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Sanding and refinishing: What’s the Difference?

It’s finally fall in the Twin Cities, which means leaves of red and gold are falling all around and creating a breathtaking autumn landscape. But all of those beautiful autumn leaves are also falling onto your home’s roof and into your gutters, where they can end up creating clogs. What starts off as a minor clog today can end up leading to a serious problem down the road with foundation damage or even roof damage from ice dams. That’s why it’s important to think about keeping your gutters clean long before cold weather hits.

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Keeping Your New Hardwood Floors Scratch-Free

Buying hardwood floors or engineered hardwood flooring is no cheap investment; any responsible flooring company will tell you this! These wood floors are designed to last through thick and thin, and designed to serve your family and business for many years with proper maintenance.

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The Benefits of Vinyl Flooring

When most people think of vinyl flooring, they think of cheap, thin flooring designed to only last a couple years at most. This could not be further from the truth! Don’t knock it before you’ve tried it. Vinyl floors are versatile, and they rank high in terms of durability in the right situation. When in a wet environment, such as a bathroom, for example, a vinyl floor can last even longer than hardwood.

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Does Winter Weather Pose a Hazard to Your Floors?

Winter is just around the corner! For almost all Minnesotans, this means buckling down and winterizing the exterior of their homes—from replacing siding and roofs to redoing the weatherproofing on exit doors. Preparing for the season here is no easy task.

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Stone Flooring: The Basics

Tile and stone flooring is often seen as cold and unwelcoming—and not the right choice for a family home. Many homeowners feel that snuggly carpet or elegant hardwood flooring is the only way to go. They might not have even looked into stone!

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Saving your Carpet from your Kids

Face it: kids are messy. Toddlers are seemingly incapable of keeping food inside any kind of container. School-age kids often don’t stop to think about their muddy sneakers before bolting across a carpeted room. And teenagers? They often create more household chaos than two toddlers combined.

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Proper Self-Maintenance for Hardwood Flooring

All hardwood flooring will need professional maintenance, like re-coating and sanding, at various points in its lifespan. It’s a fact of the flooring type! However, hardwood floors also require a good degree of maintenance on the part of the purchaser. Taking care of your hardwood floor ensures its characteristic durability for years to come, and doing so can also extend the time between professional maintenance sessions.

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Keeping your Carpet Fresh when You have Pets

Face it: pets and carpets don’t always easily mix. Dogs are slobbery and muddy, and, if you have a puppy, prone to unfortunate accidents. Cats too, as clean as they are, are liable to make the occasional mess; hairballs and unclean litter boxes can both mean the demise of your pristine new carpet.

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What Type of Carpet is Right for Your Home?

When it comes to upping the coziness factor of your home, there’s nothing better than refurbishing with a brand new carpet. Plush and fluffy, it does a great job of keeping your feet toasty; it also holds heat well and, with the right finish, can even hide stains better than certain hardwood floors.

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How to Know when Your Hardwood Needs Professional Repairs

Despite the flooring cost, hardwood floors remain the king of the flooring world. Their stately appearance and decades-worth of longevity beat out all other flooring types hands down. Not to mention that keeping them looking their best—free of gouges and stains—is easy with professional maintenance. Plus, if you want to totally change the color of your wood floors, many staining options are available.

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