How to select the best laminate flooring for you

Written by E. Timothy Uy

Hardwood flooring - its' traditional look is almost timeless, its' beauty is unmatchable. However, it's pretty hard to maintain a hardwood floor, not to mentionrepparttar price you have to pay for it. Even withrepparttar 140702 most recent floor treatments they will still scratch, fade, dent and stain in a rather small amount of time. That's why laminate flooring was invented. Because it's machine made and its' top layer is a hardwood photographic laminated surface, laminate hasrepparttar 140703 look and appeal of real hardwood floors, but it's more durable and it requires less maintenance.

Unlike real hardwood floors, laminate flooring is more resistant to scratching, staining, fading and denting. Laminates warranty range from 10 years to lifetime and it covers all ofrepparttar 140704 bad things mentioned above, while entry level laminates come with a 10 to 15 years one. But they are designed for light traffic areas. I mentioned this because many people mistake and think that they will remainrepparttar 140705 same if used in a high traffic area duringrepparttar 140706 warranty period. This is not true. Used in a high traffic area, they will begin to show wear and tear rather quick (usually within 3 to 5 years).

Remember that choosingrepparttar 140707 right laminate flooring is not as easy as it seems, but by doing that, you will save money inrepparttar 140708 long run. Just think of things likerepparttar 140709 amount of time you are planning on staying in that house orrepparttar 140710 amount of traffic, because there is no point in buying really expensive laminate flooring with extended warranty if you know that you are moving sometime inrepparttar 140711 near future. Another thing you should know is that people usually replacerepparttar 140712 floor first when moving in a new house, so, with expensive laminate with an extended warranty, you will either pay an amount of money for nothing, or forrepparttar 140713 people who will move in after you.

An Italian lifestyle project

Written by Iris Ceramica

Atrepparttar 44th Salone del Mobile in Milan,repparttar 140645 most important home and contract furnishings trade fair inrepparttar 140646 world, designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba createdrepparttar 140647 "Earth and Fire" installation for Iris Ceramica.

This Italian lifestyle project, underlined byrepparttar 140648 aroma of espresso coffee, is divided into three thematic areas showing different ways of renderingrepparttar 140649 multifaceted personality of today's ceramic tiles, an irreplaceable part of home decor.

The setting is decidedly unusual:repparttar 140650 space, occupied by a mechanical workshop forrepparttar 140651 rest ofrepparttar 140652 year, features a barrel-vaulted gallery facingrepparttar 140653 entrance courtyard.

Natural light coming throughrepparttar 140654 glass roof lights up gallery, enhancingrepparttar 140655 fascination ofrepparttar 140656 colours of Pietra Forte from Florence recreated in full-bodied porcelain tile (26"x13" square, fromrepparttar 140657 Format collection).

The two designers had fun withrepparttar 140658 modular formats ofrepparttar 140659 stone: almost as if trying to escaperepparttar 140660 classic right angles of ceramic tile layout patterns, they created a wave that rises uprepparttar 140661 back wall in a gradation of strips. Tall lights of light canvas, simple and comfortable garden furniture and fresh herbal scents completerepparttar 140662 natural scene.

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