Sounds like it might be a fairy tale – a nice juicy house made of sweets and chocolate calling you to sink your teeth into it. But my home was not that kind of home, unfortunately. However, it was one of the best and prettiest I ever lived in.

I was very young when my family moved to an apartment mostly made of wood. It was really beautiful and it gave a nook-y feeling that we all adored. A nice parquet flooring, majority of walls done in paneling. Truly a unique place!

Soon enough, like in horror movies, I started hearing noises. It appeared I was not alone in my room…

They’re hungry

It sounded like there was a bunch of teeny tiny creatures eating their hearts out. And it really was so. Maybe you are lucky and initially didn’t have any uninvited guests. Maybe you’re really lucky and still don’t have them. However, as long as you have some wood in your home, there is always a possibility that one day you may face wood eating pests.

All those termites, carpenter ants and bees, powder post beetles have their role in this life. But that role is not to eat your wood or destroy it by nesting in it. And since you cannot actually negotiate with the little rascals, something else has to be done.

Fact: it is the larvae, the growing bug, that is guilty of destroying. Those babies are hungry!

Prevent it

If your home is new, or intact by these pests, you are only left to make sure that that doesn’t change. So any kind of wood that you do take back to your home must be checked properly. You may want a cozy fire or are ready to do some artwork and woodwork. Naturally, you’ll be needing supplies.

Make sure that whatever wood you bring in is clear of small or relatively big holes as they are indicators that insects delve there. Also, make sure the wood is kiln-dried. That prevents the moisturizing that attracts the insects. If you work with wood, techniques like sanding, varnishing and/or painting the wood will help prevent it from being destroyed.

Damage control

If you are like me and you’re already too late, you can always turn to pest control services. Which is probably the best case if you are dealing with termites. However, if you are dealing with something else and the situation is not out of control, there are other ways. Basically, all products that have borate in them are the way to go. It penetrates the wood and kills larvae. Plus, it lingers for a while, preventing future infestations.

Don’t let them control you

Just ask your local hardware store where to find those insecticides and take back your home (your floors, furniture and works). Don’t despair, as everything is solvable. And this is the war that you can easily win.

As for me, I already did!

Types of Resilient Flooring

What feels soft, yet firm enough underneath your feet? It’s some type of resilient flooring, for sure. The word around the block is that it’s coming back. Who doesn’t want to invest in something that will last them a long, long time? Be it vinyl, linoleum, hard wood or even rubber , you may want to dig a bit deeper in this subject.

 

Fresh refinished wood floor

Why is it good for me?

Well, like we already stated, its durability and resistance to all sorts of damage. The material of this type of floor can actually reduce noise pollution. And it feels a lot more comfortable for your feet. Ever wondered why all those high traffic places have some sort of resilient flooring? It makes it easier on your feet and your back as well. There is also a question of cost. It saves you some money to invest in these types of flooring. And who doesn’t like that?

However…

If you’re in the middle of the buy-sell game, resilient flooring may not always be in your favor. Its value is inconsistent, due to a range of variations and their prices that can go from extremely cheap to expensive and ultra-elegant.

Due to its softens that’s so beneficial for your feet and posture, some heavier objects – such as table legs – can leave permanent damage. Every type of flooring has it strong and weak sides. It’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into.

Vinyl and the gang

Types of resilient flooring are vinyl and its variations such as vinyl composition tile, solid vinyl tile and luxury vinyl tile. It’s up to you to choose which one fits the aesthetic of your home or office the best. And your budget, of course.

You have some other options, don’t worry. Linoleum, cork and rubber. All of these are also an eco-friendly choice, so that is always a plus. Don’t worry about the style and design, either. There are a lot of options, so you don’t have to give up on originality. Start your research and maybe you will come to the conclusion that resilient is exactly what you need.

Oh, a fun fact: asphalt is a type of resilient floor. Hard to imagine it in a home, though! Keep it outside, please!

Amazing wood floor

Design interior of elegance modern living room, brown armchairs with lamps and coffee table.

One of the best (and smartest) investments in house renovations is floor investment. Solid ground underneath your feet is essential for everything else. Both in metaphorical and literal sense. So, you’re investing and don’t mind to spare some extra cash? We offer you a list of flooring options that are on top of the list.

Quality is priority

Who doesn’t know about stone and hardwood flooring? These materials were (and still are) used for the best of the best. Nothing like a little marble for that palace feeling in your own home. These materials are a good choice not only because they look (damn) good, but because they’ll last you a solid amount of time. However, certain types can be super expensive. The density of stone will determine its color, for example. And more colorful they are, the more expensive they will be.

As for hardwood flooring, sure enough there are affordable options, very nice, very solid. If you’re looking for something more exotic, this type of flooring got you covered. Even some options from the pool of reclaimed hardwood can cost you some extra cash. Reclaimed hardwood is made from aged, already used wood. However, people found a way to breathe in some new life into it. This type of flooring can have a real personality to it and individuality. That kind of makes up for the price.

Mosaics

Tiles. Mosaic tiles. Creating art on your floor. If you can imagine it, mosaic tiles can create it. Plus, they are very good at handling water and spillages of all sorts. There are also designer tiles, high quality Italian tiles, antique tiles, glass tiles… You can really create some luxury vibes with them.

Luxury vinyl tiles is another option. They are the most expensive form of vinyl that there is. Their strong point is that they can replace the vibe of wood and stone and yet give a softer and warmer feel. Plus, no matter how realistic they are, they’ll still be cheaper than natural stone and hardwood.

For the end, a shocking one

Well, it was a shock for me. Maybe it will be for you. One of the most expensive floor material is… Carpet. That is, a designer carpet. And designer carpet tiles. If you really like labels, by all means, go for it! It’s your home, it’s your sanctuary. If you can afford it, no need to be modest.

Installing hardwood flooring is a massive financial commitment that will pay well in the long run. It is, therefore, important to take good care of your new floor to keep it in the right condition for long. With maintenance and proper care, it is possible to keep your flooring for a lifetime. Before knowing the right tips of hardwood flooring, it is crucial to understand why you need this type of flooring.

Advantages of wood flooring

There are a lot of benefits that you can attach to hardwood flooring which makes it among the populous floors of home renovation. These advantages include:

Health

Since debris does not capture debris like carpets, the air in the house will be cleaner and fresher. This aspect is vital for individuals that have respiratory illnesses or allergies and need a continuous flow of fresh air around the house.

Maintenance

As you will discover with time, hardwood floors are quite easy to clean and care. The inherent properties found in wood make it resistant to stains and dirt because it does not get stuck on the wood. Most of what you will do is mopping with a damp mop or cloth or regular vacuuming. Additionally, unlike carpets, wood does not fail and retains its original color for long.

Versatility

Hardwood is among the most versatile flooring options in the market. You can never come across two similar hardwoods. Therefore, your house will get different flooring from what your neighbor possesses. Additionally, wood has different natural patterns so that you will end up getting your preferred color shading.

Value addition

All realtors agree that hardwood flooring adds significant value to your home. The value addition happens in both monetary and perceived value. Apart from the floor increasing the dollar value of your home, it will also be attractive to potential buyers in the event the need to sell arises.

Durability

Hardwood is both sturdy and robust, making it resistant to scratches and dents that are part of daily life. This flooring type withstands heavy furniture and items falling accidentally on it.

Aesthetics

The beauty that comes with hardwood flooring is undeniable. You can refinish and sand wood flooring to change the color when tired of particular shading. The versatility of these floors makes it perfect for any conceivable interior design type.

How do you take care of your wooden floor?

You need to know that hardwood flooring is a substantial investment that requires proper maintenance to protect it and enjoy it for long. First of all, you need to ensure that it meets your specified finish and flooring. You need to follow specific instructions from the manufacturer about cleaning and general maintenance. You need to do some research on your type of flooring. You need to sweep the floor with a soft broom to protect it from scratches. You also need to leave shoes at the doorstep to avoid dragging grime and dirt onto the floor. You can also use dry wipes to wipe spills off the floor. Avoid dragging furniture on the floor. It is also crucial to make use of the right cleaners that the manufacturer recommends when cleaning your floor.

Sustainable materials, healthier alternatives, pollution free, environment friendly… Dictionary of the 21st century is filled with these and similar notions. Most of us really do want to make the best and the healthiest choices. However, sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. After all, there is so much that we can take into consideration when it comes to going green.

For example, flooring

A good way to start is by changing some of our habits and changing the way we build and renovate our homes. Needless to say, we would all want our homes to be healthy nukes for our families. That’s exactly what you’ll get if you choose eco-friendly flooring. These alternatives to vinyl and carpeting mean less dust particles floating around.

A lot of materials that make eco-friendly flooring are renewable ones. There are different types of wood that can regrow rather quickly. You don’t need to feel guilty over that elegant wood flooring that you always wanted. If not wood, then cork. Or recycled tiles. Explore the options and you will learn that choosing to go green can actually be a relief to your budget. Not the other way around.

What about style?

Going eco doesn’t mean going boring. You don’t have to give up on originality, creativity and beauty in every corner of your home. Nowadays, the most frequent and popular choices are bamboo and cork flooring. Both of these materials are extremely renewable and can last for a few decades. Bamboo is a perfect solution if you like that feel that wood brings. Cork is easy to work with, it’s fire retardant and comes in a variety of paints so you don’t have to worry about availability of different styles.

You can also explore the world of recycled tiles and reclaimed hardwood. The second one is an excellent choice if you prefer a more traditional style. Reclaimed wood flooring is made of already used, salvaged wood. As for the tiles, try glass ones. They use recycled glass and deliver to you tiles of many colors, patterns and shapes that you can easily maintain and that will last you a long time.

Linoleum is another option. It’s a better and safer alternative to vinyl for it is fire retardant and water resistant. And if you really want a softer touch you could always give a chance to a wool carpet. Wool is a natural resource and it can last for a very long time. Or, you could be really environment aware and use a type of carpet called Polyester Berber. This bad boy is made of recycled plastic bottles!

It’s all about the environment

We named just a few, but there are many other options too. Ask around and compare the available choices. What’s truly important here is that you will be doing a good deed for the environment and yourself.