Three tips when buying a new carpet
If you are like most people, you probably won’t find yourself in the position of having to buy a new carpet in Liverpool all that often. Most of us tend to live with a carpet for several years, which means it is important to choose wisely and select the right carpet for the space. Here are a few simple tips to bear in mind when you are next in the market for a new floor covering.
1. Think about where it is going
It may sound obvious but you would be surprised how many people choose carpets that are not suited to the room in which they are to be used. While the overall appearance of the carpet is important and it is easy to be swayed when you think you have found the perfect carpet for your space, you need to ensure you choose the correct type of carpet. Bedrooms are generally fairly easy to select carpets for, as a bedroom carpet does not have to be as hardwearing as one intended for use on your stairs. Hallways in particular tend to experience a lot of wear and tear, not to mention the dirt they are subjected to as people – and possibly pets – traipse through the front door. Choosing a hardwearing carpet for high-traffic areas such as stairs will ensure your flooring looks good for longer.
2. Check the colour in different lights
Many shops and department stores have poor lighting that makes it impossible to tell what a carpet will look like in situ. If possible, try to get a good look at any carpet you are considering in both artificial and natural light. If you can get hold of a small sample of your preferred carpet, even better. In this way you can check the colour against your existing decor and try it out in different parts of the room you are carpeting to see how it looks in different lights. Buying a carpet that looks a lot lighter or darker in your home than it did in the store can be an irritating and costly mistake.
3. Get it professionally fitted
A professional fitting can make a world of difference to the overall appearance and lifespan of your carpet. You might feel reasonably confident about laying a budget carpet in a small room such as a study or box room by yourself, but larger rooms or awkward spaces can be tricky, even for experienced professionals. While it might be tempting to save money on the cost of installation, this is often a false economy.
Flooring solutions are one of the quickest fixing in the home to wear. The abrasive nature of foot traffic, the shelf life of the material and at times incorrect cleaning may mean that your property is due for a well deserve flooring change.
Prospective buyers are always wow’d by a tidy interior and fitting new floors, together with a few cosmetic changes may help achieve just that. If you decide to plump for wood flooring, it does not have to break the bank. Tremendous cash savings can be made by opting for a semi-solid floorboard that has click and lock diy friendly fitting mechanism.
Wood Flooring Types:
There are two types of wood flooring, one that 90% of homeowners are aware of and a new alternative that looks identical but cost significantly less.
Solid Wood Flooring – These are the traditional floorboards that are made from complete hardwood. The solid type suits most settings with the exclusion of wet or humid areas. Most homeowners are aware of the solid type alone and if your budget permits, these are fantastic floors.
Engineered Wood Flooring – These are semi-solid floorboards that feature a layered construction. The core is made from Ply and MDF, while the top contains a layer of solid wood. The use of Ply and MDF at its core makes the engineered type significantly more affordable than the full solid floorboard type.
Furthermore, the limited use of solid wood means that while it looks 100% identical to solid floors, it can be fitted across the entire property even on top of under floor heating (big ‘No No’ in the case of the traditional solid wood floors due to expansion) and in humid areas such as the kitchen and bathroom areas.
When fitting any type of flooring solution, the cost is made of the floor material and cost of labour, which can often equal the cost of the material. Traditionally, wood flooring was fitted using two methods that required professional labour. Nail down and glue down methods are still used to date when fitting solid wood flooring due to the heavy weight of the boards. If you favour the solid type, you will need to hire professional fitters at an additional cost.
An alternative fitting method that is certainly novice friendly is click and lock. Instead of fixing the floorboard using nail or glue, each board is designed to effectively snap on to the board next to it. Engineered wood flooring due to its lighter weight is perfectly suitable for click and lock installation.
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Tanking is where you waterproof a room to ensure that it is suitable for a in-built shower. It usually means that the shower is not specifically contained within a bath or shower unit. The slanted floors act as a path to the drain which is usually found in a corner of the room. It is a highly fashionable home improvement option for bathrooms, with a walk in shower an ideal solution for your shower problems. These can vary from a lack of suitable space, to other problems that involve access for disabled users. To make a wet room work however, you need to make sure that the room has been correctly tanked to help the drainage systems work efficiently.
If you do not properly waterproof a wet room then leaks are more likely to happen and moisture can gather within the room, which isn’t a lot of fun to clean and could result in high maintenance costs. The room, if properly tinkered, will remove these problems and will work efficiently and to your liking. High quality materials are key to a good tanked wet room, this ensures that the flooring and walls are not going to easily leak any excess water.
At the start of the process, the tank protection needs proper tiles that are specifically designed for wet rooms. Sealants come in all shapes and forms, from silicone to rubber paint; which can also be useful for bridging joints. Comprehensive tanking kits can be purchased in a package which allows easier setup for beginners. The material also needs to be heat-proof to prevent any expanding due to a hot shower, but breathable enough to withstand a good amount of water vapour (preventing the room from turning into damp)
One of the key elements that is often overlooked when building a wet room is the walls. These need to be properly tanked by primer and applying this to dry surfaces and plaster boards will act as a waterproof seal. Silicone needs to be used again to help cover any awkward corners within the room; with any pipe inlets needing taped up. This can be done with a hole cut out of it to ensure that they do not leak outside. Adhesive then can be applied all over to help put the finishing touches on the waterproof.
Floors are typically the hardest to correctly tank, but they are done in a similar way to how you go about securing the walls and need a solid foundation. Tiles are conventionally applied with the intention to leave enough time to let the parts dry out before use. Sometimes this can last over a day, so it is highly important that you leave any test runs until the floors (and the walls) are properly dried. And make sure that the slope leads away from the door to prevent migration into the next room.