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Beautiful Glass Subway Tile Installation-Don of all Trades

 

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Subway tiles are a popular choice of wall décor for modern kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, or any other indoor or outdoor space.  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed the look of this brand new kitchen by installing   glass subway tile back splash with spectacular results! Using subway tiles in your kitchen may add a traditional feel to a place, but their look certainly never gets old.

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Love the classic look of subway tile, but want to try something a bit different in your kitchen? Consider this glass subway tile product that our client’s chose in their kitchen project below.

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Product Description

Series – Bliss Elements 2×6 Mesh Mount Glass Subway Tile

Color – Mist

Size – 2×6 Glass Subway (12×12 Mesh Mount Mosaic)

Type – Glass Tile (Glossy)

No Minimum

Application – Walls

1 Sheet = 1 Square Foot

Have a question or need some assistance with your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or call us at 905-259-5249.

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6 Reason Why You Should Install Hardwood Flooring

Flooring upgrades including renovations are one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects you can do, notably when you upgrade to hardwood flooring.

Many Durham Region and Greater Toronto area homeowners have transformed their homes with hardwood flooring specifically because of its benefits.

Consider these 6 reasons to install hardwood floors in your home in the Durham Region area and then call Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services at (905)- 259-5249 to request a complimentary on-site estimate.

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Transformation

Hardwood flooring can transform your ordinary everyday space into a living space-a special room where you can truly enjoy spending your time in.

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Visual Appeal

Hardwood flooring provides an ageless look to any Durham Region home. Its is conveniently available in a multitude of styles and colours that you can easily customize your hardwood floor to compliment the existing features in your home.

 

Monticello Brand Solid Oak Flooring

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Longevity

With correct installation and maintenance, hardwood flooring will quite possibly last the life of your Durham Region home. Contact Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services for an occasional hardwood floor refinishing and enjoy your floor for many years to come.

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Value

Hardwood flooring is one of the most-cost-effective materials you can use to upgrade your home in Durham Region. Installing wood floors immediately adds value to your home and the low maintenance qualities of hardwood flooring saves you money year after year.

Monticello Brand Solid Oak Flooring

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Durability

Hardwood flooring is naturally strong and resilient, providing your Durham Region area home with a surface that is less vulnerable to scratches, dents and other imperfections.

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Manageable Maintenance

Choosing hardwood flooring makes keeping a polished, clean floor in your Durham Region home, simple. The low-maintenance qualities of hardwood flooring enables you to enjoy a beautiful floor with very little effort.

 Monticello Brand Solid Oak Flooring

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If you are interested in upgrading the look and value of your home in the Durham Region and Greater Toronto area, with hardwood flooring, contact Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services today at (905)- 259-5249 for more information and request a complimentary on-site estimate.

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Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope benefiting Herizon House

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

Senior Home Safety Check List

Home accidents are a major source of injuries and can even cause death. The elderly are especially vulnerable to serious injuries from home accidents. Older bones are often less dense, more brittle and break more easily. A simple fall can become a serious, disabling injury that limits independence.

The following Senior Home Safety Check List  will help you evaluate the safety of your home and habits. Go through your home and check off those items or behaviors that apply to you. If there are some items that you do not check, then your home is not as safe as it could be. By improving those items, you can make your home a safer and more comfortable place to live.

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Useful Senior Home Safety Check List  

 

Outdoors

  • Is there adequate lighting  at the entrances to your home?
  • Check to the conditions of  your outdoor stairs, pathways or decks having railings.
  • Are your front steps and walkways  in good repair and free of clutter, snow or leaves?
  • Do the doors ways of your balcony or  deck have a low sill or threshold?
  • Can you reach the mailbox easily and safely?
  • Is the number of your home clearly visible from the street and well-lit at night?

Tip:  If you live in a rural area where you do not have a visible house number, consider putting your name on your mailbox and keep at clear description of directions to your home next to each phone in your home.

 

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Indoors

  • Are all the rooms and hallways in your home well-lit?
  • Are all throw rugs and scatter mats secured in place to keep them from slipping?
  • Are your high traffic areas clear of clutter and obstacles (tops of stairs)?
  • If you use floor wax, do you use the non-skid kind?
  • Do you have a first aid kit and know where it is located in your home?
  • Do you have a list of emergency numbers next to all telephones in your home?

Tip: Have a seating structure installed at the entrance of your home in order to assist with the removal or putting on your shoes or boots.

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Stairways & Hallways

  • Are your stairs well-lit and do they have light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs?
  • Are your stairs in  free from clutter and in good repair?
  • Do the steps have a non-skid surface?
  • Are there solid handrails installed to provide added support on both sides of the stairway?

Tip: Always remember to take your time going up and down the stairs. Never Rush. To assist in the prevention of a misstep, a strip of contrast colour can be added on the edge of each step.

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Fire &  Hazardous Materials

  • Are there  smoke alarms on every floor of the home?
  • Do you test your smoke alarms every six months?
  • Have you developed an escape route and safety  plan in case of a fire?
  • Is there a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
  • Are all  flammable and hazardous materials properly stored and clearly labelled?
  • Are there safety certified power bars being to prevent overloading electrical outlets?
  • If you live in an older home, have you or an electrician inspected your wiring, fuse box, electrical cords and appliances for safety?

Tip: Remember to check your smoke detectors twice a year.

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Bathrooms

  • Do you test the water temperature before you get into the bathtub or shower?
  • Is your hot water temperature set to recommended temperature?
  • Do you have non-slip surface products in the tub or shower?
  • Do bath mats next to the tub or shower have rubberized backing or are they secured in place to keep them from slipping?
  • Do you have a night-light set up in the bathroom?
  • Does your bathroom door lock equip with an emergency release?
  • Do you have grab bars that have been properly placed and well anchored to the wall in the bath tub or shower installed?
  • If  you any trouble getting on and off the toilet, do you have a raised toilet seat and a grab bar that is well anchored installed?
  •  If it is difficult for you to take a shower standing up, have you considered a bath seat?

TipSome tile and bathroom  cleaning products actually increase the slipperiness of a  surfaces. Always keep  this in mind when using such products.   

 

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Kitchen

  • Are your pots and pans, canned goods and staple foods stored in an easy to reach location-between knee and shoulder heights?
  • Are heavy items stored properly in the lower cupboards and light items in the higher cupboards?
  • Do you have s stable step stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places?
  • Are the “off” and “on” positions on the  stove clearly marked?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, mounted on the wall away from the stove that is available to use in case of an emergency?
  • Do you do regular checks to make sure your fire extinguisher is in good working order?

Tips: Use heat-resistant oven mitts as they provide a better grip on hot containers and give better protection against splatter and spills.

 

 

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Bedrooms

  • Is there a light switch installed  near the entrance to your bedroom?
  • Do you keep night lights or other sources of light on in case you get up in the middle of the night?
  • Do you have a lamp or a light switch installed near your bed?
  • Is there a clear path from your bed to the bathroom?
  • Do you have a phone and a list of emergency phone numbers located next to  your bed?

Tip: Install short bed rails to assist yourself when getting in and out of bed.

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Garages, Basements & Workrooms

  • Is your workroom and laundry room equipped with enough lighting?
  • Do you have a telephone in the basement and a list of emergency numbers?
  • Do you keep floors and benches clean to reduce fire and tripping hazards?
  • Are all your tools and services equipment in good condition including the safety locks in the “on” position?
  • Is your work area well ventilated, summer and winter?
  • Are heavy items on lower shelves or in bottom cupboards?
  • Do you use a ladder or a stable stool (with a safety rail) for reaching high places?
  • Are all chemicals, such as bleach, cleaners and paint thinners, clearly identified?
  • Are flammable materials stored as indicated by the directions on the label away from sources of heat and flame?
  • If you have a gas barbecue, is your propane tank stored outside of the house?

 

 If you are a senior or have a senior parent looking for  assistance in the Durham Region, please call our office at

905-259-5249 to speak with a professional home improvement specialist.  

 

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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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