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Staining & Painting Concrete – Pros & Cons - April 2, 2014 by Dave Mckiever

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Whichever you decide to do, one thing is for sure, either option is better than looking at the ole’ plain grey concrete floor .  Since there is so much information out there on the pros and cons of painting or staining concrete, how to do it, who should do it and so forth, we thought we’d help with a few links and ideas.  To help simplify things, let’s start with some advantages that everyone in the business of making concrete floors look pretty agree upon:

  • Green – Not the color, but with regards to being good for the environment.  No trees are cut down, no unused materials that contribute to the mountains of trash that already exist, and of course concrete is recyclable.  Follow these links for more information:

http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/imr/pdfs/recy-bldg.pdf

http://www.concreterecycling.org/why.html

  • Health Benefits – Concrete flooring is a good option for those with allergies in that they do not provide a welcome environment for dust mites.  See this link on the HGTV website – http://www.hgtvremodels.com/home-systems/use-concrete-slab-as-finished-flooring/index.html
  • Can Last Forever – This type of flooring is durable and can handle punishment, although if you juggle sledge hammers for a living, and are not that good, you will have some cracks here and there.  Nonetheless, at least you wouldn’t have to replace the whole floor.
  • Heat Is Possible – Concrete floors don’t have to be cold if you insulate and install radiant heat underneath.  Follow this link for details: http://www.warmup.com/us/in-slab-heating.phtml.  If you have any questions regarding heating under concrete flooring, feel free to call us at 1-888-927-6333.

Now for the cons that some have expressed about the concrete floor option:

  • Echo Chamber Effect – Observations have been made that concrete floors help to transmit sound..sound…sound.  You might not want this effect.  However:  You can mitigate this effect through the use of throw rugs, wall coverings and drapes, or your own furniture.
  • Can Last Forever – I know, this was also mentioned as pro.  The con part is that if you stain your concrete floor you are stuck with your design.  If you decide to paint a concrete floor it has been pointed out that it is easier to re-paint and re-seal your concrete floor, but that doesn’t make it easy.  Of course there is an escape clause in the form of installing wood, carpet or vinyl after the fact.  Follow this link to see how this can be accomplished: http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Flooring/Wood-Flooring/installing-wood-flooring-over-concrete/View-All
  • Cost – Most say that this is not a con at all since concrete is inexpensive when compared to other flooring options.  However, when you get into custom designs your cost goes up and may not be so cheap after all. Then there is the labor cost.  While many DIYers say that while painting concrete is not that hard to do, you might still decide to hire a professional which adds to the bottom line.  Pretty much everyone who advocates staining concrete says to definitely go to a professional for installation.  Even DIY enthusiasts seem to agree on that point.   Shop around and get some quotes for professional installations.  Follow this link for a guide to what you can expect to pay for a professional installation: http://concrete.networx.com/info/concrete-floor-stain-costs/
  • Cold – In the summer a concrete floor will keep your floor a little cooler if out the direct rays of the sun.  This is a good thing. But what about during the winter?  There’s the rub.  Cold weather means cold concrete if you do not plan to insulate and install radiant heating underneath.

So even though there is more information out there on this subject, this should at least get you on the road to making a decision regarding whether to go with a nicely painted or stained concrete floor.  It is definitely worth considering, especially with radiant heat!

Tiling Under or Around the Toilet? - March 28, 2014 by Dave Mckiever

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From experienced tile professionals to part-time DIYs, there are differing opinions on whether to tile under or around the toilet.  While either method will work, the vast majority seems to favor tiling under the toilet (check out the forum links below).  Here are some top reasons why:

 

  • Less cutting involved – less frustration trying to cut the tile up to the toilet.
  • Easier to replace the toilet down the road especially if it has a different footprint.
  • End result looks more professional.

 

We had a chance to get some feedback from Phil Green of Edge Strip Kits who has been a tile setter for over 42 years.  He states, “As a professional Tile setter for over 42 years, I would say that I have never tiled AROUND a toilet. It’s just easier to pull it and then tile under it. This allows the toilet to be changed in the future with no additional call back for tile repairs.  Another good reason for pulling the toilet and not cutting around it would be to replace the wax ring at this time. Many simple leaks can easily be repaired by changing the wax ring seal. If you tiled up to the toilet, you would not be able to notice this small leak until extensive damage had occurred.”

 

MyBuilder.com

 

JohnBridge.com

 

Gardenweb.com

 

If you are considering laying tile for your bathroom, this would be the time to also consider adding Warmup electric radiant floor heating to keep those tiles luxuriantly warm during chilly days.  A complete floor heating solution can cost as little as $372.00 (includes advanced 3iE Energy Monitoring Thermostat with GFCI) depending on your needs.  Call us for details.

 

 

 

Warmup at JLC Live New England - March 19, 2014 by Dave Mckiever

 

Warmup In Floor Heating Systems to Attend JLC Live New England

World’s best-selling electric floor heating brand will showcase hottest spring products at March 21 and 22 show 

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Danbury, Conn. – Spring is the time that many homeowners transform their kitchens and baths with new flooring, countertops, appliances and other upgrades. These renovations provide the perfect opportunity to install in floor heating systems. For this reason, Warmup Inc. is excited to showcase its hottest products at JLC Live New England on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 2014.

 Known as the most eagerly anticipated event of the year for residential construction professionals, Warmup looks forward to educating attendees about the demand for electric floor heating and its benefits for homeowners.

 “Spring is great for introducing our in floor heating systems to homeowners,” said Regis Verliefde, CEO of Warmup Inc. “The season always brings a mood of renewal and sparks renovation projects. Installing our products while changing out flooring is not only simple, but in floor heating also adds comfort and is an energy efficient source of radiant heat. Not many know that, so we are excited to share at JLC Live.”

 Warmup’s products include heating mats, loose wire systems, foil heaters and snow melting systems. Each product features a flexible and thin design and can be installed under a variety of floor types such as tile, laminate, stone, carpet, vinyl, wood and concrete.  

Additionally, cutting-edge insulation panels and a 21st century thermostat, the 3iETM, that monitors energy costs make Warmup a real alternative to radiators, baseboards and forced air heating.  “By using data gathered while operating the radiant floor heating systems in the home, the 3iE makes recommendations for the most efficient settings to operate the system,” explained Verliefde. “Therefore, homeowners can save ten percent on energy bills!”

 Warmup will be exhibiting at booth 439 during JLC Live. Stop by to discover the latest technology for spring. For more details, please visit www.warmup.com.

 About Warmup:

Warmup Inc. is the North American arm of Warmup Plc., England’s leading manufacturer of electric floor heating systems for all types of floors, including foyers, baths, kitchens, living rooms and specialty areas such as sunrooms and yoga studios. Warmup’s unique heating element has been tested and approved by leading certified laboratories, meeting the most up-to-date stringent standards, confirming the company’s commitment to quality and safety. Warmup Inc. is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) the National Tile Contractor’s Association (NTCA) and Radiant Panel Association (RPA). For more information, visit www.warmup.com or call 1-888-927-6333.

Shedding Some Light On Sunrooms - November 22, 2013

So you like sitting in the sun, but don’t like sharing time with the bugs.  You like the rhythmic sound of rain hitting the roof, but don’t like getting wet (who does?).  Watching the snow fall can be a peaceful and enjoyable experience, but not so much when you try reading your favorite book outside.  […]

Warmup Celebrates a Grand Opening! - November 5, 2013

We were excited to recently dedicate a brand new, environmentally friendly facility to better enable us to continue providing cutting edge electric radiant heating solutions worldwide.  Warmup’s new building features hydronic heating and electric heating powered by PV and hydronic solar panels.  With all employees and Warmup’s top clients from around the world gathered, Sir […]

Read This Before You Start Shoveling Snow This Winter - October 29, 2013

More than just being a pain in the back (no pun intended), shoveling snow this winter could be downright hazardous to your health.  One study that analyzed data from US emergency departments over a 17-year period found the following: 195,000 emergency room cases 67% were males 1647 deaths With this information in mind, we found […]

Slip & Fall Accidents – The Terrible Truth - October 18, 2013

The sad truth is that most of us have either suffered the results of a slip and fall accident or know someone who has.  The Icy stairs, walkways and driveways that come with winter don’t help matters either, do they?  Here are some sobering statistics to consider. Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency […]

When Is a “Shed” No Longer Just a “Shed?” - October 9, 2013

To answer this riddle you need look no further than what Patricia has created in her back yard.  She turned her shed into a beautiful “Yoga Retreat” by adding a Warmup electric floor heating system under the floor.  Even though it may be getting chilly outside, she merely sets her programmable thermostat to turn on […]

Snazzy Bathroom Remodeling with Warmup In-Floor Heating - October 1, 2013

How often have you searched for “bathroom ideas” on the internet?  This may not come as a surprise to you, but the bathroom is the most common rooms in one’s home to receive the “fixer-upper” treatment according to the National Assn. of Home Builders.  There is no definitive way to determine this, but some sources […]

Turning That Shower Into a Spa! - September 16, 2013

Here’s the scenario; you have purchased your electric radiant heating system and lay it on the bathroom floor exactly the way you want it.  Your confidence is high, you’re feeling good about your progress… and then you get to the shower.  Now what?  What do you do about that step you need to get past? […]

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