Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Cut pile carpet is created by cutting the top loops of of carpet fibers which results in yarn strands standing straight up. This type of carpet has a luxurious look and feel but is less resistant to crushing than other types of carpet.
Today, this type of carpet is produced using man-made fibers (a combination of polyester, olefin and polyester fibers) which helps the carpet hold up under lots of traffic. This is an improvement from natural fibers which would not be as resistant to such traffic. The synthetic blend makes this kind of carpet ideal, even in an office environment.
Cut pile carpet is available in three different designs - varying in the specific twist to the individual yarns, as well as the choice of fiber used. All three variations tend to last for several years before visible signs of aging appear.
For more information on this and other types of carpet, contact us at Benchmark Contracting!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Choosing your tile was hard enough. Now you've got to choose your grout color! This can drastically effect the complete look of any room.
First, thinking about the overall look you're going for with your house and each specific room. If you choose a color that closely matches the color of the tile, they will blend seamlessly together. However, if you choose a color with a hard contrast, the result will be an edgier, more dramatic look.
From rustic to sophisticated, timeless to trendy, the choice is yours! Here are a few tips to help you make this decision:
- White grout usually looks best with pure white tiles.
- If using a white or cream grout in any high-traffic area you should seal it. This will make clean up easier over time.
- Darker colored grout hides more dirt, though the look itself cab tend to look dirty.
- Dark grout has been known to fade from sunlight and/or harsh cleaners.
- Epoxy grout works better than sealer from keeping stains out. It works especially well on counter-tops, where there is a high-risk of stains.
- Areas where a tiled surface meets a perpendicular surface should be caulked and not grouted. You’ll need to re-caulk annually where the counter-top meets the back splash, for example.
- Keep grout from the original installation in case of repair. Grout from a later batch might not match exactly.
- If you choose the wrong color, you’re not necessarily out of luck. Grout can be re-stained, bleached and colored even after it has been applied.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
This type of tile is susceptible to ultra violet rays which can peel away the sealers on the tile, so it is better suited for indoor use. The recommended uses for Agglomerate Tile are countertops, backsplashes and walls. Beware though, this tile does have a tendency to chip and dull over time, so it will require high maintenance to keep it beautiful.
For more information on Agglomerate Tile, contact us at Benchmark Contracting!