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A real wood floor—or almost

Today, it’s no longer necessary to choose hardwood as flooring to enjoy its great look. Other options have the same effect. One of them is engineered wood flooring.

This flooring is made of two superimposed parts; the base and the top coat.

Generally speaking the base contains a minimum of three layers of material, which may include plywood, fibreboard and wood. The higher the number of layers, the more the flooring remains intact. It is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperature and humidity.

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The top coat, called veneer, is natural wood. A multitude of species can be blended with the most varied decors. The floor looks exactly like a hardwood floor.

The veneer is usually 0.6 mm to 4.5 mm and sometimes even more. If the top coat is more than 3.5 mm thick, it can be sanded and varnished. It will easily stand up to long-term use. Continue reading

About wallpaper

Here is a description of different types of wallpaper and installation advice.

Traditional wallpaper is a repetitive reproduction of a pattern every 10 to 27’’ (25 x 68 cm). A wallpaper mural is made up of overlapping paper widths that form a single pattern that can be up to 36 feet wide (almost 11 metres), according to Muralunique.com.

For the same size, the prices of murals vary between $100 and $1,000 according to the quality of the paper and the glue. Muralunique describes four types.

Canadian Shield rock by Donn Petelka. Muralunique.com
Canadian Shield rock by Donn Petelka. Muralunique.com

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