Current Home Remodeling Trends

Some home remodeling trends never change. People are always looking towards home improvement to do one of two things. They either want to increase the value of their home or they simply want to make their living space more comfortable, functional and beautiful. The two main areas that seem to get most of the attention are the bathroom and the kitchen, and the easiest way to go about it is by simply updating everything. That means better mirrors and counters in the bathroom. Perhaps some additional and attractive lighting can be added as well. In the kitchen it’s the same thing. Better counters, lights, cabinets and appliances all the seem to get most of the attention. Some will go even further and add an island.

But if you are looking for trends, consider this. It seems like most of the projects going on right now are designed with the homeowner in mind. That means big upgrades for the sake of making the home more livable. The upgrades come in the form of either making something more attractive or more functional. In a struggling economy people are spending their money on things that will improve their life as it is right now, rather than thinking of moving or taking a nice vacation.

Expanding existing space is also becoming trendy. Again, bettering your current home is taking priority, and in almost all cases is less expensive, than looking for a new place to live. Adding space can mean anything from creating another bedroom to adding what might be termed luxury space. That would include things like a library, wine cellar or even a craft room.

Taking the home comfort theme even further is the colors that are being selected now. You’ll find that most projects are geared towards adding more natural colors that make the occupant feel “at home” and comfortable. Earthy colors are definitely in. In fact even if you get high quality paint, painting is one of the least expensive ways to make your home look and feel better both inside and out.

Home remodeling has become a trend in and of itself. Where people once were looking to move, they are now looking for ways to make their current home more appealing. And by doing so they are, in most cases, adding value to the property as well.

Spring Home Improvement Trends – Catch Up With Laminate Flooring

If you’re looking to give your home a new look this spring then Laminate flooring could be the right choice for you.

Laminate floors not only look great, but are easy to clean and simple to install.

The durability means it can be fitted in a room which has heavy foot traffic.

Manufacturers of laminate flooring, such as Pergo and Quick-Step, are so confident in its quality that many offer a lifetime warranty on the product. The warranty also covers against staining, fading, and water damage-attachment of special sealants to the floorboard surface acts as a shield against scuffing, scratches, and spills from food and drinks.

Pergo flooring offers consumers a cost effective alternative to real wood flooring and is much easier to install. There are also many videos on how to install Pergo Laminate flooring online. Tile and plank products made by Pergo come with a SmartLock Click-System. This system allows homeowners to fit the floorboard all over their property when previously they may have had to hire professional to do the same job. Before you install the floor time needs to be taken to consider what type of finish you want.

There are now many styles of Pergo floor on the market, including non-wood finishes such as slate, stone and graphite.

If it’s the wooden floor look that you’re after, think about which type of wood you would like installed. Beech, pine, cherry, oak, ash and maple are just some of the choices available. There is such a large range of styles to choose from, for example there are 40 different types of Pergo laminate flooring and then there is the vinyl range.

The massive range of choice means that flooring can be selected to complement any interior. Natural looking finishes give a traditional look, whilst distressed flooring suits more contemporary styled homes.

Before you lay the floor, a sub-floor needs to be purchased and underlay foam will give you a smooth even surface on which to lay your floor. It will also help ensure it is flat and comfortable to walk on as well as reducing the noise made when walking across the floor.

The actual flooring is made of unique composite layers of fibreboard and other materials which have been compressed together under heat. The core of Pergo flooring is constructed with a thick, water-resistant material, whilst the bottom layer of the floor is polymer which helps give the flooring its stability.

Cleaning a laminate or vinyl floor is as easy as fitting. Make sure you have an effective doormat in place to absorb all the abrasive grains of sand which could damage the surface of your flooring. To dry clean the floor, use a microfiber mop or alternatively use a vacuum cleaner to keep the floor looking its best. A damp mop can be used when necessary as the flooring is waterproof.

If by chance your floor does get marked by stains or rubber markings, to remove use a specific laminate floor cleaner and a clean mop, towel or scratch free white pad. Address all marks as soon as you see them.