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Self-Levelling Compound- What is it?

On a daily basis, Ethical Flooring is applying self-levelling compound to project sites before the installation our the clients new hardwood, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, laminate, cork and Marmoleum. Our friends from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-leveling_concrete) have helped out below with some information which clients may find helpful

Self-leveling concrete is polymer-modified cement that has high flow characteristics and, in contrast to traditional concrete, does not require the addition of excessive amounts of water for placement. Self-leveling concrete is typically used to create a flat and smooth surface with a compressive strength similar to or higher than that of traditional concrete prior to installing interior floor coverings. Self-leveling concrete has increased in popularity as the degree of flatness and smoothness required for floor covering products has increased, with vinyl goods becoming thinner and floor tiles becoming larger, for example.

The term self-leveling was coined in the United States by ARDEX, Inc. in 1978 in reference to their first self-leveling product, ARDEX K 15 Premium Self-Leveling Concrete Underlayment. The term was used to differentiate it from traditional concrete, which is typically stiffer and requires more labor to get it into place and finish with a trowel.
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In the category of self-leveling concrete there are two main groups of materials: underlayments and toppings. Underlayments are installed over an existing subfloor to smooth it out and correct any surface irregularities prior to the installation of all types of floor coverings, including sheet vinyl, vinyl composition tile (VCT), wood, ceramic tile and carpet. Toppings perform a similar function but act as the actual finished floor without the need for a floor covering. Some typical applications for concrete toppings include warehouse floors, light industrial applications, retail stores and institutional facilities. Concrete toppings can also receive pigmented color dyes, stains, saw cuts or mechanical polishing to produce a decorative concrete finished wear surface.
When self-leveling concrete is poured, it has a viscosity similar to pancake batter. A gauge rake is used to move it into place without spreading it too thin. The finishing is then done by lightly breaking the surface tension of the product using a tool called a smoother. The polymers in the self-leveling mix keep the viscosity of the product such that it remains uniform in composition from top to bottom without the sand aggregates sinking to the bottom of the installed layer. The typical installation thickness of these products is about 0.25 inches to ensure there is enough mass present for the material to flow, although some self-leveling products now exist that can be installed at an average thickness of only 0.125 inches.

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Our Once-A-Year No GST Sale!

Are you looking to find quality hardwood, carpet, linoleum, cork, laminate or vinyl planking locally in North Vancouver? Do you want a brand-name floor from the likes of Mirage, Kentwood, Kardean, Mannington, Masland and Northern Wide Plank installed in your home? Then now is the time to take advantage of our once-a-year No GST Sale! Sales are a special-event at Ethical Flooring, so if you are thinking about flooring now is the time to take advantage. Click on the banner on the home-page to sign-up for your promo code.

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Masland Fine Wool Carpets

Ethical Flooring is extremely pleased to have recently added Masland wool carpets to our collection. Please visit our showroom in North Vancouver  or Masland’s website to see the best of what nature has made.

http://www.maslandcarpets.com/forms/products.aspx?FiberType=Wool

Masland Carpets and Rugs was founded in Pennsylvania in 1866 and still today boasts of its heritage as the leading carpet manufacturer in the United States. Since 1866, Masland has insisted that its carpets and rugs maintain the highest quality. The tradition of manufacturing quality products has been practiced for 150 years and continues to be practiced today.

Masland’s manufacturing and distribution plants measure over one million square feet. The facility has state of the art technology insuring quality throughout the manufacturing process. The distribution center has capabilities of storing 20,000 rolls of carpet and the rug facility manufactures all rug designs ensuring quality control and production.Today, Masland is recognized as the styling leader and producer of new original products for the marketplace. Masland products exemplify originality, innovative construction and color treatment as well as lasting beauty.

Masland Carpets and Rugs has come a long way since 1866 and will continue to make a difference in the floor covering industry. In addition to its’ superior product, Masland offers an outstanding customer service program. The company takes pride in its associates and continues to grow. Masland continues to play, what it hopes is, a constructive part in the history of its industry and community – realizing that history is only a foundation upon which to build.

Please see the video below to meet one of the farmer’s who supplies wool to Masland and other manufacturers in the wool industry. 

 

 

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Northern Wide Plank Hardwood

Ethical Flooring is exceptionally proud to be the exclusive dealer in North and West Vancouver of Northern Wide Plank engineered hardwood floors. When you are ready for luxury hardwood flooring made in Canada and Europe, offered at attainable prices, then you are ready for Northern Wide Plank. The options available are almost endless; from select grade white oak floors with boards lengths up to 12′ to genuine reclaimed hardwoods made from torn-down barns, Northern Wide Plank offers it all. Learn more about the company below:

The spaces we inhabit are more than places to live, work and play. They shape our experiences, exemplify our inner esthetic and affect our well being every single day. At Northern Wide Plank our goal is to create the very finest products that have a positive effect on the world and spaces we live in. Our exclusive wood flooring and wall surfaces are at the cutting edge of design and craftsmanship. Transform any design, from residential to commercial, into truly inspirational spaces with any one of Northern’s naturally stunning collections.

Our expertise started in a small wood shop in Toronto nearly 30 years ago. Our growth moved us to Schomberg, ON, a beautiful location with 3 buildings situated on 14 acres. Although surrounded by rolling fields and historical barns, our manufacturing facilities incorporate the latest in advanced production technologies to keep our products on the cutting edge of craftsmanship and quality. Our growth, like our products, is rooted in staying true to our core values; craftsmanship, integrity, exceptional quality and outstanding customer care. Experience Northern’s exclusive collection of wide plank flooring for yourself.

www.northernwideplank.ca

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Mirage Hardwood- Proudly Made in Canada

Ethical Flooring is proud to be the North Shore’s exclusive retailer of Mirage Hardwood floors. Mirage is 100% made in Canada and widely regarded as one of the finest floors available on the market. When you are ready for a floor of distinctive quality, look no further than Mirage

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Mannington Adura Max

Looking for one of the toughest, most well-built vinyl plank floors on the market? Then you need to check out Adura Max from Mannington! We have the entire display in our showroom, with samples you can take home.  When you are here, ask to feel one of the planks as they come out of the box. You will be impressed by its heft and quality construction; especially when compared to some of the other WPC products on the market. Check out the video below for more information, or stop by our showroom at 11-2270 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver.

 

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Kentwood- The “Safe” Engineered Hardwood

Ethical Flooring in North Vancouver has always been proud to be a partner with Kentwood hardwood floors. Their styles are awesome, the quality is great and the pricing is fair. We are even more excited now that they are guaranteeing that their product is Section 01350 compliant. Please see the neat video below for more information; but suffice to say you can be sure that when you purchase a Kentwood hardwood floor you will not be negatively affecting the indoor air quality of your home. Good job Kentwood!

 

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Healthy Synthetic Carpet?

In the past, if you wanted a “healthy” carpet, your only real choice was wool.  Now, wool is a great fiber but it is not always in everyone’s budget or appropriate for everyone’s lifestyle.

What if there was a synthetic carpet that was naturally stain-proof, well-priced and also OEKO-TEX certified to be free of harmful chemicals? The good news is that there is! It is called SmartStrand Forever Clean by Mohawk. Check out the video below and stop by our North Vancouver showroom located at 110-2270 Dollarton Highway to find out more.