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Home Repair

Replacing Flooring From The 1970s

When it comes to new floors these days there are far many more options available to you than there were even just three decades ago. One example of this is laminate tiles, it is now in widespread use today, yet could not even have been dreamt of in the 70’s, when the main type of wooden flooring was parquet block flooring that was put down with bitumen. Indeed at this time even solid wooden planking to cover over floorboards was a long way off.
The problem was with this type of wooden block flooring is that it was put down to stay down with the bitumen making it virtually impossible to remove, certainly not without major damage.
Around the same time vinyl flooring was also very popular with changes to production methods meaning that a far wider range of colours and patterns became available, and thus vinyl flooring and tiles became far more popular, however again the problem was that it was put down with glue so strong that it is a mammoth task to remove, often taking far longer to remove the old vinyl than to put down the new floor.
Indeed in many older properties both these types of flooring are so time consuming to remove that they are often covered over with the new flooring be it carpet, laminate or another layer of vinyl.
However if you do want to remove the flooring you will ideally need to call in a specialist to remove it, as if you just prise up the older parquet wooden flooring then you will find that the surface of the floor is covered in irregularly shaped pieces of bitumen that will need the use of solvents or a floor sander to make the surface smooth enough to put down any other form of flooring. Although carpet underlay will remove a lot of imperfections, with any other form of flooring such as vinyl or laminate flooring then anything other than a perfectly smooth surface may cause problems. In particular any remaining lumps of bitumen will begin to show through any vinyl floor laid over them.
In either case you may find it far easier to place the new covering over the old one as it may cost a substantial amount to take the old floor up.
Ironically original 1970’s wooden block flooring is now sought after and considered retro, resulting in wooden flooring manufacturers now making replica flooring which true to the 1970’s original wooden flooring and much like modern solid wood, is very hard wearing.…

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House Improvements

Flooring in Hospitality – Do’s and Don’ts

The hospitality industry has a real mix of situations to deal with in terms of its flooring. It requires safe, elegant, and hard working flooring, and a lot of it. There are some critical Do’s and Don’ts every hospitality industry person needs to recognize. Custom modular carpet design is now a realistic option for all businesses in the hospitality industry.

The problems define the issues

Whatever part of the hospitality industry you’re in, you’ll be well aware of any problems you’re having with your d?�cor design and flooring. These problems are a map of what needs doing:

The obvious wear and tear on a carpet really does mean you need a tough, hard wearing commercial grade carpet.

The design issues are clear pointers to the need for a custom colourisation scheme.

You’ll be pleased to know you can design and buy your own colour scheme, and include the toughest, most dependable carpets on the market.

Working with budgets

Budgets don’t have to be a problem. You can start with a realistic figure, and your suppliers will be able to provide a working solution within your budget. You’ll also find the top suppliers can provide a good working installation program, with no downtime or fuss.

The important Do’s

The major things to do when working on ideas for your flooring are:

Define your needs. This is the professional approach to systematic interior design. It gives you a clear set of objectives, and simplifies design issues considerably.

Investigate all your options. You don’t need to be stuck with a limited supply of average choices. There are always design options, cost options, and custom options.

Specify your budget: Figure out the realistic working figures for your design. Professional suppliers will work with your budget, not against it. You’ll probably save money.

The serious Don’ts

The big Don’ts are all practical business issues:

Don’t try to do things bit by bit: This really will cost more over time, and the lack of an integrated plan will add levels of difficulty to your concept.

Don’t compromise on quality: This is where compromise doesn’t work. You can wind up with a half way solution which solves none of the problems, and may create more, particularly if the solution is based on inferior quality materials.

Don’t go outside your budget and over-commit: Avoid any possible financial risk from the outset. This is not only embarrassing, it’s a guarantee of failure. Running short on a d?�cor budget means everything else has to suffer.

Success defines solutions

Success means getting what you want. With an integrated design, you can have a range of real achievements with a fully cost purchase. You’ll have quality carpet flooring, custom colour, a full designer hotel carpet on a sustainable carpet material, and you’ll have dealt with the durable flooring issues as well. This is the complete set of solutions to any floor coverings situation, quick, efficient, and to the top quality standards.…

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Renovation Contractor

Bamtex Bamboo Flooring – Durable and Beautiful

Established in 1977, Bamtex Bamboo Flooring is a US-based company that pioneered the introduction of a range of bamboo flooring products. Bamboo may have been a traditional flooring choice in Asia for centuries, but in the urban world it has gained popularity as a green flooring choice among the environmentally conscious. If you are keen on hardwood flooring, you will find that bamboo makes an excellent alternate. Bamboo has been grown in China for many hundreds of years. It is considered stronger than steel and is versatile in its application.
Compared to traditional wood flooring, bamboo is more durable and resistant to scratch. In fact, Bamtex Bamboo flooring looks similar to an oak or pine floor because of its stylish looks and the warm natural shades of color.
At Bamtex, a particular species of bamboo called Mao is used from the bamboo forest cultivated by them, located close to the Pacific Ocean. Bamboo is a grass and grows quite fast, so it is harvested every five years, unlike wood that takes several years to mature. Bamtex’s bamboo flooring is especially known for its unique grain and finish.
Colors available
Bamtex bamboo flooring is available in natural and carbonized colors which can be stained to produce different shades. The Mao bamboo species used by Bamtex is particularly chosen for its strength, grain, good color, density and structure. It is also highly durable for flooring purposes.
Installing And Caring For Bamtex Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo floors for kitchen can be installed in three ways – by gluing it in, nailing it down or floating. The right option depends on the existing structure. Bamboo floors look great in any part of the home as it matches a variety of decors. Looking after your Bamtex bamboo flooring is easy since it comes with a layer of finish to guard it. It can be cleaned with a soft broom or vacuumed to keep the grit and dirt away.
Any spills must be mopped up right away so that it does not seep in and cause a stain. It is also necessary to avoid stagnant water on a bamboo floor. The manufacturer recommends the use of rugs under furniture on bamboo floors to avoid scratching the surface. There are bamboo floor cleaners available in the market that can be used for cleaning.
Your Bamtex bamboo kitchen flooring can look elegant and beautiful or several years. It is also more cost effective than traditional hardwood flooring and actually denser than maple wood. This is because the bamboo is cut into long strips, made into rectangular shapes and then steamed under pressure after which they are dried in a kiln.
The strips of bamboo you get are then glued in different layers both vertically and horizontally. After this, it is placed in a press to produce the bamboo flooring that can be installed. Aesthetically pleasing yet strong, Bamtex bamboo flooring gives you home a distinctive look.…

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Remodeling

Underfloor Heating and Engineered Wood Flooring – What Conditions Are Necessary?

All homes have their own indoor climate which is determined by factors like the amount of moisture in the air (humidity), the temperature, the type of heating and the amount of ventilation. In a comfortable home with slight humidity variation through the seasons, wooden floors react by expanding and shrinking. During warm, humid weather wood expands. During dry weather wood shrinks – this seasonal movement is a normal characteristic of wooden floors and it never stops, regardless of the age of the wooden floor.
This movement of the boards can be significantly reduced by proper acclimatisation and by keeping temperature and humidity levels as even as possible throughout the year. Flooring machined with a bevel will show less evidence of movement than a square edged material.
Indoor air quality is greatly influenced by the temperature and relative humidity of the air, with a relative humidity of between 45% and 60% considered to be the most healthy and pleasant. However, central heating and dry winter air can combine forces to reduce indoor humidity levels to below these recommended levels. The more intensively you use central heating or underfloor heating, the dryer the air becomes and this has a detrimental effect on everything in the house – people, furnishings and floors.
The moisture content of the timber flooring needs to be in equilibrium (i.e. balanced) with the humidity levels of the air in the room. The optimum relative humidity (RH) of the air in a room with timber flooring should be between 45-65% – certainly not lower than 40%. This ensures minimal shrinkage and expansion of the timber.
Following installation, the floor temperature should only be raised very gradually from a low starting point. Ideally, the floor should be a consistent temperature throughout with no hot spots. Large rugs can lead to a build-up of heat and consequent damage to flooring – they should either be removed or selected for compatibility with underfloor heating.
We recommend that you buy a hygrometer and a programmable humidifier / vaporizer and keep a close eye on humidity levels, especially during the cold, dry winter months so that the humidity level does not drop below 40% RH. Relative atmospheric humidity should be maintained between 40% and 65% using the humidifier if necessary.
Temperature control is also important. No timber likes to be over heated and baked dry. The recommended temperature in a room with wooden flooring is between 18 – 24 degrees Celsius – with an absolute maximum surface temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
The above recommended optimum relative air humidity and temperature levels should be observed at all times. Please look at our website for further information – particularly the facta and figures box on the underfloor heating page (see addresses below).…

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Home Contractors

Solid As a Rock – Bamboo Solid Flooring

In terms of hardness and durability, bamboo flooring is solid as a rock, or at least as solid as maple and even more so than oak. The durability of this stalky grass can’t be understated.
Bamboo is not a true hardwood, but is actually a beautiful grassy stalk plant. The stalks are hollow and once processed for use, extremely durable for use as flooring.
Bamboo solid flooring is not in itself a true statement because bamboo flooring is only available in manufactured planks or laminated planks for installation. However, that shouldn’t detract homeowners from considering this magnificent wood for their next home remodeling venture.
In today’s world where everyone’s concern is the environment and maintaining its resources, bamboo is one of the best choices that could be made for flooring.
Not only does bamboo grow to astounding heights, fifty feet or more, it does so in as little as five years. This is unheard of when thinking of hardwood trees that are the typical flooring choices, such as Oak, Maple or Cedar.
Hardwood flooring made from these woods is partially responsible for deforestation that is becoming rampant worldwide. Destroying the forests for its wood is displacing animals and is partially responsible for global warming. Bamboo has none of these effects.
The durability of bamboo can be seen in its resistance to denting. In tests, it holds up as well as Maple and better than Oak. Adding a top coat will help to prevent scratching and make the flooring even more durable.
This durability is an excellent reason for choosing bamboo for practically any room. The only rooms that should not have bamboo floors are those with that have exposure to a lot of moisture, like bathrooms or steam rooms.
Even though bamboo is a water resistant material, over a period of time the moisture can cause the boards to warp and possibly void any warranty that the floor might have.
Coloring
Not only is bamboo solid as a rock, it’s as pretty as a gem. Natural bamboo with only a clear coating is a thing of beauty without any help from paints and stains.
However, if coloring is desired, the flooring can be purchased with stain to match whatever color the owner desires.
Another option for coloring a bamboo floor is to purchase bamboo that has been carbonized. This process changes the natural lightness of the floor to a darker color.
In contrast to stains, this colorization goes all the way through the wood rather than just on the top. The downside to carbonizing bamboo is that it does lower its hardness factor somewhat.
All in all, bamboo flooring is a solid choice that homeowners will be happy to show their friends and neighbors. It also adds value to the home in the event it is ever sold. Mother nature will be appreciative as well.…

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Bathroom Renovations

Make Maple Flooring Part of Your Home

Maple flooring has numerous benefits for homeowners looking for a new floor – not least its sturdiness and aesthetic appeal.
The maple tree comes in many different types with varying wood grain patterns and is perhaps best known for being the source of that Canadian favourite, maple syrup.
However, it is the maple wood itself that tends to attract attention from those looking to update their homes.
Maple is usually relatively light in colour, but its markings can be significantly darker – making for a particularly striking appearance.
The wood is also very strong, meaning that homeowners can be confident they are investing in flooring that will last for years.
So what are the different types of flooring that are available? As well as being able to choose from various types of wood grain, buyers can select from solid maple flooring, engineered wood maple flooring and laminate maple flooring.
Homeowners wanting a truly authentic floor should opt for the solid flooring. While this requires regular maintenance, there is little doubt that having a genuine wood floor can be a great asset to any home.
You choose from different types of solid maple flooring, such as nature, select and rustic with surfaces ranging from oiled and lacquered to unfinished.
Meanwhile, engineered wood flooring is a great option for homeowners wanting an especially sturdy floor. This product is made from several layers fused together for extra strength and also benefits from being less vulnerable to shrinking and expanding than hardwood flooring.
Lastly, laminate flooring could be the perfect choice for those who love the look of maple wood but do not have the budget to pay for solid flooring or engineered wood flooring.
This type of flooring can be both practical and relatively cheap, as you are unlikely to be as concerned about sustaining damage to a laminate floor as you would if it was a solid wooden floor.
As you can see, there’s much to think about when choosing flooring for your home – but with so many options available, it’s likely you’ll be able to find the right product for you.…

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Home Improvement Contractors

Versatility: From Dance Floor to Athletic Flooring

If you operate a dance studio and are looking for addition revenue streams, you might consider opening your space for other purposes, such as aerobics, pilates, yoga and more. The latter two in particular are done on the floor, which requires some “give;” fitness flooring may be just the answer.
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It is true that many such exercises are done with the use of soft mats; however, sprung flooring such as specialty athletic flooring can add that extra bit of safety and comfort.
Like better dance flooring, athletic flooring has at least two hard layers with a soft, cushioning layer in between. This is known as a “sprung” floor; the middle layer offers a little “give” that is much easier on the joints when it comes to repetitive movements that involve stepping and jumping.
On the other hand, such specialty fitness flooring differs from dance floors in how slippery it is. While a ballroom dance floor should be slippery to a degree so as to allow dancers to “glide,” this is something that is not so desirable when it comes to athletic flooring. This characteristic is known as “speed;” a high-speed wooden dance floor has a type of urethane finish that allows a fair amount of slip. For sports however, such as an aerobic floor or yoga flooring, it’s better to have a low-speed finish that allows for more grip.
Durability
Yoga floors as well aerobic flooring also require durability in order to stand up to frequent use. Better athletic flooring is made from hardwood, such as ash, birch or especially maple. Such natural hardwood fitness flooring offers an aesthetic value as well; the attractive grain and warm tones provide visual appeal in rooms where they are used.
Another popular choice is the “marly” topping. This is a type of vinyl surface that is economical and extremely durable, able to stand up well to all kinds of dance and most types of athletic activities for many years.
Versatile
Sprung wood athletic flooring does not need to be permanently installed in one large mass. In fact, one can purchase yoga floor and other types of fitness flooring in various sized panels that can be configured to fit almost any room – and unlike permanent dance, athletic and yoga flooring, can be removed and stored when not in use, adding greater flexibility for a dance or aerobics studio.
Such portable dance and sport-activity floors are an excellent investment that can pay for itself in only a few years by offering more to clients.…