People Love Bamboo Floors

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Improvement

Your floors play a big part in defining your home and giving it its overall style. This makes sense, of course, as besides your walls and ceilings, floors are the most prevalent feature of your home. That being said, many people default to simple choices for their floors because it doesn’t seem like there are many options out there. While this may be true, don’t neglect one of the best ones: bamboo.

Over the years more and more bamboo flooring information has become available to the Western world. As such, more and more people have been installing them in their homes. You can even go online and look at bamboo flooring reviews that show how many people now have them and love them.

But bamboo floors are still a modern amenity over here, which means your floors will still be the talk of the town.

There are a number of reasons why people love their bamboo floors. For one, they’re simply unique, which is always welcomed. But they’re still completely functional. Often times when people strive to be different with their home’s look, they lose something along the way.

Despite how beautiful they are, bamboo floors don’t need any over the top maintenance. It’s true they need some, but it’s comparable to hardwood floors and you get so much more in return.

Taking Care of Your Roof

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Improvement

When you think about it, one of the most important parts of your home is the roof. It might not be as glamorous as your kitchen, as fun as your basement or as full of potential as your backyard. But when your roof starts having issues, you’ll immediately understand how important it is.

Some issues with your roof are out of your hand. There’s simply nothing you can do about Mother Nature sometimes. But that doesn’t mean you’re off Scott free. Your roof can still benefit from some TLC every now and then and it doesn’t need to take much from you either.

Consider your gutters, for example. Gutter repair in Chicago is big business because so much can go wrong with them that ends up affecting the rest of the roof. For instance, we’re currently in the midst of winter. In Chicago, this can be absolutely brutal weather. Your gutters are no doubt loading up with snow right now. That’ll put a lot of excess weight on them, but chances are the real problem will actually come when it thaws. At that point much of the water can actually start going into your home if your gutters haven’t been cleaned out.

While roofing contractors in Chicago are often necessary, most problems are things you can address before they happen. Cleaning your gutters, for example, will stop snow from clogging up, thawing and infiltrating your home.


Article submitted by Chicago Remodeling Solutions. They’re porch builders in Chicago that can also renovate and build just about anything else you need.

The Benefits of Underfloor Heating

January 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Improvement

Now that we’re well into winter and past everyone’s favorite holidays, most of us have had enough for winter. It’s ok at first, the whole winter wonderland look, but now that our cars are getting stuck and we can’t feel our toes, we’re ready for it to be over.

Sadly, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. All we can do is stay inside and try to stay warm.

Of course that can be difficult too, sometimes. No matter how warm your home is, it’s always tough getting out of that shower in the morning. Most of us can’t bring ourselves to walk through our own homes unless we bundle up.

One great solution to this issue is heated flooring. Having warm floors means every step you take is a warm, comfortable one.

Imagine being able to sprawl out on your own floor, whether to watch a movie, work out, play with your child or groom your pet and not get a shiver because of how cold it is.

Everyone knows heat rises and this can be a serious issue during the winter. The closer you get to the ground, the colder it naturally gets.

But this isn’t the case when you have underfloor heating. With this great alternative, you’ll still be greeted by plenty of heat when you hit the floor. You can walk around the house in your socks and feel warm the entire time.


Article submitted by EZ Floor Heat. The company’s website is an invaluable resource for anything related to Warm Tiles.

When Should I Clean My A/C Unit?

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Improvement

If you have A/C, you probably have a hard time imagining what life would be like without it. This is for good reason. A/C is more than just a prevalent modern amenity. Often, A/C helps keep people alive. But while A/C provides many comforts, you still need to be careful. Keep reading to find out about the risks you take if you don’t clean you’re A/C unit.

When A/C units pull in air for their fan coils to cool on your behalf, they have a filter system that cleans that air first. Otherwise, it would be spreading dirty air, which could cause serious problems. This filter should be cleaned every 3-6 months, depending on the brand. Check the label to make sure and then make sure you stick to doing it.

There are sometimes however, when your A/C will need to be cleaned prematurely. For example, if you’re A/C is making strange noises—like pounding, grinding or high pitch squealing sounds—your unit may need cleaning. It could also be broken.

If you use an industrial air conditioning system, you will also want to check in on them at least every quarter. Industrial units can need a lot more cleaning because so much more is demanded of them.

While A/C units are great, they must be cleaned regularly or they could be counterproductive. Instead of increasing your wellbeing, they’ll work against it by pumping out dirty air.


Article submitted by MovinCool. The company’s website is an invaluable resource for anything related to portable air conditioners.

What Kind of Cushions Should I Get for My Boat?

January 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Hardware, Industrial and Manufacturing

People who love their boats only want the best for them. There can be a real attachment, just like many people feel for their cars that goes beyond simply enjoying the vehicle for its utility. However, a boat is still only capable of so much and eventually it can begin losing some of its former glamour. One example is its original boat foam which can wear out over time. When this happens, you’re left without a comfortable spot on the one place where you really need to sit down.

Fortunately, there are all kinds of options for you to choose from to get some of that comfort back. No matter which you choose, though, make sure its marine foam cushions that will provide you plenty of comfort while fighting off the unique challenges that come from spending so much time on a boat.

Dryfast technology is a great example of this. Those cushions won’t take on any damage from water, they dry out quickly, yet they’re still extremely comfortable and affordable to purchase so you can deck out your whole boat.

When it comes to buying cushions for your beloved boat, it really is a judgment call. Just make sure your cushions are able to put up with marine conditions so you don’t end up replacing them again in the near future.


Article submitted by The Foam Factory. They’re your one stop shop online for everything from seat cushions to foam inserts, dry fast foam and just about anything else you need to keep comfortable.

Artificial Grass is Easy Grass

January 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Hardware, Industrial and Manufacturing

For the enthusiast, the perfect lawn is achieved through blood sweat and tears, and a lot of time and money; it’s an art that should constantly be worked at so that their pride and joy can be considered truly theirs. For the home owner who just wants to get that perfect lawn of grass without the hassle, synthetic lawn turf is the product their looking for.

It’s the perfect solution for those who just want the perfect greenery for their front lawn without the costly maintenance of owning a natural one. This outdoor artificial turf is made out of complex polyethylene fibers that mimic the feel and texture of real natural grass without its inherent delicateness. This makes it an excellent substitute for real grass since it’s tamper resistant from pets, and it can even withstand daily abuse from sports and other activities. Unlike real grass, it doesn’t need water or the nutrients from fertilizer or soil conditioners which means maintenance cost is virtually zero.

The best part about going synthetic is that it’s not as expensive as people think. As technology progresses the production process of synthetic grass is more efficient thus making it cheaper to produce. This brings down prices from retailers but more so from wholesalers online since they don’t have to pay rent. All you have to find is a reliable and well renowned online web source for these products, they also usually have installers who are very capable of prepping and installing the turf you just purchased.


Artificial Turf Supply is an online wholesaler that deals with artificial grass for all your uses and applications.

A Better Way to Do Laundry

January 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Improvement

When it comes to your home appliances, few probably seem as essential as your washing machine. Everyone’s washed their dishes by hand before, but most of us would be at a loss if we had to wash our own clothes.

But as important as washing machines are, they’re actually far from essential. No, I’m not suggesting you fill up a bucket and grab some soap before hanging clothes from a line. It’s just that there are better options out there.

Take a mini washing machine, for example. These compact mechanisms resemble a blender and could fit on most tabletops without issue. Best of all, they can still get the job done and in about half the time.

What’s their secret? Well while they do have a unique technology all their own, that’s far from what makes them so special. Mini washing machines are so great because they only take small loads.

How many times have you needed just the one shirt washed for tomorrow? Or you wanted to wear your favorite pair of jeans, but they had a stain? Imagine if you could just toss them in a blender-sized machine and have them nice and clean in no time!

If you insist on sticking with your conventional washer, you should at least consider an alternative septic system. Every washing machine needs a septic system, but most aren’t up to the task. An alternative system will offer the same results, while keeping your machine working longer.


Article submitted by The Laundry Alternative. The company sells alternatives to the conventional washing machine that save both time and money.

Vintage Knob Materials

January 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Improvement

A vintage knob is a great addition to any front door. It can take a plain, basic front door and turn it into something special. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to selecting a vintage knob from shape to color. One of the most important choices that you can make is in the material of the knob. Certain knobs are better for high traffic doors while others are more fragile.

Here are some of the vintage knob materials that you can choose from whether you are looking for knobs from years ago or new knobs that are made in a vintage fashion:

Glass: Glass is one of the most popular materials for vintage doors. It is affordable and yet also incredibly stylish. When buying new or vintage glass knobs, you’ll want to inspect them for cracks or chips. Glass doors can also have bubbles, which are generally mistakes that the glassblower made. However, some buyers think that the bubbles add character.

Porcelain: Much like glass knobs, porcelain knobs often have cracks and chips. They can also become discolored and yellow over time. You should make sure to check porcelain knobs to make sure they are the right color, although they can be glazed if this is the case.

Bio: This article was written by the door experts at Eto Doors, which is one of the largest retailers of home doors and accessories. Visit the Eto Doors website to find out more and read Eto Doors reviews.

Better Air Equals a Better Home

January 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Construction

When it comes to fixing up our homes, most of us think about different color schemes, new furniture or maybe even knocking some walls down. But there are other steps we can take to make our home even better than it already is. One of the most important things we can do, in fact, is simply change our air conditioner filter.

This might seem simplistic, but it’s spot on. We all love our air conditioning systems. In fact, most of us would be lost without them. They provide nice cold air when the temperature outside is simply too hot to bear.

Unfortunately, this isn’t where the story ends. Our air conditioners can also make life worse, even if we don’t know it, by pulling in unclean air, cooling it and then spreading it around the home. Of course, we don’t notice at first. Inside the home, we’re just happy for nice cold air.

But overtime, you may start to notice a harder time breathing or maybe new or more intense allergies. These symptoms could very well be because your air conditioner is shooting our unclean air.

Luckily, all you need is a replacement Honeywell air filter to solve this problem in short order. They’re affordable and easy to install, so it won’t be long before you’re breathing in nice clean air once again.


Article submitted by Your Filter Connection.  The company sells all kinds of home air filters for your furnace and air conditioning systems. Brands include Honeywell and 3M filtrete air filter options.

Tips to Avoid Freezing Pipes

Winter time in 2014 has been a harsh one so far. Across the country, temperatures are sub zero, and pipes are prone to bursting under these conditions. Pipes burst when the water inside freezes and expands the pipe. Even the best tankless water heater needs some special care when the temperatures drop, so be sure that you read on for tips to avoid freezing your pipes this winter.

Insulate pipes that are running along the walls in your laundry room. Check your laundry tubs, behind the machine and beneath the stairs in your basement. These pipes are typically touching a wall that is not insulated, and are prone to freezing unless you put some insulation around them.

Run Water
Turn on your water faucets to get water flowing through your pipes. Moving water won’t freeze as rapidly, so be sure to open faucets about one-quarter of the way to relieve pressure from ice in the pipes.

Water Main
If you happen to have a prolonged power outage, be sure to use the shut off valve to turn the water off in your home. Once the main is off, run your faucets until there is no more water coming out. Once you’ve drained the water in your pipes, you’re good to wait for power to be restored. In the event that a pipe does burst, you should go and shut off the valve to stop the water from causing additional damage.

Water Heater
You should drain your water heater to avoid damaging it during extreme cold temperatures. Look for two valves above your water heater, one for cold and one for hot water. At the base of the heater, you will find the spout where the water drains. Drain the water and it should drift toward a drain in the ground of your basement. If you need to drain water heaters in Los Angeles, use a bucket as most heaters are not stored in basements and do not have easy access to a drain.

Cottages and mobile homes may also want to drain the water from the home when heaters are not in use. If there is a power outage, your water heater won’t be able to heat the standing water it is holding and may freeze over.

If your pipes are already frozen, seek help from a professional. Call a plumber if you find that your home has power but you suspect there is water damage. Definitely do not try to heat pipes on your own, as this can cause unintended consequences.


This guest post was brought to you by Payless Water Heaters, a Los Angeles Water Heater distributor that offers tankless and energy efficient water heaters.

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