Do You Want a Winning Smile?

If you’ve been worrying about the appearance of your smile because you have misaligned teeth, you may think there’s nothing you can do to escape the dreaded fixed metal braces. While fixed metal braces can be a solution for complex alignment issues, there is an alternative for mild to moderate alignment cases that don’t require fixed braces. Invisalign In Maidstone offers a convenient and comfortable way to realign your teeth in a reasonable amount of time.

What is it?

Maidstone Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners. They are custom made to fit your mouth thanks to iTero technology which involves a dentist using a 3D scan of your mouth to get the measurements required for making the aligners to fit snugly on your gum line. From the scans, an animation can also be created to show you what your teeth will look like after treatment has been completed. You will be provided with sets of aligners to wear and change between on a weekly basis. The aligners apply a small amount of pressure to your teeth to move them into the desired position. After you have achieved the results you are looking for, you will then be given retainers to ensure the teeth stay put!

What are the benefits of clear plastic aligners?

The clue is in the name, but if you’re not in the mood for party games then it’s as simple as this: the clear plastic aligners, when worn, are virtually invisible. Most people will not notice that you are wearing anything in your mouth at all when you are in fact busy realigning your teeth. Another benefit is that they can be removed when you are eating and drinking, which saves on the messy clean up operation afterwards! They can also be removed for up to 2 hours a day and this can mean that you have time to play sports or go on a date without having to wear them – the choice is yours!

Other benefits of removable aligners is that you can brush and floss as normal. This is a really big bonus as you won’t have to worry about not being able to clean your teeth properly and this should also mean that you won’t have to visit the dentist as much! The reality is that with clear plastic aligners, you also won’t have as much opportunity to break them as they are virtually impossible to break, unlike the wires and brackets on fixed braces. This means that you shouldn’t need to visit the dentist for emergency appointments and should only need to go for a checkup and to be provided with new sets of aligners every six weeks or so.

What should you do to get them?

If you are interested in finding out more about aligners, the best thing to do is to book in for a consultation with your dentist. They will have an initial consultation with you and will perform an examination of your mouth and they may also take x-rays to determine what your alignment issues are. They will then be able to tell you if this is the right treatment plan for you, or they may be able to offer an alternative solution if this isn’t for you. Ultimately though, it’s time to make the call and get the smile you want to smile!

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8 tips for saving money on your next home renovation

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Looking to cut costs when renovating your home? Home renovations are arguably the most costly home projects you will ever undertake, and so many homeowners end up going over their proposed budget. Here are eight tips to ensure you save money and don’t overspend during the renovation process, so keep on reading to familiarise yourself with them. 

  1. Establish needs over wants

At least initially. If you’ve got a damaged roof, there’s no point wasting your budget on some fabulous new worktops while your roof is left to deteriorate further. This will only result in you needing to pay more in the long run so make sure you prioritize mandatory renovations first. If you’ve got money left over once the issue is fixed then you can get those new worktops. 

  1. Way out the pros and cons 

Before starting anything, consider whether this renovation is going to up the value of your home. This is particularly important if you ever plan on selling or renting out your property in future. 

Consult your real estate agents to gather insight into what potential buyers are looking for in your area, and act accordingly based on that information. You could also speak with an architect to find out if the spatial layout of the property can be upgraded without you having to increase the square footage. If you move internal walls and doors around you could be able to achieve a better flow. 

  1. Plan your renovation 

Renovations never run smoothly if you just go with the flow. Effective planning is important for working out how much the renovation will cost you and for staying within a set budget. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • What is most of my budget going to? 
  • Will my budget cover all the renovations I want?
  • Can I afford to go over my budget a little? 
  • Is the renovation worth it?
  1. Invest in a professional, affordable company

No, that is not an oxymoron. It is possible to find both a professional and affordable renovation company. You need to source out a reputable business that can get the job done for you, but you must look for key things. For instance, if you plan on getting a window replacement renovation opt for a company that specialises in that field and that has experience, good customer service, and affordable rates. American Vision Windows is a good example of a company like this. 

  1. Get a minimum of three quotes

You don’t want to plan your renovations to what google said you will pay because you may be shocked when you find out that the cost is actually a whole lot more. Try and get a minimum of three separate quotes in order to compare prices. Remember to study the quote so you understand what exactly it entails.

There are opportunities to save money with quotes. For instance, some companies provide discounts if they are doing multiple renovations or are completing projects in stages. 

Don’t opt for extremely low prices. You’ll be disappointed in the end result and will need to hire a professional company to fix the damage that the amateurs did. 

  1. DIY

Obviously, we don’t suggest you try a DIY roof renovation (that’s silly) but anyone can do simple things like putting up wallpaper or adding a lick of paint to a room. You’ll save a lot of money by doing some renovations yourself – and it is super fun too! Read more on DIY home renovations. 

  1. Stick to your budget

Once you’ve planned your budget – stick to it. We know it can be tempting to buy one of two affordable things here and there, but this becomes a habit and it certainly adds up. Therefore, it’s best to avoid overspending at all. Create a chart or list so you can keep track of where your money is going and what funds remain in your budget. 

  1. Utilize second-hand goods

Second-hand doesn’t necessarily mean low-quality. There are plenty of unused building materials on eBay that are just as good as new. You can also get your hands on an entire showroom kitchen at a fraction of the retail price because former showroom kitchens are often put up for sale when they are no longer needed in the store.

What to do after renovating
When you’ve saved a bunch of money on your home renovations by implementing these helpful tips, what do you do with it? Well, we suggest you read ideas on what to do with your extra savings.

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Planning A Home Renovation? You Need These Tips!

Whenever it’s time to renovate the home, you have to put a project together and bring in the experts to help you to make your project come to life. You might bring in an architect to help you with an extension, or you might bring in a decorator to help you with the planning of the colors of the space you’re changing. You should think about bringing in a contractor, too, to work with you on the construction of the place if it’s needed. 

A remodel isn’t a simple job, even the smallest job can be complex if you’re thinking about remodeling the house. You can bring in a construction team, however, who can look at ensuring that they have the right equipment – down to the forklift propane regulator – that will get your job done in half the time. You want to know your renovation is going to be done in the right time frame, and for that, you need to think about ensuring that your renovation is planned to perfection. Below, we’ve put together all of the tips that you need to make sure that your project gets finished on time.

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  1. Budget, and then budget again. The costs of renovations can change even during the project. You want to ensure that your budget is correct and that means planning for all possible eventualities. You should ensure that you have a budget laid out to include every single piece of material and the cost of hiring experts to help. You should also consider adding at least half of your total budget on top!
  2. Make a point of ensuring you’re not overdoing it. You are making changes, and this can often make you choose everything over the top for your home. You should plan your renovation so that you can know for sure that you are doing what’s needed, rather than everything on top of that!
  3. Get as many quotes as possible. You need to do a little research here, and that means getting as many quotes as possible, from materials to equipment to teams of construction experts to help you out. You need to avoid any unnecessary costs, and that means having a clean, clear plan to help you out with those.
  4. Always figure the finances before starting everything. If you have quotes, you can get moving with the next steps. Just because you have a quote for a job, it doesn’t mean that you need to go with that particular company. Choose to figure your finances first so that you can be sure you’re definitely sticking to that budget of yours.
  5. Be patient. This is going to take some time and putting your home renovation project on hold will ensure that you have more than enough money to save for this endeavor. Any renovation done under budget may have corners cut, so do what you can to ensure that you are careful with your budget and your renovation, too.

Your renovation will go to plan with the right project management. Find the right team today and you can get started.

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Garden Goals: Making The Most Of Your Outdoor Space

There’s nothing better than soaking up the sunshine in the garden when the skies are blue and it’s warm outside. If your garden is crying out for some TLC, or you need inspiration to create an al fresco oasis, here are some tips to help you make the most of your outdoor space. 

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Maximizing the space you have available

When designing your garden or embarking upon a mini makeover, it’s always beneficial to try and maximize the space you have available and use every inch. From awkwardly shaped areas to corners, there are innovative solutions to help you utilize every part of your garden. One of the most common issues homeowners encounter is overgrown trees and branches that are blocking light or making it impossible to use sections of the garden for entertaining, playing with children, grandchildren or pets or growing plants or produce. If this problem sounds familiar, it’s a great idea to consider hiring a company like Sydney Tree Company to remove or prune trees to make your garden more functional and create the illusion of a larger, lighter space. You can also use corners to create cool chill-out zones or seating areas or design planters or features such as shelves and corner ladders to house containers, buckets or pots. 

Creating a versatile space

Depending on where you live, you may have to contend with different types of weather conditions during the year. From blazing heat to showers, dark nights and clear, sunny days, you can cater to all climates in your garden to make your yard a perfect place to hang out come rain or shine. Use structures and features such as gazebos, awnings and sails to provide shelter and shade, add outdoor lighting to enable you to enjoy the garden after sunset and create a cozy vibe with blankets and throws to keep warm after dark in the summer and during the winter. You can also explore additions such as fire pits, patio heaters and chimineas. 

Designing distinctive garden zones

Our gardens have multiple roles, and many of us like to undertake several different types of activities in the same space. From sunbathing and hanging out with friends to gardening and growing, playing sports with the kids and chilling out with a good book, you can enjoy a host of different hobbies in your garden. If you’d like your backyard to be more versatile and functional, it’s an excellent idea to design distinctive zones. You can do this by using different materials and physical structures and barriers, such as gates, walls and fences, and adding colored or themed accessories and lighting to change the ambiance.

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Are you keen to make the most of your outdoor space? Is your garden a little bland or tired, or can you only enjoy it in the summer? Take these tips on board to create a more versatile, accessible space you can use all year-round. From making use of every inch to creating different zones to cater to hobbies and interests and facilitate relaxation, it’s possible to transform your outdoor area into a stunning oasis. 

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4 Reasons to Install Replacement Windows in Summer

When is the best time to replace one or several windows for a home? Ask the experts. Many believe that the summertime is the best time for new windows and doors. There are a number of reasons as to why they believe this to be the case.

Many homeowners feel that summer is just too slammed with family activities like camping or getting clear teeth aligners for kids. They might say that the benefits of new windows cannot possibly outweigh the fact that time and attention must be given to such a project in the first place.

To that end, he or she may want to take a closer look at some of the biggest reasons to install new windows during the summer.

Keeping The Home Cooler

New windows perform better than older ones. This is a simple fact. As the summer months drag on, the temperature can begin to climb. This can force older windows to struggle to keep a home cool as they have been designed to do. Window replacement right at the start of the season can leave a home in a state of optimal condition to handle the temperatures and more.

Furthermore, for homeowners who haven’t replaced their windows in quite some time, having new ones installed can dramatically improve how cool the interior feels.

Bad Summer Weather

Depending upon where someone lives, the summer season can bring more than high temperatures. The triple digits can also come packed with rain, high winds, hurricanes, hails, and much more. Windows are designed to deal with such elements.

However, as time goes on, even the best windows can become less and less efficient at protecting the property as they should. This is another case in which homeowners who haven’t had windows replaced in a number of years will want to start looking into such possibilities as vinyl windows.

Lower Demand

Finally, one of the most significant reasons to get windows replaced in the summer is because professional installation companies are relatively less busy during the season. Home improvement companies tend to see the most work done during the months in which families are spending more time at home. In other words, during the fall and winter.

During the summer, people are spending less time at home. This means any interested homeowner could very easily schedule installation work, and be able to set up the work around whatever else might be going on.

Improved home value


Once you have installed new windows in your home in summer, you can be bold enough to up the asking price in autumn, the best season for real estate. You should consider the financial investment that you have made and figure this into your final asking amount. Of course there will be many other additions you can think of. For example, you can install new epoxy garage floors or install new kitchen appliances to elevate your home.

To find a reliable contractor, you can simply search “windows and doors” in Google search and check the results with high SEO rankings. A professionally installed window will bring tremendous benefits for the years to come.

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4 Home Renovation Ideas To Make Your House Feel Brand New

Everyone craves the comforts of a well-designed and cosy home. However, even the most timeless décor can start to feel stale after some time. Whether you are looking to sell your home soon or simply improve it to increase your comfort, a home renovation is always a good idea. 

Depending on the circumstances of your renovation and your financial situation, you can either opt to go all-in or do a few DIY projects. Below are some home renovation ideas to make your house feel brand new. 

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Add New Lighting

Proper lighting brings any room to life. A room that is poorly lit looks cramped and dark, while one that is brightly lit looks more spacious, airy, and welcoming. There are numerous ways in which you can use light to brighten up your rooms. A simple method is to add floor and table lamps to your home. Placing a couple of tall floor lamps strategically in dark corners can make any room come to life. You can then layer these with lamps on side tables to make the room feel warm and cosy. 

If you want to get more adventurous, you can replace some of your outdated ceiling fixtures with some of the contemporary masterpieces currently available in the market. If your house isn’t getting enough light even after adjusting your electric lighting, you should consider renovating it to make your rooms more spacious or get bigger windows. Buddy Loans are an excellent financing option for your home renovation project, even if you have bad credit. 

Swap Out Sofa Pillows

One of the easiest ways to refresh your home is by changing your decorative sofa pillows. Consider mixing up pillows with different patterns, colours and textures, to achieve the modern living room look. 

If you are aiming for a cleaner, minimalist look, select the pillows in contemporary neutral tones. Mix in a few striped and graphic pillows in vibrant colours for a bold and eclectic aesthetic. To increase the cosy factor in your living room, consider adding some velvet or fur pillows. 

Update Your Window Treatments

Many homeowners tend to overlook their window treatments. They have a hard time determining the style that would suit their room best, therefore leaving the windows bare or simply installing blinds for privacy. However, this practice could make you miss out on a whole layer of decoration.

You can dress your windows to suit your taste and style perfectly. From gauzy white sheers, geometric curtain panels to minimalist bamboo shades, there are numerous options to choose from. Ensure that the panels you select match well with the colour of your walls and furniture. 

Add Art

Another great way to spruce up the look of your home is by adding paintings to the rooms. Take out any old pictures you put up before you started redecorating and replace them with unique art pieces that fit your current style. 

If you are inclined to modern art, you can invest in a few prints or lithographs from a local artist who paints in that style. 

Your home should be as comfortable and beautiful as possible. Apply the above tips to improve its look.

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Commercial Landscaping: Make It Work for You

A successful business will have a well-maintained lawn. A scruffy lawn or poorly maintained shrubs and trees makes it seem as though your business does not make enough money to afford to landscape. Landscaping can help set the tone for the kind of interactions you want people to have with your staff when entering your building.

Flawless and attractive landscaping can put people at ease and allow them to feel confident in your services before they even reach the lobby. It also allows people to focus on what your business can do for them rather than distract them with why you allow your commercial building to look run down and unkempt.

Commercial landscaping can be aesthetic and serve many purposes. A vertical wall garden can help show that your business is serious about its Eco-conscious ideals in an aesthetically stunning manner. A water feature is a great way to create calmness and relaxation in people as they pass by on the way to the front doors. Clear signage surrounded by colorful shrubs and bushes can catch passersby’s eye and help draw them into your premises.

Create a Welcoming Entrance

Ensure that no matter how many bushes or plants are on the lawn, that the entrance to the building is clearly visible. Consider leaving that side as clear as possible and framing the entrance in moderately sized plants in pots.

This will help draw attention to it and give customers an easier time identifying it and making their way towards it. Line the walkways with small shrubbery and recessed lighting for the evening.

Showcase Your Signage

Your signage is a draw and can help to attract people’s attention to your building. If someone is specifically looking for your premises, the signage will ease this matter for them and earn their gratitude.

Many businesses use roadside signs, but few arrange for it to be aesthetically pleasing. Arrange for attractive landscaping features to help it be highlighted in an eye-catching way. Glaring lights contribute to visibility but will not hold the gaze the same way as a pretty flower border or an attractive rock garden.

Match the Lawn to Your Brand Color

Every brand has a color scheme for its logo, which can help create a unique and attractive effect on your lawn. Match your brand logo colors with your flower beds and shrubbery to make an aesthetically interesting appearance.

If the colors are simple enough, you could even recreate the company logo on the lawn with shrubbery and flowering bushes. Soil and light conditions will affect this, and the season is a big factor as well. So regular maintenance will be important to ensure that this attractive lawn feature looks good at all times.

Restful or Decorative

You need to decide early on if you want your lawn to be simply decorative or if you will allow clients to enjoy them from within. Providing benches and a delightful sandy walkway can be an attractive feature which makes the premises look inviting.

But if your business does not require walk-in customers, it is best to plan for a purely decorative lawn that serves only as an aesthetically eye-catching background for your signage.

Pay Attention to the Architecture

The architecture of the building can help to narrow down the landscaping choices. The style and contours of your building can go a long way towards helping to send the right message when in combination with your landscaping choices.

A wide entranceway with pillars calls for a sweeping lawn with well-kept bushes on the borders and a trailing vine on the pillars. Cacti and rock gardens would complement Bungalow-style red-brick buildings.

Matching the landscaping to your building’s architecture helps it stand out positively and combines to show it off in its best light. Mismatching lawns to the building can create a sense of discord in the viewer and make people too uncomfortable to approach the building.

Find ways to add attractive covered walkways from the parking lot to your building entrance. Provide a wide driveway into the building and clear signage directing people to the lobby or the parking lots. Heavy shrubbery can obscure important signage, so make sure that the plants are cut back in areas that need high visibility.

Walkways with rows of plants are delightful, but they must not go above shoulder height as this is a safety feature. Plants can also cause shadows, especially with a covered walkway, so provide adequate outdoor lighting.

Separate, covered walkways with proper lighting and clearly indicated parking lots can help prevent accidents that can leave a company liable for damages. Thus, it becomes important to clearly indicate the level to which you will allow clients to interact with your gardens. Thus, if someone does disobey the many clear signs, you or your business cannot be held responsible.

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Home Renovation Tips You Need to Know About Right Now

Renovating and updating your property is certainly something you need to plan for, and there are a lot of steps you can take that will help you with this. Make sure you take steps to help you improve your home renovation and revamp ideas, and use these ideas to take things further. There are a lot of factors you need to consider when you are trying to make your property better, and this is definitely something to focus on.

There are a lot of ideas you need to use to help you improve your property, and there are so many factors that you can use to help with this. Home improvements are a wonderful way of being able to take your property to the next level, and this is definitely going to help you make your home look better. These are a few of the best home renovation ideas you need to know about and implement this year. 

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Safety Should be a Key Focus

Safety should definitely be a focus when it comes to improving your home and making positive renovation changes. There is so much to think about when you’re trying to improve and upgrade a property, and this is something that you need to make the most of right now. Come up with ideas that will allow you to improve upon this, and there are a lot of things that you can do to enhance the safety of the home right now. Ensuring safety in a new home or a freshly renovated home is really important, and this is definitely something that you need to try to make the most of moving forward. 

Be More Cost-Effective 

Working on being more cost-effective in the home can have such a positive impact, and there are a lot of factors to think about here. For one thing, you need to look at how you can be more energy efficient, and there is a lot to keep in mind here, but you should also consider work that is going to enhance the efficiency and cost-effective nature of the home. For instance, if you head to https://www.insulatekansascity.com/crawl-space-insulation/ you’ll be able to check out the best ways of using insulation and your crawl space to make your home more cost-effective and efficient. 

Which Projects do You Need to Outsource?

Some projects you will be able to take care of yourself, but others are going to require you to outsource them to experts. And this is a really important step because the last thing you want to do is to pay for work you can do yourself. But, you also want to make sure you bring in experts for the important and difficult jobs that need to be done; this is essential for ensuring quality and preventing future problems. 

Knowing when to call the experts in can be tough but there are certain circumstances when you should never attempt jobs yourself. Anything dangerous, like working up on the roof or messing around with the electrics, for example, should always be handled by a qualified professional. You could easily injure yourself and if you make mistakes with the work, you will end up costing yourself a lot more money.

Think about how much time you can dedicate to jobs too. There may be some tasks that are incredibly time-consuming and when you are trying to balance the renovations with a full-time job, you need to be realistic. If you are planning a full swimming pool remodel, for example, there are a lot of jobs that need to be done. Any mistakes could be costly when water starts leaking all over the garden. So, in that case, it’s best to call in a professional remodelling company.

Identify the Most Important Issues First

Most home renovation projects will cover a few areas as you need to accommodate different parts of your house to bring everything together nicely. Even if you’ve never undergone a renovation project before, you expect it can take a long time, no matter how quickly the contractor quote seems. With this in mind, you should think about the most vital issues first and whether you can get these completed before anything else.

Depending on the nature of your renovation, you may need to spend some time away from your home to accelerate the process. Things like a roof replacement or upgrading the plumbing will be completed much quicker if the contractors don’t need to work around you and your family. Although it’s frustrating being displaced, it means you can enjoy your renovation much easier. If these are especially pressing issues, you’ll be able to get back to your home without much disruption and enjoy the fruits of your renovation sooner.

There is a lot that you need to think about when it comes to making the right decisions here, and this is something that plays a big part in improving your home. You have loads of different options to choose from when you want to make positive upgrades and changes to the property. These are some of the things you have to make sure you get right when you are looking to make home improvements as much as possible.

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3 Reasons You Should Visit the Salon Regularly

These days, it’s no surprise people take care of their appearance. Whether it’s heading to a tanning salon, getting their nails done or even going to the hairdressers. People want to look and feel good! One way to feel good is by heading to a local salon and being pampered. Plus, having regular salon visits will not only make you feel great, but it’ll also keep your hair happy and healthy too.

Let’s delve into some of the reasons why you should visit the salon regularly.

Salon visits keep your hair healthy

Heading to the best hair salons colorado springs has to offer on a regular basis is great for keeping your hair nice and healthy. A regular trim can get rid of any split ends and promote healthy hair growth. So, if you want to keep those luscious locks, you need a trim! You may think not, because of course, if you’re growing your hair why would you want to cut it, but it’s necessary. If you were to have split ends, those splits could travel up the hair and damage the hair, whilst making it knotty and frizzy. By maintaining your cut, the salon can remove any wispy ends and keep your hair healthy.

Salons use better products

It’s true, salons use better quality products than we would do at home. Not many of us think to invest in haircare products, but salons and hairdressers do. They use products tailored to our specific needs and requirements. Plus, with their years of experience, hairdressers will know the best ways to look after our hair, maintaining its health. There are even many salons that now use organic products which are safer for our hair and far less harsh. If you have curly hair, straight hair, or hair with vibrant colours, a professional will know how to treat it properly, maintaining a healthy shine. Usually at home, we may use generic products, but in a salon, the products used will combat the specific areas we want to target. From nourishing hair creams to growth serums, salons have it all. Heading to the salon also helps you discover new products that you can use at home to maintain your healthy hair between visits.

Coloured hair treatments

If you want to maintain a specific colour, a regular salon trip will do the trick. Not only will a salon be able to colour match the desired colour, but they will also be able to make the right chemical colours to create the formula you want. From colouring your whole head to topping up roots, a professional hairdresser will be able to colour your hair with no problems at all. Box dyes may seem like an affordable way to colour your hair, but in the long run, they’re more likely to damage your hair than help. Plus, you don’t exactly know the weight of dye in each kit which can be a nightmare when it comes to maintaining or recolouring your hair. Not to mention, the formulas of box dyes vary to the formulas used in a salon, so the chemicals in a box dye may react to other chemicals you’re using and create an undesired reaction. It’s often best just to use a trusted professional with colouring, especially if you’re trying to achieve a difficult colour like platinum blonde.

As a bonus reason, it’s actually a great way to relax. You can get pampered having a hot beverage or even something stronger if it has been a long week. You hairdresser will likely even give you a head massage too, helping you to unwind. If you need more advice when it comes to haircare, click here.

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The Best Flooring Options When You Have Kids Running Around

With kids, every day is a struggle. Sometimes, it is a good kind of struggle like when you watch them take their first steps or mumble their first word. Most of the time, especially with toddlers and young kids, you have to run after their muddy shoes, wiping and cleaning the floors as they run around the house. And then, of course, there’s the matter of safety, too. Kids are always bumping and falling. You want the floors to be the safest as they can be. If only there is a way to walk on foam, huh?

If you’re thinking about redoing your floors, there are a couple of things you must consider. The first one is you may want to live with your old floor now, especially if it’s a hardwood floor. Your kids are going to scratch the surface of the floor until they’re able to understand that they have to take care of such things, too. The second one is you can replace your floors now for a more kid-friendly option.

Floating Floors

Floating wood floors work well for temporary flooring. This means that the homeowners have plans of replacing these in the future such as when the kids are all grown up. Floating wood floors are made of many layers of hardwood meshed together. They offer excellent strength, durability, and practicality. These types of floors can withstand high humidity levels, so they won’t swell or expand.

The most common type of wood flooring that can float is engineered hardwood flooring. Plastic laminate, linoleum, and vinyl tiles are also good alternatives. Floating floors mean they are not fastened and glued to the subfloor concrete. This makes it easier for homeowners and contractors to remove or rearrange them in the future. This is a great option for families with young kids because there are no fumes that usually come from wood glue.

Wood Floors

Wood tends to be softer for falls and bumps compared to porcelain tiles, which feel almost like concrete. However, solid wood is susceptible to scuffs, scratches, dents, sunlight, and spills, so you may want to think twice before installing solid wood for your kids’ rooms. For high-traffic areas in your house, you can use engineered wood or vinyl. They are durable and look easy on the eyes.

Vinyl Floors

Perhaps, one of the safest choices for kids these days is vinyl flooring. It provides more traction because of its texture, which means that the kids will less likely slip on the floor. Vinyl tiles also emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause respiratory illnesses, headaches, and dizziness. However, some groups are advising against vinyl flooring because of its lead and phthalate risks. Young children should not be exposed to these risks.

Carpet Floors

If you want to ensure that your kids are not going to hit their heads on the hard surface flooring, you can opt for wall-to-wall carpeting. It’s soft under the feet and can absorb falls and prevent slips. Aside from providing the cushioning that your kids need, carpets are also a natural insulator that can keep the floor warm during cold winter months.

With carpet floors, you have to deal with the maintenance. You may want to choose a light color for your carpets so you can see any spills on them and clean them immediately. While carpets require a lot of maintenance, they may be the safest choice when you have kids in the house. At the very least, your kids’ bedrooms should be fitted with carpet. You can check out carpet tiles as these are the more affordable option than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Cork Flooring

If you want a soft floor but none of the hassles of maintaining carpets, you can go for cork flooring. It is soft beneath your feet and has antimicrobial properties that prevent the growth of mold. That makes it safe for kids with allergies. It is also safe against spills as cork doesn’t easily stain. This makes this material very easy to maintain.

However, although cork looks like hardwood, it is easy to damage and scratch. Toys, strollers, and other things can easily scratch its surface and rip the material. If this is going to be your flooring of choice, you have to be cautious of how your kids play around the house. Also, it might be a better option for crawling babies and not active toddlers.

You can rest easy if you know your house has kid-friendly materials, furniture, and devices. Your kids are not going to be this little forever. Enjoy their muddy shoes, cluttered playrooms, and toys strewn around the house because you’re going to miss these when they’re teens who only want to hang out with their friends.

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