3 Ways To Give Your Wood Floors A Custom Look

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Give Your Wood Floors A Custom Look

Wood flooring can be a great solution for the floors in your home, but it may not be the custom look you want. The good news is that there are many things that can be done to change the look of your hardwood floors. You can use stains and stencils to give your floors the custom appearance you want. Here are some tips to help you give your floors a custom finish: 1. Giving Your Floors A Border With Stenciling If you want to add a custom border to your floors, stencils can give you many options. You can buy patterns that just stick to the floor if you are going to have the wood professionally finished. If you are more of a DIY person, you can also create your own personalized stencils. To do this, you can print out a stencil pattern and trace it to a roll of masking tape. Use a utility knife to cut through several layers of the tape for a continuous design. Try to match the pattern to ensure that the design is even. 2. Using Different Stains To Create The Look Of Different Woods If all the hardwoods in your home are the same species, you may want to break them up a little with different colors. You can use different stains to make the floors appear to be different. You can even do this in one room by taping off rows of flooring and staining it, then using a different color stain on the pieces you have taped. This can also be done to make the wood appear to be different widths. 3. Using Patterns To Give Wood Flooring A Custom Tile Feel Another way you can give your hardwood flooring a custom look is to make it look like tile. You can use the different color stains to create tile patterns in the flooring. This can be a great look for an entrance way or foyer. You can combine the tile pattern with a border to make it the centerpiece of your home and have the appearance of a custom floor. This can be done anywhere in your home where you want to have a custom floor design. These are some tips to help you give your hardwood floors a custom finish. If you want to have new floors in your home, contact a hardwood flooring service like Idaho Hardwood Flooring and talk with them about some of these ideas to give your floors a unique...

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Going Shopping For New Carpeting? Here’s How Decide Between Looped And Cut Fibers

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Going Shopping For New Carpeting? Here’s How Decide Between Looped And Cut Fibers

When you go to the carpet store to pick out new carpeting for your home, you’ll be overwhelmed with all the choices in styles, patterns, and colors. However, there is one basic choice you must make first. That’s to decide if you want looped or cut carpet. All carpets start with one of these two basic styles. Here’s what you need to know. The Difference Between Looped Carpet And Cut Pile Looped carpet is made of fibers that are looped through the back of the carpeting. Each row is made from one continuous fiber that is repeatedly pushed up through the back and pulled back down to form a series of loops. When cut carpeting is manufactured, the tops of the loops are cut. This creates a row of individual fiber strands that poke up through the carpet. These two basic styles of carpeting can be modified with fibers of different heights to create patterns and various degrees of plushness. Cut and looped fibers can even be woven into the same carpet to create designs on the rug. Advantages Of Loops And Cuts Looped carpets are considered more durable because the fibers bounce back to their original shape after being walked on. That makes it a good choice for high traffic rooms in your home. Because the fibers are looped, they support each other, which helps to avoid a matted appearance as the carpet ages. The loops tend to hide dirt too, so you can probably get by with vacuuming a looped carpet less often. Cut fibers are a good choice if you want a plush carpet. Because the fibers are separated from each other, they form a nice cushion under your feet when you walk. Cut fibers are a good choice for formal areas and bedrooms where a plush look and feel are appreciated. Disadvantages To Consider Looped carpets aren’t a good choice if you have dogs in your house. That’s because your pets can snag a toenail in a loop. This could hurt your dog by ripping out a nail or causing a twisted ankle. It could also damage your carpet if the loop is ripped in half. The area will look frayed, and just like pulling on a loose thread, it may cause the rest of the fiber to unravel along the length of your carpet. Cut loops have drawbacks too. The ends of the loops can fray over time and the fibers are less resilient. That means the fibers crush more easily, and you may leave footprints behind after walking on the carpet. Plus, the vacuum may leave tracks on cut pile. Since these two types of carpeting are different in the way they feel, look, and wear, you should carefully consider your lifestyle. Dogs, kids, and the amount of foot traffic all factor into which type of carpeting you should choose. Once you’ve settled on the best choice, then you can decide if you want twisted fibers, plush pile, or uneven loop carpeting to give you the texture and softness you...

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Tackling Some Of The Most Common Misconceptions Concerning Floor Heating Systems

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tackling Some Of The Most Common Misconceptions Concerning Floor Heating Systems

If you are a homeowner who is on the lookout for a new heating system in your home, you will be faced with an array of choices. One of the choices that you should give a second look is some type of floor heating system. Floor heating is efficient to operate, long-lasting, and provides many benefits. However, there may be a few misconceptions about radiant floor heat systems that get in the way of your considering this as a viable option. Here are a few of those misconceptions and the facts you should know. Misconception: Floor heating systems are difficult to maintain Fact: It is a big myth that radiant floor heating systems are more difficult to maintain than the average forced-air heat system. The fact is, you will likely see less maintenance over time because you are not dealing with recirculated air, dirty filters, and clogged duct-work barring down the system. Even with water-type radiant tubing, filters in place keep sediment and other contaminants from clogging the heated lines over time. It is quite likely that you will see about every type of radiant tubing last for many years without ever needing attention. Misconception: Floor heating systems take longer to heat the home than a forced-air system Fact: Because the tubing beneath the floor must first warm the overlying layers of material, people often assume that radiant floor heating must take a long time to completely heat a space. However, unlike a forced-air system, the heat is being radiated throughout the space, not just being pushed into one area. Therefore, the heating takes place quickly, and even more importantly, evenly. Misconception: Radiant heat systems cannot be installed beneath wood floor systems Fact: For a long time, the most common places to find radiant floor heat systems was beneath either concrete or tile flooring. However, modern floor heating systems are installed under everything from tile to hardwood. The only material that radiant heating does not fare well under is carpet, but this is only because carpet usually boasts several layers of insulation, which would prohibit efficient heat flow. When you know a little more about the facts and pay less attention to the misconceptions, it is easy to see why so many homeowners choose floor heating systems for their home. If you would like more information about making the transition to radiant floor heat, talk to a heating specialist about questions you have about the...

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Three Hardwood Flooring Designs That Are Unique And Stand Out

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you want to have an attractive flooring for your home, hardwood floors are a great choice. They are usually simple slats that are made from oak or other common hardwoods. You may not want to have this conventional look for the floors in your home. There are also many other things that can be done with hardwood to give your floors a more unique look. Here are some unique ideas for custom hardwood flooring that you may want to consider doing for the new floors in your home: 1. Combining Wood With Other Materials To Create Unique Designs You may also want to consider combining the hardwood with other flooring materials for a unique design. This can be done with things like tile and concrete with an acid stain finish. If you do this, you will probably also have to have an epoxy coat applied to the floor to create an even surface for the floor.  Even though this can cost more, it will give you many options for the custom design of your floor. One way that you can get a unique look for your wood floors is to have them installed with patterns. This can be done by alternating the direction that the wood is installed, as well as installing sections diagonally. To make this look unique, you can use different woods to the patterns. 2. Using Tropical Woods As An Alternative To Conventional Hardwoods If you want wood flooring with a different look, there are many different materials to choose from as an alternative to conventional hardwoods. You can use materials like bamboo for your wood flooring, or even tropical woods that look different from conventional hardwoods. This can be a great way to combine different materials in your flooring design, or even use it for inlays in your flooring. There are some tropical woods, such as Brazilian walnut, which are very resistant to water. This makes these materials a great choice for kitchen or bathrooms, where conventional woods can be a problem because of moisture and humidity. 3. Reclaimed Lumber Materials And Milled Materials With Unconventional Dimensions Another option for a unique flooring is using different types of lumber. You can use reclaimed lumber materials that are unique wood species for your wood flooring. Milled lumber that comes in different widths can also be an interesting look for your flooring. The materials may also need a protective coat of clear epoxy to protect the wood and give your floor a smooth finish. The epoxy finish is an affordable way to finish the floor and protect it. Epoxy will also allow you to use materials that are not conventional tongue-and-groove flooring, such as wood slats and reclaimed lumber. These are some unique ideas that you may want to consider for the new hardwood flooring in your home. If you are ready to have new floors for your home with a less conventional look, contact a custom hardwood flooring contractor like one from Costen Floors Inc to get the help you need with the new floors for your...

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Garage Room Additions: Preparing Concrete Floors For Staining

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Turning your garage into an extension of your home requires several steps and expenses, from adding insulation to placing it on the home’s HVAC system. One place you can save money and time is on the floors. Instead of opting for new flooring, consider decorative stained concrete. The finished floor can resemble tile or even leather when you’re done. The following two tips will help you get your garage ready for the staining process. Clean It Well The amount of preparation depends on the state of the concrete. In a garage, your biggest concerns are going to be oil stains and paint stains. You can remove paint with a pressure washer, but grease requires a bit more work. You will need to cover the stain with a degreaser formulated for removing oil stains from concrete. Let the degreaser dry completely, which may take up to 8 hours. As it dries, it leaches the grease out of the concrete. You can then simply sweep it up once it dries to powder. Deep grease stains may require multiple treatments. Once the stains are up, simply sweep the floors thoroughly and mop them with clear water. Fix Any Damage Cracks can ruin the look of the floor. They can be common on old garage floors, since heavy equipment or temperature fluctuations can cause cracking. You can fill almost any crack with a concrete crack filler. This is an epoxy, made from a mixture of concrete and polymers, that adheres to the crack. Unfortunately, crack fillers don’t usually take staining. To fix this issue, you can mix a concrete dye in with the epoxy before filling the cracks. The tricky part is matching the dye color to the stained concrete. Another option is to resurface the entire floor with a thin layer of fresh concrete. This will give you a smooth, crack-free surface. Resurfacing is more expensive and time-consuming than filling cracks, so it’s usually a better option only when cracking and damage is extensive. The above two processes are vital for prepping your old garage floor before staining. After it’s stained, how do you keep it looking like new? Daily dust mopping is your best defense against damage, since it will remove any fine particles or grit that could dull the concrete surface. For deeper cleaning, simply mop the floor with a damp mop. Generally, there is no need for detergents or cleaning chemicals. You can also seal the floor, which will further protect it against scuffs and stains. Talk with a company like The Carolina Floor Project to get professional help and opinions to prep for and maintain your concrete...

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Why You Have Gaps In Your Hardwood Or Hardwood Laminate Floor

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to clean, but you may end up with gap issues if you live in certain climates and are caught unprepared. Gaps can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to form. Major gaps may require your whole floor to be replaced, but if you catch gaps early, you can fix them yourself without having to tear all the wood up. If damage is minor, you can also modify your home’s interior climate to help keep the gaps to a minimum. Wood Floors Humidity and Dry Weather Despite the damage that water can do to wood floors, it’s actually the lack of humidity that causes most gaps. During months of medium to high humidity — typically summer months — your wood panels expand slightly. You probably won’t notice this as wood has some room to shift without buckling. However, when you turn your heater on during colder months, this sucks the humidity out of your house, and out of the wood itself. As a result, the wood contracts, revealing gaps. Minor problems can be fixed by adding in small wood shims, using wood floor filling or even rope stained to the same color as your floors. With major gaps all over your floors, you will probably be better off calling professional floor repair services or replacing the floors entirely. Installation Cheap installation jobs can leave your floors more prone to gaps. There are two main factors that need to go into installing new wood floors: Figuring out the average humidity level for your house’s interior year round and installing while the humidity is at that level Letting the wood acclimate to your house’s humidity levels before installing. If your wood floors were installed during periods of high humidity, for example, they will already be in an expanded state, and will contract much more easily as soon as humidity levels drop. This can also happen when wood is not allowed to acclimate before installation, which will make them more likely to shift as the humidity levels change. Buckling or Bowing If your floors have gaps but are also bowing slightly or turning up at the edges, this is often a sign that there is a water problem underneath your floors. There may be a leak somewhere nearby; this is especially likely if the damage is only occurring in one place. Wood Laminate Floors Moisture Problems Wood laminate floors aren’t real wood floors, and as such don’t react the same to similar conditions. With wood laminate floors, too much humidity can be the problem, not the solution. Wood laminate floors are better in low-humidity climates, so if you live in a high-humidity climate, you’ll need to keep your indoor humidity low. While humidity won’t make laminate floors gap as much, they will quickly start to buckle and bow, and the only way to fix this is to replace the affected areas. Floating Floor Shifting This type of flooring is often called a “floating floor” because it’s not fastened down to the concrete below. Instead, there’s usually a layer of moisture protection, and the flooring is installed using tongue and slot pieces that snap together. In order to prevent shifting, tabs are often placed in the floor to create stability. If these tabs were...

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