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Remodeling Contractors

Should I Install Carpet or Wood Flooring in My Home?

Consider these situations: Family A has a ten-year-old house, and three steam cleanings and a number of other efforts have not been able to remove some of the stains eight years down the line after buying a carpet. On the other hand, Family B has recently bought a house with wood flooring, only to decide afterward that they need to convert their house into a high-traffic mini resort. These two examples will definitely demonstrate that both carpet and wood flooring have their disadvantages. Neither of them is perfect, and the type of flooring the user chooses should be determined by the intended long-term function of the floor covering. To make a logical decision on the flooring to choose, try to look at the pluses and minuses of each type of flooring.
Advantages of Wood
– Wood flooring comes in a wide variety of materials, but may not come in as many colors as carpet. The natural colors of different types of wood, however, give it the advantage of blending in and complementing almost anything in the room.
– Thanks to some of the latest advancements and improvements that make wood resistant to stains, scratches and termite destruction, the choice of wood flooring makes it very easy to keep you house tidy and neat.
– It’s really very rare to find anyone who is allergic to wood. This makes wood a safe and healthy option, especially for people who might react to some of the chemical reagents often used in cleaning detergents for carpets. Wood also doesn’t store grit or any solid particles and would thus be suitable for people with asthma or other breathing complications.
Disadvantages of wood
– Although wood flooring doesn’t require dangerous detergents to clean it, the floor cleaners used might include substances maintain the wood’s fresh and clean look. Such substances are also responsible for keeping termites away and might also affect the health of some people when inhaled.
– Compared to carpets, wood is a very expensive flooring. Especially if you have a small budget, choosing wood flooring can require careful consideration.
Advantages of Carpets
– Carpets come in a wide variety of colors and designs. Choose a carpet for your floor covering allows you ample freedom of choice in finding a “look” that reflects your personal style. The texture of a carpet is also soft and warm as compared to wood flooring, and carpets can act as insulation on cold floors
– The prices of carpets often vary depending on the material. This variety gives you the flexibility to work within your means to get the perfect carpet for your home. Compared to wooden flooring, carpets are very easy to acquire..
Disadvantages of carpets
– Carpets require regular cleaning and compared to wood are more are subject to tough stains. They are also known to attract dust, which often makes then get dirty easily
– Carpets are not the best alternative for people with various allergies, especially if you know that you won’t be able to clean your carpets regularly. This is because carpet fiber often stores soil particles, dander or grit, which may rise and activate allergic reactions such as coughing and sneezing.
Each of these floor covering options may provide the ideal for your home, and the above tips should equip you to choose the right type of flooring.…

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Kitchen Renovation

Should You Install a Shower Stall?

Most homes in America have a bathtub that doubles as a shower. Not that many homes have a separate shower stall and a separate bathtub. You may be remodeling your bathroom and feel that it would be a nice option to have a separate shower stall rather than a combined shower/bath.
Your first consideration when thinking of installing a separate shower stall in addition to your bathtub is whether you have enough room. If you are doing a major bathroom remodel then you can plan it down on paper, all the measurements of the various items like the shower, bath, toilet and cabinets so that you can fit these items in your bathroom.
If you’re not doing a major bathroom remodel, you’ll have to evaluate any spare space you have in the bathroom, measure it up, and do some research to find a shower stall with those dimensions that will fit easily into the bathroom.
Once you have your measurements for your new shower stall it’s time to go shopping. You can find complete shower stalls at most home improvement stores. These usually come with a molded shower floor and walls and the shower door. These all in one shower stalls are quite easy to install as everything you need is built into it.
However you may want to make use of the tiles you’ve already got laid on your bathroom floor and use those as the shower floor. You’d obviously have to put in a drain and build up the sides of the area to create the base of the shower, and then buy some sliding doors to finish it off.
This entails a lot more work than just buying the all in one shower stall, so it comes down to weighing up the amount of money you have to spend versus the amount of time you have to build a shower from the ground up yourself, or have it done for the professionally.…

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Remodel Kitchen

How to Install Wood Floors

If a plank wood flooring or traditional strips of wood are laid on the sub floor and then it requires finishing for completion of the flooring. However, newer pre-finished wood strips are also available in the market, and do not require any finishing. In case of installation of wood floors were to be done professionally in that case any of the two options could be opted for, however if the “do-it-yourself” option is chosen then it is better to go with the finished planks as it can leave marks in the hands of an amateur. However, it is advised that professionals should be allocated for this job.
However let us first discuss the steps to installing wood floors.
Step one:
Calculation of surface area
Take measurements of the entire place which needs to be covered with flooring. Moreover normally the length is taken alongside the longest wall and for a bigger area possibly the direction alongside where the traffic moves the maximum. The purchase of the flooring needs to be done with the square footage keeping the wastage component in mind. Moreover, acclimatize the wood planks and allow it to get used to the property’s humidity level.
Step two
Prepare the sub floor
Clear and surface the entire floor which will be floored. Moreover, cover the sub floor with a thick layer of asphalt felt. Spacers need to be put alongside the wall for provision of expansion.
Step three
Trimming of door casing
All the bottoms of doors as well other areas need to be trimmed such that the flooring can slip easily under the door. An underlayment along with the flooring needs to be kept as a provision.
Step four
Start laying the first course
The longest or the widest planks will be for the first row. The first row then needs to be face nailed through the plywood of the sub floor.
Step five
Laying the remaining course
The next two rows need to be blind nailed. Moreover while installing the second row and each row thereafter a short piece of flooring needs to hammered and tightened against the previous row. The end joints should be wider than possibly 6 inches and the joints should not be over those of the sub floor.
In case if the surface area to be floored is a large one then, a flooring nailer needs to be used after the first three rows. This is to avoid scratching or damage to the floor. On reaching the last ledge, a pry bar and a block needs to be utilized to tightly drill the planks into position. In case of any change in level while the new flooring, a reducer strip needs to be installed which is rounded or beveled which fits in smoothly. On the other hand it can be butted against the grooves or the edges as well.
Step six
Finishing
Lastly, the baseboard molding needs to be reinstalled. Moreover the spacers against the walls need to be removed and the extras need to be trimmed for neatening of the entire flooring.
Tips:
• The life of the wood floors is usually anything between 10-25 years. This is dependent on the maintenance by the individual. Apart from the regular cleaning and dusting, various solutions and pastes are available for polishing and maintenance.…