Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lighting Design Basics

When it comes to lighting design, there are several things you should keep in mind before you begin construction:

The use of natural light

Natural light is a crucial feature in any lighting design. You can include these easy and cost-efficient designs in any project, from a major remodel to a quick update to your current lighting.

Study up on the major uses of lighting in a home

In the majority of homes, there are three types of lighting: task lighting, accent lighting and general (ambient) lighting. Task lighting centers around specific work areas: countertops and tables. Accent lighting illuminates the notable features of your home: interesting architectural attributes, artwork and stairways. General (ambient) lighting refers to lighting that cultivates the overall mood of your home. When choosing general lighting, it’s important to ensure your other lighting systems work well with your general lighting — you don’t want a dim kitchen with blinding, in-cabinet lights.

Think about different types of lighting and where they
will work best in your home

Recessed lighting is all the rage for a good reason: It works with anything. It can be used to accent your living room just as much as it can for basic tasks, like lighting your closet. Track lighting is another popular choice for many homeowners. This lighting style is especially useful if your primary intent is accenting certain areas, like architectural features or artwork.

Some More General Lighting Design Tips

If you’re in the process of redesigning your home’s lighting, start paying attention to additional design solutions (from your magazines to your next door neighbor). Looking at other lighting options allows you to discover what you like and what you don’t. Above all else, make sure your lighting plan is functional. Good lighting design isn’t worth the money if it’s more of a hassle to operate than it is to enjoy. A sound lighting plan is an investment that will pay off in satisfaction and convenience for years to come.

Organizing Your Garage

Be realistic. If you stop thinking about cleaning out the garage as a big task that must be completed in one go, it takes a lot of the pressure off. Each step you take to clean out your garage makes it measurably better than where you started, which is why I advise tossing perfection as a goal out the window — if it’s better than before, that’s a win. And by breaking your task down into manageable chunks, you eventually can have a totally clean, clear garage like this one, and you can enjoy the small victories along the way.

Do some reconnaissance. Take a deep breath, and go in. That’s step one. Don’t worry about sorting or removing anything yet, just have a good look around and note what you see. You might want to make a list, take some photographs or both; do whatever helps you feel more organized and in control. On this first trip into the garage, take special note of any really big and bulky pieces: Are these items you might be interested in getting rid of? If so, take some time today to research where to take the items, or (if you intend to sell them) take photos and create an ad for Craigslist or another resource in your area.

Compile a local resource list. Look over the notes or photos you made during your reconnaissance trip, and make a list of the types of items you plan to get rid of. Once you know what you have, you can begin to figure out where it will all go. Perhaps you need to rent a refuse container to collect trash, find a consignment store to drop off clothes or schedule a pickup of donations for a local charitable organization. Having these details charted out in advance will make the rest of the process feel more straightforward.

Schedule a weekend to start sorting and purging. If your garage is very full, you will probably need to schedule multiple weekends to get through everything — but for now, just worry about the first one. During that first weekend of work, you will probably be amazed at the dent you make in the clutter. While you are putting the great garage cleanup on your calendar, be sure to also schedule any pickups or rent a trash bin if you need it. Having other people counting on you to get the work done will help ensure you don’t procrastinate. Repeat this step as needed, until you have reduced the clutter.

Sort what’s left into “zones.” Once you have managed to sort through most of the items in your garage (and ideally have removed a lot of unneeded stuff), it’s time to assess what’s left and make a plan for what will go where. By keeping items in categories that make sense (for example, gardening, sports, holiday, tools) finding what you need will be much easier. Sort your remaining items into categories that make sense to you, and pile them neatly.

Dispose of hazardous items safely. If you have items such as pesticides or old motor oil, you will need to make a special trip to a hazardous waste facility. Collect these items in a central spot in the garage, and pencil in time to get that done. Paint, motor oil, fertilizers and pool chemicals should never be dumped down the drain or tossed in the regular trash.

Invest in a proper storage setup. If you can, invest in some storage cabinets and wall-mounted storage — it will make a huge difference in how accessible your stored items are and may even help protect them over time. It’s also a good idea to begin transferring your stored items from old cardboard boxes into sturdier containers meant for long-term storage. Plastic bins work well for hard items (like children’s toys and holiday lights), but textiles and papers are best kept in archival containers designed for this purpose.

Three main types of garage storage to consider:

  1. Overhead. If you have a lot to store and space is tight, consider using overhead space to stow away some of your least-frequently used items (like holiday decor) in lidded bins. Overhead storage racks need to be securely mounted for safety, so it’s best to have a pro put them in.
  2. Wall-mounted. Keeping gear and bins off the floor is one of the best ways to prevent moisture damage and save floor space.
  3. Locked cabinets. These are essential for safely storing materials like antifreeze, motor oil, pesticides and other chemicals that could harm children or pets if ingested.

Move frequently used gear near the entrance. If you ride bikes and play ball every weekend, it doesn’t make sense to have to trek to the back of the garage to retrieve your gear each time you need it. Keep these items along a wall close to the entrance instead, and outfit it with storage that fits the purpose: bike hooks for bikes, wire mesh baskets for balls, shelves for gardening supplies and so on.

Yep, there’s a rack for that! Have something unusually shaped? A quick search online or a trip to a storage store probably will turn up multiple solutions. So just because you have something big and bulky, like a kayak or surfboard collection, don’t let that be an excuse to plunk it down any old place. Long term, it’s much better to have a specific spot to stash each type of storage item you have.

Keep it going. The key to keeping your garage organized and clutter-free long-term is to view it as an important, useful space, not a dumping ground for random items that you don’t know what else to do with. Clutter tends to breed more clutter, so remember that the next time you are tempted to stash away a few more “good”cardboard boxes, that Christmas present you hate (but are afraid to get rid of) or the broken blender you might one day fix.

Hardwood Style Tile

Wood look tile flooring has become one of the hottest trends in the flooring industry today. With the advancements in manufacturing processes, porcelain tile that looks like natural wood is being used in projects large and small. No longer limited to traditional sizes, tile can now be manufactured in what are called planks, or tiles that are rectangular in shape.

What is Wood Look Tile Flooring?

So, what is wood look tile flooring? As you may have guessed, it is quite simply porcelain tile that looks like wood. In fact many of these products look so real that to the naked eye it’s nearly impossible to know that what you’re seeing is not real wood. Thanks to advancements in technology and manufacturing processes, this tile flooring contains a level of detail not previously possible. Detail so innovative and precise that these products can mirror the look and feel of a hand scraped wood floor.

Performance and Durability

Our wood look tile flooring products are designed with a focus on performance and durability which makes them perfect for any room and they can be used in commercial or residential projects. Unlike wood, porcelain wood look tile can be used in wet areas including kitchens and bathrooms. There are other benefits too. Porcelain tile is easier to clean and maintain than real wood and thanks to sophisticated manufacturing techniques are durable enough for long lasting enjoyment.

If you are interested in getting some hardwood style tile then stop by or call Home Select today and take a look at our large selections of tile. Servicing the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area.

 

 

Choosing the Best Counter Top Edge

5 Mistakes to Avoid when Choosing New Granite Countertops

Unless your countertops are brand new, then your home could probably use an upgrade. In the past several years, marble has become the go-to material for new countertops, whether in a kitchen renovation or in a series of spec homes awaiting their new families.

When it comes to choosing marble, there are a lot of things you have to ask yourself. Do you want a modern look, or something classic? Do you want lighter or darker countertops? What marble best suits the style of your cabinets and appliances?

Rushing through the process leaves you at risk for making a mistake. The price of new countertops alone, regardless of the material, is worth taking time to get answers to every one of your family’s questions so that you have all the nitty-gritty details.

What Not to Do When Selecting Granite

Each piece of granite is a unique work of art that adds to the aesthetic value, and sometimes resale value, of your home. Granite can mean a stunning bathroom that holds up to humidity and moisture, or perhaps a durable material that will outlast the other elements of your kitchen.

The last thing you want to do, however is make choices that you regret. Here are the five biggest mistakes that you want to avoid when choosing new granite countertops for your home.

MISTAKE #1 – Choosing the Wrong Thickness

There are three standard marble thicknesses when it comes to counters. You can choose three-quarter inch, one and one-quarter inch, or one and one-half inch (which is actually two three-quarter inch pieces affixed together.)

Try to avoid choosing the latter option, because attaching two slabs of granite together can create problems on down the road. When the glue begins to deteriorate, for example, it can create gaps in the seam along the horizontal edge or it can leave your granite countertop open to the risk of acquiring surface damage from normal, everyday use.

MISTAKE #2 – Choosing the Wrong Color

Darker colors of granite are less likely to stain than lighter colors. If you are using the granite countertop in an area that does not get much interaction with foods or liquids, then go for a lighter color with a complex pattern. And if you expect that things could be spilled on the granite or it could be in an area with a lot of moisture, then go for a dark color with less of a pattern.

MISTAKE #3 – Seams in the Wrong Place

As you communicate with your granite retailer, make sure you point out that you want as few seams as possible. You will be glad for it later. The last thing you want after paying for durable, eye catching granite for a kitchen or bathroom is unsightly seams in the focal point on the countertop.

MISTAKE #4 – Mismatching with Style of the Cabinets

Always choose an edge for your granite countertop that complements the style of cabinet or vanity. For example, beveled or flat edges look best in a room with modern cabinets. If your cabinets are a traditional style, then go for a bull nose edge. Round the edges, especially on the bottom, if you have small children who are at risk for bumping their heads on the edge of the granite.

MISTAKE #5 – Not Sinking the Kitchen Sink

Have you ever wiped up your kitchen counters after prepping and preparing meals? Imagine the convenience of using the dishrag and sweeping everything right into the sink. This is only possible when you sink the kitchen sink into the granite countertop. This style is called under mounting, and it gives your kitchen a crisp, tidy look. Otherwise, top mounted sinks collect bacteria around the visible edge.

Your kitchen and bathroom are not only the two rooms where you are most likely to need a granite countertop. They are also the rooms that your family uses the most in a day’s time. The last thing you want is a sub-par material, or worse a material that promises durability and longevity but that you made bad choices when ordering.

A Final Tip for Selecting the Right Granite Countertops

Write down any questions you have before going into the retail showroom. Make sure to take them with you and then talk to the representative. As you can see, choosing new granite countertops is more than just selecting an aesthetic color to complement the rest of the décor in your home. But if you avoid these mistakes, then you can have countertops that everyone will enjoy seeing as well as using for many, many years to come.

Top-Down/Bottom-Up

For the ultimate in privacy and light control

The ultimate in versatility, Hunter Douglas Top-Down/Bottom-Up window shades and shadings offer you the ability to operate window treatments (including Roman Shades, cellular shades, pleated shades, woven wood shades and honeycomb shades) from the top down or the bottom up to meet all your privacy needs while still giving you access to natural light.

  • Top-Down/Bottom-Up  Silhouette® shadings offer the added bonus of TiltAnywhere, allowing you to tilt the vanes with the shading in any position.

Styling With Carpet

Style is elusive when it comes to a definition. Style can probably be best described as living with what suits you best and what feels comfortable. What succeeds in decorating is the courage of personal conviction. The best home environment will proudly reflect the personality of its owners.

Modern Flair

DéCOR:

An emphasis on individuality, a celebration of personality, room-settings where furnishings or artwork are the main feature. A fascinating blend of traditional materials, shapes and prints, each designed to brighten the room.

CARPET CHOICES:

Smooth, frieze styles in bold, plain colors, subtle neutrals with textured effects. Stripe patterns in solid and multi colors, structured geometrics with subtle layers of color.

COLOR SCHEME:

Rich greens, warm yellows and golds, royal tones of deep red, moody indigo and purple and modern pastels.

Casual Living

DéCOR:

Casual interpretations include neutral colors blended with textured appearances, shags and strongly textured piles with multiple fiber contents. Uncluttered, open spaces that offer serenity and versatility.

CARPET CHOICES:

Textured wool sisal, strongly textured (loop and/cut and loop) or flat finished carpet.

COLOR SCHEME:

Relaxed red brown shades, earthy colors, summery tones and tried-and-true neutrals will always have a place in home décor. Palette includes black, taupe, white and beige; add a fresh twist with soft pink, mauve or silver.

Classic Luxury

DéCOR:

Elegant and timeless appeal, a feeling of decadence and indulgence, well-cultivated charm and mystique. A reassuring link to the past, comfort, a sense of security and continuity.

CARPET CHOICES:

Carpets with equally proud traditions of manufacturing, woven Wiltons, Axminsters, Modern Tufted; floral and Victorian designs and solid plain colored plush piles.

COLOR SCHEME:

Warm colors, royal hues, sage greens, moody blues and strong old world pure colors such as white, cream and black.

Outdoor Living

DéCOR:

Sustainable and low maintenance entertaining areas that offer a breath of freshness as well as elements of relaxation. Open spaces that are both livable and can be used for entertaining, cooking and relaxing or a combination of the three. The mixing and matching of simple materials such as wood, wicker, stone and wrought iron come into play.

CARPET CHOICES:

Durable, flatwoven polypropylene, subtle hints of texture and simple geometric patterns that are not overwhelming, ribbed striped patterns and solids that rely on color to set a strong foundation.

COLOR SCHEME:

Soothing greens and blues, eccentric oranges, blacks and aqua hues that offer a fresh, tropical feeling, true wicker and classic rattan, pewter and terra-cotta colors that never go out of style.

Old Charm

DéCOR:

Exotic interpretations of country styling include: English Cottage, French Provincial, Tuscan and Colonial. Casual interpretations include textured and structured appearances, shags and strongly textured piles.

CARPET CHOICES:

Textured wool sisal, strongly textured (loop and/cut and loop) or flatwoven.

COLOR SCHEME:

Robust, earthy colors, shades of lilac, old world, fine gold hues, pure white and cream.

 

Choosing Carpet

Carpet dealers usually carry samples of many carpet lines from multiple mills and manufacturers in their showrooms. You’ll see a range of quality when you begin your carpet search. Your best bet is to educate yourself and research your options before you head to the store. Then, you’re sure to get a quality carpet that provides comfort, durability and beauty far into the future.

Room Use

Be prepared for your dealer to ask some of the following questions:

  • How is the room going to be used?
  • Is there light or heavy room traffic in the room?
  • Is the room the center of activity for family or entertaining?
  • Is there direct access from outside?
What You Should Know:
By asking these questions, the dealer is trying to gauge which grade and style of carpet would work best for your home.

Try to give a detailed picture of your expectations for the carpet. Is it important that the carpet stand up to pets, running children and bustling activity? Or are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel in a formal living room that doesn’t get a lot of use?

Color and Style

Typically, a dealer might ask:

  • How much use will the room get? (This is a consideration because a heavily used room may not be the best place to install white or very light-colored carpet.)
  • Are kids going to be playing down on the floor? Or is it a formal room that doesn’t get much use? (Again, lighter colors my create more maintenance but another factor the dealer is trying to consider is whether you should choose carpet made with BCF fiber like STAINMASTER® so that children playing on the floor will not find themselves covered in loose fibers shed from staple products.)
  • Is it a small room or a large room? (Smaller rooms can be made to feel larger by selecting a lighter colored carpet while larger rooms can be made to feel cozier by using a mid-to-darker colored carpet.)
  • What are the lighting conditions in the room? (Rooms with plenty of natural light will show the true color of the carpet while rooms on the north side of a house may need a lighter shade of carpet to keep them from feeling darker than they are.)
What You Should Know:
You should always remember to bring swatches of fabric from drapes and furniture, wallpaper samples, and paint chips with you when you are selecting carpet. That way you can consider a range of colors that will match your existing décor. Remember that color can also affect your mood. Warmer colors often make you feel energized while cooler tones provide a sense of calm.

When considering color, remember the lighting in the carpet store is not the same as the lighting conditions in your home.

Quality

While in the store, it may seem that many carpets look the same. But not all carpets perform the same. It’s the technology behind the carpet that makes a difference.

What You Should Know:
Only STAINMASTER® carpets offer the exclusive three-part system for lasting beauty:

6,6 Nylon Technology
With this patented fiber technology, STAINMASTER® carpets resist crushing, abrasive wear and color fading. The unique molecular structure of 6,6 nylon make it much more resilient than carpet fiber made from polyester, polypropylene and other types of nylon. Plus, this specially designed fiber keeps soil and stains from penetrating.

DuPont Advanced TEFLON® Protectant
This superior soil resistance technology enables SM carpet fibers to push dirt away, allowing it to be removed more easily with a vacuum cleaner. And the Stain Protection reduces the fibers ability to absorb liquids, greatly limiting its ability to become stained. This unique soil and stain protection lasts much longer than other carpets’ protection, which must be re-applied after each cleaning in order to maintain their warranties.

Anti-Static Technology
The fibers in every STAINMASTER® carpet contain a special carbon compound that act like thousands of tiny lighting rods, deflecting static shock for the life of the carpet. Most other carpets are sprayed with anti-static protection that can wear off with foot traffic and successive cleanings.

Why is anti-stat protection important? With our homes filled with expensive electronics these days, the last thing you want is to short circuit a computer or audio system simply by walking on your carpet and touching a device. Anti-stat protection offers peace of mind for homeowners where their electronic investments are concerned.

What You Should Know:
Look for the STAINMASTER® label on the back of the dealer’s sample. That’s the only way to guarantee a carpet that features STAINMASTER®’s comprehensive warranties, anti-static controls, resilient fibers and a carpet surface that actually repels dirt and soil.

If you need new flooring in your home then call in or stop by Home Select today and get your FREE consultation! Now servicing the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area.

 

Many Shades of Grey Flooring

Gray is a mixture of black and white, but grey color is very rare in Nature. Wood has many and different appearances – a variety of colors, patterns and grains.

Grey hardwood floors vary in many different ways depending on the species of wood, the intensity of the stain, and the variation of the coloring. Most often we see warm or cold shades of gray with hues of yellow, brown or beige hues in the warm end of the gray palette or blue and green tones in the cold end.

 

Grey hardwood floors – the unique properties of the gray color

Gray is a special color and has really unique properties as it can be used to create different atmospheres and visual effects. It can give a feeling of peace and stability and the peaceful effect of the gray is enhanced when combined with white or other neutral colors. Grey hardwood floors look very clear and are the perfect choice for contemporary interiors or formal rooms.

Darker gray shades are the ideal backdrop for intense bold color accents, such as red, for example, while lighter grey hues work extremely well in grey and white bedroom ideas, with yellow, pink and natural wood. This means that to achieve the desired visual effect, color combination and ambience in the room, one has to choose the right grey shade so that the overall impression is relaxed and comfortable.

Grey hardwood floors in modern home interiors

There is no argument that hardwood floors add warmth and coziness to the interior of any room. Gray hardwood floors provide a great flexibility in terms of design as they can look rustic, traditional, contemporary – anything you wish. You could opt for weathered wood or for a wood finish in the desired shade of gray to make your floor stand out or blend it in the overall design of the room. For a successful and balanced appearance, you need to know how grey works with other colors. We shall give some basic rules for combining gray with different colors, but it would be best if you saw it next to the other colors that you want to use and then trust your taste and intuition to take the right decision.

As a rule, dark grey floors visually reduce the space while light gray and medium gray floors create an atmosphere filled with air. As far as style is concerned, gray works perfectly for modern styles, such as high-tech, minimalist or urban loft and the shades of gray are reminiscent of metal, concrete and asphalt.

 

Grey hardwood floors and color combinations

Here are some basic color combinations which work very well with grey hardwood floors:

Grey and delicate purple or pink shades look spectacularly beautiful, romantic and sensual. The combination is especially suitable for bedroom interiors.

Gray and blue combinations look stylish and elegant and work particularly well in living rooms. Blue accents are an especially good choice to enhance the grey color.

Grey hardwood floors and yellow accents create a bright and joyful atmosphere in the interior as the colors are contrasting and the yellow is connected with sun.

Gray and red is a dramatic and exciting combination which works well in minimalist and modern interiors while gray and green is a relaxing one, which is suitable for rustic style interiors.

Gray floors will work with green, beige, brown colors of the furniture and you will see fascinating and inspiring examples in the gallery below.

If you would like to get new hardwood flooring in your home then call Home Select and schedule your FREE consultation! Now servicing Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area.

 

Choosing Vinyl Tile

Vinyl has been a popular flooring choice in American homes for decades. But today’s vinyl flooring – as many of the big-name manufactures are quick to point out – is not your grandmother’s kitchen flooring.

Now grouped into a category called “resilient flooring,” today’s vinyl floors are manufactured using the latest advances in flooring technology. The shiny, plastic-looking floors that were once prone to scratching and scuffing, now feature more matte finishes, and are far more durable, easy to maintain, and wear-resistant than their distant cousins. In addition to offering better performance, these floors have gotten a bit of a makeover. Available in sheets, tiles, or planks, today’s vinyl flooring comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and trendy designs, with many high-end styles impressively mimicking the look and textures of popular materials such as real ceramic tile, stone, and wood.

Why Choose Resilient Vinyl?

Vinyl is one of the most versatile materials used in flooring. It is highly resistant to mold, mildew, and moisture, making it one of the most popular flooring options for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and just about any room in which occasional spills and moisture are a concern. Also one of the most affordable flooring materials out there, vinyl is easy to install over most existing flooring, and it’s easy to maintain. Vinyl’s built-in cushiony underlayment also makes it warmer and softer underfoot than real tile, stone, or wood.

Determining Quality

With the explosion of vinyl flooring products now available under the “resilient” umbrella, how can you tell the lower-quality varieties of vinyl from the truly resilient? It all starts with understanding the different products and the manufacturing processes used to make each.

Printed vs. Inlaid Vinyl

When shopping for vinyl flooring, you’ll likely come across two types: printed and inlaid. With printed vinyl, patterns are printed using a paper top coat placed directly on a thin vinyl surface and then covered with several layers of clear vinyl or urethane to produce a protective wear layer. Also referred to as rotovinyl, this type of vinyl is a more affordable option to inlaid vinyl but is less durable.

Inlaid vinyl floors achieve their color and textured surface through a process that places tiny vinyl granules on the backing, forcing them up to the wear surface. This creates a much heavier, extremely durable floor, as vinyl is used throughout the entire thickness of the flooring. And because the color goes through the material from the bottom to the top, any eventual chips and scrapes are much less noticeable.

Available Formats

For residential use, vinyl is available in a few different formats, including sheet vinyl, solid vinyl tiles, and luxury vinyl tiles/planks.

Sheet vinyl generally comes in 6’ or 12’ wide rolls. When installed, this single sheet of vinyl is rolled flat and cut to the shape of the floor. As with wall-to-wall carpet, if the floor is too large for one sheet, a additional sheets are added, which creates seams where the sheets meet.

In terms of installation, there are three types of sheet vinyl: felt-backed, vinyl-backed, and modified loose-lay. The most common, felt-backed, has an added layer of felt for comfort and strength and is installed using an adhesive. Vinyl-backed, the least common, is glued only at the edges. Modified loose-lay flooring, which includes a fiberglass backing for increased strength, is typically installed using double-sided tape.

Solid vinyl tile (SVT), is a pliable tile typically available in individual 12” by 12” inch squares or in strips of three. SVT most often includes a photographic print coating that lies between the backing and a clear layer of vinyl. These tiles often include an adhesive backing and require a smooth installation surface. While tiles can be installed over old flooring that is clean and in good condition, they should not be installed directly over old tiles. For these installations, the addition of a subfloor is recommended. Vinyl tiles without adhesive require spreading an adhesive over the existing floor or subfloor before setting the tiles. Since tiles have more edges, this may cause them to become loose sooner than with sheet vinyl.

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the ultimate in high-end vinyl flooring, offering a more affordable option to costly flooring materials such as natural stone and wood. Using advanced 3D imaging technology, a photograph of the natural material is transferred directly to the tile. Each tile is then uniquely embossed to match the appropriate texture. The final product, which is approximately 1/8 inch thick, is made of several layers, including a protective wear layer (mil layer) and often a urethane layer for added durability. Also available in planks, these floors do a great job of realistically capturing the textures and rich grains of the natural materials they replicate. Most tiles include beveled edges and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Wood planks can be three to four feet long, and tiles are available in very large squares that can be laid with or without grout. This realism and durability comes with a higher price tag than that of traditional solid vinyl tiles.

The All-Important Wear Layer

The wear layer and its thickness are important indicators of how well a vinyl floor will stand up to daily use. There are basically three types of wear surfaces to consider:

Vinyl no-wax is a clear vinyl top coating. The least durable of the three surfaces, no-wax vinyl requires periodic polishing to retain its luster.

A urethane-coated finish provides greater durability and resistance to stains and daily wear without the need for polishing.

Enhanced coatings used along with urethane finishes provide the greatest level of protection. Floors with an additional aluminum oxide coating, for example, provide outstanding resistance to scratching and are far more durable than flooring with a urethane layer alone.

Your Resilient Vinyl Choice

Resilient vinyl flooring includes a wide range of flooring options, with some of the more expensive products offering greater realism and enhanced performance. As with any flooring choice, when evaluating vinyl flooring options, it’s always best to factor in your lifestyle. Considering your unique needs will help you make a selection that best matches performance and design.

If you are thinking about getting vinyl flooring in your home the call or stop by Home Select today! Now servicing the Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area.

Installing Hardwood

First of all, you will be spending several thousand dollars on material alone, so if you damage it, it’s not as easy as buying another $30 gallon of paint or $200 of hardware and starting over again. Plus, wood flooring requires special tools that you will likely have to rent and will have little experience using.

More importantly, however, you will need to make sure the room you’re working in is flat, that the subfloor material will work for wood flooring, and that no moisture issues are present that will damage the wood long-term. Testing for moisture requires special tools as well, and you must test both the subfloor and the flooring to ensure a successful installation.

In addition, you will need to know how to center the room, how much space should be left for expansion gaps, how to work around obstructions like closets, fireplaces, bay windows, staircases, and cabinets, and if you make cutting mistakes, you may end up running short on your material and not have enough to finish the job.

In some cases, you may not be able to exactly match the lot, much like running short of paint sometimes results in a slight color difference when mixing a new gallon.

The bottom line is that installing wood floors is not recommended as a DIY project.  In the long run, you will save money and time by using a professional.

If you need flooring material, an install or both call Home Select today! We service Danville, Alamo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Blackhawk and Diablo area!