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A Guide To Choosing The Right Bathroom Flooring

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Are you looking for the right bathroom flooring? Let’s take a moment to review what options are available through the brief guide below.

  1. Consider The Basics

Regardless of the material you choose for your bathroom flooring, it should satisfy a few criteria. First, the material should be moisture-proof.  Your bathroom is frequently exposed to high humidity and wet conditions that other parts of your home never experience. As a result, the flooring will have to be particularly resistant. In addition to being moisture-proof, it will help you a great deal to get something that is stain-resistant as well. Like it or not, bathroom floors are exposed to a lot of chemicals and the right set of conditions to make staining commonplace. A final basic consideration is that your bathroom flooring be skid-resistant. This means that even when your bathroom floor is wet, you shouldn’t slip easily on the surface.

  1. Consider The Cost

One of the biggest drawbacks about going cheap is durability. The cheaper you go, the shorter the length of time will go by before you have to replace the flooring again. Vinyl usually falls under this category. While cheap and backed by a warranty, they are generally a poor choice for bathrooms due to the moisture. Ceramic bathroom tiles are a preferred choice. While more expensive, they are resistant to chipping, scratches, and cracks. The downside, however, is that they can feel cold in the morning. Glass and glazed ceramic is also popular, though it frequently comes the tiles are frequently sold at far higher cost per square foot than anything listed above.

  1. Consider The Use

Will this bathroom be used primarily by kids? If so, then you may want to go for ceramic tiles, as they are very water resistant. However, if your primary concern is safety, then glass or glazed tiles with an anti-slip glaze on top can work wonders in providing the security you require, even in the wettest conditions. In addition, if you are designing a bathroom floor around an aging parent, then having this extra grip on the floor may be crucial for their safety as well.

  1. Consider Your Style

If you have a particular vision for your bathroom and it requires a less-than-optimal flooring option, then go with it. There are always things you can use to make up for any deficiency in the floor, including anti-slide mats for slippery floors and water collectors for flooring that does a poor job at handling moisture.  Simply put, where there is a will there is a way.

Have any more questions about bathroom flooring? At Lucas Contracting, we’re here to help.

 

 

4 DIY Projects to Avoid

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Part of being a good DIY-er is being realistic about your own skills. Avoiding the following projects will protect you from costly errors that will affect the integrity of your home:

Window Replacement

Your windows are not only a design element for your home’s exterior. They also play a key role in keeping your home warm and dry. It might seem simple enough to pop out the old windows and install the new ones, however there is much that can go wrong with window installation starting with the proper measurements. You will have to special order your windows and if you measure wrong this can be a very costly mistake. Very few home improvement stores will allow you to return special order items such as windows. The next issue is improper installation. Poorly installed windows can lead to multiple issues from poor insulation to leaks that can lead to structural issues and even the growth of black mould.

Roofing

You have probably seen roofers tearing the shingles off of neighbourhood homes and thought that doesn’t look so hard. However roofing is not only highly detailed work, it is also highly dangerous. Much like windows, roof replacement is a huge job that requires the job be done correctly to avoid costly damage to your home. As well roof work is very dangerous and can lead to serious injury with one misstep.

Structural Changes

One of the main concerns with structural changes is that it can lead to serious issues in a day, or years from now. When knocking out walls you have to understand how it will affect the overall integrity of your home. Whether you are working in the basement, creating an open concept main floor or want a larger master bedroom, it is best to leave structural changes up to the pros.

Electrical Upgrades

If you figure you are going to upgrade that old knob and tube wiring in your home or add a few more circuits, leave it to the pros. Electrical wiring can cause a fire quicker than you can flick a switch. Without a clear understanding of the proper codes to follow you can make some serious errors in judgment that could literally burn your house down.

When it comes to your home, safety should always be your first priority. If you are considering any of the above projects call a contractor and discuss your options.

Creating a Beautiful Bathroom

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Bathroom renovations offer you the chance to enjoy spa like luxury in your own home every day. When considering bathroom renovations in your home there are several things you can add to achieve a stylish, luxurious look:

Walk in Shower

A walk in shower has become a bathroom must for modern homes. In fact, shower rooms are even more popular. Large spacious showers allow you to enter the shower without fear of tripping. You will have plenty of space to luxuriate in the warm water with the addition of multiple shower heads and even a steam shower option. If space allows many homeowners appreciate the addition of a built in bench. Benches provide the perfect place for tasks such as shaving legs and for overall relaxing. A bench is also ideal if you have a steam shower feature as you can sit and relax much like a sauna. Your entire shower experience will be changed with the addition of a walk in shower complete with stunning tile detail and glass walls and doors.

Soaker Tub

In addition to your walk in shower it is always nice to have a soaker tub for the perfect retreat at the end of a long, hard day. Soaker tubs come in a number of styles and can become a stunning focal point in beautifully designed bathrooms. Tubs have become sculptured and molded as a major design feature in bathroom remodels. They even come in a number of different materials including copper, stone, faux stone and other interesting colours and designs. You can create an even more striking focal point by hanging an elegant chandelier overhead or consider interesting lighting effects surrounding the tub to help set a relaxing mood.

Deep Sinks

Deep sinks are all the rage in designer bathrooms. A deep sink can be designed as part of your counter tops or installed as an undermount in a number of different styles and materials. Make sure you have the space below for deep sinks. Consider the potential loss of counter space and storage space in cabinets and drawers. They also work well for floating vanities as they add a feeling of substance to the room. Deep sinks can be custom designed to meet your needs. Some homeowners are even installing industrial style sinks designed for use in restaurants.

Creating beautifully designed bathrooms is easy with these three stylish features.