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    Announcing the Power BI Desktop November Update | Microsoft … - May 26, 2019 by admin

    Were releasing today a new Power BI Desktop update, which is loaded with tons of new features. Precisely, 26 new features have been added or improved in this release. Some of these features have been requested by many of you so we expect you will really enjoy this update.

    This months update includes lots of new features, spread across all areas of the product ranging from 6 new data connectors to 15 new report authoring capabilities, as well as new data modeling and data preparation features.

    Heres a summary of all new features in this release:

    Report Authoring

    Data Modeling

    Data Connectivity

    Data Transformations

    Other Improvements

    You can watch the following video or continue reading below for more details about each feature.

    With this update, were making significant improvements to the Report Authoring capabilities in Power BI Desktop. Were bringing 15 new and improved features to this release:

    Play Axis for Scatter Chart

    One popular feature of Scatter Charts in Excel Power View is the ability to define a Play Axis based on a series dimension (date, numbers, etc.). This feature was missing in Power BI Desktop, but it has been added in this release.

    When creating a Scatter Chart, users can now also add a field to the Play Axis section. This will create a Play Axis below the Scatter Chart visualization, which users can interact with to play/pause the animation.

    See Play Axis for Scatter Chart in action in the following video.

    Horizontal Slicers

    In this update, we have added support for controlling the orientation of Slicer items so users can switch between vertical (previous behavior) and horizontal. This option can be found in the Formatting pane for Slicer visualizations, under the General section.

    See Horizontal Slicers in action in the following video.

    Slicer Selection Behaviors (single vs. multi-select)

    Another improvement for Slicer visuals this month is the ability to control the selection behaviors: having a Select All option or not, and multi-select vs. single-select behavior.

    These options are available in the Formatting pane for Slicer visualizations, under the Selection Controls section.

    See Slicer Selection Behaviors in action in the following video.

    Control Z-order

    With this update, were making it easier to control the Z-order of items within the Report canvas. Users can now leverage the Arrange options in the Home tab in the ribbon to send items to front/back or forwards/backwards.

    See Z-Order Control in action in the following video.

    Background Colors for Slides

    We have added an option to customize the background color of Report pages. This option is available in the Formatting pane when the page is selected (i.e. no other visual is selected). You can achieve this by clicking on an empty area on the page.

    See Background Colors for Slides in action in the following video.

    Interactions between Visuals Subview (tile by)

    With Power BI Desktop, users can easily combine multiple visualization elements in a single page. Once there are multiple elements in a page, the default behavior is such that selecting elements in a given visualization will cross-filter or cross-highlight the related data in other visualizations within the same page.

    For example, in the following screenshot, selecting 1984 in the top-left column chart will result in the scatter chart and tree map being filtered to only show data for that year.

    With the November update, were introducing a new feature called Visual Interactions (also known as Brushing and Linking) that allows users to customize this behavior. With this feature, during report authoring, you can edit the visual interactivity option from the ribbon, select each visual that would act as the source of brushing and set the interactivity level in each of the consuming visuals in the same page without any layout restriction.

    This option is available in the Home tab in the ribbon, under Visual Interactions -> Edit.

    You can see this feature in action in the following video.

    Duplicate Pages

    One commonly requested feature by many of you is being able to duplicate pages in your reports. This would save you time when building multiple pages with the same layout, so you can use a page as a template that then you could customize.

    In this update, were adding Duplicate Page as an option in the contextual menu for a page tab at the bottom of the report view.

    See Duplicate Page in action in the following video.

    Support for Images and KPIs in Tables, Matrices and Cards

    We have enabled support for Images and KPI elements within the following visuals: Tables, Matrix and Card.

    In order to use KPI elements, you can consume them from a data source that supports KPIs, such as Analysis Services or Excel PowerPivot models.

    Images can be enabled in your reports by categorizing a text column containing URLs to image files as Image URL. To do this, select the field in the Fields pane and assign the Image URL category in the Data Tools Modeling tab in the ribbon.

    Once a field has been categorized as an Image URL, users can view the images in Tables. Matrices and Cards.

    See these features in action in the following video.

    Better Tooltips on Area Charts & Line Charts

    We have made improvements to the logic to display tooltips in area charts & line charts data points, so that the displayed tooltips dont overlap with the actual data points.

    Ability to change Text size in Cards & Tables/Matrix

    It is now possible to customize the size of text in Cards and Tables/Matrix visuals. This can be achieved via the Formatting pane, under Data Label

    Improved tooltips and labels in Field Well and Formatting panes

    In this update we have added tooltips to better describe the functionality in Field Well and Formatting Panes elements.

    Ability to see Categories with no data

    Visualizations will now display categories with no data. For instance, column charts will display all categories in the X-axis, even those where the Y-axis value is 0 (i.e. due to a filter condition, etc.).

    Improved Default Sort behaviors for visuals

    We have improved the default sorting behavior for items within a visual. For instance, when displaying a column chart, we will default to sort ascending by the value in the categorical axis, or when sorting by the measure being displayed, we will default to descending sort.

    Ability to control Axis Scale display units

    It is now possible to customize the display unit in the Axis values. This option can be accessed from the Y-axis section in the Formatting pane.

    Visuals Refresh Optimizations for basic modeling operations

    In this update we have made several optimizations so that many basic modeling operations do not require refreshing all your report visuals. Applying these modeling operations (such Show/Hide Fields, All Formatting, Default Summarization, Default Categorization) will result in only the affected visuals being refreshed, rather than all visuals as it was the case in previous releases.

    Basic Automatic Date Features.

    This month were adding a first set of automatic date capabilities to the product. This first wave of automatic date features consists on automatic detection of Date columns in a visual and enablement of Drill Down/Up behaviors.

    When dragging a DateTime field to the Field Well, it will get automatically expanded to the entire Date hierarchy (Years, Quarters, Months, Days). The associated charts will also get Drill Down/Up icons that can be used to navigate through the data in different levels of aggregation (by year, by quarter, etc.).

    You can see this feature in action in the following video.

    Were adding several new Data Connectors to Power BI Desktop with this months update. A total of 6 new data connectors, with many of them being highly demanded in our Feature Suggestions forum over the past few months.

    SSAS Multidimensional Exploration/Live mode support

    This month were enabling a Preview of the Exploration/Live mode for SQL Server Analysis Services multidimensional models. This is one of the most commonly requested features by many of you and were glad to announce its availability.

    In order to try out this feature, you will need to enable it in the list of Preview features. This list can be found under File -> Options -> Global -> Preview Features.

    Once this Preview feature has been enabled, users can simply select SQL Server Analysis Services in the Get Data dialog (under Databases category). When connecting to SQL Server Analysis Services, users can select Exploration/Live mode. This option has been available since July for Tabular models, but was not supported for Multidimensional models until now.

    After providing connection details, users get connected to the SQL Server Analysis Services instance and are able to browse to the desired cube.

    Once they select a cube and click Load, they will be taken into the Report view without having to wait for data to load. At this point, they can drag & drop fields into the Report canvas to author new visualizations. These visualizations will run queries directly against the remote server in order to display the desired information by the user.

    In order to use this feature, you need to have SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU4 or above version of Analysis Services. You can consume Default Members, Dimension Attributes, Dimension Calculated Members, Dimension Attribute types, Measures (with or without Measure groups), Measures as Variant, KPIs, Image URLs and Dimension security.

    The feature does not currently have support for hierarchies, display folders, KPI trends, translations and non-aggregatable attributes. Also with this build you cannot publish the report connecting to MD models to the Power BI service. They will be added in subsequent updates before general availability.

    You can see this feature in action in the following video.

    SAP Hana

    SAP HANA is a key Enterprise BI data source and Power BI connectivity is a sought after feature from Enterprise customers to unlock the insights and get 360-degree overview.

    This connector allows users with SAP HANA information models (Analytic Views and Calculation Views) to bring their data into Power BI Desktop. In order to use this feature, users need to install the SAP HANA ODBC driver first on their client machines. The SAP ODBC driver can be downloaded from the SAP support site. If you dont have access to SAP Marketplace, check with your IT department to get the necessary SAP HANA ODBC driver.

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    How to Install Laminate Flooring – The Spruce - May 26, 2019 by admin

    Installing laminate flooringis quite easy, and after you've done it once you will wonder why anyone ever pays professional installers to do this.

    Unlike porcelain or ceramic tile, plastic laminate flooring is a "dry" installationno grout, no mortar, no adhesives to set up and dry. Laminate planks do not require any special tools or saws for cuttingordinary saws work just fine.Unlike solid hardwood flooringthat needs to be nailed down, laminatesnaps togetherit is a"floating" floor that isn't even unattached to the subflooror underlayment. Laminate installation is much like putting together a large puzzle.

    There is no reason why you can't floor an entire room in one day.

    For proper installation, your base floor needs to be flat, clean, and ready to accept the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring can usually be installed successfully right over old floor coverings, such as sheet vinyl, provided the surface is flat and smooth. A simple underlayment of foam sheeting is usually sufficient as a base for laminate planks. If the floor surface has damage or unevenness, though, you may need to remove it and lay down a rigid underlayment of thin plywoodbefore laying the foam sheets and installing the laminate flooring.

    Before beginning installation, remove all baseboards and trim around the perimeter of the room, as well as any heating resisters or air return duct covers mounted in the floor.

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    Flooring Installation | AZ Flooring Solutions - April 27, 2019 by admin

    Whether you want to lay ceramic floor tile in your kitchen, install hardwood floor in your living room or make tile repairs in your bathroom, "Az Flooring Solutions LLC"can help solve all your home improvement headaches after just one call.

    Our professional installers handle carpeting, hardwood flooring, laminates, ceramic, porcelain tile, and even vinyl flooring. We have the experience and the specialized equipment to give you a professional finish, every time.

    We provide a full installation service, from the floor preparation, to the undercutting,all the way to the finished article.

    We provide the following detailed services:

    Hardwood Flooring

    Marble Flooring

    Laminate Flooring

    Vinyl Flooring

    Ceramic Tile Flooring

    Bamboo Flooring

    Cork Flooring

    The following standard features are included in our installation service:

    Removal and replacement of furniture.

    Securing of all existing floorboards, if required, to ensure that your new floor is laid onto a solid cure, even, crack-free surface.

    Planning of doors and the trimming of door frames, if required.

    The removal and disposal of all the packaging which comes with your new floor.

    If youre looking to make your flooring more attractive in your home, business or commercial space, weve got it handled.

    Whether you need flooring installation or repair, we will get the job done for you, efficiently and at a reasonable cost. We have a wide variety of Tile, Wood, and Carpet to fit whatever your style or need may be. Please call us at (480) 306-4924 to find out more.

    Whatever material you choose, we have people you can trust.

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    How to Install Snap-Together Laminate Flooring | HGTV - April 27, 2019 by admin

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    1. Thoroughly clean the subfloor so that there is no debris on the floor and that it is flat and smooth.

    2. Directly onto the subfloor, lay down a layer of plastic sheeting to create a moisture barrier. Tape the sheeting 2 inches above the floor using painters blue masking tape. If needed, use duct tape to overlap the edges of the plastic sheeting. Overlap the plastic sheeting by 6 inches.

    3. Use small sections of planks as spacers to hold the flooring away from the wall about one quarter inch. The spacers help allow for expansion around the perimeter of the floor. Place the first row snug against the spacers. Trim the last row to length to fit so that it ends a quarter-inch from the wall.

    4. Use the short trimmed section of the previous row to start the next row. This will ensure the joints between planks in a row are staggered from the joints in adjoining rows.

    The laminated flooring in this project has a soundproof backing and textured cherry wood finish. It snaps together by lining up the planks at an angle and then flattening out the row being installed.

    To save the edges of the flooring boards, use a piece of scrap wood to tap adjoining rows together. This will prevent damage to the tongue or groove with the hammer.

    5. When installing the next plank in the row, lift the plank at an angle to allow it to set/lock in place and tap the plank against the previous plank in the row with a hammer and tapping tool. Continue across the room until reaching the far side. Rip planks lengthwise to fit in the last row and install transition strips between the flooring and other floor types at the doorways.

    6. Remove the spacers around the border and install baseboards and quarter round covering the plastic moisture barrier on the wall and the gap between the wall and the flooring. Set nail heads slightly below the surface of the molding and fill with wood putty. Use touch up paint to cover the wood putty.

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    How to Install Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring | The Family Handyman - April 27, 2019 by admin

    Great results with nominal effortTough, thin and flexible flooring material.

    Luxury vinyl flooring is so thin and flexible you can almost tie it in a knot, but its also durable enough to last for years.

    Ive installed just about every type of flooring the world has ever known. So when my wife chose luxury vinyl planks (LVP) for the new dining room floor, my first thought was: Why couldnt she pick something I already know how to do? Now Ill have to muddle through installing floating vinyl plank flooring an unfamiliar product, hoping to avoid costly mistakes along the way.

    But it turns out that there was nothing to worry about floating vinyl plank flooring. I was able to install 150 sq. ft. in less than a day without any problems. Installing vinyl plank flooring was was fast and easy compared with the other floors Ive installed. And the next time we need new flooring, my vote will be for luxury vinyl. This article will walk you through the installing vinyl plank flooring process I followed and show you some key tips along the way when learning how to install vinyl flooring.

    LVP is thinner than ceramic tile, wood and other types of flooring and doesnt require an underlayment, so its possible to go over existing flooring without raising the floor much (see Watch Your Floor Height below). Floating vinyl flooring does need to be installed on a smooth surface, so dont lay it on tile, and most manufacturers do not recommend LVP over other floating floor systems. These particular planks are about 5/32 in. thick.

    LVP flooring is not damaged by water. Some manufacturers actually refer to their products as waterproof rather than just water resistant. I was skeptical, so I cut off a chunk and stuck it in a pail of water overnightit was completely unaffected.

    LVP flooring feels softer underfoot than most other flooring. And because LVP flooring is pliable, its a lot easier installing vinyl plank flooring in tight quarters than rigid planks. Other floating floors need cushy underlayment to prevent noise, but LVP flooring doesnt because its flexibility makes it inherently quiet.

    The real beauty of installing vinyl plank flooring is that its super easy to cut. All you have to do is score it with a utility knife and snap it off. You can make curved cuts with a pair of aviation snips. You wont have noisy saws, caustic sawdust to inhale or a need to run back and forth to your cut station as youre installing vinyl plank flooring. It really is a dream to work with.

    Install vinyl plank flooring can be done using only basic hand tools and a few inexpensive specialty tools.

    LV flooring is similar to sheet vinyl, but its thicker, tougher and easier to install. It comes in tiles and planks, but this article covers planks only. I used a product called Adura LockSolid. Its a floating floor which means it isnt fastened to the subfloorit just lies there. Luxury vinyl is the fastest growing category in the flooring industry.

    LVP starts at about a couple of dollars per sq. ft., similar in price to medium-grade laminate. Its available at flooring stores and home centers.

    Grind down any humps, lumps or bulges in the subfloor when installing vinyl plank flooring. Use the coarsest sanding belt you can find, such as 40- or 60-grit.

    Fill the low spots with floor patch, and feather it out with a trowel. Dont worry about the screw heads as youre installing vinyl plank flooring.

    Installing vinyl plank flooring ca be done over most surfaces as long as those surfaces are smooth. Rough and uneven spots will telegraph through the new flooring, causing noticeable high spots that will wear faster than the rest of the floor. Concrete subfloors must be at least six weeks old, dry and free of powder and flaking. Large cracks and expansion joints should be filled and troweled smooth. Home centers sell mixable and premixed products that work on most surfaces.

    Find the high and low spots on wood subfloors with a straightedge. The floor height should not rise or drop more than 1/8 in. over the span of 4 ft. Sand down the high spots with a belt sander equipped with a coarse-grit belt (Photo1). This is a dusty job, so turn off your furnace to avoid spreading dust all over the house, and wear a dust mask. Fill the low spots in the plywood with floor patch (Photo 2).

    Avoid self-leveling floor patch. The floor doesnt have to be level; it just has to be smooth. Some older houses would require a cement truck full of self-leveling floor patch to do the job. Check your installation manual about any other subfloor specifics.

    If you lay the planks parallel to the longest wall as youre installing vinyl plank flooring, youll end up making fewer cuts. But dont start that first row with full planks without figuring out how wide your last row is going to be. Neither the first nor the last row should be ripped down much smaller than half a plank.

    Measure the width of the room, and divide it by the width of the exposed portion of the plank before you start installing vinyl plank flooring. For example, if your room measures 123 in., and your flooring is 5.75 in. wide, youd divide 123 by 5.75, which is 21.39. That is, it would take 21.39 planks to complete the floor. Because this .39 represents less than half the width of a plank, you would want to cut down the first plank by an inch or so to increase the size of the last plank.

    Trim jambs and casing so you can slide the flooring underneath. An oscillating multi-tool works great. Use a small scrap of flooring as a guide.

    Cut down the doorjambs and casing so the flooring can slide under them (Photo 3). I used an oscillating multi-tool to cut down my jambs and casing, but a small pull saw would work too. Grab a scrap plank of flooring and use it as a guide to get the proper height. I only cut the casing and the doorjamba shoe molding will eventually be installed to hide the gap between the flooring and the base trim.

    Insert shims to create gaps. These gaps allow the flooring to expand freely with temperature changes.

    To allow for the expansion and contraction of both the flooring and the house itself, youll need to leave about a 1/4-in. to 3/8-in. gap between the flooring and the walls. After you install the first row (see Start and End With a Half Plank or More above), insert shims to maintain this gap (Photo 4).

    Keep in mind that extremely heavy items like fully loaded bookshelves or pool tables will pin the flooring down. One heavy item per room is usually not a problem, but one at each end of the room may cause the flooring to buckle between them.

    Join a plank into the end of the previous plank first, and then work your way down the side of the plank, snapping it into the previous course as you go.

    The planks in the first row are snapped together end to end. Slide the tongue of the first plank on the second row into the groove of the first row at a low angle and lay it on the floor. The second and subsequent planks in each row are installed by locking the ends together, and then you work your way down the plank, pushing the tongue into the groove as you go (Photo 5).

    This is where the flexibility of LVP flooring really shines. It helps to be able to twist and bend each plank into place. Ive worked with several different laminate products that were supposed to install the same way (plank by plank), but I was forced to snap together a whole row end-to-end and try to finagle it all in at once, which was a slow process.

    New flooring raises or lowers the final height of the floor, which can create unexpected problems. Here are some things to keep in mind:

    JambsIf youre pulling out flooring that is thicker than your new stuff, youll end up with gaps under the doorjambs. To prevent that, you could cover the subfloor with a layer of 1/4-in. underlayment to raise the height of the entire floor.

    DishwasherIn most cases, theres enough space above the dishwasher so that you can raise the floor level a little and still reinstall the dishwasher. But check the gap between the top of the dishwasher and the countertop first just to be sure.

    StairsBe careful when changing flooring that butts up to a flight of stairs. Building codes allow no more than a 3/8-in. difference between the heights of the lowest and tallest stair risers. Changing the floor height at the top or bottom of stairs will alter riser heights and could create a trip hazard.

    Existing sheet vinyl and carpetIf your kitchen floor is sheet vinyl and the dining room is carpet, dont forget that the sheet vinyl will have 1/4-in. underlayment beneath it, but the carpet wont. If you want to install LV flooring in both, youll have to remove the underlayment in the kitchen or add some to the dining room.

    On my floor, the partial plank left over from the first row worked as a starter for the second row, and the plank left over from the second row worked as a starter for the third row, and so on. Stagger the seams at least 6 in., and dont start or end any row with a plank less than 6 in. wide as youre installing vinyl plank flooring. Open several boxes at once and mix them up to ensure a varied pattern. I set a bunch of planks in the area where I was working to reduce the number of trips needed to get more material.

    Hook the pull bar onto the end of the piece, and tap stubborn seams closed.

    Cover the expansion gap between the flooring and the base trim. Dont nail into the flooringthat will prevent the floor from expanding freely.

    When a plank is installed properly, the seams should be smooth to the touch and almost invisible. Every now and again, individual planks need a little convincing with a tapping block to seat properly. To avoid marring the edge of the plank, lock in a scrap chunk of flooring, and rest the tapping block up against the scrap.

    If youre having trouble closing the last butt seam in a row, use the pull bar from your installation kit to pull it tight (Photo 6). Make sure you have a shim against the wall on the opposite side of that row or you could end up pulling the whole row tight up against the wall, losing your expansion gap in the process.

    Land the seam in the door openingIts easier to work away from door openings than into them, but sometimes thats not an option. When working parallel to a door, make sure the seam on the row that intersects the jamb lands inside the door opening. Mark and cut the first plank, then tap it into place using a scrap of flooring and a tapping block.

    Bend the second plank into placeMark and cut the second plank to fit, and then slide it under the jamb. Bend it up in the middle so you can lock it into place. This is another situation where the flexibility of this product comes in handy. The larger this second plank is, the easier it is to work with.

    Tap the first plank under the jamb Sometimes youll have to cut around jambs while laying the planks perpendicular to a door opening. This is easy if the door opening falls on the same side as you started your rows. Simply mark and cut the first plank to size and tap it under the jamb with a tapping block.

    Tap the end plank in sideways Its trickier to work around a jamb when the door opening is located at the end of the rows. One solution is to mark and cut the end plank to size, and tap it in along the end groove of the previous plank. You may not be able to lock it into place without removing the bottom lip on the plank youre snapping it into. If you remove more than 6 in. of the lip, use seam sealer to glue the planks together. Buy a bottle of seam sealer for about ten dollars from your flooring supplier.

    Once your flooring is down, install shoe molding to cover the expansion gap between the flooring and the base trim (Photo 7). Shoot 1-1/4-in. finish nails through the shoe and into the base trim. Be careful not to pin the flooring down in the process. Finish the molding to match the trim, not the flooring.

    Have the necessary tools for this installing vinyl plank flooring DIY project lined up before you startyoull save time and frustration.

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    Hardwood Floors Installation and Refinishing Fairfax Falls … - April 17, 2019 by admin

    M&M Floors, Inc. is a family owned and operated business incorporated in 1973. We have a complete showroom located in Merrifield, Virginia. M&M Floors, Inc. has been Northern Virginia's leader in high quality flooring service for over 40 years. Our quality and standards are the best in the industry. We are committed to doing things right and we stand behind our work. If you want a superior, professional job, we are the ones to call!We are licensed, insured and bonded, and have been a Class A Contractor since 1979. All of our crews are our own employees, not subcontractors. Most of our skilled mechanics have over 15 years experience. Our courteous staff is always available and ready to serve you. We provide experienced service to the Northern Virginia area including Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Prince William County.

    Call or email us today for a FREE estimate with one of our expert estimators. Each of our knowledgeable estimators have been doing floors for over 40 years and can help you decide what would be best for you and your flooring needs.

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    Toronto Flooring Store, Refinishing Hardwood, Wood … - January 10, 2019 by admin

    Alliance Floor Source is a family owned flooring company that has been proudly serving both residential and commercial customers in the Greater Toronto Area over the past 35 years.

    We offer a wide array of flooring options, including hardwood, laminate, cork, luxury vinyl tile or plank, carpet (broadloom) and carpet tile as well as area rugs.

    Located at the north end of Toronto, we are one of the more pre-eminent flooring companies in the Greater Toronto Area. Our main focus is to cater to our customers' every need when purchasing flooring along with appropriate installation if required and provide them with the highest quality customer service that can be expected.

    Alliance Floor Source is a premium flooring company serving the Greater Toronto Area. Our aim is to create beautiful interiors by offering the best flooring options to both residential and commercial clients. All our flooring products are not just extremely beautiful, but also durable enough to handle the real challenges of everyday life and still look great after years of use.

    Our experience of more than three decades has made us a leader in the flooring industry. With a wide range of excellent products and qualified staff, we have built a reputation for delivering the finest customized flooring project. From urban to rustic and contemporary to vintage, hardwood flooring has long been a hallmark of sophisticated taste and style. However, nowadays, premium vinyl flooring is also getting popular to add richness and texture of more expensive natural materials, such as hardwood, ceramic tile, and stone, without stretching your budget.

    When it comes to adding warmth and personality to a room, nothing does it better than a hardwood floor. No doubt, the natural charm, and durability of wood flooring are unmatched, but we also offer various other exciting flooring options. With us, you get unlimited flooring choices, such as hardwood, laminate, cork, luxury vinyl tile or plank, area rugs, carpet broadloom, and carpet tile.

    Flooring is an investment a big one. It not only sets the tone for your entire house but also endures all the traffic. We understand the varied needs of all our valued clients and make sure to create floors worthy of their home and family. We strive to provide you flooring to match your style and needs. We have complete knowledge about various flooring products, as well as, their installation and cleaning process that can add years to the life of your floors, saving you money and time down the road. As such, our highest quality products are capable to stand the test of time and our experienced staff ensures a professional installation.

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    Calculate the Cost to Install Hardwood Flooring … - December 29, 2018 by admin

    In our guide to solid hardwood flooring prices, we give you an overview of hardwood flooring costs, from sourcing and buying the actual flooring to installation.

    Weve had a few emails recently asking for more in-depth analysis of the exact cost to install hardwood floors so in this Home Flooring Pros guide we will drill down and focus exclusively on hardwood floor installation cost and how you can calculate a reliable estimate for your own project before you start getting quotes from local contractors.

    To be clear, our focus here is exclusively solid hardwood installation, for more info on engineered wood floor installation prices please visit this price guide.

    The standard hardwood floor installation cost is between $3 and $4 per square foot, but lets be clear this is just the baseline cost.

    Calculating your own hardwood installation prices is not straightforward, proper consideration of many factors is necessary to get an accurate estimate of the total cost to install hardwood flooring.

    Here we explain each factor, with pricing, and summarize installation costs in a convenient table below.

    Hardwood flooring installers expect homeowners to get a wood floor installation estimate from several companies, so they aim for a price point which will be as competitive as possible while allowing them to cover their expenses and make a fair profit.

    In the US, most flooring contractors make a total net profitthe profit after all expenses including taxes of 3 to 7 percent. Those that make less typically cant stay in business. A few contractors make more, usually because their reputation for quality work is so outstanding that homeowners are willing to pay more for their services.

    With that in mind here are all the hardwood flooring costs that a contractor will factor into their quote, including materials and installation. We end this guide with suggestions for saving money on your flooring project.

    Installing the proper subfloor is an investment in the durability and performance of the hardwood flooring youve chosen. It will help to prevent squeaks, board separation and uneven floors that can be unsightly and a trip hazard.

    This is a relatively inexpensive step that shouldnt be ignored. Cutting costs here will likely make the finished job far less satisfactory. Indeed, some installers wont install flooring, or at least wont warranty their work, when the homeowner opposes subflooring installation.

    Plywood average cost is $20-$22 per 4x8 sheet depending on the thickness chosen, or roughly $0.65 per square foot.

    There is a slight additional cost for fasteners and glue. Installation costs average $25-$30 per hour. Since subfloor installation can be done quite quickly, this equates to +/- $0.55 per square foot:

    Most flooring installers start with a base price in mind, typically $3.00-$4.00 per square foot.

    The base price from one installer to the next will vary based on:

    When the flooring installation companys representative comes to your home or office, he or she will survey the work with an eye trained to look for factors that will increase their cost.

    The price might then be adjusted upwards based on the size of the job and any non-standard complexities expected to add time and/or expense to the work. Here is an overview of the factors considered:

    Some installers make a basic distinction in installation cost between the two. When this is the case, solid hardwood flooring costs more to install. How much more depends on how hard the wood is.

    A few examples from the Janka Hardness Scale will help make the point. Here are woods used in flooring with their Janka Scale rating. The higher the number, the harder the wood: Southern yellow pine (850), red maple (950), red oak (1290), hard maple (1450), acacia (2250), Brazilian redwood (3190) and ipe/Brazilian walnut (3680).

    When very hard flooring is installed, more equipment and more labor is involved. This can raise the cost of installation by $0.50-$1.50 per square foot.

    Each job includes certain fixed costs, namely the cost of fuel required to get to the jobsite and wages that are being paid while the crew is traveling, setting up and taking down equipment and returning.

    The larger the job, the more these fixed costs are spread out. In other words, the more flooring to be installed, the lower the price per square foot will be, all else being equal.

    Larger rooms require less time spent trimming and fewer transitions per the amount of flooring installed. Therefore, installing 500 square feet, for example, in one large room will cost less than installing the flooring in a hallway and several small rooms.

    Doorways, pillars, fireplace hearths, cabinetry, fixtures, built-in bookshelves and other obstacles require time-consuming trimming and piecing, so they raise the estimates per square foot.

    Two flooring types joining each other require the installation of a transition piece. Transition installations might be included in the total per-foot estimate or priced separately at $2-$4 lineal foot.

    Installing hardwood flooring typically takes between 10-15 days depending on these factors and more.

    If the jobsite is nearby, a good quantity of flooring is to be installed, the wood isnt exceptionally hard and the layout of the room or rooms requires little extra labor, the base price of $3-$4 per square foot might hold.

    The price increases as the number of factors increases, so the top end of the scale can be as high as $10 per square foot.

    While the spectrum ranges from $3 to $10, most hardwood flooring installation estimates fall in the range of $4.50-$7.00 per square foot.

    The cost of installing hardwood on stairs is typically estimated separately. Stairs take time, and time is money. Standard 36 steps are priced at $40-$75 per stair.

    If there are railing spindles and banister posts to trim around or if hardwood is being installed on both treads and risers, the cost will increase. A three-step set of stairs often costs $200 or more while a 13-step stairway costs $650-$900.

    So far, our discussion has been about floors that have the proper subfloor and are ready to be covered with hardwood. That is the ideal situation, but most jobs require additional preparation. Lets look at those costs.

    Removing flooring can be hard work, but it isnt complicated. The goal is to remove the old material along with all adhesive and/or fasteners without damaging the subfloor.

    DIY flooring removal can save you $200-$350 per 1,000 square yards of flooring, but if the flooring contractor must repair damage that could have been avoided, it will reduce or eliminate your cost savings.

    If the rooms where the flooring is to be installed are not cleared, costs might be added to the estimate. How much furniture must be moved will determine the estimated charges.

    This table summarizes all the hardwood flooring installation costs discussed here and the factors affecting the price.




    If youre planning a home and want to reduce all future flooring installation costs, create a floor plan with open spaces and larger rooms. While some might prefer an open floor plan anyway, its probably not worth making design changes if youve got other ideas for your home.

    In existing homes, the easiest ways to reduce your outlay is to remove any old flooring yourself. If you do, take care to wear protection for hands, knees and eyes. If the work is dusty, don a dust mask too.

    Homeowners save the most money by getting written estimates from several flooring contractors that know they are competing for the work. When you do this, keep in mind the importance of proper installation.

    Work badly done will reduce the looks and performance of the flooring and might ultimately cost you more money than you save. Therefore, as you evaluate estimates, consider the experience of the contractor and the crew that will do the work, not just its cost.

    It is worth paying a bit more to get a crew with proven workmanship and the higher compensation that goes along with quality installation.

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    Wood & Laminate Installation Tools | Floor & Decor - December 29, 2018 by admin

    Installing a laminate, wood, or vinyl floor is a fairly easy DIY project that looks great and wont break your budget. With the right tools, you can transform the look of a room in as little as a weekend. Floor and Decor has all of the laminate flooring tools, wood flooring tools, and vinyl flooring tools you need to get the job done right.

    When placing your laminate floor, you will need laminate tools, such as a laminate cutter, to get the right length for each plank. As you are laying out your pattern you will typically use full length planks until you come closer to the edges. Here is where laminate cutting tools can help you. They are simple to use and will cut your laminate to the exact desired length. You may also want to use the laminate floor cutting tool to trim some plank lengths to mix throughout the floor pattern to add a little variety as opposed to just using short pieces on the edges of the floor.

    Using a laminate cutter is fairly simple and laminate cutting tools arent as intimidating as a power tool. Simply mark the laminate board where you want to make the cut, place on the platform and use the lever of the laminate floor cutting tool to snip the plank to the length you want. It takes only a few laminate installation tools to create a beautiful floor.

    If you are installing a wood floor or vinyl floor as opposed to laminate, we have the tools you need to get those projects done, too! Vinyl flooring tools are similar to laminate tools in that these tools not only cut, but help you lay and put in your floor. And, same with wood floors we have a wide selection of wood flooring tools designed to make your project simple and beautiful.

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    Flooring installation in Ashburn and Purcellville, VA - November 25, 2018 by admin

    Our professional installation experts will come to your location when it is most convenient for you, because we understand that you probably have a busy schedule. Our primary goal is to ensure that your flooring or carpeting installation process flows as smoothly as possible so that it is stress-free for you. You can feel completely confident that we have the experience to install floors in any Northern VA residential and commercial buildings that will surely last for many years.

    Since 1991, Loudoun Valley Floors has provided comprehensive flooring services to our valued Northern Virginia clients. Our company is licensed and insured, guaranteeing that you will have complete peace of mind in your project from start to completion.

    We will also be pleased to meet with you to understand your project needs and help you select the right flooring products that will match your dcor and lifestyle. We provide free in-home estimates and measurements upon request. To get your installation project rolling, contact us today!

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