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Kitchen Renovation

Job Site Preparation When Floor Tiling – Removing Caulking and Residual Concrete

Normally when preparing a bathroom for floor tiling, you will usually find instances where caulking has been applied as a waterproof sealant, especially around such areas as the bath tub. To remove this you can simply use a flat head screwdriver or blunt wood chisel and scrape away at the caulking, otherwise your floor tiles may not sit properly due to the hangout of the caulking.
If some hard scraping is necessary, don’t worry too much about applying extra force which might result in scraping the tub. Bath tubs are fairly durable and their composition is made to take some abuse, and if you do happen to scratch the surface when removing caulking, then this can easily be hidden by the floor tile level when it comes to laying tiles.
With solid concrete floors as your subfloor, small bumps and raises of concrete will have to be removed also to ensure a level floor when floor tile laying. This can easily be done with the use of a cold chisel and hammer to chip away at these excessive bumps, but always be sure to wear protective eyewear when doing so. If you fail to remove any of these concrete ‘nubbins’, then you could end up with a big headache when trying to lay your floor tiles flat and level.
Any large bumps of residual concrete can also be quickly removed by use of the angle grinder with concrete diamond cutting blade attached. By simply grinding away at the bumps, this can be a fast and effective way of bringing them down to level. Again, be sure to wear your safety equipment as always when working with power tools, but as an added precaution you should also wear a dust mask when working indoors with dry concrete cutting or grinding.
Concrete dust is very dangerous to your respiratory system, so at all times, especially when not working in a well ventilated area such as outdoors, make sure you have something to protect your breathing. If you don’t have a cheap dust mask at hand, then a scarf or cloth handkerchief will do the job to filter out the heavy concrete dust particles that can eventually destroy your lungs after a prolonged amount of time. Also, by using a construction grade vacuum while grinding the dust away, you can avoid many of the hassles of concrete dust. Another one being the cleanup that will need to happen around the house after the grinding is complete.…

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Remodeling

Form Meets Function In Decorative Concrete

Concrete has moved far beyond foundations and garage floors. This durable, versatile, and environmentally friendly material can be used to create stunning concrete flooring, counter tops, and sinks, as well as decorative elements both inside and outside the home. Decorative concrete can be made into almost any shape, and enhanced with a wide variety of colors, textures, and surface designs.
There are several reasons to consider incorporating decorative concrete into your home renovation project.
Style
Decorative concrete can look modern, traditional, rustic, formal, or anything else you can imagine. You are truly limited only by your vision and creativity. Take a look at the amazing array of concrete colors and textures available. Custom pieces can blend seamlessly into a design or stand out as a focal point.
Durability
It’s generally no surprise to learn that concrete is a strong, long lasting material. It can withstand the wear and tear a busy and active household subjects their home to. Concrete is also easy to clean helping you maintain a safe environment for your family.
Budget
While decorative concrete can transform the look of a home, it can also be amazingly affordable. Create a beautiful custom patio for an outdoor entertaining area at a much lower cost than laid stone, with significantly less maintenance required as well. Add an epoxy coating to a garage floor creating a whole new space without a large investment.
Whether building a new home or renovating an existing property, decorative concrete is an excellent choice for creating a look that is unique, attractive, and will last a lifetime. Explore the options for concrete counter tops, flooring, sinks, and much more, and imagine what your home could become.…

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Home Contractors

How To Get The Best Deal From A Polished Concrete Contractor?

Polished concrete is one of the cheapest flooring options you can have and it’s one of the most long lasting flooring options out there. The trend of polished concrete was down for a while but today, it has been a strong comeback and a lot of contractors are moving into polishing works. Since there is a lot of competition in the industry, it’s important to understand how to find the best deal. You can follow these simple tips to make sure that you’re getting one of the cheapest yet best deals:
• Experience – This is extremely important, especially when there are cut-throat competitions among merchants. A lot of people only look for the cheapest quote but forget about enquiring about the experience of the seller. Workers who do not have proper experience in doing polishing work will not be able to produce the desired results, which will lead to utter disappointment.
• Referrals – There is no better way to understand the quality of service from a service provider than asking for referrals. This is the best way to understand whether the service provider will listen to your suggestions, show up on time and finish the job on or before deadline.
• Some contractors focus only on undertaking commercial flooring works while others focus on residential works. If you’re looking for someone who can do the polishing of your home, it’s a good idea to hire someone who is experienced in managing household works.
The best thing about polished concrete is their extensive lifespan. They need very little maintenance and the maintenance costs are incredibly low. Modern-day polishing tools are very sophisticated and can bring exceptional results based on the diamond they use for polishing. You can achieve different types of finishes according to the room and personal preferences. Moreover, polished concrete is tremendously energy efficient and it’s possible for you to produce solar energy your concrete flooring.
A lot of people use polished concrete for effectively heating and cooling their floors with the help of solar energy. If you are interested in doing energy conservation works, you can go for specialized energy conservation tools that can be easily installed on concrete slabs. By polishing your floor, you can also control the dust exerted by the inside pressure of concrete slabs. The polish fluid repellent will ensure longer life for your concrete slabs by bringing down hydrostatic pressure. Since there are multiple advantages and the pricing is so low, concrete polishing is a very good flooring option.…