Know you want new flooring, but you aren’t sure if you should try installing it yourself? In this short guide, we’ll discuss some of the pros and cons of DIY floor installation. [Read more…] about DIY Floor Installation – Pros and Cons
With spring comes pollen, which for many folks, means allergies. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help alleviate your allergy symptoms at home. These include:
Tips to alleviate allergies in the home
- Regular cleaning – especially vacuuming carpets and rugs and washing bedding in hot water. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Use unscented cleaning supplies as the fragrances can make allergies worse.
- Take shoes off at the door – wearing shoes outside and then inside can track allergens into the home.
- Take care when cleaning – Use a mask while cleaning or turn the job over to someone without allergies.
- Use AC or purchase an air filter – Air-conditioning actually filters the air, so consider turning it on occasionally if allergies bother you.
Some questions come up often enough that we’ve decided to create a blog series, Common Questions. In this post, we answer the question: Should I replace my carpet?
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It’s hard to believe that March is right around the corner. Two months into the new year, we’ve seen some flooring trends carry over from last year and some new trends gaining popularity. In this post, we predict the top flooring trends of 2017. [Read more…] about Flooring Trends of 2017
Are all flooring installers equal? The short answer is “no”. There is a world of difference between a trained, reliable installer with the proper licensing and insurance and day laborers who lack the experience and training necessary to do a professional job. When you get a new floor installed, this distinction is important. But as the client, you should not be responsible for vetting the individuals who show up to install your floor. Unfortunately shoddy, fly by night companies that employ unqualified installers are not uncommon. That’s why recently there has been some conversation about the necessity to regulate the flooring installer industry.
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Consumers should be aware of the difference between ceramic and porcelain tile. Ceramic is less expensive for a reason. It is fired at lower temperature than porcelain, which makes it less durable and less appropriate for high traffic areas of your home. We don’t recommend ceramic for commercial floor use at all. [Read more…] about Why pay more for porcelain tile vs. ceramic?
If you’ve ever visited a concert hall or amphitheater, you’ve probably taken notice of the acoustics. The sound seems to be absorbed by the fixtures or construct of the building. This form of sound insulation, lessening the echo reflections of the sound, is done so that the listener only hears the sound from the source. Concert halls, amphitheaters, and recording studios use techniques such as dropped ceilings, acoustical tiles, and special wall coatings to enhance the listener’s experience. In recording studios you will also find the use of certain fabrics and floorings to dampen the echoing sound. These treatments are also found in office buildings where a large number of people are working in a common space. You could imagine if you have 100 people in a large room typing on the computer, shuffling papers, and talking on the telephone all at once how deafening the noise could get to be. Time spent in an office space accounts a large portion of our time, but what about the time spent at home? Something as simple as flooring choice can greatly improve the acoustics of your home. [Read more…] about The Importance of Flooring Choice for Acoustics and Sound Insulation
Holiday Open House at the Galleries
Friday, December 9, 2016 6 – 9 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2016 1 – 5:30 PM
Buchholz High School Band Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2016 5:30 – 6:15 PM
Tree lighting immediately after the concert