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Did you know that forests cover about half of Florida’s land area? These lungs of mother nature are located in Orlando in the north area of the state, forests in the most counties are at least 50% arboreal, however in the south of Florida, half of the  40%.

These extensive amounts of oxygen sources are also responsible of being an important part of flooring products, furniture, construction additions, and even pharmaceutical products, therefore in order to maintain the balance between each field, regulations are very authoritarian regarding the purposes of the nature resource. According to The Forestry Florida Association Statewide, there are 17.3 million acres of forests, which a 15.4 million acres of those timberlands belongs to working forests. Of this 15.4, 71% of these forest areas are privately owned; the rest is owned by state and local (18%) and federal (11%) governments.

Flooring Popular Florida Wood Selections

According to the Universty of Florida, IFAS extention, species selection are bases on pines growth in Florida.  These include slash pine, longleaf pine, loblolly pine, and sand pine.  Other pines that grow in Florida, which have little commercial value, include pond pine, spruce pine, and shortleaf pine.

When it comes about commercial purpose, there are some factors that must be considered, like potential for germination, potential for survival and establishment, potential for good growth rates and potential for mature trees to set seed. This guidelines are justified in order to maintain productivity of the material in every each field of manufacture.

Pine:

Pine is one of the most charming look you can use in the flooring field. Due to its marvelous light tones, pines are grown in plantations for timber, which tend to be more resinous, and therefore more durable than neat. This a type of wood can be widely used in carpentry items such as furniture, window frames, paneling and roofing. In Florida, pine plantations can be found in Lafayette County and Jefferson County. It is important to mention that in pine plantation since this type of wood requires a gentle treatment, procedures such as, components analysis and durability examinations.

2f 300x300 Hardwood Flooring Sources in FloridaWhat we love about pine lumber is the natural patterns that make allows a simple but also natural decorative solutions. Therefore, if you are into humble but fascinating looks the grain in the pine can stand on its own. Pine lumber can also be very resistant to decay and rotting, however, make sure of getting a pine lumber materials that has been pressure treated.

Cedar:

Natural looks are never underestimated and wood is one of the choices on decking materials nowadays. Cedar trees often live a long time, and regarding its wood is also very resistant to bugs. Its natural oils in the wood of cedar are toxic to insects, which makes of this species an appealing choice to a decking project.  Nevertheless the heartwood of the tree the deeper colored red part, is on the other hand, rot resistant.

Pros & Cons: Cedar wood discards voluntarily moisture absorption which allows this type of wood to lie flat and straight. Regarding the color, you have to clean it and reseal it every year or two in order to maintain its attractiveness. However, it is harsh to keep that warm, rich, natural and fresh look. Cedar wood can vary on its cost from moderate, to high prices, it depends on the species as we mention before. On any case if you are into Cedar for its kindness you might have to dedicate part of your time taking care of it through the years.

Flooring Uses of  Wood Remains

Leftovers on wood plantations are never overrated, on the contrary, they are responsible of other flooring products such as:

3t 300x300 Hardwood Flooring Sources in FloridaComposite Decking: Due to its innocuous, smooth surface, composite decking has settled as one of other suitable choice on the market. Composite Decking products are made of comprised recyclable materials, which make them a cost-effective product choice matching the quality material as well. In addition since these products are craft by mankind any style is available, so if you are in the mood of emphasize an sophisticated, textured pattern or emulate the look of real wood, is one of your goals then, Composite Decking is for you. Due to its easy-to-use hidden clip system for installation, you might even want to try to install it yourself.

Laminate: How can we forget, at FinishBuild we love laminate, which is a synthetic material placed on particleboard, which is made of compressed wood. It comes in high-pressure and low-pressure varieties. Its durability, tracks them on a long lasting flooring option which represents an attractive alternative rather than wood flooring.  Highly scratch and stain resistant and extreme impact warriors, laminate flooring products at FinishBuild might be used over radiant heated concrete structures and it would not fade due to exposure to sunlight. Explore our picks on wood looks, such as DRIFTWOOD ARENA, CALIZA, LAVA or IRON which would definitely add an accurate wood look to any household flooring.

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Residential windows in an apartment can say a lot of the style and urban location of a building. Windows serve as a nice architectural accent, which besides providing ventilation, also offers you the possibility of appreciate landscape or even urban life. Residential windows on buildings tend to be equally in each floor, due to the fact that it is easier to buy them in large quantities and for outdoor uniformity purposes. Even though local building code guarantees not only the harmony of the building, but also the emergency escape and rescue requirements, some regulations allow you to change or add residential windows that go with your preference. It is also important to mention that if you are working on a historic building, you must check with the local building department and/or the historical preservation board before replacing any windows.

Types of Residential Window Materials

When it comes about residential windows, frames are the structures that generally vary. Windows such as casements and sliding, for instance are residential windows that come with opening mechanisms such as friction and pivot hinges, which are increasingly popular and can come with combination of materials.

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Aluminum windows, for instance can be support by wooden cores, and steel casements can be housed in wooden frames to reduce heat loss. This factor might depend on the owner –in most of the cases-, frames are now a very important decorative element, and you might find them in materials like real wood on the inside, fiberglass or vinyl.

 On the other hand there are windows classic looks that might not change over time, such as wood. Frames may diverge in other to add a more innovated touch but some others can be entirely made of this material.

Wood: Wood has always been one of the first selections on residential window materials since ancient times. However hardwood is expensive, but is durable and only needs the protection whether is by paint or a natural wood finish, and regularly maintained.

Aluminum: Where maximum light is required, aluminum windows can be an excellent option-the, not to mention the quality of frames in window like these, which can be able to embrace a large expanse of glass. Nevertheless, FinishBuild recommends that if you live in areas where temperature is high, do not purchase this kind of windows. In the case you happen to own aluminum frames, make sure these have a thermal break so that heat and cold isn’t conducted through the frame. In addition, aluminum windows conducts heat out of the home and is prone to condensation, therefore in building structures sometimes the use of double-glazing is required in order to reduce heat loss.

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Fiberglass: FinishBuild loves this window material, since fiberglass do not have same compression and expansion rate as other materials, frames can guarantee you a suitable sliding performance. On the other hand, fiberglass material is generally much stronger and durable than vinyl, aluminum and wood.

Steel: is another classic material for residential building windows. Its traditionally look can enhance but also add a more industrial appearance, however, since this style in a trendy movement, you can easily see it in modern structures with large, sleek expanses of glass. Due to the fact steel is so strong, larger windows with low profile frames can be made. Last but never least we suggest you to take the same consideration regarding temperature conduction.

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residential windows for apartments selecting wisely 6 300x300 Residential Windows for Apartments: Selecting WiselySliding type:

Commonly joined in two sections, sliding residential windows usually made from single windows, where one of the sections slides horizontally over top of the other to open or close, meaning that only half the space of a sliding window can be utilized for ventilation purposes. Sliding windows are typically used in homes with short walls because they don’t take up as much vertical space. What FinishBuild loves about sliding windows in buildings is the fact that provides a smooth look into interior and exterior areas, which can make the walls seem taller while still providing the same amount of ventilation that a double or single hung window would have. These residential windows are normally fixed near the upper portion of a wall, leaving more space between the floor and the bottom of the window than windows that operate vertically.

The Casement & the Awning type:

These windows are generally built with a hinge in their construction. Regularly seen in building with 3 or 4 levels, casement and awning windows offers a swing out dynamic to the side or up in order to open. You can see it on solid glass and offers a less obstructed view overall.

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Awning windows are designed to open to only about 45 degrees. And, wood windows that are installed unfinished should be painted or stained as soon as possible to protect them from wear and weather. Finishing windows seals wood from UV rays, preventing them from turning a gray color. Keep into account that awning windows are ideal for climates with a lot of rain thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened up.

The Jalousie type:

A definitely unique but classic look, jalousie windows belong to a more conservative appealing, these windows open like a set of blinds. Simply crank the lever and the slats tilt to the side creating a bunch of gaps for air to flow through. Today jalousie windows are still used on some homes in warmer climates and metal or glass are the most common material.

Arched Windows:

Arched windows come with a more royal look. These residential windows are rounded at the top and they can give buildings an artistic feel when used properly. Nevertheless, these type of windows are not designed to open or close, which make them just an illumination item.

On the other hand, there are some that open like casement windows do, to the side like a door not only providing an excellent ventilation system but also  giving you the classic touch.

What to know regarding the glass

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Glass is an element that you must be aware of, residential building windows should have two panels of glass, also known as dual-glazed windows. In apartments you might find more, from 3 to 6 panels. Depending on where you live and the design of your building, some or all of your windows could be triple-glazed for additional layers of insulation.

In the case you live in upper levels, air might be an issue. The air space between the panes of glass can be filled or cover with a variety of items, such as rubber frame additions, or extra glass frames.

In sunlight areas panes of glass can be coated to control the amount of UV rays, infrared light and heat that is transferred to the interior — look for windows that are labeled as ‘low-E’ (low emissivity). Most coatings are barely visible to the eye, and like gas, help improve the efficiency of the window unit as well as protect the interior of the building from UV damage.

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WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE BUILDING MY OWN SAUNA desacada 300x138 What Should I Know Before Building My Own Sauna?

Saunas not only exist from ancient times with the purpose of cleaning and distress your body, from Rome hot bath cameras were also a social alternative to bond and create alliances, and nowadays we still use them as social but also healthy conventions. Even though hot air or vapor have the goodness of ease your body into a more relaxing state, saunas also helps you to help your body  cleanse toxins, ease muscular aches and promote a deeper breathing phase. Thanks to saunas skin health increases in an optimum level and believe or not can make you feel younger.

What do I need to know before building my own sauna?

Installing a home sauna can be a huge, exciting not to mention that you would have an outstanding advantage above mortals who enjoy the art of relaxing-time. FinishBuild first tip is to choose the style you want.

Model and Size

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Take into account that saunas do not have to be necessarily big, some saunas can be smaller just for a single person. Keep in mind that for example indoor saunas are the popular choice among Americans, however it is also possible to own external saunas which can go perfectly fitted near a pool or overlooking a view. Still, choosing the size is the most important part, because from that point you would design and start.

Take into account that if you plan to add an external sauna, electrical installation might have to own an extra care and protection, sauna electrical requirements can range from around 220 volts. Furthermore, in the case of any sauna installation you must remember an exhaust vent nearby, to siphon off moisture generated by the steam.

Types of sauna materials

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Bamboo: Bamboo natural solid planks are now available for the construction field. As natural renewable source Bamboo has many benefits that can suit your sauna project. Highly recommended for asthma individuals, bamboo materials can also resist moisture and water environments.

Cedar: is another classic choice it gives off a pleasant fragrance, resists rot, doesn’t splinter easily and doesn’t absorb excess. However, you can use other soft woods, such as hemlock and spruce.

When it comes about flooring sauna materials, FinishBuild would like to emphasize that using the same materials for building these units can maintain the harmony and increase the flowing temperature into a balanced way. Nevertheless, people also consider concrete, tile or another durable highly resistant materials, due to the fact that moisture can be harmful and also tends to collect bacteria growth.

Vapor Barrier

This item is one of the must-have materials you cannot ignore when building a personal sauna. According to KANSAS UNIVERSITY, vapor barriers prevent moisture from passing through the insulation and condensing on the cold outer surfaces. Build it for two main functions, vapor barriers keep moisture inside a home, and prevent it from condensing in the insulation. In the case of saunas vapor barriers reflect heat energy back in and preserves moisture out of walls. These isolation materials should be install with stapler with the foil side facing you.

Sauna Doors

When it comes to sauna doors, the best option to opt for is insulated glass units which not only are easy to install but also can enhance your sauna interiors. On the other hand glass panel doors are also an outstanding look for sauna doors as well. Whatever you choose we recommend to pick up doors that come with non-locking ball latch systems in order to get an easy and functional access.

Lighting

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Take into account that saunas would be areas where humidity would play a constant role. For this reason FinishBuild suggest you to try with aluminum fixtures that besides protecting electric systems would provide your sauna a chic appealing. White glass vapor proof lighting can also be an interesting and safe addition to places where moisture would be recurrent.

Finally as another viable option you can also count on incandescent light bulbs that come with the advantage of maintaining a neutral temperature on the light bulb which are usually acclaimed for high heat use.

Burning Stove:

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Last but not least, once you have got the structure you need to take into account the energy source. Regarding private saunas an installation that goes through the wall at stove level and then up the outside of the sauna structure it is almost mandatory. This might require a custom work to get the pipe for going through the wall. In addition you might need to get a double walled pipe so that the heat is reduced where the pipe comes into contact with the wall. Take into account that heat might be in contact with the sauna walls, therefore assure yourself a space line or an isolation addition for this path.

 

 

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It seems like yesterday we were celebrating the New Year and now here we are, almost starting the last month of this amazing year that has gave us the opportunity to grow our decorating tastes, try new construction materials and share our lovely and well- coordinated homes with our loved ones. Even though interior design trends are not necessarily as fast- paced as fashion, along these last decades there has been a strong tendency to predict those annual themes that will define the style and look of homes; so in FinishBuild we believe that it is already time to discuss which home decor trends will lead the style of yours spaces during the 12 months that 2017 offers you, in order to plan and execute the best home improvement projects.

Sometimes the hectic pace of modern life can be really stressful, and with such busy schedules many people do not feel it but the new technologies and innovations are changing our world, so fast and hugely that for 2017 interior design tendencies are expected to be from surprising to fresh, with evident technology in between. We cannot assure you that this post will cover all of the most highlighted trends for next year, as they may be millions, but we will try; so if you happen to be interior design enthusiastic or a homeowner who is really interested in knowing what 2017 decorating trends are bringing keep your mind opened, let your curiosity shine and take a peek with us.

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Textures and Colors Inspired By Nature

This is a current trend that everyone will be still following in 2017. Bringing outdoors inside has become an extraordinary style that people will be talking about next year. Your home deserves a great makeover next year, and since furnishing has become more suitable to the working atmosphere need as well as in home décor, soft and organic materials such as cane, rattan or abaca have the attribute to create a serene ambience; providing your spaces with a warm feel where you can escape and relax. Natural textures and mild colors will be the key accomplish this look.

Flooring trends

Flooring materials are our specialty, and we are really excited about the idea that two of the trendiest flooring you will be seeing in 2017 are completely available for you in both our online store and showroom. Terracotta is a warm layout material that nicely replaces popular and white floor tones. Next year it will be possible to find terracotta with a natural matte finish that can be used as feature walls in bathrooms or cladding fireplaces; we absolutely believe that with this flooring option you will be adding character to your interiors.

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Interior Color Trends

There is no doubt that your home reflects your personal style, your home’s spaces then become an extension of the self. Upgrading your home’s interior walls needs to be a project that says something about your taste, and thus the color trends for the coming year are mostly focused on mixes of muted tones, as well as earthy and vibrant palettes that are strongly connected to organic materials. Fresh whites with beautiful pops of rich colors on walls will be everywhere; pink, coral, teal and Emerald green will be at the top in the list of interior colors.

Escapism

A natural escape room will be an important element in homes; once again colors and textures play an important role in this very promising trend. Indoor ponds are currently trendy and they will continue to create amazing impact since they add a complement of drama, which makes for a great natural escape just inside your house.

Modular and Minimalist Furniture

As we have mentioned previously in this post, technology will be closely included in the interior design trends for next year. Modularity is another style we will see in 2017, and it comes to cover both necessity and creativity; flexible furnishing arrangement that look awesome in minimalist spaces will be an innovative and bold change you will notice in home designs. This is a nomadic furniture system that amazingly blends elegance with high functionality, which is what any homeowner wants for fulfilling all household needs.

Modern Furniture with Retro Inspiration

THE DARK SIDE OF KITCHENS HOW TO WORK WITH BLACK 12 300x300 Interior Design Trends: Whats In For 2017Home elements inspired by the 60s and 70s is definitely the style you must look for in 2017; wooden chairs, artistic furniture pieces and simple minimalist lamps are some of the several items that you can easily integrated in a modern interior design layout. To make your home even more retro vibe, you can also incorporate lighting solutions and lamps; today the development of modern production technology makes it possible to create stunning lighting designs.

There will definitely be a big shake up of interior trends for 2017, we will see how modern home decoration will celebrate the raw versus the clean throughout a color palette that is earthy and soothing, where orange and cinnamon tones play an interesting role. Next year’s home design trends keep also supporting the organic side of a home constitution as both designers and homeowners experiment with ideas that include nature in almost everywhere, including in urban settings. Furthermore, analogue workshop will be present for those who love to develop DIY projects at homes; this will give the opportunity to embrace slow and low technologies as old crafts or imperfect forms take the main scene in any of your rooms. Moreover, bold and striking colors that beautifully blend with functional materials will be other great features will be seeing in the 2017 interior design trends.

Resources:

https://gatesinteriordesign.com/6-interior-trends-youll-be-lusting-for-in-2017/

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/color/g3175/color-trends/

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new imperial shake co 18 inch western red cedar medium handsplit shakes 2 300x300 Cedar Siding Pros and Cons. And WoodWhen it comes to protecting households, the installation sidings are one of the safest option if weather conditions are a common factor. However, the coating also provide a protective barrier against external clients like animals and insects entering your home. Furthermore, the coating may also be a viable solution for the isolation of saving on heating and cooling costs.

Cedar siding pros and cons, Siding Materials

Today the industry is synonymous with innovation ingredients to add a more lasting stability in homes coating, and between materials that are commonly used for siding you can find: Wood siding number one option for their appearance classic then we plastic coating, Thach, aluminum, asphalt, isolated, metal, masonry veneer, stucco, cement fiberboard, vinyl, stone and copper coating.

As for the types of presentations to side you might find that the coating can come in different gamma arrangements such as long boards or tiles, panels, large leaves, bricks and tiles.

Pros and Cons of cedar clapboard

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Cedar siding is one of the most common and recommended options to fill your home with natural preservatives that offer a corrosive effect on certain metals unprotected in close contact, which usually makes the black stain on the wood. Besides being easy to install and light to keep you do not have to worry about replacing panels and tiles regularly, Cedar lining is highly respect for his loyal durability and presentations on this type of coating is between lap siding bevel and traditional cedar shakes or shingles.

Cedar Siding Pros

Environmentally friendly:

As a renewable resource Cedar trees are biodegradable and they won’t harm the planet in the process of siding. Cedar wood can make a wide variety of building products and if you want to use cedar that has been harvested without damaging the environment at all, you can also do so. Explore other uses of Cedar wood inside you home, maybe a cedar countertop in the kitchen might go well with the rustic appearance outside. Furniture, countertops, bed, closets are also a good choice for a warmer atmosphere in cold seasons.

 Color:

new imperial shake co 18 inch western red cedar medium handsplit shakes 300x300 Cedar Siding Pros and Cons. And WoodCedar wood can offer you a whole gamma of natural looks, colors and patterns, depending on where it came from. Nowadays it is also possible to create a different variety of textures for the walls with the use of cedar siding. Even though FinishBuild loves Cedar’s natural color, you can also add some pigments from time to time in order to boost and enhance your household appearance.  Nevertheless Cedar wood siding should be stained or varnished for a 100% standard work, in order to protect it from the elements and from insects. Regarding these painting works you will need to scraped them and repaint them every 5 years.

Maintenance:

With proper maintenance, cedar siding can be an excellent companion. Cedar wood is a very classic and durable species of wood in the United States that resists rot and pests much better than any other types of wood.

FinishBuild considers that one of the most important advices is that in order to keep Cedar wood happy you must minimize exposure to moisture which can cause rot issues, therefore, a finish coat of either paint or stain to seal can guarantee peace for household siding owners.

Cons of Cedar Siding

Nature:

Wood has a very common opponent and they are called termites which are one of the most common and destructive of the insect pests that homeowners must guard against.  Did you know that a colony of termites left alone for even a single year can do unspeakable damage to the structure of a home? On the other hand, depending on the area certain ants love to eat wood, and there are a wide variety of wood-boring beetles that can cause unsightly holes in wood siding.

Nature can be very tempted, since Cedar is a natural material, you might get the attention and be vulnerable to woodpeckers, for example, that might will  want to  drill holes in your wood siding, allowing for insect and moisture penetration.

Iron:

Being in contact with iron is going to speed up the rate at which the cedar siding is going to start breaking apart and falling over. Some elements are just not supposed to mix with, therefore be extremely careful on the types of materials you use to install the cedar siding. If you use any type of iron you are going accelerate Cedar’s lifetime. FinishBuild recommends you to use stainless steel or aluminum nails for proper installation. Even though it might cost you more, it is worthy.

Fire risk:

Since cedar siding is wood, you can guess why this is one of the FinishBuild concerns. Cedar wood siding is susceptible to catching fire. We all know how it goes, fire easily grow on wood and as such, if their catches of coating on fire you may want to regret this choice. So unless you are absolutely sure it is not exposed to this scenario in the short term, we suggest you think about it.

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It is inevitable for FinishBuild to start writing about bricks and not to recall the 1933 Disney adapted version of the three little pigs’ story. Besides being the best example of a loyal material, bricks are also increasing its popularity on the eco-friendly field. Brick is made of natural clay minerals, including kaolin and shale. On addition, small amounts of manganese, barium, and other additives are combined with the clay to produce different shades. Once they are mixed, each mixture is fired to around 2000F. Among the goodness that bricks own, there is also the fact that is not only a non-combustible material, but also has the plus of being high wind protection. Studies have found that homes made with brick exceed the 34 mph impact resistance requirement for high velocity hurricane zones in the Florida building code.

Brick also go above Florida’s impact resistance requirements for essential facilities in hurricane areas, which it is an interesting plus for such seasonally storm area. Brick also counts with a high superior moisture control, due to its covering finishes. Consequently, brick veneer wall systems help minimize mold growth, wood rot and infestation by insects.

When it comes to style, brick has always been the reflection of rustic and country style, as well as the humble households build in the late 19th century.  Nowadays, it is astonishing how exposed bricks can change the interiors of any room, whether is by giving it a country style or an industrial one. FinishBuild is glad to suggest places to add this material to boost your appearance.

Bricks on FinishBuild Wall: Types

Through history we might have seen a slight variation among the sizes of bricks, which basically not only depend of the geographical location but also the purpose of the product in demand.

A bigger brick, for instance it generally used for a thicker & isolated wall. Remember castles, for example? Historically speaking meant that bigger bricks were necessary in colder climates, while a smaller brick was adequate, and more economical, in warmer regions. Nowadays this is no longer an issue, for brick modern walls specific insulation materials are now extra added if it is required.

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Flowing from architectural style, ranging from colonial to Victorian to post-modernist. It is one of the few materials that can actually look better with age. Brick also absorbs noise, giving it an acoustic advantage over other materials – especially helpful in densely populated areas.  According to Juan Rodriguez, in TheBalance, in the masonry field we can find five predominant types of bricks that are classified by manufactured composition.

Number  1 is: Common burnt clay bricks are formed by pressing in molds and subsequently dried and fired in a kiln. Burnt clay bricks are frequently used in general work to structure base and when these bricks are used for walls construction, they have need of plastering or rendering.

Number 2 is: Sand lime bricks which as its word suggests they are made by mixing sand, fly ash -which is known as pulverized fly ash- and lime followed by a chemical process during wet mixing. These types of bricks are called self-cementing. The mix is then molded under pressure forming the brick and offer an excellent strength as a load-bearing member. Color and shape are also smooth and uniform (in most of the cases).

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Number  3 is: Engineering bricks, which are blocks manufactured at extremely high temperature, forming a dense and strong brick classified on 3 types. Even though all allow strength and water absorption, Engineering bricks are class A or B, however class B bricks are the cheapest engineering bricks. They are generally red in color, and less uniform than facing bricks. In addition in contrast with class A bricks that are 125N/mm² in strength, class B bricks owns a strength of 75N/mm² .

Number 4 is: Concrete bricks are made from solid concrete. Sand/lime or calcium silicate bricks are made with sand aggregate and 5% to 10% hydrated lime and are cured in an autoclave. Properties of these units are specified in ASTM C 73. They are available in severe weathering (SW) and moderate weathering (MW) grades, according to MASONRYCONSTRUCTION.Concrete bricks, on the other hand, are made with sand aggregate and cement materials. Concrete bricks are usually placed in frontages or fences, and even though they are not an extravagant appealing, it provide a classic urban presence.

Number 5 is: Fly ash clay bricks in contrast with common clay bricks are manufactured with fly ash and an addition of clay material, at about 1,000Cnevertheless, studies have shown that these bricks are not that durable as they seem due to the fact that they might produce pop-outs when come into contact with moisture and water, causing these bricks to expand.

Types of bricks: Where to add exposed bricks inside you house

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Hallway royal exposed bricks: Give yourself a royal journey inside your own house interior with guests. Explore hallway brick walls looks with common clay bricks or brick, which are now more a esthetic and can provide you a more chic version of medieval looks. These tiles are successfully used especially in the hallways, but can be also used in the kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms.

Exposed bricks in the bathroom: are a great bathroom solution, just as we have said at the beginning of this post, regular bricks are highly strong when it comes to moisture areas, however if you do not want to commit to regular cleaning process you can also, seal to protect it from humidity.

Bricks in the living room: Bricks look best when applied in central and focal areas and FinishBuild agrees with you. Exposed bricks can be apply for eye-catchy designs. In the gamma of materials, concrete is not only a great finish to work with but also, as it is functional structurally and can be polished for a high gloss in the case you want it in a living-room or office.  They also can acquire matte or unfinished for a rustic appealing which can twist common areas into a versatile atmosphere.  Concrete as bricks can be used on floors, countertops, sinks, bathtubs, fireplaces.

finishbuild types of bricks uses in interior design 4 300x300 FinishBuild: Types of bricks & Uses in Interior DesignOffice exposed bricks: home offices and regular offices can join the benefit of a proportional brick design. Offices are rooms which need to appear serious and sober, and a slightly brick sight can go perfect for these casual but still professional environments. FinishBuild recommends to combine your exposed bricks walls with metal elements to go into industrial and sober appealing.

Explore bold graphics in your office, those are a nice option for combining your exposed bricks in living rooms areas, murals, and even painting bold symbols on an exposed brick wall to make an instant accent wall in your bedroom or living room. FinishBuild encourages you to create your own artwork using ideas found around your city such as symbols, literary numbers and letters, or even abstract painting can turn a bland and boring wall into a work of art.

Do not forget to light it up

Take into account that even though exposed bricks can absolutely enhance your home and office areas, less is more, which means that you might want to try slightly bricks, uneven in shape and color, to create that reckless atmosphere but also accentuates that royal and histrionic look. FinishBuild suggest you to purchase proper lighting for your royal look. Spotlights, upper-lights, or lower-lights can guarantee you proper interaction between details of texture and natural color attenuations.

FinishBuild cannot deny that there is something magical & charm about bricks in interior design. It may be their traditional precede looks of towers, citadels, and castles, however the truth is that solidity and comfort is are both clearly aspects the third little pig saw on Brick materials.

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  destacada 300x75 Convex Molding: Molding Tips on Exterior Doors

At FinishBuild every end is considered a new beginning; therefore we have decided to start for one of the elements that usually allow us to get into a different area, or the opposite, to get out of a particular place. Anyhow, these transitions from a zone to another can be delightful having the knowledge to the direction. But what if you would have to choose, based only in the look of a door. How would that door be?

Whether are made from a combination of materials, wood, stone, metal, glass, paper, leaves or hides, doors can fluctuate among cultures and purposes. According to Enciclopaedia Britannica, doors are consider basically on wood-paneled doors, constructed of stiles or vertical beams and rails horizontal beams, framed together to support panels and occasionally equipped with locks and hinges.

1 4 300x300 Convex Molding: Molding Tips on Exterior DoorsAn example of how culture influences is The Republic of China the wooden door usually consisted of two panels, the lower one solid and the upper one a wooden lattice backed with paper. On the other hand, the typical Western medieval door was of vertical planks backed with horizontals or diagonal bracing. Furthermore, in domestic architecture, interior double doors appeared in Italy in the 15th century where the paneled effect was simplified until, in the 20th century, a single, hollow-core, flush panel door has become most common.

Innovation

There also are several types of specialized modern doors. The louvered (or blind) door and the screen door have been used primarily in the United States. Another style also display is the Dutch door, which is a door cut in two, just by the middle, permitting the upper half to open while the lower half remains locked.

Other innovations such as, the revolving door and the folding door are great options for small areas where space is vital. The sliding door inspired by the Japanese shoji is another classic and zen example. For outdoors, the canopy door which turns out at the top of the frame and the rolling door that also opens to the top, commonly used on garage.

 Convex molding: The basics

The Classic moldings may be divided into two classes, simple and compound; generally employed for the bases of columns, which are seen below the eye, both concave moldings and convex moldings. The compound moldings are those composed of curves of contrary flexure, where the upper part is concave and the lower convex.

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Convex molding: Color

 Regarding color, molding is a blessing because match with almost any shade of the palette. Usually the come on cream colors, such as beige or white. Other styles resembling wood look can be display on brown or oak. On the other hand you also have the option of painting outdoors in order to contrast you door and molding combination. If you have for example a white door, we suggest you to combine it with a white molding to continue with the harmony of elements. Try to match it with a colorful wall paint cover, in order to add light and a modern look, strong colors can go perfectly as well.

A few more tips on Convex molding

According to TrimGuide regarding installing crown molding here are just a pair of tips to make the decision easier on you:

Molding painting? Never paint crown molding white, over time crown molding might collect dust, and with the addition of another element such as the paint cover might look grimy. Therefore, unless you want to go and clean these commonly high surfaces frequently, we suggest you to choose your colored crown molding.

Matching. If you cannot find the proper color to match your molding with your doors or walls then choose paint but always on different color than the ceiling and the wall.  Remember that these elements are designed for ornamental purposes. Therefore they should make a detectable contrast.  In an ideal world, we have considered that you might want to paint your crown molding the same color as the window, door, and floor trim, in order to avoid a rainbow style.

Synchronization.
Last but not least, to maintain the accordance of elements, try to paint the crown molding the same color in the whole house to produce unification of your home.  There are exceptions to this however, if you happen to join one unique porch area that has exposed stained wood beams for instance, you might want the molding to combine with the beams shade.

FinishBuild Molding

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At FinishBuild Molding such as M18968 is the most elaborated one. Others like M614 and M734 come with a succession of alternate rounds and hollows, the latter very deeply cut, and a few small fillets. With molding the main goal relays on the desire to draw attention to the ornament view. This seem to be subject to The Greeks and its decorative sense of design which originally were merely painted. Nowadays the carving extended from flat surfaces patterns to convex and combined designs.

Prevent

 As we have checked, the success of a clean molding porch area would depend on how constant your cleaning and vacuuming method is. Regarding molding dirt and dust will be your elements to take into account. So, in order to preserve relaxing areas such as moldings on doors, FinishBuild consider that attention once in a while, might be enough, remembering that it would be a non that affected area such a laminate kitchen floor. Therefore it should be deep vacuumed once in a while just to remove the dirt on the surface. Vinegar, can be a deep cleaning ingredient mixed with water of course.

Finally, last but never least, you should take care of yourself first. Go and take action, going fashion with gloves. And please do not forget to cover your mouth while this cleaning task. Anyhow, we hope this article might help, enrolled or entertained you in relation to molding on exterior doors. And remember…

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%name Engineered Wood On Your Walls: Warm Up Your Room!Laminate flooring market has gained ground along the years due to its constant improvements. It is not a coincidence that today’s laminate markets are vastly different from first styles that were introduced during the late 1970s.  This market has certainly kept up with all the latest trends, making floors look more modern and stunning than ever before, not to mention the technology and outstanding finishes that allow floors last longer and increase their durability. As these flooring features appear, chances to design and update home areas are plenty; and with this statement, from FinishBuild we would like to show you how laminate flooring could accurately work on your walls (yes, you have read it right, walls!). As everybody knows, laminate flooring was meant to be installed on the floor; nevertheless there is one more way to use it and it is on the wall, whether you want to install it as an accent material, perhaps to cover an entire wall or just part of it, as a wainscot for instance. Besides these alternatives, laminate flooring is greatly recommended after a previous remodeled wall, which you consider is necessary to re-design; so instead of going through the time and expense of doing some extensive drywall repairs, it is suggested installing laminate flooring on the wall.

“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy” Juan Montoya.

Reasons to warm up your room with engineered wood flooring on the walls.

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Since it is a versatile and hard resistant construction material, FinishBuild will show you some good reasons that will probably make you consider installing laminate flooring on your walls:

Extraordinary visual

By choosing any of our laminate flooring brands to develop your home project, you will enjoy a gorgeous wall design; and since we replicate wood patterns, you will also create a beautiful natural look.

Excellent value

Because there is no need to turn to a really expensive wall makeover process, that will maximize out the entire budget in order to reach your wall designing idea, when you have the opportunity to give your home great style for less with this laminate flooring alternative.

Painless installation

%name Engineered Wood On Your Walls: Warm Up Your Room!As well as it is easy to install on the floor, using laminate flooring on your wall will ease the installing process, thanks to the tongue and groove shape that creates tight connection, and moreover you will count on a locking system that will last a lifetime on your wall.

Durable and scratch resistant

In case you want to makeover a room that has a high traffic of children, and as you might know laminate flooring is high scratch resistant so you will be enjoying this benefit on your wall too.

Earth- friendly choice

You will play in the green team and that is a wise decision for your wall, because our laminate floors are eco-friendly since they are produced from millions and millions of wood waste.

Amplified style

This is our favorite reason! It is well- known that nowadays customers are requiring to their designers more and more awesome ideas to project in their home areas, and the flooring market is answering the call. Our brands are continuously coming up with multiple options to capture the look homeowners want, so thinking about a proper laminate flooring look for your wall is not a senseless idea after all.

How-to steps

In order to achieve the new look of your old wall, It is not necessary to hire a carpenter; just a well done installing process will be enough to recreate the look you are searching for or to match the floor with the walls, to complement the style of your room.

Pisos de Madera 300x300 Engineered Wood On Your Walls: Warm Up Your Room!Determine the board layout

This is the first step to install any laminate material on your wall; decide whether you want to place the boards horizontally or vertically. And in any case, dry- lay your installation out and pre-make the cuts so that once installation step comes, you will simply track the pieces up.

Consider the wall layout

After you dry- laid the installation in the pattern you will wish to use it on the wall, so using a stud finder locate the wall studs and mark them proportionally with a pencil and a bubble level. Now it is time to center the installation so you have the same size cuts running all the way up the sides, this means, the same size cuts at the floor and ceiling. And at this point is time to determine if you want to run the wall vertically or horizontally.

Time to make the cuts

%name Engineered Wood On Your Walls: Warm Up Your Room!They are mostly necessary in order to make boards fit into vertical and horizontal space of the installation wall, the ends of the boards meet perpendicular whether walls or corners, so when it comes to cut off them try to use a compound miter saw, this will be a quickly and efficiently way to cut the boards. In this step it is important to make notice that you may need to cut the boards down lengthwise as well, either at the top or the bottom of the wall (in case of horizontal installation) and into the corners (for vertical installation). Our recommendation would be to use a circular saw for lengthwise cuts.

Installation stage

Based on your decision to do a vertical or horizontal application, it is important to execute a good row during this step. Apply glue in a zig- zag way to the back of the laminate material you have chosen with a caulking gun, next up set the first row in place and smoothly tap the pieces of that row together with a rubber mallet. In case you are making a vertical installation, adjust the bottom first row accordingly with the shims to support the installation; repeat the same step for the wall gap between the first row of vertical material and the corner you start out of. If you have decided on a horizontal installation, work your way up from the bottom to the top, pressing each row firmly onto the wall so the adhesive sticks. It is fundamental to make sure that each row locks into place with the row previous and the adjacent pieces.

To take into consideration

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  • The following are some considerations you might have into consideration while giving the luxurious look to room’s walls you have decided to renovate.
  • For ease your installation, mark the entire length of the stud as it runs from top to bottom so you have a clear line of sight all the way up the installation surface to guide your nailing.
  • To prevent damaging any permanent surfaces, make sure you have the boards set up on a appropriate cutting surface.
  • Wear safety gear during cutting.
  • To further mount the pieces into the wall across the horizontal installation stage, you can use a brad nailer set at a 45-degree angle on the tongues; although it is not required since the adhesive should be enough.

Any of your design ideas is possible in laminate flooring, even those ones that seem to be difficult to achieve, for instance laminate planks on your wall. FinishBuild totally encourages you to make your home a unique, warm and inviting place where friends and family who come in feel welcome and can enjoy in each room you have revitalized not only for them but for you.

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