Different types of hardwood floors

Different types of hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring is a good way of improving the value, durability, and the appearance of your home. You can install this type of floor in any particular room of your house. If you are planning to install hardwood flooring, there are several ways to categorize this form of flooring. Also, there are various installation methods:

Form of wood

Engineered wood

This is made of thin pieces of wood and layers that are placed on each other. Also, the grain is alternated in layers and different directions. The good thing about crisscrossing is that it can withstand more weight and force.hardwood floors 624

Acrylic impregnated wood

It is made of a combination of solid wood and acrylic to make a strong material. The material is strong to withstand even heavy traffic.

Size of material and laying out

Strips are usually long pieces of wood that are available in different size widths from 1.0 inches to 3.0 inches. There are also planks which are longer, wider pieces as compared to strip and are at least 3.0 inches. Lastly, there are parquet floors which are intricate patterns that use different pieces of wood to make a geometric pattern. It usually takes the form of the small strips to produce small squares. These squares then alternate in different directions. They can also make other designs like a zigzag look.

Installation methods

hardwood floor 6235The majority of hardwood floors can be fastened to the subfloor that is just below the hardwood flooring by use of nails, glue, or staples. Moreover, there is a floating floor that is not attached to the subfloor. It can be protected against moisture by putting it on top of the subfloor. However, it is not a must to attach it to the subfloor or underlay. You can either glue or snap it together in a groove and tongue fashion. It is highly preferred as they can be put on any particular type of surface and are quite easy to install.

You can stain hardwood floor to offer it a dark or light look. Moreover, you can leave it natural or untreated. Some other treatments include crackling, whitewashing, and antiquing.

Types of finishes

When the hardwood floor is finished, the top coat penetrates deep into the wood. Surface finish uses urethanes and varnishes. When choosing the surface finish, ensure you consider ease of application, odor, drying time, and durability. Deep finishes penetrate deep into the wood and require extra coat of wax to offer it shine.…

How to choose a landscaping firm

How to choose a landscaping firm

It is true that landscaping makes a yard very attractive. However, attractiveness is not the only benefit of landscaping which you can enjoy from a well implemented and properly planned landscaping. You have to put a lot of effort to acquire some benefits. This is the case when it comes to landscaping. It may not be easy for every person involved in landscaping to spend adequate time due to different reasons. Thus, there is a need to hire a reputable landscaping company. The following are some useful tips to consider:

Finding a landscaper

Outline your idea

tgedf6gedf7ju82i22It is necessary to write down your landscaping idea. After this, you will want to decide on various things such as vines, colors, trees, pools, and patios. You can then start to look for a reliable landscaping company. It is not a must that you have an idea about the landscape you want. A professional company can help you with some innovative ideas.

Analyzing your options

You should find a landscaping company first to know the different services it can offer. You can accomplish this by searching online or even using offline company directory. You can also ask your relatives and friends to help collect contact details.

Contacting the company

You need to meet the representatives of the company. If you have a landscaping idea, you need to communicate with them. They can also help by coming up with different plans. To achieve good results, there must be excellent communication between you and the landscaping company. If they do not respond to inquiries quickly, you should consider moving to another company.

Licensing

You need to ensure the landscaping company you hire is licensed to carry out the work of this nature. You should not ignore licensing. The firm ought to be properly authorized by different authorities. Ensure the company has valid certifications and valid license.

Verify existence of the landscaper

tgwed6fhed78je9i2You do not want to hire a virtual company. Hire a company that has been in existence for several years. In fact, a landscaping company that has been around for at least three years has the experience and knowledge to carry out the work. This also means that they can meet your expectations.

Portfolio

You need to analyze the present and past projects done by the company. Find time and visit the projects. This will offer you an excellent idea of how the work was done. Also, visiting ongoing projects offers you an idea about the level of quality you can expect.…

Meze Wine Café & Market

 

DISCOVER MEZE

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A small portion dish that is served to complement and enhance the taste of the drink and to provide the backdrop for a social gathering.
WE LOVE FOOD, WINE AND CULTURE. THROUGH WORKING IN THE WINE INDUSTRY, STUDYING ABROAD AND PERSONAL TRAVELS TO CITIES AND COUNTRYSIDES AROUND THE WORLD, WE HAVE BROUGHT TOGETHER THE ELEMENTS OF OUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES TO CREATE MEZE. LOCATED IN SAN LUIS OBISPO’S HISTORIC RAILROAD DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD, MEZE OFFERS LOCALS AND VISITORS A RETREAT TO ENJOY FOOD, WINE AND SOCIALIZING.

OUR PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE: WE ARE INFATUATED WITH UNIQUE FOODS AND OBSCURE WINES, WHICH INSPIRED US TO CREATE A SPECIALTY MARKET. THE MARKET IS OUR PANTRY FOR THE FOOD, WINE AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THE CAFÉ. TOGETHER THEY OFFER THE COMMUNITY A PLACE TO CULTIVATE FLAVORFUL EXPERIENCES.

MARKET

Dozens of cheese from around the globe
A large selection of domestic + imported charcuterie
Ready to go sandwiches + salads
Over a hundred wines in the market and the “Vault”
Gifts
Grocery: crackers, jams, bulk fruits and nuts, unique oils and vinegars, chocolates, coffees, kitchen wares and fresh bread baked and delivered daily
CAFÉ

Take a seat at the bar and enjoy the open kitchen or at a table in the windows looking out to Madonna Mountain and our beautiful neighborhood. Choose from an international selection of wines by the glass, on tap [yes, we have wine in kegs] or by the bottle. And pair your wine with our Meze [menu changes daily, sometimes twice], cheese, charcuterie and seasonal offerings. Our menu transforms the specialties found in the market + deli into our MEZE where every item is prepared fresh to order. We pride ourselves in using organic sustainable products whenever possible and supporting responsible SLOW FOOD farmers and producers.

WHAT YOU’LL TASTE

WINE

AFTER ALL WINE IS WHY WE ARE HERE. WE LOVE WINE. WE DRINK WINE. WE LOVE WINE A LOT AND WE DRINK IT A LOT. OUR EXTENSIVE WINE SHOP FEATURES RARE AND OBSCURE WINES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD [INCLUDING MANY FROM OUR BACKYARD, THOSE YOU HAVE GROWN TO LOVE]. YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT AROUND 20 – 30 WINES AVAILABLE BY THE GLASS – RED, WHITE, ROSE AND SPARKLING. BOTTLES FROM OUR SHOP MAY ALSO BE UNCORKED AT MARKET PRICE FOR AN $8 FEE. WE ARE KNOWN FOR GREAT PRICES ON OUR WINES AND IF THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WE CAN HELP YOU FIND IT [WE LIKE TO CALL OURSELVES WINE FORAGERS]. DON’T FORGET BUYING 6+ BOTTLES GETS YOU A 10% DISCOUNT AND DELIVERY IS FREE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO WITH ANY CASE PURCHASE AND A NOMINAL $8 ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTY WITH A CASE PURCHASE.

MEZE

“SMALL DISHES” WITH PROFOUND FLAVOR FROM KEFTA AND SAGANAKI TO MARINATED OLIVES OR TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA ARE JUST A SMALL EXAMPLE OF THE UNIQUE ‘MEZE’ FOUND ON OUR CAFÉ MENU FEATURING THE INGREDIENTS AVAILABLE IN MEZE MARKET.

CHEESE + CHARCUTERIE + ACCOUTREMENTS
WE HAVE OVER 30 CHEESES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ON OUR LIST AND IN OUR DELI EVERY DAY. OUR CHOICES RANGE FROM THE FAMILIAR TO THE OBSCURE, MILD TO STRONG, FRESH TO WASHED TO BLUE. PAIRING EACH CHEESE WITH ITS PERFECT CONDIMENT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE WAY TOO MUCH FUN DOING. WE HAVE DISCOVERED HUNDREDS OF …