02/27/2012: WarmlyYours Weekly Remodeling and Radiant Heating News
Here is the latest news from the WarmlyYours Weekly Radiant News for this week! We are your one-stop source for all things radiant and the home remodeling industry!
This week's featured articles:
"Home Improvement Apps Simplify Your Project"
Nowadays it is nearly impossible to find someone who doesn’t have an iPhone, Android, or other high –tech gadget at his or her disposal. Many people are realizing that among all the 300,000 apps offered, there are a variety of home improvement apps that provide useful data and information needed for their at-home project. Whether you are painting, laying down tile, or remodeling an entire room, there are apps available in order to help you get the job done! Read More
"Three Reasons To Give A Radiant Heating System Serious Thought"
As an alternative to traditional home heating systems, radiant floor heating offers several advantages in comfort, cost and room aesthetics. A radiant system supplies heat directly to the floor of the area being heated. Heat rises and is transferred directly to people in the room through a process called radiant heat transfer. The most popular and energy-efficient type of radiant system is hydronic. These systems provide heat by pumping hot water through tubes embedded in a pattern in the concrete of the floor itself. This is referred to as a “wet” installation. In a “dry” installation, the water tubing is placed between two layers of plywood or is attached under the floor or subfloor. A boiler supplies the heated water. Room temperature is controlled by regulating the amount of hot water flowing through the tubes. Read More
"Housing Starts and Affordability are on the Rise"
From our recent blogs, we know that, although slow yet steady, the remodeling and housing markets are improving this year. But now joining on that path of improvement are new construction housing starts paired with increased affordability. According to recent builder surveys, housing markets nationwide have significantly improved over the past six months, resulting in a brighter outlook regarding market conditions. "The fact that the three-month moving average for housing starts has now increased for nine consecutive months and is approaching the 700,000 mark for the first time since October 2008 is indicative of a solid recovery in housing activity stemming from recent firming in employment and consumer confidence measures,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. Read More
"Kitchen Flooring 101: Find Your Material Match"
Floors take a beating under the best of circumstances, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen — command central for cooking, homework, family gatherings and more. So it's important to find a kitchen floor that can withstand constant traffic and make the style statement you want. Below we outline the pros and cons of popular flooring materials. Which one's right for you? Read More
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