The list is getting shorter.
After years of having an extensive list of projects that you wanted to complete before your youngest daughter graduated from high school, you are finally down to the last few projects. in many ways you are glad that you left the flooring projects at your home until the end. When you first started crossing things off the list four years ago you did not even know about the natural bamboo flooring installation options. Now, however, the natural bamboo flooring installation is the project that you are most looking forward to. After visiting model home after model home and looking at many flooring options, the advantages of a natural bamboo flooring installation finally won you over. You are excited for the look, the feel, the durability, and, probably more than anything else, the completion of the list.
Is Your Summer Project List Full of Home Improvement Plans?
Whether you are looking at stone tile or natural bamboo flooring installation, summer is often the perfect time to work on completing some of your home improvement projects. In fact, with the option of using the outdoor grill as a food preparation area, many families find that summer kitchen remodeling projects are the most convenient.
One of the important decisions that need to be made in any kitchen project is flooring. And while many people make flooring decisions based on color, the discriminating home owner is far more interested in durability. For instance, if the beautiful maple flooring you put in exactly compliments the cabinets you selected, if that choice does not hold up to everyday use it is not a good choice.
Although many people think that maple and oak floors are great choices, the reality is that they are not the hardest wood that is available. Most hardwoods, like North American Hard Maple, have a hardness level rating of about 1450 on the Janka scale. Some tropical hardwoods, on the other hand, reach the Janka rating of 2800. For instance, the Brazilian Cherry, sometimes called Jatoba, reach this level. Denser, more hard woods are less likely to dent and are therefore highly desirable for flooring choices. When you realize that Trinity Bamboo’s Strand bamboo has an average Janka hardness level of over 3500 you can see that it is an excellent and durable choice.
In addition to flooring choices, kitchen remodels also require decisions about appliances, countertops, cabinetry, and, perhaps even more important, the floor plan. The decision about countertops can also be complicated. In fact, entire warehouses and show rooms are full of the various choices. Surface durability in countertops, like flooring, is important. The decision to go with a nonporous, low maintenance countertop is often the best decision. In both the case of flooring and countertop choices, it is essential that you select a qualified installer to make sure that the product works as it should.
Unique and Specialized Projects Often Require Specific Installation Skills
For instance, hardwood flooring needs to be specifically and correctly installed if it is to serve its purpose. The most qualified installers know that to correctly use an 18 gauge cleat, for instance, the worker must place the nail gun against the tongue edge of the plank at an angle that falls between 45 degrees and 50 degrees. This angle guarantees that the head of the newly fired cleat will rest cleanly in the nail pocket.
Many home improvement projects can be completed inexpensively and quickly. The home owners who want to make sure that their home remodeling investments hold their value, however, understand that many of these projects are best left to the professionals. When you are dealing with the installation of a specific and unique flooring or counter surface, for instance, it is important to make sure that the installation team is familiar with the products. Without proper knowledge, the installation can damage the new materials, or at the very least, limit the life of the installed product.
Summer is the perfect time to tackle the home improvement projects that are on your list. In your excitement to complete these projects, however, it is very important that you avoid shortcuts that can compromise the quality of the work that you have done.
The list is getting shorter.