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402 48 St E
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 5T9
Canada

(306) 665-1888

Golden Touch Carpet and Design has been in business since 1990 and just recently shortened its name to gt flooring &window fashions. Whether your building a new home, doing a renovation job, or in need commercial flooring, you can turn to gt flooring for all your needs. We carry a full line of floor care products, from hardwood and laminate cleaning kits to tile and carpet cleaners.

We believe that your satisfaction is our satisfaction, so we make sure that our workmanship is top notch and you are completely happy when the job is complete. gt flooring has built it’s entire reputation on providing the best customer service in the Saskatoon marketplace. Customer referrals, repeat business and word of mouth have been the core reason we are what we are today.

From power stretched carpets to patterned hardwoods and tile, your floor will look and feel just like you imagined. We also supply custom made area rugs, all gt flooring purchases can be placed on easy payment options include Master Card, Visa, American Express and Debit. Come down and visit our large showroom filled with product samples from some of the industries leading floor manufacturers. Check out our product show case for a list of manufacturers.

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Flooring and Window Fashions Saskatoon Tips and Advice

4 Important Steps to Selecting the Right Flooring

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Choosing the perfect flooring for a room may seem complex, but with advice from experts at gt flooring it can become as simple as child’s play! Here are some simple tips to help you explain your flooring needs to our specialists when you come to the shop. 


Engineered Hardwood by Beaulieu Canada

Engineered Hardwood by Beaulieu Canada

1. Draw on outline of the room you want to install flooring in and note the following:

• Room exits – Are there exits to the outside? Are there sliding patio doors?

• Adjoining rooms – What are the types and colours of flooring in the adjoined rooms? 

• Luminosity – How much natural sunlight comes in during the day and from which direction?

• Subfloors – What is underneath the existing floor?

• Measurements – Measure the length and width of the room in inches or feet (Do not forget to include closets)

 

2. To match your floors with your home decor, bring samples of the following with you:

• Wall paint colour

• Wallpaper

• Curtains or choose some Hunter Douglas window coverings while at gt flooring

• Fabrics

• Bedding

• Furniture

• Accessories

 

Laminate by Beaulieu Canada

Laminate by Beaulieu Canada

3. Answer the following questions on Durability and Style.

Durability

• Is there light or heavy traffic in this room?

• What is the room used for?

• Do you have children or pets?

• How long do you want this flooring to last?

• Will you be installing the flooring yourself?

Style

• Do you have a certain colour in mind?

• Is there a style you’ve owned or seen that you really like?

• What’s the mood of the room? Quiet? Playful? Spacious?

• What is the lifestyle of the room? Bohemian?  Contemporary? Modern? Classic?

 

Luxury Vinyl Plank by Beaulieu Canada

Luxury Vinyl Plank by Beaulieu Canada

4. Important questions to ask the specialists at gt flooring:

Subfloor

• Describe what is under your current flooring 

and ask how this material can affect the choice 

of your new flooring?

• Will you have to remove the existing flooring?

• Will you need to lay down a new subfloor?

Warranties 

• What are the warranties on the flooring you 

want to install?

• Will the warranty be void, if I install the flooring 

myself?


Carpet by Beaulieu Canada

Carpet by Beaulieu Canada

Just a little preplanning at home with these tips will save you time in the long run and gt flooring will be able to recommend the best product to suit your tastes and lifestyle. gt flooring is your one stop shop carrying the beautiful Hunter Douglas window fashions collection to complete your look.

gt flooring a Trusted Saskatoon Member.

 


When life happens! Carpet Stains

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No carpet is stain proof, but since many are stain resistant, you have time to act. It is very important to treat your specific spill as accurately as possible. For example, a water-based substance will require a different cleaning method than an oil-based substance. We have provided manufacture recommended cleaning methods for common potential spills, so be sure to select the one that most closely matches.

Select your stain below to get specific instructions and always keep the following guidelines in mind when cleaning. Remove as much of food spills as possible by scraping the carpet gently with a spoon or a dull knife. Absorb wet spills quickly by blotting repeatedly with white paper or white cloth towels. Always blot; never rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result. When blotting, work from the outer edge in toward the center of the spot to avoid spreading the spill. Remove the stain using one of the cleaning items from the checklist below. Rinse the cleaned carpet area with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling. Absorb any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weighing them down with a heavy object. This step is necessary even when the carpet doesn't seem particularly damp.

In addition to these resources- please give us a call at (306) 665-1888. The GT flooring team is always here to help.

Alcholic Beverages

  • What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

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  • Beer

  • What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Clean dry cloths Paper towels Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours. If any stain remains after the wicking process, repeat.

Berries

  • WATER SOLUBLE STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

Blood(Dry)

  • SPECIAL WATER SOLUBLE STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

Blood(Wet)

  • SPECIAL WATER SOLUBLE STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

Butter

  • OIL-BASED STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Clean dry cloths Paper towels Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours. If any stain remains after the wicking process, do this: What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

Chewing Gum

  • FREEZE What you will need: Ice Cubes Butter Knife Solvent- Liquid, non oily, non caustic type sold for spot removal from garments. Use products for grease, oil and tar removal such as Carbona and Afta. Do not apply directly to the carpet to prevent damage. Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Clean dry cloths Paper towels Scrape or blot excess spill. Freeze with ice cubes. Shatter with a butter knife or other blunt object. Remove chips from carpet. If color remains, follow with solvent. Apply solvent to dry towel/cloth. Blot- don t rub or scrub. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until there is no longer transfer Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours. If any stain remains after the wicking process, repeat steps 9-12.

Chocolate

  • SPECIAL WATER SOLUBLE STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Clean dry cloths Paper towels Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours. If any stain remains after the wicking process, repeat.

Coffee

  • SPECIAL WATER SOLUBLE STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

Cola Drinks

  • WATER SOLUBLE STAINS What you will need: Clear dish washing detergent- mix 1/4 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup warm water. Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia solution- mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution available in drug stores) with one teaspoon undiluted, unscented clear, non sudsy, household ammonia. Mixture must be used within two hours of mixing. White vinegar Clean dry cloths Paper towels Plastic Wrap Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution to carpet using a damp cloth. Blot- do not rub or scrub If stain is removed, follow with step 5 and stop. If spot is not removed, continue with step 6. Using a fresh cloth, apply clean water to rinse, insuring that you remove all detergent residue. If spot remains, apply ammonia using a damp cloth. Blot, do not rub or scrub. Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. (for weight use a water bottle or glass baking dish) Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry until removal is complete. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a clean dry cloth only after stain is removed. Apply water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area and weight them with a heavy object such as a jug of water or glass baking dish and leave for several hours.

 

 

 

 


Pros and Cons of Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles

Keiser Istifo

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Luxury vinyl planks and tiles (LVP/LVT) are multi-layered constructions that have a relatively firm surface and a characteristic bounce. This type of flooring is manufactured to withstand high-traffic and high-moisture areas of the home. Due to its advanced print technology, luxury vinyl flooring realistically replicates the look and texture of many natural materials like hardwood, stone and ceramic. 

Pros

   • Easy to install

   • Many sizes and colours

   • Surface is easy to clean

   • Soft and warm underfoot

   • Ideal for high-traffic areas of the home

   • High moisture and humidity resistance

   • Can last 20-30 years if properly installed and maintained

   • Water and stain resistant

Cons

   • Seams can collect dirt 

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If you answer yes to the following questions  LVP/LVT may be the perfect solution for you.

   • Are you installing your flooring in a high-traffic area?

   • Are you planning on installing your floor in a wet area?

   • Do you have pets?

   • Do you have children?

   . Is your room exposed to sunlight?

Let the experts at gt flooring and window fashions help you find the perfect luxury vinyl planks or tiles for your home. They carry a large collection of top quality brands to meet your style and budget.


Get It In Writing

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gt flooring and window fashions are stepping up to the plate as a Trusted Saskatoon business along with other Trusted Saskatoon members to help out a a Saskatoon resident whose renovation went bad with an unscrupulous contractor.

We wanted to share with you important tips put together by the Canadian Home Building  Association and CMHC to help ensure you're protected and don't get burned.

Once you have found the right contractor for the job, make sure to get a proper written contract before the work begins. Never accept a verbal agreement. Never hire someone who offers to give you a "special price" if nothing is written down and you pay for the work in cash.

Professional renovation contractors always provide customers with a proper written contract. Here's why:

  • A proper contract spells out what work is to be done, when and how much it will cost. Without a contract, you have little protection from overcharging, incomplete work or excessive delays in completing the project.
  • A proper contract includes a clear warranty on the work being done. Without a contract, it can be difficult or impossible to get faulty work repaired.
  • A proper contract specifies the materials and products to be used in your project. Without a contract, you could end up with inferior materials and little recourse.
  • A proper contract includes proof that the contractor has up-to-date workers' compensation coverage and liability insurance. Without a contract, you could face enormous financial and legal costs if anyone is hurt on the job, or if there is damage to your home or neighbouring properties.
  • A proper contract includes payment holdbacks in accordance with provincial lien regulations. Without a contract, you could be held responsible if the person you hired fails to pay for materials or subcontract labour, even if you have already paid the contractor.

When you hire someone to work on your home, a proper written contract isn't an option, it's a necessity. It protects you. 

There are many experienced and reliable contractors doing business in your community. Unfortunately, there are also some "underground" operators who offer a "great price" so long as nothing is written down and you pay in cash.

Don't make the mistake of falling for the "deal" that could turn into a real nightmare, exposing you to lawsuits, financial liens or liability for workplace accidents or injuries.

A written contract should include the following:
1.  A full description of the work, including the materials and products to be used
2. Dates when the work will start and be completed
3. A clear payment schedule that lays out when and how much you will be charged and what lien holdbacks are required.
4. The contractor’s warranty detailing what is covered and for how long
5. Confirmation that the contractor has business liability coverage for your project and that required Workers’ Compensation coverage is in place
6. Don’t sign a contract unless you are satisfied that it includes all the necessary information and accurately and fully represents what you have agreed to.

 


Shaw Floors trend experts focus on design, style and colour to bring you the best in flooring.

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Gt flooring and window fashion's team stays up to date on all the trends created by the top quality manufactures they carry such as Shaw Floors. Saskatoon's finest Home Builders choose gt flooring as their supplier of choice, trusting both their quality products and workmanship. Check out  gt flooring's new showroom 402 48 St East. (corner of Faithfull and 48th) The team would be happy to discuss the latest design styles and help you find a look that just right for you.

FLOORING TRENDS

HARDWOOD, LAMINATE and RESILIENT REVOLUTION

Hardwood is moving away from the traditional oranges and reds to richer coffee colors, grays and taupes. Grays and taupes tend to represent driftwood and reclaimed wood visuals and the added texture of hardwood works great with modern, contemporary and traditional designs. We are seeing exotic wood visuals in our laminate and resilient flooring, which provide that sought after look without using any natural resources.

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CARPET COUTURE

We're seeing a definite trend toward fashion in carpet. Textures, different types of yarn systems, different colorations, patterns, tone-on-tone prints, looped carpet, tip shears anything that has interest or fashion seems to be very accepted.

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Is Carpet a good choice if I have allergies?

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Clearing The Air

Although we might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, it does have a very positive effect. Gravity causes common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their circulation in the air. Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.

Asthma and Allergies

A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms and is the best flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies.

Mold and VOC misperceptions:

When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers. Carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes. The Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Standard identifies carpet, adhesive and cushion products that meet or exceed government indoor air quality regulations and are the lowest emitting products on the market.


How do I care for my hardwood floors?

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Engineered Hardwood by Beaulieu Canada available at GT Flooring.

Engineered Hardwood by Beaulieu Canada available at GT Flooring.

Kaesir and the team at GT Flooring want to be sure your Hardwood floor looks as great as it does today, several years from now .With a few simple tips - you can ensure it does.

Initial Care

Following installation, clean with a no-rinse product made specifically for pre-finished hardwood. Remember to protect your floor if other work is not complete.

Regular maintenance 
Sweep, vacuum or dust mop regularly, as built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of your floor. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type.

 

Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head and be certain that the wheels of the vacuum do not damage the finish. Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for pre-finished hardwood floors. Frequency will depend on the amount of traffic the floor receives. Follow the cleaner instructions closely. Remove spills or liquids immediately using a soft cloth and the cleaning product recommended. Do not allow spills or liquids to remain on the floor for an extended period of time as it may cause damage to your flooring.


Preventive maintenance 
Never use other types of floor covering cleaning products (sheet vinyl, ceramic tile cleaners etc…). Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil, bleach, polishes or ammonia. Do not use products that may leave a residue allowing the floor to be slippery or sticky and causing your floor to appear dull quickly. This could also damage the flooring, leave a discolouring residue and cause swelling, warping and void the warranty.
Never use scouring powder products, steel wool or abrasives. Put fabric-faced glides (non-staining), casters or felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt. Use a dolly or protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects. Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on your flooring. It is best to pick up furniture completely to protect the flooring. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. Maintain normal interior humidity levels. The range should be between 40% and 60%. Use a humidifier and/or dehumidifier if necessary. Exposure to the sun and UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of hardwood and fabrics. This causes the stain and/or hardwood to fade and/or change colour. Rearrange rugs or furniture periodically so your hardwood ages evenly. For hardwood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.

 

 


Tired of purchasing window coverings from a catalogue?

Keiser Istifo

gt flooring has just moved to their new location at 402 48th Street West corner of 48th and Faithfull.  Unlike purchasing from a cataogue or samples we have a state of the art Hunter Douglas showroom so you can visualize how our products will transform your home. We have the latest interactive monitor that plays videos of the Alustra collection.  Joanne, a Hunter Douglas window fashion consultant for several years, has joined our team.  There are so many details to consider when selecting window coverings so gt flooring and window fashions has created a list of questions to get you started:

LIGHT CONTROL AND PRIVACY:

While light control and privacy needs can be quite different, often both can be met with the same product. What amount of light control and privacy do you need from your window coverings?

SPECIAL SHAPES AND APPLICATIONS:

Do you have special, shaped windows (for example, arches, angles or circles), skylights or sliding glass doors that need to be covered?

OPERATING SYSTEMS:

Hunter Douglas offers many options for making it easier and safer to operate your window coverings. What type of operating systems are you interested in? Standard, remote - control, child safety features.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Will your window coverings be important in helping control your energy costs?

UV PROTECTION:

Is blocking ultraviolet light (to avoid fading of your home furnishings) important to you?

TOP DOWN:

Are you interested in window coverings that stack to the bottoms allowing light and view through the top of your windows?

FUNCTIONALITY:

What functions are important to you? Filter/ block sun, insulate, provide privacy, enhance the view, provide UV protection for artwork/furnishings, accentuate the window’s size/shape, disguise the window’s size/shape, absorb noise, and ventilate.

LOCATION: Which direction does your window face?

Our team at gt window fashions looks forward to showing you around our new showroom.




With so many choices in tile where do you begin?

Keiser Istifo

Photo Source: gt flooring installation of marble in Hospital Home Lottery Home 2013.  

Photo Source: gt flooring installation of marble in Hospital Home Lottery Home 2013.

 

To help you make the right decision our flooring specialists will ask questions to determine the best product for your lifestyle.

We will explain features and benefits, making the decision process much easier.

Three key factors are: budget, wearability and maintenance.

What is your total budget including installation?

Where will the flooring be installed?

Will it be in a high traffic entrance or kitchen, or in the living room covered with an area rug? Do you have small children where spills are just a part of life. Do you have pets?

Are you willing to seal natural stone floors regularly or are you looking for a maintenance free option?

Once you have discussed your lifestyle and found a product that’s best for you gt flooring offers professional installation service with a 1year guarantee. Most of our installers have been with the company for 10 years or more and we believe our staff set us apart from the rest. gt flooring provides exceptional service right from the beginning.

Get started by visiting gt flooring, your locally owned Saskatoon Flooring store. gt flooring has just moved to their beautiful new showroom at 402 48th Street West corner of 48th and Faithfull in order to serve you better.


Buying Carpet Tips - What you should Know before you buy carpet

Keiser Istifo

You’ve decided on buying new carpet, but you want to shop smart. You already know how carpet is made and the difference between carpet styles, but what else is there to know before you buy? Lots. 

Here are some buying carpet tips to give you the upper hand on what will soon be under your feet!

Carpet Seams

Unless your room is narrower than 15 feet, you’re going to have seams. Most carpet comes in widths of 12 feet and 15 feet — and on occasion, 13 feet. The degree of visibility of your seams depends on the texture and color you choose, as well as the lighting and furniture placement in your room.

Bending

When you carpet your stairs, its backing may show on the bends. And if it’s a looped carpet, it can snag — especially at the seams or transitions. 

Nap (Pile Shading)

A carpet’s nap runs in a single direction, making pile reversal or the shading you see from a vacuum trail, completely normal for most cut pile styles. If you’re not a fan of this, window treatments and furniture placement can minimize the effect.

Quality

Let’s face it. You get what you pay for. If you want your carpet to have a great pile density and tighter twist construction (which leads to improved durability), then you’re going to want to go with a higher quality (and more expensive) product. New carpet adds value to any home, so it’s an investment worth making.

Color

Carpet covers a large part of any room, so it’s vital that you consider some basic rules when selecting its color. First off, know that once your carpet is installed, it’s going to look lighter in color than the sample you saw in the store. Don’t ask us why, that’s just the way it is — kinda like losing a sock in the dryer.

Next, recognize that color can affect the apparent size of a room. Call it a visual illusion or a trick of the light, but lighter carpet makes a room look larger and darker colors make a room look smaller and more intimate.

If you like to redecorate often or plan to move soon, go neutral. It’s much easier to imagine furniture in a room that is decorated with neutral colors.

Stains

It’s going to happen, no matter how long you hold out from sipping wine or munching on chips and salsa in your freshly carpeted room. Stain protection is an important consideration when buying carpet. Products come with various levels of protection and warranties. As the quality of a carpet increases, so does its stain protection level and warranty coverage.

Carpet Cushion

Padding or cushion is the layer of spongy material between carpet and floor. It’s the padding — not the carpet — that determines whether the carpet feels good or great under your feet.

A quality padding can help preserve a carpet’s look and can extend its life and comfort by providing tougher protection against wear and tear.

Padding is sold using quality specifications, not color specifications. The color of the sample you see in the store may not be the same color as what’s installed in your home. But as long as it feels good, who cares?!

Warranty

It’s a good idea to read the product specs and warranty coverage on the back labels of your carpet prior to purchasing. Doing so will give you the information you need to protect your investment — and eliminate any surprises down the road.

Cost

“Cost per square foot” is just one component of the overall price tag for new carpet. Ask your retailer to calculate the total cost of your floor covering project. Here’s what he or she may include beyond the cost of the carpet, itself:

  • Furniture removal/replacement
    Some retailers or installers may charge to remove (and then replace) furniture in the room to be carpeted. 
  • Demolition/disposal of old floor covering
    Unless your home is brand new, there’s probably an old floor covering that is going to need to be removed and properly disposed of. 
  • Sub-floor preparation
    Depending on its condition (after removal of the old floor covering), your subfloor may need to be prepped for carpet installation. 
  • Product delivery
    Delivering your carpet and padding may not be included in the “cost per square foot” price. 
  • Installation
    There will most likely be a “cost per square foot” or “square yard” to install your new carpet and padding. 
  • Materials required to complete the installation
    Additional materials, like adhesives, moisture barriers, stairnosings and baseboards may be required to properly install your carpet. 
  • Financing
    Many retailers offer financing as an option of payment. Be sure to check the interest rate, minimum payment due and any finance charges if you choose to pay your purchase off over time

The Specialists at gt flooring would be happy to review all these tips and help you select the best choice for you and your family.




Hardwood Flooring Styles - One little decision can lead to so many more

Keiser Istifo


One little decision can often lead to so many more. The same is true once you’ve decided on a hardwood floor. Will yours be pre-finished or unfinished? Which wood will you choose — red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory or maybe pecan? Do you want light or dark? How wide? What type of edge? And how ‘bout a nice polyurethane finish to top it off?

Relax. The best way to determine the answers to these questions is to simply evaluate your home and your lifestyle — and educate yourself on all the options.  

Are You Finished?

Pre-finished hardwood floors come ready to be installed. The hardwood boards have been sanded, stained and finished at the manufacturing plant, which often means a harder and better-protected surface with multiple coats of protectant.

Pre-finished floors offer more choices of wood and can save hours of labor and cleanup. But unfinished wood floors offer you the ability to truly customize your floor. You select the wood species. It’s then sanded and stained right in your home. With unfinished floors, you also have the opportunity to level the surface of the entire floor after it has been installed.

Pre-finished floors come with an extended factory finish warranty. Unfinished floors do not (though your installer may offer something similar).

Where’s The Floor?

Where do you plan to install your hardwood floor? There are limitations, you know — especially with ¾” thick solid wood floors, which are susceptible to moisture and therefore not a good idea for concrete slabs or basements or anyplace else where there is lots of moisture.

The installation method you choose may also determine where your floor can go. Study installation options before purchasing your floor. You may change your mind.

Go With The Grain

Hardwood styles are limited by the wood species available. Some of the more common species are red oak, white oak, maple, cherry, white ash, hickory and pecan. If you study them, you’ll find that each species has its own unique graining and texture. The graining on the boards is the result of how it was cut.

There are two cutting processes. “Sliced Cut” shows a more uniform pattern. “Rotary Cut” features a larger and bolder pattern.

What’s Your Favorite Color?

Once you’ve chosen your species of hardwood, it’s time to select your color and finish. When choosing a colour, consider coordinating or contrasting with your furniture and cabinetry. Darker woods feel a bit more formal, which lighter, natural colours feel more casual.

When it comes to finish, lower gloss levels are best suited for active rooms because matte finishes help minimize the appearance of scratches and dirt. High gloss like piano finishes may be best for a more formal room — the kind mom forbid you and the pets to play in.

The Cinderella Complex

We all have visions of Cinderella, sitting there on the floor scrubbing away while her little mice friends sing in high-pitched merriment. Thankfully, the era of having to scrub and wax your hardwood floors is gone — and good riddance.

Manufacturers of pre-finished wood floors have developed sophisticated techniques to apply durable urethane-based finishes at the factory.

By using ultraviolet lights, factories can apply several coats of urethane within minutes. As a result, pre-finished hardwood floors have become more affordable and easier to maintain.

Hardwood floor manufacturers have also begun adding small chips Aluminum Oxide directly to the floor’s finish, dramatically increasing the lifespan of the urethane finish.

Don’t Forget Your Coat(ing)

Pre-finished hardwood floors typically come with 6 to 10 coats of ultra-violet (UV) cured urethane applied to their surface. Try asking your installer to duplicate this process on an unfinished floor. You’ve probably never heard such a hearty laugh.

That’s why most builders, retailers and installers are promoting pre-finished hardwood floors. Installation can take as little as a day and maintenance is a breeze.

Pre-finished hardwood floors come with a variety of finishes:

  • UV-cured 
    1. Factory finishes are cured with Ultraviolet lights instead of heat.
  • Polyurethane
    1. A transparent and durable finish applied as a wear layer.
  • Acrylic-urethane
    1. A variation on Polyurethane with similar benefits.
  • Hardwood
    1. Advanced technology used to increase the abrasion resistance of the wear layer.
  • Aluminum Oxide
    1. Often added to the urethane finish to increase abrasion resistance.
  • Acrylic Impregnated
    1. Traditional wood floors that have been injected with high-strength acrylics for added durability against dents, dings and damage.

On-the-Job Finishing

If you choose an unfinished hardwood floor, maybe because you need to match an existing trim, then a job-site finish is your only option. In this scenario, you begin with a bare floor that is sanded, stained and finished right before your eyes (if you decide to watch, of course).

The advantage of a job-site finish is that you can customize the heights between planks (to ensure they’re even), the color and the placement. The disadvantage is the mess — and the fact that the process can take several days!

Job-site finishing methods include:

  • Water Based Urethane
    1. Water is added to the chemical composition of the polyurethane finish.
  • Solvent Based Urethane
    1. Oil is added to the chemical composition of the polyurethane finish.
  • Moisture Cured Urethane
    1. Similar to solvent based urethanes, but requires humidity in the air to cure.

Which Width is Which?

Hardwood floors come in various widths. Narrower boards are referred to as “strips” and wider boards are referred to as “planks.” It’s important to consider that the width you choose will greatly affect the visual impact of your room.

Narrow strips will expand the look and feel of a room, while wider planks can make a larger room feel more intimate.

Get Over the Edge

You can select either a beveled edge or a square edge for your hardwood floors. Today, most manufacturers refer to their beveled edge as an “eased edge” because the tapered edge has been reduced dramatically from the old fashioned grooved edges.

Beveled edges do serve a purpose, however. Manufacturers can produce beveled edge planks faster than square edge planks, which lowers their production costs — a savings they can pass on to the buyer. In addition, a beveled edge floor can be more forgiving when installed over irregular subfloors and uneven plank heights won’t abut each other — a situation called “overwood.”

In a nutshell:

Square Edge -Edges of all strips or planks meet squarely, creating a uniform smooth surface that blends the floor together from board to board. The result is a contemporary and formal look.

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Beveled Edge - Strips or planks with a very distinctive groove, as seen in an informal or country décor. Urethane finishes allow these edges to be completely sealed, allowing dirt to be easily swept or vacuumed out of the grooves.

Eased Edge - Each board is slightly beveled to help hide minor irregularities, including uneven plank heights. Bevel may be added to length as well as joints. Also called “Microbeveled Edge.”

There are so many things to consider when choosing Hardwood Flooring, but rest assured the Specialists at gt flooring will walk you through the entire process.

 


Good in Grey

unINK Creative

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Everyone knows this colour is a major player in the design field. Grey can land anywhere on the colour spectrum from cool and light to dark and deep, making it a hue that can stand on its own or influence other colours in a room.

On the lighter, cooler side of things, the colour grey goes by names like Silver Mist, White Stone, Cement, or Platinum. These cooler grey tones work well as a grounding color to lighter pastels, making the whole look less sugary sweet. Mixed with mid-toned shades, grey adds weight and a contemporary feeling. Mixed with deeper toned colours, cool grey becomes more of a neutral background color, almost disappearing as it steps aside for the deeper colors to take center stage.

The warmer, deeper greys work great with more saturated colours. Pewter, Steel Wool, Stormy Grey, and Charcoal Grey are common names for colors in this deeper toned category. I recently saw a fabric that used a combination of dark grey, emerald green, and sunny yellow. The grey again became the neutral colour, but added a richness that a beige colour wouldn't have been able to.

We also see grey used to make colours more complex. For example, take the colour beige, add grey, and you'll get a delightful chameleon color that might look taupey or beige/grey (otherwise known as greige). It all depends on what you put with it. This range of colours is what I call transitional colors, and they work well in hallways and spaces where you are transitioning from one living area to another. Think of them like a bridge connecting one space to another, where each might have totally different colour schemes going on. These more complex grey tones help neutralize without being bland or boring.

Grey is also a wonderful colour metalized—think of the shine of silver or plated silver. In this instance, grey becomes more formal because of its sheen. It's the same for platinum designed accessories mixed with crystal. They are the height of elegance and formality. Pewter is another color in the grey family that can add appeal. It is warmer than silver, but also more casual, which means it can dress down a room but still add some visual interest with its subtle sheen. Grey accessories like mercury glass are another way to bring this colour into your home. I love the glow of mercury glass candleholders and the various shapes that are created from the light.

Have you noticed the influence of grey on wood tones? From the furniture market to the window covering industry, lighter wood tones take a cue from the colour grey. The look isn't an all-over grey finish, but leans more toward an artisan look with some veins or slats that are grayer, while some others might be more beige. This multi-toned approach has more variety to it across all sorts of wood tones, and is a bit more palatable than the look of black painted furniture, which can be quite stark. With the exception of dark woods (like mahogany or cherry), grey is making itself well known.

With the popularity of nickel and stainless steel in lighting, tile, appliances, and accessories, I don't believe grey is going anywhere anytime soon.

Hunter Douglas has more than 50 shades of grey available to you. A few of my favorites include Pirouette® window shadings, which have Starlight, Pagoda, and Cosmopolitan, all of which are wonderful, beautiful greys. For Alustra® Silhouette® window shadings, there are Champagne Shine and Silver Reflections shades—both possessing an undertone of grey and are available with Silver Reflections hardware. Sit back and listen to the compliments flow!

Stop into the GT Flooring and Window Fashions to see the Full Hunter Douglas Collection.


Floor Maintenance

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"Maintaining the beauty of your Floor. "

 

Your Lauzon floor is designed for optimal durability and ease of care — there’s very little you have to do to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment! Here are a few tips to help preserve the beauty of your new flooring:

• It is recommended that you keep the relative humidity of your home at the following levels, this will ensure a healthy environment for your wood floor.
Solid Hardwood – 35-55% humidity
Engineered Hardwood – 35-65% humidity

• Furniture legs and wheels can scratch and gouge your wood floor, use protective tabs under furniture legs such as chairs, sofas and tables. When moving heavy objects, for example a refrigerator, put a blanket or rug underneath and slide the object.

• Door mats or rugs at all entry points can significantly reduce the amount of dirt and moisture being tracked into the house onto your wood floor. Also place rugs or mats in areas where water is used such as sinks, tubs, dishwashers, etc.

• Sweep and vacuum your floor regularly then clean your floor with  Quality Care products available for wood floors. Never pour liquid cleaner directly on your floor.

• Do not wash your floor with a wet mop; use a mop with a cloth cover. Clean up all spills immediately.

• Never use wax, oil-based detergents or other domestic cleaners other than recommended products for wood floors. These products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film making your floor slippery and hard to clean.

 

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