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Materials used in natural stone floors include limestone, marble, slate, quartzite, granite, flagstone, sandstone, and travertine. Stone tiles are sliced from boulders into a variety of sizes and shapes, and then a finish is put on the tiles.

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There are four basic finishes: polished, honed, brushed, and tumbled. Polished tiles are shiny because the stone is highly polished until it is smooth enough to reflect light. Honed tiles, polished just enough to create a flat, smooth surface, have a matte finish. Brushed and tumbled tiles are textured…

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Water Damage Inspection for Kitchens
by Ashley Ford

Despite being one of the most frequently used and cleaned rooms in your home, a kitchen is quite often overlooked when it comes to signs of excessive moisture and impending water damage. Keep an eye on these high-risk areas of your kitchen to help prevent damage from water or the need for mold remediation.

Refrigerator

The area behind the refrigerator is hard to reach and therefore is rarely ever inspected. Periodic inspections will help to greatly lower any chances of water related issues.

If there is moisture behind your refrigerator is a major sign of a problem. Any signs of moisture or leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Hire a repair technician if you have problems making the repairs. Be sure to clean any mold that may have grown or spread underneath the refrigerator too.

Check the hose of your refrigerators icemaker to be sure that it is properly sealed and securely attached to the water supply line. Consider installing a steel-braided hose for longer life.

Check to see if your refrigerator has a drain pan. If it does be sure to check the pan often to be sure it is clean.

Cooking Range

The cooking range is one of the most popularly overlooked areas of the kitchen since it is not directly related to water.

However, it is important to inspect your stove for any signs of water or moisture. If you do find any water or moisture, be sure to thoroughly dry and clean the area. Make it a priority to locate the source of water or moisture and make any necessary repairs.

Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans help to maintain a low humidity level.

Be sure to clean exhaust fan filters regularly to help prevent dust and the accumulation of mold. This helps to ensure smooth air circulation and adequate ventilation. Check the exhaust fan to make sure it is operating properly.

Helpful Tips for Water Prevention in the Kitchen

Make sure the refrigerator is clean behind and underneath.
Refrigerator coils should also be vacuumed.
Make sure the area under the stove is also clean.

About the Author:

For help with preventing water damage, Able Restoration is the place to go for help. With years and years of experience, Able Restoration is an expert when it comes to San Diego water damage, Riverside County water damage and water damage Orange County and even mold remediation. Call them 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 1-800-696-6676

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By Richard McIntyre

Kitchen TilesDesigning your kitchen can be a real task if you do not have a good layout. This is the room where the family may spend the most time hanging out and having dinner or conversations. A kitchen should be designed in such a way that everyone can move around comfortably and have enough space. There is nothing like coming in a kitchen and feeling cramped and cluttered. With a kitchen being as functional as it is, everyone will want to be comfortable in its design. You not only have to make it work for you, but for your entire family.

One of the main things to keep in mind when coming up with your ideal kitchen design is the kitchen work triangle. The triangle is a popular design layout that shows you how your sink, refrigerator and stove should be properly set up in the kitchen. Using the work triangle will help maximize the use of your kitchen space better. Once you evaluate your work triangle, you can make the other kitchen space work for your other appliances such as the dishwasher or microwave. If you use these other items more than you use the oven or sink, you may not need to enforce the work triangle into your design. The shape of your kitchen will also have an effect on how you position your work triangle.

Your kitchen counter will be the most functional piece. Everything you do will rest on the counters. There are various styles and colors to choose from. Counter tops should be chosen carefully. Since most food will be prepare on them, you will want to make sure you do not get counter tops that can crack or stain easily. It should also be easy to keep clean and sanitary. Counter tops can crack, but depending on the material they are made up of, it is possible to sand out the cracks. You want counter tops that are within your budget, trendy an easy to install. Counter top designs and colors should be an attractive compliment to the other appliances and features.

The work triangle helps to make for an easy clean up; since you do not have far to carry food, there will be less chance of spills. If your flooring tiles have a minimal amount of gaps or seams, less dirt will collect in them. How much cleaning you do to the floors is contingent upon the type of tile or material you put down. Keep in mind that while ceramic flooring is elegant, you have to sweep it every day. Cabinets are easy to clean if they have a ‘baked on’ finish. Cabinets with a high gloss finish are easy to wipe down when you see the dirt on them. Cabinets should be easy to open using no more than 2 fingers. Inserts put in the cabinets and drawers will make for an easy cleanup. Having a sink that under mounts makes mess on the counter easier to clean.

About the author:
Want to find out more about kitchen design layout, then visit Richard McIntyre’s site on how to choose the best small kitchen design for your needs.

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By Joe Wallis

Tile Removal

Tile Removal

The first thing that you should do whenever you are going to install a new set of tiles on the floor of any room in the house is to take out the worn-out tiles prior to beginning with the installation. Another suggestion is for you to inquire from professionals and ask them for advice or to research about it before you begin working, similar to other kinds of renovation work. Even as a number of people will not find it difficult to remove tiles, you would not know what to do until you will be able to consult an expert. You will be able to do a satisfactory job in taking out the tiles provided that you stick to the procedures in this article on what you need to do when you are removing tiles.

Since a number of rooms inside the house are used more often compared to others, they are often worn out faster than the others especially with the way they are used. Among the rooms that often have badly worn out floors are the bathroom and the kitchen. You may have to install brand new and elegant tiles to replace the ones that already look old and worn out. Even though it may not sound easy to do and may take a long time to finish, you might as well work on it if you have a couple of weekends available to work on it since you will reap the rewards of your hard work later on. Even if the adhesive that was used in installing the tiles are heavy duty, the equipment that you will use in removing the tiles will be suitable enough for the job.

The image of yourself on the floor struggling to remove each and every tile on the floor may have crossed your mind. But the good news is that image in your mind is not accurate since the procedure in taking out the tile will not take forever to do. I also experienced the sense of relief after learning that it will not be necessary to stay on the floor for a number of hours just to remove worn out tiles. Safety will always be the foremost concern whenever you want to remove the tiles. Have your gloves and goggles ready due to the dust and dirt particles that might fly off when you know how to take out the worn-out tiles on the floor.

If you are fascinated by the demolition and wrecking of things, you will find the next step fun to do. Simply get a hammer and start smashing the tiles one at a time. Try to control yourself since things can easily go wrong, however be confident enough to enjoy yourself during the job, As soon as the tiles are destroyed and smashed into smaller pieces use a power scraper with a long handle to sweep the floor. You will be able to take out any of the extra bits wedged against the floorboard using the tool as a broom. Once this is done, take all the large and tiny pieces of tiles out of the room and vacuum it to remove the dust particles from of the room. With this you should already know how to properly remove worn-out tiles from the room.

About the author:
Joe Wallis edits www.learnhowtolaytile.com, which offers a free course that instructs people about how to remove old tile and other tile setting matters.

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By Sandy Yeates

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The next time our highly plasticized world starts getting you down and you feel an urge to commune with nature, slip off your shoes and walk barefoot on a floor made from natural stone.

Chances are, no matter what type or quality of stone tiles you have used for flooring, it will feel wonderfully cool during the hot summer months and retain warmth during the colder winter months.

Apart from its natural beauty, natural stone also contains no toxins or chemicals which can cause allergies.

But like all natural products, the qualities and features of various stones differ dramatically, so if you want to choose natural stone tiles for your flooring you need to consult an expert to find out which stones work most effectively where.

Let’s have a look at how you can incorporate natural stone indoors as a feature.

Slate Tiles

The beauty of slate is in the rich diversity of colours and its durability.

Each piece of slate tiling is like an individual work of art with its variations in tone and texture, ranging from pale greys and pinks to intense greens and blacks. When laid properly in a large space, these variations give a feeling of continuity and tonal flow – much like a painting.

Alternatively, individual slate tiles or small groups can be used to offset or complement a plain stone tile like sandstone on the walls or floors. For example, a cream coloured sandstone with overtones of pink can be highlighted with a small grouping of slate tiles with deeper splashes of pinks and blues, placed on the diagonal.

Like most natural stone products, a sealant improves the quality and durability of slate so it is easy to maintain, easy to keep clean, resistant to chemical spills, won’t fade and is impermeable to water.

Sandstone Tiles

Sandstone is a generic name given to a type of natural stone that contains quartzite – the inclusion of quartzite is the only characteristic the various types of sandstone share. Sandstone is obtained from quarries all over the world, so the qualities of sandstone are unique to the region where they are sourced.

Although most designers and homeowners use sandstone for outdoor paving and around traditional chlorinated pool areas, it blends beautifully indoors, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens. Sandstone is slip resistant and impervious to water (although poor quality sandstone doesn’t possess these important qualities).

Sandstone is an incredibly versatile product and is used extensively by architects and designers because of its durability, fire resistance and thermal qualities. Sandstone is generally pale in colour, so it effectively enhances the feeling of light and space when used indoors, particularly in large open plan rooms.

Designers often use a darker natural stone tile like bluestone or quartzite to break up large sections of sandstone or to define a particular area. This effect can look stunning with a little creativity and imagination.

Bluestone

Nothing beats bluestone for its incredible strength and versatility. Not only that, bluestone is an aesthetically beautiful natural stone that is grey in colour but with subtle variation in tone. Surface treatment options make it versatile for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Bluestone with a polished surface has a refined luster under any lighting. Honed bluestone is a softer, low sheen option popular for both indoor floors and walls. Bluestone with a flamed finish is a natural outdoor paving stone.

The best quality bluestone is being used extensively indoors in kitchens, living areas and hallways because it is virtually impervious to water and has a stain resistance. The dark grey tones of bluestone effectively hide dirt, making it a busy homeowner’s dream natural stone surface.

Cutting edge designers are now incorporating bluestone into high traffic areas because of its durability and toughness and also because it is so easy to maintain. Nowadays you will see bluestone in honed and polished form used extensively in wine bars, restaurants, hotel lobbies and up-market retail outlets.

Outdoors the natural stone tile of choice is flamed bluestone because of its non-slip characteristics, to say nothing of its luxurious appeal. Garden designers are increasingly using the grey/black tones of bluestone to offset water features and pool surrounds.

The Appeal of Natural Stone

From the sleek lines of steel and glass used in contemporary architecture to the soft decorative features of a federation style home, the inclusion of natural stone complements any environment.

Imagine a stacked stone water feature made with blue-grey slate inside a glass covered portico at the entrance to an architectural masterpiece, or the soft colours of sandstone laid in the entry of an old inner city terrace, or an expansive family room floor tiled in the earthy, ambient tones of limestone.

Natural stone is…well…natural and it glows with life, no matter how or where it’s used. In a world burdened by the effects of toxic chemicals and products, doesn’t it feel good to experience the look and feel of something that you know has been created by nature? Natural stone was here long before we were and will still be around long after we’re gone.

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The next time our highly plasticized world starts getting you down and you feel an urge to commune with nature, slip off your shoes and walk barefoot on a floor made from natural stone.

Chances are, no matter what type or quality of stone tiles you have used for flooring, it will feel wonderfully cool during the hot summer months and retain warmth during the colder winter months.

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By Leigh Kerr

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There would seem based my own experience that there is a lot of confusion amongst the general public and some builders as to what sealing natural stone actually means.

When we talk about sealing a surface we normally mean that an impenetrable barrier is painted on or applied in some way. For example tiled floors are often sealed to give them added protection and make them shine. To do this a series of coats of emulsion polish are applied to the surface and allowed to dry. This seals the floor and gives it protection. Other surfaces such as wood are often sealed with a coating of a polyurethane product. This adds strength to the surface and protects it. Many other normally porous surfaces can be sealed with a layer that sits on the surface acting as a barrier to penetrative agents and gives protection also.

The sealing of natural stone such as marble, granite, limestone and slate is very different. Natural stone is made up of crystals that interlock together. The actual minerals that are present as crystals in the stone give it its colour and striations. However there are spaces between the crystal and the smaller these spaces are and the more the crystals have been compacted together the less porous the stone is. So these spaces will determine the porosity of the stone. A combination of pore size and mineral content of the stone will also determine its hardness and thus its durability. These spaces in the stone are air filled when the stone is dry and water filled when the stone is wet. Bacteria inhabit these spaces and these are often vital for the maintenance of the stone. Very little research has been carried out into these bacteria but what has been done would suggest that they are essential in maintaining the integrity of the stone.

Consequently we have the picture of stone as quite a complex mix of minerals, bacteria and spaces. You must imagine the stone to be something akin to a very hard sponge! If you drop a liquid onto the stone it will be absorbed and spread through the spaces. This is why what initially looked like a small spillage can end up as quite a large stain in the stone. To remove the stain it has to be flushed out of these spaces. All a stone sealer does it fill up these spaces. Many of the stone sealants in use are based on fatty acids rather than synthetic sealants. These natural sealants are better because they do not destroy the bacteria but often enhance them. Synthetic sealants will destroy these bacteria that has longer-term consequences on the stones makeup. Sealants based on fat however have a shorter lifespan and must be renewed periodically.

Whatever sealant is used it simply fills up the spaces between the crystals it does not cover the surface of the stone. Its purpose is simply to delay the penetration of liquids into the stone. So if corrosive materials get onto the stone then it will be damaged. Stone sealants do not form a protective ‘seal’ on the surface of the stone. Consequently stone is only protected from absorbing liquids. It is not protected from surface damage.

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By Jordan Rocksmith

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Tile is a long lasting and effective product that can be used throughout your home. From countertops to flooring the options for where you can place tile are limitless. Tile is extremely durable and long lasting. You will easily find that it comes in many forms, colors, shapes and styles. Whether you are
remodeling your home, or constructing a new home tile should always be considered as a primary option.

Tile can be easily maintained and clean making it easier to keep your home sanitary. Tile is made of many different materials that consist of stone, marble, or a man made blend with sand, stone, color, and the compression of ingredients that create everlasting durability that easily suits everyday living.

Whether industrial, commercial, or residential tile is the product of today and our future.

When going to purchasing tile you can find it through a home improvement centers, contractors, or directly through flooring manufacturers.

When searching for tiles for your walls you want something smooth with a glassy texture that will be easy to wipe in-case something is spilled on the wall you can just wipe it up easily. Searching for flooring is different.

While searching for flooring you want to find the tile with the highest quality. When seeking tile for your floors it is good to look for tile that has more slip resistance than others. Slip resistant tiles are made with sand causing a bit of a rougher surface, they are still easy to clean and wipe up. Sand tiles are safer for your home, especially in areas such as the bathroom or kitchen. Tiles that are made with sand can last 20-30 years longer than most of the other tiles you may find today.

Tile is truly the flooring of the future so if you want to set your house up for increased value install tile today.

About the author:
Kelly and Glenn’s (http://www.tileoutletwilsonville.com/) specialty is Granite Countertops. Also offer one of the largest selections of Tile in the area.

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