4 ways to save money on new flooring

August 10, 2016
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Our ATR Tile Leveling System DIY Kit can help you save on new floor installation

Home renovations can be expensive, and that includes new flooring. How do you get the look you want without the huge cost? Follow these handy tips and find out!

Install it yourself if possible

Without taking into account the cost of the materials, one of the biggest expenses of a new flooring project is the labor involved. Doing it yourself is the best way to cut back on cost. Our ATR Tile Leveling System DIY Kit is one of our best-selling products. Check out its great reviews!

Shop around for contractor

If your flooring project is a little too large for you to do alone, do your research to find a suitable contractor at a reasonable price. Our Contractor Locator finds you the best person for the job. And if you are happy with the contractor’s performance, make sure to let us know and we will reward that contractor with gift certificate up to $500.

Keep to your budget

Set yourself a realistic budget to ensure you don’t overspend. No idea how much everything is going to cost? Use our Flooring Calculator to determine the number of tiles and other product amounts required to complete the job

Get value for your money

It’s easy to pick the first materials you like the look of, without much thought to the cost, but doing a little bargain hunting might save you those few extra cents for your budget. Our bathroom and flooring sale items are sold at a fraction of the price without compromising value or quality.

4 signs it’s time for a new floor

August 4, 2016
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Home improvement is one area most people are guilty of procrastinating around. We make excuses we don’t have the ‘time’ or ‘money’ to spare, but there are some occasions when you simply can’t ignore those annoying nags a minute longer. Here are 4 signs it’s time for a new floor.

Your floor is old and outdated

Naturally, floors wear down with age. We walk across our homes everyday, often in our shoes, but it’s true that some materials show signs of wear and tear more  than others. When looking to replace your floor, consider choosing wood or ceramic over vinyl and carpet, for example.

You’re looking to sell your property

Think back to when you first bought your property. Was the floor clean and inviting, or dirty and worn? Not only will installing new flooring improve the appearance and therefore appeal of your home to potential buyers, but it will also increase the value substantially.

Your floor is looking a little uneven

If your floor is made of wood, for example, water damage can cause its surface to warp, and individual pieces look as though they don’t fit the puzzle. Not only does this look unattractive, it is also hazardous, a particular concern if there are children running around the house.

Your floor stands out for the wrong reasons

It’s possible your current flooring remains from the previous owners, or perhaps you installed it when you first moved in. Either way, if you’ve updated your colours or accessories, perhaps it’s time to do the same with your floors. No matter how attractive one particular room is, unattractive flooring will alter its overall appearance.

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Planning a smooth home renovation

July 14, 2016

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Whether youre planning for a new kitchen or bathroom, living through a renovation can be stressful, despite what you see on TV. But with the right decisions, budget planning, and style choices, renovating your home can be an extremely rewarding project. Below are our best tips to help your renovation dreams become reality.

Make sure your budget is realistic

The most common mistake homeowners make is maxing out their budget on materials, without putting aside extra for unexpected costs. Do your research before you commit to a number, and make your budget 80% of what you can afford, to allow room for surprises. And remember, most budgets on TV are not realistic!

Draw up a timeline for completion

Even if you have planned to the best of your ability, delays happen. Materials might be out of stock, or contractors may underestimate the time needed to complete a project. Before you get started on renovations, draw up a timeline with the contractor so you know what to expect.

Use expert help where possible

Before choosing to hire someone because they offer cheap labour, make sure they can provide references and draw up a formal contract. Draw up a list of questions you have for them and communicate any concerns you have before starting renovations. And remember, if they sound too good to be true, they probably are!

Find temporary living arrangements if necessary

It’s important to be realistic about living through a renovation. If work is likely to be disruptive to you and/or your family members, consider moving out for a temporary period. Often, the job site will also operate more efficiently without other people being in the way.

Think beyond current trends

Are you choosing a design that can be easily adapted to current trends as they change? Or will your design look dated within a few years? If you’re not sure, often hiring an interior design or decorator is a good investment. They will make sure your visions become reality while offering their expert opinion.

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Top 5 tips for making your tile and stone floors sparkle

July 7, 2016

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If you’re looking for a natural look for your floor, which adds character and sparkle to your home, our tile and stone ranges are a great choice. To keep that sparkle all year round, it’s important to know how to clean your floors properly, particularly during the busy summer months. Here we’ve put together our top tips for keeping your floors happy.

Ensure flooring is properly sealed

Your flooring installer should do this, but prompt them to be sure. Also make sure the area between the flooring and wall is caulked to prevent moisture from damaging the floor beneath, which may rot and cause flooring to become soft.

Use the right vacuum

Why? Because sand, grit and dirt are abrasive and can damage your floor’s surface. Use a vacuum, but be sure to use an attachment with a brush or soft surface to avoid scratching the finish. Our Microfiber Cleaning Pad, does just as good a job!

Use doormats at all entrances

Doormats prevent dirt and moisture being tracked onto your floor. While vacuuming is great, keeping the dirt out in the first place is even better! Keep them clean by running a vacuum over weekly.

Easy on the soap!

Damp mopping your tile or stone floor will keep it looking shiny and new. Use soap, rather than detergent, but be sure to rinse well. Too much cleaner or soap can leave a film and cause streaks. Also avoid products containing lemon juice, vinegar or acids, which dull your tiles.

Dry quickly after mopping

What happens when you wet the floor and someone walks through it? The new dirt will quickly set in wet areas, soon becoming hard-to-remove grimes. Use a dry mop straight after to avoid this happening.

Finding the best tile for your kitchen backsplash

June 8, 2016

A functional and decorative detail, the backsplash is the perfect opportunity to be creative and play with a variety textures and materials. Whether your kitchen is traditional and has a cozy feel or is modern and minimalistic, the style you choose for the backsplash can accentuate your kitchen’s overall aesthetic. However, so many choices can be overwhelming, which is why we have put together a quick guide to our tiles to help you choose the material that meets your needs.

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Metal
The variety of shades in the aluminum, copper and bronze colors will certainly add character to your kitchen. And if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, our Victorian Metals tile is made with 98% post-consumer recycled aluminum.

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Marble

The silky surface of timeless marble tiles not only emphasizes elegance and a contemporary feeling but is also very easy to clean.

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Glass

Vibrant and colorful glass tiles can liven up solid-hued counters creating a sleek, modern look.

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Stone

Durable and easy to clean, natural stone adds flair to your kitchen with many possibilities in color and texture.

 

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Ceramic

Undoubtedly the most versatile backsplash material, ceramic tile is a popular choice because it’s widely available and comes in a vast range of styles.

A New World of Weekend Bathroom Updates Awaits with TileWare Bath Fixtures

January 15, 2015

Calling All DIYers: A New World of Weekend Bathroom Updates Awaits with TileWare Bath Fixtures

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Reasons to renovate and make small changes to your home are as varied as your life’s situations: Perhaps you have a growing family or find yourself in an empty nest situation, where you need to change your home to reflect and accommodate a new lifestyle. Whatever your renovation needs – additional space for entertaining, an expanding at-home business, updating or modernizing – there are advantages to renovating right now. A newly remodeled kitchen, for example, represents a value-added enhancement to the entire home because family meals, entertaining with friends and holiday gatherings tend to center around the kitchen. Likewise, bathroom renovations can directly impact your comfort and convenience by creating a retreat for you to enjoy each time you walk through the door – improved lighting, updated fixtures and easier access for the elderly can add quality of life, lower your energy rates, and add value to your home.

If you’re a DIY type, the TileWare company has launched a plethora of bath fixture products that makes it easy to update a bathroom in only a weekend’s time. Amongst the myriad of tile and bath items offered by TileWare is a distinct collection of bath fixtures that have caused quite the splash – no pun intended – in the home industry, including the Promessa Series’ baskets, shower hooks, towel bars, as well as the Victoria Series of grab bars, a product that is also part of TileWare’s Victoria Series of structural surface shelves.

As a premier retailer for TileWare bath fixtures, Flooring Supply Shop is proud to offer many of this company’s fine products that aid in taking your home from ordinary to extraordinary. We carry TileWare’s Promessa rectangular soap baskets, Promessa cone hooks, Victoria radius grab bars, straight grab combos, and traditional towel bars and more.

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We are often asked by many of our customers exactly what it is that separates brands like TileWare from other manufacturers of bath fixtures and accessories…and why TileWare commands a premium over more “generic” types of bathroom supplies. The company’s vision – which has always been to innovate, engineer and connect product applications that have their primary value illustrated in and through mortar-based products – enables it to revalue decorative and functional amenities as tile industry brand commodities. TileWare’s best-selling Promessa Series shower baskets, for example, are designed to fit a broad style palette and work with any tile motif and pattern; with the basket options, you’ll be able to organize bath soaps, scrubbers and containers ranging in size from one ounce to 32 ounces and even professional salon-sized containers.

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The secret to TileWare fixture appeal is the uncanny ease of installation these products boast, and at the heart of it is the company’s watermark PermaTile Fastener System. This is the first non-penetrating, non-intrusive mortar-based fastening system exclusively designed and engineered for the tile industry. That means the PermaTile System is a patented technology for secure installation of accessories such as basket shelving, hooks, towel bars and grab bars without drilling through post-construction, finished tile surfaces. The system also avoids the penetrations and intrusions that occur when plastic wall anchors and screw-type fasteners are used for mounting. And while the PermaTile System Is installed by professionals in new construction and renovation projects at the time of tile installation, TileWare’s bath fixtures themselves have become increasingly popular among DIY weekend warriors.

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From easy installation to strong, durable products revered on the home building circuit, TileWare makes the dream of updating your bathroom in merely a weekend a vivid reality.

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Awaken Your Senses with Steam

November 13, 2014

Awaken Your Senses with Steam

Serene Steam Shower System

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Almost anyone who has ever taken a regular shower knows that the warmth and soothing rhythm of the water can provide great stress relief. When it comes to steam showers, you can enjoy those familiar benefits as well as a number of others.

A steam shower provides wet heat that can open your pores, causing you to sweat and helping your body to release toxins. If that was the only potential benefit, it might be enough. But a steam shower may also help your circulation, open up your sinus passages, assist you with weight loss and offer you the opportunity to relax your thoughts as well as your body.

You may have enjoyed these kinds of benefits in a sauna at a spa, but with the Serene Steam shower, you can now enjoy them in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Although it’s a luxurious product, its simplicity of design and ease of installation may surprise you. The stainless steel shower system comes boxed and ready to install by your plumber or contractor. It requires no hook-up to electricity.

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Showerheads and Audio System

Serene Steam is a shower system that includes a rainfall shower head and a Bluetooth audio system in addition to its steam function. Its large showerhead, either round or rectangular depending on the model, can be angled to regulate water flow the way you want it. There is also a back and shoulder shower head which can be swiveled to the angle that works best. This shower head directs a high pressure flow of water to areas of your body that often hold tension, your shoulders and upper back. Water can also be diverted to a hand held shower head.

The sound system is one of the most interesting features, providing you with the chance to enjoy lovely music while you relax in the steam. The waterproof Bluetooth sound system is placed in a semi-flush position inside the shower unit. It uses a lithium ion battery which should never need to be replaced. The speaker system is docked in such a way that it’s removable, so you can take it out when you need to recharge it. A cable and charger come with the system. The system manual, which can be printed from the company’s website, details the speaker system and how it can be removed and replaced. The manual also provides instructions for connecting the speaker system to a Bluetooth enabled portable device.

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Steam Control and Aromatherapy

The highlight of the Serene Steam shower is its steam control dial, which can be easily turned to an open or close position to release steam. Once you’ve reached the steam level you desire, usually within about five minutes, you can turn the function to a halfway “cruise” mode to complete the steam experience. Steam will be released from the main vent, raising the temperature to a comfortable warmth.

You can also utilize the system’s aromatherapy feature to enjoy a relaxing scent with your steam. A few drops of essential oil are placed in the proper opening so scent will be delivered with the steam. Per warranty, only official fragrances like Eucalyptus Fusion and Harmony Aroma, from approved vendors such as Flooring Supply Store can be used in the system in order to avoid any potential problems.

The Serene Steam shower system delivers a relaxing shower and steam experience. Its modern design, relatively easy installation and enhanced features such as Bluetooth audio and aromatherapy make it a luxurious investment. However, it’s also an eco-friendly system as steam generally only uses about half the water volume of regular showers so you’ll save both energy and water.

For those of us who live such fast paced lives that we can hardly catch up, let alone treat ourselves to some much needed pampering, a steam shower is a perfect option. It turns even the most mundane of tasks into a spa like experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.

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How to Achieve Lippage Free Tile Floors and Walls

September 3, 2014

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How to Achieve Lippage Free Tile Floors and Walls

For many homeowners, once fall hits, it becomes prime time to shift their focus from the outdoors to indoors – primarily to their interior design, or lack of it, in some cases. With cooler weather, you’ll be spending more and more time inside, and who wouldn’t want to make their interiors as stylish and welcoming as possible when the weather outside is anything but? Plus, with all that time spent cooped up indoors, you might as well make the most of it and add value to your home at the same time!

A much overlooked aspect of almost every home is the floors. While they cover less area, and aren’t quite as visible or immediately noticeable as your walls, they make just as much of an impact on the overall look and feel of a home. They also take much more of a beating than walls do, particularly in heavily trafficked areas like an entryway or the kitchen. That’s why more and more homeowners are looking to implement stable, stylish, and durable materials for their flooring in these areas, such as tile. With tile, you don’t have the same concerns as you would with carpet or hardwood, and the floors will be significantly easier to clean and care for.

ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System

However, many homeowners view the installation of an attractive tile floor as a costly and labor intensive practice, particularly if they’re doing it on their own. That’s where the ATR Tile Leveling system comes in handy. Not only does it help you to get the job done easily, it requires no additional tools, and it uses only 1/3 of the spacer a normal system would take in order to do the same job. The system also cuts the installation time by 75 percent when compared to more traditional methods. For those who want a relatively quick project that isn’t going to take weeks upon weeks to complete, but had previously counted tile out, your answer is in the ATR Tile Leveling system.

The ATR system allows you to not only get the tile floors or walls you want, but makes it much easier and quicker to do so. It only takes three easy steps and afterwards, you’re done! The first step is to spread the mortar over the area you want to tile, then put the tile in place. After this, you’ll need to screw the provided spindle into the spacing plate, which you’ll then need to slide under the tile before placing the adjacent tiles down. From there it’s as easy as screwing in the spindle until all the tiles are aligned and level. Afterwards, you simply let the mortar dry before you screw it out. (For a visual demonstration of this straightforward process you can check out this video).

Think of all the possibilities and looks you can create by easily installing tile. This glossy glass tile would create a fantastic backsplash in a modern kitchen, particularly since it’s moisture impervious, resists fading, and is fire resistant. And these blue pebble glass mosaic tiles would give any bathroom a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere. For a chic and classic entryway, the classic (but far from boring) tumbled travertine octagonal tiles make the right statement to welcome guests to your home. The possibilities are really endless with such an easy, cost efficient, and time saving installation system at your disposal.

Spencer Blohm is a freelance lifestyle and pop culture blogger for www.albertaenergyproviders.ca. When he’s not busy working he’s usually plotting his next home improvement project.

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Turn your Old Fashioned Apartment into a Contemporary Pad

May 23, 2014

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The most outstanding aspect of contemporary design, when compared with other styles, is the almost immediate sense of modernity it conveys – without the over-simplification of the truly modern design style. Of course, this shouldn’t be surprising, since – by definition – this style is meant to capture advances in the style of interior decor for the 20th century and beyond. Characterized largely by smooth lines, a complementary palette of color and a certain sleekness of form, it provides your apartment or house with a wide range of accessories with which to highlight or convey your sense of taste.

The Contemporary Living Room and Kitchen

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The best thing about this interior decor style is the sheer range it affords you in making your apartment an extension of your personality and taste. Unlike the strong motifs of the traditional style, which aren’t easily amenable to your present life, the contemporary style allows countless arrangements of the softer, less edgy elements of a room to stand out without dominating each other.

When you have guests over, your living room is the first introduction and should make the strongest initial impression. Although you want to give a sense of expansiveness when it comes to the furniture and floors, you want to shy away from the plainness of a modern (retro, today) interior and add color and warmth. Tans, browns and mocha colors are a great option if you’re inclined towards earth-tones, and blacks, greys and muted whites – with spot-lighting and rounded corners – if you like things even simpler. Because the contemporary style blends so many elements of the modern style, it can be hard to visually distill the differences between the two; but, if you have trouble, just think “retro.” If you get this feeling while perusing elements you wish to add, then chances are, it’s not contemporary.

The other room of great importance is the kitchen, since it’s often a secondary meeting place for conversations and a primary place for dining. Just as with the living room, lighting plays an exceptionally-important role in conveying the right sense here. In contrast to the pure white, even harsh, lighting of the modern kitchen, the contemporary alternative will have warm bright light that almost looks yellow. It should cast an inviting ambiance; almost as if the kitchen is an extension of the living room. This isn’t hard to effect; just make sure to employ tone-on-tone color schemes for elements that “touch.” For example, if the hardwood floor is mocha-colored, then the pantry directly above it might be milk chocolate or dark beige. Globe-lights with a chrome finish help to accentuate the transitional elements between the living room and kitchen, as well – there are many things you could do to contemporize your kitchen.

The Role of Color in Contemporary Design

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Often times, you find a considerable amount of attention being dedicated to color, when it’s color combination that actually matters. For the in-home design, the way that similar shades enhance each other, or different shades complement one another, determines the ambiance of the room. Because the contemporary pad is defined more by solid, bright colors and geometric shapes, a transition from the myriad of muted colors that often defines a traditional style can automatically confer a sense of newness to the room. A few options, if you have black, white or dark grey furniture, are grey blinds by Rollerblinds. The contemporary style softly filters light, and is more effective than pure white blinds for muting the light in the room even further for daytime television watching or other.

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Should You Consider Hardwood Floors For Your Homes Or Offices

March 6, 2014

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Should You Consider Hardwood Floors For Your Homes Or Offices?

Investing in hardwood flooring implies a significant investment that can turn out beneficial in the long run. Though there are sources suggesting that modern bamboo flooring is as effective as hardwood floors with a hardness rank comparable to oak, nothing beats hardwood floors when it comes to class, elegance and structural strength. Go further through the post in a bid to acquaint yourself with benefits of installing hardwood floor in your homes or offices.

You might as well be browsing a number of sites including wikipedia.org Interior Design and http://www.designerhq.org in a bid to get a hang of the modern interior designing concepts and ideas. But before going in to details – know for a fact that the flooring would be counted as an integral part of the project and its only advisable that you acquaint yourself with its nitty-gritty.

Convenience of Installation and Easy Maintenance

Superior hardwood floors are engineered to offer a homogenous and steady fit. Those who have due experience in DIY flooring would hardly find it difficult to install it. It turns out to be a more sagacious investment than carpet as its color might start waning with time. Additionally, hardwood is considered to be hypoallergenic as it does not retain debris that can lead to or aggravate your allergies as carpet does. As it doesn’t retain dust you can settle for regular but easy cleaning processes including moping, vacuuming and drying.

Versatility

No matter how diverse or unique your needs are, hardwood offers you variant choices in terms of appeal- styles, stains, species, colors, finish etc. In fact, it can safely be claimed that no two hardwood floors are the same. Additionally, wood is naturally equipped with versatile patterns.

It’s Healthy!

Hardwood flooring unmistakably makes for a healthy interior choice. It does not have embossing or grout lines that would allow pollen particles, dust, allergens or animal dander settle on it, thereby bolstering overall air quality. There are immediate health benefits associated with this attribute as the debris-free air in the house proves conducive for people with respiratory illnesses.

Problems and Solution

Cupping and buckling is a recurrent problem with hardwood. You need to ensure that you’re familiarizing yourself with these concepts before installing the hardwood in your home or office.

It’s phenomenon which refers to a malformation or warping process that is caused by absorption of humidity. Now, “how would your indoor flooring would be exposed to humidity?” Yes, it’s possible. There are several ways whereby the wood becomes vulnerable to moisture. Both the normal ground water saturation levels at your home or else the outdoor humidity levels in the geographical area you’re residing in, make for the standard sources of humidity. Additionally, if the burst water pipelines remain unattended to, for a considerable period of time, the internal structure of your home might be considerably damaged as well. Therefore, as a homeowner if you have noticed cupping or buckling in the floor, make sure you’re identifying the source of water and attending to it immediately.

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Why Wintertime is the Best Time of Year to Replace Your Flooring

February 9, 2014

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Remodeling the kitchen and bathroom returns anywhere from two-thirds to three-quarters of the money invested into the project, Remodeling Magazine reports. With each of these projects, old and outdated flooring can be a major portion of the remodeling, as can replacing appliances and fixtures in the room. Remodel now to enjoy the positive changes and make more money when you go to sell your home. While it may not seem like winter offers many advantages over other seasons, especially in snowy areas like Vermont and Virginia, it’s actually a wonderful time to replace flooring: The drier air prevents the boards from gapping while the lack of humidity wards off water damage during the installation.

 

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Winter works well for floorboard replacement

In the winter, contractors are limited in what they can do. Many cannot complete exterior projects, like adding on a new deck. Replacing flooring is one job they can do year round, because it happens inside the home. For you, this means a faster job completion time because contractors aren’t trying to satisfy as many jobs as during the peak season. Additionally, stores are more likely to stock all needed items so your project won’t hit a supplier-side snafu. Picking out the right shade of stain and discussing the advantages of maple, bamboo and walnut flooring can help prevent some of the winter weariness that sets in when you have long winters.

Because hardwood is so easy to clean and also hypoallergenic, it can make your daily life easier in a season when taking the dog out for a simple walk can mean tracking in wet and dirty snow. A new hardwood floor also increases your home resale value and makes your everyday life more enjoyable. If your old floor squeaked, replacing the floor can reduce the noise level in the home as well.

Planning a floor replacement

While winter is an ideal time to replace your floor, this project comes with a lot of debris. You’ll have your old floorboards that have been ripped out, plus any under layers that need replaced. You’ll also have the trim ends of anything you are installing, plus all of the equipment needed to clean and prepare your floors. In the summertime, it’s easy enough for you or your contractor to run all materials to the dump at the end of the day. In the winter, the dump may have limited hours or a winter storm can make driving unpleasant. If your city has laws that regulate the storage of garbage and debris or that specify that all garbage must fit in your garbage can, you might want to consider renting a dumpster for this project. You can find short term dumpster rentals by the day, week or month. At the end of the rental time frame, the Richmond dumpster rental company will haul away the dumpster and debris.

Additionally, polyurethane sealants have a strong odor. While the sealant will dry faster in the winter, there is a greater chance that you’ll be housebound for much of the day. If you are susceptible to odors, consider using pre-sealed floorboards. These won’t need to be stained and sealed post-installation.
 
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ATR Leveling System – Upcoming update Feb 1st 2014

February 2, 2014

ATR Leveling System -Upcoming update Feb 1st 2014

We at ATR are excited and glad to announce after a long year of re-development, further testing and improvements, ATR will soon be introducing the new innovated Spindle and Spacing Plate designs

NEW Spindles

The new spindle features a new screw element with a larger head and grip element,4 segment viewing windows for easier viewing access and much more robust which means you will get more uses and will save you long term expenses

NEW Spacing Plates – available by the end of March 2014

Soon to be released the new 3mm Spacing plate. This 3mm spacing plate design may also be substituted for the use of laying on Floors and Walls. Available in Cross plates, T shape plates and Edge plates. The new spacing plate features a dome look effect to the underside for tightening spindle to it’s desired strength locked position and to eliminate anymore future concerns of the screw tip penetrating through! This was never the situation but more of an allusion.

This unique innovated ATR patent system will work with any type of tile, thickness up to 18mm excluding un-even stone type like Slate or as such composites, for more handy information on any of our products visit www.atrleveling.com

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How to Properly Budget and plan your Home Improvement Projects

January 31, 2014

How to Properly Budget and plan your Home Improvement Projects

Now that 2014 has started, many Los Angeles homeowners are getting their budgets together and making plans for the New Year. For many people the improved economy means that they can finally tackle some of the big home improvement projects they might have had to put off previously.

One of the biggest home improvements you can make which can reap surprisingly dramatic results is replacing your flooring. Try to imagine that old carpeting in the dining room replaced with beautiful, hardwood floors. The whole room could be completely transformed, and the value of your home will no doubt increase. It also helps that new technology and innovations have increased flooring options by the tenfold in the last few years. Just looking at Flooring Supply Shop’s options can show you just how many new options you have.

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Another thing you may noticed while shopping around is the number of   environmentally friendly options you have. It’s not news that there is a rapidly increasing focus on bringing sustainable materials into every facet of consumer lives, and flooring is no exception to the trend. Unlike a few years ago, there are a huge number of options today.

One option you have if you’re looking to replace some marble in your home, is to actually not replace it at all! If you haven’t heard about our Restoration Training and Cheetah Pads, just let the results speak for themselves. What could be more environmentally friendly than buffing your way to a completely new floor?

However, if you’re searching for a new look in your home that is also Eco-friendly, one of the biggest trends right now is concrete. Yes, you heard that correctly, concrete. This concrete isn’t the boring sidewalk slabs you’re imagining, since the innovations that have been made with concrete are astounding. It can be molded to fit any area, can be dyed or stained to any color, polished until it gives you a high shine look, and – barring any catastrophic events – would never need to be replaced.

 

While concrete is great, one of the newest, coolest, and most environmentally friendly options on the market right now is glass tiles. Eco-friendly glass tiles are made of recycled glass products (like beer bottles) which are then converted into beautiful tiles. It’s really incredible how a bunch of old wine bottles can be transformed into some truly unique flooring. On top of being an environmentally friendly flooring option, many people are using it on the walls of their home or as back-splashes in their kitchen thanks to its light reflecting properties. As an added bonus the tiles are easy to maintain and you won’t have to worry about staining as you would with many traditional types of tiles.

It seems counter intuitive to assume that hardwood floors are eco-friendly, right? Chopping down trees can’t be good for the environment. However, thanks to new advancements you can get hardwood floors without so much as knocking a leaf off of a tree due to engineered hardwood floors. In the past engineered hardwood got a bad rap thanks to it’s less than conventional look, but like every other flooring material out there a few years of time and testing has resulted in a more aesthetic appearance. In addition to being environmentally friendly, it’s usually significantly cheaper than traditional hardwood, sometimes as much as $3 a plank cheaper. They’re also much easier to install than their traditional counterparts.

When making plans for major home renovations it’s easy to get lost in the details and forget about the environmental impact your choices may have. However, it is our responsibility to do our best to use sustainable, eco-friendly products as often as we can, and that includes our flooring. Thanks to the incredible advancements in technology, Eco-friendly floor options are cost effective and very aesthetically pleasing, sometimes more so than non-green options. Just take a look around at some of Flooring Supply Shop’s environmentally friendly options and you can see just how far we’ve come in terms of green flooring options.

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About the Author: Spencer Blohm is a freelance design, lifestyle, and entertainment blogger for Direct-ticket.net. His interests range from interior design to old Hollywood films and can often be found scavenging in vintage and antique stores for his next big find. He lives and works in Chicago.

Step by Step Guide to Refinishing your Bathtub

November 4, 2013

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Step by Step Guide to Refinishing your Bathtub

Whether you love do-it-yourself projects or are on a budget and need to do some refurbishing on your own, it`s not hard to refinish a bathtub and you`ll be surprised that you can get it done in a reasonable amount of time. Pretty soon you`ll have a beautiful new tub that will bring new life to your bathroom. It can be a focal point, or you can blend the tub with paint, tile, linens and d?cor that tie the entire room together seamlessly.

Materials:

Abrasive tub cleaner
Paint
Epoxy
Abrasive cleaning pad
Paintbrush
Paint roller
400 to 600 grit wet sandpaper

Step 1
Before doing anything else, you need to clean your tub. Remove any non-slip materials with degreaser. Use a scrubber to thoroughly wash the tub and remove all debris, dirt and other items. Don`t worry about scratching the tub because you won`t be able to tell once your refurbishing project is finished. Rinse the cleaning fluids from the tub once you`re finished so that your paint has a prime surface to adhere to.

Step 2
Sand the tub using 400 to 600 grit wet sandpaper. This serves a couple of purposes. It gets rid of any leftover cleaner on the surface and it gives the new coating a solid place to stick. Make sure you get wet sandpaper because it`s much easier to wash away as you work.

Step 3
Mix the new paint for the tub with epoxy. Make sure the two are very well combined. Look for a kit that makes it easy to combine the correct ratio of paint to epoxy so you don`t damage your tub or have to start the project over. A kit is also a great way to make sure you buy the proper type of paint so you don`t mistakenly end up with something that doesn’t hold up well to contact with water. These kits come in several sizes, allowing you to get just as much product as you need to get the job done.

Step 4
Use a paintbrush to apply the paint to the surface of the tub. Paint in one direction only and apply several thin coats rather than one thick one. Allow an hour or so of drying time between each coat.

Step 5
Use a coordinating color of caulk and apply an even line around the tub, making sure to get the corners. Smooth the caulk as you go to get an even looking appearance. Wait a day or two before using the tub to be sure the paint and caulk is completely dried.

Tips and Tricks
Before getting started with your bathtub refinishing project, it`s a good idea to protect the other surfaces in your bathroom so you don`t have damage or costly repairs to deal with. Put a drop cloth over the toilet and the floor surrounding your tub. That way, if caulk or cleaner splashes or drips, clean-up is easy and you won`t mistakenly ruin something else. Remove all towels, rugs and wall art from the bathroom as well. This will keep them out of the way and protect them from damage.

Once you`re done with the tub refinishing, replace the bathroom essentials, or shop for new items to go with your new and beautiful bathtub. Shop online or in stores for new linens,  wall art and decor items that will make your bathroom look stunning in no time. Consider a new color combination, such as gray and yellow, blue and coral or white and gray to give your bathroom an elegant and classy look. All of these choices look great with a bright white bathtub.

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Composeal Gold and Radiant Heat Flooring Systems

May 20, 2013

Composeal Gold and Radiant Heat Flooring Systems.

Flexible Crack Isolation Waterproofing and Heat Fused for Floors – Walls – Roof Deck / Terraces – Under “thick bed” Tile Installations

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Many of our customers have been asking us how Radiant Floor Heating Systems should be installed when using COMPOSEAL GOLD. When it comes to installing radiant floor heating, we go through a process called the “installation sandwich.”

As you go through the process of installing Radiant Floor Heating Systems, you can see that the flooring consists of a variety of layers. Like a sandwich, these layers stack on top of one another in order to function properly.

  • Tile
  • Latex modified thin set bond coat
  • COMPOSEAL GOLD
  • Latex Modified thin set bond coat
  • Substrate or Subfloor with embedded Radiant Heating System

So what is COMPOSEAL GOLD?

COMPOSEAL GOLD is a direct bond membrane made up of a high-density PVC, with non-woven polyester scrim laminated on either side of the 40 mil sheet membrane, for direct bonding to the substrate as well as the ceramic tile or marble above. It does not rot and is highly resistant to solutions containing salts, acids, and alkalis, as well as many organic solvents, alcohols, and oils. COMPOSEAL GOLD is used as a concealed crack isolation (anti-fracture) and/or waterproof membrane under thin-set installations of ceramic tile and marble, terrazzo and brick; for new construction, remodeling or repair, residential and commercial, in kitchens, restaurants, resident entries, steam rooms, radiant heated flooring, shopping malls, etc.

Negligible shrinkage at extreme temperatures, -20° F to 212° F, makes COMPOSEAL GOLD especially ideal for Radiant Heated Flooring Systems. Its scrim is designed specifically for direct bonding on both sides of the “sandwich” in ceramic tile and dimension stone installations. This serves as a Crack-Isolation (uncoupling) membrane that provides adequate support/load distribution for your tile covering, and allows the heat from the system below to radiate up through the installation into the room.

*Always consult with the manufacturer of the radiant heating system for their specific installation instructions for installing radiant heating under ceramic tile.

Step 1: Expose the Subfloor

Remove the old carpet, leaving the subfloor exposed. If necessary, use a scraper to separate the carpet from the floor. Remove excess glue from the cement subfloor with scrapers and an appropriate solvent, making sure to follow the solvent directions.

Step 2: Apply a Crack-Suppression Membrane (COMPOSEAL GOLD)

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply adhesive to the concrete subfloor and lay down the crack-suppression membrane. Apply the adhesive in sections and unroll the membrane onto the floor, using a floor roller to press it flat and work out any air bubbles. Since concrete expands and contracts as the temperature changes, this membrane will help support the floor and prevent cracks in the tiles or grout.

Step 3: Install the Grids for the Radiant Heating System

Install the plastic grids that will hold the radiant-heat wires, using hot glue to adhere the grids to the subfloor. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and space the grids uniformly over the floor to prevent hot and cool patches.

Step 4: Snap the Cables into the Grids

Snap the radiant-heat cables into the grids, keeping them evenly spaced to prevent hot and cool patches in the floor. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on how far apart to space the cables.

Step 5: Mix and Spread the Thinset Mortar

Use a heavy-duty drill with a paddle bit to mix Thinset mortar according to the package instructions. Use a straight-edge trowel to apply a layer of mortar over the electrical cables. When mixed to the correct consistency, the mortar will stick and mound on the trowel without falling off. Make sure to hold the trowel at a consistent angle throughout the job so the mortar bed will have a uniform thickness. Allow the mortar to dry thoroughly before proceeding. Wet or cold weather will slow down the drying process, and below-freezing temperatures can keep the mortar from curing properly. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance.

Step 6: Power the Radiant-Heat Floor

The best way to power the radiant-heat floor is to hire a licensed electrician to run a dedicated circuit from the home’s main electrical panel to the correct room. The electrician also can install the control panel/heating sensor in the wall.

Step 7: Determine the Layout

Dry-fit a vertical row of tiles and a horizontal row, leaving space for grout, to determine the best layout. The ideal layout will use as many full tiles as possible. The tiles against the wall should be a half-tile wide or wider.

Step 8: Spread Mortar and Lay the Tiles

Spread mortar on the floor, using the notched edge of the trowel to create deep grooves in the mortar. Press each tile into the mortar, wiggling it gently to seat it. Check the tiles for level and adjust as needed. Use tile spacers to keep an even grout line. Use a wet saw to cut tiles as needed for the perimeter of the floor.

Safety Alert: Always wear safety glasses and use caution when working with a wet saw.

Step 9: Mix and Apply the Grout, and Apply Sealant

After the mortar is dry, mix the tile grout according to the package instructions and apply with a grout float. Use a diagonal motion to apply the grout, working it into the spaces between the tiles. Let the grout dry slightly, then wipe the excess off the tiles with a damp sponge using a diagonal motion.

Let the grout dry completely before sealing. Once the grout sealant is dry, move the furniture back into the room. Let the mortar cure for four weeks before using the radiant-heat system.

CODES, CERTIFICATION

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 comply with the three major plumbing codes: UPC-IAPMO, SBCCI and BOCA. COMPOSEAL has separate municipal approval where required, e.g. City of Los Angeles, City of Philadelphia (40 mil), Metropolitan Dade County and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Approval is no longer required in New York City for concealed PVC waterproof membrane).

COMPOSEAL also complies with the Corps of Engineers specs for PVC shower pan material (para 5.8.3.2 15 p1-18) and meets the requirements of FHA Publication 4900.1.

WARRANTY: COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 are warranted against failure for any reason, and in the event of failure, replacement material will be supplied at no charge. This warranty applies only to the membrane itself and not to the manner of installation over which we have no control, and it does not extend to consequential damage or other implied responsibility. COMPOSEAL should last the life of the building.

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How to Properly Tile a Roof Deck

May 7, 2013

How to Properly tile a Roof deck using Composeal Gold

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When installing ceramic tile on roof decks, the most important single thing to remember is that a roof deck is just that , a roof – a barrier against the elements, and especially water.

“It’s only a roof deck!” Did you ever hear that statement? When and if you do, be prepared for problems, and very possibly big ones. Where roof decks and concerned, roof is the most important word. When it comes to keeping water out, how the roof deck is constructed is at least as important as the balance of the roof itself, since both must satisfy the same requirement to keep the rooms and equipment below them dry.

SOME BAD EXAMPLES

A roof deck was leaking badly. Upon investigation, it was found that the installation had been made using one of the methods described in the Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation. Why, then, the leakage? The method selected was one involving a cleavage membrane, and it had been chosen even though some of the other methods contained in the Handbook called for a waterproof membrane. The purpose of the cleavage membrane, as you will recall, is to isolate the tile floor from the structure, not to serve as a waterproof membrane.

Another somewhat similar project was purposely installed over a cleavage membrane consisting of a single layer of roofing paper. Those responsible for the installation thought the horizontal tile were waterproof, and therefore did not need a waterproof membrane. But while ceramic tile floors do not disintegrate when wet, they are not waterproof. A good waterproof membrane like Composeal Gold Crack Isolation Waterproof Membrane  is the only insurance against water damage in the rooms under a roof deck.

Two residences came close to taking the prize for most water damage. Built by the same contractor for two sisters, the houses faced each other, with a street in between them. The houses were already completed, with carpets, furniture and kitchen equipment in place, but before anyone could move in, the rains came – heavy rains. The resulting damage to ceilings, walls, furniture and carpets made the homes impossible to occupy. Much of the water came down in the kitchens, where cabinets were soaked, discolored and warped out of shape. What had happened? Each house had a rear, exterior, second story, tile deck which sloped the wrong way, toward the house, with nothing to prevent the water from going through the metal sill of the large sliding doors and into the structures.

Yet another common shortcoming in deck construction is the improper placement of flashing, or even its complete lack, at the junction of the walls and floor. A number of leaky decks have been found in which the lack of flashing has been the cause of the leakage.

Recently, an owner was having problems with leaks in a tiled deck. It started with leaks in the first deck to be installed; after the first deck was replaced, the new deck also leaked. The owner called for advice on how to make sure a third deck would not leak. She was advised on how the deck should be constructed, and was also urged to water – test the Composeal Gold Waterproof Membrane before installing the ceramic tile. The water test had to be stopped immediately because of the torrent of water that flowed into the room below. It is hard to understand how workmen can be so careless or lacking in knowledge as to allow such a membrane to be water- tested. The roofer had terminated the waterproof membrane *” short of membering up with the roofed-over part of structure, and the builder had done nothing to flash and waterproof that joint prior to the water test.

SLOPE ON STRUCTURE

In 1956, working with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, sponsors and authors of the Uniform Plumbing Code, tiled shower floor receptors were at last properly engineered and made part of the Uniform Plumbing Code.

The important part of this engineering called for pre-sloping the floor of the shower prior to placement of the waterproof membrane. The waterproof membrane was then placed in the pre-sloped surface so that the membrane itself sloped- – *” per foot minimum, *” per foot maximum- – to the weep holes in the bottom portion of the floor drain.

Prior to this, it had been customary to place the membrane flat, thus allowing seepage water to accumulate with no way to reach the weep holes and go down the drainpipe.

Shower floors are smaller than roof decks, but the same engineering principles apply. Slope the structure and Composeal Gold Waterproof Membrane to the weep holes in the floor drains; if there are no floor drains, slope to the open scuppers, with nothing in the bottom of the scuppers to prevent the free flow of seepage water.

FLAT DECK STRUCTURES

No matter how hard we try to spread the word about sloping them, structures continues to be built flat. The point of sloping the structure, which in turn slopes the membrane placed upon it, is to eliminate seepage water via the weep holes or open scuppers. The tile trade uses dry-pack floor mortar, and when this is placed on the flat waterproof membrane, the slope is only on the top surface of the dry pack. The dry pack is pumped out by the hot sun, leaving the salts of efflorescence on the tile. At least one company’s remedy for flat roof construction is to pre-float the roof deck with the dry pack mortar, which is then cover-cured. A waterproof membrane, designed to be used with a thin-set bonding system, is bonded to the mortar bed and fastened into the clamp-style floor drain. A compatible bonding mortar is then used to bond the tile to the membrane.

A SEEPAGE CHANNEL

In the design of roof decks, an effort has been made not only to slope the roof deck, but to create a channel which makes it easy for seepage water to flow toward the drain and into the weep holes. Until quite recently, the standard channel consisted of a layer of crushed rock over the waterproof membrane. A layer of cloth, such as burlap, was then placed over the crushed rock to prevent the mortar from filling up the voids in the crushed rock when the mortar bed was installed.

Now we have matting to provide that channel. The matting comes with a flannel – like cloth covering, which is installed cloth side up to prevent the mortar from filling in the extruded nylon and black spinnerette fibers. This type of matting has a long history of successful use in providing weep channels under concrete in drainage ditches and in similar situations.

An installation showing the use of the channel to promote water runoff is contained in the Handbook of Tile Installation. Even though this is the recommended way to install tile on roof decks, in actual practice, the channel is not always used. No matter what is done, however, positioning the waterproof membrane on a slope to the weep holes, or open scuppers, is the most important requirement for roof deck construction.

WATER ACCUMULATION

If the walls surrounding the roof deck are properly flashed at the juncture of deck and walls, and drip screeds are used, some water is going to drain across the tiled deck in addition to the rain which falls upon it naturally. However, it is best to not use the deck as a collection basin for water drainage; on the contrary, as much water should be kept off the roof decks as possible.

Directing water to the drains or scuppers takes some planning as to the positioning of those structures. Getting the water to move requires a slope of *” per foot. One – eighth of an inch per foot will drain the water, but will take much longer to do it; *” per foot, on a long run, may not be achievable because of the thickness build-up from the furthermost distance from the drain to the drain. To prevent problems, planning is needed as to the placement of the drains, as well as the height of the tracks for doors and sliding doors. Many, many times we have received calls describing situations in which only *” is available at the doorway to install a 2″ thick tile installation, and there is no way to drain the deck.

SUMMARY

“It’s only a roof deck!” As can be seen from the foregoing, construction of a roof deck takes planning. It is not difficult; it just has to be planned. It can also be seen that proper planning and execution require the cooperation of several trades working together.

Technical Data

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 meet the engineering requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Ceramic Tile Institute (CTI). ASTM D4551 is the test standard established by ASTM

“for PVC flexible sheeting which is used with mastic, bedding or coating for construction of concealed water-containment membranes in applications where there is potential for costly secondary damage from water leakage and very long term reliable performance is essential. The tests are intended to ensure quality and performance.”

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 meet and surpass these ASTM standards.

COMPOSEAL 30 and 40 also meet the CTI requirements for waterproof membranes.

TESTED MATERIAL

CERAMIC TILE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

These tests were conducted by the United States Testing Co., Test Report No. LA 63554, Smith Emery Co., Test No. T-88-122A-B, and Truesdail Laboratories, Report # 24371-1.

Tile work shall comply with recommendations of “Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation” published by the Tile Council of America, Inc., P.O. Box 2222, Princeton, N.J. 08543

* These drawings based on sketches in “Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation.”

Engineering Properties ASTM D 4551 SpecGrade 30 ASTM D 4551 SpecGrade 40 Composeal Test Results .030 Composeal Test Results .030
Thickness, inches 0.30″ 0.40″ 0.31″ 0.42
Tensile Strength. lbs/in. width 60-lb min. 80-lb min. 89-lb (2870 psi) 113-lb (2700 psi)
Tensile Strength. at 100% elongation 30-lb min. 40-lb min. 43-lb 57-lb
Ultimate elongation before breaking 300% Min 300% Min 400% + 400% +
Tear Resistance. lbs/in width 185-lb min. 250-lb min. 260-lb 263-lb
Pinholes None None None None
Micro-Organism Resistance (fungus, mildew, mold) No Growth No Growth No Growth No Growth
Chemical Resistance:
Distilled H2O % wt. change* 1% max 1% max + 0.4% + 0.4%
Soapy H2O % wt. change* 2% max 2% max + 0.5% + 0.3%
Alkali, pass/fail (hydrostatic) Pass Pass Pass Pass
Shrinkage, dimension change at 158 F ASTM 1204 5% max 5% max 1.3% 2.9%
Volatility, % loss at 158 F after aging 1.5% max 1.5% max None None
Hydrostatic pressure (to test water penetration):
Original Condition Pass Pass Pass Pass
After Folding test (cold crack, 4hrs @ 0F) Pass Pass Pass Pass
After Puncture test Pass Pass Pass Pass
After Indentation test Pass Pass Pass Pass

No evidence of surface wetness or other signs of water penetration was detected on any of the tested specimens.

Additional Test :

Seam, (lap joint) strength ASTM D751 CTI Standard – 8 lbs./in. min. / Composeal 30 – 69 lbs./inch / Composeal 40 – 85 lbs./inch

Specific Gravity: 1.29 @ g/cm3

Cold Crack: passed @ 53 F

ASTM Standard D1004, d 412 d1790, e 96 and FHA Spec. 4900.1 are also met by Composeal

*Measure of water/ chemical surface absorption

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Opting for DIY Home Improvement

February 18, 2013

More and More People Opting for DIY Home Improvement

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Each one of us wants a prefect abode but delay our home improvement plans as the cost incurred is too high. Spending $50,000 just to remodel a kitchen does not seem to be a good move when your old kitchen furnishing is doing just fine. Moreover, these home repair & renovation jobs are quite expensive and hiring a professional contractor further adds to the costs. However these days, you do not have to spend so much to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home, especially if you are ready to put in some effort yourself. Do-It-Yourself or DIY task will allow you to save significant amount of money as you do not have to pay any professional for the job.

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In order to improve your home you can paint the walls, update fixtures, or install energy saving solar panels, insulation or even flooring. Any of these will do wonders to improve the aesthetics of your home and increase its value. Installing floors is a great option to give a delightful visual effect to your abode. Further, tiling, grouting, carpentering are also other options for floor improvement.

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Availability of highly effective do-it-yourself or DIY kits present in the market have made it all the more easy for homeowners to renovate their homes rather than seeking professional help. Homeowners who availed the services of expert professionals in the past are also opting for DIY home improvements nowadays. The reason for the surge of user-friendly DIY home improvement kits is that these are easy to use and come with detailed procedure description that allows even first time DIY enthusiasts to complete the task with ease.

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This trend got tremendous boost due to easy availability of various government grants and refinance options. These finance options allow people to spend their savings on enhancing the look of their homes and get financial incentives that help in offsetting some of the cost incurred on the task.

Performing the DIY tasks is convenient, provided you have patience, skill and adequate tools to complete the task. One of the simplest DIY tasks is installing new floor as it can drastically change the overall look of the house. For installing new floor, you need to choose from the different flooring options available. Tile vinyl, laminate floor and epoxy are few alternatives that can be installed in no time. After you have decided what flooring option you want to install, you need to ensure that all the tools are working properly and have all other essential things that is required for doing the task. While installing new floor or doing any other task, make sure you follow all the instructions carefully, along with following safety tips.

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Doing task on your own and seeing the outcome, you realize that all the effort was worth as it adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home as well as increase its value. Moreover, opting for DIY home improvement helps save substantial amount of money as well as avoids dealing with annoying professionals. Furthermore, you gain immense satisfaction on seeing how all your efforts have improved the appearance of your home. Owing to all these factors, more and more people are opting for DIY home improvement.

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Shower Organization Ideas in Thinset and Tile

October 16, 2012

Shower Organization Ideas by TileWare Products

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Shower Organization

Study the great ideas below to organize your personal care products. You could easily spend thousands of dollars building a beautiful custom tile shower and omit organization. The images below will help you make intelligent planning and purchasing decisions before starting your new building or renovation project. Enjoy – these concepts should be both personal and practical while having the capacity to last for decades. Let us know if you like our ideas.

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Small Soap, Shampoo and Extra Deep Shampoo

Arrange these baskets together on one long wall, especially when thermal barriers may prevent a niche from being installed or when the plumbing wall offers no space for organization products.

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Small Soap, and Shampoo

Arrange these baskets together in smaller showers where space is limited. This solution will keep your personal care products within arm’s length, no more stooping down to pick up shampoo off the shower floor.

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Shallow Corner Soap, Combination, Extra Deep Corner and Extra Deep Shampoo

Though this seems like a significant amount of shower organization, it’s typical of most U.S. households, especially when we share shower space. Combining the corner and the plumbing wall allows you to maximize your shower organization potential even in smaller spaces. Also, observe the location above and below the valve trim; this is an exclusive and permanent location offered by tile professionals only.

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Shallow Corner Soap and Extra Deep Corner

For those that love utility in the corner space, here’s your look – simple and effective. This solution will keep your personal care products within arm’s length, no more stooping down to pick up shampoo off the floor.

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2 – Extra Deep Corner

This takes organization to a deeper level… these two baskets offer space with depth. If you buy personal care products in volume, these baskets will have the capacity to hold that weight and more. This solution will keep your personal care products within arm’s length, no more stooping down to pick up body wash off the shower floor.

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Shampoo and Extra Deep Shampoo

This is such a logical location to arrange baskets. Both the shampoo and extra deep shampoo are scaled the same except for the basket depth. Arrange smaller containers above and larger containers below. These locations are exclusive and permanent – offered by tile professionals only. Think about it, have you ever seen an integrated solution below the valve – now possible because our system will not puncture piping.

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Combination and Extra Deep Shampoo

Same concept as above only with a combination basket. The combination provides space for his and her soaps.

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Combination only

The combination basket provides space for his and her soaps and personal care products. This is a great basket to integrate with a niche and will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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Extra Deep Shampoo only

The extra deep shampoo basket provides space for extra-large containers. This is a great basket to integrate with a niche and will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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Small Soap, Combination and Extra Deep Shampoo

This is such a great trio, total utilization of the plumbing wall. His and her combined utility, storage for extra-large containers with one small soap. Integrate these baskets with a niche, it will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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Small Soap and Extra Deep Shampoo

This is such a great duo, total utilization of the plumbing wall. Storage for extra deep containers and one small soap. Integrate these baskets with a niche, it will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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Small Soap and Combination

Another great duo, total utilization of the plumbing wall. His and her combined utility with one small soap. Integrate these baskets with a niche, it will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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Deep Corner and Combination

Another great duo, total utilization of the plumbing wall. His and her combined utility with one deep corner, in case you need a bit more space. Integrate these baskets with a niche, it will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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Deep Corner, Combination and Extra Deep Corner

Another great trio, total utilization of the plumbing wall. His and her combined utility with one deep corner and one extra deep corner for large containers. Integrate these baskets with a niche, it will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

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2 Combination

Truly his and her unique organizational space. Integrate these baskets with a niche, it will certainly add necessary organizational space once your niche is filled.

 

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Quick Pitch System with Composeal and Ebbe Drain Installation

June 5, 2012

Projects build by Home owner with a help of a friend contractor using our Composeal DIY kit

I loved the result. The process was very easy, resulting in an accurate installation, with a perfect shower base. It is an amazing bathroom remodeling. “Thank you”.

Pictures provide by Mr. Duffy Violante,  New York

Credit for to this beautiful project to ON-SPEC. BUILDER CORP. GARDINER, NY 845-883-7453

To buy this kit or similar kits go to this page DIY Shower System kits

In this project material was used are due to the shape and size of the shower additional items was require such as Extra and Extensions in both Quick Pitch and Pre Pitch

  • Pre Pitch Kit with some Extra and Extensions pieces
  • Quick Pitch Kit with some Extra and Extensions pieces
  • Kirb Perfect.
  • Composeal Blue Waterproofing Membranes with Inside and outside corners.
  • Universal Center ring (require when using any type of Square Drain.
  • Ebbe Square Shower Drain.

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Do it yourself, shower system, quick pitch, composeal waterproofing, blanke corp, schluter kerdi, ebbe drain, aqua shield,  Blanke SecurMat, shower pan, pre pitch, kirb perfect, DIY

Do it yourself, shower system, quick pitch, composeal waterproofing, blanke corp, schluter kerdi, ebbe drain, aqua shield,  Blanke SecurMat, shower pan, pre pitch, kirb perfect, DIY

Do it yourself, shower system, quick pitch, composeal waterproofing, blanke corp, schluter kerdi, ebbe drain, aqua shield,  Blanke SecurMat, shower pan, pre pitch, kirb perfect, DIY

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Dealing With Cracked Grouts

May 10, 2012

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Dealing with cracked grouts is a common problem being faced by almost every homeowner these days. Cracked grout is a common issue associated with all kind of tiles, which gives a very bad look to the floor and walls.

There are many reasons for grout to crack and most of these are because of poor installation methods. One of the reasons of this can be excessive use of water or polymer additive in the grout mixture. Another reason can be excessive evaporation of water content in the grout mixture which leaves behind pinholes that lead to grout cracking.

Grout cracking can also occur if thinset is not used sufficiently during the installation of tiles. This is because, if the layer is not thick enough, it will pull away from the tile, leaving behind gaps of air under the tile, which subsequently leads to the breakage of tiles.

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Problem of grout cracking is an issue that can occur even in properly installed walls and tile floors. You can take up several measures to repair the cracked grouts, one of which is using grout caulk. Caulk is a substance that matches the color of the grout exactly and is available in the form of tube. One can squeeze the tube and apply it to the cracks to fill the gap. This method usually works on the cracks which are small in size, however, it is one of the easiest ways to get rid of the cracks.

Another option that one can opt for is to find the matching grout for the floor. It will be an easier option if one has some grout left over from the original installation. But, if this is not possible, then one should look for the same brand and color as the original installation.

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Next step is to mix the grout and apply it on the cracked area. For this, water and grout are mixed together in a bucket in proper proportion. An important thing to be kept in mind while preparing the mixture is that right quantity of water should be used in order to obtain the perfect consistency. After applying this to the crack, wipe off the excess grout present outside the grout line and leave it for drying.

In case, the grout doesn’t stick to the surface, then one should take a saw and remove the grout present between the tiles. While doing this, one should keep in mind that pressure should not be applied to the tile, else it will break. When the grout is removed, the mixture is applied to the cracked area using a sponge, which provides a uniform and clean look.

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Replacing the cracked grout can be another way of curing the cracks. It is the best way to overcome the problem of cracked grouts. Though it is an expensive procedure as compared to repairing the cracked grouts, but it ensures that the tiles will continue to serve well for a longer period of time. As a matter of fact, replacing grout will save you from the problem of re-tiling the floor and walls again.

Depending upon your requirements, you can choose to either repair the cracked grouts or replace them to solve your problem. This would definitely add beauty to the interiors and would provide a clean look.

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