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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “vinyl”?

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “vinyl”?  For most people, they think of those huge rolls of cheap plastic flooring sold at the big box DIY stores. I try not to tell people that LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) flooring is actually a vinyl product until I have been able to tell them about the wide range of amazing attributes that have allowed it to become a very popular flooring choice. Otherwise, people immediately become close-minded about the product without wanting to hear additional details.

LVT most commonly looks like hardwoods; however, you can also choose LVT that mimics the look of porcelain, travertine, slate, stained concrete – pretty much any style you would want for your new floor.  Instead of one big sheet, the product will come in whatever form that the LVT is imitating.  “Hardwood” LVT will be shaped in individual planks to closely match the look of hardwoods.  When mimicking tile, it will be shaped in squares or rectangles, and it even has a line you would install to mimic the grout!  These individual pieces will be glued down using pressure-sensitive glue.  There are even some thicker, heavier styles of LVT with a gripping mechanism on the bottom, which allows it to be installed by merely placing them on the floor.

Luxury Vinyl Tile is most commonly used as the flooring of choice in the basement.  LVT is a great choice here because it is virtually waterproof so it can withstand the water from an outside pool, hot tub, or even a flood.  LVT is virtually indestructible, so it can withhold high traffic (often installed in Wal-Mart), kids playing around, get-together’s, etc.  I installed it for a customer who called me two days later, […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Basements|0 Comments|

LED Lighting is the new GREEN Light

What are LED lights, why are they so expensive, and why is everyone is using them?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.  They have become popular because they are the most energy efficient way to produce light.  LED lights use about 90 percent less power than conventional light bulbs (halogen, incandescent, fluorescent, etc).  They are more durable and have a long service life.  Believe it or not, but they can last up to 25 years or more!!!  This is about 40,000-50,000 hours.

Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to keep a room full of canned lights cool?  LED lights can solve this problem, because they do not emit heat the way conventional lights do.  This allows you to stay more comfortable while saving on your utility bills.

For safety and environmental concerns, they don’t contain any mercury or toxins, don’t generate radio frequency so as not to interfere with radios or TVs and are resistant to vibration and shocks.  They are cool to the touch so as not to burn you.  Again because they do not generate heat, they are safer to be placed near drier bushes and plants.  Their waterproof quality allows them to be safe to be used near water hoses and sprinklers.

The trendiest place to use LED lighting right now is with cabinetry.  Because they do not generate as much heat as conventional lights, they can be used in places that were not possible before.  They are commonly used for task lighting, under cabinet lights, inside cabinets and drawers, and under the toe kick.

Another place where LED lighting is making headway is in outdoor spaces.  There are the obvious energy savings, but beyond that, they are a great choice because they […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Kitchens|0 Comments|

What are “Green” Products and How do they Help Me and My Home?

If you asked 10 people what it means for a product to be “green”, you would probably get 10 different answers.  The truth is, there are many different attributes that allow a product to be called “green.”   This can range anywhere from being made of recyclable material to the cleaner or more efficient manner in which they are manufactured.  Basically, “green” products can loosely be defined as products that lower their negative impact on the earth.

The most recognized classification for green products is whether they are made from recycled materials or are themselves recyclable.  Manufacturers are finding many inventive ways to use recyclable material to create interesting things.  Take for example glass countertops.  There are companies that take particular bottles for their coloring (Heineken for green, Skyy Vodka for blue, wine bottles for red) and use them to create beautiful unique countertops.  These countertops are quite a fitting choice for a basement bar or wet bar area. In many cases you can also remodel your home using items salvaged from existing or demolished buildings such as bathtubs, sinks, and cabinetry. Doing this lowers the demand for having these items manufactured and in turn lowers the strain on the environment from the factories making these items.

Sustainability is a big part of classifying a product as “green”. Sustainability in the remodeling world has multiple definitions.  It can refer to the replenishment of the resource from which the product is made.   This is called “sustainable harvesting”. Many hardwood floor manufacturers have programs to plant a tree for every tree they cut down. Bamboo has become a popular green flooring choice for this reason. Bamboo grows at an incredible rate, reaching maturity in 3-5 years, as opposed to trees which require more than double that time. It […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Basements|0 Comments|