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Trusted Regina flooring store examines some modern natural wood flooring options for your home

Various types of natural wood flooring are trending today or were trending in the past. So if you are wondering if your favourite wood flooring will ' age well'  our latest Regina flooring article should help you make that decision!  

Is Natural Wood Flooring a Good Option for Your Home?


Do you love Dark Wood Floors?

Dark wood floors are still in style and very popular in new builds. You’ll see shades and tones such as, Espresso, or dark walnut installed in many homes. However, one drawback of these floors is that they will make your room look smaller. Also, another problem is every scratch and dust particle is visible on these floors so they don’t ever look perfectly clean. 

If you have pets or young kids...perhaps these shades aren't the best choice for your lifestyle.  

Light Wood Floors your thing? 

For years, light wood floors were considered old fashioned. However, this is not the case anymore as so many homeowners have started installing light shaded wood floors in their home.

 Among different shades of light wood floors, blonde wood floors have become most popular.

It is because these floors offer endless decorating possibilities and are essentially a blank canvas. Another good thing about light wood floors is that they make your room look more spacious. 

Considering all these benefits, it is very likely that light wood floors will become a trend-turned classic in the years to come.

Dream About Whitewashed Wood Floors?

Whitewashed wood floors make your room look brighter and bigger, and if you are looking for a contemporary look this is a great start!   

These floors are becoming increasingly popular in kitchens and farmhouse style homes.

However, a drawback of these floors is that if the dark wood starts peeking out from underneath, it will somewhat ruin the whitewashed floor’s look. To prevent this be aware that it may not be the best choice for high traffic locations ( such as hallways or near main entrance doors)  - also pets claws and small kids toys may not be a good match! 

Desiring Honey Wood Floors?

This wood shade is just slightly darker than the popular blonde wood. 

As suggested by the name, it is a warm, rich honey wood floor shade that gives a cozy look to your rooms. 

These floors make your rooms look bigger and more open, just like blonde wood floors, but they also add warmth and coziness to them. Another benefit of these floors is that they’re available in many popular wood species. Honey is a natural color so it is very easy to find. 

Honey floors are a classic - so they are ALWAYS going to be in style. 


Trusted Tip How to hire a local qualified contractor for your Regina home improvement or renovation project.

As homeowners we all wonder what questions to ask a contractor to avoid a potentially horrible situation.  We have all heard  nightmare stories of home renovations gone wrong but how can anyone be sure this wont happen to them?   At Trusted Regina we believe we can help.  Trusted Regina was formed to help the public find local businesses you can TRUST.  In this article we share some of the ways we research businesses to ensure we have the best local contractors.  Giving you peace of mind knowing you have hired someone you can TRUST to do the job right.  

 

Requesting proof of insurance is one of the first steps in searching for a quality and Trusted Regina contractor.  

Are they Insured ? Any good contractor should carry liability and worker’s compensation Insurance this is something you should always require a contractor to have.

Contractor Liability Insurance

This will protect you if a contractor creates damage to your home, neighboring properties or injury to a third party that may occur during the renovation.  Ask to see a Certificate of Insurance; it should state the name and address of the contractor, the amount of general liability, including coverage for bodily injury and property damage, and the effective and expiry dates of the policy as well as the date of issue of the certificate.  Once you know the contractors liability coverage take it to your Insurance provider to ensure you are fully covered during the renovation as a renovation may require you to increase your coverage for a period of time.   

Workers Compensation

Except for single-person companies, Contractors are required by law to pay WCB premiums on behalf of their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Hiring a contractor that is not in compliance makes YOU the homeowner the project manager and liable for ANY injuries occurred during the renovation. Request a letter of good standing to ensure their premiums are paid up.  

Ask for references 

When anyone applies for a job they are required to provide references.  Why should a contractor be any different!  At Trusted we ask for so many references it's borderline obscene... it is A LOT and we call them all!. We don't anticipate you calling the number we do but we do think it is always a good idea to request references and that you call them.  Typed references or letters of recommendation are ok but a voice and a person are always best. 

There are two types of references you should request.

Client References:

Gaining a list of people who have used there service is extremely helpful and an indication of the amount of jobs they have done.  Asking if they did a good job is not always a good indication of the quality of their work and dedication to customer service.  Dig deeper. here are some suggested questions. - How did you find the contractor? how many jobs have they done for you?  Would you hire them again?  Would you recommend them to a family member? Did they finish the job on time?  Did they charge you the price quoted?  We have the 5 Trusted Guarantees and all of our contractors have to uphold them these are only some of the questions we ask. 

Supplier references

Though not always foolproof, supplier references are very important and help give some insight as to weather or not the contractor pays it's suppliers on time.  Which may in turn help you protect yourself from creditor liabilities.  Builders lien's are something you should know about and try to avoid!.  Here is a great article on how to avoid a builders lien.  

Check their online rating and memberships 

Another way to check and see if a contractor is worth hiring it to check sources like Trusted Regina to see if they have been put through a process of ensuring that they are who they claim to be. This is also are a very strong indicator of a company's commitment to professionalism. You should also search to see if any complaints have been made about them online and how they dealt with those complaints.  From time to time mistakes can happen.  But it is how a company deals with those mistakes that can show a great deal about how they would deal with you.  

Experience, education and certification 

Trade licencing requirements 

A contractor should easily be able to tell you how long they have been in business and have a valid business licence.  Beyond that there are other things you should ask.  Depending on the type of work you want done there are licencing requirements for different trades in Saskatchewan.  Ensuring that each trade has the proper licencing can prevent major issues down the line.  In Saskatchewan there are four compulsory apprenticeship trades. Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration Mechanic and Sheet Metal Worker. To work in a compulsory apprenticeship trade you must have a journey person certificate or be registered as an apprentice with the SATCC. If one of the trades your contractor has working on your project claims to be a professional in this area ask for their certification. 

Ask for Examples of their work

Most contractors have tons of images of work they have done in the past.  See examples of their work can give you a good indication of the type of work they can do.  We do caution you however that sometimes that though they may be very lovely images you can't always be sure of the quality of the underlying work!

More info...

We hope this article helps you find the right contractor for your renovation project. We always hope you choose one of our Trusted Regina Contractors for any of your projects.   

If you are looking for more information about hiring a contractor we have several other articles that can help steer you in the right direction.




Trusted Regina Bathroom share a tip on choosing a kitchen sink

Choosing a kitchen sink 

When choosing a kitchen sink, design, size and type of installation are all very important.If you are renovating, it is helpful if you take a couple of measurements inside your cabinet with the width and depth of the cabinet that will be accommodating the sink. If you bring those measurements along to your consultation with our Kitchen & Bath Classics expert they will help you choose your perfect sink. If planning new cabinets, we can work with your cabinet designer to match the size needed. Blanco has a number of options available to choose from, with sinks made from Stainless Steel, Siligranite and Fireclay.

The Blanco stainless steel sinks are 18 gage and have a wide variety of sizes and styles to choose from. The Blanco Attika sink with Steelart design, has a special elevated rim, making it a trendsetter showcasing popular architectural designs. The Blanco Practika laundry sink is an interesting undermount sink that has an integrated washboard for scrubbing.

The Blanco Siligranite sinks have a composite with 80% granite within them, creating a scratch and stain resistant sink. New colours available like Truffle and Cinder, introduce designer colours into your kitchen design. The Blanco Diamond with a low divide is a large sink with a lower centre divider allowing it to be used as both a single and a double sink. At Kitchen & Bath Classics we have many Blanco sinks on display so you can see the new colours and designs.

The Blanco Fireclay sink design is an undermount with an apron front, perfect with Granite, Quartz or other solid surface countertops.

Experts will need to know what type of countertop you are planning to use, whether laminate, granite, quartz or other solid surface tops, so we can suggest a drop-in or under mount option for your sink.

Blanco also has a variety of Kitchen and Prep faucets to choose from in both chrome and stainless finishes with some featuring accents to coordinate with Siligranite colours.

 

 

 

 

 

Trusted Regina Bathroom store tip on Insinkerator Waste Disposal Systems

 

 

Convenience and Innovation all in one

An environmentally responsible solution to your food waste management is an Insinkerator Waste Disposal. Today’s disposals only use about 1% or less of a household’s total water consumption and electrical usage. You can add a waste disposal to any new kitchen design or renovation; you just need to add the electrical requirements.

Insinkerator waste disposals. The Dura-Drive Induction motor uses centrifugal force to spin the waste against a grind ring and break it down into fine particles. We also have septic safe disposers, such as the model Evolution Septic Assist.

 

The Evolution Excel features the Sound Seal Plus noise reduction technology. This results in 60% less noise than a standard disposal. The MultiGrind Plus allows for more types of food waste with its three stage grind system. With its powerful 1 hp motor you can dispose of most of your food waste.

The Evolution Compact is great for homes with less cabinet space underneath. It is a ¾ hp disposal, more compact in size than the 1 hp models. This disposal works in a renovation or new construction, keeping in mind you need to add the electrical supply.

 

If mounting your disposal on a sink on an island, we suggest a separate button control to mount on the countertop so you don’t have to mount it on the side of the island.

We know that your time is precious and if you want a cup of tea now, or near boiling water to get those potatoes started, we can help you get that more instantly. With an Insinkerator Instant Hot Water Dispenser you will have 200F, near boiling hot water at your fingertips and more time to relax and put those feet up. The tank holds up to 60 cups of hot water and yet uses less energy than a 40 watt light bulb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trusted Regina Bathroom store tip on Bain Ultra tubs

 

Bain Ultra tubs:

 

At the end of the day everyone wants to relax and what better way than to retreat into your bath and lose yourself in Bain Ultra’s therapies designed to wash away your worries.

 

We also have the Vedana multi-therapy on display so you and our Expert staff can meet and they will help you choose the perfect tub for you and your space.

Bain Ultra offers soaker tubs and the option of a ThermoMasseur massage system included in the tub. Some of the soaker tubs have an option of a Warm Touch Shell, of- as a therapy. The ThermoMasseur system offers a multiple massage technique of Hydro-thermo massage and acupressure, resulting in a personal massage at home anytime you desire.

 

Aromatherapy is the addition of essential oils to enhance physical and physiological well-being. Chromatherapy uses coloured lights to heal, improve your mood, wake you up, or stimulate your senses.

The Aroma Cloud experience can be used with or without essential oils, and when over your water like a mountain fog, bringing the essential oils along with it. 

The Vedana offers several therapies for your home and can be installed in a shower space or mounted on the wall in your bathroom, with electrical requirements as needed. Thermo-therapy, which uses dry heat, increases the body temperature and to eliminate toxins and relax your sore muscles.

 

The Bain Ultra Vedana also has light therapy which helps to regulate the production of melatonin and serotonin. Ten minutes daily can really make a difference in your energy level, great for those long dark winters we have when you are longing for a little sunshine.

 

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