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COREtec Flooring for Your Remodeling Project

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Core-tec flooring - Design Build PlannersCOREtec is a new innovative luxury vinyl flooring. COREtec combines style, performance, and comfort that is hard to be matched by anything else. COREtec is offered in 50 different colors and styles, imitating both tile and wood floors. Further, COREtec’s unique structure help it stand apart from others in the industry. It is made up of recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC. These materials combine to make the flooring very strong and stable.

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Carpeting vs Hardwood

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AnnahMarie of Organic Gurlz Gardens Fort Wayne, IndianaThis is AnnahMarie and Becca.

Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Indiana will be sharing information on, Carpeting vs Hardwood.

When deciding on flooring, there are many factors to take into account beyond just  comfort. Today, we provide a few pros and cons to assist in making your decision easier.

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COREtec Flooring

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COREtec Flooring

CoreTec Plus flooring ~ Design Build Planners (1)COREtec Plus 5” planks are a waterproof, inert, dimensionally stable LVT, or Luxury Vinyl Tile construction. The patent pending design uses an extrusion process to combine recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone, and ‘virgin’ PVC. The non-recycled Poly Vinyl Chloride is the binding agent, the limestone provides stability in the end product, and the wood and bamboo provide additional resilience to the final product. The edges are beveled to form an interlocking surface, and the bottom surface is cork for insulation of both sound and temperature.

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Porcelain Tile Flooring

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Porcelain Tile Flooring

Porcelain Tile Flooring that Looks Like Wood (1)-Design Build PlannersWhen undertaking a home renovation, many homeowners are often on the look for a durable, easy to maintain and budget friendly. Porcelain tile flooring is durable, easy to maintain and comes in many textures, appearances, and sizes.

There are many types of flooring options available in the market. Hardwood floors are one of the most liked and preferred choice of floor in residential and commercial settings. Hardwood also is one of the most expensive options. On the other hand, porcelain floor tile suits every type of budget and is also available in the hardwood appearance as well.

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The Case of Formaldehyde and Lumber Liquidators

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wood flooring - Design Build PlannersRecently, formaldehyde and Lumber Liquidators have made headlines, after an airing of CBS’ 60 Minutes. This post will look at both sides of the case. If you are interested in reading more about formaldehyde, a post can be found here.

The claim from the 60 Minutes investigations was damning. Lumber Liquidators, a major flooring retailer, was using products that contained an unsafe level of formaldehyde; which is a carcinogen. Unsurprisingly, Lumber Liquidator’s stock went into a free fall. If the testing wasn’t enough, 60 Minutes pushed the envelope even further. On the 60 Minutes special, they aired hidden camera footage from Chinese flooring factories in which workers admitted to falsifying formaldehyde levels in Lumber Liquidators’ products.

As one would expect, Lumber Liquidators came firing back. Their CEO, Rob Lynch insists that the whole thing is being overblown by short sellers on Wall Street. Lynch also took issues with the testing done to the products; stating that what is done in testing does not at all simulate the day to day exposure a person would get to the formaldehyde.

To demonstrate their confidence, and hopefully repair their image, Lumber Liquidators is willing to pay for their own safety testing for those who want it.

There are two more things to consider. First, Lumber Liquidators has been involved in an ongoing class action lawsuit for this issue prior to the 60 Minutes investigator. Secondly, California safety officials have stated that proper ventilation is probably enough

What do you think about this issue?

Formaldehyde in Flooring and Cabinets

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Formaldehyde in Flooring and Cabinets

Formaldehyde free cabinets for kitchen remodeling - Design Build PlannersWe all have desks, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets and flooring in our homes but do you really know what your furniture and flooring contains? Many people, probably just like yourself, think that your home is completely safe but your furniture and flooring contains a toxic chemical, known as formaldehyde that can be very dangerous to your health. Formaldehyde is a high volume chemical that is used as the adhesive resin to hold composite woods, including particleboard, plywood and fiberboard together. It can also be used as a common disinfectant, but is most commonly found in the home in your furniture, flooring, cabinets, some fabrics and even makeup. There are some things you should know about formaldehyde to know how safe you are from its effects and whether you should consider green remodeling.

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Bamboo Flooring for Your Remodeling Project

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Bamboo Floors for Your Remodeling Project

Bamboo Flooring for Your Remodeling Project (1)-Design Build PlannersHome remodeling is a major task, but it can often be quite fun. All homeowners want an end result that is attractive, durable, and up to the latest trends. If you are a homeowner who is opting for a remodeling project that includes a change of flooring, then you should consider getting a bamboo floor.
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Epoxy Flooring for Your Home

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Epoxy Floors for Your Home (1)-Design Build PlannersWhen you have flooring in and around the home that will get a lot of traffic, you may want to look into options aside from the traditional. Hardwood, concrete, and even vinyl are good options, but if you want something a bit more advanced, then you will definitely want to look into something that is far more durable overall. That’s where epoxy floors come in handy. Epoxy finish is more than just something that commercial warehouses and medical facilities use, you can use this in your basement, garage, and more. There are some serious advantages to choosing epoxy flooring as well. Continue reading