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Pre-Finished vs Unfinished Flooring - Texture

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May 2014

Pre-Finished vs Unfinished Flooring - Texture

When deciding whether to finish your hardwood floor on-site or order it pre-finished there are many factors to consider. One of the tricky factors that plays into the decision is texture. Sometimes it doesn’t matter at all. Sometimes it matters a lot. Let’s take a look.

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Green Spotlight: In Search Of Giants

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Oct 2013

Green Spotlight: In Search Of Giants

If you have ever walked beneath the canopy of an old forest, or stood next to the trunk of a large tree, you understand that there are few sites as humbling, breathtaking, and imposing as that of an exceptionally large tree in person. They are living organisms that are as big as buildings.

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Green Spotlight: A Dam, A City, And The New Norris House

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Oct 2013

Green Spotlight: A Dam, A City, And The New Norris House

Historically, construction workers for public works lived in temporary camps. Norris Dam workers were joined by technical and professional staff and their families, and remained for longer. The TVA built a permanent town that would, at a smaller scale, reflect its larger vision of stewardship and innovation for the betterment of society. The town is one of the first “planned communities” and “garden cities” in the US.

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What to Know: Understanding Your Oil, Water and Natural Oil Finish Options

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Aug 2013

What to Know: Understanding Your Oil, Water and Natural Oil Finish Options

Nearly as important to the character of a room as the wood you put into it, choosing the right finish option is the all-important final step in creating your envisioned hardwood flooring experience. Finishes roughly fall into three categories: Oil-Based Polyurethanes, Water-Based Polyurethanes, and Natural Oils. We’re going line them all up and see how they compare in terms of look and feel, application, durability, reparability, cost, and environmental impact.

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USDA Declares August

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Aug 2013

USDA Declares August "Tree Check Month" to Fight Asian Longhorned Beetle

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animals and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has declared August “Tree Check Month” to encourage the public to examine trees for signs of the Asian longhorned beetle. The beetles bore through tissues that carry water and nutrients throughout the tree, starving and weakening the tree until it dies.

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Hewn to Last - The Story Behind the Beam

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Jul 2013

Hewn to Last - The Story Behind the Beam

One of the most recognizable ways the mystique of the American barn is incorporated into interior design is through the use of reclaimed beams. Their size, shape, and texture present a three-dimensional display of history that demands attention by jutting into the foreground of a space. Not surprisingly, the story behind these beams is as fascinating and antiquated as their appearance suggests.

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Three Reasons A Hardwood Floor Is A Good Investment

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Jul 2013

Three Reasons A Hardwood Floor Is A Good Investment

Whether you are deciding on the flooring in your new home or replacing existing flooring, you know that there is a vast array of options available to you. Often, the sticker price of a flooring option becomes the deciding factor. However, there is one flooring option that is not just an expense—hardwood flooring is actually an investment.

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What to Know: Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

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Jul 2013

What to Know: Solid or Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

In addition to the obvious beauty that a hardwood floor adds to any area, it also serves the homeowner as an investment that pays dividends in the long run. Once you have decided to invest in your home, it must be decided which type of hardwood flooring will be the wiser investment for your particular situation.

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Going Beyond

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Jun 2013

Going Beyond "Green."

Turning waste into new products is not a new idea. As long as man has been using things, he has been re-using things. Thankfully, this old idea has become a modern standard, and being Green is a fundamental part of being socially conscious. From the sleeve around your coffee cup to the plastic of your cell phone case, old materials being given a second or third act has become commonplace in our lives.

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