Laminate Floors

Why Laminate Flooring Is Advantageous for You

Lamination refers to coat with a protective covering, generally plastic made cover, which protects the inner item for long from elements of nature. Similarly, laminate flooring refers to a coat applied on the floor, which protects the floor from natural elements, aging etc, and makes the floor super smooth, shiny, hard and durable, and resistant to scratches and wear and tear. Earlier people used to install the concrete flooring, but after a certain time, these concrete flooring used to get affected and they also became damaged due to heavy footprints. But now you can maintain the glossy look of your floor by installing the laminated floors.

Flooring
Flooring

Where Can You Install Laminate Flooring?

You can install laminate floors anywhere except on a carpet. Any sort of sub floor can support a laminate floor, and the tiles of laminate pieces can be adhered to one another through a simple self locking system, which again gives the laminate tiles enough space to contract and expand as per temperature and humidity levels.

Why Use Laminate Flooring?

There are many reasons to use laminate flooring over use of conventional concrete, hardwood or stone flooring.

  • Laminates come in various looks to mimic the look of a hardwood floor, stone floor, vinyl floor, tiled floor, mosaic floor, or other stylish designed looks. Hence you can practically get any style of look using laminate tiles.
  • Unlike the 8 to 10 ft length of hardwood floor planks, which are difficult to handle, the laminate floor tiles come in easy to handle 4 ft length, or even custom sizes. Hence you will be able to do the flooring much easily.
  • A layer of string resilient plastic makes the laminate floor hard and scratch resistant. Hence the floor will not wear and tear with foot traffic, furniture pressure, and with pressure of rollers from trolleys and furniture etc.
  • The protective laminate layer also saves the floor from losing color and brightness by blocking harmful UV rays of the sun. Hence in very well sunlit rooms or spaces, these floors are great for use.

Installation of Laminate Flooring Takes Very Less Time:

Laminate flooring installation take few hours only. You can hire some trained professionals and they can easily install the laminate flooring solutions on your floor to make the glossy finishes.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring
  • Laminate floors do not let any stains, dyes, dirt or grease reach the inner layers, and no moisture can invade the layers. Hence with simple dusting and mopping everyday, the floor will keep on shining smooth and clean for years.
  • With use of microbe and bacteria resistant chemicals in the coating of the laminate tiles, the laminate floor can be very healthy. Even when you don’t use special coated tiles, they still would not let algae, molds and mildew grow on the floor.
  • The pricing for laminate flooring is quite reasonable, and installation is an easy process. You do not need to spend any additional amount for the maintenance of these laminate flooring and you can easily maintain it in a normal way.

The main reason you would want to use laminate floors is to avoid direct wear and tear in places which receives a lot of traffic. Hallways, corridors, and porticos can have laminate flooring, and even staircases may have it. Since maintaining the floors is so very easy with simple cleaning everyday, you may forget costly maintenance and worrying about the polish and looks of the floor for years once you install laminate flooring.

However, with time, laminate floors will wear off, as you keep on dusting and mopping the floors for daily cleanliness. Once the laminate tiles are worn off, you will have to replace the worn off tiles.

Bathroom

Waterproof Membrane for Shower: Way to Waterproofing Your Bathroom Forever

Home décor is good to dream, but hard to implement.  While designing the interior, most of the people often look for fashionable materials and pieces; however, it is necessary to get the best quality products that blends with the room as well. Bathroom or shower area is one such place that needs extra attention. There is always splashing and spilling of water in bathroom. Therefore, one cannot just have a dry bathroom all the time. As a result, bathroom walls need some extra coat of protection that other rooms probably don’t need. Limiting the splashing of water, as much as you can, on to the walls will go a long way in ensuring the durability and strength of the wall. Waterproof membrane for shower is a wall protector for your stylish bathroom that can prevent this spillage on to the walls.

DIY Bathroom Waterproofing
DIY Bathroom Waterproofing

What Is Waterproof Membrane?

This is a type of protector that is used widely in showers to protect the walls from frequent water splashing. When you are under shower, it is obvious that water will splash on to the walls. Consequently, it can damage the walls around the shower. This waterproof membrane protects the walls from getting wet.

Waterproof Membrane for Shower Kit:

This membrane comes in a kit. The kit contains waterproof under-tile membrane, adhesive, tapes and brush. Wherever you wish, you can apply this under-tile membrane with the help of brush and let it dry for minimum 2 hours and maximum 48 hours. Once it gets dried, apply second coat to make it stronger. Let it dry and then you can easily place the tiles over it.

Most of the membranes comes with adhesives. The adhesive is mixed with the membrane beforehand. The tapes are used to cover the edge and the joints of the walls. Though the membrane is applied on and under the tapes, it protects the layers of membrane applied on the corner of the walls and floors.

Benefits of Waterproof Membrane:

  • The main reason for applying waterproof membrane for shower is to stop dampening the walls around the shower. The shower area in the bathroom is mostly covered with fashionable tiles. Applying under-tile waterproof membrane will prevent water from seeping into the mortar by continuous water splash.
  • These membranes dry up easily. They don’t let the water to reach the deeper parts of the walls and hence retain the strength and stability of the wall.
  • It is easy to apply. Though professionals handle it better. You can follow the instructions on the kit and apply the waterproof membrane in the shower area.
  • Mainly one kit is apt for a small shower area.
  • Waterproof membrane for shower is not much expensive. On the contrary, it guards your expensive tiles around your shower.
  • It is not mandatory to apply this membrane in entire bathroom. Many a people apply this only across the shower area or sometimes a small area around the shower.
Bathroom Waterproofing
Bathroom Waterproofing

Steps to Apply Waterproof Membrane:

  1. Do your homework decide where to apply the membrane.
  2. Mark the area around the shower you want to waterproof.
  3. Clean the area of waterproofing properly. Remove all dirt or dust around the area where you plan to apply the membrane.
  4. Stick the tapes on the corner edges of the walls and floor.
  5. Apply the membrane above and under the tapes. Also apply it on the walls and floors. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
  6. Apply a second coat of the membrane. It is recommended that application of the second coat must be done 90 degrees opposite to the direction of first coat.
  7. Let it dry for another few hours, more longer the better.
  8. Clean the applied waterproof membrane for shower with water and your waterproofed washroom is ready.