Tips On Sealing Natural Slate Tile Flooring

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I have included some information for my readers who are planning on sealing their Natural Stone Flooring. These photos are  the end result of a project I completed recently.  I am very pleased at the outcome. These floors look FANTASTIC!

Buy a penetrating sealer specifically designed for natural stones with silicon content. This type of sealer penetrates the stones’ pores for firm adhesion and closes the pores with its silicon formulation. If the tile grout is unsealed, it will be practical to purchase a 2-in-1 sealer that seals both the tiles and the grout.

You may choose either the spray-on or the brush-on type. The brush-on type can be applied with paint or roller brush. This type of sealant is cheaper as compared to the spray-on type. The latter, however, provides convenience in application, since you only have to spray it on the tiles’ surface.

Slate typically comes from Brazil, Vermont, China and India. The Brazilian and Vermont slates tend to have a low absorption rate, while Indian and Chinese have variable absorption rates. The softer slates need more attention with sealants before and after installation than do the harder slate tiles. Slate is a metamorphic rock, starting as a sedimentary rock and with pressure and temperature over time became slate. Because it has some porosity, you may want to seal it to keep it from staining.

The preparation needed before sealing your slate floor tiles is to clean all slate surfaces, and let them dry thoroughly before applying one coat of the penetrating tile sealer. There are surface, or topical, sealers, but the penetrating sealer gives your stone tile better protection, and looks better longer. Apply the sealer in a thin coat, following the grain of the slate and let it dry for at least two hours and reapply (your specific product will tell you how long between coats to let it dry).

After you have applied your coat of penetrating slate tile sealant, let cure for at least 24 hours before walking on the floor. The longer you can let it cure before walking on it, the better protection you will have, and the longer the finish will last.

Maintaining your slate floor is easy. Just clean it with mild soap and water, and dry mop or vacuum in between washings. If you are accustomed to waxing floors, you are in for a treat because wax isn’t necessary on slate. Wax won’t hurt the slate, but will obscure it’s natural beauty, turn the tiles a darker shade, and may yellow the grout; all good reasons to not wax your floor.

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Front Porch Post Replacement

 

 

 

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 I was hired recently to replace a damaged front porch post. This is another one of those instances where  you really don’t know how much damage is actually evident until I had completely dismantled it. As you will see, there was quite a bit of damage to the original post due to  moisture  and carpenter ants. Once the new post was in, I then gave the railings a nice coat of paint to give the a nice clean finished look.

 

 

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This is the original damaged post I removed. I know it’s a little difficult to see in this photo but have a closer look at the damage on the top end of the post. Basically it crumbled instantly. Good thing my client decided to get the work done. If left unchecked, this post would have surely failed in supporting the roof.

 

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The damage as shown in this photo, has been caused by the post being installed  directly on a concrete surface resulting in moisture being transferred from the concrete into the wooden post.  There was no moisture barrier  put in place to prevent this damage from occurring. When ever building,  wood should never come into contact with concrete without a moisture barrier put into place.  Not only was the post damaged my moisture, also a colony of carpenter ants decided to make a comfy home inside this post.

 

 

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I put in place a jack post to temporarily   support the structure while I installed a new post.

 

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The end result as you can see in this photo, is that I used an 8 ft. primed colonial porch post having a load bearing limit of 5,800 (lbs.) . The post also has a moisture barrier seal on the bottom. I also installed a quick mount elevated bracket. this bracket provides a ventilating moisture barrier between post and ground. By doing these two steps we will prevent water damage, increasing life of post by years.

Now don’t get me wrong, anything that you build doesn’t last forever. This just extents the life of the product.

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Canada!

 

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On July 1st, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. It’s a national holiday to commemorate Canada’s Birthday and  is  a statutory holiday. Canada Day represents the British North America Act, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada that was originally called Dominion Day. This holiday was renamed in 1982.

To some, Canada is well-known for its Inventors, Oil, Hockey, Healthcare and Bitterly Cold Winters. As a Canadian myself, I am happy for our Tim Horton’s, Beaver Tails, Toque and  even our accents eh? Canada is a beautiful country and I am Proud to be Canadian!

Happy Birthday Canada! We Love You Canada along with your Beauty and Glory!

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Don of All Trades installs Low-Flow Irrigation systems for your home or business. As more communities face water shortages, many people are noticing how simple and practical these low-flow irrigation systems can be. Once these systems are installed they not only conserve water, they save a lot of work. Tired of spending your time winding and unwinding hoses, attaching and moving sprinklers, and so on? Also known as micro-irrigation and low-flow watering systems these use much less later than conventional methods. They distribute water close to individual plants, so water goes only where it’s needed. There’s so many attachments to choose from to make this system work for you. Imagine enjoying your BBQ steak dinner outdoors while you’re watering your gardens at the same time! And YES we install them! Please visit http://www.donofalltrades.ca for more information on our services or call to book your complimentary assessment at 905-259-5249.

 

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New Look For An Old Porch By: Don Of All Trades

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We are very pleased at the end result of giving this old porch an new look. With a little hard work, patience, concrete and skill anyone can have this cleaned and finished look!

 

 

Front Porch Before

This home owner had upgraded this front porch years before over the existing concrete porch with cedar wood.  Every year the spindles, handrails, base, pillars and steps had to be re-stained as part of their maintenance.  Well we decided to get rid of it and to our surprise we had an opportunity to work with the original steps and base since they were in good enough condition.

Original Concrete Base

Condition of the porch base, steps and pillars after all the cedar was removed.

New  Formed Steps

A new wider step was formed from concrete to give a more even look to the form of the steps and the porch.

Brick Pillars

These pillars were in very good condition considering the age of this  75 year old home.

Resurfacing Pillars

Concrete was incorporated to the pillars which defined the accents on them. This gives off a new, fresh clean look  and more character to the entire porch.

Concrete Resurfaced Pillars

Finished Product. Front porch is more inviting, has more curb appeal and value to this home.

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