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Engineered Hardwood A Better Hardwood Flooring Choice

  • Posted on July 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm

When engineered wood first came out on the market, there were speculations that this material was not made of real wood. Experts stress that this is simply not true. Engineered wood floors should not be confused with laminate, vinyl and veneer floors, which imitate or replicate the image or the texture of wood using plastic or a composite of other materials.

Engineered wood is made of three or more layers of hard plywood or high density fiberboard (HDF) and a bonded quarter-inch top layer of hardwood or lamella. This HDF core and lamella composition makes engineered wood eco-friendly, as the core can be made up of recycled wood and the lamella does not require as much timber as a solid hardwood plank does.

And, since they both have exposed surfaces made of hardwood, engineered wood floors can look as attractive as solid hardwood floors. Engineered wood floors can also come in as many hardwood species and colors as solid wood floors.

For the experts in is home to, engineered wood offers a lot of advantages over solid hardwood. Engineered wood even holds up better in extreme weather conditions, which Los Angeles is no stranger to. The engineered wood’s core resists heat and moisture better than solid hardwood can. And HDF layers can actually counter compression brought about by foot traffic and other external factors. This allows for more durability and stability.

Moreover, the installation of an engineered flooring companies are proud of is quick and easy. Engineered floors can easily be installed on any kind of original floor surface, without the need to fasten planks to the floor or to each other. And since engineered floors come in a wider range of sizes, they are sure to cover floors perfectly, without the usual gaps of solid hardwood flooring.

Engineered wood floors are becoming the favorite because of all these benefits and the fact that the wood itself and the installation costs significantly cheaper. The planks are eco-friendly and very affordable, at almost half the average price of solid hardwood planks. Engineered wood flooring installation is significantly easier and quicker than solid hardwood flooring installation could ever be.

Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

  • Posted on July 12, 2017 at 2:10 am

Outdoor lighting fixtures should blend decorative aspects with security and durability. These lighting fixtures can be modern, traditional, casual or formal depending on personal choice. Another aspect to be considered is size and layout of area to be lighted. If area is small and surrounded by trees, bushes or artifacts then small, separate or specifically designed lights can be placed at appropriate points.

Similar to other electronic devices, outdoor lighting fixtures evolve with changing lifestyles and requirements. Lighting adds that special touch and with outdoor lighting fixtures available in different sizes and finishes we can match exterior dcor with the interior the house or commercial establishment. There are different lighting fixtures for sports arenas, pathways, decks, driveways, front doors, porches, gates and garages and we should select accordingly. Another important point to consider is the weather condition. Extreme temperatures require certified and durable lights that are also tarnish and corrosion resistant. A lower quality outdoor lighting fixture can have bubbles, chips or scratches and should be checked before purchase. Similarly wrongly positioned outdoor lighting fixtures can create hot-spots i.e. pools of darkness or light.

With numerable styles it is easy to select outdoor lighting fixtures suited to your budget, location and desired level of convenience. For private residences manually operated switching models are workable and easier to use. Automatic switching models are appropriate for commercial or sports arenas but house owners are swapping the manual for automatic switching models due to busy schedules and vacations. A safe bet for absentee house-owners is motion activated lighting system with motion sensors that lights up when someone approaches. Another model is the dusk-to dawn fixture with photocells that turn on at sunset and off at sunrise automatically.

Like colors in a palette outdoor lighting fixtures create moods with different combinations of designs. Select from louvered to tiered, recessed or sunken lights, eyelids or scones for wall mounting, scooped or mushroom shaped to provide shielded lights or simple pole lights. These can be sleek contemporary lights, halogen or compact fluorescent, incandescent light bulbs, spot lights or luminaries offering unlimited choice to highlight exteriors.