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A Guide To Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Radiant Floor Heating

If you are looking for a new and unique heating system for your home, then you might want to consider radiant floor heating. To give you a better idea of what it is, how it works, and why you might be interested, here is an introduction to the subject: What is radiant heating? While traditional heaters will warm your home up by blowing hot air through vents or space heaters, radiant floor heating heats up the floor of your house. The core concept may be millennia old, but modern radiant heating systems use pretty advanced technology. Now, since radiant heaters work by heating up your floor, there are some limitations on the installation of such systems. Limitations First of all, you can’t really install a radiant heating system on a whim. You need to be either building a room from the ground up or willing to rip out the entire current flooring. Radiant heating systems are complicated, precise webs that span the entire area of your floor. They need to be carefully laid down by professionals before the actual floor is installed on top of them. Secondly, not all types of flooring will actually work with radiant heating. The ideal flooring material is durable, yet a good conductor. You want a floor that will rapidly warm up when you turn the heating system on. To this end, you want to shoot for something like ceramic, stone, or asphalt. These hard surfaces are very good conductors and will greatly increase the efficiency of your heating system. You don’t want carpet or wood. Carpet is a poor insulator and won’t distribute the heat very evenly. Wood will actually be damaged by the heat over time, and will warp. This will ultimately change the shape and fit of your wood floor, which might make it uneven to walk on. Types There are two popular types of radiant heaters that you will probably come across. First is the electric radiant heater, which is pretty simple. An electrical current will run through the heating elements under your floor, raising the temperature of your floor as more electricity flows. Electric radiant heaters are cheap and relatively easy to install, but the price of electricity might add up in the long run. The alternative is the hydronic radiant heater, which uses a complex array of water containers beneath your floor. As the water in the floor heats, that heat will be conducted to the floor, heating your home. While these systems are much more complicated to install, they have lower operating costs. For more information on radiant heating, contact a company such...

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Installations That Last: The Best Styles, Materials And Pads For Carpets For a Child’s Room

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Installations That Last: The Best Styles, Materials And Pads For Carpets For a Child’s Room

Most parents spend a significant amount of time decorating and renovating their child’s room, so that it is safe, secure and also durable. Carpet is perhaps one of the most popular flooring options, as it acts as a cushion, is easy to maintain and is a lot more durable than other alternatives. The cost of installing carpet is relatively high. You can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $6 per yard just for labor, so it’s worthwhile to spend a little extra to make sure durable and high quality carpets are installed the first time around. The Most Durable Styles The style of the carpet refers to how the fibers are arranged. Essentially, you have four options to choose from: texture, frieze, level loop and pattern. Texture carpets have a velvety feel to them, as the looped fibers are essentially sheared right off. This style of carpet is not ideal for your child’s room because it cannot tolerate heavy wear although it is incredibly soft. Frieze carpets have lightly twisted fibers, which make them incredibly versatile and durable. This style of carpet can easily resist marks and tolerate high-traffic conditions. Level loop carpets, which have loops of the same height, are also incredibly durable and can resist years of wear and tear without showing any marks. While pattern carpets are gorgeous and are great at hiding marks, they are also not as wear resistant as frieze and level loop carpet styles. The Materials with the Longest Lifespan Not all carpets are made the same, although they may feel similar to one another. Once again, you have four options to choose from: wool, nylon, polyester and polypropylene. In general, nylon and polyester options are superior to wool and propylene options when it comes to durability. While all materials can handle high traffic conditions and are stain resistant, only nylon and polyester carpets are crush resistant.  The Right Padding for Increasing Comfort and Durability The padding underneath the carpet is just as important as the carpet itself, as it is responsible for increasing comfort and durability. There are many different types of padding offered on the market, but you should ideally choose one that has properties like total liquid blocker, airing channels and a uniform density. Make sure you feel the padding firsthand to determine how soft of a cushion it is. Conclusion The right carpet will last for years in your child’s room, and will provide the cushioning needed to lessen the effects of falls. Choose a carpet that can tolerate extreme wear, and requires very little maintenance. It’s worth spending a little more just to make sure the carpet is installed properly and is of high quality. In the long run, spending a little bit more initially to install high quality carpets will pay off. To learn more, speak with a business like Olden Paint & Fresh Look...

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Things to Ponder about Hardwood Floor Maintenance and Repair

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to Ponder about Hardwood Floor Maintenance and Repair

A hardwood floor is very easy to maintain and clean. With the proper amount of care, the flooring could maintain a brilliant look for decades. While durable, a hardwood floor is not indestructible. Scratches and serious scuffs can really mar the previously pristine look. As long as you take preventive measures, damage could be avoided. When damage occurs, call in a pro to handle the repair work. Ponder Risks to a Hardwood Floor More people will take common sense approaches to preserving their hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, things you never thought of might cause problems. If your couch or easy chair shifts when you sit up or get down, significant damage could be inflicted on the flooring over time. Putting a small rug under the furniture could provide a helpful protective buffer. Heavy items such as statues could really cause harm to a floor if they were to fall from a high bookcase. Maybe it would be best to keep statues or other heavy items no more than three feet from the ground. The Step-by-Step Fix Approach Using a do-it-yourself scratch kit to clear up any serious, deep scratches and imperfections on a hardwood floor is not advised. You might be able to dull the look of the scratches, but completely eliminating them might not be possible. A better plan entails Determining the area of the hardwood floor that must be replaced. Carefully cutting out the damaged section. Replacing the removed wooden floor. Smoothing out the edges on the new flooring for a seamless fit. These steps are really best left to experienced experts. Trying to do this job on your own and botching it could really lead to the ruination of the floor. Provide Matching Tiles Depending upon the type of hardwood selection used to lay down the floor, locating replacement tiles might not always be easy. Consider it advisable to save a few extra tiles after the completion of the original job. If you have not done so, try to purchase a few additional ones for storage. Do this even if nothing is wrong with the floor because you never know what damage could occur in the coming years. Having extra tiles makes them available to the repair service if so requested. Not having the exact hardwood style does not necessarily mean you are out of luck. The floor repair service may be able to take tiles similar to the ones in your home and stain and alter them so they look...

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3 Major Mistakes To Avoid When Laying Ceramic Tile Flooring

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Major Mistakes To Avoid When Laying Ceramic Tile Flooring

So, you’d like to install some ceramic tile at your home and to save money, you’re considering the option of installing the tile yourself. This can be a viable option if you have the right tools and experience, but if not, it’s recommended that you contact a professional tile flooring installation company. When taking on a ceramic installation project yourself, there are also some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid in order to ensure the best results: Poor Preparation Taking the time the prepare floors before laying tile down is a must. The specific steps needed to prepare a floor for ceramic tile installation will vary depending on the condition of the floors, but there’s a good chance you’ll need to patch any damage to the sub-floors, make sure that they’re completely level, and possibly even apply a primer before installing any ceramic tile. These preparation steps can be time consuming, which is why so many inexperienced DIY-ers skip past them. However, taking the time to prepare floors will help ensure proper adhesion of the ceramic tile and prevent damage (such as cracking due to a non-level floor) down the road. Using Wrong Adhesive Prices for ceramic tile adhesive can vary greatly, but when it comes to quality, you’ll get what you pay for. Therefore, it’s generally best to spend a little more on a quality adhesive that’ll stand up to the test of time. This is especially true if you’re going to be installing larger ceramic tiles, which will require a stronger adhesive than smaller ceramic tiles (such as those used on a kitchen back splash) would. Failure to Protect Even once your floors are in place, it’s important that you take measures to protect the ceramic tiles and the grout, which can become easily stained otherwise. Consider sealing your tile grout, especially if it’s a lighter color. Furthermore, if you’re completing any other home improvement projects at the same time as you’re installing your new floors, make sure to put down a protective sheet over the floors so that they don’t get damaged by debris from your other projects. Laying your own ceramic tile flooring isn’t rocket science, but it does require a certain level of precision and care. By avoiding these common installation mistakes, you’ll have a better chance of getting the job done correctly the first time around and ending up with beautiful new tile floors. To learn more, contact a company such as Costen Floors Inc. for...

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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Marble Flooring

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Marble Flooring

Marble tiles are a luxurious flooring material that provide your home with a truly unique aesthetic. However, besides their appearance, marble tiles have a number of advantages and disadvantages that differentiate them beyond other types of flooring materials. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of marble flooring tiles can help you decide if marble floors are the right fit for your home. Advantages of Marble Flooring Light: Marble is a reflective material, much more so than traditional hardwood or vinyl floors. This means that it will brighten up the entire room by reflecting sunlight instead of absorbing it. This can help brighten up rooms that do not receive a lot of light, and provide a natural and bright aesthetic to your home. Uniqueness: Since marble flooring tiles are cut out of actual marble, no marble floor will look exactly the same. Each tile will have slight variations in color and appearance, which means that your entire floor will be completely unique. Durability: Marble flooring is extremely tough. Dropping heavy objects on vinyl or wood floors, which are softer materials, can result in denting and scratches. Dropping items on a marble floor will likely damage the object before they damage the floor. This means less repairs and maintenance has to be done on marble floors, reducing long run costs. Lifespan: The durability of marble flooring also means that it can stand up to general wear and tear very well, and will not fade or degrade over time as softer flooring materials can be prone to do. This means that you will not have to replace a marble floor very often, again reducing long run costs. Disadvantages of Marble Flooring Price: Marble flooring represents a fairly significant initial investment, and can cost more than other types of flooring to install as a result. This makes marble flooring tiles less than ideal for homeowners who are looking to install new floors under a tight budget. However, the durability of marble flooring helps to somewhat offset this cost, as the floors do not have to be replaced or repaired very often. Low Traction: Especially an issue for young children and elderly individuals, marble flooring tiles can become extremely slippery when wet. This greatly increases the chance of an accident, which can pose a serious danger, especially at the top of a flight of stairs or in the bathroom. However, this risk can be easily reduced by strategically placing rugs and mats down on the floor in high risk areas. For more information about marble as a flooring option, visit a company like JLG...

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Carpet Laying Primer For Beginners

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Carpet Laying Primer For Beginners

Carpeting becomes one of the focal points in a room simply due to its large expanse. It’s a great way to add color and texture to a room’s decor. Moreover, your feet will appreciate its warmth and softness provided the carpeting is properly installed. Follow these tips from the pros at Coordinated Interiors for a perfect installation. Advance Preparation Carpet needs a level surface and a strong underlay. Remove the old rug and padding. You can reuse the padding if it’s in good condition but set it aside for now. Inspect the flooring for damage, such as splintered or warped wood. Existing ceramic tiles must be torn up. If you have linoleum tiles on top of the underlay, then walk the entire area looking for dips or other soft spots. Carpeting adds weight to the floor so replace any damaged boards before installation. If you have floor heating vents, remove them and set aside. Then remove the baseboards so they do not get dinged when the carpet is being stretched. Padding and Tack Strips Lay the padding and secure it with staples. An electric stapler makes this job fast and easy. Trim around the floor vents. Nail down a continuous row of tack strips about ½-inch from the baseboard, skipping over the doorway. This method makes it easy to tuck the edges of the carpet underneath the baseboards for a professional appearance. Orienting the Carpet You will probably be using more than one piece of carpeting to cover a large room, such as an open living-dining area. The pieces are seamed together. It’s more visually attractive if the seam is not in the center of the floor. Orient the carpet so the seam will be closer to the side of the room and possibly hidden by furniture. Order extra carpet if you have to match a floral or geometric design. You can always use the extra scraps in a closet. Alternately, you could put them away to plug any damaged areas in the future, such as wine or pet stains. Stretch and Lay the Carpet Stretch the carpet along the wall that will not have a seam near it. Stretching prevents lumps and uneven wear. Tack it down along the wall to hold it in place while you cut out the floor vents. If your room has walls that jut out in places, cut a small diagonal slit so the carpet lays flat. Then trim it with a carpet trimmer rather than a utility knife. Carpet trimmers do not damage the floor and the blade stays sharp throughout the installation. The best way to seam two pieces of carpeting is with an electric carpet seamer. You’ll need heat-activated seaming tape rather than standard seaming tape. Make sure the pieces are flush for a perfect seam. Finishing Touches Replace the baseboards. Tuck the edge of the carpeting underneath the baseboard as you nail it into place. Not only does it look nicer but the carpet threads will not fray. Replace the floor vents. Trim the carpet so it is just under the edge of the cover but not interfering with the screws. Vacuum the rug to remove the loose fibers from trimming. Be aware that it’s perfectly normal for some carpets shed for a few weeks, depending on their method of...

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