Michigan is the Great Lakes State.  We have water – lots and lots of water.  Summertime in Michigan means fun in the sun, with folks spending lots of time at the lake, both vacationers and year-round residents alike.  Lakefront homes are a wonderful investment, and having hardwood floors in your lakefront home is most definitely an option.

We sometimes take it for granted that everyone knows and understands the terminology used in the lumber industry.  In this post, we will break down the three basic cuts of lumber – Plain Sawn, Quarter Sawn and Rift Sawn. 

The old adage “you get what you pay for” has been tossed around for generations.  Typically you hear it uttered when a cheap product doesn’t hold up or perform as well as expected.  On the flip side, just because something is more expensive you can’t automatically assume it’s of better quality or more valuable, right?  A smart consumer knows to dig a little deeper, to find out the real value of the product before parting with any hard-earned money.

Hardwood flooring is a classic and timeless flooring option that brings a great return on investment. Within the last several years, there’s been an uprising trend in adding hardwood flooring throughout the whole home. Let’s take a look at two of the most popular North American Species: Red Oak and White Oak…

Within the last few years, engineered hardwood flooring has been given a black eye, as some manufacturers are using imported plywood-based materials that have been deemed unhealthy and dangerous.  This has caused words like “VOCs” and “Formaldehyde” to become part of the conversation when discussing hardwood floors. 

Life is full of tough choices – Mac vs PC, coffee vs tea, dog vs cat… To make any important decision, one must carefully weigh the benefits of both options and ultimately decide which will best fulfill your needs.  Ok, maybe not all decisions are that complicated, but when it comes to deciding on flooring for your home, it’s a pretty big deal.  Let’s take a look at how carpet and hardwood match up…