How To Epoxy Over Your Garage Floor

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Epoxy Over Your Garage Floor

Your garage stores items that you don’t want inside your home such as tools, gardening equipment, and boxes/totes of miscellaneous items, in addition to your cars. Garages aren’t usually the cleanest of places, but for some, the garage is their sanctuary; a place not just for working on things or storing items, but for hanging out. These types of people probably have garage floors that you can almost eat off of, and simply having a concrete floor just won’t do. Adding epoxy to the floors will help give your floors the look and feel of a auto showroom, rather than a dingy garage. See below for instructions on how to epoxy your garage floor yourself. Here’s What You’ll Need: Painter’s tape Protective plastic Stiff broom Garden hose Cleaning solution Epoxy kit Long handled roller Paintbrushes Instructions: Start by cleaning everything out of your garage. You need a clean slate to work with, so after you have everything out, use a broom to sweep up dust, dirt, leaves and other debris from the floor. Apply painter’s tape and protective plastic along the base of the walls in your garage to help protect these areas from getting epoxy on them. Next, use a garden hose to wet the floor and apply a cleaning solution to the floor. Soapy water is fine to use, or you can use a concrete cleaner to give the floor a deeper clean. Use the stiff broom to scrub any stains from the concrete. Work your way from one end of the garage to the other, finally making your way to the outside. Allow the floor to dry thoroughly. Begin cutting in the epoxy around the edge of the floor using a paintbrush. Then apply the epoxy with the long-handled roller, working in a 10 x 10 section at a time. Once the epoxy is applied, you can add the colored flakes (optional).  Continue this process all along your garage floor until the entire floor is covered with epoxy and colored flakes. Allow the epoxy to dry thoroughly. Then apply a clear coating over the top. If this did not come in the kit you purchased, you can find it at your local hardware store. Read the manufacturer’s directions for application. The epoxy and clear coat needs time to set before you can drive on it, so be sure to read the directions for the proper set time so you don’t ruin your new floors (usually 24 – 72 hours). Adding epoxy flooring will help give your garage the look and feel of a showroom. This is perfect for the car enthusiast, garage man-cave or to just give your garage a cleaner look and...

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Making Your Floors More Senior Dog Friendly: Options For You

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Your Floors More Senior Dog Friendly: Options For You

When you are a dog owner, it can be somewhat distressing to you when your dog reaches his or her senior years. While they may still have the spirit and attitude of a pup, their bodies have decidedly begun to deteriorate and they may not be able to get around as well as the used to. If you are wondering what you can do to make your house more comfortable and safe for them in their (hopefully) many senior years to come, get to know some of the ways that you can make your floors more senior-dog friendly. Then you can make any changes and adjustments you need to your flooring to ensure that they are safe and happy in your home. Avoid Glazes and Glossy Finishes on Hard Floors Glazed tiles and glossy finishes of any kind on hard floors give everything a nice sheen and make everything look sparkly and fresh. However, this is not always helpful to pets, especially senior animals.  The shine that you love on those hard surfaces also makes them more slick and slippery. Dogs rely on the pads of their paws and their nails to navigate surfaces, and their nails help to find traction and maintain balance. Glossy surfaces make finding traction tough for young, healthy dogs, but virtually impossible for senior dogs who have reduced mobility anyway. Try to avoid these finishes if you can. Natural stone or ceramic tiles that are unglazed or hardwood floors with a natural finish will be more senior-dog friendly. You may also want to adorn those floors with non-slip rugs and runners so that your senior dog has an easier time laying down and standing up from sitting or laying down on those surfaces. This can prevent slips and falls that could cause them injuries. Consider Carpet Installation In Bedrooms and on the Stairs Stairs are the most difficult part of your home for a senior dog to navigate. As their traction and mobility control become more difficult, the likelihood that they will fall or stumble going up or down the stairs increases a great deal. Carpeting those stairs can reduce the frequency of those falls, help your dog to feel safer and more comfortable navigating the stairs, and can provide padding and cushioning if/when they do stumble. If your senior dog sleeps or spends a lot of time in the bedrooms in your house, carpet would be a great idea in there as well. For senior dogs that like to sleep in bed with their humans, this will prevent them from accidentally hitting the side of the bed or missing completely when they try to jump up on the bed, or landing flat on their faces or stomachs when they jump down. Carpeting provides the ideal traction and soft surface that will make these rooms much safer for your senior dogs. Now that you know a few of the ways that you can make your floors more senior-dog friendly, you can make the adjustments you need to make the four-legged member of your family happy and safe as they age in your home. Click here for carpet installation, or do an online...

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How Prep And Use A Drum Sander

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Prep And Use A Drum Sander

Hardwood floors are always a smart investment. Homeowners love the inimitable style of hardwood, but also the fact that it is so easy to keep up. Hardwood floors are durable and they age gracefully. Some people constantly refinish the floors to keep a glowing finish, while others prefer to let their floor finish fade off. This gives the floor a more antique look. If you do want to refinish your hardwood floor, you will first need to sand off the existing stain. Of course, this is a large job that can’t simply be done with handheld power sanders. This article explains how to use a drum sander to speed up the sanding process. Renting a Drum Sander Most people obviously don’t own a drum sander, so they will have to rent one from a tool or home improvement store. But, before you even rent the sander, there is a lot of preparation work you need to do. Since you will be charged on a daily basis, you want to get all the prep work done before you rent the sander. Prepping the Floor The first thing you need to do is remove everything from the room. You can’t just push stuff to one side of the room and expect to effectively sand it. But, the sanding will also kick up a lot of sawdust that can be problematic. You need to do a thorough masking off to prepare for the mess. Using large rolls of thin painters plastic loves you to cover window and door fixtures with these. Usually, 0.2mm thick plastic will be perfect for masking off. You also want to cover all of your air registers and events to prevent dust from circulating throughout your home. Use normal painter’s tape to secure the plastic. Be sure to thoroughly cover the baseboard with tape or cardboard because the drum sander will definitely hit it during the sanding. Using the Drum Sander Using a drum sander is a little bit awkward if only because the machine is so heavy. First, don’t power it on until you are ready to hold the handle with both hands. Also, wearing gloves allows you to maintain a stronger grip without getting blisters. The key is to always keep the sander moving when it is powered on. Sand in small circles as you move forward so you don’t create in straight lines on the floor. Contact a professional, like Carpet  World &  Floor Covering , if you need...

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3 Things You Can Do To Maintain A Fresh Carpet In Spite Of Pets

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Can Do To Maintain A Fresh Carpet In Spite Of Pets

Over time you might find that pet smells seem to be coming from your carpets, even after you vacuum. This can happen over time because the fibers of many carpets absorb odors. Luckily, there are things you can do to get these smells out of your carpets, or at least diminish them. Use the tips below to help you.  Get a Carpet Rake Perhaps you’ve seen carpet rakes in home improvement stores; they look like brushes with long handles. You may wonder why you would give them a try if you already have a vacuum. In fact, there are a number of rakes with specific purposes. Some are meant to prevent debris from settling into long-pile carpets, while others are meant to help you get rid of the pet hairs that your vacuum may miss. In turn, you can prevent the smell of animal hair from settling into your carpet. Once you buy a carpet rake, use it a few times a week to make sure that your carpet stays fresh. Use Baking Soda to Absorb Odors Just as you might be using baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors, you can also use it to freshen up your carpet. Simply sprinkle some baking soda into your carpet, leave alone overnight, and then vacuum it up. You are likely to discover your carpet smells better as a result. Use Vinegar After Pet Accidents Many pet smells that linger in the carpet are a result of bathroom accidents. When your pet has a urine accident on your carpet, make sure that you blot it right away with paper towels to soak up as much urine as you can. Then, scrub the spot with a solution made of water and gentle soap. Next, use white vinegar to prevent any odors from settling in. Vinegar kills a lot of germs and bacteria, so any odor-smelling bacteria left in your carpet can be taken care of by pouring a little vinegar into the accident spot and blotting it with paper towels. The smell of vinegar will fade over time and is not harmful to you or your pet. Wait for a few hours and reassess the spot; if smells persist, do a few applications of vinegar to help the smells fade even more. Now that you’ve got some ideas that can help you maintain a fresh, clean scent in your carpets instead of pet odors, use the tips in this article to figure out what works best for your particular carpet. For more help, contact a carpet contractor who can give you even more suggestions about how best to care for your...

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Creative Ideas For Your Patio Flooring

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creative Ideas For Your Patio Flooring

The patio is more than just a space for enjoying outdoor living. Your patio is a place where you can let your creative juices flow. You don’t have to be bound by the traditions of decorating as when you’re planning, say, your living room d├ęcor. As you plan your patio, start with a floor that already shows an artistic vibe. Concrete Mural Concrete is a very versatile material. Contractors can add dyes to the concrete to make vivid colors. As the Concrete Network points out, this colored concrete is effective for breaking up large areas of flooring. Indeed, they can even use the colored concrete to create pictures in your flooring. The color can be a simple patterned border, or the contractors can design elaborate murals. Artisan Cement Tiles If color and pattern are what you want for your patio flooring, consider having artisan cement tiles installed. Manufacturers use cement, marble powder and natural pigments to create beautiful tiles reminiscent of porcelain designs. Making these intricate tiles out of cement instead of ceramic means they not only don’t need firing, they’re far more durable. Consider having your patio’s borders defined with beautiful cement tiles, or even have the whole flooring done in a pattern. Reclaimed Bricks Another option for durability is brickwork. There are many color variations when it comes to brick. However, reclaimed bricks show the interest of all their years. They typically come in a wide range of hues, from greens to grays to traditional reds. Quite often their corners are a bit softer, too. As a bonus, they’re also environmentally friendly since you’re technically recycling. Likewise, your contractors can lay the bricks in different patterns, such as herringbone, or use them to designate different areas of your patio. Paver Design Concrete pavers are a common material for patios. While many homeowners have them laid in traditional patterns, this isn’t the only option. In fact, they’re suitable for using in creative modern designs. For example, you can create a checkered effect by having square pavers alternated with square sections of grass. You can also have them laid in a more organic shape that suits your outdoor living style. Mixed Media Mixing your materials is another method for getting an artistic look. For example, consider having a section of artisan cement tiles laid into a concrete slab. Alternatively, design a curve of stone pavers within a field of brick. Another option is having different stone types mixed in your patio. For instance, utilize colored pebbles to create a pattern within a natural stone...

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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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