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Choosing The Best Carpet Quality

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

If you want to purchase the best carpet, you must be aware of the different styles, quality and materials to make sure that the carpet maintains its comfort and durability for longer-term satisfaction. Buying a carpet is similar to buying a car. There is a considerable financial investment and there is ample confusion about which carpet to buy from the different brands, styles and colors on offer. The experience could be so overwhelming that some people end up buying only the basic colors.

The carpet must fit your personal requirements. If you do basic homework and do a spot of comparison shopping, you can get an excellent carpet with a superb price.

Materials

Nylon carpet is the most durable of them all. It outperforms every other fiber in ease of maintenance, resilience and durability. It makes an excellent choice if you prefer that your carpet to last more than a decade. Premium quality nylon fibers come “branded”. Softest and strongest nylon is labeled 6.6 nylon. It is also the most pricey.

Trixeta is a fiber made from corn sugar. The list of properties include permanent anti-stain and superb resilience. However, it may not match nylon's durability in areas of high traffic. This material is better resistant to stains. Polyester is resistant to stains. It is extremely luxurious and soft when underfoot. It is available in vibrant colors. The problem is that cleaning is much harder, It is also not as hardy as nylon. Polyester should thus only be used in areas where footfall is low. The house should also be without pets or children. This material makes an excellent choice if you want to exercise on the carpet.

Olefin is an inexpensive and attractive fiber which resists fading and strong as well. However, it is much less resilient than nylon. This material conceals dirt. It has excellent stain, mildew and static resistance. This kind of carpet is selected for “clean” high traffic areas like play areas and family rooms.

Standard carpet styles

Saxony is a kind of cut pile which looks fantastic in bedrooms, living rooms and formal dining rooms. Since vacuum marks and footprints are easily visible, it is not an ideal choice for active kids and high traffic areas. This will stay for about five years.

Simply bend carpet backward. In case you see the backing, the carpet is of lower quality and it will get crushed much more easily.

Selecting A Tile For The Patio

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Outdoor patio tiles form an excellent option for flooring in a location exposed to elements. They can be easily installed and can withstand extreme temperature changes. The material is also open to infinite design possibilities. Since you have a number of designs to choose from, you can easily transform the recreational space to a stunning backyard sanctuary.

When you select a particular tile for the patio, you should choose it carefully. It is important to use only those outdoor tiles which are made for the sole aim of being installed outside of the house. It must be resistant to all the hostile outdoor elements in the region.

Things to notice in an outdoor tile

You should check whether the tile you have chosen have the following attributes:

  • Low water absorption: In case your part of the world witness much freezing and then thawing, the tile must have the capacity to tolerate extreme see-saws in temperature. You can choose porcelain for its low absorption rate of water. In case you choose a tile which absorbs too much water, the liquid will freeze in the product- which will then crack, Your flooring will be ruined as a result.

  • Durability: Select the tile which can best resist the elements. A few slates and ceramic products are too soft to be utilized out of the house. Solid stones like limestone, granite, marble, quartzite, slate and travertine make excellent options. Porcelain is good too. A wide range of colors are available, including beige, green, blue, gray and red.

  • Slip resistant surface: This kind of tile is itself made of a number of small tiles. All those tiles are separated by grout lines, thus breaking the surface. This provides greater traction for the feet. Most outdoor tiles, however, may not have this characteristic. Choose one which is a little more abrasive. A little grit will offer traction when the floor becomes wet.

Get help

If you are confused as to what tile to buy, do not hesitate to ask for help from the help or contact section of the website. Do explain that you are buying the tiles for outdoor use. The sales representative will help you to make the correct selection.

It is important to choose the correct product in the first time itself. Making an unsuitable selection means squandering money down the drain. Do your homework before you click the buy button.

 

Readying the floor for carpet installation

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

Before you lay on the carpet to the floor, you must make sure the floor is flat. In many cases this does not happen. This is specially true of wooden subfloors. Twists and warps are present on the subfloor surface. Valleys and peaks can be present in concrete subfloors. These are mostly due to shabby installation or the aging of the building over time. With a little help, you can smooth out the irregularities and level the floor. This can be achieved with self-leveling compound so that the floor can be prepared for installing the carpet.

Procedure

  1. Take a level and check floor. Examine valleys and peaks. Use pencil to mark both low and high spots.
  2. Take care to completely clean installation surface prior to using self-leveling compound. First, sweep floor, and then vacuum up all the extra residue. Use a powerful vacuum cleaner.
  3. Use a liquid primer to prime floor. Take a paintbrush and apply to room edges. Use paint roller for applying across the surface. In case, there are only a few spots which are lower than the surface, apply primer only to those areas.
  4. Mix a portion of self-leveling compound inside a bucket. Use the paddle and the drill to do this. You should mix small portions as the compound gets cured extremely fast. Working with excess material means the excess will dry in the bucket. Use only cold water, as the drying process is speeded up by hot water.
  5. Pour compound directly to low spots. You should have already pencil marked those. Take flat metal trowel to spread mixture across entire section. Thanks to gravity, the liquid will soon settle into its natural level state. Go through the directions as stated out by the manufacturer and permit it to dry. You can install your carpet after that.

Equipment and tips

Make sure that you have the following equipment at hand: dust mask, pencil, broom, drill with paddle, paint roller, primer, straight edge, safety glasses, level, vacuum, bucket, paintbrush and self-leveling compound.

Do know that if you carpeting a larger area, use level top move material around. This is similar to using a biger flat trowel sandwiched between peaks and the valleys between them. It is inadvisable to mix in excess of a gallon of the mix at a time. This is permissible only if you cover a large expanse. You must also have the skill and speed to work swiftly.

 

How to Choose Quartz Surfaces for Your Home

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

The easy maintenance quality of quartz makes it a popular choice among discerning homeowners. The stone can be easily maintained. It is sold in a broad range of textures, colors, and patterns. Even though the primary use of the stone continue to be as bath and kitchen counters, it is also widely used for shower entries, fireplace surrounds, backsplashes and shower stalls.

The surface of quartz is manufactured from ground quartz. The binder used is a polyester resin. The stone is anti-microbial and non-porous. This makes it quite resistant to bacterial growth, odors, and stains. Quartz can be installed both as slabs or sliced into tiles. Do note that it is not suitable for outdoor projects as the sunlight will lead to fading of the color and the sheen. You can buy the quartz you want by following a few simple rules.

Select texture, colors and patterns

Modern day quartz designs are stunning to look at. Most of the new patterns appear like marble or granite. A few companies have introduced designs that make the quartz stone appear like geodes. Three kinds of textures are available in the premium quartz category- rugged, polished and matte. A number of new patterns which incorporate flecked, granite and veined look surfaces are also found. Bright colors are used so that the stone does not look out of place in contemporary design.

Thickness is important

When you select quartz, it is vital to consider thickness needed for the application. The slab's standard thickness is 1¼ inch. This is the usually recommended thickness for bathroom vanities and kitchen counters. Quartz is available in ½ inch, 1½ inch and ¾ inch thickness. A few companies provide a slab which is one centimeter thick. This is used to make layered edging profiles.

Select the edging

The edging assists to determine the style of vanity or counter and the pricing. The standard edges are waterfall edges and squared edges. These kinds of edges can be easily applied to 1¼ inch thick quartz. The list of more intricate edging options includes bullnose, ogee, beveled and bullnose. The profile of “laminated edging” add a quartz's extra layer so that a dramatic look is achieved.

It is wise to choose the plumbing fixtures and appliances prior to selecting the quartz surface. The fabricator must know the number of holes and their dimensions needed for installation. A cutout is needed if you want to install cook-top.

 

​ Taking Care of Quartzite Countertops

Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2017, by Blogging User

Quartzite countertops are gaining popularity as they are more frequently used in bathrooms and kitchens. People opt for them as they have a natural glossy look and it’s stronger than marble. The natural look eliminates the need for extra polishing. However, to make sure the quartzite countertops retain their natural lustrous look and last for a long time, we have to take care of them. Here are 5 tips that you can use to make sure your quartzite countertop looks as beautiful as it did when you first got them.

1. Clean the countertop regularly and thoroughly

Establish a cleaning schedule when you have countertops in your bathroom and kitchen. With the help of a soft rag/towel and mild detergent, you can wipe the surface of the as needed to any stains. If the stains are hard to remove, use a plastic scraper. Avoid using detergents that aren’t abrasive and is bleach-free.

2. Use caution when placing hot pans and sharp knives

Even though the countertops are stronger than marble, you still need to be careful when you are placing hot pans on top of them. Quartzite countertops can get damaged by rapid fluctuations in temperature, which is known as thermal shock. Even though the countertop is scratch resistant, it can still be damaged if a sharp knife falls on it. Use extreme caution when you using a knife over the countertop.

3. Avoid using strong cleaners

When you are using cleaners to wipe the surface of the countertop, avoid using products that are highly alkaline or acidic. They can range from nail polish remover to dishwasher rinsing agents to bleach. If your countertop comes in contact with these liquids, you should rinse it with mild detergent to neutralize the effects of the strong cleaning agents.

4. Seal the countertop

You can improve the durability of the countertop for years to come if you seal the countertop. Ensure that the sealant you choose to apply for the countertop is oil-based, to prevent damage from moisture. The sealants can last for 10 – 15 years on an average if it has been applied properly.

5. Stop adding weight at the ends

As far as possible, steer away from putting unnecessary weights on the edges and middle of the countertop. This also includes using the countertop as a ledge to reach the higher parts of the room and holding on to the countertop for balance.

Quartzite Countertops are elegant and complement the looks of your bathroom and kitchen. Following these steps will ensure that they look brand new even after they have been in your house for over 5 years.

 

Maintaining Viatera

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

 

Viatera stone is resistant to almost all stains, including wine, coffee, lemon juice, vegetables and fruits. To keep the stone shining as new, clean the spills quickly. Use a damp cloth with a mild detergent to clean the stone.

Spills

Even though Viatera is resistant to stains, a few stains could be harder to remove. In case of tough stains, mild and non-abrasive cleansers make an excellent solution when it comes to restoring the original appearance of the surface. Use non-abrasive scrub pads if the spill dries. Rinse well and then wipe with a damp cloth. Ensure that no residue remains.

If the stain removal is tougher than usual, use a razor blade. This is important for substances like paint, food, gum and grease. Use the blade to scrape the residue away. This scraping could result in gray metal marks on the surface. However, you need not worry since these mark can be cleaned off easily. Use a non-abrasive pad and recommended cleanser. Use damp cloth.

If the stain does not go away, apply soaked paper towels in the form of a pad. Use an approved cleanser to area. Permit it to remain so for few minutes. Proceed with the required cleaning techniques and buffing after that.

Honed finish

You need to clean a little bit more in the case of honed finishes. This is a must to maintain the appearance. Fingerprints and metal marks along with other daily wear signs are much more visible. Removal of such visible marks like these can be easily done through the usage of non-abrasive pads. You can also use any other recommended cleaning product. If Viatera is used in an ordinary manner, the dark colors will exhibit dirt, finger print rubs and watermarks. These will be much more prominent compared to the surfaces that are lighter colored. These colors will need more maintenance if you want to keep them looking new.

Damage

Viatera can be damaged. Do not let the stone come in contact with harsh solvents or chemicals. This is specially applicable for chemicals containing methylene chloride or tricholoroethane. These chemicals are normally present in oven cleaners, car batteries and furniture strippers. Use of such substances will result in permanent discoloration. Surface damage is also possible. In case such chemicals drop on the surface, wipe it immediately and rinse the surface with water. Use a vinegar based chemical cleaner to clean. In case the stain remains, contact your stone supplier.

 

Why Choose Silestone?

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Silestone equals superb beauty and incredible strength. For discerning customers, Silestone remains the best and only choice when it comes to purchasing stones. The stone can be utilized in any kind of indoor surfacing application. This includes shower and tub surrounds, kitchen countertops, backsplashes, table tops, bathroom vanities, wet bars and fireplace surrounds among others.

Silestone is available in 42 beautiful stunning colors. This means there is a stone to suit any taste or style. The consistency of color is more than any kind of natural stone. You can confidently select the color you want before making the final purchase.

Beauty in stone

The stone has unmatched elegance and a certain timeless beauty. The natural quartz present inside the stone delivers an excellent depth, glimmering radiance and sharp clarity. It is a cool and solid feel found only in natural stones. Another positive quality of Silestone is its versatility.

Silestone is also extremely resistant to scratches. Only three other kinds of natural minerals, topaz, diamond and sapphire are much harder than quartz. This quality makes Silestone practically resistant to scratches. Quartz measures 7 on Mohs Hardness Scale. It means a careless knife slip on the countertop will not scratch it. There will be no mark on the Silestone. This stone is also resistant to stains. The polished surface is not porous. This makes it resistant to coffee, lemon juice, makeup, wine, vinegar and olive oil stains, along with staining from other standard household products. Silestone, unlike granite, does not require a sealing to maintain a lustrous shine.

Heat resistant and maintenance free

Silestone is also heat resistant. Unlike the laminates and other solid surfaces, it is scorch and heat resistant. It can withstand exposure to heat. A lit match will not destroy the countertop. It is advisable, however, not to place any utensil directly from the stove to a Silestone-made countertop. Use trivets when you place hot plates on Silestone surface. The Silestone also has strength. It has granite's flexural strength. This makes it much less vulnerable to cracking and chipping during installation and transportation.

Silestone is maintenance free. Since it has no porosity, the polished surface of the Silestone does not need sealing. Limestone, marble and granite, however, must be sealed during installation time. They must also be resealed on a regular basis to prevent the appearance of stains. You can clean Silestone with soapy water or any mild household cleaner. However, be careful about using strong chemicals. Do not use solvents like drain cleaning fluids on the stone surface.


Purchasing Hanstones

Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Hanstone offers a number of advantages. And this goes beyond the surface. Natural quartz is double the hardness of granite. Other than functionality, it is also a durable and luxury surface. The product provides a number of advantages to buyers who purchase the product.

Advantages

The first and foremost advantage is that it is available in a number of different finishes. Most of them have a natural look. It does not need any sealing as it is non-porous. The lustrous surface does not need any polishing or conditioning. It is also resistant to stain, heat and bacteria.

Hanstones are also resistant to scratches and chips. It is also easy to clean and maintain. You need water and mild soap to clean the surface of any external pollutants. The Hanstone is also safe. You can put food directly on the surface and eat it from there. Not all stones can match such benefits.

Manufacturing

Hanstone manufacturing plants are one of the most advanced in the world. The result is the production of sophisticated looking natural quartz designs. These are available in a wide range of colors. The qualities make it much more coveted than comparable stones. The compound stone is produced through the utilization of a patented technology and plant system. It has a good concentration of the stone aggregates. This is manufactured in vacuum conditions. The complete mass is fairly homogenous. It is made of different stone materials bonded with a number of organic structural resins. The special manufacturing technology permits combining mechanical and physical characters tics. It also has superb aesthetic appeal. The quartz crystals are mixed with resin and silica inside a vat. The mix has the feel and look of moist sand. It is then dumped into form. The moulding occurs in a thick slab shape. This is in preparation of the vibro-compactor.

The compact slab is made by the conditions created by pressure and vibration. The compaction process starts as the unit takes in the loosely molded mixture. The unit is lowered into the slab. The vibrating starts and the mix is compacted. The resultant engineering slab has no bonding strength. To add to the strength, it should enter the heat press. The latter is activated and the resin binder is subsequently cured. The slab, after leaving this press, is stacked on the rack vertically. This is maintained until the cure cycle is finished. The stone then undergoes the finishing and sanding process.

 

Why use natural quartzite

Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

Natural quartzite is now an “in” thing for home interiors. The beautiful veins in the stone makes it a perfect counter-top surface. Its natural colors are predominantly gray or white. Black and brown are less common. Rare colors include pink, green, yellow and blue hints in stone. These colors are due to other minerals embedded in quartzite. It follows that purer quartzite are the duller ones.

Beautiful stone

Natural quartzite is extremely beautiful to look at. It provides your bathroom or kitchen a beauty which is not only pleasing to the eye but durable as well. It is employed as counter-tops and as backsplashes. Quartzite are sold as slabs.

Quartzite is favored by many due to it being a hard stone. It is resistant to scratching and also etching. However, it is not advisable to put hot objects on any natural quartzite. In case you need to do so, put a pad or trivet between the hot pot and the counter-top surface. A little maintenance is needed if you wish to keep the surface looking smart. Keep the stones sealed as they are porous in nature. Reseal it every year. Use pH neutral soaps or stone cleaners to clean the natural quartzite. Do not use abrasives. Follow these instructions and your surface will look new.

Comparison with quartz and granite

A number of differences exist between natural quartzite and quartz. Silicon dioxide or silica is a primary component of quartz. It is available in multiple colors like violet, white, gray, brown and rose. The stone is crystalline and is extremely hard. Natural quartzite, in contrast, is metamorphic rock. It begins as a quartz based sandstone. The quartzite is primarily gray or white. Its hardness makes it difficult to work. It is also not as much widely available as quartz. Both quartz and quartzite have their own strengths. Choose one in tandem with your lifestyle.

Counter-tops made from quartz composite have 93 percent quartz. It is an excellent choice for any solid surface countertop. Many interior decorators prefer natural quartzite over granite. Both of them have excellent durability. Quartzite provides the added benefit of the look like marble and acting like granite. It thus offers the cream of both worlds. The only possible downside is that quartzite are pricier than granite or other comparable use stone surfaces. The durability and unique beauty makes it a favorite for discerning buyers. Touch the stone before you purchase it to make a rounded assessment.

 

Why use natural quartzite

Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2017, by Blogging User

Natural quartzite is now an “in” thing for home interiors. The beautiful veins in the stone makes it a perfect counter-top surface. Its natural colors are predominantly gray or white. Black and brown are less common. Rare colors include pink, green, yellow and blue hints in stone. These colors are due to other minerals embedded in quartzite. It follows that purer quartzite are the duller ones.

Beautiful stone

Natural quartzite is extremely beautiful to look at. It provides your bathroom or kitchen a beauty which is not only pleasing to the eye but durable as well. It is employed as counter-tops and as backsplashes. Quartzite are sold as slabs.

Quartzite is favored by many due to it being a hard stone. It is resistant to scratching and also etching. However, it is not advisable to put hot objects on any natural quartzite. In case you need to do so, put a pad or trivet between the hot pot and the counter-top surface. A little maintenance is needed if you wish to keep the surface looking smart. Keep the stones sealed as they are porous in nature. Reseal it every year. Use pH neutral soaps or stone cleaners to clean the natural quartzite. Do not use abrasives. Follow these instructions and your surface will look new.

Comparison with quartz and granite

A number of differences exist between natural quartzite and quartz. Silicon dioxide or silica is a primary component of quartz. It is available in multiple colors like violet, white, gray, brown and rose. The stone is crystalline and is extremely hard. Natural quartzite, in contrast, is metamorphic rock. It begins as a quartz based sandstone. The quartzite is primarily gray or white. Its hardness makes it difficult to work. It is also not as much widely available as quartz. Both quartz and quartzite have their own strengths. Choose one in tandem with your lifestyle.

Counter-tops made from quartz composite have 93 percent quartz. It is an excellent choice for any solid surface countertop. Many interior decorators prefer natural quartzite over granite. Both of them have excellent durability. Quartzite provides the added benefit of the look like marble and acting like granite. It thus offers the cream of both worlds. The only possible downside is that quartzite is pricier than granite or other comparable use stone surfaces. The durability and unique beauty make it a favorite for discerning buyers. Touch the stone before you purchase it to make a rounded assessment.