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Basement Remodeling

Benefits Of A Laminate Floor

Make no mistake I love carpet, indeed I do not know many people who do not like the feel of a deep pile carpet to put their feet on when they get out of bed in the morning. Yet carpet is not for everyone, and many people who work long hours, and lead busy lifestyles outside of work do not want to be spending time Hoovering carpet every few days to keep it clean. As a result, other forms of flooring have begun to challenge carpets, for market share.
One other reason for this is that fitting a carpet is a job for a professional. If a carpet is fitted by anyone other than a professional, the results can be disastrous and an expensive carpet can be virtually destroyed in the process.
However in comparison, any competent person can lay down a laminate floor, or put down floor tiles. Indeed all the tools you need to put down either of these floorings are available in any good Do It Yourself (DIY) shop. Investing in the tools to put either of these floor coverings down will be money well invested, as you will undoubtedly use them again in future.
Laminate flooring wins over carpet in many ways. Firstly it has dropped down in price such that it is now often cheaper than carpet per square metre. Secondly it is very hard wearing; indeed in tests some laminate floors have proven to be harder wearing than solid wood floors.
It also very easy to keep clean, with any liquid spills such as black coffee, red wine or even paint being easy to wipe up, with no stain left to show. Just think of how difficult gloss paint would be to remove from a carpet – a spillage could result in your carpet being totally written off! As a result, this is a big advantage held by laminate floors over other types of flooring.
It now also comes in a wide range of styles. Whereas most of us just think of laminate flooring as being “wood effect”, it is now available in numerous finishes including mosaic and mock brick or tile effect, making it suitable for a wide range of uses.
So to re-iterate; it is very hard wearing, low cost, and easy to install. Even if you hire a professional to install the flooring, the cost will be low as the time taken to install is minimal, with a competent fitter able to lay a laminate floor for an average room in around half a day.…

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Bathroom Remodel

Cork Flooring – The Advantages to a Natural Cork Floor

There are many advantages to natural cork flooring and this article will review all those advantages to help you determine if this flooring product is right for you. Homeowners make quite an investment when installing a new floor. It’s smart to understand everything that is available to you and try to figure out if it’s right for your house. Hopefully, this guide will help make your verdict on natural cork as a flooring product. If you’d still like to know more feel free to follow the links at the end of this article.
The primary advantage to natural cork floors is the fact it’s a sustainable, natural renewable resource. This means if you choose this flooring solution you’ll have a green floor and be helping save the environment. The reason this flooring type is sustainable and naturally renewable is because it’s entirely made out of cork. Cork material is retrieved from the bark of Quercus suber (cork oak tree). This process of removing the bark simply involves cutting off a thin layer. The process itself is totally harmless to the cork oak tree. In fact, after a cork oak tree matures it can be harvested every 9 years throughout its lifespan, which is around 150 to 200 years. Commercial producers of cork material do not need to cut down trees and disturb the habitat. You’ll be glad to know this is completely, 100% a green flooring product.
Being green has its advantages to the environment, but I’m sure you want to know about the advantages to the homeowners. Natural cork flooring has quite a few benefits that you need to know about. A waxy type substance called Suberin is a naturally occurring substance in cork. This substance gives cork the ability to resist things such as pests, moisture, mildew, mold, bacteria and allergens. This effectively makes this flooring type suitable for rooms like the bathroom, kitchen and basement, along with the normal rooms such as the living room, den or bedroom. Being hypoallergenic gives cork some excellent health benefits to people with allergies, along with resistance to mold, mildew and bacteria.
However, we can’t forget to mention three more things, the beauty, the durability and the comfort of natural cork flooring. When you actually see cork flooring installed in your home you won’t believe how beautiful it is. Cork really rivals every other type of hardwood flooring in terms of beauty. The natural color, pattern variation and shading are remarkable. With its beauty you also get comfort and lets face it comfort is a requirement when it comes to most flooring solutions. Due to tiny honeycomb air filled cells in cork material’s cellular structure its amazingly comfortable. These air filled honeycomb cells allow cork to absorb pressure from feet and cushion joints along with the feet. These little tiny honeycombs also make cork very durable. You’d be amazed how much strength cork has. Not only can it compress up to 40% without damage it can also absorb heavy shocks and impacts. This makes it suitable for heavy traffic areas or even your work den.
If you like the idea of natural cork flooring we invite you to learn more. Feel free to follow the below links and educate yourself more on this amazing flooring solution. Below you can learn more about cork’s benefits, view pictures, install guides and so much more. We hope this article was helpful and steered you towards consider cork as your home’s flooring solution.…