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.

Simple balcony makeover

Written by Malcolm Kay

That drab concrete balcony is oftenrepparttar last area to be addressed in any apartment makeover. Maybe itís just too small to justify a procession of tradespersons traipsing throughrepparttar 145227 apartment day after day to lay ceramic or terracotta tiles, grout them and then polish them. Maybe you live in a rental property and donít want to spent money on something you canít take with you, but really want to brighten up that valuable exterior space.

Perhapsrepparttar 145228 best and easiest solution is to install DIY decking tiles. These tiles are laid directly onrepparttar 145229 existing balcony without requiring any surface preparation. The tiles just click together without needing any adhesives, screws etc. You may need to cut some tiles to fit around pipes or to fit flush againstrepparttar 145230 balcony wall, but all thatís required is a handsaw or jigsaw. And asrepparttar 145231 tiles are constructed with a special mesh base, water drains away quickly and easily.

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