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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Replacing Front Door

UPVC Doors

The majority of people nowadays opt for uPVC front doors as standard. They use modern materials to create doors that are more resilient, long-lasting and weatherproof than traditional wooden ones. They are available in a choice of styles, including various shapes, sizes and numbers of glass panes. Despite the use of modern materials, there are some very traditional styles available as well as contemporary ones and doors can also be personalised with decorative glass panes, either subtle or elaborately ornate, to further enhance the door’s look.

Composite Doors

Composite doors are so called because they contain a number of different materials, and are a composite of them all. These traditional and modern materials are assembled to create a very robust door with a long lifespan. They offer many of the same advantages as their uPVC counterparts, and are also highly secure doors as they tend to be very strong and resistant to break-in attempts using force. However, despite offering the same modern advantages they can be made to look a lot more like traditional wooden doors.

Stable Doors

While uPVC and composite doors are both types, distinguished by their materials and methods of manufacture, stable doors are a style. They tend to fit into one of the other types, most often composite or – more rarely these days – traditional wood. The door is divided into a top and a bottom section, much like the door of a horse’s stable. The two sections can be locked together and opened or closed as one, or else just the top section can be opened while keeping the bottom section closed. In a home, these are often overlooked as an external door choice but they can be very practical. The top section can be opened to accept deliveries, talk to people who call, or simply let air into the house while the bottom section still provides some barrier in the doorway that would otherwise be wide open.

Natural Beauty of Wood Flooring

Overview of Basic Flooring

There are two basic categories of floors: factory engineered and solid. Factory engineered consists of multiple layers or veneers made up of different types of wood or composite. The veneers are layered in opposite directions to increase stability and to resist the expansion and contraction that comes with temperature and humidity fluctuations. This type is well-suited for basements and rooms with less stable environments. Depending on the thickness of the top layer, it can be sanded and refinished, but no more than two or three times.

What is Factory Finished Flooring?

Wood flooring can be purchased and installed either factory finished or unfinished. Finished products are generally the easier way to go since it will be complete and ready to walk on immediately after installation. Depending on where it will be installed, unfinished wood can be beneficial. It comes without stain or a topcoat, making it ideal for matching existing floors or for obtaining a specific, custom color. After it’s installed, it will be sanded, stained, and finished with multiple coats of varnish that will both protect it and give it a radiant shine. An unfinished product will require some time to dry after installation and cannot be walked on until the recommended time.

What is Solid Wood Flooring?

Solid floors are as the name implies. It’s made of one solid layer and can vary in thickness up to 3/4″ and as thin as 5/16″. This is the highest quality available since it can be refinished multiple times, allowing it to last almost indefinitely. There are many different species and grains to choose from; among them are cherry, oak, maple, and exotics, such as bamboo and Brazilian cherry.

Cleaning Stone Floors

A tip to ensuring that your product selection is appropriate for your floor is to test it on an inconspicuous area. Never use bleach and always apply the cleaning agent with a soft cloth or mop. Try not to over wet the floor and ensure that all residue is rinsed away. Residue left on the tiles will attract dirt and the result will be dirtier tiles than you started with.

Specific brushes are available to deep clean grout lines. Be careful when cleaning the surface of your tiles as dirt can easily be pushed into the grout lines. Grout is porous, so this means it will get dirty very quickly. The dirt gets ingrained and can be a real challenge to remove. Grout brushes work to clean the grout without damaging it.

Stone floors, whether manmade or natural do experience general deterioration over time. This may mean that the surface seal has been degraded. Therefore, a stone sealer may need to be applied to ensure the tiles are equipped to repel daily wear and tear once again.

It is always wise to seek the assistance of a professional stone cleaning and restoration specialist. The reason for this is that they are equipped with the professional machinery and products to deep clean your tiles and grout prior to re-sealing the surface. They are also able to fully restore your stone floors, should they be in such a deteriorated state. The end goal of restoring your stone floors is to achieve the appearance of newly laid tiles (or as close to that as possible).

This process effectively removes all old surface coatings, repairs any damage to the tiles and grout and grinds the surface of the tiles to reveal the undamaged surface underneath. Natural stone and manmade tile require individual approaches as their care demands are very different. Part of this process is to deep clean the grout lines and seal them again so that the entire floor returns to its best-possible appearance. The transformations can be incredible.

Carpet Warranties

Warranties to Consider

An appearance warranty or guarantee is one of the best offers available. Some carpet companies actually offer you a certain number of days to consider your new carpet. And, if you decide it doesn’t look right you can have it replaced at little or no cost. But, one of the best things you can do as a consumer once you’ve found the carpeting you love and want for your home, is to educate yourself on the company’s warranties. Ask for a written explanation of the carpet warranties they provide and what they cover.

In the end, it is important to invest in quality carpeting from a reputable company. High quality carpeting can really be the key to long-lasting, durability and style for your home’s carpeting. Inferior carpet does not wear well and can end up costing more in the long run. Everyone wants to save money. There are plenty of places to cut costs on home renovations, but a quality carpet is not something to skimp on. And remember, a great carpet from a trusted company may just be the best warranty out there.