Nov 25

Quarry Tiles

Quarry tiles are made of ceramic materials and are inexpensive. They are the best for high abuse areas like the kitchen, bathrooms, and hallways. Earlier, they were mostly used commercially. They are becoming popular for home improvement projects nowadays. Apart from being relatively cheaper and affordable, they are highly durable and are one of the best tile flooring ideas which makes their installation worth it. These tiles are available in some really vibrant colors of red, orange, and green. Hence they are great for making your home stand out. What makes them unique is their manufacturing process wherein different colored clays are mixed with shale, blended well, cut into squares, and then heated at high temperatures which allows the tiles to become hard and durable.

Along with flooring, quarry tiles have been commonly used as baking stones wherein they are not glazed or treated with any chemicals and hence can be safely used for baking pizzas or rolls. As far as their installation is concerned, it isn’t a daunting task if you follow the steps given below. It can well be a DIY weekend.

Installation

Being a DIY project, it is definitely easy to go about if you have patience and are ready to put in some hard work. The cost would depend on the total area you want to install the flooring on.

Gather the Materials
Firstly, you need to gather all the things that would be required through the process: measuring tape, mortar adhesive, cement board sheets for the entire floor, trowel, screw gun, drywall screws, tiles, adhesive, spacers, grout mix, sponge, bucket, grout cleaner, sealer, and putty knife.

Prepare the Floor
Now that all the materials are handy, you need to prepare the floor. Remove all the furniture and accessories and make the room empty. Take the cement board sheets and fix

Nov 25

Flooring Options for Stairs

One of the key elements in any home, which has more than 1 level, are the staircases. The width, height, basic configuration, and uses can vary from one house to another. The design of the house, the intricate details the architect has added in the stairs, the available space on the stairs, and your overall budget, all these factors will be responsible for making the final decision as to which particular flooring options you will opt for.

Depending upon what type of stairs you have, one that goes straight from 1 level to another, L-shaped stairs, double L-shaped stairs, U-shaped stairs, S-shaped stairs, winder shaped stairs, or spiral stairs, the options for your indoor staircase will differ. The best suggestion I can give you is to visit your local hardware store to get the right advice as to what type of flooring will work in the house. As for the basic, yet popular choice of adding flooring to you stairs, read the rest of the article for feasible ideas.

Types of Flooring for Stairs

The flooring on the staircase are not just for decorative purposes. Their functional and structural uses should also be kept in mind while making a decision. Nowadays, there are tons of stairs to choose from that adhere to various functions in the house and complement its surrounding d�cor. Below, we have discussed few flooring ideas you can consider.

Ceramic Tiles
If you’re looking for an earthy finish, a modern take on home d�cor, then go with ceramic tiles for the staircase floors. Many people think that particular or perhaps all tile designs look good outdoors, but that’s not the case. Ceramic tiles are a good alternative for stairs. Plus, it doesn’t matter what the shape of your staircases are. All you have to do is see if your staircases can

Nov 24

Pros and Cons of Teak Flooring

For long, teak has been conferred the ultimate wood for all outdoor uses. Teak wood has garnered peans on durability, and being a weather, insect, and water resistant material makes it the most sought after expanse for fittings. An oily wood by nature, freckled with fine, close grain, it withstands weather and wear extremely well. Another feather in the cap is the longevity that teak wallows in. The fine grained texture of teak wood is maintained beautifully for years. Natural variation in hues and richly designed textures with exquisite grain patterns create flooring that exudes panache. Its subtly dramatic elegance lends a touch of sophistication to even an apartment that is modestly stuttered. Teak is grown in Burma and Thailand, and adheres to certain legal harvesting guidelines. If you are keen on installing a teak floor (besides looking at certain teak flooring pros and cons) you must also ensure that the manufacturer from whom you make the purchase from, registers and strictly adheres to the harvesting guidelines.

Know the Specifics

Color: Teak hardwood varies in color from being yellowish brown to dark honey chestnut brown. The teak sapwood is lighter, being a creamy pale yellow. The color of the sapwood darkens to a rich, dark brown when exposed to sunlight. This, indeed, is one color that most of us associate teak wood with.

Grain: Teak is close grained. Apart from being packed with a grainy texture, it is accompanied with wide and coarse straight lines. The dramatic coloring differences are emphasized by sanding and finishing. Teak is a popular choice for laying fashionable parquet floors, and also used in strip and plank flooring.

Pros and Cons

Teak being one of the most popular genesis of wood, has unique benefits as well as drawbacks. If you are keen to use teak for your flooring, you must

Nov 24

How to Install Teak Flooring

The right kind of flooring adds a finishing touch to every home decorating project. Amongst various types of flooring, hardwood flooring has always been immensely popular for a number of its attributes. Hardwood flooring is eco-friendly, inexpensive, and pretty easy to install. Along with all these features, it imparts that elegant oriental appeal to the entire d�cor, which is ideal for Asian or rustic home d�cor. One of the most popular and durable types of wood flooring is teak flooring, which is fairly popularly selected by many home owners. A common tropical hardwood option, teak is gaining popularity in the Western world too for its unique appearance and extreme durability. Teak flooring is ideal to be installed on stairs, patios, and in fact, all the other parts of the dwelling. The best thing about teak wood is that it is extremely resistant to water. When it comes in contact with water, it gets natural patina which is credited to its natural oils. So teak flooring is by far cited to be one of the best hardwood flooring options by many.

Selecting the Best Teak Flooring

Before we actually being with the installation project, it is important to learn a few facts about teak flooring. Teak flooring boards are available in unfinished and prefinished types. The prefinished boards are sandpapered and well polished, while the unfinished ones need you to do that extra work. Now, if you are totally new to a DIY hardwood flooring installation project, then it is better to go with prefinished wooden boards rather than the unfinished ones. There are various types of prefinished teak flooring that are determined on the accounts of its width, characteristics and grading. For instance, Rhodesian teak is considered to be the best type of teak wood. They come in a variety of widths

Nov 21

Unique and Cheap Flooring Ideas That’ll Go Easy on Your Pocket

Hardwood flooring and carpets can render a great look to your floor, but they come at a hefty price. Though these kinds of flooring look great, they are very expensive, not easy to maintain, and don’t fit everyone’s budget.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t make your home floor look great. There are a million options of affordable flooring available, and when used rightly, can make your house floor look absolutely great.

Cheapest Flooring Options

Inexpensive Carpeting
Carpets are great, and there are many varieties available from which you can choose. So, visit a carpet store and buy some carpet samples (you might even get some samples for free). You can either buy a carpet if you wish to use it for all the rooms of your house, or use these samples and make a patchwork carpet with the sample pieces, and place them on a damaged area of your existing flooring.

Imitation Wooden Flooring
Go for bamboo flooring for your house. Bamboo is actually a grass and not wood, however, it can replicate the look of a wooden flooring. Also, you can go for strand woven bamboo flooring which displays the fine lines of the grass, as this is made by gluing bamboo pieces together, which gives it a natural look. Bamboo flooring, compared to hardwood flooring, is half or even less priced, as bamboo reaches its growth period within 3-7 years, while hardwood takes around 50-120 years.

Finished and Unfinished Concrete
Concrete floors give a bit of an unfinished and earthy look, but they are inexpensive and easy to install. There are many different concrete floors available to match your home decor. They come stained, painted, colored, and some are even personalized. They are easy to clean and maintain, and

Nov 19

Limestone Flooring Pros and Cons

Limestone is a naturally occurring rock that primarily consists of calcium carbonate. It has been traditionally used as a material for building and construction, and also as a type of flooring. This stone naturally comes in several shades and textures. As such, limestone flooring has a lot to offer, particularly in terms of its visual appeal. Its natural and earthy appearance makes it a great choice to be used in homes. Installing this type of flooring in your home requires some amount of commitment toward its care and maintenance, but its aesthetic appeal makes it worth the effort. Here, we discuss the pros and cons of this type of flooring, including the cost of the same so that you can make an informed decision.

Advantages

As mentioned earlier, this is a beautiful flooring option that can give any space a rustic, earthy, and timeless look. To choose it as a flooring option for your home then is perhaps one of the best options you have vis-a-vis other stones. Not only does it look great in an earthy setting with natural or distressed wooden furniture, it is also a very cool stone. This makes it a great choice for houses in relatively warm areas. Walking on a limestone floor barefoot soothes not only the feet, but the mind and body too. When cared for appropriately, this flooring can last a lifetime, and have your house looking like a classic piece of architecture and interior design.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, only looks don’t matter, and you have to consider the care and maintenance aspect of this type of flooring when you decide to have it installed in your home. For one, though heavy, limestone is a very soft stone, which makes it easily susceptible to damage even by

Nov 19

Waterproofing Wood

Wood is a natural material which when used for making furniture, floor or deck adds warmth and beauty to the interiors and exteriors of the house. Being porous, it readily absorbs moisture thus, expanding in humid conditions while hot and dry summers ensures the wooden surface contracts to its original form. This continuous expansion and contraction of the wood causes it to buckle or develop cracks on its surface. Excessive moisture absorption may lead to rotting, and be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. To protect the wood from all these harmful effect of moisture, applying a protective layer of sealant is a must.

Sealants
Waterproof sealants are widely used to protect fences and decks not only from moisture but also high temperature and excessive heat. Most of these products have either a silicone rubber base or an acrylic latex base, making it adhere to the surface well. A single application is sure to provide protection for several years.

Wax Polish
Application of wax polish is another effective way of protecting wooden surfaces. Its components which are mostly beeswax, carnauba, etc. are highly water resistant. Besides, it also keeps away dust, dirt and grime and can be used on directly and on painted surfaces. Another advantage of wax polish is that it covers up minor defects like scratches and dents on the surface.

Both these waterproofing materials are available in clear and tinted variety. While a coat of clear polish tends to highlight the natural color and features of the wood, tinted polish allows you to breathe in new life in your old furniture.

Paints
Latex based paints are suitable for indoor application while alkyd paints are better options for outdoors. This is because such paints on wood flooring are easier to clean.

Nov 18

Flooring Alternatives

Your home flooring defines the boundaries of your space. When you choose a flooring type to carpet your floor, you are virtually looking at the impeccability of the impression it creates. One may often ignore other important factors that make flooring alternatives all the more versatile. Your flooring must be stain resistant, deliver a sultry sheen, sustain scratches and rubs, and display compatibility with high traffic zones. To stretch it further, you may also conclude that your flooring must possess good acoustics for a change! Well, with these parameters, one might as well think of revamping the house floor by taking help from an expert who has a know how concerning floors. To make the task sorted for you, you may take a look at the list followed by their description with regards to the flooring alternatives. You may then decide with careful evaluation, what look you would like your house to wear.

Take Your Pick
Gone are those days when flooring was a component ignored in house constructions. Flooring is no more drab and long drawn. It is chic lending a sublime personality to the house. Have a look at some of the alternatives for flooring.

Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is what we look out for when we want our space to ooze sophistication. Hardwood may be considered a stalwart to other flooring alternatives as it has been around for decades. Hardwood flooring looks beautiful, however, it may shine through the pockets, it is expensive. Moreover, you may be surprised, to be acquainted with the fact that hardwood flooring installation cost may be equivalent to the cost of the hardwood you purchase for the floor. They also demand a lot of attention and maintenance. Phew! However, if you are the one who could afford the

Nov 17

Revamp Your Home With This Easy Guide to Granite Tile Installation

granite tileGranite is an igneous rock, absolutely strong and durable (normally built to last long). They are highly water resistant, hence used in kitchens and bathrooms more commonly. These tiles are spill proof and scratch proof as well. Granite tiles are also great in keeping away the growth of bacteria, so are absolutely hygienic. Granite is one of the hardest and strongest stone used in the construction business. They are available in all varied colors, designs or just plain, hence, matching with your wall color and decor. They also come in all sizes, and you can also cut them as per your convenience and need. Polishing granite tiles is a very good idea since it adds that extra shine making it lustrous and amazing looking. Here is more information on granite tiles and its installation.

Granite Tile Installation Instructions
Granite is a strong and heavy stone, you have to be very careful during the process, for a good finished work. Identify the area you are going to install the tiles on, also make up your mind for the size of tiles. Large tiles are very difficult to deal with, so, the medium sized ones are usually recommended. Figure out the proper measurements of the area and order for the tiles, things are more organized and easy then. Now, inspect the area of installation for moisture and unevenness. Once the sub-floor is made even, dry and moisture resistant, install the tiles using cement based mortar. This thin set (mortar) is sticky and bonds really well with the tiles and the wall or floor surface. Use the white thin set mortar (they come in two colors, gray sand white), buy it from a

Nov 13

Engineered Wood Flooring Vs. Laminate

Hand craped Wooden Floors

Also referred to as hand-sculptured hardwood flooring, this flooring type has been popular among the masses since the 1800s. It is loved for its resilient urethane finish, that imparts a traditional wooden floor appeal. Although expensive, they are worth the cost due to the elegant and extravagant look they impart to a house or establishment.

Before the modern sanding techniques came about, wooden floors were hand scraped to attain a flat and even finish. Only then were they installed at their respective locations. However, with time this hand-scraping method is used more as a fashion statement, and is installed in opulent homes and commercial establishments.

What’s Special About Them?

These wooden floors are handcrafted by traditional techniques employed by expert craftsmen. The wood emanates timeless beauty in each contour of wood. Hand scraping gives the wood an older look, thereby imparting a rustic and naturally worn-out look to the wood. While some craftsmen may use denting, scooping, scraping, or roughing methods to scrape the floor, others may just sand it unevenly to achieve its rustic finish. In fact, some of the dexterous artisans are capable of creating the most reclaimed floors with splits, wormholes, and other such naturally appearing markings on the wood, giving it the most natural appeal whatsoever!

How is Hand Scraping Done?

Available in heavy, medium, and light scraping, these floors are subjected to a sanding process, which involves the use of a 38-grit disc floor sander. After this, it is subjected to a 60-grit disc sand scraper. The stained edges can be a challenge to get at. For this, use a 6-inch spinner. Once the floor has been sanded, a vacuum cleaner is used to suck out all the dust off the floor. Now

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