What is Flooring?

Flooring is the general term for a permanent covering of a floor, or for the work of installing such a floor covering. Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface. Both terms are used interchangeably but floor covering refers more to loose-laid materials.

The floor is the largest surface in the home or workplace and picking the best type of flooring for your space depends on your budget, lifestyle and personal tastes. Each type has its unique benefits, and determining which flooring is best depends on each room’s (kitchen, bathroom, living room, hall and corridor) needs and location. Popular flooring options include hardwood, laminate, waterproof, engineered flooring materials, vinyl tile, vinyl plank, mosaic, stone, carpet and carpet tile.

Flooring materials

The choice of materials for floor covering is affected by factors such as cost, endurance, noise insulation, comfort, and cleaning effort. Some types of flooring must not be installed below grade, including laminate and hardwood due to potential damage from moisture.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is extremely water-resistant and won’t sustain damage even if water sits on the surface for an extended amount of time. Composed of plastic, it’s available in plank, tile and sheet form.

Vinyl flooring is one of the easiest flooring types to maintain and is great for the messiest and heaviest trafficked areas of your home. Modern vinyl can replicate the look of many different flooring types, including hardwood. It is spill and traffic resistant and is the best flooring choice for pets.

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are two forms that have gained popularity recently because of their durability and variety of styles available. 

Vinyl flooring is a product composed of several layers of different materials sandwiched together to form a highly durable, practical and affordable floor covering. The two main types of vinyl flooring are Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) and vinyl roll. Both LVT and vinyl roll are made from the same materials, however, they’re constructed differently to produce different effects. For example the plank format is ideal to imitate natural wood.

Pros ; Good for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements, Durable, Water- and fade-resistant, DIY-friendly, Many design choices available, Easy to maintain.

Cons ; LVP and LVT is more expensive than laminate, Lower ROI than wood.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate is an affordable flooring option for homeowners who prefer an alternative to carpet but want to avoid the cost of hardwood or tiles.

The floors consist of a particleboard wood base topped by wood or tile photo beneath a clear plastic protective layer. This flooring is very DIY-friendly, and laminate offers a multitude of texture and color options. 

Laminate flooring is the perfect option for the price conscious floor shopper who still wants to impress their guests and is looking for little cleaning effort. Choose from gorgeous styles like oak laminate flooring or tile laminate to get the look that fits in with your home’s style.

Laminate is a floor covering that appears similar to hardwood but is made with a plywood or medium density fiberboard (“MDF”) core with a plastic laminate top layer. HDF laminate consists of high density fiberboard topped by one or more layers of decorative paper and a transparent protective layer. Laminate may be more durable than hardwood, but cannot be refinished like hardwood. Laminate flooring is available in many different patterns which can resemble different woods or even ceramic tile. It usually locks or taps together. Underlayment is required for laminate flooring to provide moisture and noise control.

The common installation method for laminate flooring is a floating installation, which means the floor connects to each other to form interlocked flooring system and is not attached to the sub-floor which means it is free to “float” over a variety of sub-floors. This includes existing flooring like ceramic tile and hardwood floors. It is the most versatile installation method because it can be put over any substrate that is flat.

Pros ; Inexpensive compared to wood, Easy to clean, Scratch-resistant, DIY-friendly, Many styles and colors available

Cons ; Susceptible to moisture damage, Chips easily, Does not look and feel like wood, Has a hollow sound underfoot.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring comes from a solid piece of milled wood and contains solid wood all throughout. Popular hardwood varieties include maple, oak, walnut or cherry. Its versatility and quality make it a desirable flooring option for many home buyers.

However, it’s one of the more expensive flooring materials on the market and does take regular maintenance, such as using a specialty hardwood floor cleaner once a month and applying a fresh coat of finish every three to five years, to keep them looking great. 

Hardwood Flooring: Give your home the classic hardwood look by shopping our hard wood floor selection. From solid hardwood options to cork flooring and parquet patterns, Wayfair is your one-stop-shop for all things flooring.

Pros ; Increases home value, Can be refinished multiple times, Many options available, Strong and durable

Cons ; Expensive, Can incur scrapes, scratches and dents in high-traffic areas, Susceptible to moisture damage, Not suitable for bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring offers the look of real wood at a more affordable price than solid wood. The floor features a thin layer of hardwood bonded over a high-quality plywood substrate. It’s as durable as solid hardwood flooring and can last as long with proper care.

Engineered wood flooring is a good choice for DIYers to install, which will save you money on installation costs. 

Pros ; DIY-friendly, Has real hardwood top layer, Greater resistance to moisture and water than real wood, Less likely to warp, Multiple installation methods

Cons ; Can’t be refinished more than once, Not fade-resistant, Wide variation in quality, Can sound hollow underfoot, Emits VOCs

Carpet Flooring

Carpet is a favorite flooring option for homeowners, especially in bedrooms and basements. It comes in a variety of colors, materials and textures. Carpet technology has improved over the years, and modern carpets have stain-resistant qualities. It’s also the most cost-effective flooring option on the market.

Carpet installation varies in price, depending on the type of material and thickness of the carpet padding. 

Carpet is a soft floor covering made of bound carpet fibers or stapled fibers. Carpeting refers to wall-to-wall coverage, whereas a rug is simply used to cover a space. This type of flooring is typically used indoors and can be used in both high and low traffic areas. It typically lasts for 15-18 years before it needs to be replaced. The quality of a carpet is usually measured in face weight, or how many fibers there are per square inch. The higher the face weight the more plush a carpet will feel.

Carpets come in a variety of materials including wool, nylon, olefin and polyester.

There are different types of carpet like twists, which is commonly referred to as a berber. Twist carpeting is composed of multiple twisted fibers set into the carpet backing. It is typically used in low traffic areas. Another type of carpeting is looped carpets, which are composed of looped fibers set into the carpet backing. This type of carpeting is typically used in high traffic areas as it is easy to clean.

There are four common widths for carpeting goods: 6′ wide, 12′ wide, 13’6″ wide, and 15′ wide.

Pros ; Soft and warm on feet, Visually warms up the space, Multiple colors, materials and designs available, Great for soundproofing, Stain-resistant varieties exist

Cons ; Hard to clean, Can stain, Shows wear pattern, Not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring is a popular choice for moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. The most common tile materials are ceramic or porcelain. Tile is water-resistant, durable and comes in a variety of styles and colors.

Tile Flooring; Easy to clean and even easier on the eyes, tile flooring can take your home’s style to the next level. Perfect for your entryways and kitchen, tile floors are a great option for shoppers who love the look and feel of stone.

The installation cost varies depending on the material; for instance, glazed ceramic is less expensive than porcelain tile.

Pros ; Waterproof, Durable, Long-lasting

Cons ; Expensive, Hard to install, Lot of prep work is needed before installation, Cold and slippery

Deck Tiles

Deck tiles and planks is the most appropriate outdoor floor type for decks, patios, and other outdoor entertaining areas, including outdoor kitchen/BBQ spaces. Deck tiles can be made of wood or engineered materials that are suitable for the outdoor environment: they can withstand sun, rain, and freezing temperatures as well as the heavy use that outdoor flooring is typically subjected to.

Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

Whether you are looking for carpet for the family room, vinyl plank flooring for the entryway, tile for the kitchen or hardwood floors throughout the house – we have you covered with high quality flooring options for every room. Shop 24/7 online or in store for the latest on-trend flooring styles that are just right for your home and your budget.

Flooring in the Living Area; When choosing flooring for your living area or family room, you have many options. What are you most interested in? Would you rather have flooring that’s hard or soft? Something that feels good under your feet or something that looks good and is easy to clean? With today’s flooring options, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort.

For timeless appeal in both traditional and contemporary homes, nothing stands out like beautiful hardwood floors. With proper care, hardwood floors will continue to look their best for years to come. Customers love the texture and the rich colors of solid hardwood flooring. First, determine the wood species that complements your design style. Top choices include birch, hickory, red oak and white oak flooring.

If solid hardwood floors are not in your budget, there’s always engineered hardwood flooring. What’s the difference, you ask? Engineered hardwood floors are made from layers of hardwood and plywood, while solid hardwood floors are just that – solid. Our engineered and waterproof wood flooring is strong enough to handle the high traffic of the living room and resilient enough to install in the kitchen or bath. For sophisticated design with environmental responsibility in mind, consider bamboo flooring or cork flooring. Both offer natural beauty and are easy to clean and maintain.

Another affordable, DIY-friendly option is laminate wood flooring. Laminate gives you the appearance and warmth of hardwood flooring for a fraction of the cost. Choose from a variety of colors, including gray, dark brown and tan. Waterproof laminate flooring stands up to everyday spills and resists scratches and dents.

For busy homes with children and pets, consider vinyl flooring. Now, don’t get this confused with your grandma’s vinyl flooring. Vinyl has come a long way over the years. Today’s vinyl flooring is stylish, affordable, easy to clean and simple to install. For larger areas, consider vinyl sheet flooring. In smaller rooms, or anywhere you want to make a statement, go for one of our trendy vinyl plank flooring options. Take your pick from a variety of luxury vinyl plank styles, including wood-look and stone-look flooring. Plus, with time and effort-saving features like click-lock installation, it’s clear why luxury vinyl plank has become a top choice among DIYers in recent years.

While many trends point people toward hard surface flooring, carpet remains a tried and true option, especially for living rooms and bedrooms. Who doesn’t like to step out of bed onto a nice, warm carpet or rug? And there are few things more relaxing than lounging in front of the fireplace on a plush, new carpet. If you’re looking to add some flair to your floors, check out our selection of decorative patterned carpet styles. Whatever textures and features are at the top of your list, Kaplan Flooring has you covered with plenty of soft, durable – and even pet-friendly – carpet choices in beautiful colors and styles both in-store and online.

Kitchen Flooring; When selecting the best flooring for your kitchen, you’ll want something that’s durable, versatile and easy to clean. Resilient flooring and waterproof vinyl flooring are always good choices. As an added bonus, they’re typically easy on the wallet. Remember, while it’s important to choose kitchen flooring that’s practical, there’s no reason to sacrifice style in the process.

Tile remains a classic, clean-looking, water-resistant option for many rooms, especially bathrooms and kitchens. Tile is available in a nearly endless amount of styles, patterns, sizes and colors, too. Tile is very versatile. Sure, kitchen and shower floor tiles offer the looks and performance homeowners have counted on for generations. Tile can also be used to create striking, decorative kitchen backsplashes. Note that you may wish to use different types of tile for floors than you do for a backsplash. For instance, you may want a tile with texture on the floors, while you might opt for a smooth, glass tile for your backsplash. Here’s where you can really show your creativity. Choose a timeless, white subway tile backsplash or go bold with eye-catching hexagon tiles. Add unique styling and intricate design with any of our mosaic tiles, made from stone, glass, porcelain and more. Complete your tile project with grout, grout sealer, caulk and trim.

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is another popular, easy-to-install flooring solution. Choose interlocking or peel-and-stick varieties. And talk about convenient…most LVT can be installed over existing surfaces including tile, wood, concrete and vinyl.

Area Rugs; In areas of the home that have hard surface flooring, an area rug can do a lot to warm up a space as well as lessen sound. We have rugs for every room and every need, including washable rugs for indoors and out. Greet guests with a fun, colorful welcome mat or outdoor rug. Indulge yourself in the lush softness of a sheepskin rug or add texture with a jute rug. Are you into animal prints? Make a bold statement with one of our unique cowhide rugs. With so many colors, sizes and materials to choose from, you’re sure to find the vibe you’re looking for in no time.

Flooring London really is your one-stop shop for all your flooring needs. From hardwood flooring and carpet to luxury vinyl plank, vinyl flooring and laminate flooring, we have you covered. We also offer a large selection of porch, patio and outdoor options, including artificial turf to spruce up all kinds of outdoor spaces. Transform your garage with the right garage flooring. Whether you are creating a workout space, a mancave, or using your garage to change the oil on weekends, you’ll find durable garage floor tiles, rolls and interlocking mats that you can easily install yourself.

Get Your Flooring Installed

Need help installing your flooring? Let us do it for you. Our flooring installation professionals and contractors are local, licensed, insured, and undergo a thorough background-screening process. What are you waiting for? Schedule a measure today and take the first step in getting the flooring you’ve always wanted professionally installed in your home.

Installation Made Easy: Whether it’s laminate, hardwood, vinyl, carpet, or tile, we’ll make sure your flooring installation project is stress-free and stylish. Click here for more information or to schedule a free consultation. With professional service, flexible options and extended coverage, you can sit back and enjoy your new floor with peace of mind.

Contact Kaplan flooring for all your flooring needs

Kaplan Flooring offers the best quality products, including laminates, hardwood, luxury vinyl planks, tiles, stones and carpets, to suit the budget of our esteemed customers. You can obtain traditional or modern design flooring products from our store by choosing the best brands.

Flooring London location is conveniently located at 90 Bessemer Road, London, Ontario, N6E 1R2, Canada. Kaplan Flooring in 2018 and quickly became a leading flooring company in the London, Ontario area.

Flooring London is a family business. Providing quality products and services at competitive prices with a focus on excellent service is the foundation of our success. You can visit our store or browse our website for a “customer-first” experience that you won’t find in some major retail chains in London, Ontario.