Monthly Archives: May 2015

5 Home Projects You Can Get Done in a Weekend

kitchen backsplashWe don’t think we’re overreaching with this title. Believe it or not, there are home projects you can get done in a weekend—and from start to finish, so get those pictures of torn apart, half-finished rooms out of your head. Then take a deep breath and start weighing your options. Which project makes the most sense for your home? Which home project is top priority? Don’t know where to start? Here’s five suggestions to help you decide which weekend home project should be at the top of your list:

  1. Backsplash. A backsplash is one of the most budget-friendly and economical ways to update your kitchen without a major kitchen remodel. With a million different options, it’s easy to choose a backsplash tile that matches your countertops and flooring. A backsplash is also an easy weekend home project that doesn’t require too many tools. For complete instructions, check out this article we found on the subject. Or, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle, contact us about a professional backsplash installation.
  2. Bathroom remodel. Time to get rid of the pink tiles? Visit Y’s Way Flooring to see the latest styles of bathroom tiles and find out what other Wisconsin homeowners have done. If you’re on a budget and have a small bathroom to remodel, ask about ‘leftover’ tile that you can get for a cheaper price.
  3. New floor. Has your bathroom flooring seen better days? Was it a mistake to put carpet under your dining room table? Is your kitchen flooring a retro embarrassment? Check out new vinyl plank flooring which has the look of wood or stone, is water and stain resistant, and is easy to install yourself. If you’re not handy, turn your home project over to the professionals. With just one call, you could have new flooring by the time you get home from work. For other flooring options, come see wood flooring options, tile and carpet options that give your room a whole new look.
  4. Clear out a room for carpet cleaning. Okay, so this isn’t technically a remodeling project, but it is the key to giving a room new life. If you have carpeting that saw better days before your kids or pets started tracking through, give the carpet a new lease on life with a professional carpet clean. We’re not talking about those cheap carpet cleaners you rent at your local store, but a real professional carpet cleaner that can get rid of deep stains while using green cleaners. If you message us on Facebook, you can even coordinate your carpet cleaning project so you can clean out the room over the weekend and we can come Monday morning.
  5. Tile your front steps. We’ve written about the fantastic properties of porcelain tile before, but one of the most eye-catching is the ability to use porcelain tile outside. Easy to install with the proper equipment, porcelain tile can make a back patio or front step a show stopper. Best yet, there’s a million different color options of porcelain tile, so you can match your porcelain tile choice with the exterior of your home and dress up your exterior with earth tones or grey tiles.

If you need any help with preparing for your weekend home projects, want to see your options or are interested in carpet cleaning, contact us online or send us a message on our Facebook page. We can’t help tear out walls, but we can help with information on your options or with scheduling a professional to tackle those weekend home projects so you don’t have to.

Need to clean up water in your basement?

basement picture after water damage“April showers bring May flowers.” April (or any time of the year) showers also bring storms, flooded basements and mold if the basement is not cleaned up properly. That’s why it’s so important to go step-by-step to clean up water in your basement, and bring in professionals to assist with flooding clean-up. Cleaning up water in your basement is a methodical (and somewhat painful!) clean-up process that can be successful so you can reclaim your living or storage space—after a few calculated clean-up steps:

  1. Don’t walk in the water! Contact your utility company BEFORE heading into the water. Ask them to turn the power off to your home so you are not electrocuted.
  2. Pump the water out. If you don’t have the time to pump the water out, hire an experienced professional from Y’s Way Flooring that can rid your basement of standing water. Make sure a professional has given the all clear to turn the electric back on so you can plug in dehumidifiers and fans to dry out your basement.
  3. Have the furnace cleared. Before you fire up the furnace, contact a professional HVAC technician to inspect your furnace to make sure it’s safe and functional.
  4. Remove wet items from the basement. Throw away any items beyond repair, and move wet furniture to a dry place. Don’t assume that all items are unrecoverable; dry out items that are questionable to see if they can be cleaned and reused.
  5. Make sure everything is completely dry. Don’t rush back into your basement until you are sure that the flooring and walls are completely clear of moisture, which can cause mold to grow. Exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems such as sneezing and eye irritation, and even long-term issues such as asthma and allergies.
  6. Repair or clean drywall and insulation in your finished basement. If your basement is finished, your drywall and insulation needs to be sanitized or replaced. How much of the drywall and insulation needs cleaning or repair depends on how much water was in your basement and how high the water was. Contact the professionals to remove the drywall and wet insulation with masks (if needed) and repair the damage.
  7. Replace the flooring (if needed). If your basement flooring is in dire need of replacing from water damage, use our guide to select the right flooring to go over your concrete slab. For any questions about floors suitable for basements, and what the professionals have seen work in other basement, contact or visit a Y’s Way Flooring or send a message on their Facebook page. Their experts can help you select the right flooring for your basement—hopefully flooring that won’t see a flood again anytime soon.

To prevent future basement flooding, determine what caused the water to come in your basement, and take necessary precautions such as installing a sub pump, grading or waterproofing. Contact a professional to assist so you won’t ever have to deal with water in your basement again—or all the repair, pumping and flooring replacement again.

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Floor

wood floorsJust bought a new house? Is the flooring you picked out when you built your house finally ready to go? Or have you finally saved up enough to replace the last homeowner’s flooring mistake? If you’re a rookie to choosing the perfect floor, it’s wise to do your research. Choosing the perfect floor is not a small purchase, or something you want to screw up. On the flip side, choosing the perfect floor isn’t complicated—and it’s not something you have to do alone. Even a beginner (like yourself) can choose the perfect floor by asking a few simple questions:

  • Do I need to worry about water spills? An educated decision now can save you the headache of a warped floor later. Water can be your worst nightmare on laminate and wood floors, so a bit of planning now eliminates the hassle of replacement or repair. If you have a room where water may splash or form puddles, such as a bathroom, mudroom or kitchen, plan ahead. Consider vinyl plank flooring which has the look of wood, or any kind of tile floor which handles water like a pro. A room with the chance of a spill doesn’t mean you can’t get a wood floor—it just means being mindful of wiping up the water as soon as possible.
  • How much traffic comes through this room? Is the room a busy walk through? An area where your family plays, runs and tromps? Is it a room where your pet spends most of their time? Is the traffic that comes through full of mud, snow, sand and lord-knows-what-else? Use that knowledge to determine what kind of flooring would work in that particular area.
  • What kind of maintenance does the floor require? You don’t want to purchase a floor, have it installed and then end up with damage because you don’t care for, clean or vacuum it properly. Find out what kind of cleaning and maintenance the floor needs, what products you need to purchase to keep it in great shape—and realistically how much of that maintenance you can take on.
  • What is my budget? If you have a small area that needs carpeting—a small office, hallway or bedroom—consider purchasing a carpet remnant. Because there is a limited supply, a carpet remnant is discounted. Know the square footage of the room you need flooring for and the price you can afford per square foot. Factor that into your purchase decision.
  • What is under the new floor? Are you installing radiant floor heating under the flooring? Read our post about what kinds of flooring work over radiant floor heating. Are you installing this flooring over a concrete slab, like in a basement? Here’s information on what floors work in basements. Sometimes knowing what is under the floor is just as important as knowing what is going to be on top of it. Make sure you mention what’s under your floor to your sales professional when you get to step two of your flooring purchase.

If, even after asking all the questions, you still don’t have a clue about choosing the right flooring, or you’re trying to choose between two options, come into Y’s Way Flooring or ask us on our Facebook page. We can tell you what has worked for other Wisconsin homeowners and help you narrow the options in your budget. Best yet, we can help you choose the perfect flooring—and you don’t even have to tell anyone we helped.