This is the time of the year when we all look forward to spending some time at the cottage, cabin, lake, vacation property, whatever you call it, you’ve been counting the days and the last thing you want to worry about it cleaning once you get there.

Our goal here today is to talk about some flooring options that will keep your summer destination location, clean and tidy with minimal effort.

Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind while you are making your selection.  There are so many options and choices.

Carpet is very warm and cozy, but needs to be vacuumed on an ongoing basis, and who wants that chore while you are on vacation!  It can also be difficult to remove stains including those from little hands and frozen treats J  Carpet can be appropriate for areas where a little extra warmth is appreciate like a bedroom.

Hardwood is the most common product consumers are drawn to when it comes to cottages. The rustic, traditional feel that comes from real wood results in frequent opening queries from consumers. Keep in mind, hardwood can crack with the changes in temperature and humidity. Certain hardwoods can scratch easily in high traffic areas especially in areas where sand or gravel may be present.

Ceramics are a great option for durability however the grouts can also expand and contract with temperature changes resulting in cracking.

Laminate flooring is one of the most affordable products on the market today. Depending on the application, the locking system and quality, laminate can be the answer to all your wants and needs. Some laminate performs well in temperature changes and can be exposed to direct light.  They do not excel in areas where moisture is present and humidity can be an issue. For this reason, leaving a space around the perimeter of the room is essential.

Laminate is also very durable, being more scratch and dent resistant than other type of flooring like hardwood.

Vinyl plank is a new addition to the flooring covering family. It is waterproof, durable, and has a number of patterns and looks including wood and stone.  The only limitation on a vinyl plank floor is dramatic temperature changes. New technology is evolving daily and most recently there are some products being introduced that can handle some expansion and contraction that occurs with temperature changes.

What’s left you ask?  Good ‘ol vinyl!

Just like vintage records, sheet vinyl flooring is coming back with dynamic new looks and colour patterns giving your floors the illusion of wood, stone and other interesting and creative graphics and patterns!

Before you make your purchase remember an investment in the product at the start, will eliminate repairs down the road. Your vacation time should be relaxing and not taxed with chores!  You want to have a quality floor that will keep looking beautiful over the years with minimal upkeep.

Drop into Jenkins – The Flooring People in Dauphin and Brandon to discuss the vinyl flooring options that are available for your three season cottage! We are always here to offer advice and suggestions to make your flooring purchase effortless from start to finish!

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