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July 2019

How Dirty are Carpets, Really?

The oldest carpet ever discovered, thought to be about 2,500 years old, was found in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia in the 1940s. While the carpet in most businesses isn’t that old, sometimes it sure looks that way. This is the first known example of carpet, dated at approximately 2,500 years old. The reality is that carpets wear out over time faster than any other flooring option available. When

By |2019-07-31T07:50:36-04:00July 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|12 Comments

How to Tell a Con… from a Pro

Most scammers aren’t thoughtful enough to use red flags on their logo, so you’ll have to figure out these warning signs on your own. —You cannot verify the name, address, phone number or other basic info or credentials about the installer:If you can’t find the contractor on Google, Yelp!, Angie’s List or any other professional directory, there’s probably a good reason—they’re fake. Reputable companies are listed in numerous indices.

By |2019-07-27T08:00:29-04:00July 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Best Flooring for Rental Properties

Choosing the best flooring for your rental property first requires you ask yourself a few basic questions. Are you leasing out a high-end house in a ritzy part of town or are you renting an efficiency via Section 8 (or, as is most often the case, is your property somewhere in the middle of the market?) Will you allow small pets, large pets, exotic pets or no pets at all? How

By |2019-07-24T08:00:54-04:00July 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to tell a Pro… from a Con

The Craigslist ad seemed legit at first. Discount Flooring & Remodeling Services wasn’t necessarily the catchiest name for a contractor service you’d ever heard of, but it was the price that really caught your eye: $100 flat instillation fee per room. And that wasn’t even the best part! Wood panel OR tile, it read.  You thought, “I can do the whole first floor for peanuts!” So you gave them a call. Two

By |2019-07-20T08:00:18-04:00July 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Slip-Resistant Commercial Flooring

The number one insurance cost for restaurants is slippage. And it’s no wonder—more than 4 million employees and guests are injured in slips at restaurants every year, costing a total of about $2 billion in medical costs and loss of time at work.  And that’s just restaurants. Whether you’re building a new location for your business or renovating an old one, slip prevention should be one of your top concerns

By |2019-07-17T08:00:18-04:00July 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Evolution of the Kitchen Backsplash

Our human ancestors began cooking food outdoors in large pits over raging fires, not unlike the weekend warriors you’ll see at state parks across the country today. But as humans evolved, so did our cooking skills, and the art and craft of preparing delicious (and nutritious) food moved indoors.  Cooking outdoors requires little concern for messes and cleanup. Any spilled food will be snapped up by hungry animals, and

By |2019-07-13T08:00:23-04:00July 13th, 2019|Backsplash, Kitchen Remodel|3 Comments

How to Choose a Commercial Floor

When building a new business or revamping an existing one, choosing the right flooring is crucial to the success of your company and the satisfaction of your customers. Whether you’re designing a public-facing section of your store or a workshop area that only you will ever see, flooring choices abound. Here’s a look at the most popular options, as well as some innovative new materials.  Opulence You Can Bank

By |2019-07-10T08:00:12-04:00July 10th, 2019|Remodeling, Tile, Wood Flooring|1 Comment

Marble vs. Granite: What’s the Difference?

Among the great battles—Batman vs. Superman, Freddy vs. Jason, Man vs. Food—one that has been raging for millennia still rages today: marble vs. granite. The question, however, isn’t so much which is better than the other—they both have their pros and cons for different applications. No, the debate we encounter most often is how to tell the difference between marble and granite. After all, they’re both natural stones. They

By |2019-07-06T08:00:00-04:00July 6th, 2019|Remodeling, Tile|1 Comment

Wood flooring… on the wall?

Three words used to strike dread in the hearts of interior designers everywhere: wood panel walls. But before you dismiss wood as an accent or even alternative to drywall, consider some of the innovative applications designers are deploying in luxury homes across the country.  Not Just for Cigar Rooms Anymore First off, scrap any old ideas you might have about wood panel walls. We’re not talking dank, subterranean mancaves

By |2019-07-03T08:00:53-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Remodeling|1 Comment
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