Acid Stained Concrete Arizona

Acid Stained Concrete ArizonaIf you are building a house or just considering a change in flooring, you might be curious about acid stained concrete in Arizona. This type of flooring is found often in commercial buildings, and you might have been impressed with the way it looks. There are many options, from colors to polish sheen to aggregate exposure. Acid stained concrete looks great in many interior styles, especially modern or contemporary homes. But, there are some things you should know about this style.

Stained Concrete Cost

Because there are so many different ways to do stained concrete, there is a range of cost, usually between $2 to $5 per foot. A simple stain process with a single coat of sealer is the cheapest process. But, if you like the look of the aggregate in the finished product, it will cost more. This means that that contractor will have to grind down below the “cream” level of the concrete to expose the aggregate. It’s messy and time consuming. This is the kind of flooring you see in high-end modern homes and businesses. It’s quite interesting to look at, but will cost more. So, while staining your concrete might seem like a great way to save money, it usually ends up costing you about the same or more than ceramic tile or carpet.

How Stained Concrete Works

Acid stained concrete is a staining process that oxidizes the minerals in the concrete, causing them to change color. While some might stop the process at that point and be happy with the color, others often apply an acrylic “faux” finish to add dimension. But, the floors are always sealed with an epoxy coating to prevent staining.

It’s a process that takes several days, since the concrete needs to be cleaned extremely thoroughly and then allowed to dry completely. The larger the area, the longer it will take. So, the existing flooring is removed, and the concrete gets cleaned with a large buffing machine, while excess water is removed with a wet vac. Then, paint drips, carpet glue, and other residues are carefully removed. Then floor is cleaned again and, once dry, is ready for stain. The stain is applied with a sprayer and then neutralized. After that, it’s ready for the epoxy top coat or an acrylic faux finish.

Durability of Stained Concrete

Concrete is, well, concrete. It’s obviously one of the most durable building materials in the world. However, the finish can be less durable, believe it or not. While epoxy coatings, when applied correctly, are hard to scratch, it’s not impossible. For instance, ceramic tile will be harder to scratch than epoxy coating in most cases. It’s really just a strong paint, and dragging a heavy piece of furniture across it will probably leave a mark. Also, if it’s not done correctly, it will scratch easier. So make sure you find an experienced and proven contractor to do the work.

If you really like the way stained concrete looks, it could be a great option for your home or business. However, if you are considering it simply because it’s cheaper, there are some flooring choices that are as cheap (or cheaper) that will be more durable, such as porcelain or ceramic tile.

Whatever you decide, make sure you do your research and hire the right contractor.

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How-To Make Your Home Senior-Accessible

If you or your parents are 65 or older, there is a 40% chance that you or they will enter an elderly care facility at some point. This means just under half of people who survive past 65 will have to leave their home and move into a new environment.Aging in Place, Making Your Home Senior Accessible

Moving is stressful for anyone, no matter what the situation. Imagine moving from your familiar home environment when you are dealing with dementia, or even just the mild forgetfulness of old age. Losing one’s physical and mental capacities is frightening and makes the strongest of us vulnerable. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to simply modify your home into a space that accommodates you as you age? There wouldn’t be a traumatic move to an unfamiliar home, just a few helpful additions to the home you love and feel comfortable in. Home modifications for the elderly and disabled can make your home senior-accessible for your aging loved ones, here’s how.

Safe Bathroom for the Elderly

Bathrooms are the most important aspect of home modification for the elderly or disabled. Wet, slippery floors, high, inaccessible tub walls, and hard corners make it a common place for injury or worse. Everyday, 640 people are treated for non-fatal bathroom falls in the United States. It’s considered the most dangerous room in the house, and it only gets worse as you get older.

But, there are many easy fixes for this problem. While it’s impossible to make the bathroom totally safe, there are some cheap and simple ways to make it safer.

Grab bars should be installed, into studs, near the toilet, in the shower, and anywhere else that one needs to crouch, sit, or stand. Think of it this way, if you are just standing, it’s easy to stay standing. But, if you need to move around, sit down, or stand back up, that can be tricky with older people. Poor muscle tone, arthritis, and inner ear problems make them less stable in these situations.

Floor mats should be put down liberally. First, floor mats soften the hard floor, and second, they make it less slippery. Make sure the mats have a rubberized layer on the bottom to add grip. A floor mat without the rubber will actually be a hazard, making it easier to slip.

The best bathing solution for seniors is a shower with a plastic chair. Bathtubs present a hazard since the person has to step over the edge. As easy as this might seem to younger people, it can be a scary proposition for someone with weak joints, poor muscle tone and arthritis.

Ceramic tile is the best finishing material for a shower since the grout line makes the floor less slippery. One inch tiles on the shower pan, sealed with a grout sealer, will be a beautiful and safe shower floor for those who are at risk of slipping.

The shower head should be handheld, with the option of hanging it for regular showering. Install a grab bar, again, into studs. With the shower set up this way, a person can shower regularly or can sit and bathe themselves in comfort. The progressive nature of aging should match your retrofit strategy. You may not need grab bars now, but getting them installed after you have an accident is less ideal.

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Including grab bars, handheld shower heads for easy accessibility, shower benches, and curbless entry for the disabled.

 

Creating a Senior Friendly Home

You may not be approaching your golden years, but you want to make your home comfortable for your loved ones who are. A total overhaul may not be necessary, but some simple tweaks could do a lot of good.women-friends-friendship-helping-together-160767-min

Entry steps, or any steps, strike fear in the hearts of many people in their later years. If the knee or ankle joint fails in taking that step or steps, it means a nasty and painful fall. As a young person, you take steps for granted. You don’t even notice them.

Consider this. Bind one of your knees with a bandage so that it’s hard to bend. Now go around your home and notice the areas that are difficult to maneuver with your knee bound up. This will help you spot problem areas that you may have ignored. You grandfather might be too proud to mention that he is afraid to climb the three stone steps to your front door. Having this empathy for him will make a big difference in making him comfortable and welcome.

Simple ramps can be placed around the house. This might mean portable or permanent, depending on your need. If your great aunt house sits a couple of times a year for you, permanent ramps might be a better investment.

Low seating is can make seniors uncomfortable too. They have less control in their thigh musculature, so sitting is more like falling. Falling a long way can be unnerving. Then, when it’s time to stand up, they have the opposite problem. Those weak quadricep muscles are not strong enough to get them out of that bean bag chair easily.

This doesn’t mean you need to replace all of your furniture. Have one or two chairs available and make sure no one sits in them during visits. Tell them, “that’s grandma’s chair!” These chairs should be high, have firm cushions, and be stable and strong.

While you don’t need to outfit your whole bathroom, there should be a bar installed near the toilet. You don’t want your guests to dread using the restroom and fear a humiliating fall.

Home Modification for Elderly and Disabled

Whether you are approaching your golden years yourself, or you want to make a family member more comfortable in your home, making these modifications can make a difference. Imagine living in your home for ten years longer than you would have without the modifications. Imagine having a loved one fall and hurt himself in your home. Consider all the realities and make some changes that make sense for your situation.

Ready to make your home senior-friendly? The Gainey Flooring team has reputable experience remodeling bathrooms to fit your needs.

Matching Interior Design Style Types to Your Personality

When looking to change up your home décor, it can be pretty intimidating to decide how to decorate and which interior design style types to choose. Sometimes browsing Pinterest or Houzz piques your interest, but confuses you. A lot of styles, done well, look great. But, it’s a budget-buster to try them all. So, the real question is, what style is best for YOU and your family?

Considering your practical needs is first. Does your flooring need to be durable? Do you prefer leather seating because it repels sippy cup spills? Does your furniture need to be small and compact and serve multiple functions? Get all the practical stuff out of the way, then you can get down to the work (and the fun!) of styling.

Interior Design Style Types

How a home feels is the most important aspect of interior design. But, some people feel a certain way in some spaces and others have a totally different reaction. So, matching your personality to your interior styling can mean the difference between ultimate comfort and constant frustration.

Let’s go over each of the main style types and talk about how to determine whether it’s right for you.

Contemporary Interior Design Styles

People often confuse contemporary design with modern design. This is because there are some similarities. Both styles tend toward a clean, minimalistic vibe, with unusual, artistic flourishes. You might see a one-of-a-kind gooseneck lamp or a brightly colored vase in both design styles. But, that’s where the similarities end. Contemporary style leans harder into starkness, metallic finishes, no fluff, and strategically-placed furnishings and décor. Nothing is “thrown in” with contemporary design. Flooring is often stone or concrete, since the contemporary style resists warmth and softness.

This doesn’t mean that this style can’t be comfortable. It just means that the styling is reduced to what is necessary. A clean-lined, black leather sectional can be just as comfortable as an overstuffed, down traditional sofa.

If you like things to have a place and feel that a home space should be clean at all times, the contemporary style might be right for you. You won’t be spending a lot of time picking up fifteen throw pillows, re-folding throws and adjusting the many books on the shelf in a contemporary home. It’s easy to dust, it’s simple to clean, and it lacks all traces of fuss.

Transitional Interior Design

This is a common buzzword that many don’t really understand. Transitional design is compared frequently to traditional design. This is because they are related to each other. Traditional design is faithful to 18th century European styling. This means brocade, rich patterns fabrics, tufted and padded furniture, and dark carved wood accents. Think Downton Abbey. While this style is still popular in the strictest sense, transitional takes the best from traditional design and leaves the really old-fashioned stuff behind.

Contemporary or modern surprises abound in transitional décor. In a room with pink satin armchairs and an ornate fireplace, you may find a bronze sunburst clock and a modern glass chandelier. Instead of a heavy oak dresser with gold drawer pulls, you might find a bright white end table with mirrored legs.

This style is perfect for you if you have a relaxed, kinda messy life. Décor can be moved around, pillows don’t have to be perfectly placed or fluffed, a pair of shoes and a coffee mug wouldn’t totally stand out in this interior. In fact, stylists often place these “living life” objects throughout a transitional room for a photo shoot.

But, it’s still proper. This kind of interior cleans up nice. If it’s kept tidy, it’s a lovely and somewhat formal environment. It has enough traditional comfort and enough modern flair to make it interesting and beautiful at the same time. And, it’s family friendly.

Your flooring choices for this style run the gamut, but avoid rustic flooring. It should be polished, of good quality, and regal.

Urban Modern Interior Design

This interior design style is a take on modern. The difference is that it’s geared toward city living. So, revamped lofts with original bricks walls, high exposed ceilings, big windows, an airy feel, combined with the space-saving aspects of small apartment living, create this lean and cool vibe.

Urban modern spaces push the limits of design. That oddly-shaped coffee table with the legs that look like dinosaur arms? That’s a perfect quirky art piece for an urban loft. Glass, metal and some softer wood accents and a giant indoor fiddle leaf tree make this a perfect space for a city dweller. It brings in the exterior atmosphere of the city with a few welcome natural accents.

You don’t have to live in Manhattan to bring this style home, but your existing architecture should support it on some level. If you have large windows and high ceilings, you may be able to make this style work for you. Flooring choices for this design include darker shades of hardwood or polished stone. Remember, sleek is the key here. Like other modern and contemporary designs, resist fussiness.

Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

This style is making a comeback in a major way. From high-end designers to mommy bloggers, almost everyone has adopted this aesthetic. A word of warning, styles that become hot trends can become fads. So, don’t go too deep into the styles that take the world by storm. Today’s midcentury modern could be tomorrow’s Tuscan provincial.

But, classical elements of midcentury modern interiors are pretty timeless. Warm oak and maple wood, stained in light honey colors, white fluffy area rugs, rich green indoor plants, and modern metal accents make up the general framework of this style.

Midcentury modern has Scandinavian influences, with a sort of bare, yet warm and homey vibe.  Simple, clean lines, varied textures, and bright colorful accents are common in mid-century modern interiors. Furniture should be simple and compact with a modern silhouette.

If you love the modern or contemporary look, but crave little softness, this might be the interior style for you. Midcentury modern is also great with pets and kids, because it allows for some “living,” and doesn’t demand perfection at all times. Great flooring choices for this style are lighter colored hardwoods or vinyl plank flooring.

Industrial Interior Design

The name of this interior style speaks for itself. Elements of industrial design include finishes you might find in a factory, old or new. Rustic industrial design might have old carts with weathered wood and rusted wheels. Modern industrial design would have stainless steel, straight utilitarian lines, and other elements of a factory setting.

Rustic industrial styling is very unique and usually involves hunting for authentic, antique pieces from actual mills or plants. There are some good replicas too, but nothing beats the creak and age of an actual antique from the 1800’s. In homes with this style you would find architectural elements like exposed beams, brick or stone walls, and hardy flooring. Exposed shelving in the kitchen disposes of superfluous cabinet doors, getting down to the basics of storage. Imagine textile mills and printing presses from the early 1900’s.

Imperfection is key, and this is reflected in the flooring as well. Beaten farmhouse hardwood or worn out brick pavers go well in a rustic industrial home. This style matches your personality and needs if you enjoy age and character and you feel honored to preserve history in your space. It can be really fun to spend a weekend searching for the perfect antique piece for your living room.

Modern industrial design is more polished and less vintage. Concrete, polished metals, and glass are commonly found in these interiors. Consider what materials you would find in a forensics lab other modern spaces. It’s sterile, somewhat cold, but can also be really interesting. If you like no-nonsense spaces, easy to clean and super long lasting, this is the right interior style for you.

Coastal Interior Design

This design style sounds just like it is. Coastal homes have a beachy flair, sometimes to the point of being kitschy. But understated interiors in this style just have a hint of traditional beach homes. Weathered wood accents, ocean colors (different shades of blue and white), soft white furniture, thin, airy curtains, and other elements add up for a classic coastal interior.

If you like a weathered, relaxed atmosphere, coastal styling could be right for you. Think about how you would style your home if it was right on the beach. Consider sand, wind, and salt water. Think of the wildlife, the sunsets, the beach activities like surfing and sailing. All of these could play a role in your home.

Avoid making your home into a “theme,” however. It’s easy, with this interior style, to go too far. You don’t want to end up living in a surf shack or a seashell graveyard. A glass bottle full of shells or one conch is probably as far as you want to go. Think about more subconscious clues to the coastal theme. Soft blues, down-stuffed pillows, white and cream curtains, wood that looks like it was left outside in the salt water wind too long, and other hints can make you feel like you live in a coastal home without going too far with the theme.

What type of flooring would a coastal home have? Probably durable, since people would be tracking in sand and salt water. Stone or sturdy hardwoods look great in this type of home. Jute or worn tribal patterned rugs can be excellent in this space as well.

French Country Interior Design

French Country style is cozy, warm, and full of country accents. It’s not a style for people who like clean lines and a space where “everything has a place.” It’s ok for the rug to be askance, the picture frames to be plentiful and cluttered. You can move things around, build a whole shelf of figurines, and use rustic or antique pieces throughout the space.

In a French Country home you might find checkerboard flooring, roosters, rusty red accents, soft worn furniture, fluffy throws, and a big yellow Labrador. Imagine a kitchen from the French countryside.

If you like a very comfortable, relaxed environment, French Country interior design might be a better fit for you. Signs of life are welcome in this interior. And there are many flooring choices. A worn, honed stone floor with irregular pieces of stone, a wide-plank hardwood, or even more stylistic ceramic tile in a checkerboard pattern looks great in a French Country style home.

Use Your Imagination

When searching for the right interior style for your home, really try to imagine living in each type of home. What would it feel like? How would you do everyday things there, from cooking to cleaning to relaxing? If you don’t spend much time at home and like to entertain, a modern or contemporary space might be better for you. If you spend every possible moment on the couch watching Netflix and have kids and a few pets, a softer, more lived-in style might be better for you. But, mostly, you have your own preferences that originate from your childhood and later experiences. Respect those preferences and model your home after the style that makes you happiest.

 


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For many of the Gainey Flooring customers, the project begins way before ripping up flooring or tearing down an old shower. We’re proud to kick off the project with a design consultation that helps us to understand the look you’re trying to achieve.

Not sure about the look you want yet? We can help explore that together. Give us a call to set your free design consult.

When is it Time to Replace Flooring?

when is it time to replace flooringAs homeowners, we tend to hold off on major home improvement projects for as long as possible. These projects are expensive, time consuming, and can be extremely inconvenient.

When your kitchen floor is torn up for a whole week, the room that is most often used in your home is out of commission, that’s stressful. But, sometimes we let our old flooring go too long without being replaced.

When is it time to replace flooring? Here are some ways to gauge whether your flooring really needs to be changed.

Carpet- The Allergen Collector

Carpet, while inexpensive and comfortable to walk and sit on, has a shelf-life. Every day, the people who come into your home are tracking dirt from outside, and not just dirt from the yard. Shoes carry dirt from the bus station platform, the public bathroom at the junior high school, the cafeteria, and other grimy, bacteria-ridden places.

Also, carpet collects dander, dust mites, and hair and skin particles, making it a veritable smorgasbord of allergens. Vacuuming frequently and having a carpet cleaner come in occasionally can help with this, but carpet should be replaced every five years. If you want a real visual of the dust and particles that your carpet is collecting, watch old carpet get removed. There are literally drifts of fine dust particles under your carpet pad.

So, if your carpet is more than five years old, consider having it changed. Or better yet, try hard flooring. With sweeping and mopping, almost every possible allergen is removed and you won’t have to worry about asthma or allergy issues from your flooring. Also, if you take care of tile or stone or wood floors, they will last you four times as long, or longer.

Tile-When it Breaks, it’s Time

Tile is incredibly sturdy. It doesn’t stain easily and can be cleaned quickly. The problem with tile is when it breaks or when the grout starts to get dingy and cracks. Over time, you may start to notice that an edge of

your tile has cracked or that the grout is splitting. This is often because the subfloor is shifting underneath the tile. Once this starts happening, the tile will continue to shift and may become a trip hazard. To make matters worse, dirt and moisture starts to build up under the cracked tile and grout, often becoming moldy and developing an odor. When this happens, it’s time to replace your tile.

Also, because tile does last so long, usually you don’t need to replace it until the style trends change. Many will replace tile floors simply because they have outlasted home décor trends. If your floor is avocado green with brown grout, it’s from the 70’s and it will certainly affect the value of your home. It’s time to put something more modern in.

Wood Flooring- Water is the Enemy

Wood flooring, believe it or not, can last a very long time. Old historic homes often have their original wood floors intact, a demonstration of how durable these floors are. The biggest enemy to wood is water. If water sits long enough on hardwood, it will warp. And usually it will warp beyond saving. This is an obvious time when your flooring needs to be replaced.

But there are other situations as well. The finish on your hardwood will eventually start to fade, and that wood will be exposed to the elements. It will start to turn gray and will be hard to clean. Eventually that unprotected wood will crack and even break. If this happens you may be able to just refinish your wood floors. A good sanding, staining and sealing will give your wood floors new life.

Lastly, termites have been known to attack wood floors. In this case, the entire floor should be totally replaced and the subfloor should be treated with pesticide to ensure the little critters are really gone.

Sometimes it’s obvious when your floors need an upgrade. But sometimes we wait too long, which can be a detriment to our health. Allergens and mold, when inhaled, can inhibit the immune system and cause serious respiratory problems. Also, in the case of wood floors, early intervention can save the floor from irreparable damage. So know when it’s time to make the switch.

Top Five Most Durable Flooring Options

You may be looking for attractive flooring, or the most durable flooring options for pets and children. You may be looking for scratch resistant, waterproof and easy-to-clean floors.

Carpet has its advantages, it’s difficult to clean, traps allergens and dust mites, and stains easily. If carpet isn’t your first choice, one of these five options might be just right for you.

Durable Flooring OptionsLuxury Vinyl Planks

This flooring is the new rage in commercial and domestic interiors. It’s super durable and waterproof, making in an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Wood-look vinyl plank flooring is difficult to differentiate visually from real wood and will not warp in the event of a flood like hardwood. The finish is also scratch resistant, though it can get scratched if something heavy is dragged across it.

Most luxury vinyl plank products are made to be easy to install, though this often depends on your skill level. It’s best to hire a licensed contractor to assure that the subfloor is level and the flooring is installed appropriately.

High Quality Laminate

Cheap laminate will chip, warp, stain and easily scratch. All laminate is actually made from a high-density fiberboard, which is like a cross between paper and wood, and covered with a thin layer of printed plastic. In this higher quality, laminate flooring durability is higher and more scratch-resistant.

The benefit laminate flooring is that it’s cheaper than a luxury vinyl plank, easier to install (since it’s a “floating” floor and not glue down) and there are many options in finishes and styles. It also feels and sounds a lot like real wood, because it’s essentially made from wood—derived material.

Whatever your budget, there are many options for flooring that may work for you if you need something durable. Some are more resistant to water and some more resistant to cracking, so choose your flooring based on the type of use the room or rooms will get.

durable tile for bathroomCeramic or Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is slightly more durable flooring option than ceramic, but it’s also slightly more expensive. The two flooring types are both excellent choices when you need something that is resistant to scratching and water damage. Ceramic and Porcelain tile is easy to mop up and, if the grout is properly sealed, will resist staining as well. However, tile can crack if something heavy is dropped on it, though this is very rare.

Natural Stone

There are different types of natural stone, and some are more durable than others. Slate requires a diamond saw blade to cut, while sandstone will wear with time and natural erosion. All in all, though, natural stone, if cared for, will last a very long time. Sealing your natural stone floors every 2-3 years will help them retain their original beauty and luster. Also, watch out for grit and staining and mop up spills quickly.

Hardwood

While natural wood gets a bad rap in terms of durability, it’s important to remember that some historic homes that are 100+ years old have their original hardwoods in-tact. Yes, a flood will warp the wood and yes, it can be scratched, but a quality hardwood will not only last, but can be refinished and restored as needed. Also, if the dishwasher floods and the water is cleaned up quickly, your wood floors probably will not warp. The only real threat is standing water comes after a flood in an unattended area.

 


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Cleaning Natural Stone Tile

 

Cleaning Natural Stone TileThe contractors have gone home, and your house is finally put back together after installing new stone flooring. Now the question is, what do I know about cleaning natural stone tile?

If you have natural stone in your house, you may be intimidated by the care of it. Since natural stone comes from natural materials, it does act differently than other hard floors. There are some things you should remember when cleaning and caring for your travertine, slate, granite, or marble.

Removing Dirt & Stains from Stone Flooring

Dirt is your number one enemy. Dirt, sand and dust grind under your shoes and into the floor, gradually “sanding” the protective finish off. Avoid this by putting rugs near all the doors, dust mopping the floor often, and keeping the floor clean in general.

Enemy number two with stone floors is staining. The porous nature of the stone causes it to absorb liquids like urine and red wine and to cause staining that is almost impossible to get out. Avoid this by mopping up messes as soon as possible after the spill.

After sweeping or dusting the floor, mopping helps get what was left behind. Using the cleaner you have chosen or a mild dish soap and warm water, mop your floor with a soft mop. Then, rinse the entire surface with water alone. Allow it to dry. Be careful, wet stone (especially granite and marble) is very slippery.

Stone Floor Cleaner Products

Look for the right cleaning agent. Some stone, like granite, slate, sandstone, quartzite, are SILICEOUS. Siliceous stone is very durable, and you can use a mildly acidic cleaner on it. Marble, travertine and limestone is CALCAREOUS. These stones are not as durable, and you should avoid any cleaner that is acidic. Check the bottle of any stone cleaner to see which stone types it is safest for, and consult with a professional to find the right cleaners for your floor type.

Sealing Stone Floor Tiles

Get it re-sealed. Natural stone needs to be sealed before use, and that sealer can wear thin and get permeated by use. Once it wears off, your stone will start to get stained and scratched, sometimes beyond repair. Get your stone sealed every three years by a professional. The cost of this varies, but you can expect to pay about $1-2 per square foot. This will extend the life and beauty of your stone dramatically.

Repairing Natural Stone Floor Tiles

Get it repaired. Sometimes your flooring will become uneven or cracked. If there are cracks or unevenness in the tiles, dirt will collect and be hard to get rid of. Have a flooring contractor come and fix the damage as soon as possible after you notice the crack or raised tile.

Make sure it’s installed correctly. A bad install will lead to cracking and lifting tiles, which means excess dirt collection and eventually, the need to reinstall the entire floor. Avoid this costly repair by hiring the right contractor in the first place.

Caring for your stone floor takes a little research and some time, but if you do the work, you will enjoy your stone for years to come. It’s one of the most beautiful and durable flooring types in the world, and because it’s natural, it’s always one of a kind.

How-To DIY Ceramic Tile Removal + Tools Needed

DIY ceramic tile removalAre you ready for new flooring? Do you have outdated old tile that you hate, but you are terrified of tearing it out?

While removing old tile is not for the faint of heart, with some elbow grease, a few simple tools and some know-how, your diy ceramic tile removal project will be finished in no time.

  1. Remove any appliances or fixtures that will get in the way of removing the tile. Usually your toilet will be installed over tile and dishwashers are often installed over tile. Obviously your refrigerator will need to be moved out. Make sure you have someone to help you.
  2. You will need a starting point, a place where you can put the pry bar under the tile and pull it up. Usually there will be an edge somewhere when you remove the appliances or fixtures, but if not, you will have to break the tile with a hammer to something heavy. Remember to be careful if you are dealing with a plywood subfloor. You don’t want to have to make repairs there.
  3. Start prying up the tile. By now you should know for sure whether or not there is flooring installed underneath the existing tile. Sometimes you will see an underlayment like mortarboard. You can try to salvage this if you want, but often it needs to be removed. Keep a container nearby for disposal of the old tile. A good tip is to make it a medium to small container so you can resist the urge to put too much in the container. Tile is very heavy and it will be easy to make the container impossible to lift.
  4. When all the tile and damaged underlayment is removed, it’s time to clean and prep the floor for new flooring. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood or new tile, the floor will need to be smooth, level, and clean.

As you labor to remove your ugly old tile, remember to be safe. Wear protective goggles since shards of tile or other material can fly up as you work. Wear gloves and shoes that cover your toes, preferably steel toed boots.

Also, make sure you have the right tile removal tools. A pry bar and a good sledgehammer will be very useful to you. Have a stiff broom and sturdy dustpan nearby for cleanup as you go.

This will be very messy. Dust and debris will be everywhere. If you are prone to asthma or bronchial problems, you should wear a mask and keep your windows open, if possible.

Good luck, and happy flooring!

 


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Vinyl Plank Flooring vs Laminate For Your Bathroom

Bathroom Vinyl Plank Flooring vs Laminate

Flooring Options to Consider for your Next Bathroom Remodel

When looking for new flooring for your bathrooms, you may find yourself wandering the flooring aisle of your local home improvement store, lost in all the options.

Hardwood, tile, luxury vinyl plank, vinyl sheet flooring, and so many other flooring types can be overwhelming. But the two types that are often compared are luxury vinyl planks and wood laminate flooring. They are both lower in cost than traditional hardwood and mimic the look of a real hardwood.

When comparing vinyl plank flooring vs laminate for the bathroom, we look at three different considerations, durability, look and feel, and ease of installation.

Durability of Laminate and Luxury Vinyl

Laminate is made of fiberboard, which is wood pulp that has been glued together into planks. The visible portion of each plank is just a thin layer of printed material, usually in a hardwood print. So, this flooring acts like wood. It is not a great idea to use it in bathrooms. If a plumbing fixture leaks without immediate cleanup, it will warp, and unlike hardwood, will not be fixable. You can’t resurface or sand laminate without losing that decorate laminated layer and ruining it.

Luxury vinyl is another story. Luxury vinyl planks are a relatively new product, but it’s become very popular for use in many different environments. Even commercial spaces can use this flooring without fear of it needing to be replaced in a year. It’s very durable and it doesn’t react to exposure to water. It doesn’t warp or mold and for this reason, it’s an excellent choice for a bathroom.

Look and Feel

Laminate, since it’s made from wood fiber, actually feels more like wood flooring than vinyl. This might not be a good thing, though. Wood is louder, more hollow sounding, and can be annoying in some environments. Also, there are usually more options for styles in laminate, giving you more options that may be more visually appealing to you.

Vinyl is a lot quieter than laminate. The feel resembles a ceramic tile, but most people don’t notice the difference because the luxury vinyl plank looks very convincingly like wood. In a bathroom, however, where people are often barefoot, this should be a consideration.

Ease of Installation

Laminate is pretty easy to install. Like wood, you need a chop saw to cut the pieces to fit and sometimes it needs to be nailed down. You can also glue it down and some products are meant to be “floating” so, no need to glue or nail. But, since laminate is thick and rigid, the subfloor needs to be very level and smooth. If it’s not, the flooring will tilt and crack and eventually look bad.

Vinyl often comes in “click-in” planks which are meant to be installed as a floating floor. You don’t need glue or nails and, even better, it stands up to a little unevenness. However, because it’s flexible, all vinyl will eventually fall into the grooves or uneven areas in the floor, so the subfloor should be pretty smooth. Large cracks or bumps will show after some time.

Our Vote

For bathrooms, luxury vinyl is a much better option. You don’t have to worry about someone overflowing the bathtub or a pipe bursting and ruining your floor, not to mention the mold that comes when water sits on organic materials. For other areas of the home, laminate may be a better fit, but luxury vinyl planks in any print would be your superior choice for the bathroom.

 


 

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2017 Wood Flooring Trends to Follow

2017 Wood Flooring Trends to Watch this Year

2017 Wood Flooring TrendsWood floors have been used for hundreds of years in homes all over the world. It’s not uncommon to walk into a 100 year old home and see hardwood floors in good condition. Today, hardwood is still an excellent choice, and there are many more options than ever before.

From hardwood floor stain colors to the most popular flooring in new homes, here are some of the hardwood floor trends for 2017.

Renewable Flooring

Pine and cork are trees that grow relatively quickly, making them more renewable. The wood is softer, but many people don’t mind a more distressed look on the floor. Cork is resistant to fire and very lightweight. Pine is great because it can be cut, stained or painted to achieve pretty much any look.

Popular Hardwood Floor Stain Colors: Gray and Honey

Gray wood floors are extremely trendy right now. This look can be achieved by either using a gray stain or paint. Make sure, if you choose this route, that you like the plank size and type of wood you choose.

When the trend fades you can refinish the floors to meet the next trend. Lighter honey colored stains are also popular, following the midcentury modern style.

Most Popular Flooring in New Homes

While this flooring product is not actually wood, it’s an extremely popular option if you aren’t sold on natural wood. It’s cheaper, easier to install and more durable than hardwood. One drawback to vinyl is that it’s basically printed in the factory on each plank. This means that there will be a pattern repeat. This flooring has to be installed carefully to avoid an annoying visual repeat effect.

Repurposed Wood Floors

This option can be pricey, but it’s more environmentally friendly than new hardwood. Repurposed wood comes from older homes, factories, or even barns. It can also be challenging to install because of warping or splitting. Make sure you hire a good contractor to do this work.

Hand Scraped or Wire Brushed Engineered Wood

Engineered wood flooring offers more flexibility in terms of texture. The hand scraped trend has been around for a long time, but it’s still a very popular option. Engineered wood is less susceptible to warping in a flood and is a little more durable than traditional hardwood. If this flooring is damaged, however, it can’t be refinished.


 

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Flooring Types Explained- From Cost to Durability [Video]

Flooring Types Explained- What You Need to Know, From Cost to Durability

Flooring Types ExplainedChoosing flooring for your home is a major decision that can take quite a bit of time and energy, not to mention stress. Flooring can be pretty expensive, and if the final product isn’t what you expected, you will either be spending even more money to fix it or living with it and regretting it every time you walk on it. Doing your research before pulling the trigger can spare you the headache of making a mistake. Here are some of the more popular flooring materials and some considerations.

The Difference Between Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

People often want to know the difference between ceramic and porcelain. Both are made from clay and fired in a kiln and both are extremely durable and quite affordable. The clay used in porcelain is more refined, which makes it slightly more durable and offers more variety in design styles. But, porcelain is more expensive, running about $11.00 per square foot installed for mid-range quality, while ceramic is about $8.00.

Durability of Tile

Because these flooring types are water resistant and durable, they are excellent for pets and small children and clean easily. Also, in a flood situation these floors only need to be dried out and mopped up. In terms of comfort, tile is hard and somewhat cold, so a few carpets thrown over living spaces go a long way to warm up a space. Also, grout lines need to be well sealed in order to prevent rapid soiling.

Floor Tile Placement & Patterns

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Currently there are many styles available in tile. Wood look tile offers the durability and water resistance of tile with the warm appearance of wood. This style is very popular today, and is a great option for many homes. It comes in a variety of finishes and sizes and can be laid in a herringbone pattern to add visual interest. Tile comes in a variety of modern styles and sizes as well. Some patterns can mimic the look of marble or travertine, which look great in a modern or contemporary style interior.

Pros and Cons of Hardwood

It’s not uncommon to go into homes that are 50 years old and find hardwood floors in good condition. While wood has a reputation for being slightly less durable than other flooring options, it tends to age well. Plus, it’s possible to resurface hardwoods and make them look new, as long as the wear is minimal. Another benefit is that, since it’s a natural product, there will not be a pattern repeat, which would inevitably be found on even the highest quality manufactured product.

Hardwood Flooring Costs

Hardwood flooring may be available for as low as $4.00 a foot, but installation can be up to $8.00 a foot, so cost is a significant factor. Also, if there is ever a flood that is not cleaned up immediately, you will be making a claim on your homeowner’s insurance, because the affected hardwood will definitely need to be replaced.

Best Interior Styles for Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood looks great in traditional homes in nearly any variety. Farmhouse, cottage, Victorian, and provincial style interiors are well suited for the conventional layout and colors of hardwood.

The Affordability of Carpet

Carpet is usually the most affordable option, depending on the grade of carpet you choose. Mid-range quality carpet can cost $25-$30 per square yard, installed. Be careful in estimating costs and room sizes with carpet, since carpet is almost always measured in yards, not feet. There are nine feet in one square yard.

Carpet is great for living areas because it’s soft. If you like to play board games on the floor, it’s less comfortable to sit on hardwood or stone. Also, it’s generally recommended to choose a high quality pad for comfort and because the new carpet will last longer and save money in the long run.

Why Choose Natural Stone?

Slate, travertine, and marble are some of the materials that fall into the natural stone category. All natural stone needs to be sealed every two to five years to preserve the stone’s surface and stain resistance. This can be quite an inconvenience down the road, not to mention costly at an average of $4.00 per foot. Initially natural stone is comparable in cost to manufactured tile at about $11.00 per foot installed, though the cost of resealing should be considered. Like hardwood, natural stone will not have a pattern repeat. Sometimes a pattern repeat can be distracting, depending on how it is installed. Again, this flooring will be very hard and cold, so figure area rugs into your total budget.

Choosing and Installing Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

There are many types of flooring made from vinyl, but a major trend currently is luxury vinyl planks. These planks usually mimic the look and texture of wood, are easy to install, and are durable and water proof. This type of flooring is often found even in commercial installations because it holds up well to heavy traffic. It can even be installed over tile as long as the floor is leveled with a skim coat of thin set. As a bonus, you may be able to install it yourself!

Vinyl Plank Flooring and Your Budget

Luxury vinyl is relatively affordable, depending on the type, and costs less to install. On average it costs about $5 per square foot, including materials, to install this type of flooring. However, the cheaper the price per square foot, the shorter the pattern repeat. Printed knots or whorls in the planks will show up more often and can be distracting. So choose a mid-range product if possible.

Best Interior Styles for Luxury Vinyl

Wood look vinyl planks look great anywhere that hardwood would be stylistically appropriate. However, this flooring comes in different styles as well, including more modern colors and patterns. There is an option for nearly every interior in this material, from cabins.

Final Tips for Your Flooring Remodel Project

As you venture into home construction or remodeling, one of the most important considerations in terms of comfort and style is the flooring you choose. Be sure to take your time and don’t be pressured to choose something you don’t love. Hire reputable contractors and buy materials from a supplier who cares about you and your outcome. Ask family and friends who they have used, browse reviews online, and ask a lot of questions. Good luck and enjoy your beautiful new flooring!