Window Comparison Guide

Most of the time when you call a re-modeler to come out and give you an estimate he suggests one of the windows that he carries. For some people that may be driven more by a larger profit margin than making by the right choice for you.

Do your homework and be informed on what you need to know so you can pick the right window for you and your budget.

Learn more information in our Home Window Comparison Guide

Indoor Air Quality And Carpet

According to the American Lung Association, carpet can act as a “sink” for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi. This means that whenever you interact with you carpet by walking or otherwise having contact with it, you can disturb these contaminants and cause them to re-enter the air where they can be inhaled.

The best solution for this problem is regularly scheduled cleaning with an environmentally-safe tool that removes the contaminants from your carpet without aerating them. A water-filtering vacuum is a perfect way to accomplish this.

Types of Nails with a Nail Chart

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a common nail, finishing nail and a brad are you’ll be happy to know we have a simple chart that you can use to identify which types of nails you need for different projects. There is even an illustration on nailing methods and what metals nails are made from. Visit the nail chart in our Types Of Nails article

More nail charts on Online Nail Chart and Nail Info.

Allergies and Carpet

Carpets can hold a massive amount of junk sifted down between the fibers and even into the padding beneath the carpet.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency there are many potential contaminants in a home, including pet dander and hair, dust mites, secondhand smoke, mold, and pesticides. Many of these contaminants can play a role in allergies. Because carpet can collect these and other contaminants, regular cleaning of carpets is critical in reducing the impact of allergies.

These same contaminants can also exist in the workplace, further compounding problems. Because it is particularly important to remove these contaminants without causing them to be disturbed and blown back into the air where they can settle on other surfaces or be breathed in, it’s a good idea to clean your carpet with a water-filtered vacuum cleaner or even bring in a commercial steam cleaning company.

Laminate and Wood Flooring

Before you decide on wood or laminate there are several things you should think about when you are planning, because there are several important differences between hardwood flooring and laminate flooring.

The most obvious differences between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring are strength, warranty and maintenance. Laminate is by far the strongest against scratches, scuffs and dings. The top layer of laminate flooring is sprayed with aluminum oxide at the factory and that is what gives it that almost armor tough surface.

Most laminate flooring companies offer 25 year warranties so if you have kids or pets or plan on staying in your home, warranties ensure that your laminate flooring will last. Laminate wood flooring cannot be sanded and refinished.

Hardwood flooring comes in solid wood planks like the kind in older homes or engineered wood with a wood prefinished surface. Solid Hard wood flooring scratches and dings easier and also wears faster than laminate flooring.

Solid Hardwood flooring does not stand up well under humid conditions as it expands and contracts under humid conditions. If you have a humidity concern laminate wood flooring will better manage the humidity problems and is often laid over concrete floors, something you would not do with solid wood flooring.

Solid hardwood flooring can be sanded and refinished several times making it the longest lasting type of hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring handles humidity better than solid hardwood and is made from several layers of solid wood bonded with heat glue and pressure. Thicker engineered wood flooring can also be sanded and refinished several times.

Hidden Electronics Danger

Did you know that you could have a serious potential problem for your electronics devices hidden in your home or office? One that’s hiding in one of the most common places, your carpet?

A common road de-icing chemical, magnesium chloride, has been cited in articles by the USDA, Electric Co-Op Today, and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association as a cause of electrical arcing on electrical systems and wiring failures.

Worse yet, you could be inadvertently making the problem worse by trying to clean.

To learn more read our article on Carpet In The North.