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How to Install Laminate Floor

Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Person installing Laminate floors

Laminate floors installation

Well, any of the remodeling projects might turn up to be an expensive as well as a time consuming process. But, when it comes for redoing your floors, it doesn’t have to be. You can simply have the advantage of saving your money by installing laminate floors as your option. It’s a DIY project and there’s no need for calling for a contractor for installing laminate floors in your home. Here are the stated steps for installing laminate floors on your own.

Things you’ll need:

  • Pry bar
  • Nails
  • Laminate flooring material
  • Duct tape
  • Safety gear
  • Hammer
  • Leveling compound
  • Spacers
  • Plastic sheeting

Process of installing laminate floors:

  • Start the process by preparing the area for installing laminate floors. It’s advisable of taking off the moldings and the baseboards off and also remove off any door installed in the room. Make the use of leveling compound for getting rid of any dips observed in your floor. And if you have installed carpet as your option in the floors, don’t forget to take off any nails or tacks fitted in it.
  • It’s the time for installing the underlay by using the method of rolling it out. If you’re planning of laying the laminates on the surface of your installed floor, first you need to put off the plastic sheeting that helps in acting like a vapor barrier before you lay the underlay.
  • Make sure you know the exact height of the new laminate floors you’re installing. The height of the laminate floors might turn up to be the difference between the door frame. It might also increase the chances that you might need to modify the door frame.
  • If not, make sure that you cut in the flooring jamb perfectly that the door can easily slide in while closing or opening it. Start measuring the room and the flooring space available to you. It’s advisable of measuring it in a slant direction for knowing the exact dimensions of the floor. Make sure you’re taking both the sides with the similar width for perfect installing process.
  • Start the process by laying the first row of laminated that you bought it from the store. Make sure of grooving the sides towards the walls so that it doesn’t affect the person walking or increases the chances of peeling up in the near future. Apply the laminate on the entire floor. Use a good amount of adhesive that helps in sticking the surface of the floor in a perfect manner. After applying the adhesive, let it dry completely before you start nailing the floor. Make the use of hammer for nailing the nails perfectly in the laminate floors prepared.
  • Cut any of the laminate that seems to be extra on the surface. Use a knife, but, make sure you’re safe. Use gloves for protecting yourself from any injury. Make the use of goggles and gloves for saving yourself from any harmful injuries further while performing the process. End up the process by applying a perfect layer of finish to the surface of your floors.

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Polished Concrete

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Home having concrete flooring

Polished concrete in home

If you like glossy finish in your home, then polished concrete is the best material for you to opt for. However polished concrete is not worth the glossy finish, it has a lot more to offer. You will be amazed if you see the features and benefits of polished concrete. If you are considering polished concrete to be installed in your home, then you must check out its advantages, you will be totally flabbergasted. However it also has some drawbacks also to have to ponder upon. Top help you out make a wise and informed decision, here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of polished concrete.

Benefits

  • Budget friendly

The costing of polished concrete depends upon its complexity but on general grounds it will cost just 2$ per square foot. The maximum costing of polished concrete can go up to 304 per square foot. Majority of the installations are very much cost effective. It would be quite budge friendly if you are having a current concrete slab which is prepared for polishing, staining or installation of any decorative overlay or coating. Polished concrete’s budget friendly feature not only comes at the time of installation but it remains for the lifetime. This is because there will not be any need of replacement unless and until you are bored of your existing look. Even the maintenance issues with polished concrete are quite low.

  • Long lasting

Polished concrete is highly durable materials and it is prone to manage high foot traffic very easily and effectively. It can also manage heavy equipment’s and weights also properly. Damaging polished concrete is not easy and chipping and breaking is not at all possible. Now this would definitely attract you for installing polished concrete in your home. The longevity of polished concrete is approximately 100 or more years if it is installed, maintained and sealed properly. Even when the surrounding is very harsh, polished concrete can manage to last for that long. This will be lot higher than other floor coverings. You will not have to remove damaged surface or repair the one or not have any issues of replacing them.

  • Absence of VOC

All other floor coverings like hardwood flooring, synthetic carpet and vinyl carpet has harmful VOC (volatile organic compounds) present in them which is not the case with polished concrete.

Drawbacks

  • Very cold

One of the major drawbacks of polished concrete is that they are not good with retaining heat very well. This means that your floor will remain cold during winters. If you are residing in cold area, it’s not advisable to opt for polished concrete. If you are opting for polished concrete in cold weather then you will have higher energy bills.

  • Loud

If you have polished concrete floor in your home, you have to be ready for the noise as its surface is very loud. It is just like natural stone flooring, ceramic tile or bamboo floors, all of them are very noisy.

Tips To Clean Laminate Floor

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Cleaning laminate floors

Mopping laminate floors

Laminate floor are great for your home. However any good thing should be maintained to make it long lasting in your home. Same is the case with laminate floor also. The basic thing you need to do for caring for your laminate floor is to clean it regularly. Cleaning laminate floor regularly will help to prevent scratch or save it from getting warped. The general cleaning by sweep and dry mop would be sufficient for laminate floor. You must also go for intense cleaning at some point of time. Intense cleaning involves using mild cleaners and warm water. Apart from this, here are some of the ways you can use for cleaning laminate floor efficiently.

  • Sweep laminate floor regularly

Everyday dirt should be removed from the floor. Use dry dust mop on the laminate floor and clean up all the dust, dirt and debris from the floor. However laminate floor is basically scratch resistant but still if there is excess amount of hair, debris and dirt on the floor then it can cause the floor to get scratched if these all are allowed to stay on the floor for a long period of time. However if you are not intending to use dry dust mop, you can also go for using vacuum or soft brush attachment. While sweeping try to sweep in the direction               in which tiles are laid. By doing so, you will be allowed to pick up the debris which are falling the grooves of the pieces of laminate floor.

  • Clean up the spills instantly

Whenever there are any spills on the laminate floor, it’s better to clean it up on the very moment. Take a sponge or a cloth and instantly clean any of the spills specifically if it is a liquid spill. Don’t let any liquid spill even water sit on the laminate floor for more period of time. Liquid can damage the protective layer and it can also stain the protective layer of your laminate floor. Take a dry cloth and soak the liquid in it. Make the sponge or cloth damp before you do the spot cleaning. Make sure there is no residue remaining on the floor.

  • Clean laminate floor with hot water

Cleaning laminate floor with hot water is also good idea for maintaining it. Well you don’t need fully hot water, Luke warm water will be enough. When you find that you laminate floor has got visibly dirty or muddy patches are seen, you can go for using hot water for cleaning laminate floor. However it is very important to clean laminate floor correctly with hot water or else chances are there that it can leave streaks behind and that can look really dirty. There is lowest chances of damaging the protective layer of coating installed on your laminate floor if you clean it with hot water as it is the mildest cleaner you can get for cleaning laminate floor. You can also thorough mopping if the stains are extreme stubborn otherwise soft mopping will work for cleaning laminate floor.

Types of Flooring for your Home

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Types of Flooring for your HomeWell, in accordance to my knowledge flooring is considered to be important part of your home which you need to comply with in a better manner so that it can help the home owner to get installed in a better manner and maintains its finish as it is as it was three at the time of installing it. But you might be thinking that there are different types of flooring for your home which you want to install in your home but for which type of flooring for your home is the best which you can exercise in your home? Well well, let me help you with this thing in your home because as there are varied options of list which you can get in the market for the matters of installing flooring for your home.

The further discussed things will help you in dealing with the types of flooring for your home which is available in the market for the matters of installing it in your home. There are many types of flooring for your home available in the market like laminated floors, wood floors, hardwood floors, etc. and many more of such which can help you in the matters of installing flooring for your home. This article specifies that which type of flooring for your home can be more suitable and in fact can be considered to be the best option which you can install and exercise in your home.

Types of flooring for your home

  • You might be thinking that from which flooring you must go for, for getting the best knowledge too. Than let me help you in that. Well the most common type of flooring for your home which you can install and exercise in your home is the wood flooring. Well, if you will ask me than you will be able to notice all such type of flooring on a frequent manner in all the homes because it is considered to be the common one. Well, it is well known for its beauty and the timeless installation thing for our home. Not only that but maintaining it in your home is also very easy because you just need to clean it up with the help of the solutions which are available in the market which are specially designed for cleaning the wooden flooring which is installed on your home.
  • Another option of flooring which you can install in your home like the laminated flooring which can be considered to be the better option for those home owners who are in the threat of getting their flooring messed up. For those home owners laminated floors are considered to be the best option which they can exercise in their home. There are many benefits which can help you in dealing with the installation of laminated flooring for your home. as the upper surface of the floor is being laminated the possibility of getting it worst or stained is very less and it will thus help the home owners to get it done with the installing of flooring for your home.

How To Choose Floor Tiles

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Floor TilesBeautiful flooring can enhance the look of the decor of your house but there are certain things that you need to keep in mind while choosing the tile. The rooms are used for different purposes and so the flooring you choose also should be based on that. Some rooms are exposed to a lot of moisture such as the laundry room or the bathroom, or some rooms that are very frequently used. You can take advice on the tiles that you choose for getting rewarding results.

Determining the kind of room you wish to tile: you need to know which room you want to tile and the amount it is used. The durability of the tile flooring is a major factor when selecting the tile. The tiles come in a range where there are the ones that are least durable to some better than that and the ones that are most durable. There might also be other factors about the room that you might want to keep in mind such as the ease of cleaning the room. You should be aware of how many times you can clean the tiles and how often you will have to replace it. The room might be small and dark and so you should choose a tile that is light in color so that the room looks bigger.

Deciding the kind of tile you want: whether you want it to be concrete, brick, cork, ceramic, mosaic, glass, peel and stick, Terra cotta, porcelain is the question. The material you choose is dependent on a lot of factors. The need of the room being moisture resistant, to be non-slippery, water resistant or any other specifications. There are other things also that you need to take into consideration. The proneness of the tile to the extreme heat or cold is an important factor to choose the kind of tile you will choose. The ease of maintenance, and also how quickly and easily a new person can lay down the tiles.

Color and pattern of the tile: tiles come in a lot of different colors and patterns. However not all types of tiles are available in all colors. This might be a determinant that affects the choice of your tile. The ceramic type of tiles usually come only in solid colors and designs while the others are available only in specific patterns. These may eliminate some of the tiles that you might be considering.

Size of the tile: the standard size of the tiles are 12 inches by 12 inches. But even smaller sizes are available if you want. You need to determine the size that you want. The choices are pretty less if you want to use small tiles say around 10 inches by 10 inches or 8 inches by 8 inches.

Estimating a budget: determine the amount you want to spend for your tile flooring. It can be a very big limitation when you do not have much money in hand. You can always look out for sales, discounts and deals that can fit in with your requirements.

So, choose the tile for your house based on all of the above decisions.

5 tips to maintain your wooden flooring

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

wooden flooringYour wooden flooring is the sheen of your home, echoing the magnificent classy taste of the homeowner. However, the wooden floorings are little sensitive and demand good maintenance. There are several considerations to mind when it comes to wooden floor care.

Daily cleaning

You must clean up your wooden floor everyday. The wood surface is prone to scratches easily and the regular dirt-dust deposition on the floor can lead to an unsightly scratched surface if not cleaned timely. Use a broom with soft bristle to ensure a gentle sweep on the floor. Vacuuming, at least once or twice a week, is vital as well to scoop out the dirt from the farthest corner of your floor. Make sure to vacuum with a brush attachment. Never wear shoes on the wooden floor as the dirt & dust from beneath the shoes will affect the wooden surface.

Avoid water

You must avoid water on your wooden flooring as water is harmful for the longevity of the wood. So, do not delay to wipe off any spill on the flooring and even if you mop, make sure to dry it up faster. Given the sensitive nature of wooden surface, it’s advised that you use special hardwood compatible cleaners only.

Avoid sunlight

It may look wonderful to experience warm sunlight filling your room promising a bright sunny day but the situation won’t be that vibrant if you have got wooden floor. Sunrays are harsh for a wooden surface and hence you have to avoid letting the sunbeam touch your floor. Get shear curtains on your windows so that the rays do not fall directly on your floor & you are not deprived of the light as well.

Be careful with the furniture

When it comes to wooden flooring you have to be really careful with the furniture selection and placement. In regards o furniture selection, you cannot buy anything running on wheels- wheels running on your wooden floor would result in the most unwanted unsightly scratches. Then, in regards to furniture placement, you have to get felt pads underneath the heavy furniture stands so that these do not fall heavily on the floor- to avoid dents and cracks. Try to get light furnishing for the room with wooden flooring.

Timely polish

The wooden flooring is greatly revered for its glossy sheen but the luster tends to fade away with time. Hence it’s necessary that you take to a timely polish annually to restore the fading glam quotient of the floor forever.

How to restore antique floors

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Floor maintenance, flooringIf you have an old home and you have antique flooring on it, then it’s but natural that with time, like everything else, the floor would age as well. It would need repairing. If you want to restore the quality and beauty and the aesthetic value of the flooring, then you must start the repairing and restoration work as soon as you see damage. If you have wooden floors, you should check where the damage is and change the plank if necessary. Strip the wax first and get rid of splinters before you start. Fill in gaps with small pieces of timber of the same type and wax the area for a smooth finish.

If you have marble floors, perhaps you can change the slab. You can put in extra polish on it after the repair work is done. Floor wax works fine on such surfaces. With the new shine and newly repair work, your antique floor will look as good as new.

Kids room flooring option: is carpeting a good idea

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Kids room flooring, kid's roomAre you concerned about the best flooring option for your child’s room? Well, if you are, here is some advice. Carpeting is a very good option for flooring of children’s rooms and installing carpet in your child’s room is a good idea.

You have to understand that kids are messy and the carpets you install in your little boy’s name will get dirty and will suffer a lot of wear and tear. Therefore, you must opt for carpet materials that are relatively durable. Some of the most popular fabrics of carpeting are nylon, wool, polyester and olefin. Nylon is a resistant fiber and you can opt for it. Olefin is durable but it can show the stains. If budget is not an issue for you, you can opt for wool carpeting. As for the color, you must choose a medium shade, solid color. Some of the best hues are brown, blue and beige.

What flooring options to pick for a contemporary look?

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

flooring option for home, flooring Boring flooring options are passé. If you want to do something different, contemporary flooring is the way to go. If you want something different but at the same time want to play it safe, contemporary wood floors may be the best bet for you. For this you will first have to determine whether you want hard wood or soft wood and then consider the grain patterns of the wood. After that you need to decide on the inlay style of the floor; you can opt for floral, medallion or geometric patterns.

If you want to go all out then dimension flooring is a good option for you. It has an abstract design and digital process is used to determine the lines on the floor. You can also choose the concrete art design in which stark concrete base and some light designs are juxtaposed. Other options include reso floor, floris wood flooring, glass tile floor, woven vinyl flooring and puzzle floor.

 

Tips to install glass floor tiles

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Glass tiles give a very classy and elegant look to the floors. So, if you were thinking of doing something different to your floors, glass tiles can be the best bet for you. Here are some tips that will help you to install glass tiles. First, you will have to measure the area of your floor. This will give you an idea of how many glass tiles you will need; it will also give you an idea about the area that you need to work on.

Secondly the glass tiles will have to be measured and cut. For cutting small glass tiles you can use a tile cutter and for bigger tiles you can use wet saw. Thirdly, you will have to apply mortar on the floor and on the back of the glass tiles. You will have to then place the tiles on the floors with spacers in between. Let the tiles dry overnight.