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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Purchasing Ceramic Tiles for Your Home

Ceramic tiles are popularly used homes in many rooms as the floor and even on the walls of certain rooms. Due to the many benefits they offer, they are a great choice of material and are available in a huge range of designs to suit everyone’s taste. Ceramic tiles are available in a home improvement store, tile warehouse and tile shop Reading.


Floor and wall tiles are usually different and it is important to check this before purchasing anything. This is due to the fact that wall tiles are thinner, less durable and not suitable for use underfoot. Ceramic tiles come in different varieties such as porcelain and terracotta, each with a number of advantages, design options and prices. There are also glazing options when it comes to ceramic tiles. Glazed tiles have a melted glass coating that seals the tile from water and stains. Unglazed tiles have a more natural look but are more susceptible to stains and water damage as they are not sealed.


Ceramic tiles can be installed either by someone who enjoys DIY or by a professional. Laying ceramic tiles properly is not the easiest of work and is usually best left to someone with experience. The floor that the tiles are being installed on will affect the quality of the finished product, it must be flat, smooth and free of defects to make sure the tiles do not crack over time. Ceramic tiles can often expand and contract when the weather changes, so grout must be used in between them as a cushion to protect them from damage.

Repairing a Fire and Smoke Damaged House

A home that has been damaged by fire will most likely need completely refurbishing. Hiring a professional contracting company or expert builders in Hertford to do the work is usually the best idea as repairing smoke damage requires experience and knowledge. A fire will cause a range of damage to a property, and the different types of repairs needed will include:

Soot Removal

Soot is not an easy material to just sweep up and take away. Due to its oil consistency, soot can leave stains on carpets and wood. A professional will remove your textiles and begin the household repairs by removing the soot with a heavy duty vacuum. In some cases your textiles may need to be replaced as they are beyond repair, but some may be worth washing. If painted walls have soot on them, they may need a chemical treatment to remove the damage.

Water Damage

If your house features a lot of water damage from putting out the fire, it needs to be dried out as soon as possible. Your contractors should bring dehumidifiers and large fans to dry out each room. Floors and carpets need to be dried quickly before mould starts growing which can damage them beyond repair.

Textile Deodorizing

The odour of smoke will still remain in textiles such as carpets, curtains and sofas. These items need to be deodorized by an additive that breaks up the smoke molecules and prevents the odour. Remember that this step needs to be done professionally as household detergents, disinfectants and sprays will only provide temporary odour removal.