Why Engineered Hardwood is the Future of Flooring in Multi-Family Housing

In January 2015, the Building Design and Construction network, the BDC, published 5 multifamily trends that were changing the way rental units are being built.

Wood panel plank texture background, image used retro vintage filter
Wood panel plank texture background, image used retro vintage filter

In the study, BDC suggests that more high-rise apartment buildings are being constructed than any other type of rental housing. The trends they say fueling this new industry growth include:

  • Affordability (without compromising quality)
  • Desire for urban lifestyle
  • More technology in-unit
  • Community amenities
  • Green Housing

 

Today, we’ll discuss why these trends could push engineered hardwood flooring as a go-to solution for multi-family complexes.

 

1)    Affordability, Meet Style

 

A pairing of affordability and style in a rental unit is becoming more of a need than a request in the market.

Engineered hardwood floors are more affordable than their solid timber counterparts, but still feature the fabulous wooden appearance that makes so many homeowners choose wood floors. Because of its affordability and luxurious appearance, we’re willing to bet more property investors will choose engineered wood during remodels and new builds in the future.

 

2)    Community Amenities

 

Renters appreciate luxury, and offering community living spaces like gyms and an outdoor pool are two ways that multi-family complexes fill the need for luxury in rental spaces. While engineered wood may not fare well in moisture-rich areas, it’s likely the most aesthetic, long lasting, and affordable flooring option for community centers and other indoor areas.

 

3)    A Healthier Option

 

There are countless studies suggesting that carpet flooring isn’t a sustainable floor covering when it comes to health. In fact, the American Lung Association has stated that carpet flooring can contribute to asthma, skin irritation, headaches, and a list of other health issues.

As a result of carpets questionable health effects from its ability to trap dust and dirt particle, which collect in the fibers of the flooring itself, it is easy to see why it is being faded out. Unlike carpet, engineered hardwood floors don’t trap dust, mold, and dust spores on the surface, creating a cleaner indoor environment over the long term.

 

4)    Easy to Install and Maintain

 

For property managers, there’s a fine line between giving your renters everything they want and maintaining a profitable investment. Because engineered hardwood is easy (and affordable) to purchase and install, it’s a budget-friendly floor covering for investors. Finally, engineered wood is easier to maintain than carpet because it doesn’t hold moisture and stains, and only needs to be swept and mopped periodically, as opposed to carpet, which should be vacuumed weekly and professionally cleaned on an annual basis.

 

Although engineered flooring doesn’t solve the need for a more urban lifestyle or a reduced impact on the planet, it’s ability to offer an affordable but easy to maintain solution makes us think that it will be one of the most popular floor coverings in luxury rental units in the future.

If you have any questions about using engineered flooring for a multi-family structure, ask our flooring experts what plank style would

4 Easy to Clean Flooring Options

Pick A Floor That Lets You Enjoy Your Life

4 Easy to Clean Flooring Options

Are you expecting new floor in your home sometime soon? Style is a huge factor in the type (and colour) of floor you end up with, but functionality is equally important. When people think of a functional floor, durability is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But it’s important to realise that no floor will last without the proper maintenance.
Nobody wants to spend hours cleaning their floor, so we’ve compiled a quick and easy list of four easy-to-clean flooring options.

Vinyl

 

Ah, vinyl. There are hundreds of colours and patterns to choose from, and as a result this floor covering has quickly become one of the most popular floor choices for kitchens, bathrooms, and rental homes. But vinyl isn’t popular thanks to looks alone! Vinyl floors can be swept, vacuumed, and mopped without worry.

What to Watch for: Not all vinyl is easy to clean. Vinyl comes in different “styles,” including a smooth surface, a tiled surface with grout lines, and a hardwood plank style that mimics the appearance of solid wood. For the lowest maintenance floor possible, pick a vinyl style without any grout lines.

Laminate

Few people know the difference between laminate flooring and vinyl. Here’s a brief explanation:
Instead of being made from flexible plastic, laminate flooring is actually a hard surface made from recycled hardwood.
Because laminate is made of wood products, it isn’t as resistant to moisture as vinyl. Clean your laminate floors with a broom, damp mop, or a beater-brush free vacuum for the best results.
What to Avoid: Because stiff bristle brushes can damage the surface of a laminate floor, try to find a soft rag to wipe up any sticky messes or stains that may accumulate on the floor.

Tile

Ah, tile. Cold and hard, it’s also extremely easy to clean. It can be mopped, swept, and vacuumed quickly. When the time comes to mop, use a combination of clean water mixed with a mild cleaning agent to pick up any persistent stains that may cling into the floor.

What to Avoid: If your floor has grout lines, avoid using bleach or ammonia as a cleaning agent as they can slowly discolor your grout over time. Although vacuums are OK to use, DO NOT use a vacuum with a beater bar – it will scratch the finish or stone of the tile.

Solid Hardwood

Are you surprised to see solid hardwood planks on our list? Arguably one of the most classic floor coverings of all time, hardwood floors are notoriously hard to install for DIYers. With a little conscious effort, however, they can also be one of the easiest to keep clean. Hardwood floors call for a barely damp mop and a broom to keep them regularly clean.
What to Avoid: Wood and water do not mix. If a spill is left sitting on your floor for too long, it can cause your planks to stain, warp, or rot. Avoid damage to your floors by soaking up any sitting water or moisture immediately.

 

With the right maintenance routine and a little TLC, any of the floors above can serve you and your family for years to come. To keep learning about flooring and home décor, join our mailing list below!

The Benefits of Using Vinyl Flooring in Sydney

Vinyl flooring: as beautiful as timber, without the maintenance.

 

Timber flooring is gorgeous; it’s also a long-term investment that requires regular maintenance. All small spills and collections of moisture must be cleaned immediately to prevent solid timber planks from warping. When you have a busy family, indoor pets, or rental properties, it’s hard to keep track of every small spill or scratch that reaches the floor.

The Benefits of Using Vinyl Flooring in Sydney
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When you need the beauty of a timber floor without the high cost and maintenance, vinyl may be the alternative that suits every area of your home perfectly.

 

Using Vinyl Flooring in Sydney

 

Why are vinyl floors a good choice for Sydney homeowners? Let’s find out!

 

Vinyl VS. Solid Timber

 

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Unlike solid timber, vinyl flooring can be used in rooms that are on or above grade because of its resistance to moisture. Most vinyl floors won’t experience any decay or warping as long as spills are wiped up in a timely manner. This resistance to moisture means that homeowners with vinyl floors are free from the worry that their floor will warp during the humid months of the year.

 

A Climate Friendly Floor

 

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Surprisingly, vinyl is also known for its ability to regulate household temperatures during winter months, though admittedly it doesn’t hold heat as well as carpet. Regardless, vinyl’s ability to regulate temperatures year-round helps to reduce the amount of energy used on air conditioners and heaters. Because of these benefits, many flooring experts consider vinyl a “climate friendly” floor.

Once your vinyl is installed, consider adding small rugs to areas like the kitchen and bathrooms. By covering your vinyl flooring in areas prone to high moisture and spills, you can prevent an accident due to slipping.

 

Enjoy a Beautiful “Easy Clean” Home

 

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Better than lowering energy bills is minimizing the amount of cleaning you and your family members do. Thankfully, vinyl is extremely easy to clean. It can be swept, mopped, and vacuumed, and upkeep is fairly easy as sheets can be ripped up in sections and replaced one piece at a time. According to studies, vinyl is one of the most affordable, low maintenance floor coverings.

 

When Vinyl Is Too Hard Underfoot

 

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Although carpet is softer to walk on, many families choose vinyl flooring because it doesn’t retain airborne particles and is much easier to maintain and repair. To offset the trade-off of having a healthy floor versus a soft floor, homeowners may choose to install an underlay.

By adding an extra layer of support, underlays not only help to support joints, they also reduce the amount of noise that stems from foot traffic and falling objects.

If you install your vinyl flooring over a crawl space or concrete slab, a vapour barrier is recommended.

 

Many homeowners choose vinyl flooring for its affordability, easy installation, and resistance to humidity. Luxury flooring sales have spiked around the globe, as more and more homeowners find value in a long-lasting easy to maintain floor. Today’s technology makes it easy to find vinyl flooring in Sydney that mimics the appearance of solid wood almost exactly, without the hefty maintenance requirements of a solid timber floor.

If you have any questions about whether vinyl flooring would work in your homes contact us today to speak with a flooring specialist.