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Flooring and kitchen

Flooring and kitchen

Bathroom Flooring Options

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Nothing can change the looks and feel of a bathroom quite like good quality, well placed flooring. Flooring that has yellowed with age or chipped wear detracts from any improvements. If you have made the effort to replace the sink and faucet with updated models flooring must be the next step.

There was a time when carpet in the bathroom was en vogue. Home owners liked the idea of walking on carpet instead of cold tile in the middle of the night. Years later they would learn bow much bacteria gets trapped between the carpet and the sub-floor. No only is that unhealthy for your feet but for the sub floor itself.

A better option for the bathroom floor is tile. It comes in large and small sizes, depending on kind of design you are looking for. Some people might choose large, plain white tiles and then decorate the bathroom with splashes of color elsewhere. A different choice would be choosing tiles that make some type of pattern. A great thing about tile is that it can be extended into the shower and provide continuity to both areas. The down side of tile is that it does require skill to cut and lay properly and it’s more expensive than some alternatives.

A less expensive alternative is linoleum. This extremely durable flooring was invented by Frederick Walton in 1855. This type of flooring comes in a roll. It’s cut to fit nearly any shape or size. Cost and relative ease are the advantages of this type of flooring. It’s very common and used in many new homes, office buildings and other commercial areas. It doesn’t look as nice as tile does, however. But each year, new advances make it harder and harder to tell what kind of flooring you are looking at. Each year, linoleum because more fashion forward.

Another choice, which seems counterintuitive for the bathroom, is wood. It is by far the most expensive but arguably the most beautiful too. Traditional wood used for flooring is pine, oak or redwood. It is laid piece by piece in a tongue and groove method and then nailed or glued into place. The new product being utilized for bathrooms and kitchens everywhere is bamboo. This wood is used to water-filled areas. And while it won’t tolerate being left underwater for extended periods of time, wood especially treated for flooring will handle the occasional spill or splash.

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Use Non Slip Flooring to Avoid Falls at Home

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When you put your new flooring at home, you have so many options, sometimes it’s quite difficult to choose. There are some flooring types that are more slippery than others given the various conditions, such as water or wax. If you have an elderly living with you, using non slip flooring is something to really think about for the long term. The older a person gets, the easier it is for them to slip and fall. And elderly will have a more difficult time recovering than younger people.

You can put non skid flooring in rooms that tend to have spills or moisture, such as in the kitchen or bathroom, on your patios, around swimming pools and your veranda. These are the places that are easiest to cause accidents and need more care than others.

When you’ve decided to install non slip floors in your home, you can find them in 3 different materials: linoleum, vinyl and cork. While cork might seem a bit weird for the purpose, it is a very modern and good material to use for flooring, and it is also very easy to clean and maintain. If you are an environmentally conscious person, putting cork floors will make you sleep easier at night as this is a very ecofriendly material to have around. Vinyl and linoleum are the other two materials that are easy to maintain and clean and suitable for the purpose.

Where you can’t put this type of floor, or you already have some other type, to prevent accidental falls you can also add on your existing surface some non slip rubber flooring. Garage and basement comes to mind here. This rubber is available in big rolls and you can simply put it on top of any surface, as it’s very easy to install. Nowadays there are rubber floors that are really modern looking, so you don’t have to worry about having an ugly place when you lay it on your floor.

Non slip mats and rugs are another option for already existing hardwood floors, for example. It is a know fact that waxing your wood can get very slippery, so adding non skid mats in strategically, well chosen places might mean the difference between an accident or not.

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Install Radiant Floor Heating For Increased Comfort and Cost Savings

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One of life’s little nasty surprises is stepping out of the shower onto a chilly floor. Fortunately, you don’t have to tolerate this discomfort any longer. With a radiant floor system, you can enjoy toasty warm floors – and many other advantages as well.

Radiant floor heating is a method of keeping a room or house warm by installing the heating elements under your flooring. The systems can be either electric or hydronic. Hydronic systems have been around for many years but are quite involved to install and, generally, not a good do-it-yourself project. They require lots of tubing, water heaters, pumps and other devices. On the whole, hyrdonic systems are best for heating very large areas.

For areas ranging from 300 square feet up to about 3,000 square feet, the low voltage radiant heat system works well. It is composed of 12″ wide mesh installed on the sub-floor with the final floor covering installed on top of the mesh. Installation is made easy as the mesh can be nailed through without harming it. Spaces under 300 square feet can be heated with a line voltage system. Such systems are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. Rather than mesh, the system utilizes heating cables that are laid out on the sub-floor with the final flooring installed on top. Both of these systems can be installed under carpet, wood, tile, stone or marble. Once installed, both systems should be maintenance free as there are no moving parts or filters to change.

Radiant systems have two major advantages over forced air that make them appealing. The first advantage is cost savings as a result of greater efficiency. With a standard furnace, the air is heated remotely and then pushed to its final location The energy required to push the air adds dollars to your utility bill but does not nothing to heat your house. Further, some of the heat in the warmed air will be lost during transit through your duct work. With a radiant system, a much greater percentage of the expended energy is used to warm the room since heat is being generated where it is needed. This is much more efficient and easier on your utility bill. In fact, many people have reported savings of more than 30%.

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Easy Pointers on How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

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Thinking about the possibility of replacing your old kitchen cabinets with new ones? The thought of a professional installing them for you has you concerned because of the amount of money you might have to pay. That is OK; you do not have to have a professional do it. If you have enough basic skills and the right tools you should be able to install them yourself.

The first and foremost thing you must do is to carefully remove the old kitchen cabinets. It is wise to have someone helping you to do the entire installation of the cabinets as well as removing the old ones. They can help by holding onto the cabinets when an extra hand is needed. Make to not damage your walls when you remove the old ones.

After you have removed the old cabinets you will need a level and pencil to make special marks on your walls for the new cabinets. First you will need to start a mark three inches from the floor and make a line upwards that is thirty four and a half inches long. From there draw a line across the wall. This is called the top of the base for the cabinets.

From this point draw a line going up nineteen and a half inches. This will represent the bottom of the cabinets. The next thing you will do is to take the pencil and mark the actual dimensions of the cabinets on the wall.

You need to find the studs in the walls, so make sure that you have a stud finder. With that stud finder mark all of the studs you find in the wall. Mark these studs with pencil about six inches under where the bottom of the cabinets will be.

You will need to create temporary support by use a piece of wood that is one by three in size and screw it into the wall where the bottom of the cabinets will be. This will be removed once you are done.

You will now start with the corner or end cabinet and attach the back of cabinet with two screws. Make sure the screws are long enough to go through the wall studs for a secure attachment. Always check your work with the level as you go to make sure the cabinets are level.

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