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Siding Products That Increase Your Curb Appeal

The old siding on my home had finally reached the end of its lifespan. This meant it was time to re-side my home. After doing some research, I knew what features I wanted for my new siding. One of the features that was most important to me was the appearance of the siding and how it would increase the curb appeal of my home. Siding wraps around your entire home and can make it look old and dated, or new and modern. With this website, I hope to discuss different siding products and discuss what sort of appeal and look it can bring to your home. This can help you select the siding type that will impact the overall appearance of your home for the better.


Siding Products That Increase Your Curb Appeal

How To Install Engineered Hardwood Floors

by Kent George

You do not need to be a professional contractor to install hardwood floors on your own. As long as you buy an engineered hardwood flooring system, the process is not all that difficult. Engineered hardwood floors are specifically designed to be easy to install. If you can install your floor on your own, you can make the project much more cost effective and worthwhile. With a few basic tools, you can easily install your own floor if you follow these directions. 

Laying the Floor

As you lay the hardwood flooring planks down you will need to use flooring adhesive. Apply a bead of adhesive to the subfloor using a caulk gun. Do not put so much down at once that you have problems walking around it during installation. Some installers also like to apply a small bead of adhesive to the underside of the planks just before they lay them down. The tongue and groove system of engineered floors makes it easy to attach the planks. The tongue slides into the groove when you put it in at an angle. Then, when you push it down, it snaps into place. You might need to use a small mallet to lightly tap the plank so they fit tight and seamless.

Cutting the Planks

The hardest part of the job is cutting the planks when you reach the walls. The job is much easier if you can use a miter saw. Don't try to do the whole job with a hacksaw or handheld circular saw. You will get the best results if you have two people installing the floor. One person can be on the floor, laying down the planks while the other makes the cuts on the saw. Simply measure the distance between the end of a plank and the wall you are approaching. You usually have a few inches of room for mistake, because the end of the wall is covered by baseboard. Furthermore, on some floors the hardwood can slide all the way underneath the drywall. You can relay the measurements to the person manning the saw so you do not have to get up and down all the time. 

After a little bit of practice, you will start to work faster. You will find the perfect angle for sliding the tongue into the groove of the plank and you will make more accurate cuts with the miter saw. It is a truly great remodel to do on your own if you have the right tools.

For further assistance, contact local hardwood flooring professionals, such as those from Montana Carpet Brokers.