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Despite the popularity and proliferation of several materials like ceramic and vinyl, a number of homeowners prefer wood flooring over other options. There are hardly any other materials that can match the timeless elegance and classic look offered by maple or oak. Apart from sheer aesthetic appeal, the resale value of your residence goes up by a margin when timber floors are installed. However, you need to choose the right type Solid Hardwood Flooring Chilton WI for your home. Specific aspects need to be considered for this.

Thinking of the Budget

Unless you are born with a silver spoon in mouth, it makes sense to calculate the budget before installing wooden flooring. The price depends on type of lumber largely. You have to calculate the total area that will need to be covered and think of areas that will require other materials like laminate.

Thinking of the Usage

This is another Chilton WI important aspect to consider before you contact a timber company. Not all rooms in a house will witness same amount of foot traffic. For households with lots of people, kids or large pets durable materials are recommended for floors. On the contrary, for families with few members, using less durable timber is fine. This is also applicable for color of the timber. Lighter hues are more prone to catch up dent Laminate Flooring Chilton WI and scratches than the darker hued variants.

Thinking of Overall Aesthetics

If you are particular about symmetry and aesthetics of interiors, think of furnishing and décor of your rooms before buying any timber. Generally, traditional and formally decorated rooms look nice with dark hued wood. Contemporary style interior gels well with lighter colored timber. For stylish and modern interiors, choose variants like maple, Australian cypress, and beech. Traditional styled rooms look great with Chilton WI variants like walnut and Brazilian cherry.

Choosing the Right Type of Timber

Every type of timber comes with specific characteristics. Maple is ideal for areas that witness heavy for traffic. However, it is not suited for staining. Northern red oak is another popular choice for homeowners. If you want something more durable choose either hickory or Brazilian cherry. Brazilian maple is another durable variant but the hardness makes it difficult to be cut Chilton WI and polished.

Choosing Timber Wisely and Using With Caution

You may opt for various types of timber for home. Even when you choose variants with focus on color, durability and usage, some cautions can play a role in lengthening lifespan of timber. For the entrance area, choose a durable wood. It makes sense to use large area rugs in such parts of house to minimize damage to floor. Usually, people do not use Chilton WI timber for kitchen surfaces. However, in case you want so, choose a variant that is very durable and apply protective coating on it to safeguard from water spills.

Additional but Important Aspects

If timber is used in upper floors in an apartment, sound proofing can be a requirement. You also need to think of sub floor ventilation and condition. The sub floor should not be moist before any timber can be installed atop.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Hardwood Flooring Supplier Before Purchasing

1. If there are any problems, who do I call?
Most flooring stores will be buying the flooring they are selling to you from a distributor who purchases the flooring from the manufacturer. Sometime, especially with products coming from overseas there is more than one distributor involved. In many cases if you have Wood Flooring Chilton WI an issue with your flooring and complain to the retailer they will call the distributor and let them know there is a complaint, the distributor will tell the manufacturer there has been a complaint. In most cases the manufacturer will deny the complaint and if you are lucky they will even send a representative to deny your claim in person. Most retailers Chilton WI would correct a manufacturing problem to make their customers happy because they are the ones dealing with the customers face to face but in reality they do not have the final say unless they want to replace the flooring out of their own pocket. The manufacturer is so far removed from the actual client that they know it is better for their Laminate Flooring Chilton WI bottom line to deny the claims and assume they will never have to deal with the issue because they are so protected by their warranties. Picture a person at a desk with a pile of hardwood flooring claims on their desk with a big stamp that says “denied”.

2. How durable is the finish?
Durability is probably the most important things to consider Chilton WI when purchasing a prefinished hardwood floor. The finish is what you are actually walking on and must be very durable to have a beautiful lasting floor for years to come. Many imported prefinished floors have very little durability and the finish can be taken off with a few swipes of 150 grit sandpaper. When buying hardwood there are a few ways to Chilton WI test the finish: one would be to take 150 grit sandpaper and rub the finish to see if the finish will come off and two would be to firmly press the edge of a coin against the finish, a quality finish will dent but not come off. Quality manufacturers will have aluminum oxide or better yet titanium oxide hardeners in the finish. Chilton WI Many offshore manufactured products will say they have aluminum oxide in them but actually do not. To test if a hardwood floor has aluminum oxide in the finish simply put the sample in your microwave and if it sparks, it does indeed have aluminum oxide in the finish. I know that may seem a little strange but it’s something worth checking because Chilton WI hardwood flooring is a big investment and you want to know the durability of the finish.

3. What is the structural and surface warranty?
This is a very important part of choosing a hardwood floor. Anyone can put a 25, 30, or 40 year warranty on the finish of their product but the real question is; will they stand behind their warranty. Many Chilton WI large hardwood flooring manufacturers have warranties that are up to ten pages. When you read through the entire warranty and all of the exclusions it really gives the client the impression that there is actually no warranty at all. The problem is most consumers don’t take the time to read the warranty and are shocked when they find out the issue they Chilton WI are having with the flooring is one of the “exclusions”. Most warranties will say that there is an industry standard of 5% margin for error which means that when your entire floor is complete the manufacturer is allowed to have 5% of the boards defective. That means a finished floor of 1000 square feet would be allowed roughly 100 boards with any Chilton WI kind of defect.

4. What is the waste factor of the flooring?
The waste factor of the flooring is an important issue as well. If 10-15% waste is what is suggested by the manufacturer than that means you will have to buy that much more to get enough to install your entire floor. The higher the recommended waste factor the lower quality the Chilton WI product. You may find when comparing products for price on may be more than the other but you must factor in the difference in waste to the price. A floor for $6 with 3% waste would cost you $6.18 which would be the same cost as a floor with 10% waste that is $5.62 and the product with 3% waste would definitely Chilton WI be a higher quality product. The bottom line is you shouldn’t have to sort the waste out of the boxes; the manufacturers should be taking the waste out at the plant so you are only getting good quality pieces you can install in your floor.

5. What is the average length of the flooring boards?
The question of the average board lengths is Chilton WI one that is not commonly asked when it comes to hardwood flooring. It is something not a lot of people think about until it is brought up. The longer the average length of the floor the better the floor looks especially in large rooms. One foot and two foot lengths produce a very choppy and unattractive floor. The box size is not Chilton WI the only way to tell what the average length is; you can have an 8′ box with all short pieces in it. Many offshore manufactured products are in four foot boxes with will definitely ensure you are getting a floor with very short lengths. It is not only offshore products that have short lengths but many North American made products as well. Chilton WI One very high end Canadian manufacturer has an average length of 27-29″ in their 3-1/4″ Select and Better Red Oak.

6. What is the moisture content of the flooring?
Moisture content is a very important factor when installing hardwood flooring. You need the flooring to be at a proper moisture level for your home/interior climate which is typically between 6-9% moisture content. Installing Chilton WI hardwood flooring with a moisture content that is too high will cause spaces in the floor when the flooring dries out, and installing a hardwood floor that is too dry will result in cupping when the flooring picks up moisture. If the retailer selling you flooring does not have a moisture meter and can check the moisture for you then I would Chilton WI suggest you run. The majority of people selling hardwood flooring know very little about wood and moisture, if they don’t even have a moisture meter, that is a sign that they are not professional and know nothing or very little about hardwood flooring and shouldn’t be selling it.

7. What does the supplier recommend for acclimation?
I know you must have heard someone Chilton WI say “the flooring must sit in your home for two weeks prior to installation”. This is a very general statement and in most cases will do more harm than good for your hardwood floor. If you did this in a new home and it sat in the home while they were drywalling, painting, the wood would be so damp by the time Chilton WI you installed it that you would just be asking for trouble. The fact is a new home will have 1000 to 2000 gallons of water that will be oozing out of the home the first two years. If your flooring is sitting in the home before it is installed it will absorb all of that moisture. If you are having the flooring Chilton WI sit in your home you will want to make sure it is stored in normal living conditions to avoid it from drying out too much or picking up too much moisture. In some cases, a seasonal dwelling, you may want to have the hardwood flooring absorb the moisture before it is installed. If the home is always a high humidity environment then Chilton WI you want the wood to pick up moisture so it can be normal living conditions for that particular environment. You want to have a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home before the installation and monitor your humidity after to ensure your home is in the proper humidity range to avoid issues with your flooring.

8. What does the stain/finish look like? Chilton WI
Many large manufactures will finish all different woods at the same time without making adjustments for each wood because each time they make adjustments it effects the production. The fact is, each wood needs to be finished differently to achieve the nicest stain/finish. Oak requires more finish to “fill in” the grain or else it will appear very pitted which is not Chilton WI something desirable in an oak floor. You want to be able to hold a piece up to the light and see a perfect smooth finish. Maple requires more brushing than oak so the stain can penetrate into the wood and not appear “blotchy”. Maple is a beautiful wood and with the proper staining you can really bring out features such as Birdseye Chilton WI and tiger tail. If not stained properly these features are hidden.

9. Does the supplier warrant the work done by their installers?
If you are purchasing flooring from a company and having your own contractor install the flooring you want to make sure your installer is a professional. In many cases if you use your own contractor and there is an issue you Chilton WI will have the installer blaming the issue on the hardwood and the manufacturer blaming the issue on the installer. When nobody takes the blame you won’t have very good luck getting your issue resolved. If you are buying flooring on a supply and install basis you want to make sure the company warrants their installers work and the installers are qualified. Many Chilton WI stores will sub out their installations to contractors so they really don’t have the ability to monitor their work unless they visit every jobsite. You can see a list of certified hardwood installers in your area by going to http://www.nwfa.org.

10. What grade is the flooring?
Comparing flooring by grades can be very confusing and misleading. Many large manufacturers have Chilton WI five or six different grades of flooring so just because brand A has a less expensive product than brand B they may not be the same or even a similar grade. There is really no standard grading system for prefinished flooring so just because the product is labelled “select and better” may not mean it is the best quality flooring.

 

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Home construction practices and procedures had changed drastically over the years. Floor joists once constructed with 2×10’s has been replaced with engineered I-beams and LVL’s (Laminated Veneer Lumber) capable of spanning distances without supporting structural members which were often required to carry the load of additional floors. Affordable and lightweight, engineered I-beam floor joists have subsequently replaced the antiquated double or triple 2×12 floor New Flooring Chilton WI joists, with proven engineered designs that are far superior to old traditional methods. Engineered I-beams provide superior strength, uniformity and level perfection of all completed subfloors, essential for the installation of all interior flooring finishing material, especially hardwood flooring.

Constructed with visible appearance of an “I”, I-beams consist of a top and bottom rib normally 2×4’s dimensional lumber. Sandwiched between the top and bottom ribs, Chilton WI specially designed OSB, (Oriented Strand Board) completes the simple but extremely load carrying capacity of the I-beam with precision and accuracy. Integrated into the design of the I-beam are pre-designed and placed “knock outs” which allow for the installation of plumbing and electrical artifacts through the I-beams at pre-determined locations, saving time in pre-drilling standard 2×12 floor joists, with reduction in labor costs.

Capable of Flooring Contractors Chilton WI spanning lengths of up to 24′ or more without supporting basement floor jacks, engineered I-beam floor joists allow full basement completion without loss of floor space and the “boxing in” of supporting columns when using old 2×12 joist framing methods. Available in widths from 10″ to 16″, and a variety of top and bottom rib specifications, engineered I-beam joists offer versatility in home construction Chilton WI which continues to receive national recognition.

When installing a new hardwood floor, nothing is more important than the precision and accuracy of all substrate material, including the joists. Old 2×12 floor joists often have crowns with inconsistent sizes and shapes which produce numerous problems when finishing the interior floors of a newly constructed home or the remodeling of existing structures. New finishing floor materials cannot Chilton WI be installed over old 2×12 floor joists due to imperfections or the “crowning effect”, leaving finished substrate floors unlevel and questionable. I-beam floor joists remain consistent in sizes, with no crowns or imperfections when installed correctly, providing a level surface that is “squeak free”.

When installing a new hardwood floor over newly constructed substrate material, of vital importance is the moisture content of the substrate Chilton WI material. Installing hardwood flooring over substrate material with high moisture content will eventually lead to problems with the finished floor including warping, buckling and seam separation. Professional, experienced floor installers will always check the moisture content of the substrate material as well as moisture content of the hardwood flooring material to be installed, with a specially designed meter which measures moisture content, before installation Chilton WI of the finished flooring.

Typically intermediate floor joists typically have a moisture content of 10-12% while ground floor joists are normally at or near 14% moisture content levels. Floor joists with high moisture content will dissipate moisture at alarming rates under ideal weather conditions and may shrink by 8-15mm resulting in a finished floor with a noticeable “bounce” effect. When possible, floor joists and substrate Chilton WI materials with high moisture content should be allowed to adequately dry by normal means or accelerated with high power ventilation fans, before installation of any or all finished flooring material.

As with any material, hardwood flooring should be brought to the installation site to accumulate to existing conditions for a period not less than one week prior to installation. The accumulation process allows the material Chilton WI to “breathe” becoming accustomed to the environment to which it will be installed. Installing hardwood flooring in high humidity conditions is not recommended and should be postponed until suitable conditions are prevalent.

With increasing concerns about the present environment and the detrimental effects of using products that add to this growing concern, engineered I-beams are manufactured with materials that are eco-friendly; using renewable resources while Chilton WI preserving and maintaining natural wildlife habitats. With the continued use of engineered floor joists for all new home construction and remodeling of existing homes, together we will continue to provide eco-friendly solutions.

 

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The Beauty of Laminate Flooring

One way to add value to your home is to consider laminate flooring installation. Laminate floors combine the beauty and elegance of hard wood, or tile floors with the easy maintenance of linoleum or vinyl flooring. Constructed from a high density fiber (HDF) wood board topped with a wood or stone pattern, laminate flooring is incredibly durable. Resistant to scratching, scuffing and burning, the beauty of Prefinished Hardwood Chilton WI laminate floors will last a lifetime. With today’s constantly changing interior design trends, the easy installation and variety of laminate flooring is a popular choice for home designers.

The Quality of Laminate Flooring

If you’re planning to redecorate your home including laminate flooring installation, there are some decisions you need to make about the type of laminate flooring that will work best for you. It is commonly thought that the harder the Chilton WI HDF core, the higher the quality of the laminate flooring. The second mark of laminate floor quality is the means by which the core is bound to the pattern and protective layers. There are two basic types of laminate flooring to consider

  • Direct Pressure – Direct Pressure lamination consists of a one-step process to bind the flooring layers into a single cohesive unit. DPL flooring that has been bound is Laminate Flooring Cost Chilton WI then treated with melamine resins to increase the strength of the core. This final step also allows notches and grooves to be evenly cut into the pieces to facilitate the process of laminate flooring installation.

 

  • High Pressure – High pressure lamination produces a more durable end product by binding the flooring layers over several steps. First the top layers are joined to each other and then glued to the Chilton WI HDF core. After this, the melamine resins and glued flooring are submitted to a high pressure press that completes the process and makes the product ready for laminate flooring installation.

Laminate Flooring Installation Types

 

Once you’ve decided on the design and product you want to use, you’re ready to begin the process of laminate flooring installation. The various laminate products currently on the market offer several different options for laminate flooring Chilton WI installation. The type of installation you choose will depend on your budget, your commitment and ability to execute the project and your preference in design. When shopping for laminate flooring, you can expect to find products the require the following laminate flooring installationtechniques:

  • Standard Flooring – Standard laminate flooring is installed by using glue to affix the flooring to the sub floor. Standard laminate flooring installationis both cost-effective and secure. Chilton WI

  • Pre-Glued Flooring – You may also come across laminate flooring products that have been treated with glue prior to sale. To complete the laminate flooring installation, water is applied to the underside of the board to activate the glue.

 

  • Snap and Lock – There is no glue required for a Snap and Lock laminate flooring installation. The floor boards are instead linked by a locking mechanism on the Chilton WI underside of the wood. Snap and Lock flooring is very easy to install, but may be more expensive that laminate flooring installed with glue.

 

 

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Carpet Repair: An Introduction

Let’s start with the basics: It is possible to do your own repair. If you would rather repair than spend hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars replacing then a carpet repair may be for you.

Although the average homeowner may be able to repair their carpet themselves, it’s not necessarily the best choice.

A professional can help you in a small fraction of the time it would Installing Laminate Flooring Chilton WI take an untrained person, all while making a hard job look easy.

If you are a homeowner and want to try to fix it yourself, I caution you that if quality really matters, then hire a pro.

For now I’ll just skim the surface and describe the most common types of repairs. Later, I’ll go in depth and explain in more detail about each type.

Here are some different types of Chilton WI carpet repair:

• Stretching

• Patching

• Transitions

• Berber

• Seam Repair

• Pet Damaged (Including Removing Pet Urine)

• Repairing Flood Damage

• Reinstalling After Remodeling

• Removing

• Repair Stairs

• Stain Removal

When an original installation is done properly, you should never need to re-stretch loose carpet. Proper installation requires a tool called a stretcher or a power stretcher. (Not a kicker, kickers aren’t nearly enough.) When you see ripples, wrinkles, or bunched-up carpet, that’s when Fitting Laminate Flooring Chilton WI you know you need to have it stretched.

Most of the time, a loose carpet can be re-stretched without needing to take apart seams. If seams do need to be taken apart, it opens up a whole other can of worms.

If there’s some furniture in the room, we can often use our carpet stretcher without having to clear the room entirely. Often we can move the furniture from one Chilton WI side of the room to the other and stretch one side of the room at a time.

If you have a stain that you can’t get out or you have damaged carpet due to a burn (not the good kind), or your bad dog or cat thinks that carpet is a food group, then a patch may be the only solution.

Patching isn’t as easy as it looks. The patch Chilton WI needs to be exactly perfect. If there’s any overlap or gap at the seam (at all), you’ll be sorry.

You can use a leftover piece of carpet from the original installation or steal a piece of carpet from a closet to do your carpet patching. One thing you probably can’t do is go to the carpet store and buy a piece to match.

A carpet to floor transition is anyplace Chilton WI where the carpet ends and the floor begins. If it’s at a tile floor we call it a carpet to tile transition.

Many people install their own tile but don’t know how to finish the job with the carpet to tile transition. Often professional tile installers don’t know how to finish their job with a proper carpet to tile transition. There are several good ways to do a carpet Chilton WI to floor transition that I will explain in the carpet to tile transition article.

When people refer to a Berber carpet, they’re referring to a looped carpet with rows. It’s not really a Berber carpet but for our purposes here it’s okay to call it Berber. For an interesting read on the history of Berber carpet click here.

Berber carpet repair is often needed due to a snag in a Chilton WI Berber carpet or a pull in a Berber carpet. A pull in a Berber carpet happens when one or more threads get caught, either in a vacuum or some other way. Often times it’s the family pet or a child that pulls Berber carpet and creates the snag or run.

If there is just one Berber carpet row that has been pulled, it can be re-burled (glued back into Chilton WI place). If the Berber carpet run is more serious, say for example a dog was trapped in a room and tried to dig her way out, then a patch is in order.
If your Berber carpet is loose then it will need to be stretched. Stretching Berber carpet isn’t really any different than stretching carpet of any other type.

If a carpet comes apart at the seam it can Chilton WI be repaired in several different ways. One way is to glue it back together, another way would be to remove the old seam tape and do the entire seam over. If the seam that came apart is on a Berber carpet then it becomes a bit more challenging.

A seam needs to withstand a lot of use, and do so for many years. This is one place where it Chilton WI really makes sense to use the best products available. One thing you definitely should not use is the cheap two-sided carpet tape that some web sites sell. It won’t last.

Repairing carpet that’s been damaged by a dog or a cat may be as simple as using a solution to remove the stain and odor. Or it may require much more, such as removing carpet and replacing it with Chilton WI a patch, or even going deeper by removing and replacing the carpet padding and cleaning and deodorizing the floor below the carpet, the tack strip, and even the baseboard.

When a room becomes flooded, most often we will remove the padding, dry out the carpet and then replace the padding with new carpet pad. In most cases the tack strip does not need to be replaced. A flood damaged Chilton WI carpet can mildew quite quickly so it’s important to take quick action.

Removing, replacing, or installing new built-in furniture, walls, floor heaters, toilets, cabinets, and other fixtures are just a few reasons that a carpet installer will need install the carpet properly into the room. This will require some new tack strip and possibly some new carpet and pad to add to the area. Many times the customer will Chilton WI have some carpet left over from the installation. If not, we can often take carpet from the closet.

Removing carpet and carpet pad is simple but sometimes strenuous. If we are trying to save the carpet to use in a different room or to re-carpet the hallway or stairway, we will want to try to keep it in one piece. If the objective is just to remove old carpet Chilton WI and old carpet pad, we will make it easy on ourselves by cutting the carpet into strips approximately two feet wide.

Sometimes we charge to haul the carpet and pad away but most often we leave it in garbage bags for the customer to feed into their garbage can over a period of a few weeks (no charge).

The first stair always wears out first. One way to save a Chilton WI LOT of money is to use a scrap of leftover carpet from the installation or from a closet to replace just a stair or two.

If more stairs need to be re-carpeted, and if the stairway carpet matches the carpet in the hall and the rest of the house, you can save a LOT of money by replacing the stairway carpet with carpet removed from a different room. It’s Chilton WI far less expensive to replace just one room of carpet than to re-carpet your entire house, and the stairway carpet continues to match the carpet in the hall and the rest of the house.

There are literally hundreds if not thousands of products that you can use to remove stains from your carpet. If you want some great tips on how to remove carpet stains click here.

In conclusion

The preceding Chilton WI information only scratches the surface of what’s possible with carpet repair. In the future we do plan on writing additional articles describing in further detail every category that was listed.

We here at Creative Carpet Repair hope this helps you in your quest to learn about how to repair carpet and we are available during normal business hours to answer any question you may have. Good luck!

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