Makeover magic – How to remodel your deck or patio in less than a day

Written by Malcolm Kay

Of allrepparttar numerous home improvement projects which can be undertaken aroundrepparttar 145229 home, remodeling or enhancing exterior decking or patios has to be one ofrepparttar 145230 most effective ways to accomplish a really noticeable difference torepparttar 145231 look of your home. An attractive outdoor area can increase your outdoor living space, transform your garden and completely changerepparttar 145232 way you use and enjoy your home.

Wood decking has long beenrepparttar 145233 premier choice for exterior relaxing or entertaining area but many of us just have a dull concrete pad and can only just yearn forrepparttar 145234 classic look of a solid wood deck.

But there’s now a solution which providesrepparttar 145235 luxury look of solid wood deck, can be quickly and easily installed in just a few hours, yet costs only fraction ofrepparttar 145236 cost of a custom made wood deck – interlocking wood deck tiles.

These tiles are typically manufactured usingrepparttar 145237 same high durability lumber species as traditional decks and can be laid over any solid level surface. The result is a deck surface that has allrepparttar 145238 appearance and benefits of solid wood deck but can be installed by anyone in just an hour or so, with no building or carpentry experience and needs no nails, screws, adhesives etc. The tiles just click together for a perfect fit, accurate alignment and a secure and stable surface.(see for example

What You Should Know About Laminate Flooring

Written by E. Timothy Uy

Laminate flooring imitatesrepparttar aspect of traditional wood. Their biggest advantage is that they are very easy to install and very durable. Laminate flooring are suitable for many of your rooms: hallways, family spaces, bathrooms, kitchens. Also they are perfect for an active home.

At first look, laminate flooring seems to be a natural wood floor but in fact is a layer of paper under a tough protective film that is glued and pressed to a high-density backing board. There are also types of laminate planks that are installed over a moisture barrier which levels any uneven areas ofrepparttar 145228 floor. You don't need any glue or nails for them becauserepparttar 145229 planks snap together.

Before choosing a laminate flooring material you should think aboutrepparttar 145230 type of traffic in your house. One other advantage for laminate flooring isrepparttar 145231 durability. So this type of floor is one ofrepparttar 145232 best choices for households with heavy foot traffic, kids, or pets. But, best of all, laminates will look like new for years.

Laminates are also highly resistant to stains, fading and moisture and many laminate flooring manufacturers offer warranty protection against them for a long period of time (usually from 10 to 25 years).

If you already have a type of floor this doesn't represents a problem for you. Laminate flooring can be installed over floors like wood, tile, vinyl or linoleum because most of them are floating which means they do not fasten directly torepparttar 145233 subfloor. Also, at this moment, many manufacturers offer snap-together laminate flooring systems. A typical laminate flooring is and extremely economical solution, if you take in considerationrepparttar 145234 costs of alternate flooring solutions. Solid hardwood floors will require 4-5 refinishings and carpets and vinyls will need to be replaced at least twice (depending on traffic loads), while laminates don't require anything.

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