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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Ceramic and Porcelain tile are popular flooring materials being used today in kitchens and bathrooms. They are durable, can last for years, water resistant, easy to clean, and able to be repaired at an affordable cost. The world of tile is extremely vast with tons of design, style, and color choices!

How to choose tile?

  • where will the tile be installed (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room)
  • what is your budget
  • is it a high traffic area
  • what hardness rating is recommended

Factors that determine installation costs:

  • foundation where flooring will be installed and condition of foundation
  • configuration of the area where the tile will be installed
  • installation materials needed
  • does the area where the tile is to be installed need to be smoothed or leveled
  • what is required to prepare the surface area for installation
  • level of moisture where tile is to be installed
  • material and condition of subfloor

If you have questions about your existing tile floors, if they need to be repaired, if you have questions on tile selection, need an installation estimate, or want to schedule a design consultation, give us a call or send us an email: Contact Us!

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

If you have an older home, you may already have hardwood floors. Also for some lucky people who decide to rip up the old carpet during a remodel, they find beautiful hardwood floors that have been covered for decades. What can you do to breathe new life in to existing wood floors? To bring them back to their original condition and luster? Hardwood floor refinishing and recoating is a great option if the existing floors are in decent condition.

What is hardwood floor recoating?

  • to add protective layer over the existing finish of the wood floor

What is hardwood floor refinishing?

  • to sand the wood floor to remove the existing finish and floors are bare
  • apply protective layer to bare wood

What factors are involved when determining costs?

  • can the existing floors be recoated
  • will the existing floors need to be refinished
  • square footage of areas to be recoated or refinished
  • current condition of the wood floors
  • type of wood flooring and if it is a specialty type of wood that requires extra steps or a certain type of coating
  • difficulty of removing the existing finish
  • type of finish or coating to be used and how much will be needed
  • are their any wood stairs that need to be recoated or refinished
  • will any flooring need to be removed or repaired
  • are their any obstructions or items that will need to be removed

What may be involved in the recoating or refinishing process?

  • buffing the existing wood floor by using a clog-resistant sanding disk to remove the existing finish without damaging the wood
  • sanding the wood floor
  • applying the appropriate coatings to the existing wood floor

If you have questions about your existing hardwood floors, if they need to be repaired, if they can be recoated or refinished, or if they just need to be replaced, need an installation estimate, or want to schedule a design consultation, give us a call or send us an email: Contact Us!

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renovation loan

Need A Renovation Loan?

A renovation loan can be a convenient and economical way to make renovations or repairs without having to pull equity from a home, or applying for a second mortgage. The money can be used for home improvement projects or much needed repairs.

What can you do with a renovation loan?

  • roof repairs and replacement
  • HVAC repairs
  • room additions
  • kitchen and bathroom remodels
  • tree removal
  • septic and well replacement
  • structural renovations

If you need a renovation loan for a home improvement project, here is more information and contact information for questions:

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Wallpaper – How Many Different Types?

Yes, wallpaper is making a comeback! It has not regained the massive popularity from the days of the brightly colored and large floral prints that you may have seen in your grandmother’s formal room, but it is being used to bring color and patterns to accent walls and powder rooms. Depending on what type of wallpaper you choose, it can be a quick and cost effective way to change the look of any room.

Now for the big question, what type of wallpaper should you choose? Are there certain types of wallpaper that are best suited for different rooms and areas of your home? Are there certain wallpapers that are more difficult to hang than others? Why are some wallpapers so expensive?

Here are some different types and answers:

  • Vinyl Wallpaper – In commercial application, vinyls are most commonly used in restaurants and hotels.  In residential applications, they are best suited for kitchens, bathrooms, and other high traffic areas. These types of wallpapers are more durable and able to be cleaned. There are four different types of vinyl wallpaper: solid vinyl, vinyl coated, paper backed vinyl, and fabric backed vinyl.
    1. Solid vinyl is waterproof, scratch and tear resistant, durable, and easy to clean. It can be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, children’s bedroom, and playrooms
    2. Vinyl coated can be scrubbed, easy to clean, heat resistant, humidity resistant, and resistant to grease. It is best for high traffic areas, kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and children’s areas.
    3. Paper backed vinyl is moisture and stain resistant, can be washed, but it is not suitable for rooms and areas with high humidity. If it is installed in a humid area, the paper can separate from the vinyl or pull away from the wall. Depending on the humidity levels and length of time that the wallpaper has been exposed to the humidity and damage caused, the wallpaper will eventually need to be replaced.
    4. Fabric backed vinyl can be cleaned, scrubbed, and is durable.  It can be used in high traffic areas, entryways, children’s areas, dens, kitchens, bathrooms, and can be installed over walls with imperfections. There are three types of fabric backed vinyls that can be used for specific applications:
      1. Type 1 – light grade for light traffic areas, best for use in areas above chair rail, can be used in hotels and offices
      2. Type 2 – medium grade for higher traffic areas, best for use in hallways and entry areas
      3. Type 3 – heavy grade for areas that are can be damaged by equipment, best for use in hospitals and food service locations
  • Grasscloth is a more natural wallcovering that is made from different grasses and plants. It is more suited for rooms that need a more rustic look. Since grasscloth is made from plant materials, it can contain many natural imperfections and colors that are not uniform throughout the roll. After installation is complete, the seams are visible and the installed panels will not match. Grasscloth is not recommended for high traffic areas or areas that are prone to damage. This wallpaper can stain very easily, is very hard to clean, and does not do well in areas with high humidity. If you are looking for a wallpaper with a seamless and uniform look that flows effortlessly around the room, grasscloth is not the material for you.
  • Regular Wallpaper can be found in most home improvement stores and online. These papers come in thousands of colors and designs. Many regular wallpapers are not as durable as vinyl or as thick as grasscloth, so most walls will need to be smoothed and prepared to make sure there are no imperfections that will show through the wallpaper. Many of these wallpapers cannot be cleaned, so make sure you have enough from the same lot for repairs.

Wallpaper and wallcoverings can be a great way to add color and designs to a room or wall. Make sure you research what type of wallpaper will work best for the area. Some wallpapers can cost thousands of dollars and can be very labor intensive. If you need more information on the different type of wallpaper and costs, visit Mahones. Here you can order samples and search by theme, brand, color, and style.

If you are looking for wallpaper ideas, have questions, need help choosing the right type of wallpaper or wallcovering, need to know how much wallpaper to order, need an installation estimate, or want to schedule an installation appointment, give us a call or send us an email: Contact Us!

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Paint Problems – Chalking

What is chalking?

Chalking is when a fine, white powder begins to form on the exterior paint surface.   This is often caused by weathering and may seem as if the exterior paint color is fading.  Some chalk is normal, but heavy chalk may be a sign of problems.

What can cause Paint to chalk?
  • oil-based paint will usually chalk more than latex paint
  • using a low quality paint that is heavily pigmented
  • siding that has been coated in a factory
  • using an interior paint on an exterior surface
  • improper preparation of a porous surface
  • applying a thin, watery coating
  • not applying enough paint to adequately coat the surface
How do you repair chalking paint?
  • pressure wash and clean the surface
  • allow to thoroughly dry
  • clean and brick area of chalk

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Paint Problems – Cracking

What is cracking?

Cracking is when hairline cracks begin to form due to a split in the dry paint film of at least in coat of paint.  As the cracks become worse, the paint will begin to flake.

What can cause Paint to crack?
  • applying a low adhesion paint
  • applying a less flexible paint
  • applying paint that is too thin
  • improper surface preparation
  • the age of the paint
  • painting over a glossy surface
How do you repair cracking paint?
  • remove any loose and flaking paint
  • sand the area
  • prime any areas before painting
  • allow to thoroughly dry

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Planning for your Kitchen Island – Questions to Ask

Planning for your Kitchen Island – Questions to Ask

Kitchen islands are a great functional feature that can also serve as an informal dining and conversation area.  It can be designed to provide a sitting area for family and guests for entertaining while cooking.

When planning and designing your perfect island, here are some items to think about and questions to ask:

  • How will the island fit your families needs?
  • How will the island fit with your entertaining needs?
  • How much eating space will you add to the island?
  • Do you need additional storage space?
  • Do you need a food prep station?
  • What type of cooktop will be installed?  What type of hood is needed? Where is the best placement for the hood?
  • Is a sink needed on your island?
  • How much countertop space is needed?
  • How many electrical outlets are needed?
  • How many shelves are needed and what will they be used for?
  • What is the knee space height?
  • What is the seating capacity and what type of seating will be used?
  • Do you have young children or planning a family in the future?  You many want to consider radius corners on your island.
  • What type of material will be used for your island countertop?
  • How much lighting do you need over your island and what type?
  • Where is the placement for the kitchen island to give the best access to cabinets, appliances, sink, and table?  Think about your kitchen working space like a triangle.
  • What is the optimal height for your island?
  • Will your base be an enclosed cabinet base? Do you need drawers?
  • Will your base be a more open design with large shelves for large pots and pans?

Need design help or options? Contact Us!

Paint Problems - Blistering

Paint Problems – Blistering

What is blistering?

This is the name for bubbles that are caused when the paint looses adhesion and begins to lift from the substrate.

What can cause blistering in paint?
  • applying paint in direct sunlight
  • applying paint to a hot surface
  • moisture from an interior source that migrates to the exterior and causes the paint to rise from the surface
  • applying an oil-based paint to a damp or wet surface
  • applying an alkyd paint to a damp or wet surface
  • damp basements
  • lack of surface preparation before applying a latex paint
  • improper ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms
  • exposing freshly applied latex paint to dew, high humidity, moisture, or rain
  • exterior wall leaks
How do you repair paint that is blistering?

Unfortunately, the only way to repair paint that is blistering is to remove the old paint.  After the paint is removed, the source of the moisture will need to be found and repaired.  Proper ventilation may need to be installed to prevent future moisture problems.  The substrate under the paint will need to be cleaned and allowed to dry before any new primer or finish paint can be applied.

Paint Problems - Alligatoring

Paint Problems – Alligatoring

What is alligatoring?

Alligatoring is an exterior paint problem that occurs when the paint begins to crack in a pattern that resembles the scales of an alligator.  The cracks are usually in the surface of the paint and do not expose the substrate below the paint.

What can cause this condition in paint?
  • some oil-based paints will crack and alligator due to age
  • some oil-based paints will crack and alligator with a fluctuation in temperatures
  • applying an oil enamel over a flexible coating
  • applying a topcoat before the primer or basecoat is dry
  • applying a coating over a glossy finish
How do you repair paint that is alligatoring?

Unfortunately, the only way to repair paint in this condition is to remove the old paint.  After the paint is removed, the substrate under the paint will need to be cleaned and allowed to dry before any new primer or finish paint can be applied.


outgrown closet

Have You Outgrown Your Small Closet?

If you have outgrown your closet, there is help!  There are several options for storage, and you can even turn a spare room into a giant walk-in closet.

The first thing that you need to do is to take inventory of your items that need space.  Do you need shelves for your shoes? Storage for your sweaters? Hanging areas for dresses, pants, or shirts?  What items need space, and what type of storage do you prefer?

Here are a few measurements of how much room is needed to hang the following items:

  • long dresses – 69″
  • robes – 52″
  • dresses – 45″
  • pants (cuff hung) – 44″
  • men’s suits – 38″
  • skirts – 35″
  • women’s suites – 29″
  • blouses and shirts – 28″
  • pants (double hung) – 20″

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