Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing new Flooring

Since you will be in contact with the floor every day, it’s vital you choose the right flooring for you, and the house’s needs.

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Making sure the flooring in your home is right is one of the most important decisions you can make when renovating a house or simply choosing some new flooring. It is crucial to choose the right flooring option for your home and needs in general, but also the needs of a specific room. With that in mind here are some key things to remember when choosing new flooring.

What Maintenance Requirements Do You Have?

Understanding the requirements of your flooring is a crucial part of choosing the right flooring for you and your home. Firstly, there are the obvious flooring and room combinations which should not go together – notably carpet flooring in the bathroom or kitchen! Secondly, you need to ask yourself how much time do I want to be spending on the maintenance of the flooring in comparison to the amount of wear it will be receiving. Carpet, for example, requires regular vacuuming and if you have pets, the amount of time needed to keep the carpet looking good is only going to increase. Additionally, marble as a flooring choice is expensive to maintain and can be easily damaged.

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How Much Money do you Have to Spend?

Keeping your budget in mind at all times is very important when choosing flooring. The range of options available means it’s very easy to lose track of your needs and get carried away with all the choices. This can result in much higher costs than is needed for a product you may not need. Also, remember that when purchasing flooring you must take into account the installation costs as most flooring requires professional installation to get the best long-term results. Making sure you know and stick to your budget will help inform your flooring decisions.

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Which Room is the Flooring Going in?

As mentioned earlier, the room in which this new flooring is installed in will automatically eliminate some options. Carpet, for example, is unsuited to a kitchen. The cleaning needs of kitchen flooring, which is prone to spillages and drops with the cooking and eating taking place, means you will want to choose something easy to clean and durable. A great option is vinyl flooring which comes in a variety of styles so can easily be tailored to fit in with the rest of your kitchen surfaces and appliances. Bedrooms, however, are well suited to carpet instead of vinyl flooring for its warmth and comfort underfoot.

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Is Underfloor Heating Right for You?

Underfloor heating is becoming a more popular addition to people’s homes, and the benefits are clear. The warmth generated from under the flooring provides a lovely feeling which allows you to spend more time barefoot without getting cold. The systems are particularly popular in bathrooms as they provide a warm floor rather than a cold one when stepping out of a hot shower or bath. Another benefit is the large area which can be heated through an underfloor system. However it is expensive, can take a long time to warm up and be difficult to install. Ultimately it comes down to the rooms and area you want to heat and the money you have available. Having a consultation with a professional to answer any questions you have about the electric and water systems available is the best way to go.

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A Guide to Pruning Mature Trees

Do you have mature trees on your property? Here is the correct way to prune them!


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Mature trees are a thing of beauty, and they provide us with essential shading and wind cover, yet, much like young trees, a large tree does require regular care and attention. When pruning a mature tree, it is important that you do not injure the tree, especially as older trees find it hard to recover from excessive pruning, and with that in mind, here are a few tips from the professionals on how best to care for mature trees.

Removing Dead Wood – The first thing to do with a mature tree is to remove any dead or decaying branches. While tree lopping in Perth seems to be popular, there are other options, which do not damage the tree, and by talking to an experienced tree surgeon, you can make an informed decision on the best way forward.

Prune in the Autumn – This is the best time to prune mature trees, as it gives the tree time to recover before the next growing season the following spring. One goal when pruning is to shape the tree, but one must be careful not to trim back too much, as this can hinder normal growth.

Never Prune Flush with the Trunk – When removing branches that are attached directly to the trunk, you should never cut the branch flush to the trunk, as this will harm the tree. Rather make a small cut to the underside of the branch about 6 inches from the trunk, then once the branch is removed, cut a further 2 inches from the stump, which still leaves a few inches protruding from the trunk.

Safety First – Unless you are experienced at pruning mature trees, you are advised to call in an arborist, who has both the know-how and equipment to safely carry out the pruning. If you have a few mature trees on your property, call in a tree surgeon at the end of the summer, and he can prune them all in a single visit. There are many accidents when homeowners decide to climb a tree to prune it, and if you are not an experienced climber, you could cause yourself a serious injury by doing so.

The Right Equipment – Pruning a mature tree is only possible if you have the right equipment, which would include a long pruning saw, and if you are going to work at height, you should have a sturdy ladder, as well as a head for heights. Prior to making any cuts, make sure that the branch you are going to remove will not damage anything on its way down.

One practice that is often recommended is tree lopping, yet in most cases, this will damage the tree, and lopping should only be considered if there are no other options. Any good arborist would avoid lopping a mature tree whenever possible, as very often, the tree cannot recover from such major treatment, and will subsequently die.

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