Monthly Archives: July 2012

How to choose to right tiles for your home

If you are thinking of getting a tile flooring, then you have made an excellent choice. Tiles have two qualities that stand out, making them ideal materials for flooring. They are very durable and they are very easy to clean as well.

Your decision making does not stop there however. You still need to decide on the type of tiles that you are going to pick for your home. There are several kinds of tiles based on the material used in making them from which you can take your pick. Each type has a set of qualities that makes them ideal for certain settings. Aside from the tile material, there are other factors that you need to consider. These factors are size, colour, grade and price.

Material- Ceramic tiles are probably the best choice when you are considering the material. They are strong and very easy to clean. They can handle extreme temperatures very well and they will not absorb chemicals. Not to mention that ceramic tiles are also very great to look at. They are available in so many colours and styles that you are sure to find a type that is going to match your taste. Then there is the fact that that they are affordable. There are also other materials used in tiles such as stones that have been cut into matching shapes.

Size- The size of the tile that you are going to use is largely determined by its location. Tiles that are to be placed in living rooms and bed rooms need to be large. Usually they are of the 1’ x1’ size. Those placed in bathrooms can be smaller.

Grade- Tile grade is the rating of a tile according to its strength. The weakest get the rating of 1 and the stronger a tile is the higher the number of its rating. As with the size, the location is the determining factor in picking the right grade. Those in areas that see a lot of traffic would naturally need higher grade tiles.

Tiles- The colour of the tiles that you will be using is totally up to you and the as I have mentioned, if you are going to use ceramic tiles, you would be getting a lot of colours to choose from.

Price- The prices of tiles vary a lot, but if your budget is kind of tight then there are some cheap ones that are not so bad when it comes to the quality. You just have to know what it is that you need.

How to hire a qualified electrician

An electrician’s job is something that you can’t really do on your own. It is one of those chores that really need a professional to take care of it. First of all, it involves working with electrical current which can cause injury and even death if handled in the wrong way. Then there is also the fact that it can cause fire can be a fire hazard if electrical circuits are done improperly. It can be very dangerous if it is handled by someone who is not trained to do it.

That’s why it is important that you hire the right technician in taking care of the electrical works in your home. You can’t just hire anyone that you come across saying that they’re a good technician. You need some proof:

  1. The most important thing of all (Just so you could realize how important it is, you can forget all the other tips that we’re giving here just as long as you remember this one) is you should only hire someone who is licensed. That is the best proof that the person you are hiring is actually trained and qualified for doing electrical works.
  2. You can get ideas of whom to hire from several sources. Most people believe that it is best to go for those who were recommended by other people. Since they have tried the services of those electricians, then you have some assurance that they can really deliver. You can also check out those listed on ads and finally there is the internet.
  3. You should get the numbers of the electrician from the different sources and you should start calling them. Use online directories like Oneflare to browse through electricians in your area. Tell them about the job that you require and ask for a quote. They should be able to give you a rough estimate.
  4. Now do not decide to hire someone without comparing the quotes of several electricians first.
  5. You can ask the electricians for references from some customers that they have worked for in the past. They should not hesitate in giving you the numbers of some customers that they have in the past.
  6. You can also check with associations of technicians on your area. You can find out if the person that you are thinking of hiring is actually a member. Membership in organizations like that can go a long way.

These are just some of the things that you can do in hiring an electrician.