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Advantages and Disadvantages of Tile and Natural Stone Surfaces in Your Home

by Brad

Few materials are more beautiful and durable for the home than natural stone or tile. There is a place for stone or tile in just about every room of the home, and a bathroom without even a small area of tile is still a bit unusual. Here are the pros and cons of natural stone and tile:

 

Natural Stone

Natural stone is carved out of the earth, while engineered stone is made of powdered stone, resin and pigment and allowed to cure in forms, much like concrete. Natural stone can be igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary. Igneous stone is formed in or around volcanoes. Granite is this type of stone. Metamorphic stone is formed, over eons, out of another type of stone. Marble, for example, is formed out of limestone. Sedimentary stone is made of layer upon layer of sediment, also laid down over eons. This is sandstone.

 

The benefits of natural stone begin with its beauty. Colors range from dazzling white to velvety black. Thanks to accessory minerals, stone can be variegated, with stripes, clouds and veins.

 

As it’s already millions of years old, natural stone are durable and quite likely to last longer than the house. Stone is also heat resistant and easy to clean. Many types of stone are cool to the touch, which makes them ideal for rolling out pastry dough.

 

One con of natural stone is that most types need to be sealed every few years to protect them from stains and spills. One of the few natural stones that doesn’t need to be sealed is soapstone, though it benefits from being rubbed with mineral oil. Natural stone is also expensive and can crack or chip. Since each piece is unique, it can be hard to fix without the repair showing. Natural stone is also hard, glassware, ceramics and bare feet.

 

Tile

Glazed ceramic tile is made from clay that’s been fired at high temperatures. Clay that is rich in a substance called kaolin and fired at very high temperatures results in porcelain. Tiles that have been fired at lower temperatures result in ceramics such as terra cotta, which is popular for flooring. Because this type of tile doesn’t have a hard glaze like porcelain, it needs to be sealed like natural stone.

 

A benefit of ceramic tile is that it’s found in a nearly endless variety of colors, patterns and textures. It can be expensive or inexpensive and installed by a DIYer or a professional. Since the color is baked in, it doesn’t fade in sunlight, and is famously water and heat resistant.

 

The cons are that tile is often installed with grout, which is very porous and needs to be sealed. Individual tiles tend to be brittle, even though they can be replaced.

For more information on caring for stone and tile in your home visit https://tilecleaningorangecounty.com/

Mashaba finds discrepancies in building of storm damaged houses

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Mashaba finds discrepancies in building of storm damaged houses


An investigation by the City of Johannesburg’s GRAS found discrepancies and irregularities by officials and builders of bonded and RDP homes that were damaged by a storm in December 2017. Mayor Herman Mashaba joins eNCA’s Jeremy Maggs to discuss. Courtesy DStv403

Connectivity Ecosystem for residential, mid-size building, and hotel markets

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Connectivity Ecosystem for residential, mid-size building, and hotel markets


Schneider Electric, Danfoss, and Somfy have created a Connectivity Ecosystem to bring connectivity to maturity in smart homes and buildings by delivering efficient solutions that are easy to integrate. Committed to openness and interoperability, our solutions work simply together.
To learn more visit:
https://www.schneider-electric.com/en/partners/connectivity-ecosystem/
www.somfy.com
www.danfoss.com.

Traditional and Luxury Log Homes – Inspiration, Manufacturing, Building | The Story of DORES

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Traditional and Luxury Log Homes – Inspiration, Manufacturing, Building | The Story of DORES


“Inspired from past, built for tomorrow”
This is a story about log homes – about us.

Traditions, technology, ecology and humans – the foundation of every Dores log home. Our ancestors knew the real value of the wood. We believe in their knowledge of wooden crafts.

Dores wooden houses are high quality homes. Traditional values have turned into affordable luxury producy with high quality.

We have newest technologies – self-built machines (FORMA machinery) that is manufactureing or log homes! The full process of house building reaches new standarts. Our dream is to build log homes and fulfill lives with ecological wooden homes that lasts for more generations – like our ancestors did.

Traditions. Quality. Ecology.
Dores – Wooden houses

Nigeria Company Using old Shipping Containers to Build Homes

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Nigeria Company Using old Shipping Containers to Build Homes


The problem of housing in Nigeria has seen companies try to come up with new innovations. With a shortage in building materials in the capital Lagos, one company has sought an alternative in using old shipping containers. The company says that a house constructed from containers is far much cheaper and can be completed within a week. Leslie Mirungu reports

RENOVATED JUNGLE OBSERVATORY // The Sims 4 House Building: Tiny Homes

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RENOVATED JUNGLE OBSERVATORY // The Sims 4 House Building: Tiny Homes


Someone thought it would be a good idea to renovate an observatory, that someone was me. A secluded place up high to enjoy all things Jungle Adventure from a safe distane above the trees!

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RENOVATED JUNGLE OBSERVATORY // The Sims 4 House Building: Tiny Homes

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New Story + ICON : 3D Printed Homes for the Developing World

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New Story + ICON : 3D Printed Homes for the Developing World


3Dhome.org – The first permitted, 3D-printed home created specifically for the developing world was unveiled today in Austin, Texas by New Story, the non-profit working to create a world where no human being lives in survival mode, and ICON, the newly launched construction technologies company leading the way into the future of homebuilding by using 3D printing to make major advancements in affordability, building performance, sustainability and customizability.

Learn more at newstorycharity.org/3d-home

10 Minecraft Starter Houses

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10 Minecraft Starter Houses


10 Minecraft Starter Houses are shown in todays minecraft video! It should give you inspiration and ideas for how to make your minecraft house in survival. We tried and tested each design and they were all possible within a few minecraft days to make, using local materials. I hope you liked them and that you learned a thing or two about minecraft building!

Thank you to Pajazzel who helped me put these designs together https://twitter.com/Pajazzel

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Building Healthy Homes

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Building Healthy Homes


Plymouth Housing partners with Neighborcare Health and Harborview Medical Center to provide onsite nursing services to help those who’ve experienced homelessness rebuild their lives–and their health.