Carpet Pile Style

There are many different carpet styles & piles. What are the differences and how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at a few of the common one’s you will see typically in your home.

Level Loop – Simple loop with same heights and wears well due to tips of fabric not being exposed. Great for high traffic areas.

Multilevel Loop – Loops made of various heights, also known as a high-low loop. Texture helps hide wear and dirt. Great for high traffic areas.

Cut & Loop – Features both looped yarn and cut piles to create different patterns. Great for hiding wear and dirt and ideal for high traffic areas.

Level Cut & Loop – A combination of loop and cut piles of the same height. Can create different patterns  with different combinations. Ideal for high traffic areas.

Saxony – Individual strands that stand straight up and down.  This creates a cushioned, fuzzy surface.  Better for low traffic areas.

Cut Pile –  A cut loop, creating an upright pile.

Velvet Plush – Short, densely packed fibers that often give off a soft and smooth level surface. Better for low traffic areas.

Frieze –  Twisted and kinked strands, this causes more of a curl and erratic look across the whole surface.  Great for high traffic areas.

Shag  – Sames as the Frieze, the only difference is the pile is much longer to give that “shaggy” look

Now that you have a better understanding of what each carpet style is, which one is your favorite? Let us know!


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Counter-top Edge Styles

It’s a big decision choosing a counter-top, especially when there are so many different choices to choose from in regards to the material. After finally deciding the material the next big step is to choose the edge style. Easy right?  Picking an edge style can end up being just as overwhelming as choosing the material for your counter-top, but the main thing to remember is to pick one that you like and that will work well with the overall style of your space, whether a kitchen, bathroom, or bar.

One thing to remember with the edge styles is that it can change depending on the thickness of the material. Typically thickness for a counter-top is either 2cm or 3cm. The main difference between the two is with 2cm you have the option to stack the material so that you can create different edge detail, thus giving you more options to choose from. Since 3cm is slightly thicker you don’t have the option to stack the material. Lets review some of these edge styles:

Mitered Edge: Do you ever see a thick counter-top and wonder how they were able to get that thick of a material? Most likely what your seeing a mitered edge counter-top.  Typically done with 2cm thick material, you will see the mitered frame around the sides  giving the illusion of a thicker slab. The great thing with doing a mitered edge is you can pretty much make it look any thickness you want – from 2″ thick to 8″ and beyond.  A great focal point for areas like an island, and a bit more versatile. You can see this edge in both modern and traditional kitchens.

Mitered Edge

Beveled Edge: This style can be done stacked or left at it’s standard thickness. More typical for contemporary, this edge has an angle, typically a 45 degree one giving off a sleek look.  With its clipped flat corner it’s an easy edge for cleaning .

Beveled Edge

Ogee Square Step: There are many Ogee edge styles, but we like how the square step looks. The Ogee in general has a more intricate detail compared to other edge styles, and you normally will see 2 curves or in some cases 3 if looking at this particular style.  This is more commonly seen in traditional designs as it gives off an elegant look.  There is a bit more cleaning that has to be done due to the extra curves, but for this look we think it’s worth it.

Ogee Square

Now that you’ve seen some options, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


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Benefits of a Green Roof

Green Roofs are becoming more popular, especially in more urban settings where green space and parks are limited. There many great benefits that come with having a green space that not only make the building better, but also the environment. Lets take a look at some of the benefits:

Reduce Urban “Heat Island” Effect – More often than not, city areas tend to be much warmer compared to rural areas, especially during the summer. This is mostly due to cities having larger areas of paved surface and more buildings that tend to absorb solar radiation & then re-radiate it out as heat. The benefit of a green roof helps prevent this from happening.  A green roofs vegetation helps absorb that heat, in doing so it also uses the solar radiation to evaporate water from the plants thus lowering the temperature of the roof. By doing so this also naturally will keep the building cooler, serving as almost a form of insulation for the building thus reducing air-conditioning & heating costs for the building. 

Improves Air Quality & Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions: By adding these plants & trees to a roof in an urban setting it well help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that come from HVAC equipment. It also reduces carbon dioxide levels given off from cars & mechanical systems found throughout the city. Naturally having plants & trees around will produce more oxygen that the naturally give off.

Benefits for the Environment:  Aside from improving air quality, having a green roof also improves the environment in other ways. It provides a habitat for insects, butterflies, and birds who have lost their natural habitat from urban development and loss of green space. It also can neutralize acid rain effect and remove nitrogen pollution from rain as well as prevent combined sewer overflow.

While these are some of the bigger points to having a green roof there also more to list off, such as being a great sound dampener, providing a quieter environment inside and outside. It also extends the life span of your roof from any external influences, like weather & temperature. It’s great area for people to socialize and interact in a more calming setting, perfect for places like hospitals where patients are recovering.

The list is endless for all the great benefits, and we love ideas that not only benefit us as humans but also the environment & Earth. Now that you’ve learned some of these facts, let us know it the comments below what you think!


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The Many Different Edge Styles

Did you know that your floor can have multiple edge styles? What is an edge style exactly? An edge style refers to the detail at the end & edges of a floor board. The style you pick will affect how the overall floor will look once the planks are put together and installed.

The image above shows 3 very common edge styles. These are the typical styles you will see while shopping around for your flooring, but you may see some additional styles.  Lets review the 6 common styles you will see:

Beveled Edge: Showcases a groove that is more causal and rustic in appearance. More common with this edge is a urethane finish to allow sweeping & vacuuming to be done with ease. For install, typically  can be a bit more forgiving if installed on an irregular sub-floor.

Eased Edge: Also known as a micro- bevel, this style offers the same features as a beveled edge and the only difference is the bevel is smaller. You will see each board have this edge to help hide minor irregularities.

Square Edge: Traditional looking and offers a seamless edge. They blend well with other flooring pieces. Easiest of the styles to maintain as dirt will not fall between the boards.

Mirco Edge: A slightly more pronounced edge to give the board a more framed look when comparing it to the smoother square edge. It gives off a more causal feel as opposed to the more traditional style that is offered with a square edge.

Pillowed Edge: The main difference you will see with this edge detail is that its edges and ends have a more rounded look to them when comparing them to a beveled edge & eased edge.  This is more typical in an antiqued floor.

Scraped Edge: More commonly seen on a rustic looking floor, this edge emphasizes the individual planks. This bevel has a scraped texture that will coordinate with the scraped flooring.

Now that you know the basics on edge styles you’re ready to go out and find a floor for you!


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