We are spoiled for choice these days when it comes to what kind of flooring to choose, so we thought we would take a look at one of those flooring types in this blog and that’s laminate flooring. Choosing flooring for your home is a big decision, after all, it covers such a large area of the home. You also have to take into consideration the needs of the household and how hardwearing it needs to be.
One reason laminate flooring can be a great option is that it’s generally cheaper and also easy to install, which means that for a reasonably low price, you can have a whole new flooring look.
Laminate flooring is usually made up of fiberboard with a melamine resin. These generally come in panels or pieces that fit neatly together, much like the way hardwood flooring does.
There are a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to both style and color. The majority of options come under a hardwood look category, but other styles like granite or marble effect are also available.
Some of the downsides to choosing laminate flooring is that it can occasionally move or shift. Another potential issue is that this kind of flooring has a melamine resin which contains the toxic chemical formaldehyde. It is possible, though, to find products that contain less toxins.
Before installing laminate flooring, make sure the subfloor is in decent shape and that it does not contain a lot of moisture. You might find this will cause the laminate to become warped or buckle.
From this very brief review, we can see that laminate can be a great flooring choice, but make sure it’s right for the needs of you and your household.
Last year saw a vast number of wildfires that had devastating results. Although it can be very hard to stop a wildfire, prevention is the key. How can we be responsible property owners with regard to this?
One way to do this is by preparing our homes and surrounding land so that it is harder for a wildfire to spread. This is referred to as “Defensible Space” and involves removing things like foliage etc. that could increase the spread of a fire
Why is this so important?
Defensible space can help in numerous ways. Firstly, it lets firefighters and their apparatus gain easier access to your home or property. Remember, there is a much greater chance they will be able to save your property if they are right there at the site.
Another important factor to remember is that for defensible space to work effectively it has to have frequent maintenance. Clear away vegetation or other matter that provides fuel for fires. A fire will grow weak if it has no fuel to keep it going which helps firefighters extinguish the flames faster.
A crucial factor when it comes to fire spreading is time. The quicker firefighters can access a water supply the better it will be. If you live on a property with a body of water like a pond, ensure there is easy access to it so that the fire department can make the best use of their time.
There may be certain requirements and standards put in place by the local authorities regarding defensible space, so make sure you check with them first before you plan any large projects. You don’t want to endanger any wildlife etc.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta