Month: January 2017

Why Is There a Sudden Trend Towards Wood Flooring?

There is an unmistakable upward trend in the use and desire for hardwood flooring in homes, apartments and offices. This detail has become a major selling and renting point for realtors all across the country. The natural lower humidity gives added lasting power and the varieties make it a high-demand interior upgrade product.

New Vibrant Colors With Incredible Finish Options

Hardwood flooring is now a viable option when it comes to dramatically changing the looks of a home interior through smaller improvement projects. It is the newest tool available that offers a complete visual overhaul with minimal effort and expense. Wood can be stained nearly any color and texture added, such as a distressed, aged look. Color can be used to match, or contrast in any room.

Improved Ability to Protect the Surface

The hardwood flooring of today has more lasting power and improved performance than past products. It is able to take high traffic with ease, over a long period of time. The milling process, quality and protective finishes all contribute towards the increased demand in wood floor purchases and installation. Wood is still the softest of materials that can be used for flooring, but it does not require as much protection as it has in the past.

You still need to protect a wood floor of any type from water infiltration. It can cause parts to warp and need replacement. It is best to keep direct sunlight off of all finished wood floor products to keep the full integrity and strength. Purchasing wood that has been pre-treated using ultra-violet light will ensure the product is more durable.

Natural Look and Feel of Wood Flooring

There is something very base and attractive about hardwood flooring. Home buyers are starting to recognize this and gravitate towards homes that already have these products installed. Tile might be colorful, but ultimately it has a cold, manufactured feel. Wood is the way to go in order to make a room feel inviting and warm. Wood flooring is a nature-made product. Each piece offers individual design, creating a one-of-a-kind end result.

A Desire for the Exotic

Adding an exotic touch to your home will boost the resale value. This can be done using all types of materials, but the hardwood flooring industry has put a few products in the ring that are becoming increasingly popular. Floors made with Brazilian cherry, teak, cork and bamboo are not uncommon. Manufacturers are able to imitate these finishes on more basic woods like oak, which are easier to obtain at a better price.

Contact a hardwood flooring Toronto specialist today and check out the styles and colors available. You will see why it has become one of the hottest trends in remodeling.

Do You Need to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury case is a great way to recoup a financial award after being injured in an accident or after losing a loved one. These cases include everything from medical malpractice and dog bite issues to car accidents, slip and fall accidents and more. Such events can be costly to deal with, resulting in medical bills, lost wages and even funeral costs in some cases. More than that, some result in long-term or lifelong disability, and your quality of life as well as ongoing medical bills can be devastating. However, some people who want to file a personal injury case want to do everything they can to keep more money in their pocket, and for some, this means not paying legal fees to a lawyer. There are, however, reasons when you should hire a lawyer who specializes in this area of the law.

The Type of Case and Injury
Some of these cases are cut and dry, and there may be obvious blame and an obvious result that can easily be proven with medical bills or other documents. However, some cases, such as toxic exposure and medical malpractice, may require more knowledge and skill to try successfully. In addition, some injuries may not be so easy to prove as well, such as very severe or long-term injuries.

Negotiating With an Insurance Company
In cases where there are back and forth negotiations, it is best to hire a personal injury lawyer to assist with negotiations. Whether the other party is an insurance company, a government entity, a corporation or another entity, the party may be unwilling to negotiate with an individual. They may also think that they can skirt by without making a fair settlement when you do not work with a skilled, experienced attorney.

The Need to Get Results
Another reason you may want to hire a skilled attorney is when you absolutely need to get results. Your accident or loss may have put you in a dire financial state, and you may not have wiggle room in your finances to get by without financial compensation for a case. There are no guarantees that you will win even if you hire a lawyer, but you may benefit from the experience and insight of a Toronto personal injury lawyer fighting on your behalf.

If you have been injured or worse by an accident, filing a personal injury case may be the next move you need to make. As part of this process, hiring a lawyer who specializes in this area of the law can benefit you in a number of ways, and this is particularly true if you have a complex or difficult case in front of you.

How To Install Metal Building Insulation – Radiant Barrier [Video Transcript]

This is Ed Fritz. I’m the owner for and in this video I’m going to talk about different installation methods for installing a radiant barrier in a commercial type building. When I say commercial type building, it could be and airplane hanger, a barn, a shed, a mini storage unit, pretty much any building that’s a non-residential attic type. In fact, our original website,, covers everything you need to know about residential attic applications. In fact, is a spinoff. We’ve has so many customers over the years do commercial type buildings that we decided to do a dedicated website just for commercial type applications.

The biggest challenge is that there are so many different type buildings that can benefit from a radiant barrier that we can’t cover every type of building in detail. I’m going to cover most of the common type buildings and honestly, there’s really no right or wrong way to install it. Many steel building suppliers and manufacturers likeĀ comes with detailed installation instructions. You really might have to improvise to make it work. I apologize, but we don’t have a lot of videos or pictures from customers so if you have any questions, please send us an email or give us a call. Send us pictures of your building and we will help you with a solution for installing WareHouseFoil in your building.

Remember, this information is for non-conditioned or non-insulated buildings. These are buildings that are typically just a shell. They’re usually either metal or wood or a flat warehouse type building. There’s usually air flowing through from the doors and the windows and the shell is getting hot and absorbing radiant heat from the sun and then it’s re-radiating heat across the space and heating up everything inside the building. The main thing to remember is to just cover as much of the shell as possible. Basically if the sun is hitting one side, you want to get a piece of WareHouseFoil on the inside between you and that outer shell.

Here are some general rules to follow when installing WareHouseFoil. First, the more coverage, the better. Radiant barrier has a cumulative effect, just like if you put a tree over half the building, it’ll help. Same thing if you put radiant barrier over half the building, it’ll help too. If the sun is hitting the outside of the building you really want foil on the inside. Finally, it’s okay if you have some gaps or cracks or small openings in the foil. Just remember, the more coverage the better.

Second, it does not have to be pretty of perfect. Just get the WareHouseFoil up. The heat doesn’t care if the foil is a little crooked or wrinkled.

Finally, let the air flow. You want air to flow freely through the building. Usually air is going to come in the building through doors and windows and then exhaust through the top of the building through some type of exhaust vents.

Most buildings can be categorized into one of three types. The first are warehouse type buildings and these are usually flat roof buildings and they’re built with either concrete walls or cinder block walls. They usually have a flat roof using a purlin system to hold the roof up. Usually either a tar and gravel type roof or possibly just a bare metal roof.

The second type of building are wood frame buildings. These are buildings that are built with a wood frame and they’ve either got a metal type shell like a garage or a auto shop or they’ll have a wood type of shell typically like a barn.

Finally, the last type of building are metal frame buildings. These are buildings that are all metal framing and they usually have an all metal exterior skin.

In this video I’m going to give just a brief summary on how to install WareHouseFoil in each type of building. You’ll find complete information on how to install in the different type buildings at

For warehouse type buildings with purlins you’re generally going to run the WareHouseFoil between the purlins up and over the cross supports. Now WareHouseFoil is available both in 48″ and 60″ wide rolls. Typically purlins are on 60″ or 5′ centers, so the foil fits perfectly between the two purlins. All you have to do is bring the foil up and over the cross supports from one end of the building to the other. If you don’t have cross supports, you can create your own. It’s really easy. You can use wire or cord or packing strapping, PVC pipe, 1×2 lumber, pretty much anything just to create something to hold the foil up. It doesn’t weigh a whole lot but it’s super strong and durable. You just want to create a grid so the foil can go from one end to the other between the purlins.

Wood frame buildings are probably the easiest to install WareHouseFoil in, both in the roof and in the walls. A wood frame building usually has wood frames and either a metal skin or a wood skin, kind of like a barn. Really all you’re doing is you’re stapling the foil to that wood framing, and you can either go horizontally or vertically. You can take the measurements and decide whatever is best for you, but really all you’re looking for is you want a piece of foil inside the wood framing, so coming from the outside in, for example, you’ll have the metal, you’ll have an air space, and then you’ll have the foil. Ideally you want that air space to be vented. You want air to flow freely between the foil and the metal skin. If you have a dead air space, that’s fine. A ventilated air space is a little better.

We also have a product that’s white on one side and foil on one side, so with that product you put the foil to the outside and you’d have a nice, clean, white interior so you’re reflecting the heat before it ever even gets into the building.

Metal frame building are probably the hardest to install simply because you can’t staple the WareHouseFoil into the metal. Now if you’ve got a roof where the beams are dropped down a little bit, you can run the foil up and over the beams, basically between the beams and the roof and that works great. If you don’t have that option, you’re going to have to get a little creative to figure out a way to attach the WareHouseFoil to the metal framing.

Here are just some of the options, and we’ve had customers do all kinds of stuff to work. Probably the easiest way is to attach some type of board, either plywood or 1x2s to the metal framing and just staple it. You can use glue, you can use screws, clamps, pretty much anything to get that wood to attach to the metal and then you can staple it. We’ve also had people do what’s called the sandwich method, where they’ll take the foil, they’ll put it up on the metal and then take a strip of plywood and just screw it in and basically squeeze the foil between the wood strip and the metal.

We’ve even had customers us magnets. Get a bunch of magnets and hold it up into place, so pretty much you’ve got to get creative on a metal building, but if you send us some pictures we will be glad to offer you some suggestions on how to install WareHouseFoil.

Like I mentioned earlier, there’s really no right or wrong way to install WareHouseFoil in your commercial type building and you might have to get a little creative to make it happen. The main thing to remember is just to get a piece of WareHouseFoil between that hot building shell and the interior. Once you eliminate that radiant heat, you’ll be amazed at how much more comfortable the building feels. Now the air temperature may not drop a whole lot, but it’s the radiant heat that you’re eliminating.

It’s kind of like the difference between a car parked in the sun and car parked in the shade. Same air temperature but the car parked in the shade is a lot more comfortable, so the main thing is just to get a piece of foil up, get it done, and if you have any questions we’re always a phone call or an email away at