Blog written by Quality Red Tag Floors in Edmonton
Free consultation and quotes
We will visit your home or building site to measure and learn more about your project. From there, we will give a free onsite quote so you have an idea of how much your new flooring project will cost. We’ll also give you some suggestions so you get the most out of your home renovation.
We break down our quotes line for line, highlighting every detail. You won’t have to worry about hidden costs or surprises on the final bill. Then you can make an informed decision when choosing between our quote and our competitors.
Get out there and talk to a few flooring companies and get a few estimates. You’ll see the difference between services offered, product details, installation costs, and so on. If you don’t see these details, you won’t know if you’re getting a competitive price or not. If you are given an estimate that is just a lump sum without the details, it’s difficult to compare it to another company’s quote.
Comparing detailed quotes from different companies
If you do end up with a few detailed estimates, it’s important to know that every company will quote differently. Some quotes will be base rates, and not include some or all of the installation. For example, it might not include floor leveling or any prep work. This extra job can run up the bill fast, so it’s important to know about everything that is included and the additional costs too.
If you don’t ask questions of the company regarding your estimate, you might be surprised with some added costs. A good flooring estimator will include ALL costs included, and even let you know about some costs that are not included so you’re not shocked with the bill. Then you can make the best decision for your situation.
A company that is transparent and honest with all the details upfront, is probably the company you want to do business with.
You want a quality, durable product
Everyone wants durable flooring. It’s one of the most common selling features customers ask about when shopping for flooring. At Quality Red Tag Floors, we will give you the most information possible about the durability, maintenance requirements, and lifespan of any flooring product.
Comparing Laminate Flooring Products
When shopping for laminate flooring, look for water resistance, density, thickness, and AC rating.
There are lots of laminate products out there. Some of them are good, and some are not. Density can be the difference between a quality laminate and a cheaper product. It impacts how well the flooring is held together. A denser core will give stronger joints and a more durable floor. It also makes it more soundproof so it doesn’t sound hollow when listening to someone walk on it on an upper level. For water resistance, look for laminate products that have wax infusion into the locking system. If you need scratch resistance, look for a higher AC rating.
Comparing Vinyl Flooring Products
Vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of styles and products. All have different methods for installation and some last longer than others. When you visit our showroom, ask us about the different vinyl products available so we can share the advantages and disadvantages of each. The main things you want to know about laminate are:
How thick is the wear layer? This layer will protect the print (faux wood grains or natural stone-looking vinyl). A thinner layer will wear faster and won’t last as long. Some vinyl wear layer is just 6mm while others are 20mm plus. It’s important to know where your chosen vinyl stands in this regard.
How thick is it and how thick do you want it to be? We recommend sticking to vinyl flooring products that are at least 4mm or thicker. Ideally, a 6.5mm thickness is best for stability in the locking system and a floating floor install. Keep an eye on thickness.
Consider the locking system. For an easier install, look for a form of drop lock around 2g or 5g.
What is the core material made of? This will help determine the overall durability of the flooring and is essential when making your choice.
Comparing Hardwood Flooring Products
You’ll be comparing different species of hardwood. Different species will all look different, cost different, and have varying maintenance requirements.
When it comes to thickness, look for something at least 3/4″ thick.
What kind of finish do you want? Options usually include an oil finish, urethane, or an aluminum oxide protective UV cured finish. While this impacts the look slightly, it will make the biggest difference when it comes to maintaining the floor as well as the cost. We can share more about this when you come in.
How wide do you want the boards? Hardwood flooring products come in a range of thicknesses.
What grade of wood is it? This is a major comparison factor. The grade will determine the variety of acceptable colours, planks, knots in the wood, and other features.
Comparing Engineered Hardwood Flooring Products
When comparing engineered hardwood, one of the most important factors to consider is the thickness of the wood veneer layer on the core material. A thinner layer will mean you won’t be able to refinish the floor or refinish it as many times, as a thicker layer. If you want to get the most out of your floor, opt for the thicker layer of hardwood. You should also consider the thickness of the product overall.
What is the core material that the veneer is built onto? Options usually include MDF or plywood, and plywood is the best choice. It’s more durable, will last longer, and is more water-resistant than MDF. Consider how thick the core composite layer is as well. It might have more than one layer.
What type of plywood core material is it? Cold press or hot press? Cold press is more expensive, but a more stable option.
Where did the wood come from? If the product is from North America, how will it stand up to dryness and humidity?
What about accessories?
When you install flooring, there might be matching accessories needed to complete the job. Ask the company if they are included. If you need to order them, when will they arrive and how much will they cost?
If you’re shopping for flooring at a big box store, you might find a smoking deal! Then later, you might discover you’ve bought a flooring product that has been discontinued and not everything you need to complete the job is in stock anymore. If you have to make special orders for things like nosing or transition pieces, you might end up spending more than flooring that wasn’t on sale. Before buying anything, make sure all the accessories are in stock and readily available.
Get advice from a professional
When you work with Quality Red Tag Floors, you’ll get the help and education needed to make the best selection for your home, lifestyle, and budget. We are more interested in you, the customer than just making a sale. Our professional advice is always free, and we’re happy to answer all your questions. We don’t want you to feel pushed to buy from us, we just want you to get the best products for the project.