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Floor Protectors, An Upgrade From Felt

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Scratches in your hardwood floor, the worst ones are almost always from furniture feet.  And we’ve all seen the felt floor protectors like in the image above.  While they do a great job and sometimes are the best option, they have a couple downsides…

  • they cannot be kept clean and must be changed about once a year for fear that they turn into sand paper
  • they loose their stickiness and fall off


SlipStick has acrylic floor protectors that are guaranteed to last at least 5 years.  What’s so good about these?

  • They are easy to wipe down and keep clean
  • The selection is fantastic and includes grippers, sliders, castor cups, and more!
I recommend these for all of my clients especially those who are looking at hardwood, bamboo, or cork floors.  Though I suggest them for all hard surface flooring options.  (And, of course, I also highly recommend walk off mats at exterior doorways and rugs and/or runners!)


Please let me know if there are any questions I can help with!

Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com

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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!
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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
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[Guest Blog] ‘Bond, James Bond:’ Super-spy Quality Security Systems

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Home security systems have come a long way since the backyard dog and neighborhood watch.  One option is straight out of super-spy movies: floor sensor systems.  Floor sensor systems are growing in popularity, because they are effective and invisible, creating a strong level of extra security. We’ll talk about how they are installed and explain exactly how they work. We’ll also examine the various types and discuss the best ways to use them.



How Are Floor Sensor Systems Installed?

If you choose to install a floor sensor security system, there are several factors to consider such as: whether the home is new construction or an existing structure; if it is a one or more story building; and how sensitive you want the sensors to be. If the building is new construction, the sensors can be easily installed before laying the subflooring, tile or carpet. Stress sensors are mounted on the first floor with an epoxy to the joists and under the beams below the subflooring. Second-floor stress sensors are mounted on the side of the beams for the second floor.


 If the sensors are being installed in an existing home, the sensors are typically installed in the areas that get the most traffic, such as the top of a stairway and entrance doors. The installer will place the sensors in inconspicuous areas, close to the point of entry, such as in a closet or an air duct. If the existing home has a second floor, the installer will cut into the first-floor ceiling near the joist and mount the sensor on the side of a beam. If you prefer to not cut through the existing ceiling, floor sensors can also be placed under carpets or rugs.



How Do Floor Sensors Work?

Floor sensors are invisible, but when someone steps on the floor, their steps will slightly shift the beam and trigger the sensor processor, which in turn alerts an alarm control. If you have animals, the sensor security system can be adjusted to prevent false alarms and will not pick up animals that weigh up to 80 pounds; however, it will still detect a child or small adult. Sensors are mounted in the floor, so you can leave windows or doors open without the risk of setting off an alarm, because the alarm will not be activated until the floor beams are stepped on.



Are There Different Types of Sensors?

There are basically two types of floor sensors: those that are installed in the floor beams, and floor mats. A floor mat is a thin mat designed to go under a rug or carpet. Floor mats are typically placed under windows or near the entry doors. The floor mat has pressure switches that detect pressure of someone walking on the mat. 



The interior sensors mounted to the floor beams cannot detect when an intruder is opening a window or door, as there must be movement inside the house. There are several different types of interior floor sensors to choose from, all of which are connected to the main control box of an alarm. The control box is what responds to any signals that are sent by the sensors.



Ultrasonic Sensor

These sensors work by sending out ultrasonic sound waves. When there is movement detected by the sensor, the returning wave patterns of the sensor change, and that activates the alarm. This type of sensor should not be used near vents or windows, because sound waves travel by air, so there is a chance of false alarms due to a breeze, draft or sudden temperature change.



Microwave Sensor

These use microwave radio waves to detect a change in the sensors. This type of sensor produces signals that can bounce between several surfaces, so it is extremely sensitive and can cause false alarms when movement occurs around the corner from the sensor. These should be installed in areas where there is very little movement.



Photo-Electric Sensor

These are made with two parts, a focused source of light, such as a laser beam, and a light sensor. The two parts are positioned across from each other. When someone crosses the light beam, the beam is blocked from the sensor, which triggers the alarm. These sensors work best in areas such as a hallway where there is a fair amount of space between the laser beam and the sensor.



Passive Infrared Sensor

This is similar to a motion sensor, except it uses energy beams to detect movement. The sensors are designed to identify the body heat of people and will not usually create false alarms due to pets moving in the area. These are the best types of sensors for homes with pets.



Although you can install a floor sensor security system on your own, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional for the installation. For best results, the sensors must be placed in optimum locations and a professional will be more experienced with knowing how many sensors are needed for the size of your home.

Lynn Darsow is a home security consultant. She enjoys blogging about her insights on various homeowner blogs. Visit www.SelectHomeSecurity.com to learn more.
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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2013 Top Color Trends and How to Use Them

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Pantone’s done it again.  The color trends they’re forecasting for 2013 are stunning!


Quite a few of those look like they’re pretty bright and bold, right?  Here are some ideas on how to combine them and work them into your home for a fresh yet classic look.

Emerald:


The richness of emerald can be a bit much to handle unless you like lots of color.  So try bringing in a few accessories to accent a neutral pallet like in the picture above of a stylish living room.


However, emerald is a naturally occurring color.  So if you are looking for a big change, why not find an accent wall that could use a good douse of brilliant emerald!

Dusk Blue


What a soothing tone.  This can easily be mixed with all sorts of other naturally occurring colors.  Combine it with other soft, gentle colors (sage green for example) for a relaxing bedroom or bathroom.  Or mix it with some bright oranges or yellows for an energetic design for a sunroom or craft room.

Tender Shoots


A very energetic color, tender shoots is an excellent accent color.  Mix it with white for a bright, modern look.  Or mix it with softer tones for a timeless design.


Greyed Jade


Now there is a sophisticated, fresh color.  Pop a nice, bright shade to create a focal point or use a softer tone to create an airy feel.


Lemon Zest


Soften the bright, bold, and cheerful lemon and brighten that forgotten corner or throw in pops of lemon to add a splash of fun to any area.


Linen

Now this should be an easy and fun color to bring into the home.  Classic, neutral, fresh, airy, and yet can be grounded depending on what you mix it with.


Monaco Blue


Here’s another classic neutral.  A brighter version of navy, don’t be afraid to use this color anywhere, esp. if you’re mixing it with white!

Poppy Red


If you’re looking to make a bold statement that can outdo all others, any red is a great option and poppy red is a slightly softer and friendlier shade.  Use it as an accent color in any room.

Nectarine


A bright and cherry color, nectarine is great to be used either full scale like in the dining room above.  Mix it with blues and teals as they are complementary colors!  You can also use it in a smaller scale to bring a splash of personality to any space.


What fun ideas do you have to incorporate these colors into your home?  

Best Wishes,
Katlin, Flooring Design Consultant
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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