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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Information of Types Carpeting

The first material I will discuss is Olefin or Polypropylene. Olefin is generally a lower end carpeting but it does have several good qualities. For example, it absorbs very little moisture, less than 1%. This can make it hard to stain. Olefin is also usually solution died which means that the color runs all the way through the fiber and it can not be bleached. It unfortunately has many drawbacks as well. One of which is the fact that Olefin is a soft fiber. This may sound good, since everyone wants a nice soft carpet, but it is not. Olefin being soft, will crush and wear easily giving it a shorter life than other fibers. It also attracts grease like a magnet. Within a year or two an Olefin carpet will often develop dark traffic paths that are difficult or impossible to clean. Choose this type of carpet if you only need a carpet that lasts a few years or if you will be putting it into a rental.

The next fiber and probably the most popular is Nylon. Nylon is more expensive but it doesn’t have the drawbacks of Olefin. It is a harder fiber and thus resist wear better. It also does not attract grease as much so you do not get the dark traffic areas as quickly as Olefin does. Nylon does absorb moisture however making it possible to stain. It is also usually died after it is made so it can be bleached. Choose this type of carpet if you are looking for a long lasting carpet. Clean it often and apply a carpet protector to prevent stains.

The last type of fiber I will discuss and the most expensive of the three is wool. Wool is of course a natural fiber and has many good qualities. It is both soft and durable. It is not uncommon for a good wool carpet to last twenty or even thirty years. One of the negatives of wool is that it can be stained easily so if you get it, be sure to have a carpet protector applied. This type of carpet is probably for you is price is no option and you want a beautiful and long lasting carpeting.

Ceramic Tile Underlayments

Plywood- just a single layer of plywood isn’t rigid enough to stop floor deflection. It needs to be covered over with an additional layer of exterior-grade plywood to achieve a total thickness of at least 1 1/8 inch. You can either (A)- Cover the plywood with a cement backer board (more on these below) or (B) Cover the existing plywood with a second layer of exterior grade plywood. Under either of these, a thin-set mortar is applied to eliminate air gaps. Additionally, in bathrooms, it’s recommended to lay a “shower pan” over your wood subfloor. This refers to thin rubberized materials that protect the tile from floor expansion and contraction due to moisture, temperature and humidity.

Cement Backer Board – These are prefabricated, lightweight concrete sheets used to cover wood subfloors. It has a dense Portland concrete core and fiberglass surfaces both sides and is able to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture. Brand names include DUROCK, UTILICRETE, WONDERBOARD and GLASCRETE. Joints of the backer board sheets should be staggered such that they don’t fall directly over the wood subfloor joints.

Mortar Bed- Mud beds, or mortar beds, are used by professional tile contractors mostly. They’re composed of a layer of thick roofing felt, then wire mesh, followed by a layer of mortar. The reason it is used mostly by the specialists is that it takes a high level of skill and practice to ensure the mortar bed produces a sufficiently level surface. The other reason is that it is the best foundation possible for a ceramic tile floor. Okay, but why? Because the mortar bed has a built-in reinforcement against floor deflections in the form of the wire mesh. Translation- less cracked tiles and loose grout, and longer-life flooring.

Concrete Slab-
You can lay your ceramic tile directly on concrete slab, but all cracks and holes need to be refurbished prior before the installation of a tile when it’s directly bonded to the concrete. Some concrete slab has been coated with curing compound to help the slab set without cracks. This compound should be removed before tile installation to ensure a long-lasting mortar bond, since the compound helps the concrete retain moisture and in some cases affects adhesiveness. It is also important that the slab be as level as possible, especially with the larger tile sizes in use today. Cleaning the concrete completely of debris and dust will also contribute to a higher quality installation. In short, preparation of the surface is key.

Caring For Your Floor

We use and misuse the floor in our house in a number of different ways. Some of which are, not cleaning them regularly, rough usage and improper usage of acids and detergents. Floors need specific care, and not many people are aware of how to do it. But there are a number of floor care techniques that can be followed for a healthy, long lasting and durable floor under your feet. You should be very careful while making a choice of how to clean your floor by being material specific. For instance – if you have marble flooring, the care measures will be completely different, than those of a mosaic floor. Also if you are not too much into house keeping, it is recommended that you choose a material that requires minimal care and maintenance.

Following are some floor care tips according to flooring materials that are used for flooring –

1. Hard wood floors – All you have to do is protect your hard wood from direct sunlight, dents and hard cleaning detergents. Also regular dusting is very essential.

2. Marble – Marble is the most beautiful and rich looking flooring material. Marble can be blackened very quickly, if not taken care of properly. So it is important that the floor is mopped and swept daily with a lightly acidic detergent.

3. Ceramic tile – Ceramic tile care and maintenance is best done with an electric polisher or scrubber. You can also use washing soda and any low sudsing detergent with lots of water too.

4. Mosaic floor – Mosaic flooring is very hard and durable and hence very low maintenance too.

5. Vinyl – If you have vinyl flooring, you must make sure that you wipe up the spills as quickly as possible. Do not use detergents and highly abrasive scrubs, use polish once in a while.

Take all these care precautions and you will be assured of a long lasting, durable floor under your feet. If you have painted floor, make sure you give a fresh coat once in a while, as paint tends to loose color and become dull fast. Also don’t paint your floor in a light color, as stains remain stuck.

About Room Additions

The walls of the room should be installed with straight sections that are built on correct centers. Correct centers will insure that the insulation and wall covering that you select will fit properly. Care should be taken on existing foundations and the correct methods should be used to correlate with those foundations. A slab or an extension of the foundation must be built to coincide with the size and weight of the room. Correct roofing materials should be purchased to coincide with the rest of the house. Knowledgeable workers must install the roofing material to protect the room from water damage.

It is a good idea to weather proof the room as soon as possible. That entails putting on a roof and installing the walls onto the foundation. Doors, windows and ceiling panels can now be added. Once this is accomplished you can begin electrical work. Installing air conditioning systems can be next in accompaniment with the installation of the ceiling. Different materials are offered to the consumer for this purpose. After the electrical wiring has been installed in the walls and ceiling insulation can be added to the room. The location of electrical outlets, ceiling fans and lights have to be planned in advance. It is best to do this work while the walls are bare. Wall coverings can now be installed. Sheet rock, wood paneling and other decorative materials are offered for your convenience. Edging and molding can now be added along with the finished electrical parts. The flooring can be next. Carpet, tile, wood flooring and other products are offered to the consumer. If carpet is desired for the flooring a carpet pad should accompany this installation.