Hardwood Floors – Easy to Keep Luster and Beauty

Hardwood floors present a floor surface that teases and almost dares you to slide or move furniture on it. Remember our younger days when we use to run a bit just to slide on the wood floors and even sometimes slide down the wooden stair rail? Well those days were fun, beautiful and aren’t really gone. However, I definitely warn against the stair rail slide. Free of many allergens found in other floor types, hardwood floors are healthier for the ambient air, quite strong, durable, beautiful and easy to keep their luster.

First of all,I should highlight that there are three things which will destroy your wood floors.

  1. Dust – particles in the air that come from endless sources – it has non-controlling qualities.
  2. Grit – minute granules of sand or anything that creates a grinding effect when pressed or dragged against a surface.
  3. Moisture – liquid usually water-based or mixed with dirt and other compounds or elements.

Indications of these three things are first seen at entrances or high traffic areas of your wooden floor. Avoid excessively worn areas and scratches on your floor by ensuring casters or furniture coasters are below the resting points of your furniture. Some furniture may have casters that ease its movement while others do not. You can apply a special type of material to the bottom of furniture legs which allows the furniture to easily glide without doing any damage on your wood floor.

Dust, Grit and Moisture

Dust, grit and moisture are gifts of nature and we all have to deal with them. Grit which stems from sand or dirt being tracked from the outdoors on the surface works like sandpaper on the floor finish. Dust mites, balls and the like are merely pulverized bits of dirt which in essence acts in the same way as grit over the long haul on your floors. Once your floor finish gets damaged grit and dust left on the surface tend to discolor the hardwood while being ground into the surface pores with each step … Read the rest...

Choose New Home Construction For Quality, Energy-Savings, and Comfort

If you are in the market for a home, why not choose new home construction. You’ll get energy-efficient construction, customized design, and all the benefits of having a home that was built just for you!

Are you in the market for a new home? Are you tired of looking at homes with outdated decor, ancient appliances, and drafty single-pane windows? Then why not consider new home construction. Having a house custom-built for your family offers numerous advantages and can actually help you save money in the long run.

Energy Efficiency

While many older homes are lacking adequate insulation, have inefficient old appliances, and still have leaky single-pane windows, new construction buildings can contain all of the energy-efficient materials and appliances you need for long-term savings. From Energy Star-rated appliances to high R-value insulation to high-tech energy-saving windows, energy-efficient construction can make a major difference in the bottom line on your electricity, heating, and cooling bills. A great way to cut your energy usage and do something great for the planet at the same time, choosing new home construction is just the energy-smart thing to do!

Customized Design

Meeting the needs of the “average” family is easy: 2.4 bedrooms for the 2.4 kids and a doghouse out back. But the simple truth is not every family is average! Whether you need extra bedrooms for your growing family, want a spacious home office for your business, or would like a gourmet kitchen for entertaining, cookie-cutter designs rarely take your needs into account. But with new home construction you can design your home around your specific wants, desires, and needs. From layout to finishes like cabinetry and flooring, building a home leaves the decisions in your hands. That means your new home will meet both your style and functional needs. So no more redecorating after the previous owner’s overly floral decor style and no more having to add on or rearrange rooms to suit your family: new home construction helps you get the house that’s perfect for you and your family right … Read the rest...

Affordable New Home Construction – 5 Tips on Getting the Most For Your Money

With the real estate market floundering in many areas nationwide, this may be the best time to build a new home rather than buying an existing home. Building a home can be affordable, if you follow these tips:

Affordable New Home Construction Tip #1: Estimate First – Plan Second
Just like a kid in a toy store, it’s easy to get carried away once the idea machine is turned on. Extra bedrooms, an exercise room, a studio, a home office – all of these add-ons will have a dramatic impact on your new home’s price tag. Subtracting them from your building plan because they put your project over budget, even if that plan lives only in your imagination, is painful. Better to add them in if your budget allows after you’ve gotten several estimates.

Affordable New Home Construction Tip #2: Location Still Matters
There may be a very good reason that lot is priced so much lower than the others in that new development. Your building lot location is no place to skimp. If a lot is filled with trees, rocks, or has exceptional drainage challenges, your construction costs will go through the roof. Make sure the lot you choose will be easy for your builder to work with – consider utilities, grading, and clearing before you set your heart on a lot.

Affordable New Home Construction Tip #3: Keep Your Home in Shape
Those “interesting” home shapes you may have seen while you were on vacation make for a great conversation starter, but are enough to break any construction budget fast. Complicated is interesting, but simple is affordable. This doesn’t mean you need to have a cookie-cutter home, by any means. But stick to traditional home styles to stretch your home building dollar the farthest. More details here.

Affordable New Home Construction Tip #4: Bigger is Not Always Better
There’s a good reason many of today’s new homes are coming in well under the record-breaking square footage records set even a decade ago. The extra space may seem like … Read the rest...

3 Things You Really Need to Know Before Buying Floor Machine Equipment!

The most important thing to look at when purchasing floor equipment is the type of floor you will be maintaining and also the environment that you will be cleaning. Floor machines are used to scrub, strip, and polish hard surface flooring. Some floor machines are designed to only do one of these tasks while others are versatile and can be used for many different cleaning jobs. The two main types of floor machines are single speed and dual speed. Single speed machines are used primarily for one cleaning task and speed of the machine is then matched to the task it performs. Dual speed floor machines are more versatile and can be used for scrubbing floors, stripping floors and also polishing floors. Low-speed machines usually run at around a 175 revolutions (RPMs) per minute. While dual speed machines have two speed settings which are usually around 175 RPMs and 300 RPMs. For scrubbing and general stripping of floors it is recommended that you use a machine that will spin at around 175 RPMs. For polishing a floor the machine must be faster and spin the pad driver at around 300 RPMs. The three main areas to look at when purchasing a floor machine is the type of machine, the size and power of the machine, and the attachments that can be utilized with it.

The size of the machine relates to the size of the cleaning disc or brush that is attached to the lower unit. Power usually relates to the size of the motor that spins the brush. Most floor machines range in size from 10 inches in diameter up to 27 inches in diameter. It is important to match the size of the floor machine with the area you are cleaning. If the area is small or has obstacles is wise to pick a machine that is smaller and more maneuverable. For larger areas that are open with no obstacles a larger cleaning diameter will be faster at cleaning the floor. The size of the motor is measured … Read the rest...