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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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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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Reflections on Buying Habits, a Perspective From Over 35 Years in Business

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What Does Boiling Have to do With Carpet and vacuums?

 

The question about carpet over hard surfaces always surfaces when cleaning, health or change in use and decor come into the picture.

Carpet is usually categorized quickly into the bad guy of flooring. Why?

It simply boils down to the forgiving nature of carpet as to the reason maintenance is left until it has to be done. This is the reason so many carpets are worn or soiled in appearance sooner than need be and why carpet is questioned over hard surface choices. Should hard surfaces be unattended similar to carpet, the result would be very much the same. Health wise it would be worse by far as carpet at its worst still retains allergens from re-entering the breathing environment as quickly as hard surfaces.

The simple truth about carpet.

Carpet provides quiet comfort and the final part of the equation is a high filtration vacuum that is of good quality, designed for the clean air result, not just having a high filtration filter added so it can be sold with high filtration as a feature. There is a huge difference.

Next, regular maintenance is needed even if it appears it is not needed. If we never serviced our vehicles because it seemed there was no need, premature wear and the replacement cost would reveal itself sooner than wanted. Carpet is no different.

Buy a great carpet with a premium pad and proper installation and maintain it properly and the result will be healthy warm and comfortable with clean breathing for the whole family, including Pets!

To Boil things down to reality!

Boiling the whole thing down then, is carpet is not at fault, it is our expectations that have been skewed.

This came about due to misinformation or the lack of good information directly from the mills and the supply chain, misinformed cleaning services that appear when someone needs a job.

 

The flooring industry as a whole is a mystery to most buyers, however is one of the largest components to our indoor environments. One would think just the opposite for being in the know would be apropos.

The full responsibility in the end is for the purchaser to foot, as the final decision is theirs to make.

One could be justified in saying hard surfaces are healthier and easier to keep clean, however, miss the point that it takes constant attention to such surfaces to reduce the airborne allergen issues that result if a good regiment of cleaning protocol is not adhered to.

The reality is that caring for your flooring, be it carpet or hard surface needs to be done right for any choice. Allowing the forgiving nature of carpet to assist in regularity of cleaning, that being less regular than needed, is not going to help a great carpet win a hopeless battle.

Hard surfaces attended to less than needed, allow for premature wear of these surfaces and also the greater potential for allergens being redistributed instantly into the breathing space. Carpet contains contaminants from entering the breathing space very effectively and allows for removal before an airborne situation occurs.

Also, comfort is at an all time low with most hard surface products, along with sound control and much more.Custom tile 14

All things boiling down to reality is, don’t be too quick to invest in less than adequate information when it comes to your healthy indoor environment, comfort and peace of mind.

 

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

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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…

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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) – Downloadable Fact Sheets

http://www.carpet-rug.org/Industry-Resources/Downloadable-Fact-Sheets.aspx

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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) – Carpet Improves Indoor Air Quality in Facilities

https://www.carpet-rug.org/About-CRI/CRI-Blog/April-2011/Indoor-Air-Quality-for-Architects,-Designers-and-B.aspx

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Watch out for thin ice

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