Do You Know The Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Carpet?

Wall-to-wall carpeting can be a blessing and a curse, even to the most careful homeowner. Some homeowners decide to replace their flooring with tile or hardwood and then add an area rug to have the best of both worlds. Proper maintenance can definitely extend the life of any carpet. All carpets that have high traffic areas will need to replaced sooner or later. Some of the signs are obvious, such as, wear spots, stains, color or difference. But some signs are more subtle so you will need to know what they are.

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Flooring Choices:The Good and The Bad

Renovating your home is always stressful with budgets, material costs, time and labor, dealing with contractors it can all become overwhelming. But it is never a bad idea to make improvements and one of the improvements that will show immediate results is flooring.

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Your Personal Oasis: Choose your flooring wisely

Your master bedroom is your personal oasis, the type of floor you choose for this oasis will set the look and mood for that oasis. Wall-to-wall carpeting, hardwood flooring, tile, laminate or even concrete will depend on what you want you, the size, layout, the climate, and budget for your room.

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Vinyl Flooring in the Kitchen

A popular choice for kitchens, this resilient flooring is a versatile, economical option. Vinyl comes in a wide range of colors and patterns that mimic hardwood, ceramics, and stone. The surface’s elasticity and warmth make it comfortable to stand on, and plates, cups, and glasses often won’t break when dropped.

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Green Kitchen Updates

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also the resident energy hog. Plus, your kitchen contributes its share of indoor air pollution through cooking fumes and gases from flooring, paints and countertops.

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Budgeting for Your Bedroom Remodel

How Much Should You Spend?

How much money you’ll spend to give your master bedroom a fresh look depends many factors, including the remodel’s scope, where you live and unexpected problems that arise during construction. Costs for different types of projects vary widely, and the features you choose can be as expensive as your budget allows.

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Flooring Trends

The economy may be keeping a lid on spending, but when it comes to flooring, it’s driving trends. That’s because today’s cost-conscious consumer is more demanding of value than ever.

There’s definitely been a shift from spending to savings. But that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t buying flooring: it means they’re looking for value and comfort. They might not be moving up right now, but they’re still into feathering the nest.

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Composite Decking

For an increasing number of us, a deck is as valuable as any other part of our homes. The number of decks built on homes in North America reached over 4.3 million units in 2004, and the construction of decks on homes has grown at roughly 5 percent per year since 2000, according to a study by Principia Partners. Continue reading

Bathroom Surfaces: Ceramic Tile Pros and Cons

Often praised for its durability and variety, ceramic tile is a popular choice for bathroom finishes. If you’re drawn to color and texture, this material can deliver on both fronts. But the sheer variety of ceramic tiles is endless, which can make finding just the right tile very difficult.

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7 Reasons Why Your Shower Floor Squeaks

There’s little that makes me crazier than a squeaking shower floor. Because there are so many reasons your floor could be squeaking, it can be tricky to see how to fix it — or if it’s fixable. Your best bet is to prevent squeaks in your fiberglass or acrylic shower base from ever getting started. Here’s what to watch out for.

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