Wednesday, 27 September 2017
The various factors that you should take into consideration while choosing floorings are cost, durability, cleaning, and installation. You should also think of the traffic when you decide on the flooring. Places like the living room, entrance, and walk away have high traffic flow and the floor have to withstand many footfalls, so for those places, you should think of durability rather than style. Restrooms and kitchens are places where the chances of slipping and skidding are more. So, those places should have a flooring that has a rough texture on the top. Plus, the floor coloring should allow one to see if any water is spilled, so there are no unwanted accidents.
-During the times of thatch houses, mud floors were the norm. In such a simplistic house, there was no other type of flooring that one could go for. Mud was pressed and patted till it reached a hard consistency, and became harder with regular walking.
-Marble floors are a great option for verandas, walkways, entrance, hall and other high-traffic areas. Marble tiles withstand wear and tear and are also easy to maintain. Plus, these tiles are available in a range of colors and textures and give a great facelift to any home interior.
-If you want to go for a look that's as classy as marble flooring, but lighter on the pocket, go for ceramic tiles. They are available in glazed and unglazed styles and come in a rainbow of colors to match any interior.
-You can find stone flooring in many places, especially the larger public buildings where many people visit. The different types of stones used for flooring are granite, sandstone and Kota stone. This type of floor is very sturdy and can withstand impacts and abrasions. Granite floors are becoming popular in residential buildings but can be a tad costly.
-This type of floor is best suited for outdoor areas. You can lay bricks in an interesting pattern to create a beautiful walkway or garden path. If you have mud bricks left over after the house construction is completed, you can ask the mason to lay these bricks around the garden. It is not only easy to install but economical and aesthetic too.
-This type of flooring has been around for ages, maybe from the time cement was invented. It's easy to install, economical and hard wearing. Plus, you don't have to buy any special materials to construct the floor. You can have it done with the available cement and your building mason. Red oxide is sometimes added to the cement before it is applied to give it a colorful sheen. This yesteryear flooring technique is slowly gaining popularity in many of the modern buildings.
How to Keep Different Floorings Clean and Tidy?
When you are planning to renovate your home floorings, you get a wide range to choose from. Nowadays, various types of floorings are available in the market. For instance, if you want to renovate your bathroom then it is advisable to choose ceramic tiles as these tiles won't get damaged due to water instead of absorbing water easily. But different floorings need a different style of cleaning that should be followed effectively to keep the floorings clean.
To keep your floorings you need to clean them regularly. For example, to maintain the quality and improve the durability of Pre-finished Hardwood Flooring you must clean it at regular intervals. However, as aforementioned, considering proper cleaning methods are highly essential to keep the floorings neat and tidy.
Here, we are providing some tips which can help you to keep good care of your floorings.
-Hardwood floorings - While cleaning hardwood floorings, always keep a few basic things in mind that are simple enough to make them clean. The very first thing is always to protect such floorings from the water. This is because these are hardwood floorings and water can easily expand and damage the wooden part of it. However, it can easily sustain dirt and grime thus while moping the hardwood flooring, make sure that the mob is properly wrung out. Besides, if some liquid spills on the floor then it required immediate cleaning. Here, on the suggestion to keep hardwood flooring clean is to place floor mats that will keep the filth on the mat only and prevent the floor from dust.
-Carpets and rugs - For the effective cleaning of carpets, there are two important methods. One is simple cleaning that can be easily done is with the help of a vacuum cleaner. Another one is blemish removal which constitutes cleaning the carpets with special shampoos. This type of cleaning is only preferred when the carpet or rug is attained. You can easily find different stain removal shampoos for carpet and rug in the market or by visiting some online store.
-Ceramic tiles - To keep the ceramic tiles neat and tidy always, there are two methods that should be performed together. You need to sweep the ceramic tiles as well as mop the tiles subsequently.
These are some of the important tips to keep some of the most commonly used floorings. Besides, to get any of Flooring Installation, you can contact your nearest flooring provider. These providers provide most update designs and patterns for different floorings that too at affordable rates.
Moreover, these flooring providers wholesale hardwood flooring services as well.
The life of your carpeting and the finish of your house as a whole have a lot to do with your choice of flooring. The lifestyle you follow. Some of us prefer quiet lifestyles while others love to throw parties and have lots of fun. Some of us love to take stuff apart and work on it on our own. Some of us prefer to call the mechanic and get the job done by the experts. All this has an impact on the wear and tear that the tiles will have to bear.
The climate in the area where you live. If the temperature is on the lower side throughout the year, then it does not make sense to opt for expensive marble tiles. You will have to spend a lot on heating the house as marble remains cool at all times. On the other hand, the marble will be a good choice in a hot and humid environment as it will help keep your house cool naturally.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
The laminate flooring is a synthetic flooring, made of different kinds of materials fused together through a lamination process. Lamination is a method that that makes possible the binding of multiple substances into a material with improved qualities in
respect to endurance, density, stability or aspect.
Looking at the structure, the laminate flooring has four layers. The top layer is made out of a transparent material. It protects the flooring from stain, is relatively moisture-
resistant compared to the middle layers, is transparent, durable and resistant to scratches. The second layer has a decorative purpose. It reproduces a highly detailed image, simulating the appearance of different types of materials. Hence, through this layer, the laminate flooring can take the aspect and color of various wooden flooring (as oak, cherry tree beech wood and so forth). The third layer of the flooring is the most thick of all and consists of the fiberboard core. It’s purpose is to provide stability. Finally, the bottom layer is toughened as to increase the protection against moisture and to provide stability.
Likely, the second layer is the one responsible for the color and the natural look of the flooring. Meanwhile, the other three layers are more important in terms of quality and endurance. The top layer is of particular importance because it protects the flooring from outside threats, like scratches or moisture. The endurance and the maintenance
of a neat and steady aspect of the flooring depends a lot on the quality of this top layer. I’ll get to this later. Right now it’s worth mentioning that even if you’re not a flooring specialist, if you think about buying some laminate flooring, it would be a good idea for you inspect directly the products, to conceive of their quality. Online, all laminate flooring might look the same, but the differences in quality are easier to grasp in real life. Also, don’t hesitate to ask the supplier about the materials used and the about the reasons for price differences between various models. Of particular importance is whether the top layer was treated with a moisture- protective substance.
Laminate flooring gained much popularity due to it multiple advantages. If you look into the Singapore market, you find a lot of companies selling it. Also, the customers reviews seem to be pretty good. The buyers praise its price, the clean and quality appearance and also the good services of the selling company. Laminate flooring has indeed a lot of advantages. It is easy to install and to maintain. Many suppliers in
Singapore offer installing services, but you could even install it by yourself. Also, the laminate flooring is pretty long- lasting and resistant to scratches. It is cheaper than wooden flooring and also very versatile, simulating many styles of flooring for a lower price.
As for the cleaning and the maintenance of the laminate flooring, this is not a hard thing to do, but there a few things to consider. First, keeping the laminate flooring clean is very important, as the dust or the dirt particles might scratch the surface over time. Meanwhile, the manufactures recommend to scarcely use the water for cleaning the laminate. This is one of the most important rules to remember when it comes to the maintenance of laminate flooring: to protect it as much as possible from moisture. The reason is that water can infiltrate through the protective layer (especially if it’s one of inferior quality) and through the spaces between the tiles. When water reaches the lower layers, mainly the fiberboard core, it causes the planks to swell. In time, this will lead to the loss of the plain aspect of the tiles and to the appearance of some unsightly bumps. That’s the reason why most manufactures won’t recommend you to use laminate flooring for the kitchen floor, as it is hard to avoid it’s exposure to water.
Of course, this should not turn into a source of stress for you. It does not mean that a cup of water spilled on the floor leads immediately to the destruction of the flooring, nor is it completely forbidden to wash it with water. If the water is sopped up right away avoiding its infiltration, the flooring doesn’t have so much to suffer, at least not immediately. It remains as a general rule, however, to reduce as much as possible the exposure of the laminate to moisture. Taking into account the two principles - protection from dust and moisture, here are some tips about cleaning the laminate:
1. For the regular care, the manufacturers recommend you to use a dust mop, a soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust particles and the dirt.
2. Damp cleaning should be done only when necessary. You can use here and there some water, only along with a very highly absorbing mop, to soak up the moisture right away.
Many laminate flooring manufacturers also produce adequate cleaning substances for
laminate cleaning. There are, for example some cleaning products that you have to spray onto a cotton, terrycloth or microfiber mop and use it to remove the dust deposited on the laminate flooring.
Steam cleaning is, of course, not recommended, as it implies the exposure of the
laminate flooring to moisture.
3. When cleaning the flooring, also pay attention to the potential mechanical or chemical damages. In this regard, avoid using any kind of abrasive or corrosive material. Avoid the use of harsh materials for cleaning the floor and also be cautious when using soaps or any kind of chemical substances. Some soaps might also make the flooring slippery, increasing the risk of accidents.
Now, as in Singapore rains an average of 178 days a year and it’s a pretty humid
climate, there are some things to consider in order to protect the laminate flooring. For one thing, it’s obvious that laminate flooring is not suitable for outdoor spaces. Also, during the rainy days you might pay attention to the spaces near the windows or balconies. Through a opened window, for example, the rain could get in and moisten the floor. Anyway, it’s advisable to use periodically a dry mop to clean the dirt and to soak in the moisture.
There is one more enemy of the laminate flooring that you could find in Singapore:
the bright sunlight. In order to protect the flooring from sunlight, it’s advisable to use some window coverings. Not all the day long, of course. Only do your best to avoid the useless sunlight exposure. Also, some manufacturers recommend that you change now and then the arrangement of the furniture so that the flooring suffers the same deterioration due to environmental conditions, over time.
In summary, laminate flooring has a lot of advantages, surpassing its weak points. I hope you’ll put all this information to good use in order to enjoy the neat and clean aspect of your flooring for long time.
Friday, 28 July 2017
Have you ever thought about updating your home? Perhaps it has been quite a while since your home experienced any kind of upgrade. Maybe there is a room that could do with an update in decor and design. In any case - if it's just a room or an entire house - the floor can make a huge difference.
Perhaps you are considering to sell a property - either a house or a commercial unit. It is well known to most people that laminate flooring will allow you to sell the property at a higher value.
Laminate home flooring adds a good touch to the finish, and the higher the standard the property is finished at, the higher asking price. It looks much nicer and makes rooms look cosier.
There are several important aspect why laminate flooring is considered better than other flooring options and which parts of the property should you use it for.
Laminate is a material which has a long lifespan because it doesn't allow anything to scratch it. It is covered in a protective layer and resin that coats all the individual planks. It is perfectly suitable for the areas in your house you use the most, especially if there are animals or children in the house. It means that the normal wear and tear doesn't happen.
You should choose laminate that has an AC rating of 3 and higher if you have children or dogs, because they can easily damage any other kind of flooring.
When people are doing renovations and upgrades, sometimes they want to save money and do as much of the work they can themselves. Laminate allows you to do exactly that.
Installing laminate in big square footage (for example 200 sq. Feet) is possible in just two days. The newer the laminate the easier it is, since older types were more complicated. You were required to glue the pieces together, but these days they lock together like jigsaw puzzle pieces. You can also cut them much easier than ever before.
Sometimes you will need to put more work into it if the locking mechanism isn't working quite as well as you would think. It will also be a little bit more challenging with an irregular shaped spaces, so be careful when adjusting shapes and sizes to avoid damaging the top layer of the laminate.
If you are not quite sure where to start, ask your builders to give you a hand. They will be able to show you how to install the floorboards, and then you will be able to take it from there. It will save you costs of flooring change, and if you can employ help from friends and family, it will be done in almost no time.
Upkeep and cleaning
Laminate is easy to keep clean. The spillages can be wiped up and they can be easily vacuumed. If you need to do a deeper clean - mop your floors with a slightly dampened mop. For better results - buy a special floor cleaner that has been specially created for laminate floor. You don't need to wax the floor to make it look like new.
However, you should be aware that if spillages don't get wipe up quick enough, the water can trickle between the boards and then later cause them to swell.
Even though this kind of flooring can be put into kitchens and near bathrooms, you need to be even more aware about the quality of installation and perhaps avoid doing it altogether. Kitchens are better suited with tile. If you are performing a house renovation Singapore, speak to your contractors about the best ways to avoid swelling of your floor. The more care you take of it, the less money you will have to spend in replacements.
In the worst case scenario you might need to break up large sections of the floor to replace the damaged boards, and that come up as a significant cost.
Performance and function
It is one of those floor types that can seem quite hard without installing an underlayment. If underlayment is in place, the floor will seem more bouncy, making it easier to stand up for longer periods of time, for example, cooking or washing dishes. However, you might need to think about how slippery this flooring is. Wearing socks without slip protection might cause you to endanger yourself, so perhaps you need a rug.
There are now types of laminate with anti-slip protection already in place, but older versions have nothing like that.
Also, if you have pets, in particular dogs - their feet will most likely find the flooring very slippery.
If you have children - be wary of their little feet flipping on the floor as well. Better safe than sorry.
Pricing and design
If you decide to go for laminate instead of wood you can save quite a lot of money doing the renovations. It will still give your rooms a classy look but the asking price will be different. It means you can save on costs, have a house you like and if you ever decide to move on – it will contribute to the sale.
When laminate was just introduced, there were no design options, but now they come in a variety of styles. You can buy laminate in different colours and even stone and tile finishes, offering you more diversity than ever before.
Some more points
Laminate is sold all over the world and is becoming popular in places it never used to be number one flooring material.
It has a lot of flexibility, but no material is perfect. You should always carefully consider where you want to install the laminate because places like a utility room should be left in tile.
Don’t be surprised if your floor doesn't sound like wooden floor would. It resembles hardwood but it definitely is only hardwood’s cheaper cousin. If you can afford hardwood floors - that's a whole different conversation.
One of the best aspects of laminate is the fact that it doesn't cause allergies. It doesn't have any fibre that could cause an allergy to flare up, so it's safe and clean.
However, it can create quite a bit of static if it isn't kept clean enough, so give it a hoover more than once a week to avoid gathering up static electricity on your way.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
For a picture perfect floor that is not made of real hardwood, but almost anyone would find it hard to tell the difference, the obvious choice is that of laminate flooring. That's because each laminate flooring plank is, in fact, a picture of wood placed over layered sheets typically made of synthetic and fiberboard materials. The picture is sealed under a coating of an extremely hard and highly durable clear compound finish that can withstand all kinds of usual floor traffic damage such as scratches, cracking, and chips. Such occurrences are more likely to occur in hardwood floors.
It should be noted, however, that there is no need to worry about each laminate floor plank used for an installation having the identical photographic image of a certain wood with its grain lines, whereby someone with attention to detail notices the obvious artificialness.
In most cases, when planks of laminate flooring are installed, the image isn't repeated until about the twentieth plank, further giving the aura of a natural hardwood floor.
There are numerous reasons why one would choose to install flooring that appears very much as a beautiful hardwood floor while knowing that it is essentially an imitation of one. Here are the reasons:
Firstly, the cost of laminate flooring may be considered as "dirt cheap" when compared to most solid or engineered hardwood flooring. And the amazing part about the price comparison is that there is almost no sacrifice in appearance or durability by choosing laminate flooring over hardwood, making it a remarkable deal for the money. In a difficult economy, it surely makes sense to budget expenses and to manage our money well.
Another factor is not just the economy, but also the ecology. Since laminate flooring barely uses any naturally grown resources, those who are devotedly into "going green," and want to save another forest tree from being chopped down, will surely consider laminate flooring as the way to go.
Laminate flooring withstands rooms where moisture may be high about as good as engineered hardwood, but not where standing water may occur, such as areas close to sinks and showers. Even the best hardwood floors, however, would eventually begin to show ill effects if subjected to such conditions.
Laminate flooring is also much simpler to install than hardwood flooring. Almost anyone who is just a little handy can do it with relative ease. Long pieces of laminate flooring planks come in a wide variety of sizes. They can measure approximately 8 by 47, 16 by 48, or 8 by 24 inches. With its ridges and slots, planks connect like a child's Lego pieces. Laminate flooring can be placed on almost any surface as a floating floor, meaning there is no need to glue, nail, screw, or cement it to the ground.
Finally, one of the most wonderful aspects of laminate flooring is its manufactured shine, making the need for waxing or treating with finishes unnecessary. Using detergents or abrasive cleaning products is not even recommended. A simple damp mop or cloth will remove dust particles and quickly return the floor to its picturesque beauty.
When installing laminate flooring, a set of installations instructions should be followed. These instructions come with the set of floor laminates bought. It is very important to follow these instructions because floor laminates may vary depending on the manufacturers and you may want to ensure that you stick strictly to all specific instructions and tips they set down for their product.
With that said, there are a few dos and don'ts that apply to almost all types of laminate flooring.
Here are some of the laminate flooring tips:
Examine the laminate flooring
Fully investigate the style and type of laminate flooring that you intend to install. Also, ensure that you understand what is required to install them and that you feel comfortable that you are capable of undertaking the required tasks.
Your floors should be level and flat, and any dips or bumps in your floor should be flattened or filled before you place down the floor laminates. The laminate flooring should be placed on floors that move or shift under foot. These spots on your floor will need to be repaired before you lay down the flooring on top.
Measure your room first
The room should be measured to ensure that you will have enough and the right lengths and widths of laminates before you begin. The instructions from the manufacturer will help you will this and will tell you how you need to cut any laminates to fit the length and breadth of your room.
Before any boards are cut, make sure you have at least measured it twice. Use a pencil to mark on the underside the correct length and double check this before your start to cut. This way you won't quickly run out of boards because you end up making too many mistakes.
Check your measurements
Don't assume that you measured the first time correctly. Double and triple check all your measurements to make sure that all the measurements taken are correct.
When cutting the laminates be sure to do it outside or in an area which has good ventilation, also makes sure you wear a breathing mask. The cutting of laminate flooring board can create a lot of fine dust that can cause respiratory problems.
Leave the laminate board inside the room for a few days
This is because laminate boards can expand or contract with the temperature and humidity this will allow them to acclimatize to the particular room and stop them from shifting as much when they are laid down.
Because of this expanding and contradicting phenomena, it is important that you leave a inch gap between the walls and any obstacles like stairs or door frames. This will allow the flooring to expand or contract as needed as the seasons and temperature change.
These are a few quick tips that will help you become successful in the process of laminate flooring. Always make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions to learn more about the process of installing laminate flooring.
Monday, 29 May 2017
A great flooring for your house or office not only increases its beauty but also its value. Laminate flooring is a type of flooring that many are installing in their commercial buildings. The benefits of laminate flooring in office are many, but just like many other flooring methods, it has cons that you need to consider. This article will explore the good and the bad side of this flooring method and leave you the decision of whether or not you will install it in your office.
Pros of Laminate Flooring in Office
Most people prefer to understand the good side of a product or service way before the bad side is stated. This is where the article will start.
It’s the first great advantage of this flooring method. Laminate is fade resistant, scratch or impact resistant, strong and a very durable type of flooring. It consists of a resin coating and a very tough external. These properties help protect it. It’s recommended for use in high traffic areas especially one whose AC rating is not less than 3. With this floor installed in your office, you will not have to constantly change or renovate it. It’s a long term form of saving.
2. It’s Easy to Install
Compared to all the other flooring methods, laminate installation is the easiest. This is because, first, it can easily be floated over many existing floor types. Unlike many others that may either need to be nailed down, stapled or glued. This aspect saves installation time. Secondly, laminate boards are usually designed to easily interlock and this makes it easy to work with them. If you are looking for a fast do it yourself project, consider laminate flooring. Also, with the current special groove-click technology, you can easily snap these laminates together and start using the floor almost immediately. This is one of the pros of this floor type that can’t just be assumed.
3. It’s Friendly to Your Wallet
If you compare it to the traditional hardwood form of flooring, you realize it’s less expensive. Just remember that, even though it’s relatively cheap, its quality, functionality, practicability, appeal, and sustainability are all intact and perfect. Moreover, you have the option of buying a laminate flooring that fall within your budgeted price range.
4. It’s Highly Versatile
This floor type is available in various styles, colors, patterns, and shades. As aforementioned, it can be installed on many other subfloors. It will provide your office that great and natural look offered by real hardwood materials, ceramic materials and natural stone among others. With the EIR embossed technology, it even possible to produce a texture resembling these natural materials.
5. It’s Easy To Clean And Maintain
Since this floor type is stain and moisture resistant, cleaning any spills on it becomes so easy. Actually, you don’t need any special cleaning solutions so as to keep your office floor in its top shape. For maintenance, just sweep it daily and you are set to go. You can also carryout weekly vacuuming if you so wish. Isn’t it an amazing way of saving on labor or chemical costs?
6. Its Hypoallergenic Properties Will Provide You with a Healthier Office Environment
Staying in a healthy environment is very important. If you value this aspect of life, then consider installing a laminate flooring in your office. First, this type of floor doesn’t have any spaces between its sections. This means that, debris, dust and other particles will not find any space/place to be trapped. Therefore, you are at a very low risk of suffering from any allergy related infections.
Secondly, during installation of this floor, there is an underlayment done to provide a reliable moisture barrier. This aspect prevents mold growth and protects the laminate floor from being damaged.
Thirdly, you may decide to treat it with anti-bacterial and allergen resistant coatings to enhance its overall safety. Combine these three aspects and you have a healthier office environment. Asthma as an allergy related infection is very expensive to handle. Installing this floor in your office will reduce your chances of suffering an asthma attack. Staying in a healthy environment will help save on your overall medical bills and this means you have more money to handle other issues in life.
7. It Is Environment Friendly
During the manufacture of laminate strips, there isn’t any endangered natural resources being used. With this, you are lowering your overall environmental footprint. To be precise, the HDF core of any standard laminate floor plank is usually made from either a post-industrial wood waste or an ecologically sustainable pine tree. The wood waste being used in the manufacture would have either been dumped in landfills or burned. Basically, if you want to give your office that great green profile, then laminate flooring is the best way out.
8. It Comes With a Warranty
Warranty offers any buyer some level of security during the purchase. This is because, the buyer is assured that the amount he or she has invested is protected for a stated period of time. What is important is to ensure that during the installation process, you are adhering to the terms and conditions stated in your warranty. Don’t make any mistake or you will risk losing this much needed protection.
Cons of Laminate Flooring in Office
· This floor cannot be refinished and so incase the upper layer is damaged, you need to replace the affected piece.
· When walking on it, it produces some hollow sound. Though this can be reduced by installing a dampening underlayment, the material will be a source of an additional cost during installation.
· Though it looks natural, the feel with natural hands isn’t.
· It has a limited lifespan of between 10 and 15 years. This variation comes based on the thickness and quality of materials that were used to manufacture it.
As the saying goes, “information is power.” With the above details, you are fully empowered to make an informed decision about whether or not you need laminate type of flooring installed in your office. Also, if you go through all the points discussed under the benefits of laminate flooring in office, you realize that each of them has a unique way of helping you save on the amount you spend on the floor. Some are immediate while others are long term. The cons discussed above will help you understand the other side on this floor type.
Monday, 17 April 2017
Laminate flooring has gained recognition in recent times. This is because it can satisfy your house with the effect of having hardwood floor coverings at a fraction of the cost. Individuals are inclined to pick out this flooring over the hardwood because it is constructed to look the same, but it is certainly not nearly as costly. It is also easier to wash as the top side of laminate flooring is painted to resemble hardwood, but it, in fact, is not. Having new flooring put in your house is often a rather costly investment, so it is crucial to make an effort to save money wherever you're able. If you discover that you would like to buy laminate flooring for their beneficial properties, you shall also require knowing some of the techniques and tricks that you can use to budget additional hard earned money.
When you purchase flooring, in most cases you will need to account for how much extra it will cost you to have it professionally installed. One way to save on this cost is to fix it yourself.
The essential place to consider when you are hoping to save money on your laminate flooring is at a surplus store. They can usually sell you the product that you want at a much cheaper cost than you would find at other stores. You can even make your purchase more affordable by picking out colors and types of laminate flooring that are not hugely popular. If you do a search online, you may even be able to locate a coupon or discount that can make your purchase less expensive. The same goes for if you choose the off brands of flooring. This typically does not mean that they are any lower in quality, but most homeowners usually purchase brand names that they have heard of before.
Having new laminate flooring introduced is costly, yet if you are brilliant about your buy, you can spare some cash all the while. The tips above are principle ways that you can save money on your laminate flooring. Keep in mind that picking laminate flooring, to start with, is substantially less costly than picking a portion of alternate sorts of hard flooring.
Laminate flooring is a standout amongst the most prevalent flooring types across the United States, and especially in warmer climates. The flooring is easy to install, cost effective and attractive--a threefold collection of benefits that often pushes it over its highest-ranked competitors which are carpet, tile and wood flooring.
While cost effective, it is still wise to care for your laminate flooring as well as possible, and this includes taking part in regular maintenance and cleaning the floors as correctly and efficiently as possible. Laminate floors are resilient and can handle wear and tear much better than other forms of flooring, but that doesn't mean you should take them for granted. Taking good care of your laminate floors can leave them looking just as nice as the day you had them professionally installed.
Here are a few tips to clean and take care of your laminate floors:
*Sweep daily: Keep a broom somewhere handy and give the floors a quick sweep before turning in for the night. Getting loose debris off the ground and clearing the floor of loose dirt is an excellent way to maintain the integrity of the floor.
-Vacuum regularly: It is impractical to think you will get the vacuum out every day, but try to vacuum your floors as frequently as possible. Vacuums took up dirt, debris and other particles that could ultimately damage the floor, especially if left and walked over repeatedly for an extended period.
-Use rugs: Keep a rug on the floor to protect highly trafficked areas, such as doorways or in front of the oven or stove. Rugs will absorb a lot of the regular pressure that comes from repeated walking and can capture loose dirt before it becomes impacted into the ground.
-Use protectors on furniture: Dirt will often come off of the laminate flooring, even if it requires a bit of elbow grease to get it off. One thing that cannot be fixed so easily is a scratch. Chairs and tables are guilty of moving ever so slightly as you stand up or sit down, and this continuous movement can cause scratches to develop under the legs. Use felted protectors on the legs or feet of your tables, couches, chairs and other furniture to protect your laminate flooring.
The best cleaning supplies to use on your laminate flooring will depend on the particular material and design of your floors. As a general rule, avoid steam cleaning whenever possible. This can interfere with the lamination process and cause lots of damage to laminate floors.
The original basis behind the carbon underfloor heating system is the successful implementation of several components. A thin specially-made insulation layer is installed on your floors first, followed by introducing the carbon elements. A moisture barrier is then laid to protect both the carbon parts and your laminate flooring. These connected components are no more than a few millimeters thick and are designed to replace the usual underlay that would be laid beneath the laminate flooring.
You control your under floor heating system by way of a digital thermostat so you can control the ambient temperature in your rooms with a push of a button.
The fantastic design of the heating element means that it can be cut to suit any room and even be laid around corners.
You can install your heating system on either timber or concrete flooring easily, so along with the stunning finish of your timber laminate flooring makes your home the perfect low maintenance home. Under the floor laminate heating systems don't require maintenance every season like other heaters and your laminate flooring is very easy to care for.
Timber laminate under floor heating systems are incredibly energy efficient and can be very economical to run compared with other heating units and are completely silent when operating. These systems are highly recommended for people living with asthma or those afflicted by allergies.
Friday, 10 March 2017
Floors come in various shapes, forms, and sizes and are made of various types of materials. These include vinyl floors, concrete/cement, tiles, laminate and hardwood, to mention but a few. The scope of the discussions that follow shall narrow down to the laminate flooring by exploring its history, benefits/advantages, downsides/disadvantages, and the various factors to consider while choosing one.
What is Laminate Flooring?
It is a type of multi-layer synthetic flooring product. It is manufactured by fusing together several layers of synthetic fibers in a process called lamination. It is intended to simulate wood or stone or other natural building materials. Its interior comprises fiber board materials and melamine resin, whereas its exterior is coated with an appliqué protective layer. It is quite a popular substitute for traditional home flooring owing to its durable, portable, and easy-to-install nature.
Brief History of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring materials have a very recent yet intricate history. The first laminate floor was manufactured in the year 1977 in Sweden by the Swedish flooring company, Perstorp Company. It was first marketed in Europe in 1984, and ten years later to the United States of America. Later on in 1996, another Swedish flooring company, Välinge Innovation (formerly Välinge Aluminium) invented the glue-less laminate floor. This was sold under the trade names of Fiboloc and Alloc. Different yet complementary glue-less system for holding together laminate flooring panels was also developed by the Belgian company Unilin in 1997.
Advantages/Benefits of Laminate Flooring
The following are but a few of the benefits and advantages of the laminate flooring:
· Versatile – Laminate flooring, by nature, is quite easy to shape and avail in a wide variety of sizes and colors. This trait grants the home owners the freedom to alter the colors, shapes, and patterns of these floors to suit their unique liking, appearance, and thematic colors. They thus ensure harmony between the floors and the general interior ambience of the home owners who opt to adopt them.
· Durable – These types of floors are very durable. They are very resistant to the common elements of wear and tear such as corrosion, cleavages, rusting, dampening, or scratches, to name but a few. For this reason, they negate the need for constant and endless repairs and maintenance and consequently grant the home owners the freedom to enjoy all that they have to offer. They also ensure greater returns to money for the home owners in the long run.
· Ease of Cleanliness and Maintenance – Owing to the fact that only dry methods of cleanliness such as dusting and sweeping may be used on these types of floors, they are comparatively easy to clean and maintain. They save on water consumption since they are not mopped to keep clean. Home owners who opt to utilize them therefore stand to reap huge benefits in the form of reduced labor and utility costs as well as time. What’s more? No professional or skilled expertise is also required, a fact that greatly saves on money spent.
· Ease of Installation – Installing these types of floors is very simple and self-explanatory. The constituent blocks/slabs simply need to be locked and floated into shape. Any handy person with the most basic of all the carpentry skills is therefore able to undertake the installation process with relative ease. Moreover, the cost of hiring a skilled and professional workman, if need be, is generally lower than those of other types of floors.
· Cheaper – The cost of acquiring and maintaining these types of floors in the long run are both cheaper when weighed against the potential benefits that home owners stand to accrue from them and with the prices of competing flooring types also. Their acquisition and usage do not exert unnecessary financial burdens to the prospective users at all.
· Hygienic – The surface of a laminate floor is designed to repel dirt, dust, and other agents of dirt. They rarely get dirty and are thus less likely to harbor pathogens such as houseflies that have the potential of causing diseases.
Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring
As is the case with just about every other type of home flooring, the laminate flooring also have their fair share of downsides/disadvantages, a few of which are outlined and explained below. Prolonged exposure to laminate flooring has the potential to inflict the following health problems:
· Respiratory Illnesses – These are sicknesses that affect the nasal cavity and the respiratory tract such as lungs, nose, and chest cavity and so on. These could be manifested by coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and sore throat, to mention but a few.
· Skin Infections – When exposed to the skin, formaldehyde can cause skin irritations, itching, and rashes.
· Allergies – Those members of a household that have chronic and persistent respiratory illnesses such as asthma may develop allergic reactions whenever they inhale gases that have a sizable quantity of formaldehyde for too long.
· Cancer – Several studies have deduced that frequent and prolonged exposure to formaldehyde has the effect of causing various kinds of cancer.
Factors to Consider when looking for a suitable Laminate Floor
Several factors ought to be considered before deciding whether to settle on the laminate flooring in the first place
· Final Resource Endowment – Laminate flooring come in various types, sizes and shapes each with its own cost. It is incumbent upon each and every prospective user/home owner to ascertain his own financial endowment first before embarking on the task of finding an appropriate laminate floor that is more likely to suit his needs.
· Special Health Needs – As has been stated above, prolonged and frequent exposure to these types of floors have the possibility of inflicting certain health risks such as cancer, respiratory illnesses, and skin infections, among others. Should a member of a household be allergic or predisposed to respiratory illnesses, then it would not be advisable to opt for these types of flooring.
· Interior Décor – These types of floors come in various colors and themes. Each home owner should therefore look for those laminate floors that rhyme/blend with his own interior décor and other pieces of furniture in the home.
· Intended Duration of Use – Laminate flooring come in various forms. Some variants have multiple durable layers which are primarily designed to enhance their durability. Should a home owner intend to have these flooring as a permanent flooring, then the more sophisticated/durable variants should be chosen and vice versa.
The task of choosing the most suitable laminate flooring may be quite intricate and daunting to an ordinary home owner who obviously lacks the requisite technical background. Home owners in Singapore who are interested in acquiring and adopting these types of floors are thus encouraged to approach only competent, experienced and highly-qualified companies in the course of so doing to be sure of the very best results.