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Intro to reno: A look at hardwood flooring

Published - June 16, 2016

Under the header of hardwood flooring, there are many different types, textures and wood species to choose from. For new homeowners, or those who have never really given flooring much thought, the sheer volume of choices maybe seem to be a bit intimidating. That is why it a good idea to do your homework first; even though  flooring experts are typically on hand  in both flooring and big box home renovation stores.
With that in mind, here is a look at the different types of hardwood flooring, flooring textures and some of Canada’s most popular woods species for flooring. Types of Hardwood Flooring
Source: Armstrong Flooring Solid Wood Solid hardwood flooring boards are each made from a single piece of wood, which can be sanded and refinished as needed. This type of flooring should not be used in basements or bathrooms. Engineered Engineered hardwood flooring is hardwood at its core, with three to ten layers that have b…


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What you need to know about mould in your home

What you need to know about mould in your home Published - June 12, 2016 This is not the first time you will hear about the effects of mould growth in your home, and it probably won’t be the last.  The damp and humid conditions that accompany the warmer and wetter summer weather increase the likelihood of mould formation in your home, and this is a tangible concern not only for your home itself but for the health of you and your family. In order to get a better understanding of how to address mould issues, spoke to mould inspection expert Tony Muscat of Inch by Inch Healthy Homes. Mould and Health “Many people underestimate the negative health effects that mould can have on their families” Muscat says.  Mould release spores that can be inhaled and may lead to an increased likelihood of experiencing respiratory issues such as coughing, shortness of breath, throat irritation and even allergic reactions.  This is especially true if…

7 tricks to help you spend less on natural gas

(NC) With thermostats turned down and windows pushed open, most people aren't thinking about their natural gas bill during the spring and summer months. But did you know that, next to home heating, the greatest source of natural gas costs comes from heating water and swimming pools?
Here are some tips from Enbridge Gas to help you manage your energy use through the warmer months: Install a smart thermostat. Unlike ordinary thermostats, smart thermostats adapt to your routine by learning your schedule and temperature preferences. They automatically deliver comfort when you're at home and savings when you're out. Some utility companies even provide financial incentives for their customers who purchase these devices. Enbridge is offering their customers a $100 credit on their bill. Learn more about the Enbridge program at Keep drapes and shades closed. Even if your windows are closed, they can still let a lot of …