Saturday, 12 November 2016

How to Install Vinyl Flooring

To successfully install vinyl flooring, the subfloor needs to be smooth and flat. Thereafter, you need the right construction adhesive, right preparation, and you are all set to lay your vinyl floor over any clean surface.

You can get vinyl flooring sheets in many patterns and colors, including realistic designs that look like wood, stone, and tile, but is available at a very low cost compared to what you would pay if you got the real thing.

Vinyl flooring sheets are known for its durability and water resistance, is comfortable to walk on, can easily withstand heavy traffic, and helps reduce noise. Though reasonably priced and versatile, vinyl flooring sheets have some limitations – it can fade if exposed to direct sunlight for longer durations, cannot withstand extreme weather conditions, and can be damaged by sharp objects.

Yet, vinyl flooring is still one of the most popular choices as it is affordable, looks great, and if maintained well, can last for a very long time. So, let us now get to learn how to install vinyl flooring.

Materials and Tools Needed

· Vinyl flooring
· Jigsaw
· Circular Saw
· Straightedge
· Notched trowel
· Utility knife
· Vinyl adhesive
· Carpet tool
· Seam roller
· 100-pound roller
· Seam treatment
· Patching compound
The Process

1. Measure the area
To begin with, you need to measure the width and length and multiply to find out the square footage of the room you will be laying the vinyl floor on. Do not forget to include all nooks and closet areas that will be covered. You must add about 3 inches to every dimension, which will be helpful when you need to trim, cut, or center the pattern.

Your total square footage needs to be divided by 9 to find out the total yards that will be required. Usually, vinyl sheet flooring is available in 6 or 12 foot wide rolls.

2. Subflooring
To ensure the vinyl flooring is successfully installed, you need to make sure the subfloor is smooth and flat. Using the right adhesive and with the right preparation, you can easily install vinyl flooring over any dry and clean surface, like concrete, vinyl and wood.
If you want to lay a vinyl sheet over on already existing vinyl floor, make sure any small holes and joints are filled using a patching compound. If there are any adhesive or paints, remove it so that the floor is leveled and plain. Once the compound dries, sand that area and vacuum to get rid of any debris.

3. Prepare
Take the vinyl flooring sheet you will be using and keep it in the room you will be fitting it in and allow it to stay there for at least 48 hours before you begin installing. This will help the sheet adapt to the temperature of the room. Get rid of any furniture, appliances, or any other obstructions, and remove the thresholds and molding. The door jambs and trims need to be undercut so that you can easily slide your flooring.

4. Lay your flooring
The flooring must be positioned in the middle of your room. The factory edge of the flooring needs to be aligned with a straight wall in the room; at least you must try to do this to get the best results. This may help you center the pattern in your room, ensuring proper results. If you plan to lay the new flooring over an already existing vinyl floor, make sure the new seams are at about a 6 inches distance from the original seams.
Unroll your vinyl sheet and move it under any door casing and jambs. Cut the sheet leaving about 1 1/2 inches everywhere so that it is easier to fit it in non-square rooms, and also so that you can meet any fitting problems easily.

Once you have laid down the material properly in the room, make cuts where you need so that the flooring sheet lays perfectly flat on your floor. When your flooring has been cut properly and kept in the right position, now fold half of the sheet back.

5. Use your adhesive
Take a notched trowel hold it at a 60-degree angle and apply an even, thin adhesive coat on one side of your room on the subfloor. The adhesive supplier mentions the notch size, so make sure you follow that.

You should not miss any area, be really careful about this or else you floor can bubble up, and thus all your efforts will go waste.

Once you apply the permanent adhesive you can reposition the sheet as long as the adhesive is wet, which is about 15-20 minutes. So, you have that much time before you lay down your floor sheet permanently. You may instead make use of the releasable adhesive that gives you the chance to pull back and remove or re-position your sheet when needed.

6. Fit the sheet
Now, lay your vinyl sheet back in the right place and press it on the surface properly. Starting from the center, move towards the edges, and get rid of any air bubbles in the process. When you need to cut the flooring sheet along the baseboards, you can make use of straightedge and utility knife. To cut around any obstructions, you should first cut vertically so that the vinyl can lay flat, and then horizontally trim along baseboards.

If inside corners have to be trimmed, you should keep cutting little half circles until the sheet lies properly flat on the floor. Once the vinyl has been put into place, use a hand roller to secure it in position and to remove any air bubbles. It takes about 2 -4 hours to create a proper bond. Make sure heavy traffic is avoided in the area for at least 24 hours.

Tips to remember:

· If you find bubbles on the floor, wait for a day and see if it settles. If that does not happen, make a small pinhole in the center on the bubble and once the air releases, inject some glue into this hole using a floor syringe.

· If you are installing vinyl flooring with designs that look like wood or tile, position the flooring in a way that the seams will fall naturally in between the planks or on the grout lines.

So, now that you know how to install vinyl flooring, wait no more, get all the essential materials, follow the process mentioned above, and get started.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

How Safe Is Laminate Flooring For Pets

Laminate flooring is relatively still a novelty in the world of flooring. There are many people who are yet to decide on whether or not they should install laminate floors in their homes, and more so, whether these floors are safe for pets. This article seeks to answer all of these questions as comprehensively as possible, to help you better decide on whether laminate floors are for you or not.

What are laminate floors?

It is a relatively new flooring technology where synthetic material is made in such a way as to imitate hardwood floors. This synthetic material can also imitate natural stone or even ceramic tiles, so laminate is rather versatile.

Laminate floors consist of four layers. The top layer is known as the wear layer. This is the layer that protects the rest it. It is the layer that keeps your floors at their ultimate best, forever glowing and shining, so that regardless of spills and other dirt, they do not get corroded too fast.

The second layer is known as the pattern layer. It is the catch in laminate flooring, because this is where the entire design of the floor is placed. Can invention get any better?

The third layer of a laminate floor is the most functional layer of the floor. It contains plastic laminate which is of paramount importance to any floor. Last but definitely not least is the backing layer. This layer helps keep moisture at bay by acting as barrier. It prevents warping, which is quite an annoying problem with natural wooden floors.

In recent years, laminate flooring has been growing in popularity for many reasons, and pet owners have reason to smile because of this kind of floors. As with all things however, there are also cons of installing laminate floors in your home. All in all, lamination a great option for pet owners for reasons to be discussed in consecutive paragraphs.

How good are laminate floors for pets?

When considering what floor to put in a home that also houses pets, it is important to know whether the floors in question can bear the presence of clawed pets. Pets with long claws are prone to scratch floors many times, which can make floors look unsightly. To solve the problem, some pet owners may go to all the trouble of having the claws of their pets clipped off. This is quite a hassle and there is always the assurance of the nails growing back, which means regular visits to the vet. To solve this problem, there is need to look for floor that can withstand the scratching of pets, and without doubt, laminate floors are the best.

With laminate flooring you are assured that no matter how hard your dog scratches the floor; the chances of it getting destroyed are slim to none. Laminate floors are some of the hardest floors that can bear with dignity the sure scratching that your pets will inflict on them.

Additionally, laminate floors are pretty easy to clean. Their very nature makes it hard for dust, dirt and grit to stick on them, which is great news for any pet owner. If you have a pet, then you are certainly familiar with the kind of labor that accompanies the duty of cleaning after your pet, and the urgency to do so immediately a pet messes your floor. With laminate flooring however, you can relax a little because there are low chances of dirt sticking on the floor, thanks to the wear layer of the floor. Additionally, the bottom layer of a laminate floor, that is the backing layer, ensures that spills do not seep into the floor and destroy it, a problem that many pet owners have to contend with when having other floors. The choice is usually between losing your pet or having warped floors, neither of which is desirable.

Laminate floors are also particularly safe for pets because their very nature does not allow mold and mildew to grow on them. In fact, these floors are so good that if you wish, you can have them accompanied with an allergen resistant and anti- bacterial coating. Does anything spell safe better than this? 

Moreover, because of how they are designed, laminate floors are some of the most durable floors. Additionally, they are stable and even, and can handle heavy human and pet traffic, which is a major thing that you have to consider before installing floors to your home.

What are the dangers of having laminate floors?
Laminate floors have their fair share of disadvantages. For pets, the glossy top layer of laminate floors can be a major problem. Because it is so slippery, pets might keep sliding and slipping, which might result in nasty accidents. Worse still, if liquids are left on the floor for long, the chances of a pet slipping and injuring itself are increased several fold. This is one of the greatest risks of installing laminate floors in a home with pets.

Additionally, pets are naturally not accustomed to walking on very smooth floors, and over time, this can lead to serious problems. When pets have to walk on very smooth floors for long hours, it results in unnatural movements in the hips, which could aggravate to serious health issues in the future.

Despite these challenges, there is a simple solution around them. You can have rugs placed in the rooms where your pets frequent to make it easy for them to manouvre in them. This should make it more comfortable for your pet, not to mention safer.


All in all, laminate floors make good floors for homes with pets, and you would be well advised to take the bold step into using this still- new flooring idea. You have everything to gain by using these floors, and your pets will sure be grateful.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Vinyl Flooring - What You Need To Know

The origin of vinyl flooring can be traced back to the 1930s, but it was not until years after the Second World War that it started appearing as a part of the architecture of that time. In particular, vinyl gradually seized the place of linoleum as a more cost-effective, stain-resistant, versatile and water-resistant flooring option. Over the years, vinyl floors have underground numerous technological advancements as a result of which they have become more good-looking and low-budget.

How Many Types Of Vinyl Flooring Are There?

Anyone who decides to opt for this flooring option will be able to choose between two types, namely sheet flooring or tile flooring. Sheet flooring involves laying down sheets of vinyl material, each of which happens to be either 6 feet or 12 feet wide. Title flooring involves the use of vinyl tiles, which are either 9-inch x 9-inch or 12-inch x 12-inch.

No doubt, installing sheet flooring can prove to be easier and it ultimately proves to be more water-resistant. However, vinyl tile flooring is preferred by many homeowners since it serves as a more inexpensive alternative to ceramic tile flooring.

What Are The Benefits Of Having Vinyl Floors?

Today, the reason behind the widespread popularity of this versatile flooring option is various desirable characteristics that continue to be added to it. Another thing that makes this flooring option so excellent is the fact that homeowners will find it quite suitable for house, no matter what their budget and/or interior décor. Along with being affordable and cost-effective, this flooring option also tends to be durable, long-lasting and stylish. Vinyl is also capable of resisting dents, scratches and stains to a great extent, as long it is laid down properly over the right subflooring.

Manufacturers began touting the benefits of vinyl flooring ever since the 1950s, and after having been tried and tested over the years, those benefits still remain true. Some of those benefits include:

Unlike other flooring materials, the vinyl surface never gets cold in the winter, and generally, walking over vinyl floors feels quite nice. Some vinyl sheets and tiles even come with a padded layer, which makes them far softer underneath the feet.

The general opinion of vinyl is that it is an extremely durable and long-lasting material. It can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years or even more as long as it is correctly installed and maintained. Of course, how well vinyl floors ultimately last over time depends on the quality of the vinyl sheets or tiles that are purchased, and how they were manufactured.

Homogenous vinyl tiles, such composite and solid tiles, happen to be the least prone to getting damaged by scratches since the colors permeate all of the layers. The durability of printed vinyl sheets and tiles depends on how long the clear wear layer lasts, since that is what protects the vinyl surface. There are even vinyl sheets are reinforced with fiberglass and they are perhaps the most durable and flexible, while they rarely get the damaged. Perhaps the best thing about vinyl floors is that if individual sheets or tiles do get damaged, it is always possible to replace them quite easily.

Easy To Install
As mentioned, it is relatively easier to install vinyl sheet and vinyl tile flooring. All that needs to be ensured is that the vinyl material is installed over a completely dry and leveled subfloor. Even homeowners themselves can install vinyl sheets or tiles on their own, but it is best if subfloor is prepared and the vinyl sheets or tiles are installed by a professional.

At the lower end, the cost of vinyl sheets or tiles per square foot tends to be as little as 50 cents. However, homeowners can expect to spend as much as 10 dollars per feet too if they wish to use higher end, premium vinyl sheets or tiles. The quality of the sheets or tiles, and the design options that the surface offers determines the difference in price.

Low Maintenance
Much like its installation, taking care of vinyl flooring also tends to be relatively easier. Essentially, homeowners must regularly sweep off any dirt and girt off the vinyl surface in order to keep it maintained. Although vinyl happens to be a stain-resistant material, any stains that do appear can and should be wiped off using damp mop and a cleaner that is suitable for vinyl floors.

Stain Resistant
As mentioned, there tends to be a clear wear layer on printed vinyl sheets and tiles. This layer serves as a surface barrier as a result of which the vinyl floor remains safe from spills and stains. Cleaning and maintaining these vinyl surfaces proves to be even easier. This surface protection is not available with composite and solid vinyl materials, as a result of which they have to be stripped and polished at times.

Water Resistant
Vinyl floors that are well-installed end up proving to be nearly impermeable to water penetration. This means that vinyl flooring is an ideal option for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other areas in a house where the moisture level tends to be high and the spillage of water occurs frequently.

Wide Range Of Design Options
There are almost uncountable options to choose from when it comes to the colors and patterns that vinyl sheets and tiles are available in. Manufacturers combine composite and solid vinyl in order to create numerous random and unique patterns. The versatility of printed vinyl tends to be greater since the look of hardwood, natural stone, and various other materials can be recreated using it. Vinyl sheets or tiles in different colors and with different patterns can also be mixed and matched to make it seem as if different elements have been combined on the floor.


Thus, it should be obvious why vinyl flooring is such a popular choice for homeowners in Singapore. It should be obvious by now that this flooring option can be installed virtually anywhere in a house. This means that the aesthetic of other flooring materials can be achieved in areas where their use would not be recommended, simply by installing the right type of vinyl material.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Chengal Decking Vs Balau Decking

Wood decking is the most popular décor in many developed countries in Asia. Many people are decorating their home balconies as well as patios with wooden decks now a days. But the main problem is many people do not know which material will be correct for their home or work place. It will always be better if a customer has good knowledge about the materials which have to be used so that they will be retained for long time. Not only that, the outdoor decking must also be enjoyable along with the nature. So decking must be focused.

The most common materials used for decking are Chengal wood and Balau 

Chengal decking the most common deck which is used for outdoor deck. This not only gives deck a wood feeling but also a beautiful look. The main problem with this Chengal wood is that it is expensive. This Chengal wood trees are protected and with this the young chengal wood is much expensive when compared with the old chengal wood.

The old Chengal wood will be treated with a process known as kiln drying process, where all the moisture in the wood is removed. So that it will become wood resistant. While in young Chengal wood, the moisture will not be removed and this will get damaged in long run. In few cases, even if the young chengal wood is processed, there will be high level of moisture in it. Old Chengal wood is always preferred to young chengal wood.

In Chengal decking, the Chengal Wood have to be sanded and then the paint has to be applied. The applied paint will enhance the colour of the deck and will protect it from extreme climatic conditions. With this the maintenance cost of the deck will be high. This will result in cracks of the deck after few years.

Balau Decks are also used for decking and this material is becoming really popular now a days. Even for Balau Decks, Kiln drying process have to be done same like in Chengal Decking.

The best thing about Balau wood is that its color of this wood is really pleasant and striking when we compare it with Chengal wood.

In Balau decks, some times there may be leakage of red colour from the wood as hey will be exposed to different climates. This will create colour fading when the decks are used in long run.

Chengal wood is really durable wood which can be used for decks. There is a shortage of this timber now a days.

Young chengal timber is not suggested as it has sapwood. With the presence of this sapwood, young chengal timber will not be durable.

When the house owners are getting the decking work done with Chengal, they must be sure that the dealer has got the wood legally and then get the decking done. Chengal wood must be old Chengal so that it will be of best quality and will be sustaining for long time.

Chengal wood has good density and the old chengal wood is dried and the moisture is removed. With this old chengal wood will be resisting to different climatic conditions.

Balau wood, when compared to Chengal wood is less dense. The Balau wood sometimes experiences cracking, so there may be cracks in Balau decking.

In Balau timber, there is red balau which cannot be used on ground decking. This red Balau wood is less resistant to decay so it is not suggested for ground deck. The yellow Balau wood is durable as it has the capacity to resist Fungi.

Chengal wood has been used from long time for decking and in many other parts of the house. The strength, resistance and durability are really good for the Chengal wood. The chengal wood which is installed must be matured or old chengal wood, else the decking will get rot within a couple of years after it is installed.

When old chengal wood is used, its life span is long under the extreme climatic conditions. But the young Chenga wood will not be durable and makes Chengal Decking non-sdurable.

The young Chengal wood is soft and is not wear and tear resistant. There are also huge amount of sugar content in the young Chengal woods which will help in growth of bacteria and this will accelerate rotting. The bacteria will also help the wood to get decayed easily. So for decking Young chengal wood must be avaoided.

The Balau wood colour always varies as it has wide range of species. The colour of this Balau wood can be pale straw to dark reddish brown. It depends on the species. In Balau decking one can have wide range of colour options.

This Balau wood has coarse grain texture which has medium as well as large pores. The grains of this wood are also interlocked sometimes.

This Balau wood can be considered as non durable wood as it is not decay resistance and there may be insect attacks also. In Chengal wood, insect attacks are not suspected.

Balau wood, has high density which makes the working process of the work hard. There is a small amount of silica present in this wood, due to which the cutting tools turn blunt.

The person working with Balau wood or the people who are using decks made of balau wood must be careful, as this Balau Decking may cause allergies like eye and skin irritation.

Balau is widely harvested and is available round the globe. So the price of this Balau decking price is moderate. But Chengal wood is really expensive and matured chengal wood is even more expensive, which in turn makes the Chengal decking expensive.

Balau wood can be used for decking and also in other décor in the house. Even Chengal wood can also be used, but many people do not wish to as it is more expensive.

Balau wood, is found in abundant and its properties vary from its species to species. The mechanical strength of the wood is also different.

If a person is not looking for the price of the decking and is ready to invest more amounts on the decking, then on can select Changal decking. But they must be sure to conform if the wood is matured Chengal wood and is Kiln dried or not.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

How To Choose The Right Flooring For Church?


One of the most important decisions that you have to take regarding any building or structure is choosing its flooring. Same goes for the church. You have to be very careful when you are deciding which floors to install in Singapore. There are many factors that determine which floor will be right for you. If you are building a church or remodelling it then considering the right material for installing the floor will be great. You have to make sure that you follow some of the things before installing the floor. Here are some of the factors for you that you need to consider –

Durable And Long Lasting
In churches, a lot of people come and thus it is a high traffic area. So, whatever material you choose for your floor it has to be durable and long lasting. You cannot rely on a delicate floor material when it comes to churches as everyday there are number of people coming here. So, you have to make sure that the floor material you choose is durable and strong enough to bear all the traffic. Otherwise you will find soon the floor is wearing away. You need to do a lot of researches regarding which material will be the best to be used as the floor of your church.

Resistant To Humidity
Since the weather of Singapore is hot and humid, you have to keep in that the flooring is capable enough to resist against it. The best material which is reliable enough against the hot and moist weather is the best. Mainly stone and marble are the best in this case. Wooden floors can have various problems in the humid weather. The woods react badly when it comes to constant moisture or humidity. So, it is best to ask the expert which will be best for this kind of weather.

Know Pros and Cons Of All 
Each and every material comes with a certain drawback and some advantages. Before you choose and decide a particular material for the flood of church you have to know all the advantages and disadvantages. This will help you to know and decide which material is going to be the best one as the floor. Whether it is renovation or a new construction, floor is the main the area which goes through a lot of rough use. So, a special care and attention has to be provided to them in order to ensure better longevity. Internet has of course provided a lot of options for us and thus it is easier for you to study about the pros and cons of all the materials.

Style And Colour
When you are deciding the right floor material you also have to keep the style and colour in mind. Not all style suits the environment of church. You have to make sure that the aesthetic value of the church is maintained whatsoever the style and colour your choose for the material. Even you can choose different style based on the interior decors of the church. It has to be complementary to each other. Otherwise it will look very odd if it does not match with the decor. So, browse through the designs and styles and get the best one you want.

Setting A Budget
It is very much important to know what your budget is. Now you have to choose the material based on the above factors and then consider your budget as well. It is better to be within the budget fixed and not to exceed. There are numerous flooring services available in Singapore but there are few who offer the best services even at an affordable rate and provide best quality materials to the people. You have to make sure that you do enough researches to find out such a service and get your floor installed at the church. But you also have to understand that you cannot compromise with the quality just for the budget.

How To Choose The Best Service?

In order to choose the best service you have to keep certain things in mind. These are –

Reliability: It is very important to know that the company you are calling for its service is reliable. If not reliable then you cannot get the right service. So, check all the reviews and feedbacks of the company and know how great it is.

Experience: This is another important thing to consider as these types of works require huge experiences. If the service does not have proper experience in it then it is not possible for one to do flooring jobs.

Affordable: Since you have a budget, you also have to make sure that you choose a service which is affordable to you and fits into your budget. Otherwise you have to pay a lot.

Options: There are many services that provide with various options. You have to choose the best company or service that provides you with a lot of options to choose from the floor materials. Also, check whether or not they have skilled labourers to install the floor.


Thus these are some of the important and essential points that you have to know and keep in mind. You need to understand that many services offer many types of materials but you need to choose the one which is best for Church floors. As mentioned above, you have to make sure that the material is durable and strong enough to resist against the humid weather as well also good enough for so much traffic. The best thing that you have to understand is that you cannot go for wooden floors. Even if you do then you also have to consider lamination and this may cost you a lot. Since this place is used by many people daily so a material which is easy to maintain will be really great. Thus the best one that you can consider is either stone or marbles as the flooring. It is durable as well as great for the humid weather. You do not have to spend a lot of time and money as well for maintaining it daily.