Useful Information

Wood Flooring Basics

There are many benefits to wood floors. They create a warm look to your home and provide a healthier environment for allergy sufferers. You simply sweep, vacuum, or dust mop dirt and pet hair away. Wood floors will also help increase the value and selling appeal of your home.

Wood floors can be installed anywhere in your home however, the wood you choose will depend on location and budget.

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Wood Hardness Chart

The hardness of wood is calculated by a test that measures the force needed to embed a .444-inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. This is the industry standard for determining the ability of different species to tolerate denting and normal wear and tear. It's also a good tool for determining the effort needed to nail or cut different wood species.

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Granite 101

Questions & Answers

How much does a granite countertop typically cost?

This is a frequently asked question and the answer varies. The cost depends on a number of things:

  • The type of stone (difficulty in quarrying and shipping)
  • Edging
  • Backsplash
  • Radius

(When stopping in for a rough estimate please bring a drawing of the area with measurements.)

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Types of Stone

Marble (Metamorphic) - Marble is a dense crystallized rock. It's a form of limestone that has been transformed by extreme heat and is commonly used in buildings, sculptures, and monuments. It is not ideal for kitchens where spills and scratching are common. Sealing with a penetrating sealer is recommended to help protect from staining.

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Mohs Scale of Relative Mineral Hardness

A German mineralogist by the name of Friedrich Mohs invented a scale of relative mineral hardness that has become known as the Mohs scale. This scale has been a valuable tool in identifying minerals since 1812. The following are the ten standard minerals in the Mohs scale:

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