Things you need to know about home design

We just received a boatload of new copies of FloorsFirst magazine.

KIM MECKLER

We just received a boatload of new copies of FloorsFirst magazine.

This is a special issue stuffed full of helpful hints regarding preparing for, installing of and caring for your flooring.

For anyone renovating or building this is a must have guidebook to give you the 101 on everything from carpet underlay to hardwood. Fascinating tips await you such as: – When installing hardwood make sure the room is the correct temperature and relative humidity in accordance with manufacturers’ directions.

– Floating laminate or hardwood cannot be installed in a room over 30’ wide without an expansion gap (which means a nasty transition moulding).

– Unroll a carpet and allow it to ‘relax’ before installing. Perhaps some soothing music.

– Finish other renovations before flooring, especially painting. Allowing paint to dry and cure is a good idea even if there are touch-ups required.

Sometimes adding a whole room of paint can drastically raise the humidity level in a room and have an effect on your flooring.

– If you are choosing a thicker carpet, you may need to cut down the bottom of your interior doors.

– Underlayment is available for every type of flooring, the higher the quality of underlayment the more satisfied you will be with your installation.

– Many tile patterns made today employ inkjet technology, yes just like your printer.

– The higher the quality in most tiles and laminate the more realistic and sharper the visual will be. Higher priced tiles use four to five colours on their patterns whereas lower priced products usually only have two to three.

– Do not use ammonia or vinegar to clean your tile as it may discolour your grout.

– Wear resistance on laminate is more important than thickness. Look for the AC rating which stands for Abrasion Coefficient. Laminates are rated from one to five.

If a laminate does not reveal its rating, it must be hiding something.

– In Alberta if you want a hardwood wider than 3” it is recommended you switch to an engineered hardwood because of our dry climate.

– Many carpets now come with stain blocking and anti-microbial properties which help prevent odours in your carpet from bacteria growth.

– Most cork, hardwood and clay tile are cured outside.

– Cork is built like a complex honeycomb and contains the ingredient Suberin which is a waxy substance that is naturally resistant to insects, fire and water.

– Cork is naturally resistant to mould and mildew, does not absorb dust and is one of the easiest floors to keep clean as it does not absorb dust.

Didn’t I promise you it would be fascinating? Become master of your own destiny and skilfully versed in your own renovation project.

Many questions have been raised and more will continue to be answered as you move forward with your renovation project. Knowledge is power and power is your new tool you will need to buy to get this project done.

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

Just Posted

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer at 169 active cases of COVID-19

Province set to move into Stage 2 of reopening Thursday

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Grade 12 students at Wetaskiwin Composite High School took place in the annual water fight off school property on June 11, 2021. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Graduating students in Wetaskiwin throw water fight after being told it could result in suspension

Students were told their participation could result in them being barred from graduation ceremonies.

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Most Read