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Soundproofing the Floor

Today is general election day in Korea so most of the locals has no work, early this morning I was awaken when the family  living in the second floor came home. It sounds like the father is drunk, he shouted and then he started punching the metal door of  the electric meter’s. I have heard her wife and daughter trying to stop him while they are opening the main door, when they reached their apartment room I can hear the loud foot steps on our ceiling. It sounds like the father keeps banging anything, based on my analysis the father was picked up by her wife and daughter in one of the hof around the town and he maybe didn’t like it.

Now I know why soundproofing the floor is a must when you are living in apartment doors, it is to avoid disturbances when you are sleeping.  As what I have read soundproofing floors is not a complicated idea. You just need something between the hard flooring and the rest of the house to absorb noise.

Electric Heating Systems on your Bathroom

If there’s one thing I hate in the morning is stepping  onto ice-cold bathroom tiles that’s why I bought a plastic glass bathroom slippers to help my feet warm every time I went to the bathroom.

I have asked my husband if it is not possible to install heating system in the bathroom to make the temperature warm and then I can just walk barefoot in the morning, he said it is not possible but I have read online radiant-floor heating makes that possible where you can install it in your home with far less trouble and expense than you might expect.

As what I have read an electric radiant system consists of thin heating cables, like the wires in an electric blanket, installed under ceramic tile. Because the cables are so thin they don’t raise the level of the flooring much; this makes them great for remodeling.

They’re installed where warm floors are appreciated: bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens. Controlled by their own thermostat, these systems don’t replace your main heating unit — they augment it.

To install an electric radiant floor in an existing room, you’ll need a dedicated 15- to 20-amp GFCI-protected circuit to power the system, and an excuse to lay a new tile floor. If you’re remodeling, it’s a good time to satisfy both requirements.

A bathroom-size warm-floor retrofit will cost $400 to $700 including the cost of the new tile. This system will consume about the same amount of electricity as three 100W lightbulbs.

How to Select the best Flooring for Your Home

Home refurbishment is a big job; you do not just need to consider the walls or your furniture, you need to give some attention to the flooring of your home. If you live in a traditional British home, certainly the floors will all be covered in carpet. Even if you live in a conventional Uk house, you always have a lot of options available in the market to break the tradition.

If we look to the warmer countries of Europe for inspiration you’ll find ceramic tiled floors along with laminate and parquet flooring. Tiled floors are wonderful in hotter climates, but are also very useful for your kitchen and bathroom. A carpet is not practical for kitchensor bathrooms, as you’ll be continuously trying to mop up spills that leave nasty stains on the carpet.

Tiling your floor gives a practical along with cooling solution to these areas of your home, a tiled floor always being exceptional for low maintenance, a fast wipe down with a cleaner or a cloth always leaving it clean and hygienic. Not just is it an excellent way to keep cool in the hot summertime, but also you never have to worry about germs and bacteria which are harboured in the carpet from spills.

Moving on to the lounge, again there are all sorts of options to carpet such as trendy parquet. This kind of flooring is fashionable, but unfortunately not so inexpensive, although a similar affect can be attained with floor coverings which are sold on rolls and are easily laid down as they’re self-adhesive .

If you’ve made the decision to swap the carpets for tiles, but are feeling the cold in winter, then you can remedy this quite simply by adding some stylish rugs. These are great for areas like the lounge or where children play, but have the flexibility of being removable in the hot summertime and certainly washable. A conventional carpet harbors a lot of germs, and unless it is cleaned with special detergents and a carpet cleaner it can actually be a hazard to your house.

When you are renovating your house, you can look on line at catalogues or visit your nearby hardware store for ideas on your floorings. You have to decide what’s the greatest option for your individual circumstances and how you can refurbish your floors to offer you a refreshing break from carpets. Think practical and consider your pets or kids, and make the wise choice for renovating your house.

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