Flooring Tips for Homeowners in California – Part 4

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Types of Flooring:

A significant difference in the appearance can make the type of flooring and finishing of your project. Also, good looking flooring could possibly attract new customers and could enhance the value of the home. in this article we will show you the most popular flooring types which you can choose for your home.

1. Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the favorite’s types of flooring. This type of flooring presents a combination of durability and beauty that you would hardly ever have on a flooring type. Hardwood flooring comes in Pecan, Maple, Cherry, Oak, Beech, Pine, Walnut, Birch, Hickory. . . This type of flooring provides a product which is long-lasting and wear resistant surface that could be refinished if needed. However, some certain types of hardwood flooring could darken after some time and some others can get smaller and in the floor surface expand creating gaps.

2. Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is one of the newest additions of flooring types. Also the bamboo flooring can be a greener solution when you compare it to some traditional flooring materials. Bamboo flooring is elegant, durable and comes in a range of colors frequently ranging from light tan to honey brown. It provides a clean, strong surface, but can darken over time or when it is exposed to sunlight. Keep in mind that bamboo flooring shouldn’t be left wet. Typically manufactured bamboo floors are made available in planks with horizontal or vertical-grain orientation. The component pieces are stood vertically in vertical bamboo floors, on their narrowest edge and then press laminated side to side. The result is a lined, uniform look to the surface of the finished floor plan. The slats are arranged in a horizontal direction in horizontal bamboo floors, on their widest edge, and then connected side by side with contiguous pieces by using a high-pressure laminate system.

3. Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is the best alternative when selecting flooring type that requires waterproofing. Ceramic tile can be used as indoors, floor tiles or as counter tops. Also, some types of ceramic tiles with high gloss finish have a tendency to scratch over the time. The best alternative for outdoor flooring is ceramic tiles with unglazed finish because of the possibility of standing water. Finishes available are: embossed, matte, textured and glazed ones for anti-slip. Because of their composition ceramic tiles made of porcelain color through tile body are the best to hide damages or scratches. One of its biggest drawbacks is that grout lines could be very difficult and hard to clean.

4. Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the cheapest flooring types available. Laminate flooring are easy to maintain. This type of flooring provides a durable, strong surface that can resist scratches, burns and chipping. For high traffic areas it is an excellent solution, resembles natural materials and comes in a large range of designs and colors. Laminate flooring can’t be refinished and can be easily scratched. Laminate flooring has grown considerably in popularity, maybe because it can be easier to maintain and install than more traditional surfaces like hardwood flooring.

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Choices in Wood Flooring

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Choices in flooring nowadays are more varied than ever, running the range of finishes, styles and installation options. Innovation of product is obviously blurring the lines among many categories of flooring, and the materials which are raw used to make flooring types contain corn sugar, gin bottles and the staves from some old wine barrels.

Wood

Hardwood flooring is renowned for its durability and natural beauty. Its common good looks go with any interior design or architectural theme, and it is a very good choice to make visual room-to-room permanence for homes with some open floor plans.

The availability varies with market conditions, and popular imported varieties contain purpleheart, African pedauk and Brazilian cherry. To ensure the wood flooring you buy is harvested from managed and sustainable forests, look for certification from the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forest Initiative.

From technological advancements – coatings for prefinished hardwood have benefited, and finishes can include additives such as aluminum oxide, ceramics and acrylic monomers that create extremely tough surfaces.

Also, hardwood has to be nailed to a subfloor. An advantage of hardwood is that it can be refinished a lot of times over its lifetime.

Installation Areas for Hardwood Flooring

A hardwood floor could be installed on grade or above grade in the following subfloors:

  • Wood Subfloors either OSB board or plywood. Keep in mind that wood subfloors have to be free from movement and structurally sound.
  • Concrete subfloors. The thing is when you are installing hardwood flooring on concrete, it has to be at least thirty days old, and must have passed all those moisture tests.
  • Over radiant heating systems, hardwood flooring can be installed, only if recommended and approved by the manufacturer.
  • Also, hardwood flooring can be installed over stone, tile, vinyl and bamboo. These surfaces have to be checked for integrity of previous hardwood installation.

Unless it is approved by manufacturer hardwood floors aren’t recommended in areas where high moisture is present.

Hardwood Flooring Installation Material

Installing hardwood floor requires some basics materials:

  • Carpenterâ square.
  • Broom.
  • Chalk line.
  • Crow or Oull Bar
  • Hammer.
  • Spacers.
  • Jig saw.
  • Tapping block.
  • Utility towels.
  • Utility knife.
  • Soft rubber mallet.

Hardwood costs three to eight dollars per square foot, and exotic varieties may be as high as fourteen dollars per square foot. Expect to pay five to twelve dollars per square foot for professional installation.

Engineered Wood

Backed by layers of cheaper plywood, engineered wood features a top veneer of real wood. So, this construction makes the flooring steadier and much less vulnerable to changes in humidity and temperature than solid wood.

For basements and kitchens, engineered wood is a good choice, and also for installation over in-floor heating systems.

Over a cushioned pad, engineered wood can be glued, installed or nailed as a floating floor. Some manufacturers are producing those clickable – self-locking, engineered wood flooring that installs without nails or glue. Clickable flooring comes as parquet or planks squares and makes a good DIY project. And prices are similar to solid wood.

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Flooring Tips for homeowners in California – Part 3

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Provenza Floors

With over thirty two years of experience in making stylish, innovative and unrivaled quality custom hardwood floors, the leader in the design of tradition hardwood flooring collections is Provenza. Provenza wood floor collections offer a variety of designs and style that exceeds the most demanding in hardwood flooring expectations – from the rich, deep, warm tones from the beauty of nature, to some luminous explosions of colors.

The obsession for detail

Provenza artisans’ outstanding concentration to detail, make every handcrafted floor a manifestation of your own style and vision. With each floor design, they start by selecting a wood species best suitable to accentuate and enhance the natural character and intrinsic personality of the wood grain. That process is necessary to make sure its distinction and beauty will triumph in the final piece. They use age old proven techniques, combining some old woodworking skills with modern innovations, and as a result they produce truly hand distressed, handcrafted and hand scraped hardwood floors for any home. Their passion is to provide the finest in hardwood flooring at Provenza. They create a timeless hardwood masterpiece.

1.Residential Flooring

In both laminate and hardwood products Provenza offers a variety of flooring options suitable for any residential application.

2. Commercial Flooring

Provenza’s mixture profitable Acrylic Color Impregnation procedure outcome in a hardwood floor that is both durable and beautiful.

3. Custom Flooring

For interior designers, architects and homeowners who want a truly unique, one-of-a-kind floor Provenza offers custom made hardwood flooring options.

4. USA Made Flooring

Provenza’s Custom Gallery, Infusion, Custom Home, and Heartland Treasure Domestic Floor Collections – all of them are all USA Made!

5. Reclaimed Flooring

Provenza Heartland Treasure Collection features domestic solid hardwood flooring, rich in timeless character and natural patina.

6. Internet Sales Alert

Exclusively through an authorized dealer network Provenza products are distributed and aren’t sold online. You can protect your warranty and buy from an Authorized Provenza Dealer!

Provenza Innovation

Provenza Floors is a manufacturer of Commercial, Custom, Eco-friendly, Residential, Reclaimed Wood flooring. With over thirty six years of experience in making the most innovative, unsurpassed and stylish quality hardwood flooring, Provenza offers wood floor collections that are handcrafted, unique and of long-lasting value in a variety of rich finishes, vibrant colors, wood species, edge detailing and surface treatment. Provenza Floors, Inc. is a hundred percent US owned company which is based in Southern California with dealers all over the country.

Attention to Detail

They work with local architects, builders and designers whose necessitate for tradition wood floors drives their passion to make truly timeless and unique masterpieces. By making every hand skilled floor a reflection of your style and vision Provenza artisans’ pay exceptional attention to detail.

Choice

From the finest exotic and domestic wood species Provenza wood floor collections are selected. They offer a range of hardwood flooring designs from hand scraped, hand sculpted, hand distressed, and rustic surfaces to some more smooth furniture finish; to hardwood floors rich in character, complete with the dings, dents, saw marks that are found in recycled and reclaimed wood planks.

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How to repair laminate flooring

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Laminate floors are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they look like real hardwood floors, but do not require as much attention when dealing with it. However, even though they are highly durable, they can also get damaged; they can get cracked or scratched, or damaged in any other way; and that is when these tips become more valuable. So, just read them and try to utilize them when dealing with your laminate floors.

How to repair scratches or surface damages?

Well, first of all, if your laminate floor becomes damaged in some way, make sure you clean that part of the floor, and they wait for it to dry up. Then, you need to get the laminate floors repair kit that you should have bought before starting with the repairs. Just make sure that you purchase the one that is the same color as the one you have installed on your floor. The best way to make sure you don’t buy the one with different color, bring a piece of the floor with you.

After that’s been done, you should fill in the scratches or holes in your laminate floor with putty, wax, or any other thing that is in your repair kit. After that, take a dry cloth and use it to remove any excess wax or putty that might have remained on your floor.

How to repair damages near the edges?

Well, first of all, you need to see how big the damage really is, and you can’t do that with the baseboard still nailed to the floor. Take it off, but just be careful. You do not want to damage the floor even more, and create more work for yourself. Then, you should take off all the boards that have been damaged. Start with the ones that are closer to the wall, and work your way up to the place with the heaviest damage. Now all you need to do is to replace the removed boards with the new ones. And just like in the first tip, make sure you get the boards that are of the same color as the ones on the floor. Then get the baseboard back, and your work is done.

How to repair damages on the center of the laminate board?

If the damage is located in the center of the floor, or the center of the laminate floor board, than you need to take some different steps. First you need to cut a section on the board, around the damaged area. You can do this by utilizing a drill and a saw. Cut a few holes in the board, and then cut the board from one hole to the other. Then, after that’s been done, remove the center of the board, and make cuts diagonally, from the edges of the hole, to the edges of the remaining part of the board. Then take out the cut parts, and by doing that, you’ll remove the damaged board completely. Next, just replace the damaged board, and you’re done.

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Flooring Tips for Homeowners in California – Part 2

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The leader distributor in Southern California of bamboo flooring is Welson & York, Inc. They carefully research their seller’s upgrades of their equipment in order to meet their quality standards. From the time when the opening of their own mill in 2006, the factories they trained to highest standards of industry, have been shifting their products to companies like Mannington.

A great alternative to exotic wood products and wonderful product is Bamboo. It is environmentally friendly and if processed correctly it performs much better than any similar product. With cheap inferior bamboo products it is very disconcerting to see the market being flooded. A very truthful example is one conversation with a customer:

“A few years ago ninety percent of my business was Bamboo. Everybody wanted Bamboo Floors. Lately I have seen a sharp drop in Bamboo, now only ten percent of my business is Bamboo and I had no idea why, until a couple days ago and I ears drop some people in their showroom talking about Bamboo. The market has been flooded with some cheap low-grade Bamboo that just does not hold up to even a couple months of wear.”

And with a countless of distributors and importers in the market consumers can find Bamboo Flooring retail at below $2. In stark contrast to their products that can be found at a retailer of good reputation anywhere from seven to thirty dollars depending on type of bamboo.

They believe in maintaining higher level standards and they never compromising quality over cost. When durability and quality is mentioned 2 words come to mind – Aluminum Oxide – which is one of the most popular phrases in the flooring industry. Aluminum Oxide is known for the strong acid, hardness and alkali resistance, stiffness and high strength and used in abundance in the top wear layers in almost all prefinished floors. In their ware layer finishes Welson & York doesn’t use any Aluminum Oxide. One might consider why such a wonderful additive is not there. The thing is that its cost one of the biggest secrets in the industry, and by far the most attractive quality. The most plentiful raw metal on earth is Aluminum Oxide. Manufactures pack up to seventy percent of the top layers with it to save on finishing costs. And the thing is that what the customer gets is a product that goes very well in the showroom, but when it and sees some real foot traffic after it had been installed on a floor the hard breakable surface starts to break and powder up leaving obvious gashes and white lines. With an Aluminum Oxide finish refinishing is almost impossible. They use the latest UV cured High Performance Coating cross-linking acryl ate blends with nano and micro particles, making a durable finish that will take the knocks and dents of normal traffic and stretch and stick to the Bamboo with hardiness likened to a rubber tire, and is refinished easily with some traditional refinishing methods.

And if you are looking for a quality and dependable product at a reasonable price then you have found it, but if quality is the latter and budget is a concern, we suggest you to look somewhere else.

Their products can be found in the bluffs of Malibu, Caesars Palace and even on the studio set of the latest Hollywood Blockbuster.

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How to repair laminate flooring

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Laminate floors are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that they look like real hardwood floors, but do not require as much attention when dealing with it. However, even though they are highly durable, they can also get damaged; they can get cracked or scratched, or damaged in any other way; and that is when these tips become more valuable. So, just read them and try to utilize them when dealing with your laminate floors.

How to repair scratches or surface damages?

Well, first of all, if your laminate floor becomes damaged in some way, make sure you clean that part of the floor, and they wait for it to dry up. Then, you need to get the laminate floors repair kit that you should have bought before starting with the repairs. Just make sure that you purchase the one that is the same color as the one you have installed on your floor. The best way to make sure you don’t buy the one with different color, bring a piece of the floor with you.

After that’s been done, you should fill in the scratches or holes in your laminate floor with putty, wax, or any other thing that is in your repair kit. After that, take a dry cloth and use it to remove any excess wax or putty that might have remained on your floor.

How to repair damages near the edges?

Well, first of all, you need to see how big the damage really is, and you can’t do that with the baseboard still nailed to the floor. Take it off, but just be careful. You do not want to damage the floor even more, and create more work for yourself. Then, you should take off all the boards that have been damaged. Start with the ones that are closer to the wall, and work your way up to the place with the heaviest damage. Now all you need to do is to replace the removed boards with the new ones. And just like in the first tip, make sure you get the boards that are of the same color as the ones on the floor. Then get the baseboard back, and your work is done.

How to repair damages on the center of the laminate board?

If the damage is located in the center of the floor, or the center of the laminate floor board, than you need to take some different steps. First you need to cut a section on the board, around the damaged area. You can do this by utilizing a drill and a saw. Cut a few holes in the board, and then cut the board from one hole to the other. Then, after that’s been done, remove the center of the board, and make cuts diagonally, from the edges of the hole, to the edges of the remaining part of the board. Then take out the cut parts, and by doing that, you’ll remove the damaged board completely. Next, just replace the damaged board, and you’re done.

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