Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile?

Tile terminology can be confusing. Most types of tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials, then kiln-fired, are considered to be a part of the larger classification called “Ceramic Tiles”. These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles by themselves, separate from porcelain tiles.

There are aesthetic looks and various performances in some types of tile that you can’t achieve with other types of tile. So it isn’t that one type of tile is better than another, but rather they are different and one may be more suitable for one application versus another.

Harwood vs. Laminate?

There are benefits and drawbacks to both hardwoods and laminate flooring. Hardwood floors can be scratched, but scratches are pretty easy to repair. If a laminate floor is scratched or tears, it is not very easily repaired.

Where a hardwood floor can be sanded to remove imperfections, the same is not true with laminate floors. Laminate flooring companies do make touch-up and chip repair kits as well as offer plank replacement. With hardwoods, though, a simple light sanding may do the trick. If you have pets or foresee a lot of scratching and scuffing in your floor’s future, hardwoods may be a better option than laminate.

Can I have solid 3/4″ hardwood glued to concrete?

You’ll find some retailers will say yes. However, those that have dealt exclusively in hardwood flooring for some time will say no. In recent times some of the big box stores and adhesive manufacturers have been advocating this procedure. Only time will tell if it’s a viable procedure, but it’s safe to find an alternative.

What are some of the things that should be taken into consideration when buying carpet?

The following questions are important factors you should consider when deciding to install carpet in your living space.

* What style, color, and type of carpet fiber do you prefer?
* What kind of carpet cushion do you need?
* How is the room going to be used?
* Is there light or heavy room traffic in the room?
* Is there direct access from outside?
* Do you have indoor pets?
* Do you have stairs?
* Is it a small room or a large room?
* What are the lighting conditions in the room?

Is any carpet mold and mildew resistant?

Most synthetic carpet fibers are mold and mildew resistant such as polyester, nylon, polyester, acrylic, and triexta. Regardless, if moisture reaches between the carpet and the subfloor, where it sits for an extended period of time, mold can grow and cause issues.

How should I clean my carpet?

Vacuum carpet regularly with a HEPA vacuum and schedule periodic professional cleanings by a professional who uses the hot water extraction method every 12–18 months as recommended by your manufacturer. To remove a spill or stain from carpet between professional cleanings, use water with a white towel or cloth. Blot the stain (do not rub as it will disfigure the tips of the yarn) until it dissipates, then place a dry, white towel or cloth on top of the area and apply pressure on the area to draw out remaining moisture.

What are some good floors for house pets?

Depending on your pet’s needs, you may need to choose a more durable floor surface. Floor types made from woody materials such as hardwood, bamboo and laminate, are available with higher–strength surfaces, while stone and tile are frequently favored for their unmatched durability. You may also want to consider resilient flooring such as linoleum and vinyl. There are many floor options to choose from; it’s worth learning the differences so you can determine which one is right for your pet, your taste, and your lifestyle.

What are your Payment Options?

Atlas Flooring requires 50% down-payment to get a job started & 50% upon completion.  Payment is accepted via cheque, cash & all major credit cards (Discover, Amex, Mastercard & Visa).