Choosing A New FloorWritten by Garry John
Is it time to give that tired kitchen floor a face lift? Are you looking for just right finishing touch for your new living room? The floor you choose can brighten a dark room, make a small one appear larger, or set mood and tone for rest of your decorating. There are so many flooring options available on market these days that you're biggest problem will be deciding which floor you like best! Here are a few suggestions to ease your decision process.
With all those choices available, how do you decide what type of floor fits your lifestyle and design sense best? There are a number of factors to consider, including mood you want to set, style and colors of your furnishings, and what room will be used for. The perfect floor for your work-in kitchen may be too dark for your bright and airy living room, and floor that you love for your living room could be too formal or too delicate for your back patio. Rest assured though, that there is a perfect choice for every room in your home.
Things To Consider When Choosing a Floor
How much traffic will floor get?
The amount and type of traffic that your room will see should be one of largest deciding factors in kind of floor that you choose. A family room floor with a ping-pong table and busy, active life needs a floor that will stand up to lots of foot traffic and occasional spill. In addition, you want a floor that won't show wear, will be comfortable underfoot, and easy to care for. Vinyl floor tiles or linoleum might be your best choice there, though a good, durable wood laminate floor might do well, as well.
Selecting Replacement WindowsWritten by Bobby Carlten
Windows are eyes of a home. From inside, you see outside world through them. It has been said that eyes are windows to soul. For a home, you can gain a sense of its character by examining its windows.
Windows are primary source of natural light for a room, but they are so much more. They give a home beauty and personality. The decision to replace them is an important one. Replacements can affect feel of home for inhabitants and provide opportunity for significant energy savings. They can dramatically change value of property when it comes time to sell home.
Types of replacement windows
There are many types of replacement windows to fit varied styles of home architecture. Some of more popular styles include following.
- Casements have one or two panes. They are hinged on one side and open by rotating a crank. Casement windows generally open only 15 – 30 degrees, enough to let in light, but little else.
- Sliders are generally two offset sashes, one which will slide behind other, much like a sliding glass door.
- Double hung have two sashes which move vertically, allowing ventilation through a space at top and/or at bottom.
- Bay windows are three-sided arrangements that project from exterior wall of house, usually in living rooms or formal sitting rooms. They give room a larger feel while offering additional space for a seat or arrangements of potted plants.
- Bow windows are set in a series with each sash set at an angle. Bows are similar to bays in that they protrude from exterior face of house. They are different in that each sash or in series is set at a slight angle so that entire series forms a graceful curve or bow, rather than sharp three-sided appearance of bay windows. There can be any number of sashes in bow window series.
- Garden windows are frequently installed in kitchens, often replacing sash behind kitchen sink. These also extend beyond exterior wall of house. They are much smaller than bay or bow styles and are often used for holding potted plants, creating an interior garden, while giving an improved view of outside lawn or garden.
- Skylights are installed into roof of house to provide direct lighting. These are generally not designed to be opened in order to provide best weather seal.
Not so long ago, windows were simple panes of glass glazed into a sash. Efforts to become more energy efficient have turned them into highly engineered systems.
Single pane models have little insulating value and are still used in warmer climates.
Double pane or double glazed styles are built with an air space between two panes of glass. This glass-air-glass sandwich permits much less energy radiation through glass. Better insulating value is offered by designs with clear argon gas in place of air. Yet another system combines double glazed models with panes of glass coated with a low emissivity (low-e) film. This coating reduces energy transfer even further.
Frames for sashes may be constructed from wood, wood clad in aluminium or vinyl, vinyl or fibreglass. Wood is an excellent choice in that it can be cut or trimmed to provide an excellent fit. Wood clad with aluminium or vinyl is an excellent choice in regions with periods of high humidity or damp weather. Vinyl is a great choice for homes in high moisture regions such as on lakes or seashore. Wood clad and vinyl replacement windows are also low maintenance after installation.