Posts made in January, 2017

Don’t Overlook These Small But Important Details When Choosing Bathroom Tiles

The tiles you choose for your bathroom should do more than just protect the space from water damage; the look of the tiles will greatly impact the overall look of the bathroom itself, and some materials are more fragile than others. To ensure you’re happy with your choice of tiles for years to come, note a few small but important details to consider when shopping.


Square tiles are classic, but note that rectangular tiles will add the look of length and depth, according to how they’re installed. If you are tiling a small bathroom, opt for longer rectangular shapes; long, horizontal tiles will make a bathroom look wider, whereas rectangular tiles set vertically will make it look deeper and longer.

The shape of tiles can also work in the opposite way, making a bathroom look smaller and even a bit cluttered. Very small tiles often seem busy and can close in a space, so avoid these in a small shower area or bath. You may assume that larger tiles will overwhelm a small space, but larger squares can actually look better proportioned and keep the space seeming more open and airy rather than small and busy.


Dark tiles or those in a bold colour such as blue or gold can seem very stately and elegant, but consider how your bathroom space will look when completely covered in this colour or shade, especially if you have a dark paint colour on the walls. If you prefer something bold for tiles, consider using this colour as a border along the floor or shower area, rather than for the entire floor and shower surround. This will keep the bathroom from looking busy and overpowering and allow that bold colour to stand out and be noticed.

Material and maintenance

Bathroom tiles need to be waterproof and resistant to mould and mildew, but they’re not maintenance free. Natural stone tiles need to be sealed regularly as they often have pits and pores that can hold moisture and eventually cause cracking or allow mould to grow. Porcelain and ceramic are much denser so they won’t hold moisture and will be less prone to cracking over time. Glass is also very dense and needs little to no maintenance, and it’s a lightweight material as well; heavier stone tiles may require some bracing of your bathroom’s subfloor or framing so it can hold that heavier weight without cracking and settling, meaning extra work and cost for their installation.

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Why You Shouldn’t Resist the Call for Better Insulation

Energy costs seem to be always on the rise and homeowners are always looking for ways to keep them in check. You may be thinking how you can regulate your air conditioning system more efficiently, or trying to figure out how you can change your electricity tariff to a lower band. Yet you may be overlooking one of the biggest cost saving opportunities of them all – the installation of proper insulation. What should you be focusing on?

Why You Need to Get This Right

Without proper insulation in and around your home, you could be wasting a significant amount of the energy generated to cool or heat the property. Not only will this be costing you money in the wallet or purse, but it will be increasing your carbon footprint and putting undue stress on your HVAC systems.

What Type Do You Need?

You need to check what type of insulation – if any – is already installed and come up with a plan depending on exactly where you live. The type of climate that you deal with will dictate both the type of insulation and the amount that you need. In much hotter climates, you may need reflective insulation, which is designed to deflect heat. Homes that are located in cooler areas may need to focus on bulk insulation instead.

Dealing with Resistance

The type of product you will need to choose will be segmented according to what’s known as an “R value.” The letter stands for resistance and means the amount of heat that the insulation resists or keeps either out or in. The products that you can get will have different values according to the location and the task at hand. When installed correctly, products can be expected to provide the correct resistance.

It is nevertheless very important to choose an installation company to do this right. If the material is overly compressed or damaged when it is put in, or an incorrect space is left in between the various sheets, then you won’t get the desired result.

Getting It Right

Note, that if you’re conducting any type of renovation, your local authority is likely to demand minimum standards of insulation efficiency. You’ll need to look at your roofs and ceilings, as well as your walls and sometimes your floors, to make sure that you come up to standard and save as much energy as possible going forward.

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Reminders for Any Renovation

If you've decided to undertake a project around your house, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure to have a good idea of the cost going in. Talk to local specialists for estimates or do research on the cost of supplies and labor. Second, always make sure to take necessary safety precautions. While a landscape project may seem like a lower-risk task than a rewiring job, it never hurts to be too careful. Finally, don't bite off more than you can chew. Plan out your renovation and repair projects in detail and then tackle one thing at a time. If you ever feel out of your element, hand the job over to a contractor. They'll know how to get the job done efficiently, safely, and correctly.


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