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WHEN TO SELECT ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING?

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After a couple of weeks of discussing the several features of various solid board wood floors, it is time to delve to the entire world of engineered wood flooring in Mittagong.

Once installed, engineered wood flooring cannot be easy to differentiate from solid board flooring. But believe me; even a trained eye could be deceived. They can be very different things, even though both types of wood floorings bring the design of natural wood into a house. When to go engineered and when to use planks confuses lots of people.

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It is actually not complex. Engineered wood floorings act somewhat differently than board floors do; they are generally more affordable than solid boards and are less complicated to install.

Wood floors are a timeless addition to any house. Barring damage from flooding or fire, a well made and right- solid wood flooring that is installed will add value, life and warmth to your own interiors provided that you are in your home.

Understanding these features will go quite a ways to assist you to select the wood flooring right for you personally.

Solid wood floors and engineered wood floors are things that are very different, and there are various scenarios when the other would not work a lot better than one. Engineered wood floorings will be discussed by a future articles of the series, but let us get through solid wood.

Initially, engineered wood floors were developed to be used to the very first floor of a house constructed in a basement or on a concrete slab.

Engineered wood floorings have a tendency to be much more secure and may be more immune to moisture. The increased moisture amounts over concrete are not a difficulty for engineered wood floorings while no wood product can take water standing onto it.

The secret to dampness fortitude and this increased firmness comes from an engineered wood flooring is made.

Thinnest engineered floorings the latest, use an innovative tongue and groove system which engages them in place. These floors that are thin (generally called floating floors) may be put over a cork underlayment or right over older flooring.

Floating floors would be the simplest to install though it will require some skills.

However, a Cherry wood flooring that is engineered will constantly hold better than a walnut flooring will. Choosing an engineered alternative you could save cash and get flooring alternative that is more secure and adaptable.

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An Introduction to EPDM Rubber Roofing

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Though it might sound like some kind of obscure sub-genre of dance music on the surface, EPDM is in fact a synthetic rubber which is used very often as a building material for modern roofing, acting as a waterproof membrane. Because they retain more water than pitched roofs, EPDM membranes are installed more commonly with flat roofs than they are pitched roofs, which also means they are not as common in the UK (where we tend to favour pitched roofs) than the US (where they favour flat roofs).That is not to say there are no flat roofs in the UK, however, and the vast majority of them will have an EPDM membrane layer. If you’re on the fence about having your own EPDM membrane installed, this rough guide will take you through the basics of the material, what it can offer your home and how you should go about having your own installed.EPDM RoofingWhat is EPDM?

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EPDM stands for (dictionary’s at the ready) ‘ethylene propylene diene terpolymer’, which probably means nothing to you, but I thought I’d get it out of the way. Essentially, it is an incredibly durable, synthetic rubber, which is used as a roofing membrane and is used widely in flat and low-sloped roofs across the world. The ‘ethylene’ and ‘propylene’ parts of the rubber are derived from natural gas and oil. In most cases, EPDM membranes are available in black and white, though black is significantly more common. It is also available in a variety of widths and thickness levels of 35mm and 60mm, each fit for different circumstances.

Pros

EPDM membranes offer an almost unmatched resistance to water, UV radiation, and extreme low and high temperatures.

  • Studies have shown that even when it’s been exposed to the sunlight, EPDM has a life expectancy of around 50 years!
  • No regular maintenance is required, though if possible, a yearly inspection is recommended.
  • It’s easily reparable.
  • An EPDM membrane can overlay almost any roofing material.
  • The membrane can be covered with various materials to create the desired aesthetic look for your roof.
  • EPDM can be used as part of a green roofing system if a root resistant layer is placed between the vegetation layer and the membrane.
  • There are numerous ways to install EPDM, it can be fully adhered, attached to the roof mechanically, or ballasted to the roof with specially formulated adhesives and tape.

Cons

EPDM is less resistant to oil products than other membranes, but then how often will your roof be exposed to vegetable oil or petroleum?

  • EPDM cannot be applied if the weather is too hot.
  • Applying the EPDM membrane is a quick job, but it’s not an easy job.
  • The amount of materials and tools needed to apply an EPDM membrane mean that you probably won’t be able to install it yourself. There are numerous established companies online and local however, who offer fair prices and only employ fully qualified roofers.
  • Pitched roofs are already engineered to be as water resistant as possible, so if your home has a pitched roof, an EPDM membrane might not be necessary. It couldn’t hurt though!

The history of EPDM:

EPDM membranes have been used widely in the UK since the 1970′s, and due to their long lifespans, membranes installed ‘back in the day’ are generally still performing pretty well. As with anything, however, as time moves on, so does technology, and from the 80′s onwards the majority of EPDM roofs have been fitted with seam tapes in place of the liquid adhesives, which were used until then. There are now also 90mm EPDM membranes available to the market, which offer an even higher level of protection and support and modern, white EPDM utilises an eco-friendly, reflective surface, which cuts down on energy costs when it comes to air conditioning.

Getting Your EPDM Roofing Fitted:

If you are amongst the rare number of brits with a flat roof, if you don’t have an EPDM roofing membrane fitted, then chances are you’re going to eventually experience leakage, which could (eventually) ruin your home! Of course, you could have an EPDM membrane fitted in your roof, but it could have been fitted poorly, which will lead to the same result. The problem is when those who fit the material have no special knowledge or its properties or how it should be treated. This is why you should always opt for a roofer or roofing company, who work with EPDM often. A company will not only give you a guarantee on your roof, but will give you a no obligation quote and be able to take you through every step of the process. Be sure to shop around, check for testimonials from other customers, and take your time.

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BAMBOO FLOORING: ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO WOOD FLOORING

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While you might associate Bamboo with exotic tropical destinations, home builders and renovators are increasingly using this wood for flooring.

Over the last decade or so, bamboo has emerged as an attractive flooring alternative to conventional wood or laminate flooring. It is rapidly renewable. Bamboo, actually a grass, grows very fast, and many species reach maturity in three to six years, compared to the hardwoods used in traditional hardwood flooring, like maple and oak, which make take half a century to mature.

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There are several disadvantages to bamboo flooring, however. First of all, it does tend to originate in those exotic tropical destinations, and transporting it to your home requires an outlay of petroleum. Second, the bamboo fibers are joined together into woodlike panels througha lamination process that requires resins, many of them containing formaldehyde.

New formaldehyde-free bamboo flooring products are under development now, although even the products called solid bamboo floors do require binders or resins in their manufacture. Be sure to ask questions as you shop for bamboo flooring and look for products that are low in VOCs.

It is not without reason that home owners and interior decorators have their grounds to prefer bamboo to conventional hardwood flooring materials. Find out more about advantages and disadvantages of bamboo flooring and definitely give it a consideration when working on your home renovation or kitchen remodeling project.

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