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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, October 25, 2013

Well, here we are with another Weekly Roundup. I know you’re excited. Try and keep it together. As always we’re going to discuss some great new products and also an interesting design industry study. So let’s get to it.

First, for all of you vinyl sheet flooring haters, Armstrong is on a never ending quest to improve and innovate the printing and texture technology for all lines of their flooring. A new sheet flooring line that they’ve recently released is called Duality Premium Plus. This product is actually composed of fiberglass and replicates variations of both hardwood and tile. Just to be clear, there is no real way to perfectly imitate real gleaming hardwood or a natural stone tile. However, for families with large dogs that could easily scratch hardwood or young children that could stain grout, these incredibly realistic sheet flooring options could be the way to go. Do yourself a favor and take a look at their great selection of colors.

Let’s talk about home safety. Currently in America, there are over 15,000 house fires that are caused by clogged dryer vents and vent pipes. A great new product that I just came across is called LintAlert. This product basically plugs into the wall and has connection hose and sensor that attaches directly to the dryer vent as it exits the dryer. This sensor monitors airflow pressure as it pushes from the dryer to the exterior of the house. LintAlert can be installed by a qualified local installer fairly inexpensively – especially considering the great benefit that this product provides for your home. Check out their video for more info.

For anyone considering a Kitchen renovation in the near or distant future, HousingZone.com provides an interesting report on a recent Houzz.com Kitchen study. During this study, Houzz conducted a survey of individuals remodeling their Kitchen and found that only 1/3 of the respondents were actually increasing the size of their overall Kitchen. Instead, the primary goals for these renovators was to open up their interior space, typically to a Great Room area, and also to add an island. So according to Houzz.com, bigger Kitchens aren’t necessarily better. Read the full article for more interesting findings from this study.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com