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Why Should I Do Some Travertine Polishing?
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Why Should I Do Some Travertine Polishing?

Travertine Polishing is done to remove surface imperfections or damage done to installed travertine tiles or pavers. Travertine is decorative natural stone, a form of limestone which is formed near caves or hot springs. At first glance, some people think that travertine is similar to marble - a common natural stone used for buildings. Actually, it is not. Marble is metamorphic rock, formed with extreme heat and pressure. It is also more structurally solid than travertine. Carbon dioxide escapes from the stone during the formation of travertine and this leaves holes throughout the stone, giving it a somewhat fibrous appearance. The commercial value of travertine is determined by the presence of these holes left behind by the carbon dioxide evasion. The more solid-looking stones with less ho...
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Cork Flooring Installation: Now Made Easy

Cork flooring has been a popular choice for flooring for decades, although its popularity has waned in recent years. However, cork flooring is experiencing something of a renaissance, and sales have recently begun to rise as more people begin to see the benefits of adding cork flooring to their homes. Some of the benefits of cork flooring include the fact that it is a hard-wearing and durable material that is also warm and quiet underfoot, as well as coming in a range of beautiful styles. Another major benefit is that it is fairly easy to install without the need to hire a floor installation specialist.Preparing the SubfloorBefore you even attempt to install a cork floor, you need to make sure that the subfloor is clean, even and free from holes, lumps and cracks. If your floor has any of ...
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Review: Trane Heat Pump

A manufacturer of HVAC products since 1885, Trane has become a name of high standards, technological innovations and quality for more than a hundred years. But can this also be said about its manufactured heat pumps?Invented in the 1880s, they are systems that circulate warm air during winter and cold air during summer, thus functioning as the heater and air conditioner at the same time. The modern day Trane heat pumps come built with a system that includes an air cleaner, an air handler or circulator and a digital thermostat to control the entire system. Trane has manufactured four types of model units that vary according to energy sufficiency. These have efficiency ratings as highs as 9.8 HSPF and 17.6 SEER on high end models, and its innovative dual compressor mechanism has helped f...
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Everything You Need To Know About Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

When it comes to the flooring in your home, you have a wide range of choices available today. You can go with ceramic tile, or hardwood flooring, but can be on the pricey side. Laminate flooring is more affordable, but is often not as durable as it looks. The most affordable choice all around, is luxury vinyl tile flooring, which combines the best of both worlds when it comes to hardwood and laminate.The Essential Differences between Laminate and Luxury Vinyl TileThe first key difference between these two popular styles of flooring is of course, the price. Laminate flooring, depending on the grade, can be quite affordable, but there are styles of luxury vinyl that can be found in most price ranges today, especially if you order through flooring centers that offer pricing packages and disco...
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When At The Fireplace Store, Don’t Rule Out Electric

An electric fireplace is actually a novelty electric heater that is designed to mimic a typical coal-, wood-, or natural gas-burning hearth. Found in a typical fireplace store, they are sometimes placed within a conventional hearth that is no longer able to be used to burn fires. They conveniently plug into wall outlets and can heat a room as large as 400 square feet.These beautiful heating units are practically works of art. They have the ability to simulate both flames and smoke with astonishing accuracy. The realistic flicker of flames set against LED logs that sporadically spark brings an authentic touch to the unit. Some displays in the fireplace store may even have an audio component that plays a crackling sound every once in a while.The first electric options were invented as early ...
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Effective Tips For Insulating Under Floors

If you are planning to build a new home or renovating your old home, one important job you can do is installing under floor insulation. In the beginning of construction, the builder should ask all subcontractors to keep spaces between floor joists clear. Under floor covering increases the energy-efficiency of a building. This article offers some effective tips to do under floor covering in your home. Let the ductwork, electrical wiring and drain lines run under the insulation, to install a continuous covering layer. If you stay in a region that has freezing winters, supply plumbing is present inside the lining, to increase the protection. The best technique is to let the supply plumbing run together within a few spaces of joists. Split the lining and let it be around the plumbing. Seal all...
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Floor Sanding – How Best to Restore Your Wood Floor

Do you look at your tired wooden floors and wonder whether it is possible to restore them, achieving that look that we all see in the glossy magazines? Some are put off by this home improvement task purely because of the mess, hassle and hard work involved in the restoration process. A professional wood floor cleaner and restoration specialist will be able to provide a cost-effective floor sanding service that will eliminate any of these concerns.Traditional wood floor sanding meant the creation of a lot of dust, dirt and disruption in homes. A unique dust free sanding process has now been introduced and is being practiced by the best sanding Companies. These professionals employ the use of modern equipment and are expertly trained in the dust free floor sanding process. This ensures that ...