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The Best & Worst of Bathroom Flooring

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When it comes to your bathroom, there’s lot of factors to consider when it comes to flooring materials.  Being as it’s the wettest room in your house, your selection needs to be a material that can handle moisture, but also something that will prevent slipping while still being easy to clean.  Other helpful factors in determining which material works best include the number of people using the bathroom and your budget.  In this blog, we’ll break down the best and worst bathroom flooring materials and the reasons why.

The Best

Concrete

With concrete, you can choose between tiles or solid concrete.  Concrete makes sense because of its durability and because it can be sealed to keep water out.  It’s an easy material to maintain and can be stained to the color of your choosing.  It is resistant to moisture, staining and reduces allergens.  Bear in mind that it may require resealing on occasion.

Sheeted Linoleum

If your heart is set on linoleum in your bathroom, opt for sheets which come in rolls and are trimmed to the bathroom’s size.  There are no seams which can allow moisture to penetrate, causing warping.  If you go this route, be sure to have a reputable contractor do the installation because if it’s done incorrectly, sheeted linoleum can have the same problems as linoleum tiles.  Sheeted linoleum is desirable in a bathroom because it’s generally able to assist in cutting back on the amount of pathogens found in a bathroom.

Ceramic Tiles

There are many reasons that ceramic tiles are a favored bathroom material; they are long-lasting and non-porous.  Plus, they come in oodles of designs.  Just watch out, because certain ceramic tiles can be slippery.  Grout lines have to be sealed in order minimize staining.

The Worst

Carpet

Carpet is an impractical bathroom flooring selection for multiple reasons.  While it provides a feeling of warmth, carpeting accumulates moisture which can lead to mildew.  Carpeting can also be tricky to clean and easily stains.  Humidity and carpeting also don’t mix well and a musty smell will likely always be present in the bathroom.

Laminated Flooring

Verify that the warranty that comes with your flooring is not voided by placement in a bathroom.  However, if you are set on having laminate flooring in your bathroom, you’ll appreciate the fact that it’s easy to clean.  This type of flooring has glued-in seams that prohibit water from seeping through the cracks in the gaps between the floorboards.  However, those that lock into place can allow water to infiltrate the seams which can cause the floor to warp and blister.

Hardwood Flooring

Like carpeting, hardwood flooring provides a feeling of warmth.  Its cosmetic appeal is hard to beat.  Hardwood flooring is tough to make work in a moist bathroom because sitting water and humidity can cause the wood to crack and bend.  Once this happens, the flooring cannot be repaired.

Linoleum Tiles

Linoleum tiles resist water more effectively than hardwood or laminated floors because they are oil based.  However, unlike sheeted linoleum, linoleum tiles can still be penetrated by moisture because the tiles have seams.  When this occurs, distortion and gapping can result.

Glass Tile

Glass tile is a popular choice because of the endless choices of colors and patterns.  Oftentimes, it’s comprised of recyclable materials making it an eco-friendly choice.  Glass is appealing because it is resistant to temperature changes and humidity.  It also cleans easily.  Be mindful of the type of glass you select because it can be slippery, but choosing a sandblasted glass surface gets you around this risk.  Do know that glass floors can scratch.

Lindus Construction offers free no-obligation estimates on home remodeling projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

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How “Green” are Your Bamboo Floors?

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If you perform a quick internet research of the greenest flooring materials on the market, bamboo is likely to pop up at the top of the list.  There are several reasons for this.  First of all, bamboo is a grass that grows much faster than trees do.  This makes it a renewable resource.  Another plus is that unlike trees, bamboo does not need to be replanted because the harvesting procedure leaves the plant’s roots intact.  A benefit to the plant’s root system is that it holds the soil in place, preventing erosion.  If grown in its natural habitat, the need for watering, fertilizer and pesticides is minimal, if not nonexistent.  In addition, bamboo absorbs carbon at a higher rate than most trees tend to.

As you likely realize, Bamboo is a plant that is not native to the United States.  In fact, the vast majority of Bamboo that is used in flooring is grown in China.  A disturbing trend has been deforestation to accommodate the growth of more bamboo.  This means that animals that rely on the forest for food and habitat are displaced.  While bamboo does not require fertilizer, some growers are turning to it as a way to increase their crop size.  Another hush-hush topic surrounding the growth and manufacturing of bamboo is worker treatment.  Because the bulk of bamboo is shipped in from overseas, there is no fair trade certification to guarantee that workers are paid equitably and that conditions are safe.  In most cases, bamboo flooring is priced similarly to hardwoods even though bamboo grows much faster in rural China, which indicates that a profit is being made, though it’s unclear if the workers are getting a share of it.

Once the raw material arrives at the factory, the bamboo undergoes a manufacturing process to transform it into flooring.  As part of the production process, the bamboo is laminated and sometimes the adhesive used in the process contains formaldehyde.  This creates a problem for the environment because some of the formaldehyde is emitted into the air causing pollution.  It’s vital that the final product is tested to ensure that it meets the Greenguard and LEED standard of no more than .05 parts per million of formaldehyde or your home’s indoor air quality is at risk.  Some companies use volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in place of formaldehyde which can also have detrimental effects to your health, as VOCs have been proven to cause cancer in animals and the same is believed to be true in humans, though further research is required.

Once the product is finished, it is transported to the US (usually via boat) and then trucked to a supplier or big box store.  Stop and think for a moment about the amount of fuel and carbon emissions it takes just to get this far in the process.  The material itself is recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council as meeting the criteria for social responsibility and sustainability, but one must question themselves, is the transportation required truly classified as “sustainable”?

To conclude, if you’re choosing to go with bamboo floors in your home exclusively because of their green benefits, it’s vital that you research where and how it is being grown and manufactured both for the vitality of the environment and of your family.

Lindus Construction offers free no-obligation estimates on home remodeling projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

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Stylish & Pet Friendly? Here’s How….

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According to the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, approximately 63% of American households have a pet.  Most of these pets reside indoors leaving their owners contemplating the best way to have a pet-friendly home while still maintaining a sense of style.  Below, we’ve put together some ideas of how to make your home a point of pride while minimizing the effects that a pet can have on your furniture, flooring, walls, etc.

Flooring-Most dogs & cats are prone to some shedding so it’s important to pick flooring that is easy to clean.  We recommend shying away from carpeting in heavy pet traffic areas because carpeting is harder to maintain that ceramic tiles or laminate flooring.  Beware of wood flooring which can scratch though this can be minimized by keeping your pet’s claws trimmed.  When it comes to cleaning your flooring, avoid harsh chemicals because your pet can absorb the cleaning substance through their paws (not to mention if they lick any spots that are not dried completely).  For a pet & environmentally friendly solution, you can use a solution of vinegar & water to clean most types of flooring.  For surfaces that can be vacuumed, do so at least once per week and more when your pet is shedding.

Paint Colors & Accents- For rooms pets spend a lot of time in, it can be a good idea to choose a color palate that closely resembles their fur color.  Why?  It will help mask the effects of shedding in between house cleanings.  Colored walls, rather than white ones, are preferential because they will mask discoloration better.  When it comes to choosing the type of paint, a satin finish is ideal.  Why?  Drooling pets and those who shake off their fur after being in the rain or tub can stain flat paint but the satin finish will allow for an easier clean-up.

Plants-Houseplants improve your home’s air quality and allow you to breath with more ease.  With that being said, take care to keep plants out of your pet’s reach.  Some of the deadliest plants for pets include: Hyacinth, Coleus and Holly.

Give Your Pet Their Own Space- Consider your pet’s needs when determining your home’s layout.  If your pet is going to be spending a lot of times outdoors, make sure that there is a convenient place for them to be cleaned up prior to entering the rest of your house.  Think of this space as a mud room for pets.  Providing your dog or cat with their own bed or kennel will decrease the likelihood of them wanting to crawl on furniture.

Eliminate Boredom-In most instances, pets that chew or scratch furniture do so because they are bored.  Eliminate this boredom by having toys readily available for your pet to play with.  To discourage cats from scratching furniture, apply tin foil or duct tape around problem areas until the habit is kicked.  Cat trees and scratching posts can also be a welcome distraction.  Walks and a trip to the dog park are also good ways to blow off some steam.

Pet Food-Not keen on having your pet’s food bowl out at all times?  Some cabinet makers now make dog food drawers for bottom cabinets that can be pulled out at feeding time and closed in between meals.  The treats you give your pet can also have an impact on condition of your home.  While raw hides may be Fido’s first choice, did you know that they can wreak havoc on your floors and furniture because of the nitrates they contain which cause stains.  Kongs (a highly durable rubber toy which treats can be placed in) are a cleaner and more fun alternative.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Wood vs. Laminate Flooring

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A lot of homeowners are turning away from carpeting to wood and laminate flooring because they are easier to clean and hypoallergenic.  Before deciding whether you wish to go with laminate or hardwood floors, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each.  This will allow you to make a decision that best suits your family and lifestyle.   so that you can make the decision that best suits your family and your lifestyle.

Hardwood Floors-made from harvested trees.

Pros:

  • Timeless look
  • Ages well and can even look better with age
  • Comes in lots of different patterns, colors and wood grains
  • Adds value to your home
  • Long lasting
  • Can be refinished multiple times to look new

Cons:

  • Significant investment compared to laminate floors
  • Wood is a natural material and does not have a consistent look throughout
  • Needs to be installed by a professional
  • Needs occasional waxing and polishing
  • Can change looks over time due to sun exposure
  • More prone to scratching, especially if you have pets

Laminate Floors-introduced to the US in 1982 and are made of several materials bonded together through high pressure.

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Consistent look throughout because the “pattern” is actually a high definition image printed on the material
  • More affordable than hard woods
  • Does not fade from sun exposure
  • Does not expand or contract like hardwood does making it useable in spaces that hardwood would not be able to be used.

Cons:

  • Scratches cannot be buffed out; instead the entire plank must be removed.
  • Water damage can cause the planks to rise and may cause them to be replaced.  Multiple rows can sometimes need to be pulled out if one plank needs to be replaced.
  • Can be noisy so it’s important to have a layer of acoustic underlay so that it doesn’t sound hollow when you walk on it.
  • Slippery
  • Lower resale value than hardwood floors

In the end, it’s imperative that you consider your pocketbook and your long-term requirements before committing to one of these flooring options.  Don’t be afraid to take some time and evaluate your needs before making a decision.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate.