Drywall issues within your home can be extremely common. Simple issues, such as dings or nicks in a wall can quickly lead to cracks, crumbling areas, and much larger holes. This is where drywall can come in to save the day! However, there are some instances where a do-it-yourself fix can cause more problems than it helps.
Some cases homeowners may not be aware they have any drywall problems. However, one common problem is over-sanding your placed drywall. In this instance, the added erosion can lead to weakening of the drywall, and that results in cracks or holes re-opening. Double check the thickness of the drywall to be sure you don’t “dig down” too far and reinforce with an added layer if such is needed.
A second problem is trying to reinforce your drywall with a nail or other type of reinforcement. Using this method can sometimes be effective, but there is a risk of puncturing and damaging the drywall with the nail, or having the drywall break off from the nail and crack. In these instances, a professional may need to assess the situation if a patch can repair the damage or if the whole sheet or area require replacement.
One of the most common mistakes is trying to properly align drywall and its openings with existing fixtures, such as electrical outlets and switches. Measurements here can be key, as a mistake can possibly cause injury or even a poorly done job wasting time and increasing headache. In such cases, it is often best to consult with a experienced handyman/contractor to ensure safety and knowing it will be done correctly.
Most homeowners know that drywall problems can be unsightly and frustrating. However, determining which items can be fixed easily and which require professional help can go a long way to successful repairs and proper home maintenance!
Do you own or manage a company that requires commercial overhead doors? If so, it is very important that you make the right decision when choosing new overhead garage doors. It can be helpful if you understand what are the most important features before you buy. Many commercial buildings, from truck fleet garages and fire stations to manufacturing plants and warehouses. Each of these facilities may use rolling doors, sectional doors or overhead commercial garage doors. If you have damaged or the wrong size commercial overhead doors, you could experience loss of production, canceled orders or delays in shipments. Use following overhead door tips to find the right garage doors for your company.
Choosing The Right Commercial Overhead Garage Doors
When looking for new overhead garage doors, the first consideration is to determine which doors are right for your facility. If you are choosing overhead doors for a fire station, they will need to be rugged and durable and able to open quickly so the fire engines can get out. A manufacturing plant will usually have a shipping dock. This best commercial doors for this type of facility may be sectional overhead doors which move on ball bearing rollers.
Once you know which type of commercial door you need to use, it is time to begin looking at costs. You will need to compare costs between types and manufacturers of doors. There is the upfront cost of the door and installing it, but also the estimated cost of maintenance. It is important to ensure the door is properly installed, but even so, wear and tear over time will require that maintenance is performed. Knowing how much it will cost to purchase, install, and maintain the right overhead garage doors will help you choose the right door for your budget.
Consider these overhead door tips when making your choice. Start off by asking neighbors and friends for recommendations. Then, ask at least three companies for a written estimate and a copy of their contract. Always ask about the minimum charge for a service call. Ensure you get the details, including travel, basic fee, parts, and labor.
It is not recommended to use the Yellow Pages to find an overhead door company, but if you do, never assume a big ad means a reputable company. Never authorize any repairs until you thoroughly understand what is included. Also, get the exact cost. Purchasing an overhead door is an important decision. Be sure and get all the information you need to make the right one.
A common problem on home flooring is the frequent wear and abrasion that develops over time. More often, people try to select the cheapest materials for the floors but end up choosing the improper materials leading to frequent cracks and floor failure. Therefore, durability should be the primary concern when choosing flooring for home. A professional flooring contractor can help you pick the right type for you home, and we highly recommend The Flooring Pro Guys who can be found by clicking here.
Here is the Top 5 Most Durable but Cost-Effective Materials for your Home Flooring:
- Resilient Floorings
This flooring material, also called vinyl flooring, is manufactured and laboratory-engineered using carefully selected natural and synthetic materials, such as polymers, which accounts for the increased strength and durability of this flooring material. This product is usually available at a price ranging from $0.50 to $5 per square foot.
Seams are frequently the cause of flooring deterioration. Thus, the sheet vinyl is best for your flooring to avoid these seams.
- Laminate Flooring
Laminate floors are abrasion-resistant and extremely durable tiles produced by fusing multiple layers of synthetic materials through a lamination process. This flooring material has an Abrasion Class rating ranging from AC1 (moderate) to AC5 (heavy), which lets you know how well it resists foot traffic.
The laminate floorings are manufactured to look like stones, tiles, or woods and priced for about $1 to $3 per square foot. A downside to this flooring is its inability to withstand moisture although some products such as Aqua Step provide waterproof laminate flooring. Still, vinyl is more durable and of greater advantage compared to laminates.
- Concrete Floors
Concrete floorings are economical, and can cost about $2 to $6 per square foot for the ordinary type and about $15 to $30 for the more elegant design. Concrete floors are now gaining popularity among designers and homeowners as they can be customized by decorative patterns or by staining them with multiple colors and sometimes graphics.
Concretes are the most durable as a properly sealed and maintained one can last a lifetime, even a hundred years. However, this material is often regarded as “cold”, and hard and loud on the feet which usually requires the homeowners to cover the floor with mats and area rugs.
Bamboo floors are one of the today’s hottest flooring trends which are manufactured from a type of grass and usually costs about $2 to $8 per square foot. With regards to this material’s durability, certain types of bamboo can be incredibly durable and may lie to three factors:
- Construction – Properly harvested, non-carbonized bamboos can be more durable than hardwood floorings. You may attain even more tough stalks for durability by using tightly-woven strand bamboo flooring.
- Adhesives – More adhesives integrated into the woven strand bamboo floors make it harder.
- Bamboo type – Later-harvested bamboos has better durability than the sooner-harvested younger ones.
- Hardwood flooring
Hardwood floors are also one of the most commonly installed tiles nowadays. Guaranteed to be as hard and durable material for flooring, except that they are not scratch-resistant. Still, it can be refined by multiple deep sandings. This type of floors cost about $2 to $12 per square foot.
When shopping for tile flooring, more often than not, you’ll see that most people will look initially at the design, then the price and last the quality. And this applies in particular for those who has not yet decided on what look that they want to use in their kitchen or does not have an idea to begin with.
Since there are plenty of tile flooring selections to choose from, I have just narrowed down the choices to two most popular globally, hence the title — Hardwood vs. Stone Flooring for Your Kitchen. For the hardwood, the popular choice among homeowners and DIYers of all levels is engineered wood. While, for the stone flooring, the most common choice is either granite or limestone but I’m choosing limestone because granite, although highly-resilient and water resistant, tends to be slippery when wet and is not safe if you have children running around at home.
To ease the complexity, I’ve also chosen the top 5 factors that homeowners or DIYers look for when choosing the most suitable tile flooring for the kitchen.
I don’t think there’s wrong or right order of determining factors in selecting the right tile flooring for your kitchen as long as you don’t miss any significant details. I realize, most homeowners, especially those who are not that well-versed in flooring, would already have a kitchen design in mind which is why they look at the aesthetics of the tile flooring first before they proceed to scrutinize other stuff like price, durability, etc.
Although we only narrowed down our choices with two types of flooring, it is also worth looking into different kitchen design ideas because limestone or engineered wood may not be suitable for that look or feel that you’re planning to implement. And I found this article entitled “30 Kitchen Floor Tile Ideas, Designs, and Inspiration, 2016” on homeflooringpros.com, which could help us select the best fit for that design you have in mind.
Concerning durability, stone flooring, i.e. limestone scores higher than engineered wood as the latter dents easily and can be damaged by large spills.
According to flooring comparison made by World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), engineered wood is priced between $4-$18 per square foot while limestone ranges from $2-$11 per square foot.
The cost to maintain tile flooring can sometimes be more than the tile flooring itself, so it is equally important to consider this before opting for the less expensive one.
One integral part of this factor is the repair. While refinishing of engineered wood can only be done once or twice, stone flooring, on the other hand, is most difficult to restore.
Ease of installation
For Do-it-yourselfers, engineered wood would have an edge over limestone because of its faster installation time while stone flooring is better left to be done by professionals.
Now, if you look at the scores, for durability and price limestone would be the best choice. For maintenance and ease of installation, engineered wood is most preferred. But you see, the scores are just even. So let’s go back to what design we want to achieve as even if we look into the price, quality and all, and it’s not suitable for the interior of our kitchen then it won’t be a successful project and of course we don’t want that to happen. Hence, decide first on the design then go ahead and proceed with the rest.
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To reduce the amount of dust and grit brought onto your floors, install mats at all outside entryways. Make sure these mats are kept clean and in good condition as well. Be aware that oil from driveways and/or roads can stain quite easily. Make sure shoes are clean before walking on the floor.
Another note about shoes: High heels (particularly stiletto), work boots, shoes with cleats, and hard soled shoes can quickly damage your floor. Avoid walking on your floors with these types of shoes as much as possible. If you must walk on your floors with high heels, make sure the heels are in good repair to minimize damage to the floor. Also, check any shoe for rocks, pebbles, etc. lodged in the sole before walking on your floors.
Make sure dust and grit are cleaned up daily or at least as often as needed. When walked on, dust and grit act like sandpaper. This can and will quickly damage your surface. A soft bristled broom, dust mop or vacuum with an attachment for cleaning bamboo (or hardwood) floors is the recommended tool for frequent cleanups.
Make sure all spills are cleaned up quickly. If necessary, a lightly damp mop or soft cloth can be used to clean up wet or sticky spills. Make sure you dry the floor completely with a clean soft cloth afterwards.
Use area rugs to protect high traffic areas or areas that are prone to liquid spills. In the kitchen it is suggested to have a rug in front of the stove and one in front of the sink. These are both places that see a lot of traffic and are highly likely to experience liquid spills on the floor. Make sure the rugs are kept clean so dirt and grit do not get trapped underneath. Also, make sure the backing is not too rough, which could damage the finish.
Protect your floors from dents and scratches from heavy furniture. Place soft protective pads under the feet of all furniture. Make sure the pads are kept in good condition and replace as necessary. Never drag heavy furniture unprotected across your floors. If furniture has casters, make sure the casters are made of soft, non-marking materials such as rubber. Hard casters made of metal or plastic will quickly damage your floor.
Clean your bamboo floors as necessary with the manufacturer’s suggested no-wax, non-alkaline floor cleaning product. Although, more resistant to moisture than wood flooring, bamboo can still be damaged by too much water. If the product requires mixing with water, follow the label directions exactly. Also, do not let the cleaner (or any other liquid for that matter) to pool on the surface of the floor. This could result in damage to the finish or bamboo itself.
To prevent shrinking or swelling of your floor, use a humidifier or dehumidifier to maintain relative humidity of 30-50%. Excessive humidity can cause your floor to swell, while a lack of humidity can cause the floor to contract (shrink). This can eventually lead to an uneven floor and/or gaps between the boards.
As much as possible, limit your bamboo floor’s exposure to sunlight. Use good quality drapes or blinds and rotate area rugs. If the floor is exposed to too much sunlight, the floor may darken in some areas and lighten in others.
If you notice the finish of your bamboo floors has lost its sheen, or you notice lots of scratches and nicks, it may be time to re-coat or restore the floor’s finish. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for what product to use to restore the shine.