Bamboo is not wood but grass and it grows really fast, harvestable every half-decade. Consider bamboo flooring this spring because of its characteristics over wood floorings. Longer usage capacity, sustainability and not being harmful to the environment are some of the heads up it has over regular wood.
It is also not depletable.
Further advantages bamboo flooring has over wood flooring are:
Bamboo itself can be gotten in different frameworks: strand woven, horizontal, vertical. The strand woven bamboo components, as the name implies, are interlaced together and squeezed together with heat to create a bamboo flooring; one key advantage of this bamboo type is its strength above the strength of any type of wood at all. On another hand, components of horizontal bamboo are always stuck together in a horizontal fashion to form bamboo flooring and unlike the strand woven bamboo variant, the grain of the bamboo shows on the floor’s surface. On the final hand, vertical bamboo type is glued just as much as the horizontal bamboo type but the difference is that this is done vertically and there is less evidence of bamboo grain on the surface.
Nature’s color palette is a wonder to behold and this has never been truer than with brick. The finished colors of the clay – mined from the ground and then fired in kilns to become brick – have delighted builders and home designers for centuries. Over its 128 years of manufacturing these rich hued building units, Acme Brick has consistently added new colors to this most natural construction material – brick.
According to Mat Tramel, Corporate Laboratory Manager for Acme Brick, there are dozens of “body” colors of the company’s brick, ranging from snow white to very deep black and everything in between. ”This diversity of colors has greatly expanded over the years as a response to market demands,” he said. “We are continually able to add more colors. The natural color of the clay can be slightly adjusted with a variety of new technologies at the plant resulting in hundreds of different colors. If you think about it, Acme Brick is really in the color business.
The Hottest Brick Color Designs
Home design is very much like fashion design. Different styles and colors come and go, depending on the tastes of homeowners. The manufacturers who belong to the industry trade group, the Brick Industry Association, see a trend toward softer subtler colors in the preferences of current homeowners.
According to a recent survey, the group reported that the top residential color choices include whites, grays, tans, and buffs (a light yellow-brown color) – in line with younger homebuyers’ preferences for lighter exteriors made from natural materials and modern design over boxy architecture.
The 2019 survey also noted that increasingly popular metallic glazes, including clear glazes and colors such as greens and blacks, have been rising in demand. Sleek metallic finishes that shimmer with light rays can help create a striking feature wall or backsplash.
This survey notes that the latest design trends feature “historic modern” elements, including bellcast eaves and flying trellises inspired by 16th century French architect Philbert de l’Orme. Trends also include arched doorways that mimic classic barrel vaulting used by the Romans and revived with the Renaissance.
There is a trend toward Tudor Revival where certain texturing with the brick results in casting multiple shadow accents in the daytime. This creates a beautiful “impasto” appearance – the look an artist achieves by applying paint in thick layers on a canvas such that the strokes are visible.
The latest brick trends also include creating interesting textures by corbelling – where random bricks jut out of walls.
Pavers are especially popular for kitchens and mudrooms, and colors lean toward grays and blacks, with grays working especially well with stone and other building materials. Pavers are also being increasingly used both indoors and out.
How Home Style Guides Brick Color Selection
Today’s home buyers have a vast array of styles from which to choose – from Modern to Farmhouse, to Industrial Loft and others. As a residential sales representative for Acme Brick, Jonathan Douglas spends a lot of time talking to home builders, interior designers and future home buyers. He has first-hand experience with the advantages of having multiple colors of brick for all of these groups.
“The wide range of brick color choices enable builders and designers to achieve the look that home buyers want,” he said. “The style of home plays a part in the color selection as well as the trends at the time. For example, a modern look started with white then went to gray; now it is trending towards black. As for a traditional look, we trend towards brown brick, and farmhouse is either painted or lighter colors.
“Some colors are also more popular than others in a given geographical area. In most cases, this color preference depends on the availability of that brick color in the area.”
Mat Tramel adds, “We are constantly testing and developing new colors based on the market changes and annual forecasts. We also take pride in being able to match colors from past production for match jobs and add-ons.”
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from brick.com https://brick.com/what-are-hottest-brick-colors-your-home
Metal roofing has countless benefits. The metal roofing sheets helps insulate your home during the cold winter months and the hot summers. Enjoy reduced cooling costs and energy efficiency with your new roof. Many of these savings occur because your home will not require additional cooling during more expensive peak demand times. Instead, you can enjoy savings year after year with your cool roof system.
Benefits of a Metal Roof
Your metal roof will provide you with countless benefits. Whether you choose standing seam metal roofing sheets or metal shingles you can count on several incredible benefits:
As you can see, your new roof will reduce costs. Avoid the hassle of constant replacement and repair of a traditional asphalt roof. Don’t worry about rot, mold, or termites destroying your home. Enjoy security and safety during harsh weather. Your family will be comfortable this summer with cool roof technology.
Your metal roofing system not only cools your home. These roofs have exceptional longevity. In fact, according to a study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in California, solar reflective pigment coating had higher solar reflectance, reducing heat levels. With extensive cost, energy, and environmental benefits, cool roofs are the wave of the future.
Contact the roofing professionals at London Eco-Metal to install your custom metal roofing system. Speak with our established team of experts about which roof design works best for your home. Discuss benefits like energy efficiency, savings, and durability. Peruse our extensive array of exciting color, style, and finish options.
Trust London Eco-Metal to install a high-quality metal roof on your home. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you build the home of your dreams. Contact us today.
from London ECO-METAL Manufacturing Inc. https://www.londonecometal.com/metal-roofing-ontario-blog/2020/03/reduce-costs-with-cool-metal-roofs/
Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest on the west coast, just north of Dargaville. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The highway through the forest is memorable for the natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.
This forest is the home of Tane Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tane Mahuta is rightly called ‘The Lord of the Forest’. Another significant tree in Waipoua Forest is Te Matua Ngahere – ‘Father of the Forest’ – which is estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old.
Recently the Northland NOC team completed 23 kilometres of reseal on State Highway 12, the first time this section of road has been resealed in 24 years. All of the work was completed internally by Northland construction, sealing and traffic management crews with pavement repair assistance provided from Gisborne and East Coast.
The project was completed in stages from June 2019 to February 2020 consisting of:
Work was completed according to the specific SOP with inductions for all Fulton Hogan staff and subcontractors completed by a Te Roroa Ecologist.
Kauri is part of New Zealand’s heritage, but kauri dieback is threatening their extinction. Spoil, vegetation, digout & milling material – all pavement & basecourse material is considered to be “soil” and was treated as infected with PTA. The soil was disposed of off-site by transporting it in trucks where the bins were double layered with 200um Polypropylene liners which were securely sealed and covered with waterproof tarpaulins. Once transported and disposed of the truck decks were checked then water blasted so they were totally soil-free and treated with a 2% SteriGENE solution.
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On Saturday 29 February, the Lyttelton Wastewater Work Package 4 project team successfully completed a major milestone in the project, by pulling 542m of 355mm PE pipeline under Ferry Road and the Heathcote River, Christchurch.
This project is the final section of the Lyttelton Wastewater Scheme. The project includes the installation of 4.8km of wastewater pipeline through Heathcote Valley, connecting to Pump Station 15 in Woolston’s Alport Place. Once complete, all Lytteltons Harbour’s wastewater will be redirected to the main Christchurch wastewater treatment plant in Bromley. This will help improve the health of our harbour for current and future generations to enjoy.
Led by project manager John O’Donoghue, the team have been planning the works for just under a year. Specialist subcontractors Hadlee and Brunton were chosen to complete the horizontal directional drill under the Heathcote River, Ferrymead roundabout and along Ferry Road to Alport Place. Hadlee and Brunton operate the largest drilling equipment in New Zealand and are equipped with a team of highly skilled individuals.
The pipe pull was completed in a one-night shift. The pipe was pre-welded and tested in the paddocks parallel to Tunnel Road. On the night, the pipeline was pulled up onto Tunnel Road, across the roundabout and along Ferry Road to Johns Street. From here, the pipe was attached to the reamer and pulled back through the pre-drilled hole under Ferry Road. The team finished the works four hours ahead of schedule.
Project manager John O’Donoghue says, “I am delighted that after all our pre-planning and advanced enabling works that it all came together on the night.
As this was a contractor design element of the project it had several design challenges, which all needed to be addressed and approved months in advance.
The team made up of several subcontractors, including Hadlee and Brunton, and our own three waters drainage team, and was supported by many other Fulton Hogan staff who sacrificed their Saturday night to help.
It’s always great to see smiling faces at the end of a job well done, even if that is 5am!”
from Fulton Hogan https://www.fultonhogan.com/542-metre-feat-of-engineering/
We hope that this email finds you well and safe. This week, our thoughts and prayers are with the communities in Tennessee which experienced the loss of life and devastation from tornados. As these communities enter the long process of recovery and rebuilding, we will be watching for opportunities to help. As those stories unfold,… read more
from Blog – Classic Metal Roofing Systems https://www.classicmetalroofingsystems.com/notes-from-the-field/
A pedestal sink can make a bathroom look more open and stylish. No matter your reason for installing a pedestal sink, we’ve got you covered.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/how-to-plumb-a-pedestal-sink/
When renovating or designing a home, cork flooring may not be high on your wishlist, but at Flooring.org, we absolutely love cork floors and think they’re a fantastic choice for all types and styles of homes and businesses.
Here are 6 great reasons you shouldn’t rule out cork flooring:
1. It’s environmentally friendly.
Cork refers to the bark of the Cork Oak and although the bark is stripped from the tree, it does no harm to it. The bark begins growing back immediately and nine years later, it can be stripped again, making the practice incredibly sustainable.
2. It’s unique.
Many homes have carpet, tile or hardwood, but cork flooring is much less prevalent. Not the go-to for most people when building or renovating a home, it is a great choice for those who like to choose the road less traveled and stand out from the crowd.
3. It’s safe.
Cork is naturally antimicrobial, repelling insects, vermin, and bacteria that reside on well-traversed floor surfaces. It also makes a terrible home for termites, mold, and mildew.
4. It’s durable.
Lasting upwards of 40 years, you’ll find cork floors in banks, schools, and libraries. Their durability is due to the material’s softness and give that causes minimal grinding action from foot traffic. It can also be repaired when damaged, rather than having to be replaced.
5. It’s beautiful.
Cork flooring probably looks better than you expect. It can be shiny and smooth, as well as come in a variety of colors and styles. When done properly, it doesn’t appear cheap and can emulate hardwood and tile if you prefer the look of different flooring.
6. It feels good.
Unlike hardwood or tile, cork isn’t rigid, but has give and will bounce back as you walk across it. This makes it a great choice for those with painful joints or back pain. Furthermore, cork doesn’t get as cold as wood or tile if you like to walk around the house barefoot.
Now that you know the incredible virtues of cork flooring, we hope you’ll put it on your list of beautiful and eco-conscious flooring options when shopping at Flooring.org. You can send any questions to us at email@example.com, utilize our live chat tool or give us a call at 800-689-9006.
from Flooring http://www.flooring.org/blog/facts-about-cork-flooring/
What a rapidly changing world we live in. We recently exhibited at the International Roofing Expo and this leading roofing show is so different from what it was just 10-15 years ago. We daresay that, if you took someone from 20 years ago and dropped them into this show today, they’d swear they are in… read more
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Hardwood, with its warm organic colors and natural feel, is popular with homeowners for a reason. It is the most sought after flooring material and instantly raises the value of any property it is attached to. However, hardwood’s singular flaw is its propensity for displaying damage in the form of scratches and scrapes. Avoiding this issue is difficult to impossible, particularly for homeowners with kids and pets.
However, there is good news. In the vast majority of cases, hardwood damage can be treated and repaired with a little bit of handiwork, extending the life of your floor significantly. The secret to this technique is surprising and, to be perfectly honest, a little nutty.
Walnuts, to be precise. Indeed, the snack nut available at your local grocer can be used to fill in scratches and restore damaged hardwood to its original pristine state. Let’s take a look at the steps necessary to pull of this miracle:
If you follow these simple steps, you should be able to remove even the most stubborn of scratches and restore your floor to its original beauty. If you are interested in learning more tips and tricks to care for your floor, or you have any additional questions about flooring in general, we invite you to contact us at 800-689-9006 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nobody knows floors like us!
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