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Removing asbestos during a remodel

We bought our house knowing it needed a fair bit of work, but we could never have guessed how complicated the job would get in the end. It turns out not only do we have asbestos in the walls, but also, at some point, the previous owners had some asbestos insulation put in the roof. There are a lot more precautions that we need to make as result but, I'll feel a lot better knowing we aren't cooking and eating our meals near asbestos. Our remodeling contractor has been great and has stepped us through the whole process. Join us on our remodeling journey!

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3 Reasons Polished Concrete Bathroom Flooring Beats Stone Tiles

by Joanne Sullivan

Stone tiles are a traditionally popular option for bathroom floors, and they continue to be used widely. However, more and more homeowners are discovering the advantages that come with fitting a polished concrete bathroom floor instead. At first, it might sound like a faintly ridiculous idea; after all, most people picture concrete flooring you would find in a garage.

However, polished concrete flooring looks absolutely fantastic, a far cry from what you might expect, and it boasts several advantages over stone tiles. Here are just three.

1. No Grouting Lines

One of the nicest things about concrete floors is that their surfaces are unbroken. In contrast, tiles will need to be joined together with grouting, leaving lines of grout left over that run between them. Grouting can develop leaks, which can result in serious damage to the underfloor, but the main problem revolves around maintenance. Grout lines will be slightly sunken, making it hard to quickly sweep your floor clean, and they can become discoloured, which will necessitate extensive scrubbing to put right. Polished concrete flooring doesn't suffer from such issues. Cleaning is easy, and leaks will be incredibly unlikely.

The fact that a polished concrete floor is unbroken by grouting lines or any visible joins also makes it ideal for smaller bathrooms. The floor space won't seem broken up, ensuring that the room appears larger and more open.

2. Maximum Durability

Perhaps the most obvious advantage that comes with using a polished concrete floor is that this material is exceptionally strong. If you drop something heavy on a tiled floor, you're likely to crack one of those tiles, and installing replacements can be very costly and inconvenient. Of course, concrete floors can still be cracked, but it will take a lot of force to do the job, and you're very unlikely to ever face such a problem in your bathroom.

3. Ability to Rejuvenate

Polished concrete and stone tiles are both great choices from an eco-friendly point of view, but you're likely to find that you'll need to replace your stone tiles before you replace your polished concrete. This is down to the fact that concrete flooring can just be sanded down and refinished to restore its appearance. The process doesn't take very long, and once it is done your floor will attain the sheen it did when first laid down. The same process cannot be conducted when you use stone tiles; when they become worn, they need to be replaced.

Keep in mind all sorts of flooring options when considering your bathroom renovation.