Advantages and Disadvantages of Tile Flooring Within Your Home

Thousands of homeowners are looking into tile flooring for their kitchens, bathrooms and hallways and it certainly can be a great idea. When you have tiles, you know things can be a little more unique in terms of style and design. However, are tiles really what you home needs or wants? What advantages and disadvantages come with tile flooring?

You Can Design Your Layout

Unlike concrete flooring, you can actually go crazy with tiles. Designing the pattern or the layout of the tiles can be a huge advantage for most and it gives most buyers the freedom of creativity. If you want your kitchen to look very unique then tiles are the way to go. You can unleash your creative side and design a kitchen floor with your personality in mind. This is the best advantage of a tiled kitchen floor.

Tile Flooring Can Be Quite Costly

Something you must think about with tiles is the cost. Now, if you are going for a very basic tile flooring design then usually it won’t be as costly as say going with a uniquely designed floor but there are still heavy costs associated here. It doesn’t matter if you are personally designing the layout of the kitchen or are getting a professional to do the work for you, this kind of floor can ultimately cost a lot of money. If you don’t have a lot of money to work with then tiles …

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Concrete Flooring

Top Reasons to Choose Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is increasing in popularity and not only with commercial and industrial buildings, is polished concrete flooring a top choice in many homes throughout the country.

Concrete has been a firm favorite in properties because of its durability. Many properties already have a concrete floor which is then covered in wood or carpeting, hiding the beautiful concrete from being polished to a high gloss shines and put on display.

With more properties being built in a modern design, concrete polishing floors is growing in leaps and bounds. The main reason is that these floors are energy efficient flooring options and will last for many years.

Wooden floors tend to wear after a few years, often resulting in new flooring being needed, though this will not happen with concrete. The concrete flooring is there to stay and when you move on at some stage, the new owners will be able to enjoy the many benefits this type of flooring provides.

One of the reasons concrete polishing floors are increasing in demand is because they eliminate additional costs which can occur with a new build. When building a home there are always little additional expenses you didn’t see coming, these small amounts once added up can be a large chunk of change.Read additional info coming from

With concrete flooring, once the floors are laid, they are polished to a high gloss and left on display. The flooring can enhance the …

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Solid Hardwood Flooring

Engineered Vs Solid Hardwood Flooring – Facts & Misconceptions

Many consumers are under the impression that solid hardwood flooring is superior to engineered hardwood flooring and may even refuse to consider it for their home. Having spent 25 years as a flooring contractor and the past 4 years as a retailer of both engineered and solid hardwood flooring, I have found that there are a lot of misconceptions about both types of floors. I would like to share the following information and my experience so that you can make an educated decision about the best floor for your project.

Before I begin my comparison of engineered and solid floors, let us first clear up the misconception that engineered flooring is the same as laminate flooring. (i.e. Pergo) More than a few people walk into my showroom with this idea, which is not true. Laminate flooring is not real wood, engineered flooring is. The surface layer of laminate flooring is a photograph of wood grain on paper impregnated with melamine, not real wood. The top layer (also called wear layer) of engineered wood flooring consists of (real!) high-quality wood. Engineered hardwood floors are comprised of multiple layers of wood, which are cross-banded for stability and glued onto a plywood base.

Solid Flooring: Pros

A solid wood floor is exactly that – a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness can vary, but generally ranges from 3/4″ to 5/16″. Solid hardwood is certainly hardwearing and resilient, and its …

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Engineered Hardwood

Engineered Hardwood Or Laminate Flooring – Which is For You?

Wood floors add beauty and value to any home. That’s why we choose them. Now it’s time for you think about the kind of floor that will be right for you. Engineered hardwood and laminate flooring both offer great value. Both engineered hardwood and laminate flooring can be installed just about anywhere in your home or condominium. Both are a good choice for places and situations where solid hardwood floors have problems.Read top Article!

To decide between them, you need to know how they compare. Both are manufactured products made up of several layers. But there is one big difference. When you walk on an engineered floor, your feet are in contact with wood. When you walk on a laminate floor, your feet touch an acrylic that’s produced to look like wood.

Every important variable between engineered hardwood floors and laminate floors comes from that difference. You have to decide which ones are most important to you. Let’s review some of them. In general, laminate floors will have a lower initial price than engineered hardwood. With both types of flooring the price will vary with the thickness of the flooring and the quality of the top layer.

Engineered hardwood will add more overall value to your home than laminate flooring. That’s because engineered hardwood floors are real wood. That makes a difference in wear, too. Engineered hardwood floors age like wood.

Over the years, an engineered floor will pick …

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Old Fitted Wood Flooring

Can My 10 Year Old Fitted Wood Flooring Be Sanded?

One question I have been asked time and again over the years whilst working in the wood flooring industry is: Can my old fitted wooden floor be sanded and refurbished? Many people have a wooden floor in their house that has been down for 6-10 years and is looking tired, dull, has scratches or stains in and has definitely seen better days. Most people know that parquet floors or original floor boards can be sanded back to make a lovely finished floor, but what to do with a fitted wooden floor is a bit more confusing. Well, hopefully this little guide can shed some light on the problem.

Firstly, you need to determine what type of floor you have, and most importantly that it is wood. If your floor is a wood effect laminate then I’m afraid the only option is to replace it. Laminate flooring comes in varying degree of quality, but most of the time, it is essentially a wood effect print stuck to either an MDF or plywood board with a lacquer on top, sanding it would only sand off the print and ruin the floor. Also be sure that your floor is not a wood effect vinyl, they have become very popular in recent years because of their seemingly low maintenance qualities, they are very easy to clean, but once they are looking old and dull or scratched, unfortunately the only option is to replace.

There …

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