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Why Kahrs Wood Flooring is the Right Choice for Your Home  

A Hardwood Floor is a Great Investment 

What could be warmer and more inviting than a real hardwood floor in your home? Kahrs Wood Flooring is not only adds elegance and style to your home’s décor, it also adds to the resale value of your home which makes it an excellent investment. Since a real hardwood floor increases your home’s value and doesn’t have to be replaced the way carpeting would, you will find that it actually pays for itself in the long run. 

Kahrs Wood Flooring

Kahrs Red Oak Denver

Kahrs Hardwood Flooring Provides True Natural Beauty 

Nothing is more beautiful than real wood. Kahrs Hardwood Flooring is made from 11 different types of wood, offering you a variety of different looks and feels to suit your décor. Since this flooring is made from real wood your floor will be unique as every piece of wood has its own distinct beauty. A wood floor brings a certain warmth and beauty to almost any room of your house. 

Kahrs Brazilian Cherry

Duchateau Floors

Pergo Flooring

Hardwood Floors are Easy to Clean 

A hardwood floor is easy to clean and care for. On a day to day basis you will simply need to use a gentle dust mop, the type with microfibers for trapping dust usually work best. You will also want to clean spills right away with a damp cloth. You will find that a hardwood looks cleaner more of the time than a tile, linoleum or even carpeted floor, which is a tremendous benefit. 

Shaw Laminate Flooring

Armstrong Laminate Flooring

Mohawk Laminate Flooring

A Real Hardwood Floor Lasts a Lifetime 

One of the main reasons that a real hardwood floor increases the value of your home is that it almost never needs to be replaced. This saves a homeowner thousands and thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the home. Kahrs Hardwood Flooring is made to last and uses a special finish that makes it resistant to stains. Imagine not having to replace your flooring every 5 to 10 years. Not only will this floor last, but it is also versatile enough to go with any type of décor so that you can update the look of your room many times over without having to change your flooring. 

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Choosing Hardwood Flooring To Fit Your Budget

 

Hardwood flooring is a very popular choice in many homes in part because of its sheer beauty and ease of maintenance, but also because it is a very affordable choice that also adds value to any residence. There are many types of hardwood flooring available, all of which are often less expensive in price to other floor surface alternatives.

 

Nafco Vinyl Tile
Somerset Flooring

 

Hardwood flooring is competitively priced and is quite valuable when compared with other flooring options. If cared for properly, hardwood flooring will never need to be replaced, much on like other types of flooring. Hardwood flooring products also provide long-lasting value because they are made of all natural products that are beautiful in appearance and practical in choice.

Homerwood Flooring
Mullican Hardwood Flooring

 

When choosing the type of hardwood flooring you will install in your home, you will be presented with many different types and styles of flooring, some of which will be made of real wood and some of which will be constructed of other materials. Though these other options are quite beautiful as well, it is often more cost-effective to select the real wood over other synthetic materials. Part of this is because homes containing real hardwood floors hold their value, sell faster and can often be sold at higher prices.

Armstrong Hardwood Flooring
Mannington Hardwood Flooring
Appalachian Hardwood Flooring
 

Hardwood flooring is also available in many different colors so the options are literally endless. When making your selection, you will have several species, colors and grain variations to consider. Other than the walls, the floor represents the largest expanse of color or pattern in a room. Your floor should compliment the furniture, fabrics and accessories that already occupy the space while enhancing the unique personality of the room at large. Likewise, if you are moving into a new home and will be replacing older furnishings with newer ones, you may decide to choose the floor first. Here you would simply choose the furnishings that would match the floor and could initially select from more choices in the beginning.

 

Mohawk Hardwood Flooring
Shaw Hardwood Flooring

 

If you are unable to afford hardwood flooring for every room, choose the rooms you would most like to install it in first. Remember, you can always add it in other rooms later. You can even have it installed in one room at a time and can choose different types and colors of hardwood flooring for each one. You will have many options available to you and a floor that will literally last you a lifetime if cared for correctly.

 

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The Wonders of Cork Flooring  

 

Cork has been in use for thousands of years.  The Romans used cork as roofing material, in ship building, and as shoe soles.  In 3000 B.C., cork was being used for fishing bobbers in China, Egypt, and Persia.  In ancient Greece, cork trees were thought to be symbols of honor, and only the priests were allowed to cut them down. 

Today, cork is harvested throughout the Mediterranean.  The largest producer of cork is Portugal, providing 50% of the world’s supply of cork.

 

Wicanders Cork Flooring
Wicanders Series 1000
Wicanders Series 100

 

Cork is cellular in nature.  Its cells are 14 sided, with strong, flexible walls.  The cells combine to make a honeycomb pattern.  The shape and flexibility of cork makes it waterproof and airtight.  These qualities combine to make a great flooring material.

 

Cork flooring is very resistant to abrasion, making it resilient to commercial and household traffic.  Because of its natural water resistance, cork can be used in any room of your home; it can also be used in public buildings, such as schools, libraries, hotels, hospitals, and more.  Cork flooring is very compact, this enables the floor to regain its shape and recover from compression quickly.  Cork is also comfortable and cozy.  It’s a great insulator, whether you live in a hot or cold climate, and it’s comfortable to ones feet and legs.  Cork is also a great acoustic insulator, proving quiet throughout your home or business.

 

Exotic Hardwood Floors
We Cork Flooring
Anderson Dellamano Espresso

 

With its ability to resist moisture, cork flooring is antibacterial and antimicrobial.  It’s resistant to rot and insects also.  Cork flooring does not absorb dust or other airborne particles; witch makes it a great choice for allergy sufferers.

 

Anderson Hickory Forge Hammer Glow
Unfinished Engineered Hardwood  

One more benefit of cork flooring is that it is extremely environmentally friendly.  Cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak tree.  This unique tree can re-grow its bark every nine years, and can be harvested an average of 16 times in its 150-250 year lifespan.  The bark is harvested, cleaned, then ground and mixed with a resin and pressed into sheets and baked in a kiln.  The heat from the kiln, combined with the natural properties in the bark, give the flooring a caramel color. Other colors can be achieved by adjusting heating times, or adding dyes to the mixture.  Cork floors are lightweight and easy to install.  The flooring can be purchased in rolls or tiles that can float over existing floors.  Cork floors make a great addition to any home or business.


Problems with Health Insurance Premiums

 

What is it that seems so hard about getting health insurance? All day long there is commercial after commercial about health insurance. Have you ever went and applied for health insurance before? It’s a nightmare to pick the best one out of so many choices. They all sound so good on the front end, but you could be looking at major problems on the back end. It is estimated that over 48 million Americans did not have insurance at any given time last year. That number is staggering. You got to keep in mind that this could include gaps in insurance coverage, meaning someone gets laid off for 3 months and finds another job and starts their coverage back up.

It is known that most people receive insurance form their jobs, as being part of a group of people. So at first it would seem the climb in unemployment is to blame for the uninsured, but that’s not the case. It is estimated that 67% of the 48 million uninsured were actually part of a family where at least 1 member worked full-time. So it’s not just the bad economy that is to blame. The majority of those unemployed were making less than $20,000 a year. That’s below the poverty line. So the answer has got to do with the amount of money health insurance cost that is the reason why all the people are uninsured.   Its not affordable to have a health insurance policy. Why is it that health insurance is so high? Well, have you ever been to the emergency room without having insurance and got the bill in the mail? A trip to the emergency room will cost you $5000 minimum if you go for just being sick. Then once they give you a discount for paying out of pocket, it dwindles down to about $2500-3000. This is where the issues of affordability begin. First you got the doctors to pay, who make big salaries. But they have to because they’ve been to school for the past 8 years, accruing school loans like crazy. Notice how your bill goes down when you pay out of pocket. The hospitals charge premium margins to the insurance companies because they are the ones paying for it. Individuals don’t have that kind of money lying around, especially making under $20,000 a year.

So the hospitals big margins come from insurance jobs which hike the premiums up for policy holders.  Since all people are eligible for basic health care when they walk into the emergency room, it puts a dent in the hospitals bottom line because the majority of those people don’t pay it back.  The hospitals have to make that lost money up somewhere, so they pile it up on the ones who are paying, the insurance companies.  Let’s not forget that health insurance providers are not in it because they care.  They have to make money too.  So they will deny claims anywhere they can, which puts more stress on the pockets of the hospitals again.  Another factor for rising health insurance issues is the strain that prescription drug companies are putting on the medical market.  The years and years of research done to develop new medicines cost money.  So the medicine companies have to charge a premium margin to regain those lost dollars.