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Brooks Carpet Clinic Ltd Awarded”Best of Houzz 2019- 2021″

Brooks Carpet Clinic Ltd of Brooks Alberta, Canada

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019 – 2021

Best of Houzz 2019 – 2021 Client Satisfaction

You were rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

2019 Awarded on January 18, 2019

2021 Awarded on January 19, 2021

Best of Houzz 2021 – Client Satisfaction

You were rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

The Brooks Carpet Clinic Ltd has been awarded the “Best Of Houzz Badge” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The company has been serving Brooks and area in the remodeling services under the direction of Ron Preston since 1997 and was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018 – 2020. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.
A “Best Of Houzz 2019 – 2021” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

The company mission is “to provide ever improving product and service.”
“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 – 2021 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”
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About Brooks Carpet Clinic Ltd.

Read the history here:

https://brookscarpetclinic.com/human-interest/our-history/

In 1997 remodeling and design services were implemented along with a flooring, decking, custom cabinets along with custom woodworking.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
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Are Your Hardwood Floors in Dire Need of Attention

Brooks Vacuum and Flooring Products

Are Your Hardwood Floors in Dire Need of Attention?

One question we get asked a lot, is, ” Can anything be done about my hardwood floors?”

Hardwood floors are in need of  surface maintenance throughout their lifetime, the same as vinyl, carpet, ceramic, and a host of other floor-coverings.

Most of the time, as a result of designed wear-ability, soiling camouflaged textures and coloration of these products, surface maintenance is left way too long allowing for costly cleaning and resurfacing.

Before this excessive wear is irreversible, it is advised to follow manufacture recommended cleaning and maintenance requirements. Most of these are not followed, due to the fact that most products give a long enough life to get past the warranty usefulness, thus product issues become the users expense.

A full refinish of hardwood is a costly process. Anyone claiming it can be done for less, is a “buyer beware”red…

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Not All Tile Installations Are The Same Even Though it May Appear That Way

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Do We Really Have to Get Rid of Our Comfortable Carpet?

Do We Really Have to Get Rid of Our Comfortable Carpet?.

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Not All Tile Installations Are The Same Even Though it May Appear That Way

This is true of most things in construction or in product, that what appears to be is the same.

Tile floors are no exception to this misconception when it comes to the actual final outcome.

Not all suppliers and trades go the distance for a host of reasons, to produce the best result.

Budget constraints, want of the sale, pure lack of knowledge or the notion that just because something has been done a certain way for years, it is all that is needed.

Failure of trades workmanship is not always known, as properties are fixed and sold, or the client just doesn’t know any better, that a short lived fix or renovation is not the way it should be, due to seeing and accepting the fact that short lived outcomes proliferate the renovation and building industry in general.

The idea may be, that a buck has to be made, so make it so it gets past five years looking reasonably good and the next person can deal with it then.

Therefore, if it is up to the next person to make it right, what might be considered?

Here we have Schluter- Ditra as a great option for tile installations that will stand the test of time. Of course, one has to consider the trade being used as well for the best result. If the trade is lacking understanding, even the best of product will not perform.

Here is information direct from the Schluter site.

Ceramic and stone tiles are durable, easy to maintain, and hygienic, representing the ideal surface coverings. However, today’s lightweight construction methods can make the installation of hard surface coverings particularly challenging. In order to protect the integrity of the tile assembly, an underlayment that performs multiple functions is required.

Schluter-DITRA is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities, each cut back in a dovetail configuration, and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. Schluter-DITRA is bonded to the substrate using thin-set mortar. The anchoring fleece on the underside of Schluter-DITRA is fully engaged in the mortar to provide a mechanical bond to the substrate. Tile is installed over Schluter-DITRA using the thin-bed method in such a way that the mortar becomes mechanically anchored in the square, cutback cavities of the Schluter-DITRA matting.

Designed specifically for ceramic tile and dimension stone installations, Schluter-DITRA serves as an uncoupling layer, waterproofing membrane, and vapor management layer that accommodates moisture from beneath the tile covering. Further, DITRA performs all these functions while still providing adequate support/load distribution for the tile covering.


a) Uncoupling
Tile has been successfully installed for thousands of years by incorporating an uncoupling layer, or forgiving shear interface, within the tile assembly. Schluter-DITRA provides uncoupling through its open rib structure, which allows for in-plane movement that effectively neutralizes the differential movement stresses between the substrate and the tile, thus eliminating the major cause of cracking and delaminating of the tiled surface.


b) Waterproofing
Schluter-DITRA provides reliable waterproofing in interior and exterior applications. Its polyethylene composition protects the substrate from moisture penetration, which is particularly important in today’s building environment where most substrates are moisture sensitive.


c) Vapor management
The distinguishing feature of Schluter-DITRA is the existence of free space created by the configured channels on the underside of the matting. The free space provides a route for excess moisture and vapor to escape from the substrate that could otherwise cause damage to the tile layer above. Thus, DITRA effectively manages moisture beneath the tile covering.


d) Support/load distribution
When placed on a solid foundation, columns or pillars can support tremendous loads. The same physical principle applies to Schluter-DITRA installations. Column like mortar structures are formed in the cutback cavities of the matting. Loads are transferred from the tile covering through these column-like mortar structures to the substrate. Since DITRA is virtually incompressible within the tile assembly, the advantages of uncoupling are achieved without sacrificing point load distribution capabilities. The ability of DITRA installations to support and distribute heavy loads while preserving the integrity of the tiled surface has been verified through extensive laboratory and field testing, including applications exposed to vehicular traffic.

There you have it!

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Thinking About Siding For Your Home?

With so many choices in siding materials it can be a real challenge deciding on what is right for your home.

A lot is to be considered in relation to permanence, performance, maintenance, durability and the like. The question may boil down to, how long we will own our property and the level of investment in proportion to the community environment, need, look, and saleability of our home once a choice is made.

A solid choice is brick and stone. Time honored and at the top of the long lasting qualities desired, can be a bit cost prohibitive, therefore many times is used for a feature face application. It is very durable and resistant to the elements including insects, temperature differences and the like.

Many alternative products have been developed to allow for the appeal of these natural products at a fraction of the cost and application time, along with eliminating the need for very specialized skill for installation.

Faux stone and brick products as well as bark looks, are now available, and are now more in tune with real than previous, obviously fake looking manufactured products. One may have to get close to know the difference now. Much easier to apply with the attachment systems designed to be attached directly to the wall with screws.

Vinyl siding products are getting better, and also have a better wood looking appeal and is very cost efficient and relatively easy to apply. Some are backed with a rigid foam product adding stability and insulation properties. Many of the lesser quality or older versions were subject to UV damage and would become faded and chalky before breaking down further over time. Now these products have much better resistance to the elements, making them a better option for budget conscious concerns.

Fibre- Cement siding is a mixture of sand and Portland cement and are molded into siding boards. Due to its high resistance to the elements and fire proof qualities, it is quickly becoming the product of choice. Although pricey, many feel the cost up front will be the savings down the road and the long lasting appeal due to damage resistance and little maintenance are worth the extra cash layout. The look of wood without the warping splitting checking or the potential for dis-figuration  that may come with wood or vinyl alternatives.

Cedar siding include lineal boards, shakes and shingles can provide a unique feature. Somewhat time consuming to install and the risk of splitting and cracking, may make this a bit less of a choice now with synthetic products that are better manufactured for look and longevity. Veneered cedar siding is now a choice one can make and should be more stable due to the plywood backing supporting the surface cedar veneer. Better for installation as well as checking and splitting will not be an issue. Longevity of this product is optimistic and the stains beautifully.

Engineered wood products are composite. This means a mixture of wood fibres, resins and wax, with anti-fungal and anti-pest properties are used in the manufacture of these products.They are designed to look near perfect to wood and are painted or have molded surfaces. Molded surfaces are the latest, as the painted surface products had limitations with paint adhesion and moisture resistance. Newer products are moisture resistant and are manufactured without the use of wood fibre. The molded surfaces help in the realism of the  finish making the products look very wood authentic. Installation is user friendly.

All of the above products come in a wide range of color and many have a good variety of design such as stone and brick.

Being that we have all these choices, some of which are described here, we know our decision is going to be one that produces one of the greatest design features we will apply to a home or structure.

Although this is true, consideration must also be given to the primary reason an outer building skin is needed as it constitutes the first line of defense against all the potential elemental issues that will come against a structure through the years and reduce, if not eliminate outside issues to become indoor issues.

We no longer have the simple luxury of a choice between wood siding or stone. Now we have a vast variety to chose from. With the new products, remember warranties are only an indication of the expectations a manufacture has for a said product and will only be as good as the company will back.

Installation needs to be done according to the manufacture specifications in order to fully apply for warranty, if ever needed.

Do thorough research in your demographic as to which products are actually standing up to the given environment you will be building or renovating in. Do not be quick to saddle yourself with a new or improved product and become the satellite test pilot for the manufacturer. It may be best to use a second best choice, rather than a first if you wish to be sure of the possible outcome.

Also, under no circumstance, hire without knowing the contractor is good for the application. A lot of contractors appear in downturn economies and in times of need when as the term is applied, acts of God occur. These contractors for the most part who suddenly appear will also suddenly disappear not long after and likely sooner than badly applied products will tell the story.

Low price or how quickly a contractor can come to the task are benchmarks to pay attention to. Good contractors in demand may be far behind, however, will be worth the wait. Do not give in to emotion and hire badly. Have your home wrapped with house wrap and wait. Maintain the house wrapping so needless breaching does not occur. A well researched contractors cost may be more and timeline challenged, however the completed and future cost of not doing things over is far cheaper than, cheap the first time or more, and then replacements or fixes, requiring a reputable, experienced, and cost correct contractor.

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Moisture Testing of Concrete Slabs, Who is Ultimately Responsible.

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This article was inspired by the question, Should Moisture testing of concrete slabs be the job of installers or General Contractors? By, B.T Burton on the Flooring Installers Group

Ultimately in our shift the blame world for responsibility, it is thought well of, to find reasons why everyone down the chain of hire or up the chain of supply, is to take responsibility for problems in building product applications. Manufacturers and uninformed end users, who do not want to bear the burden of responsibility for the making and purchasing of market driven products, end up basking in this bantering and as long as someone else pays, be it the right party or not, have enjoyed believing this is a best outcome deal.

The real responsibility needs to be laid with the money. He/she/they or whatever organization sets in motion a build or project of any kind is ultimately the responsible party for all good or bad involved. If liability for negligence is to be of issue, our countries have courts and expert witnesses to help resolve the real responsibility for everyone involved. Do not a lot of these issues end up being litigated or mediated by the money person/persons or organization anyway?

Negligence starts with the one initiating the project, uninformed or not, (especially the uninformed or taker informed, advantage seeker) expecting to reap only the good and expecting someone else to absorb the results of their lack of knowledge, oversight or oversight with “ill intent”, to keep aware of the changes or needs of the project without “user ill intent”, for a reasonably successful outcome.

Informed clients, with “good will intent” are usually on top of things, meaning, they do their best to make informed responsible involved decisions and have better results, eliminating issues that result in industry waste of time blame games.

On another note, all good trades need to be in the know and be honest, so as to avoid being the negligent party and if duly accredited in their trade, may very well be used as an expert witness.

If the general contractor, designer, agent, who should be in the know and honest, or anyone else says all is good and the trade believes differently, then they need to move on. No money is made accepting a risk, that in our industry at present due to debate, the real party is not responsible, namely, the money person/persons or organization.

Therefore, if a trade takes the job on, knowing the risks, written or not, they should be aware that the end result may be sheer, “Wow we fluked that one and got away with it” or “Holy crap, we’re screwed,” should they be taken to task by the responsible party, who will be using expert witnesses to prove their point.

The responsible, money person/persons or organization will realize they need a good case, as if it isn’t, the responsibility for the litigation costs could very well be theirs too.

Ron Preston

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What To Do Next, Are Your Hardwood Floors in Dire Need of Attention

What to do next, Hardwood Re-Coat or Refinish.

Hardwood maintenance keeps your flooring in premium condition, however, the time comes when further attention needs to be considered, due to marks, scuffs, thinning of the finish in high traffic areas, moisture damage, pet claw marks, indents from high heels, furniture moving and a host of other over time use issues.

Are we soon enough, for a re-coating and if so what needs to be considered before deciding this will be the solution for your desired results?

Considerations to be addressed are, type of wood flooring, how old the floor is, has it had a refinishing or re-coat before and how long ago and by whom if possible and what maintenance products or procedures the floor has been subjected to, including aspirations from cosmetic products and the like.

Once all the variables have been determined as to the supplied information, test procedures and understandings agreed to have been settled then and only then will the floor be a candidate for a re-coat application.

This re-coat application will require more than one process and all needed procedures will have a bearing on the cost. Either way, a re-coat will come in at a fraction of the cost, reflecting less than half the value of a total refinishing.

If the re-coating cost is over half the cost of refinishing, it is recommended that a full refinish application be considered, as the savings will not translate over a long enough time, before another re-coat needs to be done.

Most times, however, most clients who request a hardwood refinishing professional, have waited too long to have a money saving re-coat application.

It is not uncommon to let the needs of flooring of any kind slip past the threshold of maintenance verses virtual replacement or replacement. ( virtual replacement means a refinish may cost as much as a new floor, however the tear-out/disposal cost is the savings)

The refinishing processes required, are similar in all cases, however the cost is different from one floor to another, as variances in use issues, type of finish and type of wood needing to be considered.

All of these considerations, again will have a bearing on the cost to produce the end desired result.

Research your professionals well, before deciding on who will actually do the project in any application.

Some things to really understand are, the contractors years of experience with the services they offer, testimonials from clients you can actually call, word of mouth, the type of wood, coloration (vital, as dark stained wood requires a full understanding of wood, sealers, stains, pigments, and finishes) and most important, the lowest price does reflect the lowest quality.

More often than not, as I have heard and seen in this industry of flooring over the last 35 years is, the contractor gave us a great price but… and in the end we were not happy and had to do… and the contractor did not reply to our calls…which cost us more in time, frustration and capital in the end, as we hired another to get it done right.

Sometimes, clients have even gone around more than once with several contractors, still believing that another contractor who could do it for less would be the answer.

The end is, Research well who you will have in your home and understand what is to be the expected outcome of the final product along with what is to be done if what is desired turns out to be less achievable. This less achievable understanding should also be a part of the final agreement.

It is not unprofessional to bring awareness to the potential for a needed change to the process, as during the process of re-coating or refinishing, the actual state of the wood, finishes, residuals and the like will become manifest.

It is highly unprofessional for someone to sell an undisclosed project awareness plan and then proceed after to begin to explain that issues to refinishing are common considerations that need address.

Most low price contractors will pontificate their ability and results with little or no understanding for the client up front, as to the limitations, all in these services will come across, sooner or later and mostly when unexpected, due to a lack of knowledge.

In the end, you the consumer or client are responsible for the decision you make and the end result will be yours.

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