Home Improvement: Laminate Floor Installation

Home Improvement: Laminate Wood Floor Installation

synopsis by: Augustin M.

In this article, we will talk about laminate floor installation for your remodeling or home improvement project. Laminating flooring comes in a couple of different installation applications. You can have a standard tongue and groove, such as this, where it’s just a tongue and groove that goes together, and end to end, or you can have a snap together.

With the tongue and groove, it either has to be nailed down or glued down. With the snap together, you can actually do what they call a floating floor where you put down a paper barrier which usually has some kind of a foam cushion material on it. You snap the floor together, and you are done. So, it’s a lot less labour intensive than glue down or nail down process.

Regardless of the process you’re using when you start out installing your hard wood floor; e.g., if this is the outside wall, so you want to go to the outside wall of your room and you want to draw a line. Thus, the thickness, a little bit more than the thickness of your flooring and you want to draw that parallel. So measure out and draw that parallel to that outside wall and that will be your reference line for doing that floor.

We are going to lay out several rows; your flooring comes in various lanes, and what we want to do is laying out this floor. We want those laces to be varied throughout the room. So you want to dry stock that out of several rows until you get a good pattern. Then we will push that away from the wall. In a glue down, we will simply take our glue and we will spread it evenly thin layer across the floor.

Now, with the glue, it will recommend a trowel and a type of notch that you need for the glue in the flooring that you are using so go by that recommendation. Then once we get that down, we’ll just take these grus. You want to have these nice even grus. What the grus do, is that they allow the flooring to get suctioned there. First one, we’ll put down, and you want to make sure to leave a quarter inch between the edge of the board and the wall all way round for extension and contraction.

We will just lay these down and press them in.  You want to put a quarter inch filler and you want this to be solid on your first row. Something that you can pull out later once the glue is adhered because you will need it on this tongue and groove to be able to put these in place. And you either squeeze them or tap them for some kind of rubber mallet. Once you do that, then you get a good system and your home improvement project should look great.

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Home Remodeling: Laminate Flooring

Home Remodeling: Laminate Flooring

In this remodeling and home improvement article let’s talk a little bit about advantages of laminate flooring, especially Supreme Click Classic Series. The Classic Series is 10.3mm overall thickness with an 8.3mm Laminate Flooring board and a 2mm pad attached to the back.

Laminate flooring was invented about 20 years ago because people wanted the look of hard wood, but they wanted something that was Durable and would be a worthy home improvement investment. They wanted something that would be right for the active family and the active household.

Let start some simple tests. The first is the scratch test. We can take a key to our Supreme Click Laminate Flooring and not hurt the finish. And you see that there will be no scratch marks at all, on the product.

Another great thing about this product is its stain resistance. We can write on the product in a Sharpie marker, let it dry and then wipe it clean. As you can see, the Sharpie is dry; and all we need to clean this off, is some simple acetone. Acetone can be purchased at any local hardware store or even at Walmart where I got this bottle for $6. Get the paper towel a little bit wet, and wipe it clean. The best part about this is that the acetone does not damage the finish and in no way, voids the manufacturer warranty.

Speaking of the manufacturer warranty, the manufacturer’s warranty on our Classic series, ranges anywhere from 50 years to lifetime. Now, the Classic series in all the Supreme Click lines are made specifically to our standards. We have our manufacturing partners make the patterns that we want, the fitnesses we want, with the warranties we want, and then we pass the savings along to you- the consumer.

Another great benefit of the Supreme Click Series is that it is a Green product. The Hdf core board, which is on the interior part of the laminate is made out of recycle board products. The Supreme ClickClassic series has a 2mm attached pad. If you’re installing over a wood sub-floor, you’re ready to go right out of the box. If you’re installing over a concrete sub-floor, you still need a moisture barrier and that can be accomplished with our 2mm foam-and-moisture-barrier product for 15 cents a square foot.

If you get a small amount of water on the product, and you get it up in a reasonable amount of time, it shouldn’t be a problem. So don’t worry about water in the kitchen or in the bathroom. But if you do get a couple of pieces that get extremely wet, and there is bubbling at the seams, you can always replace them with the couple of extra boards that you’ve saved in your attic after you did your job.

The Supreme Click Classic series is incredibly easy to install with an angle-angle locking mechanism. You touch the face of two pieces at about a 30 degree angle and rock the second piece down into place.

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Bathroom Remodeling: Bathroom Lighting

Factors to Consider for Bathroom Lighting

video synopsis by: Talat Z.

Its always an excellent idea to consider improving your bathroom when you are doing a home improvement or remodeling project. There are so many people which neglect the importance of bathroom improvement while renovating their homes. This is because of the reason that they think its too big job to handle or may be their bathroom is too small for any change. But remember size doesn’t have to do anything with the bathroom improvement; few good ideas are all you need to do it.

One of the most effective remodeling ideas to enhance the beauty of your bathroom is through lighting. Light is the first element of design. Without it, there is no color, form, or texture. Showers and fixtures usually get top billing in a bathroom remodel, but lighting is a very important factor as well. Different lighting types help create a unified look in the bathroom. There are three main options when it comes to lighting:

1.         General Lighting. This is the overall illumination.

2.         Task Lighting. This is lighting for a specific function.

3.         Accent Lighting. This is lighting on a specific area, such as a shower.

As a general rule, you can never have too much light in the bathroom. What is the most important type of lighting for the bathroom? It is the vanity light – the centerpiece. It is located over the mirror, which is where you do a lot of grooming. It is very important to have a lot of light in that area so that when you look in the mirror, you will have a decent light and you will actually see your reflection. Does the size of the bathroom determine how much light it needs? There is a basic formula for establishing how much light you will need on the bathroom. That is length x width x 1.5. This gives you the base amount of watts that you will need for your bathroom. After that, you can start with the first layer of lighting, which would normally be a ceiling fixture or a semi-flush ceiling fixture in the bathroom. This is going to provide a decent amount of light for the whole area.

One thing that you will need to avoid is shadows. Good fillers for those will be vanity lights, wall sconces, and even recess lighting. Lighting can make such a great difference in a bathroom. It can make everyday projects like putting your makeup on, shaving, and brushing your teeth much easier. Thus, good lighting is always vital to whoever uses the bathroom for whatever purpose. Visit http://www.improvementdirect.com/?source=yt for more bathroom improvement products and information.

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Home Improvement: Repairing Scratches On Hardwood

Home Improvements & Repairs, Scratches on Hardwood Floors

synopsis by: Gabriel A.

If you have started your kitchen improvement project, then you must read this article to find out how to get scratches out of your hardwood floors. Now, whether it’s an engineered floor, a hardwood floor, or a solid wood floor, your surfaces are pretty much the same. So, you know, if you have those instances, where somebody had moved back your chair and you get a scratch, there are some different things that you can do without having to re-finish the entire floor to take care of that.

Now, first and foremost, most of your hardwood floor products come with some type of a cleaner and a cleaner buffing agent. So in most cases, if it’s a really light scratch, you can just use the buffing agent with a soft white cloth and in most cases, you can spray it directly on, or spray it on the cloth, and you simply rub and this will actually clean and buff the area to get some of those scratches out.

Now there are some other after market value products that you can use, that are specifically formulated to hide surface scratches. Now, if you get some deeper scratches, what you may need to do is actually get a Urethane or shellac. Actually shellac works very well. What you can do is- you take some shellac, you cut it with a little bit of denatured alcohol to make a real thin mixture, and then you can just take an artist’s paintbrush and paint it into that crack, and then you let that dry, and then you come back and repeat. Now, after you’ve repeatedly put the shellac in there, if you can still see the scratch, then you come back and do it a third time. Now if you have a really deep gouge or something like that, you can also use a product like beeswax. If you melt the beeswax into it, sand it lightly and buff it, and use a buffing compound, again the cleaning compound and those are some typical ways that you can take care of some scratches in hardwood floors. These are some helpful tips on taking care of scratches on hardwood floors.

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Tile Flooring: Beautifying Your Home

Tile Flooring For Home Remodeling: Beautifying Your Home

synopsis by: Jan Placido

Tile floorings, plays an important role in beautifying your home, making it glamorous and attractive….definitely a priority for any home remodeling project. Majority of homeowners today prefer tiles for home improvement task in better and professional way. Because many homeowners, architects, and engineers prefer to get this product, many tile making companies/home improvement companies has emerged in the market. With vast array of options available in the home improvement market today, many people can go with the one as per their needs and finances.

Man-made material such as tiles have some major collection in the market available today, these includes ceramic tiles, mosaic, slate and marble tiles. All of these tiles have their own assets. One of the most important advantages affiliated with tile flooring is that they have hard wearing nature. If tiles are being maintained properly, they will last for a very long time and the second advantage that they have is that they are waterproof nature.

Tile flooring suites well in areas like bathroom and utility rooms, because of the aspect that tile flooring is very easy to clean, and it is also recognized for kitchen use, though tiles may have the slippery factor, it is not the case with all. Advance technology today has given the tiles a non-slippery feature, thus making this suitable for older people or children. Tile flooring also provides the advantage of easy installation procedures, because tiles are like a puzzle you just have to connect the squares together then you can create your own free imagination in real life.

One, of the most important thing to understand is the decoration and the style of each particular room or area, where one individual is interested to lay the flooring. A person can decide what stiles he/she wanted on a particular room, or whether he/she would install a high grade or medium grade tile. This becomes clear that tiles flooring are good option to make homes not only look elegant but also provides a good feel to the homeowners.

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“Do It Yourself” Tile Flooring

Home Improvement: “Do It Yourself” Tile Flooring

synopsis by: Jan Placido

If you do have a plan to buy some outdoor tile, you might ask yourself and wonder where and, why would you do that. Since tiles are something you can only put on the interior part of the house and on bathroom walls. Outdoor tiles can be used on porches and decks. This type of flooring tiles are unglazed and slip resistant, it make look like the same tile but without the glazed coating that makes indoor tile shine.

Tiles are easy to do and can be just a weekend project. Tiles can be ceramic, stone or porcelain, with vast arrays of styles and designs to choose from. From these options there would be one design that would really fit your lifestyle and will complement or enhance your home. There are specific tiles that suites each climate. When you do try to measure the where you wanted to place the tiles on, make sure that you get extra so you just have trim pieces.

If you are ready to put the tile on the floor, make sure that your concrete is very dry and clean.  So you could just stick glue on the tiles and lay them one by one according to your desired pattern you choose to lay out. You have to consider to, place spaces between the tiles, so you could put a grout in between them. It is wiser to buy or purchase smaller tiles for your project. It might take longer to put them all down. Smaller tiles are very easy to crank, while larger once have the disposition to crack and break and it cost more than smaller tiles.

If you do buy a tile, ask the home improvement agent or tell him how big your area would be so there will be no shortage of tiles when you bought them. You have to consider to-buy extra tiles, there are some cases, like accidentally your tiles will get broken when you transfer them in some area. There are some possibilities when you go back and purchase more, they might have stocks available just like the one you bought or they were a discounted tile on sale.  Thus it is much more, better to buy more than what you need maybe 15 percent of it would do, for as long you have extra’s if you broke some.

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Five Tips For Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling (The Five Important Tips)

video synopsis by: Talat Z.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, it can be tough. This isn’t going to be an easy project especially if you haven’t had an experienced doing a bathroom remodeling before. I would like to share with you five important tips that will help you with your bathroom remodeling project.

  1. Make sure that you come up with a good design. Create a nice plan something that works in your bathroom and works well; in other words, if you have a bathroom, a bathtub in your bathroom. I’m just going to go over the standard bathroom here; a bathtub, a sink, and a toilet. Don’t switch these items around. Don’t move the bath tub where the toilet is, which this could be some causally things to do.

In moving your plumbing, try to stick with the same format if possible when you’re planning, but make sure that you have a good plan. Don’t flit a seven foot tub in a five foot area. Simple things like that are common sense.

  1. When it comes to demolition. Your going to be tearing out the shower, you’re going to be taking the bathtub out. Would it be a bad idea to provide yourself with enough ventilation? Even wearing respirator mask to keep the dust out? Ventilation, a nice fan, an open window. Often, if there’s a window, I’ll stick the fan in a window and run that while I’m working all the time and to get rid all of the debris.
  2. When it comes to selecting your plumbing textures. Would it be a bad idea to make sure that they match? A lot of times you’ll see an all white; bathtub’s white, toilet’s white and the sink is white. It’s not a bad idea to stick with the same colors or colors that are close to that.
  3. When it comes to painting. It’s not a good idea in the bathroom to use flat or sat in paint. Try to use a semi gloss or high gloss paint. I prefer to use semi gloss paint. Now, some people asked me, what about the oil based or water based? Oil based is a good paint. If you’re not familiar with using oil based paint, I recommend that you use water based paint. Sometimes, the oil based paints are difficult to use and apply. Recently, I was in a house where someone painted used oil based paint to paint the ceiling in the kitchen with a roller that must not had been a very good roller, there was all sorts of little hairs, these hairs are about half inch apart all the way through the ceiling. So, if you don’t know what you’re doing, stick with acrylic water based paint but semi gloss is what I recommend.
  4. Pre-modeling your bathroom. If you’re not going to do it yourself, you need to find a good contractor. Make sure that your contractor is licensed. If you can’t, check out their work. Have they remodeled some bathrooms in your area? If you are going to do the work yourself. What about purchasing a couple of books? Go to the internet; check out how to do things. Watch videos like this. Give a little education behind you. Even if you watched one video or read one book and it saves you a couple of things that prevents you from making a mistake or helps with the design of the bathroom, this going to be worth it.

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Laminate Flooring: Hardwood Beauty Without Scratches

Laminate flooring: hardwood beauty without scratches

synopsis by: M. Moyeez

Hardwood floors are beautiful, elegant yet simple and great for many home remodeling projects. Everyone likes the stunning beauty of hardwood floors. But when you look at the scratched and dented hardwood floors, you may not like them the most. You may get irritated with those stains and fade marks that appear on the hardwood floors.

Hence, to overcome these stains and fade marks and still enjoy the beauty of hardwood look, laminate flooring can be considered. Laminate flooring is lot cheaper and is more durable when compared to hardwood floors. Then, why to go for hardwood floors when you can get more beautiful and durable laminated flooring at much cheaper rates. Laminate flooring is made with a core material of high refractive index. This is sealed with laminate covering and hence, is called as laminate flooring. The quality of the laminate flooring depends on the quality of the core used. The thicker the core used, the high is the quality of the floor. In fact, the flooring with thicker core lasts longer and is highly durable when compared to the flooring with a thinner core.

However, you can decide how much to spend on your flooring depends upon how you are going to use it. If you are going to use your house permanently then it is very good to go for a thicker quality core. Instead, if you are going to sell your house within some span of time then you can probably go for thinner one. Even if you are living as a tenant and want to change the floor, you can go for the laminated one with thinner core inside. It still adds lot of beauty to your house with less input.

One more advantage of laminate flooring to hardwood floor is you can install it manually. Hardwood flooring is of high cost and it requires a professional as a must to install it. Whereas laminating is not like that, t is very easy to install. Never mind if you does not know how to install a floor because it is very easy for the starter as well to install the laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring is very good even for kitchen and bathroom. The water that spills can damage the hardwood flooring but for laminate flooring, it is not the case because it is water repellent. Hence, you can enjoy the beauty of hardwood with endurance of laminate flooring.

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Home Improvement: Tile Flooring

Home Improvement: Tile Flooring

by Jan Placido

Tiles are one of the greatest products for flooring and it is one of the best used to decorate parts of your home, they could be used in ceilings, walls, tabletops or countertops. Tiles are generally made out of pieces of stone, glass, rubber, metal and wood and more variety of materials. Basically tiles are being used in common areas, they are installed on floors. Tile doesn’t only beautify your home but it also increases its value, and to protect the floor to give a durable surface.

Some parts of your home have traffic areas where numerous of people walks on it every day, these parts of the house needs thick and durable covering. Tile for the floor is generally made of stone or ceramic. There are some examples that are made of stones these materials are marble, limestone, slate and granite. There are some liquids that can stain natural surfaces, but if you do use regular application of sealants that prevent stains, then it will assure you that the beauty of your tiles will last for a lifetime. Stones usually are slippery when they are wet, but now there are ways to make them slip resistant.

Tiles can be tough to choose, you as the homeowner must determine what kind of materials goes with particular areas of the home.  Rubbers pads are good when you place it on the floor where you want to protect it. Ceramic tiles are generally used inside or interior of the house to avoid weathering. But now manufacturers have made low porosity stoneware that, are being used for outdoor.

Designs are what makes, tiles more attractive, you can choose vast arrays of options from numerous patterns and designs to décor your home. Tile floor can be a fun project because you can just let your creativity flow and make those creative imagination come to real, as far what I know there are intricate designs or ornate designs for classic houses as well they are simple yet sophisticated, there is even a designs that are splendid to see, just like mosaic patterns, they really look best when they are put on your flooring.

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Home Improvement: Your New Laminate Flooring

Home Improvement: Your New Laminate Flooring

by: Jan Placido

Everybody is looking to get things done in a quick manner and easy. Well surprisingly laminated flooring has catch the attention of homeowners, because of several reasons why laminated flooring is excellent than other types of flooring products.

Laminated flooring are, easy to maintain and clean. Everyday hustle doesn’t give you time to clean around anymore. This is why laminated flooring is a cut above. This kind of flooring has more dent resistant rather than hardwood, and it doesn’t really get stained easily too.

Laminated flooring can be easily installed. If you have a good quality laminated flooring product, you don’t have any problem on what kind of glue or adhesive agent you are going to use, installation process of this are simple and permanent.  There are also excellent range of handful designs and patterns that are available on the market. You don’t have to worry anymore on what perfect flooring match on your room theme or color.

Variety of course for any laminate manufacturers will give you what you need, they will include a wide great variety of different styles and colors, you can even choose an impressive inventory of tiles (modern) or traditional floor styles. You are not being constricted to the wood styles, but you could choose to different ceramic and stone, just like a real tiles had. Laminated wood flooring have the ability to mimic, some man made flooring products, this gives a big advantage over some flooring products. If you decided to have this particular flooring product, you’ll get a floor that looks very expensive and durable than a natural product.

Laminated flooring can be a huge impact to your house, people might say that your house have a greater value, because they might think that the floors you are using are very expensive, in fact they are not.

Make sure you get the best of the laminated flooring you have to ensure the manufacturer adheres to the high standards of EN and ISO you must put this into consideration before buying. You must ask if they are really guaranteed to fit your flooring needs, prior to this you have to give information on what room you would like it to be place.

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