Ready to Sell Your Home?

The beautiful weather, the kids’ almost done with school and the prospect of moving all signal summer time. It seems like we passed from winter straight to summer with no spring in between. But summer time is a busy time for families looking to move out of their old home. If you are contemplating putting your house on the market- one very cost effective service to freshen up your home is tile and grout cleaning. Moldy caulking in showers and dirty floors may make a potential home buyer think, “If these are the problems I can see, what about the potential issues I cannot see!”beforeafter_56

You goal is to make your home look like new to potential buyers, without spending thousand of dollars. At times, costly repairs and renovations really do not yield the return on investment when it comes to selling your home.

The Grout Medic of Denver specializes in restoring the dirty tile and grout in any area of your home, especially your Kitchen and Bathrooms! Cleaning, recaulking, regrouting or color sealing the grout in your home will make all the tiled areas look like new at a fraction of the cost of tile replacement. Your Colorado home will look great for a home buyer and you can move on to the home of your dreams.

Flooring Repair: Carpet Burns

We know that tile is far from the only surface in your home. There are many other types of flooring used in modern homes. One of the most common is carpet, which also happens to be one that needs some of the most maintenance. Carpeted areas are usually fairly high-traffic. And with that traffic comes wear and tear. Stains are generally a straightforward process of removal, but a less common and more challenging disfigurement to repair is a carpet burn. Most homeowners just give up trying to DIY it and end up paying to have it repaired. But there are a few tricks that can be used to restore the carpet for much cheaper.

Prior to starting, be sure to look over the damage and gauge how bad it is. If the burn is shallow, you might be able to simply snip off the charred outer layer with scissors and give the area a light washing. If it’s reached too deep, however, you will have to replace that section of carpet.

When a carpet patch is your only option, you’ll need to accurately measure the area for a replacement. Before the burned segment is excised, measure out an area slightly larger than the compromised material. Place the new patch over the burn and ensure that it looks good (color matches, fibers are going the same direction etc.), and then trace around the patch with a utility knife. Be sure not to cut too deep and damage the carpet padding while cutting. Simply lift the damaged piece from its spot.

With the damaged piece gone, you can focus on getting the replacement installed. If you need to make small trims to the material, scissors or the knife can be used to make tiny adjustments. Affix the patch in place with specialized carpet tape or some type of adhesive that is known to work for carpet. Press the patch into place, making sure that it is firmly set in place. You should leave the area alone for a few hours to let the adhesives set.

Any kind of blemishes on a carpet can be a major eyesore that brings down the mood of the whole room. Carefully and skillfully taking care of them can restore your floors to their former glory. The process is more than achievable for any determined Do-It-Yourselfer.

This article was contributed by our friends at Nip and Tuck Flooring, carpet repair and installation experts in Denver Colorado.

How To Get The Tiles Right When Renovating The Bathroom

Tiled BathroomIf you are renovating or building a new house, one question that will probably always nag you is whether to use ceramic or porcelain tiles for your bathroom. Everybody will agree that the bath is one of the busiest rooms in any house, and a really costly one to make. To err a little in the construction means expensive modifications so you would want a bathroom that will last your lifetime. At least.

Because it is the wettest area of the house, the first consideration is to make it as waterproof as possible to avoid quick deterioration of the materials behind or below the tiles. Thus the tile to use will need to have two distinct characteristics to serve the purpose: load-bearing to handle the traffic, and highly non-porous to prevent water seepage into the underlay or substrate. All other characteristics —abrasion resistance, aesthetics, cost, durability— are also of, though less, importance.

There are only two top choices that answer this need: ceramic and porcelain tiles. With modern manufacturing techniques, the prices of both are now within the reach of ordinary homeowners, though the porcelain tiles will be somewhat higher than the ceramic ones. This is, however, balanced by the porcelain tile’s greater density and impermeability, which translates to better performance in the long run.

To compare the two:

Ceramic tiles, on the one hand, are easier to cut, which might be important if you are a DIYer by preference or necessity. They are cheaper, resist staining, scratch-proof, are cleaned easily, and more easily available. On the other hand, ceramic tiles are less sturdy, are generally not ‘through-color’, meaning the color within may not be the same as that on its surface, more permeable and thus less moisture resistant.

Porcelain tiles on one hand are harder and tougher (30% stronger than granite), denser, generally of one color throughout its thickness (unglazed tiles only), more weatherproof (like frost-resistance), more rectifiable as in cutting to lower size tolerances enabling thinner grouting spaces between tiles, and aesthetically more long-lasting. They can be polished to a high sheen and have PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) ratings higher than ceramic.

On the other hand, porcelain tiles need special tools to cut, which obviates work for an ordinary handyman. They also require latex acrylic mortar as adhesive, and larger tile sizes need a truly flat substrate to avoid breaking when used as load bearing surfacing material such as bathroom floor tiles. In short they are less wieldy than ceramic tiles.

Furthermore, some porcelain tiles are actually porcelain tiles glazed over with ceramic, so the surface color may not be that of the body, that if the tile gets chipped, the body color will show, requiring replacement of the tile.

Be that as it may, many homeowners now prefer porcelain tiles over ceramic ones. They may be higher in price, but these homeowners are more confident the tiles will last virtually forever, which guarantees less expense in the future. So if you are wondering which to use, ceramic or porcelain tiles for your bathroom, go the way of most homeowners: if you can afford the cost, use porcelain. You are less likely to err with it.