02/26/13

Affordable Flooring Idea: Travertine Tiles

2 (1)So, why go for travertine?

It is much more affordable to use natural stone materials in remodeling projects. Especially travertine, which is a kind of limestone and is an ideal flooring materials for interior and exterior purposes. Travertine does give a non-skid, rustic, less maintenance, affordable, durable natural flooring option to both homeowners and contractors.

Travertine tiles are available as small as 1″x1″ to as large as 36″x36″. They are also available in french pattern which comes in combination of 4 sizes..1×1 and 2×2 sizes that comes on meshes and can be used for shower floors, backsplashes, accent pieces and borders. Larger sizes are ideal for walls and floors.

Travertine tiles comes with different finishes: filled honed, unfilled honed, unfilled brushed chiseled edge, tumbled edge, polished. The most common ones are filled honed finish. They are mainly used for interior walls and floor. Unfilled brushed chiseled edge finish are ideal for interior or exterior projects. Tumbled finish are also ideal for interior and exterior use.

If you are considering travertine tiles for your next home improvement projects, seek out the expertise and help of HeavenSentFloorCare.com and/or  OrlandoTravertineRestoration.com.

02/26/13

A Handy Guide To Travertine Tiles

Travertine tiles are exceedingly popular with builders and homeowners. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this natural stone, here is some general information about it.

How Travertine is formed?

Most of the natural stones like travertine, marble, limestone, slate and granite are formed as a result of extreme heat and high pressure, beneath the surface of the Earth. In the course of time , these blocks are pushed from their core. Then they are quarried from the Earth’s crust, shaped and polished for specific uses.

Varieties of Travertine tiles:

There are several varieties of Travertine available in the market. Some of the most popular finishes are, Honed and filled, Unfilled and tumbled, Brushed, Chiseled and Polished Travertine.

Honed and filled:- Basically, Travertine tiles is full of holes. These holes are filled with a particular material to give it a smooth touch. After the filling stage, a precision abrasion process is applied where the small amount of material is removed from the surface to make the tile smoother and in some cases shinier.

Unfilled and tumbled:- These tiles are tumbled with smaller abrasives that gives it a rough look. Attributing to its rustic look, there are many takers of these tiles. They look very beautiful in bathrooms, kitchens or old country cottages

Brushed:- These tiles are given a semi-polished or semi-honed look, using circular brushes in the polishing or honing stage. The surface of these tiles are textured and pitted.

Chiseled:- These tiles are also known as chipped edged tiles. The edges are tumbled as well as chipped all along the 4 edges to give a crude finish. The tiles are also pitted.

Polished:- A beautiful glossy finished is given to these tiles with the natural reflection of the stone crystals. The shine is being accomplished by using progressively finer polishing heads during the final stages of the production.

02/26/13

Points To Remember When Going For Travertine Tiles

There are a certain things you should keep in mind when shopping for these tiles. First thing first, zero in on the type of travertine that best suits your requirement. If you are looking for rustic tiles, the finish you require is either tumbled or chiseled whereas for contemporary areas, honed & filled, polished or brushed tiles are recommended. Secondly, make sure you buy the best quality stone.

Varieties – Soft travertine/ hard travertine: Softer version of travertine is less expensive and feels cheap when touching it. You can perform a simple experiment to determine the quality. Take a small piece of the stone and try to crumble the edges. If the edges easily crumble, there is a strong possibility that the tiles are of soft material. Soft travertine is not recommend to be laid on the floor as it can cause problems in the due course.

Samples: Samples are only guides and not the guarantees, still it is strongly recommended that you go through some samples to determine the quality of the material. In m most cases 10×10 samples will be supplied by the seller which does not necessarily manifest the characteristics of the stone. If you are working on big projects, order larger sized samples to get a better idea on the variation of the stone.

Variation: Less variation means higher price whereas more variation means lower price. Normally all the Travertine tiles of a particular retailer or distributor comes from the same production line which means all the product range has got the same quality irrespective of the sale price. The difference in price will be variations on the same tile. If you find slightest of variations on a range (the background colour is consistent within the tile), it might be categorized as premium selected stone.

02/21/13

Home Maintenance: Getting the Help You Need

 Getting help on your scheduled home maintenance is not so hard – you just need some recommendations. You should look for professionals who can perform quality work, at a fair price and on a mutually agreed schedule. Make sure you communicate these requirements to the professionals you interview and work to create a trustworthy and positive relationship with your trades’ people.

When you partner with your contractor and work together, you can learn a lot and you’ll get the results you want. If you want a smooth remodeling project then try to follow these recommendations.
• Clearly describe the problem you want solved or the work you want completed.
Communicate directly to your contractor what is wrong and what the issues are that you need solved … as you see them. Don’t assume the contractor will know everything that is wrong. However, complicated issues will require all the information you can share to help the trades person assess how to address the problem at its’ source, along with any repairs to damage caused by the problem.
• For renovation or addition, it’s important for you to create plans for the project.
Most trades’ people can give you a clear estimate when you have everything in detailed because they are making a living working by the hour. If you have list down everything you want to happen then they are more accurate in their estimate of the time and materials needed, as well as pricing out the project for you. Details are important and they can help keep your costs down, so create a plan that will estimate everything.
• Understand clearly on how you will be charged. You need to discuss price parameters and how you will be charged. If time and materials, also known as cost plus, is recommended by a contractor, you need to ask specific questions until you know exactly how you will be invoiced. Many trades people have different ways of charging so don’t assume that time and materials means the same for all contractors. The materials may have a percentage added to them so you need to ask for a clear definition. Is a percentage added to the labor cost or just added to the material cost? 10-25% would be considered a “normal” mark up percentage. Ask questions until you understand how you will be charged. For renovation or addition, design plans are needed. It is almost impossible to list out all the costs, both labor and materials, completed to deliver the final product and priced when you don’t have the complete plans written down.

• A written agreement should be signed by both parties. Written estimates/pricing is absolutely critical for larger projects like insurance renovations, remodeling space and/or additions. Write down all the details to be done on your home maintenance in the agreement so that all the requirements are understood by the parties involved. An agreement or contract insures everyone involved has a common understanding of what will be included, completed and the responsibilities of all parties. Have this agreement signed before work begins. (Credits: George Bogosian)