Laminate Flooring VS Solid Wood Flooring: The Differences

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If you are thinking about installing some new flooring in your home you have a number of choices available to you. Two very popular options – which are available widely today – are laminate and solid wood flooring. But what are the benefits and the main differences?

This is what we are going to look at in this post, as wood floors (and wood look floors) can really enhance a home and add a touch of style and luxury to a property. So let us examine the characteristics of both hardwood flooring and laminate flooring, to help you choose the right material for your space.

Solid Wood Flooring: The Benefits

Hardwood flooring is a hugely popular choice because solid wood offers numerous benefits. It is strong, it is durable and it looks great too. Solid wood boards can be sanded and varnished or painted to achieve a desired look that will suit your taste and your property. And because this is solid wood this process can be repeated any time you fancy a change in your aesthetic.

The longevity of solid wood flooring makes it a great investment too. There are buildings throughout the world with ancient wooden floors that have been there for decades and even centuries, and if you choose hard wood and look after it yours could last just as long.

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Laminate Flooring: The Benefits

Laminate flooring is popular because it gives a very similar finish to wood floors, yet is not made of wood at all. The advantage of that is that laminate flooring is very inexpensive, and usually a lot cheaper than hardwood flooring. The fact that laminate is an economical option makes it very appealing to a large number of homeowners and landlords who want to maintain their homes without spending a fortune.

Another benefit of this type of flooring is that it can be quickly and easily cleaned. Because it is made of plastic any stains can be mopped or wiped up in a second.

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Solid Wood: The Drawbacks

One drawback of hardwood flooring is that it can be damaged by excessive heat, sunlight and moisture. Such factors can lead to wood warping and losing shape over time, necessitating repairs which could be costly. This is a reason that solid wood flooring should not be used over under-floor heating.

Laminate Flooring: The Drawbacks

An obvious style drawback is that laminate flooring is not wood. It can be printed with a wood grain effect on top but on closer inspection it is quite clear that this is no quality timber. Some people don’t mind that but others prefer to know that their floors are genuine wood.

It is evident that laminate flooring and hardwood flooring both have their advantages and potential drawbacks, depending on your perspective. Hopefully this article has made these points clear to you so that you can now make your choice and enhance your property.

Inspect Regularly For Hidden Dangers In The Home

Everybody loves their home.  What they don’t love is all of the maintenance and repairs that come with the joys of home ownership.

Who has time for that?

Well, your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime, it’s important to make sure that it stays in tip top shape so you and your children can enjoy it for years to come.  It’s like getting an oil change for your car, if you don’t do it, eventually the engine will burn out and seize on you.  Only a home doesn’t stop letting you live in it.

But when crazy weather or other mishaps occur, you can be left with some major financial headaches to deal with.  Better to do some preventative work and make sure there is nothing that gonna break or collapse the next time you get a crazy storm comes your way.

Dave Steinberg from Nusite Waterproofing, a basement waterproofing company in Toronto recommends that you create a regular schedule to inspect your home for signs of wear, decay and obvious damage.  “A regular schedule, whether it’s monthly or quarterly will go a long way in saving lots of headaches down the road.  Make it a part of you Spring and Fall cleanup routines”, says Dave.

Take a look at the infographic below from insure.com.  It covers some of the most common areas for insurance claims and just a little regular checkup can save you a lot of time and money later on down the line.  Besides, who on earth wants to deal with insurance companies??

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Save Money and The Environment With Solar Energy

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Everyone wants to save money on their utility bills.  But what about helping the environment in the meantime?  Installing solar energy solutions in and around your home is a great way to not only save money, but the environment too.

Solar energy solutions today are light years ahead of where they were just a few years ago.  And no, you don’t have to live in the Arizona desert to reap the benefits of solar energy.  Even in northern states (and Canada too), solar energy makes sense because even limited sun throughout the year can reap significant savings for you.

When I used to live in Toronto, I invested in several solar energy products, including a solar water heater for the home as well as several solar products for my swimming pool.  Jon Portland, a friend of mine over at Discount Pool Supply Canada, outfitted my inground pool with a solar pool cover (made in Canada) as well as a solar panel roof kit that provided heat for my pool.

Take a look at this infograghic from the Solar Lights and More blog to get some more ideas on how you can incorporate some solar energy solutions for your home.  Save money and save the environment at the same time!

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Ways To Prevent Health Hazards Around The Home

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We all want to have a healthy home.  Every home has health hazards in it in one form or another.  An enclosed living space is bound to create hazards for your health, luckily with some education you can be aware and remove many of these hazards.

From mold in the home, to dust mites and other little critters that love to become your roommate, there are lots of hidden health hazards lurking around your home.  Dave Steinberg of Nusite Group, a Toronto basement waterproofing and mold removal company says that removing chronic moisture from the home can remove many of these hazards. Take some time to go over the infographic below and use that information to make a full sweep of your home this weekend and get rid of some of those hidden dangers in the home.

Have questions or ideas to add?  Feel free to add them in the comments below, thanks!

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