Your floor is one of the most noticeable things inside your home. If your floor looks good, your home will also look good. It is therefore very important to choose the kind of flooring materials carefully. Fortunately, there are many flooring materials that you can choose these days and many of these flooring materials are affordable, durable and easy to install.

Vinyl flooring for instance is one of the favorites of people who are on a budget. Vinyl flooring materials are very affordable and they come in different designs and colors without looking tacky or anything. In fact, a lot of homes that are using vinyl floor covering do not look in anyway tacky or cheap at all.

Buying the Right Vinyl Flooring

Buying flooring materials is not just like picking a few grocery items from the supermarket. If you really want your home to look good, you need to buy the right kind of vinyl flooring. When you go shopping for some flooring materials, pay close attention to the color and design of the flooring.

Make sure that the color of your floor does not contrast with the dominant colors inside your home. As much as possible, go for light colored flooring materials. Light colors will make your home look more spacious that it really is. Moreover, like colored flooring gives your home that sunny atmosphere.

Hire A Professional To Install Your Vinyl Flooring

Aside from being affordable, vinyl flooring is qucik to install and you won't spend a fortune having it professionally installed. Just buy one of those do-it-yourself flooring kits and study the installation manual carefully before you get to work. You should also check the tools and that you need to make sure that you know how to use them properly.

Is it possible for you to be able to install your floor like a pro even if you do have any proper training in installing floors? Yes, you can easily install your vinyl flooring even if you do not have experience or training in floor installation.

A lot of people around the country have successfully installed their own vinyl flooring all by themselves and most of these people never had any experience in floor installation before.

Of course there are always margins of errors here and you will probably make a few mistakes as you go along the process of installing your vinyl flooring but the good news is that if you work hard put in a few extra hours to make your work perfect, you will soon have beautiful floor in your home.

On January 24, 25 & 26th the Tampa Bay Home show took place at Tropicana Field drawing a record crowd. There were a variety of vendors that came form the various categories listed below.

Home improvements
Building products
Remodeling services
Decorating products & services
Air conditioning/heating
Pools and spas
Kitchen cabinets
Security Systems

Bathroom products
Outdoor furniture
Mortgages & financial services
Counter tops
Real estate
Health & beauty products
Household cleaning products
House wares
Travel promotions

Homeowners had an opportunity to learn about a range of things from blender recipes to boat maintenance. The home show is an opportunity for homeowners to get up close to home contractors and ask any questions they have in a laid back and friendly environment. It's great opportunity to meet a variety of vendors in one location especially fi you are looking to start a project in your home soon. The event is always free to attend and park. This event is presented by the Tampa Bay Times.

This years event featured shows related to gardening, home insurance, decorating and ways to save energy. Sometimes there are musical performances as well. The Home Show is an all ages event that last 3 days over the weekend. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next home show coming up July 18, 19, 20 of 2014.

Tropicana Home Show

Outside the Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Florida


Tropicana Home Show

St. Petersburg Time Forum


Tropicana Home Show

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Floor tiles, whether made of ceramic, porcelain, slate, granite, or marble are held in place by a material called thinset. Thinset is a cement-based building material containing a blend of additives which give it the ability to gently flex under strain. This strain or load can be caused by temperature changes, like the seasons or the weight of a person or object placed on top of the tile.

Sometimes the load can be too much for the thinset when  a heavy object is placed on the tile floor, like a piano.  It's possible to overload an individual tile on the floor. Once the bond between the tile and the thinset is broken, the tile can sheer away. The result is a loose tile held in place by grout surrounding its four sides.

Before installing any type of tile floor, the flooring contractor will survey the sub floor. The sub floor must be rigid enough to support its weight, the weight of the tile flooring, and the weight of the household.

The bond between the tile and the thinset can be strong enough to accept an overload once in a while, but the number of overloads is related to the quality of the thinset. The most expensive thinsets will fail if continually overloaded.

The most common reason for a tile to loosen from its thinset is incorrect installation. Careless flooring contractors tend to tile weak floors. Thinsets need to be mixed to manufacturer specification. If it's too wet or too dry, the thinset will not properly cure. The improper curing results in a weak floor.

Your dog may dig in the carpet for many different reasons. Homeowners will hate to see their beloved pets destroying their home or property. It is important to stop this at a very early age, if possible. But you can still break the behavior with older dogs.

One of the reasons your dog will start digging in your carpet is because he or she is bored. Another reason your dog may dig in your carpet is due to instinct. They may think they are hunting for food or digging in the soil for prey.  Dogs are natural scavengers. Your dog may also try to bury his food for a later time. It is important to make sure your dog has plenty of space and the area is clear when they are eating so that they do not feel threatened or the need to save food. Lastly, they may try to make a bed or nest for laying down. Some dogs like to circle the area where they are about to sleep and may also sniff and scratch the area as well. A special pillow, old comforter, or bedding material will give your dog an outlet for this behavior.

There are many reasons why you would not want your dog to dig in your carpet, and there are a number of tactics you can use to keep your dog from digging into your carpet. The most effective method to prevent any dog from digging in is to keep them interested, occupied, active, and playing. Walking and socializing your dog with other animals on a frequent basis can help a lot too. When you are able to play with your pet and run him or her, they may come home too tired to dig. Allowing your pet a healthy positive outlet for his natural behavior is the best option for a well behaved pup.


Blinds, shades, shutters, sheers and more. Then you have fabric options, colors, and functionality. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing window treatments for your home. To begin, it may be easiest to think of windows pertaining to a certain area of your house or room.


Bathrooms or rooms located near street or sidewalks with a lot of traffic need more privacy than rooms that face secluded or fenced in property. Wood blinds offer a great amount of privacy and light control. 

Light Control

Sometimes you want to keep a room lively with a lot of light or in the case of a nursery, you may want to have total darkness sometimes. Shades with a dark fabric provide maximum light control.  For maximum light, sheer fabrics will provide a nice filter for sunlight and create a nice ambiance. 

Energy Consumption

Certain window treatments are designed to be another layer of insulation on windows. This can help reduce energy costs in your home. Cellular shades can trap in warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. Insulating Roman panel shades can be an alternative for this who prefer fabric.

Room Size

If you have a smaller room, you can create the illusion of a larger space by using an above-the-casement mount for your window treatment. 



Some window treatments can be a hazard to pets or small children. These generally only include long draperies or free dangling cords. Cordless shades are a stylish alternative for households with children. Vertical blinds also provide another option for homeowners as well.

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Euro Flooring and Design Center, Inc.
4424 US Highway 19 N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
Phone: 727-545-9900

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