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What You Should Consider When Choosing a Hardwood Floor for your Home

What You Should Consider When Choosing a Hardwood Floor for your Home

Apart from being comfortable and durable, hardwood floors are surprisingly affordable. Additionally, no flooring option compares to the warmth and character of your hardwood flooring. As such, considering the benefits of wood is in your best interest when thinking of a new floor. With the current availability of a wide variety of woods, colors, and stains, shopping for a preferred type of hardwood flooring might be overwhelming. However, you can choose the most suitable hardwood floor for your home if you keep the following in mind.

Type of wood flooring
Engineered and solid hardwood floors are the two primary types of wood flooring currently available. While both types provide equal beauty, their main difference lies in the composition of the floor. Solid wood flooring needs to be installed above grade since it is subject to contraction and expansion according to the level of humidity. Because the multi-ply construction of engineered flooring makes it more stable, you can install it on any level of your home. As such, engineered hardwood flooring is perfect for bathrooms and basements, areas that are notorious for moisture and dampness issues.

Wood species
Although a wide variety of woods are used for flooring purposes, some are harder and more durable than others. When shopping for hardwood floors, most homeowners are concerned with the everyday wear and tear. In general, the harder the wood species, the longer it will last if installed in high-traffic areas. In the United States, Red Oak is the benchmark for hardness. White and Red Oak are the most commonly used wood species when it comes to flooring. However, Walnut, which is softer than Oak, as well as Maple and Hickory, both harder, are also quite popular.

Color, grain, and appearance
Selecting an option that matches a particular décor is relatively easy since wood floors come in a variety of species, styles, and finishes. For instance, wide plank hardwood floors featuring a distressed appearance and highly defined grains are a good fit for country-style interiors while Maple, Oak, or Walnut floors that are 21/4 to 31/4 inches thick can ideally complement traditional interiors. Depending on the stain or finish, you can use virtually any kind of wood in a contemporary setting. Whitewash, pewter, or dark charcoal finishes can transform almost every species into a modern masterpiece.

Cost and installation
The cost of your hardwood flooring Toronto will mostly be determined by the type of wood, species, and finish used. While solid prefinished wood floors generally run from $2.49-12.69 per square foot, the price of engineered prefinished wood floors will often range from $1.69-8.79. Although it will usually depend on the type of installation and flooring you choose for your home, an average installation will cost approximately half the floor’s purchase price.

Should You File a Personal Injury Claim?

Should You File a Personal Injury Claim?

Sitting at a red light in traffic, you are suddenly hit hard from behind. A midsize sedan has crashed into your rear bumper. Shocked, you see the driver of the other car jump out her door and rush toward your window. Unrolling it, you listen as she tearfully apologizes and takes out her checkbook, offering you $1,000 to settle the damages. Getting out, you see your rear bumper loose and dangling with a dent about a foot in diameter. Realizing you were thrown forward by the impact, you feel a bit dizzy. The woman is looking earnestly at you, hoping to avoid an insurance hike on her policy if the accident is reported.

Should you settle now?

You are not sure of the implications because you have never been in a car accident before. You’ve heard people can have injuries that don’t show up for days. You don’t think your accident was serious, but you were taken by surprise and thrust forward.

Politely you explain a police report is needed to clarify the situation. You will stop by an urgent care center to be checked out. Crestfallen, the woman nods and gets back in her car to wait for the police that you are dialing on your cell phone. When the officer arrives, you and the other driver provide details for the report, and you accept the woman’s name and phone number in case you decide to settle with her over the next few days.

Obtain medical evaluation.

The urgent care doctor examines you and says you might have whiplash and a concussion. You are advised to follow up with your regular doctor. Your car is damaged and shouldn’t be driven. Your injuries seem to be minor, and yet their nature is unclear. You decide to contact your family attorney, who advises you to see your regular doctor.

The doctor examines you within a few days and confirms suspicions of concussion and whiplash. You are sent for a CT scan and neck x-rays. The doctor recommends you take a few days off work to rest and see if other symptoms develop. You arrange a loaner car while your vehicle is repaired.

Complications can arise over time.

Everything is shaping up to the point where it appears there could be personal injury lawyer Toronto damages worth far more than $1,000. Your attorney advises you to continue collecting information from your doctor and the car mechanic. Within a few days, expenses have mounted to nearly $3,000. You decide to file a claim, and your attorney agrees to represent you.

Filing a personal injury claim is not easy. Often, medical diagnosis, lost wages, and car repairs help to clarify any losses attributable to the accident. If in doubt, contact a personal injury attorney for guidance.

Discover what makes a great workshop building [Video Transcript]

Discover what makes a great workshop building [Video Transcript]

Hello, I’m Peter Lovegrove from DPL Steel Buildings. I’d like to show you around some of the buildings we’ve got at our show site. This one behind me is an American barn style building. You’ll see it’s got the raised feature in the middle. We can design and build whatever you require. It could be a single span mono-pitch or like this with a higher centerpiece. They can be built to whatever the size you like. Let’s look at a few of the details on this building.

If you just have a look at the gutter here. This is a pressed steel gutter, which is plastic coated and it gives a long design life and maintenance free. On here, we have single skin, box profile sheeting, which is a galvanized product and then coated with plastic coating. Again, for giving long life. There is a guarantee of up to 35 years on these. The screws we use are a molded plastic cover, which prevents them popping off and again, adds to the longevity and the good looks of the building.

You’ll see here we have a contrasting colored [inaudible 01:19] flashing, which you can have either matching to the color of your choice or contrasted like this is. We spend a lot of attention to detail when they’re being fitted because you’ll see all the screws are evenly spaced. There’s a nice finish and long life and weatherproof. The concrete base that this is sitting on is raised above finished floor level and the outer sheet runs past the concrete to prevent water from running in off the ground.

We’ll just take a look inside now, if you’ll follow me. Just before we go in, you’ll see this is our standard door. It’s a very secure door with 10-point bolted locking and a double lock on the cage. Very solid, strong, secure door. Inside here you’ll see the posts. Again, galvanized steel. Very strong. The rail, also galvanized. It’s very long life and it shouldn’t give you any problems and it’s maintenance free.

These buildings are designed by Capital Steel Buildings and they’re tested for strength and economy at Strathclyde University. You’ll see these [comps 02:41] brackets, unique to Capital Steel Buildings. They’re very, very strong. They’ve been tested to destruction, so they are proved to be very strong. Over here, you’ll see we have an electric roller-shutter door if you’re feeling a bit lazy. I’ll just operate that for you on a press button. It goes up as easy as that. I won’t go all the way up, so I’ll stop it. Then it will go down. I made that look easy.

Okay, so now we’ll just explain a little bit about the roof. Here we have, you’ll see long skylights let in plenty of light. You can have as many of those as you like. The roof sheeting is covered with an anti-condensation layer, which reduces the amount of moisture that’s built up, especially on a single skin ceiling. Okay, we’ll have a look at the other buildings. If you’re interested in steel buildings, visit http://www.futurebuildings.com/ to learn more.