Thursday, July 24, 2014
"During the colonial era, cherry trees were sought after for food, medicine, and home furnishings. Comprising roughly four percent of the hardwood flooring market, cherry flooring is rather hard to come by. It has a red to reddish-brown hue, with a straight grain and smooth texture, but gets dark when exposed to light. Cherry flooring isn’t as strong as red oak due to its medium density. Much like cherry, hard maple is also a minority in the hardwood market, but like cherry, it also has an impressive historical profile. It is most known for its light to dark reddish-brown color, straight grain, and uniform texture, and it gives a very good example of why Los Angeles hardwood flooring should be fitted, not nailed. This is because hardwoods like hard maple split easily, which is why pre-boring must be done before driving a nail or screw."
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"In 2004, PBDE was phased out and banned in both the U.S. and European Union. The United Nations followed suit in 2009, including it in the list of banned persistent organic pollutants. Although it was banned, however, PBDE-carrying carpets still remain to be available in the market today. This means that homeowners, if not careful, could still expose themselves and their families to this toxic chemical without necessarily knowing about its presence. Fire retardants are still used in some carpets, and this should be fine for as long as it does not contain PBDE. Check for the letter T on the carpet label, as required for all treated carpets under the Federal Standard for the Flammability of Mattress Sets (16 CFR Part 1633) of 2007, to confirm if the carpet material you are purchasing is treated with fire retardant. Of course, it is wholly up to your personal choice if you will instead prefer to get a Los Angeles carpet not treated with any chemical."