Makeover magic – How to remodel your deck or patio in less than a dayWritten by Malcolm Kay
Of all numerous home improvement projects which can be undertaken around home, remodeling or enhancing exterior decking or patios has to be one of most effective ways to accomplish a really noticeable difference to look of your home. An attractive outdoor area can increase your outdoor living space, transform your garden and completely change way you use and enjoy your home.
Wood decking has long been premier choice for exterior relaxing or entertaining area but many of us just have a dull concrete pad and can only just yearn for classic look of a solid wood deck.
But there’s now a solution which provides luxury look of solid wood deck, can be quickly and easily installed in just a few hours, yet costs only fraction of cost of a custom made wood deck – interlocking wood deck tiles.
These tiles are typically manufactured using 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 all 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 www.ezydeck.net)
What You Should Know About Laminate FlooringWritten by E. Timothy Uy
Laminate flooring imitates 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 of floor. You don't need any glue or nails for them because planks snap together.
Before choosing a laminate flooring material you should think about type of traffic in your house. One other advantage for laminate flooring is durability. So this type of floor is one of 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 to 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 consideration 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.