Green Plumbing – Shower Head Test
I know, green/eco friendly products are the rage. Fortunately for the environment the green plumbing movement is here and it’s here to stay. Most plumbing fixture manufacturers have been voluntarily making greener products for the last few years and don’t be surprised if the government doesn’t step in again and make some of these green products like HET (High Efficiency Toilets) toilets and urinals, ultra low consumption faucets and shower heads a requirement.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/green-plumbing-shower-head-test-ecostyle/
It’s Safe to Say Basement Flooding is a Big Deal in Plumbing
If you’re a victim of flooding, we’ve got the help you need. If your basement is flooding you’re probably asking yourself a bunch of questions.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/diagnose-remedy-basement-flooding-problems/
The new year is right around the corner. If you are planning on remodeling your house in 2020, consider staying up to date on the latest trends in home design. To learn about five top hardwood flooring trends for 2020, just keep reading.
The first trend in flooring for 2020 is wider planks. Over the years, the width of planks has grown larger and larger. For 2020, expect to find plants that are as wide as 12 inches. Wide planks can make a room feel more grand and spacious.
The second flooring trend for 2020 is Earth tones. Earthy tones are warm, cozy, and neutral. They are elegant and easy, helping to create a comfortable and sophisticated feel in your home. You can either opt for woods that are already warm and natural in color, or you can finish hardwood with Earthy tones.
The third trend for flooring in 2020 is eco-friendly options. More manufacturers are leaning towards environmentally friendly planks to help protect the planet and please their customers. Natural flooring isn’t only good for the environment, but it is also eye-catching in any home. Some environmentally friendly flooring options you can find include cork and bamboo, which are renewable woods.
When we think of eco-friendly flooring, we typically think of flooring that is made from renewable resources. However, we may forget about how some floorings have formaldehyde and VOCs. The next trend for flooring in 2020 is air quality. Green Guard certified hardwood flooring and Carb 2 compliant flooring don’t feature harmful chemicals. Some flooring even comes with air-purifying finishes.
The final flooring trend for 2020 is distressed wood. The distressed effect is edgy and cool, but it’s also easy to maintain and rustic. If you are picking flooring for a cabin or beach house, distressed wood will fit right in.
You can find high-quality, trendy flooring at flooring.org. Shop from these trends on our website or give us a call at 800-689-9006 for more information!
After years of televised success via its wildly popular PBS series and now getting even more attention as a blockbuster movie, “Downton Abbey” has touched the imagination of Americans of all ages. As much as the characters of these series are loved, the style of the architecture and home designs has also struck a chord in the home design symphony.
In combination with the trend towards farmhouse and antique designs, it’s no wonder that the English Cottage thinBRIK, from Acme Brick Tile & Stone has become so popular among homeowners. It has that Downton Abbey look. Nonetheless, beyond its old world charm, there are other, more practical reasons to choose this thin brick.
The (Practical) Advantages of Thin Brick
In a short amount of time, thin brick has become extremely popular for both residential and commercial buildings. There are several practical reasons for this:
Residential and commercial construction schedules have become more demanding.
This is encouraging builders to become more efficient throughout the building process and this is where thin brick comes into play. Due to its reduced thickness, the material can be installed quicker than traditional brick.
It is easily installable both indoors and outdoors
Since thinBRIK is applied directly to the wall system, there are no additional foundation or wall-support requirements. This makes it very easy to incorporate in rooms such as a living room or kitchen.
This material is eco-friendly
Thin brick allows for easier insulation installation, making it extremely energy efficient for the building.
Brick lovers never have to compromise their designs
thinBRIK allows for a brick finish for all types of buildings, including those that might not have considered brick before. For example, interior walls in both residential and commercial spaces can now enjoy all the glory brick has to offer.
The Look is Classic
Jonathan Douglas of Acme Brick Tile & Stone does not visit Notting Hill or receive invitations to the parties over at Downton Abbey, but he is an expert on the look that gives these mythical areas their stunning appearance.
“Some homeowners might think this style of thin brick is for Tudor or other traditional homes,” he said. “It does have an ‘Old World’ look however it can be used on any style home. It all depends on what look that the designer or homeowner is going for.
“This English Cottage thinBrik is becoming more popular among builders, interior designers and homeowners because of the wide range of colors and selections available. The colors range from reds, browns, and grays and it is available in most all of the traditional brick looks. Among designers and homeowners, the most popular color of thinBRIK seems to be the gray. It’s what is IN right now.
“In general, we can achieve a brick look without the constraints of locations of applications of traditional full size brick. Because it is only ⅝ of an inch thick, it can be applied easily on interior or exterior applications, offering the look and feel of full size brick, without the constraints of weight on a non-load bearing surface. We also now offer all of our manufactured brick in ‘thin brick’ as well because of the growing demand for thin brick.”
The Durability and Low Maintenance of Traditional Brick
While this thin brick has a charming appearance, many builders and homeowners love brick construction because of two practical reasons: durability and low maintenance. How does the English Cottage thinBRIK stack up with these two criteria?
“Our thinBRIK has the same durability as that of traditional brick,” Douglas said. “Because it is a true clay product the color and quality will last. It is a very sustainable product. Plus, as long as it is installed properly, because it is a natural clay product, this thin brick will require no maintenance.”
Whether it is its look and feel or the durability and low maintenance, even the Crawley family (along with their upstairs and downstairs staff) would have to love the English Cottage thinBRIK!
If you are looking to add some charm to your home, click here to learn more about our newest thinBRIK colors.
Delve into our list of plumbing terminology to make your way in this complex yet necessary market. This article will make it easy for you to understand the core concepts that stand at the foundation of the plumbing world. Let’s begin!
ABS – Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene. Rigid black plastic pipe used for Drain, waste, and vent lines. Please check your local codes to see if this material is code approved. In most major metropolitan areas it is not a code approved material.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/plumbing-terminology/
Finding the Right Plumber is Based on Earned Trust
We’ve found out over the years that there seems to be an inherent mistrust of plumbing contractors nationwide so finding the right plumber can be stressful. Maybe it’s because the industry hasn’t done a good enough job explaining itself, maybe it’s the rather dramatic range of pricing across the country. Regardless of reasons, here are some tips to use when choosing the right plumber for you.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/tips-on-finding-the-right-plumber/
What Effect does the pipe pitch of drain lines in a home or commercial building have with regards to a possible backup?
Pipe pitch maybe one of the most important concepts in plumbing. It’s where the phrase “shit goes down and stink goes up” originates from. Waste water is supposed to drain away from the fixture it serves. Did you know that DWV (Drainage, Waste and Vent) fittings have pitch already built into the fittings.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/pipe-pitch-and-sewer-backups/
It’s sort of surprising that we’ve never defined the term before so here it goes. Wait…….before we go on, please don’t say sprinkler fitting should be plumbers work or refrigeration piping is plumbers work, etc. most piping trades have quite a bit of skill set overlap in their respective fields.
We are trying to give you the standard explanation of what a plumbing service is, trying to encompass what most experts would agree is the scope of a plumbers job.
from The Plumbing Info https://theplumbinginfo.com/plumbing-service/
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For more than 125 years, Acme Brick has been “the best thing to have around your house.” Now, the “best” has gotten better. Acme Brick is expanding into other home improvement products and you can get in on the ground floor! Literally. The same, incomparable quality that Acme has been known for in its brick is now available in flooring.
Because of the vast array of choices – hundreds of materials and a staggering number of price points – many homeowners suffer the dreaded paralysis by analysis when it comes time to pick the perfect flooring for their home. Fortunately, homeowners can take advantage of the design and building professionals at Acme Brick Tile & Stone who have the knowledge and have carefully curated premium products from manufacturers to do the analysis for you and deliver the absolute best values in flooring.
How Acme Simplifies Shopping for Flooring
Linda Anderson of Acme Brick & Stone is an expert on helping homeowners put together the complicated puzzle of choosing their flooring, piece by piece. “We focus on the six most popular flooring categories and guide shoppers from there,” she said. “And these are all available from every Acme Brick Tile and Stone location.”
Six Categories of Flooring
According to Anderson, these six categories include:
Floor & Wall Tile – These are durable, easily maintained, have a long lifespan, and come in a large selection of colors, designs, shapes, and sizes. Additionally, new technology has allowed the creation of products that provide the look of wood or natural stone, with the low-maintenance requirements of tile.
Luxury Vinyl Planks – “This is the fastest growing segment in the flooring market, and it is less expensive than tile for product and installation,” Anderson said. “It can be installed by the homeowner by either gluing down or floating. Floating can go over existing flooring and is waterproof.”
Hardwood – This flooring product has warmth and a traditional, yet sophisticated appearance. It is often considered an “upgrade” from luxury vinyl planks.
Decorative Mosaics – “This is the ‘jewelry’ of tile,” Anderson said. “They are gorgeous and add a unique style to any room.” Using a mosaic style of flooring also allows the homeowner to manifest their creativity and design their floors according to their personal tastes.
Natural Stone Cladding – A natural alternative to brick, this product brings the outside, inside. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of colors and shapes to match any décor.
Natural Stone Tile & Mosaics – Most homeowners consider these products to be very sophisticated. They can provide a “rich” atmosphere that is warm to the touch while showcasing the beauty of natural materials. There is also a large selection of colors and shapes to help homeowners build their ideal design.
What Can Homeowners Expect from These Flooring Products?
All Acme Brick Tile & Stone flooring products fall in the “middle” of the pricing scale. “We do not offer the least expensive nor the highest price point,” Anderson said. “However, we do offer FIRST-RATE QUALITY products from multiple U.S. factories and select importers. We also have a wide breadth of offerings from basic wall tiles to elaborate 5’x10’ porcelain panel slabs.
“Although each manufacturer offers its own level of warranty, all products sold through Acme sales locations are backed by the “Acme” name. Since we have been in business for more than 125 years, the “Acme Brick Tile & Stone” name means something and we stand behind every product we sell! We strongly believe that this is an important consideration for consumers when they are buying something as expensive as flooring.”
Shopping and Delivery Made Easy
Builders have always been able to buy products from Acme Brick and now consumers can too. Acme helps the homeowner overcome the typical logistics of delivering flooring products.
Here are some things to remember when shopping for and purchasing these products:
“We sell to retail customers from our location showrooms,” Anderson said. “This allows the homeowner to see the product first-hand, and they can take advantage of the knowledge of our trained sales associates. Most homeowners are overwhelmed by the purchase of flooring due to the number of offerings available to them. Our sales associates help homeowners navigate through the design/purchase/installation process. Customers can click here to find a convenient showroom.”
Delivery and Unloading
“Shipping directly to a customer’s residence can present a challenge because most tile products are heavy, with the average pallet of tile weighing 2,000 pounds or more. Shipping them via a common carrier to a customer’s residence is rare as the homeowner typically does not have the means to unload a truck. However, orders placed through our sales locations can absolutely be delivered via one of the Acme owned trucks where the products are unloaded via a forklift by our personnel.”
Great Prices and Pre-inspection
“Individual orders placed through our location showrooms are typically combined and shipped into the sales location once a week. There are multiple advantages to this. First, Acme gets awesome LTL (less than load) rates that are substantially lower than an individual could get. Secondly, the Acme warehouse personnel examines every customer order for breakage damage, accuracy, and completeness. If products are found to be damaged, our personnel deal with the hassles presented by damaged shipments, removing this burden from the homeowner.
“We are extremely excited about our flooring options and look forward to showing customers their versatility and value.”
If you are interested in exploring our newest flooring products, click here to navigate through our online catalog.
I'm Kris a builder with 40year experience in home improvements and maintenance Doors, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, tiling, plastering, brickwork, painting, decorating, etc.