Posts Tagged ‘natural’

Hardwood Floors vs. Laminate Floors

March 17, 2010

Hardwood vs. Laminate FlooringPerhaps Francisco Flores, owner of Flores Hardwood Floors, could do something about the original carpet and linoleum flooring that came with my 20-something year-old house, both of which have exceeded their shelf life for some time now.  Spills would certainly clean up much easier.

Installing hardwood or laminate flooring by Flores’ company can give new life to a home, and give you a reason to do some spring cleaning in the short run.  In the long run, however, installing brand-new hardwood or laminate flooring would increase the value of your home and help you offset the gains realized during the course of selling your home.  So what are the differences between hardwood and laminate floors?  Let’s go over each one.

Please retweetHardwood flooring characteristics

  • Wood floors are natural and hypoallergenic
  • Two kinds of hardwood floor construction
    • Solid wood floors – Cut from a tree as a solid piece of wood
    • Engineered wood floors – Three to nine plies glued and laminated together
  • Unfinished hardwood floors (job site finished)
    • Sanded floors smooth
    • Installs in several days
  • Pre-finished hardwood floors (factory finished)
    • Less discriminating pre-finished trims (e.g. color may not match the floor)
    • Installs in a day or less
  • Used in: living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, dens, and great rooms.

A complete overview of hardwood flooring can be found here.

Laminate flooring characteristics

  • Laminate floors are not made of wood and are more impact-, scratch-, UV- and stain-resistant
  • Three types of laminate flooring
    • Installer-applied glue
    • Glueless, floating laminate floors – Snap-fit locking planks
    • Factory pre-glued, floating laminate floors – Moisten planks before fitting
  • Laminate flooring uses the floating installation method
    • Laminate floors rest just above the subfloor, which is made of plywood, OSB, existing vinyl flooring, concrete slabs, etc.
    • Gluing, stapling, or nailing down laminate flooring not required.
  • Used in: family rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and dens.

A complete overview of laminate flooring can be found here.

So which type of flooring best suits the needs of your home?  A comparison table with both floor types side-by-side can help you decide.

Whether you need Flores Hardwood Floors to install hardwood or laminate flooring in your home, new floors and, perhaps, a new arrangement of your furniture, can help make it feel like you’re in a new home.

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Francis M. Unson

Homeopathics Explained

March 15, 2010

Eva Clarke, owner of "Health is a Choice" in Santa Clarita, CA, provides homeopathic remedies.I will be honest: I have never tried homeopathic remedies for what has ailed me in the past, be it a seasonal cold or allergy, a headache, or stomach ache.  However, Eva Clarke, owner of “Health is a Choice”, could provide myself and others with different homeopathic remedies for a wide range of ailments or illnesses that may have longer-lasting relief in the long run than conventional, over-the-counter medication, and with fewer side effects.

Please retweetHomeopathic remedies, it turns out, are a system of medicine based on at least three principles:

  • Like cures like – For example, symptoms of a cold that mimic mercury poisoning would call for mercury as the homeopathic remedy.  In other words, a disease that can be cured by a substance produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
  • Minimal dosage – People would consume the remedy in extremely dilute form, usually one part of the remedy to one billionth or one trillionth part water.
  • The single remedy – Only one remedy is taken, the number of symptoms notwithstanding, with the goal that the remedy takes care of all the symptoms.

Additional principles of homeopathy can be found here.

The general goal of homeopathics is to recognize, through the unique expression of symptoms of a patient, the pattern of disturbed energy and identify among the  large number of remedies available the most homeopathic, or most similar to, the patient’s disease.

Why should you turn to homeopathics?  In most parts of the world, homeopathics has been around for hundreds or even thousands of years, such as Mainland China, and its growth in the United States has been significant throughout the last decade.  Several factors has contributed to its success in the U.S.:

  • Its effectiveness, especially when the correct remedy is taken.
  • It is safe, even for babies and pregnant women, and can be taken with other medication.
  • It is natural, with homeopathic remedies based on natural ingredients.
  • It works in harmony with your immune system as opposed to suppressing it.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.
  • Homeopathy is holistic and deals with the symptoms as a whole.

I have barely scratched the surface of homeopathics, but Eva can take you down a much deeper and eye-opening path towards a remedy that can work for you.  Her company, “Health is a Choice”, provides you with the extra fork in the road you never knew was there.  If your second or third opinion sound too similar to the first, give Eva a call.  You do have other choices about your health.

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