During home renovation or remodelling, one tempting money-saving DIY job that people consider is laying tile. Laying tile is something that can look easier than it actually is and a tough call on whether or not to leave it to a professional. If this is something you are considering, here are a few tips on gauging the difficulty level of the job, to help you decide.
Consider the area you be tiling:
Easier Areas to Tile:
• Dry areas
• Decorative rather than functional backsplashes
• Tiles in the 4”-12” range are easier to manage
• Ceramic and porcelain
Harder Areas to Tile:
• Wet Areas
• Small/mosaic tiles
• Stone tiles- which will be heavier and more difficult to cut
If you decide to go DIY, first try it in a discreet, seldom seen place to get some practice in. Additional tips are to use pre-mixed mortar, having a good subfloor and using plastic tile spacers to impose the correct distance between tiles.
As people adopt a more sustainable mindset in their everyday lives, one way to contribute is considering eco-friendly options when it is time to replace flooring. If your floors are looking worn and it is time to make a change, here are some of the best options for a ‘greener’ flooring approach.
1. Bamboo- is technically a grass but can be worked into hard-wearing floorboards and looks similar to natural hardwood but takes a quarter of the time to grow compared to hardwood trees.
2. Cork- comes from the bark of the cork oak tree which is harvested without harming the trees then ground up, compressed and formed into sheets bonded with resins.
3. Reclaimed Wood- is timber that has been salvaged from another property and can be reused.
4. Reclaimed Tiles- are an excellent option of tiles that can be purchased and reused and can range from simple to ornate encaustic designs.
5. Linoleum- is made from natural linseed oil and woodflour. It may seem ‘retro’ but is having a massive comeback with a large range of choices in patterns and designs. It even includes marble, stone-look and flecked patterns.
Whilst oak and pine are not necessarily considered one of the most eco-friendly options, they are significantly better to use rather than rare or exotic hardwoods which are much slower growing and more difficult to replace.
Stone flooring is an elegant and timeless option that has its own natural beauty and variation. Stone flooring is quite durable and relatively easy to maintain. When considering if it is right for you, consider this:
• Stone can tolerate heavy foot traffic
• Stone is pretty easy to clean and is not an allergen or dust trap
• Stone adds value to your home, whilst giving it a one-of-a-kind feel as each stone is unique
• Some types of stone will need to be sealed with a sealing agent and regular treatments to prevent damage from liquids
• Stone can be more costly than other options
• Some stones are more brittle and more easily chipped
• Natural deviations of the stones could produce the risk of running out of matching pieces before job completion
• Some polished stones are easily scratched
The most commonly used types of stone are marble, granite, slate, travertine and engineered stone.
Tile flooring is generally used in kitchens and bathrooms due to how hard-wearing and long-lasting it is, but you can also place tile flooring in other rooms such as living rooms and dining rooms. Although tile flooring has a lot of benefits and looks stunning, they do have some cons. We have put together a list of the pros and cons of tile flooring.
– Water-resistant – tile flooring is highly water-resistant due to a top protective layer placed on tiles. They are also stain-resistant and temperature resistant.
– Easy to maintain – tile flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to maintain and clean.
– Durability – floor tiles are known for their durability and long life span.
– Cold – floor tiles do not absorb or retain any heat which means they can get quite cold during the winter months.
– Slippery – floor tiles due to the material and the top protective layer, can become quite slippery when wet.
– Cost – floor tiles generally cost more for materials and installation than other flooring options.
Recently there has been an outburst of people deciding to rip up carpet on their stairs and opt for painted stairs with carpet tiles but there are some downsides to removing your carpet and not replacing with carpet again.
Carpeting your stairs come with a few benefits so it is always worth considering these before you decide to bare your stairs.
1. Aesthetic appeal – you may find when pulling up your stair carpet that the structure underneath isn’t perfect or could have chips or damage. This will be more common in older homes. If you do decide to paint over the overall look may not look very good if the stairs are not in good condition.
2. Noise – without carpet on your stairs you will hear people or pets coming up or down your stairs. The cushioning of underlay and carpet diminishes loud noises from heavy feet.
3. Safety – a fall down carpeted stairs is less likely to cause so many bruises or damage due to the cushioning effect of carpet.
There are many different reasons why you would hire a carpet cleaner such as spillages, general dirt, pet accidents, or odour but there are also many reasons why you shouldn’t. Sometimes the task of carpet cleaning should be left to the professionals but why?
1. Cost – many supermarkets or hardware stores have carpet cleaners that you can hire out for 24 hours or longer. Generally, these are hired out as reasonable prices but you then have to add the cost of specialist carpet detergent, your time spent collecting the carpet cleaner, time spent actually using the machine, and returning to the shop. When you total this all up it can come to well over £50 which is the same if not more it would cost you to hire in a professional.
2. Permanent damage – you are not an expert in cleaning carpets, you could easily use the wrong cleaning detergent which could ruin your carpet. Another issue is using too much water this could potentially leave your carpets damp and ruin them.
3. Equipment – the machines you can hire will not compete with specialist carpet cleaners used by the professionals. Those stains that you’re trying to remove may need more power than the machines you can hire.
The kitchen is a room which endures heavy use and is prone to more spillage, therefore a kitchen requires a durable and hard-wearing flooring to withstand heavy foot traffic which is also easy to keep clean without enduring damage from liquids and food.
Flooring in general has come a long way over the years and there is now much more choice. We’ve compiled a list of flooring that is suitable for a kitchen.
• Laminate flooring – this is the perfect flooring choice for those of you with kitchens that are prone to spillages, its very easy to clean and keep looking its best. It comes in a huge variety of different colours and patterns but you should choose a higher AC rating of laminate to ensure it is durable enough for heavy foot traffic.
• Luxury Vinyl – this flooring is also an excellent choice for kitchens as its water-resistant properties mean that the floor will be easy to clean. Luxury vinyl is very durable which means it’s able to resist the wear and tear of a busy kitchen while maintaining its aesthetic.
• Solid Wood Kitchen Flooring – for those of you who prefer a more traditional looking kitchen, solid wood is a great option. Solid wood flooring gives any kitchen a wow factor and is very hard-wearing.
Solid oak flooring really does pair perfectly with a rug. You can choose a classic design like Aztec or Tudor, or perhaps a more contemporary faux fur rug, but whatever look you decide on, a rug can add a touch of cosiness and comfort to your solid flooring. Oak may be extremely beautiful and durable, but it doesn’t give home a great deal of comfort, yet many homeowners do not want to ruin the look by adding lengths of carpet, so a rug is a wise option. Whether you have mahogany oak, light oak or something in-between, there are so many colours and styles of rugs to choose between nowadays, so take your time to find one that will look beautiful in your home. It’s important to make sure you choose a rug that matches the character and feel of your property, so let’s say you have a cottage bungalow in the country, a thick sheepskin rug would be a lovely addition to your classic oak floor.
A summerhouse can be very basic when it’s just been built and some designs will only have a concrete base for flooring, whilst others may have wooden floor panels. So when you’re perking the space up a bit, you may want to consider the different types of flooring on offer.
One option is carpet, but this is only really a good idea if your summerhouse is well insulated and protected. A carpet can add a touch of warmth to the room, but if people are stepping in straight from the garden lawn, it may be hard to keep the carpet clean from muddy footprints, so a pathway will be needed. Another option is laminate tiles, and we like this one quite a lot. It’s stylish, cheap and it’s very easy to install. It will also make the summerhouse feel more homely, and you can always add a touch of cosines with a thick warm welcome mat or rug if you wanted.
Runner rugs are a great addition to the interior of your home, and due to their long narrow design, they fit perfectly in hallways. As hallways are an area of the home which sees a high level of traffic, it is important to try and preserve the flooring.
Runner rugs help to provide extra protection to your flooring or may be required to cover up worn out flooring. Replacing flooring can be quite expensive, an easier and cheaper temporary option would be to place a runner down instead.
Runners, like most rugs, come in a variety of styles and designs. You can choose from a range of colours, patterns and pile type. You can select a design that compliments the rest of the interior of your home, improving the look and style of your home.
As a runner has a long and narrow design, making sure it stays in the correct position is important and movement may cause it to look lopsided. You can help prevent this from occurring by adding a rug grip beneath the runner rug.