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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Types of Hardwood Floors

How it is laid out and size of material

• Strips-this is generally measured in long pieces of wood of various size widths from 1.5 inches to 2.25 inches
• Planks-these long pieces of wood are wider than a strip and measure at least three inches wide.
• Parquet floors-this is an intricate pattern that uses pieces of wood, to configure a geometric pattern. It will often take the form of small strips that produce small squares. The squares usually alternate directions but can have other designs such as a zigzag look.

Installation methods

Many hardwood floors are fastened to the sub floor, which is the floor below the hardwood floor, by using staples, nails, or glue. There is also a floating floor, which is not attached to the subfloor. To protect against moister and to absorb sound a foam underlay is put on top of the subfloor. The hardwood floor is not attached to the foam underlay or subfloor. They either snap or glue together in a tongue and groove fashion. The entire floor “floats” above the sub floor. This type is often preferred because they can be put over nearly any type of surface and are easy to install.

How it is treated

The hardwood floor can be stained to give it a light or dark look. They can also be left untreated or natural. Other treatments can include antiquing, crackling, or whitewashing.

Types of finishes

When a hardwood floor is finished, a top coat penetrates deep into the wood or lies on the surface.

• Surface finish—this finish uses varnishes and urethanes. With this finish, you have to consider the odor, ease in application, durability, and drying time.
• Deep finish-this is the one that penetrates deep into the wood and will require an additional coat of wax to give it a shine.
• Sheen-this includes low or high gloss and satin finishes

Maintaining White Gloss Kitchen Doors

sparkling. Here are some tips that can help you remove the yellow tinge from the kitchen:

The first method is to make a mixture of vinegar with two cups of warm water. Add one tablespoon of baking soda to this mixture. Use this mixture to clean the cabinets on a monthly basis and your kitchen doors will remain sparkling white.

Another method to clean the white gloss doors is to use warm water with a mild dish washing liquid. Use a soft cloth to clean the surfaces. Once the stains and yellowness have been removed, wipe the surface with a clean and slightly damp cloth followed by wiping with a dry cloth.

You must take care to not use an abrasive cloth or material to clean the kitchen doors as this will leave scratch marks on the surface and even make them appear dull and drab.

Stains are easily visible on white surfaces. So it is recommended that you clean the stain or blot immediately so that it does not penetrates or seeps into the surface.

New Bi-Fold Doors in Home


Bi-folding doors are a very space-efficient entrance/exit solution. Traditional doors swing directly inwards or outwards. Not only does the full width of the door stick out into the room or the space just outside of your home, but it also requires a clear route throughout its swing. If any object is in the way, such as a pair of shoes or a plant pot, this will prevent it from opening fully and this can be a pain. Because they fold, and because they slide within the door frame rather than swinging outwards, bi-fold doors do not require as much clearance in order to open and close fully. This is convenient for just about every kind of home, but especially for those with a lack of space or where you want to make use of the area immediately surrounding the door.


A good-quality folding door will last for a long time and provide you with a lengthy service life before eventually needing to be replaced. However, cheap bi-fold doors can be problematic, as they have more moving parts and more intricate and complex mechanisms than standard doors. Nonetheless, good, well-made uPVC bi-fold doors will use high-quality materials and manufacturing techniques to provide a door that will last a long time.

When Get Locked Out,

1) You walk out the door, leaving your keys inside and the door closes behind you,
2) you have the key but it won’t open the door, and
3) you left your keys in your office or you simply can’t remember where you left them.

Now if you find yourself in scenario number 1 where you have just rushed out your apartment to catch the 8:30 am train to the city and locked yourself out, please don’t panic. Stop! Think! Yes, you can help yourself before calling a locksmith. 90% of the time you can use your credit card and shim your door open by placing the card between the door and frame right where the latch is located. Chances are you will be able to open the door. OK, let’s say you have tried and still didn’t get the door open, what do you do then? Well my advice is the same, don’t panic. If you have your phone, search the internet for a locksmith. The first page of your search will have at least ten listings. Don’t even bother choosing the first three because chances are that those three companies are not local and are going to charge you an arm and a leg.

Next, if you call a company that quotes you a service call and then a minimum amount, please don’t fall for it because they will quote a very low service call, like $15 just to get to you and then try to over charge you for the actual service. Choose the locksmith that is located at least in fourth or fifth place in the listings and make sure they have a physical store, locally.