Laminate Floor Installations


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By Max Michael

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One of the most difficult decisions when it comes to the redecorating of any room is the flooring. With so many different flooring types available and the wide range between costs, it can be more than a little confusing making any final decisions. By learning more about the different flooring types available, everything from cheap laminate flooring to high quality walnut flooring, you can become more familiar with the different flooring types and make the right choice in flooring for your own home.

Obviously the main benefit of the cheaper flooring is it is less expensive than most other flooring types. Laminate floors can look nice and they are really easy to install. However, the problem with laminate is it can look cheap and it is not as durable as other flooring types. Laminate is not the best at standing up to wear and tear so you basically get a few good years with a laminate floor even with proper maintenance.

With other flooring types such as the walnut floors, they do look much nicer and also last longer. They are more expensive but it is more of an investment and you know you are not going to need to perform as much maintenance or redo the floor again a few years down the road. The walnut hardwood floors are gorgeous when installed properly. You may want to hire a professional flooring company to install the floors for you if you have not done it before, as it can be a tricky process.

It all depends on the amount of money you have to work with, what your personal preference is and what sort of look you are trying to achieve in a room. Compare the options you have available and come to a decision on which is right for you.

About the author:
I am an expert in everything floor related. I have worked in construction as well as interior design for more than a decade. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP.

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By Caitlina Fuller

Do it Yourself

Adding brand new flooring to your home is a terrific way to transform your home’s interior and with the correct hardwood flooring tools and some basic direction, the task can be done by any homeowner who is a bit handy.

Concerning which type of wood flooring to go with, you have many choices to consider. If you would like something other than a common pine floor, perhaps some of the more exotic types of wood such as Brazilian Eurcalyptus, Gingerwood or Cocobola would interest you. Many people today are choosing bamboo wood flooring due to it being very eco-friendly and easy to care for and because it is similar in strength to hardwoods.

Once you have the flooring type chosen, it is time to begin. In order to ensure that your new flooring does not squeak, you should lay a layer of rosin paper on top of the sub floor so that wood-on-wood noise is prevented. Instead of nailing the floor down as you go, you may wish to consider laying out the floor first so that you can plan for the use of the longest pieces and be ready for any problems. It is always a good idea to do a ‘dry-on’ as mistakes can easily be made. The nice thing about wood flooring is that it is easy to cut compared to tile floors that require a wet saw tile cutter. Once you have pieced the floor together, being the process of attaching it to the sub floor.

You should lay the long pieces first and nail them into place. Take extra care when laying the very first piece because if not laid straight, it could cause all of the others to be out of alignment. Once the majority of the floor is laid, you now can begin to size and nail the shorter pieces around door jams or any other obstacles there may be. It is always best to purchase more wood than you think you need as even the best floor installers make mistakes when puzzling the last portion of the floor together. Remember to nail the boards tightly and keep the back loose. Using a pneumatic nail gun that hides the nails in the tongue of the board is recommended.

Once done, give the floor at least three days to acclimate to the temperature and humidity level of your home and do not be tempted to move furniture into the room until this ‘settling’ period is over. Laying your own flooring is very rewarding and sure to save you hundreds of dollars, if not more and it should last for many years if cared for properly.

About the author:
Caitlina is a freelance writer.

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Invest In Your Future With A Wooden Floor

By Jasmine O’Toole

A great way to add value to your home is to install a wooden floor. In today’s housing market it is the little things that make a difference between selling your property and having it languish on the market for months. If you are trying to sell your home and have been having no luck giving it a bit of an upgrade can make the difference and ensure that it is sold quickly.

Installing a wooden floor does require some investment but this could be something that you can benefit from, After all the experience of having a wooden floor in your home is something that is well worth going through. Easy to maintain, wooden floors transform a room from a dowdy dusty mess into a modern [or traditional] dust free environment which is good for your health as well as your eyes.

Installing a wooden floor can be a bit of a pain – you have to empty the room and keep the children and cat away from the work area – but once it is finished you will wonder why you didn’t do it years ago.

You can install a floor yourself – laminate flooring is usually pretty straight forward to install or you can get a professional to do it for you. Probably advisable if you can’t find anyone to keep the children and the cat at bay!

There are lots of different types of wooden flooring and below is an overview of the main three:

Solid wood flooring:

This is the stuff that you will see in advertisements for Scandinavian holidays and walk on when you visit National trust properties. Lots of people prefer solid floors, and there are certain times when they can be a better bet than engineered wood floors, for instance if there is a need for a structural floor or if you are having a new build and the architects requires it. Most of these floors are solid oak with an oiled finish and will probably outlive you and your family!

Engineered wooden flooring:

This is slightly different to solid wood flooring and a better quality of flooring than laminate see below. It is basically lots of different wood layered together. the top layer is hardwood, the central is a softwood core and the very bottom is a veneer. The top layer of hardwood is different to laminate because you can sand it down and re-varnish it renew your floor about 5 times in its lifetime of about 10 years.

Laminate flooring:

This is the cheapest option and great for rooms where there is little traffic. It is flooring that has been moulded out of wood off-cuts. Easy to install it is a quick and easy way to brighten up your home but best not used in a high traffic area where the tongue and groove system could break.

To find out more about wooden flooring go to Timberland.

About the author:
Fiona Muller has worked with many different clients from fine artists to tractor manufacturers. She is a qualified journalist and writing about wood floors for the last few years.

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Bring a wonder of nature into your home By Krish Phillip

Wooden Floors

Bring nature into your home by installing a wooden floor. Wooden floors enhance your home in more ways than one, they change the look of any room bringing a clean, warm feeling and they also add value to the price of your property.

Wooden floors come in several different types – laminates, mechanically processed hardwood and solid wood. Each of these have different mechanical properties and suit different types of room. They also all have different installation techniques and some may need a professional or at least an expert DIY- er to put them in their place.

Having decided that you are going for a wooden floor and take advantage of all the charms that they can offer you doesn’t mean that you are limited to only one type of finish. There are lots of different types of wood to choose from so whatever the style or colour of the room there will be something that will be appropriate.

For instance if you wanted to install a wooden floor into a lounge you might want to choose a wood that is cosy and brings warmth into the room. A wooden floor adds warmth to your house and to the room from the minute it is installed. The wood and its finish are naturally warmer than tiles or other solid floor coverings and it is never cold to the touch. Wood is also so much more hygienic than a carpet. Carpets hold dust on their fibres and trap it in them for the lifetime that they are in place. Scientific evidence has proven that even vacuuming for 20 minutes on the same spot only removes 10% of the total dust in the carpet. Unlike carpets wooden floors can be dusted clean meaning that dust mites and a build up of dirt are a thing of the past. This is ideal if any of your family suffer from asthma or other respiratory diseases – dust accounts for a high percentage of allergies and anything that can minimise the exposure to this will definitely improve health and well being.

You could go for a dark wood evoking the feeling of posh manor houses and ye olde England if you want a more traditional look for your home. This looks great with patterned furniture or rooms with lots of decorations. If this is not your kind of thing why not go for Beech which is a paler wood and looks great with more modern décor. Beech is often associated with Scandinavian design and looks great in a minimalist setting.

So why not think of bringing nature into your home today? For more information or just to browse a wide range of flooring products go to http://www.timberland.co.uk.

About the author:
To read more about the different types of wooden floors available in the UK, visit Timberland Flooring, where there area wide range of stunning wooden flooring options available for you to choose from.

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By Garret

Picture of Cork wood tree

In the past two decades, the U.S. wood flooring market has manufactured approximately $2.6 billion worth of flooring materials for domestic usage. More and more people are preferring high-end hard surface floors to tiles.

Perhaps, the vast array of easy-to-install and inexpensive wood floor types, such as pre-finished, engineered, and glueless floors, is the reason behind its popularity. Hardwood flooring is in vogue in the recent times as it is considered to be the best option for several reasons.

Hardwood Flooring: Most Favored Option

Hardwood flooring has been acknowledged for its capacity to survive the ravages of time while lending a look of elegance to the room. Earlier, choices were limited to local species and basic installation. However, a myriad of species, colors and customizable designs are now available.

Apart from the fact that hardwood complements all kinds of décor, this material also adds natural beauty, distinction and class to your room. It is usually considered to be a lifetime investment, since they last more than a decade and age spectacularly. Hardwood is extremely durable and in case of
damage, can be restored easily. Woods, such as, birch, maple, beech and oak provide additional strength and stability to an existing floor.

It is usually believed that homes with hardwood floorings are more in demand, thus, selling for higher prices. It definitely cannot be denied that hardwood flooring has a classic quality of timelessness and exudes a feel of permanence.

Hardwood Flooring: Facts

The appearance of hardwood flooring will be determined by the kind and class of tree from which it has been made. Each species of tree has its
distinctive grain pattern. For instance, Oak grain is different from Maple’s subtler grain pattern. A flooring provider will supply material of the right kind, depending on your demand for color, grain, pattern and overall fashion.

The price per square feet of hardwood is higher than other flooring surfaces. However, where long-term benefits, replacement costs and enhancement of home value are concerned, the price of the material is very reasonable.

Homeowners must carefully select a flooring company with a good reputation and track record. Choose a company that can deliver choice. Cancun Wood Floors, Inc. is a wholesale flooring distributor who posses the ability to refurbish the existing flooring and give it new life. To know more about the company and their services, visit www.cancunwood.com.

About the author:
Cancun Wood Floors offers guaranteed quality hardwood flooring in California including Los Angeles & Orange County at the lowest prices with the best customer service.

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By Penny Flanders

Compared to other types of flooring, laminate definitely stands out as being quite durable. There are, though, a few ways in which laminate floors will warp, and a few reasons why. Let’s examine the type of warping that is called peaking. Laminate
floors which are peaking look as if they are rising, like there is something coming up from underneath the floor. The resultant effect is a bit disturbing. Some people immediately think there is something wrong with the foundation in their home, or that, somehow, water has gotten under the laminate floor, but this is unlikely.

The Causes Of Peaking

Your laminate floor might be peaking for a few reasons. If you want it fixed right the first time, you’ll make knowing exactly what’s happening your top priority. Many people assume that whatever affected their friend’s laminate floors is also affecting theirs, but this is a dangerous and costly line of thinking. Assuming this can cost you not only money, but a ton of time.

Lack Of Expansion Space Is A Top Cause Of Peaking

Everything around us expands and shrinks, and your laminate flooring is no exception. For this reason, laminated floors should always have the appropriate amount of space at their edges, before the molding. If there is no space, the planks will instead push up against one another. Once there is enough pressure, the planks will begin to rise. Although often minor at first, if this is ignored for a long enough time, a floor can develop a hump or hill.

Fixed Moldings Will Cause Peaking

Even if the planks have plenty of room for expansion, the laminated flooring can’t get to it if the moldings are attached to the ground. This can cause a nightmare as tracking down the secured molding can be difficult. As laminate flooring is supposed to float, meaning remain detached from both the moldings and the subfloor, that one solid point could be anywhere. Amateur installers are especially guilty of this as
they sometimes connect their laminate floor to their molding to try to stabilize it while installing and, sometimes, they just don’t know you’re not supposed to do that.

The Length Of The Boards Can Cause Peaking

This one only pertains to some manufacturers of laminate flooring, and generally happens the least. When you have one board that is longer than it should be, the effect can be similar to when there is not room enough for expansion. This is an easily avoidable issue, and won’t happen as long as no single plank is longer than the manufacturer recommends. If you didn’t install the floor yourself, though, you may have difficulty finding the name of the manufacturer. Luckily, since this is usually only an issue when there are areas that are 40 feet long or longer, most people can consider this a non-issue unless they have a very big home, or are experiencing peaking in a hallway. But, if you just can’t find where the laminate floor has been
fixed to anything, then you might be left with pulling up planks to find manufacturer markings.

For even more laminate floor information, check out Laminate Floor Facts.

About the author:
Penny writes articles on a variety of home improvement subjects, including laminate flooring.

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