Finding The Right Flooring

Understanding Why Residential Marble Flooring Requires A Commitment From You

Posted by on May 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Why Residential Marble Flooring Requires A Commitment From You

You may like the look of marble in your home and want to use it in your home. Many people have completely transformed kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with marble flooring. However, you should understand that using marble is a commitment. Here’s a look at what you’re committing to when you choose marble flooring. Commit to Keeping Your Marble Protected Real marble is a high maintenance substance. You must commit yourself to making sure that it stays in good condition. Here’s a few things you need to protect your marble against. Stains – It’s easy to stain marble, especially if those stains stem from an acidic source. This can easily happen in a kitchen. These can also become permanent stains if you do not deal with them immediately. Scratches – You can easily scratch marble with shoes, furniture, and various other things. Repairing scratches can become a pain, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. To protect your marble against these things, you will have to keep it clean and maintained. If you want it to look good as well, you will have to keep it polished. Commit to Keeping Your Marble Maintained Maintenance is of the utmost importance when it comes to marble flooring. Marble floors need routine sealing. It’s a porous material, and therefore needs sealing every 9 to 12 months. You may need to seal more frequently if there’s a lot of traffic on your marble. If you want to avoid staining, you should consider sealing a necessity. Marble floors require polishing. If you want your polish to look its absolute best, you must keep it polished. In fact, marble is highly tolerant of polishing, so you can get a really good shine going that brings out the beauty of the stone even more. With both sealing and polishing, you should always try to use the product types specified by the manufacturer of your marble tiles. You should also consider hiring a professional for both these things. Even if you want to do them yourself, it will help if you watch how a professional does it first. Commit to Keeping Your Marble Clean Like many types of natural stone, you can get by with sweeping and dry-mopping the marble floor for basic everyday cleaning. For deeper cleaning, use cleaning products designed specifically for marble. You can also use ammonia and water, or you can use mild detergent and water. The most important thing to remember is that you must use pH neutral products. Acidic solutions, even a little vinegar, can do harm to your marble. In addition, you should never let the marble air-dry. Dry the floor with a non-abrasive towel or cloth. Maintaining your marble floor helps to keep it clean. Keeping it clean helps to preserve the seal and polish. So these two things go hand-in-hand. That’s why you must commit to doing them both. What You Get For Your Commitment For your dedication to keeping your marble in good condition, you will have gorgeous flooring. A well-maintained marble floor can seem to almost glow with an inner light. Marble has a long lifespan, and it’s very durable. Just make sure that you keep it in good condition. One way to make sure your marble stays in good shape is to start with a...

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Want To Install Hardwood Flooring? Important Things To Consider

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Install Hardwood Flooring? Important Things To Consider

If you are purchasing hardwood flooring to have installed throughout your home, you want to make the best style choice for your property. Hardwood flooring can last for a century if you take care of it over time, and there are some things to consider when picking up the wood to make sure that the stain and style you choose doesn’t go out of style. You also want to choose the highest quality materials and prepare the area where the wood will be put down properly to help improve longevity. Look at the following options of materials for your floor. The Distressed Look If you don’t want any scratches or wearing to show on the wood flooring, pick a wood flooring that is a little distressed. There are many great stain options that vary from traditional honey oak, to the rustic grey barn wood floor look. These blend and hide scratches and dents that occur in the flooring over time. Multi-Tonal Options Instead of one straight shade throughout the house, you can get hardwood options that have different lighter and darker shades blended together. This makes it easy to match different colors of trim throughout the house, or to update the trim color over time. If someone wants to update the trim from honey oak to white, or a darker option, it won’t be hard when they don’t have to match a specific stain. Water Absorbent Padding It’s worth the money to pay for a high quality underlayment to go under the wood, so that the wood doesn’t absorb moisture. Not only will this repel spills, it will also help minimize sound on floors below the surface, and reduce surface traffic. There are different thicknesses and options, and the thicker the padding, the more it will cost you. Always have wood flooring installed by a reputable professional hardwood flooring company to prevent errors, and to ensure that they are installed in a proper way. Some hardwood supplies may require that you have the hardwood floors installed by their installation experts to validate the warranty on the product. If you know you are ready to update the floors in your home and you want to make the great investment of choosing hardwood flooring, get a few quotes and look at all the stain options before you make a choice. Choosing a great product like real hardwood flooring improves the look and value of your...

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For Your Consideration: Six Kinds Of Carpet Currently Sold At A Carpet Store

Posted by on Jan 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on For Your Consideration: Six Kinds Of Carpet Currently Sold At A Carpet Store

When you decide to replace your carpeting or wood floors with new carpet, you will probably do what everyone else does-visit a carpet store. However, once you get there, you may be quite overwhelmed by the numerous choices available to you. Here are six kinds of carpet currently sold in carpet stores. Berber This type of carpeting is extremely low-pile. In fact, one could argue it has no-pile at all. Its loops are tightly woven and the tuft ends are tucked back into the backing so that nothing soft an fuzzy pokes up. Berber is your go-to carpet choice for offices and homes where you want a low-maintenance carpet because very little gets caught in its fibers and it rarely needs professional cleaning. Low-Pile This is short, slightly fuzzy carpet. It has a slight, soft texture, but it is not dense or fluffy by any means. You may prefer it if you want more softness to your carpet than Berber but less than the next pile-type up from here. Medium-Pile Medium-pile carpet is the carpet most homeowners choose. It is soft enough on the bare feet to be enjoyable yet less troublesome to clean than high-pile or shag. When you lay down on this type of carpet, you can see the individual yarn strands and feel the fibers, which have either a slightly scratchy to extremely soft feel depending on their textile composition. High-Pile This carpet option is extremely soft, fluffy and luxurious. Often, very thick carpet padding is installed under the carpet during a carpet installation to make the high-pile carpet even softer and more comfortable than it already is. It is more difficult to keep clean, but if you do not have any kids or pets and want super-comfy carpet under your feet, this is the carpet type for you. It is the last contemporary carpet option before modern and retro shag, which you may not like at all. Retro or Reclaimed Shag This is shag carpet from the seventies. Typically what happens is that carpet stores rip out old carpet, and if it is in semi-decent condition and/or can be restored, the store owner may repurpose the shag carpet because retro is always hot. The store owner will have this original shag carpet professionally cleaned and then sell it as a remnant to customers. Just be aware that it has all of the stain and cleaning issues that carpet from this era has always had before you choose to buy it and have it installed. Contemporary Shag This is the highest pile carpet you can buy (aside from retro/reclaimed shag). The difference here is that contemporary shag has been redesigned and re-engineered to look retro but resists stains and ground-in dirt like other modern carpet. The fibers are taller than high-pile carpet, but usually shorter than retro/reclaimed shag so you can have the look of retro with fewer cleaning...

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How To Choose Outdoor Tile For Your Porch Or Patio

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose Outdoor Tile For Your Porch Or Patio

Tile made from porcelain, ceramic, concrete or natural stone can be a great addition to any space thanks to its natural strength and durability, low maintenance and versatility. These features also make tile a solid choice for outdoor spaces, such as porches, patios and other areas designed for outdoor living. Of course, not every indoor tile will work outdoors, and choosing the wrong tile could mean ugly cracks and stains as well as dangerously slippery surfaces for family and visitors. While many different tile materials can be used outdoors, the following guidelines can help you balance safety, maintenance and durability for exterior tile applications. Density and Hardness The harder and denser a tile is, the better it will hold up against wear and tear from kids, scraping patio chairs or falling tree branches. In general, glazed porcelain tiles are harder and denser than ceramic, making them a better choice for outdoors. For even more toughness from your tiles, pick stones such as granite or slate, but avoid softer stone tiles made from limestone, marble or travertine. While a solid tile with no glaze, such as a high-quality granite, will hide chips and cracks better than glazed tiles, you can reduce the risk of chipped surfaces by looking for tougher glazes. You can compare glazes based on the MOHS rating, where higher ratings equal tougher, more durable top layers.  Slip Resistance Outdoor tiles are subject to rain, snow, spills and splashes, which can make them slippery and dangerous. Reduce the risk of slips and falls by choosing tiles rated with a higher coefficient of friction. The higher the COF, the better traction the tiles provide. While it’s very subjective what level of COF is the safest, the Americans with Disabilities Act specifies a rating of 0.6, which can serve as a useful starting point for homeowners. Porosity The most important factor to consider when choosing outdoor tile is how likely the tile is to absorb water. Tiles with a porous surface not only absorb moisture, which can lead to freezing and cracking, but also are more likely to soak up stains and collect dirt and dust. To find the right tile for outdoor use, pay close attention to tile descriptions when comparing products. Tiles rated as non-vitreous are the most porous and a poor choice for outside applications. Instead, stick to impervious tiles, which are non-absorbent to resist both moisture and stains.   For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Diamond Contract Flooring...

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5 Steps To Achieving A Distressed Look On Your Wooden Floors

Posted by on Nov 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Achieving A Distressed Look On Your Wooden Floors

So, you love the look of old, distressed wood floors, but your home’s wood floors are anything but worn and distressed. Does this mean that, in order to achieve that rustic look, you need to replace your flooring entirely? Not necessarily! With the right tools and technique (along with a weekend of your time), you can transform your existing wooden floors to achieve that aged, distressed look that you love. Just follow some simple steps. 1. Sand You’ll want to start by lightly sanding your existing floors; this will help to remove any existing wax or sealant from the wood, in addition to preparing the wood to accept the new paint and stain. The easiest and fastest way to do this is with a belt sander. If you don’t have one, consider checking your local home improvement store to see if they rent them out. 2. Paint Next, it’s time to paint your hardwood floors. Sounds counter-intuitive, but this is what will give your floors that distressed look (and don’t worry, you can always strip the paint down the road if you decide you no longer want distressed floors). A simple white, oil-based paint will do the trick here. You don’t need to prime, nor do you need more than one coat. 3. Sand Some More Once your paint is totally dry it’s time to sand some more to give your floors the beginning of that distressed look. Use the belt sander again to scuff sand with the grain of the wood (this will create a natural-looking distressed appearance). The purpose of this is to remove some of that paint to reveal the wood underneath. You can sand as much or as little as you like here, depending on the specific look you’re going for. 4. Stain Once you’re done sanding, add that vintage and worn look by going over your floors with a bit of dark stain. Again, be sure to work in the direction of the wood–and don’t work in large sections at a time, as you don’t want the stain drying before you get a chance to work it into the wood. 5. Seal When you’re happy with the look of your faux-distressed floors (and once your stain is totally dry), it’s time to preserve that look by applying a sealant to the wood. Keep in mind that you may need to re-seal your floors every few years to protect them from further wear. For professional help with wood floor finishing, contact local...

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About Me

When my husband and I decided to replace our outdated carpet, we knew that we wanted something that would look as sleek and modern as the rest of our house. After inspecting different tile and hardwood, we decided to go with an engineered dark hardwood that made our floor look incredible. Instead of laying it ourselves, we hired a team of professionals to do the work. When they were finished, our house looked amazing, and I was really pleased with the results. This blog is all about finding the right flooring for your home, so that you can be proud of your place.

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