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A Pet Lover’s Guide To Choosing Carpet

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Pet Lover’s Guide To Choosing Carpet

If you own pets you may think that carpet isn’t for you, but that simply doesn’t have to be the case. Carpet is comfortable for both you and your pets, and adds a much needed sound buffer in a busy household. Armed with the right information, you can choose a carpet that is durable, beautiful and a perfect addition to your pet-friendly home. Why You Should Embrace Nylon One of the most important choices you can make when choosing carpeting for your household is the type of fiber used in its construction. Wool, polyester and nylon are the fiber types you should focus on, with nylon pulling ahead significantly. Nylon is an incredibly popular carpet fiber choice due to its ability to be durable, stain resistant and affordable. Two types of nylon fibers are used in carpet manufacturing: nylon 6, and nylon 6,6. Both types of nylon are incredibly strong. However, nylon 6 is easier to recycle and can be remade into other carpets. Stain Resistance Nylon fiber based carpets feature a heightened stain resistance. Stain resistant finishes are usually either applied externally after the carpet is finished or added to the individual fibers. This natural stain resistance is ideal for homes with pets. The stain resistant finish makes stains readily removable with a little soap and water. Consider Smaller Carpets For some homes with pets mixing your flooring choices may be your best bet. This will allow you to have the comfort of carpeting while applying the beneficial properties of other floorings in other areas of your home. You may opt for hardwood or tiles in your entryway to take the brunt of the initial foot traffic while using an area rug for the added comfort. Carpet tiles are also a good option for homes with pets. If they become too stained or damaged you can simply remove the affected tiles and place a new one. A Note On Piles When you’re faced with a choice which carpet piles would be best for your pets, always go with a cut pile. Looped piles provide a texture that’s satisfying for anxious pets to scratch on. Opting for a cut pile eliminates stretched loops and scraggly carpet. When choosing carpet for a home with pets, focus on choosing a carpet made with a durable fiber with stain resistant properties. Taking the time to weigh your options carefully will ensure you find the right carpet for you and your furry friend. For more information on carpet, go...

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Hardwood Or Laminate? Choosing The Right Flooring In Your Commercial Space

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hardwood Or Laminate? Choosing The Right Flooring In Your Commercial Space

Hardwood is a versatile flooring option. It works equally well in an elegant decor as it does in a casual atmosphere. Depending on the finish it can be warm and cozy or modern and sleek. It is this versatility that has made genuine hardwood and its look-alike, laminate flooring, so popular. If you are trying to decide what type you should use on your commercial floor, here are a few points to consider. Deciding by Price There are numerous options when shopping for wood floors but the first choice you need to make will be whether you want to purchase new wood, repurpose old flooring or purchase laminate. If you want to choose solely on the cost, purchase laminate. This will give you not only the least expensive range of options, but laminate is also the cheapest to install and to clean. Reclaimed hardwood flooring is a popular choice, but very expensive. However, it is a good option for those who want an environmentally-friendly flooring as well as a floor with a unique style. New hardwood is equally beautiful and there are many sustainable woods to choose from, so it can still be considered an Earth-friendly choice. Heavily Trafficked Floors Solid wood floors will need to be sealed to keep foot traffic from wearing away the finish. You can extend the finish by regularly changing traffic flow by rearranging retail racks or seating spaces in offices. Hardwood can be damaged more easily with dents from dropped items because these woods are typically softer than a laminate floor. Laminate floors are most at risk from scratches caused by gravel and grit tracked inside on shoes or items dragged across the floor. These scratches are usually more obvious on laminate floors than hardwood. Rubber mats can prevent dirt from being carried inside or tracks being worn into the floor from the casters on office chairs sliding back and forth, but any rubber mat or rubber-backed carpet can discolor hardwood floors. Dealing With Moisture Hardwood floors are a clear winner between laminated woods and genuine hardwood floors when water is present. Laundromats, bathroom floors or just humid environments can cause many laminate floors to warp and swell. Hardwood floors, when properly stained and coated in polyurethane, will be able to withstand a lot more moisture before it becomes a problem. However, either floor will be destroyed if water is allowed to regularly sit on the surface. Hardwood floors can be refinished and repaired when they begin to show signs of wear, something that is just not possible with laminate. However, laminated floors are known for their durability and can stay looking fresh and new longer than some types of hardwood. Basically, laminates are easy to remove and replace and cheap enough to make that possible without breaking a budget, but hardwood has a timeless beauty and quality that nothing else can compare to. Many people love the look of a genuine hardwood floor even more once it begins to age. There is no clear winner in the battle of hardwood versus laminate floors. In the end it often just comes down to personal preferences. Contact a local outlet, such as Certified Flooring Installation, Inc., for further...

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4 Tips For Remodeling Small Bathrooms

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to add value to your home. Unfortunately, when you have a small bathroom, some of your ideas will need to be rethought. However, there are some great ideas that you can incorporate to not only make your bathroom seem bigger, but also achieve a great look. Opt for Skylights and Opaque Windows Light can be used to give the illusion that your bathroom is bigger than it actually is. Instead of flooding your bathroom space with more light fixtures, you can rely on skylights and opaque windows to bring in more light. Not only does the addition of more windows and skylights mean a larger looking bathroom, but it can help you save on energy. You do not have to rely on high-wattage bulbs to illuminate the area. Avoid Textures In the areas of your bathroom that get the most use, avoid the use of textures. For instance, a sink with a carved vessel is a bad idea. The textures might look nice in your bathroom, but they can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Stick with smooth surfaces in the heavily used areas and you do not have to worry about fighting mold and mildew in those areas. Install Single Handle Fixtures In a small bathroom, every square inch is important. When you are shopping for your new sink and bathroom faucets, take a close look at single handle faucets that dispense cold and hot water. In addition to saving a bit more space, you also save on work. You do not have to worry about drilling holes in your base for more than just one faucet. Skip the Wall-Mounted Vanity The idea of a wall-mounted vanity to save space seems to make sense. Unfortunately, it actually creates a wasted opportunity instead. The space beneath the vanity rarely is used for storage and can be forgotten when it is time to clean the bathroom. If you are set on having a wall-mounted vanity, consider placing items you definitely need to use beneath it. For instance, you can place a basket holding your cleaning supplies in the space. Redoing a small bathroom takes more than just money and time. You also need to be creative and plan well. Take some time to assess your bathroom, your wants, and try to find ways you can maximize your space without knocking down a wall. For more ideas, contact a company like Grover’s Interiors...

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