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By Max Michael

California Flooring Store Locations

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 Joe Wallis

California Flooring Store Locations

California Flooring Store Locations

These days, tiles are used in more than just kitchen and bathroom projects. There are many different types of tiles, some of which can be installed both indoors and outdoors. Some are extremely versatile, and can be used just about anywhere.

Before choosing tile, it’s important to learn about the different types and their uses. Whether you want to simply remodel one room in your home or renovate an entire building, here is an overview to 10 different tiles and their uses.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are forged from rich clay gathered from deep within the earth. Ceramic has an elegant, yet natural appearance, and the tiles are typically glazed in a matte or satin finish. You can also choose unglazed, or “quarry” tiles, if you prefer a more natural look.

Ceramic tile is usually found in residential kitchens and bathrooms. It can be used for flooring, walls, and countertops. If you’re looking for an extremely durable material that can withstand scratches and stains, then you might want to consider buying ceramic tile.

Marble Tile

Marble is extremely elegant. It comes in a variety of colors, with the most common being white, pink, gray, and black. The finish can be either matte or polished. This tile is ideal for countertops and walls in kitchens and bathrooms. Many sinks and vanities are made out of marble as well. Polished marble is not ideal for bathroom floors, as it gets slippery when wet. If you
want to buy marble flooring, be sure to choose tiles with a honed (matte) finish.

Vinyl Tile

 Vinyl tile is both durable and low-cost. As such, it’s a popular flooring material in high-traffic rooms. Not only is it resilient to impact damage, it is also supple and comfortable to walk on. As long as they are installed properly, vinyl tiles don’t need a lot of maintenance. It’s ideal for residential flooring and commercial flooring both. If you’re going for an antique look, you can buy vinyl tile that is designed to resemble wood or stone.

Granite Tile

Granite is a common building material. It has been used for centuries in both indoor and outdoor applications. It’s a very hard stone that is water and scratch-resistant. Since it doesn’t conduct heat, it can go anywhere in the kitchen. It can also be used for outdoor building projects, such as storage building construction and paving. Granite was even used to construct Mount Rushmore! You can choose granite tile in a variety of finishes, including sandblasted, flamed, honed, and polished.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is known for its beauty and durability. It’s easy to maintain and is available in different colors and textures. Porcelain tile is very frost-resistant, and therefore suitable for bathroom furniture, flooring, and walls. Some small
businesses also use porcelain tile since it holds up pretty well as light commercial traffic. Porcelain tile is available in high-polished, matte, and unglazed finishes.

Slate Tile

Slate has a rough texture and rustic appearance. However, it still scratches and stains easily, making it a bad choice for kitchen countertops. What it lacks in durability, slate makes up for in versatility. You can use it for interior and exterior projects. Some indoor uses for slate tile include bathroom and
kitchen flooring, walls, and indoor sunrooms. For the outdoors, you can use it as building material for a patio or porch.

Mosaic Tile

Mosaic tile is very translucent, beautiful, and versatile. It is produced in many different colors and textures. This makes it a perfect design for just about any renovation project. Mosaic looks great in bathrooms, kitchens, around pools, bathtubs, and even walls. Some manufacturers even create mosaic tiles for
artistic projects. A lot of artists use this material in their arts and crafts.

Travertine Tile

Travertine is a stone tile that is used in a variety of residential applications. It’s easy to cut for a stone; therefore, it can be cut to fit any type of area. In addition to flooring, travertine tile can be used on kitchen countertops sinks, in showers, and for fireplaces. For outdoor applications, it can be used as a garden path or patio. Travertine is rather porous and quickly absorbs liquids. For this reason, you need to wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Also, you need to be careful in regards to the cleaning products you use.

Laminate Tile

Laminate looks like hardwood, yet no wood is used in its construction. Laminate tiles are made up of a variety of materials which are bonded together under high pressure. They are topped with a photographic image of hardwood flooring, followed by a hard, clear coating. Laminate is an ideal choice if you want an inexpensive alternative to a wood floor. It can be installed in just about any room in your home, save for the bathroom and laundry room. This is because laminate tiles can swell when exposed to a lot of moisture.

Linoleum Tile

Linoleum is a great looking tile that looks attractive in both contemporary and traditional settings. Linoleum floors can last for a very long time, and don’t require a lot of maintenance. It’s extremely water-resistant, so you can put it in your bathroom, laundry room, patio, and just about any other indoor or outdoor setting. The downside to linoleum is that it doesn’t do well around heat, so avoid using it near a stove or fireplace.

About the author:
Joe Wallis is the editor of the Learn How to Lay Tile website, which provides information about how to choose tile and set it properly for a wide variety of home improvement projects.

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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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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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