Baby Room Floors

Baby Room Floor: Safe and Practical Ideas

Are you thinking about providing a safe and enjoyable baby room floor? Do you have a child? Are you expecting one soon? Now is the time to make a place for a remarkable space for the baby.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Flooring Contractor



Picking the right contractor will ensure that you will enjoy your floors for a long time.

The floor of your home is the foundation of your style, the first building block to start making your house into a home. Plus, you’ll be walking on it and looking at it for years to come. In all, if you’re going to spend the time and money on a great floor, you also need a good flooring contractor. Here are some tips on picking the right contractor for you to ensure you will enjoy your floors for a long time.

License to Thrive. When working with contractors, it is important that they are licensed. Not only does it mean that they know what they are doing, but they have also registered with the state and can be held accountable if anything goes wrong. Before working with a contractor, ask to see their license and make sure everything is current.

Get a few quotes in writing. Ask a few different contractors for quotes on time as well as price. If they are different, ask them to explain why it will take longer or shorter than the others. Sometimes, a job could go smoother if the contractor has a good relationship with the supplier. It could take longer if the contractor is unfamiliar with the material. Obviously, you’re looking for someone that can do the job well and not take too long, so take their answers into account before you choose.

Ask around. Many contractors get work exclusively by referral, so they strive to do excellent work each time. Ask your friends and colleagues if they have had a good experience with anyone in town. The contractor will want to keep you as a lead source, so he will do the job well.

Find an expert. Ideally, your contractor will only work with the flooring material you are having installed. If he works with everything under the sun, it’s harder to get really good with one material or technique. Ask what other kinds of floors he does, and hopefully the list isn’t too long. Chat with other, non-floor contractors and see who they would call for your floor material.

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Green Flooring Series: Recycled Rubber

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Recycled rubber flooring is durable, strong, easy to maintain.

If you are looking for a great alternative to the boring wood or carpet floors that is also better for the planet, check out a recycled rubber floor. With the option to be used for an interior or exterior room, this material is definitely worth a look.

Recycled rubber flooring is durable, strong, easy to maintain, comfortable to stand on, and it is also safe to fall on. The majority of rubber floors are made from recycled rubber from automobile tires, which are melted down and then reformed into shapes. This process allows the rubber to become stronger and more durable than its original state.

Recycled rubber flooring is resistant to stains and keeping it clean is as simple as running the vacuum, broom, or wet mop over the surface. Although the material is durable and can resist most staining fiends, the floor could be damaged from grease spills, and type of oil, acidic substances, acetone based cleansers, and anything that contain turpentine. Just be aware of what you are cleaning with and be extra careful if you are handling one of these staining agents while on your recycled rubber floor.

During the manufacturing process, the recycled rubber can be fixed into a mold to allow it to take on a different texture. These textures, which include dimples, rivets, studs, and waffles, can help improve the traction of the floor as well as add an extra dimensional touch.

When you think of rubber you may think of the boring black color that is most associated with the material. Since recycled rubber flooring is becoming more popular, manufacturers are creating more colors and patterns that are much better suited for the home. Some vendors even offer faux stone and tile options, so be on the lookout for those!

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Green Flooring Series: Cork Floors

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Green flooring option: Cork

An appealing and comfortable option in flooring materials is cork. It’s also sustainable, which means there is minimal damage done to the environment when you decide to invest in cork floors. In order to create a cork floor, bark needs to be harvested from the cork oak tree. When it’s done properly, the tree is not harmed at all during the process. It’s also easily renewable and the bark will grow back swiftly.

A cork floors provides an elegant and interesting surface. It is naturally anti-microbial, which is a huge benefit if you have allergies or small children crawling around on your floors. It’s also great for insulation. You’ll keep your feet warm while you’re walking through the house, even during cold winters. The cork ensures minimal heat loss and you’ll always feel comfortable barefoot on your floors. It’s a resilient floor as well. Many times, hardwood floors are easily scratched or damaged when heavy furniture is placed on them. Cork floors actually return to their original position because the material is a bit springy.

Cork absorbs noise, so you won’t have to worry about the sounds of small feet or heavy boots echoing through the house. While it might work well throughout most of the house, the bathroom and the laundry room aren’t the best places for cork floors. The material tends to absorb moisture, so you’ll want to choose something a bit more water resistant for those areas of the house. You can choose a number of finishes for your cork floors; just remember that the environmentally friendly floors will see an increase in volatile organic compounds emissions when certain finishes are applied.

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Excessive Luxury Flooring

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Beautiful luxury flooring

If money is no object and you really want to put together an impressive house, there’s no reason to settle for the type of flooring that everyone else uses. Why put down a mid-grade carpet or basic hardwood when you can instead enjoy excessive luxury flooring? When your personal design tastes require only the absolute best, and your budget matches those desires, you might want to consider some of the remarkable luxury vinyl tiles that are on the market. You can create a truly unique floor that only belongs in your house. Choose a design, color and feel that matches you and your home. Luxury flooring is opulent, inviting, and very hard to forget. Visitors will probably not be able to stop complimenting your floors.

The luxury flooring you install is nothing short of an investment. While you can easily treat any spills or spots with a little bit of cleanser, make sure you are protecting those floors against unnecessary wear and tear. Place welcome mats at the inside and outside of all your doors so people have the opportunity to wipe their feet before entering. This will prevent gravel, sand, dirt and debris from settling into your luxury floors. Place protective covers over the feet of any furniture pieces you plan to put on your floors. This will increase the lifespan of your floor and it will also make it easier to move that furniture from place to place when you’re cleaning or redecorating.

Talk to your interior designer about what’s available in excessive luxury flooring. You might be surprised at the number of options available, and you’re sure to find something that you quickly fall in love with.

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Green Flooring Series: Reclaimed Hardwood Floors

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reclaimed hardwood floors that are beautiful!

Not only is this a green option that is good for the planet, reclaimed hardwood floors are beautiful! Knowing that the floor had a past brings out the rich colors more than lighting ever could. Instead of putting old, decaying, or dead wood into landfills or leaving it there to rot forever, the wood is being recycled into other products for a second chance at life, such as a reclaimed hardwood floor!

The reclaimed hardwood floor you order can be coming to you from the other side of the world or your own backyard! Due to the many different places and situations the wood can be found in, every piece is unique and offers a different look and feel. Different places of origin can also yield different types of wood. American chestnut can come from a barn in the Midwest, while the Pacific Northwest might be rich in Douglas fir.

With many different woods producing different colors, textures, and overall style, be sure to do your research before selecting a reclaimed hardwood floor so you can make sure that it will shine in your home. They are beautiful and worth investigating!

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Water-Based Flooring Adhesives vs. Solvent-Based


Water-based flooring adhesives are popular because they are more environmentally-friendly

Water-based flooring adhesives are popular because they are more environmentally-friendly. They have a low emission, and they are safe to install. There are no chemicals or harmful and toxic products involved in the adhesives that are water-based. While the water-based adhesives are better from a health and ecological standpoint, they have their limitations. Certain types of wood floors and subflooring do not react well to these water-based adhesives, and the end result is a failure to create the necessary bond.

Solvent-based flooring is used on all types of wood floors and they are compatible with all subflooring products as well. There are several application options and the adhesives that use solvents are durable and long lasting. The solvents that are included in these products evaporate after the first few weeks of installation, but people who dislike using chemicals of any kind usually prefer to avoid them.

Whichever type of adhesive you choose, make sure you apply it properly and pay attention to the spread rate. Prepare the floors correctly and follow all instructions on your water-based or solvent-based flooring adhesive.

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