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Advantages and beauty of natural stone furniture and sinks

Posted on Friday, July 07, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Natural stone furniture has a certain timeless beauty. Furniture made from natural stone can be used both indoors and outdoors. Natural stone tables make for a perfect outdoor accessory and provide an elegant dining experience regardless of the climate, day or night. The marble is cut with precision and is then applied in an expert manner to reinforced fiberglass on resin base. A seamless finish is achieved by a groutless join. A transparent sealant leads to a smooth finish. Whatever the finishing technique, the unique character of individual stone can always be seen and enjoyed.

There are a number of advantages of using natural stone furniture. Foremost among them is that they make durable and strong products. A natural stone table top is made of stone and solid fiberglass covering a resin base. Aluminum bracing is added to make a hardy product. Most furniture made of natural stone have a sub-frame made of stainless steel and rust proof aluminum.

The natural stone table top will always remain cool independent of the environment. It requires little to no maintenance. Natural stone furniture are suitable for all environments. It is immune to bow or warp like tables made from other materials. When it comes to aesthetics, the neutral colors of natural stone can pair excellently with a number of chair styles, colors and materials. They can be purchases as per individual preference and also to match the environment.

Maintaining natural stone furniture

Mix mild detergent in water for everyday cleaning. It is recommended that the natural stone be sealed so that the protective coating will prevent stains. In case the table is kept outdoors in the direct rays of the sun, the coating is mandatory to maintain the furniture's beauty. If the table is kept indoors, it is suggested that you seal it once every year.

Natural stone sinks

Since every natural stone is unique, no duplicates of any natural stone exists. These sinks are beautiful to look at, and functional as well. Natural stone sinks are beautiful and diverse. They can never be described as boring. Selection of the natural stone will depend on the theme of the bathroom or the kitchen. The natural stone sink will increase the aesthetic value. A standard stone sink is carved from one single piece of stone. The style can be either round or in farmhouse style. The sink front can remain rough in its natural state. It can be polished as well.

Estimating a Granite Countertop Project

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Granite continues to be one of the top choices when it comes to countertop fitments in kitchens. Economically priced granite tops are available with no compromise on quality and look. Buy the correct one and you are suited for life.

Basics

Granite adds value to any home. It provides a number of benefits like multiple pattern and color options to select from. The material is resistant to heat, chemicals, scratches, and dents. It is also extremely durable. Although granite was pricey when it was first introduced into the market, it has become noticeably cheaper in the recent years. It is now possible to put in square, bevel, and radius edging to any granite countertop at a nominal price. Granite countertops are preferred over other materials as they are not only cheaper but also much easier to repair.

Slab and tile comparative costs

Countertops made of granite come in two choices- tile and slab. Your choice for the home must depend on the size of the area you have to cover, seams you do not mind showing and the quantum of money you can comfortably invest. Slabs cover bigger spaces and exhibit fewer seams. Biggest slab available in the market measures seven feet in length. It means, if your countertop is more than seven feet length, you must purchase two or more slabs. Since granite slabs are extremely heavy, they must be handled by professionals. The cheaper and easier alternative is to go for tiles. When you choose tiles, there is no requirement to remove the old countertops. However, there will be a number of seams which need grout for the in-betweens. Installation can be done by the homeowner. A professional service, however, is recommended.

Granite slabs cost in the region of $50 per square foot. Tiles can be purchased for a median price of $25 per square foot. Kitchens having a contemporary and modern vibe would do better with slab granite. It can be ideal for small kitchens having a simple layout. Tiles made from granite are ideal for difficult spaces and complex counter layoffs. Do remember that tiles are not suitable for everyone. Inappropriate use of granite tiles may lead to a cheap look in otherwise upscale kitchens. The grout must be excluded from the tiles and it must match the tiles exactly. Such tile installation may take a number of hours. Additional costs other than slab or tile includes labor and materials.

 

Installing Granite Slabs In Shower

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Standard showers and bathrooms are encased with ceramic tiles or natural stone tiles. Do note that granite slab installation is a professional job. It is not recommended that amateurs should handle such projects. You have to explain what you want to the installer as different people have different perceptions of beauty.

Cutouts

To start, measure for any kind of cutouts needed for the shower's action wall. This wall can be identified by the shower head and hot/normal water spouts. Use the tape measure to find out where there is a requirement to cut holes within the slab. This will make the pipe cut-outs. Mark granite, and use drill. This will cut out holes.

It is important that you first install back slab first prior to installing two side pieces. Do mix the epoxy glue and then spread the same to the slab piece's back. It is important that you have a working partner or multiple working partners if you face heavy slabs. Maneuver slab into its desired position. Position it firmly on the existing backerboard or concrete board already present in the walls.

Slab and epoxy

Firm pressure is applied and move slab up and then down. Move them also from one side to another side so that the epoxy glue binds them firmly to the wall behind them. When finished, permit slab to go the final resting place. This will be on the top of the shower pan. Repeat this process for two side slabs. Put the epoxy glue in horizontal gap between the slabs which need to be stacked on the top of one another. Allow weight of the pieces themselves to press together. Once done, scrape off excess epoxy. You can do this by using a plastic putty knife. Use an acetone dipped towel to remove epoxy haze from the slab face.

Cover the wood pieces ends with the towels. Use them to put back slab against shower pan floor. Brace side walls against one another. Keep braces like this for a minimum of 24 hours. Follow the manufacturer's instructions in case of any doubt. After these are done, remove braces. Apply the silicone caulking to inside corners. Fill gaps between slabs. Do silicone areas where slabs meet shower pan. The caulking must be dry for a minimum of 72 hours prior to using that shower.

Here are a few words of caution: measure as many times as possible but cut only once. If you miscalculate, the slab will be ruined, leading to financial loss.


Maintaining Concrete Floors

Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Concrete floors get a bad rap for no reason. The main complaint against them? They are hard to maintain. This reputation is unfounded. Concrete floors are easy to maintain. They can be easily cleaned too.

Concrete floors, unlike other floor technologies, have no grout lines. It means that you have nothing to worry when it comes to ugly stains. If you wish to make your concrete floor look beautiful for many years, you must take care of them. You must know a few facts to make such maintenance much easier.

Cleaning

The concrete floor can be worn away by dust particles. Sand is an enemy of concrete floors. It acts as an abrasive and takes away the floor's sheen and shine. The same bad effects are achieved by the usage of common cleaning liquids. Use a mild detergent and a microfiber cloth to get rid of dust particles. Water used should be clean. The mop must be clean too. You can be tempted to use only water-but do not do this, as the dust particles will remain as they are, thus causing damage to the floor.

Prior to beginning a wet mop, ensure that the dust can be removed with a soft pad. Cleaning regularity mostly depends on traffic subjected to the floor. It follows that regular cleaning must be done on high traffic floors. This amounts to a minimum of once every day.

Do understand that concrete is porous. Stains get absorbed extremely quickly. Ensure that the stains are swiftly washed off. Do this even if the floor was previously subjected to coating and sealing. Do not leave water on the floor for drying. When you wet mop, ensure that the process is done in smaller places. Ensure that one place is 100 percent dry before you move to another place.

Coating and sealing

Contractors use sealants to complete concrete flooring jobs. The concrete quickly absorbs the moisture. This exposes the surface to the hostile weather under different climatic conditions. The floor will endure the freeze-thaw cycle. You must take steps to protect the floor from expansion during summer and contracting during winter. This is the reason coating is applied on to the concrete floor and then sealed. The sealant also prevent dust particles and stains from making that floor look unattractive. Abrasions are caused by sand and an assortment of dust particles. Sealants are applied only after the concrete gets completely settled.

 

Important Tips for Hardwood Maintenance and Care

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017, by Blogging User

Hardwood floors are one of the most popular choices when it comes to flooring because of its timelessness and durability. As hardwood floors look great with all wall colors and décor, it enhances the beauty of your home. By maintaining your hardwood floors, it will retain its strength and grandeur for years to come.

Tips to take care of hardwood floors

You need to clean your hardwood floors on a regular basis, especially in areas that have high-traffic such as your living or dining room. By vacuuming or sweeping your floor with a broom or soft-bristled brush you will be able to get rid of the dirt and prevent particle buildup which can leave scratch marks on your beautiful floor. However, avoid using a rotary brush head or beater bar for your vacuum cleaner.

Heavy furniture can leave marks on your hardwood floors as it will apply a lot of pressure. For extra protection, you should invest in and place high-quality protective pads and floor mats below your furniture. You should also place these mats and pads on all entrances and exits as they will collect particles such as dirt, sand, grit, asphalt, and oil, which can damage your hardwood floors. Also, you need to place them in high-traffic areas to reduce wear.

Tips to prevent damaging hardwood floors

Here are a few tips to prevent damage to your hardwood floors.

  • If you have pets, you need to trim their claws and clean their paws on a regular basis. They can unknowingly carry abrasive particles which can damage your floor.

  • During the winter season, if you are using a humidifier, keep the level of humidity between 35% – 55 % to reduce wood shrinkage.

  • Any item spilled on the floor should be wiped immediately with a damp cloth.

  • If there are any tough substances on your floor such as chewing gum or wax, use ice to harden it and scrape it gently using a credit card or plastic scraper. Be extremely careful to avoid scratching the floor during this process.

  • Don’t walk on your floor with damaged or spiked heels.

  • Don’t use paste or liquid wax, oil soaps or any other household products containing silicon or tung/citrus oil to clean your floors.

  • Avoid using strong cleaning aids such as steel wool pads and scouring powders and pads containing metal.

  • At any cost, avoid steam or wet mop your hardwood floor. Steam and water can dull and damage the floor.

Use these simple tips to take care and maintain your hardwood floors so that they retain their beauty and strength for years to come.

 

Travertine for The Bathroom

Posted on Friday, June 02, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

An increasing number of homeowners are choosing natural stone over other possible choices for a number of applications. These are specifically true for bathrooms. Natural stone can be utilized for flooring. It could also be utilized for vanity tops and wall mosaics. Tub surrounds can also have natural stone. Travertine is an attractive natural stone. A number of homeowners are selecting it for its sheer elegance. The stone has an excellent color variations range, patterns and venations.

Travertine is ideal to be used in bathrooms. You can select the kind of finish you want. If it is done in a correct manner, you will soon see that the travertine stone is the best stone for use in bathrooms. Many would dispute this- specially the people new to designing bathrooms. The reason given is that travertine is a porous natural stone. This gives the impression to many that this stone is not practical for those areas where water is always present.

Hone finished and tumble finished stones

Experts opine that the best travertine tile to be used in the bathroom are either the tumble finished ones or the hone finished ones. The hone finished travertines has a certain matte finish which softens the appearance of the stone. The tumble finished stone has a distinct antique appearance. This increases the natural colors already present in the stone. The two finishes are perfect for bathrooms as they can withstand a number of spills which can occur in bathrooms. These can be from beauty products like makeup.

Travertine shower tile

It is vital that the travertine tile is properly sealed with suitable sealer so that it can be installed in shower and also in areas which have a high moisture content. The stone will thus be prevented from water absorption. This will make it much more easier to maintain. Do find a professional installer to do this job. A good quality of work is vital in this case. Other than floor and walls, travertine stone can also be used in the bathroom fixtures like bath tubs. If you want, you can cover the bathroom completely with travertine stone.

Travertine tile makes an excellent choice. It is not only beautiful but can be easily maintained as well. Using this stone in bathrooms makes for easier cleaning. Soap scum and water spots are rarely seen. You simply have to use a squeegee to remove such stubborn stains.

 

How To Pet Proof Your Wooden Floor

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Owning a pet is a joyous experience. However, there is a downside in the form of the tear and wear which your home suffers. Your hardwood floors will appear scuffed and dull. As a pet owner, you can take a few steps to prevent damage to the floor, or localize it. If you do these, you can enjoy a beautiful floor and the company of your pet simultaneously.

Most effective and easiest solution

If you think that your pet's natural behavior is damaging your flooring, the easiest and the most effective thing to solve this problem is restrict your pet's access to different areas of your home. Their list of doable activities must also be curtailed. To do this, designate a few rooms where you can afford a duller floor to be “pet rooms”. This will make sure that the damage caused by your pet is localized. Many pet owners assume that their pet will try to escape from such confinement. To stop this, make that room ideal for your pet. There may be a time when your pet will itself try to stay in its room and not venture out from its own space.

Buy a dog bed

This is an excellent investment. Dog beds are available in almost any style, any size or in shape as per your preference. You can purchase designer dog beds, memory foam mattresses, floor pillows, and many other related accessories. Do remember that the best bed is that where your canine spends its time. It may not be the best looking bed. You should discipline your dog so that it will lie down only on its bed and not on any other property. When you do so, taking care of your house floor becomes much easier.

Laminate is a good option

In case you prefer a permanent solution, consider laminate flooring. It is scuff and also scratch proof. This makes it one of the better floorings for people who have pets living in their homes. Laminates are sold in a wide range of styles. This material can mimic anything from bamboo and hardwood to real looking stone flooring. Thus it will be hard to find anything which will not match the interiors of your residence. It is an extremely cost effective material as well. If your floor is already damaged, there are a number of refinishing methods which will make a floor that is pet damaged looking like new. Hardwood can be refreshed too.

 

5 Easy Ways to Save Money While Remodeling Your Home

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

Does your house really need remodeling?

At times, you simply sit on the couch in the living room and wonder- how can my house look different and better? Don't worry you are not alone. It's natural to feel bored looking at the same mural patterns and commonplace flooring of your home. But now, it's time for a makeover.

Since budget stands as a challenge, you will have to consider the type of remodeling you want to do. Your budget will vary greatly with the kind of project you are undertaking.

The ways to make your home remodeling project budget-friendly

No matter what sort of changes you want to incorporate into your design, consider these tips so that your remodeling project does not burn a hole in your pocket:

Get a professional for certain tasks

DIY hacks are good, but they have their limitations. Get professionals for tasks you alone cannot perform such as setting up your plumbing and electricity. Moreover, if you are planning on changing the flooring and kitchen counter top, you can go for professionals who provide laminate or granite countertops. Not only will your work get done on time, but your home will get a pleasant makeover without a massive expenditure.

Do tasks you can manage alone

However, for easier tasks such as painting, landscaping, fencing, assembling your kitchen, moving objects, etc., you alone should be enough. By being a little careful while moving heavy objects or handling rusted metal items, you can actually set up your home without paying professionals. You can even check out DIY tips on social media channels for getting to know the "do's" and "don'ts".

Go to an auction to get supplies

The building-supply actions keep happening in different areas where you may land up finding useful building supplies. The inventory in most auctions is huge, but you may still find custom items and new overstock building materials. Usually, the winning bid is low. So buying useful supplies at a reasonable price shouldn't be a bad option.

Bring in natural light

But without cutting a huge hole on your wall for a window. You can brighten up a windowless hallway or bathroom by installing a light tube that slips between roof rafters and allows the sunshine into space. This can save you a lot of money. So no chaotic wall drilling or expensive window installations for implementing this remodeling option.

Look at the larger picture

Always think about your long-term savings while remodeling your home. You should consider a few energy-saving renovation ideas such rainwater tanks, LED lights, solar panels, and good quality insulation. These might cost a little more in the short-run, but the amount of energy and monetary savings will surely compensate for it in the long run.

 

Suitability Of Hardwoods For High Traffic Areas

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Making floors from hardwood is not new. They were used for centuries. Hardwood floors are known for their resistance to wear, longevity and durability. As these cannot cause “tiredness” when walked upon, hardwood floors are especially suitable for high-traffic areas. A number of commercial establishments-from museums which sees millions of visitors every year to hospitals- use hardwood. Scientific advancements like in chemical technology have led to surface and even penetrating treatments which only add to the natural durability of hardwood. The end result is a floor that can outlast many other flooring options with a little maintenance.

If factors beyond the purchase price and the installation expenses are considered, hardwood floors can actually prove to be one of the cheapest flooring options.

Hardwood facts

These are broad leaved deciduous trees. A hardwood tree produce a nut or fruit. It usually becomes dormant in wintertime. The list of hardwood trees include poplar, cherry, oak and ash. Each of the hardwood species have special physical properties. Species vary widely when it comes to hardness. To give an example, hickory is the hardest hardwood available commercially. Aspen is one of the “softer” hardwoods.

Hardwood's hardness, or any wood's hardness is measured by Janka Rating System. The system needs the measurement of a force needed to drive a ball made of .444 inch steel into wood. The steel ball's half diameter will be embedded. A hiigher number means more hard the wood species. Red oak, having a 1290 Janka rating is regarded as industry benchmark for comparing relative hardness of all the different wood species.

Do understand that harder wood has no correlation with being a better wood. Other than the hardness of a wood, a number of other qualities are present when selecting a hard floor. This includes both physical and aesthetic properties.

Solid wood flooring

This means that each of the flooring pieces is a single wood piece. Every exposed part is of genuine hardwood pieces. There is nothing else. The solid wood flooring are of three basic kinds: strip flooring, plank flooring boards and parquet flooring.

Strip flooring is the most ubiquitous. The width comes to 2 ¼ inches. Widths, however could range anywhere from 1 ½ to 3 ¼ inches. This flooring is nailed to subfloor. Planks are minimum 3 inches in width. They could be screwed to subfloor. Nailing is also possible. Parquet flooring comes in standard 6 x 6 inch blocks.

 

Using onyx to jazz up your home

Posted on Tuesday, May 09, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

Onyx is a variation of quartz. It is found in multiple colors like browns, white, red, beige, and green among many others. Depth of this stone is communicated by its translucency. Use of onyx makes any surface appear interesting. Onyx is widely used in homes and offices too. It can be dyed easily. It follows that care must be taken when purchasing tiles or slabs of unnatural colors. Using the onyx stone as 3mm to 5mm veneer makes it a beautiful natural surface. In short, the use of onyx beautifies the space where it is placed.

The onyx stone

Onyx stones can be utilized for sculptures, walls, water features, countertops, light fixtures and floors. It could be utilized in slabs, tiles and mosaics. The installation range varies from contemporary styling to orthodox designs. The stone can be non-lit or light can be shone from the back. Onyx works beautifully in headlining bar areas, lobbies and even bathrooms. It works wonders when used as desks and sinks.

If you want onyx to be used in a backlit application, you must ensure that you are fully conversant with the fasteners you use. Ensure that you look at the safety aspects. It is dependent on you whether you can make optimum use of this material.

Maintenance

Onyx needs regular maintenance. Non-maintenance will mar the stone's natural beauty. It is susceptible to acid etching due to it being of a calcareous nature. Acid is some form or the other is regularly used in modern life. If you do not have time for maintenance, then think twice before purchasing this kind of stone. If you do use it, do remember that the appearance you get is an excellent one. The material can transmit light. This means you can do a lot of things with it. Many onyx users go for a monochromatic scheme so that you can make best use of it. It is hard to do anything drastically wrong with this stone. Onyx is a kind of stone which is always in fashion. It has an evergreen quality which makes the stone a favorite of interior designers and architecture professionals. People in some world cultures believe that the stone collects positive energy. Onyx protects the home by banishing all kinds of negativity. The stones are unique and stylish too. It makes excellent sense to use onyx stone to beautify your home.