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The Lifespan of Typical Carpet

It is far too easy to take something dependable for granted. This is true in many cases, especially for homeowners and their home fixtures. It’s easy to forget about your home’s features when they’re functioning properly and looking presentable. However, when your carpet begins to show its age, you start to notice. The often ignored truth is that carpet has lifespan, a very definitive shelf life. Based on where you live, how much you use it, and how well you maintain it, carpet can either live until a ripe old age or wear out prematurely. The general lifespan of carpet is anywhere between 8 to 10 years. However, you can tweak those numbers if you have the right information. Here is a brief look at how long carpets can last under certain conditions and what to do when your carpet needs to be revived. Light Traffic Areas Light traffic carpet areas sustain the least amount of usage and, therefore, wear and tear. Spaces that are not usually visited (like a formal dining room) or any room that simply cannot accommodate a lot of foot traffic can be considered light traffic areas. You can probably infer that the carpet installations in these spaces last much longer because it is not consistently tromped upon – and you would be completely correct. Popular carpet installations for such areas include plush or textured plush choices. While on the higher end of cost, plush carpets are less likely to replaced when not constantly subjected to foot traffic. Medium Traffic Areas Medium traffic carpets endure a bit more usage than rarely used areas. However, these... read more

The Lifecycle of Hardwood Flooring

If you are considering installing hardwood flooring for its beauty, longevity, and ease of maintenance, you may be interested in learning more about the lifecycle of hardwoods floors. The choices you make with your hardwood floor throughout its life can have a positive impact on your home and on the planet. Hardwood Floors Begin in the Forest Regardless of type, all hardwood flooring products begin with the harvesting stage. Various woods from around the globe are used to produce wood flooring planks, and their individual carbon footprints vary widely. Those seeking a more eco-friendly hardwood material are advised to select products with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Flooring Initiative (SFI) labels to ensure the wood was grown in responsibly and sustainably managed forests. Flooring can also be manufactured from salvaged or reclaimed wood (such as that found in old buildings), slashing its carbon footprint in the process. Installation Can Be Completed in Different Ways Homeowners have several options for installation of hardwood flooring, including: Nail or staple down applications Glue down installation Floating installation, also known as the click and lock method   Because the glues used in the glue down method typically contain a large amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s’), homeowners with health concerns are advised to select another installation method, or opt for glues with a reduced VOC content. Proper Care Extends the Lifespan of Hardwood Once your hardwood flooring is in place, it will last for years with simple and proper maintenance. Dirt and debris can act like sandpaper on your wood, so it’s important to clean your floors often with a gentle... read more

Importance of Dust Containment During Remodels

Few improvements enhance your home like a well executed remodeling project. With imagination, preparation and planning, an inefficient or uninspired room can transform into a showcase of functionality and style.   Whether you’re remodeling a new home or doing renovations on your current home – completing a DIY project or hiring professionals – protecting your family, pets, floors, and surfaces during the process should be a top priority.   Construction dust – the bane of any remodeling project – will inevitably find its way beyond the work area and into or on every nook, cranny, and exposed surface. It will travel on shoes, clothing, and indoor air currents through your home’s ductwork. Dust will blow into every room in the house and eventually clog the air filter on your HVAC system.   Why is dust from construction dangerous?   While normal household dust can be irritating enough, breathing in the dust produced by remodeling can further aggravate existing problems or create new ones, especially for children, pets, and the elderly. This dust – often laden with irritating chemicals – is extra stressful for those with allergies, asthma, sinusitis, and other sensitivities.   Pets, especially dogs, will sniff at and often taste anything, including dust or debris that might smell interesting. The dust can not only affect a dog’s delicate sinuses, it can also easily irritate their eyes and lungs.   How to Keep Your Home and Family Safe   By following these tips, you can help keep dust levels – and any potential harm to your family or home – to a minimum.   Seal all vents   This... read more