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There are plenty of reasons to go green nowadays. Even if you don’t have any particular hankering for saving the planet and leaving something better than a desert wasteland for your children, there are some great reasons why you should make the effort to be more eco-friendly. The fact is that many of us are into the green agenda simply because it can help us save money and cuts down on pointless waste. Small, personal changes all add up to have a huge impact on the world we know and love. Whilst some government are having a tough time with the renewable energy industry, in some ways the US government is working hard to make the US as energy independent as possible. More and more of us are making the effort to ensure we cultivate those green habits that make a big difference in many little ways. If you can’t […]

What is the Janka Scale and how does it work? When it comes to bamboo and hardwood floors, you may have heard contractors refer to the Janka Scale. What is this scale and how does it relate to your flooring? The Janka scale measures the hardness and the stability of wood. Understanding how to read a Janka Scale is essential in determining what wood is appropriate for your new wood floor project. How do they come up with the numbers? The Janka Scale is based upon the force required to impale a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter (or .222 inches into the wood). The more force required to force the ball into the wood, the higher the durability of the wood.  The top number is the pounds per square inch. Each wood will have a number (such as Birch is 1260). This means that it takes 1260 […]

Heated floors are a luxurious experience, and they are a lot easier and more affordable to install than you may think. Floor heating is not air heating, and you should be sure that your client does not get the two confused. Radiant heat does not distribute allergens within the air (as it does not use air), and it is actually much easier on the environment and your client’s budget. There are several considerations that both you the contractor and your clients the homeowners need to know about radiant heat subfloors. Here are a few important points for you to consider: For You (the Contractor) When you install the radiant heat subflooring, you need to talk with the homeowner about the type of flooring which will go over the subfloor. This will greatly affect the type of radiant subfloor needed. It is always best to try to persuade your homeowner to […]

What to expect when installing new floors and what you need to do to prevent disasters. What happens when you have an already furnished home and need to have your floor replaced? What are the responsibilities of the contractor and what aspects is the homeowner liable for? In projects that involve already furnished homes, you should know what to expect when installing new floors. Everything will need to be moved if possible You are usually responsible for ensuring that the room is ready for the installation, so you will need to have your furniture removed from whatever room is receiving the new floor. For larger multi-room projects, many contractors will recommend that their clients rent a storage space temporarily, rather just moving the furniture into another part of the home (unless of course you have a spare room) to reduce the risk of damage. What if the furniture cannot be […]

If your house was recently appraised and you were a little disappointed with the results, there are a few reasonable option that will add a positive return for the investment.  This is especially true for those who want to “flip” a house or for anyone who is interested in owning rental properties. You do not want to allocate funds to a project which will have low probability for return on the project. Here are the 3 top renovations and the 3 worst: The Best Renovation Projects: Installing a steel front door – There are many stylish steel door designs (many of which can be coated to appear as wood). The benefit of the door is that it provides added security, energy efficiency, and is easily maintained.  Experts estimate that you will enjoy a return of about 101.8% of your initial investment. Wooden decks – There’s no denying that people love […]

In a perfect world, we would all be able to prevent potential conflicts before they ever occurred. That’s not always possible, however, and as it relates to the relationship between homeowner and contractor, those conflicts can sometimes become extremely costly for both parties.  They can also cause severe delays in your project.  In some cases, they can even bring your home renovation to a complete stop.  In order to dodge these potentially damaging consequences, it’s critical for everyone involved to pay close attention to detail as the project progresses and to address any issues immediately as they arise. Of course, the most obvious solution is to avoid conflict altogether by practicing open communication and by documenting as much of your interaction as possible.  Sometimes, though, misunderstandings will occur, regardless of what you do to mitigate that risk.  Here are our tips for reaching a resolution as quickly as possible: If […]

Any time you hire a contractor to work on your home, you should be sure that you’re making an informed decision and that you feel confident that he or she is going to do the job right the first time around.  Flooring is no exception to that rule, and you’ll find that doing your homework really does pay off in the end.  Here are some tips for selecting and working with a qualified flooring contractor: Word of Mouth is Your Most Valuable Resource If you have friends and family in your local area, ask them if they can offer any recommendations for flooring contractors with whom they have worked before. Be sure to ask detailed questions about the overall quality of the contractor’s work, the level of communication that occurred throughout the project, and so forth.   Also, you can always ask if the contractor gives a “neighborhood discount” or “referral […]

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