Sarah Frank


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Sarah Frank
I am a huge advocate of vinyl plank! It is so moisture resistant, and if you buy a nice quality you can hardly tell that it is not real. I know that many manufactures even have both tile & wood look that you can mix an match to create a very unique pattern. Mannington Adura is one of my favorites to show!
August 21, 2014 at 1:42PM   
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I have vinyl plank in my basement (concrete slab beneath) and don't care for it. During the dry months it builds up static which makes sweeping and vacuuming more difficult. It really clings onto those dog hairs! Additionally, it isn't too difficult to wear through the finish layer of the vinyl to reveal the black vinyl beneath. This is particularly a problem under furniture that gets moved frequently, like desk or dining table chairs. I have a black ring in my floor from my office chair. I'll be replacing it with porcelain at some point.
August 21, 2014 at 1:56PM   
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Terri
I am concerned that, given that your floor is heated, the adhesive for the vinyl will soften and compromise the integrity of the bond. You can go view installation and application specifications of the manufacturer website to see if it's OK to install over heated floors. However, if you have the money for the porcelain, go with that. You'll probably never need to repair or replace it in your lifetime, and it's so much classier. With heated floors, you won't need to worry about the tile being cold. If you dislike grout lines (as I do), consider a travertine floor, honed on site, so there are no grout lines. Attached are photos of an older home we worked on several years ago. These floors never go out of style. Just my humble opinion. :)
August 21, 2014 at 2:00PM   
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What to Know Before Refinishing Your Floors

Learn costs and other important details about renewing a hardwood floor — and the one mistake you should avoid Full Story
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hayleydaniels
With the rise of low cost wood floors from places like Lumber Liquidators, a lot of people are going to find that if the floors survive [and a lot are such junk they to be torn out] that the floors can't be refinished as they have aluminum oxide in the finish. The reason I know this is because we've been researching solid wood floors, and were hoping to save some money and go with either BellaWood, the LL house brand or Millstead, Home Depot's house brand only to find out that's what they're finished with. The lady at the local flooring store we ended up buying a very high end brand of flooring was telling us that the aluminum oxide makes the finish so hard that it almost can't be sanded off. I'm glad we did so much research, and I hope I don't need this info for 20 years, but glad to see the issue addressed.
March 13, 2014 at 4:56PM     
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7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort

Give your joints a break while you're standing at the stove, with these resilient and beautiful materials for kitchen floors Full Story
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Sarah Frank
" but by sealing it after installation you also seal up the joints, preventing water and dirt from collecting in them." VERY untrue! If you sand & finish onsite, yes, it does "seal" the floor, until the seasons change. All wood expands & contracts with the moisture in the air, once this happens the seal is broken. However, on a positive note, the bevel and seams in wood floors are best for the dirt to fall into. This keeps it off of the finish of your floor, therefore it won't be sitting on top of your floor being scratched around like sandpaper. Once the floor is vacuumed, all the dirt is gone :)
August 7, 2014 at 6:25AM     
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Paula Sparks
We used vinyl wood look planks in a rental property - it's not only beautiful and indestructible, but planks can be replaced if ever needed. We've used laminate in our own home for years - never had any problems with it at all and it's much more forgiving than any of the hard floor surfaces. Going green with cork would have been our first choice, but reviews indicate that cork fades in the sun - since our kitchen is very large and half of it gets the afternoon sun, we'd have ended up with a 2 tone floor. Not an option!
August 21, 2014 at 5:29AM   
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dercamp Can you tell me which Karndean Luxury Vinyl plank you used, and approximate cost? Thanks!
August 21, 2014 at 1:21PM   
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Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors

Be bold. Be brave. Drench your floors in black for a memorable interior scene Full Story
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susanvpaige
Two shedding yellow Labradors plus dust plus black anything = me slave to the house.
August 6, 2014 at 2:04PM     
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So Your Style Is: American Gothic

If Puritan with a touch of glam is pure style heaven to you, let the painting that started it all be your guiding light Full Story
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