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Bathroom Renovations

Laminate Flooring – Choosing Flooring That Suits Your Style

The biggest advantage of laminate flooring is its toughness and durability. Irrespective of the amount of foot traffic, it can stand all the wear and tear without any scratch. In addition, laminate flooring is also resistant to stains and impacts. Unlike wood and marble, the laminate flooring does not fade when exposed to sunlight; thereby retaining its original look. Moreover, it is the easiest to install and can be conveniently done by ‘do-it-yourself enthusiasts’ in no time. It is primarily available in the form of ‘snap together flooring planks’ which can easily be installed without any need for nailing, stapling or gluing to the sub-floor.
One of the biggest assets is its resemblance to real wood. The texture and color is of such high resolution that it is difficult to differentiate whether it is real wood or laminate. Moreover, unlike wood, laminate flooring does not contract or expand. Another important advantage of is its versatility. It can be installed over any substrate, be it wood or concrete. This makes it a preferred choice for homeowners, especially those who are looking for durable flooring option. It is also an affordable flooring option, compared to its other counterparts such as marble or hardwood; which can be quite expensive.
Along with these advantages, there are certain disadvantages which do not make it an ideal flooring option. A major flaw is its susceptibility to moisture. It is made from ‘High Density Fiberboard’ (HDF) which can be damaged by moisture. On prolonged exposure to standing water the HDF breaks down and expands; the only solution to this problem is replacement. Once damaged, it is hard to repair and replacing the flooring in such cases is always an expensive option. Hence, if your house is susceptible to moisture, you need to avoid installing a laminate floor.
Another disadvantage of is that though it is recommended for “do-it-yourself enthusiasts”, it still requires some amount of skill. Along with having all the necessary instruments and skill to install it, you need to exercise some patience. The installation needs to be done properly where the initial and the final phases of installation are the most important as well as difficult. If the installation is not done properly, the place looks untidy and unappealing. It’s also tends to be quite slippery which can sometimes result in serious injuries.
Therefore, it is advisable to gain ample information before going in for it. Weighing all the pros and cons of laminate flooring will help you make a wise decision.
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Remodel Kitchen

Why Do We Choose Carpets?

Why do we choose carpets? We choose carpets for the way it feels on our feet. Carpets help keep the warmth in your house. A carpet also is nice to lie on whenever you feel like stretching out. Pets love the carpet as well. They have a big area to choose from where they want to take a nap. You can also carpet your steps if you would like.
There are many different types of carpets. You can buy cheap carpets that won’t last very long in your home. If you live alone and are not at home a lot you might want to go the cheaper route. If you have a lot of traction in your home then you will want to buy a better quality of carpet.
Carpet can be treated with scotch guard to help it stay nice looking. When you have kids or pets you will want to have that. The better quality of fabric the carpet is made out of is in the long run cheaper. It is cheaper because you will not have to replace it in a few years. The padding should be good too.
Not only is the carpet a concern but the padding is as well. The better the padding is the more comfortable the carpet. If your padding is good and your carpet is not a better quality it can still feel as if it was. The padding or the carpet should be of good quality to make it feel good on your feet.
There are plush carpets and carpets that are not. There are Berber carpets that are woven tighter than the plush ones. They also make an indoor outdoor carpet. This carpet is much thinner and woven even tighter. A lot of people purchase the green outdoor carpet that is more of a plastic type material. This is usually used on patios.
In order for you carpet to be installed properly you should not do it yourself. There are special tools for this. These tools help stretch the carpet from in towards the outside of the carpet. This keeps the carpet free from wrinkles and any lumps within the carpet. This also allows the carpet to align with the walls. Then the carpet is tacked in place using strips of tacks around the edges.
You will want to maintain the carpet by cleaning it every couple of months. This keeps your carpet looking newer. There are special products for stains and allows an easy clean up if needed. They also have deodorizer for carpets. This will keep your home smelling good. If you have pets this is something you will want to keep at hand.
Soon after the carpet is installed you will notice little shreds of carpet fiber. Don’t be alarmed, this is very common especially on the plusher ones. Your first vacuum will pick up most of the loose fiber. You may still see some after the first three to four vacuums.…