Quick and Dirty Guide to Wood Flooring

Written by MJ Plaster

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Solid wood is milled from one solid ¾" piece of wood. Solid hardwood floors expand and contract more than engineered woods and are particularly susceptible to moisture. Asrepparttar wood expands and contracts, it may buckle or it may leave gaps. Two common methods of counteracting these gaps include beveled edges and leaving expansion gaps—gaps betweenrepparttar 100405 wood andrepparttar 100406 wall—hidden byrepparttar 100407 base molding.

You'll find most ofrepparttar 100408 popular wood species, such as oak, maple, cherry and others available in engineered wood. Sometimes called pressed wood, engineered wood comes in 3-ply or 5-ply versions—three or five bonded layers of wood. Engineered wood floors succumb to little, if any expansion and contraction and are perfectly suited for rooms susceptible to moisture. If you want wood floors inrepparttar 100409 bathroom,repparttar 100410 kitchen or in any room where moisture accumulates, consider engineered wood for its greater stability. If you plan to lay a wood floor directly over concrete, you must install engineered wood to maintain structural integrity.

Wood Styles

Once you've determinedrepparttar 100411 species, wood grade and decided between solid and engineered wood, you can move on torepparttar 100412 fun stuff—the style. Common wood styles include:

 Parquet  Plank  Strip

Strips and planks are long, linear cuts of woods. The main difference isrepparttar 100413 width ofrepparttar 100414 wood. Strips range from widths of 1 ½" to 2 ¼", while planks range from widths of 3" to 8". Consider strips if your goal is to createrepparttar 100415 illusion of a larger room. Series of small wood pieces create parquet's geometrical design. Parquet floors complement large, airy rooms.

Select your hardwood floors with care; they can add beauty and warmth to your surroundings for a very long time, even a lifetime.

M J Plaster is a successful author who provides information on shopping online for http://www.a1-wood-flooring.com/bamboo-flooring.htm and http://www.a1-wood-flooring.com/ in general. M J Plaster has been a commercial freelance writer for almost two decades, most recently specializing in home and garden, the low-carb lifestyle, investing, and anything that defines la dolce vita.

5 Ways To Decorate Your Kitchen On A Budget

Written by Lee Dobbins

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4.Go For A Molding

Want a new cabinet look but new cabinets aren’t in your budget? You can buy moldings forrepparttar sides, top and doors of your cabinet that will enhance and changerepparttar 100404 look of any kitchen. You can even buy little bun feet to put onrepparttar 100405 edges to give your kitchen a country look. While these might cost a bit more than some of these other ideas it is well worth it forrepparttar 100406 dramatic change it has on your cabinets. Fancy rope trim, and fluted moldings can be glued on to your cabinets to give them a little pizzaz. Decorative crown moldings can be added torepparttar 100407 top. If your doors are too plain, you can even buy moldings to add interest torepparttar 100408 door panels.

5. Vinyl Tiles

If your floor is outdated, dirty and grungy then getting a new floor will make a huge difference inrepparttar 100409 look of your kitchen. You may not even notice how dingyrepparttar 100410 floor looks and may be reluctant to budget in any money for a floor but try to take a fresh look at it and really notice what it looks like. When I sold my house I thought my kitchen floor was a little old but just fine – my realtor took one look and convinced me that a new floor would help me get more forrepparttar 100411 house. I put a new floor in and couldn’t believerepparttar 100412 difference! You can install vinyl tiles yourself for as little as 50 cents a square foot, of courserepparttar 100413 more you payrepparttar 100414 better quality floor you will get andrepparttar 100415 longer it will last so a mid range price of $3.00 a square foot is probably more realistic.

Lee Dobbins is the owner and editor of A Kitchen Decorating Idea Guide where you can get ideas for dozens of kitchen decorating themes for every budget.

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