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Renovation House

Advantages of the Use of Engineered Wood Flooring

The Best Oak Flooring from a Family Business
Beautiful wood flooring gives ambiance to a room. For many years now, natural oak flooring has been the primary type of wood flooring in use across the world. It not only looks good, it is also hard wearing and stable. However, it has various limitations. It changes with weather and moisture, sometimes swelling and at other times contracting. A much better option to use would be engineered wood flooring. It looks just like oak wood and lasts as long as natural wood.
Engineered wood flooring is made by gluing a layer of solid oak onto multi-laminate plywood. The plywood should be 10 layers and 15 mm thick. Each layer is glued in opposite directions. The solid oak is then glued onto this plywood and should be 6 mm thick. Strong, efficient glue is applied to give a strong bond and proper adhesion. The result is attractive, natural looking flooring that is more stable than regular wood flooring. It is impossible with a good quality engineered floor after it has been fitted to be able to tell if it is a solid oak product or and engineered product.
There are numerous advantages of using engineered wood flooring. Its stability gives it minimal movement, if any, unlike solid oak flooring. Regardless of change in temperature, the flooring remains in position. Unlike natural oak, it is non-porous and does not soak in moisture; it does not swell nor does it require an allowance for expansion when laying it in place like solid oak does.
It is easy to install. One can use different patented methods of installation, which take a shorter time than it takes installing solid flooring. It can be installed as a floating floor, a nail-down floor or a glue-down floor. For floating surfaces, a tongue and groove system locks the planks together. With this method they can adjust in size freely with humidity and temperature change. Some people even take their engineered flooring along with them when they move house, as it does not attach permanently to the surface when fitted as a floating floor.
Similarly, engineered flooring is easier to repair. It is easily sanded in areas where dents and scratches may appear. When buying engineered wood flooring, one should only purchase the flooring with a 6 mm wear surface allowance so that during its working life it can easily be re sanded and finished if required.
Engineered wood flooring can be used in rooms with light moisture such as basements, kitchens and bathrooms. It can also be used over radiant heat systems such as underfloor heating. Natural wood flooring is unsuitable in such areas as it shrinks, buckles and cups-up. Engineered flooring on the other hand is resistant to all these and wears quite well if you purchase a quality product from the right company.
It is environment friendly. Plywood is made from softwood, which is plentiful and quickly replenishes due to their fast growth. It is cost effective too, as the boards are wider and longer; this means one uses fewer boards than natural wood flooring requires. It is easy to clean and is largely stain resistant.
The greatest disadvantage of engineered wood flooring is that it has fewer refinishing options if you purchase a low grade material that so many outlets now seem to sell. Only flooring with thicker top surface as mentioned above can be refinished with re sanding. If you purchase a cheaper 3 or 4mm top surface material exercise extra caution when sanding so that the veneer is not removed. We would always advise that you stay away from this type of product if you want a quality job that will last a life time.A�…

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Home Maintenance

Pine Flooring – A Piece of History

People have been finding various uses for trees for centuries. They have used to make fine furniture, buildings and various wooden crafts. Pine is one of the most popular types of wood used to make floors and construct homes. It is extremely durable and its characteristics make it a popular material for crafting various items. Its color and durability make it the perfect choice for wood flooring. An aging process is used to crystallize the resin and strengthen each plank. This makes them receptive to an oil finish which will create a deeper, richer color when it is dry.
A type of tree called a long leaf pine has a large heart with several sap woods that encircle the heart. This part of the tree is very dense and heavy. It will also resist rot caused by insect infestations. It is usually called heart pine because it is so hard. These trees were driven almost to extinction when the first settlers cut down so many up until the turn of the 20th century. There are remnants of this wood found in several older structures like industrial warehouses and mills that were used to manufacture textiles.
Anything that was built more than one hundred years ago will be considered antique. Back then, trees were clear cut with no regard to the fact that they were quickly disappearing. The waterways were used to transport logs to the saw mills downriver. Many logs were used in buildings on river banks. Since the water is free of oxygen, the wood was perfectly preserved. Any pieces that can be recovered will have a beautiful antique finish and be very durable. Heart pine flooring is the term used for the floor planks made out of younger trees.
These recovered antique pines found in old buildings can be used to create another type of flooring. The color seen on these planks will usually be darker but with time, the difference in color seen with warehouse and antique pines will be negligible.…

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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.…

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Bathroom Remodel

Industrial Flooring Surface Preparation

There are different types of floor surface preparation types that concrete services contractors use to start any project. An important point to remember is that the company hired must have the experience in carrying out the industrial flooring preparation process. These methods have specialized equipment and contractors don’t usually offer a service not unless they are equipped to do the work. The floor surface preparation process is a vital step in industrial flooring.
More common surface preparation processes are:
1. Shot Blasting also know as Captive or Dust Free Shot Blasting
This is the most commonly used method because it is the most effective and cheapest of all preparation methods. The machine used is attached to a dust extraction unit. This prevents dust from circulating in the area and will not disrupt what is going on around the work area.
2. Scarification
This is a mechanical process wherein the deteriorated surface of the concrete is removed or “scarified”. The objective is to get to a sound substrate which the flooring system can be placed. The process can be of two methods – diamond grinding and STR machines.
The method removes thick mill coatings, overlays and as much as 1/2 inch of concrete with several passes. The equipment ranges from 8, 12 and 13 inches wide and is powered by electric power or by gasoline. They are always equipped with a dust collector.
3. Scabbling
The scabblers are used prior to shot blasting weak industrial flooring substrates. This is a more time consuming process but good for removing of thick flaky coatings & oil contaminated floors.
4. Grinding
The floor preparation process may take more than one method to complete. Another method that is seen often is the grinding process. Floor Grinders have ability to remove coatings, glue, and other particles while leaving the surface clean, smooth & ready for the application of thin mil coating & stains.
5. Acid Etching
Etching the when the area to be prepared is hosed carefully with acid. This is a two-man process with one man operating a nylon grit brush and the other is responsible for pouring the acid evenly and working with a broom. This is a risky process so only those experienced with such method should make the application. Contractors would have the necessary safety measures and outfit to do etching. Never attempt to do this yourself to avoid accidents and improper application of the acid.
It is good practice to know the different industrial flooring surface preparation process to be able to monitor effectively the progress of your project.…

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Room Additions

Mohawk Laminate Flooring – Eco Friendly Gleam

Flooring is one of the most underestimated aspects of a house. People who don’t take much notice of the flooring while building their house feel the difference later when it comes to maintenance. Bottom covers that are improperly designed or chosen get dirty very easily. The flooring near windows and doors lose their colour due to the natural light and get faded.
Often, dust and moisture from outside and the underside of shoes get accumulated on the base, and if they are made of bad quality wood, they might even get absorbed. This makes the floors look grimy and dirty, and hard to clean. Stains from various spills like food, oil spatter, etc make the matters worse. Most of us will have memories at this point of wildly panicking if someone spilt tea or some other drink on the floor, fearing that it would leave a stain.
Mohawk laminate flooring is the best solution at times like this. This is a simple, easy cover that can be applied to all the base of your home. This is very powerful, and makes the base take on an elegant gleam that makes the entire house shine like its brand new. Even if you have a wood or vinyl base, you can use the laminate to revamp it.
Mohawk laminate has excellent non-adhesive properties. It gives your base a sturdy, strong protective cover that prevents the bottom from getting stained. You can easily clear off any stain with just a wet cloth, or at the most club soda. There will be no marks left on the bottom. Now, you need not wince if your guests walk on the bottom or dance in parties with their stilettos on. Mohawk laminate will ensure that there are no scratches or marks left on the bottom. Pets too, can walk around peacefully, and you don’t have to worry anymore about their claws making scratches on the base. Mohawk laminate enables you to make your home easily maintainable.…