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Tile floors can increase the beauty and elegance of any room. There are many benefits to choosing tile floors.

They are more durable and easy to clean than carpet or wood floors. They can also increase a property's value. There are more design options available with tile floors than with carpeting or wood. Tile floors can be customized to match any decor. Unfortunately, the cost of installing tile floors can be high. In addition, the installation can be a lengthy and inconvenient process. For those seeking to avoid the expense and time involved in installation, interlocking floor tiles can be an attractive alternative.

Traditional tile installation requires many tools and lots of patience which have to be pre-set on the floor, cut down to size, then adhered to the floor using a strong industrial glue. They will not stick to every surface and frequently, a layer of floor base must be installed before the tiling work can begin. If the tiles are placed too close together, they can buckle, leaving unsightly bumps and lumps on the floor. If they are placed too far apart, there will be obvious gaps. If a mistake is made when laying down the tile, it is very difficult to fix as the tile is glued to the floor. The tile will have to be pried up, excess adhesive scraped, and the process started over. Laying traditional tile floors is a project that can take several days, to several weeks, to finish.

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Diagnosing the Cause Of, and Avoiding Cupping in Solid Wood Flooring

Cupping or dishing in solid hardwood means the boards raise slightly at their edges making the hardwood flooring uneven across its width. The cause of cupping is an imbalance of moisture through the timber. This can be a result of a spillage on the floor, or because of the hardwood flooring gaining moisture from the sub-floor material.

Taking moisture reading of the underside of the timber and comparing this with a reading taken from the upper side will confirm this.

Wood always expands when it takes on moisture. It therefore follows that moisture on the underside of the wood will make the underside expand laterally. However, the upper side of the wood which has not absorbed any moisture, so this stays at near its original size. The immense strength of the expansion of the underside of the wood is what makes the edges of the wood curl.

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Learn: what laminate flooring is and why it's different from hardwood flooring, what an AC rating is and why it is important to the consumer,  about tongue and groove and locking systems for laminate floors, a list of dos and don't for laminate flooring

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Learn about advantages of hardwood flooring  information about prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring, available surfaces and stains for solid hardwood, popular species, a list of "dos" and
"don'ts" when caring for hardwood floors.

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Tile flooring installation is a big project to take on your own. It can be done, but it's much easier with the help of family and friends or simply hire a professional installer to do it and save a lot of time and energy. But if you are certain that you want to tackle tile flooring installation on your home, here is how you are going to do it.

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