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Beyond Tradition: the Hardwood Flooring Advantage

Hardwood flooring is looked upon by many as the flooring option that lends a sense of permanence to an interior. Whether it’s a residential interior, or an office installation, hardwood flooring adds an air of class, as well as structural strength. For these reasons, hardwood flooring remains to be a classic choice. It is a flooring option that has the advantage of tradition behind it; many cultures and civilizations have used hardwood flooring, and have done so for centuries. But, there are reasons beyond those of tradition that make hardwood flooring a practical and decorative choice.

One of the most attractive attributes of hardwood flooring is the range of options open to you in terms of finish, surface, stain, and species. All of these aspects play a very important role in determining the look of your flooring. With all of these choices, hardwood flooring is known to make for a unique effect in each interior. To this point, an advantage you will experience will most likely be all of the compliments you’ll get because of your hardwood flooring for years to come.

Pre-finished and Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring can be purchased in either prefinished or unfinished varieties and there are distinct advantages in both. For pre-finished hardwood flooring, the obvious advantage is that of convenience. No sanding is required for these types of hardwood floors, and therefore more time is saved on preparation as well a mess; sanding a hardwood floor involves both. Also, no time must be allowed for the finish on your hardwood flooring to dry, a period which can take a half a day to longer, depending on the kind of finish you use.

As far as unfinished hardwood flooring goes, the most compelling advantage is that of a more uniform s Read the rest of this entry »

When searching for a home to buy, there’s one feature that can often stop people dead right where they are, one that often proves the decisive factor when weighing up all of the options. A swimming pool is the ultimate accessory for any home and can make the distinction between a good house and an exceptional house.

Approximately 30 years ago, having a swimming pool was regarded an extravagance as well as suggested a certain degree of wealth. Should you knew of someone who owned one, you’d walk out your way to become their best friends, particularly if you were significant distance from a lake, river or the ocean.

Very simple above ground kit set swimming pools were quite popular within the 80s and in ground pools were quickly making their presence felt. The sizes and shapes available were relatively limited and the prices were out of reach for many home owners.

Now days, pools are made from a variety of materials and they’re also available in a number of colours, sizes and shapes. The demand for pools is much higher now and so more and more people are in the pool-building industry. It has helped bring down the prices, meaning they’re a viable home fixture option for people of nearly all incomes.

Should you fly over some of the warmer and much more exotic areas of the world where houses (or mansions) range in excess of millions of dollars in value, Read the rest of this entry »

It is a thrilling and exciting task to create your new kitchen or renovate your existing kitchen. For this, you have to consider some important facts. A foremost thing is that the actual beauty of a kitchen depends upon its design. It doesn’t matter how much space can there be and which kind of appliances you’ve in your kitchen, a suitable kitchen design can create lots of changes to your kitchen. If you want to give your kitchen a stylish look, you need to go for a perfect kitchen design. It’s not that simple to generate an appropriate design, so it will probably be your job to educate your home designer regarding your priorities as well as. You may also go to the nearest kitchen showrooms to buy elegant appliances for the kitchen.Ask yourself if your home is simply a spot to prepare meals for the family, or whether it also serves as where you entertain your close friends and have family gatherings. Prior to going to organize your kitchen design, consider how your meals are prepared and what kind of appliances you use or planning to buy for your kitchen.After considering all of the above points, you should consider other crucial points, like architecture, kitchen cabinets, pallettes, sinks, lighting, faucets, fixtures, furniture and countertops. Kitchen fittings and cabinets may either be custom-built, or you can have one of those, which can be easily present in various kitchen showrooms. This way, you can plan your home design based on you requirements.

The kitchen design, settings and also the appliances change from one family with other. The look depends upon how large the household is, exactly what the size kitchen is, the conventional of living from the family and also the time usually put in the kitchen. Other thing that you could consider while designing your home is that how much moving space is needed.

Nowadays, modern kitchens mostly have an island concept. It is usually put into the center of your kitchen, and acts as the spot to store most of the kitchen items, and offers additional countertop space as well.

There are many home-related magazines offered by where you can obtain the ideas to renovate your kitchen. Addititionally there is the choice of dropping by the local kitchen showrooms to get the look on the available kitchen models. You will get various classy items for the kitchen during these kitchen showrooms, which can make your home elegant and attractive.

The following procedure is for reapplying coats to an already finished floor or applying finish to a new floor. When finishing a new floor always follow the manufacturers recommendations for prepping the floor. You should always consult the flooring manufacturer on the types of finishes that are suited to your floor. When finishing any floor we recommend that you use a quality floor finish that is correctly matched to your flooring. Our online floor finishing procedures are the general guidelines for finishing a floor. These days floor finish has become the alternative to old fashioned waxes. Floor finish can give a floor a great long lasting shine without the problems of conventional waxes.

Procedure:

Make sure that your floor has been prepared for finishing. Clean the floor removing as much dirt and debris as possible. If the floor has more than 5 coats of finish we recommend stripping the floor first. Too many layers of finish can dull a floor. Over time floor finish can yellow in color, if you see any yellowing on the floor we also recommend that you strip the floor first.

After the floor has been prepared, vacuum or dust mop the floor to remove any dust. We recommend that you spray your dust mop with dust mop treatment to remove as much dust as possible. Make sure to remove anything stuck to the floor, anything that is on the floor when you finish it will become part of the floor finish and you will have to strip your floor and begin again.

Make sure that the floor are you are finishing does not and will not have traffic moving through it for at least 12 – 24 hours depending on the type of finish that your are applying (see floor finish manufacturers specifications for curing and drying time). Use warning signs to make sure the area where you are finishing is marked out so that everyone is aware of the area.

Finishing a floor requires the use of two mop buckets. One bucket will be used to keep the finish mop damp and the other will be used to apply the floor finish. Line the floor finish bucket with a clear trash can liner so that you can dispose of the finish easily after the job is complete.

Fill one mop bucket 1/2 way up with water and the lined mop bucket 1/4 full with floor finish. Dip your finish mop into the water bucket and wring until the mop is damp and water does not drip from the end. Next, dip the damp mop into the floor finish and wring until the finish mop does not drip.

The best way to finish floors is to divide the floor into sections to assure that an even amount of floor finish is applied everywhere. Begin applying the floor finish at the furthest corner from the entrance. Apply floor finish to the baseboard area first (a block applicator can be a great tool for this job) working away from the corner. Make sure the floor finish is going on to the floor in a thin even coat.

After you have applied floor finish to the baseboard move on to the open areas of the floor. Move the mop head in a figure eight motion overlapping mopping sections by about an inch.

After you have applied the finish evenly to the entire area, let the floor dry. The floor should look glossy with no raised areas or drip marks. Follow the floor finish manufacturers recommendations for drying time. Depending on the floor finish you may wish to apply more than one coat of floor finish, if so, let the floor dry in between coats. You may also want to buff the floor in between coats so that the second coat adheres better to the first coat.