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Category Archives: Home Improvement

New Bi-Fold Doors in Home

Space-Efficient

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.

Long-Lasting

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.

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.

Not Get Floored by Flooring

1. Laminate Flooring: Commonly known as a “cheap version of wood” laminate is truly a workhorse. As a very durable material, it rarely fades, is resistant to stains and most importantly, is pretty easy to install (Means even a total noob can do it after a few instructables, though not advised). Though laminate flooring has its ups, it doesn’t generally add up to your home’s worth from a buyer’s perspective. And in the rare case of discolouration, it’s not possible refinish the material. Another downside is its high susceptibility to water Damage, making it a very bad choice for washrooms, or a home with kids.

Ideal for: Those looking for durable and versatile flooring option in a budget.

2. Hardwood Flooring: Hardwood Floors is one of those things that will actually be a selling point if you ever decide to put your house up for sale. This type of flooring, even if it’s old and worn has another positive – you can refinish it. The only issue with hardwood flooring is that while it gives off an inviting look, since it’s sensitive to warping from too much moisture, it may become a problem. Also, hardwood flooring is not too eye-friendly when it comes to dings and dents.

Ideal for: Those who don’t mind to spend for a bit of luxury.

3. Stone Flooring: Strong, thick stone used in covering a floor is a classic yet contemporary choice. And since it’s almost indestructible, it’s there for the long run. Moreover, like hardwood, stone floors can add value to your existing home.

Stone flooring, though, doesn’t come cheap. And along with the cost, it retains the cold. Also, a wet stone floor is a potential hazard. Factor in being hard to install. Not only does it require regular cleaning, it can also chip, becoming quite a headache.

Ideal for: Those who want looks, class and durability & does not mind a high maintenance standard.

4. Tile Flooring: Tiles can be a great solution for the high traffic areas in your house. A benefit over stones is that tiles are fairly easy to replace. And by-and-large, tile flooring is extremely durable. Tiles, nonetheless, are not indestructible. Being rather prone to chipping and cracking when heavy objects are dropped on them, or something that weighs a lot shatters an individual tile. Also note that these are very noisy floors & wet tiles can become quite slippery.

Ideal for: Those areas in the house, which are highly prone to visitors and do not house heavy items.

Sliding Door Repairs

If you find the door you are using is currently made out of very cheap parts, then it might be worth replacing the door with something better.

One of the most common things we see is this.

You may have recently bought your new home and with a year or two, you notice one or two of the doors no longer slide like they used to.

Old style doors used to be quite heavy. In fact, even the modern sliding glass doors are quite heavy.

But at some stage, the original owner may have done a home sliding door repair job and replace the rollers with cheap parts.

It is these cheap parts which are causing the issue.

The cheap rollers cannot withstand the weight of the sliding glass or aluminium door and as such start to disintegrate and erode.

You will find they get chipped, cracked or just become loose.

If you have ever had a sliding door that jumps out of its track, this is the most likely cause.

So the most important thing you can do is get it repaired correctly.

Often, the door itself is fantastic and does not need to be repaired.

Instead, you want to find a quality sliding door repair company who uses high-quality parts as part of their service.

You see, with the weight of your current door, you are going to need quality rollers at the base of your door.

There are also springs inside many of these rollers, which help keep the door on the track and rolling smoothly.

When you view the base of your door, you may find it is very dirty.

The first thing you can do before you get your door repaired is to give it a good clean. This won’t magically make it work again, but it will remove many of the dirt and grime which is causing the issue.

A quality door repair service will move lift the door safely out of its track and then replace both the tracks and the rollers.

Shower Doors

Umpteen styles and designs of homes are built all across the globe today, and every corner of the room is made in the most appealing way. For instance, bathrooms of a modern home do not look like a place for refreshing. Rather they do not look less than any room of A-grade hotel as everything from flooring to accessories to bath tubs and shower doors, everything is very classy.

The entire look of your home depends upon your choice actually. Moreover, a wide variety of bathroom accessories are available so you can choose all according to your needs and desires. No doubt, other bathroom accessories are very important, yet when it comes to choosing a door for the shower, you have to be very choosy as the entire look and feel of your bathroom is decided by the door.

Basically, there are two options available for the home owners: Firstly, they can get a door installed in their bathroom or can use a shower enclosure. The major difference between the two is; enclosures make the bathroom a single unit while doors make things to appear different.

For homes with ceramic tiles, single doors are usually the best choice as they are simply added to the opening of the bathing place. While for homes with limited pace, sliding doors is an ideal choice as the save space and also enhance the look with its aesthetically appealing makeover. Sliding shower doors are in great trend nowadays and complement shower enclosures without any hassles.

Every individual has a unique taste and, of course, unique needs. With a comprehensive range of doors for shower, it has become easier to make an optimal choice. The best part, products are also available online. Every product is easily accessible online, with clear description from the scratch. So, you do not have a tough time making a decision today.

Bathroom With 3D Tiles

  1. Lots of Options – When it comes to 3D bathroom tiles, they come in so many varieties that you don’t have to compromise at all. Get the best one! With so many colours and designs available for you to choose from, you can satisfy yours as well as your family member’s preferences.
  2. Great Design and Looks – Do you want your bathroom to look stylish and classy? Or you want more of a vintage look? Or may be you are the fan of something different and twisty. Whatever may be your preference you can achieve it through these 3D designer bathroom tiles. Have fun with your bathroom remodelling and give it a brand new appearance.
  3. Crack Resistance – Usually, one of our biggest concern regarding tiles are that they fade very soon and easily gets cracked. Right! But no more tension as these 3D tiles are crack resistance. So, no more ugly cracks on your tiles that make you spend money on them again and again or going through the embarrassment of having your guests see your cracked and ugly bathroom tiles.
  4. Highly Durable – Another amazing benefit of these bathroom tiles is that they are highly durable meaning you don’t have to replace them again. Now, you enjoy your great bathroom walls and a great interior by investing in these 3D tiles. These wall tiles will last you for a really long time to come.

Given so many benefits of these 3D designer tiles, it only makes sense that you give your bathroom a remodel with these tiles. These are perfect for people with different preferences but the expectation of supreme quality. So, make your bathroom new and stylish with these 3D tiles!