4 Inexpensive Flooring Alternatives

Are you tired of how your floor looks? Do you want other alternatives aside from the usual carpet, hardwood, or tiles look? You’re in luck! There are a number of alternatives available in the market right now that you can consider without breaking the bank.

Laminated Floors

Laminated floors are an inexpensive alternative if you plan to change your flooring. Laminates are known for their durability and can be easily cleaned.

Price-wise, the price is generally indicative of the product quality. One downside for laminated flooring is that you have to replace any ruined areas. There is no way to fix a laminated floor.

Cork Floors

Yes, they do exist! Cork floors are great insulators, so you can walk barefooted without worrying that you’ll get cold feet. They are also terrific at absorbing sounds and are resistant to molds and bacteria.

The cons to cork flooring is that they can be ruined by spills if not immediately wiped clean. Cork flooring is not advisable in areas constantly exposed to sunlight since sunlight can cause discoloration. Furniture indentations can occur and is not fixable, unless you place another furniture to cover the indentation as a very inexpensive alternative.

Foam Floors

If you ever had kids growing up at home, then you know what we’re talking about. This product is now available in designs that look like wood, which makes it a great flooring alternative.

It is very easy to clean and replace. It’s jigsaw puzzle-like edges allows you to easily install it on your own in just under an hour or two. If you still have kids at home, you can also liven up the flooring in their rooms using the different colored foam tiles.

Peel and Stick Floors

Vinyl stickers that come in 1-square feet sizes. These are quite inexpensive and available in different designs. Installation is very easy and can be done as a weekend project.

4 Things to Know When Planning A Home Extension

Planning to add an extension to your home? Awesome! Now it’s time to make a checklist so you have an idea of what to expect when construction is well on its way.

Choose Your Design

You can choose to go with your idea or you can choose an architect to do the designing for you. Companies who specialize in home renovation always have in-house architects that are available for consultation.

Indecisive which design works best? Why not try and have the architect incorporate both ideas to see which of the designs would work best?

At the end of the day, remember that this is your project. You call the shots, not the other way around.

Consultation and Budgeting

Schedule a consultation with your chosen contractor so they can properly assess and discuss the project with you. Once this step is done, they can now get back to you with their proposal and estimated cost.

Don’t hesitate to let them know if you want to make changes – plan- or budget-wise. It helps to be transparent, so the contractor knows what they are working with.

Finalization and Contract Signing

Make sure that you read the contract and that it contains all the things you and the contractor agreed upon. Once you sign that contract, it indicates that everything has been finalized and construction can begin.

Building Permits and Construction

It is the task of the contractor to obtain building permits. A reputable contractor would be able to provide you with information on how long it takes to get a building permit and when you should be expecting them to begin construction.

Once the construction is underway, you and the contractor should have constant communication to guarantee that everything is going as planned. If they go above your expectations that would be an added bonus!

At Gippsland Ltd., we got you covered with all of these and more! Contact us now!

Green Roof – The 3 Benefits

Green roofs are also known as living roofs or eco-friendly roofs. They involve growing plants on rooftops that replaces the destroyed vegetative footprint during building construction.

More and more building owners have begun to replace their roofing with green roofs in an attempt to contribute to the call to “Go Green”.

This now begs to differ just how beneficial is green roofing and is it a good choice for you as well? Let’s see the benefits that green roof has to offer.

Management of Storm water

Experts agree that management of storm water is the primary beneficial result of green roofing. During storms, the rapid water runoff from the traditional roofs can worsen flooding and a negative impact on erosion. The runoff can also increase the possibility of sewage water to be discharged into rivers.

A high amount of water runoff equates to a higher amount of water that requires treatment before it is deemed potable and safe for human consumption.

Green roofs have the ability to absorb and retain about 50-100% of the storm water and slowly release it several hours later.

Long Roof Lifespan

Green roofs have been shown to have a longer lifespan compared to traditional roofs. Both ultraviolet radiation and temperature are the main contributing factors for deterioration of traditional roofing materials.

The plant material absorbs ultraviolet radiation and helps alleviate extreme temperature fluctuations. The growth substrate and the plants help insulate the building thus allowing for cooler inside temperatures during the summer season.

More Business and Job Opportunities

Green roofing does not end with the construction. It also requires proper care and maintenance.

This is why one of the benefits of green roofing more business and job opportunities for roofing and landscape contractors, and plant producers.

At Gippsland Ltd, we also offer green roofing options. Interested? Contact us!