Category: flooring

How To Install a Laminate Floor

Who doesn’t love the look of hardwood floors? They can be a lot of work to install though. Did you know that laminate floors have the same great look as hardwood floors and are easier to install and maintain? It’s true. And with this video from Lowe’s, it’s almost fool proof. You can do it, so why not give it a try today?


How to tile a floor

Everyone loves tile. It looks good, it’s easy to clean and it’s durable. Whether it’s a vanity, a back splash or a floor, you can do it yourself. Today we are going to start with the floor. There are some things you should know before you tackle this project though so here are some videos on preparing your sub floor, tips and tricks and actual tiling. It’s easier than you think and will give you a feeling of satisfaction knowing that you did it yourself! So grab your tool belt and let’s get to work!


How to Lay A Tile Floor

A tiled floor can add so much to your home. It can add value, quality and most of all, style! There are so many decisions to make. What kind of material? What colors? Shapes? The possibilities are endless.

Now that you’ve got your tile picked out, here comes the best part. Installing it! You could hire someone to do it but with this step by step video, you might want to try it yourself. It’s really pretty easy and it could save you a bundle! So grab your tile and let’s get to work!


Hardwood Repairs

We’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s on a wood floor or furniture, scratches happen! While some of them can be more serious and need professional help, the minor ones you can do yourself. Here’s how…

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Wax Sticks

These are often found in floor care kits. If not it can be purchased at a local hardware store and applied with a Q-Tip.  Make sure not to over apply as you may see it in the right lighting.

Stain Pens

These can be found at most stores. Find the closest color and apply either with the pen itself or again with a Q-Tip or even a smaller paint brush.

Floor repair kits

For larger scratches, they sell a product made of plastic thermo polymers. These can be melted down (melting gun included in kit) and patched into the floor. They come in several shade and can even be mixed to get a shade closest to your own

Redo the floor

There are some example where patching just isn’t an option. Whether its pet stains, different finishes or just a larger damaged area, sanding is going to have to take place. You can try to re stain a darker color but some damages like pet stains will still show through. You can try it yourself but this is where you might want to call a professional. Redoing a hardwood floor is always more work than it seems.

Worst comes to worse, throw a rug over it!

I know it sounds like an easy way out but sometimes easiest and cheapest IS the way to go. Last week I had a new refrigerator delivered. As they were sliding it into place, they made significant damage right in the middle of my kitchen floor. While I work out the details of how and who is going to fix this problem, I decided to throw a rug over it for now and you know what? It’s not so bad. It at least makes it tolerable until I can get it fixed and no one else knows its there. As they say, “Out of sight, out of mind.”


Ceramic and Porcelain and Stone ~ OH MY!

Which Tile Should You Choose?

Picking out tile can be a lot of work. With so many colors, textures and designs, it can be stressful too. Below is a short video that describes the different types of tiles and where they are best used. I’ve also included ten tips that can help you with choosing the right one for you. You can do this!

1, Remember a light color tiles make a smaller room feel bigger.

2, Be creative. Don’t be afraid of color and designs.

3, Don’t settle. Consider tile an investment and don’t compromise.

4, Plan ahead. Always purchase 5-10% more than you think you’ll need for mistakes and breakages.

5, Choose a tile grout color that compliments your tiles to help blend in grout lines.

6, If your wall or floor will require a lot of tile cuts (i.e. around fixtures/fittings), choose smaller tiles to give a better flow.

7, Try breaking up your wall tiles with a nice border.

8, Check the suitability. Make sure your tile is rated for where you plan to use it. ( ex. high traffic, outdoors etc..)

9, Make sure you always seal and treat the tiles.

10, Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The people at your local hardware stores are always willing to show off their knowledge!