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Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Three Things That Will Help Protect You And Your New Limestone Floors

by Kelly Simmons

If you're about to install limestone floors in your home, you're likely looking forward to the sleek, cool look that the floors can lend to a house. The stone does not look like generic tile, yet it looks very modern. However, limestone is soft and can be damaged easily if you don't take care of it properly. In addition to using a limestone-specific cleaner, these three items and actions will help you keep the floors looking great and your feet feeling comfortable.

Sealant

Limestone is porous, so anything that spills on it is going to soak into it, and that can leave stains. That might not sound so bad if you spill water, but if you spill grape juice, for example, you're going to ruin the look of the floor pretty quickly. All limestone floors in the house should be sealed. This will likely be an extra step you have to take care of after getting the floors installed; you're unlikely to find pre-sealed limestone tiles (and even if you do, you'll still need to seal the seams between the tiles).

Sealing the tile properly should keep the stains away. But be aware that if you drop anything on the floor, walk on it heavily in cleats (so watch those ice-stabilizers and soccer shoes), or do anything else that could possibly chip the floor, you risk breaking that sealant layer, which would allow stains to get in.

Heat Mats

Limestone looks cool -- and it can feel very cold on a winter morning. You may want to consider installing a heat mat on the floor before you add the top limestone layer. This mat will act like radiant underfloor heating in the are where you have the limestone. Be sure to check with the limestone company first about heat-mat models that will work well with the stone. Some models may not be appropriate for the stone or for the area in which you plan to install the flooring.

Eagle Eyes

If you plan to have more work done on your home that will require workers to walk over and place things on the limestone, keep protective mats on hand and watch the workers carefully. You don't want to risk a careless worker removing the protective mat and using the stone floor as a cutting surface (most workers won't do that, but do you really want to risk getting the one worker who does?). Keeping a close eye on how people in the home treat the floor will let you stop problems before they become huge.

If you have other questions about limestone floor care, heat-mat selection, or other issues, talk to flooring companies that have limestone as an option. You'll get a good idea of best care practices once you start asking around. Contact a business, such as Small's Sand Gravel Inc, for more information. 

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