the range of rugs available at Andersens will surprise you.

Rugs can complement your furniture, provide a small space of luxury for children to play on, or can simply lift the mood of a room.  At Andersens we have three different ranges of rugs to suit your individual needs no matter where you would like it placed in your house.  Our Satin shag range gives a room warmth and sophistication, the Sunny shag range gives a room super soft comfort and the Galaxy shag range gives a fresh new metallic look to enhance a room to match the more modern furniture and accessories.

CARPET

Carpet is our fifth easy upgrade option, and is easier to install than you think.  If your carpet is looking tired, worn out or out dated, the whole process of redoing your carpet is another easy option for you.  Come and see Andersens today and we’ll be happy to take you through all the carpet options that are available to you and explain how easy the process of upgrading will be.

Don’t wait any longer, if you’d like to discuss your options and browse our range of floorings to find out which one will best suit your home and budget, then come and see us today.  Giving your home that new updated look will also give you a great feeling every time you enter your house.  It can even feel as good as moving into a new home, as well as increasing the value of it.

 

Home flooring trends for 2013

If you are looking for the latest trends in flooring than this is a must read. Here are the most popular flooring options for 2013 along with their features and benefits. These options will ensure you have the most recent styling for your home.

Large Square Tiles

We are seeing more and more people turn towards the large floor tiles, sizing that comes in 12″ x 24″ and even 36″ x 36″ — as opposed to the standard 12″ x 12″ tiles. Not only do they add an entirely different look, they are easier to clean as there is less grout and they make your room appear larger than it actually is. They are however much heavier than your standard tile so it’s recommended they are placed by a professional tiler.

Cork

Cork has not only become popular for its amazing insulating properties, it is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Most people when they think of cork, think they have to stick to the champagne colour but these days you have a much larger colour palette available. Another positive sell point is that cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. Downside, it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight so be selective as to which room you use cork.

Bamboo

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colours and styles. They say Bamboo is harder than most hardwood when dried can be highly engineered to suit every day wear and tear. Bamboo is offered in many styles that mimic the look of classic hardwood. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood can look stunning in the right home match with the right décor. The new factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber. One positive factor of Reclaimed Wood is that is can stand up to moisture fluctuations better than any wood flooring that is finished onsite.

Carpet

Carpet these days we are seeing far fewer shag piles and friezes and more patterned carpets.— Softer fibres are being used for more comfort and luxury and huge improvements have been made to improve the quality, colour choices and warranty to not only the carpets but the underlay itself. Not to mention they non stain properties and allergy/Asthma free variations.

Vinyl

People don’t put the term luxury with the word Vinyl, they think about that peel-and-stick stuff people used to install for a quick and cheap flooring option. The truth is that some versions are now on par with the high end flooring when it comes to look. Not only can you now het the hardwood look, you can get the look of stone, or tiles. Some are so realistic that until you touch it, you would not know. Vinyl can be a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Concrete

Concrete, very popular for offices, showrooms and modern homes. It is trendy, sleek and durable and with a polished finish can look a million dollars. A multitude of colours are available, not to mention the textures and finishes, and can be very affordable if you already have existing concrete in place. On the downside, comfort does not come into play, it is the flooring for fashion and can be quite hard to walk on.

For more information contact Andersens Flooring.

Putting the Spring back in your step! Spring cleaning tips for your floors…

One of the parts of the house that needs a lot of attention during spring cleaning (yet is often forgotten) is your flooring. Whether you have a timber, a carpeted, a vinyl or a ceramic floor, one thing is sure – this is where most of the dust and dirt gets stuck. Because of this, cleaning the floor requires attention and patience, and of course, a little bit of technique 🙂

First things first: use a broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove the loose dust and dirt away. Once you are done, you may proceed with wiping the floor to clean it further and shine it up. However, keep in mind that there are various types of flooring, it is important that you know the more effective way to clean your type of flooring.

Timber floors can either be natural unsealed or sealed. The best and most practical way to clean your wooden floor is by using natural products such as linseed oil for unsealed wooden floors, and white vinegar and vegetable oil for sealed floors. Simply put the oil on a rag and let it soak for three minutes before mopping it up.

 

On the other hand, more effort is needed if you have a ceramic floor. Most often, this is the type that is the hardest to maintain. Hence, ceramic floors must be cleaned regularly (not just during spring cleaning!). To clean, soak the rug in warm water before scrubbing the floor. To thoroughly remove the mould and mildew, you would need to exert more effort in scrubbing.

 

You probably have vinyl flooring in your kitchen and bathroom. This is the easiest of all types of flooring. You can easily mop it, first with wet rug, and then with a dry rug. To keep it shiny, you may make use of acrylic polish.

 

Finally, if you have carpeted flooring, the most important thing you should have is a vacuum cleaner. After vacuum, use water to remove stains, or use other cleaning solutions in case the water is ineffective.

 

So are you ready to clean your floor? Make sure that you keep in mind the basic tips on how to effectively tidy your floor whether it’s spring cleaning or just about any cleaning day.

If you’re looking for a carpet cleaning service, or looking for a completely new look and feel floor, why not come visit our website at www.andersens.com.au.