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Porch.com (upcoming review announcement)

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Hello Everyone!  I thought I’d check in and let you know that in the next couple weeks I will be reviewing the new start-up website: Porch.com.



Why?  I received this not too long ago…

Katlin of Let’s Talk About Floors,

It is because of this (me being an influential blogger) that I would like to offer you an exclusive sneak peak of Porch, a new Internet start-up, that is creating a home improvement marketplace and social network. We connect homeowners, renters and design enthusiasts with over 1.4 million professionals. With $6.25M in funding under our belt and big guys from Facebook behind us, we are gearing up to launch in September. With our launch date fast approaching, we are starting to seek out key influencers in the blogger community to share early access of Porch, in hopes that you will use the site and give us any feedback you might have. 

Are you interested in trying out Porch? Let me know, I would love to give you early access to the site! 

Take care,
Lauren K.
Join us on the Porch!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/porchdotcom
Twitter: @PorchDotCom

So, it was very cool to get that.  I’m glad that so many people enjoy my blog, but when I received that I went ‘Really? You think I’m influential? Cool!’

But that isn’t the only reason, it also sounds like a potentially helpful website for those who are looking to work on remodeling projects of all sizes.  Per their ‘About Us’ page, Porch.com is “where neighbors and friends meet to share home professionals and projects they love.”  Sounds kinda like a social Angie’s List, which makes a lot of sense to me.  Paying for a membership to write and share reviews never computed with my brain.

Until I’m ready to post the review, have fun on their Pinterest Page!

As always, if there are any questions give me a shout at Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Blog Spotlight: Kathy’s Remodeling Blog

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I recently stumbled upon this gem.  What really caught my eye is Kathy’s seemed frustration (that I share) with the cheep contractors and other ‘so-called professionals’ that we run into on a regular basis.  And she pulled together a helpful ‘quiz’ to help showcase the best choice.

So how do  you decide what to do? Ask yourself a few questions:


1. Is saving money the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions


2. Is having a high-quality project the most important thing in life without exception?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

3.  Is complaining about the faults of contractors a favorite pastime?

If yes, choose Contractor Cheapo
If no, keep asking questions

4. Is having a warm feeling from having the most considerate, thoughtful contractor important?

If yes, choose Contractor Artisan
If no, keep asking questions

Bottom line…”


This might be funny to watch, but do you want these guys working on your home?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this.  Do you have any stories you can share about your experience with Quality, Artisan work vs. Cost Focused work?

As always, if there is ever anything I can help with, give me a shout!

Warm Wishes,
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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The Story Behind the Floor: Cork Flooring

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I am a lover of stories.  Always have been.  It probably started with my mom and grandfather who would read out loud to me before I could even play with phonics.  She used all of the voices and inflections that sucked you right into the story.  His rich voice made even the most dull poetry sound magical.


And yes that love has continued today even in my flooring world.  Sometimes it amazes me the richness of the stories behind the floor.  Today I want to tease you somewhat with the stories behind cork flooring.

Generational Family Project:

That’s right, I’m pulling in the family side of things (maybe I’m a bit biased).  When planting a cork tree (much like an olive tree), you’re planting for the next generations not your own as it takes approximately 50 years before you can harvest usable bark for various cork products (bottle stoppers, shoe soles, knife handles, floors, etc).


It’s considered a great investment because once active, cork trees can be harvested approximately every 10 years equaling a regular income for future generations.

Sustainable:

I’ve already mentioned how eco-friendly cork is (probably one of the ‘greenest’ options available), but here’s some more information.


First of all, they don’t harm the tree when harvesting it’s bark.  In fact, the trees are healthier for it (when harvested correctly, of course).


Second, most cork products (including flooring) is actually made from the leftover cork from making bottle stoppers for the wine industry!

AND, it also encourages sustainable forestry and business practices to support an unique eco-system!



But, of course, stories aren’t everything when it comes to what floor you choose.  Performance, beauty, and value are paramount.  Here are a few pictures of cork floors installed in homes to give you an idea of it’s aesthetic potential:


In regards to performance and value, check out this post and contact me with any and all questions!

Warm Wishes,

Katlin at Mercers
katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Carpet Padding 101

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There is a saying: the padding makes the carpet.


To a point, that is correct.  Basically padding is to carpet as shock absorbers are to your car.  And there are multiple types: foam, rebond (recycled foam), synthetic hair and jute, and rubber.


The basic rule of thumb is the denser the pad, the more shock it absorbs instead of your carpet.  So, those pillowy soft pads, aren’t actually going to help your carpet perform better (if we’re just focusing on the density).  The density is represented in pounds usually, sometimes in ounces.


Also something to keep in mind is the thickness.  This is represented in inches.  7/16 inch thick is not typically considered viable to maintain the warranties of carpets.  Manufacturers tend to prefer 3/8 inch thick padding.

Also, be sure to take a look at the manufacturer guarantee.  One 9lb rebond padding might not be as good as another.  Also, if it is a rebond pad, make sure it is what’s called a virgin pad.  Many rebonds are made from recycled foam padding that has been in someone’s home.  However, virgin rebond pads are made from foam recycled from other industries; they last longer and are cleaner.


If you’re looking at a rubber pad, be sure you’re looking at one that is American made because if it is made outside of the USA it could have potential health risks, not be as durable, and could damage your floors.

Also, while this might now be a durability factor, a spill block will be a huge help in stress reduction and keeping a healthier home because it prevents spills from soaking down into the padding where you can’t get to them!


Another new thing that many pads are coming out with is antimicrobial protection.  Be sure you look into the type of protection because not all of them are equal.  The best in the industry is HealthinEx.  It’s widely used in other ways in the health industry and has been for years.  Plus, it doesn’t just help with germs!  It also kills and helps to prevent most molds, mildews, and even some potential allergens such as mites!


Hopefully this helps you when choosing a new carpet padding to go with your new carpet.  Please let me know if there are any questions I can help with!

Katlin Farrell
katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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We’re Expanding and Need Your Help

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I’ve got great news!  We have big plans for 2012 and need additional personnel to help us achieve those dreams!  We’re looking to build upon current locations and expand to new ones.


We’re looking to fill all positions including sales, management, and administrative.  We’re looking for the right mix of people with enthusiasm, integrity, and creativity who would like to become apart of a flourishing team.  So if you could help spread the word (or apply yourself), that would be fantastic.


Now, for a bit of background.  The available positions are for multiple locations throughout central Maryland including Carroll, Howard, and Baltimore Counties.  We are a small, family business that values drive, honesty, imagination, and a desire to help others.  Our employees and clients come first, because without either of them we wouldn’t be here much less double the 53 years we’ve been in business so far.


Please send all resumes and cover letters to ExpansionProject2012@nullgmail.com.
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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