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Stone Flooring vs. Linoleum or Vinyl: What’s the Best Basement Floor?

vulcanadmin : January 27, 2015 5:45 am : Blog

Introduction

Stone flooring and vinyl sheets are ideal covering applied over a discolored and cracked concrete floor. Stone flooring is made up of fine stones mixed with formulated epoxy. Sheet vinyl, on the other hand, is an organic material developed from ethene (Wise Geek, 2014).

Both materials immediately add beauty and appeal to a floor. Vinyl sheets are cost-effective and easy to install, but will fade or yellow over time, while stone flooring lasts forever.

The linoleum vinyl sheet is directly applied to a flat surface by putting glue around its outer edges while the full-bond sheet is also applied to a flat surface but by putting glue across the entire backside.

Installation of stone flooring is also quick; however, it needs the assistance of a professional. Stone flooring preserves its new appearance for years.

Brief History

Stone construction began in Egypt over 5000 years ago. Palaces and monuments used large bricks that were made of mountain cut materials. In fact, the oldest stone flooring in the world existed in Pyramids of Giza.

Greeks created pebble mosaic floors 3000 years ago. This flooring type was made of small and rounded stones attached together to create an image. Eventually, these pebbles were traded for flat pieces of vibrant stone tiles, which glow in the sunlight.

The art of stone flooring reached its new height of innovation during the Roman Empire. It’s believed heated floors were used in wealthy homes throughout the life of the empire.

During the fall of Roman Empire, various historians affirmed “European use of stone flooring was often relegated to scavenging pieces of material from old monuments and palaces that had fallen into disuse (About, 2014).”

Vinyl existed as early as late 1800’s but the idea of using it as a floor began in the 1930’s. After series of successful and failed experiments, vinyl was finally presented as a composite flooring tile in 1933 (Floor to Your Home, 2014).

The market penetration for vinyl sank during World War II. Luckily, the manufacturing returned after the war. It launched its new properties, versatility and flame resistance.

The first durable vinyl plank flooring was introduced in 1970. This flooring was made of vinyl but slice into planks designed to look like wood.

The Benefits

Stone flooring transforms your old concrete floor into a beautiful, safe and breathing space. It permanently covers ugly discoloration and uneven surfaces. The following are the other benefits:

1) It adds depth and interest to your concrete floor, whether it’s your basement, garage, living room, playroom, pool side, laundry room, patio, or fitness room.
2) It defends against dampness, moisture and unwanted water.
3) It acts as a better insulation than carpet, wood, vinyl and tile.
4) It provides variety of colors and textures.
5) It requires light maintenance.
6) It outperforms paint and other floor coatings… it’s literally permanent!
7) It’s FDA-approved, therefore, it’s environment-friendly and it’s totally safe even in bare feet.

Vinyl linoleum sheets are popular among homeowners because of its inexpensive cost (About, 2014). Apart from being mass produced into large rolls, other benefits of vinyl sheets include:

1) It’s easy to install. It’s up to you how to measure the space it’ll be put into.
2) It’s impermeable to moisture. Just make sure the material is properly secured and seal the edges or they’ll soon be rolling up.
3) It provides design options. It’s possible to engrave printed vinyl sheets with any pattern, color or image. You can directly print to the surface layer then install without worrying about the assembly.
4) It’s replaceable. You can immediately remove the stained area or if you’re dissatisfied, replace the entire floor.
5) It’s easy to install. You’re only required to accurately measure its length and width before cutting.

What’s the Best Basement Floor?

Your basement acts as the foundation of your home. It protects your house from flood, extreme temperatures. A basement with concrete floor produces moisture and high humidity, which eventually results to too much water vapor that will tear the slab and foundation walls (BobVilla, 2014).

Therefore, finding the right floor covering solves the problem. Question is: Stone flooring or sheet linoleum vinyl?

It all depends on what your basement is used for and how soon you plan to re-install.

Do you need the cheapest option? If yes, then go for linoleum. Sheet vinyl is budget friendly and you can change it whenever you want a fresh look, especially when you’re expecting visitors.

However, if you want a literally beautiful multifunctional space for the whole family, then choose stone flooring. It permanently covers unattractive cracks and protects the whole area from spills, dirt and extreme humidity… and never has to be replaced like linoleum either!

– – –

Vulcan Stone flooring can put an end to your old damp and humid floors. Our experienced professionals currently install beautiful stone flooring to all residents and commercial establishments in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Visit http://vulcanstoneflooring.com/ for information.

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How to Waterproof Your Basement Floor

vulcanadmin : July 10, 2014 3:27 am : Blog, Industry News, Info Articles

The majority of basements in America are made of concrete, which support one third of the floorspace in homes. These are usually the place for storage, laundry, gyms, home theater, guest room or libraries.

While concrete remains a common choice for flooring due to its high durability, some people go with the less common types such as vinyl, ceramic tile, carpeting, laminate, cork, and linoleum. (About, 2014).

The common isn’t always the best. Concrete basement flooring brings challenges to many home owners. It produces moisture and high humidity that result to too much water vapor entering through the slab and foundation walls (BobVilla, 2014). It’s also believed that mold and similar allergens grow in floors that are made of organic material.

A radon specialist claims that there are fifteen to eighteen gallons of moisture in an average-sized basement every day that causes mold and mildew growth, musty smells and damage to accessories. A damp environment also causes health problems such as allergic rhinitis, cough and other bacterial diseases.

In situations like these, basement waterproofing becomes your best option for long-term maintenance. You can either seal concrete floor cracks, apply epoxy paint or perform both techniques.

Sealing Basement Floor Cracks

Use a waterproof sealing paint when sealing floor cracks. Begin the process by cleaning the floor. Then, search for cracks and holes. Sweep the sides of the cracks using a wire brush. Make sure you remove loose concrete (DoItYourself, 2014).

For a concrete basement floor to be waterproofed, the cracks should be patched thoroughly. The instructions in the concrete bag will tell you how to use the drill with the mixing attachment until the concrete yields a consistency of oatmeal.

After mixing, fill the cracks and holes. Then, use a trowel to spread it evenly. Finally, you’ll wait for the concrete to dry before applying sandpaper.

Paint the Crack-free Basement Floor

It’s best to paint a basement floor with an epoxy paint. Epoxy is an excellent waterproofing paint for a basement that is used for recreation, workshops and garage (HGTVRemodels, 2014). Water-based, solvent-based and 100% solids are available in range of colors including red, brown and ivory.

Water-based epoxy paints are commonly used in concrete floors. It’s also used in commercial establishments such as hospitals, schools and restaurants. It allows you to save time in application because you’re not required to mix and measure. Cleanup is easy and fast too.

Solvent-based epoxy paints are applied in areas with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. It’s best known for its ability to tolerate petroleum contaminates that are found in concrete surfaces (AllGarageFloors, 2014). These epoxies are slightly glossier and more durable than water based epoxies; however, its volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are high that it can’t be used indoors.

A 100% solid epoxy provides thicker and dry film coating. It’s considered as the best waterproofing paint for a basement garage due to its no water-solvent content.

All these epoxies provide necessary durability. You can immediately notice its thick and hard appearance once it dries, transforming your basement into a hub of entertainment for all family members to enjoy.

Other ways of preventing basement moisture are basement insulation, installation of perimeter drain, installation of monitor sensors and proper landscaping (HGTVRemodels, 2014).

Of course, a free inspection from Vulcan can’t hurt either… afterall, we’re not just in the waterproofing business, but we invented it!

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Stone Flooring vs. Linoleum or Vinyl: What’s the Best Basement Floor?

Introduction

Stone flooring and vinyl sheets are ideal covering applied over a discolored and cracked concrete floor. Stone flooring is made up of fine stones mixed with formulated epoxy. Sheet vinyl, on the other hand, is an organic material developed from ethene (Wise Geek, 2014).

Both materials immediately add beauty and appeal to a floor. Vinyl sheets are cost-effective and easy to install, but will fade or yellow over time, while stone flooring lasts forever.

The linoleum vinyl sheet is directly applied to a flat surface by putting glue around its outer edges while the full-bond sheet is also applied to a flat surface but by putting glue across the entire backside.

Installation of stone flooring is also quick; however, it needs the assistance of a professional. Stone flooring preserves its new appearance for years.

Brief History

Stone construction began in Egypt over 5000 years ago. Palaces and monuments used large bricks that were made of mountain cut materials. In fact, the oldest stone flooring in the world existed in Pyramids of Giza.

Greeks created pebble mosaic floors 3000 years ago. This flooring type was made of small and rounded stones attached together to create an image. Eventually, these pebbles were traded for flat pieces of vibrant stone tiles, which glow in the sunlight.

The art of stone flooring reached its new height of innovation during the Roman Empire. It’s believed heated floors were used in wealthy homes throughout the life of the empire.

During the fall of Roman Empire, various historians affirmed “European use of stone flooring was often relegated to scavenging pieces of material from old monuments and palaces that had fallen into disuse (About, 2014).”

Vinyl existed as early as late 1800’s but the idea of using it as a floor began in the 1930’s. After series of successful and failed experiments, vinyl was finally presented as a composite flooring tile in 1933 (Floor to Your Home, 2014).

The market penetration for vinyl sank during World War II. Luckily, the manufacturing returned after the war. It launched its new properties, versatility and flame resistance.

The first durable vinyl plank flooring was introduced in 1970. This flooring was made of vinyl but slice into planks designed to look like wood.

The Benefits

Stone flooring transforms your old concrete floor into a beautiful, safe and breathing space. It permanently covers ugly discoloration and uneven surfaces. The following are the other benefits:

1) It adds depth and interest to your concrete floor, whether it’s your basement, garage, living room, playroom, pool side, laundry room, patio, or fitness room.
2) It defends against dampness, moisture and unwanted water.
3) It acts as a better insulation than carpet, wood, vinyl and tile.
4) It provides variety of colors and textures.
5) It requires light maintenance.
6) It outperforms paint and other floor coatings… it’s literally permanent!
7) It’s FDA-approved, therefore, it’s environment-friendly and it’s totally safe even in bare feet.

Vinyl linoleum sheets are popular among homeowners because of its inexpensive cost (About, 2014). Apart from being mass produced into large rolls, other benefits of vinyl sheets include:

1) It’s easy to install. It’s up to you how to measure the space it’ll be put into.
2) It’s impermeable to moisture. Just make sure the material is properly secured and seal the edges or they’ll soon be rolling up.
3) It provides design options. It’s possible to engrave printed vinyl sheets with any pattern, color or image. You can directly print to the surface layer then install without worrying about the assembly.
4) It’s replaceable. You can immediately remove the stained area or if you’re dissatisfied, replace the entire floor.
5) It’s easy to install. You’re only required to accurately measure its length and width before cutting.

What’s the Best Basement Floor?

Your basement acts as the foundation of your home. It protects your house from flood, extreme temperatures. A basement with concrete floor produces moisture and high humidity, which eventually results to too much water vapor that will tear the slab and foundation walls (BobVilla, 2014).

Therefore, finding the right floor covering solves the problem. Question is: Stone flooring or sheet linoleum vinyl?

It all depends on what your basement is used for and how soon you plan to re-install.

Do you need the cheapest option? If yes, then go for linoleum. Sheet vinyl is budget friendly and you can change it whenever you want a fresh look, especially when you’re expecting visitors.

However, if you want a literally beautiful multifunctional space for the whole family, then choose stone flooring. It permanently covers unattractive cracks and protects the whole area from spills, dirt and extreme humidity… and never has to be replaced like linoleum either!

– – –

Vulcan Stone flooring can put an end to your old damp and humid floors. Our experienced professionals currently install beautiful stone flooring to all residents and commercial establishments in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Visit http://vulcanstoneflooring.com/ for information.

How to Waterproof Your Basement Floor

The majority of basements in America are made of concrete, which support one third of the floorspace in homes. These are usually the place for storage, laundry, gyms, home theater, guest room or libraries.

While concrete remains a common choice for flooring due to its high durability, some people go with the less common types such as vinyl, ceramic tile, carpeting, laminate, cork, and linoleum. (About, 2014).

The common isn’t always the best. Concrete basement flooring brings challenges to many home owners. It produces moisture and high humidity that result to too much water vapor entering through the slab and foundation walls (BobVilla, 2014). It’s also believed that mold and similar allergens grow in floors that are made of organic material.

A radon specialist claims that there are fifteen to eighteen gallons of moisture in an average-sized basement every day that causes mold and mildew growth, musty smells and damage to accessories. A damp environment also causes health problems such as allergic rhinitis, cough and other bacterial diseases.

In situations like these, basement waterproofing becomes your best option for long-term maintenance. You can either seal concrete floor cracks, apply epoxy paint or perform both techniques.

Sealing Basement Floor Cracks

Use a waterproof sealing paint when sealing floor cracks. Begin the process by cleaning the floor. Then, search for cracks and holes. Sweep the sides of the cracks using a wire brush. Make sure you remove loose concrete (DoItYourself, 2014).

For a concrete basement floor to be waterproofed, the cracks should be patched thoroughly. The instructions in the concrete bag will tell you how to use the drill with the mixing attachment until the concrete yields a consistency of oatmeal.

After mixing, fill the cracks and holes. Then, use a trowel to spread it evenly. Finally, you’ll wait for the concrete to dry before applying sandpaper.

Paint the Crack-free Basement Floor

It’s best to paint a basement floor with an epoxy paint. Epoxy is an excellent waterproofing paint for a basement that is used for recreation, workshops and garage (HGTVRemodels, 2014). Water-based, solvent-based and 100% solids are available in range of colors including red, brown and ivory.

Water-based epoxy paints are commonly used in concrete floors. It’s also used in commercial establishments such as hospitals, schools and restaurants. It allows you to save time in application because you’re not required to mix and measure. Cleanup is easy and fast too.

Solvent-based epoxy paints are applied in areas with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. It’s best known for its ability to tolerate petroleum contaminates that are found in concrete surfaces (AllGarageFloors, 2014). These epoxies are slightly glossier and more durable than water based epoxies; however, its volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are high that it can’t be used indoors.

A 100% solid epoxy provides thicker and dry film coating. It’s considered as the best waterproofing paint for a basement garage due to its no water-solvent content.

All these epoxies provide necessary durability. You can immediately notice its thick and hard appearance once it dries, transforming your basement into a hub of entertainment for all family members to enjoy.

Other ways of preventing basement moisture are basement insulation, installation of perimeter drain, installation of monitor sensors and proper landscaping (HGTVRemodels, 2014).

Of course, a free inspection from Vulcan can’t hurt either… afterall, we’re not just in the waterproofing business, but we invented it!